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Campania 2018: Early Appeal And Accessibility

Readers who have followed my writings over the years know I am a huge fan of Campania. The whites are some of Italy’s greatest and most ageworthy wines. The best Campania whites are terroir-driven and full of varietal character. With some notable exceptions, Campania's red wines are unfortunately less consistent because of the combination of overripe grapes and too much oak. For that reason, it pays to be especially selective when it comes to the reds.

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The Future’s Not What It Was: Bordeaux 2018

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Barbaresco 2016 & 2017 – A Tale of Two Vintages

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Beaujolais: If You Want Value - You’ve Got It


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Otto's, London, United Kingdom

It was an afternoon like no other: the theatre of Otto’s and Otto himself, the decadence of the food and this triptych of astonishing Pomerol. All of it would have been pointless without commensurate company, and the banter flowed as freely as the wine.

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Mt Sinai Charity Dinner

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Casa Cámara, Spain

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L’Express, Montréal

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Xaya, France


Vinous Favorites

2018 Coudert Fleurie Cuvée Christie ($20.00) 92

2018 Coudert Fleurie Cuvée Christie, 92 points

This textbook Beaujolais displays raspberry, cherry and floral pastille character while dusty mineral and baking spice nuances lend complexity and lift. Juicy, balanced and finely detailed, the 2018 provides immense pleasure now but will only get more interesting over the next few years. (JR)

($20.00)

Cellar Favorites

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1970 La Tour Haut-Brion

I admit I have a penchant for deceased châteaux, perhaps none more so than La Tour Haut-Brion since it provided such a bevy of memorable bottles. Its history is entwined with that of La Mission Haut-Brion.

1994 Domaine Ponsot Morey-Saint-Denis Clos des Monts Luisants Blanc 1er Cru

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La Festa Del Barolo 2020

January 30 - Feb 1, 2020
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