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Cellar Favorite: 1969 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2021

Monsanto’s 1969 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio was a very pleasant surprise after a long day of visits and tastings. Monsanto is one of the historic estates of Chianti Classico.

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Everyday Piedmont, Part 1

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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Chianti Classico and Beyond – 2018 & 2019

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2021

I was thrilled to get back to Chianti Classico this past summer. It was my first tasting trip to Italy in two years. Much has changed, for obvious reasons, but some things haven’t, chief among them my long-held belief that these are some of the greatest sites in the world.

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Vinous Table: Union Square Café, New York, NY

United States: New York, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2021

It’s great to see New York back at its customary pace following a very challenging period, especially for restaurants. This recent dinner at Union Square Café was truly invigorating. Plus it was great to just be out with friends again.

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Cellar Favorite: 2001 Léoville Las-Cases

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2021

I admit it. I like the classics. Whether it is food, wine, music, art, fashion or anything else, my tastes have long been drawn to the classics, which I define as things that have lasting value over time. Those things that never go out of style. When it comes to wine, Léoville Las Cases is a classic.

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Owen Bargreen Joins Vinous

General Interest, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2021

I am pleased to announce that Owen Bargreen has joined Vinous as an Editor with the responsibility for covering wines from Washington State. Additionally, Owen will take a look at wines from often overlooked areas around the US, including Virginia, Michigan and Texas.

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Announcement: Stephen Tanzer Becomes Vinous Critic Emeritus

General Interest, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2021

I am delighted to announce that Stephen Tanzer is now Critic Emeritus at Vinous. Steve will transition day-to-day responsibilities for his key regions to our team of critics while continuing to write occasional articles.

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Remembering Jim Clendenen

featured, Vinous Remembers

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2021

The texts started coming in over the weekend. Jim Clendenen had passed away. I was in shock. We had a tasting scheduled in two weeks. Surely this was some sort of mistake. Sadly, those early reports turned out to be true.

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

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

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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2020 Bordeaux En Primeur: Almost Back to Normal

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2021

Two thousand-twenty was a year of ups and downs. A number of challenges during the growing season kept vineyard managers and winemakers on their toes, just as the world grappled with the most serious health crisis in living memory. Now that the 2020s are being released en primeur, the Bordelais refer to the vintage as the third in a ‘trilogy’ that includes 2018 and 2019, but it’s not always easy to separate the marketing buzz from reality. How did the wines turn out?