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by Otto Dobre
January 22nd, 2021, 7:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 842
Views: 58004

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Bought 4 bottles of the GoT Lagavulin for $25 and I have to say that it is the best bargain for Scotch drinkers who like smokey, peaty ones. Poured one GoT and one regular 16 year old, and I cannot tell the difference. So, go for it, if not for you, for a nice inexpensive gift.
by Otto Dobre
January 15th, 2021, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How should a wine age???
Replies: 20
Views: 1135

Re: How should a wine age???

Noah, here is my answer to your 2nd question. Some "small" wine collectors, and I am a couple of notches below that, get more utility out of owning a wine rather than drinking that wine. So if people post that a wine tastes young that means more storing, owning, and bragging rights to owni...
by Otto Dobre
January 4th, 2021, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Leonard Maran - Berserker
Replies: 26
Views: 2093

Re: RIP Leonard Maran - Berserker

RIP, so sorry.
by Otto Dobre
January 1st, 2021, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Perignon vs 2008 Cristal
Replies: 16
Views: 1052

Re: 2008 Dom Perignon vs 2008 Cristal

Thanks for the comparison! Noob question - do you pop and let it open up in the bottle of the glass? I don’t drink a lot of champagne but am opening an 08 Dom in a few weeks. Dan, some people will even decant Champgne to let it open up. I just open it up, leave it in the fridge, take it out for 30 ...
by Otto Dobre
January 1st, 2021, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Perignon vs 2008 Cristal
Replies: 16
Views: 1052

2008 Dom Perignon vs 2008 Cristal

Had them both at different times, and wow, hard to describe. But Mel wanted to compare them, so last night we opened both. Both wines are superb. I do not drink them on a regular basis due to price, but I drink decent Champagne routinely, as long as the price is right. Both wines smelled fantastic u...
by Otto Dobre
December 31st, 2020, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2220
Views: 305547

Re: Official Costco Thread

Geoff F. wrote: December 29th, 2020, 3:11 pm Seattle SODO has 2016 Evening Land Anden Pinot Noir for $58 (vs. $99 at winery)
2010 Dom is $150
Cristal is still $230 (unclear which vintage as it was behind the tag)
I'm guessing the Cristal is the 2012, at least this is what they have in San Diego.
by Otto Dobre
November 30th, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS; 4x2013 Schrader Sparky and 2003 Hennessey Paradis
Replies: 0
Views: 254

FS; 4x2013 Schrader Sparky and 2003 Hennessey Paradis

All together 4 magnums plus one Cognac for $4k. Only pick up in San Diego. Basically all bottles priced at $800 each, which is at least 20% less than lowest WSPro

.The Sparkys can also be picked up up for $3400.
by Otto Dobre
November 3rd, 2020, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 11344

Re: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)

Dave McIsaac wrote: November 3rd, 2020, 3:53 pm
Otto Dobre wrote: November 3rd, 2020, 11:48 am Palinca (Romanian plum brandy)
Does this differ from Pelinkovac??
I think they are different, Dave. The Palinca is not sweet, more like pear brandy.
by Otto Dobre
October 30th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent wines under $15, under $10?
Replies: 74
Views: 4099

Re: Decent wines under $15, under $10?

Segura Viudas Rose Cava only $8.
by Otto Dobre
October 26th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Champagne under $40
Replies: 102
Views: 6057

Re: Best Champagne under $40

Piper Heidsieck and Duval Leroy. Both can be found at my local store from time to time at under $30, and that's when I load up.
by Otto Dobre
October 17th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Forester Bourbon: how is the whole lineup?
Replies: 27
Views: 3636

Re: Old Forester Bourbon: how is the whole lineup?

How about the OF 1870 Original Batch?
by Otto Dobre
October 8th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 742
Views: 75103

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

I got a case of the #8, a $14 Cabernet some time ago. it was ok, but nothing special. Maybe I opened too soon.
by Otto Dobre
October 6th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Cognac release year
Replies: 2
Views: 1049

Re: Cognac release year

Thanks Mark.
by Otto Dobre
October 5th, 2020, 9:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Cognac release year
Replies: 2
Views: 1049

Cognac release year

Hello, I have emailed Hennessy for a possible release year but nothing so far, so I give this a try.

It is a bottle of Hennessy Paradis with serial number L3 239 10 00099.

If anyone could help, much appreciated.

Thanks,
Otto
by Otto Dobre
October 5th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Claudine Deux, Yountville
Replies: 3
Views: 497

TN: 2017 Claudine Deux, Yountville

I missed the original offer from Claudine Wines, so I ordered 2 Cabs and 2 Bordeaux blends to take advantage of the $50 off for first customers. Today, I opened the Bordeaux blend, which goes for $32. No decant, just pop and pour. The wine is simply fantastic, full of dark fruit, but not over the to...
by Otto Dobre
September 22nd, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4113
Views: 234937

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Anyone had the Pappy 23? Is that a white whale? It’s oaky... I have some of the 23 from stitzel weller juice and it’s great but you have to really like oak. Agreed, and I feel the same about the 20 year old. But the 12 and 15 are fantastic, at least to my palate. But I cannot afford them now. [head...
by Otto Dobre
September 21st, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Blanton’s Black & Gold Bourbon
Replies: 15
Views: 1436

Re: Blanton’s Black Japanese Bourbon

I have a bottle of Blanton's Original Single Barrel, 93 proof, no age given. Purchased in Romania a few years back.
by Otto Dobre
September 11th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4113
Views: 234937

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Never been into bourbon, but was at the store picking up some wine today and grabbed a Blanton's Original Single Barrel ($62} and Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10yr ($35) I didn't really know what to ask for. And don't really know if I got anything good or for a good price. What should I get next time? ...
by Otto Dobre
September 5th, 2020, 8:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 86
Views: 9765

Re: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.

Kermit Lynch imports a nice Dijon style mustard that has a nice spicy kick. Bought mine at my local wine shop. Very good stuff.
by Otto Dobre
June 4th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8128
Views: 570493

Re: de Negoce offer

Eric White wrote: June 4th, 2020, 12:07 pm in for a case, feels like very little downside
That's what I said! [cheers.gif]
by Otto Dobre
May 26th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Relatively low RP rating but wine drops your jaws
Replies: 42
Views: 2516

Re: Relatively low RP rating but wine drops your jaws

I may understand the post if we talked about some outliers, but here we are talking about a few points. So yeah, we have differernt tastes. [popcorn.gif]
by Otto Dobre
May 17th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Whites -- What Are You Drinking?
Replies: 42
Views: 2074

Re: California Whites -- What Are You Drinking?

I am sipping right now 2017 Stag's Leap Chardonnay. I drop in an ice cube, and softness the wood quite nicely.
by Otto Dobre
April 24th, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Trump Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 32
Views: 2053

TN: 2016 Trump Cabernet Sauvignon

So I was gifted a bottle from my cousin who likes Trump a lot. I do not know the price, so that will not be involved. The wine is drinkable, it has notes of black currant, and cherry, but it also has a green note that overwhelms anything that is good about it. I can drink it, but not recommend it, u...
by Otto Dobre
April 11th, 2020, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can't tell the difference between the Schraders
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Can't tell the difference between the Schraders

I have a hard time differentiating between any Schraders. RBS, CCS, ToKalon, LPV etc, they all taste the same to me. I love them all, but I just cannot tell one from another, and this goes for Sparky too. This happens with other wines. I can't tell a Pride Merlot from a Pride Cabernet. Guess not ref...
by Otto Dobre
March 29th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 722
Views: 56551

Re: The Cocktail Thread

by Otto Dobre
March 26th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Looking for a good sipping Tequila...
Replies: 136
Views: 13081

Re: Looking for a good sipping Tequila...

Just discovered Maracame Anejo - if you can find it, get it. By far the smoothest tequila I've enjoyed, full of cinnamon and creme brûlée - this is absolutely fantastic stuff in every way. $55-60 is a steal for juice of this quality. Thanks for the tip, Todd. Picked up a couple for $120 all inclusi...
by Otto Dobre
March 2nd, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?
Replies: 98
Views: 6441

Re: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?

Educated Guess.
by Otto Dobre
February 29th, 2020, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Schrader LPV
Replies: 0
Views: 231

TN: 2012 Schrader LPV

We had this at Fleming's with a nice steak. The wine is excellent as all the other Schraders from that vintage. A big wine for sure, but enough tannins and acid to live up to the richness of a nice fat rib eye steak. Lots of dark fruit, and everything is balanced. But for the life of me, I just cann...
by Otto Dobre
February 1st, 2020, 8:29 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: 4x2013 Schrader Sparky
Replies: 3
Views: 570

Re: FS: 4x2013 Schrader Sparky

$900 per magnum.
by Otto Dobre
January 30th, 2020, 4:57 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: 4x2013 Schrader Sparky
Replies: 3
Views: 570

FS: 4x2013 Schrader Sparky

Each one for $1000 (20% below lowest WS Pro) Prefer pick up in San Diego, as I do not want to ship.
by Otto Dobre
January 28th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4113
Views: 234937

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Has anyone tried the Old Forester 1910? I like it. Not as strong (harsh) as the 1920, with a little sweetness on the finish. Good substitute for Blanton's. I don't find the 1920 harsh at all; it seems smooth to me. By the way, I picked up a bottle of the 1920 at the local Total Wine yesterday, and ...
by Otto Dobre
January 27th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......
Replies: 101
Views: 3979

Re: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......

I love Champagne, drink it regularly. But since I cannot afford and drink the uber expensive ones, my go to wines are Piper Heidsieck and Duval Leroy.
by Otto Dobre
January 21st, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: B-21 has free shipping today for case purchase
Replies: 2
Views: 484

PSA: B-21 has free shipping today for case purchase

Bought a case of Piper Heidsieck with no sales tax and no shipping.
by Otto Dobre
December 7th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Costco spirits alert!
Replies: 0
Views: 3289

Costco spirits alert!

1.75L Adictivo Extra Anejo Tequila $129
0.75 L 23 year Kirk and Sweeney Dominican Rum $38

Down in San Diego.
by Otto Dobre
November 24th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4113
Views: 234937

Re: The Bourbon Thread

bradkaplan wrote: November 24th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Otto Dobre wrote: November 24th, 2019, 5:11 pm Costco has a 2 bottle package of Old Forester for $64.99. Includes the 1920 Prohibition and the 100 proof bottle.
Wut? I need to check that out. That's basically the price of 1920 by itself.
That's crazy, Adam.
Mark, do a search for item # 1645570.
by Otto Dobre
November 24th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4113
Views: 234937

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Costco has a 2 bottle package of Old Forester for $64.99. Includes the 1920 Prohibition and the 100 proof bottle.
by Otto Dobre
November 24th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2220
Views: 305547

Re: Official Costco Thread

The Morena Costco has lots of new goodies. All first growth are 2016 Lafite $699 Margaux, Mouton $599 HB $549 Also 2016 LMHB $469 Trio of 2006, 2008,2009 Pontet Canet $479 Pack of 5 bottle "Parker Selection" from 2009 all 100 points, $1749 Clos Fourtet Cos Pape Clement Blanc Poyferree SHL ...
by Otto Dobre
November 10th, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good price on Educated Guess at World Market
Replies: 2
Views: 716

Good price on Educated Guess at World Market

World Market has 2016 Educated Guess Cabernet for $12.70 with purchase of 4 bottles or more. Now the 2016 vintage is not at the level of the 2015, but at that price I cleaned up the 18 bottle inventory at my store. Costco has it at $19. Another wine they have that is very drinkable at a good price i...
by Otto Dobre
November 7th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1803

TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale

Could not resist and got a case from their latest sale, I mean who can resist Paloma at $35. Finally got the wine and had to open one. Well, there is a reason for this sale, the wine is maturing fast. It is still very good, and for those who appreciate mature notes of leather with no noticable tanni...
by Otto Dobre
September 20th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 26
Views: 1774

Re: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

The 1996 Salon is probably the best Champagne that I've ever tasted, thanks to Jeff Nowak. The wine was very delicate, but it tasted like an elixir of the gods. Never had it since then, and maybe that is a good thing.
by Otto Dobre
September 19th, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Cab for a nice price
Replies: 0
Views: 639

Decent Cab for a nice price

2016 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sonoma County, very nice wine for only $11. Good fruit, decent depth, I think that is one of the best Cabernet bargains around.
by Otto Dobre
August 16th, 2019, 11:39 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: San Diego/La Jolla Dining Recs
Replies: 6
Views: 2331

Re: San Diego/La Jolla Dining Recs

Whisnladle
Bistro du Marche
Nine Ten
George's California Modern

Listed from least formal to more.
by Otto Dobre
July 7th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Extra pay between Business and First
Replies: 17
Views: 3256

Re: Extra pay between Business and First

Thank you folks. Will go with biz though not terribly happy with the choices. The first class was on a 747, and the price of $3.5k seemed doable. But I will save $1k per person, so $2k all together. That will give Mel a lot of shoppig choices in Romania. The transatlantic flights are not the best, b...

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