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Monday, September 20th, 2004
12:08 pm
[escapade52]
wine doggie bags
http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/wine_doggie-07Sep04.htm

A new law, which will allow restaurant patrons to take home a partially consumed bottle of wine providing they consumed a full course meal, takes effect on Thursday, September 9 th.

The law, which was sponsored by state Senator Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie, applies only to establishments that have either a state restaurant license or a wine license.

A partially consumed bottle of wine may be removed from a licensed restaurant establishment only if the bottle of wine was actually purchased in connection with a full course meal, and only if a portion of the wine contained in the bottle was actually consumed with the meal, according to state regulations just issued.

Only one partially consumed bottle of wine may be removed from the restaurant.
Friday, May 28th, 2004
10:46 am
[escapade52]
15% off at 67 Wine
67 Wine, one of my fav wine stores in the city (actually located at 68th & Columbus) is 15% off everything in the store today and Sat. for a Memorial Day sale. The selection there is tremendous and I'll be stocking up.
Monday, November 24th, 2003
4:57 pm
[nsc]
Tasting notes from Saturday, Nov. 22nd:

Ronco el Gnemiz
Colli Orientali del Friuli
Rosso del Gnemiz
1999

Not sure which varietals went into this wine. Very bold, lots of guts, rather deep but don't remember much else.

Tenuta Sant'Antonio
Capitelo
1999 from Veneto, IGT
All Cab. Much bolder than the Rosso del Gnemiz. Really deep finish, I tasted soil, slight must in a pleasant way, very robust and earthy. Delicious. All others agreed.

Planeta Burdese
2000, IGT
Cab from Sicily. I did not like this. I mean, if it was $10, I'd be like, eh, and I don't know how much this goes for at the store, but I know it's not $10. It lacked great finish for a cab. Really disappointing. There was also a slightly vinegary tartness, and I couldn't figure out if it was a bad bottle or if this is how the wine is. Cabs can be so much better than this.

Rossj-Bass
from Gaja, 2001
Wow. What great stuff. Sure, I'd be hesitant to pay Gaja prices for white wine, but when I get to taste white wine this great, I am in heaven. What toastiness! And by that I don't mean the yeastiness you get from Champagne. I got sesame! I got it in the nose and on the palate. Someone else said they detected nuttiness, but I have to say roasted sesame seeds. Delicious! It would be wasted if it was drunk too cold.

Tocai Friuliano
Scarbolo
2001

Scarbies as just plain good. Great value too. They have one of the better pieces of land in Friuli and they make fantastic wine that doesn't sell for a lot of money. That's why I love cooking with them, because whatever's left over, I can drink and not wince at the bad taste. This Tocai was beautifuly flowery. I've been curious about their Tocai for a while and I wasn't disappointed. I love their Chardonnay, very clean with no oak, as they age only in stainless steel casks. It goes for around $11. I may be purchasing some for my renovation party if there's any left.
Saturday, November 8th, 2003
6:33 pm
[nsc]
So many wines to update you on. But first, what we drank today:

Gini Contrada Salvarenza
Vecchie Vigne
Soave Classico Superiore
2001

OK. Lots of apples with a hint of oak. Nice, but not something that's really my style. Very nice Soave though.

Tenua Sant'Antonio
Capitello
Cabernet Sauvignon
1999

From Veneto. Very interesting. It's a passito style, so the grapes were dried slightly the way they do with Amarone. Hence that inky strange bitter aftertaste that hits you long after you've swallowed. I got leather as well. In the mouth, there's a richness, more of that tannic ink with new wood. Very nice. But it's like $45 and I can recommed the Camigliano cab for half the price. Still, interesting stuff.

Will provide tasting notes on some of the Bordeaux I tasted weeks ago from the 60's and 70's. Amazing stuff.
Saturday, October 25th, 2003
6:24 pm
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Tried the Bruno Giacosa 1999 Barolo. Way too young. Too tight, even after being opened overnight. I got a strong acetone nose, like nail polish remover. That's not to say it was unpleasant. Just very young. Here's the tasting notes from the event last night:

"Garnet red with orange shades. Ample, persistent, rich with a rose and violet scent. Dry, full, generous, balanced, velvety, highly aristocratic."

Not sure where they got the rose and violet from. I didn't get that at all.
Saturday, September 27th, 2003
6:13 pm
[nsc]
First tried the vestini Campagnano Pellagrello Bianco, 2002. Nice mouth watering acidity, crispnss with delicious fruit. Really liked it. Then I found out it is $36 for a 750ml bottle. It's good, but I don't think it's worth that much. It's a varietal, Pallagrello Bianco. Never heard of it until now. There's also a Pallagrello Nero. Don't know what these grapes are related to. Hard to compare it to, perhaps to a nice Verdicchio.

Next was Gemola, Colli Euganei Rosso, 1998. Around $45. 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet. Excellent. Smelled bitter chocolate and ripe black cherries. Deep purple in color, a little spicy and the chocolate undertone follows through, although it's far subtler on the palate. Bitter finish, which makes me wonder whether many women will like it. This is not a sexist statement. I have often found women to dislike bitterness in wine but I like it, depending on the wine. I have to say, I do like this wine but like the Pallgrello, I don't know that I want to pay $45 for it.
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003
2:03 pm
[nsc]
Was too busy in the store this Saturday to write tasting notes on the wines we tried. And oh, what wines! Beautiful Valpolicella and two excellent Super Tuscans. And that awful Giacosa Muller Thurgau yet again. Yes, it was quite busy given the good weather, with so many customers coming in and us going back and forth to finish our excellent panini from 'wichcraft.

Will write tasting notes later in more detail.
Wednesday, September 10th, 2003
4:08 pm
[nsc]
Had lunch at Schiller's. Was very relieved to see that there were only about 7 covers sitting in the entire place. Started with the mediocre Bibb salad then the Bar Steak with Bordelais sauce. I've heard a lot of about the Cheap, Decent, and Good categorization of their wines and I settled for the Cheap red, which was a very drinkable Spanish je ne sais quoi. It was light on the palate but not devoid of fruit. Not much of a lingering finish but perfectly drinkable. It would have better suited a lighter dish as it didn't quite stand up to my steak. Still, it's something I would order at the bar while waiting for a friend. But not when the place is crowded.
Saturday, September 13th, 2003
5:55 pm
[nsc]
It was already after 5 and we hadn't tasted anything. Short background story. I have this officemate who doesn't know much about wine except that she likes hers sweet. Problem is, she doesn't know what's good sweet wine, as in dessert wines, as opposed to something bad, say, Manichevitz. Her birthday is tomorrow and I wanted to give her something Friday that she would enjoy, and I decided a couple of weeks ago I'd get her the Forteto della Luja Moscato d'Asti.

So last week I am all ready to get it when I discover it's sold out. I decided on the Birbet brachetto because it was around the same price and it was sweet. Although I was reluctant to get her that since for the holidays I got her the Forteto della Luja brachetto which is one of the best dessert wines I've ever had.

This week, we have a replacement Moscato d'Asti. It's the 2002 Fattoria san Giuliano. I was in the mood for something sweet so I suggested we open that. Lovely. I think sweeter than the Forteto. The Forteto was more delicate. Still, it's got that great grape taste Moscatos tend to have. What can I say, it's a nice sweet fizzy wine - who can't love it? $17. Not bad.

I also had a small sampling of the 2000 Cima Rombalo. Not sure of the varietals that make it up. Possibly a super Tuscan? Dense. Heady. Smelled of earth and wood. I detected a light licorice in the finish. Great legs. Beautiful dark purple. Very heady wine.

Second I tried was the La Spinetta's Pin. Had it before, just as good as I remember it. 2000 vintage. Cherry, lots of oak, also a heady wine. Of the two, I would have to say I liked the Rombalo better. I think both wines go for over $40 each.
5:55 pm
[nsc]
It was already after 5 and we hadn't tasted anything. Short background story. I have this officemate who doesn't know much about wine except that she likes hers sweet. Problem is, she doesn't know what's good sweet wine, as in dessert wines, as opposed to something bad, say, Manichevitz. Her birthday is tomorrow and I wanted to give her something Friday that she would enjoy, and I decided a couple of weeks ago I'd get her the Forteto della Luja Moscato d'Asti.

So last week I am all ready to get it when I discover it's sold out. I decided on the Birbet brachetto because it was around the same price and it was sweet. Although I was reluctant to get her that since for the holidays I got her the Forteto della Luja brachetto which is one of the best dessert wines I've ever had.

This week, we have a replacement Moscato d'Asti. It's the 2002 Fattoria san Giuliano. I was in the mood for something sweet so I suggested we open that. Lovely. I think sweeter than the Forteto. The Forteto was more delicate. Still, it's got that great grape taste Moscatos tend to have. What can I say, it's a nice sweet fizzy wine - who can't love it? $17. Not bad.

I also had a small sampling of the 2000 Cima Rombalo. Not sure of the varietals that make it up. Possibly a super Tuscan? Dense. Heady. Smelled of earth and wood. I detected a light licorice in the finish. Great legs. Beautiful dark purple. Very heady wine.

Second I tried was the La Spinetta's Pin. Had it before, just as good as I remember it. 2000 vintage. Cherry, lots of oak, also a heady wine. Of the two, I would have to say I liked the Rombalo better. I think both wines go for over $40 each.
Monday, September 8th, 2003
1:18 pm
[nsc]
I know this this highly irresponsible of me but I am afraid I will have to rely on memory from Saturday to describe the wines I tried and they won't be very good tasting notes.

First I tried what I believe was a Tenuta red. Don't remember the vintage, the grape varietals, or even the price. I just remember not being crazy about it. It had a tinge of metallic taste which I found unpleasant. I don't know that it was so much metallic as it was something else I didn't like.

Second was the 2001 Promis from Gaja. How can I forget that one? I have a bottle of the 2000 at home. This one was spicy, spicy, spicy. Delicious. All that it "Promis"'ed to be. What can I say - I loved it. It' goes for around $40, I think. Gorgeous, gorgeous.

Third was an inexpensive red from Lamborghini (sp?). Don't remember the grape contents but it sells for around $12. For that price, I think it's good value. You get nice soft fruit, not too tannic, and doesn't deliver a very long finish, but people might like that.

Sorry folks, I got caught up in back office work at the store and didn't get around to posting notes right after tasting. One thing though. There's a Muller Thurgau from Jermann I am dying to try. It's a bit pricey - $25ish for a bottle of white is too much for me, even with my discount. However, I can't take my eyes off the bottle. I think I have crush on it. It is so attractive and stands out. The bottle is clear and the label and cap are this pale sky blue, accentuating the greenish tint to the wine. I love Jermann in general, of course, but this bottle is just so cute! Based on the look alone I would give it as a gift. But I am so curious to know what it actually tastes like...
Saturday, August 30th, 2003
5:08 pm
[nsc]
Back at store after two week absence. First bottle opened was 2002 Roero Arneis by Bruno Giacosa, approx. $18. I found the nose to promise more than what the taste delivered. The nose was slightly pungent with bright acidity with a touch of mineral. What I tasted was all of those things masked by an unpleasant bitterness that coated my tongue. And the good aspects of the wine were too short lived in the mouth. Weak, essentially. It was a bit of a disappointment for this Giacosa fan. Up to now, I thought he could do no wrong. I was so blown away by the restrained elegance of his 1998 single vineyard Barbaresco, but perhaps whites are not his strong point. Either that or it just wasn't a good year for his Roero Arneis. I wouldn't put down $18 for this bottle, I'm afraid.

Second bottle opened was far better. 2000 Sant'Antimo Cabernet Sauvignon by Camigliano. The first that that struck me was the incredible density and inkiness. The nose is ripe black cherry with wonderful young barrique. The taste is also cherry, with a bit of leather and ink. Gorgeous. How good cabernet should be. At only $22, I think this is an excellet deal. I wouldn't say this is something attractive to many Americans who look for fruit forwardness, particularly women, but I think this is an excellent example of what great Tuscan terroir does for the cabernet grape.

What surprised me was that it's not a Super Tuscan. It's DOC, not IGT. Someone here found it a bit young, but not too young. He thought it needs a few more years. I found it perfectly drinkable now, but if it got better given some time, then it's a real bargain to put down for later. I can only imagine how outstanding it will be at its peak.
Thursday, August 28th, 2003
1:47 pm
[nsc]
Last night was dinner at L’Impero, which was absolutely sublime. I’ll get to the wine a little later, but food first. We all did the 4 course prix fixe, with an additional full portion of the spaghetti with sea urchin. Around the table:

Cynthia:
Summer Pea Soup
Spaghetti with tomato and basil
Roasted Orata Rossa, similar to red snapper
Peach gratin
Tea

Deacon:
Summer Pea Soup
Duck and Foie Gras Agnolotti
Roasted Orata Rossa
Chocolate Soup
Tea

Jim:
Grilled Octopus
Orecchiette
Aged Sirloin of Beef
Plum Hazelnut Tart
Coffee

I:
Fricassee of Mushrooms,Spring Vegetables, served with dreamy polenta
Farfalle with mussels and crab
Olive Oil Poached Sashimi Quality Tuna
Olive Oil Cake with lemon panna cotta and lemon crème
(I also drowned my olive bread in olive oil before devouring)
Coffee

Some items that stood out for me were the polenta with fricassee, duck and foie gras pasta, and the lemon panna cotta. I wish I had a better taste of the simple spaghetti with tomato and basil sauce. In fact, I’d like to go back and just have that and one of the desserts I didn’t try.

We started the meal with a lovely bottle of a 2001 Pinot Auxerrois from Alsace. According to the sommelier, it's possible the grape is a clone of Pinot Blanc. It tasted similar, but it had its own wonderful crispness, not sweet but had enough wonderful fruit to trick your tongue on first sip that it might be sweet, but in fact finished dry. At under $30, we thought it was more than fairly priced.

Our second bottle was the 2000 Saint Joseph Syrah (or Syrah blend, I don’t recall) by Pascal Jamet. I took notes as Jim was speaking: “tart cranberry liquor… stewed cranberries… smoke… musty, but not dank musty…” What I got was a woody creaminess. I will never forget this wine. I loved it. It was unlike any Syrah I’ve ever had, with delicate strawberry jam perfumes and other jammy red berries. I absolutely loved it. I think it was around $42.

In case you’d like to drool over the menu, check out http://limpero.com
Monday, August 18th, 2003
12:31 pm
[nsc]
Taking 2 weeks off from the store. Will be my second and third days off since I started. That's a pretty good record, I'd say. Birthday is coming up and I am trying to figure out which of my better bottles to open. I may splurge on something new, who knows. But there won't be any new tasting notes until next week.

Am quite concerned about my bottles. While most are not exceptional wines, I did have some pretty good whites in the refrigerator when the power went out Thursday. I think my area was one of the last to get electricity back on in Manhattan. I was out of town, so there wasn't a whole lot I could do. Place is being renovated right now, so I have put most wines in the closet, where I am hoping it won't get too hot. Otherwise, it will be hundredes of $$$ down the toilet, literally.
Wednesday, August 13th, 2003
10:44 pm
[nsc]
Insipid, tasteless, poor finish 2001 Riesling from Alsace at Sonsie in Boston. Ugh, what a terrible disappointment. It was offered by the glass and since no one else was drinking, that's what I had. $8. Completely not worth it.
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Monday, August 11th, 2003
9:39 pm
[nsc]
Am in Boston this week on business. It's not exactly a conference, but it's similar to that. Yesterday and today they have been serving beer and wine I guess to break the ice. There are people from all over the country and many of them seem to be excited to be here, probably because it's a chance to get out of their small towns and see a big city. Most have been taking advantage of the free alcohol but the alcohol supplied I wouldn't categorize as lavish or anything special. The majority of the drinkers seem to be beer people, not really caring whether they were consuming a Bud or a Coors.

Given that, I decided not to consume any alcohol while being here because for me personally, this isn't much of a pleasure trip. My colleagues and friends are not drinkers themselves. But today I finally gave in and decided to have a bit of wine with the assortment of cheeses displayed before going into dinner.

4 selections, and don't ask me the names of the producers because I can't possibly remember, and I have a very good reason: they weren't much to remember.

2000 or 2001 Chardonnay from New Zealand. I really should have tried this. But I was in the mood for red so I didn't.
Some insipid looking pinot grigio. I didn't have to taste it to know what it was probably like. Remember, this was one of the lowest of the low end beer and wine bars I have ever seen, and this wasn't much of a wine savvy crowd.
Merlot from California. Not Napa, not Sonoma, just California. Don't remember the vintage.
1999 Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma. This is what I had. Nice tannin, but not strong enough as I would like in a Cab. Roundness, pleasingly soft (but again, too soft for me personally) for most red wine drinkers who think they like full bodied but what they really like is medium body at most.

Frankly, I kind of liked the Cab. I thought it was a perfectly fine red wine that suited the crowd and more would have been consumed had they run out of beer, but being that they were fully stocked with the stuff, I don't think anyone had to opt for wine instead. In fact, I didn't see anyone drinking wine, except one woman whom I saw holding a glass of white.
7:19 am
[nothinginreturn]
cheap table wine?
hiya,

i just moved from california to manhattan and can't seem to find any decent cheap table wine. i find plenty of table wine but none that are cheap! in california we have trader joe's which sells "charles shaw" merlot, cab, and chard for $2/bottle... it's great table wine for every night consumption with dinner, but i can't seem to locate anything for under $6.50 here.

help!? ;)
Sunday, August 10th, 2003
11:22 pm
[nsc]
Yesterday we tried the Kante Sauvignon. Unlike any Sauvignon I've had. It was really interesting, but I'm not sure I liked it entirely. It had really great nose and nice tones, but the overall acidity and taste left me a little confused but overall disappointed.

Nose: golden raisins, mango, some tropical fruit. I got lychee as well but not so much floral as with gewurtzes.

Taste: golden raisins, but too acidic for my liking. Very long finish though. This is not an insipid wine by any means.

I've had mixed experiences with Kante's Malvasia. I love Malvasia as a passito. Wonderful honey peach to the bottle we have at the store. But the dry Malvasia by Kante was alright one time, then when I was tasting each bottle we opened just before a party, one was pretty good, second was not as good - a little funky, and the third one was not a good bottle at all, but I wouldn't say it was corked. I flat out just didn't like it.

Such was not the case with this Sauvignon. This bottle was indeed good. I guess I just had a problem with the overall finish (the taste, not the length of the finish) and its acidity. Perhaps it goes better with food. Personally, I would be happier sniffing it than drinking it.
Friday, August 8th, 2003
4:03 pm
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Just remembered something. I tried Two Buck Chuck, or the real name, Charles Shaw, at my July 4th party. Friend from LA brought over a bottle of the Merlot and the Sauvignon Blanc. I have not yet opened the white, but Jim from the wine store and I tried the Merlot and we thought it was quite nice. Actually, I liked it a bit better than Jim. He said it tasted like a $10 bottle. But that's saying a lot, since for $1.99, you are then getting 5 times the value. We agreed though, that the Charles Shaw Merlot was nothing high brow or particularly complex. It is, however, a perfectly fine drinking wine, whether it's for a party or a casual dinner. The Merlot had a nice round pleasant berry-ness with plenty of juice and it wasn't too dry or too sweet. A bit of acid, but nothing over the top. A simple crowd pleaser, in my opinion, provided the crowd isn't made up of Robert Parkers. Can't wait to open the Sauvignon.
3:25 pm
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Rieslings at Mark
I don't know if referencing Time Out as a source for finding out about an event of any kind makes me lame, but I did read in the most recent issue about over 100 different Rieslings being offered at the Mark for only a few bucks per taste. I'd say that's quite a deal. I'd like to check it out but too many of my friends are afraid to go to the UES for some reason, like breathing the air up there will make them want to wear pastel colored tennis sweaters around their necks or something.

At this point, I'm not sure whether I will make it, but for anyone who does check it out, do let me know how your experience was.
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