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2023 New Zealand Whites: The Cyclone Vintage

New Zealanders will forever remember the summer of 2023 as the year Cyclone Gabrielle swept away homes, vineyards and dreams. Wine producers on the storm-battered North Island had few reasons to smile. However, it was a different story for South Islanders: they escaped the worst of the weather’s wrath yet were burdened with survivors’ guilt as their colleagues across the Cook Strait were overwhelmed by the elements.

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Disznókő Tokaji: Latest Releases

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Alsace 2022 Whites – A Lucky Escape

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The Only Way Is Essex: Danbury Ridge

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Northern Rhône: Where Diversity Ignites the Senses

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An Exploration of Time: Gruaud Larose 1831-2018

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Trentino-Alto Adige: Pushing the Limits

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Evoe! German and Austrian Sekt Report

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Borgo del Tiglio Rosso Riserva: The Road Less Traveled

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Test of Endurance: Bordeaux 2014 Ten Years On

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Slovenia: Just the Beginning

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Gyo-kaijin, Kanazawa, Japan

Gyo-kaijin encapsulates everything life-affirming about Japan’s dining scene. It is inexpensive, has impeccable service, a lively ambiance and, most of all, a standard of cuisine that you have to eat to believe.

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Kanazawa Setsuri, Kanazawa, Japan

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Takasegawa, Kyoto, Japan

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Tempura Matsu, Kyoto, Japan

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Koumoto, Tokyo, Japan

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2022 J. Hofstätter Pinot Nero Meczan

2022 J. Hofstätter Pinot Nero Meczan, 91 points

The 2022 Pinot Noir Meczan is remarkably pretty. Dusty rose and lavender tones complement wild strawberries. Juicy textures, ripe wild berry fruits, orange zest and tactile mineral tones sweep across the palate. The Meczan tapers off fresh, nearly crunchy in feel, with medium length. (EG)


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1990 Latour à Pomerol

The 1990 Latour à Pomerol epitomizes everything one could wish for in a mature Pomerol, but without paying a king’s ransom. Despite the highly regarded growing season, I approach this with modest expectations because these were not halcyon days for the estate.

2014 M & C Lapierre Morgon Marcel Lapierre Cuvée MMXIV

2017 Domaine Samuel Billaud Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Cru

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