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Wine Captain

June 22, 2018, 10:10 pm

I know this is a really trivial question but what the heck. Can the term wine *captain* be used as a synonym for sommelier? I know wine *steward* can. But captain? Yes, I tried Google but found not... Read more »

TN: Roses, Cot, and Aligote by the Hudson

June 22, 2018, 7:19 pm

Wednesday was the first riverside park concert of the season. Clouds cooled things down, the jazz harmonicist Hendrik Meurkens put on a great show, an d we had fun with friends. We carried crab ... Read more »


June 21, 2018, 5:55 pm

Occasionally I see wine review, mentioning notes of honeysuckle. I've never tasted actual honeysuckle, root, berry, leaves, whatever, but I'm curious. Can anyone recommend a particular bottle, ... Read more »

TN: almost summer weekend wines- PN, Chardonnay, Riesling, more

June 18, 2018, 5:40 pm

Friday we had the first of our “New Kitchen Thank You” dinn er- 3 couple who had us over during construction (and helped Betsy pack up before demo). Cooking wine for the duck sauce was the 2015 ... Read more »

TN: MSR, Rioja, Austrian pink, corked Prosecco

June 15, 2018, 8:27 pm

Betsy made fish tacos, opened the 2015 Vollenweider “Wolfer Goldgru be” Riesling Kabinett. Rich but balanced by bright acids, moderate sweetness, peach and green apple. Gets limey with air. Wet r... Read more »

WTN: Etna, CA Rhine white, Burg Piedmont reds

June 12, 2018, 5:52 pm

Thursday we had hot dogs on the patio, with the 2016 Keller “Von De r Fels” Riesling Trocken. Dry but with sweet pit fruits, ginger, wet rocks. Good acids, crisp. B+ Some lovely days and before di... Read more »

TN: Friday lunch with 11 1982 Medocs

June 9, 2018, 7:33 pm

I seldom take off for a wine lunch, but Mark offered up a 1982 Bordeaux tas ting and I couldn’t resist. Dave had my car, so Betsy dr0ive Craig and I up. Cheeses (Comte, a Delice soft cheese , and ... Read more »

TN: 1996 ESJ Syrah

June 7, 2018, 7:33 pm

David is visiting, he and his mom were cooking a family favorite, beef jant aboon. I grilled some shisitos and opened the 1996 Edmunds St. John Syrah ( California), didn't want Dave to miss Berkele... Read more »

TN: weekend wines= 2 Rieslings, 1 Chardonnay

June 5, 2018, 1:05 pm

Friday dinner was simple, ramen with fish balls. Wine was the 2015 Van Volx em Alte Reben Riesling. No other designation on this, but it’s just slightly off dry, think halbtrocken. Grapefruit and ... Read more »

TN: NYS wines (plus 1 Niagara)

June 4, 2018, 6:18 pm

Local group met, theme being NY State and Canadian wines. Fred hosted, put out salmon spread, hummus, and tapenade; later he grilled sausage and chick en 2017 Salmon Run (Dr. K. Frank) Rose (Fing... 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 »