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by Michael_H
September 22nd, 2020, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any recommended Wine Clubs for more novice drinkers?
Replies: 28
Views: 1115

Re: Any recommended Wine Clubs for more novice drinkers?

Not sure where the recipient of your generous gift is, but I'd recommend looking for a high quality local wine shop and see if they have any wine club type program. There are a couple of really great ones here in Chicago and it would be a good path for them to get to know the folks at their local in...
by Michael_H
September 15th, 2020, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 596
Views: 28769

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

If I were to bet on this one... it would be that it is in fact federspiel based on the numerous references to that in the text. Not sure if it is a recent update or just the region I see for the site, but it is definitely a federspiel label image that I see as well. Guessing there is a typo / roundi...
by Michael_H
September 14th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1570
Views: 153616

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

A few interesting bottles available on WineAccess, unfortunately it looks like I missed out on the 2016 Cavallotto. 2017 Guigal La Doriane - $100 2018 Ridge Geyserville - $40 NV Laherte Freres Blanc de Blanc Brut Natur - $60 (good price with codes below, can easily be found elsewhere for ~$50 if not...
by Michael_H
September 14th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)
Replies: 25
Views: 1354

Re: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)

I'm a big fan of the warmer vintage barberas as well, have had a few '17s that have been quite agreeable to my palate too
by Michael_H
September 11th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Conterno
Replies: 15
Views: 895

Re: 2016 Conterno

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Aldo's wines were highly respected. He had a higher profile than his brother, probably in part because he studied at Berkeley after the war, so his English was excellent at a time when few people in the Langhe spoke it well. He had a real presence and charm, too. ...
by Michael_H
September 11th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Conterno
Replies: 15
Views: 895

Re: 2016 Conterno

A. So wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 8:00 am
John Morris wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 6:57 am
Giacomo Conterno?
Is there another Conterno?
Surely not that anyone would simply reference by last name alone
by Michael_H
September 10th, 2020, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage
Replies: 15
Views: 1327

Re: TN: 2017 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage

If you like this, I can recommend Maxime Graillot's own label of crozes-hermitage, Domaine Equis. Maxime is Alain's son, and the current winemaker at Domaine Alain Graillot. I do still prefer the Alain Graillot, but depending on where you are the Domaine Equis 'Domaine des lises' can be easier to fi...
by Michael_H
September 10th, 2020, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Luggage
Replies: 37
Views: 1854

Re: Wine Luggage

I think I've done most of what everyone above has recommended (t-shirts, wineskins, and wine luggage). I have had a vingard for a couple years and picked up a couple more during one of their recent 50% off sales. I couldn't recommend them highly enough - they work great and the piece of mind they gi...
by Michael_H
September 10th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone using Weinboxes?
Replies: 190
Views: 15305

Re: Anyone using Weinboxes?

Michae1 P0wers wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 11:48 am
Does anyone know if these can be picked up at a Domaine location instead of shipped?
I've purchased ~20 weinboxes from the Chicago location. I'd recommend calling your local Domaine first - they are really easy to get here in Chicago though. Highly recommend them.
by Michael_H
September 10th, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vajra Riesling Petracine Langhe '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 13
Views: 363

Re: TN: Vajra Riesling Petracine Langhe '18...(short/boring)

What is your experience with how well these last and develop over time? I had the 2015 recently and wasn't super impressed, but all I see are good notes - not sure if 5 years is already on the downslope for these or if I just had a less than pristine bottle.
by Michael_H
September 6th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 596
Views: 28769

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

Have you used the Amex offer yet? The other thing they will do is give you $100 in credit if you spend 1k in the first year.
by Michael_H
September 1st, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 47
Views: 4881

Re: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?

I am a fan of Paolo Scavino, many of which bottlings can be had for under $100. Isn't Scavino sitting firmly in the modernist camp? While some Scavinos can be pretty great, they really aren't a substitute for Rinaldi. It's like trying to replace BAMA with Insignia. Definitely agree with Otto here
by Michael_H
September 1st, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French Champagne Suppliers Cut Harvest Quotas
Replies: 13
Views: 957

Re: French Champagne Suppliers Cut Harvest Quotas

Thanks for sharing Bob. My cliff note takeaway is that they set a limit of 8,000 kg/Ha for this year's harvest. Does anyone have perspective on if that is dramatically lower than the yields that are typical from the prestigious houses that are popular on this board and some of the more well known gr...
by Michael_H
September 1st, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Enfield Wine Co. Chardonnay Heron Lake Vineyard
Replies: 14
Views: 507

Re: TN: 2018 Enfield Wine Co. Chardonnay Heron Lake Vineyard

Sounds like a Chardonnay up my straße. Is the acid Riesling-esque? When I first had their Enfield's '16 citrine, my first thought was that it was very chablis like with it's acidity. After a couple years in the bottle that has changed a bit and is now quite a bit rounder. Love Enfield wines in gene...
by Michael_H
September 1st, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines for cellar
Replies: 29
Views: 1362

Re: Wines for cellar

One thing that I would keep in mind is that even the wines that everyone says should be aged for a long time, may not be for you with long term aging. There are plenty of people that just don't love long aged wines of certain types - and that is ok! What I would do is focus on wines that you persona...
by Michael_H
September 1st, 2020, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 596
Views: 28769

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

Any idea when the newsite promo expires?
by Michael_H
August 22nd, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur
Replies: 152
Views: 19445

Re: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur

Sandri releases his wines on a completely different cycle compared to everyone else. His 2016s won't be out for quite a bit.
by Michael_H
August 17th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1570
Views: 153616

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

It looks like wineaccess has Ridge Lytton Springs available for 40 per bottle right now. I know that Ridge popped up for some folks on the west coast last week, but this is the first I've seen it in the midwest. Stacking with the Amex offers or first order offers, one can get this down to 5 bottles...
by Michael_H
August 17th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1570
Views: 153616

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

It looks like wineaccess has 2017 Ridge Lytton Springs available for 40 per bottle right now. I know that Ridge popped up for some folks on the west coast last week, but this is the first I've seen it in the midwest. Stacking with the Amex offers or first order offers, one can get this down to 5 bot...
by Michael_H
August 17th, 2020, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperatures in Wine Coolers - Conundrum
Replies: 20
Views: 984

Re: Temperatures in Wine Coolers - Conundrum

I'd wait about a week or 2 and then check again. This doesn't surprise me, however, as I had the same issue with a wine enthusiast classic unit about two years ago. I monitored it over a few weeks, then contacted wine enthusiast for a return, which they were easy to work with on. I had a great exper...
by Michael_H
August 14th, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur
Replies: 152
Views: 19445

Re: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur

I'm not sure that I would call it a "truly great" wine, but I was quite happily surprised with a 2003 Cavallotto I had about a year ago. In a really good spot right now and surprisingly fresh considering the vintage.
by Michael_H
August 14th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1570
Views: 153616

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

Retailer: Wine Access I got a post card in the mail today for $50 off $200 for an existing account when shopping through: http://wineaccess.com/newsite It seems targeted so I think the most utility would be in using it in conjunction with referral credits. Otherwise it would be better to shop throu...
by Michael_H
August 13th, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.
Replies: 51
Views: 3229

Re: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.

in a magnum the fermentation will take place over a longer period of time. Additionally, there will be less exposure to oxygen during disgorgement, so there really is a difference in the wine for Champagne. second point makes sense but first doesn’t. Concentration of sugar and yeast in the bottle a...
by Michael_H
August 13th, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1570
Views: 153616

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

I checked about an hour after Ryan's post yesterday and didn't see any available, I'm Chicago based so I have to believe it is a regional issue.
by Michael_H
August 12th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with Champagne cellaring and new ones to discover (pretty long post...)
Replies: 21
Views: 1445

Re: Help with Champagne cellaring and new ones to discover (pretty long post...)

It sounds like you already have Laherte on your list, but I would strongly recommend giving the Laherte bdb brut nature a shot. I think it would be in your wheelhouse given the wines you like and would qualify as a daily drinker for you I'd think. Cellaring daily drinkers is an interesting one, I've...
by Michael_H
August 11th, 2020, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Critic Palate Guide
Replies: 36
Views: 1889

Re: Wine Critic Palate Guide

Completely agree with your comments on Walter Speller. I also find him to be an extremely valuable resource on Brunello.
by Michael_H
August 11th, 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.
Replies: 51
Views: 3229

Re: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.

One thing to add is that for Champagne it is a bit different than for still wines. Since the bottle is also where the secondary fermentation takes place, in a magnum the fermentation will take place over a longer period of time. Additionally, there will be less exposure to oxygen during disgorgement...
by Michael_H
August 9th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I need 2015 Barolo and Barbaresco recommendations please...
Replies: 28
Views: 2573

Re: I need 2015 Barolo and Barbaresco recommendations please...

As a whole, I'd recommend Barolo in 2015 much higher than Barbaresco. I found 2014 to be more successful in Barbaresco than 2015, but reasonable minds can disagree on this. For 2015 Barolos, I think the Cavollotto Bricco Boschis recommendation is a very good one in that price range. Burlotto's Barol...
by Michael_H
August 8th, 2020, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here's a great website for all things Barolo
Replies: 5
Views: 702

Re: Here's a great website for all things Barolo

If you like the site, I can’t recommend the 3D map that he is highly enough. It is really a wonderful way to understand the area better (accompanied by his books of course)
by Michael_H
August 8th, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine enthusiast classic vs Eurocave
Replies: 18
Views: 772

Re: Wine enthusiast classic vs Eurocave

I had a smaller wine enthusiast classic for a few months but it didn’t do a great job of holding the temp constant. They have good customer service and allowed me to return and upgrade for a eurocave and I’m so glad I did. One recommendation on the eurocave though, I’d highly recommend the large. Th...
by Michael_H
August 7th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3123

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

I stand up nebbiolo wines of more than 10 years of age for a few weeks, and like others have a bit of an on-deck circle. I think it is especially critical for nebbiolos due to the super fine (and nasty) sediment that develops. I don't worry about it as much for other wines.
by Michael_H
August 7th, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Books - Must Haves
Replies: 49
Views: 7372

Re: Wine Books - Must Haves

If anyone is looking for a deep dive of Champagne, Peter Liem's box set can't be recommended highly enough. The maps + the text are amazing. I wish there was its equivalent for the piedmont.
by Michael_H
August 7th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Replacement wine rack for Eurocave
Replies: 4
Views: 714

Re: Replacement wine rack for Eurocave

I wouldn't recommend option number 3. I have purchased shelves a few times from Wine Enthusiast, I'm not sure why you don't want to use them. They aren't cheap, but I don't think you are going to find them cheaper elsewhere. The rolling shelves are awesome.
by Michael_H
August 7th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 20
Views: 2204

Re: TN: 2013 Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Oliver, it looks like you found a mistake on the Cavallotto website! It looks like it is only present in the Italian language version of their tech sheet for the 2015 bricco boschis where it says 48-60 mo in wood. The English version shows the correct 36-42 months that the wine actually received, as...
by Michael_H
August 7th, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur
Replies: 152
Views: 19445

Re: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur

I think the best '14s are beautiful, elegant wines, which makes no sense given the weather. I'm cellaring a lot of 12s and 14s for nearer term drinking. +1 on '14s. This thread is about barolo, but actually find '14s in barbaresco to be really great in many cases. I think they were a bit more succe...
by Michael_H
August 7th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale
Replies: 24
Views: 3185

Re: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale

I see no link on header. There is a link for those that already have an account to refer others. If you (like me) were looking for someone else to refer them to get a small discount on the first order, that is in fact not on the website (at least for me, could be targeted based on market), but can ...
by Michael_H
August 7th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1570
Views: 153616

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

I do believe that Peter C’s point was more about using his referral link. Prob true. Speaking of Referral Link, its now $30 off $100. Or something like that. I just got an email from them announcing that. Not true - though that is a promo that they'll send you if you open an account and don't purch...
by Michael_H
August 7th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1570
Views: 153616

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

I do believe that Peter C’s point was more about using his referral link. Prob true. Speaking of Referral Link, its now $30 off $100. Or something like that. I just got an email from them announcing that. Innocent question here: Is posting referral links looked down on here or OK? I'd be happy to p...
by Michael_H
August 7th, 2020, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 20
Views: 2204

Re: TN: 2013 Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Thanks for the data point. Always a favorite. If the normatle is this good, imagine how good the Riserva turns out to be?! 'Normale' usually means 'without vineyard designation', bear in mind that Bricco Boschis is a 'cru'. On the other hand Cavallotto do make a Langhe Nebbiolo that conforms to the...
by Michael_H
August 7th, 2020, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1570
Views: 153616

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

Not sure how I missed this one, but WineAccess now has Billecart Salmon Rose bubbles for $80, which can be had for a laughable $30 a bottle delivered when you buy 2 and use the AMEX $50 off $150 and a referral link: http://share.wineaccess.com/v/peter_57 I don't think that will work. Amex Offers ge...
by Michael_H
August 7th, 2020, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale
Replies: 24
Views: 3185

Re: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale

Does first bottle have any referral codes for signup similar to wineaccess?
by Michael_H
August 5th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Burgundy restaurants?
Replies: 39
Views: 2914

Re: Burgundy restaurants?

Please do update the thread on your experiences at the spots you end up going. And don't ignore the recommendation for La Maison du Colombier - a great wine bar to stop by for a drink prior to one of your dinners.
by Michael_H
August 5th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 20
Views: 2204

Re: TN: 2013 Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

The ‘13 riservas are amazing although I prefer ‘12 a little more It's been almost a year since I had them when I visited Cavallotto last fall, but my impression is that the '12s are definitely more approachable right now. The '13s need years more in the bottle, but I think when they come around wil...
by Michael_H
July 31st, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2047
Views: 269242

Re: Official Costco Thread

Chicago - Multiple locations:
Dow's 20 yr Tawny $40
by Michael_H
July 31st, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best dishwasher safe Cab glasses?
Replies: 17
Views: 950

Re: Best dishwasher safe Cab glasses?

My Zaltos go through my dishwasher multiple times a week. I can fit the zalto bordeaux or burgundy stems on the top rack in my old bosch dishwasher, without a problem but that is definitely very dishwasher dependent.
by Michael_H
July 30th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Langhe Freisa (Italy, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 9
Views: 608

Re: TN: 2016 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Langhe Freisa (Italy, Langhe DOC)

I love their Freisa - I bought a few bottles of the 2016 and it is in a much better spot right now than it was on release. I'd expect the 2018 to improve with a couple years in bottle too. Does anyone here have experience with this one past ~5 years or so of age?
by Michael_H
October 8th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts
Replies: 30
Views: 2309

Re: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I definitely need to prioritize visiting Burlotto on my next trip to the Piemonte. You mentioned you were able to buy a bottle of Monvigliero at the restaurant for a very reasonable fee - Can you share the name of that restaurant? I visited Alex last year, w...
by Michael_H
September 27th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanks a lot, Otto Forsberg, now I need to cellar Timorasso as well
Replies: 15
Views: 1387

Re: Thanks a lot, Otto Forsberg, now I need to cellar Timorasso as well

Your post came at either the perfect or the worst time for me - I've just started getting into the world of interesting Italian white wines and now I have another on my list to seek out. Would love to hear your timorasso recommendations. I've seen them occasionally in the langhe, but haven't spent m...
by Michael_H
September 23rd, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any recs for lunch in or around Beaune?
Replies: 22
Views: 1390

Re: Any recs for lunch in or around Beaune?

We had a great lunch at La Table Du Square in Beaune when we were there this past spring. Very good food for not a lot of money, solid wine list including some by the glass options that had a bit of age.

le comptoir des tontons, as mentione by others, is also a great place to dine.
by Michael_H
August 12th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Piemonte Tastings
Replies: 21
Views: 4741

Re: Piemonte Tastings

Thanks for all of the suggestions - based on the cost I think I'm going to take Ian's advice and stick around Monforte for dinners. I think I'll focus on trying to find someone local to shuttle me to serralunga and back so I can get dinner at centro storico

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