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by Paul McCourt
July 15th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Switzerland Recs
Replies: 11
Views: 237

Re: Switzerland Recs

Great coincidental thread, Batman! Also heading to Switzerland at the end of August. One night in Zurich after flying in, then a few days in Verbier for a wedding. Fly out of Geneva to Madrid. Any reccos for Verbier and/or Geneva? Bayview at the Marriott President Wilson (upscale & pricey) Ate at B...
by Paul McCourt
July 14th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Disappointing Huet
Replies: 43
Views: 1565

Re: Disappointing Huet

I’ve had about half a case of 10’s this year and no prob
by Paul McCourt
July 14th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 75
Views: 1921

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

Easy

Wine would be Rombauer Chard because cougars would be drawn to my island

Beer would be Dos Equis so that those cougars find me interesante.

Booze would be Captain Morgan which makes me a pirate captain so my ship and crew would be along shortly to pick up me, my cougars, and my buried gold.
by Paul McCourt
July 12th, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?
Replies: 46
Views: 1346

Re: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?

Impossible to answer. Totally depends on which reviewer gave the 93 points
by Paul McCourt
July 12th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?
Replies: 46
Views: 1346

Re: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?

An almost impossible question to answer, but if I had to choose one wine that would be the only wine I would have available to drink with food it would probably be be a pinot edging out a Kabinett.
by Paul McCourt
July 12th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A consumer upside to selling your winery to a larger group
Replies: 15
Views: 1195

Re: A consumer upside to selling your winery to a larger group

They seem to handle their large portfolio rather well.
by Paul McCourt
July 5th, 2019, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered
Replies: 38
Views: 2969

Re: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered

Sad. As a New Yorker, I’ve seen them for many years. They were pretty revolutionary back in the day, but haven’t been very relevant here for quite some time. I can’t remember the last time I heard someone mention them.
by Paul McCourt
July 5th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what mailing list offerings are you still anticipating this year?
Replies: 36
Views: 2520

Re: So what mailing list offerings are you still anticipating this year?

I really don’t buy from lists anymore, but I have to admit I do miss looking forward to the next releases from the various lists I was on.
by Paul McCourt
July 2nd, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 464
Views: 22011

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Damn. OK. I failed miserably then.
by Paul McCourt
July 2nd, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 464
Views: 22011

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Bought 36. I think. Could be more.
Consumed 25

Fail.
Again.

Futures don’t count, right?
by Paul McCourt
June 30th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many wines a day?
Replies: 31
Views: 1671

Re: How many wines a day?

Completely situational. Me, or me and the wife I'll open just one. But even that can be different if it is over a long day with late afternoon cheese then late dinner, etc. Then maybe two or three different bottles. Other times with more people it could be many, many different bottles. Or, if it is ...
by Paul McCourt
June 28th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2369

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

I don’t see the “case of Bud, hooker and an 8-ball” option?
by Paul McCourt
June 28th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy
Replies: 20
Views: 1501

Re: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy

[quoteI wouldn't argue with you as a general point about reaching for a white before a rose. But sometimes in the heat of the summer I like reaching for a rose, especially with a group at the beach or out on the deck. Just festive and fun and crowd-pleasing. From your general neck of the woods I en...
by Paul McCourt
June 25th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 3552

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

Thank you. The fun of buying a bit of wine was being sucked right out of it.
by Paul McCourt
June 25th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 54
Views: 4087

Re: The wine you don't want

Thanks everyone. Learning as you post. Honestly, I haven't gone to Commerce Corner because I am trying to maximize the return, and I'd feel like a heel doing that with (some of) you guys. Everyone sells at or just below market prices on CC. There isn’t any expectation you ought to sell at your cost...
by Paul McCourt
June 25th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy
Replies: 20
Views: 1501

Re: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy

I wouldn't argue with you as a general point about reaching for a white before a rose. But sometimes in the heat of the summer I like reaching for a rose, especially with a group at the beach or out on the deck. Just festive and fun and crowd-pleasing. From your general neck of the woods I enjoy a G...
by Paul McCourt
June 25th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 3552

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

Paul, It appears you missed my comments were First Growth oriented. Your purchase list did not include any in 2018, my very specific point. First Growths were attainable by so many more folks at $500-$600 a case as opposed to $9000 today. I was able to buy most of the Big Eight in 1982 and three fa...
by Paul McCourt
June 23rd, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 3552

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: 78
Views: 3552

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: 1043

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: 817

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: 1892

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: 116
Views: 3043

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: 2274

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: 1894

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: 2218

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: 2218

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: 2218

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: 2218

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: 464
Views: 22011

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: 2218

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: 1155

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: 1155

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: 1155

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: 736

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: 3773

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: 12732

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: 2477

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: 988

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: 7586

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: 2511

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: 28181

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: 28181

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: 28181

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: 1664

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: 1400

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: 1457

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: 1248

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: 1980

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: 6970

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.

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