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Vinous Table: Le Relais de Saulx, Beaune, France

Vinous Table, featured, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Apr 2021

Le Relais de Saulx served one of the best evening meals I had in Burgundy last year. I enjoyed its cozy and informal ambiance; it’s one of several recent additions to the Beaune restaurant scene that is refreshingly relaxed and unstuffy.

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Finding Cool Sunshine: South Africa

South Africa, featured

Neal Martin, Apr 2021

Postponed several times due to matters beyond my control, thankfully the intermittently showstopping wines of South Africa were worth the wait, proving that the pandemic has not slowed down the momentum of the Cape.

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Wiston Estate & The Trouble With Dreams

United Kingdom, featured

Neal Martin, Apr 2021

Overseeing the wines of Wiston and his own label, Trouble With Dreams, Dermot Sugrue is one of the UK’s most talented and intriguing winemakers. Anyone believing that English sparkling wine should not be taken seriously should read this in-depth and revealing article.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Black Honey – Written & Directed

Beyond Wine, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

I have been slightly obsessed with Brighton-based Black Honey for a while now. They have the whole package. Written & Directed is a step up from their impressive eponymous debut in 2018. Everything is bigger, louder and bolder.

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Cellar Favorite: The Fives at Château d’Issan

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

Following the vertical that I conducted at the estate back in 2018, I recently joined Emmanuel Cruse via Zoom for a small tasting of recent vintages of “The Fives”, including the 2000 d’Issan that was not included in my The Marital Margaux: d’Issan 1945-2015 article.


Vinous Table: Ma Cuisine, Beaune, France

Vinous Table, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

Beaune would not be Beaune without Ma Cuisine. For sure, I missed the atmosphere that makes Ma Cuisine what it is, but it will return with flocks of customers once COVID-19 is in the rearview mirror.

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Cellar Favorite: 2019 Minimalist Wines Stars In The Dark

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, South Africa

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

“It smells and tastes of the sea,” my wife remarks after handing her a glass of wine, completely blind. She had no clue that the Syrah vines that contributed fruit to the 2019 Stars In The Dark are rooted on the wild and windswept Agulhas coast at the very southern tip of the African continent. That’s translating terroir straight into a glass of wine in all its unfettered glory.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Bored At My Grandma’s House – Sometimes I Forget You’re Human Too

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

It was via Bandcamp that I stumbled upon 19-year old Cumbrian-born but Leeds-based Amber Strawbridge, who goes under the moniker, Bored At My Grandma’s House. Great name, although one I cannot relate to because I always loved going to my grandma’s house.

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The Future’s Definitely Not What It Was: Bordeaux 2018

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

The 2018 Bordeaux vintage produced some incredible wines, but is it truly a legendary year? In the largest in-bottle report that I have ever published with over 1,000 wines reviewed, I answer that question and explain the reasons underlying its successes and shortcomings.

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Vinous Table: Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond, UK

United Kingdom, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

I had heard about Petersham Nurseries, and given its novel location, had always wanted to dine there. During the lull in COVID-19 cases in the summer of 2020, a friend suggested it would be a suitable venue after weeks of self-isolation.