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Santa Barbara Dreamin'… Part One & Part Two

I first visited Santa Barbara over a decade ago. Immediately I was struck by the finesse of wines born from microclimates that are strongly influenced by the Pacific Ocean. Subsequent visits have only reinforced my long-held view that Santa Barbara is one of the world’s elite grape growing and wine producing regions. This report focuses mostly on the 2016s, which are just being released onto the market. In 2016 Mother Nature gifted producers with the conditions to make striking wines of grace and nuance.

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Sharing Alike: Petrus 1947 - 2015

The beautiful patchwork that is abruzzo's countryside

New Releases from Abruzzo and Molise: A Mixed Bag

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Book Excerpt - Barolo MGA Vol. I, 2nd Edition


Grower Profile – Ulises Valdez

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Priceless: Roumier Bonnes-Mares 1945 - 2015

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2017 White Burgundy: Quantity, Quality and Great Charm


A Tribute to Beppe Rinaldi

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Les Crêtes Fumin: 1994 - 2015

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Some Great Reward: South Africa

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Double Vertical of Ridge's Geyserville and Lytton Springs

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Lyle’s, London, UK

Lyle’s might be one of the coolest restaurants you will visit this year, but fortunately with the talent in the kitchen, it delivers on the plate. Yeah, Lyle’s is cool.

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Terrazza Vittoria

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T’ang Court, Hong Kong

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Brat, London, UK


Il Cascinale Nuovo, Italy

Vinous Favorites

2017 Gard Vintners Freyja White Blend ($16.00) 90

2017 Gard Vintners Freyja White Blend, 90 points

With its aromas and flavors of lime ice, grapefruit pith, white peach, anise and minerals, this vibrant, penetrating blend of Roussanne and Viognier may be Washington’s best white wine bargain. And its tactile texture and brisk acidity make it supremely accommodating at the dinner table. (ST)


Cellar Favorites

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1991 Domaine Pierre Morey Meursault Les Perrières 1er Cru

Without a shadow of doubt, the 1991 Meursault Les Perrières 1er Cru will be one of the white wines of the year, epitomising everything wondrous about mature white Burgundy.

1971 Cantina Mascarello Barolo

1985 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes

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La Festa del Barolo 2019

January 31 - Feb 2, 2019
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