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by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 8th, 2018, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)
Replies: 39
Views: 1092

Re: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)

I am a big fan of buying in case quantities. It took me a while to get here, I admit, and the fact my husband has been doing it for years, leading to a terrific and deep cellar, is a big part of that ("Oh my God, you mean we have 11 more of these?!?"). When I was exploring more, it didn't make so mu...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 6th, 2018, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cristal Vertical at Atera
Replies: 29
Views: 1094

Re: Cristal Vertical at Atera

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 2:52 pm
I would reach out to Charles Philipponnat. Super nice guy and he surely will give you better insight than anybody else.

Just don't tell him I said the 2000 Goisses isn't so great blush
Great suggestion. Thanks!
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 6th, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cristal Vertical at Atera
Replies: 29
Views: 1094

Re: Cristal Vertical at Atera

I note your comment regarding the performance in weaker years. While I understand where you’re coming from (although not having had all those vintages), I really think Goisses is the king of ‘off vintages’, and perhaps underperforms in the heralded years. Cheers Mike For me Clos des Goisses would b...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 6th, 2018, 2:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Flannery Holiday Sale (some good stuff)
Replies: 17
Views: 554

Re: Flannery Holiday Sale (some good stuff)

Of course this happens right after I put in a large order. Oh well. It's not like I had the choice to wait - we were out of Flannery beef! It was an emergency.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 6th, 2018, 9:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 15
Views: 354

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 8:23 am
geoffpm wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 5:38 am
Buy an inexpensive one on Amazon, I paid $15 and it has lasted a long time and rarely needs sharpening
A $15 Chinese cleaver??
Guess we really overpaid at $30!
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 5th, 2018, 7:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 15
Views: 354

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

Is a Chinese cleaver a vegetable cleaver? I was under the impression that a Nakiri is a Japanese vegetable cleaver and is very different (much smaller 'platform' to use Todd's terminology) from the Chinese cleavers that I've seen. I though that the Chinese cleavers were more traditional (meat) clea...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 5th, 2018, 4:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 15
Views: 354

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

Betty C wrote:
December 4th, 2018, 9:06 pm
Go to chinatown and buy the real deal. They'll last longer than any of us.
What Betty said. Your cleaver is not where you put your "fancy knife" money.

*edited to correct for my own stupidity.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 5th, 2018, 4:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1982 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 2
Views: 250

TN: 1982 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

Bought a few of these from an excellent source for older wines from Piemonte and took delivery a few months ago. The bottles came wrapped in clingfilm, so the label was practically pristine. The fill level was also very good for its age. 1982 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco - Italy, Piedmont, L...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 4th, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Wine Pairings
Replies: 9
Views: 212

Re: Restaurant Wine Pairings

Like others, I almost always avoid the pairings for reasons above and also because so often somms think they have to be hip and cool about those pairings, so they end up being weird. I have never encountered a tasting menu that wasn't at least adequately served by a bottle of champagne and/or Riesli...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 3rd, 2018, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much did you pay for your wine collection?
Replies: 64
Views: 2798

Re: How much did you pay for your wine collection?

I know my existing cellar, undrunk, is ostensibly worth more than I've spent on all bottles, including those consumed, since I started keeping track. I choose to think this statistic means I've been drinking for free. He’s just asking what you paid for what’s currently in the cellar. I know what he...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 3rd, 2018, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much did you pay for your wine collection?
Replies: 64
Views: 2798

Re: How much did you pay for your wine collection?

I know my existing cellar, undrunk, is ostensibly worth more than I've spent on all bottles, including those consumed, since I started keeping track. I choose to think this statistic means I've been drinking for free.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 2nd, 2018, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 273
Views: 11687

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Lol. If only we didn't have so much wine already....Oh well. Buying is fun, too. excitement of buying (especially bargain finds though now rare) coupled with the joy of expanding horizons by trying new and different wines. I can’t turn off a 35 year passion. Every now and then I sell/give/reduce bu...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 2nd, 2018, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 273
Views: 11687

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

alan weinberg wrote:
December 1st, 2018, 11:21 pm
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 10:34 am
Ugh. Utter and total failure.

28 Consumed (traveling most of the month)
106 Purchased

Why do I keep up this fiction?
looks like success to me. Proud of you!
Lol. If only we didn't have so much wine already....Oh well. Buying is fun, too.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 1st, 2018, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1992 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: TN: 1992 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)

Nice note Sarah. The 1992 was the one vintage I did not buy of Chave in that stretch, as it had this odd, damp earth and muddy aspect to its soil component when it was young that was hard to see past. There were all the other Chave elements there (very discreetly presented in the wine's youth), but...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 1st, 2018, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1992 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)
Replies: 9
Views: 395

TN: 1992 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)

I recently had a discussion on this board in which I asserted one could find delicious wines even in poor vintages. Last night we enjoyed a perfect example in the 1992 Chave. 1992 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage (11/30/2018) Took to a local BYO, served i...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
November 30th, 2018, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 273
Views: 11687

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Ugh. Utter and total failure.

28 Consumed (traveling most of the month)
106 Purchased

Why do I keep up this fiction?
by Sarah Kirschbaum
November 30th, 2018, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."
Replies: 81
Views: 3672

Re: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."

I am in the camp that feels wines meant to be drunk young can be delicious, delightful and de-lovely, but not truly amazing. Like Brian, the only young wines I've found that fit the bill were truly amazing only when taking into account potential, and were not meant to be drunk young, as I understand...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
November 29th, 2018, 1:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mail Order Seafood Recommendations
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: Mail Order Seafood Recommendations

Browne Trading is very, very good. Also very, very expensive when you include shipping. They also make a lot of mistakes, in my experience, so always check orders carefully. You might see if The Lobster Place in NYC will deliver to LI. Or consider picking up there and transporting yourself. While no...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
November 29th, 2018, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Keller Rieslings victims of speculation
Replies: 127
Views: 4088

Re: Some Keller Rieslings victims of speculation

Sarah, what makes you sure that the one who bought the Kirchspiel for 700+ bought for consumption? Sure – some people actually drink wines in this price range. Others hope for an even bigger price increase. I think we both can agree that those people exist also. I think the prices for G-Max can onl...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
November 29th, 2018, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Keller Rieslings victims of speculation
Replies: 127
Views: 4088

Re: Some Keller Rieslings victims of speculation

That's why the words "worth it" only make sense if the words "to me" follow. Even the $700 Kirchspiel was worth it to someone.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
November 28th, 2018, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Keller Rieslings victims of speculation
Replies: 127
Views: 4088

Re: Keller Riesling like Louis Vuitton – I said it long ago.

Sarah, thanks for your comment. I started this thread when I realized that somebody payed 700+Euros for a bottle of Kirchspiel. Furthermore I realized that top Keller wines are hyped, hard to come by and obviously a tool for speculation. I have zero problems with people who think these wines are de...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
November 28th, 2018, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Keller Rieslings victims of speculation
Replies: 127
Views: 4088

Re: Keller Riesling like Louis Vuitton – I said it long ago.

I don’t think it’s a secret on this board that my husband and I adore KP’s wines. Keller is the largest holding in our cellar by a wide margin, covering all sweetness levels and going back to 2002. That’s partly because Jonathan was buying them way back before anyone was talking about Keller at all ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
November 15th, 2018, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It’s Dungeness crab season. What’s your favorite wine pairing?
Replies: 52
Views: 1532

Re: It’s Dungeness crab season. What’s your favorite wine pairing?

I've been in Japan for the last two weeks, first in Hokkaido, where the king crabs are in season, then in Kanazawa, where snow crab has just come in. Must have eaten kilos of the stuff so far. Not Dungeness, I know, still our pairing findings are applicable, I think - champagne with the males or whe...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
November 13th, 2018, 3:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent “Should’ve bought a case” wines?
Replies: 48
Views: 2561

Re: Recent “Should’ve bought a case” wines?

This rarely happens to us anymore, as we now buy almost everything we still buy at all by the case. Where possible and monetarily feasible, of course
by Sarah Kirschbaum
November 5th, 2018, 2:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Lignier, George Clos de la Roche 1990
Replies: 14
Views: 539

Re: TN: Lignier, George Clos de la Roche 1990

For whatever reason, this Domaine made amazing 1985s. Something of a one-hit wonder. Don't hesitate if you see them. Agree '85s have been strong, but I've also had thrilling bottles of '78 Clos de la Roche, superior to the '85s I've had. Carried one all the way to Hong Kong for a special wine dinne...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
November 3rd, 2018, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 273
Views: 11687

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

David Glasser wrote:
November 2nd, 2018, 12:56 pm
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
November 1st, 2018, 5:23 am
Another failure:

58 Consumed
90 Purchased
+32 Net
Sarah, I like the way you fail!
LOL. We entertain a lot.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
November 1st, 2018, 5:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 273
Views: 11687

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Another failure:

58 Consumed
90 Purchased
+32 Net
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 31st, 2018, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Jadot Savigny 1er Cru 'Dominode'
Replies: 59
Views: 1256

Re: 2011 Jadot Savigny 1er Cru 'Dominode'

Not Jadot, but I do have a case of Pavelot's Dominode from '11. One of the very few I bought in any quantity. Hopefully Jean-Hughes was more successful, as I haven't touched any yet. Thanks for the note Dan. I love Pavelot's Dominode, though I haven't had the 2011. Post a note, please, when you ope...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 31st, 2018, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Jadot Savigny 1er Cru 'Dominode'
Replies: 59
Views: 1256

Re: 2011 Jadot Savigny 1er Cru 'Dominode'

It breaks my heart to see fellow wine lovers, waste away their hard earned money on a crappy wines. Its the part of the industry that gets me boiling, selling crappy vintages from very average producers/ villages in off vintages. They are sold off as the steal of the century. The only thing is bein...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 31st, 2018, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Jadot Savigny 1er Cru 'Dominode'
Replies: 59
Views: 1256

Re: 2011 Jadot Savigny 1er Cru 'Dominode'

It breaks my heart to see fellow wine lovers, waste away their hard earned money on a crappy wines. Its the part of the industry that gets me boiling, selling crappy vintages from very average producers/ villages in off vintages. They are sold off as the steal of the century. The only thing is bein...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 30th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Jadot Savigny 1er Cru 'Dominode'
Replies: 59
Views: 1256

Re: 2011 Jadot Savigny 1er Cru 'Dominode'

In Savigny, Simon Bize is usually my reference point. For some reason I didn't buy the Dominode in 2011, so I can't compare directly to Dan's experience with the Jadot, but I liked early tasting of the Marconnets quite a bit, though found it in need of considerable time, as Bize wines generally are...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 30th, 2018, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pick Up of Two Bottles At Flickingers
Replies: 22
Views: 1123

Re: Pick Up of Two Bottles At Flickingers

It's amazing to me how little it takes to make people stop dealing with a merchant. This seems like just a little bit of extra work to get exactly what you want. Briefly irritating, but little more. Also they don't take Amex, and I have been trying to cull CCs, and gave up my Visas/MCs, so I too pro...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 30th, 2018, 4:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Suggested wine pairing for confit de canard ?
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: Suggested wine pairing for confit de canard ?

Duck confit is not an obscure dish one has to guess or speculate about. It's probably safe to assume folks responding here all have personal experience of a successful pairing of duck confit with any number of wines, including various burgundies/pinots, and do not need to rely on any common wisdom. ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 28th, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling gone not right????
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: Riesling gone not right????

This might be a dumb question, but do you normally like Riesling? I drink it seldomly but i do like it. I buy it more for my fiancé who does like it. Before I took my sip she had already told me she did not like it. I wish I had waited and took another sip and broken it down. Then, while I don't kn...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 28th, 2018, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling gone not right????
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: Riesling gone not right????

This might be a dumb question, but do you normally like Riesling?
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 28th, 2018, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Jadot Savigny 1er Cru 'Dominode'
Replies: 59
Views: 1256

Re: 2011 Jadot Savigny 1er Cru 'Dominode'

In Savigny, Simon Bize is usually my reference point. For some reason I didn't buy the Dominode in 2011, so I can't compare directly to Dan's experience with the Jadot, but I liked early tasting of the Marconnets quite a bit, though found it in need of considerable time, as Bize wines generally are....
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 28th, 2018, 4:27 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Whisky Note Makes Even John Gilman's Worst Look Like Praise
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Whisky Note Makes Even John Gilman's Worst Look Like Praise

I tend to put more stock in notes/scores for whisky from critics I like than I do for wine, maybe because whisky doesn't change in the bottle in nearly the way wine does over time. So I spend a considerable amount of time reading Serge's notes on whiskyfun.com. This morning I came across this little...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 26th, 2018, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Biggest Bottle
Replies: 51
Views: 1534

Re: Your Biggest Bottle

Actually I find having more of fewer wines a more attractive way to enjoy a dinner these days. Very much agree. We have one 12L - a birth year wine for my stepson. That is our biggest. I am of the opinion one can't have enough magnums of champagne, and magnums of Riesling are such a fun shape, it's...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 26th, 2018, 4:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 66
Views: 1738

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

I make it at home with avocado, pickled red onion, a touch of soy sauce, a tiny drop of sesame oil, thinly sliced cucumber, salt and rice seasoning sprinkled on top. It's delicious. There are a zillion variations.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 25th, 2018, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Re: TN: 1997 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

Thanks for the note Jeremy. I have the '97 Rabaja, Rocche and Asili, but not Santo Stefano. I think Giacosa made the wines of the vintage in 1997, and all the ones I've had are showing beautifully. I'd give them a couple of years possible upside, based on time they have taken to open up in the glass...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 24th, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 1791
Views: 100121

Re: New York City Restaurants

I would not choose EMP either. I have not found the food anything but good and very pretty over my last 3 meals there. And, like others have said, it's just not a fun experience. I'm not opposed to "fancy" spaces, either, and can really get into it when done right. EMP has just been dull to me. I lo...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 23rd, 2018, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines aged under Flor - Your opinion?
Replies: 18
Views: 735

Re: Wines aged under Flor - Your opinion?

I love sherry and find it incredibly versatile with food. It is the perfect pairing for boquerones and their ilk, which are not so easy to match. And Cote du Jura is the absolute best pairing with spicy Szechuan food, in my opinion. Raul Perez has at least one white he ages under flor and which is f...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 23rd, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you drink the most of
Replies: 78
Views: 2485

Re: Wines you drink the most of

Wines you drink the most of has turned into producers your drink the most of. :) Producers in the past few years, excluding sold, from CT: - Rhys - Prum - Selbach oster - Schafer frolich - Cayuse It didn't "turn into" it - it started that way. That's what the OP listed in answer to his own question...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 23rd, 2018, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you drink the most of
Replies: 78
Views: 2485

Re: Wines you drink the most of

What kind/region of wine I drink the most of is a very different question, with a very different answer set, than what producer or single wine I drink the most of.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 23rd, 2018, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you drink the most of
Replies: 78
Views: 2485

Re: Wines you drink the most of

Since joining CT, and totally unsurprising: Domaine Brana (our year round full bodied house rose) Domaine Triennes (our lighter house rose) Keller Cavallotto Giacosa Bachelet Ratzenberger I took out two producers where we sold a lot versus drinking. I like it that my top two producers by consumption...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 23rd, 2018, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: great wine wknd: DRC, Raveneau, Dauvissat,Ente, Rinaldi, Monfortino, Mugneret-Gibourg, Grange, Masseto, Chave, Scarecrow
Replies: 19
Views: 1672

Re: great wine wknd: DRC, Raveneau, Dauvissat,Ente, Rinaldi, Monfortino, Mugneret-Gibourg, Grange, Masseto, Chave, Scare

I suspect the monfortino could have used a much longer decant...probably several hours and they were all decanted just before service. Given the pace of food we probably got to it after it had been decanted for maybe 1hr I don't think a longer decant would have helped your Monfortino. I'm firmly of...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 21st, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First Corked Champagne
Replies: 39
Views: 1413

Re: My First Corked Champagne

I had a clean stem, as in no possibility of "cupboard smell." [/quote] Off topic, but I couldn't help noticing your comment on "cupboard smell." I HATE this. I assume it's the polyurethane or whatever is used to seal and treat the wood or laminate of cabinets. Our old house imparted a terrible smell...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 21st, 2018, 11:41 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 36
Views: 1125

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

The local merchants hate them, I'm told, especially in smaller ports like Orkney. The tourists from the cruise ships come ashore for their excursions, but in general spend almost nothing in local businesses. So the tourists who might keep local shops and restaurants thriving are pushed out by patron...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 21st, 2018, 4:59 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Why do old Macallan 18's sell for so much ?
Replies: 11
Views: 592

Re: Why do old Macallan 18's sell for so much ?

I take the malfeasance of distillery owners and managers very seriously. And personally. My beloved Ardbeg is now a name attached to a disgusting effluvium in a fancy box with a stupid name. Springbank is slowly clawing back from mediocrity. The Macallan is likely lost for the foreseeable future, m...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
October 19th, 2018, 4:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Why do old Macallan 18's sell for so much ?
Replies: 11
Views: 592

Re: Why do old Macallan 18's sell for so much ?

The Macallan 18 was year in and year out a great great whisky until 1979, when the former powers that be decided to cherrypick the best casks to make Gran Riserva. 1979 Gran Riserva is great. 1979 18yo is piss, as is every Macallan 18 since. Those bottled since the sale in 1999 are undrinkable effl...

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