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Vinous Table: Ristorante Al Fiume, Vicenza, Italy
Vinous Table, Italy
Readers visiting Vicenza will want to check out Al Fiume. For its food, ambiance and warmth of hospitality, Al Fiume gets very high marks from our family.
Nebbiolo Shines in Alto Piemonte, Carema & Valtellina
Italy: Piedmont, featured
It’s an exciting time to explore the small appellations that make up Northern Italy’s Alto Piemonte, Carema and Valtellina districts. There was a period, not too long ago, when many wines in these regions were either lackluster or muddled by overly pushed winemaking that obscured terroir. Outstanding wines were very much the exception rather than the rule. That has changed dramatically in recent years through a combination of dynamic young estates that have brought tremendous energy to the mix and older, more established names also raising the bar. Quite simply, I have never tasted more riveting, breathtaking wines from these appellations than I have over the last six months or so.
The Harvest in Chile: A Two-Sided Vintage
The 2023 harvest in Chile had two very different sides, depending on location. For most, it was a hot, dry year marred by forest fires in the south, from Maule to BioBio. Producers will remember 2023 as a vintage where the greatest conundrum was deciding the right time to pick.
Cellar Favorite: 2015 Domaine Y. Clerget Meursault Les Chevalières
France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites
Sometime in the fall of 2016, I started hearing the buzz about Thibaud Clerget taking over his family’s domaine, thanks in large part to Damien Ravion, who worked at the time at Bistro de l’Hotel before leaving to start L’Expression, his restaurant in Beaune. A few days later, there I was, in the cellar with Clerget tasting the 2015s from barrel. The quality of the wines was immediately apparent, as was Clerget’s potential.
Burgundy Focus 4: Ponsot’s Clos de la Roche & Morey Monts Luisants 1934-2019
France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured
To celebrate 150 years of ownership, last May the Ponsot family hosted an extraordinary double vertical of their Clos de la Roche and white Monts Luisants back to the 1930s. This in-depth report examines the roles various family members have played in creating Burgundy as we know it today and reveals some ethereal wines.
Vinous Table: Tuscan Dinner @ 67 Pall Mall, London, UK
United Kingdom, Vinous Table
When I was invited to join a Tuscan-themed dinner in the private room at 67 Pall Mall, I eagerly accepted. I wanted to reacquaint myself with Tuscan wines and placate my palate, which was protesting that it wanted to taste anything other than Cabernet or Pinot Noir. The bottles were deeply impressive and showcased Tuscany at its best.
A Kaleidoscope of Colors: New Rosé Releases
France, Spain, Austria, featured, Italy
Rosé has never been as exciting as it is today. This year's Rosé coverage takes an in-depth look at the wines of Italy, France, Spain, the United States and Austria. Recent tastings unveil a stunning array of regional styles and flavors. Watch this space as we add more selections from our team of editors in the coming weeks.
Champagne: The 2023 Spring Preview
featured, France: Champagne
Champagne is one of the most dynamic regions in the world. Change and innovation continue at an increasingly fast pace. Many of the most coveted wines now command Burgundy-like premiums, a relatively recent phenomenon here. There’s a lot more going on beyond the obvious, though, and plenty to explore.
Vinous Table: Updown Farmhouse, Betteshanger, UK
United Kingdom, Vinous Table
Updown Farmhouse is in the opening pages of what will hopefully be a long and prosperous life.
Paso Robles: Boundless Diversity
featured, United States: California
There’s real momentum and energy that can be felt in Paso Robles. Even through the struggles of drought, heat and smoke, the best producers have found a way to prevail. Paso is a region geared to surpass consumer expectations, with a broad range of varieties, world-class wines and a welcoming atmosphere for tourists and wine lovers alike.