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by Mike Grammer
February 16th, 2020, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro
Replies: 54
Views: 1823

Re: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro

Thanks so much again Don for taking the time to post these fantastic and meticulous reports. Very much appreciated

Mahalo nui loa

Mike
by Mike Grammer
February 12th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – Feb 20, 2018 at Valentino in Los Angeles
Replies: 39
Views: 3999

Re: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – Feb 20, 2018 at Valentino in Los Angeles

Concur----really looking forward to your thoughts---and the group's---on the 2011s. Just had a Sauzet Puligny Perrieres yesterday and it was shudderlicious, really on point.

Haere Ra

Mike
by Mike Grammer
February 12th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New Zealand Recs - Otago Region
Replies: 29
Views: 869

Re: New Zealand Recs - Otago Region

I forgot about black water rafting---if it's at all your thing and you can get to the north island site (forget where that is) or Te Anau in the south....it is the one thing I absolutely regret missing, but the caves were flooded when I was there. You really do need to get to Milford if you can. I d...
by Mike Grammer
February 12th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 39
Views: 4006

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

Yup---I haven't sent out the "details" email yet---that will be forthcoming in about 6 weeks.
by Mike Grammer
February 12th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 39
Views: 4006

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

Unashamedly bumping to make sure everyone sees this and has a chance to weigh in. The listing of wines has changed/expanded a little. The next-day-brunch is a definite go.
by Mike Grammer
February 12th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: ATTN NJ/PA/ETC Berserkers - Saturday Feb 8th Cellar Drawdown Party
Replies: 12
Views: 932

Re: ATTN NJ/PA/ETC Berserkers - Saturday Feb 8th Cellar Drawdown Party

Super work, again so happy this went well David and, as mentioned, I am devoutly hoping to make #3 as part of my big East Coast trip at that time.

Looks like a very nice list. I am excited about opening a 2007 Valdicava next weekend.

A bientot,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
February 8th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC
Replies: 74
Views: 3645

Re: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

I was just thinkin' the same thing as Steve!----"gee, will he need to ask the neighbour to borrow the garage?" Arnie and his crew will earn medals for organizing this one.

Aces and kudos to everyone for stepping up.
by Mike Grammer
February 3rd, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 70th Birthday Bash for Bob Fleming
Replies: 18
Views: 1238

Re: 70th Birthday Bash for Bob Fleming

As Blake might say, you celebrated righteously Don. Wonderful wines to enjoy BT's birthday with him---though I'm surprised none of the Arcadian cuvee was opened ;) I have a 2007 Valdicava up to bat in 3 weeks--I will instruct the "host" (Paul Hiyake is holding the wine for me) to decant for a suitab...
by Mike Grammer
February 3rd, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Condrieus from Perret, Gérard and Vernay
Replies: 13
Views: 713

Re: TN: Condrieus from Perret, Gérard and Vernay

Super notes, Ilkka. Condrieu is hard to get up here, but even so, I should stock some once again---I have always enjoyed good renditions of it. That Vernay sounds like a dream wine.

Salud,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
February 3rd, 2020, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08 Pegau / 01 Prager / 05 Pepiere
Replies: 5
Views: 395

Re: 08 Pegau / 01 Prager / 05 Pepiere

Agreed. Prager is life :)
by Mike Grammer
January 29th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords

So wish we could get this stuff in Canada. Almost always a winner and the ageability of these is something that isn't given much play. Thanks for the note, Jeremy.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
January 22nd, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any must have rieslings on this list?
Replies: 41
Views: 2921

Re: Any must have rieslings on this list?

Another vote for the Alzinger 02 here, Yong. Donnhoff made wonderful wine in 2005, for my tastes. Hexamer is very good sometimes-under-the-radar producer. But top of the list would be the Emrich Schonleber wines---those will give nothing but pleasure, I bet. Oh yes--and the Deiss Altenbourg VT from ...
by Mike Grammer
January 21st, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New Zealand Recs - Otago Region
Replies: 29
Views: 869

Re: New Zealand Recs - Otago Region

Flightsee trip was out of Lake Tekapo. My recollection was 1 to 1.5 hours. I hope this rejuvenating trip is everything you will want it to be. Above all---Kiwis are some of the nicest people I've ever met.
by Mike Grammer
January 20th, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New Zealand Recs - Otago Region
Replies: 29
Views: 869

Re: New Zealand Recs - Otago Region

Yes, you will Marilyn--you'll be surprised at how quickly it comes to you. Just don't get a standard/stick shift car---changing the shift with the left hand took me some getting used to! Enjoy your time there----my memories of Otago and Queenstown remain very vivid---and that was over 20 years ago. ...
by Mike Grammer
January 20th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 256
Views: 23437

Re: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED

Not annoyed at all! Will do, and also for you Thomas, thanks and hope you are keeping well.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
January 20th, 2020, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Replies: 23
Views: 1459

Re: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast

I am an unabashed fan of most styles of pinot - from Truchot to Kosta Browne and a lot in between. I was on the Littorai list for many years in the early and mid 2000's and attended a Littorai dinner in DC at Charlie Palmer that featured some older vintages maybe 10 years out. I liked the wines. Th...
by Mike Grammer
January 20th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2247

Re: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

I like that idea for you guys, Frank--that sounds like it'd be a lot of fun too
by Mike Grammer
January 20th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 997

Re: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 7:17 am
I feel like the price of 01 rieussec is as low as 50% of what it was right after release when it was ws woty. I’ve bought full bottles for 100 lately which is absurd imo.
Not quite---I did get my fulls at release for $80 each, but $100 is an excellent price---I paid almost that for halfsies.
by Mike Grammer
January 18th, 2020, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 997

Re: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?

Tran is so sweet. grouphug in more ways than one! [grin.gif] Was I "unimpressed" with 16s. That may be too harsh. But at best I was ambivalent. Now, that is only off of one tasting at the UGC event a year ago. But, FWIW, my notes. To go with fair is fair, some of the reps agreed that it was not a vi...
by Mike Grammer
January 17th, 2020, 6:21 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 256
Views: 23437

Re: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED

It is and I shall, with thanks Philip. A note/reminder to everyone. if you are willing to organize an OL, please indicate that when you post. Glad this has been of use to so many--not least to me!
by Mike Grammer
January 16th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2247

Re: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

Post/thread of the year? I read every word---super-tremendous that you showed us your thoughts on vintage differences as well as plot differences, Frank. Cris and Bob, appreciate seeing your fine notes as counterpoint. I had one taste of the BdB and it wasn't in fair company---the 08 Cristal and 08 ...
by Mike Grammer
January 16th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blason d'Issan 2009 vs Belle-Vue (H-Médoc) 2010
Replies: 13
Views: 491

Re: Blason d'Issan 2009 vs Belle-Vue (H-Médoc) 2010

Yes, thanks for these Julian, and everyone for the conversation. A 100% PV! Would be fun to try that for sure. I haven't ever had the Blason, but have long enjoyed D'Issan for its toned-down elegance. They seem to age as well as more celebrated Bordeaux as well. I had the Belle-vue 09 not that long ...
by Mike Grammer
January 16th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Bruno Clair Morey-Saint-Denis En la Rue de Vergy Blanc
Replies: 10
Views: 550

Re: TN: 2012 Bruno Clair Morey-Saint-Denis En la Rue de Vergy Blanc

I'm pretty sure I've had his red from there and enjoyed it, but never the white. Great TN, thanks Jason.

maluhia

Mike
by Mike Grammer
January 16th, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Replies: 23
Views: 1459

Re: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast

Yeah. I finally realized, after long and expensive experimentation, that Burgundy is both better and a better value. Though you do (as do I) like a number of Jamie Kutch's wines, and I do know that Ted was one of his inspirations when he started his winemaking journey. I have had a number of Littor...
by Mike Grammer
January 16th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pecorino prognostications
Replies: 12
Views: 970

Re: TN: Pecorino prognostications

I was thinking of McLaren too :)
by Mike Grammer
January 16th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pecorino prognostications
Replies: 12
Views: 970

Re: TN: Pecorino prognostications

Very intriguing idea, Kent. If it were to be a go down there, where were you thinking of in particular for plantings? Couple notes---this first one is Pepe's 12 Colli Aprutini, which made my WOTY list this year. From last May....the restaurant I refer to had half-price bottles after a certain time i...
by Mike Grammer
January 16th, 2020, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Marc Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Caillerets
Replies: 20
Views: 1570

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Marc Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Caillerets

Very nice, Don, also been a fan of the wines and the Caillerets for a while. Will keep eyes peeled for 17s.
by Mike Grammer
January 15th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 176
Views: 16935

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Almost worth it to drive down, eh? [grin.gif]
by Mike Grammer
January 14th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lunch with 00` and 08` Dom, 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli, 12 red Burgundy with many gems and more
Replies: 12
Views: 710

Re: Lunch with 00` and 08` Dom, 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli, 12 red Burgundy with many gems and more

As I often do, I so enjoyed reading your report, Blake. Lots of joy that the 04 Faiveley performed so well. I have about 3 halves of that 01 Sud left and am trying like the dickens to hold off (one of them is slated for WineFest in July), but reading notes like this doesn't make it any easier! Any d...
by Mike Grammer
January 14th, 2020, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8655

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

Tabbing this great thread for future reference for a hoped-for visit in April - early May. Hans, can you give us any thoughts on any whites you may have tried. Again, big thanks to all who have tasted in barrel for their thoughts. I also have enjoyed the back-and-forth on the role of a critic. Claud...
by Mike Grammer
January 11th, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Australia Old and New
Replies: 6
Views: 665

Re: TN: Australia Old and New

Very nice, Bill, thanks for all these. Fun theme and pairings, looks like. You made me smile with the Palladium note, reminiscing about when I brought that Moss Wood Chard to Le Gavroche all those years ago. Yes, I'd think 30 years is just about right for a top Coonawarra Cab.

All best,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
January 11th, 2020, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Kutch Chardonnay Sonoma Coast (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 1
Views: 365

Re: TN: 2016 Kutch Chardonnay Sonoma Coast (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

Yup---good luck with that, my friend :) From 6 weeks ago: "2016 Kutch Sonoma Chard Gave this about 3 hours' slow-ox and it started super-aggressive with a bit of wood poking through, but time in the glass brought the fruit, weight and feel forward really beautifully. As Jamie has instructed me in th...
by Mike Grammer
January 11th, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 1827

Re: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020

Very nice work Andrew. Some of the 03s are in a very interesting place right now, and not at all what I had expected--in a good way.

Sante

Mike
by Mike Grammer
January 11th, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?
Replies: 70
Views: 3287

Re: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?

Approximately .0005% of my cellar contents are Petit Sirah, and that was a gift. Aside from finding no definition, layers, or interesting aromas, I usually detect an unpleasant metallic edge. P Hickner I have a bit more than that, Peter, but not much and it's all going to be opened for WineFest V i...
by Mike Grammer
January 11th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Barcelona 2020 (January Edition) Part 1
Replies: 2
Views: 439

Re: Barcelona 2020 (January Edition) Part 1

Glad you posted here, Jay---great to be able to share your adventures with the board. Keep enjoying!

Mike
by Mike Grammer
January 11th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC
Replies: 74
Views: 3645

Re: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

So thrilled you're both coming, Leah---see you soon!
by Mike Grammer
January 9th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 176
Views: 16935

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Maybe--hard to say. As said, I had the chance to have it twice last year. I found it excellent and uniquely characterful, but it didn't make my top 20 WOTY list.
by Mike Grammer
January 9th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2019 New Year's Eve Wines in Toronto
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Re: TNs: 2019 New Year's Eve Wines in Toronto

Thanks for getting this one up, Tran--I've been so very lazy! Pay no attention to crazy man's report on the Bott Geyl. The 2010 Bott Geyl Schlossberg Ries was my last one of these and it is drinking perfectly for me. Gorgeous, alluring acidity shines right through and around the citrus/lime fruit. U...
by Mike Grammer
January 9th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?
Replies: 74
Views: 3614

Re: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?

It is *hard* to name a top 3-5! Let me stick with the wines that come immediately to mind. Marshall and Diana Gelb introduced me to my first Aubert Chard. It was love at first sip and while I don't go after them as much as I used to, I have enjoyed so many great bottles, of Ritchie in particular. I'...
by Mike Grammer
January 9th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1953 J.A.Harth & Co: Oppenheimer Krotenbrunnen Trockenbeerenauslese (Germany).
Replies: 11
Views: 613

Re: 1953 J.A.Harth & Co: Oppenheimer Krotenbrunnen Trockenbeerenauslese (Germany).

So amazing, my friend---very glad you got to have an experience like this. All my very best for the coming year! (with hopefully more experiences like this one)

Mike
by Mike Grammer
January 9th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 176
Views: 16935

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Just popping in on this thread to report that the 08 Dom is the unofficial WB Wine of the Year per the two WOTY threads that were going on ;) With 10 votes (not counting any on this thread itself) it smashed any previous record.
by Mike Grammer
January 8th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 14902

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

I have completed tabulation and posted in the OP, but the 2008 Dom has blown away any previous record since I've been doing these, with 10 mentions between the 2 threads. It is easily first place. I have to check, but 1998 Jamet with 5 mentions could be in the place position this year....nope, 08 Cr...
by Mike Grammer
January 6th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 14902

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

OK, I am about halfway through the tabulation process. Everyone has one day to squish any other nominations in---and if you've posted already, please don't edit your original post but instead add a new one to add any wines.

98 Jamet and 08 Dom appear to be the front-runners at the moment.
by Mike Grammer
December 30th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC
Replies: 74
Views: 3645

Re: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

Hotel room booked :) Flight booked :) Wines sort of booked. Have to think about an auction donation, I think I do have one that I will cart along.
by Mike Grammer
December 30th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 14902

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

[dance-clap.gif] It was a good year together, Jay. I think I shared some 12 of your top wines listed. Fun that there are some on my list that are not on yours and vice versa. I'm kinda shocked that----and this is probably the first year ever---there are *no* Sauternes on my WOTY list this year. I wi...
by Mike Grammer
December 30th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded
Replies: 48
Views: 1570

Re: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded

Good reminder, Luis, I had forgotten about that one which took top prize for me at a Judgment of Paris-style blind night a year and a half ago (and the 98 Leoville Barton is/was a gorgeous wine in its own right): "Blind red #5: Kinda closed nose, need to do a lot of swirling to get some herbs. On th...
by Mike Grammer
December 29th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded
Replies: 48
Views: 1570

Re: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded

Add 95 Angelus, marvelicious. From my Atlanta trip in October, courtesy of Fred Schwartz: "1995 Chateau Angelus I think this was opened when Fred asked Nick what he'd like to sip at. Sure glad I have a friend who asks the right questions! This *has* no questions. It's an ethereally magical drink of ...
by Mike Grammer
December 29th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 176
Views: 16935

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Huzzah, Mat--sounds like a fine plan ;)

Old saying of mine. Power corrupts. And corruption empowers--when you are corrupt you can make others to be just like you :)
by Mike Grammer
December 27th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 176
Views: 16935

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

I have been fortunate enough to taste it twice in the last 2 months. First, from Atlanta visit: 2008 Dom Perignon Lovely bring from Don Cornutt. Almost a smoked salt side to the aroma. This is already delicious—smooth and strong at the same time. Baked apple crisp and a nice drying warmth at the bac...

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