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Alberto Nanclares: Albariño at its best

In the early 1990s Alberto Nanclares decided to sever ties with the corporate world and move close to the sea, where he and his wife could enjoy life and their ...read more...

Raul Perez: The art of listening to the land

Short and stocky, with a head of graying unruly hair and a prophet’s beard, Raul Perez’s eyes shine with energy and intelligence. His demeanor is ...read more...

The tribe of the peak

Southern Italy is really an interesting place. Besides the enormous amount of influence they have given to the Italian gastronomic world, the history of the area ...read more...

Riding A Lobster is Really Great

It was a raining like cats and dogs when I made my way to the offices of Avant Garde wine importers in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan. It was early 2016 ...read more...

A Rising Star in Savoie

Brice Omont’s story is one of luck, hard work—and success:

A young agronomist from Champagne, in search for a viticultural domaine where he ...read more...

From Green Belt to Red Wine: the wine of Dijon

Dijon, the beautiful capital of the Cote D’Or and the Burgundy region has been since Roman times a center for agricultural development. It was the place ...read more...

Treasures from the Mountains

Vin Jaune, the delicious and intense traditional wine expression of the Jura is mostly unknown or misunderstood. This wine, made in the appellations of Arbois, ...read more...

The Sancerres from Gerard Boulay

The town of Sancerre and the neighboring villages that conform the appellation are located in the geographical center of France, in the left bank of the Loire ...read more...

A vineyard in a park

When one thinks of Minervois the first things that come to mind are Muscat, an easy and most of the time unremarkable dessert wine, and rich, over-extracted reds ...read more...

A new life for an ancient grape

There is certainly no shortage of grape varietals in Italy. The Italian Ministry of Agriculture has “authorized” more than 350 grapes, and there are ...read more...

Marsannay

Marsannay, the youngest appellation of the Cote-de Nuits, is also considered the “golden gate”, both geographically and metaphorically to the great ...read more...

Rully of Cote Chalonnaise

In a way one could say that Burgundy as a region resembles the real estate market of cities like New York or London. There are a few rarified spots where only ...read more...

A Labor of Love in Chablis

In 1990 a young couple decided to take over two hectares of family vineyards. After a bumpy start, four years later, in 1994 they were able to bottle their first ...read more...

Corte Sant'Alda

When Marinella Camerini founded Corte Sant’Alda in 1985, the world’s perception of Valpolicella was quite different than it is today.

In the ...read more...

Domaine de la Cadette

There are two reasons to know the town of Vezelay, in the Yonne, in the northern part of Burgundy, just south of Chablis: one would be it’s magnificent ...read more...

Domaine Rijckaert

Domaine Rijckaert was founded in 1998 by Jean Rijckaert.

In the mid 80s Rijckaert (pronounced Rye-cart) tired of restaurant kitchens decided to move to ...read more...

Ampeleia: A taste of Mediterranean Tuscany

Some projects are born under very auspicious signs. When three friends meet in a restaurant and decide that they are going to start an agricultural and enological ...read more...

In Love In Languedoc

Clos du Gravillas is a small 15-acre winery that gives new meaning to “artisanal wine.” The project of a Franco-American couple, John and Nicole Bojanowski, ...read more...

Canalicchio Di Sopra

Founded in the mid-1960s by Primo Pacenti, a local farmer, Canalicchio di Sopra has grown to become one of the jewels in the Tuscan crown.

The wines made ...read more...

The Wine Mason

Driving down the Route Nationale 74 from Dijon south to the River Dheune is like driving down a wine list: Nuits Saint Georges, Pernand Vergelesses, Aloxe Corton, ...read more...

The Deep South

Heading due south of Beaune on Route National 6, Burgundy’s own Route 66, is Macon country. And in the village of Cruzille en Maconnais is a gem of a domaine ...read more...

All Roads Lead To The Rhone

Just over 20 years ago, Herve Souhaut had an early mid-life crisis. He packed up his wife Beatrice and their Parisian life and moved lock stock and barrel to ...read more...

Summer Clos

In the southeastern-most corner of France, in Nice, on the Cote d’Azur, there is a tiny appellation known as Bellet. Approved for appellation status in ...read more...

Etna Erupts

It is always exciting to discover a new wine.

And more so if the wine brings with it a whole new wine region, especially if it is still part of the old ...read more...

MAREMMA! MAREMMA!

Of course we all know Chianti. How could we not? This emblematic wine is made all over the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Siena turning the region into ...read more...

The Princess In Her Tower

Northeast of Siena, in a medieval hamlet dating back to the 13th century, there lives a princess in an old stone tower. Her name is Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa. ...read more...

An Albarino For All Seasons

Spain today is so much more than just the land of the bullfighter and the flamenco dancer. It has become very fashionable in the world of food and wine. And while ...read more...

Very Valpolicella

My first sip of Le Ragose Valpoicella Classico Superiore reminded me of biting into the perfect deep purple summer plum: rich, but bright and lively and fresh ...read more...

Clos Des Trias

Wine is a most intimate drink: not only does it reflect the earth from whence it comes, but it also gives us a glimpse of the winemaker’s personality.

Clos ...read more...

The Sundance Kid

If Languedoc-Rousillon is the wild west of French wine country, the Hautes Corbieres appellation, bang smack in the middle of it, would be Dodge City. And Maxime ...read more...

L’Enfant Terrible

Telmo Rodriguez, the enfant terrible of Spanish wine, is a man with a mission…that is no longer impossible.

Twenty years ago, when he and fellow ...read more...

Alpine Glory

As you all know here at Eli’s List, we love tradition and the old world…none of the modern, new world, razzle-dazzle, neon-lit wines for us.

We ...read more...

So Soave…

When I heard that we were doing a tasting of a Soave Classico at Eli’s List, I must admit to being quite skeptical. After all, Soave evokes a rather negative ...read more...

A Living Legend

Aubert de Villaine.

A name that is synonymous with the Holy Grail of wine: Domaine de la Romanee Conti in Burgundy, where the wine is the purest, perhaps ...read more...

Summertime

“Summertime and the living is easy…” So said Ella Fitzgerald. I, for one, agree. And of course wine is an essential part of easy living. Here ...read more...

The Elite Guard In Sancerre

Sancerre is probably one of the best-known wines from the Loire Valley.

And Domaine Vacheron is the elite guard of the Sancerre appellation, producing ...read more...

The Call Of Nature

"To make good wine, you first need good grapes."

So says Renato Fennocchio.

And he is absolutely right.

The Langhe Nebbiolo from this ...read more...

The Spring Rose

When the sky turns a particular shade of periwinkle blue and the cherry blossoms explode in Central Park, you know without a doubt that spring has arrived. And ...read more...

Cru Elles De Ville

There is nothing of the Immaculate Conception in the birth of a great wine. It doesn’t just happen. More often than not, behind the wine is the passion ...read more...

La Grande Dame -- In Memory Of Anne-Claude Leflaive

Once in a rare while, one meets someone whose energy is sparkling, whose intensity is palpable and whose passion is contagious. Such people are unforgettable. ...read more...

What To Get For Passover? OY!

A couple of days ago, a stranger walked into Eli’s List. “Which wine would you recommend I buy for Passover?” he asked. I blinked, my mind awash ...read more...

A Salute To Tradition

That is what it's all about at the Bodegas Lopez de Heredia, one of the oldest and most prestigious estates in Rioja.

Ignoring trends, Lopez de Heredia ...read more...

North by Northeast

60 miles northeast of Milan, tucked away in the far north of Lombardy is the fairytale valley of Valtellina. High up in the mountains are old castles that remind ...read more...

Dinner Cathiard Lignier

It is always such a treat when vintners we love come to New York. And an even greater treat when said vintners come with some prized vintages of wines we love. ...read more...

OH For A Glass Of Canary

Rioja and Ribera del Duero now roll off our refined palates just as easily as Bordeaux and Bourgogne.

But, have you ever thought of trying a wine from ...read more...

The Reluctant Superstar

While Andre Perret may not be a household name, in the land of wine and winemakers, the man is a superstar.

As connoisseurs and aficionados peruse wine ...read more...

King Barolo

As you know, all of us here at Eli’s List love old world wines, hence our penchant towards the wines of Burgundy and Piedmont. This week, we return to Piedmont, ...read more...

GERWURZTRAMINER! OH MY!

Anyone who tastes any of the wines from the Domaine Weinbach agrees that it is without doubt one of the finest wineries in all of France. Indeed their fragrant, ...read more...

Brunello

I think that most of you who know me, would agree that I am generally an easygoing, gentle, broadminded kind of guy. It’s true…I am. But…not ...read more...

La Bella Sicilia

Ahhh…Palermo, Sicily…exotic, decadent and romantic…the city of Don Vito Corleone…

But Godfathers aside, the island is rich ...read more...

New Kids On The Block: Demarne-Frison

Less than 20 years ago in 1997, Thierry DeMarne took over the six acres of his family’s vineyards in the tiny village of Ville-Sur-Arce in the Champagne-Ardenne ...read more...

‘Tis The Season For Bubbles From Saint Charmant And Stephane Coquillete

One of our aims at Eli’s List is our ongoing quest and discovery of the smaller, exclusive wines and champagnes for our clientele and we take great pride ...read more...

Pop Goes Egly-Ouriet

“What? Egly-Ouriet?”

Yes, indeed.

If you already are a champagne connoisseur, then chances are that you are well acquainted with the ...read more...

Looking For Teroldego

Elisabetta Foradori is pure Italian. Even before you know her name or hear her speak with that charming lilt in her accent, it is something about the way she ...read more...

Rather Amazing Arlaud

Domaine Arlaud: What incredible wines…what fabulous people…I am just crazy about both and I am so excited that after a five-year absence, the Arlaud ...read more...

Ribera Del Duero Refined

I don’t like Ribera del Duero. Their reputation for swashbuckling, swaggering reds has never impressed me. It is an appellation that in general doesn't ...read more...

The Seductive Southern Rhone Valley

With the onset of autumn in New York, I think it’s time to talk about red wines that drink well when the temperature outside begins to drop. While at Eli’s ...read more...

Brilliant Barbarescos

In my ongoing love affair with wine, my heart swings pretty evenly between Burgundy and Piedmont. This week, Andrea Sottimano was in New York and stopped by for ...read more...

Loving Languedoc

Last week, Sylvain Fadat from the Domaine d’Aupilhac paid us what I thought was going to be a normal visit at W.I.N.E. It was anything but.

The ...read more...

The Cathiard Saga

Ever since I discovered Sylvain Cathiard’s wines some two decades ago, he has never disappointed me. Year after year, his wines achieve that wonderful balance ...read more...

East of Burgundy

I have to admit that while my heart belongs to Burgundy, this week, I have strayed east and become enamored with the wines from Jura (a cool climate region located ...read more...