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2017 Rosé Roundup: Drink Now, Drink Later

featured, Rest of the World

Josh Raynolds, Jun 2017

Among the oldest of many wine cliché’s is that Rosés don’t age well and, like seersucker suits, are out of style after the Labor Day following the vintage. While wearing summer suits out of season might not be in good taste, drinking the best pink wines year-round is highly recommended.

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Mosel 2015: Rain in the Nick of Time

featured, Germany

David Schildknecht, Jun 2017

Seldom has a vintage been better suited for tapping the awesome abundance of talent that has accumulated along the 135 circuitous miles of the Mosel between Trier and Koblenz, where sites and growers are testing one another’s potential with increasingly exciting results.

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A Bond Extravaganza

featured, United States: California

Stephen Tanzer, Jun 2017

A remarkable comprehensive tasting at Bond Estates in March spotlighted the consistently high quality of the Bond wines and brought their distinctive terroir character into sharp relief.

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Abruzzo & Molise: This Year It’s Reds Over Whites

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

The latest releases from the beautiful and generally underrated Abruzzo region demonstrate that the difficult 2016 vintage growing season was tough on white wines, but newly released reds from 2015, 2014 and earlier are not just good but in many cases outstanding. Improvements are afoot in Molise as well.

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Ronchi di Cialla's Schioppettino di Cialla: 1982-2010

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Friuli Venezia Giulia’s Schioppettino is one of the world’s most interesting and potentially great red grape varieties. Schioppettinos are especially characterized by an enticing green peppercorn note that is extremely typical and juicy, bright, mid-weight frames. Ronchi di Cialla’s Schioppettino is an iconic and historic wine in the true sense of those words, and Italy’s finest expression of the grape.

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Cellar Favorites: Seven Classics from Ridge

featured, United States: California, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

It’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to revisit some of the reference point wines that have emerged from Ridge over the last few years. As I have written in the past, if the United States had a formal classification of estates, Ridge would be the equivalent of a Bordeaux First Growth.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc: Moving Out of the Shadows

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Jun 2017

With the 2015 vintage, Châteauneuf-du-Pape stakes its claim as one of the Rhône Valley’s top growing regions for white wines. The better examples are now equal in quality to many of their highly esteemed and generally better-known northern Rhône cousins, even Hermitage and Condrieu. Unfortunately, there’s not much wine to go around.

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Roederer Cristal: That ’70s Show

featured, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

I have had many memorable tastings at Roederer over the years, but this vertical of Cristals from the 1970s might go down as the most remarkable yet. For the occasion, longtime Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon pulled out all of the Cristals of the 1970s, nine wines in total, all of which we tasted from the original disgorgements. The wines were moving for their extraordinary beauty.

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2017 Rosé Roundup: More Wines than Ever

featured, Rest of the World

Josh Raynolds, Jun 2017

The demand for pink wines has quickly gone from a wave to a surge to a flood at this stage and, no, it isn’t your imagination that there are far more of them than ever available, from all over the world.

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The Undiscovered Burgundy

featured, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

Burgundy remains one of the most fascinating and alluring regions in the world. Although it is unquestionably thrilling to taste at Burgundy's top domaines, as a wine consumer myself, these days I find just as much pleasure in discovering emerging vignerons - the best of whom are making wines the average consumer can afford to buy and drink - as well as appellations that still fly under the radar and offer value.