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by Peter Kleban
October 16th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1183

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Trimbach (esp. their special cuvée) and Albert Mann make wonderful Pinot Gris. Get one of those or a Zind Humbrecht as suggested earlier. Same grape. Yes it's the same grape, but for PG they pick it unripe. The result is hardly any flavor and even less character. \rant PS Just occurred to me that P...
by Peter Kleban
October 16th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1183

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Trimbach (esp. their special cuvée) and Albert Mann make wonderful Pinot Gris. Get one of those or a Zind Humbrecht as suggested earlier. Same grape. Yes it's the same grape, but for PG they pick it unripe. The result is hardly any flavor and even less character. \rant PS Just occurred to me that P...
by Peter Kleban
October 7th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2221

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Félicitations to your colleague! No idea what kind of wine she likes, but if you want to go on the more Burgundian side I'd opt for one of the Patricia Green Cellars single vineyards. "Mysterious" is just fantastic, but I think it's wine club only; Etzel Block is on the same level and Dijon 115 or P...
by Peter Kleban
September 20th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Portland, ME..... Food Recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 441

Re: Portland, ME..... Food Recommendations?

+1 for Scales (but we haven't been there in a few years).
by Peter Kleban
September 19th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Portland, ME..... Food Recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 441

Re: Portland, ME..... Food Recommendations?

We really like Drifter's Wife. Haven't been in about 18 months, but quite a few times before that, never disappointed.
by Peter Kleban
August 30th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2006 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Brut
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: 2006 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Brut

Thanks for the note, Blake. I've only had the "regular" Pol Roger, which I like a lot, but this sounds to be on another level.
by Peter Kleban
August 28th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3816

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

EHeffner wrote:
August 26th, 2019, 7:09 pm
Will try to snag one within the next week or two but reading reports some areas are sold out until October? Craziness
Headline in the Guardian:
Out Of Cluck
by Peter Kleban
August 28th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Dijon 115 Freedom Hill Vineyard - GREAT juice!
Replies: 7
Views: 650

Re: TN: 2013 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Dijon 115 Freedom Hill Vineyard - GREAT juice!

This one is a fave: 2015 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Dijon 115 Freedom Hill Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (2/3/2017) *** Delicate, interesting and long. A bit lighter than the '15 Pommard Freedom Hill, but no less worth drinking. A superior wine, well made; should continue to devel...
by Peter Kleban
August 22nd, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: The New York City offline curmudgeon thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1215

Re: The New York City offline curmudgeon thread

No, she used country. Like a debate in the UN. Look on Google, it can go either way.
by Peter Kleban
August 22nd, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: The New York City offline curmudgeon thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1215

Re: The New York City offline curmudgeon thread

After a kvetch like that (from anyone, young or old) my grandmother used to say "another country heard from".
by Peter Kleban
August 21st, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8200

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

And I'll say it again: Transferwise. It's really not that complicated. +1. I've use it several times over the last year or so (for bank transfers). Works really well, and the fees are way below what banks charge. They just launched a CC too, but I haven't looked into it. I use a British Airways Vis...
by Peter Kleban
August 20th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 161
Views: 7889

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
August 20th, 2019, 2:55 pm
I've got them confirmed for BerserkerDay with a really nice discount :)
Nice! I'm using it more and more.
by Peter Kleban
August 16th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8200

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Great, glad to hear that. You guys deserve it!
by Peter Kleban
August 15th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8200

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

On the flip side, due to this change and future uncertainty, our UK importer canceled their entire order this week. :( I am sure this is effecting other US wineries, too. Anyone itching for 2 pallets of Familiar Mourvèdre & Familiar Blanc? champagne.gif Did GrapesTheWineCompany pick these up? Just ...
by Peter Kleban
August 13th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1469

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

I really liked these (see CT for TNs)

2003 Reyneke Shiraz Reserve

2011 Tokara Director's Reserve

also very good
2007 Kanonkop Estate Wine Pinotage
by Peter Kleban
August 9th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 72
Views: 3953

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

Sprang for a mixed case, 3 each of the four reds. Can't go wrong with D&R in my experience.
by Peter Kleban
August 1st, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2557

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

I've been really impressed with the efficacy of Repour, but they're single bottle use and a bit of an environmental waste. Cheers, Warren I have had very good results with Repour as well. I recall getting an email from them fairly recently about recycling . . . I believe they are made from 100% rec...
by Peter Kleban
June 22nd, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131057

Re: New York City Restaurants

[The Shojin cuisine at Kajitsu] is very subtle, and based on a totally different sensibility than western cuisine. I get why not everyone likes it, and why lots of people go to Japan and are disappointed with some traditional high-end restaurants that have this sensibility. There is no philosophy o...
by Peter Kleban
June 11th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A surprising white and a minor miracle
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: A surprising white and a minor miracle

I'll say!!
by Peter Kleban
June 10th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A surprising white and a minor miracle
Replies: 4
Views: 813

A surprising white and a minor miracle

First, the white. Had never heard of this one. It was on the list at Marna. Really grabbed me: 2015 Guido Marsella Fiano di Avellino - Italy, Campania, Fiano di Avellino DOCG (5/5/2019) *** Medium body, with excellent balance and length. Smooth, but not at all oily. Of course, that doesn't do it jus...
by Peter Kleban
May 16th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7980

Re: Robert Parker retires

Yes, and come to think of it, whatever you think of his rating methods, he made a significant contribution to the idea that what's important is how wine actually tastes, not how well known it is or hype.
by Peter Kleban
May 16th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7980

Re: Robert Parker retires

My very best wishes to Bob in retirement. I hope he is reasonably healthy and can enjoy what he has earned. This is such big news, I suspect it will generate a dozen -- or more! -- posts on his bulletin board. (I couldn't resist) Ditto on both counts. I learned a lot from him back in the day. I wis...
by Peter Kleban
May 11th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 80
Views: 3073

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

Try Veleta (Dominio Buenavista), contact Nola Palomar on this board to get some)

2014 Xavier Flouret Cabernet Sauvignon Oscar
(from Chile)
by Peter Kleban
April 14th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's a person to do? So many threads. One confession.
Replies: 28
Views: 1873

Re: What's a person to do? So many threads. One confession.

J a y H a c k wrote:
April 13th, 2019, 12:47 pm
I have my cellar because my wife was sick and tired of having to move cases around on the floor to find the wine she wanted to drink! She made me build it.
With this cellar, can she easliy find the wine she wants? And if she finds it, can she get it out of the cellar? neener flirtysmile
by Peter Kleban
March 26th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article: Dirty & Rowdy Tragedies in 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2036

Re: SF Chronicle Article: Dirty & Rowdy Tragedies in 2017

Goodness. I recall that you, Hardy, mentioned temporary blindness (without saying who suffered it) and wondered what had happened, but had no idea of the full story. So sorry you had to go through all that, and hope that the light grows ever brighter. Your courage and perseverance should be a lesson...
by Peter Kleban
March 18th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 216
Views: 9696

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

Nola, heal quickly!

And the Ventresca is fabulous! Never had tuna like that (and so good) before.
by Peter Kleban
March 9th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Possibly the best $13 bottle
Replies: 64
Views: 6414

Re: Possibly the best $13 bottle

A favorite around here. Bright, cheery and interesting. Can't beat the price. The '14 was very good, the '15 even better, (got it a few months ago) the '16 needs a little air but is perhaps yet better, with a bright future. TNs on CT if you're interested.
by Peter Kleban
February 14th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is a tun, pipe or butt, puncheon, hogshead, tierce, barrel or runlet of wine?
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Re: What is a tun, pipe or butt, puncheon, hogshead, tierce, barrel or runlet of wine?

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
February 14th, 2019, 8:59 am
Anton D wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Butt is a form of chugging, right?
I thought it was the only form of chugging. If not...I've been doing it wrong for years.
Uh-oh! Better not let RMP know!
by Peter Kleban
February 7th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Hilton Resort Wi-Fi Code
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: Hilton Resort Wi-Fi Code

Look out for the wifi, it can be unsecured. I was hacked at a Hilton a few years ago--fortunately no real damage done. Now I just use HotSpot in my iPhone, works quite well.
by Peter Kleban
February 2nd, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 216
Views: 9696

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

In Spain I once had a dessert that was just a very good navel orange, perfectly ripe, cut in slices and drizzled with a bit of EVOO (with maybe a touch of cinnamon in the oil, I forget). I didn't think it would be very good, tried it just to see, and was I surprised!
by Peter Kleban
February 2nd, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Frenchette NYC - anyone BYO?
Replies: 27
Views: 1288

Re: Frenchette NYC - anyone BYO?

Really? They suffer from that affectation as well? not like gibralters, but these short-stemmed odd glasses that most places use for water. we asked for "wine glasses" and they said "these are them!" okay cool. https://villagevoice.freetls.fastly.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Frenchette_Blowfish-T...
by Peter Kleban
January 22nd, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 40
Views: 1495

Re: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

Thanks so much, William, very generous and informative. IIRC the only one of these I've had is the Barraud which I liked a lot. But now there is a whole world to explore!
by Peter Kleban
January 22nd, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 40
Views: 1495

Re: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

William Kelley wrote:
January 22nd, 2019, 5:38 pm
So many great producers, and such a diversity of styles, to discover in the Mâconnais! Welcome to Chardonnay's secret garden.
William, what else do you particularly like? TIA!
by Peter Kleban
January 22nd, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 40
Views: 1495

Re: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

Thanks Mark! I've been looking for a good PF, I'll keep an eye out for this maker.
by Peter Kleban
January 21st, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?
Replies: 61
Views: 2699

Re: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?

A bit too long for a plate, but this (seen in Norway a few years ago) would make a good bumper sticker
Parkering.jpg
by Peter Kleban
January 18th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Veleta EVOO
Replies: 16
Views: 913

Re: Veleta EVOO

I was contacted by one of your top customer service reps, I appreciate the Palomar family customer service. Yes, your daughter Ashley (IIRC that's her name) called today to check on leakage. We had a tiny bit from one bottle, but not worth bothering about. The one bottle I've opened so far had no p...
by Peter Kleban
January 17th, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?
Replies: 61
Views: 2699

Re: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?

Anybody have Wineaux? :-)
by Peter Kleban
January 17th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 10 years of Wine Berserkers--what does it mean to you?
Replies: 95
Views: 3021

Re: 10 years of Wine Berserkers--what does it mean to you?

This prompted me to look back at my first posts in this crazy but entertaining and enlightening place. Feb 2010. Even got a bit nostalgic; Ken V saying WB needed another one of my kind like a lukh in khup! Lots of water under the bridge since then, but it's been quite a ride. And it couldn't have ha...
by Peter Kleban
January 5th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131057

Re: New York City Restaurants

Seconding the review above (and for good restos in the theater district) we were at DB Bistro Moderne (55 W 44th) the other night. Just walked in at 9 pm after a play. Really good experience, loved the food--very sophisticated and tasty, and they had "reserve" wines under CoraVin, I got the Bize you...
by Peter Kleban
January 4th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best NYC Specialist Retail Stores
Replies: 52
Views: 3689

Re: Best NYC Specialist Retail Stores

Any thoughts on MCF Rare Wines? I buy from them occasionally. Had some good Bojos, Burgs, Italians from them. Nice store to visit. Went the other day, first time in at least two years, and Matt recognized me! (pease refrain, thanks)
by Peter Kleban
January 4th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best NYC Specialist Retail Stores
Replies: 52
Views: 3689

Re: Best NYC Specialist Retail Stores

Forgot to add Some good wine : Specialize in island wines (Canary, Etna, Corsica etc.) they also have decent selection of Germany and Austrian wines. I like this place. I've had a few good ones from them. Small store, but not hard to navigate, friendly, and with an interesting selection. They carry...
by Peter Kleban
December 24th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Virage
Replies: 16
Views: 818

Re: TN: 2007 Virage

Oops! Just opened it, and, magically, it became a 2007! (my cheesy CellarTracker skills blush ..).

Anyway, hints on how long to keep open, decant, or whatever for drinking most of it tmw night?

BTW, first taste was very nice, but it needs some air to open and soften I think.
by Peter Kleban
December 24th, 2018, 2:23 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Video: Dirty and Rowdy Happy Holidays Bloopers
Replies: 7
Views: 359

Re: Video: Dirty and Rowdy Happy Holidays Bloopers

Hey, no need to apologize! And congrats on the new arrival!
by Peter Kleban
December 24th, 2018, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Virage
Replies: 16
Views: 818

Re: TN: 2007 Virage

Thinking of drinking a 2008 tomorrow. Any thoughts on opening/decanting? I would open early am and taste. Make my decision based on that. Most likely at least a 2hr decant if not more. They definitely need air. Thanks, Matt! Actually, we may have a bit tonight and leave the bottle open for tomorrow...
by Peter Kleban
December 24th, 2018, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Virage
Replies: 16
Views: 818

Re: TN: 2007 Virage

Thinking of drinking a 2008 tomorrow. Any thoughts on opening/decanting?
by Peter Kleban
November 15th, 2018, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Charlottesville VA
Replies: 34
Views: 1154

Re: Wineries near Charlottesville VA

My notes from 6/13 when we were at a wedding in Charlottesville: Gabriele Rausse Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 and * Rosso 2010. The Cab opened weirdly, but settled down after about 30 min, however I didn't find it very compelling at all, a somewhat strange flavor combination. Good-. The Rosso was fairly ...

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