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by Brian King
October 13th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Fall offer
Replies: 40
Views: 3978

Re: Rhys Fall offer

I was allocated one bottle of Chenin and will be buying it, pretty much out of curiosity; as David pointed-out, it is priced quite aggressively. Will probably take some Alpine Chard and Pinot, too, but that's it. I've been trying to do something to change that Rhys occupies a stupid/whopping 15% of...
by Brian King
September 1st, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What kind of pepper do I have here?
Replies: 9
Views: 1417

Re: What kind of pepper do I have here?

The shape and heat sound like Aleppo peppers. I grew them a couple years back but didn't get enough use from them to grow again.
by Brian King
August 27th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Imported Italian Dried Pasta
Replies: 35
Views: 2965

Re: Favorite Imported Italian Dried Pasta

Pastificio dei Campei (best sauce-absorbing pasta in my view, but expensive) and Rummo (cheap and good) Martin - not sure of the definition of expensive, but found a couple places in Italy that sell in bulk for ~ 5 Euro per 500g box. Shipping is free over a certain point: https://www.titaly.it/en/1...
by Brian King
August 27th, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Imported Italian Dried Pasta
Replies: 35
Views: 2965

Re: Favorite Imported Italian Dried Pasta

I'm a big fan of Pastificio dei Campei: https://www.pastificiodeicampi.it/index.php?ln=en I had come across it in an article that their Tofette di Gragnano was "the best Italian dried pasta in America". I found some at Di Bruno's in Philadelphia (on sale) so bought what they had. It's legi...
by Brian King
August 18th, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pergola *** Rome - wine list
Replies: 12
Views: 2041

Re: Pergola *** Rome - wine list

By Italian standards, the Italian wines are priced pretty high - still lower than US multiples, but higher than you'd typically see in most of Italy. That said the list is certainly impressive
by Brian King
July 31st, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 664
Views: 44030

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Could someone post the email? For some reason their emails no longer coming through to me... Even signed up again yesterday to be sure
by Brian King
July 28th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is charcoal in short supply?
Replies: 36
Views: 2682

Re: Is charcoal in short supply?

I also love the Jealous Devil brand, but the last time I checked it was quite the opposite of on sale. We often make our own - need to stope being lazy and do a few batches
by Brian King
June 29th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004, 2008, 2011 Cappellano
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: 2004, 2008, 2011 Cappellano

We also had the 2011 Rupestris recently - and I completely agree with your assessment. Drinking so well now I don't think I'll try to find out if it can age... similar to a 2011 Alessandria Monvigliero I had last week.
by Brian King
June 14th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Calif Cabs '78....(short/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 378

Re: TN: Two Calif Cabs '78....(short/boring)

The 78 Phelps Eisele is my favorite California wine ever - good to see the Backus is special as well
by Brian King
May 19th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giulia Negri - new generation Piedmont
Replies: 29
Views: 2241

Re: Giulia Negri - new generation Piedmont

Any insights on the Serradenari vineyard? I have to admit this is a bit of a new one for me, although I think I've actually walked the vineyard before without realizing it. (A colleague of mine owns Dosio, which appears to sit on this vineyard also). Is it a new Cru vineyard created? or just one tha...
by Brian King
March 19th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And my Wife said “Quick buy more wine!”
Replies: 34
Views: 2188

Re: And my Wife said “Quick buy more wine!”

UPS just delivered Patricia Green for me. They asked to see an ID (from a distance) but no signature required
by Brian King
February 20th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 70
Views: 3344

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

I had a 1971 Huet recently that was drinking perfectly and will last forever. Even though it was a Moelleux, the residual sugar has receded a lot and it drank much more like a Demi-Sec. Huet released a ton of old vintages from it's cellars maybe 10 years ago, so finding good bottles with provenance ...
by Brian King
November 27th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 47
Views: 4995

Re: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?

3rd for Brovia. Also would add Elvio Cogno in a somewhat similar style
by Brian King
September 17th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bartolo Mascarello price jump
Replies: 25
Views: 3539

Re: Bartolo Mascarello price jump

Just out of curiosity what's the ex-cellar price these days? The last time I was able to buy was 2010, and it was 47 Euro (1 of which was an Artist lable for the same price).
by Brian King
August 9th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 3818

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

Mike Cohen wrote: August 8th, 2019, 8:53 am
Brian King wrote: August 8th, 2019, 6:34 am Smoke it Like a Pro - Eric Mitchell
Is this really a cookbook? [rofl.gif]
The author's a big BBQ competition guy... and I'm sure at a lot of those weekends there is probably many ways of smoking that are used!
by Brian King
August 8th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 3818

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

Tough question... I'd say: Fire in My Belly - Kevin Gillespie (fun mix of classic southern with modern dishes. We use the tomato sauce recipe all summer long - we usually can 50 jars of sauce Le Bernardin - Rippert - went on a pesco vegetarian diet at one point and probably used this book 100 times ...
by Brian King
July 22nd, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Provence trip
Replies: 16
Views: 3464

Re: Provence trip

If you are staying in Arles, I HIGHLY recommend going to Chez Bob for dinner: http://www.restaurantbob.fr/. It's in the Camargue - you have to navigate by GPS - but only ~ 20-25 minutes from downtown Arles My wife and I went there several years ago, and it was one of the best and most unique dining ...
by Brian King
June 10th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets
Replies: 77
Views: 6073

Re: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets

https://bluskilletironware.com/shop/13-fry-pan-fcpdy-rz948 I love these pans. I will say however that they've gotten ridiculously difficult to buy. The last few sales I've put on my calendar, logged in @ EXACTLY the appointed time, gotten a pan into my cart - but had them sell out before I could co...
by Brian King
May 10th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 42
Views: 3235

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

Generally speaking, i wouldn't invest my own money to bridge a gap to the highest status. Luckily (or unlikely given the amount of travel) I have Global Services at United. By far the biggest advantage of Global Services in terms of "perks" is the ability to use Global/Regional Upgrades on...
by Brian King
April 29th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 22
Views: 1537

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

David - good to hear. I tried one a couple of months after arrival and also found it curiously muted.. good to know my other bottle may be more enjoyable!
by Brian King
March 21st, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1969 vs. 1970
Replies: 27
Views: 1370

Re: 1969 vs. 1970

I had researched the 1969 thing for a friend - it's pretty grim. I ended up going with California Cab (BV Latour) and Brunello (Biondi Santi). Both were good although the BV was a little long in the tooth - and that was 15+ years ago
by Brian King
February 14th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WINEBID-Is this auction wine a BUY?
Replies: 16
Views: 1947

Re: WINEBID-Is this auction wine a BUY?

I've had a bunch of 1986 St. Emilion wines over the years, and haven't been particularly impressed. That said I haven't had THIS one.
by Brian King
February 8th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 86
Views: 6515

Re: My first Keller gmax

I remember buying the 2007's from Crush. < $1000 for a full case that included 1 G-Max, plus Mortein, Kirchspiel, etc. The price on G-Max alone now is downright crazy - I totally agree with the other thread that it seems like price speculation and manipulation is going on behind the scenes. Alas, mi...
by Brian King
January 24th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Maison Anselmet 2011 Fumin (Vallee d'Aosta)
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: TN: Maison Anselmet 2011 Fumin (Vallee d'Aosta)

Thanks for the note. It reminded me I have some 2004 and 2007 Anselmet wines to drink at some point.. need to put that on the calendar!
by Brian King
January 11th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Visit to Piemonte, Burgundy and Condrieu
Replies: 70
Views: 6928

Re: 2018 Visit to Piemonte, Burgundy and Condrieu

Great notes Howard! Regarding Brovia, I thought Alex’s wife was the winemaker? Definitely Alex is the winemaker. His wife's family are the historic owners, but Alex is winemakers. I've tasted with him several times - truly wonderful guy and some fantastic wines! I don't think that's right. I think ...
by Brian King
January 10th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Visit to Piemonte, Burgundy and Condrieu
Replies: 70
Views: 6928

Re: 2018 Visit to Piemonte, Burgundy and Condrieu

Tom Taylor wrote: January 9th, 2019, 3:01 am Great notes Howard! Regarding Brovia, I thought Alex’s wife was the winemaker?
Definitely Alex is the winemaker. His wife's family are the historic owners, but Alex is winemakers. I've tasted with him several times - truly wonderful guy and some fantastic wines!
by Brian King
January 4th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 90
Views: 5780

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

One last point is that nearly every winemaker in Piemonte will tell you they drink their Barolo's with ~10 years of age, even in big vintages. Not sure I agree, but I've heard the comment MANY times over the years You hear that from Vacca at PdB too (8-12 years is his recommendation, with more for ...
by Brian King
January 4th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 90
Views: 5780

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

Most of the key points have been covered already. Personally I'm more a fan of '11 and '14 for early drinking than '09 especially. Even the '12's just aren't my favorite - they have absolutely lovely noses, but the wines I've had (15-20 of them) have lacked a bit on the palate. With the 12's I worry...
by Brian King
December 14th, 2018, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine store in NC (Raleigh, Durham, Apex)
Replies: 50
Views: 2237

Re: Wine store in NC (Raleigh, Durham, Apex)

I haven't bought from Southern Season in a while, but historically they offer a good case discount which makes their high list prices more reasonable Another vote for Chapel Hill Wine company. The only downside there is their on-floor stock is just ok - they do a big chunk via mailers and private or...
by Brian King
December 8th, 2018, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A trip through the "Golden Age" of California Cab - tasting of 60-70s California Cabernet
Replies: 28
Views: 1546

Re: A trip through the "Golden Age" of California Cab - tasting of 60-70s California Cabernet

Nice notes! I had the 78 Phelps Eisile nealy 20 years ago and it was the best California wine I've ever had (and remains so today) - glad to see it's still going strong!!
by Brian King
December 3rd, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Matthiassons...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 603

Re: TN: Three Matthiassons...(short/boring)

Tom - how would you compare the Lagrein to the top Italian versions, like Nusserhof - Heinrich Mayr or Terlano?

The California Italian wines have gotten interesting, but many cases the prices are pretty close to the better wines of Italy.
by Brian King
December 2nd, 2018, 2:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 2018 White Truffles
Replies: 35
Views: 2957

Re: 2018 White Truffles

Just returning from 5 days in Piemonte. The White Truffles this year were superb - everyone I talked to was ecstatic at both the quality and quantity. The standard price from a truffle Hunter was 2 Euros/gram for smaller ones (40 grams or less) and 3 Euros/gram for the big boys. If anyone visits Pie...
by Brian King
October 5th, 2018, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good Classically Styled Barolo/Barbaresco for $250 or less
Replies: 22
Views: 1345

Re: Good Classically Styled Barolo/Barbaresco for $250 or less

Assuming you can receiv shipments from NY, l would suggest calling Chambers Street wines. They have a bunch that fit your bill and are true experts in Nebbiolo
by Brian King
August 8th, 2018, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Did I Miss Another Joseph Swan Newsletter?
Replies: 12
Views: 646

Did I Miss Another Joseph Swan Newsletter?

I don't think a new newsletter has come out. There's a link on their website for newsletters, and the latest they show is the spring one: https://www.swanwinery.com/newsletters ... wsletter/
by Brian King
June 8th, 2018, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Offering
Replies: 52
Views: 5775

Rhys Offering

I'm getting an error message when I try to access the store: This site can’t be reached store.rhysvineyards.com took too long to respond. Current in Bratislava, so not sure if it's a location thing? (fwiw I can access the regular site (rhysvineyards.com) just fine) Brian There are some hosting secu...
by Brian King
June 2nd, 2018, 12:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurant recommendations in Florence/Dolomites
Replies: 7
Views: 538

Restaurant recommendations in Florence/Dolomites

If he happens to stop by Trento on the way by, I loved Osteria San Rocco in Sardagna. Everything that is great about Italian cooking. Mom woks the front of the house while the daughter cooks. Hand written daily menu. Great food and wine at fair prices. In Balzano, Restaurant Laurin was quite good if...
by Brian King
May 30th, 2018, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Must visit wineries near Montpellier France ?
Replies: 11
Views: 524

Must visit wineries near Montpellier France ?

Chateau de la Negly is within reach. I went there several years back and really enjoyed it. The wines are a bit pricey and polarizing, but it's a fun place to visit because they produce a pretty good variety including Carignan, Rose, etc. If you are up for a 45 mins drive one of my favorite restaura...
by Brian King
May 30th, 2018, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Offering
Replies: 52
Views: 5775

Rhys Offering

I'm getting an error message when I try to access the store:
This site can’t be reached
store.rhysvineyards.com took too long to respond.

Current in Bratislava, so not sure if it's a location thing? (fwiw I can access the regular site (rhysvineyards.com) just fine)

Brian
by Brian King
May 22nd, 2018, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1991 Jamet
Replies: 43
Views: 2521

1991 Jamet

On one hand I'm glad to have drunk many very good to great 80's and 90's Northern Rhones because I can't afford them at these prices... But on the other hand I'm sad I didn't save them for funding retirement. I remember drinking my last $30 Verset Cornas (the 99) with pizza on a weeknight! And 91's ...
by Brian King
May 17th, 2018, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Le Piane Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)
Replies: 7
Views: 560

TN: 2012 Le Piane Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)

I visited the winery and Christoph last fall - a truly wonderful person making some interesting wine. My flight to Malepnsa was early so I arrived early - and Christoph invited me to join him and two Austrian winemaker friends for lunch. Afterwards tasted his great wines. If you enjoyed the 2012, re...
by Brian King
May 9th, 2018, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth Year Wine Options for 1978?
Replies: 44
Views: 1768

Birth Year Wine Options for 1978?

My guess is that a legit 1978 Riserva from the likes of Bruno Giacosa or Giacomo Conterno would run you at least $5000, and maybe more like $7500. Even labels like Marchesi or Produttori would probably run you $1000 or more. . I think this is way off on Piedmont. I had a beautiful 1978 Marcarini Br...
by Brian King
May 1st, 2018, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine when traveling in UK - what are my options?
Replies: 29
Views: 1123

Wine when traveling in UK - what are my options?

I did the same thing a few years back with Berry Bros & Rudd - worked like a charm. They even had Gonon St. Joseph for like 30-35 gbp
by Brian King
April 23rd, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: My Very Best Meal Ever in NYC
Replies: 34
Views: 2051

My Very Best Meal Ever in NYC

Marea is awesome. In addition to the great food, the wine list is interesting and insightful. The first time I was there they introduced me to the Corsican winery Abbatucci and the notion of red wines with Fish. (For those who haven't had them, I find that Abbatucci reds have an element of salinity ...
by Brian King
April 18th, 2018, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 35th Anniversary Wine
Replies: 22
Views: 983

35th Anniversary Wine

If you value your sanity and peace of mind, then do not click on this link: https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/palmer+1983/ And whatever you do, don't scroll down through it. It just gets worse and worse and worse, the deeper you go. . Yikes, my bad on the Palmer and Margaux. Maybe I'm showing my a...
by Brian King
April 17th, 2018, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 35th Anniversary Wine
Replies: 22
Views: 983

35th Anniversary Wine

Not normally a huge Bordeaux guy, but the many 1983 Palmer's I've had over the years have been fantastic. Margaux is pretty special as well - and a good value to boot for a first growth - but is still not cheap.
by Brian King
March 21st, 2018, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 87
Views: 5359

Cellar Defenders

Ar Pe Pe Rosso when you can find it in the $25 range I'd be all over it if I could get it for that price. Usually it's around $35. Where can you find it for $25? It was available locally for that price (in NC), although I think it may have been a distributor closeout. If I recall correctly it was ~...
by Brian King
March 20th, 2018, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 87
Views: 5359

Cellar Defenders

Ar Pe Pe Rosso when you can find it in the $25 range
by Brian King
February 7th, 2018, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS
Replies: 1031
Views: 136310

MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

Eric, Not sure I follow the rationale behind your comments. Can you clarify? Are you saying there is some set of "terrible times in one's life" that somehow mitigate the reprehensible nature of the behavior he engaged in? And that it can be classifed as just some type of "mistake&quo...
by Brian King
December 7th, 2017, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Nebbiolo's - D'Alba, Langhe, etc?
Replies: 39
Views: 2247

Your favorite Nebbiolo's - D'Alba, Langhe, etc?

Where do you get 7% VAT?[/quote]

John - when you buy and carry back to the US, you pay 22% VAT but then get refunded all but 7% back when you fly out

Brian
by Brian King
November 30th, 2017, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Nebbiolo's - D'Alba, Langhe, etc?
Replies: 39
Views: 2247

Your favorite Nebbiolo's - D'Alba, Langhe, etc?

Can I cheat and use the Produttori Cru's? They are 25-26 Euros ex vat in Europe so when the exchange rate was at 1.08 I could get them back for under $30 You could get them for that. But you'd have to pay the ~20% VAT to get them out of bond to drink, or pay to ship them over there. So, yes, that i...

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