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by etomasi
February 15th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chlorine/chloramine in cellar humidifier water
Replies: 5
Views: 205

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: 205

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: 3401

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: 719

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: 2308

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: 30
Views: 983

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: 657

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: 867

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.
by etomasi
January 25th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some special wines (Steinzug, Valgella, Trebbiano)
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: Some special wines (Steinzug, Valgella, Trebbiano)

Thanks for the notes. Whats your opinion on the time that the Emidio Pepe Trebbiano needs? I've only recently started to collect them and really have no idea when "maturity" will occur.
by etomasi
January 23rd, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets
Replies: 20
Views: 938

Re: TN: 2002 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets

Yup, this is why I have such a large cellar. I like old wine. So every January I go to unpack wine in storage and I realize none of them are ready for my palate. So back to storage they go.
by etomasi
January 21st, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ugly Vineyards
Replies: 19
Views: 815

Re: Ugly Vineyards

I think it's a stretch to call any vineyard areas "beautiful", as they are nothing but rows and rows of vines, quite utilitarian looking and about as attractive as looking at the fruit tree crops in the Central Valley which are also planted row by numbifying row. The most beautiful areas would be t...
by etomasi
January 21st, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone using Weinboxes?
Replies: 146
Views: 7565

Re: Anyone using Weinboxes?

I've been happy with the weinboxes. Still slightly concerned about bottles rubbing together and breaking when the bottles are different sizes. I solved that by using padding for certain situations. And of course its best to use bottles about the same type size, otherwise stacking in the box gets a b...
by etomasi
January 20th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forget sabering. We should all open champagne like this.
Replies: 32
Views: 1402

Re: Forget sabering. We should all open champagne like this.

I mean, I guess its possible that the extra mass of the glass resulted in low enough acceleration and velocity that it would just lightly pop up. However, considering I've had champagne corks shoot 20+ feet into my yard, I'm skeptical. Also, pretty risky heating/stressing the glass with the hot port...
by etomasi
January 16th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar
Replies: 23
Views: 924

Re: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar

I havent had many problems with returning corked glasses or bottles or wine, except as noted earlier where its a restaurant that doesnt have a somm. Usually its ok, but at one place in Spain, I let others drink it and ordered another bottle. For an $18 euro wine, it wasnt worth the hassle sending ba...
by etomasi
January 12th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DC older burgundy dinner
Replies: 5
Views: 686

Re: DC older burgundy dinner

Its old enough that it probably shouldnt have his name. Thats the only on in CT. I wasn't 100% on it. I've attached a closer pic of the bottle.
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by etomasi
January 12th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DC older burgundy dinner
Replies: 5
Views: 686

DC older burgundy dinner

OLD BURG DINNER AT MARC'S HOUSE OUTSIDE DC - DC/Silver Spring MD (12/29/2018) Marc hosted a wonderful dinner to open a few older wines. Great dinner, great food, great people Old champagnes and blind white The 2 champagnes were fantastic. The Charbaut was my first experience with a older champagne ...
by etomasi
January 8th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are these the top "wine influencers"?
Replies: 41
Views: 1823

Re: Are these the top "wine influencers"?

not on the 'gram, so I can't help. But influencers are an amusing concept in general. I've run into them at restaurants, clubs and bars. Always douchey.
by etomasi
January 7th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few Ilans
Replies: 17
Views: 2110

Re: A few Ilans

I too lost money, but I appreciate the notes. Gives me hope to drink them down the road.
by etomasi
January 2nd, 2019, 10:15 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 200
Views: 19143

Re: Washington DC

Thai X-ing in DC. $5/ bottle, unlimited
by etomasi
January 2nd, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 200
Views: 19143

Re: Washington DC

Officina at the Warf in DC. $50/bottle. Pretty steep,but we had some great talks with the 2 somms and bought 1 bottle, so they waived corkage.
by etomasi
January 2nd, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When sabering Champagne goes wrong at The French Laundry...
Replies: 41
Views: 4308

Re: When sabering Champagne goes wrong at The French Laundry...

Can you even sabre things 3L or larger? is the manufacturing process the same for the bottles?
by etomasi
January 1st, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 6288

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

1990 Ponsot Clos de la Roche vieilles vignes.

It just slightly beat out a surprising bottle of 1982 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera Reserva
by etomasi
December 22nd, 2018, 9:54 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Central NJ Supper Club - December 15
Replies: 4
Views: 229

Re: Central NJ Supper Club - December 15

Notes from the dinner. Thanks Christine!

https://www.cellartracker.com/event.asp?iEvent=40430
by etomasi
December 12th, 2018, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Pur Sang
Replies: 1
Views: 132

Re: TN: 2000 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Pur Sang

Nice, Thanks for the note! I just can't quite figure out how long these last.
by etomasi
December 12th, 2018, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on when to drink village Burgundy?
Replies: 20
Views: 1081

Re: Thoughts on when to drink village Burgundy?

Clive Coates has a pretty good view on this. Nothing is absolute, but this is a pretty good opinion on when to drink Burgundy. http://www.clive-coates.com/observations/when-to-drink-your-burgundy/ Wow, I'm not the most experienced burgundy drinker, but this is terrible. I generally feel that burgs ...
by etomasi
December 8th, 2018, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few Berserkers (and CTers) come to dinner
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: A few Berserkers (and CTers) come to dinner

Great time Scott!! Dinner was fantastic and it was good catching up with you guys and meeting Eddie and his wife.

Hope to see you again soon.
by etomasi
December 7th, 2018, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu)
Replies: 2
Views: 184

Re: TN: 2012 E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu)

Thanks for the note. I'm no expert, but the condrieu I've had seem to need at least 5-6 years and are usually ready by 7 (give or take a bit). Having said that, the oldest ones I've had are about 12yrs old, and they started to seem a bit tired and the sherry notes start to take over. If you like tha...
by etomasi
December 6th, 2018, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cristal Vertical at Atera
Replies: 29
Views: 1173

Re: Cristal Vertical at Atera

Man, that sounds like an awesome night Ray - really appreciate you posting the details! Quick side question for you- have you by chance had a 97 Cristal lately? Considering opening one this weekend but am worried its still a bit young (and I generally prefer my champagne with some age on it) Well, ...
by etomasi
December 4th, 2018, 8:52 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Central NJ Supper Club - December 15
Replies: 4
Views: 229

Re: Central NJ Supper Club - December 15

Thanks for bumping to 10. I am Looking forward to it!
by etomasi
December 4th, 2018, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cristal Vertical at Atera
Replies: 29
Views: 1173

Re: Cristal Vertical at Atera

waiting for notes like... [popcorn.gif]
by etomasi
December 2nd, 2018, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Sauternes benefit from decanting?
Replies: 20
Views: 1074

Re: Do Sauternes benefit from decanting?

Somebody from Ch. Guiraud once told me that decanting Sauternes was absolutely essential. Mind you they also told me that Sauternes paired excellently with a hot Thai Curry. Shamefully, I've never tried either. Well, I don't think decanting does much for Sauternes (unless its 12+hrs), but they pair...
by etomasi
November 29th, 2018, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."
Replies: 81
Views: 3759

Re: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."

Well, I'm in the camp of being hung up on the word "amazing". I've never had any wine young that was truly amazing. Good, maybe even great, amazing in X # of years, amazing for the price, area, etc. Frankly, I'll take a middling wine with age over even the best (or most expensive) young wines any day.
by etomasi
November 26th, 2018, 11:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for whites?
Replies: 30
Views: 664

Re: Suggestions for whites?

I tend to like bigger styled non-chard whites so, in that vein; Condrieu Guigal, Villard) hermitage blanc (Chapoutier, Paul Jaboulet) Chateauneuf-du-pape blanc (these can be hit or miss, but like Beaucastel) Austrian Gruners (my fav, Knoll) Weinbach's cuvee catherine pinot gris Intermediate body win...
by etomasi
November 25th, 2018, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tenuta delle Terre Nere
Replies: 14
Views: 756

Re: TN: Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Thanks! Its good to see a nice set of comprehensive notes.
by etomasi
November 24th, 2018, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 441
Views: 26519

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV Lanson Rose from a few years back (5/2013 disgorgement) - tasty, with full red fruit with some nice roundness, but starting to get a bitterness on the back end. As well its my last bottle from this batch. NV Camille Saves Rose - opened 2 for thanksgiving. One was slightly off (slight TCA), most p...
by etomasi
November 24th, 2018, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Luggage
Replies: 7
Views: 355

Re: Wine Luggage

Is the styrofoam better than what comes in the pelican ? I guess it depends on the type of foam in Pelican cases. Looks like Polyethylene foam (but I could be wrong). Its slightly worse R value than extruded Styrofoam, but alot would depend on the thickness, and the fact that pelican cases are plas...
by etomasi
November 22nd, 2018, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging two buck chuck?
Replies: 8
Views: 775

Re: Aging two buck chuck?

ok, you dug up an old article, but I lost interest when she called "Leather, tobacco, dried flowers, cooked or dried fruit, and raisins" secondary notes/flavors. Sure I'm a pedant and all, but someone in the biz should know the difference between primary, secondary and tertiary smells and flavors. A...
by etomasi
November 22nd, 2018, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recycle styro inserts (esp DC)?
Replies: 27
Views: 741

Re: Recycle styro inserts (esp DC)?

I usually take them to Weygandts. I've also given them to Schneiders in the past.
by etomasi
November 19th, 2018, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best places to buy wine in D.C.?
Replies: 15
Views: 586

Re: Best places to buy wine in D.C.?

I too recommend Schneiders, as well as Litteri's (1 block south of Union Market). If you get a little further afield, I would recommend Gran Cata wine shop on 7th St NW. They have some really unusual finds from South America. Weygandt's is awesome, but not really close. I'm relatively close to catho...
by etomasi
November 15th, 2018, 6:27 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: One seat available for DC Wine Dinner at Thai X-ing - Sat Nov 17th
Replies: 0
Views: 166

One seat available for DC Wine Dinner at Thai X-ing - Sat Nov 17th

A few of us are getting together this saturday at Thai X-ing in DC (a really marvelous place). If anyone is interested, we have 1 slot available (total of 8 people). Pick a wine you think will go. Normally we have a floor of $50/btl, but for this just bring something u think will pair well... fruity...
by etomasi
November 10th, 2018, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm no Champagne expert, but...
Replies: 13
Views: 1008

Re: I'm no Champagne expert, but...

Question,how does the RD compare after a couple decades to the Grand Annee? I have never tried a single vintage side by side after say 20 or so years.
by etomasi
November 10th, 2018, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm no Champagne expert, but...
Replies: 13
Views: 1008

Re: I'm no Champagne expert, but...

Yup, Bolly is one of my favorite houses.
by etomasi
November 9th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others
Replies: 46
Views: 1712

Re: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others

There are difference in Tokaji. Maybe someone who knows better that I can explain the 3-6 Puttanyos vs. Eszencia?
by etomasi
November 9th, 2018, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Wine to Friends and Family?
Replies: 15
Views: 814

Re: Shipping Wine to Friends and Family?

I believe it is still illegal unless you have a liquor license.
by etomasi
November 8th, 2018, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What unusual wines/regions do you love?
Replies: 125
Views: 4194

Re: What unusual wines/regions do you love?

I'm lucky enough that there is a wine shop in DC that specializes in South American wines. I don't stop by often, but I've had some really neat blends and wines from areas that are using grapes sorta forgotten in Europe (Bonarda, Pais, etc). Plus they have wines from Uruguay, Brasil, Bolivia and eve...
by etomasi
November 6th, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cooling Unit Replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 455

Re: Cooling Unit Replacement

Honestly, I would look into a Coolbot. Only 300 bucks + a normal window AC unit. Much, much cheaper, and you can set the temp colder than 55. I've had it for about 8 months now after my breezaire died. I have mine set at 52 deg and with the Coolbot, a 8,000BTU AC unit keeps a 900 cubic foot cellar n...
by etomasi
November 3rd, 2018, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 Felsina Chianti Riserva advice
Replies: 19
Views: 606

Re: 1995 Felsina Chianti Riserva advice

Thanks for all the input. This is the Grey label with Rancia in gold on it. My understanding is that this case came directly from the winery. I believe its been stored correctly as they have a temperature controlled cellar in the basement. I was told I could leave it open for up to 8 days. They are...
by etomasi
November 3rd, 2018, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 Felsina Chianti Riserva advice
Replies: 19
Views: 606

Re: 1995 Felsina Chianti Riserva advice

Honestly, put it back in bottle and take back to store. I've a couple bottles of this in the last few years, and it should not smell or taste like that. It should still have fruit, and the slight volatile acidity note (slightly sharp smell), it should have leather, some light must and earth, but wet...

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