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by Sarah Kirschbaum
February 18th, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Eric Rodez Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée des Grands Vintages
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: TN: NV Eric Rodez Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée des Grands Vintages

That's a substantial commitment! I guess. It doesn't seem that way with champagne, which we drink so often. We rarely buy less than a case of champagne we know or assume we'll like, unless it's price prohibitive. On the very rare occasions we've end up with too much of something we don't really car...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
February 18th, 2019, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Eric Rodez Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée des Grands Vintages
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: TN: NV Eric Rodez Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée des Grands Vintages

Thanks for the note. I have a case of this coming which I bought untasted on a friend's recommendation. Eager to try it.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
February 16th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board
Replies: 22
Views: 992

Re: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board

Any vintage of Leflaive Montrachet. An intact great champagne from 1921 or 1928. Also, though not really a bucket list wine per se, I have never had even one sip of a correct DRC RC. I've been at dinners with bottles, and at auction tasting events, both official and unofficial, and have tasted at le...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
February 15th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Grappa, etc.
Replies: 23
Views: 397

Re: Grappa, etc.

A grappa thread with no mention yet of Romano Levi? True they are expensive and that easy to source, but my word are they delicious. And the labels are a treat.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
February 13th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wine Regions You Neglect
Replies: 45
Views: 1347

Re: Great Wine Regions You Neglect

All new world regions. I didn't have a single bottle from the New World in my cellar when I joined it with my husband's. He brought some CA wine to the table, but almost all several decades old. Now, we don't buy or seek out to drink any new world wines at all, or near enough to be zero. There are o...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
February 11th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 86
Views: 3509

Re: My first Keller gmax

Mark Golodetz wrote:
February 10th, 2019, 8:52 am
Anybody wanting to trade or sell Keller, please let me know
Mark, I am not going to sell or trade, but let's get together and I'd be happy to bring some Keller to share.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
February 10th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Why do old Macallan 18's sell for so much ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1018

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

Not really a scotch guy but curious as to the distilleries that have not gone the way of Macallan and are still making a good product? There is a lot of good information here: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=133291 And here: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.p...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
February 9th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Tribeca lunch recommendation
Replies: 17
Views: 360

Re: Tribeca lunch recommendation

In addition to the places already mentioned, Bouley at Home does lunch, though I have only had dinner there, and Locanda Verde can also be nice.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
February 8th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 86
Views: 3509

Re: My first Keller gmax

In what is sort of the flip side of Robert's comment about how amazing and wonderful it is that the very pinnacle of dry Riesling is "only" $1000, as compared with many multiples that for the best in other regions, I'm moved to mention how exciting I think it is that a dry Riesling has found a regul...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
February 5th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2472

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

Yes, a taste of honey is worse than none at all. Sarah, I agree it isn't easy on an emotional level. But that's actually the payoff for me. It's instructive to have to will yourself away from old habits. At times, I use alcohol as a crutch -- say that burning impulse to open up a beer the minute I ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
February 5th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2472

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

Yes - with no alcohol I sleep better, have more energy, and work out harder. It's totally not worth it. [winner.gif] While funny (I hope) I'm really not kidding. I do see improvements in sleep and in energy, but I was sleeping reasonably well and had good energy before, so it’s not like I was suffe...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
February 5th, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2472

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

Yes - with no alcohol I sleep better, have more energy, and work out harder.

It's totally not worth it.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
February 1st, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Frenchette NYC - anyone BYO?
Replies: 27
Views: 863

Re: Frenchette NYC - anyone BYO?

... out of water glasses.... Really? They suffer from that affectation as well? not like gibralters, but these short-stemmed odd glasses that most places use for water. we asked for "wine glasses" and they said "these are them!" okay cool. https://villagevoice.freetls.fastly.net/wp-content/uploads/...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
February 1st, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Frenchette NYC - anyone BYO?
Replies: 27
Views: 863

Re: Frenchette NYC - anyone BYO?

ybarselah wrote:
February 1st, 2019, 9:32 am
WvanGorp wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 5:44 pm
Hope you enjoy natural wines.
... out of water glasses....
Really? They suffer from that affectation as well?
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 31st, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long should you let wine rest after shipping?
Replies: 48
Views: 1518

Re: How long should you let wine rest after shipping?

I don’t know whether travel shock is real or all in the head, but based on the number of disappointing experiences, including my own, which could be attributable to it, I prefer to let wine rest for a few months after shipping before drinking. It seems like an obvious choice to me, if there’s even a...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 30th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Middle Eastern restaurant in Philadelphia
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: Middle Eastern restaurant in Philadelphia

Zahav. Hands down. Suraya is a cool and fun space, but pretty unremarkable food. I can't figure out why people get so excited about it. It's fine, but I'd rather go to the Armenian kebab place a couple blocks away in Northern Liberties. Zahav, on the other hand, is excellent always. We eat at the ba...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 30th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A lazy Sunday lunch - Bordeaux blind, Raveneau, PYCM, Yquem, Dom Rose and etc.
Replies: 15
Views: 1159

Re: TN: A lazy Sunday lunch - Bordeaux blind, Raveneau, PYCM, Yquem, Dom Rose and etc.

Thanks, Kevin. That '86 Rausan-Segla is a real achiever. I have seen it beat '86 Ch. Margaux blind more than once. And shockingly, though less so than Maureen, I even own a few!
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 30th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 336
Views: 14514

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Not really a representative month, as we are doing an essentially dry January. I am still pleased with the restraint shown in the purchase department. Purchased: 12 Consumed: 1 (a 375 served to a guest) Net: 11 so by your reckoning, I can buy 6 jeroboams and add only 6? Cool! No dice. The differenc...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 30th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 336
Views: 14514

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Not really a representative month, as we are doing an essentially dry January. I am still pleased with the restraint shown in the purchase department.

Purchased: 12
Consumed: 1 (a 375 served to a guest)
Net: 11
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 29th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: If you could only eat at one restaurant in Denver...
Replies: 41
Views: 2869

Re: If you could only eat at one restaurant in Denver...

Has anyone been to Safta? Its sister restaurant, Saba, is my favorite restaurant in NOLA. I absolutely love Alon Shaya’s food and I want to check it out Yes, we were there this past weekend with some friends. We ordered mostly smaller plates as one person had a lot of dietary restrictions. The food...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 25th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Flannery - extended aging question.
Replies: 23
Views: 575

Re: Flannery - extended aging question.

I've had 60 day and liked it but assuming I was was eating Flannery on a regular basis (not going to happen unless I stop buying wine) I'd want it to be relatively small portion of my beef consumption. In other words I'd like it every once in a while but not on a regular basis. This is close to our...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 25th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 46
Views: 3627

Re: Japanese Whiskey

Anyone know how pricing is in Japan? (significant discount? or relatively similar) Will be going next month and looking to pick up a few bottles. Was in Japan in November. Wish I didn't waste so much time checking BIC camera and other department stores. I wasn't able to find anything special at rea...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 23rd, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 117
Views: 6599

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Paris By Mouth has a pretty comprehensive list of restaurants open on Sunday https://parisbymouth.com/paris-restaurant-open-sunday/. The restaurants I like that are open Sunday tend to be heavy on natural wines. Of those that aren't and don't require a jacket, maybe the original L'Atelier de Joël R...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 22nd, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much Wine do we drink a year?
Replies: 42
Views: 1480

Re: How much Wine do we drink a year?

About 350 bottles a year from our own cellar, including parties and wine dinners. We don't buy off restaurant lists all that often except when we're traveling. There are some cocktails and scotch as well, and my husband drinks beer occasionally though I do not.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 19th, 2019, 10:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Which Scotch distilleries are firing on all cylinders?
Replies: 78
Views: 4674

Re: Which Scotch distilleries are firing on all cylinders?

It's not a producer I've bought frequently, but I have a 1972 22yo Mortlach cask strength open at the moment that's quite nice. -Al My birthyear! There are some very nice Mortlachs out there, though they rarely get much love. I've had one or two from independent bottlers that were very good indeed....
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 11th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 459
Views: 84075

Re: Philadelphia, PA

Speaking of good pasta, what restaurants do you recommend? I'm craving some tajarin with porcini mushrooms, like what you would find in Piemonte. I don't think they do classic tajarin, but we always enjoy Tre Scalini for good, non-fancy pasta dishes. The pasta all comes from Talluto's, which is han...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 11th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Never too old to learn something new about wine
Replies: 11
Views: 729

Re: Never too old to learn something new about wine

Chet - was your question generally about what we've learned over the course of our wine careers, or what we've learned about magnums?
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 8th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?
Replies: 96
Views: 1860

Re: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?

Arguing with Yaacov always makes me want to bare my teeth in one way or another. (Love 'ya YB) we actually agree on this one! the trip up is the use of "lesser" and "appreciate" they're both too loaded and undermine the fact that there are in fact benchmarks or standards for these things. Hope it's...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 8th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?
Replies: 96
Views: 1860

Re: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?

What’s that rule that every internet argument eventually ends up as an argument about semantics? Depends what you mean by that. ;-) You're in good form to start the year, Sarah! [dance-clap.gif] Arguing with Yaacov always makes me want to bare my teeth in one way or another. (Love 'ya YB)
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 8th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?
Replies: 96
Views: 1860

Re: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?

ky1em!ttskus wrote:
January 8th, 2019, 11:44 am
What’s that rule that every internet argument eventually ends up as an argument about semantics?
Depends what you mean by that. ;-)
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 8th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?
Replies: 96
Views: 1860

Re: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?

great can only be great in comparison to other things, so yes, of course. any argument to the contrary is inherently illogical. no one could possibly conclude michael jordan was good at basketball without understanding what basketball is and how others play it. This comment connects directly to my ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 8th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?
Replies: 96
Views: 1860

Re: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?

great can only be great in comparison to other things, so yes, of course. any argument to the contrary is inherently illogical. no one could possibly conclude michael jordan was good at basketball without understanding what basketball is and how others play it. This comment connects directly to my ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 8th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?
Replies: 96
Views: 1860

Re: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?

I think the answer depends on what you mean by the word appreciate. Two of the three dictionary definitions (Merriam-Webster) are: “to grasp the nature, worth, quality, or significance of” and “to judge with heightened perception or understanding: to be fully aware of” (my italics). Under those defi...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 7th, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 98
Views: 2707

Re: Best Scotch Under $100

I don’t know which bottling it was but I found Highland Park 18 oaky last week. But I’ll need to do some comparative tastings given that one of my favorites (d’Abundah) was called a sherry bomb, and in general, I don’t like any bombs. But clear to me I love Macallan 18 and dislike Laguvillan 16. )a...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 6th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3459

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

I don't think anyone is suggesting that people should buy bad wine or wine that doesn't please them. I know I'm not. It's more complicated than good versus bad most of the time, though. Take Keller, a producer I have bought every year so far. If I tasted and disliked the wines, I wouldn't buy. Proba...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 6th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3459

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

Funny - I got nastily flamed on another thread recently by a poster who insisted one was a fool to buy any but the best vintages (not to mention only top producers, top crus etc.) because I suggested that there was a lot of enjoyed and learned from drinking lesser vintages and appellations. Happily,...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 6th, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 98
Views: 2707

Re: Best Scotch Under $100

Macallan gets no love here? I find Macallan 18 to be my favorite. Not from me. I haven't found anything they've made appealing in a long time, even when price is no object. Do you like any non peaty non oaky scotches? Yes. I like a great many non-peaty scotches. I've enjoyed some Bunnahabhain, and ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 5th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 98
Views: 2707

Re: Best Scotch Under $100

Barry L i p t o n wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Macallan gets no love here? I find Macallan 18 to be my favorite.
Not from me. I haven't found anything they've made appealing in a long time, even when price is no object.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 4th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 98
Views: 2707

Re: Best Scotch Under $100

My earlier point was that it surprises me when people who don't much care for strong oak in their wine don't object similarly to strong peat in whisky, or strong hops in beer. To me, they all have a similar impact: masking the underlying flavors and intricacies of the beverage. But of course people...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 3rd, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC Storage / Domaine Storage New York
Replies: 19
Views: 1297

Re: NYC Storage / Domaine Storage New York

Someone has emailed me to inquire if there is a better option for me, given my bottle/box ratio right now is bit out of control (ideal would be 12x and I am 4x). I doubt they saw this post above, so genuine response on their part. I doubt these fees are going away, but any improvement would be good...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 3rd, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Guettes
Replies: 8
Views: 597

Re: TN: 2008 Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Guettes

We had one in May which was good but which I thought needed a bit more time. The Marconnets from 2008 is possibly even prettier right now - my husband found it superior to a 2001 Rousseau CSJ we had the same week.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 2nd, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Frozen Wine
Replies: 26
Views: 1206

Re: Frozen Wine

Have never noticed damage from partially frozen wine except in the case of a magnum of '82 Deutz Vinotheque we accidentally froze partway. The bubbles did not seem to like it.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 2nd, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 336
Views: 14514

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Late to the thread... but in on the plan. I am down 8% or so in 2018... somehow managed to buy only about 12 bottles in 2018 (aside from daily drinkers that never went into Cellartracker). Purchases had been my weak side... consumption never was. Goodness, if my daily drinkers didn't get counted, t...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 1st, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Producer
Replies: 104
Views: 4451

Re: Favorite Producer

Red: Giacosa
White: Keller

But I'm glad that doesn't mean I can't have other loves at other times.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 1st, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 336
Views: 14514

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I am not going to enter my statistics for the year, or Alan will surely laugh at me. only because he sees you as he was a few years ago—before I embraced the “ah, hell, I’ll never quit buying” mentality. The internal struggles, the rationalization, denial and anger, bargaining and depression (pseud...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 1st, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 336
Views: 14514

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I am not going to enter my statistics for the year, or Alan will surely laugh at me.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 31st, 2018, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 336
Views: 14514

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Despite my jokes above about not wanting to talk about it, I have success to report. December was our best month of the year for cellar reduction, just edging out July for the win: Consumed: 52 Purchased: 16 Net: -36 It would have been 53 consumed, but we are ending the year with a dynamite Manhatta...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 31st, 2018, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellartracker Fun! What were You Drinking 10 Years Ago?
Replies: 63
Views: 1956

Re: Cellartracker Fun! What were You Drinking 10 Years Ago?

Ten years ago tonight - it appears I liked bdx! I think tonight is a taste of my future. Babysitting a toddler grandchild (well more like assisting my wife with babysitting), drinking a half bottle at home, and listening to jazz. Long live Oscar Peterson. TEN YEARS AGO - (12/31/2008) 1996 Salon Cha...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 31st, 2018, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DryJanuary. Anyone else involved.
Replies: 119
Views: 4720

Re: DryJanuary. Anyone else involved.

Yes. My husband and I do a month or more of a ketogenic diet in the winter most years, and that includes no booze. I like to cut the carbs and up the fat during cold months so I'm nice and lean by spring. I become fat adapted very quickly, and feel great, but giving up the wine, though no chore phys...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
December 31st, 2018, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellartracker Fun! What were You Drinking 10 Years Ago?
Replies: 63
Views: 1956

Re: Cellartracker Fun! What were You Drinking 10 Years Ago?

Q4 2008? 90% of my "consumed" was sold. The rest was whatever got me through the night without too many nightmares about whether I'd be fired the next day!

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