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by Colin Haggerty
January 19th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris Bound in February
Replies: 20
Views: 1297

Re: Paris Bound in February

We spent a week in Paris last September. I wrote up the trip as a CellarTracker story. The site and restaurant reviews may be helpful. We took a side trip to Champagne that was well worth the effort.

Cheers!

Colin [cheers.gif]

Visiting London, Galway, Dublin and Paris
by Colin Haggerty
January 15th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Screaming Eagle
Replies: 60
Views: 7060

Re: 2017 Screaming Eagle

Among this insanity I'm just curious. What percentage of buyers will actually drink this stuff? Anyone have any data/history/hunch about this? I can only speak for our situation. We enjoy drinking Screaming Eagle on special occasions and we accordingly purchase the wine for personal consumption. We...
by Colin Haggerty
January 14th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Screaming Eagle
Replies: 60
Views: 7060

Re: 2017 Screaming Eagle

My first purchased vintage was 2009. I was not offered one of the 2017 magnums but was offered the 2008 3-pack. I went ahead and purchased because it will fill in a vintage that I don't already own.

Colin
by Colin Haggerty
January 5th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?
Replies: 17
Views: 850

Re: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?

For me, Champagne (in and of itself) is always a celebration.

Cheers!

Colin champagne.gif
by Colin Haggerty
December 2nd, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 11599

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

On November 22nd we had a fun experience at Bardot Brasserie, where Joël Robuchon's executive chef, Christophe de Lellis, partnered with Bardot Brasserie's Joshua Smith to put on a fantastic dinner. Below is my CellarTracker description of the event:

Aria Guest Chef Dinner
by Colin Haggerty
November 15th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5772

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

I tasted the 2016 Léoville Barton at the UGC event in Las Vegas last January. It is indeed a superb wine but will definitely require some patience: 1/26/2019: 94 Points Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2016 Vintage Tasting (Las Vegas, NV): This opaque ruby/crimson wine delivers a package of black c...
by Colin Haggerty
November 7th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 50
Views: 2826

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

The 2010 Cantemerle is an amazing value. We recently had a bottle in London. If you fast-forward to 9/18/2019, you will see what I thought of it. [cheers.gif] Visiting London, Galway, Dublin and Paris Wow, fantastic trip! Sign me up for that entire itinerary. Thanks for sharing all the pics, even i...
by Colin Haggerty
November 6th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 50
Views: 2826

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

The 2010 Cantemerle is an amazing value. We recently had a bottle in London. If you fast-forward to 9/18/2019, you will see what I thought of it. [cheers.gif]

Visiting London, Galway, Dublin and Paris
by Colin Haggerty
October 26th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BA First Galleries lounge LHR
Replies: 9
Views: 874

Re: BA First Galleries lounge LHR

We were in the same lounge at LHR last month and enjoyed the 2014 Au Pied du Mont Chauve Chassagne-Montrachet En Pimont.
by Colin Haggerty
October 25th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 51
Views: 4625

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

We just had lunch at Arpège September 25th. It was part of an excursion that included London, Galway, Dublin and Paris. I have written a CellarTracker story describing the trip. Those interested in our Arpège experience can fast-forward to September 25th in the write-up. Colin [cheers.gif] Visiting ...
by Colin Haggerty
October 12th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 37
Views: 3605

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Hi Fred: I'm sorry that I did not respond to your post earlier. We traveled to London/Galway/Dublin/Paris/Champagne during the second half of September and I have not been in the Epicurean Exploits Forum since returning to Las Vegas on September 29th. Traveling with your adult children will be somet...
by Colin Haggerty
September 30th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tignanello Recommendation?
Replies: 20
Views: 2006

Re: Tignanello Recommendation?

Although young, my impression of the 2016 Tignanello is that it is (possibly) the best ever. Below is my CT note. I gave the wine a score of 98 points, and I am quite stingy. A true tour de force, Antinori's 2016 version of Tignanello is perhaps its best ever. An opaque ruby blend of 80% Sangiovese,...
by Colin Haggerty
September 6th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 125
Views: 6994

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

I would be curious about the LIQUID temperature and not the AIR temperature, as it should fluctuate much less. Even so, in that temperature range, I don't think a cooler is capable of killing wines that quickly. I would concur with Eric. Although the liquid temp is what is most important, air temps...
by Colin Haggerty
August 29th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Reserve
Replies: 17
Views: 1165

Re: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Reserve

1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Reserve - USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley (8/2/2019) Where do these beauties keep coming from?!?! Last had two killer bottles back in 2016...still more in the cellar! Looks like I picked up a 4 pack on WB in 16 for $25 per. I'll blind A...
by Colin Haggerty
August 19th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Clerc Milon, 1999 Palmer
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: TN: 1986 Clerc Milon, 1999 Palmer

Although this note is from late 2017, it conveys the enthusiasm that I still hold for this vintage of Palmer. It is a monumental wine that, assuming properly cellared, will easily blow through the next decade. 1999 Château Palmer - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (12/16/2017) Château Palmer will fo...
by Colin Haggerty
August 19th, 2019, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Château Palmer (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
Replies: 1
Views: 278

Re: TN: 1999 Château Palmer (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

This was meant to be a reply in the following thread, but somehow got posted on its own:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=162932
by Colin Haggerty
August 19th, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Château Palmer (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
Replies: 1
Views: 278

TN: 1999 Château Palmer (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

Although this note is from late 2017, it conveys the enthusiasm that I still hold for this vintage of Palmer. It is a monumental wine that, assuming properly cellared, will easily blow through the next decade. 1999 Château Palmer - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (12/16/2017) Château Palmer will fo...
by Colin Haggerty
August 12th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 11599

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

We loved Carbone in Aria. Veal Parm, Spicy Rigatoni and the meatballs. Great vibe and solid BTG list and cocktails. Over delivers for the $ for Vegas. I'll be going back in Feb. I'll second that. Carbone is one of our favorites. The food and atmosphere are great. Although seasonal based upon the he...
by Colin Haggerty
August 12th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Good dining in San Diego?
Replies: 25
Views: 2048

Re: Good dining in San Diego?

Hi Josh:

We live in Las Vegas. The birthday girl and her husband invited us to be their guests at the Marine Room. The trip to La Jolla was well worth the effort! [thumbs-up.gif]

Colin [cheers.gif]
by Colin Haggerty
August 10th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140172

Re: New York City Restaurants

In recent years we have enjoyed visiting New York and have dined in numerous great restaurants. I typically write up our restaurant experiences when we are in New York for the Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience. Hopefully some of the photos and restaurant descriptions will be helpful to someone...
by Colin Haggerty
August 10th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Good dining in San Diego?
Replies: 25
Views: 2048

Re: Good dining in San Diego?

Addison is my favorite restaurant in San Diego County. About 30 minutes without traffic from Mission Bay/Sea World. This; we were there in August. It aims at being a 3-star experience, so you have to be prepared for the elaborate, but friendly, service and the pricing--beautiful place in its way. I...
by Colin Haggerty
August 10th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 11599

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Last visit to Bardot (late May) was disappointing. The food was fine but nothing more. The staff were arguing with each other (or so we thought due to body language and open animated “conversations”) and the service was lacking. I’ve recommended it before but won’t again. We go to Vegas about once ...
by Colin Haggerty
August 10th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 37
Views: 3605

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

We recently traveled to Rome and Tuscany, where we had several wonderful dining experiences. Below is a link to my CellarTracker write-up for the trip. Hopefully some of the photos and descriptions will be helpful to those planning a similar trip. Colin [cheers.gif] CellarTracker: Visiting Rome and ...
by Colin Haggerty
August 7th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11585

Re: Top US Syrahs

Craig- I stand corrected. There is no comparison with the likes of Chave or other legendary Northern Rhone producers. I got a little bit carried away in my enthusiasm for Dehlinger. That said, Dehlinger's Syrahs do tend to age gracefully and are a beautiful New World expression of the grape. Colin [...
by Colin Haggerty
August 6th, 2019, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11585

Re: Top US Syrahs

You have all mentioned some incredible producers, but if I was on a game show, I would win with a late answer... Dehlinger [/b]! Their Syrahs age like like any great bottling from the Northern Rhone (albeit with more up-front fruit). Those familiar with this producer will back me up. Colin [cheers.g...
by Colin Haggerty
August 6th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 451
Views: 45676

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Erik: We moved to Las Vegas December 2017, and love living here. Although we are not gamblers, we enjoy the phenomenal restaurants, shows, professional sports, golf, etc. We would love to see you if you come to Vegas! E-mail me when you know you are coming. [cheers.gif] Jeff: Our racking and wrought...
by Colin Haggerty
August 4th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 451
Views: 45676

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

What I do not really understand: do people really sit in their cellar and tasting and talking ...? Either it´s too cold (55°F or below ?) to be comfortable ... or it´s too warm for the wine? [swoon.gif] I do in my 55F cellar, either the wine warms me up or I wear a sweater/hoodie We wanted to be ab...
by Colin Haggerty
August 1st, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Boots
Replies: 7
Views: 1353

Re: RIP Boots

Such a gracious lady. We had many interactions with her, including as far back as 1990 (and more recently at the WS NYWE). She loved my wife...and vice versa. Heaven is a better place right now.

Colin
by Colin Haggerty
July 22nd, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montalcino Winery Recommendations - Honeymoon!
Replies: 22
Views: 1369

Re: Montalcino Winery Recommendations - Honeymoon!

We were in Tuscany less than a month ago. I wrote up the trip as a CellarTracker story. It is lengthy but you might find our winery visits in Montalcino, Montepulciano and Chianti Classico helpful (including the photos). Cheers! Colin [cheers.gif] https://www.cellartracker.com/event.asp?iEvent=42193
by Colin Haggerty
May 21st, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 8079

Re: Robert Parker retires

Eric LeVine wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Here is a toast to Bob, his health and more time with family and friends.
[cheers.gif]

Colin
by Colin Haggerty
May 20th, 2019, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So this premox thing is real?!
Replies: 11
Views: 1264

Re: So this premox thing is real?!

[oops.gif] pileon newhere Admitting failure to trust all of you wiser people here. Thought this issue was being exaggerated but obviously it isn’t... Have to be honest that I haven’t had a ton of white Burgundy and most has been less than 10 years old. But here I am, having had 2 of 3 bottles this ...
by Colin Haggerty
May 8th, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2658

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Well, I think there is a lot of truth to this. It does not hold true with Au Bon Climat; the less expensive bottlings are not as elegant as the top. But it holds true more often than not, even in Oregon. I mostly ignore Calif pinot. Cameron and Belle Pente get more elegant as you go up the hierarch...
by Colin Haggerty
May 3rd, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vegas Dining....Wine Related
Replies: 12
Views: 1132

Re: Vegas Dining....Wine Related

Bardot Brasserie (in the Aria Hotel) did a fantastic job with our LLC dinner.

https://www.cellartracker.com/event.asp ... ource=list

Colin [cheers.gif]
by Colin Haggerty
April 24th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New WA winery opening- owned by Bodegas Valdemar
Replies: 12
Views: 715

Re: New WA winery opening- owned by Bodegas Valdemar

Washington...don't get me going about the greatness coming out of the Evergreen State. I learned by first-hand experience when our son matriculated at Gonzaga. The wines from this state are top-notch and are still (relatively) off the price radar. Kudos to all of the great producers with whom many o...
by Colin Haggerty
April 12th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need some basic help with wine cellar build
Replies: 14
Views: 927

Re: Need some basic help with wine cellar build

Richard Gold's classic book "How and Why to Build a Wine Cellar" may help you to avoid some common mistakes. It can be purchased on Amazon (including for the Kindle) at a modest price.

Colin
by Colin Haggerty
April 11th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Léoville Las Cases Vertical Dinner
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Re: Léoville Las Cases Vertical Dinner

Thanks for your kind comments, Dave. I think that with a wine of that age, it is all about provenance (and luck).
by Colin Haggerty
April 10th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Léoville Las Cases Vertical Dinner
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Re: Léoville Las Cases Vertical Dinner

Thanks to all of you for your kind anniversary wishes. I'm very lucky to have found a woman who has been able to put up with me for 34 years!

[cheers.gif]
by Colin Haggerty
April 9th, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Léoville Las Cases Vertical Dinner
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Léoville Las Cases Vertical Dinner

We had talked about reprising a Léoville Las Cases vertical dinner, and it just happened to coincide with our 34th wedding anniversary. The wines were phenomenal and the evening was one to be remembered. https://www.cellartracker.com/event.asp?iEvent=41052&searchId=182586B4%23selected%253DW1447602_1...
by Colin Haggerty
December 3rd, 2017, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 3 Napa Cabs in the $150 to $225 range
Replies: 88
Views: 7393

Your top 3 Napa Cabs in the $150 to $225 range

This wine is definitely flying under the radar. I am taking one for the team by revealing this, because the price will now likely go up.

Smith-Madrone Cook's Flat Reserve ($225)

Colin [cheers.gif]
by Colin Haggerty
November 27th, 2017, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good wine lists in San Diego?
Replies: 21
Views: 1039

Good wine lists in San Diego?

Nine Ten in La Jolla has an excellent list and food. Note/disclaimer...they have my chard on their list (and AV PN in the past), but poured for NT (my pouring time is pretty limited when I'm down there) cuz I love what they do. ...and the whole list is half price on Wednesday. I am also a fan of th...
by Colin Haggerty
November 26th, 2017, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good wine lists in San Diego?
Replies: 21
Views: 1039

Good wine lists in San Diego?

A.R. Valentien (at The Lodge at Torrey Pines) is outstanding. The food, atmosphere and wine list are great. Jeff Jackson (executive chef) and Kelli Crosson (chef de cuisine) are extremely talented.

Cheers!

Colin [cheers.gif]
by Colin Haggerty
October 11th, 2017, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 92404

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

Roger, Bill. Colin, the interns and seasonal folks are who I am most concerned about. This is my livelihood and how I support my family. It's a 3 month job for them. They're generally young, from somewhere else, and probably scared out of their minds right now. Shit, I'm pretty scared of what tonig...
by Colin Haggerty
October 11th, 2017, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 92404

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

Roger, Bill. Colin, the interns and seasonal folks are who I am most concerned about. This is my livelihood and how I support my family. It's a 3 month job for them. They're generally young, from somewhere else, and probably scared out of their minds right now. Shit, I'm pretty scared of what tonig...
by Colin Haggerty
October 11th, 2017, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 92404

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

This whole thing is surreal. And our daughter has been working the crush. She lives in the city of Napa and we are getting the Sherriff's alerts on our phones. The cell coverage up there is terrible at this point. She is very loyal to her employer but we would like to extract her ASAP. We are prayin...
by Colin Haggerty
July 1st, 2017, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Before there was Cellar Tracker...
Replies: 27
Views: 1624

Before there was Cellar Tracker...

I went from file cards in the '80s to Filemaker Pro in the '90s, then to the "Robert Parker Wine Advisor and Cellar Manager" in the early 2000 time frame. Migrating to CellarTracker in February of 2008 was a game-changer for me.

Colin [winner.gif]
by Colin Haggerty
July 1st, 2017, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lot of praise for Cellartracker
Replies: 97
Views: 5301

A lot of praise for Cellartracker

I have used CT virtually every day for many years. It has been an integral part of my wine experience. Eric deserves all of the kudos he receives. What a phenomenal program!

Colin [cheers.gif]
by Colin Haggerty
May 9th, 2017, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4402

Home cellar

Looks great! We made many similar choices, though we have a lot more open bin storage for multiple bottles/cases and OWCs. All our racking is in as of last week and all our wine gets delivered today from offsite. In fact, the trucks may be at the house now!! We are struggling with how to log locati...
by Colin Haggerty
May 6th, 2017, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4402

Home cellar

Great cellar, Paul. I will chime in about CT. Each bottle in my cellar has a unique location and CT does an awesome job. That said, if your current spreadsheet works best for your situation, stick with it. Cheers, Colin [cheers.gif] Do you use it on-line or do you have a usable printout? What I hav...
by Colin Haggerty
May 4th, 2017, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4402

Home cellar

Great cellar, Paul. I will chime in about CT. Each bottle in my cellar has a unique location and CT does an awesome job. That said, if your current spreadsheet works best for your situation, stick with it.

Cheers,

Colin [cheers.gif]

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