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by Troy Stark
September 17th, 2019, 4:51 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Champagne Help!
Replies: 5
Views: 1117

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 Forum
Topic: Tasting Fees in Champagne?
Replies: 17
Views: 1247

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: 1600
Views: 89124

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
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5372

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
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5372

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
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5372

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: 63
Views: 4639

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

Thread drift in progress? [help.gif]
by Troy Stark
September 5th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5372

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: 2048

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: 2048

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: 2048

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: 33
Views: 1175

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: 33
Views: 1175

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: 33
Views: 1175

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: 33
Views: 1175

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: 1441
Views: 169502

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: 1441
Views: 169502

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...
by Troy Stark
August 26th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5372

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I see the hangers on sale, but which CA ribeye is on sale?

Edit: NVM found it
by Troy Stark
August 22nd, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 63
Views: 4639

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

No experience with them, but I trust Scott's taste in Champs since it aligns closely with mine. Not sure if that's the case for you.
by Troy Stark
August 19th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazon.com breaking CA Liquor Laws?
Replies: 5
Views: 941

Amazon.com breaking CA Liquor Laws?

Curious if you all saw the following posted on wine-searcher; https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/08/amazon-above-the-law-in-california444 Wondering if there will be any repercussions? I doubt it. Have never ordered any form of booze from Amazon, but we are Prime members and otherwise do spend a cr...
by Troy Stark
August 16th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 63
Views: 4639

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

Was severely tempted on the Jamet mags...
by Troy Stark
August 15th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?
Replies: 52
Views: 3450

Re: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?

Then you are in a lose-lose situation: it cost you both to hold (in a bank, which is a kind of lending, so you would be "earning," i.e. paying a negative rate) and to spend money. The solution is to stuff cash in your mattress. Which is why negative interest rates won't work or stick around. It wou...
by Troy Stark
August 15th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 108
Views: 5202

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 8:35 am
This thread is from Nov 2018, and the OP hasn't posted on WB since Nov 2018.

I think he gave up! [truce.gif]
Oh FFS. Whoops. LOL
by Troy Stark
August 15th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 108
Views: 5202

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

ykwon wrote:
November 8th, 2018, 8:08 pm
Go to Costco and pick up some of the Kirkland stuff.
This is good advice based on OP's stated preference.

Other people have suggested Chile, Argentina, Australia, and Spain. Also good advice.
by Troy Stark
August 15th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 108
Views: 5202

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

So, what are some big cabs from California to check out? Below $50...and I don’t have a friend with a helicopter... I'd check out Smith Madrone. Very well balanced, well made Spring Mountain estate cab that ages well. Their riesling isn't too shabby either and also ages very well. Smith Madrone is ...
by Troy Stark
August 8th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1022
Views: 56304

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Whenever I see '08 Veuve at that price, I want it. Then I tell myself it's Veuve and to put that money towards '08 Dom/Cristal. Then I mildly regret not buying '08 Veuve. Repeat cycle. There are a lot of Veuve haters. I suspect because the NV is so ubiquitous. I don't understand those people. Also,...
by Troy Stark
August 7th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1600
Views: 89124

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

EHeffner wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 7:08 am
How long do you plan on aging them? The wine was just disgorged March 2019 so I’d figure it would be fine until March 2021 at the very least.
We have tons of Champagne in our cellar as it's one of our favorite things to drink, so it's difficult to say how long they could be sitting!
by Troy Stark
August 7th, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1600
Views: 89124

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Went long on the NV Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Shaman 15 Extra Brut. I already had some of the rose, but somehow not this. If the '13 is so good, I can't imagine the '15 though. I've read a lot of praise for this producer, but have never tasted the wines. I was tempted, but moving to no sulfur for...
by Troy Stark
July 30th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1441
Views: 169502

Re: Official Costco Thread

Ed Gonzales wrote:
July 30th, 2019, 3:59 pm
our costco is the d league compared to yours up north.
Tell me about it. The one in Tampa is TERRIBLE.
by Troy Stark
July 27th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 63
Views: 4639

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

Definitely a long wait
by Troy Stark
July 27th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 63
Views: 4639

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

Offer #2 Pierre Boisson 2014 Meursault $79.99
by Troy Stark
July 26th, 2019, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 63
Views: 4639

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

YLee wrote:
July 25th, 2019, 6:09 pm
More ways for me to go broke. Ha!
Exactly!
by Troy Stark
July 25th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 63
Views: 4639

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

I don't think I got a confirmation email when I signed up.
by Troy Stark
July 25th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 63
Views: 4639

Lopawines.com Thread

Not sure if any of you Envoyer fans ever dealt with Scott Kulek over there, but he has started his own wine retail/import project that appears to be running on the same business model Greg uses. The website is: https://lopawine.com/password Full website is supposed to be up shortly, but for now it's...
by Troy Stark
July 22nd, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5372

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Yeah, I hear you. I think we've had 30 day aged stuff and enjoyed it. I went for the 75 day aged because the description of the rib section from which it was cut made it sound like it wouldn't "taste aged" due to the full bone and fat being left intact. We'll see!
by Troy Stark
July 22nd, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5372

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Not sure we've ever had beef aged this long and really hoping we like it, but we decided to get 2x the 50 day 16oz ribeyes and 1x the 75 day 12 oz ribeye. Also decided to try one of their standard "Midwestern" 16oz ribeyes. Needless to say, we like ribeyes!
by Troy Stark
July 15th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1022
Views: 56304

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

2015 Comte Lafon Volnay 1er “Clos des Chenes” seems like a good deal, relatively speaking?
by Troy Stark
July 12th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone flown La Compagnie yet(recently)?
Replies: 5
Views: 1075

Re: Anyone flown La Compagnie yet(recently)?

We flew the old planes back in March before the new planes rolled out and it was worth every penny even then. With the new planes it's a no-brainer. I have a referral code if you're interested (gets both of us extra points toward a free flight). We plan to fly this airline every time we go to Europe...
by Troy Stark
July 12th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Champagne Help!
Replies: 5
Views: 1117

Re: Champagne Help!

EO doesn't accept visits for the most part. Apparently for even their import agents it's a challenge. They also don't speak English and rumor is it might not be that "fun" even if you can get in. We did about the same trip back in March. I think three days is good, but you'll be a little rushed. So...
by Troy Stark
July 12th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 3041

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

Might be the carbonation + sugar + alcohol combination causing the headache? I'm pretty sure the CO2 acts in some fashion to increase the effect of alcohol on the brain.
by Troy Stark
July 10th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 3041

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

The French view such things a little differently. Not saying it's right.
by Troy Stark
July 10th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 3041

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

It's an old colloquiallism from a different time.
by Troy Stark
July 10th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 3041

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

As they say in Champagne, non-dosee is like a woman without makeup.
by Troy Stark
July 3rd, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1600
Views: 89124

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I gave in and again (3rd time) asked to be put on ALL lists even though all I want is ALL champagne. I have the right boxes checked but the only offer I can be assured of is 06 Comte’s. I have been reassured several times that we have received the last offers of 06 Comtes. And again! Last, last, la...
by Troy Stark
July 2nd, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar recommendation - EuroCave FranceCave (Wine Enthusiast) vs EuroCave Artevino III (Costco)
Replies: 14
Views: 2080

Re: Cellar recommendation - EuroCave FranceCave (Wine Enthusiast) vs EuroCave Artevino III (Costco)

I am now about 5 months post purchase of 2x Artevino III and they are amazing. Really love the units. Temperature and humidity are constant. Noise from the compressors is acceptable (they are in my office and I am on the phone all day - never notice them).
by Troy Stark
June 22nd, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1600
Views: 89124

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I grabbed one. I've never had the 1522 but I love Clos des Goisses and from the description it seems like I'd like it.
by Troy Stark
June 22nd, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1022
Views: 56304

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Neal.Mollen wrote:
June 22nd, 2019, 7:00 am
Ended up with 2 bottles!
[berserker.gif]
by Troy Stark
June 20th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1022
Views: 56304

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I sent my request within 5 mins of getting the email and already got a rejection, so if you haven't, you might be OK
by Troy Stark
June 20th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1022
Views: 56304

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

OK, who do I need to murder to get a bottle of the 1978 Château La Louvière?!

[pillow-fight.gif]
by Troy Stark
June 17th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9295

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Hearsay!

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