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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Penguin Eggs - Nic Jones

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

Penguin Eggs is easier to track down and currently the only one available on streaming services, although needless to say, only on vinyl does it sound magical, where you can hear the intricacies of his playing. No, it’s not the kind of music for everyone.

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Campania 2018: Early Appeal And Accessibility

Italy: Center & South, featured

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2019

Readers who have followed my writings over the years know I am a huge fan of Campania. The whites are some of Italy’s greatest and most ageworthy wines. The best Campania whites are terroir-driven and full of varietal character. With some notable exceptions, Campania's red wines are unfortunately less consistent because of the combination of overripe grapes and too much oak. For that reason, it pays to be especially selective when it comes to the reds.

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Cellar Favorite: 1970 La Tour Haut-Brion

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

I admit I have a penchant for deceased châteaux, perhaps none more so than La Tour Haut-Brion since it provided such a bevy of memorable bottles. Its history is entwined with that of La Mission Haut-Brion.

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Vinous Table: Otto's, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

It was an afternoon like no other: the theatre of Otto’s and Otto himself, the decadence of the food and this triptych of astonishing Pomerol. All of it would have been pointless without commensurate company, and the banter flowed as freely as the wine. How do we top this year’s lunch, I have absolutely no idea, but you can guarantee that however it transpires, it will be recounted here on Vinous Table.

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The Future’s Not What It Was: Bordeaux 2018

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

Having tasted en primeur during Spring for over 20 years, for one time only, I assess the 2018 vintage six months later than normal in September. The big question is this: Does 2018 truly belong among the legendary Bordeaux vintages?

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Accornero Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie 2006-2015

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2019

Accornero’s Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie is arguably Italy’s best Grignolino, one that proves just how remarkably ageworthy the wines made with this highly underrated grape can be.

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Cellar Favorite: 1994 Domaine Ponsot Morey-Saint-Denis Clos des Monts Luisants Blanc 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

It is a pity that Aligoté must reside in the shadow of Chardonnay. Too often it is dismissed, not only by consumers, but winemakers themselves since many “forget” to show me their Bourgogne Aligoté during cellar visits. Thankfully in recent years there has been a reappraisal of Aligoté spearheaded by Marsannay-based Sylvain Pataille and the grape is finally receiving due respect.

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Vinous Table: Mount Sinai Charity Dinner at Saison

United States: California, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2019

This unforgettable evening was an auction lot built around an all-access pass to wines from my personal cellar paired with dinner donated by Saison that was sold at the most recent Festa del Barolo to support children’s pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Hospital. I would like to extend a huge ‘thank you!’ to our patrons for their extraordinary generosity. This dinner raised $55,000, 100% of which went to charity.

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Barbaresco 2016 & 2017 – A Tale of Two Vintages

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2019

Piedmont fans will find plenty of new releases in the market this fall. The 2016s confirm all of the promise they have always shown. It is a stunning, brilliant vintage across the board. Mother Nature was not as kind in 2017, a year that is going to require a much more selective approach.

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South Africa New Releases: Don’t Deny Yourself

South Africa, featured

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

As someone privileged with more than his fair share of rare and expensive Grand Cru Burgundy and First Growths, I can unhesitatingly state that the best of South Africa punches at the same weight. This report burgeons with wines born in climactic knife-edge, dry-farmed vineyards, often from ancient vines, and with minimal intervention by talented and frequently young winemakers in the opening chapters of long careers. Those winemakers are creating a scene that is incredibly exciting and dynamic.