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by Michael O'Brien
April 18th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Austin, TX: any can't miss restaurants?
Replies: 87
Views: 5232

Re: Austin, TX: any can't miss restaurants?

I would add June's to the list. http://junesallday.com/
by Michael O'Brien
April 1st, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2153

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

My two favorites are:
Ornellaia Poggio alle Gazze
Antinori Cervaro Della Sala
by Michael O'Brien
March 30th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10749
Views: 477472

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2003 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano
2006 Gosset Champagne Brut Grand Millésime
2013 Fattoria Le Pupille (Elisabetta Geppetti) Morellino di Scansano Riserva Poggio Valente
2009 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial
by Michael O'Brien
March 27th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine
Replies: 27
Views: 1117

Re: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine

I use this tool and it works very well.
by Michael O'Brien
March 20th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments
Replies: 48
Views: 1411

Re: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments

I confirm the price of each bottle with the winery if I can and I use that information. I do not include shipping or taxes.
by Michael O'Brien
March 18th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses
Replies: 56
Views: 1914

Re: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses

I have one of these: https://www.mieleusa.com/domestic/1690. ... 019062-ZST. The pH of our water is 6.0 so we are not dealing with hard/mineral laden water. Works beautifully.
by Michael O'Brien
March 17th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Millennials and Wine
Replies: 30
Views: 5319

Re: Millennials and Wine

I agree Jay. The marketing is heading that way. There are a lot of articles published about marketing wine to millennials. In the long haul, marketing won't be enough. Millennials will figure out when the message is not borne out by the product.
by Michael O'Brien
March 17th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Millennials and Wine
Replies: 30
Views: 5319

Re: Millennials and Wine

My Millennial sent me a text yesterday to ask me if I have had biodynamic/natural wine. She said it is all the rage with Millennials. She lives in Millennial heaven -- Austin, TX. It is clear that neither she nor most of her friends know what either biodynamic or natural wines are. She mentioned And...
by Michael O'Brien
March 12th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Egypt
Replies: 17
Views: 412

Re: Egypt

One thing to do is to take a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Nile and the valleys. Incredible to see. There are several operators.
by Michael O'Brien
March 11th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 29
Views: 1116

Re: Tuscany

I contacted Biserno. They are doing their tastings at Relais il Biserno. For those that are interested, this is what they offer. Looks like they have learned a lesson or two from Napa and gone high end. I am finding that they are not alone in Tuscany when it comes to charging a hefty tasting fee. To...
by Michael O'Brien
March 10th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 29
Views: 1116

Re: Tuscany

Any one tasted or planned tastings at wineries in Bolgheri that I should visit? Hi, Michael as with all things, it depends what you like. My personal highlight last week was a visit with Michela at Grattamacco. Full transparency, I've been a fan of Piermario for decades, and simply had to see where...
by Michael O'Brien
March 7th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 29
Views: 1116

Re: Tuscany

Any one tasted or planned tastings at wineries in Bolgheri that I should visit?
by Michael O'Brien
March 4th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Argentina Wines to Try Before You Die
Replies: 35
Views: 1855

Re: Argentina Wines to Try Before You Die

I would add Carinae, Gimenez Riili, Corazon del Sol, La Azul, and Diamandes to the list. Big +1 to La Azul, especially if you can do their lunch tasting. That was easily one of my favorite visits My wife and I did have the opportunity to finish a day of tasting at La Azul for lunch. It was a fantas...
by Michael O'Brien
March 4th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Shafer Has Passed Away
Replies: 12
Views: 1417

Re: John Shafer Has Passed Away

I too had the opportunity to meet him just a few years ago. The stars aligned and he, Doug, and Elias all visited us while we were tasting at the winery. Gentlemen all.
by Michael O'Brien
March 4th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wine Shop Recommendations - International
Replies: 14
Views: 458

Re: Wine Shop Recommendations - International

It certainly isn't a big city wine shop but Etablissements Martin in St. Emilion has an amazing inventory of french wines at all price points of old and new vintages. Unfortunately, there inventory is not online. I am not certain they even know everything they have. Provenance is outstanding too. Th...
by Michael O'Brien
March 3rd, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flight Itinerary Question- Second Leg
Replies: 13
Views: 445

Re: Flight Itinerary Question- Second Leg

Assuming you are alright with violating your airlines contract of carriage, there are considerations. That said, it is not illegal but it can have consequences. Do it at your own risk. https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/hidden-city-ticketing-consequences There are risks with hidden-city ti...
by Michael O'Brien
March 2nd, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 49
Views: 2163

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

We cruise. We love to cruise. Some ports are getting overrun with tourists and some are addressing the problem. It is their problem to address. Many ports are gateways to inland cities. Many cruise ships overnight in some ports providing an opportunity for tourists to visit inland cities and sites. ...
by Michael O'Brien
February 27th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Argentina Wines to Try Before You Die
Replies: 35
Views: 1855

Re: Argentina Wines to Try Before You Die

I would add Carinae, Gimenez Riili, Corazon del Sol, La Azul, and Diamandes to the list. Bodega Noemia from Patagonia was mentioned and personally I like their J. Alberto and the Bodega Noemia Noemia best. The A Lisa is a good effort at a lower price point. But Don C posted about visiting Mendoza an...
by Michael O'Brien
February 24th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 466
Views: 26071

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

I have it but never used it . Flew home today with wife and daughter into JFK. They don’t have Global Emtry . My wife used the mobile passport app for all of us and it worked out well for us . That's odd. JKF is an enrollment center and according to CBP they have Global Entry at least at terminal 4...
by Michael O'Brien
February 23rd, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 466
Views: 26071

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

I have it but never used it . Flew home today with wife and daughter into JFK. They don’t have Global Emtry . My wife used the mobile passport app for all of us and it worked out well for us . That's odd. JFK is an enrollment center and according to CBP they have Global Entry at least at terminal 4...
by Michael O'Brien
February 22nd, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 1696

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

Tannat
by Michael O'Brien
February 16th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: SOLD OUT: JEAN EDWARDS CELLARS
Replies: 75
Views: 2777

Re: SOLD OUT: JEAN EDWARDS CELLARS

My shipment arrived safely. Your communication was outstanding. FedEx on the other had was confusing. First scheduled for a Monday then rescheduled for an earlier delivery on Friday. Not delivered on Friday. Checked tracking and showed pending with no delivery date. Finally delivered on Tuesday one ...
by Michael O'Brien
February 16th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Campesino Cellars Rhône All Day (Offer good till 1/31/19)
Replies: 32
Views: 1053

Re: Campesino Cellars Rhône All Day (Offer good till 1/31/19)

Isa and Alina arrived yesterday. Thanks. I am looking forward to trying both for the first time. I am partial to Rhone varieties and for my palate grenache makes the best rosé.
by Michael O'Brien
February 16th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 58
Views: 4222

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

So far so good for me. For the last several years I have been traveling with a VinGardeValise wine suitcase, sometimes two.
by Michael O'Brien
February 14th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals
Replies: 20
Views: 1109

Re: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals

I just received my shipment yesterday. I was lucky to be home to receive it because with LSO, I get no tracking information. Letting them rest and then will refer to the CT notes to see what I should open first.
by Michael O'Brien
February 12th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Winery tour in Bordeaux
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: Winery tour in Bordeaux

My bad. Didn't know how the PM system worked. My brain was stuck in Outlook mode.
by Michael O'Brien
February 12th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Winery tour in Bordeaux
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: Winery tour in Bordeaux

Planning a 2-3 day tour in Bordeaux in early April with my wife. Are there any good winery tour programs that you recommend? I did one in Burgundy about 5 years ago and I think I got ripped off--the tour guide took us to 3rd tier domaines. Paul, I tried to PM you last night but the message is still...
by Michael O'Brien
February 12th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Trip to Spain.....Need help!
Replies: 36
Views: 1698

Re: Trip to Spain.....Need help!

The closest we are getting to Bodega Dominio Buenavista is the cruise ship port at Malaga and in mid-December no less. Well bummer, we are an excursion destination for a couple of cruise ships that come into Almeria, but it’s a little far for Malaga. I checked the map. We would spend all day going ...
by Michael O'Brien
February 11th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Solo trip ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Re: Solo trip ideas

I see recommendations for some very far off places which we love as well. But with only a week, spending two of those days traveling to and from is something we never do. Asia, Africa, the South Pacific, Europe are all trips worthy of two weeks or longer.
by Michael O'Brien
February 11th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Solo trip ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Re: Solo trip ideas

It would help all of us if we knew where you were located. Just put your city/state/ our country in the Location section of your profile. Your location provides a point of reference for all of us. I see a few more people in this thread that might benefit from doing the same thing. We live in Texas s...
by Michael O'Brien
February 11th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Trip to Spain.....Need help!
Replies: 36
Views: 1698

Re: Trip to Spain.....Need help!

The closest we are getting to Bodega Dominio Buenavista is the cruise ship port at Malaga and in mid-December no less.
by Michael O'Brien
January 28th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!
Replies: 55
Views: 3148

Re: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!

I bow to your superiority Dave. You are indeed "THE MAN"!
by Michael O'Brien
January 27th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Campesino Cellars Rhône All Day (Offer good till 1/31/19)
Replies: 32
Views: 1053

Re: Campesino Cellars Rhône All Day

Had me worried. I am glad you are that busy. Looking forward to trying the wine.
by Michael O'Brien
January 27th, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Campesino Cellars Rhône All Day (Offer good till 1/31/19)
Replies: 32
Views: 1053

Re: Campesino Cellars Rhône All Day

I received only one of two invoices so far. I hope the Alina order went through.
by Michael O'Brien
January 27th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Maison Harbour Burgundy Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Replies: 14
Views: 1284

Re: Maison Harbour Burgundy Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Got mine. Hurry up and order. It is getting late in France and Nicolas wants to go to sleep.
by Michael O'Brien
January 27th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Campesino Cellars Rhône All Day (Offer good till 1/31/19)
Replies: 32
Views: 1053

Re: Campesino Cellars Rhône All Day

Just in time, I got the last case of Isa. Whew! Also picked up a case of Alina. Great wines. Great prices.
by Michael O'Brien
January 26th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: SOLD OUT: JEAN EDWARDS CELLARS
Replies: 75
Views: 2777

Re: JEAN EDWARDS CELLARS - ROULETTE - SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?

There might be one less Stagecoach Cab 3 pack. I just got one.

It would have been easier if I had remembered to order the Sauvignon Blanc when I was ordered the Pritchard. Had to go back and fill in all the blanks again. Don't be like me. Order everything at one time. [drinkers.gif]
by Michael O'Brien
January 26th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals
Replies: 20
Views: 1109

Re: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals

Never had any wines from West of Temperance before and I am a big fan of Italian varieties in particular. It seemed that the only way to get a good sampling was the Il Mostro! The Monster!
by Michael O'Brien
January 25th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?
Replies: 33
Views: 1735

Re: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?

My youngest daughter does not dwell on this board but when she was 16, I made the mistake of introducing her to my Le Nez du Vin master kit. It was clear early on that she has a "nose" for wine. Then I introduced her to blind tasting and my budget has been under pressure ever since. She is 26 now an...
by Michael O'Brien
January 22nd, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon pinot vintage update?
Replies: 69
Views: 3645

Re: Oregon pinot vintage update?

I completely disagree with Wine Spectator's vintage scores. The '07 and '11 are my favorite vintages. '07 was a crazy weather vintage but it finished cool and producers that sorted enough produced some excellent wine. '11 was another crazy year. I guess I just like wines from crazy weather years bu...

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