Tasting Notes and Photos from
Wine Dinners, Tastings, and Travel

 

Wine Travel

DateThemeGroup LocationTN?Pix? Flash?
03/25/20172013 Bruno Giacosa Rabajà and Rocche FWGHome, Delmar, NYyesyesno
02/04/2017Barolo 2012 @ La Festa del Barolo AGDel Posto Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
12/01/2016Pre-2000 Brunello & Chianti WCCFort Orange Club, Albany, NYyesyesno
11/13/2016Burgundy with the Chevaliers du Tastevin TVSalt & Char Restaurant, Saratoga Springs, NYyesyesno
09/29/20162000–2009 Red Bordeaux Blind & 1929 Margaux WCCAndrew Plummer's, East Greenbush, NYyesyesno
08/22/2016Cantina Bartolo Mascarello Vertical NVHearth, NYCyesyesno
07/28/2016Priorat Blind WCCSalty's Pub & Bistro, Clifton Park, NYyesyesno
07/02/2016Index of my 2016 trip to Piedmont FWGTurin, Barolo, Barbaresco, Italyyesyesno
06/15/20161996 Barolo & Barbaresco Dinner NVL'Apicio, NYCyesyesno
05/28/2016Aged Nebbiolo & a Few Burgs at BerserkerFest WBPeking Duck House, NYCyesyesno
05/19/2016Grenache Blind WCCFort Orange Club, Albany, NYyesyesno
04/17/2016Burgundy with the Chevaliers du Tastevin TVOtesaga Resort, Cooperstown, NYyesyesno
02/06/2016Barolo Dinner NKL'Apicio, NYCyesyesno
02/06/20162011 Barolo Tasting @ La Festa del Barolo AGFour Seasons, NYCyesyesno
02/05/2016Gala Dinner @ La Festa del Barolo (Vajra table) AGFour Seasons, NYCyesyesno
12/15/2015Cappellano Barolo NVLusardi’s Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
12/10/2015Nebbiolo Dinner with Punch Brothers FWGPeck's Arcade, Troy, NYyesyesno
11/14/20151989 Barolo NKDovetail Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
11/13/2015Mostly 1985 Nebbiolo NKAmali Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
11/05/2015Chateau Musar and Château Montrose Blind WCCSalty's Pub & Bistro, Clifton Park, NYyesyesno
08/11/2015Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Vertical NVI Trulli, NYCyesyesno
07/16/2015White Burgundy Blind: Dead or Alive? WCCAndrew Plummer's, East Greenbush, NYyesyesno
07/06/2015Lunch with Jeremy Parzen (old Nebbiolo) FWGI Trulli, NYCyesyesno
07/06/2015Franciacorta with Jeremy Parzen I Trulli, NYCyesyesno
06/04/20151990s California Cabernet Blind WCCDorato's Restaurant, Guilderland, NYyesyesno
07/08/2015Barolo & Burgs with with Ed Zimmerman & Chris ThileWhite Street, NYCyesyesno
05/14/2015G. Conterno Barolo vs. L. Sandrone Barolo NVMorrell Wine Bar and Café, NYCyesyesno
04/16/20152005 California Cabernet Blind WCCAndrew Plummer's, East Greenbush, NYyesyesno
02/07/20152010 Barolo Tasting & Lunch @ La Festa del Barolo AGFour Seasons, NYCyesyesno
02/06/2015Gala Dinner @ La Festa del Barolo (Burlotto table) AGFour Seasons, NYCyesyesno
01/07/2015Barbaresco: 1985, 1998, & 2001 NVNY Vintners, NYCyesyesno
DateThemeGroup LocationTN?Pix?Flash?
11/20/20142001 California Cabernet Blind WCCAndrew Plummer's, East Greenbush, NYyesyesno
10/16/2014Mostly Grand Cru Red Burgundy Blind WCCAndrew Plummer's, East Greenbush, NYyesyesno
09/12/20141999 & 2001 Barolo Blind NVNY Vintners, NYCyesyesno
08/18/2014Dinner with Josh & Karen K & Bob S WBSalty's Pub & Bistro, Clifton Park, NYyesyesno
07/31/20142007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blind WCCDorato's Restaurant, Guilderland, NYyesyesno
06/21/2014Berserker Fest #7 WBJay Hack's, White Plains, NYyesyesno
06/21/2014Produttori del Barbaresco 2009 Horizontal
and More with Aldo Vacca
store VINTAGES Adventures in Wine Store &
il Casale Restaurant, Belmont, MA
yesyesno
05/29/2014Donelan Family Wines with Joe Donelan WCCYono's Restaurant, Albany, NYyesyesno
05/07/2014Emidio Pepe 50th Anniversary Dinner restL'Artusi, NYCyesyesno
04/17/2014California Cabernet 2004 WCCFort Orange Club, Albany, NYyesyesno
01/23/2014Petite Sirah Blind WCCProvence Restaurant, Albany, NYyesyesno
01/15/20141989 Barolo & Barbaresco Single Blind BBI Trulli, NYCyesyesno
11/07/2013St. Julien with Andrew Plummer & Jim Rua WCCCafé Capriccio, Albany, NYyesyesno
10/27/2013Giacosa Asili Riservas & Falletto/Rocche del Falletto Riservas RareDel Posto Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
10/03/20132000 Bordeaux Blind WCCDorato's Restaurant, Guilderland, NYyesyesno
08/22/2013Barolo & Barbaresco Blind WCCYono's Restaurant, Albany, NYyesyesno
05/10/2013Lunch with Jeremy Parzen (old Nebbiolo) FWGIl Buco Alimentari & Vineria, NYCyesyesno
05/09/2013Vallana Alto Piemonte Vertical: 2010 — 1954RareDel Posto Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
04/27/2013Gala Dinner @ La Festa del Barolo (Brovia table) AGDel Posto Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
04/27/2013Barolo 2008 @ La Festa del Barolo AGDel Posto Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
04/04/2013California Cabernet 1997 WCCFort Orange Club, Albany, NYyesyesno
03/08/20131989 Barolo NKNoMad Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
01/31/2013Rioja Blind WCCDorato's Restaurant, Guilderland, NYyesyesno
DateThemeGroup LocationTN?Pix?Flash?
10/05/2012Cappellano Barolo Vertical NKMaialino Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
06/01/2012Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Vertical NKJoe & Magda's, NYCyesyesno
04/16/2012Cantina (Bartolo) Mascarello 1952-1971 RareBar Boulud, NYCyesyesno
03/09/2012Produttori Rabajà Vertical & 1978 Horizontal with Aldo Vacca RareDel Posto Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
01/31/2012G.B. Burlotto with Fabio Alessandria RareDel Posto Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
01/18/2012Domenico Selections with Jeff Mazen WCCCafé Capriccio, Albany, NYyesyesno
12/07/2011Barbaresco & Barolo 2001 BBTolani Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
10/14/2011Barolo including Giacosa Rionda Riserva VerticalNKMaialino Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
09/15/2011California Cabernet 2001 WCCProvence Restaurant, Albany, NYyesyesno
07/28/2011Red Bordeaux 2003-2005 WCCYono's Restaurant, Albany, NYyesnono
06/30/2011California Cabernet 2007 WCCDorato's Restaurant, Guilderland, NYyesyesno
05/26/2011Rhone Varietals from Around the World WCCSalty's Pub & Bistro, Clifton Park, NYyesyesno
05/20/2011Champs, Burgs, Barolo, Malbec, Winemakers BBLeo & Connie'syesyesno
03/31/2011Mostly Lynch-Bages Vertical WCCTaste Restaurant, Albany, NYyesyesno
03/26/2011Gala Dinner @ La Festa del Barolo (G. Rinaldi table) AGDel Posto Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
03/26/2011Barolo 2006-07 @ La Festa del Barolo AGDel Posto Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
02/17/2011Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007 WCCFort Orange Club, Albany, NYnonono
02/16/2011Barolo 1990 BBPaprika Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
02/08/2011Giacosa with Riccardo Campinoti NKIl Corso Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
01/06/2011Tuscan 1990 Reds WCCDorato's Restaurant, Guilderland, NYyesyesno
DateThemeGroup LocationTN?Pix?Flash?
11/11/2010Dinner with Bobby Kacher WCCYono's Restaurant, Albany, NYyesyesno
10/09/2010Barolo 1990: Traditional vs. Modern NKPrivate Home, NYyesyesyes
10/07/2010Amarone WCCDorato's Restaurant, Guilderland, NYyesyesno
08/23/2010Produttori del Barbaresco BBBraeburn Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
07/22/2010White, Not Chardonnay WCCCreó' Restaurant, Albany, NYyesyesno
06/28/2010Barolo 1998 BBPaprika Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
06/17/2010Barolo NKPepolino Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
06/17/2010White Burgundy WCCSalty's Pub & Bistro, Clifton Park, NYnonono
05/12/2010Barolo WCCProvence Restaurant, Albany, NYyesyesno
03/04/2010California Cabernet 2004 WCCProvence Restaurant, Albany, NYyesyesno
02/27/2010Barolo & Barbaresco 1985 NKAlto Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
02/26/2010Giacosa NKJoe & Magda's, NYCyesyesno
01/31/2010Cali Reds & Lugeresque Steaks BBPratt's Inn, Yorktown, NYyesyesyes
01/29/2010La Spinetta with Giorgio Rivetti storeJohn Andrew's Restaurant, S. Egremont, MAyesyesno
12/10/2009Burgundy Red Grand Cru WCCFort Orange Club, Albany, NYyesyesno
09/03/2009California Pinot Noir WCCProvence Restaurant, Albany, NYyesyesno
08/06/2009Oregon Pinot Noir WCCSalty's Pub & Bistro, Clifton Park, NYyesyesno
06/13/2009Saxon Offline (Champs, US Reds) BBZach's near Mt. Snowyesyesyes
06/04/2009Bordeaux First Growths WCCProvence Restaurant, Albany, NYyesyesno
03/26/2009Northern Rhone Reds WCCProvence Restaurant, Albany, NYyesnono
02/26/2009Bordeaux 1982 WCCFort Orange Club, Albany, NYyesyesno
01/14/2009Produttori del Barbaresco with Aldo Vacca RareConvivio Restaurant, NYCyesyesno
DateThemeGroup LocationTN?Pix?Flash?
10/25/2008Barolo & Kutch 2007 BBLa Ciccia, San Franciscoyesyesyes
10/02/2008Petite Sirah WCCFilet 7 West, Latham, NYyesyesno
08/18/2008Barolo BBA Rooftop in NYCyesyesyes
06/22/2008California Cabernet 1990s BBPratt's Inn, Yorktown, NYnoyesyes
05/03/2008Italy: Campania, Puglia, Sicily storeThe Spirit Shoppe, S. Egremont, MAyesyesno
04/17/2008California Cabernet BBBackstreet Wine Salon, Phoenix, AZyesyesyes
01/27/2008Cali Reds & Lugeresque Steaks BBPratt's Inn, Yorktown, NYyesyesyes
11/29/2007Beaucastel WCCFort Orange Club, Albany, NYyesyesno
10/25/2007Dominus vs. Ridge Montebello WCCSalty's Pub & Bistro, Clifton Park, NYyesnono
10/13/2007Barolo NKBabbo Restaurant in NYCyesyesno
07/28/2007Barolo with Mark Rosenthal BBPrimavera Restaurant in NYCyesyesno
03/22/2007California Cabernet 2001 WCCCafé Capriccio, Albany, NYyesnono
03/10/2007Barolo (Mostly Monfortino) NKGreg's in NYCyesyesno
01/20/2007Giacosa, Monfortino NKDella Notte Restaurant, Baltimoreyesyesno
DateThemeGroup LocationTN?Pix?Flash?
11/29/2006Giacosa Santo Stefano Vertical BBJohn Gilman's, Croton, NYyesyesyes
11/02/2006Argentine Malbecs WCCNicole's Bistro, Albany, NYyesyesno
06/01/2006Tuscan Reds WCCCafé Capriccio, Albany, NYyesnono
04/20/2006France & California BBRestaurant Christophe, Montrealyesyesno
03/23/2006Barolo with Mauro Mascarello NKPrivate home in NYCyesyesno
02/20/2006Giacosa, Monfortino NKDella Notte Restaurant, Baltimoreyesyesno
02/16/2006Bring Your Best Red WCCSalty's Pub & Bistro, Clifton Park, NYyesnono
01/28/2006Barolo (F. Rinaldi, L. Sandrone, ...) NKPrivate home in NYCyesyesno
11/17/2005California Syrah WCCMo's BBQ, Troy, NYyesnono
10/06/2005California Cabernet 1991 WCCSalty's Pub & Bistro, Clifton Park, NYyesnono
09/15/2005Barolo & Barbaresco NKTabard Inn, Washington, DCyesyesno
08/11/2005Barolo RicoFest NKBerta's Chateau, Wanaque, NJyesyesno
08/02/2005Hermitage & Wiemer TBA BBChez Vastola, Delmar, NYyesnono
07/25/2005Pride/Foley w/ Bob Foley BBStonehedge Inn, Tyngsboro, MAyesyesno
07/21/2005White Burgundy WCCSalty's Pub & Bistro, Clifton Park, NYyesnono
07/18/2005Montelena Estate Cabernet BBBeacon Restaurant, NYCnoyesno
06/29/2005Pax Wine Cellars w/ Pax Mahle & Joe Donelan BBValbella Ristorante, Greenwich, CTyesyesno
05/26/2005Riesling WCCPlum Blossom Restaurant, Troy, NYyesnono
04/28/2005Aussie Shiraz WCCMo's BBQ, Troy, NYyesnono
03/24/2005Châteauneuf Pre-1991 WCCNicole's Bistro, Albany, NYyesnono
03/14/2005Shafer Hillside Select w/ Doug Shafer BBPost House, NYCyesyesno
03/03/2005California Cabernet 1968-78 WCCFort Orange Club, Albany, NYyesnono
02/03/2005Tuscan Reds WCCCarmine's Restaurant, Albany, NYyesnono
DateThemeGroup LocationTN?Pix?Flash?
11/18/2004Bordeaux Pre-1989 & Ch. La Gatte WCCNicole's Bistro, Albany, NYyesnono
10/07/2004Bordeaux 1990 WCCFort Orange Club, Albany, NYyesnono
09/02/2004Bordeaux 1989 WCCSpringwater Bistro, Saratoga Springs, NYyesnono
05/17/2004Italian w/Roy Hersh BBMontrachet Restaurant, NYCyesnono
05/06/2004California Cabernet 1994 WCCPatroon House, Glenmont, NYyesnono
04/28/200485 Solaia, 90 Seghesio, 97 Bussola TB BBCafé Capriccio, Albany, NYyesnono
03/18/2004My Favorite Wines (10th Year) WCCPatroon House, Glenmont, NYyesnono
01/25/2004Italian Wines BBIl Cenácolo, Newburgh, NYyesnono
01/17/2004Birthday Dinner FWGPatroon House, Glenmont, NYyesnono
03/17/2003D'Arenberg w/ d'Arry & Chester Osborn storeLe Meridien Hotel, Bostonnoyesno
DateThemeGroup LocationTN?Pix?Flash?
12/01/1995Sassicaia Vertical WCCMy home, Guilderland, NYnonono
12/01/1994Reds from Tuscany WCCFort Orange Club, Albany, NYyesnono
11/10/19941990 Red Burgundy WCCL'Auberge Restaurant, Albany, NYyesnono
09/29/19941983 Red Bordeaux WCCFrank F, Menands, NYyesnono
07/14/1994White Burgundy WCCBob S, Slingerlands, NYyesnono
05/01/19931990 Bordeaux plus storeHotel Northampton, Northampton, MAyesnono
05/15/199258 Bartolo Ris, 83 Yquem La Panoramica, Loranzè, Italyyesyesno
DateThemeGroupLocationTN?Pix?Flash?



Wine Travel


San Francisco and Napa Valley (April 2003)


All the photos from this trip.

Jump directly to Napa Valley pictures (Mondavi and Togni Wineries).



Napa Excursion with Tony E, April 1998


KSV at Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley
The Cabernet vineyard at Togni Vineyards
high above Napa Valley.
Tony Ephremides, Mrs. Togni and the Togni cat
in the barrel cellar.

More Napa 1998 photos are here.



Sonoma Excursion with Tony E, April 1996


Tony Ephremides, Joel Peterson (owner/winemaker) and
KSV in front of the Ravenswood Winery in Sonoma, CA.



Dinner with Orley Ashenfelter, February 27, 1992


Colleagues in the engineering school at Princeton arranged for their colleague from the Economic Dept. Prof. Orley Ashenfelter to give a seminar on his economic modeling and prediction of wine prices and vintage quality entitled Using the Weather to Predict the Quality of Fine Wines. At the time, he was publishing a newsletter on this topic. Afterwards, a group of us went to dinner at Hamilton's Grill Room in Trenton, NJ.

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Clockwise around the table: Marie Liu, Sanjeev Kullkarni, Stu Schwartz, KSV,
Tony Ephremides, Sergio Verdu, Vince Poor, Orley Ashenfelter, Bede Liu.

Vince Poor, Orley Ashenfelter, Bede Liu.



A Visit to Angelo Gaja's Winery, September 1990


My friend Ezio arranged through his friend Gianfranco Lanzio for us to visit Angelo Gaja. Angelo and his assistant winemaker, a young man named Rivetti, gave us a thorough tour of their amazingly modern winery. Ezio commented that he thought he was in Napa, not the Langhe.

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Angelo Gaja and his assistant winemaker greeting us at his winery in Barbaresco in 1990.
Poet & guide-book author Daniel Halpern, who was also visiting the winery, is on the left.

Angelo Gaja shows Gianfranco Lanzio a magnum of 1987 Gaia e Rey Chardonnay
at his winery in Barbaresco in 1990 before bringing it to lunch.
Ezio teases me One of the great wine experiences of your life . . . and no label!

Lunch with Angelo Gaja (center) at Ristorante La Pergola in Vezza d'Alba (near Barbaresco) in 1990.
Ezio Biglieri is left-front. Daniel Halpern is on the left next to Gaja. Gianfranco Lanzio is on the right next to Gaja.
That's me 2nd from the right.



A Visit to Elio Altare's Winery, September 1990


My friend Ezio took me to the Altare winery. Elio came out to greet us, but explained that it was harvest time and he was too busy. Ezio told him we had come all the way from New York to see him, so he said ok, a short visit. Three hours later, I took this photo.
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