featured, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont, Italy: North
Capable of expressing the purest essence of site, vintage and producer style, Nebbiolo is without question one of the world’s elite red grapes. Skyrocketing prices and soaring demand make it increasingly difficult for consumers to find the best Barolos and Barbarescos. But the glories of Nebbiolo stretch far beyond those prestigious appellations. Readers will find a bevy of striking, captivating wines in Alto Piemonte and Lombardy’s Valtellina.
featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California
Whether a grand cru or a fine premier cru, Williams Selyem’s second flagship Pinot has established a 30-year record for individuality, longevity and consistency.
Vinous Table, United Kingdom
If a restaurant is the nexus between food and wine then Hide is London’s most important opening this year. Born with a platinum spoon in its mouth, Hide has everything: the location, the chef, the staff, the decor, the wine and behind it all, money... a lot of money. That is no shoo-in for success, but it helps. Given how Hide’s existence stems from wine, it is likely to become an oenophile Mecca, and I have a duty to give Vinous readers the lowdown. Allowing them six weeks to settle in, I wanted to see whether Hide would impact London’s restaurant scene in the same way as Hedonism did for fine wine retailing.
Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite
There are few elixirs that equal mature Sauternes or Barsac. The 1937 Château Coutet made a huge impression when it completed a bibulous dinner in Bordeaux.
featured, United States: California, napa
Two thousand seventeen will mostly be remembered for the October wildfires that ravaged Northern California. However, the keys to understanding the vintage and wines are much more nuanced than just what happened over that period of about ten days during which the survival of Napa Valley and surrounding counties felt severely threatened by relentless, advancing fires and high winds.
Vinous Table, United States: California
This intimate dinner with a small group of close friends came together literally at the last minute. Getting a reservation for six on a Saturday night in LA with no notice is not exactly the easiest thing to do, but I was thrilled we were able to get in.
featured, Italy: North
The calling cards of Valle d’Aosta wines are freshness and purity. Unfortunately, production for most of the better wines is tiny. Unmistakable mountain quality makes these among my favorite Italian wines.
featured, Rest of the World
I’ve been waiting for the market to hit a saturation point with pink wines for several years. It looks like I will have to wait a bit longer. Pink wines have never been in such worldwide demand as they are now. Producers from seemingly every red wine region on earth have been eagerly jumping on the bandwagon at a positively dizzying pace.
One of the highlights of any year is the rare instance in which the major Port houses come together in unison around St. George’s Day to declare. Unlike Bordeaux, where you have barely recovered from the last primeur when the next one arrives, general Port declarations tend to arise approximately three times per decade, thereby avoiding fatigue. So, whilst the dazzling 2011 Vintage Ports remain fresh in my mind, the 2016s arrive at a time when I am ready for more.
Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, France: Burgundy
I rarely encounter mature bottles of the most deified Burgundy on the planet. It took 15 years as a professional before I could claim to have imbibed Romanée-Conti that was not either prenatal in barrel or just bottled.