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The Power and the Passion: Wynns John Riddoch 1982-2019

Australia, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Angus Hughson, Sep 2022

The roots for Wynns Coonawarra Estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon John Riddoch were planted over a century ago in the 1890s. Today the wine is a modern Australian classic as illustrated by this full vertical tasting stretching back to the 1982 vintage. Fine, detailed and well structured, these long-lived Cabernet Sauvignons show more than just a passing resemblance to the best wines from the Left Bank and have their own, distinctive Coonawarra style.

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Cellar Favorite: 1997 & 2009 Kanonkop Paul Sauer

South Africa, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2022

The secondary market for South Africa’s most desirable top cuvées continues to see increasing numbers of collectors chasing diminishing supply. Buoyant interest in the Cape’s blue chips is a relatively recent phenomenon that has grown organically, pulled by demand rather than forced by supply. One coveted label is Kanonkop’s Paul Sauer.

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Vinous Table: Cornerstone, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Sep 2022

Cornerstone is the kind of restaurant that I am seeking more and more these days: either waiting patiently for a Michelin star or recently in receipt of one, yet unburdened by the accolade. As a showcase for Tom Brown’s culinary skill, Cornerstone works perfectly.

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The Not So Wild West: Margaret River in the Groove

Australia, featured

Angus Hughson, Sep 2022

It is hard to believe that in a little over fifty years Margaret River has risen from a home of counterculture to be one of Australia’s most sophisticated wine regions. A tasting of new releases again showed that, pound for pound, there are few premium wine zones that can match the sheer value from this incredibly remote corner of the world.

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Cellar Favorite: 2010 & 2011 Porseleinberg

South Africa, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2022

Porseleinberg leads an impressive and growing fleet of world-class Syrah/Rhône blends from South Africa.

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Chenin Blanc: Wait a Sec

France: Loire, featured

Rebecca Gibb MW, Sep 2022

No two seasons are alike in the Loire these days. In addition, the reality is that dry wines are far easier to sell today than off-dry and sweet wines. Looking at 2020 and 2021 in the context of current trends, the question remains: while the market clamours for dry Loire Chenin Blanc, is the move towards drier styles in the wines’ best interests?

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Vinous Table: Bar Le Côte, Los Olivos, CA

United States: California, Vinous Table

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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South Australia, Victoria and a Bit Beyond

Australia, featured

Josh Raynolds, Sep 2022

The sheer diversity of wine styles in greater South Australia is nothing short of mind-bending. Name it, they make it. That makes generalizing about this vast swath of territory a fool’s errand. The attitude toward Australian wines seems to finally be shifting to what is and has been happening here, albeit slowly. Still, far too many wine lovers view Australia’s massive and far-flung vinous culture as simply about big, full-throttle reds, all day long. Stereotypes do tend to die hard.

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Memories Tumble Out: Pichon Baron 1937-1990

Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Aug 2022

Even the most famous Bordeaux estates own pitifully small libraries of older vintages. When Christian Seely invited me to taste a bygone era of Pichon Baron from the châteaux’s scant reserves, I knew it would be an unrepeatable travel back in time, one with plenty of surprises.

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Sancerre: Finding Its Place

France: Loire, featured

Rebecca Gibb MW, Aug 2022

Forget the grape behind Sancerre, local producers are increasingly keen to push their individual vineyards. With records showing the Sancerrois were using the term “climat” before the Burgundians and with hundreds of individual sites today, it’s important to acknowledge their history, but I wonder if the world demands such detail from Sancerre, or if its winemakers are trying to push wine uphill.