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by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 13th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orange wine
Replies: 9
Views: 340

Re: Orange wine

Orange wines are a very useful food tool and can pair with things almost nothing else can do. I also feel, as John said, that many are overdone and prefer those with a lighter hand. I've never wanted to simply sit and sip an orange wine, but I have been stunned by an orange wine and food pairing eno...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 13th, 2020, 4:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine consumption changed?
Replies: 30
Views: 1032

Re: Wine conumption changed?

A few things here: We have been giving a lot of wine to friends. At first, the PLCB stores were closed entirely (not that they were great to begin with) and delivery to PA is very rare, so we dropped off 6 pack care packages with friends regularly. We did a pizza night where we made a ton of pies an...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 12th, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Time to define what we mean by terms such as lowest price on Wine Searcher.
Replies: 20
Views: 816

Re: Time to define what we mean by terms such as lowest price on Wine Searcher.

I don't think we can or should set any rules of what to go by when people list bottles, however, I do think it might be useful to have a sticky or something with "Things to Keep in Mind About WS Pro and/or Auction Pricing." Then someone who hasn't used those tools much before can come up with more i...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 12th, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Great Champagnes From Magnum
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Re: Two Great Champagnes From Magnum

I swear if I had space and funds for it, I might be tempted to buy all my champagne in magnum format. I

Those two sound wonderful.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 10th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In praise of leftovers
Replies: 16
Views: 455

Re: In praise of leftovers

Not so much about what's better the next day (I agree about curries, stews, soups etc.), but my longtime breakfast go-to is the previous night's leftover vegetables with an egg on top. Zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts....it all works.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 10th, 2020, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3365

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

And I want to state that I know there are lots of good burgs out there which don't break the bank. I've seen posts from Howard and others for example, which call out specific wines and producers. I need to pick up some of these and try them. Agreed on Howard's posts. He's spent a lot of my money as...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 9th, 2020, 4:16 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 595

Re: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!

Super cool, Kikuhime makes great sake and your library releases are things to get really excited about!! Obviously I won't be able to get any of those but I wish you the best. I support any initiative to bring good sake to the world :) FOR THOSE WHO ARE AFRAID TO BUY BECAUSE OF TEMPERATURE/REFRIGER...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 9th, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 595

Re: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!

Robert Dentice wrote:
July 9th, 2020, 6:21 am
Congratulations! You know I will be buying!
Thanks, Robert! We are so excited for you and Renee to try these and to hear your thoughts.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 9th, 2020, 5:46 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 595

Re: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!

Congratulations! Thanks for the update; I've been waiting. I am lucky (?) to be in PA. Similar to Suzanne's question above - how concerned should I be with the PLCB shipping my SLO order within the State in summer heat? Thanks so much, Kevin! The PLCB actually doesn't ship your order anywhere. It's...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 9th, 2020, 5:08 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 595

Re: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!

best of luck with this new venture Sarah. I will order some and purchase when I know when I will visit PA. Do these need to stay at cool temps like the namazake do? Thanks Suzanne! All sake is better stored at refrigerator temp, in our opinion, though some disagree. It's not like nama, which really...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 9th, 2020, 4:42 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 595

Re: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!

Sarah is there a way to buy this? Prices? Or it has to be through the PA liquor website? Am I misreading this? Haha Sorry my post is so long - buried somewhere in it is that you can buy online or by calling your local PLCB store. It's only in PA right now. Prices range from ~$90 to ~$125, with the ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 9th, 2020, 4:39 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 595

Re: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!

alan weinberg wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 8:42 pm
does PLCB ship out of state?
No. It sucks, but no.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 8th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 595

Re: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!

Sarah is there a way to buy this? Prices? Or it has to be through the PA liquor website? Am I misreading this? Haha Sorry my post is so long - buried somewhere in it is that you can buy online or by calling your local PLCB store. It's only in PA right now. Prices range from ~$90 to ~$125, with the ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 8th, 2020, 2:36 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 595

Kikuhime - World Class Sake FINALLY Here and for Sale!!!

Hello Fellow Berserkers! I am so excited to let you know that, after what seems like forever, but was actually only about 5 years, my husband’s project to import a small amount of ultra-premium sake from the Kikuhime Brewery in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan has finally come to fruition! The timing coul...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 7th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 742
Views: 50663

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

I think it's partly because they can't, and partly because they don't have to. With the huge push for efficiency and quantity, which is where a lot of that huge investment has gone, you just can't find enough quality casks, as just one example. There's less and less old stocks every day, and if you ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 6th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A question for our elder states(men/women)
Replies: 50
Views: 2466

Re: A question for our elder states(men/women)

I don’t but wine for laying down anymore. I’m not convinced I’ll go through what I have. I do buy Champage, whites, roses and short aging reds along with a couple of fully aged reds, occasionally (but I’m finding fewer deals in that front) Pretty much the same in our house as we approach 50 with a ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 5th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes 2006 has five bottles in a sealed six pack
Replies: 29
Views: 1971

Re: Taittinger Comtes 2006 has five bottles in a sealed six pack

It's annoying for sure. The merchant in my case is someone I've worked with a long time, and I am sure nothing nefarious was meant. He was baffled as well, and the only explanation they could come up with is that a 6 pack had been opened for selling individual bottles, and then the one to be sold in...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 5th, 2020, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes 2006 has five bottles in a sealed six pack
Replies: 29
Views: 1971

Re: Taittinger Comtes 2006 has five bottles in a sealed six pack

This happened to us, too. We contacted the vendor, also a UK purveyor, and they made us whole.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 4th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 786
Views: 41753

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Consumed: 24 Purchased: 140 I don't think I'm doing this right I’d say your W.A.S. (wine acquisition syndrome) is winning. Sadly I can’t deny that. There were way too many deals this past month that were way too good to pass up (damn you 2019 BDX EP) If you are buying that much 2019 Bdx, I think yo...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 4th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saturday TNs, 4th of July edition: a trio of Brunelli
Replies: 1
Views: 238

Re: Saturday TNs, 4th of July edition: a trio of Brunelli

Thanks, Bob. I always enjoy reading your notes and especially appreciate the fact that you often open 2-3 bottles with a similar theme. Markus and I often disagree, but I have to admit I've also struggled to understand and appreciate Sangiovese. I've had many that were reasonably enjoyable, but only...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 4th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1297
Views: 88339

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2013 Lilbert BdB.... way to young. Opening it was a mistake on my part. Lots of mineralogy and salinity, long acid spine. Like most wines from this producer, it needs many years to reach its apogee. Lilbert doesn't get much talk on this board, nice to see a note. Would you say their NV Grand Cru Pe...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 4th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine storage / temp control necessary?
Replies: 14
Views: 791

Re: wine storage / temp control necessary?

Would temperature control be best for your wine? Yes. Do you really need it if you intend to drink your wine in the near term and your home never gets terribly hot? Probably not. For now, I'd keep your best wine or wine you'd like to age in the little fridge or at your parents' place and see how you...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 4th, 2020, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rosé (France, Champagne)
Replies: 18
Views: 1328

Re: TN: NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rosé (France, Champagne)

I've had trouble getting there with the Hebrart rosé, and have experienced a wide range of showings. It has a lactic element to me sometimes and a bitter almond thing on the finish that can detract. I know a lot of people love this wine and it's a very good value, but so far it has not floated my bo...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 3rd, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Watermill / Hamptons
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: Watermill / Hamptons

Robert Dentice wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 7:21 am
I hate the Hamptons! Due to a suddenly cancelled trip due to NYC closing off their borders I will be spending the 4th in Watermill.

Any great restaurant suggestions? Casual is fine.
You are always welcome in Philadelphia. No travel restrictions to PA.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 3rd, 2020, 4:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 786
Views: 41753

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Moving the right direction, though buying too much. Consumed: 56 Purchased: 18 Net: -38 Of those consumed, 7 were either DOA/corked or gifted. I have to enjoy the success while I can. I'm afraid there's a sizeable pull from France scheduled to hit next month.... knock me over with a feather. Such a...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 1st, 2020, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Del Posto Selling Off Wine Cellar - Auction
Replies: 21
Views: 1813

Re: Del Posto Selling Off Wine Cellar - Auction

I have talked with people who did the pull - there's a lot of good stuff.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 1st, 2020, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Del Posto Selling Off Wine Cellar - Auction
Replies: 21
Views: 1813

Re: Del Posto Selling Off Wine Cellar - Auction

My understanding is they plan to reopen when it's permitted and safe. Time will tell. They have a lot more wine beyond what's going here, though likely not as old or rare.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 1st, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?
Replies: 15
Views: 492

Re: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?

Nothing is brilliant with pesto, which is why you'll get so many different answers without any of them coming out on top. But that's okay! Drink something white without a ton of oak and you'll be fine. Or even a lighter bodied red, also without a lot of oak, though it's not my first choice. If it's ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 1st, 2020, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 786
Views: 41753

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Moving the right direction, though buying too much.

Consumed: 56
Purchased: 18
Net: -38

Of those consumed, 7 were either DOA/corked or gifted.

I have to enjoy the success while I can. I'm afraid there's a sizeable pull from France scheduled to hit next month....
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 1st, 2020, 4:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Garlic Stems?
Replies: 12
Views: 514

Re: Garlic Stems?

c fu wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 10:56 pm
I also love the garlic bulb when it's young, mild and wonderful texture. I just slice them like i'm slicing a vegetable with most of the skin on
Oh yes! The skin around each clove is thicker, too, not papery. I just did 5 heads of garlic confit out of the young ones - great stuff.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 29th, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Socially Distant Dining
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: Socially Distant Dining

We're a bit behind in Philly, but things had been looking good. A 14 day quarantine for those going out of state is certainly new. Jonathan is heading down to work in North Carolina for the week, and it would totally suck for him to have to quarantine when he gets back, though honestly it's not that...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 28th, 2020, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Germany - Initial Observations
Replies: 8
Views: 754

Re: 2019 Germany - Initial Observations

Thanks, Robert!
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 27th, 2020, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?
Replies: 32
Views: 1774

Re: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?

I've been looking for Emrich-Schönleber upon release every year and seem to strike out all the time. I used to sell the their wine for a distributor years back, but have the hardest time finding any new releases. Probably my favorite Riesling producer. Where are you located Gabe? On the east coast,...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 27th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and Sleep (or Lack Thereof)
Replies: 48
Views: 2531

Re: Wine and Sleep (or Lack Thereof)

Nobody actually sleeps better after drinking alcohol. That is, the quality of your sleep is not better. You may feel that you do, because you fall asleep faster and/or stay asleep better, but the beneficial things that happen in your brain during unadulterated sleep don't happen as well or at all if...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 26th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Keller Silliness
Replies: 146
Views: 5860

Re: Keller Silliness

At the rudi wiest auction one bidder basically bought the entire collection. Couldn’t beat him for a lot. Some of It went for more than retail. It was both amazing and terrifying. A Instant cellar. Some people just want it to be easy. I watched the entire Port Ellen annual release vertical, every b...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 26th, 2020, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Keller Silliness
Replies: 146
Views: 5860

Re: Keller Silliness

Kidding of course. Just looked at the auction results. Prices look reasonable to me. Of course, it’s a lot more than I pay. But it’s fair. A I didn't realize Abts and Morstein were going for 400-500 at auction these days. Yikes! I was more impressed by the seeming willingness of the buyer to counte...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 26th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Spirits Throwing off my CT Weights!
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: Spirits Throwing off my CT Weights!

I’ve thought about doing this. When do you mark it consumed? When opened or when empty? For me that can be many moons apart. For sure! We recently finished a bottle my husband opened in college and that was....a while ago. We went back and forth on this, and finally decided that when a bottle gets ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 25th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Atalier by Raul Perez, Rias Baixas
Replies: 23
Views: 869

Re: 2018 Atalier by Raul Perez, Rias Baixas

If I was going to try one of the following 2016s, please suggest which one: "La Gundinas" "La Poulosa" "La Vitoriana" "El Rapolao" All of these are good. I would recommend La Vitoriana. On the higher end, el Pecado and Sketch are stunning ‘La Vitoriana’ 2015 This is a very interesting site from a “...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 25th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 178
Views: 11315

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)

I want to be clear, I never said or meant to imply that this wine had shut down. Rather that it had moved to a new stage of development which was less about primary fruit and more about structure. Those are two different things.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 25th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Atalier by Raul Perez, Rias Baixas
Replies: 23
Views: 869

Re: 2018 Atalier by Raul Perez, Rias Baixas

do these wines age well or primarily enjoyed in their youth? If by age well you mean improve over a long period, then no, not really, though they don't fade quickly or anything. I'm happily drinking the 2011 Rara Avis from Raul Perez. Of course that's an oxidative style, so a little different. The ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 25th, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your most consumed wine?
Replies: 54
Views: 1935

Re: What's your most consumed wine?

What's scary is if you look at the total bottles consumed...and the value! [swoon.gif] I could have bought a house! [shock.gif] Try this instead - look at the total you've spent versus what your current cellar is worth, post all consumption. I like to interpret that as I've been drinking for free!
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 25th, 2020, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4030

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

There are a few crazy rare and high end wines I've never had, just like most people, but the only one that grates on me is that I've never had even one correct sip of DRC RC. The hard part is that I've had a number of sips! Every bottle I've been poured was either madeirized or corked. Here are a c...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 25th, 2020, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4030

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

There are a few crazy rare and high end wines I've never had, just like most people, but the only one that grates on me is that I've never had even one correct sip of DRC RC. The hard part is that I've had a number of sips! Every bottle I've been poured was either madeirized or corked. Here are a co...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 24th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone ever buy from Sotheby's retail?
Replies: 4
Views: 494

Re: Anyone ever buy from Sotheby's retail?

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
June 24th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Not the auctions, but they have an online retail shop. Any concerns?
Other than high prices? Not particularly.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 24th, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your most consumed wine?
Replies: 54
Views: 1935

Re: What's your most consumed wine?

No surprises for me: Domaine Brana Harri Gorri Rose with a whopping 181 bottles, though a few cases were sold to friends and family. That's across all vintages. Then our two house champagnes: NV Francis Boulard Les Murgiers and NVEgly-Ouriet rose. And rounding out the top 5 are Triennes rose and Val...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 24th, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13679
Views: 667939

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Had to get another case of the 2018 Raul Perez Atalier after the discussion on another thread. We drank through a case in the last year, and with no 2019 vintage in sight, I don't want to run out!
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 24th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 742
Views: 50663

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

A few **cases** of a whisky!!??!! Dang. Did you buy for personal consumption, investment, some of both, or something else? That quantity strikes me as crazy. Wow! Even we've never done that except with casks we bottled ourselves. I'm sure it's good stuff, though. Have some 1995 and 1992 21 year Gle...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 24th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Spirits Throwing off my CT Weights!
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Spirits Throwing off my CT Weights!

After years of waiting patiently in boxes in a corner of our wine cellar, our spirits collection has finally come out of hiding and been installed in our brand new custom-made cabinets! During the unpacking process, we covered all the tops of unopened bottles with flexible paraffin wrap to guard aga...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 24th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some First Half of June TNs
Replies: 3
Views: 618

Re: Some First Half of June TNs

[*] 2013 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio - Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Coste della Sesia (6/14/2020) I always enjoy this wine and would make it a yearly purchase if I could find it every year. Even off years are like you described, perhaps not deep, but a great food wine. Thanks for your comments...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
June 23rd, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?
Replies: 108
Views: 5850

Re: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?

!!! Has Ridge ever made a Pinot? Off the top of my head, I don't think so. They did. In 1971 Dave Bennion made a Ridge “Coast Range” Pinot. I thought at first this could be a trick question, like in the '60's a few wineries labeled their chardonnay as "Pinot Chardonnay." Heitz, Krug, Freemark Abbey...

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