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2017 and 2018 Northern Rhône

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, featured

Josh Raynolds, Jul 2019

The 2017 vintage in the northern Rhône was marked by unpredictable weather swings, resulting in a short crop of ripe, healthy grapes that produced numerous fruit-forward, highly attractive wines to drink young. Meanwhile, 2018 was another hot year, but the wines show more energy than their 2017 siblings.

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"G" Acte 1 to 8

France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

The Guinaudeau family, owners of Lafleur, unveiled “Acte” almost a decade ago. Following a complete vertical in London, their right-hand man Omri Ram explains the concept behind Acte and why they feel it deserves a new name.

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Soave and the Still White Wines of Veneto

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2019

Soave is Veneto’s best-known still white wine, but the region boasts many other fine whites, produced from a plethora of different grape varieties and terroirs. From the sands of Venice to the volcanic hills of the Colli Euganei, many of Veneto’s other whites are worth hunting down and getting to know.

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Paul Hobbs’ Cabernet Beckstoffer To Kalon: 1999-2016

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2019

The prolific Paul Hobbs makes his most complete Cabernet Sauvignon from the historic To Kalon vineyard, with recent vintages displaying all of the elements to ensure exceptional longevity.

Bordeaux 2015 full bottle lineup

Finally: Bordeaux 2015 In Bottle

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

Back in January I re-tasted over 200 of the top Bordeaux 2015s at the annual “Southwold” blind tasting. Does it deserve to be in the top tier of vintages…or not? Time to find out.

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Rheinhessen 2017: Perseverance Rewarded

Germany, featured

David Schildknecht, Jul 2019

Rheinhessen Riesling vines that escaped devastation by late April frost and a savage August 25 hailstorm were still exposed to punishing May-July drought. But growers soldiered on and, with help from subsequent meteorological breaks, were rewarded with impressive results.

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Burgundy Odds & Ends

France: Burgundy, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

While it is undoubtedly thrilling to taste Burgundy’s most important and coveted wines, these days I get just as much pleasure from discovering wines from lesser appellations and producers that remain a bit under the radar. In other words, wines that the average consumer can still find and acquire without taking out a second mortgage.

Royal tokaji betsek vineyard

Mád Idea: Royal Tokaji 1990-2013

Hungary, featured

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

Tokaji can be one of the most magical wines in the world. This article was prompted by a fascinating tasting of vintages from the Royal Tokaji Company tutored by Hugh Johnson, who described how he was drawn to the region in the dying days of communism. As an extra, readers will also find a tasting note for one of the oldest bottles ever tasted.

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Kapcsándy Roberta’s Reserve and Grand Vin

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Jun 2019

In less than 20 years, the Kapcsándy family has created two flagship wines that can stand with the world’s finest Cabernets and Merlots. This double vertical of the flagship Merlot Roberta’s Reserve and Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin provided a unique opportunity to trace the history of the winery back to the early days.

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Compare & Contrast - DRC & Leroy

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Jun 2019

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Domaine Leroy. Each producer is an icon and has their own clearly distinguishable style. Why do they have so much in common, and yet are often so distinctive from each other? This article, based on a blind tasting of wines from the same vineyards and vintages, seeks to explain why. Time to compare and contrast.