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Vinous Table: Miani dinner at Enoteca Turi, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2019

A recent thoroughly magical night of a large selection of younger and older Miani wines at London’s fine Enoteca Turi made for some long-lasting wine and dining memories.

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2017 and 2018 Northern Rhône

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, featured

Josh Raynolds, Jul 2019

The 2017 vintage in the northern Rhône was marked by unpredictable weather swings, resulting in a short crop of ripe, healthy grapes that produced numerous fruit-forward, highly attractive wines to drink young. Meanwhile, 2018 was another hot year, but the wines show more energy than their 2017 siblings.

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France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

The Guinaudeau family, owners of Lafleur, unveiled “Acte” almost a decade ago. Following a complete vertical in London, their right-hand man Omri Ram explains the concept behind Acte and why they feel it deserves a new name.

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Cellar Favorite: 1959 Domaine Duroché Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut Saint-Jacques 1er Cru

France: Burgundy, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

During last November’s visit, following a tasting of his 2017s, Duroché said that he had something else he wished me taste, and did I have time? Well, the answer to that question is always affirmative.

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Vinous Table: Au Trou Gascon, Paris, France

France, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2019

Still one of the best bistros in all of Paris, this temple to the hearty flavors and rich textures of southwestern France also boasts an outstanding wine and spirits list, making it a must-stop for all serious foodies.

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Soave and the Still White Wines of Veneto

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2019

Soave is Veneto’s best-known still white wine, but the region boasts many other fine whites, produced from a plethora of different grape varieties and terroirs. From the sands of Venice to the volcanic hills of the Colli Euganei, many of Veneto’s other whites are worth hunting down and getting to know.

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Paul Hobbs’ Cabernet Beckstoffer To Kalon: 1999-2016

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2019

The prolific Paul Hobbs makes his most complete Cabernet Sauvignon from the historic To Kalon vineyard, with recent vintages displaying all of the elements to ensure exceptional longevity.

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Finally: Bordeaux 2015 In Bottle

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

Back in January I re-tasted over 200 of the top Bordeaux 2015s at the annual “Southwold” blind tasting. Does it deserve to be in the top tier of vintages…or not? Time to find out.

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Cellar Favorite: 2009 Felton Road Pinot Noir Cornish Point

New Zealand, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

I want Pinot Noirs that evolve into something intellectual and complex, with both character and deliciousness – just like this Felton Road.

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Vinous Table: Food by John Lawson, Leigh-on-Sea, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

Food by John Lawson lived up to my expectations. As someone who wishes to continue enjoying fine food but is now far more vigilant about health, I found it the ideal restaurant to mark my return.