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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 ...
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...