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by Mike Grammer
June 16th, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall
Replies: 5
Views: 245

TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall

This was some night. Tran Bronstein, Jay Shampur, Michael Wright and I--the founding members of Tran's TWEC, headed out to a familiar haunt for them and a too-long-away location for me, Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario. Chef Jason was in terrific form with the tasting menu and also spent considera...
by Mike Grammer
June 14th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2238

Re: Went nuts and ...

Panos Kakaviatos wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Mike Grammer wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 12:38 pm
I get first dibs--Panos is still holding my bottle of 2009 Mugneret-Gibourg Chambolle Feusselottes hostage---this would be a lovely wine to pair with that one [grin.gif]

Great work, amigo!
Mike ! We must find a date :-)
and a place. And Jurgen. It wouldn't be right without Jurgen! :)
by Mike Grammer
June 13th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best Young Beaucastel!
Replies: 17
Views: 1324

Re: The Best Young Beaucastel!

Surprised to see someone with your palate write this, Jeremy. Young Beaucastel's I've had 2001 - 2012 have almost always been dark, alcoholic, extracted, and sometimes stewed (except for 2008, oddly). No real secondary notes and they've almost all felt like they've lacked the finesse and potential ...
by Mike Grammer
June 13th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tondonia and Clos Roche Blanche
Replies: 11
Views: 484

Re: Tondonia and Clos Roche Blanche

Haven't had the 03. Have tasted the 04 multiple times and very solid stuff. I actually think the 05 Tondonia might end up the best of that triptych though. Thanks for the notes, Jay.
by Mike Grammer
June 13th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2238

Re: Went nuts and ...

I get first dibs--Panos is still holding my bottle of 2009 Mugneret-Gibourg Chambolle Feusselottes hostage---this would be a lovely wine to pair with that one [grin.gif]

Great work, amigo!
by Mike Grammer
June 13th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine country vacation suggestions.
Replies: 35
Views: 1620

Re: Wine country vacation suggestions.

Two trips down there for me and I never did get to Tazzie. Cap D'Estaing is still the flag-bearer there, and pretty good wine. Josef Chromy is OK (I think both Chard and PN IIRC). Those are the only two that come to mind just now, but I know there are other wineries---maybe PM Jeremy Holmes or Kent ...
by Mike Grammer
June 10th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 14
Views: 353

Re: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 9:46 am
I'm totally going to try this :D
You would [grin.gif]

FTR, Drew mixes some ass-kicking cocktails.

Terrific exposition, Tran, of your journey with this project. Fun read for sure.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
June 10th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 231
Views: 18434

Re: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED

There is and I have done so, Ken. Although he hasn't listed himself on the list on page 1, Steve Anderson is a wonderful resource for OL - type activity in SD as well. Sorry I missed you on my last time through there last July, hopefully another time. Christian and Andrea, thanks for chiming in, I'v...
by Mike Grammer
June 10th, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone (update) and Barolo
Replies: 32
Views: 2646

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone (update) and Barolo

Splendid report, Matt---immensely appreciated. Bummer indeed about non-visit to Droin (glad to read of the gracious response), and good on you for putting it behind you and getting the most out of the rest of your trip We get some Genot-Boulanger in here once in a while and I've liked the wines. The...
by Mike Grammer
June 10th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)
Replies: 11
Views: 498

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

I too am surprised it drank this well this early on. Glad it showed for you, Matt.
by Mike Grammer
June 10th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet
Replies: 5
Views: 515

Re: TN: 2014 Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet

Loved lunch at that place a number of years ago, yum yum. I honestly don't think I've had a single 2014 white that was less than very good. Starting to eclipse 08 and 07 (and good 02) for me. Thanks for the fine note.
by Mike Grammer
June 6th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Meix Foulot Mercurey 1er cru clos du chateau du montaigu monopole
Replies: 6
Views: 356

Re: TN: 2012 Meix Foulot Mercurey 1er cru clos du chateau du montaigu monopole

Much thanks Greg and others, as we *very* occasionally see that producer up here and I've been hesitant to buy. I will hope it comes in again.
by Mike Grammer
June 6th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 3575

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

. . . you might try . . . Do I look stupid? Don't answer that. I said I was asking for a friend and I really meant it. He's general counsel of a financial institution many of you have heard of. his wife, on the other hand, is more sensible and loves Saxum . in that case, start him off with fourrier...
by Mike Grammer
June 6th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) last night in Vegas--Del Friscos
Replies: 4
Views: 977

Re: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) last night in Vegas--Del Friscos

There was fruit, Nick---just that this time I found the CF characteristics to have plenty of say as well. Russell said that he got his fruit in just in time to avoid the fire.
by Mike Grammer
June 6th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canadians in here?
Replies: 43
Views: 1752

Re: Canadians in here?

Not us. Just our pet moose and beavers---with the geese dive-bombing in support.
by Mike Grammer
June 3rd, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) last night in Vegas--Del Friscos
Replies: 4
Views: 977

Re: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) last night in Vegas--Del Friscos

I really don't, Anton--don't have it that often. Here in Toronto, it's probably Jacob. Carmichael's in Chicago was a nice experience on the whole and Craftsteak in Vegas wasn't bad either. I did like this one. But agreed, the best steaks I've eaten have been Flannery products off of various Berserke...
by Mike Grammer
June 3rd, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--return to LOS + after-dinner fascination
Replies: 6
Views: 940

Re: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--return to LOS + after-dinner fascination

I don't know how much of the food decline ties in with their longtime manager, Bank, leaving for Chada. The list is still formidable--just not all-encompassing. Jon--the strip mall location was my last time there.
by Mike Grammer
May 31st, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) last night in Vegas--Del Friscos
Replies: 4
Views: 977

TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) last night in Vegas--Del Friscos

I had ordered that we find a steakhouse for dad and Bernie complied by getting us into Del Friscos. There (where Bernie is well-known and the rest of us exerted our charms :) ) we were treated like royalty by about 5 servers. And the steaks? Not bad. Caution, though--do NOT order the onion rings unl...
by Mike Grammer
May 31st, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--and a MUST-EAT TASTING MENU RESTO
Replies: 2
Views: 798

TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--and a MUST-EAT TASTING MENU RESTO

I didn't put that in all-caps for nothing. Partage is owned and run by, I think, a threesome--Chef Yuri, Pastry Chef Vincent and manager Nicolas--who cut their teeth on various Michelin 1 and 2 stars in the Rhone and Paris, Yuri finishing up as sous-chef at a 1-star before coming out here. Jay, our ...
by Mike Grammer
May 31st, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourgogne-Aligoté
Replies: 22
Views: 1460

Re: Bourgogne-Aligoté

Just picked up a bottle from Ramonet, at $50, I feel it's worth a fun try for me.
by Mike Grammer
May 31st, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--return to LOS + after-dinner fascination
Replies: 6
Views: 940

TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--return to LOS + after-dinner fascination

After 10 years away, I returned to (the new location of) Lotus of Siam. With me were my dad, BBer Jay Shampur, our friend Bernie Schwartz (well known to FallTacular attendees) and Jay's sister and brother-in-law who I was meeting for the first time. The new-ish digs are almost swank. The high qualit...
by Mike Grammer
May 31st, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I won't go into specifics but...
Replies: 39
Views: 2958

Re: I won't go into specifics but...

Mike Evans wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 11:17 am
Based on recent bottles of 1988 and 1999 Eyrie PG, that is a shame, as both were exceptional.
Echo, and espec. the 1988. Some of the great PG in the world is made here, Doug's comment is likely fair, but I hope it won't be a universal thing in Oregon that the vines get pulled.
by Mike Grammer
May 31st, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Weeknight TNs: Levet, Marie-Courtin, Carlisle, PYCM, Leoville Poyferre +
Replies: 17
Views: 1404

Re: Some Weeknight TNs: Levet, Marie-Courtin, Carlisle, PYCM, Leoville Poyferre +

wtf my 16 Maestria last friday was super shut down. i demand a refund Wines give us the performance we deserve neener Wow. Talk about the "nuh-UH" with a capital "UH"! :) I have some 16 Ancegnieres coming my way and looking much forward to trying it after some little sleep time. Levet = yum. From 2...
by Mike Grammer
May 29th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: London wine bar recommendations sought
Replies: 17
Views: 744

Re: London wine bar recommendations sought

My other suggestion---listen to Dan Bailey! ;)

Glad I poked in on this one, archiving for my own next trip to London, lots of helpful info here.
by Mike Grammer
May 29th, 2019, 9:15 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Westchester Co NY
Replies: 55
Views: 1559

Re: Westchester Co NY

Dan Hammer wrote:
May 28th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Mike Grammer wrote:
May 28th, 2019, 11:10 am
I know who's bringing the Myriad [grin.gif]

Have fun guys, hope to see some of you at Jay's at end of July.
Truth be told, I'm bringing the Champagne. A friend sourced the Myriad from my cellar. See you in July.
Really? Wow! Awesome.
by Mike Grammer
May 29th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 437
Views: 19711

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Wow---so you were on a 3-bottle-buy month before that? Applause!
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Westchester Co NY
Replies: 55
Views: 1559

Re: Westchester Co NY

I know who's bringing the Myriad [grin.gif]

Have fun guys, hope to see some of you at Jay's at end of July.
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1476

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

Dennis Atick wrote:
May 14th, 2017, 5:08 am
Thanks for the note Doug!
I almost pulled this one last night, but went another direction.
Sounds lovely.
Joe Davis and Pisoni is A+
One of (if not *the*) the masters of that vineyard, great note Doug.
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie
Replies: 34
Views: 2031

Re: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie

Yao, I do think Girardin's is possibly the best wine he/they make. Bouchard is almost always excellent these days. Smaller producers, Meo Camuzet's 15 was my WOTY last year.
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Vinnie's again - a great glass list
Replies: 10
Views: 1164

Re: Dinner at Vinnie's again - a great glass list

David Glasser wrote:
May 25th, 2019, 4:06 pm
For me, "better than death but worse than water" really resonated. Fun read.
It sure did. Made me laugh, Dan. You really liked the 16 Giacosa Roero, eh? OK, I'll see if I can find it somewhere.

All best,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine country vacation suggestions.
Replies: 35
Views: 1620

Re: Wine country vacation suggestions.

For Yosemite, you'd be looking at spending time in Livermore and maybe Amador/Lodi to some extent. Yosemite itself, if it's your first time, should be at least a 3-day visit---only New Zealand rivals it for natural beauty in all the traveling I have done. Any cultural to be mixed in? I was thinking ...
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: London wine bar recommendations sought
Replies: 17
Views: 744

Re: London wine bar recommendations sought

Can't help with wine bars, Maureen, but La Trompette, Ledbury and The Square have been the 3 restaurants that the gang on Tom Cannavan's WinePages have frequented most frequently. I have been to La Trompette myself twice and have only rave reviews about the food and the knowledge of the staff.
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1751

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

oooh---*that* would truly be interesting Anton. If you ever do take him up on the offer, be sure to post! Difficult to answer Shon, for some of the reasons Larry aptly pointed out--age of wine when opened, which wine it is, cellared conditions, etc. I *think* that if I had to put this into words, I ...
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Jaffurs & Bourgueil at DinDin...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: TN: A Jaffurs & Bourgueil at DinDin...(short/boring)

I've had that experience (limited) with the Jaffurs Roussanne too---I will keep a lookout for this latest vintage based on that note, Tom. Gracias

Slainte,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
May 25th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--The Weird and Wonderful--Paolo Bea, D'Arlay, Montelena, Gravner, others
Replies: 1
Views: 502

TNs--The Weird and Wonderful--Paolo Bea, D'Arlay, Montelena, Gravner, others

This is a little late, but better so than never. Big thanks to Giuseppe and Annette at the restaurant for hosting us so wonderfully. BBers Jay Shampur, Jeff Wong and Peter Papay were joined by our friend Deb and, after much too long away from my wine orbit, my friend Ryan Speller. 2012 Colet Navajos...
by Mike Grammer
May 23rd, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 2822

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

There certainly were. I like, Howard, that you combined distinctiveness and good in your response. Distinctiveness alone is probably not enough. I remember a fine conversation I had with Paul Sloan at Small Vines last summer. We were talking about making a pinot from a single clone and he answered ...
by Mike Grammer
May 22nd, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?
Replies: 25
Views: 1010

Re: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?

fourth support of Luis Pato--had forgotten (bad Mike!) him, does make excellent and ageworthy stuff and I also like his Brut.
by Mike Grammer
May 21st, 2019, 10:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 2822

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

There certainly were. I like, Howard, that you combined distinctiveness and good in your response. Distinctiveness alone is probably not enough. I remember a fine conversation I had with Paul Sloan at Small Vines last summer. We were talking about making a pinot from a single clone and he answered i...
by Mike Grammer
May 21st, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 5-19-19
Replies: 12
Views: 839

Re: Wine Impressions 5-19-19

Thanks Jim--appreciate your fining the distinction between the Gravonia and the more familiar Tondonia. Would you say that the Gravonia presents itself as earlier-to-maturity? Pecorino has such a gamut of quality. Glad to have a reference for a good one. Now to try and find it.... Any others of that...
by Mike Grammer
May 21st, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 2822

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

Isn't part of the problem potentially one of perception these days? A "Sonoma Coast" or "RRV" cuvee is almost always priced lower by most producers and thus brings with it the thought or concept of a lesser wine or a "well, we didn't have enough of these grapes to run out a SVD/didn't know what to d...
by Mike Grammer
May 21st, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries
Replies: 24
Views: 1093

Re: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries

I was thinking of Germans for 2017, John. Maybe some Loire wines? And you could do worse than keep one of those Auberts out 5 or 10 years---they become something different and still exciting at that age---or they used to, anyway...
by Mike Grammer
May 21st, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?
Replies: 25
Views: 1010

Re: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?

Niepoort's dry reds, especially the Batuta cuvee, come to mind right away. Stern stuff for sure, worth it if you let them age. I've never had enough patience :) The Redoma is a little more accessible but usually 7 years at least is always a good call with those.
by Mike Grammer
May 21st, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your mother turns 75...
Replies: 34
Views: 1787

Re: When your mother turns 75...

Not petty at all, glad you have the courage to share with us, Miran. Our family was hit with a thunderbolt too last fall, with my mom (a few, but not many, of the BBers know about the circumstances). We're doing the same thing and following the same course you have laid out here. We are so thankful ...
by Mike Grammer
May 20th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from Taste Mendocino – April 27, 2019 in San Francisco
Replies: 8
Views: 396

Re: Notes from Taste Mendocino – April 27, 2019 in San Francisco

Fine report, Ken (surprised? not me!) Have had Handley, Husch, Navarro and Briceland wines before, but many others to look for from your list.

Maluhia

Mike
by Mike Grammer
May 16th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 22
Views: 1260

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

From a few months ago, and from memory rather than notes---mixed in on a night of "interesting" wines. My comments may reflect a wine drunk too soon in its ageing process. "2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Made from Carricante, IIRC this had a lot of vibrancy and zing and palate presence, but without being ab...
by Mike Grammer
May 16th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?
Replies: 19
Views: 1099

Re: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?

We used to get lots of the cuvees here, now sadly much less. A year ago: "2012 Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Forets My bring and, sadly, my last 12 Chablis. Last one was a good 'un. Lime and lemon aromas with slight touches of slate, limestone. This is a real beauty dans la bouche---it is clean yet w...
by Mike Grammer
May 15th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the most meaningful glass of wine you've shared with someone?
Replies: 45
Views: 2749

Re: What's the most meaningful glass of wine you've shared with someone?

Exhuming this one again, my bongoloid brain forgot the most important glass: 1990 La Turque in 2008. I shared it with 8 of my 9 "Companion" level friends--the people I'd throw myself in front of a train for or give bone marrow to....some of whom had never met each other until that day, when I got th...
by Mike Grammer
May 15th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Frédéric Magnien Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Charmes"
Replies: 7
Views: 444

Re: TN: 2002 Frédéric Magnien Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Charmes"

Some of my Savignys and even a Volnay or two, with some aeration, have been quite good from 05, drunk over the last year or two. I've been surprised---at the outset, I thought I'd be passing those on to my nephews or somethin' But giving them the full 20 (at least) for best evaluation, I am in agree...
by Mike Grammer
May 13th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia
Replies: 26
Views: 1005

Re: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia

I've *never* had the rose. Didn't even know. Great note and I will hope to have the experience sometime in the future.

A bientot,

Mike

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