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Best of 2016: Monica Larner

The past 12 months have offered exceptional tasting surprises in Italian wine. The international marketplace has been replenished with beautiful new releases and impressive vintages representing the best of Italy, from the tip to the toe....

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Italian Wine in 2016: A Year in Review

It was the hottest day of the year. The air was heavy and humid. The incessant singing of cicadas grew to a dizzying pitch. On July 12, 2016 I was visiting vineyards with a producer near Andria in Puglia when news broke that two commuter trains had collided head-on at high speed on a single track just a few kilometers from where I stood. The result of a signaling error, the Andria-Corato train crash would leave 23 dead and 54...

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Best of 2016: Lisa Perrotti-Brown

What can I say? 2016 was a year of giddying heights and dizzying lows, vinously and personally. The wine world lost some truly beautiful minds. But it appears mother nature chose to remember them with an outstanding vintage in major regions around the world and some glorious wines in the pipeline with which to drink to our gone but not forgotten friends. For me, 2016 will always be a special year....

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Top-Rated 2014s from the Southern Rhône

Here are the top-rated 2014s from my most recent Southern Rhône report in Issue 228, listed by appellation....

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Retsina: Can We Never Mention It Again?

I wrote a version of this diatribe on a tasting note once, but that was too easy to miss and really too long for inclusion in a tasting note. So, this is a reprise of sorts. It was brought to mind when someone (yet again) mentioned to me that they hated Retsina, assuming that I must see a lot of it since I cover Greece. Well, no....

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Top-Rated 2015s from the Southern Rhône

Here are the top-rated 2015s from my most recent Southern Rhône report in Issue 228, listed by appellation....

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Top 10 Wines from Chianti Classico in Issue 228

In recently perusing our latest Issue 228, I was drawn to Monica Larner's Chianti Classico report. With more than 220 wines, there are plenty of excellent options from which to choose when looking for impressive bottlings....

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12 Perfect Wines in Wine Advocate Issue 228

Our End of December Issue – Issue 228 – was something of a special Issue for us in that it was our biggest Issue ever, weighing in at 7415 tasting notes / reviews from 11 different countries. Of these there were just 21 wines rated at 100 points and only 12 new / upcoming releases (the other 9 wines being new reviews of wines that had previously been reviewed). The 12 new or soon to be released 100-point wines are...

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12 High-Scoring Argentinian Wines for Less than $100

I sifted through Luis Gutiérrez' Argentina report and pulled out the wines that have scored 95 points or higher, while still costing $100 or less. How's that for a bargain?...

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