Barbaresco 2016 & 2017 – A Tale of Two Vintages

Piedmont fans will find plenty of new releases in the market this fall. The 2016s confirm all of the promise they have always shown. It is a stunning, brilliant vintage across the board. Mother Nature was not as kind in 2017, a year that is going to require a much more selective approach.

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South Africa New Releases: Don’t Deny Yourself

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Santa Lucia Highlands Braves the Heat in 2017

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Exploring the Santa Cruz Mountains

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Marquis d’Angerville’s Volnay Clos des Ducs: 1920-2017

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The Saar’s Deliciously Diverse 2017s

Burgundy 2016 musigny

Through the Other Side: Burgundy 2016 in Bottle

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Beaujolais: If You Want Value - You’ve Got It

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A Century - Not Out: Talbot 1919-2010

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Mugneret-Gibourg’s Clos Vougeot 1984 - 2015

Doliveiras bottles

Madeira: Fortified for All Occasions

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Mount Sinai Charity Dinner at Saison

This unforgettable evening was an auction lot built around an all-access pass to wines from my personal cellar paired with dinner donated by Saison that was sold at the most recent Festa del Barolo to support children’s pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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Casa Cámara, Spain

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L’Express, Montréal

Xaya pulpo

Xaya, France

Zoko moko seabass

Zoko Moko, France

Vinous Favorites

2018 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant Cuvée Oumuamua ($20.00) 91

2018 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant Cuvée Oumuamua, 91 points

Randall Grahm steered Bonny Doon’s flagship wine in an elegant direction in 2018. It shows vibrant red berry, cherry and floral character, with herb and spice notes building with aeration. Polished and animated in character, the 2018 is graceful and remarkably flexible with a range of foods. (JR)


Cellar Favorites

Ponsot montluisant 1994

1994 Domaine Ponsot Morey-Saint-Denis Clos des Monts Luisants Blanc 1er Cru

It is a pity that Aligoté must reside in the shadow of Chardonnay. Too often it is dismissed, not only by consumers, but winemakers themselves since many “forget” to show me their Bourgogne Aligoté during cellar visits.

1990 Château Latour

1994 Kanonkop Wine Estate Paul Sauer

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