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Beyond Wine: The David Gilmour Collection

Beyond Wine

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2019

David Gilmour and Pink Floyd were a big part of my early musical education. I wore out my copies of “The Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall” (it was vinyl back then) in high school learning how to play all the guitar parts note for note. Needless to say, I was deeply intrigued when David Gilmour decided to auction off a large number of his guitars – including the instruments that had given birth to so many Pink Floyd classics – all for charity, further cementing his legacy of philanthropy.

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Drink Your Idols: Roumier’s Musigny 1976-2008

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Aug 2019

They say you should never meet your “heroes”. So when I was invited to a once-in-a-lifetime vertical of Christophe Roumier’s Musigny, did these fabled bottles live up to expectations?

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2018 Napa Valley – First Impressions…

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

After a tumultuous, hugely stressful 2017, Napa Valley winemakers and owners welcomed an essentially trouble-free growing season in 2018. As I have done for many years, this past spring I tasted the new vintage from barrel to get a first look at the wines ahead of my fall tastings. Based on what I have seen so far 2018 looks like a strong vintage, although there were some challenges as well.

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Cellar Favorite: 1979 Domaine Jean-François Coche-Dury Meursault Les Perrières 1er Cru

Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

Here is a bottle rarely seen, if not quite as “unicorn” as the 2010 Bourgogne Blanc from Armand Rousseau that I reported on earlier this year. It was actually served as a freshener before a Christophe Roumier dinner – only in Hong Kong!

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Vinous Table: TentaziOni, Bordeaux, France

France: Bordeaux, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

After two packed weeks of tasting through several hundred 2018 Bordeaux en primeur samples, this dinner was a rare moment to simply relax and enjoy delicious food, superb wine and spirited conversation.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of EP1 and EP2 – Body Type

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

Quality never dips across these dozen tracks, ensuring that EP1 & EP2 is one of the most satisfying releases this year, restoring your faith in a future for guitar-based pop music even if there is little chance of them challenging Swift, Perry and Sheeran for chart domination.

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The 2009 Napa Valley Cabernets at Age 10

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2019

The 2009 Napa Valley Cabernets, beautifully balanced wines from a mild growing season without weather extremes, are aging slowly and gracefully, with the better examples still short of their peaks, proving once again how well the best Napa Valley Cabernets can develop with time in bottle.

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The 2019 Champagne Summer Preview

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

I tasted a wide range of wines during two highly educational visits to Champagne this year. Our Summer Preview includes everything from reviews of new releases coming into the market, from both grower domaines and grand marques, as well as notes on a handful of collectibles. The pace of change on the ground is dizzying, which makes Champagne one of the most dynamic regions in the world today.

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Precious Clay: L’Eglise-Clinet 1929–2015

France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Neal Martin, Jul 2019

Pomerol runs through the veins of proprietor Denis Durantou, who single-handedly has made L’Eglise-Clinet one of the most sought-after wines in Bordeaux. This article examines how recent vintages are evolving, as well as rare gems back to the Twenties.

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Cellar Favorite: 1997 Domaine Servin Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru

Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2019

The 1997 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise at the end of my tasting of 2018s and 2017s at Domaine Servin. I can’t say I have a ton of experience with 1997, which is not exactly remembered as a great year for Chablis.