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Cabernet Franc (News & Features)

The broad-shouldered Super-Tuscans from Italy's coast have never really captivated Stephanie Johnson. Now the region's cabernet franc has her taking a second look.{image_1}One consistent point of light during these tastings has been Paleo, a pure cabernet franc from Le Macchiole. Like most Super-Tuscans, Paleo started out as...Read Full Story

Game Changers | Chianti Classico (News & Features)

After years of dominating Italian wine lists, Chianti Classico fell off the radar for many diners. Quality had dipped and flashy Super Tuscan wines, made with international varieties, became the rage. Now the pendulum is swinging back in Chianti Classico’s direction, with fans of the region seeking food-friendly,...Read Full Story

Nuanced Nero d’Avola (News & Features)

Best known as Sicily’s answer to international-style reds, nero d’Avola is widely planted and often anonymous—or that was Stephanie Johnson’s impression, prior to discovering some compelling versions on the volcanic island.Lagnusa’s flavor profile began to make sense a few days later, as I...Read Full Story

Alpine Sparklers (News & Features)

Stephanie Johnson suggests a summer tour of the vineyards on Lake Iseo.This small wine region is nestled at the southern end of Lake Iseo, one of several long, skinny glacial lakes that flow into Lombardy from the foothills of the Alps. The area’s considerable natural...Read Full Story

The Case for Chianti Classico (News & Features)

After years of passing over Chianti Classico for other more fashionable wines, sommeliers are coming back.{image_1}“The 1970s were a very dark time for Tuscany,” says Bobby Stuckey, MS, co-owner of Frasca Food and Wine, in Boulder, Colorado, and the newly opened Tavernetta, in...Read Full Story

Castell'In Villa 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva (Wine Review)

This Riserva hits all the right notes, the dark and juicy fruit flavors tingling with dried herbs and subtle spices. The wine’s fine-grained tannins lend it a filigreed appeal, even as those flavors flesh out with notes of dried currant and tomato skin and a firm crushed-granite minerality....Read Full Story

Indian Accent (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

At Indian Accent, from New Dehli star-chef Manish Mehtrotra, the excitement isn’t only the innovative food: It’s also Daniel Beedle’s wine list. Beedle emphasizes aroma and texture above all, key characteristics with Mehtrotra’s complex dishes. Riesling leads the way, from Germany and Austria...Read Full Story

Fausto (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Joe Campanale, the man behind the wine lists at West Village hot spots dell’anima, L’Artusi and Anfora, brings a similar low-key, classy vibe to the revamped Franny’s space. Fausto’s concise menu of pastas and meaty...Read Full Story

Clay (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

A team of longtime neighborhood residents is behind this new farm-to-table gem in Harlem. Wine director Gabriela Davogustto has stocked her list of 100 selections with wines from small, organically minded producers across the globe. It’s hard to find a boring choice, or a bottle above $100 for that matter....Read Full Story

Nice Matin (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Nice Matin is a gold mine disguised as a brasserie if well-priced, old-vintage wines are the treasure you seek. The unpretentious dining room sits atop a trove of 10,000 bottles collected by beverage director Aviram Turgeman and overseen by sommelier Meghan McDonnell. You won’t find the 2,500-selection...Read Full Story

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