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Champagne: 2021 New Releases

After a brutal year in 2020 in which sales slumped dramatically, Champagne has come back with a vengeance. Demand and enthusiasm are high, no doubt buoyed by a return to more or less ‘normal’ conditions, whatever that means these days. Readers will find an extraordinary range of Champagnes in the market that span the entire stylistic spectrum ranging from the glitziest grande marque new releases to small-production artisan bottlings.

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Breaking News: Justin Willett Acquires Iconic Fiddlestix Vineyard

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Argentina on the Couch: Malbec, Terroir and Other Trends

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Muscadet: A Region in Crus Control

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Don’t Rain on My Parade: Mâconnais 2019/2020

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Chablis’ Satellites: Irancy & Saint-Bris

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Italy's Food and Wine Epicenter: Emilia-Romagna

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Enduring Precision: The Latest Cellar-Worthy Wines from Argentina

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Santa Barbara: On the Road…Finally!

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2017 Barolo, Part 2: The Late Releases

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Life on the Margin: Chablis 2019/2020


Vinous Table

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TORC, Napa, USA

This recent Saturday lunch at TORC was a nice break from my tastings in Napa Valley. It was great to see an old friend and get back to a more normal rhythm of actually being able spend time with people again.

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The River Café, London, UK

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Chizuru Tei, Edinburgh

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Divino Enoteca, Scotland

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Fhior, Scotland


Vinous Favorites

2019 Fundamental Wines by Joey Tensley Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 Fundamental Wines by Joey Tensley Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 points

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is inky and voluptuous. It hits the palate with blackberry jam, chocolate, licorice and spice. I can't think of a California Cabernet that delivers this much quality for the money. Black cherry fruit, tobacco and cedar abound. (AG)

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Cellar Favorites

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1970 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo

A door to another time in Piedmont opens with the 1970 Barolo, a wine made by Battista Rinaldi long before his son, Beppe, ran the winery and well before his granddaughters, Marta and Carlotta, were even born.

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2012 Pian dell'Orino Rosso di Montalcino


Vinous Events

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La Festa Del Piemonte 2022

February 7 - 12, 2022
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