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Santomas 2014 Slovenska Istra Ludvik Nazarij Glavina Refosk (Wine Review)

A terrific bargain and great introduction to refosk, this bright and juicy wine shows lovely aromas of violets and spices, with brambly black raspberry flavors and a light meaty note. Serve with pork shoulder.

The Milling Room (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Among the plethora of restaurants lining Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side, The Milling Room stands out for its well-executed food and adventurous wine list. Stop in for dinner at the spacious front bar, or venture into the dining room to sit under an arched skylight,...Read Full Story

Barolo MGA (Book Review)

Lovers and students of Barolo, watch for the July arrival of Barolo MGA, an authoritative 408-page “vineyard encyclopedia” by Alessandro Masnaghetti, publisher of the Italian wine journal Enogea. The book’s level of detail is extraordinary, with over 200 shaded, graphical representations of the vineyards, statistics on surface acreage and...Read Full Story

Le Macchiole 2011 Bolgheri Paleo Rosso (Wine Review)

This wine is simply electric. It leaps from the glass with densely packed black fruit flavors spiced with pepper, fresh tobacco and dark chocolate, driving dynamically through the midpalate to leave a buzz of energy for well over a minute. Winemaker Luca Rettondini calls 2011 "an ideal vintage for cabernet...Read Full Story

Domaine Rolet 2008 Crémant du Jura Blanc Brut (Wine Review)

Rolet makes a range of crémants, this one about two-thirds chardonnay, the balance from poulsard and pinot noir. It remained on the lees for 40 months, developing aromas of toasted nuts and cinnamon. Chalky mineral acidity frames the wine’s juicy flavors of white peach and tangerine, enlivened by...Read Full Story

Thanksgiving: What We’re Drinking | Stephanie Johnson (News & Features)

You know the saying, “Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth.” But what about too many sommeliers? The W&S staff plays sommelier at our respective Thanksgiving feasts, a role often complicated by family traditions—some loved, some eagerly forgotten. Or by the food—a...Read Full Story

Ostertag 2012 Alsace Heissenberg Riesling (Wine Review)

The Heissenberg or "hot mountain" vineyard lies in the upper Bas-Rhin area of Alsace, on a south-facing slope with pink sandstone and gneiss soils that André Ostertag has farmed biodynamically since 1997. It tends to produce wines that are fleshy and exotic, like this 2012. Fresh, ripe peach and apricot flavors...Read Full Story

Jura Wine with Local Food and Travel Tips (Book Review)

Wink Lorch, founder of Wine Travel Guides and a frequent visitor to the Jura for 12 years, has collected her observatons into the first English-language book about the region. It’s a welcome volume for Jura fans and a must-read for anyone interested in learning about the wines of this...Read Full Story

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