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Hey Everyone!

Quick introduction: I'm Stephan from San Diego, 26 yrs old. Originally from Switzerland (we have awesome wine no one knows of), moved to the US in 2007 and started an online marketing company. Best part about that is I get to do a lot of client wine and dining!

My 2014 resolution was to go to every Michelin 3 star restaurant in the US and while I didn't quite make it, I have been to all the NYC ones and have 2 SF and Napa trips planned in the next couples months so very excited for that.

Wine wise, I decided about 6 months ago that I'd much rather learn a lot about one region than knowing a little about all of them (at least to begin with) so I decided to start with France, Rhone Valley wines specifically.

This months favorites are: 02 Chateau La Nerthe, 04 Gangloff and anything Cornas, especially Thierry Allemand. Also had the chance to try 93 d'Yquem which was quite a treat.

Looking forward to learning from everyone here!

Stephan
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Welcome!

I love the Rhone wines I've experienced, but I still have much to learn.

The producer I've discovered and have gravitated towards - thanks in part to the generosity of the Toronto board members at various offlines, and in part to my own curiosity and research: Rene Rostaing (love the Côte-Rotie Côte Blonde), Clape, Delas Freres, Paul Jaboulet, and of course E. Guigal. And that's without even talking CdP.

Looking forward to hearing your opinions.
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Originally posted by Mimik:
Just a word of advice, Stephan. If you have any interest in playing musical instruments, I would keep it to yourself right now. I'll explain later.


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Before I opened this I thought it was you doing another posting favor!

Anyhow Stephan, welcome. But I'm kind of curious. You moved to California to learn about Rhone wines? I was thinking of moving to Tuscany to learn about Australian wine, but my wife nixed that idea.

Anyhow, not knowing if you're going back to Switzerland, I would suggest that you take advantage of being here and get to know some of the California versions of various "Rhone" grapes, many of which really came from Spain anyway.

If you like Syrah, you can find many versions of it here. That's one of the more interesting developments in CA wine IMO.

Best of luck in any case.
Haha luckily I have no musical talent what so ever. Weirdly enough I'm a huge country music fan which is odd for someone from Switzerland.

Let me clarify my Swiss wine statement. There is some great and especially weird/memorable stuff that comes out of Switzerland. The price/value is poor and while it's not quite world class, it's definitely worth a shot!

I'll supply a couple bottles I've had that were interesting when I get home.

Regarding french wine while I'm CA, I didn't move here for the wine and simply figured that France was the best place to start due to it's historical significance. I drink plenty of CA stuff on client dinners when they pick the wine so I decided to not double up on that.
Welcome to the boards Stephan,

Lots of us here love Rhone wines.

I have family in Switzerland, and spent some time there. I recall my cousin who lives in Herrliberg outside of Zurich bringing up a rather tasty Swiss Pinot Noir from his cellar while I was there. Another cousin living in Zurich collects mainly French wine.

If you're in California, it may be a good opportunity to try some California takes on the main French regional wines. I started off focusing more on French wine, then Italian but have been fortunate to have been introduced to great wines from California made from traditional Rhone/Bordeaux/Burg grapes. Some show more new world character, while others seem like they could have come from France.

Cheers to Lara Gut's win in the St. Moritz downhill this weekend Winner.
I will try to drum up some Swiss Wines. It's super hard finding it anywhere but I'll see what I can do!

I'm flying to SF Friday and then heading to Napa for Saturday and Sunday to indulge in the California varietals. Let me know if you have any recommendations for wineries, so far the list is: Palmax, Arns, Quintessa and Cade.
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Originally posted by Stephan:
I will try to drum up some Swiss Wines. It's super hard finding it anywhere but I'll see what I can do!

I'm flying to SF Friday and then heading to Napa for Saturday and Sunday to indulge in the California varietals. Let me know if you have any recommendations for wineries, so far the list is: Palmax, Arns, Quintessa and Cade.


You want to meet up?
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Originally posted by Stephan:
I will try to drum up some Swiss Wines. It's super hard finding it anywhere but I'll see what I can do!

I'm flying to SF Friday and then heading to Napa for Saturday and Sunday to indulge in the California varietals. Let me know if you have any recommendations for wineries, so far the list is: Palmax, Arns, Quintessa and Cade.


I would highly recommend Lewelling.
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Originally posted by Stephan:
Danyull, I'd love to but I'm there on business entertaining clients all weekend so I won't be able to get away unfortunately. Definitely next time though!

Rather excited, doing Saison for dinner on Friday and Bouchon on Saturday.

I took a crack at writing a tasting note:
2010 Doosberg Tasting Note


Bon Apetit!

BTW, if you're getting into Rhone wines, you may already be doing so, but I'd suggest trying the whites. I was introduced to the White Rhones much later than the Reds, and now Rhone is on my short list for great whites.
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Originally posted by Stephan:
Danyull, I'd love to but I'm there on business entertaining clients all weekend so I won't be able to get away unfortunately. Definitely next time though!

Rather excited, doing Saison for dinner on Friday and Bouchon on Saturday.

I took a crack at writing a tasting note:
2010 Doosberg Tasting Note


Rather random suggestion for Saison . . . avoid using the bathroom soap if at all possible. It is so incredibly fragrant and floral, the aroma will interfere with any subsequent dishes or wine you have.
Stephan - SAQ just released these Swiss wines:

2012 Provins Swiss Valley Fendant
2013 Domaines Rouvinez Fendant de Sierre
2013 Cave St-Pierre Fendant du Valais
2013 Cave St-Pierrre Dole
2013 Albert Biollaz le Grand Schiner Fendant
2013 Reserve des Administrateurs Fendant du Valais
2013 Domaine de Montmollin Auvernier
2013 Albert Biollaz Le Grand Schiner Dole
2013 Vignoble en Terrasses lavaux
2013 Domaines Rouvinez Pino Noir de Sierre
2013 Cave de la Cote Doral Expression
2012 Provins Swiss Valley Pinot Noir
2012 Cave Maurice Gay Valais d'Or Petite Arvine
2013 Provins Grand Metral Petitie Arvine
2013 Chateau Lichten Petite Arvine

Any of these worth picking up?

I feel like pianoman Razz
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Originally posted by Board-O:
You mean Painist, the biggest fool this site has seen since Bella.

Continuing the thread hijack...that's a pretty steep claim. I believe that Serge was post Bella Donna, for one.

I feel like there must be others who rank higher, but maybe it's just me. Piano dude has been pretty easy to ignore since he sticks to his own threads for the most part.

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