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Dinner at Schwa Chicago: Dom Oeno, Prum, Casalferro, RWT

Well, this dinner exceeded my expectations. The menu posted online was apparently an older sample, as what we were served bore only a vague resemblance to it. Reservations are a bit tricky but not as tough as Goosefoot or Alinea. I got in with under two weeks notice, on a weeknight. The trick is to ...
by DavidG
on Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:00 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Dinner at Schwa Chicago: Dom Oeno, Prum, Casalferro, RWT
Replies: 0
Views: 1

Re: 2012 Jadot Clos des Ursules v. 2010 La Fleur de Bouard

Just what I was thinking. Thanks for taking one for the team, but I hear that the Wine Police are on their way with a warrant. Be sure to prepare your defense for the lesser included charge of vinopedophilia. You might want to delete those photos of the 2-and 4-year old bottles.
by DavidG
on Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:55 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2012 Jadot Clos des Ursules v. 2010 La Fleur de Bouard
Replies: 7
Views: 35

Re: It's going to be a rough year for the Democrats.

Obama's been looking more incompetent with each passing month. The "response" to Ebola has been ghastly. We're only lucky that it's not more easily transmitted. It's like he's trying to catch W. That doesn't help.
by DavidG
on Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:48 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: It's going to be a rough year for the Democrats.
Replies: 2
Views: 23

Re: What's the word on France '15?

Jim,I'm know you like drinkin' 'em young, but 2015? Really? ;)
by DavidG
on Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:42 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What's the word on France '15?
Replies: 1
Views: 13

Re: 2 days in the Graves

Good report, though, Alex. Your blog is coming along.
by DavidG
on Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:33 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2 days in the Graves
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Re: 2 days in the Graves

Or buried alive!!!
by DavidG
on Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2 days in the Graves
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Re: So what have you bought lately?

JimHow wrote:I haven't bought anything from PC in at least 5 years.


OK, but are you still waiting for it to be delivered? :D
by DavidG
on Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:29 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 16
Views: 199

Re: So what have you bought lately?

Not much lately, but it's shipping season so stuff has been showing up. The last of my 2005 Bdx futures (yes, that was 2005) and some 2002 Taittinger Comtes from PC, Shafer Hillside, some 2010 Aphillanthes VV Cotes du Rhone and some Peter Michael Chards.
by DavidG
on Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:02 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 16
Views: 199

Re: Long rant: Berns in Tampa

Jacues, I wasn't questioning your call on the warm bottle. Just surprised that it happened. You (or Jill) clearly did the right thing.
by DavidG
on Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:37 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Long rant: Berns in Tampa
Replies: 14
Views: 227

Re: TN:Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tasting 1924-1969 in Germany

This is a 5-year-old thread that was bumped up by Australi who is apparently trying to sell a bottle of wine. Harry hasn't been around for a while. Wish he were...
by DavidG
on Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN:Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tasting 1924-1969 in Germany
Replies: 18
Views: 811

Re: Long rant: Berns in Tampa

Jacques, thank you for that honest report. We can always count on you for the unvarnished truth. I've been to Berns once, with my brother. We went with the same mindset and expectations that you did. I'm surprised that bottles they brought you were warm. Their cellars are very cool and all 3 reds we...
by DavidG
on Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Long rant: Berns in Tampa
Replies: 14
Views: 227

Re: Chablis tasting notes

I'm another fan of Chablis, and white Burgs in general. But I've stopped buying because of premox. Looks like it got one of your 2002 Fevres.
by DavidG
on Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Chablis tasting notes
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: Have there been any great Bordeaux wines since 1989?

Remember the 1990 Margaux we drank, Jim? I'd call that great.
by DavidG
on Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:39 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Have there been any great Bordeaux wines since 1989?
Replies: 10
Views: 148

Re: Need wine pairing recommendations for...

Danny - Couldn't get in to Alinea and corkage isn't as friendly there. My first choice for this dinner, though not molecular, was Goosefoot, but I couldn't get a table there either. Tom, lots of good ideas. I drank up my remaining Beau VVs young, in fear of a repeat visit from the premox devils, and...
by DavidG
on Sat Oct 11, 2014 12:26 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Need wine pairing recommendations for...
Replies: 11
Views: 72

Re: Need wine pairing recommendations for...

Danny - I completely understand, just yanking your chain a bit! I burned out on mega-course tasting meals a decade ago and figure it's been long enough. And I have never even come close to experiencing a molecular gastronomy meal. Gotta give it a try at least once. I will report back.
by DavidG
on Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:00 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Need wine pairing recommendations for...
Replies: 11
Views: 72

Re: Need wine pairing recommendations for...

Stefan, yes I see the red burg going with the crab dish.
by DavidG
on Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:07 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Need wine pairing recommendations for...
Replies: 11
Views: 72

Re: Need wine pairing recommendations for...

Well Danny I'm glad we didn't invite you, you ole stick in the mud! I guess I'm not burnt out on molecular cuisine because I was never with it enough to try it, and the last time I did a big tasting menu was at least a decade ago. Sso I'm behind the times but interested in giving it a go. I think we...
by DavidG
on Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:04 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Need wine pairing recommendations for...
Replies: 11
Views: 72

Need wine pairing recommendations for...

...dinner at Schwa next week in Chicago. These threads usually produce suggestions all over the map, which is what makes them fun. I really could use some suggestions. This is a tasting menu, the restaurant is all BYO, corkage $2.50 per person, there will be 4 of us. The Menu: amuse crab - Champagne...
by DavidG
on Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:28 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Need wine pairing recommendations for...
Replies: 11
Views: 72

Re: Is a bottle of wine fattening?

USDA says wine has 100 cal/4 oz but of course that can vary widely depending on alcohol and residual sugar. So 585 calories for the food plus 300 cal for a half bottle = 885 cal. Normal intake is 1800-2000 per day but of course that varies by exercise, height, etc. I don't think you can look at a si...
by DavidG
on Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:39 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Is a bottle of wine fattening?
Replies: 11
Views: 142

Re: 2010 Chasse Spleen revisited... A JimHow kind of wine?

JimHow wrote:Yes, I'm just getting feeling back in my jaw now some three hours later.
Definitely a JimHow kind of wine.


He he he… did you drink the whole bottle? :D
by DavidG
on Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:57 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 Chasse Spleen revisited... A JimHow kind of wine?
Replies: 19
Views: 147

Re: BWE Quiz

At one point the Cruse family owned Pontet Canet. From Wikipedia: In 1865, Herman Cruse purchased Château Pontet-Canet, a renowned wine estate that had seen better times. He quickly modernized the facilities at Pontet-Canet and built a subterranean wine cellar. The wine was not bottled at the estate...
by DavidG
on Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:24 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE Quiz
Replies: 5
Views: 130

Re: BWE Quiz

Correct.

Would anyone care to elaborate on that connection?
by DavidG
on Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:04 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE Quiz
Replies: 5
Views: 130

BWE Quiz

I ran across an interesting fact this morning, and thought I would present it to my BWE brethren in the form of a quiz. This one is pretty lame compared to Alex's weekly quiz, and should be easily Google-able, but maybe some of you already know the answer. Pontet Canet and Chateau D'Issan are both B...
by DavidG
on Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:54 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE Quiz
Replies: 5
Views: 130

Re: 2014 vintage - it's looking good!

A lot can happen in a week or two. Here's hoping for sunny skies.
by DavidG
on Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:23 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2014 vintage - it's looking good!
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: Interesting stuff at HDH

Hmm, the file didn't attach. I'll try again. In any case, they've got a nice smattering of Bordeaux from 1982 to 2005. Should be up on their site at 5:30 Central time.
by DavidG
on Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:02 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Interesting stuff at HDH
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Interesting stuff at HDH

See attached. This goes up on their website in about an hour.
by DavidG
on Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:56 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Interesting stuff at HDH
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: 2010 La Vielle Cure has been uncorked.

You know you're getting old when...

...10 years ago is not that long ago.

Remember in elementary school when a single summer seemed like forever?
by DavidG
on Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:00 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 La Vielle Cure has been uncorked.
Replies: 5
Views: 186

Re: It's international Grenache day ...

Perhaps you should celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day instead. The appropriate reaction to being stuffed up and unable to enjoy a nice bottle is "Arrrrggghhh!"
by DavidG
on Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:17 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: It's international Grenache day ...
Replies: 3
Views: 62

Re: Re-corked Ducru-Beaucailou

That's a great idea Alex, though I'm not sure what percentage of CT users would identify a corked wine, especially if mildly corked or if they were not familiar with the flaw. I could see such a circumstance leading to a note that the wine was closed or dumb, though recent notes like that on a 25-ye...
by DavidG
on Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:10 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Re-corked Ducru-Beaucailou
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: Re-corked Ducru-Beaucailou

What Tom said. Ducru had cork taint in the entire cellar in the late '80s, and replacing the cork won't remove TCA that is already in the wine.

What exactly are the terms of the guarantee? Money back if it's corked? Who decides if it's corked? And how reputable is the firm?
by DavidG
on Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:14 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Re-corked Ducru-Beaucailou
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: Mix of unexpensive wines

I bought a lot less 2001 Sauternes than I wanted to. I'm starting to feel a little less bad about that now...
by DavidG
on Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:48 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Mix of unexpensive wines
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: Online documentary: Vino Business, la fache cachée du vin

There appear to be many aspects to this. The difference of opinion regarding styles is one. An understandable controversy. I happen to think Angelus is top quality based on almost drinking almost every vintage in the last 20 years. I have less experience with Pavie, but I confess to liking both mode...
by DavidG
on Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:47 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Online documentary: Vino Business, la fache cachée du vin
Replies: 23
Views: 280

Re: Online documentary: Vino Business, la fache cachée du vin

Hasn't the St. Emilion classification been a soap opera for decades? Court fights over its validity, etc? Is this go-round that different? I'm not saying one way or the other - just asking. Is there real evidence of impropriety, illegality, influence peddling, etc. surrounding the elevation of Angel...
by DavidG
on Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:16 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Online documentary: Vino Business, la fache cachée du vin
Replies: 23
Views: 280

Re: John Gilman in Westchester Magazine

What does this Gilman guy think about 2002? I posted this back when we were debating 2000 vs. 2002 in anticipation of our BWE mini-blind tasting. Here's John Gilman's take on the vintages of the new millennium. He's got both 2000 and 2002 in the bottom half of the decade. In terms of vintage, one h...
by DavidG
on Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:02 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: John Gilman in Westchester Magazine
Replies: 33
Views: 517

Re: John Gilman in Westchester Magazine

Interesting article, thanks for posting the link. I've always thought Gilman calls 'em as he sees 'em, then uses hyperbole to emphasize his position and be a provocateur when he hands out an ultra-low score to a Parker favorite. So I don't think he's being dishonest about 2008 vs. 2010. Just a diffe...
by DavidG
on Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: John Gilman in Westchester Magazine
Replies: 33
Views: 517

Re: Napa Earthquake

Glad to hear all is well, Michael-P.
by DavidG
on Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:28 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Napa Earthquake
Replies: 8
Views: 184

Re: HWSRN: 2003 Pontet Canet is "spectacular."

That's very wise, Jim, because we all know that once you open the case, it will be gone in a month!
by DavidG
on Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:26 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: HWSRN: 2003 Pontet Canet is "spectacular."
Replies: 15
Views: 484

Re: New Bordeaux wine blog

Looks good, Alex. I think your chosen niche, the unsung, reasonably priced wines of Bordeaux, is an excellent one. It's clearly an area you love. And even if they don't generate the buzz of the top great growths, people should be interested in which ones represent good value vs. those that are the &...
by DavidG
on Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: New Bordeaux wine blog
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: HWSRN: 2003 Pontet Canet is "spectacular."

If you have more, I would wait another 5 years to open the next one.
by DavidG
on Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: HWSRN: 2003 Pontet Canet is "spectacular."
Replies: 15
Views: 484

Re: Champ., Burg., Bx., Rhone & Port

Nice report Alex. I'm not at all surprised that the La Mouline stole the show. I find that the oak in these integrates very nicely after 10 years or so. And not surprised that it wasn't identified as a Cote Rotie, especially served blind in a setting where perhaps Bordeaux was expected. Nothing for ...
by DavidG
on Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:42 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Champ., Burg., Bx., Rhone & Port
Replies: 1
Views: 65
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