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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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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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Vinous Table: Casa Cámara, San Juan de Pasajes, Spain

Spain, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

This is an institution that goes about its business in discreet fashion, doing what it has done for decades: serving delicious seafood and providing a memorable evening out.

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Vinous Table: L’Express, Montréal, Canada

Canada, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2019

A much-loved Montréal classic, L’Express is one of the most authentic and best French food bistros you are ever likely to find outside of France. It boasts a lively, jovial atmosphere and a wine list with over 11,000 bottles, many of them available at very fair prices.

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Vinous Table: Xaya, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

France, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

If you are taking a vacation in Biarritz or Saint-Jean-de-Luz, make a reservation at Xaya. One mouthful is all it takes to understand why their tables are in such demand.

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Vinous Table: Zoko Moko, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

France, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

I looked forward to Zoko Moko more than any other restaurant during my time in the Pays Basque. Many had sung its praises, and eating out in Saint-Jean-de-Luz is always a pleasure.

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Vinous Table: Terrazza Bosquet, Sorrento, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2019

Terrazza Bosquet is perhaps Sorrento’s most “in” restaurant at the moment. It boasts an amazing view in a gorgeous hotel that has been the haunt of many a famous name. An intimate menu and an excellent wine list make for a dining destination that tries hard to avoid falling into the tourist-trap cooking of similarly storied seaside hotels.

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Vinous Table: L’Embellie, Tours, France

France: Loire, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Sep 2019

L’Embellie was thoroughly enjoyable. There are plenty of tourist restaurants in the center of Tours offering mediocre fare, but L’Embellie is a step above others in the vicinity.

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Vinous Table: Osteria Veglio, La Morra, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2019

Over the last few years Osteria Veglio has upped their game, and is once again one of best and most reasonably-priced restaurants in the Langhe. Authentic traditional Piedmontese food, an improving wine list and a beautiful setting make for a terrific dining experience.

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Piedmont's Finest Eating Destinations: 2019 Edition

Italy: Piedmont, Vinous Table, featured

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

One of the biggest challenges readers visiting Piedmont face is deciding where to eat. It's a good problem to have. I can’t think of any wine region – or indeed anywhere in the world – that has such a concentration of phenomenal dining destinations all within a 30-40 minute drive from pretty much any point. Readers visiting Piedmont will find a mind-boggling array of dining choices, ranging from simple wine bars to more elegant dining rooms, including many places that are bit farther afield. These are some of my personal favorites.