If, like many, you pray each night that “A Moon Shaped Pool” does not turn out to be Radiohead’s farewell, then take a listen to ANIMA. Despite having already composed numerous works of genius over the years, Yorke’s muse has not left him.
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.
France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites
You could make a strong argument that this Burgundy is the most significant of all my contributions to Vinous’ Cellar Favorites column. Maybe without it, things would have been different.
France: Burgundy, featured
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.
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.
Italy: Center & South, Vinous Table
I have wanted to eat at Il Silene for many years but had always been put off by its location, which is not especially convenient to the tasting circuit. What a mistake that turned out to be. This spectacular lunch proved Il Silene is very much worth a special trip.
United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured
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.
France: Burgundy, featured
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.
Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites
Vietti’s 2012 Barolo Riserva Villero is absolutely gorgeous. In 2012, the Villero is especially lifted and aromatic, showing a distinctly floral and red-toned expression of fruit rather than the darker, more balsamic inflections that are typical of this Castiglione Falletto cru.
France, Vinous Table
Le Chalut, a historic restaurant of Saint-Malo, may no longer be the highly awarded, media-darling dining destination it once was, but it still offers fresh, beautifully cooked seafood in a quiet, refined environment.