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by etomasi
January 8th, 2021, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Older Champagne Best Enjoyed In A Flute?
Replies: 18
Views: 1402

Re: Is Older Champagne Best Enjoyed In A Flute?

We use the Zalto dessert wine glass for older champagnes. Its tulip shaped which I think is helpful but has a smaller rim diameter than a white glass, but not as narrow as a flute.. I've tried older champagnes (30+yr) in a variety of glasses side by side, and I would agree that too big of a bowl doe...
by etomasi
January 5th, 2021, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing Krug Bottles?
Replies: 36
Views: 2747

Re: Storing Krug Bottles?

I use weinboxes for most of my aging champagne. Krug fits, but i need to prop up the neck with a piece of styrofoam. I have a a couple open top racks where I can fit bigger champagnes.
by etomasi
December 18th, 2020, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Burgundy EP?
Replies: 13
Views: 2201

Re: 2019 Burgundy EP?

I am no expert, but my understanding is that they have large Burgundy tastings at various places in Europe for the new vintages. You can put in orders like Bordeaux en-primeur. Its just not the same in the US. I have a few retailers who give offers in Nov-Dec, and I'm sure there are more to which my...
by etomasi
December 10th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN Figeac 1975
Replies: 38
Views: 1162

Re: TN Figeac 1975

This reminded me of a dying dog that has given up and just doesn’t want to be disturbed. Some tertiary stuff, a memory of fruit, but a complete absence of brightness or excitement. Not yet dead; that may take a couple of years, but the downward trend is irreversible. Sounds like a wine I would like...
by etomasi
November 19th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Italian Varieties Comin' Down the Pike in Calif...
Replies: 5
Views: 495

Re: New Italian Varieties Comin' Down the Pike in Calif...

Thanks for the heads up. Very interested in the Rossese. Not sure why this variety doesn't get more love from the AFWE set.
by etomasi
November 7th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Champagne are you popping tonight?
Replies: 66
Views: 2231

Re: What Champagne are you popping tonight?

Its no Gold Toilet, but we figured this was appropriately garish and vulgar.

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by etomasi
September 29th, 2020, 11:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Storage Facility Baltimore/Washington Area
Replies: 14
Views: 931

Re: Wine Storage Facility Baltimore/Washington Area

Yeah. Zachys, sent a flier around about new lockers being opened up. I think each locker was for 30 cases, and it was about 900/yr. Might be cheaper for bulk, non-access storage if they have it. You can also call schneiders in DC (cellar.com). They temporarily stored some wine for a friend a few yea...
by etomasi
September 28th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wood boxes-what to do?
Replies: 31
Views: 1541

Re: wood boxes-what to do?

Well, I don't know where you li, bveut you can always offer them on freecycle or the free section of craigslist. People always want them.

or just sit them out front of your house as an offering to the city gods. They usually disappear.
by etomasi
September 24th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 228
Views: 29330

Re: Washington DC

RPM - DC is still allowing corkage. It was $40.
by etomasi
September 24th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 157
Views: 9223

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

Big D&D nerd for about 40 years. So big fan of this one....if you know, you know.

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by etomasi
September 10th, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just out: the stunning Bollinger VZ15
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Re: Just out: the stunning Bollinger VZ15

Yep. I love Bollinger. I haven't seen this offered in the US yet. Will certainly buy some.
by etomasi
September 6th, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 265
Views: 10648

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

Digging this up. I have no problem with increased corkage. I know its a privilege and I think restaurants should price it accordingly. I found an interesting quirk tonight. I've dined out brought wine a couple times to restaurants during phase 2 in DC with no issues. Tonight, we went to a restaurant...
by etomasi
August 28th, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Rocket Wines International in DC
Replies: 18
Views: 910

Re: Retailer Rocket Wines International in DC

Don't a bunch of internet only stores use Domaine's address? For instance, Sommpicks used to and may still. Something to do with DC's regs (direct import is ok?). Yes, a couple places sell using the Domain location. DC changed their laws a few years ago to allow this. I think R Squared does this as...
by etomasi
August 24th, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with VA/DC Wines?
Replies: 33
Views: 1373

Re: Help with VA/DC Wines?

Alot of the great stores have already mentioned. I would include Gran Cata for South American wines as well as Domestique if you are really into organic/bio/natural wines. The only thing is that most of the DC stores are open for pick-up. btw, I love Arrowine, and they are probably the best of the t...
by etomasi
August 21st, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Felsina CCR Rancia report
Replies: 11
Views: 650

Re: 1990 Felsina CCR Rancia report

I wouldnt be afraid to let them go that old. I just had a bottle of the 1994 a few months ago and it was still going strong. Plenty of life left.
by etomasi
August 17th, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Is Champagne Rarely Corked?
Replies: 24
Views: 1653

Re: Why Is Champagne Rarely Corked?

Yeah, I'm with you. I think there have been a few threads on this in the past tho. I havent had many corked sparking wines at all. We drink alot of sparking wine and not many have been corked. The last one I can remember is a crappy prosecco someone brought to a work function like a year ago. Having...
by etomasi
August 14th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mouton-Rothschild 1994 and a blind tasting of Flannery
Replies: 15
Views: 873

Re: Mouton-Rothschild 1994 and a blind tasting of Flannery

Nice. Reverse sear is perfect for bigger cuts but I've never tried it for smaller single steaks. Sounds great!
by etomasi
July 30th, 2020, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with Saxum?
Replies: 68
Views: 6542

Re: What's wrong with Saxum?

Amusingly, I just got the email today that I made the list for the Aug release. Ha!
by etomasi
July 30th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 228
Views: 29330

Re: Washington DC

O-Ku sushi in DC. located on 5th NE in Florida Market
https://o-kusushidc.com/

$20 per bottle of wine or Sake
by etomasi
July 26th, 2020, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid site had problems tonight.
Replies: 123
Views: 7038

Re: Winebid site had problems tonight.

I didnt get a conformation email that I won this week either. However, if you log on you can see whether/what you won under purchases.
by etomasi
July 18th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with Saxum?
Replies: 68
Views: 6542

Re: What's wrong with Saxum?

I'm on the waiting list for the last 5 or six years, but there is no way I could take the full allocation every time. So honestly, I will probably pass when/if I get in. I like Saxum under the right circumstances, but I could never drink more than a couple bottles a year. I find that they really don...
by etomasi
July 13th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: TN: 2015 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

Such a good, singular wine, already drinking well, with years ahead. 2015 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo - Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (7/13/2020) Vibrant, lively tart white with the slightest hint of a rounded-waxy texture. Super fresh on the palate, cool, crisp, invigorating. Really stai...
by etomasi
July 8th, 2020, 11:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1865 Lafite
Replies: 18
Views: 2468

Re: 1865 Lafite

Not sure of the final price, but when I looked it was north of $15k. Hope its real and good!
by etomasi
June 29th, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 62
Views: 2961

Re: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?

Many cases of this through the years. I stocked up in anticipation of potential 100% tariffs.

Didier Grappe Crémant du Jura Clash
by etomasi
June 26th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy bitten
Replies: 29
Views: 2096

Re: Burgundy bitten

Oh no. I was wondering why you were asking about our Zalto Burgs..... Glad the kids are done with College [cheers.gif]
by etomasi
June 20th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhône white wines
Replies: 36
Views: 1393

Re: Rhône white wines

A couple of French producers I would recommend are Villard and Guilleron (sp?). For the USA, Tablas Creek, Truchard, Stoplman to name just a few. We love them. I love condrieu and love Villard especially. Even Villard's base viognier wines easily last 5-10 years (generally peaking at 7). Super grea...
by etomasi
June 20th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shaoxing wine
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: Shaoxing wine

haha,

No I havent been watching that show, but I think now I have to find it.

Thanks for the link to that shop!
by etomasi
June 19th, 2020, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shaoxing wine
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Shaoxing wine

Can anyone help with where to find the unsalted Shaoxing wine? Online or in the DC area. I have only been able to find the salted cooking variety. Thanks in advance.
by etomasi
June 9th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday "TNs": Felsina's Rancia
Replies: 17
Views: 1194

Re: Sunday "TNs": Felsina's Rancia

Thanks for the info!

We opened a 1994 about 2 months ago. It was a nice bottle! Fantastic showing for a bad vintage. Rancia, for me, is an automatic buy every vintage.
by etomasi
June 5th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Freezing wine for storage
Replies: 12
Views: 861

Re: Freezing wine for storage

I'm agreeing with the general sentiment that the wine doesnt taste the same after freezing. I freeze alot of wine after we host wine dinners at our house cause people generally leave at least 2-3 full bottle equivalents. After freezing red throw tons of sediment and whites get alot of crystals. Even...
by etomasi
June 1st, 2020, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rioja 2001 - Check in
Replies: 20
Views: 1361

Re: Rioja 2001 - Check in

I had a 2001 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial back in August of last year. In hindsight, I should have waited. Note below: On opening it was rich but rather monolithic and didnt start opening up until 2+ hrs. This will be a great wine, but needs alot of time open, or at ...
by etomasi
May 23rd, 2020, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Suggestions (bready/nutty profile)
Replies: 20
Views: 928

Re: Champagne Suggestions (bready/nutty profile)

I recommend Guy Charlemagne, Pierre Moncuit, and Jose Dhondt BdBs to try. They should be in your price range and I enjoy many bottles a year from them in various combos. Pierre Peters vintage offerings are also great but more expensive. I second the Jose Dhondt BdB. I am very much in the Bolly/Heid...
by etomasi
May 16th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ravines Cerise FingerLakes '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 372

Re: TN: Ravines Cerise FingerLakes '16...(short/boring)

I love Ravines wines, thanks for the note. Interestingly, I've been coming around to an opinion that I prefer Riesling with some residual sugar. Its harder and harder to find the equivalents of kabinet through auslese in the Finger Lakes.
by etomasi
April 30th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2708

Re: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?

Well much like everyone else, along with wine we store some beer and ciders in our temp/humidity controlled wine cellar. I also store olive oil, potatoes and other root veggies. I have used it for the initial ferments for sauerkraut and kimchi as well as milk liquor. We may try making soy sauce and/...
by etomasi
April 30th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: when to drink Jadot Clos St. Denis/Domaine Gagey?
Replies: 8
Views: 318

Re: when to drink Jadot Clos St. Denis/Domaine Gagey?

Hi Marcus. Well, for me... I would wait till they are 30+yr (except maybe the 2012). However, if recall correctly, you like that interim period where they are just starting to shed youthful fruit, tannins and slightly softer and a hint of maturity. SO I would say for you: the 2006 - try in 2025, the...
by etomasi
April 19th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event With Brad Baker & Cedric Mousse of Mousse Fils--4/25 @ 1PM ET
Replies: 82
Views: 2559

Re: Zoom Event With Brad Baker & Cedric Mousse of Mousse Fils--4/25 @ 1PM ET

I am in. Have to dig through the cellar and find the BdNs I have.
by etomasi
April 19th, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?
Replies: 116
Views: 3862

Re: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?

I'm with the majority on no capsules. I don't see the point any more, but yes to brands on cork. I actually don't mind the wax, at least the wax gives some oxygen and impact protection. Once you accept that you don't peel the wax off and just push the corkscrew through, makes life easier and less me...
by etomasi
April 12th, 2020, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1984
Replies: 27
Views: 1452

Re: 1984

We had a rhone wine dinner last year and had a couple 1984 white rhones. If you can find the Guigal Hermitage blanc from that year, it was bonkers good. The Chave Hermitage blanc was a bit too tired. I had an '84 Pichon Lalande a while back and while it wasnt great, it was a very nice aged claret.
by etomasi
April 12th, 2020, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1967 Mario Minuto Barbaresco
Replies: 2
Views: 227

Re: TN: 1967 Mario Minuto Barbaresco

Sounds great! Not a producer I am familiar with, but awesome it worked out so wonderfully for you! Love these older Nebbs and they can be relatively affordable.
by etomasi
April 12th, 2020, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Wine Are You Opening For Easter Dinner?
Replies: 50
Views: 1739

Re: Which Wine Are You Opening For Easter Dinner?

I made a spatchcocked roast turkey. I waffled on a red and since it was too late to decant, I opened up a 2012 Guigal Condrieu La Doriane. Mostly cause I feel that aged Viognier is one of the best matches with roasted turkey.
by etomasi
April 7th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check - R Squared Selections LLC in Washington DC?
Replies: 11
Views: 952

Re: Retailer Check - R Squared Selections LLC in Washington DC?

I've bought a a few cases from these guys. No issues. Again, prices arent the best, but they are solid.
by etomasi
April 5th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this yquem?
Replies: 8
Views: 819

Re: Thoughts on this yquem?

I always refer to the Yquem website for color. It looks too dark. Should be more mahogany.

http://yquem.fr/int-en/millesimes/yquem/1921
by etomasi
March 31st, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sharing an event tomorrow - Cyril Brun of Charles Heidsieck
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Re: Sharing an event tomorrow - Cyril Brun of Charles Heidsieck

Wow. Fantastic! One of my fab producers!!
by etomasi
March 29th, 2020, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos de L'Olive - Chinon - 1989 - Couly-Dutheil
Replies: 27
Views: 1159

Re: Clos de L'Olive - Chinon - 1989 - Couly-Dutheil

Interesting, we had the '89 and '97 Clos Echo a few weeks ago, and thought they were marvelous. We had the 90 about a year ago, and really liked it as well.
by etomasi
March 26th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red and white Burgundies are currently in your cellar - by vintage
Replies: 66
Views: 2407

Re: What red and white Burgundies are currently in your cellar - by vintage

Interesting exercise. Just reds. I plan to pick up more 14s and 16s, when possible.

1. 2010
2. 2009
3. 2012
4. 2015
5. 2005
6. 2011
7. 2014
8. 2008
9. 2016
10. 2013/2003
by etomasi
March 9th, 2020, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA Pinot vs Burgundy — why are critics kinder to CA?
Replies: 112
Views: 4883

Re: CA Pinot vs Burgundy — why are critics kinder to CA?

Just did a tasting of 8 pinots. 4 burgs and 4 Ca. All were 2015 that was supposed to be a good year for burgundy. The burgs were all premier cru and all rated 92-95 from WA or BH. They also cost on average twice the CA. I alternated odd and even. All were blind. Out of 18 people only two liked the ...
by etomasi
March 1st, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: COMMERCE CORNER NON-PAYERS/NON-SENDERS STICKY!!
Replies: 108
Views: 27460

Re: COMMERCE CORNER NON-PAYERS/NON-SENDERS STICKY!!

Add SommPicks to list of low-quality sources, where bad wine gets sent to be stuffed to those seeking QPR... buyer beware!! AVOID SOMMPICKS!!! 3/3 bottles were flawed. Explained now statistically low probability that was and they’re answer was it’s the buyers problem. Highly recommend that no one b...
by etomasi
February 25th, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vegan/fish dishes to pair with bold red wine
Replies: 20
Views: 847

Re: Vegan/fish dishes to pair with bold red wine

you could try fish Veracruz. I would modify it by deleting most of the jalapeno as that does not typically go with wines with big tannins. If you are drinking a low acid/low tannin big red, some jalapeno could work. I 2nd the cajun fish stuff, but you would have the same issue. A really hearty black...
by etomasi
February 23rd, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Searching for “aged” wines
Replies: 37
Views: 1377

Re: Searching for “aged” wines

Honestly, if you want a "guarantee" on an old wine, pay the upcharge and buy one at a restaurant.

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