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by Blake Brown
Thu May 24, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with a few Bordeaux and helpers
Replies: 2
Views: 1091

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
Replies: 0
Views: 1634

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: 1648

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
Replies: 0
Views: 1617

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: 2153

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
Replies: 0
Views: 1406

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
Replies: 0
Views: 1497

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...
by Blake Brown
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with champagnes, nice whites, red Burgs, other reds incl Unico, Dal Forno and much more
Replies: 0
Views: 1329

Dinner with champagnes, nice whites, red Burgs, other reds incl Unico, Dal Forno and much more

Our dinner group met recently at Smithy`s, the newest rendition of what originally was Arts & Letters, then sold to become Somerset and now this by the most recent owners. We sat outside on a chilly night and although we had overhead heaters, the air temp was uneven and it became a challenge for my ...
by Blake Brown
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Lunch with 17 Pinot Noir plus front, middle and back end wines
Replies: 0
Views: 1341

Lunch with 17 Pinot Noir plus front, middle and back end wines

Our lunch group celebrated the life of recently deceased member, Archie McLaren, while enjoying some fine Pinot Noir from the reaches of N. Oregon to the Central Coast of California. 2008 MOET & CHANDON VINTAGE BRUT ROSE- we toasted Archie with this delicious bubbly that pairs beautifully with Pinot...
by Blake Brown
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner with Cristal 09`, 06`, 04`, 02` and 99` + 06` Rose
Replies: 0
Views: 1343

Dinner with Cristal 09`, 06`, 04`, 02` and 99` + 06` Rose

One of our fine local wine shops, Renegade Wines, put on a dinner featuring some champagnes of Louis Roederer Cristal. The venue was the China Pavilion, Santa Barbara`s best Chinese cuisine according to those in the know. We were righteously greeted with a glass of 2009 Cristal upon arriving and enj...
by Blake Brown
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Krug, Dom, 14 1er cru/ GC white and red Burgs, Sassicaia, Dal Forno, d`Yquem- 28 wines in all
Replies: 1
Views: 838

Krug, Dom, 14 1er cru/ GC white and red Burgs, Sassicaia, Dal Forno, d`Yquem- 28 wines in all

Our wine dinner group usually holds it biggest event of the year, called the Millennium dinner, in December, but the local fires and related horrible issues led to deferring this until January. Sixteen of us enjoyed a fabulous dinner in the Cork Room of the restaurant bouchon. This room is dedicated...
by Blake Brown
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 4 recent champagnes
Replies: 0
Views: 1515

4 recent champagnes

Some recent champagnes: 2008 MOET & CHANDON GRAND VINTAGE BRUT ROSE- 46% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay, and 22% Pinot Meunier; aged for 7 years in the cellars with 6 months of post disgorgement [5 gms/l] ageing; the colour is an interesting dark hued copper red, the nose is redolent of floral notes esp...
by Blake Brown
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Lunch w/6 champagnes, 13 N. Rhone reds, 2 desset wines
Replies: 0
Views: 1299

Lunch w/6 champagnes, 13 N. Rhone reds, 2 desset wines

Our lunch group met for the first time in 2018 at our treasured venue, the Santa Barbara Club with a wine theme of champagne plus reds from Cote-Rotie and Hermitage. Chef Humberto paired the food courses perfectly with our wines. The menu: First Course: Seared scallop with foie gras mushroom sauce S...
by Blake Brown
Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 1992 Stag`s Leap Wine Cellars Fay Cabernet
Replies: 0
Views: 1426

1992 Stag`s Leap Wine Cellars Fay Cabernet

1992 STAG`S LEAP WINE CELLARS FAY VINEYARD NAPA CABERNET SAUVIGNON- I remember buying one bottle of this and the 92` SLV and Cask 23 wines once released and the occasion presented itself to open this one and see if that was a good decision or not; it was a brilliant decision. The colour was a medium...
by Blake Brown
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 1989 CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD PAUILLAC
Replies: 6
Views: 2153

1989 CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD PAUILLAC

1989 CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD PAUILLAC- decanted at the dinner table, perfect cork in mint condition; this had a deep dark youthful vibrant purple colour; the nose was smile producing with cedar and leather laced black currant most evident; all continued on with spicy blackberry fruit taking over a...