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Vertical Tasting of Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon

It may be sexist to describe Spottswoode as a feminine style of Napa Cabernet, but from the start, there has been no arguing with the fragrant elegance of this midweight wine. And in fact the modern history of the estate has been dominated by women, beginning with owner Mary Novak and her daughters Beth and Lindy but also including a string of talented winemakers: Pam Starr, Rosemary Cakebread and Jennifer Williams.

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Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 1995 Cabernets

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Meet the Mahers: Two Premier Grape Growers in One Household

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Domaine Rousseau Chambertin-Clos de Bèze and Chambertin

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The 2016 Rosé Roundup: Part One

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American Cut Bar & Grill, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

This was my fist visit to American Cut Bar & Grill in Englewood Cliffs, one of Chef Marc Forgione’s new outposts in the New York City area. American Cut serves up classic steakhouse fare with a few twists to keep things interesting.

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La Tour d'Argent, Paris, France

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Untitled at the Whitney, New York

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The Square, London, England

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Dano's Heuriger on Seneca

Vinous Favorites

2015 Calera Vin Gris of Pinot Noir ($19) 91 points

2015 Calera Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, 91 points

Calera’s 2015 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir is absolutely stellar. Expressive floral notes melt into a core of cranberry, white pepper and blood orange, all of which are given an extra kick of intensity by the natural richness of the vintage.


Cellar Favorites

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2004 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

Taittinger’s 2004 Comtes de Champagne was fabulous from the very first time I tasted it during dosage trials. Today, a few years after its initial release, the 2004 is a poignant reminder of how sensational the 2004 vintage is in the Côte des Blancs.

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Abreu 2005 Madrona Ranch & Thorevilos

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2004 Barolo Retrospective

Fall 2016, NYC
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