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Favorite new world cab francs?

Please let me know where you buy the Lang and Reed for under $20, and which vintage. I love their Cab Franc.

Thanks.

Mar 03, 2009
pjaym17 in Wine

CA Zin - French Oak

The 2006 Emeades is available at Costco in some markets (I live in Arizona). Price is $12-14. I have always liked their wines, and this is one of our every day reds. Although 15.5% alcohol, It is middle of the road in terms of color, body and intensity. Neither the bottle nor the website (www.edmeades.com) states the origin of the oak.

Oct 23, 2008
pjaym17 in Wine

TN: Seven Assorted Wines with Dinner (1970-2006)

This certainly brought back memories, although not of the exact wines. I lived in L.A. during your tenure at the Wine Merchant, and as a young man learning about wine, would stop in from time to time. The only Ch. Petrus I have had was purchased there (during one of the deep dips in French wine prices): a 1971, which we had for out 10th anniversary in 1981. It was fabulous!

I have not had the 1970 La Mission, but my single favorite bordeaux is the '66.

Thanks for the reminders.

Oct 22, 2008
pjaym17 in Wine

Looking for suggestions: A good Rosé

Etude Carneros (California) Pinot Noir Rose, 2006. I think this sets the standard for domestic roses. $17.

Oct 04, 2008
pjaym17 in Wine

WIne with Morrocan Lamb Tagine

I am a fervant believer that the setting and company can elevate wine and wine pairings many notches. The first time we had lamb tangine was three years ago while on vacation in Provence. We were the guests, along with a local couple, at the home of an American they had introduced us to who lives part of the year in St. Remy.

We brought two differnet bottles of Chateaueuf Du Pape (I do not recall the wineries), and a bottle of 1999 Ch. Dalmeran, a locally produced red (blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon). Maybe because we had been to the winery that afternnon, but surprisingly the Dalmeran was the consensus winner. I do not believe Dalmeran is available in the U.S.

So, for us the memories of that evening put us on the path of a southern rhone when thinking about lamb tangine. I would suggest you go with ones that do not show a lot of pepper.

I look forward to your report.

Mar 15, 2008
pjaym17 in Wine

Mendocino dining

We ate at Cafe Beujolais a little over a year ago. It was wonderful. I don't recall what dishes we had--but a warm, welcoming experience. The wine list is well thought out, with many interesting Mendocino area wines. We had a bottle of 2004 Mc Phail Pinot Noir, Toulouse Vineyard, which really opened our eyes to pinots from the area.

That being said, for one dinner I would choose the Moose Cafe. Very warm and friendly, with a homey atmosphere. On a cold September evening the fish stew with some great wine was perfect.

Oct 08, 2007
pjaym17 in California

Food and Wine Groups (PHX)

Thanks Bill. This is very much what we are looking for. I will contact Jay Schlott today. One of my brothers was on the baord of the L.A. chapter, and really liked it. BTW, we spent two days earlier this month in Santa Barbara wine country--don't think we are ready to head back this soon, but we were introduced to some wonderful wines.

Sep 18, 2007
pjaym17 in Southwest

Food and Wine Groups (PHX)

Would like to hear about good and bad experiences with food and wine groups in greater Phoenix. We would love to join a couple. Food and wine are of equal importance, as are the fun and educational parts. Thanks.

Sep 17, 2007
pjaym17 in Southwest

What Tip is Appropriate when BYOB?

One thing I neglected to mention in my post, should the amount differ if the restaurant does not have a license, so all wine is bring your own? This is the case in many states, including AZ where I live. Last week in California, where licensed srestaurants can allow outside liquor, we brought a bottle...service was good, tipped 30% + corkage.

Sep 10, 2007
pjaym17 in Wine

What Tip is Appropriate when BYOB?

From time to time, we bring wine to restaurants. I try to bring ones that are not on the list, and always offer a taste to the server/wine steward. Colrkage varies from $8-25. What additional tip is appropriate?

Sep 09, 2007
pjaym17 in Wine

What are you buying right now?

Let us know what you decide to buy, and why.

Sep 07, 2007
pjaym17 in Wine

What are you buying right now?

Which specific winess and vintages of the Brewer-Cliftons? I am on their mailing list, and just received the 2006 offerings. Any idea how they will compare to 2005?

Sep 07, 2007
pjaym17 in Wine

Your Paso/Santa Ynez wine picks under $15?

Just got back from three days in SB County wine country. If you can stretch a bit, I highly recommend Palima Pinot Gris (06) and Stolpman Limestone Hill (04)--a red blend of 85% Cab, 10% Merlot, 5%Malbec. Both are terrific wines, not mass-marketed, and, IMO, good values. They are $18 at the winery/tasting room. I purchased multiple bottles of each. Palmina is in the “wine ghetto” behind Home Depot in Lompoc. Stolpman’s tasting room is in Solvang. They may be available for less at a wine store.

Both wineries are making wonderful wines, and I urge others to try them. The owner/winemaker of Palmina is Steve Clifton (of Brewer-Clifton and Melville fame). They make Italian varietals and blends. Stolpman makes a limited line of Claifornia varietals and blends, primarily reds. Their just released 05 Syrah is really good, and drinkable now.

www.palminawines.com/
www.stolpmanvineyards.com/

Sep 04, 2007
pjaym17 in Wine

How are your 98's drinking?

Hunt,

Maybe this should be the subject of a new post, but can you recommend any of the CA wineries where you had barrel tastings? The best known one is Del Dotto, and I have not been. BTW, we'll be in Central Coast (Santa Barbara area) this weekend, if any come to mind. Thanks.

Aug 27, 2007
pjaym17 in Wine

Aging Zin?

Boy did you hit a memory...thanks. One of my very favorite all-timers was RIdge Occidental SIn. 1970. In 1998, I was in L.A., and visited a wine shop that had a couple of bottles. I spoke with the proprieter about the wine and his repsponse was poingant: "Live with your memories". So I did. That being said, in my experience Ridge sins can last 20 years. I have had Turleys that still seem in their youth at 10.

Aug 26, 2007
pjaym17 in Wine

Wine Cooler Advice

Having gone way too long in a climate (20+years in Arizona) that is not conducive to proper wine storage, it is time to bite the bullet on a good wine storage cooler. I want minimum of 96 bottles, max. of around 200. Doing this for quality storage. Asthetics are not critical--glass door is fine. Willing to go the Viking route if need be, prefer to spend less. I do store some bottles for 10+ years, however most are around for less than two.

I have read lots of articles, (and followed the recent threads on Magic Chef), but really want to hear personal experiences (good and bad). ALso, best places to buy.

Thanks.

Aug 01, 2007
pjaym17 in Wine

Mary Elaine's (PHX)

Have not been to Mary Elaine's in years, but have had great experiences. I will comment on the wine experiences in a minute. One of the things that make the wine episodes so appalling, is they fly in the face of way I have been treated at Mary Elaine's, and what anyone learns in customer 101. The first time we went, was as guests of my mother, who was staying at the hotel. Our daugters we very young (probably four and six), and I was somewhat apprehensive on how that kind of a party would be viewed at prime time. All I can say, is that the service was perfectly attentive and gracious, in a way that was nowhere near fawining. That treatment certainly made us want to return, which we have done.

The wine incidents. Elsewere on the board there is a current thread on Tarblell's. Like many of you, my wife and I have been going there since it opened. For a few years, we certainly dined there at least monthly--often at the bar.

I remember being a New Years Eve a few years ago. We ordered a bottle of white burgandy (around $100). Mark was at the next table entertaining friends. Before the waiter brought our wine, Mark came over to say hello, and inquire what wine we ordered. I told him our choice, whereupon he said "I think we have something you might enjoy more". The substitute was extrordinary, and the price on the check was the same as the original bottle, even though it was on the reserve wine list for significantly more.

We continue to go to Tarbells. BTW, as others have said, the food is terrific, and the ambience and service are very good.

Mar 31, 2007
pjaym17 in Southwest

Seeking best wineries to tour in Mendocino area

Goldeneye was acquired by Duckhorn a few years ago. They only produce Pinot Noir. The wines are very good; the staff is well-trained and gracious; and tasting wine on the back patio, where the view is as stunning as any in the wine country, was, on a beautiful early Septmeber afternoon, an experience always to be remembered. Highly recommended.

Although we did not get to Lazy Creek, we met the owner (Josh Chnadler) at the Wine Shop in Mendocino. He is a very down to earth guy, who makes very good wine. We were able to taste some of their wines at the store. Great Pinot Noir. We brought a bottle to dinner that night at Moose Cafe (our best meal in Mendocino, highly recommended), and shared it with the waitress and chef, who loved it. I also liked the Pinot Blanc. I believe the New York Times has rated Lazy Creek's Gewurtztraminer the best in America.

The Wine Shop is a real find. It is the Mendocino branch of a Healdsburg store, run by Dan Reed. Great selection of Mendocino area wines, along with hard to find wines from other areas of the state. We purchased some French wines also. Dan has strong opinions, (which I think is good), is very knowledgeable, and asked us to join the sales tastings that winereies were doing at the store that day.

Dec 06, 2006
pjaym17 in California

A Month In Scottsdale

Golden Buddha. Open Christmas. We ate there on Christmas last year. Arrived around 6:30. Waited over 30 minutes (at bar) for table. Once seated, it took forever for food to come out. They appeared to be under-staffed for the amount of guests. That being said, food was outstanding, although I do not remember what we ate. Normally order Peking Duck, but opted out this time. A close-by table ordered it, and it looked great. Next time. Will definitely return.

C-Fu Gourmet. Open Christmas. Prior to last year, C-Fu has been our regular Christmas evening outing. In the last few years it has gotten pretty crowded on Christmas. All of the seafood and fish dishes are very good, as is the Peking Duck.

Dec 06, 2006
pjaym17 in Southwest

Las Vegas Business Dinner: Bouchon, Emeril's, or Spago?

First of all, thanks for all the posts. I was remiss in my initial post: my question was about Emeril's Seafood House, not Delmonico's. I had the pleasure of dining at the New Orleans Delmonico's a number of years age. It was phenominal. The food was outstanding, wine list a delight, and the service was impeccable--gracious (not fawning) with a great sense of timing. So, for those of you that have been to both the New Orleans and Las Vegas branches, how does Vegas stack up? (BTW, I understand the New Orleans Delmonicos has recently re-opened).

Nov 05, 2006
pjaym17 in Southwest

CHEZ L'AMI LOUIS

Can you let us know the best way to make reservations? Also, what was the tab for lunch (and did you have wine)?

Nov 03, 2006
pjaym17 in France

Review: Baby Kay's Cajun Kitchen - Phoenix (w/ photos!)

One additional comment at this time of year: Baby Kay's sells whole deep fried turkeys during the holidays. I have been to friends twice for Thanksgiving where it was served. Both times the turkey was incredible. Crispy skin, very moist. Highly recommended.

Nov 02, 2006
pjaym17 in Southwest

Las Vegas Business Dinner: Bouchon, Emeril's, or Spago?

Hosting my staff (five people) for three dinners during major trade show next week. We are set on two of the dinners: Nora's (partially as a result of the postings on this board), and the Palm (I am a long-time Palm fan, understand its shortcomings, but love the steaks and sides).

Need to decide on the first night (Tuesday). I am far more into food than the others. They have all been to Spago (we hosted a dinner there a couple of years ago), and loved it. I think they would enjoy Emeril's. A couple of us ate at the one in Orlando last year. It was pretty good. My wife and I dined at Bouchon in Yountville in early September. The food was fabulous. The service was horrible, sonething that has been reported by many on the California board as well as some locals we met in Napa. Other than the bartender, the staff was so full of themselves it was laughable.

Thanks in advance for your help and ideas.

Nov 02, 2006
pjaym17 in Southwest

Mendocino 3 days next week

I have reveiwed prior posts, but would like some current thoughts. Splurge dinners are fine, but we like mixing in some casual meals as well. Staying at Heritage House (Mendocino).

Lunches will be more of the picnic, take-out variety. So location ideas (including wineries)are welcome. (Including on the drive to Mendocino from San Francisco--101 to 128.)

Also, will there be any weekday farmers markets in Mendocino area next week?

Thanks.

Aug 29, 2006
pjaym17 in California

Mendocino 3 nights, Yountville 1 night, next week

I have reveiwed prior posts, but would like some current thoughts, particulary regarding non-ususual suspects. Splurge dinners are fine, but we like mixing in some casual meals as well. Staying at Heritage House (Mendocino) and Bordeaux Inn (Yountville).

Lunches will be more of the picnic, take-out variety. So location ideas (including wineries)are welcome. (Including on the drive to Mendocino from San Francisco--101 to 28.

ALso, will there be any weekday farmers markets in Mendocino or Napa Valley next week.

Thanks.

Thanks.

Avignon and St. Remy, 4 days in September

Sorry about the typo. The name of the winery is Chateau Dalmeran.

Château Dalmeran
13103 Saint-Etienne-du-Grés
Tel: (33) 490 49 04 04; Fax: (33) 490 49 15 39

Enjoy!

Aug 10, 2006
pjaym17 in France

Avignon and St. Remy, 4 days in September

We had such a wonderful time in Provence last October, that we are returning for four days in early September. Need some insight and suggestions on the following:

Avignon Sunday dinner. I have read most of the prior posts. Would prefer to dine outdoors. The reports on L'Isle Sonnate sound great; La Mirande mixed. Any updates on these two, as well as other ideas? Christian Etienne is closed Sundays.

St. Remy and environs. We are returning to St. Remy, which we loved last year. (Once again staying as Mas du Cornud, just out of town). One of the downers last year was having to leave before fully exploring the Wednesday market. This time we will not have time pressure. (BTW, we were not big fans of the Isle-sur-la-Sougue market). We will have a car, and love to explore, which we did a lot of last year. Would love to hear suggestions and ideas, particularly regarding restaurants, especially with outdoor dining, in both St. Remy and nearby towns.

Here are some Chow highlights from or prior trip.

a wonderful dinner at the home of someone we met, with both local and Chateauneuf du Pape wines;
very good first night dinner at Le Bistrot des Alpilles (I do not remember what my wife ate other than an other-worldly mushroom entree...I had leg of lamb, great Soupe Chocolate dessert, and we shared a great 2004 Chave Crozes Hermitage--total 100E);
dinner at Cabro d'Or in Les Baux...nothing really special, expect the single best dish I had on our ten day trip in France was the Turbot Carpaccio!
Chateau Dalmerain...we asked our captain at Cabro d'Or to recommend a local wine. We loved the wine (2000 vintage) and visited the winery the next day. Beautiful 2-3 mile country lane drive from where we stayed. Two delightful and charming young people work there. Bought both the 2000 and the 1999.
Joel Durand Chocolatier...great chocolates, wonderful people. About as good as it gets. In the heart of St. Remy

Thanks.

Aug 06, 2006
pjaym17 in France