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by Dave McCloskey
April 21st, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Tablas Creek Picardan
Replies: 6
Views: 354

Re: TN: 2018 Tablas Creek Picardan

I’ve been on the ‘white’s wine only’ club for several years. Six bottles two times a year. The Picardan is wonderful. There are so many white varietals they produce. And, the different white blends are fascinating after trying the main component grape wines. I have gone through a few cases of their...
by Dave McCloskey
April 21st, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 168
Views: 8329

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

PeterH wrote:
April 19th, 2020, 1:41 pm
New world Syrah is not my thing, but I'm surprised not to see Alban, Booker, or Saxum on anyone's list. For that matter Christophe Baron is missing too.
Nicora is another one you can add to the list above.
by Dave McCloskey
April 21st, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 168
Views: 8329

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

Well for all the Cali-fans, I'll counter with WA and add K Vintners, WT Vintners, Gramercy, and Betz. Honestly, I don't think anyone on West Coast truly produces Syrah like Northern Rhone and they shouldn't , they should produce true to place and philosophy wines, just like the great diversity in N...
by Dave McCloskey
March 20th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BIRYANI
Replies: 3
Views: 589

Re: BIRYANI

I recently had two different Biryani's at Chutney Mary's in London. Both were delicious.
by Dave McCloskey
March 20th, 2020, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13398
Views: 652945

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

'15 Shafer Hillside Select
by Dave McCloskey
March 20th, 2020, 5:28 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Recent Trip To London
Replies: 3
Views: 636

Re: Recent Trip To London

La Gavroche is our favorite London restaurant. The cheese soufflé is an extraordinary dish. We have two good friends who are chefs and we have made the cheese soufflé several times. Not quite as good as La Gavrochre but close enough. What wine did the Somm recommend? We had it with a Sherry- perfec...
by Dave McCloskey
March 16th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Recent Trip To London
Replies: 3
Views: 636

Recent Trip To London

Well it appears my recent trip to London came just under the wire as most sporting events have subsequently been canceled and travel is more difficult. Besides the Rugby match at Twickenham we managed to slip in some good culinary adventures. Here's a list of the places we dined. Wed. Lunch - La Gav...
by Dave McCloskey
February 14th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Japan Experts Help Please
Replies: 42
Views: 5473

Re: Japan Experts Help Please

True words! Couple of bolded comments.... The Tokyo natural wine scene is spectacular, if you want to try that: Ahiru Store Bricca Auxs Ami Tokyo Sansa Beer La Pioche Margo (prices are high but cool little space near my station :) ) Le Cabaret Le Verre Vole à Tokyo (name changed to Un Jour last yea...
by Dave McCloskey
February 14th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need London Restaurant Recs. There's a Twist!
Replies: 10
Views: 864

Re: Need London Restaurant Recs. There's a Twist!

Great recommendations. I'm one of two "wine guys" in the group, but I always order for the table, so in general this is more of a food oriented crowd.
by Dave McCloskey
February 13th, 2020, 6:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need London Restaurant Recs. There's a Twist!
Replies: 10
Views: 864

Re: Need London Restaurant Recs. There's a Twist!

For fine dining it won’t be easy to get a large table on a friday night but I’d try la trompette, elystan street and chez bruce. Are you going to twickenham by train from central london? If so, a good place to grab some beers on the way is the Alma pub in wandsworth. Right next to the train station...
by Dave McCloskey
February 13th, 2020, 5:59 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need London Restaurant Recs. There's a Twist!
Replies: 10
Views: 864

Re: Need London Restaurant Recs. There's a Twist!

Hi Dave, Do you want 'fine' dining and wine or just something good? What's the average age of the group? Should be a fun match! Cheers, Martin We'll need two recommendations. One can be fine dining and the other can be good food. The group is upper 50's in age. Fine dining for Friday night and good...
by Dave McCloskey
February 13th, 2020, 5:25 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need London Restaurant Recs. There's a Twist!
Replies: 10
Views: 864

Need London Restaurant Recs. There's a Twist!

Next month I'm traveling to London with 9 other guys to attend an England vs Wales rugby match at Twickenham. My buddy has been trying to secure a table for 9 and few take parties that large, hence we need some help. We could break the group into two separate parties, but that's not ideal. Additiona...
by Dave McCloskey
February 13th, 2020, 5:16 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3628
Views: 202723

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I recently picked up a bottle of Wellers 12 year old Bourbon. For Bourbon connoisseurs, you know how hard it is to land Wellers 12 year old. Maybe harder than finding Pappy Van Winkle. Where? Maybe we should start a thread to help fellow bourbon brothers find bourbon? My wife got it from a co-worke...
by Dave McCloskey
January 24th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3628
Views: 202723

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I recently picked up a bottle of Wellers 12 year old Bourbon. For Bourbon connoisseurs, you know how hard it is to land Wellers 12 year old. Maybe harder than finding Pappy Van Winkle.
by Dave McCloskey
January 24th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36108

Re: Your Gin?

Last year when I was in the UK, Gin was all the rage. I was at Cardiff stadium in Wales and they had Gin bars setup throughout the stadium. Really? Everywhere I went the Gin cocktails were incredible and inventive. I recently got turned on to Monkey 47 Gin. I believe Wine Spectator rated it the best...
by Dave McCloskey
January 24th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BYO in Japan
Replies: 24
Views: 1781

Re: BYO in Japan

I’ve done fine dining BYO in Japan (Tokyo and elsewhere); but always with locals who know the restaurant’s proprietors. The same with me. I had nothing but fantastic food wherever I was at in Japan. I remember going to an American owned restaurant along the Champs Elyse of Tokyo and having a Japane...
by Dave McCloskey
December 26th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London Recos
Replies: 35
Views: 5448

Re: London Recos

Dukes in St James. Perfect location and lovely hotel. Restaurants: La Trompette - out in chiswick but definitely worth it. Chez Bruce - out in wandsworth but definitely worth it. Both do corkage. We have stayed at Dukes and The Stafford, both in St. James's Place and IMHO The Stafford is better is ...
by Dave McCloskey
October 11th, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park wine
Replies: 57
Views: 6035

Re: Eleven Madison Park wine

I’ve trusted the wine pairings at Piazza Duomo in Alba (3star) and at Taniere3 in Quebec City. I think if you’re “geeky” trusting the pairings can be fun & rewarding. If you’re particular maybe go for something else. That's my take as well, be adventurous! I was at Grace in Chicago a few years ago ...
by Dave McCloskey
October 11th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13398
Views: 652945

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Shifted back to the New World and picked up 2 2017 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny.
by Dave McCloskey
October 11th, 2019, 5:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 53
Views: 5733

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

The only 3 Star I've been to in Paris is Guy Savoy, but we had a lovely lunch there several years ago. Very old school compared to other 3 Stars I've been to (all in the US). I particularly remember the guinea hen for 2 and a bottle of Rayas. And we got to meet Guy himself. As Jack Aubrey said: "I'...
by Dave McCloskey
October 11th, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Survey of Allemand
Replies: 40
Views: 2380

Re: TN: A Survey of Allemand

Robert Sand wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 3:14 am
Oh Lord, is this permanent 93 rating annoying.
I will refuse to even open a thread like this in the future ---
I think it's pretty funny. The most important part of his post are the notes and impressions - valuable to those who like N. Rhone Syrah.

Try to relax a little.
by Dave McCloskey
September 6th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne Single Vineyard Sept 4
Replies: 14
Views: 1670

Re: Kosta Browne Single Vineyard Sept 4

I'm passing on my allocation this year.
by Dave McCloskey
September 6th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Cellars Fall Release
Replies: 88
Views: 10610

Re: Realm Cellars Fall Release

Last year I was not offered an allocation of the Absurd, but this year they offered me 1, so I took it. Very expensive indeed at $475. I've never paid that for a California Cab. I know Cabs can go much higher (ex. Screaming Eagle, Colgin etc.), so I hope this is worth it. Sounds like the 2016 needs ...
by Dave McCloskey
September 6th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Realm Cellar Fans Out There?
Replies: 9
Views: 1250

Re: Any Realm Cellar Fans Out There?

Thanks, I missed it.
by Dave McCloskey
September 6th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13398
Views: 652945

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Realm Cellars:
4x of The Bard
1 of The Absurd
by Dave McCloskey
September 6th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Realm Cellar Fans Out There?
Replies: 9
Views: 1250

Any Realm Cellar Fans Out There?

Today I purchased my 2016 allocation of Realm Cellars "The Bard" and was offered and purchased one bottle of "The Absurd". Has anyone here sampled "The Absurd"? 2015 reviews on CT are quite good. I realized this is a different vintage, but from what I understand 2016 was a good year in Napa.
by Dave McCloskey
August 18th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 77
Views: 5565

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

I'm a fan of their Chenin Blanc. Looking forward trying other offerings from D&R.
by Dave McCloskey
August 18th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13398
Views: 652945

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2004 Dom Riunart Blanc de Blanc 2012 Tor Beckstoffer To Kalon 2016 J.L. Chave Hermitage 4x 2016 Chateau de Beaucastel CdP Blanc 4x 2016 Domaine de la Janasse CdP Blanc 4x 2016 Domain de la Janasse Veilles Vignes CdP 2x Magnum 2015 Ferraton Père et Fils Cornas Les Eygats 4x 2016 Thibault Liger-Belair...
by Dave McCloskey
July 22nd, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 53
Views: 5733

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

Nobody mentioned L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon and I can understand why. I was very disappointed in my experience, because I had an epic experience at their London establishment. As someone who grew up in Europe and spent a lot of time in Paris I don't like to be pegged as a dumb tourist and certainly ...
by Dave McCloskey
July 22nd, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Not an epicurean exploit: Failing up, spectacularly
Replies: 7
Views: 2410

Re: Not an epicurean exploit: Failing up, spectacularly

Dan I understand your frustration and agree with your overall philosophy that less is more, especially when it come to Foie Gras. I recently went to a "Brasserie" and they poured Maple syrup over their seared Foie Gras. Ugh!
by Dave McCloskey
July 13th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 2075

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

It's my understanding 2015 was a warm weather vintage with near ideal conditions and nicely ripened fruit. Some of the 2015 N. Rhone's I've sampled are showing well, particularly with plenty of air time. That said, I'm going to sit on the rest of mine.
by Dave McCloskey
July 12th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with 15 Spanish wines, some older, some younger, all good
Replies: 28
Views: 1315

Re: Dinner with 15 Spanish wines, some older, some younger, all good

Wow, what a dinner and wine experience. Thanks for sharing!
by Dave McCloskey
July 12th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 2075

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

Sorry to hear about the 2015 Levet Cote Rotie Chavaroche, as I have some of that in my cellar. Perhaps it will improve with age, as I'm not big on Au de Rat! ;-)
by Dave McCloskey
July 12th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1420

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

Doug. The cannabis growers who spoke at the Board of Supervisors said yes to your question. As a farmer I was troubled by the BOS ban on cannabis, as a crop, with no exceptions. We have broccoli and Brussels Sprouts growing across the road from our vineyard. When it is harvested three-four times pe...
by Dave McCloskey
June 27th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 4138

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

I prefer to travel to Europe in the winter. Yes, it's colder, a bit bleaker and precipitation is higher, but there's far fewer tourists and you don't have as many problems getting dinner reservations or being accommodated as a walk-in.
by Dave McCloskey
June 27th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.
Replies: 14
Views: 1259

Re: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.

I've been a member and receiving TC's wines for about 8 years and I'm starting to wonder if it's worth it. They are priced very well, but the reds are thin, lack character and complexity in comparison to some of the other top Paso producers. I'm on the fence.
by Dave McCloskey
June 19th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone roundup
Replies: 14
Views: 2184

Re: Northern Rhone roundup

Zachary - great post, thank you!
by Dave McCloskey
June 17th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11824
Views: 441368

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Thomas Rivers Brown was 0-2 this weekend for me. 2016 Rivers Marie Thieriot Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay: This Chard was like drinking a Granny Smith apple bomb... green, tart, sour and not what I'd expect from Rivers Marie. Structurally, I've probably jumped the gun by 8-10 years, because I thi...
by Dave McCloskey
June 15th, 2019, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08`Legras & Haas BdB, Girardin Corton,Dublere Volnay, lots of Guigals incl Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe,St. Joseph
Replies: 6
Views: 858

Re: 08`Legras & Haas BdB, Girardin Corton,Dublere Volnay, lots of Guigals incl Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe,St. Joseph

Do you think the 2006 DOMAINE du VIEUX TELEGRAPHE “LA CRAU” CHATEAUNEUF du PAPE is past it's peak? Cellartracker TN seem to indicate this, but they're also all over the map in the last 10 months. FWI Avg. score is a 91. I just bought a Magnum of this wine and hoping I didn't make a mistake. Dave, t...
by Dave McCloskey
June 12th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08`Legras & Haas BdB, Girardin Corton,Dublere Volnay, lots of Guigals incl Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe,St. Joseph
Replies: 6
Views: 858

Re: 08`Legras & Haas BdB, Girardin Corton,Dublere Volnay, lots of Guigals incl Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe,St. Joseph

Do you think the 2006 DOMAINE du VIEUX TELEGRAPHE “LA CRAU” CHATEAUNEUF du PAPE is past it's peak? Cellartracker TN seem to indicate this, but they're also all over the map in the last 10 months. FWI Avg. score is a 91. I just bought a Magnum of this wine and hoping I didn't make a mistake.
by Dave McCloskey
June 12th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A surprising white and a minor miracle
Replies: 4
Views: 859

Re: A surprising white and a minor miracle

2015 Guido Marsella Fiano di Avellino - Nice review. I've got two bottles of this wine, so I'm now excited to try it.
by Dave McCloskey
June 10th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 89
Views: 7203

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

Aside from the excellent suggestions above you might try Liger Belair. My experience is limited to their VR Reignots. edited to add: I see Eric ninja'ed me on the LB suggestion. The 2015 vintage are going anywhere from $4K - $8K according to Wine Searcher. Wow, last time I looked it sold for $500-6...
by Dave McCloskey
June 10th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 89
Views: 7203

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

Jay Miller wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 11:40 am
Aside from the excellent suggestions above you might try Liger Belair. My experience is limited to their VR Reignots.

edited to add: I see Eric ninja'ed me on the LB suggestion.
The 2015 vintage are going anywhere from $4K - $8K according to Wine Searcher.
by Dave McCloskey
June 7th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This puts Spinal Tap to shame
Replies: 20
Views: 2147

Re: This puts Spinal Tap to shame

This wine is part of a trilogy in Latour Minor.

by Dave McCloskey
June 7th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 9440

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

when do diminishing returns set in?!!!! I can drink a wine for $50, I enjoy it, I'm not likely to love a wine for $75 that much more to justify the added cost. [winner.gif] I think there's a variety of factors that should come into play when purchasing wine; such as wine maker, vintage and site loc...
by Dave McCloskey
June 7th, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 8251

Re: Robert Parker retires

Most influential wine critic, possibly in history. A truly remarkable career- wish him nothing but 100+ pointers in retirement. +1 Whether you agree or disagree with a lot of his stuff, he had an utterly remarkable career that I dare say probably anyone here would kill for . So true. Think about th...
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine
Replies: 55
Views: 2293

Re: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine

Sounds like a fantastic evening, well done. I recently had a 2009 Chave Hermitage Blanc served with Alaskan King Crab. Knockout!
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Chateau de Pibarnon - Bandol
Replies: 2
Views: 536

Re: 2013 Chateau de Pibarnon - Bandol

.... I'm not sure how much improvement I'll see with additional age. ... A huge improvement imho, but only with enough patience (9-12+ years). I have a couple more bottles, so I'll let them rest and relax. I just resampled after 48 hr. air time and the rough edges have been smoothed out and the win...
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1213
Views: 83150

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne! Très bon.

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