Mike D's Article: A Delicious Half Bottle of Santenay

February 14th, 2011


(NEW YORK) I had a half bottle of 2006 Jean-Marc Morey Santenay La Comme Dessus last week at Momofuku Ssam Bar here in New York during a late and delicious lunch break from the studio. We are putting the finishing touches on a new album. Fortunately, we have been working closely with our esteemed colleague Mr. Zdar, so we have been sticking to his French work ethic of strong coffee and lengthy sit-down lunches.

The red Burgundy was really good actually, especially when you don’t expect much out of a restaurant half bottle. I can’t say the spicy cuisine did the wine any favors. But still, after properly cleansing the palate, this was surprisingly ready to rock — ripe fruits, earthy notes, even a little bit of refined funk. Elegant and restrained with well-balanced tension. 93 points.


Michael Diamond is a member of the hip hop group the Beastie Boys.


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February 15, 2011

Good to see you'll be contributing to the new website, Mike! I really enjoyed watching that 1982 First Growth and Cheval Blanc tasting you did with Suckling & MacInerney. When should we be expecting the new album?


February 17, 2011

Mike, what are some of your favorite "go-to" wines, for sort of every day drinking rather than a special occasion? Styles, producers, regions -- however you want to classify it.


February 18, 2011

Hi James...A little off topic here but the SAQ just launhed your ratings and video interviews. Your French is excellent man! Though I guess should not be that surprised since you lived in Paris for several years.
It was interesting to understand that your wine pasion originated or was passed down from your father.
Though my dad never had any '66 Lafite kicking around to share (far from it), there was always wine at he table for dinner. Even if much of it came in a brown glass1 gallon jug I can still remember that, no matter what we were drinking that my curiousity was peaked!
It realy wasn't until we had a Marques de Riscal and a Nipozzano in the early eighties, that I developped a passion for wine...Even if I had no means to truly dive in head/nose first, I continued to buy affordable wines and drink them with almost every dinner.
I have since moved up the scale as resources have permitted, but I still drink these wines on regular basis.
Every time I open a bottle of Nipozzano (which seems to be better than ever) I think back to my first humble exposure to wine and my ensuing passion. Thanks Dad!
Note: He now thinks i'm crazy to spend the money I do on wine but he is always blown away when he comes for dinner and I open some fine Brunellos.


February 19, 2011

Sorry Michael...I should have posted this on one of James' blogs...Cheers!

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