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by etomasi
October 10th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 30
Views: 1868

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Finally got around to trying this. 2016 Pisador Cauquenes - País (Listán Prieto) - Bottle 9 of 3300 Nose was all tart red fruit, some mint, and some earthy notes. Very pretty. Taste has delicate, yet powerful sweet red fruits, earthy bits, and a rather beefy tannic spine. Has a strong acidity. Obvio...
by etomasi
October 8th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 71
Views: 2612

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

Well, I'm pretty predictable when it come to champagne...

#1: 1990 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année
#2: 2006 Bollinger Champagne Brut Rosé (Special Edition)
#3: 1995 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Blanc des Millénaires (newer bottling)
by etomasi
October 5th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: shipping during the heat snap -- frustrating
Replies: 10
Views: 920

Re: shipping during the heat snap -- frustrating

Sorry Marcus,

That sucks.
by etomasi
October 5th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Interesting New Whites...(long/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 423

Re: TN: Some Interesting New Whites...(long/boring)

Thanks for this post. Love hearing about these types of unusual white wines!
by etomasi
October 3rd, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Hope this doesnt mean my En Primeur purchases will increase in cost. Maybe it is time to backfill more. yeah, I don't really want to back out of my purchases, even though its totalwine. We'll see how it shakes out. Totalwine still has their 2018 futures page up. It doesnt look like they raised pric...
by etomasi
October 3rd, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Hopefully this is like the Trump proposed Mexican tariffs that were set to kick in which, due to such pressure, led to negotiations. Maybe not. Apparently the only historical precedent is a Bush Sr era proposed tariff on white wines for something in the low teens (13%?); it was never actually put i...
by etomasi
October 3rd, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Whelp,

This sucks. Anyone want to go in on a storage locker in the EU, then slowly ferry them back on flights?
by etomasi
September 30th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bollinger 04 LBW
Replies: 3
Views: 406

Re: Bollinger 04 LBW

Yeah, I saw that. I love Bollinger, but some notes have been questioning the quality of this release.
by etomasi
September 30th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two 2013 Francesco Rinaldis
Replies: 17
Views: 1858

Re: TN: Two 2013 Francesco Rinaldis

I had the 2006 Rinaldi Barolo Le Brunate about a month ago. My favorite out of 25 wines. Really was singing after 6 hrs in the decanter. I would say that this is still mostly primary, but just starting to smooth out and get some mild tertiary notes. I would wait another 10 years minimum for true mat...
by etomasi
September 25th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 30
Views: 1868

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Just picked up a 2016 Pisador Cauquenes (Pais) from Gran Cata here in DC. They have a few more various bottles of Mission/Pais wines there if any DC folks are interested. Looking forward to trying this in the next couple weeks.
by etomasi
September 11th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: thoughts on decanting a 1975 Yquem?
Replies: 22
Views: 1170

Re: thoughts on decanting a 1975 Yquem?

I would also decant ahead of time. The bottle we had last year was showing really young. If you are doing a long dinner, I would open at the beginning and decant. If not, then I would recommend opening 2-4 hrs before drinking.
by etomasi
September 1st, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 220
Views: 23017

Re: Washington DC

Kith and Kin down at the SW Waterfront in DC. $25 (but they waived corkage for us) I highly recommend bringing a wine as opposed to buying there. The wine list is very, very thin. It's West African/Caribbean focused, so they highlight cocktails, and they have a really great rum selection. The food w...
by etomasi
August 21st, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB: Etna Reds
Replies: 0
Views: 178

WTB: Etna Reds

Looking for older Etnan reds (Nerello Mascarello) for a September tasting. Contrados preferred, but I'm open to whatever. PM me. Thanks in advance.
by etomasi
August 16th, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking 30 year old NV brut Champagnes
Replies: 11
Views: 947

Re: Drinking 30 year old NV brut Champagnes

agree 100%. I've had a several 20-30 yr old NVs and I've found enjoyment in every one. We had a case of at least 15 yr old Taittinger la francaise and it was just great!! The NVs from the 70s and 80s I've had had varing degrees of enjoyment but they were right in my wheelhouse for mature flavors. Of...
by etomasi
August 4th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 791
Views: 52025

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

opened a 1996 Duval-Leroy last night. Drinking fantastically right now, very similar to the last time I've had this back in 2014.
by etomasi
July 31st, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 46
Views: 2020

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

Crap. This probably means that all the stuff I bought the last couple years is the young vines. Damnit. Yes, absolute crap. Instead of throwing it out, you might want to send it along to me for (ahem) disposal. haha, no I'll keep them. I'm sure they will be fine, but I already packed them (the reds...
by etomasi
July 31st, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 46
Views: 2020

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

Crap. This probably means that all the stuff I bought the last couple years is the young vines. Damnit.

Anyone know if Valentini does the same with their bottlings?
by etomasi
July 30th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 220
Views: 23017

Re: Washington DC

Ambar (Balkan cuisine): $25

Also, Bresca was $25/bottle
by etomasi
July 29th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 558
Views: 28466

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

yeah, still bad. 200-ish purchased, Low 80s drunk.
by etomasi
July 25th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 220
Views: 23017

Re: Washington DC

Whelp, if it hasnt been noted previously, Fiola in Penn Quarter stopped allowing corkage. Fiola Mare and Officina (same company) still allow it tho.
by etomasi
July 25th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Looking for a friendly tasting group in DC
Replies: 6
Views: 1123

Re: Looking for a friendly tasting group in DC

I am a member of a group in DC. We have a bunch of people, but usually only 8-12 can make it for any dinner. I'll message you to get your contact info.
by etomasi
July 25th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit
Replies: 52
Views: 2016

Re: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit

Mostly corkage for at least 1 bottle, like 80-90%. I buy and taste alot of weird wines so I don't feel the need to explore new wines at a restaurant. We do buy a second bottle of the list about 50% of the time. In fact I was really annoyed that Fiola in DC changed their policy on corkage and does no...
by etomasi
July 25th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It was 107F in Champagne today
Replies: 36
Views: 4219

Re: It was 107F in Champagne today

Jeez, 107 in paris right now. I couldnt imagine paris at 107. I was there in Paris in 2015 when it was 101, and I almost passed out at Versailles. Couldn't imagine it now.
by etomasi
July 24th, 2019, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 140
Views: 9963

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

So far we have a 3 way tie for best. Of these, I would give the Beychevelle the edge due to my preference for tertiary flavors. 1990 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année 1966 Château Beychevelle 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche The runner ups, also tied 2008 Jean-François Ganevat Côtes du Ju...
by etomasi
July 21st, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6198

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Retsina bought on a whim (childhood spent reading Roald Dahl bubbling up there). Utterly disgusting and vile; perhaps needing to be paired with olives as the book suggests Well, I just a had rather spendy zero dosage champagne that was so unbalanced and tart that we ended up pouring 1/2 of it into ...
by etomasi
July 20th, 2019, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6198

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Well, I just a had rather spendy zero dosage champagne that was so unbalanced and tart that we ended up pouring 1/2 of it into our cooking wine container in the freezer. A 2012 Savart Champagne Expression Nature. A shame.
by etomasi
July 18th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a lead concern with neck foil?
Replies: 22
Views: 1105

Re: Is there a lead concern with neck foil?

I mean... unless you are child or perhaps pregnant or nursing; the tiny amount of lead really wouldn't be an issue anyways.
by etomasi
July 18th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 30
Views: 1868

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

A couple notes from some Pais/Mission. I've generally liked them. I generally think they are generally lighter style (at least the ones I've tried) so good for the AFWE crowd. Nice with food thats not too spicy or meaty. 2014 Louis-Antoine Luyt Mission Pais de Yumbel, Bío-Bío Valley For the AFWE cro...
by etomasi
July 14th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 52
Views: 3157

Re: Wines of Etna

Love Etnan wines. Obviously Terre Nere for lighter style. The contratas age well. I've had a couple with 10+ years. Passopisciaro wines are nice as well, including all the contratas, which are all very different. The Passopisciaro bianco is a bit unusual because its 100% Chardonnay. Some smaller win...
by etomasi
July 13th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Worlds Best QPR Age-worthy Wine 1965-1999
Replies: 1
Views: 483

Re: TN: The Worlds Best QPR Age-worthy Wine 1965-1999

Never had the Wynns "black label". I've had the a few older vintages of the John Riddich Cab and its been fantastic. Older vintages of the John Riddich are really hard to find in the states. I will have to look for some of the black labels. Thanks for the notes!!
by etomasi
July 13th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 220
Views: 23017

Re: Washington DC

Hopscotch in Bloomingdale. $10/bottle. Not really a destination restaurant, but really good for a neighborhood place. Their Sicilian pizza is the bomb.
by etomasi
July 12th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thirstday dinner (kitchen sink)
Replies: 1
Views: 427

Re: Thirstday dinner (kitchen sink)

Man, those Rioja sound amazing!!
by etomasi
July 12th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with 15 Spanish wines, some older, some younger, all good
Replies: 28
Views: 1243

Re: Dinner with 15 Spanish wines, some older, some younger, all good

really nice lineup! Great to see people drinking these!
by etomasi
July 11th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: White Wines: Ygec, Pur Sang, Heidsieck BdB, Morlet and a bunch more.
Replies: 5
Views: 500

Re: TN: White Wines: Ygec, Pur Sang, Heidsieck BdB, Morlet and a bunch more.

Yeah, I've been looking for older Finger Lakes rieslings for a while. They are hard to find. I was happy to find one a while back. I'll keep looking for more. It was a pretty solid wine. I generally think rieslings need a bit of body and sweetness to really sing, but it was really nice.
by etomasi
July 10th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: White Wines: Ygec, Pur Sang, Heidsieck BdB, Morlet and a bunch more.
Replies: 5
Views: 500

TN: White Wines: Ygec, Pur Sang, Heidsieck BdB, Morlet and a bunch more.

WHITE WINE DINNER OUTSIDE DC - Wilds of Gaithersburg - outside DC (6/22/2019) A group of 8 of us got together outside DC in the Gaithersburg. Brian and David generously offered up their beautiful house for a dinner and tasting focusing on "noble" white grapes. Again, huge thanks to Brian and Dave w...
by etomasi
July 8th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto Champagne vs. White
Replies: 21
Views: 1283

Re: Zalto Champagne vs. White

For older champagnes, I really prefer the Zalto sweet wine glass. Plus, I'm lazy and I can keep the same stem for the champagnes and sauternes.
by etomasi
July 5th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 220
Views: 23017

Re: Washington DC

China Chilcano $25
by etomasi
July 5th, 2019, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 57
Views: 3604

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

2 weeks ago, I mistakenly clicked (or my cat did, he was laying on my mouse) on the bid button during a live auction and ended up winning the 6 bottles of SQN Grenache. Literally the furthest style from my palate.
by etomasi
June 28th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with Family. My wine options are...
Replies: 18
Views: 1233

Re: Dinner with Family. My wine options are...

Given there are 5 people my initial thoughts are .. bring 2 bottles, a red and a white.
by etomasi
June 28th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2892

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

Well, its hard to find champagne at the $1000 price point, but it probably be a single bottle of Bollingers vielles vignes francaises. Some vintages are still under that price point.
by etomasi
June 24th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3976

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

I thinks it's also people's acceptance of being sweaty. In the US, it's not acceptable to be sweaty in public. When I have been in Europe, it doesn't seem like people are so judgmental about it.

I dunno, just an observation. Might just be my perception.
by etomasi
June 23rd, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dolceaqua: Ancient, Anonymous & Awesome (Long and Incredibly Boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 670

Re: Dolceaqua: Ancient, Anonymous & Awesome (Long and Incredibly Boring)

nice!! I'm very partial to Tenuta Selvadolce's Rosso Se... (Rossese)
by etomasi
June 22nd, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 65
Views: 5762

Re: The wine you don't want

I've sold wine to Schneiders, but they are in the business of making money obviously. I wouldn't expect more than 30-50% retail. For really collectible Sin Qua Non, They might give you more, but dont expect what you would get on commerce corner.
by etomasi
June 21st, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)
Replies: 66
Views: 3239

Re: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)

At the Heritage auction tonight, virtually everything is going at low or below. The exception was Krug and Piedmont wines.
by etomasi
June 21st, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 220
Views: 23017

Re: Washington DC

Cafe Berlin on Capitol Hill $15/bottle
Primrose on 12th st NE in Brookland $25/bottle.
by etomasi
June 20th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Back to Barcelona -- new recommendations?
Replies: 9
Views: 2068

Re: Back to Barcelona -- new recommendations?

Wine bar in the gothic quarter - Zona D'Ombra. their bar food is pretty solid as well, but don't expect a meal.
by etomasi
June 20th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: One night in NY
Replies: 5
Views: 1621

Re: One night in NY

Great, now I'll have that Horrorist track in my head all day.
by etomasi
June 19th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pol Roger/Winston Churchill Dinner @ Atera
Replies: 29
Views: 2841

Re: Pol Roger/Winston Churchill Dinner @ Atera

Wow, sounds fantastic. I had the 1990 Winston Churchhill about 6-8 months ago. One of the best champagnes I've ever had. I'm really interested how much you liked the BdBs. I've honestly never tried the Pol Roger BdBs since I think of them as a pinot house.
by etomasi
June 19th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Broken cork on champagne bottle
Replies: 16
Views: 1297

Re: Broken cork on champagne bottle

You could probably push it down a fraction. That might loosen it enough to overcome the static friction and let it blow out. Just use a towel to cover it while you do it.

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