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Vinous Event: 2010 Napa Valley at the NoMad Rooftop

I knew it the moment I first tasted the wines from barrel. Two thousand ten had the potential to be a great vintage for Napa Valley. This retrospective, set in the NoMad Hotel’s dramatic Rooftop, provided a great opportunity to get a progress report on a number of the vintage’s very best wines. Executive Chef James Kent prepared a brilliant menu, while Wine Director Thomas Pastuszak and his team did a fabulous job handling the wines.


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Vinous Table

Cacio e pepe cozze

Giuda Ballerino, Rome, Italy

Andrea Fusco is one of the most creative and talented chefs in Rome. The new location in the Bernini Bristol hotel is absolutely spectacular, with one of Rome’s most magical terraces offering an unforgettable view of the city’s skyline.


Joël Robuchon, Bordeaux, France


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Ristorante Quadri, Venice, Italy


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Vinous Favorites

2014 Cataldi Madonna Pecorino Giulia ($22) 92 points

2014 Cataldi Madonna Pecorino Giulia, 92 points

Cataldi Madonna’s 2014 Pecorino Giulia offers discreet, minty white peach, lemon and fig notes, along with dense, lanolin-like overtones that are utterly captivating. This is a textbook example of what Pecorino can be. (ID)


Cellar Favorites

1988 pergole torte

1988 Montevertine Le Pergole Torte

What a pleasure it is to taste older vintages of Le Pergole Torte (loosely translated, “the rickety or dodgy canopies”). The 1988, blessed with what I think is one of the prettiest of Alberto Manfredi’s many wonderful labels, is still a remarkably solid, youthful wine made while Montevertine founder Sergio Manetti was still alive.

1982 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

1978 Ridge Petite Sirah York Creek

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