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The Vinous 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

General Interest, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2022

With the holidays right around the corner, we’ve you covered for that perfect gift for the wine lover in your life. The Vinous Holiday Gift Guide is packed with the year's most intriguing books, glassware, openers, maps and more.

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Focus on Barbaresco – A Close Look at 2019 & 2020

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2022

Nebbiolo is a fascinating variety because it is so transparent, so nuanced. The essence of site, vintage and a grower’s approach all come through loud and clear. Readers will find a number of gorgeous wines in both 2019 and 2020, but these vintages require careful selection, as they are somewhat inconsistent. That said, Barbaresco remains a terrific hunting ground for wines of place that in most cases remain very reasonably priced in today's world.

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The 2018 Barolos, Part 2

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2022

Two thousand and eighteen remains a mixed vintage that reflects the challenges of a growing season marked by heavy spring rains, intense summer heat and unbalanced weather during the final phase of ripening. There are some gorgeous 2018s out there, but finding them will take a bit of work. The best 2018s are beautifully perfumed, mid-weight Barolos that will drink well early.

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2021 Barolo en Primeur Charity Auction

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2022

I am delighted to once again host the Barolo en Primeur Charity Auction, being held simultaneously in New York City and Grinzane Cavour on Friday, October 28 at 12pm New York time and 6pm Piedmont time. This is a rare opportunity to acquire 2021 Barolo ahead of release. Some of the lots will be sold as single barrels, as they were last year, while others are collections of smaller lots from various producers, organized by village. All the wines will be adorned with special labels designed by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto.

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Vinous Table: Bar Le Côte, Los Olivos, CA

Vinous Table, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2022

With its seafood focused menu and bright décor, Bar Le Côte is a very welcome addition to the Santa Barbara wine country dining scene.

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Santa Barbara: A Rare Bright Spot for California in 2020

featured, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2022

Santa Barbara is one of the few bright spots for California in 2020. Tucked away to the south, far away from fires that were so damaging in the north, Santa Barbara was blessed with far more favorable conditions throughout the year, especially during the critical weeks around harvest. There were some challenges, most notably heat spikes in middle to late August and all of the stresses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but overall Santa Barbara fared much better than the rest of California. Based on what I have tasted and seen so far, Santa Barbara produced the finest wines in California in 2020 by a wide margin.

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Cellar Favorite: Raiding the Cellar at Inspire Napa Valley

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne, France: Alsace

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2022

I was thrilled to open this eclectic collection of wines from my cellar during this year’s Inspire Napa Valley dinner at Staglin. It’s a rare treat to take a break from the hectic pace of tasting wines for review and actually drink a few things for pleasure.

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Vinous Table: Marea, New York, NY

Vinous Table, United States: New York

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2022

As great as the wines are, I am once again reminded that wines are made special by context, in other words the circumstances, places and people that surround them. This was a truly unforgettable night of food, wine, friendship and camaraderie. Until next time…

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Domaine Leroy: A Voyage Across the 2019s

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2022

Lalou Bize-Leroy's 2019s are off the charts. Even in 2019, a year marked by several pronounced heat spikes, the wines capture tremendous expression of site. From the village wines all the way to the top Grand Crus, the 2019s are simply breathtaking for their grandeur and sheer personality.

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Chianti Classico & Neighbors: Looking at the 2020s and 2019s

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2022

This year’s releases from Chianti Classico are a bit of a mixed bag. Most of that is attributable to the natural diversity of this large appellation and the unevenness of the 2019s. Even so, there are a lot of gorgeous wines in this report, many of them entry-level Chianti Classicos that offer superb quality for the money. As always, this report focuses on Chianti Classico, but also includes wines from neighboring appellations.