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Champagne: 2017 New Releases

Champagne remains one of the hottest regions in the world. The emergence of small, family run domaines continues at a fast pace as the grower Champagne movement comfortably settles into its second generation. Many of the grandes marques, Champagne’s historic high-end houses, have quietly expanded their ranges, with an assortment of single-parcel and/or late-release ultra tête de cuvée bottlings that did not exist just a few years ago. All of that means consumers have never had more choice – at all ends of the quality and style spectrum – than they do today.

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Miani Ribolla Gialla Pettarin: 2000 – 2015

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Mâconnais 2016 and 2015: Dealing with the Elements


Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival 2017

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Santa Lucia Highlands 2015: The Grapes of a Wrathful Vintage


Remembering Patrick Maroteaux

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Neal Martin Joins Vinous as Senior Editor

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Dom Pérignon in Three Acts

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Castello di Ama L’Apparita Retrospective 1988-2013

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Campamac – Osteria di Livello, Barbaresco, Italy

I haven’t done the math, but I would be willing to bet no other place in the world can match Piedmont for its sheer concentration of world-class restaurants, most of which are located within a few kilometers from each other.

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d’Brendelstub, Riquewihr, France

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Tan Dinh, Paris, France

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Le Bernardin, New York, NY

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Café Boulud, Toronto, Canada

Vinous Favorites

2015 Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz Cliff Edge ($25.00) 92

2015 Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz Cliff Edge, 92 points

This Australian Shiraz deftly combines intensity and finesse, offering sappy dark berry and spice character with seamless texture. While plenty of Aussie Shiraz is made in a full-throttle style, this wine impresses with elegance, not power. (JR)


Cellar Favorites

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2002 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasted from magnum, Spottswoode’s 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous and in a great spot right now. The exotic bouquet, with its myriad shades of smoke, graphite, espresso, savory herb and spice, is super-inviting.

2002 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

2009 Sperling Riesling Old Vines Okanagan Valley British Columbia

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