Wines of the Week

Wines of the Week:Lanson and Erath

Lanson 2000 Champagne Noble Cuvée             94 Hervé Dantan is only the third winemaker or chef de cave at Lanson in the last fifty years. He has held this prestigious post for eight years now (since July 15, 2013), after having compiled work...

Ian D’Agata’s Best Italian Wines of 2020

Even in a year as a difficult as 2020 turned out to be for the world of wine (not that 2021 has been a walk in the park, at least, not this far) there were reasons to smile. Clearly, the smiling was limited to when the mind stopped focusing on the...

Ian D’Agata’s Five Wines of 2020

Château d’Yquem 1976
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands Échézeaux 1990
Reif Estate Winery Vidal Icewine Niagara River 2017 
Tiberio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Archivio” 2017 
Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune 1971

Wines of the Week: Château Coutet and Rocche dei Manzoni

1989 Château Coutet Barsac                                                               94 Simply put, Château Coutet is one of the top four or five Bordeaux sweet wine producers, with a long history of producing one amazing wine after another.  In...

Wines of the Week: Bassermann-Jordan and Château Guiraud

2017 Bassermann-Jordan Deidesheimer Paradiesgarten Riesling Kabinett                                   92 One of my favourite wine estates in the world (my first visit there many years ago in the company of winemaker Uli Mell remains one of the high...

Ian D’Agata’s Best Buys in Italian Wine of 2020

So what constitutes exactly a “best-buy” wine? Definitions vary, but for the most part, wine lovers and experts agree that in order for a wine to merit a similar qualification, it has to be: 1. relatively affordable 2. relatively available (meaning...