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by TGigante
January 9th, 2021, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8273
Views: 585787

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Gerard Raphet Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2018 up for $175 a bottle. I grabbed one as I've never had a Grand Cru Burg before; any thoughts on this deal? Considering grabbing one more. I grabbed one for several reasons: It's probably ripe with higher alcohol making for a nice cold winter night drin...
by TGigante
January 6th, 2021, 5:00 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS a few gems from the cellar
Replies: 3
Views: 1449

Re: FS a few gems from the cellar

PM sent
by TGigante
January 6th, 2021, 3:40 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 203
Views: 17684

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

robert creth wrote: January 6th, 2021, 2:05 pm My view about budget is to figure my total year’s number and allow B-Day to be up to 50%. I play early on favorites and load up on unknown-to-me late in the game. I agree with the specialty foods suggestions, some greats stuff there.
Solid strategy
by TGigante
January 5th, 2021, 4:07 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 203
Views: 17684

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

Thank you Nola and Nate for answering my questions! Now I see why there is talk about having a "strategy" on BD and doing some initial planning. [cheers.gif] And not just wine Nola always puts together a great package of top quality EVOO, Sherry Vinegar, tuna, sardine and other fish tins....
by TGigante
January 4th, 2021, 5:19 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 203
Views: 17684

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

Excited to be participating for the first time as a Berserker and not a lurker. What’s at the top of everyone’s list of purchases for BD? The top of the list is endless. Doing this for 5 years and haven’t had many disappointments Jean Edwards is always a buy Vincent is solid up and down the lineup ...
by TGigante
January 3rd, 2021, 9:41 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Jean - pierre Prusack AKA jprusack A+
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: Jean - pierre Prusack AKA jprusack A+

Easy peasy. JP is very responsive and knows how to communicate to make a transaction successful. Excellent seller. Would buy from again.
by TGigante
December 31st, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you opening for NYE 2021?
Replies: 109
Views: 3595

Re: What are you opening for NYE 2020?

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by TGigante
December 24th, 2020, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Windfall wine purchase
Replies: 56
Views: 3678

Re: Windfall wine purchase

I got that check back in 2000 when GWB sent everyone money back to “help stimulate the economy”. I did my civic duty and bought a new Weber grill, which was thereafter called my Bush Grill. It failed after a few years. Politics aside, Kelly is putting this money back into the economy, money that go...
by TGigante
December 24th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4082
Views: 428860

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I bought the brunello mystery, as well. I still don't quite understand the shipping process. Do they only ship a couple of times a year? I bought an old bottle of Cynar (1970's) in October, and I'm impatiently waiting... Automatic 2 shipping windows per year. Spring/ Fall. Month depends on your sta...
by TGigante
December 23rd, 2020, 6:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 40
Views: 1310

Re: Fried eggs

Nooooooooooooooo! Jersey standard Taylor Ham, egg, cheese on a roll/bagel. Salt, pepper, ketchup How do they do it in PA? How can you possibly need salt when you have Taylor Ham? And ketchup [bleh.gif] Makes no sense to me to add more salt to the super salty pork roll but many folks do it anyway. 7...
by TGigante
December 23rd, 2020, 3:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 40
Views: 1310

Re: Fried eggs

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 22nd, 2020, 6:18 pm Nooooooooooooooo!
Jersey standard
Taylor Ham, egg, cheese on a roll/bagel. Salt, pepper, ketchup

How do they do it in PA?
by TGigante
December 22nd, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 40
Views: 1310

Re: Fried eggs

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 22nd, 2020, 5:06 pm
Bdklein wrote: December 22nd, 2020, 5:00 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 22nd, 2020, 4:26 pm Love crispy edges and a runny yolk.
Love crispy edges and a fully cooked yolk .
That works too...on a sandwich. :)
With ketchup?
by TGigante
December 20th, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Swedish Christmas pairings
Replies: 49
Views: 1574

Re: Swedish Christmas pairings

Making glögg is ridiculously easy. Just pour half a bottle of inexpensive wine into a kettle, add 70-80 g of white sugar and christmas spices (cloves are virtually mandatory; star anise, cinnamon, bitter orange zest, cardamom and chopped ginger are reliable as well). Let it rest for 15 min or so ov...
by TGigante
December 16th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4082
Views: 428860

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Abbie S. wrote: December 14th, 2020, 12:39 pm Any thoughts on the whiskey offer today?
Crickets
by TGigante
December 5th, 2020, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GROSKOPF LOGISTICS
Replies: 19
Views: 1470

Re: GROSKOPF LOGISTICS

Got my notice too
Ultramarine for me
by TGigante
November 24th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 453
Views: 42820

Re: Your Gin?

I tried Ransom Old Tom last night for the first time and was impressed... very different, but I liked it. I’ve tried Ransom Old Tom and found it pleasant enough - thought it to be a gin for whisky drinkers. It’s not something I look for; but interesting. The recipe is about 150 years old. I'd be in...
by TGigante
November 24th, 2020, 6:08 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4105
Views: 234091

Re: The Bourbon Thread

What would be the best vessel to use to distribute some pours of whiskey to use in a virtual tasting? What size should each pour be and how many pours per serving? Should there be a small taste of the featured whiskey and then everyone breaks out their own bottle of what ever they have on hand for f...
by TGigante
November 22nd, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4105
Views: 234091

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Andrew Kotowski wrote: November 22nd, 2020, 5:02 pm Pricey weekend for me :0
Nice haul
Elija Craig Superfecta
by TGigante
November 22nd, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4105
Views: 234091

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Brent C l a y t o n wrote: November 22nd, 2020, 2:04 pm $55 is pretty high for eagle rare 10.
I though so too but I went to about 6 stores and was only able to locate this lone bottle. Grabbed it figuring the surcharge translates into a convenience charge as I was running out of options.
by TGigante
November 22nd, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4105
Views: 234091

Re: The Bourbon Thread

That's funny Tony. If you ask me I find Eagle Rare 10 year incredible and very hard to beat for a daily drinker. Around $30 IIRC. My tastes just cannot justify spending over $100 for anything. It is mostly just hype and demand from trophy hunters after that. There are some people that spend ridicul...
by TGigante
November 20th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4105
Views: 234091

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Keith_B wrote: November 20th, 2020, 4:42 pm
Brandon R wrote: November 20th, 2020, 9:23 am What's everyone's take on Stagg "Jr."? Good stuff?
Never had it, but also interested in feedback.
Me too. Saw it locally for $99 but wasn’t sure high proof bourbon is in my wheelhouse. Clocks in at 120 I believe
by TGigante
November 18th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Paprika, anyone?
Replies: 29
Views: 1397

Re: Favorite Paprika, anyone?

I always order from Nola in her Berserker Day offers
Sweet and also smoked. Both superb
by TGigante
November 15th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pink Bubbles
Replies: 21
Views: 1038

Re: Pink Bubbles

M.Kaplan wrote: November 14th, 2020, 2:04 pm Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis, under $25
Love this wine but wouldn't call it bubbles. A slight fizz is about all
by TGigante
November 14th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1803
Views: 99462

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Andrew Kotowski wrote: November 12th, 2020, 8:16 pm #porkchopthursday
Nice Corsican rose for pairing
Where did you pick that up Andrew?
I have gotten a few from Garagiste in the past, different maker
by TGigante
November 9th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tench 2018 release - Nov. 9
Replies: 15
Views: 1321

Re: Tench 2018 release - Nov. 9

Any NJ ites want to pick up a couple of bottles? I want to try a few but need 6 bottles for free shipping. Anyone want to add a couple of bottles to my order?
by TGigante
November 9th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 719
Views: 56422

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Oh ho, a cocktail controversy! [popcorn.gif] But in all seriousness, I too have a hard time picturing a Campari without the traditional bitter red aperitivo to balance out and complement the sweetness and baking spices of the vermouth. That said, I am intrigued by Kris' variation so I will try both...
by TGigante
November 9th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 719
Views: 56422

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Oh ho, a cocktail controversy! [popcorn.gif] But in all seriousness, I too have a hard time picturing a Campari without the traditional bitter red aperitivo to balance out and complement the sweetness and baking spices of the vermouth. That said, I am intrigued by Kris' variation so I will try both...
by TGigante
November 8th, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 719
Views: 56422

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Kris Patten wrote: November 8th, 2020, 3:29 pm Been on a bit of a run with the Boulevardier with 4 Roses Single Barrel, Small Batch or Select, Carpano Antica, Carpano Bitters at 0.5 oz to 2 oz Bourbon and a dash of smoke flavored bitters.
Bitters instead of the Campari, Kris?
by TGigante
October 19th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do people track their wine inventory in a Eurocave?
Replies: 34
Views: 1289

Re: How do people track their wine inventory in a Eurocave?

I split each "row" into a bin, and then for each bin I add notes for bottle location. For example, I would have "Bin C, bottle f2-1", which would indicate the 1st bottle on the 2nd level (since I stack multiple bottles in each row) in the front of the 3rd row. I use this method,...
by TGigante
October 15th, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4082
Views: 428860

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I just opened what I assume is my second of two bottles ordered of this one - 2010 Domaine Duseigneur “Cuvee Odyssee” (Lirac) – $13.86 (WA88) Offered and ordered in 2012. What a terrific "everyday-priced" bottle of juice! Mature, some fruit but some nice savory elements too, there's just ...
by TGigante
October 12th, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lazy decanting method.
Replies: 25
Views: 1528

Re: Lazy decanting method.

1) My lazy method of decanting is to pour a glass and then shake the remainder of the bottle. This only works with young wines with no sediment. 2) Wine specific decanters are highly overrated. Any pitcher will do and requires less effort than double decanting back into the bottle. I was also going...
by TGigante
October 2nd, 2020, 4:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4105
Views: 234091

Re: The Bourbon Thread

That's funny Tony. If you ask me I find Eagle Rare 10 year incredible and very hard to beat for a daily drinker. Around $30 IIRC. My tastes just cannot justify spending over $100 for anything. It is mostly just hype and demand from trophy hunters after that. There are some people that spend ridicul...
by TGigante
September 29th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61361

Re: #GlassFire

Great, thanks Karen - I hope the same is true for all their neighbors! (I see now that Sheldon's daughter has been posting updates on the "Paloma Vineyard" account, but I was looking for posts on Sheldon's account, which is the one I'm more used to seeing). A bit of positive news is alway...
by TGigante
September 29th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61361

Re: #GlassFire

Karen Troisi wrote: September 29th, 2020, 11:11 am Just posted by Schramsberg - more good news!
Hopefully more positive posts like this update and Merrill’s update
Really pains me to hear of the good folks who suffer losses
by TGigante
September 29th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61361

Re: #GlassFire

Karen Troisi wrote: September 29th, 2020, 11:11 am Just posted by Schramsberg - more good news!
Hopefully more positive posts like this update and Merrill’s update
Really pains me to hear of the good folks who suffer losses
by TGigante
September 29th, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4105
Views: 234091

Re: The Bourbon Thread

That's funny Tony. If you ask me I find Eagle Rare 10 year incredible and very hard to beat for a daily drinker. Around $30 IIRC. My tastes just cannot justify spending over $100 for anything. It is mostly just hype and demand from trophy hunters after that. There are some people that spend ridicul...
by TGigante
September 29th, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4105
Views: 234091

Re: The Bourbon Thread

If $500/bottle is in your wheelhouse, it's a fantastic bottle of bourbon. $400-$450 has been the going rate that I've seen, but... if you can't find it, it's a relative statement :D I effectively paid $430 for one that was shipped to me. Thanks Andrew Just trying to get honed in on pricing with all...
by TGigante
September 29th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4105
Views: 234091

Re: The Bourbon Thread

What is the secondary market price? $80-100+. The more recent releases have received stellar reviews from folks, so they may be more desirable at auction. The first couple of releases were panned. The Bottle Blue Book value is $100-120. I have found enough bottles of Stagg Jr. in NC and TN at retai...
by TGigante
September 28th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4105
Views: 234091

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Happened upon the better part of a case of Stagg Jr batch #14 130.2 at a Shop Rite Liquors in NJ for $59.99/btl while picking up a gyro at the Greek place next door. A4141655-16A1-4738-969B-F8DFB77FC0A0.jpeg Nice score. You need to find an auction site, stat :D What is the secondary market price?
by TGigante
September 16th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Manhattan Wine Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 549

Re: Manhattan Wine Storage

Juliec wrote: September 16th, 2020, 2:54 pm Tony and Mike, you may want to reach back and check.
Thanks Julie will do

When's the next offline??
by TGigante
September 16th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Manhattan Wine Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 549

Re: Manhattan Wine Storage

Mike C. wrote: September 16th, 2020, 11:46 am I checked earlier this year, and the facility is closed to new clients as they are at capacity.
Ugh
by TGigante
September 16th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Manhattan Wine Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 549

Re: Manhattan Wine Storage

Thanks Owen, Paul and Robert
I think Domaine is the other option here in North Jersey and that is a bit of a hike
I will contact Manhattan for a quote

Tony
by TGigante
September 16th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Manhattan Wine Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 549

Manhattan Wine Storage

Anyone store at their NJ location?
Pros/Cons?
Location is convenient for me. Looking to store about 15-20 cases. Mostly long term with not a lot of in and out
by TGigante
September 12th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 598
Views: 52008

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

2007 Biggio Hamina Cellars Syrah Deux Vert - This was my last pre-lockdown wine at a friend's house on 3/14 So far during SIP: 2016 Tercero Mourvèdre Rosé 2014 Zepaltas Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserkers' Cuvée (not a Berserker Day purchase) 2014 Liche...
by TGigante
September 1st, 2020, 7:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 234
Views: 27125

Re: RUM ... talk to me, people

Picked up this one yesterday. Don’t know much about rum other than what they put in Tiki cocktails

Going to try it in a few different things
Any suggestions?
by TGigante
August 29th, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: London Wine Club / Survey
Replies: 44
Views: 1814

Re: London Wine Club / Survey

Jonathan There is a value proposition in there somewhere. Keep hammering out the details and you can come up with a successful offering. I would rank the virtues to your target audience and price accordingly. To me the rank is as follows: 1) Having a wine locker at a restaurant I plan on frequenting...
by TGigante
August 11th, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 719
Views: 56422

Re: The Cocktail Thread

COCKTAIL CHRONICLES: THE "MIDORI" SOUR aka Japanese Slipper Time to move on. I was intrigued by the idea of a Midori sour but Midori liquor is impossible to get here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Therefore, I did a lot of research and came up with the original creation below. "MIDORI&...
by TGigante
August 11th, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2103
Views: 227932

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

neener Good to know how a non-existent or non-delivered wine would taste. Victor, I'm gonna cut you off hard at the pass. I spent a couple of weeks unpacking 6-7 pallets of MI wine and putting the bottles into shippers for existing orders. The tendonitis I developed in one elbow was evidence enough...
by TGigante
August 10th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: best hot dogs?
Replies: 73
Views: 5287

Re: best hot dogs?

Gil Bauer wrote: August 10th, 2020, 2:15 pm I like these:

https://www.piast.com/products/frankfurter

A pork/veal blend with natural casing from a Polish butcher in NJ.
Love their rye bread
Never tried their dogs
Will have to do a side by side with my fave
Swiss Pork Store
Fair Lawn, NJ
by TGigante
August 4th, 2020, 8:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 719
Views: 56422

Re: The Cocktail Thread

COCKTAIL CHRONICLES: ENTRE LAS SABANAS (Spanish variation of Between the Sheets) My next cocktail is a remake of a classic done with a trio of twists to it. Below is the variation I did on the Between the Sheets which I have renamed into the Spanish Entre las Sabanas: ENTRE LAS SABANAS Spirits: 1 P...

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