Italy: North, featured
Although Kerner doesn’t enjoy the lofty reputation of grape varieties like Riesling and Pinot Noir, it has found a home in Alto Adige’s Valle Isarco area, where Köfererhof makes one of the region’s best and most ageworthy versions
Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy
Roumier’ 1990 Bonnes-Mares is the embodiment of everything a truly great wine should be at this stage in its life.
Philip Gaertner walked away from the Michelin star rat race in 2005 and has never looked back. His family restaurant, which once held two stars,has been open for business since 1920, and remains a sure bet for precisely cooked Alsatian and French classics. In fact, it’s one of my favorite country restaurants anywhere.
France: Bordeaux, featured
Two thousand fourteen was one of the most dramatic growing seasons ever witnessed in Bordeaux. It may be hard to believe today, but well into August, 2014 was shaping up to be a repeat of 2013, a vintage most would like to forget. Then something remarkable happened. Freakishly warm, dry conditions arrived with a vengeance in September and saved the harvest.
Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: North
Cantina Terlano, arguably Italy’s top producer of age-worthy whites, excels with a number of wines across their large range. The Pinot Bianco Vorberg, one of the Terlano flagships, ranks among the world’s most distinguished white wines. Vintages from the 1950s still drink beautifully today, a testament to this potential of this underrated variety.
Opening a bottle of Champagne 20 years after its vintage date may seem like a risky proposition, but the better wines from the great 1996 vintage are just rounding into form and the best of them may go on for decades.
La Subida is one of Italy’s best country restaurants. Hearty, but precise and flavorful renditions of Friuli and Slovenian classics are must tries for all serious foodies. The deep wine list rich in Friuli’s best wines adds measurably to the dining experience.
France: Burgundy, featured
The very warm, dry growing season of 2015 provided Burgundy’s growers with the raw materials to make splendidly rich, deep, fruit-driven wines that will appeal to connoisseurs and neophytes alike.
Overall quality of Spanish wines continues to rise, as does their availability in export markets. The result is a rapidly increasing number of wines that are worthy of consumers’ attention. This year we will be publishing several articles throughout the year in order to align coverage with what has become a continuous stream of new releases.
Italy: North, Cellar Favorites
In what he deemed to be poor vintages, or simply when the Amarone wasn’t up to his exacting standards, Giuseppe Quintarelli declassified his Amarone into the ‘Rosso del Bepi’ label.