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by Tariq K
September 21st, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caol Ila 18
Replies: 11
Views: 814

Re: Caol Ila 18

A bottle of this exploded in my luggage once when I was doing a cross country move for work. I realized as I showed up, suitcase in tow, at my new office. People wondered if I had a "problem." Shame, as it was good stuff.
by Tariq K
September 16th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 51
Views: 2131

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

I have learned (the hard way) that the key to keeping a lean inventory at home is to ensure that your offsite cellar is organized by drinking date. Stuff to be aged goes in the back, stuff to be consumed goes in the front. That way you don't have to rummage through dozens of heavy boxes in order to ...
by Tariq K
September 15th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 51
Views: 2131

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

I keep about 12 bottles at home in a small wine fridge and 325 at an offsite location. I visit the offsite frequently enough that I can restock my home unit regularly.
by Tariq K
August 24th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 0
Views: 281

TN: 2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

This was way, way better than I expected, and I had high expectations. 2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (8/24/2019) Decided to open a bottle for fun. Have an entire case and interested to track the evolution of this wine over the years. I probably won't o...
by Tariq K
August 18th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OK to store long-term in OWC?
Replies: 37
Views: 2241

Re: OK to store long-term in OWC?

Alan Rath wrote:
August 17th, 2019, 7:56 pm
That is one sad looking locker, mostly empty, couple of cases strewn randomly. Get to work! ;)
Um, I think you're looking at the rest of the warehouse...

This is the actual locker. Got to about 300 bottles in a year. Frighteningly easy.
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by Tariq K
August 17th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OK to store long-term in OWC?
Replies: 37
Views: 2241

Re: OK to store long-term in OWC?

What's up with the case of Gordon's Gin or Vodka? Odd cellar occupant. I store my wines the Gordon's Wine & Spirits offsite storage warehouse near Boston! I use their boxes. Yes, if it were a case of vodka, I think my site credentials would get revoked. [snort.gif] Gordon's does a great job - full ...
by Tariq K
August 17th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OK to store long-term in OWC?
Replies: 37
Views: 2241

OK to store long-term in OWC?

Hi all, I just got my first ever delivery of wine in original wood cases. See photo below. Future me is very excited! I don't plan on cracking the first bottle for at least five years, and probably closer to ten. However, I'm wondering if it's okay to keep them for the long term in the unopened wood...
by Tariq K
July 20th, 2019, 4:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boston Retail Scene?
Replies: 34
Views: 2007

Re: Boston Retail Scene?


Avoid Central Bottle in Cambridge. Their wines are good (if narrow) but the prices are tear-inducing.
I believe they are no more, replaced by a shop called Social Wines which has a more normalized selection and pricing policy, and a very nice owner.
by Tariq K
July 14th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bay Area Redux - Anniversary trip 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 506

TN: Bay Area Redux - Anniversary trip 2019

BAY AREA REDUX - ANNIVERSARY TRIP 2019 - Napa, Sonoma, and points in between (6/26/2019-6/29/2019) Because our last tasting trip to the Bay Area was complicated by all kinds of work-related distractions (in January 2019), we decided to try again. Of course, I started a new job three weeks ago so it...
by Tariq K
July 14th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boston Retail Scene?
Replies: 34
Views: 2007

Re: Boston Retail Scene?

Welcome to the Hub! Big local guns are Gordon's and Marty's. The Burgheads on this forum can provide color on which one is best.
by Tariq K
July 11th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7172

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

Jayson Cohen wrote:
July 8th, 2019, 10:42 pm
He is also of course the absentee subject of one of the greatest pieces of wine writing ever, Coad’s Waiting for Callahan.
Been searching for this with no success. Anyone able to provide a link?

EDIT: Found it! http://thecompleatwinegeek.com/essays/waiting.html
by Tariq K
June 28th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Boston in June: 2004, 2005, & 2007-2017 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Etzel Block Vertical & blind gathering
Replies: 47
Views: 2280

Re: Boston in June: 2004, 2005, & 2007-2017 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Etzel Block Vertical & blind gathering

Thanks so much to Kirk for organizing, and to Jim for making it a reality. Really fun group of people - I had a great time! Here's my tasting story from the event. JIM ANDERSON / PGC DINNER - ETZEL BLOCK VERTICAL AND BLIND TASTING - New England (6/1/2019) A lovely dinner with Jim Anderson from Patri...
by Tariq K
May 19th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Willamette Valley May 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: TN: Willamette Valley May 2019

Jim Stewart wrote:
May 19th, 2019, 1:25 pm

. . . not surprising after that marathon of tastings! Nice concise notes. Thanks.
Well it was over two days, thankfully!

Thanks for the kind words. I hate tl;dr tasting notes
by Tariq K
May 19th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Willamette Valley May 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: TN: Willamette Valley May 2019

Thanks Tom. Yes, no reason to be anything but honest. I wanted to love Antica Terra and hate Domaine Serene but the reality was different. Speaking of Domaine Serene, I did have a glass of their white Burgundy afterward (I didn't do a tasting note because I was palate-fatigued) and I thought it was ...
by Tariq K
May 19th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Willamette Valley May 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 561

TN: Willamette Valley May 2019

WILLAMETTE VALLEY MAY 2019 - (5/17/2019-5/18/2019) Solo visit to Willamette between gigs! Two days in the valley plus a bonus tasting at Domaine Serene in Portland. Antica Terra In their meticulously decorated tasting room, candles, mood music and all. NV Lahaye Berthelot Champagne Brut - France, C...
by Tariq K
May 18th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Best way to try aged wine?
Replies: 12
Views: 1089

Re: Best way to try aged wine?

Hi Geoff. I've been through exactly this myself recently so here are a few things I've learned: - Auctions and secondary cellar sellers (e.g. Cellaraiders) - I've had a hit-or-miss experience with these as I've purchased an unacceptable number of corked / oxidized / flawed bottles. Maybe I'm just pu...
by Tariq K
May 15th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Boston in June: 2004, 2005, & 2007-2017 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Etzel Block Vertical & blind gathering
Replies: 47
Views: 2280

Re: Boston/Portland/Bangor? Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Etzel Block VERTICAL

Kirk.Grant wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Tariq K wrote:
January 4th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Ah crud - didn't see this right away. Please put me on wait list. Thanks!
Have you seen my last PM??
Last PM I have from you is from January, so not sure what you are referring to.
by Tariq K
May 5th, 2019, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet
Replies: 5
Views: 324

Re: TN: 2015 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet

Hi - 2008 Chassagne was Domaine Jean-Marc Morey; 2011 NSG was Bouchard Pere et Fils "Les Cailles." I don't think either of them had DIAM.
by Tariq K
May 4th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet
Replies: 5
Views: 324

Re: TN: 2015 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet

*runs for cover*
by Tariq K
May 4th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet
Replies: 5
Views: 324

TN: 2015 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet

2015 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet (5/4/2019) Popped and poured out of the wine fridge after TWO OTHER BOTTLES were flawed. Once again, burgundy is failing us - first with a premoxed 2008 Chassagne Montrachet and then with a flat and lifeless ...
by Tariq K
April 9th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off-site wine storage options in Boston? Plus general off-site storage questions
Replies: 9
Views: 539

Re: Off-site wine storage options in Boston? Plus general off-site storage questions

I use Gordon's offsite storage. So far my experiences with them have been quite good, though I don't really have anything to compare it to. I particularly like the feature where I can get wine from the winery delivered directly to their location and they put it in my locker for a $10 fee. Happy to s...
by Tariq K
April 7th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This seems a little excessive, no? (UPDATED - it's not)
Replies: 41
Views: 3051

Re: This seems a little excessive, no?

So: OP here. Here's what happened. I initially popped and poured. My first tasting notes (CT, tak4) noted that the wine was really intense, hot, and not as aromatic as I would have expected. First sips were good, not magical. I then decanted the wine per their suggestions (though I didn't wait four ...
by Tariq K
April 6th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This seems a little excessive, no? (UPDATED - it's not)
Replies: 41
Views: 3051

This seems a little excessive, no? (UPDATED - it's not)

I just received my first shipment of Aubert chardonnay. Very excited to "Pobega" the first one but I saw this note in the case. I don't have this kind of time! [rofl.gif] Does anyone here actually think this is a prerequisite for enjoying a 2017 chardonnay? Seems like a weird thing to suggest. IMG_7...
by Tariq K
February 27th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How would you guys manage a four person tasting
Replies: 21
Views: 1276

Re: How would you guys manage a four person tasting

Thanks all. I think a little spitting may do the trick. I'm also a lightweight (due to all that healthy livin') so you're right about not assuming that others will join me in the ER.
by Tariq K
February 26th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How would you guys manage a four person tasting
Replies: 21
Views: 1276

How would you guys manage a four person tasting

Hi all, I'm looking to get together with three friends to taste some wine, probably after work. I'd love for us each to bring a bottle since we all have interesting and divergent tastes. Any suggestions on how to manage this, given four bottles for four guys is a lot to drink? Do you just all agree ...
by Tariq K
February 25th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 208
Views: 14016

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

How do you guys think about the value of Ridge MB vs Montelena Estate? Montelena is a little less expensive on futures. In full disclosure, I'm subscribed to both.
by Tariq K
February 22nd, 2019, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks
Replies: 291
Views: 16355

Re: Wine drinking in France sucks

I really want to give OP a shovel so he can keep digging
by Tariq K
February 18th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Château d'Yquem (First timer)
Replies: 18
Views: 1099

Re: TN: 2007 Château d'Yquem (First timer)

Thanks all for the suggestions. I have had botrytised chenin and also Tokai before and loved both of them. I also did a little reading and was surprised to see that Sauternes is just not that popular these days. Given low prices, I want to experiment with some Sauternes-and-food pairings to see if I...
by Tariq K
February 17th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Château d'Yquem (First timer)
Replies: 18
Views: 1099

TN: 2007 Château d'Yquem (First timer)

Would be great to hear from the WB whether there are any recommendations for Sauternes value plays. This was great , but steep - per reputation 2007 Château d'Yquem - France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes (2/17/2019) Opened two glasses using Coravin as a Valentine’s Day treat. This is my FIRST D’Y...
by Tariq K
February 13th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still read Wine Spectator?
Replies: 41
Views: 1861

Re: Do you still read Wine Spectator?

Thanks all. Seems like we have a group verdict. Honestly I was expecting most people to say, "yeah, I still get it, but it's fishwrap."

By the way, they really do still insist that they taste all wines blind. See their policy here https://www.winespectator.com/display/s ... r-tastings.
by Tariq K
February 13th, 2019, 4:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still read Wine Spectator?
Replies: 41
Views: 1861

Do you still read Wine Spectator?

This post was originally prompted because I was completely baffled by the ad on the back of this month's issue. I wanted to know if anyone else had any insights into the giant Sangria ad featuring what looks like a non-professional model wearing a fruit necklace. It's truly weird, by the way, and yo...
by Tariq K
January 22nd, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Recent Arrivals....(long/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 361

Re: TN: Some Recent Arrivals....(long/boring)

Fascinating on those Failla Oregon wines, Tom. I'd suggest you test out their Oregon PNs, which are pretty darn good, in my (in)expert opinion.

And once again, kudos for your beautifully written tasting notes (and fiddlecarp).
by Tariq K
January 22nd, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: X in Soil = X in Grapes, Yes or No?
Replies: 26
Views: 975

Re: X in Soil = X in Grapes, Yes or No?

I am convinced that soil microbiome has something significant to do with it. But even here, it's not so simple as X in Soil, X in Grapes. This was recently published https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-29346-1
by Tariq K
January 19th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2003 Chamber of Horrors
Replies: 13
Views: 1026

Re: 2003 Chamber of Horors

Thank you for the notes. Last night I popped a 2003 Calon Segur and I thought it was terrible, which is a bummer because the bottle was expensive. Only issue was, is it flawed or just bad? I am still not sure.
by Tariq K
January 17th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?
Replies: 33
Views: 2668

Re: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?

Interesting! I know about wine storage but I guess I'm not thinking that far ahead... although it would be a good idea. I heard 2015 is supposed to be a big Bordeaux year so it might be worth starting to hoard a few bottles. I might be able to rely on my parents or siblings because their housing si...
by Tariq K
January 16th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?
Replies: 33
Views: 2668

Re: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?

Welcome! So I'm almost 20 years older than you. I first got bit by the wine bug when I was about your age, but then became a more casual wine drinker in the ensuing years, only to really pick it up again this past year. Here's a thought: tasting and enjoying wines in different styles is a great thin...
by Tariq K
January 4th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Matchstick reduction
Replies: 10
Views: 1044

Matchstick reduction

Having an Oregon Pinot Noir this evening with some slight reductive sulfur notes (Failla Bjornson 2016). Not enough to be problematic but enough that I notice - and potentially a sign that this might resolve into some appealing complexity in the future. I've seen the term "matchstick reduction" used...
by Tariq K
December 28th, 2018, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2018 Edition -- TABULATIONS COMPLETE
Replies: 120
Views: 7119

Re: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year

This was the first year that I really got in to wine. Three tasting trips, 167 tasting notes on CT, and 250+ bottles acquired later... WOTY: 2003 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir - impressive illustration of what aged Oregon PN can be 2016 Kistler Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard - powerful and complex without ...
by Tariq K
December 16th, 2018, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 4 Virtual Tasting Series - Bordeaux for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund
Replies: 56
Views: 1424

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting Series (12/12 - 12/19) - Bordeaux for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund

Love that you guys do this. A friend came by on Friday and we popped am older bottle in the conference room. 2000 Château Monbousquet - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (12/14/2018) Popped and poured. Crimson with a brick edge. Dark and rich. Mushrooms, leather, forest floor. Touc...
by Tariq K
December 13th, 2018, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Year-end deals?
Replies: 5
Views: 1088

Re: Year-end deals?

Looking forward to this mythical BerserkerDay. Never experienced it before! Please do let me know if there's any recommended strategy. Maybe I should block my calendar...
by Tariq K
December 3rd, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Futures
Replies: 65
Views: 2267

Re: Futures

Scott Fitzgerald wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 1:37 pm
Tariq K wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 1:35 pm
All good points. But what do you think of Ridge Monte Bello futures?
A bit different than Bdx in that there’s typically a bigger discount which makes it worth it, IMO.
Agreed! Plus they are good when toddlered / babycaked / bottlerobbed / PremQuaffed or whatever we're calling it these days
by Tariq K
December 3rd, 2018, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Futures
Replies: 65
Views: 2267

Re: Futures

All good points. But what do you think of Ridge Monte Bello futures?
by Tariq K
December 1st, 2018, 10:24 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WINETASTERS OF TORONTO - HOLIDAY PARTY DEC 12TH
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: WINETASTERS OF TORONTO - HOLIDAY PARTY DEC 12TH

Twenty years ago, when I was in grad school in Toronto, I was a member of Winetasters. I learned an incredible amount from that society and benefited from it tremendously. At that time, the holiday party was at Casa Loma, which I had only been to as a schoolboy. Congratulations to all of the Winetas...
by Tariq K
December 1st, 2018, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on stems / whole cluster...
Replies: 67
Views: 3093

Re: Thoughts on stems / whole cluster...

Slightly off-topic, but anyone else get a headache from stems/whole cluster PN? Wife and I had a bottle of a whole cluster 2016 PN last night and we both woke up with a somewhat weird headache. It could have also been caused by a number of other factors (dehydration, low-grade cold, the fact that sh...
by Tariq K
November 30th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 2470

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

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 10:58 am
Tariq K wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 8:59 am
Puppycrushing (as in crushing bottles of wine, not like crushing in a press)
Us dog lovers will kick your butt! [wow.gif]
Yeah that's not my best work
by Tariq K
November 30th, 2018, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 2470

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

Youthanasia

(yes, I recognize this is also the title of a Megadeth album)
by Tariq K
November 30th, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 2470

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

Yes, please, someone else join me in drinking their wines too young... They're great that way, I promise!

Here are some ideas:
Puppycrushing (as in crushing bottles of wine, not like crushing in a press)
Twilighting (teenage vampirism)
Kindertrinking (faux-German variant)
by Tariq K
November 30th, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Year-end deals?
Replies: 5
Views: 1088

Year-end deals?

Hi everyone

Do the online merchants (Envoyer and the like) tend to offer year-end deals after Christmas? Trying to decide whether to save a little dry powder in anticipation of some sweet buys before New Year's.

Thanks
TK
by Tariq K
November 27th, 2018, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Domestic Pinot Noir: Better or just different?
Replies: 134
Views: 8554

Re: Aging Domestic Pinot Noir: Better or just different?

Here's another one that I had recently, though less successful than the previous. Anyone else have an experience like this where the wine rapidly devolves? I've heard of things like this happening with ultra-old wines but I didn't expect it with this 2004 Kistler PN. Of course, my palate could have ...

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