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by Ethan Abraham
October 25th, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traveling from NY/NJ to San Diego?
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: Traveling from NY/NJ to San Diego?

Looking for some help from the community. Was planning for a short business trip to NY/NJ area and to pick up a few pre-purchased bottles, but with the pandemic and the continued 10+ days quarantine requirement, this looks unlikely in the foreseeable future. There are a few rare bottles that I was ...
by Ethan Abraham
October 25th, 2020, 5:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12445
Views: 482066

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 Sigaut Chambolle Fuees - this was a bit disappointing. Pretty ripe but also very tannic and the fruit didn't really come through. Finish was thick and really didn't speak of burgundy or pinot. Not what I expect from a 2017 Is there a chance there was a little tca? Possibly, though other notes o...
by Ethan Abraham
October 24th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)
Replies: 49
Views: 1846

Re: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)

Alex Valdes wrote:
October 24th, 2020, 12:36 pm
2014 Lafon Meursault Perrieres just went for 1280 a bottle. Last auction price was 500/bottle and available on vinfolio for 600/bottle.
A lot with twice as many bottles hammered at the same price at acker.
by Ethan Abraham
October 24th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)
Replies: 49
Views: 1846

Re: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)

A couple aged Cali lots I was interested in at HDH went absurdly high. ‘71 Ridge Eisele 4 bottle lot went at $15k (I almost slid it over to 16 but stopped myself), and the 2-bottle lot of ‘74 Heitz Martha’s hammered for $6500!! I understand the insanely high price on the Ridge because there’s so li...
by Ethan Abraham
October 24th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)
Replies: 49
Views: 1846

Re: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)

Alex Valdes wrote:
October 24th, 2020, 11:49 am
Ethan Abraham wrote:
October 24th, 2020, 11:46 am
12 pack of 08 DP legacy went for 1800 at acker. A 6 pack went for 1400 at HDH. Um....
This the beauty of markets. I’m curious: which lot went first?
HDH
by Ethan Abraham
October 24th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)
Replies: 49
Views: 1846

Re: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)

12 pack of 08 DP legacy went for 1800 at acker. A 6 pack went for 1400 at HDH. Um....
by Ethan Abraham
October 24th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)
Replies: 49
Views: 1846

Re: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)

Just glancing over at acker some reasonable (in context) prices on top tier burgs. Definitely a discount for some of those huge 2case+ mixed lots.
by Ethan Abraham
October 24th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Keller von der Fels. Wow.
Replies: 12
Views: 732

Re: 2013 Keller von der Fels. Wow.

is there a hierarchy to the Keller "inexpensive" bottlings? Von der Fels, RR, Trocken, Limestone...? VDF is young vines from the various GG sites. RR is a pocket of red soil vines from kirschpiel (which is otherwise limestone) and is usually slightly off dry. This year (18) there is also an RR rese...
by Ethan Abraham
October 24th, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)
Replies: 49
Views: 1846

Re: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)

Who's paying 700 for 2002 dom rose and 280 for 08 dom?
by Ethan Abraham
October 24th, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12445
Views: 482066

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2019 Schafer-Frohlich blanc de noir trocken. Not really a rose, this is apparently pinot noir run directly off the skins. The color is not pink, at all, though it does retain some of the light strawberry flavor of a rose. A bit savory with a very clean finish, paired nicely with simply cooked fish a...
by Ethan Abraham
October 23rd, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)
Replies: 48
Views: 1905

Re: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)

You could certainly throw in a youngish white burg, plenty of excellent 1er crus from recent years in that price range. 2011 Lafon Charmes was great somewhat recently. Otherwise it's a crapshoot on the premox-era white burgs, and it's gotten very hard to find older ones at good prices. 10-15 year GG...
by Ethan Abraham
October 23rd, 2020, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'll take "Pinot vs Pauillac" for $2000, Alex
Replies: 20
Views: 1318

Re: I'll take "Pinot vs Pauillac" for $2000, Alex

He clarified on his IG post that this took place in 2000. Anyone know what the 89 Mouton would have been going for at auction around then?
by Ethan Abraham
October 21st, 2020, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Luis A. Rodriguez Vazquez Ribeiro Viña de Martin Escolma
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: TN: 2014 Luis A. Rodriguez Vazquez Ribeiro Viña de Martin Escolma

Opened this last night. Similar impression as far as nose vs lack of fruit on the palate, though I think I liked it a lot more than you. What it did NOT have was any of the residual bitterness/greenness that often bothers me in these very aromatic cool climate wines (like some young albarino for exa...
by Ethan Abraham
October 20th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?
Replies: 67
Views: 3124

Re: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?

It really seems like the simple solution is just keep it the same height as the living room and give the rest of the space to your kids rooms.
by Ethan Abraham
October 20th, 2020, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?
Replies: 67
Views: 3124

Re: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?

OK here's an even stranger idea. What if you essentially separated it into two rooms, one on top of the other? The lower room could be a show cellar with glass doors, double deep racking, etc. Maybe 8-9 feet high so at most you need a stepstool. Then you add a second room above it accessed via a lad...
by Ethan Abraham
October 20th, 2020, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?
Replies: 67
Views: 3124

Re: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?

...Now of course, there’s another option that would basically give you a similar amount of storage if you don’t wanna do the center column.....you could double up on 12” racks against the long walls to go double-deep! So assuming you had a roughly six foot wide room, you could build out 24” deep of...
by Ethan Abraham
October 19th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do people track their wine inventory in a Eurocave?
Replies: 34
Views: 1161

Re: How do people track their wine inventory in a Eurocave?

I have a fridge with a bunch of slide out single shelves, one fixed single shelf, and two fixed shelves that can fit 2-3 stacked (all double deep). The sliding shelves I organize by region and generally put the better bottles in them. Overflow goes in the front rack of the shelf above or below. The ...
by Ethan Abraham
October 18th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?
Replies: 67
Views: 3124

Re: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?

Not yet mentioned is the unrealistic width in your floorplan picture. If you assume a few extra inches for insulation and then use single racking on each side you're looking at under 3 feet width between the racks. That seems nearly impossible narrow. Maybe you can pull off double racking and then a...
by Ethan Abraham
October 15th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stacking Riesling bottles
Replies: 40
Views: 2199

Re: Stacking Riesling bottles

+1 on Turley bottles pre 2019. Colossal pain in the rear... Perhaps a stand alone German Riesling fridge? Kaleidoscope of blue, green and brown bottles abound. I don't think that would help. The problem I have (imagine the OP too) is if you to double stack (or more), the long skinny bottles just do...
by Ethan Abraham
October 12th, 2020, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Keller "von der Fels" - first impressions
Replies: 51
Views: 3536

Re: TN: 2019 Keller "von der Fels" - first impressions

A Songeur wrote:
October 12th, 2020, 7:50 am
Indeed! It was a literal translation Firebird in American... [cheers.gif]
Thanks Robert for the feedback. Will receive mine in the Automn
Ah...if it isn't a wine term my knowledge of french or german are both quite limited!
by Ethan Abraham
October 12th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Keller "von der Fels" - first impressions
Replies: 51
Views: 3536

Re: TN: 2019 Keller "von der Fels" - first impressions

Isn't the sylvaner called feuervogel?
by Ethan Abraham
October 9th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?
Replies: 92
Views: 2011

Re: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?

Don't pigs sometimes eat meat? I imagine it is not part of farmed hog feed but maybe wild boar, etc?
by Ethan Abraham
October 8th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker and purchase tracking question
Replies: 18
Views: 884

Re: CellarTracker and purchase tracking question

I try and allocate correctly. Happens sometimes with auction mixed lots where the difference can be considerable. Isn't there also the issue (if you care) that allocating wrong (or taking coupons into account) can do weird things to the cellartracker valuation? Serious question: what do you use tha...
by Ethan Abraham
October 8th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker and purchase tracking question
Replies: 18
Views: 884

Re: CellarTracker and purchase tracking question

I try and allocate correctly. Happens sometimes with auction mixed lots where the difference can be considerable. Isn't there also the issue (if you care) that allocating wrong (or taking coupons into account) can do weird things to the cellartracker valuation?
by Ethan Abraham
October 7th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?
Replies: 92
Views: 2011

Re: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?

If the question is interpreted as "if you are going to someone's house for a meal and they ask if there's anything you don't like," then no. There are certainly foods that aren't normally served in the US that I've never tried (insects) and some of those I have no wish to try (brains).
by Ethan Abraham
October 7th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crowd Pleasing Wins to Pair with Tasting Menu
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Crowd Pleasing Wins to Pair with Tasting Menu

Why so many reds, and why so many wines?
by Ethan Abraham
October 3rd, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 19596

Re: 2019 German Riesling

Technical question - how much abv increase would you get per g/l of residual sugar the ends up fermenting? Ie if you had a 5g/l gg with 12% abv, what would abv be if it were fermented fully dry?
by Ethan Abraham
September 30th, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 19596

Re: 2019 German Riesling

Give zilliken a try for MSR dry, the 16 rausch gg was quite good.
by Ethan Abraham
September 29th, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does wine flipping pencil out?
Replies: 78
Views: 3617

Re: Does wine flipping pencil out?

After a few minutes of googling, here's an example of how hard it is to come out ahead if you try to use wine as an investment product. Say you had invested in a first tranche of 2005 DRC La Tache on its release in Spring, 2008. You paid 35.6 thousand pounds per case at that time. Today, 12 and a h...
by Ethan Abraham
September 28th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 19596

Re: 2019 German Riesling

I love the stirn and unternsternberg. Although in general I like off dry in the mosel and saar better than fully dry. For some reason I haven't really enjoyed the senior since the 2010 I find the Senior needs a year or two in bottle to calm down and integrate. But it’s personal. I also haven’t been...
by Ethan Abraham
September 28th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two German Whites on Pork Roast Night
Replies: 9
Views: 565

Re: TNs: Two German Whites on Pork Roast Night

Looks like we are due for a Weissburgunder Study! I'm game. I have a few in stock, and also have the Schaefer-Frohlich coming this fall. Loved the 2018 Falkenstein weissburgunder spatlese trocken. For Schafro I've had the 14 and 16 and was not a huge fan of either. Looking forward to trying the 19 ...
by Ethan Abraham
September 28th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 19596

Re: 2019 German Riesling

I love the stirn and unternsternberg. Although in general I like off dry in the mosel and saar better than fully dry. For some reason I haven't really enjoyed the senior since the 2010
by Ethan Abraham
September 26th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This Weekends HDH Auction
Replies: 38
Views: 2502

Re: This Weekends HDH Auction

I have been puzzled watching K&L auctions seeing 2008 Cristal going for $325+/bottle when it's available in California (in case someone is concerned about shipping) for around $250. Someone at the HDH auction just paid $400/bottle for the 2012 Cristal. Not the rose. It's available for around $200 (...
by Ethan Abraham
September 23rd, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 91
Views: 4343

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

From the same retailer today - "the finest Chablis in Burgundy."
by Ethan Abraham
September 22nd, 2020, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 91
Views: 4343

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

My favorite was an email with a quote "burgundy hit the jackpot in 2015" advertising a white burg.
by Ethan Abraham
September 22nd, 2020, 3:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 91
Views: 4343

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

BTW, talking of apostrophes why do both Sotheby’s and Christie’s have them? Same reason Macy's does: We tend to refer to sellers in the possessive. I suspect it's because, when the company name is a surname, we think of it once having been a person's establishment. It has become force of habit, so ...
by Ethan Abraham
September 21st, 2020, 4:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 582
Views: 36305

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I've extolled the virtues of flannery sausage before, but the sicilian sausage is next level great. If you are putting in an order, I highly recommend adding some of they have them in stock.
by Ethan Abraham
September 20th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 VDP Nahe & Rheinhessen Ring Auction Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 1458

Re: 2020 VDP Nahe & Rheinhessen Ring Auction Thread

Was hoping the shafer frohlich would go a bit lower since it wasn't 2019...ah well.
by Ethan Abraham
September 20th, 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 VDP Nahe & Rheinhessen Ring Auction Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 1458

Re: 2020 VDP Nahe & Rheinhessen Ring Auction Thread

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 7:36 am
700 EUR for a 750 mL bottle of Schubertslay Kabinett. Holy...
I liked the auctioneer's comment when the bidding started at 100, "you'll have to bid higher. For 100 you'll get a sip"
by Ethan Abraham
September 20th, 2020, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 VDP Nahe & Rheinhessen Ring Auction Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 1458

Re: 2020 VDP Nahe & Rheinhessen Ring Auction Thread

400e for the sylvaner. I think. I wish (like in the mosel auction ) the on screen graphic included the name of the wine.
by Ethan Abraham
September 19th, 2020, 5:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1681
Views: 90982

Re: What did you cook tonight?

By far the best brisket I've cooked this year (well, only the second. The first was on the BGE and tasted good but was dry). Brisket, onions, carrots, garlic, tomato paste, wine, water, a bit of better than bullion, dijon, soy, cider vinegar. Cooked tightly covered and very low (265) for 5 hours. On...
by Ethan Abraham
September 15th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 67
Views: 2504

Re: Auctions

Jadot’s 1997s are really good and very well priced. My recommendation would be Philip Togni. In a slightly hit and miss vintage, the Togni is not only fantastic for the vintage, but in my top five California wines, period. HDH has a lot (ie 1 lot, not many) of 97 togni in the current auction LOL go...
by Ethan Abraham
September 15th, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 67
Views: 2504

Re: Auctions

Mark Golodetz wrote:
September 15th, 2020, 4:24 am
Jadot’s 1997s are really good and very well priced.
My recommendation would be Philip Togni. In a slightly hit and miss vintage, the Togni is not only fantastic for the vintage, but in my top five California wines, period.
HDH has a lot (ie 1 lot, not many) of 97 togni in the current auction
by Ethan Abraham
September 11th, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remembering 9/11....
Replies: 22
Views: 992

Re: Remembering 9/11....

At college, I woke to my mom calling my cell phone to tell me that my dad was ok. Of course, it being 9am in that glorious week between move-in and classes, I was still asleep and had no idea what she was talking about. My father worked in the post office building at Church and Vesey and commuted in...
by Ethan Abraham
September 8th, 2020, 3:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 'Cordeloux' / WTF Happened to Benetiere?
Replies: 12
Views: 793

Re: TN: 2011 'Cordeloux' / WTF Happened to Benetiere?

JWalter wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 7:34 pm
Anyone had the 12 lately?
Yes. Surprisingly open for business. Don't touch the 13 though.
by Ethan Abraham
September 7th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling spritz and sweetness
Replies: 12
Views: 583

Re: Hmmm...

Recork and shake, repeat until no longer spritzy. How does that relate to travel shock beating down a wine's character? Tom Hmm. Good question and one I've never thought about. Usually 2-3 rounds of 5 second shakes is enough for me, have never noticed any degregation. OTOH I consider Riesling to be...
by Ethan Abraham
September 7th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling spritz and sweetness
Replies: 12
Views: 583

Re: Riesling spritz and sweetness

Recork and shake, repeat until no longer spritzy.
by Ethan Abraham
September 7th, 2020, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Keller Riesling trocken S
Replies: 33
Views: 1010

Re: TN: 2005 Keller Riesling trocken S

2017 RR is a beast. Needs at least a day open to show. Seems like at least feinherb level of sweetness. Will wait at least 5 years on my next bottle.

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