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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
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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
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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
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Views: 1453

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
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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
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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...
by Blake Brown
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: NV Krug Brut Rose
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Views: 1661

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
Replies: 0
Views: 1614

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: 1531

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
Replies: 0
Views: 1200

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: 1287

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: 1527

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: 1527

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...