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by Blake Brown
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: NV Krug Brut Rose
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NV Krug Brut Rose

NV KRUG BRUT ROSE- from a half bottle, this had the code 414078 which informs the cork was placed in autumn of 2014, it consists of 4 vintages with 2005 the oldest and 2008 the youngest and making up 34% of the total blend; 51% Pinot Noir, 41% Chardonnay, 8% Pinot Meunier; aged for more that 6 years...
by Blake Brown
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: NV Krug Grande Cuvee
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Views: 1433

NV Krug Grande Cuvee

NV KRUG GRANDE CUVEE- in a half bottle and a perfect fit inside the foot mold of one of my swimming fins [the NV Krug Rose half bottle occupied the other fin]; this is the first time I realised the code on the bottle actually specifies it`s for a half bottle; the code was 114005 which denoted the bo...
by Blake Brown
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 2006 Dom Perignon
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Views: 1358

2006 Dom Perignon

2006 MOET & CHANDON DOM PERIGNON BRUT- for me, this vintage is mindful of the 1996; it`s drinking so good out of the gate with assurances of grandioseness upon maturity; as experienced before; the nose was majorly inviting with assurances of pure pleasure forthcoming; it had bright acidity, a bounty...
by Blake Brown
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Serious champagne: 2008 R&L LEGRAS SAINT VINCENT BLANC de BLANC BRUT
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Serious champagne: 2008 R&L LEGRAS SAINT VINCENT BLANC de BLANC BRUT

2008 R&L LEGRAS SAINT VINCENT BLANC de BLANC BRUT I first got turned on to this producer after having the “house” bubbly Brut and Rose at La Tour d`Argent in Paris many times and loving them. Finally, I asked the Chef de Cave, David Ridgway, who makes this for them and it was R&L Legras. As an aside...
by Blake Brown
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dom, 3 Cristal, Colin Batard, Bouchard GC, Le Monde GC , Faiveley GC, Mouton, Henschke, Beaucastel +++
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Dom, 3 Cristal, Colin Batard, Bouchard GC, Le Monde GC , Faiveley GC, Mouton, Henschke, Beaucastel +++

Our fine wine dinner group held its 2nd special Christmas dinner in the private home of one of our members. He decorates his place unlike any other home I`ve ever seen with a multitude of Christmas related ornaments, trinkets, candles, flashing lights and paraphernalia in every room, from floor to c...
by Blake Brown
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Great wines with new friends in Orange County
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Views: 1013

Great wines with new friends in Orange County

How many times do we get to blindly meet and at least have a cursory knowledge about other people, but have not met them in person and at the same time knowing it would be a good thing? It happens to me a lot and especially in conjunction with those in the wine community. Years ago, I left the on li...
by Blake Brown
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Bordeaux lunch with many stars
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Views: 1082

Bordeaux lunch with many stars

fullsizeoutput_1857.jpeg Our lunch group enjoyed another fabulous luncheon at our venerable venue, The Santa Barbara Club, with a wine theme of top tier Bordeaux. We had 13 people contribute 20 bottles of wine including 1 champagne, 2 white Bordeaux, 14 red Bordeaux and 3 dessert wines. Our menu: F...
by Blake Brown
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 19 wine for dinner with mostly Dunn, Spottswoode, Phelps Insignia and great helpers
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19 wine for dinner with mostly Dunn, Spottswoode, Phelps Insignia and great helpers

Our dinner group enjoyed another fine evening this time at one of our local favourites, Holdren`s Steak and Seafood. Our wine theme was champagne, white Burgs, and the Cabernets from Dunn, Spottswoode and Phelps Insignia. Eleven of us enjoyed numerous appetisers along with individually ordered entre...
by Blake Brown
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Masseto, Flaccianello, Dal Forno, Percristina, Rinaldi, Scavino, Brovia, many more
Replies: 3
Views: 1252

Re: Masseto, Flaccianello, Dal Forno, Percristina, Rinaldi, Scavino, Brovia, many more

Blake, I also really like Masseto, but I continue to be perplexed by the obscenely, high prices paid for this wine. Good juice, but at least for my palate, it is among the worst QPR's of any wine. NV BILLECART-SALMON BRUT ROSE is also our house Champagne. It's just super, and while not cheap, at le...
by Blake Brown
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Masseto, Flaccianello, Dal Forno, Percristina, Rinaldi, Scavino, Brovia, many more
Replies: 3
Views: 1252

Masseto, Flaccianello, Dal Forno, Percristina, Rinaldi, Scavino, Brovia, many more

Our dinner group met for an exceptionally stellar evening recently, this time at one of our favourite Santa Barbara Italian restaurants, Ca Dario. The obvious wine theme was top tier Italian reds along with the usual request for champagne and white Burgundy. This was one of our most glorious evening...
by Blake Brown
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Lunch with 15 merlot and friends
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Views: 1064

Lunch with 15 merlot and friends

Our lunch group enjoyed another fabulous lunch in the friendly confines of the Library Room in the Santa Barbara Club. Our wine theme was Merlot and Chef Humberto pulled out all the stops and delivered special plates of nicely paired dishes. Our starter wine was the NV DELAMOTTE BRUT: this was my 2n...
by Blake Brown
Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Dinner/Blind tasting of white Burgs/domestic Chard and red Burgs/domestic Pinot Noir
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Dinner/Blind tasting of white Burgs/domestic Chard and red Burgs/domestic Pinot Noir

Our dinner group met at one of our member`s restaurant, The China Pavilion, to enjoy a specially prepared meal in a private dining room ambience. The wine theme was white Burgundy vs domestic Chards, and red Burgundy vs domestic Pinot Noirs. All of these wines were tasted blind and interesting disco...
by Blake Brown
Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 13 Petite Sirahs incl Jaffurs, Ch. Montelena, Ridge, Stags Leap WC
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Blind tasting of 13 Petite Sirahs incl Jaffurs, Ch. Montelena, Ridge, Stags Leap WC

Our monthly tasting group blind tasted Petite Sirah [Durif] earlier this year and my newly discovered notes are being formally and expressed. We had 19 wines in total with 3 flights of 5 and one flight of 4. I`m reviewing only a few of them: 1994 STAGS LEAP WINE CELLARS NAPA PETITE SIRAH- not to be ...
by Blake Brown
Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 13 Merlot from CA/ WA/ Bordeaux
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Blind tasting of 13 Merlot from CA/ WA/ Bordeaux

I just discovered some notes worth writing up from a tasting in July and since I`m in Amsterdam for a month`s vacation, I have more than enough time to do so now. I`m only reviewing some of the 18 wines we tasted blind: 2004 CHATEAU MONTVIEL POMEROL- this wine took first in a fight of 6 and for a go...
by Blake Brown
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of chardonnay vs. white Burgundy
Replies: 3
Views: 2223

Re: Blind tasting of chardonnay vs. white Burgundy

Blake Thanks for your notes. Have you tried the Kumeu range? I particularly like their Mate's. First hit upon Kumeu after Farr hosted blind tasting of Kumeu range versus top flight burgundies. Invited various experts such as Jancis and Neal Martin. The Kumeu wines came top. Agree 100% re blind tast...