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by Jeff Bloom
October 15th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 51
Views: 2141

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

My offsite was originally intended as "overflow" space but at current course and speed, the overflow will soon exceed the home cellar. My offsite was also supposed to be for overflow and to receive shipments and I eventually had to get a second bin. The check on future buying is that my wife has re...
by Jeff Bloom
August 26th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Last minute ideas: Bandol, Cassis, Provence in general
Replies: 7
Views: 812

Re: Last minute ideas: Bandol, Cassis, Provence in general

In the Bandol area, there are a lot of wineries that have easy, walk-in no appointment tasting rooms, and some will do no appointment tours if someone is around to do the tour. Remember that the wineries are not actually in Bandol but mainly clustered around Le Castellet and La Cadiere d'Azur. A few...
by Jeff Bloom
August 8th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 130919

Re: New York City Restaurants

Thank you for the recommendations. Marea looked really good to me. My wife, who has seafood allergies, thought it was a bit too fish and seafood-centric and was not as enamored. We're going to try Maialino instead.
by Jeff Bloom
August 2nd, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 130919

Re: New York City Restaurants

My wife and I will be in New York for a semi-impromptu one night trip in two weeks. Too late to get reservations at the big name places but we're really not looking for a pricey multi-course extravaganza. We're really just looking for a good dinner and a nice night out. Any suggestions, preferably F...
by Jeff Bloom
July 17th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 71
Views: 5207

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

I'm usually good for 2+ cases per offer but have totally run out of storage space. I literally just finished shelving the bottles from the last shipment. I told myself no more than a case this time but ended up with 18 bottles anyway. I'm sure I'm going to regret leaving others on the table in a few...
by Jeff Bloom
July 12th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Extra pay between Business and First
Replies: 17
Views: 1921

Re: Extra pay between Business and First

What price does LH F make sense over LH J? 8-9 hour flight. Either arriving or connecting in FRA if the lounge matters. 748 is the plane.i am currently in J. impossible to quantify as of course some people wouldn't pay $100 and others would glady pay $2k but FCT @ FRA is the shit The factors consid...
by Jeff Bloom
July 9th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Charleston SC Restaurants Any Recommendations ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1636

Re: Charleston SC Restaurants Any Recommendations ?

Thank you all - this has been very helpful. We'll be in Charleston in late August for a family wedding. Saturday night is taken but we've been looking for places for Friday dinner and a few lunches.
by Jeff Bloom
June 27th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Oahu. Good eats and drinks???
Replies: 4
Views: 1335

Re: Oahu. Good eats and drinks???

Another vote for Pig and the Lady and, for more upscale, Senia, a couple of steps away.
by Jeff Bloom
June 24th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dolceaqua: Ancient, Anonymous & Awesome (Long and Incredibly Boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 670

Re: Dolceaqua: Ancient, Anonymous & Awesome (Long and Incredibly Boring)

Aside from very enjoyable wines, Dolceacqua is also a very nice place to visit, the setting for several Monet paintings. An easy drive from the coast close to the France/Italy border, about 15 minutes north of Ventimiglia.
by Jeff Bloom
May 22nd, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Problem with InstitutionWine.com
Replies: 30
Views: 3845

Re: Problem with InstitutionWine.com

YLee wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 4:52 am
Everyone should take 1 min to report them to wine searcher
I did that back in November and got a response that WS would follow up, but I see no evidence of that having happened. Maybe if enough people raise the issue that will change.
by Jeff Bloom
May 21st, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Problem with InstitutionWine.com
Replies: 30
Views: 3845

Re: Problem with InstitutionWine.com

Wow! I wish now that I had read all these comments before buying from them. I am going through the exact same issues as all the others. I ordered wine but it was not delivered. I was promised a refund but never received it and they now ignore my emails. Why are they still listed on Wine-Searcher if...
by Jeff Bloom
May 7th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?
Replies: 25
Views: 1499

Re: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?

My Genesis still going strong after many years. I have replaced the original grills and flavorizer bars but everything else is original. Charcoal is great but being able to heat the grill in 10 minutes is very handy in a busy world. This. Love charcoal but time and clean up make gas essential for m...
by Jeff Bloom
April 26th, 2019, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 49
Views: 2587

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

Does anyone else feel like shipping concerns are overblown? Before I paid attention to this stuff, I would order wine year round. Mostly $20-40 bottles so not a huge loss if something went wrong, but I don’t recall ever having an issue with wine shipped in the summer. No. I've had a number of bottl...
by Jeff Bloom
April 21st, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 469
Views: 37514

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Currently enjoying the 2008 Veleta Tempranillo. Went really well with lamb chops for dinner this evening, enough tannin left to balance the fattiness, but drinking well on its own now having been opened 2.5 hours.
by Jeff Bloom
March 28th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 49
Views: 2587

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

Largely done in DC. Final shipment (Carlisle) supposed to go out tomorrow.
by Jeff Bloom
March 27th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 222
Views: 23064

Re: Washington DC

Doesn't appear anyone has posted on Centrolina yet. $25 a bottle. Very good food in an upscale casual setting.
by Jeff Bloom
March 18th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Problem with InstitutionWine.com
Replies: 30
Views: 3845

Re: Problem with InstitutionWine.com

I'll wait a day and will be contacting my credit card company to dispute the charge if I don't hear back. Don't wait. They repeatedly ignored my emails and phone messages and did nothing until American Express got involved. I then got a refund posted to my account, but still with no response from t...
by Jeff Bloom
March 14th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?
Replies: 68
Views: 4031

Re: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?

I love Sangiovese (I have a cat named Brunello) and I buy a lot of those mentioned already regularly. I would normally say Flaccianello is the epitome of consistent excellence for me, with Rancia probably the next in line. Soldera, as others have said, is in a class by itself but it really doesn't d...
by Jeff Bloom
March 14th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you not buy today?
Replies: 70
Views: 3427

Re: What wine did you not buy today?

This is the first week of my moratorium resulting from an overloaded cellar and acknowledgement of age.

Passed on Once & Future and Myriad Syrah, both very difficult, along with numerous retail offers.
by Jeff Bloom
March 12th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Phoenix BYO
Replies: 19
Views: 2131

Re: Phoenix BYO

I really wanted to like Sapiens. I'm in North Scottsdale once or twice a year and having a BYO place relatively close would be great. The menu looked interesting. All seemed good until I went there. Unfortunately I cannot recommend it and will likely not be back. It's in a strip center that is not v...
by Jeff Bloom
March 1st, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Phoenix BYO
Replies: 19
Views: 2131

Re: Phoenix BYO

Just heard about this place today. Have it on the list to try soon https://sapienskitchen.com/ That looks really interesting. I'll give it a try when in the area next week. Question - why can they do BYO when others can't? Is it only available for restaurants that don't have a liquor license? Is th...
by Jeff Bloom
February 6th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lake Como restaurant recs
Replies: 13
Views: 621

Re: Lake Como restaurant recs

Good recommendations for Varenna, which is a smaller and quieter town. Bellagio is more touristy as are most of the restaurants. One I'd recommend is Cava Turacciolo, a very good enoteca with a lot of interesting wines. It was excellent for lunch. I don't know how it would be for dinner - it's got a...
by Jeff Bloom
February 6th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Iceland on the Cheap?
Replies: 8
Views: 390

Re: Iceland on the Cheap?

You're not going to be able to cover the whole country in day trips from Reykjavik but there will be plenty to do and see along the southern coast that can be done in day trips (I'm going back in June and will be going to the far western and northern parts for the first time). While there are plenty...
by Jeff Bloom
January 28th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Questions about visiting Haut Brion
Replies: 9
Views: 527

Re: Questions about visiting Haut Brion

You'll find a lot of information here about Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone, so I won't add anything on those at this point. There isn't much about Bandol, however, so this might help. You may be aware that the wineries are not in Bandol itself, which is a beach town. Most are gathered around Le Ca...
by Jeff Bloom
January 28th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bedrock & Carlisle SierraMar Syrahs...(long/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Re: TN: Bedrock & Carlisle SierraMar Syrahs...(long/boring)

Thanks for the updates. I have all of these Bedrocks and Carlisles except the 2013 North Coast (had my last bottle last year).

This made me check, though, and it turns out I have a whole bunch of Bedrock and Carlisle Syrah, with more coming. Time to start digging in more often.
by Jeff Bloom
January 27th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Flannery Beef!
Replies: 82
Views: 5783

Re: Flannery Beef!

bryan flannery wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 12:07 pm
but if we all promise not to tell the rest of the internet, I could probably figure out how to do a 'Berserker Only' sale on Porterhouse later this year.... I'll ask Todd if that's possible
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[dance-clap.gif] I'm ready to place my order the minute that happens!
by Jeff Bloom
January 27th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Crawford Family Wines BD10 Offer 40-50% OFF!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1433

Re: Crawford Family Wines BD10 Offer 40-50% OFF!!

Enjoyed my prior Crawford BD purchases. In this year for the Second Street Cuvee and the Albarino.
by Jeff Bloom
January 26th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 9186

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

More than I planned, less than I wanted:

Wilde Farm - mixed case of Pinot, Syrah and Heritage
Halcon - 6 Rhone
Sandler - 6 Pinot
Tercero - 6 "Some Like It Low"
Betwixt - 3 Grenache
Loring - 2016 Mystery 3 pack
Flannery - 4 NY strips (my wife vetoed the verticals)
by Jeff Bloom
January 26th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Halcon BD10 Offers - extended thru Friday 2/1
Replies: 31
Views: 1973

Re: Halcon BD10 Offers

In for the Rhone six as well. Excellent wines I need to drink more often.
by Jeff Bloom
January 26th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!
Replies: 102
Views: 4354

Re: tercero wines BD10 Offers

In for the "Some Like It Low."

People talk about how good Larry's wines are but there's not enough discussion of how reasonably priced he keeps them, even before the discount. Thanks, Larry!
by Jeff Bloom
January 26th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Wilde farm BD 10 - Sold Out!
Replies: 31
Views: 2261

Re: Wilde farm BD 10

Great offer on excellent wines. Thanks.
by Jeff Bloom
January 22nd, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much Wine do we drink a year?
Replies: 42
Views: 1834

Re: How much Wine do we drink a year?

CellarTracker shows about 300 per year average consumed from our cellar. Add another 50 or so purchased at restaurants or while traveling. Since we consume a bottle a night, that would make sense but it doesn't account for the "dry January" we've been doing for over 20 years.
by Jeff Bloom
January 22nd, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Any general advice and tips for first-timer ?
Replies: 45
Views: 3146

Re: Any general advice and tips for first-timer ?

I always try two or three new to me wineries each year. I always blow through my budget, even with preview day planning. This is exactly my pattern, leading to between 10 and 15 purchases a year (even the year I was laying in a hospital bed with a new hip). I've never been disappointed in any of th...
by Jeff Bloom
January 18th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip
Replies: 17
Views: 788

Re: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip

Neither are really kid friendly. Reims has the cathedral for a non-wine oriented activity, but that doesn't seem like something the kids would really be interested in.
by Jeff Bloom
January 18th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Salt Lake City
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Re: Salt Lake City

I'll second the recommendation for Takashi. My team went twice during a one week trip last year and it was excellent both times. Reservations are a must and are tough to get on some nights. We were very unimpressed with the other restaurants we tried. Several people recommended Red Iguana for tacos/...
by Jeff Bloom
January 8th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 7809

Re: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer

I've been on a wine buying hiatus as a concession to age and lack of storage space but this ends it, at least temporarily. I love Rivers-Marie Pinots and just can't pass them up. Is the Summa OV worth the premium? It is definitely a step up but I get so much pleasure from the other SVDs and it excee...
by Jeff Bloom
December 31st, 2018, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?
Replies: 68
Views: 1931

Re: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?

1990 L'Evangile. Likely a Voirin-Jumel Blanc de Blancs as well.
by Jeff Bloom
December 14th, 2018, 5:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Question about Priorat and Barcelona
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Re: Question about Priorat and Barcelona

Darren,

Definitely good recommendations. Those wineries are in Montsant, however. A technical difference to some degree but a difference nonetheless.
by Jeff Bloom
December 12th, 2018, 5:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Question about Priorat and Barcelona
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Re: Question about Priorat and Barcelona

I haven't plotted the wineries out on a map yet. Haven't gotten that far as I've been working offline on the La Rioja section of our trip. I was just hoping or assuming there might be at least a couple near Falset, mostly so that we could easily hit up Celler l'Aspic at lunch during our full day. T...
by Jeff Bloom
December 12th, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Question about Priorat and Barcelona
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Re: Question about Priorat and Barcelona

Joe, Your schedule looks realistic (and leaves you time for retail shops and small wineries that have walk in tasting rooms if you want additional tasting) but I'm not sure what "wineries closer to Falset" you have in mind. Most of the places you probably want to visit are in or near Gratallops (lik...
by Jeff Bloom
December 7th, 2018, 7:00 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Question about Priorat and Barcelona
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Re: Question about Priorat and Barcelona

I don't have Darren's knowledge because I've only been in the area for day trips but I think he's right that three visits in one day is ambitious unless all three are in/right around Gratallops, and even then it really doesn't allow for how visits are conducted in the area. If you're driving anywher...
by Jeff Bloom
December 3rd, 2018, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?
Replies: 42
Views: 1996

Re: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?

Definitely depends on the producer. I recently participated in a Biondi-Santi Riserva vertical tasting back to 1983 and the '83 was singing, while a 2004 was still way too young. Your Il Poggione and Costanti have a long way to go (I have some of each and don't intend to touch them for 7 years or so...
by Jeff Bloom
November 29th, 2018, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT
Replies: 13
Views: 539

Re: TN: 1999 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT

I love Flaccianello. It's a wonderful wine every year. It's not really comparable to most of the big name SuperTuscans, though, even though it uses the IGT designation. It's all Sangiovese from vineyards in Panzano. Ornellaia and Sassicaia are Bordeaux blends from Bolgheri. Tignanello has a decent p...
by Jeff Bloom
November 26th, 2018, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Problem with InstitutionWine.com
Replies: 30
Views: 3845

Re: Problem with InstitutionWine.com

Thanks Clint, that's useful information. Unfortunately the receipt doesn't say pre-arrival but the only recent email acknowledges they couldn't get the wine (implying pre-arrival), so it's worth a shot.
by Jeff Bloom
November 26th, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Problem with InstitutionWine.com
Replies: 30
Views: 3845

Problem with InstitutionWine.com

Has anyone had any dealings with or know anyone at Institution Wine? I’ve got a problem similar to one others have described about other retailers in the past. I placed an order and they can’t deliver the wine but are not giving a refund and are no longer replying to my calls or emails. I placed the...
by Jeff Bloom
November 22nd, 2018, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recycle styro inserts (esp DC)?
Replies: 27
Views: 981

Re: Recycle styro inserts (esp DC)?

There used to be a polystyrene manufacturer near Dulles that would accept shippers for recycling. I used to load up the car after each shipping season and bring out a batch, which always humored the workers as I stacked them up on the shipping platform. They closed up a few years back so the only pl...
by Jeff Bloom
November 20th, 2018, 3:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wineries in the City of Montepulciano
Replies: 6
Views: 676

Re: Wineries in the City of Montepulciano

As always, Ian provides very wise and useful information. You should always take his advice. We did something similar on our last trip to the area two or three years ago, taking part of a day just strolling around Montepulciano with no tasting appointments. We had previously been to Avignonesi for t...
by Jeff Bloom
November 5th, 2018, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1450
Views: 97781

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

I realized I have to basically drink a bottle of Carlisle a week just to stay flat and prevent it from taking over the cellar. Clearing room for the two cases delivered today, I opened two 2012 Zins, a Dupratt and Limerick Lane. Both really good but the Limerick Lane is fabulous, in a really nice pl...
by Jeff Bloom
October 2nd, 2018, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Fall Release - October 2nd
Replies: 20
Views: 900

Re: Desire Lines Fall Release - October 2nd

I'm trying to cut back my buying and don't need this enabling, but in for 4 bottles, 2 of each.
by Jeff Bloom
October 2nd, 2018, 5:13 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Oahu, Kahala Resort
Replies: 13
Views: 1059

Re: Oahu, Kahala Resort

Senia and The Pig and the Lady, both in Chinatown. The former is upscale foodie in a casual setting, mainly small plates. The latter, right next door, is a casual Vietnamese influenced pan-Asian place. Both very good food.

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