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by Jeff Bloom
July 21st, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers near Saint Remy-de-Provence
Replies: 13
Views: 644

Re: Producers near Saint Remy-de-Provence

Thanks. Interested in Provence east of St. Remy, mostly. We've visited CdP before. Enjoyed it but looking for unexplored territory. Definitely interested in Bandol. While I highly recommend a visit to Bandol, keep in mind that it's a 1.5 hour plus drive from St. Remy. Also remember that Bandol itse...
by Jeff Bloom
July 15th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: K-Paul's Restaurant In New Orleans Closes Permanently
Replies: 9
Views: 725

Re: K-Paul's Restaurant In New Orleans Closes Permanently

I'm shocked this was still open. Haven't been there since the mid-'80s and haven't even heard anything about it in years.
by Jeff Bloom
July 15th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?
Replies: 50
Views: 2013

Re: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?

Somewhat conveniently acknowledgment of mortality hit the same time as acknowledgment of running out of storage space. At 64, there is no more room in the cellar, stand-alone units and offsite bins. Running out of space is what led to the radical cut back in purchasing and, if you have to stop buyin...
by Jeff Bloom
July 15th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Re: TN: 2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano

adam caldwell wrote:
July 13th, 2020, 11:56 pm
Helpful,info. Thx for posting. I will continue to hold.
+1. Appreciate the update but I won't be touching mine for a few years.

Love the cat reference. Non-cat owners might not get it but I understood exactly what you meant and could almost taste that happening with the wine.
by Jeff Bloom
July 2nd, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Brunellos (Rasina, Poggio Antico)
Replies: 1
Views: 225

Re: TN: Brunellos (Rasina, Poggio Antico)

I had the 06 Rasina the other night and think your note captures it very well. Agree that it's hitting its plateau but I don't think it's fading yet. Doubt it will improve but it should hold up fine for a couple of more years.
by Jeff Bloom
June 27th, 2020, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Peay Vineyards Pinot Noir Scallop Shelf Estate
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: TN: 2016 Peay Vineyards Pinot Noir Scallop Shelf Estate

I think you nailed the problem a lot of people have when they first taste Peay Pinots. People have gotten used to so many California Pinots that are so big and in your face that they don't know to look for or appreciate subtlety and nuance. Big Pinots are not necessarily bad, they're just different....
by Jeff Bloom
June 27th, 2020, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad 2018 Portfolio Cabernet Release
Replies: 59
Views: 4884

Re: Myriad 2018 Portfolio Cabernet Release

Sssshhhh! I'm Tier One, not Tier Awesome, but was just able to place my order. I'm completely out of storage space and don't drink much Cabernet (I'm on the list mainly for the Syrahs at Myriad and Quivet) but I always try to pick up a few of these because they're so good and reasonably priced in re...
by Jeff Bloom
May 30th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21
Replies: 194
Views: 13331

Re: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21

Michael Martin wrote:
May 27th, 2020, 7:35 am
Styro is back, at least on this shipment.
Mine was shipped in the egg crate cardboard. While I hate it, styro might have been a better choice given the temps.
by Jeff Bloom
May 27th, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21
Replies: 194
Views: 13331

Re: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21

Mine got delivered yesterday, fortunately in the morning so the box didn't sit on a hot truck all day. Warm to the touch but no seepage or other signs of damage (a benefit to not having a capsule on the bottle).
by Jeff Bloom
May 25th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21
Replies: 194
Views: 13331

Re: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21

Anyone else getting the 'suck it up" treatment from FedEx? The last two deliveries, the guy stands at the door with the box in his hand to give to me with no mask, then gets pissed off when I ask him to just set it on the porch and politely decline to touch his signature pen and pad. Last time he a...
by Jeff Bloom
May 17th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event--Mark and Jeff Pisoni of Pisoni Vineyards--Thursday, May 28th 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 15
Views: 496

Re: Zoom Event--Mark and Jeff Pisoni of Pisoni Vineyards--Thursday, May 28th 10AM PT / 1PM ET

I can't miss this one. Have a ton of Pisoni and Lucia wines in the cellar and visited Mark in Gonzalez back in 2011 (for some reason I thought they made the wines there, but he was a great host despite my ignorance). Question - the subject line says May 28 at 10AM PT/ 1 PM ET and the body says 5 PM ...
by Jeff Bloom
May 8th, 2020, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom event with Morgan Twain-Peterson and Joel Peterson--Thursday, May 7th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 129
Views: 4644

Re: Zoom event with Morgan Twain-Peterson and Joel Peterson--Thursday, May 7th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET

Now I find on the Ravenswood website that it is intended to be Yiddish - Kayn Nebbishy Vayn. I still have that one, along with several buttons and bumper stickers in other languages. This was a really great event. Major thanks to Joel and Morgan for making it a nice mix of storytelling and wine gee...
by Jeff Bloom
May 3rd, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom event with Morgan Twain-Peterson and Joel Peterson--Thursday, May 7th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 129
Views: 4644

Re: Zoom event with Morgan Twain-Peterson and Joel Peterson--you pick the date

but now I'm thinking I might coravin a glass of 2014 Once and Future Bedrock vineyard and 2014 Bedrock/Bedrock Heritage. Seems like a fun time to try them side-by-side. Was thinking of an Exposition, probably a 2011, but this looks like a good idea. Not a coravin user, though, so will probably open...
by Jeff Bloom
April 30th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Officer--Thursday, April 30th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 132
Views: 4389

Re: Carlisle Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Officer--Thursday, April 30th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET

Thanks Frank for organizing this. It was great to hear from Mike on lots of subjects and see what people were drinking. A very enjoyable event indeed.
by Jeff Bloom
April 28th, 2020, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Officer--Thursday, April 30th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 132
Views: 4389

Re: Carlisle Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Officer--Thursday, April 30th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET

I’m throwing out the “your first Carlisle” challenge: 1999 Dry Creek Zin So the challenge made me look closely at my Carlisle numbers in CellarTracker. My first was a 2002 Dry Creek Valley Zin, now long gone. It appears my wife and I have consumed 387 bottles over the years and have 202 remaining i...
by Jeff Bloom
April 19th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Halcon Rhone Pack
Replies: 73
Views: 6902

Re: Halcon Rhone Pack

I'm supposed to be on a wine buying moratorium so I skipped this on Berserker Day. We recently had a 2014 Esquisto, though, and I remembered how much I enjoy these wines. In for a 6 if the offer is still open.
by Jeff Bloom
March 24th, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 272
Views: 13860

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Three plus weeks into this thread and things have changed so dramatically. I said back then we were uncertain about our trip to Australia but we went because things looked okay there. Had a great week in Sydney and North Queensland, with people acting normally and minimal restrictions just going int...
by Jeff Bloom
February 28th, 2020, 6:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 272
Views: 13860

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

We're traveling to Italy (flying into Milan) and Southern Spain in September and not changing anything. Six months is a long time, even for pandemics in the modern world. A little more concerned about our trip to Australia in two weeks. Not worried about getting sick but who knows what flights will ...
by Jeff Bloom
February 25th, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5952

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

Apropos of a few of the stories above, back in the day, as a 19 year old, I was a green new waiter at a power restaurant in DC. The kind of place where the president's counsel would come for lunch, bringing his white-house secure phone to be plugged in at his table (this is well before cell phones;...
by Jeff Bloom
February 16th, 2020, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 24816

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]

John O' wrote:
February 15th, 2020, 2:53 pm
Didn't get hit, but cancelled and reissued the card to be safe. Minor inconvenience for me.
Same here. Having to replace a card is not going to make me stop buying these wonderful steaks.
by Jeff Bloom
February 14th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: South Australia recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 1680

Re: South Australia recommendations

Thanks, John. Nice write up and useful information.
by Jeff Bloom
February 14th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Caribbean recommendations?
Replies: 18
Views: 2005

Re: Caribbean recommendations?

We also went to st barts and didn’t love the Marriott but loved the island. If you ever have Hyatt points go there.... it’s amazing. I've been to a bunch of Marriott properties in the Caribbean and I guarantee there is no Marriott property on St. Barts. There is also no Hyatt - there are very few H...
by Jeff Bloom
February 12th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: United Airlines Upgrade Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1302

Re: United Airlines Upgrade Question

Dan Hammer wrote:
February 12th, 2020, 1:14 pm
I'm a former UA Million Miler.
Good advice but just out of interest, how can you be a "former" UA Million Miler? I don't fly UA as much as I used to, but I thought my Million Miler status was lifetime.
by Jeff Bloom
February 10th, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 24816

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach?

To add a reference point, I bought from Flannery with a Citi Master Card and no unauthorized charges.
by Jeff Bloom
February 10th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Salt Lake City
Replies: 12
Views: 656

Re: Salt Lake City

You wouldn't think of SLC as a sushi destination, but Takashi is excellent.
by Jeff Bloom
February 10th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1772
Views: 110606

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Geez, Cuvée Rubis came and went while I was in the car. Shame because I really want some more and missed it last time as well.
by Jeff Bloom
January 15th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: South Australia recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 1680

Re: South Australia recommendations

Thanks for the recommendations. We're reserved at the Louise, which seemed the better choice for our purposes. Jeremy, thanks for the recommendation to try places that don't distribute in the US. That's a really good idea. I had been aiming for wineries with which I'm familiar, but am now changing m...
by Jeff Bloom
January 6th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: South Australia recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 1680

South Australia recommendations

My wife and I will be in Australia for three weeks in March. Sadly the Southern Ocean Lodge has burned down (as has a lot of Kangaroo Island apparently) so the two days there need to be replaced. Instead of staying in Adelaide and having one day in the Barossa and a half day in McLaren Vale as plann...
by Jeff Bloom
December 30th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: TablasCreek Counoise '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 283

Re: TN: TablasCreek Counoise '17...(short/boring)

Tasted this at the winery about a month ago and loved it (and brought home a bottle). I got more of a Rhonish character than you but, honestly, I think I've tasted Marzemino twice and so don't have an adequate frame of reference to make a comparison there. In any event, a very tasty wine.
by Jeff Bloom
December 29th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1772
Views: 110606

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Sadly I missed the Vilmart Rose. We usually don't drink Rose Champagne but this is wonderful stuff and $49.99 was a really nice price.
by Jeff Bloom
December 28th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hawaii Big Island rec?
Replies: 31
Views: 2617

Re: Hawaii Big Island rec?

Bumping up for 2020. Going back to the Big Island in a few weeks for the first time in several years.

Any current restaurant recommendations? Is Merriman's still good?
by Jeff Bloom
December 20th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Northern Virginia
Replies: 73
Views: 11592

Re: Northern Virginia

Been a while since a NoVa update so here's something new, only open a month. Parc de Ville, a bistro in Merrifield from the owners of Chez Billy Sud in the ill-fated former Gypsy Soul and Requin space. $25 per bottle, max 2 per table, nothing on their list (which is unfortunately not online). Good f...
by Jeff Bloom
November 6th, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No more space, do you keep buying?
Replies: 53
Views: 2587

Re: No more space, do you keep buying?

For years when confronted with this issue I just added space. First the large Vinotheque, then a smaller wine fridge, then the built out wine cellar, then one off site bin, then two off site bins, then one small and one larger off site bin. Reality finally smacked me in the face earlier this year wh...
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: 60
Views: 3081

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Last minute ideas: Bandol, Cassis, Provence in general
Replies: 7
Views: 2842

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2501
Views: 155244

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2501
Views: 155244

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: 5668

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Extra pay between Business and First
Replies: 17
Views: 3212

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: 4049

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Oahu. Good eats and drinks???
Replies: 4
Views: 2444

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: 749

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: 39
Views: 6748

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: 39
Views: 6748

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?
Replies: 25
Views: 1836

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: 78
Views: 4938

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: 550
Views: 45322

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: 78
Views: 4938

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: 227
Views: 27343

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: 39
Views: 6748

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...

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