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by lleichtman
April 8th, 2020, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Disappointing Boozy Lunch: 2003 Saint Estephe
Replies: 22
Views: 997

Re: A Disappointing Boozy Lunch: 2003 Saint Estephe

You should start drinking those Pontet Canet, at least a portion of them. They’ve been open and delicious pretty much all along the way up to this point, and while I don’t necessarily suspect they’re about to drop off, I don’t think they’re likely to get even better with more age. For what it’s wor...
by lleichtman
April 7th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version
Replies: 124
Views: 2777

Re: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version

1) Gin 2) Big new world reds 3) Lodi (see #2) 4) Overpriced Orphan wines from the new world (New world Vermentino selling for double what an Italian version would) 5) Spoofy overoaked Bourbon 6) Any flavored Whiskey 7) Pinotage 8) New World Belgian styled beers 9) Brewers spending more time naming ...
by lleichtman
April 7th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version
Replies: 124
Views: 2777

Re: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version

Brandon R wrote:
April 6th, 2020, 9:47 am
I'm really surprised at how many people dislike Bourbon. I'd assume it's mostly because it's too sweet, no?
Well, I really like good Bourbon. champagne.gif
by lleichtman
April 7th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beringer Distinction Series 2015 Cabernet
Replies: 5
Views: 299

Re: Beringer Distinction Series 2015 Cabernet

Had this 2 nights ago. Was good but not very complex.
by lleichtman
April 7th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: KY joins (partially) the 20th century!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 769

Re: KY joins (partially) the 20th century!!!

[pillow-fight.gif] Thanks to HB 415, we are now a shipping state finally. What did HB 415 do to the old Wet/Moist/Dry county system? A few years ago, there was a Kentucky state supreme court decision wherein the court basically threw its [collective] hands up in the air and said the law [in conjunct...
by lleichtman
April 7th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Crunchy Red Fruit Burgundies
Replies: 36
Views: 1482

Re: TNs: Crunchy Red Fruit Burgundies

What, no Fourrier with that title? Thanks for the notes. Need to try Jouan one of these days. Ethan, just drinking whats around at home. Couldn't locate a Fourrier, but yes he does belong in the red fruit camp. So would Ramonet, was tempted to open a 2017 Chassange Clos St Jean. I would certainly a...
by lleichtman
April 5th, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wanted an Oregon wine that tastes like a Burgundy.
Replies: 82
Views: 3685

Re: Wanted an Oregon wine that tastes like a Burgundy.

As a weird thank you for sending ventilators to New York, I thought I would buy a couple of bottles of Oregon Pinot. It has been some time since I bought anything from there. Looking for something in the $50 range that is as close to something Burgundian as possible. Suggestions please. I buy and d...
by lleichtman
April 3rd, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 98
Views: 7912

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

So am picking up Sake with my take out from a local Japanese restaurant.
by lleichtman
April 3rd, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: Wine Tasting

Did blind tasting for WSET Diploma. Did very poorly. Identified the varietal in only 1/4. Beyond that I can usually tell new world from old world but have even missed this a few times.
by lleichtman
April 2nd, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 68
Views: 3256

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

At this point to live long enough to drink
by lleichtman
April 2nd, 2020, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 98
Views: 7912

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

Michael Klein wrote:
March 31st, 2020, 9:46 am
Yea - i noticed this start to get aggressive this past week here in chicago. Feels like robbery but i do know restaurants appreciate the cash flow right now.

2008 dom @ 125
2006 dom @ 115
prevost la closerie @ 96
I would buy at these prices. Dom is under Costco pricing.
by lleichtman
April 2nd, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 39
Views: 1330

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Set one up every day at 7-9PM Eastern and 7-9 PM pacific, and just let people show up when they can. Set it up so anyone can launch/start/host the meeting (assuming zoom allows that, I know Teams does) Will take any stress out of the decision process Yes, Zoom allows for a regular meeting time, aut...
by lleichtman
April 1st, 2020, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA K&L Wines Website is down
Replies: 27
Views: 2610

Re: PSA K&L Wines Website is down

Their site is up. I have been looking at auctions. Don't know if they are active.
by lleichtman
April 1st, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ten most influential wines
Replies: 154
Views: 11152

Re: Your ten most influential wines

I would have to be more general. So many great '79 Bordeaux, At least 5 Rieslings from the late 70's, 1982 in Bordeaux as well, Late 70's Cali Cabs made me love some Cali Cab. The 1961 and 1966 Cheval Blancs, 1966 LDH Tondonia, La Rioja Alta from the same year, Vega Sicilia Unico from 1975 and 1979.
by lleichtman
April 1st, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncorked on Netflix
Replies: 62
Views: 5555

Re: Uncorked on Netflix

To be clear, in this movie he is studying for his Master Sommelier (without any indication he has passed the 3 levels of tests prior to starting at the Master level), and not his Master of Wine. The MS is all about providing wine service in restaurants, the MW is more like a doctoral degree and is ...
by lleichtman
April 1st, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncorked on Netflix
Replies: 62
Views: 5555

Re: Uncorked on Netflix

Felt after the movie like I wanted BBQ more than wine That barbecue, especially the ribs, looked so good I could smell it. Know the drill here. Tried to get Somm in 2012, no luck, tried twice. Settled for WSET diploma instead. The frustration the character had with no money to do this made a lot of...
by lleichtman
April 1st, 2020, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID19 wine consumption
Replies: 67
Views: 2634

Re: COVID19 wine consumption

Mine is down because I've been doing 10-12 hour ER shifts which doesn't really lend itself to drinking. If I get COVID, I'm drinking down my cellar just in case.
by lleichtman
April 1st, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked!
Replies: 33
Views: 1380

Re: Corked!

My wife is about 3x more sensitive to TCA than I am. Our rate has been about 2% over the last 5 years. Of those, we still drank half of them because the taint was so mild.
by lleichtman
March 31st, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Couple Questions for Fellow Wine Enthusiasts
Replies: 1
Views: 193

Re: A Couple Questions for Fellow Wine Enthusiasts

Interesting question. Whites and Reds both are made into fine wines. All of the characteristics you mention are a part of what make up the taste, aroma, and mouth feel of wines. This is terroir. As to the bottle on a desert island. Since it will likely be fish or seafood, a Vincent Dauvissat 2017 Ch...
by lleichtman
March 31st, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge 2019 Monte Bello Futures
Replies: 42
Views: 2306

Re: Ridge 2019 Monte Bello Futures

Neal.Mollen wrote:
March 31st, 2020, 10:56 am
2017 was my last vintage, and I wonder if I'll end up drinking them in prime time (theirs or mine)
I'm with you. I have had allocations since 1980 and, in fact pulling a 1980 tonight but I took myself off the list in 2018. I may never drink the 2018. Maybe my kids will enjoy it.
by lleichtman
March 29th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying, selling or keeping out of the wine market?
Replies: 56
Views: 3043

Re: Buying, selling or keeping out of the wine market?

Just buying short-term drinkers. If I don't buy another bottle, I have enough for a bottle a day for 5 years. Will still be getting more
by lleichtman
March 26th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anything good from '81?
Replies: 54
Views: 1858

Re: Anything good from '81?

Been drinking 1981 Lopez de Heredia (LDH), La Rioja Alta 904 and Cune Imperial. All have been great.
by lleichtman
March 26th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....
Replies: 114
Views: 5087

Re: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....

Steve L Gellman wrote:
March 25th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Is everyone wiping down their packages
Oh yeah. Everything coming from outside is wiped down with Lysol.
by lleichtman
March 26th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 98
Views: 7912

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

I would but our state is not yet allowing that. We have started a petition to our governor to allow that.
by lleichtman
March 25th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....
Replies: 114
Views: 5087

Re: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....

Came to door and FEDEX driver knew me so he signed himself.
by lleichtman
March 18th, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7738

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

Chiming in... most of the Di Costanzo March and some April tasting appointments have decided to cancel because people won't be coming to the valley. For us, it is a big impact. Saint Helena feels quiet. I stocked up on cheery white wines over at Gary's (formerly Dean & Deluca) and it was a ghost to...
by lleichtman
March 18th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spring wine shipments during shelter in place a.k.a lockdown
Replies: 23
Views: 1534

Re: Spring wine shipments during shelter in place a.k.a lockdown

We've been getting a lot of shipments lately. No hold up so far.
by lleichtman
March 17th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7738

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

Bryan Price wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 8:29 pm
My friends and I were hoping to take a California road trip at the end of April - any shot at Paso Robles being open for business by then?
I would look at things not normalizing until beginning of summer. Maybe by June.
by lleichtman
March 17th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7738

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

Was talking with Tegan Passalacqua today and he told me that distributors are saying nobody is ordering wine. Restaurants, Grocery Stores, Licquor Stores... have been slow and not restocking. Traffic through the Valley didn’t seem any different today. We bought two cases from them at the winery a w...
by lleichtman
March 15th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #Quaranwine
Replies: 23
Views: 1518

Re: #Quaranwine

We're still drinking with our friends. Everything seems to taste like Purel though.
by lleichtman
March 13th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7738

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

I know the feeling here on the east coast, but how are people in the wine biz feeling? I take it “hospitality” is slowing down a bit. I just don’t want the wine business to take a hit when it needs visitors and customers. Not good mood. Went to barrel tasting weekend in Sonoma last weekend. Very qu...
by lleichtman
March 13th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rochioli Single Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 818

Re: Rochioli Single Vineyard

Had a 2014 at the tasting room last week for a private tasting. It was very Chablis like with just a touch of California sunshine. Bought 3.
by lleichtman
March 8th, 2020, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?
Replies: 57
Views: 3184

Re: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?

In pursuit of non snobby wine location, we found mayo family winery in glen ellen. Probably the most engaging and friendly staff with lovely picnic benches in their courtyard. I strongly recommend picking up some food (maybe at cochon volant down the street — get the dry rubbed beef ribs) and then ...
by lleichtman
March 8th, 2020, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?
Replies: 57
Views: 3184

Re: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?

Jeff_M. wrote:
March 6th, 2020, 9:41 am
For the Views: Chappellet, Pride, Outpost
I would plus 1 on Pride. Great tasting experience.
by lleichtman
March 5th, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”
Replies: 101
Views: 7968

Re: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”

Does anyone buy classic California producers like: Mount Eden ABC Forman Heitz Joseph Swan Stony Hill And others - or it is just the latest flavor of the month? I buy Stony Hill. Yup, just bought a case when we visited there yesterday. Beautiful warm day, sitting outside, credit card vibrating. My ...
by lleichtman
March 5th, 2020, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”
Replies: 101
Views: 7968

Re: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”

Bdklein wrote:
March 5th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Mattstolz wrote:
March 5th, 2020, 2:35 pm
joeduncan wrote:
March 5th, 2020, 11:07 am


You should try out some Goodfellow :)
oh yeah!

I'm on the Goodfellow list as well.

[snort.gif]
I thought Goodfellow was an Italian wine ??
Marcus is on here. Maybe he can tell you if he has any Italian in him.
by lleichtman
March 5th, 2020, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”
Replies: 101
Views: 7968

Re: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”

No mention of Sin Qua Non. Interesting... Nor Sine Qua Non either. Hmm... Hey, since you are local on a trip to St Helena set up a tasting at ACME Fine Wines. They carry a number of the labels you listed and lots more of the “not at your average wine shop” wines and small labels. A good place to fi...
by lleichtman
February 25th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North of Santa Fe wine recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 380

Re: North of Santa Fe wine recommendations?

BYOB is illegal in New Mexico so any drinking of wine you buy will not be in a restaurant. Decent wine shops are hard to come by in NM too. You might pm desertwine to see if he has any ideas. He lives in Lamy outside of Santa Fe. Arroyo Vino will let you bring wine you buy in their store into their...
by lleichtman
February 24th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2651

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

I'll be the contrary cat here and suggest that stuff like this actively turns me off. If I know a restaurant wants to do the surcharge game for their staff benefits, I'd avoid it if I can. Why not just charge all the association members 50k (or however its fair to apportion it) without showing the ...
by lleichtman
February 23rd, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eurocave vs La Cache vs ???
Replies: 40
Views: 1712

Re: Eurocave vs La Cache vs ???

My Eurocave sits in the house and runs pretty consistent temperatures. I buy from Mo Ayoub and his bottles are huge. They fit just fine in the Eurocave but would not fit well in the WE 175. Got rid of the WE and just kept th Eurocave.
by lleichtman
February 23rd, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5644

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

Got a fun story from back in the day, I guess it could fall into this topic.. A while back, some friends and I went to an open house at a bigger winery in Santa Ynez. Mostly couples but I was solo with another guy. Two of our friends are female and crazy wild. We all get pretty drunk but the ladies...
by lleichtman
February 23rd, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5644

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
February 22nd, 2020, 1:09 pm
Glasses lined up for a decent $30ish white wine. Hostess drops an ice cube in each glass and pours.
That's one I've never seen. Did you accept the wine?
by lleichtman
February 23rd, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Searching for “aged” wines
Replies: 37
Views: 1296

Re: Searching for “aged” wines

I am relatively new to the wine game but unfortunately I discovered my love for wine at a late age. I am now looking to backfill my cellar. What are the go to online sites to buy wine with some age. I am particularly interested in those sites that truly guarantee provenance, that provide a good cus...
by lleichtman
February 23rd, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Searching for “aged” wines
Replies: 37
Views: 1296

Re: Searching for “aged” wines

If you need an absolute guarantee on older bottles (and I don’t know any store except Chambers that gives that for secondary market wines), you should look for library / ex-cellar releases. Steve Edmunds will do this on occasion. You may also be able to contact wineries directly to try to convince ...
by lleichtman
February 23rd, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Searching for “aged” wines
Replies: 37
Views: 1296

Re: Searching for “aged” wines

I am relatively new to the wine game but unfortunately I discovered my love for wine at a late age. I am now looking to backfill my cellar. What are the go to online sites to buy wine with some age. I am particularly interested in those sites that truly guarantee provenance, that provide a good cus...
by lleichtman
February 21st, 2020, 10:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying strategies
Replies: 29
Views: 2602

Re: Buying strategies

Peter Shurman wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 5:41 am
Buy what you like and buy as much as you can afford ... [cheers.gif]
This!
by lleichtman
February 21st, 2020, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 69
Views: 2842

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

Cheval Blanc always holds for me for really old bottles that are often great. I think '71 is under $700 and well worth it.
by lleichtman
February 21st, 2020, 10:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you do with wine you don't like?
Replies: 50
Views: 2110

Re: What do you do with wine you don't like?

These individual bottles typically cost in the $30 range and come from random purchases of wines I'm not familiar with on sites like LastBottle or WTSO, where I will buy 2-3 bottles when ordering, either to get free shipping or simply because I don't like buying only one of something that I can't f...
by lleichtman
February 21st, 2020, 10:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you do with wine you don't like?
Replies: 50
Views: 2110

Re: What do you do with wine you don't like?

I have amassed a decent number of individual bottles in my collection that I don't care for. These individual bottles typically cost in the $30 range and come from random purchases of wines I'm not familiar with on sites like LastBottle or WTSO, where I will buy 2-3 bottles when ordering, either to...
by lleichtman
February 18th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 53
Views: 4817

Re: Mountain Lions

We saw two cougars during mid-day on a trip up to Chalone. Two Coyotes as well.

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