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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
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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: 602

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...
by Blake Brown
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner at LA`s Providence restaurant with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard- Montrachet, 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche
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Dinner at LA`s Providence restaurant with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard- Montrachet, 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche

We traveled to LA to spend and evening with dear friends and dine out at the fabulous Providence restaurant. Soon after arriving at their home, we sat in front of a crackling fire and enjoyed some of the fine 2012 Louis Roederer Brut Rose that I`ve been so happy with over the past 6 months. My frien...
by Blake Brown
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: A Brut Rsse, white Burg, 2 Pinots, 1 GC red Burg, 1 red Tuscan, Abreu Thorevilos, Dal forno Lodoletta, J Ratafia
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A Brut Rsse, white Burg, 2 Pinots, 1 GC red Burg, 1 red Tuscan, Abreu Thorevilos, Dal forno Lodoletta, J Ratafia

Our dinner group enjoyed another fine evening with 7 of us dining at Olio Pizzeria, a connected extension of one of the finest Italian restaurants in the area, Oilo y Limone. With a wide open wine theme, we drank the following: NV LANSON NOBLE CUVEE BRUT ROSE- as with previous samplings, this had ni...
by Blake Brown
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with champagnes, Ygrec and 6 Right Bank Bordeaux
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Views: 827

Dinner with champagnes, Ygrec and 6 Right Bank Bordeaux

Eight members of our fine wine dinner group enjoyed another stellar evening, this time at Blackbird located in the Hotel Californian. Our wine theme in addition to starter wines was Right Bank Bordeaux. 2012 LOUIS ROEDERER BRUT- 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay; a member brought this to a recent dinne...
by Blake Brown
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Millennium dinner with 19 wines incl Dom P2, red/ white Burgs, 59`/61` Bordeaux, Unico, Barolo, Schrader GIII,Sauternes+
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Millennium dinner with 19 wines incl Dom P2, red/ white Burgs, 59`/61` Bordeaux, Unico, Barolo, Schrader GIII,Sauternes+

Our dinner group celebrated the 20th Millennium dinner at our usual venue, bouchon, where we have a private wine themed dining room with a wine cork lined ceiling and are surrounded by many shelved large bottle formats, probably some we’ve had in the past. This group typically brings great wines to ...
by Blake Brown
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Lunch with many fine Bordeaux incl Lafite, Haut Brion, Lalande, Baron, Barton, Poyferre, Montrose et al
Replies: 3
Views: 983

Lunch with many fine Bordeaux incl Lafite, Haut Brion, Lalande, Baron, Barton, Poyferre, Montrose et al

Our lunch group held it`s annual December Bordeaux themed lunch at our usual venue, The Santa Barbara Club. This used to be the consummate annual lunch when the initial Friday lunch group was established in the late 1980s by Doug Margerum at his highly acclaimed restaurant, the Wine Cask. This is st...
by Blake Brown
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 5 Dow Vintage Ports
Replies: 0
Views: 726

5 Dow Vintage Ports

I attended a recent celebration of the 25th anniversary of an extra special occasion called Port on the Porch put on by the one who initiated it. It`s basically good Vintage Port and cigars with some appropriate appetisers and good friends. On this night we had 8 and our passionate host set it up fo...
by Blake Brown
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Pehu-Simonet Face Nord Rose, 12` Roederer Rose, Krug 163eme, Pierre Callot BdB
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Pehu-Simonet Face Nord Rose, 12` Roederer Rose, Krug 163eme, Pierre Callot BdB

Sone recent champagnes: NV PEHU-SIMONET FACE NORD MONTAGNE de REIMS ROSE- 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 6% still red Pinot Noir from 2015 organically farmed; assemblage: 70% 2015 with 30% from a solera type reserve which began with 2005 vintage; no ML; elevage in stainless steel with 28 months en ...
by Blake Brown
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 12`Roederer Rose, 98`Cape d`Estaing Shiraz, 02`Dal Forno Valpol, 05` Schrader Old Sparky et al
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12`Roederer Rose, 98`Cape d`Estaing Shiraz, 02`Dal Forno Valpol, 05` Schrader Old Sparky et al

Our dinner group met at the highly acclaimed Angel Oak restaurant located within the highly acclaimed resort property of Bacara Resort & Spa. As usual, we sat on the scenic outside oceanfront patio with sounds of the surf and the aura of the pre and post sunset brilliantly illuminating the backgroun...
by Blake Brown
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 16 Greek wines
Replies: 0
Views: 819

16 Greek wines

Our monthly blind wine tasting group was hosted by one of our members for a very educational non blind tasting of Greeks wines. He provided all of the wines and food and we reimbursed him for his expenses. To make this the consummate learning experience, he passed out numerous handouts including map...
by Blake Brown
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 5 superb Vilmart champagnes
Replies: 0
Views: 861

5 superb Vilmart champagnes

I recently had the good fortune to pour champagne as a volunteer for the Skurnik Wines West annual fall Champagne and International Wines Tasting extrsvsgnza in LA. Many of the houses represented come from the Terry Theise portfolio of Champagnes. This event had an interesting twist in that it also ...