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by Jim Stewart
August 22nd, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1353
Views: 67982

Re: What did you cook tonight?

‘Farm to table’ basil pesto. My backyard “farm” is about 70sq. ft., and my summer crops are usually tomatoes and basil. This year I spread wildflower seeds instead and dropped in a handful of basil plants to fend for themselves. I am usually very attentive about growing the basil: pinching flower bu...
by Jim Stewart
August 22nd, 2019, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ikea has a $1.49 decante/carafe that holds 34 oz. Great if you are having an event
Replies: 22
Views: 1416

Re: Ikea has a $1.49 decante/carafe that holds 34 oz. Great if you are having an event

Hey Jim, an appropriate update for the card: Wire PalateIn San Francisco Idea was uncorked a while back and I reserved WirePalateInSF@gmail.com I believe the image of the card is protected, so some changes required. Old school, man, one of my Dad's fav shows, mine too, except for the open insensiti...
by Jim Stewart
August 21st, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ikea has a $1.49 decante/carafe that holds 34 oz. Great if you are having an event
Replies: 22
Views: 1416

Re: Ikea has a $1.49 decante/carafe that holds 34 oz. Great if you are having an event

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
August 21st, 2019, 12:23 pm
You can also do this:
Kevin, all you need now is a business card "HAVE WINE WILL TRAVEL" modeled after this one from the philosophical gunslinger in black - [cheers.gif] -Jim
by Jim Stewart
August 21st, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 53
Views: 2491

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

deadhorse as usual . . . Opened the "more than once" recommended 2017 Idlewild "The Bird" Red last week with pizza. Seemed a little harsh and acidic to me although ample fruit seemed to be there also. Kept it re-corked in the fridge and finished the last big glass today with leftover pizza. This win...
by Jim Stewart
August 19th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 63
Views: 2842

Re: Napa Cab under $100

+1 on the Chappy Sig Cab. It's available everywhere, always very good, well under $100 and will stay all of those things for a long time. If she likes it, you'll have a go to bottle for life Lot of love on this thread for this wine, but your note sold me ! Love the phrase "a go to bottle for life"!
by Jim Stewart
August 19th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 63
Views: 2842

Re: Napa Cab under $100

Psst . . . Champagne! Can you believe it, she doesn’t really like sparkling wine. Understood . . . in that case, a cab that has not yet been mentioned: 2015 Shafer "One Point Five" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon which is listed at $89.95 at K&L. Some of the reviews suggest its a drink now o...
by Jim Stewart
August 18th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 63
Views: 2842

Re: Napa Cab under $100

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Jim Stewart wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Psst . . . Champagne!
Psst...not what he’s asking about
no shit!!!
by Jim Stewart
August 18th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 63
Views: 2842

Re: Napa Cab under $100

Psst . . . Champagne!
by Jim Stewart
August 18th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: From Brussels north to Amsterdam
Replies: 6
Views: 203

Re: From Brussels north to Amsterdam

Belgium: Beer!!! Some of the best beers in the world, IMHO; many will appeal to a wine lover who does not usually drink beer. Nice pubs in every town. Amsterdam: Surprisingly good beer - Proeflokaal Arendsnest is nice when not crowded (off hours?). Coffeeshop - Paradox (for the "scene" or whatever ...
by Jim Stewart
August 17th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB
Replies: 44
Views: 1345

Re: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB

CJ Beazley wrote:
August 16th, 2019, 4:50 am
Blake B’s vote should count twice.
I’m curious to see what he says
I agree. although Blake's preference would not be a vote, but rather the final say.
by Jim Stewart
August 15th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10683
Views: 373978

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Domaine du Petit Clocher, Coteaux du Layon "Prestige" 2011. Been a fan of this property since bicycling 15 km to the winery on a borrowed pink three speed circa 2004. We have had a bottle of this probably once a year over the past few years. Always delicious, but this is the best it has tasted. Hon...
by Jim Stewart
August 15th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 754
Views: 47801

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Egly-Ouriet "Les Vignes de Vrigny. We cancelled our restaurant reservation and decided to celebrate our 44th anniversary relaxed and "al fresco". This Champagne was recommended to me a while back by Doug Schulman. This was a WOW for us. DELICIOUS! Dry, fruit, spice and leesy yeast playing nicely to...
by Jim Stewart
August 15th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 225
Views: 14836

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

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That is all. . .
by Jim Stewart
August 11th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10683
Views: 373978

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2015 A. J. Adam Drohner Hofberg Riesling Kabinett. This was simply a pleasure to drink with an early evening cheese plate on the back porch. . Not focusing on words to describe it, just accepting what it gives: balanced fruit and acid, very slight sweetness, drinking enjoyment! Great with the chees...
by Jim Stewart
August 10th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10683
Views: 373978

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2015 A. J. Adam Drohner Hofberg Riesling Kabinett. This was simply a pleasure to drink with an early evening cheese plate on the back porch. . Not focusing on words to describe it, just accepting what it gives: balanced fruit and acid, very slight sweetness, drinking enjoyment! Great with the chees...
by Jim Stewart
August 10th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 2758

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

If you think about the retirement mode, 1000 bottles is not crazy. Even 2 bottles per week takes you less than ten years to deplete the cellar. My parents are a very healthy 79 and 80, and drink wine every night. It’s their lifestyle - they introduced me to it. My parents have wines that they have ...
by Jim Stewart
August 10th, 2019, 4:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 2758

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

congratulations AND commiserations
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by Jim Stewart
August 9th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10683
Views: 373978

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2015 Türk Kremser Sandgrube Reserve Grüner Veltliner. Nicely balanced acid and citrus fruit with herbal notes. Went well with our dinner of grilled scallops and grilled asparagus, both simply seasoned in olive oil, salt and pepper.
by Jim Stewart
August 9th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2202

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

For better or worse to readers, I am mentally engaged/distracted with this thread . . . Can this adjustable "Botto" container idea be modified to work with liquid? botto.gif P.S. Should we give George Forman and his friends a call for some help? I have something that is similar to that idea - the E...
by Jim Stewart
August 8th, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2202

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

For better or worse to readers, I am mentally engaged/distracted with this thread . . .
Can this adjustable "Botto" container idea be modified to work with liquid?
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P.S. Should we give George Forman and his friends a call for some help?
by Jim Stewart
August 7th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2202

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

the key is to moisten the slit ... moisten it before pumping. Yikes. That aside, I believe there is considerable literature suggesting that the Vacu Vin is a sham. Wine Spectator and Wall Street Journal both did independent tests and, in Specator's case, tested the old and new versions of the seal....
by Jim Stewart
August 7th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2202

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

John & Todd, I am going to deadhorse a bit . . . There are at least a couple of versions of the "Original Vacu-Vin" as well as a shitload of knockoffs and other versions I have the two that are pictured below. vacu-vin.jpg The one on the left is the newer "Original Vacu-Vin and in my personal experi...
by Jim Stewart
August 7th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 154
Views: 10212

Re: Top US Syrahs

No personal tasting experience, but I have read some good comments elsewhere on Kevin White Winery (Washington state). Has anyone tasted their Syrah?
by Jim Stewart
August 7th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4225

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

Maybe it's time we assign "levels" to ourselves. I propose baseball style, Rookie, A, AA, AAA, Major League. People like Francoise, Favre, a few others.... major leaguers . Making boilermakers with unicorn white Burgundy and unicorn Champagne, wines from the French Third Republic, wines that even R...
by Jim Stewart
August 5th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NY City 9/14 or 9/15?
Replies: 18
Views: 617

Re: NY City 9/14 or 9/15?

Jay Hack, you are indefatigable ! (said with admiration and a little awe)
by Jim Stewart
August 5th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 446
Views: 42630

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Jeff Rosenberg wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 1:46 pm
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Not a cellar yet but getting there!
You're well on your way! Are you DIY for this project?
by Jim Stewart
August 5th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4225

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

.. (1) Should there be a cap on the price or quantity of wines people should place on the wines they discuss on this board? or (2) are the complaints out of line? . . . I think my response would be no to both questions. Re Price/Quantity, Let them post and let the rest of us live vicariously, drop ...
by Jim Stewart
August 3rd, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2006 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir
Replies: 15
Views: 801

Re: 2006 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

Haven't had the 2006 as I just discovered them in January on a work trip to Cape Town. But the 2017 Pinot was absolutely amazing. Earthy and restrained. Wonderful wine. Someone said their Chard was even better, so I went out and bought a bottle of that, but haven't tried it yet. Good to hear about ...
by Jim Stewart
August 2nd, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette wineries to visit in October???
Replies: 46
Views: 2302

Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

it hasn't been mentioned yet (although absolutely I would second visits with Jim at Patty Green and Marcus at Goodfellow, along with Walter Scott), but I had an incredibly enjoyable time with Kelley Fox and her wines are beautiful as well . Also, if you stop at Patty Green, you literally drive by K...
by Jim Stewart
August 2nd, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399129

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Hill Farmstead Vera Mae 2018 "And now for something completely different". . . A couple of months ago my daughter brought me back two 750's from Hill Farmstead, Arthur and this one. I have had and enjoyed Arthur before and I gave it to someone who I thought might enjoy it. We opened the Vera Mae to...
by Jim Stewart
August 1st, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2202

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

For a bottle to be drunk over a couple to several days, I have always used the Vacu Vin (pump til it clicks ) wine saver. Is it not thought of as reliable? I still have one of those as well, but haven't found it to be terribly reliable/effective FWIW, and you may already do this, I have found that ...
by Jim Stewart
August 1st, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2202

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

For a bottle to be drunk over a couple to several days, I have always used the Vacu Vin (pump til it clicks ) wine saver. Is it not thought of as reliable?
by Jim Stewart
July 31st, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette wineries to visit in October???
Replies: 46
Views: 2302

Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

We did a short stop in McMinnville on our trip last year and visited/tasted at Eyrie, Brittan, and Goodfellow. The wines were pretty good at all three, but for an overall experience I would recommend a visit with Marcus Goodfellow. You may have more "in" than we do, and be able to taste with other w...
by Jim Stewart
July 31st, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 11881

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

I've been following this frenzied thread and have also noted the ongoing "What Bedrock are you drinking" thread. I get the gist of it. Good wines!!! I even signed up for their mailing list mid-thread and just received my welcome / wait list offer. Tempting and tempted, but I opted for a very conserv...
by Jim Stewart
July 31st, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who's going to wear the black hat?
Replies: 121
Views: 4157

Re: Who's going to wear the black hat?

Speaking of guys who are missed. . . I have only been here about a year and don't have the historical perspective of many of you, but I miss R. Gilbane. He seems to be in semi-retirement. He was much more active when I first started here. While maybe/maybe not "black hat" material, I found his comme...
by Jim Stewart
July 29th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!
Replies: 101
Views: 5230

Re: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!

Notable Berserkers: Dan Hammer - black T shirt on left Jonathan Sirot - Turquoise Shirt Clifton Dong - rught side, smiling, light blue shit Brent Clayton - In back right behind Sirot Gil Bauer - in front of Clayton, face half obscured by wine glass. large group.jpg If by black, you mean the guy wea...
by Jim Stewart
July 29th, 2019, 4:22 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chinon and Saumur
Replies: 15
Views: 686

Re: Chinon and Saumur

FWIW, Here's another suggestion if you do not already have a good knowledge of the wines in this region. Visit the "Maison des Vins" in Saumur and Angers. https://federationviticole.com/maison-des-vins/ These are sort of "tourism offices" for wines in the area , and will offer you tastings and infor...
by Jim Stewart
July 28th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chinon and Saumur
Replies: 15
Views: 686

Re: Chinon and Saumur

Chevalerie, Bourgueil. Sparkling producers on Rue Jean Ackerman, Saumur. A lot of the wines are good rather than spectacular, but you can try a lot of them in a short walk. Bonnezeaux/Chaume/Layon worth a day trip. Strongly agree with this suggestion, especially if you are unfamiliar with these win...
by Jim Stewart
July 28th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 754
Views: 47801

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV Louis Roederer "Brut Premier"
Gee, I thought this was very nice. Balanced, lively, appley, bready taste. And a pretty, centered bubble cone as a visual bonus. A 375 ml bottle.
by Jim Stewart
July 28th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Baudry Chinon Croix Boissee [2015 vintage notes added 7.19.19]
Replies: 69
Views: 3224

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Baudry Chinon Croix Boissee [2015 vintage notes added 7.19.19]

I am going to piggy back my related tasting note in this thread. . . TN: 2014 Baudry Domaine Chinon First impressions: COLOR deep purple-red, brown-tinged, almost opaque. NOSE forest floor humus , earthy rich and damp , musty, mushroom fodder stuff. TASTE bright and light mouthfeel, cherry/raspberry...
by Jim Stewart
July 28th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!
Replies: 161
Views: 6179

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Wow! Nice image of Jay!!!
He seems to be in a trance-like state, channeling ancient Viking spirits.
Is he whipping up the Berserkers to a frenzy to kick off the fest?
Or maybe chanting to celebrate good fellowship, wine and food?
Good stuff.
by Jim Stewart
July 26th, 2019, 3:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who's going to wear the black hat?
Replies: 121
Views: 4157

Re: Who's going to wear the black hat?

Already have my hat . . ."If I only had a -----. "
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by Jim Stewart
July 24th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Alan Eden Memorial Poll - What Saxum Magnum should I open at BF 10.2
Replies: 56
Views: 2100

Re: The Alan Eden Memorial Poll - What Saxum Magnum should I open at BF 10.2

Here is Jay making an incredibly nice gesture, and he gets pilloried on the board. So let me add my own snide comment, and ask why he didn’t buy a decent bottle of my or six of Palmer instead. At no point did I say that it Mr. Hack is anything other than generous. This is undoubtedly going to be on...
by Jim Stewart
July 24th, 2019, 3:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 11881

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Case of OVZ (year over year out #1 weeknight wine) and a mixed case of heritage red, evangelho, gambrels, and staves. Wishlisted 6 magnums (almost hoping they don’t hit as that would put me at 3 cases!!!) Tim, Based on your experience with the OVZ bottling, do you expect the '18 to be drinking well...
by Jim Stewart
July 23rd, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine-Centric Title for our Fearless Leader?
Replies: 45
Views: 1448

Re: New Wine-Centric Title for our Fearless Leader?

I’m still trying to figure out what to wear to the J-Lo concert tonight! champagne.gif Things I've lost (in chronological order): - my glasses - my keys - my respect for you after learning that you're going to see J-Lo Zlatan has something to tell you about Robert.A.Junior: ' He doesn't need to dre...
by Jim Stewart
July 23rd, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 11881

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Wow, what an active thread! Many of you posters seem a little bit fanatical to me, maybe out of control, purchasing more than you planned. On the other hand, I just signed up to be on their mailing/waiting list based on all your enthusiasm and on my own progression of the "disease". [cheers.gif]
by Jim Stewart
July 23rd, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3150

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Wine dinners with morons:
Hey, I resemble that remark!
blue cheese "fondue" over seared ahi tuna. Disgusting.
That's what makes the world so "interesting" (and so frustrating). The chef thought that this dish was "sexy".
by Jim Stewart
July 22nd, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine-Centric Title for our Fearless Leader?
Replies: 45
Views: 1448

Re: New Wine-Centric Title for our Fearless Leader?

a bit off wine-centric, but still in the drink world: "The Straw"
by Jim Stewart
July 22nd, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8209

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Craig G wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 3:34 pm
This is very sad. I wish he had polled us first.

RIP, Alan. True Wineberserker.
But he did, and not that long ago!!!

. . . gonna miss his out of the box posts
. . . condolences to family and friends

Carpe Diem, folks
by Jim Stewart
July 22nd, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Baudry
Replies: 22
Views: 1536

Re: 2017 Baudry

Got my hands on a case of 2017 Grezeaux on Friday. I do like the Croix Boissee, but the Grezeaux is such a value! I have very little tasting experience with Cab Franc, but I am interested in trying some and Baudry's gets some good words here. Do you think the Grezeaux will likely provide you drinki...

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