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2016 Chianti Classico – A Modern Day Benchmark

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about Chianti Classico and its wines. My July trip included a number of truly memorable estate visits, two unforgettable verticals, and the thrill of discovering a handful of wineries that were new to me. The top 2016s have turned out to be just as extraordinary as I had hoped they would be, and the 2017s, while less consistent, have plenty to offer as well.

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2019 Rosé Roundup

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Two Imaginary Boys: Pichon-Lalande

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Raveneau Chablis Montée de Tonnerre: 1985-2015

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Rheingau & Mittelrhein Riesling: Rising to 2017’s Challenges

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Sicily: Where Great Wines and Lava Flow

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Drink Your Idols: Roumier’s Musigny 1976-2008

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2018 Napa Valley – First Impressions…

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The 2009 Napa Valley Cabernets at Age 10

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The 2019 Champagne Summer Preview

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Precious Clay: L’Eglise-Clinet 1929–2015


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All'Osteria Bottega, Bologna, Italy

Bologna is one of Italy’s temples of gastronomy. There are few better places to partake in its delights than at All’Osteria Bottega, an informal eatery that serves up a bevy of tried and true classics.

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Piazzetta Milù, Naples, Italy

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The Ledbury, London

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Chez Bruce, London

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TentaziOni, Bordeaux


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2018 Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup Rosé Comme Trois Poissons dans l'Eau, 91 points

Compelling for its blend of richness and finesse, this intriguing Rosé from southern France shows intense, mineral-accented red fruit and floral character. Creamy texture and depth of flavor belies its vibrancy, finishing with superb persistence and leaving a suave honeysuckle note behind. (JR)

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Four From Domaine Raveneau

I was inspired to write this article by my colleague Steve Tanzer’s superb retrospective on Raveneau’s Chablis Montée de Tonnerre and my own recent visit trip to Chablis earlier this summer. I have adored the Raveneau wines for a very long time. I buy them whenever I can for my own cellar.

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