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by Paul R.
August 6th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine cellar question
Replies: 14
Views: 846

Re: Building a wine cellar question

Not sure how much space you have but you would be surprised at how cheaply you can blow closed cell foam in a space, install a cooling unit and put in racks. I had a framed-out room in my basement and made those alterations for less than $4k and now have 2000+ bottles in it.
by Paul R.
July 29th, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Palate sensitivity over time...
Replies: 22
Views: 794

Re: Palate sensitivity over time...

Heat damage is another big one many people never get. When I first got started tasting wine and was not terribly savvy about buying off the shelf, I had a number of older Bordeaux I liked that were heat damaged. I did not know it at the time because I had no tasting experience with older wines. The...
by Paul R.
July 23rd, 2020, 6:58 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB: 5/6 Liter Bordeaux for 40th
Replies: 13
Views: 588

Re: WTB: 5/6 Liter Bordeaux for 40th

Thank you all for the suggestions, I have purchased from Millesima and JJ Buckley in the past and have been monitoring their wines although I don't have confidence that pre-arrival wines will be here in time. I have not had luck with the 80s Bordeaux that I have tried although they have been 750s. I...
by Paul R.
July 22nd, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB: 5/6 Liter Bordeaux for 40th
Replies: 13
Views: 588

WTB: 5/6 Liter Bordeaux for 40th

Looking for a bottle for an unplanned 40th in November. Probably 5 to 6 liter but two 3's or maybe even a 9L. Friends like wine but I am definitely the only one on WB and I typically am the person to introduce them to old world wines (I am looking for traditional style over modern). I would like som...
by Paul R.
June 4th, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: recorked bottle - how long?
Replies: 11
Views: 518

Re: recorked bottle - how long?

I don't know the wine but if in the fridge or cellar, at least three or four days, maybe a week.
by Paul R.
June 3rd, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 230
Views: 9911

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

I buy five cases of year of Tempier, two of the classique, one mix of the special cuvees, and two of the rose.
by Paul R.
April 28th, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?
Replies: 54
Views: 2077

Re: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?

Liquor, mainly whiskies, and sealed boxes of cigars that don't fit in the humidors.
by Paul R.
April 24th, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WHOA! TN: 2017 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 16
Views: 991

Re: WHOA! TN: 2017 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

Has anyone had one of the Alesia '17 Chardonnays (or the pinots) yet. I received them last week so haven't tried. Thanks.
by Paul R.
April 24th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Am I Buying Wine?
Replies: 42
Views: 2564

Re: Why Am I Buying Wine?

Ian S wrote:
April 23rd, 2020, 8:48 pm
David Kubiak wrote:
April 23rd, 2020, 7:45 pm
Why Am I Buying Wine?
Dopamine. You're addicted to the feeling of buying wine. Stop collecting wine, and you'll find something else to fill the void and release that wonderful dopamine.
+1
by Paul R.
April 8th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antique Decanter and/or Champagne Saber
Replies: 19
Views: 770

Re: Antique Decanter and/or Champagne Saber

Great idea on the wine cooler, I bought her a brass one last year!
by Paul R.
April 8th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antique Decanter and/or Champagne Saber
Replies: 19
Views: 770

Re: Antique Decanter and/or Champagne Saber

Given that her birthday is on Monday, I went for the easy laguiole en aubrac saber as it would arrive in time. You are right, can be done with a butter knife, actually seen it done with the base of a wine glass, but I needed something for her to open while we/she finds the right decanter. I started ...
by Paul R.
April 7th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antique Decanter and/or Champagne Saber
Replies: 19
Views: 770

Re: Antique Decanter and/or Champagne Saber

This is all very helpful, thank you!
by Paul R.
April 6th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antique Decanter and/or Champagne Saber
Replies: 19
Views: 770

Re: Antique Decanter and/or Champagne Saber

I checked with rare wine co and they only had one reproduction. If I were to look on eBay, what should I look for? I am thinking something in $500 range. Thanks.
by Paul R.
April 6th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antique Decanter and/or Champagne Saber
Replies: 19
Views: 770

Antique Decanter and/or Champagne Saber

Not sure this is the right spot for this question but my wife gave me those ideas for her birthday and I generally like something special and antique as opposed to buying off Williams Sonoma or an equivalent. Anyone have any ideas on where to look? I looked on ebay, seems like you would run higher r...
by Paul R.
March 4th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Revisiting 1990 Bordeaux
Replies: 26
Views: 1869

Re: Revisiting 1990 Bordeaux

For what it is worth, we did a tasting at PB two years ago where we purchased bottles of '90, '10 and '15 along with Griffons and their other more modern style wine and took the bottles with us after the tasting. The '90 was good but a brute the first day, better the second and outstanding the third...
by Paul R.
February 26th, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 beaucastel
Replies: 22
Views: 1533

Re: 2017 beaucastel

Thank you for the note. FYI, while I couldn't get the $100 off $300 to work on the 750's even though they end in .99, it does work on the 375's at 41.99 on Wine.com. $32 per 375 including tax and shipping is a good/great price.
by Paul R.
January 30th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Burgundy?
Replies: 87
Views: 4848

Re: QPR Burgundy?

I am still new to the Burgundy game but have tried to focus on it in the last year. I agree with Barthod, Hudelot and Guillemard. AF Gros Bourgogne would be another. I agree and prefer older burgundy but would certainly want to spend time getting comfortable on where it came from and how that wine w...
by Paul R.
January 27th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Balanced Wine Selections BD11
Replies: 10
Views: 1241

Re: Balanced Wine Selections 40% OFF ALL WINES for BD11

Thanks for the offer, bought a case of mixed burgundy.
by Paul R.
January 23rd, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?
Replies: 40
Views: 3164

Re: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?

Doesn't look like they are selling out now, the '16 is on JJBuckley. I liked the QPR on the CVR prior to the '14s and then they seemed to get more fruit/oak forward. I skipped '15 as a result and bought '16 to try, same thing, but more expensive with a fancier bottle. Made me nervous that they are g...
by Paul R.
January 9th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere
Replies: 26
Views: 1896

Re: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere

Thanks. They have gone up a lot in the last couple of years like everything else. For the Domaine MSD and CM, I think I paid $70 for the '14s and $75/80 for the '15s. The '16s were $90 and '17s were $100. I am buying this year but starting to rethink future purchases. Thoughts?
by Paul R.
January 9th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere
Replies: 26
Views: 1896

Re: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere

Thanks to all, very helpful.
by Paul R.
January 9th, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere
Replies: 26
Views: 1896

Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere

I have an offer to buy some Chambolle and Morey and the Domaine Dujac is 25% more expensive than the F&P. I have some experience with these wines but not enough side by side to decide whether DD is worth 25% more. I suspect not, but wanted to ask as I am sure there are plenty here with lots of exper...
by Paul R.
December 11th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tempier 2017 'Pour Lulu'
Replies: 8
Views: 893

Re: TN: Tempier 2017 'Pour Lulu'

I haven't tasted the '17 yet but I do buy a decent amount of Tempier and it doesn't surprise me that it isn't accessible yet. While the '12s and '14s are drinking very well now, the '15 is only just starting to settle down and the '16 almost sounds like bubbly when you take the cork out. I have only...
by Paul R.
November 21st, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 446
Views: 36986

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

I did pay the $50 to join the year of free shipping which paid for itself with the two orders. Their pricing is generally prohibitive so these are my first purchases from them but I figured the free shipping is a call option if/when they issue another great coupon.
by Paul R.
August 14th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1587

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

Agree, cab blend or chenin.

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance is a very good sweet wine.
by Paul R.
August 14th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1587

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

+1 on Vergelegen, V is not cheap but a fantastic wine. Also, Thelema, the Rabelais, is fantastic and $50 if you can find it. De Trafford 393 also good, De Toren Fusion V (last vintage was a little oaky, others haven't been as bad). I have had the syrahs and they are good but I still think I like Rho...
by Paul R.
August 2nd, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Tips for Drinking/Decanting '79 Bordeaux
Replies: 7
Views: 3331

Re: Tips for Drinking/Decanting '79 Bordeaux

Depends on how sensitive you are to sediment, but if you are standing up for several weeks, I would consider just opening mid day and let it breathe. I generally taste and if it is tight, I leave the cork off. You could also take it out of the cellar and let it slowly warm up to drinking temperature...
by Paul R.
July 19th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Sold
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Re: WTB: Pappy 10 or 15

Thanks to all, I found a bottle.
by Paul R.
July 19th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Sold
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Re: WTB: Pappy 10 or 15

Thanks, I actually like the 10 but it isn't for me. I have a lot of the W12 as I have been buying for years, but this guy wants Pappy/ORVW for his retirement party.
by Paul R.
July 18th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?
Replies: 32
Views: 2255

Re: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?

I think it can also be vintage dependent. The '17 is so delicious now I am having trouble leaving some behind but will. '15 and '16 were easier to put away for future consumption.
by Paul R.
July 18th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Sold
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Sold

A friend's father-in-law is retiring and looking for a bottle. He knows it won't be cheap. PM me if you are interested in selling a bottle of either. Thanks.
by Paul R.
July 17th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montalcino Winery Recommendations - Honeymoon!
Replies: 22
Views: 1473

Re: Montalcino Winery Recommendations - Honeymoon!

+1 on NostraVita
by Paul R.
July 12th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options
Replies: 8
Views: 3016

Re: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options

So, we had a great time at Rimessa. When I booked, I asked for a focus on Italy but said I was unsure on which level and they said we could decide when we got there. When we arrived, the somm was so excited about the tasting. She had spent a decent part of the afternoon coming up with the list so I ...
by Paul R.
July 12th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux Wine Travel - Henri Challeau
Replies: 11
Views: 1255

Re: Bordeaux Wine Tours - Henri Challeau

I agree with all of your comments. We toured with Henri last year for two days. I would HIGHLY recommend him.
by Paul R.
June 18th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options
Replies: 8
Views: 3016

Re: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options

Thanks to both.

Tim, I will take a look at both restaurants. Out of curiosity, why would you not do an extensive tasting outside of your home?
by Paul R.
June 18th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options
Replies: 8
Views: 3016

Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options

I came across Roscioli multiple times when looking for restaurants but they are booked and the website suggested their wine bar. They offer a number of wine/food pairing options but had a Taste the Legends option at the bottom. Has anyone done it? The three options are below. The first is Italian fo...
by Paul R.
May 24th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bandol (rouge) drinking windows
Replies: 15
Views: 1915

Re: Bandol (rouge) drinking windows

Most familiar with Tempier. I drink them young with a lot of air, they decant well, and then hold onto at least a six pack each vintage to age. Agree, special cuvees need at least 10 years to start checking in on them. I feel like grenache-based wines (eg CDP) go through more of a dumb phase in the ...
by Paul R.
May 15th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 80
Views: 3437

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

Triennes, Seysses/Villaine project. St. Auguste is $15-16.
by Paul R.
May 13th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 2361

Re: Coq au vin

We don't buy cooking wine or wine that we wouldn't drink. We do, however, use the occasional flawed bottle to cook with and have never had a problem. I think I would rather cook with a fine wine that is oxidized/corked than poorly made swill.
by Paul R.
May 8th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Rose
Replies: 52
Views: 2494

Re: 2018 Rose

for me it is Baudry Chinon Rose Triennes Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rose (pinot rose) Fonstainte Gris de Gris Corbieres Rose Tempier current vintage is the 2017 the 2018 should release in June or later added a few Lopez de Heridia Viña Tondonia Rose 2009 current vintage to the cellar today. A great li...
by Paul R.
March 7th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clever marketing at Pontet Canet
Replies: 17
Views: 1847

Re: Clever marketing at Pontet Canet

$775 on JJ Buckley. Arrives this winter.
by Paul R.
March 6th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 14620

Re: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

38, married, no kids. I don't talk about totals as it reinforces that I have a problem. 16 years ago, started to learn about and appreciate wine. Never really accumulated more than a case or two but drank wine regularly, had friends in the business, would start to think about wine country when we lo...
by Paul R.
March 6th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting Tempier's 2016 Reds
Replies: 11
Views: 1100

Re: TN: Tasting Tempier's 2016 Reds

While I have had a number of vintages over the years, only in the last 3 years have I made a concerted effort to buy in bulk. I have bought a decent amount of '12s, '14s and '15s. Haven't seen the '16s offered yet from my lowest cost provider. They are all different but agree with very good to outst...
by Paul R.
March 4th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Argentina Wines to Try Before You Die
Replies: 36
Views: 2762

Re: Argentina Wines to Try Before You Die

Achaval Ferrer and Catena Zapata (the top end tour was well worth it) were our favorites although we enjoyed most of the wine we had both on tours and at restaurants. Didn't drink there but found CARO (Catena-Rothschild project) in the states and have really enjoyed it. We have been to Mendoza twice...
by Paul R.
March 4th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?
Replies: 57
Views: 2688

Re: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?

We take wine often and it is always open, I generally open in the morning, whether I DD before dinner depends on the wine. One time I had a server say that it was against the law and then brought over a manager who, after talking it through and the manager deciding that I wasn't from the ABC board, ...
by Paul R.
February 6th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does uncorking alone really let wine breathe ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1075

Re: Does uncorking alone really let wine breathe ?

To each his own, but if I am thinking about it I open our dinner wine before I go to work in the morning and let it sit upright in the cellar. I have found that it helps older wines and never had one fall apart as a result. I have also found that it helps younger wines as well, particularly CA pinot...

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