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by Brian King
November 27th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 41
Views: 3156

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: 3161

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: 2844

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: 2844

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: 2345

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: 4436

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: 37
Views: 1807

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 Award Tra...
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: 1427

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: 1199

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: 1824

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: 4868

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: 126

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: 5717

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: 5717

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: 5303

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: 5303

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: 1992

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: 1417

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: 523

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: 2642

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: 1261

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: 603

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: 5603

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: 460

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: 457

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: 5603

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: 2425

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: 508

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: 1249

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: 977

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: 1995

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: 925

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: 925

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: 4761

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: 4761

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: 128780

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"? I have no idea i...
by Brian King
December 7th, 2017, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Nebbiolo's - D'Alba, Langhe, etc?
Replies: 39
Views: 2004

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: 2004

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...
by Brian King
November 28th, 2017, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Nebbiolo's - D'Alba, Langhe, etc?
Replies: 39
Views: 2004

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 On a more serious note I second the Ar.Pe.Pe. Rosso at around that $30 mark. The 2014 is a surprisingly good wine in a poor vintage, as they blend...
by Brian King
November 24th, 2017, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cameron Pre-Thanksgiving Tasting
Replies: 20
Views: 1476

Cameron Pre-Thanksgiving Tasting

Thanks all - I put an order in with Vinopolis

Brian
by Brian King
November 23rd, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cameron Pre-Thanksgiving Tasting
Replies: 20
Views: 1476

Cameron Pre-Thanksgiving Tasting

Has anyone done the dilgence on which store is best to buy and ship to we East Coasters?
by Brian King
November 23rd, 2017, 5:56 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Veleta Gourmet Offer
Replies: 57
Views: 3203

Veleta Gourmet Offer

Just opened my jamon as well - it was a big hit with the family!
by Brian King
November 17th, 2017, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WARNING – ZACHY’S WINE AUCTIONS IS NOW OFFERING WINES FROM FRAUDSTER ERIC GREENBERG
Replies: 73
Views: 12156

WARNING – ZACHY’S WINE AUCTIONS IS NOW OFFERING WINES FROM FRAUDSTER ERIC GREENBERG

So basically the wines were being sold to pay off the creditor, then the owners came up with a different way to pay and pulled the wines out of the auction? If so, amazing that it got INTO the auction to reach an agreement.
by Brian King
November 16th, 2017, 5:28 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 495
Views: 31336

Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Fyi DC remains the best airport I've found for wine. Declared it, he asked and then just waved me through when it was only wine and not food. 36 bottles this time
by Brian King
November 16th, 2017, 3:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Verona and Lombardy, where to go and what to do?
Replies: 24
Views: 1078

Verona and Lombardy, where to go and what to do?

Quintarelli isn't too far off your path. I went there a couple of years back and it was a great visit - much friendlier and better set up for a tasting then I expected. Like most of Italy book in advance. Probably a little too far out of the way, but Valtellina is also a great area to visit. Balgera...
by Brian King
November 15th, 2017, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cantina del Pino Barbaresco - what's the oak story?
Replies: 12
Views: 685

Cantina del Pino Barbaresco - what's the oak story?

I've had both the 2005 and 2008 Ovello's. Both are unquestionably"modern" but I quite liked both. Not offensively oaked like I find La Spinetta or older Clerico
by Brian King
November 15th, 2017, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3562
Views: 339925

The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:Barolo, looks like brovia garblet perhaps?
Has Garagiste carried Brovia before? I'd be quite surprised if it's a Brovia SV

Personally I'll guess Vajra, but that's just a guess...
by Brian King
October 28th, 2017, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Nebbiolo (Cappellano, Giacosa, G Conterno, etc.)
Replies: 16
Views: 1189

TN: Nebbiolo (Cappellano, Giacosa, G Conterno, etc.)

Thanks for the notes on the AB Normal. I've got a couple of bottles that I haven't tried yet and these are the first notes I've seen. Excited to crack one now!
by Brian King
October 21st, 2017, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monfortino 2010: $5000 a three pack or $1666.66 a bottle.
Replies: 9
Views: 1053

Monfortino 2010: $5000 a three pack or $1666.66 a bottle.

That's truly crazy. I think I pad 350-380 Euro for the 2008
by Brian King
September 21st, 2017, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Gilman
Replies: 58
Views: 4601

John Gilman

In general I like John's writing and approach but I've subscribed, cancelled and resubscribed several times. (Currently i am not subscribing). The issue for cancelling each time has been that when the bill comes due and i think about how John influenced my buying, its pretty haphazard. Then later I ...

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