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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

Alto Piemonte: A Renaissance in Progress (News & Features)

In the 19th century, vineyards blanketed the high hills of northern Piedmont, their wines more prized than Barolo and Barbaresco to the south.Tighten your focus to a distance of ten miles in any direction to view a series of neighboring townships collectively known as Alto Piemonte (high Piedmont):...Read Full Story

Ribolla, Rebula (News & Features)

{image_6}Ribolla gialla (“yellow ribolla”) is native to the hills around Gorizia, a town in the far northeast of Italy that lies on the border with Slovenia. Ribolla was long considered one of the region’s greatest wines, with records dating back to the 13th century indicating its value...Read Full Story

Movia 2014 Brda Sauvignon (Wine Review)

Ales Kristancic harvests the sauvignon blanc for this wine late to maximize ripeness, and ages the wine on its lees in French oak barriques for 18 months. During that time, it gains a creamy texture that softens its white-peach and juicy citrus flavors. Cooling notes of cucumber and rosemary emerge...Read Full Story

Kabaj 2012 Goriska Brda Merlot (Wine Review)

Jean-Michel Morel's 2012 merlot is rich with ripe plum and black cherry flavors, but the wine never feels fat or jammy, thanks to the meaty tannins and savory notes of fresh-turned earth and roasted mushrooms. A distinct note of iodine lends a sanguine savor and enhances the wine’s Old...Read Full Story

Skerk 2014 Venezia Giulia Ograde (Wine Review)

Sandi Skerk made the most of a cool and rainy vintage, delivering a gorgeous Ograde in 2014. It smells like an early-morning flower market in its scents of orange blossoms, roses and white hydrangeas. A blend of vitovska, malvasia, sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio, the wine unfolds with a range...Read Full Story

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