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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

Canada, featured

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

Italy, Vinous Table

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.

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Sartarelli Verdicchio Balciana: 2007-2015

Italy: North, Italy, featured

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2019

A wine with an undoubtedly long name, Balciana is deservedly also long on fame. One of Italy’s 20 or 30 best dry white wines, Balciana’s viscous, late-harvested personality makes it the closest thing to a great Alsace white that Italy offers.

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Vinous Table: Le Saint-Placide, Saint-Malo, France

France, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2019

An isle of refined gastronomic tranquillity, the very pretty setting and precise, flavorful cuisine make Saint-Malo’s Le Saint-Placide one of the year’s restaurant discoveries.

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Alsace: The 2017s And Late-Released 2016s, Part 2

France, featured, France: Alsace

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2019

Alsace, one of the most blessed winegrowing regions in the world, is in the midst of a generational change. Young growers are bringing a fresh mindset to the region’s viticulture and winemaking, its many outstanding wine grapes and its first-rate terroirs.

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Vinous Table: La Taverne Alsacienne, Ingersheim, France

France, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2019

Ingersheim’s Taverne Alsacienne is one of the best easygoing, reasonably priced country restaurants you will eat at anywhere in the world. Its refined simplicity, great food and outstanding wine choices make it a must for food and wine lovers.

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Vinous Table: Le Coquillage, Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes, France

France, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2019

Le Coquillage is the restaurant founded by superchef Olivier Roellinger in the high-class Maisons de Bricourt hotel complex on Brittany’s fashionable coast. Today, it’s Roellinger’s son, Hugo, who is at the stove in this temple of Breton cuisine especially devoted to seafood.

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Alsace & Luxembourg: 2017s and Late-Released 2016s

featured, France: Alsace

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2019

Alsace has always produced some of the world’s greatest white wines. The good news is that it ismaking some increasingly exciting red wines, most of them from Pinot Noir, although recently some wineries have also planted small plots of Syrah and even St. Laurent as well. In nearby Luxembourg a number of privately owned domaines are also making outstanding wines too, hence their inclusion in this article.

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Vinous Table: L’Auberge de l’Ill, Illhaeusern, France

France, France: Alsace, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2019

It’s 150 years and counting at l’Auberge de l’Ill, one of the world’s best restaurants, and also a world-class spa and hotel. My latest visit shows l’Auberge de l’Ill hasn’t missed a step – an epicurean temple that continues to regale food and wine lovers from all over the world.