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A Preview of 2018 and 2017 in Germany and Austria

In canvassing Germany’s precarious vintage 2000 for The International Wine Cellar in early 2002, I led off by observing: “The decade of the 1990s was an extraordinary one for German vintners. At its midpoint (back in Issue 64), I wrote: ‘We are in the midst of a streak of vintages utterly unprecedented in the history of German viticulture.’ And I hadn’t seen or tasted the half of it....!"

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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

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Asti & Moscato d'Asti: The Delightful Lightness of Being


Napa Valley’s Extraordinary 2016 Cabernets

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Franciacorta: Bring In The Holidays With Italian Bubbles

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L’Auberge de l’Ill, Illhaeusern, France

It’s 150 years and counting at l’Auberge de l’Ill, one of the world’s best restaurants. My latest visit shows l’Auberge de l’Ill hasn’t missed a step – an epicurean temple that regales food and wine lovers from all around the world.

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A Charity Dinner

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Saison, SF

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Ciau del Tornavento

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JY’s, Colmar, France

Vinous Favorites

2016 Ossian Quintaluna Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León ($25.00) 90

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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