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2016 Chianti Classico – A Modern Day Benchmark

Italy: Tuscany, featured

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.

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2018 Napa Valley – First Impressions…

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

After a tumultuous, hugely stressful 2017, Napa Valley winemakers and owners welcomed an essentially trouble-free growing season in 2018. As I have done for many years, this past spring I tasted the new vintage from barrel to get a first look at the wines ahead of my fall tastings. Based on what I have seen so far 2018 looks like a strong vintage, although there were some challenges as well.

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Vinous Table: TentaziOni, Bordeaux, France

France: Bordeaux, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

After two packed weeks of tasting through several hundred 2018 Bordeaux en primeur samples, this dinner was a rare moment to simply relax and enjoy delicious food, superb wine and spirited conversation.

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The 2019 Champagne Summer Preview

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

I tasted a wide range of wines during two highly educational visits to Champagne this year. Our Summer Preview includes everything from reviews of new releases coming into the market, from both grower domaines and grand marques, as well as notes on a handful of collectibles. The pace of change on the ground is dizzying, which makes Champagne one of the most dynamic regions in the world today.

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Cellar Favorite: 1997 Domaine Servin Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

The 1997 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise at the end of my tasting of 2018s and 2017s at Domaine Servin. I can’t say I have a ton of experience with 1997, which is not exactly remembered as a great year for Chablis.

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Burgundy Odds & Ends

France: Burgundy, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

While it is undoubtedly thrilling to taste Burgundy’s most important and coveted wines, these days I get just as much pleasure from discovering wines from lesser appellations and producers that remain a bit under the radar. In other words, wines that the average consumer can still find and acquire without taking out a second mortgage.

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Vinous Table: Il Silene, Pescina, Italy

Italy: Center & South, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2019

I have wanted to eat at Il Silene for many years but had always been put off by its location, which is not especially convenient to the tasting circuit. What a mistake that turned out to be. This spectacular lunch proved Il Silene is very much worth a special trip.