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by Mike Evans
November 27th, 2020, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle number 1?
Replies: 15
Views: 1036

Re: Bottle number 1?

I opened a 2001 Comte de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru at a restaurant where the sommelier was a friend. Toward the end of the night, there was a good sized pour left so I told him to take the rest of the bottle to share with one of his colleagues. A short while later, he brought the bottle back, ...
by Mike Evans
November 26th, 2020, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 155
Views: 4922

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

Here are a few: 2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (11/27/2020) Just approaching the beginning of maturity, with tremendous depth and complexity of fruit and a touch of fresh blackberry cane vegetality, it was initially a little tart on t...
by Mike Evans
November 25th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 7050

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

What’s the strategy with guests coming over who don’t appreciate/know anything about wine. Do you give them the house red/white and keep a special bottle in the kitchen?? Our do you just ball out and everyone gets the good wine as it’s a holiday? I open good but not rare wine that I know my relativ...
by Mike Evans
November 25th, 2020, 6:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Forgive me WB...for I have sinned. I'm mailing it in for Thanksgiving
Replies: 40
Views: 1027

Re: Forgive me WB...for I have sinned. I'm mailing it in for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been a wonderful extended family affair, but this year I’m just joining my brother and his family. I am keeping some of the family spirit by providing dressing and gravy for my cousin and her family as well and yesterday was step one: making cornbread for my cornbread and Ch...
by Mike Evans
November 25th, 2020, 6:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1739
Views: 93726

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Nothing better then Joe’s! 888BB5D5-A23E-445E-8CA0-278D6C4CEBD0.jpeg I order stone crabs from Family owned local fish market. Absolutely the freshest and best! Then I went to Joe’s take out for all the sides and sweets. Joe’s second to none cole slaw Joe’s creamed spinach with garlic Joe’s skinny s...
by Mike Evans
November 25th, 2020, 6:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Forgive me WB...for I have sinned. I'm mailing it in for Thanksgiving
Replies: 40
Views: 1027

Re: Forgive me WB...for I have sinned. I'm mailing it in for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been a wonderful extended family affair, but this year I’m just joining my brother and his family. I am keeping some of the family spirit by providing dressing and gravy for my cousin and her family as well and yesterday was step one: making cornbread for my cornbread and Cha...
by Mike Evans
November 24th, 2020, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on Grape Variety Caste System
Replies: 61
Views: 2808

Re: NYTimes: Asimov on Grape Variety Caste System

I’d be quite happy to never see the asinine term “noble grapes” again.
by Mike Evans
November 21st, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Division Winemaking Company Pinot Noir Deux Eola Springs Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: TN: 2016 Division Winemaking Company Pinot Noir Deux Eola Springs Vineyard

I had the 2018 Tulips Pinot Noir/Chardonnay blend a few weeks ago and enjoyed it, though I never would have guessed the region or varieties. Blind, I would have been pretty certain that it was a funky Gamay-based Loire.
by Mike Evans
November 21st, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting Series Compendium 2020 - WB Charity ***README***
Replies: 16
Views: 1017

Re: Virtual Tasting Series Compendium 2020 - WB Charity ***README***

David B has week 3 for Dakine animal shelter. Details to follow. p.s. It's Dakin. https://www.dakinhumane.org/home-make-a-gift-2020.html The week will once again be a celebration of Oregon Wines. $5 per note. $10 per note for wines from Berserker winemakers (e.g. Marcus G., Vincent, Jim A.). My com...
by Mike Evans
November 17th, 2020, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 7050

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

I’ll just be joining my brother and his family. They’ve been getting much more interested in wine over the past year and are big fans of Rhys, so I’m bringing a 2007 Rhys Skyline Vineyard Pinot Noir and a Champagne to be determined.
by Mike Evans
November 17th, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Thomas Rivers Brown wine?
Replies: 58
Views: 3411

Re: Your favorite Thomas Rivers Brown wine?

Riverain is the only one I have much experience so that’s what I’d go with.
by Mike Evans
November 17th, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred (White) Burgundy or Chardonnay glass?
Replies: 11
Views: 692

Re: Preferred (White) Burgundy or Chardonnay glass?

I prefer my Gabriel Glas Golds for pretty much everything, though I have Grassl Cru, 1855, and Mineralité that I sometimes use for red Burgundy, Bordeaux varieties, and Champagne and leaner whites, respectively.
by Mike Evans
November 16th, 2020, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred daily use corkscrew?
Replies: 83
Views: 2659

Re: Preferred daily use corkscrew?

I’ve been more pleased with my Franmara Boomerang than with any of the two step models I’ve used, including the original Pulltap (before their patent expired and the market flooded with knockoffs) and the Coutale. It works well enough with older corks that I find I’m using my Durand a lot less. I’m ...
by Mike Evans
November 7th, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Confession. Not allowing time to open.
Replies: 45
Views: 2625

Re: My Confession. Not allowing time to open.

Most of the red wines I open are 10 years from the vintage or older and almost all of them are double decanted because I refuse to stick someone with a glass of sediment. I can’t recall a bottle that wasn’t much better when I’ve poured it anywhere from one to five hours later than it was when I firs...
by Mike Evans
November 7th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre at 7 years; still got the funk & audacity!
Replies: 15
Views: 742

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre at 7 years; still got the funk & audacity!

I opened a 2015 Familiar this week and had no problem pulling the cork with a Pulltap.

2015 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre FAMILIAR - USA, California (11/5/2020)
Crisp brambly fruit and nice acidity, it is still amply gluggable and went well with a veal chop Parmesan. (90 pts.)
by Mike Evans
November 4th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14906
Views: 744674

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Some Krug MV 168eme because the Zachys deal was too good to pass up.
by Mike Evans
October 27th, 2020, 10:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)
Replies: 70
Views: 3103

Re: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)

Sounds like a plan! Just to reminisce a little. The last time Maureen and I had 3 1999 red Burgs side by side was the first time we met live: 2002 MoCool. Bonnes Mares from Roumier, Groffier, and I think Girardin. That was before the 99s all shut down hard. That was also a crazy evening with an ins...
by Mike Evans
October 27th, 2020, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)
Replies: 70
Views: 3103

Re: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)

I could add in my even less fancy 99 Drouhin Sounds like a plan! Just to reminisce a little. The last time Maureen and I had 3 1999 red Burgs side by side was the first time we met live: 2002 MoCool. Bonnes Mares from Roumier, Groffier, and I think Girardin. That was before the 99s all shut down ha...
by Mike Evans
October 26th, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)
Replies: 70
Views: 3103

Re: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)

Three out of the four bottles I’ve had of 1990 Rayas were corked. None were mine, but a friend did four tastings over the course of several years of pretty much all of the top 1989 and 1990 Chateauneufs and the 1990 Rayas was great enough that at one of them a lightly corked bottle got more than a f...
by Mike Evans
October 25th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese and more
Replies: 25
Views: 936

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese and more

Any day with a 2001 Prum is a good day, but when you throw in a Staplehouse chicken liver tart, it is a great day!
by Mike Evans
October 25th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How irrelevant has The Delectable Wine App become?
Replies: 29
Views: 1777

Re: How irrelevant has The Delectable Wine App become?

I like it. Keeps track of what I’ve had and check on others. I’m in the same camp. It’s the easiest way for me to keep up with which wines I’ve had and with what some of my friends are drinking. I use Instagram for this. More people, better interface, no app switching, better post variety (ie not j...
by Mike Evans
October 25th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How irrelevant has The Delectable Wine App become?
Replies: 29
Views: 1777

Re: How irrelevant has The Delectable Wine App become?

alan weinberg wrote:
October 24th, 2020, 4:22 pm
I like it. Keeps track of what I’ve had and check on others.
I’m in the same camp. It’s the easiest way for me to keep up with which wines I’ve had and with what some of my friends are drinking.
by Mike Evans
October 23rd, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1607
Views: 108204

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

A couple of nice recent Champagnes: 1995 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut - France, Champagne (10/21/2020) This 1995 was spectacular, better than a 1996 I had about a year ago. Beautiful hazelnut and brioche with fresh lemon and bright acidity, everything you want in a Champagne with some age. (96 pts.) ...
by Mike Evans
October 23rd, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 164
Views: 5492

Re: Real winenerd wines

To me, the ultimate nerd wine is red Chassagne-Montrachet, particularly from Ramonet or Bernard Moreau. A few others: Chateau Pradeaux Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Mastroberardino Taurasi Cotat Sancere (and, even more so, Cotat Sancere Rose) Albert Mann Riesling Schlossburg Maximin Grunhauser Abtsb...
by Mike Evans
October 22nd, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2427
Views: 205953

Re: Steak Porn

I cooked a Flannery picaña on a friend’s BGE this past weekend and it turned out great. I scored the fat cap and then dry brined the meat in the fridge overnight. For the cook, I seared it fat cap down for about 4 minutes, then flipped it and seared the other side for another four minutes. I then r...
by Mike Evans
October 22nd, 2020, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: BM's famous brisket gathering
Replies: 24
Views: 2116

Re: TN: BM's famous brisket gathering

Brian Pinci wrote:
October 21st, 2020, 3:15 pm
What a wonderful dinner and wines! The ‘89 Cuvée Constance is a favorite of mine too but the last bottle I opened was corked! Glad yours was wonderful
My last 1989 Cuvée Constance was corked as well. TCA taint is alarmingly prevalent in the 1989 Huets.
by Mike Evans
October 22nd, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12542
Views: 488914

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

by Mike Evans
October 21st, 2020, 6:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2427
Views: 205953

Re: Steak Porn

Nice, Andrew. I have one Flannery picanha in the freezer and am waiting for they days when we can host a gathering to have it. I'm intimidated as hell by cooking it, though. A video someone posted here somewhere suggested cutting it into steaks. I cooked a Flannery picaña on a friend’s BGE this pas...
by Mike Evans
October 14th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 252
Views: 35141

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

What do people think: are we getting the exact same Pappy/BTAC lottery from TW this year? I believe I was told last year that I would get my points total doubled for the purposes of lottery tickets this year (on account of not getting anything last year), so I assume they were planning to run it un...
by Mike Evans
October 14th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Fall offer
Replies: 33
Views: 3323

Re: Rhys Fall offer

I haven't gotten an email from Rhys. Is this a staged thing, where different groups get it at different times, or is everyone getting an offer now? Last thing I got from Rhys was the Hillside offer in August. Have you bought recently? If so, check spam folder. Thanks. I guess I got it, but my iPhon...
by Mike Evans
October 14th, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Fall offer
Replies: 33
Views: 3323

Re: Rhys Fall offer

I second (or third, fourth, or fifth) the recommendations of the Horseshoe Syrah if you are a fan of classic Northern Rhône Syrah. The Alpine Chardonnay is also world class. For newcomers to the list, I think it is worth trying a bottle of the Bearwallow Pinot, which being from the deep end of the A...
by Mike Evans
October 11th, 2020, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What? Gamay from The Loire.
Replies: 19
Views: 998

Re: What? Gamay from The Loire.

It’s pretty common and often blended with Côt, Pineau d’Aunis, and/or Cabernet Franc. Most of my Loire Gamay and Gamay blends are bottled as Vin de France, though the grapes mostly originate from Touraine.
by Mike Evans
October 9th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aack! Shipment notices have started
Replies: 56
Views: 2908

Re: Aack! Shipment notices have started

Just 3 days ago I added up all the wine due to be shipped and came up with a depressing number. To make matters worse the first shipment notice which arrived today (from Benchmark) was from an order that I had forgotten about and wasn't on my list. Back in January I had a firm resolve that my only ...
by Mike Evans
October 9th, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aack! Shipment notices have started
Replies: 56
Views: 2908

Re: Aack! Shipment notices have started

Just 3 days ago I added up all the wine due to be shipped and came up with a depressing number. To make matters worse the first shipment notice which arrived today (from Benchmark) was from an order that I had forgotten about and wasn't on my list. Back in January I had a firm resolve that my only ...
by Mike Evans
October 8th, 2020, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5250

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

One reason I tip generously when I bring my own wine is to influence the server’s attitude toward BYO. If a server associates BYO with making substantially less money, that server is more likely to urge that management prohibit the policy. On the other hand, if the server associates BYO with genero...
by Mike Evans
October 7th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5250

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

One reason I tip generously when I bring my own wine is to influence the server’s attitude toward BYO. If a server associates BYO with making substantially less money, that server is more likely to urge that management prohibit the policy. On the other hand, if the server associates BYO with generou...
by Mike Evans
October 2nd, 2020, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre FAMILIAR (USA, California)
Replies: 11
Views: 510

Re: TN: 2013 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre FAMILIAR (USA, California)

Brian I’m new to these wines, and have some from Berserker Aide Day. What’s the thought-process on when to open and enjoy? The Familiars and Especials aren’t intended for aging and Hardy recommends drinking them within the first 12-18 months, though I, like Brian, have had at least decent luck with...
by Mike Evans
October 1st, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SPECIAL OFFER - Virage Vineyards (destruction from Glass fire)
Replies: 70
Views: 3440

Re: SPECIAL OFFER - Virage Vineyards (destruction from Glass fire)

In for a vertical case and I chose not to enter the discount code. Emily can use that 15% more right now than I can.
by Mike Evans
September 30th, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Campo’s Cheesesteak Sandwiches
Replies: 20
Views: 1016

Re: Campo’s Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Here are the heating instructions from Goldbelly FWIW: https://www.goldbelly.com/campos-philly ... tastykakes.
by Mike Evans
September 30th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Virage Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 339

TN: 2007 Virage Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Emily’s tragic loss of her home to the fires inspired me to open this tonight in solidarity: 2007 Virage Vineyards - USA, California, Napa Valley (9/30/2020) Plummy and curranty fruit with a little spice, its modest weight and ripeness make it friendly and approachable but with subtle depth reminisc...
by Mike Evans
September 30th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60666

Re: #GlassFire

Huge and terrible news. I've learned Emily Richer (Virage) has lost her home to the fire. This is so devastating, I can't imagine. I'd like us to put something together like we did for the Stonekings, and I'll reach out to Emily and see how things are for her, what she suggests. Here are the before...
by Mike Evans
September 29th, 2020, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Keller, Shaefer, Mousse, Marguet, Grünhaus, Magdelaine, Sociando.....
Replies: 15
Views: 947

Re: Keller, Shaefer, Mousse, Marguet, Grünhaus, Magdelaine, Sociando.....

Thank you for the great notes Claus. You hit on many of my sweet spots with this tasting. Good to hear the 98 von Schubert is doing well. It was a tricky vintage for some I have found over time, but von Schubert and Muller-Catoir were real magic-makers that year. You are making me want to pull some...
by Mike Evans
September 28th, 2020, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2003 Chateau Pavie?
Replies: 16
Views: 1031

Re: 2003 Chateau Pavie?

I had the 2003 Pavie blind last year and was surprised to find it moderately pleasant, though riper than I prefer. By way of comparison, at different blind tastings the 2005 and 2009 were repellent and undrinkable, presenting a vile combination of overripe fruit and rotting broccoli.
by Mike Evans
September 28th, 2020, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: a vertical/horizontal of Domaine Tempier single-vineyard wines, 2003-1990
Replies: 9
Views: 794

Re: TN: a vertical/horizontal of Domaine Tempier single-vineyard wines, 2003-1990

Thanks for the notes. Back in 2013, I held a tasting with all 5 red cuvées in the 1993 and 1998 vintages that was a lot of fun and that I need to repeat. As the host, I was only able to take cursory notes, but I’ll share the ones on the 1998s here as points of comparison: 1998 Domaine Tempier Bandol...
by Mike Evans
September 26th, 2020, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed
Replies: 101
Views: 6817

Re: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed

Comparing a list from 2017 to today, there have been a lot of changes, though one of the biggest changes don’t show up on the top holdings lists. I’ve gone from buying almost no wines from Oregon or Champagne to those comprising a majority of my purchases. Here is a list from June 2017: Rhys and Ale...
by Mike Evans
September 24th, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling geeks, what glassware do you use?
Replies: 33
Views: 1548

Re: Riesling geeks, what glassware do you use?

GGGs for me.
by Mike Evans
September 23rd, 2020, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 210
Views: 24006

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...

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