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California North Coast: Eyes Wide Open

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2022

As is our custom, we present our reviews of new releases from Sonoma County and neighboring North Coast appellations in a series of installments over the coming weeks. This report focuses on the 2020s and the 2019s, which I first covered in last year’s article. There’s a lot to talk about, so grab a glass and settle in. This might take a while.

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Cellar Favorite: 2005 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive

Italy: Piedmont, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2022

What a thrill it is to drink Bruno Giacosa’s 2005 Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive. The 2005 has been consistently brilliant since I first tasted it over a dozen years ago, but I confess that I had forgotten just how captivating the 2005 is. The word ‘classic’ is over-used, but that is exactly what the 2005 is. Classic.

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Everyday Piedmont, Parts 1 & 2

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2021

Piedmont has so much to offer the curious wine lover. Barolo and Barbaresco are now firmly established among the world’s greatest reds. Alto Piemonte has made huge strides in recent years. But there is so much more to Piedmont beyond those famous appellations and wines. In the hands of the best growers, Dolcetto, Barbera, Langhe Nebbiolo and Piedmont’s other reds and whites deliver the same qualities that have made the region’s top bottlings so coveted. These are artisan wines from family-run domaines that convey a sense of place.

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The 2019 Napa Valley Cabernets: A Deep Dive

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2022

My annual report on Napa Valley is jam-packed. The 2019 Cabernets are big, bold wines that show the extroverted side of Napa Valley. There are plenty of fabulous wines at all levels, but 2019 does not have the across the board consistency of a truly great vintage, so readers will have to be selective.

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Ten Albums That Changed My Life

Beyond Wine, featured

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2021

Last year, in the middle of lockdown, several readers asked me to do the popular “Ten Albums in Ten Days” challenge on social media. I am nowhere near organized enough to do that, but those messages planted a seed. So, in between major reports, I put together this list, with some context, written in the same vein as my article Ten Wines that Changed my Life from a few years ago. Every now and then writing about something other than wine is cathartic. I hope this article might provide something different to read over the holidays.

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Cellar Favorite: 2001 Kunin Syrah Alisos Vineyards

United States: California, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2021

Kunin’s 2001 Syrah Alisos Vineyards is an eye-opening wine. Still wonderfully fresh at age twenty, the 2001 impresses with its soaring floral/spice aromatics and vibrant, dark red-toned fruit.

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2021 - The Year In Review

General Interest, featured

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, it's time to reflect on the year behind and take a look at what lies ahead. There were certainly plenty of ups and downs, but as I write this I am incredibly energized about the future.


The Vinous 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

General Interest, featured

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2021

With the holidays fast approaching, Vinous has you covered for that perfect gift for the wine lover in your life. You will find plenty of ideas in this curated list of the season's most intriguing books, glassware, openers, maps and more.

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Cellar Favorite: 1970 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo

Italy: Piedmont, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2021

A door to another time in Piedmont opens with the 1970 Barolo, a wine made by Battista Rinaldi long before his son, Beppe, ran the winery and well before his granddaughters, Marta and Carlotta, were even born.

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Champagne: 2021 New Releases

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2021

After a brutal year in 2020 in which sales slumped dramatically, Champagne has come back with a vengeance. Demand and enthusiasm are high, no doubt buoyed by a return to more or less ‘normal’ conditions, whatever that means these days. Readers will find an extraordinary range of Champagnes in the market that span the entire stylistic spectrum ranging from the glitziest grande marque new releases to small-production artisan bottlings.