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by Kevin Sidders
August 7th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 32
Views: 1220

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

I visited Sicily with several clients a few weeks ago, and hit some of the top producers of Etna Bianco (and Superiore) -- Benanti, Biondi, Terre Nere, I Vigneri, Fessina. One of the highlights was tasting with Salvo Foti, who coordinates the I Vigneri group and is a consultant to Aeris/Rhys on its ...
by Kevin Sidders
July 16th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montalcino Winery Recommendations - Honeymoon!
Replies: 22
Views: 1156

Re: Montalcino Winery Recommendations - Honeymoon!

Biondi-Santi is a great visit if they can get in.

Drogheria Franci was for me the best dining experience in Montalcino by a mile.
by Kevin Sidders
July 9th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris or Lyon
Replies: 33
Views: 1789

Re: Paris or Lyon

Just returned from a trip including both. I have been to Paris many times but this was a first time in Lyon. Paris is obviously a "world city" with the best of everything available, at a price and always something new. That said, I was very impressed with Lyon! Plenty to see. Much less intense vibe...
by Kevin Sidders
July 9th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4 CNP's blind and a question regarding Clos des Papes : 03 or 05 ?
Replies: 11
Views: 815

Re: 4 CNP's blind and a question regarding Clos des Papes : 03 or 05 ?

I have had great experiences with a couple of bottles of 05 Clos de Papes opened in the past 6 months, which have outperformed pretty much all my other 05 CdPs. I would agree with you regarding your perception of alcohol -- these just always seem so balanced. I don't have any direct experience with ...
by Kevin Sidders
June 15th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The future of Vietti
Replies: 10
Views: 2383

Re: The future of Vietti

Very interesting (and direct) article from a great guy. To have taken that challenge of a forced change of control and turn it into an opportunity to enhance the estate by adding to his portfolio of vineyards and wines is a tremendous achievement. Let's hope the partnership continues to be healthy a...
by Kevin Sidders
June 5th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE
Replies: 22
Views: 2186

Re: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE

JohnP wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 2:14 pm

I called this morning and was told Cos D'Estournel should be out any day now, along with Montrose. The two others on my radar.
I believe Cos was released today...
by Kevin Sidders
May 31st, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Back to Barcelona -- new recommendations?
Replies: 4
Views: 1346

Back to Barcelona -- new recommendations?

Was there 6 months ago and prior threads here provided some excellent wine and food recommendations (Gresca and Monvinic, specifically). Curious if anyone has been recently or what other ideas might be worth considering.

Thanks in advance!
by Kevin Sidders
May 31st, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Foreign Transaction Fees
Replies: 17
Views: 1892

Re: Foreign Transaction Fees

I choose to pay in local currency as I understand my credit card bank exchange rate (e.g. Euros to Dollars) is more favorable than the exchange rate used by the merchants and its bank (called Dynamic Currency Conversion). The same holds true for ATM withdrawals. The Dynamic Currency Conversion (con...
by Kevin Sidders
May 30th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 31
Views: 1679

Re: Florence recommendations

David -- great update! Glad to hear Pitti e Gola was as special for you as it has been for me...
by Kevin Sidders
May 30th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Berlin recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 500

Re: Berlin recommendations?

Cordo was phenomenal -- great food, wine list and service. Casual/contemporary decor/vibe. Highly recommended!
by Kevin Sidders
May 21st, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne extra aging in cellar
Replies: 7
Views: 632

Re: Champagne extra aging in cellar

I'm not sure exactly which wines you are referring to, since you didn't include any examples. But one that I think might meet your criteria is the recent introduction by Philipponnat of their Clos des Goisses "Long Vieillissement" bottling. They launched these just last year, with the vintages of 19...
by Kevin Sidders
May 20th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 3234

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

Brandon R wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 3:08 pm
How many is too many? I'm admittedly a relative Burgundy novice, but I don't believe most houses in Burgundy do that many different bottlings. What do you all think?
Other Burgundy fans are more expert than I am, but several producers (mostly negociants) make dozens of single vineyard wines.
by Kevin Sidders
May 20th, 2019, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A pair of 2003 Pegau
Replies: 12
Views: 999

Re: TN: A pair of 2003 Pegau

Great notes and a fitting send-off for Bob.

I've never had the ability to do a side-by-side comparison of the Reservee and the Da Capo, but hope to be able to here in a few years with the 2010s. I have however done them a few times with Reservee and Laurence, which has been interesting...
by Kevin Sidders
May 9th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Georges Lelektsoglou
Replies: 17
Views: 918

Re: Georges Lelektsoglou

Yes, he runs a well known shop in Tain and if he has time and thinks you know what you are talking about, will just talk for hours about Rhone wines and pour lots of samples. I bought my 1999 Jamet from him. If you're ever visiting Hermitage you really should stop in -- he is located right on the m...
by Kevin Sidders
May 6th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Burgundy restaurants?
Replies: 11
Views: 745

Re: Burgundy restaurants?

My favorite (newish) place in Beaune is without a doubt La Lune. Tiny so reservations are a challenge, but if you can get in you will find super fresh French/Asian fusion at absurdly low prices. Wine list is smallish and just OK, but what a meal...
by Kevin Sidders
April 30th, 2019, 4:00 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurants open for Sunday lunch in Reims?
Replies: 12
Views: 708

Re: Restaurants open for Sunday lunch in Reims?

M.Kaplan wrote:
April 17th, 2019, 2:37 pm
The brasserie Le Jardin at Les Crayeres would be my choice for a casual lunch and it is open on Sundays. And, if the weather is good, lovely to sit outside.
Seconded...
by Kevin Sidders
April 30th, 2019, 3:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 22
Views: 1394

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Had my first bottle of this the other night and quite enjoyed it. Didn't take formal notes, but your description of "lime, hay and stone" resonates well. I am encouraged by others' notes and will look forward to holding on to the others for a few more years and seeing how they evolve.
by Kevin Sidders
April 7th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 31
Views: 1679

Re: Florence recommendations

LoriMcLaughlin wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 10:11 am
Enoteca Pitti e Gola in Florence - they also have an Osteria. Fun team and a good wine stop.
My favorite wine bar in the world. I recommend it every chance I get, and have never had anything other than great feedback...
by Kevin Sidders
March 20th, 2019, 3:01 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Berlin recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 500

Re: Berlin recommendations?

Thanks all -- great stuff and most helpful!
by Kevin Sidders
March 19th, 2019, 12:58 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Berlin recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 500

Berlin recommendations?

Heading to Berlin for a couple of days following ProWein. Have a few restaurant tips already, but would welcome the accumulated knowledge of the community here. Thanks!
by Kevin Sidders
March 10th, 2019, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ProWein - are you attending?
Replies: 11
Views: 578

Re: ProWein - are you attending?

I will be there once again. I have a pretty full schedule and am booked each evening for dinner, but I might be able to grab a coffee amid the craziness. PM me if you would like to try to connect.
by Kevin Sidders
February 28th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 129
Views: 5309

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

The last "wow" rose I had was from Proprieta Sperino in Alto Piemonte -- rose of Nebbiolo with a little Vespolina. Under $20 and absolutely delicious.
by Kevin Sidders
January 27th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Le Piane "Mimmo" Vino Rosso (Boca, Italy)
Replies: 2
Views: 183

Re: TN: 2013 Le Piane "Mimmo" Vino Rosso (Boca, Italy)

Just drank a bottle of this very wine the other evening. Your tasting note nails it -- very high-toned red fruits and great balance. Just delicious wines and a great producer. If you are ever in the region, I highly recommend a visit -- the vineyards and old cellar are a real education...
by Kevin Sidders
January 27th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: VinConnect -- Europe's Top Wines in Themed Packs #BD10 *** FREE SHIPPING ***
Replies: 6
Views: 764

Re: VinConnect -- Europe's Top Wines in Themed Packs #BD10 *** FREE SHIPPING ***

Loving all the orders -- thanks! Once again, quantities have been updated as of the time of this post.

Get 'em while you can!
by Kevin Sidders
January 27th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: VinConnect -- Europe's Top Wines in Themed Packs #BD10 *** FREE SHIPPING ***
Replies: 6
Views: 764

Re: VinConnect -- Europe's Top Wines in Themed Packs #BD10

dave kammerer wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 12:01 pm
trying to order one #18 but the secure form gives me invalid quantity error message
Dave -- I'm not sure why you got that error. We did receive an order from you for #18, so I believe everything is all set. Please let me know if you have any other questions, and thanks very much!
by Kevin Sidders
January 27th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: VinConnect -- Europe's Top Wines in Themed Packs #BD10 *** FREE SHIPPING ***
Replies: 6
Views: 764

Re: VinConnect -- Europe's Top Wines in Themed Packs #BD10

Thanks to all those who have ordered! Quantities available have been updated in the initial post as of the time of this entry!

Keep 'em coming!
by Kevin Sidders
January 23rd, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Leoville Poyferre vertical with Sarah Cuvelier
Replies: 19
Views: 1241

Re: TN: Chateau Leoville Poyferre vertical with Sarah Cuvelier

Great notes! Wish I could have attended, but had a prior commitment. Interesting observations on the 2003 drinking well and being hard to identify as a hot vintage. I had a bottle of Pontet Canet 2003 the other evening and had the same observation -- great fruit and concentration, really nothing roa...
by Kevin Sidders
January 23rd, 2019, 6:16 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: VinConnect -- Europe's Top Wines in Themed Packs #BD10 *** FREE SHIPPING ***
Replies: 6
Views: 764

VinConnect -- Europe's Top Wines in Themed Packs #BD10 *** FREE SHIPPING ***

At VinConnect , we enable dozens of Europe’s top wineries to sell direct to their mailing list customers in the U.S. In doing so, we often end up with a handful of extra bottles after each offer. We have put a bunch of those “odd lots” together into themed “samplers," and provided a specially disco...
by Kevin Sidders
December 19th, 2018, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux Tasting Tour in NYC
Replies: 26
Views: 1092

Re: Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux Tasting Tour in NYC

Further, I believe that the list of participating wineries differs by city -- you're more likely to get the full list in NYC than in say Miami...
by Kevin Sidders
December 14th, 2018, 8:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Question about Priorat and Barcelona
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: Question about Priorat and Barcelona

One other thing you might consider on your way to Barcelona is stopping in Penedes, where you could hit a sparkling producer like Raventos i Blanc or Pares Balta. Both are pretty much just off the main motorway on the way from Priorat to Barcelona, and a quick visit might break up the drive...
by Kevin Sidders
December 14th, 2018, 8:33 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 53
Views: 2534

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

I was in France last week (Champagne, Paris, Lyon) and would say that for the most part it was pretty normal. As people have noted there were a few roundabouts with Yellow Vests holding signs and slowing traffic, but that was all mostly harmless. The evening of the big Saturday protests we were in L...
by Kevin Sidders
September 12th, 2018, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wanna Read Research Papers from the Institute of Masters of Wine?
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Re: Wanna Read Research Papers from the Institute of Masters of Wine?

Great post! Thanks for flagging that -- there are a couple of things I have put in for...
by Kevin Sidders
August 24th, 2018, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Zero Dosage Producers
Replies: 22
Views: 845

Re: Favorite Zero Dosage Producers

I have had a couple of killer bottles of Ulysse Colin, which I thought were zero dosage but are apparently generally 1-2g. Doesn't quite qualify, but they were delicious and distinctive...
by Kevin Sidders
August 10th, 2018, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many allocation lists are you on?
Replies: 111
Views: 5460

How many allocation lists are you on?

... outside the US, where generally the concept of a winery maintaining a mailing list seems foreign. (Yes - intended!) This is starting to change as wineries outside the U.S. are waking up to the opportunity. We currently work with 40+ top international wineries helping them sell direct to U.S. co...
by Kevin Sidders
August 1st, 2018, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Pegau réservée
Replies: 52
Views: 2058

2004 Pegau réservée

Dan -- that's great stuff -- thanks for sharing!
by Kevin Sidders
May 17th, 2018, 7:04 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Visiting Champagne
Replies: 18
Views: 1058

Visiting Champagne

Can't add much to the great advice already provided on visits, Crayeres and Cathedral. That's pretty much all you need...
by Kevin Sidders
May 17th, 2018, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Le Piane Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)
Replies: 7
Views: 504

TN: 2012 Le Piane Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)

Love the Le Piane wines. I'm drinking my 07 and 09 Bocas right now, as I think they definitely benefit from some age...
by Kevin Sidders
May 15th, 2018, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More fake Brunello
Replies: 9
Views: 732

More fake Brunello

Just got an email from a mid-tier Brunello producer. Here is move evidence that wine forgeries continue unabated, and it's not just old Burgundy and Bordeaux... Given the recurrence of reports of fake bottles found on the European market, with this report we want to make the situation public in orde...
by Kevin Sidders
April 29th, 2018, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The rise of single vineyard champagne
Replies: 23
Views: 1436

The rise of single vineyard champagne

Interesting article -- thanks for highlighting...
by Kevin Sidders
January 27th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: VinConnect: Themed Samplers of Top European Wines #BDIX
Replies: 3
Views: 630

VinConnect: Themed Samplers of Top European Wines #BDIX

Happy to answer any questions folks may have.

Feel free to post here or pm...
by Kevin Sidders
January 10th, 2018, 7:21 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: VinConnect: Themed Samplers of Top European Wines #BDIX
Replies: 3
Views: 630

VinConnect: Themed Samplers of Top European Wines #BDIX

At VinConnect , we do mailing list offers that enable dozens of Europe’s top wineries to sell direct in the U.S. In doing so, we often end up with a handful of extra bottles after each offer. We have put a bunch of those “odd lots” together into themed “sampler” groups, and provided at a specially ...
by Kevin Sidders
January 6th, 2018, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: To Kalon Creek~Graeme MacDonald
Replies: 2
Views: 737

To Kalon Creek~Graeme MacDonald

Indeed -- congratulations!!!
by Kevin Sidders
December 13th, 2017, 1:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wineries Near Florence Italy
Replies: 16
Views: 1457

Wineries Near Florence Italy

Any feedback from your trip?
by Kevin Sidders
December 13th, 2017, 1:02 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tasting in Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas
Replies: 10
Views: 584

Tasting in Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas

In Gigondas, you might check out Chateau Saint Cosme -- very rustic and cool, and some really interesting and high quality wines from throughout the region. Not far from Gigondas is the village of Séguret, an incredibly picturesque and charming hamlet I stumbled on the last time I was in the region....
by Kevin Sidders
December 12th, 2017, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: W&S: AltoPiemonte
Replies: 9
Views: 517

W&S: AltoPiemonte

Was there again a few weeks ago, and I find the area just fascinating. Comparing the photos at Le Piane from 1900 (where it's all vineyards), 1960 (hardly any vineyards), and the 2000s (some vineyards) is really fascinating. And the wines are delicious. It's definitely a throwback to another time...
by Kevin Sidders
November 20th, 2017, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neal Martin leaves WA FOR VINOUS
Replies: 129
Views: 9371

Neal Martin leaves WA FOR VINOUS

WOW -- fascinating.

Antonio has assembled a great team...
by Kevin Sidders
November 16th, 2017, 9:09 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wineries Near Florence Italy
Replies: 16
Views: 1457

Wineries Near Florence Italy

Antinori's new winery is a treasure of modern architecture, and they have a huge tasting room, tours, and a quite nice casual restaurant on the "roof" with both indoor and outdoor seating. It's just off the main motorway to Chianti, and you can easily show up without an appointment. +! as well on En...
by Kevin Sidders
November 10th, 2017, 12:01 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Napa Wineries With Best Views
Replies: 31
Views: 1858

Napa Wineries With Best Views

While the wines won't blow you away, the patio at Mumm Napa Valley is pretty cool, especially late afternoon looking west across the valley floor as the sun sets behind the mountains...

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