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Cellar Favorites: 1970 Giacomo Conterno Barolo & Barolo Riserva Monfortino

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

Giacomo Conterno’s 1970 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is one of my very favorite wines. When Il Professore told me he might bring a bottle to dinner, I didn’t think he actually would, much less show up with a bottle of the 1970 Barolo also in tow. But, so he did!

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Santa Barbara: Present & Future

featured, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

Santa Barbara remains one of the most fascinating regions in the world. Rich history, a culture of site-specific wines and reasonable pricing make Santa Barbara one of the most exciting and rewarding regions for consumers who want to discover distinctive, high-quality artisan wines that speak of place. I came away from my tastings this past summer more impressed than ever with the region, its producers and a bevy of wines that are truly magnificent.

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Cellar Favorite: 1985 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

This extraordinary bottle of Randy Dunn’s 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain brought back so many memories. Over the years, one of the ways I have learned about wine is doing a full-immersion of sorts with certain benchmark producers where I focus on a single estate for a few months or years, really trying to understand the essence of each property.

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Piedmont's Finest Eating Destinations: 2019 Edition

featured, Vinous Table, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

One of the biggest challenges readers visiting Piedmont face is deciding where to eat. It's a good problem to have. I can’t think of any wine region – or indeed anywhere in the world – that has such a concentration of phenomenal dining destinations all within a 30-40 minute drive from pretty much any point. Readers visiting Piedmont will find a mind-boggling array of dining choices, ranging from simple wine bars to more elegant dining rooms, including many places that are bit farther afield. These are some of my personal favorites.

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Cellar Favorite: 2009 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

I had a chance to taste a number of reference point 2009s during my recent tour of Bolgheri. Le Macchiole’s 2009 Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso was one of the most impressive.

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Cellar Favorite: 2009 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2019

We often focus on the rarest of the rare in our Cellar Favorites column. While it is undoubtedly fun to taste and drink highly coveted bottles, there is also a lot to be said for cellar worthy wines that consumers can find without spending a fortune.

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2016 Chianti Classico – A Modern Day Benchmark

featured, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2019

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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Vinous Table: All'Osteria Bottega, Bologna, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: North

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2019

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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Cellar Favorite: Four From Domaine Raveneau

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2019

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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Beyond Wine: The David Gilmour Collection

Beyond Wine

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2019

David Gilmour and Pink Floyd were a big part of my early musical education. I wore out my copies of “The Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall” (it was vinyl back then) in high school learning how to play all the guitar parts note for note. Needless to say, I was deeply intrigued when David Gilmour decided to auction off a large number of his guitars – including the instruments that had given birth to so many Pink Floyd classics – all for charity, further cementing his legacy of philanthropy.