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    20 Autumn Wines for $20

    Color is not the most significant factor in drinking seasonally — it’s texture and weight. Nights grow longer and days shorter, but like reds and whites, we still have both. Thinking seasonally, Eric Asimov has picked 20 great fall wines, all at the magical price point of $20, where the greatest values reside. They are presented here in no particular order.
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    Huge pleaures from obscure pinot noir

    Start 2011 with a glass of 2006 Domaine Thenard Givry Clos Saint-Pierre, a reasonably-priced red Burgundy from a very good producer. Givry is a village in the Cote Chalonnaise district of France’s Burgundy region. South of Burgundy’s prestigious and expensive Cote d’Or area, Cote Chalonnaise produces white and red wines for both everyday consumption and short term aging of less than a decade. Within its boundaries is the excellent Domaine Thenard. The Bordeaux-Montrieux family has owed land in Givry since 1760. In 1842, Baron Paul Thenard married ...
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    In the Finger Lakes, Devotion to Riesling Shows

    I’ve consumed rieslings from all over the United States. Smith-Madrone, Trefethen and Stony Hill make fine rieslings in Napa Valley, but these are legacy vines.  
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    Jancis Robinson Wine of the Week - Patrick Piuze Chablis

    It's always a thrill to encounter a promising new producer, and I'm indebted to Steve Daniel, who used to be the head wine buyer at Oddbins in its glory days, for steering me towards Patrick Piuze, a French Canadian who was introduced to the culture of wine by Marc Chapoutier, Michel's younger brother, at the age of 18 and set off around the wine world. He came back to his native Montreal and started a wine bar but ended up determined to make the stuff himself. Lured by the beauty of Burgundy in 2000, he ended up making Chablis for Olivier Leflaive ...
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    Sancerre: Say It With Feeling

    Two other top Sancerre producers were not in our tasting because their 2007s are not yet available, but I highly recommend wines from Gérard Boulay and of course Edmond Vatan, a master producer who retired after the 2007 vintage, but whose daughter, Anne, will continue to make the wines under his guidance. I had a bottle of the 2004 Vatan not so long ago, and I’ve been whispering “Sancerre” ever since.
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    Rooted in Rioja, Traditions Gain New

    HERMANOS PECIÑA Fresh, expressive wines. (José Pastor/Vinos & Gourmet, Richmond, Calif.)
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    Rieslingfeier!

    Rieslingfeier, which translates to "a celebration of Riesling," will be a two-day event in NYC this February 15th and 16th, bringing together winemakers, collectors, journalists and Riesling-fanatics from around the world. Events will range from a $500-a-person rare wine dinner to a free, open-to-the-public consumer tasting. (Complete schedule attached, next page.) The following winemakers will participate: A.J. Adam, Thomas Haag, Klaus-Peter Keller, Florian Lauer, Ktharina Prüm and Dorothee Zilliken.
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    Recent Episode Highlights Cauzón

    On the most recent episode of CNN's "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," Anthony Bourdain gives us an insider’s look at the culture, traditions and history of Granada; one of Spain's most famous small cities, situated in Andalucia. From the Flamenco music and dance, the Alhambra and the Christian celebration of Semana Santa, to the traditional tapas of southern Spain, Granada has a heart and soul that is known around the world. But among the “parts unknown” of Granada, that Antony Bourdain discovered, are the local wines which mostly fall under the appellation of Vinos de Tierra del Norte de ...
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    Psst: A Secret for White Burgundy Lovers

    HERE in the heart of the Côte de Beaune, the epicenter for white Burgundy, vignerons in their cellars are offering samples of their 2010 vintage, which is aging in barrels, and pouring tastes of their 2009 wines, which for the most part have just been released. But if you love white Burgundy, lean in close, because I’d like to whisper a suggestion: stock up on the 2008s. Not only here, but from Chablis in the northwest to the Côte Chalonnais and the Mâconnais to the south, the 2008 vintage was cool and somewhat rainy, not at all easy for the growers who had to ward off rot in the grapes.  
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    Profile: Domaine Chevrot et Fils

    People have described Domaine Chevrot to me as ‘the DRC of Maranges’. So eventually I was lucky enough to get the chance to visit. The domaine is in Cheilly-lès-Maranges, with a commanding view of the Maranges hillside – from here you really do have a view similar to the hill of Corton...
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    Porter Creek's Alex Davis: Winemaker to watch

    Porter Creek is like a snapshot from Pinot's past. If you pulled a Rip Van Winkle for the past decade, as Pinot Noir was transformed from porcelain goddess into bodybuilder, you'd feel a certain kinship with winemaker Alex Davis. "I've made some stubborn choices about not following trends," he says. Davis and his family have owned their Healdsburg vineyard since 1979 and made Pinot since 1982, when Russian River Valley had barely a scattering of Pinotists. The approach Davis takes is the opposite of the modern style; it's nuanced, ...
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    NY Times Picks for Thanksgiving

      The top pick for Thanksgiving goes to Edmunds St. John Bone Jolly! Also included on the list is Renardat-Fache Cerdon de Bugey and Yves Martin Sancerre Chavignol.  

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