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by M. Meer
October 12th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great restaurant, fine tiny terrifying wine list, 3 tns.
Replies: 13
Views: 1776

Re: Great restaurant, fine tiny terrifying wine list, 3 tns.

Presqu'ile has great fruit/wine and is a terrific property to visit. We're pretty spoiled by what is coming out of the Santa Maria area.
by M. Meer
October 12th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 21
Views: 692

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

We have not found a need for a specialized champagne stopper. Here's what we use for everything (and it may work even better with a champagne bottle because of the narrower opening).

by M. Meer
October 9th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing
Replies: 46
Views: 2955

Re: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing

I've been out of the CDP game for several years, but the price of the '11 along with the cooler growing season got me back in. I've been happy with the toned down profile vs '05 and '07, so it makes for a nice contrast. I'm probably out again with climate change and having recently revisited wines f...
by M. Meer
October 8th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing
Replies: 46
Views: 2955

Re: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing

Markus S wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Pegau has a history of going for full retail on the discussed vintages (you know, the ones that get the points) and gets soft on the underwhelming ones. For example, 2008, 2011 were under $40, so this is not a new trend.
True. 2011 could be had for $33 at one point in the last year.
by M. Meer
October 7th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 buddies, 7 wines, great Italian food= grand evening
Replies: 11
Views: 965

Re: 3 buddies, 7 wines, great Italian food= grand evening

Haha, what a blessed life and a great time of the year to enjoy it. Cheers!

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by M. Meer
October 6th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Austin, TX: any can't miss restaurants?
Replies: 91
Views: 6329

Re: Austin, TX: any can't miss restaurants?

Judging from the list, as I haven't been but heard good things, Bufalina is a place I'd like to go to, even if it were just for wine.
by M. Meer
October 6th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 buddies, 7 wines, great Italian food= grand evening
Replies: 11
Views: 965

Re: 3 buddies, 7 wines, great Italian food= grand evening

Olio e Limone, YUM!
Must have been a blast
by M. Meer
September 23rd, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name
Replies: 104
Views: 7149

Re: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name

Andrew A r n t f i e l d wrote:
September 23rd, 2019, 9:27 am
I've consigned things to their auctions (not wine) and I know that they have a department that's dedicated specifically to photography.
Perhaps it's logistical. The wines are stored in a separate climate control facility, at least in CA.
by M. Meer
September 22nd, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name
Replies: 104
Views: 7149

Re: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name

Also, I did not see any photos. Prior to an auction, I have emailed to request photos for wines from the 70s, and they have supplied them in advance. Heritage has been good at accurately detailing condition, and I have opted to buying items more recently released, so I don't ask anymore. But, that'...
by M. Meer
September 17th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bartolo Mascarello price jump
Replies: 25
Views: 3059

Re: Bartolo Mascarello price jump

Patience and persistence can help in a lot of ways, however, especially as people fall out when wines become less en vogue or in "lesser" vintages. One might be able to snag bottles here and there in the $120s including taxes and fees and end up with a nice cache after some time. Same for Conterno, ...
by M. Meer
September 17th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bartolo Mascarello price jump
Replies: 25
Views: 3059

Re: Bartolo Mascarello price jump

https://www.wine-searcher.com/merchant/99183

Not much wine to go around. If one looks at the scarcity, along with how popular the region has become, that might explain the increase in price. Some might argue, it's more in line with fmv.
by M. Meer
September 7th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6013

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

If the unit is keeping consistently cool bottle temperatures, it shouldn't be affecting the wine negatively. It doesn't seem like it's getting cold enough to freeze the wine and compromise the seal. One cooler in our place gets indirect light and keeps wine in the 60s. Not had a bad bottle, even one...
by M. Meer
August 31st, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine growlers ?
Replies: 9
Views: 445

Re: Wine growlers ?

I have a similar one that holds a 750ml with a little bit of head space. It’s perfect for taking on hikes to picnic spots. Yes, they're perfect for that, and if double-walled, they keep wine at the right temperature for serving. I guess having 750ml+ capacity makes it a little more handy than a reg...
by M. Meer
August 27th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 34
Views: 1493

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

LOL, going by the bottle off a list is as complicated as it is for wine. Typically, if I go with daiginjo, I like to drink it to start off with cold dishes and move on to ginjo for hot ones. Tasting notes are really important for me since I don't know a lot, and I use the Sake Meter Value (SMV) when...
by M. Meer
August 23rd, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2466

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Am I censoring or am I pointing out an injustice to the winemaker and crew and the other good people at Haut Bages Liberal? I think that's a little strong. And, I think the reviewer in question would be the first to admit the limitations of his influence on the good standing of any one domaine. Not...
by M. Meer
August 16th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB
Replies: 44
Views: 1556

Re: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB

For those who struggle with the "how many times better is Wine A than Wine B" notion, maybe another way to think of it is this: If you were given the choice of receiving (1) a bottle of the 06 Comptes, plus another bottle of wine you really like which costs $100, or (2) a bottle of 09 Cristal, whic...
by M. Meer
August 15th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2973

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

Okay, if things are going to stay serious... I also grew up on a ranch when I was young. Foster Farms, to be exact. Wait, it was Zachy's. Actually, it was both... Um, I mean neither. My family raised poultry and was contracted by larger companies. They were raised as best as could be, as they also f...
by M. Meer
August 15th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2973

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

Gosh, I hope this thread doesn't actually ruffle any feathers.
by M. Meer
August 14th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2973

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

Jorge Henriquez wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 5:19 am
White Power!!! White Power!!!

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by M. Meer
August 13th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 59
Views: 2920

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

I second going for some bubbles, if they are into it. The sparkling houses have some of the best wines and facilities to experience in the valley. Domaine Carneros is also pretty solid as is Gloria Ferrer. If they get tired of flights, I'd suggest to go straight btg/split bottles of the really good ...
by M. Meer
August 11th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 24
Views: 1391

Re: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil

I make an oil with basil I'm unable to use fresh. It especially comes in handy when out of season.
by M. Meer
August 6th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 2998

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

Thanks for that. Well south of P-L, so well outside historic (well, at least last couple centuries, who knows re Roman) areas considered best for dry wines. All his neighbors seem to be in the $7-15 market. That is true. I wonder how the wines will fare as the climate changes, given the terroir he ...
by M. Meer
August 6th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 2998

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

"In 2005, about 5 kilometers northwest of Landiras (see map above), he found and bought what looked like an abandoned parcel of old vines planted on gravel and sandy soils, atop a small mound at about 80 meters above sea level, which became Liber Pater." https://www.ledomduvin.com/2018/11/liber-pate...
by M. Meer
August 1st, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chenin Blanc Parentage Revealed
Replies: 9
Views: 924

Re: Chenin Blanc Parentage Revealed

Sauvignonasse aka friulano... Pretty cool. Two solid varieties in their own right.
by M. Meer
July 30th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reconditioned Wine
Replies: 24
Views: 1335

Re: Reconditioned Wine

I don't know how they do it, but if the process were similar to champagne, it could be less risky. FWIW, Borgogno and Remoissenet re-releases have been known to remove sediment during reconditioning.
by M. Meer
July 28th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reconditioned Wine
Replies: 24
Views: 1335

Re: Re bottling Wine

Would that cause the wine to oxidize faster and possibly go bad. Below is the part of the description. For today’s ‘79, every ‘shiner’ bottle was decanted off its 40 years of sediment, topped off with the very same wine, recorked, cleaned, and then labeled. I have had a few reconditioned wines. All...
by M. Meer
July 25th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit
Replies: 52
Views: 2019

Re: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit

Unfortunately, most places in LA don't get it. Angler's looks like it might be possible to go off the list for a change.
by M. Meer
July 24th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 130
Views: 6965

Re: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?

Agreed, but I took the OP to be referring to recent top vintages 2015-2016. Cool cool. Guess I'm too used to dumpster diving. Won't be sniffing '16s for a couple of years until they get down to my level. [cheers.gif] BTW, forget what I said about the Suchots. Mugnier Fuees was something that could ...
by M. Meer
July 24th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 130
Views: 6965

Re: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?

I too prefer the Lignier Combottes, but it is over $200. The only Mugnier that is under $200 is the NSG Marechale and I think the Lignier is better. Lafarge top 1ers are over $200 as is D'Angerville Ducs and Arnoux Suchots. Maybe not always cherry vintages, but they can be had, save probably for th...
by M. Meer
July 24th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 130
Views: 6965

Re: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?

Lignier has a nice style that makes the wines usually accessible at some level regardless of age. I think the 1er is in the conversation with Lafarge, D'Angerville, Mugnier, and Arnoux. I would like to try a Lignier Combottes, however, before anointing it the best under $200 in their portfolio.
by M. Meer
July 24th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2441

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

I have no idea. I said hopefully. I really mean that. Time, and many other factors, will tell what this may or may not do. When was he last time you saw even Monte Bello drop in price? We all know that it usually does not work in that manner. It is more likely that the parent company finally reache...
by M. Meer
July 23rd, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: arumred - anyone heard of it?
Replies: 17
Views: 891

Re: arumred - anyone heard of it?

No, but they're making a killing! [snort.gif]
by M. Meer
July 17th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 57
Views: 2707

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Jim Stewart wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 11:07 am
You cannot be near Buelton and not stop at Firestone Walker Brewing for some brews.
Great place to stop in for lunch with said brews.
by M. Meer
July 11th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red wine in cola: no longer a joke or stereotype
Replies: 18
Views: 1323

Re: Red wine in cola: no longer a joke or stereotype

The rich and irreverent should still feel free to add it to first growths. The Internet will always be here to ridicule.

pepsi [stirthepothal.gif] [cheers.gif]
by M. Meer
July 8th, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Finds
Replies: 39
Views: 2690

Re: Auction Finds

Of all my consumed bottles, auction buying has yielded a 2.26% flawed bottle rate compared to 1.75% bottles flawed from those purchased at retail. While true, some of those bottles probably shouldn't have been put up for bid, I also shouldn't have bid on some of them, looking back. A handful, I may ...
by M. Meer
June 15th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?
Replies: 20
Views: 2236

Re: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?

It was brunch today at Hungry Cat (soon to be RIP [cray.gif]). A dozen oysters, scallop aguachile, heirloom tomato and watermelon salad, lobster roll and fries, and chorizo and clams with grilled bread were flanked by great cocktails and champagne. Hope to make it out one more time, but it will be m...
by M. Meer
June 15th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Would you Get?
Replies: 34
Views: 1825

Re: What Wine Would you Get?

This would be a great place to take a group. Pair trophies with some of the more under the radar wines.
by M. Meer
June 15th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1215

Re: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale

I like the style and given the cost, something that could be cellared in some quantity.
by M. Meer
June 15th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1215

Re: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale

At 15% off, I'd look at:
https://www.firstbottlewines.com/product/detail/AA1052

Comtes is at a good price too.
by M. Meer
June 14th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1215

Re: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale

AD Northup wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Anyone have any feedback on any of the available champagne?
First time browsing the site, and everything's pretty solid, including champagne.
by M. Meer
June 5th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais: what back vintages are you drinking now?
Replies: 16
Views: 1167

Re: Beaujolais: what back vintages are you drinking now?

2012 needs to be drink up, though I had a Foillard Corcelette that was nice for the year and might hold up a little longer.
by M. Meer
May 13th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4598

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

Always deals to be had, lest the WineHunter has turned into the LabelHunter. [wow.gif]
by M. Meer
April 25th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1964 Barolos
Replies: 18
Views: 946

Re: 1964 Barolos

Sigh unfortunately they were not stored standing up and I’ve asked the supplier to stand the bottles up. What should I do with the sediment? A coffee filter? Assuming your birthday is within the next week, I would wait for another occasion to open them. If you don't have at least a week or two, I m...
by M. Meer
April 17th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Austin, TX: any can't miss restaurants?
Replies: 91
Views: 6329

Re: Austin, TX: any can't miss restaurants?

Austin is about as casual as a city can get. I might save Barley Swine for an evening without the kids, but places like Contigo, Odd Duck, and Salty Sow have different seating areas where it shouldn't be a problem. Tons of great pizza, BBQ, and fried chicken places, some with decent wine lists. If y...
by M. Meer
April 5th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Echezeaux
Replies: 25
Views: 1572

Re: Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Echezeaux

Unsure where the info comes from, but Weinlagen suggests Reignots extends to the trees. https://weinlagen-info.de/#lage_id=2254

Hopefully the piece A-L owns really does abut La Romanee, which is the part of the map I hope is accurate. [cheers.gif]
by M. Meer
April 5th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Echezeaux
Replies: 25
Views: 1572

Re: Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Echezeaux

'only 0.22 ha' - but Charles says that it's his favourite wine from the estate... Why not - sometimes we love our most difficult children dearest ... flirtysmile (I suppose it´s more work to do at Reignots than at Suchots ...) If one likes to find those wines next door to Grand Crus, it might be on...
by M. Meer
March 31st, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?
Replies: 93
Views: 4292

Re: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?

Howard Cooper wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 4:42 am
wonder if other producers made wines that turned out to be quite good.
In a word, yes. It seems it would have to do with a higher percentage of clay in the soil. Producer notwithstanding, it's not entirely surprising you enjoyed the Charmes and Combottes.
by M. Meer
March 20th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lieu-Dits
Replies: 38
Views: 2429

Re: Lieu-Dits

Off the top of my head, in Beaune, there's Vignes de l'Enfant Jesus (Greves) and Clos Des Ursules (Vignes Franches). In Savigny, La Bataillere (Vergelesses) and Dominode (Haut Jarrons). For white, there's Les Fairendes (Morgeot).
by M. Meer
March 10th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much would you pay for ultimate wine ?
Replies: 29
Views: 1848

Re: How much would you pay for ultimate wine ?

Jim Brennan wrote:
March 10th, 2019, 8:21 am

The answer to that is well-known: half.
Kinky

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