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TN: Snowy night with lots of Right Bank claret, + 89 L d'Or, Germans, white...

December 11, 2017, 5:23 pm

Patrick was in town and Ramon proposed a dinner based on traditionally styl ed Right Bank wines. A good group was rounded up, but it’s hard to find a restaurant in NYC for a December Saturday that... Read more »

TN: Soave, Burgs, Etna, rose

December 11, 2017, 4:31 pm

n unexpectedly social week, a former neighbor was in town and we hosted a s mall dinner party with other neighbors, and then had Betsy’s sister join us next night. Cooking wine was 2015 Anselmi ... Read more »

TN: No truffles, but Barolo, Burg, Brunello, Cote Rotie, and more

December 7, 2017, 7:20 pm

Ben and Wendy host an annual pre-holiday dinner, usually themed around olde r Piedmont and fresh white truffles. As 2017 wasn’t a good truffle season, leading to high prices for not so great truff... Read more »

TN: DDC, Riesling, ESJ, more

December 5, 2017, 6:30 pm

What could go wrong with a half bottle of 1995 Louis Latour Meursault-Perri eres? Well, lots. While everyone talks about ‘96 and premox, ? ?95s are just as subject, it’s just people had lower expec... Read more »

the extra long finish

December 2, 2017, 1:15 am

I figure a wine group might be helpful for a question about the finish - I munch on Quest bars before gym sessions, for their low sugar, so the label says. The taste is acceptable, but it leav... Read more »

TN: Thanksgiving- Beaune 1ers, Rhys, Sancerres, Beaujolais, etc

November 27, 2017, 4:55 pm

Wednesday Betsy made rabbit roasted on a bed of guanciale, watercress, rad icchio, and dandelions. Wine was the 1987 Drouhin Beaune-Greves 1er. Pretty . ,mature wine- good black cherry fruit accen... Read more »

WTN: good '03 Loire and '97 Burg, plus bubbles, Vermentino, etc

November 21, 2017, 9:55 pm

With herb crusted rack of lamb, roasted potatoes, and kale salad, the 2003 Joguet “Clos de la Dioterie” Chinon. Hard to believe this i s a 2003 European wine, no roasted notes at all. Cassis and f... Read more »

TN: Dinner with BTG at Racines

November 20, 2017, 3:55 pm

Thursday we went to Racines in Tribeca for a belated anniversary dinner. We ordered a few glasses to accompany a varied (and delicious) group dishes. Mushroom soup amuse Gravlax with avocado a... Read more »

TN: L'Evangile, Bartolo Barbera, and 2 dry German Rieslings

November 16, 2017, 4:25 pm

With Greek-ish turkey meatballs served with tomato sauce and feta over past a, along with broccolini, the 2014 Bartolo Mascarello Barbera d’Alb a. Very floral, ripe red fruits with black olive and ... Read more »

TN: SOBER does Champagne, Burg, Abruzzo, Tuscany, Piedmont, and CA at my pl...

November 12, 2017, 1:29 am

Thursday it was my turn to host SOBER. Betsy had a dinner plan with her sis ter, but made the main course the night before, and did a lot of prep that afternoon. A nice group (SOBERites plus a fil... 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 »