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by RyanC
March 27th, 2020, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 29
Views: 2016

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

A place in Houston has 08 Cristal for $140.
by RyanC
March 27th, 2020, 1:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside
Replies: 58
Views: 1650

Re: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside

1993 Piedmont. 1993 Sandrone Le Vigne was outstanding. From magnum If that mattered but at age 24 it was right in the zone showing beautifully. The Sandrone Cannubi Boschis was also very good. Giacosa Falletto was very good and his Gallina Barbaresco was flat out gorgeous. Wish I could find more wi...
by RyanC
March 26th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside
Replies: 58
Views: 1650

Re: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside

A bunch of them. A few off the top of my head: '11 N. Rhone '13 Red Burgs '09 White Burgs '04 Bordeaux '09 Champagne For the long run, I think '12, '13, '14 red burgs are going to be *really* good--they just got unlucky to be stuck between the *great* vintages of '09/'10/'15/'16. But I think '12, '...
by RyanC
March 26th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers
Replies: 50
Views: 3308

Re: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers

Vins Rare offering 2017 Faiveley at what they call "Wholesale Prices," and I believe it.
by RyanC
March 26th, 2020, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside
Replies: 58
Views: 1650

Re: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside

A bunch of them. A few off the top of my head: '11 N. Rhone '13 Red Burgs '09 White Burgs '04 Bordeaux '09 Champagne For the long run, I think '12, '13, '14 red burgs are going to be *really* good--they just got unlucky to be stuck between the *great* vintages of '09/'10/'15/'16. But I think '12, '1...
by RyanC
March 25th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers
Replies: 50
Views: 3308

Re: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers

Restaurants here are blowing out their wine. I may grab some. I don't know if it would make me feel good or scummy. Probably both. It's really sad.
by RyanC
March 24th, 2020, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '06 vs. '07 Barolo?
Replies: 11
Views: 894

Re: '06 vs. '07 Barolo?

resurrection of a 9-year-old thread!
by RyanC
March 24th, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12913
Views: 628886

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Right before things accelerated about a week ago, I picked up: '04 Jamet 'Cote Brune' '15 Fourrier Gevrey 'Combe Aux Moines' A few '99 Pousse d'Or 1ers Now, I'm keeping my powder mostly dry to see how the markets shake out: stock market, legal services market, wine market ... The Jamet 04 was the o...
by RyanC
March 24th, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: is this the end of byo culture?
Replies: 14
Views: 492

Re: is this the end of byo culture?

I'm hoping for the opposite. BYO basically doesn't exist in TX, which has bizarre and antiquated liquor laws. In this crisis, TX has relaxed many of its laws to help local business survive. My hope is that people will realize that the laws were dumb, that no bad came from the new relaxed stance, and...
by RyanC
March 23rd, 2020, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 Brilliant Reds
Replies: 9
Views: 945

Re: 3 Brilliant Reds

Phenomenal.
by RyanC
March 23rd, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: How much will 2016 Lafite cost in 6 months?
Replies: 25
Views: 1766

Re: Poll: How much will 2016 Lafite cost in 6 months?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 2:31 pm
Is there an option for $600-$700?
I’m a lawyer—not a mathematician.
by RyanC
March 22nd, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: How much will 2016 Lafite cost in 6 months?
Replies: 25
Views: 1766

Re: Poll: How much will 2016 Lafite cost in 6 months?

All the people who can afford it now will be able to afford it then. Ain’t no rich people heading toward Cru Bourgeois. Unemployment could be 20-30% and it won’t affect Lafite or Louis Vitton. I don't agree with this. 2008 Bdx and Burgs were dirt cheap (comparatively). Billionaires may keep buying ...
by RyanC
March 22nd, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: How much will 2016 Lafite cost in 6 months?
Replies: 25
Views: 1766

Re: Poll: How much will 2016 Lafite cost in 6 months?

The first 5 votes are evenly distributed across the 5 options. Lesson: no one has any f'ing clue.
by RyanC
March 22nd, 2020, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: How much will 2016 Lafite cost in 6 months?
Replies: 25
Views: 1766

Poll: How much will 2016 Lafite cost in 6 months?

I'm interested -- mostly from an academic perspective -- of what this disastrous mess is going to do to the wine market, and also in peoples' perceptions of where the wine market is headed. So here's a simple poll, with a wine that I'm not in the market for but should be a good proxy for opinions (b...
by RyanC
March 21st, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gourmet houses still shipping
Replies: 25
Views: 1020

Re: Gourmet houses still shipping

I've been ordering pasture-raised/grass-fed meat from local farms. No lines, door-to-door delivery, great meat, and it supports small business.

I know that some of the bigger beef purveyors (44 Farms, Flannery) are also still shipping.
by RyanC
March 19th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12913
Views: 628886

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Right before things accelerated about a week ago, I picked up:

'04 Jamet 'Cote Brune'
'15 Fourrier Gevrey 'Combe Aux Moines'
A few '99 Pousse d'Or 1ers

Now, I'm keeping my powder mostly dry to see how the markets shake out: stock market, legal services market, wine market ...
by RyanC
March 19th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1299
Views: 75777

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Neal.Mollen wrote:
March 19th, 2020, 9:44 am
OK, who beat me to the 1998 Winston Churchill for $125?
Was this sent today? If so, my lack of buying in recent months must have moved me off the priority email list. This is the first time I can recall not receiving something.
by RyanC
March 17th, 2020, 6:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2406
Views: 147163

Re: New York City Restaurants

Dennis Atick wrote:
March 17th, 2020, 5:59 am
This is not specific to NYC restaurants, but in light of Nathan's serious post above, it resonates.

I love this guy:

He's a national treasure.
by RyanC
March 16th, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Looking for a good sipping Tequila...
Replies: 134
Views: 10662

Re: Looking for a good sipping Tequila...

Quick note on tequila. So there was a time when I really loved tequila. Then for the past 5 years or so I jettisoned tequila for Mezcal. I think Mezcal is dollar-for-dollar the most interesting, most complex spirit out there. I usually have a few high-end sipping Mezcals in the house. Currently I'm ...
by RyanC
March 14th, 2020, 8:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 698
Views: 47814

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Springbank ‘Local Barley’ 9 — yummm.
by RyanC
March 11th, 2020, 8:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 698
Views: 47814

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

A dram of Caol Ila 2006 (Signatory Vintage; 12 yr) tonight was highly satisfying. Intense nose, full-bodied smoky yet sweet palate, and a long, weighty finish.
by RyanC
March 11th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee Verticals
Replies: 4
Views: 653

Re: La Paulee Verticals

Excellent recap - thanks. I've been hearing some good things about Rossignol lately. Perhaps one to seek out.
by RyanC
March 11th, 2020, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 186
Views: 18664

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Just to be on the lookout but Pavilions/Vons often has double 10% discount sales on wine if you buy six mix or match bottles. For some reason the wine manager at my store always asserts that the double discount doesn’t apply to sparkling wines but the flyer never excludes champagne and the double d...
by RyanC
March 9th, 2020, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA Pinot vs Burgundy — why are critics kinder to CA?
Replies: 112
Views: 4270

Re: CA Pinot vs Burgundy — why are critics kinder to CA?

It's pretty much an objective fact in my own mind that Burg scorers (pro and and amateur alike) are the toughest of the bunch. I don't know why that is. Because of Romanee Conti, La Tache, Musigny and such. If these are 100 point wines or something close, probably a really, really good MSD Clos Sor...
by RyanC
March 6th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12913
Views: 628886

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Hart G wrote:
March 5th, 2020, 8:56 pm
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by RyanC
March 4th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”
Replies: 88
Views: 6585

Re: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”

I actively buy from only 4 lists:

Ridge Monte Bello
Sandlands
Kutch
Dirty & Rowdy

I wouldn't really have any qualms about dropping any of them.
by RyanC
February 27th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1299
Views: 75777

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Dennis Atick wrote:
February 27th, 2020, 10:06 am
Troy Stark wrote:
February 27th, 2020, 6:50 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 26th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Not fantastic pricing on this cellar. I guess the Margaux and 90 rsv is ok.
The wines on that email are for people who live much differently than I do. [snort.gif]
How about some Raveneau? [wink.gif]
It's cheaper and more enjoyable to fly to Paris and drink Raveneau.
by RyanC
February 27th, 2020, 5:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris with kids?
Replies: 9
Views: 405

Re: Paris with kids?

Ice cream on Ile Saint-Louis at Maison Berthillon. Dinner at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte for steak frites. Ferris wheel at Tuileries or Hotel De Ville or St Paul. Ride bikes on the riverside bike path (right bank of the Seine). Excellent advice. My kids still talk about Berthillon. Go to the original....
by RyanC
February 26th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris with kids?
Replies: 9
Views: 405

Re: Paris with kids?

How old are your kids? We were in Paris in 2011 with our two kids who were 9 and 7 at the time. Obviously a lot has changed in 9 years. We didn't eat at any Michelin places, but we ate well...Willi's Wine Bar, L'Ami Jean, La Regelade, Cafe Constant, etc. My kids were well behaved, but still, we mad...
by RyanC
February 25th, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: The Grill, NYC
Replies: 7
Views: 699

Re: The Grill, NYC

It's great for a business dinner where someone else is paying. Grand setting and service and the food is surely tasty in an objective sense. I'd *maybe* pay out-of-pocket once -- but probably not twice.
by RyanC
February 25th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11376
Views: 425198

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 Drouhin Beaune 'Clos de Mouches' Rouge - I adore this wine in nearly every vintage and particularly in 2010. It's exactly what it should be: transparent red in color, fragrant, balanced, and bright, in a medium-bodied, red fruited package with brambly undertones. Far from a blockbuster but qui...
by RyanC
February 23rd, 2020, 6:49 pm
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 ALL FEB***
Replies: 68
Views: 2792

Re: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE PRICING GOOD ALL FEB***

Just had the Shrinky. It's light and fine and super addictive. I used crisp crackers as a scoop and ended up not biting into the crackers, just letting the caviar hit my tongue. Champagne would drown it out. Unique wonderful experience. Agree. It's pretty subtle and complex and, like all good cavia...
by RyanC
February 23rd, 2020, 12:00 pm
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 ALL FEB***
Replies: 68
Views: 2792

Re: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE PRICING GOOD ALL FEB***

I just finished my sampler -- with eggs and smoked salmon for lunch -- and I may need to order another.

All three were excellent, but the Schrenckii really is a cut above -- in a way that surprised me.
by RyanC
February 21st, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Madrid, España
Replies: 21
Views: 943

Re: Madrid, España

This is so timely. I’ll be there for 3 days in March, staying at the Westin Palace with my wife and two kids. Keep the recommendations coming!
by RyanC
February 20th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 69
Views: 2831

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

I've had a few very good bottles of '71 Vieux Chateau Certan (and I still have some more cellared).
by RyanC
February 18th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deal on Lumpp
Replies: 15
Views: 1612

Re: Deal on Lumpp

This is an absolutely silly deal. I doubt there's a better $25 (or $40) wine on earth. If I didn't already have enough Lumpp, and hadn't recently blown through my budget several times over, I'd be all over it.
by RyanC
February 18th, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reddit post on collecting wine
Replies: 76
Views: 5694

Re: Reddit post on collecting wine

. . . Chinese market, and that has fallen apart. . . . FIFY - My very good inside sources advise me that it is really, really bad, even worse than reported. Streets are deserted, businesses are shut down with the expectation that it will last at least two months, schools are shut until at last May ...
by RyanC
February 17th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12913
Views: 628886

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Krug 168eme
'17 Dujac Gevrey 'Combottes'
'17 Dujac Chambolle
by RyanC
February 14th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Texas BYOB Let Down :(
Replies: 60
Views: 4220

Re: Texas BYOB Let Down :(

Texas liquor laws are weird (and generally terrible). A restaurant can be BYO if it has a beer/wine-only license, or if it has no alcohol license at all. If a restaurant serves hard alcohol, BYO is prohibited. It's mildly infuriating.
by RyanC
February 14th, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Montielle Volnay 2005 1er cru Taillespieds
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Re: de Montielle Volnay 2005 1er cru Taillespieds

I remain very confident in 2005 and am buying them when I find them for sensible pricing (which is more often than I would expect). They're just not ready yet for the most part. But those occasional examples that are opening up are sensational.
by RyanC
February 14th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 86
Views: 6014

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

I can't argue with JJ Prum. I would probably buy Pepiere Clos de Briords up to about $55/bottle. It’s a tremendous wine, regardless of the low price. Even at $55, it would still be my preference over many wines at higher prices. That surprises me. I think it's a nice value, but to me, not worth any...
by RyanC
February 14th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Needing Family Friendly Recs for Washington DC
Replies: 21
Views: 792

Re: Needing Family Friendly Recs for Washington DC

I'm not a local but I do go to DC with some regularity and I used to live there. So here are some off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts given your criteria. But these are outdated recommendations; locals would know best. The main Jose Andres places -- Jaleo and Zaytinya -- are central and fun and festive ...
by RyanC
February 13th, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinner No. 1 – Night One – Feb 18, 2019 at Drago Centro
Replies: 17
Views: 1553

Re: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinner No. 1 – Night One – Feb 18, 2019 at Drago Centro

These are consistently my favorite posts on this board. Thanks as always.

I have noticed a trend over the last few years of stellar notes on Jadot whites. They were so fraught for so long that they may be a nice value at the moment.
by RyanC
February 12th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: United Airlines Upgrade Question
Replies: 4
Views: 534

United Airlines Upgrade Question

I have a question for UAL folks. Here's the situation: I have enough "PlusPoints" for 8 international upgrades (enough to get my family of 4 to Europe and back in the front of the plane). I would like to take advantage of those upgrades for a summer vacation and I'm very flexible on when we take the...
by RyanC
February 11th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 86
Views: 6014

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

Fun topic. Because I can't choose just one, here are a few quick-hit thoughts: 1. My immediate reaction is that it's a close call between Alzinger Steinertal and Prager Wachstum Bodenstein. And Hirtzberger Singerriedel in the right vintage. These Austrians have the weight, complexity, ageworthiness,...
by RyanC
February 8th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 3819

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

05 Red Burg is my #1. Surprisingly often they can be found for a (relatively) reasonable tariff—probably because they shut down so hard. I remain confident they will be historically great and some already are. I also try hard to find: 01, 04, 12 German Riesling 02, 09, 10, and 13 (bargain) Red Burg ...
by RyanC
February 8th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12913
Views: 628886

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2006 Vieux Chateau Certan
2011 Ridge Monte Bello
2001 Hirtzberger Riesling Singerriedel
by RyanC
February 7th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.
Replies: 80
Views: 5614

Re: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.

I don't buy much New World pinot. I generally prefer Burgundy at every price point. But you've identified some of my exceptions. In addition to what has been mentioned, I would include Kutch and Joseph Swan (surprised they haven't been mentioned; they age forever)

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