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by Diane Kessler
July 9th, 2019, 4:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 27
Views: 708

Re: New Orleans Hotels

Sherri, since you are a frequent visitor to New Orleans, what restaurants do you like?
by Diane Kessler
July 7th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Ceritas Porter-Bass Chardonnay / 2014 White Rose Estate Murto Pinot Noir
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: TN: 2011 Ceritas Porter-Bass Chardonnay / 2014 White Rose Estate Murto Pinot Noir

I don't seem to hold my Ceritas that long, although Cellartracker shows that I still have a 2011 - I just can't find it. I opened a 2014 Porter Bass Chardonnay the other day that was stunning.
by Diane Kessler
July 6th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?
Replies: 56
Views: 1753

Re: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?

We brought a 2014 Ceritas Porter Bass Chardonnay to our favorite restaurant overlooking the Great South Bay. Wine food, and scenery were spectacular.
by Diane Kessler
July 6th, 2019, 5:18 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 27
Views: 708

Re: New Orleans Hotels

Mike Evans wrote:
July 5th, 2019, 7:27 am
I haven’t been there in over a decade, but I always enjoyed the Hotel Monteleone.
A friend of a friend stays here. I just booked it.

I appreciate all the recommendations.
by Diane Kessler
July 4th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 27
Views: 708

Re: New Orleans Hotels

Where do you like to stay? I haven't been there in 25 years. Ooooh, you are going to have such a great time! I've stayed at a bunch of places usually connected to some business event, where the choice wasn't mine, and every time I wish I had stayed at the Soniat House. https://www.soniathouse.com/ ...
by Diane Kessler
July 4th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Aruba: Suggestions for Restaurants etc.
Replies: 39
Views: 2094

Re: Aruba: Suggestions for Restaurants etc.

We have been going for the past 20 years and bring wine with us for restaurants and Champagne on our balcony before heading out to dinner. This past May was the first time ever I ran into a byo snafu and that was at Yemanja. We've been there many times and always byo'd but they decided in January t...
by Diane Kessler
July 4th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Aruba: Suggestions for Restaurants etc.
Replies: 39
Views: 2094

Re: Aruba: Suggestions for Restaurants etc.

We have been going for the past 20 years and bring wine with us for restaurants and Champagne on our balcony before heading out to dinner. This past May was the first time ever I ran into a byo snafu and that was at Yemanja. We've been there many times and always byo'd but they decided in January to...
by Diane Kessler
July 4th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 27
Views: 708

New Orleans Hotels

Where do you like to stay? I haven't been there in 25 years.
by Diane Kessler
July 1st, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 464
Views: 22170

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Bought 9 bottles this month and consumed 15. Five are rose and Champagne - I'm not sure if I should count those. The important thing is I am still going in the right direction
by Diane Kessler
June 28th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 2 Drawer Dishwasher - odd question
Replies: 12
Views: 652

Re: 2 Drawer Dishwasher - odd question

Brian Tuite wrote:
June 28th, 2019, 2:13 pm
I may be oversimplifying things but I just open the door and look.
Do you simply look, or do you have to pick things up and examine? I used to do that, but my system really is easy.
by Diane Kessler
June 28th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with Family. My wine options are...
Replies: 18
Views: 1119

Re: Dinner with Family. My wine options are...

Why not bring the wine you want and order your wife a glass of white. It sounds like a solution to keep everyone happy.
by Diane Kessler
June 28th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 2 Drawer Dishwasher - odd question
Replies: 12
Views: 652

Re: 2 Drawer Dishwasher - odd question

I have a system that may sound confusing, but it is rather simple. I always use the top drawer first, and when I am going to run it and add the soap, I also add soap to the bottom. If there are dishes in the drawer, I check if there is soap, and if there is, the dishes are dirty and that drawer need...
by Diane Kessler
June 10th, 2019, 4:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)
Replies: 11
Views: 672

Re: TN: 2011 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)

I drank all of mine. It was a great vintage for them. A Northern Rhone ringer.
by Diane Kessler
June 2nd, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352740

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Yesterday and sipping on a remaining glass today

Egly Ouriet Rose that is stunning
by Diane Kessler
May 31st, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 464
Views: 22170

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Finally, I can say I bought nothing this month. Consumed 18, so a big -18 this month. It feels good.
by Diane Kessler
May 22nd, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Chateau Magdelaine, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Replies: 21
Views: 687

Re: TN: 2002 Chateau Magdelaine, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

I also used the Loire comparison when I had this wine in January. I found it had enough dark cherries to stand up to the green streak. While it exhibits the weakness of the vintage, it is a satisfying wine, nonetheless.
by Diane Kessler
May 19th, 2019, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which syrahs are retirement worthy?
Replies: 43
Views: 2606

Re: which syrahs are retirement worthy?

I may have missed it, but I didn't see any mention of Lagier Meredith. Reasonably priced, and they age beautifully. I mainly drink Northern Rhone Syrah, but also enjoy Lagier Meredith.
by Diane Kessler
May 13th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mother's Day 2019 - What are you guys opening?
Replies: 14
Views: 623

Re: Mother's Day 2019 - What are you guys opening?

We had a 2013 Vincent Bjornson Pinot Noir with charcuterie after a day at the beach in Aruba. With dinner of grilled grouper, I opened a stunning 2015 Rhys Alpine Chardonnay.
by Diane Kessler
May 13th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4598

Re: Rhys offer

Just had a 2015 Alpine Chard while on vacation in Aruba. Another stunning Alpine Chard.
by Diane Kessler
May 10th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wine Gods Are Angry - May 2019 FKA Leo's Blind Tasting Group
Replies: 33
Views: 1541

Re: The Wine Gods Are Angry - May 2019 FKA Leo's Blind Tasting Group

I love that a 1998 Scherrer OMV Zinfandel was so impressive among some stiff competition. To me, they are such interesting wines and I enjoy them at all phases of their evolution. I had a 2013 last night.
by Diane Kessler
April 29th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine
Replies: 33
Views: 1307

Re: TN: 2014 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine

Last summer, when heading out to our friends' boat, I grabbed a bottle of what I thought was the Val Vilaine. Once there, I opened the bottle, and as I'm pouring, I see it's Ursules. The labels are the same dark gray that it is difficult to see any difference. I can't say I liked it any more than Va...
by Diane Kessler
April 1st, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 464
Views: 22170

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Diane Kessler wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 3:39 pm
I was so good in February-bought 2 and consumed 12. Probably my best month since we started this. Here it is March 2, and I am sinking. I already bought 8 bottles and drank 1.
The month didn't end up being as bad as it started. Purchased 16 and consumed 13.
by Diane Kessler
March 31st, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352740

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Bereche Remensis - berries and brisk acidity upon opening with bready elements showing later. A beauty. 2007 Levet La Chavaroche - needed decanting. Rustic and complex. Iron, black olives, orange peel, berries, ending on a licorice note. Two fantastic wines last night with a third poured down the dr...
by Diane Kessler
March 27th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wine Cellarage
Replies: 16
Views: 933

Re: The Wine Cellarage

I haven't bought in a couple of years but never had a problem with in stock or pre-arrival.
by Diane Kessler
March 25th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coz it's time for Cos
Replies: 14
Views: 1454

Re: Coz it's time for Cos

I love Bordeaux, and I can't think of one, from 1982 forward, where I said I would never want to drink that one again....except the 2003 Cos. I opened one bottle about 5 years ago and got rid of my remaining bottles. While I am not a big fan of the vintage, I have had some that I have enjoyed.
by Diane Kessler
March 17th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352740

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Neal, I had the 1996 Montrose with Merrill about 5 years ago, and it was beautiful but not as mature as I would like. I'm hanging onto my one remaining bottle. 2000 Montrose is another story - that one may never be ready.

You are forgiven for the extra"n"
by Diane Kessler
March 17th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352740

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1996 Calon Segur - the second 1996 Left Bank I have had in the past several weeks and they are both firmly in their drinking window. The palate is bright with cherries, minerals, and tobacco. Tannins are soft and the finish is long. That's great to hear Dianne! I have a few that I've been scared to...
by Diane Kessler
March 17th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352740

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1996 Calon Segur - the second 1996 Left Bank I have had in the past several weeks and they are both firmly in their drinking window. The palate is bright with cherries, minerals, and tobacco. Tannins are soft and the finish is long.
by Diane Kessler
March 14th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352740

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier Molsheim Riesling trocken Great value dry riesling. Nose is more complex than I was expecting, initially with ripe pear and green apple notes then evolving into grapefruit and a touch of citrus. There is a crisp and refreshing quality about the wine, not austere, wit...
by Diane Kessler
March 2nd, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 170
Views: 11386

Re: Long Island

Afghan Grill, on Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park. No charge to BYO. Glasses are scarce so bring stems. Family run, store front restaurant for middle eastern kabobs and stews. We liked the charred, bone in Cornish hen, lamb stew with eggplant, large plate of seasoned basmati rice and cardamon spice...
by Diane Kessler
March 2nd, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 170
Views: 11386

Re: Long Island

Afghan Grill, on Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park. No charge to BYO. Glasses are scarce so bring stems. Family run, store front restaurant for middle eastern kabobs and stews. We liked the charred, bone in Cornish hen, lamb stew with eggplant, large plate of seasoned basmati rice and cardamon spice...
by Diane Kessler
March 2nd, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 464
Views: 22170

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I was so good in February-bought 2 and consumed 12. Probably my best month since we started this. Here it is March 2, and I am sinking. I already bought 8 bottles and drank 1.
by Diane Kessler
February 17th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4598

Re: Rhys offer

Tonight’s 2013 Alpine Chardonnay was simply delicious. Reinforces my decision to stick with Alpine and Horseshoe.
by Diane Kessler
February 17th, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '99 Heitz Cellar Cab - Serving Recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 546

Re: '99 Heitz Cellar Cab - Serving Recommendations

Sounds like a great meal to go with the wine. I didn't care for 1999s when released but I am liking them a lot now. If you find it, 1999 Dunn Napa Cab is fantastic.
by Diane Kessler
February 12th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4598

Re: Rhys offer

Alpine and Horseshoe are my favorites - both Pinots and Chardonnays. I've had Bearwallow show well on occasion, but that and Family Farm have disappointed me too many times. I'll stick to my favorites, and as prices creep up, I order less.
by Diane Kessler
February 6th, 2019, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11247
Views: 510581

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I took advantage of this beautiful weather and took delivery of my recent purchases.

2013 Brovia Garblet Sue
2012 Brovia Ca Mia
2007 Produttori Rio Sordo
1999 Brezza Cannubi
2005 Radici Taurasi Riserva Mastroberadino
2017 Peter Lauer Feils Riesling
by Diane Kessler
February 4th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352740

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

I just had the last glass of a 1999 Dunn Napa Cab that I opened over the weekend. This would not be pegged as a Napa Cab. A beautiful wine with aromatics that draw you in. The palate has refreshing acidity, tobacco, cherry, bell pepper, and a nice long finish. Tannins are present but they are soft. ...
by Diane Kessler
January 31st, 2019, 5:24 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC last minute Bordeaux offline (tomorrow 1/31 midtown)
Replies: 18
Views: 762

Re: NYC last minute Bordeaux offline (tomorrow 1/31 midtown)

Just saw this. I have other commitments but I would be interested some other time. I have lots of Bordeaux in those vintages. I just opened a 1996 Leoville Poyferre this weekend.
by Diane Kessler
January 28th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 8716

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

Like many here I drink lots of European wine. But I really appreciate the opportunity to get to know new US producers and support them. Seems like this is a great day for both we consumers in terms of deals and for producers to move some volume. A nice community event for a hobby that is so commerc...
by Diane Kessler
January 28th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 8716

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

It was fun having the weekend to read the stories of the wineries that are new to me. I strayed a little from my original plan, but that is part of the fun. Flannery NYStrip/Wagyu pack will be shipped to my son in Sebastabol for my visit in a couple of weeks. He and his family are excited about that...
by Diane Kessler
January 26th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Flannery Beef!
Replies: 82
Views: 5226

Re: Flannery Beef!

I just ordered the NY Strip/Wagyu combo to go to my son in Sebastapol in time for my visit there in a couple of weeks. My freezer is packed with Flannery so I doubt I will be ordering anything for home.
by Diane Kessler
January 17th, 2019, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352740

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2007 Scherrer Pinot Noir Platt Vineyard - I find Platt needs more time than other Scherrer Pinots for the tannins to soften. This one is a beauty. Cherry pit, truffles, sous bois, with orange peel at the end. I don't see this getting any better.
by Diane Kessler
January 14th, 2019, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352740

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1999 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow - if ever there was a California Cab that drank like a mature Pauillac. This was excellent pairing with our Flannery steaks.
by Diane Kessler
January 13th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352740

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 7:02 pm
2016 Roilette Cuvee Tardive. Always a winner, year after year.
I had the non Tardive the other night, and was happy with it. Up next will be the Tardive.
by Diane Kessler
January 7th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352740

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2002 Magdelaine - beautiful, lush nose. The palate shows good fruit, however. there is a thinness along with a green streak and dusty tannins. Strong resemblance to a Loire Cab Franc. Liked it a lot with our short ribs. Yup. I dig this vintage of Magdelaine very much. I can see this being right in ...
by Diane Kessler
January 7th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352740

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Lots of good wines opened last night, but there were 3 standouts

1991 Ridge Monte Bello
1992 Chateau Montelena
2004 Ornellaia
by Diane Kessler
January 5th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352740

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2002 Magdelaine - beautiful, lush nose. The palate shows good fruit, however. there is a thinness along with a green streak and dusty tannins. Strong resemblance to a Loire Cab Franc. Liked it a lot with our short ribs.
by Diane Kessler
January 2nd, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 7184

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

I can't usually pick one, but this time I can.

1996 Salon opened at The Modern on my birthday.
by Diane Kessler
December 25th, 2018, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Magdelaine
Replies: 61
Views: 2531

Re: 2000 Magdelaine

If I hadn't pulled a wine for tonight's dinner (1990 Dominus), I would now be digging around the cellar for one of my 2000 Magdelaine. I had one about 5 years ago and decided to let the rest slumber.
by Diane Kessler
December 4th, 2018, 3:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: 2001 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

Five years ago I did a small verical of 91, 94, 95, 97, and 01. I liked the 01 but thought the 91 & 94 were much better, but then I really prefer the more restrained wines and the change between 91, 94, 95 and 97 & 01 was very obvious. Tony Soter had sold Etude by 2001 but I believe he was still ma...

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