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by Michael O'Brien
January 16th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Moving to Argentina
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Re: Moving to Argentina

Dave,

You might get more responses if you also post this in the Travel and the Asylum forums.
by Michael O'Brien
January 16th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Moving to Argentina
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Re: Moving to Argentina

My wife and I love Buenos Aires. Do you know what area you will be living in yet? We have our favorite wineries in the Mendoza region but we by no means have tried them all. And a trip to Iguazu Falls is a must do while you are in Argentina. We found the Brazilian side to be the most organized and b...
by Michael O'Brien
January 12th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 9973
Views: 442892

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

My most recent purchases have been from JJB
NV Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut, 375ml for $23.50
2008 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut, 750ml for $45
2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia, 750ml for $30.95
by Michael O'Brien
January 12th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 34
Views: 676

Re: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27

I have a couple of magnums of 2003 d'Arenberg but have no idea if I should open them. Any recommendations. Bought them on a whim at a very low price. Show up without them I'll have a lot of wine there. It'll give you an idea of when to open them. Dead Arm ages well. Thanks George. Sorry I can't mak...
by Michael O'Brien
January 10th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread (as featured in Forbes!) - FAQ/Info/Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 4409

Re: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread - FAQ/Info/Discussion

It will be time to welcome all the newcomers, as Forbes' article just launched, with a hyperlink to this forum! https://www.forbes.com/sites/katiebell/2019/01/10/where-to-find-the-years-best-wine-deals-berserkerday-january-27/#6657b54c4f94 Welcome, all! More information to come, and bookmark this f...
by Michael O'Brien
January 9th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 34
Views: 676

Re: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27

I have a couple of magnums of 2003 d'Arenberg but have no idea if I should open them. Any recommendations. Bought them on a whim at a very low price.
by Michael O'Brien
January 7th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 184
Views: 7177

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

My three lowest CT scored wines are all from the Finger Lakes region. The lowest three are:
2015 Hermann J. Wiemer Extra Brut - 85 points
2014 Ravines Wine Cellars Cabernet Franc - 86.7 points
2015 Heron Hill Vineyards Riesling Reserve - 87 points
by Michael O'Brien
January 7th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Mixed Case of Mature Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 771

Re: QPR Mixed Case of Mature Bordeaux

Two excellent lists. I got a few hints. You might also consider Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Secret de Cardinale (although best if under 15 years), Château Destieux (the '05 is very good). While these wines may be younger than what you envisioned, they are mature and best with about 10 - 15 years on ...
by Michael O'Brien
January 7th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If I had to limit my buying to 10 producers ....
Replies: 241
Views: 8979

Re: If I had to limit my buying to 10 producers ....

Latour
Margaux
Huet
Thomas (Dundee Hills)
Weinbach
Roberto Voerzio
Louis Roederer
Lopez de Heredia
Alvaro Palacios
Joh. Jos. Prüm
by Michael O'Brien
January 7th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bargain Champagne
Replies: 51
Views: 1927

Re: Best Bargain Champagne

I consider vintage Piper-Heidsieck a bargain. It is an excellent champagne and can usually be found a good prices. Just bought some '08 Brut for $45.
by Michael O'Brien
January 7th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Texas BBQ Spring Break
Replies: 10
Views: 281

Re: Texas BBQ Spring Break

TimF, visit the CT board and reach out to oskiwawa and sourdough. They both live in Austin and I believe sourdough has also lived in San Antonio and Houston. Those two would know just about anything you would want to know.
by Michael O'Brien
January 6th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ‘05 Baumard Quarts De Chaume-Kick Ass!
Replies: 13
Views: 480

Re: ‘05 Baumard Quarts De Chaume-Kick Ass!

Thanks for the note. Reminds me that I am running low on them. Unlike Kirk, I have really enjoyed them with some age. The '96 was singing last year when I opened one. Looks like the tasting notes are mixed on that one though. I hope my remaining bottles are still good. QdC is one of the real bargain...
by Michael O'Brien
December 27th, 2018, 12:14 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Argentina, Brazil, Chile...
Replies: 1
Views: 110

Re: Argentina, Brazil, Chile...

In our experience, the wines in the restaurants are from larger producers and most are easily available in the U.S. The real fun is visiting Mendoza wineries especially for a multi-course wine paired with their own wines. We have done that 18 times now and had a great experience all but one time. Th...
by Michael O'Brien
December 9th, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Recommendations
Replies: 62
Views: 18178

Re: Restaurant Recommendations

Last week we had dinner at Eloise Chic Cuisine in Mexico City. Excellent food. Decent wine list. And by U.S. standards, quite reasonable.

http://eloise.rest/
by Michael O'Brien
December 9th, 2018, 9:52 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The best or memorable vacation spot was...
Replies: 47
Views: 1850

Re: The best or memorable vacation spot was...

The most memorable place I have ever visited was Petra, Jordan.
by Michael O'Brien
September 24th, 2018, 5:55 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 91
Views: 2350

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

We were there in July. Rented a 2/2 Airbnb with AC in the 3rd Le Marais. Great location.
by Michael O'Brien
September 18th, 2018, 4:11 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November
Replies: 218
Views: 4193

Re: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November

K John, not certain if you are getting your PM email again yet but I just sent you one. If this happens 16 - 18 November my wife and I are in. I sent you my email and cell number in the message. Let us know if there will be a theme for the event at your house. Time to do a little planning.

Michael
by Michael O'Brien
September 14th, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November
Replies: 218
Views: 4193

Re: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November

We can do 16 - 18 too.
by Michael O'Brien
September 11th, 2018, 8:55 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 2.5 days in Austin with my son to experience BBQ! What tips can you offer first timers?
Replies: 19
Views: 633

Re: 2.5 days in Austin with my son to experience BBQ! What tips can you offer first timers?

How could I have forgotten Chez Nous Greg? I have had some excellent meals there and it is downtown. Last time I was there, corkage was $25 per bottle. Probably hasn't changed. Greg is right, 6th street is the bar version of kitsch for the barely legals.
by Michael O'Brien
September 9th, 2018, 5:10 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 2.5 days in Austin with my son to experience BBQ! What tips can you offer first timers?
Replies: 19
Views: 633

Re: 2.5 days in Austin with my son to experience BBQ! What tips can you offer first timers?

Here a a list of some of the better joints in Austin. https://austin.eater.com/maps/best-barbecue-austin-restaurants If you wan't Franklin's follow Gus's advice. Don't wait in line. Order in advance. As Gus knows, quality BYOB places are hard to come by but if you are looking for good and interestin...
by Michael O'Brien
September 3rd, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November
Replies: 218
Views: 4193

Re: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November

Thanksgiving is on the 22nd this year so probably need to go before that. As for us, we leave for Cuernavaca for a wedding after Thanksgiving.

From my perspective, smaller groups present less logistical challenges and allow for decent pours. Larger groups are harder to manage in almost all respects.
by Michael O'Brien
August 30th, 2018, 5:30 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November
Replies: 218
Views: 4193

Re: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November

Are we gonna make this a big event, get Berserkers from everywhere out there? Gotta think of potential venues like Peking Duck House in NYC As K John knows, in the Dallas- Ft. Worth area, good BYOB restaurants are few and far between and most of them are not big venues like the Peking Duck House in...
by Michael O'Brien
August 30th, 2018, 5:20 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November
Replies: 218
Views: 4193

Re: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November

K John Joseph. Just sent you another email through the board. Sent a copy to myself and received it. Hopefully this time you will receive it.

Michael
by Michael O'Brien
August 30th, 2018, 5:13 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November
Replies: 218
Views: 4193

Re: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November

K John Joseph, are you out there. I sent a PM on the 18th. Not certain if you received it. Michael Michael, Never received it and just rechecked my PMs. Anyone recall who was putting together the email list for Texas berserkers? That was being constructed at some point. Be a damn fine means of gett...
by Michael O'Brien
August 30th, 2018, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine Shops for Shipping to Texas??
Replies: 20
Views: 1070

Re: Best Wine Shops for Shipping to Texas??

I just purchased some 2006 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva Rocche dell'Annunziata and some 2010 Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Coparossa from Sigel's in Dallas and had it sent to my local Sigel's in Plano for pickup. Sigel's was bought out of bankruptcy by Twin Liquors. Once a twice a year, they put out a bin ...
by Michael O'Brien
August 30th, 2018, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says
Replies: 70
Views: 2730

Re: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says

I ignore most of these studies. When you live as long as I have what is good today is bad tomorrow and good again the day after tomorrow.
by Michael O'Brien
August 27th, 2018, 5:27 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November
Replies: 218
Views: 4193

Re: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November

K John Joseph, are you out there. I sent a PM on the 18th. Not certain if you received it.

Michael
by Michael O'Brien
August 20th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 9973
Views: 442892

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A local store was closing out their 2006 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva Rocche dell'Annunziata fro $134.99 Lowest Wine-Searcher Pro price I could find was $204.99 so I decided to buy. Also picked up the 2010 and 2011 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc JJB offered at a discount. Price was right and the wine is...
by Michael O'Brien
August 20th, 2018, 1:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?
Replies: 92
Views: 7355

Re: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?

I am a big fan of the Tesseron Lot 29. Unfortunately, the prices has continued to increase. When I first bought it cost was $215 per bottle. It is now up over $600 in my market.
by Michael O'Brien
August 18th, 2018, 3:31 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November
Replies: 218
Views: 4193

Re: DALLAS FORT WORTH Berserker Event in November

Just now seeing this and sent you a PM. Let me know if you don't receive it.

Michael
by Michael O'Brien
July 24th, 2018, 4:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me plan our Willamette Valley itinerary.
Replies: 7
Views: 668

Help me plan our Willamette Valley itinerary.

We visited last September. Our favorites were 1789, Privé Vineyard, Walter Scott, Brick House, Kelley Fox, Bergström, Lenné Estate, and of course Thomas. Nothing fancy at any of them. Some very basic but great wines and good visits. I was able to buy some back vintages at several of them which was a...
by Michael O'Brien
July 24th, 2018, 3:52 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 612

Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux

We just left Bordeaux a few days ago. We stayed in a 2 bedroom 2 bath Airbnb at 45 Quai des Chatrons. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13320316. Great location. Quiet. Well equipped. I hired Henri Challeau for touring and he did an excellent job. He was recommended by several on this board and they were...
by Michael O'Brien
July 2nd, 2018, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Dom Perignon
Replies: 17
Views: 1025

TN: 2009 Dom Perignon

A local super market chain here in Texas had the 2009 Dom and for $112 per bottle. Stocked up. Every year they have a 25% off sale of all sparkling wines. It helps that they are competitively priced to begin with. Once a year, I stock up.
by Michael O'Brien
June 29th, 2018, 5:54 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant recommendations in Paris
Replies: 8
Views: 494

Restaurant recommendations in Paris

Thanks everyone. Looks like I will have no problem finding great places to eat.
by Michael O'Brien
June 28th, 2018, 2:37 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant Rec San Jose Costa Rica
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Restaurant Rec San Jose Costa Rica

There isn't a lot near the airport and the drive into San Jose while only about 12 miles away can take 45 minutes depending on the time of day. I don't know which hotel you are staying at but this place is only about 2 miles from the airport. I haven't eaten at their newest location but if you like ...
by Michael O'Brien
June 28th, 2018, 12:20 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant recommendations in Paris
Replies: 8
Views: 494

Restaurant recommendations in Paris

Thanks Diane.
by Michael O'Brien
June 27th, 2018, 3:17 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant recommendations in Paris
Replies: 8
Views: 494

Restaurant recommendations in Paris

Restaurant l’Ange 20 is good value and food and takes online reservations. Or grab a falafel and walk the neighborhood This is a great recommendation. We are staying about 4 blocks from this place on the same street. Couldn't get luckier. Thanks to everyone else and keep the recommendations coming.
by Michael O'Brien
June 27th, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant recommendations in Paris
Replies: 8
Views: 494

Restaurant recommendations in Paris

We will be in Paris for a few days next month. We are staying in the 3rd (Haut Marais) area. If you have any recommendations of lunch/dinner restaurants, we would appreciate them. We are looking for more small, bistro like places. We are not interested in the big name €200 per person places. Fresh f...
by Michael O'Brien
June 8th, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bringing Wine to Spain and/or Italy from US
Replies: 7
Views: 270

Bringing Wine to Spain and/or Italy from US

Traveling with the family to Rome for a few days before a cruise to Barcelona where we will spend a few days after the cruise before heading home. Does anyone know if there are restrictions on bringing wine into Italy or Spain? We have a brief layover in MAD so wondering if I might be able to short...
by Michael O'Brien
June 8th, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sicily? I’ve been warned away.
Replies: 12
Views: 715

Sicily? I’ve been warned away.

Last year we visited Catania, Messina, and Taormina. and some small mountain towns as well including Castelmola. We visited Mt. Etna too. We loved the visit, the food, the scenery, and just about everything. Everywhere has crime. Always be watchful and never flash cash or jewelry. Avoid dicey areas ...
by Michael O'Brien
May 24th, 2018, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 9973
Views: 442892

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A local grocery store has a Champagne sale once a year. Twenty-five percent off. So I bought 2009 Dom Perignon for $112 a bottle. Had it not been for a collector friend who mentioned it to me, I would have missed the opportunity. That would have been a shame.
by Michael O'Brien
April 20th, 2018, 3:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: African safari updates new advice?
Replies: 12
Views: 501

African safari updates new advice?

We know a couple that used this company last year for a trip to Botswana and Victoria Falls. http://www.africa-adventure.com/index.html. They couldn't not stop gushing about the quality of their experience. Based on their experience and recommendation, we will use them when we book our trip.
by Michael O'Brien
April 13th, 2018, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dipping our toes in Oregon Pinot (not literally)
Replies: 94
Views: 3944

Dipping our toes in Oregon Pinot (not literally)

Thank you all for your feed back and thoughtful perspective. I appreciate having an opportunity to have this discussion within this community of highly engaged consumers and many small producers who share similar challenges to us. The decision of how to structure tasting fees is one of the most dif...
by Michael O'Brien
April 13th, 2018, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More than 5 glasses of wine a week is bad?
Replies: 49
Views: 1897

More than 5 glasses of wine a week is bad?

I have seen so many "It is bad for you" turn into "It is okay after all" turn back into "It is bad for you" that I just ignore the noise. It is a revolving door. Live life and enjoy. And Josh, that Benmarco bottle brings back memories. We were just at Dominio Del Plata in February. We had an excelle...
by Michael O'Brien
March 23rd, 2018, 4:51 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Costa Rica ??????
Replies: 10
Views: 337

Costa Rica ??????

Been to Costa Rica a dozen times or so; several times to Spain but Spain is much larger. Easier to get around to several places in Costa Rica. If the trip is only one week, got to Costa Rica. A lot less time spent traveling and more time on the ground. Plenty to see and do. Most people head to the w...
by Michael O'Brien
March 3rd, 2018, 3:11 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: July 4 travel: Sonoma or Willamette Valley?
Replies: 6
Views: 446

July 4 travel: Sonoma or Willamette Valley?

Willamette all the way. Done both. Willamette offers lots of interesting wineries to visit, many outstanding smaller restaurants using all locally produced ingredients, and a laid back ambiance not to mention it is beautiful too.
by Michael O'Brien
March 3rd, 2018, 3:09 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 421
Views: 20486

Adventures in Paris

Keep it up Berserkers. We will be in Paris for a few days in late July. Not the best time to go but necessary given we have to catch a cruise ship out of Amsterdam on 28 July. France first to visit friends in La Rochelle; Bordeaux to tour with Henri; then Paris before taking the train to Amsterdam. ...
by Michael O'Brien
March 3rd, 2018, 3:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Importing wine for personal use
Replies: 13
Views: 1065

Importing wine for personal use

We just returned to Texas with two cases of wine. Use Global Entry. Declared. No problems.
by Michael O'Brien
March 3rd, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Vacation plans for 2018?
Replies: 55
Views: 1486

Vacation plans for 2018?

Just returned from a 39 day cruise around South America disembarking in Buenos Aires for a two-week stay in Argentina. The obligatory trip to Mendoza was made and a case of wine returned with us. In July, head to France for two weeks, then to Amsterdam for a few days before catching a cruise ship to...

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