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by Kelly Walker
October 12th, 2019, 4:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 21
Views: 586

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

Monopole. German made. Never had a bottle it does not work on.
by Kelly Walker
October 11th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pergole Torte Labels
Replies: 4
Views: 483

Re: Pergole Torte Labels

I owned a similar poster at one time but gave it away. The artist for the Le Pergole Torte labels was Alberto Manfredi, who has passed. I own 2 of his original water colors. I believe he created enough pieces for Montevertine for them to have unique labels for the future though I do not know how man...
by Kelly Walker
October 10th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18306

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

We have a great liquor store just over the South Carolina border that always has an amazing selection scotch and bourbon. The manager sent out an e-mail this morning giving the heads up on the impact of the tariffs on scotch prices. His example was that a $41 bottle of scotch will be a $51 bottle on...
by Kelly Walker
October 9th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18306

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Rare Wine Co sells oceans of "Tuscan Olive Oils" every year, from specific Tuscan producers. If the oil is not really Tuscan, it would be a fraud, and I do not believe they are committing a fraud. Also, Rare Wine does not sell "oceans" of Tuscan olive oils. His annual offer usually sells out in 1 -...
by Kelly Walker
October 9th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18306

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Rare Wine Co sells oceans of "Tuscan Olive Oils" every year, from specific Tuscan producers. If the oil is not really Tuscan, it would be a fraud, and I do not believe they are committing a fraud. Manny sources the very best oils from Tuscany. Who would claim otherwise? But anyone who is passionate...
by Kelly Walker
October 9th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18306

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

So an imported oil that is a blend of 50% Spanish and 50% Italian would only pay the tariff on 50% of the value of the oil? [scratch.gif] [scratch.gif] [wink.gif] If the tariff is applied based on the country of origin of the product then would not only that portion of the product that the tariff i...
by Kelly Walker
October 9th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18306

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

So an imported oil that is a blend of 50% Spanish and 50% Italian would only pay the tariff on 50% of the value of the oil?
by Kelly Walker
October 9th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay - Anyone tried it?
Replies: 0
Views: 152

2016 Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay - Anyone tried it?

I am interested in any TNs or impressions on the most recent release '16. No TNs on CT but hundreds of bottles in cellars. TIA
by Kelly Walker
October 9th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY sales tax now being applied to out of state purchases
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: NY sales tax now being applied to out of state purchases

I stopped purchasing wine from NY retailers. The combination of the tax and shipping is brutal.
by Kelly Walker
October 9th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3689

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

How many people's actively cooled wine cellars are at risk? Does not seem like temperatures out there are that high but I know I would still be concerned if I did not have a generator. Hopefully this does not last more than 5 days.
by Kelly Walker
October 6th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3592

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

This isn’t just an issue in wine country, but much of the San Francisco Bay Area. Workers who earn less than $25 an hour are priced out of living in the area, leaving service positions in every field wanting. There are restaurants closing because they can’t keep employees. This is a problem all ove...
by Kelly Walker
September 29th, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice read in Forbes about our very own Michel Abood and Vinotas Selections
Replies: 13
Views: 985

Re: Nice read in Forbes about our very own Michel Abood and Vinotas Selections

Hahahahaha! Not Trois Gros though I do have fond memories there. It was in NYC at a great dinner but my brain is getting old.
by Kelly Walker
September 28th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice read in Forbes about our very own Michel Abood and Vinotas Selections
Replies: 13
Views: 985

Re: Nice read in Forbes about our very own Michel Abood and Vinotas Selections

Michel,

Great to hear things have gone so well in your venture. I have fond memories of Trois Gros!
by Kelly Walker
September 28th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which SQNs are drinking well right now
Replies: 43
Views: 2890

Re: which SQNs are drinking well right now

For me none. But it is purely a stylistic issue.
by Kelly Walker
September 22nd, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 26
Views: 1599

Re: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

Have had many bottles of the '96. All great, worth every one of So's 93 pts. Seems rather polarizing though. Could it be just a stylistic issue? I know a number of champagne savvy people who just do not care for Salon.
by Kelly Walker
September 11th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine dinner/event investment fraud scheme - Omar Khan
Replies: 25
Views: 2527

Re: Wine dinner/event investment fraud scheme - Omar Khan

Sorry C Had not noticed previous threads.
by Kelly Walker
September 11th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine dinner/event investment fraud scheme - Omar Khan
Replies: 25
Views: 2527

Omar Khan - IB&WS

by Kelly Walker
September 10th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you eat grapes?
Replies: 49
Views: 1775

Re: Do you eat grapes?

robert creth wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 7:07 am
Does anyone remember when all fruit had seeds?
Yep, back when you had to pay a nickel for a toilet stall. And we liked it. Seriously, there may have been seedless grapes in the grocery stores back in the 60s but I don't recall ever seeing them.
by Kelly Walker
September 10th, 2019, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you eat grapes?
Replies: 49
Views: 1775

Re: Do you eat grapes?

Just picked up a basket of scuppernong grapes to snack on. It is an indigenous variety to eastern NC and is in the muscadine family. Large, very thick skinned and juicy with each grape have one or two large seeds. I look forward to the brief season each year. Interesting bit of trivia. The scupperno...
by Kelly Walker
September 5th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name
Replies: 104
Views: 7119

Re: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name

Good luck with the sale Mark. Some amazing stuff. I remember the first time we met it was at Giacosa in Nieve. I immediately knew you had impeccable taste.
by Kelly Walker
September 5th, 2019, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Quick take on Fèvre Chablis & oyster tasting
Replies: 9
Views: 514

Re: TN: Quick take on Fèvre Chablis & oyster tasting

Thanks for posting these notes. I had been a buyer of Fevre in most vintages for years until the premox monster hit really hard. They became a no-go for me. May be time to give them another try as I always liked the qpr they offered pre-premox.
by Kelly Walker
September 3rd, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Piper rare 2002
Replies: 13
Views: 1084

Re: TN: Piper rare 2002

Have gone through several cases over several years of release. Each release being more expensive unfortunately. Have to say I am embarrassed to take this to a restaurant because of the bling. Expect people to think I would follow it up with Caymus 50 or something. Great juice. First bottles purchase...
by Kelly Walker
September 1st, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Brian Devine Cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 3526

Re: The Brian Devine Cellar

Who am I to say that offering is way over priced...well it is way over priced. If it sells through at those prices then wine buyers of high-end Bordeaux and Burgundy are going to feel a lot of pain going forward. Thankfully I am past the significant acquisition phase.
by Kelly Walker
August 29th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet
Replies: 56
Views: 3667

Re: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet

Is The Todd somewhere behind this?
by Kelly Walker
August 29th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 33
Views: 1282

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

Otto Forsberg wrote:
August 29th, 2019, 8:47 am
I'm confused, why do you insist on using "saki" instead of "sake"?
Working too hard. I need some sake
by Kelly Walker
August 29th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 33
Views: 1282

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

Another recent saki was the "Born Chogin" JD. It is an aged saki that went very well with various robata dishes. Produced in Fukui by Kato Kichbee Shoten.

One of the things I have noticed is that the high end saki producers like to use very distinctive bottles and packaging. Sometimes a bit blingy.
by Kelly Walker
August 29th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 33
Views: 1282

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

I have a very good friend who is a Saki Master and we drink a lot that he imports, sometime only single bottles. Some amazing stuff. My go to house saki is 'Otter Fest 23' from Dassai. It is Junmai Daiginjo and as the name implies it is polished to 23%. Very pure but fruity with a complex but clean...
by Kelly Walker
August 27th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 33
Views: 1282

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

I have a very good friend who is a Saki Master and we drink a lot that he imports, sometime only single bottles. Some amazing stuff. My go to house saki is 'Otter Fest 23' from Dassai. It is Junmai Daiginjo and as the name implies it is polished to 23%. Very pure but fruity with a complex but clean ...
by Kelly Walker
August 27th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 42
Views: 2120

Re: Best of Class restaurant dishes

Bone marrow fusilli at Marea in NYC. Have to have it every time.
by Kelly Walker
August 24th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Herbert, the Suckling Pig, and 1977 Cabernets.
Replies: 25
Views: 1340

Re: Herbert, the Suckling Pig, and 1977 Cabernets.

That was exactly my thought when I saw the thread title!

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by Kelly Walker
August 15th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne
Replies: 22
Views: 1296

Re: TN: 2011 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne

I am a big fan and buy up and down the line when available. I understand people's use of the term 'sappy' with his wines but for me it is not a negative as the wines always show great balance. Red fruit is the first thing I think of when it comes to Fourrier.
by Kelly Walker
August 13th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?
Replies: 19
Views: 1481

Re: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?

Ben, I do not visit the EE forum often so I just saw this. I have been visiting Tuscany every year for over 20 years. I can give you a few Michelin star level recommendations, but do not think you may have a lesser dining experience at some non-starred venues: My list: *** Enoteca Pinchiorri - In Fl...
by Kelly Walker
August 13th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 2429

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

The early days of 11MP were magical. The food was really the star. I remember several meals with Wilfred there (BTW, miss you). Subsequent visits did not seem to have the raw excitement of those early days. Post Danny Meyers, the menu cards got a little too cute, the wine list, while never cheap, be...
by Kelly Walker
August 13th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?
Replies: 22
Views: 2379

Re: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?

Yeah, he seemed completely ambivalent about wine. Definitely a boozer. I also think he was very skeptical of fine, Michelin level dining. He always seemed strained to gush about it versus street food.
by Kelly Walker
August 11th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My go to wine
Replies: 2
Views: 941

Re: My go to wine

The 2016 is spectacular as well.
by Kelly Walker
August 9th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Felsina Fontalloro
Replies: 17
Views: 934

Re: 1997 Felsina Fontalloro

The 2004 Rancia drank great on release and never really shut down. I went through a 6 pack by 2012 and every bottle was fantastic. Maybe that vintage was an outlier? In January this year, a friend opened a 1988 Fontalloro. It was in a great place - completely mature but not at all in decline. Loads...
by Kelly Walker
August 9th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is Torrefaction?
Replies: 48
Views: 1918

Re: What is Torrefaction?

Old Yankees fans
by Kelly Walker
August 8th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Felsina Fontalloro
Replies: 17
Views: 934

1997 Felsina Fontalloro

I started collecting Tuscan wines in 1995. A visit around that time to Felsina really grabbed my soul for pure sangiovese. Other wineries I often visited were Fontodi, Montevertine, Retenanno, Ama, Cafaggio, Scalette and Rampolla that were also focused on making the best pure sangiovese possible. 19...
by Kelly Walker
August 8th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 3693

Re: 2008 champagne question

Drank the 2008 DP at the domaine in June. Rock star bubbly! It will be great. Given the price differential it is a no-brainer for me.
by Kelly Walker
August 6th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27152

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Anton D wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 3:35 pm
It's hard to keep up these days. Who's the racist on this thread?
Depends on who you disagree with. [snort.gif]
by Kelly Walker
August 6th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27152

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Calling someone a racist seems to be the popular way of saying you don't like what somebody says these days.
by Kelly Walker
August 6th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long to decant 05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste ... tonight?
Replies: 5
Views: 347

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

I would have opened this morning. Follow Peter's advice.
by Kelly Walker
August 6th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 2992

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

You've got to admire this guy...he realized that the market segment of zillionaires who want to ostentatiously piss away their money was underserved, and he stepped up to the plate. There are thousands of billionaires on the planet and the only wine available at a price they would even notice was D...
by Kelly Walker
August 5th, 2019, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 2992

The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

For your consideration:

Liber Pater

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by Kelly Walker
August 5th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: TN: 1996 Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo

The '96 is a wonderful vintage. The slight vegetal characteristic is one of the things that endears me so much to this wine. But I can see that it might be off-putting to someone who is looking for a more classic Bordeaux blend profile. I believe the 1996 had Cabernet Franc, usually 30% in years tha...
by Kelly Walker
August 4th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 105
Views: 10597

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

Bryant could simply re-brand unsold stock on the QT as needed to pay the bills without diluting the brand. Happens all the time.
by Kelly Walker
July 19th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes
Replies: 24
Views: 2674

Re: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes

EddieBest wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 9:25 am
Perhaps this brings up a question answered somewhere else but does anyone have recommendations for good Burgundy guides with access?
Bill Nanson
by Kelly Walker
July 18th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes
Replies: 24
Views: 2674

Re: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes

Maureen, that sounds like an incredible visit. I would have loved to meet all of those people, particularly Becky and Rusty (RIP).

Alan, what I posted is all the info provided on the AMEX website. I suspect maybe you could call to get that info.
by Kelly Walker
July 18th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes
Replies: 24
Views: 2674

Re: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes

I think for a relative novice to Burgandy this might be a great option if you can afford the tariff of $5,500. I certainly can and do arrange better for a lot less, but it may be a hassle free trip worth it for many.

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