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by Troy Stark
January 20th, 2021, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8045
Views: 561570

Re: de Negoce offer

15.8%. Ouch. Ever had a SQN or Saxum or Alban? The number is just a number, my friend . . . Cheers! Hate to disagree, but high ABV is definitely something to consider when buying wines sight unseen. I've had all of the wines you mentioned, and the alcohol sticks out like a sore thumb to me. Not to ...
by Troy Stark
January 19th, 2021, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1829
Views: 119023

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

For those of you who missed it last time, the 375s of Jose Michel Brut Rose are back on offer. This is a STEAL at $17/half. We blew through the first tranche we purchased. Happy to see it offered again for the same price.
by Troy Stark
January 8th, 2021, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 742
Views: 74381

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

21 definitely needs time. Major baby fat and a bit disjointed right now.
by Troy Stark
January 5th, 2021, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PYCM
Replies: 48
Views: 4262

Re: PYCM

Paul (Thierry) Pillot Off topic, but.... William, do you know the exact relationship between Thierry and Jean-Marc? I assume they are cousins of some form, but cannot find the exact relation. Also, how do you think the wines compare, or is that too difficult of a question to answer here? Thanks in ...
by Troy Stark
January 2nd, 2021, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1523
Views: 96461

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Pretty typical to see the offers come through multiple times when he's trying to clear something out.
by Troy Stark
December 21st, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")
Replies: 1393
Views: 66565

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")

William, I couldn't agree more that White Burgs with a longer, less gentle press cycle certainly have more structure and body. I don't really have any quibble with the term "dry extract" when applied to whites. That said, I have also heard this sensory experience in whites referred to as ...
by Troy Stark
December 21st, 2020, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")
Replies: 1393
Views: 66565

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")

William, I couldn't agree more that White Burgs with a longer, less gentle press cycle certainly have more structure and body. I don't really have any quibble with the term "dry extract" when applied to whites. That said, I have also heard this sensory experience in whites referred to as &...
by Troy Stark
December 19th, 2020, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Never has a video encapsulated my wine loves more than this
Replies: 34
Views: 3304

Re: Never has a video encapsulated my wine loves more than this

G. Keeler wrote: December 18th, 2020, 7:27 am The video is spot on except I would replace Jura with Riesling.
Same. Or Chenin!
by Troy Stark
December 17th, 2020, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Never has a video encapsulated my wine loves more than this
Replies: 34
Views: 3304

Re: Never has a video encapsulated my wine loves more than this

OH GOD, dying. Thank you for this.
by Troy Stark
December 17th, 2020, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Chardonnay Recommendations
Replies: 57
Views: 3533

Re: California Chardonnay Recommendations

Jan-Willem van der Hek wrote: December 17th, 2020, 1:35 am Littorai
This is the way.
by Troy Stark
December 17th, 2020, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Refrigerators
Replies: 195
Views: 36367

Re: Wine Refrigerators

I would say check craigslist/FB marketplace/etc if you want a low cost option or go with a couple of inexpensive 50 bottle coolers.
by Troy Stark
December 13th, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walter Scott has raised the bar for how wineries interact with their clients during Covid with their 2019 barrel tasting
Replies: 79
Views: 4541

Re: Walter Scott has raised the bar for how wineries interact with their clients during Covid with their 2019 barrel tas

Robert M yers wrote: December 12th, 2020, 9:24 pm How do they get the wine into those wide mouth bottles without oxygen Being a concern?
The wines had just been blended for bottling and hit with SO2, so they actually were showing a lot of reduction despite the small bottles and corresponding O2 exposure.
by Troy Stark
December 11th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: EAST COAST WINE -are there any good ones, does any one know or recommend any?
Replies: 22
Views: 1305

Re: EAST COAST WINE -are there any good ones, does any one know or recommend any?

Had a bottle of Heart and Hands single vineyard Pinot Noir that blew us away.
by Troy Stark
December 9th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 283
Views: 25152

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

Yes I would love a nice tulip for Belgian-style Ales!
by Troy Stark
December 8th, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8045
Views: 561570

Re: de Negoce offer

I'm reporting Mr. Chapman to the mods. Clearly a troll. He asks for details of people receiving wines, which people then graciously provide, all the while implying (without providing similar proof) that he has ordered wines that have not been delivered. I highly doubt Cameron even has a record of th...
by Troy Stark
December 7th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Balsamic
Replies: 10
Views: 901

Re: Balsamic

Has anybody every tried the annual Rare Wine Co annual offer? I’m always tempted but the price [swoon.gif] As a know nothing in the high end world of aged balsamics does anyone have any rec’s for something a little more wallet friendly? For the really exceptional stuff, what is your favorite way to...
by Troy Stark
December 7th, 2020, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2220
Views: 305176

Re: Official Costco Thread

I wonder what is the criteria for wine selection at different stores... I normally shop at Boca Raton (South Florida). It has a small box with a plastic cover with top wines (nothing impressive). I have never seen Bedrock; rarely find the Kirkland Stag Leaps, etc. Today I checked the Naples, FL sto...
by Troy Stark
December 5th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2220
Views: 305176

Re: Official Costco Thread

Jeff_M. wrote: December 4th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Chris Seiber wrote: November 24th, 2020, 1:01 pm I was at the Tustin (District) Costco last week and they had 2016 Pontet Canet for $150.
That parking lot can be crazy, but I may just need to drop in to see if they have any more there.
by Troy Stark
December 1st, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Refrigerators
Replies: 195
Views: 36367

Re: Wine Refrigerators

My understanding is the newer ones with the individual bottle cradles won't work in the Artevino III. The extras I purchased have fixed wooden slats like the original shelves that came with the unit.
by Troy Stark
November 30th, 2020, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 283
Views: 25152

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

Have used the Universal 3 days in a row. Don't have any other handblown stems to compare, but they blow the old Riedel stems out of the water!
by Troy Stark
November 29th, 2020, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7088

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

Happy to participate! TN: 2015 Leroy Bourgogne Rouge We've had a few bottles of the whites before, but this was our first experience with Madame Bize-Leroy's reds. Unpopular opinion; not impressed. There are much better examples of AOC Red Burgundy and some that are both far better and far cheaper. ...
by Troy Stark
November 27th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Refrigerators
Replies: 195
Views: 36367

Re: Wine Refrigerators

I recently purchased the Wine Enthusiast Classic from Costco. I am concerned with the high humidity level---frequently 85-97%. With this concern, I have on order the Artevino III with plans to have the Classic returned. I am looking for additional shelving for the Artevino III. In the reviews for t...
by Troy Stark
November 21st, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1523
Views: 96461

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Who got the 2018 Ramonet?
by Troy Stark
November 20th, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 283
Views: 25152

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

Right on just wanted to make sure. Thank you!
by Troy Stark
November 20th, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 283
Views: 25152

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

davidkong wrote: November 20th, 2020, 9:22 am Product is in the warehouse. If everything goes smoothly should ship out Tuesday.
Awesome! I have a friend who wants to buy some. I see the 6+2 offer is no longer on the site. Are the current set prices considered the Black Friday specials? Thanks!
by Troy Stark
November 18th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 PYCM
Replies: 11
Views: 1208

Re: TN: 2018 PYCM

Thanks for the notes. Did you get a sense of the phenolics? In my experience PYCM needs a few years for the phenolics to calm down.
by Troy Stark
November 18th, 2020, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Champagne under $40
Replies: 102
Views: 6045

Re: Best Champagne under $40

I've heard a lot of people rave about Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV, even before this thread, but had never tried it... until last night. Boy, what an impressive bottle of wine for $40. Honestly, and I'm not joking here, if you served this to me blind against the Krug Grand Cuvee, I'm not sure I...
by Troy Stark
November 17th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8045
Views: 561570

Re: de Negoce offer

Gonna presume there are some serious alcoholics ordering 50-100 cases. 365 days a year. I was told some purchases are investment only. Money is accepted for purchase of wine. Delivery is “pending” for months until would be customer gives up and may get “deposit” back. The cancelled orders are rolle...
by Troy Stark
November 16th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Champagne under $40
Replies: 102
Views: 6045

Re: Best Champagne under $40

at the JJbuckley private price I grabbed some heidsieck reserve brut for $36. that was a pretty great find if you happen to be on one of their representatives lists. Great call out, picked up a few at that price this morning Speaking of the Charles Heidsieck NV Brut - if the bottle says "Laid ...
by Troy Stark
November 16th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1829
Views: 119023

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

What is this "2008 Pierre Legras Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Millésimé 'Idee de Voyage'" It appears to essentially not exist on CT. Even if I remove the vintage and idee de voyage, I only have a few hits, on some NV wine. Envoyer claims to have sold 75 cases of this stuff. What gi...
by Troy Stark
November 16th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Art of The Deal
Replies: 47
Views: 2595

Re: Art of The Deal

Maybe a bit of a Random Question! What is your secret to getting deals on great wine? Basically, are there any hacks you know of! Looking for new ideas:) - nate Get a part-time job working a few hours/month at a local wine shop that will give you an employee discount. It can really, really drop the...
by Troy Stark
November 16th, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Art of The Deal
Replies: 47
Views: 2595

Re: Art of The Deal

Develop relationships with sources, and remember that relationships go both ways. Treat them well. Be understanding and patient. Be willing to take some lesser bottlings from highly allocated producers in order to get the "gems" - often those lesser items will make you very happy. Listen ...
by Troy Stark
November 16th, 2020, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Champagne under $40
Replies: 102
Views: 6045

Re: Best Champagne under $40

Veuve Fourny Brut Zero can be found under $40. Here's one shop: https://www.saratogawine.com/Veuve-Four ... 750ml.html
by Troy Stark
November 16th, 2020, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 177
Views: 16450

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

2008 Paul Bara Comtesse for $80. O-o
by Troy Stark
November 15th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8045
Views: 561570

Re: de Negoce offer

Not wishing to stoke the embers of a dying argument for the sake of drama, but I feel MatthewT could use a little additional defense. This statement is absurd. Myself, I don't know anything about the wine business personally, but someone from earlier in this thread (page 102) wrote the following: S...
by Troy Stark
November 14th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8045
Views: 561570

Re: de Negoce offer

Claiming he added 2% for verve is a stretch. I seriously doubt that such a small amount of one Napa cab added to another Napa cab would be detectable by anyone. Agree, so that's why I hypothesized it's cause the 98% winery said can't sell it as 100%. Otherwise why add the 2%? He sold out of #78 so ...
by Troy Stark
November 12th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1523
Views: 96461

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

2018 Mongeard Mugneret Richebourg for $400? Seems reasonable??? Anyone have experience with this wine? (Can't believe I just said a $400 wine is reasonable) I have some MM wines but more of my tasting experience with them is somewhat older. Their wines age very well and can become excellent, but un...
by Troy Stark
November 12th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1523
Views: 96461

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

It's our son's birth year as well. Not sure I'll buy a bunch but thinking about a bottle or two!
by Troy Stark
November 12th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1523
Views: 96461

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

2018 Mongeard Mugneret Richebourg for $400? Seems reasonable??? Anyone have experience with this wine?

(Can't believe I just said a $400 wine is reasonable)
by Troy Stark
November 12th, 2020, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8045
Views: 561570

Re: de Negoce offer

Search the TTB label registrations for upcoming releases. It's the only source for that information.
by Troy Stark
November 10th, 2020, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine aging and group think
Replies: 141
Views: 6441

Re: Wine aging and group think

I think this is a "trust your palate" type of problem. If you're buying wine by the case, you should be regularly checking in on those wines, either via Coravin or popping a bottle every X years. When the wine gets to a place that is enjoyable, start drinking it more regularly. Could it ge...
by Troy Stark
November 9th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Sommeliers - See you Non-Civils in civil court!
Replies: 90
Views: 8668

Re: Court of Sommeliers - See you Non-Civils in civil court!

Chris Blum wrote: November 9th, 2020, 6:14 pm So Glenn never said “boys will be boys”? Ok. Glad to hear it. strawman
You completely missed (or ignored) the point and Glenn doesn't need you to defend him.
by Troy Stark
November 9th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Sommeliers - See you Non-Civils in civil court!
Replies: 90
Views: 8668

Re: Court of Sommeliers - See you Non-Civils in civil court!

To be clear here, I'm not suggesting Glenn is trying to intentionally minimize or condone what happened to these women. What I am saying is that, regardless of the speaker's intent , saying "we shouldn't be surprised" that powerful men often abuse their positions of power to exploit women ...
by Troy Stark
November 9th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Sommeliers - See you Non-Civils in civil court!
Replies: 90
Views: 8668

Re: Court of Sommeliers - See you Non-Civils in civil court!

Scott Jameson wrote: November 9th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Troy Stark wrote: November 9th, 2020, 2:05 pm Maybe it takes a couple of generations to really sink in? I hope so...
I certainly hope not, for my granddaughter's sake ...
What I meant is that I hope the explanation is simply that it WILL change but that it takes some time, as opposed to it being a lost cause that will never change.
by Troy Stark
November 9th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Sommeliers - See you Non-Civils in civil court!
Replies: 90
Views: 8668

Re: Court of Sommeliers - See you Non-Civils in civil court!

Does anyone think Glenn was giving these guys a pass? I sure didn’t read it that way. Please save your outrage for a deserving target. Chris, I'm not outraged at Glenn nor do I think he's giving them a pass. That said, saying "boys will be boys" detracts from the conversation. Asking &quo...
by Troy Stark
November 9th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Waygu beef from Costco. Too Much Fat!!!
Replies: 49
Views: 3262

Re: Waygu beef from Costco. Too Much Fat!!!

Most Americans have no idea how to cook or serve Waygu. Think of it more like Sushi (you wouldn't eat an entire slab of raw tuna, would you?) and you'll go a long way toward figuring out how to enjoy it properly.
by Troy Stark
November 9th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 1176
Views: 89574

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

You seem very sure. Have you talked to someone at Wine Access or do you have any actual proof. After looking more closely the blend and alcohol between the two wines is the same and the tasting notes are very similar. Makes me think there is a good chance they are the same wine, although not sure w...

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