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Sonoma’s Stellar 2016s

Two thousand sixteen is a fabulous vintage in Sonoma. On the heels of 2015, a year of freakishly low yields that resulted in abnormally intense wines, 2016 marks a return to a much more relaxed, growing season with ideal conditions for making wines endowed with energy, freshness and delineation that provide a striking foil to California’s natural radiance. Simply put, 2016 is one of the most consistently brilliant and alluring young vintages I have ever tasted in Sonoma.

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Brilliance in Napa Valley: 2016 & 2015 Cabernets


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The Peacock Room, Shanghai, China

The Peacock Room is a beautiful new restaurant in Shanghai that offers high quality, precise Sichuan cuisine in a remarkably supercool, sleek and modernist setting.


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2016 Franck Balthazar Selections Côtes-du-Rhône, 90 points

Lush and expansive on the nose, with intense red/blue fruit scents and hints of cola, dark chocolate and mint. Smooth and sweet, with sappy black raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. Clings very nicely on a smooth, broad finish shaped by supple, even tannins. (JR)

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1966 Heidsieck & Co. Brut Rosé Dry Monopole

AG will probably kill me if he reads this, so please don’t tell him, but I once wrote something along the lines: “if you want to drink mature Champagne then you might as well pour a prematurely oxidized Meursault into a Sodastream.”

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