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Vinous Table: Crabtowne USA, Glen Burnie, MD

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Josh Raynolds, Oct 2020

Readers visiting the D.C. or Baltimore area who love seafood and tradition owe it to themselves to hit a Maryland crab house or two. It’s a unique, timeless and comforting experience that I try to enjoy as often as possible.

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2018 Santa Lucia Highlands: What a Difference a Year Makes

United States: California, featured

Josh Raynolds, Oct 2020

Following the epically hot 2017 vintage, Mother Nature paid Santa Lucia Highlands growers and winemakers back, with interest, by delivering a picture perfect season and an abundant crop of healthy grapes in 2018. The wines feature distinct energy and fine definition, with expressive fruit, well-integrated tannins for the red wines and relatively uncommon nerviness for the whites.

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Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Oct 2020

Who doesn’t enjoy munching through a packet of M&Ms? But these M&M’s are different: Montrachet & Musigny from Domaine Drouhin. I examine these two wines via separate verticals from recent vintages back to the 1940s.

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Cellar Favorite: 1966 Dow’s Vintage Port

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Portugal

Josh Raynolds, Oct 2020

The vintage Ports of 1966, despite their extremely high quality, have and probably always will live in the shade of the monumental 1963s, which is great news for consumers.

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Barbaresco: The Highs & Lows of 2016-2020

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2020

Readers will find a wide range of wines from Barbaresco in the market ranging from majestic, soaring 2016s to the far more variable 2017s and the first 2018 releases. With its stunningly beautiful, hillside vineyards, Barbaresco remains a terrific destination for consumers looking for site-specific, Old World wines that won’t break the bank.

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Vinous Table: St. John, Lodon, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Oct 2020

Let’s put this on the record: St. John makes the best pies in the world. Don’t argue with me. Their pies are perfection. St. John is to pie what DRC is to Pinot Noir.

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Vinous in London: Cappellano 1971-2012

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2020

This retrospective of Cappellano back to 1971, held in London for a small group of Vinous readers, was a fabulous opportunity to revisit a number of wines during what was a very different time in the world. The Cappellano Barolos remain some of the most idiosyncratic and deeply personal wines in the world.

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Cellar Favorite: 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin Grande Cuvée

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Josh Raynolds, Oct 2020

Two thousand and one is, without a doubt, one of this generation’s greatest vintages for France’s southern Rhône valley, producing an abundance of rich but balanced and ageworthy wines that are now either in their prime or entering it.

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Vinous Table: Endo At The Rotunda, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Oct 2020

Endo At The Rotunda is the hottest ticket in town. Three friends already had reservations for the following fortnight when I visited in mid-February – word of mouth travels fast among epicures.

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2016 Barolo, Part 2 & Late Releases

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2020

As is our custom, we present our annual Barolo coverage in two installments. This article covers recently bottled 2016 Barolos and a number of other late releases that are in the market. Readers will find everything from benchmark producers to lesser-known growers who made some of their best wines ever.