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by Alan Zee
January 28th, 2012, 6:49 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Kapcsandy Grand Vin 07 and 08
Replies: 1
Views: 281

Re: Kapcsandy Grand Vin 07 and 08

Bump.....20% off lowest WS pricing.
by Alan Zee
January 24th, 2012, 10:54 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Kapcsandy Grand Vin 07 and 08
Replies: 1
Views: 281

Kapcsandy Grand Vin 07 and 08

For Sale: Buy either lot or both. Will not break up. Lot A -Qty 6 2007 Kapcsandy 2007 Grand Vin in OWC Lot B - Qty 4 2008 Kapcsandy 2008 Grand Vin Price 20% below lowest in Wine-Searcher. Buyer pays shipping. Professionally stored since release. Edited for additional discount. Or make a reasonable o...
by Alan Zee
December 2nd, 2011, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever drop a new delivery?
Replies: 12
Views: 505

Re: Ever drop a new delivery?

I dropped one bottle once in my life. Actually it fell out of my Le Cache as I was rearranging some bottles, the bottle, a $15 Muscadet, fell out and "bounced" off the tile floor and back into the Le Cache and THEN broke !! It survived the tile bounce (and chipped the tile) and it didn't break until...
by Alan Zee
November 5th, 2011, 12:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Need a Napa/Sonoma restaurant recommendation....
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Re: Need a Napa/Sonoma restaurant recommendation....

bistro Jeanty in Oakville. Been going there for many years. Great food, relaxed environment
by Alan Zee
November 5th, 2011, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monumental Cult Cab Wine Dinner - Harlan, Colgin, Araujo, Etc With Interesting Results
Replies: 34
Views: 2213

Re: Monumental Cult Cab Wine Dinner - Harlan, Colgin, Araujo, Etc With Interesting Results

Great notes, Thank you for taking the time to post them. 96 Salon was one of my aha moments with Champagne :) I drink a bunch of aged Napa Cabs and what i have found is that a well made wine from Napa in the 90's will stand the test of time and age well beyond 10 years. I dont subscribe to the 10 ye...
by Alan Zee
October 29th, 2011, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California the best value in wine today?
Replies: 78
Views: 2570

Re: Is California the best value in wine today?

Howard Cooper wrote:Going through these posts, arguments and counterarguments, I think you could come up with an awfully good cellar without spending a lot of money with representatives from around the world

Why are we all spending more?

Because we can?

:)
by Alan Zee
October 28th, 2011, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California the best value in wine today?
Replies: 78
Views: 2570

Re: Is California the best value in wine today?

Feck no!! I will say it again Feck no! I have tons of Napa Cabs and a number of boutique Pinot's and yes, they are excellent wines, but certainly not the best QPR wines out there. I would have to vote for Italy. Some of the brunello's I have been tasting have been absolutely excellent and reasonably...
by Alan Zee
July 16th, 2011, 1:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles: Post Yours Here For An Online Study
Replies: 575
Views: 31510

Re: Corked Bottles: Post Yours Here For An Online Study

2007 Radio-Coteau Chard. Savoy Vineyard - two nights ago. First bad bottle from this producer for me.
by Alan Zee
June 27th, 2011, 1:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Burger Shoot Out: Shake Shack | In-N-Out | Five Guys
Replies: 82
Views: 4334

Re: Burger Shoot Out: Shake Shack | In-N-Out | Five Guys

Do any of these places hold a candle to the old Taylor's Refresher in St. Helena? Do you mean Gott's Roadside Tray Gourmet? http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-03-27/bay-area/19914115_1_gotts-taylor-family-trademark-trial But seriously, if were talking Taylor's then Vals in Hayward should get added int...
by Alan Zee
June 26th, 2011, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kapcsandy Wines: Consumer Confusion. Please help!
Replies: 23
Views: 2059

Re: Kapcsandy Wines: Consumer Confusion. Please help!

My fiscal goal of 2011 is to somehow not become a member of Lou's Grand Vin Club; assuring myself of a case each year of his extraordinary wines. I have to keep repeating I am not this balla, I am not this balla... Glenn, Unfortunately, I failed miserably at this and admit I am a member of the Gran...
by Alan Zee
June 17th, 2011, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Five Wines of The Year So Far
Replies: 100
Views: 5725

Re: Top Five Wines of The Year So Far

1953 Vega Sicilia Unico
1962 Vega Sicilia Unico
1982 LLC
1983 d'yquem
1982 Mouton

honorable mention

82 Krug
94 Mondavi Reserve
97 Ornellaia
98 Ornellaia
97 Solaia
90 LLC
by Alan Zee
April 18th, 2011, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vega Sicilia Unico Vertical Tasting 13 vintages
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Re: Vega Sicilia Unico Vertical Tasting 13 vintages

Unico 1, Sex 0. Thanks for the notes Alan; hard to find comparative notes on Unico as I always had a piqued interest in the hype surrounding it but could never muster enough gumption to throw down for a bottle. Served blind could you guess the typicity in the younger or older wines? Clearly Spanish...
by Alan Zee
April 18th, 2011, 4:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vega Sicilia Unico Vertical Tasting 13 vintages
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Vega Sicilia Unico Vertical Tasting 13 vintages

I attended a portion of The Great Wine Weekend in Miami and the Vega Sicilia Unico vertical tasting was the finale of what was from all accounts and great weekend. This tasting was presided over by Pablo Alvarez, General Mgr and Part Owners of this storied producer. Also presiding over the tasting w...
by Alan Zee
April 14th, 2011, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God bless those who are born young and stay young for life
Replies: 9
Views: 913

Re: God bless those who are born young and stay young for life

Ahh, my favorite Muscadet served. I love that wine. 94 Insignia. Awesome bottle of wine. Had it a good number of times, but it has long been gone from my cellar :( Glad it is still kicking butt.
by Alan Zee
April 13th, 2011, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: TN: 2000 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

Thanks for the TN. I also collect ducru and glad to see that the 2000 impressed you. I haven't tried the 2000 yet, but sure looking forward to it. Thanks
by Alan Zee
April 1st, 2011, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There IS a God - but I got April fooled
Replies: 6
Views: 566

Re: There IS a God - but I got April fooled

What made this so believable is that my friend actually owns all these wines and his invite list was rather extensive and included about 20 serious wine drinkers that we mutually know. He had been considering selling them to Chinese buyers , but mentioned he wants to taste of few before he makes a f...
by Alan Zee
April 1st, 2011, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There IS a God - but I got April fooled
Replies: 6
Views: 566

Re: There IS a God - but I got April fooled

I have been April Fooled. :(

as did 20 others

how do I delete a thread
sorry about that
but damn the invitation looked so authentic
by Alan Zee
April 1st, 2011, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There IS a God - but I got April fooled
Replies: 6
Views: 566

There IS a God - but I got April fooled

I just got an email invite to a free LAFITE tasting at one of my friends homes..... I am stunned............. THere is a GOD after all who answered my prayers! here is the invite! Update : I have been had by an April fools joke as did 20 others that got blinded by the thought of such a tasting. I ha...
by Alan Zee
April 1st, 2011, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corkscrew Review: Code 38 Pro
Replies: 140
Views: 9134

Re: Corkscrew Review: Code 38 Pro

While I am not sure I can condone the cost of such an item, I must add: I get it. Many of us have seen the wine-lover who has an extreme opener, either screw-pull or the one mounted to an oak bench made of brass. I myself have seen some interesting openers in the last year. Just recently I have pur...
by Alan Zee
March 9th, 2011, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Holdredge Pinot Noir Bucher
Replies: 13
Views: 495

Re: TN: 2006 Holdredge Pinot Noir Bucher

How was the acidity on this one? Had an '08 Old School recently, which I liked, after some airing, but found a bit too acid (it played better with food). Peter- acid was part of the point of the Old School- 100% whole cluster, searing acidity, low alcohol (13.2%). I personally like that kind of stu...
by Alan Zee
March 9th, 2011, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your opinion of Kobalt Napa Cabs?
Replies: 37
Views: 1436

Re: Your opinion of Kobalt Napa Cabs?

I had the '05 around Christmas of '08 and found it nearly undrinkable for the first three hours. After that it started to open up into something pretty interesting, though not really my style. My in-laws loved it however, so it was, therefore, a perfect bottle! [whistle.gif] With young Kobalt, I op...
by Alan Zee
March 8th, 2011, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your opinion of Kobalt Napa Cabs?
Replies: 37
Views: 1436

Re: Your opinion of Kobalt Napa Cabs?

I have a ton of Kobalt and love it. Been buying since the first vintage in 2001. One of my absolute favorite Napa cabs and as stated previously , I do believe Kobalt exclusively uses Coombsville fruit, but they did change some sources for the 08 and later vintages. They did not renew a couple of vin...
by Alan Zee
February 20th, 2011, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Prunotto Bussia
Replies: 16
Views: 347

Re: 1997 Prunotto Bussia

What I can say about the 45 and 57 is that Serge picked them up from Chambers St. and was kind enough to share with our wine group. I have bought many old wines from Chambers and have been quite lucky. Which is the reason I go back for more. A few of us looked at the 57 and even Serge felt that it w...
by Alan Zee
February 20th, 2011, 10:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York in March, help with a nice restaurant.
Replies: 18
Views: 771

Re: New York in March, help with a nice restaurant.

I have had nothing but great experiences at Alto and Babbo. Can't recommend them highly enough. My first choice would be Alto, just don't do the over the top tasting menu. Too long of a meal, and not as good as their regular price fixe menu. If you love Sushi, NYC has some of the best Sushi restaura...
by Alan Zee
February 20th, 2011, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favourite 82 Bordeaux?
Replies: 60
Views: 1514

Re: Your favourite 82 Bordeaux?

My favorite 82 and one of my all time favorite wines was the 82 Margaux. It was stunning! A few weeks ago , my friend surprised me with a 375ml of 82 Mouton at a dinner out. If they could put the words PERFECTION next to a wine, it would be the 82 Mouton. It was so youthful. This wine will outlive a...
by Alan Zee
February 20th, 2011, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Prunotto Bussia
Replies: 16
Views: 347

Re: 1997 Prunotto Bussia

How much air is the "right" amount of air. How many hours should you give a bottle to come around. I know that is a loaded question, but a guideline would be helpful to me. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to share bottles of 45 and 57 Rinaldi. The 57 was dead, nothing left it appeared , we l...
by Alan Zee
February 19th, 2011, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Prunotto Bussia
Replies: 16
Views: 347

Re: 1997 Prunotto Bussia

Glenn,

Nice review. I have a 90 that I have been saving (for what I don't know) and will look to open it sooner vs. later to see how it has survived (or thrived).
by Alan Zee
February 6th, 2011, 11:59 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB 1981 wine in Boston preferably
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: WTB 1981 wine in Boston preferably

The best 1981 wine I have had (and with repeatable results) has been La Mission Haut Brion. The 81 to me is absolutely the perfectly aged Bordeaux. For a tough year, this wine shined. But you will have to spend $150-$190 a bottle I believe. But it is worth it in my opinion. Compared to what you can ...
by Alan Zee
February 6th, 2011, 11:56 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SQN - Confusing Ad
Replies: 11
Views: 533

Re: SQN - Confusing Ad

JDonner wrote:Ok tie that that Merchant to the Whipping Post!
He can't, he already went Southbound
by Alan Zee
January 13th, 2011, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SHS 2002 on sale by Shafer January 20
Replies: 7
Views: 691

Re: SHS 2002 on sale by Shafer January 20

Well hmmmm We wanted to alert you that on Thursday, January 20 at 9:00 a.m., Pacific Standard Time, our online store will offer you (Hillside Select List members only) the opportunity to purchase up to two bottles of 2002 Hillside Select®. We will offer up to two 750ml bottles per Hillside Select l...
by Alan Zee
January 6th, 2011, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OK, I'll say it, I love Mondavi
Replies: 18
Views: 1001

Re: OK, I'll say it, I love Mondavi

My experience is that They are nice enough crowd pleasers, but they tend to lack much character. Generous fruit, low acid, uber-soft tannins. It's kind of a "safe pick". Try a 1994 Reserve Cab and then see if your opinion changes. one of the best cab's I have ever had, period...and I have had many ...
by Alan Zee
January 6th, 2011, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Mission Haut Brion 61, 75, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 94, 95, 96, 98, & 99
Replies: 21
Views: 1001

Re: La Mission Haut Brion 61, 75, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 94, 95, 96, 98,

Jeff

Thanks very much for a great report, I am very fond of LMHB. I have had great luck with the 81 vintage, as you say, its ready to go and no reason to wait further and the three or four I have had in the last year were very pleasurable. Thanks and look forward to your HB report.

Alan
by Alan Zee
December 29th, 2010, 4:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fake Wine In China
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Fake Wine In China

You would think they would counterfeit the good stuff......the fake wine is as bad the real wine.....

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by Alan Zee
December 27th, 2010, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Dom Perignon
Replies: 11
Views: 467

Re: TN: 1990 Dom Perignon

I have had this vintage of Dom twice in the last two months. One was a mag, the other a 750. Both showed VERY well. Great sparkler.

It is also on tap for New Years Eve. My last bottle :(
by Alan Zee
December 19th, 2010, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When a $20 Stefania Haut Taube is preferred to a $300 bottle of Amarone
Replies: 25
Views: 968

Re: When a $20 Stefania Haut Taube is preferred to a $300 bottle of Amarone

Ford Fiesta comparisons aside, the Haut Tubee is quite a nice wine I think. I am not really a Cali wine guy, though I do like some Napa Cabs. Even the zins much heralded on this board do nothing for me, with the exception of Ridge which is nice from time to time. But for me if I am in the mood for ...
by Alan Zee
December 19th, 2010, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When a $20 Stefania Haut Taube is preferred to a $300 bottle of Amarone
Replies: 25
Views: 968

Re: When a $20 Stefania Haut Taube is preferred to a $300 bottle of Amarone

Well, you went from driving a Ford Fiesta around town to driving a Ferrari Testarossa at 200 mph down the Autobahn. Yea, it can be a little disconcerting at first, and disorienting. Give it another try, and if you feel the same way, no biggie. Amarone is not for everybody. dc. "Quintarelli is King ...
by Alan Zee
December 19th, 2010, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When a $20 Stefania Haut Taube is preferred to a $300 bottle of Amarone
Replies: 25
Views: 968

Re: When a $20 Stefania Haut Taube is preferred to a $300 bottle of Amarone

Alan, to me, amarone is not an easy drinking wine. The ripasso thing makes them unique. I myself have sampled this one. "Haut Taube, a$20 easy drinking red that I have always enjoyed a...." Could it be a stylistic thing? You should have seen my face sampling Sauternes at Lenny's home on Monday! Som...
by Alan Zee
December 19th, 2010, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When a $20 Stefania Haut Taube is preferred to a $300 bottle of Amarone
Replies: 25
Views: 968

Re: When a $20 Stefania Haut Taube is preferred to a $300 bottle of Amarone

Do you live in Boca Raton? The optimal environment for enjoying Amarone would be during a frigid Northern-state winter, in a drafty old house that never gets much over 65 degrees, eating a beef stew and watching a blizzard roar outside your window. Marcus, I didn't realize that a particular wine wa...
by Alan Zee
December 19th, 2010, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When a $20 Stefania Haut Taube is preferred to a $300 bottle of Amarone
Replies: 25
Views: 968

When a $20 Stefania Haut Taube is preferred to a $300 bottle of Amarone

Last night I went to a wonderful party to watch the Boca Raton Boat Parade. I was asked to help supply some wines for mostly a non-wine drinking population at this party. I recommended easy drinkers and provided some young Muscadet and a few bottles of Stefania's 2008 Haut Taube, a$20 easy drinking ...
by Alan Zee
December 16th, 2010, 6:34 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 1975 D'Yquem for Sale...again...
Replies: 6
Views: 475

Re: 1975 D'Yquem for Sale...again...

PM sent, interested in full case
by Alan Zee
December 15th, 2010, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What was your most disappointing wine of 2010?
Replies: 71
Views: 1935

Re: What was your most disappointing wine of 2010?

1997 Opus One... a wine that I loved in the past, but not this bottle. not sure if it had a flaw or just this bottle headed down hill.
by Alan Zee
December 15th, 2010, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benchmark Wine Group: Caution!
Replies: 50
Views: 3431

Re: Benchmark Wine Group: Caution!

I am not sure what the purpose of your original post is. <It sure seems pretty straight forward to me. Great place to buy, but use caution if ordering online. A confirmed order online may not be truely confirmed. Someone on the phone may palce an order after you and receive the wine while your orde...
by Alan Zee
December 15th, 2010, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benchmark Wine Group: Caution!
Replies: 50
Views: 3431

Re: Benchmark Wine Group: Caution!

I am not sure what the purpose of your original post is. I will say that glitches do occur. Guess what? I bought that same bottle of Montelena as you did and got a an email from them saying they apologized. I was refunded my money and all was good. I buy a ton of wine every year. Benchmark gets the ...
by Alan Zee
December 4th, 2010, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chamber Street Wines-just a nice experience
Replies: 15
Views: 671

Re: Chamber Street Wines-just a nice experience

I also have to agree. I have gotten some very nice old gems from them and have always gone out of their way in terms of customer service. I had an issue where I received a package that got "lost" in Florida for a day with some of my 97 Muscadet, when it arrived, two bottles inside were broken. I cal...
by Alan Zee
December 4th, 2010, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Phelps Insignia
Replies: 16
Views: 691

Re: 2007 Phelps Insignia

I am a member of one of the many Phelps wine clubs and got mine at the club price of $140.00 I've also seen it advertised for that amount also. Just for informational purposes! you finally made it over here............about F'en time............. see ya in Vegas :) Given the track record of Insigni...
by Alan Zee
December 4th, 2010, 12:47 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Las Vegas
Replies: 46
Views: 10414

Re: Las Vegas

I thought the food at Sage (Aria) was quite good and I don't think they have a bottle limit. For steak, Prime (Bellagio) was pretty good and I don't recall a bottle limit there, either. David Thanks for the advice, but any MGM owned property has a two bottle limit regardless of the hotel. It is the...
by Alan Zee
December 1st, 2010, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pairing for latkes?
Replies: 53
Views: 1634

Re: Wine pairing for latkes?

Ole standby http://www.manischewitzwine.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Then when they can't stop laughing, pull the real stuff out........ my best bet would be a Riesling....or possibly a Sancere or Chablis. For a red, I would go with Stefania's Haut Taubee........very light and ...
by Alan Zee
December 1st, 2010, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1967 Oderro Barolo - did it suck?
Replies: 5
Views: 343

TN: 1967 Oderro Barolo - did it suck?

Nope sure didn't. Simply one of the best Barolo's I ever experienced. We had two different 67 Barolo's last night and this bottle was in perfect condition with great fill level and the cork can out in one piece. The tar, smokey meat, big mouthfeel was all there. This amazing 43 year old exceeded all...
by Alan Zee
November 27th, 2010, 7:46 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Las Vegas
Replies: 46
Views: 10414

Re: Las Vegas

Alan, Table 10 at the Palazzo might be a good option. I am not 100% sure if they have a 2 bottle max though -- worth a call. best, Matt Matt, I appreciate the help, but I have been to Table 10 and was not very impressed. In all honesty, I was mostly disappointed in all the restaurants I tried at Pa...
by Alan Zee
November 27th, 2010, 1:33 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Las Vegas
Replies: 46
Views: 10414

Re: Las Vegas

Hi Guys I am planning to be back in Vegas Dec 8-12 (again for business) but I am staying over the weekend and some wine buddies from CT are coming in as well. Other than LOS (been there, done that, will do it again) what restaurants of quality can you recommend that doesn't have a two bottle limit? ...

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