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by T. Altmayer
June 13th, 2019, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 35
Views: 3153

Re: Marcassin

I’ve been treated rudely by more than one winery and they have lost my business (Araujo when they were at their pinnacle comes to mind). Not defending Marcassin in particular as I have no dog in this fight, just seems a bit harsh given the appearance of it being a simple mistake, but we all have our...
by T. Altmayer
June 13th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 35
Views: 3153

Re: Marcassin

It's probably a lot easier for the local folks. But I ordered from them last year to ship to Texas. They had me call and get shipping rates. I wrote a check and mailed it in. Then they said the amount was too much, they voided my check and they transferred the wine to Wine Country shipping. So then...
by T. Altmayer
June 13th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 35
Views: 3153

Re: Marcassin

Is this wine worth the pain of dealing with them? I passed on an allocation last year because of the pain of ordering/payment/shipping. I'm wondering if that was the correct path. I don't get it, what is the "pain of dealing with them"? Other than not knowing when the next offering will come out, I...
by T. Altmayer
June 5th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 554
Views: 25892

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

When doing a temp check on a Brisket, where do you probe, the point or the flat? If you want 195 degrees, big difference between the flat and the rest of the brisket. Last time, I felt like the flat was overdone.
by T. Altmayer
June 4th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 655
Views: 38143

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

For my son's graduation, we opened an 05 Dom Rose. The aromatics on the Dom Rose are one of the reasons I continue to buy and this one was no different. Surprisingly, the wine was fairly open for business, although we did let it sit in the bottle for a while after opening. Gorgeous color and great f...
by T. Altmayer
June 4th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 230
Views: 11081

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

I absolutely love the shape and feel of the 1855. They are so thin, however, and I've already had one break. I no longer put those in the dish drawer and will wash by hand. I think they are great for Bordeaux, Cab, Syrah, California Chardonnay and California Pinot.
by T. Altmayer
June 3rd, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn release
Replies: 20
Views: 3208

Re: Next of Kyn release

I had to give it up this year. Really like the wine, but hard to justify SQN, Third Twin and NOK.
by T. Altmayer
May 29th, 2019, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR
Replies: 56
Views: 3877

Re: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR

QPR Napa cabs are difficult to find, but not impossible. 2015 Picayune Cab for $30 from Envoyer was lovely tonight, a wine that I would buy at $50.
by T. Altmayer
May 29th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Pairing for Peking Duck
Replies: 58
Views: 2228

Re: Best Pairing for Peking Duck

I've supported this lonely position - that there are objective standards of quality which go along with the subjective - in many a thread on this board, and realize it is not a popular one. But I believe in it strongly enough that I will continue to state it, even if I'm alone in its support. you a...
by T. Altmayer
May 8th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3075

Re: What's your house champagne?

Billecart Salmon Rose or Ruinart BdB. My wife doesn’t love sparklers so when we do open one, its a little nice than a “house” wine
by T. Altmayer
May 1st, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Recommendations - St Emilion
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: Restaurant Recommendations - St Emilion

A couple of years ago, we had lunch here and it was wonderful: https://www.logisdelacadene.fr/restaurant/
by T. Altmayer
April 29th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 307
Views: 25213

Re: Your Gin?

Just had some great small batch gin in London called Little Bird. Botanicals include grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Made a wonderfully refreshing G&T with Fever Tree Mediterranean and a slice of grapefruit.
by T. Altmayer
April 15th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PIZZA RUSTICA
Replies: 1
Views: 271

Re: PIZZA RUSTICA

Looks pretty authentic, have it every year on the Saturday of Easter. And yes, you will need a bit of a salad or vegetables to with it. :)
by T. Altmayer
April 1st, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Consistently superb: Flannery
Replies: 58
Views: 2278

Re: Consistently superb: Flannery

cjsavino wrote:
April 1st, 2019, 2:42 pm
Flannery Fools day sales, 30% off Ca reserve strips, KC strips, and T bones
Picked up some T-bones, they are my son's favorite and they don't seem to go on sale that often.
by T. Altmayer
March 31st, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?
Replies: 93
Views: 3738

Re: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?

05 Savigny's have been very nice, especially Bize and Pavelot.
by T. Altmayer
March 20th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Advice re Normandy and Brittany
Replies: 68
Views: 4618

Re: Advice re Normandy and Brittany

Thanks Andrew, I forgot about your amazing thread. Now I've got more reading to do on Paris links.
by T. Altmayer
March 20th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Advice re Normandy and Brittany
Replies: 68
Views: 4618

Re: Advice re Normandy and Brittany

Thanks Mark!
by T. Altmayer
March 19th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Advice re Normandy and Brittany
Replies: 68
Views: 4618

Re: Advice re Normandy and Brittany

Anyone have any advice about staying in Normandy. We were going to take the train and stay (maybe Honfleur), but it looks like we would need to rent a car out there just to get around after our tour. Any thoughts.
by T. Altmayer
March 15th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you not buy today?
Replies: 70
Views: 3060

Re: What wine did you not buy today?

Vins Rare had a nice offering of 2008 Champagnes and I had to use two hands to hit the delete button rather than go directly to the site for a purchase.
by T. Altmayer
March 14th, 2019, 9:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 307
Views: 25213

Re: Your Gin?

Current favorites are Plymouth (so classic), Botanist (classic but with a slight twist) and Silent Pool (Botanist, even more so).
by T. Altmayer
March 13th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heeee's Back - Gary V.
Replies: 32
Views: 2153

Re: Heeee's Back - Gary V.

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At least he's not wearing his lame hipster hat.
by T. Altmayer
March 6th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 7704

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

Spottswoode used to make a lovely SB, but haven’t had it in a while. Don’t mind a full-bodied SB, but unfotunately I’ve found too many from Napa have a bit of heat to them.
by T. Altmayer
February 25th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Replies: 180
Views: 8459

Re: TN: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

Opened one last night and this was exceptional. Great nose and the palate really blossomed after a half hour or so. This was significantly better than my last bottle over the holidays which seemed closed. I've got a 2000 lined up for my son's high school graduation in a few months. I think the 00 ha...
by T. Altmayer
February 25th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11951

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I've been on the futures list for about 12 years now and buy only the Monte Bello.
by T. Altmayer
February 15th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anybody buying the latest Blankiet release ?
Replies: 11
Views: 593

Re: Anybody buying the latest Blankiet release ?

Under Graeme, they are making really nice wines. Went to a tasting there somewhat recently. This offering is a bit more than I’m comfortable with (just bought one bottle), but their Prince of Hearts line is also very good.
by T. Altmayer
February 13th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4495

Re: Rhys offer

Frank Murray III wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Fwiw, my perspective on these from tasting the last year.
You’re killing me. I’m trying to show restraint with my budget. Two kids in college are killing me.
by T. Altmayer
February 13th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anybody buy Pride Wines anymore?
Replies: 37
Views: 1854

Re: Does anybody buy Pride Wines anymore?

My brother in law is on their list and I always enjoy when he serves it, especially their whites and the cab franc.
by T. Altmayer
February 13th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still read Wine Spectator?
Replies: 41
Views: 1624

Re: Do you still read Wine Spectator?

I will browse an issue occasionally when I stop into my local library for some coffee. My recollection is that WS doesn't taste wines blindly, at least in Laube's case. According to their website, WS has always tasted their wines blind, including Laube. I get the magazine for free and will peruse i...
by T. Altmayer
February 13th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.
Replies: 23
Views: 2215

Re: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.

I've had many Monte Bello vintages upon release at their tasting room. They have all been enjoyable. These wines will absolutely evolve and develop tertiary characteristics and become more nuanced, but they are still fine wines when they are young.
by T. Altmayer
February 12th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3556

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

Customer service can take many forms and I have to echo Tom that Tablas Creek is one of the best. It’s not “free stuff”, its the attention to detail from tasting notes/vintage advice, their newsletters and, yes, some occasional free stuff. They treat you well and produce a great product for a very ...
by T. Altmayer
February 12th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3556

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

Customer service can take many forms and I have to echo Tom that Tablas Creek is one of the best. It’s not “free stuff”, its the attention to detail from tasting notes/vintage advice, their newsletters and, yes, some occasional free stuff. They treat you well and produce a great product for a very r...
by T. Altmayer
February 12th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4495

Re: Rhys offer

Anton D wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 9:14 am
Robert M yers wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 8:56 am
Added this cycle but prices are now beyond my comfort zone. I understand the premium for diehard fans, but there is a lot of great wine out there for me to go down this path at this point in my journey.
I am in the same boat as both Roberts.
Me too
by T. Altmayer
February 7th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Graciano
Replies: 68
Views: 6844

Re: SQN Graciano

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by T. Altmayer
February 7th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Third Twin
Replies: 78
Views: 6902

Re: The Third Twin

B. Buzzini wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 9:58 am
FWIW...those listing this wine in CT...it should be listed as The Third Twin Graciano The Third Twin Vineyard and not Sine Qua Non Graciano The Third Twin . It's not a SQN wine, it's a separate winery like the NoK.
Good call, I switched mine over.
by T. Altmayer
February 7th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Third Twin
Replies: 78
Views: 6902

Re: The Third Twin

How long until we see a four pak on WineBid? Receiving mine today, should be fun to see what the packaging looks like and open a bottle. Any thoughts on whether these will drink well young?
by T. Altmayer
February 4th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem 2019 Offering
Replies: 20
Views: 1602

Re: Williams Selyem 2019 Offering

Tasted an 08 RRV this weekend and it was lovely. Had gotten off this list a number of years ago, but decided to get back on.
by T. Altmayer
January 31st, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11513

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

I'm not a Millennial, but I'm buying less expensive wine than a few years ago. The wine industry benefited for years from rising prices, but at some point there is a breaking point, even for those who can afford it. It is rare that I am making multi bottle purchase for expensive wines. I'm definitel...
by T. Altmayer
January 29th, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 2092

Re: APL Los Angeles

Sorry I didn’t see this earlier, but add me to the waitlist. Just PM me if things change.
by T. Altmayer
January 22nd, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What ESJ-like Berserkers Days Syrah Should I Buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1375

Re: What ESJ-like Berserkers Days Syrah Should I Buy?

mark rudner wrote:
January 22nd, 2019, 2:55 pm
he said esj-like
Ahh. I like Lagier Meredith quite a bit and certainly close to the ESJ style.
by T. Altmayer
January 22nd, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What ESJ-like Berserkers Days Syrah Should I Buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1375

Re: What ESJ-like Berserkers Days Syrah Should I Buy?

I don't remember them participating in the past, are they a part of the offering this year?
by T. Altmayer
January 22nd, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago, are you ready for a Cider Bar with 100 choices?
Replies: 23
Views: 1076

Re: Chicago, are you ready for a Cider Bar with 100 choices?

I miss Roberto's posts. Anyone know what happened to him?
by T. Altmayer
January 18th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 185
Views: 10823

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

Depending on price, I'm definitely going to try the 1855, looks beautiful and I've had great experiences buying from Chris in the past.
by T. Altmayer
January 16th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Camille (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Re: TN: 2016 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Camille (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

I agree with you Buzz, I drink Cru Beaujolais a lot now. The price is obviously attractive, but the wines can be really beautiful. Perfect with a roasted chicken, fish, even a salad.
by T. Altmayer
January 15th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PAPRIKA HENDL
Replies: 6
Views: 302

Re: PAPRIKA HENDL

Looks similar to the Paprikash my grandmother used to make I still make occasionally. Nice work.
by T. Altmayer
January 14th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 185
Views: 10823

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

Any one know the price on the 1855, I didn't see it on the website.
by T. Altmayer
January 9th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10505
Views: 343762

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Arnot Roberts Gamay. Much prefer their Trousseau. Also prefer the Walter Scott Gamay as this was a bit more forward and acidic than I had hoped.
by T. Altmayer
January 9th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Second-Favorite Wine with Scallops
Replies: 50
Views: 1500

Re: Your Second-Favorite Wine with Scallops

Northern Rhone Blanc goes great with seared scallops
by T. Altmayer
January 9th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brewery Wine List: Come At Me Dog
Replies: 16
Views: 918

Re: Brewery Wine List: Come At Me Dog

Where is this?
by T. Altmayer
January 7th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 28
Views: 1652

Re: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

I had the Donjon the other night to see if I wanted to order more. It was definitely on the ripe side for my tastes and I'm hoping it will mellow over the next decade. Not buying more than the 5 I have left.
by T. Altmayer
January 7th, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1500
Views: 74315

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 9:04 pm
[wow.gif] [wow.gif] When did Dom pricing do that?!!? [wow.gif] [wow.gif]
My guess is that price will come down, distributors are playing on those people who panic or want to be the first to own/taste it.

At least that is what I'm hoping. [berserker.gif]

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