GDP on Wine

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

What to drink, oh what to drink...

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Mar 23, 2011.

we both know the answer already: Barolo and then everything else!

Ok that may just be fore my palate.

So I ask you all, what wine would you recommend I try?

Just a single suggestion please.

Mine is Occhipinti's new white SP68.

It's a wine I just can't stop drinking!

A bit unusual but well worth trying.

OK, you're next.



Reply by Andrew46, Mar 23, 2011.

This is brought to you by the department for shameless self promotion, and it is my honest answer:

Briceland Vineyards 2009 Arneis

There are excellent US made white wines along with those from the "old world".  I assume that GDP has some stake, at least indirectly in the wine above, so does that make this post OK?  If not, let me know.

Reply by napagirl68, Mar 23, 2011.

Well, Greg.. taste is so personal.  I will break the rule and give you two I love from CA.  I will not mention the 2005 Ch. Dassault St. Emilion that I love as well.

1.  2008 Lioco Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  ( I have heard their other pinots are amazing as well.)

2.  Robert sinskey Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc, Vandal Vineyards, Los Carneros (24 barrels produced)

Reply by StevenBabb, Mar 23, 2011.

sinskey is always a great recomendation... i'd go with the  abraxas though....

at my, ahem, new restaraunt, we sreve the red SP68... quite nice...

but if i really had to pick right now... (raining in SF)

beronia, reserva, rioja, 2005.... mmmmm

i can taste it now... good earth and funk of the temp reserva, but with great cherry and solid balance... mmmm


Reply by napagirl68, Mar 23, 2011.

Abraxas is great, SB, but have you tasted the wine I mentioned?  I tasted at the winery last fall... blew my socks off.

msg me with your, ahem, new restaurant... curious.

Reply by Peppino, Mar 23, 2011.

I agree with Greg on the Barolo front and since napagirl mentioned Sinskey I love the pinot blanc 375ml bottles but I have to got with Antonio Caggiano Taurasi.

Reply by napagirl68, Mar 24, 2011.

Just to be clear... I do not love all Sinskey wines... but there have been a few amazing ones... some I can get no longer, since I have drunk my own lot of them, and they are no longer available.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Mar 24, 2011.

No stake in Occhipinti's wine, just ringing my bell these days!

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Mar 24, 2011.

Greg - tough call

Affordable - Bowen Estate Coonwarra Cabernet Sauvignon current release 2009

Not so affordable - 2002 Henschke Mt Edelstone Eden Valley Shiraz

Reply by zufrieden, Mar 26, 2011.

What to drink depends on the occasion, availability, mood and food that acompanies your tipple.  When in doubt, I always turn to Grand Cru Chablis - preferably Les Clos from a superior vintage.  However, I would never turn down a Nebbiolo of grandeur (yes, I mean a Barolo) from a good vintage - especially during the winter.  Right now, however, I am anticipating Spring and want something lighter, palate-cleansing and redolent of summer aromas.

Though in a pinch, I might go for a Sancerre - Henri Bourgeois, maybe if I am so fortunate as to find a bottle in this nightmarish maze of government liquor distribution I endure... 

Reply by dmcker, Mar 26, 2011.

Definitely not the cheap pinotage I had at a zen temple in Kyoto I was refuging in, though the chenin blanc was better. Both from SAfrica, and cheap offers at a local market...

Most of the good ones I've had recently are the usual suspects (a 2005 Gruaud Larose red and 2007 Domaine de Chevalier white with a friend the most recent--yeah, I know, infanticide...). Japan usually tends to play it safe on the wines, movies, luxury brands, etc. they import, though some local creative types do things quite interesting in the latter two categories. As for the first, if I want to go local and good I just have to settle for Sake...  ;-)

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Mar 27, 2011.


Whilst not a Sav B fan the wines from Sancere are defintely worth a try.  Grand Cru Chabis, definitely yes, but prefer from good vintages, I do like the austerity and acid in the Chablis style.  Great wines with fresh prawns in late spring - but we are now well on the autumn trail so as we chill down I like to move onto the richer Chardonnay style, Mersault and <   > Montrachet's start to hit the mark.

Cool weather brings Shiraz and CS back into the fold and this year I am determined to have a more concentrated attack on some big Italians


I hope the world in Japan settles down soon, we got advised yesterday all of our Japanese offices are now back operating, but of course many clients are still in difficult to dire situations, lets hope the "Long Island" can get back too some semblance of normality soon


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