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Santa Cruz Mountains: Scaling the Heights

Standing high atop the North American Plate the eye is drawn to the gorge below and the forest that lies on the San Andreas Fault. Across the valley, the Pacific Plate comes into view. The hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley is in full swing below. A seemingly endless stream of cars moves through the freeways like ants; industrious, but also totally silent. We are in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one of the most unique wine producing regions anywhere in the world.


Ridge Monte Bello: Past, Present and Future

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Beringer’s Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: One of Napa Valley’s First Cult Wines

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New Releases from the Marche: Something for Everyone


Italy: Odds & Ends

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Lo Scudiero, Palermo, Sicily

Located in the heart of Palermo, Lo Scudiero is an oasis of calm in a city that can at times be overwhelming. I have been eating at Lo Scudiero for about as long as I can remember. This fabulous lunch brought back many memories.

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I Pupi Ristorante, Bagheria, Sicily


Jean-Georges, New York

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Maialino, New York


Carbone, New York

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2012 Château de Francs Les Cerisiers ($12) 88 points

2012 Château de Francs Les Cerisiers, 88 points

A juicy, succulent wine, the 2012 Les Cerisiers is one of the very best values readers will find in Bordeaux, or anywhere for that matter. Sweet cherry, plum, tobacco, mint and cedar abound in this delicious Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blend from the Hébrard and de Boüard families.


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Three from Domaine Leflaive

The three whites in this tasting open a small window into the career of Anne-Claude Leflaive, one of Burgundy’s most brilliant vignerons. Sadly, Leflaive passed away earlier this year, but these wines are a poignant reminder of the rich legacy she leaves behind.

2011 Miani Malvasia

2002 Soter Vineyards Pinot Noir Beacon Hill

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2010 Brunello di Montalcino

September 29, 2015 - New York
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