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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: 2111

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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Views: 2038

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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Views: 2328

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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Views: 2061

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: 1993

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...
by Blake Brown
Thu May 24, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with a few Bordeaux and helpers
Replies: 3
Views: 1936

Dinner with a few Bordeaux and helpers

Our bi-weekly dinner group convened at a new venue for us, Ca` Dario Cucina Italiana, which opened in January in neighbouring Goleta and is an extension of the Santa Barbara primary location. Since we have done many Italian wine themes lately, this time we chose 2005 an older Bordeaux plus the usual...
by Blake Brown
Fri May 11, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 15 champagnes
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Views: 1890

Blind tasting of 15 champagnes

Our blind tasting group enjoyed a tasting of champagne, a logistical nightmare that has only been attempted once since the inception of this group in 1989 and then, not to this elaborate extent. Thanks to the diligence and commitment of one of our members, he pulled it off much to the delight of all...
by Blake Brown
Fri May 11, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Bordeaux wines with lunch
Replies: 3
Views: 2353

Bordeaux wines with lunch

Our lunch group had an atypically small attendance, but a typically large selection of fine wines. Our theme on this day was wines from Bordeaux from 2005 or older. Six of us dined at our designated and dedicated venue, The Santa Barbara Club and were treated to our usual fine service and superb foo...
by Blake Brown
Fri May 11, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 13 Magnums at dinner = a Port
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Views: 1878

13 Magnums at dinner = a Port

Recently, our wine dinner group held its annual magnum dinner. Since it was in the month of May, I could affectionally call this May Magnum Madness. And that would be appropriate as we definitely had an absurd amount of magnums for 14 folks. The venue for this dinner was the Wine Cask Restaurant, an...
by Blake Brown
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 1989 CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD PAUILLAC
Replies: 6
Views: 3020

Re: 1989 CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD PAUILLAC

Glad my notes helped for your buys. With proper provenance, you should be real happy. I also appreciate some of the information you added in.
by Blake Brown
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with fine champagnes, whites and Nebbiolos from Piedmont + dessert wines
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Views: 1697

Dinner with fine champagnes, whites and Nebbiolos from Piedmont + dessert wines

Our fine wine dinner group enjoyed anther great Italian dinner at one of Santa Barbara`s best for Italian cuisine, Oilo y Limone. In fact, it`s one of the best restaurants in town for any food preferences. Our appropriate wine theme was top tier Barolo plus the usual champagne, white Burgundy and th...
by Blake Brown
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with champagne, white Burgs, 11 Syrah, 2 fab dessert wines
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Views: 1764

Dinner with champagne, white Burgs, 11 Syrah, 2 fab dessert wines

Our dinner group enjoyed a fine dinner at Chuck`s Steakhouse of Hawaii, a long time local fav for steaks, sea food and its fabulous salad bar. Our wine theme was the usual champagne, white Burgundy and the unusual, top tier worldwide Syrah. We had 13 folks and at least 17 wines. I say “at least” sin...