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by Mark Mason
July 2nd, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13944

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

I was quite active on his board in my early days of learning about wine. I wish he'd "open" it up for the last two weeks in read only so I could go back and try to capture my contributions. I'm not going to pay a subscription fee for that. It was fun for a while.
by Mark Mason
June 25th, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 84
Views: 6090

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

I tried on the other night and at cold cellar temp, it seemed to have a strange acidic taste that was unpleasant. Once it warmed up in the glass, it started singing. I hope my TW stocks back up again after clearing them out. Thank you guys!
by Mark Mason
June 21st, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Half-Bottles
Replies: 18
Views: 1113

Re: Aging Half-Bottles

One of the greatest wines I ever had was a 1962 Delas Freres Hermitage La Tourette as a half bottle in 2011 at that place in Tampa. Their storage is very cold, but still, it was a virtually perfect wine. While I will not say anywhere near the greatest, I had that same bottle at that same place afte...
by Mark Mason
June 19th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Broken cork on champagne bottle
Replies: 16
Views: 1095

Re: Broken cork on champagne bottle

This reminds me of a youtube video I watched on replacing the steering column in my Ford: "Have your Brother in Law disengage the airbag before proceeding".
by Mark Mason
May 29th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Old vines or old roots?
Replies: 4
Views: 1594

Re: Old vines or old roots?

I’m pretty sure they aren’t grafted, so I might be safe. BTW my little vineyard of Marquette grows on the same latitude as Chateau Margaux.
by Mark Mason
May 28th, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Old vines or old roots?
Replies: 4
Views: 1594

Old vines or old roots?

One of My ten year old vines didn’t make it through the winter. There is a new shoot coming up that I will train to be my primary trunk, but will the grapes be as good? I’ve heard the term old vines, but I hope they really mean old roots.
by Mark Mason
May 27th, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Changes Afoot in NM: Gruet/NoisyWater
Replies: 9
Views: 894

Re: Changes Afoot in NM: Gruet/NoisyWater

I also thought they aged well. I sat on a few cases and was very pleased.
by Mark Mason
May 22nd, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Morgan’s Shirt??
Replies: 22
Views: 2018

Re: Morgan’s Shirt??

Upland game shirt is what I thought. Perhaps the photo is reversed, i can't read the hat. I've never seen a left handed hunting shirt, but I'm sure they exist.
by Mark Mason
April 17th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1721

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

Clayton Wai-Poi wrote:
April 9th, 2019, 5:01 pm
My overly simple rule for seafood (but it might just be my palate), is the colder the water the better the seafood. Seems to apply to fish, shellfish and crustaceans for me.
Come on up and I'll take you ice fishing!
by Mark Mason
April 13th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Renaissance
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: Renaissance

I enjoyed many old bottles from them
by Mark Mason
April 11th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beautiful Tasting Room, Unique Wines, Gone in Hours
Replies: 14
Views: 1823

Re: Beautiful Tasting Room, Unique Wines, Gone in Hours

I thought Ravenswood offered a "free tastings for life" program if you got a tattoo of their logo? Still honored?
by Mark Mason
April 10th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions for Bern's steakhouse
Replies: 35
Views: 2889

Re: Questions for Bern's steakhouse

Is this because we broke the first rule???
by Mark Mason
April 8th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carruades THE CURVE
Replies: 1
Views: 289

Re: Carruades THE CURVE

The largest return on investment I ever received was 2000 Carruades bought for $37 and sold for $452.
by Mark Mason
April 4th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3493

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Ravenswood, and Others

I think I've enjoyed the Las Rocas. Is that the Grenache?
by Mark Mason
April 4th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gift Giving Wines
Replies: 27
Views: 999

Re: Gift Giving Wines

I agree with Greg on Champagne. Most recipients stick it in the closet or fridge waiting for a special occasion or re-gift it. I give Vouvrays, everyone likes them and they can be opened on a Tuesday night. There are many decent Vouvrays at good prices.
by Mark Mason
March 29th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Tom K Wine Solutions A+++
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Re: Tom K Wine Solutions A+++

I agree, great to do business with.
by Mark Mason
March 22nd, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry
Replies: 66
Views: 3382

Re: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry

I only open my cellar up every Christmas for the Secret Santa program so that my Santa can see what I have and like and send me an appropriate bottle. Then I lock it out again.
by Mark Mason
March 19th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 8995

Re: $3000 bottle

Todd’s story was 15 years ago? I’m getting old.
by Mark Mason
March 4th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Elitistreview.com reaches an impressive milestone
Replies: 20
Views: 1022

Re: Elitistreview.com reaches an impressive milestone

Congrats and glad to see you are still drinking and writing well! I hadn't visited for a few years as I thought your health no longer allowed you to enjoy wine. I will revisit soon.
by Mark Mason
March 1st, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8328

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

That does look great Mark! Congratulations on finally finishing it!
by Mark Mason
February 21st, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Those that are owed wines from Maison Ilan, please fill out this linked form
Replies: 18
Views: 3113

Re: Those that are owed wines from Maison Ilan, please fill out this linked form

After all was said and done, I did receive my wines from 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 with one substitution. I wouldn't have minded waiting years for delivery but the misinformation and expectations were what bothered me the most. The shipping fees that I got hit with post shipment also caused me grief...
by Mark Mason
February 6th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First...1st Growth
Replies: 87
Views: 4518

Re: My First...1st Growth

Glad it went well! I still use a candle (and get off my lawn).
by Mark Mason
January 31st, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: passive cellar too cold?
Replies: 33
Views: 1802

Re: passive cellar too cold?

I checked last night and it was 28f, I could see the half bottles of Sauternes we’re getting a little cloudy so I left the cellar door open. It’s sitting at 33f now and the Sauternes have cleared up. I checked for protruding corks and saw none, so I’m good. My cellar usually limits out at 38f in the...
by Mark Mason
January 17th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the elephant in the room...old wine at a tasting
Replies: 37
Views: 3146

Re: the elephant in the room...old wine at a tasting

I think Jeff’s question is one of the variables in this discussion. Many of us have a different definition of old. To me, it’s pre 1979.
by Mark Mason
January 16th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Florida Fish of the Week
Replies: 32
Views: 1677

Re: Florida Fish of the Week

Great thread!
by Mark Mason
January 15th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week in Madeira
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: Week in Madeira

Thank you Alex.
by Mark Mason
December 11th, 2018, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The .375 thread
Replies: 102
Views: 4198

Re: The .375 thread

That LastBottle deal on the Senejacs is a great one- another great deal is on Halfwit sale Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly Beaujolais 2016 for $8.
by Mark Mason
December 7th, 2018, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Sauternes benefit from decanting?
Replies: 20
Views: 1399

Re: Do Sauternes benefit from decanting?

I've posted this one before, my 2001 Ch. d'Yquem.
by Mark Mason
October 24th, 2018, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best North American sparklers?
Replies: 100
Views: 3910

Re: Best North American sparklers?

I had a case of Gruet that sat in the cellar for a decade- it was fantastic stuff with some age on it and I think it was ~$6 bottle. Sadly, I no longer enjoy their wine as others have agreed.
by Mark Mason
October 15th, 2018, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 45 Romanee Conti - new world auction record
Replies: 50
Views: 4389

Re: 45 Romanee Conti - new world auction record

I thought phylloxera was complete in Bordeaux by the 1890’s, did it take until the 1940’s to clear through Burgundy?
by Mark Mason
October 8th, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Ch. Pédesclaux
Replies: 7
Views: 292

Re: 2005 Ch. Pédesclaux

A local chain must have gone very long on this one as I’ve seen it on their shelves sine release, still there.
by Mark Mason
September 27th, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is the Durand wine opener?
Replies: 51
Views: 2073

Re: How is the Durand wine opener?

I love mine- Received mine in a box with bad magnets and they replaced it within a week.
by Mark Mason
September 24th, 2018, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: At what age should your parents have given you birth wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 1444

Re: Poll: At what age should your parents have given you birth wine?

My Daughter showed up with this last weekend. Seems the cardboard box is too much work for millennials to carry, so they discard it. She won't be seeing any of her 1998 Right Bank Bordeaux for at least another decade.
by Mark Mason
September 20th, 2018, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Dom Perignon Champagne (France, Champagne)
Replies: 37
Views: 2890

Re: TN: 2008 Dom Perignon Champagne (France, Champagne)

Is the Legends label silver?
by Mark Mason
September 19th, 2018, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Representative wines from the 10 cru Beaujolais
Replies: 23
Views: 1259

Re: Representative wines from the 10 cru Beaujolais

I love the Moulin a Vent from Domaine de la Tour du Bief. It's one of those wines I pick on a restaurant menu and everybody does a double take. I have a bunch of 2013 and it is aging very nicely. Not showing any signs of peaking. Oliver, a 2009 version of this was one of the best wines of my life.
by Mark Mason
September 14th, 2018, 4:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32204

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Bill, you get great deals on your beef. I pay three times that.
by Mark Mason
September 8th, 2018, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've got too much fine wine in my basement and not enought everyday wine
Replies: 83
Views: 4084

Re: I've got too much fine wine in my basement and not enought everyday wine

At my age and cellar size, fine wine and everyday drinkers are becoming one and the same. It took me a long time to get here, but the journey has been worth it.
by Mark Mason
September 4th, 2018, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug NV v Vintage
Replies: 24
Views: 1331

Re: Krug NV v Vintage

It is similar to those of us in the grocery business: we are changing the name of our Perishables warehouses to Fresh warehouses. Same thing, one sounds better than the other.
by Mark Mason
August 24th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOYLsf ?
Replies: 74
Views: 3162

Re: WOYLsf ?

2000 Chateau Talbot I wasn't expecting such an experience, but I served this to my family for Christmas and was blown away by this bottle.
by Mark Mason
August 15th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The End of WesternCivilization: Wisconsin Wine
Replies: 9
Views: 291

Re: The End of WesternCivilization: Wisconsin Wine

I’ve been growing Marquette for ten years.
by Mark Mason
August 9th, 2018, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Krug 166th Edition
Replies: 16
Views: 1533

TN: Krug 166th Edition

Received an offer for magnums of the Krug 164 for $499.99. Looks like I can no longer afford (non-vintage) Champagne.
by Mark Mason
July 10th, 2018, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1927 Rieussec: Now with TN
Replies: 38
Views: 1818

1927 Rieussec: Now with TN

What type of corkscrew is that? It looks similar to a Durand with a fixed helix?
by Mark Mason
June 27th, 2018, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine storage in Minneapolis
Replies: 183
Views: 9497

Wine storage in Minneapolis

I have a handful of bottles still left that I stored there 98- 05, the few I've opened seemed ok but will have to take note which ones were there when I open them and report back. The retail shop is kept very warm and they wouldn't let you visit/tour the basement when I was there.
by Mark Mason
May 31st, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Renaissance Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 19
Views: 620

1997 Renaissance Cabernet Sauvignon

Few may understand your comment.
by Mark Mason
May 30th, 2018, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Renaissance Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 19
Views: 620

1997 Renaissance Cabernet Sauvignon

I’ve enjoyed quite a few older Renaissance wines- they used to be much easier to find.
by Mark Mason
May 30th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to check if the slow oxygenation method is "the" best method
Replies: 92
Views: 2742

How to check if the slow oxygenation method is "the" best method

I also thought there was more to this: if upon opening, the smell is pleasant, a neutral cork was placed back in the bottle? Only improper aromas required slow ox?
by Mark Mason
May 24th, 2018, 8:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 150th tabasco
Replies: 65
Views: 4128

150th tabasco

I find the original way too hot for my sensitive tastes, but I'm from North Dakota where the only real spice is salt. I can add a drop or two of the "smokey" version to my Chipotle burrito if I mix it in well. What is the flavor profile of the green label Tabasco? Is that hotter than the other two?
by Mark Mason
May 18th, 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline Etiquette
Replies: 229
Views: 10508

Offline Etiquette

Mel Hill wrote:If the OL is at a private home, don't arrive 45 min early

If you agree to bring a dish, don't expect to prepare it in the host's kitchen, make it at home
This one is great Mel- I hosted a Super Bowl party where a guest brought raw chicken wings and wanted to deep fry them in my kitchen.
by Mark Mason
May 17th, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lastbottle Spring Marathon
Replies: 148
Views: 8624

Lastbottle Spring Marathon

I had to cancel my order because it is too warm to ship to my state. It's too bad because I really wanted the bottles I ordered- but Last Bottle was very helpful in the cancellation process.

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