Vinous Table, United Kingdom
I will tell you what is cool. Lyle’s – in cool Shoreditch in cool East London in the cool Tea Building. I am freezing cold by the time I walk inside because I have passed so many cool people all with beards, multiple tattoos and multi-warhead piercings. With the capital’s restaurant scene buzzing, I wanted a cool Vinous Table but the trouble is, hip ‘n trendy restaurants usually fall flat on their face in the one department that really matters – the food. Would Lyle’s be the same?
France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured
News that the family of Jean-François and Jean Moueix sold 20% of Petrus to Colombian-born billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo sent shockwaves across the world. I know what Alejandro Santo Domingo is thinking. He is thinking: “I’ve splashed out millions on a minority share in Petrus. I wish an experienced wine critic would provide me with tasting notes of multiple back vintages.” Well, let me be of service.
Italy: Center & South, featured
Current releases from Abruzzo and Molise are mostly white wines from the very hot, dry, challenging 2017 growing season and fresh reds from the more classic 2016 harvest. Vintage difficulties aside, these regions offer many pleasant surprises, not to mention some stunning bargains.
France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites
Without a shadow of doubt, the 1991 Meursault Les Perrières 1er Cru will be one of the white wines of the year, epitomising everything wondrous about mature white Burgundy.
Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont, featured
The 2nd edition of Barolo MGA, The Barolo Great Vineyard Encyclopedia is the result of a quarter century of study, unlocking the mysteries of why Barolo's soil produces such profound wines. Representing an incredible 11 years of work, it demands a place in the library of anyone who loves Barolo. And that includes owners of the 1st edition.
United States: California, featured
I first visited Santa Barbara over a decade ago. Immediately I was struck by the finesse of wines born from microclimates that are strongly influenced by the Pacific Ocean. Subsequent visits have only reinforced my long-held view that Santa Barbara is one of the world’s elite grape growing and wine producing regions. This report focuses mostly on the 2016s, which are just being released onto the market. In 2016 Mother Nature gifted producers with the conditions to make striking wines of grace and nuance.
Italy: Center & South, Vinous Table
The Terrazza Vittoria in Sorrento is the beautiful terrace restaurant of the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, which offers a simple but fine lunch menu of classics in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings.
France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured
Christophe Roumier is one of the most revered winemakers in Burgundy. His wines are coveted across the world. This article examines the history of Domaine Georges Roumier, Christophe’s techniques and focuses upon his flagship cru, Bonnes-Mares. Spanning no less than eight decades and over 30 vintages, this vertical tasting constitutes one of the most comprehensive overviews ever conducted, one that might never be repeated.
cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont
The 1971 Barolo from Cantina Mascarello is a relic from a time when Piedmont was a very different place than it is today, in many more ways than one.
China, Vinous Table
One of Hong Kong’s most famous restaurants, the multi-award winning T’ang Court may not be the last word in trendy, but it offers precise cooking and a fine wine list in a classic, refined atmosphere.