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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

Vinous Favorites

2014 Domaine Pierre Guindon Coteaux d'Ancenis Gamay Rosé ($12) 90 points

2014 Domaine Pierre Guindon Coteaux d'Ancenis Gamay Rosé, 90 points

Bright and spicy, revealing orange zest, strawberry, fresh rose and white pepper. Lithe, juicy and focused, offers nervy red berry, blood orange flavors and a hint of succulent herbs. Good clarity and lift on the persistent, incisive finish, with resonating mineral and floral nuances. (JR)


Cellar Favorites

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2011 Miani Malvasia

What a treat it is to discover Miani’s 2011 Malvasia, one of the rarest wines proprietor Enzo Pontoni has ever made.

2002 Soter Vineyards Pinot Noir Beacon Hill

1975 Travaglini Gattinara

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2010 Brunello di Montalcino

September 29, 2015 - New York
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