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by Craig G
June 14th, 2019, 10:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7039

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Scott Brunson wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 9:53 am
Perschon? [berserker.gif]
Drinkwardly speaking...
by Craig G
June 14th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?
Replies: 10
Views: 165

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

David K o l i n wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Café Iruña In Pamplona, it seems
Bull.
by Craig G
June 14th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 23
Views: 960

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

Didn’t Cheval Blanc raise their prices above the Medoc 1sts quite a few years ago? I thought it was their standard practice now.
by Craig G
June 14th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MACDONALD For The Win
Replies: 44
Views: 2485

Re: MACDONALD For The Win

AlexS wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 2:48 pm
^ I don't think Rath drinks too much Cab
I’ve seen him drinking MacDonald.
by Craig G
June 14th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: True Confessions
Replies: 28
Views: 721

Re: True Confessions

T. Melloni wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 12:29 pm
I do not like bacon.
@#$%& communists.
by Craig G
June 14th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best Young Beaucastel!
Replies: 17
Views: 1245

Re: The Best Young Beaucastel!

Robert Love wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 6:13 am
Robert M yers wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Are these now safe for us Brett averse drinkers? I’ve always stayed away due to my uncertainty.
Beaucastel has been clean for awhile now.
Maybe the testing hasn’t caught up with the doping yet.
by Craig G
June 12th, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 124
Views: 1843

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato

ATaylor wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 11:20 am
Craig G wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 10:33 am
If attendance reaches 40, everyone has to bring a 3L.
They can do a table of 21, so there is still space for you Craig.........now if anyone has a bottle of old Conseillante they want to bring he may change his tune.
I’ve already got one, you silly English k-niggits.
by Craig G
June 12th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 124
Views: 1843

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato

If attendance reaches 40, everyone has to bring a 3L.
by Craig G
June 9th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 49
Views: 1224

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Best mass produced fries (and perhaps arguably the best burger) is Shake Shack. I don’t like Shake Shack fries, or any crinkle cut fry for that matter. For chains I’d probably take Five Guys fries, I guess. We have some local burger places with amazing fries and those tend to be what I frequent. Ha...
by Craig G
June 8th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7039

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Agreed. I could never swap zinfandel versus cabernet sauvignon. You'd be surprised. I did a tasting at Scherrer and asked Fred to break out some older Zin. He opened an 05 that if you tasted blind you would like guess aged cab or Bordeaux blend. It was rather eye opening Okay, but his Zin is not ve...
by Craig G
June 6th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bern’s Steakhouse Oct 11th or 12th
Replies: 10
Views: 746

Re: Bern’s Steakhouse Oct 11th or 12th

I swiped left.
by Craig G
June 6th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7039

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

"Since Fed started QE in late 2008, the income distribution deteriorated horribly. The rich gets richer. It may be true that most people did not earn 40% more in past 3-5 years, but folks who drink $150 very likely did. High end napa cabs only target this small population" No way, haven't you heard...
by Craig G
June 6th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: 50th Birthday Whiskey Suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 384

Re: 50th Birthday Whiskey Suggestions

I interpreted it as one person :-)
by Craig G
June 6th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 49
Views: 1224

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

You are not alone.
by Craig G
June 5th, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's on your weekly shopping list?
Replies: 20
Views: 665

Re: What's on your weekly shopping list?

Mark Y wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Maison Ilan Chambertin, but I never seem to find any
Are they any good? No jokes I found one for $100 and took a flier. Will see!
2010 might be excellent at that price. I’m not sure I would bother with the others.
by Craig G
June 4th, 2019, 11:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10505
Views: 343733

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Bunch of 88s with friends on their 31st anniversary:

1988 Grand Tinel CdP
1988 Dunn Napa Cab
1988 Produttori des Barbaresco Normale
1988 Ch. D’Yquem
by Craig G
June 4th, 2019, 11:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 103
Views: 3972

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 6:54 pm
He says two decades to civilize the 2016 and recommends 20 for the 2018.
20 decades is a long time. I think I’ll skip the 2018.
by Craig G
June 4th, 2019, 10:23 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 124
Views: 1843

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

dteng wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 8:52 pm
Andrew and Craig - you guys in?
If not, I may bring a friend.
Too big for me. I think we need to split into Peninsula and South Bay.
by Craig G
June 4th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1016

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

You mean other than Grey Poupon, of course?

I like Edmond Fallot Dijon. The one with truffles is great, too.

BTW I do like Grey Poupon, but it’s pretty mild next to a real Dijon.
by Craig G
June 2nd, 2019, 9:43 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 124
Views: 1843

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

I’m sorry, the fire marshal has prohibited me from attending an event this large.
by Craig G
June 2nd, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Red Wine Pairs Best with Gator?
Replies: 22
Views: 692

Re: What Red Wine Pairs Best with Gator?

Not red. Aligoté.
by Craig G
June 1st, 2019, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Le P'tit Paysan Chardonnay Jack's Hill Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: TN: 2017 Le P'tit Paysan Chardonnay Jack's Hill Vineyard

Just bought some to try from K&L.
by Craig G
June 1st, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where please?
Replies: 23
Views: 1521

Re: Where please?

Welcome, Len.

There is also a new member/new non-lurker introduction thread here, in case you want to post in it:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=55
by Craig G
May 31st, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 124
Views: 1843

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

I would like to come again. I could go some many different ways with this comment 😂😂😂. Surprised George hasn’t run with this already! Nah. I try to have a sense of humor. But it's downright neighborly of you to offer to go several ways. That's the spirit! Robert's problem is solved! We are family! ...
by Craig G
May 31st, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Personal Collection of Rudi Weist @ Acker
Replies: 24
Views: 2570

Re: Personal Collection of Rudi Weist @ Acker

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 12:00 pm
Claus Jeppesen wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 11:52 am
But wasn´t Acker deeply involved in auctioning hyper criminal counterfeit bottles?
That's why I'd NEVER spend a dime with Acker. Won't make a difference to them, however...
If you “accidentally” disclose your massive WB ad revenue, they might change their minds.
by Craig G
May 31st, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine
Replies: 55
Views: 1582

Re: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine

R. Frankel wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 9:24 am
So many ‘85 Bordeaux are in a great place now!
This has been true since 1987!
by Craig G
May 30th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 205
Views: 11704

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 11:52 am
I see. Humor. You’re too sophisticated for me
Humor has no place on this forum.
by Craig G
May 29th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Bosquet des Papes: Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 3
Views: 339

Re: TN: 1990 Bosquet des Papes: Chateauneuf du Pape

Nice to see your post, Nicos. I haven’t had very good luck aging this wine. I liked it quite a bit young and actually bought more when they released the same wine in 2000 with a tag that read “Cuvee de l’an 2000.” Those newer bottles were all powerfully Bretty. The originals have been variable with ...
by Craig G
May 29th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply
Replies: 79
Views: 3598

Re: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply

It does seem that Napa is going to get its butt kicked by Bdx if it doesnt stop these massive increases. I know Roy Piper is a great guy and his wine is awesome but he had two 20% increases in like 4-5 years going from $125 to $175, there are dozens more doing the same. It doesnt matter that cost o...
by Craig G
May 28th, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières
Replies: 6
Views: 742

Re: TN: 2008 Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières

Really looking forward to my DIAM-sealed Bouchard Perrieres :-)
by Craig G
May 28th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 3936

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

As someone that has only been buying wine for only 5 years, a lot of these numbers are eye opening...It's hard for me to imagine that a lot of these wines were once fairly accessible. It's so interesting for me to hear these former prices. back in the day the wines were available and inexpensive. 9...
by Craig G
May 28th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2284

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

I tip the winery owners too. Have you seen the country club dues in the Napa area?
by Craig G
May 28th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2016 Chateau La Conseillante - my first amazing (important?) experience with 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 1206

Re: TN 2016 Chateau La Conseillante - my first amazing (important?) experience with 2016 Bordeaux

I have no concerns at all about the 2014. It’s a beautiful wine. I haven’t tasted the 16 but bought a few bottles and I have no doubt I’ll enjoy them, regardless of details of style. With regard to scores, Parker rated La Conseillante 95, 97, 97, 96, 97, 96, 98 for 82, 89, 90, 00, 05, 09 and 10 resp...
by Craig G
May 27th, 2019, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie
Replies: 34
Views: 2031

Re: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie

alan weinberg wrote:
May 26th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Gerhard P. wrote:
May 26th, 2019, 10:39 am
Joshua Kates wrote:
May 17th, 2019, 11:20 am
No one bothered by the Latour pasteurization thing--or do they not still do it?
They did it only with the reds ... (and I think) still do it.
is there an echo in this room?
Maybe Gerhard has you on ignore!
by Craig G
May 27th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bordeaux $20-$50 range
Replies: 18
Views: 1546

Re: Best Bordeaux $20-$50 range

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 27th, 2019, 2:14 pm
2009 and 2010.

Craig was big on 2012, so I ordered more, and grabbed some 2014, all under $50.
To be clear, I recommended the 2012 to Robert. It’s not my favorite. I would buy more 2014. 2009 is very good but I don’t think it’s $50.
by Craig G
May 27th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 111
Views: 6202

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

We had a great bottle of 1992 Dominus last night.
by Craig G
May 26th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 205
Views: 11704

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
May 26th, 2019, 9:41 am
Actually, there are no “must have” wines from anywhere. Nobody will suffer if they fail to acquire any specific wine, or really any wine at all.
Just because FOMO is all in your head doesn’t mean it’s not real suffering.
by Craig G
May 25th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3354
Views: 167974

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Antique for $49.95 ? thats way over priced Yes and no. It’s difficult to find it at all and secondary price is higher. The “correct” price is much lower but very hard to find at that price. K&L sells a small number of bottles for ~$27 every week or so, but you have to catch them exactly when they g...
by Craig G
May 25th, 2019, 10:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourgogne-Aligoté
Replies: 22
Views: 1454

Re: Bourgogne-Aligoté

Thanks Craig, appreciate the feedback..At <$30, will keep an eye out for it, wd not buy at $40. I understand that sentiment, but good Bourgogne Blanc (like PYCM) is often $35-40 now too. I don’t think the price has been going up out of proportion to other Burgundies. De Villaine Aligoté isn’t somet...
by Craig G
May 25th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 18
Views: 1198

Re: TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Yes, 2017 is out and it’s very tasty. They’ve been serving and selling it at recent Ridge events. I’m not sure if it’s in stores. 2014 & 2016 Geezer are soooooo good and the 2015's no slouch either - can't wait to try the 2017, will grab some for sure when it hits retail! I had a small glass of 201...
by Craig G
May 25th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11070
Views: 494274

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

L.Cole wrote:
May 25th, 2019, 11:31 am
Just added a 2017 Ridge Geyserville 3.0L to the pending delivery list. Now I have all formats of the ‘17 Geyserville. 😁
I impulse bought one of these at the winery a month ago.
by Craig G
May 25th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10505
Views: 343733

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 25th, 2019, 5:07 pm
You didn’t get a PM, Neal? Tsk, tsk, Craig.
Neal is a whale. I was under the assumption that my PM would never get past his people.
by Craig G
May 25th, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10505
Views: 343733

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
May 25th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Craig G wrote:
May 25th, 2019, 8:01 am
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What years? Notes?
I edited my original post to add notes.
by Craig G
May 25th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1500
Views: 74243

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I think we are left with the conclusion that Neal is, in fact, a whale.
by Craig G
May 25th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10505
Views: 343733

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

75F9D5E6-1AB7-4473-A156-23075F974F13.jpeg 2009, 2012, 2015 Gravette De Certan. All arequite good. We all liked the 2009 the best. It’s the most classic Pomerol and built to age, though drinking quite well. 2012 still has good ripeness but also an herbal streak. I PMd Alfert to alert him to it. The ...
by Craig G
May 24th, 2019, 11:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1307
Views: 61190

Re: What did you cook tonight?

I made this salad as well as a Lapin a la Moutarde, though with chicken-shaped rabbits.

Drank 09/12/15 Gravette De Certan.
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by Craig G
May 24th, 2019, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN's: Lunch at Marea
Replies: 13
Views: 1539

Re: TN's: Lunch at Marea

You had me at “five hour lunch.”
by Craig G
May 24th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourgogne-Aligoté
Replies: 22
Views: 1454

Re: Bourgogne-Aligoté

jon leifer wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 6:05 pm
no experience re the Leroy Aligote, the best Aligote I have tasted came from A+P de Villaine..Kermit Lynch had it recently at $40..Is the De Villaine Bouzeron a different wine? Nick mentions it as being <$30.
Same wine. Prices have varied quite a bit.
by Craig G
May 24th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourgogne-Aligoté
Replies: 22
Views: 1454

Re: Bourgogne-Aligoté

I love the De Villaine Bouzeron. I’ve had trouble finding another one that I like nearly as much. Recent attempts have been Audoin and Faiveley.

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