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2017 Napa Valley – First Impressions

Two thousand seventeen will mostly be remembered for the October wildfires that ravaged Northern California. However, the keys to understanding the vintage and wines are much more nuanced than just what happened over that period of about ten days during which the survival of Napa Valley and surrounding counties felt severely threatened by relentless, advancing fires and high winds.

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Mountain Magic: The Wines of Valle d’Aosta

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Vintage Port – The 2016 Declaration

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Exploring Italy’s 2017 Rosatos

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Marino Ristorante, Hollywood, CA

This intimate dinner with a small group of close friends came together literally at the last minute. Getting a reservation for six on a Saturday night in LA with no notice is not exactly the easiest thing to do, but I was thrilled we were able to get in.

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Hedone Restaurant, London, UK

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Il Cascinale Nuovo, Isola d'Asti, Italy

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Zuni Café, San Francisco, CA

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2017 Lo-Fi Wines Cabernet Franc Santa Barbara County ($22) 91

2017 Lo-Fi Wines Cabernet Franc Santa Barbara County, 91 points

Lo-Fi’s 2017 Cabernet Franc is flat-out delicious. Nuanced and refreshing, with tons of varietal Franc character, the 2017 is bold, racy and incredibly inviting. Bright aromatics and beautifully pure red berry fruit are given an extra kick of freshness from the 100% whole clusters.

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Cellar Favorites

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1937 Château Coutet

There are few elixirs that equal mature Sauternes or Barsac. The 1937 Château Coutet made a huge impression when it completed a bibulous dinner in Bordeaux.

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La Festa del Barolo 2019

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