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Vinous Table: La Barrique, Rome, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy

Ian D'Agata, May 2019

La Barrique is a typical Roman osteria, the sort of dining place the Eternal City does so amazingly well. Hearty, flavorful food, in a warm, easygoing environment, coupled with a choice of many wonderful, fairly priced bottles, is the recipe for never-ending success.

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Vinous Table: Le Calandre, Veneto, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, May 2019

Nobody does modern Italian cuisine better than the Alajmo family of Le Calandre, the multi-awarded, ultra-famous restaurant just outside Padova. An excellent wine list, great service and a refined environment all contribute to the magic.

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Think Pink: Italy’s Lively 2018 Rosatos

Italy, featured

Ian D'Agata, May 2019

In this first installment of a two-part series devoted to Italy’s almost infinite offering of Rosatos, the country’s penchant for making delicious pink wines from myriad different grape varieties is confirmed.

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Vinous Table: Xin Rong Ji, Huangpu

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2019

Xin Rong Ji is an upmarket restaurant with multiple locations in Shanghai, specializing in award-winning Taizhou cuisine. The stylish but comfortable ambience and the stellar food make Xin Rong Ji one of my top discoveries of 2018’s dining adventures.

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Restaurant Koehler – Auberge du Cheval Blanc, Westhalten, France

Vinous Table, France: Alsace

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2019

Restaurant Koehler – Auberge du Cheval Blanc, in the pretty Alsace town of Westhalten, strives for excellence but falls down on details that it must correct if it hopes to become a must-stop on any sybarite’s journey.

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Vinous Table: Restaurant Fitzgerald, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Netherlands, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, March 2019

Talented head chef Remco Kuijpers is a big attraction wherever he decides to cook, but fact is, just about everything about Restaurant Fitzgerald in Rotterdam (in the historic and pretty Oude Haven) will impress you.

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2014 Brunello di Montalcino and 2013 Riservas

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Ian D'Agata, March 2019

The 2014 Brunellos and the 2013 Riservas are polar opposites, the products of one of the most challenging vintages in memory (2014) and a very good, classic year (2013). And yet, both vintages have something to offer, if in completely different ways; the much-better-than-expected 2014s boast early appeal and can be enjoyed now while the 2013 Riservas mature in the cellar.

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La Piola, Alba, Italy

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, March 2019

Located in the pretty, lively town of Alba, La Piola is more than your average Piedmontese trattoria. Impeccably prepared dishes offer something for every palate.

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Cave Spring Cellars Riesling CSV Vineyard 1999-2016

featured, Canada

Ian D'Agata, March 2019

Cave Spring Cellars was among the first estates in Canada to believe in the future of vinifera varieties in a country deemed too cold for them to survive. The estate makes a plethora of outstanding wines, none better than their world-class CSV Riesling.

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Vinous Table: Trattoria del Cimino da Colombo, Caprarola, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy

Ian D'Agata, March 2019

Trattoria del Cimino is one of Italy’s best country trattorias, boasting expertly sourced ingredients, local wines and authentic recipes that explain almost 70 years of happy diners and culinary success.