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The Cat’s Whiskers: Bordeaux 1961

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

The 1961 vintage continues to elicit tingles down the spine of Bordeaux-lovers. Almost sixty years later, how are they holding up and do they still deserve our reverence? What factors determined their quality? And who is Chairman Miaow?

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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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Vinous Table: L’Embellie, Tours, France

Vinous Table, France: Loire

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

L’Embellie was thoroughly enjoyable. There are plenty of tourist restaurants in the center of Tours offering mediocre fare, but L’Embellie is a step above others in the vicinity.

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Unraveling the Secrets of Cognac

featured, France

Jason Wilson, Sep 2019

When Cognac is well-made, it’s among the finest spirits known to humanity. But Cognac is a secretive, confounding place. In this report, I unravel the mysteries of Cognac, covering more than 50 brands and offering reviews and ratings on more than 200 bottles.

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The Other Side of Bordeaux

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

This article moves the Bordeaux spotlight to its more unfamiliar and esoteric producers, towards wines that are reminders that it can offer tremendous value-for-money.

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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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Vinous Table: Osteria Veglio, La Morra, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2019

Over the last few years Osteria Veglio has upped their game, and is once again one of best and most reasonably-priced restaurants in the Langhe. Authentic traditional Piedmontese food, an improving wine list and a beautiful setting make for a terrific dining experience.

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Equal Parts Story and Substance

featured, Fellowship

Brenna Ritchey, Sep 2019

Brenna Ritchey is the recipient of the 2018 Vinous Young Writer Fellowship. In her winning essay, Brenna reflects on the "supposed generational gap between older wine-drinkers and young people", while considering how millennials are "rewriting the rules of the game, dismantling the very structures that have schooled us in how to drink and appreciate wine, and rebuilding them from the vineyard up."

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Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet: 1981-2012

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2019

An extensive vertical tasting of Domaine Leflaive’s Chevalier-Montrachet encompassing wines from four decades demonstrated the remarkable longevity of an exalted white Burgundy terroir in the right hands.