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Ceretto Barbaresco Asili: 1974-2014

featured, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2018

Asili is arguably one of Italy’s greatest vineyards, and Ceretto owns probably its best section, the bricco at the top of the hill. Ceretto’s Barbaresco Asili ages splendidly and can rightly claim its place among Italy’s most distinctive red wines.

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Vinous Table: La Ciau del Tornavento, Treiso, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2018

One of Italy’s best and most beautiful restaurants, La Ciau del Tornavento offers memorable views of the vineyards and one of the country’s “top ten” wine cellars, making it a must-visit, especially in the off-season.

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The Wines of Alto Adige

featured, Italy: North, Italy

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2018

Alto Adige arguably makes Italy’s best white wines. Climate change and more judicious use of oak have also improved the red wines, especially the delicious one-two punch delivered by the Schiava varieties and Lagrein. The odd bottle of outstanding Pinot Nero and Cabernet Sauvignon rounds out a truly noteworthy offering of world-class wines.

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Vinous Table: JY’s, Colmar, France

France, France: Alsace, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2018

JY’s is without a doubt one of Alsace’s three best restaurants, offering a combination of precise, complex dishes, a good wine list, professional service and a romantic, refined location along the river Lauch in Colmar’s pretty Little Venice district.

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Vinous Table: Arpège, Paris, France

France, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2018

Arpège is one of the world’s best-known restaurants, a temple of high gastronomy where foodies flock to share in chef Alain Passard’s unique ability to turn vegetables (but not only vegetables) into the stars of a memorable meal.

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Campania: More Than Just Fiano, Greco and Aglianico

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2018

Campania is one of Italy’s best sources of distinctive white wines. A large number of indigenous grapes are matched to an equally diverse set of microclimates that give birth to striking wines. The reds are a bit of a mixed bag and run the gamut from extraordinary to overoaked and rustic wines that don’t always capture the full potential the region has to offer. Even so, Campania’s finest reds remain captivating.

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Vinous Table: Armando al Pantheon, Rome, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2018

Armando al Pantheon is arguably Rome’s best trattoria., Small, snug, and cozy in ambience, Armando al Pantheon is a real bastion of Roman comfort food and is not to be missed on your next trip to the Eternal city, provided you can get a reservation.

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Golden Oldies & Goodies: The Ageworthiness of Verdicchio

featured, Italy, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2018

Long overlooked and underrated, Verdicchio is starting to make a name for itself, not just for delicious, easily affordable site-specific whites, but for surprisingly ageworthy wines too.

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Albert Mann Gewurztraminer Furstentum: 1993-2015

featured, France: Alsace, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2018

Albert Mann is admired for wines of remarkable purity and precision. Arguably most famous for their Riesling Schlossberg and Pinot Noir bottlings, the estate’s Gewurztraminer Furstentum is just as outstanding, showcasing how well this variety can age in Alsace.

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Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 2001 – 2013

featured, Italy: Tuscany, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2018

Despite its short history, Le Potazzine is universally regarded as one of Montalcino’s top dozen or so wineries. The estate is known for remarkably refined Brunellos that speak of vintage, place and grape variety with utmost precision.