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by Josh Grossman
June 25th, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Italy Recos - Off the Beaten Path
Replies: 10
Views: 1001

Re: Italy Recos - Off the Beaten Path

Bump. Heading to Italy for two weeks this summer. First week is in Tuscany and staying in Greve in Chianti and second week is in Amalfi. Right now on wine, I'm looking at Felsina, Caffagio, Avigonesi, Poggio Salvi, and Antinori (mostly for the architecture). Have Enoteca Falorni on the list already...
by Josh Grossman
June 20th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Toronto Restaurants
Replies: 19
Views: 680

Re: Toronto Restaurants

That would be my suggestion. If you want something a little off the wall, Patois is Jamaican-Chinese, and super yummy though anyone over 40 would stick out there. For dim sum, I'm not an afficiando, but agree with Chris, Asian Legend is great. Lai Wai Heen is high end dim sum with European service ...
by Josh Grossman
June 19th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 117
Views: 4837

Re: Top US Syrahs

The top rated in my cellar are: Riverain Syrah Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Exposition Three Weill Vineyard Sonoma Valley Copain Syrah Brosseau Vineyard Chalone Dunham Cellars Syrah Artist Series Lewis Vineyard Columbia Valley Donelan Syrah Walker Vine Hill Russian River Valley...
by Josh Grossman
June 19th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10524
Views: 345823

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Leaving for a few days in Toronto to fly to Italy (week in Tuscany and a week in Amalfi) in the morning. Thought I'd drink some Italian to pack. 2007 Grifalco Aglianico del Vulture Bosco Del Falco: Nose of chocolate and raspberry cordial; almost port like. There are some conifers and raisins in ther...
by Josh Grossman
June 14th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1078

Re: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale

Anyone have any feedback on any of the available champagne? I like Laherte Freres and the Lanson Noble Cuvee Brut Champagne 2002. The prices didn't seem that great though--even with 15% off. Super helpful, thanks! I haven't had the 2007 Comtes yet but the 2006 is a favorite of nearly everyone. The ...
by Josh Grossman
June 14th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1078

Re: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale

AD Northup wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Anyone have any feedback on any of the available champagne?
I like Laherte Freres and the Lanson Noble Cuvee Brut Champagne 2002. The prices didn't seem that great though--even with 15% off.
by Josh Grossman
June 13th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11119
Views: 497230

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1997 Parusso Barolo Mariondino
2001 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
2017 Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Narbantons
2017 Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Peuillets
2017 Rudolf Fürst Bürgstadter Berg Spätburgunder Erste Lage
by Josh Grossman
June 12th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 69
Views: 2604

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

Just ordered some wines from today's Force Majeure release. Jeb Dunnuck is a big fan hence the scores-been a fan too for the last 4 vintages. If he's handing out these scores to First and Super 2nd Growths in Bordeaux AND in Washington, perhaps the Yakima AVA does produce wines that rival Bordeaux?...
by Josh Grossman
June 11th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Costco Alert: Jamon Serrano
Replies: 10
Views: 578

Re: Costco Alert: Jamon Serrano

Got one before Christmas and most of it is stlll in my freezer. Does it freeze well? I cut it off the bone and vacuum sealed it in a few bags. Seems fine but I'm not trying to make fine shavings from it. I've tried an extensive amount of Country Hams--but this was my first experience with buying a ...
by Josh Grossman
June 11th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Costco Alert: Jamon Serrano
Replies: 10
Views: 578

Re: Costco Alert: Jamon Serrano

Got one before Christmas and most of it is stlll in my freezer.
by Josh Grossman
June 11th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: 50th Birthday Whiskey Suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 617

Re: 50th Birthday Whiskey Suggestions

Alan Eden wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 6:44 pm
The 4R alone is $400 + tax
Well under the $500 budget.
by Josh Grossman
June 10th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: 50th Birthday Whiskey Suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 617

Re: 50th Birthday Whiskey Suggestions

Hello all, I am looking to my 50th birthday in about 18 months. Saving a few dollars to over indulge with some great whiskies for a party with family and friends. Any unique suggestions, budget being up to $500? Thanks, MG Since you spelled it with an 'e' and not whisky--I assume you are not lookin...
by Josh Grossman
June 10th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 1741

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

beer, Negra Modelo then some nice Pedro Ximénez after dinner?
by Josh Grossman
June 10th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets
Replies: 33
Views: 1667

Re: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets

I've been fancying these:
by Josh Grossman
June 9th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1759

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

It is interesting that is near where Vitis vinifera was first domesticated. Botany of Desire's chapter on apples and Kazakhstan makes me wonder if somewhere in Georgia is the same for grapes? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitis_vinifera Changes in pip (seed) shape (narrower in domesticated forms) an...
by Josh Grossman
June 8th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1512
Views: 75628

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Greg sent out a pre-arrival offer this morning for 2014 Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Special Club Magnums with a link to the new website for ordering. Easy as can be and I assume this is going to be the vehicle for placing orders going forward. I'm hoping that shipping costs stay the same. Ad...
by Josh Grossman
June 8th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1512
Views: 75628

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Greg sent out a pre-arrival offer this morning for 2014 Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Special Club Magnums with a link to the new website for ordering. Easy as can be and I assume this is going to be the vehicle for placing orders going forward. I'm hoping that shipping costs stay the same. Ad...
by Josh Grossman
June 7th, 2019, 10:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Copper River - Incoming
Replies: 224
Views: 12385

Re: Copper River - Incoming

J. Rock wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Maybe I haven't had it prepared especially well, but I don't see how CR salmon is worth the premium compared to the normal King Salmon I get.
Is the 'normal' you get farm raised?
by Josh Grossman
June 7th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 103
Views: 4236

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Nope. Frank Prial. https://www.nytimes.com/1987/01/18/maga ... -myth.html
The 1987 version of this:
by Josh Grossman
June 7th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 103
Views: 4236

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

In honor of this thread, we opened a 2005 Château Lassègue and a 2005 Château Vignot tonight. Neither had much secondary development, were a bit boring/foursquare, but did pick up plum, coffee bean, pencil graphite, and some firm grainy tannins; more in the Vignot. There are no noticeable notes of f...
by Josh Grossman
June 7th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7761

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Just so long as people have a way to let other people know the cache[t] of the wine they are drinking, the upper end market should survive. Social signalling will prolong the high end's life span. Thorsten Veblen lives, and he's following this thread closely. https://savageminds.org/wp-content/imag...
by Josh Grossman
June 7th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: 50th Birthday Whiskey Suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 617

Re: 50th Birthday Whiskey Suggestions

Hello all, I am looking to my 50th birthday in about 18 months. Saving a few dollars to over indulge with some great whiskies for a party with family and friends. Any unique suggestions, budget being up to $500? Thanks, MG Since you spelled it with an 'e' and not whisky--I assume you are not lookin...
by Josh Grossman
June 6th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to all the love for Anthill Farms?
Replies: 37
Views: 1875

Re: What happened to all the love for Anthill Farms?

I have personally switched to buying almost exclusively from Oregon for domestic pinot. I think Anthill, Rhys, Copain, and Arcadian (there are some more) were revolutionary in picking grapes with lower ripeness, and Allen Meadows took notice giving them high scores. As prices increased with those sc...
by Josh Grossman
June 4th, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 69
Views: 2604

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

Very late to the party on this one. My main input is that folks seem to want to make judgements on these wines at 6-8 years of age, but these are Bordeaux blends and as with other places in the world, they are best at 15 plus years of age. Not many folks are drinking and assessing them at this stag...
by Josh Grossman
June 4th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 77
Views: 2822

Re: There is too much good German Riesling available

I've become quite fond of Frühburgunder and Spätburgunder too. Here is hoping that there is soon too much good Spätburgunder available too. One of my top wines of 2019 was a 2003 Rudolf Fürst Centgrafenberg Frühburgunder "R".
by Josh Grossman
June 4th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 77
Views: 2822

Re: There is too much good German Riesling available

A major reason I'm here and am on the path of an oenophile was the first old riesling someone shared with me. I do feel like it rewards aging at least as much as anything else? I keep stockpiling it too--but it's because I try not to drink younger vintages and I only really got serious about collect...
by Josh Grossman
June 2nd, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11119
Views: 497230

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2009 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive
2015 Gérard Raphet Gevrey-Chambertin Les Champs-Chenys Cuvée Unique Vieilles Vignes
2016 Upchurch Cabernet Sauvignon Upchurch
2016 Domaine Jessiaume Volnay 1er Cru Les Brouillards
by Josh Grossman
June 2nd, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where please?
Replies: 23
Views: 1592

Re: Where please?

Hi, I'm Len Stevens I just want to do this right. I've been "stalking" this site for about 4 months and absolutely love it. I'm in awe of many of you who post on a regularly basis. I owned a wine bar and bistro restaurant in Louisville for 9 years and was fortunate to pass the Advanced Master Somme...
by Josh Grossman
June 2nd, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 69
Views: 2604

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

Thanks all! As of now, thanks to the recommendations in this thread, I have: 2008 Cadence Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 2016 Upchurch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (today on Full Pull) 2016 Betz Heart of the Hill (and already had) 2014 JB Neufeld Cabernet Sauvignon Two Blondes Vineyard I've tried a handful ...
by Josh Grossman
June 2nd, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10524
Views: 345823

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2007 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Illahe First impression: Almost identical nose to a recent 2016 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Eola Amity Hills with a strong nose of oaky baking spices, sawdust, bright red fruit, and lots of sandalwood. There is a touch of development with some iron and the slightest pine nee...
by Josh Grossman
June 2nd, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10524
Views: 345823

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Last night I opened a 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley for a friend who was born in '91. Holy hell are these things decadent and delicious. On the pop and pour, just amazing. It did fade after a few hours. I hope the future vintages of this wine stay the same style as it is dirt c...
by Josh Grossman
June 2nd, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11119
Views: 497230

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2008 Clos de Gamot Cahors
2015 Clos de Gamot Cahors
2015 Clos de Gamot Cahors Cuvée des Vignes Centenaires
1964 Bersano Barolo Riserva
1964 Cantine Borgo Gattinara
by Josh Grossman
June 2nd, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 1841

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

Anton D wrote:
June 2nd, 2019, 12:07 pm
This thread reminds me of a favorite cartoon...

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by Josh Grossman
June 2nd, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 1841

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

Are the smartass answers because nobody knows or you just a bunch of smartasses ? Smartass answers for dumbass questions. I know Alan takes a lot of heat around here but I don’t think this is a dumb question at all. I think it’s a great question and really interesting. It’s a very common assumption...
by Josh Grossman
May 31st, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10524
Views: 345823

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Last night I opened a 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley for a friend who was born in '91. Holy hell are these things decadent and delicious. On the pop and pour, just amazing. It did fade after a few hours. I hope the future vintages of this wine stay the same style as it is dirt ch...
by Josh Grossman
May 28th, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?
Replies: 68
Views: 2880

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

Sneaker guy posted this to the social media tubes: https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2018/11/26/The-six-consumer-segments-of-the-US-wine-market?fbclid=IwAR3j20NsnHCSPmdk3GRveBQiJdbOAClGmGQem_fcEQsHcfbrscy925T2fjgs I think most of us fall into 'senior bargain hunters' and a few 'engaged explorers...
by Josh Grossman
May 28th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 4008

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

As someone that has only been buying wine for only 5 years, a lot of these numbers are eye opening...It's hard for me to imagine that a lot of these wines were once fairly accessible. It's so interesting for me to hear these former prices. I think it's very enriching and healthy for my wine buying ...
by Josh Grossman
May 28th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 4008

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

Allemand, Clape and Jamet 2013 was my last vintage, once 2015 pricing went over $150. Admittedly, being 53 and not wanting to plonk down that kind of money for wines that really do need 15 years+ was also a factor. Figeac got too pricey for me, but I did grab 2014 - a vintage that I love - for $80....
by Josh Grossman
May 28th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11119
Views: 497230

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1964 Bersano Barolo Riserva
1964 Cantine Borgo Gattinara
1995 Domaine Bertagna Vougeot 1er Cru Clos de la Perrière
2014 Etienne Calsac Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Clos des Maladries
2014 Cuchet Beliando Cornas
2011 Cuchet Beliando Cornas
by Josh Grossman
May 28th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 4008

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

Gonon, Allemand, too many to name in Cote de Nuits. I'm also an idiot as I remember getting offers for Marcel Juge Cornas at $89.00 and passing. I can't add Juge to this list though because I didn't buy it.
by Josh Grossman
May 27th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few photos for old vine fans
Replies: 18
Views: 1136

Re: A few photos for old vine fans

Wow!
by Josh Grossman
May 27th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park
Replies: 7
Views: 654

Re: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park

Chris Foley wrote:
May 27th, 2019, 2:48 pm
There's a nice botanical garden near Boothbay Harbor, on the way up the coast.
Thuya Gardens are nice and worth the trip.
by Josh Grossman
May 27th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park
Replies: 7
Views: 654

Re: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park

We like staying in Southwest Harbor. Rent bicycles and ride to Jordan Pond House; probably need reservations. Islesford Dock Restaurant is my favorite but you need to take a boat or water taxi to it as it's in the Cranberry Islands. Last time we were there my nephew yelled at Martha Stewart for mess...
by Josh Grossman
May 27th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 900
Views: 43625

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Just had an amazing 1988 Chinon last night--but it had a $40 tariff.
by Josh Grossman
May 27th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 900
Views: 43625

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

That was fun! Asked for a few 1964's

1964 Bersano Barolo Riserva
1964 Cantine Borgo Gattinara

See if my draw was fast enough.
by Josh Grossman
May 27th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Traverse City, Mackinac Island tips
Replies: 14
Views: 475

Re: Traverse City, Mackinac Island tips

Black Star Farms Inn for food (and wine) near Traverse City. If you are going as far north as Mackinac, I'd make a day for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. It's really one of the most beautiful 42 mile stretches of coastline anywhere in the world: https://www.michigannutphotography.com/img/s/v-3/p...
by Josh Grossman
May 27th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine country vacation suggestions.
Replies: 35
Views: 1771

Re: Wine country vacation suggestions.

I assume you've already made the arduous two hour journey to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario? Can't recommend Pearl Morissette enough. [/quote] We have visited Niagra-on-the-Lake, North Fork of Long Island and the Finger Lakes. The only other unexplored area in the US that is on our to-do list is the ...
by Josh Grossman
May 27th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 112
Views: 6624

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

1988 Catherine et Pierre Breton Chinon Beaumont. This had such an amazing nose. As much forest floor as any Burgundy, with a strange top note of cotton candy--yet in the mouth there was very little residual sugar feeling. Very long finish. Just amazing.

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