France: Alsace, Vinous Table
Restaurant Koehler – Auberge du Cheval Blanc, in the pretty Alsace town of Westhalten, strives for excellence but falls down on details that it must correct if it hopes to become a must-stop on any sybarite’s journey.
Netherlands, Vinous Table
Talented head chef Remco Kuijpers is a big attraction wherever he decides to cook, but fact is, just about everything about Restaurant Fitzgerald in Rotterdam (in the historic and pretty Oude Haven) will impress you.
Italy: Tuscany, featured
The 2014 Brunellos and the 2013 Riservas are polar opposites, the products of one of the most challenging vintages in memory (2014) and a very good, classic year (2013). And yet, both vintages have something to offer, if in completely different ways; the much-better-than-expected 2014s boast early appeal and can be enjoyed now while the 2013 Riservas mature in the cellar.
Located in the pretty, lively town of Alba, La Piola is more than your average Piedmontese trattoria. Impeccably prepared dishes offer something for every palate.
Cave Spring Cellars was among the first estates in Canada to believe in the future of vinifera varieties in a country deemed too cold for them to survive. The estate makes a plethora of outstanding wines, none better than their world-class CSV Riesling.
Italy, Vinous Table
Trattoria del Cimino is one of Italy’s best country trattorias, boasting expertly sourced ingredients, local wines and authentic recipes that explain almost 70 years of happy diners and culinary success.
Italy: North, Italy, featured
A wine with an undoubtedly long name, Balciana is deservedly also long on fame. One of Italy’s 20 or 30 best dry white wines, Balciana’s viscous, late-harvested personality makes it the closest thing to a great Alsace white that Italy offers.
France, Vinous Table
An isle of refined gastronomic tranquillity, the very pretty setting and precise, flavorful cuisine make Saint-Malo’s Le Saint-Placide one of the year’s restaurant discoveries.
France, France: Alsace, featured
Alsace, one of the most blessed winegrowing regions in the world, is in the midst of a generational change. Young growers are bringing a fresh mindset to the region’s viticulture and winemaking, its many outstanding wine grapes and its first-rate terroirs.
France, Vinous Table
Ingersheim’s Taverne Alsacienne is one of the best easygoing, reasonably priced country restaurants you will eat at anywhere in the world. Its refined simplicity, great food and outstanding wine choices make it a must for food and wine lovers.