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by LMD Ermitaño
November 14th, 2019, 3:51 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 351
Views: 30058

Re: Your Gin?

I definitely have to dig up a few more gins mentioned here, as I can't imagine a better one than The Botanist, particularly for a dry martini Botanist is one my go-to gins for G+Ts (with Fever Tree as much as possible). It makes for a fun all-day/night session fun drink. Monkey 47 for a more “serio...
by LMD Ermitaño
November 13th, 2019, 12:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Comte Georges de Vogüé Dinner (Manila: 2nd May 2019).
Replies: 5
Views: 653

Re: Comte Georges de Vogüé Dinner (Manila: 2nd May 2019).

My pleasure John.

Thanks, Alan.

Cheers to you both🥂🥂

Best,

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by LMD Ermitaño
November 12th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Insider: Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings
Replies: 20
Views: 2390

Re: The Insider: Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings

I couldn’t finish watching it. “Grotesque” comes to mind.
by LMD Ermitaño
November 12th, 2019, 4:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 29
Views: 1879

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

Joselito & 5J are both very good. I’d add the jamónes of Arturo Sánchez though.
by LMD Ermitaño
November 11th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you always taste before you buy?
Replies: 27
Views: 1209

Re: Do you always taste before you buy?

GregT wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 6:27 pm
This guy does.

An Argentine white came in first.

https://nypost.com/video/wine-shopper-c ... the-shelf/
Not like he does; but, seriously, most of the time, yes, unless the wine is from a producer/vintage with which I am familiar.
by LMD Ermitaño
November 11th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jorge's Pre-Birthday Date Night
Replies: 11
Views: 609

Re: Jorge's Pre-Birthday Date Night

Jorge Henriquez wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 7:41 am
Thanks for the write up KJJ! Awesome night of drankz and food and good company!

We’ll eventually get in to the cool spots. Drop Charlie’s name next time.
¡Felicidades, Jorge! Salud y pesetas!!🥂🥂🥂
by LMD Ermitaño
November 11th, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169804

Re: Steak Porn

A couple more steaks from this past trip: DF107CFA-6234-497E-8489-9B7690318B2E.jpeg Chuletón Especial at Asador Donostiarra, Calle Infanta Mercedes 79, 28020 Madrid, 28th September 2019. 76E86282-2BF9-4885-8682-07E3661C4527.jpeg Churrasco at Casa Lucio, Calle de la Cava Baja 35, 28005, Madrid, 3rd O...
by LMD Ermitaño
November 11th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169804

Re: Steak Porn

put the pig pix here too Ok, here you go. A6ACD054-F2A3-4726-8F6D-040C7D362615.jpeg Cochinillo at Horno de Juan - Goya Asador, Calle Lope de Rueda 4, 28009, Madrid, 3rd October 2019. C3190D95-3F97-4EFD-A031-6F5AF88FAED9.jpeg Cochinillo at El Mesón de Candido, Segovia, 6th October 2019. 437E77CE-AE9...
by LMD Ermitaño
November 11th, 2019, 12:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169804

Re: Steak Porn

Damn LMD you have had quite the steak and wine experience lately [worship.gif] Thanks for sharing. My pleasure. I spent 3 weeks in Madrid & the Castilla-León area last month (plus several days in la Rioja & Zaragoza, Aragón). Their regional specialties involve a lot of pork & beef. If there is a th...
by LMD Ermitaño
November 10th, 2019, 11:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 83
Views: 4910

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

It's only early November; but I'll give it a shot and try to narrow down to 10 or under (n.b., no trade tastings or "tasting pours" - all these wines I drank and enjoyed over the course of lunch or dinner): Champagne: 1995 Dom Pérignon Rosé - Late April. Alex shared a bottle between the 2 of us at h...
by LMD Ermitaño
November 10th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ‘98 HB & ‘95 Léoville Barton.
Replies: 6
Views: 480

Re: ‘98 HB & ‘95 Léoville Barton.

The ‘98 HB impressed me from the get-go. I first had it at the Fête de la Fleur 2007 at Château Smith Haut Lafitte (they served it with the cheese course which included chèvre and reblochon🙄; so I drank it after). 80AED113-92A2-4F74-92D6-A23E56F49DDD.jpeg Have had it several times since then, and it...
by LMD Ermitaño
November 10th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 83
Views: 4910

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

For many years I had pretty much dismissed Cristal as a wine best for rapper videos, and given the cost, it was easy to simply ignore it. A bottle of the 2009 a few months ago really opened my eyes. Sensational wine, as good as any champagne I have had in recent memory. The 2007 Bollinger Grand Ann...
by LMD Ermitaño
November 10th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ‘98 HB & ‘95 Léoville Barton.
Replies: 6
Views: 480

Re: ‘98 HB & ‘95 Léoville Barton.

Sounds nice. 95 might be a vintage I’d guess would be too austere for the Barton to really shine. I wouldn’t have expected much as well; if not for a bottle of ‘95 Ducru Beaucaillou around 2&1/2 months prior, which, after around an hour or so’s decanting for aeration, showed quite well over the cou...
by LMD Ermitaño
November 10th, 2019, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Comte Georges de Vogüé Dinner (Manila: 2nd May 2019).
Replies: 5
Views: 653

Re: Comte Georges de Vogüé Dinner (Manila: 2nd May 2019).

Time is, indeed, needed for such wines. I opened a 1992 Musigny VV (wedding year) for my anniversary dinner in 2017. Very deep & elegant; and, at that time, I perceived that it was not yet at all tiring. 8DEC6381-44DA-438C-BCF5-F7662D4A9E33.jpeg This ‘97 that my friend, Alex (the tall fellow in the ...
by LMD Ermitaño
November 10th, 2019, 4:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ‘98 HB & ‘95 Léoville Barton.
Replies: 6
Views: 480

Re: ‘98 LMHB & ‘95 Léoville Barton.

Orlando De Jesus wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 3:12 am
Bottle is HB, not LMHB
Oh, yes, of course. Corrected accordingly, thanks!
by LMD Ermitaño
November 10th, 2019, 1:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ‘98 HB & ‘95 Léoville Barton.
Replies: 6
Views: 480

‘98 HB & ‘95 Léoville Barton.

94CE73E3-2973-4CC9-8F0E-F0DEC1B9D5DB.jpeg After dinner, Friday the 1st November 2019. A close family friend/neighbor invited me over to his house to help drink a couple of bottles. He grew up in the US; and, until a few months ago, would buy/drink only Napa reds. He has recently “discovered” the ch...
by LMD Ermitaño
November 9th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Comte Georges de Vogüé Dinner (Manila: 2nd May 2019).
Replies: 5
Views: 653

Comte Georges de Vogüé Dinner (Manila: 2nd May 2019).

9131440C-1DAA-4FE9-B3A8-130A218B04BC.jpeg Jojo Madrid, a longtime friend now based in Vancouver, is a partner of Premium Wine Exchange, one of Manila’s fine wine distributors. He invited me to attend what was billed as their most important dinner of the year, featuring library wines of Domaine Comt...
by LMD Ermitaño
November 9th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?
Replies: 50
Views: 2761

Re: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?

I opened a ‘92 Musigny in 2017. Was very nice; and felt no need to rush on it. The ‘97 Musigny is also delicious. No need to rush either. Attended a de Vogüé dinner with Jean-Luc (de Vogüé’s commercial director) & Brigitte Pépin this past May. Will see if I have time to post on it today. As the host...
by LMD Ermitaño
November 9th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169804

Re: Steak Porn

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 10:08 am
Not quite as exciting as the above, but Painted Hills Prime, grilled at home ;)
Looks plenty enough exciting to me!
by LMD Ermitaño
November 9th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169804

Re: Steak Porn

CABE3FFE-2E34-46D2-BB6B-448A264E6FA9.jpeg Chuletón de Buey de la Rioja, lunch with the wife & some friends, Sunday the 20th October 2019, at El Rincon del Vino, Logroño, la Rioja, Spain... F634A4A6-EDE2-4DA0-B995-8E7D20B8DAFE.jpeg ...paired with 1994 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva, 1994 B...
by LMD Ermitaño
November 9th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169804

Re: Steak Porn

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Chuletón de Carne Rojo de Ávila (the beef of Ávila, Spain), lunch with the wife, Sunday the 13th October 2019, at Restaurante Las Cancelas, Ávila; paired with a bottle of 2004 Marqués de Riscal Baron de Chirel Reserva.
by LMD Ermitaño
November 9th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169804

Re: Steak Porn

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Solomillo de Morucha (the beef of Salamanca, Spain), dinner with the wife, Wednesday the 9th October 2019, at El Mesón de Gonzalo, Salamanca; paired with a bottle of 2014 Contino Reserva.
by LMD Ermitaño
November 9th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169804

Re: Steak Porn

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A5 Miyazaki beef cooked by yours truly at home, Saturday before last, the 1st November 2019...
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...paired with Dassai Saké 23 & 39.
by LMD Ermitaño
November 9th, 2019, 12:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC
Replies: 26
Views: 1235

Re: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC

Good deal. Drinks well now; but no rush if you want to hold it for a special occasion.
by LMD Ermitaño
November 7th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579451

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Picked these up yesterday, plus a few Ulysse Collin Les Pierrières BdB & some 2012 Biondi Santi Rosato. Wow, fantastic choices, all four!!! I'm jealous! Hi, Todd; and, thanks! Stocking up for the holiday season, and came across the ‘00 CB & ‘05 Angelus at good prices. Sometimes one gets lucky. Best...
by LMD Ermitaño
November 7th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579451

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Picked these up yesterday, plus a few Ulysse Collin Les Pierrières BdB & some 2012 Biondi Santi Rosato.
by LMD Ermitaño
October 30th, 2019, 4:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?
Replies: 84
Views: 2767

Re: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?

Honestly can’t think which of the bottles at home I’d grab. If I was in an evacuation situation, I’d definitely want something stronger than wine after; so would grab a bottle of single malt Scotch - one of the unopened litre bottles, so there’d be more to drink.
by LMD Ermitaño
October 30th, 2019, 2:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003
Replies: 46
Views: 1786

Re: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003

Laurent Gibet wrote:
October 29th, 2019, 10:10 am
That said, I never tasted wines like Colgin, Screaming Eagle or Harlan ... (neither young nor old).
In the case of Screaming Eagle, in my opinion, you’re not missing anything. Colgin & Harlan are at least distinctive for me; while SE, for me, is just like any other big Napa cab.
by LMD Ermitaño
October 28th, 2019, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Riojan GRs (‘94/‘95) with Lunch.
Replies: 0
Views: 276

A Few Riojan GRs (‘94/‘95) with Lunch.

Hosted a lunch last week for some friends who also happened to be in Logroño, La Rioja. Venue was El Rincon del Vino in the casco viejo, a very short walk from our hotel. With mains of: 603D490D-DABB-438B-A623-5EFD81376F95.jpeg Roasted Lamb Shoulder (1 of 2)... B7E4E055-A3F0-4763-97C5-7C7139C94DFC.j...
by LMD Ermitaño
October 28th, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003
Replies: 46
Views: 1786

Re: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003

The 2003 Pavie was served blind to me (and 5 others) by a friend during a dinner around 3 years ago. I guessed it to be a youngish Napa wine. It did not taste or smell like Bdx to me. When it was revealed, I was not very surprised about my mistake.
by LMD Ermitaño
October 28th, 2019, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579451

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

‘64 & ‘94 Bodegas Franco-Españolas Gran Reservas, purchased last week during a visit. Both bottles picked in our presence from the producer’s library cellar. Can’t get better provenance than that.
by LMD Ermitaño
August 11th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579451

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

From the wine auction of a late friend’s collection, I got some ‘96 Haut-Bailly & ‘96 Lynch-Bages. This afternoon, I put a bid on some ‘98 Ausone. Should know by tomorrow whether or not I got the Ausone.
by LMD Ermitaño
August 11th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10915
Views: 397673

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

14 fine bottles opened with dinner last night (2 of which were magnums), so I wish I had more time to spend on each, especially these two which were mine. The bubbly was the 3rd of these I’ve opened over the past 6 months; the still white was the 2nd in 2 months. Both were good. That said, the forme...
by LMD Ermitaño
August 9th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96
Replies: 34
Views: 1324

Re: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96

J. Galang wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 11:37 pm
Sorry for the slight OT, but what year did Patrice leave Daniel Rion? I know he has his own label now (Patrice Rion).
He left in 2000; but already had, together with his wife, his own small production since 1990.
by LMD Ermitaño
August 8th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579451

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Yesterday, a few each of ‘02 Jadot Corton-Pougets & ‘92 Graham’s Malvedos Vintage Port.
by LMD Ermitaño
August 8th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96
Replies: 34
Views: 1324

Re: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96

I voted Rion VR Beaux Monts because I am familiar with and fond of that particular producer’s wine and have found it reliably pleasing. I also generally favour VRs.

I’ve had some wines from Fourrier and can’t remember anything particularly good or bad - meaning, to me, they are forgettable.
by LMD Ermitaño
August 6th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10915
Views: 397673

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With an early seafood dinner last night at Phuket: Interesting that they actually gave you lemons. Every time I tell them to give me lemons, they give me lime and tell me it is a lemon. I don’t recall being served limes instead of lemons in Phuket; but, then, last time I was in Phuket before this t...
by LMD Ermitaño
August 5th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10915
Views: 397673

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With an early seafood dinner last night at Phuket:
by LMD Ermitaño
August 3rd, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10915
Views: 397673

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Flew into Phuket last night for 4 nights to attend an old friend’s birthday parties. Pickings are comparatively slim in Phuket (the bottles I brought are gifts for the celebrant); but managed to have an acceptable rosé (from the wine list) with lunch at the hotel; and, a decent red with dinner from ...
by LMD Ermitaño
July 30th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.
Replies: 37
Views: 3650

Re: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.

Ed Gonzales wrote:
July 30th, 2019, 10:33 am
craig only drinks baller wines.
I think I just may be able to handle that.
by LMD Ermitaño
July 30th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.
Replies: 37
Views: 3650

Re: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.

Craig G wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 10:59 pm
My image is more of Noel leaping up and stuffing Yao Ming.
Note to self: bring a special bottle for Craig next I’m in SF.
by LMD Ermitaño
July 30th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.
Replies: 37
Views: 3650

Re: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.

Did they really state "Produce of France" on the 1971? Just wondering.. Though I’ve seen a few on the web without the subject line on the top of the label; most have it. Which reminds me that I failed to mention re: the ‘94: aside from the label missing the European recycling support symbol on the ...
by LMD Ermitaño
July 30th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579451

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

12 x 2016 Chateau Lamarque Took a flyer on some everyday stuff. Never had it but Neal Martin raved about it, Leve did not (I kid, he calls it fresh and charming), and it was all of $21.99 BTC. It is an old estate, ages in cement, malo in vats, finished in a mix of new (33%) and used French oak. I l...
by LMD Ermitaño
July 30th, 2019, 4:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579451

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Just a few to give as a gift to an old friend for his birthday. He particularly favours Ch. Talbot.
by LMD Ermitaño
July 29th, 2019, 4:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.
Replies: 37
Views: 3650

Re: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.

C Chen wrote:
July 27th, 2019, 11:56 pm
At this point in time, I’ve seen overwhelmingly more fake Petrus from Chinese sources than real. Smart decision to reject the bottles.
Thanks. There are many fine bottles out there waiting to be bought and enjoyed. No big to pass on some when in doubt, especially at Pétrus’ prices.
by LMD Ermitaño
July 29th, 2019, 4:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.
Replies: 37
Views: 3650

Re: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 3:36 am
I was a little creeped out that St. Peter appears to be in the bottle.
Heh heh I was trying to get in for a little sniff/taste.
by LMD Ermitaño
July 29th, 2019, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.
Replies: 37
Views: 3650

Re: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.

Steen T Olsen wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 11:56 am
Did they really state "Produce of France" on the 1971? Just wondering..
Though I’ve seen a few on the web without the subject line on the top of the label; most have it.
by LMD Ermitaño
July 27th, 2019, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.
Replies: 37
Views: 3650

Re: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.

Pétrus 1994 whose label did not stay on the glass. picture of the label alone. http://www.academiedesvinsanciens.org/uploads/DSC08924.jpg Pétrus 1971 http://www.academiedesvinsanciens.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/20190131_161558.jpg From what I see on the pictures of LMD, I am not sure that I wou...
by LMD Ermitaño
July 25th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit
Replies: 52
Views: 2042

Re: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit

Unless the restaurant has an amazing cellar, I bring my own. I like older wine, and 99% of all restaurants have young wines with horrible mark ups. Happy to pay a reasonable corkage Pretty much the same; except, when at my regular neighbourhood pintxos bar (owned by good friends), I just buy txakol...
by LMD Ermitaño
July 22nd, 2019, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 wine
Replies: 37
Views: 1485

Re: 1981 wine

Rare Wine Co has the 1981 Lopez de Heredia Gran Riservas (all of them) available. You could do a lot worse. Definitely agree; and, though I do tend to buy/drink LdH’s Viña Tondonia GRs more often, in the case of vintage 1981, I prefer their Viña Bosconia GR. Ps. Disclosure: I, together with a partn...

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