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by Blake Brown
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 05`TaittingerCdC,SQNs,Bryant, Dunn, Diamond Creek, Switchback Ridge, Shafer, Saxum, Schrader Old Sparky, Rieslings, more
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05`TaittingerCdC,SQNs,Bryant, Dunn, Diamond Creek, Switchback Ridge, Shafer, Saxum, Schrader Old Sparky, Rieslings, more

An extra special dinner was put together to welcome the return of a friend of the vine who hails from Sweden. Hosted by one of our dinner group members, we were treated to a grand dinner prepared by his extremely competent wife who some claim is one of best chefs in the area including those in resta...
by Blake Brown
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 07` Philipponnat Clos des Goisses
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07` Philipponnat Clos des Goisses

2007 PHILIPPONNAT CLOS des GOISSES BRUT- 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay; as indicated on the back label, it was bottled in June 2008 and disgorged in September 2016 at 4.5% g/pl; I just had to open another young champagne to get a read on it and am I glad to have done so here; it is absolutely fabul...
by Blake Brown
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 08` SQN Kolibri and 06` SQN Hoodo Man white blends
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08` SQN Kolibri and 06` SQN Hoodo Man white blends

At a recent dinner, these 2 were drunk blind side by side: 2008 SIN QUA NON KOLIBRI SANTA BARBARA COUNTY- 69% Roussanne and 31% Viognier from Estate fruit plus 18% from Bien Nacido Vineyard; fermented in concrete eggs and aged in about 25% new French oak; it had a yellow orange color; the aromatics ...
by Blake Brown
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner w/Taittinger CdC, Cristal, many white/red GC Burgs, Haut Brion, Montrose, Opus, La Mouline, SQN, d`Yquem and more
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Dinner w/Taittinger CdC, Cristal, many white/red GC Burgs, Haut Brion, Montrose, Opus, La Mouline, SQN, d`Yquem and more

An extraordinary fine wine dining event was created to welcome the return to Santa Barbara of a friend, Mike Grammer, who I met through the wine forums on Wine Berserkers over the past few years. He had visited Santa Barbara a few years ago so we had some face with a name history. He had already sta...
by Blake Brown
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 2008 Cristal
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2008 Cristal

A friend who I met on the Wine Beserkers board visited Santa Barbara as part of his West Coast tour. I got some of the gang together to help welcome him righteously with great wines and dinner at one of the best, the El Encanto. We were appropriately seated inside the restaurants wine cellar room. A...
by Blake Brown
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 08` Legras St. Vincent BdB/ 95` Williams Selyem RRV Pinot Noir
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08` Legras St. Vincent BdB/ 95` Williams Selyem RRV Pinot Noir

We were invited to join another couple for dinner at the Bella Vista Restaurant in the Biltmore Four Seasons Resort. Their outside patio is such a beautiful place to be. It has almost surrealistic views and ambience with the sounds and the vibration of the surf pounding onto to nearby Butterfly Beac...
by Blake Brown
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 08` Legras St. Vincent BdB/ 95` Williams Selyem RRV Pinot Noir
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08` Legras St. Vincent BdB/ 95` Williams Selyem RRV Pinot Noir

We were invited to join another couple for dinner at the Bella Vista Restaurant in the Biltmore Four Seasons Resort. Their outside patio is such a beautiful place to be. It has almost surrealistic views and ambience with the sounds and the vibration of the surf pounding onto to nearby Butterfly Beac...
by Blake Brown
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: An evening of rose champagne and rose still wines
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An evening of rose champagne and rose still wines

Some friends gathered on a perfect Santa Barbara summer evening to enjoy a fine casual time and fabulous and creative catered food in the garden setting on an outside patio of one of the couples. Our menu: Appetizers Grilled Asparagus, Goat Cheese Tartine with Smoked Salmon Gruyere & Aged Parmesan B...
by Blake Brown
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 1985 Clerc Milon
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Views: 1608

1985 Clerc Milon

During the days of being a Bordeaux fanatic, I usually opted for the futures offers from various chateaux with a tendency to go for left bank First Growths and Super Seconds. Occasionally, I`d try other releases to compare and look for good QPRs. Rarely did I find anything that I truly loved, but th...
by Blake Brown
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 5 white Burgs and great Merlot incl Masseto, La Clusiere, Bellevue Mondotte, Leonetti, Beringer, Once & Future and more
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5 white Burgs and great Merlot incl Masseto, La Clusiere, Bellevue Mondotte, Leonetti, Beringer, Once & Future and more

Our fine wine dinner group met at one of our Santa Barbara favs, Petit Valentien to dine and enjoy a wine theme of champagne, white Burgundy and world`s best Merlot. Eight of us were seated at an outside table on a comfortable Santa Barbara evening. We had a side table for our wines and ice buckets ...
by Blake Brown
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with 06` Taittinger CdC and 95` Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir
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Dinner with 06` Taittinger CdC and 95` Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir

My sweetheart and I enjoyed a fine dinner at the El Encanto Restaurant. With 70+ degree temperatures, we were seated on the outside patio overlooking the city of Santa Barbara below and beyond to the local harbour, Pacific ocean and channel islands. The timing was such that the pre. during and post ...
by Blake Brown
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 18 California Cabernets
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Blind tasting of 18 California Cabernets

Our monthly blind tasting group met recently to blind taste the proposed theme of California Cabernet Sauvignon from 2005 or older. As it usually develops, some actually bring wines within the established parameters. Our host entertained us in his upper Montecito hillside home which had fantastic vi...
by Blake Brown
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: A good day for a champagne lover
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A good day for a champagne lover

I recently attended Wally`s 26th annual Marque Champagne tasting held on the grounds of the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot located on the beach. How I stayed away for 25 years is beyond me, especially for the last 10-15 years or so with my collection focus more concentrated on champagne. There ...
by Blake Brown
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Lunch with a champagne, 6 red Burgs, 9 CA Pinot Noirs, 3 dessert wines
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Lunch with a champagne, 6 red Burgs, 9 CA Pinot Noirs, 3 dessert wines

Our lunch group enjoyed a fabulous lunch in the Library Room of our usual venue, The Santa Barbara Club. The wine theme was red Burgundy/ Pinot Noir from 2005 or older. As you will note, some observed that request. Our menu: First course Seared scallop with cauliflower puree and caper-butter sauce S...
by Blake Brown
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with the Orange County guys
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Views: 1661

Dinner with the Orange County guys

Last fall, I traveled to Orange County, more specifically Laguna Beach for this occasion, to enjoy an evening of fine food and wine with some of the OC wine aficionado contingency. This all started with friendly posts back and forth on the WineBerserker website over a span of a few years with mutual...