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by Blake Brown
Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:48 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Champagnes, La Turque, La Chapelle, Brunel, Morey Blanc, Raveneau, Drouhin RSV
Replies: 4
Views: 2402

TNs: Champagnes, La Turque, La Chapelle, Brunel, Morey Blanc, Raveneau, Drouhin RSV

A recent dinner at the home of a dear friend, a great winemaker and chef who prepared this one for the 6 of us included the following wines: NV RUINART BRUT ROSE- consistently stellar, this wine was one of my favs of all the Champagnes I drank during a week of touring the region last year and we had...
by Blake Brown
Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:35 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Saint Emillions
Replies: 6
Views: 2812

Blake, 1961 Troplong! Wow! I hope to taste a wine that old one of these days. Do you think the wine they make today will age as well? I honestly cannot speak to current vintages from this producer as I`ve had very few. I have to think the 61` was an extra special bottle, stored righteously and simp...
by Blake Brown
Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: recent Champagnes
Replies: 0
Views: 1511

TNs: recent Champagnes

A few of us had dinner recently at a local seafood restaurant in Santa Barbara with a Champagne theme and the following: NV COUTIER CUVEE HENRI lll BRUT- as stated by the one who brought it, this is rare as only 2,000 cases was made; 100% pinot noir, this is really pleasant and refreshing with honey...
by Blake Brown
Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Saint Emillions
Replies: 6
Views: 2812

TNs: Saint Emillions

Our monthly luncheon group had a wonderful meal at a local restaurant yesterday that featured wines from Saint Emillion as follows: 1961 TROPOLONG MONDET- we started with old to young and this one shined and was my WOTD even though there were really no standouts, just a lot of good wines; since this...
by Blake Brown
Tue Jul 19, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Krug, Gravner, Solaia, Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Gaja Sperss, Sandrone, Pio Cesare,
Replies: 2
Views: 2936

TNs: Krug, Gravner, Solaia, Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Gaja Sperss, Sandrone, Pio Cesare,

I enjoyed a fabulous evening with some of my best friends on the planet in the private and stellar dinning room of Quince, a San Francisco Italian treasure with the following wines: MV KRUG GRANDE CUVVEE- 1.5L- showing beautifully, this was a toasty, buttery, hint of nutty caramel delight which just...
by Blake Brown
Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: 85`Krug, 02` Dom, 07` Dagueneau, 97`Sassicaia, ABCs, Brewer Clifton, a lot more
Replies: 0
Views: 1727

TNs: 85`Krug, 02` Dom, 07` Dagueneau, 97`Sassicaia, ABCs, Brewer Clifton, a lot more

The 27th annual Central Coast Wine Classic`s auction on July 9 was a high energy and fun time as usual. Some of us endeavor to make an auction lot out of the day by bringing good wines to share in addition to the plethora of fine wines that are graciously poured throughout the event. Some of our bri...
by Blake Brown
Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: World Class Syrah/ Shiraz- Grange, La Landonne, Two Hands, Cayuse, Sanguis et al
Replies: 3
Views: 2781

Very interesting tasting. How did you think the different bottles compared being from so many areas of the world? Did some that you would have thought to be outstanding not fare well when compared to the rest of the group? or were there any surprises in a positive way? Scott, you ask good questions...
by Blake Brown
Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Harlan, Opus, Dunn, Diamond Creek, Pavie, Abreu, Pride, Maybach, Shafer, more
Replies: 1
Views: 2384

TNs: Harlan, Opus, Dunn, Diamond Creek, Pavie, Abreu, Pride, Maybach, Shafer, more

One of my dinner groups met at a local restaurant with the wine theme of high end red wines from Napa and Bordeaux. We had 23 wines in all and the 18 reds were brown bagged: NV PLOYEZ-JACQUERMART EXTRA BRUT PASSION- after reviewing Brad Baker`s encouraging notes in his most recent Champagne Warrior ...
by Blake Brown
Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: World Class Syrah/ Shiraz- Grange, La Landonne, Two Hands, Cayuse, Sanguis et al
Replies: 3
Views: 2781

TNs: World Class Syrah/ Shiraz- Grange, La Landonne, Two Hands, Cayuse, Sanguis et al

Our dinner group met at a local steakhouse and enjoyed the following wines from a primary theme of world class syrah/shiraz: 1996 POL ROGER EXTRA CUVEE DE RESERVE- the 3rd bottle I`ve had of this in the past month or so; this was different and a cross between the first 2; the first bottle was oxidiz...
by Blake Brown
Sun May 29, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Mostly Pinot Noir: Sea Smoke, Talley, Calera, Brewer Clifton, Merry Edwards, Meo Cam+
Replies: 1
Views: 1728

Mostly Pinot Noir: Sea Smoke, Talley, Calera, Brewer Clifton, Merry Edwards, Meo Cam+

Our dinner group met at local bouchon Restaurant for an evening of pinot noir vs. red Burgundy accompanied by superb delicacies ordered individually from their menu: NV CHARLES HEIDSIECK ROSE RESERVE- disgorged in 08`, this terrific bubbly displayed wonderful notes of tangy, toasty, sweet red cherri...
by Blake Brown
Sun May 29, 2011 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Cristal, Pol Roger, Taittinger, C. Heidsieck, Deutz, Delamotte, Paul Bara, Mumm+
Replies: 0
Views: 1940

TNs: Cristal, Pol Roger, Taittinger, C. Heidsieck, Deutz, Delamotte, Paul Bara, Mumm+

Recent bubbly experiences pasted together from various notes: 1996 POL ROGER EXTRA BRUT RESERVE- bracing acidity hit the top of my palate and prepared it for the next onslaught which knocked my socks off; rich, full bodied, complex with great depth, this lemon, spice and creamy delight only begged f...
by Blake Brown
Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:57 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 1995 Latour
Replies: 8
Views: 5124

I forgot I even posted this thread until I discovered it while browsing through. In response to my own question, "can I keep my hands off this and let it evolve", the answer is evidently "No". Just had another and with consistent notes to those posted, it is magnificent now with great potential to g...
by Blake Brown
Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Corkage & Wine Groups - What do restaurants and wine lovers think?
Replies: 4
Views: 3110

I can attest to what`s happening primarily in Santa Barbara and the surrounding area. Restauranteurs are happy to just have patrons, whatever the terms may be. The days of minimizing the types of diners to fit their own preferred profile are gone. Economic prudence prevails. I`m involved in 2 monthl...
by Blake Brown
Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Negative effects of refrigerating Champagne, other wines?
Replies: 10
Views: 5679

Blake, in the long term (months) vibration could be an issue in home fridges, but for a few weeks or even 1-2 months I wouldn't worry - the temps will not harm the wine. I've actually bought bottles that were stored in a wine store beverage refrigeration unit for over a decade and they have been fi...
by Blake Brown
Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:44 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Negative effects of refrigerating Champagne, other wines?
Replies: 10
Views: 5679

Negative effects of refrigerating Champagne, other wines?

My passion and spontaneity for drinking Champagne has resulted in me storing 2-3 bottles in my refrigerator, sometimes for more than a few days. It is certainly more convenient to just open and pop as opposed to doing an ice water chill for 30 minutes or so, but I`m wondering if the additional cold ...