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Brilliance in Napa Valley: 2016 & 2015 Cabernets - Parts 1-3

Two thousand sixteen is shaping up to be a fabulous vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, trailing only 2013 as the finest vintage of the decade so far. The 2016s continue to impress with their dazzling aromatic presence, finesse and nuance. Readers will have to be more selective with the 2015s, which are far less consistent.

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Osteria Da Nando, Aosta, Italy

Da Nando, Aosta’s best trattoria, is revered by locals and tourists alike for an excellent wine selection, hearty, traditional food and very fair prices.

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2016 Brooks Riesling Meyer Vineyard ($24.00) 92

2016 Brooks Riesling Meyer Vineyard, 92 points

This dry, nervy Oregon Riesling exhibits pure citrus, orchard fruit and floral character, along with smoky mineral overtones. Focused in style, with no excess fat and a vibrant, incisive finish, the 2016 shows superb clarity and tension. It will be fantastic with fish and shellfish. (JR)


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Blandy’s Madeira – Recent Releases

My love affair with Madeira began whilst holidaying on the namesake Atlantic volcanic island in 2003, where in a pique of curiosity I ordered a 1927 Bual. Afterwards I understood why those with good taste revere this profound, time-buckling, ethereal and enigmatic wine. Madeira is so unfashionable it is the epitome of cool. These are the latest releases from Blandy's.

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