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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2018

Through severe cropping and selection, Sandrone made a Valmaggiore in 2002 that is truly eye opening.

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Vinous Table: Arbor, Hong Kong

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Neal Martin, Oct 2018

Over the years, I have got to know Hong Kong well and made many friends within its thriving wine scene. And it’s a wine scene like no other. Weekly mouthwatering dinners, verticals and winemaker-tutored retrospectives create an almost frenzied atmosphere on libation, only possible here where there is such a concentration of collectors within a 15-minute drive of each other.

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Focus on Washington: The New Normal

United States: Washington, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2018

Washington has experienced an unbroken succession of six very warm to hot years, but by now the state’s most serious growers and winemakers have proven that they can stand the heat. While there are underperformers in Washington, at the level of the better wineries quality has never been higher than it is today.

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Blind Vision: 2015 Burgundy Red & White

featured, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Nov 2018

Bordeaux is a dog. A dog will always fetch the stick or come to heel. Dogs are predictable. But a cat? You never know what a cat might be up to at any given moment—licking its paws or catching mice. Cats are as unpredictable as opening a bottle of Burgundy. You never know what to expect until you pull the cork. Burgundy is a cat….

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Cellar Favorite: 1942 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg “Vigne Originelle Française”

cellar favorite, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Nov 2018

The magical properties of the time-buckling 1942 Richebourg Vigne Originelle Française Non Reconstitutée defy the laws of mature Pinot Noir. Over the course of 90 minutes, the wine gains substance from the ether.

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Vinous Table: Arpège, Paris, France

France, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2018

Arpège is one of the world’s best-known restaurants, a temple of high gastronomy where foodies flock to share in chef Alain Passard’s unique ability to turn vegetables (but not only vegetables) into the stars of a memorable meal.

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2014 Barolo: Late Releases

featured, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2018

The 2014 Barolo vintage offers readers plenty of intriguing options, although a little work is required to cull out the gems and avoid wines that were affected by a growing season with some of the most challenging conditions in recent memory. In a few cases, growers decided not to bottle some or all of their top single-vineyard wines, making a number of the entry-level Barolos particularly compelling. I remain just as excited by the top 2014 Barolos as I was when I first started tasting the wines in November of that year.

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Calvados: The Apple Of A Brandy Drinker’s Eye

France, France: Other, featured, Fortified Wines & Spirits, France: Normandy

Jason Wilson, Nov 2018

Forget about grapes in Normandy. Here, the apple is king. Each fall, dozens of apple varieties, in field blends, are harvested, crushed and pressed into cider. In Calvados, much of that cider is distilled into the exquisite apple brandy. It has taken time, but slowly over the past two decades, a serious generation of Calvados producers have elevated the spirit into a conversation with the world’s other great brandies.

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Campania: More Than Just Fiano, Greco and Aglianico

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2018

Campania is one of Italy’s best sources of distinctive white wines. A large number of indigenous grapes are matched to an equally diverse set of microclimates that give birth to striking wines. The reds are a bit of a mixed bag and run the gamut from extraordinary to overoaked and rustic wines that don’t always capture the full potential the region has to offer. Even so, Campania’s finest reds remain captivating.

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Cellar Favorite: 2010 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Blanchot Grand Cru

cellar favorite, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2018

The 2010 Valmur and Clos were magnificent at a recent charity dinner. A few days later I opened the Blanchot for a dear friend who lamented the scarcity and pricing that has, sadly, become the norm for Raveneau. Two thousand ten is a vintage I tasted chez Raveneau from barrel and bottle, but I hadn’t tasted any wines from the vintage since then.