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Ridge 2014 Dry Creek Vly. Lytton Estate Petite Sirah (Wine Review)

The oldest petite sirah vines on Ridge's Lytton Springs property were planted in 1901; the youngest were planted as recently as 2008. This particular bottling comes from vines planted in the 1980s and 1990s, on the western side of the gravelly Lytton bench. It seems dense and oak-dominated at first, but...Read Full Story

Chuck Hayward on Clare Valley Riesling (News & Features)

{image_1}His first taste of Australian riesling was a bottle from Margaret River, which he found to be juicy and pleasant enough. But soon importers were bringing him rieslings from Clare Valley, a cool upland region north of Barossa. And they were something else. “Tasting them for the first...Read Full Story

Wineries to Watch 2016 (News & Features)

At W&S, our tastings regularly turn up new talent, and we’re always happy to stumble across a winery whose wines seem just as accomplished as the stalwarts we know and love. Here are a dozen up-and-coming producers that sparked our attention with their recent releases—wineries we...Read Full Story

Lexington 2013 Santa Cruz Mountains Gist Ranch Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Wine Review)

How often does a cabernet remind you of fresh red raspberries? Like the 2013 Lexington Apex, this presents cabernet at its most energetic; it sings tenor, not bass. It's clean and zesty, with a primal juiciness that lasts, the tannins polished and finely ripened, so you hardly notice them. One...Read Full Story

Ridge 2013 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Wine Review)

Ridge's Estate cabernet is usually a bit chunkier and broader than the Monte Bello blend, rarely as pure and elegant. If that's the case in 2013, the Monte Bello is going to be a wine for the ages, because the Estate cabernet is stellar. It catches the savory nuances of...Read Full Story

RN74 (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

With its epic collection of Burgundy and Northern Rhône wines, RN74 has been drawing deep-heeled collectors since founding wine director Rajat Parr put the program together in 2009. David Castleberry is now in charge of the wine—check out his “Market List” for bottles mostly under $100, from...Read Full Story

Flour + Water (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Head straight for the pasta—chef Thomas McNaughton has brought back all sorts of regional specialties from his trips to Italy, from pici and maltagliati and casoncelli to more recognizable styles like rabbit tortellini, all quite addictive. The wines, like the pastas, are pan-Italian, with selections ranging from Alto...Read Full Story

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