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by Arv R
June 16th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3038

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

Steve - I have 3 cameras at my place. That only covers a sliver of the possible areas. If someone is determined to steal, they don't have to do it within the coverage zone. Additionally, its genuinely difficult to monitor them historically, even with motion sensors, and capture something that might ...
by Arv R
June 16th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3038

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

Do nothing until you have solid proof. There's no need to go around accusing anyone. Even the mere fact of discussing it with cleaning lady will ruin the relationship. Install hidden cameras. 4k cameras are not expensive. It's not fair to you or the cleaning lady to let her go without proof and wit...
by Arv R
June 16th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3038

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

That's ironic, as we were just discussing this in our household. SO's grandmother had an heirloom ring go missing, and basically the only person who ever accessed their house, was their cleaning person. This same person had been there for 15 years, and had never had anything like this associated wi...
by Arv R
June 15th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1345
Views: 145787

Re: Official Costco Thread

Wow. Nice price for the Schramsberg.
by Arv R
June 15th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3038

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

That's ironic, as we were just discussing this in our household. SO's grandmother had an heirloom ring go missing, and basically the only person who ever accessed their house, was their cleaning person. This same person had been there for 15 years, and had never had anything like this associated wit...
by Arv R
June 15th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Domaine Grand Veneur Lirac Clos de Sixte (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Lirac)
Replies: 3
Views: 246

Re: TN: 2007 Domaine Grand Veneur Lirac Clos de Sixte (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Lirac)

I opened an 07 Dom. Grand Veneur 'Clos de Sixte' [Lirac] on Friday and have been nipping at it the last 24 hours. I think it was better a few years ago, and normally I really prefer Rhones with bottle age on them. There's a touch of funk, cardamom, and coffee on the nose. Still saline and black frui...
by Arv R
June 9th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Wine Spectator, Time Magazines
Replies: 14
Views: 841

Re: Old Wine Spectator, Time Magazines

I use a yogurt sauce (with minced cucumbers, dried mint, black pepper) on all kinds of stuff. It's a pretty universal condiment across the whole swath of the world from Morocco all the way to India. Last night we had my mom's version, which is obviously better than any WS recipe.
by Arv R
June 8th, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: ‘98 Dominique st. Emilion
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: TN: ‘98 Dominique st. Emilion

I had a very nice bottle of the 1995 a while ago. They made some good stuff in the 80s & 90s.
by Arv R
June 8th, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Yorker article on supertasters
Replies: 7
Views: 1357

Re: New Yorker article on supertasters

An engaging story. We had a friend in college who had this supertasting issue. Basically she could tolerate steamed chicken, boiled rice, and rarely - a Bud Light. Everything tasted wrong to her.

I put cilantro on everything. Love the stuff! Used a whole bunch in my chana masala tonight.
by Arv R
June 8th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This puts Spinal Tap to shame
Replies: 20
Views: 1712

Re: This puts Spinal Tap to shame

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by Arv R
June 8th, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '05 KB Garys', '07 Fogdog, `09 Drew Family Valenti
Replies: 5
Views: 467

Re: TN: '05 KB Garys', '07 Fogdog, `09 Drew Family Valenti

[*] 2007 Freestone Pinot Noir Fogdog Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (10/27/2011) Dark ruby, nice clarity. Nose of black cherries, raspberry, crushed rock and gingerbread. Medium bodied, bright acidity and pure, clean flavor on the palate. Nice, cream and red fruit laced...
by Arv R
June 2nd, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allocations from retailers
Replies: 19
Views: 1821

Re: Allocations from retailers

Does this mean I HAVE to buy thar Tibetan wine that TotalWine was offering for $1800/6pack if I ever want to drink wine from the top of the world again?
by Arv R
June 1st, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro (with slow-and-low Bolognese sauce)
Replies: 4
Views: 586

Re: TN: 2006 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro (with slow-and-low Bolognese sauce)

One of the kids has been pestering me to make our family ragu recipe (carrots, fennel seeds, wine, milk, meat etc.) but it just feels like its too hot out west for this. We had fettucini with clams/lemons/parsley instead.
by Arv R
June 1st, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone roundup
Replies: 13
Views: 1657

Re: Northern Rhone roundup

Interesting spectrum of youngsters. Thanks for sharing.
by Arv R
June 1st, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine
Replies: 37
Views: 2557

Re: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine

These guys sound like thieves frankly
by Arv R
June 1st, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...
Replies: 28
Views: 1734

Re: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...

Hurts to hear about the Figeac. 75 right banks were pretty good even though I never got to taste them before age 20....
by Arv R
June 1st, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who’s the reddest of red Bordeaux :)
Replies: 17
Views: 1222

Re: Who’s the reddest of red Bordeaux :)

I think one basic issue is that red fruited styled BDX are likely to have been picked a shade earlier, and that's something the US market - during the reign of a monoline critic - wasn't buying. They don't get big fat scores, but red Bordeaux imported by Kermit Lynch (he has a handful) are likely to...
by Arv R
June 1st, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Tardieu-Laurent Saint-Joseph V.V. Les Roches
Replies: 6
Views: 429

Re: TN: 2003 Tardieu-Laurent Saint-Joseph V.V. Les Roches

I had a couple glasses of the 2003 Tardieu Laurent 'Les Roches' [St Joseph] with a mushroom risotto and porcini ravioli last night (starch fest!). It's still quite dark, and full bodied, with a bouquet of pine cones and then fried breakfast sausage. Generally I don't like T-L wines, having been espe...
by Arv R
May 28th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?
Replies: 68
Views: 2851

Re: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?

None. Stopped buying Ridge futures in 2002. At some point, you just move on. There's absolutely nothing I have to have. The last few days we tasted through nearly a hundred wines that I've never tried before. There's always something new on the horizon and life is too short to drink the same thing ...
by Arv R
May 27th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma Cabs - aging and characteristic questions
Replies: 36
Views: 2122

Re: Sonoma Cabs - aging and characteristic questions

We had a dinner over the weekend where the 95 Laurel Glen CS [Sonoma] was poured. The bottle drank well for the next couple of nights afterwards - showing great fruit depth, still some tannin, and lots of that characteristic herbal, mint, bell peppery, pyrazine notes. I believe our friend had this f...
by Arv R
May 27th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most inexpensive wine by the best wine makers.
Replies: 31
Views: 2154

Re: What’s the most inexpensive wine by the best wine makers.

I'd echo the prior suggestions of Charvin CdR and Beaucastel's Coudulet CdR.
by Arv R
May 27th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTN: 2004 Bosconia reserva
Replies: 25
Views: 1489

Re: WTN: 2004 Bosconia reserva

We had a bottle of this over a couple days (the first night with a big group) and it too had no sediment, as others noted. There's a bright line of acidity in the 2004 LdH Reserva Bosconia and the fruit is cool and lean. We had this after a bike ride, without any food, and it needs something to pair...
by Arv R
May 25th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best value Chardonnay out of France or California
Replies: 68
Views: 3836

Re: The best value Chardonnay out of France or California

Eric Solomon's Novellum project with Domaine Lafage makes a good Languedoc Chard for around $10. I had a couple glasses of the 2016 Novellum last night, and its quite nice. Crisp, edgy, and perfect out on the veranda with a light supper. Its labeled as Vin de France so I'm not sure if its only Lang...
by Arv R
May 25th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Chateau Clerc Milon, Pauillac
Replies: 14
Views: 644

Re: TN: 1986 Chateau Clerc Milon, Pauillac

I think it was the 85 that was made some kind of WS list. We had an ok example of that a couple years back

http://www.bordeauxwineenthusiasts.com/ ... 85&p=60171
by Arv R
May 25th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1988 De Fieuzal and 1988 Nervi Molsoni plus 2017 Karthäuserhofberg GG
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Re: 1988 De Fieuzal and 1988 Nervi Molsoni plus 2017 Karthäuserhofberg GG

I've had a lot of problems with off/bad/wrong bottles of 89 Fieuzal rouge. It's strange, the wine has a good rep...but in perhaps a half dozen experiences with it over the decades not one has been sound.
by Arv R
May 19th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker's views on Neal Martin
Replies: 99
Views: 6572

Re: Berserker's views on Neal Martin

Supposedly they are going to do a second printing. I stupidly passed on the first edition, thinking I would be able to pick up a used copy on Amazon or something. Hah.
by Arv R
May 19th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which syrahs are retirement worthy?
Replies: 43
Views: 2421

Re: which syrahs are retirement worthy?

If retirement is on the brink, think about not just downsizing your incoming wine purchases, but your existing cellar. It's a lot easier to part ways with chattels while one can make the choices themselves, rather than having others do it for you. Also if there's a chance your living arrangements wi...
by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most Underrated Bordeaux?
Replies: 44
Views: 2240

Re: Most Underrated Bordeaux?

I'd vote for Cantemerle, even their label is calm and avoids flashiness.

btw, their 1983 is still drinking great

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by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: TN: 1998 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac

Wow. It sounds pretty tempting to me though. I loved the 98 CNDPs and was lucky that I had the open space for them when released. Still have a few left, although have never tried the Chapoutier single vineyard CNDPs.
by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)
Replies: 41
Views: 2050

Re: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)

Someone I met for the first time at Falltacular remarked that he had always thought of me as a jovial older guy with a big beard, because of my Captain Haddock avatar. My brothers and I grew up loving Tintin. It was hard to find the books, we were always on the search to find ones we didn't have, a...
by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)
Replies: 41
Views: 2050

Re: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)

Chris Seiber wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 11:43 pm
My favorite from the OP: “Is Every New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Under $25 the Same Wine With a Different Label?”
+1
by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe
Replies: 73
Views: 2840

Re: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe

Come on Greg, it’s only Wednesday! Thursday smells like Chave night. Stand Your Ground Rules in FL! Texas is for chumps, except for K-John. But he drinks Cali. In lieu of guns, however, I have Golden Retrievers. The house we live in now was previously occupied by 3 goldens and their human ball toss...
by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lineup that Alfert would approve
Replies: 18
Views: 755

Re: A lineup that Alfert would approve

Wow. I've never seen any JG bottlings.
by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1345
Views: 145787

Re: Official Costco Thread

There's no income tax in WA. I'd happily pay some more booze tax to get away from income tax!

Of course in xxxxxxxxx land we got both kinds of taxes - income and sales!

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by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde
Replies: 5
Views: 328

Re: TN: 1978 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde

We had one of these maybe 10-15 years ago, unfortunately our example had faded quite a bit.

I remember much more vividly a Chapoutier white Hermitage from that evening that either Paul J. or Joe Cz had brought. My first taste of one of those rarities and it was a stunner.
by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update on Safe Harbor
Replies: 25
Views: 2850

Re: Update on Safe Harbor

The other element of this that is disturbing - I don't think he should have been released pre trial/sentencing. There's plenty to suggest that he kept on stealing even while being investigated/sued etc. Part of locking predators up is not just for punishment/rehabilitative reasons, but simply to sto...
by Arv R
May 14th, 2019, 10:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update on Safe Harbor
Replies: 25
Views: 2850

Re: Update on Safe Harbor

That seems like a low amount of time to serve given the reported dollar value of theft.
by Arv R
May 12th, 2019, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Togni Vertical: 1983 to 1996
Replies: 24
Views: 920

Re: Togni Vertical: 1983 to 1996

Looks like a great event. Indeed very much like top end Pauillac. I have only a few left of any vintage at this point.
by Arv R
May 11th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Important vs. Unimportant tastings
Replies: 39
Views: 1685

Re: Important vs. Unimportant tastings

Oh that's easy - important tastings have imported wines, such as Bordeaux.

Unimportant tastings have domestic wines, such as California syrah.

This is like an SAT trick question or something!
by Arv R
May 11th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune
Replies: 32
Views: 1980

Re: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune

Zachary Ross wrote:
April 25th, 2019, 4:56 pm
La Dernière Goutte in the 6th in Paris is fantastic.
+1 I still have the bag from a visit
by Arv R
May 11th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1345
Views: 145787

Re: Official Costco Thread

Grabbed the last 4 bottles of 2016 Saint-Joseph "Muletiers", Dom. Vallet at the Foster City store today. $14.97, normally $34 (per wine-searcher). The wine guy was there and I asked about '08 DP. He said they keep shipping him '09. He's waiting for it, too. looked for that at mine today. nothing. s...
by Arv R
May 11th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2059

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

I'm sure an outlier on this, but I really liked the 1999's. The dollar was strong and the Bordelais were weak, so I ended up with lots of wines purchased indent, for cheap. They were quaffed with little concern (or even understanding) that I would chuckle at now. There was an easy drinking, early ge...
by Arv R
May 11th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2125

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

Came here to say Substance from Washington State. I would also look at Chile for some Cabernet's based at that price point. From Chile I think both Cousino Macul's Antinguas Reservas and Porta's Gran Reserva cabernets are very solid, distinctive choices in the sub $20 sweepstakes. More mint on the ...
by Arv R
May 11th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Hermitage and other N. Rhones
Replies: 2
Views: 737

Re: TN: Hermitage and other N. Rhones

It reminded me that Crozes is really a source for value especially in the great vintages. 2009 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage [/url] - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage I really liked this wine. Great value. This is a wine to purchase in great vintages. Purple in color. Black raspberries,...
by Arv R
May 8th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 45
Views: 2006

Re: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux

Sounds fun. We used to do Bordeaux at release tastings that became the bases for my purchases, but we stopped when Matt R left NYC late last decade. 2016's looks like my kind of Bordeaux that may urge me to buy and store a few. Those were great times indeed! 2016 looks like a good year, but I feel ...
by Arv R
May 7th, 2019, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An important tasting of Chateaux Magdelaine and Bel-Air Monange, 1970-2014 with a 1971 Figeac "ringer"
Replies: 36
Views: 1576

Re: An important tasting of Chateaux Magdelaine and Bel-Air Monange, 1970-2014 with a 1971 Figeac "ringer"

very impressive. i've gotten the 'metallic / tuna fish can tang' from 1970 a couple of times before too.
by Arv R
May 5th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cotat & Snapper
Replies: 11
Views: 507

Re: Cotat & Snapper

Well Condrieu is special :) And even then I still have it young! Just got some Christophe Blanc today!
by Arv R
May 5th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most useful CT stat
Replies: 11
Views: 944

Re: The most useful CT stat

If you think that the lack of updating their consumption is a pattern among CT users I don't think it should matter that much for the predictive use of that statistic. An estimator - even if biased - can be useful if its consistent. I think people are best off figuring out where they like their wine...
by Arv R
May 5th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Cameron Hughes 'Lot 303' [Stags Leap District]
Replies: 3
Views: 334

TN: 2009 Cameron Hughes 'Lot 303' [Stags Leap District]

2009 Cameron Hughes 'Lot 303' [Stags Leap District] Big 14.5% abv but it doesn't feel heavy. Tannins are resolved, with some licorice and red berry notes. Not hugely concentrated but lovely texture. Pretty good, tastes a little better on day 2. I don't get a lot of aromatic complexity out of this t...
by Arv R
May 5th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Beringer/Los Hermanos Napa Valley
Replies: 1
Views: 226

Re: TN: 1969 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Beringer/Los Hermanos Napa Valley

The cork looks like its in pretty good shape, consider its hit the FittyCent mark

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