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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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A Bond Extravaganza

United States: California, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Jun 2017

A remarkable comprehensive tasting at Bond Estates in March spotlighted the consistently high quality of the Bond wines and brought their distinctive terroir character into sharp relief.

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Cellar Favorites: Seven Classics from Ridge

Cellar Favorites, United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

It’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to revisit some of the reference point wines that have emerged from Ridge over the last few years. As I have written in the past, if the United States had a formal classification of estates, Ridge would be the equivalent of a Bordeaux First Growth.

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Vinous Map: The Vineyards of St. Helena & Conn Valley

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

The Vineyards of St. Helena & Conn Valley is the seventh map in our series of Napa Valley vineyard maps. Created through extensive proprietary research and boots-on-the-ground work, Vinous’ Napa Valley Maps represent the state of the art in modern vineyard cartography.

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Vintage Retrospective: The 2007 Napa Valley Cabernets

Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California, featured

Stephen Tanzer, May 2017

At the level of the better producers, 2007 was a splendid vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. These very dense, ripe, deeply fruity yet lively wines are evolving slowly and gracefully.

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Bryant’s Cabernet Sauvignon: 1994-2014

Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California, featured

Stephen Tanzer, May 2017

A number of accomplished cooks have stirred the broth at Bryant over a quarter-century of winemaking, but the power, purity and personality of this elite Pritchard Hill site have always come through in the maturing wines.

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Arietta – A Complete Retrospective: 1996-2015

Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

This complete retrospective provided a fascinating opportunity to track the evolution and growth of Arietta as the winery reached its twentieth anniversary.

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Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon: A Complete Retrospective

Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2017

In 1979, Bill and Mary Seavey purchased a roughly 200-acre property in the sheltered rolling hills of Conn Valley – barely four miles east of St. Helena as the crow flies but farther as the road winds – as a weekend retreat. This comprehensive vertical tasting traced the arc of the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon all the way back to the inaugural 1990 vintage.

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Colgin Syrah IX Estate: A Complete Retrospective

Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2017

Who knew that an isolated spot in the eastern hills above St. Helena, in an area best known for Cabernet Sauvignon, would produce one of America’s most consistently spectacular Syrah bottlings? Apparently, Ann Colgin did.