FrontRunners: From the Robb Cellar

The Heidsieck name has been intimately associated with Champagne since 1785, when Florens-Louis Heidsieck established Heidsieck & Co. in Reims. Champagne Charles Heidsieck was founded in 1851 by its eponymous proprietor, a grandnephew of Florens-Louis, who earned the sobriquet “Champagne Charlie” while marketing his bubbly to the prosperous inhabitants of New York and Boston in […]

FrontRunners: From the Robb Cellar

Water, barley, and yeast are not especially valuable ingredients; but, when combined at the Bowmore distillery, they can be transformed into something extraordinary. Such a miraculous metamorphosis took place in 1964, the year that the Islay distillery put into casks the handcrafted spirit that makes up the Trilogy, a sought-after limited edition that included three […]

Best of the Best 2012: Domestic Red Wines: Aubert 2009 Pinot Noir UV-SL Vineyard Sonoma Coast

Mark Aubert’s career has been a peripatetic one. After succeeding celebrated winemaker Helen Turley at Peter Michael Winery, where for nine years he produced magnificent Chardonnays and ethereally beautiful Bordeaux-style reds, he later replaced his former mentor as winemaker at Colgin Cellars. He also reinforced his reputation as one of Napa Valley’s top talents with […]

Best of the Best 2012: International White Wines: Fritz Haag 2009 Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule

The Haag family has been producing wines in the Middle Mosel region for 400 years, during which time the reputation of its wines and, for that matter, the prices have steadily grown. Napoléon developed an abiding appreciation for these wines, and the Juffer-Sonnenuhr vineyard, located in the village of Brauneberg—whose original name, Dusemond, means “sweet […]

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