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Italy, Wine

Great Wine: Castello di Ama Rosato

Viva l’Italiano Rosé! Long before the contemporary rosé craze took hold, this classic Tuscan CASTELLO DI AMA Rosato, from the beatific land of Sienna, was first introduced in the 1980s—a

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Great Wine: Cleto Chiarli Vecchia Modena Lambrusco

Nothing sets the mood like a great Lambrusco.  Lambrusco is northern Italy’s version of a sparkling pink rosé, and when it’s good—it’s so so good. Good Lambrusco will lift up

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Great Wine: La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova

Truly, one of the most enchanting rosés out there. When you think rosé, the mind goes to France or, now, even America—but Tuscany is not generally the first that comes

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Bordeaux, France, Wine
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FROM THE CELLAR | Great Wine: 2009 Chateau Figeac

Does wine have a soul?  Some say that a living thing which isn’t human only forms a soul once it establishes a deep connection with a human soul. Compare, say,

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France, Wine
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Great Wine: Clos La Coutale Cahors (Malbec)

For insight into the nature of French Malbec, which is the O.G. (original gangsta) Malbec—not Argentinean, although you’d be forgiven for thinking that—look to Cahors, a small wine region in

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France, Rhone, Wine

Great Wine: La Solitude Cotes du Rhone

The thing about Côtes du Rhône wine is, you never know what you’re going to get. This can either be a source of fun or frustration. Is it going to

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California, Wine

New & Current Releases from Winemaker Jesse Katz

People are getting woke to Jesse Katz. When the winemaker extraordinaire sets the world record for most expensive bottle ever sold—a custom blend of The Setting Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Spain, Wine
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Great Wine: Valderiz Ribera del Duero

Dark toned, big, plump, rich and concentrated—and with a hint of a bit of a tortured soul—this Ribera Del Duero red wine is the equivalent of a Francisco Goya painting.

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California, Wine

HIDDEN NAPA | Smith-Madrone Winery

Are we out of line for calling Smith-Madrone a “hidden” winery of Napa Valley, considering it was established in 1971? No, not until the world recognizes there may not be

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Spain, Wine

Great Wine: Camins del Priorat

Pretty label, but how’s the wine? It’s a real find. The wine equivalent of a travel blogger posting a selfie from a place you’ve never heard of. And your reaction

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Spain, Wine
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Great Wine: Puelles Blanco Rioja

A very distinctive and fun white wine, with a ton of Spanish character, that’s truly a bargain. From maybe the greatest region in the world for highest-quality-to-low-price wines—Rioja—all that’s required

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Washington, Wine

Great Wine: Substance Cabernet Sauvignon

Great $15 Cabs belong in an elite club that everyone wants to belong to.  It’s hard to do—making an affordable Cab that’s not too sweet, doesn’t taste artificial, doesn’t have

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