If you weren’t fully aware, the post-holiday months of January and February are a wine professional’s ideal time to taste. From massive Italian tastings to boutique wineries revealing their latest vintage, I must say that the past few weeks have been chockfull of slurping, spitting and note-taking. Over the next 3 days, I am illuminating my top 5 picks from France, Italy and America. We had to obtain as much possible from these phenomenal estates, so there is decent inventory, for now. I still recommend acting fast, largely since I plan on securing some for my personal cellar! Today, I give you the best of France, and I'm not surprised that all 5 happen to be from the outstanding 2012 vintage!