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by etomasi
April 18th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dig through this wine list challenge.
Replies: 41
Views: 1506

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: 16
Views: 1208

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: 77
Views: 2153

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: 77
Views: 2153

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: 2249

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: 2249

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: 178
Views: 8740

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: 178
Views: 8740

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: 113

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: 1041

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: 213

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: 2144

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: 1530

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: 2394

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: 2394

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: 251

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: 207
Views: 20105

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: 308

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: 113
Views: 3332

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: 216

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: 216

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: 3550

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: 808

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: 2484

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: 1188

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: 711

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: 983

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: 166

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: 971

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: 843

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: 7895

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: 1453

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: 943

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: 694

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.
20181229_230029.jpg
by etomasi
January 12th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DC older burgundy dinner
Replies: 5
Views: 694

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: 1882

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: 2147

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: 207
Views: 20105

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: 207
Views: 20105

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: 4384

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: 6530

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: 297

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: 143

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: 1151

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: 576

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: 195

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: 1287

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: 297

Re: Central NJ Supper Club - December 15

Thanks for bumping to 10. I am Looking forward to it!

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