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by Michael O'Brien
January 25th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: The Wine Check
Replies: 31
Views: 1246

Re: The Wine Check

You should be fine Sean. I never had an issue with a Wine Check other than my physical limitations. The Wine Check does weigh a lot less than the Vingarde. My 12 bottle Vingarde weighs 13.5lbs and my 8 bottle Vingarde weighs 11.5lbs. If you carry 12 bottles and want to stay under the 50lb economy ch...
by Michael O'Brien
January 24th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: The Wine Check
Replies: 31
Views: 1246

Re: The Wine Check

Fly business class and you won't have a problem with weight. champagne.gif Those monster BdM riserva bottles, bottles from Mendoza, Champagne bottles, and probably a few others can easily get you over 50lbs. If you use a Vingardevalise, you will have less leeway because it weighs more than the Wine ...
by Michael O'Brien
January 24th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: SchöneTal Cellars (McMinnville, OR) - BD11
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: SchöneTal Cellars (McMinnville, OR) - BD11

You got me at Pommard, my favorite clone. Glad you are here.
by Michael O'Brien
January 22nd, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 31
Views: 869

Re: Costa Rica Questions

The southern Pacific coast and Osa Peninsula receive the most rain during the rainy season. The rainiest months tend to be September and October but the season is May to November. The further south you go, the more likely you are to have washed out roads, giant potholes, washouts, landslides, and lo...
by Michael O'Brien
January 18th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?
Replies: 53
Views: 1839

Re: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?

1989 Chateau Latour or 1946 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Selección
by Michael O'Brien
January 16th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much wine did you consume in 2019?
Replies: 46
Views: 1824

Re: How much wine did you consume in 2019?

Open and shared 276 bottles, 6 of which were 1.5l. Ten were 500ml or less - dessert wines. Many went to offlines or were consumed at small group dinners at our house.
by Michael O'Brien
January 16th, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Redondo Beach 19 - 26 February
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: Redondo Beach 19 - 26 February

Thanks ryan and scamhi. We don't know LA so every little bit helps.
by Michael O'Brien
January 15th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Redondo Beach 19 - 26 February
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Redondo Beach 19 - 26 February

My wife and I are headed to LA to visit some relatives. We arrive on Wednesday 19 February and depart on Wednesday 26 February. If there is a chance of an offline somewhere that two geographically challenged people can find, we would love to know about it. We are staying in an Airbnb in Redondo Beac...
by Michael O'Brien
January 15th, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 31
Views: 869

Re: Costa Rica Questions

For me, seems like too much road time in the middle. You are driving every other day. Also no flexibility. What if it’s pouring or someone isn’t feeling well the only full day you have for Manuel Anontio? Barry is correct but then maybe you are the kind of people that love to spend hours on winding...
by Michael O'Brien
January 14th, 2020, 10:44 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 31
Views: 869

Re: Costa Rica Questions

Thank you, again! Both of your input is extremely helpful! I think we've got a plan. Our 50-year-old house has had numerous issues which is cutting our travel budget severely. But we really need a get-away-from-it-all kind of vacation. So here's what we have so far. We'll fill in with activities on...
by Michael O'Brien
January 14th, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 31
Views: 869

Re: Costa Rica Questions

I was staying at the Tabacon resort; I’d find eating at the springs a turnoff as well. Staying at the resort gave access to a more private secluded adults only area, I found it paradisical. But the buffet looked meh. I’m interested in trying Baldi. I agree with the recommendation of Manuel Antonio ...
by Michael O'Brien
January 13th, 2020, 7:41 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 31
Views: 869

Re: Costa Rica Questions

Michael, is Baldi hot springs as lushly landscaped as Tabacon? Or rather, as full of flowering plants- everyplace is lush up here. We loved Manuel Antonio, the nature was the most impressive of a country filled with impressive nature. This time , we didn’t want the drive or expenses so we did Guana...
by Michael O'Brien
January 13th, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 31
Views: 869

Re: Costa Rica Questions

Thank you all! It sounds like the eastern side is to be avoided... that helps! Flights from LAX to San Jose run about $100-150 cheaper than to Liberia, so we'll probably do that. I think we'll want to do 5-7 nights in the Arenal area, 5-7 nights on a beach, and if we can find fun, good deals 1-2 st...
by Michael O'Brien
January 12th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 31
Views: 869

Re: Costa Rica Questions

Poppy, The first decision you have to make is what part of Costa Rica you want to visit. As you probably know, there are two major airports; one in San Jose (central part of the country) and one in Liberia (Guanacaste northwest part of the country). Make that decision and the rest gets easier. You d...
by Michael O'Brien
January 11th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Pichon Lalande
Replies: 20
Views: 1370

Re: 1982 Pichon Lalande

I agree Kelly. The PL is one of my favorites from 1982 as well for 1989.
by Michael O'Brien
January 11th, 2020, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12583
Views: 606824

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2012 Pol Roger Champagne Brut Rosé
NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Cuvée Rubis
2016 Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle Domaine du Duc de Magenta
2017 Clos Mogador Priorat
2004 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano
by Michael O'Brien
January 11th, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 3040

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

Some of these approaches make a lot of sense especially for those of you still building cellars and buying wine to age. I am well beyond those years. I buy what I want throughout the year but I stop before I reach a preset budget amount even if that means missing a deal or two. My price goal in purc...
by Michael O'Brien
January 8th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass
Replies: 36
Views: 1727

Re: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass

Looks like I stirred a nest of budding scientists with the post. Not unexpected in this forum. It is good and healthy to ponder information and to raise questions. What I know is that Dr. Helen Czerski is far more knowledgeable than I am and has far more resources than I do to study the subject. She...
by Michael O'Brien
January 7th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass
Replies: 36
Views: 1727

A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass

The subject of the right Champagne glasses has been dealt with many times here. I may be late to the party but I just found this video today. https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/video/stop-using-champagne-flutes-%e2%80%94-this-is-the-best-way-to-drink-champagne/vi-BBYva8H. It is convincing and I ...
by Michael O'Brien
January 4th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K & L Auctions
Replies: 27
Views: 2519

Re: K & L Auctions

I used to buy a lot of wine from them until they stopped shipping to Texas.
by Michael O'Brien
January 2nd, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Eurotrip 2019: Exploring the French coastline
Replies: 17
Views: 649

Re: Eurotrip 2019: Exploring the French coastline

Thank you for the great information and photographs. I could never walk 25,000 steps in a day but these beautiful places might give me the incentive to try. My wife and I especially like La Rochelle and Île de Ré. That is most likely because we have friends that live in La Rochelle and on Île de Ré....
by Michael O'Brien
January 2nd, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2690

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

I want to keep my cellar at about its current level. Consumed 276 bottles last year, mostly 750s. Bought 304 bottles so purchases and consumption are fairly close together. I buy mostly old world with some age on them so they are ready or near ready to drink. I am too old to buy and hold for 10+ yea...
by Michael O'Brien
January 1st, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 219
Views: 12267

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

We have had a basic black Moccamater KBT741 with thermal carafe. We love it. When it dies, we will replace it with another one.
by Michael O'Brien
December 31st, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your favorite wine with seared foie gras?
Replies: 36
Views: 1006

Re: What is your favorite wine with seared foie gras?

Off-dry to sweet Gewurztraminer
by Michael O'Brien
December 31st, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar
Replies: 59
Views: 2400

Re: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar

Interesting exercise: Cellar: California Red/White/Rosé - 17.2%. It surprised me that CA was so high but it is because white and rosé make up 35% of my CA wine Champagne - 13.3% Oregon PN and Chardonnay - 13% Burgundy Red and White - 7.8% Bordeaux Red and White - 6.5% Tuscany - 6.3% Rhone North and ...
by Michael O'Brien
December 31st, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 100
Views: 6441

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

Depends on whether or not a 100% tariff is implemented. I buy mostly old world wines. A 100% tariff would shut me down until it is lifted.
by Michael O'Brien
December 30th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hard season in Paris.
Replies: 21
Views: 1741

Re: Hard season in Paris.

We have friends that just returned to France in mid-December. They flew to Paris but live on Île de Ré on the Atlantic coast. About one in every ten trains were running. It took them 28 hours to get home from Paris. Transportation is hit or miss. The strikes are devastating the economy. There is no ...
by Michael O'Brien
December 29th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling advice
Replies: 9
Views: 710

Re: Riesling advice

Austrian is a good alternative as are wines from the Alsace. Austrian is much harder to find in my market than wines from Germany and the Alsace. I have found that the wines from better producers in Germany have plenty of acidity to keep the wine from being cloying. I find this information from Wine...
by Michael O'Brien
December 29th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Planning a trip to Argentina
Replies: 10
Views: 613

Re: Planning a trip to Argentina

Buenos Dias Rich, Fair warning! Be careful what you ask for. Long read ahead. As Dan Hammer wrote, international flights arrive and depart from Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE). Once in Argentina, your flights will most likely originate from and return to Jorge Newbery Airfield (AEP). ...
by Michael O'Brien
December 28th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New Breville Pizzaiolo electric pizza oven looks kinda amazing
Replies: 64
Views: 3906

Re: New Breville Pizzaiolo electric pizza oven looks kinda amazing

We make pizza in our oven. No separate appliance required. We have a Wolf series M oven and a 16.5 lb.Wolf pizza stone made of cordierite. It works amazingly well. Worth every nickel. Sounds great What style of pizza are you making? How hot does the stone get? My Wolf dual-fuel range has a "stone" ...
by Michael O'Brien
December 28th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 100
Views: 6441

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

I am well past Robert A.'s freshly turned 54 so my buying is even more restrictive. Assuming there is no 100% tariff on wine from Europe, my plan is similar to Sarah's. I am buying old world wines with 10 years or more age on them. I do buy some that are younger and less expensive to have as daily d...
by Michael O'Brien
December 25th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New Breville Pizzaiolo electric pizza oven looks kinda amazing
Replies: 64
Views: 3906

Re: New Breville Pizzaiolo electric pizza oven looks kinda amazing

We make pizza in our oven. No separate appliance required. We have a Wolf series M oven and a 16.5 lb.Wolf pizza stone made of cordierite. It works amazingly well. Worth every nickel.
by Michael O'Brien
December 24th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2346

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

Thanks for kicking off this thread. It is very timely for me. I have a very few bottles of 1947 Barolo Riserva I will likely open soon. Most of the rest of the Barolos I have are from the late 90s. This thread is covering the ground I needed covered.
by Michael O'Brien
December 23rd, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12583
Views: 606824

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2016 Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle Domaine du Duc de Magenta 2017 Clos Mogador Priorat 2004 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano 2017 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Saint Véran Red 2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva, Selección Esp...
by Michael O'Brien
December 23rd, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will paying sales tax & higher shipping cost cause you to buy less online?
Replies: 24
Views: 1308

Re: Will paying sales tax & higher shipping cost cause you to buy less online?

I am surprised that some of you don't pay your local and state sales taxes. I have been charged sales taxes for quite a long time. That said, paying sales tax is not a deterrent. I would have to pay them if I bought locally. Shipping costs are also not an issue because I buy wine online that has a t...
by Michael O'Brien
December 19th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Netflix series "Rotten"
Replies: 3
Views: 620

Netflix series "Rotten"

I am making my way through the various episodes of this series and I have been stunned by some of what I learned. In my opinion, it is well worth watching.
by Michael O'Brien
December 19th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What is on the menu for your big holiday dinner?
Replies: 29
Views: 1043

Re: What is on the menu for your big holiday dinner?

Cassoulet made from a kit purchased from D'Artagnan. We love cassoulet and pair it with Cahors or Malbecs from Mendoza. This year we have the good fortune of having it prepared by the mother of a friend who has come all the way from La Rochelle, France to make it for us. A few years ago, she prepare...
by Michael O'Brien
December 5th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 4
Views: 924

Re: TN: 2017 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Thanks Kirk. Mine arrives tomorrow. I haven't touched any for several years. It is good news that this one is approachable young. I need to go back to CT notes on some of the vintages I have to see how they are developing.
by Michael O'Brien
November 21st, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Styro shippers vs Cardboard
Replies: 15
Views: 1579

Re: Styro shippers vs Cardboard

Does anyone take into consideration recyclability and what the customer prefers?
by Michael O'Brien
November 21st, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Chilean wines?
Replies: 35
Views: 1299

Re: Best Chilean wines?

To name a few: Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Montes Folly Syrah Vik 2015 Milla Cala Millahue Red Neyen Espíritu de Apalta Carmenère-Cabernet Sauvignon Concha y Toro Don Melchor Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Rita Casa Real Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon Bodega Volcanes d...
by Michael O'Brien
November 16th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11189
Views: 412298

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

NV Bollinger Special Cuvee and 2014 Corazon del Sol Gran Reserva opened for a dinner.
by Michael O'Brien
November 10th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 495
Views: 31516

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

The extension is automatic. As long as you started the renewal process before the expiration date, you are automatically extended for 6 months. Solves one problem if appointments become available. I renewed online (2nd time) 2 weeks before expiration. It’s been 3+ months since and my online status ...
by Michael O'Brien
November 8th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale
Replies: 21
Views: 1289

Re: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale

Jim and Barbara were salt of the earth people. Those of us who have met them, loved them. But they are gone and son Sheldon is running things now. I didn't get as good of a deal as Otto did. I paid $40 not $35. But I did open one last week and with a little air time, it was very good. I won't hesita...
by Michael O'Brien
November 8th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2665

Re: Shipping companies hates me

I don't have an off-site wine storage facility and I am retired. Home is the place. UPS is the worst for me because if I have to pick it up, their location is 30 miles away. FedEx and LSO (a Texas thing) have local offices.
by Michael O'Brien
October 26th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2262

Re: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards

The most remote wineries we have been to are in Croatia and Slovenia. Most are up in the mountains on narrow winding roads. You have to know where you are going.
by Michael O'Brien
October 26th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Lyon?
Replies: 6
Views: 1815

Re: Lyon?

First of all Geoff, thank you for the detailed post. I copied the information into a document to save for our next trip to Lyon. Lyon is one of my favorite large cities in the world. As for a meal, my wife and I enjoy https://jeremygalvanrestaurant.com/ although it has been a few years since we were...
by Michael O'Brien
October 25th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hawaiian island to visit
Replies: 38
Views: 1963

Re: Hawaiian island to visit

Kauai for us. Tried the rest. Kauai's the best.
by Michael O'Brien
October 24th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1754

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

I find the whole category "Natural" wines confusing. As far as I know, there is no formal definition so I have no clue what "Natural" wine is. Is it anything but a marketing term to attract Millennials to wine? From the reading I have done, there is a wide disparity in the dos and donts of making a...
by Michael O'Brien
October 24th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB: Thomas Pinot Noir, any recent vintage
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: LTB: Thomas Pinot Noir, any recent vintage

You could read the notes on CT to get an idea of what many of us think about Thomas. Someone from the Seattle area will surely contact you. Thomas has his followers. Like all wines, the wine varies based on the type of weather during critical growth phases. It isn't all that difficult to get on his ...
by Michael O'Brien
October 24th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1754

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

I find the whole category "Natural" wines confusing. As far as I know, there is no formal definition so I have no clue what "Natural" wine is. Is it anything but a marketing term to attract Millennials to wine? From the reading I have done, there is a wide disparity in the dos and donts of making a ...

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