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Picture This: Domaine Henri Gouges 1945 – 2016

Photographs so often convey history better than words. They can stimulate our imagination and trigger emotions. A photograph presents minimal information, its temporal limitation governed by the click of the lens that ensnares a moment in time. Our minds are left to colour in what comes before and after. This retrospective traces the history of Domaine Henri Gouges through eight decades and more than fifty wines.

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Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 2001 – 2013

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New Releases from Santa Lucia Highlands & Neighbors

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Rescuing Memories: Philippe Gayral’s Vins Doux Naturels

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Malvirà Roero Arneis Vigna Renesio: 2007 – 2015

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2016 Austrian Riesling & Grüner Veltliner

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Fairest of Them All: Cos d’Estournel 1928 – 2015

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2016 White Burgundy: Excellent, But Complicated

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Best Kids’ Meals in Napa Valley

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Paso Robles 2016 & 2015: New Releases

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Santa Barbara Dreamin'… Part One & Part Two

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Osteria Le Logge, Siena, Italy

Located steps away from Siena’s Piazza del Campo, Osteria Le Logge is one of the bright spots in Tuscany’s food and wine scene.

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Langosteria, Milan, Italy

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The Modern, New York

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Pierre Gagnaire, Paris

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Lyle’s, London, UK

Vinous Favorites

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2016 Raventós i Blanc Rosé de Nit Métode Tradicional, 91 points

This energetic pink bubbly from one of Spain’s iconic producers displays intense red berry, blood orange and floral character with a mineral flourish. Chewy and tightly focused, the 2016 shows a refreshingly bitter edge on a dry, persistent finish that emphatically repeats the floral theme. (JR)


Cellar Favorites

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2005 & 1995 Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon

Mayacamas continues to make striking wines under its new ownership. In addition to a host of current and upcoming releases (covered in my forthcoming Napa Valley report) I also had a chance to revisit two Cabernets from the estate’s library.

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La Festa del Barolo 2019

January 31 - Feb 2, 2019
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