• A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017
    [1981] Le Tour Vielle
    Having purchased the vineyards from two winemaking families in 1981, they modernized their domaine, adding a wine store and cellar. Very nice visit to La Tour Vielle , a winery owned by Vincent Cantié, who grew up in a Catalan wine growing family, and Christine Campadieu, who grew up in wine growing family Banyuls-Sur-Mer.
  • BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013
    [1981] Rhode Island Wine Weekend, Part III
    We then drank 1981 López de Heredia Viña Bosconia Gran Riserva. We drank several exceptional bottles of Rioja in Saturday night. Each of these wines was a special thing, something that could be the focus of a special dinner. I''ve had a little experience drinking mature wines by López de Heredia, and maybe a bottle or two by La Rioja Alta. But that''s about it. So drinking these wines was a wonderful way for me to get a sense of some of the other great producers in the region.
  • BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013
    [1981] Rhode Island Wine Weekend, Part I
    The following evening we began our dinner with a magnum of 1981 Lanson Brut Champagne. There is one thing that I''ve not said about the 1981 or the NV from the 60''s (or the Pol Roger). You know how you have those weekends where you go out of town to a friend''s house where a bunch of serious wine lovers gather over a few dinners to open and share truly great old wines? Yeah, me neither. But this past weekend was exactly that for me.
  • EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013
    [1981] Watch Clippers vs Trail Blazers Live Stream NBA 2013
    Since Donald Sterling bought the club in 1981, the Clippers are the worse teams in the league, because Sterling does not always willing explained, young talent to undertake further. [link] [starttext] LA Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA 2013 Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 10:30 PM ET Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA The Los Angeles Clippers are a basketball team of the American Basketball League NBA. The team is based in Los Angeles, California.
  • A WINE STORY  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013
    [1981] Tasting with Terras d’Alter in Alentejo
    The company was founded in 2004 by the Sociedade Agricola das Antas when three entities came together: Professor Dr. Jose Roquette, Sociedade Agricola Monte Barrao (owned by the Borges family), and the winemaker Peter Bright, an Australian who settled in Portugal in 1981. Terra D'Alter Assistant Winemaker Frederico Rosa Santos. "I I remember you!" says Nuno Franco, General Manager of Terra d'Alter in the chilly air outside the Alentejo Wine Route office.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013
    [1981] Ribera Del Duero Tasting: Special Vega Sicilia Tasting
    So today Pablo Alvarez Mezquiriz, Consejero Delegado of Bodegas Vega Sicilia, gave a fabulous tutored tasting of his wines including the Vega Sicilia Unico 1981, 1994, and 2004 along with the Vega Sicilia Unico Reserva Especial made from the three best years: 1990, 1996, and 1999.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
    [1981] Visiting Saintsbury in Carneros
    David tells me the story of his winery ( you can read it here ) which was established in 1981. Very excited to spend Sunday morning in Napa with David Graves, co-founder of Saintsbury in Carneros along with his partner, co-founder Richard Ward. Their idea was to create quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and from the international accolades they've succeeded. David is a kind and patient teacher. his winery is filled with employees who seem excited to come to work and several cats and dogs.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
    [1981] Frog's Leap Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc 2010
    Taking inspiration from his first Napa Valley winemaking post in the cellars of Stag's Leap, John began making wine commercially in 1981 and named the new operation "Frog's Leap." Tuesday afternoon I had to take a wine run to one of our local Wine & Spirits shops to pick up a white wine to serve with broiled salmon and snow crab.
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2012
    [1981] Tasting wild Horse Vineyards Wine with Director of Winemaking Clay Brock
    In 1981 he selected the Templeton vineyard and winery location for its low vigor soils, proven ground water table, proximity to Estero Bay, and rural atmosphere. What fun having dinner (and wine!) at NYT's Bottino restaurant with Wild Horse Vineyard's Director of Winemaking Clay Brock, who has been making wine at Wild Horse since 2008. The winery was named for the wild mustangs that roamed the hills east of the vineyard site.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012
    [1981] Visiting Rioja
    The tasting featured some fabulous vintage wines, the star being the Faustino 1 Gran Reserva 1981 with its faded brick color and aromas of strawberry and leather and Faustino 1 Gran Reserva 1999 which is surprising youthful and the currant vintage in the UK market today. Ah, Rioja! All those years spent at the International Wine Center studying the differences between the soil of the Rioja Alavesa above the Elbo river, and the Rioja Baja and Rioja Alta finally paid off.
  • A WINE STORY  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012
    [1981] Visiting Tenuta dell ‘Ornellaia
    Ornellaia was founded in 1981 with the mission to produce outstanding wines given that the site was chosen for its unusual marine clay soils and microclimate. Isn't this art incredibly gorgeous? Who would have thought that it is located in a Tuscan winery, not a museum! It is part of a program created by Tenuta dell'Ornellaia in 2009 designed to celebrate the "marriage" between art and wine. one that celebrates the character of each new vintage of Ornellaia.
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011
    [1981] Tasting Notes Week of July 8, 2010
    Since 1981 Dr. Carl-Ferdinand von Schubert leads the estate. 2010 Schloss Saarstein Serriger Schloss Saarsteiner Riesling Kabinett. Style note: Delicious, well balanced wine with elegance and delicacy of aroma and flavor. Very concentrated fruit, which is green apple on the nose and palate, yet ripe cooked apricot on the med+ finish that remains crisp and clean. This wine has finesse, length, complexity between the different elements, and balance. Pair with many starters and entrees.
  • DR. VINO  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011
    [1981] Wells Guthrie’s Damascene conversion: “less is more”
    He also mentioned having a 1981 Williams-Selyem Allen Vineyard pinot noir from the Anderson Valley a couple of decades after release and was amazed at the grace with which it aged, describing it as “Jayer-like.&#. Saul had his conversion on the road to Damascus. Wells Guthrie had his conversion on the road home from Burgundy.
  • DR. VINO  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011
    [1981] Traditional Rioja, the anti-en primeurs wine
    My wife and I had the 1981 Bosconia Gran Reserva at our tenth anniversary dinner, over a year ago, and I remember it well. Why pay en primeur prices for young Bordeaux that won’t arrive for two years? A case against that certainly comes in the form of the traditional Riojas from R. Lopez de Heredia. One of the few remaining traditionalists, Lopez de Heredia is known for outrageously long bottle aging in their legendary cellars prior to releasing the wine.
  • BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011
    [1981] López de Heredia Across Five Decades
    Of the reds, I particularly enjoyed the Tondonia Gran Reservas from 1981 and 1980. It is not often that one gets to taste a variety of the older Riojas of López de Heredia , but last week at the David Bowler portfolio tasting I had the distinct pleasure of doing exactly that. Monica Nogues, a López de Heredia ambassador, was pouring wines spanning five decades and I lingered for quite some time. It's funny, I have an ongoing argument with myself about which López wines I like the most.
  • BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2011
    [1981] December Wines - a Laundry List
    1981 López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia , price unknown (but you'd have to pay over $100 in NYC to buy this now), imported by Polaner Selections. December tends to be a good month for wine drinking. Everyone reaches into the cellar for the good bottles to help celebrate the passing of another year. Here are the wines I drank in December that have not, even in passing, appeared recently on this blog.
  • BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010
    [1981] Money isn't Everything
    The first wine we drank was the 1981 Krug Collection , about $700, imported by Moet/Hennessy/Diageo. Money isn't everything when it comes to Champagne. As with most great wines, there are fantastically expensive bottles and modestly priced bottles, and when thinking about the wines as a group, price does not necessarily indicate quality. I was reminded of this when thinking about two Champagnes that I had recently, one fantastically expensive and the other more modestly priced.
  • DR. VINO  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010
    [1981] In praise of mature wine
    On our anniversary last year, my wife and I enjoyed a 1981 Lopez de Heredia, Bosconia, gran reserva, a delicate, gorgeous wine that evolved with each course we ate. It may seem absurd to write a post in praise of mature wine–indeed, it’s one of those things, like sunny days and flowers in bloom, that people aren’t exactly rushing to oppose. But sometimes we still need encouragement to take time to smell the flowers and such is the case with enjoying mature wine.
  • A WINE STORY  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010
    [1981] Saintsbury Wines from Carneros
    With the release of Saintsbury’s first 2000 cases of Pinot Noir in 1981 and by committing to pursuing high quality California Pinot Noir, the founders put themselves in the forefront of a movement that would eventually catapult California wines, Carneros Pinot Noir and Saintsbury onto the world wine stage. Quick! When you think 'Carneros' what varietal comes to mind?
  • DR. VINO  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010
    [1981] Better know a wine law: Maryland!
    Although the legislation has been introduced every year since 1981, Adam Borden, executive director of Marylanders for Better Beer and Wine Laws, says that this year it has majority support in both houses. Maryland, the home of the Fightin’ Terps, threatens to turn its wine lovers into perps: The laws governing these five and a half million residents make it a felony to order wine online and have it shipped to their homes.
  • BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2010
    [1981] A Conversation with Becky Wasserman - Part 1
    I was Kermit Lynch's agent in Beaune from 1977 - 1981 also. The American wine icon Becky Wasserman is in New York City to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Le Serbet , her wine exporting company. Becky got started when very few people here in the United States knew anything about wine from Burgundy, and when very little was available in retail shops. She is considered to be one of the architects of the Burgundy wine market and she is respected and admired by everyone I know.
  • BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009
    [1981] The Pickyeater's BBQ
    1981 Bodegas Riojana Gran Riserva - I don't know which Gran Riserva this was, as there are several, but whatever it was, it was fantastic. I was lucky enough to be invited to Keith Levenberg 's BBQ again this year. Last year at this event I drank a few great wines that were completely new to me.
  • BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  |  SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2009
    [1981] Overachievers and Underachievers
    Wines that performed exactly as they should: 1981 López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia - this noble white wine was served blind, as I served all of the wines blind for our out-of-town friends. Last week I had the opportunity to drink some pretty fancy wine. BrooklynLady and I had some out of town (out of country, actually) friends over for dinner and we opened a few nice bottles.
  • ALICE FEIRING  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2009
    [1981] The Return to Terroir Tasting Panel: part two
    Stefano, I believe, was the first Italian biodynamist, having gone the way of Steiner in 1981. We pulled chairs around a long and narrow wooden table. To me right was Pascaline, next to her Anne-Claude. A sniffly champagne maker, David Leclapart sat across as did Nicolas. To my immediate right, the very Laurence Olivier look-a-like, Mark Angeli. Peppered in-between were names I recognized but faces I did not. Stefano Bellotti, sat at the head and introduced the Italian wines to the group.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2008
    [1981] What a Day! 2 Wine Tastings!!
    The 1981.yes, I said 1981 Pauillac Grand Vin de Chateau Latour - what a treat! I went away (within Israel) for the sabbath to a friend of the family. A wonderful woman and great cook it is always a nice shabbat when spent with her and her family. But it doesn't hurt that she lives next door to a fabulous winemaker, who is also a brilliant & warm man and whom I am fortunate to call a good friend.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2008
    [1981] Polaner tasting standouts
    I got to try the Lopez de Heredia Gravonia Rioja Blanco Crianza 1998, Tondonia Rioja Blanco Reserva 1989 & Tondonia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva 1981. LdH wines are very well regarded coming out of Rioja, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to try a 2002, 2000, 1999, 1987, 1981 & 1976 Rioja. The 1981 Bosconia Gran Reserva also had a lite orange color and was oxidized but I found it interesting in that it still possessed tannins and had an almost sherry like smell.
  • BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2006
    [1981] November Wine Dinner
    Deetrane busted out a 1981 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Leognan to pair with the goulash. I know almost nothing about Bordeaux, but I do know that 1981 is one of those vintages that did not get great press attention, and therefore the wines can be somewhat reasonably priced. Jess and Mike hosted Wine Dinner last night in their lovely South Slope townhouse. It was somewhat of a last minute affair, as new babies and other commitments prevented much advance planning.