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Cellar Favorite: 1970 Gallais Bellevue

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Jun 2019

I procured two or three bottles of the 1970 Gallais Bellevue from a Saint-Émilion retailer not because I had a clue who or what Gallais Bellevue was, but because of the name of the proprietor, Paul Delon.

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Vinous Table: Ca’ D’Oro Alla Vedova, Venice, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2019

Ca d’Oro, known locally as Alla Vedova, is one of Venice’s most historic osterias. Located in the trendy Cannaregio sestriere, Ca d’Oro is famous for its polpette, an absolutely iconic dish, and one of the main reasons why locals and tourists flock here.

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An Ineluctable Pair: 2017 Vintage Ports

featured, Portugal

Neal Martin, Jun 2019

General Declarations of Vintage Port tend to be spread three or four per decade and never successively. But hot on the heels of the fêted 2016 arrive their 2017 counterparts. What kind of growing season prompted this unprecedented move and do these latest releases offer something different?

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Cellar Favorite: 2014 Champagne Christophe Baron Brut Nature Les Hautes Blanches Vignes

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2019

The 2014 Brut Nature Les Hautes Blanches Vignes is the first wine I have tasted from Christophe Baron’s new project in Champagne, and it is magnificent.

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Vinous Table: L’Ancrage, Saint-Malo, France

France, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, May 2019

L’Ancrage, in Saint-Malo’s very pretty old town, is nobody’s idea of a snooty dining destination, and that sits perfectly fine with the restaurant’s patrons, who flock to it in droves, happy in the knowledge that they will eat and drink well for a song.

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New Releases from the Langhe, Roero, Asti & More

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, May 2019

Although Barolo, Barbaresco, and, more recently, Alto Piemonte get the lion’s share of attention, Piedmont has so much to offer beyond those highly-regarded appellations. Dolcetto, Barbera, Freisa, Timorasso and a host of other indigenous varieties give consumers myriad options for discovering the breadth of diversity that makes Piedmont one of the world’s most dynamic regions.

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Domaine Trapet Chambertin: 1949-2012

France: Burgundy, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Stephen Tanzer, May 2019

Tireless work in the vineyards and a lighter hand in the winery have enabled Jean-Louis Trapet to restore his family’s estate to greatness in the 21st century. This remarkable vertical tasting of the flagship Chambertin encompassed most of the vintages made under Jean-Louis Trapet’s tenure, along with a handful of older gems from the Trapet family’s cellar.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Titanic Rising – Weyes Blood

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, May 2019

This is an album of grandeur, whose grooves can barely contain the lush, dramatic and cinematic sound that sweeps you off your feet.

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Weingut F.X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Unendlich

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Austria

Antonio Galloni, May 2019

Pichler’s 2006 Riesling Smaragd Unendlich (the name translates to ‘unending’) is one of the most remarkable wines – white or red – I have tasted in a long time.

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Finding Filhot: Filhot 1935-2015

featured, France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, May 2019

Filhot is among the largest and grandest estates in Sauternes, yet over many years of experience, its wines often pose as many questions as answers. Would visiting the estate, plus a vertical tasting stretching back decades, alter my opinion?