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by etomasi
May 23rd, 2020, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Suggestions (bready/nutty profile)
Replies: 20
Views: 682

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: 289

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: 54
Views: 1975

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: 283

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: 2294

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: 3435

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: 1258

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: 195

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: 1512

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: 758

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: 772

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: 249

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: 24
Views: 816

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: 2139

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: 4407

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: 81
Views: 21838

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: 717

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: 1313

Re: Searching for “aged” wines

Honestly, if you want a "guarantee" on an old wine, pay the upcharge and buy one at a restaurant.
by etomasi
February 21st, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH Auction Move
Replies: 39
Views: 2985

Re: HDH Auction Move

huh, interesting on the shipping. Since I'm in DC, I travel through Delaware to and from Philly/NJ/NY to visit folks so I may start looking at the HDH auctions more.
by etomasi
February 21st, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; 1990 Domaine Bart Chambertin Clos de Beze
Replies: 15
Views: 876

Re: TN; 1990 Domaine Bart Chambertin Clos de Beze

A Songeur wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 12:30 pm
Great producer , excellent wines including Marsannays. And reasonably priced
Really? I have always had the impression that they weren't the most consistent producer. Prices have always been good, but I've never bought any.
by etomasi
February 21st, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH Auction Move
Replies: 39
Views: 2985

Re: HDH Auction Move

Is the wine being shipped from Delaware? If the wine is sold in Delaware, it could be to avoid sales taxes.
by etomasi
February 18th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Replies: 27
Views: 2460

Re: TN: 2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

Have you went back and tried the 2010? I'm thinking that it may finally be close to ready.
by etomasi
February 18th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Felsina Gran Selezione Colonia
Replies: 14
Views: 894

Re: TN: 2016 Felsina Gran Selezione Colonia

Tim, is this really worth the cost over the Rancia or the Fontalloro?
by etomasi
February 9th, 2020, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel's rollercoaster popularity ride
Replies: 62
Views: 3228

Re: Zinfandel's rollercoasters popularity ride

I get it. We only drink a couple zins a year. I find them very difficult to pair with the food we make. We don't eat alot of grilled red meat and the red meat we do have goes best with medium bodied or aged reds. I'll have to poll my coworkers who like wine. I would think that most "normies" who dri...
by etomasi
February 6th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desert Island Wine Region...
Replies: 15
Views: 635

Re: Desert Island Wine Region...

No question. Champagne.
by etomasi
February 3rd, 2020, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: World tour: producers that appeal to Burg palate
Replies: 41
Views: 2445

Re: World tour: producers that appeal to Burg palate

How has no one mentioned Jura reds and whites?

Ganevat, Tissot, Domaine de la Pinte, Bourdy, Camille Loye, Domaine Macle, both Overnoys (not that I've had Pierre Overnoy), Bournard, Puffeney. Probably the only Jura I've tried that wasn't quite so Burgundian was Ratte.
by etomasi
February 2nd, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Condrieus from Perret, Gérard and Vernay
Replies: 13
Views: 788

Re: TN: Condrieus from Perret, Gérard and Vernay

Thanks for the notes!! I love Condrieu and we buy a few every year to cellar. Your notes sorta confirm some of my experience that they are generally best at 7-15 years (with some wiggle room to be sure). I'd also recommend Villard's condrieu and even some of the non-condrieu viogniers.
by etomasi
January 31st, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001
Replies: 36
Views: 1576

Re: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001

I've found that adding water to some of these does help a bit. I've done that with a few wines over the years. Doesnt really change the taste, but certainly dials the intensity down a bit so that its drinkable. Usually about a 1-2 teaspoons per glass. I only do it situations where I don want to dump...
by etomasi
January 30th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Burgundy?
Replies: 87
Views: 4613

Re: QPR Burgundy?

Also look for Albert Morot burgs. Many of the premier cru (1ers) wines are under $50. You can also try wines from the village of savigny-les-beaune. They were sorts my entry into burgs and I still love them. Generally they arent too expensive.
by etomasi
January 27th, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick a white and a red - Fiola Mare list
Replies: 11
Views: 569

Re: Help me pick a white and a red - Fiola Mare list

Fiola Mare has $50 corkage. Just saying.
by etomasi
January 27th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Castelli Vineyard BDXI Nebbiolo release
Replies: 24
Views: 1096

Re: Castelli Vineyard BDXI Nebbiolo release

In for a 6-pack. In my opinion, the best Nebbiolo in the US. Thanks Emilio!
by etomasi
January 27th, 2020, 9:17 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Sabelli-Frisch Wines BD11 offer *EXTENDED FOR CORONA!*
Replies: 70
Views: 4924

Re: Sabelli-Frisch Wines BD11 offer!

Looking forward to these! Been following your thread on the Mission grape for a while. Thanks!
by etomasi
January 27th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: ***EXTENDED*** VELETA WINES - 11 DEALS FOR 11 YEARS ***FREE SHIPPING
Replies: 27
Views: 1294

Re: VELETA WINES - 11 DEALS FOR 11 YEARS ***FREE SHIPPING

In for a case of the Tempranillo. I may come back for more later, the Cab and Sparkling deals are great!

For those that havent had them, the Veleta Sparklers and stickies are awesome!!

Thanks Nola!
by etomasi
January 25th, 2020, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill (France, Champagne)
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Re: TN: 2000 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill (France, Champagne)

Thanks! DO you find that the SWC needs a couple of hours to show its best? I'm no expert on the wine, but the ones I've had (both old and newer) seem to need like 2 hrs to open up.
by etomasi
January 25th, 2020, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......
Replies: 101
Views: 3645

Re: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......

Bollinger, and I would say Roederer (mainly Cristal) as a contrasting style. Then I could have the American Roederer as a daily drinker, lol.

Hard to give up Krug, Charles Heidsieck and Pol Roger tho
by etomasi
January 25th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2520

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

Well, I can chime in a bit on the Ygay and the LRA 904. I love Lopez de Heredia as well, and I also love Ygay. Full disclosure, I love wines that most people would consider too old. Ygay is considered a bit modern but I've never really understood this as I pretty much hate modern wines, but I've lov...
by etomasi
January 24th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Cristal
Replies: 20
Views: 1027

Re: 2012 Cristal

wow, y'all light your Cristal young. I've honestly never had a Cristal that was actually "mature". The oldest I've had was the 95 and 97 a year or so ago, and they still felt young to me. I have a '90 and an '83 in my cellar. I'm hoping one of them may be mature. Although I had the '09 a while back...
by etomasi
January 24th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Cristal
Replies: 20
Views: 1027

Re: 2012 Cristal

wow, y'all light your Cristal young. I've honestly never had a Cristal that was actually "mature". The oldest I've had was the 95 and 97 a year or so ago, and they still felt young to me. I have a '90 and an '83 in my cellar. I'm hoping one of them may be mature. Although I had the '09 a while back ...
by etomasi
January 18th, 2020, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Large format
Replies: 32
Views: 1724

Re: Large format

I buy large format for mythical event(s) I will probably never have. When I go into my cellar, the 3 and 6 liters stare at me dolefully.
by etomasi
January 17th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2614

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

Like most things I guess I would have to say "it depends". If a natural winemaker is specifically saying "this is a Bordeaux wine", this is "Barolo", etc., then yes it should generally be identifiable as such. If they are making a vin de france, or from a region where variety is most impt, then it I...
by etomasi
January 17th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kelli White on wine aging
Replies: 19
Views: 1829

Re: Kelli White on wine aging

That was a really great article. It was probably the most concise and informative article on wine aging that I've read. Love the brevity. Too many go too deep into chemistry. She did it just the right amount.
by etomasi
January 17th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 DC Dinners - 21 Bottles of Gevrey-Chambertin
Replies: 9
Views: 1439

Re: 2 DC Dinners - 21 Bottles of Gevrey-Chambertin

Just now seeing this. I've had that 79 Trapet several times and it has been beautiful each time. My bottles were acquired about ten years ago when I joined a group for a multi-case purchase at auction. After the group leader acquired possession he called me embarrassed because the cartons said Ross...
by etomasi
January 14th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)
Replies: 65
Views: 2115

Re: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)

From Janet who forgot her Berserker password: Go look at the Wine menu at Benu in SF. While I was there, I had a young Nuit Saint Georges with my dinner which was fabulous. FWIW the somm at Benu is Korean. You should follow him on IG, @yoonhams. I won't even step into the poo show re the diversity o...
by etomasi
December 27th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 DC Dinners - 21 Bottles of Gevrey-Chambertin
Replies: 9
Views: 1439

2 DC Dinners - 21 Bottles of Gevrey-Chambertin

We hosted 2 dinners in DC for a bunch of folks with wines from Gevrey-Chambertin (GC). Basically any wine from GC village, premier cru, or grand cru. The idea of these tasting was to try to find a commonality amongst the Gevrey wines. To that goal, I admit, the tastings were an exquisite failure. Th...
by etomasi
December 26th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 676
Views: 76396

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Osteria Morini in Soho. $40/btl, not sure about a bottle limit. https://osteriamorini.com/soho-nyc/

Btw, thanks for keeping this up to date! When I visited last weekend, it was very helpful!
by etomasi
December 5th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Seattle and Eastside Corkage
Replies: 28
Views: 5930

Re: Seattle and Eastside Corkage

Le Pichet $15/btl https://www.lepichetseattle.com/
Serafina $25/btl https://serafinaseattle.com/
Hitchcock $25/btl, fee waived if its a local Bainbridge Island wine (is there any?) https://www.hitchcockrestaurant.com/
by etomasi
November 24th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)
Replies: 31
Views: 1397

Re: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)

Chicken vin Jaune would be great.

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