featured, Rest of the World
The demand for pink wines has quickly gone from a wave to a surge to a flood at this stage and, no, it isn’t your imagination that there are far more of them than ever available, from all over the world.
Italy: Tuscany, Cellar Favorites
Col d’Orcia’s top Brunello, the Poggio al Vento, is much sought after by winelovers and collectors alike. Perhaps less known but at times almost as good is the estate’s Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, which was made up to and including the 1995 vintage (the estate has since ceased bottling the Riserva in order to avoid running the risk of affecting the quality of the classic Brunello that is made every year).
Italy: North, Vinous Table
In the minds of many knowledgeable food experts and lovers, Dal Pescatore is Italy’s best restaurant. Housed in a beautiful countryside villa, with spacious, well lit rooms and large tables that are set far apart Dal Pescatore offers guests precise cooking deeply rooted in the classics and a fine wine list with older vintages, all delivered with professional but not stuffy service.
featured, France: Burgundy
Burgundy remains one of the most fascinating and alluring regions in the world. Although it is unquestionably thrilling to taste at Burgundy's top domaines, as a wine consumer myself, these days I find just as much pleasure in discovering emerging vignerons - the best of whom are making wines the average consumer can afford to buy and drink - as well as appellations that still fly under the radar and offer value.
featured, United States: California
The Vineyards of St. Helena & Conn Valley is the seventh map in our series of Napa Valley vineyard maps. Created through extensive proprietary research and boots-on-the-ground work, Vinous’ Napa Valley Maps represent the state of the art in modern vineyard cartography.
featured, Italy: Piedmont, Verticals & Retrospectives
Cappellano's Barolos represent the very best of the artisan tradition in Piedmont. This recent retrospective back to 1935 was truly unforgettable. Tiny production and insatiable demand makes large-scale Cappellano verticals exceedingly rare. When all was said and done, we tasted a number of extraordinary, deeply moving wines, including several reference points as well as most of the modern-day classics that have emerged from these cellars recently.
France: Bordeaux, Cellar Favorites
I saw Château Latour's 2017 library releases towards the end of my en primeur tastings in April 2016.
France: Burgundy, Vinous Table
It’s not often that you stumble upon a truly great bistro where there’s someone with real talent behind the stoves. But so it is with Au Fil du Zinc in Chablis. A pretty interior, lovely views, precisely cooked flavorful foods and a great wine list make this place an absolute winner.
featured, Germany: Ruwer, Germany: Saar
There are really two 2015 vintages for German Riesling: the first harvest took place on the heels of early September rain, and the second four to eight weeks later during a chilly but sunny autumn. Both will reward Riesling lovers, especially the latter.
featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California
At the level of the better producers, 2007 was a splendid vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. These very dense, ripe, deeply fruity yet lively wines are evolving slowly and gracefully.