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by Dave McCloskey
October 11th, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park wine
Replies: 57
Views: 5305

Re: Eleven Madison Park wine

I’ve trusted the wine pairings at Piazza Duomo in Alba (3star) and at Taniere3 in Quebec City. I think if you’re “geeky” trusting the pairings can be fun & rewarding. If you’re particular maybe go for something else. That's my take as well, be adventurous! I was at Grace in Chicago a few years ago ...
by Dave McCloskey
October 11th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12108
Views: 581001

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Shifted back to the New World and picked up 2 2017 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny.
by Dave McCloskey
October 11th, 2019, 5:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 51
Views: 3765

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

The only 3 Star I've been to in Paris is Guy Savoy, but we had a lovely lunch there several years ago. Very old school compared to other 3 Stars I've been to (all in the US). I particularly remember the guinea hen for 2 and a bottle of Rayas. And we got to meet Guy himself. As Jack Aubrey said: "I'...
by Dave McCloskey
October 11th, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Survey of Allemand
Replies: 40
Views: 2149

Re: TN: A Survey of Allemand

Robert Sand wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 3:14 am
Oh Lord, is this permanent 93 rating annoying.
I will refuse to even open a thread like this in the future ---
I think it's pretty funny. The most important part of his post are the notes and impressions - valuable to those who like N. Rhone Syrah.

Try to relax a little.
by Dave McCloskey
September 6th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne Single Vineyard Sept 4
Replies: 16
Views: 1546

Re: Kosta Browne Single Vineyard Sept 4

I'm passing on my allocation this year.
by Dave McCloskey
September 6th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Cellars Fall Release
Replies: 88
Views: 9524

Re: Realm Cellars Fall Release

Last year I was not offered an allocation of the Absurd, but this year they offered me 1, so I took it. Very expensive indeed at $475. I've never paid that for a California Cab. I know Cabs can go much higher (ex. Screaming Eagle, Colgin etc.), so I hope this is worth it. Sounds like the 2016 needs ...
by Dave McCloskey
September 6th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Realm Cellar Fans Out There?
Replies: 9
Views: 1157

Re: Any Realm Cellar Fans Out There?

Thanks, I missed it.
by Dave McCloskey
September 6th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12108
Views: 581001

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Realm Cellars:
4x of The Bard
1 of The Absurd
by Dave McCloskey
September 6th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Realm Cellar Fans Out There?
Replies: 9
Views: 1157

Any Realm Cellar Fans Out There?

Today I purchased my 2016 allocation of Realm Cellars "The Bard" and was offered and purchased one bottle of "The Absurd". Has anyone here sampled "The Absurd"? 2015 reviews on CT are quite good. I realized this is a different vintage, but from what I understand 2016 was a good year in Napa.
by Dave McCloskey
August 18th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 73
Views: 4656

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

I'm a fan of their Chenin Blanc. Looking forward trying other offerings from D&R.
by Dave McCloskey
August 18th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12108
Views: 581001

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2004 Dom Riunart Blanc de Blanc 2012 Tor Beckstoffer To Kalon 2016 J.L. Chave Hermitage 4x 2016 Chateau de Beaucastel CdP Blanc 4x 2016 Domaine de la Janasse CdP Blanc 4x 2016 Domain de la Janasse Veilles Vignes CdP 2x Magnum 2015 Ferraton Père et Fils Cornas Les Eygats 4x 2016 Thibault Liger-Belair...
by Dave McCloskey
July 22nd, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 51
Views: 3765

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

Nobody mentioned L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon and I can understand why. I was very disappointed in my experience, because I had an epic experience at their London establishment. As someone who grew up in Europe and spent a lot of time in Paris I don't like to be pegged as a dumb tourist and certainly ...
by Dave McCloskey
July 22nd, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Not an epicurean exploit: Failing up, spectacularly
Replies: 7
Views: 1720

Re: Not an epicurean exploit: Failing up, spectacularly

Dan I understand your frustration and agree with your overall philosophy that less is more, especially when it come to Foie Gras. I recently went to a "Brasserie" and they poured Maple syrup over their seared Foie Gras. Ugh!
by Dave McCloskey
July 13th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1944

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

It's my understanding 2015 was a warm weather vintage with near ideal conditions and nicely ripened fruit. Some of the 2015 N. Rhone's I've sampled are showing well, particularly with plenty of air time. That said, I'm going to sit on the rest of mine.
by Dave McCloskey
July 12th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with 15 Spanish wines, some older, some younger, all good
Replies: 28
Views: 1257

Re: Dinner with 15 Spanish wines, some older, some younger, all good

Wow, what a dinner and wine experience. Thanks for sharing!
by Dave McCloskey
July 12th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1944

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

Sorry to hear about the 2015 Levet Cote Rotie Chavaroche, as I have some of that in my cellar. Perhaps it will improve with age, as I'm not big on Au de Rat! ;-)
by Dave McCloskey
July 12th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1359

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

Doug. The cannabis growers who spoke at the Board of Supervisors said yes to your question. As a farmer I was troubled by the BOS ban on cannabis, as a crop, with no exceptions. We have broccoli and Brussels Sprouts growing across the road from our vineyard. When it is harvested three-four times pe...
by Dave McCloskey
June 27th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3983

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

I prefer to travel to Europe in the winter. Yes, it's colder, a bit bleaker and precipitation is higher, but there's far fewer tourists and you don't have as many problems getting dinner reservations or being accommodated as a walk-in.
by Dave McCloskey
June 27th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.
Replies: 14
Views: 1227

Re: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.

I've been a member and receiving TC's wines for about 8 years and I'm starting to wonder if it's worth it. They are priced very well, but the reds are thin, lack character and complexity in comparison to some of the other top Paso producers. I'm on the fence.
by Dave McCloskey
June 19th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone roundup
Replies: 14
Views: 2065

Re: Northern Rhone roundup

Zachary - great post, thank you!
by Dave McCloskey
June 17th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10929
Views: 398351

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Thomas Rivers Brown was 0-2 this weekend for me. 2016 Rivers Marie Thieriot Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay: This Chard was like drinking a Granny Smith apple bomb... green, tart, sour and not what I'd expect from Rivers Marie. Structurally, I've probably jumped the gun by 8-10 years, because I thi...
by Dave McCloskey
June 15th, 2019, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08`Legras & Haas BdB, Girardin Corton,Dublere Volnay, lots of Guigals incl Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe,St. Joseph
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Re: 08`Legras & Haas BdB, Girardin Corton,Dublere Volnay, lots of Guigals incl Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe,St. Joseph

Do you think the 2006 DOMAINE du VIEUX TELEGRAPHE “LA CRAU” CHATEAUNEUF du PAPE is past it's peak? Cellartracker TN seem to indicate this, but they're also all over the map in the last 10 months. FWI Avg. score is a 91. I just bought a Magnum of this wine and hoping I didn't make a mistake. Dave, t...
by Dave McCloskey
June 12th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08`Legras & Haas BdB, Girardin Corton,Dublere Volnay, lots of Guigals incl Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe,St. Joseph
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Re: 08`Legras & Haas BdB, Girardin Corton,Dublere Volnay, lots of Guigals incl Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe,St. Joseph

Do you think the 2006 DOMAINE du VIEUX TELEGRAPHE “LA CRAU” CHATEAUNEUF du PAPE is past it's peak? Cellartracker TN seem to indicate this, but they're also all over the map in the last 10 months. FWI Avg. score is a 91. I just bought a Magnum of this wine and hoping I didn't make a mistake.
by Dave McCloskey
June 12th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A surprising white and a minor miracle
Replies: 4
Views: 818

Re: A surprising white and a minor miracle

2015 Guido Marsella Fiano di Avellino - Nice review. I've got two bottles of this wine, so I'm now excited to try it.
by Dave McCloskey
June 10th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 4396

Re: What's the nest top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

Aside from the excellent suggestions above you might try Liger Belair. My experience is limited to their VR Reignots. edited to add: I see Eric ninja'ed me on the LB suggestion. The 2015 vintage are going anywhere from $4K - $8K according to Wine Searcher. Wow, last time I looked it sold for $500-6...
by Dave McCloskey
June 10th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 4396

Re: What's the nest top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

Jay Miller wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 11:40 am
Aside from the excellent suggestions above you might try Liger Belair. My experience is limited to their VR Reignots.

edited to add: I see Eric ninja'ed me on the LB suggestion.
The 2015 vintage are going anywhere from $4K - $8K according to Wine Searcher.
by Dave McCloskey
June 7th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This puts Spinal Tap to shame
Replies: 20
Views: 2060

Re: This puts Spinal Tap to shame

This wine is part of a trilogy in Latour Minor.

by Dave McCloskey
June 7th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 9109

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

when do diminishing returns set in?!!!! I can drink a wine for $50, I enjoy it, I'm not likely to love a wine for $75 that much more to justify the added cost. [winner.gif] I think there's a variety of factors that should come into play when purchasing wine; such as wine maker, vintage and site loc...
by Dave McCloskey
June 7th, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7997

Re: Robert Parker retires

Most influential wine critic, possibly in history. A truly remarkable career- wish him nothing but 100+ pointers in retirement. +1 Whether you agree or disagree with a lot of his stuff, he had an utterly remarkable career that I dare say probably anyone here would kill for . So true. Think about th...
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine
Replies: 55
Views: 2070

Re: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine

Sounds like a fantastic evening, well done. I recently had a 2009 Chave Hermitage Blanc served with Alaskan King Crab. Knockout!
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Chateau de Pibarnon - Bandol
Replies: 2
Views: 511

Re: 2013 Chateau de Pibarnon - Bandol

.... I'm not sure how much improvement I'll see with additional age. ... A huge improvement imho, but only with enough patience (9-12+ years). I have a couple more bottles, so I'll let them rest and relax. I just resampled after 48 hr. air time and the rough edges have been smoothed out and the win...
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 847
Views: 55507

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne! Très bon.
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Chateau de Pibarnon - Bandol
Replies: 2
Views: 511

2013 Chateau de Pibarnon - Bandol

Someone on the Mouvedre thread asked me to provide my impressions of the 2013 Chateau de Pibarnon (100% Mouvedre). On Saturday I popped open a bottle to accompany a Q'd Prime Top Sirloin. Unfortunately I didn't give the near enough air time, because it was tighter than a bulls ass in fly time. After...
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12108
Views: 581001

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3x - 2017 Janisse CdP Blanc.
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3431

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Unless someone out there produced wine from same rows, same vintage, same vinification down to barrels, but grown differently, how do you gauge it, one way or the other? I think burying those manure filled horns makes all the difference in the world! [tease.gif] As long as manure itself is organic,...
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 330
Views: 18808

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
February 21st, 2019, 6:12 pm
This was showing very well tonight.
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Over the last couple of months I've tried two D&R Chenin Blancs. Spotted them at a cool restaurant in Athens Ga. Very nice wine with good minerality.
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 330
Views: 18808

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

This week I took delivery of 3 bottles of 2013 [thankyou.gif] Chateau de Pibarnon from Bandol. It wasn't the vintage I was looking for, but I thought I'd give it a try. Thanks for the heads up, Dave!!! Please do share your thoughts when you pop one open (I imagine it'll be a while)! I'm going to gi...
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12108
Views: 581001

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2 - 2016 Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet Just out of curiosity how many people look at what other people list in this thread for future purchasing considerations? I followed your lead and bought 3 bottles of the same wine...have you opened one or do you try to age your White Burgs? No not yet. H...
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Mixing and Matching Wine with Liquor
Replies: 6
Views: 506

Re: Mixing and Matching Wine with Liquor

I get epic hangovers if I mix alcohols, so I select either alcohol or wine and go with it the entire evening. That said, I get hangovers no matter what I'm drinking. The curse of the Irish.
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Best way to try aged wine?
Replies: 12
Views: 1168

Re: Best way to try aged wine?

Paul Jaouen wrote:
May 17th, 2019, 9:44 am
Tasting groups with people with nice cellars. This week I got to taste a 61 Latour, 52 Cheval, 61 Aldo Conterno Barolo, a 66 Bonnes Mares....all thanks to friends who brought them.
Man you've got some nice friends! [cheers.gif]
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3431

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

GregP wrote:
May 25th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Unless someone out there produced wine from same rows, same vintage, same vinification down to barrels, but grown differently, how do you gauge it, one way or the other?
I think burying those manure filled horns makes all the difference in the world! [tease.gif]
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12108
Views: 581001

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2016 Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: London wine bar recommendations sought
Replies: 19
Views: 1218

Re: London wine bar recommendations sought

She should try this place https://www.les-110-taillevent-london.com/ Over 100 wines by the glass with plenty of high end stuff If she wants to visit a BYO restaurant in the west end I would recommend Noize https://www.noize-restaurant.co.uk/ I've been to 110 Taillevent in Paris. Finest Risotto I've...
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply
Replies: 79
Views: 4491

Re: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply

Shhhhhhhh, Realm Cellars "The Bard".
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?
Replies: 68
Views: 3328

Re: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?

None. Stopped buying Ridge futures in 2002. At some point, you just move on. There's absolutely nothing I have to have. The last few days we tasted through nearly a hundred wines that I've never tried before. There's always something new on the horizon and life is too short to drink the same thing ...
by Dave McCloskey
March 20th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chiltern Firehouse
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: Chiltern Firehouse

I just checked the Michelin star guide for London (2019) and you're correct. Hmmmm, I read somewhere that it had 3 Michelin stars. The head chef is formerly of elBulli. Well, that explains some things. Nevertheless, it was quite good and have no issue recommending it. Having looked at the Michelin g...
by Dave McCloskey
March 20th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chiltern Firehouse
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: Chiltern Firehouse

Bravo on the Chiltern Firehouse, for me it was the culinary highlight to our London trip, followed shortly by Chutney Mary's. The Chiltern is a very hip and fashionable place. There's multiple rooms including a courtyard area. The menu is more traditional format with Starters, Main Course and Side D...
by Dave McCloskey
March 8th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chiltern Firehouse
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Chiltern Firehouse

Flying across the pond next week and I'm very much looking forward to dining at the Chiltern Firehouse. I will provide a review upon my return.

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by Dave McCloskey
March 8th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience
Replies: 19
Views: 2341

Re: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience

Schrader and Maybach are still reasonably priced and on a good vintage will compare favorably with Colgin and Screaming Eagle. There are other high end Cab makers that are also under the $400, Hundred Acre, Tor, Pride, O' Shaughnessy and many others.
by Dave McCloskey
January 31st, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What have you learnt on your wine journey?
Replies: 75
Views: 8942

Re: What have you learnt on your wine journey?

That's a great question. Here's just a few things I've learned over the years. A.) Embrace changes in palate. What I like today is significantly different than 5 years ago. This has occurred through being exposed to a broader array of varietals and regions. I expect it will continue to change and ev...

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