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by Jim Stewart
September 8th, 2019, 3:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 113
Views: 4468

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

A saboteur! Do you have a maid ?
by Jim Stewart
September 6th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Castellucci Miano "Shiarà" Catarratto
Replies: 0
Views: 119

TN: 2016 Castellucci Miano "Shiarà" Catarratto

Decided to explore some Unknown-To-Me varietals, motivated in part by some surfacing on the "8 Favourite Varieties" thread. Catarratto was nobody's favorite but it was on special offer at my local wine store. From Sicily, 100% Catarratto, 13% ABV, $16. Catarratto is the most widely planted grape in...
by Jim Stewart
September 5th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A few young sweet German Rieslings
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: TN: A few young sweet German Rieslings

I like the layout and writing style of your tasting notes very much.
P.S These wines & notes seem to deserve a better wine glass if possible.
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by Jim Stewart
September 5th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1760

Re: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?

Gray G wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 10:13 am
Russell Faulkner wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 10:04 am
The Chiltern Firehouse isn’t a good choice to go and drink wine.
+10
x 10 in your case, Gary
by Jim Stewart
September 5th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Quick take on Fèvre Chablis & oyster tasting
Replies: 9
Views: 490

Re: TN: Quick take on Fèvre Chablis & oyster tasting

I enjoy raw oysters with wine tremendously any of three ways which I would rank as: straight > squeeze of lemon > dash of mignonette.
by Jim Stewart
September 5th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Quick take on Fèvre Chablis & oyster tasting
Replies: 9
Views: 490

Re: TN: Quick take on Fèvre Chablis & oyster tasting

David -Agree with you on that 2017 Domaine. We really enjoyed it!
Kelly - The 2017 Domaine bottling was with DIAM cork, so safe to assume they all are now (maybe not the Champs Royaux?)
by Jim Stewart
September 5th, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1760

Re: Normal wine mark=ups at restaurants?

My experience all over the USA has been around 2-3X +/-. I think 5-6X is outrageous, and 10X the equivalent of usurous!
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by Jim Stewart
September 3rd, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: ŠALTIBARŠČIAI
Replies: 2
Views: 276

Re: ŠALTIBARŠČIAI

That looks beautiful and yummy, Martin, though my first thought was that the thread would be about an obscure wine varietal. [cheers.gif] -Jim
by Jim Stewart
September 3rd, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the wine that changed your life?
Replies: 166
Views: 8145

Re: What's the wine that changed your life?

A bad experience can sometimes lead to good things: We were in our early twenties and wanted to move beyond Boonsfarm, Liebraumilch, and Mateus, so I bought a bottle of young Bordeaux from a local liquor store. Opened the bottle and shared with my to-be wife. Now this was going to be our first real ...
by Jim Stewart
September 2nd, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Scallop and sole night...searing is hard.
Replies: 7
Views: 433

Re: Scallop and sole night...searing is hard.

Nice notes and good work. . . -I have always done high heat for searing. -Dover sole is pretty delicate and relatively thin, but for cooking thicker fish fillets and steaks, you might check out the " pan roasted" method. Sear in the pan on the stove top then finish in the oven in the same pan. Happy...
by Jim Stewart
September 2nd, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 147
Views: 6360

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Adam Frisch wrote:
September 2nd, 2019, 9:40 am
How did I do?


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Wow! No dipping a toe in the water for you, Adam. Enjoy and happy tasting.
by Jim Stewart
September 1st, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to judge a baby Bordeaux?
Replies: 19
Views: 1174

Re: How to judge a baby Bordeaux?

Opened with a Flannery hanger steak and wow, this is really good stuff. A deep purple that too dense to see through. The nose is forest floor, tobacco and blood? Ridiculously long finish. This is all savory and vegetal and dark cherry comes through after a bite of steak. Glass and teeth staining li...
by Jim Stewart
September 1st, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11698
Views: 558341

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Catarratto . . . Branching out to some of the those unknown-to-me 300 varietals out there that Otto has tasted! And instead of my usual one bottle test drive, I went all in for three bottles. (Hey, people can change their usual MO!)
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by Jim Stewart
September 1st, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1796

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

Not ready to rank them, but these are probably my favorites . . .

Red:
Cabernet Sauvignon, including blends
Pinot Noir
Sangiovese
Syrah

White:
Chenin Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc
Melon de Bourgogne (Muscadet)
Riesling
by Jim Stewart
September 1st, 2019, 4:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 147
Views: 6360

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

I also think there's a board skew here in general. I hear speak of $35+ Chards etc as a norm etc. I don't know about your wives, but me coming home with an "everyday" Chard from the supermarket for $35, just isn't gonna go over that well. For her that's a high end wine that needs to be saved and no...
by Jim Stewart
August 31st, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10746
Views: 388031

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Andrew Rich Croft Sauvignon Blanc . Last of our three bottles. We have enjoyed this wine. To me it combines the pink grapefruit, tropical fruit of a tamer NZ SB with some of the more subtle appeal of a Loire SBs (more Touraine than Sancerre). This bottle showed subdued acid and more apparent f...
by Jim Stewart
August 30th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 14 small growers tete du cuvee event featuring Vilmart, Pierre Peters, Goutorbe, Marie Courtin, J. Lassalle, Paul Bara++
Replies: 34
Views: 917

Re: 14 small growers tete du cuvee event featuring Vilmart, Pierre Peters, Goutorbe, Marie Courtin, J. Lassalle, Paul Ba

Blake, I am only recently getting more into this wonderful world of Champagne myself, but I always enjoy reading your posts and your tasting notes. I especially like the "mise en scene" quality of your writing. Nice touches that add to visualizing the experience vicariously. Appreciate your contribu...
by Jim Stewart
August 30th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10746
Views: 388031

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Clos des Briords. Probably the oldest bottle of this that I have ever had. Lemony mineral, tamed acidity, full and round mouthfeel. Little/none of the briny electricity that I often find in the younger bottles, but a softened, calmer, differently delicious Briords. PFG !
by Jim Stewart
August 29th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 147
Views: 6360

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

More than any other grape varietal, I seem to always get a kind of chemical, artificial taste with them, unless I kind of splash on Failla or Lioco etc. But all the everyday Chards I buy are all awfu l . Oak can muddle things up, but it's not that, it's something else that just feels processed. Wha...
by Jim Stewart
August 28th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1796

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

James Billy wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 5:48 pm
So, if a random wine geek comes to your home, open pinot and riesling!
Brilliant!
by Jim Stewart
August 28th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to judge a baby Bordeaux?
Replies: 19
Views: 1174

Re: How to judge a baby Bordeaux?

Sounds like a nice wine. Good advice above. My advice: enjoy!
by Jim Stewart
August 28th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1796

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

Thomas Keim wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Ribolla Gialla
Chasselas
Txakoli
Riesling

Pinot Noir
Gamay
Refosco
Teroldego
Wow, a few unfamiliar (to me) grapes there. Minnesota varietals? [cheers.gif]
by Jim Stewart
August 28th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1441
Views: 169308

Re: Official Costco Thread

Bought at Avon, MA Costco:
2008 Dom Perignon @ $145
2013 Marchesi di Barolo @$43
Wild Caught Pacific Halibut @ $18/lb
. . .
by Jim Stewart
August 27th, 2019, 3:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1796

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

I really don't think that a thread that is just people listing things is proper discussion, but what the hey. . . . Otto, This thread and your post has introduced me to the existence of a wine named Timorasso and your high personal ranking will lead me to look for a bottle. So there's that. [cheers...
by Jim Stewart
August 24th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine Chandon Carneros Pinot Meunier
Replies: 1
Views: 201

TN: 2013 Domaine Chandon Carneros Pinot Meunier

The Rodney Dangerfield champagne grape- “I tell ya, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay get all the respect.” Recently we enjoyed a Champagne that was 100% Meunier, Egly-Ouriet “Les Vignes de Vrigny”, and it was delicious! The flavor profile of the grape was especially appealing to both of us: fruit and cons...
by Jim Stewart
August 24th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1999 Mount Eden Pinot Noir, plus very eclectic BTG in Maine (with restaurants)
Replies: 7
Views: 871

Re: 1999 Mount Eden Pinot Noir, plus very eclectic BTG in Maine (with restaurants)

My wife and I visited Maine in June. We went to a great restaurant in Cape Neddick called Walkers Maine. I had a really nice 2018 Anjou Blanc from importer Mary Taylor by the glass, I believe it is called "Pascal Biotteau Anjou Mary Taylor". I liked it so much that I bought all I could find here in...
by Jim Stewart
August 22nd, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1354
Views: 69714

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: 23
Views: 1770

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: 23
Views: 1770

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: 2714

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: 64
Views: 3421

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: 64
Views: 3421

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: 64
Views: 3421

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: 64
Views: 3421

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: 8
Views: 546

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: 1505

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: 10746
Views: 388031

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: 781
Views: 50454

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: 235
Views: 16698

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: 10746
Views: 388031

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: 10746
Views: 388031

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: 2894

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: 2894

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: 10746
Views: 388031

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: 2434

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: 2434

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: 2434

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: 2434

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: 10550

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?

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