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by RyanC
January 26th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE PRICING GOOD UNTIL 1/31***
Replies: 48
Views: 1384

Re: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE***

Excellent! In for one of the packages. I picked up some Kaluga from Charlie for NYE and it was phenomenal and a huge crowd pleaser. This is great stuff.
by RyanC
January 24th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1202
Views: 68470

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I think they are selling landed stock from other importers, which is why the prices seem higher. Almost nothing they've been offering has been pre-sale. This strikes me as right. And I agree that the offers have been less-than intriguing lately--which has been good for my budget. Likely a result of...
by RyanC
January 23rd, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Astrea Caviar
Replies: 13
Views: 653

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Astrea Caviar

I ordered some recently from Charlie. It's awesome!
by RyanC
January 22nd, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 36
Views: 1528

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

Pousse d'Or has been mentioned and IMO is seriously underrated; not the same style as Lafarge, but nobody is and they are closer than some. Of course a lot of the magic in your experience was the combination of bottle age and setting. IMO Pousse d'Or combines some of the finesse with a lot of ageab...
by RyanC
January 22nd, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 36
Views: 1528

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

As mentioned, Voillot and J-M Bouley are excellent options in the $100-150 category. Same with D'Angerville (particularly the 'Champans') and Montille ('Champans' and 'Taillepieds'). And, while not everyone agrees with me, I love Pousse d'Or's '60 Ouvrees' and 'Bousse d'Or,' although admittedly the ...
by RyanC
January 16th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much wine did you consume in 2019?
Replies: 46
Views: 1833

Re: How much wine did you consume in 2019?

Total on CT is 166. But that's overstated because the majority of that is wines where I had a small taste at a tasting, or a glass at a restaurant (I've become reasonably diligent about putting up notes, at least on non-plonk). How many bottles bottles did I actually open from my cellar, or share wi...
by RyanC
January 16th, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 2407

Re: Grass fed???

Someone upthread mentioned Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma. This thread caught my eye because I'm midway through the book, which is one of the more engaging and thought-provoking books I've come across in quite some time. Everyone should read it--particularly those who enjoy food and wine, regar...
by RyanC
January 16th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 2.5 days in Austin with my son to experience BBQ! What tips can you offer first timers?
Replies: 29
Views: 1144

Re: 2.5 days in Austin with my son to experience BBQ! What tips can you offer first timers?

I'll admit that I have limited experience in Austin, but I'm more than a little surprised not to see Terry Black's BBQ mentioned here yet. I've had several local bbq nuts make the recommendation of Black's over Franklin's and the Brisket that I had there 2 years ago was excellent. The line was abou...
by RyanC
January 16th, 2020, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020
Replies: 25
Views: 2128

Re: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020

RIP. To me, Lafarge wines *are* Burgundy. Honest, soulful, pure, intense but in no way heavy, ageworthy, and a little angular and rough around the edges.
by RyanC
January 15th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12605
Views: 607721

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A couple more mags of Krug GC 164eme
by RyanC
January 12th, 2020, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens
Replies: 35
Views: 1311

Re: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens

I love the '07 -- on its merits and for sentimental reasons too. I own more of it than any other single wine, as it's my wife and my "anniversary wine" and most years we'll drink some to celebrate.
by RyanC
January 10th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 3048

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

Unsubscribe from email blasts. It's the only way.
by RyanC
January 9th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joseph Voillot?
Replies: 13
Views: 1309

Re: Joseph Voillot?

Love Voillot. Classic and excellent.
by RyanC
January 9th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Dom Perignon
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Re: TN: 2002 Dom Perignon

Interesting. I've quite liked the 02 DP over the past couple years (after finding it consistently disappointing on release and thereafter), but I also think it's not yet at apogee.
by RyanC
January 9th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere
Replies: 26
Views: 1720

Re: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere

I'm actually curious to try similar bottlings blind to see if i'm biased by the label. Has anyone blinded the same vintage of say the MSD village and see? I suspect the difference isn't as night and day, but i wouldn't be surprised the Domaine is better. That would be a cool blind tasting. I wouldn...
by RyanC
January 9th, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere
Replies: 26
Views: 1720

Re: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere

I have an offer to buy some Chambolle and Morey and the Domaine Dujac is 25% more expensive than the F&P. I have some experience with these wines but not enough side by side to decide whether DD is worth 25% more. I suspect not, but wanted to ask as I am sure there are plenty here with lots of expe...
by RyanC
January 8th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s
Replies: 29
Views: 2883

Re: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s

Ok let’s get into the higher end bottles now. Anything stand out here. Mostly beyond my comfort zone but always willing to expand, although not to the Monty’s :) CHEVALIER MONTRACHET 750 BATARD MONTRACHET 700 CORTON-CHARLEMAGNE 250 CHASSAGNE GRANDES RUCHOTTES 170 PULIGNY CHAMPS GAINS 165 PULIGNY GA...
by RyanC
January 7th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 176
Views: 16643

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

FYI: Grand Vin just sent an email blast offering $139.99 for purchases of at least 6 btls
by RyanC
January 1st, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade
Replies: 23
Views: 1622

Re: The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade

How can the list not include a single Momofuku restaurant? That’s insane. I’d probably choose Ssam as the one where Chang found his groove but I could see arguments for the original or Majordomo. Other excluded places that perhaps should be included: Franklin BBQ BH @ SB (or maybe the original BH) ...
by RyanC
January 1st, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade
Replies: 23
Views: 1622

Re: The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade

Thanks for posting. Lists like these are hard to get right and thus always going to invite an argument. I don't know LA food scene any more, but Husk today is not what it once was, and Mission Chinese, Next, and Via Carota all seem to me overrated. Also agree that Asimov's review appears fair and t...
by RyanC
January 1st, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 37
Views: 2364

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

Zin and Rhone are the contenders but Zin comes out on top (even though I drink little of it).

Pinot and Chard would contend only if you're *very* choosy.
by RyanC
December 31st, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2059

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

2004 Dom Ruinart
by RyanC
December 31st, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade
Replies: 23
Views: 1622

Re: The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade

I'm biased but it's awesome (and surprising) to see Nancy's Hustle (Houston) on the list. The wife of one of my law partners is a co-founder, co-owner, and the head pastry chef (used to be a pastry chef in New York). The food is eclectic and super-delicious, and it epitomizes the phenomenal food cit...
by RyanC
December 28th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 100
Views: 6454

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

I buy relatively few wines in every vintage. I’d like to focus on backfilling, plus buying more $40-80 sweet spot wines (honest and soulful old-world wines, including villages Burg, base-level Champagne and Rhone, Austrians, etc.) that I reach for so often. But here are some that I almost never miss...
by RyanC
December 26th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lobster source?
Replies: 29
Views: 1219

Re: Lobster source?

Best lobster source—really the best seafood source in general—I’ve ever had was New Deal Fish Market in Cambridge, MA. Hyper fresh local seafood and knowledgeable, friendly staff. One of the things I miss most about living in Boston.
by RyanC
December 25th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recommend Some Caviar
Replies: 14
Views: 953

Recommend Some Caviar

Happy Holidays everyone. I'd like to buy some caviar - probably 100-200g range and likely Ossetra or similar. I want the real stuff and good quality -- but I also don't need the highest end. Any recommendations for good QPR caviar from a reputable source? I'm largely clueless in this realm and would...
by RyanC
December 24th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11206
Views: 412728

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2007 M. Sorrel Hermitage ‘Le Greal’ — Open for business and phenomenal.
by RyanC
December 24th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12605
Views: 607721

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3x 1999 Bruno Clair SLB ‘Dominode’
by RyanC
December 23rd, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11206
Views: 412728

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Bruno Clair Chambolle 'Veroilles' was stunning last night. 1,000% Chambolle with intense but feminine red fruits, a dusting of spice, and bright acids. A subtle, fragrant wine reminiscent of Fourrier, but with somewhat less sweetness.
by RyanC
December 20th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11206
Views: 412728

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Some fun stuff last night: Krug GC 164eme (magnum) - Excellent as always. Super vibrant. Super concentrated. A GC for the ages. 99 Lafon Meursault Charmes - WOTN and in a perfect place. Bold and expansive but still shockingly fresh. A total beauty. 99 de Courcel Pommard 'Epenots' - Probably the red ...
by RyanC
December 18th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08 Dom in gift box: $143.99
Replies: 22
Views: 1377

Re: 08 Dom in gift box: $143.99

RyanC wrote:
December 18th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Up until recently — maybe still — HEB in Houston had 08 Dom for $134.99 for a purchase of 6. I’m stopping by Central Market this afternoon to see what they have for their 25% off French wine sale.
It’s $134 at Central Market for the next week.
by RyanC
December 18th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08 Dom in gift box: $143.99
Replies: 22
Views: 1377

Re: 08 Dom in gift box: $143.99

Up until recently — maybe still — HEB in Houston had 08 Dom for $134.99 for a purchase of 6. I’m stopping by Central Market this afternoon to see what they have for their 25% off French wine sale.
by RyanC
December 13th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12605
Views: 607721

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Was able to snag the 1994 Guigal Landonne & Turque from the Envoyer offering today. Birth year for my brother and I suspect that 1994 may be a little bit underrated as a N Rhone vintage... I grabbed the two 96 Trimbach CSHs from that offer. Good luck. You will need it. If intact, amazing. But .... ...
by RyanC
December 12th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12605
Views: 607721

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Yao C wrote:
December 12th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Was able to snag the 1994 Guigal Landonne & Turque from the Envoyer offering today. Birth year for my brother and I suspect that 1994 may be a little bit underrated as a N Rhone vintage...
I grabbed the two 96 Trimbach CSHs from that offer.
by RyanC
December 12th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Egon Muller pricing
Replies: 24
Views: 1819

Re: Egon Muller pricing

That's rough. I love these wines. I don't want them to become the Rayas of the Mosel.
by RyanC
December 8th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 226
Views: 18470

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco

Benu on Friday was transcendent. Probably a top-3 meal I've had in the US and as good as the best Saison meal I've had.
by RyanC
December 8th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?
Replies: 30
Views: 3805

Re: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?

St. Regis/Four Seasons/Mandarin/Ritz are all super nice.

But the Fairmont is my favorite. It feels so classic and I love the Nob Hill location and views.
by RyanC
December 7th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12605
Views: 607721

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Craig G wrote:
December 7th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Was there a good deal on 08 Rayas?
Flatiron in SF had some for 399/per, which I suppose qualified as a deal these days.
by RyanC
December 7th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12605
Views: 607721

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I told myself no more Chateau Rayas due to the price increase but ....... 2006 and 2008 Ch. Rayas before they get even more $$$$$ I came so close to taking all they had left. I’m glad these found a good home. A post-script to my 08 Rayas purchase is that I opened one last night at Benu. It’s a trul...
by RyanC
December 6th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12605
Views: 607721

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A couple bottles of 2008 Rayas
by RyanC
December 6th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Benetiere Cordeloux
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: 2012 Benetiere Cordeloux

I adore this wine. It really does expertly balance N Rhône characteristics with beautiful juicy (almost glossy) fruit.
by RyanC
December 6th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 3 nights in Houston-Where to eat?
Replies: 8
Views: 794

Re: 3 nights in Houston-Where to eat?

Houston food is excellent these days. This recent thread may be helpful: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=164014  There are loads of great places across categories, but here are many of my favorites across various categories: Xochi: Excellent (upscale), interesting, and refin...
by RyanC
December 5th, 2019, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11206
Views: 412728

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

04 Raveneau Foret at Zuni Cafe. Drinking brilliantly.
by RyanC
December 2nd, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for a couple days in Austrian wine country?
Replies: 22
Views: 841

Tips for a couple days in Austrian wine country?

I may be in Austria in March, and I'd love to take a couple days and go to wine country outside of Vienna. I love and know a bit about Austrian wine. I know nothing about Austrian wine country. Any tips? Where would be a good home base? Anywhere particularly picturesque (which I'd prefer over conven...
by RyanC
December 1st, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12605
Views: 607721

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2x 2005 de Montille 'Rugiens'
by RyanC
November 30th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Burgundy Village Wines !
Replies: 11
Views: 1153

Re: 2005 Burgundy Village Wines !

I’ve been consistently buying 2005s whenever I can find them for a reasonable price (which is more often than you might expect). I actually think 2005 has become significantly underrated because (1) they are such long agers and (2) they became so expensive on release. But it’s such a special vintage...
by RyanC
November 29th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?
Replies: 187
Views: 11526

Re: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?

Did anybody in this thread mention the Austrians? Prager, Brundlmayer, Hirzberger? Top end stuff IMO and I seldom see them mentioned (and I could mention several more). That was my first response a few pages ago and it holds true today: they are some of the world’s best wines at any price, and (alo...
by RyanC
November 27th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 43
Views: 1931

Re: Scrambled eggs

Milk is kind of cheating, and your wife is right - they don't come out with the proper texture. The real way to get light and fluffy is cook them oh so slowly in a skillet over a simmering pot of water with plenty of butter. I don't always have the patience. I love to mix them with chopped kimchi a...
by RyanC
November 18th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1202
Views: 68470

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

RyanC wrote:
November 18th, 2019, 2:10 pm
I asked for the '99 de Courcel Rugiens Magnum. I love de Courcel with age and I have a soft spot for Rugiens.
Alas: too slow.
by RyanC
November 18th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1202
Views: 68470

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I asked for the '99 de Courcel Rugiens Magnum. I love de Courcel with age and I have a soft spot for Rugiens.

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