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by Michae1 P0wers
January 22nd, 2021, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 1212
Views: 94432

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

I’ve had more hits than misses with WA this year, but tonight I have a definite miss. 2016 Canonica y Ceretto Chianti Classico could be a ringer for a very modern Napa cab. I’ve never tasted so much new French oak on a Chianti. Big, sweet vanilla oak completely obscured everything else that might be...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 21st, 2021, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ceretto Nebbiolo d'Alba 'Bernadina'
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Re: TN: 2018 Ceretto Nebbiolo d'Alla 'Bernadina'

Sounds really good Kent. Count me as one who really enjoys Nebbiolo Langhe / Nebbiolo d'Alba from better producers. I don't have many Barolos and Barbarescos with sufficient age, and price is a barrier for backfilling, but it's also so much easier to open one of these with a simple meal. Much less w...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 21st, 2021, 7:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Any one use a Moka Pot?
Replies: 10
Views: 697

Re: Any one use a Moka Pot?

I use one every day in the cooler weather, then pourover in summer. I grind my own locally roasted coffee though, on the finest setting. I recently read a recommendation to boil the water first in the electric kettle before adding to the bottom chamber, and have been doing that.
by Michae1 P0wers
January 14th, 2021, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2400
Views: 276823

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Anyone know for sure when HOT and GIRLS expire? I thought a post said 1-15 for HOT, but the updated first post says 1-17. I don't see anything for GIRLS. Waiting for RMN to add some cash back before I use them, but don't want to let them expire either. I'm playing the same waiting game. I know VD50...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 12th, 2021, 11:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Do you like any Girl Scout cookies? (Poll Added)
Replies: 33
Views: 964

Re: Do you like any Girl Scout cookies? (Poll Added)

No, but that's not a slight on the girl scouts, as I can't think of any commercial/prepackaged cookies that are good. If I'm going to eat a cookie it's going to be homemade or something from a local bakery.
by Michae1 P0wers
January 12th, 2021, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2400
Views: 276823

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

HOT50 doesn't work for things like Dom and Krug, I've come to find out...dammit What Adam says about the pricing is correct. Whether these higher end Champagnes are discountable depends on location as well. Krug ends in .97 some places, .99 others. The same is true for many magnums, Champagne and o...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 8th, 2021, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2400
Views: 276823

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Now if only RMN would come through with a 10-20%
by Michae1 P0wers
January 7th, 2021, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Variation
Replies: 25
Views: 1145

Re: Bottle Variation

I've been slightly bemused to see people opening all these private label wines that are just extremely young and then complaining about bottle variation. While some wines will show well very young, many will not. Even those that do show well while young are often in a youthful drinking window and y...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 7th, 2021, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Variation
Replies: 25
Views: 1145

Re: Bottle Variation

I've been slightly bemused to see people opening all these private label wines that are just extremely young and then complaining about bottle variation. While some wines will show well very young, many will not. Even those that do show well while young are often in a youthful drinking window and yo...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 6th, 2021, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive
Replies: 14
Views: 1167

Re: TN: 2019 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive

2017 >>>>> 2018. I really don’t like 2018 Beaujolais, and I don’t think time will be kind to these wines given the loose structures. This includes Coudert, whose wines have been among my 2 or 3 favorites for a long time. My 2 ¢. Came here to say exactly this! I have the 2018 Roilette, not tardive, ...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 6th, 2021, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2400
Views: 276823

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Sale: 25% Off Solid Cases of Red Wine Today, January 6, 2021 Only "astorwines.com" Thanks. I took advantage. I had a number of cases in my cart, but ended up with just 1 case- Gigondas Domaine Gour de Chaulé - 2016. Many of the wines are not a bargain, even with discount. I was able to ge...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 5th, 2021, 12:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 241
Views: 15147

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

Frankly, I know there are many RCR fans here, and I like quite a bit it when it's on, but for me Harbison is more consistent. This is the crux of the matter for me. I've experienced a ~33% inedible ammonia rate with RCR. Yet I've had at least 20x the number of Harbison's as compared to RCR and not ...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 5th, 2021, 12:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 241
Views: 15147

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: January 5th, 2021, 12:14 pm
You should check out Kunik. It's made by Nettle Meadow Farms in NY from 75% goat and 25% Jersey cow cream and is, in my opinion, a strong contender for best cheese made in the USA.
Thanks Sarah! Will look into it.
by Michae1 P0wers
January 5th, 2021, 11:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 241
Views: 15147

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

I was disappointed. The center was great, but far too much ammonia permeating into it (which I couldn't smell in the packaging). Mid-Dec good by date. This happens way more often than it should, year after year, with RCR and Harbison and even with Kunik and a few others. We can't stand that ammonia...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 5th, 2021, 11:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 241
Views: 15147

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!pn

[smileyvault-ban.gif] 🤫12-17 had a touch of ammonia on Saturday night I had one with "sell by 12/12" purchased on 12-23, sampled 12-24, which was inedible with ammonia. Didn't check the date before leaving the shop. I'm a regular there, and am wondering what they'll say when I tell them. ...
by Michae1 P0wers
January 4th, 2021, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2400
Views: 276823

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

W-S Pro is direct Paypal as well.
by Michae1 P0wers
January 3rd, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2707

Re: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?

Occhipinti SP68 and Frappato, the former probably being my "favorite" drink-now red.
Gulfi Neros
Vajra Rosso and Nebbiolo Rosso
Thivin Brouilly Reverdon
LdH Cubillo
by Michae1 P0wers
December 31st, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Classifying farmer fizz
Replies: 100
Views: 4334

Re: Classifying farmer fizz

I don't know enough to put these in any order, and agree with many already listed, but would add Agrapart in there somewhere relatively high.
by Michae1 P0wers
December 21st, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: daily blanc de noirs champagne?
Replies: 5
Views: 615

Re: daily blanc de noirs champagne?

Not technically a BdN as it has some white grapes, but I've always liked Billiot. Even with 25% Chardonnay, I've always found it to drink like a BdN, with that vinuous style Otto mentions. I also like the Marie Courtin and Gonet-Medeville previously mentioned, and have not tried the Dethune.
by Michae1 P0wers
December 21st, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2400
Views: 276823

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

I requested wine.com folks for $100 off $300 coupons. They politely declined. Last year, I spent 90% of my budget at wine.com. I am thinking of not renewing Stewardship when it comes up in Jan. Amex has good offers on Benchmark, Vinfolio etc. Any advice on where else to buy from? I use WineLibrary....
by Michae1 P0wers
December 21st, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2400
Views: 276823

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

I requested wine.com folks for $100 off $300 coupons. They politely declined. Last year, I spent 90% of my budget at wine.com. I am thinking of not renewing Stewardship when it comes up in Jan. Amex has good offers on Benchmark, Vinfolio etc. Any advice on where else to buy from? While it never hur...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 20th, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4114
Views: 235331

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Tried the Belle Meade Reserve last night and really enjoyed it. TNs earlier in this thread are right on for me. Big nose and palate of mainly spice notes and caramel, maybe a bit of fruit on the palate as well. Good Bourbon and I'd say a good value at $55.
by Michae1 P0wers
December 19th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintage Barolo - help understanding this wine
Replies: 26
Views: 1469

Re: Vintage Barolo - help understanding this wine

No way they kept it in barrels for 19 years, waiting for the DOC! But they did typically leave the bottles unlabelled until they were shipped. So this could have been labeled after the DOC came into existence in 1966 but before 750ml was standardized. It wouldn't have been so uncommon to have some ...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 19th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2400
Views: 276823

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

After a long wait to chat they said it should not be happening and, if charged for shipping, to notify CS. Something to keep an eye on going forward though.
by Michae1 P0wers
December 19th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2400
Views: 276823

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Currently have an order in my cart where stewardship discount shows as less than the shipping total, leaving a shipping balance. Has anyone had this happen? Is there an obvious reason I'm not considering? Yeah, I noticed it with magnums last week. Hmm. These are 750s. I wonder if this is a glitch o...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 19th, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2400
Views: 276823

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Currently have an order in my cart where stewardship discount shows as less than the shipping total, leaving a shipping balance. Has anyone had this happen? Is there an obvious reason I'm not considering?
by Michae1 P0wers
December 17th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4114
Views: 235331

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Has anyone had the Belle Meade XO Cognac finished? I just ordered a bottle of the Cask Strength Reserve for pickup and while searching saw that the Cognac-finished is available local-ish for $70. Bit of a drive though so not as likely to make the trip without some positive feedback. Single Barrel i...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 17th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4114
Views: 235331

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Has anyone had the Belle Meade XO Cognac finished? I just ordered a bottle of the Cask Strength Reserve for pickup and while searching saw that the Cognac-finished is available local-ish for $70. Bit of a drive though so not as likely to make the trip without some positive feedback. Single Barrel is...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 15th, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Conserva PSA
Replies: 1
Views: 699

Re: Conserva PSA

My Zoom group orders fish conserva from Portugalia Marketplace in MA. Selection is great as are the prices. As long as you don't want things such as bacalhau which requires expedited shipping, shipping is reasonable. They're having a 20% off sale on $200+ orders. I'm especially fond of the Minerva ...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 13th, 2020, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Entry-level Muscadet under $15 [poll added]
Replies: 30
Views: 1245

Re: Best Entry-level Muscadet. CHANGED: under $15 (was under $20)

Actually it was 2009 Jardin d'Edouard and then 2012 and 2014 which came through the KGBO the last couple of years. I have been looking out for the other cuvees and also for other producers. In that case I highly recommend the Pepiere. Not sure of the availability in Canada. Also just realized I men...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 13th, 2020, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Entry-level Muscadet under $15 [poll added]
Replies: 30
Views: 1245

Re: Best Muscadet under $20

This won’t sound quite right, but I’d be more interested in best Muscadet over $20... Ch Thebaud wines have opened my eyes (a bit under $30 Can) so I wonder what’s in the next tier up. I assume you mean Pepiere Thebaud. If so, I’m not sure how much higher the ceiling goes at this point. For me the ...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 13th, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Entry-level Muscadet under $15 [poll added]
Replies: 30
Views: 1245

Re: Best Entry-level Muscadet. CHANGED: under $15 (was under $20)

I would generally say the Pepiere sur lie at under $15, but the Landron is very close. I don’t think it’s the same as the Louvetrie but could be mistaken. He released with new labels a few years back and I am not sure I understand all the different bottlings now. His les Houx is about the same price...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 13th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries
Replies: 134
Views: 7947

Re: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries

If you are ordering single bottles or even two, then yes. A 12/bottle shipper(pulp) costs us $6.00. A 1 or 2 bottle shipper costs $3.50. Adult signature on a 12 bottle case: $6.50 Adult signature on 1 or 2: $6.50 UPS/FedEx charges us $40-85 for a 12 bottle case depending upon where you are in the c...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 12th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 850
Views: 58268

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

So, the past few years I have enjoyed Aberlour 12 and 16, but grabbed a bottle of the latter this year and was disappointed. Then I read that they dropped the proof to 80 and the general consensus is that new bottles are sorely lacking. Anyone have good suggestions for a sherry finished alternative?...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 11th, 2020, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Etna Rosso under $20? [Etna]
Replies: 21
Views: 1547

Re: Best Etna Rosso under $20?

I really like that Gulfi wine, but, as mentioned, it is not Etna. Terre Nere is good and widely available. For something a bit more interesting but very good, I like the Calabretta Cala Cala, which is an NV wine comprised mostly of a more recent vintage with the addition of I believe 2 older vintage...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 9th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Girolamo Russo Etna 'a Rina (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 17
Views: 757

Re: TN: 2017 Girolamo Russo Etna 'a Rina (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Adam Bitker wrote: December 8th, 2020, 12:08 am
Michae1 P0wers wrote: December 4th, 2020, 9:43 am Dennis, I've considered buying this recently but didn't pull the trigger. Any other producer(s) to whom you could compare Russo's style?
Salvo Foti is the first that comes to mind. Beautiful wines.
Thanks! Another producer for me to seek out and try!
by Michae1 P0wers
December 8th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 200
Views: 5375

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

Whilst I like thumbs, I'm not liking the current implementation, where the counts are below our profile pics. It makes it look like a popularity context, which isn't a good look. The positive feature of a 'thumb' is merely a thumb up of appreciation or support for a post. No more and no less. I'd a...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 5th, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value White Burgundy (Under $20) [POLL ADDED]
Replies: 27
Views: 1628

Re: Best Value White Burgundy (Under $20) [POLL ADDED]

Louis Michel Chablis is the clear leader ATM. Trouble is..... it's not under $20. Even when discounted it's around 22 bucks. It's usually mid 20s or more. I see it under $20 at times. WS pro currently shows one listing for the 2017 under $20, best 2018 price listed is $21.28. Several of these wines...
by Michae1 P0wers
December 4th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Girolamo Russo Etna 'a Rina (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 17
Views: 757

Re: TN: 2017 Girolamo Russo Etna 'a Rina (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Thanks Dennis. I'm a big fan of Occhipinti. I'll keep an eye out and grab a couple of these when I next see them.
by Michae1 P0wers
December 4th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Girolamo Russo Etna 'a Rina (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 17
Views: 757

Re: TN: 2017 Girolamo Russo Etna 'a Rina (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Dennis, I've considered buying this recently but didn't pull the trigger. Any other producer(s) to whom you could compare Russo's style?
by Michae1 P0wers
December 2nd, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value White Burgundy (Under $20) [POLL ADDED]
Replies: 27
Views: 1628

Re: Best Value White Burgundy (Under $20)

John J wrote: December 2nd, 2020, 7:09 am B21 runs Francois Carillon Bourgogne Blanc for $19.99 time to time. Its incredible bourgogne blanc.
I thought about including that one as well. Also a very good choice.
by Michae1 P0wers
December 2nd, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value White Burgundy (Under $20) [POLL ADDED]
Replies: 27
Views: 1628

Re: Best Value White Burgundy (Under $20)

It's difficult to pick a winner in this category because pricing can vary significantly. I sometimes find Billaud-Simon, Droin, or Louis Michel Chablis in this price range, and any would be a strong contender in a good vintage. Regular pricing is higher for all of those though. I mentioned Brocard's...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 30th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Truffles 2020
Replies: 34
Views: 2920

Re: Truffles 2020

Most of their truffles are sourced from other parts of Italy and Eastern Europe so calling it an Alba truffle is stretching the imagination. Is it just lax labelling laws or how are they allowed to sell it as Alban truffles then? or lack of enforcement? basically i can sell a rock from my front yar...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 26th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Entry Level Rioja
Replies: 31
Views: 1786

Re: Best Value Entry Level Rioja

LdH Cubillo (it’s their entry level)
LRA Alberdi
by Michae1 P0wers
November 20th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheapest Loire Cab Franc you could enjoy?
Replies: 30
Views: 1554

Re: Cheapest Loire Can Franc you could enjoy?

As the question is posed I would say the Guion Domaine. As Robert mentions, it's worth buying the Prestige since the price difference is so little, but I can enjoy the Domaine, and in some years there doesn't seem to be much difference. For what it's worth I think that the Guion wines improve quite ...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 19th, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions
Replies: 81
Views: 5648

Re: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions

(and not directed at my 2nd favorite Parisian, after Johnny Depp) I feel like a lot of the bottlings being suggested on this excellent thread - while meeting price point objectives - are really difficult to find for those of us in flyover America. I'm not sure it makes a ton of sense to be shipping...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 19th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions
Replies: 81
Views: 5648

Re: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions

For regular pricing, rather than discounts, I'd add: Loire Muscadet - Pepiere Sur Lie or Jo Landron Muscadet (about $15) Loire Cab Franc - Guion Prestige ($15); Baudry Granges ($18) Sicily - Calabretta Cala Cala ($15); Gulfi Nerojbleo ($18) Piedmonte Nebbiolo - Vallana Campi Raudii ($14 - Thanks for...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 14th, 2020, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Champagne under $40
Replies: 102
Views: 6077

Re: Best Champagne under $40

For everyday drinker Roederer Estate Brut is untouchable at a $25 price point. Again, if you have $40, get a bottle...and spend the other $15 on a bucket of KFC to go with it! I used like this OK or $15, but I don’t find it holds up to even bargain champagne at 25 (e.g. Moutard). Also not so much a...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 3rd, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 24005

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I mean Wine Library has a similar program, except it's $99/year instead of $49, so it's not exactly without precedent. It makes buying wine much more convenient and ultimately drives volume and repeat business. I admit sometimes I even buy wine at their inflated prices without a coupon just because...
by Michae1 P0wers
November 3rd, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38352

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

received 2 sixers of the 2016 Hillside Estate 14.5% yesterday. From a cursory read of the thread, it seems like the substitutions were only made on the case orders. yes, appears so, a whole $99 f up, wtfcs, geez, "much ado about nothing" really?....Karen? This is a strange comment. I mean...

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