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Brilliance in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara continues to impress with a wide range of exceptional, world-class wines. After the challenging but ultimately strong 2020 harvest, producers were welcomed with far more favorable conditions in 2021. It is a spectacular vintage for the whites, quite possibly the best I have seen in more than a dozen years of tasting these wines, but ultimately less consistent for the reds, as we will explore in this year’s report.

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Rhys: The Stellar 2021s

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Where Art Thou Chablis? - Chablis 2021 & 2022

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Surpassing Expectations: New Releases from Sicily

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Eruptions on the Mornington Peninsula

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The Uco Valley: Where Diverse Terroirs Work Their Magic

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Germany Pre-Auctions Report: Trier and Bad Kreuznach

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Margaux Focus 2: Château Palmer

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Chianti Classico: The Brilliant 2021s & Variable 2020s

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Chomping at the Bit: New Releases from Abruzzo

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Margaux Focus 1: Château Durfort-Vivens

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Mountain, London, UK

When I caught wind that Anglesey-born chef Tomos Parry planned to open a new restaurant called “Mountain”, well, I could not quell my excitement.

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64 Goodge Street, London, UK

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Planque, London, UK

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Osteria Le Logge, Siena, Italy

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Silo, London, UK

Vinous Favorites

2019 Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 points

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon wafts up with crushed black cherries dusted in cocoa and a dash of tangerine. Dark red fruit washes across the palate in a dense textural wave, while violet inner florals collect toward the close. This finishes structured with a lingering tart, wild berry note. (EG)


Cellar Favorites

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2011 Domaine d'Auvenay Bourgogne Aligoté Sous Chatelet

Let’s get the elephant out of the room. The secondary market price for this “humble” Aligoté is around £3,000 per bottle. That is absurd. That is unbelievable. But that is reality. Someone out there is prepared to pay that amount of money for this wine, motivated by the fact that it was crafted by Lalou Bize-Leroy or perhaps motivated by pecuniary gains.

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2016 Royal Tokaji Essencia

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Celebrating West Sonoma Coast Wines

October 25 - 25, 2023
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La Festa del Barolo 2024 - New York City

January 31 - Feb 3, 2024
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