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by Blake Brown
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 02` Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois and 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Pinot Noir
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02` Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois and 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Pinot Noir

We traveled to Beverly Hills/ Westwood to enjoy a dinner with a friend and meet one a friend of his I had not met personally, but have grown to know and respect from some of his posts on WineBerserker forums. That superlative evening was captured in a previous report featuring 06` Comtes de Champagn...
by Blake Brown
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 06` Comtes de Champagne, 01` Sandrone Cannubi, 97` Ornellaia, 86` Mouton
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06` Comtes de Champagne, 01` Sandrone Cannubi, 97` Ornellaia, 86` Mouton

A dinner in LA was created by a mutual friend to place 2 of us online wine geeks together for a first time face to face. We dined at La Bruschetta, a traditional Italian restaurant close to Westwood Village and enjoyed 3 great wines as well as good camaraderie. Prior to leaving for the restaurant, m...
by Blake Brown
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with 3 guys, 3 champagnes, 3 Pinots
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Dinner with 3 guys, 3 champagnes, 3 Pinots

Three of us enjoyed a fine night out with dinner at a local Santa Barbara fav, Black Sheep. I`d been there with my dinner group on a 2 or 3 occasions, but these guys are resident patrons and I discovered why. The chef is simply amazing. To compliment the exquisite creative cuisine, we each brought a...
by Blake Brown
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 1994 Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet
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1994 Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet

1994 LEWIS CELLARS RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA- it had been many years since I have had this wondrous wine from the stellar 94` vintage; I`ve had nothing but great bottles and fond memories so I was happy to see a friend pull this from his cellar; the cooling unit in the cellar was not working p...
by Blake Brown
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 2005 Lopez de Heredia Bosconia/ 2005 Ornellaia
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2005 Lopez de Heredia Bosconia/ 2005 Ornellaia

A couple of gems shared with good friends over dinner: 2005 LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA BOSCONIA RESERVA RIOJA- when it comes to the Vina Tondonia vs. Vina Bosconia debate, I`m on the side of the Bosconia and this bottle remained me of why; following the deep ruby red cherry color, the first notice was th...
by Blake Brown
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Some CA Cult Cabs with helpers
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Some CA Cult Cabs with helpers

Our dinner group got in last minute dinners at the soon to be closed Sly`s, a top fav located in Carpinteria. James Sly has long been considered one of the top chefs on the West Coast and recently lost the ability to renew his lease after 10 years and has decided to retire as a result. This is a hug...
by Blake Brown
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 13 Tempranillo based wines
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Blind tasting of 13 Tempranillo based wines

Our blind wine tasting group met in one of our members home to enjoy Tempranillo from Spain along with well selected and prepared Spanish themed appetizers and homemade paella. Our host provided 2 starter wines, one a tangy, yeasty and honeyed 2013 Muga Cava Conde de Haro Rioja and the other a 2014 ...
by Blake Brown
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Lunch with wines from Alsace/ TNs on 4
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Lunch with wines from Alsace/ TNs on 4

Our lunch group deviated from its more preferred big and bold red wine theme for the 2nd month in a row in favour of doing wines from Alsace [last month was Loire]. It was refreshing to get some exposure to a region[s] not visited that often. I did take notes on all 14 wines, but I’m only writing up...
by Blake Brown
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 98`Dom P2,2 Krugs, Taitt CdC,95`Heidsieck Millenaires, 02`P-Heidsieck Rare,05`/08`Cristal,Philipponnat CdG, many more
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98`Dom P2,2 Krugs, Taitt CdC,95`Heidsieck Millenaires, 02`P-Heidsieck Rare,05`/08`Cristal,Philipponnat CdG, many more

The rooftop patio atop our penthouse is a very rare and special place as attested by many who have frequented it. It has an unobliterated 360 degree view of Santa Barbara including the local mountains with partial ocean views and we have furnished it for extreme casual comfort which demands use incl...
by Blake Brown
Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner w/ 7 Barolos, a champer, white Burg and dessert wine
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Dinner w/ 7 Barolos, a champer, white Burg and dessert wine

Our dinner group met at one of our favourite Italian restaurants, Ca Dario, to enjoy their consistently excellent Italian food along with our wine theme of Barolo. Seven of us delighted in the 10 wines below: 2008 MOET & CHANDON GRAND VINTAGE BRUT ROSE- 46% Pinot Noir (of which 20% is red wine), 32%...
by Blake Brown
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 1973 DOMAINE des BAUMARD QUARTS de CHAUME
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1973 DOMAINE des BAUMARD QUARTS de CHAUME

Our lunch group deviated from our usual big and bold red wine theme to explore the wines from Loire. I deviated from my usual note taking role and just sat back and enjoyed the fellowship, food and wines. There were a few remarkable wines that I remember enough to make note of so here’s another one,...
by Blake Brown
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 1995 NICOLAS JOLY CLOS de la COULEE de SERRANT SAVENNIERES-COULEE de SERRANT
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1995 NICOLAS JOLY CLOS de la COULEE de SERRANT SAVENNIERES-COULEE de SERRANT

Our lunch group deviated from our usual big and bold red wine theme to explore the wines from Loire. I deviated from my usual note taking role and just sat back and enjoyed the fellowship, food and wines. There were a few remarkable wines that I remember enough to make note of so here tis: 1995 NICO...
by Blake Brown
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 2002 DIDIER DAGUENEAU SILEX POUILLY-FUME
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2002 DIDIER DAGUENEAU SILEX POUILLY-FUME

Our lunch group deviated from our usual big and bold red wine theme to explore the wines from Loire. I deviated from my usual note taking role and just sat back and enjoyed the fellowship, food and wines. There were a few remarkable wines that I remember enough to make note of so here’s another one:...
by Blake Brown
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 1995 NICOLAS JOLY MOELLEUX CLOS de la COULEE de SERRANT SAVENNIERES-COULEE de SERRANT
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1995 NICOLAS JOLY MOELLEUX CLOS de la COULEE de SERRANT SAVENNIERES-COULEE de SERRANT

Our lunch group deviated from our usual big and bold red wine theme to explore the wines from Loire. I deviated from my usual note taking role and just sat back and enjoyed the fellowship, food and wines. There were a few remarkable wines that I remember enough to make note of so here tis: 1995 NICO...
by Blake Brown
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Goutorbe Rose, Biondi-Santi Rose, 83` La Chapelle, 96` a Barolo, 03` Le Moine Bonnes-Mares, 42` Ygay
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Goutorbe Rose, Biondi-Santi Rose, 83` La Chapelle, 96` a Barolo, 03` Le Moine Bonnes-Mares, 42` Ygay

A dear friend invited a few of us to help him celebrate a special birthday. We lunched at Ca Dario, one of Santa Barbara’s finest Italian restaurants and enjoyed the following wines; NV H. GOUTORBE BRUT ROSE- I`ve been a fan of this house ever since staying in their family owned and operated lodging...