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by Jim Stewart
April 18th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1212
Views: 129638

Re: Official Costco Thread

Otto Dobre wrote:
April 17th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Nick F. wrote:
April 17th, 2019, 11:18 am
2014 Hypothesis cabernet
19.97
Prob too ripe, but will gift at that price.
Nick, please post the item number when you get a chance.
Otto, just curious as to what the item number gives you? I have seen this type of request before on this thread. What should I know? Thanks. -Jim
by Jim Stewart
April 18th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 A.J. Adam Riesling Trocken
Replies: 0
Views: 37

TN: 2017 A.J. Adam Riesling Trocken

I have recently developed a liking for Riesling. I do not mind a bit of residual sweetness in the wine and find it can play well with the mineral and somewhat citrusy flavors and the “energy” that seem to come with the grape. But my wife, who generally loves a well-made wine that is fully committed...
by Jim Stewart
April 18th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Work is lots of Oregon Pinots
Replies: 9
Views: 533

Re: Work is lots of Oregon Pinots

How unpleasant !
by Jim Stewart
April 16th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?

I am in the very early stages of putting together a first-ever visit for us to this part of the country for September. Just booked our RT flight to SLC on points this morning and going from there. We like to hike (up to a few hours), I am hoping to do some fishing (either unguided or guided), and we...
by Jim Stewart
April 14th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wrong on Chardonnag
Replies: 13
Views: 749

Re: Wrong on Chardonnag

Though blood appears to be in the water gentlemen, might it be more of a language issue ?
by Jim Stewart
April 14th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 66
Views: 1880

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

I would prefer a trimmed mean. Just messing with you guys! [cheers.gif]
by Jim Stewart
April 13th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Santa Fe restaurants
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: Santa Fe restaurants

For food, we enjoyed the following stops during our visit last September: -Second Street Beer, solid beer line-up, surprisingly tasty food that is a big step up from usual brewpub fare, original location on 2nd Street, eat outside. -Horseman's Haven Cafe, if you are into the flavors and heat of gree...
by Jim Stewart
April 13th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is your average cost per bottle trending?
Replies: 27
Views: 738

Re: How is your average cost per bottle trending?

2019 ($85.ish): I've finally reached a point where my cellar feels balanced and where I want it. I'm actively at a place where I'm buying wines to replace what I drink or keep a few favorites going. 2018 ($95.ish): Another year of refining what I wanted. No real regrets...but maybe; just maybe I wi...
by Jim Stewart
April 11th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 322
Views: 28212

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Ed Gonzales wrote:
April 11th, 2019, 11:26 am
while i wish that was my cellar, that's actually bill koch's. just meesin.
playing along (but having it both ways just in case) [cheers.gif]
by Jim Stewart
April 11th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 322
Views: 28212

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Ed Gonzales wrote:
April 11th, 2019, 10:36 am
it took awhile. at least one side is done.
You are off to a great start . . . love the concept!
by Jim Stewart
April 11th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions for Bern's steakhouse
Replies: 35
Views: 2479

Re: Questions for Bern's steakhouse

I drank the 2000 La Tâche not more than six years ago or so for $600...sigh. There is a lot still there that is not on the published list, especially old negociant Burgundies you would never think could be as good as they are. I used to know the head sommelier Eric, who produced some amazing bottle...
by Jim Stewart
April 10th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 218
Views: 9157

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

You don't know what you don't know. Bought a couple of Liberte on the BD offer as kind of a treat for me and my wife. One arrived broken, and I have been reluctant to use the single survivor until we have the glasses for both of us. Gave in just now to pour myself a glass of Champalou Vouvray. Kind ...
by Jim Stewart
April 10th, 2019, 4:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: old musar and chinon
Replies: 22
Views: 1036

Re: old musar and chinon

Thanks, guys. I sure am glad I like Musar, since I own more of it than anything else! Kelly, I know that Musar has quite a following on this board, but I am curious if your initial interest in Musar was because of your wife's Lebanese connection? [cheers.gif] -Jim P.S. I hear "Haram" around my hous...
by Jim Stewart
April 9th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please
Replies: 16
Views: 362

Re: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please

.... Definitely get your hands on some local Grüner Veltliner in Vienna. Not a terribly complex white, but always dry, refreshing, and well-made. .... [oops.gif] You haven´t had the really good and mature ones ... right? A GV can be everything from the undrinkable worst to the celestial greatest .....
by Jim Stewart
April 9th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please
Replies: 16
Views: 362

Re: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please

We visited Vienna a few years back . . . For wine tasting: Vinothek W-Einkehr ; anything from an introduction to a focused tasting. Tell Roland your interests and approx price range and he will take the lead from there. Cheese and charcuterie to accompany. For Beer and some food: We enjoyed the beer...
by Jim Stewart
April 9th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two More With Dinner...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 313

Re: TN: Two More With Dinner...(short/boring)

it's a wine / it's a liqueur / it's a zinfandel
by Jim Stewart
April 9th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-8-19
Replies: 19
Views: 1225

Re: Wine Impressions 4-8-19

A laconic treasure trove. And an apparent SQN heretic. Agree with Tallan's assesssment above: thank you, thank you, thank you.
by Jim Stewart
April 7th, 2019, 4:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acquisition vs Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 1579

Re: Acquisition vs Consumption

I woke up this AM to news about the first-ever photograph of a black hole. Got me thinking a bit about a black hole model of wine acquisition. I have not developed this model beyond stealing this simplified graphic as a starting point: wine hole.gif My preliminary hypotheses are that (1) many of us ...
by Jim Stewart
April 6th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acquisition vs Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 1579

Re: Acquisition vs Consumption

. . . I'm gonna die with a lot of wine in my basement. The current count (not including roses and everyday whites) is a measly ~35 cases, with probably another ~10 off-site. When I die, someone else is gonna drink them. Because I'm pretty good at not letting them go over the hill, they're gonna enj...
by Jim Stewart
April 6th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1212
Views: 129638

Re: Official Costco Thread

Atlanta (Brookhaven) now with the 08 Dom at $138. Good deal. They now have 2008 Dom out at the Sandy Springs Costco for $138 as well. I resisted the urge to pick up a couple more and need to stay out of Costco for a while to try to maintain self-discipline. Stay strong . . . one day at a time!
by Jim Stewart
April 6th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acquisition vs Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 1579

Acquisition vs Consumption

Some smart person once said “to everything there is a season”. This past winter season in FL has seen me acquiring a lot more wine than we are consuming. We have not changed our average weekly consumption significantly; probably we are even consuming a bit more. Apparently, I am in a "season" where ...
by Jim Stewart
April 6th, 2019, 4:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 106
Views: 6074

Re: San Sebastian

John Osburn wrote:
April 5th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Thanks for the updates! We are going there mid-May and are considering options. We may just wind up doing pintxos rather than the starred places.

Any good non-food-oriented day trip tips (apart from Bilboa and La Rioja)?
+1
by Jim Stewart
April 5th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting the Loire valley?
Replies: 7
Views: 434

Re: Visiting the Loire valley?

Was on a self guided bike tour of the Loire Valley last year and had a great time ( FYI it's pretty flat) . Visited Vacheron in Sancerre but had to arrange in advance, and French fluency (which I do not have) was strongly advised. Turned out really well anyway. If I had to do it over again I would ...
by Jim Stewart
April 4th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: old musar and chinon
Replies: 22
Views: 1036

Re: old musar and chinon

Thanks, guys. I sure am glad I like Musar, since I own more of it than anything else! Kelly, I know that Musar has quite a following on this board, but I am curious if your initial interest in Musar was because of your wife's Lebanese connection? [cheers.gif] -Jim P.S. I hear "Haram" around my hous...
by Jim Stewart
April 4th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Knowing a wine
Replies: 9
Views: 497

Re: Knowing a wine

Like Marcus said, it really depends on what one means by knowing a wine. I worked weekends at a tasting room for a small winery back in the 90s. It was standard practice to taste every bottle before serving to others. That meant every open bottle from the day before and any new bottle opened. Tasti...
by Jim Stewart
April 4th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with liver
Replies: 48
Views: 1151

Re: Pairing with liver

My "gourmet" gut tells me to pair a bit of a heavyweight red with this dish. Something to stand up to it. High ripe fruit, not bright fruit, concentrated, high-ish alcohol , maybe Aussie Shiraz or Argentina Malbec. Let them slug it out!
by Jim Stewart
April 4th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congratulations to the high bidder
Replies: 21
Views: 2187

Re: Congratulations to the high bidder

Thank you for the congratulations, we are looking forward to enjoying it with our weekly cheese plate . . . No fish?? [drinkers.gif] That's another way to go. . . but I already have a wine in mind for our next fish of the week dinner - Bastide Miraflors. It is quite popular right now, and I've hear...
by Jim Stewart
April 4th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting the Loire valley?
Replies: 7
Views: 434

Re: Visiting the Loire valley?

p. raghib wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 8:06 pm
A friend of mine is going in Sept. Any idea who is good with folks that aren't super serious? Any good restaurant suggestions?
Thanks
What part of the Loire will he/she be visiting?
by Jim Stewart
April 4th, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congratulations to the high bidder
Replies: 21
Views: 2187

Re: Congratulations to the high bidder

Thank you for the congratulations, we are looking forward to enjoying it with our weekly cheese plate . . .
by Jim Stewart
April 3rd, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27
Replies: 59
Views: 1303

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

Jay Miller wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 8:31 am
I realize I was over optimistic on my available time/energy. So if someone else want to organize Friday I'm letting it go...
I certainly know the feeling . . . !

si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait!

[cheers.gif]
by Jim Stewart
April 3rd, 2019, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson
Replies: 22
Views: 687

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson

Jayson Cohen wrote:
April 2nd, 2019, 6:18 pm
But not 2015. 12, 13, 14, or 17 (when Clisson is released).
Is the 2015 atypical for one or both?
by Jim Stewart
April 2nd, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson
Replies: 22
Views: 687

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson

The back and forth of this thread, the point and counterpoint, have convinced me that I have to give the Clisson a go. May pair it with a Briords from the same vintage (2015?) and do a face to face. Lots of wine out there to explore, to learn a little more, to enjoy, to share, to agree or disagree o...
by Jim Stewart
April 2nd, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 91
Views: 1834

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

For sweet, I'd have to go with Avignonesi Vin Santo; I had a '94, tremendous complexity, like port squared, while also being the most viscous wine I have ever encountered. On non-sweet, there are so many and so many different styles,a number of which have been mentioned above. Pieropan is certainly...
by Jim Stewart
April 2nd, 2019, 5:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson
Replies: 22
Views: 687

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson

What does the Clisson offer compared to the Clos de Briords ? Always thought the "Muscadet Village" concept was a bit of a marketing gimmick, so have not checked out any.
by Jim Stewart
April 1st, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 91
Views: 1834

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

I like the Colli di Lapio offering of Fiano di Avellino. ($20 +/-)

Also impressed with first time tasting Pigato and Malvasia (Sardinia) a few months back (also $20 +/-)
by Jim Stewart
April 1st, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27
Replies: 59
Views: 1303

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

Jay,

OK, 'nuff said and thanks. Please put us down as coming. -Jim (& Jacqueline)

P.S. Once you meet Jacqueline it will be Jacqueline (& Jim) from then on. Or Jacqueline (and what's his name) [cheers.gif]
by Jim Stewart
April 1st, 2019, 4:50 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27
Replies: 59
Views: 1303

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

Jay, " Anyone who understands the idea of “ A really good bottle of wine to share with friends” qualifies." . . ."ay, there's the rub". As I noted to you once before, "you play a game with which I am not familiar". But I admire and enjoy your whirlwind spirit of action and carpe diem that flows thro...
by Jim Stewart
March 31st, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes.
Replies: 0
Views: 70

TN: 2017 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes.

Long and boring, as Tom Hill would put it, but very accurate in this particular case. I picked up a bottle of this Sancerre recently, based on some favorable comments I saw from Kirk Grant, but also off the memories of our visit to Henri Bourgeois about 10 years ago. The latter leads me to a long an...
by Jim Stewart
March 31st, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Florida Fish of the Week
Replies: 32
Views: 1369

Re: Florida Fish of the Week

Albert R wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 2:30 pm
Mahi on top of Paella! champagne.gif
Oh yeah !!!
by Jim Stewart
March 30th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Florida Fish of the Week
Replies: 32
Views: 1369

Re: Florida Fish of the Week

It’s been a while since I have added to this thread, though Jacqueline and I have continued our fish of the week meal while down here in FL. We tried some other new types- red grouper, mahi-mahi, and also re-visited some favorites – Key West pink shrimp and, tonight, Tripletail again. Tripletail was...
by Jim Stewart
March 29th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bottom Feeding at TotalWines...(short/boring)
Replies: 26
Views: 2049

Re: TN: Bottom Feeding at TotalWines...(short/boring)

These are wines that carry the shelf-talker "Winery Direct". My understanding is that these are the highest margin wines that TW carries and that there is extraordinary pressure on the TW "wine associates" to move the "Winery Direct" wines. Not entirely true. Most of their classed growth bdx are "w...
by Jim Stewart
March 29th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good news! I was wrong again
Replies: 7
Views: 918

Re: Good news! I was wrong again

Dumpster diving in the basement last night for a bottle of red wine that's not something I sell (I get very very tired of drinking mostly stuff I sell, which is mostly what I have). Found a bottle I forgot I had. Rushed it upstairs because I remember that it was fully mature last time I had it and ...
by Jim Stewart
March 29th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Hunter Bastides Miraflors
Replies: 19
Views: 1005

Re: Wine Hunter Bastides Miraflors

See Michael Chang! (That is all)
by Jim Stewart
March 28th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 2443

Re: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle

Steak? Malbec usually works well. Tapiz Alta Malbec has been recommended more than once here, I think it is about $20. Plenty of others - I like the trusted local wine shop suggestion.
by Jim Stewart
March 27th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis
Replies: 16
Views: 932

Re: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis

I was curious to taste these two wines over time a little more attentively, prompted Larry’s questions and to see what changes might occur. These wines were opened three days ago and tasted as in the TN, then vac-vined, and refrigerated. I had a small glass of each last night and the same tonight. I...
by Jim Stewart
March 27th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Pasta
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: PASTA ANCHOVY

Nice improvised dish, Martin! Beautiful photo of Lake Como. Is it Spring there yet? Never been to the lakes region of Italy, but we have to get there while we have health and fitness. Carpe Diem!
by Jim Stewart
March 27th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis
Replies: 16
Views: 932

Re: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis

I picked up a 2017 Domaine William Fevre Chablis at Costco recently ($25) to try. I decided to pair it in a “taste-off” with a 2015 Domaine Laroche Chablis Saint Martin (about the same price) which I also hadn’t tried yet. Poured small glasses of each for my wife and myself to go with our weekly ch...
by Jim Stewart
March 26th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oily substance on top of wine?
Replies: 18
Views: 718

Re: Oily substance on top of wine?

Thanks, Anton. For a moment, I thought we lost you...

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