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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: 890

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: 154

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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Views: 130

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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Views: 577

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: 2062

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
Replies: 0
Views: 266

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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Views: 828

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
Views: 1660

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: 854

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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Views: 590

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
Replies: 0
Views: 1099

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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Views: 1189

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 ...