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by Paul McCourt
July 11th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me get into Bordeaux
Replies: 38
Views: 1825

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: 115
Views: 20849

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: 3147

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: 946
Views: 52694

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...
by Paul McCourt
June 19th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???
Replies: 39
Views: 2359

Re: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???

So I'll admit I didn't take such great care of a couple glasses when I first got into this hobby. Despite using a warm water/white vinegar bath, or doing vinegar + baking soda, I can't get the small stains in the bottom of the bowl out. Anything else I could try? Put some ice cubes in the glass, po...
by Paul McCourt
June 18th, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19145

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I have and I have never looked back. https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2013/08/bressan-racism-row-growing/ https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/forbeswineclub/2013/09/05/would-you-buy-a-wine-made-by-a-racist/amp/ I would think posing with a hawk was worthy of a boycott simply for it’s ...
by Paul McCourt
June 18th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52633

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 4:24 pm
crickey wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 3:10 pm
I'm drinking a 2000 Troplong Mondot, and I'm getting primarily cherry and bitter chocolate, so I'm just gonna say it tastes like Black Forest Cake, topped with some blueberry drizzle.

#ThatsHot
But does it smell like her orgasm? (Asylum thread)

What did Neal say about SHL?
by Paul McCourt
June 18th, 2020, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3144

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

William Segui wrote:
June 17th, 2020, 8:58 pm
There are so many great Zins but I’d just send my $1k to Mike Officer and happily take everything I received in return
Pretty much this.
by Paul McCourt
June 17th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19145

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Greg K wrote:
June 17th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Jeff Rosenberg wrote:
June 17th, 2020, 2:53 pm
However, the BLM movement has been coopted by far-left anarchists.
I admit it, I laughed out loud.
This sums it up.

Back to deciding if I’m breaking my sworn oath not to buy ‘19 Bordeaux....
by Paul McCourt
June 17th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19145

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

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by Paul McCourt
June 17th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19145

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Log on to a Wine Board to share our passion for wine, but end up learning so many things: -Michael Jackson. Not bad (sexual predator, but mental illness makes it ok) -Woody Allen. Bad...maybe? -Roman Polanski. Probably bad, but not enough to prohibit distribution of his "Officer & a Gentleman" -Tru...
by Paul McCourt
June 17th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52633

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

I'm like you, Paul. I think Jeff's note on the Conseillante is fun, and if you read his notes, occasionally he does that, presumably, to communicate his exuberance for a wine. It's like when I tease him about "liquid sex". What I like about Jeff's notes is that I can tell which wines will work for ...
by Paul McCourt
June 17th, 2020, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19145

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

This is a thread on BOYCOTTING wineries. More than 3/4 of the responses involve some kind of political response - use of natural resources, too liberal, too conservative, whatever. Why would anyone open this thread if you were not interested in this type of discussion. What did you expect this thre...
by Paul McCourt
June 17th, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19145

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

This is a thread on BOYCOTTING wineries. More than 3/4 of the responses involve some kind of political response - use of natural resources, too liberal, too conservative, whatever. Why would anyone open this thread if you were not interested in this type of discussion. What did you expect this thre...
by Paul McCourt
June 17th, 2020, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52633

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

Finally... I have been feeling left out. I am willing to take a beating here and be pilloried. Though I like my Haut Brion notes. You will probably have more fun with my 2019 La Conseillante comment. But with Figeac, are you finding fault in my note? Or just my conclusion? FWIW, I imagine this is w...
by Paul McCourt
June 17th, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19145

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

At this point, moving it makes sense.

The interesting thing is that I see the email as very non-political in its tone and content. So why it would infuriate someone is quite beyond me, but hey.

Oh well.
by Paul McCourt
June 16th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5420

Re: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?

1959 Haut-Brion. A 60th birthday bitter disappointment.
by Paul McCourt
June 16th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19145

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I really don’t care about their support for BLM; however, I did not provide my email address to them for this purpose. In my opinion, this is the same as all those robocalls that we all love so much. Part of the problem much? If I was boycotting Pax due to an unsolicited email supporting the Trump ...
by Paul McCourt
June 14th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 52694

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I will think about Clinet and Figeac, even though I swore to look away.
by Paul McCourt
June 10th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $15 whites
Replies: 42
Views: 1141

Re: Sub $15 whites

Adega Condes de Albarei Albariño Rías Baixas is a nice crowd pleaser this time of year. Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet, Schloss Gobelsburg or Domaine Wachau gruner.
by Paul McCourt
June 9th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me
Replies: 70
Views: 2990

Re: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me

I agree with Brad's comment about finding a few good sources and using them as a resource. You don't however, have to taste too many bottles at once - it can get confusing. Fun, but not necessary. I prefer to keep itsimple, and comparing two is more manageable and clearer to me. Ask for two champagn...
by Paul McCourt
June 9th, 2020, 3:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 946
Views: 52694

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I think Lafite will come in 25% below last year, but I don't know anything. I'm guessing Pontet Canet held a lot back from EP due to the price cut. Amazing they sold out in 3 hrs. But again I don't know anything. Cos should have dropped pricing a bit more IMHO. I love the excitemet around the EP ca...
by Paul McCourt
June 3rd, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 201
Views: 8095

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

3 cases of 2005 Larcis Ducasse.

The most I’ve ever had was a whole bunch of cases of 2005 Huet Le Mont. I went crazy buying it but sold most of it off over time.
by Paul McCourt
May 30th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13158

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

They tried to refuse a refund. I put that down fast since it was they who weren’t getting me to my destination. I fly United frequently enough that I would certainly use a credit, but not if BK is a possibility. Was that an expressly non-refundable ticket? In late March, United fully refunded in ca...
by Paul McCourt
May 29th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We are thinking about getting some plastic wine glasses for outside "happy hours"
Replies: 30
Views: 1535

Re: We are thinking about getting some plastic wine glasses for outside "happy hours"

I am not much of a glass snob, but just haven’t found any plastic wine glasses I don’t hate.

I’m with John, on the beach I’d rather have a solo cup.

My wife likes Paul’s glasses for the beach.
by Paul McCourt
May 27th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13158

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

They tried to refuse a refund. I put that down fast since it was they who weren’t getting me to my destination.

I fly United frequently enough that I would certainly use a credit, but not if BK is a possibility.
by Paul McCourt
May 23rd, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13158

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I do love United. We have a flight end of June to Kaui. Expect to cancel, but haven’t gotten around to it. But I am enjoying the shitshow of United moving my flight around. The original outbound was a stop in DEN then straight to Kauai. Then the Kauai leg was “waitlisted”. Then both outbound legs we...
by Paul McCourt
May 3rd, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Riesling Recommendations
Replies: 79
Views: 2659

Re: German Riesling Recommendations

J a y H a c k wrote:
May 2nd, 2020, 6:41 pm
I think the A.J. Adam Hofberg Kabinett is a great value. I have bought magnums for under $40. I also enjoy Knebel, although for a long time it was very hard to get in the US because of importer issues. The Knebel GGs are excellent.
At low $20s the Hofberg is a super buy.
by Paul McCourt
May 2nd, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13158

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I had Amtrak tickets coming home from my daughters graduation (I would drive the packed car and the fam would take train). No refund only a credit.
by Paul McCourt
May 1st, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Riesling Recommendations
Replies: 79
Views: 2659

Re: German Riesling Recommendations

If you are trying to stay around $20, I have to recommend the Dönnhoff Estate Riesling. It’s been a regular case purchase for me since 1996, and never fails to provide pleasure. It also ages for 10 years or more (I am currently finishing my 2008-2012 cases with great happiness). In the last few yea...
by Paul McCourt
April 27th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: is this the end of byo culture?
Replies: 33
Views: 2583

Re: is this the end of byo culture?

That one guy is graduating and he can’t even sit correctly?
by Paul McCourt
April 26th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: is this the end of byo culture?
Replies: 33
Views: 2583

Re: is this the end of byo culture?

Obviously, this will vary by jurisdiction. Here in CA, corkage is widely offered, with prices and limits varying from place to place. I would think that restos will want to get butts in seats ASAP. Then you couple that with more than a few places having drawn down their wine inventory to stay afloa...
by Paul McCourt
April 26th, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: En primeur in Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 767

Re: En primeur in Bordeaux

I’ve bought in diminishing quantities for the last few years, and those purchases were mainly to get the sizes I like. There is zero chance I would buy this year. Ok, maybe if prices were cut really wildly, but there is also no chance of that happening. I am out on futures. It hasn’t really made sen...
by Paul McCourt
April 26th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What should the retailer do here?
Replies: 29
Views: 2241

Re: What should the retailer do here?

Like I said, I would wait to see what they say, and how they say it, then move forward. It’s not a biggie or tragedy. That said, picking it apart...much is in the “it depends” category. If I have zero interest in the wrong bottle of Chablis -no matter how expensive- I would expect either the Carlisl...
by Paul McCourt
April 25th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What should the retailer do here?
Replies: 29
Views: 2241

Re: What should the retailer do here?

See what they say and go from there. I would expect them to offer to let you keep the more expensive bottle and/or offer to switch them out with shipping on them. If you really want the Carlisle, just tell them. It’s on them to get your order straight.
by Paul McCourt
April 25th, 2020, 4:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing paper wrapped bottles
Replies: 32
Views: 1860

Re: Storing paper wrapped bottles

YLee wrote:
April 15th, 2020, 7:04 am
I toss mine out
This. I see no use for them.
by Paul McCourt
April 25th, 2020, 4:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Trump Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 32
Views: 1978

Re: TN: 2016 Trump Cabernet Sauvignon

The wines are beautiful. Anyone who wants a bottle can have one. [smileyvault-ban.gif] Todd will be looking into that very strongly. Very strongly. He knows banning better than anyone. Anyway, the wine is not good at all. It is poor even for Virginia wines, which is a fairly low bar, in my opinion.
by Paul McCourt
April 24th, 2020, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Am I Buying Wine?
Replies: 42
Views: 2535

Re: Why Am I Buying Wine?

I’m buying less simply because I can no longer stick my nose into wine shops here and randomly buy things. I’ve bought a few things online, but to be honest, it just seems less interesting right now. I do drink the same amount, and probably better since I am cooking much better meals and choosing be...
by Paul McCourt
April 24th, 2020, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Trump Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 32
Views: 1978

Re: TN: 2016 Trump Cabernet Sauvignon

I dunno, many people are saying it is tremendous. Maybe the best wine ever.

I had this once. Pretty much what Otto said - a barely tolerable bargain bin wine.
by Paul McCourt
April 13th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7789
Views: 506976

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

You can get it for that price elsewhere.
by Paul McCourt
April 13th, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Kelley Fox Mirabai Pinot Noir
Replies: 13
Views: 1104

Re: TN: 2018 Kelley Fox Mirabai Pinot Noir

I ran into a bottle of this while traveling and thought it was decent, and well made, but nothing I would look for again. I will look for some of her other bottles.
by Paul McCourt
April 10th, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel
Replies: 9
Views: 384

Re: 2000 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel

Boy, I haven’t had one of those in a long, long time. I remember very much enjoying them. Glad to see they hold up so well.
by Paul McCourt
April 10th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2018 Release
Replies: 26
Views: 2371

Re: Bordeaux 2018 Release

I've used a bunch, Sherry-Lehmann, Zachys, JJ Buckley, Millesima and the like. I've used Total Wine lately, as they only require 50% down and often have half bottles, which I like to buy. I would not recommend Sherry Lehman for futures. The store is generally good, but my futures finally arrived at...
by Paul McCourt
April 10th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2018 Release
Replies: 26
Views: 2371

Re: Bordeaux 2018 Release

I've used a bunch, Sherry-Lehmann, Zachys, JJ Buckley, Millesima and the like. I've used Total Wine lately, as they only require 50% down and often have half bottles, which I like to buy.
by Paul McCourt
April 9th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2018 Release
Replies: 26
Views: 2371

Re: Bordeaux 2018 Release

I am buying nothing right now that I can't either pick up right now or have shipped to me right now. Futures are completely out.
by Paul McCourt
April 9th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version
Replies: 143
Views: 3961

Re: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version

1) “flavored” booze. Vanilla Hennessy??? WTF? 2) Limincello. There is a reason they give it to you for free at the end of your meal. 3) 99% of IPAs 4) Heineken 5) sambuca: “Sambucaboarding” would be the most diabolical torture ever devised 6) Most port 7) Mike’s Hard Whatever. The choice of 11 year ...
by Paul McCourt
April 3rd, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7789
Views: 506976

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

I bought a couple Gary Farrell sins. Why? I have no idea other than it is a compulsive sickness to buy wine.
by Paul McCourt
April 3rd, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7789
Views: 506976

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

I can’t tell if the lineup this time is less interesting or I am just less interested in general in the type of stuff they hawk.

In either case, I’ve bought zero this time.
by Paul McCourt
April 2nd, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13158

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I have a trip to Kauai end of June. Holding off for now changing anything but less than hopeful.
by Paul McCourt
March 31st, 2020, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID19 wine consumption
Replies: 73
Views: 3271

Re: COVID19 wine consumption

Consumption is probably about even. Making nicer meals since tons of time on my hands, so drinking better quality, but nobody is coming over, so the bigger nights of drinking are out.

The wife is having tons of wine and chat zoom sessions with her friends.

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