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by Paul McCourt
October 17th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vivino App comments?
Replies: 25
Views: 966

Re: Vivino App comments?

No deep analysis, but I just like CT better. Perhaps I am just much more comfortable with it and don’t see any advantage to switching to this. Makes sense. Similar boat here. Just curious if you tried doing something particular. One thing that is frustrating about Vivino: adding bottles to your cel...
by Paul McCourt
October 17th, 2020, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vivino App comments?
Replies: 25
Views: 966

Re: Vivino App comments?

No deep analysis, but I just like CT better. Perhaps I am just much more comfortable with it and don’t see any advantage to switching to this.
by Paul McCourt
October 17th, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vivino App comments?
Replies: 25
Views: 966

Re: Vivino App comments?

I sat with it last night a little bit. Doubtful I’ll use it much.
by Paul McCourt
October 16th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The post COVID meal you have been dreaming about...
Replies: 23
Views: 989

Re: The post COVID meal you have been dreaming about...

Not answering the question, as it is not at home, but the meal I’m dreaming of is some omakase. And some champagne or Riesling.
by Paul McCourt
October 16th, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vivino App comments?
Replies: 25
Views: 966

Re: Vivino App comments?

I have it on my phone but have not really used it, although I keep meaning to. It seems to be a lot of the utility would be at restaurants but I never pull out my phone when I am out.
by Paul McCourt
October 6th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5077

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

Todays WSJ had a whole a-Hed article on controlling the time diners are at a table https://www.wsj.com/articles/enjoy-your-mealquickly-restaurants-introduce-time-limits-11601925390?mod=hp_featst_pos5 You do this, I'm not coming to your restaurant. You rush the service, without an overt time limit, ...
by Paul McCourt
October 6th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5077

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

Despite all the discussion here, I don't think bringing wines to restaurants is particularly common. Looking around most restaurants, usually I see zero other people carrying wine in. It IS common among folks on this board. We are Wine Berserkers after all! So let's get each other really comfortabl...
by Paul McCourt
October 2nd, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 19311

Re: 2019 German Riesling

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
October 2nd, 2020, 4:48 pm
Crush offered some Lauer Fass 4. I am a Lauer skeptic, but grabbed some to try again.
I am on the fence. I seemed to like them more a few years back but not so much lately. Maybe my tastes are changing. I ordered just a few of their 19's pretty much to see what they are up to.
by Paul McCourt
September 30th, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 919
Views: 47866

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Cellartracker! That’s for people who are...well...you know...more organized than me. And not as lazy. CT is definitely for the more OCD-inclined folks out there. I’m likely in that when ballpark when it comes to organising my cellar and using CT. I don’t think I could keep an effective cellar in se...
by Paul McCourt
September 30th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 919
Views: 47866

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
September 30th, 2020, 6:41 pm
I never enter purchases into CellarTracker, only wines that are in my possession. No double dipping here, and I still suck at inventory control.
Cellartracker! That’s for people who are...well...you know...more organized than me. And not as lazy.
by Paul McCourt
September 30th, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 919
Views: 47866

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Ruled on this on page 1! Rats! Ok. Another month of abject failure. Clarification... I requested cases of ‘19 Riesling but will not pay for them until the shop confirms my order (likely). In or not? Hmmmm...I say it's not a purchase until it's confirmed and paid for. I maintain nothing can be count...
by Paul McCourt
September 30th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 919
Views: 47866

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I need that same ruling. Also do we count wines already purchased but shipments just coming in (several more cases due in the next few weeks)? Yes and yes sez the judge Ruled on this on page 1! Rats! Ok. Another month of abject failure. Clarification... I requested cases of ‘19 Riesling but will no...
by Paul McCourt
September 30th, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 919
Views: 47866

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Do gifts count? I got two cases as gifts this month. If I ignore the cases that I requested but haven’t actually taken possession of and don’t have to count the gifts, I may actually come out ahead in consumption! Wooo
by Paul McCourt
September 29th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 529
Views: 57695

Re: #GlassFire

Thanks guys. Looks like the line is holding just east of him but it is right there. Fingers crossed for him and everyone out there.
by Paul McCourt
September 29th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 529
Views: 57695

Re: #GlassFire

Anyone know of a fire line map. The one I’ve seen hasn’t moved in 24 hours. A friend live right next to spring lake and the state park in Santa Rosa and the line has been just on the other side of the park.
by Paul McCourt
September 28th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 19311

Re: 2019 German Riesling

Anyone buying 2019 Peter Lauer wines? I bought some of the Kupp and Schonfels GGs, but just saw the offer from Flatiron with the rest of the line-up (not including much of the pradikats, just one auslese and the rest were dry and off-dry). The Senior, Stirn, and Unterstenberg were on my list of pos...
by Paul McCourt
September 28th, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 529
Views: 57695

Re: #GlassFire

Fark. Friends of mine just evacuated. Best wishes to everyone.
by Paul McCourt
September 25th, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prum kabinetts 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 879

Re: Prum kabinetts 2019

Clara is away this weekend but she will send you a spreadsheet for you to ask for what you are interested in
by Paul McCourt
September 24th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prum kabinetts 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 879

Re: Prum kabinetts 2019

Howard Cooper wrote:
September 24th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Paul McCourt wrote:
September 24th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Looking to pick up a case or two. What’s the word on them for 19?
Sign up for Mosel Fine Wines. It is free and a great newsletter on German wines. http://www.moselfinewines.com/
Thanks Howard!
by Paul McCourt
September 24th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker goes Full Booty
Replies: 28
Views: 1795

Re: CellarTracker goes Full Booty

I get spammed with big booty ads but they are just for XXXL Depends
by Paul McCourt
September 24th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prum kabinetts 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 879

Re: Prum kabinetts 2019

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
September 24th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Prum - always great.

2019 - excellent vintage

Result - no brainer.
Thank you! Order request in.
by Paul McCourt
September 24th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prum kabinetts 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 879

Re: Prum kabinetts 2019

mattcitrang wrote:
September 24th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Curtis Chen wrote:
September 24th, 2020, 1:34 pm
The question should be where you're buying your '19 Prums!
Flatiron Wines.
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by Paul McCourt
September 24th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prum kabinetts 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 879

Prum kabinetts 2019

Looking to pick up a case or two. What’s the word on them for 19?
by Paul McCourt
September 24th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 4036

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

I started paying attention as my business career led me to more expensive dinners where wine was frequently a topic during the course of the evening. So I started learning more to not seem the fool. Tasting more good wine opened up my eyes as well to how good wine could be. I was hooked. Then I star...
by Paul McCourt
September 24th, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling geeks, what glassware do you use?
Replies: 33
Views: 1491

Re: Riesling geeks, what glassware do you use?

I like the Zalto universal the best as well, but probably drink more out of plain old Reidel Riesling/zin glasses on an average night.
by Paul McCourt
September 23rd, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allocations Ranked Against Each Other
Replies: 26
Views: 2386

Re: Allocations Ranked Against Each Other

Honestly, I’d get off the lists. You’ll probably hear this from several others. There are very few allocated wines that can’t be found on the secondary market, many times at lower prices. Looks like you’re a Cali cab fan, so the few I’d sign up for would include: Ridge Monte Bello MacDonald Scarecr...
by Paul McCourt
September 22nd, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Dentice - German Wine's Radical Love Machine
Replies: 26
Views: 1469

Re: Robert Dentice - German Wine's Radical Love Machine

Thanks. I enjoyed that.
by Paul McCourt
September 19th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHEV Wines - Michael Browne Pinot
Replies: 31
Views: 1928

Re: CHEV Wines - Michael Browne Pinot

I got offered 6 Pinot and I can wish for 2 chard.
by Paul McCourt
September 8th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: "Guess I've got that old travelling bone"
Replies: 32
Views: 1493

Re: "Guess I've got that old travelling bone"

Just got back from my 15 day road trip. We have never driven across country and if not for this situation most likely would have not done this. We literally rented a car in NYC on Friday and made plans day by day. I still worked for most of the trip and since everyone is working virtually it was no...
by Paul McCourt
September 8th, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14641
Views: 727040

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Bought a case of '19 Donnhoff kabinetts.
by Paul McCourt
September 7th, 2020, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12412
Views: 479662

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Drank some Sullivan cab ‘15. OK, and well made but kinda boring, soft, and one dimensional. No idea what it costs but not something I’d seek out.
by Paul McCourt
September 6th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: "Guess I've got that old travelling bone"
Replies: 32
Views: 1493

Re: "Guess I've got that old travelling bone"

I've cancelled Hawaii and Egypt/Morocco. Sad about those. On the plus side, weddings in LA and CO were cancelled and I'm perfectly content to not go to those. I do miss traveling, and also enjoy road trips, but have no urge to do that this summer. In a brief fling of optimism, I have just booked a f...
by Paul McCourt
September 4th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.
Replies: 179
Views: 8345

Re: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.

Keith, Buy one bottle of each. They are all excellent; which one you like the most is a personal preference thing. I'm (strongly) partial to Wehlener Sonnenuhr, and that almost certainly is JJ Prum's most popular vineyard, but plenty of folks prefer some of their other wines. I’m partial to the Gra...
by Paul McCourt
September 2nd, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Tom Seaver
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Re: RIP Tom Seaver

I bought a bunch of the Nancy’s Fancy for a friend who is a rabid Mets fan and whose wife’s name is Nancy. We will have to open one this weekend.

Went to look at their site and it is overrun.
by Paul McCourt
August 29th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8066
Views: 546259

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

I thought the Marathon before this most recent ones wasn't quite as exciting and the deals weren't quite as good, but I still bought a case and was happy what I came away with. I didn't watch this Marathon as closely, but from what I saw, including the power hour, it was pretty garbage. Also, talki...
by Paul McCourt
August 27th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8066
Views: 546259

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

They have been headed downwards for a while. I’m out.
by Paul McCourt
August 27th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8066
Views: 546259

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

It is slow the few minutes I checked in on it. Not much wine that would warrant going fast, though.
by Paul McCourt
August 27th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8066
Views: 546259

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Aw geez. I hate these things. I can’t help myself from wasting hours checking in.
by Paul McCourt
August 22nd, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Cult Of Champagne
Replies: 53
Views: 2432

Re: The Cult Of Champagne

Menu plan for the coming week: Thai Panang Curry Indian Chick Pea and Potato masala Garlic-ginger stir fry Drunken noodles Double smoked ham frittata I do not think I am likely to open a single red wine. I might grab one with the chick pea dish, but it will have to be gamay or something similarly l...
by Paul McCourt
August 22nd, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Cult Of Champagne
Replies: 53
Views: 2432

Re: The Cult Of Champagne

My view of Champagne has completely changed since joining this forum. Now I open Champagnes with dinner regularly, or have it in the evening with some snacks to wind down. I view it and appreciate it like any other wine and I think that's great. I agree with this. The love for champagne here has le...
by Paul McCourt
August 17th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Big Sky recs
Replies: 7
Views: 668

Re: Big Sky recs

This winter I had a pretty tasty pizza at Ousel & Spur in town. Nice enough place to go “out” for dinner to.

Can’t help u with the rest since I only go in winter, but I do know there are a bunch of trail ride outfits around and the fly fishing is supposed to be great.
by Paul McCourt
August 7th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?
Replies: 53
Views: 1736

Re: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
August 7th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Boxler Pinot Blanc is amazing if you can find it.

Vincent Pinot Blanc is delicious.

Selbach-Oster makes a nice PB that is quite inexpensive.
I’m a Boxler fan, too.
by Paul McCourt
August 4th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for purchase/delivery in Manhattan
Replies: 20
Views: 1004

Re: Suggestions for purchase/delivery in Manhattan

Thanks everyone! Preferably I'd like to get her a magnum (or two) <$200 as her and some friends are chartering a sailboat this weekend. I don't think any of them are serious wine drinkers so something crowd friendly will work. I'm leaning towards getting her a couple Charles Heidsieck - Brut Champa...
by Paul McCourt
July 16th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 41
Views: 5103

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

Rich K0rz€nk0 wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 8:05 am
Similar experience. I was on wayyy back in like 04/05-ish. Prices of wine kept escalating, shipping was getting ridiculous compared with others in CA, my tastes for that style shifted, dropped and never looked back. I think I might have one 07 left laying around.
Same here, too.
by Paul McCourt
July 15th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the first wine you will give your son/daughter?
Replies: 57
Views: 1696

Re: What is the first wine you will give your son/daughter?

My daughters have been smelling and tasting dinner wine since they were young. When they hit 14-15 they have been allowed to have a small splash with dinner if they wanted it. Now at 17 and 22 they do what they please. The younger one doesn’t love wine and rarely asks for any , the older one loves i...
by Paul McCourt
July 11th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me get into Bordeaux
Replies: 54
Views: 3095

Re: Help me get into Bordeaux

I agree with a lot of what has been said here ( although I don’t avoid St Emilion as much as Robert). A distinctly important thing is to buy some older bottles and see how they go over. You do not want to start buying on the promise that your cellar will someday be filled with wonderful aged Bordeau...
by Paul McCourt
June 24th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 122
Views: 24871

Re: Marcassin

This comes up all the time with them. It is just how they are, and obviously a take it or leave it scenario. I’m OK with them running their shop however they want to. Selling and pricing a product are not my idea of what constitutes customer service from any business. So I disagree with that definit...
by Paul McCourt
June 24th, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 54
Views: 3347

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

Living in the city, we get them on occasion. I use glue boards so I can slide them where my wife’s ridiculous dog won’t try and lick the peanut butter.

The most effective method is to pipe country music into the kitchen and they willingly leave.
by Paul McCourt
June 24th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 1014
Views: 62612

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I have decided to pass completely (this after loading up a cart with about 6 cases) on this vintage. The prices are attractive for the most part, but that comes with caveats. I think the prices are more in line with what I think they should have been, and simply look great based on the comparison to...

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