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Vinous Table: Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits, Seattle

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Kelli White, Mar 2015

Rock Creek’s interior is gorgeous, rustic and airy with a glass garage door that slides completely open when the notoriously cranky weather permits. A series of small, closely spaced wooden tables and low lighting emit a relaxed and informal vibe.

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2013 Germany

Germany, featured

Joel B. Payne, Mar 2015

Two thousand thirteen is not a vintage for the faint of heart. High in both acidity and dry extract, the 2013s were quite austere after bottling. Over the last several months, however, the wines have gained both depth and body. The vintage also saw a great deal of botrytis. How these various components were managed at each individual estate was the key to the success.

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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune Vendages Tardives Hors Choix

Cellar Favorites, France: Alsace

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2015

What a treat it is to taste one of Alsace’s great all time wines! In fact, this is an especially rare bottling of Clos Ste. Hune in that it only came to be thanks to the particular nature of the 1989 vintage in Alsace, when Botrytis cinerea was rampant.

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Cappellano: The 2010 Barolos

Italy, Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2015

Time marches to its own beat at Cappellano, where the wines remain imbued with a timeless classicism that is all their own.

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Vinous Table: Bofinger, Paris

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Ian D'Agata, Mar 2015

Sometimes it’s just great to kick back, relax, and immerse oneself in a festive atmosphere, enjoying some solid, well-cooked food surrounded by people having loads of fun.

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A Half Century of Clos des Goisses: 1952-2004

France: Champagne, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2015

Philipponnat’s Clos des Goisses is one of Champagne’s most distinctive wines. This incredible tasting traced the evolution of a true Champagne icon all the way back to 1952.

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Cellar Favorite: 1986 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero

Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2015

Bruno Giacosa’s 1986 Barolo Villero is distinctly savory, floral and mineral in the glass, with lovely overall complexity...

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Vinous Table: St. John's, London

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2015

The St. John Smithfield restaurant opened in October 1994 and has been considered a London staple ever since. Happily, for someone like me who spent most of his life growing up in Rome where quinto quarto (offal) is a way of life, St.John specializes in offal and cuts of meat most people don’t think of eating.

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The 2012 Red Burgundies from Bottle

France: Burgundy, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Mar 2015

The 2012 Red Burgundies are wonderfully rich, satisfying wines that offer glorious fruit and site character, uncanny flavor intensity, and the balance and stuffing for at least mid-term aging.

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Canalicchio di Sopra: Brunello di Montalcino 1970-2008

Italy, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2015

Canalicchio di Sopra represents a fascinating intersection of the old and the new in Montalcino. This vertical tasting afforded an incredible opportunity to trace the evolution of the estate over four decades.