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by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
January 20th, 2021, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 86
Views: 4491

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

I cook with their 10yr port. Will entertain palate insensitive guests with cristalino aperol spritzes.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
January 11th, 2021, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?
Replies: 43
Views: 2178

Re: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?

isnt it true that different chemical reactions are happening, some which are more or less effected than others by temperature? Like the tannic structure will last much longer with the cold, but the rate of change with sugars wont be impacted as much? Essentially changing not just when the peak is, ...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
January 9th, 2021, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Domaine (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)
Replies: 6
Views: 425

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Domaine (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

It’s a consistently high QPR wine. I only skip it because the Grezeaux is still pretty inexpensive given the ridiculously high quality. Agreed on both points. Where do you factor in the Les Granges? They both help you scratch your Baudry itch without having to dip into Grez prematurely. It’s like c...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 31st, 2020, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Marie et Pierre Bénetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux
Replies: 31
Views: 2172

Re: TN: 2017 Marie et Pierre Bénetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux

Greg K wrote: December 30th, 2020, 6:52 pm
Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote: December 30th, 2020, 11:21 am Yes!
We may have to do another dinner to check in on the current Benetiere vitnage.......

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by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 31st, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: A couple of 1990 Bordeaux, Pinots and a Huet
Replies: 4
Views: 583

Re: TNs: A couple of 1990 Bordeaux, Pinots and a Huet

1990 GPL is indeed a stunner. Thanks for sharing!
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 23rd, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee Roasting Question
Replies: 116
Views: 7304

Re: Coffee Roasting Question

Jon - honesty $14/20 per lb is not bad if you get to dial in your spec. What attracted me to home roast was accessing beans from sources like sweetMaria that would otherwise be prohibitive (e.g., a Gesha), and the art of learning to dial in your own roast. There are times where my effort wanes and I...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 22nd, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee Roasting Question
Replies: 116
Views: 7304

Re: Coffee Roasting Question

I’ll take your Behmor off your hands Michael! Looking to upgrade my roast game in 2021.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 21st, 2020, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2014 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune
Replies: 12
Views: 1255

Re: TN - 2014 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune

CSH has gotten expensive :/
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 21st, 2020, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2014 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune
Replies: 12
Views: 1255

Re: TN - 2014 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune

This is a great note Tom, thanks for checking in on the 14 Hune.

Have you had the 14 cfe by chance? I don’t think they have been released stateside. Curious how they will compare.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 15th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '05 Taittinger, '71 Schiavenza, '99 S. Grasso, '01 Il Poggione
Replies: 9
Views: 1031

Re: TN: '05 Taittinger, '71 Schiavenza, '99 S. Grasso, '01 Il Poggione

How much air for the Schiavenza? Thanks for the note!
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 11th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN Figeac 1975
Replies: 38
Views: 1157

Re: TN Figeac 1975

This reminded me of a dying dog that has given up and just doesn’t want to be disturbed. Some tertiary stuff, a memory of fruit, but a complete absence of brightness or excitement. Not yet dead; that may take a couple of years, but the downward trend is irreversible. There are much fresher bottles ...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 4th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
Replies: 25
Views: 850

Re: TN: 1998 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

When on, It’s a really enjoyable bottle.
Glad it’s still holding up.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 3rd, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Éric Texier Côte-Rôtie Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 50
Views: 4209

Re: TN: 2012 Éric Texier Côte-Rôtie Vieilles Vignes

Thanks for the note RA. I looked over these a few weeks ago but endeavored to wait for a check-in and probably a few more years...curious if others have have awkward tastes as well.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
November 25th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My 55th with Some Great Friends and Killer Wines
Replies: 87
Views: 4009

Re: My 55th with Some Great Friends and Killer Wines

Hell of a lineup, and happy birthday! 98 VCC is a fantastic wine, and 82 HB is on the bucket list.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
November 17th, 2020, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ah So — Ah Sucks!
Replies: 47
Views: 2904

Re: Ah So — Ah Sucks!

If you have an ah so you can make a fake Durand. Not as good as the real thing but almost. First take a waiters friend and insert the screw at an angle. Then insert the ah so over the screw and use that to extract the cork. Done it many times when no Durand is available. This works. If you have a S...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
November 6th, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shout out to MacArthur Beverages
Replies: 27
Views: 1352

Re: Shout out to MacArthur Beverages

Phil is the man.

(So is Chris Bublitz who posted on this thread)
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
November 5th, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée 3.14 (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 16
Views: 724

Re: TN: 2013 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée 3.14 (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

Jayson Cohen wrote: November 5th, 2020, 6:19 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote: November 5th, 2020, 4:18 am
AndyK wrote: November 4th, 2020, 8:33 pm One of my all time favorite Beaujolais flirtysmile
Yup. Mine, too. Interesting on 2013, not necessarily a strong vintage.

Thanks ALan!
I quite like 2013 Beaujolais. Always have.
Likewise. A recent 13 Corcelette was awesome.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
November 3rd, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Last Few Weeks (my highlights)
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: TN: The Last Few Weeks (my highlights)

Hefty praise!
We should open one together next to a Ceritas.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
November 2nd, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Last Few Weeks (my highlights)
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: TN: The Last Few Weeks (my highlights)

Were you telling me about Walter Scott on that covid zoom back in the stone age?
The notes look really good (have to seek some bottles out).

Cheers!
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
October 28th, 2020, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile (France, Alsace)
Replies: 15
Views: 818

Re: TN: 2001 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile (France, Alsace)

Great note Todd.

I’ve got one or two left. Last few have been wonderful. Looking forward to them.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
October 28th, 2020, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée
Replies: 15
Views: 623

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée

Wow incredible note David. I haven’t opened any of my 10 CB, plowing through grezeaux instead. I must say I’ve never had a baudry climb to the heights of clos rougeard, so super excited to open one.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
October 23rd, 2020, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'll take "Pinot vs Pauillac" for $2000, Alex
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

Re: I'll take "Pinot vs Pauillac" for $2000, Alex

I hate when restaurants bring a decanter of wine after you order a bottle. I've had similar 'mix-ups' resulting from this.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
October 21st, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Cuvée Zaccharie
Replies: 8
Views: 816

Re: TN: 2017 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Cuvée Zaccharie

On the other end of the stylistic spectrum from what I look for in bojo but they make solid wines. Will seek one out!
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
October 20th, 2020, 6:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2589
Views: 172505

Re: New York City Restaurants

Thoughts on a downtown lunch spot that can accommodate a small business meeting (outside seating) this week (supposed to be lovely out)? May not be downtown enough, but in Tribeca/Chelsea areas, there is Pastis or Locanda Verde. Was shooting for Pastis but the outside tables are booked at prime lun...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
October 19th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2589
Views: 172505

Re: New York City Restaurants

Thoughts on a downtown lunch spot that can accommodate a small business meeting (outside seating) this week (supposed to be lovely out)?
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
October 18th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A 2nd sun in the Loire Valley
Replies: 6
Views: 537

Re: TN: A 2nd sun in the Loire Valley

Joguet was right!
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
October 12th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: PYCM, Gonon, Radikon, Baudry, Gravner Breg, Huet
Replies: 7
Views: 803

Re: TNs: PYCM, Gonon, Radikon, Baudry, Gravner Breg, Huet

Matt - I wouldn't be worried! I would say I had a special bottle just 1.5 years ago that had me dipping a bit too much in my stash since. I just wanted to note a bottle that failed to meet the expectations of that recent superlative experience. Still a ridiculous steal at the px. Maureen/Jay - good ...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
October 12th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: PYCM, Gonon, Radikon, Baudry, Gravner Breg, Huet
Replies: 7
Views: 803

TNs: PYCM, Gonon, Radikon, Baudry, Gravner Breg, Huet

I spent a few months bopping around with family and old friends. Decided to lug around some bottles. 2006 Huet Sec Le Mont Also opened a 2019 D.S. CdB and 2010 Sec Le Mont, but the 2006 (I believe my last bottles) is weirdly one of my favorite vintages of Huet. Fully developed, really lovely and unc...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
September 28th, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2003 Chateau Pavie?
Replies: 16
Views: 1046

Re: 2003 Chateau Pavie?

To be fair, many in my circles have been served this blind and it is a nonstarter. I think a wine like 2003 Pavie wedged in with other big Bordeaux (especially young!) isn't as polarizing, but if you have this next to AFWE wines, it comes across a clumsy juggernaut.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
September 28th, 2020, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2003 Chateau Pavie?
Replies: 16
Views: 1046

Re: 2003 Chateau Pavie?

Big yikes
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
September 24th, 2020, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Pégau - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Replies: 25
Views: 2079

Re: TN: 2014 Pégau - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

Veerrrryyy interesting comments on the 14 being similar to the 04. Looking at my notes, the only vintages I've had are 04, 12, 14 and 15. The 04 blew my socks off a year or two ago - it was seriously an amazing bottle of wine that night. I have some more 14 in the cellar which excites me mid to lon...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
September 23rd, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Dentice - German Wine's Radical Love Machine
Replies: 26
Views: 1755

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

This was most dope! Cheers RD!
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
September 14th, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jura, Jura and some more Jura
Replies: 9
Views: 941

Re: TN: Jura, Jura and some more Jura

I love the puff daddy sacha cuvée but find his savagnin to be his finest bottling. Thanks for the Jura notes.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
September 8th, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Latour 2009 released
Replies: 53
Views: 4373

Re: Latour 2009 released

Yeah...it is quite greedy. However, it will not be Latour who has to deal with fall out if the wines don’t sell. For me, this is a form of corporate bullying; a monopoly where if you don’t buy at whatever price the chateau decides on, you will lose allocation. So the negotiants end up paying. Enger...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
August 24th, 2020, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Saint-Emilion from the old school (+ a white Northern Rhone)
Replies: 20
Views: 943

Re: TNs: Saint-Emilion from the old school (+ a white Northern Rhone)

82 Magdelaine! Hell of a lazy Sunday lineup.

Hope all is well Ramon.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
August 6th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando
Replies: 59
Views: 4703

Re: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando

I saw this too and have it queued up to read. Looks most dope.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 14th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos Rougeard Moving Forward
Replies: 76
Views: 5122

Re: Clos Rougeard Moving Forward

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by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 12th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2589
Views: 172505

Re: New York City Restaurants

I'm curious what people think about ordering takeout and the responsibility of diners to try to go direct to the business rather than using a caviar/seamless etc (to protect their margins)... I originally tried to call in orders wherever I could, but noted that it was also an administrative burden o...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 12th, 2020, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 6444

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

No disappointments per se, but I have to say with some smaller chateau, I preferred the 00s at a similar state of maturity. This may simple be due to an attenuated aging curve, or more parkerization, but it gives some pause. I agree that in Bordeaux the early returns on 2005 fall far short of 2000....
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 11th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2589
Views: 172505

Re: New York City Restaurants

The outdoor seating / roadclosures in Brooklyn are a godsend and hopefully won't be forgotten as an artifact. No reason why there should ever be cars on Berry, Smith, or 5th Ave. I guess that’s true if you don’t own a car and don’t mind riding the subway during the pandemic. You might also ask what...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 11th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 6444

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

Craig G wrote: July 10th, 2020, 1:55 pm I had the 07 Beaucastel in a single blind vertical tasting this year and it showed very well, just short of the 2005 and 2010 which are really great. It didn’t seem sweet or overripe to me. The ripest wine in that flight was 2015.
Thanks for the note. Any recent experience with the 07 Pegau?
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 9th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 6444

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

2007 CdP is such a gimme though, no fun...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 8th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 6444

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

No disappointments per se, but I have to say with some smaller chateau, I preferred the 00s at a similar state of maturity. This may simple be due to an attenuated aging curve, or more parkerization, but it gives some pause.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 8th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2589
Views: 172505

Re: New York City Restaurants

The outdoor seating / roadclosures in Brooklyn are a godsend and hopefully won't be forgotten as an artifact. No reason why there should ever be cars on Berry, Smith, or 5th Ave.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 8th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 6444

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

I'm with Patrick on 2005 BDX. Given the peak hype it received, it has a far way to fall if these wines end up not delivering.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 17th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 11
Views: 361

Re: TN: 2003 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

DdeC Blancs are fantastic wines. I'm sitting on a case of a few vintages.
Thanks for the note.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 2nd, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 11
Views: 1051

Re: TN: 2002 Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle-Musigny

Awesome photo Ramon! H-N is one of my favorite Burg producers, but I agree completely bananas pricing nowadays. I quite strongly disagree, especially for the lower end of the range. I challenge you to find a better Chambolle for ~$65, or a better Vosne villages for ~$75. also HN's bourgogne is top ...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 1st, 2020, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1988 Gruaud
Replies: 11
Views: 624

Re: 1988 Gruaud

My wife's an 88, so I've strategically dipped back into Bordeaux that punch above in this vintage.
GL is at the top of the pecking order.
Great note!

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