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Bordeaux’s Radiant 2015s

Bordeaux enjoyed its strongest vintage in a number of years in 2015. The warm, dry summer yielded opulent wines built on intense fruit and voluptuous textures. At their best, the 2015s are spectacularly rich, racy wines loaded with personality. But the heat also brought with it a fair amount of challenges. Quality is inconsistent, so readers will have to choose carefully to get most out of what 2015 has to offer.

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Vacqueyras: Excellent Values from the Southern Rhône

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Vertical Tasting of Phelps Insignia

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Remembering Denis Malbec

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Italy’s 2015 Rosatos: Full-Bodied and Luscious

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Berners Tavern, London, England

This informal dinner with a small group of friends was a great way to finish off a week in London. We met at Berners Tavern, which is on the ground floor of the Element Hotel in Fitzrovia. The dramatic high ceilings, striking décor and buzz in the room...


The Ledbury, London, UK

Hamachi crudo with blood orange

TORC Restaurant, Napa, CA


Sturehof, Stockholm, Sweden

Seirass (3)

Antica Corona Reale, Cervere, Italy

Vinous Favorites

2014 Walter Strub Niersteiner Paterberg Riesling Spätlese ($20) 90 points

2014 Walter Strub Niersteiner Paterberg Riesling Spätlese, 90 points

A suggestion of herbal and floral extracts is nicely backed by sweetness as it comes to the palate, at the same time shows refreshing cut with fresh lime. Hints of wild fennel and nettle add piquancy and prickle to an impressive and invigorating, slightly sweet-sour finish. (DS)


Cellar Favorites

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1975 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon

It’s been a few years since I last drank the Chappellet’s 1975 Cabernet Sauvignon. In that time, the wine has only gotten better!

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1976 Château Climens

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