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Wine-OHauFrom Ohau, New Zealand, Woven Stone 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is superb.

Wine-Nusserhof2Nusserhof — old world wines from the South Tyrol (autonomous region of northern Italy) well suited to celebrate the new life of Easter.

Mayr family wines, made with local/ancient varietals, including: Lagrein, Schiava, Teroldego, and Blatterle are heavenly, but can be found locally at Astor Wines & Spirits in NYC.

BordeauxNYC18cBordeauxNYC18d.JPGThe Union Des Grand Crus De Bordeaux roadshow passed through NYC this week with an ocean of silky and velvety 2015s, ready to drink now.

Weather-wise 2015 was a good year for all varieties. But the whites seem to have been especially favored, including the blanc from Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. Among the velvety reds, Chateau La Gaffeliere, St. Emilion, was tasting well. From St. Julien, Chateau Gruaud Larose and Chateau Lagrange, with their higher levels of cab, are sturdy and sublime (now and for the long haul).

For under $20, Chateau de Chantegrive (blanc et rouge) is a terrific value.

Wine-ChateauJeanFaure2014Wine-ObaloFrom Saint Emilion to Rioja and Napa Valley — and then to Veneto, three special wines and a Grappa that make one want to give thanks: Chateau Jean Faure, 2014; Obalo Crianza, 2013; Stony Hill, Chardonnay, 2010; Botegga Alexander Grappa Cabernet.

 

Wine-ChinaFrom a wine list at a Manhattan hotel restaurant (amounts in $). Au Yun should be Ao Yun.

NapaFiresStatus quo for the California wine industry has been shown in recent days to be unsustainable. But, hopefully Route #29 and the heart of Napa Valley can be saved from the enveloping flames — with their wines going on to be part of ennobled rather than debased living.

Wine-Grignolino1The welterweight from Piedmont with plenty of punch. Grignolino wine is what the locals drink, and delighted foreigners in the know — when they can find it. We recommend the Quercino Grignolino D’Asti, la Giribaldina, 2015.

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AustrianWine1AustrianWines-Schandl.JPGTo make Summer dining really sing, Austrian wines are just the thing. Not all, but the good ones are really good, distinctive and great with food, especially pork.

We like the wines of Peter Schandl, located in Burgenland–formerly part of Hungary. Their Furmint and Blaufrankisch (Gamay) will add pleasure to the most challenging barbecue menus.

Also, Hutter, from Wachau, producer of terrific Gruner Veltliner and Riesling (but hard to find in the US). Historically, the best wines produced in Austria are consumed on the spot and not for export, but fortunately for us some are now getting through.

Wines-ItalianWhiteWe recommend these zesty white blends, from central and northeastern Italy, loaded with substance and a joy to drink, especially with hearty foods. Also like the single varietal Ronco Dei Tassi Malvasia, 2016.

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