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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Domenico Clerico Barolo Bricotto Bussia

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

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.

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Remembering Domenico Clerico

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Late Sunday evening, as I sat in one of my favorite wine bars in Piedmont, the long-dreaded news that had been in the air for the last few days finally arrived. Domenico Clerico had succumbed to his battle with cancer at 67 years of age. One of the most beloved personalities in Piedmont, Clerico touched many lives during a career that saw him rise from total obscurity to become one of the world’s most admired winemakers.


Vinous Table: Quince, San Francisco, California

United States: California, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

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. Regardless, we had a great time.

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2016 Napa Valley – First Impressions

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Two thousand sixteen is shaping up to be another high quality vintage for Napa Valley. The young wines are aromatically expressive, open-knit and inviting, with soft contours, generous dark fruit and plenty of promise.

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Champagne: The 2017 Summer Preview

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Champagne lovers will find a number of compelling new releases in the market this summer. Once confined mostly to celebrations and special events, Champagne continues to grow in popularity as a wine to drink year-round. And why not? Champagne is one of the most versatile wines in the world. Best of all, consumers have never had more choices across the entire stylistic spectrum.

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Selosse – Lieux-Dits Dinner at NoMad

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Anselme Selosse’s wines are among the most coveted bottles in Champagne. In recent years, Selosse’s lieu-dit Champagnes have ascended into the realm of the nearly unobtainable because of their tiny production. Two of the lieux-dits are sold only as part of the 300 or so boxed sets that are released each year, which makes tasting all six Champagnes together virtually impossible. This unforgettable dinner featured the entire collection of lieux-dits, along with a number of Selosse classics.

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Cellar Favorite: 2001 Armand Rousseau Chambertin-Clos de Bèze

Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Rousseau’s 2001 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze offers stunning aromatics and striking purity of fruit, along with notable brightness, especially for a wine of its age. Silky, gracious and super-polished, the 2001 is drinking well today, although ideally it could use a few more years in bottle to shed some tannin. Even so, the 2001 is utterly captivating today.

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Cellar Favorite: 1979 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s 1979 La Tâche is absolutely brilliant on this night. A wine of extraordinary aromatic presence and freshness, the 1979 is redolent of crushed rose petal, lavender, kirsch, blood orange and exotic spice. The flavors are bold, racy and precise in a decidedly mid-weight, slightly slender La Tâche that makes its case on balance and harmony. A kick of whole cluster savoriness adds the final shades of nuance. What a captivating, arrestingly beautiful wine the 1979 is.

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Cellar Favorites: Abreu: Checking in on the 2007s

Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

This recent tasting of David Abreu’s 2007s was a great opportunity to check in on the wines as they approach their tenth birthdays. More importantly, though, the tasting showed just how far some of the more recently planted vineyards have developed in stature since these wines were made. Aside from the Cappella, which is showing some effects of aging, the 2007s are still very young wines that will drink well for years to come.

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Vinous Table: La Siriola, San Cassiano, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

A playground for adults and kids alike, Alto Adige offers world-class skiing, superb cuisine and fabulous wines, all set against the striking natural backdrop of Italy’s Dolomites. The Ciasa Salares hotel and its flagship restaurant La Siriola are must-stops for readers seeking the very best in Alto Atesino hospitality.