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by Michael O'Brien
December 5th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 3
Views: 565

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: 12
Views: 832

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: 1250

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: 10983
Views: 401539

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: 31308

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: 1212

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: 2487

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: 2176

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: 1246

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: 37
Views: 1374

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: 1700

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: 283

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: 1700

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 22nd, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 495
Views: 31308

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Dave Kosovec wrote:
October 22nd, 2019, 11:04 am
Michael O'Brien wrote:
October 17th, 2019, 7:57 am
I wish an extension would show up for my wife and me but so far it hasn't.
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.
by Michael O'Brien
October 22nd, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: LCBO Rioja Revelation Walk-Around Tasting Event
Replies: 23
Views: 1053

Re: TNs: LCBO Rioja Revelation Walk-Around Tasting Event

Wow!! Great write up. Outstanding photographs.

You do know that nobody can pinch hit for M. G. though, don't you?
by Michael O'Brien
October 17th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DFW - Oct. 12 or 19 -- Any interest
Replies: 26
Views: 2153

Re: DFW - Oct. 12 or 19 -- Any interest

Looks like another date bites the dust.
by Michael O'Brien
October 17th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 50
Views: 2382

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

2000 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra for me only because for some reason, I keep holding my Barolo and not drinking them.
by Michael O'Brien
October 17th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday October 18 Is International Champagne Day
Replies: 13
Views: 661

Re: Friday October 18 Is International Champagne Day

A small group of us are getting together for a weekend offline. Champagne is definitely on the list. Tomorrow we are having 2006 Dom Pérignon and 2008 Dom Pérignon. We decided to celebrate International Champagne Day again on Saturday as well. On Saturday we are having 2002 Dom Ruinart Champagne Bla...
by Michael O'Brien
October 17th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 495
Views: 31308

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Steven Miller wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Some people are getting 1-year extensions because of a backlog of renewals.

https://www.flyertalk.com/articles/bord ... cklog.html
I wish an extension would show up for my wife and me but so far it hasn't.
by Michael O'Brien
October 13th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Port tastings in Porto
Replies: 9
Views: 1451

Re: Port tastings in Porto

If you want to go to a smaller house that makes good wines but isn't one of the BIG names, make an appointment to visit Christies. That have been in business since 1730 and market their port under the Butler Nephew & Co. name. They too are located in the same area where many of the port houses are l...
by Michael O'Brien
October 9th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: sold
Replies: 8
Views: 1153

Re: older Produttori

Nick,

Not enough information. Which producers?
by Michael O'Brien
October 9th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Psa: vinguarde valise 50% off
Replies: 11
Views: 646

Re: Psa: vinguarde valise 50% off

Where?
by Michael O'Brien
October 9th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: ForSale: A Few Cases of Assorted Wines (Burgs, Piedmont, Champagne, etc)
Replies: 11
Views: 2408

Re: ForSale: A Few Cases of Assorted Wines (Burgs, Piedmont, Champagne, etc)

Dennis,

I just received my shipment. Bottles in great shape. All is well with the world. Thank you for making it easy.

If anyone else needs any of the wines Dennis has for sale, I highly recommend you contact him. Smooth process. Pristine bottles. Fair prices.
by Michael O'Brien
October 6th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Houston restaurants
Replies: 9
Views: 829

Re: Houston restaurants

Houston has a lot of great restaurants within a 20 minute Uber/Taxi ride of the Brown Convention Center. One of our favorite Mexican (real) is Hugo's. http://www.hugosrestaurant.net/. The same restaurant group has several restaurants of varying themes. Another one of their restaurants we like is Bac...
by Michael O'Brien
October 4th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Shafer HSS offer
Replies: 45
Views: 4589

Re: 2015 Shafer HSS offer

2010 was the last vintage I bought. I can buy an awful lot of great wine for less money. Too rich for me. Speaking of great wine, the 2016 Quilceda Creek Palengat is out at $145. A left bank Bordeaux style wine heavy on the Cabernet Sauvignon in 2016.
by Michael O'Brien
October 4th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: VACATION FROM IT ALL
Replies: 20
Views: 1276

Re: VACATION FROM IT ALL

I head to Costa Rica usually somewhere near Volcan Arenal.
by Michael O'Brien
October 1st, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: CDMX Recos?
Replies: 6
Views: 873

Re: CDMX Recos?

We stayed in this Airbnb. Great apartment. Excellent location. Great rate. I am logged into Airbnb now so I hope you can follow this link. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/20695607?s ... vEFGcANME9
by Michael O'Brien
September 28th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 495
Views: 31308

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

It looks like the DFW Global Entry center may be open for business again. I have no idea why it was not available for over a month. One person I know called the Austin, Texas center and they made an appointment for them at the DFW center for early December. Crazy way to fly.
by Michael O'Brien
September 28th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: ForSale: A Few Cases of Assorted Wines (Burgs, Piedmont, Champagne, etc)
Replies: 11
Views: 2408

Re: ForSale: A Few Cases of Assorted Wines (Burgs, Piedmont, Champagne, etc)

I bought some really good wines from Dennis to fill some holes in my cellar. Prices were great. Thanks Dennis.
by Michael O'Brien
September 27th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: where to buy a magnum in Burgundy?
Replies: 4
Views: 918

Re: where to buy a magnum in Burgundy?

It has been several years since I stumbled into this shop. It appears to still be there. You could reach out to them ahead of time.

http://millesimesalacarte.com/vente-vin-bourgogne/

http://millesimesalacarte.com/magnums-co/
by Michael O'Brien
September 26th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: SIM cards for Spain, France and Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 1110

Re: SIM cards for Spain, France and Italy

We have a T-Mobile International plan. Calls and texts to and from Mexico and Canada are included.Data and text are free in over 200 countries. So far, we haven't been to one that was not covered and we have been in >70 countries. Calls still cost money. WhatsApp is a good alternative with WiFi. We...
by Michael O'Brien
September 25th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 495
Views: 31308

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Renewing is not an option. Scheduling an interview is the only next step available. I do not know if this is because this is her 2nd renewal or not. On her first renewal, no appointment was required. My renewal is coming up in a few months and we shall see if an appointment is required. Have any of ...
by Michael O'Brien
September 25th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: SIM cards for Spain, France and Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 1110

Re: SIM cards for Spain, France and Italy

We have a T-Mobile International plan. Calls and texts to and from Mexico and Canada are included.Data and text are free in over 200 countries. So far, we haven't been to one that was not covered and we have been in >70 countries. Calls still cost money. WhatsApp is a good alternative with WiFi. We ...
by Michael O'Brien
September 22nd, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More good news for red wine drinkers
Replies: 0
Views: 461

More good news for red wine drinkers

My wife is getting a little tired of me sending her this information in support of my costly hobby. But honey...

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2 ... 194219.htm
by Michael O'Brien
September 21st, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 495
Views: 31308

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

I went online to schedule my renewal appointment at DFW. The site said that DFW has no appointments available and I was unable to schedule anything no matter how far out I went. I called their local number and left a voicemail but I really don't expect them to ever return my call. Not certain what ...
by Michael O'Brien
September 20th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 495
Views: 31308

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

I went online to schedule my renewal appointment at DFW. The site said that DFW has no appointments available and I was unable to schedule anything no matter how far out I went. I called their local number and left a voicemail but I really don't expect them to ever return my call. Not certain what t...
by Michael O'Brien
September 18th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DFW - Oct. 12 or 19 -- Any interest
Replies: 26
Views: 2153

Re: DFW - Oct. 12 or 19 -- Any interest

I am available that weekend but UT plays K-State. Does that create a problem? It doesn't for me.
by Michael O'Brien
September 17th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12215
Views: 587529

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Needed to restock Champagne
2008 Piper Heidsieck
NV Bollinger Special Cuvee
2000 Lanson Champagne Noble Cuvée de Lanson Blanc de Blancs Brut
2009 Pol Roger Champagne Blanc de Blancs
by Michael O'Brien
September 17th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DFW - Oct. 12 or 19 -- Any interest
Replies: 26
Views: 2153

Re: DFW - Oct. 12 or 19 -- Any interest

Looks like I am out. Originally had 19 available but have since booked it. Sorry.
by Michael O'Brien
September 10th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Go get your 1 bottle of 08 Cristal at Bevmo for $175!
Replies: 7
Views: 890

Re: Go get your 1 bottle of 08 Cristal at Bevmo for $175!

That is a great price. If only shipping laws would allow them to ship to me in Texas. A couple of us did have some good luck a year ago. A local supermarket chain sold it for $180 a bottle so we snapped all we could.
by Michael O'Brien
September 8th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Food in Willamette.
Replies: 12
Views: 1315

Re: Food in Willamette.

I don't start my day without breakfast at Gonzalez Taqueria Y Panaderia on E. First in Newberg. Great for lunch too. Very reasonable. Excellent food.
by Michael O'Brien
September 8th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DFW - Oct. 12 or 19 -- Any interest
Replies: 26
Views: 2153

Re: DFW - Oct. 12 or 19 -- Any interest

Where do we stand with this event?
by Michael O'Brien
September 7th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2677

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

For some months, I have been asked by some wineries to pay sales tax. They are inconsistent as to whether they charge me CA or TX sales taxes. JJB is now charging Texas sales tax on all of my orders. That is a relatively new occurrence.
by Michael O'Brien
September 6th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Flying with Champagne
Replies: 9
Views: 1125

Re: Flying with Champagne

One more person that has done it many times before.
by Michael O'Brien
August 13th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 5519

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

You are going to get a lot of different ideas on this question. As for me:
Kelley Fox
1789
Bergström
Brick House
J. K. Carriere
Thomas

That should get you started. Hope to finally meet you in October.

Michael
by Michael O'Brien
August 8th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 36
Views: 3092

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

I know it is a long shot that any space is available but I just sent you a PM.
by Michael O'Brien
August 8th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DFW - Oct. 12 or 19 -- Any interest
Replies: 26
Views: 2153

Re: DFW - Oct. 12 or 19 -- Any interest

I am available either day.
by Michael O'Brien
May 30th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 4896

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

Chateau Latour with the 2000 vintage became too expensive for me as did Shafer Hillside Select when it crossed $250.
by Michael O'Brien
May 6th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party
Replies: 36
Views: 1312

Re: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party

You should add some Cremant to the mix as well. There are several very good ones from the Loire and from the Alsace.
by Michael O'Brien
May 5th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2293

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

We really enjoyed Sicily including Messina, Taormina, Campania, and of course Mt. Etna. There are many small villages in the mountains that have some of the best small restaurants you will ever find. And of course, there is wine and spirits.

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