Wine Situation Final Five! With Ronnie Pessin

The Wine Situation hosts everyone from winemakers to writers to find out what a person’s situation is…with wine. This week Ronnie Pessin, who manages cronut king, Dominique Ansel’s restaurant at Los Angeles’ the Grove, joins Ellen to talk bakery life and sip rosé . Every episode ends with a Final Five questions. Click here for the full episode. THE FINAL FIVE (edited for length): QUESTION ONE Ellen: What’s the best pairing you’ve ever had? Ronnie: Honestly I’m pretty classic. I love like a nice, nice Guinness and a solid burger. Like nothing fancy, I don’t need anything extra on it. That pairing gets me every single time. QUESTION TWO Ellen: What can pastry teach us about life? Ronnie: To be patient. QUESTION THREE Ellen: Do you have a chef that you’d like to work with? Ronnie: Oooh… Honestly, he already knows how much I want to work with him. He’s one of my mentors I’ve worked with in the past before but like, it’s just one of those things where our paths haven’t clicked where it’s worked again, but like Jason Fullilove. He’s currently at the Magic Castle right now. It’s one of those things where that’s not a venue I would like to work in but…it’ll happen. I’m thoroughly his number one fan and he knows it through and through. FINAL QUESTION (I SOMEHOW MISSED ASKING NUMBER FOUR, SORRY GUYS!) Ellen: What’s giving you joy? Ronnie: I’m really enjoying creating cocktails for the beverage program. I’m creating cocktails with the chef right now that pair with his food and I’m working on a wine list that influences the restaurant more so like our whole restaurant is modern with French influences…so the wine list, I’m trying to make a California wine list with French influence…that’s what I like, I like the creativity aspect. Check out the previous Wine Situation podcast with Dana Farner here .


Signature Donn Chappellet Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Deep inky put purple color. Blackberry, smoke, eucalyptus nose, with a hint of pine/mint in the background. Initial attack is from the greenery, then quickly moves to the black fruit. Some acidity. Medium tannins, slight pruney finish. Excellent!

93 points
— 3 years ago

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Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

The 2009 Chateau Pichon Lalande is a thrilling wine to savor at now eleven years of age. Needing a one hour decant to be fully expressive, this glorious Bordeaux opens with a deep core of tar, chocolate covered espresso bean and blackberry compote aromas that take shape in the glass. The dense, chewy mouthfeel is lined with moderate tannins that provide the backbone alongside the bright acidity. Layers of dark fruits are woven together with creosote and shades of Turkish coffee and cassis on this expressive palate — all leading to the exceptional long and inviting finish. Truly sensational now, this beautiful, warm vintage Bordeaux will cellar well for at least another fifteen years. Be sure to give this a long decant if enjoying in its youth. Drink 2020-2040- 95 — 3 years ago

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Original Stout

Whether on the roof of the Guinness brewery overlooking cloudy Dublin, or at the local pub with your best mates, a pint of this magical brew never fails to do its job. The unique juxtaposition of fresh, light, refreshing taste, combined with the the texture, weight and creaminess of a stout is always a pleasant surprise, and one no other beer can replicate. I’m looking forward to throwing a few pints back; on st Patrick’s Day, in front of a roaring fire on a rainy day, or out in the sun. Guinness doesn’t fail. — 5 years ago

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Alain Hudelot-Noellat

Chambolle-Musigny Pinot Noir 2015

Medium ruby; medium intensity aromas of red fruit, wild strawberry, cherry, red currant, pomegranate, gaminess, savory spice like allspice, black tea, white mushroom; dry, medium plus acid, medium plus tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium plus finish, seamless integration, perfume fills the palate, very good — 3 years ago

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Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

David T

Four day weekend. Gotta get it off to a good start. Been awhile since we had our 375ml of Ruinart.

The nose shows, ripe, slightly candied; black cherries, strawberries, kirsch cherries, rich, summertime watermelon, touch of orange citrus family blend, pomegranate juice, hints of fruit roll up & haunting apricots. Sea fossils & spray, a little bread dough, grey volcanics, chalky powder, orange, spring flowers with fresh & withering, red & pink rose pedals.

The palate is full & touch gummy/candied. Fruits are well extracted, deep, ruby; black cherries, blackberries, strawberries, kirsch cherries, rich, summertime watermelon, touch of orange citrus family blend, pomegranate juice, hints of fruit roll up & haunting apricots. Ghostly, not quite fruit brandy or fruit liqueur character, sea fossils & spray, a little bread dough, not quite medium, white spice with hints of palate heat, grainy, grey volcanics, chalky powder, orange, spring flowers with fresh & withering, red & pink rose pedals. The acidity lively and crisp. The round, well balanced & polish finish is always consistently satisfying and lingers for minutes.

Photos of; the House of Ruinart, Dom Thierry Ruinart, nicely light caves and rolling, hillside, Grand Cru Vineyard.

Not quite sure where “D” gets $83 when you can buy this all day at just under $65.
— 3 years ago

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Draught Pasteurized Stout

I could enjoy this for breakfast. — 6 years ago

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Stolpman Vineyards

Combe Ballard Canyon Chenin Blanc 2017

Stupid good. So expressive and easy for me to love as Chenin is probably my favorite single varietal grape in the still form. Viscous passion fruit, ripe apricot, lemon meringue, and plenty of spice. — 3 years ago

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Monte Rio Cellars

California Rubired 2018

Blackberry with black pepper. Light on the tannin. Lovely with slowly simmered brisket in bone broth. Winter without ice and wet wool. Accessible. Light enough to carry into a chilly spring day- bulbs pushing through snow. Quaffing. A work night wine. — 3 years ago

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Special Export

Wine is great but there is nothing like a good Guinness pour🍺 — 4 years ago

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