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by Barry L i p t o n
October 20th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 Help!
Replies: 47
Views: 1369

Re: 1981 Help!

Rioja!

Muga Prado Enea Riserva as well as those already mentioned. Montecillo (a lower cost producer) made several from the 80s that were great.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 18th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 77
Views: 3280

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

As I said , it would be a fun tasteoff.

What would be the best dish to judge? If you could get top quality, I’d say something like clams in white wine (Manila clams perhaps). But I love clams.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 18th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 77
Views: 3280

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

I cook with premoxed white burgundy premier and grand cru from great years. I’d be surprised at anyone who could tell that from not premox or not Bourgogne. Especially in the dishes that came to mind (shellfish). it would be fun to test it out if there are folks who claim to be that discerning. some...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 18th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ch. Beaucastel
Replies: 15
Views: 835

Re: TN: 2001 Ch. Beaucastel

One tasted early 2019 was very nice, one out of a 375 last December came across as too Grenache-dominated, even though i think it had a standard amount of Mourvèdre for Beaucastel (unlike the Grenache bomb 98 which never developed the complexity I was looking for). Too bad as I have over a case of 3...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 15th, 2020, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur
Replies: 182
Views: 22769

Re: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur

There were so many great Barolo vintages between 96 and 01, not to mention 04, 06, 10 etc.

Curious if any of the long time collectors see 2016 as clearly at the very top of vintage rankings. I like my Barolo well aged, and have a fair amount, so sitting in the sidelines.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 14th, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 77
Views: 3280

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

Great for dried peaches.
Great for Jumbo cashews.
Good for organic persian cucumbers.
Wine, no. Unless you are at a very low price point. Sure there are stories but usually can go better buy buying value wines from wine stores that know them
by Barry L i p t o n
October 12th, 2020, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Westford Hills Eau de Vie and 10yr apple brandy - anyone try it?
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: Westford Hills Eau de Vie and 10yr apple brandy - anyone try it?

After trying , they have been repurposed as special use mouthwash.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 11th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few choice rieslings (Keller, Dönnhoff)
Replies: 15
Views: 801

Re: A few choice rieslings (Keller, Dönnhoff)

Robert Dentice wrote:
October 11th, 2020, 10:35 am
Nice group of wines. I am surprised that you rated the Keller and Dönnhoff equal and that they all got exactly 93 points : )
I think it's deliberate and an attempt to make a point (although I think unsuccessfully)
by Barry L i p t o n
October 11th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Hall of Fame
Replies: 72
Views: 4372

Re: QPR Hall of Fame

If Krug MV is considered an all time QPR, I am playing in a different world.

Love the wine but $150 is a great price for it and it’s hard for me to say it’s clearly underpriced for the quality.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 10th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 529
Views: 57555

Re: #GlassFire

So sad, thanks for sharing Merrill.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 10th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?
Replies: 92
Views: 1909

Re: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?

TimF wrote:
October 9th, 2020, 8:48 pm
Ethan Abraham wrote:
October 9th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Don't pigs sometimes eat meat? I imagine it is not part of farmed hog feed but maybe wild boar, etc?
Anyone remember Deadwood? Those pigs ate everything.
Carnivorous pigs in cinema
Deadwood- Wild West pigs
Silence of the lambs - Corsican pigs
Snatch -cockney pigs
by Barry L i p t o n
October 10th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Santa Barbara ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 456

Re: Santa Barbara ideas

It’s hard to find Indian food that’s a cut above; I really enjoyed Bibi Ji (Rajit Parr’s place) and am going back next week.

Zaytoon sounds like one to try!
by Barry L i p t o n
October 10th, 2020, 2:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rare Krug Rose mid 80’s release
Replies: 11
Views: 862

Re: Rare Krug Rose mid 80’s release

Lovely note, and great to see you posting here!

Stay safe!
by Barry L i p t o n
October 9th, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?
Replies: 92
Views: 1909

Re: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?

Jay Miller wrote:
October 9th, 2020, 7:26 am
So Sarah, I think the answer to your question is "almost no one".
And the ones that don’t are prouder than the ones that do.

Beets are great!

(Try beet hummus at Whole Foods if you are a beet fan).
by Barry L i p t o n
October 8th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5072

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

I hear you, and I understand. Do you feel diners who order water, soda, tea, or coffee should also tip more, to make up for the fact that they're not ordering more expensive (alcoholic) drinks? <--- sincere question. No, because there's no potential lost sale there for the server - just like the pe...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 7th, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1675
Views: 166351

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

I have a $100 off $250 banner, from a prior referral code. Is there a coupon I can stack with it ($30 off $100)? I don't even see a place for a promotion or discount code. There is Rakuten at 5%, but if I have to buy 2 krug for $380, I can get it for 2 for $266, ok price but not a big enough deal to...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 7th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1675
Views: 166351

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Seems like the Krug is $10 more than last time.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 6th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5072

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

If a server doesn’t charge for corkage shouldn’t one point it out and insist on paying it? Do restaurant owners or GM’s give servers the flexibility to not charge corkage whenever they please? I honestly had never really thought of it, but all the discussion about Potential lost income if you choos...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 5th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5072

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

If you are comparing BYO to tee totalers, then not necessarily, as the BYOers take much more time at the table (same restauranteur who told me that doesn't serve espresso (just coffee) as he felt expresso drinkers linger more than just coffee drinkers). So maybe more money per table on a Tuesday but...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 5th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Goldbelly experiences
Replies: 41
Views: 1126

Re: Goldbelly experiences

Goldbelly really works for R&D when you order large like you outline. Shipping costs goes up much slower, so things like dried fruit can be put in cost effectiely as well as the perishable stuff. For a big order, shipping is maybe $30-$40 less than R&D direct.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 5th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Goldbelly experiences
Replies: 41
Views: 1126

Re: Goldbelly experiences

Wexler's in LA smokes there own lox. Very good.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 5th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Goldbelly experiences
Replies: 41
Views: 1126

Re: Goldbelly experiences

Now I’ve learned all Acme isn’t alike!
by Barry L i p t o n
October 5th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Goldbelly experiences
Replies: 41
Views: 1126

Re: Goldbelly experiences

I knew you had Dan (as have most of the locals).! My only difference from your perspective is that I prefer the Gaspe.

Ess a Bagel gets their smoked salmon from Acme.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 4th, 2020, 10:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Goldbelly experiences
Replies: 41
Views: 1126

Re: Goldbelly experiences

I looked at that, and love Ess a Bagel, but a two day old bagel seemed like it would show its age. Freezing fresh bread works, but weren’t these notably below one bought fresh? I am bummed if they aren't still warm from the oven when I get them home. (The SWMBO lives just a few blocks from Ess-A) t...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 4th, 2020, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5072

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

The main reason we do it is for collectors, your wine is more fun to drink than would the same wine at the restaurant, because it’s yours. (Not saying you dupe the list)
by Barry L i p t o n
October 4th, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5072

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

I have gotten many non-corkage freebies without a corresponding issue for which they are trying to make up. Maybe less than half the freebies, but not insignificant. Perhaps that’s why we think of it differently.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 4th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Goldbelly experiences
Replies: 41
Views: 1126

Re: Goldbelly experiences

Ken Strauss wrote:
October 2nd, 2020, 11:25 am
I used it for Ess a bagel a few times and was superb.
Used Amex $10 credit also.
Highly recommend.
I looked at that, and love Ess a Bagel, but a two day old bagel seemed like it would show its age. Freezing fresh bread works, but weren’t these notably below one bought fresh?
by Barry L i p t o n
October 4th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5072

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

If they say you are getting a free dessert, do you also worry about those issues? How about If they give your party a free drink while you wait to be seated? Absent a reason not to, I assume they have the authority and discretion to do so. No different than free dessert. If they have the authority a...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 3rd, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 19235

Re: 2019 German Riesling

But at different RS. The inherent sugar of the same grapes will either convert to alcohol or stay sugar. Exactly my point. You can't just talk alcohol levels without also mentioning RS. If you assume RS is close to 0 then you can approximate the alcohol level of given grapes. The post you replied t...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 3rd, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5072

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

Yaacov's list seems reasonable, but I'd point out that its the blinkered perspective of a wine professional in a high end environment. Perhaps in that rareified world every time corkage is offered it really is cannibalizing a supernormal profit from the wine list, but in more typical situations jus...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 3rd, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5072

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

1. corkage is a hospitality benefit extended by most restaurants - treat it that way. it's not a right. it's not a way to save money, even though that might be an added benefit. 2. there is zero connection with corkage fee, if charged, and the economics of the restaurant. so don't even think about ...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 3rd, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 19235

Re: 2019 German Riesling

Aren’t both Trochen and GG vinifird dry?

If the have different alcohol levels, and the are from the same grape, doesn’t that say you can’t tell the ripeness of the grape by alcohol content? It is there a conversion scale for trochen that’s different from GG?
by Barry L i p t o n
October 1st, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Goldbelly experiences
Replies: 41
Views: 1126

Re: Goldbelly experiences

In general, better to order directly from the shop. For exmple, I have used it for Russ and Daughters a few times. But I always want to request "center cut" and "big, beautiful slices" for lox and "private reserve" for smoked sturgeon. I can do that on their site or call them up to modify an online ...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 1st, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 19235

Re: 2019 German Riesling

Thanks Martin! From what I’ve tasted so far, it’s fairly heterogenous indeed. Still from the examples I quoted, I would have expected slightly higher scores, given vineyards and reputations. The Hermannshöhle got 18 points from Jancis (she tasted herself). The highest scoring GG was Emrich Schönleb...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 1st, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 19235

Re: 2019 German Riesling

The Hermannshöhle got 18 points from Jancis (she tasted herself). Good to know, as I am not a subscriber of the Jancis Robinson newsletter or board. Last but not least, for me the real stars are the Ortsweine in 2019, high-quality, available and relatively cheap, around 13-18 Euro in Germany. And d...
by Barry L i p t o n
September 29th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 529
Views: 57555

Re: #GlassFire

Great news Merrill! Hoping that today brings progress on the fire and good news to those impacted. Here in SoCal, I evacuated two years running (2018 and 2019), so I know a tiny bit of what you are going through. Five years ago, I couldn't imagine something like Calistoga on fire. Now it's a visual ...
by Barry L i p t o n
September 28th, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Must Buy People Behind the Wine!
Replies: 61
Views: 2615

Re: Must Buy People Behind the Wine!

Neal.Mollen wrote:
September 27th, 2020, 7:12 am
None
Ditto, on just the name.

If Mugneret- Gibourg or Dujac bought Oregon Pinot Noir and started a label, I wouldn't be interested. (If they got hold of an established PC or GC grapes in the Cote d'or, that's another story).
by Barry L i p t o n
September 27th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 19235

Re: 2019 German Riesling

Fun timing. Spoke with Lara at Schloss Lieser recently. She loved the 2019s and said it reminded her of 2015. Harvested 40% less than 2018. Hmm, 2015 is nothing like 2001. Just for my education, how so? If Lara is saying it reminds them of 2015, I may hold off buying from them this vintage. Do folk...
by Barry L i p t o n
September 27th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine scorers: Absolute or Relative to "Class" ?
Replies: 63
Views: 1737

Re: Wine scorers: Absolute or Relative to "Class" ?

The fact that statistically it doesn’t seem that people are rating it on an absolute basis doesn’t mean theiy aren’t trying to. To do it otherwise renders the comparison meaningless, as in general you cannot distinguish class from price (chablis Village vs premier cru or Zinfandel vs. Cabernet). And...
by Barry L i p t o n
September 26th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trimbach 2001 FE 375eme and regular
Replies: 17
Views: 639

Re: TN: Trimbach 2001 FE 375eme and regular

Some CellarTracker notes seem to suggest drink up. Being that o still have a case and a half between the three 01 bottlings (CSH being the third), I hope that’s wrong.
by Barry L i p t o n
September 25th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo : what NOT to buy?
Replies: 21
Views: 1675

Re: 2016 Barolo : what NOT to buy?

I like my Barolo old so not too knowledgeable about the last decade’s vintages but has Giacosa fallen that far?
by Barry L i p t o n
September 25th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Emrich-Schönleber „Frühtau“ - affordable high-quality Riesling
Replies: 26
Views: 1211

Re: TN: 2019 Emrich-Schönleber „Frühtau“ - affordable high-quality Riesling

Anyone know the Residual Sugar in Halgen and Fruhtau 2019?
by Barry L i p t o n
September 24th, 2020, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trimbach 2001 FE 375eme and regular
Replies: 17
Views: 639

Re: TN: Trimbach 2001 FE 375eme and regular

Nice notes, thanks. I forget where but they were a great deal and I got a bunch of these two along with the CSH.
by Barry L i p t o n
September 24th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week ****SUMMARY ADDED ON TOP 9/24/20*****
Replies: 41
Views: 2470

Re: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week ****SUMMARY ADDED ON TOP 9/24/20*****

You should get a Basil Medal of Honor for advancing the enjoyment of Pesto!

Treat yourself (post-Covid) to a trip to Genoa and Cinque Terre as a reward !
by Barry L i p t o n
September 23rd, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week ****SUMMARY ADDED ON TOP 9/24/20*****
Replies: 41
Views: 2470

Re: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week

I also was thinking Assyrtiko (Sigalas in my case) and then I scrolled down and saw it worked will. I'll have to try the Argyros.
by Barry L i p t o n
September 23rd, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08` Cristal and 96` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot
Replies: 9
Views: 518

Re: 08` Cristal and 96` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot

Mike C. wrote:
September 23rd, 2020, 12:26 pm
Barry L i p t o n wrote:
September 23rd, 2020, 12:23 pm
Last year of Burt's direct winemaking, no?
Thought it was 1997 (http://www.princeofpinot.com/article/1795/)
Right you are!

Blake, I remember the 96 as being the last great W-S Allen in a long line of great ones. Don't remember 97 being in line with the prior ones, but maybe it's my memory?
by Barry L i p t o n
September 23rd, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08` Cristal and 96` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot
Replies: 9
Views: 518

Re: 08` Cristal and 96` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot

Last year of Burt's direct winemaking, no?
by Barry L i p t o n
September 23rd, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Peter Lauer „Schonfels„ Fass 11 GG
Replies: 15
Views: 667

Re: 2012 Peter Lauer „Schonfels„ Fass 11 GG

In Germany he is one of the few new talents who entered that group of really esteemed estates in a few years. He became member of VDP (not easy in Mosel), auctions in Trier's Großer Ring, gets high ratings, sells at high price. He is not an inside tip any more. All this with wines wich are not that...
by Barry L i p t o n
September 23rd, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Need a cheap built in wine fridge for kitchen island
Replies: 10
Views: 402

Re: Need a cheap built in wine fridge for kitchen island

Will you be storing cheap wine only? Otherwise, I wouldn't go cheap for storing wine where long periods might go by without anyone noticing a breakdown.

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