The Official Wine Thread - Page 900
Oh man, wish I was in Paso. How long are you there for? You have to eat at one of these places: Artisan, Villa Creek, or Bistro Laurent. Villa is very cool and has makes wine (we're on the mailing list) so you might like there.
Tablas..they are going to be all about their Esprit de Beaucastel. Trust me on this and the story is pretty cool (if you don't know it I'll let them tell you.) Given Mrs. Piob is all about Grenache we like their Côtes de Tablas southern Rhone style wine.
Go to Booker if they're open. Also, L'Adventure.
If that is your thing the WSJ and Wine Spectator both tend to run an article around Passover on Israeli wines and offer reviews. They have made strides in quality in the last decade but I have yet to come across one that I would call a good QPR (quality to price ratio). The wine scene is ever changing, so I'll never say never, but I think they will continue to be a niche market for the foreseeable future.
i agree with the "QPR" problem. the whole country is the size of new jersey with limited amounts of suitable room to grow. the country has various different climatic regions. i think this may be one of the main reasons of the high asking price. i recently tried an excellent bottle from Israel. it was the 2003 Yarden Katzrin. definitely over priced but i wasnt the one paying for it at the time.
Lehmann's The Futures Shiraz '08 is really nice. Very new world I guess, full and rich mouthfeel, jammy. Interesting shiraz.
The Bruciato drank good like the last time (tanninic, so could probably use some cellaring, but see below).
I think I preferred the Marchesi di Barolo Arneis over the Damilano, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Quite strong in taste, a tad alcoholic.
For the Boeuf Bourguginon, we opened a bottle of Lapoutier '08 Pinot Noir, however it was very sour in taste, not like the last times. So we finally went for the Gigondas '10, quite nice, but I figure it'd improve with time because it still is quite tanninic (that's just a guess though because I've never had an older wine).