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by Michael O'Brien
November 24th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Decanting Supplies
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: Decanting Supplies

That wine decanter is fine. If you are like many of us, we are not buying a piece of art. We are buying something utilitarian and the Le Chateau will do the job. I can't find the wine funnel with strainer that I use most often but I also have one of these and it works fine. It does not aerate but fr...
by Michael O'Brien
October 17th, 2020, 8:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Dallas wine shops???
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Re: Dallas wine shops???

Sorry. I don't check the board every day so I am too late to help since you are here only for the weekend. Wine shops are closed on Sundays. Post again if you head back to Dallas. Pogo's usually has a nice selection but it tends to be a little more expensive. https://www.pogoswine.com/ and then ther...
by Michael O'Brien
October 11th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thomas 2018
Replies: 35
Views: 3440

Re: Thomas 2018

Does anyone have any insight on the winemaking? Stems? Cap management? Had a 2011 last night and it was in great shape. Reminded me a little of Pommard. It is always a vintage driven decision. To give you and idea: Below is a message I received from John when I asked him about what I was tasting in...
by Michael O'Brien
October 2nd, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Fridge Accessories
Replies: 3
Views: 663

Re: Wine Fridge Accessories

I have 3 Eurocave cabinets. Two of them are 15 years old; one is 2 years old. All of mine are on engineered hickory flooring. No rugs. No problems.
by Michael O'Brien
September 24th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Decanter vs. Aerator
Replies: 9
Views: 1133

Re: Decanter vs. Aerator

I always decant. I do have aerators but never use them.
by Michael O'Brien
September 24th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?
Replies: 38
Views: 1422

Re: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?

Domaine Chevalier is my go to for white Bordeaux.
by Michael O'Brien
September 24th, 2020, 3:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Jennair range top?
Replies: 20
Views: 1154

Re: Jennair range top?

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
September 18th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Michael O'Brien wrote:
September 18th, 2020, 11:30 am
Several years ago, we went with Wolf and we have been happy we did.
Wolf sells cooktops?
https://www.subzero-wolf.com/wolf/cookt ... -rangetops
by Michael O'Brien
September 18th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Jennair range top?
Replies: 20
Views: 1154

Re: Jennair range top?

Several years ago, we went with Wolf and we have been happy we did.
by Michael O'Brien
September 7th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Luggage
Replies: 37
Views: 1947

Re: Wine Luggage

VinGardeValise has had frequent 50% off sales since Covid. No one is traveling and a sizeable part of their business comes from tasting rooms too. I have owned several versions starting with Version 1 and I bought the most recent Version 5 at 50% off. Other than the external burst straps which I don...
by Michael O'Brien
August 28th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: EuroCave Premiere L Dual Zone
Replies: 19
Views: 2213

Re: FS: EuroCave Premiere L Dual Zone

I have one just like it and would love another but Texas is a long way from MD. Would cost a fortune to ship it down here. Have to ask why you are selling it since it is brand new? I was definitely planning on keeping it, but due to a sudden job move I am moving to a smaller apartment in DC and don...
by Michael O'Brien
August 26th, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: EuroCave Premiere L Dual Zone
Replies: 19
Views: 2213

Re: FS: EuroCave Premiere L Dual Zone

I have one just like it and would love another but Texas is a long way from MD. Would cost a fortune to ship it down here. Have to ask why you are selling it since it is brand new?
by Michael O'Brien
August 26th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: "Guess I've got that old travelling bone"
Replies: 32
Views: 1896

Re: "Guess I've got that old travelling bone"

Everyone that travels is probably feeling restrained even if they didn't have anything on the books. We have had two cruises cancelled this year. The only trip still on the horizon is a Christmas week trip to Sayulita, Mexico to meet up with friends. Then nothing booked until May 2021 (cruise) and w...
by Michael O'Brien
July 24th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 528
Views: 37428

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

My first renewals was done without interview. My second renewal has been pending since November. Maybe I will learn something soon now that they are back at work. My wife's second renewal required an interview. Her first renewal did not. Maybe they are on the every other renewal must be in person sc...
by Michael O'Brien
July 15th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the first wine you will give your son/daughter?
Replies: 57
Views: 1737

Re: What is the first wine you will give your son/daughter?

When our daughter reached drinking age, we opened a 1985 Chateau Haut Brion to celebrate her turning 21. That was in 2013. She had been tasting wine long before that and started developing her nose at age 12 with a 54 aroma Le Nez du Vin I had purchased at a bargain price a couple of years earlier. ...
by Michael O'Brien
July 11th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old World vs New World tasting
Replies: 29
Views: 1282

Re: Old World vs New World tasting

Geographically, Old World wines comes from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Places like Israel, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Armenia, Georgia, Austria, Poland, France, Spain and Italy all produce what is considered Old World wine. When I do an old world/new world tasting for fun, I concentrat...
by Michael O'Brien
July 9th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--Cancelled/Postponed
Replies: 57
Views: 7974

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--Cancelled/Postponed

Thanks guys. Yao, the next Cali trip *would* be scheduled for late October/early November 2021. We shall see. Right now, I would look at July 2021 for WineFest as a possibility. Mike Make July 2021 happen Mike. My wife and I will be making that trip to Toronto we cancelled for this July in mid-July...
by Michael O'Brien
July 9th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who manufactures Wine Enthusiast wine coolers?
Replies: 9
Views: 1532

Re: Who manufactures Wine Enthusiast wine coolers?

There is another thread on this in the Wine 101 forum. The WE brand is NOT made by Eurocave. It is a knockoff manufactured in China. At least one person in the other thread has had bad experiences with 2 of the WE branded cabinets. Anyone interested should probably read through that thread (Wine Ref...
by Michael O'Brien
July 9th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Refrigerators
Replies: 176
Views: 34115

Re: Wine Refrigerators

My personal experience with WE does not involve wine cabinets but it does involve another WE branded product, their Vino-Voyage wine suitcase. Originally, WE sold wine suitcases manufactured by the original designer of the cases (Barry Wax, Line Sales LLC., VinGardeValise). WE sold quite a few of th...
by Michael O'Brien
July 3rd, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week ****SUMMARY ADDED ON TOP 9/24/20*****
Replies: 41
Views: 3000

Re: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week

A Vermentino or an Italian Chardonnay like Antinori's Cervaro della Sala for me.
by Michael O'Brien
July 1st, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 1348

Re: Travel insurance

Certain categories of coverage by select credit cards can be very good for shorter trips. I was unable to find the covered trip lengths for Amex Platinum coverages even after reading the terms and conditions. My primary concern with any trip is medical evacuation if necessary. That can be very expen...
by Michael O'Brien
July 1st, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1621

Re: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?

I am late to the party but Vermentino would be my choice too.
by Michael O'Brien
June 29th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Shafer Hillside Select Offer
Replies: 24
Views: 2474

Re: 2016 Shafer Hillside Select Offer

They lost me after the release price passed $250. There are a lot of great wines out there that cost less.
by Michael O'Brien
June 28th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine fridge, 1, 2 or 3 zone?
Replies: 18
Views: 1967

Re: Wine fridge, 1, 2 or 3 zone?

You guys have got me thinking. I am still leaning with the 2 zone, since it just looks great and I found a decent price for it, but I'll talk to the rest of the family and see what they think. Looks like you have made up your mind. You can certainly make the choice you wish. For me, the extra cost ...
by Michael O'Brien
June 28th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine fridge, 1, 2 or 3 zone?
Replies: 18
Views: 1967

Re: Wine fridge, 1, 2 or 3 zone?

I use my Eurocave cabinets solely to store and mature wine. Both red and white wine safely store and mature well at 55 degrees fahrenheit which is a rule of thumb average storage temperature. A few degrees one way or another will not make much of a difference. Stability of temperature will. I have s...
by Michael O'Brien
June 24th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12542
Views: 488912

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1990 P. Licht-Bergweiler Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese with a panko crusted chicken breast and a spicy honey sauce. A little heat. A little sweet.
by Michael O'Brien
June 20th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback
Replies: 68
Views: 5661

Re: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback

Sometimes the boards of old organizations somehow transition to sustaining the organization rather than sustaining the mission. I have seen it many times before.
by Michael O'Brien
June 17th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 1348

Re: Travel insurance

I just check the comparison sites. www.squaremouth.com and https://www.insuremytrip.com/?gclid=EAI ... gJ0aPD_BwE seem to represent the most insurers.
by Michael O'Brien
June 10th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $15 whites
Replies: 42
Views: 1369

Re: Sub $15 whites

I find this one to be quite food friendly and very good. Castello Banfi Pinot Grigio San Angelo Toscana IGT
by Michael O'Brien
June 5th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 241
Views: 11727

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

As I got much older, I stopped buying wine by the case. Now I only buy 3 or 6 bottles of any single vintage. Most of what I buy are wines that are 15+ years old. No way, I am going to get caught with hundreds of bottles that I will never be able to drink. Any collector who makes that mistake would ...
by Michael O'Brien
June 4th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 241
Views: 11727

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

As I got much older, I stopped buying wine by the case. Now I only buy 3 or 6 bottles of any single vintage. Most of what I buy are wines that are 15+ years old. No way, I am going to get caught with hundreds of bottles that I will never be able to drink.
by Michael O'Brien
May 24th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: wine sales taxes
Replies: 6
Views: 1704

Re: wine sales taxes

There is no consistency that I can determine in which vendors collect sales tax and which do not. Two of my major suppliers are both located in California. JJBuckley collects sales tax and Envoyer does not. I suspect that JJBuckley is erring on the side of caution.
by Michael O'Brien
May 22nd, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Singapore, Vietnam, China, and Japan recommendations
Replies: 17
Views: 2485

Re: Singapore, Vietnam, China, and Japan recommendations

Keep it coming. I am following this thread and using the old copy and paste method to capture ideas. My wife and I will be on a cruise that takes in quite a bit of Japan but not until 2022. Unfortunately Osaka is not one of them. In Japan, our ports are: OKINAWA (NAHA), JAPAN AMAMI OSHIMA (NAZE), JA...
by Michael O'Brien
May 20th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Insurance
Replies: 35
Views: 1983

Re: Cellar Insurance

My insurance is an all-risk add on to the scheduled property coverage on my Safeco homeowner's policy. The rate is $0.521 per $100.
by Michael O'Brien
May 19th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 50% off vinguardvalise
Replies: 53
Views: 3219

Re: 50% off vinguardvalise

The flash sale was only for 12 hours from Noon to 11:59pm EST on the 18th. I think the 30% off sale is still good and it includes a free set of wine chiller sheets. I have owned several of these over the years. Bought my first on in 2014 when the company first launched the product. They are now on t...
by Michael O'Brien
May 14th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Dry or sweet
Replies: 3
Views: 1857

Re: Dry or sweet

Interesting and information. Thanks. Where was this 35 years ago when I started?
by Michael O'Brien
May 9th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--Cancelled/Postponed
Replies: 57
Views: 7974

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--Cancelled/Postponed

Mike Grammer wrote:
May 8th, 2020, 1:27 pm
Unhappy but realistic update of the OP. Hopefully next year, everyone.

Mike
If it is at about the same time of year (July), we will be there as will our friends there in Toronto. I have an Air Canada voucher to use or lose.
by Michael O'Brien
May 8th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Sourdough Thread
Replies: 45
Views: 3430

Re: Sourdough Thread

Where is the wino whose handle is sourdough. Jay has been at it for a very long time. wineismylife, oskiwawa, and I have had the pleasure of enjoying some of his efforts. I think oskiwawa has caught the bread baking bug and is getting a lot of practice now that the Coronavirus has had him off the ro...
by Michael O'Brien
May 8th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages
Replies: 70
Views: 3084

Re: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages

I found the 1991 Chateau Latour to be a much better wine than most expected and it was relatively inexpensive en primeur as well.
by Michael O'Brien
April 30th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Wine in Square Btls??
Replies: 14
Views: 647

Re: Aging Wine in Square Btls??

Mattstolz wrote:
April 30th, 2020, 10:23 am
Michael O'Brien wrote:
April 30th, 2020, 10:14 am
It doesn't look like they would fit in my Eurocave cabinets very well.
you just need one shelf at the bottom and then you just stack to your hearts content!
So every time I want to find a wine will be like and Easter egg hunt.[cheers.gif]
by Michael O'Brien
April 30th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 178
Views: 11193

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

My top three in alphabetical order are: Myriad, Reynvaan, and Shafer.
by Michael O'Brien
April 30th, 2020, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need some new Summer Whites Recs
Replies: 36
Views: 1273

Re: Need some new Summer Whites Recs

Recently I have added two new Chardonnays to my daily drinking list. Both were introduced to me here on WB. Bêcheur Chardonnay and Terrien Wines Chardonnay. Their dynamic pricing is interesting and I acquired these very nice wines for a very reasonable price. The Jean Edwards Cellars Sauvignon Blanc...
by Michael O'Brien
April 30th, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Wine in Square Btls??
Replies: 14
Views: 647

Re: Aging Wine in Square Btls??

It doesn't look like they would fit in my Eurocave cabinets very well.
by Michael O'Brien
April 30th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?
Replies: 90
Views: 4317

Re: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?

I buy to drink and share with others and for no other reason. I do not drink the value; I drink the wine. I've always purchased with that intention, too, but have just been contemplating selling off a case or so. Maybe just getting older, or realizing that I usually spend more than I should on wine...
by Michael O'Brien
April 30th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Banana Bread
Replies: 26
Views: 2261

Re: Best Banana Bread

Brian Tuite wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Michael O'Brien wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Where are the chocolate chips. I don't eat no banana bread without chocolate chips flirtysmile
That’s just wrong.

Where are the nuts?
Chocolate chips and walnuts.
by Michael O'Brien
April 29th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Banana Bread
Replies: 26
Views: 2261

Re: Best Banana Bread

Where are the chocolate chips. I don't eat no banana bread without chocolate chips flirtysmile
by Michael O'Brien
April 28th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?
Replies: 90
Views: 4317

Re: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?

I buy to drink and share with others and for no other reason. I do not drink the value; I drink the wine.
by Michael O'Brien
April 22nd, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Books - Must Haves
Replies: 53
Views: 8261

Re: Wine Books - Must Haves

Another book I didn't see in this thread is one that I find quite useful is: "What To Drink With What You Eat" by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. Post 21 neener I can't read more than 5 posts in a thread before getting bleary eyed. I knew it should have been there. Just didn't see it. [winner.gif]
by Michael O'Brien
April 21st, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Shitty '07 Oregon Pinot Noir
Replies: 505
Views: 45314

Re: Another Shitty '07 Oregon Pinot Noir

Two of the best 2007 Oregon PNs that I have had are 1789 consumed in 2017 and 2018 and Thomas consumed in 2010 and 2011. Both were excellent wines.

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