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Vinous Table: Hatched, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jun 2024

Hatched comes strongly recommended. It might lack the luxurious accouterments you might expect from a restaurant. You could argue that it is stripped down to the fundaments: the quality of service and quality of food. Inconveniently, it is not located close to any tube station, off the beaten trek, so either grab a cab or give your legs a workout. Trust me, the Pain Perdu alone is worth it.

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Unveiling the Diverse Palette of Sicily: New Releases and Beyond

Italy: Center & South, featured

Eric Guido, Jun 2024

Sicily has impressed me over the last decade, surpassing expectations and proving its worth in the grand scheme of Italian wine. My recent trip reconfirmed that the region's forward momentum is far from over, from the simple yet wonderfully pure weeknight quaffers to the highest levels of fine wine from Mount Etna. Through it all, I get the feeling that this is just the beginning of Sicily’s rise.

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Quinta do Noval: Latest Releases

Portugal, featured

Neal Martin, Jun 2024

This brief article updates readers on new releases from Quinta do Noval and Romaneira, including the latest Naçional, plus a smattering of older vintages back to a 62-year-old Crusted Port.

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Desert Island Dinner: 1961 Pomerol in Excelsis

featured, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, Jun 2024

All wine lovers have their fantasy tasting. I’m lucky that several of mine came true. But I never thought that one day I’d taste the trinity of 1961 Pomerols side-by-side: Petrus, Lafleur and Latour à Pomerol. This is the story of an extraordinary evening where a dream came true…almost.

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Cellar Favorite: 1991 Araujo Estate Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard

United States: California, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Neal Martin, Jun 2024

Now, here's a rare old bird. The 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard was the maiden vintage after Bart and Daphne Araujo purchased the revered vineyard from Joseph Phelps. In fact, according to Frédéric Engerer, who served this wine blind in London, this was the very last bottle in the original cellar, the estate having been sold to Artémis Group in July 2013. It brought back fond memories of a complete vertical a decade ago in London, and I dug out the accompanying article that I penned for Wine-Journal.

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Vinous Table: The Four Horsemen, Brooklyn, NY

Vinous Table, United States: New York

Neal Martin, Jun 2024

If you are in New York, The Four Horsemen is highly recommended. I love the laid-back atmosphere; the cooking is some of the best I encountered during what was admittedly a slightly underwhelming return to the city’s dining scene.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2022: Bring It On

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Nicolas Greinacher, Jun 2024

After getting a good glimpse at the 2022 vintage while visiting other Rhône appellations last year, I was eager to see how Châteauneuf-du-Pape performed in a growing season marked by heat, drought and hail. The short answer is that 2022 is a very good vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, clearly surpassing 2021 for the reds, though likely not at the same level as 2020. Overall consistency for reds in 2022 is higher than in 2021, and there are plenty of excellent wines cruising in an affordable price range.

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It’s All in the Name: Domaine Pierre Vincent

featured, France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Jun 2024

Pierre Vincent is one of the most talented winemakers working in Burgundy. After producing a raft of great wines at Domaine de la Vougeraie and then Domaine Leflaive, Vincent is about to embark upon a new chapter in his career, the 2023s representing the maiden vintage of wines under his own name.

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Aerika Estate: The Prologue

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2024

Over the years, I have been fortunate to see many projects get off the ground in Napa Valley. Founded by Rob Black and Julia van der Vink, Aerika Estate is one of the most exciting and promising new ventures I have seen in Napa Valley in some time.

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Cellar Favorite: 1924 Bouchard Père & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge

Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, June 2024

Since the vintage ends with the right digit, I was tempted to add this wine to my Centuries Of… article. Frankly, this bottle was so amazing, defied logic to such a degree, and was so astounding that it had to be placed on its own pedestal, which is this Cellar Favorite. I did not choose it because readers can just go out and procure a bottle; instead, this is a pertinent reminder of wine’s longevity and that consumers don’t necessarily need to forage for blue chip growers or even the most esteemed vineyards. Perhaps the message of this particular Cellar Favorite is to keep an open mind.