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by Michael O'Brien
March 31st, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: EMH Black Cat Cabernet - 25% off website prices!
Replies: 25
Views: 1735

Re: EMH Black Cat Cabernet - 25% off website prices!

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
March 29th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Thank you to all the folks who were looking for wine deals this weekemd and made purcahases.
Arrived today. Thank you for the generous offer.
by Michael O'Brien
March 28th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7416

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I am going to have to wait and see if American Airlines and Air Canada loosen up the cancellation rules for our July trip. So far, we will have to eat the airfare so I will wait until the last minute to cancel hoping for some relief. Our book/pay dates were much earlier than the dates included in th...
by Michael O'Brien
March 28th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12942
Views: 630185

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2012 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut
by Michael O'Brien
March 28th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: March Wine Consumption
Replies: 16
Views: 657

Re: March Wine Consumption

My March consumption is down from the last several years. Opened 20 bottles. I attribute that to the inability to socialize with others and an absence of offlines. Interestingly, my Q1 purchases are on par with prior years. I thought with more time on my hands, they might have gone up. There is stil...
by Michael O'Brien
March 28th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11394
Views: 425854

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Opened a 2011 Tierra de Dioses Malbec for dinner last night.
by Michael O'Brien
March 28th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 35
Views: 1147

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

I have found the Quilceda Creek Palengat to be a very good left bank style wine. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc and in some years Petit Verdot in varying percentages based on the weather.
by Michael O'Brien
March 25th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gourmet houses still shipping
Replies: 27
Views: 1125

Re: Gourmet houses still shipping

I do not make cassoulet because the carbs are too high, but I can speak up for the d'Artagnan cassoulet kit because I had it once when someone else made it and it was outstanding. I will second that. We have had the kit on three occasions now. The first kit was prepared by a friend of ours from La ...
by Michael O'Brien
March 25th, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gourmet houses still shipping
Replies: 27
Views: 1125

Re: Gourmet houses still shipping

We ordered from d'Artagnan and have had terrible results with shipping most likely because FedEx and other package delivery companies are besieged. We received one box today (a day late) that had part of our order in it. We then received a tracking email that said another box would be delivered on ...
by Michael O'Brien
March 24th, 2020, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had
Replies: 98
Views: 4988

Re: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had

1945 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva in 2015.
by Michael O'Brien
March 24th, 2020, 9:06 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Jean Edwards Cellars - Time for a Special 6-Pack Offer (38% off)
Replies: 15
Views: 921

Re: Jean Edwards Cellars - Time for a Special 6-Pack Offer (38% off)

I had 3 of the 2017 left in the cellar but who can pass up the SB for $20 a bottle. Ordered my six. Now waiting for temperatures to drop a little so they can be shipped. Expected to be in the mid to upper 80s, maybe even 90 here this week.
by Michael O'Brien
March 24th, 2020, 9:04 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Jean Edwards Cellars - 33% off Stagecoach Vineyard® Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 34
Views: 2358

Re: Jean Edwards Cellars - 33% off Stagecoach Vineyard® Cabernet Sauvignon

Wow! My FedEx tracking information said deliver Thursday. They delivered today. Wine must be considered an essential product prioritized for delivery. Yeah! I know a guy, who knows a guy LOL Seriously, our Sonoma warehouse team deserves all the credit - they have been working non-stop to get all th...
by Michael O'Brien
March 24th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Jean Edwards Cellars - 33% off Stagecoach Vineyard® Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 34
Views: 2358

Re: Jean Edwards Cellars - 33% off Stagecoach Vineyard® Cabernet Sauvignon

Wow! My FedEx tracking information said deliver Thursday. They delivered today. Wine must be considered an essential product prioritized for delivery. Yeah!
by Michael O'Brien
March 22nd, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 49
Views: 4853

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

It's quite a drive :) 4 hours + in the car should be sufficient social distancing. I am holding the date for now, but am increasingly pessimistic about being able to keep it. Likeliest scenario is a deferral into late September, and that comes with its own complications for me. We too are just wait...
by Michael O'Brien
March 21st, 2020, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spring wine shipments during shelter in place a.k.a lockdown
Replies: 23
Views: 1528

Re: Spring wine shipments during shelter in place a.k.a lockdown

I too have seen reminders from sources I use. It takes time to adjust as we all know by now.
by Michael O'Brien
March 20th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gourmet houses still shipping
Replies: 27
Views: 1125

Re: Gourmet houses still shipping

We ordered from d'Artagnan and have had terrible results with shipping most likely because FedEx and other package delivery companies are besieged. We received one box today (a day late) that had part of our order in it. We then received a tracking email that said another box would be delivered on M...
by Michael O'Brien
March 19th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7416

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Thanks Micheal, that is a very useful site. I wish they had the US broken down by state. I think the logarithmic graphs are key. I'm shocked by the cases per 1M for Germany and France versus China. (I wonder what Wuhan province is?) And I suspect the Seattle/Washington state rate is higher than Ger...
by Michael O'Brien
March 19th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7416

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Thanks Micheal, that is a very useful site. I wish they had the US broken down by state. I think the logarithmic graphs are key. I'm shocked by the cases per 1M for Germany and France versus China. (I wonder what Wuhan province is?) And I suspect the Seattle/Washington state rate is higher than Ger...
by Michael O'Brien
March 19th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12942
Views: 630185

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

EMH and Jean Edwards from the Berserker Quarantine Relief thread.
by Michael O'Brien
March 19th, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Jean Edwards Cellars - 33% off Stagecoach Vineyard® Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 34
Views: 2358

Re: Jean Edwards Cellars - 33% off Stagecoach Vineyard® Cabernet Sauvignon

And just in time. I am down to my last 4 bottles of Jean Edwards.
by Michael O'Brien
March 19th, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: EMH Black Cat Cabernet - 25% off website prices!
Replies: 25
Views: 1735

Re: EMH Black Cat Cabernet - 25% off website prices!Ends Saturday!

Merrill

You should have my order in house by now. Thank you for the accommodation.
by Michael O'Brien
March 18th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gourmet houses still shipping
Replies: 27
Views: 1125

Re: Gourmet houses still shipping

Still shipping but short on choice.
by Michael O'Brien
March 17th, 2020, 9:51 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Anderson Valley SV Chardonnay ~$15 (Bêcheur)
Replies: 19
Views: 995

Re: Anderson Valley SV Chardonnay ~$15 (Bêcheur)

I too bought a 6 pack and opened my first one today. I was expecting it to be more austere but it was medium-bodied with layers of lemon, grapefruit, and some apple. The fruit stood out from the first sip. It had a subtle minerality. It was well-balanced with good appropriate acidity. I thought I pi...
by Michael O'Brien
March 17th, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Video offlines...could they become a thing?
Replies: 47
Views: 1149

Re: Video offlines...could they become a thing?

Absolutely not! The joy of an offline is getting together with other collectors and discussing whatever subject comes up over a great meal. I am not ready to resign myself to the virtual world.
by Michael O'Brien
March 16th, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7416

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I have found this website informative and scary at the same time. Refresh your browser every 15 minutes or so and watch the count go up.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavir ... lian-media
by Michael O'Brien
March 12th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7416

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

We bought our tickets last September because we knew the dates of the cruise and fares were lower than they are now. We will wait it out and see if we can still make the cruise. If we can't, then I will contact American and see what if anything can be done.
by Michael O'Brien
March 12th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7416

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Our first scheduled trip is an Alaskan cruise in July and then on to visit friends in Toronto. We can cancel the cruise up to 24 hours before sailing for a voucher worth 100% of what we paid. That isn't perfect but it is better than losing money. Because of the way American Airlines is restricting i...
by Michael O'Brien
March 10th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7416

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I see some of you are having more luck that I am. American has only loosened the rules for certain flights. Here is their statement: "If you purchased a ticket on American Airlines between March 1, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. CT and March 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. CT, you may change your flight once without payi...
by Michael O'Brien
March 9th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Drastic times call for drastic measures
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Drastic times call for drastic measures

I just received an email from these folks. Text copied below. Interesting approach. Will we see more? "A nice program to help us get through this bad time Vinarium, like many other Italian tour operators, is struggling at this crucial time due to the effects of far-reaching travel restrictions impos...
by Michael O'Brien
March 7th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Washington Wine Route suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 408

Re: Washington Wine Route suggestions?

Given your description of your palate, let me make some additional suggestions. On old world style Cab, I would try Rollat -- I have always been impressed with their wines, and my sense is they will age quite well. As far as smallish wineries that care and are interesting, two come immediately to m...
by Michael O'Brien
March 7th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Santa Fe restaurants
Replies: 12
Views: 614

Re: Santa Fe restaurants

Paul, have you been to Pasquals? I was wondering if anyone would mention Pasqual's. It is a must visit but reservations are recommended. There will be a line at the door when it opens for each meal. https://pasquals.com/ I was there last May and it hadn't changed. My daughter and her husband were t...
by Michael O'Brien
March 6th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Washington Wine Route suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 408

Re: Washington Wine Route suggestions?

Thanks Brandon and Ron. Your recommendations are allowing me to put some shape to my itinerary and make some decisions. By way of a little background, I have been collecting for over 30 years now and my palate leans old world. That said, I have found a few excellent new world (Quilceda Creek comes t...
by Michael O'Brien
March 3rd, 2020, 9:11 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Mendoza: 8 pieces of advice, and thoughts on wine too!
Replies: 14
Views: 974

Re: Mendoza: 8 pieces of advice, and thoughts on wine too!

Azafran was a favorite meal for us when there. Glad to see the Sol y Vino rec, phenomenal shop. If you stay at or near the Sheraton, the wine shop in the neighboring lobby is pretty good in a pinch (the front desk will open it up at night for you). Azafran is a great place to visit. Good food and y...
by Michael O'Brien
March 3rd, 2020, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Millennials and Wine
Replies: 46
Views: 8586

Re: Millennials and Wine

Absolutely! I'm interested to see whether natural wine becomes a gateway drug of sorts to more classic regions for a lot of people my age or whether they'll stay in that zone (or move out to something entirely different when it becomes slightly less cool). Anything that brings people into wine or g...
by Michael O'Brien
March 2nd, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Terrien Wines Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 8
Views: 637

Re: TN: 2015 Terrien Wines Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

Michael sent the same kind of offer probably all of us for Bêcheur Chardonnay. I took six because you can't lose on them. Michael said he would have his PN up soon. I first met Michael when he was making wine for Hanzell. I have trusted him as a winemaker ever since.
by Michael O'Brien
March 2nd, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Washington Wine Route suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 408

Re: Washington Wine Route suggestions?

I guess I should wait a while before we go to Seattle. Six deaths and counting from Coronavirus.
by Michael O'Brien
March 2nd, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7416

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

We are scheduled for an Alaskan cruise in July. We remain hopeful. The cruise terminates in Vancouver, BC. From there we are flying to Toronto to visit friends and just in time for Mike Grammer's big shindig. The trip is still on for now.
by Michael O'Brien
March 2nd, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Millennials and Wine
Replies: 46
Views: 8586

Re: Millennials and Wine

Certainly not pesky Sean. As I mentioned previously, my youngest daughter is a Millennial. It isn't that she doesn't know and appreciate good wine. She has been drinking from my cellar since she was young. She still shares with me the wines she tries and likes and those she does not. She is also hap...
by Michael O'Brien
March 1st, 2020, 10:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Washington Wine Route suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 408

Re: Washington Wine Route suggestions?

Seattle's such a great city, and it's a nice drive over the Cascades. Plus flights to Seattle will be more direct. I'd fly into Seattle. Walla Walla is a great wine area to visit. Have a great trip! Thanks. I have been leaning towards flying into Seattle and finishing in Spokane and dropping the re...
by Michael O'Brien
February 29th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Washington Wine Route suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 408

Washington Wine Route suggestions?

I have been energetically reading and copying the information from the thread on Washington wineries to visit. I am getting some great information. My question is more about practical routing of a trip to Washington wine country. I am hoping that someone has already made this trip. We will be making...
by Michael O'Brien
February 29th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Millennials and Wine
Replies: 46
Views: 8586

Re: Millennials and Wine

The things I've heard most is a perception that wine makes people sleepy and sulphur dioxide gives hangovers. I think the perception that natural wines are healthier and doesn't give as bad of hangovers, and often 'organic' or biodynamic (i.e. good for the earth) is the selling point over the taste...
by Michael O'Brien
February 28th, 2020, 8:03 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7416

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I called Air Canada yesterday because they had changed our flight schedule from Vancouver to Toronto. They are so overwhelmed, the message yesterday was that they will not even put a caller on hold. It is web or nothing. They set no expectation as to when that might change.
by Michael O'Brien
February 28th, 2020, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Millennials and Wine
Replies: 46
Views: 8586

Re: Millennials and Wine

My youngest and her husband moved from beer, to mezcal and tequila because that was what many of their friends were drinking. Living in Texas helps that along. But she is also interested in wine largely because I started to train her when she was young to smell and taste. I even used a Le Nez du Vin...
by Michael O'Brien
February 26th, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for wine cellar insurer
Replies: 66
Views: 2937

Re: Suggestions for wine cellar insurer

My wine is covered under the "all risk" scheduled property rider on my home owners policy with Safeco. The premium for the wine coverage is $0.52 per & 100. The premium for art and jewelry slightly less. I have never had a claim for wine but I have for jewelry. The process was straight forward.
by Michael O'Brien
February 25th, 2020, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North of Santa Fe wine recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 380

Re: North of Santa Fe wine recommendations?

Great recommendations. I am copying them for my next trip.
by Michael O'Brien
February 25th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North of Santa Fe wine recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 380

Re: North of Santa Fe wine recommendations?

BYOB is illegal in New Mexico so any drinking of wine you buy will not be in a restaurant. Decent wine shops are hard to come by in NM too. You might pm desertwine to see if he has any ideas. He lives in Lamy outside of Santa Fe. Arroyo Vino will let you bring wine you buy in their store into their...
by Michael O'Brien
February 25th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North of Santa Fe wine recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 380

Re: North of Santa Fe wine recommendations?

BYOB is illegal in New Mexico so any drinking of wine you buy will not be in a restaurant. Decent wine shops are hard to come by in NM too. You might pm desertwine to see if he has any ideas. He lives in Lamy outside of Santa Fe.
by Michael O'Brien
February 25th, 2020, 4:00 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 49
Views: 4853

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

We will definitely be there. Fortuitous timing since we will be in Toronto visiting friends at the time.
by Michael O'Brien
February 24th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Redondo Beach 19 - 26 February
Replies: 14
Views: 893

Re: Redondo Beach 19 - 26 February

All meals have been very good. Our goal was to try different types of foods each evening. Enrique's is hard to classify - - latín fusion maybe. Second best grilled octopus we have ever had. The best was in Lima, Perú. Not likely to get back there any time soon. The churros at Enrique's were served w...

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