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Re: TN: 98 Faugeres [St Emilion]

I think I drank my last bottle of 1998 Faugeres about 5 years ago. Very pleasant easy drinking Bordeaux. Went through a dozen 375s. I think I paid $8 or $9 a bottle for it. Nice to have around to have whenever and not in the mood to splurge or drink very much. Just bought a bunch of 375s of La Fleur...
by Winona Chief
on Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:06 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 98 Faugeres [St Emilion]
Replies: 12
Views: 164

Re: TN: 2012 La Fleur de Bouard

I have been a fan of the 2000 La Fleur de Bouard for some time. A nice easy drinking French merlot. I like it better than their much more expensive (like three times as much) special selection Le Plus. I think I still have one or two bottles left. Probably buy some of the 2012 based on Jim's review ...
by Winona Chief
on Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:28 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2012 La Fleur de Bouard
Replies: 7
Views: 171

Parker to give up reviewing Bordeaux

Just announced:

Neal Martin will be assuming full reviewer coverage of the wines of Bordeaux for the Wine Advocate.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases ... 52670.html

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Parker to give up reviewing Bordeaux
Replies: 0
Views: 86

Re: So what have you bought lately?

AKR,

A few of my favorite Cotes du Rhone from MacArthur are:

2013 Charvin Cotes du Rhone Le Poutet - $18.99
2012 Domaine de Mourchon Cotes du Rhone Seguret Tradition - $16.99
2012 Domaine de Mourchon Cotes du Rhone Seguret Grande Reserve - $24.99

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 380
Views: 16176

Re: German wine epiphanies over the weekend….

Jim, Yes, that Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Eiswein was pretty spectacular but we had many other fine German Rieslings at the convention. Phil Bernstein at MacArthurs is a serious German wine expert (also very friendly and helpful). I suggest you tell him some of the German wines you like and...
by Winona Chief
on Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:41 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: German wine epiphanies over the weekend….
Replies: 10
Views: 214

Re: The man they call Winona Chief

Thanks for the kind words. BWE is great group of people. There are many members that make important contributions.

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:28 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The man they call Winona Chief
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: So what have you bought lately?

Only recent purchases for me (all from MacArthurs) were:

Two more bottles of 2004 Pol Roger Rose - a big hit at the Friday Black Salt lunch
Two bottles of 2012 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Eiswein - another star of the Black Salt lunch
Two bottles of 2013 Ridge Geyserville

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 380
Views: 16176

Re: My wine of the weekend was…..

stefan, 1983 Rausan Segla was always a good one and a favorite of mine (sadly mine are all gone). In general, I think 1983 was a better in Margaux than 1982. 1986 Rausan Segla is a near legendary wine that is still slightly under the radar, though with all the raving about on this site it is unlikel...
by Winona Chief
on Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:17 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: My wine of the weekend was…..
Replies: 21
Views: 420

Re: BWE DC '16, Saturday wines- updated with notes & impressions

Tim,
See my comment above - it was GREAT!!

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE DC '16, Saturday wines- updated with notes & impressions
Replies: 25
Views: 350

Re: BWE DC '16, Saturday wines- updated with notes & impressions

The 1986 Gruaud Larose and Cos d'Estournel were both very impressive but were a bit on the young side. More to my taste were the 1989 Cantermerle, 1983 Cos d'Estournel and 1983 Gruaud Larose - all in a good place for current drinking. The 1982 Cantermerle was also excellent. A couple other high qual...
by Winona Chief
on Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:27 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE DC '16, Saturday wines- updated with notes & impressions
Replies: 25
Views: 350

Re: BWE DC '16, Saturday wines- updated with notes & impressions

Thanks for posting your notes, Patrick. Very impressed. I just loved the 1979 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs - a truly great Champagne. Head and shoulders above all the other Champagnes on Saturday night. There were two bottles of 1986 Talbot, I think Rob Dayton brought the other. They were both great ...
by Winona Chief
on Thu Apr 07, 2016 6:50 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE DC '16, Saturday wines- updated with notes & impressions
Replies: 25
Views: 350

Re: BWE has landed in Wash. DC for "sweet sixteenth" convention

Winona Chief reporting in from room 702.
by Winona Chief
on Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:48 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE has landed in Wash. DC for "sweet sixteenth" convention
Replies: 9
Views: 98

Re: Whoopie pies on board, I'm on my way to DC!

Let's get ready to RUMBLE!!
by Winona Chief
on Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Whoopie pies on board, I'm on my way to DC!
Replies: 5
Views: 52

Re: Thursday, March 31 BWE Dinner

I will be bringing 1997 Hermitage La Chapelle and some red Bordeaux.

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:27 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Thursday, March 31 BWE Dinner
Replies: 35
Views: 482

Re: Thursday, March 31 BWE Dinner

No need to bring stems. Ripple has good stems and will provide what we need.

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:46 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Thursday, March 31 BWE Dinner
Replies: 35
Views: 482

Re: HERE COMES DC!

See you soon. Glad to hear Mike is getting better.

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:44 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: HERE COMES DC!
Replies: 7
Views: 112

Re: Thursday, March 31 BWE Dinner

This is coming up tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. Hope everyone is psyched up and ready to go. For those of you waiting for me to organize the flights of wine - good luck with that. Organizing myself to take a shower is about the limit of my skills. General themes are: Champagne German Riesling red Bord...
by Winona Chief
on Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:41 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Thursday, March 31 BWE Dinner
Replies: 35
Views: 482

Re: Sad Passing of a Legend and Gentleman...Paul Pontellier

Enjoyed a bottle of 1999 Chateau Margaux in a small group last night in memory of Paul Pontellier. He led Chateau Margaux to amazing heights. The thing I like about Margaux is how fine the wines are in lesser vintages. This 1999 was quite wonderful with a beguiling aroma and a slightly exotic flavor...
by Winona Chief
on Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Sad Passing of a Legend and Gentleman...Paul Pontellier
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: Thursday, March 31 BWE Dinner

Sorry to disappear from this thread. We will be starting at 6:30 at Ripple.
Address: 3417 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 244-7995

So far we have:

Jim H.
Tom W.
Rob & Sue
Patrick + Brother
Stefan & Lucie
Chris & Marjorie
marcs
Jay W

Any one else?

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:03 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Thursday, March 31 BWE Dinner
Replies: 35
Views: 482

Re: Guarantee for Friday dinner due next Monday the 28th

I plan to bring some red and white Burgundy to the Friday dinner.

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:52 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Guarantee for Friday dinner due next Monday the 28th
Replies: 13
Views: 156

Re: Thursday, March 31 BWE Dinner

Ok folks, this is just a couple weeks away and I would like to get a final count in to the restaurant.

Marcs, glad you can make it. Jon and Paula, you will be missed.

Any others? How about Michael P?, SF Ed?, Mr. Vino?

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:52 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Thursday, March 31 BWE Dinner
Replies: 35
Views: 482

Re: Benevolent Dictator Friday Champagne Welcome Reception

Temperatures between 68 and 80 from March 8 to 11 advanced the bloom substantially - and it's supposed to reach 70 again this afternoon. I will be attending the Friday Champagne reception. I think Marjorie has a conference in Baltimore on that day so I don't know if she will be able to participate. ...
by Winona Chief
on Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:42 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Benevolent Dictator Friday Champagne Welcome Reception
Replies: 14
Views: 232

Re: President Trump

The Donald owns a winery (actually one of his sons is the official owner) in Virginia about 100 miles from DC. What night does BWE do the tasting of Trump Wines or will we doing a tasting at the vineyard?

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:13 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 630
Views: 9645

Re: Thursday, Marcch 31 BWE Dinner

I haven't made final arrangements so speaking from past experience (I go to ten to fifteen wine dinners a year at Ripple), we get two or three choices for each course. Thinking about four course dinner with: Soup or Salad Appetizer Main Course Dessert or Cheese Depending on what we do, all in price ...
by Winona Chief
on Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:30 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Thursday, March 31 BWE Dinner
Replies: 35
Views: 482

Re: Thursday, Marcch 31 BWE Dinner

I would like to include several themes:

Champagne
German Riesling
red Bordeaux
Northern Rhone
Dessert wines

Subject to adjustment based on the wishes of the participants,
Best to have at least two or three wines in each flight.

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Thursday, March 31 BWE Dinner
Replies: 35
Views: 482

Thursday, March 31 BWE Dinner

For those of you that will be arriving in DC on Thursday (or earlier), plans are underway for a BWE Dinner on Thursday, March 31. The dinner will be at Ripple in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of DC. It's conveniently located less than a block from the Cleveland Park subway station - and it's only ...
by Winona Chief
on Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:33 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Thursday, March 31 BWE Dinner
Replies: 35
Views: 482

Re: Organizing a DC '16 trip to MacArthur's

Yes, easy to get metered spot right next to the store. Free parking on neighborhood street a block from the store. Parking is not problem at MacArthur.

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:28 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Organizing a DC '16 trip to MacArthur's
Replies: 10
Views: 122

Re: ***The BWE DC '16 thread***

Official prediction on Cherry Blossoms:

"Even though we saw some cherry blossoms this winter, peak bloom will occur from March 31 through April 3 this year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival announced this morning."

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: ***The BWE DC '16 thread***
Replies: 17
Views: 265

Re: ***The BWE DC '16 thread***

Some more amusing quotes regarding Champagne at:

http://www.champagnesabering.com/home.php?id=29&aid=102

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: ***The BWE DC '16 thread***
Replies: 17
Views: 265

Re: ****BWE HOTEL OFFER****

I have seen numerous offers for the DuPont Circle Hotel at $202 to $246 on various travel sites. Pretty sure the 4.5 star hotel on Hotwire for $183 is the DuPont Circle.

Whatever we decide, Marjorie and me will be in for the three nights (Thurs-Sun).

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:16 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: ****BWE HOTEL OFFER****
Replies: 45
Views: 491

Re: BWE road trip to Nashville and Charlotte

Damn that looks good!

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:59 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE road trip to Nashville and Charlotte
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: Hotel for BWE festivities-The Dupont Circle

I think we are better off at Dupont Circle - a better location and right at the Metro subway station. Also agree with Danny, need to check Hotwire, I often find excellent deals there.

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:08 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Hotel for BWE festivities-The Dupont Circle
Replies: 17
Views: 258

Re: SF offline at SF-Ed's - Jan 30th

I think 1986 Climens is fabulous.

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:25 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: SF offline at SF-Ed's - Jan 30th
Replies: 4
Views: 99

Re: DC '16 Saturday 4/2 Charlie Palmer Steak

I am in favor of an unblind tasting (with a limited number of wines) before the dinner. Need to think about a theme - 1996? 1986? Something else?

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:23 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: DC '16 Saturday 4/2 Charlie Palmer Steak
Replies: 29
Views: 676

Re: Friday night dinner-April 1st 2016

Add Marjorie and Chris to the list.

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:17 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Friday night dinner-April 1st 2016
Replies: 21
Views: 408

Re: How's the 1982 Calon Segur?

Bottles of 1982 Calon Segur in excellent condition can be quite magical. The last one I had in that category was consumed with some friends in DC 4 or 5 years ago. At a big January 2014 Calon Segur vertical in DC, only one of the four bottles was outstanding. One bottle was corked, one was oxidized ...
by Winona Chief
on Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:08 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: How's the 1982 Calon Segur?
Replies: 11
Views: 142

Re: Rimmerman on 2015 Bdx - echoes Comte's impressions

I think there is quite a bit of over-generalization when talking about vintages. Lots of variation among communes and among producers in a given vintage.

Regarding 2002, Haut Brion and Mouton are both quite wonderful and much better than these in the 1999 vintage.

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Sat Nov 21, 2015 4:02 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Rimmerman on 2015 Bdx - echoes Comte's impressions
Replies: 22
Views: 535

Re: DC '16

I kind of like Charlie Palmer. I was at a nice wine dinner there about 3 weeks ago - everything worked out fine. Food is not the most creative but they give you a big space for a whole evening and that is something hard to come by on a Saturday night in DC in tourist season. I was probably less impr...
by Winona Chief
on Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:11 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: DC '16
Replies: 52
Views: 941

Re: GPL vertical offline? In Colorado?

I just got back from Colorado a week ago (needed to get back East for the BWE in Maine) and expect to be there two weeks in August and almost three weeks in September. Could try to coordinate a time in November, December or January if necessary. With two grandchildren out there, I'm on Grandpa duty ...
by Winona Chief
on Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:41 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: GPL vertical offline? In Colorado?
Replies: 5
Views: 106

Re: Rudy K on American Greed, CNBC 7/24 at 10 PM

RDD wrote:Yep.That event I was elbowed out of the way to get a pour of 1983 Margaux.When I said "Excuse me." They said "Who do you think you are?"I said "The one who provided the wine."


That's awful - what an a$$hole.

Chris Bublitz
by Winona Chief
on Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Rudy K on American Greed, CNBC 7/24 at 10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 551
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