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by mmarcellus
January 23rd, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Briceland Vineyards Petit Verdot Ishi Pishi Ranch - a deliciously quirky wine
Replies: 24
Views: 681

Re: TN: 2012 Briceland Vineyards Petit Verdot Ishi Pishi Ranch - a deliciously quirky wine

Hey Robert, I haven't had the PV yet, but I've tried some other wines from Ishi Pishi Ranch and they are exceptional. I think it's the best American terroir that most people haven't heard of. The Zinfandel in particular blows my mind. My take on that one is that it's what Zinfandel might taste like ...
by mmarcellus
January 23rd, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flour for Baking - Need Recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 310

Re: Flour for Baking - Need Recommendations

What specific purpose are you looking to use flour with a 13% protein content for? (Not croissants, I hope). If you're looking for that high of a protein content, your best bet is to blend in some whole wheat flour. And King Arthur Bread Flour is definitely the way to go if you're looking for high p...
by mmarcellus
January 21st, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Under $20 solid QPR Cabernet?
Replies: 31
Views: 1799

Re: Recommendations for Under $20 solid QPR Cabernet?

Camp (Sonoma) is a very solid cabernet that you should be able to find under $20. It's laid back and balanced, so should do okay with SE Asian.
by mmarcellus
December 17th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Meininger's: Hybrid Grapes
Replies: 1
Views: 181

Re: Meininger's: Hybrid Grapes

Hybrids have been around for decades in the US Northeast, with results that can historically be described, in polite company, as mixed. I believe that the term "hybrid" refers to any cross between vitis vinifera and any other vitis group. Cornell was one of the leading developers of US hybrids start...
by mmarcellus
November 27th, 2019, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yet Another Reason Not to Have a Government Monopoly Selling Wine
Replies: 19
Views: 1392

Re: Yet Another Reason Not to Have a Government Monopoly Selling Wine

Okay, I'll stipulate that this is a first-world problem, but the OP certainly has a point. It's an apt symbol for a flawed and corrupt system. For that matter, how is it that many of you are so sure that the wine didn't sit for hours on a loading dock at 90 degrees waiting for a government employee ...
by mmarcellus
November 22nd, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 207
Views: 13940

Re: Long Island

Newsday just published a survey of wine stores on Long Island, and it's a good article. Among other things, she includes my favorite LI wine store (Village Wine Merchant in Sea Cliff) so obviously her judgment is beyond question. [wink.gif] https://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/restaurants/food-and-drin...
by mmarcellus
November 8th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help identify the age of this Moet White Star
Replies: 4
Views: 475

Re: Help identify the age of this Moet White Star

1988 at the earliest. The Schieffelin & Somerset name dates from that year, when Guinness and LVMH formed a joint venture out of their US importers.
by mmarcellus
October 30th, 2019, 5:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 3065

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

I haven't been there for decades and I have no comment about the restaurant or the food, but if you go to Luger's and order Dover sole, you are an idiot, not a food critic. As a food critic, I'd say he's doing his job. The readership of the NYT extends beyond the august assemblage at WB. A non beef...
by mmarcellus
October 29th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 207
Views: 13940

Re: Long Island

I went to the (rebooted) Secrets of Flight restaurant in Port Washington during restaurant week. Corkage is $30, but we ended up ordering BTG from the small, but well chosen and reasonable, wine list. We both had the branzino off the RW menu, it was fresh and perfectly cooked, appetizers and dessert...
by mmarcellus
October 25th, 2019, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walgreens Fedex
Replies: 45
Views: 1554

Re: Walgreens Fedex

i would suggest shipping to you as normal and then once delivery commences, re-direct. thats what i do. Exactly. Since the OP said he wants to do this because the retailer won't ship to his home state, I'm not exactly sure how that would work. It seems to me that he would need to have it shipped to...
by mmarcellus
September 23rd, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4461

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

A strong +1 on White Rock and especially Corison from the above.

I would also add Tulocay, but only if "sane" isn't a firm requirement. [wink.gif]
by mmarcellus
August 24th, 2019, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 163
Views: 9372

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

I have a friend, a casual wine drinker, who intensely dislikes chardonnay. It's not a matter of oak, or anything other than the variety. I've tried giving her subtle, atypical chardonnays (e.g. from the Loire, with no oak) without telling her what it is, and she still consistently hates them. As far...
by mmarcellus
August 16th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers
Replies: 44
Views: 2216

Re: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers

I just tried a cava (Ingenius Brut Nature) from Julia Bernet, a newish producer, which was excellent.
by mmarcellus
August 2nd, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes Updates?
Replies: 40
Views: 2790

Re: Finger Lakes Updates?

Not wine, but I highly recommend a stop at Aurora Brewing Company, on Rte 90 just south of Aurora, if convenient. Selections rotate, but when I was there last week their Pilsmatic was the best Pilsner I've had in years, maybe ever. They also had some great sours (especially Goseface Killah), an exce...
by mmarcellus
July 17th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thief emails?
Replies: 35
Views: 2557

Re: Cellar thief emails?

I would also like to know how they go about "hand selecting" staff. Isn't that what got Joe Biden in trouble?
by mmarcellus
July 17th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thief emails?
Replies: 35
Views: 2557

Re: Cellar thief emails?

ybarselah wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 9:37 am
the website seems like a parody of every annoying wine trend. they are hip and fun - and we know this because they specifically say they are hip and fun.

https://www.cellarthief.com/
I have a feeling that most of us here are not part of the target demographic group.
by mmarcellus
July 17th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thief emails?
Replies: 35
Views: 2557

Re: Cellar thief emails?

The are a new company being launched by the owners of the InVino site (at least that's what was claimed in an e-mail I received from InVino last week). InVino shut down as of this past Monday. This is the e-mail I received from InVino last week: Hi , Only FIVE more days until we launch Cellar Thief!...
by mmarcellus
July 16th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9533

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Alan Rath wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 9:10 am
I ask because I can't make sense of the tax rates being charge by out of state retailers. Zachys, for example, charges 8.375%, which isn't their tax rate, and isn't our tax rate.
8.375% is indeed the White Plains sales tax rate.
by mmarcellus
July 10th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 3210

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Tulocay. I've never visited the winery, but I've had the wines and they are definitely old school. I only wish they were more available here on the East Coast.

The web page indicates that the tasting fees (and probably the philosophy) meet your guidelines.

http://www.tulocay.com/
by mmarcellus
June 28th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2883

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

I thought TW direct are private brands (maybe wrong term) of which I have never heard ?? Am I mistaken/wrong ?? They're Direct Imports (a term that can apply to both foreign and domestic wines thanks to the peculiarities of the three tier system). I think there's always a real winery (or perhaps, s...
by mmarcellus
June 28th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2883

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

If you have a Chase credit card, you might be eligible for Cardlytics Chase Offer. They have 10% off at TW live right now. I used up one last month*, and they reloaded mine again. You can stack that with the coupon as well. (BOA, WF and some others also use that backend. These are like sad weak tea...
by mmarcellus
June 28th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9533

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

There is no doubt that competition is good, as it typically drives down prices, but when you competition closes up shop and nothing returns, that's a different story. On LI, I don't think there's been competition worthy of the name for a while, and this trend started well before Total showed up. Mo...
by mmarcellus
June 27th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9533

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Tom, NPR put out that this ruling could also change the limits on who can acquire a license, and that TN won't be allowed to place limits, thus allowing large chains to come in. Is this also true? I am certainly no lawyer but I live in Nashville and my understanding is that current TN law only allo...
by mmarcellus
June 26th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9533

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I suspect that it will be harder for wholesalers and retailers to build coalitions supporting anti-shipping measures now that Wayfair has significantly undercut the lost tax revenue argument. Yes. That and the fact that the Supreme Court just said that discriminatory laws must serve the purposes of...
by mmarcellus
June 11th, 2019, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 2179

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

Retsina. I'm half serious.

Sherry is an outstanding suggestion.
by mmarcellus
June 10th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: a basement discovery
Replies: 22
Views: 2827

Re: a basement discovery

https://frommfoundation.fas.harvard.edu/celebrating-paul-fromm "[Paul] Fromm first hoped to become a patron of music in Germany; he was planning the establishment of a music foundation in his native land when he was forced to flee the Nazi pogroms in 1938. Settling in Chicago, he went into business...
by mmarcellus
May 21st, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills
Replies: 7
Views: 691

Re: TN: 2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills

To answer both of you. Bruce, I have been recovering from a tweaked back and drink little now. I pour a glass a night and drink half and pour in the bottle and cork on the counter. I was a bit surprised that the wine did not crash, but got better. Mark, I like most of the wine from Eola-Amity Hills...
by mmarcellus
May 21st, 2019, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills
Replies: 7
Views: 691

Re: TN: 2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills

Thanks for the note. This is one of many Vincent wines that Cellartracker is telling me I should drink up. I continue to ignore Cellartracker's advice.
by mmarcellus
May 4th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 91
Views: 2771

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

Tier 1 only, and ordered by the quality of the best of the best: Vinifera: CA, OR, NY, ID, WA, MI, NM Hybrid: VT, CT(marginally in Tier 1 due to 1 specific wine) VA seems to be getting some love, but I haven't yet found a wine from VA which qualifies. Maybe it's because I haven't tried Trump Wine ye...
by mmarcellus
May 3rd, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 4104

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

Assuming that there is a problem with 2012, could this be a one year issue due to Pinguet's sudden resignation? What's the consensus on 2013's and later? I did stop buying after 2011, because that whole episode didn't sit well with me, and there are plenty of other (and cheaper) Vouvray producers th...
by mmarcellus
May 2nd, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports
Replies: 23
Views: 1510

Re: Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports

We need a better, higher pricing structure and tariff protection to compete with rising imports," he said at a Santa Rosa meeting of local business and community leaders. "So how do we get a tax on wine imports to achieve a fair playing field around the globe?” We already have a higher pricing stru...
by mmarcellus
April 12th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What green vegetable goes best with red wine
Replies: 56
Views: 1774

Re: What green vegetable goes best with red wine

Haricot vert (or even regular string bean) vinaigrette?
by mmarcellus
April 5th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3575

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Interesting move and interesting timing. Richard Sands is completing the elimination of the market segment his father Marvin built the company on, most notably with Wild Irish Rose. Word is that Constellation was looking for 3 billion but had to settle for much less. I agree that Gallo has made a sa...
by mmarcellus
February 11th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Attn NYC residents
Replies: 13
Views: 847

Re: Attn NYC residents

The argument is that the traditional method of raising the geese who produce the foie gras (including forced feeding) is inhumane. and we're turning a blind eye to the massive amount of steroids fed to livestock in order to produce $1 hamburgers? ..or to the dairy 'farms' that give rise to the famo...
by mmarcellus
February 11th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Attn NYC residents
Replies: 13
Views: 847

Re: Attn NYC residents

Why would they even do this? Seems strange. Maybe im missing something. remember, part of deBlasio's platform when he ran for mayor was to ban carriage horses. thankfully he failed, hopefully this will fail as well. Banning the carriage horses would be a net positive for the City. Those horses look...
by mmarcellus
February 2nd, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Italy: cheap grapes in fancy wines
Replies: 7
Views: 644

Re: Italy: cheap grapes in fancy wines

"The suspected fraudulent wines are fortunately not dangerous to drink—nor are they necessarily even bad tasting—but they aren't worth what they are being sold for." Well, kudos to the winemakers for making the cheap grapes taste good enough to cuvée into the meld with the more expensive ones so th...
by mmarcellus
January 24th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1749
Views: 212904

Re: Official Costco Thread

Thrilllist's best guesses as to who actually produces some of the Kirkland branded spirits.

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/co ... ol-spirits
by mmarcellus
January 5th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA BOSCONIA RESERVA RIOJA
Replies: 16
Views: 1039

Re: 2005 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA BOSCONIA RESERVA RIOJA

For those who feel they haven't sufficiently stocked up on this, First Bottle has it for 29.95.
by mmarcellus
January 2nd, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!
Replies: 61
Views: 3659

Re: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!

While brett in WINE is still considered a major flaw. This is wine board last I checked. Some consider the presence of botrytis in wine a major flaw - and some winemakers test to make sure it's not present. And let's not even start on Madeira. Brett is a flaw if the winemaker doesn't want it to app...
by mmarcellus
December 19th, 2018, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 3854

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

As an FYI for those who live on Long Island, Total Wines in Westbury has a NYS section which has bottles from most, if not all, of the FLX producers mentioned in this thread.

No affiliation or axe to grind, other than my hope that people buy these wines so that Total will keep on stocking them.
by mmarcellus
December 18th, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2326
Views: 140490

Re: New York City Restaurants

Jay, This looks to be the ticket for Sunday roast dinner on the Sunday before Christmas. Do you know their corkage policy? Thanks. until you read this... https://ny.eater.com/2018/12/18/18143635/bluebird-london-restaurant-review-nyc-time-warner-center It's been a very bad day for Bluebird London: h...
by mmarcellus
December 12th, 2018, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 3854

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

Just had a Nathan Kendall 2016 Dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes. It ranks up there with Ravines and Wiemer offerings. Had a bit more complexity and seemed slightly more fruit driven than Ravines from the same vintage. One footnote on Nathan Kendall's wines. Like the Trinchero's in Italy, he is no...
by mmarcellus
December 10th, 2018, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 3854

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

Many of my favorites (Ravines, Weimer, Dr. Frank, Paetra) have been mentioned above but I would add Teutonic Wine Company from Oregon plus Nathan K, Heart & Hands, and Bloomer Creek from FLX.
by mmarcellus
December 9th, 2018, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet
Replies: 41
Views: 4164

Re: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet

Back in early '90s, when Trader Joe's was still a CA only company with not that many stores to fill they were incredible for wine and alcohol finds, they only needed to find small distributor closeouts to still be able to spread them across a limited number of stores and I recall buying good Bords,...
by mmarcellus
November 14th, 2018, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid
Replies: 34
Views: 4056

Re: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid

PSA for people living on Long Island: Raeder's in Albertson has the 2006 Ribbon Ridge Estate for $25.99 (their extremely unreliable web site doesn't show it, but it's in the store). It's drinking beautifully. Raeder's is an odd little store. Every once in a while, things like this show up out of th...
by mmarcellus
November 13th, 2018, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid
Replies: 34
Views: 4056

Re: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid

PSA for people living on Long Island: Raeder's in Albertson has the 2006 Ribbon Ridge Estate for $25.99 (their extremely unreliable web site doesn't show it, but it's in the store). It's drinking beautifully. Raeder's is an odd little store. Every once in a while, things like this show up out of the...
by mmarcellus
November 13th, 2018, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariffs on wine
Replies: 18
Views: 706

Re: Tariffs on wine

I hope this is not "political", but it does deal with wine. French wine in fact. See the latest tweet. I think the current EU tariff is about 10 eurocents, right? Good luck with this one. [cheers.gif] I think it's possible to keep this non political. I would be very interested in the wonky details ...
by mmarcellus
November 11th, 2018, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 119
Views: 6780

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

Marietta Old Vine Red (labeling itself as "OVR" these days) in the $10-$15 range is very good for the price

Same goes for Chateau L'Oupia les Heretiques from France, also in the $10-$15 range if you can find it.
by mmarcellus
November 10th, 2018, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine to Drink With Spaghetti Squash Jambalaya??
Replies: 19
Views: 468

Re: What Wine to Drink With Spaghetti Squash Jambalaya??

When going into uncharted territory sparklers are my default option, so I would pick the Cali sparkler from your list. If you feel like venturing out to Total, Cava might be an even better choice - the last time I checked they had Raventos, which is very good and very versatile. Total also has a fin...

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