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by Ed Steinway
February 26th, 2021, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15679
Views: 810910

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

4 bottles of 2014 Chateau Meyney. When we first started getting into wine, my late Uncle said that Meyney was usually a great value, so we have a soft spot for this estate.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 24th, 2021, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are Rosso di Montalcino generally a sign of what is to come?
Replies: 8
Views: 998

Re: Are Rosso di Montalcino generally a sign of what is to come?

I don't know the answer to your question based on my limited experience, but I think you can find some similarities in a house style. Talenti and Tenuta di Sesta, for example, for me. Speaking of which, the 2018 Tenuta di Sesta Rosso is a great value for $16! A back up the truck type of value!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 23rd, 2021, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bollie PN VZ15,12`Roederer,14`Fontaine-Gagnard Caillerets,04`Foxen Sea Smoke, 09`Gambal Vougeot, 95` Cos +l
Replies: 5
Views: 415

Re: Bollie PN VZ15,12`Roederer,14`Fontaine-Gagnard Caillerets,04`Foxen Sea Smoke, 09`Gambal Vougeot, 95` Cos +l

Blake Brown wrote:
All in all, a good night with a few flawed wines to balance out all of the stellar bottles we’ve been blessed with over time.
Blake, that is a great perspective on flawed bottles! Cheers!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 23rd, 2021, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2021 Under $15.00 Wine Thread
Replies: 52
Views: 3422

Re: 2021 Under $15.00 Wine Thread

Marietta Old Vine Red -- the current version is Lot #70, widely distributed and available for less than $15.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 20th, 2021, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hidden Ridge...What to do now that they're gone?
Replies: 9
Views: 1344

Re: Hidden Ridge...What to do now that they're gone?

We met Cassidy at a "Wine on the Water" event at the Hyatt in Incline Village several years ago. She was pouring a 2009 55% Slope and was as nice and friendly as can be. We became buyers that day. Very sad that her husband passed away and that she sold the winery. We stopped buying once sh...
by Ed Steinway
February 19th, 2021, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 90` Clicquot Rose, Billecart-Salmon Rose, Krug 168; 12` Delamotte, 12` Bara Club; 08` L-P, 17` Giradin CC, Donnhoff Kab+
Replies: 9
Views: 556

Re: 90` Clicquot Rose, Billecart-Salmon Rose, Krug 168; 12` Delamotte, 12` Bara Club; 08` L-P, 17` Giradin CC, Donnhoff

Nice notes, as always Blake! Always a pleasure to read about your wine adventures in Santa Barbara. However, no tasting note on the Chocolate Chip Cookies? champagne.gif

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 19th, 2021, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Breezing through Napa (and Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 9
Views: 1308

Re: Breezing through Napa (and Sonoma Valley)

This was a great read, Vincent. Thank you for sharing!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 15th, 2021, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rioja & Ribeye
Replies: 8
Views: 848

Re: Rioja & Ribeye

I have not had the wine and cannot comment on it, aside for being on the lookout for it next time I am at our local TW. But those ribeye's look ridiculously good. Nicely done, Arv!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 15th, 2021, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1984 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 570

Re: TN: 1984 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

This was the 1st Heitz Martha's Vineyard that I tasted, courtesy of my late Uncle Bill, over 20 years ago. It paired beautifully with a Leg of Lamb. Glad your bottle showed well!
by Ed Steinway
February 14th, 2021, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Liquor Barn Memories...
Replies: 24
Views: 1593

Re: Liquor Barn Memories...

Barry Sunderland wrote: My Saturday tastings were K&L...then Beltramos...lastly Vin, Vino, Wine...$$$ and much spitting. Barry, that brings back some good memories for me. I had my first taste of D'Yquem at a tasting of 1994 Bordeaux at Beltramos. They were pouring the 1990 D'Yquem for $25 and ...
by Ed Steinway
February 14th, 2021, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best value elite Bordeaux?
Replies: 96
Views: 9936

Re: Best value elite Bordeaux?

Mark Golodetz wrote: Best value period. Chateau d’Issan. This is excellent advice for someone looking to build up a collection. I said to myself that I wouldn't buy any more futures but I did buy some 2019 Bordeaux futures, including D'Issan. For $50 it was an easy call. I would not hesitate to bac...
by Ed Steinway
February 14th, 2021, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Liquor Barn Memories...
Replies: 24
Views: 1593

Re: Liquor Barn Memories...

We bought our first house in San Carlos and used to go to the Liquor Barn in Redwood City, on El Camino. Having Liquor Barn, K&L and Beltramo's within 20 minutes of our house was great. And expensive!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 14th, 2021, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Chateau Montelena, The Montelena Estate
Replies: 16
Views: 696

Re: TN: 1996 Chateau Montelena, The Montelena Estate

Howard Cooper wrote: Also, I have a warm spot for Montelena as it helped me a bit in my career. When I was a pretty junior associate at my law firm, I convinced the senior partner in my practice to split a case of 1985 Montelena with me ($20 a bottle). As the price rose over the years, I think so d...
by Ed Steinway
February 14th, 2021, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Chateau Montelena, The Montelena Estate
Replies: 16
Views: 696

Re: TN: 1996 Chateau Montelena, The Montelena Estate

Nice note, Rich! We don't have any 96's left, but every bottle that we had was excellent. Only '91's, 94's and 97's. Hard to go wrong with any Montelena from 1990-1997, IMO.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 13th, 2021, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Baller Extraordinaire
Replies: 18
Views: 1846

Re: Wine Baller Extraordinaire

Siun o'Connell wrote
M. Audoze is a Berserker — his posts are always quite amazing.
+1. And, judging by his posts, he seems like a very gracious and humble man. Thanks for posting the article.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 13th, 2021, 8:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 54
Views: 2164

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

My wife and I are also looking forward to watching this. Especially Sicily, which is where my mom's family emigrated from.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 12th, 2021, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled
Replies: 86
Views: 4251

Re: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled

John Flanagan wrote: So, now when I walk in to my cellar looking for something to drink I pull what I want rather than having some limits based on value, day of the week, associations with an event, etc. Of course there are still a few exceptions, but in general I’m just enjoying drinking my collec...
by Ed Steinway
February 12th, 2021, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: winereactionsarethenewtrend : a smattering of December with a dry January and a few bonus February selections
Replies: 10
Views: 473

Re: winereactionsarethenewtrend : a smattering of December with a dry January and a few bonus February selections

Mark, nice notes on a wonderful set of wine and I love the Yogi Bear reference! Mark Anisman wrote: An origin story. San Jose CA upbringing. west of us was primarily prune orchards (cue the raven). recall Mrs Brown in 3rd grade edifying us to the fact that the Santa Clara County was home to 1/3 of t...
by Ed Steinway
February 12th, 2021, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value Italian
Replies: 56
Views: 2733

Re: Value Italian

I agree on the Chianti versus Rosso discussion, but there are some good values in Rosso, too. The 2018 Tenuta Di Sesta Rosso for $16 is ridiculously good for the price. I also agree on the Felsina line, up to the Rancia and Fontalloro. Great value there. And I don't think that Arneis has been mentio...
by Ed Steinway
February 12th, 2021, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My biggest buying and drinking change in last 5 years.
Replies: 39
Views: 2635

Re: My biggest buying and drinking change in last 5 years.

Interesting question. Here is where we are at. More -- Champagne, Tuscany, Sicily Etna Rosso and Rioja. Great cellar defenders in these areas. Starting to explore -- Oregon and Germany. Level -- Bordeaux and Zinfandel. Bordeaux is my wife's favorite. And I love a good Zin with almost any grilled foo...
by Ed Steinway
February 9th, 2021, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the wines you try to buy in 375ml??
Replies: 55
Views: 2251

Re: What are the wines you try to buy in 375ml??

Outside of Sauternes, we have more .375's of Champagne than anything else. Billecart Salmon Rose' and Bonville, primarily. We also buy Ridge Geyserville, as they are usually available at the winery.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 6th, 2021, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L
Replies: 71
Views: 4962

Re: K&L

I have been a customer for many years. Great service and when the store was open it was easy to get some nice recommendations from their staff and during their Saturday tastings. And, as others have mentioned, you can find some good deals on their "Insider's Advantage" specials. They also ...
by Ed Steinway
February 6th, 2021, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red wine vintages to drink now? Likewise, Champagne?
Replies: 7
Views: 686

Re: What red wine vintages to drink now? Likewise, Champagne?

Thanks for posting the link to the article, Warren. The comment that caught my attention was "definitely pull the corks on most of the ripe 2009s, which are at peak now" for the 2009 Bordeaux. I haven't even thought about opening those!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 6th, 2021, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 18 Lytton or geyserville?
Replies: 13
Views: 959

Re: 18 Lytton or geyserville?

In my opinion, the 2018 Lytton Springs is very good, and the 2018 Geyserville is great. One of the best of the decade and one that may not shut down. I would go with the Geyserville.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 4th, 2021, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you all think about White Bordeaux?
Replies: 25
Views: 1724

Re: What do you all think about White Bordeaux?

I like it, but do not drink it often. A few years ago, we had an aged Domaine de Chevalier Blanc that was fantastic. At a much lower price point, I think Carbonnieux Blanc is annually a great value and something I always enjoy.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 4th, 2021, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommended Wine Books
Replies: 31
Views: 1517

Re: Recommended Wine Books

Another vote here for "Inside Bordeaux" by Jane Anson. I have really enjoyed reading it.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 1st, 2021, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab cellar management 2012-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1379

Re: Cali Cab cellar management 2012-2018

Hi, Robert. The only change that I would make is to put 2017 before 2015. From what I have tasted of those two vintages, I think the 2017's will mature earlier than the 2015's.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 29th, 2021, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bordeaux 2018 from bottle
Replies: 30
Views: 3791

Re: TN: Bordeaux 2018 from bottle

D Zurcher wrote:
I'm 53 and you should see the list of 2019's I have on order. I hope those that outlive me appreciate them :).
I am 53+ and am in the same boat. Hopefully our daughter enjoys red wine by then. Our son certainly does!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 29th, 2021, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shakeup at Ridge
Replies: 40
Views: 6658

Re: Shakeup at Ridge

Ian Alper wrote: It will be tough for me to stay in the MB futures program without the pickup parties. I am getting to old to be buying MB futures but the parties (I mean tastings :) ) made it worth it! We are also probably getting too old to be buying MB futures, and we miss the parties there, but...
by Ed Steinway
January 26th, 2021, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bordeaux 2018 from bottle
Replies: 30
Views: 3791

Re: TN: Bordeaux 2018 from bottle

Thanks for posting your notes, Panos!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 26th, 2021, 7:17 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rao's NYC Now Offering Takeout
Replies: 19
Views: 2409

Re: Rao's NYC Now Offering Takeout

Our local Costco carries their Marinara Sauce. We are going to give it a try.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 24th, 2021, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far
Replies: 211
Views: 11198

Re: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far

2010 has more than twice as many votes as any other vintage. This thread has a lot of good information for those aspiring to learn more about Burgundy, like I am. Thanks for putting the poll up, Howard!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 23rd, 2021, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far
Replies: 211
Views: 11198

Re: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far

45% for 2010 is impressive. If one is looking to backfill, this seems the vintage to do so.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 21st, 2021, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy
Replies: 100
Views: 4159

Re: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy

Regarding Robert's original post, I agree that what is bought depends on vintage conditions. Our son and daughter were born in 1994 and 1997. Good for Vintage Port, and California Cabs, and Sauternes in 1997, so that is what we focused on. The other regions I was not as familiar with at that time, s...
by Ed Steinway
January 18th, 2021, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 83
Views: 3567

Re: best pairings

John Morris wrote:
Actually, roast chicken is great with almost any red!
Completely agree with this, John. So many different red wines pair well with roast chicken. Grilled Tri-Tip also goes well with so many different reds.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 18th, 2021, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Bordeaux Lovers
Replies: 46
Views: 2046

Re: Question for Bordeaux Lovers

1. I can't afford them for the most part but Haut Brion would be the one.
2. Pichon-Lalande
3. D'Issan -- Palmer is out of my price range.
4. Branaire-Ducru
5. Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 17th, 2021, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Fonseca Porto Vintage...
Replies: 13
Views: 746

Re: 2017 Fonseca Porto Vintage...

Not an expert by any means, but that is a great price, and I would be a buyer. I have had the 2017 Taylor Fladgate and Graham's, and both showed exceptional potential. I have not tried the Fonseca but I would imagine the quality is similar.
by Ed Steinway
January 15th, 2021, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1786
Views: 127728

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Paul Miller wrote: Ordered 11 and wished for Compagni Portis to round it out All of Mike's white wines are consistently good. When I told my wife yesterday that the ordering window was open for Carlisle, she said 'order all the white wine we are allocated'. And I agree on the comments about the Car...
by Ed Steinway
January 10th, 2021, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TURLEY RECOMMENDATIONS
Replies: 41
Views: 2917

Re: TURLEY RECOMMENDATIONS

The Dragon, Rattlesnake Ridge and Ueberroth are my favorites. And, as others have mentioned, the Cederman, Old Vines and Juvenile are really good for the price. Those are the one's that I always look to buy.

Ed








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by Ed Steinway
January 10th, 2021, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 9744

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

Condolences to his family and friends. What a terrible story.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 8th, 2021, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Volpaia Chianti Classico
Replies: 13
Views: 884

Re: TN: 2015 Volpaia Chianti Classico

Bryce, it is great that you are exploring Italian wine! And you are right, there are a lot of choices in that price range, and these are great wines to open up in the middle of the week. After trying a few 2018 Rosso di Montalcino, I have been very impressed and will look to buy more, and they are w...
by Ed Steinway
January 7th, 2021, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer check: Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA
Replies: 17
Views: 1486

Re: Retailer check: Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA

To answer your other question, most of what I have bought has been less than 10 years old from vintage date and on the floor there. Large space that was always cool.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 7th, 2021, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer check: Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA
Replies: 17
Views: 1486

Re: Retailer check: Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA

I have not been there in a few years, but I have bought wine from there many times and have always had good experiences there.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 7th, 2021, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Volpaia Chianti Classico
Replies: 13
Views: 884

Re: TN: 2015 Volpaia Chianti Classico

We love the 2017 Volpaia. I think it is in a perfect spot right now. I have not tried the 2018 but will be looking out for it. Here is my note from last summer.

Ed

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by Ed Steinway
January 6th, 2021, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Anniversary Release
Replies: 27
Views: 1047

Re: TN: 1997 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Anniversary Release

Kris Patten wrote:
1991 to 1994 was one of the most epic runs for a Napa Cab with La Jota Anniversary Release.
I believe Randy Dunn was making the wines at that time. Helen Turley was also involved after Randy, IIRC. Those were fantastic wines!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 3rd, 2021, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2831

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

I would add Volpaia Chianti Classico to those already mentioned from Chianti. A couple of Zin's to add are the Turley Old Vines and Juvenile, and the Carlisle Sonoma County Zin. One red from Portugal that is going to become an annual purchase is the Adega de Penalva Indigena Tinto Dao. A great value...
by Ed Steinway
January 3rd, 2021, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Graham Porto 20 Year Old Tawny (Portugal, Douro, Porto)
Replies: 23
Views: 996

Re: TN: NV Graham Porto 20 Year Old Tawny (Portugal, Douro, Porto)

andy velebil wrote: Graham's 20 yr is a good "middle-tier" tawny. I've had lots of it over the years and it's always been a solid and consistent easy sipper. I'd never turn down a glass of it. Like many large production tawny's, it sits at a good price point for the quality. However, if I...
by Ed Steinway
January 2nd, 2021, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you want to try in 2021????
Replies: 100
Views: 3846

Re: What do you want to try in 2021????

1996 Pichon Lalande, and Ducru Beaucaillou.
2001 Ridge Geyserville

I have had these before, but I am looking forward to checking in on these at 25 and 20 years, respectively.

Ed

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