Meantime Brewing Co

Meantime Brewing Co.

Thomas Hardy's Ale Golden Edition 50th Anniversary 2018


This stuff is phenomenal, and has been, going back at least 20 years. Technically a barley wine. Strong notes of caramel and cake. Well worth the $10/bottle. — 8 months ago


Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

I was able to have a good conversation with Justin (one of the wine guys) at Central Market as he poured me the rest of the Silver Oak, and he was gracious enough to open up the floor for recommendations on what their next higher-end wine should be to serve BTG at cost. In the meantime, however, he opened up this bad boy and man...what a treat. The winemakers for Nice are (from what I’ve heard and read) some pretty solid dudes and it was neat to see that they’re headquartered right here in Houston. Below is an excerpt taken directly from their site as a means of education to satisfy all of the wine nerds out there (myself included):

“Winemaker and Foodie superduo Ryan Levy and Ian Eastveld of Nice Winery are Certified Sommeliers, wine educators, and Le Cordon Bleu trained chefs. Their hand crafted, boutique wines are poured in top restaurants and have won gold medals in internationally recognized wine competitions. Ryan and Ian have built their epicurean pedigree while studying in Paris, France, directing culinary education for Viking, teaching cuisine to thousands of students at Central Market, and operating their restaurant and catering companies, Republic and Nuance. They make their wines from estate vineyards in Texas, Argentina, and California.”
— 2 years ago

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I’m in Houston for the week near the market. Thanks for the recommendation!
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@David Schneider Hope you enjoy it!

Shafer Vineyards

TD-9 Napa Valley Red Blend 2015

Got this wine decanted into my oh so fancy "decanter" and will check back with it in another hour but in the meantime thank you @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher for helping me get cabby, cab it up and cab away. This is opening up by the minute. This blend is actually more Merlot (56%) than Cabernet Sauvignon (28%) and the rest is Malbec. I'm digging it. So far it is a feast of plums. Red plums, black plums...every plum but a dried plum. The oak is there in the background, charmingly so. The fruit is ripe, the acid, alcohol and tannins are rather elevated. I think it'll age well. Okay, will add details as it decants...okay update: the wine is getting a delicious cocoa to its finish. And there is a wee bit of a cooked blueberry thing hiding in the background. I think this will show well for a good long while. It's got good bones. — 3 years ago

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@Ron R i think it is a recent release?
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@Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher the vitamix blender was in standby but the Pyrex measuring cup did a stand-up job! Someday I'll invest in something more attractive to use

Cleto Chiarli

Vecchia Modena Premium Lambrusco di Sorbara

Quite fun. Refreshing and fruit forward with candied grapefruit and raspberry that are not sweet though. Sprightly. Someone was dancing with limes nearby. A limey backdrop of freshness that makes this good with spicy or savory. I want to re-try with Taco Bell fries when they resurface, in the meantime my veg-fiend self is gobbling my usual gallons of raw cauliflower dipped in Sriracha. Y’all, my food/wine writer life is so glam n lit.
Or not. But the drinks are good and the veggies are your friend.
— a year ago

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Thank you @Trixie !! 🥂🍷💕
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Lol what great tasting notes
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@S.S. Mandani Thanks! 🥂😊


Dom Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay 2006

My favorite of the first event of Effervescence LA ! In the meantime if I could even just smell this wine I’d consider it a treat. It is the most perfect delicate biscuit with just a dash of lemon curd. An elegant alcoholic tea party treat. I am ruined. I’ll dream of this until I taste it again. Thank you @Delectable Wine for sending me and stay tuned for a column with more bubbly details. — 3 years ago

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Champagne is indeed a daily essential
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@Norman Gennaro It’ll be up sometime after this weekend! I’ve got more bubbles ahead...

Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

2009. Only one plot at Silver Oak affected. Today, a family member commented that CA wines may be all gone. I responded I'd rather never drink another glass but have all those innocent people and homes back. In the meantime, we continue to drink our Napa faves in our cellar- it's Friday, so this one's a magnum. #NapaFire — 3 years ago

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@Kim Stanbro need those shocking facing pictures haha
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Thank you @Kim Stanbro. This has been a very difficult week for our community but we will persevere!
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@Matt Duncan we are watching the news and thinking of you all! Stay safe and don't give up.

Paul Dethune

Grand Cru Brut Champagne Blend

More music coming soon. In the meantime, this will have to do. Power/elegance in pitch perfect balance. Great stuff on a summer night. — a year ago

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Huge fan of this wine.
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Beautiful stuff. One of the prime suppliers of fruit to Bollinger under their negoce labels.

Viña Almaviva S.A.

Almaviva Puente Alto Red Blend 2014

Boom, jackpot! Beautifully dark and opulent, fantastic aromas, early on it starts with heavy dark fruit, truffle, earth, lead and tar and then evolves to include a scent that could be sold on the fragrance counter at Macy’s. Smooth to drink with multiple layers of fantastic balanced fruit, and soft to medium tannins and a great finish. This will age very well and I would love to taste it again in 1,2,3,4,5 ..... 15 years, hopefully life will give me the chance to do that. In the meantime I am finding a way to purchase those 15 bottles! New record score for me. — 3 years ago

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Bénédicte & Stéphane Tissot

D.D. Arbois Poulsard Blend 2015

Oh so exciting and zing-y and interesting and I forgot I needed to post about it until I saw my unpublished blog post. Up now on ye silly scrumptious gruel. So go there if you wanna know more in the meantime this wine is exciting. I hope we keep seeing more Jura. This one is bright and a bit floral and more. As I tend to say when I’m fascinated: get in. — 3 years ago

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Dr. Loosen

Dr. L Dry Mosel Riesling 2015

Bracing acidity on high fruit expression. I would cellar a bottle of this and check back in 5 years or so. In the meantime, this would be just killer with raw oysters. — 3 years ago

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