Roumier 1945 and 1955 bottles

Review of the Year 2018 - Neal Martin

Since 2003 I have always looked back upon the previous twelve months to assess what kind of year it has been in terms of wine, also the most memorable tastings, dinners and events. Life is not just about fermented grape juice, so my review includes music, film and anything that really crossed my mind at time of writing. This is my 2018.


Napa Valley’s Extraordinary 2016 Cabernets - Part 1

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Austria’s Riesling & Grüner Veltliner: 2016’s Challenges Met

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Ceretto Barbaresco Asili: 1974-2014

Graham's 90 year old

Port Is For Life: Symington Vintage & Tawny Ports

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The Wines of Alto Adige

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Champagne – The Season’s New Releases


New Zealand: Just For Starters

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Vacqueyras 2016 and 2015: Value and Consistency

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Focus on Washington: The New Normal

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Blind Vision: 2015 Burgundy Red & White

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The Ultimate Bachelor Party at Saison, San Francisco

This spectacular bachelor party/dinner at Saison was a fitting sendoff as one of our dear friends prepared to embark on the next stage of life. The food, wines and service on this night were as good as it gets.

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La Ciau del Tornavento

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JY’s, Colmar, France

Arbor full bottle lineup

Arbor, Hong Kong

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Arpège, Paris, France

Vinous Favorites

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2017 Tenuta San Leonardo Sauvignon Vette di San Leonardo, 90 points

Herb-accented aromas of green fig, tomato leaf and white flowers emerge from the glass. Bright floral and white pepper notes add lift to the lively but simple citrus fruit flavors. A subtle herbal nuance lends complexity on the long finish. (ID)


Cellar Favorites

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1999 Carl Von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abstberg Riesling Eiswein

We all have favorite wine estates. Von Schubert is one of mine. I don’t know exactly how many bottles I have amassed from Carl Von Schubert over the last 30 years, but frankly, I never get tired of anything I taste from the Von Schubert family.

1945, 1966 & 1982 Gruaud Larose

1970 Château de Fieuzal Rouge

Vinous Events

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La Festa del Barolo 2019

January 31 - Feb 2, 2019
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