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by James Sanders
October 7th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?
Replies: 92
Views: 2043

Re: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?

Almost. I tried brains once and hated, hated, hated the texture. I don't know if they were prepared badly but I now have a strong aversion. There are certainly some foods I prefer to avoid (lima beans, salted caramel) but that's the only thing I absolutely refuse to eat regardless of prep. I'm with...
by James Sanders
October 5th, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The NY Strip Steak is...
Replies: 86
Views: 2251

Re: The NY Strip Steak is...

This is insane. The New York cut is essential. If you think it's over-rated, you are cooking it wrong. Grill it over a hot fire. Thick cut, well seasoned. Slice it, relatively thin, at a slight angle.
by James Sanders
September 16th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 154
Views: 8272

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

2011 Cameron CE is already turning a bit towards amber, which is something that I've seen with other vintages over the years. Still tastes youthful, with perhaps a tinge of caramel accenting the normal pineapple and lemon. As always, great weight and intensity.
by James Sanders
September 12th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heitz buys Burgess
Replies: 14
Views: 1830

Re: Heitz buys Burgess

I remember receiving a 1975 Burgess as a gift from George Hauer (La Jolla Georges) in 1986 as a going away present after working there a few years. My mother who still lives in Ohio told me about the Ohio connection after she visited the winery a few years ago. WTSO was selling 90s and early 2000 Ca...
by James Sanders
September 3rd, 2020, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 67
Views: 3184

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Now I think you are just a troll, Chris. Poulsbo has a population of barely over 10,000. If you really want to live somewhere with no people, forget Montana, Idaho or anywhere else people actually want to live. Move to one of the small, dying towns in Indiana, Iowa or Ohio. Or there's always Alaska....
by James Sanders
September 1st, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1489
Views: 91345

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Those 2020 Breton's were absolutely killer about 10 years ago. I jumped on both of them.
by James Sanders
August 31st, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 67
Views: 3184

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Chris may be an old crank, but he ends with very good advice:

But to answer your question, as a Seattle area denizen, I recommend you order all of your wine from Vinopolis, Sec, and Avalon in Portland, and make a couple of visits to the Willamette Valley each year to visit world class wineries.
by James Sanders
August 18th, 2020, 8:32 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pergola *** Rome - wine list
Replies: 12
Views: 1181

Re: Pergola *** Rome - wine list

Not to take anything away from a truly impressive list, but I'm always a little disappointed by how much list space the modern producers get in these places. I'm sure it's good business, but it would nice to see a little more editorial judgment.
by James Sanders
August 12th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 9
Views: 801

Re: TN: 2005 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

I have a few bottles of the 2005 left. I recently had the 2001 from Magnum. Not sure about the provenance as I bought them from Brown Derby in St. Louis several years after release, so they traveled cross country twice and spent some time in the retail shop. But it was pristine with years to go. Lov...
by James Sanders
August 6th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not enjoying wine at the moment.
Replies: 51
Views: 2528

Re: Not enjoying wine at the moment.

I'm about 15 years into building a deep cellar of the wines I most like to drink and while I might sometimes temporarily grow tired of a particular variety or region, I never get fatigued with wine in general. And while I like beer and cocktails, there is always a wine I would rather drink. If I wer...
by James Sanders
June 10th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me plan my vacation meals (Myrtle Beach)
Replies: 13
Views: 1367

Re: Help me plan my vacation meals (Myrtle Beach)

I have had exactly this dilemma as my family likes to gather big groups in this area and the Outer Banks. There really are no good options. Best I've come up with is to rent a couple of Weber grills and hope to get lucky at some of the farm stands for seasonal produce. If you can coordinate delivery...
by James Sanders
June 4th, 2020, 10:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston, SC recs
Replies: 32
Views: 2019

Re: Charleston, SC recs

Leon's. Kids will be happy with the fried chicken. You get that, plus oysters and grower Champagne.
by James Sanders
May 28th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 6463

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

Well, I find myself needing to buy a pellet pooper. A good friend who happens to work for my major client is moving to TN. He called me yesterday asking for advice on a pellet burner. He was at a weekend getaway and the host had a pellet burner with WiFi alerts. He said he was amazed by the pork bu...
by James Sanders
May 19th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 702
Views: 76296

Re: Official WTSO thread

Two Contucci Vino Nobile have popped up in the last few days. These are legit AFWE Tuscans and good deals at $25. Worth buying if they pop up again.
by James Sanders
May 12th, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 154
Views: 8272

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

This string inspired me to open a 2011 Cameron Clos Electrique Blanc. Still a youthful gold. Typical lemon and pineapple aromas with just a hint of caramel and nut. It's weighty, as usual, with bracing acidity. I have had a lot of these back to 2004 and buy them almost every year. My only reservatio...
by James Sanders
May 6th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages
Replies: 70
Views: 3077

Re: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages

LLC belongs on this list. About 10 years ago, K&L was selling mixed cases of LLC from a string of poor vintages 1983, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1999. The '99 is still not ready, but all of the others were just lovely.
by James Sanders
April 28th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Predictions on new release pricing?
Replies: 21
Views: 1164

Re: Predictions on new release pricing?

I highly highly doubt it. More likely that producers will hold back stock in an effort to maintain pricing. Agree. I would like to see the financial data, which would be very producer specific, and whether there might be a small/medium shift in the channel. theory: small producer sells 3000-5000 ca...
by James Sanders
April 28th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Predictions on new release pricing?
Replies: 21
Views: 1164

Predictions on new release pricing?

With restaurants all but shut down for the next 12 months, should we be anticipating substantial price drops for the kinds of low supply wines that are generally scooped up by the better restaurants?
by James Sanders
March 29th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 117
Views: 5660

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
March 29th, 2020, 4:59 am
Funny side note, I ordered, by accident, the Croix Boissee 2016 three times from three different retailers, so have an over-supply.
Glad I"m not the only one this has happened to. Lately, I force myself to search my emails before ordering! Kermit's wines are the ones I do this with the most.
by James Sanders
March 15th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had
Replies: 98
Views: 5595

Re: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had

It was an obscure grower Champagne recommended by the crew at the old Garnet Liquors back in 1988--H. Selosse was the grower. Pretty sure it was 100% Chardonnay and I think it was $15. Drank it with my now wife on Chappaquiddick beach at sunset that summer. Magic.
by James Sanders
February 24th, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens
Replies: 21
Views: 2332

Re: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens

Metaxi Mas is a terrific restaurant, though Cretan. Not far from where you are staying.

https://santorini-metaximas.gr/en
by James Sanders
February 22nd, 2020, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 446
Views: 37618

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Too late for the 14% on Rakuten. 2.5% when I signed up. Some good deals nonetheless. Produttori normale at sub $30, Billecart Rose at $65, a mix of Bouchard GC and PC whites, some Guido Porro Baroli, Elena Fucci, and a few bottles of Port and Madeira. I noticed that prices vary by state. Palmer was ...
by James Sanders
January 3rd, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The greatest wine purchase ever
Replies: 24
Views: 3487

Re: The greatest wine purchase ever

Talk about wine porn. I doubt many investments would have outperformed this lot over the last 26 years.
by James Sanders
January 2nd, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Waiheke Island
Replies: 9
Views: 1095

Re: Waiheke Island

This is all very helpful. Many thanks, everyone. We have dinner planned one night at Te Motu.

I will try to report back.
by James Sanders
January 1st, 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Waiheke Island
Replies: 9
Views: 1095

Waiheke Island

Hi everyone,

We will be on Waiheke Island for a few days with friends and at least one of the days will involve touring around on e-bikes to the various wineries. Definite old world palate here. Any suggestions for wineries to nudge the group towards?

Many thanks,
by James Sanders
November 6th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No more space, do you keep buying?
Replies: 53
Views: 2617

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: 1014

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: 3671

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: 3671

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: 3671

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: 3671

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: 226
Views: 20518

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: 72
Views: 4506

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: 6123

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: 4994

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: 1813
Views: 115212

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: 583

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: 77
Views: 11390

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: 1990

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: 4632

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: 4632

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: 4266

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: 9636

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: 9636

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: 8105

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: 8530

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: 819

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: 3382

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: 6410

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...

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