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Southern Italy offers many excellent and often inexpensive wines for those willing to venture outside their comfort zone. Although there are underachievers, if you stick to the producers I recommend here, you won’t be disappointed, for there are a myriad of wine grapes, styles and estates worth discovering.

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Complex, Not Complicated: 2017 DRC in Bottle

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Gigondas Maintains Its Tempo

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Refusing to Follow the Script: Jean-Marie Guffens

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Alto Adige: On a Roll

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2016 Barolo: Right Place, Right Time

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Vintage Seeks Home: Bordeaux 2017 In Bottle

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Volpe Pasini Pinot Bianco Zuc di Volpe: 1999-2017

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Paso Robles Can’t Stop Winning

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Postcard from Chablis: The 2018s & 2017s

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Resurrecting the Mystery: Clos Joliette


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Piedmont Icons at Legacy Records

There are few things I enjoy more than hosting small dinners for Vinous readers. The conversation and company are always just as good as the wine and food, while the intimate format allows for deeper conversations than at larger events.

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L'Expression, Beaune

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Au Fil du Zinc

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Wheeler’s Oyster Bar

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2018 Elio Altare Dolcetto d'Alba, 89 points

Altare’s 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba offers terrific varietal character to match its mid-weight personality. The 2018 is a bit lighter than most editions - that is the vintage - but it also has tons of nuance in its dark plum, leather, cedar, licorice and tobacco flavors. This is classic Dolcetto. (AG)

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1990 Soldera – Case Basse Brunello di Montalcino

Soldera’s 1990 Brunello di Montalcino doesn’t quite have the visceral power and lushness of his Riserva, but you know what? It comes pretty close.

1959 Marqués de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja

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