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by Efrain Rodriguez
November 29th, 2018, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transporting Wine from NY to Southern Florida
Replies: 18
Views: 765

Re: Transporting Wine from NY to Southern Florida

As a Miami resident, a few thoughts: Shipping window is limited but generally fine to ship from late November through mid-March except for weeks where there is a major heat spell, which is generally rare. Average temperature in December is 76/69, January 73/65, February 74/66 and March 75/69. I hav...
by Efrain Rodriguez
November 29th, 2018, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transporting Wine from NY to Southern Florida
Replies: 18
Views: 765

Re: Transporting Wine from NY to Southern Florida

First, check with your insurer, in case out-of-home-state storage might affect your home insurance coverage of that wine. I just did this same thing (moved wine from NJ to FL). I have a separate wine rider at each location through Chubb and there were NO ISSUES with respect to moving the wine. In f...
by Efrain Rodriguez
November 29th, 2018, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transporting Wine from NY to Southern Florida
Replies: 18
Views: 765

Re: Transporting Wine from NY to Southern Florida

How much wine do you have? Can you build a wine cellar for your place in Florida and forget outside storage. This is a consideration, but make sure you have a back-up generator devoted just to the wine room. I lost a budding collection of fine Bordeaux in my early 30s when Orlando had three hurrica...
by Efrain Rodriguez
November 29th, 2018, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transporting Wine from NY to Southern Florida
Replies: 18
Views: 765

Re: Transporting Wine from NY to Southern Florida

Check out Vine Vault....they are located in Atlanta and Austin but ship refrigerated from all over. I have them ship my wine from Napa/Sonoma and it goes refrigerated door to door...I first heard of them when my Spottswoode shipment was delivered by them. Really a game changer for me. This does see...
by Efrain Rodriguez
October 29th, 2018, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transporting Wine from NY to Southern Florida
Replies: 18
Views: 765

Re: Transporting Wine from NY to Southern Florida

Funny coincidence. I’m moving LA to Miami. I’m keeping most of my cellar in LA so I don’t have to worry about periods of no electricity after hurricanes. The daily drinkers I plan on buying from Wine Watch or B-21. I have scheduled shipping of recent purchases to FL and I’ll be packing some select ...
by Efrain Rodriguez
October 29th, 2018, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transporting Wine from NY to Southern Florida
Replies: 18
Views: 765

Re: Transporting Wine from NY to Southern Florida

Victor Hong wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 11:33 am
First, check with your insurer, in case out-of-home-state storage might affect your home insurance coverage of that wine.
Good point but I'll probably need separate insurance on the wines.
by Efrain Rodriguez
October 29th, 2018, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transporting Wine from NY to Southern Florida
Replies: 18
Views: 765

Transporting Wine from NY to Southern Florida

I am hoping some members that have experience moving wine to the South particularly Florida have some suggestions on how best to enjoy my wine after moving to Southern Florida. I have wine professionally stored in the NY area and am moving to Miami. I'm considering different options to have access t...
by Efrain Rodriguez
July 25th, 2014, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer check: Fine and Rare wines
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Retailer check: Fine and Rare wines

I purchased from them when I was in London a few years ago. Mixed results. I suggest you look around if you can. They source wines and sometimes it takes a long time to arrive and prices are relatively high.
by Efrain Rodriguez
May 3rd, 2014, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin Users: Needles?
Replies: 2
Views: 489

Coravin Users: Needles?

I have been using this incredible device since August and love it. I am cautious with my argon gas usage but would also like to not wait as long for my wine to pour. For those who have tried the Faster Pour needle, how does it compare to the Standard needle. Is the pour definitely faster, any differ...
by Efrain Rodriguez
May 3rd, 2014, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '98 la rioja alta gran reserve
Replies: 7
Views: 204

'98 la rioja alta gran reserve

I've had LRA 904 gran reserva '98 - '00 - '01. The '98 was disappointing however the others were very good with the '01 being consistently very good to excellent. Have had a case of the '01 already.
by Efrain Rodriguez
April 14th, 2014, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Books or blogs on Northern Rhone
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Books or blogs on Northern Rhone

bmckenney wrote:JLL also has his a paywall site that might be worth the tariff. It would have north and south Rhone content.
drinkrhone.com
Highly recommend JLL's subscription service. If you want up to date, informed information on both the North and South this is the authoritative source by far!
by Efrain Rodriguez
April 14th, 2014, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting 'Youngish' Rioja
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Decanting 'Youngish' Rioja

The '01 is drinking well right now with a pop and pour, but I'd suspect it would open up even more with a decant. I'd go three hours myself, but doubt a day-long decant would hurt it. I recently had a '94 Lopez de Herredia Tondonia GR that was shut down tight, but this '01 LRA GR 904 is beautiful n...
by Efrain Rodriguez
April 14th, 2014, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burghound Issue #54
Replies: 6
Views: 1393

Burghound Issue #54

The ratings seem luke warm for 2012 Cote de Beaune. So only 20 - 25% price increases? Got to make up for lower yields and the strong Euro. [stirthepothal.gif] RT Haven't seen as much activity lately here in the States on pricing lately but based on my experience in the em primeur market in London, ...
by Efrain Rodriguez
April 14th, 2014, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting 'Youngish' Rioja
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Decanting 'Youngish' Rioja

Over time I am becoming more of a fan of double-decanting a wine a few hours before pouring. Recently I have popped & poured a couple of La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904s, the 2001 & 2000. However I'd like to hear suggestions on longer straight decants / double decanting. Any suggestion for these two ...
by Efrain Rodriguez
April 10th, 2014, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin Question: Corked
Replies: 14
Views: 817

Coravin Question: Corked

The Coravin system magically removes any visible signs of cork taint by it's remarkable PATENTED system, thus ensuring hours of pleasure-filled glasses at the touch of a switch! Hard to believe, but modern science is just starting to understand the amazing life processes involved in such a REVOLUTI...
by Efrain Rodriguez
April 6th, 2014, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Choosing a Wine Cooler
Replies: 26
Views: 920

Need Help Choosing a Wine Cooler

You won't ruin the wines if they're just sitting in your apartment, so I wouldn't worry about that. Unless they were sitting in direct sunlight baking daily. Other than that, they should be fine. I have offsite and then just a wood rack at home at holds 90 bottles. I haven't had a bad bottle come f...
by Efrain Rodriguez
April 3rd, 2014, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva
Replies: 16
Views: 915

TN: 2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

[vimeo][/vimeo] Consumed one of these last week. Nice nose (cherries, basalmic) but I wouldn't say it was balanced (for my palate) - very much on the acidic side. Did you pop & pour or decant? Try decanting for a few hours, maybe it will taste different to you? I agree it's acidic but seemed more co...
by Efrain Rodriguez
April 3rd, 2014, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto Glasses - Which One?
Replies: 37
Views: 2157

Zalto Glasses - Which One?

I agree the Universal is great but if you're drinking pinot and cab I'd consider the Bordeaux which I love for Burg, CDP, Rioja, etc. If you can, buy a Bordeaux and a Universal.
by Efrain Rodriguez
April 1st, 2014, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pungo--a Coravin alternative
Replies: 140
Views: 11276

Pungo--a Coravin alternative

What's the difference between this and the Coravin? the one i note is this uses regular cartridges where as coravin sells proprietary cartridges. anything else that is significantly different? With the Coravin you can remove the needle and puncture the cork again later. Just saw the video on youtub...
by Efrain Rodriguez
March 27th, 2014, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva
Replies: 16
Views: 915

TN: 2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Consumed one of these last week. Nice nose (cherries, basalmic) but I wouldn't say it was balanced (for my palate) - very much on the acidic side. Did you pop & pour or decant? Try decanting for a few hours, maybe it will taste different to you? I agree it's acidic but seemed more complete with a g...
by Efrain Rodriguez
March 27th, 2014, 4:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva
Replies: 16
Views: 915

TN: 2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

No dill pickle in the '01 LRA 904. Very balanced wine. On my second case. If you haven't tried it you should.
by Efrain Rodriguez
March 15th, 2014, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Zalto Universal: Exposing Slightly Corked Wines?
Replies: 7
Views: 528

The Zalto Universal: Exposing Slightly Corked Wines?

What wines have you had this experience with?
by Efrain Rodriguez
March 9th, 2014, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jancis Robinson
Replies: 33
Views: 1814

Jancis Robinson

I find her articles occasionally interesting, her books more interesting, and her tasting notes maddeningly internally inconsistent, for example calling a wine round and supple and angular all in the same note. I wouldn't use her for buying advice. I've subscribed on and off over the past few years...
by Efrain Rodriguez
February 28th, 2014, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting Asimov article in today's NY Times
Replies: 19
Views: 1406

Interesting Asimov article in today's NY Times

while the joys of Rioja have opened his eyes, like a 2001 Rioja reserva from La Rioja Alta, on the list for $88.
Haven't had the Ardanza Reserva (seems like quite a markup, 3X retail?) but the Gran Reserva is incredible and led me back to Rioja
by Efrain Rodriguez
February 25th, 2014, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin - would you buy again?
Replies: 130
Views: 13784

Coravin - would you buy again?

DAVID GIBBS wrote:For younger wines, it's great.
But for anything over 20 years, it doesn't seem to work that well.
How so, condition of the cork, oxidation, sediment?
by Efrain Rodriguez
February 24th, 2014, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin - would you buy again?
Replies: 130
Views: 13784

Coravin - would you buy again?

Nick Ryan wrote:
Had a few early failures but then learned to cover the top of a Coravin'd wine with a big glob of poster putty to protect any potentially compromised cork against oxygen, and all has been perfect.
Do you then remove the putty every time before you CV? Do you reuse the putty?
by Efrain Rodriguez
February 5th, 2014, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jean-Marc Bouley
Replies: 9
Views: 718

Jean-Marc Bouley

Tom Blach wrote:No longer a secret, I fear, it's almost the most talked about domaine among burgundy fans here
I'm glad I bought cases of '10s. Once the '12s were on offer prices moved up on remaining '10 stock and I believe sold out.
by Efrain Rodriguez
February 3rd, 2014, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Bourgogne Rouge tasting
Replies: 23
Views: 1982

2005 Bourgogne Rouge tasting

Rick Dalia wrote:Efrain, as with anything else, it depends on producer.
Specifically I am considering producers such as Barthod, Cathiard, Lafarge, Chevillon from the 2010 & 2012 vintage.
by Efrain Rodriguez
February 3rd, 2014, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Bourgogne Rouge tasting
Replies: 23
Views: 1982

2005 Bourgogne Rouge tasting

In general, the tasting confirmed all my previous thoughts about the '05 vintage: it's a great wine, but the wines need lots of time. I will probably give it another 5 years before starting to dive into my bottles of Bourgogne. They will live much longer than that Curious how long the '05 Bourgogne...
by Efrain Rodriguez
January 22nd, 2014, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best online retailer to buy 375ml splits?
Replies: 32
Views: 1543

Best online retailer to buy 375ml splits?

Buy a Coravin and don't limit your wine options. The device is exceptional!
by Efrain Rodriguez
January 20th, 2014, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burghound Issue 53: 2012 CDN burgundy
Replies: 96
Views: 6712

Burghound Issue 53: 2012 CDN burgundy

Short-shelf life - you mean it's sold out quick? It will live longer than I will, complete nonsense to put it in a similar category as 2000, 07, 11 etcetera - whilst noting that all of those will happily last 25 years! Nope Ian - 95 has always been characterised by a strong tannin footprint, like 9...
by Efrain Rodriguez
January 17th, 2014, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burghound Issue 53: 2012 CDN burgundy
Replies: 96
Views: 6712

Burghound Issue 53: 2012 CDN burgundy

I'm surprised noone has mentioned Tanzer's review of '12 Burgs that came out last night. His reviews are very favorable and a glance at the big names from the CdB compare very favorably with his reviews of the 2010 vintage. "The 2012s are fuller and much more pliant than the 2010s, which tend to sho...
by Efrain Rodriguez
January 17th, 2014, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finally got to use Zalto
Replies: 33
Views: 1905

Finally got to use Zalto

J. Singleton wrote: Have you compared the white wine glass to the champagne glass for champagne? I am contemplating the latter
Not Champagne yet but having recently purchased the white wine Zalto am using it for 20yr Port rather than the Port/Sauternes glass. The later I love and may suit some Champs.
by Efrain Rodriguez
January 16th, 2014, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finally got to use Zalto
Replies: 33
Views: 1905

Finally got to use Zalto

dcornutt wrote:
If you are on the fence, why not consider the Bordeaux? Given budgeting, this is the only shape I use at home. I use it for a whole range of whites and reds with great results.

Disclaimer: I sell these
+1.
by Efrain Rodriguez
March 6th, 2012, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Faiveley Mercurey La Framboisière
Replies: 11
Views: 451

Re: TN: 2009 Faiveley Mercurey La Framboisière

2009 Faiveley Mercurey La Framboisière - France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Mercurey (3/6/2012) Perhaps the most open knit, user friendly young Faiveley Mercurey I have encountered. There's flesh, creaminess and sweet fruits all coupled with some cola notes from the oak ( a marker that I often see...
by Efrain Rodriguez
March 1st, 2012, 10:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Todd French on Grape Radio ( New Article posted by admin)
Replies: 18
Views: 773

Re: Todd French on Grape Radio ( New Article posted by admin)

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
brigcampbell wrote:Jeez, hosts are painful. At the beginning, they wouldn't get off the "wb is where people argue about wine." these guys argue more.

Todd was great, let him host the show.
I wonder where the other hour or so is...
ditto
+1
by Efrain Rodriguez
March 1st, 2012, 10:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "The writing on the wall" - Bordeaux 2009 Futures
Replies: 302
Views: 12732

Re: "The writing on the wall" - Bordeaux 2009 Futures

Who cares about Parker... Anyone ordering futures over the last year or for the next year or so is taking a risk given that the money basically disappears if the merchant goes away and with the economy flat or growing slowly I can't see prices rising much with the exception of some coveted producer...
by Efrain Rodriguez
March 1st, 2012, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Arnoux-Lachaux?
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Re: Robert Arnoux-Lachaux?

I have just seen some 2010 offering under this name. Is this something different that Robert Arnoux of a few years ago? Thanks. It's basically the same Arnoux...just a name change as per the previous post. I was quite bullish on these wines but given critics ratings and pricing have stayed away fro...
by Efrain Rodriguez
March 1st, 2012, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Bordeaux best since 1982
Replies: 101
Views: 8117

2009 Bordeaux best since 1982

Parker's verdict is out: "In short, 2009 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in Bordeaux since 1982, of which it is a modern-day version, but greatly improved. It is more consistent (many châteaux that were making mediocre wine in 1982 are now making brilliant wine) and of course, the yields are l...
by Efrain Rodriguez
January 18th, 2012, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acquiring Burgundy 2010
Replies: 0
Views: 267

Acquiring Burgundy 2010

At least I'm not alone in being let down by wine merchants from whom I've purchased a fair amount of wine in the past: hitsfan
http://wineyields.com/www/content/default.aspx?cid=752
by Efrain Rodriguez
December 8th, 2011, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Pommard Rugiens tasting
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: TNs: Pommard Rugiens tasting

Thanks for the notes. No decanting beforehand? Seems like these all have a ways to go. Guess the '05 Courcel I have will be ready...in 2025?
by Efrain Rodriguez
December 8th, 2011, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Many Bottles Will You Have at Peak?
Replies: 17
Views: 714

Re: How Many Bottles Will You Have at Peak?

Way to many! Got carried away when I got hooked on the habit. I've been selling some (Bordeaux) but find myself buying from other French & Italian regions. Will definitely have to sell some Burgundy GCs in the future as it becomes difficult rationalizing consuming $200+ bottles on a weekly basis. Fo...
by Efrain Rodriguez
December 8th, 2011, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Well known somms in UK that focus on Burgundy?
Replies: 11
Views: 229

Re: Well known somms in UK that focus on Burgundy?

Not sure you can access Robinson's forum w/t being a subscriber: http://www.jancisrobinson.com/forum/
by Efrain Rodriguez
November 26th, 2011, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Burgundy lovers like Piedmonte?
Replies: 74
Views: 2321

Re: Do Burgundy lovers like Piedmonte?

Okay people, let's get this straight. It's either Piedmont (in English) or Piemonte (in Italian). It is NOT Piedmonte. There is no such place. Tell me, do you ever post about wine? Or just others grammar, sentence structure, and spelling? Clarification noted. Guess that's why I lost out in the grad...
by Efrain Rodriguez
November 26th, 2011, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most Underrated Producer in Burgundy?
Replies: 55
Views: 2350

Re: Most Underrated Producer in Burgundy?

Yes, I'm not sure how to define it myself but certainly the price is factor. But then I should have ask who is the best value I guess. I just noticed that in spite of the great press D'Angerville consistently gets, the wines tend to sell for less and sit on shelves longer than say Mugnier, Rousseau...
by Efrain Rodriguez
November 25th, 2011, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Burgundy lovers like Piedmonte?
Replies: 74
Views: 2321

Re: Do Burgundy lovers like Piedmonte?

As far as Piedmont & Burgundy are concerned, I think if you prefer wines with more 'finesse' like Volnay & Chambolle then you tend to prefer Barolos from the regions of La Mora and Barolo versus wines such as Serralunga.
by Efrain Rodriguez
November 24th, 2011, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Burgundy lovers like Piedmonte?
Replies: 74
Views: 2321

Re: Do Burgundy lovers like Piedmonte?

What timing! I was recently wondering the same thing: "beyond Burgundy what wine regions / wine types should I be adding to the cellar?"

Piedmonte seems to make a lot of sense and was also thinking about the Northern Rhone...but would have thought Cote-Rotie rather than Hermitage.
by Efrain Rodriguez
November 23rd, 2011, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sexiest Wine Alive! Who would it be?
Replies: 8
Views: 666

Re: Sexiest Wine Alive! Who would it be?

Scott Brunson wrote:yum!
+10
by Efrain Rodriguez
November 12th, 2011, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taste changing and collecting
Replies: 22
Views: 952

Re: Taste changing and collecting

[quote="M Hudson"]... So my question is, how can i select wines I like now, with a reasonable certainty of being able to sell them in the future for my cost at least. I would think this would limit me to some of the more well known producers, with a longer track record of producing highly rated wine...

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