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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

Dinner in LA? June 13 or 15.

Original post by Gregory Dal Piaz, May 21, 2012.

I'm heading to LA for a dinner with Numanthia on Thursday June 14th, hopefully I'll see some of you there, but if anyone is up for dinner on the day either before or after that day let me know. I'm making plans soon so I just want to line something up before b uying the tickets!


Reply by JonDerry, May 23, 2012.

Actually, nevermind. 1990 looks very good for Bordeaux as well.

1990 Leoville Barton for $150.00 looks possible, but the Poyferre raises the stakes too high I'm afraid.

Reply by lingprof, May 23, 2012.

If you don't mind including a somewhat neophyte type, I'd love to join you guys, on whatever day ends up being selected.  I don't have an impressive "cellar" to contribute from, but would be happy to pick something up if there's a gap you need to fill in.   Keep me posted?  (I think both of you have my email....)  So glad you will be in our neck of the woods, Greg!

Reply by lingprof, May 23, 2012.

also, GDP: are there still tickets available for the numanthia dinner?  a friend of mine might be interested in going....

Reply by dmcker, May 23, 2012.

Yeah, Jon, '90 was just fine in Bordeaux, though there was a lot of fruit. Fortunately most of the chateaux that later parkerized hadn't done so yet. '89 wasn't bad, either. Next one I liked as much was the '96.


Now for the usual tangent, and OK, this'll be my last post about Taylor and Swan in this thread, I promise! 

Here's what Acme Fine Wines in Napa has to say in their offer of the current Taylor PN:

MATTHEW TAYLOR, Pinot Noir, Michaud Vineyard, Monterey 2009 $45
A very small group of you got to try the inaugural vintage of this wine. How do we know that? Matthew and his brother Sean made only 150 cases. As the now many times told great story goes, Matthew was the winemaker at Araujo who learned under the tutelage of the very talented Francoise Peschon. You may be thinking, sure he can make world-class Cabernet from the Eisele Vineyard, but what can he do with Pinot? Don’t be silly. He also worked at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy and Joseph Swan in Sonoma. Enough said? This wine is incredible to be perfectly honest. We have a limited amount to sell again this year. Please let us know your desires as soon as they take you over.



Now if only someone would buy it and take it to your LA tasting, I could get some useful notes on the wine!  ;-) 

Reply by outthere, May 23, 2012.

I'll stop by ACME on Wednesday when I'm in St Helena. OK

Reply by EMark, May 24, 2012.

It looks like we have duelling tastings going on, here--Domestic Cab/Bordeaux and Domestic Pinot/Burgundy.  I am much more a Cab guy than a Pinot guy, but I'm here to learn and am especially eager to beef up my weaknesses.  

However, as I've stated previously, the 13th, though is still iffy for me, but I hope to see clarity in the next week or so.

As I have also stated above, I have domestic Pinot Noir that I can contribute, and when Jon proposed a 1990 Cabernet/Bordeaux event I checked my inventory but was disappointed to see that I do not have a single 1990 domestic example.  I do, however, have a 1990 "Lunch Bag" for the Bordeaux category.  Way back when Lynch Bages was the most reasonably priced and easy to find quality Bordeaux for me to buy and every year I would pick some up--usually a single bottle.  It looks like I still have samples (one each) from '90 - '94.  I guess that it must have been in the mid-90s that they decided that their pride in their wine exceeded my interest in parting with my hard earned cash. ;-)

Reply by JonDerry, May 24, 2012.

Ling - Looking forward to meeting you, glad you came out of hibernation to see this thread!

EMark - Really hope you can make it, a 1990 Lynch-Bages would be a great addition. I'm having a hard time with 1990 Bordeaux, was thinking of cheating with an 88' Leoville Barton instead. Easier for me to pick up anyway. A domestic Pinot would be great too.

Reply by Lucha Vino, May 25, 2012.

Man, I wish my schedule would let me sneak down to LA for this dinner.  My main stage race of the year is the 15-17.  I am super tempted to skip the race, but have to stick to my plan.

If you are going to do domestic Pinot v. Burgundy you really need to throw some Oregon representatives into the ring!


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, May 27, 2012.

So, where are we eating?



Reply by JonDerry, May 27, 2012.

D mentioned he could get us in at a nice restaurant in Santa Monica, I'm in touch with him working through his restaurant contact/s. If we don't have anything solid by the end of the week, I'll go ahead and start calling some local spots.


Reply by JonDerry, May 28, 2012.

So far we have GdP, Etty, Carmen (Lingprof), myself as confirmed.

EMark, any update on your status?



Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, May 29, 2012.

Does anyone want to join me ont he 14th for a dinner with some Numanthia wines? They're comps, so the price is right!

For the 13th, I need to see what sorts of wines I can pull out of my hat.


Eating out sounds fine, thst way someone else gets to clean up our mes.

Reply by EMark, May 29, 2012.

Folks, I am sad to say that I am still up in the air on the 13th.  It keeps vacillating back and forth.  If a commitment is needed right now, I cannot commit.  If I can have a few days, I really hope to have clarity by Friday.

I think I am going to also have to pass on the 14th.

Reply by JonDerry, May 29, 2012.

I've just e-mailed to invite a few friends of mine to join us. 

Looks like I'm pretty well set on a 1990 or 96' Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet, 1996 Leoville Poyferre.

Also can help with the CA/NA Pinot if needed: Have some of Whitcraft's best options on hand, though a lot of their wines have been shaky lately. Also have a 2007 Domaine Carneros that was always a good stand-by. For Burgs, a Chevillon would seem like a good option, I can pick one up from one of the shops around here if you don't have any on hand.

Greg, what do you think about sending over some Barolo's featured on your top 12 producer article?




Reply by lingprof, Jun 3, 2012.

picked up the CASANOVA DI NERI 2007 TENUTA NUOVA BRUNELLO, on jderry's recommendation.  hope that fits in okay!  can't wait to meet y'all!

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 3, 2012.

So, anybody able to confirm their availabiltiy for the Numanthia dinner? I've got to round up 10 wine lovers for the crowd and am giving you first dibs. Let me know ASAP, because this week I need to reach out to fill the empty seats.

Reply by JonDerry, Jun 3, 2012.

Sorry Greg, would like to help out with the Numanthia dinner but I'm on a short leash with my wife being 7 months pregnant, can only do the 13th.

Just ordered the 96' Dunn Napa Valley from Aabalat, will pick up the 96' Leoville Poyferre some time over the next week or so.

Can bring a CA Pinot from Whitcraft, one of their nicer ones. Also finally found the 2008 Faiveley Mercurey Frambois - in stock @ K&L for $23.99! Will def bring one of those.


Reply by EMark, Jun 4, 2012.

OK, I and my wife Peggy would like to be in--if, that is, we don't start until about 6:00 pm (domestic obligations).

Again, we seem to be all over the place with wines to bring.  I can bring a couple California Pinots--ranging, roughly, from '02 - '08.  As I indicated previously, I can bring the '90 Lunch Bag, but now it seems that there is movement toward 1996.  I do have some domestic '96 Cabs, and I can pick something  from there. 

In all honesty, much like Lingprof, my interest is in meeting people as much as tasting wine.  So, I am looking forward to this event.

I think I previously sent regrets regarding the Numanthia dinner. 


Reply by JonDerry, Jun 4, 2012.

Sounds awesome Mark, that's huge that you guys can make it. Looking forward to meeting you guys, I know we had been throwing this out there for a while now. I'll try to get the restaurant situation figured out soon.

Looks like we're at at least 6 w/ you two, lingprof (Carmen) + her friend, myself and GdP. Seems like Etty as well, and I may be a + 1, so it's about 6-8.

90 Lynch-Bages would be awesome Mark, you wouldn't have a 90' Domestic cab to go with it? 

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 4, 2012.

I have to see what I have laying around. I'll try and follow up tomorrow with some choice. Great that this is coming together!

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