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Tuscany New Releases, Part 1

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2020

This first installment of our Tuscany coverage looks at a wide range of new releases across a region that is vast, wonderfully diverse and full of wines that are well worth exploring. From the big, bold reds of Maremma to those of perhaps slightly lesser known appellations such as Carmignano, Montepulciano, Cortona and Orcia, Tuscany offers readers so much to discover. The journey with Italian wines is truly never-ending. Tuscany alone is a great example of that. Best of all, many of the wines in this article also offer terrific value in today’s world.

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A Man of Polite Learning

Vinous Remembers, featured

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

My two-part tribute to the late Michael Broadbent MW delves behind the persona, an obituary of sorts blended of personal anecdotes and an interview from 2004 with the man himself, one that prompted him to remark: “You have revealed aspects of myself that I was unaware of."

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From Broom To Gavel: Michael Broadbent MW

Vinous Remembers, featured

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

My two-part tribute to the late Michael Broadbent MW delves behind the persona, an obituary of sorts blended of personal anecdotes and an interview from 2004 with the man himself, one that prompted him to remark: “You have revealed aspects of myself that I was unaware of."

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Piedmont: Beyond the Usual Suspects

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2020

With its plethora of appellations and indigenous grape varieties, Piedmont is one of the most intriguing regions in Italy. The range and diversity of wines is just breathtaking. Although Barolo and Barbaresco continue to command quite a bit of attention, the reality is most of us can’t afford to drink Barolo or Barbaresco every day. I certainly can’t. But Piedmont has much to offer beyond those famous areas, including so many wines that deliver superb quality for the money. Readers will find plenty of gorgeous, affordable wines in this report.

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Cellar Favorite: 1937 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Last November I met with a couple of friends and Burgundy mavens with the sole intention of tasting one of the last bottles from the Moingeon family cellar. The rather shabby-looking bottle was bereft of a label and covered in a thin film of dust, and there was no branding on the cork.

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Remembering Renato Vacca

Italy: Piedmont, Vinous Remembers, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2020

I was deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Renato Vacca at just 51. Painfully shy and introverted, Vacca crafted gorgeous wines that capture all the pedigree nestled within the striking hillside vineyards of Barbaresco. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him and all those who his wines touched.

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Vinous Table: Via Forno, Scarsdale, New York

Vinous Table, United States: New York

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2020

Via Forno is one of my local pizza joints. Despite the somber outlook, the staff at Via Forno has been upbeat on the few times I have been there recently. I am looking forward to going back when things eventually come back to something resembling normalcy.

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Roses de Jeanne La Bolorée Retrospective

featured, France: Champagne, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2020

"What would you like to taste?” Cédric Bouchard asks as we descend into his cellar. We are in the middle of a brutal heat wave in France. The cool cellar provides a much-needed break from the unrelenting heat. “Really, whatever you want,” Bouchard says, sensing my apprehension as I gaze at a stunning collection of bottles, but not wanting to ask for too much….

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In Good Taste: Branaire-Ducru 1928-2013

featured, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Continuing my series of profiles in Saint-Julien, it’s time to take a look at Branaire-Ducru, including history, winemaking practices, tasting notes and its connection with one of Roald Dahl’s most famous short stories.

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Cellar Favorite: 1933 Domaine René Engel Grands-Echézeaux Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

Sometimes you encounter a bottle so old and rare that your immediate reaction is one of knowing that you will never taste it again. This bottle came from a renowned private cellar and was poured blind by a generous friend at Bistro de l’Hôtel.