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by Diane Kessler
November 20th, 2019, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10942
Views: 399306

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1995 Chave
1978 Haut Brion
1978 Gaja Sori San Lorenzo
2011 Mascarello

It was a good wine night
by Diane Kessler
November 18th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 6156

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

https://www.lavinia.fr/fr/produits/jacques-lassaigne-blanc-de-blancs-cuvee-20-ans-2008 if anybody like me was curious about the 08 lassaigne offer from the other day, i do not believe the information in the email was very accurate. the usual millesime releases retail about 70 euro, so this is selli...
by Diane Kessler
November 17th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: TN: 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

There doesn’t seem to be much talk of Sandrone here. We had a delightful visit in Piedmont over 10 years ago with his daughter, Barbara. For some reason, when I think about opening a Barolo, I overlook Sandrone.
by Diane Kessler
November 17th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: TN: 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Only 93 points? Your description sounds like a 96-98 pointer. Was there something holding you back on scoring? (I like Sandrone, and own a fair amount. What tends to hold me back somewhat is a certain slickness or homogeneity. One of my wine friends can spot them a mile away-says that every bottle ...
by Diane Kessler
November 17th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 190
Views: 13192

Re: Long Island

I’m glad you liked it, Art.
by Diane Kessler
November 17th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 190
Views: 13192

Re: Long Island

Any options near the Nassau Coliseum for before a show, and on a Sunday? Thanks for any tips. Asher, the only place I can think of, and it may not be what you are looking for, is Stella Ristorante in Floral Park. It has been around for over 50 years, and the menu probably hasn’t changed, but that i...
by Diane Kessler
November 17th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 190
Views: 13192

Re: Long Island

Any options near the Nassau Coliseum for before a show, and on a Sunday? Thanks for any tips. Asher, the only place I can think of, and it may not be what you are looking for, is Stella Ristorante in Floral Park. It has been around for over 50 years, and the menu probably hasn’t changed, but that i...
by Diane Kessler
November 17th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10942
Views: 399306

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

David Schliecker wrote:
November 16th, 2019, 8:38 am
LAst night it was the 2013 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir and it was flat out fantastic. Makes me wish I hadn't stopped buying.
I just had the 2013 Horseshoe Pinot a couple of weeks ago - also fantastic. I’ve dropped off a lot of mailing lists, but have stuck with Rhys.
by Diane Kessler
November 16th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12133
Views: 582284

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Ramon C wrote:
November 16th, 2019, 2:45 am
These.


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Nice.
by Diane Kessler
November 11th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 118
Views: 8022

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

We calculated that we had not been to Cafe Du Monde in almost 11 years, but we had first timers with us for part of this trip so we also visited. A sunny day, so it was the quicker take out line, then enjoyed on a bench in Jackson Square admiring the cathedral. Shake em up in that bag with the powe...
by Diane Kessler
November 11th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 190
Views: 13192

Re: Long Island

Any options near the Nassau Coliseum for before a show, and on a Sunday? Thanks for any tips. Asher, the only place I can think of, and it may not be what you are looking for, is Stella Ristorante in Floral Park. It has been around for over 50 years, and the menu probably hasn’t changed, but that i...
by Diane Kessler
November 11th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 118
Views: 8022

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

We were just there last week and went to a few places on this list. Our top two restaurants were Le Petite Grocery and Herbsaint. The short rib appetizer with fried peanuts at LPG was delicious, as were a couple of fish entrees. I never looked at the wine list since I brought a 2008 Chevillon LSG wh...
by Diane Kessler
October 30th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 190
Views: 13192

Re: Long Island

I think it is even better than when it was Zar. I had forgotten about it until a friend suggested it recently.
by Diane Kessler
October 29th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '16 MacD ship date
Replies: 65
Views: 4350

Re: '16 MacD ship date

Mine was delivered yesterday. Ceritas is being delayed.
by Diane Kessler
October 29th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 190
Views: 13192

Re: Long Island

The small and cozy Basil Cafe in Saint James is a terrific Persian restaurant that is byo with no corkage charge. I brought a Riesling and Beaujolais that went well with assorted kebabs and grilled salmon. Service is extremely competent and very sweet.
by Diane Kessler
October 25th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12133
Views: 582284

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Failla and Lioco keeps sending me their stuff. I didn't know I'd signed up for it to be recurring, but I have no complaints. Their stuff is amazing. Now, where is that Ceritas shipment they charged me for 3 months ago...? [cry.gif] I just received an email with my Ceritas shipping date. It is somet...
by Diane Kessler
October 23rd, 2019, 4:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1597
Views: 190221

Re: Official Costco Thread

Costco here on Long Island does not sell wine, but I asked my daughter in Minnesota to check her Costco for 2008 Dom Pérignon and they had it for $149.99. Higher than some other Costco's that I am seeing here, but I still asked her to get me a couple.
by Diane Kessler
October 21st, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 151
Views: 8583

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Did you ever grill the Picanha offheat and then blast it on heat?
by Diane Kessler
October 20th, 2019, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Léoville Barton
Replies: 25
Views: 2181

Re: 2002 Léoville Barton

I had the 2002 LB last week it was shockingly good. I avoided the vintage and just picked up this lone bottle on a whim, after drinking a Magdelaine, and now I wish I had a case of it. Interesting comparison with the 2001, Julian.
by Diane Kessler
October 18th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 50
Views: 2315

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

That’s good to know, is it really already drinking? I guess 11 is quite a precocious vintage. Mine is the 01 Pie Franco but that may have been just over a year ago. Already good, showing much promise. All wines so far listed such youngsters. It is drinking beautifully now. What decanting regimen di...
by Diane Kessler
October 16th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 50
Views: 2315

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

2011 Cappellano Pie Rupestris - a real beauty That’s good to know, is it really already drinking? I guess 11 is quite a precocious vintage. Mine is the 01 Pie Franco but that may have been just over a year ago. Already good, showing much promise. All wines so far listed such youngsters. It is drink...
by Diane Kessler
October 16th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 50
Views: 2315

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

2011 Cappellano Pie Rupestris - a real beauty
by Diane Kessler
October 14th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 28
Views: 987

Re: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Cellartracker shows I still have one of these. Now I have to find it. Great note.
by Diane Kessler
October 11th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1208

Re: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014

Josh, I didn’t realize just how descriptive your note was until I opened the 2013 Balcombe tonight. I won’t even attempt to write a tasting note since your note is perfect for this wine, as well. A slight difference would be I get more of a mineralality on the finish. A beautiful wine.
by Diane Kessler
October 9th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 113
Views: 5142

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

Lots of very good Champagne this year, but the clear winner is

2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose
by Diane Kessler
October 6th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1208

Re: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014

Nice note, Josh. I almost opened a 2013 last week, but opened a different Oregon Pinot. I last had the 2013 PG Balcombe two years ago and it was lovely. I am new to Patricia Green but have enjoyed the few I have opened.
by Diane Kessler
October 1st, 2019, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 1996 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cab
Replies: 18
Views: 915

Re: TN 1996 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cab

I love Dalla Valle from the early to mid 1990s.

Andy, I found the 2005 to be riper and higher in alcohol. I much prefer the older ones.
by Diane Kessler
September 23rd, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dinner in Oakland
Replies: 18
Views: 787

Re: Dinner in Oakland

Since then, I’ve been back to Belotti twice. Hugely disappointed with our dinner a year ago. Mixed up our cocktails and insisted that they were correct. When I told the waiter my husband is allergic to gin, he double checked with the bartender and, yes, they were reversed. Americano and Negroni can ...
by Diane Kessler
September 15th, 2019, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 26
Views: 2059

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

Diane, I'm looking forward to reading about your champagne gems! Warren Warren, I rarely discuss Champagne, but a couple that I brought to dinners were a 1996 Salon and a 2006 Comtes de Champagne Rose and each one was stunning. I opened a 2006 Pol Roger Brut the other day and I had to check the lab...
by Diane Kessler
September 14th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 26
Views: 2059

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

My buddy chickened out and brought a 2000 La Tour Haut Brion. He told me he was bringing a 2000 Latour and I was surprised that he had that, but the LTHB was probably better for drinking now. It was quite good with the dry aged duck at The Modern.
by Diane Kessler
September 14th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10942
Views: 399306

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2012 Beta Cabernet Sauvignon - my second bottle of 3 and hasn’t changed much since last year, when I very much enjoyed that bottle. Dark cherry, espresso, black olive, earthy, moderately acidic, and good length. Balance and restraint. I perceived less alcohol than the 14.1% on the label. My kind of ...
by Diane Kessler
September 13th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10942
Views: 399306

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2006 Pol Roger Brut - such precision and cut. Superb.
by Diane Kessler
August 19th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 26
Views: 2059

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

I’ve had some good, mostly left bank, Bordeaux from 1989, so I was thinking Petit Cheval or the 2000 Daumas, however, no one is giving that a strong endorsement.
by Diane Kessler
August 19th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 26
Views: 2059

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

That Batailley is or was a nice wine but it is probably on the downside of its useful existence. At the right price I'd def buy it and drink it in the next 5 weeks or so. I've never had a convincing 1980 bdx so I'd take a pass on the Lascombes. The Petit Cheval would be a lot of fun, again, at the ...
by Diane Kessler
August 19th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 26
Views: 2059

Your thoughts on these old wines

A friend is considering bringing a couple of bottles from his cellar to dinner. When I have brought wine to celebrate my birthday with them, I bring a couple of gems from my cellar in the form of Champagne and a nicely aged Bordeaux. In a couple of weeks we are going out to celebrate his wife’s birt...
by Diane Kessler
August 17th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10942
Views: 399306

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 6:31 pm
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Surprisingly, a total yawn.
5 years ago it was better. My last bottle, which was less than 1 year ago, was more like yours.
by Diane Kessler
August 14th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 32
Views: 1382

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Sebastian C. wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Diane Kessler wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 9:28 am
Steven Dilley wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 4:32 pm


Same here... one great bottle, one oxidized.
2 out of 3 oxidized for me. I haven't opened the third.
Did you get them replaced?
Will be replaced in the Fall.
by Diane Kessler
August 13th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 32
Views: 1382

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

I've had a poor experience with the 2014. Three out of four bottles were advanced. (The one correct bottle was beautiful, so I know what this wine is capable of.) Looking at CT , even many TNs that do not call the wine out as flawed don't sound right, citing apple flavors and a heavy/oily texture. ...
by Diane Kessler
August 11th, 2019, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10942
Views: 399306

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
August 10th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Going to Michel Richard Central for dinner tonight (our anniversary) and we'll take a 2007 Bollinger Grand Anneé Rosé. I've never had this wine before and am looking forward to it
Happy Anniversary, Neal. I hope you enjoyed the Champagne. I just had the regular 2007 Bollinger GA yesterday.
by Diane Kessler
August 10th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10942
Views: 399306

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1994 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon- so many Bordeaux characteristics. The nose showed tobacco, cedar, and bell pepper. The palate had mostly resolved tannins, good acidity, underlying fruit, and licorice at the end. At peak and delicious.
by Diane Kessler
August 10th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?
Replies: 33
Views: 2053

Re: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?

In June, Corison offered to ship cold chain instead of waiting until the Fall. I opted to wait. I don’t want my wine going cross country in the summer.
by Diane Kessler
August 8th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 60
Views: 4176

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

As I cut way back on my purchasing, I will not skip their world class Porter Bass Chards. I probably should have ordered more, but I decided to include the Hellenthal Pinot, which I have skipped the past few vintages.
by Diane Kessler
August 2nd, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10942
Views: 399306

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2005 Harlan Estate - I traded for this bottle about 6 years ago. My only other Harlan was about 15 years ago at a dinner brought by a very generous person and it remained in my brain as the best wine I ever had. This trade took place when I was visiting my son in Berkeley and my son asked me when I ...
by Diane Kessler
July 29th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?
Replies: 121
Views: 5115

Re: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?

I really didn’t want to look at the number, but it’s 35 and I don’t feel so bad. Still staying ahead of consumption/acquisition.
by Diane Kessler
July 9th, 2019, 4:34 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 32
Views: 2538

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: 493

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: 57
Views: 2266

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 32
Views: 2538

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 32
Views: 2538

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Aruba: Suggestions for Restaurants etc.
Replies: 45
Views: 2697

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...

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