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Northern Rhône: Solid ’14 Reds and Outstanding ’15 Whites

The northern Rhône produced a number of excellent red wines in 2014, although yields are down. Happily, 2015 brought an ideal growing season and harvest, with healthy quantities of clean fruit. My early look at the finished white wines indicates that ’15 is a vintage for the ages.

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Remembering Domenico Clerico

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2016 Napa Valley – First Impressions

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Rieslingfeier – The 2017 Seminars

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Champagne: The 2017 Summer Preview

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Selosse – Lieux-Dits Dinner at NoMad

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Argentina New Releases: Cool Times in the Desert

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Rieslingfeier: A Celebration of Germany’s Greatest Wines

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Harnessing the Potential of Soave

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Quince, San Francisco, California

At its best, Chef/Owner Michael Tusk’s cooking artfully blends elements of innovation and tradition in dishes that are inventive and bold, with a touch of the whimsical. This dinner at Quince was full of highlights, even if there were a few rough spots.

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Ercoli 1928 Ristorante Parioli, Rome, Italy


Lio Pellegrini, Bergamo, Italy

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La Coupole, Paris, France

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La Siriola, San Cassiano, Italy

Vinous Favorites

2015 Yann Chave Crozes-Hermitage Blanc (25.00) 90

2015 Yann Chave Crozes-Hermitage Blanc, 90 points

A textbook northern Rhône white wine from an outstanding vintage, with ripe orange and pear qualities and succulent herb and floral nuances. Pliant and lush, in the style of the year, but lively as well, showing impressive length and resonating citrus fruit character. (JR)


Cellar Favorites

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1989 Domenico Clerico Barolo Bricotto Bussia

Domenico Clerico’s Barolo Bricotto Bussia is absolutely gorgeous tonight. Hauntingly beautiful, with plenty of the tertiary nuances Nebbiolo acquires over time, the 1989 is a pure joy to taste and drink.

2006 Cave Spring Cellars Indian Summer Select Late Harvest Riesling Niagara Peninsula

2001 Armand Rousseau Chambertin-Clos de Bèze

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