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TN: 2 1988 Jadots for David's 30th bday

August 17, 2018, 5:57 pm

Stepson David arrived from London/Rome Tuesday on way back to Berkeley, his birthday is today. We wanted a family celebration but Betsy’s sist er couldn’t do today, so we all went to Nooretuh in E... Read more »

Wine Wordplay!

August 17, 2018, 3:06 am

Hello all. Just a little something something to elicit a smile, though I suppose you may have to be of a certain age to get it. Tonight with dinner my wife and I enjoyed a bottle of Castello di Ver... Read more »

TN: Spatlese 2005-1976 (well really 2005-1993)

August 15, 2018, 5:08 pm

John put out a call for folks interested in a mature (or maturing) Spatlese tasting, and a nice crew gathered at his place in Croton last night. John and Sasha had put together nice platters of c... Read more »

TN: roses, Italian whites, and more on a warm summer week

August 13, 2018, 8:29 pm

Wednesday was hot, but by the river (in shade, with breeze) it felt pretty good at concert. We carried charcuterie (porchetta, pate, bresaolo made wi th cherry liqueur), kale salad, watermelon, g... Read more »

Sad news about a former afw regular

August 10, 2018, 4:10 pm

Those of you who've been around for a while may recall a poster cwdjrx with a particular knowledge of sweet wines such as Cline Constantia and '76 German TBAs and whose website has been hosting our... Read more »

TN: albarino, NSG, St Jo in NY

August 8, 2018, 1:58 pm

Betsy headed off from Portland the Sebago Lake festival, I took bus and Amt rak home. After retrieving pup, too tired to really cook. Defrosted some co nfit legs, made quinoa (duck broth), frozen p... Read more »

TN: Wines in Nova Scotia and Maine

August 7, 2018, 6:56 pm

Saturday we rose early, drove to Portland, ME where we rendezvoused with fr iends and got on 6 hour ferry to Yarmouth NS. Nighttime when we got to Cana da, then a drive to Sandy Cove on Digby Neck ... Read more »

TN: Wines in NY- roses, Magdelaine, ESJ, Pol Roger

August 7, 2018, 6:53 pm

On Wednesday we had chicken with white beans and preserved lemons, along wi th the 2017 Terrebrune Bandol rose. This is one of the pricier (though not Ott/Tempier level) Bandol roses, but I think ... Read more »

"California wines contain Fukushima radiation, and i t’s not a bad thi...

July 25, 2018, 6:17 am Read more »

TN: Loire, Burg, Rioja, Piedmont

July 24, 2018, 5:45 pm

With fish and caprese., 2013 Pinon “Le Vouvray”. Sec-tendr e, green apple and limeade, well balanced, great effort in a tough vintage. B+/B With defrosted Easter lamb, the 2010 CVNE “Cune” Rioj... 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 »