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Ten Rooms Opens in Tampa Bay, Florida

Who’s behind it: In the Historic Ybor area of Tampa, Fla., Ten Rooms is a new concept from local hospitality professional Ro Patel (formerly of Ciro’s Speakeasy and Anise Global Gastrobar in Tampa) and restaurant COO Zach Pace, previously of Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winners Aphotic and Lazy Bear in San Francisco. The kitchen team is led …

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Scala Dei Garnatxa Priorat Masdeu 2018 $95 (93 points)

A subtle, fragrant thread of leather and dried tea rose winds through the kirsch and dried strawberry fruit of this fresh, sanguine-edged red, which opens nicely in the glass. Shows good energy throughout, leaning savory in style. A rich vein of loamy earth joins the fruit flavors and sinewy tannins, firming the long, well-spiced finish. Best from 2025 through 2035. …

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Vineyard

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Yalumba 175th anniversary: Museum Collection wines released 

Yalumba founding sign Yalumba winery was established in 1849 by Samuel Smith, whose success as a gold prospector bolstered his fledgling Barossa Valley property. At the time it stood out as a fiercely independent enterprise built on the endeavour of a strong-minded family that focused on steady growth. Now, 175 years later, as the Hill-Smith family’s sixth generation is being …

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White Rioja: Panel tasting results

Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW and Pierre Mansour tasted 115 wines, with 7 Outstanding and 46 Highly recommended. White Rioja: Panel tasting scores 115 wines tasted Exceptional 0 Outstanding 7 Highly recommended 46 Recommended 54 Commended 8 Fair 0 Poor 0 Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit current-release white Rioja wines of any …

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Vinography Images: Through the Gate

The vineyard landscapes of New Zealand are some of the most beautiful in the world. Each of the country’s wine regions has a relatively unique topography, but many feature a backdrop of mountains. This is a view of a Framingham Wines vineyard in the Marlborough region, looking back down a row to a well-made gate that separates two parcels of …

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Henry & Jean-Sébastien Marionnet Romorantin Vin de France Domaine de la Charmoise La Pucelle 2020 $48 (92 points)

An attractive gush of apple streusel is underscored by roasted agave and salty-sweet orange peel acidity in this unique, delicious white. A mineral-driven version, with a gutsy structure, plus a bitter hazelnut note shoring up the formidable, mineral-rich finish. Drink now through 2028. 150 cases made, 75 cases imported. Source : 395cae11af4a5c51a957863decbdd124

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What’s the appeal of Rioja?

Bodegas Ysios Rioja is many things: a place, a brand, the birthplace of the Spanish language, a moderately unpronounceable word to non-Spanish speakers, the home of glorious wines. It’s also a wine region that’s still poorly understood. My affection for Rioja runs deep. But my relationship with the region almost never happened. I first visited in 1998, when I won …

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Pinot Noir powerhouse: the Ahr Valley

Thomas and Philip Nelles At just 85km long, the Ahr river runs along a valley that’s home to arguably the finest Pinot Noir-producing region in Germany. One of the country’s smallest wine regions, the Ahr yielded about 6.1 million bottles a year on average from 2017-2022. The fervent local demand for Ahr Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) means that, frustratingly for Pinot …

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Value Wines from Bulgaria: Gamza and More

The Gamza Grape Sandwiched between Romania to the north and Greece and Turkey to the south, Bulgaria is one of the world’s oldest wine producing countries.  While grapes are grown in all parts of the country, this article focuses on wines from the Danubian Plain located between the Danube River that is the border with Romania and the east-west Balkan …

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 5/12/24

Hello and welcome to my weekly dig through the pile of wine samples that show up asking to be tasted. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included wines from Italy, Australia, and California, but let’s start here in California with …

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