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Family Winemaking in Italy….. it ALWAYS begins with a bottle of wine!

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Family Wine Making in Italy. Beautiful words. I am proud to say that I have PERSONALLY experienced it, drinking it at least. I wish I could say I had been part of the process but enjoying the final product will have to suffice.

Rome, Florence, Venice I must say are insanely beautiful but are wine tourist traps. But, it doesn’t have to be that way but you have to be a savvy consumer and learn a couple important Italian words – Nonno del vini or vini di famiglia. These are your keys to the BEST FAMILY WINES of Italy. You will find it is also the best price, if you get charged at all!

Making Wine the “FAMILY WAY”

Typically it all starts with a discussion over a healthy serving of Sopressatta, Copa, Proscuitto, Romano, Asiago, Fontina and Focaccia.  Typical Italian Charcuterie and cheeses. There are many topics to cover. Where will we get the fruit, who will do the various tasks of de-stemming, crushing, pressing and bottling. The process usually looks like this:

grapes-2Source the Grapes:  Mamma, Papa or Grandpa knows best.

There are over 3,000 different Italian varietals. Basically any area can lay claim to their own grape because it is grown there (Of course, classifed wines may differ but this discussion is for family home made wines). Given the number of varietals, very little time is spent on  that subject… it is just “known” that Aunt Sicilia has good grapes on her property or many other “known” sources. Who cares what you call it, just call it GREAT WINE!

grape-stompingCrush: Italians like their women FULL BODY just like their wine.

The crush is a BIG DAY in the life of a wine and YES they still stomp grapes. Of course the contemporary new generations of people have opted for newer methods but there are still MANY home wineries that STOMP the grapes. WHY?  Well, it’s actually better for the grapes. The soft tissue of the feet “cushion” the press of the grape that minimizes bruising of the skins.  The desired result is to extract the juice without pulverizing the skins and releasing what you don’t want. Bigger women, Bigger softer feet, Bigger and more balanced wine – you get the picture.

Fermentation:  The NOBLE ROT.

Many Italian family wine makers have no idea about all of the contemporary and sophisticated yeast strains. They simply allow the grapes to use organic wild yeast that is natural to the vinicultural area and the decomposition of the grapes, hence NOBLE ROT. In fact a widely used practice was to let the grapes go to a mild rot on the vine to get the fermentation started. Yes, fermentation actually started the initial phase on the vine. Today, there are fine examples of this used for higher brix level dessert wines. Wine families do have their own yeast strains that have been passed for generations.

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Aging and Bottling:  What do we have to put this wine in?

This is probably the most varied part of the Italian Family process. The most popular ageing and bottling methods include demijohns which are 5-7 gallon glass jugs (hence the moniker “JUG WINE) glass bottles, glass jars and wine bags.  These wines are meant to be consumed SOON after the process is complete, therefore not much use of further aging methods such as wine barrels.

il-latini-restaurantOrdering Wine in Italy:  Tourist wine or Lafamiglia Vini?

My first few days in Italy I learned a valuable lesson. You are either a dumb wealthy tourist or Uno dei bravi ragazzi (one of the god guys). The waiter will ALWAYS assume the former. You will be presented an English written menu and wine list. Here is your GOLDEN TIP. Ask for these menus printed in Italian (c’mon- you know the word Lasagna!). Of course unless you really do speak Italian you won’t be able to understand the wine list…. but you don’t have to. Just look it over carefully, then look at the waiter and say one of these two phrases:  Nonno del vini OR vini di famiglia. You are asking for GRANDPA’S WINE or THE FAMILY WINE. I like to use both phrases one after the other… and chuckle. Your phrase will be met with a warm smile, probably the best wine you will get in Italy, and a check that may not even have a charge for wine!  ENJOY MY FRIENDS!

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Great Inexpensive Red Wine for Holiday Parties!

Going to a Holiday Party? Do you want to WOW the guests and the Host and not have to go to the savings account? World Traveling Joe gives you three GREAT RED WINES to pair with those holiday hors d oeuvres, all for around $20!

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Great Inexpensve White wines for a Holiday Party

Going to a Holiday Party? Do you want to WOW the guests and the Host and not have to go to the savings account? World Traveling Joe gives you three GREAT wines to pair with those holiday hors d oeuvres, all for under $15!

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Joseph Phelps Insignia. Still my favorite!

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Joseph Phelps Insignia, 2006.

I had a wonderful bottle of wine last evening and thought you might like to enjoy the tasting notes. I have included  video with comments from Robert Parker that offers some Joseph Phelps history and the history of their flagship wine: Insignia. Insignia is enjoying it’s 40th vintage!

If I tried to use one word about this wine, I would say FINESSE. The tannins are there but very soft allowing the fruit to elegantly flow forward. A floral note of LILAC rises from the glass without swirl – I always want to get the nose of the wine BEFORE a swirl. A nice swirl yields a spicy cherry aroma, one you might get when grandma is cooking a cherry pie.This is followed by light oak, licorice and heavy black fruit on the palate. This wine just simply flows evenly on the palate. Buy for about $200 and drink now. Pair it with pork or beef with middle range taste profiles (meaning nothing super bold or super light).

GREAT VIDEO: 39 VINTAGE TASTING WITH ROBERT PARKER.

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Walk Butt Naked on the Beach! And no one notice!

3 Seriously Sexy Travel Spots
What is a sexy destination? In my book, these are qualities that always rock my travel libido:
 Undiscovered: There ain’t nothing sexier than being able to walk down the beach butt naked without having a million pairs of eyes checking out what mother nature gave ya. Or, to saunter through a town square without having to fight your way through a throng of postcard shops and tourists.
Sensual cuisine: Think juicy fruit, young coconuts and fresh caught fish. I love being able to walk out my door and pick a succulent papaya, drink down some delicious thai coconut water or watch the sunset with some fresh grilled fish.
Steeped in Tradition: There is something incredibly sexy about cultures that are focused on preserving the “old ways.” Making things by hand, using all their senses, weaving offerings out of flowers, making feta by hand, picking your own herbs for brewing, bakeries that actually bake their own bread… sexy, sexy, sexy.
Topography: Undulating hills, blazing hot sun over a vista of sand and stone, dense jungles teeming with exotic flora and fauna, breathtaking deserted beaches, fields of fragrant herbs and wildflowers.
Well, now that I’ve laid out my criteria for a sexy destination, I’d like to share with you a few of my absolute faves that really get me going:
1. Ko Lanta, Thailand: A big part of what keeps this destination so damn sexy is that it is a bitch to get to. Ko Lanta is an island, so no matter how you slice it, you have to take a combination of planes, trains, buses and ferries to get there. But, what’s a little effort when heaven on earth awaits on the other side?
Chinese pole houses dot the breathtaking shoreline, and you can easily hire a boat for day excursions to remote islands and hidden caves. Ko Lanta is a stone’s throw by boat from the luxe tourist haven of Phi Phi… so it’s really the best of both worlds. Mango House has awesome traditional pole houses on the water, and Sun Island Tours has the best boat tours around. The village itself is traditional with some of the hottest – literally – food around. Lemongrass, basil, cilantro and chilies abound. Also, seriously, this place has the sexiest coconuts on earth.
2. San Salvador, Costa Rica: Costa Rica is synonymous with sexy: beaches for days, jungles with monkeys, sloths and exotic birds and fresh, delicious food at every turn. Costa Rica’s natural sensuality has been both a blessing and a curse. Now, people are catching on, and many areas of Costa Rica run the danger of becoming extremely unsexy.
But, there are still a few hidden, tucked-away gems that really get my mojo going. There are a few awesome well known retreat centers in Dominical on the coast. But, when I’m in Costa Rica I like to go a little further. I land in San Jose and head for the hills. About one hour north of Dominical is a little mountain village called San Salvador. In an open forest clearing is Finka De Vida. This place is beyond sexy. Just about everything you eat is grown on their local farm. You have the choice of picking and preparing your own meals, juices and smoothies or having there chef do it for you. The menu is as raw as you want, or fully cooked. It’s up to you. Activities include yoga overlooking the jungle, bathing in the local waterfall and beach excursions. I promise you will feel so sexy you’ll never want to leave.
3. Lesvos, Greece: Lesvos is not called the island of women for nothing. If Santorini, with its active volcano and harsh landscape, is the masculine side of the Greek isles, then Lesvos is definitely one foxy lady.
Lesvos is where a lot of Greece’s olive oil comes from, so it is covered in olive groves as well as an abundance of cherry, apple, pistachio and pine trees. Because it is so far north, most people don’t know about Lesvos. In fact, it’s so far north you can take a ferry to Turkey in 30 minutes.
The island is filled with cobblestone mountain villages, forts, castles, Turkish hammams and nary a white and turquoise domed structure in site. The houses are built of wood and stone and have more of an Ottoman feel. Expect quiet beaches that you can explore “in the all together,” sleepy villages where homemade feta and bread are served, freshly grilled octopus for supper by the sea and horses and donkeys that you can ride through the mountain groves and pick your own herbs for supper or tea. I lived on Lesvos for four years, and I swear by its undeniable sexiness. There are many many wonderful places to stay on Lesvos. My absolute fave for authenticity and sexiness is Elainonas Nikou on the Gulf of Gera. Rojo Caliente!
Travel is a sexy sport. Don’t be a wall flower. Vow to never hit a homely destination again… between you and me, they don’t call it wanderlust for nothin’.

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Enhance Thanksgiving Dinner by Pairing the Perfect Wine

What’s the best wine for Thanksgiving Dinner?

The Top 5 Thanksgiving Wines (because just one would be ludicrous)

Top 5 Best Wine for Thanksgiving Dinner

Top 5 best Thanksgiving wines… er.. the last one isn’t wine?

Hopefully you’ll survive Black Out Wednesday and be ready for another day of drinking. While there are a few ideal turkey pairing wines, there’s more to selecting the best wine for Thanksgiving dinner than the bird. Consider the following:

    • Dinner also includes yams, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce.
    • Your house will smell redolent of turkey and pumpkin pie spice.
    • You may be on a tight budget after buying dinner fixings.
    • Ideally, you’ll be drinking all day.

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So what’s it going to be?

Thanksgiving Wine Legend

  • Crowd pleaser
  • Good gift wine
  • Will make you drunk
  • Good value

1. The Wine to Pair with Turkey

Zinfandel is America’s sweetheart. It’s the ideal turkey pairing wine because its lower tannin helps moisten even the driest turkey. Also, Zinfandel’s secondary flavors of cinnamon, clove and vanilla will put you in the mood for fall.

Green and Red Chile Valley Estate Zinfandel 2009

Zinfandel

These are our favorite turkey-wine Zinfandels that are ready to be guzzled now.

  • $25 D-Cubed Napa Valley Vineyards 2008 Zinfandel ( 14.4% ABV)
  • $22 Green & Red Vineyards Chiles Valley 2009 Zinfandel ( 15% ABV)
  • $14 7 Deadly Zins 2009 Lodi Zinfandel ( 14.7% ABV)

2. The Perfect Ice-Breaker Wine

The worst moments at a party are right when everyone arrives and they’re all standing around. Awkward. To alleviate superficial weather-talk and bullshit, just truncate it… with the sound of a pressurized cork being removed from a bottle of Champagne. Nothing says ‘let’s get this party started!’ better than the sound of bottles popping.

Treveri Cellars Brut Sparkling Wine Washington State

Champagne

Instead of classic Champagne for Thanksgiving, check out these amazing American sparkling wines that are fruity enough to stand up to yams.

  • $27 Taittinger “Domaine Carneros” Brut 2008 ( 12% ABV )
  • $14 Treveri Cellars “Blanc de Blanc” Brut ( 12% ABV )

3. The Wine to Match with Ham

While everyone is gawking at the turkey, you’re the one filling your plate up with baked ham. You might as well all admit that, for you, Thanksgiving is about pork products. You’re going to need some Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir, a light-bodied red wine, is a great choice for ham wine pairing because the high acidity cuts through the rich flavors. Red fruit flavors like cherry and cranberry work well with a juicy slice of ham.

  • $20 Alma Rosa Santa Rta Hills 2008 Pinot Noir ( 14.1% ABV )
  • $32 Raptor Ridge Willamette Valley Reserve 2009 Pinot Noir ( 14.2% ABV )

Raptor Ridge Oregon Pinot Noir 2009

Pacific Rim 2011 Dry Riesling

4. The Best White Wine for Thanksgiving Dinner

When it comes to the best wine for Thanksgiving dinner, nothing beats a glass of dry Riesling. Bright acidity tingles through all the fat in the gravy, stuffing, potatos, yams and the richness of spice in cranberry sauce. Every sip feels like hitting the reset button on your palate so you can stand to take another bite of dark meat. Disagree? They’re so cheap, I dare you to buy one and try it just to prove me wrong.

Dry Riesling

  • $9 Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2011 ( 12.9% ABV )

5. The Best Wine with Pumpkin Pie

The best wine to pair with pumpkin pie is beer. A Belgian style beer with the essence of coriander and lots of tiny bubbles. The lightness of the beer will help scrape all that gooey pumpkin pie from the insides of your mouth. It will also offer a pleasing compliment of bitter and sweet. Trust me, after all that wine, turkey and stuffing there’s not a better way to end the dinner.

Belgian-Style Beer

  • $12 (750ml) Ommegang Brewery “Hennepin” Farmhouse Saison with citris & coriander ( 7.7% ABV )
  • $9 (22oz) Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project “Fluffy White Rabbits” Tripel Ale ( 8.5% ABV )
Pretty Things Fluffy White Rabbits American Triple Ale
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Can anyone say…..Dinner Party?

Can anyone say.....Dinner Party?

Does it really get any better than dining in a 16th century castle?

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Exotic Travel on a Budget. Hotel rooms for $20. REALLY?

1. Egypt


Photo: Jungle_Boy

Despite having some of the world’s best-known monuments, Egypt struggles to fill its abundant hotels. With less-than-wealthy locals far outnumbering the tourists, it’s easy to find a bargain meal or a guide or taxi driver. (They’ll find you whether you need them or not.) Admission prices for the ancient pyramids and temples are reasonable, generally ranging from $3 to $14.

Sample deals: a first-class train ticket from Cairo to Luxor for $17; a Nile-view deluxe double room in Luxor for $60 with breakfast; a private room by the sea in Dahab for under $20; entrance to the Nubia Museum in Aswan for $4; a falafel sandwich at a Cairo street stall for 40 cents. There’s no great independent travel site for the whole country but Egypt’s official tourism site is better than most.

2. Indonesia


Photo: Erik K Veland

This Southeast Asian nation is one of the most diverse and attractive destinations in the world, with a long string of volcanic islands and a range of topography and culture. It could also be the best value on the planet, with cheap hotels going for $5 a night, often right beside great snorkeling spots. Bali is the most developed island, but even there you can find plenty of deals. On Java, Sumatra, and Sulawesi, however, it’s easy to branch out like an intrepid explorer or get pampered on the cheap in the most popular spots.

Sample deals: a double room with pool and breakfast in Yogyakarta, Java for under $20; a five-day small ship cruise between Lombok and Flores islands via Komodo for $200 per person including meals; a first-class train seat from Jakarta to Yogyakarta for $25; an hour-long massage for $8-$15; a day’s motorbike rental on Bali for $10. Indo.com has a good listing of mid-range hotels in Bali and some other areas while the official Indonesia tourism site has travel info and enticing photos of the diverse islands.

3. Mexico


Photo: Tim Leffel

In mid-2008, the peso was at 10 to the dollar. Now it’s close to 13. That’s a discount of more than 25 percent in a country that was already a deal. Plus Swine Flu followed by drug gang violence on the U.S. border has meant that travelers have tremendous bargaining power on hotels and tours. To find the best values, visit the historic colonial cities or beach areas where Americans don’t outnumber the locals. (As in places where there’s no Señor Frog’s in sight.)

Sample deals: a three-course lunch at a market stand for $4; nice hotels in centuries-old colonial buildings for under $75 double with breakfast and Wi-Fi; a round of Negra Modelos for five at nearly any bar, including gratis snacks, for $10; and some of the nicest deluxe buses in the hemisphere for $6 to $8 per hour of travel. It’s a big, diverse country, but here’s an extensive set of links and the best books on one page: Mexico travel resources from Travelers-tool-kit.com.

4. Honduras


Photo: Tim Leffel

Few people knew anything about this country until it was all over the news last year when the president got forced out of office. You can find fabulous deals on scuba diving packages on Roatan Island. This Caribbean island sits next to the second-longest coral reef in the world, and every hotel seems to offer attractive package plans no matter the season. On the mainland you’ve got tropical national parks, the rugged Moskito Coast, and Copán, one of the key Mayan sites in the Americas and a great little colonial town.

Sample deals: $35 white-water rafting trips; weeklong learn-to-dive packages with room, breakfast, and transfers for under $600; a cold coconut with a straw for 40 cents; and admission to the Copán archeological park for $10. For more info, see the Honduras Tips site or Roatan Online, or see more travel prices in Honduras here.

5. Guatemala


Photo: Tim Leffel

This is only a shade farther to fly than Mexico, but it is a truly exotic destination. The descendants of the Mayans still dress in traditional clothing in the villages surrounding stunning Lake Atitlán. The Spanish colonial buildings in the city of Antigua are older than anything left standing in our historic city districts. The sprawling archeological park of Tikal is the granddaddy of Mayan ruins, and still surrounded by jungle.

Sample deals: taxis in Antigua for $4; great hotels with a view on Lake Atitlán for $60 a night; a week of private Spanish lessons including homestay starting at $180; a zipline canopy tour near Tikal for $30; three pounds of bananas or avocados for a dollar. La Ruta Maya Online is the best resource for hotels, tours, and Spanish language schools.

6. Peru


Photo: Tim Leffel

Machu Picchu alone is worth the journey, but it’s just the start in this value-packed country. Inca ruins are scattered all around the Sacred Valley, and Cuzco is one of the most attractive cities in South America. There is also hiking in the Andes, admiring colonial architecture on the streets of Arequipa, trips through the Amazon, boating across the highest lake in the world, and flying over the strange Nazca lines.

Sample deals: Bus from Arequipa to Colca Canyon – $6; a big traditional lunch and a beer for $7; simple restaurant meal in the countryside $6 for two; entrance to the Inca Museum in Cuzco for $1.50; cheap single room or hostel bed $4-$10; airport taxi in Cusco $4. Andean Travel Web is an exhaustive resource site for trekking info, hotels that are a good value, and general travel info.

7. Thailand


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As with Honduras and Mexico, visitor numbers plunged when Bangkok was all over the news recently, so there are plenty of deals on airfare, tours, and hotels. This is a popular destination for travelers of all budget levels. Thailand continues to be one of the best bargains in the world in terms of hotel prices, and with a well-developed infrastructure, it’s easy to get around and see what you want to see, be it historic ruins, Buddhist temples, or tropical beaches.

Sample deals: a standard double at a true 5-star hotel in Bangkok for $250 or less per night—or a cheap place to flop down and sleep for 1/20th of that price; admission to the main ruins in Sukothai for under $2; a first-class round-trip sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai for about $40; a Skytrain ticket across Bangkok for about $1.30. The hands-down best travel resource for Thailand is Travelfish.org. They also put out some great iPhone/iPad apps on specific regions and islands.

8. Czech Republic


Photo: Tim Leffel

In much of Europe, prices in the big cities are often double what you find in the countryside. This is especially true in Eastern European countries like the Czech Republic, where vacationers on quick weekend breaks have driven up hotel and restaurant prices in Prague. In the smaller towns and cities, however, the country is one of Europe’s remaining great values. Castles on hill crests, some of the world’s best beer for a dollar or so in a pub, and winding cobblestone streets without crowds—Ye Olde Europe without the new Europe prices.

Sample deals: a room at the best hotel in town across Moravia for under $100 with breakfast; fully equipped hybrid bike rental for $25 a day; sommelier guided 12-bottle tasting at the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic in Valtice for $19; a train ticket from Prague to anywhere in the country for $12 or less. The official Czech Tourism site is excellent while MyCzechRepublic has good general info on different regions plus a message board. See more Czech prices outside Prague here.

To dive in deeper on any of these cheap destinations and see the current situation on the ground, check the message boards at LonelyPlanet.com and BootsnAll.com

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Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines for 2013

Just released…….   Pick up a copy of Wine Spectator magazine TODAY before they run out!  The most anticipated list in the wine world!

The tables to the right can be read as follows:  Vintage    Wine Spectator Score    Retail Price

ENJOY FELLOW WINOS!

1 Cune Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 95 $63
2 Château Canon-La Gaffelière St.-Emilion 2010 96 $103
3 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Evenstad Reserve 2010 95 $65
4 Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2010 95 $92
5 Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley 2010 95 $75
6 Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Barolo Monprivato 2008 95 $110
7 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 2010 97 $120
8 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010 96 $120
9 Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2010 96 $135
10 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010 95 $135
11 Reynvaan Syrah Walla Walla Valley Stonessence 2010 98 $70
12 Turley Zinfandel Paso Robles Dusi Vineyard 2011 95 $42
13 Croft Vintage Port 2011 97 $93
14 Bedrock The Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley 2011 95 $37
15 Olivier Ravoire Gigondas 2011 94 $33
16 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2008 94 $42
17 Alexana Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Revana Vineyard 2010 94 $42
18 Poggerino Chianti Classico 2010 93 $25
19 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 2012 93 $33
20 Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2007 95 $40
21 Le Macchiole Bolgheri 2011 93 $30
22 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva 2004 94 $35
23 Seghesio Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina 2010 94 $38
24 Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2008 94 $55
25 Epoch Estate Blend Paderewski Vineyard Paso Robles 2010 93 $40
26 Álvaro Palacios Priorat Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes 2011 93 $40
27 Spring Valley Uriah Walla Walla Valley 2010 94 $50
28 Domaine de l’A Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2010 93 $34
29 R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rioja White Viña Gravonia Crianza 2003 93 $36
30 Lagier Meredith Syrah Mount Veeder 2010 94 $48
31 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Carneros Hyde Vineyard 2010 95 $65
32 Bodegas Hidalgo Gitana Manzanilla Jerez La Gitana NV 91 $19
33 Ravines Riesling Finger Lakes Dry 2012 91 $17
34 Bodegas Valdemar Rioja Inspiración Selección 2010 91 $20
35 Château du Retout Haut-Médoc 2010 91 $18
36 Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza Reserva 2011 92 $20
37 Quinta do Passadouro Douro 2010 91 $25
38 Mollydooker Two Left Feet McLaren Vale 2011 92 $25
39 Viña Herminia Rioja Excelsus 2009 93 $18
40 Château de Haute-Serre Malbec Cahors White Label 2010 92 $24
41 Red Heads Studio Shiraz McLaren Vale Barrel Monkeys 2011 91 $20
42 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Uco Valley Reserve 2011 91 $24
43 Godelia Godello Bierzo Selección 2010 91 $14
44 Viña Koyle Carmenère Colchagua Valley Royale 2010 91 $26
45 Château Doisy Daëne Barsac 2010 94 $58
46 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley Reserve 2010 94 $60
47 Viña Santa Rita Triple C Maipo Valley 2008 93 $40
48 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough 2011 93 $39
49 Failla Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2011 92 $34
50 COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2010 92 $35
51 Charles Smith Riesling Columbia Valley Kung Fu Girl Evergreen 2012 90 $12
52 Paringa Shiraz South Australia 2010 90 $11
53 Domäne Wachau Riesling Federspiel Trocken Wachau Terrassen 2011 90 $13
54 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010 93 $45
55 A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon 2011 90 $18
56 Robert Eymael (Mönchhof) Riesling QbA Mosel 2011 90 $17
57 L’Ecole No. 41 Syrah Columbia Valley 2010 91 $25
58 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010 91 $29
59 Donum Pinot Noir Carneros 2010 95 $72
60 Astrolabe Pinot Noir Marlborough Province 2010 92 $28
61 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2007 92 $38
62 Concha y Toro Syrah Buin Marqués de Casa Concha 2010 91 $22
63 Hourglass Merlot Napa Valley Blueline Vineyard 2010 94 $75
64 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Rockaway Single Vineyard 2010 94 $75
65 Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Spätlese Mosel Graacher Himmelreich 2011 93 $42
66 Macarico Aglianico del Vulture Macari’ 2007 92 $25
67 Natacha Chave Crozes-Hermitage Aléofane 2010 92 $35
68 Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills Horse Heaven Vineyard 2012 90 $15
69 Boutari Naoussa 2009 90 $18
70 Marcassin Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Marcassin Vineyard 2007 96 $125
71 Ashbourne Sandstone Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 2008 93 $25
72 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley 2010 95 $72
73 Achával-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza Finca Mirador 2011 96 $125
74 Lucia Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Garys’ Vineyard 2011 93 $55
75 Domaine Overnoy-Crinquand Arbois Pupillin Vieilles Vignes 2009 93 $49
76 M. Lapierre Morgon 2011 91 $30
77 Dehlinger Syrah Russian River Valley Goldridge 2010 92 $40
78 J.J. Vincent & Fils Pouilly-Fuissé Marie-Antoinette 2011 90 $25
79 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Savoya Vineyard 2010 93 $55
80 Querciabella Maremma Toscana Mongrana 2010 90 $22
81 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines 2010 93 $47
82 Mamete Prevostini Valtellina Superiore Sassella 2009 91 $30
83 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Special Selection 2010 96 $130
84 Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval 2012 90 $28
85 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Black Label 2010 91 $35
86 Fontanafredda Barolo La Rosa 2008 95 $96
87 Graham Tawny Port 20 Year Old NV 93 $60
88 Pierre Paillard Brut Champagne NV 92 $48
89 Raymond Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Generations 2009 95 $100
90 Carlisle Zinfandel Napa Valley Hayne Vineyard 2011 93 $48
91 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva 2006 94 $75
92 Château Larcis Ducasse St.-Emilion 2010 94 $90
93 A.A. Badenhorst Family Swartland 2009 92 $42
94 Schiavenza Barolo Prapò 2009 94 $60
95 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Garnacha Campo de Borja 2010 92 $45
96 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 2008 95 $120
97 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne 2006 94 $78
98 Château d’Yquem Bordeaux White Y 2011 94 $150
99 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St.-Aubin La Chatenière 2011 92 $48
100 Badia a Coltibuono Toscana Cancelli 2011 90 $10
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