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by Jay T.
January 10th, 2018, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Pinot Noir Drinking Windows?
Replies: 56
Views: 4096

California Pinot Noir Drinking Windows?

There are really 2 questions here. 1) whether California PN will “last,” and 2) whether it will improve. California PN in general seems to last 10+ years just fine. I’ve had bottles of California PN over 10 years old across the stylistic and price ranges that were delicious. Were they better than wh...
by Jay T.
January 10th, 2018, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Pinot Noir Drinking Windows?
Replies: 56
Views: 4096

California Pinot Noir Drinking Windows?

There are really 2 questions here. 1) whether California PN will “last,” and 2) whether it will improve. California PN in general seems to last 10+ years just fine. I’ve had bottles of California PN over 10 years old across the stylistic and price ranges that were delicious. Were they better than wh...
by Jay T.
July 18th, 2017, 9:32 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Portland Maine Restaurant Recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 1078

Portland Maine Restaurant Recommendations

Thanks for reporting back, Dale. Regarding wine lists, Tempo Dulu's is better than most around here, as you'll discover when you come back. Drifter's Wife is a real outlier -- hopefully a harbinger of a better future in Maine. I try to support them every chance I get. But for now, even the best rest...
by Jay T.
July 8th, 2017, 12:40 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Portland Maine Restaurant Recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 1078

Portland Maine Restaurant Recommendations

Several recent threads on this. I wrote out a big list in the last one. Latest spots I'm into that I don't think I've mentioned before are izakaya minato, drifters wife (as good as everyone says), solo Italiano, and bayside bowl's awesome rooftop bar.
by Jay T.
July 3rd, 2017, 2:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Filet mignon - to grill or not to grill?
Replies: 21
Views: 1188

Filet mignon - to grill or not to grill?

Looks like I disagree with everybody else. I typically grill my steaks (reverse sear method discussed above). But I prefer cooking my filet mignon in a pan for the very reason you suggest: I think filets are best with a sauce, and I like pan sauces. My favorite is a mushroom cream sauce fortified wi...
by Jay T.
June 30th, 2017, 12:23 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lobster Shacks, Maine
Replies: 12
Views: 983

Lobster Shacks, Maine

Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster is my favorite on the Maine coast (my real favorite is Eagle's Nest in Brewer -- best lobster roll in the world). But HLL is in Freeport, which is outside the OP's requested range. My solution? Go to Freeport! Stop for lunch at HLL on your way up to Bar Harbor from Port...
by Jay T.
June 25th, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: N.V. Rare Wine Co. (Vinhos Barbeito) Madeira Historic Series George Washington Special Reserve
Replies: 8
Views: 537

TN: N.V. Rare Wine Co. (Vinhos Barbeito) Madeira Historic Series George Washington Special Reserve

It's like a Bual...but not as dark. The label has it listed as "medium sweet" and I'd say that with the acidity it could honestly pair with a normal meal. I may even have to run down the street to The Eagle's Nest to try this with a lobster roll. If you're in the area in August I should still have ...
by Jay T.
May 16th, 2017, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: To those who slow ox non-ancient wines, how do you do it?
Replies: 13
Views: 660

To those who slow ox non-ancient wines, how do you do it?

Jay, did you write about the travel shock and I missed it? I'd love to see that. I do want to try the test, but I'd need a number of people to give me some parameters. For example, does anyone take a 2000s Burg or Barolo, maybe pour out a couple ounces, then leave the bottle to slow breathe for the...
by Jay T.
May 16th, 2017, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: To those who slow ox non-ancient wines, how do you do it?
Replies: 13
Views: 660

To those who slow ox non-ancient wines, how do you do it?

Chris, I hope you do end up conducting the blind tasting experiment. Some of my favorite threads from a few years ago were about experimenting to test travel shock, and you inspired me to do the "ship wines to a friend and back" test. I'm not a "slow-oxer" but am not so convinced of its futility tha...
by Jay T.
May 11th, 2017, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oxford-Cambridge blind tasting contest--with new hard data!
Replies: 22
Views: 1330

Oxford-Cambridge blind tasting contest--with new hard data!

Loved the article, Dan. I had not read anything from you before but will now seek out.
by Jay T.
May 11th, 2017, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice re: Egon Muller
Replies: 60
Views: 3422

Advice re: Egon Muller

I've only had a few bottles of Egon Muller (and only the regular Scharzhofberger Kabinett and Spatlese), so it's entirely possible that I just haven't had the wow moment yet. But Egon Muller falls into the same category in my mind as the highest priced wines in every category. For me, they are never...
by Jay T.
April 30th, 2017, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4382

Home cellar

This is a really great cellar. We mostly made the same choices as you, other than we put a nice door on it and tiled the floor. Ours is 1/5 the size of yours though, and already pretty much full. I dearly wish we had a room like that.
by Jay T.
April 30th, 2017, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali syrah comparison (with critic tasting note analysis)
Replies: 15
Views: 1078

Cali syrah comparison (with critic tasting note analysis)

I haven't opened any of my 2011 Rhys Syrahs. So I won't argue with the OP. I will, however, say that I love Rhys Syrah, as much if not more than their other wines. I was bummed when they tore out the Syrah at Skyline, although I completely understand why they did. In my personal opinion, Rhys's Syra...
by Jay T.
April 30th, 2017, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 F.X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Loibner Berg (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)
Replies: 5
Views: 350

TN: 2006 F.X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Loibner Berg (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)

Always appreciate your notes. Your last sentence suggests that you share my opinion that FX Pichler often over-does it on the ripeness. When I first got into Austrian Riesling just a few years ago, I bought F.X. Pichler because it was at top of the pyramid in terms of reputation/price, and I figured...
by Jay T.
April 30th, 2017, 4:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinots with cola notes?
Replies: 52
Views: 2267

Pinots with cola notes?

The OP is interesting - 98% of people who talk about cola in California Pinot are those using the term to bash the wines. Which is their prerogative of course. Those of us who enjoy California Pinot don't seem to consider that prevalent. I don't taste it in KB or most of those maligned by cola desc...
by Jay T.
April 11th, 2017, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Living in fear of Drinking Windows
Replies: 42
Views: 1736

Living in fear of Drinking Windows

I also struggle with this. But I struggle more with drinking windows for California wines than I do Old World. I have no idea whether I should wait 10+ years to open any of my 21st Century Napa Cabs. Lately I've really enjoyed some RRV Pinot coming up on 10 years but have no idea if they'd fall apar...
by Jay T.
April 11th, 2017, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Evolution of Wine As a Hobby Created Barriers to Entry?
Replies: 23
Views: 1525

Has the Evolution of Wine As a Hobby Created Barriers to Entry?

I've enjoyed the responses and agree to a certain extent with the criticism/push-back against the link's hypothesis. A few additional thoughts: 1. I probably should have up-fronted the obvious potential problem with applying his hypothesis, which is the fact that wine is much more widely consumed to...
by Jay T.
April 11th, 2017, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nebbiolo daily drinkers?
Replies: 64
Views: 3705

Nebbiolo daily drinkers?

I'd pony up the extra few bucks for the Produttori's Barbaresco normale. It is a major step-up over their Nebbiolo Langhe. I agree with Ramon and dissent from the recommendations of the Produttori's Langhe. I've tried several vintages and have never liked it much. Since you can still find the Norma...
by Jay T.
April 11th, 2017, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers Marie - Educate Me
Replies: 13
Views: 1230

Rivers Marie - Educate Me

The Pinots are crowd-pleasers. Almost all of them have an orange peel note that I've occasionally found in other Sonoma Coast Pinots, but never to the same extent. They are interesting and almost always enjoyable. Definitely New World, but not high alcohol or heavy. I've actually had slightly more m...
by Jay T.
April 6th, 2017, 5:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best BBQ near Durham and Duke University
Replies: 12
Views: 1028

Best BBQ near Durham and Duke University

I like q shack in Durham. Not an old school place, but they do a good job. It's the best I've found in the area, and I've tried most of them. I didn't love Allen's. And q shack is very convenient to Duke.
by Jay T.
April 3rd, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Evolution of Wine As a Hobby Created Barriers to Entry?
Replies: 23
Views: 1525

Has the Evolution of Wine As a Hobby Created Barriers to Entry?

I came across an interesting internet blog post from an economist on the way people's engagement in their interests/hobbies has changed over time. Here it is: http://www.arnoldkling.com/blog/narrower-deeper-older/ The title is the observation: "Narrower, Deeper, Older." One note: by narrower, he mea...
by Jay T.
March 30th, 2017, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris Wines (Long, probably boring, but with prices and pics)
Replies: 12
Views: 1375

Paris Wines (Long, probably boring, but with prices and pics)

I wish more people included information like this in their travel posts. Great post
by Jay T.
March 16th, 2017, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old World in the New.
Replies: 51
Views: 3008

Old World in the New.

Tablas Creek (Beaucastel). I think the wines are quite good
by Jay T.
March 16th, 2017, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Changing Tastes, or "Why Did I Stop Buying Williams Selyem?"
Replies: 65
Views: 4722

Thoughts on Changing Tastes, or "Why Did I Stop Buying Williams Selyem?"

Guilt is a terrible thing. You are feeling guilty for enjoying a wine that "true Burgundy lovers" would scoff at? This is a great example of the kind of experience that many of us will have if we are honest about what is in the glass. Had a similar experience at a friend's house recently. An acquai...
by Jay T.
March 16th, 2017, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Changing Tastes, or "Why Did I Stop Buying Williams Selyem?"
Replies: 65
Views: 4722

Thoughts on Changing Tastes, or "Why Did I Stop Buying Williams Selyem?"

I appreciate the responses. Since my objective in posting included doing some self-criticism (thereby opening myself up to external criticism too), I'll try not to be too defensive. There's a lot of merit in most of the posts. I do think GregT missed the point in an uncharitable way in order to laun...
by Jay T.
March 15th, 2017, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Changing Tastes, or "Why Did I Stop Buying Williams Selyem?"
Replies: 65
Views: 4722

Thoughts on Changing Tastes, or "Why Did I Stop Buying Williams Selyem?"

I don't usually post tasting notes. In fact, I haven't even started a new thread on Wine Talk in months. But my wife and I hosted a wine tasting party a few weeks ago, and I've been thinking about the reactions ever since. Specifically: Two separate bottles of 2008 Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverbloc...
by Jay T.
March 9th, 2017, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most annoying posts about Burgundy -- updated with bonus material
Replies: 82
Views: 7574

Most annoying posts about Burgundy

Maybe it would be better if all the Burgundy posts were about what lists people were on. People could discuss how they were on too many lists, flipping opportunities, why all the offerings come out at the same time, flipping opportunities, what lists should be dropped and, of course, flipping oppor...
by Jay T.
February 1st, 2017, 12:20 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Budapest in March
Replies: 23
Views: 1708

Budapest in March

My wife and I went to Budapest in early April last year. We love it. We stayed in the city the whole time, so I can't help you there (although we loved Vienna on another trip). But here are my recommendations -- drink lots of wine at all of these (Hungarian wine is awesome): 1. Bock Bisztró (origina...
by Jay T.
January 25th, 2017, 2:13 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Portland, Maine
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Portland, Maine

I totally forgot to mention beer tasting rooms. If you are into beer, the hottest brewery in Portland, Bissell Brothers, recently opened a tasting room in a redevelopment area called Thompson's Point. There's a distillery and even a winery tasting room over there too, all in the same complex. Plus a...
by Jay T.
January 23rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Portland, Maine
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Portland, Maine

I live in the Portland area now, so I don't have up-to-date personal recommendations for hotels. That said, I'd be strongly tempted by the Danforth Inn , which houses one of my favorite Portland restaurants, Tempo Dulu . I've heard very good things about their updated rooms as well. Other hotels to ...
by Jay T.
January 23rd, 2017, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 2017 Spring Release
Replies: 96
Views: 10853

Rivers-Marie 2017 Spring Release

Crap. You snooze, you lose. I was traveling last week and didn't have a chance to log in and order until today. Everything is gone! On a related note, I've opened a few R-M Pinots from 2008-2011 in the past few weeks and have been really impressed with how they are evolving. Just when I had recommit...
by Jay T.
January 17th, 2017, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Rivers Marie Occidental Ridge Pinot Noir
Replies: 5
Views: 612

2011 Rivers Marie Occidental Ridge Pinot Noir

I also had this the other night, but I enjoyed it right from the start. I decanted it-- more for fun presentation at a small dinner party of non-wine people. Frankly, I pulled it not expecting a great wine, but it was close to spectacular. One of the best R-M Pinots I've had in awhile, for my tastes.
by Jay T.
November 29th, 2016, 12:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Wisconsin Cheese Spread Love
Replies: 8
Views: 545

Wisconsin Cheese Spread Love

My dad received a stoneware crock of this stuff around Christmas-time every year from a salesman in Wisconsin. Delicious. I'd love to find it again. Does anybody know if you can still get it in the crock?
by Jay T.
October 30th, 2016, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm thinking Cellarpro- how long do they last?
Replies: 37
Views: 2181

I'm thinking Cellarpro- how long do they last?

I've only had my cellar pro 3200vsi for 2.5 years, but it runs between 60-75% of the time depending on the season and we've had no problems. Very happy with it.
by Jay T.
October 24th, 2016, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: glasses at Conundrum Wine Bistro, Freeport Maine, again
Replies: 10
Views: 866

glasses at Conundrum Wine Bistro, Freeport Maine, again

Thanks for the report, Peter. I think you've mentioned this place before. I'm not sure why I've never checked it out. It's right around the corner from our YMCA. But it sounds great, and I love the idea of a high quality wine bistro existing in such a random location just off the interstate under t...
by Jay T.
October 21st, 2016, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: glasses at Conundrum Wine Bistro, Freeport Maine, again
Replies: 10
Views: 866

glasses at Conundrum Wine Bistro, Freeport Maine, again

Thanks for the report, Peter. I think you've mentioned this place before. I'm not sure why I've never checked it out. It's right around the corner from our YMCA. But it sounds great, and I love the idea of a high quality wine bistro existing in such a random location just off the interstate under th...
by Jay T.
October 21st, 2016, 11:55 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: where to eat in Boston and Portland, Maine?
Replies: 33
Views: 1517

where to eat in Boston and Portland, Maine?

Ate at Fore Street in Portland on Tuesday night this week. This time of year is a great time to go. The roaring fires with meat turning on spits and a slight smokiness in the air really hit the right atmospheric notes on a cool, drizzly Fall evening. Also, after a series of service disappointments a...
by Jay T.
October 6th, 2016, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous California
Replies: 15
Views: 1999

Vinous California

This webpage doesn't provide any information in response to the OP's question. Did you mean to post a different link?
by Jay T.
October 3rd, 2016, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Go-To Wine Varieties --- tight budget version
Replies: 51
Views: 1922

Your Go-To Wine Varieties --- tight budget version

Dry whites from Spain or Greece are my go-to.

Edit: since the OP asked for varieties, I'll specify Assyrtilko and Albarino.

Reds are harder for me too, but I'd probably echo Tuscan Sangiovese (Chianti or Montepulciano).
by Jay T.
September 26th, 2016, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth year strategy
Replies: 54
Views: 1935

Birth year strategy

I personally think buying "birth year" wines is one of the biggest gimmicks out there. If- and it is a big if- your child is an avid oenophile, they would prefer drinking good bottles in general, not bottles from their birth year. Take the money you would spend on the wine, put it into an account f...
by Jay T.
September 26th, 2016, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth year strategy
Replies: 54
Views: 1935

Birth year strategy

I personally think buying "birth year" wines is one of the biggest gimmicks out there. If- and it is a big if- your child is an avid oenophile, they would prefer drinking good bottles in general, not bottles from their birth year. Take the money you would spend on the wine, put it into an account f...
by Jay T.
September 26th, 2016, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Backfilling -- Auction vs Retail
Replies: 15
Views: 1499

Backfilling -- Auction vs Retail

I would say that at least in part, it depends what you are seeking. Cru Barolo is getting increasingly more difficult to backfill at retail. This is really true. When I became enamored of Barolo in 2011, I began backfilling strong second tier producers (i.e. the Mascarellos, Rinaldi, Cappellano) mo...
by Jay T.
September 14th, 2016, 9:57 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: where to eat in Boston and Portland, Maine?
Replies: 33
Views: 1517

where to eat in Boston and Portland, Maine?

I think Michel's recommendations are mostly good except for Vinland. We've been twice and will not be returning. The only reason to go is the gimmick. The actual food is bad, as is the service and the atmosphere. And don't get me started on the cocktails. I haven't been, but I've heard good things,...
by Jay T.
September 12th, 2016, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Wines From Warm Vintages Age?
Replies: 50
Views: 2162

Do Wines From Warm Vintages Age?

Of the list that Jeff gave, the only one that I'd heard of as being a "hot" vintage was 2003. Maybe we are just defining things differently. Noah... You can read summaries on all those vintages, including peak temperatures and decide for yourself. After reading the stats, I'd be curious if you stil...
by Jay T.
September 12th, 2016, 8:11 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: where to eat in Boston and Portland, Maine?
Replies: 33
Views: 1517

where to eat in Boston and Portland, Maine?

I think Michel's recommendations are mostly good except for Vinland. We've been twice and will not be returning. The only reason to go is the gimmick. The actual food is bad, as is the service and the atmosphere. And don't get me started on the cocktails.
by Jay T.
September 9th, 2016, 7:28 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: where to eat in Boston and Portland, Maine?
Replies: 33
Views: 1517

where to eat in Boston and Portland, Maine?

I almost forgot: for some of the best sushi you can get anywhere in America, go to Miyake. It's better than anything I ever found in 7 years in San Francisco.
by Jay T.
September 9th, 2016, 7:24 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: where to eat in Boston and Portland, Maine?
Replies: 33
Views: 1517

where to eat in Boston and Portland, Maine?

I ate at Union for the first time a few weeks ago and didn't enjoy it at all. It's a hotel restaurant and feels like it. Here are my current Portland recommendations: 1. Central Provisions really is worth trying to get in. Great food and in my mind the poster-child for the current Portland dining sc...
by Jay T.
September 9th, 2016, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The myth of letting wines breathe
Replies: 861
Views: 40444

The myth of letting wines breathe

But if your representations as to the consensus in the field of "wine science" regarding the detrimental effect of decanting on subjective experience are actually rooted in "perceptual psychology," I apologize. I look forward to your presentation of experiments conducted by perceptual psychologists...
by Jay T.
September 8th, 2016, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The myth of letting wines breathe
Replies: 861
Views: 40444

The myth of letting wines breathe

I apologize if I misrepresented your statement, Anders. Your post, which I quoted directly, says nothing about psychology but does make claims based on chemistry. The only "wine science" you have specifically discussed anywhere in this thread is to a book by a botanist. The actual passages you quote...

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