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Spirits: The Tip of the Iceberg

Spirits, Fortified Wines & Spirits, Fortified Wines and Spirits, featured

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2022

It all started innocently enough. Over the last few years, I have seen a marked increase in spirits made by winemakers. I thought it would be fun to taste them and write them all up. That was the genesis for this report. But then more and more samples arrived, and before I knew it, the article had morphed into a broad survey of spirits of all kinds. This article is clearly not comprehensive to any one category, but rather intended as a collection of spirits I think Vinous readers will enjoy.

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Piedmont Within Reach

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2022

Piedmont is full of excitement these days, more than I have ever seen in 25 years of visiting the region. The rapid escalation of prices and dwindling availability of the region’s top wines can be discouraging, but it needn’t be, as Piedmont has so much to offer beyond the most highly coveted Barolos and Barbarescos. This report covers a wide range of wines that deliver plenty of Piedmont soul at prices that are accessible.

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Cellar Favorite: 2008 Domaine Jean-François Coche-Dury Meursault Les Rougeots

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2022

The 2008 Meursault Les Rougeous from Coche-Dury is fabulous.

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Vinous Table: Guido da Costigliole, Cuneo, Italy

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Antonio Galloni, Dec 2022

Readers visiting Piedmont should carve out the time to go to Guido at the Relais San Maurizio. The hotel is wonderful too, should you not want to leave. Andrea Alciati, Monica Magnani and the team at Guido are at the top of their game.

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Sancerre Sees Red

France: Loire, featured

Rebecca Gibb MW, Dec 2022

Prices of red Burgundy seem to show no sign of easing. In the search for an alternative, wine lovers may head east toward Germany or further afield to New Zealand and Oregon. However, a mere two-hour drive from the Côte de Nuits lies an often-overlooked Pinot Noir region, sitting on coveted ground.

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Umbria: Taking It to the Next Level

Italy: Center & South, featured

Eric Guido, Nov 2022

Umbrian wines have always communicated tremendous potential; however, except for a short list of producers, these wines have often been underwhelming. I have long looked forward to the day the region would begin to deliver the best quality possible. That day may be just over the horizon.

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Cellar Favorite: 1943 Petrus

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Nov 2022

In my continuing and futile attempt to drink every Petrus of the 20th century, I ticked off one of the lesser-known war vintages this summer. Incidentally, it was served blind, and though I identified the château, I was quite a few years out on the vintage. Maybe even decades!

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Dealing with the New Paradigm: Burgundy 2018

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Nov 2022

So, the 2018 Burgundy vintage was too warm to bestow tensile Chardonnay and transparent Pinot Noirs, yes? Well, not exactly. I tasted more than 400 whites and reds blind at the annual Burgfest to see how the vintage is shaping up. Expect the unexpected!

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Cellar Favorite: 1993 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits Saint-Georges Les Roncières

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Nov 2022

This bottle of 1993 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Roncières 1er Cru was ‘magpied’ off a list in Beaune, one of the few bottles whose umbilical had not been cut within the last three years.

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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.