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Piedmont's Finest Eating Destinations: 2019 Edition

Italy: Piedmont, Vinous Table, featured

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

One of the biggest challenges readers visiting Piedmont face is deciding where to eat. It's a good problem to have. I can’t think of any wine region – or indeed anywhere in the world – that has such a concentration of phenomenal dining destinations all within a 30-40 minute drive from pretty much any point. Readers visiting Piedmont will find a mind-boggling array of dining choices, ranging from simple wine bars to more elegant dining rooms, including many places that are bit farther afield. These are some of my personal favorites.

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Abruzzo and Molise: Another Brick in the Wall

Italy: Center & South, featured

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2019

Estates in Abruzzo and Molise continue to slowly claw their way to the top, although a big gap still exists between the region’s best wineries and all the others. That said, the better 2018 whites and 2017 reds show that Abruzzo and Molise are (mostly) on the right track.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Love Will Find A Way - Philip Bailey

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

“Love Will Find A Way” is a fantastic album that adds to the canon of a deeply impressive body of work.

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A Century of Bordeaux: The Nines

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

The follow-up to last year’s “A Century of Eights”, ingeniously titled “A Century of Nines”, examines Bordeaux vintages ending in that number to see how the wines are performing, with a focus on 1999 and 1989. As usual, there are surprises along the way.

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Cellar Favorite: 2009 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

I had a chance to taste a number of reference point 2009s during my recent tour of Bolgheri. Le Macchiole’s 2009 Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso was one of the most impressive.

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Vinous Table: The Wellington Arms, Baughurst, UK

United Kingdom, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

King and Page gave the Wellington Arms a new lease on life, reinventing it as a thriving restaurant, not a gastropub, that is a joy to visit every time.

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Argentina Reaches New Heights

Argentina, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2019

Despite economic tumult, Argentina is making better wines today than ever before, thanks to a recent string of very good to outstanding vintages, increasing vineyard plantings in cooler, higher-altitude sites, and winemaking techniques designed to produce fresher, better-balanced wines with clear site character.

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A Revolution of Place: Argentina Classifies Its Terroirs

Argentina, featured

Joaquín Hidalgo, Sep 2019

Until quite recently, one might have been forgiven for describing Argentina’s wine industry as a vast enterprise that made little distinction between different styles and terroirs. That is no longer the case. Producers in Argentina are going through their terroirs with a fine-tooth comb, hoping to discover outstanding sites that are capable of world-class wines.

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Northern Rhône: 2016 and 2017 Reds

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, featured

Josh Raynolds, Sep 2019

The two most recent vintages of bottled reds from the northern Rhône present two quite different faces of Syrah: 2017 full of dark fruit character, power and even opulence, and 2016 with bright, well-defined fruit qualities, distinct freshness and harmonious tannins.

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Cellar Favorite: MCDXIX, The Winemaker’s Selection Madeira – Blandy’s

Portugal, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

This year marks 600 years since the discovery and settlement of the island of Madeira in 1419. To celebrate, Blandy’s is releasing a special blend called “MCDXIX, The Winemaker’s Selection.”