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Loam Baby: The Presence of Bob Varner

When I ask Bob Varner if having been born in the Midwest informs his approach to winegrowing, winemaking and the business of selling wine, he says flatly, “Um. No. I don’t think so.” It’s a perfectly Midwestern answer – plainspoken and achingly uncomplicated. Still, his honest, straightforward manner belies a man of ambitious, sweeping enological dreams.


Castello dei Rampolla: Sammarco 1981-2011


On the Tuscan Coast: New Releases


Grower Profile – Ulises Valdez

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Austria 2013

Vinous Table

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The Carlile Room, Seattle, WA

What’s left to say about Tom Douglas, the wizard of Seattle whose restaurants pop up as reliably and frequently as bouquets from a magician’s hat?

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Alla Dama Bianca, Trieste, Italy


La Pyramide Patrick Henriroux, Vienne, France

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Ava Gene’s, Portland, OR


Torre del Saracino, Vico Equense, Italy

Vinous Favorites

2012 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 50 Vendemmie ($25) 93 points

2012 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 50 Vendemmie, 93 points

Monsanto's 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva 50 Vendemmie is one of the most pedigreed wines of the year. Deep and resonant in the glass, but not at all heavy, the 2012 possesses magnificent complexity to match what I can only describe as a regal expression of Sangiovese.


Cellar Favorites

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2005 Masseto

The 2005 Masseto is a fabulous choice for drinking now and over the next decade or so. Now at ten years of age, the 2005 has developed beautifully in bottle.

2008 Bodega Poesia Poesia

1990 Jacques Selosse Brut Blanc de Blancs

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