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Argentina: New High-Altitude, High-Precision Whites

Argentina, featured

Joaquín Hidalgo, Jun 2021

Captivating. That’s the word for many of the white wines being produced in Argentina today. A new kind of Chardonnay is being crafted in the mountain vineyards of Argentina based on lively freshness and pure, ripe fruity flavors. The interpretations of these extreme terroirs being developed by an insightful group of producers are raising the bar for the variety in a country best known for its Malbec. Meanwhile, old Sémillon vines are being rediscovered in the more traditional regions and some excellent sparkling wines are popping up all over the country.

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Cellar Favorite: 2018 Hospices de Beaune Beaune 1er Cru Cuvée Dames Hospitalières

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2021

The 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Cuvée Dames Hospitalières is a Hospices de Beaune bottling raised by Mounir Saouma of Lucien Le Moine for American importer Vintus.

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Atlantic Spain: It’s Always About the Weather…

Spain, featured

Josh Raynolds, Jun 2021

Stretching from Galicia in the far northwest and along the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay to the Basque Country, Atlantic Spain is the country’s coolest winegrowing region. Mostly indigenous varieties that are grown virtually nowhere else in Spain are the rule. The almost universally ocean-influenced climate and the intrinsic character of those local grapes define vibrant wines that are increasingly capturing the attention of wine lovers across the globe.

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Symington: 2019 Single Quintas New Releases

Portugal, featured

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

The 2019 vintage in the Douro may not have coerced Symingtons into a declaration, but it did lay the foundation for a set of new single Quintas releases.

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Cellar Favorite: 1998 Domaine Georges Roumier Morey-Saint-Denis Clos de la Bussière 1er Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

There is no point in restating the fact that I, along with countless other Burgundy-lovers, adore the wines of Christophe Roumier. Oops, I did it again!

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Floating Points, Pharoah Saunders, London Symphony Orchestra - Promises

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

I cannot write too much about Promises – it is something you really have to listen to and immerse yourself in, preferably late at night with the lights dimmed, preferably on vinyl on a high-end audiophile system.

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Sicily: The Island Nation

Italy: Center & South, featured

Eric Guido, Jun 2021

There was a time when I believed wine lovers were ready to give up on the idea that Sicily might ever shrug off its reputation for large cooperatives, bulk production and false starts to fine-wine glory. Luckily, that day never came. Quite simply, the wines of Sicily have never been better than they are right now. The combination of drastically diverse terroirs, a huge uptick in quality and a vast number of varieties has created an embarrassment of riches for the discerning wine lover.

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Seven Australian Cabernets from 2015

featured, Australia, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

Maybe, like me, you have forgotten the joy a bottle of top-notch Australian Cabernet can bring. In a brief diversion away from tasting Bordeaux primeur, I sampled several wines that jogged my memory.

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Cellar Favorite: 1896 Taylor’s Single Harvest Port

Portugal, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

Several years ago, Taylor’s Fladgate had what might be described as a eureka moment. Instead of using precious, ancient and irreplaceable pipes of Port into their 40-Year Old Blend for example, why not see if there is a niche market for limited launches of historical fortified wines?

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2021 Rosé – New Releases

featured, Rest of the World

Vinous, Jun 2021

Rosé continues to be a hot category around the world. As our coverage expands, this year we offer one combined report from our team of editors to make these reviews easier to search and reference. Our editors take a look at some of the issues driving the production of Rosés during the second year of a global pandemic. We will continue to update this report in the coming weeks and months as more wines enter the market.