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by JLee
March 14th, 2019, 11:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château Pontet-Canet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: TN: 2001 Château Pontet-Canet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

2001 Rauzan Segla is also in a good place.
by JLee
March 5th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: China is the #2 export market for French wine
Replies: 26
Views: 870

Re: China is the #2 export market for French wine

https://www.wineinstitute.org/resources/statistics

Germany and China both consume much more wine than they produce. France is the second largest producer of wine in the world. This chart would probably look different if it was for classified growth bordeaux.
by JLee
January 30th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2015 Chateau Canon for sale or trade
Replies: 1
Views: 339

2015 Chateau Canon for sale or trade

3 Bottles, $260 each. Buyer pays shipping and assumes risk upon shipment. I'm located in Seattle. Willing to trade for interesting champagne.
by JLee
December 18th, 2018, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 191
Views: 7863

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

What did Vinculum own from 2011 to 2014 that caused their entire portfolio to -30%? My understanding is since 2011, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Piedmonte, Rhone and California prices have only gone up, up and up? Would an entire portfolio of Sauternes (weighted towards Yquem presumably) even be down 30% ov...
by JLee
December 5th, 2018, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption if wine had no alcohol
Replies: 46
Views: 1514

Re: Consumption if wine had no alcohol

As of this moment, there are 56 liars on this poll. [cheers.gif] I am almost at the same place as you, Anton. I find the responses of no change or an increase very surprising, almost incomprehensible. I am tempted to make some facetious comments about denial, delusion and the effects of alcohol on ...
by JLee
November 26th, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Jean Grivot Vosne Romanee
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: TN: 2015 Jean Grivot Vosne Romanee

I had the 09 last night, no decanting. Thought it was mediocre (shut?) and possibly a little advanced.
by JLee
October 30th, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Safest White Burgs
Replies: 87
Views: 3953

Re: The Safest White Burgs

I know the topic of premox has been discussed a million different ways and is covered in great detail between the white burg premox wiki and the Don Cornwell annual white burg vintage dinners. But after reading a few recent threads I wanted to ask the question in a slightly different way. If you we...
by JLee
October 22nd, 2018, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Ampeau et Fils Tasting
Replies: 10
Views: 489

Re: Robert Ampeau et Fils Tasting

Courtier was, and may be still, selling back vintages of Ampeau whites that I believe are ex-cellar. I like them a lot, although they can be variable. Never liked the reds as much but don't think I've ever had any in this lineup.
by JLee
October 17th, 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weekly Wine Consumption Poll
Replies: 30
Views: 1140

Re: Weekly Wine Consumption Poll

I'm at less than one. I like wine but my mind and body function better on a limited alcohol intake. Also popping fewer bottles makes opening a pricier bottle once in a while seem less extravagant. Downside is I don't taste as widely as some but I'm ok with that and the experience of this board help ...
by JLee
October 9th, 2018, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 14795

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

This is really unfortunate for anyone who legitimately passed the test. That said, (and forgive me for stating the obvious) given the massively disproportionate number of candidates who passed this year, one can't help but suspect that many may have gone into the tasting portion with some sort of in...
by JLee
August 24th, 2018, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says
Replies: 70
Views: 2821

Re: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says

No one really disputes that alcohol has a negative effect on one's physical well-being, right? Understanding of course that one's an adult and can make one's own decisions, there's more to life than just keeping oneself alive and in good health, and moderation can make a difference in the effects, e...
by JLee
August 20th, 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese and how tastes change
Replies: 59
Views: 1981

Re: TN: Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese and how tastes change

It's really interesting to read the views in this thread. I prefer Donnhoff. It is more complete for my palate than any Mosel wine - though I also like Prum and Schaefer. I agree Mosel wines have a more pronounced acidity. I generally drink Spats, sometimes a Kab. I don't drink the stickies or the d...
by JLee
August 11th, 2018, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Benchmark wines
Replies: 40
Views: 2687

QPR Benchmark wines

For my tastes Donnhoff's Niederhauser Hermannshohle Spatlese is the best QPR I can think of at its price point or higher. Admittedly its more expensive than many of its peers.

It's certainly not under the radar, but it is a benchmark for its grape and region.
by JLee
April 24th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fantes Champagne Stopper
Replies: 13
Views: 689

Fantes Champagne Stopper

Wow - lots of options.

Would love to always finish the bottle but not realistic for me. Can't believe I never heard of any of these, will be buying some immediately.
by JLee
April 23rd, 2018, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fantes Champagne Stopper
Replies: 13
Views: 689

Fantes Champagne Stopper

Has anyone used this / have any thoughts on it? https://www.amazon.com/Fantes-Champagne-Stopper-Italian-Original/dp/B0042KX7MC/ref=as_at?creativeASIN=B0042KX7MC&linkCode=w61&imprToken=C5SNh3xZwozDFyPT3JEVWA&slotNum=7&ascsubtag=[]st[p]cjg6tzuk60043nsy67xuk1fpk[i]TSmZ10&tag=thestrategistsite-20 I own ...
by JLee
April 17th, 2018, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a 2015 for the long haul
Replies: 55
Views: 1856

Need a 2015 for the long haul

For red Bordeaux, 2015 Rauzan Segla tastes promising and can be found for just under $100. I see a few mags on wine-searcher for about $200.

2015 was a great year in red burgundy but pricing is out of control.
by JLee
April 1st, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Trip to Seattle
Replies: 46
Views: 1354

Trip to Seattle

If there is a spot available I would like to attend. I don't have much Rhone at home but I can bring a white burgundy, champagne, or a non-Rhone red.

Thanks!
by JLee
March 18th, 2018, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for well aged vertical.
Replies: 54
Views: 1168

Suggestions for well aged vertical.

You can do this with a 3 bottle vertical of Gruaud Larose. It is a Bordeaux (one of the most widely aged wines in production), a classified growth (second growth), a good example of a wine from one of Bordeaux major subregions (St. Julien), and is reasonably consistent across a wide period of time. ...
by JLee
March 17th, 2018, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug 165?
Replies: 60
Views: 3634

Krug 165?

I also like 164 and prefer 165 to 164. I don't have Brad's experience but for me 165 is the best young grand cuvee I have had.
by JLee
February 9th, 2018, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '15 Northern Rhones (Souhaut, Faury, Paris, Balthazar ...) - Can you say ripe?
Replies: 42
Views: 3678

TN: '15 Northern Rhones (Souhaut, Faury, Paris, Balthazar ...) - Can you say ripe?

I'm drinking the Paris Granit 30 right now. I echo John's notes on the Granit 60. The Granit 30 is good but it's surprisingly ripe.

I had a 2012 Chave Crozes just a few days ago and the Paris wine is clearly jammier.
by JLee
January 12th, 2018, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Dom Perignon Hit The Shelf Locally Today
Replies: 28
Views: 1782

2009 Dom Perignon Hit The Shelf Locally Today

It was a little tight for my tastes when I tried it. I would lay it down. It will definitely age - whether it will for several decades I couldn't say. For drinking now, I prefer 2002 champagnes (no comment on 02 DP) - many of these are still priced similarly to new releases and drink much better.
by JLee
December 6th, 2017, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2014 vs 2015?
Replies: 49
Views: 3437

Burgundy 2014 vs 2015?

While there are certainly plenty of lovely 2014s, and it is a vintage I purchased for my own cellar, re-tasting them extensively from bottle (250 or so this year) has been a little surprising, as the succulent fruit and classical profile that made them so appealing from barrel is, in some cases, gi...
by JLee
November 30th, 2017, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oh How the (once) Mighty Has Fallen > Schrader
Replies: 44
Views: 3501

Oh How the (once) Mighty Has Fallen > Schrader

Schrader is a young winery (first vintage ~2000 I believe), with a high production compared to other pricey Cali cults, and makes a wine that is good but that I personally found to be similar to some other wines which were cheaper. I'd seen Schrader available at retail for $400+ and in some cases $6...
by JLee
November 28th, 2017, 7:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Anyone tried d'Artagnan green circle chicken?
Replies: 34
Views: 2670

Anyone tried d'Artagnan green circle chicken?

I ordered some of the frozen heritage birds. I like them but didn't think they were better than my farmer's market chicken, which to be fair is really good. Haven't tried the non-heritage birds. Will probably order them to try.
by JLee
November 27th, 2017, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: Krug Grand Cuvée NV: 164th Edition-2008 Base
Replies: 239
Views: 16711

TNR: Krug Grand Cuvée NV: 164th Edition-2008 Base

As a PSA, Flatiron Wines NY has a Cyber Monday sale with 15% off 12 bottles or more using code cyber15. That puts their Krug 164 (priced at 170), at just over $145 with the case discount. Free shipping to tri-state area.
by JLee
November 15th, 2017, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weird Customer Service Experience
Replies: 60
Views: 3862

Super Bizarre Customer Service Experience

Well my reply came after our phone conversation, which was much less courteous. I know business have the right to choose who to sell to, which I totally respect, but I just do not see the cause here. Fair. If you think it was completely irrational I would just ascribe it to general weirdness you fi...
by JLee
November 15th, 2017, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weird Customer Service Experience
Replies: 60
Views: 3862

Super Bizarre Customer Service Experience

Your experience is unusual but generally, businesses can choose not to deal with specific customers. Whether you agree with their judgment or not, its the business' decision. It looks like their communication was more courteous than your reply.
by JLee
November 12th, 2017, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox is still with us big time
Replies: 17
Views: 1380

Premox is still with us big time

I'm sorry to hear these reports. I like some others producers at least as much as PYCM but often opted to buy his wines because I thought they had a better premox record and I could cellar them. I'm probably not the only one.
by JLee
November 9th, 2017, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Found a decent deal on a Ridge Monte Bello at a restaurant
Replies: 21
Views: 1369

Found a decent deal on a Ridge Monte Bello at a restaurant

I think the wine is a strong relative value at the price. I'm surprised to see that it's hit 240 already, it was significantly lower just a year or so ago.
by JLee
November 5th, 2017, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 red Burgundies are plain gorgeous
Replies: 78
Views: 5171

2016 red Burgundies are plain gorgeous

In all sincerity, I wonder sometimes how I can post anything positive about a region/producer that I work with and not be criticized as acting in self-interest. Simply giving the caveat that I am ITB or represent a certain producer doesn't seem to be enough. Do please let me know what way to do so ...
by JLee
October 31st, 2017, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WARNING – ZACHY’S WINE AUCTIONS IS NOW OFFERING WINES FROM FRAUDSTER ERIC GREENBERG
Replies: 73
Views: 11058

WARNING – ZACHY’S WINE AUCTIONS IS NOW OFFERING WINES FROM FRAUDSTER ERIC GREENBERG

This is probably not new to most of you, but I found this excerpt from Don's earlier linked-to post regarding Greenberg's statements hilarious: "He said if he had counterfeit wine, he could always sell it through Acker Merrall because John Kapon would take anything." [Jamie Ritchie Depo, p. 236, lin...
by JLee
October 25th, 2017, 5:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Le Cirque closing in New York
Replies: 8
Views: 819

Le Cirque closing in New York

Good riddance.

In its last years the food was appallingly mediocre and the prices were appalling. It is best remembered for things that are better left in the past.
by JLee
October 24th, 2017, 9:11 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB: 2002 Hubert Lignier (village+)
Replies: 0
Views: 155

WTB: 2002 Hubert Lignier (village+)

As the title says, looking for well stored H. Lignier wines from the 2002 vintage. Any village level or higher. We can talk about the Clos de la Roche but that might be more than I'm willing to spend.

I can hear offers or make one, whatever you prefer. I'm located in Seattle.

Thank you.
by JLee
October 6th, 2017, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 19 types of food snobs; we need a list of the types of wine snobs
Replies: 81
Views: 2939

The 19 types of food snobs; we need a list of the types of wine snobs

I think it's possible to go to far in these threads and just end up with thinly veiled gleefully passive aggressive stabs at other board members; stabs that sometimes aren't accurate or deserved.
by JLee
October 4th, 2017, 12:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine List from Ernie's in 1968
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Wine List from Ernie's in 1968

I love links like this. Interesting excerpt from the list:
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by JLee
September 5th, 2017, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Oregon Pinot
Replies: 33
Views: 2787

2015 Oregon Pinot

I've also found the vintage to be unusually ripe to my taste.
by JLee
August 23rd, 2017, 9:37 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Vegas for an almost rookie
Replies: 58
Views: 1883

Vegas for an almost rookie

Cosmopolitan has good dining choices. Zuma (Japanese-ish) is a reasonably good choice and had some good wine selections, including by the glass JJ Prum 15 Graacher Kab or Krug MV. I wouldn't have called the pricing reasonable but it was not exorbitant by Vegas standards. Scarpetta also has good food...
by JLee
August 1st, 2017, 11:30 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Orcas Island, WA
Replies: 8
Views: 665

Orcas Island, WA

Cole Sisson wrote:Please do come visit. We will receive you with open arms beginning August 7th. Fun will be had.

Cole
Doe Bay Wine Company
This is a wine shop? We will check it out on our next visit.
by JLee
July 25th, 2017, 10:16 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Orcas Island, WA
Replies: 8
Views: 665

Orcas Island, WA

Lunch seems like not a bad plan, it's nice to sit by the windows and the food isn't awful I just wouldn't go in with high expectations. I would also add if you're going by ferry you may want to check when you have to arrive for the ferry and make sure you have reservations. One of them is down throu...
by JLee
July 24th, 2017, 8:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Orcas Island, WA
Replies: 8
Views: 665

Orcas Island, WA

Hi Glenn, I was just here a few weeks ago. New Leaf cafe has very good food, including a great breakfast, and a nice view. Rose's cafe, which is very close to New Leaf, also has good food and has a retail shop attached that has a small but surprisingly good wine selection. Brown bear bakery is a ver...
by JLee
July 24th, 2017, 4:15 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Your NYC Reccommendations!
Replies: 17
Views: 1010

Your NYC Reccommendations!

I saw your x-post on the epicurean forum. Some of the places you have selected are pretty far from each other. Traveling in NY can be time consuming and tedious, especially if you are from out of town, so I would consider distance. I think Jay made some good suggestions. Marea is a good spot for lun...
by JLee
July 24th, 2017, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wait! Another Acker legendary cellar auction (Wolfgang Grunewald
Replies: 23
Views: 2741

Wait! Another Acker legendary cellar auction (Wolfgang Grunewald

I thought I would bump this thread, as Mr. Cornwell mentioned that a lot had to be withdrawn from the auction for being an obvious fake: http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=142156&start=50 . If I recall correctly, the lots were priced as if they had perfect provenance or close to...
by JLee
May 27th, 2017, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jadot is as good as ever.
Replies: 48
Views: 3045

Jadot is as good as ever.

I've had good and bad bottles. I've never found it to outperform or match top producers, but the wines generally aren't priced as if they should.
by JLee
May 2nd, 2017, 4:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Our big pizza adventure in Brooklyn
Replies: 31
Views: 2108

Our big pizza adventure in Brooklyn

alan weinberg wrote:
John Morris wrote:
JLee wrote:I'm a huge fan of Frannie's.
Have you had your hearing tested recently?
What?
Eh?
by JLee
April 30th, 2017, 10:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Our big pizza adventure in Brooklyn
Replies: 31
Views: 2108

Our big pizza adventure in Brooklyn

That sounds like a lot of fun. I'm a huge fan of Frannie's. I've only been to DiFara twice and thought, while good, it didn't live up to its exalted status; that said I admit the pizza there is not my preferred style.
by JLee
April 30th, 2017, 1:57 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Have you dealt with LJ McLeod? (Mod edit)
Replies: 101
Views: 9192

Have you dealt with LJ McLeod? (Mod edit)

He also posted the ad the day after he registered. Maybe there should be a longer wait time before being able to post on CC.
by JLee
April 25th, 2017, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponsot and ripeness
Replies: 29
Views: 1995

Ponsot and ripeness

stopped buying Ponsot when he switched to his unproven plastic closures. Curious about this. Anyone else feel the same? Do you feel the same about DIAM? As I understand it he switched after a grand tasting where there was severe bottle variation. The technology is interesting for sure and has been ...
by JLee
April 17th, 2017, 10:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Seafood and worms.
Replies: 96
Views: 4677

Seafood and worms.

I've never seen worms before but I haven't been taking a close look. Thought most fish was frozen first- in New York raw fish must be frozen before serving. Freezing supposedly kills parasites but could be left with a dead worm. I couldn't abandon fish myself. For me it's by far the most preferable ...
by JLee
March 20th, 2017, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weekend of Pernot and Dujac
Replies: 7
Views: 987

Weekend of Pernot and Dujac

Great notes, Jim. I've found 2007 to be the best drinking recent white burgundy vintage for my palate and I also find 2004 red burgundy to be better than its reputation.

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