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by etomasi
August 16th, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking 30 year old NV brut Champagnes
Replies: 11
Views: 733

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: 746
Views: 47143

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: 1822

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: 1822

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: 219
Views: 22111

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: 512
Views: 25525

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: 219
Views: 22111

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: 5
Views: 418

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: 1840

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: 4075

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: 138
Views: 9081

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: 86
Views: 3416

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: 86
Views: 3416

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: 999

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: 13
Views: 846

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: 51
Views: 2634

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: 425

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: 219
Views: 22111

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: 390

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: 1129

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: 452

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: 452

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: 1211

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: 219
Views: 22111

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: 3413

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: 1199

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: 2651

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: 3915

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: 639

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: 59
Views: 4779

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: 3124

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: 219
Views: 22111

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: 4
Views: 1275

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: 975

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: 2701

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: 875

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: 3803

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: 16008

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: 1146

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: 219
Views: 22111

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: 14
Views: 984

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: 1321

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: 5718

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: 77929

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: 77929

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: 371

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: 565

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: 219
Views: 22111

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: 468

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 ...

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