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by Mike Evans
September 13th, 2019, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?
Replies: 39
Views: 1790

Re: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?

The trick with aging Beaujolais is not to drink it young. :) Even among the AFWE for lack of a better term, including many friends, they don’t let their Beaujolais age. Or don’t want to. Should we create a poll? Who has aged Beaujolais more than 20 years after vintage? My oldest are just getting th...
by Mike Evans
September 10th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you eat grapes?
Replies: 49
Views: 1724

Re: Do you eat grapes?

Just picked up a basket of scuppernong grapes to snack on. It is an indigenous variety to eastern NC and is in the muscadine family. Large, very thick skinned and juicy with each grape have one or two large seeds. I look forward to the brief season each year. Interesting bit of trivia. The scuppern...
by Mike Evans
September 4th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Muscadine from Napa Valley?!?
Replies: 9
Views: 493

Re: Muscadine from Napa Valley?!?

The highest and best uses for V. rotundifolia grapes are eating out of hand (both red and white varieties are delicious when ripe and spitting the seed is fun) and making jelly (primarily the red varieties as scuppernong jelly tends to lack the complexity of a good muscadine jelly). I’m not as parti...
by Mike Evans
August 31st, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3236

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I ate my lifetime's allotment of chicken sandwiches at Wendy's in the 70s and 80s [wow.gif] Pretty sure that Wendy's did not introduce chicken sandwiches until 1990. Their website seems to confirm this. 1990 is when they introduced a grilled chicken sandwich. They already had fried and spicy chicke...
by Mike Evans
August 31st, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?
Replies: 73
Views: 1687

Re: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?

bob poirier wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 11:15 am
Howard Cooper wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 4:01 am
I track cost (including shipping and taxes) because it gives me basis numbers for wines I donate to charity auctions and for the rare times I sell any wine.
+1
I also enter my wines at their cost basis for exactly the same reason.
by Mike Evans
August 31st, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 14 small growers tete du cuvee event featuring Vilmart, Pierre Peters, Goutorbe, Marie Courtin, J. Lassalle, Paul Bara++
Replies: 34
Views: 911

Re: 14 small growers tete du cuvee event featuring Vilmart, Pierre Peters, Goutorbe, Marie Courtin, J. Lassalle, Paul Ba

Allegeance is the Rose, which I have found to be hard to find but I do have a bottle. Eff is from the bottom of the slope, while Resonance is top of slope. Presence is Chard/Pinot Blanc (had a bottle a few weeks ago, it was again excellent). I'm one oponion, but I have a couple dozen TNs on these w...
by Mike Evans
August 29th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect
Replies: 29
Views: 2956

Re: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect

In most states the distributors essentially own the legislators and effectively write the laws for their own benefit.
by Mike Evans
August 29th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese
Replies: 21
Views: 594

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese

While everything was good, the 2001 Prum and the fish and tofu in pickled pepper sauce were definitely the stars of the evening.
by Mike Evans
August 28th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?
Replies: 36
Views: 2173

Re: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?

YLee wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 5:54 am
When thinking about the best chablis producer, is there 1 that really stands above the rest?
Raveneau and Dauvissat have generally been viewed as the top two producers which is reflected in their pricing.
by Mike Evans
August 27th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers
Replies: 46
Views: 1860

Re: Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers

What about Gigondas? While I did get some Pape--my two favorite producers might be Domaine du Cayron Gigondas and Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas. Yes to Saint Damien. I find Cayron too variable, though I was a fan in the 90s. After that, the ones I drink regularly are Gour de Chaule, Raspail d'Ay, D...
by Mike Evans
August 27th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two friends sharing three bottles of wine - Part 4
Replies: 17
Views: 1375

Re: TN: Two friends sharing three bottles of wine - Part 4

Just three bottles among two people? Do you think you can actually appreciate the quality of the wines without several other bottles at the same time for comparison and to keep your palate from getting burned out from just drinking the same few wines? Mike, We only drank less than half of the 07 CD...
by Mike Evans
August 26th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two friends sharing three bottles of wine - Part 4
Replies: 17
Views: 1375

Re: TN: Two friends sharing three bottles of wine - Part 4

Just three bottles among two people? Do you think you can actually appreciate the quality of the wines without several other bottles at the same time for comparison and to keep your palate from getting burned out from just drinking the same few wines?
by Mike Evans
August 24th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dauvissat, Marionnet, Pavelot, Chave
Replies: 2
Views: 441

Re: TN: Dauvissat, Marionnet, Pavelot, Chave

I had the 2011 Provignage last Friday and it was both interesting and enjoyable. On the nose and finish it was a dead ringer for Budwine (a now-defunct Georgia cherry soda that predated but was very similar to Cheerwine). It would have been fun to try blind in black glasses, as I probably wouldn’t h...
by Mike Evans
August 23rd, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??
Replies: 71
Views: 2180

Re: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??

It’s actually Pineau d’Aunis.
by Mike Evans
August 21st, 2019, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 161
Views: 7743

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

I posted this on August 7 in a different thread: I’ll throw out a Repour data point from tonight. I had about half a bottle left of a 1994 Mondavi Reserve CS from a tasting on July 20 so I stuck a Repour in it and threw it in the fridge. I poured it tonight with a Flannery ribeye and it hadn’t faded...
by Mike Evans
August 20th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon (France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon)
Replies: 24
Views: 631

Re: TN: 2017 Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon (France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon)

“Pure joy in a bottle!” It’s funny we have been drinking these for a long time now, and I have no idea if it ages more than a couple years. My recollection is: it did not used to get a vintage designation officially; and vintage wasn’t anywhere on the old label. So you would have had to keep track ...
by Mike Evans
August 19th, 2019, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon (France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon)
Replies: 24
Views: 631

Re: TN: 2017 Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon (France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon)

“Pure joy in a bottle!” It’s funny we have been drinking these for a long time now, and I have no idea if it ages more than a couple years. My recollection is: it did not used to get a vintage designation officially; and vintage wasn’t anywhere on the old label. So you would have had to keep track ...
by Mike Evans
August 17th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10734
Views: 387060

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Lots of Loires last night:

by Mike Evans
August 8th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2417

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

There is no protective layer. Gases don’t behave like liquids and form layers, which is good because 1% of air is argon. What about CO2? You read about it forming a blanket over fermentation tanks, and occasionally someone is asphyxiated when they fall in a tank. And I saw bees dropping dead over a...
by Mike Evans
August 8th, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2417

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

We have tested using Coravin and Repour in our tasting room. I was high on both initially but both have limitations for commercial use. We still sell Repours and I think they are good for home use if you don’t finish a bottle. We now use the Coravin for library wines only, while at home I use my Co...
by Mike Evans
August 7th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2417

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

I’ll throw out a Repour data point from tonight. I had about half a bottle left of a 1994 Mondavi Reserve CS from a tasting on July 20 so I stuck a Repour in it and threw it in the fridge. I poured it tonight with a Flannery ribeye and it hadn’t faded at all. If anything, the wine showed better ton...
by Mike Evans
August 7th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2417

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

Peter Petersen wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 2:20 pm
My suggestion above was to use a small airtight ziplock bag for the Repour when it is not in the bottle. Or maybe a very small volume bottle. This should keep it longer. Will test next week.
I haven’t tried it yet, but I think putting tape over the end (not unlike the original seal) may work.
by Mike Evans
August 6th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2417

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

I’ll throw out a Repour data point from tonight. I had about half a bottle left of a 1994 Mondavi Reserve CS from a tasting on July 20 so I stuck a Repour in it and threw it in the fridge. I poured it tonight with a Flannery ribeye and it hadn’t faded at all. If anything, the wine showed better toni...
by Mike Evans
August 6th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1968
Views: 165768

Re: Steak Porn

I cooked this one in the oven at about 250 until it hit 115, then seared it on the grill. I have a habit of slightly overcooking Flannerys but this one was pretty much dead on for my taste for this cut.

by Mike Evans
August 3rd, 2019, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 68
Views: 3591

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

Thanks for the positive vibes! We are fired up for this one. Last night, John Lockwood of Enfield Wine and I tasted through all the wines but the Carignane (left it at the warehouse, ugh). We were helping each other w/ both of our Fall release tasting notes. It is nuts how special '18 is. One note:...
by Mike Evans
August 1st, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11661
Views: 556277

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A few 2006 Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas.

I seem to be trying to catch up on 25 years of not buying Champagne in a single year.
by Mike Evans
July 31st, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tues Night Impressions: Dom, Veuve LGD, Trimbach 375, Dauvissat x2, Claire Naudin x2, Muller Catoir
Replies: 7
Views: 433

Re: Tues Night Impressions: Dom, Veuve LGD, Trimbach 375, Dauvissat x2, Claire Naudin x2, Muller Catoir

Thanks for the notes, I didn’t even try to memorialize my impressions of the wines so I’m glad you did. Everything showed well but I was particularly happy with how the Grande Dame showed and it definitely benefited from some air. Just a terrific evening all around!
by Mike Evans
July 27th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting Atlanta Retailers
Replies: 16
Views: 964

Re: Interesting Atlanta Retailers

While there are decent specialty retailers all over town, including those listed above, the deepest inventory in most of the categories discussed on this board is located about 15 minutes north of town at The Wine Store (fka Hinton's). To the OP's question, The Wine Store has an extensive selection...
by Mike Evans
July 25th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit
Replies: 52
Views: 1965

Re: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit

Knowing the cost and retail pricing and availability of the wines on a list is frequently a curse. As a result, I almost always bring my own both to avoid the absurd markups and to drink what I want to drink, which are mostly older wines and interesting wines that aren’t going to be on the list. The...
by Mike Evans
July 25th, 2019, 4:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 5943

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Putting aside jug and box wine and wines that had turned into chemical soup, there is only one answer that screams out: 1999 Martinelli Reserve RRV Pinot. Served blind at MoCool 2002. Absolutely vile. I think Maureen can back me up on this one. I thought it was the Blue Slide, but my memory is hazy...
by Mike Evans
July 24th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11661
Views: 556277

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

My self-control has been faltering recently, as I just bit on 2008 Bollinger Grande Année and 2014 Marie Courtin Efflorescence.
by Mike Evans
July 24th, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 5943

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Putting aside jug and box wine and wines that had turned into chemical soup, there is only one answer that screams out: 1999 Martinelli Reserve RRV Pinot. Served blind at MoCool 2002. Absolutely vile. I think Maureen can back me up on this one. I thought it was the Blue Slide, but my memory is hazy...
by Mike Evans
July 24th, 2019, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 139
Views: 9618

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

Laurent Gibet wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 2:55 am
1997 M-G Abtsberg Spatlese

What do you mean ?
I’m pretty certain he is referring to 1997 Von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Spätlese.
by Mike Evans
July 15th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Disappointing Huet
Replies: 53
Views: 2394

Re: Disappointing Huet

A recent 1957 Clos de Bourg Demi-Sec was incredibly fresh and much lighter in color than a 1997 Champalou Moelleuse opened with it. Tasted blind, I don’t know if I would have gotten within 40 years of the vintage on the Huet.
by Mike Evans
July 14th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone using Weinboxes?
Replies: 154
Views: 10033

Re: Anyone using Weinboxes?

How high can these be stacked safely? I see that Carlos has them 8 high, but would anyone who has them have any concerns about 9 or 10 high stacks?
by Mike Evans
July 10th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11661
Views: 556277

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Ok, I succumbed. A couple bottles of the 08 Bollinger GA. That is 27 bottles of champagne I have bought since the beginning of 2017. That might exceed the number of bottles of it I bought in the first 30+ years of cellaring wine. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only latecomer to Champagne, though...
by Mike Evans
July 10th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11661
Views: 556277

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2008 Cristal x 4 (I need to work on my impulse control)
by Mike Evans
July 9th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7069

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

IIRC, Parker lied by stating before the tasting that he would not include Beaux Freres, Callahan took him at his word and guessed something else, then Parker sycophants mocked Callahan for what really amounted to trusting Parker to be honest. I’m somewhat biased, as I was a huge Parker fan when I j...
by Mike Evans
July 9th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7069

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Found it! I have no idea whose page this is: http://www.wine-people.com/paradise_at_the_milton_wine.htm It also links to Mark Squires' account: http://marksquires.com/novdec96.htm#nov1 It's mostly like what I said above but even trickier. Coche-Dury and Leroy white burgundies mixed not just with Ma...
by Mike Evans
July 9th, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11661
Views: 556277

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Ok, I succumbed. A couple bottles of the 08 Bollinger GA. That is 27 bottles of champagne I have bought since the beginning of 2017. That might exceed the number of bottles of it I bought in the first 30+ years of cellaring wine. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only latecomer to Champagne, though...
by Mike Evans
July 9th, 2019, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7069

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Yes, Marcu$, but that’s the point. The modern, ripe, fruity, oaky Bordeaux are Napa-esque, having more in common with a big, extracted Cabernet than a classic Bordeaux if you look at the individual elements on paper. Yet still very different from Napa in the mouth. This thread, the old favorite Vin...
by Mike Evans
July 5th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 29
Views: 1540

Re: New Orleans Hotels

I haven’t been there in over a decade, but I always enjoyed the Hotel Monteleone.
by Mike Evans
June 28th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Caves Duplessis Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre
Replies: 10
Views: 782

Re: TN: 2015 Caves Duplessis Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

My 1995s have aged very well, though I drank my last Montée de Tonnerre in 2015 and I’m down to my last bottle of Les Clos.
by Mike Evans
June 28th, 2019, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo (Update)
Replies: 57
Views: 5568

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo (Update)

Gus, Thanks for the Gerard pics. Looks like a fun visit. I imagine those wines as being classic/traditional style. What was your take? How was his Condrieu? East Cobb is close to where I grew up - Alpharetta. As a kid in the late 70's and 80's it was a tiny little town. Crazy to see it today. I liv...
by Mike Evans
June 26th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9285

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I suspect that it will be harder for wholesalers and retailers to build coalitions supporting anti-shipping measures now that Wayfair has significantly undercut the lost tax revenue argument.
by Mike Evans
June 26th, 2019, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6317

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Charlie Carnes wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Kevin, have you experimented with a rosé? I am always bothering Beau at Random Wine to make some more. Maybe you will beat him to the punch.
I’d be very happy if you could talk Beau into making another sparkling rosé, as his sparkling Gamay is outstanding.
by Mike Evans
June 25th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Beaujolais from this list?
Replies: 21
Views: 999

Re: What Beaujolais from this list?

IlkkaL wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 12:56 am
The 2015 Beaujolais from Metras is a beauty and punches way above its designation.
I agree with this 100%.
by Mike Evans
June 21st, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11661
Views: 556277

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Today has been brutal on my cellar reduction plan:

Mixed case of Goodfellow whites
2007 Taittinger Comte Rosé
1990 Billecart Cuvée Nic
1990 Perrier Jouet Fleur
1990 Pommery Cuvée Louise
1990 Pape Clement
1995 Trotanoy
2000 Lynch Bages
1966 Batailley
1964 Pichon Lalande
1966 Vieux Château Certan
by Mike Evans
June 20th, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Un très beau repas (Dom Pérignon 1970, Ca d'Morissio 2003, Dow's 1985, ...)
Replies: 19
Views: 1322

Re: Un très beau repas (Dom Pérignon 1970, Ca d'Morissio 2003, Dow's 1985, ...)

Thanks for the notes. Which 1971 Huet Clos de Bourg did you have?
by Mike Evans
June 20th, 2019, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 85 Rayas.... WOW
Replies: 19
Views: 1580

Re: 85 Rayas.... WOW

The 1985 Fonsalettes are pretty spectacular as well and a recent Cuvée Syrah showed lots of remaining life.

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