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by Collin Dahl
January 9th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary V. Again.
Replies: 74
Views: 7420

Re: Gary V. Again.

Every once in a while, I give a wine the old sniffy sniff. Makes my wife roll her eyes, so I'll keep doing it. For old times' sake.
by Collin Dahl
December 21st, 2018, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?
Replies: 105
Views: 3545

Re: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?

But you originally sourced two...how was the other one, of those original two?
by Collin Dahl
December 21st, 2018, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?
Replies: 105
Views: 3545

Re: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?

Retailer. Full stop.

I'm curious to know how much you enjoyed the second bottle? (Or, if the WOTY candidate was the second bottle, then the first bottle.)
by Collin Dahl
December 14th, 2018, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Stupid Storage Question - Room Temperature
Replies: 48
Views: 1720

Re: Another Stupid Storage Question - Room Temperature

I smell an office-furnishing purchase coming before year end.
by Collin Dahl
December 13th, 2018, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.
Replies: 57
Views: 3983

Re: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.

I went in big on Cru Bourgeois 2000 Bordeaux futures and I still have a few cases that I am saving for the 20 year mark, but every time I read CT notes on old Bordeaux, many of them say "tired and over the hill" or "DOA." What say you? I say crack one, and report back. You're uniquely situated to a...
by Collin Dahl
December 8th, 2018, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me
Replies: 75
Views: 3984

Re: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me

Probably just wanted to know if I had the bona fides to recognize a profound wine if I encountered one. Maybe. But I bet he was taking the most efficient route to a recommendation. "What else have you liked?" and "What price point do you want to hit?" are two key questions to ask when someone has a...
by Collin Dahl
November 30th, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 2608

Re: "Babykilling" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed

Fred Bower wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 12:05 pm

If you do this a few more times, we can call it Frenching!

This wins. Multiple meanings.
"I Frenched a '15 Sassicaia to see what all the fuss was about."

I like it.
by Collin Dahl
November 23rd, 2018, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pick a champagne
Replies: 16
Views: 776

Re: Pick a champagne

Can you flesh out the menu expectations a bit?
by Collin Dahl
November 17th, 2018, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chest freezer experiment begins.
Replies: 32
Views: 4092

Re: Chest freezer experiment begins.

The two most common objections I've heard in regard to converting a refrigerator are humidity and vibration. I see the approaches to humidity, above. Is vibration less of a concern with a chest freezer (for some reason that isn't immediately apparent)?
by Collin Dahl
November 14th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 8230

Re: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018

They still have to squeeze in a Bordeaux and Sassicaia (which is my guess for #1).
by Collin Dahl
November 13th, 2018, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee
Replies: 82
Views: 4226

Re: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee

Oh, don't worry. There'll be way more than 20 people bowing out. neener Is there a risk to practicing lawyers for doing something like this? or just because its unpaid legal time and research? I was making an easy joke on phrasing. Honestly, the line for bowing out starts right behind me. No reflec...
by Collin Dahl
November 13th, 2018, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee
Replies: 82
Views: 4226

Re: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee

Jim Brennan wrote:
November 13th, 2018, 2:52 pm
Half this forum are lawyers. For shame if we can't get at least 20 people bowing out!
Oh, don't worry. There'll be way more than 20 people bowing out.

neener
by Collin Dahl
November 11th, 2018, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Best to Prove Provenance for Resell?
Replies: 6
Views: 539

Re: How Best to Prove Provenance for Resell?

European or U.S. wines, generally speaking? And if U.S., mailing list or retail purchases?
by Collin Dahl
November 9th, 2018, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau de Meursault
Replies: 10
Views: 468

Re: Chateau de Meursault

2013 was the first vintage under new ownership.
by Collin Dahl
October 31st, 2018, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A case of NV Champagne Brut
Replies: 27
Views: 1270

Re: A case of NV Champagne Brut

For your stated purpose, I'd get one of each, and extras of the Pol Roger, L-P, Henriot and/or Roederer. I'd also let my extras be swayed by the owner's opinion, if you trust it (and I hope you do, since this is your favorite wine shop). All of them are fine for family and holiday guests, and you'll...
by Collin Dahl
October 21st, 2018, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Billecart-Salmon Cuvee 200?
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Re: Billecart-Salmon Cuvee 200?

Thanks for that input. I appreciate it.
by Collin Dahl
October 20th, 2018, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Billecart-Salmon Cuvee 200?
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Billecart-Salmon Cuvee 200?

Billecart's 200th anniversary bottling, Cuvee 200...anyone had it? If so, do you have a thought on what you would do with a bottle? Based on descriptions of what they've put together, it sounds like it is built to age, but, there's not a lot of solid commentary out there. Is this one to tuck away fo...
by Collin Dahl
October 20th, 2018, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 17618

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

Dear Somm's & fellow Wine Knerds, A member of the Board, the very same governing body that has made this decision, sent an email to a few select candidates the morning of the tasting portion of the exam with the subject line “heads up,” releasing the initials of two varietals in the flight. The Boa...
by Collin Dahl
October 7th, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Suggestions for a Very Specific Venue
Replies: 74
Views: 2447

Re: Wine Suggestions for a Very Specific Venue

What about the Heitz Chard? I haven't had one in a while so I can only recommend it for meeting the stated requirements.
by Collin Dahl
October 5th, 2018, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the proper response when a vendor yanks you around?
Replies: 61
Views: 3152

Re: What's the proper response when a vendor yanks you around?

Well, you've outed the store, so...what was the wine?

Enquiring minds want to know...
by Collin Dahl
June 7th, 2018, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What unusual wines/regions do you love?
Replies: 127
Views: 6208

What unusual wines/regions do you love?

I doubt it's "unusual" enough for Otto ;) , but I do love Scheurebe. Used to only like the spatlese/auslese versions, but in recent years the trockens have started to hit the spot for me. :D Well, barely. But I guess you could call them unusual enough - after all, you really don't find them much ou...
by Collin Dahl
May 30th, 2018, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can you help me put these wines in Flight order
Replies: 10
Views: 742

Can you help me put these wines in Flight order

I agree with the general split that's appearing above, but the menu is in play here, too. https://northsquareny.com/2015/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Spring-2018.pdf Are you having them build something that fits your wine choices? Some of the pairings might end up being magical, but they aren't exactl...
by Collin Dahl
May 13th, 2018, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Pros/Cons of becoming a distributor
Replies: 20
Views: 2471

Pros/Cons of becoming a distributor

I'm not sure from the original question if this is intended to be a full-time, put-food-on-the-table endeavor, or more of a "hobby" venture. I think knowing the answer to that would help to focus the advice (though, if the answer is the former, then the advice given above is already pretty strong).
by Collin Dahl
May 3rd, 2018, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Dolcettos and a couple ringers. Yum, yum!
Replies: 29
Views: 1210

TN: 2016 Dolcettos and a couple ringers. Yum, yum!

The Giacosa is going to be worth a try (assuming it is the base bottling, which is the only one I have any real familiarity with), but it is going to be different than a Dogliani. Einaudi's base Dogliani is another nice introduction to Dogliani in general, at a nice price. 90% certain it is no-oak, ...
by Collin Dahl
May 1st, 2018, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Etna Biancos...(short/boring)
Replies: 17
Views: 931

TN: Two Etna Biancos...(short/boring)

Valenti's Enrico IV bottling is also worth trying. It's 100% carricante, from higher elevations. They're a young operation with some really young vines, so I suspect that they'll get better and better over time. Here in the Midwest it is low- to mid-twenties, so it might be $20 or under on the coast...
by Collin Dahl
May 1st, 2018, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DRC: Do I Gamble?
Replies: 73
Views: 4767

DRC: Do I Gamble?

Bottles look to be behind glass, causing the deceptive reflections.

If this was a poll, I'd vote Echezeaux.
by Collin Dahl
April 26th, 2018, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 22
Views: 1398

TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

I don't know about all localities, but in our state, LdH is often available in 375, 750 and magnums, and this is a better example than many where having some of each is a nice spot to be in. (Admittedly, not everything is available in every given size at any given time, but our importer loves LdH, s...
by Collin Dahl
April 26th, 2018, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Laube versus Suckling — do their scores relate to wine price?
Replies: 17
Views: 1221

Laube versus Suckling — do their scores relate to wine price?

I was at a trade tasting last year, and one of the presenters had a piece of copy paper in a poly sleeve saying: James Suckling 90 points I asked, (with good humor, I thought) "was it flawed?" It was immediately apparent that the presenter had no suspicion of Suckling's scores. I demurred, saying, "...
by Collin Dahl
April 17th, 2018, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Foradori - Teroldego (Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT)
Replies: 11
Views: 418

TN: 2014 Foradori - Teroldego (Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT)

That's not typical, at all (at least in my experience). I haven't had a '14 in many months but the few I had were all solid. I opened a '15 two weeks ago and I'd say it was better than the '14s at this point.
by Collin Dahl
April 17th, 2018, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Stuck at retailer
Replies: 42
Views: 2770

Wine Stuck at retailer

Probably the attorney general? Maybe your department of revenue?
by Collin Dahl
April 17th, 2018, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me organize this blind tasting
Replies: 22
Views: 875

Help me organize this blind tasting

I agree that it would be nice to have one option outside of California. Oregon and New York might be possibles. Based on your location, pretty much everything should be available in your neck of the woods.

I've been told to try Virginia sparklers, too, but one hasn't come my way yet.
by Collin Dahl
April 17th, 2018, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a 2015 for the long haul
Replies: 55
Views: 2275

Need a 2015 for the long haul

The high-dollar ground has been staked out already, so I'll flesh it out a bit. Port has a place for this purpose, and while 2015 is not a "vintage of the century" by any means, you could do worse than adding in a few Taylor Vargellas or Fonseca Guimaraens to your mix. Ridge Geyserville has the anni...
by Collin Dahl
April 17th, 2018, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me organize this blind tasting
Replies: 22
Views: 875

Help me organize this blind tasting

Lots of good ideas. (Going against Berserker tradition, I'm going to resist the urge to revisit your selections.) Since two-thirds of your participants aren't wine people, I get the idea of making it fun, first, and educational by accident. People aren't going to be spitting. By the fifth flight, it...
by Collin Dahl
March 22nd, 2018, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for Italian Wines
Replies: 35
Views: 1446

Suggestions for Italian Wines

If you have a local wine shop with a reasonable selection of Italian wines, and some level of trust with them, I'd tell them what you like and ask for a mixed case from all over Italy. You could challenge them with a budget of $200, or free them up somewhat at $300. One thing about Italy is that the...
by Collin Dahl
March 19th, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for an under-$50 Cal cab tasting?
Replies: 79
Views: 3525

Suggestions for an under-$50 Cal cab tasting?

Is not Mountain Cuvee a blend that doesn't fit here?

I'd vote for Honig and Smith Madrone, myself.
by Collin Dahl
March 14th, 2018, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideas for Sauvigon Blanc tasting?
Replies: 50
Views: 1617

Ideas for Sauvigon Blanc tasting?

If this is intended to be a fun learning experience for people who are interested in wine but might not have a lot of experience, then how about French, California, New Zealand and Northern Italy/Slovenia examples? Then people can decide what they like and don't like. There will be (should be...coul...
by Collin Dahl
March 14th, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Gen del Alma - "Otra Piel" (Argentina, Mendoza, Valle de Uco, Gualtallary)
Replies: 4
Views: 113

TN: 2014 Gen del Alma - "Otra Piel" (Argentina, Mendoza, Valle de Uco, Gualtallary)

The two JiJiJi bottlings get the buzz, but the Gene is my preference, too. Half malbec, and cab franc, cab sauv and merlot round it out. I don't think you'd guess it is half malbec if you didn't know it. Good berry and cherry fruit, and some dried herbs. Very soft mouthfeel, nice minerality, nicely ...
by Collin Dahl
March 14th, 2018, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Anyone accept/purchase a 'Pointy' device?
Replies: 1
Views: 621

Anyone accept/purchase a 'Pointy' device?

Apparently a startup company, Pointy, is targeting independent wine shops and liquor stores as one of their desired markets. I hadn't heard of them before they approached me. As near as I can tell, they hook a device into your POS system and then, having learned your inventory items, get you into Go...
by Collin Dahl
February 11th, 2018, 6:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Veleta tuna cans
Replies: 12
Views: 947

Veleta tuna cans

The tuna, sardines and oil are all go-to products for us. They're in the mix with products that are often quite a bit more expensive.
by Collin Dahl
January 30th, 2018, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite 1990 Bordeaux?
Replies: 39
Views: 3350

Favorite 1990 Bordeaux?

You've no doubt realized that this isn't a once-and-done event. Your birth-year Bordeaux options will be with you for many years. When you find good provenance and the opportunity to lay down four, eight, twelve bottles, take it. You'll never regret it. Unless money is no object, not every birthday ...
by Collin Dahl
April 15th, 2017, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine Tempier Rose
Replies: 6
Views: 594

TN: 2012 Domaine Tempier Rose

I'm stealing 'half magnum' for later use.

Anyway, I'm not clear if you are just surprised that the coravin held the half-full bottle for so long, or that you are thinking that the wine was getting old at five years. Tempier can go for many, many years.
by Collin Dahl
April 7th, 2017, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recs for Prosecco for sparkling wine cocktails?
Replies: 21
Views: 899

Recs for Prosecco for sparkling wine cocktails?

The DOCG rules require a traditional closure, and Bisson Glera uses a crown cap closure, so it can't say Valdobbiadene, even though that's where it starts.
by Collin Dahl
April 7th, 2017, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recs for Prosecco for sparkling wine cocktails?
Replies: 21
Views: 899

Recs for Prosecco for sparkling wine cocktails?

Campari is great. The alcohol content is rather higher than Aperol, which can be a bug or a feature, depending on your needs/wants. Aperol comes in at 11%, or right around the prosecco, while Campari is 28%. It's not a huge difference, but if you are going to sit on the terrace drinking spritzes all...
by Collin Dahl
April 6th, 2017, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recs for Prosecco for sparkling wine cocktails?
Replies: 21
Views: 899

Recs for Prosecco for sparkling wine cocktails?

The Canella 200ml bottles are good pantry staples. One bottle will be good for two smaller aperitifs, or a good-sized spritz. It is DOCG (Valdobbiadene) and drinkable on its own, if the need arises. Though on a cost-per-ounce basis, you might just decide to open a larger bottle. I'd use more than a ...
by Collin Dahl
February 24th, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tempier, Pradeaux and five other Bandol producers nipping at their heels
Replies: 27
Views: 2049

TN: Tempier, Pradeaux and five other Bandol producers nipping at their heels

Regarding pricing, 2012 Terrebrune is available in the mid- to high-$30's out here in flyover land.

For comparison purposes, 2014 Tempier is around $42-44.

[In case anyone is worried about it, I do not ship, so those are not offers to sell.]
by Collin Dahl
May 18th, 2016, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Etna Reds (What's worth buying?)
Replies: 33
Views: 2510

2014 Etna Reds (What's worth buying?)

The base Terre Nere offering is nice, and nicely priced. It should be widely available.
by Collin Dahl
May 17th, 2016, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Specific Insurance. What are you paying?
Replies: 44
Views: 2097

Wine Specific Insurance. What are you paying?

It is an intangible, but Chubb is great to deal with if you are in the unfortunate position where you have to make a claim. I can't speak to dealing with AIG (though I think I did help bail them out once...maybe that would count for something?).
by Collin Dahl
May 5th, 2016, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with clam pizza ala pepe's?
Replies: 50
Views: 1889

What to pair with clam pizza ala pepe's?

Ya know, bubbles do come in 375s...
by Collin Dahl
April 29th, 2016, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spumante - how long does it last
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Spumante - how long does it last

Piccini 1882 is 75% Glera 25% Chardonnay (to save others from looking). You're probably pushing the window, but the deed is done, so now the best thing you can do is keep them away from heat, light and vibration, and hope for the best. I'd open one six weeks before the big day and see if it held up....
by Collin Dahl
April 25th, 2016, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Built-In Wine Cooler or a Freestanding Wine Cooler
Replies: 17
Views: 893

Built-In Wine Cooler or a Freestanding Wine Cooler

There's nothing wrong with having a small, convenient right now unit, and then a larger unit for your longer-term storage. Basement, perhaps? Garages can work, but it needs some additional planning.

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