Castello dei Rampolla: Sammarco 1981-2011

Castello dei Rampolla has been one of Tuscany’s leading estates for more than four decades. This once-in-a-lifetime tasting encompassed every vintage of Sammarco back to 1981 and provided a rare opportunity to trace the arc of one of Tuscany’s most groundbreaking reds.


On the Tuscan Coast: New Releases


Grower Profile – Ulises Valdez

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Austria 2013

Old aglianico vineyard in taurasi village

Campania: Made in Italy

Vinous Table

Fancy heirloom tomato  pole beans  almond fennel pesto and smoked corn

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

2014 Tua Rita Rosso di Notri ($20) 91 points

2014 Tua Rita Rosso di Notri, 91 points

A juicy, flamboyant wine, the 2014 Rosso di Notri is bursting at the seams with fruit. Black cherry, plums, sweet spices and mint abound in a juicy, intense wine to drink in its youth, while the fruit remains vibrant. (AG)


Cellar Favorites

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2008 Bodega Poesia Poesia

If you think of Mendoza’s Malbec-based wines as rich and ripe but a bit chunky and best for early drinking, try the supremely elegant 2008 vintage of Poesia, a 60/40 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc from ungrafted vines planted in 1935.

1990 Jacques Selosse Brut Blanc de Blancs

1998 Seppi Landmann Sylvaner Recolté en Vin de Glace

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