Vinous Table: Cassis, Mâcon, France

Vinous Table, France

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

Cassis is a restaurant that does nothing other than serve delicious food at reasonable prices with the minimum of fuss.

Larrivaux 2003

Cellar Favorite: 2003 Larrivaux

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

Readers do not have to shell out for the top names to enjoy the wines, as proven by a 2003 Larrivaux recently served blind by proprietor Bérangère Tesseron, the ‘better half’ of Basile Tesseron at neighbouring Lafon-Rochet.

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Cellar Favorite: 1992 Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Côte du Py

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

Beaujolais Nouveau fomented an assumption that the region’s wine cannot age. Humbug! It’s more a case that too few wine connoisseurs have the nous to tuck away a few Beaujolais bottles from its finest appellations such as Morgon or Moulin-à-Vent from its finest growers.

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Vinous Table: The Silver Birch, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

Returning to Chiswick after lockdown, I wanted to try something different, and so I booked a table at The Silver Birch, which had the misfortune to open between lockdowns last year.

Greek bottles

A Shard of Greek Sunshine

featured, Greece

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

In my obituary for Harry Gill, I mentioned that our last conversation concerned a long-proposed tasting of wines from his beloved homeland, Greece. He was always holding court at the bar of his restaurant, serving and celebrating Greek wines in his own inimitable way. Some did not quite match his enthusiasm, but every now and then I discovered an absolute gem like the Assyrtiko from Hatzidakis Winery that could whisk you away to a sun-kissed Mediterranean island on the rainiest winter afternoon.

Lynch moussas 1996

Cellar Favorite: 1996 Lynch-Moussas

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

Much of aristocratic Pauillac has become too expensive for many wine-lovers in recent years. That classification back in 1855 went straight to its head. Yet, there are gems to be discovered…if you know where to look.

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Vinous Table: SO|LA, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

Given that restaurants have only just reopened, it is unsurprising for me to pronounce this the best meal I have eaten so far in 2021. Whether any restaurant will be able to match it is another question. The bar has been set extremely high.

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Symington: 2019 Single Quintas New Releases

featured, Portugal

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

The 2019 vintage in the Douro may not have coerced Symingtons into a declaration, but it did lay the foundation for a set of new single Quintas releases.

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Cellar Favorite: 1998 Domaine Georges Roumier Morey-Saint-Denis Clos de la Bussière 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

There is no point in restating the fact that I, along with countless other Burgundy-lovers, adore the wines of Christophe Roumier. Oops, I did it again!

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Floating Points, Pharoah Saunders, London Symphony Orchestra - Promises

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

I cannot write too much about Promises – it is something you really have to listen to and immerse yourself in, preferably late at night with the lights dimmed, preferably on vinyl on a high-end audiophile system.