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by Diane Kessler
January 19th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 211
Views: 16445

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

Goodness, I don't expect participation in Politics or heated debates on wine topics even but engagement with customers is a great thing. Just being a presence - thanks folks for tasting notes on your wines, contribute to the weather posts or comment on a wine you enjoyed recently that wasn't yours ...
by Diane Kessler
January 4th, 2020, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5092

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

I don't think it's fair to grade any producer based on years like 03, 05, 07 or 15. The vintages are hot, the wines are warm, ripe and full of alcohol. If you tell me you don't like a wine based on 2006, or 2010, that's a different story, but I see a lot of comments based on 2003 and 2007, and I re...
by Diane Kessler
December 29th, 2019, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11166
Views: 410994

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1986 Gruaud Larose - surprisingly youthful with bright cherry, cedar, tobacco, and a deliciously long finish. Tannins are softening and there is plenty of life left. Exquisite pairing with lamb cassoulet at Union Square Cafe.
by Diane Kessler
December 28th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 207
Views: 13922

Re: Long Island

ArtF wrote:
December 28th, 2019, 9:18 am
Robke's Country Inn, Northport. Not sure about a restaurant that only serves wine by the glass. Anyone been? Corkage is allowed, seems to be around $20 - $25. Cash only. Not sure if they take reservations.
I think it has been around a long time, but I’ve never gone. What is the appeal?
by Diane Kessler
December 27th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 a shipping odyssey
Replies: 38
Views: 2076

Re: 2019 a shipping odyssey

Hi all, hope everyone now has their shipments from WineBid (and everywhere else as well), and that everything arrived safely. It is my understanding that FedEx is reasonably caught up and the temps are pretty good around most of the country, so a great time to schedule shipments to yourself. We are...
by Diane Kessler
December 25th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2280

Re: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

You have a gift, Dan. It is a beautiful story, and it is beautifully written. The holiday season is a time for reflection and reminiscing. Thank you for sharing.
by Diane Kessler
December 22nd, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 5816

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

I agree with many already listed, but these also qualify

Chateau Lanessan-last vintage I bought was 2009 for $16

Laherte Freres BdB

Sunier Morgon and Fleurie

Scherrer Zinfandel on futures
by Diane Kessler
December 19th, 2019, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 a shipping odyssey
Replies: 38
Views: 2076

Re: 2019 a shipping odyssey

My winebid box is stalled on Nebraska. 3.5 days now. May be popsicles for all I know ... Mike, mine shows the same since last weekend. I tried the FedEx “chat” on Tuesday and was told it was at the destination warehouse and would be delivered the next day. It was not and still showing NE. I spoke t...
by Diane Kessler
December 15th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 16
Views: 842

Re: TN: 2001 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon

1992, 1993, 1994, and 2001 have been my favorite Togni, all consumed within the past 5 years. I’m still sitting on 3 of the 2001. I have a 2005 planned for Christmas Eve, since I am curious to try a younger Togni and hope that it has maintained its old world personality.
by Diane Kessler
December 12th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 211
Views: 16445

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

I insist that all berserker owners/management owe me, or rather my bank account, an apology. I joined this site late this year (though I managed to pick up some Sandler-thanks Ed!) but this is my list from this thread alone. If anyone sees any glaring ommisions, please advise. Black Cat, Ridge, San...
by Diane Kessler
December 11th, 2019, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Fratelli Brovia Barolo Brea Vigna Ca'mia
Replies: 6
Views: 668

Re: TN: 2013 Fratelli Brovia Barolo Brea Vigna Ca'mia

Nice note. I love Brovia and the’99 Ca Mia was right on point last year. I have a couple of ‘13 base Barolo that I want to get to this winter.
by Diane Kessler
December 8th, 2019, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11166
Views: 410994

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1989 Gruaud Larose - somm at the restaurant opened the bottle and brought it to me. She said she had smelled it and would let me decide. I thought it was as it should be, and had it poured in our glasses. Air did wonders for it and brought out the cherry fruit with florals, cedar, and truffles. Stu...
by Diane Kessler
December 8th, 2019, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11166
Views: 410994

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1989 Gruaud Larose - somm at the restaurant opened the bottle and brought it to me. She said she had smelled it and would let me decide. I thought it was as it should be, and had it poured in our glasses. Air did wonders for it and brought out the cherry fruit with florals, cedar, and truffles. Stu...
by Diane Kessler
December 7th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11166
Views: 410994

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1989 Gruaud Larose - somm at the restaurant opened the bottle and brought it to me. She said she had smelled it and would let me decide. I thought it was as it should be, and had it poured in our glasses. Air did wonders for it and brought out the cherry fruit with florals, cedar, and truffles. Stun...
by Diane Kessler
November 30th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7709

Re: Black Friday Deals

I couldn’t resist a couple of bottles of 2002 Pichon Baron and 2016 Boxler Riesling at Morrells.
by Diane Kessler
November 30th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7709

Re: Black Friday Deals

Benchmark is having one of their frustrating-to-search bin sales. As far as I can tell (I find it problematic you seem to have to search mutiple price catetories blind and can't arrange it to only search, say, Bordeaux that's for sale) the only French wines discounted are Champagnes. LMK if I'm wro...
by Diane Kessler
November 27th, 2019, 4:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Chateau Magdelaine, St. Emilion - and some advisory comments for folks with more than half of a brain
Replies: 25
Views: 955

Re: TN: 1995 Chateau Magdelaine, St. Emilion - and some advisory comments for folks with more than half of a brain

That is disappointing. I have a couple and was planning to open one this winter. I guess I’ll wait.
by Diane Kessler
November 24th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 207
Views: 13922

Re: Long Island

Not sure if it’s open for Thanksgiving, but you are very close to Steve’s Piccolo Bussola.
by Diane Kessler
November 20th, 2019, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11166
Views: 410994

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: 87
Views: 7627

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: 602

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: 602

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: 207
Views: 13922

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: 207
Views: 13922

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: 207
Views: 13922

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: 11166
Views: 410994

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: 12540
Views: 604779

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: 8366

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: 207
Views: 13922

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: 8366

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: 207
Views: 13922

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: 4558

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: 207
Views: 13922

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: 12540
Views: 604779

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: 1739
Views: 211050

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: 182
Views: 11402

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: 28
Views: 2612

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: 78
Views: 4853

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: 78
Views: 4853

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: 78
Views: 4853

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: 1080

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: 1303

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: 120
Views: 6137

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: 1303

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: 981

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: 844

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: 2114

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: 2114

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: 11166
Views: 410994

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: 11166
Views: 410994

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2006 Pol Roger Brut - such precision and cut. Superb.

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