December 1, 2022 - Rebecca Gibb MW
Prices of red Burgundy seem to show no sign of easing. In the search for an alternative, wine lovers may head east toward Germany or further afield to New Zealand and Oregon. However, a mere two-hour drive from the Côte de Nuits lies an often-overlooked Pinot Noir region, sitting on coveted ground.
November 29, 2022 - Eric Guido
Umbrian wines have always communicated tremendous potential; however, except for a short list of producers, these wines have often been underwhelming. I have long looked forward to the day the region would begin to deliver the best quality possible. That day may be just over the horizon.
November 22, 2022 - Neal Martin
So, the 2018 Burgundy vintage was too warm to bestow tensile Chardonnay and transparent Pinot Noirs, yes? Well, not exactly. I tasted more than 400 whites and reds blind at the annual Burgfest to see how the vintage is shaping up. Expect the unexpected!
November 21, 2022 - Antonio Galloni
With the holidays right around the corner, we’ve you covered for that perfect gift for the wine lover in your life. The Vinous Holiday Gift Guide is packed with the year's most intriguing books, glassware, openers, maps and more.
November 17, 2022 - Eric Guido
Overall quality in Marche has never been higher. However, my feeling is that many producers have yet to fully realize the potential of this diverse region. I often left my tastings this year wondering what red and white varieties might be able to achieve here.
November 15, 2022 - Angus Hughson
Rules are made to be broken. In the rich landscape of Australian Shiraz, Clonakilla was the original maverick, pioneering cool climate Shiraz Viognier blends in an unlikely new wine region. Serendipitous plantings of Viognier and travels to Domaine Guigal lit a spark that has grown into an unexpected, runaway success that has helped to redefine Australian Shiraz. This vertical tasting of the Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier celebrated the winery’s 50th birthday and showcased a wine with unique finesse and longevity.
November 10, 2022 - Neal Martin
In this second look at Christophe Roumier, the limelight shines upon his Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras 1er Cru. With over a dozen vintages tasted blind, this tasting reveals a winemaker unafraid to translate growing seasons as they are.
November 18, 2022 - Neal Martin
Wild Flor is an outstanding addition to Brighton’s dining scene. After years of coasting, Brighton is finally waking up to the fact that it can coexist with the proliferation of casual gastropubs and vegan eateries. It was refreshing to see a serious, thoughtful wine list whose accumulative costs are probably a little more than that 1996 Chambertin! I cannot wait to return.
October 7, 2022 - Neal Martin
I cannot recommend Andrew Edmunds highly enough, especially those seeking a place to eat that is suffused with history and draped with charm, a bit rustic and yet serves delicious food accompanied by a trove of vinous treats.
91 points ($20)
The 2020 Syrah Street Art is perfumed and wickedly fresh, with peppery herbs and smoky black currants. Zesty acidity enlivens its energetic tart wild berry fruit. This finishes potent yet lively, with a crunchy coating of tannins. It’s a great value. (EG)
90 points ($17)
A great value and a perfect holiday wine, the 2021 Semillon is sweetly scented with dusty flowers, vivid yellow apple and chamomile. It’s suave, opulent and perfectly balanced, with a mix of tropical fruits and florals cascading throughout. The 2021 finishes with crisp, refreshing length. (EG)
91 points ($23)
This elegant 2021 Cuvée Christie comes from the Fleurie Cru in Beaujolais. Finely balanced and brimming with vibrant red fruit, floral and spice character, plus a taut core of minerality, it’s irresistible now and has the depth to age. Moreover, it is consistently among the Cru’s best values. (JR)
November 28, 2022 - Neal Martin
In my continuing and futile attempt to drink every Petrus of the 20th century, I ticked off one of the lesser-known war vintages this summer. Incidentally, it was served blind, and though I identified the château, I was quite a few years out on the vintage. Maybe even decades!
November 21, 2022 - Neal Martin
This bottle of 1993 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Roncières 1er Cru was ‘magpied’ off a list in Beaune, one of the few bottles whose umbilical had not been cut within the last three years.
November 14, 2022 - Neal Martin
A few months back, I reported on a cluster of old Pouilly-Fuissés from Château de Beauregard that attested to their under-appreciated longevity. Here is another bottle that was bright as a daisy when opened in Beaune as a pre-prandial wake-me-up.