With the excellent '98s in the market, there has never been a better time to discover the aromatically compelling, flamboyantly rich red wines of the Languedoc.
The expat American expert on Italian wine surveys the best new wines from Tuscany, including '95 Brunello, '97 Chianti Classico Riserva and a number of exciting new estates on the Tuscan coast.
Editor's note: Daniel Thomases has been a co-editor of Luigi Veronelli's annual guide to Italian wines (I Vini di Veronelli) since 1991. Thomases, an American expatriate who has lived in Italy since 1971, is also a frequent contributor to such wine periodicals as Decanter and Vinum and was responsible for the Italian entries in The Oxford Companion to Wine.
1997 and 1998 were an excellent and a very good year, respectively, for the sweet wines of Bordeaux.