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These Provençal pours are not the rosé you expect

BY THE GLASS || By Ellen Bhang || GLOBE CORRESPONDENT || MAY 28, 2018 || The Mediterranean-hugging region of Provence in the sunny French South is arguably the most rosé-associated place on the planet. And while there is plenty of pink to be had, don’t let glossy ad campaigns lull you into thinking that’s all […]

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The trick to finding your favorite wine: Know your importer

Empire State South’s wine director recommends five of his favs. May 2018 || Steven Grubbs || The text message usually comes early evening: I’m at a wine shop what do I buy I could list some of my favorite French and Italian vintners, but there is zero guarantee that their bottles will be on the […]

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Friuli Venezia Giulia: A Wine Smorgasbord

BY IAN D’AGATA | MAY 17, 2018 | No other region in Italy offers as large a selection of outstanding white wines from so many different grape varieties as Friuli Venezia Giulia does, while the region’s native red grapes yield wines that are equally distinctive. Make no mistake about it: Friuli Venezia Giulia is the […]

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5 Inspirational Lessons from a Veteran Wine Entrepreneur

From the advantages to staying small to the nuances of scaling the intimacy factor. By Cathy Huyghe Co-founder, Enolytics. Not every entrepreneur can afford to wait over 40 years to launch a brand extension. But for Neal Rosenthal, one of the most respected and established wine merchants in the world, his new venture into wine […]

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GRAPELIVE: WINE OF THE DAY MAY 2, 2018

2015 Domaine de la Petite Mairie, Bourgueil Rouge “Butte de Tyron” Loire Valley, France. A new domaine to me, Domaine de la Petite Mairie, is owned and managed by Corinne and James Petit, an enthusiastic couple who passionately care for their vines in the Bourgueil region of France’s Loire Valley, making studied and elegant versions […]

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Two Wine Insider Secrets, Courtesy Of Neal Rosenthal And His Newest Venture

APR 30, 2018 Food & Drink Cathy Huyghe , CONTRIBUTOR How do you know which bottle to choose when you’re standing in front of a wall full of wine? That’s a question I hear a lot. For the answer, I rely on a lesson learned long ago. “Turn the bottle around.” To the back label, […]

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Wineaux: Collecting nun stories and nun wine

  Wineaux By Susana Leonardi My high school biology teacher, Sister Mary Justine (or maybe it was Sister Mary Martine — I confuse them) made the class spell aloud, in unison, the name of our current unit: S-E-X. I have no idea why shouting the letters was somehow more acceptable than her just saying the […]

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Your Next Lesson: Rosso di Montalcino

By Eric Asimov March 1, 2018 Back in the early days of Wine School, we focused on Chianti Classico, the signature red of Tuscany. Now we head to a different part of Tuscany to drink Rosso di Montalcino. Rosso di Montalcino is the younger sibling of Brunello di Montalcino. Brunello must be aged for at […]

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In Pomerol, Wines of Grandeur From Modest Estates

excerpt from: THE POUR By Eric Asimov Feb. 26, 2018 POMEROL, France — The word Bordeaux connotes magnificent chateaus, aristocratic (or at least wealthy or corporate) landowners and wines that occasionally live up to their pretensions. But in the vine-covered countryside surrounding this sleepy village, where the tiniest undulation of the land constitutes a hill, […]

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Eight Star Producers in France’s New South

FEBRUARY 7, 2018 story: JON BONNÉ Meet the winemakers leading the revolution in dry, mineral-driven wines in the Roussillon. When anyone thought about the southern French region of Roussillon, it was as the latter half of the awkward geographic mashup “Languedoc-Roussillon,” which was mostly known for stylish, ripe wines. A few informed souls might have […]

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2014 Barbarescos: Triumphs and Question Marks

WINES OF THE TIMES By Eric Asimov Feb. 8, 2018 Oakiness was not an issue in the bottles we liked best. Our top wine, from De Forville, was a classic Barbaresco of the old school, with beautiful floral and anise flavors and an earthy minerality. It was a complete wine and, though accessible now, will […]

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Your Next Lesson: Value Bordeaux

By Eric AsimovFeb. 1, 2018 For our next topic, let’s return to what may now be familiar ground, Bordeaux. Previously, we’ve looked at two very different appellations within Bordeaux, Haut-Médoc and Pomerol. This time, the topic will be defined by value rather than place. The dominant image of Bordeaux is one of imposing chateaus, patrician […]

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Red Burgundy 2016 and 2015, Part 1: Two Terrific but Very Different Vintage

BY STEPHEN TANZER | JANUARY 25, 2018 Despite extreme weather conditions in both 2016 and 2015, Burgundy’s Côte d’Or has produced an outstanding pair of back-to-back vintages studded with hauntingly beautiful reds. Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur || Domaine Georges Lignier || Domaine Ghislaine Barthod || Domaine Fourrier/Jean-Marie Fourrier Ten years from now, when their painful memories of […]

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Six Affordable Bordeaux Worth the Hunt (Seriously)

Proof it’s possible to find charming expressions of the region’s native grapes, without undue manipulation and around $30. JANUARY 17, 2018 story: Jon Bonné photo: Lizzie Munro. Bordeaux may be big business, but this most influential of wine regions exists far outside today’s currents. At times, with its baked-in sense of superiority, it can come […]

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Bubbles, Bubbles: No Toil, No Trouble With Our Bubbly List

Raise a glass for holiday wines. By Andrea Clurfeld | | November 27, 2017 It’s the time of year when almost everyone’s thoughts turn to gift giving. Yes, ’tis the season to be giving. There’s hardly a situation when giving a gift is wrong. The rub, it seems, is what to give. I’m going to […]

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Last-Minute Buys for Thanksgiving Wines

By Eric AsimovNov. 16, 2017  Thanksgiving is just about here. Preparations are well underway, everything seems to be in order, except … we forgot about the wine. This is not a drill. Whether Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other outsized entertainment situation, it is entirely possible that crucial but peripheral elements to the feast are lost […]

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From WWI To President Trump, Château Le Puy Pours Vintages From A Century Of Wine

Lauren Mowery , CONTRIBUTOR In 1917, Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war on Germany. In 1926, real estate on Broadway and Wall Street sold for $7 per square inch. In 1936, Robert Redford, John McCain, and Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy were born. In 1944, The United States and allied troops invaded […]

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20 Wines for Under $20: Weeknight Pleasures for Relaxed Evenings

Eric Asimov THE POUR Sept. 21, 2017 The requirements for weeknight cooking are easy to understand, but weeknight wine? It’s a bit more conceptual. The last thing anyone wants after a long day of work is to put in another few hours over a cutting board and stove. But where is the labor in opening […]

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Domaine du Gour de Chaulé & Domaine Lionnet – Josh Raynolds

2015 Domaine du Gour de Chaulé Gigondas Cuvée Tradition Brilliant ruby. A heady bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, Indian spices and smoky minerals, along with a hint of candied lavender in the background. Deeply concentrated yet energetic black raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors unfold slowly, picking up a licorice quality that expands on […]

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Rosenthal Wine Merchant’s Ciro producer prominently mentioned

Robert Camuto: Letter From EuropeWine SpectatorJuly 24, 2017 Calabria Rocks Can Cirò be Italy’s next big thing? A new generation is on the move. Cirò is the kind of wine place I want to root for. This ancient Calabrian wine region in sun-baked southern Italy offers a gorgeous countryside of ancient olive trees and undulating […]

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2017 Rosé Roundup: Drink Now, Drink Later

BY JOSH RAYNOLDS | JUNE 27, 2017 Among the oldest of many wine cliché’s is that Rosés don’t age well and, like seersucker suits, are out of style after the Labor Day following the vintage. While wearing summer suits out of season might not be in good taste, drinking the best pink wines year-round is […]

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20 Wines Under $20: The Savory Side of Rosé

Eric Asimov THE POUR JUNE 22, 2017 If for no other reason than popular demand, summer is rosé season. These wines, once pitilessly disparaged as dull and anemic, have been hotter than July for a decade, a climactic shift that shows no signs of letting up. In the past few months, three books on rosé […]

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Bordeaux Estate Makes Fine Wines Naturally

Eric Asimov THE POUR JUNE 16, 2017 ST.-CIBARD, France — The French have a notion that has no real counterpart in English for discussing a delicious wine. It is digestibilité, digestibility in English, a single word that, like terroir, connotes something far more complex. Digestibilité begins with deliciousness, but it also indicates wines that are […]

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In the Cellar with Augusto Cappellano

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Domaine Lignier: Clos de la Roche 1978-2014

BY ANTONIO GALLONI | MAY 2, 2017 Domaine Lignier’s Clos de la Roche is one of Burgundy’s most renowned wines. This remarkable vertical of twenty vintages went back to 1978 and encompassed three distinct eras of the domaine’s distinguished history. Historical Background Domaine Lignier was founded in the late 1880s, but its modern-day history begins […]

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A Wine with the Rhythm of Beaujolais and the Soul of Burgundy

What if Beaujolais and red Burgundy had a love child? Megan Krigbaum on Passetoutgrain, a historic but little-known appellation in Burgundy responsible for high-quality, affordable wines made from gamay and pinot noir. PUNCH: APRIL 19, 2017  story: MEGAN KRIGBAUM  photo: LIZZIE MUNRO Could there be any wine more ideal than one with the pedigree of […]

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2015 Northern Rhones: Outstanding Wines for the Long Haul

April 2017 By Josh Raynolds Famille Levet With a mere three and a half hectares of vines, all of them in Côte-Rôtie, the Levets’ wines will never be especially easy to find, but they have become a beacon for fans of traditional renditions of the appellation. Made with a high percentage of whole clusters (100% […]

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Raise Your Glass: Small French Vintner Makes a Splendid Red

La ManarineCotes du Rhone, Red, 2014Travaillan, France, $13.99 In the world of wine, Domaine La Manarine is a relatively minor player — about 89 acres of vines, 60,000 bottles of wine a year — and that’s a good thing. Good, because the wines made there by owner Gilles Gasq are well-crafted and a great value, […]

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La Torre 2012 Brunello di Montalcino

93+ pts La Torre 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Montalcino, Tuscany Red wine from Italy Drinking window: 2023 – 2032 Bright red-ruby. Nicely ripe aromas of raspberry, red cherry syrup, minerals and rose petal are concentrated but fresh. Then juicy, intense and sharply delineated, with lovely lift to the very pure flavors of redberries, minerals and […]

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Switzerland’s Liquid Assets: Wines of the Valais

Wine & Spirits Decades of high tariffs kept the country’s wine producers from exporting abroad. But at long last, Swiss bottles are popping up on menus and merchants’ shelves. By Anthony Giglio on February 07, 2017 Any adventurous skier who has the temerity to take four cable cars from the Swiss resort village of Verbier […]

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Great Wines to Discover

88 Ermes Pavese – Valle d’Aosta Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle 2014 $30 Apple, straw and lemon flavors mark this juicy white, which features a chalky underpinning, finishing with a touch of grip. Prié Blanc. Drink now. 7253 bottles imported. – B.S. (Bruce Sanderson)

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Dolcetto: Italy’s Overshadowed, Underestimated Wine

Dolcetto has long been in the shadow of Piedmont’s much more famous Nebbiolo grape. But for wine lovers, that’s good news: Top Dolcettos are among the best bargains around By LETTIE TEAGUE Updated Feb. 8, 2017 SOME GRAPES, through no fault of their own, are the perennial plus-one, the second banana, the vinous add-on. That’s […]

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The 2015 Red Burgundies: You Are So Going To Want Them

BY STEPHEN TANZER | JANUARY 26, 2017 Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur François Bitouzet described 2015 as “a very silky, balanced year for Volnays” despite the challenging conditions. “It was a very dry year with strong oidium pressures, even worse than the last bad oidium year, 2004,” he told me in mid-November. “We had to treat the vines […]

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Can Northern Rhône Syrah Survive the Spotlight?

Both Côte-Rôtie and Cornas have entered the spotlight after decades in the shadows. Jon Bonné considers how the rush of fame has affected these regions, and what it signals for the future of northern Rhône syrah. JANUARY 19, 2017  story: JON BONNÉ As I walk along the muted streets of Ampuis, one July afternoon, it’s […]

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Wine in Common: A Fine Read Wine

Neal Rosenthal’s Reflections of a Wine Merchant offers oenophiles a deep appreciation for the traditions of winemaking BY PETE HOLLAND JAN 19, 2017 5 AM Many people ask sommeliers what it took to get their job. I suppose those holding the impossibly lofty Master Sommelier title might tell them that becoming a sommelier is simple: […]

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Can Cava Convince the World It’s Worth $200 a Bottle?

A new designation for the much-maligned sparkling wine gives hope to Spanish vintners trying to make top-tier juice. Read more about Recaredo.

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Cappellano Barolo Chinato

After-dinner drinks are hardly the fashion these days, but Barolo Chinato is enjoying a moment. A bittersweet digestive produced in Piedmont since the late 1800s, it’s riding high on Barolo’s popularity. It satisfies the yen for handcrafted products, being made a few barrels at a time by serious winemakers from secret recipes. It’s a delicious […]

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Villa Sant’Anna

Antonio Galloni reviews the following three wines from Villa Sant’Anna Click here to read the full review

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Alto Piemonte: New Wave Nebbiolo

by Bruce Sanderson – October 31, 2016 issue Nebbiolo is having its moment. The great wines of Barolo and Barbaresco are earning the acclaim, and the high prices, they deserve. Now discerning wine lovers are turning to a nearby source of less-expensive versions with unique character: Alto Piemonte. Located about 90 miles north of the […]

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Drink Rosé All Day

The south of France produces fantastic rosé. The Cotes de Provence west of St. Tropez is a great place to try both innovative versions (at Chateau Léoube) and ultra classic ones (at Commanderie de Peyrassol and Domaines Ott). There are other sublime experiences at these properties, too-from laid-back beach cafés to contemporary art set along […]

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Your Next Lesson: Rosé From Provence

Wine SchoolBy ERIC ASIMOV MAY 26, 2016     As summer approaches, much of the wine-drinking world is turning its attention to rosé. I can think of no reason not to join them. Rosé is made around the world. Much of this production has come about as the popularity of rosé has skyrocketed in the […]

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20 Wines for Under $20

20 Wines for Under $20: The Spring Edition   The PourBy ERIC ASIMOV APRIL 21, 2016 Monastero Suore Cistercensi Lazio Bianco Coenobium 2014, $19.99 This is a rare Lazio white with great character, a blend of trebbiano, malvasia and verdicchio. The grapes are grown by Cistercian nuns just north of Rome and made into wine […]

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Barolo Chinato: The Ultimate Italian After-Dinner Drink

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Jancis Robinson on Georges Lignier

Before letting go of that 2014 burgundies that have been dominating this site for some weeks (apologies to burgundyphobes), I’d like to draw your attention to a domaine that seems to be getting better and better. read more

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The wine merchant of Shekomeko

Interview with Neal Rosenthal of Mad Rose Group, Rosenthal Wine Merchant.By Christine Bates

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Domaine Thevenet & Fils

Domaine Thevenet & Fils 2013 Saint-Véran Clos de l’Ermitage Saint Claude Vieilles Vignes 88 2013 Mâcon Pierreclos 87 Vinous is a subscription based wine publication. Get more details here. We began working with Jean-Claude Thevenet in 1982.  At that point, having taken responsibility for this family domaine in 1971  from his father, Raymond, when their […]

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Domaine du Clos des Rocs

Domaine du Clos des Rocs – Oliver Giroux 2014 Pouilly-Loché En Chantone 89 2014 Mâcon-Loché En Près Forêt 88 2013 Pouilly-Loché Clos des Rocs Monopole 91 2013 Pouilly-Loché En Chantone 88 2012 Pouilly-Loché Clos des Rocs Monopole 92+ 2012 Pouilly-Loché Les Mûres 91+ 2012 Pouilly-Loché Les Barres 90 2012 Pouilly-Fuissé Les Pierrotes 89 Vinous is […]

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Domain Cheveau

Domain Cheveau 2013 Pouilly-Fuissé Aux Bouthières 91 2013 Pouilly-Fuissé Les Vieilles Vignes 90 2013 Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Cras 89+ 2013 Pouilly-Fuissé Les Trois Terroirs 89 Vinous is a subscription based wine publication. Get more details here. The cellars of the Domaine Cheveau are situated in the hamlet of Solutré-Pouilly in the heart of the appellation of […]

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An Invigorating End to Thanksgiving

First comes the buildup, and then the feast. And then? Rarely do we pay attention to what happens after the bird has been carved and eaten, after the plates have been heaped with seconds, after the pies have been portioned out and after those final few bites have filled whatever space remains. read more

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Ferrando Erbaluce – Fall Wines 20 under $20

Ferrando Erbaluce di Caluso 2012 $17.99 Explore the vineyards of Italy, and you’ll never know what grapes you’ll discover. In the northern Piedmont in the northwest, around the town of Caluso, you’re liable to run across erbaluce, which makes great sweet wines and excellent dry whites, like this vibrant, flinty, floral beauty. With a little […]

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