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by Dan Kravitz
January 20th, 2022, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Frog's Leap Zinfandel (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 22
Views: 1164

Re: TN: 2019 Frog's Leap Zinfandel (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Slight thread drift:

Frog's Leap Cab is one of the greatest values in Cabernet from Napa or anywhere. And while we're drifting, their Sauvignon Blanc is ditto.

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by Dan Kravitz
January 20th, 2022, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Frog's Leap Zinfandel (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 22
Views: 1164

Re: TN: 2019 Frog's Leap Zinfandel (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Please continue to ignore Pedroncelli 'Mother Clone' and Dry Creek 'Heritage'. Pedroncelli, and to a lesser extent Dry Creek, do not seem to exist for board members. Both producers have more expensive Zins I haven't tried, but they might be riper and softer. OTOH, I should give them a try myself. Da...
by Dan Kravitz
January 13th, 2022, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any great whites from Alto Adige?
Replies: 59
Views: 1932

Re: Any great whites from Alto Adige?

Gee, I was thinking of mentioning Cantina Terlano, one of the very greatest white wine producers in the world. A few other board members got there first newhere . The basic Pinot Bianco is excellent. Vorbourg Pinot Bianco has become a staple. Is Alto Adige the only place in the world where Pinot Bi...
by Dan Kravitz
January 13th, 2022, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any great whites from Alto Adige?
Replies: 59
Views: 1932

Re: Any great whites from Alto Adige?

Gee, I was thinking of mentioning Cantina Terlano, one of the very greatest white wine producers in the world. A few other board members got there first newhere . The basic Pinot Bianco is excellent. Vorbourg Pinot Bianco has become a staple. Is Alto Adige the only place in the world where Pinot Bia...
by Dan Kravitz
January 7th, 2022, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Chardonnay Recommendations
Replies: 85
Views: 5945

Re: California Chardonnay Recommendations

Mount Eden Ceritas Stony Hill Kalin I like MT Eden Chards, but i find them to be big, concentrated wines. Not buttery, but with some oak notes. In my opinion, more fruit, less mineral profile. Would you agree? I don’t know of a California Chardonnay that is minerally. If you want minerally, I recom...
by Dan Kravitz
January 6th, 2022, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Chateauneuf
Replies: 15
Views: 1339

Re: 2007 Chateauneuf

Thanks to all who replied. The diversity of opinion remains, which is a good thing. to Robert A.: I have not had a lot of dry red wines over 16% alcohol (they are actually not very common). I don't recall any that weren't either Chateauneuf or Zin. Some of them I've found undrinkably hot. Some I've ...
by Dan Kravitz
January 5th, 2022, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many hours/days into 2022 before you bought your first wine
Replies: 99
Views: 2994

Re: How many hours/days into 2022 before you bought your first wine

Ain't bought nothing yet. But that's OK. I have some wine in the basement.

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by Dan Kravitz
January 4th, 2022, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Chéreau-Carré - Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine "Le Clos du Chateau l'Oiseliniere"
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: TN: 2009 Chéreau-Carré - Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine "Le Clos du Chateau l'Oiseliniere"

What's your problem with
WA seh linn e AIR?

Minus 35 is cold!!! In either of the usual scales (Kelvin don't go minus). It was 4F here this morning (minus 16 centigrade). I've never experienced -35 (if C, that's -31F!?!?!!!). How cool is it to live where it's that temp!

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by Dan Kravitz
January 4th, 2022, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineslash
Replies: 84
Views: 6482

Re: Wineslash

I'm one out of about 8 billion. About 5 years ago, I canceled all social media. If your only online presence is bookface, I will not interact with you. That leaves you almost 7,999,999,999 humans who might still do business with you, about 2,000,000,000 of whom use bookface.

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by Dan Kravitz
January 4th, 2022, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Chateauneuf
Replies: 15
Views: 1339

2007 Chateauneuf

Non-commercial post: I imported this wine but have not represented them for over a decade. After tonight, I have two bottles left of the case I bought on release. Pop & Pour: Very deep ruby color, no bricking. The aromas are pungent in a good way. There is intense black raspberry with a good ear...
by Dan Kravitz
January 2nd, 2022, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are "Off Wine Days" a Real Thing? If so, why?
Replies: 120
Views: 4252

Re: Are "Off Wine Days" a Real Thing? If so, why?

Sarah, Was it just you that found the wines off and dull? Or the entire group? I have had days when things (both wine and food) simply didn't taste good. Not days when I was sick, sometimes even days when I felt bright and peppy, but my nose and palate were in the doldrums. Different story if everyb...
by Dan Kravitz
January 2nd, 2022, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Cornalins....(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Re: TN: Two Cornalins....(short/boring)

commercial post: I import the Cave des Onze Communes Cornalin. Tom, Thanks for the post. I love this wine. I did not know that there was a Swiss version until just now! I will ask the Cave des Onze Communes about their vineyard sources. I thought your note was very accurate. Rough, rustic and floral...
by Dan Kravitz
December 30th, 2021, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Commemorating Meals and Wines in 2021
Replies: 22
Views: 970

Re: Commemorating Meals and Wines in 2021

Wonderful.

Thank you.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 29th, 2021, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $80k Wine Cellar
Replies: 104
Views: 5552

Re: $80k Wine Cellar

3 years ago I got an rough estimate from my extremely reliable, honest contractor of ~$75K for an expansion and upgrade to a cottage on my property. I had other things to do, just had her give me a new precise quote: $156K+. More than double in three years.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 29th, 2021, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1991 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 4
Views: 402

1991 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon

1991 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Purchased about 7 years after release, good provenance, stored in my basement since then. Popped, decanted, poured… lots of sediment left behind. Medium ruby color. The aromas are beautiful, restrained, black fruit (raspberry, currant), mature but not autumnal. Th...
by Dan Kravitz
December 28th, 2021, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to do with my "best" wines
Replies: 48
Views: 2562

Re: What to do with my "best" wines

I've been looking for occasions to open the special bottles. I wrote one up recently. I was invited to a restaurant dinner by a customer who was grateful for a tasting I put on a month or two before. There were 7 of us. We had 6 bottles. I told him I was bringing one legendary bottle. That was the s...
by Dan Kravitz
December 28th, 2021, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to do with my "best" wines
Replies: 48
Views: 2562

Re: What to do with my "best" wines

My preference is not to open too many bottles of my best wines at one time. I prefer to open them when in the company of people who will appreciate them, whether because they are wine lovers, wine curious, or even if they are people dear to me who will pay attention even if wine is not their thing, ...
by Dan Kravitz
December 27th, 2021, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
Replies: 19
Views: 1086

Re: TN: 2007 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

commercial post: I import Pegau to most of the U.S. I do not find that 2007 Cuvee Reservee has anything in common with 1995 and 2005 versions of this wine. I haven't had the 2007 in quite a few years... maybe 3 - 5. The last time I had it, I thought it was great wine, open for business and redolent ...
by Dan Kravitz
December 27th, 2021, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Retailer Check: Cellar Raiders
Replies: 49
Views: 3238

Re: Wine Retailer Check: Cellar Raiders

I have bought from him in the past and still do occasionally. I don't buy really old wines from him any more. IMO he could give better descriptions of bottle condition. Having said that, everything else has been fine. It's been many years since I had him deliver; I am a bottom feeder by the standard...
by Dan Kravitz
December 20th, 2021, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A mini-celebration of Philippe Cambie
Replies: 7
Views: 1074

Re: TN: A mini-celebration of Philippe Cambie

I met the man once. He was warm, courteous, unassuming. Just an obviously good person. I understand the controversies his wines provoked, but had to be a little saddened by them. I have tasted dozens; some I found over the top, some I found good to fine to overwhelmingly great. IMO his overall influ...
by Dan Kravitz
December 19th, 2021, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your current oldest bottle in inventory?
Replies: 146
Views: 4820

Re: What is your current oldest bottle in inventory?

1924 Zimmermann Tokaji Aszu 4 Puttonos
1964 Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberger Beerenauslese
1971 Chateau Ausone (lined up, with not a lot of hope, for later this month)
1975 Lanessan - I recently bought 10 bottles, the first was excellent, the rest will go over the next few years.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 18th, 2021, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne: To Declare Or Not To Declare, That Is The Question
Replies: 14
Views: 1093

Re: Champagne: To Declare Or Not To Declare, That Is The Question

A grower whose Champagne I import makes some vintage wine every year. He's serious about quality and does not release any vintage wine before 10 years, usually more like 12 (2008 is what we're selling right now). But quantity varies wildly depending on how he sees vintage quality. Production can be...
by Dan Kravitz
December 18th, 2021, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom prices
Replies: 28
Views: 1390

Re: Dom prices

https://static.korbel.com/uploads/2020/11/05220316/KORBEL-Product-Detail_Bottle_Brut.png Looks like we should stock up before prices go up. That's the wrong Korbel! Korbel 'Natural' Russian River Valley is very easy to find in the ~$15 range, and is spectacularly good for the money. If anybody know...
by Dan Kravitz
December 18th, 2021, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne: To Declare Or Not To Declare, That Is The Question
Replies: 14
Views: 1093

Re: Champagne: To Declare Or Not To Declare, That Is The Question

A grower whose Champagne I import makes some vintage wine every year. He's serious about quality and does not release any vintage wine before 10 years, usually more like 12 (2008 is what we're selling right now). But quantity varies wildly depending on how he sees vintage quality. Production can be ...
by Dan Kravitz
December 16th, 2021, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick...wine that goes with Split Pea Soup?
Replies: 36
Views: 1252

Re: Quick...wine that goes with Split Pea Soup?

1) Massive thick dry white... Northern Rhone or blowsy California Chardonnay
2) light to mid-weight Pinot Noir... Bourgogne or maybe Monterey
3) Zinfandel if it happens to be cold outside

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by Dan Kravitz
December 13th, 2021, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Thunder Mountain Cabernet, Bates Ranch. WOW!!
Replies: 13
Views: 658

Re: TN: 1999 Thunder Mountain Cabernet, Bates Ranch. WOW!!

Bates Ranch is one of the world's very great Cabernet vineyards. Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard made great wine from those grapes; not sure for how long but at least 15 years. Ahlgren also made great Cab from there. Monte Bello is hands down the most famous Cab vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, bu...
by Dan Kravitz
December 11th, 2021, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; H Lamy 2015 St Aubin "Derriere Chez Edouard" white. This ever happened to you?
Replies: 13
Views: 944

Re: TN; H Lamy 2015 St Aubin "Derriere Chez Edouard" white. This ever happened to you?

Data point from tonight: About 10 days ago I opened a 2017 Saint-Peray vineyard selection wine. I import it, so no name, note or score. I drank about 1/3 of the bottle, put the rest in the fridge, went on the road, then on the wagon when I got back. Just retasted: On opening, it tasted 4 years young...
by Dan Kravitz
December 9th, 2021, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many different wines do you taste each year?
Replies: 39
Views: 1531

Re: How many different wines do you taste each year?

I'm ITB but working part-time now, and travel has been limited because of this pesky virus.

At peak, I was probably at 2500+ a year.

This year will be about the same as last year, 500+.

This does not count blending trials.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 8th, 2021, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; H Lamy 2015 St Aubin "Derriere Chez Edouard" white. This ever happened to you?
Replies: 13
Views: 944

Re: TN; H Lamy 2015 St Aubin "Derriere Chez Edouard" white. This ever happened to you?

No surprise at all. I leave partly filled bottles of good whites in the fridge for a few days to a few weeks on a regular basis. The lightest, freshest ones do least well, but big Chardonnays can not only hold up but improve, as your experience shows.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 7th, 2021, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1970 Mouton-Rothschild – Really great wine, my #4 WOTN (long)
Replies: 5
Views: 565

1970 Mouton-Rothschild – Really great wine, my #4 WOTN (long)

OK, I’ll troll after one of the great wine evenings of my life. This is not a commercial post, but I will name my host and his store. He has bought wine from me. Steve Morrison owns Sterling Cellars, in Mahopac, NY. It’s a large, busy store with all of the Usual Suspects as well as a large number of...
by Dan Kravitz
December 6th, 2021, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Opinion of ........ ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1245

Re: What's Your Opinion of ........ ?

Tartrate precipitation is fine.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 4th, 2021, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best palate you’ve ever seen
Replies: 75
Views: 4183

Re: Best palate you’ve ever seen

The best palate is your palate. That is true for almost 8 billion people.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 4th, 2021, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chilean Cab, Carlisle, Hermitage
Replies: 0
Views: 282

Chilean Cab, Carlisle, Hermitage

Stuff happens and my plans got changed by some covid exposures and resultant voluntary quarantines. I still had good wine. 2013 Tutunjian Cabernet Sauvignon – Single Vineyard Curico Valley Estate Nicely deep ruby color, no bricking. The aromas are very New World Cabernet, a little green and spicy, m...
by Dan Kravitz
December 4th, 2021, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best palate you’ve ever seen
Replies: 75
Views: 4183

Re: Best palate you’ve ever seen

Sally Kravitz. Almost the same story as Alan. Dinner at Parker's home with me, Dave Schildknecht and our wives. This is mid to late 1990s. Parker announces the evening's theme is great red Bordeaux from lesser vintages. First wine: David and I swirl, sniff, sip, settle on 1979 Pomerol, Parker asks f...
by Dan Kravitz
December 1st, 2021, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Advocate News
Replies: 171
Views: 10499

Re: Wine Advocate News

I sent congratulations to Joe Czerwinski, who sent a nice reply. I've tasted with him about half a dozen times. He is a tough but fair judge of wines that are the most important part of my import portfolio. I think he is an excellent choice for this job. I've never met William, but have corresponded...
by Dan Kravitz
November 30th, 2021, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Red Burgundy: Actually A Subpar Vintage?
Replies: 73
Views: 3470

Re: 2018 Red Burgundy: Actually A Subpar Vintage?

Doesn’t change the end result. Burg geeks are IMO spoiled and entitled. With all due respect to a favorite poster, I disagree (again, not having read the full thread). Burg geeks are regularly subjected to the pain of paying ~$50 - $$$$$$$ and getting wine from magnificent to mediocre to miserable....
by Dan Kravitz
November 30th, 2021, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Red Burgundy: Actually A Subpar Vintage?
Replies: 73
Views: 3470

Re: 2018 Red Burgundy: Actually A Subpar Vintage?

I've been buying Bourgogne to Grand Cru red burgs from 2018 and have opened maybe half a dozen assorted Bourgogne and village wines from good producers. The results have been mixed with some being ripe but with plenty of acid and others being way over the top. On Thanksgiving I opened my first 1er,...
by Dan Kravitz
November 28th, 2021, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Burgundy... your anti-premox value list please
Replies: 23
Views: 1729

White Burgundy... your anti-premox value list please

OK, I haven't posted on much lately but Pinots for Frank's wonderful charity, but tonight I finished off a bottle of a 2012 Bourgogne Blanc from a producer I represent. It was as good day 2 as day 1. Here's my request: Please list white Burgundies that sell for $50 or less that can age for 10 years ...
by Dan Kravitz
November 28th, 2021, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/19 - 11/28)
Replies: 294
Views: 10415

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/19 - 11/28)

Lots of Patricia Green in this thread, me included. Nice to see! One of my favorite producers of domestic Pinot.

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by Dan Kravitz
November 28th, 2021, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/19 - 11/28)
Replies: 294
Views: 10415

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/19 - 11/28)

OK, I wrote my last notes with two wines, went to make my donation and my notes disappeared, so I've got to do this again!$#@#$!... it's worth it. I had Thanksgiving dinner last night (long story). Went to Bonnie & Chuck's for it, I brought the wines. Surprise! They were Pinot Noirs. 2010 Mount ...
by Dan Kravitz
November 28th, 2021, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/19 - 11/28)
Replies: 294
Views: 10415

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/19 - 11/28)

2015 Roca PN Reserve.jpg 2015 Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir Reserve Medium crimson color, no bricking. Aromas have definite pure New World freshness, with red raspberry in front, a pleasant spicy green streak in the middle and something almost coppery at the end. This is medium in body with nice solidity...
by Dan Kravitz
November 26th, 2021, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/19 - 11/28)
Replies: 294
Views: 10415

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/19 - 11/28)

2005 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 'Balcombe' Have fallen behind on opening bottles for this. Spent Thanksgiving with wonderful but beer-swilling relatives (at least they drink really good craft beer; I indulged). Opened this specifically because it means xtra $$$ for Laura’s House. Consume...
by Dan Kravitz
November 21st, 2021, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/19 - 11/28)
Replies: 294
Views: 10415

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/19 - 11/28)

2009 Jacqueson Mercurey 'Naugues'.jpg 2009 Jacqueson Mercurey 1er Cru 'Naugues' - Surpisingly deep color for 12 year old Chalonnaise. The aromas are fully secondary, there is red cherry and raspberry fruit, and a definite note of hardwood forest after rain. The texture is medium to light in body, s...
by Dan Kravitz
November 20th, 2021, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/19 - 11/28)
Replies: 294
Views: 10415

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/19 - 11/28)

I got off to a good start for Laura’s House. As I was afraid, it required some sacrifice. Last night was cold and windy… weather for Chateauneuf more than Pinot Noir. The evening started well at Embark Restaurant in Brunswick. With my salad and paella I enjoyed: 2019 Benziger Pinot Noir, Monterey - ...
by Dan Kravitz
November 16th, 2021, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Experiences with Cantina Terlan 'Terlaner grande cuvee'
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: Experiences with Cantina Terlan 'Terlaner grande cuvee'

I think Cantina Terlano is the best producer of Pinot Blanc anywhere, perhaps the only producer to make great wine from this grape. Having said that, the Vorbourg is great wine at an astonishingly reasonable price. I have been tempted to buy the Grande Cuvee but cannot justify the price here of over...
by Dan Kravitz
November 16th, 2021, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Rioja Alta differences
Replies: 19
Views: 1492

Re: La Rioja Alta differences

I love these wines and find Ardanza the best value. 904 is better, but not worth over twice the price. I have never had the 890.

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by Dan Kravitz
November 15th, 2021, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/19 - 11/28)
Replies: 294
Views: 10415

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/19 - 11/28)

I'm in, as always, compliments to Frank for coming up with a wonderful idea. I will be at home on Friday with a guest. It may well be Cabernet or Mediterranean red weather here in Maine, but sacrifices must be made.

Frank, just make sure your BdN Champagne isn't Pinot Meunier!

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by Dan Kravitz
November 15th, 2021, 1:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Who loves Truffles?
Replies: 29
Views: 2125

Re: Who loves Truffles?

I like truffles, they make it into my top 10 list of favorite mushrooms, which means I never buy them as I prefer morels, chanterelles, trompettes and a number of others at less daunting prices. Yes, the trick with eggs works really well. When I worked in a top French restaurant, the chef would put ...
by Dan Kravitz
November 14th, 2021, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: todays NYT crossword
Replies: 4
Views: 527

Re: todays NYT crossword

I got it right away; the NYT Crossword is not designed with wine geeks in mind.

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by Dan Kravitz
November 14th, 2021, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Pegau Cuvee Reservee CdP
Replies: 23
Views: 1374

Re: 2011 Pegau Cuvee Reservee CdP

commercial post: I import Pegau to most of the U.S. I certainly agree on 2011, I have most of a case left in my basement. I don't really have any left to sell in the warehouse, but for a few cases I bring out for special occasions. A week from Wednesday I'll be hosting a Pegau dinner at EVO in Port...

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