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by Kevin Sidders
January 12th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 32
Views: 1991

Re: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

To follow the theme here, this weekend I uncorked one of the Vieux Telegraphe 2007s I have been sitting on for years to check in on its development. Color more youthful than expected. After decanting for about 30 minutes, the first palate impression was cherry flavored medicine -- ripe, hot, and not...
by Kevin Sidders
January 7th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Aeris Carricante '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 1082

Re: TN: Aeris Carricante '16...(short/boring)

I had the pleasure of tasting this with Salvo Foti at I Vigneri in Sicily over the summer. My notes say this was the first vintage for the vineyard planted by Foti/Aeris, as IIRC the prior vintages were made from purchased fruit (I expect Kevin H will jump in to correct any errors). I certainly enjo...
by Kevin Sidders
January 1st, 2020, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Mount Eden Chardonnay Estate
Replies: 9
Views: 758

Re: 2013 Mount Eden Chardonnay Estate

This was my NYE bottle as well! Showed tremendously well -- delicious, complex, and a great foil to various seafood dishes. In a great spot now, with some development still ahead. A joy to drink, and served as a good reminder to pick up another case of the current vintage to start aging now while I ...
by Kevin Sidders
December 27th, 2019, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
Replies: 17
Views: 666

Re: TN: 1991 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

A friend and I did 91 Seavey and 91 Anderson's Conn Valley side by side a few weeks ago. Both drinking in their prime, with the ACV being delicious and complex but the Seavey on a whole other level of depth and power.
by Kevin Sidders
November 29th, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6077

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay 2013
Domaine Tempier Bandol La Migoua 2004
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello 2010

All showed wonderfully!
by Kevin Sidders
November 13th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 58
Views: 2000

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

A brilliantly-argued hommage to a great wine. Well done!
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: 1405

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: 1369

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: 1888

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: 881

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: 2432

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: 50
Views: 3900

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Back to Barcelona -- new recommendations?
Replies: 29
Views: 3889

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Foreign Transaction Fees
Replies: 17
Views: 3634

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2308

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Berlin recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 565

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: 662

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: 3394

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: 1019

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: 1141

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Burgundy restaurants?
Replies: 15
Views: 1327

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Restaurants open for Sunday lunch in Reims?
Replies: 13
Views: 1008

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: 1435

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2308

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Berlin recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 565

Re: Berlin recommendations?

Thanks all -- great stuff and most helpful!
by Kevin Sidders
March 19th, 2019, 12:58 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Berlin recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 565

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: 610

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: 5545

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: 210

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: 956

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: 956

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: 956

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: 1347

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: 956

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: 1218

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Question about Priorat and Barcelona
Replies: 15
Views: 734

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 53
Views: 2640

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: 363

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: 919

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: 5882

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: 2219

2004 Pegau réservée

Dan -- that's great stuff -- thanks for sharing!
by Kevin Sidders
May 17th, 2018, 7:04 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Visiting Champagne
Replies: 18
Views: 1125

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: 510

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: 770

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: 1483

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: 707

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: 707

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: 752

To Kalon Creek~Graeme MacDonald

Indeed -- congratulations!!!

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