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by Jason T
December 10th, 2018, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)
Replies: 16
Views: 233

Re: TN: 2008 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

Kelly - Chambers gets in the 89 and 90 a few times per year, just grab it immediately when you get the email. You will thank me later! [cheers.gif] I didn't realize that - I thought it was a one-off thing. I've had the '89 multiple times and they have always been great. Just had an '85 a couple wee...
by Jason T
December 10th, 2018, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)
Replies: 16
Views: 233

Re: TN: 2008 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

Thanks, guys. I love this wine too, but I find the acidity to be typically too much for at least ten years. Had the 2002 recently, which is coming into its own IMHO. One of the great red values in the world. Chambers St just had some 1990 for $75, which embarrassingly I choked on ordering (and now ...
by Jason T
December 9th, 2018, 9:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 150th tabasco
Replies: 57
Views: 2334

Re: 150th tabasco

Last batch of the season and damn is it good! BD79CDA0-1752-4196-B19C-6DF46DE64DAE.jpeg Scotch bonnets from Martinique, red jalapeños, small amount of fataliis from Africa. Fermented with carrots and navel oranges. Super smooth but hot as hell. I vitamixed these with the ferment liquid, proprietary...
by Jason T
December 9th, 2018, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)
Replies: 46
Views: 1377

Re: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)

threads like this always remind me of a classic thread where the subject was, “what’s the wine you’ve bought the most of?” Three, six, ten cases were bandied about until Rob Romania shut down the thread with his answer: 500 cases of 96 Salon. Albeit they were six bottle cases, but jaw dropping was ...
by Jason T
December 9th, 2018, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Snob or Wine Geek? Take The Test
Replies: 56
Views: 2075

Re: Wine Snob or Wine Geek? Take The Test

That would make it the first funny thing he has done (I’m a comedy snob, not a comedy geek).
by Jason T
December 9th, 2018, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)
Replies: 46
Views: 1377

Re: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)

I usually buy a minimum of 3 if I like it enough to buy it. Gives me a chance to evaluate the wine further over multiple settings. If I really like the wine then I will go in for a case, similar to what Sarah outlined above.
by Jason T
December 9th, 2018, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Snob or Wine Geek? Take The Test
Replies: 56
Views: 2075

Re: Wine Snob or Wine Geek? Take The Test

You know what SQN, QPR, QC, CnDP, RP, WA, JL, AG, ST, IWC, WS, KB, BoJo, Cru Boo, ABV, LdH, GPL, PC, WB and eBob stand for (I just frightened myself). OK I just got 100% on the above test. Now I am really friggin frightened. Knowing all those abbreviations is not normal... Yep me too. Though with W...
by Jason T
December 7th, 2018, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 26
Views: 973

Re: TN: 2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

I think you have to remember that Jeremy is a nice guy and might even know some of the producers or families making these wines. His notes are usually spot on and a little reading between the lines may be required in some instances. Fred, fair point. And my read from this note and prior ones from J...
by Jason T
December 6th, 2018, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 26
Views: 973

Re: TN: 2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Jeremy, it was hard for me to read into whether you liked it as well. Though as always your note was wonderfully concise and compelling such that you had me hooked until I got to the bit about “low acid” and “chocolatey edge”. Sounds interesting though!
by Jason T
December 6th, 2018, 6:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Who owns whom...interesting beer chart.
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Re: Who owns whom...interesting beer chart.

I think most of those craft breweries bought by the big guys will be losers in the long term. Besides maybe Goose and Firestone they are all replaceable I’d think with the trend being hyper local these days. I wonder if they have preformed up to expectations. Agree on Goose Island and Firestone Wal...
by Jason T
December 6th, 2018, 1:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Flannery Holiday Sale (some good stuff)
Replies: 17
Views: 575

Re: Flannery Holiday Sale (some good stuff)

That’s clutch timing, as I planned on serving a Cali reserve rib roast for Christmas Eve dinner!
by Jason T
December 6th, 2018, 12:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Marrons Glaces?
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: Marrons Glaces?

I will not be helpful in this but I wanted to say thanks for turning me on to a thing I never knew existed. Sounds yummy. I chuckled after checking out a couple recipes. It's either a relatively time-consuming multi-hour exercise or a time-consuming 3-4 day exercise depending on the recipes I saw. K...
by Jason T
December 5th, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 15
Views: 364

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

Check out Epicurean Edge. They have a great selection of Japanese knives. I just picked up a really nice nakiri from them on Cyber Monday which is in the realm of what you're looking for. You can get some great knives from small makers for a little more than half the price of that Shun. The Shun Cl...
by Jason T
December 5th, 2018, 3:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 150th tabasco
Replies: 57
Views: 2334

Re: 150th tabasco

As long as your ferment is clean there is no downside to additional ferment time. In fact it will add complexity and can smooth out some rough edges. But again, clean, no mold contact. Kenny- That’s what I thought, thanks. I’d say the ferment is “mostly” clean. Clean container to store the peppers ...
by Jason T
December 5th, 2018, 2:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critic wines v drinkers wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1090

Re: Critic wines v drinkers wines

Something similar I experience is “people who don’t know any better, (but probably should)”. I typically like more mature wines. My wife’s family is very much into wine, but doesn’t discriminate. I’ve helped her to understand the benefits; not so much of “aging to maturity” (as that’s a preference) ...
by Jason T
December 4th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 56
Views: 2891

Re: Somm 3

Jason Hagen wrote:
December 4th, 2018, 3:44 pm

SOMM 4 - All Carole Meridith, all the time.

Just a thought.
+1

Maybe we can turn it into a drinking game. Tip our glasses every time Carole references Tribidrag.
by Jason T
December 3rd, 2018, 11:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 56
Views: 2891

Re: Somm 3

Somm 2 was not as good, but interesting and in line with the theme. I only agree with half your opinion. It was definitely, not good. Drinking a bunch of legendary wines that no one can own isn't exactly what I think of when I think of a "Somm". If you haven't read the Bobby Stuckey thread I starte...
by Jason T
December 3rd, 2018, 11:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Futures
Replies: 59
Views: 1251

Re: Futures

James, have you had mature Monte Bello previously? This is a wine that, like a lot of Bordeaux, many people find benefits from significant aging. 15-25 years or more. It may make sense to have a mature example to understand if it is a wine that resonates with you.
by Jason T
December 3rd, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 150th tabasco
Replies: 57
Views: 2334

Re: 150th tabasco

Grab some ripe red hot peppers in the store this summer. You can ferment them and make sauce way better than Tobasco. If you guys lived nearby I would hand them out for free. We make hundreds of bottles each year from the garden. Recipe? Rough chop your peppers. Add water and a 2.5% salt solution. ...
by Jason T
December 3rd, 2018, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Futures
Replies: 59
Views: 1251

Re: Futures

James, how much age do you like on your Boudreaux?
by Jason T
December 2nd, 2018, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 655

Re: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard

This isn’t a criticism of Matt’s note (which is great)...what he indicates as “early secondary evolution” - is it secondary or tertiary?
by Jason T
December 2nd, 2018, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 273
Views: 11688

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

We were on a fantastic cellar reduction trend - net cellar size trending down for years. Trips to Willamette and Sonoma reversed that. Then we find out we are moving overseas next year... so time to put the cellar resduction plan back into overdrive.
by Jason T
November 28th, 2018, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite restaurant wine program
Replies: 27
Views: 1169

Re: Favorite restaurant wine program

In all seriousness though it’s a great list.
by Jason T
November 28th, 2018, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite restaurant wine program
Replies: 27
Views: 1169

Re: Favorite restaurant wine program

In Central Jersey, Pluckemin Inn does some interesting things. The basic mark up is pretty standar I think, but they have a long list and Friday’s is 50% off or $50 if over $100........and their retail arm Plucky Wines runs 20% sales frequently. Wow what a list. Imagine the amount of saliva I had r...
by Jason T
November 28th, 2018, 12:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sam Adams lager expresses terroir
Replies: 5
Views: 495

Re: Sam Adams lager expresses terroir

“from hopes grown in this little piece of ground”.

Their production was 3.8 million barrels in 2017. Granted that comes from multiple product lines, not all of which use hops....

....Sam Adams uses way more hops than produced by that little piece of ground.
by Jason T
November 24th, 2018, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Domestic Pinot Noir: Better or just different?
Replies: 134
Views: 7596

Re: Aging Domestic Pinot Noir: Better or just different?

Back in July I had a 1974 David Bruce at Bern’s that was absolute heaven. Wide open on the pop and pour, and lasted the better part of three hours in decanter before fading. Tertiary aromas of forest floor and mushrooms. I was just shocked at how powerful the aromatics were.
by Jason T
November 21st, 2018, 7:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Thanksgiving for 10 (plus leftovers) for....$48?!?
Replies: 13
Views: 724

Re: Thanksgiving for 10 (plus leftovers) for....$48?!?

I spent more than $48 just on cream and butter alone. Hell I spent more than that on coffee just for the weekend. Granted I’m hosting 15 people.

Every day that goes by I’m increasingly aware of how lucky I am to have as a basic those things that many view as an extravagance.
by Jason T
November 21st, 2018, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tales of Actual Heat Damage
Replies: 27
Views: 1268

Re: Tales of Actual Heat Damage

I've never had wine get ruined by heat. But as another data point... I've got temperature-controlled storage in my house for about 200 bottles. Everything else sits in racks in my house. Here in New Orleans the ambient temperature is 73-75 in that area almost year round. The only times that's not tr...
by Jason T
November 21st, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tales of Actual Heat Damage
Replies: 27
Views: 1268

Re: Tales of Actual Heat Damage

Glen, over this time period how have other wines tasted to you - wines that are not part of this collection? How did the wines get back into storage - did you drive them yourself or were they picked up? What do you know about the storage provider?
by Jason T
November 17th, 2018, 2:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walter Scott Wines: Good people and . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 1679

Re: Walter Scott Wines: Good people and . . .

+1 for the Gamay. Tasted it at their Fall release party. Had some lovely Gamay at other Willamette producers that week but Walter Scott’s was a notch above.
by Jason T
November 11th, 2018, 2:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1749
Views: 140139

Re: Steak Porn

Sous vide New Zealand free-range, grass-fed venison tenderloin roast from D'Artagnan, coated in a burnt scallion and Hawaiian black lava sea salt ash, with old-school fondant potatoes, sous vide carrots, broccoli rabe, onions, and ruby port demi-glace...at a dinner party celebrating the wedding of ...
by Jason T
November 10th, 2018, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help reducing of my Cali releases-allocations
Replies: 32
Views: 1670

Re: Help reducing of my Cali releases-allocations

Bill what kind of wines do you like to drink? Varietal, ripeness, age etc. Folks might better be able to help if they knew more about your drinking preferences.
by Jason T
November 9th, 2018, 1:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Suggested wine pairing for confit de canard ?
Replies: 20
Views: 665

Re: Suggested wine pairing for confit de canard ?

Awesome story Dan!
by Jason T
November 9th, 2018, 3:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Burger Porn
Replies: 86
Views: 2920

Re: Burger Porn

Is that better or worse than ‘burger in a can’?
by Jason T
November 9th, 2018, 2:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 K Vintners Syrah The Beautiful
Replies: 28
Views: 1321

Re: TN: 2015 K Vintners Syrah The Beautiful

And a quick google shows that K and some of his other more serious wines are part the “Wines of Substance” group, whereas the plonk (Kung Fu Girl Reisling) is with “Charles Smith Wines”. Has that always been the case?
by Jason T
November 9th, 2018, 2:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 K Vintners Syrah The Beautiful
Replies: 28
Views: 1321

Re: TN: 2015 K Vintners Syrah The Beautiful

Good to hear. I attended a wine dinner in 2015 the featured Charles’ wines, including K Vintners. I remember all but maybe one being dialed up in ripeness and use of oak. Sounds like at least for the K label I can revisit. Does anyone know if this change has filtered through to any of his other labe...
by Jason T
October 28th, 2018, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 4193

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

Well said Kirk. Agree that what we are discussing here is opinion rather than fact.

I can vouch for the Eyrie with age. Had an ‘85 back in May that was simply haunting. Worth the ~$300? For me it was much more worth it’s tariff than the top end Domaine Serenes and Antica Terras.
by Jason T
October 26th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Biggest Bottle
Replies: 51
Views: 1534

Re: Your Biggest Bottle

Double magnum of 2010 Ridge Monte Bello that, good fortune permitting, my wife and I will open on May 22 2040 to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.
by Jason T
October 26th, 2018, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to London, trying to understand ‘In Bond’
Replies: 11
Views: 950

Re: Moving to London, trying to understand ‘In Bond’

Thanks all, this is very helpful. Agree that if I'm planning on drinking the wine it makes zero sense to put it 'in bond'. Appreciate the recommendation on Berry Bros - familiar with them and the existing info they have online is very helpful. No idea where I'll be living yet. When I lived there las...
by Jason T
October 26th, 2018, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 67 Pall Mall
Replies: 10
Views: 1071

Re: 67 Pall Mall

Topical since I am moving to London next year. Red up on this place and it sounds fantastic. I saw the sponsorship bit. How does that work? Is it like some country clubs where you can apply and they will ‘match you with a sponsor’? Or do you simply have to know someone there who will sponsor you? No...
by Jason T
October 26th, 2018, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to London, trying to understand ‘In Bond’
Replies: 11
Views: 950

Moving to London, trying to understand ‘In Bond’

I will be relocating to London next year. (Hence my post yesterday on popping a 2004 Salon- seemed like a nice reason to celebrate). It’s a bit open-ended how long I will be there but it’s likely 3-5 years. Knowing how this thing of ours works I’m going to be shifting gears and focusing much more on...
by Jason T
October 25th, 2018, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Serving advice - 2004 Salon
Replies: 10
Views: 401

Re: Serving advice - 2004 Salon

champagne.gif Thanks all for the advice. We opened, let it breath about 30 minutes, and then slowly enjoyed in white wine stems. My in-laws, who are winos but had never had (nor heard of?!?!?!?) Salon, enjoyed TREMENEDOUSLY, which makes my world imminsely easier. Thanks again!!! champagne.gif
by Jason T
October 25th, 2018, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Serving advice - 2004 Salon
Replies: 10
Views: 401

Serving advice - 2004 Salon

About to pop a 2004 Salon. Going way above my pay grade on this one as it’s an impromptu celebration. No experience with Salon and no experience with any other houses in the 2004 vintage.

Will be shared by four people. Pop and pour? Give some air? White wine or burgundy stems?
by Jason T
October 18th, 2018, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best North American sparklers?
Replies: 100
Views: 2946

Re: Best North American sparklers?

Outside of California, Argyle comes to mind. For something outside of the West Coast, L. Mawby in the Traverse City Michigan area does some nice stuff.
by Jason T
October 18th, 2018, 4:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Its all Greek to me. A tasting of 16 Greek wines
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Re: Its all Greek to me. A tasting of 16 Greek wines

I noticed most of the wines were of recent vintage. I've had a few Xinomavro that were great young but I've had some with 7 years that tasted like stewed fruits, which I don't like. I read in Sotherby's Wine Encyclopedia "... most Greeks actually liked oxidized wines - and that if most Greek produc...
by Jason T
October 6th, 2018, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taking a Vintage Off- Any Tips?
Replies: 35
Views: 1112

Re: Taking a Vintage Off- Any Tips?

I got into wine in 2012 and after my first trip to Sonoma was on like 6 or more lists. Piled up tons of wine that I liked at the time but of course as I was just learning my tastes evolved. Which meant that in short order I had a bunch of wine that maybe I liked... maybe not. Then found this forum a...
by Jason T
October 6th, 2018, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the proper response when a vendor yanks you around?
Replies: 61
Views: 2625

Re: What's the proper response when a vendor yanks you around?

Does anyone else find it weird that folks continue bagging on this vendor even after he posted in this thread to explain his side of the situation? What happened to Alex was unfortunate but has Steve indicated it wasn’t a case where wines that were in regular inventory were pulled for a preferred cu...
by Jason T
September 29th, 2018, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Inexpensive Sparklers
Replies: 19
Views: 2861

Re: Inexpensive Sparklers

Jonathan Sirot wrote:
April 29th, 2018, 3:31 pm
The 2014 Argyle Brut is very good and sells for 18-20 at most places . I have also had their extended tirage high end bottling which is pretty impressive.
The 2015 Argyle Brut is fantastic for $20. May unseat Roederer as my house sparkler.
by Jason T
September 29th, 2018, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you waiting for shipping season to start?
Replies: 159
Views: 4738

Re: Are you waiting for shipping season to start?

I’ve got 12.5 cases coming from my recent trip to Willamette. It’s hard hearing from friends who bought from some of the same places and have already received the wine. I won’t be receiving mine for another month!

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