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TN: Lunar New Year with German and French wines (plus 1 ESJ)

February 19, 2018, 8:49 pm

Friday was sous vide tandoori-ish chicken thighs, arugula salad, & brown ba smati 2014 Ziereisen Steingruble Chasselas from Baden. Moderate acids, apple and white peach, a little dilut e to me. B... Read more »

Cheap and cheaper

February 14, 2018, 4:01 am

About a month ago, I went in an Aldi grocery store to look around. I found a bottle of Cabernet for $2.07. I thought about the cost of putting that bottle on the shelf: bottle $.47, label,cap and ... Read more »

TN: "wacky " labels, Sancerres, Madiran, Cahors, Mugnier, etc

February 12, 2018, 5:57 pm

Since this week we have opposing schedules, we decided to celebrate Valenti ne’s Day a little early at Saint George in Hastings. Betsy started with a half dozen oysters, I had escargot, we split a... Read more »

TN: Superbowl with ESJ, CVNE, JJPrum, plus Loire, Etna, Burg

February 6, 2018, 5:17 pm

2016 Pepiere “Les Gras Moutons” Muscadet Fuller style, pear and lemongrass, round, tasty if not my preferred express ion of Muscadet B With panfried trout filets, mushroom risotto, and Brussels s... Read more »

"Cape Town’s water shortage crisis is threatening South Africa’s wine...

February 5, 2018, 4:13 am Read more »

TN: SOBER does '97 Supertuscans and CalCabs, '96 Chards, Veneto,Champagne, ...

February 2, 2018, 8:37 pm

Our SOBER group convened at Mike’s, where he greeted us with dips, crudites, and black bean soft tacos. And bubbles: NV Camille Saves Grand Cru Brut Champagne (cellared for 5+ years)- fresh, nutt... Read more »

On Apr.16, Cape Town will run out of water

February 2, 2018, 4:11 am Read more »

WTN: Napa, Rias Baixas, Loire, Rhine

January 31, 2018, 4:21 pm

With a baby octopus salad as well as cauliflower steaks with cauliflower p uree, the 2016 Karine Lauverjat Sancerre. Crisp and snappy, gooseberry and straw, typ ical and good. B/B+ With sous... Read more »

TN: 1993 Burgundy at Riverpark

January 25, 2018, 5:04 pm

On a shockingly warm January evening, our (supposed) Bordeaux group once ag ain veered off theme to do a look at 1993 Burgundy at 25th. A nice semi-pri vate room at Riverpark, where the service was... Read more »

TN: Several Branaire and Haut Bailly, plus Dom, LLC, Giscours, Clisson

January 23, 2018, 8:34 pm

Mark hosted a lunch featuring Haut Bailly and Branaire Ducru* in honor of t heir recently departed owners, Robert Wilmers and Patrick Maroteaux. There was a nice assortment of cheeses (Morbier, st... Read more »

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Elqui Wines Pinot Noir 2012

First of, I hate chile wines. So this is quite a surprise: Clear red, typical pinot clarity, red strawberry notes, of a darker kind, t he musty earthy russian river undertones. strange for a chile.... Read more »


award winning Canadian wines

I have started tweeting news, updates and pairings for award winning Canadian wines. Please follow me on Twitter at Cheers, Trevor Read more »


Gallo "Rancho Zabaco" & "Dancing Bull" Sonoma Zinfa...

Those two bottles are now on my desk thanks to a friend who's been in California recently. The Zabaco is a 2003 Reserve and the Dancing Bull is from 2005: any comments about these two zins and vint... Read more »


Re: TN & Restaurant comments

Sorry Dale - typically Nor-Cal centric of me. Yes, as others have pointed out - in downtown SF. Kind of an amazing place, physically. You walk in off the street into an upscale bar - albeit a very,... Read more »


Great Valued California Wines? Recommendations? $10-$20 & $20-$30 Price...

All, I'm headed out to the West Coast next week and will be visiting for 2 weeks. I'm travelling on a budget and would like to experience all of the great wines California has to offer. Being from th... Read more »


Lafite Monteil

Hi All A number of years ago I went to Bordeaux and bought quite a lot of wine, mainly for drinking fairly soon, but one or two for laying down. Sadly the laying down didn't last too long :( Howev... Read more »


TN: Back to NY- Bdx, Bandol rose, bubbles, Riesling, Muscadet, Mencia

Saturday Betsy made a big batch of Bolognese for lunch (and to freeze for m y mom). Needed 2 cups of wine, had about a cup left, so I stopped at grocer y and bought cheapest screwcap I saw- the 201... Read more »


Could you list some high-end red wine?

I only know Red Bordeaux. Read more »


1990 Bordeaux

Notes from a very enjoyable dinner-tasting of Bordeaux of the 1990 vintage. These wines have always seemed to me to be more fruit forward and ?Californian' in approach, if you will, than the more cla... Read more »



Hi I'm new here. I'd like to ask an unusual question: My wife had chemo for breast cancer four years ago. She now cannot drink red wine - feels extremely harsh in her mouth, whereas pre-cancer she co... Read more »