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Santa Barbara: An In-Depth Look at the 2018s

Readers will find a wealth of superb wines to explore in this year’s crop of new releases from Santa Barbara. A mix of established producers upping their games and younger winemakers building their reputations are at the heart of one of the most dynamic regions anywhere in the world. The 2018 harvest gave producers the raw materials to make stunning wines that capture the promise I sensed when I first started tasting the vintage from barrel last year, but quality is variable in some, so a little care is essential.

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Oregon Pinot Noir: The Winning Streak Continues

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2020 Harvest Report: Chile and Argentina

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The Vinous Mentorship for BIPOC Wine Professionals

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The Grand Vin of the North: San Leonardo

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Loire Chenin Blanc: Underrated No More

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The Most and Least Important of Things: Petrus 1897–2011

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Big Love for Loire

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2017 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti: A Day’s Work

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Albion Gets Serious: English Sparkling Wine

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Delivering Where It Counts: Meyney 1971–2017

Vinous Table

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Sorrel, Dorking, United Kingdom

I vowed that as soon as Sorrel reopened, I would publish my Vinous Table, crossing my fingers that it would not be another victim of COVID-19. The fact that you are reading this confirms that Sorrel has again opened its doors.

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CORE by Clare Smyth

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Via Forno, New York

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NoMad, NYC

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Brixton Laundry, London

Vinous Favorites

2019 Proprietà Sperino Rosa del Rosa ($19.00) 93

2019 Proprietà Sperino Rosa del Rosa, 93 points

A stunning opening reveals depths of ripe peach and strawberry, with hints of cumin, ginger, dried orange and roses. Silky textures tug at the cheeks as zesty acids settle in, then sooth through sweet liquid florals and ripe fruit. A blend of Nebbiolo and Vespolina. (EG)


Cellar Favorites

Pibarnon 2007

2007 Château de Pibarnon Bandol

The first official report I ever wrote for Robert Parker was neither Bordeaux nor Burgundy. In fact, it was Bandol. I instantly fell in love with this picture-postcard region.

Soldera: A Look at the 2013 & 2014

1949 Weingut Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling TBA

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