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Vinous Table: Saison, San Francisco

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

This recent dinner at Saison was one of the very best meals I have had not just in 2017, but in a very long time. Executive Chef Joshua Skenes and Wine Director Mark Bright have created one of the most memorable dining and hospitality experiences in the United States.

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Vinous Table: Centro Storico, Serralunga d'Alba

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Centro Storico is one of my homes away from home. I always look forward to walking in the door, sitting at one my usual tables and enjoying a simple meal with great wine.

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Piedmont's Finest Eating Destinations: 2017 Edition

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

One of the biggest challenges readers visiting Piedmont face is deciding where to eat. It's a good problem to have. I can’t think of any wine region – or indeed anywhere in the world – that has such a concentration of phenomenal dining destinations all within a 30-40 minute drive at most from Barolo or Barbaresco. As if that were not enough, Mother Nature has blessed Piedmont with extraordinary raw materials and spectacular wines that are absolutely breathtaking together.

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Vinous Table: Osteria L'Acciuga, Ravenna, Italy

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

Located on the outskirts of Ravenna’s central historic district, Osteria L’Acciuga specializes in fish and seafood served in an informal setting. This recent lunch was fabulous.

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Vinous Table: The Polo Bar, New York

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

Although the Polo Bar is quite a scene, I have always found the food to be terrific, as it was once again this night. I have to admit that seeing what was once the flagship Ralph Lauren store on 5th Avenue closed is a somber reminder of the state of retail in the world right now.

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Vinous Table: La Petite Auberge, Trouville, France

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Ian D'Agata, Sep 2017

Most restaurants in Normandy’s delightful Trouville, a small seaside hamlet characterized by a quiet charm, engage in the preparation of simple and fresh but hardly memorable seafood dishes. Not so at La Petite Auberge, where the small menu of carefully prepared, complex dishes denote noteworthy culinary ability.

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Vinous Table: Au Carré des Feuillants, Paris, France

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Ian D'Agata, Sep 2017

Carré des Feuillants is one of my favorite restaurants, in no small part due to chef’s Alain Dutournier’s uncanny ability to match food and wine. The stellar service you would expect at a highly renowned spot, a sophisticated but not stuffy atmosphere and one of the world’s best restaurant wine lists makes it easy to hope for frequent return trips.

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Vinous Table: L’Écume Saint-Honoré, Paris, France

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Ian D'Agata, Aug 2017

One of my favorite hangouts in the world, Paris’ L’Écume Saint-Honoré is a delightfully easygoing fish-mongerer whose owners had the brilliant idea, a few years ago, of setting up small tables and stools to perch upon to allow patrons to enjoy the fresh crustaceans and bivalves directly on the spot. A compact but qualitative wine selection only adds to the fun.

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Vinous Table: Taverna del Colleoni Dell’Angelo, Bergamo, Italy

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Ian D'Agata, Aug 2017

Colleoni is a truly historic Italian restaurant where you’ll essentially never have a bad meal. It is a bastion of ultra-dependable, traditional cooking where locals and their families have been feasting happily for decades, and so should you, any chance you get. The fact Colleoni is located in Bergamo, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, only makes a visit more interesting.

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Vinous Table: Wistub du Sommelier, Alsace, France

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Ian D'Agata, Aug 2017

Wistubs are equivalents of modern day bistros but that harken back to past times, offering home style food in rural, country settings. Wistub du Sommelier, one of the finest in Alsace and a favorite dining hangout of local vignerons and wine lovers, rarely disappoints.