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Sonoma Supplement 2015

featured, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, May 2015

This spring’s Sonoma Supplement includes wines that arrived after the deadline for our January article, or that have only recently been bottled.

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Vinous Table: Giuda Ballerino, Rome

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Ian D'Agata, May 2015

Andrea Fusco is one of the most creative and talented chefs in Rome, if not all of Italy. It is exciting to know that he has moved his gourmet cuisine to downtown Rome away from the city’s periphery where he still maintains an Osteria. The new location in the Bernini Bristol hotel (right in front of the beautiful Fontana del Tritone) is absolutely spectacular, with one of Rome’s most magical terraces offering an unforgettable view of the city’s skyline.

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2004 Barolo: The Cream Rises to The Top

Piedmont Report, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, May 2015

Two thousand four confirms its status as one of the all-time great vintages for Barolo. The long, moderate growing season and late harvest produced a set of beautifully perfumed, layered Barolos that are built on class and finesse.

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Lalou Bize-Leroy: Celebrating Sixty Years at Maison Leroy

featured, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, May 2015

There are tastings, and then there are tastings. From the moment I walk in the door, I know this is going to be an unforgettable afternoon. Twenty-two wines from Maison Leroy await, each of them representing a small piece of history belonging to one of the great families of Burgundy. The anticipation in the room is palpable.

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Blankiet: Proprietary Red 1999-2012

featured, United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives

Stephen Tanzer, May 2015

Rumor has it that in early 1996 if Christian Moueix had known that the property just above his Dominus Estate on the west side of Yountville was available for purchase, he would surely have snapped it up. It turns out the story was not apocryphal. In a perfect case of preparation meeting opportunity, Claude Blankiet got there first.

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Cellar Favorite: 1982 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, May 2015

In three recent tastings the 1982 Pichon-Lalande has been highly variable, showing frayed edges that suggest it needs to be enjoyed sooner rather than later.

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Vinous Table: Joël Robuchon Restaurant, Bordeaux

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Antonio Galloni, May 2015

I rarely have a big dinner when on a tasting trip, but my last night in Bordeaux turned out to be a perfect occasion to check out Robuchon’s recently opened restaurant in Bernard Magrez’s La Grande Maison hotel.

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Exploring Roero

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, May 2015

Tucked away in its own little corner of Piedmont’s magical hillside landscape, Roero is a world of its own. Rugged terrains, steep vineyards and charming small provincial towns are all part of the makeup of a region that deserves to be more widely discovered.

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The Wines of Abruzzo and Molise

Italy: Center & South, featured

Ian D'Agata, May 2015

Abruzzo and Molise are typically grouped together but in fact have very different histories, topographies and wines. Most consumers have little in-depth knowledge of the wines of these two regions, as not much has been written specifically about them; even experts tend to refer to these wines in generic terms.

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Tips for Enjoying Wine at Home

featured, FAQ, Learn

Kelli White, May 2015

Reading about wine, then buying and cellaring it are merely the prologue for drinking, the moment when you finally get to experience that in which you’ve invested so much time and energy. Though in many cases nothing more than a simple corkscrew and a glass is required, some situations (or wines) may call for a little more. The proper glassware and a few tools of the trade can make a big difference, but you will also want to pay attention to suggested temperatures and the order in which wines are served.