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by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 20th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 56
Views: 2159

Re: Grass fed???

Glad that worked out for you, Ron. Sounds like a first class outfit with a great product. Grass fed is the way to go, as far as I'm concerned, except occasional indulgences.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 20th, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Large format
Replies: 32
Views: 1470

Re: Large format

Love magnums and buy many. More champagne than anything else, but plenty of food friendly whites and reds as well. We entertain a lot for groups of 8 - 12 and almost always open a magnum or two. Yes, we could open more bottles of different wines, but then the pours are small enough that it becomes e...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 18th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 56
Views: 2159

Re: Grass fed???

Kind of splitting hairs to discuss the ‘health benefits’ of eating beef! Don't be so quick. If you eat grass fed, nose-to-tail, cow will give you nearly all the nutrients you need. Throw in some eggs and some salmon roe, and you're golden! Or nearly so. I'm not suggesting that you should, but there...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 18th, 2020, 5:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 56
Views: 2159

Re: Grass fed???

Sounds delicious Sarah - thanks for the update. How did you cook them? Very simple - salted early in the day and left uncovered, then seared in a super hot cast iron skillet on the stove top with a little butter at the end, after removing the pan from heat, and a solid rest time. Taking them only t...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 17th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 56
Views: 2159

Re: Grass fed???

I have now had the White Oak "Paleo Blend" ground beef twice for breakfast, and we did two of the strips tonight. The blend, despite all the organ components, had a very clean smell, and was quite delicious, though funky. It's a great way to get a ton of healthy organ meat in if you don't want to bu...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 17th, 2020, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar
Replies: 76
Views: 2466

Re: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar

Raveneau
Henri Boillot (almost all Clos de la Mouchere)
Niellon/Ramonet (tied)
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 17th, 2020, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much wine did you consume in 2019?
Replies: 46
Views: 1697

Re: How much wine did you consume in 2019?

Here, I'll make you feel better: Drank - 417 Sold - 49 Spoiled - 20 Donated - 5 From my cellar only. Other bottles were consumed on vacation at restaurants or at wine dinners. Playa!! I Don’t know exactly how many I popped, but I generally drink 1/2 bottle per evening, approx 2-2.5 glasses, perhaps...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 16th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 376
Views: 31439

Re: Your Gin?

Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength - Gin and Tonic, Fever Tree Classic, lime slice: After my first G&T with this I was not so sure. After the first bottle I was dead certain this is really delicious change of pace contemporary gin. Really fun floral nose with lychee and what almost smells like wat...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 16th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 56
Views: 2159

Re: Grass fed???

Sarah -- thanks for the tip on White Oaks. I look forward to hearing how you like the quality, but I like the philosophy and practices that you outline. Al -- we just got our first shipment from Alderspring. Only tried the NY strip steaks so far, which were quite good. I can't say that they were be...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 16th, 2020, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much wine did you consume in 2019?
Replies: 46
Views: 1697

Re: How much wine did you consume in 2019?

P_WythesJr wrote:
January 16th, 2020, 6:54 am
For me:
Drank - 158 bottles (yikes!)
Donated - 11 bottles
Gifted - 21 bottles
Sold - 2 bottles
Here, I'll make you feel better:

Drank - 417
Sold - 49
Spoiled - 20
Donated - 5

From my cellar only. Other bottles were consumed on vacation at restaurants or at wine dinners.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 15th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato
Replies: 13
Views: 1129

Re: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato

Very interesting to hear about the variability. I bought a case back in 2007, stuck it in the back of the cellar, and haven't even looked at the CT notes since then. I'm tempted to open one as an experiment, after reading this, though it would normally be way too soon for my taste.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 15th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 56
Views: 2159

Re: Grass fed???

I just received my first order from the folks at White Oak Pastures, located in Bluffton, GA. They are a terrific operation - 6 generations, 152 years - raising grass fed and free range livestock, as well as produce, and aiming for negative environmental impact by cycling use of land and other techn...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 13th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Dry January - Take an inventory
Replies: 1
Views: 295

Re: Dry January - Take an inventory

I can't do inventory during a dry period - it makes me too sad! Every time I do inventory I find things I get excited about drinking. I try to forget the cellar is there during January. :)
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 12th, 2020, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12538
Views: 604626

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I’m with you, Sarah, love them very dry. Wish my wife liked them as much as I did, she prefers Sav Blanc. So, we normally end up drinking different things. Wanted to order Billecart-Salmon rouge last night at a place that had a 750 on menu for $100, she went Sancerre. Sounds like that was one of th...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 12th, 2020, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12538
Views: 604626

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

How many cases of riesling do you have, if I may ask? 125 or so. Holy cow, 1500 bottles. I knew you liked Riesling, but that’s huge. Serious question, do you drink Riesling that often to actually go through all of it? I had a killer trocken last night by Keller to pair with crab cakes. Love Rieslin...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 11th, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: JANUARY WINE CONSUMPTION
Replies: 7
Views: 364

Re: JANUARY WINE CONSUMPTION

im never quite sure what the reason for dry january being such a thing is. just the overdrinking that people do during the holidays? i feel like most of us also believe that wine (at least red wine) has some solid health benefits, so dry january seems to fly in the face of that I'll bite. Because t...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 11th, 2020, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BYO in Japan
Replies: 18
Views: 1439

Re: BYO in Japan

Typically those meals have been prearranged kaiseki dinners in a private room. I have done it many times not in a private room, including several times at yakitori counters, but, as I said, typically when we or our friends have a relationship. Yes, my impression is there has to be a friendship invo...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 10th, 2020, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BYO in Japan
Replies: 18
Views: 1439

Re: BYO in Japan

I have traveled a lot in Japan and eaten at many restaurants in Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka. I have not ever seen BYO anywhere. Maybe, as Ermitño pointed out if you know someone. Typically those meals have been prearranged kaiseki dinners in a private room. I have done it many times not in a private room, ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 9th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: JANUARY WINE CONSUMPTION
Replies: 7
Views: 364

Re: JANUARY WINE CONSUMPTION

We're dry for at least January, as usual, but when we're drinking, it's pretty much the same as far as wine goes. The same food still calls for the same sort of wine. We do tend to have more Manhattans and fewer spritzes, though, when it comes to cocktails.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 9th, 2020, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BYO in Japan
Replies: 18
Views: 1439

Re: BYO in Japan

It's not common, but it's done here and there. I generally don't BYO in Japan, as I'm happy to drink sake most of the time. That said, I have done it many times, all over the country, but usually in restaurants where we or the people we are with have a relationship. One exception: if you are staying...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 7th, 2020, 5:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 238
Views: 17490

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Sarah, Patty doesn't eat what I consider to be lunch; she eats a pastry when we're in Paris (and has been known on occasion to indulge in riz au lait on the bench in front of Chez L'Ami Jean). Most of the time, I'm on my own for lunch. As we've gotten older, we eat fewer tasting menus at dinner for...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 6th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 238
Views: 17490

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

I'd like to return to Septime again, but we don't do tasting lunches and dinners have become too difficult to book. In the early days, I'd stop by and make dinner reservations, but haven't been successful since they became the hottest ticket in town. Mark - why don't you do tasting lunches? I stron...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 4th, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2680

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

Wine producers avert your eyes! I plan to spend about 50% less money on wine this year, back to my 2016-2017 level. My two Eurocaves are f illed to the brim and there are certain varietals I am not drinking often, yet keep buying, such as cabernet sauvignon. I won't buy any more Cab until I start d...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 4th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1622

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

While I personally have no use for ketchup, I honestly don't give a hoot what condiment people put on their hot dogs. I do, however, object to cutesy terms like "sammy" and "sando," so I can't really claim to be open and accepting in the sandwich department.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 3rd, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prieure-Roch and Bernstein
Replies: 34
Views: 1792

Re: Prieur-Roch and Bernstein

I received an Olivier Bernstein wine in a trade a few years ago - not anything of significant value on my part, so I was happy to try something new. It was...not my style. Very oaky and extracted without enough acidity for me. No doubt some people like that style. I have never taken note of Bernstei...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 2nd, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker Barcodes
Replies: 63
Views: 3208

Re: Cellar Tracker Barcodes

Funny to look back on this thread. We didn't end up barcoding when we brought all the bottles in-house. We ended up crazy rushed for time because the cellar was the only temperature controlled part of the still-unfinished house, and a heat wave was coming. All the wine would fit in the cellar, but i...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 1st, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your favorite wine with seared foie gras?
Replies: 36
Views: 998

Re: What is your favorite wine with seared foie gras?

You? Don’t you own scads of Climens? I do. The 01 drunk last night just didn’t taste good to me. Absolutely nothing wrong with the bottle, it tasted and smelled just like 01 climens and my friend loved it. But the entire time i was wishing she’d chosen one of the other bottles on offer. I just didn...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 1st, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your favorite wine with seared foie gras?
Replies: 36
Views: 998

Re: What is your favorite wine with seared foie gras?

[winner.gif] Personally I only think of Sauternes or other sweet wines as a pairing with terrine With seared Foie Gras I would drink Fourrier Clos St Jacques or similar Ps: it is even allowed to spell Foie Gras these days? I'm with you, Claus, and the others who chimed in. I like nice earthy burgun...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 1st, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '04 Comtes has got it going on
Replies: 12
Views: 778

Re: '04 Comtes has got it going on

Great to know! I haven't touched any since 2016, when it was good but a little reserved. Glad to be sitting on a couple of cases.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 31st, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar
Replies: 59
Views: 2355

Re: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar

I posted in another thread today 2019 purchases versus 2019 consumption, which I also find interesting. I'm always reassured when I see that my purchases are roughly in line with consumption. I know that my cellar and my purchases will no longer be aligned since I've stopped buying a number of regi...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 31st, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar
Replies: 59
Views: 2355

Re: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar

I posted in another thread today 2019 purchases versus 2019 consumption, which I also find interesting. I'm always reassured when I see that my purchases are roughly in line with consumption. I know that my cellar and my purchases will no longer be aligned since I've stopped buying a number of regio...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 31st, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Ramonet Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 42
Views: 2166

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Ramonet Bâtard-Montrachet

Just curious, how would you gents rank 04, 10, 14 for Chez Ramonet? 14 > 10 > 04. I would include 2008 on the same level or maybe even superior to 2010. I have had a few premoxed bottles of '04 Bâtard, and one somewhat advanced '10 Ruchottes, but so far '14 is maturing as it should. We stepped back...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 31st, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Tasting of the Champagnes of Eric Rodez
Replies: 14
Views: 618

Re: A Tasting of the Champagnes of Eric Rodez

I am a newbie when it comes to "better quality" Champagne and a few months ago I purchased a bottle of his Cuvee Des Grands Vintages (NV) based on the recommendation from a local wine shop I trust. When properly stored how long can I cellar this bottle - I forget if I asked the store so I thought I...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 31st, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 657
Views: 33042

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

We are mid-40's and drink wine most nights. We rarely go out, rarely attend big wine dinners, and we cook simple, healthy food at home. A bottle of wine is just a part of a normal dinner. Bottles rarely get opened and not finished, unless we didn't like them. It was another month of entertaining for...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 30th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 657
Views: 33042

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

starting 594 3 purchased, 5 sold, 6 consumed. 586 remaining. Comfortably below my 600 target maximum. How do you have a month with 6 bottles consumed? The land between zero (when we're abstaining) and at least 20 just doesn't exist. :) And at the holidays, too.... I can't answer for Jay, but I can ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 30th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 657
Views: 33042

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Jay Miller wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 3:15 pm
starting 594

3 purchased,
5 sold,
6 consumed.

586 remaining.

Comfortably below my 600 target maximum.
How do you have a month with 6 bottles consumed? The land between zero (when we're abstaining) and at least 20 just doesn't exist. :) And at the holidays, too....
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 28th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?
Replies: 43
Views: 1837

Re: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?

Try the cost of Barrels, average price is $1,000, Whiskey producers get them for $50 or less... Most of wines have shelf life, whiskey doesn't. Decent whisky barrels cost a lot more than that, unless you are Beam Suntory and own bourbon distillers already. A good sherry cask right now for scotch co...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 28th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 100
Views: 6363

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

Some opportunistic buying and back-filling, I'm sure, but we're largely done buying new releases. At a freshly-turned 54 and a very full “cellar,” this is exactly where I need to be. No more new releases of wine that really take 15+ years, which is much of what I buy, minus those delish Cru Bojos t...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 28th, 2019, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 100
Views: 6363

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

Keller GGs
Brana rose
Boillot Clos de la Mouchere

Some opportunistic buying and back-filling, I'm sure, but we're largely done buying new releases.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 27th, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Delta Skyclub
Replies: 58
Views: 4945

Re: Delta Skyclub

So you can get a bottle there and take it to go? I'm guessing you can't open it on the plane... On the plane, you can try giving a bottle to the flight attendants and asking them to serve it to you. They may agree or not. I've done this successfully in first class and occasionally in business. I us...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 24th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2333

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

When you folks say you stand the bottle up and then take a taste aren't you stirring up sediment? If I do the stand-up rather than use a basket to decant (which is way better IMO) I go strait at it and will taste form the decanter before returning to the bottle. The whole point is that the sediment...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 24th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2333

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

When you folks say you stand the bottle up and then take a taste aren't you stirring up sediment? If I do the stand-up rather than use a basket to decant (which is way better IMO) I go strait at it and will taste form the decanter before returning to the bottle. The whole point is that the sediment...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 24th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2333

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

I'm glad people are finding the discussion useful. It's been thought provoking for me as well.

Personally, though I have seen other old wines improve with extended air, I have never seen a wine which I deem madeirized upon opening recover over hours open except Barolo and Barbaresco.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 24th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you serve at parties?
Replies: 46
Views: 2027

Re: What do you serve at parties?

Unless it's a small dinner or group of real wine lovers, including those who may not yet know much about wine, I tend not to open any big guns. The atmosphere during a party doesn't usually allow for the attention and time that the best wines deserve. When we're hosting, we're also way too busy to s...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 23rd, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 674
Views: 44489

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Looks like next years Laphroaig Cairdeas is going to be Port/bourbon, finished in wine. Pretty excited Just the opposite here - that sounds like a hard pass for me. Not a fan of the sweeter casks? Bourbon cask is fine for me. Port and wine? Rarely to my taste. There's way too much cask treatment si...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 23rd, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 674
Views: 44489

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

JulianD wrote:
December 22nd, 2019, 9:40 pm
Looks like next years Laphroaig Cairdeas is going to be Port/bourbon, finished in wine. Pretty excited
Just the opposite here - that sounds like a hard pass for me.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 22nd, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2333

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

R. Frankel wrote:
December 22nd, 2019, 2:00 pm
Sarah, thanks for detail on how you handled these bottles. Your taste & evaluate approach makes a ton of sense. Really helpful!
Good I'm glad that's helpful. If I'm being honest, it's "taste, evaluate.... and guess!" ;-)
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 22nd, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2333

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

Actually, Sarah, when you say "opened and perhaps decanted" can you clarify what you actually do? (to me there's quite a bit of difference between slow oxing and decanting in terms of elapsed time, and then I'm always interested in what people are doing when they decant a few hours ahead--are they ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 21st, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 376
Views: 31439

Re: Your Gin?

Sarah, If you have not tried Bartlett's Pear eau de vie from Gouldsboro, ME it's worth a boarder crossing to snag a bottle to try. I think it's $32-35/bottle. Again, so long as you like the smell and flavor of pears. Thanks Kirk. I'll keep it in mind for sure. Of course, given the ratio of the numb...

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