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by Mont Stern
November 11th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 83
Views: 4928

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

My wife and were in Burgundy in October 2018 and the winemakers seemed very pleased for the most part with 2018 and based on the impression I ended up bidding and getting a barrel of Volnay in the Hospice de Beaune action. We detoured back to Beaune in June to taste it and were able to taste other 2...
by Mont Stern
October 12th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Port tastings in Porto
Replies: 9
Views: 1242

Re: Port tastings in Porto

As far as tours, I would suggest Calem. Of all of the Sogevinus tours, theirs is the best.
by Mont Stern
September 2nd, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Max Ferd. Richter - Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 28
Views: 853

Re: TN: 2016 Max Ferd. Richter - Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

I went to a Massanois tasting led by Dirk Richter. I thought the Spatlese had so much more going on in this vintage and ended up buying a case of it. I also bought 2 bottles of his 2016 Mülheimer Helenenkloster Riesling Eiswein which was a real standout to me.
by Mont Stern
September 2nd, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: non-Napa wine regions
Replies: 7
Views: 1249

Re: non-Napa wine regions

Paso Robles. A good place to stay. https://www.allegrettovineyardresort.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjw-7LrBRB6EiwAhh1yX0PaACpjsLv6km4hAQpu2BMoB_GsrJNP3N0QdBqcPd13hE_SOFwIgBoCLKwQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds A couple to visit that aren't quite as well known. https://www.dennervineyards.com/ https://www.lonemadrone.com/...
by Mont Stern
May 16th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hungarian wine to bring back to the states
Replies: 11
Views: 415

Re: Hungarian wine to bring back to the states

I know you said you prefer whites but the following Bordeaux blends would open eyes and be great ringers in a blind tasting. Attila Cuvee from Gere Attila Bock Capella Cuvee Send them to the Bock Bisztro in Budapest and they can have a great meal and buy wine for you. The Other thing not to forget i...
by Mont Stern
May 2nd, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Trip to Spain.....Need help!
Replies: 48
Views: 3101

Re: Trip to Spain.....Need help!

If you still go to Mallorca leave room in the suitcase for shoes. Carmina shoes and George's handmade shoes are exceptional quality. If you skip Mallorca El Corte Ingles has a selection.
With 3 I would look at apartment rentals and have some space.
by Mont Stern
April 28th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hospice de Beaune labels
Replies: 9
Views: 759

Re: Hospice de Beaune labels

Mont, Who is doing your elevage? Albert Bichot. They do the most elevage and have the infrastructure and economy of scale in place. In 2018 they are doing 161 barrels which is 20% of the total. They will do larger bottles. They quoted me 2 euros a magnum and 12 euros for jerobaums. How much does a ...
by Mont Stern
April 28th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 9258

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

This BB is the current evolution that started with the Prodigy BB that migrated to the Parker website once the web took hold and made services like AOL and Prodigy obsolete. The banning of people and the pay wall essentially cemented this website as the current evolution. Over the years I have atten...
by Mont Stern
April 27th, 2019, 5:45 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris itinerary / wine accessible restaurants
Replies: 24
Views: 1322

Re: Paris itinerary / wine accessible restaurants

If you are into Burgundy I would suggest Les Climats.
http://lesclimats.fr/
by Mont Stern
April 27th, 2019, 5:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Burgundy restaurants?
Replies: 12
Views: 940

Re: Burgundy restaurants?

https://www.lhoteldebeaune.com/en/bistro/ Bring an appetite and order the Poularde de Bresse. http://restaurant-meursault.fr/ wine geek favorite. http://www.le-montrachet.com/ I know you said no 3 star restaurants but I would suggest you reconsider because Eric Pras is the real deal and not resting ...
by Mont Stern
April 27th, 2019, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hospice de Beaune labels
Replies: 9
Views: 759

Re: Hospice de Beaune labels

Awesome! Which barrel did you purchase? My husband purchased a barrel in 2012 (before I met him) and put his name on the bottle. The script is small so it doesn't look to over the top. We also only drink it for our family consumption, so his name on the bottle is just fine. I bought Volnay premier ...
by Mont Stern
April 25th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hospice de Beaune labels
Replies: 9
Views: 759

Hospice de Beaune labels

I purchased a barrel at the 2018 Hospice de Beaune auction. I am still torn if I should put anything more than just my name on the label with the alloted characters. Any thoughts?
by Mont Stern
March 29th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Aspen, Telluride and Vail Restaurants
Replies: 11
Views: 534

Re: Aspen, Telluride and Vail Restaurants

The more years that I have been traveling to the Rockies, the more my luggage consists of food and wine to cook my own meals.
by Mont Stern
March 28th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16743

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Buy Burgundy instead. [winner.gif] https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/burgundy-2018-vintage-rival-mythical-1947-404473/ We were in Burgundy this fall and whether it rivals 1947 remains to be seen but after a number of difficult vintages there were a lot of happy winemakers that we spoke with. I let ...
by Mont Stern
March 24th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Deciding on two Wineries
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: Deciding on two Wineries

We visited Barnett a few years ago and the view, hospitality and wine were all first rate. However, we haven't visited Cade so I can't compare.
by Mont Stern
March 18th, 2019, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where Are The Franconia Wines???...David??
Replies: 14
Views: 761

Re: Where Are The Franconia Wines???...David??

Some nice pinot noirs in this region.
by Mont Stern
March 5th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recycled uses for OWC’s
Replies: 17
Views: 1049

Re: Recycled uses for OWC’s

My kids made bookshelves with mine.
by Mont Stern
February 28th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Tour---Marchand-Tawse, Drouhin, Taupenot-Merme
Replies: 7
Views: 995

Re: TNs--Mike on Tour---Marchand-Tawse, Drouhin, Taupenot-Merme

Mike:
When you go back in 2020, go back to Drouhin and offer to pay more for the good stuff. For an extra 150 euros, they let me taste their best and I walked away very satiated.
by Mont Stern
February 18th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine List Help - Jiko (Disney Animal Kingdom)
Replies: 24
Views: 1426

Re: Wine List Help - Jiko (Disney Animal Kingdom)

MR De Compostella, Red Blend -
Stellenbosch '11
by Mont Stern
February 16th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Margaux non vintage
Replies: 12
Views: 937

Re: Chateau Margaux non vintage

The Ginestet family was cash strapped in the 60's and 70's so I am not surprised they would try to salvage a weak vintage. Interesting bottle for sure as a conversation piece but not likely a very good wine. Where was Parker when Chateau Margaux was such an underachiever. Like him or not but his inf...
by Mont Stern
February 16th, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most consistent non first growth boardeax?
Replies: 35
Views: 1905

Re: Most consistent non first growth boardeax?

I would add La Mission Haut Brion. I agree with many of the prior choices.
by Mont Stern
February 16th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay Suggestions
Replies: 59
Views: 2227

Re: Chardonnay Suggestions

Matthiasson Linda Vista Vineyard
by Mont Stern
February 16th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 58
Views: 4645

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

Friends that ave toured Oregon wineries tell me that this has happened in Portland.
by Mont Stern
February 16th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the Producers of Volnay
Replies: 115
Views: 5451

Re: Understanding the Producers of Volnay

We also visited Laurent Boussey in Monthelie and Charles Francois & Fils in Ladoix. I was impressed with the Volnay "Les Mitans" from both producers. Charles Francois was suggested by our tour guide. Since I haven't seen their wines for sale in the US, I purchased a case and shipped it home.
by Mont Stern
February 15th, 2019, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the Producers of Volnay
Replies: 115
Views: 5451

Re: Understanding the Producers of Volnay

I visited Volnay this past October. Pierrick Bouley has taken over from his parents Rayne and Pascal. He has taken their winery to new heights and the prices haven't caught up to the current quality. Rayne showed us excellent hospitality. I would not hesitate to buy any of their 15, 16 or 17 and of ...
by Mont Stern
February 7th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 5078

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

I am going to throw a ball from left field. In that price range for interesting pinot noir, I would go with Germany for delivering the most bang for the buck. Throw another $10 to the mix and Germany really pulls away from the competition. Thank global warming and some dedicated wine makers. Juliann...
by Mont Stern
February 1st, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Any Experience with TAP Airlines?
Replies: 11
Views: 602

Re: Any Experience with TAP Airlines?

I have flown TAP and was satisfied. Wish I could say the same for AA and UA recently. :(
by Mont Stern
February 1st, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 45
Views: 4560

Re: Lisbon?

https://www.portobay.com/en/hotels/lisbon-hotels/portobay-liberdade/ Fancy meal http://www.restaurantefeitoria.com/ Cheaper meal https://geral24128.wixsite.com/cervejariaramiro/copia-home Don't forget one of the best bargains in Portugal. High quality shoes are cheaper than other places. https://sap...
by Mont Stern
January 30th, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I am a CT delinquent.
Replies: 112
Views: 3929

Re: I am a CT delinquent.

I am also in the delinquent group. Having to work with electronic medical records has made me come to detest all "busy work." My solution is that I bought a Dymo printer and bar code reader. I am paying one of my daughter's friends to bar code and organize my wine. She is about halfway through the t...
by Mont Stern
January 27th, 2019, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rochester NY, Favorite Wine Shop and Wine Restaurants?
Replies: 15
Views: 558

Re: Rochester NY, Favorite Wine Shop and Wine Restaurants?

Andrew: Not sure if you are into Burgundy. Kodak had their European factory in Chalon so their engineers, chemists and executives visited frequently. Before Century was sold to Wegmans they were across the street from Kodak. Back in the day Sherwood was very welcome in Beaune because he purchased in...
by Mont Stern
January 3rd, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly: style?
Replies: 11
Views: 1162

Re: Haut Bailly: style?

About a year before Bob Wilmers death, I attended a vertical tasting where he also brought Veronique Sanders along. The take away was the consistency that Haut Bailly has obtained with his investment and leadership. The goal was not to make Parkerized wine but to bring it back to the glory days of t...
by Mont Stern
December 17th, 2018, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine cabinets vs storage
Replies: 45
Views: 1654

Re: Wine cabinets vs storage

Wine cabinets are not refrigerators that are meant to cool many degrees from ambient temperature so a 80 degree garage is a sure way to make it fail. I have 2 500 bottle cabinets in my study. that I repurposed because no need for the massive desk and file cabinets anymore.
by Mont Stern
December 17th, 2018, 5:50 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 53
Views: 2595

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

That is an unfortunate impression. I have visited France eight times now, the most recent visit being last week, and have felt very welcome each time. I mean no disrespect Tom, but I meant "our kind" to Dan in a way that I don't think applies to you. https://www.politico.eu/article/sharp-rise-in-an...
by Mont Stern
October 6th, 2018, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For you Cab Franc lovers, a new Washington project with a Franc focus...
Replies: 28
Views: 1441

Re: For you Cab Franc lovers, a new Washington project with a Franc focus...

Steve Crawford wrote:
October 5th, 2018, 8:00 am
im down for cab franc that is actually ripe.
http://foreignaffairwinery.com/

The Niagara region in Ontario is my favorite place in North America for cab franc.
by Mont Stern
September 20th, 2018, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred method of drinking (and saving) partial bottles
Replies: 21
Views: 1012

Re: Preferred method of drinking (and saving) partial bottles

That's what I bought, Mont. Thanks for the suggestion. Couple of follow-on questions: - In your experience -- how long can you keep a bottle of fairly mature wine (like a '96 BDX, for example)? - Do you ever resulfite (sic) the wine in the process? That's probably riskier business on a number of le...
by Mont Stern
September 20th, 2018, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hypothetical: If you're hosting a bunch of Berserkers...
Replies: 65
Views: 1608

Re: Hypothetical: If you're hosting a bunch of Berserkers...

Getting back on topic, copious amounts of Flannery beef and unbreakable glassware.
by Mont Stern
September 20th, 2018, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Bartlett Blueberry Winemaker's Reserve
Replies: 11
Views: 306

Re: TN: 2010 Bartlett Blueberry Winemaker's Reserve

Kirk, I'm about ready to pull the trigger on these, but a I read your notes, I get the sense that if served blind, you wouldn't know that these are made from blueberries. Do I have that right? Several years ago, I went to an offline in Boston that Ron Kramer put together and someone brought it as a...
by Mont Stern
September 20th, 2018, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred method of drinking (and saving) partial bottles
Replies: 21
Views: 1012

Re: Preferred method of drinking (and saving) partial bottles

https://www.amazon.com/Volumetric-Stopper-Premium-Borosilicate-Graduation/dp/B01FGDC9K4/ref=sr_1_21_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1537453886&sr=8-21-spons&keywords=volumetric+flask+250ml&psc=1&smid=ACTB8CBED46SR If you want to spend more, you can buy Pyrex flasks. All you need is a small funnel. This has ben my ...
by Mont Stern
September 20th, 2018, 7:04 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Champagne day trip from Paris
Replies: 10
Views: 938

Champagne day trip from Paris

I have never visited Champagne and would like to do a one day side trip from Paris. Obviously, I would to visit at least one grower and taste something like Krug. Suggestions?
by Mont Stern
September 9th, 2018, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Penfolds Grange (Australia, South Australia)
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Re: TN: 1995 Penfolds Grange (Australia, South Australia)

One of the advantages of getting old is being able to post stuff like Grange was $40/btl when I started buying it in the '80s. I bought regularly through the 80s and 90s but quit when the price approached $200. The 1998 was my last. +1 Actually I haven't bought anything from Australia in at least 7...
by Mont Stern
September 7th, 2018, 7:33 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Turin For a Couple Days
Replies: 6
Views: 422

Re: Turin For a Couple Days

by Mont Stern
August 29th, 2018, 1:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 45
Views: 4560

Re: Lisbon?

In addition, it is worth a taxi or Uber to go to Feitoria in the hotel in the Altis Belem Hotel. The tasting menu was amazing. http://www.restaurantefeitoria.com/ Another aspect of travel to Portugal and Spain is that high quality shoes are a major bargain. For Portugese shoes, go to Sapataria do Ca...
by Mont Stern
August 10th, 2018, 7:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: After Venice ... Ideas please
Replies: 19
Views: 1193

After Venice ... Ideas please

I looked at Google maps. You could drive to Torino or Piemonte wine country in under 4 hours from Venice. Given the actual speeds that Italians drive on the Autostrada, I bet you could even do better. November makes me think of truffles and Barolo/Barbaresco. Torino has a great automobile museum and...
by Mont Stern
July 1st, 2018, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Denner Dirt Worshipper
Replies: 12
Views: 494

2008 Denner Dirt Worshipper

I was in Paso Robles in May and Denner was one of my favorite tastings. I ended up joining the wine club and shipped red wines home. Because I have so much wine, I am not sure how long I will remain but Anthony Yount has settled into making bigger wines that are not over the top like Parkerized Aust...
by Mont Stern
June 13th, 2018, 7:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: what is your favorite paris hotel-and why?
Replies: 18
Views: 1223

what is your favorite paris hotel-and why?

George V used to be tops for me but my favourite is now the Raffles Royal Monceau. Absolutely beautiful, quirky rooms. 22m swimming pool in the basement with glass roof to courtyard above. Great to hear. We booked a week there in the end of October. champagne.gif I am the top tier in Fairmont's Pre...
by Mont Stern
June 2nd, 2018, 4:15 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario: Restaurant recommendation.
Replies: 8
Views: 753

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario: Restaurant recommendation.

I would eat at On the Twenty at Cave Spring. I also like the restaurant at Redstone Winery.
by Mont Stern
May 3rd, 2018, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Store Recommendations in Spain
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Wine Store Recommendations in Spain

https://www.vilaviniteca.es/en/

If Barcelona is not part of your trip, they ship wine.
by Mont Stern
April 9th, 2018, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on best QPR on this list
Replies: 17
Views: 1204

Thoughts on best QPR on this list

Thank you for the suggestions. I spoke to the wine director and agreed on the following. Unfortunately, no corkage in Boston. :( Or I will have culled my cellar. 2015 Villa Mathilde, Falanghina 2016 Costaripa, 'Rosamara' 2013 Dolcetto, Giacomo Fenocchio 2013 Marchesi de Frescobaldi, 'Nipozzano', Chi...

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