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by Peter Kleban
January 12th, 2021, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 9020

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

@Nola Palomar thanks for asking. My Uncle cared a lot about working people, and food and wine. One thing he was very mindful of right now are all the restaurant workers who have lost their jobs because of pandemic closures. I know that some people are making donations in his honor to the Restaurant...
by Peter Kleban
January 10th, 2021, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Generosity of Berserkers
Replies: 47
Views: 2257

Re: The Generosity of Berserkers

Beautiful story, Brian. To me, generosity is the true spirit of wine. And one kind deed inspires another, as we see. Bravo WB!
by Peter Kleban
January 10th, 2021, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 9020

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

How awful. RIP, Frank and condolences to your family.
by Peter Kleban
January 9th, 2021, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Briords
Replies: 8
Views: 623

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Briords

Loved it: 2019 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Briords - France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine (9/11/2020) *** Lemon and chalk, citrus and mineral, lots of other structure and flavors. Light and delicate, but somehow robust all the sa...
by Peter Kleban
January 5th, 2021, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Volpaia Chianti Classico
Replies: 13
Views: 861

Re: TN: 2015 Volpaia Chianti Classico

I had one 2016 that was very good, another not so much (perhaps there is bottle variation, the CT TNs for the '16 vintage seem to vary a lot).

The three 2018s I've had were all excellent.

See CT for my TNs.
by Peter Kleban
January 4th, 2021, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Dornfelder...what is this bottle???
Replies: 20
Views: 932

Re: German Dornfelder...what is this bottle???

Cooking Wine It's obvious that here we have a wine for tourists. Well, my one Dornfelder data point is a glass I had at a restaurant in Bonn about 15 yrs ago. I'd never had that, so I thought I'd try, despite the menu description: "Dornfelder is...Dornfelder". As you might guess, it was a...
by Peter Kleban
December 30th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Marie et Pierre Bénetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux
Replies: 31
Views: 2139

Re: TN: 2017 Marie et Pierre Bénetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux

Yes, I have two '15s downstairs but given all the TNs indicating they are OK but too young, I intend to wait some time until I open one.
by Peter Kleban
December 29th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could go back in time and collect one German riesling consistently over the years...?
Replies: 76
Views: 2302

Re: If you could go back in time and collect one German riesling consistently over the years...?

. . . WsOTY: Felettig Morey St. Denis VV '14 Felettig Chamb-Mus VV '14 Pépière Muscadet Briords '09 Volpaia Chianti Class '18 Lignier Morey St Denis 1er Ormes '14 Collestefano Verdicchio di M '19 Pépière Muscadet Briords '19 Bêcheur PN '14 Virage '07 Ampeau Volnay 1er Santenots '99 I see that you l...
by Peter Kleban
December 29th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could go back in time and collect one German riesling consistently over the years...?
Replies: 76
Views: 2302

Re: If you could go back in time and collect one German riesling consistently over the years...?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 29th, 2020, 2:07 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote: December 29th, 2020, 12:12 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 29th, 2020, 12:09 pm

It would not have mattered. We don’t like rules. ;)
Welcome to 'Wine Berserkers', where the users are opinionated and the rules don't matter! ;)
And all the children are above average.
And you can forget about adults--we don't have any! [dance-clap.gif] [berserker.gif]
by Peter Kleban
December 28th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)
Replies: 11
Views: 1153

Re: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)

Only one I've had is a '17, which IMO is much too young to drink now: 2017 Fontodi Chianti Classico - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG (11/15/2020) * (or so--hard to judge at this stage) Too young and tannic for my tastes. Gives sense of something really interesting to come, but that w...
by Peter Kleban
December 21st, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pairing with goose: Moose!
Replies: 48
Views: 2048

Re: Wine pairing with goose?

Haven't had goose in ages, but somehow this recipe makes me think of a Dirty & Rowdy Semillon (the '18 should do fine). On the savory side of Semillon.

OK, tell me this is crazy pileon
by Peter Kleban
December 19th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Need recipe for world's greatest vegetarian main dish
Replies: 23
Views: 979

Re: Need recipe for world's greatest vegetarian main dish

try this (sans breadcrumbs, of course) from Ottolenghi. Very good. You can use different kinds of cheese, we did it last night with tilsit and tallegio, really tasty.

https://vegeyum.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/endive/
by Peter Kleban
December 19th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 263
Views: 16521

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Hey Dan, I thanked you for the thanks!
by Peter Kleban
December 18th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 263
Views: 16521

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Yes, I agree. Thanks, Rodrigo. Fun and helps keep us sane (or what passes for it on WB :-) ) To celebrate what would have been a 9th night of Hanukkah [wink.gif] , I drank 2 parts Rye with 1 part Vermouth. Thanks for the tip Peter Kleban. Hope to see everyone next time. dh Zay gesunt, Dan! Glad you...
by Peter Kleban
December 12th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 263
Views: 16521

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Yes, I agree. Thanks, Rodrigo. Fun and helps keep us sane (or what passes for it on WB :-) )
by Peter Kleban
December 8th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 263
Views: 16521

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

I'm up for it.
by Peter Kleban
December 5th, 2020, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Bêcheur Mourvèdre Old Vine
Replies: 3
Views: 345

Re: TN: 2018 Bêcheur Mourvèdre Old Vine

If I can jump in, I found out about this from Michael Terrien, one of whose brands is Bêcheur, and the other Terrien. Been interested in his wines for some years, starting with an '07 Chard, bought off a wine list in a Maine restaurant, that was exceptional. If I'm reading the description right, the...
by Peter Kleban
December 3rd, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?
Replies: 80
Views: 3107

Re: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?

I am with Mike K. I have had many years to think about this topic and perfect preservation, here is what developed. Pull the cork, gently pour two glasses not modestly and immediately inject canned nitrogen and recork. You then have the option of pouring again with barely oxygenated wine, or puttin...
by Peter Kleban
December 2nd, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?
Replies: 80
Views: 3107

Re: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?

Been through several steps here. 1. Tried Argon for a while. IIRC it didn't work very well, but that was a long time ago and I might have forgotten. 2. Then half (or one third) bottles. The problem there is that you invariably end up with too much or too little for the small bottle, so some of it ge...
by Peter Kleban
November 21st, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 263
Views: 16521

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Thanks. Hadn't heard of it before. Looks like it's mainly (or only) found in Europe.
by Peter Kleban
November 21st, 2020, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 263
Views: 16521

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

It was great to share, laugh and talk!!! Thank you Rodrigo for putting this together. Oh and the restaurant in Madrid that Peter was talking about is El Cisne Azul (The Blue Swan) the menu is looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! It would be fun to attempt to recreate some of their mushroom dishes. Hey Nola, ...
by Peter Kleban
November 21st, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 263
Views: 16521

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

[soap.gif] It was great to share, laugh and talk!!! Thank you Rodrigo for putting this together. Oh and the restaurant in Madrid that Peter was talking about is El Cisne Azul (The Blue Swan) the menu is looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! It would be fun to attempt to recreate some of their mushroom dishes....
by Peter Kleban
November 21st, 2020, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 263
Views: 16521

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Yes that’s the place! They had a constantly changing menu depending on what the foragers brought in. neener Great to “see” everybody. And thanks to Rodrigo for organizing things. But I still want to know which shoes Betty was wearing neener newhere Peter, I bought the Vermouth that you suggested. P...
by Peter Kleban
November 21st, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 263
Views: 16521

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Yes that’s the place! They had a constantly changing menu depending on what the foragers brought in. neener

Great to “see” everybody. And thanks to Rodrigo for organizing things.

But I still want to know which shoes Betty was wearing neener newhere
by Peter Kleban
November 17th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 263
Views: 16521

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Yeah, all we need now is some chicken soup! Or maybe better a glezele vayn.
by Peter Kleban
November 17th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 263
Views: 16521

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Hey Dan, that'll make tsvay yidn!
by Peter Kleban
November 16th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 263
Views: 16521

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Sounds good to me! Should be fun.
by Peter Kleban
October 10th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel
Replies: 22
Views: 796

Re: TN: 1995 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: October 10th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Peter Kleban wrote: October 10th, 2020, 1:51 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote: October 10th, 2020, 12:14 pm

Way too soon for a 2006, unless you have a bunch.
Thanks. There's only one, so I'll try to be patient. Any idea when it might be ready?
2006? Maybe 2106.
[rofl.gif] [rofl.gif]
Happy to wait for that long if you can guarantee I'll still be alive. :-)
by Peter Kleban
October 10th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61352

Re: #GlassFire

So glad you and your place escaped, Merrill. But what a disaster for others.
by Peter Kleban
October 10th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel
Replies: 22
Views: 796

Re: TN: 1995 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: October 10th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Peter Kleban wrote: October 10th, 2020, 9:42 am What a great TN! Thanks, David. I have an '06 downstairs, I'm tempted...
Way too soon for a 2006, unless you have a bunch.
Thanks. There's only one, so I'll try to be patient. Any idea when it might be ready?
by Peter Kleban
October 10th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel
Replies: 22
Views: 796

Re: TN: 1995 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel

What a great TN! Thanks, David. I have an '06 downstairs, I'm tempted...
by Peter Kleban
October 1st, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SPECIAL OFFER - Virage Vineyards (destruction from Glass fire)
Replies: 70
Views: 3619

Re: SPECIAL OFFER - Virage Vineyards (destruction from Glass fire)

So glad you're safe in SF, Emily. Hope your life goes as well as possible, given the circumstances. Do continue to keep us posted.

Put in an order, as mentioned. In your honor, we opened a '07 Virage tonight. Very nice juice!
by Peter Kleban
October 1st, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Irish court rules that Subway's rolls cannot be considered bread
Replies: 11
Views: 1213

Re: Irish court rules that Subway's rolls cannot be considered bread

Next thing you know, coming from the land of Guiness, they'll be going after Miller Lite. champagne.gif
by Peter Kleban
October 1st, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SPECIAL OFFER - Virage Vineyards (destruction from Glass fire)
Replies: 70
Views: 3619

Re: SPECIAL OFFER - Virage Vineyards (destruction from Glass fire)

OK, order in. Best to Emily and thanks for setting this up, Todd. Make me proud to be a Berserker.
by Peter Kleban
September 30th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61352

Re: #GlassFire

Huge and terrible news. I've learned Emily Richer (Virage) has lost her home to the fire. This is so devastating, I can't imagine. I'd like us to put something together like we did for the Stonekings, and I'll reach out to Emily and see how things are for her, what she suggests. Here are the before...
by Peter Kleban
September 30th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Bêcheur Pinot Noir
Replies: 1
Views: 376

Re: TN: 2014 Bêcheur Pinot Noir

Just opened another one. It was so good that I updated my CT TN (and moved it up in my WOTY list). 2014 Bêcheur Pinot Noir - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (6/7/2020) *** N: reticent C: pretty ruby red. P: At first sip, it seems to waft by with almost no presence. What's go...
by Peter Kleban
September 22nd, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 91
Views: 4555

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

Wine and song? OK, I can't resist
by Peter Kleban
September 22nd, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 91
Views: 4555

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

Every time Envoyer says they are offering the only bottles in the USA of a wine I already bought from a US retailer. Happens every couple of weeks. It just means you bought the last of them! Parker licensed every writer and retail to declaim the wine they are hawking "the [this] of [that].&quo...
by Peter Kleban
September 8th, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 131
Views: 10428

Re: Fires-Oregon

All fingers crossed for those of you out there. May you come through this unscathed.
by Peter Kleban
August 28th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best seal
Replies: 46
Views: 2624

Re: The best seal

But...but...but... Just imagine the drama, the uncertainty, the anxious scrutiny of the color in every unopened bottle for signs of premox. You'd miss all that with screw cap! Why life would become downright boring. (Not to mention cheaper, especially if you're into high end white Burgs.) Who in his...
by Peter Kleban
August 12th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Terrien Wines Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 10
Views: 896

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

Pretty much blown away by this wine, a speculative buy on B-Day from a producer with whom I was totally unfamiliar. The QPR meter melted on this one. Very happy to have more. 2015 Terrien Wines Chardonnay - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley (2/13/2020) First experience with this produce...
by Peter Kleban
August 3rd, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for purchase/delivery in Manhattan
Replies: 20
Views: 1058

Re: Suggestions for purchase/delivery in Manhattan

You could try MCF Rare Wines (on 13th St). Small collection, but carefully chosen and they deliver in Manhattan in a day or two. If you call, you'll probably get Matt (the owner) on the line, he's very nice to talk with.
by Peter Kleban
August 2nd, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 135
Views: 9034

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Buzz, Robert and Jen: Sorry to hear you had it, but glad it's (mostly) past and wasn't super serious. One person in the family who went through it was in bed for about 4-5 days, had anosmia, but IIRC no fever. Not sure how long the anosmia lasted--some weeks I think. It also took some weeks before h...
by Peter Kleban
July 28th, 2020, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becheur 2018 Cabernet
Replies: 211
Views: 37340

Re: Becheur 2018 Cabernet

I just ordered 6. Won’t ship until fall because I live in Minnesota, unfortunately. But better than risking cooking the wine... Honestly you don't want to drink this now anyway. It needs a lot of time in the bottle. Same here (NJ)--much too hot to ship now. I have 3 six packs of Bêcheur on order, C...
by Peter Kleban
July 25th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....
Replies: 45
Views: 2621

Re: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....

This question makes me think of the meals I've enjoyed most in my life. They are often quite simple, with very fresh ingredients, carefully prepared. One that really sticks in my memory, after many many years, was on Curaçao. We were with two friends, he being a paleontologist who studied fossil sna...
by Peter Kleban
July 20th, 2020, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1560
Views: 98987

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

So you're saying the 100% tariff on EU wines will happen, it's only a question of exactly when? Or did I miss something?
by Peter Kleban
July 12th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becheur 2018 Cabernet
Replies: 211
Views: 37340

Re: Becheur 2018 Cabernet

I see the formation of a "where did this Becheur wine come from?" WB detective squad. champagne.gif [cheers.gif]
by Peter Kleban
July 12th, 2020, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A small gathering with COVID safety measures
Replies: 16
Views: 1580

Re: TN: A small gathering with COVID safety measures

Thanks, Kevin. Quite a lineup. Wish I had more like that!

Did you take any Covid precautions beyond being only six and on a porch? Just curious.
by Peter Kleban
July 4th, 2020, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becheur 2018 Cabernet
Replies: 211
Views: 37340

Re: Becheur 2018 Cabernet

Just ordered a six-pack (to complement the six-pack of PN I ordered yesterday). I've had five different cuvées or vintages of his wines so far. Really liked them all. Subtle but interesting.

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