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by craig v
November 7th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Replies: 16
Views: 628

Re: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

We were just there the last full week of September for some hiking and a climb. We stayed in one of the granite Ridge cabins on the north side of the slopes. We loved Il Villaggio for terrific quick & easy take out pizza. Its superb pizza. Never dinned in. In fact this time we never ate out period s...
by craig v
October 29th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Banff & nearby parks
Replies: 13
Views: 408

Re: Banff & nearby parks

Thanks Paul for your thoughts on the area. Is there one or two towns that you feel would be the ideal place to base our cabin. or, should we rent in one town for 3-5 days and then move to another town for the remaining 3-5 days? You need to remember that Banff is 500 to 600 miles from Vancouver. If ...
by craig v
October 29th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Banff & nearby parks
Replies: 13
Views: 408

Re: Banff & nearby parks

Thanks David, it will be all family. 5 adults and 2 boys 3 & 6 by then. 7 total with the boys. Not sure what you mean by "back country" cabin. With the 2 boys along we want to be handy to a decent supermarket. Plus my wife likes to cook. Close to a town with a few decent restaurants for a few nights...
by craig v
October 26th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Banff & nearby parks
Replies: 13
Views: 408

Banff & nearby parks

Know next to nothing about Banff. Have no choice but see it this summer as daughter and family can't travel shoulder season like us empty nesters. Don't want hotels but will either need two 2 BR cabins or on larger 4BR cabin to fit everyone. They don't seem abundant anywhere close based on a VBRO se...
by craig v
October 26th, 2019, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few memorable recent btls
Replies: 0
Views: 280

A few memorable recent btls

2007 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny (10/25/2019) Opening this btl just over 3yrs and 2 months since the 2nd of 4 btls. This is now close to peak but should hold for 3-5yrs. Ill try to wait at least 3 for my last btl. Translucent crims...
by craig v
August 6th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long to decant 05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste ... tonight?
Replies: 5
Views: 361

Re: How long to decant 05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste ... tonight?

Just opened opened and took a test sip & sniiff. Nose showing restrained aromas of violets and palate is zen like, silky, pure, gorgeous. Outside of the nose it seems pretty ready. I got rid of some sediment and may just pour back into btl and put cork back in.
by craig v
August 6th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long to decant 05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste ... tonight?
Replies: 5
Views: 361

How long to decant 05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste ... tonight?

How long would you decant 05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste tonight? I'll be drinking this by 8pm central time tonight. Any thoughts?
by craig v
May 19th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most Underrated Bordeaux?
Replies: 44
Views: 2630

Re: Most Underrated Bordeaux?

Older btls at retailers who do auctions. I'm 63 and love finding random btl from 1996 and back from retailers and Envoyer. Unless, you buying the top 5-10 producers like LaMish, there are amazing 15yr old+nearly ready to fully ready to drink values to be had often for less than release of the big na...
by craig v
May 19th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4121

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

Here's one more key reason why I love CT. I don't drink the next btl too soon. I mostly buy 2-4 btls of everything. For me, that means I need to be careful not to drink the next btl too soon so I can let it evolve and change for an appropriate amount of time based on that btl. I'll usually pop the f...
by craig v
May 18th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?
Replies: 21
Views: 1234

Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?

Just back from Spain. Ate out every night and saw somethings I love and know like chablis producers. Even saw a very well priced 80E btl of 2014 Gaunoux Pommard Eponets on a list and passed. Instead I settled for albarino and rioja producers I've never heard of before and was challenged to break 20E...
by craig v
May 18th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4121

If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT??? Or at least have a reliable spreadsheet of your own??? I organize a local monthly wine group dinner. And pretty much every month, the last few guys to post their wines for an event, are guys with cellars over 1000 btls but with no m...
by craig v
March 25th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 2136

Re: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

I know, it was a big surprise when I got the sales flyer. My guess is they started them out way too high and got little action then decided to put them out at near cost to clear rack space? my receipt says they were originally $189 which would have been kinda a high for not a critically acclaimed vi...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 2136

Re: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

Chuck, you and I agree to disagree... as usual. One thing is for sure, you have zero reason to speculate I'd leave them where I stuffed them for 15 minutes. I didn't put them aside to think about buying them, I put them aside to shop for other things on my list so I didn't need to carry them around ...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2870

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

Great point Howard! I thought you were generalising from your situation. Saying that , if you think in that way, there's no point cellaring ANY wine as it will ALWAYS become to expensive to drink. Now I know you weren't.... That is what I am saying. If you think too much about current market prices,...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 2136

Re: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

LOL!
Gary York wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 8:39 am
You should have taken them over to the South Africa section. They would be safe there.
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2870

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

LOL, you wern't suppose to ponder this question that much :). Craig. You've convinced me. I've decided to sell the 2007 Lafon Montrachet and 1991 DRC GE that I was planning to bring this Wednesday. I've got a great 07 Fevre GC that thankfully hasn't appreciated! Any thoughts on what would work as a ...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buy Every Vintage of X? Why or why not?
Replies: 51
Views: 2931

Re: Buy Every Vintage of X? Why or why not?

I don't buy verticals for verticals sake or to do a vertical dinner. I only buy successive vintages because I adore the style from a producer and find them reliably in my wheel house. Usually though the producer tends to catch fire and I feel forced to drop off the bandwagon. I hate paying $100+ for...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fevre: Checking In
Replies: 22
Views: 1333

Re: Fevre: Checking In

So far the 2010s have been stellar.
Jeremy C wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 7:07 pm
My hope is that 2010 (when Fevre went to DIAM for all bottlings) and beyond that the successes are consistent and worthwhile.
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 2136

Re: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

The place was nuts with lines to the cash register.
John Davis wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 7:52 am
You couldn’t take them to the register and ask the staff to hold them for you? [scratch.gif]

JD
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?
Replies: 13
Views: 725

Re: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?

We rented an apartment just a block off the Champ des Mars that it sits on. We went to a local market bought some rose', cheese, meat & bread and had a terrific picnic on the Champ looking back to the tower from 100 yards away, sans all the people. Rue Cler street market is very nearby and a fun pla...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2870

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

Most of the time for me, I'm only drinking a high value btl I own from a producer I love and know the experience should be outstanding from previous experiences. That's what would make selling my Rousseaus very tough. For me, no other Burgs I've tasted have exceeded Rousseau's versions of their vari...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2870

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

The btls I sold were likely just fine. When I bought them they had already sat on the retailers shelves for 5 plus years in a retail setting. I had drank a companion of one of them and it was perfect. I just tend to buy stuff like that the moment it hits the retailer so I can know for dead sure the ...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 2136

How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

Yesterday I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste for $125 each because I don't like to carry btls around the store while I shop. The '05 Rinaldi was my first stop in the door and I quickly learnt that there were just the 3 left I wanted to buy. Its my habit to ...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2870

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

Alan, Are you saying you don't plan to sell the $10,000 btls but you also haven't found the moment to justify opening them and may never open them? Not taking issue, just seeking some clarification on where you stand on those major btls. Thanks Craig Hard to drink magnums of 90, 99, and 05 La Tâche ...
by craig v
March 23rd, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2870

Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

I'm facing a happy quandary again. Over 1/2 of my cellar is Burgundy with a decent amount from producers like; Rousseau & Mugnier acquired a decade ago very reasonably on release. I sold off some DRC 10yrs and sort of regret it. I can rationalize selling those because the 3 or 4 btls I sold were acq...
by craig v
March 23rd, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: your consumption by grape
Replies: 8
Views: 466

your consumption by grape

Here are my top 10 grapes I drink from CT over the past 10yrs or so since recording. Chardonnay 838 btls 28% Always has been my favorite. Especially from Chablis. Pinot Noir 653 22% Mostly Burgundy / Especially Gevrey Chambertin Champ blend 456 15% I'm a fan of sub $40 French, Taittinger Comte & Roe...
by craig v
February 10th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 or 2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Replies: 13
Views: 904

Re: 2016 or 2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

Certainly the village Rousseau, which is the only Rousseau I could still afford at the time. I also bought some 12 & 14 Rousseau village but nothing from them since. Rousseau is my hands down favorite red Burg producer. I'm just completely priced out now. I also bought 10s from Gaunoux, J&L Trapet, ...
by craig v
February 10th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which grape do you struggle most to pair with the food you eat?
Replies: 17
Views: 847

Which grape do you struggle most to pair with the food you eat?

This depends a lot on what you also like to eat most. We tend to eat red meat only once or twice a week so big reds like Cabs and especially syrahs don't fit a lot of our dishes. We eat more seafood and poultry. My toughest grape to pair with the food we eat is syrah. We almost never eat anything wi...
by craig v
February 10th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 or 2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Replies: 13
Views: 904

Re: 2016 or 2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

I can't remember a vintage that has turned out better than 2010 for red Burgundy but I've only been buying red Burgs since the 1999 vintage. I'm still eager to backfill 2010s if from a producer I love and not overpriced.
by craig v
February 10th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Consigners, Inc. -Anyone used them recently?
Replies: 1
Views: 329

Wine Consigners, Inc. -Anyone used them recently?

Wine Consigners, Inc. Anyone used this place in 2018 or this year? Has some interesting stuff but no address and no info about who owns it.
by craig v
November 23rd, 2018, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most compact way to store wine under the stairs
Replies: 24
Views: 1437

Re: most compact way to store wine under the stairs

Thanks again for the suggestion! I dove in and bought 200 to start and will go back for more once I see how they fit and how many more I need. Anything I should now about installing is welcome. Cheers Craig I bought the Nook system at Wine Racks of America for short term storage of wine in our vacat...
by craig v
November 23rd, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most compact way to store wine under the stairs
Replies: 24
Views: 1437

Re: most compact way to store wine under the stairs

Most of my wine is offsite or in temp controlled cabinets. This is just my stuff for early drinking and some stuff that will end up in my cabinets within six months of receipt. Anything delicate recently acquired stuff like already older highend btls go right into the cabinets or offsite. I agree th...
by craig v
November 23rd, 2018, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most compact way to store wine under the stairs
Replies: 24
Views: 1437

Re: most compact way to store wine under the stairs

Yea, this is very cool and likely the prefect solution for all my concerns. The cost will be significant for me and I'm weighing it but I love the product.
Robert Grenley wrote:
November 21st, 2018, 1:51 pm
Nook...elegant fix but expensive:
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by craig v
November 23rd, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most compact way to store wine under the stairs
Replies: 24
Views: 1437

Re: most compact way to store wine under the stairs

Thanks, very clever but not sure I have the skill set to get everything square and sturdy :) But, its a great idea and I like the glue idea for the boxes. Might do that for an interim improvement. B11ECD4B-7E44-4CB5-884D-2FF12C22DF7D.jpeg Pine ledger boards screwed to studs. Pine boards on top as sh...
by craig v
November 20th, 2018, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most compact way to store wine under the stairs
Replies: 24
Views: 1437

most compact way to store wine under the stairs

I have a couple hundred btls stored short term ( up to 3 years) under the stairs leading to my lower level. Many are for short term consumption and under $40 btls. My higher end / longer aging stuff goes in my temp controlled cabinet and offsite storage. The most delicate and / or valuable stuff goe...
by craig v
November 17th, 2018, 2:34 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th
Replies: 46
Views: 2254

Re: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th

I booked my flights and this is my updated intinerary. I've decided to focus on the major cities I'm interested in plus Toledo. We plan to travel by train & bus. Not car due to parking and city hassles. Plus we like trains. The only other thing I'm thinking about is taking a train or a bus from Madr...
by craig v
October 15th, 2018, 11:48 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?
Replies: 19
Views: 1008

Re: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?

George, this little village Villefranche-sur-Mer is gorgeous and might not break the bank. We stayed at a small hotel on the ocean for 120E a night but, if I went back I'd find a VRBO place to rent. I don't care how fancy a hotel is. No way, you can't beat renting a villa and the extra room for a fa...
by craig v
October 13th, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th
Replies: 46
Views: 2254

Re: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th

Nola, that's good to know about your village as otherwise your village certainly is our wheelhouse for charm and low key authenticity. Does a train or bus stop there? Plus it would be fun to meetup for dinner. I'm going to try to avoid cars if possible. They're a total pain in in place with more tha...
by craig v
October 12th, 2018, 4:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th
Replies: 46
Views: 2254

Re: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th

Its looks gorgeous and, right up my alley but, not sure my wife could handle the steep uneven, rough terrain. She's about 50% debilitated from slow progressive MS that was diagnosed 10 years ago. She's a slow walker with balance issues and can at most walk 1/2 mile before needing a break on smooth c...
by craig v
October 10th, 2018, 4:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th
Replies: 46
Views: 2254

Re: best cities in Spain

Thanks Paul, I'm now inclined to skip Portugal and focus on Spain. I really don't want to "day trip" anywhere unless the place only has an much value as going to Pizza and seeing the tower. For me you miss all the atmosphere of after 5pm and into the evening. I've heard that Seville & Toledo might b...
by craig v
October 9th, 2018, 11:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th
Replies: 46
Views: 2254

Re: best cities in Spain

I'm back on Spain/Portugal for our 40th anni trip this coming Spring. My wife spoke with a girl friend recently and now she's excited about Spain. We want to go sometime between March 15th and the end of April. Please help me debug my itinerary... Thinking..... 2 days in Barcelona, 2 days in Madrid,...
by craig v
September 14th, 2018, 3:59 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virgin Islands in January?
Replies: 20
Views: 820

Re: Virgin Islands in January?

I'm also kinda of looking at Maui or Kuai again since the airfares might be somewhat better.
by craig v
September 14th, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virgin Islands in January?
Replies: 20
Views: 820

Re: Virgin Islands in January?

I'd do that in a heartbeat but so far my wife has is low down her list. Its the 40th so I'm trying let her lead on the destination she prefers vs my top choice. But yes, I'm eager to go there. Wish she was too.
Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
September 12th, 2018, 4:58 am
What about Portugal or Spain?
by craig v
September 14th, 2018, 3:55 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virgin Islands in January?
Replies: 20
Views: 820

Re: Virgin Islands in January?

Looks awesome but I'm a renter guy when I'm staying more than a couple nights and like the extra room and privacy. Plus my wife prefers cooking to eating out.
mike pobega wrote:
September 12th, 2018, 2:30 pm
Peter Island. You're welcome.

https://peterisland.com/
by craig v
September 14th, 2018, 3:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virgin Islands in January?
Replies: 20
Views: 820

Re: Virgin Islands in January?

Minneapolis to STT and back for a 7 night stay in mid late Jan to end of Feb timeframe. I have no business points and I am connection adverse id more than one stop. Craig - Where are you trying to fly into? I am seeing as low as $377 to STT on ITA, but it varies a bit depending on what your dates an...
by craig v
September 11th, 2018, 2:58 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tuscany Late November
Replies: 15
Views: 974

Re: Tuscany Late November

We were in floerance, lucca and Umbria around Halloween and early November in 2016 and loved the weather. Lucca saw light rain and it added to the atmosphere at night. I don't want hot summer sun and liked the lighter crowds. Had plenty of sun anyhow though. Thinking about taking my wife to Tuscany ...
by craig v
September 11th, 2018, 2:43 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virgin Islands in January?
Replies: 20
Views: 820

Re: Virgin Islands in January?

I don't pay much attention to the hurricane events as I don't live anywhere near those areas and national TV coverage is so 24/7 over the top that I lose track of where they happened. Good to know about VI damage issue. The other thing I'm running into is $800 plus airfares from Minneapolis to there...
by craig v
September 11th, 2018, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mixed TNs: Mortet, Produttori, Lignier
Replies: 20
Views: 1130

Re: Mixed TNs: Mortet, Produttori, Lignier

I've had the 2015 Mortet and loved its purity and balance. Far and away best 2015 for me so far. I'd love to try the 2014 or a 2010 Some weekend wines: 2014 Domaine Denis Mortet, Gevrey-Chambertin, Mes Cinq Terroirs Mortet is a bit of a Dangerfield Burg to me. The house is never top of mind for me, ...
by craig v
September 3rd, 2018, 3:02 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virgin Islands in January?
Replies: 20
Views: 820

Re: Virgin Islands in January?

Super interesting idea but... I get really queasy when I can't see land while in boat and the seas are even remotely choppy. The BVI is known for its sailing trips. Have you looked into chartering a boat and doing some island hopping? Lots to see and do on the different islands. Just a thought. We u...
by craig v
September 3rd, 2018, 2:10 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virgin Islands in January?
Replies: 20
Views: 820

Virgin Islands in January?

Working on various options for our 40th and my wife expressed and interest in Kauai. I'm not thrilled with the super long flights from MN to Hawaii so I'm exploring other beautiful destinations. Prefer mid January because MN sucks that time of year but possibly as late as Feb if there is much diff i...

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