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by Kirk.Grant
January 17th, 2021, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy
Replies: 38
Views: 892

Re: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy

Howard Cooper wrote: January 17th, 2021, 10:20 am My sense is buying wine for the birth year of a child is more for the parent and less for the child, who may or may not really care. You will get a lot more out of buying wine from the year you were married.
Married in 2019, fingers crossed for a long-lasting Burgundy vintage.
by Kirk.Grant
January 17th, 2021, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam in Burgundy?
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: Diam in Burgundy?

Howard, thank you.
by Kirk.Grant
January 17th, 2021, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 53
Views: 1448

Re: best pairings

Leaving out others that have already been mentioned. 2013 Dal Forno Valpolicella & Chocolate Cake (in 2020) very interesting. Was the sweetness really that strong? I still have yet to try any Dal Forno. No, in fact is tasted more akin to Bordeaux with a strong earth-driven component. A few mont...
by Kirk.Grant
January 17th, 2021, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam in Burgundy?
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Diam in Burgundy?

I was wondering if anyone knew if there is a list of producers using Diam in Burgundy? I'm particularly interested to know if Maison Drouhin is using them...but thought it could be neat to have a list here in the forum if there is one.

Thanks in advance.
by Kirk.Grant
January 17th, 2021, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Fonseca Porto Vintage...
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: 2017 Fonseca Porto Vintage...

Not a big port guy...don’t drink much of it, but have enjoyed a few amazing bottles mainly from Dow that were more on the dry, graphite powder style...07 Dow my all time fav! Just can’t stomach high alc. and too much sweetness. Have local access to some 375’s of the 17 Fonseca...$31. Probably get o...
by Kirk.Grant
January 17th, 2021, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 53
Views: 1448

Re: best pairings

Leaving out others that have already been mentioned. 2013 Dal Forno Valpolicella & Chocolate Cake (in 2020) 2001 Château Suduiraut with blue cheese & mixed nuts (in 2017) 1996 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly & duck sausage (in 2014) 2009 Michel Colin-Deléger et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet ...
by Kirk.Grant
January 14th, 2021, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 331
Views: 23202

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

I think the best price I’ve personally seen was the Zachy’s Black Friday sale. $195 at 20% off put it just about $165
by Kirk.Grant
January 14th, 2021, 4:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar ceiling (cosmetic)
Replies: 11
Views: 725

Re: Cellar ceiling (cosmetic)

JDVanHoose wrote: January 13th, 2021, 9:53 pm We decided to use old labels for ours...image.jpg
That looks very cool. Can I ask how you, a) got the labels off cleanly and then b) preserved them to look so nice on the ceiling?
by Kirk.Grant
January 14th, 2021, 3:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc

Already showing so, so well! Couldn't resist opening it, and I'm so glad I did; lovely pure Chenin character, lightly waxy and ever so slightly honeyed, crushed white flowers, white peach, some flintiness, and that inscrutable crystalline quality Chenin always gives me. So elegant. Beautiful balanc...
by Kirk.Grant
January 13th, 2021, 4:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finally, a serious travel shock study!
Replies: 14
Views: 1343

Re: Finally, a serious travel shock study!

Bubbles in Bordeaux?
by Kirk.Grant
January 12th, 2021, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How good is the 2005 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 101
Views: 6908

Re: How good is the 2005 Burgundy vintage

As a very broad generalisation, if one really wants to enjoy red burgundy without waiting thirty years one should buy the less 'good' vintages. I would revise that and say buy earlier maturing vintages. I have found 2007 and 2017's as earlier drinking in general compared to big vintages like 2005 a...
by Kirk.Grant
January 11th, 2021, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How about a slightly harder wine pairing: Kalbi beef
Replies: 51
Views: 3753

Re: How about a slightly harder wine pairing: Kalbi beef

I don't really see this as a hard pairing if you're just talking about the marinated beef. However, if you're talking the 12-17 side-dishes that they usually bring with the beef in Korea, then I'd stick to Auslese or Spatlese Riesling from the Mosel or maybe a Vietti Moscatto d'Asti. For me this wou...
by Kirk.Grant
January 11th, 2021, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 Questions about aging rosé
Replies: 26
Views: 1244

Re: 2 Questions about aging rosé

1995 Chateau Musar Rosé - Lebanon, Bekaa Valley (9/24/2017) NIGHT ONE: I didn't honestly have high hopes for this after the last bottle we opened on my birthday last year. However...this is just in a lovely spot. It's actually more like a mature version of the blanc right now. Scents of beeswax, ye...
by Kirk.Grant
January 10th, 2021, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?
Replies: 43
Views: 2148

Re: Well...

Some reds will precipitate out things at refrigerator temperature (40F). You can get crusting on the inside of the bottle. So extended storage at 45 would make me a bit nervous. (FYI, I'm not a fanatic about 55F, which is fairly arbitrary , and don't lose any sleep about my passive cellar getting i...
by Kirk.Grant
January 10th, 2021, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Generosity of Berserkers
Replies: 47
Views: 2257

Re: The Generosity of Berserkers

On the New Year’s wine resolutions thread, I posted that one of my resolutions this year was to try riesling kabinett from Von Schubert Maximin Grunhaus and other classic Mosel/Ruwer/Saar producers with serious age on it (20+ years). These are nearly impossible to find at retail or auction since ev...
by Kirk.Grant
January 9th, 2021, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2542

Re: First Date Wines

Wow! That looks beautiful. I can't imagine having 100 people at the wedding. champagne.gif
by Kirk.Grant
January 9th, 2021, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone still prefer Riedel’s Sommeliers series?
Replies: 65
Views: 3112

Re: Anyone still prefer Riedel’s Sommeliers series?

I have and use the Bug Somm glasses. I find that of all the glasses I own, they are the most forgiving wine if there is any tiny flaw in the wine. I do prefer the sensory glasses to Zalto, but have to say that the price of all these does not compare to the Grassl, which is an easy, all-around favori...
by Kirk.Grant
January 9th, 2021, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2542

Re: First Date Wines

My (now) wife and I have kept a few of the corks from significant wine bottles and mark the date on it. First date was at an Italian restaurant, we had been messaging and talking on the phone for well over a month so had a pretty good rapport. She was more of an occasional white wine drinker at the...
by Kirk.Grant
January 9th, 2021, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2542

Re: First Date Wines

On my 5th date with my now wife back in 2014, I invited her to my place for dinner and served braised short ribs with a 2009 Turley Hayne Zin. She was polite but clearly not impressed by the wine. She mentioned that for her birthday earlier in the week, her parents cooked her dinner and her mom ope...
by Kirk.Grant
January 9th, 2021, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The glory of the 4oz/5oz tasting bottles. 79 Heitz Martha's opened 10 days ago - still drinking as good as when opened.
Replies: 79
Views: 3977

Re: The glory of the 4oz/5oz tasting bottles. 79 Heitz Martha's opened 10 days ago - still drinking as good as when open

Can the bottles be reused? Yes. Some use the dishwasher, but because the opening is small, I don’t quite trust that, both to get soap in, and more importantly to rinse it out. What I’ve adopted to clean them is to rinse out a couple times, then fill with boiling water and let sit while it cools. Em...
by Kirk.Grant
January 8th, 2021, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2542

Re: First Date Wines

For a fun topic, I'm curious to hear stories (The good, bad, and ugly) about wines you've bought or brought on a first date. I recently had what I thought was a promising first date and decided to bring a $300 bottle of 05 Alban Lorraine (100 points). My thought was, if this works out, what a great...
by Kirk.Grant
January 7th, 2021, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PATRICIA GREEN LIBRARY RELEASE
Replies: 37
Views: 3086

Re: PATRICIA GREEN LIBRARY RELEASE

This is such an AWESOME way to taste aged wines with a perfect provenance. The fact that the winery has not marked up the wines at all as they get older is such a gift to wine geeks like ourselves. What a great way to start 2021!
by Kirk.Grant
January 5th, 2021, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Leonard Maran - Berserker
Replies: 26
Views: 2055

Re: RIP Leonard Maran - Berserker

It's always sad to lose someone that is part of the community. I think that the connections we make here are invaluable, and think that while sometimes we rib one another...all in all it's a great way to connect to others that have the same passion. I did not know Leonard Maran, but I wish him and t...
by Kirk.Grant
January 4th, 2021, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your cellar's core strength?
Replies: 104
Views: 4554

Re: Your cellar's core strength?

Developing core strength is my cellar’s NY resolution. Really want to protect the spine for longevity. Help with rotation and speed. IMHO, do it slowly and don't do it until you know what you want your cellar's core strength to be. I have thought from prior posts that you were not sure. It is great...
by Kirk.Grant
January 4th, 2021, 4:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo
Replies: 6
Views: 1119

Re: TN: 2016 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

I was able to buy this at "reasonable" pricing up through the 2015 vintage, but can't abide the jump from $158 to $399 with the 2016 vintage. Which, I'm almost certain is more about the importer, distributor, & retailers marking it up than the winery. I'm happy to have the case of her ...
by Kirk.Grant
January 3rd, 2021, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Domaine Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Re: TN: 2002 Domaine Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques

Thanks for the note, it's nice to see that some of the wines I first cut my teeth on ITB are starting to show a little maturity.
by Kirk.Grant
January 1st, 2021, 11:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your cellar's core strength?
Replies: 104
Views: 4554

Re: Your cellar's core strength?

When thinking about my cellar, I try to think about where I will want it to be in 5 to 10 years from now, as I did 10 years ago in 2010. I would say that I'm slowly working to a cellar that it balanced to what I want to drink with regards to aged wines & the limited storage space I have access t...
by Kirk.Grant
January 1st, 2021, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Perignon vs 2008 Cristal
Replies: 16
Views: 1047

Re: 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 ...
by Kirk.Grant
December 31st, 2020, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6
Replies: 80
Views: 2026

Re: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6

I'm adding a note from the past to (hopefully) add a little depth to what I'm sharing. Please note, sometimes I don't follow my own advice. :) champagne.gif 2012 Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Speciale Blanc de Blancs Les Chetillons - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (12/31/2020) We o...
by Kirk.Grant
December 30th, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee
Replies: 33
Views: 1817

Re: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee

Thanks Blake. Have you had the 2012? If so, how does this compare? I used my wineaccess coupons/deals for the 08 and got a few bottles for $57.50 landed, which might have been my wine deal of the year. Can I be your padawan? Ha! They have ridiculous new customer coupons (let me know if you want a l...
by Kirk.Grant
December 30th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee
Replies: 33
Views: 1817

Re: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee

Our dinner group started out with a superlative champagne that merits a separate thread: 2008 BOLLINGER LA GRANDE ANEE BRUT- this is the 2nd bottle I’ve opened from a recent purchase and both have been stellar with consistent notes of inviting aromas, a huge and savory taste profile, a rich and cre...
by Kirk.Grant
December 30th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 10302

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

[soap.gif]
1. Alsace is under-valued and unappreciated

2. Premox is affecting more than just Burgundy
3. Global-Warming is still a problem... deadhorse
by Kirk.Grant
December 29th, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could go back in time and collect one German riesling consistently over the years...?
Replies: 76
Views: 2302

Re: If you could go back in time and collect one German riesling consistently over the years...?

Yeah yeah, I know I'm ripping off the Bordeaux thread. Out of boredom and curiosity, thought I'd ask the veteran German wine geeks here the same question but with a twist. If you could go back in time and collect one German riesling of each style (dry, off-dry, sweet), year after year, what would t...
by Kirk.Grant
December 29th, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 290
Views: 19778

Re: Grassl Glassware

Chris is top notch, and if prices are close to last year...the glasses are definitely worth considering. We love the Champagne 6-pack we bought. I've already broken one...but in COVID-19 we only need 2, so I can break up to 3 more and still be good. I've busted (I'm clumsy) 4 of the 6 Cru glasses I ...
by Kirk.Grant
December 28th, 2020, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embrace your cellar diversity
Replies: 114
Views: 4772

Re: Embrace your cellar diversity

France (37%) Burgundy (17%) Champagne (8%) Bordeaux (4%) Rhône (4%) Loire Valley (2%) Languedoc Roussillon (less than 1%) Southwest France (less than 1%) Provence (less than 1%) Italy (25%) Piedmont (20%) Tuscany (3%) Abruzzi (less than 1%) Campania (less than 1%) Veneto (less than 1%) Trentino-Alt...
by Kirk.Grant
December 27th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Bouchard EP ... smh
Replies: 11
Views: 1138

Re: 2019 Bouchard EP ... smh

Or 2010...
by Kirk.Grant
December 26th, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Christmas wine?
Replies: 95
Views: 4013

Re: Your Christmas wine?

2017 Cameron Pinot Noir Silvestre Clos Electrique How was this? I have two bottles but wasn't planning on opening one for five years. Thanks It is wonderful, and we all enjoyed it. However, I would wait 5 years or longer if I were back to only having my 2 bottles knowing what I know now.
by Kirk.Grant
December 25th, 2020, 11:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Christmas wine?
Replies: 95
Views: 4013

Re: Your Christmas wine?

The 24th is a close friend's birthday so today we opened:

2019 Keller VdF
2017 Cameron Pinot Noir Silvestre Clos Electrique
NV Bartlett Estate Blueberry Oak Dry
2016 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza La Crena
2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili
by Kirk.Grant
December 24th, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: 'Twas The Night Before Berserker Day
Replies: 36
Views: 3067

Re: 'Twas The Night Before Berserker Day

You Sir...have a serious talent with the rhyming of words.
by Kirk.Grant
December 24th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When to drink gift bottle? Vieux Télégraphe 2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau”
Replies: 23
Views: 1116

Re: When to drink gift bottle? Vieux Télégraphe 2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau”

My very generous family member gifted me a bottle of 2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau”. I'm so grateful! I don't want to drink it too early as it is a splurge bottle for us (we haven't purchased such fancy wine). He said it should be fine to drink now. Does anyone think we'd be missing out on some...
by Kirk.Grant
December 23rd, 2020, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: undervalued but not for long? (edited)
Replies: 133
Views: 8239

Re: undervalued but not for long? (edited)

... the big blinking light is Beaujolais. I simply don’t know enough about global wine economics to know how likely that is, but that’d be my best guess. I agree with both parts of this — bojo checks all of the boxes, but that doesn’t mean it will actually get pricer (though prices for the top cuve...
by Kirk.Grant
December 22nd, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Champagne offer
Replies: 18
Views: 4209

Re: Champagne offer

k s h i n wrote: November 13th, 2020, 5:13 pm No further discounts and excludes shipping.
There are some really great deals here. Is it possible to get free storage until the spring?
by Kirk.Grant
December 22nd, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Arcadian - Pinot Noir "La Encantada Vineyard" (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 7
Views: 416

Re: TN: 2009 Arcadian - Pinot Noir "La Encantada Vineyard" (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

Brian, sorry for your loss. It's a let-down anytime a cork ruins a perfectly good wine. I hope this finds you and those you love safe & healthy this holiday season.
by Kirk.Grant
December 20th, 2020, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Dominio del Aguila Viñas Viejas
Replies: 1
Views: 162

TN: 2016 Dominio del Aguila Viñas Viejas

2016 Dominio del Aguila Viñas Viejas - Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero (12/19/2020) This is a medium golden yellow in the glass with scents of Juicy-Fruit bubble gum, ruby-grapefruit zest, dried pineapple, bee pollen, & white flowers the wine's scents evolved & shifted over the 2 h...
by Kirk.Grant
December 20th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard
Replies: 0
Views: 342

TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard

2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills (12/20/2020) Oh, this is what all the fuss is about! I don't think I can recall another Pinot Noir this light & the scents rolling out of the glass are almost ethereal. Scents of rose petal & ear...
by Kirk.Grant
December 20th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: off the beaten path
Replies: 102
Views: 4746

Re: off the beaten path

1997 Bressan Cru Pignol - Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT (12/19/2010) Color: Bricked ruby Smell: Pyrazines, menthol, & smoke Taste: Red fruits, thyme, herbs, hints of oak, Overall: Elegant, reserved, and earth driven with a significant overlay of menthol on the nose that seems...
by Kirk.Grant
December 20th, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: off the beaten path
Replies: 102
Views: 4746

Re: off the beaten path

Here are a few of the more unique or under the radar wines I've found to be palate broadening for me: Bressan Pignol Dr. Konstantin Frank Saperavi Alois Lageder Kalterersee Classico Römigberg (Schiavia grape) GD Vajra Freisa Donabaum Neuburger Federspiel Cambas Moschofilero Anselmet Petit Rouge DiF...
by Kirk.Grant
December 17th, 2020, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: young wines
Replies: 19
Views: 1201

Re: young wines

In particular these are a few wines that I usually like or plan to drink a few bottles early.
(1-2 years from release)
Beaucastel CdP
Barolo or barbaresco
Red Burgundy
OR Pinot
Musar
by Kirk.Grant
December 17th, 2020, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 99
Views: 5763

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

Goals for 2020: Buy fewer bottles, and free up more space in storage. Buy more Champagne. Buy more Bartlett's Blueberry wines...cases more. Spend 20% of the annual wine budget while in Germany on my Honeymoon. Sadly, we did not make it to Germany. However I did secure 5 cases, 3 mags, & one 3L ...
by Kirk.Grant
December 14th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: I have become the Wine Nazi!
Replies: 14
Views: 5213

Re: Re:

Like people who walk into my shop, and ask what is good. Probably the most common question I get when pouring at consumer tastings is "anything good today?". I've taken to saying, "no, all crap today." I say it with a smile, and they always chuckle, probably not realizing that I...

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