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Vinous in the Kitchen: Perfecting the Crispy Roast Duck

Vinous in the Kitchen

Eric Guido, May 2020

Roasting a duck while properly rendering the fat and getting that perfect crispy skin can be quite intimidating. However, with just a few simple tricks and the right preparation, you’ll be hitting your family or holiday table with a platter of perfectly moist, seasoned meat and the crispiest skin you can possibly imagine. It’s so good that you won’t even need the stereotypical citrus glaze to go with it, but we’ll cover that as well. So, get your roasting pan ready, and don’t forget your glass because we also have some wine pairings that will complement all that crispy goodness.

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'Tis the Season for Rosato

Italy, featured

Eric Guido, May 2020

It’s time to think pink, especially as the weather warms and we long for those lazy summer afternoons poolside or at the grill. With all of the regions that produce Rosé throughout Italy, the big question is: What are the differences between all of the styles of Rosé that are available today? This year's Rosato Report showcases the top performers, as well as giving insights into the 2019 vintage.

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Hopes and Dreams: Canon Chaigneau 1998-2019

France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, May 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is not evenly spread across society, nor across wine estates. Imagine you were on the cusp of buying a small Bordeaux château when suddenly the world is in lockdown. What happens then? This is the story of Canon Chaigneau.

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Cellar Favorite: 1957 Penfolds St. Henri Claret

Australia, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Neal Martin, May 2020

Though Grange is Penfolds’ most famous label, that has not always been the case. Back in the late Fifties and early Sixties, their St. Henri was more popular, probably due to its being more approachable and elegant, while Max Schubert’s Grange demanded cellaring.

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Denis Durantou 1957-2020

Vinous Remembers, featured

Neal Martin, May 2020

Vines never mourn the passing of a winemaker. They stay rooted to the ground, oblivious to the loss. Without a moment’s pause they burst into life for another year, another vintage. L’Eglise-Clinet is no exception. However this year those vines will bear fruit without the man to whom they are indebted, Denis Durantou. After months of illness, Durantou finally succumbed last Friday - a winemaker gone far too soon. Pomerol will never quite be the same again.

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Vinous in the Kitchen: The Pride of Piedmont: Brasato al Barolo

Vinous in the Kitchen

Eric Guido, May 2020

Imagine if you will; trust me, it won’t be hard. You’re a foodie and lover of wine who has explored the cuisine of all of your favorite wine-producing regions. Why? Well, that’s simple; as they say, “what grows with it goes with it.” However, your experience has been at the top fine-dining establishments around the world, your own exploration from cookbooks, or better yet, an authentic local restaurant close to the vineyards. Now you’re with me, right, and you think you know just how amazing it is to experience the perfect pairing of regional wine and cuisine? But you’re wrong.

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Northern Rhône: A First Look at the 2019s

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, featured

Josh Raynolds, May 2020

While my late-winter visit to the northern Rhône focused primarily on tasting the 2017s and bottled 2018s, I also had a chance to try a good number of 2019s. Like 2018, 2019 was a hot and dry year, but the wines look extremely promising and show an uncanny blend of depth and vivacity.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Song For Our Daughter - Laura Marling

Beyond Wine, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, May 2020

“Song About Our Daughter” is a triumph for an artist who has quietly gone about building a considerable profile. Deftly splicing Americana with English folk, “Songs For Our Daughter” might well be the high point on what is turning into one of the finest careers in recent years.

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Six Decades of Pavie-Macquin: 1928-2018

France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, May 2020

Pavie-Macquin is one of the great success stories of Saint-Émilion. This retrospective going all the way back to 1928 provided a remarkable opportunity to witness the evolution of the property from underachiever to superstar, with all of the highs and lows that invariably accompany an extensive vertical that spans epic, average and challenging vintages. For the occasion, estate manager Nicolas Thienpont and consulting oenologist Stéphane Derenoncourt gathered every wine they have made at Pavie-Macquin, with a few surprises thrown into the mix.

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Cellar Favorite: 2004 Guastaferro Taurasi Primum

Italy: Center & South, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Eric Guido, May 2020

Knowing when to open a Taurasi is always tricky. We all hear that the wines can age on their balance of fruit, tannin, and elevated acidity but capturing a bottle in that magic moment is the challenge.