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Relaxing with Vincent (and a nice Pinot)


Somehow it got to be 7:27 PM in London.  As the oddly still-too-light-out sky starts to get darker, I have yet again decided to relax in The Heron Club and have at least one 250ml glass of 2012 Escale Pinot Nior.  So far on this 10 day trip, it has been the defacto wine for me to drink while I read an Taschen published art book. Tonight’s read is on Van Gogh and I am amazed that this book had 700+ pages of his works and most have a story or two behind them.  Every time I pick up a book published by them I am pleased by the quality and comprehensiveness.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in London, Wine

 

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Escala 2012 Pinot Noir at The Heron

  
After a long week I decided to chill out at the lounge at The Heron and ordered a 2012 French Escala Pinot Noir. I enjoyed it very much, despite being seemingly impossible to find a worthwhile link on the web about it.  I found the description on the lounges wine list to be fair –  it said that I should expect “elegant, fruity, with silky tannin structure “. Ummm.  Yep. ?  I think.  I was actually so tired that all of this could have been true, but I would have missed it.  I do remember that it was pleasant and thinking that I will order this again.  And since I am a pain in the butt with wine …  I have to believe in hindsight that their words were a bullseye.  …  Maybe I need to go back and try again.  Cheers

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2015 in London, Wine

 

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St Julien at Le Bateau Ivre ( with cool Jazz)

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On a somewhat lazy Sunday in late August I decided to walk around Manhattan looking for a place to continue writing my novel. I luckily stumbled across my favorite Mid Town East French haunt Le Bateau Ivre. Of course, I had to have a drink to better relax and enjoy the fine music being played. I chose a St Julien – Chateau Lalande 2009 – which proved to be the perfect selection for the day. It was amazingly well balanced and showed all of the characteristics of the little town that make it my favorite of Bordeaux. The jazz band that played today was perfectly on queue with both spirit of play with a perfect pick-up attitude and spicey blend for the day.  They were as follows : Andy Friedberg on guitar, Steve Doyle on the sublime Bass, and Yuichi Hirkawa on the ever present and truckin drum kit. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2014 in Bordeaux, Jazz, Wine

 

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