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by Jim Stewart
January 14th, 2021, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Briords
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Briords

Amazing to me how consistent the scores by professional wine critics and the average scores by cellartracker posters are across many vintages for this wine. Year after year, it's a 90 point wine!
by Jim Stewart
January 13th, 2021, 5:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Fingers crossed. Booked 15 days in Italy for September 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: Fingers crossed. Booked 15 days in Italy for September 2021

Way to go, Mike! I think the odds are decent for things opening up by then and you have "insurance" with the ability to cancel. It is time to be at least partially optimistic. We have been talking about planning a European trip in that same time frame for a while now. Thanks for the post a...
by Jim Stewart
January 12th, 2021, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")
Replies: 1388
Views: 66090

Re: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")

"ready for aging"

Recently came across this unexpected phrase in a Roger Voss wine review. Almost an oxymoron, but a delightful and clever (and deliberate) twist I think.
by Jim Stewart
January 12th, 2021, 4:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal
Replies: 19
Views: 1290

Re: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal

I have a lot of free time between wine stops, so I put together this marker map of my "virtual visits" in the Vinho Verde wine region. Cheers.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid= ... sp=sharing
by Jim Stewart
January 11th, 2021, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal
Replies: 19
Views: 1290

Re: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal

“Deconstructing" Vinho Verde, Part 3 We continue travelling southward in Vinho Verde to find this example of a 100% Avesso. Perhaps a little less known than Alvarinho and Loureiro in the Vinho Verde mono-variety scene, Avesso is regarded by some (in the know?) as a very promising stand-alone wi...
by Jim Stewart
January 10th, 2021, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 8856

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

"Law-enforcement officers have speculated that Drew might have stopped to try to help Asa Mitchell after he crashed his vehicle . . ." :(
by Jim Stewart
January 8th, 2021, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal
Replies: 19
Views: 1290

Re: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal

“Deconstructing" Vinho Verde, Part 2 . . . ameal.jpg 2019 Quinta do Ameal Loureiro (Vinho Verde) Here is a wine of 100% Loureiro, made by a winery less than three decades old that was started with the idea of highlighting the possibilities of the grape from the Lima River Valley area of Vinho V...
by Jim Stewart
January 8th, 2021, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1968 Inglenook Charbono. Really Special
Replies: 43
Views: 1705

Re: TN: 1968 Inglenook Charbono. Really Special

Wow! What an experience that must have been, especially with the wine showing so well. Great note too.
by Jim Stewart
January 6th, 2021, 11:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Simple / Savory main to pair with aged Sauternes?
Replies: 12
Views: 547

Re: Simple / Savory main to pair with aged Sauternes?

My thought is that the taste profile of the 1975 Suduiraut is likely to not be as overtly sweet and acidic as a younger bottle would be, and that it might pair well with some dishes that Sauternes/Barsac is not traditionally associated with. I suggest a "glorified" Macaroni and Cheese dish...
by Jim Stewart
January 6th, 2021, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2278
Views: 257367

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

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Today, January 6, 2021 Only
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by Jim Stewart
January 5th, 2021, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2278
Views: 257367

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

15% Off Tuesday: Germany & Austria "astorwines.com"
by Jim Stewart
January 3rd, 2021, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2629

Re: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?

Sandler Pinot Noir. They are great to drink when released but a few years won't hurt them if you happen to lose a bottle or two in the cellar. I don't think you'll see them at retail, but Ed usually offers a fantastic Berserker Day deal. +1 I agree so much with this Scott, that I gave you both the ...
by Jim Stewart
January 2nd, 2021, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2629

Re: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?

Over a few vintages, I have been more than pleased with Drouhin Oregon Roserock Pinot Noir as a "Buy-and-Drink Red" Broadly appealing I think. Also a nice wine to gift and be gifted. ~$30
by Jim Stewart
January 1st, 2021, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Château Le Pin, Pomerol
Replies: 14
Views: 1062

Re: TN: 2017 Château Le Pin, Pomerol

Mic drop exit stage left…
by Jim Stewart
January 1st, 2021, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal
Replies: 19
Views: 1290

Re: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal

Portugal has sparkling wine too! I am going to interrupt my posts on "Deconstructing Vinho Verde" with this note on a nice Portuguese sparkling wine that we enjoyed on New Year's Eve. saojoao1.jpg 2019 Caves São João Espumante Bruto Rosé (Portugal) This is a very dry sparkling rose. Beaut...
by Jim Stewart
January 1st, 2021, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 62
Views: 2910

Re: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?

I wanted to post a note about this New Year’s Eve wine and opted to put it here. L'ERMITAGE.jpg 2013 Roederer Estate l’Ermitage Brut This wine had me at my second sip. Not the first sip, because it took a moment for me to reconcile what seemed to be a slight sweetness with the rest of the wine’s ta...
by Jim Stewart
December 31st, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6
Replies: 80
Views: 2015

Re: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6

We had a couple of “Sparkling Wines Not Named Champagne” this evening. Not to toast in the New Year (too late for us) but to celebrate the last evening of 2020. Shared these with another couple. 2013 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2013 (USA) >>> Expectations. Soft, graceful, seemingly slightly sweet, bu...
by Jim Stewart
December 30th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2278
Views: 257367

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

This may be a good deal for someone: Wine Library has NV Ployez Jacquemart Extra Quality Brut on sale for $29.09.
by Jim Stewart
December 29th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could go back in time and collect one German riesling consistently over the years...?
Replies: 76
Views: 2295

Re: If you could go back in time and collect one German riesling consistently over the years...?

. . . WsOTY: Felettig Morey St. Denis VV '14 Felettig Chamb-Mus VV '14 Pépière Muscadet Briords '09 Volpaia Chianti Class '18 Lignier Morey St Denis 1er Ormes '14 Collestefano Verdicchio di M '19 Pépière Muscadet Briords '19 Bêcheur PN '14 Virage '07 Ampeau Volnay 1er Santenots '99 I see that you l...
by Jim Stewart
December 29th, 2020, 4:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Any one use a Moka Pot?
Replies: 8
Views: 502

Re: Any one use a Moka Pot?

I agree on the low-med heat on small burner rec. Fairly flexible with the grind of coffee, although volume might need to be adjusted. We use it with coffee ranging from expresso brick (La Llave is our current fav) to Starbucks prepackaged ground. We loosely almost fill the basket with coffee, with w...
by Jim Stewart
December 28th, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal
Replies: 19
Views: 1290

Re: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal

“Deconstructing" Vinho Verde I have never thought of Vinho Verde as more than a refreshing, inexpensive white wine, usually lowish in alcohol, sometimes slightly effervescent, sometimes a bit (too) acidic. The white Vinho Verde that I have known is a blend of grape varieties. I was surprised t...
by Jim Stewart
December 28th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 5680

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

No wine diversity police here, Howard, but we do have diversity of opinion on all things wine . . . and that's a good thing. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Stewart
December 26th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Neuhaus Chocolate and Wine Pairing Collections
Replies: 2
Views: 345

Neuhaus Chocolate and Wine Pairing Collections

Has anyone tried these? Chocolate confections "designed" to be paired with specific wine types (both white and red I believe). There is another chocolate collection for pairing with sparkling wines.
by Jim Stewart
December 26th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2278
Views: 257367

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

PSA for fans of sweet wine
In many states (but unfortunately not in FL) wine.com has half-bottles of 2011 Coutet for $29.99. A good deal at that price but throw on a coupon and maybe Rakuten and you have a very good deal.
by Jim Stewart
December 25th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series - Bordeaux - Jud Reis - Kijabe Children’s Education Fund - DEC 23-DEC31
Replies: 63
Views: 2053

Re: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series - Bordeaux - Jud Reis - Kijabe Children’s Education Fund - DEC 23-DEC31

This is a wine I recall from decades back, but have not tasted in quite a while. It used to be ubiquitous in “serious” local wine shops years ago. I remember it being a favorite recommendation for a good Bordeaux at a value by the great Myron Norman of Harvard Liquors in Brookline. I saw it not lon...
by Jim Stewart
December 24th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal
Replies: 19
Views: 1290

Re: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal

2019 Aveleda “Fonte” Vinho Verde (Branco) Starting off my travels in the .Vinho Verde region with this basic bottle from Aveleda, which is one of the biggest producers and exporters in the region. The first sip of this wine actually made me smile. Sweetly tart citrus for certain, and hints of plum ...
by Jim Stewart
December 24th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal
Replies: 19
Views: 1290

Re: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal

aveleda fonte.jpg 2019 Aveleda “Fonte” Vinho Verde (Branco) Starting off my travels in the Vinho Verde region with this basic bottle from Aveleda, which is one of the biggest producers and exporters in the region. The first sip of this wine actually made me smile. Sweetly tart citrus for certain, a...
by Jim Stewart
December 24th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions
Replies: 81
Views: 5549

Re: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions

Thanks. I've been a bit busy over the last few days, so haven't updated things, nor started any offshoot threads to try and have some discussion about the remaining undiscussed categories. Hopefully they will be useful references for at least a few years. Have you seen this?: https://www.wineberser...
by Jim Stewart
December 24th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2278
Views: 257367

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Wow, the CA selection is so much better than the FL warehouse. FL is pretty much a ghost town. So true. I come a knockin' at a few favorite "houses" and nobody is home! (no Sancerre, no Muscadet, no Kabinett Riesling, etc....) I spend the winter in FL from MA and it is quite shocking how ...
by Jim Stewart
December 24th, 2020, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions
Replies: 81
Views: 5549

Re: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions

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Loire - Sauvignon - ?

François Chidaine Touraine, Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois, Paul Buisse Touraine
by Jim Stewart
December 21st, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing / wine epiphany #4
Replies: 12
Views: 1189

Re: Pairing / wine epiphany #4

One of the richest pleasures i have found in wine has been the periodic, unexpected moments where my understanding of the basic tenets of wine culture come into sharp, dramatic focus and "received wisdom" transitions from an abstract idea into direct experiential knowledge. These are the ...
by Jim Stewart
December 19th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2278
Views: 257367

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Is wine.com slowly imploding ?
by Jim Stewart
December 18th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 166
Views: 5679

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Get your Zinfandel On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

There was a checkout line at our local Publix grocery store the other day, and Jacqueline suggested that I browse the adjacent wine section instead of annoying her with my impatience (“Go play in the wine aisle, Jim” she told me, or words to that effect). There was decent wine selection for a chain...
by Jim Stewart
December 18th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Brokenwood - Sémillon (Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley)
Replies: 9
Views: 449

Re: TN: 2019 Brokenwood - Sémillon (Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley)

Hey Brian, I opened one of these last week, and like you it was my first Australian and (Hunter Valley) Semillon. Agree with your comments, as it is much brighter (acidic) than the softer Semillons that I recall from California tasted years ago. I understand these Hunter Valley Semillons transform t...
by Jim Stewart
December 16th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12654
Views: 505716

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2002 Cos D’Estournel 2013 Bogle Merlot Both over-delivered vs expectations! :) Good one, Vince! I tripped across your note while searching for "Bogle". I just picked up a bottle of Bogle Old Vine Zin for this weeks Charity Virtual Tasting. I would be happy with the same outcome re expecta...
by Jim Stewart
December 16th, 2020, 4:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northwest Florida: Tasting groups, storage, restaurants, wine shops?
Replies: 31
Views: 1198

Re: Northwest Florida: Tasting groups, storage, restaurants, wine shops?

Looking forward to seeing you at the clubhouse and on the shuffleboard court! champagne.gif

seriously, congratulations, good luck, and enjoy your new home
by Jim Stewart
December 15th, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Entry-level Muscadet under $15 [poll added]
Replies: 30
Views: 1240

Re: Best Entry-level Muscadet. CHANGED: under $15 (was under $20)

The basic Pepiere, recently under the name "La Pepie", is probably as good as any at this price. Vagaries of vintage certainly can make this more or less so. Like a lot of other wine regions there have been some recent "sunny" vintages that work against the wine characteristics t...
by Jim Stewart
December 13th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Entry-level Muscadet under $15 [poll added]
Replies: 30
Views: 1240

Re: Best Muscadet under $20

That almost seems like a "rhetorical question" on this forum. . . [cheers.gif]
by Jim Stewart
December 13th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with Prum Auslese?
Replies: 56
Views: 2095

Re: What to pair with Prum Auslese?

I like the cheese suggestion. I think it would pair particularly well with a selection of goat cheeses. Nothing too strong - e.g. fresh "log", Poitou Chevre, Bijou, Bonne Bouche, Humboldt Fog.
by Jim Stewart
December 12th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walter Scott has raised the bar for how wineries interact with their clients during Covid with their 2019 barrel tasting
Replies: 79
Views: 4511

Re: Walter Scott has raised the bar for how wineries interact with their clients during Covid with their 2019 barrel tas

Is WB pushing Walter Scott now? Todd had a very similar post [snort.gif] Honestly really disappointed I didn't jump on this... Yeah, apparently Charlie is too busy to read my post on the same topic. [snort.gif] Todd, I will admit that I had different reactions to the thread titles . . . [whistle.gi...
by Jim Stewart
December 12th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST
Replies: 175
Views: 9985

Re: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST

Just finished watching the tape. Lot of knowledge (obv) and energy from William. Appreciated the directness of many of his comments and his willingness to share his thoughts. I had to smile at the correlation between the clothing, the background setting, and conversational manner of the three of you...
by Jim Stewart
December 10th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of Oregon - D@vid Bu3ker for Dakin Humane Society - DEC9-DEC16
Replies: 268
Views: 9163

Re: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of Oregon - D@vid Bu3ker for Dakin Humane Society - DEC9-DEC16

ottonel.jpg 2018 Patricia Green Dry Muscat Ottonel A paler shade of white! This might be the lightest colored white wine ever for me. I am smell-challenged, but I pick up a clean whiff of stone and flowers. The first taste shows fruit that I want to lazily call citrus, but I believe that is not acc...
by Jim Stewart
December 9th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Aussie Aussie Aussie - Jay H for Food Bank - Nov30 - DEC9
Replies: 80
Views: 3133

Re: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Aussie Aussie Aussie - Jay H for Food Bank - Nov30 - DEC9

brokenwood.jpg 2018 Brokenwood Semillon, Hunter Valley This wine was recommended in another thread and this week seemed like a good time to try it . . . I like it! Entry-level for Brokenwood, which also makes some single vineyard Semillon at much higher prices (this bottle was ~$20). Light, flavorf...
by Jim Stewart
December 6th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finding "Balance" in New World Style Wines
Replies: 70
Views: 3645

Re: Defining "Balance" in New World Style Wines

You are asking the question wrong: anything that is "too" is not in balance. Pace Otto, you can have enormous, densely-fruited wines that are still in balance. Too many people use "balance" as a synonym for medium-bodied, even delicate wines, like where all the dials are set at ...
by Jim Stewart
December 3rd, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Aussie Aussie Aussie - Jay H for Food Bank - Nov30 - DEC9
Replies: 80
Views: 3133

Re: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Aussie Aussie Aussie - Jay H for Food Bank - Nov30 - DEC9

2002 Shirvington McLaren Vale Shiraz impressive nose.jpg Wow, what an impressive nose! (And the wine’s smell is pretty good too.) Opened for Jay’s charity week and also influenced by Ken’s favorable note in this thread on the same wine. This also served as an early birthday bottle for the photograp...

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