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by Troy Stark
November 18th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burg-o-philes; Tell me about Pierre Bourée Fils
Replies: 13
Views: 887

Re: Burg-o-philes; Tell me about Pierre Bourée Fils

Finished the bottle, after 3 days in the fridge. May have been even better.
by Troy Stark
November 18th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .
Replies: 63
Views: 4022

Re: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .

My wife is WSET level 3 and sells wine for a living, so she gets to pull whatever the hell she wants. :D #blessed
by Troy Stark
November 16th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burg-o-philes; Tell me about Pierre Bourée Fils
Replies: 13
Views: 887

Re: Burg-o-philes; Tell me about Pierre Bourée Fils

Thanks for the feedback, everyone.

As a further update on the 2015 Bourgogne, it really opened up and transformed into quite a nice bottle, especially given the price (was maybe $25 shipped?).

Have a couple bottles of their 2010 Corton. Am tempted to open one now to see how it is.
by Troy Stark
November 15th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burg-o-philes; Tell me about Pierre Bourée Fils
Replies: 13
Views: 887

Burg-o-philes; Tell me about Pierre Bourée Fils

Popped a bottle of 2015 Pierre Bourée Fils Bourgogne Rouge. First bottle ever from this producer. Nice and light style, good acidity. Doesn't wow, but certainly passable. The very, very faintest hint of bandaid on the nose suggests Brett could be an issue in the future. So, tell me about this produc...
by Troy Stark
November 15th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article
Replies: 31
Views: 989

Re: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article

Regarding somms, my understanding is that their compensation at least at places selling expensive wines is salary plus commission on the bottle price. I don’t think they participate in the tip pool the same as servers. I’m not sure you can break out part of the tip as specifically for the somm unle...
by Troy Stark
November 15th, 2019, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article
Replies: 31
Views: 989

Re: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article

So pay tip on the corkage? Or the value of the bottle? If we bring our own bottle and pay corkage, we do a sort of "hybrid" tip. We wouldn't ever tip anything LESS than 20% of the corkage, but may tip MORE if the corkage is really low. Basically, our thinking is, how expensive of a bottle would we ...
by Troy Stark
November 12th, 2019, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 101
Views: 4398

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

blarmston wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Noticed that there was no mention of Billecart.
...
Whats the general reputation on them? Do they possess a decent QPR? Also, any word on them releasing a 2008 vintage?
Not out yet, but based on my visit to the domaine in March, they will be spectacular.
by Troy Stark
November 12th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 101
Views: 4398

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

Andrew M wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Troy Stark wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Whatever you do, don't buy the Paul Bara or Gimmonet '08 Special Clubs. Total garbage.
Sarcasm?
I plead the 5th.

;)
by Troy Stark
November 11th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 101
Views: 4398

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

Whatever you do, don't buy the Paul Bara or Gimmonet '08 Special Clubs. Total garbage.
by Troy Stark
November 11th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 101
Views: 4398

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

B. Buzzini wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Going long on Salon.
If you had any other avatar, I would be convinced this is a joke. Ha!
by Troy Stark
November 11th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1585
Views: 189262

Re: Official Costco Thread

Neal.Mollen wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 12:03 pm
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Bam! I challenge anyone in the green zone to come up with a Costco that has a decent wine selection.
by Troy Stark
November 11th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1585
Views: 189262

Re: Official Costco Thread

JonathanG wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 5:23 pm
maybe they have a crappy wine manager.
I have often suspected this might be the issue.

Or it could be a crappy regional manager. I wouldn't be surprised if DC, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, etc. are all in the same Costco region and we just have a really crappy wine buyer... [swearing.gif]
by Troy Stark
November 8th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1585
Views: 189262

Re: Official Costco Thread

Looking to find a Costco in Florida that has a good wine selection. I shop at 3 different Costcos near Orlando and never see any of the wines mentioned in this thread. The store at Millenia has a little better selection, but for the most part we get Kirkland wines and what I would call grocery stor...
by Troy Stark
November 7th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Refrigerators
Replies: 84
Views: 21507

Re: Wine Refrigerators

Those of you that have built-in, under-the-counter wine coolers, which manufacturer/model did you choose and how is it in terms of performance, energy usage, noise and reliability? Thanks! We love our Avallon single zone under-cabinet. You can fit burgundy bottles if they aren't ridiculously huge a...
by Troy Stark
October 25th, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 119
Views: 6665

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

As far as aging, given your budget and buying quantity, you don't immediately want to start collecting a small number and trying to hold onto them for many years, especially not knowing how well you like the wines aged and with how much age. +1 on this. I made the mistake of buying "collectible" wi...
by Troy Stark
October 22nd, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne...thought blanc...got rouge.
Replies: 22
Views: 1345

Re: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne...thought blanc...got rouge.

Another producer whose CM rouge is worth seeking out; Domaine Bernard Moreau. They make a monopole Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru rouge (La Cardeuse) that is GC quality.
by Troy Stark
October 22nd, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne...thought blanc...got rouge.
Replies: 22
Views: 1345

Re: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne...thought blanc...got rouge.

Red Chassagne is underrated! Niellon, Lamy and Moreau, among others, are producing very fine examples. And apparently now it is actually selling, which was not the case a decade ago. The Ramonet reds can age very well indeed, 1971 1er crus are drinking beautifully, and I have some older vintages th...
by Troy Stark
October 18th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 34
Views: 1588

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

Anyone have experience with Ozeki Osakaya Chobei Daiginjo? I have some on order from Envoyer and it sounded right up my ally, but am curious if the Envoyer description is accurate. Here's what they said; ...[T]his is the breweries most representative and classic sake. Carrying over the traditional t...
by Troy Stark
October 18th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 113
Views: 5125

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

2008 Glos des Goisses.

Yes, infanticide, but that baby was SUBLIME.
by Troy Stark
October 16th, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3775

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Is there a limit on how many times you can do a debtor's exam/post-judgment discovery in CA?
by Troy Stark
October 15th, 2019, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 60
Views: 2771

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

Currently, I have a cellar in my house, but I'm planning to transition to new house and rely on offsite storage for the bulk of my wine. The offsite storage is convenient to the new house (10-15 minute drive), but I will want to keep a selection of bottles at home. For people whose primary storage ...
by Troy Stark
October 12th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Friday Night at Bern’s
Replies: 13
Views: 976

Re: TNs: Friday Night at Bern’s

If you're looking to expand your wine circle in Tampa, we're fairly new in town and looking to do the same. Sounds like a great evening!
by Troy Stark
October 12th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3775

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Used to represent banks trying to collect judgement against deadbeat businesses. Post-judgment financial discovery was always fun. This was in MN so not sure if CA is different, but we'd do all sorts of things like get their insurance policies canceled by sending garnishments on unearned premiums ri...
by Troy Stark
October 11th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart
Replies: 30
Views: 1333

Re: TN: NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart

Also purchased from the 9/18 Envoyer offering. Only bought one to try it, but we really enjoyed it. We drank it with dinner one night, so maybe only in the glass for about an hour. Here's our note: Presented way younger than expected, given the age of the base wines. This was a very enjoyable bottle...
by Troy Stark
October 10th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1119
Views: 61951

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Andrew M wrote:
October 10th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Any idea what that lifetime spend number is?
No, and honestly it's just a theory. I'm sure if you called them and asked they would tell you. I don't get the idea that they're trying to hide anything. It's actually in their best interests to tell you, if you think about it.
by Troy Stark
October 10th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1119
Views: 61951

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Didn't get this offer. I suppose my moratorium has resulted in me being consigned to the less exalted list Neal, they go by total lifetime spend for their VIP list as far as I know. It's not a rolling total or anything like that, which would be very tough for them to track. I mysteriously got dropp...
by Troy Stark
October 8th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1643
Views: 93949

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Who put in for the 08 Salon?

Not me!
by Troy Stark
October 7th, 2019, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1119
Views: 61951

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

John J wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 10:01 am
The latest Raveneau offing just gave me a nosebleed lol


So I didn't get that one. Emailed Greg to see if something weird was going on. Turns out I mysteriously got dropped from the list. My wife said she had nothing to do with it, but I am not convinced! [rofl.gif]
by Troy Stark
October 5th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1119
Views: 61951

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Is it just me or have the offers been slowing down lately?
by Troy Stark
October 1st, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3038

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

Great notes, thank you
by Troy Stark
September 25th, 2019, 5:03 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tasting Fees in Champagne?
Replies: 22
Views: 1508

Re: Tasting Fees in Champagne?

K. Tr@n wrote:
September 24th, 2019, 9:50 pm
Which champagne house is free for the public?
Most RMs won't charge.

Anecdotal evidence seems to be that NMs won't charge if arranged via trade connections, but may if you reach out on your own.
by Troy Stark
September 23rd, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Bring a special bottle: Peking Duckhouse Mid NYC:: Oct 21st All Full !!
Replies: 62
Views: 3212

Re: Grand Cru Burgs: Peking Duckhouse Midtown NYC:: October 9th

Bummer! I will be visiting NYC on the night of 10/2 for work.
by Troy Stark
September 23rd, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 6143

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

I skipped Nikolaihof since I picked up some of the 18 Schafer-Frohlich GG Felseneck.
by Troy Stark
September 17th, 2019, 4:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Champagne Help!
Replies: 5
Views: 1874

Re: Champagne Help!

Giraud is in Ay, so definitely consider Goutorbe. To avoid backtracking you'll want to go Bara > Billecart > Ay > Chiquet. Dipping into the CdB is doable, but a pretty significant detour. Probably not feasible to go any further than Cramant or Cuis. Gimmonet is a great place to visit. Ultimately, yo...
by Troy Stark
September 15th, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tasting Fees in Champagne?
Replies: 22
Views: 1508

Re: Tasting Fees in Champagne?

We just emailed a bunch of producers in the villages we wanted to visit. If there is a fee, they will respond as such in their first email reply. If there is no mention of a tasting fee, there will not be one. We were able to fill our schedule with producers that did not charge a fee and ended up ha...
by Troy Stark
September 7th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1643
Views: 93949

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Gimmonet SC is on my "always buy" list. Have always been fans, but visited the domain in March and were treated like royalty, so we might be biased.
by Troy Stark
September 6th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 151
Views: 8555

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Brian Tuite wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 2:41 pm
The Holsteins are Cows not Steers. Better beef.
Edit; are you saying Flannery sources cow meat instead of steer meat? That would be unusual.
by Troy Stark
September 6th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 151
Views: 8555

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Thanks for the bio lesson! I believe that the Holstein they use are the male cattle that typically get used for veal production. I'll double check when I see Katie later. I was just giving you a hard time because even though Holstein is typically thought of as a dairy breed, the male cattle don't p...
by Troy Stark
September 5th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 151
Views: 8555

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Elliot Steele wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 2:42 pm
As far as I know the California Reserve is Holstein (dairy) cattle and the Midwestern is Angus.
Thanks!

(Steers don't produce milk, though, just for the record. Ha!)
by Troy Stark
September 5th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 6143

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

Thread drift in progress? [help.gif]
by Troy Stark
September 5th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 151
Views: 8555

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Quick report on the 75 day aged and 50 day aged, which we tried a couple of weeks ago. The 75 day was interesting - very exotic in flavor. It definitely had a "blue cheese" smell before it was cooked, which I guess is expected since the same mold does the work of dry aging as what causes veining in ...
by Troy Stark
September 4th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers
Replies: 44
Views: 2116

Re: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers

Hal Blumberg wrote:
September 4th, 2019, 10:21 am
Thanks Troy! I'l try some Avinyo cava. Any specific recommendation?

Cheers,

Hal
I'd try one of the Pinot-based based offerings (the Blanc de Noir or Rose) and one of their more traditional offerings (probably the Brut Reserva).
by Troy Stark
September 3rd, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers
Replies: 44
Views: 2116

Re: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers

I forgot about Avinyo, enjoyed the Reserve Brut 2015 as well recently. Two of their wines are actually made from high elevation Pinot Noir grown on calcareous clay/loam. They're the kind of winery most around here should appreciate; family owned, 100% estate fruit, organic viticulture, long lees ag...
by Troy Stark
September 3rd, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers
Replies: 44
Views: 2116

Re: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers

Hal Blumberg wrote:
August 17th, 2019, 10:03 am
My favorite cavas are from Pere Mata.
Agreed, great stuff. Avinyo is also on our short list.
by Troy Stark
August 30th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 34
Views: 1588

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

I am not sure if that's accurate. I think "Tokubetsu" is actually an unregulated term for sake production, but I could definitely be wrong on this.
by Troy Stark
August 30th, 2019, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 34
Views: 1588

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

Can we also discuss the use of *tokubetsu.* To me, this is like seeing "reserve" on a bottle of domestic wine; meaningless. Thoughts?
by Troy Stark
August 29th, 2019, 3:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 34
Views: 1588

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

dcornutt wrote:
August 29th, 2019, 2:18 am
One question, my understanding of the word junmai is that it stands for using native yeast in fermentation instead of introducing the yeast. Is this true?
I think junmai simply meams it's 100% rice sake i.e. not fortified.
by Troy Stark
August 28th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 34
Views: 1588

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. I'm going to have to learn more

Peter Hirsch wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 4:57 pm
BTW, anyone in Kyoto who wants to learn about sake, I 100% recommend Bar Yoramu (www.sakebar-yoramu.com/ ). Tiny place with a passionate owner.
Thanks for this. We're planning a trip to Japan and are sake enthusiasts!
by Troy Stark
August 28th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1585
Views: 189262

Re: Official Costco Thread

Depends on the distributor they bought it from, although Costco can purchase large volumes in bulk, alcohol is the exception. It goes state to state... ...most, if not all, of their deals are negotiated based on Costco's self-defined regions... We currently sell to Costco and while what you say is ...
by Troy Stark
August 28th, 2019, 2:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1585
Views: 189262

Re: Official Costco Thread

Depends on the distributor they bought it from, although Costco can purchase large volumes in bulk, alcohol is the exception. It goes state to state... True that it goes state by state, but my wife used to sell to Costco and most, if not all, of their deals are negotiated based on Costco's self-def...

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