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by James Sanders
November 6th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No more space, do you keep buying?
Replies: 53
Views: 2307

Re: No more space, do you keep buying?

I stacked and stacked until my otherwise attractive cellar became almost unusable. Then, I moved about 700 bottles to an offsite, so the cellar is now much more presentable. Forced me to do an inventory, too, which was helpful.
by James Sanders
October 31st, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy harvest dates back to the 14th century
Replies: 11
Views: 885

Re: Burgundy harvest dates back to the 14th century

They also adjust pre-18 century harvests by 7 days to account for what they describe as "Anthropogenic changes in winemaking" meaning they started picking later because there was a developing market for deeper colored, longer lasting wines. Not sure what this has to do with the French hoodwinking us...
by James Sanders
October 30th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 2550

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
October 30th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Wells' likely accomplished his goal; Locol ended up closing, leaving Watts again a food desert. I hope he's happy.
Kind of a chicken and egg issue, no? Or maybe not.

I see I can still purchase Locol merchandise. Maybe they put their focus in the wrong place.
by James Sanders
October 30th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 2550

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

The decision to review needs to be made ex ante. If the food had been great, then Locol would have gotten a nice boost from the review. A reviewer can't start the process and then pull the plug if a buzz-worthy operation doesn't deliver the goods. That would be dishonest. As far as geography, Wells ...
by James Sanders
October 30th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 2550

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

If he wrote a column criticizing a child's lemonade stand for having thin, watery lemonade, would that be appropriate? Would critiquing some cookies someone baked for a charity event as dry, lacking depth be appropriate? A little absurd given that it's not a soup kitchen. It's still a restaurant in...
by James Sanders
October 29th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 2550

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

I enjoying reading Pete Wells, and all the more so when he's taking down the sacred cows. And let's be honest, even the best steakhouses are pretty mediocre, especially given how absurdly expensive they have become.
by James Sanders
October 28th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 216
Views: 17683

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco

We tried The Progress a few weeks ago. Before that, I'd been under the illusion that Seattle had closed the gap with SF on the dining scene. Stuart and Nicole (and their team) are playing in different league.
by James Sanders
October 18th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2845

Re: Aglianico

If you are in Basilicata, Dimora Ulma in Matera has incredible verticals of multiple Aglianico del Vultura producers at very attractive prices. Many 15-20 year examples under 150 euro and their wine guru is very good at helping to navigate the list and serving. Interestingly, the Elena Fucci wines w...
by James Sanders
October 18th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 5925

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

Yikes! I couldn't sell the Lambert Bridge wines for $15 a bottle when I was a retailer. They now sell for $75 each? IIRC, Lambert Bridge was one of the wineries that got dumped by its distributor in the late 80s or early 90s and their wines were selling for under $5 for a brief time. If it's the sa...
by James Sanders
September 24th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4315

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

How is Burgess these days? It's always had a classic profile and for a while there WTSO was periodically offering back vintages for under $25 that were wonderful and incredible values.
by James Sanders
August 28th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1645
Views: 94515

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I periodically check the string to remind myself that I'm not on Greg's A list. I signed up for every email option and don't get half of these.
by James Sanders
August 15th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Arterberry Maresh, Dundee Hills, PN and Ch and OV PN added
Replies: 2
Views: 561

Re: 2017 Arterberry Maresh, Dundee Hills, PN and Ch and OV PN added

2011 AM Juiliard at Thistle was my epiphany wine from Arterberry Maresh. The Chardonnay is also top notch.
by James Sanders
August 13th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What have you learnt on your wine journey?
Replies: 75
Views: 9152

Re: What have you learnt on your wine journey?

1) The best assessment of a wine is at the end of the bottle, not the beginning. 2) Don't follow Champagne with white Burgundy. 3) Don't buy at the winery if it's a producer you are not already familiar with. 4) Group tastings tend to be poor predictors of how a wine will drink at the table. 5) Wine...
by James Sanders
July 12th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?
Replies: 46
Views: 1788

Re: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?

"Generally speaking," Champagne. It is good with just about everything.
by James Sanders
July 10th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Charleston SC Restaurants Any Recommendations ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2246

Re: Charleston SC Restaurants Any Recommendations ?

Fig was great. Impeccably fresh, local food perfectly prepared. We had tuna crudo, heirloom tomatoes with a smoked mackerel puree, grilled King Mackerel and the gnocchi. Savart champagne to drink. They have a nice selection of Madeira by the glass, also. I would try to eat there on any trip. Husk ca...
by James Sanders
July 8th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Charleston SC Restaurants Any Recommendations ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2246

Re: Charleston SC Restaurants Any Recommendations ?

We're going to Fig tonight and will report back.

I would add Leon's to the list above. Oysters and spicy fried chicken with a very good grower champagne list in a funky setting.
by James Sanders
July 8th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 37
Views: 3090

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Great post, Dennis. We've been fans of Roscioli and their many offshoots for a while. For members of this board, I would think Rimessa would be a must for Rome. It's basically Roscioli with simpler fare and more of a wine focus.
by James Sanders
June 8th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 9209

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Good point. Many are indifferent rather than developing.
by James Sanders
June 8th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 9209

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Cult Napa pricing has long been dependent on the young wealth created by Silicon Valley and more recently SF. As long as the NorCal economy keeps creating this population, prices will continue to rise. But it needs both; that is, buyers with lots of money and developing palates. Once either of these...
by James Sanders
June 4th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7297

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

I sort of hope so, because I have a few bottles of 2001 Troplong Mondot that was godawful a few years ago. I'm not holding my breath, though. My guess is that the modern versions of BDX will never turn back into swans.
by James Sanders
May 16th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 8020

Re: Robert Parker retires

Her telling of the early years reminds me of how much I admired Parker when I was first getting into wine in the early 80s. But I wish that this false myth would be put to bed. "In 1983, Parker’s controversial glowing reviews of the 1982 Bordeaux vintage, tasted from barrels in the wineries, created...
by James Sanders
April 22nd, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Italy wine shop recs
Replies: 12
Views: 724

Re: Italy wine shop recs

Roscioli in Rome has opened up a wine-focused restaurant called Rimessa. Typically you order courses and they are matched with wines. It's run by a couple, Alessandro and Lindsay, who really know their stuff and have strong opinions. Much of what they offer is not imported to the US, so there are di...
by James Sanders
April 2nd, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2882

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Fiano di Avellino (for example Pietracupa and Ciro Picariello) and Greco di Tufo (in addition to the two above, also Benito Ferrara and his Vigna Cicogna) We were in the south two weeks ago and had the Ciro Picariello Fiano 2016 in Positano. It was lovely. Best white of the trip. We tried his 2017 ...
by James Sanders
February 13th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the Producers of Volnay
Replies: 115
Views: 5544

Re: Understanding the Producers of Volnay

I haven't seen the video for years, but... https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=106759 There is nothing in the thread you link to that says anything about him dancing around a restaurant celebrating the attacks, much less a video of that. That's a terrible thing to say about som...
by James Sanders
January 24th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Wine Enthusiast Vintage Chart
Replies: 10
Views: 1190

Re: 2019 Wine Enthusiast Vintage Chart

Boy the Willamette Valley scoring is truly clueless.
by James Sanders
December 21st, 2018, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Imagining a short “universal” restaurant wine list
Replies: 31
Views: 1135

Re: Imagining a short “universal” restaurant wine list

2 and 3 are incompatible, unless you are resigned to a very narrow band of wines.
by James Sanders
September 11th, 2018, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1645
Views: 94515

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Not just you. I couldn't get in yesterday, either.
by James Sanders
May 15th, 2018, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"
Replies: 87
Views: 5041

This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"

Why experiment when there are so many good $70 Pinots available? Legitimately can't tell if this is satire or not. thank you. i'm hoping it is. i think... Guilty. Eric sells $70 Cali Pinot that he describes with terms that make this natural wine lover shudder--e.g. "cherry cola," "lush," creamy," a...
by James Sanders
March 18th, 2018, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"
Replies: 87
Views: 5041

This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"

Why experiment when there are so many good $70 Pinots available?
by James Sanders
February 3rd, 2018, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Sine Qua Non dinner
Replies: 29
Views: 1783

TN: Sine Qua Non dinner

k s h i n wrote:SINE QUA NON DINNER - Eddie V's - Tysons Corner, VA (1/26/2018)

. . . Although very impressive, I am not sure if I would want more than a small pour. . . . (95 pts.)

Posted from CellarTracker
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by James Sanders
December 13th, 2017, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Drinking from Friuli...(long/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 432

TN: Drinking from Friuli...(long/boring)

Really great post, Tom.
by James Sanders
November 17th, 2017, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spectator top 100
Replies: 63
Views: 6671

Spectator top 100

RichardFlack wrote:
Anton D wrote:How can you guys be wasting time on this when Rolling Stone is about to announce the 100 best albums of the year?
Er, which year? Not say 1968 by any chance?
Does no one on this board understand sarcasm? Original post was LOL funny, Anton
by James Sanders
October 7th, 2017, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner wines at Amsterdam`s Cafe de Klepel
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Dinner wines at Amsterdam`s Cafe de Klepel

Love the Klepel. Walked past it this afternoon, but could not work in a dinner this trip for reasons out of our control.
by James Sanders
October 3rd, 2017, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Making Sense Of Italian Wine: How Did You Do It?
Replies: 44
Views: 2175

Making Sense Of Italian Wine: How Did You Do It?

Lot of great observations. I fell in love with Italy for two reasons, one I'm obsessive and enjoyed the challenge that it presented, and two because I have always preferred tarter, more brazen wines and Italy satisfied that. I friend of mine said he likes Italian wine because it can feel like you h...
by James Sanders
September 22nd, 2017, 2:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Seattle Restaurants Recommendation
Replies: 74
Views: 5266

Seattle Restaurants Recommendation

Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese chain that specializes in soup dumplings. It's good, but not very Seattle. It's also in a shopping mall. Second Matt's, Sushi Kashiba and Le Pichet. All are very good and very close. Lecosho, owned by the original Matt, is also good. For seafood, especially oysters, Ellio...
by James Sanders
August 17th, 2017, 2:56 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Europe Next Summer- Suggestions....
Replies: 36
Views: 1550

Europe Next Summer- Suggestions....

I've lived in both Italy and Spain and love both, but if you are going any later than early June many of the best spots to visit can be unpleasantly hot--that includes Rome, Florence, Venice, Madrid and all the classic Spanish towns in the south. Spring and Fall are better for the most traveled part...
by James Sanders
August 13th, 2017, 7:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Critique my Italy plans
Replies: 92
Views: 4366

Critique my Italy plans

Rome: so, you don't have much time. Don't waste it wandering aimlessly through Trastevere's tourist traps or throngs of clubbing kids on Friday night (there's good reason to visit this beautiful neighborhood, but there's also that). Also, don't waste any meal hoping you'll just happen to find a wor...
by James Sanders
August 13th, 2017, 7:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Critique my Italy plans
Replies: 92
Views: 4366

Critique my Italy plans

Rome: so, you don't have much time. Don't waste it wandering aimlessly through Trastevere's tourist traps or throngs of clubbing kids on Friday night (there's good reason to visit this beautiful neighborhood, but there's also that). Also, don't waste any meal hoping you'll just happen to find a wor...
by James Sanders
August 8th, 2017, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Boroli Barolo Cerequio (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 8
Views: 405

TN: 2013 Boroli Barolo Cerequio (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

I still have some Boroli from the 2000 and 2001 vintages and they have always struck as very modern in style. Has the winery changed its approach, Tim?
by James Sanders
August 5th, 2017, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit with John Thomas - Carlton, OR
Replies: 52
Views: 4439

Visit with John Thomas - Carlton, OR

Happy to take any Thomas off your hands, Ryan.
by James Sanders
August 3rd, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Irritating Thread Inqiring As To Your Intentions Of 2013 Barolo Purchases
Replies: 165
Views: 13808

Another Irritating Thread Inqiring As To Your Intentions Of 2013 Barolo Purchases

I reckon I could talk at length re: 2013 Barolo, I tasted most of them earlier this year, either at Grandi Langhe, VinItaly, or during a personal visit, but the timing is off just this minute, sorry. Instead, what I'll do, and it'll be a great favor to someone(s) is tell you that there are some 201...
by James Sanders
July 25th, 2017, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seattle Food & Wine Recommendations! (Updated with Highlights)
Replies: 82
Views: 4657

Seattle Food & Wine Recommendations!

jbray23 wrote:I wouldn't pin Vespolina on Jason......

A high end Spanish restaurant doesn't fly in Seattle......
Really? Harvest Vine was the best restaurant in the city for quite a long time.
by James Sanders
July 18th, 2017, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seattle Food & Wine Recommendations! (Updated with Highlights)
Replies: 82
Views: 4657

Seattle Food & Wine Recommendations!

Some good recommendations above. I would add Salare (probably the best kitchen in town these days), Walrus and Carpenter (though it's not really oyster season) and Stateside to the list. Best of the best is the Willows Inn on Lummi Island, but it's a trek and almost impossible to secure a table unle...
by James Sanders
July 7th, 2017, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yet another visit to Piemonte with thoughts, tasting notes
Replies: 154
Views: 12938

Yet another visit to Piemonte with thoughts, tasting notes

John, do you happen to know whether any decent wineries sell some older bottles of Piemonte wine? Looking to book some visits, and would love to take some interesting wines back home to Belgium. Borgogno is the the winery best known for its back vintages. The last couple of times I've been in the a...
by James Sanders
July 7th, 2017, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yet another visit to Piemonte with thoughts, tasting notes
Replies: 154
Views: 12938

Yet another visit to Piemonte with thoughts, tasting notes

Thank you James. These are not really cheap prices. Current Rabaja normale is 30+ Euro around Italy and about $45-$50 here in the states, current release riservas are around $100 here in the states, so those prices (less than 85 euro a bottle for riservas from 1996, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2008)...
by James Sanders
July 7th, 2017, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yet another visit to Piemonte with thoughts, tasting notes
Replies: 154
Views: 12938

Yet another visit to Piemonte with thoughts, tasting notes

We were at Cortese last week. They have back vintages of the Rabaja Riserva in mixed six packs for 500 Euros, as well as the 1998, 2000 and 2003 normale for 75/65/45 respectively. I really wanted some 1999 and 2001 normale, but those are long gone.
by James Sanders
July 7th, 2017, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yet another visit to Piemonte with thoughts, tasting notes
Replies: 154
Views: 12938

Yet another visit to Piemonte with thoughts, tasting notes

We were at Cortese last week. They have back vintages of the Rabaja Riserva in mixed six packs for 500 Euros, as well as the 1998, 2000 and 2003 normale for 75/65/45 respectively. I really wanted some 1999 and 2001 normale, but those are long gone.
by James Sanders
April 23rd, 2017, 1:29 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Good Wine Shop/s in Florence
Replies: 11
Views: 1132

Good Wine Shop/s in Florence

Enoteca Bonatti is usually cited as the best wine shop in Florence. It's about a 15 minute walk from the Duomo area. Nice selection of mostly current releases from all over Italy at good prices, and a smaller selection of wines from outside Italy. Very knowledgeable staff.
by James Sanders
March 16th, 2017, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Changing Tastes, or "Why Did I Stop Buying Williams Selyem?"
Replies: 65
Views: 4743

Thoughts on Changing Tastes, or "Why Did I Stop Buying Williams Selyem?"

In addition to some good points made above, keep in mind that there are some wines that perform particularly well in group or blind tastings and others which don't. I haven't spent a ton of time thinking about it, as I no longer do many of the tasting style dinner/events, but I've always thought th...
by James Sanders
February 2nd, 2017, 1:14 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Bologna help......not Oscar Meyer but Italy
Replies: 52
Views: 1934

Bologna help......not Oscar Meyer but Italy

Ignore Paul, Marshall. Ignore the tourists, too. Wait until they clear out. Then get lost in the back streets late at night. Find a restaurant packed with Italians and wait for a table. It's a beautiful and romantic city and there is nowhere else in the world quite like it.

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