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by etomasi
June 24th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 19
Views: 852

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: 381

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: 40
Views: 2031

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: 2502

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: 210
Views: 20650

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: 2
Views: 475

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: 268

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: 1203

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: 546

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.
by etomasi
June 15th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3324

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

I would just lock it.
by etomasi
June 13th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 14502

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

I've bought from Totalwine for a few years. Also MacArthurs in DC, K&L and JJ Buckley (in the past). All pretty reputable. Totalwine is my fav due to the 50% down. So Far I got a few Pichon Lalands, Leoville Las Cases, and Carmes Haut brion. I'm contemplating 1-2 Lafite or Mouton. Mouton is going pr...
by etomasi
June 7th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The End Of Days
Replies: 17
Views: 1022

Re: The End Of Days

Can I reverse time to when I never read that?
by etomasi
June 6th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 210
Views: 20650

Re: Washington DC

Pappe Indian Restaurant on 14th. $25/btl. Not sure of maximum.
by etomasi
June 6th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Spotted Lanternfly?
Replies: 9
Views: 693

Re: Spotted Lanternfly?

not ITB, but I just saw this quarantine established in Virginia

https://wtop.com/virginia/2019/06/virgi ... y/slide/1/
by etomasi
May 31st, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Cellar Organization
Replies: 15
Views: 1240

Re: Wine Cellar Organization

Well, its not offsite, but I organize my wines by expected drink year. I'll label a wooden box or weinbox 2025, 2030, etc, and just let em sit. I don't bother to list whats inside. When the year comes to check the box, I'll figure out what is actually ok to drink, vs what needs more time.
by etomasi
May 31st, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Bordeaux supposed to have a laxative effect?
Replies: 69
Views: 5373

Re: Is Bordeaux supposed to have a laxative effect?

Only when I see release prices on a new "vintage of the century", but that's about it.
by etomasi
May 31st, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread
Replies: 2307
Views: 74619

Re: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread

lol @ a private club being an HQ for anything "freedom" related.
by etomasi
May 30th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread
Replies: 2307
Views: 74619

Re: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread

Wait, so I need to put back my mag of '01 G-max?
by etomasi
May 7th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Keller | Ganevat
Replies: 1
Views: 350

Re: Keller | Ganevat

Thanks for the notes! I've yet to figure out when the Ganevat Savagnins hit maturity.
by etomasi
May 4th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing help. Fish Veracruz
Replies: 17
Views: 476

Pairing help. Fish Veracruz

I've yet to get a home run with pairing on this one. so if you don't know its a white fish (cod, snapper, etc) in a tomato based sauce with herbs, green olives, capers and jalapenos. Mildy spicy, but not overly so. gamay? spatlese riesling? Young fruity merlot? I dunno. Any help would be appreciated...
by etomasi
May 3rd, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 210
Views: 20650

Re: Washington DC

Mari Vanna in DC. $40/btl
by etomasi
May 1st, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Northern Rhone Dinner in Silver Spring, MD - Chave, Guigal, Belle, Delas, etc.
Replies: 2
Views: 440

TN: Northern Rhone Dinner in Silver Spring, MD - Chave, Guigal, Belle, Delas, etc.

NORTHERN RHONE DINNER AT MARC'S - DC/Silver Spring MD (4/27/2019) The 8 of us got together at Marc's for a Northern Rhone dinner. Always a great time. Marc generously provided the majority of the wines. Hermitage Blancs Probably my favorite flight. Both bottles showed well, but the Guigal was just ...
by etomasi
April 18th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dig through this wine list challenge.
Replies: 41
Views: 1569

Re: Dig through this wine list challenge.

I dunno, the Tannat from the Russian River Valley looks appropriately nerdy.
by etomasi
April 17th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dublere being sold
Replies: 18
Views: 1456

Re: Dublere being sold

It will be interesting to see if Schneiders brings in the Domaine des Terres de Velle wines. They were big boosters of Dublere. I've had both hits and misses with Dublere (thats burgundy i guess), but I will miss his savigny village wines. Good QPR.
by etomasi
April 17th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3078

Re: What's your house champagne?

Kristoffer B r y d e r wrote:
April 17th, 2019, 11:05 am
Jean Laurent, either BdB, BdN or rosé depending on my mood and what’s on the table. Anyone familiar with it? Not even sure if it’s available in the states.
Schneiders in DC carriers it. I've enjoyed the BdN alot. Definitely for those who like burlier champagnes.
by etomasi
April 17th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3078

Re: What's your house champagne?

My go to at home is Charles Heidsieck NV and Paul Bara Rose. Always open to expanding the list and trying new grower champagnes that don't break the bank. What are some of your everyday champagnes? Same here, although I have been getting half bottles of NV Bollinger. I second Jacquart brut if you c...
by etomasi
April 12th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2355

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

Howard Cooper wrote:
April 12th, 2019, 4:43 pm
For the people voting over $100, how many bottles of Champagne do you have?
153 bottles in 73 wines. Honestly, I should have more. Champagne is pretty much my desert island wine.
by etomasi
April 12th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2355

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

Well over $100 a bottle, even considering a bunch of half bottles and a bunch I got as gifts (so zero cost). Its backfilling mature champagne. That's a killer.
by etomasi
April 11th, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 15112

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Jeff Leve wrote:
April 11th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Jon Chan wrote:
April 11th, 2019, 1:17 pm
etomasi wrote:
April 11th, 2019, 10:54 am
Whelp. Good-bye sanity.

Sucklings scores... https://www.liv-ex.com/2019/04/james-su ... ur-scores/
That's just insanity.
Why? Did you taste those wines?
I was commenting less on the scores and more on the expected forthcoming price increases.
by etomasi
April 11th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 15112

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Whelp. Good-bye sanity.

Sucklings scores... https://www.liv-ex.com/2019/04/james-su ... ur-scores/
by etomasi
April 7th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Bodega Dominio Buenavista / Veleta Tempranillo
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: TN: 2009 Bodega Dominio Buenavista / Veleta Tempranillo

2009 Bodega Dominio Buenavista / Veleta Tempranillo - Spain, Andalucía, Vino de la Tierra Contraviesa Alpujarra (4/7/2019) I fought a pitched battle with the cork. The cork won. So after passing the wine through a fine mesh filter, I poured a glass of deep ruby red wine. It was quite forward, with ...
by etomasi
April 3rd, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT Etiquette Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1067

Re: CT Etiquette Question

I'm in agreement to just edit the original note to provide the day 2 info. Also, generally I try to only post 1 SCORE per year, unless a subsequent bottle shows that the original bottle was incorrect/flawed/hugely different.... but I'll discuss that in the note.
by etomasi
April 1st, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Rhone Rangers Road Show - DC This Tuesday, March 26th
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Rhone Rangers Road Show - DC This Tuesday, March 26th

I would have liked to hit this up. Busy, oh well.
by etomasi
April 1st, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2278

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

I'd have to include Miani in there for higher end stuff, and I Clivi for more value whites that can age.
by etomasi
March 15th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's ready now...something I never though I'd say about a wine from this vintner!
Replies: 18
Views: 1555

Re: It's ready now...something I never though I'd say about a wine from this vintner!

Yup, we opened an '85 Dunn Napa (not even the Howell mtn) last weekend and it was still pretty young.
by etomasi
March 13th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee
Replies: 44
Views: 2577

Re: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee

Brad Baker wrote:
March 13th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Bollinger's style is all its own, but a couple that spring to mind that are are still values are Charles Heidsieck (although quite a bit more smooth and creamy) and Alfred Gratien (although a bit more spicy).
Thanks! I already buy Heidsieck, but I havent tried Gratien (that I remember).
by etomasi
March 13th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee
Replies: 44
Views: 2577

Re: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee

ok, so if you love the Bollinger style, what champagne are people buying instead?
by etomasi
March 12th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seneca Lake Recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 271

Re: Seneca Lake Recommendations?

Well, if you have time, hop over to Keuka Lake Vineyards. Nice wines. Some funky vignoles wines as well.
by etomasi
March 4th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 210
Views: 20650

Re: Washington DC

The Dabney. $30/bottle. Max 2 bottles per party. Not good for large groups, but really great food.
by etomasi
March 1st, 2019, 11:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Base Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Re: 2012 Base Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve

So I'm hearing that it may be good as the 2008 base? Cause that is/was damn fine juice. When will it be released? Has to be a while yet.
by etomasi
February 26th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 123
Views: 4297

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

Well, the only truly "wow" roses I've had are Lambray's rose with some age, and Lopez de Heredia's newest 2008 release.
by etomasi
February 15th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chlorine/chloramine in cellar humidifier water
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Re: Chlorine/chloramine in cellar humidifier water

I don’t think you need to worry, for 2 reasons. TCA is a product of fungal metabolism in the presence of chlorine. Unless you’ve got fungus in the cellar, which is unlikely if the humidity is low enough to require a humidifier, you won’t get TCA formation. Even if you did get TCA on the outside of ...
by etomasi
February 15th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chlorine/chloramine in cellar humidifier water
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Chlorine/chloramine in cellar humidifier water

I don't normally need to add humidity to my wine cellar, but since switching to a coolbot with an AC unit, I'm seeing lower humidity levels than I would like during this winter. I've added a small humidifier, but i'm wondering if I should be concerned about the chloramine normally in the DC water su...
by etomasi
February 7th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 3633

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

I'm always reminded of this article on the subject by the late Christopher Hitchens.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/200 ... nkers.html
by etomasi
February 5th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx question
Replies: 25
Views: 835

Re: FedEx question

huh, I've regularly have wine redirected to fedex office with no issues. I've never used other drop points for wine shipments. I wasnt sure if it was ok.
by etomasi
February 1st, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have a glass problem: Zalto - WS - Now JR
Replies: 39
Views: 2625

Re: I have a glass problem: Zalto - WS - Now JR

I dont understand people's fascination with the GGG. I've tried them with a bunch of wines side by side with half a dozen glasses and I don't prefer the nose. I find the nose muted in comparison with larger bowl glasses, and so I lose alot. One Ganevat gamay blend really worked as it emphasized the ...
by etomasi
January 27th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: VELETA WINES - BerserkerDay 10 Deals
Replies: 31
Views: 1356

Re: VELETA WINES - BerserkerDay 10 Deals

Don't pass up the stickies folks! I tasted through these when I was at the winery in September, and they are really good!
by etomasi
January 27th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Auctions - CLOSED!!!
Topic: AUCTION: Retreat in Spain's Wine Country in your own Compound for up to 2 Weeks. Offer #2
Replies: 10
Views: 772

Re: AUCTION: Retreat in Spain's Wine Country in your own Compound for up to 2 Weeks. Offer #2

I won this last year and stayed at Cortijo Fray Leopoldo. Its a cute place,very beautiful views. The Cortijo has 3 guest suites. We stayed in the top floor 3 bed, 1 bath unit with a large balcony. It does have AC in the main room. Really pretty views from the balcony. It's very close to Nola's winer...
by etomasi
January 27th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: DV8 Cellars BD10 offers - all with FREE SHIPPING
Replies: 18
Views: 1068

Re: DV8 Cellars BD10 offers - all with FREE SHIPPING

I've ordered their white wines the last couple years and really enjoyed them. Just had the '14 DV8 Victory viognier last night. Great for lovers of white rhones, and the viognier especially goes well with heartier food.

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