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by Paul McCourt
June 23rd, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 51
Views: 1862

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

None. Plenty in the cellar from the era when pricing was cost related and marked up fairly with additional value in futures, not today's value pricing futures based on perception. The first majorly hyped vintage saw 1982 First Growths at $500-$600 per case. I suggest pause to reflect, backfill like...
by Paul McCourt
June 23rd, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 51
Views: 1862

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

Clinet
SHL
Gazin
Pape Clem
Larcis Ducasse
La Gaffeliere
Troplong
Figeac
by Paul McCourt
June 21st, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Half-Bottles
Replies: 18
Views: 827

Re: Aging Half-Bottles

Ben M a n d l e r wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 5:35 pm
I am a big Sauternes fan and drink as many 1988s (birth year) as I can get my hands on. Almost all are half bottles - same reasoning as you. Never had any issues.
Never had an issue either with Sauternes in halfs
by Paul McCourt
June 21st, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bordeaux Futures retailers?..
Replies: 14
Views: 630

Re: Best Bordeaux Futures retailers?..

Total Wine, Zachys. JJ.
by Paul McCourt
June 21st, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yearly Budget
Replies: 43
Views: 1601

Re: Yearly Budget

My budget is this:
1) if it seems like a stupid idea, I don’t buy it.
Or
2) I ignore the fact that it is a stupid idea and buy it anyway.
by Paul McCourt
June 19th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 113
Views: 2330

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

I would buy alcohol free wine. While there is no doubt I would prefer the alcohol, my best "wine bud" has serious liver issues and can not have any alcohol. I miss opening bottles with him and if there were a way to recreate that without, you know, him dying and all, I'd love it.
by Paul McCourt
June 19th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have no wine
Replies: 30
Views: 2001

Re: I have no wine

That is awful Phil. Hang in there.

I don't want to say the awful "it could be worse", but....you could be stuck with my wife and kids.
by Paul McCourt
June 13th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best Young Beaucastel!
Replies: 19
Views: 1719

Re: The Best Young Beaucastel!

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 2:54 am
Yea it’s pretty outstanding.

Also, a wine to grab by the case - I’ve grabbed two - is the Coudoulet de Beaucastel. At $25 or so, a crazy good house wine!
totally agree.
by Paul McCourt
June 2nd, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 2017

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

Paul, the MATTHIASSON Linda Vista from Napa is excellent, usually around 28-30 bucks. It's made in a crisper cleaner style, sans all the vanilla, glycerine and junk like that. Here is a link if you want to see the wine I am talking about.... https://www.matthiasson.com/wines/detail?item=2017-matthi...
by Paul McCourt
May 31st, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 2017

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

Hartford Court it is. Picked some up and a couple of bottles of Rom Cougar Juice thrown in for good measure. And a bottle of Dumol, which I haven’t had in years, for moi. And a 2010 Smith Haut Lafitte because, well, you know, it was there, I was there, I was already buying stuff...you know how it is...
by Paul McCourt
May 31st, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 2017

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

Probably somewhere in NYC.
by Paul McCourt
May 31st, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 2017

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

R. Frankel wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 12:45 pm
Do you know if they like California, French, or perhaps Oregon chardonnays?
I know one of them is a Cougar Juice woman. Not sure of the other two. I'm guessing Cali.
by Paul McCourt
May 31st, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 437
Views: 19726

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Another month.

Another reduction fail.

I admit I forget buying stuff. I told my wife recently that "I haven't got more wine in quite a while!!" All proud of myself until she stared at me and said "you got two cases delivered last week"

Oh...yeah. Forgot about that. Damn internet.
by Paul McCourt
May 31st, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 2017

Decent Chardonnay reccos?

Having a couple folks out for the weekend and they are chard drinkers, which neither my wife or I don't really drink often. I'm familiar with the higher-end stuff, but since they also manage to put away lots of wine so I need reccos on say, $25-ish bottles. Suggestions?

Thanks.
by Paul McCourt
May 21st, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries
Replies: 24
Views: 1112

Re: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries

Jmigliano wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 9:19 am
Alan Rath wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 8:48 am
That’s a lot of anniversaries!
Well that’s then plan. Defiantly going to get 2017 Haut-Brion for long term, D’yquem as well. The rest I’m not sure yet
You'll have some great anniversary dinners for years to come! Enjoy!
by Paul McCourt
May 20th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries
Replies: 24
Views: 1112

Re: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries

Jmigliano wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 9:40 am
Was reading that 2017 isn’t great in Bordeaux. Would the 1st growths still be a decent option for the long term?
You can’t go wrong with something like a Haut Brion, but you are going to be pushing your price envelope
by Paul McCourt
May 20th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries
Replies: 24
Views: 1112

Re: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries

Ridge is a good choice. Bordeaux had a tough 17. Maybe a Figeac? Sauternes was great, though.
by Paul McCourt
May 19th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It’s raining again/still, time to do a cellar inventory.
Replies: 19
Views: 711

Re: It’s raining again/still, time to do a cellar inventory.

I start every once in a while...then I find a bottle and go "oh!" and open it and forget what I was doing...
by Paul McCourt
May 18th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 3447

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

I have an account. However, I am WAY too lazy to keep track of my wine. Off site keeps track of what’s there but I don’t think I’ve even looked at the inventory they send in over a year.
by Paul McCourt
May 18th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11997

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

The customer service here from Ridge should be better. I used to be a futures guy there but have not been for a long time, and they were always very responsive. Ina any case, I am no longer ever willing to buy anything I "have" to to get anything I want. Too much wine out there for me to buy things ...
by Paul McCourt
May 17th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2301

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

The tastings we do now usually involve just a small, private group and a host that has your undivided attention for an hour or two. In those situations we always slip them a $20 or more depending on the level of service and say 'grab a beer or two on us tonight'. If they were a shitty host, we don'...
by Paul McCourt
May 17th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ISO Wine Shops: Northern NJ / New York
Replies: 29
Views: 877

Re: ISO Wine Shops: Northern NJ / New York

Grape Expectations is a nice little shop in Tarrytown. Nothing spectacular, but the couple of times I have gone there, they were very nice people.
by Paul McCourt
May 16th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7129

Re: Robert Parker retires

Scott G r u n e r wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Most influential wine critic, possibly in history. A truly remarkable career- wish him nothing but 100+ pointers in retirement.
+1

Whether you agree or disagree with a lot of his stuff, he had an utterly remarkable career that I dare say probably anyone here would kill for.
by Paul McCourt
May 16th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin
Replies: 32
Views: 2399

Re: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin

Maybe they did know...but. lots of people are pretty tuned out the ritual of opening and showing the wine to them barely registers and they really are mindlessly nodding without really paying an ounce of attention. Or maybe they couldn't really remember what they ordered and had no idea what they we...
by Paul McCourt
May 14th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 474
Views: 27002

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Paul McCourt wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 10:35 am
Note: you need a passport w a chip. I don’t know if anyone doesn’t have that anymore

And yeah, it is very good news at heathrow.
I saw that you needed a chip and panicked. Turns out chips were added in 2007.
Yeah, I guess everyone has cycled into the chip by now.
by Paul McCourt
May 14th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 474
Views: 27002

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Note: you need a passport w a chip. I don’t know if anyone doesn’t have that anymore

And yeah, it is very good news at heathrow.
by Paul McCourt
May 14th, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 474
Views: 27002

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

I have used GE moe than a few times and it has usually saved me considerable time. Just came home from the UK and it allowed me to bypass a hundred+ person line at JFK that I would have otherwise stood in. That alone made it worth it. The fact that a credit card I have picks up the fee makes it even...
by Paul McCourt
May 5th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Rose
Replies: 40
Views: 1512

Re: 2018 Rose

I buy a case or three of the gobelburg every year as I find it to be a crowd pleasing hot weather sipper. Served cold tasty and refreshing.
by Paul McCourt
May 3rd, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports
Replies: 23
Views: 1345

Re: Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports

I'd be fine to pay more not to drink most of JFW wines.
by Paul McCourt
May 3rd, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1260

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

I think CA, OR , WA go without saying. NY is a definite. On trips to visit my daughter at school I have had some OK VA wines.
by Paul McCourt
April 22nd, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Work is lots of Oregon Pinots
Replies: 12
Views: 1201

Re: Work is lots of Oregon Pinots

Too bad about the Le Cadeau. I haven’t had one in a long time (was once an early list member) and would love to hear how it was doing.
by Paul McCourt
April 21st, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 46
Views: 1830

Re: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion

So nice that it was a good bottle!
by Paul McCourt
April 20th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - Happy Ending!
Replies: 135
Views: 6724

Re: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - Happy Ending!

This whole sequence of events concerns me and good final outcome or no, makes me ver hesitant to order from them, especially since 375’s are a primary futures reason for me.

I am glad you got your wine, though. What a hassle.
by Paul McCourt
April 20th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 46
Views: 1830

Re: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion

Sorry about your dad.

But hey , I was born in 59. Live in Manhattan. In town this weekend. Not too busy. Just sayin [whistle.gif]
by Paul McCourt
April 20th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8270

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

I had one “run in” with Squires. It was, to me, an innocent and minor bit of nothing, but I politely apologized multiple times anyway without questioning his opinion. He still was a absolute utter douche about it far beyond the need of running the board and way beyond excusable because it’s a shitty...
by Paul McCourt
April 19th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8270

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

the WA Board was part of my learning curve when I started to truly pay attention to wine, so I am always grateful for that.

Don’t miss at all. Different times.
by Paul McCourt
April 19th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BS pricing
Replies: 15
Views: 1488

Re: BS pricing

E. Mark Larson wrote:
April 19th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Do they give case discounts?

[wink.gif]
I was gonna buy, but the shipping cost was too high.
by Paul McCourt
April 19th, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?
Replies: 11
Views: 395

Re: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?

Just got back from a trip that included a heli tour of zion and bryce. Utterly spectacular, Zion even more so than Bryce for us. Imagine both would be hot as hell in September though. I’ve hiked in and camped in Bryce late September early October. Warm, but not real hot during the day but at about ...
by Paul McCourt
April 14th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wrong on Chardonnag
Replies: 13
Views: 814

Re: Wrong on Chardonnag

That may indeed be what he meant, once I re-read it.
by Paul McCourt
April 14th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wrong on Chardonnag
Replies: 13
Views: 814

Re: Wrong on Chardonnag

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 9:23 am
Albert and Ceritas “cheap and crappy”?

And Howard thinks I’m bad...
I'm not much of an Aubert chard fan, but "cheap and crappy"?
by Paul McCourt
April 14th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1152

Re: London / Solo Diner

I focus on local/regional food when I travel, and there's nothing more "London" than a Sunday Roast (with yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings), the best example of which I had at Blacklock (24 Great Windmill Street), which was also the best meal I had in my 8 days in the city at this time last ...
by Paul McCourt
April 12th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2355

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

I buy little, but I usually go big when I do.
by Paul McCourt
April 12th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin
Replies: 41
Views: 1666

Re: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin

K John Joseph wrote:
April 12th, 2019, 8:45 am
Very anti-stemless. A real disappointment for me at rentals, though better than drinking from a water glass.
I just don’t like stemless. I understand the utility of them, but I’d rather break a few stems now and again.
by Paul McCourt
April 12th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Private Appointment Tasting Etiquette
Replies: 132
Views: 5983

Re: Private Appointment Tasting Etiquette

What about when a local broker or retailer brings a winemaker or winery rep in town for a private tasting? I feel even more pressure to buy when invited to the local tastings. Nope. If I’m invited I feel little obligation to buy. They have introduced me to the wine and winemaker, I have taken the t...
by Paul McCourt
April 12th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1492

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

Huh. Now it appears that they only try and deliver once. Got a door tag saying I wasn't home and they left it at a Fed-Ex store. I don't particularly mind that I have to get it from there but when did this become their policy to try and deliver to your home only once?
by Paul McCourt
April 12th, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Private Appointment Tasting Etiquette
Replies: 132
Views: 5983

Re: Private Appointment Tasting Etiquette

I think you should only buy what you want to buy. You are not responsible for the rest of the group. The only time that I didn't buy was when the host (who shall go unnamed) was an ass who obviously didn't want to be there, acted like it, and from the get-go was blatantly clear that the only reason ...
by Paul McCourt
April 11th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1492

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

Zero complaints for FedEx. 20 years zero problems. Like any large corporation it will be the individuals in certain areas that mess it up not FedEx. I just ship to FedEx office and pick up on my way home from work as with home delivery you need to be there to sign for wine. Everyone's mileage will ...
by Paul McCourt
April 10th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions for Bern's steakhouse
Replies: 35
Views: 2620

Re: Questions for Bern's steakhouse

After all the commentary about the list over the years, the pricing was a bit underwhelming, I will admit.
by Paul McCourt
April 8th, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin
Replies: 41
Views: 1666

Re: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin

99.9% of your renters will not care, so buy cheap.

Keep a box or two of good glasses in the owner's storage closet for your use when you go there.
by Paul McCourt
April 8th, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 48
Views: 1719

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

I prefer off-site. (I live in Manhattan but I don't think I would build a cellar even if I had room) I like the inventory service, and I like not having to worry about the mechanics of the process. They get picked up and magically appear on my inventory. The down side is instant access. Also, with o...

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