Search found 3786 matches

by Arv R
April 5th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11414
Views: 426618

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2009 Conundrum Wines Sparkling We had 2017 Conundrum 'Blanc de Blanc' sparkling the last few days. I was surprised at how good it was - lots of fine bead, pear notes. Normally I wouldn't want to use kitchen rack spots for easily available wines but it was a good deal. I'd actually repurchase this o...
by Arv R
April 1st, 2020, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Charvin '14 Cotes du Rhone - Le Poutet - great everyday wine
Replies: 11
Views: 629

Re: TN: Charvin '14 Cotes du Rhone - Le Poutet - great everyday wine

I had a glass of the 2011 Charvin [Cotes du Rhone] tonight. It's getting a little funky, and isn't as rich as other years, but its still a good wine. I think this 15% abv was probably better when it was younger, even though this is a CdR that handles some bottle aging. The funk blows off a little as...
by Arv R
March 29th, 2020, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dinner with Schmucks 4/27/19
Replies: 5
Views: 993

Re: TN: Dinner with Schmucks 4/27/19

This past weekend I got together with five friends for a wine dinner at my place. What was supposed to be three Napa Valley Cabs and some steaks turned into a night of craft beer, Californian wine, Port, cigars, and laughs. Without further ado, here were the wines; Churchill LBV Porto 2008 – Sweet ...
by Arv R
March 28th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Adding Port to Wine
Replies: 44
Views: 1850

Re: Adding Port to Wine

Back in the day, say 1979, we were Silver Oak junkies. Had a friend over and decided to treat him with some of my favorite wine. After two sips he asked for some ice cubes. I took his glass to the kitchen, poured a glass from the half gallon screw cap last hope Cab, added ice cubes and gave it to h...
by Arv R
March 28th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 77
Views: 6748

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

Sadly these deals will get significantly better as many smaller restaurants will get into financial distress. In crisis, people don't sell what they want to sell as there is no market for it. They sell what they can sell. In this case, many restaurants have a lot of cash tied up in their wine colle...
by Arv R
March 28th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An assortment of recently consumed wines
Replies: 1
Views: 277

Re: An assortment of recently consumed wines

2001 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Prestige - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (11/20/2011) While I'm not giving this as high a score as I did a couple of years ago, it has more to do with the company it was in than anything else. Opened as an afterthought after 11 fantast...
by Arv R
March 24th, 2020, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '06 vs. '07 Barolo?
Replies: 11
Views: 999

Re: '06 vs. '07 Barolo?

I've been drinking an 06 Bosco Agostino 'la Serra' [Barolo] the last 3 nights. It's stern, still very tannic wine, with lots of acidity, with a bouquet that leans toward the floral side. The SO passed on it, finding it a bit too lean, and went with a Negroni instead. This sort of feels a touch like ...
by Arv R
March 22nd, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Montrose
Replies: 31
Views: 1220

Re: TN: 2016 Montrose

How do you feel it compared to the 2000 or 2003 when young?
by Arv R
March 22nd, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 33
Views: 1984

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

dougwilder wrote:
March 22nd, 2020, 5:23 pm
If your biggest worry about surviving COVID-19 is not being able to appreciate the nose of 59 Burgundy then think about the survivors of the person who died so you could have a ventilator.
I'm awarding you the AHoTD
by Arv R
March 22nd, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Mariani: help with selling wine and high end NY restaurants still open.
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: John Mariani: help with selling wine and high end NY restaurants still open.

http://www.johnmariani.com/current-issue/index.html Some interesting myth busters as well Surprisingly enjoyable letter. I haven't cared much for his Bloomberg wine columns (I don't think he writes for them anymore with Elin McCoy perhaps having assumed that task). But this letter seems more in his...
by Arv R
March 21st, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Palmer 1990
Replies: 6
Views: 335

Re: Palmer 1990

We had one of those 78 PJA "Les Cedres" CNDPs a year or two ago. I think it was an estate recork release. I too thought it was dead, but others on the table seemed to really like it.

Sounds like a nice Palmer
by Arv R
March 21st, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine stores are considered “essential” in NY
Replies: 19
Views: 1004

Re: Wine stores are considered “essential” in NY

Oh he's been dreaming of that since he was a kid. His dad didn't want to do it because of rumored family connections, which is why he spent so much time saying that the mafia was non existent, just created by the media. Fake news before fake news was named. The stores are apparently doing really we...
by Arv R
March 21st, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right
Replies: 38
Views: 2011

Re: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right

Maybe it was a root day?
by Arv R
March 20th, 2020, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 10 Bibi Graetz 'Its a Game' [Toscana]
Replies: 4
Views: 360

Re: TN: 10 Bibi Graetz 'Its a Game' [Toscana]

Arv - We've gone through cases of the white and now this rosso. It's a brilliant wine for the price. We buy it at $5.99 but get a 20% discount if we buy six. Insane value. He doesn't label the vintage and does something like a solera to keep the fresh Sangiovese fruit quality. A perfect bistro wine...
by Arv R
March 19th, 2020, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 10 Bibi Graetz 'Its a Game' [Toscana]
Replies: 4
Views: 360

Re: TN: 10 Bibi Graetz 'Its a Game' [Toscana]

Following up with the 15 Bibi Graetz 'Casamatta' [Toscana] another rosso that is all sangiovese, and cut on the cool side at 12.5%. Pretty label of his homemade artwork. It's pretty solid for a screwtop kitchen Chianti like quaffer. Clean, cherry fruit, medium bodied ruby hued. I like it but the SO ...
by Arv R
March 15th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Duhart-Milon - Pauillac - 2003
Replies: 8
Views: 323

Re: Duhart-Milon - Pauillac - 2003

I had a very nice 2003 Branaire a month ago. And normally its not an estate I overly love.
by Arv R
March 14th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3629
Views: 354590

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Does anyone know anything about tonight's Fleurie offer? Love Fleurie when it's on so I bit, but I am not at all familiar with Lucien Lardy.... CT doesn't seem to have a lot of detail here, and no entries for this particular lineup. Thoughts? I had a 2015 Lucien Lardy 'les Thorins' [Moulin a Vent] ...
by Arv R
March 14th, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #Quaranwine
Replies: 23
Views: 1514

Re: #Quaranwine

At this time I think its prudent for WBers' to shift to higher abv's, for their medicinal and disinfecting properties. I'm glugging a delicious 14% 2015 Lucien Lardy 'les Thorins' Moulin a Vent right now, and even on a cold drizzly day, its hitting the spot. It's far too young - more tannin than you...
by Arv R
March 14th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
Replies: 22
Views: 1044

Re: TN: 2000 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

It's kind of weird - of those amazing four years 98, 99, 00, and 01 -- I have found with the fullness of time that the 2000's are the ones I least love. The 98's have delivered as expected while the 99's (drunk too young!) did better than I would have thought. But at this point, even with my known s...
by Arv R
March 12th, 2020, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
Replies: 22
Views: 1044

Re: TN: 2000 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

I had a bottle of the 2000 Pegau tonight and it was slightly off, a touch bretty. With decanting it mostly blew off and showed a bloody, barny nose with decent fruit underneath. Great mature coloration. I liked it better when younger, maybe 5-10 years ago. I agree that it was not in the same league ...
by Arv R
March 12th, 2020, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 354
Views: 28109

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

ugh never get those on ours, just other less helpful coupons
by Arv R
March 12th, 2020, 10:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Cote Rotie
Replies: 17
Views: 1210

Re: 2001 Cote Rotie

I had a 2001 St Cosme C-R some months ago; it was pretty disappointing. I thought the vintage was on the lean side by reputation? I only bottle a little of the 99 and 03's No Rho during that era. The vintage was not on the lean side to my memory. I did taste a lot of them when young at the Marche, ...
by Arv R
March 8th, 2020, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Cote Rotie
Replies: 17
Views: 1210

Re: 2001 Cote Rotie

I had a 2001 St Cosme C-R some months ago; it was pretty disappointing. I thought the vintage was on the lean side by reputation? I only bottle a little of the 99 and 03's No Rho during that era.
by Arv R
March 8th, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Liparita Cellars on WineBid
Replies: 68
Views: 3628

Re: Liparita Cellars on WineBid

As long as we're on the subject of older vineyards (and where they are now) does anyone know who is bottling up the old chewy Barelli Creek cabernet that Gallo used to offer back in the 90's?

It was sludgy like motor oil, but I liked it.
by Arv R
March 2nd, 2020, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom.Mourchon CdRVillages '12....(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Re: TN: Dom.Mourchon CdRVillages '12....(short/boring)

I had the 2010 Mourchon 'Grande Reserve' [Cotes du Rhones Villages] version of this, which is a 15% bruiser from Seguret. It's a bit pruney and shows some bretty notes too. I've had other bottlings of theirs - which I've liked better - but this doesn't seem to have aged well. I'll pass on this going...
by Arv R
February 29th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 164
Views: 12994

Re: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?

Wow it's like the old EF Hutton commercials....

by Arv R
February 28th, 2020, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Cru Bourgeois classification
Replies: 9
Views: 822

Re: New Cru Bourgeois classification

I've tasted most of the wines in the initial post, now dubbed Exceptionnel and they're all pretty good. I don't recalled trying du Taillan or Paveil du Luze though. I guess its nice they're getting some recognition, and perhaps it will help with stateside availability, but I can't really see this re...
by Arv R
February 28th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 164
Views: 12994

Re: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?

The absolute best deals I have got on wines have been during economic downturns. And not always at auction, when people need money in a real hurry you can get some great deals if you have cash in hand I had a friend who once picked up a case of 1991 Dominus at $100 per when a dipsh!t divorcing frie...
by Arv R
February 28th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from Taste Mendocino – April 27, 2019 in San Francisco
Replies: 9
Views: 649

Re: Notes from Taste Mendocino – April 27, 2019 in San Francisco

I had 2017 Husch Chardonnay [Mendocino] with a frittata this week. 13.9% abv, so I thought it would be a plumper, but its medium bodied. I realize this is basically a supermarket type of offering, but I still found it disappointing, and would give it a B- or so grade. For my mass market tastes, ther...
by Arv R
February 25th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Steelhead & Bojo
Replies: 6
Views: 630

Re: Steelhead & Bojo

Giving the "biodynamic" stamp to Cambon is not paying a right tribute to Marcel Lapierre or Jean Claude Chanudet (the winemaker for this 2016), co-founders of Chateau Cambon. Both are perfect examples of the free thinking vignerons that started the "natural" wine movement in the '80s in Beaujolais,...
by Arv R
February 24th, 2020, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Steelhead & Bojo
Replies: 6
Views: 630

Steelhead & Bojo

IMG_20200223_184523.jpg I popped a bottle of the 2016 Ch. Cambon [Beaujolais] to go with a slab of steelhead trout baked on a hot iron skillet under a mango chutney glaze. They paired very well! The wine has some connection to Marcel Lapierre, and gets the usual hand harvesting, biodynamic treatmen...
by Arv R
February 23rd, 2020, 9:54 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

People seem to act like there were zero consequences for hotels implementing a BID assessment....one of the small reasons for the rise of AirBnB, VRBO, and all that other comparable platforms is that consumers are tired of the nickel & diming from resort fees, BID fees, occupancy fees and so on. All...
by Arv R
February 22nd, 2020, 6:43 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 e...
by Arv R
February 19th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes - Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France, S. Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: TN: 2005 Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes - Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France, S. Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

The few vintages of this I've tried have left me underwhelmed. I think Gallo (or someone comparable) distributes it so it can indeed be found in some supermarkets.
by Arv R
February 17th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reddit post on collecting wine
Replies: 76
Views: 5715

Re: Reddit post on collecting wine

MBerto wrote:
February 17th, 2020, 11:53 am
Most of the money I've made flipping wine has been on stuff I faked. That's where the real money is.
I have to fake it too, when I smile politely and nod my head, when people pour me Vin Jaune.
by Arv R
February 17th, 2020, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reddit post on collecting wine
Replies: 76
Views: 5715

Re: Reddit post on collecting wine

I think in general it is one of the best pieces on wine as an investment I have read in some years. That being said, it is a smallish market and getting smaller. Much of the current speculation depended on a buoyant Chinese market, and that is beginning to fall apart. Already hearing about some dum...
by Arv R
February 16th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: More 2003s Pichon Baron, Branaire Ducru, Calon Segur (all 375ML)
Replies: 4
Views: 734

Re: TN: More 2003s Pichon Baron, Branaire Ducru, Calon Segur (all 375ML)

I'm drinking a 2003 Branaire [St Julien] - also out of a half bottle - and it is really good. No sense of 2003 heat/scorch like many of the cloying right banks of the same vintage. Smooth, fruity, and fine. It's showing really well today, much better than other examples from the same case, purchased...
by Arv R
February 16th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XII
Replies: 8
Views: 763

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XII

OMG no one captures the soulfulness of the blood of grapes as you do.

Sadly I detect a merlot deficiency in your diet.

Please correct posthaste.

I would prescribe some St Emilion.
by Arv R
February 16th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love Alaska's 'Wine Flies Free' program !
Replies: 8
Views: 848

I love Alaska's 'Wine Flies Free' program !

For those who are not familiar with it, wine flies free on Alaska with some caveats. You can take up to a case, from certain Western Airports, and it has to be packed properly. They will not cover damage (although total lost baggage is covered). You do have to check it with a gate agent, but histori...
by Arv R
February 16th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sociando Mallet 2001 vs Cuvée Jean Gautreau 2001
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Sociando Mallet 2001 vs Cuvée Jean Gautreau 2001

Wow that is a great idea to put those side by side. Despite all my affection for the estate, I've never had one of the JG bottlings. I literally pulled a 2001 S-M and have it front of me (unopened) standing as I'm going to pull the cork in a day or two. I found prior 2001s when younger to be a bit t...
by Arv R
February 16th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Over 30 champagnes for a tasting group's annual Valentine event
Replies: 11
Views: 829

Re: Over 30 champagnes for a tasting group's annual Valentine event

That's awesome! We too had the 2009 Moet Grand Vintage for our Valentine's Day dinner, luckily finding a table at a local favorite restaurant. I guess with Valentine's being on a Friday it was a little vexatious getting a table, as our first two choices had nothing available. The other fun thing to ...
by Arv R
February 16th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 445
Views: 35561

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Just note that there are situations when the merchant, affiliate network, or cash back / rewards site may not honor the cash back that one thought they were going to get. That can happen because items purchased were not eligible, some coupon codes can invalidate the cash back, or cookies didn't tra...
by Arv R
February 15th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 445
Views: 35561

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Just note that there are situations when the merchant, affiliate network, or cash back / rewards site may not honor the cash back that one thought they were going to get. That can happen because items purchased were not eligible, some coupon codes can invalidate the cash back, or cookies didn't trac...
by Arv R
February 9th, 2020, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004
Replies: 15
Views: 674

Re: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004

Nice update
by Arv R
February 9th, 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Duboeuf Beaujolais @ $6.99 KILLER!
Replies: 5
Views: 859

Re: TN: 2017 Duboeuf Beaujolais @ $6.99 KILLER!

Which bottling was this? He has a bunch.

FWIW I noticed Total Wine sells a lot of bojo bottles that look almost exactly the same (flowers etc) but the producer is Debeaune or someone. Caveat Emptor !
by Arv R
February 9th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?
Replies: 32
Views: 1507

Re: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?

Between the standard deduction for couples going up so much, and expenses like state taxes, mortgage interest etc. being capped, it seems like the charitable deduction is basically phased out for many filers. I seem to remember at one point when people were abusing the estimated value of donated car...
by Arv R
February 9th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Larmande, Saint-Emilion
Replies: 4
Views: 172

Re: TN: 1996 Larmande, Saint-Emilion

Clive Coates has always been very high on this estate, but I find them a little too thin. To me, they are correct, and classic, but they don't thrill me, and I do have room for this style of St Emilion, so its not a style bias.
by Arv R
February 9th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN re: Disappointing 2005 CDP Grand Veneur "Les Origines"
Replies: 12
Views: 507

Re: TN re: Disappointing 2005 CDP Grand Veneur "Les Origines"

I had a pretty disappointing bottle of the 2001 Grand Veneur 'les Origines' [CNDP] last night. We took this out for dinner, and I paired it with a slab of iron pan seared king salmon, which is my go to dish at this place, along with a BYO CNDP. But this one came across a bit closed, with a pruney no...
by Arv R
February 8th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Argyle Vintage Brut (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 18
Views: 830

Re: TN: 2014 Argyle Vintage Brut (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

We had the 2012 Vintage Argyle Brut last night, and I was very impressed. It's lighter and maybe not as beaded as our usual Roederer Estate, but it had a light touch of elderflower kind of flavor at the end. This has kept very well. Normally, since we're within CA, it seems like CA sparklies are pri...

Go to advanced search