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Alsace: The 2017s And Late-Released 2016s, Part 2

France: Alsace, featured, France

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2019

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.

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Vinous Table: La Taverne Alsacienne, Ingersheim, France

Vinous Table, France

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2019

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.

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Vinous Table: Le Coquillage, Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes, France

Vinous Table, France

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2019

Le Coquillage is the restaurant founded by superchef Olivier Roellinger in the high-class Maisons de Bricourt hotel complex on Brittany’s fashionable coast. Today, it’s Roellinger’s son, Hugo, who is at the stove in this temple of Breton cuisine especially devoted to seafood.

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Alsace & Luxembourg: 2017s and Late-Released 2016s

France: Alsace, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2019

Alsace has always produced some of the world’s greatest white wines. The good news is that it ismaking some increasingly exciting red wines, most of them from Pinot Noir, although recently some wineries have also planted small plots of Syrah and even St. Laurent as well. In nearby Luxembourg a number of privately owned domaines are also making outstanding wines too, hence their inclusion in this article.

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Vinous Table: L’Auberge de l’Ill, Illhaeusern, France

Vinous Table, France: Alsace, France

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2019

It’s 150 years and counting at l’Auberge de l’Ill, one of the world’s best restaurants, and also a world-class spa and hotel. My latest visit shows l’Auberge de l’Ill hasn’t missed a step – an epicurean temple that continues to regale food and wine lovers from all over the world.

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Trentino: New Releases

Italy: North, Italy, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2019

While it is common to refer to Trentino and Alto Adige as one region, Trentino and Alto Adige, are in fact, quite different from historical, geographic, and social perspectives. But the differences in terms of grape varieties and wines are just as big.

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Through the Wine Looking Glass: 2018 in Review

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Ian D'Agata, Jan 2019

Two thousand and eighteen is running out. Waiting for the new year allows me to finally sit back and take stock of a year’s worth of great wines and friendships, beautiful scenery and endless travel. Here is a summary of my 2018 diary.

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Asti & Moscato d'Asti: The Delightful Lightness of Being

Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont, featured

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2018

Asti and Moscato d’Asti are two of Italy’s best-known and most delicious sparkling wines. Light in alcohol and strong on flavor, Asti and Moscato d’Asti are the ultimate party wines, but they can be remarkably nuanced and terroir-specific, too.

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Franciacorta: Bring In The Holidays With Italian Bubbles

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2018

Franciacorta makes arguably Italy’s best sparkling wines. Riper and rounder than Champagne, and made from blends of Pinot Nero, Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco (not Pinot Meunier), Franciacorta offers a lovely alternative to the world’s best-known bubbly.

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Cellar Favorite: 1999 Carl Von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abstberg Riesling Eiswein

Germany: Ruwer

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2018

We all have favorite wine estates. Von Schubert is one of mine. I don’t know exactly how many bottles I have amassed from Carl Von Schubert over the last 30 years, but frankly, I never get tired of anything I taste from the Von Schubert family.