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by PaulMills
March 29th, 2020, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 53
Views: 3999

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

One of our local favorites is selling some of their cellar. They change their list frequently, so it is not very deep. I bought a bottle of the Ceritas cab last week. I am on the mailing list and buy the chards but have never had the cab. For $98, I decided to get one. It is a little more than retai...
by PaulMills
March 28th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying, selling or keeping out of the wine market?
Replies: 56
Views: 2675

Re: Buying, selling or keeping out of the wine market?

Buying some here and there. Mostly deals, but some things I just want. I reduced my 2019 purchases by 30% from 2018 and am looking to reduce again in 2020. If it coincides with the current economic situation, it is coincidence.
by PaulMills
March 24th, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux
Replies: 6
Views: 558

Re: TN: 2013 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux

I experienced the same thing with Reynvaan. Loved it, then lots of variation, then disliked it, then sold it. I am not on the Cayuse list but have picked up a few on CC. I guess I need to check in on them.
by PaulMills
March 22nd, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now
Replies: 36
Views: 2092

Re: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now

I have consumed a bottle alone before, a few times when my Wife has been out of town. It is usually over a four to five hour time frame, sometimes six hours, with food, so I do not feel that it is an issue. If you are drinking a bottle a night, alone, with frequency, it is probably an issue. Probab...
by PaulMills
March 21st, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2519
Views: 167259

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2015 Griffins Lair Syrah. Second night. Bambly. Funky. Awesome.
I have another bottle I need to hide away for a few years.
by PaulMills
March 21st, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now
Replies: 36
Views: 2092

Re: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now

I have consumed a bottle alone before, a few times when my Wife has been out of town. It is usually over a four to five hour time frame, sometimes six hours, with food, so I do not feel that it is an issue. If you are drinking a bottle a night, alone, with frequency, it is probably an issue.
by PaulMills
March 21st, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 144
Views: 9188

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

We had planned a party for last weekend and since we had all of the food already prepped, we decided to go ahead and host it. Below is a write up I posted to the CT forum. Last night we hosted a dinner party for eight. My sweet Dr C cooked everything and I just cleaned up. We consumed way too much w...
by PaulMills
March 12th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 144
Views: 9188

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

maureen nelson wrote:
March 12th, 2020, 5:15 pm
Well I stood up a 1999 Potel Gaudichots to open for a friend who was supposed to be coming down from NY for the weekend. But he bailed on me so no reason to open it. Or rather no one to drink it with. 😡

You can drink it by yourself. Just do it over two days so you do not feel guilty.
by PaulMills
March 12th, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 144
Views: 9188

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

We are having a dinner party this weekend and I asked one of the invitees to blind me from my cellar, anything is game. Hopefully he opens some good stuff, if not, I will be opening MacDonald, some champagne, and ‘67 or ‘71 Barolo in the next few weeks.
by PaulMills
March 12th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7381

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

My wife and her mom just canceled their trip to Europe, they were supposed to leave in two weeks. We have a trip booked for Spain in July, hopefully it will be safe then. We have another trip booked to Costa Rica in December, there will hopefully be a vaccine by then.
by PaulMills
March 11th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 1765

Re: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?

Marc Hauser wrote:
March 11th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Markus S wrote:
March 7th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Difficult to spend real money on wines with ridiculous sounding names.
You’re referring to the Sine Qua Non wines, right?


Ha!
by PaulMills
March 9th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 1765

Re: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?

Define good stems? At the time we used Reidel stems that i still like (relatively thin bowl, comfortable stem), until compared to a Zalto or Grassal. We continued to use them for a while after we stopped liking Dave’s wines. We had been going to structured tasting at a shop before we started drinkin...
by PaulMills
March 8th, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 1765

Re: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?

I loved his wines 10 years ago. We were really getting into wine at that time and it is what we drank. After a couple of years our palates evolved and we realized there was more to wine: structure, terroir, finesse. I still have one bottle of Papillon in the cellar. One day...
by PaulMills
March 8th, 2020, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cerbaiona Cerbaiona Rosso VDT II
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Re: Cerbaiona Cerbaiona Rosso VDT II

We pay a bit more for it here in the US of three tiered system and tariffs.
by PaulMills
March 5th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home purchase with wine cellar question
Replies: 36
Views: 2042

Re: Home purchase with wine cellar question

Based on those pictures, I would be very surprised if the contractor cut corners. It was probably a professional cellar installer and they want word of mouth referrals, not complaints.

And I am jealous.
by PaulMills
March 5th, 2020, 5:12 am
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: A.Khanna A+
Replies: 0
Views: 48

A.Khanna A+

I shared an allocation with A.Khanna and everything went smoothly.
by PaulMills
March 5th, 2020, 5:03 am
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Dennis Atick - A+ Seller
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: Dennis Atick - A+ Seller

Dennis does a great job of packing the beer he sends me. A+
by PaulMills
March 4th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: dropping old lists only to join new ones???
Replies: 14
Views: 1289

Re: dropping old lists only to join new ones???

I have dropped a number of lists and reduced purchases from others. I may not get offered everything now but that is ok. I already have too much wine so I need to reduce anyways. And like others, it allows me to buy more European wine.
by PaulMills
March 1st, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 3900

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

remember that even if you "gift" them glasses that night, there's a good chance that they would want to run them through the dishwasher or clean them before using anyways. I know I typically do that with any dishware or stems before I ever use them. Oh God yes! Who would EVER use a glass from the s...
by PaulMills
March 1st, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ProWein 2020, VinItaly both will be rescheduled?
Replies: 25
Views: 2520

Re: ProWein 2020, to be rescheduled

Caroline is heading to the UK with her mom in a few weeks and trying to decide if it is worth it or if she should just cancel and lose the trip cost. If not for the pesky work thing, she would love to be stuck in Europe for a few months (naturally, I mean hopefully, she would send for me).
by PaulMills
February 29th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Sold
Replies: 5
Views: 348

Re: One more Scarecrow at cost

It has been claimed.
by PaulMills
February 29th, 2020, 3:22 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Sold
Replies: 5
Views: 348

Re: One more Scarecrow at cost

The current release, 2017
by PaulMills
February 28th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Sold
Replies: 5
Views: 348

Sold

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by PaulMills
February 15th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia visit
Replies: 21
Views: 1911

Re: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia visit

We are visiting Rioja in July, lots of good info here. Thanks.
by PaulMills
February 4th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: PSA: Raleigh-Durham, NC Alto Piedmont Wine Dinner Wednesday February 5, 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 620

Re: PSA: Raleigh-Durham, NC Alto Piedmont Wine Dinner Wednesday February 5, 2020

We are heading to Stanbury. It is only nine minutes from the hotel so it is convenient. Thanks for the input.

Sorry to hikack your thread, Nathan.
by PaulMills
February 4th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: PSA: Raleigh-Durham, NC Alto Piedmont Wine Dinner Wednesday February 5, 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 620

Re: PSA: Raleigh-Durham, NC Alto Piedmont Wine Dinner Wednesday February 5, 2020

I was looking at Death & Taxes last night, looks good. My last trip we went to Oak, the trip before that O’Sullivans. Vidrio was before that. I have been to a number of lunch places downtown, nothing inspiring. How is Seasons? I know it is part of a major chain but a colleague is interested. I may t...
by PaulMills
February 4th, 2020, 4:56 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: PSA: Raleigh-Durham, NC Alto Piedmont Wine Dinner Wednesday February 5, 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 620

Re: PSA: Raleigh-Durham, NC Alto Piedmont Wine Dinner Wednesday February 5, 2020

Stan, I am staying at the Doubletree Brownstone by the university. I do not mind driving a little, but not to Durham. I have eaten at Vidrio and really like it.
by PaulMills
February 3rd, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: PSA: Raleigh-Durham, NC Alto Piedmont Wine Dinner Wednesday February 5, 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 620

Re: PSA: Raleigh-Durham, NC Alto Piedmont Wine Dinner Wednesday February 5, 2020

I was just looking at Raleigh restaurants for tomorrow night and decided to check WB. I wish I could make it to Durham for the dinner.

Any recommendations for somewhere in Raleigh?
by PaulMills
February 1st, 2020, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 8588

Re: Grassl Glassware

I have been using the Grassl mineralite and 1855 for the last few days and love them. The comparison to the Zalto universal and Bordeaux is almost the same. We used the Zaltos as everyday glasses for six years and only broke two always during cleanup at the end of the night. They are generally durab...
by PaulMills
January 28th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish Wine Regions
Replies: 29
Views: 1462

Re: Spanish Wine Regions

Glad to see this thread come up. We are going to Logroño, San Sebastián, and Bilbao in late July for two weeks. We have already scheduled a private tour guide for one day to take us to small family run wineries. I figure we will hit a few others on our own, whether we make reservations or take a cha...
by PaulMills
January 26th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 195
Views: 11494

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

I have found our Zaltos to be very durable, but I have still broken a few over the years. I ordered some Grassl 1855s and Libertes as replacements for our Bordeaux and Universals. Based on everyone’s positive feedback on the Grassls and the lower price, it is an easy decision. I also ordered the tas...
by PaulMills
January 20th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Isole e Olena Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione de Marchi Toscana
Replies: 1
Views: 256

Re: TN: 2001 Isole e Olena Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione de Marchi Toscana

Sounds great. I have only had the 2013 and loved it. I need to open a 2014 soon.
by PaulMills
January 19th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance
Replies: 14
Views: 726

Re: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance

My in-laws live in Laurens and encapsulated their crawl space. They do not have a cellar but did notice a move even temperature in the house when it was complete. The problem with encapsulation is that the moisture issue is still there, just outside of the barrier. A foundation drain is still needed...
by PaulMills
January 15th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier
Replies: 30
Views: 1478

Re: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier

I used a 6 mil black plastic and it is fine. Used the same thing on the concrete floor before putting down the floating cork floor.
by PaulMills
January 12th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Sold
Replies: 1
Views: 347

Re: FS Thomas pinot

Sold.
by PaulMills
January 12th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Sold
Replies: 1
Views: 347

Sold

I have the following bottles of Thomas pinot noir for sale, $65 each. They were purchased on release and stored in my temperature controlled cellar since arrival. 2x 2010 2x 2011 7x 2013 5x 2012 5x 2015 Shipping with the buyer’s shipping label. Wine becomes the responsibility of the buyer when it is...
by PaulMills
January 4th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montecillo Vineyard Sonoma
Replies: 8
Views: 796

Re: Montecillo Vineyard Sonoma

David B wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 12:22 pm
Bedrock makes a Cab from that vineyard as well. Had the '13 a few months back and it was really nice.

I opened one of those New Year’s Eve. It was tight upon opening even with a decant, but was spectacular the next day.
by PaulMills
January 3rd, 2020, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2881

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

My 2019 resolution was to buy less wine, and I did a good job of it. My resolution this year is to buy even less and reduce my cellar. I also plan to buy more bubbles (doing a good job of that already) and more still whites. I also want to drink less and workout more to lose a few pounds. Not sure w...
by PaulMills
December 29th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horsepower and No Girls
Replies: 14
Views: 1677

Re: Horsepower and No Girls

I was on No Girls but found they were not my thing. I have not had Horsepower but just made the list. I feel it is probably going to be similar so I will probably be skipping it. I also stopped buying Reynvaan due to both price increases and the flavor profile. If you like really funky wines, you wi...
by PaulMills
December 27th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 123
Views: 10855

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

C. Keller wrote:
December 27th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Quality over quantity

This. Continuing to try to reduce my cellar size and overall spending, but increasing cost per bottle.

Specifically: more champagne, CA and FR syrah, aged burgundy, Brunello and Barolo, and lots more white since that is what my sweet little wife is enjoying now.
by PaulMills
December 26th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Everybody wants a wine to show well . . .
Replies: 23
Views: 1488

Re: Everybody wants a wine to show well . . .

I opened a wine yesterday at a family lunch and I did not think It showed well. Those that drank it are not wine people so they had no clue, but the whole time I was thinking I should have brought something else. I tasted a little again last night and same thought, uninspiring. One glass left for t...
by PaulMills
December 25th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 700
Views: 36758

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

December 2019
Purchased 12
Consumed 15

Vs 2018
Purchased 31
Consumed 21

I am doing better, right!?!
by PaulMills
December 25th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Everybody wants a wine to show well . . .
Replies: 23
Views: 1488

Re: Everybody wants a wine to show well . . .

I opened a wine yesterday at a family lunch and I did not think It showed well. Those that drank it are not wine people so they had no clue, but the whole time I was thinking I should have brought something else. I tasted a little again last night and same thought, uninspiring. One glass left for to...
by PaulMills
December 1st, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2532

Re: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

I like it for the reviews of various areas to travel to, not for the wine recs. I do not pay either, not sure how that worked out.

I subscribed to Wine Enthusiast a couple of years ago when they had a deal of about $8 for two years. It was not a good deal.
by PaulMills
November 28th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question
Replies: 30
Views: 1485

Re: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question

My racking is pine and is no showplace, but totally functional. I have no worries of wood failure or mold.
by PaulMills
November 22nd, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)
Replies: 144
Views: 5338

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

Paul Miller wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 6:36 pm
PaulMills wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 5:57 pm
2011 Biggio Hamina Eola Amity. Good tart cherry flavor. Good acidity, but much smoother than a few years ago. I think this wine still has time in the bottle.

Sorry for the upside down photo, ipads are difficult.
You’re drunk [cheers.gif]

Again?!?
by PaulMills
November 22nd, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)
Replies: 144
Views: 5338

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

2011 Biggio Hamina Eola Amity. Good tart cherry flavor. Good acidity, but much smoother than a few years ago. I think this wine still has time in the bottle.

Sorry for the upside down photo, ipads are difficult.

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