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by Kelly Walker
January 22nd, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 25
Views: 777

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

I would throw in Montille. His crus are on price par with Angerville and Lafarge.
by Kelly Walker
January 22nd, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 25
Views: 777

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

I would throw in Montille. His crus are on price par with Angerville and Lafarge.
by Kelly Walker
January 22nd, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any must have rieslings on this list?
Replies: 30
Views: 1946

Re: Any must have rieslings on this list?

Ditto the Alzingers and Trimbach FE. Stylistically in my wheelhouse
by Kelly Walker
January 19th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 47
Views: 2518

Re: storing wines vertically?

by Kelly Walker
January 19th, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance
Replies: 14
Views: 628

Re: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance

Yes, you still need to address the source of any water intrusion and keep water moving away from the foundation. Not to get too far off the wine cellar topic but one of our biggest issues were undersized gutters and clogged drains. The home battle never ends.
by Kelly Walker
January 19th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance
Replies: 14
Views: 628

Re: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance

John, Crawlspace moisture is a very big issue in the Carolinas. As noted this was done with absolutely no consideration for cellar performance but it became an added benefit. The heavy pad under the liner keeps the risk of barrier damage down. We have two air handling (electric heat pump)/gas furnac...
by Kelly Walker
January 19th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance
Replies: 14
Views: 628

Re: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance

Here is a picture of the encapsulated crawlspace. Notice the foundation walls are insulated with aluminum faced foam board and the white liner is sealed along it and the piers. Under the encapsulating liner is a dense rubber mat that sits on the gravel covering the dirt. You can see one of the de-hu...
by Kelly Walker
January 19th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice Bottles Don't Necessarily Make Good Pairings: Exhibit "A".
Replies: 32
Views: 1526

Re: Nice Bottles Don't Necessarily Make Good Pairings: Exhibit "A".

Happy Anni and great notes.

I can see how the Selosse VO might be a tough pairing champagne. I find it's nutty, slightly oxidative characteristic better suited as an aperitif than a food wine.
by Kelly Walker
January 19th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance
Replies: 14
Views: 628

Re: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance

We have pretty good head space in ours. Ranging from bent over walking to mostly hands and knees though not belly crawl.

Active cellar on the first floor. Crawlspace goes under the cellar.
by Kelly Walker
January 18th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?
Replies: 58
Views: 2804

Re: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?

Definition of the word epiphany aside, I understand your question as searching for wine experiences that transcend perceived possibilities or expectations. For me that still happens even having been swimming in this pool for over 30 years. Not chasing it per se but still giving myself the opportunit...
by Kelly Walker
January 18th, 2020, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Large format
Replies: 32
Views: 1547

Re: Large format

I am showing 186 large formats in the cellar, mostly mags with 5 3L.
by Kelly Walker
January 18th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 5973

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay. Can usually find for around $35, less by the case. Really good CA Napa chard. Deft oak, rich but with focused mineral.
by Kelly Walker
January 18th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance
Replies: 14
Views: 628

Re: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance

I will take some pics tomorrow and post. Radon is not an issue where we are but because the space is now completely encapsulated, no radon could penetrate from the ground even if it was. BTW, since the crawlspace is completely sealed from the outside and insulated around the inside of the foundation...
by Kelly Walker
January 18th, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance
Replies: 14
Views: 628

Re: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance

1. Clean out the crawlspace, removing any debris and the plastic sheeting that was on top of the floor gravel. 2. Remove all bat insulation from between the floor joists under the floor. 3. Mold remediation if needed. In our case it was not bad but needed to be done. Mostly on floor joists and some ...
by Kelly Walker
January 18th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance
Replies: 14
Views: 628

Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance

Living in the Carolinas we do not have basements, but almost exclusively crawlspaces. This is mainly due to the clay soils. When I built my new cellar, I used closed cell icynene foam, including under the floor in the crawlspace. It had performed really well with temperature fluctuations never more ...
by Kelly Walker
January 18th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Large format
Replies: 32
Views: 1547

Re: Large format

For aging: Champagne of course and higher end Burgundy.
Rhones and domestic central coast syrah for barbecues and parties.
by Kelly Walker
January 18th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You're really trying to force us to pay up, aren't you Todd?
Replies: 36
Views: 2903

Re: You're really trying to force us to pay up, aren't you Todd?

Personally, I love all the pop-ups. They help me do a lot of shopping for things I would otherwise not know I wanted. The posts about wine in the background can get to be a bit distracting though. But who doesn't want?: -To go snow tubing -Slow cooker liners -Adobe products -To see Badfish? There wi...
by Kelly Walker
January 16th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet in Napa?
Replies: 26
Views: 2100

Re: Pontet Canet in Napa?

I do not think they are trying to make a Cali Pontet Canet but a cult Cali cab in the Harlan genre. Not sure how successful that will be as nobody will equate the two.
by Kelly Walker
January 16th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier
Replies: 23
Views: 954

Re: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier

I used closed cell sprayed icynene foam. Not inexpensive but has perform beautifully as both insulation and vapor barrier. Do not have to worry about holes in plastic or leak around rigid foam.
by Kelly Walker
January 16th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020
Replies: 25
Views: 2078

Re: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020

The finest producer of the village. Such a wonderful family. RIP.
by Kelly Walker
January 15th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Screaming Eagle
Replies: 60
Views: 7013

Re: 2017 Screaming Eagle

Got 2 mags of ‘17 and a case of ‘08 Only because I had bought so much pox’d Bonneau du Martray. 😖🤪
by Kelly Walker
January 11th, 2020, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Pichon Lalande
Replies: 20
Views: 1361

Re: 1982 Pichon Lalande

Peter Hirsch wrote:
January 11th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Wife had her 50th bday party last year. Along with lots of other fun stuff, I opened an imperial of '82 PL. Was just spectacular. Bought it in the early '90s for maybe $500.
You really love your wife!! It would be really interesting to see how the imperial performed relative to a 750.
by Kelly Walker
January 11th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Pichon Lalande
Replies: 20
Views: 1361

1982 Pichon Lalande

Had an impromptu gathering of a few wine buddies last night. Onto the bar dropped a bottle of '82 PL. I have been privileged to have drunk all the top '82 BDX over the years. I would argue the PL was the wine of the vintage. The bottle on this night was in pristine form. Everything you could want in...
by Kelly Walker
January 8th, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 3109

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

Other than bubbles I am in complete backfill mode. Yes there are a few lists I still subscribe to but otherwise pure euro. Scored some ‘82 Dunn...epiphany wine. Mostly pre-2011 burgs now. Sake is not a backfill but love them. Once you have more wine then you can drink in your lifetime, backfilling i...
by Kelly Walker
January 5th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2829

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

Tangential subject. Was talking with a bartender/manager at a high end spirits bar/restaurant yesterday. I asked him if the 25% tariffs were impacting scotch sales. He said it is weird. His scotch sales have completely tanked, but...his bottle costs have not gone up. He was not sure if the importers...
by Kelly Walker
January 5th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Replies: 11
Views: 728

Re: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Love the note Craig. A good friend brought an '82 to dinner at our house last month. Blew every other wine away. I said I thought that wine is what every left bank Bordeaux aspires to. I think they have always been reasonably priced because most people do not have the patience.
by Kelly Walker
January 4th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2683

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

Start drinking my not insignificant stash of 2001 German Rieslings that I had intentionally kept to age but keep forgetting about.
by Kelly Walker
January 4th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?
Replies: 17
Views: 842

Re: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?

For whatever reason, I adore the way the bubbles tends to break down walls of separation between strangers. I find consistently that when I greet guests with a glass of champagne, by the time the glass is ready to be refreshed, everyone is talking, laughing, and sharing. Perhaps it's coincidental, ...
by Kelly Walker
January 4th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?
Replies: 17
Views: 842

Re: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Makes my wife frisky.
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Funny, mine too [highfive.gif]
by Kelly Walker
January 4th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?
Replies: 17
Views: 842

Re: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?

Like Matthew, it is the vibe that is created when the cork pops. It always sets the mood in a positive direction. Even a good Prosecco can do it. Krug even better.
by Kelly Walker
January 3rd, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières
Replies: 4
Views: 617

Re: TN: 2016 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières

Love his wines and that vineyard. Great picture too.
by Kelly Walker
January 1st, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: TN: Beef Jerky From C-Star Provisions
Replies: 1
Views: 314

Re: TN: Beef Jerky From C-Star Provisions

Just ordered the peppercorn. Thanks for the link.
by Kelly Walker
January 1st, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade
Replies: 23
Views: 1518

Re: The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade

Exciting to see Katie Button's Curate in Asheville, NC on the list. Fantastic tapas style Spanish cuisine. Her husband Felix has put together an amazing all Spanish wine list and incredible vermouth list. My first stop every time to Asheville.
by Kelly Walker
January 1st, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2035

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

Dinner: 1995 Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires. Midnight: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne. Happy New Year! A few weeks ago my wife and I went on a diving trip with close friends to Grand Cayman. I pulled my 12 bottle insulated carrier from the garage where it had sat over a year since the last ti...
by Kelly Walker
January 1st, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2035

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

We had a '06 Taittenger CdC in the fridge ready to go. We pooped out before midnight. Will give it another go this evening.
by Kelly Walker
December 29th, 2019, 10:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne consumption down in France
Replies: 9
Views: 953

Re: Champagne consumption down in France

Champagne consumption is up in our house. We will try to do our part in taking up the slack. Tariffs be damned.
by Kelly Walker
December 27th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?
Replies: 43
Views: 1837

Re: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?

Have you seen the prices of top shelf aged whiskey and single-malt?
by Kelly Walker
December 26th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Tenuta Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore - BestBuy
Replies: 4
Views: 512

Re: 2016 Tenuta Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore - BestBuy

I saw the thread title and wondered when they got into selling wine outside of electronics.

Very good producer, if a bit modern.
by Kelly Walker
December 26th, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 169
Views: 15832

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

My Costco usually puts just a few bottles of the high end bubbles like Dom and Crystal on the wine section end-cap or has a display box with a single bottle of each and you have to fill out a pull sheet to take to the high value cage behind checkout. 2 months ago I started checking to see if they ha...
by Kelly Walker
December 25th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2284

Re: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

Beautifully written Dan. Everyone should have a Claudine in their lives.
by Kelly Walker
December 24th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terrible fires in Adelaide Hills burn vineyards including Henschke
Replies: 16
Views: 1586

Re: Terrible fires in Adelaide Hills burn vineyards including Henschke

Vineyards are usually firebreaks. But not under those conditions. So sad.
by Kelly Walker
December 24th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1201
Views: 64963

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

My understanding is that it does not matter where the product is imported from, only the origin of the product.
by Kelly Walker
December 23rd, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Burgundy Dinner with the Chevaliers du Tastevin
Replies: 14
Views: 1315

Re: TN: Burgundy Dinner with the Chevaliers du Tastevin

Impressed they had Dujac CdlR in the cellar. We go big on our cellar but that is a step up when buying in quantity.
by Kelly Walker
December 22nd, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1742
Views: 211452

Re: Official Costco Thread

As I posted on another thread, scored 3 cases of '08 Dom at the Mathews NC store @ $149.
by Kelly Walker
December 22nd, 2019, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 169
Views: 15832

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Snagged 3 cases at my local (Mathews NC) Costco @ $149.
by Kelly Walker
December 21st, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1201
Views: 64963

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

Yes, this makes sense. Everyone is trying to minimize the impact on the bottom line. But if the 100% tariff kicks in, nobody will survive.
by Kelly Walker
December 21st, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My burgundy peeps...Grivot question
Replies: 4
Views: 593

Re: My burgundy peeps...Grivot question

Cannot comment on the particular wine but I am a big fan of Grivot in general. Wish the wines were more available in in the US market. Meadows scored the '13s very high FWIW. He gave a barrel score of 90-93 for the Roncieres.
by Kelly Walker
December 21st, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1201
Views: 64963

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

With regard to gas stations, like most businesses, they gage their prices according to replacement cost, so, no matter what they paid for what they have, the determinant is what they will have to pay for their next delivery. I don't know that this is true for wine if they don't plan to replace thei...
by Kelly Walker
December 20th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A small impromptu dinner - 08 Champagne and Chateau Margaux
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: TN: A small impromptu dinner - 08 Champagne and Chateau Margaux

Merry Christmas Kevin. Seems you are off to a great start. Cannot have enough '08 Dom. Looks like I need to scrounge the change jar for some Crystal. Love your note on the '96 Margaux. Maybe should not have sold my 2000.

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