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Gigondas - New Releases

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, featured

Josh Raynolds, May 2015

Gigondas, like all of its neighboring appellations, suffered record losses to its Grenache crop in 2013, so producers were forced to respond in a variety of ways. All of them saw their overall production cut and many opted not to make—or severely reduced quantities of—their special cuvées, which are often based on old-vine Grenache plantings. The majority of wineries chose to increase the percentage of other grape varieties, especially Syrah and Mourvèdre, in their final blends, which has given many of the 2013s an intriguing measure of dark fruit, coupled with high acidity resulting from the late, slow growing season.

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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Tenuta Frassitelli d’Ambra Biancolella dell’Isola d’Ischia

Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, May 2015

For those lucky enough to visit Ischia in the spring, summer or fall, Tenuta Frassitelli offers one of the world’s ten most beautiful vineyards, clasping the crooked crags up on Ischia’s almost 2000 ft. high Mt. Epomeo.

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Vinous Table: Redd Wood, Yountville

Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, May 2015

Chef Richard Reddington’s Redd Wood is a must for readers visiting Napa Valley. The warm atmosphere and menu full of Italian-inspired classics makes Redd Wood an ideal spot for an informal lunch or dinner, as well an excellent choice for families with young children.

Beausejour

2014 Bordeaux: It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

featured, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2015

After a series of lackluster vintages, Bordeaux comes through with shining colors. The best 2014s offer exquisite aromatics, finely sculpted fruit and polished, silky tannins, all signatures of a late-ripening year. There is little doubt 2014 is the finest Bordeaux vintage since 2010.

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Cellar Favorite: Gems from Robert Weil

Cellar Favorites, Germany

Joel B. Payne, Apr 2015

One question that I am often asked is whether Riesling is better dry or sweet? The answer is seldom black or white. This is not to say that it is about shades of grey, but rather that Riesling is one of the few varieties that excels in more than one discipline.

Wines

Vinous Table: Husk, Charleston

Vinous Table

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2015

You don’t need me to tell you how good Husk is. Since its opening in November 2010, Sean Brock’s second restaurant in Charleston has drawn national raves from the likes of Bon Appetit, the New Yorker and the New York Times. Reviewers swoon—with ample reason, as a meal there this winter bears witness—over Brock’s daily-changing menu of echt-Lowlands farm-to-table dishes. Locals extoll his virtually single-handed resuscitation of nearly-extinct local ingredients.

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Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill – A Complete Retrospective: 2000-2012

Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2015

Ann Colgin’s rocky east-facing Tychson Hill vineyard, just north of St. Helena on the west side of Napa Valley, has a long and celebrated history. It derived its name in 1881, when it was purchased and planted by Josephine and Joseph Tychson. Not long before that the land had been owned by Charles Krug, one of the pioneer winemakers of Napa Valley and founder of the eponymous winery.

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1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Cellar Favorites, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2015

Chave’s 1990 Hermitage is simply magnificent from the moment it is poured...

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Vinous Table: Pascucci al Porticciolo

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2015

The one star Michelin Pascucci al Porticciolo is considered the Eternal City’s best seafood restaurant. It’s truly a husband and wife show, with Chef-owner Gianfranco Pascucci as the creative force manning the stoves, and wife Vanessa running things admirably in the busy dining room.

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La Festa del Barolo 2015

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2015

Set in the historic Four Seasons Restaurant, this year’s Festa del Barolo was full of memories that will last a lifetime. The 2010 Barolo Seminar focused on education, while the Gala Dinner & Charity Auction gave guests the opportunity to sample a wide range of older wines and raised over $200,000 for The Zone, a state-of-the art facility within The Mount Sinai Hospital that helps seriously ill children and their families cope with hospitalization.