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by David Cooper
July 4th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 899

Re: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines

The BC wine industry has changed a lot over the last decade. Only recently has what is in the bottle matched the hype. In fact I would now say the wines are well made and good values at almost all price levels except for the $100+ market. For me Le Vieux Pin will always be my favorite. The Syrah, Sa...
by David Cooper
July 3rd, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Brunellos
Replies: 57
Views: 3877

Re: Best Brunellos

In the early part of this decade I took a pretty deep dive into the wines of Montalcino. O'Keefe's quite useful but opinionated book had just been published and the 06s were being released. I looked at CT this morning and found I have 152 notes from Brunellos I have drunk, mostly from that time per...
by David Cooper
June 14th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Brunellos
Replies: 57
Views: 3877

Re: Best Brunellos

In the early part of this decade I took a pretty deep dive into the wines of Montalcino. O'Keefe's quite useful but opinionated book had just been published and the 06s were being released. I looked at CT this morning and found I have 152 notes from Brunellos I have drunk, mostly from that time peri...
by David Cooper
June 6th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 7 champagnes incl 07`Taittinger Comtes BdB/Rose,08`Cristal,04`Bollie RD, 3 white/2 red Burgs, 2 Burt Williams Pinots
Replies: 9
Views: 638

Re: 7 champagnes incl 07`Taittinger Comtes BdB/Rose,08`Cristal,04`Bollie RD, 3 white/2 red Burgs, 2 Burt Williams Pinots

Blake. Thanks for the great notes on some wines I have in my cellar. Is that a photo of the Gaston Chiquet wine you had? That is the label from the or Premier cru Brut I believe. The vintage BdB is only bottled in magnums and has a white label. I have a few put down. The 2004 was extraordinary and I...
by David Cooper
March 30th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New (?) Champagne Book--TERROIR CHAMPAGNE
Replies: 15
Views: 977

Re: New (?) Champagne Book--TERROIR CHAMPAGNE

I really enjoyed Bursting Bubbles by Robert Walters. It was recommended by WA's William Kelly. Not as in depth as Peter Liem's book but it covers a fair bit. Of course I was partially onboard with his positions already.
by David Cooper
March 27th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)
Replies: 23
Views: 1254

Re: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)

Well done. If you enjoy making notes and being part of a community consider using Cellartracker.

There were some Fonsalette wines at the BCLDB a few years ago. I think the 09 version of this one was around $160.
by David Cooper
March 27th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Piper rare 2002
Replies: 24
Views: 1987

Re: TN: Piper rare 2002

Yes. I had the 06 at the Vancouver International Wine Festival. I include a few other notes of wines drank at the same time for context: 2007 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut - France, Champagne (2/27/2020) Drank at the Vancouver Wine Fest. A step above the LP Grand Sièc...
by David Cooper
January 28th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 36
Views: 2084

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

Robert.

This is a similar rig.

by David Cooper
January 28th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 36
Views: 2084

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

Our tastings are usually done with this tasting order. Even blind tastings we choose to go light/older to big/younger. It has always worked. On this night Bill and I thought this would be best and everyone agreed. For years we did these events at a local place where the owner was a qualified sommeli...
by David Cooper
January 27th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 36
Views: 2084

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

Please excuse my order of the notes above. For some reason CT wants to make me look like an idiot, something I am capable of doing on my own. I drank them in the same order that Bill did. and posted them to CT that way but..... I would also like to add that Royal Dinette and their wine manage Adam d...
by David Cooper
January 27th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 36
Views: 2084

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

1990 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1/27/2020) Clear light red. Gamey berry fruit, warm stone, plum and some funk and black pepper. Delicious earthy dry pepper, roasted meat and dry red berry flavours and a long dry textured finish. Still g...
by David Cooper
January 27th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2677

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

This is something I have given a bit of thought to in the last couple of years. If you are looking for a wine that is like Tondonia, the only one that comes close is not a Rioja but a Ribera. I often mistake older Pesqueras for aged Tondonias. They both seem to display an antique desk drawer smell w...
by David Cooper
January 12th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Australia Old and New
Replies: 6
Views: 705

Re: TN: Australia Old and New

Great notes Bill. The Riddoch was my WOTN.
by David Cooper
November 22nd, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison
Replies: 50
Views: 2552

Re: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison

I would describe Roilette as more dark berry fruit. I have had the 2017 Fleurie twice this week and may have another one today. Hated it.

Red fruit, how about Etna Nerello Mascalese?
by David Cooper
November 8th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax
Replies: 61
Views: 3015

Re: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax

Actually I'm not entirely sure - I focused on his eyes, rather than his rear end. They are both big and round. The butt, not just the eyes. Not that I looked, but he was wearing skin tight sweats. I saw things. They are called joggers. It's called fashion honey. Is it athleasure or something? I wou...
by David Cooper
September 12th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I Went Back to WA.
Replies: 15
Views: 1787

Re: I Went Back to WA.

The format seems to be improved. There are links to articles etc inside the notes.

I suppose I left before the place went sideways, because I have no hard feelings, and some good memories from posting on the board.
by David Cooper
September 10th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I Went Back to WA.
Replies: 15
Views: 1787

Re: I Went Back to WA.

Robert. Yes, his notes on Beaujolais are one of the reasons I subscribed again. Have recently had some great wines from Brugaud, Roilette and Thivin and want to know more.
by David Cooper
September 10th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I Went Back to WA.
Replies: 15
Views: 1787

I Went Back to WA.

I am probably the outlier here but I have gone back to the Advocate and am giving up Vinous. The Spain coverage is vastly superior with LG, it seems like Josh Raynold's isn't really into covering Iberia. I also am interested in reading William Kelly's notes and articles. So far I am enjoying the new...
by David Cooper
August 29th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet
Replies: 56
Views: 4001

Re: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet

Takes some stones to sell this wine in this way, that's for sure This is not like Patek. Haut Brion is like Patek. This is a diamond-encrusted Hublot Big Bang with an ETA movement (apologies to anyone on here who owns one) “It is not a taste, it is an experience” said the man with a cigar in his mo...
by David Cooper
August 2nd, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurants in St Paul or Minneapolis
Replies: 54
Views: 3792

Re: Restaurants in St Paul or Minneapolis

We had great meals last summer at the Bachelor Farmer, Spoon and Stable and the Corner Table.

The Bachelor Farmer also has a great cafe which does lunch and breakfast. I ate there 3 times and loved it.
by David Cooper
August 1st, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan Valley, BC Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 726

Re: Okanagan Valley, BC Recommendations?

This area is best when the kids go back to school. It is very busy in June, July and August. The best time is after labour day until our Thanksgiving.

Miradoro, the Kitchen at da Silva, Vanilla Pod and Bad Tatoo Brewing are my favorite places to eat.
by David Cooper
July 31st, 2019, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan Valley, BC Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 726

Re: Okanagan Valley, BC Recommendations?

The best place to stay by far is the West Wing in the Lakeside Resort in Penticton. It is the middle of the valley and there are decent restaurants nearby. Also the best farm market in BC is right across the street every Saturday. The rooms are new, modern and luxurious. Best wineries for me are Le ...
by David Cooper
July 16th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Champagne did you open today?
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Re: What Champagne did you open today?

NV Jean Vesselle Champagne Brut Œil de Perdrix - France, Champagne (7/16/2019)
Clear orange, pink with intense mousse. Intense, berry, yeast. wet stone and cherry nose. Dry berry and toasted bread flavours and a long dry finish.

Should improve. (92 pts.)
by David Cooper
July 16th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do I remove this cork ?
Replies: 12
Views: 971

Re: How do I remove this cork ?

Take a sharp knife. Cut the cork downward as close as you can to the retainer. Cut until you reach the bottle. Now cut at a right angle across the Top of the bottle until you meet the original cut. Push the retainer toward the cut end. Drink wine.
by David Cooper
July 16th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do I remove this cork ?
Replies: 12
Views: 971

Re: How do I remove this cork ?

Take a sharp knife. Cut the cork downward as close as you can to the retainer. Cut until you reach the bottle. Now cut at a right angle across the Top of the bottle until you meet the original cut. Push the retainer toward the cut end. Drink wine.
by David Cooper
July 15th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 65991

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I have been to Otium twice this year. Yes the room had a lot going on and was loud. The music was electronic and not unpleasant. It was no louder then Majordomo. I loved our dinner there. We took a peak in the kitchen from the back entrance by the WCs and it was dead quiet. The second time, I was al...
by David Cooper
June 24th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Speaking of Saveur
Replies: 14
Views: 1546

Re: Speaking of Saveur

I really like Milk Street. The magazine though small seems to focus on things that I know little about, middle eastern, central American and less obvious regions of Europe.The recent in depth look at Paella was pretty good as well.
by David Cooper
June 19th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Broken cork on champagne bottle
Replies: 16
Views: 17329

Re: Broken cork on champagne bottle

I have done it with a corkscrew a few times and it was pretty easy. I have fairly big strong hands but I think anyone could do it. If you are nervous drape a towel over the inserted cork screw, then grip the towel near the neck leaving some slack. Grab the towel and the screw and rock or twist it ou...
by David Cooper
June 18th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 14
Views: 1573

Re: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)

I disagree to some extent. A friend of ours is always trying to slip a Mer Soliel or La Crema Chardonnay by us in blind tastings and it never works. It was with him in mind that I sent the cut and paste e mail around that Tom quoted above.
by David Cooper
June 17th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 14
Views: 1573

Re: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)

That cut and paste looks familiar. I sent it out to a few friends last week before Vinous took the note down. I was trying to get a comment from a Wagner Family enabler we have in one of our tasting groups. With AG so litigious these days I wonder if I have any exposure. Just kidding. They didn't t...
by David Cooper
June 17th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 14
Views: 1573

Re: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)

That cut and paste looks familiar. I sent it out to a few friends last week before Vinous took the note down. I was trying to get a comment from a Wagner Family enabler we have in one of our tasting groups.

With AG so litigious these days I wonder if I have any exposure. Just kidding.
by David Cooper
June 7th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4805

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

The fries at the golden arches are pretty good. While fries are profit rich, the biggest profit centre in the fast food business is fountain drinks.

I really prefer Shake Shack because of the variety of options, including half bottles of Tribute to Grace Rose.
by David Cooper
June 2nd, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone roundup
Replies: 14
Views: 2229

Re: Northern Rhone roundup

We had that Farge wine. I wish I had loaded up, what a beauty. Should improve too.
by David Cooper
May 28th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4 days in Southern Rhone
Replies: 12
Views: 1252

Re: 4 days in Southern Rhone

I definetly agree that Sablet is the best village for a long term stay. It is also walking distance from Seguret and Gigondas.

Next to CdP, Gigondas has the most tastings located in a central area.
by David Cooper
May 25th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1505
Views: 99801

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Another beautiful ‘95 Charles Heidsieck BdM. These have had a protracted zenith in their drinking window. Opened pre-dinner in our room in Whistler. We were denied corkage at Oso last night, so there’s extra wine today! Off to the Red Door tonight with tomorrow’s post here (a ‘96 mag). Cheers Warre...
by David Cooper
May 24th, 2019, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineFolly is a folly?
Replies: 10
Views: 1521

Re: WineFolly is a folly?

What is up with all of the edits? For me it is tough to watch. I feel so old.
by David Cooper
May 24th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1770

Re: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?

James Billy wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 2:05 am
Also, it grows on terroir where you can't produce decent cabernet. You can grow sauvignon (or similar) or you can leave the land empty. Any profit is better than nothing.

Also, there is a demand for it, so why not meet it? Not everyone like/wants to drink cab (all the time.)
Absolutly this.
by David Cooper
May 16th, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2812

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

Pay with a credit card. If the add a tip window comes up then decide. I would say yes but I like tipping so that is my answer.
by David Cooper
May 3rd, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 26
Views: 1867

Re: Best Area in Paris for Bistros

Thanks everyone for the help. We ended up booking the Westin Vendomme which I believe is in the 9th. It's our plan to walk as much as we can while in Paris.
by David Cooper
May 1st, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 26
Views: 1867

Best Area in Paris for Bistros

My wife and I are going to Paris in the fall. We will probably stay in the 9th at the hotel de Nell. Is this an area where decent bistros will be within walking distance?

We really would like to stick to proper French food while in Paris. All suggestions will be appreciated.
by David Cooper
April 30th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Official kitchen knife thread
Replies: 645
Views: 52729

Re: Official kitchen knife thread

Jay. I can't see any reason what you describe would adversely effect your knives. I have cooked for a living and run a metal fabrication shop and nothing in my experience could make an argument against it. In cooking school we ran our knives through the dishwashers to sanitize them. I have an assort...
by David Cooper
April 30th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cornas
Replies: 8
Views: 1151

Re: TN: Cornas

I see CT is ordering my notes by score. Cool I guess. 2013 Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas Granit 30 - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas (4/29/2019) Clear bright light red. Beautiful floral cherry, black pepper and earth nose. Elegant red cherry and black pepper flavours and a medium tannic long dr...
by David Cooper
April 27th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Friendly Restaurants in Seattle
Replies: 13
Views: 872

Re: Wine Friendly Restaurants in Seattle

Miller's Guild is great if you can deal with the heat😥. Very BYOB friendly. Chef Wilson's other place the Lakehouse is good too. It's in Bellevue though.
by David Cooper
April 26th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Small blind flight of 2017 Chardonnay - Dauvissat, Walter Scott and PYCM
Replies: 8
Views: 826

Re: Small blind flight of 2017 Chardonnay - Dauvissat, Walter Scott and PYCM

I like his IG feed.
Nice notes. Is Everson Royce worth the Uber ride from DTLA.?
by David Cooper
April 26th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are you into wine ?
Replies: 35
Views: 1861

Re: Why are you into wine ?

Never one to miss an opportunity to talk about my big dick.
by David Cooper
April 25th, 2019, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Friendly Restaurants in Seattle
Replies: 13
Views: 872

Re: Wine Friendly Restaurants in Seattle

Hal Blumberg wrote:
April 25th, 2019, 2:12 pm
The corkage at Harvest Vine is high if I recall (at least $35). But they have a great Spanish wine list.

Cheers,

Hal
Yes. Always order off the list here. A fairly good list of traditional Rioja.
by David Cooper
April 24th, 2019, 11:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Friendly Restaurants in Seattle
Replies: 13
Views: 872

Re: Wine Friendly Restaurants in Seattle

I really like Sitka and Spruce. The food is great and always a bit quirky. Very BYOB friendly. The Harvest Vine is great for Basque food and Le Pichet has exceptional French bistro fare. They have very poor stems though, if you BYOB you should byo stems too.
by David Cooper
April 17th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?
Replies: 68
Views: 4626

Re: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?

If I had to pick just 1, it would be Sesti, the 08 Brunello is almost exactly what I think is perfect Sangiovese.
by David Cooper
April 17th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo dinner last Thursday
Replies: 10
Views: 1149

Re: Barolo dinner last Thursday

A friend of mine who believes every wine should make you think of Bordeaux brought a bottle to a blind tasting at my house. The wine was gorgeous. The oak had totally integrated. A 95 drank a couple of years ago was horrible, scant fruit but great structure and still a bunch of oak. Perhaps modernis...

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