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California North Coast: Eyes Wide Open

As is our custom, we present our reviews of new releases from Sonoma County and neighboring North Coast appellations in a series of installments over the coming weeks. This report focuses on the 2020s and the 2019s, which I first covered in last year’s article. There’s a lot to talk about, so grab a glass and settle in. This might take a while.

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Back to Burgfest: 2017 Reds – Blind

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Everyday Piedmont, Parts 1 & 2

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Looking Back to Look Forward: Back Vintage Brunello

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The 2019 Napa Valley Cabernets: A Deep Dive

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Wines from Italy’s Volcanic Arc: Campania

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2021 - The Year In Review

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Italy’s Sparkling Wine Paradox

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My 2021

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2021 In the Rearview Mirror

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Dance the Quickstep: Burgundy 2020

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This recent Saturday lunch at TORC was a nice break from my tastings in Napa Valley. It was great to see an old friend and get back to a more normal rhythm of actually being able spend time with people again.

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The River Café, London, UK

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Chizuru Tei, Edinburgh

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Divino Enoteca, Scotland

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Fhior, Scotland

Vinous Favorites

2020 Blackbird Dissonance

2020 Blackbird Dissonance, 91 points

The 2020 Dissonance is gorgeous in the way it marries textural richness and energy. A dollop of Sémillon added to the Sauvignon Blanc works so well in adding mid-palate creaminess, orchard fruit, spice and jasmine. The 2020 is beautifully done, and a real delight to taste today. (AG)


Cellar Favorites

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2005 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive

What a thrill it is to drink Bruno Giacosa’s 2005 Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive. The 2005 has been consistently brilliant since I first tasted it over a dozen years ago, but I confess that I had forgotten just how captivating the 2005 is.

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