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by Jim Stewart
July 12th, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12039
Views: 450053

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 Thivin Cotes de Brouilly, enjoyable slightly chilled, outdoors on a hot and humid evening.
by Jim Stewart
July 12th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting a Memory
Replies: 24
Views: 862

Re: TN: Tasting a Memory

Beautiful, Andrew! Wine opens the door to generous people and memorable experiences.
by Jim Stewart
July 10th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13693
Views: 668552

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A couple of bottles of 2016 Clos Canarelli Vin de Corse Figari Blanc. Don't ask me how I got to this relatively obscure wine. It would require contact tracing through some threads on this site. Social distancing was definitely not practiced!
by Jim Stewart
July 10th, 2020, 6:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In praise of leftovers
Replies: 17
Views: 501

In praise of leftovers

We all have experienced the wine that we did not finish in one sitting transforming into something special as it sits in "leftover" status for a day or few. This thread is not about wine, but about food dishes that do this same thing. I had some leftover basil pesto and pasta that sat in the refrige...
by Jim Stewart
July 10th, 2020, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3408

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

Scott, as I read through your thread this song lyric came to mind

Shove me in the shallow water
Before I get too deep


[cheers.gif]
by Jim Stewart
July 10th, 2020, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson
Replies: 10
Views: 305

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson

Nice note. Never had a Clisson, but by coincidence I am planning to open one of my two bottles of 2014 Clos des Briords. Your note suggests that 2014 was a good vintage for Muscadet and that is encouraging. Thanks.
by Jim Stewart
July 9th, 2020, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It’s good, again. Alcohol has been rehabilitated...
Replies: 11
Views: 1026

Re: It’s good, again. Alcohol has been rehabilitated...

Then let's drink up while drinking is good !
by Jim Stewart
July 8th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week
Replies: 8
Views: 345

Re: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week

2018 Granbazan Etiqueta Verde Albarino Rias Baixas I tasted this Albarino for the first time not long ago and it popped into my head immediately as one to try with pesto. This is the “green label” Albarino from Granbazan. It comes in a greenish bottle and even has a green synthetic cork. The bottle...
by Jim Stewart
July 8th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?
Replies: 15
Views: 505

Re: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?

A good practice for selecting pairings is to consider where the dish originates. In this case, pesto is considered Genovese, so Vermentino is the natural choice. Not sure if your area hois this, but I like La Ginestraia's Vermentino. You can also look to Corsica for great Vermentinos. Any of the wi...
by Jim Stewart
July 5th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week
Replies: 8
Views: 345

Re: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week

2014 Gruner Veltliner, Atzberg Steilterrassen I was a little surprised to see GV suggested as a wine pairing for basil pesto in a google search. A couple of Berserkers also nodded in agreement with the possibility. This was the last remaining bottle of an Austrian White Sampler from Balanced Wine t...
by Jim Stewart
July 5th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Picpoul de Gassac
Replies: 1
Views: 106

Re: Picpoul de Gassac

Sounds nice, Henry. Outrageous price . . . but not in the way you are thinking. This should be a more frequent wine for us also. Cheers.
by Jim Stewart
July 3rd, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 786
Views: 41773

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Lamentable progress since I started my cellar inventory control plan at the end of September. None of my modest goals have been met, even as I revise them along the way to make them easier and more realistic. I am on that train that was in the film with John Voigt and Eric Roberts. My only consolati...
by Jim Stewart
July 3rd, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week
Replies: 8
Views: 345

Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week

We have been growing basil in our garden for many years and this year we have an especially big crop. We use it to make pesto and we expect to be eating a lot of it this summer, served simply over pasta or sometimes smeared on a lightly toasted baguette. We have tried a bunch of different recipes, b...
by Jim Stewart
July 3rd, 2020, 4:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?
Replies: 15
Views: 505

Re: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?

Thanks for the wine suggestions and also for the reminder to not forget to enjoy the pesto while looking for a wine that goes well with it. I’ll try to do both. Unless the wild critters get at our basil plants, we will be having a lot of pesto this summer and having a lot of different wines with it ...
by Jim Stewart
July 1st, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?
Replies: 15
Views: 505

I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?

The first of the season basil harvest from my garden has just been turned into home-made pesto. My pesto recipe is heavy on the basil and garlic, with toasted pine nuts, parmesan, and EVOO. First choice for wine would be something that I already have on hand. I did a little googling and came up with...
by Jim Stewart
June 30th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2018 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre “Les Baronnes” <=> 2018 Henri Bourgeois Quincy “Haute Victoire”
Replies: 6
Views: 223

Re: TNs: 2018 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre “Les Baronnes” <=> 2018 Henri Bourgeois Quincy “Haute Victoire”

Gonna add another postscript to this TN . . . Not the first time this has happened and I relearn to not judge a wine when you serve it with something that does not allow it to show its stuff. Had some of the Sancerre and Quincy leftover so tasted them again with our lunch of local Chatham Oysters. ...
by Jim Stewart
June 29th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Shafer Hillside Select Offer
Replies: 24
Views: 1890

Re: 2016 Shafer Hillside Select Offer

I have heard this wine is great, but it is too pricey for me. Instead I bought a few bottles of the 2016 One Point Five. A good vintage and the first vintage of this with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. I have previously tasted only the 2004 One Point Five which was wonderful I thought. I can only imagine ...
by Jim Stewart
June 29th, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2018 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre “Les Baronnes” <=> 2018 Henri Bourgeois Quincy “Haute Victoire”
Replies: 6
Views: 223

Re: TNs: 2018 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre “Les Baronnes” <=> 2018 Henri Bourgeois Quincy “Haute Victoire”

The most pressing question I have is whether anyone in that town uses a very exaggerated accent while using the French pronunciation of Quincy when they buy it. Ha!! Sean, the young man in the wine store actually gave the French pronunciation a go. He didn't quite get there with KAN-ZAY, but points...
by Jim Stewart
June 29th, 2020, 3:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2018 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre “Les Baronnes” <=> 2018 Henri Bourgeois Quincy “Haute Victoire”
Replies: 6
Views: 223

Re: TNs: 2018 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre “Les Baronnes” <=> 2018 Henri Bourgeois Quincy “Haute Victoire”

Neat! I don't doubt at all that when tasted side by side the differences between the two become more obvious than they might seem if enjoyed separately. However there is also the fact that quite a large spectrum of styles for Sancerre exists and I think that bottlings like Les Baronnes are definite...
by Jim Stewart
June 28th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2018 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre “Les Baronnes” <=> 2018 Henri Bourgeois Quincy “Haute Victoire”
Replies: 6
Views: 223

TNs: 2018 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre “Les Baronnes” <=> 2018 Henri Bourgeois Quincy “Haute Victoire”

We like Sancerre generally and have enjoyed previous vintages of “Les Baronnes” such that it currently has “in the rotation” status. We wanted to give the 2018 bottling a test drive. We have had less luck with Quincy, although we want to like it because it shares the name of the city where I was bo...
by Jim Stewart
June 27th, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 40
Views: 1081

Re: Sparkling wines not named Champagne

Labouré-Gontard Crémant de Bourgogne Brut My first and this was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. Brought over by my non wine-geek son on Father’s Day along with a couple of other wines. It was a great starter wine. Dry, balanced, light and flavorful fruit, with quite soft bubbles. We chatted an...
by Jim Stewart
June 27th, 2020, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 40
Views: 1081

What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?

I have been learning about, and tasting and accumulating Champagne over the past couple of years. I thank (blame?) my fellow Wine Berserkers. At the same time, I have also expanded my non-Champagne sparkling wine horizons a bit and have tasted and enjoyed a few new-to-me ones. Although I have seen i...
by Jim Stewart
June 25th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4040

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

I have never had . . .
My best glass of wine
(Yet)
by Jim Stewart
June 25th, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1126
Views: 91316

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

Anybody using the wine.com app? I tried to download a while ago to an adroid device and was having problems. My wife just got an Iphone and I downloaded it to that and it seems pretty good. Any slick not obvious things you can do with it (coming from a windows laptop world so bear with me) Thanks.
by Jim Stewart
June 24th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Pieropan Soave Classico (Italy, Veneto, Soave Classico)
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: TN: 2015 Pieropan Soave Classico (Italy, Veneto, Soave Classico)

Nice note. I haven't had Soave in many years, but your note reminds me to revisit it. Pieropan is mentioned a lot here so I will seek it out. P.S. Back in the late 70's , early 80's Soave was sort of an introduction to old world "serious" wine for the masses in the US. Bolla was the big producer. T...
by Jim Stewart
June 24th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Pieropan Soave Classico (Italy, Veneto, Soave Classico)
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: TN: 2015 Pieropan Soave Classico (Italy, Veneto, Soave Classico)

JeffK wrote:
June 24th, 2020, 10:10 am
Dennis, I think it was your thread that reminded me to pick up some Pieropan.

VM
A whole lot of "paying it forward" happens here! [cheers.gif]
by Jim Stewart
June 24th, 2020, 3:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Pieropan Soave Classico (Italy, Veneto, Soave Classico)
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: TN: 2015 Pieropan Soave Classico (Italy, Veneto, Soave Classico)

Nice note. I haven't had Soave in many years, but your note reminds me to revisit it. Pieropan is mentioned a lot here so I will seek it out. P.S. Back in the late 70's , early 80's Soave was sort of an introduction to old world "serious" wine for the masses in the US. Bolla was the big producer. Th...
by Jim Stewart
June 22nd, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12039
Views: 450053

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Finished up a bottle of Patricia Green 2018 Muscat. Really enjoy this light floral lemony wine which can show bright pleasant acid by itself and with a variety of food. Tonight I finished up the bottle with some leftover charcuterie from Fathers day (prosciutto, serrano ham, salami) and the acid too...
by Jim Stewart
June 22nd, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Laherte Frères Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature (France, Champagne)
Replies: 7
Views: 301

Re: TN: NV Laherte Frères Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature (France, Champagne)

Thanks for the note, Dennis. Tempts me to open one of the bottles of this that I have.
by Jim Stewart
June 22nd, 2020, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Picpoul: the joys of simple wine
Replies: 35
Views: 1495

Re: Yeah...But....

Why would you want to drink a wine whose simplicity guarantees it will never get a score over 90??? [stirthepothal.gif] I put Picpoul in the same category of Vermentino or Albarino; not a pprofound drink, but something that sometimes the moment just calls for. Most of the ones you see come from the...
by Jim Stewart
June 22nd, 2020, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhône white wines
Replies: 36
Views: 1169

Re: Rhône white wines

I usually find Cotes du Rhone Blanc more than satisfactory as a quaffer, and you might get even more at the Villages or Cru level. A recent good example was Domaine Pelaquie Villages Laudun. I also enjoy 100% Viognier bottlings from the Rhone, without any prestige designation. Recent good ones were ...
by Jim Stewart
June 21st, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1126
Views: 91316

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

I have been a good boy, but I gave in just a little today. . . I thought I had two bottles of Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé in my cellar, but discovered that I only had one. I HAD to get at least one bottle to replace the missing one, right? And if I increased that to two bottles I could get such a gr...
by Jim Stewart
June 21st, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 54
Views: 3151

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

Poison can result in a stinking carcass somewhere you can smell but cannot access. I recommend something like this. Use peanut butter for bait, dispose of the mouse and trap together. mouse trap.jpg Also do a once over to outside to see possible entry points for the mouse into your cellar. Go get 'em!
by Jim Stewart
June 21st, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mother-in-Law Drops Ice Cubes in my Mouchey :(
Replies: 41
Views: 2166

Re: Mother-in-Law Drops Ice Cubes in my Mouchey :(

She probably knew exactly what she was doing and how much it would piss you off !
by Jim Stewart
June 21st, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father’s Day Wine Selections
Replies: 75
Views: 2168

Re: Father’s Day Wine Selections

I'm the father-center-of attention today and I am adjusting to a receiving frame of mind from my normal controlling mode. My son bought some wines to go with the goodies that he and my wife have for me later today. He has good taste, but is not a wine geek by any means. This is one of those occasion...
by Jim Stewart
June 20th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre-TN: 1999 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rosé Millesime
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Re: Pre-TN: 1999 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rosé Millesime

Jim, This is their tete de cuvee. I opened a bottle of 2000 back in 2014 and it tasted like it was near the end of it's life. I'm not really sure what to think of their top wines. I haven't had one that aged well. Even the Cuvee Nicolas seemed like it was oxidized from the 6 pack that I bought. I w...
by Jim Stewart
June 20th, 2020, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre-TN: 1999 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rosé Millesime
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Pre-TN: 1999 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rosé Millesime

A bottle of this wine unexpectedly showed up in my much more modest cache of Champagne due to the (sometimes) generous winds of chance. I do not know if this is past prime, but it will probably be consumed in the near future. Any recent experience with this? Any special serving advice?
by Jim Stewart
June 19th, 2020, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Domaine Thomas Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées
Replies: 4
Views: 249

Re: TN: 2018 Domaine Thomas Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées

Don, how would you compare the 2017 vs 2018? (I see you very much liked both in your TNs on CT) Is premox still a potental issue with 2017/2018 white burgundies or has that passed?
by Jim Stewart
June 19th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give Riesling A Chance
Replies: 27
Views: 1238

Re: Give Riesling A Chance

Eric Asimov published this in the NYT yesterday: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/18/dining/drinks/dry-riesling.html Kind of wish he waited until after the 2019 offers have come through before putting this out :P How does this work, Brian? Are there "offers" made to individuals, prior to these wines...
by Jim Stewart
June 18th, 2020, 3:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first 6 months as a wine lover
Replies: 29
Views: 1590

Re: My first 6 months as a wine lover

Nice post and story, Jan. Bon Voyage!
by Jim Stewart
June 17th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12039
Views: 450053

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2018 Patricia Green Dry Muscat Ottonel. What a cool wine. Light. Fruit and flowers. The finish is pleasing, drying, "lemony" and lingers on the back roof of my mouth. I'm copping out with the word "lemony"; it is something different that I can't pull up the name.
by Jim Stewart
June 16th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 55
Views: 5406

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

Just seeing this thread for the first time with today's posts. Is the deal/coupon for WB announced back in April still happening?
by Jim Stewart
June 16th, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you chill Beaujolais Crus before serving?
Replies: 21
Views: 837

Re: Do you chill Beaujolais Crus before serving?

No more than any other red. No wine should be served at living room temp. Greg, your comment concisely expresses the message in some of the other posts also. Interesting and worth me considering. Just as I have probably been serving my white wines too cold in general, I also have probably been serv...
by Jim Stewart
June 16th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 130
Views: 5472

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

Mattstolz wrote:
June 15th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Jim Stewart wrote:
June 2nd, 2020, 6:59 am

2019 Kelley Fox Pinot Blanc “Barbie”
Homage to mom. Beautiful art with personal connection.
barbie.jpg
curious if you've tried this wine yet? I was thinking about adding one or two in on an upcoming order of the soon-to-be-bottled 2019 Mirabai
Not yet, Matt. (Go for it!)
by Jim Stewart
June 15th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wine region would you live in?
Replies: 64
Views: 2058

Re: Which wine region would you live in?

Good question! Santa Cruz Mountains. I came close to moving there. Part of me will always regret it, but I actually came even closer to moving to Bainbridge Island, not really wine country. Good to see several mentions of Savoie, which would be on my list. I don't want to be in a city, but the coun...

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