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Barolo and Barbaresco

By: Stephen Tanzer

Following a very late but successful 2013 harvest, there have now been a staggering ten consecutive good to outstanding vintages for the great nebbiolo wines of the Piedmont.  There's more superb Barolo and Barbaresco available on retail shelves today than ever before.  My in-depth feature, based on my travels in the Piedmont in September, focuses on two very rich and ripe vintages, 2011 and 2009, and the cooler, modern-day classic, 2010.
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Focus on California's Central Coast

By: Josh Raynolds

In his exhaustive annual report (more than 1,000 tasting notes) on this far-flung region, Josh Raynolds reports that the Central Coast's most talented winemakers are hardly complaining about the atypically cool conditions of 2011 and 2010, as they have been seeking to craft more graceful, vivacious, lower-octane wines in recent years.  Two thousand twelve brought a return to normal weather, with a clement harvest allowing growers to pick at their leisure.
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The Best New Wines from Washington State

By: Stephen Tanzer

The cool and cooler 2010 and 2011 vintages have provided consumers with unusually aromatic, delineated, balanced and ageworthy Washington wines that will offer particular appeal to Europhiles--not to mention a greater number of outstanding choices than ever before.  Fans of Washington's richer, sunnier style will be happy to know that 2012 marked a return to classic Washington warmth.  My annual coverage includes a larger number of 90-point bottlings from emerging varieties than ever before.
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Vintage Champagne

By: Josh Raynolds

Josh Raynolds bemoans today's nose-bleed prices for the best vintage Champagnes, especially luxury bottlings from the region's most sought-after producers.  His annual coverage of these wines will help you get the most for your money, whether you normally buy "big-house" bubbly or insist on getting your Champagnes from the region's growing number of high-quality small, independent growers.
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