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by Peter Hirsch
December 4th, 2019, 4:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 53
Views: 3472

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

Had the CostCo Jamon Belota Iberico over Thanksgiving and the weekend. I though it was quite good and a hell of a value.
by Peter Hirsch
December 3rd, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting your $$$$$ wines
Replies: 52
Views: 2743

Re: Protecting your $$$$$ wines

I have a friend who will only buy pristine labels. Not because he wants to resell. But because when he shares the wine with friends / others, he wants the wine to show it's best and the bottles to look their best. I've tried to talk him out of this, no luck. I assume there are others out there with ...
by Peter Hirsch
December 3rd, 2019, 3:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 678
Views: 34649

Re: More tariffs?

Got to load the boat on 2008 Cristal and Dom, stuff already in the USA
by Peter Hirsch
December 3rd, 2019, 2:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting your $$$$$ wines
Replies: 52
Views: 2743

Re: Protecting your $$$$$ wines

I've given the saran wrap idea a little bit of thought but decided against it. I think if any moisture gets wrapped in with the label, it will cause mold / mildew to grow faster as the moisture can't leave the surface of the label. Probably good for short term protection (shipping?) but not so great...
by Peter Hirsch
December 1st, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Truffles 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1026

Re: Truffles 2019

Bump!
by Peter Hirsch
November 28th, 2019, 3:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 41
Views: 3102

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

+1 on Cavallotto. Think they're just a great value in high end Barolo. Love their Bricco Boschis 'Vigna San Giuseppe' riserva, around $100 on release.
by Peter Hirsch
November 26th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Truffles 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1026

Re: Truffles 2019

Any new good sources or coupon codes? The Sabatino one no longer working.
by Peter Hirsch
November 26th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Truffles 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1026

Re: Truffles 2019

We had our annual white truffle dinner on October 26. For the large truffles we paid $3973/kg or $1805/lb. The price was less for the medium and less again for the small. The consensus was this year's truffles were one of the better years we have had. The aromatics were superb and the taste excelle...
by Peter Hirsch
November 23rd, 2019, 3:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Barolo Thoughts?
Replies: 11
Views: 952

Re: 2001 Barolo Thoughts?

I'd put 2001 on par with other good/great vintages. 1990, 96, 99, 01, 04, 06, 10, 13.
I've had a few over the last 5 years, general impression is that the big boys (Giacosa, G Conterno, etc) are not close to ready but you can drink and enjoy the producers that make earlier drinking Barolo
by Peter Hirsch
November 14th, 2019, 3:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '05 Pegau - 3L
Replies: 10
Views: 768

Re: '05 Pegau - 3L

I like the big bottles. Lots of fun when you have a bunch of people over to your house/apt or a big group at a restaurant. The big bottle is always a hit with the crowd...
by Peter Hirsch
November 10th, 2019, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 618
Views: 31348

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Down 7.1% on the year with about 8 weeks more or less to go and some good 'using up' opportunities on the horizon.
And my 'open deliverables' are at ZERO right now. I'm owed no wine by anyone!
The Flickinger Henri Boillot yearly offering will push me back up when that gets confirmed, unfort...
by Peter Hirsch
November 8th, 2019, 2:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 53
Views: 3472

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

I'm in. Ordered, it came yesterday, looks great. Will give it the taste test this weekend..
by Peter Hirsch
October 2nd, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore
Replies: 47
Views: 3296

Re: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore

Speaking solely as a consumer, I remember buying 'cult' Calif cabs in the early - late 90s because they were reasonably cheaper vs Bordeaux (say 2nd growth stuff). Then Calif exploded their pricing in the mid '00s and the equation went the other way, with CA Cults demanding pricing over 2nd growths....
by Peter Hirsch
September 29th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 618
Views: 31348

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Hit my yearly reduction target with 3 months to go. Gonna reduce more and then go for another 5% reduction next year...
by Peter Hirsch
September 15th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 618
Views: 31348

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Down 5.3% on the year. Target was down 6% or more on the year, so right on glide path. This will have me down by about 33% over the last 5 years.
by Peter Hirsch
August 27th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 34
Views: 1612

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. I'm going to have to learn more

BTW, anyone in Kyoto who wants to learn about sake, I 100% recommend Bar Yoramu (www.sakebar-yoramu.com/ ). Tiny place with a passionate owner.
by Peter Hirsch
August 27th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 34
Views: 1612

Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

Just spent 2 weeks in Japan (Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and surrounding area). Amazing time, great experiences, culminating with the Mt Fuji climb (It's cold up there! And windy!!). Back to the point. Sake. I came over here knowing little. Yeah, I'd go to a sushi/sashimi place and order whatever the waite...
by Peter Hirsch
August 13th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Box Wines
Replies: 6
Views: 1514

Re: Box Wines

When we go on vacation to either the beach or golf, I buy box wine for the house that we rent. I like Black Box wines, they're perfectly fine 'every day' wines. Not gonna get any DRC or 1st growth taste there, but it does the job on vacation.
by Peter Hirsch
August 6th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long to decant 05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste ... tonight?
Replies: 5
Views: 374

Re: How long to decant 05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste ... tonight?

I'd either start now (2:30pm CST) or don't decant at all. I'd worry about a 1-2 hour decant. No primary fruit, maybe the wine closes up.
by Peter Hirsch
July 30th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 31
Views: 2156

Re: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion

LCHB from 1998 and 2000 is like $100 or less in the auction market. Why not buy those?
by Peter Hirsch
June 18th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: All Clad VIP Sale extra discounts
Replies: 29
Views: 3662

Re: All Clad VIP Sale extra discounts

Ridiculously good sale....
by Peter Hirsch
June 11th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB: 2013 Marcassin Chardonnay
Replies: 0
Views: 319

WTB: 2013 Marcassin Chardonnay

Happy to take your allocation (all or part) if you're not interested? I think they're due out soon.
by Peter Hirsch
June 6th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 4474

Re: What's the nest top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

yep. Similar to above suggestions:

Rousseau (Chambertin or Beze)
Roumier (Bonnes Mares or Amoureuses)
Mugnier (Musigny or Amoureuses)
Dujac (CDLR or CSD)
Cathiard RSV
Fourrier 'Griotte'
Rouget 'Parantoux'
Meo 'Richebourg'
by Peter Hirsch
May 5th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD— 6 packs of Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2016 -- 1/2 of Retail Price
Replies: 9
Views: 796

Re: SOLD— 6 packs of Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2016 -- 1/2 of Retail Price

BTW, wine arrived on time, exactly as advertised. Thanks again for the great price!
by Peter Hirsch
May 5th, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 618
Views: 31348

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Down 4% on the year. Goal is another 1.75% for this year. Should be easy.
by Peter Hirsch
May 5th, 2019, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 3080

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

White burg, other than 'house wine' basic bourgogne, now represents about 1.5% of my wine collection. For comparison, red Burg is more like 60%. If no PremOx issues, I'd probably own 10-20x more white Burg. My goal is under 1%.
by Peter Hirsch
May 2nd, 2019, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 618
Views: 31348

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

A slightly different milestone. For the first time since I started this hobby back in the late '80s, I have zero bottles on order, waiting to be delivered.
by Peter Hirsch
May 2nd, 2019, 4:21 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge
Replies: 13
Views: 1333

Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

It really depends on the wine. A Mosel Riesling can stay open yet perfectly fine for several weeks, but I've had many white wines turn quite flat and dull even after a few days. NZ Sauvignon Blancs don't seem to survive at all. For a couple of times I've had a remaining half a bottle of NZ SB turn ...
by Peter Hirsch
April 13th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Pappy 23
Replies: 3
Views: 662

Re: FS: Pappy 23

You ever get down to NYC? If so we can work out a deal...
by Peter Hirsch
April 12th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 618
Views: 31348

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Down 3.75% on the year.
by Peter Hirsch
April 12th, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Pappy 23
Replies: 3
Views: 662

Re: FS: Pappy 23

where are you located?
by Peter Hirsch
April 10th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Are Sous vide steaks fatty ?
Replies: 7
Views: 555

Re: Are Sous vide steaks fatty ?

When i see pictures of sous vide steaks it always looks to me as if the marbling has not broken down and is still solid form fat. Is that the case in reality ? The opposite from my experience, very fatty steaks can become almost gelatinous. It's an odd texture which the warden does not like. I like...
by Peter Hirsch
April 10th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD— 6 packs of Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2016 -- 1/2 of Retail Price
Replies: 9
Views: 796

Re: 6 packs of Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2016 -- 1/2 of Retail Price

It's such a good summer wine, on a hot day or evening. Goes great on a hot night with some roast chicken. Love the stuff for about 3 months a year. At $16, no brainer!
by Peter Hirsch
April 10th, 2019, 3:30 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD— 6 packs of Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2016 -- 1/2 of Retail Price
Replies: 9
Views: 796

Re: 6 packs of Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé -- 1/2 of Retail Price

Interested at 1/2 price as stated.... https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/de+pibarnon+rose+bandol+provence+france/1/usa I don’t comment on pricing but this isn’t a flash site. Looks like cheapest retail is $28. half is $14. Assume shipping of $30 per box and the $16 for some volume with free shippin...
by Peter Hirsch
April 5th, 2019, 4:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2879

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

Here's another factor to consider. How many times do you need to drink the same wine, and does the utility of that wine drop upon repeated consumption? I've had a decent amount of DRC, Roumier, Leroy, Rousseau over the years. Should that make it easier for me to sell, now, because I've already had t...
by Peter Hirsch
March 26th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Determining Resale Value Of Wine
Replies: 4
Views: 845

Re: Determining Resale Value Of Wine

Best way is to go to www.winemarketjournal.com and sign up for an account. I think a basic account is maybe $10 per year? This gives you access to an auction site aggregator, can see auction data which is (of course) where things clear the market. If you're trying to sell, the hammer price is a good...
by Peter Hirsch
March 23rd, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2879

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

Here's a fun couple of questions for those who say they only look at acquisition cost and don't worry about market value. 1) You bought a 1999 DRC La Tache for $300. You can now easily (I'll do it for you!) sell it for $5,000. Do you sell or do you keep? 2) I'm a generous guy. I'm going to give you ...
by Peter Hirsch
March 23rd, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2879

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

Hard to drink magnums of 90, 99, and 05 La Tâche when they are worth over $10,000 each and I paid little. I can’t do it. Yes, I bought it to drink, but can’t now pull trigger. And I won’t sell my house for what I paid for it, either. Same issue. I’m a value guy, I live a value life, I think about t...
by Peter Hirsch
March 17th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 618
Views: 31348

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Down about 3.5% net this year. 6.5% to go...
Puts me down about 28% since I started my reduction plan in 2015.
by Peter Hirsch
March 11th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Changing landscape of Whisky and Bourbon
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: Changing landscape of Whisky and Bourbon

I like bourbon. a little over a year ago, a friend invited me along on a trip to BourbonLand to visit a good producer, taste 10-15 different barrels and pick out the one we liked the best. Fantastic experience, took maybe 4 hours to narrow down our favorite. Highlight of course is we bought our barr...
by Peter Hirsch
January 26th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 93 Damoy Chapelle Chambertin
Replies: 5
Views: 304

Re: TN: 93 Damoy Chapelle Chambertin

Sounds great! Hope the '99 gets there in another 5-10 years!
by Peter Hirsch
January 21st, 2019, 3:18 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: ‘74 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard MAG
Replies: 5
Views: 1403

Re: ‘74 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard MAG

Thanks Alan. I bought a mag a while back (maybe last year?).
by Peter Hirsch
January 15th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Spring Release
Replies: 80
Views: 6513

Re: Aubert Spring Release

The shipping is a killer as it's 2 day. Ground would cut the price by $70 per case, or $6 per bottle. That's like a 2nd tax on the wine. Ah well, they are fantastic, what are you gonna do...
In a world where Harlan charges what, $700 per bottle? Aubert at $100 or so is value.
by Peter Hirsch
January 11th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 7877

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

So hard. Looking back over:

1990 Giacosa 'Falletto di Serralunga' riserva
1989 Giacosa 'Falletto di Serralunga' riserva
1998 Chave 'Cathelin'

One of those...
by Peter Hirsch
January 4th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Most Pretentious Crappy Restaurant Review I have ever read.
Replies: 11
Views: 1074

Re: The Most Pretentious Crappy Restaurant Review I have ever read.

I'm a fan. Been there maybe 3 times. Love the show, love the food. Is it over the top and wildly expensive? Sure. But for an occasional experience, why not?
by Peter Hirsch
December 29th, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why doesn't Cabernet Sauvignon impress me...ever?
Replies: 45
Views: 1941

Re: Why doesn't Cabernet Sauvignon impress me...ever?

Yep. I mostly agree. At one point, a few decades ago, my cellar was probably 90% cab or cab mixed wines (left bank, Bordeaux). I just checked, I'm down to 16%. And pure cab is under 1%. Lots of 8/10 experiences but never the 9/10 or 10/10 I would say that there's real consistency there. While you ca...
by Peter Hirsch
December 29th, 2018, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice on the "last frontier" - Barolo and Barbaresco
Replies: 45
Views: 3777

Re: Seeking advice on the "last frontier" - Barolo and Barbaresco

Although I love Giacosa, the price of red label is getting to be so high that you may want to focus on the white labels, which are generally incredibly good, made in the same style, but at a fraction of the cost. Agree with this. And one I'd focus on if I was a new buyer would be the 1999 Le Rocche...
by Peter Hirsch
December 28th, 2018, 6:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wagu/Kobe question
Replies: 3
Views: 628

Re: Wagu/Kobe question

There are all different grades / types of Japanese Wagyu. If you stick with A5, there are lots of different producers where the price can really vary. There are competitions, awards presented, etc. Also different 'terroirs' for different regions in Japan. For me, I want to pay less than $100 per lb ...

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