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by Mike Evans
September 23rd, 2020, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 164
Views: 16135

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

Whatever it is, I just hope its fans don’t feel compelled to write the name in all caps. You mean like they do it on the label? 78AEB4A5-3120-4D99-A469-D3602C9028E1.jpeg Or on the website? 89225B20-62AA-497D-A352-5DD4A19134BC.png Asking for a friend. I think one can support the producer without par...
by Mike Evans
September 17th, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 59
Views: 1956

Re: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?

Here are some notes on 1997 Rhônes from the past several years, some of which should be inexpensive if you can find well-stored examples: 1997 Saint Cosme Côte-Rôtie Montsalier - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (5/3/2020) A little simple but drinking well, it needs some air for the fruit t...
by Mike Evans
September 17th, 2020, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RieslingKenner - Deep Dive into Scharzhofberger
Replies: 12
Views: 604

Re: RieslingKenner - Deep Dive into Scharzhofberger

really a lovely idea As I said, you've inspired me to do something like this in Atlanta. Riesling brings people together Love to hear that Rob, thanks. We are simply trying to be a model for an additional way of thinking about tastings and outings by giving back and providing access when possible. ...
by Mike Evans
September 14th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 82
Views: 3843

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

I'm also a newbie when it comes to D&R. If not for berserkers, I would have no idea. They seem to be in the vein of Carlisle and Bedrock. Is that right? If I was going to hunt down some of their wines to see what they are about, what should I look for? Here are some notes from a tasting we did last...
by Mike Evans
September 11th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Books on N. Rhone?
Replies: 13
Views: 661

Re: Books on N. Rhone?

I have the Third Edition of Livingstone-Learmonth’s The Wines of the Rhône published in 1992:
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by Mike Evans
September 10th, 2020, 8:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Corked food
Replies: 13
Views: 367

Re: Corked food

Precut cantaloupe is right up there with baby carrots in my experience.
by Mike Evans
September 3rd, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Had a wine moment tonight that I’ll never forget
Replies: 20
Views: 1859

Re: Had a wine moment tonight that I’ll never forget

Late one night after too many bottles had been opened, a friend ran out of clean wine stems so he grabbed a Riedel martini glass for a pour from a young Bordeaux. He was standing in a narrow hallway with white walls and carpet when he gave the wine a vigorous swirl.
by Mike Evans
September 3rd, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Alain Voge
Replies: 1
Views: 395

Re: RIP Alain Voge

Back when I started going to the Marche aux Vins in the late 1990s, he was always one of my favorite producers to visit with and I loved his wines as well. I’m going to drink a 1995 Vieilles Fontaines in his memory this weekend.
by Mike Evans
September 3rd, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine storage at a generic self-storage facility?
Replies: 19
Views: 914

Re: Wine storage at a generic self-storage facility?

I’ve stored wine in lockers in the separate wine storage sections of two different self-storage facilities and haven’t had any issues with temperature control.
by Mike Evans
September 3rd, 2020, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 256
Views: 23290

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Could it be worth sending samples by overnight delivery to Australia for testing?
by Mike Evans
September 2nd, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help - I need some great tomato recipes
Replies: 42
Views: 973

Re: Help - I need some great tomato recipes

I haven’t tried this, but it checks the tomato and low carb boxes and looks like a great use for Nola’s fantastic Ventresca: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/202 ... salad.html.
by Mike Evans
August 31st, 2020, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Domaine Guillemot-Michel Viré-Clessé Quintaine
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: 2017 Domaine Guillemot-Michel Viré-Clessé Quintaine

Here’s one data point on how they age: 1996 Domaine Guillemot-Michel Mâcon-Villages Quintaine - France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Mâcon-Villages (5/29/2016) Terrific aged white Burgundy, if only my 1996 Ramonets and Sauzets aged this well, showing lemon, a little vanilla, a little nuttiness, with great s...
by Mike Evans
August 29th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 3989

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

A fun party trick, especially with non-geeks, is to throw a champagne cork in the microwave and watch it return to its original cylindrical shape.
by Mike Evans
August 23rd, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 517
Views: 24786

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

For another data point, I have the offer on my Amex Gold Delta Skymiles card.
by Mike Evans
August 21st, 2020, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14451
Views: 709353

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

It has been an Oregon run with Goodfellow’s Durant and Eola-Amity Hills Terroir offers, a sizable assortment of Vincent, and a few Patricia Green Ridgecrest Vineyard PNs.
by Mike Evans
August 15th, 2020, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 265
Views: 10242

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

I was pretty sure I knew the restaurant and browsing the list quickly confirmed my suspicion. I had to stop looking at the list for health reasons when I saw 2018 Prum GH Kabinett for $120.
by Mike Evans
August 15th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine has the most prominent forest notes?
Replies: 16
Views: 713

Re: What wine has the most prominent forest notes?

Marshall Manning wrote:
August 14th, 2020, 1:01 pm
I often get a really piney note from Loire Valley Pineau d'Aunis wines...so try a few of those.
For me, the defining characteristics of Pineau d’Aunis are celery seed and white pepper. I’ll have to look for pineyness in the next one I open.
by Mike Evans
August 14th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14451
Views: 709353

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1959 Huet Le Haut Lieu Moelleux
by Mike Evans
August 8th, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 526
Views: 33370

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Personally, I wouldn’t bother with a reverse sear if you’re searing in a skillet; if you’re browning al four sides it will cook through. Toss some butter in and you’re good to go. I cooked a Flannery 16 oz NY strip in an old cast iron skillet last night but instead of butter or oil, I just rendered...
by Mike Evans
August 6th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What to do with the ribs from prime rib?
Replies: 26
Views: 1100

Re: What to do with the ribs from prime rib?

I was fortunate growing up that I was the only person in the family who wanted to gnaw the bones when my mom made prime rib. I frequently duplicate that experience by roasting beef ribs from the local supermarket, which I just did on Tuesday. When roasting beef ribs, I remove the membrane and separa...
by Mike Evans
July 30th, 2020, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1567
Views: 150937

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Dave, I’ve been getting a ton of wine offers on my Delta Skymiles Gold card (Wine Access, Vinfolio, First Bottle Wines, and several other retailers and wineries).
by Mike Evans
July 28th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Special Release
Replies: 12
Views: 776

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Special Release

Ordered and added it to CT.
by Mike Evans
July 26th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14451
Views: 709353

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I bought broadly with 2019 Prüm: 2019 Bernkasteller Badstube Kabinett x3 2019 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett x4 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett x4 2019 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese x3 2019 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese x3 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese x4 2019 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese 375ml x2...
by Mike Evans
July 21st, 2020, 6:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 28
Views: 1239

Re: Keto diet tips

I’ve found that my biggest key to success on a low carb diet is to include plenty of vegetables, both for fiber and variety. A quick and easy base for a meal is a bagged salad mix to which I add bagged broccoli slaw to soup up the nutritional value. It has some carrots in it but not enough that I re...
by Mike Evans
July 20th, 2020, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 117
Views: 5626

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

.... I also haven’t seen many offered at retail in comparison to Baudry and the few I’ve seen have been at prices that further quenched my enthusiasm, both of which can be laid at least partially at Kermit’s feet. It may be more specific to my market, but my experience is that when a producer moves...
by Mike Evans
July 18th, 2020, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any love for Tony Coturri?
Replies: 13
Views: 594

Re: Any love for Tony Coturri?

Some of his early 1990s Chauvet Vineyard Zins were fantastic, others (even from the same vintage and store) were putrid swill, and there was no way to know which a given bottle would be. The charitable spin would be that he was ahead of his time, but I think it would be more accurate to say that it ...
by Mike Evans
July 18th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 6177

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

Rayas is the world’s finest, while Saxum and SQN are among the world’s most flammable.
by Mike Evans
July 17th, 2020, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2628

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Hobo, Briceland, and Dashe all make terrific Zins at lower alcohol rates. Broc is also worth looking for.
by Mike Evans
July 17th, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?
Replies: 164
Views: 5105

Re: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?

There's also been talk now and again, on this board and elsewhere, about putting together a complete Lagier-Meredith syrah vertical at a time and place when Steve and Carole could participate. I'm still hoping that comes together, as I can contribute and would enjoy it, but obviously we need to wai...
by Mike Evans
July 17th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 581
Views: 48025

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

2014 Wilde Farm Wines Pinot Noir Donnelly Creek Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (7/16/2020) Dark cherry with accents of mint and dried tangerine peel, the fruit comes off as a little candied but it is offset by nice tartness. Not terribly complex or long, but surprisingly c...
by Mike Evans
July 17th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?
Replies: 164
Views: 5105

Re: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?

“Complete” vertical, to me, means every vintage ever made, “consecutive” vertical means every vintage within a certain range, with none missing, and vertical just means multiple vintages of the same wine. As contrasted with “horizontal,” meaning multiple wines from the same vintage. Would anyone ev...
by Mike Evans
July 16th, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WILLIAM KELLEY!
Replies: 231
Views: 10188

Re: WILLIAM KELLEY!

I love William's contributions here. They are almost enough to convince me to rejoin. Almost. I just don't buy enough current-release wine to make it worthwhile. If I were younger . . . . William’s contributions here and my appreciation for Luis’s work were enough to convince me to pay for a subscr...
by Mike Evans
July 16th, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WILLIAM KELLEY!
Replies: 231
Views: 10188

Re: WILLIAM KELLEY!

roybehr wrote:
July 16th, 2020, 2:48 pm
I agree. The other WA reviewers are not much different than a random cellartracker review.
I strongly disagree with including Luis in that assessment.
by Mike Evans
July 16th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?
Replies: 164
Views: 5105

Re: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?

I have 13 consecutive vintages of Rhys Alpine Pinot, 12 vintages (not quite fully consecutive) of EMH Black Cat Cabernet, and 10 nonconsecutive vintages of Lagier Meredith Syrah. I also have complete or close to complete verticals of Rhys’s other wines.
by Mike Evans
July 15th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos Rougeard Moving Forward
Replies: 72
Views: 3936

Re: Clos Rougeard Moving Forward

A bit off topic, but has anybody had the Rougeard Coteaux du Saumur? This is up there with the Chave Vin de Paille, in terms of wines I've only heard of, but have never seen, nor do I know anyone who has. I haven’t had the Coteaux du Saumur but I did have the 1999 rosé a couple of years ago which w...
by Mike Evans
July 14th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1497
Views: 99512

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Laherte is one of my favorite producers. The wines are excellent, offer great value, and I have great respect for Aurelian after having a chance to visit with him at a local store about five years ago. Selfishly, though, I’d rather he stay a bit under the radar so his wines remain the great value th...
by Mike Evans
July 12th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 6259

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

Most of the major regions of California in 2012. Hardy Wallace also mentioned Northern California in 2012 and when two people in the trade have the same view it gets my attention. Can you go into more detail into the nature of your disappointment? I’m curious, as I’ve been very impressed with a num...
by Mike Evans
July 12th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In praise of leftovers
Replies: 17
Views: 1088

Re: In praise of leftovers

A great Key lime pie is even better the next day, though in my family of four we generally only got that when my mom made two pies. A great Key lime pie means that it is made correctly with juice from fresh Key limes, a pastry crust, and topped with meringue, not the graham cracker crust monstrosit...
by Mike Evans
July 11th, 2020, 6:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In praise of leftovers
Replies: 17
Views: 1088

Re: In praise of leftovers

A great Key lime pie is even better the next day, though in my family of four we generally only got that when my mom made two pies. A great Key lime pie means that it is made correctly with juice from fresh Key limes, a pastry crust, and topped with meringue, not the graham cracker crust monstrosity...
by Mike Evans
July 9th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?
Replies: 66
Views: 3479

Re: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?

I strongly prefer plain salted chips to pretty much any flavored chip, though I have the occasional craving for Lay’s classic BBQ chips. My current favorite is Simply Lay’s, a thicker chip with good potato flavor. I agree with those who have noted that Lay’s Kettle are surprisingly good for a mass p...
by Mike Evans
July 9th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cuvée Gamay (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)
Replies: 6
Views: 308

Re: TN: 2014 Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cuvée Gamay (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)

Thanks for the note. A friend and I have been planning a CRB night soon and your notes will help me decide on my contributions.
by Mike Evans
July 9th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 50
Views: 2906

Re: Buyer Beware 1990 Musar on Winebid.com (Broadbent Selections on front label)

What are some good older vintages of Musar I should look out for? Not really old but these are some of my favorites from the period I was buying: 1989, 1991*, 1993, 1995**, 1997, 1999*, 2000 * extra special ** of the bottles I've opened 4 were very good though not up to 1991 or 1999, the most recen...
by Mike Evans
July 7th, 2020, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unicorn Wine: D&R Legends...Where to find?
Replies: 21
Views: 3158

Re: Unicorn Wine: D&R Legends...Where to find?

Any other notes on this? Here's my mini-note from tonight. Warning - I am indeed a D&R freak and there might be just a tinge of effusive enthusiasm here: Gorgeous nose, up there with the best D&R's in my memory - elegant floral tarragon juicy red framboise. Man, just so balanced and deep and intere...
by Mike Evans
June 30th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The History of Wine Forums and Social Networking
Replies: 230
Views: 8877

Re: The History of Wine Forums and Social Networking

The AOL community is where Allen Meadows became BurgHound. he was just a guy back then and of course everyone on AOL used fake names like that! I remember 2 guys that really dominated the AOl forum - a guy who called himself Chambolle and another guy named Eno. And a guy from the NW that just went ...
by Mike Evans
June 27th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 49
Views: 2209

Re: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?

Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon, an off-dry, relatively low alcohol rosé blend of Gamay and Poulsard that is pure liquid joy.
by Mike Evans
June 27th, 2020, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cuvée Pif (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)
Replies: 8
Views: 359

Re: TN: 2013 Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cuvée Pif (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)

Keith Levenberg wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 6:56 pm
I need more friends who drink that much CRB
We all do.
by Mike Evans
June 27th, 2020, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boxes that smell corked
Replies: 26
Views: 1367

Re: Boxes that smell corked

As one more data point, as a child we drove past a paper mill near Rome, GA at least 15 to 20 times a year on the way to my grandmother’s house and the reek was definitely of sulfur and its mercaptan derivatives.
by Mike Evans
June 24th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4417

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

From a combination of getting into wine when I was just 22 back in 1993 and, more important, being fortunate enough to have been able to drink with many extraordinarily generous people, there are very few wines that have been mentioned that I haven’t been able to try. The only three wines I can thin...
by Mike Evans
June 24th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions
Replies: 58
Views: 3614

Re: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions

Robert thinks he's too old to buy young Bordeaux. I’m a decade older and either braver or crazier. My 2019 buys: Clinet Conseillante Carmes Haut Brion Haut Bailly Haut Brion Lynch Bages Montrose Palmer Pichon Baron Pichon Comtesse Pontet Canet Talbot And to serve to the ripe fruit junkies: Tour St....
by Mike Evans
June 22nd, 2020, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Caves Duplessis Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
Replies: 22
Views: 847

Re: TN: 2014 Caves Duplessis Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

I don’t have much experience with recent vintages, but my bottles of 1995 MdT and Clos that Dan imported have aged brilliantly.

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