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Vinous Table: Chizuru Tei, Edinburgh, Scotland

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Sep 2021

Chizuru Tei has one raison d’être: to serve the best Japanese food possible. I cannot return soon enough.

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Looking Backward/Looking Forward: 2000 vs 2001 Bordeaux

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Sep 2021

Debate about whether Bordeaux 2000 is superior to 2001, or vice versa, has simmered since the wines were in barrel. So, this past June I visited many major châteaux to compare the two vintages side-by-side. What I found was that 12 months apart, the two vintages represent the end of one era and the beginning of another.

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Chianti Classico and Beyond – 2018 & 2019

featured, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2021

I was thrilled to get back to Chianti Classico this past summer. It was my first tasting trip to Italy in two years. Much has changed, for obvious reasons, but some things haven’t, chief among them my long-held belief that these are some of the greatest sites in the world.

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Cellar Favorite: 2001 Armando Parusso Barolo Bussia

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont

Eric Guido, Sep 2021

I pulled the 2001 Barolo Bussia from the cellar while thinking back to a dinner with Marco Parusso at one of New York City’s long-lost, great establishments, La Pizza Fresca, back when I worked for a major retailer. That was the first time I was fully introduced to the Parusso style, and the first time I had the opportunity to taste the 2001 among a larger lineup of wines that were there for sale.

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Vinous Table: Divino Enoteca, Edinburgh, Scotland

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Sep 2021

While on vacation in Edinburgh I wanted to check out a restaurant focused on wine, so I booked a table at Divino Enoteca.

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Mission Complete: La Mission Haut-Brion 1928–2011

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Sep 2021

One of the most revered château in Bordeaux, this article on La Mission Haut-Brion presents both a historical and contemporary insight courtesy of a Q&A with winemaker Jean-Philippe Delmas, plus tasting notes back to the 1920s.

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Royal Tokaji: 2017 Latest Releases

featured, Hungary

Neal Martin, Sep 2021

The Royal Tokaji Company’s collection of 2017 new releases sets the bar high as their new winemaker takes the reins of this famous estate.

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Cellar Favorite: 1983 Domaine Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Loire

Neal Martin, Sep 2021

Though I have always adored the Loire, I never had the opportunity to devote time à la Burgundy or Bordeaux. However, in recent weeks, several exceptional mature Loire wines crossed my path. I would be remiss not writing about them.

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Left Bank on the Right: Jean Faure 2007–2018

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Sep 2021

Jean Faure is a bit of an anomaly in Saint-Émilion, an estate built around Cabernet Franc instead of Merlot. This was the first time that I conducted a vertical of recent vintages, and it led to a better understanding of the wines.

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Cellar Favorite: Quinta do Noval 2019s

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Portugal

Neal Martin, Sep 2021

When I was at Château Pichon-Baron in June, Christian Seely finished my Bordeaux tasting with the three latest releases from Quinta do Noval, part of Axa-Millésime’s portfolio of properties.