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2016 Bordeaux…It’s All In The Bottle

The bottled 2016s capture every bit of the potential I sensed when I started tasting the wines from barrel, prior to en primeur, in January 2017. I found many 2016s to be even better from bottle than they were during the spring futures campaign. The best 2016s are powerful, richly layered, vibrant and stunningly beautiful, not to mention incredibly delicious and alluring. For so many wines and estates, 2016 is an epic vintage.

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San Luis Obispo County Plays It Cool

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Long Distance Runner: Brane-Cantenac 1924-2015

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A Preview of 2018 and 2017 in Germany and Austria

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Sonoma Preview: January 2019 New Releases

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2017 Burgundy: A Modern Classic

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Trentino: New Releases

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2018 Dining & Drinking Memories

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Through the Wine Looking Glass: 2018 in Review

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Memorable Moments from a Turbulent 2018

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The Year in Review – 2018

Vinous Table

Crab with black truffle

Core by Clare Smyth, London, United Kingdom

Core is the most impressive debut since I first dined at The Ledbury, another Notting Hill destination restaurant.

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L’Auberge de l’Ill

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A Charity Dinner

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Saison, SF

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Ciau del Tornavento

Vinous Favorites

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2016 Ossian Quintaluna Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León, 90 points

Made from 100% Verdejo, this complex, energetic Spanish white is the entry-level bottling of one of Rueda’s top bodegas. The 2016 blends concentration and nerviness with a deft hand, while displaying intense, mineral-laced citrus fruit character, suave floral topnotes and spicy tenacity. (JR)


Cellar Favorites

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2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Bourgogne Blanc

I am at Domaine Rousseau and ask Cyrielle Rousseau about the mysterious Bourgogne Blanc. She confirms that her family produced it for a number of years from a parcel in Gevrey-Chambertin, solely for personal consumption or to give to friends and associates. They no longer make it.

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1999 Carl Von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abstberg Riesling Eiswein

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La Festa del Barolo 2019

January 31 - Feb 2, 2019
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