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2016 Brunello di Montalcino: Radiance Personified

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Eric Guido, Nov 2020

In this year of incredible stress, heartache and forced changes to the way that we all have to live, there is certainly a comfort in looking at past vintages that are only now being released. Never before have these wines been more like a time capsule. There is no other vintage or category of wine that I’ve been looking forward to more than the 2016 Brunello di Montalcinos. The big question is: Do the 2016s live up to our expectations?

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Cellar Favorite: 2017 Domaine Didier Montchovet Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Nov 2020

Why a piddling Bourgogne Hautes-Côte de Whatever? What numbskull chooses to cellar such low ranking Burgundy? And who the hell is Didier Montchovet? Pull up a chair and let me explain why I chose this particular wine.

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Vinous Table: A Vinous Thanksgiving

General Interest

Vinous, Nov 2020

The traditional Thanksgiving menu, with its wide range of savory and sweet flavors, presents many opportunities for food and wine pairing. We asked our team of critics for their top Thanksgiving wine recommendations.

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Champagne: 2020 New Releases

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2020

For the first time in a dozen years, this past spring I was unable to travel to Champagne to taste the new vintage and survey the latest releases. Given the extraordinary challenges this year of both traveling and collecting hundreds of samples in a timely fashion, we will be publishing Champagne reviews within this article in a continuous stream over coming weeks and months, as I taste the wines. This latest installment covers wines tasted in October and November 2020. The best way to stay up to date on additions is to make sure you are receiving our emails and turn on notifications within the Vinous app.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Janko Nilovic & The Soul Surfers – Maze of Sounds

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Nov 2020

The recently released Maze of Sounds shows that the 80-year old Nilovic has lost none of his touch.

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The Year of Jazz & Wine: 1959

Verticals & Retrospectives, France, Germany, Spain, featured

Neal Martin, Nov 2020

Two extraordinary 1959-themed dinners at the end of last year presented a mouthwatering opportunity to examine this legendary vintage. This article looks at those wines and some of the stories that lie behind them.

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Cellar Favorite: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

United States: California, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Nov 2020

The 1999 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon has earned a highly respected place in the cellars of collectors in the know, and we’re not talking about the more popular Howell Mountain bottling.

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Vinous Table: Grouse Club – Fourth Edition, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Nov 2020

Upholding the tradition of a proper lunch with all its bells and whistles is the informally titled Grouse Club, formed for no reason but to share the titular game bird after the Glorious Twelfth.

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Rheinhessen 2018: Revelatory Rieslings

Germany, featured

David Schildknecht, Nov 2020

For any oenophiles still unaware – or seeking proof – that Rheinhessen justifies a buzz of critical acclaim and consumer excitement currently unsurpassed worldwide by any Riesling growing region, a perusal of the wines turned out in 2018 should do the trick.

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New Zealand Whites: The State of Play

New Zealand, featured

Rebecca Gibb MW, Nov 2020

In her first report for Vinous, Rebecca Gibb MW takes the temperature of the New Zealand white wine scene and uncovers the latest vintages: 2019 and 2020.