(originally posted on snooth.com by the author)
I'm fairly new to snooth, but since the beginning of 2008 I founded a wine blog and website and having a great time doing it. Had the opportunity to share dinner and some great wines (thanks to Greg Dal Piaz) with a small group of snoothians this past week. There was a chef, a lawyer, and a commercial artist, (but all with extreme interest in wines) exchanging notes with a super wine-geek.. a pretty diverse group.
Conversation ranged from "The new Great Depression" to "where can I get a wine fridge, cheap?" to "what's your favorite everyday wine?". We also talked about what snooth is (for one thing a HUGE wine database), and what we'd like to see it become.
And last but not least... the wines. Greg opened 3 beautiful California reds for us:
Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1985... extremely nice balance and beautifully smooth... my favorite.
Laurel Glen Sonoma 1985 Cabernet (blended w merlot & Cab Franc, I think) ...2nd favorite with cherries and herbs.
Fife Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 1995... some heavy tannins on the nose but on the palate it sings with notes of licorice and white pepper.
It was a pleasure to meet you guys.