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by Bob Kot
November 2nd, 2018, 4:45 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2001 Chateau De Malle – Half / 375ml bottles.
Replies: 0
Views: 205

2001 Chateau De Malle – Half / 375ml bottles.

• I am the original owner of these wines. • Provenance - Purchased “En primeur” or "wine futures" on special order (because of the ½ bottle format) from Zachy’s in Scarsdale, NY. • Storage - Cellared in appropriate conditions from Day 1 with cooling/humidity control • Bottle fill – Base Neck • Prist...
by Bob Kot
October 25th, 2018, 4:21 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 1991 & 1994 Dominus - 750ml bottles
Replies: 1
Views: 335

1991 & 1994 Dominus - 750ml bottles

1991 & 1994 Dominus 750ml bottles • I am the original owner of these wines. • Provenance - Purchased upon release from Spiritus in Hartford / West Hartford, CT • Storage - Cellared in appropriate conditions from Day 1 with cooling/humidity control 1991 Dominus – Two (2) 750ml bottles - SOLD • Bottle...
by Bob Kot
October 24th, 2018, 5:53 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD - 2001 Sauternes half / 375ml bottles
Replies: 3
Views: 335

SOLD - 2001 Sauternes half / 375ml bottles

Thanks for everyone's interest. Best regards, Bob I have a total of twenty (20) bottles. Organized into nine (9) lots. All are half / 375ml bottles. • I am the original owner of these wines. • Provenance - Purchased “En primeur” or "wine futures" on special order (because of the ½ bottle format) fro...
by Bob Kot
October 24th, 2018, 5:50 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD - 1988 Sauternes half / 375ml bottles
Replies: 3
Views: 352

SOLD - 1988 Sauternes half / 375ml bottles

Thanks for everyone's interest. Best regards, Bob Two (2) lots of 1988 Sauternes • I am the original owner of these wines. • Provenance - Purchased “En primeur” or "wine futures" on special order (because of the ½ bottle format) from Zachy’s in Scarsdale, NY. • Storage - Cellared in appropriate cond...
by Bob Kot
October 22nd, 2018, 12:16 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 1995 & 1996 Abreu Vineyard Madrona Ranch
Replies: 0
Views: 245

1995 & 1996 Abreu Vineyard Madrona Ranch

I am the original owner of these wines. Purchased upon release directly from Abreu thru their mailing list. Cellared in appropriate conditions from Day 1. • 1995 Abreu Vineyard Madrona Ranch ~ One (1) 750ml bottle Bottle fill – Base Neck Pristine bottle capsules and labels. No evidence of seepage Lo...
by Bob Kot
October 22nd, 2018, 11:34 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD - 1970 Warres Port 750ml – 1 bottle
Replies: 0
Views: 203

SOLD - 1970 Warres Port 750ml – 1 bottle

The bottle is sold. All, thanks for your interest. Best, Bob One bottle of "1970 Warres Port 750ml" for sale. I am the original owner of this bottle. Purchased upon release. Cellared in appropriate conditions from Day 1. Lowest price on wine searchers - $185.00. $145.00 for the bottle + shipping cos...
by Bob Kot
June 20th, 2018, 12:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Calvados
Replies: 22
Views: 1539

Calvados

Have you had it....and, if so, how would you describe it? All these things in the description..which sounds from the producer or seller?? ...are interesting, but...for me the key to any calvados....is the character of what's in the bottle. At some point, to my taste, it loses too much of the apple ...
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 4:43 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD - Several bottles of 750ml 1988 D'Yquem
Replies: 4
Views: 661

Several bottles of 750ml 1988 D'Yquem

Bill,

I am in Connecticut and you?

Best regards,
Bob
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD - Several bottles of 750ml 1988 D'Yquem
Replies: 4
Views: 661

SOLD - Several bottles of 750ml 1988 D'Yquem

All SOLD out. Thank-you all for your interest and patronage. Best regards, Bob ============================================================= I am the original owner of these wines. Purchased “En primeur” or "wine futures". Cellared in appropriate conditions from Day 1. I have a total of eleven bottl...
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Please settle this disagreement
Replies: 32
Views: 4086

Please settle this disagreement

Absolutely not true.

Warm temperatures and Heat are the enemies of wine.

Cheers!
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Question about Eurocave cellars
Replies: 10
Views: 1996

Question about Eurocave cellars

No issues. Good luck.

Cheers!
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How high can you safely stack full OWC's ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3138

How high can you safely stack full OWC's ?

I‘ve done 6, 8 and 10 cases without any incident for over 30 years.

There’s a major retailer (biggest on the east coast) where they stack 12 maximum regularly.
Of course there constantly moving stock.

Cheers
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Decanting question re: temperature
Replies: 13
Views: 3004

Decanting question re: temperature

It depends on the wine. A straight 2-3 hour decanting time does apply across the board. As always they’re exceptions to the rules. Less age-worthy wines, such as Tres Picos Garnacha, 15-30 minutes to open/soften a bit. Wines such as a mature Bordeaux where the anticipated maturity date was yesterday...
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What have you learnt on your wine journey?
Replies: 67
Views: 6214

What have you learnt on your wine journey?

It never ends, which is the most endearing aspect.

Always learning, experiencing and keeping myself open to new and old wines, wine makers and the people that engage with wines makes for a never ending revelation.

Cheers!
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Where does your personal rating system bottom out?
Replies: 35
Views: 1832

Where does your personal rating system bottom out?

I use the Wine Advocate scoring approach which usually bottoms out in the low 80’s for me. Here’s the breakdown. The number within the parenthesis is the maximum allowable points for each category. The aggregate of these five (5) categories results in the total score. • Color (5) - Virtually all win...
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Is this considered a "horizontal?"
Replies: 9
Views: 2181

Is this considered a "horizontal?"

Yes it is. As an example: Excerpt from the New York Times – “A 150-Year-Old Wine and Its Descendants Reveal Their Secrets” “It is a rare privilege to taste 16 vintages of any wine, much less Lafite. Yet such a vertical tasting — as distinguished from a horizontal one, in which many wines from a sing...
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Inexpensive Sparklers
Replies: 19
Views: 2881

Inexpensive Sparklers

Several suggestions

• Aria Estate Brut Cava

• Zardetto Z Brut Prosecco DOC

• +90 Cellars Prosecco – Lot 50, probably 51-52 now

• Champy Sparking Wine Brut

• Jose Dhondt – Blanc De Blancs Brut


Cheers!
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Starting a cellar
Replies: 20
Views: 1541

Starting a cellar

Taste as much wine as you can thru your travels, clubs, lists, wine groups, and informed individuals that can help you down the path to collecting and consuming the wines you want. There’s plenty of wine in the $15.00-$25.00 category that drinks like it should cost 2x-3x. One of my favorite question...
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Cabinet vs building small cellar
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Cabinet vs building small cellar

I have both. They both proved very useful. For the cabinets: I use a Eurocave Premier M Wine Cellar – Brunello’s, Barolo’s, and select Bordeaux and a 60 bottle ULine – Champagnes, and sparklers. For the cellar: I am fortunate in that my basements have been hovering between 58-62 degrees year round w...
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 6:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Grilling Cleaning solutions for a heavily used grill
Replies: 27
Views: 1166

Grilling Cleaning solutions for a heavily used grill

You’re correct in that much of your grill debris is dependent on your use of marinades and sauces. Marinades and sauces with a large quantities of corn syrup are the worst and most difficult to clean. An easier method to clean: Once you’re done grilling leave the gill on with cover closed with the h...
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 6:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?
Replies: 63
Views: 2006

Salt & Pepper - What do you use?

Try the “Applewood Smoked Sea Salt”. Absolutely insane. One taste and you’re hooked.

Can be ordered online form the Atlantic Spice Company, North Truro MA.
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 5:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1167
Views: 52342

What did you cook tonight?

Chicken Cacciatore – E molto saporito Ingredients: • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • Whole chicken breasts (bone in) 2-3 lbs. • 1 –1 ½ cups, chopped onions • 2-3 medium carrots, sliced into coins • 2 celery stalks chopped • 1 green pepper, sliced lengthwise and then slice lengthwise sections ...
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 5:14 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?
Replies: 92
Views: 7193

What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?

The “Larressingle X.O. Armagnac Grande Reserve”. Extraordinary.

Cheers!
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 5:02 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15806
Views: 369169

What BEER are you drinking?

• Counterweight – Workhorse Pilsner
• Trillium – Skimpy Sparrow Pale Ale
• Building 8 Brewing – Session IPA
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 4:55 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Brewery suggestions welcomed - ME, NH, VT
Replies: 29
Views: 1184

Brewery suggestions welcomed - ME, NH, VT

Apologies for the dated response, your next trip could make use of these suggestions on your next itinerary: • Burlington Beer Company – Williston, VT ---- Amazing portfolio of beers • Foam Brewers, Burlington VT ----- 112 Lake St, Burlington, VT 05401 • Great North Ale Works – Manchester, NH ---- T...
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 4:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Calvados
Replies: 22
Views: 1539

Calvados

Try – “ Busnel, Calvados 12 Yr. ''Hors D'Age' “, approximately $70-$80. This apple brandy is comprised of a minimum of 40 varieties of apples selected from Normandy, the heart of Calvados country. The apples are pressed into cider and then fermented using natural yeasts. Only the finest ciders are s...
by Bob Kot
June 18th, 2018, 4:38 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rye
Replies: 300
Views: 24610

Rye

Absolutely love the added complexities the rye grain gives to the flavor profile of whiskey.

Some of my favorites:
• Michters Straight Rye – 10 years
• Sazerac – 18 and 6 years
• Knob Creek – well made for an inexpensive production rye

Try some of the IPAs using the rye grain, amazing!
by Bob Kot
June 17th, 2018, 7:29 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Peaty Whisky Advice
Replies: 45
Views: 1635

Peaty Whisky Advice

• Lagavulin – Can’t beat it. A perennial overachiever.

• Ardbeg 10 year

• Ardbeg Corryvrekan

• Ardbeg Uigadail – Sublime

• Laphroaig 10 year

• Caol Ila 12 year – Delicate and well structured

• Bunnahabhain 25 years – For that special occasion
by Bob Kot
June 17th, 2018, 7:08 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Sourcing Trillium/Tree House, Boston NEIPAs
Replies: 46
Views: 1629

Sourcing Trillium/Tree House, Boston NEIPAs

Trillium --------------- • The Canton, MA location has the easiest travel access. • Smooth, easy and seamless transactions with respectable allocations. • The Ultimate beer brewer and retailer. Class Act! Treehouse --------------- • Even with their new Charlton MA location, they still have transacti...
by Bob Kot
June 17th, 2018, 6:55 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 214
Views: 16678

RUM ... talk to me, people

• Ron Zacapa XO • Brugal 1888 – Ron Gran Reserva Familiar • Ron Methusalem – Gran Reserva (15 years) • Seralles Don Qc – Grand Anejo • Plantation Barbados • Pampero – Aniversario • Ron Zacapa – Solera Gran Reserva • Santa Teresa – 1796 Ron Antiguo de Solera • Ron Atlantico Private Cask • Zaya Gran R...
by Bob Kot
June 17th, 2018, 4:38 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Session beer, aka drinking by the poolside
Replies: 43
Views: 1242

Session beer, aka drinking by the poolside

You can always rely on a Pilsner as a session beer, refreshing and low ABV’s • Six Point Crisp – The Crisp PILZ – 5.4% ABV. Should be available in your area. If you have friends in the CT/MA area have them pick-up some. • Workhorse Pilsner – CounterWeight Brewing, Hamden CT – Available statewide ret...
by Bob Kot
June 16th, 2018, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What will you be opening for Father's Day ?
Replies: 52
Views: 1681

What will you be opening for Father's Day ?

1989 Pichon Longueville Baron.
by Bob Kot
June 16th, 2018, 4:36 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Recommend Me an Armagnac?
Replies: 22
Views: 1372

Recommend Me an Armagnac?

Like anything you get what you pay for. The “Larressingle X.O. Armagnac Grande Reserve” drinks much better than its price point of $80-$90. Try it once and you’ll always come back for more. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Good distribution on this product. Imported by Kobrand Corporation. Cheers!
by Bob Kot
June 16th, 2018, 4:25 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best IPA with significant distribution?
Replies: 40
Views: 1880

Best IPA with significant distribution?

Thankfully, Stone does make it to the East Coast. Amazing stuff. Here are several local beers on the east coast with reasonable distribution. • Sea Hag – New England Brewing Co. – CT • Counterweight – Headway – CT • Unfiltered – John Hooker – CT • The Correspondent – Relic Brewing – CT • Building 8 ...
by Bob Kot
June 15th, 2018, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you know a wine will be good years in the future?
Replies: 45
Views: 4601

How do you know a wine will be good years in the future?

Not an easy task. Although bear in mind, the last several decades of wine making and technology has risen the quality and foreseeable longevity for many wines made today. There are several approaches that allow you to obtain insight into a wines evolutionary path. 1. With wines that have established...
by Bob Kot
June 15th, 2018, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: 2016 Birth Year Wine: Bordeaux or Barolo
Replies: 15
Views: 751

2016 Birth Year Wine: Bordeaux or Barolo

At the risk of being overly simplistic, it’s “six-of-one”, and/or “half-dozen-of-other”. Having purchased both wines for over thirty-five years, the easiest and soundest approach is to rely on publications with a well-established track record of wine reviews. They are both age-worthy wines, dependin...
by Bob Kot
June 15th, 2018, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 59
Views: 5550

How do you control your alcohol intake?

Never an easy an topic as there is an abundance of quality wine, spirits and beer in today’s marketplace. I’ve traditionally used the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) guidelines from a health management perspective. For women, low-risk drinking is defined as no more than 3 ...
by Bob Kot
June 15th, 2018, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine 101 Feature: Decanter cleaning suggestions
Replies: 33
Views: 16706

Wine 101 Feature: Decanter cleaning suggestions

Common household bleach works wonders. Simple and inexpensive. The key to any decanter cleaning method is to clean immediately after the decanter has been emptied of wine. Letting the decanter sit for days/weeks adds to the cleaning challenge. Step 1 – Pour ½ cup bleach into decanter. Let sit for 2-...

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