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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 […]

In the Cellar with Augusto Cappellano

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 […]

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 […]

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% […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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)

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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.

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 […]

Villa Sant’Anna

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Barolo Chinato: The Ultimate Italian After-Dinner Drink

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

The wine merchant of Shekomeko

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Your Next Lesson: Gigondas

It is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world, known as garnacha in Spain and cannonau in Sardinia, but Americans know it best by its French name, grenache.  read more

Caves Jean et Sébastien Dauvissat

Dauvissat picked in 2013 during what he called “the best window” (from September 29 through October 3),

Château Simone’s Long Game

The Provence estate relies on family tradition and ageworthy wines, ignoring the region’s rush to produce quaffing rosés

Your Next Lesson: Cava

Cava, like California chardonnay, has suffered from a bad reputation.

Rosé Wine to Drink This Summer

The world loves rosé in summer.

The Bittersweet Tale of Sauternes

Why Sauternes Is Underappreciated

This Wine Goes Well With Fish

BRILLIANT ideas sometimes arise out of pure necessity.

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