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by Jason T
November 18th, 2019, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli & Turley Zins
Replies: 31
Views: 2455

Re: Martinelli & Turley Zins

I love both wines though Martinelli zins need a little more time. I have been a big fan of T-vine Black Sears vineyard easily ranks as one of the best zins. Is T-Vine still around? I really enjoyed their wines in my early years (back when my palate was more oriented towards bigger fruit), but I can...
by Jason T
November 18th, 2019, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 3532

Re: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .

Somewhat only tangentially related, but I was house sitting for a friend and she said “help yourself to anything in the fridge”... so I open the fridge and find this bottle of ‘66 Leroy Chapelle-Chambertin, sitting next to a bottle of Justin Cabernet and a crumpled foil packet of korean BBQ she had...
by Jason T
November 18th, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 3532

Re: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .

It's one of the many nice things about being married to another wine lover/collector. When I'm not around, he takes care to open only the things he knows I don't particularly like, or things we have a lot of. So much this. We are both into wine but I’m slightly more neurotic. My wife can drink anyt...
by Jason T
November 18th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 372
Views: 19569

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

For those wading in with questions... you should read the thread. This fat it will have answered most or all of your questions. A very interesting read.
by Jason T
November 18th, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temp controlled storage advice needed
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Temp controlled storage advice needed

Jordan, is offsite not an option, at least for some portion of them?
by Jason T
November 16th, 2019, 11:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand this flaw.
Replies: 19
Views: 792

Re: Please help me understand this flaw.

I’ve run into the cheesy feet thing once, on a roughly 10 year old bottle of Mayacamas. It smelled totally different from brett, and unlike brett dissipated with time.
by Jason T
November 16th, 2019, 3:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article
Replies: 31
Views: 942

Re: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article

Building on Chris’s example, what do we define as “service”? If I am ordering from a counter - even if it’s a complete meal of food and wine - I’m hard-pressed to understand why I’d tip. In this scenario someone is usually just bringing me the food and I won’t see them again until I go back to the c...
by Jason T
November 13th, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 D’Armailhac
Replies: 6
Views: 357

Re: TN: 1994 D’Armailhac

I love D’Armailhac. On the brett - there’s been good discussion here before on whether it “blows off”, or what tasters are experiencing is something else.

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by Jason T
November 13th, 2019, 12:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Insider: Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings
Replies: 20
Views: 2548

Re: The Insider: Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings

Any time I see some service ostensibly targeted at 'billionaires' I assume it's actually lifestyle marketing targeted towards people who wish they had money.

Though, I wish I had money, and yet I also wish I never cross paths with this idiot.
by Jason T
November 12th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Vintage - How Is It Looking?
Replies: 20
Views: 1373

Re: 2016 Barolo Vintage - How Is It Looking?

John Morris wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 9:18 pm
It's kind of premature to ask for opinions since the wines are still a year away from release. How many people have any basis for an opinion?
We now need a basis to form an opinion? I thought this was Winberserkers! newhere [berserker.gif]
by Jason T
November 12th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Charleston Offlineorama V
Replies: 18
Views: 665

Re: TN: Charleston Offlineorama V

That is how to live life. 4 days. Epic.
by Jason T
November 10th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2405

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

As Glenn does I’ll just stuff the cork back in. Also, opening with an ah-so helps keep the cork looking pristine. I’ve never had anyone say anything.
by Jason T
November 8th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Berserker Abroad...
Replies: 19
Views: 1162

Re: A Berserker Abroad...

P Intag wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 2:54 pm
How did you get the Flannery steaks to Bordeaux? You just put them in your carry on luggage?
They ate them at home. “The adventure started at home”.
by Jason T
November 8th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan
Replies: 51
Views: 4865

Re: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan

for those impacted by him, hopefully this brings some level of healing.
by Jason T
November 6th, 2019, 3:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 383
Views: 23894

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I had a 2016 Durant Pinot last weekend....good stuff. Took a day before it began to unwind and didn't really hit it's stride until days 3/4. I expected the tightness on day 1, but didn't expect it to still be going so strong on day 4 - just so aromatic. Also popped a 2015 Durant Chard that same week...
by Jason T
November 5th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette wineries to visit in October???
Replies: 86
Views: 5012

Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

D9FF1680-7FDF-4E77-B7E8-4E0CBCC7BB02.png FWIW I’ve spent the day the exact same way. Visit with Marcus in the morning. Visit with Walter Scott after a bite of lunch. And then cristom. It’s not that hard to stay on schedule. Altho Marcus is super hospitable and will get you hammered before lunch if ...
by Jason T
November 5th, 2019, 1:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A lost Friday afternoon gathering – Mostly blind, some double blind
Replies: 8
Views: 960

Re: TN: A lost Friday afternoon gathering – Mostly blind, some double blind

Interesting choice to open that D&R given that it’s a baby. Kevin’s is the only real note for this wine on CT (someone else posted a “who has this wine, please give me some” note).’ Not sure I’d have expected anything but “grapy”.
by Jason T
November 5th, 2019, 1:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 841

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

Hopefully it’s a case of a single wine, and they have a control case back on planet earth stored at the same temp/humidity. Otherwise between those variables and cork variability any differences may lack meaning.
by Jason T
November 3rd, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan
Replies: 51
Views: 4865

Re: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan

seems you completely missed the point of the story. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/01/dining/drinks/anthony-cailan-sexual-assault.html Remarkable how one can read a story with repeated instances of sexual assault and come away with the opinion that it is the NYTimes that is out of touch. Shockingl...
by Jason T
November 3rd, 2019, 1:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5445

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

Soooo, who has the BEST dry-aged beef, prepared perfectly for your taste, sides that are innovative-tasty, well prepared, excellent service, reasonable or no corkage and a wine list (aged/mature) in Manhattan? I like Minetta Tavern. (Not really for the steak but I also enjoy the original Palm.) But...
by Jason T
November 3rd, 2019, 1:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"
Replies: 18
Views: 1194

Re: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"

Julian Marshall wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 5:54 am
It's weird how Raffault favours the US market. Totally unfair!! There are never library releases over here!
I can’t even find current vintage Raffault in London.
by Jason T
November 2nd, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning a trip to the Loire Valley
Replies: 16
Views: 906

Re: Planning a trip to the Loire Valley

Bryan sounds like it will be a great trip, and I’m sure you’ll get some great feedback from folks here. You may want to check out the search function as well, as there have been multiple threads over the last couple years on this topic.
by Jason T
October 31st, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Bodega Numanthia Numanthia - Who put the XO in my wine?
Replies: 17
Views: 1238

Re: TN: 2005 Bodega Numanthia Numanthia - Who put the XO in my wine?

And here I was excited to read how a wine had notes of XO sauce.
by Jason T
October 31st, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5445

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

Not being able to bring your own wine its banana's though. Charge $50 corkage at least to allow people to bring in special stuff... They’re broadcasting how much they value you, the customer. How many other businesses are there where you could refuse to innovate, provide substandard customer servic...
by Jason T
October 30th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions
Replies: 21
Views: 1169

Re: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions

I am an eternal optimist but realistically I’ll never be able to try anything like this. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, François. The way in which you write gives me at least a glimpse of what it would be like to enjoy these; it certainly shines a light on your passion.
by Jason T
October 30th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can you tell me about the Oregon 2019 vintage?
Replies: 16
Views: 1250

Re: Tell me about the Oregon 2019 vintage.

Optimism is good. We ended up buying 4 cases of mostly pinot from the '15 vintage. Chardonnay is killing it up there. ‘15 is the first vintage I went big on after I discovered how much I love these wines. It was so cool to see what each producer was able to do with such a ripe vintage. Not the most...
by Jason T
October 30th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2136

Re: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards

Great question, lots of great answers. For California, the Santa Cruz Mountains are hard to beat. You need appointments to visit some of the best producers. Mount Eden is an all-time favorite. Please note that if you get an appointment at Mount Eden, do not trust the driving time given on Google Ma...
by Jason T
October 30th, 2019, 1:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2136

Re: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards

I find the vineyards (and wines) on the Greek island of Santorini to be very interesting. Vines are trained in a very unique way to deal with the pounding they take from winds. Views of the surrounding seas are often stunning. And the wines, particular the whites and stickies, are the real deal. If ...
by Jason T
October 30th, 2019, 1:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18995

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Some thoughts on PG&E quoting a friend who is evacuated ... https://truthout.org/articles/climate-crisis-stokes-flames-in-california-putting-disabled-people-at-risk/ “We have moved from the era of everyday wildfires to the era of fire storms, and PG&E has an ethical obligation to adjust accordingly...
by Jason T
October 29th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 2294

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

This is my challenge with most steakhouses. Without even having that much skill, one can often do better, often more consistently and certainly more cheaply, at home.
by Jason T
October 29th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6270

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Domaine Argyros (winery in Santorini) is guilty of that. They make a perfectly quaffable blend of Assyrtiko and some other grape that is like 15 GBP/bottle here in London. I picked one up the other day and did a double take - glass felt more like a magnum of cult Napa cab. Kind of ridiculous.
by Jason T
October 28th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?
Replies: 84
Views: 2785

Re: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?

If I only get to save one bottle, it's a 3L of 2010 Ridge Monte Bello that is to be opened on May 22, 2040, to celebrate 25 years of marriage. This bottle is a bit more special in that we had everyone attending our wedding who had been married 25 years or longer sign it. My father-in-law signed it '...
by Jason T
October 28th, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?
Replies: 84
Views: 2785

Re: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?

YLee wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 5:51 am
It's quite funny how some people get very serious with even the light hearted fun type polls.
It's the internet. There's nothing grown men can't be too serious about here!
by Jason T
October 27th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore
Replies: 53
Views: 2998

Re: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore

Popped open a bottle of 2012 Ridge Lytton Springs last night. My note on my last bottle in April sung its praises. Bottle last night was grapey and not enjoyable. Not any apparent flaws, but I didn’t like it. I checked my recent zin notes over the past few months and found similar experiences. An o...
by Jason T
October 27th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003
Replies: 53
Views: 2352

Re: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003

Laurent Gibet wrote:
October 27th, 2019, 11:44 am
What does AFWE mean ?
AFWE = Anti-Flavor Wine Elite. It’s a dig on those who like their wines on the leaner side. And for some who like their wines on the leaner side, perhaps a badge of honour.
by Jason T
October 27th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?
Replies: 84
Views: 2785

Re: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?

I literally had that thought pop in my head last night as I was hopping in my truck to leave. Ran in the garage, opened the cellar and grabbed the first thing I saw: 2015 Becklyn Missouri Hopper What would be the first thing you see and grab (1 bottle) ? Im glad I don’t have to think about this - a...
by Jason T
October 27th, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18995

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

All of this is so sad and I feel for everyone involved. The Soda Rock news is in particular sad because that was the very first winery we ever joined - it was the third winery we visited that day on my very first trip to Sonoma in 2012. I think we were members only for a couple of years but of cours...
by Jason T
October 26th, 2019, 2:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6270

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Not to hijack this thread but it would be nice if some producers went with lighter/thinner bottles. I’m not talking about shape but weight. I’ve noticed some producers bottle weights are significantly higher than others, adding up to a couple pound difference over a case.
by Jason T
October 25th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best car service in chicago
Replies: 5
Views: 613

Re: Best car service in chicago

out of curiosity, is this a regional dialect thing? In NY a car service is a black car/livery, or more awkwardly having your car serviced (maintenance). I have never heard a towing service called a "car service" (I've only lived in NY and South) I’m from Illinois and lived in Chicago for 10 years. ...
by Jason T
October 25th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What US State Grows Your Favorite Grapes?
Replies: 6
Views: 374

Re: What US State Grows Your Favorite Grape?

Same as you for Cab, Pinot and Zin. With Chard it’s a coin toss between California and Oregon. I’ve had more from Cali that I’ve enjoyed but am seeking more out from Oregon these days. Sauvignon Blanc I’m going with Oregon. But that’s based entirely on Patricia Green’s bottling, which I’m totally sm...
by Jason T
October 25th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Heritage Blind Tasting Competition
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Re: 2019 Heritage Blind Tasting Competition

Nice work Jay and I appreciate the humility of sharing your misses. It’s amazing how confident one be, and yet still be so wrong (red burgundy instead of Boudreaux, white burgundy instead of champagne). While also doing a bit of dart throwing and being directionally correct (CndP versus Chapoutier).
by Jason T
October 24th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 : a year rich in fortified wines
Replies: 7
Views: 826

Re: 2019 : a year rich in fortified wines

I don’t stray in this direction often but I’ve really
Enjoyed the 1999 Kopke Colheita I cracked last weekend.
by Jason T
October 23rd, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169918

Re: Steak Porn

P Turk wrote:
October 20th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Perfect fall day in Chicagoland... bike ride and Scorched Earth beers, awesome Flannery ribeye on the Weber, and a Once and Future PS in the Grassl.
As a former a Chicagoan and current O&F customer, that sounds like a FANTASTIC day. And the cap on that steak is HUGE!!!
by Jason T
October 21st, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upright or on its side: A Theory
Replies: 56
Views: 2325

Re: Upright or on its side: A Theory

S. Stevenson wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 3:22 pm
Good points here. It's akin to the myth that many still adhere to is that wine needs to 'breath'.
No it doesn't. P&P.
Someone should start a thread on this, so we can debate it. [head-bang.gif]
by Jason T
October 18th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Styro Shippers - Finally some data on their effectiveness
Replies: 111
Views: 8357

Re: Styro Shippers - Finally some data on their effectiveness

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
October 18th, 2019, 8:53 am
First of all, anyone who is shipping when it's 95 degrees deserves what they get.
Agreed, except maybe for those shipping next day air.
by Jason T
October 18th, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 60
Views: 2768

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

I've got about 300-320 at home and then about another 500 in storage. In my case I wanted a well-diversified stash at home that can scratch almost any type of itch I have over cover almost any type of cuisine I might cook. I'm actually really happy with it considering I started it from scratch just ...
by Jason T
October 18th, 2019, 12:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Road Pops
Replies: 2
Views: 389

Re: Road Pops

Warren, I think you clearly need two of them.
by Jason T
October 17th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting article by Asimov in the New York Times about climate change and wine
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Re: Interesting article by Asimov in the New York Times about climate change and wine

Expanding on his point 5) the unpredictable weather, as I understand it, can also lead to greater extremes. For example warm periods showing up sooner than expected, triggering an early growing season. Followed by frost, which even if not later than normal can be devastating if the vines are already...
by Jason T
October 17th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canlis for dinner this evening.........
Replies: 26
Views: 1643

Re: Canlis for dinner this evening.........

Jim Anderson wrote:
October 17th, 2019, 9:34 am
Good luck there. I’m sure many folks here can tell you about mixed results. Not trying to throw water on a hopefully wonderful night, just saying. One of the best meals of my life was there. Another time...
The night I dined there must have been “another time”.
by Jason T
October 17th, 2019, 4:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 04 Grosset Polish Hill and Pike's Rieslings
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: TN: 04 Grosset Polish Hill and Pike's Rieslings

Cool notes Todd. I don’t see a lot of AU Riesling in the US/UK. But these notes sound right up my alley!

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