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wine auction at K&L Wines

thanks for all the input

Apr 04, 2014
olasek in Wine

wine auction at K&L Wines

I am asking what you think about online auctions at K&L wines.
I might be bidding for 3 bottles of 2009 red wine which apparently are offered for auction by a Tucson, AZ collector who kept them in 57 F storage since 2012 (this was the release date of this wine). The condition of the wine is said to be "excellent". My hesitation comes from the fact how do they know this collector was really taking good care of the wine not to mention having them shipped to Tucson in the first place.

Apr 02, 2014
olasek in Wine

how long do corks last?

Perhaps all true but the corks clearly did not last very long, again, all bottles (3) were from different producers, different vintages hence my overall suspicion about durability of corks unless I can put the blame on my friend for mishandling the wine.

Feb 27, 2014
olasek in Wine

how long do corks last?

One bottle was from Christian Brothers , sorry, I don't recall the others. They weren't from some mass wine producers, these were quality bottles, also there was nothing wrong with the size of the corks. You could see the the wine found its way to 'soak' the cork for the lack of better description.

Feb 27, 2014
olasek in Wine

how long do corks last?

What is a typical lifetime of a cork in a bottle?

The reason I am asking is my friend accumulated some nice Napa Cabs from the 80-ties, some even from early 90-ties and when he brought them to us to have with a dinner pretty much all of them had very spongy corks - you could feel it how the cork opener went into them like through a butter, obviously the wines inside were way past their prime, air leakage probably did them in. I don't think he had a cellar but he kept them in the horizontal position. So I wonder about those fancy, very expensive bottles of red wine locked in a cabinet in my local K&L Wines, some from the 60, 70-ies, etc, how many of them can still be any good.

Feb 26, 2014
olasek in Wine

What is a good (great) book for getting started with wine...

I routinely google such info if I want for example to find out about say characteristic traits of Tempranillo or some other grapes/wines. There is so much information available at your fingertips.

Feb 11, 2014
olasek in Wine

North American winery numbers

Yes, if you could make your own distinct wine using 100% someone else's equipment/facilities then I would be satisfied with calling it a virtual winery. But the word 'distinct' is crucial here, no just purchasing someone's juice and calling it your own.

Feb 08, 2014
olasek in Wine

North American winery numbers

I don't think this "having winemaking facilities" is a distinguishing factor here. So called "virtual" wineries do have their equipment (stainless steel tanks, barrels, etc.), they also occupy floor space and have "brick and mortar" around them, even though it could be just a rental space. A good example of such a winery is Jelly Roll of Santa Ynez (you would be hard pressed to find their street address). I mean if you are pouring something of your own creation into a bottle, putting a label on it you are hardly "virtual".

Feb 07, 2014
olasek in Wine

Paso Robles Wineries to avoid

This is a very old thread but saw this comment and had to reply. Discovered Epoch a few months ago, went to their tasting room (newly built?) and let me tell you - this tasting room has a very country rustic feel, you look around and you don't see any vineyard, a lot of dirt, etc., not like other wineries I have visited in the area with tasting rooms in picture perfect settings. But found their wines absolutely heavenly.

Feb 06, 2014
olasek in California

No sulfite-added wine

I think in the US all wines labeled 'organic' by definition won't have any added sulfites. For curiosity I once bought an organic wine and was surprised how bad it tasted.

Nov 30, 2013
olasek in Wine

After $50, what are we paying for?

I am paying for the "wow" factor that I didn't get before with my $30-40 wines. This actually describes well my recent experience - for the first time I ventured into the $60-70 territory while tasting Epoch wines in Paso Robles area. I was amazed and quickly purchased additional bottles. You have to judge for yourself if this additional "wow" is big enough for you to justify price increase.

Nov 25, 2013
olasek in Wine

Buying a new range. Help.

When I saw your $2000 I immediately thought of my brand new NXR 30" DRGB3001 range which has excellent broiler (infrared 16,500 BTU) and this is almost exactly what I paid for it. But the range has 4 burners (all large) and is 30", its 36" version is much more expensive.

Jan 18, 2011
olasek in Cookware

Any comments on KitchenAid refrigerators and Bosch ranges (or other 30" gas range suggestions)?

See my reply in another different thread that I just posted about my purchase of the 30" NXR gas range. If you are looking for a pro-style range that would be my choice considering its phenomenal price-performance point. It has 4 (identical) 15,000 BTU sealed burners (my wife now loves the fact that all burners are the same though in the beginning we considered it controversial), convection, but is not self-cleaning.

Jan 16, 2011
olasek in Cookware

Opinions on NXR or Bluestar gas range?

I have had a NXR range (30") for about a month and I absolutely love it. It is extremely tough built, pro-style range. It has German burners (same as in Wolf), US made sensors, Italian doors and some other key Australian parts. Yes, it is put together in China. Contrary to some statements here Duro is not a Chinese company, it is American company headquartered in California. And the range completely transformed the looks of out kitchen. My wife loves it and she not only adjusted to the fact that all 4 burners are identical, now she could not imagine going back to difefrent size burners. We really knew nothing about NXR and never planned on getting a pro-style range but went to local gourmet-appliance store and after spending about 30 min with a very knowledgeable salesman, looking at many ranges we returned next day and bought it. They said they sold about 300 of these NXR ranges in 2010 and never had any complaints (there was something about the legs that you have to watch for during installation but it is minor). At about $2400 delivered and installed I could not think of another product with more bang for the buck.

Jan 16, 2011
olasek in Cookware

Beginner Question - Nose

After years of trying to "smell" different things in wine - I gave up. By the way, if Robert Parker is guilty of inventing this "BS" then it must be highly contagious because on this very forum self proclaimed anti-Parkers anti-new-world-wine often launch into long evaluations of wine's smelly bouquet. But for me the bottom line is how it tastes in my mouth - I noticed this is where I am getting a bang for my buck.

Aug 18, 2009
olasek in Wine

Anyone else starting to see more free corkage?

Does anyone know how this corkage stuff is practiced in different European countries? I heard that in some it is simply not welcomed at all, you do NOT bring your own wine period.

Jun 10, 2009
olasek in Wine

2 great Cabernets: Caymus and Kenwood Artist

Hey, for me the more oak the better. I am yet to drink wine with too much oak but I certainly had many wines were there wasn't enough oak for my taste. Sodas have no oak..he, he. Too bad I never had a chance to drink the above mentioned wines.

Jun 10, 2009
olasek in Wine

High-end Wine Discussions

If someone doesn't care for California wines that may be the case. For me personally who generally favor California wines I find them priced fairly reasonably (and this Girard's Petite Sirah I was raving about is an excellent example), again, it all depends what is your point of reference, price-point expectations. And I very rarely buy wines in the $50 range.

May 25, 2009
olasek in Wine

Top 7 World's Most Expensive Bottles Of Alcohol

Correct. And the third one - its price is mostly dictated by who owned it before. So really the the first bottle that counts is this white wine for $90,000.

May 11, 2009
olasek in Wine

Food/Burgundy wine pairing on steak tartare night

I hope you know about the egg yoke, etc . that you put (mix) with the steak tartare. This happens to be one of my favorite dishes.

May 08, 2009
olasek in Wine

good buy at Costco

This is interesting however I have hard time understanding why they would sell something at a cost - why not at some profit that can still beat other suppliers, certainly their wine section can take up a great deal of floor space. But nonetheless I am glad to get confirmation that Costco's wine pricing is excellent. At least at Costco I have a fairly decent selection of low medium and higher end wines, I can't say this about Trader's Joe which I avoid for wine purchasing.

May 07, 2009
olasek in Wine

He avoids these reds/whites under $20...What say you?

Had similar experiences with Cabs (unfortunately no one offered me a sip of >$100 cab) until I came across Turnbull 2005 which sells for a mere $33 mail order. I said to myself - wow, this is a cab I could drink 24/7!

May 01, 2009
olasek in Wine

good buy at Costco

My reply was to you but perhaps I misunderstood your post, sorry. But I am also greatful to RicRios for providing a substitute source in case all else failed...

Apr 25, 2009
olasek in Wine

good buy at Costco

Not sure what you mean, $2 per bottle better than competition still counts at least in my checkbook .. and frankly I rather pick up the wine myself then have it shipped and spoil during transit. So yes, it is a great deal for me....

Apr 25, 2009
olasek in Wine

good buy at Costco

Came across a phenomenal wine at Costco - Girard 2006 Petite Sirah, Napa Valley. It sells for $22 while the winery lists it for $28. This is for someone who likes BIG intense wines. I collected 20 bottles but had to go to several Costcos because it goes fast. (Robert Parker 91).

Apr 23, 2009
olasek in Wine

CA Zin - French Oak

Dashe Cellars in Oakland, Ca specialize in Zins and they use only French oak.

Oct 23, 2008
olasek in Wine

very good bouillabaisse?

Where in the larger Bay Area can I find a great bouillabaisse?
I live in Oakland but will drive up to 90 minutes for this dish.

Oct 20, 2008
olasek in San Francisco Bay Area

buying wine before harvest?

Anybody heard of practice of purchasing wine (say a few cases) before grapes are even harvested and therefore realizing substantial discount?

Aug 01, 2008
olasek in Wine

Argentinean Malbec recommendations?

Altocedro Reserva.

I don't know about the Chicago market.

Jul 25, 2008
olasek in Wine

I am a beginner at this so please be kind.

>> The acidity is what turned me off.

Understood. This is precisely what turned me off in my early days. Excessive acidity may be an indication of cheap wine but generally on the average French wines will have more acidity than California wine. To test your tolerance to acidity try different red wines at different prices. For example try some full bodied Zinfandel at just below $30 (I admit I don't know about wine prices in N.H.) and if you picked right you should be pretty far from acidity. This is what happened once to me - I had artificially limited myself to wines below $20 but when I tried something outside this range I discovered the whole new world of wines.

Jul 21, 2008
olasek in Wine