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by Michael O'Brien
October 13th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Port tastings in Porto
Replies: 9
Views: 740

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: older Produttori VINTAGE CORRECTION
Replies: 7
Views: 939

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: 558

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: 2215

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
Topic: Houston restaurants
Replies: 7
Views: 238

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: 4510

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 Forum
Topic: VACATION FROM IT ALL
Replies: 20
Views: 686

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 Forum
Topic: CDMX Recos?
Replies: 4
Views: 256

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 Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 485
Views: 29722

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: 2215

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 Forum
Topic: where to buy a magnum in Burgundy?
Replies: 2
Views: 270

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 Forum
Topic: SIM cards for Spain, France and Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 510

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 Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 485
Views: 29722

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 Forum
Topic: SIM cards for Spain, France and Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 510

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: 408

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 Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 485
Views: 29722

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 Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 485
Views: 29722

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: 21
Views: 1298

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: 11865
Views: 568036

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: 21
Views: 1298

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: 866

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
Topic: Food in Willamette.
Replies: 11
Views: 637

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: 21
Views: 1298

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: 2562

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 Forum
Topic: Flying with Champagne
Replies: 9
Views: 499

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: 5250

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: 2324

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: 21
Views: 1298

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: 4826

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: 1290

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 Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2060

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.
by Michael O'Brien
May 5th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing help. Fish Veracruz
Replies: 17
Views: 616

Re: Pairing help. Fish Veracruz

Albariño even an inexpensive one like Lagar de Cervera Albariño Rías Baixas would be great. Pairs well with grilled fish including spicy preparations.
by Michael O'Brien
May 5th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help to pick unusual wines
Replies: 32
Views: 1153

Re: Help to pick unusual wines

On the sweet side, if you can find some Banyuls Grand Cru with 10 years or more on them, they are an eye opener. They are my go to wine for pairing with chocolate.
by Michael O'Brien
May 5th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help to pick unusual wines
Replies: 32
Views: 1153

Re: Help to pick unusual wines

D. Mowe wrote:
May 4th, 2019, 12:57 pm
AlexS wrote:
May 4th, 2019, 11:40 am
Tannat from Uruguay

They probably even have some at Binny's.
You beat me to it. Was going to recommend bodegas Garzon from uruguay. Both tannat as well as their white wines are quite nice
Me too. If you can find some Bodegas Carrau Amat or Ysern, get it. Very well made wines.
by Michael O'Brien
May 2nd, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Recommendations - St Emilion
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Re: Restaurant Recommendations - St Emilion

We had a great meal here in July. Nothing fancy but excellent food and we thought reasonable. https://www.chai-pascal.com/
by Michael O'Brien
April 18th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Austin, TX: any can't miss restaurants?
Replies: 91
Views: 6309

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: 2824

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: 11865
Views: 568036

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: 1333

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: 1725

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: 2346

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: 6133

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: 6133

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: 666

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: 43
Views: 2613

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: 43
Views: 2613

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: 43
Views: 2613

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: 2256

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: 1513

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.

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