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by lleichtman
December 4th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting your $$$$$ wines
Replies: 52
Views: 2685

Re: Protecting your $$$$$ wines

T. Williams wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 3:12 am
I usually protect my wines with a Remington 870, cheap and highly effective.

I neither add nor remove additional wrapping. I’m lucky if my wines make it out of the shipping box at this point. Inertia is a hell of a drug.

TW
Are you expecting wine robbers? neener
by lleichtman
December 1st, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Liliac&Kracher Transylvanian IceWine '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: TN: Liliac&Kracher Transylvanian IceWine '16...(short/boring)

This sounds great. Where did you acquire this Tom?
by lleichtman
December 1st, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS story: To claim or not to claim?
Replies: 31
Views: 2369

Re: UPS story: To claim or not to claim?

Believe you're right. Your friend is SOL on this one.
by lleichtman
November 30th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 42
Views: 1965

Re: Layout my wine cellar

Greg, I’m looking for any advice on what type of racking to buy (ie how many diamonds, how many large format, etc) and how to place what where. I edited my OP to hopefully better clarify. Aha. Diamonds are nice in theory but a pain in reality. They are an efficient way to store bottles if you build...
by lleichtman
November 30th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 42
Views: 1965

Re: Layout my wine cellar

I use double deep racking because we store a lot of Ayoub bottles which are huge and champagne. I would do that anyway simply because your tastes may change of you might buy something like Ayoub which come in large sized bottles.
by lleichtman
November 29th, 2019, 12:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5599

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Cristom's 2014 Estate Pinot Noir was offered on Wineaccess yesterday for $25 per bottle on case purchases. Unfortunately, it sold out quickly. And I would agree with Mike's suggestion and try a couple of different Pinot's versus one case of the same wine. And I would agree with Peter's suggestion r...
by lleichtman
November 20th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3283

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

Mattstolz wrote:
November 16th, 2019, 10:40 am
Henry Kiichli wrote:
November 16th, 2019, 10:01 am
I tend to not shit on other's opinions, but...

Yes.

Think of food. Is a microwaved HotPocket covered in LuckyCharms and CaptnCrunch just as viable as "good food" if someone likes it?
i can think of several people I know who would choose the hot pocket over Alinea.
Nope, prefer Alinea.
by lleichtman
November 20th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing
Replies: 75
Views: 2315

Re: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
November 19th, 2019, 10:09 pm
Why do we bother cutting off a foil when you can (75% of the time) just twist and pull the entire thing off?
That’s exactly what I do.
by lleichtman
November 2nd, 2019, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best red Burgs for 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1825

Re: Best red Burgs for 2019

Nathan Smyth wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 7:26 pm
1993 + 50 = 2043
1993 + 75 = 2068

Why does everyone on this board [other than Francois Audouze] insist on committing infanticide?
Because some of us are unlikely to be around in 2043 and most of us will not be around in 2068. [snort.gif]
by lleichtman
October 30th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "What the . . . Where TF did this come from?"
Replies: 40
Views: 2434

Re: "What the . . . Where TF did this come from?"

Shifting and sorting and reorganizing in the cellar, I came upon a number of bottles for which there are no credible explanations. There has never been a time in my life when I would buy this malvasia, and there is no plausible set of circumstances in which anyone might have given it to me. All tol...
by lleichtman
October 30th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 2550

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

Traditional steakhouses -- showcasing cornfed prime beef and traditional sides -- are almost inherently overrated these days. Consumers can find great meat and, with some practice, it's not hard to cook it very well. Heck, even the Whole Foods down the street from me pretty regularly gets phenomena...
by lleichtman
October 25th, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seepage on 1970 Taylor
Replies: 19
Views: 1254

Re: Seepage on 1970 Taylor

Mike Reff wrote:
September 29th, 2019, 8:19 am
I have noticed some seepage and now I am standing it up. Level is at mid to low shoulder. So should I pop, decant and pour, or leave as is?

Thanks all

newhere
Had one last week. It's more than ready. Drink up champagne.gif
by lleichtman
October 23rd, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5599

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Time is getting short, but if you watch WTSO they will almost certainly have a 90 point average rating PN for $20 or less in the coming weeks. Don't jump before checking, because not all the offerings are winners. Most are a pass, but they list a lot of wines that are perfect for somewhat discernin...
by lleichtman
October 20th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 81
Views: 3986

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

p.s. US Customs does routinely request backup information/data to substantiate a product’s HTS code. If they were to ask for the data about a wine labeled 14.1% that was actually 13.5%, the tariffs would still apply regardless of labeling allowances. Do you really think they are likely to go this d...
by lleichtman
October 18th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?
Replies: 39
Views: 2044

Re: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?

Somehow, when I read this question images of Steve Martin pop up.
by lleichtman
October 16th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1924

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Wine educator here and occasional restaurant wine list contributor. Does not really influence what I drink for myself. Does get me a few good invites though.
by lleichtman
October 16th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni Estate Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1392

Re: Pisoni Estate Release

JohnP wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 2:06 pm
First time trying to purchase allocation, logged in yesterday. All 2017 wines SOLD OUT. Do Pisoni offers usually sell-out this fast, or was 2017 an above average vintage in SLH?
In my experience, they sell out fast. I order as soon as I get an allocation notice. Have missed out on a few vintages.
by lleichtman
October 16th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1358

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

What's the best 3-ring binder? What's the best Applebees? What's the best traffic cone? What's the best canned peas? These burning questions somehow tower over "What's the best Pinot Gris?" Whatever one isn't in your glass. I'm 93 points on that, but since it's by a winemaker from Oregon, a region ...
by lleichtman
October 8th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Clementine Carter
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: TN: Clementine Carter

We have been fans of Sonja since she started and are on her mailing list. She is also a really cool, beautiful person. I would recommend her wines highly and her Grenaches are quite good and interesting.
by lleichtman
October 8th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any must have rieslings on this list?
Replies: 22
Views: 1461

Re: Any must have rieslings on this list?

Trimbach Emile 2001 and 2007 are both fantastic bottles.
by lleichtman
October 8th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2320

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Neal.Mollen wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Ridge Monte Bello is first among equals in this race I think
+1
by lleichtman
October 6th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 112
Views: 8850

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Except that my local store had two of these vintages for $39.95 so less with no shipping.
by lleichtman
October 6th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2320

Re: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015

Has Kevin previously addressed any concerns about the 2014 vintage? Would be awesome to get a refund on the 14s. The bottles I had were deeply troubled. As would I. This winery was a darling here for a while. Bought 3 bottles of 2014. I was good 2 were advanced so I just decided to never buy their ...
by lleichtman
September 18th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12170

Re: 2008 Salon

We drink a lot of champagne. That being said, Salon has been off my list for a long time. Too inconsistent (several meh to bad bottles) for a wine in this price range. There are so many great champagnes that I could buy 2-3 cases of vintage champagnes for this offer.
by lleichtman
September 17th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?
Replies: 49
Views: 5135

Re: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?

Produttori Barbaresco 2016 has shown up on our shelves including several single vineyard designations. Bought half a mixed case.
by lleichtman
September 5th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1899

Re: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?

2-3 times retail is typical. 10 times retail is outrageous.
by lleichtman
August 29th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1978

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

By cellar:
Top 4 reds
Pinot Noir
Tempranillo
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon

Whites
Riesling
Grüner Veltliner
Chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc
by lleichtman
August 29th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 34
Views: 1611

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

I love namasake. (unpasteurized) flavors of salty, melon, ripe apple or pear. I am on a list from a person WSET in Sake offers @namasakepaul on instagram. Namasake (similar to wine) must be shipped during cool weather and kept cold. Unfortunately Namasake has a short lifespan but it is so good. Jus...
by lleichtman
August 29th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 34
Views: 1611

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

One question, my understanding of the word junmai is that it stands for using native yeast in fermentation instead of introducing the yeast. Is this true? I think junmai simply meams it's 100% rice sake i.e. not fortified. This is correct. One can use cultivated yeasts or spontaneous fermentations,...
by lleichtman
August 29th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 34
Views: 1611

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

Otto Forsberg wrote:
August 29th, 2019, 8:47 am
I'm confused, why do you insist on using "saki" instead of "sake"?
I know, it is さけ pronounced in english sake not saki さき which means previous.
by lleichtman
August 29th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 34
Views: 1611

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. I'm going to have to learn more

BTW, anyone in Kyoto who wants to learn about sake, I 100% recommend Bar Yoramu (www.sakebar-yoramu.com/ ). Tiny place with a passionate owner. I've been there twice. Very knowledgeable folks and really good sakes that are almost entirely within 100 miles of the bar. Style in Kyoto area different f...
by lleichtman
August 24th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?
Replies: 26
Views: 2737

Re: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?

Had 3 now down to 2. One of the best vintages from my stash.
by lleichtman
August 21st, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OK to store long-term in OWC?
Replies: 37
Views: 2340

Re: OK to store long-term in OWC?

Whenever I get a box, which isn't that often, I keep the wine in it until it's about half gone. Many of our wine boxes have become bird houses.
by lleichtman
August 20th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some More from Blair's Cellar...(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 488

Re: TN: Some More from Blair's Cellar...(short/boring)

Dunn has a short window for me. It is tannic, tannic tannic, then good for a few years then dead. I quit buying it for that reason.
by lleichtman
August 20th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off mailing lists to buying retail?
Replies: 30
Views: 2932

Re: Off mailing lists to buying retail?

I'm on a few lists that I can't buy retail. Problem for me is that retail here in Santa Fe is not great for availability.
by lleichtman
August 13th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia
Replies: 55
Views: 2778

Re: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia

I would have bought a case at the 24.99 price. Now seem to be out of luck. Can't find any less than $145 and that's on Winebid.
by lleichtman
August 13th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia
Replies: 55
Views: 2778

Re: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia

S teve R edenbaugh wrote:
August 10th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Just picked up six bottles of the newly released '09....for $24.99 each...at Binny's, of course.
Now out of stock.
by lleichtman
August 13th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 61
Views: 4471

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Ordered everything in the allocation.
by lleichtman
August 13th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 3858

Re: 2008 champagne question

There have been several posts, including by me, that many have severely cut back or stopped buying entirely due to Bollinger's way too rapid aging especially since their '96 Grande Annee. Agreed. e.g. Had the 05` GA recently and it was oxidized with little redeeming qualities. Same. Not sure how Bo...
by lleichtman
August 13th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 3858

Re: 2008 champagne question

In my market, Houston, TX, DP is less than half the cost of the other 2 - about $135 vs $300 for the Winston Churchill. If I found the Churchill significantly cheaper, I'd probably pick up a few bottles, but I don't expect that to happen. I've had the DP a couple of times and while it's very enjoya...
by lleichtman
August 13th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish Wine Regions
Replies: 18
Views: 840

Re: Spanish Wine Regions

We enjoyed just going up and down streets in Haro tasting our way through along with the obligatory LDH visit.
by lleichtman
August 13th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish Wine Regions
Replies: 18
Views: 840

Re: Spanish Wine Regions

We got dropped off in San Sebastian so we could eat at Mugaritz which was the #6 restaurant in the world at the time. Is that a fact? Who decides? [rofl.gif] https://www.theworlds50best.com/The-List-2017/1-10/Mugaritz.html This web site has the World's 50 best restaurants. At the time Mugaritz was ...
by lleichtman
August 13th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?
Replies: 52
Views: 3723

Re: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?

The 209.99 price is not off putting as this is an amazingly good wine. Don't know what any of that other crap was about though.
by lleichtman
August 10th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?
Replies: 33
Views: 2072

Re: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?

We had that done once but it ended up the cold shipping was only to Albuquerque. From Albuquerque to Santa Fe it was two guys in a Subaru with the windows open.
by lleichtman
August 9th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3424

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Maysara winery has been suing there neighboring cannabis grow facility for years so far with no settlement. My son is representing the cannabis growers. Lawrence, Do you know if the winery has turned in any 'scientific' data? Would be really interested in hearing about it if possible - and to see i...
by lleichtman
August 8th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3424

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Maysara winery has been suing there neighboring cannabis grow facility for years so far with no settlement. My son is representing the cannabis growers.
by lleichtman
August 1st, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 61
Views: 4471

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Will be ordering as soon as available to order. Received my allocation list.
by lleichtman
July 19th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Five recent wines
Replies: 11
Views: 1215

Re: Five recent wines

2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne - France, Champagne (7/12/2019) Incredibly energetic and perfectly precise nose displaying white fruit, pear, granny smith, lemon curd, candied lemon peel, light honey, honeysuckle, light smoke and wet stone. Excellent concentration, beautifully layered fresh white fruit,...
by lleichtman
July 19th, 2019, 10:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006, 2009, 2015 Ridge Monte Bello
Replies: 13
Views: 1437

Re: TN: 2006, 2009, 2015 Ridge Monte Bello

Tried these at the tasting room in Healdsburg. I'd never had 3 vintages of MB at the same time, so thought I would post my thoughts. My scoring is, as always, more Tanzer-like. 2006 Ridge Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mtns Medium body. Deep ruby color. Very complex and refined red currant and earthy arom...

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