Dirk’s Cuvée

By Dirk Smits

A blend of wine & spirits musings, tastings and tidings

Come back to this page to follow what is happening in the world of wine and spirits. I will constantly update it with new articles.

Contact: dirk.smits@gayot.com



Chef Celestino Drago, Managing partner Piero Selvaggio, GAYOT’s Wine & Spirits Editor Dirk Smits, Sophie Gayot

Exclusive: Restaurateur Piero Selvaggio Joins Drago Centro’s Team

Watch Dirk Smits discussing with Piero Selvaggio the wines served during the dinner.

Sophie Gayot, Chef Celestino Drago, Managing partner Piero Selvaggio, GAYOT’s Wine & Spirits Editor Dirk Smits

About a private dinner where these wines were served.

Opening bottles of long-aged wine can be a hit-or-miss experience. Find out which vintages from several French selections still provided sublime sipping with my tasting notes.


Alma Rosa, El Jabali, Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills 2018 | Santa Barbara County, California – October 12, 2020
Travaglini, Gattinara 2016 | Piedmont, Italy – October 5, 2020
Bénédicte & Stéphane Tissot, Patchwork, Chardonnay 2018 | Arbois, France – September 28, 2020
Quinta da Alorna, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2015 | Tejo, Portugal – September 21, 2020
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Zind, Vin de France, 2018 | Alsace, France – September 14, 2020
Casa Madero, 3V, 2018 | Valle de Parras, Mexico – September 7, 2020
TerraVentoux, Terra Solis Intuition, 2017, Ventoux, France – August 31, 2020
Honig, North Coast, CA, Sauvignon Blanc 2019 – August 24, 2020
Rustenberg, John X. Merriman 2015, Stellenbosch, South Africa – August 17, 2020
Clos des Lunes, Lune d’Argent, Bordeaux Blanc, 2018 – August 10, 2020
Luigi Maffini, Kleos, Cilento Aglianico 2017, Italy – August 3, 2020
Château Belá, Riesling 2018, Sturovo, Slovak – July 27, 2020


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