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The Yin and the Yang of Western Australia

Western Australia remains a beacon of hope and value in a world of stratospheric fine wine prices. This report shows that, pound for pound, few regions can match Margaret River for finely crafted Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. My first coverage of the emerging regions of Great Southern and Pemberton also showcases wines that are surprising for their subtlety and diversity.

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New Zealand’s Latest Red Releases: Growing Up

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2012 & 2013 Napa Valley: Too Close to Call

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Alsace 2022 Reds: Continuing Their Trajectory

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Marche Stays the Course Amidst Future Uncertainty

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Both Sides of the Spectrum

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Oldies But Goldies: Bouchard Père 1892-2012

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But Seriously: Beaujolais 2021-2023

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The Many Riojas of Rioja: A Tale of Forking Paths

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Past Becomes Now: Lafite-Rothschild 1874-1982

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2019 Château Montus and Bouscassé: A Premiere Glance

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Luca, London, UK

Let’s cut to the chase. Luca boasts a thick, juicy book of Italian vino that covers the entire ‘boot’, a mixture of marquee names and cult producers that is worthy of entry alone.

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The Modern, New York City, NY

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The Devonshire, London, UK

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Bouchon Racine, London, UK

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2023 Babich Sauvignon Blanc Black Label Marlborough

2023 Babich Sauvignon Blanc Black Label Marlborough, 91 points

The 2023 Sauvignon Blanc Black Label is a well-judged style. It is nicely textured with decent substance through its bright, firm core. Attractive gooseberry, elderflower and passion fruit flavors combine well. Five months on lees rounds out its edges and lends flesh to the light-bodied palate. (RG)


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Castello di Ama - Looking Back at the 2006s

I vividly remember the first time I truly fell in love with Castello di Ama wines. It was 2009. After we had gone through the releases, Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti opened a few older wines. It was at that moment that I started to understand how well these wines can age. In the years that followed, I had the good fortune to report on several verticals.

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