Endo sashimi

Vinous Table: Endo At The Rotunda, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Oct 2020

Endo At The Rotunda is the hottest ticket in town. Three friends already had reservations for the following fortnight when I visited in mid-February – word of mouth travels fast among epicures.

Araki trout

Vinous Table: The Araki, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Oct 2020

Don’t get me wrong: The Araki served a delicious meal and I must commend Lau for being chatty and personable when other sushi masters can either act imperious or ramble on so much that you feel you’re attending a lecture rather than dining out.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Pillow Queens – In Waiting

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Oct 2020

I doubt I will hear an album as good as In Waiting in what has been a strong year for new releases. I go as far to say that it constitutes one of the best debuts in recent years and it deserves a wide audience.

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Saturday Morning: Larcis Ducasse 1945-2017

France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Oct 2020

Larcis Ducasse is now regarded as one of the leading Saint-Émilion estates, not surprising given its outstanding terroir. However, as this vertical back to 1945 proved, success came late compared to its peers.

Cwg 2020 bottles

Cape Winemakers Guild – 2020 Auction Wines

South Africa, featured

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

The annual Cape Winemakers Guild auction plays an important role within the South African wine industry, showcasing limited edition cuvées from some of its most revered winemakers, as well as raising money for vital internship programs. This year’s forthcoming auction is studded with gems.

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Cellar Favorite: 1919 Montrose

France: Bordeaux, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

Obscure Bordeaux vintages are like the detritus of odds and ends you find at the back of the drawer you never open. The more forgotten or derided the annus horribilus, the more it piques my interest.

Elystan beef

Vinous Table: Elystan Street, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

Overall, I can understand exactly why Elystan Street has become a popular haunt for Chelsea residents.

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Cellar Favorite: 1964 Krug Private Cuvée & 1979 Collection

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

My experience with mature vintage Champagne is not as extensive as others’, although I have enjoyed more than my fair share.

Chablis serein

Close to the Edge: Chablis 2018 & 2019

France: Burgundy, featured

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

The 2018 and 2019 Chablis growing seasons are cut from a similar cloth, but on close examination there are crucial differences that sway their respective styles. This report compares the two and asks to what extent climate change might erode Chablis’ uniqueness.

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Vinous Table: Noble Rot Soho, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

When restaurants are valiantly forming a rearguard action against COVID, the opening of Noble Rot Soho at this moment represents a rare event as neighbors remain mothballed for fear what winter will bring.