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by Neal.Mollen
November 22nd, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A night with Alfert....
Replies: 19
Views: 940

Re: A night with Alfert....

Kris Patten wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 7:19 am

Fear of 3rd child drives my celibacy, nothing else needed!
You know, they know what causes that now. Celibacy is not really required
by Neal.Mollen
November 20th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12132
Views: 582207

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I came really close to buying wine today. Really close.
by Neal.Mollen
November 19th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing
Replies: 69
Views: 1794

Re: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing

Do you ever feel like saying something or making a comment and either not knowing where it fits, or just too inept to do a search function to see where/if the subject or comment has been covered before? Or, perhaps you just don’t wanna start a new thread on something that is minor, inconsequential,...
by Neal.Mollen
November 19th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar advice
Replies: 21
Views: 1019

Re: Cellar advicea

John Davis wrote:
November 19th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Hate diamond bins. Had them in my first cellar (27 years ago?) and didn’t put them in my next two builds. Pain in the ass unless all of you bottles are the same size.
And the same wine!
by Neal.Mollen
November 19th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN & Trip Report - BDX, Champagne
Replies: 9
Views: 864

Re: TN & Trip Report - BDX, Champagne

Thanks for the very helpful notes. Sounds like you had a fantastic time!
by Neal.Mollen
November 19th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .
Replies: 64
Views: 4396

Re: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .

I wish my wife had an interest in picking out bottles or just opening something when she felt like it. She enjoys wine, has a good palate, but isn’t into the details and is probably a little intimidated by my obsession. She does have a few favorites she’ll ask for by name on occasion, but she doesn...
by Neal.Mollen
November 18th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 08 VC La Grande Dame and 98 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: TN: 08 VC La Grande Dame and 98 La Mission Haut Brion

Thanks for the notes! Been looking at that Grande Dame
by Neal.Mollen
November 18th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston lodging and restaurants
Replies: 19
Views: 506

Re: Charleston lodging and restaurants

I’m a wannabe Charlestonian – have been going multiple times a year for two decades now. Things have changed a lot including adding lots of good restaurants . No longer do people scoff at me when I tell them that Charleston has one of the best food scenes in the country. In fact, two top chefs in D...
by Neal.Mollen
November 17th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1982 Chateau du Tertre, Margaux, Bordeaux
Replies: 7
Views: 412

Re: TN: 1982 Chateau du Tertre, Margaux, Bordeaux

I love this wine! Glad your bottle performed
by Neal.Mollen
November 17th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 850
Views: 56065

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

José Michel & Fils Champagne Brut Rosé. Not exceptionally complex, and not likely to make you forget the top rosés but a really lovely drink and a fantastic value. Just a smidge behind the Bara rose in quality and a few dollars cheaper.
by Neal.Mollen
November 16th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 32
Views: 2533

Re: New Orleans Hotels

Where do you like to stay? I haven't been there in 25 years. Ooooh, you are going to have such a great time! I've stayed at a bunch of places usually connected to some business event, where the choice wasn't mine, and every time I wish I had stayed at the Soniat House. https://www.soniathouse.com/ ...
by Neal.Mollen
November 16th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA - Zalto's at Barneys
Replies: 15
Views: 2799

Re: PSA - Zalto's at Barneys

Chris >>>>>> Barney
by Neal.Mollen
November 16th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $6500 for this poxed Monty?
Replies: 27
Views: 3074

Re: $6500 for this poxed Monty?

The shame is on them if that photo is accurate. Winebid just lost more cred for what? Could it be the status of offering a DRC, their commi$$ion, or is it the owner's personal wine? LOL shame on them either way! Either they are peddling a flawed bottle at a sky-high price or they have an incompeten...
by Neal.Mollen
November 15th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New grapes approved for Bordeaux
Replies: 42
Views: 2699

Re: New grapes approved for Bordeaux

The NPR story said that in addition to adding grapes for SOME bdx wines, they are considering allowing active irrigation. Interesting times
by Neal.Mollen
November 14th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto…takes a lickin…..
Replies: 78
Views: 6602

Re: Zalto…takes a lickin…..

I agree that most actions which break a Zalto or GGG will break a Riedel. As for washing them and other good glasses in the dishwasher, I'm not afraid to do so, I just can't make the timing work most of the time. I run my dishwasher when it gets full, which is about once a week. I use at least two ...
by Neal.Mollen
November 14th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto…takes a lickin…..
Replies: 78
Views: 6602

Re: Zalto…takes a lickin…..

I agree that most actions which break a Zalto or GGG will break a Riedel. As for washing them and other good glasses in the dishwasher, I'm not afraid to do so, I just can't make the timing work most of the time. I run my dishwasher when it gets full, which is about once a week. I use at least two ...
by Neal.Mollen
November 13th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto…takes a lickin…..
Replies: 78
Views: 6602

Re: Zalto…takes a lickin…..

Josh Grossman wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 9:04 am
I've now broken 8 of my 12 Gabriel-Glas. Many when I was trying to lightly polish them. I guess, oftentimes, you get what you pay for.
LOL, I am not that fastidious! I can't remember ever polishing a Zalto.
by Neal.Mollen
November 13th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto…takes a lickin…..
Replies: 78
Views: 6602

Re: Zalto…takes a lickin…..

Re-starting an oldy. Just unpacked my 1st Zalto burg box - Have I made a mistake buying these? It's like a flashback to when we drove home our 1st born from the hospital almost 20 years ago. They look and feel like the most fragile & delicate thing ever created. Worried I'll be too scared to use on...
by Neal.Mollen
November 13th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 83
Views: 3758

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

No, not because I have more than enough to last me until I die, and not because I’m so old that I will die before any new-release stuff I would buy will be fully mature. Rather, it’s just that Garagiste and Fass shipments arrived on the same day and I had to carry seven cases of wine in from the ca...
by Neal.Mollen
November 13th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 83
Views: 3758

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

No, not because I have more than enough to last me until I die, and not because I’m so old that I will die before any new-release stuff I would buy will be fully mature. Rather, it’s just that Garagiste and Fass shipments arrived on the same day and I had to carry seven cases of wine in from the ca...
by Neal.Mollen
November 13th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 83
Views: 3758

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

No, not because I have more than enough to last me until I die, and not because I’m so old that I will die before any new-release stuff I would buy will be fully mature. Rather, it’s just that Garagiste and Fass shipments arrived on the same day and I had to carry seven cases of wine in from the ca...
by Neal.Mollen
November 12th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Charleston Offlineorama V
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Re: TN: Charleston Offlineorama V

Gobsmacked!
by Neal.Mollen
November 12th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12132
Views: 582207

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

More bdx .375s with a little age.
by Neal.Mollen
November 11th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2424

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

Chuck Miller wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Neal, an employee would still have to open it, even if had been previously opened. Nice loophole to a poorly worded statute.
As a restaurant, are you going to risk your ABC license on that "interpretation?" No way I'd ask a restaurant to assume that risk for what is a favor in the first place.
by Neal.Mollen
November 11th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2424

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

So, since this is the umpteenth thread on this topic in the past few years, and not one person has been able to cite an actual law that substantiates this urban myth, I’m going to assume that there is actually no law. Furthermore, if you want to BYO, and the restaurant turns you away, walk away and...
by Neal.Mollen
November 11th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blacksmith Wines Cold Spring NY
Replies: 12
Views: 807

Re: Blacksmith Wines Cold Spring NY

Don't bother doing business with these guys. Horrendous customer service. They ignored 3 requests to get a better description, or a picture of a bottle listed as stained. Finally responded and I was told they are a small store and don't have the time to give a better description. They then recommen...
by Neal.Mollen
November 11th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2424

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

So, since this is the umpteenth thread on this topic in the past few years, and not one person has been able to cite an actual law that substantiates this urban myth, I’m going to assume that there is actually no law. Furthermore, if you want to BYO, and the restaurant turns you away, walk away and...
by Neal.Mollen
November 11th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1594
Views: 190015

Re: Official Costco Thread

maybe they have a crappy wine manager. I have often suspected this might be the issue. Or it could be a crappy regional manager. I wouldn't be surprised if DC, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, etc. are all in the same Costco region and we just have a really crappy wine buyer... [swearing.gif] https://smallca...
by Neal.Mollen
November 10th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1594
Views: 190015

Re: Official Costco Thread

Looking to find a Costco in Florida that has a good wine selection. I shop at 3 different Costcos near Orlando and never see any of the wines mentioned in this thread. The store at Millenia has a little better selection, but for the most part we get Kirkland wines and what I would call grocery stor...
by Neal.Mollen
November 10th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ‘98 HB & ‘95 Léoville Barton.
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: ‘98 HB & ‘95 Léoville Barton.

94CE73E3-2973-4CC9-8F0E-F0DEC1B9D5DB.jpeg After dinner, Friday the 1st November 2019. A close family friend/neighbor invited me over to his house to help drink a couple of bottles. He grew up in the US; and, until a few months ago, would buy/drink only Napa reds. He has recently “discovered” the ch...
by Neal.Mollen
November 8th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2448

Re: Shipping companies hates me

I don't get it. Their job is to deliver packages. You get one, your neighbor gets one, and three other neighbors get one each. How is that better or worse than delivering five to you? You're providing a job for the guy. As far as tipping, he's doing his job. He gets paid for it. He should be tippin...
by Neal.Mollen
November 8th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Berserker Abroad...
Replies: 19
Views: 1179

Re: A Berserker Abroad...

Great post Anton! Sounds like a fantastic experience
by Neal.Mollen
November 8th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC
Replies: 26
Views: 1297

Re: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC

I haven't had the VCC, but the 2001s have been delicious pretty much from the get-go and are drinking great right now. If I had the right occasion I would not hesitate to open it now but there is no rush. Jealous at the price; it's basically half the going rate
by Neal.Mollen
November 8th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 851

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

It would seem to me that we would have to have a solid scientific base of understanding about the aging process on earth for a study of aging in space to have any scientific value. And we don't.
by Neal.Mollen
November 7th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No more space, do you keep buying?
Replies: 53
Views: 2274

Re: No more space, do you keep buying?

For those that cellar toward drinking windows, has anyone experimented with the storage temp to accelerate aging? (E.g., instead of 55 degrees, 65 degrees or 68 degree cellaring? This shouldn’t accelerate too quickly but perhaps 1.5 - 1.75x the normal aging rate?). Some folks here calibrate these t...
by Neal.Mollen
November 7th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 45
Views: 2056

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

YLee wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 7:39 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 5:45 am
DDC?
+1
Although it doesnt get much love on this board, I think it's a great wine.
Hmmmm

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=164759
by Neal.Mollen
November 6th, 2019, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 45
Views: 2056

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

Friends, would love to stock up on some aged Bordeaux that’s not super expensive. Key criteria being 1 10-20 years of bottle age 2. UK 12 bottle case price of < $1200 I am aware of the 25% duty and willing to wait it out. So far the best two options I have come up with are 2005 Grand Puy Lacoste 20...
by Neal.Mollen
November 6th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 45
Views: 2056

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

The only reds I buy these days are ready-to-drink bdx (and infrequently burgs) so the kind of wines you are talking about. And I have no way of directing you to specific wines because it is a matter of paying attention to offers and striking when you see something good. They pop up every now and the...
by Neal.Mollen
November 6th, 2019, 5:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 45
Views: 2056

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

Friends, would love to stock up on some aged Bordeaux that’s not super expensive. Key criteria being 1 10-20 years of bottle age 2. UK 12 bottle case price of < $1200 I am aware of the 25% duty and willing to wait it out. So far the best two options I have come up with are 2005 Grand Puy Lacoste 20...
by Neal.Mollen
November 5th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No more space, do you keep buying?
Replies: 53
Views: 2274

Re: No more space, do you keep buying?

I am out of space and (pretty much) have stopped buying. Problem is, wine I bought 1-2 years ago is now arriving so space issues are critical. This is the last shipping season this will happen though (well, almost. envoyer is not going to be able to get me everything this season; there will be more ...
by Neal.Mollen
November 5th, 2019, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anyone have a copy of "Pomerol" by Neal Martin they don't need anymore?
Replies: 13
Views: 1215

Re: anyone have a copy of "Pomerol" by Neal Martin they don't need anymore?

There is a Singed Copy of Neal Martin "Pomerol" for sale on Ebay. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184023010279 Good Luck! [cheers.gif] I’d like the book, but that ebay item is stoopid pricing. I meant to buy it originally and somehow overlooked it. You're right; too expensive. I'll sell you mine for $300.
by Neal.Mollen
November 5th, 2019, 4:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping from CA to East Coast
Replies: 14
Views: 746

Re: Shipping from CA to East Coast

Markus S wrote:
November 4th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
November 4th, 2019, 12:03 pm
FWIW envoyer just emailed me to tell me they are holding a couple of boxes that had been scheduled to ship today. Too hot in Phoenix.
You sure it goes through Phoenix? It could go through Flagstaff which is much cooler. [cheers.gif]
[shrug.gif] That's what the email said
by Neal.Mollen
November 4th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 593
Views: 30159

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

When this thread started I was at 1137 bottles with a goal of being at 1100 by the end of 2018. Sitting right at 1200 bottles now. I plan to retire soon, so my wine buying dollars will shrink and force me to reduce the number of bottles. You'd think it would work that way, wouldn't you? Is for me! ...
by Neal.Mollen
November 4th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices
Replies: 34
Views: 1475

Re: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices

From what I've been told a cellar is unlikely to increase the value of the home, and it could well eliminate some prospective buyers who don't want the expense/work necessary to tear it all out. One thing I would do over if I could would be to increase the percentage of rack space for halves and cha...
by Neal.Mollen
November 4th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping from CA to East Coast
Replies: 14
Views: 746

Re: Shipping from CA to East Coast

FWIW envoyer just emailed me to tell me they are holding a couple of boxes that had been scheduled to ship today. Too hot in Phoenix.
by Neal.Mollen
November 3rd, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 866
Views: 41608

Re: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)

Robert may be having a stroke. Someone head to the Alfert Manor and check on him I’m in good hands. My concierge physician was here yesterday and cracked my stone crabs, since my debilitated wrist rendered me incapable of opening them myself. And my lawyer opened all of our many bottles. I like thi...
by Neal.Mollen
November 3rd, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 866
Views: 41608

Re: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)

Robert may be having a stroke. Someone head to the Alfert Manor and check on him
by Neal.Mollen
November 3rd, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 866
Views: 41608

Re: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)

You people will bitch about anything

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