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by Blake Brown
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Xmas dinner w/ 07`/08`Cristal, other bubbly, PYCM Chenovottes, 97` Williams Selyem Coastlands Pinot,Giradin CC and more
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Xmas dinner w/ 07`/08`Cristal, other bubbly, PYCM Chenovottes, 97` Williams Selyem Coastlands Pinot,Giradin CC and more

A good friend put on his annual Christmas dinner in grand form this season. He has an immense amount of decorations with Santa being the main theme and every room in his home was arranged with an amazing display of an assortment of ornaments, figurines, settings, villages and yes, Santas. Even a San...
by Blake Brown
Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Epic dinner with epic wines incl. Dom Ruinart, PYCM Batard, DRC, Gros, Dujac, Gaja, VCC, Sassacai, Dal Forno. d`Yquem ++
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Epic dinner with epic wines incl. Dom Ruinart, PYCM Batard, DRC, Gros, Dujac, Gaja, VCC, Sassacai, Dal Forno. d`Yquem ++

Our dinner group culminated the year with our 21st Millennium dinner typically held in the Cork Room of the fine bouchon restaurant. This group is renown for drinking quite well and each and every dinner includes some amazing wines. On this night, there are 15-25 such wines. We had great champagnes,...
by Blake Brown
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with Grand Cru white and red Burgundy
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Views: 106

Dinner with Grand Cru white and red Burgundy

Having been in Amsterdam for over 3 weeks, I missed a couple of the dinner group outings which I dearly love. So, it was with great pleasure to once again join the group for another stellar evening, this time at one of our favs, Uncorked Wine Tasting & Kitchen. Our wine theme was also one of my favs...
by Blake Brown
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Bordeaux lunch w/ 16 wines incl Margaux,Ausone,Pichon Lalande,Ducru,Leoville Lost Cause,Cos, Pichon La
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Bordeaux lunch w/ 16 wines incl Margaux,Ausone,Pichon Lalande,Ducru,Leoville Lost Cause,Cos, Pichon La

Our lunch group held its annual December Bordeaux themed event recently to the delight of all who attended at our usual venue, The Santa Barbara Club. The food and wines were over the top and it made for a grand conclusion to a wonderful year of many spectacular lunches. The chef and server for our ...
by Blake Brown
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with many Spanish wines
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Views: 2021

Dinner with many Spanish wines

A special dinner was planned around the bi-annual return to Santa Barbara by a dear friend, Monica Nogues, who reps for and lives near R. Lopez de Heredia in Spain. She has her own import wine business, Think Global Wine Selections, housed in SB. Opal Restaurant was chosen as the venue and a tailore...
by Blake Brown
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 6 champagnes, 9 white Burgs and 2 dessert wines
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Views: 737

6 champagnes, 9 white Burgs and 2 dessert wines

Our lunch group re-convened at our monthly venue, the Santa Barbara Club, for another fine luncheon. The wine theme was a very atypical request for vintage champagne and white Burgundy deviating from the BIG RED theme that occurs most every month. All in all, we had 6 champagnes, 9 white Burgundy an...
by Blake Brown
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with Krug, 4 white Burgs, 19 Pinots: new vs. old world blind and more
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Dinner with Krug, 4 white Burgs, 19 Pinots: new vs. old world blind and more

Our dinner group returned to one of our incredible venues, The Coral Casino, for another stellar dinner. Seated on the outside covered patio just above the shoreline with the sound of surf pounding underneath, 14 of us enjoyed numerous appetizers and entrees pairing them with champagnes, white Burgu...
by Blake Brown
Mon May 27, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with 3 champagnes, 2 white Burgs, 9 reds incl Pavie-Macquin, La Fleur-Petrus, Troplong Mondot, Redigaffi, Jonata
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Dinner with 3 champagnes, 2 white Burgs, 9 reds incl Pavie-Macquin, La Fleur-Petrus, Troplong Mondot, Redigaffi, Jonata

Our dinner group enjoyed another fine night, this time dining at Roost, a fairly new restaurant in Santa Barbara that features a menu of seasonal fare featuring rotisserie roasted meats and vegetables, fresh salads, grilled seafood and steaks. The wine theme was white Burgs, Champagne, and the world...
by Blake Brown
Sun May 26, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with a few Bordeaux and helpers
Replies: 3
Views: 2712

Re: Dinner with a few Bordeaux and helpers

I apologize for the delay in responding. I have not been diligent about checking messages. The Brett notes I`m referring to is of the 4-ethylphenol type which gives rise to the flavors of band-aids, barnyard, horse stable or antiseptic. It is the barnyard note that I find most often to varying degre...
by Blake Brown
Sun May 26, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with 3 champagnes, 2 white Burgs, 9 reds incl Pavie-Macquin, La Fleur-Petrus, Troplong Mondot, Redigaffi, Jonata
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Dinner with 3 champagnes, 2 white Burgs, 9 reds incl Pavie-Macquin, La Fleur-Petrus, Troplong Mondot, Redigaffi, Jonata

Our dinner group enjoyed another fine night, this time dining at Roost, a fairly new restaurant in Santa Barbara that features a menu of seasonal fare featuring rotisserie roasted meats and vegetables, fresh salads, grilled seafood and steaks. The wine theme was white Burgs, Champagne, and the world...
by Blake Brown
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: A special dinner honoring Archie McLaren friends with Krug, Beaucastel, Saxum, Rousseau, Grange, Unico and more
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A special dinner honoring Archie McLaren friends with Krug, Beaucastel, Saxum, Rousseau, Grange, Unico and more

A special dinner was held recently to honor some folks who significantly supported dear friend and now deceased, Archie McLaren, the founder and chairman of the Central Coast Wine Classic which enjoyed a fabulous ride and benefited many charities for 32 years. Archie had set aside some wines for a s...
by Blake Brown
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Lunch with many fine Bordeaux incl Lafite, Haut Brion, Lalande, Baron, Barton, Poyferre, Montrose et al
Replies: 3
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Re: Lunch with many fine Bordeaux incl Lafite, Haut Brion, Lalande, Baron, Barton, Poyferre, Montrose et al

LaConseillante wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:16 pm
Cool about the 68 H-B. I had a decent 68 Cheval Blanc a long time ago.
For sure. An unexpected, but welcomed surprise.
by Blake Brown
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 1982 Cristal
Replies: 0
Views: 1239

1982 Cristal

I am now a believer. I`e finally been baptised by an “older” champagne that I actually enjoyed; in fact, it may be one of the best champagnes I’ve ever had. Our blind wine tasting group recently held its almost annual Valentine/ champagne event at our usual venue, in the barrel room of the Santa Bar...
by Blake Brown
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Taittinger CdC,Latour CC,2 PYCMs, Sauzet,Ygret,Lambrays Clos,Dujac Charmes,Ponsot CdlR,Pride & Switchback PS,SQN,Foley++
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Taittinger CdC,Latour CC,2 PYCMs, Sauzet,Ygret,Lambrays Clos,Dujac Charmes,Ponsot CdlR,Pride & Switchback PS,SQN,Foley++

Our dinner group held it`s once a year Winner Gets Dinner event at bouchon, the restaurant where we typically do our Millennium dinner in December. Instead of being located in the separate, private and most appropriately wine related ambience Cork Room, we were set up on the outside enclosed patio t...
by Blake Brown
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 20 vintages of Taylor Fladgate Port from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant
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20 vintages of Taylor Fladgate Port from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant

Recently, I attended another once in a lifetime Vintage Port tasting luncheon that has to rank in the top echelon of my all time wine experiences. My friend, Don Schliff, now retired CEO of Wine Imports for Wine Warehouse in LA has put on many Vintage Port tastings/ events since 1985 when he and Add...