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by lleichtman
October 18th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?
Replies: 30
Views: 1275

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: 1692

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: 1244

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: 1173

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: 309

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: 1378

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: 2216

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: 67
Views: 4904

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: 2246

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: 140
Views: 10181

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: 4779

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: 1794

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: 1907

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: 1445

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: 1445

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: 1445

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: 1445

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: 2685

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: 2246

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: 468

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: 2817

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: 2631

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: 2631

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: 57
Views: 3785

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: 3706

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: 3706

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: 820

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: 820

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: 3517

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: 2013

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: 3148

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: 3148

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: 57
Views: 3785

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: 1205

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: 1422

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...
by lleichtman
July 19th, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?
Replies: 39
Views: 2291

Re: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?

please do yourself a favor and never buy anything vinotemp. We bought a custom one for our garage to hold about 300 bottles in 2015. Two weeks ago, it just stopped working, completely blew out and took all of our wine with it. We were on vacation and when we opened the "frig", it was at 84. We chec...
by lleichtman
July 19th, 2019, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 57
Views: 2702

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

I always recommend Casa Dumetz in Los Alamos. Woman winemaker and often overlooked. Fun tasting room as well. Surrounded by breweries.
by lleichtman
July 19th, 2019, 10:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6216

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Almost anything from Orin Swift. They are oaky hot messes, all of them for me. I don't buy them but they show up at parties and I try them only to spit every time.
by lleichtman
July 16th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?
Replies: 32
Views: 2045

Re: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?

I'm not sure it would be worthwhile unless you have a ton of empty cellar space. My storage is not such that I would even think of laying any Rose's down for more than a year or two. One of the pleasures of Rose' to me is its freshness. Tempier Bandol Rose' is really nice but like it more at the beg...
by lleichtman
July 15th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?
Replies: 39
Views: 2291

Re: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?

I have two mid-size Eurocaves one bought in 2000 and one in 2010. Neither one has needed any maintenance. Run like a charm.
by lleichtman
July 15th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest
Replies: 41
Views: 1998

Re: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

Brad England wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Any thoughts on the 06 Dauvissat Forest? Have an unopened case.
I was iffy on 2006 so only bought a 3-pack. Have had one and it was only OK. Not the acid or minerality I expect from Dauvissat. I would drink them up. This wine may not improve with time.
by lleichtman
July 14th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest
Replies: 41
Views: 1998

Re: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

I find that after about 8 years you can start to see La Forest from the trees. After Preuses it’s my favorite wine from his stable, and until recent vintages a bargain at $60. I remember buying a handful of these when they popped up locally for $60 around 5 years ago. Loved every bottle, even the y...
by lleichtman
July 12th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1357

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

My son is still working on the case of Maysara suing a cannabis grower attempting to block him. This case has been ongoing for 2.5 years with no settlement in sight. My son is defending the cannabis grower.
by lleichtman
July 12th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red wine in cola: no longer a joke or stereotype
Replies: 18
Views: 1323

Re: Red wine in cola: no longer a joke or stereotype

I did a summer abroad in Spain in lieu of taking Spanish 3 in college and recall fondly going to bars and being handed boda bags and porrons full of cheap red wine and coca cola. I remember thinking how weird that combination sounded at the time, but it was actually good (or at least I recall it th...
by lleichtman
July 5th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 18
Views: 1526

Re: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

Still drinking mid 80's. Have my 3-pack allocation of 2011. Maybe open one up.
by lleichtman
July 5th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2711

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

Total Wine is the Circuit City of wines. If you know what you want and look carefully, you can do yourself some good shopping there, but it is also a place where the unwary can get righteously fleeced. Good advice. I have been led to some very mediocre bottles when I have asked a Total Wine associa...
by lleichtman
June 28th, 2019, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2897

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

Some really nice vintage champers. I looked at the options for a while, then checked my wine purchasing for the past year, and had to go with vintage champers too I was really hoping you'd say 100 handles of vodka for the world's biggest margarita. Champagne is the answer for me, too. I put down ch...
by lleichtman
June 26th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note
Replies: 28
Views: 2890

Re: Say Whot??

Odd, one of my co-workers and I were just talking about durians. He claims that the ones from Eastern Malaysia are the best. I like durians a lot and I assume the note is about the taste, not the smell. Say what, Danius?? Durian has a smell?? Coulda fooled me!! [snort.gif] I suspect the TN refers t...
by lleichtman
June 26th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note
Replies: 28
Views: 2890

Re: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note

Forget toasty vanillin oak, hedonistic fruit bomb, and all the other descriptors that have frightened me off wines in the past. None of them hold a candle to this review of a JJ Prum wine I saw on a retailer website: 94 POINTS WINE SPECTATOR "($52) Graceful, floral and flavorful, filled with elderf...
by lleichtman
June 25th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Expressions of Tempranillo - Ribera vs Rioja
Replies: 17
Views: 1138

Re: Expressions of Tempranillo - Ribera vs Rioja

On the contrary, I've had several older La Rioja Alta wines that retain their distinctive vanilla note of American oak, no matter the age. Everything from 1980's Gran Reserva 890's to 1970's Ardanzas. French oak tends to integrate with enough age, but I doubt the LRA wines will ever lose the vanill...

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