featured, Italy: Tuscany
I was thrilled to get back to Chianti Classico this past summer. It was my first tasting trip to Italy in two years. Much has changed, for obvious reasons, but some things haven’t, chief among them my long-held belief that these are some of the greatest sites in the world.
Vinous Table, United States: New York
It’s great to see New York back at its customary pace following a very challenging period, especially for restaurants. This recent dinner at Union Square Café was truly invigorating. Plus it was great to just be out with friends again.
France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites
I admit it. I like the classics. Whether it is food, wine, music, art, fashion or anything else, my tastes have long been drawn to the classics, which I define as things that have lasting value over time. Those things that never go out of style. When it comes to wine, Léoville Las Cases is a classic.
General Interest, featured
I am pleased to announce that Owen Bargreen has joined Vinous as an Editor with the responsibility for covering wines from Washington State. Additionally, Owen will take a look at wines from often overlooked areas around the US, including Virginia, Michigan and Texas.
General Interest, featured
I am delighted to announce that Stephen Tanzer is now Critic Emeritus at Vinous. Steve will transition day-to-day responsibilities for his key regions to our team of critics while continuing to write occasional articles.
featured, Vinous Remembers
The texts started coming in over the weekend. Jim Clendenen had passed away. I was in shock. We had a tasting scheduled in two weeks. Surely this was some sort of mistake. Sadly, those early reports turned out to be true.
cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy
The 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Cuvée Dames Hospitalières is a Hospices de Beaune bottling raised by Mounir Saouma of Lucien Le Moine for American importer Vintus.
France: Bordeaux, featured
Two thousand-twenty was a year of ups and downs. A number of challenges during the growing season kept vineyard managers and winemakers on their toes, just as the world grappled with the most serious health crisis in living memory. Now that the 2020s are being released en primeur, the Bordelais refer to the vintage as the third in a ‘trilogy’ that includes 2018 and 2019, but it’s not always easy to separate the marketing buzz from reality. How did the wines turn out?
cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany
Tasting the 2015 Soldera Sangiovese brings back so many memories of tasting the wine from cask with Gianfranco Soldera prior to his passing in 2019. The routine was always the same.
Italy: Piedmont, featured
What makes a great Barolo vintage? Unlike some regions, Bordeaux being the most notable, Piedmont does not have an established framework that sets out the criteria required for a vintage to be considered very high in potential quality. What follows is my framework of objective criteria that are necessary in order for a Barolo (or Barbaresco) vintage to be considered truly great. It is inspired by the late Denis Dubourdieu and the model he developed for assessing young Bordeaux vintages and the research my colleague Alessandro Masnaghetti has done in collecting and analyzing weather, harvest dates and other data. To that, I add my 20+ years of visiting the region and all of the information I have gathered in speaking with winemakers, agronomists and other professionals over that time, plus drinking more than my fair share of the wines. As with Dubourdieu’s model, this framework addresses the growing season, and does not venture into an assessment of the wines.