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by Darian Wilson
January 16th, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: St. Croix Restaurant Recos
Replies: 0
Views: 25

St. Croix Restaurant Recos

Any subject matter experts on St. Croix? Looking for a couple restaurants at the higher end as well as some places offering more local fare, like casual lunch.
by Darian Wilson
April 10th, 2016, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phelps 2014 Insignia Futures Pricing
Replies: 8
Views: 1206

Phelps 2014 Insignia Futures Pricing

Outside of Bordeaux, whose model is to price based on the quality of the vintage, everyone else globally pretty much takes modest (usually) price increases when and where they feel their target market can bear it, regardless of the quality. Although, to Bud's point, we do occassionally see spikes af...
by Darian Wilson
March 2nd, 2016, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent Cru Beaujolais purchase?
Replies: 93
Views: 5742

What is your recent Cru Beaujolais purchase?

I'm a sucker for Thivin Cote de Brouilly. One of my favorite go-to wines. over-delivers every time and costs less than much of the cru I might have to go revisit this wine. Tried it once and was not a fan one bit. If I recall it seems very "grapey" for lack of better terms. But I keep seeing it pop...
by Darian Wilson
March 2nd, 2016, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11151
Views: 410302

What bottle of wine did you open today?

09 Regis Bouvier Marsannay Clos du Roy. sadly, last bottle. waaah waaah...
by Darian Wilson
March 2nd, 2016, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent Cru Beaujolais purchase?
Replies: 93
Views: 5742

What is your recent Cru Beaujolais purchase?

I'm a sucker for Thivin Cote de Brouilly. One of my favorite go-to wines. over-delivers every time and costs less than much of the cru
by Darian Wilson
February 24th, 2016, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11151
Views: 410302

What bottle of wine did you open today?

05 d'Ab Laughing Magpie. So far from my palate today, but was interesting to see how it developed, in screw cap no less. Still a beast of a wine. Some of you must remember drinking this wine back in the day when it cost $15
by Darian Wilson
February 24th, 2016, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I hate it when that happens. I got the mailing list blues.
Replies: 20
Views: 1792

I hate it when that happens. I got the mailing list blues.

I'm in the same boat, but also finding the need for mailing lists not as important as they once were.
by Darian Wilson
February 24th, 2016, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pure expression of Sangiovese?
Replies: 116
Views: 7606

Pure expression of Sangiovese?

Joel, I couldn't agree more in regards to the 'muddled' nature of chianti in general. i suppose that perception is on a palate-by-palate basis. That said, I have found that chianti produced in the Rufina region (higher elevations), produces a cleaner style of chianti. I just tasted an 04 Selvapiana ...
by Darian Wilson
November 5th, 2015, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Age Your Zinfandels?
Replies: 57
Views: 1984

Do You Age Your Zinfandels?

i've been ageing various carlisle since 2010. to be honest though, as i consume them here and there, and compare them to newer vintages, i may lean in the direction of preferring them younger and fresher. Not really a zin drinker, but Mike's fruit is just so pure that i can't resist
by Darian Wilson
October 20th, 2015, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does triple-deep cellar racking make sense?
Replies: 22
Views: 964

Does triple-deep cellar racking make sense?

I was curious as to whether anyone has ever seen triple-deep cellar racking. Would this just be a giant p.i.t.a., or is there a space-saving benefit to this racking system? Thanks! Def. a pita, especially if you get wood racks. splinters are inevitable. i got one under my nail one time and have cur...
by Darian Wilson
October 20th, 2015, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 06 Rivers-Marie & 05 Anthill Farms
Replies: 11
Views: 704

06 Rivers-Marie & 05 Anthill Farms

Do you think these reflect common problems with Cali pinot at 10 years of age? At this age, most French Burgundies would still show young and perhaps coming out of adolescent slumber. My feeling is many of these wines don't have the structure to age and you are essential buying an expensive, short-...
by Darian Wilson
October 20th, 2015, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11151
Views: 410302

What bottle of wine did you open today?

08 RM Summa OV last night - man that wine was on point. the purity of that fruit always gets me. scary good
by Darian Wilson
October 20th, 2015, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Pinot Noir
Replies: 55
Views: 3461

Oregon Pinot Noir

Of recent memory is a bottle i had at a tasting from Adelsheim called Vintage 31. I believe it was 08. Don't remember the genesis behind the name, but it was a pretty magical bottle. I wouldn't relate it to Burgundy, but then again, i typically have an issue relating anything domestic to Burgundy. B...
by Darian Wilson
October 20th, 2015, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Best ever Wine Experience.
Replies: 91
Views: 5859

Your Best ever Wine Experience.

We visited Philipponnat with another couple and went to lunch in a small neighboring town with the folks from the house. i've been to meals at the gracious invitation of many wineries before, but there was something about this outing in particular that made the wines shine and the experience one to ...
by Darian Wilson
October 15th, 2015, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New wine deal site, Wine Kloud
Replies: 24
Views: 1777

New wine deal site, Wine Kloud

To address some of the other comments briefly: - We made a commitment from day 1 to never to never sacrifice the user's trust for the sake of revenue. Our mission first and foremost is to be consumer centric. That means sifting through every daily deal we source and correcting the incorrect informat...
by Darian Wilson
October 15th, 2015, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New wine deal site, Wine Kloud
Replies: 24
Views: 1777

New wine deal site, Wine Kloud

Rick Smith wrote:Slickdeals for wine?
Rick, great observation and an accurate assessment, save the fact that our content does not come from user contribution.
by Darian Wilson
October 15th, 2015, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New wine deal site, Wine Kloud
Replies: 24
Views: 1777

New wine deal site, Wine Kloud

Just signed up. . . pretty cool interface, but gotta say that the search function is pretty hidden on the side. There isn't a way to sort by region - ie. bordeaux, champagne, burgundy, etc. . . there just seems like there are pages after pages of wine without a good way to view them sorted. I'm sur...
by Darian Wilson
October 14th, 2015, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New wine deal site, Wine Kloud
Replies: 24
Views: 1777

New wine deal site, Wine Kloud

Hey guys. I am one of the founders (and former Co-workers of Brad's) who started Wine Kloud. Your comments regarding a required email sign up prior to learning more about us are totally valid. We’ve been live for about 3 weeks and that has been a consistent theme of feedback. To that end, we started...
by Darian Wilson
October 14th, 2015, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are we going to regret not buying dropped wines
Replies: 41
Views: 2055

Are we going to regret not buying dropped wines

I dropped Rhys this year. the wines just aren't in line with my palate right now. i have stuff from them back to 07 and it's great stuff. but the key word(s) is 'right now.' unfortunately, i may regret it as i have no idea where my palate will be in 5 to 10 year. i need that crystal ball i've been a...
by Darian Wilson
October 14th, 2015, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Treasury Wine agrees to buy Diageo Chateau and Estates for $600 million
Replies: 46
Views: 1866

Treasury Wine agrees to buy Diageo Chateau and Estates for $600 million

This will end up being a great thing for consumers. anyone intimate with the corporate side of the industry will know that managing this many brands in this size company will lead to more than a fair share of 'closeouts,' even of good brands. this is by no means a slight on treasury, but rather a fa...
by Darian Wilson
October 13th, 2015, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thinking about getting Wine Enthusiast Classic XL 300 Bottles
Replies: 14
Views: 2308

Thinking about getting Wine Enthusiast Classic XL 300 Bottles

I have purchased a number of WE fridges of varying sizes. All I can tell you is that even the bargain level under the counter wine fridge that gets a bunch of use is still standing strong 5 years later, whereas others i've had from competing brands which were more expensive have conked out. I have n...
by Darian Wilson
October 13th, 2015, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mending Wall
Replies: 38
Views: 5624

Mending Wall

this stuff could taste half as good as his other efforts, but the simple fact that they take amex makes it all worth it. it's the small things in life...
by Darian Wilson
May 14th, 2015, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What One Grape Do You Need To Buy More Of For Your Cellar?
Replies: 81
Views: 2440

What One Grape Do You Need To Buy More Of For Your Cellar?

Pinot, and specifically, Burgs. i need to start making more money....
by Darian Wilson
May 12th, 2015, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1495
Views: 102094

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2011 carlilse vyd zin. i think what i cherish most about these wines, aside from the quality and shear character, are the true distinct differences between just about every wine i've tasted from them. i'm not a huge zin drinker, but I never skip an offering from them.
by Darian Wilson
May 4th, 2015, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Rudius Syrah Emerald Pool Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 362

TN: 2007 Rudius Syrah Emerald Pool Alder Springs Vineyard

I have a couple of these left in the cellar. back in 2012 when this was originally posted, i felt the wine was a bit backwards. i retasted this a couple of weeks ago and must say there quite a bit more harmony to the wine and heading in the right direction. i remember seeing jeff's notes on this win...
by Darian Wilson
May 4th, 2015, 10:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's Bojangles Like?
Replies: 22
Views: 1105

What's Bojangles Like?

What should Darian get? Well, I am healthy, but the word "healthy" leaves my vocabulary when you visit a place like Bojangles. If you're gonna experience a restaurant (i use this term lightly) for the first time, you gotta go for the gold! What's the point of watching your weight in a place like th...
by Darian Wilson
May 2nd, 2015, 4:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's Bojangles Like?
Replies: 22
Views: 1105

What's Bojangles Like?

This question has haunted me for years as I've driven by a Bojangles twice a year on Rt. 13 on the Delmarva Peninsula. Guess I gotta stop in now....It's a sign
by Darian Wilson
February 18th, 2013, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you buy wine in restaurants?
Replies: 150
Views: 4294

Re: Do you buy wine in restaurants?

i agree wholeheartedly in regards to not purchasing wine in restaurants due to perceived value. it is the sole reason i can't bring myself to do so. however, i very much disagree with his point about the general public and their knowledge of wine. i am in the camp that believes maybe 2% of the drink...
by Darian Wilson
February 5th, 2013, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne
Replies: 71
Views: 4785

Re: Kosta Browne

i stopped buying KB after the 07 vintage. i didn't find the wines to be aging well. they just became to goppy and unbalanced over time. in fact, i just had my last bottle at xmas time. i struggled through it. to each his own i suppose
by Darian Wilson
March 13th, 2010, 4:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NJ votes today on Wine Shipment
Replies: 19
Views: 803

Re: NJ votes today on Wine Shipment

Is there a scheduled vote in the assembly yet? if so, when? If not, any idea when we can roughly expect to see one?
by Darian Wilson
March 11th, 2010, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NJ votes today on Wine Shipment
Replies: 19
Views: 803

Re: NJ votes today on Wine Shipment

sweet victory! now i can subtract the dollars i had to spend to travel into nyc to pick up my wine. sweet!!!
by Darian Wilson
March 9th, 2010, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Archery Summit Arcus Estate
Replies: 25
Views: 427

Re: TN: 2003 Archery Summit Arcus Estate

What happened to these guys? I feel like they fell off the face of the earth. I rarely see or hear about them anymore. I'm fairly sure the wines are available. Just curious....
by Darian Wilson
March 6th, 2010, 11:12 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 674
Views: 44468

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

This is a really interesting thread to read in terms of people's experience with great scotch. I find as a culture, at least in America, we are slightly behind the curve as a whole in regards to what whiskey has to offer. But, I think we've come a long way and are continuing to do so. Mind you, I am...
by Darian Wilson
March 6th, 2010, 11:00 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: I think I'm gonna cry.
Replies: 12
Views: 966

Re: I think I'm gonna cry.

If Pappy's tear ducts weren't dried up, he'd probably cry with you...
by Darian Wilson
March 6th, 2010, 10:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 219
Views: 21427

Re: RUM ... talk to me, people

I know that cognac houses claim there are differences in vintages which is why blending is superior. They mostly say this to slam Armagnac which is traditionally vintaged. From what I've heard and my personal take, the main thing about vintage-dating a spirit is that it pinpoints exactly when it wa...
by Darian Wilson
March 6th, 2010, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Of course your wine will sit on the FEDEX truck over the weekend...
Replies: 20
Views: 1030

Re: Of course your wine will sit on the FEDEX truck over the weekend...

Somehow, someway, my RM Shipment was delivered on Saturday. Thank god as I was leaving the country on Monday. IF it was not delivered, it would have been sitting in truck/warehouse for days. I just wish they would have waited til mid April to ship. My fault for not making that request.
by Darian Wilson
March 4th, 2010, 4:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 219
Views: 21427

Re: RUM ... talk to me, people

i recently went to a rather broad spirit tasting. one of the highlights (outside of the single village mezcals) was a rum made by Plantation. I rarely, if ever, see them in retail. but man, there was one in particular that was stunning: the Jamaica vintage 2000. the textures were unparalleled, cream...
by Darian Wilson
January 21st, 2010, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Quinta do Monte d'Oiro Vinho Regional Estremadura Reserva
Replies: 4
Views: 167

Re: TN: 2000 Quinta do Monte d'Oiro Vinho Regional Estremadura Reserva

Michel Chapoutier is consulting winemaker for more recent vintages. not sure if he was part of the 2000. slightly over-priced for Portugal, maybe because Chapoutier is attached to it.
by Darian Wilson
January 15th, 2010, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pax liquidation beginning?
Replies: 41
Views: 1920

Re: Pax liquidation beginning?

mike pobega wrote:Dont forget the free shipping!
Mike, is this offer free shipping? I was looking for that but did not see it stated anywhere.
by Darian Wilson
January 5th, 2010, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Silly wine.woot.com deal. Havens Hudson Syrah 2005 and 2006.
Replies: 30
Views: 1494

Re: Silly wine.woot.com deal. Havens Hudson Syrah 2005 and 2006.

Did Michael Havens make make the 06 vintage? I think 05 was his last.
by Darian Wilson
September 9th, 2009, 5:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: One Last Slice...
Replies: 15
Views: 436

One Last Slice...

For some reason (just go with it), you are in NYC and have the opportunity to eat one last slice of pizza. After that, pizza will no longer exist on the planet; can't buy it, can't make it. Doesn't exist. Where are you going for that pie? Here are the parameters: 1. You are in Manhattan (NY) and can...
by Darian Wilson
September 2nd, 2009, 4:52 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine sales 101 - YouTube Video - MERGED
Replies: 12
Views: 2547

Re: Wine sales 101 - YouTube Video - MERGED

F'ing classic. this should be mandatory for new distributor sales employees.
by Darian Wilson
August 29th, 2009, 3:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: NYC Mexican
Replies: 20
Views: 873

Re: NYC Mexican

OK bottom line. Although there might be a hole in the wall here or there somewhere hidden in the Bronx or Astoria or Jackson Heights, as a city, NYC just has absolutely NO decent Mexican food. How in the world that could be is beyond me, but it doesn't. If the Mexican's in California only knew. The...
by Darian Wilson
August 28th, 2009, 3:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: NYC Mexican
Replies: 20
Views: 873

Re: NYC Mexican

yikes! these are some dreary results. i may have to flip a coin and let fate take its course.
by Darian Wilson
August 26th, 2009, 5:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: NYC Mexican
Replies: 20
Views: 873

NYC Mexican

I know I likely won't find Mexican as good as I'll find on the West Coast. But, I really need to find some Authentic Mexican in NYC for a friend's Birthday dinner. NOT Tex-Mex! The following have been recommended, but I know nothing about them. If you know them or can recommend others, please do. Th...
by Darian Wilson
August 18th, 2009, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jonata Winery La Sangre de Jonata (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 177

Re: TN: 2005 Jonata Winery La Sangre de Jonata (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)

What's the tariff on this puppy? I've enjoyed many of the Jonata wines I've tried, but felt that they were quite rich $-wise compared to many others from the area . . . Cheers! Had this a few months back for my anniversary. I hate to rain on the parade, but i just wasn't diggin' it. Although it was...
by Darian Wilson
July 31st, 2009, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Perhaps the World's Greatest Chardonnay...uh, no!
Replies: 13
Views: 1455

Re: Perhaps the World's Greatest Chardonnay...uh, no!

2005 Leeuwin Chardonnay, compliments of our pals from WL, hyping up something. Ian, come on, you can do better than that? Do you guys drink Burgundy in New Jersey? Not the stuff from Almaden! You know what man, dollar for dollar, it may be the best chard on a consistent basis. I have yet to taste a...
by Darian Wilson
July 31st, 2009, 4:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone catch the new Hells Kitchen?
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: Anyone catch the new Hells Kitchen?

I watched it last night. I think it might be staged...nobody can be that big of a dickhead. Can they? Have you been to the Northeast? Dude, where's the smiley face thing, becuse you must be jesting? I am an (north)east boy and cringe at the idiocracy of that guy's attitude. as much as it's a black ...
by Darian Wilson
July 30th, 2009, 4:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone catch the new Hells Kitchen?
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: Anyone catch the new Hells Kitchen?

Kent Zimmerman wrote:I watched it last night. I think it might be staged...nobody can be that big of a dickhead. Can they?
Have you been to the Northeast?

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