USA, California, Sonoma County: The 2019 Vintage and an Early Look at 2020

It’s been a bumpy ride in California the last few years. Since 2017, wildfires have impacted vintages to a greater or lesser degree across the state....

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Italy, Sicily: A Spotlight on Planeta’s Didacus

With this article I’d like to honor the memory of Diego Planeta, a man who loomed large in Sicilian wine and was one of the most respected protagonists of vino...

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France, Burgundy: Revisiting the 1980 Vintage After 40 Years

They may not be numerous, but the very best 1980 red Burgundies, as the accompanying notes attest, are profound wines drinking at their apogee today....

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Discovering Burgundy Wines on a Budget

Given the escalating prices of Burgundy’s grandest grands crus, the rewards of looking further afield have never been greater....

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France, Burgundy: The Côte d’Or’s 2019 Vintage

2019 is a thrilling year for Pinot Noir, delivering wines bursting with head-turning perfume and fresh, succulent fruit. In Chardonnay, 2019 is more heterogenous....

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France, Burgundy: The Côte d’Or’s 2019 and 2018 Vintages

2019 is a thrilling year for Pinot Noir, delivering wines bursting with head-turning perfume and fresh, succulent fruit. In Chardonnay, 2019 is more heterogenous....

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USA, California, Napa Valley: Spotlight on Aubert

California has maybe half a dozen of consistently extraordinary Chardonnay producers. Mark Aubert is one of them....

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France, Burgundy: The Côte d'Or's 2018 and 2017 Vintages – Part 2

This report is a second installment of notes on the 2018 and 2017 vintages in Burgundy's Côte d'Or. For my introduction to the vintage, readers are directed to the first...

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France, Burgundy: Secret Garden – The Côte Chalonnaise and Lesser-Known Villages of the Côte de Beaune

As the wines of the Côte d’Or’s most glamorous communes command seemingly ever-higher prices, there has never been a timelier moment to explore the Côte Chalonnaise and the less famous...

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France, Burgundy: Recent and Forthcoming Releases from Domaine Coche-Dury

This was a fascinating visit to Domaine Coche-Dury, where Raphaël Coche is now firmly established, having taken over direction of the estate in 2010 after working alongside his father Jean-François...

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