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by Chris Foley
October 13th, 2020, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prototypical Chablis ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1347

Re: Prototypical Chablis ?

This is a timely thread for me. I've never been a fan of Chardonnay but a good friend is, so I keep an eye out for bottles we can enjoy together. I just bought a bottle of 2016 La Chablisienne La Perrelee, and I've been holding a bottle of 2014 Charly Nicole Ancestrum. Unfortunately the pandemic kep...
by Chris Foley
September 26th, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"
Replies: 49
Views: 2860

Re: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"

For Bordeaux, at the top of your price range - Branaire-Ducru, Talbot, Domaine de Chevalier, Giscours, Cantenac Brown, Grand Puy Lacoste, La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou. A bit lower priced and better vfm - Meyney, Capbern, Labegorce, Siran, Cantemerle, Sociando Mallet, Tour St Christophe (right bank).
by Chris Foley
September 24th, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week ****SUMMARY ADDED ON TOP 9/24/20*****
Replies: 41
Views: 2567

Re: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week ****SUMMARY ADDED ON TOP 9/24/20*****

I've really enjoyed reading this Jim. Thanks for sharing your experience.
There's one more harvest left on my potted basil plants so I'll be making a final batch within the next week. Not sure what wine I'll try yet though.
by Chris Foley
September 23rd, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Need a cheap built in wine fridge for kitchen island
Replies: 10
Views: 467

Re: Need a cheap built in wine fridge for kitchen island

I'm pretty happy with the 12 bottle Avanti free standing unit that's been in my kitchen the last 4 years.
by Chris Foley
September 20th, 2020, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Share your thoughts on Margaux
Replies: 44
Views: 3788

Re: Share your thoughts on Margaux

My FLWS keeps Ch. Marsac Seguineau on the shelf so I've been collecting and enjoying vintages from 2009 on. Lately they have 2015 Ch. d'Arsac too so I bought a couple of those. It's more modern, with character like a Cal Cab in my opinion. I loaded up on 2015s from Margaux including Siran, Labegorce...
by Chris Foley
August 17th, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Interesting mushroom tip
Replies: 16
Views: 1286

Re: Interesting mushroom tip

If you only use a little oil they only absorb a little oil.
by Chris Foley
August 3rd, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice needed re: metal racking for case storage
Replies: 11
Views: 415

Re: Advice needed re: metal racking for case storage

Dimensions of my rack: 30.5" wide, 20" deep, 66" high. Another couple cases could go on top but I don't like storing heavy objects that high up.
by Chris Foley
August 3rd, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice needed re: metal racking for case storage
Replies: 11
Views: 415

Re: Advice needed re: metal racking for case storage

John Morris wrote:
August 3rd, 2020, 7:33 am
Chris Foley wrote:
August 3rd, 2020, 6:44 am
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Looks terrific. But how do you pull out the cases?
with my fingers
by Chris Foley
August 3rd, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice needed re: metal racking for case storage
Replies: 11
Views: 415

Re: Advice needed re: metal racking for case storage

pnitze wrote:
August 3rd, 2020, 7:14 am
That looks phenomenal. Did you weld that? Or are those shelves held by pins or screws?
All welded construction.
by Chris Foley
August 3rd, 2020, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice needed re: metal racking for case storage
Replies: 11
Views: 415

Re: Advice needed re: metal racking for case storage

I just made a stainless steel upright rack for myself. It holds 180 bottles in OWCs. 12 @ 12 + 6 @ 6. A second one is under construction.
Each case slides on its own shelf so very easy to pull any bottle. I'll post a picture shortly.
by Chris Foley
July 12th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me get into Bordeaux
Replies: 54
Views: 3104

Re: Help me get into Bordeaux

I don't think anyone mentioned Ch. Labegorce, which has been doing well for the last decade.
Another one to look for in recent vintages is Fourcas Dupre (Listrac).
by Chris Foley
July 2nd, 2020, 4:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1340

Re: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?

I drink Bordeaux with pesto/pasta. But I drink Bordeaux with nearly everything.
by Chris Foley
July 1st, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Garlic Stems?
Replies: 12
Views: 1302

Re: Garlic Stems?

I've used garlic scapes in pesto instead of garlic cloves.
by Chris Foley
June 3rd, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 241
Views: 11602

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

A little more pedestrian: 2014 Chateau Meyney, at 23 bottles.
by Chris Foley
May 29th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Keep your CellarTracker inventory up to date
Replies: 26
Views: 1837

Re: PSA: Keep your CellarTracker inventory up to date

I have a system that keeps my virtual cellar close to 100% accurate. One part of the system is to create temporary locations when I purchase wine. For instance, I buy a case of wine and put it into the Cellar Location and the Receiving Area Bin. If the Receiving Area Bin still exists a couple weeks ...
by Chris Foley
May 24th, 2020, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.
Replies: 84
Views: 5765

Re: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.

Dan Kravitz wrote:
May 23rd, 2020, 6:44 pm
,,,
While I like Keith's list and criteria, it doesn't take into account the lower-rated wines that now sell in triple digits. Pontet Canet, Lynch Bages, is there anybody else?

Dan Kravitz
Calon Segur
by Chris Foley
May 12th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1961
Replies: 38
Views: 1435

Re: 1961

It probably won’t be Chapelle or Latour but I’m willing to spend some bucks. Its not a birthyear wine for me so this upcoming father's day is my target date. I spent more than I would ever consider for just about any other bottle of wine but I am hoping the experience will be priceless. IMG_0387.jpg
by Chris Foley
May 12th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1961
Replies: 38
Views: 1435

Re: 1961

Latour
by Chris Foley
May 10th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Rosso di Montalcino
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Re: TN: 2016 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Rosso di Montalcino

Thanks Tim. I just moved one of mine up to the kitchen wine fridge for near-term consumption. :)
by Chris Foley
May 9th, 2020, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12445
Views: 482187

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 Sociando Mallet
Too soon!
by Chris Foley
May 8th, 2020, 4:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Cantemerle (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 15
Views: 753

Re: TN: 2016 Château Cantemerle (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

I drank a 2010 in February and came to the conclusion that 2-3 more years should be helpful. Other peoples' notes posted on CT in 2019 suggest a similar waiting time.
by Chris Foley
April 26th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Graville-Lacoste Graves Blanc
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: TN: 2018 Graville-Lacoste Graves Blanc

Thanks for the note Jim. Last bottle I had from this producer was a 2014 which was also quite good. I'll have to seek out the 2018 soon. For white Bordeaux I've mostly been drinking Cote-Montpezat Cuvee Compostelle Blanc, Guibon Blanc, and de Chantegrive Cuvee Caroline, although I haven't had anythi...
by Chris Foley
April 25th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OWC Storage
Replies: 9
Views: 665

Re: OWC Storage

I hate moving stacked OWCs to find one bottle so I've designed a 5ft high metal rack, 4 cases wide, that will hold a mix of 12 btl and 6 btl cases. Each case will slide in and out of the rack independently and I'll be able to hold a lot of wine in a relatively small area that way.
by Chris Foley
April 24th, 2020, 4:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Dalla Valle Cabernet - Bordeaux in Napa
Replies: 7
Views: 631

Re: 2011 Dalla Valle Cabernet - Bordeaux in Napa

A friend just shared a bottle of the '92 Dalla Valle with me yesterday. I suggested it was reminiscent of a Pauillac from a ripe year, and he agreed. Probably spent a bit less time aging in oak barrels than a typical Bordeaux though.
by Chris Foley
April 23rd, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A mixed bag of Pinot Gris (Zind-Humbrecht, Trimbach, Dönnhoff, Ziereisen etc.)
Replies: 7
Views: 353

Re: TN: A mixed bag of Pinot Gris (Zind-Humbrecht, Trimbach, Dönnhoff, Ziereisen etc.)

Thanks for sharing those notes Otto. For white wines I've added Alsatian Rieslings to my exploration recently and I want to expand the range a bit further. My local wine store has one bottle of the 2015 Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve which I think I'll buy to see how it compares with your 2012 note abo...
by Chris Foley
April 7th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1989 Gruaud Larose
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: 1989 Gruaud Larose

My sample size is small but all the '70s Bordeaux I've had recently was ready to go from the bottle, and all the '80s Bordeaux needed a lengthy decant for the wine to open up.
by Chris Foley
April 6th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Tasting a bottle over several days
Replies: 12
Views: 2219

Re: Tasting a bottle over several days

I have a 12 bottle wine fridge in my kitchen so I put half consumed bottles of red wine back in that. Young wines can be left with the cork out overnight or with the cork in for a couple nights. I use a vacuvin if I want the wine to not develop noticeably over a day or two. Open bottles of white win...
by Chris Foley
April 6th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?
Replies: 41
Views: 3132

Re: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

We have 2 restaurants in town that are open for takeout. I am buying from both of them even though we rarely eat out in normal times. I wouldn't ordinarily tip for take-out but I am tipping generously right now.
by Chris Foley
March 27th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?
Replies: 515
Views: 25730

Re: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?

Veleta EVOO on Wednesday.
No wine pending.
by Chris Foley
February 19th, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged wine - what am I missing?
Replies: 105
Views: 6120

Re: Aged wine - what am I missing?

I know there is much Sociando love on this board, but with the exception of 1982, never felt it belonged with the elite or semi elite. Good wine, correctly priced. I just drank an '82 Sociando Mallet. Opened on Saturday, finished on Monday. Excellent wine, mature without being tired. No loss of cha...
by Chris Foley
January 27th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3306

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

Jonathan Loesberg wrote:
January 27th, 2020, 6:21 am
All I can say is that it hasn't ever literally talked to me.
Even though wine may not have vocal chords I've had glasses of wine that were singing.
by Chris Foley
January 26th, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 206
Views: 16054

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

I ordered two of the 1855 for myself and 6 of the tasting glasses for parties. Some of our friends will fill their glass to 1" from the top no matter what the size, and these are much nicer than the similarly sized glasses my wife purchased at a local winery with their name etched on them.
by Chris Foley
January 26th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 206
Views: 16054

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

Bobby Moy wrote:
January 26th, 2020, 8:44 am
Chris Foley wrote:
January 26th, 2020, 8:37 am
What is the bowl size of the tasting glasses? Are they best sized for 1, 2, 4 oz. pours?
Chris, I just measured it. Bowl for the tasting glass is 14oz. It's 2.5oz to the apex of the bowl.
Excellent, thank you!
by Chris Foley
January 26th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 206
Views: 16054

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

What is the bowl size of the tasting glasses? Are they best sized for 1, 2, 4 oz. pours?
by Chris Foley
January 25th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3306

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism and Post-Modernism in the Characterization of Wine

PS. Would you drink that out of the 1855? Scandalous. You have no shame. I'm just a points chaser. There's only one bottle in my cellar with a higher CT average score. I hope you know that I’m kidding. And by the way, I got my Chris confused. Freemont sells the 1855s, you sell racking. Merger? [che...
by Chris Foley
January 25th, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3306

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism and Post-Modernism in the Characterization of Wine

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 25th, 2020, 1:04 pm
PS. Would you drink that out of the 1855? Scandalous. You have no shame.
I'm just a points chaser. There's only one bottle in my cellar with a higher CT average score.
by Chris Foley
January 25th, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3306

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism and Post-Modernism in the Characterization of Wine

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 25th, 2020, 8:25 am
But, when I think of Troplong Mondot, I really do think of ... that picture of Tammy Faye Baker crying with her make-up running in ungodly patterns.
Now I don't know that I'll be able to drink my bottle of 2015 T-M without seeing that image. Thank a lot.
by Chris Foley
January 16th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much wine did you consume in 2019?
Replies: 46
Views: 2050

Re: How much wine did you consume in 2019?

Drank 293 (includes cooking)
Gifted 4
Spoiled 4
Returned 2
by Chris Foley
December 18th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1484
Views: 90486

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Nola Palomar wrote:
December 18th, 2019, 9:26 am
Run for congress and oppose Gym-boy?
[highfive.gif]
by Chris Foley
December 7th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 43
Views: 3028

Re: Scrambled eggs

About a teaspoon of water per egg helps emulsify the yolk into the albumen for a more uniform mixture. I only use a fork, not a whisk, to avoid over-working it. I cook them in a non stick sauté pan at a medium low heat and spread 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of butter or olive oil in the pan before adding the egg...
by Chris Foley
December 3rd, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1484
Views: 90486

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Total Wine has used this as an excuse to raise prices on much of their Bordeaux, regardless of vintage. They started with a 25% increase on all 2016s already on the shelf as well as new arrivals. A week later the increase included 2015 bottles at a somewhat lower percentage, and now includes a major...
by Chris Foley
October 28th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 75
Views: 6261

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

My youngest brother's wife makes cheese in Maine: https://lakinsgorgescheese.com/
Her newest cheese, Rockweed, won an award at the Big E this year.
by Chris Foley
October 26th, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone going dry on Monday for Prohibition?
Replies: 8
Views: 479

Re: Anyone going dry on Monday for Prohibition?

I hope that its not a thing.
by Chris Foley
September 10th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 3326

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

Are you storing them near other fruit like bananas? Some fruits emit gasses that do speed up the ripening process. Store avos alone to let them naturally ripen. Especially in the wintertime I put them in a bag with a couple bananas so they will ripen within a couple days. If they take much longer t...
by Chris Foley
September 3rd, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR
Replies: 25
Views: 1236

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 3rd, 2019, 8:46 am
Our lexicon might be different,
...
Greenness in my notes is usually designated by the term vegetal, or more specifically green pepper or green bean if I think they apply.
The 1988 Ch. de Fieuzal I drank recently was way into the green bean spectrum.
by Chris Foley
September 3rd, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR
Replies: 25
Views: 1236

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR

Two of your descriptors are consistent with herbaceousness: tobacco and forest floor.
This seems like a wine I should look more closely at too since I already buy a lot at TW, although its $27 in my area.
by Chris Foley
August 25th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 24
Views: 2757

Re: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil

John Chapman wrote:
August 10th, 2019, 4:31 pm
This year for some reason the basil has flourished.
...
You still have too much John?
I'm just across the river.
by Chris Foley
August 25th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 24
Views: 2757

Re: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil

Sherbet/Sorbet! I’ve done the Sorbet by making a simple syrup (3C water, 3C sugar) then adding basil leaves (2-3C packed) to the hot liquid and steeping them for about 10 minutes at a low simmer. Press out the solids through cheesecloth and let the liquid fall into a sheet pan. Freeze, then scrape ...

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