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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: 16
Views: 482

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: 53
Views: 1149

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: 544

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: 13152

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: 1258

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: 665

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: 665

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: 665

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: 115
Views: 9017

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: 1115

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: 85
Views: 3890

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: 1044

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: 2782

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: 39
Views: 1574

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: 944

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: 436

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: 1634
Views: 195815

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: 1326

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: 2673

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: 4995

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: 4995

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: 514
Views: 52951

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: 311

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: 915

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: 5607

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: 1042

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.
by Michae1 P0wers
October 31st, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Whiskey are you Drinking?
Replies: 1
Views: 410

Re: What Whiskey are you Drinking?

Aberlour A'bunadh. Requires some ice or water but excellent stuff once tamed a bit.
by Michae1 P0wers
October 30th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)
Replies: 12
Views: 762

Re: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)

I don't think its technically a Bojo Nouveau, but I've been enjoying Lapierre's 2018 Raisins Gaulois this summer. Haven't had the '18 but this can be an excellent wine. Maybe a bit more serious than Nouveau, or at least can last longer. I bought a bunch of the '12 on closeout for $40/case and can c...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 30th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)
Replies: 12
Views: 762

Re: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)

I don't think its technically a Bojo Nouveau, but I've been enjoying Lapierre's 2018 Raisins Gaulois this summer. Haven't had the '18 but this can be an excellent wine. Maybe a bit more serious than Nouveau, or at least can last longer. I bought a bunch of the '12 on closeout for $40/case and can c...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 29th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The miracle ingredient - Mayo?
Replies: 21
Views: 1208

Re: The miracle ingredient - Mayo?

I've been a long time believer in Mayo for grilled cheese, but haven't tried it directly on meats or in marinades for meats. Will have to give that a try. His logic seems sound, and he's usually right.
by Michae1 P0wers
October 27th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 119
Views: 6690

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

Hello all. This is dormant, but I have similar questions at a slightly higher price point (think 4-6 bottles a month between 20-40). I have a buddy in the business and have gotten good advice from a decent wine shop proprietor. Obviously there is plenty to explore in that price range, but if I'm se...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 26th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Beaujolais
Replies: 35
Views: 3463

Re: 2018 Beaujolais

brianmcbrearty wrote:
October 26th, 2019, 9:20 am
Yeah, I don't know how to square that either.
Yeah that doesn’t compute with what I’ve tasted. Very much the opposite.
by Michae1 P0wers
October 23rd, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5607

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Yes, Helioterra, I should check sources before posting. "14 and '15 were both ripe years, but '14s are drinking well much earlier than the '15s in general. The Boedecker Athena and Stewart they offered would have been good candidates. Sometimes show up again, even after being "sold out". Agree that...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 23rd, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5607

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Time is getting short, but if you watch WTSO they will almost certainly have a 90 point average rating PN for $20 or less in the coming weeks. Don't jump before checking, because not all the offerings are winners. Most are a pass, but they list a lot of wines that are perfect for somewhat discernin...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 23rd, 2019, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Beaujolais
Replies: 35
Views: 3463

Re: 2018 Beaujolais

I had the regular Roilette last week. I enjoyed it but found it to be at the upper edge of ripeness for my taste. It didn’t venture into 2015 territory; it’s probably more like 2009. 2009s might have been a bit fresher. There’s enough freshness to the fruit, and some complexity with floral notes, bu...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 22nd, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5607

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Some that I like in that price range include:

Cameron Dundee Hills or Ribbon Ridge
Evesham Wood la Grive Bleue
Haden Fig Puits Sec
Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills
by Michae1 P0wers
October 22nd, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upright or on its side: A Theory
Replies: 56
Views: 2402

Re: Upright or on its side: A Theory

Anecdotally, I have stored a number of bottles standing up for the last 10 years or so and the wines have all been sound - the corks, unfortunately, need to be taken out with ah-so's as they are more 'brittle' than they probably should be. That anecdote suggests to me that upright storage for lengt...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 20th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Where Does Dessert Go For You?
Replies: 17
Views: 1020

Re: Where Does Dessert Go For You?

Prefer cheese to sweets, and in general can do without desserts, but would put dessert last if I was doing both. Transition back to savory cheeses, even with sweet or fruity accompaniment, doesn't work well for me.
by Michae1 P0wers
October 18th, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 62
Views: 3787

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

For red sauce pizzas are a few I like: Vajra Rosso Vajra Barbera Vajra Nebbiolo Rosso Vajra Albe Paitin Barbera Paitin Barbaresco Produttori Langhe Produttori Barbaresco Monsanto CCR Felsina CCR Gulfi Rossoblejo Gulfi Cerasuolo COS Cerasuolo COS Nero de Lupo Cornelisson Contadino Occhipinti SP68 (pr...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 18th, 2019, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?
Replies: 39
Views: 2044

Re: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?

Pee-peh(r) Ayd-seek ... (like (h)ide without "h") French cannot pronounce the "H" in Heid... so it´s definitely left out. Usually the ending -er is pronounced -eh, but I´ve heard some pronouncing the final "r" very softly ... A good suggestion from the excellent Bellucci book about wine pronunciati...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 16th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Evesham Wood Les Puit Sec PN
Replies: 13
Views: 612

Re: TN: 2010 Evesham Wood Les Puit Sec PN

Two prior bottles were puzzling with an almost shrill acidity. Now 2 years later this bottle was stunning. Absolutely beautiful nose of savory red fruits and spice. In the zone with pretty fruit just starting to lean more secondary and savory. Long length and very nice texture. One of my WOTY. Bril...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 14th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 514
Views: 52951

Re: Official WTSO thread

Just went deep on the Fallet-Dart Grande Sélection at $27 while sipping on some Kirkland Signature Champagne ($22, also very nice)... I'm eyeing that one as well. CT notes look quite positive. I've had better luck with WTSO Champagne than LB and other flash sites. They tend to find good Champagnes ...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 11th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6514

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

I'm not sure why the notion of PC sets me off.Maybe it is because I don't really understand it or why people get so wound up about it. Is it just something for people to rant about?? Kinda like geezers going off on helicopter parents?? Are people upset they can't tell Polish/Belgian/Italian jokes a...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 11th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 170453

Re: Steak Porn

Anyone have experience with Mishima Reserve American Wagyu? I have a 20 oz. Ribeye, and curious about cooking temp. I like my steak quite rare but have no experience with cooking Wagyu. Thinking I'll reverse sear.
by Michae1 P0wers
October 10th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3458
Views: 188789

Re: The Bourbon Thread

ERPark wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Enjoying these tonight.......



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Gene, how are you finding these old bottles show?
by Michae1 P0wers
October 10th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 678
Views: 34649

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

I didn't even think about cheese. Might be a good idea to stock up on Parmigiano Reggiano if prices haven't already jumped in anticipation. Costco sells 2-lb. cryo wrapped packages and I plan to grab a couple of those, which should keep for a very long time. Will likely grab some Pecorino as well. ...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 10th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 678
Views: 34649

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

Look at the numbers please, please. I hate to be the bearer of unsettling news. If you make 265.0 and you use 500.00 you’re already running a deficit of -235.0 how on earth can you export 185.8 When you are already at -235,000,000 liters??? I submit a SOIVRE for my EVOO when I ship. I harvest, mill...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 10th, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 678
Views: 34649

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

Where can I get some high quality brie? I dont know anything about cheese. Murray's NY is always a decent place to start, if you don't have a local cheese monger you trust. Honestly there's so much good domestic cheese that the cheese part of this equation doesn't hurt too much, at least for soft-r...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 7th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 678
Views: 34649

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

For those who are saying that Champagne, Italian wine, and Portuguese wines are not included in the tariffs, I have to wonder if that really matters. Do you expect that importers and retailers will look to offset price increases in French, German, and Spanish wines by also increasing the prices of ...
by Michae1 P0wers
October 7th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 678
Views: 34649

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

For those who are saying that Champagne, Italian wine, and Portuguese wines are not included in the tariffs, I have to wonder if that really matters. Do you expect that importers and retailers will look to offset price increases in French, German, and Spanish wines by also increasing the prices of ...

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