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Ten Wines That Changed My Life

“There is no budget,” was the reply from 67 Pall Mall when the London private club’s management asked me to choose wines for a recent master class. Over the years I have led many tastings, but this seminar was especially memorable. Most tastings are organized around themes of a vintage or producer, but for this masterclass we opted for a totally new concept suggested by Vinous co-founder James Forsyth: ten wines that had a personal significance in shaping my life in wine.

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Rheinhessen Riesling 2016: The Triumph of Subtlety

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A Century of Bordeaux: The Eights

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Turley Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard: 1993 – 2015

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Friuli Venezia Giulia: A Wine Smorgasbord

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Purple Reign: La Conseillante 1966-2015

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2016 Northern Rhône Whites: Excellent but Often Scarce

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2017 Bordeaux: The Heart of the Matter

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Vintage Retrospective: The 2008 Napa Valley Cabernets

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Bucci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva Villa Bucci

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The F-Word: Bordeaux 2017

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Zuni Café, San Francisco, CA

A San Francisco institution, Zuni Café has kept guests well fed since 1979, eons by the standards with which restaurants open and close in the United States.

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Stem, London, UK

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A Guide to Venice’s Best Bacari

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Le Bar à Vin, Aosta, Italy

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Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg, CA

Vinous Favorites

2017 Crios Torrontés Argentina ($15.00) 90

2017 Crios Torrontés Argentina, 90 points

This classic unoaked Torrontés, made from grapes harvested very early, offers scents of lemon, fresh apricot, flowers and lichee and a salty, sappy, very dry palate impression that reminded me of Chablis. It should make a terrific aperitif but could also pair well with grilled fish or sushi. (ST)


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1988 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet

The 1988 Montrachet was a stand out in a recent dinner that spanned 20+ vintages going all the way back to 1973. This is an especially fine example of a wine I have been fortunate to taste and drink many times over the years.

1978 Jurançon Moelleux Le Clos Joliette

1948 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port

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