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by Michae1 P0wers
January 14th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1201
Views: 64988

Re: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Presuming this tariff isn't resolved, where do our dollars and importers go? I suspect I'll probably investigate WA and OR wines more deeply. Not because they're equivalent to French and Italian wines, but for the sake of variety. Importers probably will have to focus on South America if they have ...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 13th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ: America Drank Less Wine for First Time in 25 Years
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Re: WSJ: America Drank Less Wine for First Time in 25 Years

While there are likely many issues at play, I wonder if declining quality in the bigger brands plays a part after years of market consolidation. Many popular and widely available brands have been bought up by the big corporate players, presumably with the intention of cutting costs and increasing pr...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 8th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?
Replies: 31
Views: 3856

Re: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?

Just wondering why I don't hear anything about Le Creuset. On cooking programs, see this used a lot. Is something wrong with them? I think people are talking about two different things here, cast iron skillets and enameled cast iron. I've had an enameled LC dutch oven (standard size) for about 13 y...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 8th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?
Replies: 31
Views: 3856

Re: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?

I purchased this last year and it has been great. Nice to have the lighter weight. Not yet as non-stick as my 15 year old cast-iron but getting better over time. http://www.stargazercastiron.com/ Bought one last year to replace a very old Griswold that cracked, and I've been very happy with the pur...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 7th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2829

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

I've always found it interesting that the same WBers who are obsessive about wine not having any noticeable oak and alcohol then turn around and love mega-hops hipster IPAs, plus scotch and bourbon. It's not that you can't like something in one thing and dislike it in another, but it does seem a bi...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 7th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2829

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

Got an Old Rip VanWinkle 10yr today for suggested retail of $75. And no, I'm not going to flip it for an 800% profit. It's good to be a regular with a local retailer. I'd but at that price for the rarity, but also don't feel that bourbon is intrinsically worth $75. That's about double what it was t...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 7th, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2829

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

Back to the OP... The real question is, how much do you spend on wine every year and how much do you spend on bourbon? Even if you buy 25 bottles of $50 bourbon a year, the total ($1,250) will probably be far less than you spend on wine. As I've said, for me anyway, it's not that much of how much I...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 7th, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2768

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

I cook quite a lot, so most unwanted wine is set aside for that purpose. Still, much of the wine set aside for cooking still ends up down the drain if not used for awhile. Even cooking every day, I have only so much use for red wine, somewhat more for white. I will say though, that if a wine is prun...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 6th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2683

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
January 6th, 2020, 4:27 pm
Chris Seiber wrote:
January 6th, 2020, 2:45 pm
David Glasser wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 12:54 pm
So far, 1.5 days down and 0 bottles. Winning!
Reminds me of a classic Mitch Hedberg line: "I plan to live forever. So far, so good."
I used to drink wine. I still do, but I used to, too.
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by Michae1 P0wers
January 6th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2829

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

In another thread the topic of an impending slowdown in the U.S wine industry mentioned one reason as the interest in craft spirits. I thought the mention of the interest in craft spirits as a factor in declining interest in wine was on target. I for one am a new convert to bourbon and it has defin...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 3rd, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here
Replies: 120
Views: 11636

Re: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here

2015 Domaine Lucien Lardy Morgon Côte du Py My CT note: This was a smart purchase, I must say. After a 2-hour decant: Pleasant and effusive aromas of strawberries and freshly brewed coffee greet the nose. These reach the palate as well, along with cranberry and mahogany. Great QPR @$18 from WTSO. D...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 2nd, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sparkling Rosé wine <$20 in 375ml?
Replies: 10
Views: 359

Re: Sparkling Rosé wine <$20 in 375ml?

Just a little bit more, but IMHO, worth it: Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Rose. $25 for 375 and $45 for 750. This was my thought as well. Love what P-J is doing, especially at the price points at which they sell. For a bit less, Moutard rose is quite decent but not sure I’ve ever seen it in 375.
by Michae1 P0wers
January 1st, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 37
Views: 2353

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

Tough for me. If comparing CA wines only to other CA wines, I might actually say Cabernet, because CA cab offers something unique, so, although I rarely drink it, there is value in that. This is particularly true since for me it needn't be the huge wines or cults in order to scratch that itch. I sup...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 24th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 5974

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

I also want to add just about any wine made by occhipinti to the list. such quality winemaking, pure expression, brilliant aromas, and bright fruit. all in a package that is in the 20ish range. also most wines from vajra definitely fit the bill. the langhe Nebbiolo is like 12 bucks at a shop in the...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 23rd, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 5974

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

I also want to add just about any wine made by occhipinti to the list. such quality winemaking, pure expression, brilliant aromas, and bright fruit. all in a package that is in the 20ish range. also most wines from vajra definitely fit the bill. the langhe Nebbiolo is like 12 bucks at a shop in the...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 17th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18
Replies: 110
Views: 2168

Re: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18

Thanks for the effort, Michael. Too bad about your '14 Clos du Breuil experience(s). I have had good showings by the '14 Les Tuffeaux so far, still have one remaining and I may have now jinxed myself. Good luck. I had several Breuil and several Choisilles. None were great, most were advanced, and s...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 17th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18
Replies: 110
Views: 2168

Re: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18

837190CA-23B8-45A5-AC0C-85130EAD1847.jpeg My last 2014 Chidaine, and good riddance. This one was only slightly advanced; light gold and cidery. Could sense good chenin quality under that oxidation. I’ve not bought any Chidaine since having many 2014s show oxidized. A real shame. Jim unfortunately I...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 15th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1201
Views: 64988

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

The Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America is a powerful lobbying group, perhaps they can help sway Doturd. I've been wondering where the state distributors' lobbying groups have been on all this. They're quick to action when it comes to "protecting the children" from the scourge of interstate win...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 14th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18
Replies: 110
Views: 2168

Re: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18

Two nice wines and notes, Frank. Especially nice to see the sparkling chenin, which is definitely off the well trodden path. It sounds EXCELLENT. I have never had a chenin sparkler. Is the word "Petillant" an accurate descriptor of the bubbles in the wine? Thank you for joining in this week. -Jim T...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 13th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%
Replies: 52
Views: 2855

Re: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%

Not surprising that Wagner is already releasing 2018 The greed that the Wagners continue to exhibit is striking. Caymus is one of the last wines I'd ever choose to drink. Even so, I have a hard time vilifying them for making money with their product. Maybe there are pieces of the story I'm missing,...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 12th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7421
Views: 460757

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

John McDermott wrote:
December 12th, 2019, 1:28 pm
I was able to snag a few of the '98 sauternes too. Did anyone catch the details on the Domaine du Pegau? I sat down in front of my computer just in time to see it flash off the screen.
I saw '15 at $58, which doesn't seem that great, if not that terrible either.
by Michae1 P0wers
December 12th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1201
Views: 64988

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Why don't I want to move to Canada? Winters are still rather cold until next phase global warming? Inadequate hockey knowledge likely to inspire mild mannered bullying from natives? All that free healthcare must seem gauche while friends and family go broke paying to treat common ailments? ... that...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 9th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 72
Views: 3473

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

Sounds excellent Lee. Local Trader Joe's carries Harbison around the holidays. Picked up two at $13 each which seems like a steal, though I can't remember what I've recently paid elsewhere. Also have Langres for $7. Fridge is fairly packed with good cheese right now but will be hosting a Christmas p...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 6th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top ten wine producing countries ranked in million tonnes between 1961 - 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1058

Re: Top ten wine producing countries ranked in million tonnes between 1961 - 2018

The USSR fell off the list because until 1991, "the USSR" included all the nations under the communists jackboots in Russia. And their production was mostly dreck, made to satisfy the production quotas of the central planners. When that broke up, Georgia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and ...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 3rd, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine from Normandy?
Replies: 68
Views: 1932

Re: Wine from Normandy?

Hi Nathan, others may be better suited to answer this, but I'm not aware of wine growing regions actually in Normandy. It looks like the nearest "AOC" regions are in Champagne or the Loire. Put simply, these are officially designated and recognized places that can use the name of their specific plac...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 30th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Delta Glass Rinser
Replies: 4
Views: 600

Re: Delta Glass Rinser

Anything is a great replacement for that soap dispenser that nobody ever uses! This looks like something that's a cute solution to a problem that doesn't exist, i.e. rinsing your glasses. It would be useful for me. My dishwasher is always too full for me to feel comfortable putting the glasses in t...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 30th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 226
Views: 13359

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

We put RCR up against Harbison and again the Harbison was the favorite. The Rush Creek was meatier, but the Harbison was more complex, and the texture is better. RCR always seems a bit waxy. I know the common answer is to warm it in the oven, but the Harbison is perfect at room temperature, and on T...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 21st, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Full body, black fruit, and funky...name your poison
Replies: 32
Views: 1312

Re: Full body, black fruit, and funky...name your poison

Those marching orders make me think of Sicily. Nero d’Avola or Cerasuolo. Lots of sausage/charcuterie funk. Occhipinti, COS, Gulfi.
by Michae1 P0wers
November 21st, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Pépière Muscadet Sur Lie "La Pepie"
Replies: 11
Views: 711

Re: TN: 2018 Pépière Muscadet Sur Lie "La Pepie"

Michael, Thanks and you might enjoy reading the response I just received to an inquiry on the subject that I sent to the Domaine [cheers.gif] -Jim Domaine de la Pépière <earl.lapepiere@orange.fr> Thu 11/21/2019 2:14 AM Hi Jim, I'm totally agree with you, the vintage 2018 is differente is not a clas...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 20th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Pépière Muscadet Sur Lie "La Pepie"
Replies: 11
Views: 711

Re: TN: 2018 Pépière Muscadet Sur Lie "La Pepie"

Do they make this every year now? I had thought this was going to be a one off, when they didn’t have enough domaine fruit for the domaine sur lie. I’m a huge fan of Pepiere but skip the ripe years entirely. -This is the first time I noticed "La Pepie" on the label, I just assumed it was a renaming...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 20th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Pépière Muscadet Sur Lie "La Pepie"
Replies: 11
Views: 711

Re: TN: 2018 Pépière Muscadet Sur Lie "La Pepie"

Do they make this every year now? I had thought this was going to be a one off, when they didn’t have enough domaine fruit for the domaine sur lie.

I’m a huge fan of Pepiere but skip the ripe years entirely.
by Michae1 P0wers
November 20th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 118
Views: 9754

Re: 2017 Beaujolais

Recently ordered some 2014 Thivin Brouilly Reverdon I'd found online. Opened it and thought it was great, ordered more. Only later realized it was actually the 2017. Apparently they'd substituted the vintage. In any case, really excellent wine. Expect the CdB is even better.
by Michae1 P0wers
November 18th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $10-20 spaniards / italians for current drinking?
Replies: 20
Views: 1154

Re: $10-20 spaniards / italians for current drinking?

Still like Vajra rosso, Barbera, and Nebbiolo, Monsanto CCR, Gulfi Cerasuolo, Pescara (sp?) Rioja, and Produttori Langhe Nebbiolo in this price range. LdH Cubillo is worth a mention for a bit over $20.
by Michae1 P0wers
November 17th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 88
Views: 4397

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

TN: 2017 Von Winning Riesling: Green apples, green apples and then some more green apples. A little citrus maybe? From Pfalz region. Recommended by K&L as a "really dry" Riesling and imported by Skurnik. Was (of course) not at all dry, but rather sweet. The 12% ABV was a warning sign, perhaps. Take...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 16th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article
Replies: 31
Views: 1095

Re: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article

People don't understand the concept of "corkage" in these establishments. From my experience many people don't like to be told that $15 will be added to the sticker label of the bottle they have in their hands. And often, at these kinds of hybrid places, the prices are already higher than at pure r...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 15th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New grapes approved for Bordeaux
Replies: 42
Views: 2858

Re: It's The End Of Bordeaux As We Know It

Well, I'm glad it's the one wine I've stocked up on, to some extent (in my meager cellar), as it is one of my favorites. Never heard of those grapes... Touriga Nacional is one of the primary grapes used for table and fortified wine in Portugal. Most of the table wines I've had from Portugal are, if...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 14th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 47
Views: 2287

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

I don't want to be a stick in the mud, but bojo gamay is cheap and better than most of what I have tried from stateside. ESJ might be the best, but it is still not in the same league/$ as the best bojo's that are out there. I'll drink my Thivin on Thanksgiving and be okay with it. TW This is where ...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 13th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Big Cheese
Replies: 13
Views: 1358

Re: The Big Cheese

It’s a very good cheese. Haven’t had it in a couple of years though. Should remedy that.
by Michae1 P0wers
November 13th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most expensive Jug Wine ever?
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Re: Most expensive Jug Wine ever?

Robert M yers wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 6:48 pm
https://www.millesima-usa.com/coffret-m ... -2016.html

I have no idea how they came up with the price [dontknow.gif]

Was this 2.25 L format ever really a thing?
Smart buy, avoids the tariff...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 11th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1742
Views: 211475

Re: Official Costco Thread

St. Louis isn't good either. In fact, the quality of selection seems to have declined in the past year or two.
by Michae1 P0wers
November 7th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1438

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

If you were to read the below (professional) tasting note, from what variety would you assume the wine was made? Rich and full of dense, concentrated dark plum, black currant, olive and dried savory herb flavors, featuring pencil shaving and cast iron notes. The pure-tasting finished is filled with...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 7th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
Replies: 32
Views: 2747

Re: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

Based on this thread I picked up some of the 2016 Jasmin Chevaliere. It's a really excellent value. It's not as good as the Gonon Iles de Feray, but it can actually be had, so that's a big plus. In any case, it's a lot of Northern Rhone Syrah character for the price. Blackberry and tapenade, similar...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 6th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan
Replies: 51
Views: 5184

Re: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan

Self-created social media stars sometimes forget that fame can expose, but not excuse, questionable behavior. that's what it is at this time - "self created social media " fame.. not fame from real accomplishment or achievement - but just as you state "self-created". I feel terrible for the young p...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 6th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan
Replies: 51
Views: 5184

Re: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan

You *did* malign an entire generation. That is not likely to go over well with members of said generation, many of whom participate here. The age-old trope of deriding members of (the) younger generation(s) is just that: old. Old, and devoid of nearly any meaning. Trafficking in said tropes, howeve...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 6th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 530
Views: 55019

Re: Official WTSO thread

Lucien Lardy Fleurie les Roches, 2017, was really good last night. Much better than the Lardy Fleurie les Moriers vignes de 1911. That was a decent wine too, and a good value, but it hovered between just good and something slightly better. May have needed more time. The Roches was excellent. Bright,...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 6th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Stangeland Pinot Noir Eola Hills Cuvee
Replies: 2
Views: 387

Re: TN: 2017 Stangeland Pinot Noir Eola Hills Cuvee

Thanks for the note John. I've seen these Stangeland offerings and have been tempted. Which other producers would you compare to Stangeland in terms of style?
by Michae1 P0wers
November 5th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: domestic whiskey hype, contemplation, Midwinter
Replies: 10
Views: 1379

Re: domestic whiskey hype, contemplation, Midwinter

Midwinter is pretty good. I suppose the market is crazy for the specialty bourbons, but more "regular" bottles are still very good value IMO. I've always been a huge fan of 4 Roses single barrel, and it's a ridiculous value, $33 in my market. Things like the 1920 (which I don't love), Blanton's, bas...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 4th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5778

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

The best Pinot Noir I've had for under $30 have been the '14, '15, '16 bottles of Cameron Ribbon Ridge. Have purchased at least 50 bottles, ranging from $19.50 to $23.00 from several sources. Punches way above its weight, IMO. Excellent wine, though I prefer the Dundee Hills bottling. Just had a '1...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 31st, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Wow talk about a high end beer !
Replies: 19
Views: 1456

Re: Wow talk about a high end beer !

I think Sam Adams is fine. At a local movie theater chain Sam Adams or its seasonal variant is the best beer they carry, and that's about the only time I drink it.

Utopia is DNPIM. Had it once and felt it tasted like PX sherry that had somehow gone bad.

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