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The Vinous 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

featured, Beyond Wine, FAQ

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2018

Looking for that perfect gift for the wine lover in your life? We’ve got you covered with a selection of gifts ranging from new books, to glasses, maps and much more.

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Champagne – The Season’s New Releases

featured, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2018

I came away from my annual fall Champagne tastings absolutely exhilarated by the quality of the wines. As it turns out, I reviewed most of the new releases from the grandes marques in our Summer Preview, so this article focuses heavily on grower Champagnes. That is merely a coincidence, or maybe in the end, it isn’t. As I scan through the domaines covered in this article I can’t help but pause to think about how much Champagne has changed in just the last decade or so.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2018

The 1990 Barbaresco Costa Russi brings back a rush of memories from a tasting that feels like it happened just yesterday. Time has been exceedingly kind to the 1990.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2018

Through severe cropping and selection, Sandrone made a Valmaggiore in 2002 that is truly eye opening.

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2014 Barolo: Late Releases

featured, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2018

The 2014 Barolo vintage offers readers plenty of intriguing options, although a little work is required to cull out the gems and avoid wines that were affected by a growing season with some of the most challenging conditions in recent memory. In a few cases, growers decided not to bottle some or all of their top single-vineyard wines, making a number of the entry-level Barolos particularly compelling. I remain just as excited by the top 2014 Barolos as I was when I first started tasting the wines in November of that year.

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Cellar Favorite: 2010 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Blanchot Grand Cru

cellar favorite, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2018

The 2010 Valmur and Clos were magnificent at a recent charity dinner. A few days later I opened the Blanchot for a dear friend who lamented the scarcity and pricing that has, sadly, become the norm for Raveneau. Two thousand ten is a vintage I tasted chez Raveneau from barrel and bottle, but I hadn’t tasted any wines from the vintage since then.

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Eternal Leroy: 1937-2010

featured, France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2018

I still remember the first time I visited Domaine Leroy. It was a much earlier time in my tasting and writing career. As I walked into the understated winery in Vosne-Romanée I noticed the walls covered with photographs of what looked like incredible tastings. Gently softened by the passage of time, those photos bore testament to the extraordinary legacy built by Lalou Bize-Leroy and her late husband, Marcel Bize, over the six decades they spent together. My mind wandered as I imagined what it might be like to attend one of those events. Little did I know that in the coming years I would have the opportunity to participate in several historic tastings at both Domaine Leroy and Domaine d’Auvenay, Lalou Bize-Leroy’s home estate in the hills outside Meursault.

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Cellar Favorite: 1955 Cantina Mascarello Barolo

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2018

What a thrill it is to taste Cantina Mascarello’s 1955 Barolo from a perfectly stored and cared for bottiglione, a traditional Piedmontese large format that is no longer used.

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Barbaresco – Out of the Shadows: The 2016s & 2015s

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2018

I came away from my late summer tastings of Barbarescos deeply impressed. Reference-point estates are upping their game, while a number of ambitious, young winemakers are making significant improvements in quality. The 2016 Barbarescos, wines from a potentially historic vintage, are hugely promising. As I traveled from producer to producer, I experienced that sense of excitement and energy I always feel when in the presence of important vintages and wines.

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Vinous Table: Osteria Le Logge, Siena, Italy

Italy: Tuscany, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2018

Tuscany is littered with dozens of exceptional and even world-class wine estates. When it comes to dining, though, things get much more dicey. It is not always easy to cut through the plethora of anonymous restaurants serving indifferent fare to the unsuspecting tourist crowd and find places that excel with both delicious, well-prepared food and a carefully thought out wine program. 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.