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by Mont Stern
January 21st, 2021, 3:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 92
Views: 5154

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

When they were a small outfit in CA years ago the wines that you could find there were much more interesting. At this point the only thing we buy is the Duchenne Napoleon brandy to make side cars for my wife and friends.
by Mont Stern
January 18th, 2021, 6:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Fingers crossed. Booked 15 days in Italy for September 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 545

Re: Fingers crossed. Booked 15 days in Italy for September 2021

I have pushed the Italy trip I booked a year ago for this April before COVID took off. I postponed it until October and finally to the beginning of May 2022 where I am totally confident that restrictions won't be an issue.
by Mont Stern
January 18th, 2021, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Fonseca Porto Vintage...
Replies: 13
Views: 692

Re: 2017 Fonseca Porto Vintage...

I attended the IVDP tasting where they officially declared the 2017 vintage. 2017 was a vintage where producers would have to actively screw up not to make excellent wine. The wines were surprisingly approachable and enjoyable young. Of the major producers, Niepoort was the least enjoyable young. If...
by Mont Stern
January 3rd, 2021, 4:51 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB. 2008 Cristal and 2008 Dom. By the case
Replies: 8
Views: 894

Re: WTB. 2008 Cristal and 2008 Dom. By the case

alan weinberg wrote: January 2nd, 2021, 8:57 pm $235 for Cristal on w-s pro.
Look at fine print on most store sites. I ordered a bottle from 2 different stores because local stores sold out of 2008 and 2012 was substituted. [swearing.gif] 2012 is also great but not the point.
by Mont Stern
December 30th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How good is the 2005 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 105
Views: 7628

Re: How good is the 2005 Burgundy vintage

Jay Miller wrote: December 30th, 2020, 1:21 pm IMO far too early to judge. Ask me again in 10 years if I'm still alive.
+1
by Mont Stern
December 29th, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1047
Views: 54861

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I see what some will has as 2021 New Year's resolutions. Drink more than you buy. I also have failed for the past few years.
by Mont Stern
December 29th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on FrankCornelissen
Replies: 61
Views: 5056

Re: NYTimes: Asimov on FrankCornelissen

I am being flippant here but with what we have experienced in 2020, I should open 6 bottles of Munjabel tomorrow and on New Year's Eve. My experience with his wines is pretty comparable to the 2020 experience. [winner.gif] Once the clock strikes midnight I would then open an Ultramarine or 08 Crista...
by Mont Stern
December 27th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ultramarine Blanc de Blanc, Heintz Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 575

Re: TN: 2013 Ultramarine Blanc de Blanc, Heintz Vineyard

I have been undecided what to open for New Year's but seeing this review and the other one on the 2016 Rose are reminders that I don’t need to only consider Champagne. My favorite domestic sparkler. I have never shared a bottle with someone who wasn't impressed.
by Mont Stern
December 27th, 2020, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Remoissenet Père et Fils Le Montrachet
Replies: 1
Views: 286

Re: TN: 1995 Remoissenet Père et Fils Le Montrachet

I had one of these at a restaurant 5 years ago. I remember being extremely impressed.
by Mont Stern
December 27th, 2020, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The zenith of score inflation?
Replies: 64
Views: 5339

Re: The zenith of score inflation?

I have mentioned to more than one wine merchant that an email from them with a high Suckling score is an instant delete. Obviously I am in the minority because they still do it. [snort.gif] deadhorse
by Mont Stern
December 26th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 299
Views: 20507

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

My wife insists that I use water from a Zero Water pitcher whenever I make coffee or tea and I can attest that it makes a huge difference in needing to descale. Big fan of the Moccamaster with the thermal carafe.
https://zerowater.com/
by Mont Stern
December 26th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Hand Picked Selections Consumer Offer With 10% Discount
Replies: 26
Views: 1828

Re: Hand Picked Selections Consumer Offer With 10% Discount

Done.
On another note my family really enjoyed your Domaine Cabirau Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas with our Christmas Chinese food. Great QPR.
by Mont Stern
December 26th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embrace your cellar diversity
Replies: 114
Views: 4799

Re: Embrace your cellar diversity

France 48.7%
Italy 17.6%
USA 15.4%
Germany 9.2%
Australia 2.8%
Portugal 1.7 %
Canada 1.5%
Spain 1.5 %
South Africa 0.3%
NZ 0.3%
Austria 0.2%
Switzerland 0.2%
Argentina 0.1%
Hungary 0.1%
1 or 2 bottles from a few other countries.
by Mont Stern
December 21st, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Private Cellar of Joseph Phelps to be Sold
Replies: 45
Views: 6199

Re: Private Cellar of Joseph Phelps to be Sold

What a difference a decade makes. Barney Rhodes died in 2008 and with the exception of things like 1974 Heitz Martha's Vineyard there were plenty of bargains of CA cabs with impeccable storage. I did a tasting for friends and drank a bunch and there were no bad bottles. At these prices for the Phelp...
by Mont Stern
December 10th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Massandra up for auction?!
Replies: 14
Views: 1052

Re: Massandra up for auction?!

After the fall of the Soviet Union a bunch of these hit the market and I bought a bunch and had a tasting in the early 2000's. From memory I think the sweet spot of their wines in the Soviet regime was the late 20's to mid 30's. My notes are long gone but the tasting was eye opening for myself and g...
by Mont Stern
December 8th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Feeling optimistic - Burgundy Hotel recommendations for July?
Replies: 19
Views: 1354

Re: Feeling optimistic - Burgundy Hotel recommendations for July?

Marshall Manning wrote: December 8th, 2020, 10:39 am One of the better places we used to stay on the Kermit Lynch buying trips: http://www.hotel-cep-beaune.com/en/
+1
by Mont Stern
December 3rd, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)
Replies: 136
Views: 12270

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added E. Grasso Ginestra Casa Mate)

Decanted for 1h and tasted next a glass of P. Scavino Carobric for reference. 2016 Elio Grasso Ginestra Casa Mate Another great 2016 Barolo. Interesting and masculine nose with black cherry fruit, something a little musky, a bit of camp fire, and some rust. Just a little heat. Bit richer than other...
by Mont Stern
December 2nd, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?
Replies: 80
Views: 3131

Re: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?

The easy and cheap method that offers the maximum protection against the wine advancing is, right after opening it, to pour a portion through a funnel into a smaller container all the way to the very top (an empty half wine bottle, a plastic water bottle, whatever) and put the cork or screw cap on....
by Mont Stern
December 2nd, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2018 Red Burgundies are you Buying?
Replies: 132
Views: 7929

Re: What 2018 Red Burgundies are you Buying?

I bought a barrel of Hopspices de Beaune Volnay 1er cru General Muteau. I was able to taste it in 2019. I am trying to wait out the tariffs before shipping it but I might have to eat them if no resolution. [swearing.gif]
by Mont Stern
October 20th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Boussey Volnay 1er Cru Les Taillepieds
Replies: 5
Views: 450

Re: TN: 2017 Boussey Volnay 1er Cru Les Taillepieds

I also bought 4 of these. My wife and I visited Laurent in 2018 and were impressed with what we tasted. His whites are also worth seeking out. Several young winemakers in Burgundy are bringing their domaines to new heights.
by Mont Stern
August 4th, 2020, 3:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 241
Views: 11939

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

I ended up buying a barrel of Volnay 1er cru Dr. Muteau in the 2018 Hospices de Beaune auction in 2018 so that will be my biggest holding when I actually import it. Keeping my fingers crossed the tariffs will be repealed. Prior to that cases were the most of any wine.
by Mont Stern
August 3rd, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 82
Views: 7244

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

$15 per bottle shipping. [swearing.gif]
by Mont Stern
August 2nd, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Patina in LA closing
Replies: 6
Views: 1793

Re: Patina in LA closing

I didn't realize that Delaware North had purchased the Patina Restaurant Group and that Patina 250 in Buffalo was under that umbrella until I read this article.
by Mont Stern
June 21st, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remoissenet
Replies: 19
Views: 946

Re: Remoissenet

They are a really all over the place as far as quality and had relationships with both good and mediocre growers. Back in Kodak's heyday, their European plant was in Burgundy in Chalon sur Saone. Century Liquor in Rochester was across the street from Kodak and used to direct import their wine and th...
by Mont Stern
April 9th, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passover Wines
Replies: 41
Views: 1289

Re: Passover Wines

97 Phelps Insignia
by Mont Stern
April 3rd, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4096
Views: 431219

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

Any idea what brand of harissa they are offering?
by Mont Stern
March 29th, 2020, 6:55 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?
Replies: 41
Views: 4036

Re: What are doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

Living on take out. If they have a good wine list, I buy a bottle or 2 even though I have plenty of wine. Tonight is the first home cooked meal in 2 weeks. As a physician I have no reservation ordering take out from restaurants that I know. The biggest concern is the packaging but replating it and g...
by Mont Stern
March 3rd, 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Early 80’s Hennessy Paradis [SOLD]
Replies: 19
Views: 853

Re: Early 80’s Hennessy Paradis

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: March 3rd, 2020, 5:57 am My concern is that they used lead decanters in the past. There was an article about this where someone tested the brandy and found extremely high lead levels.
Cognac of that levels is enjoyed in small pours over a longer period of time so not a concern to me.
by Mont Stern
February 22nd, 2020, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 70
Views: 3346

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

I would be wary of provenance of bottles in the US from this era. I would consider sticking with something more immune to poor storage or find a CA bottle with great provenance. Or look in Europe.
by Mont Stern
February 9th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?
Replies: 32
Views: 1676

Re: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?

Arv R wrote: February 9th, 2020, 9:36 am Between the standard deduction for couples going up so much, and expenses like state taxes, mortgage interest etc. being capped, it seems like the charitable deduction is basically phased out for many filers.

Unfortunately true at this point. [cry.gif]
by Mont Stern
February 2nd, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 47
Views: 3310

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

On the more affordable end of the scale in the Lafarge profile, Voillot comes to mind. Very pure and don't require 20 years to drink well. Especially the V.V. or 1er Fremiets (Champans needs a bit more cellar time). Tawse makes a nice Fremiets as well that doesn't demand decades, as does Bouchard w...
by Mont Stern
January 30th, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT handles
Replies: 429
Views: 21845

Re: CT handles

Drwine
by Mont Stern
January 29th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 47
Views: 3310

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

Pierrick Bouley has taken over from his parents, Reyane and Pascal, and has upped the game considerably and offers great QPR in Volnay. Lyle Fass imports his wine. I visited and did a tasting a little over a year ago and was impressed.
by Mont Stern
January 29th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Orlando
Replies: 14
Views: 1111

Re: Orlando

by Mont Stern
January 27th, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris Restaurants wine list - Any Advice Please!?
Replies: 24
Views: 4173

Re: Paris Restaurants wine list - Any Advice Please!?

If you want a great Burgundy list another vote for Les Climats

http://lesclimats.fr/
by Mont Stern
December 22nd, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions
Replies: 76
Views: 6834

Re: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions

Lone Madrone -winemaker from Tablas Creek Denner- Owned by the Ditch Witch guy so related names like Ditch Digger and Dirt Worshipper. I subscribed during visit and have been tempted to drop like I do most wine clubs. Then I open a bottle from delivery and not drop it. Halter Ranch- A must for ortho...
by Mont Stern
November 11th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 10015

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: 4173

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: 30
Views: 1335

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: 3085

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....
by Mont Stern
May 16th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hungarian wine to bring back to the states
Replies: 11
Views: 469

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: 3580

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: 890

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: 9791

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: 1550

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: 43
Views: 3655

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: 890

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 ...

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