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Costco: An American Dream for the Wines From Spain | Foods & Wines from Spain

I used to buy wine at Costco now I do it rarely. Since I moved to higher price point wines I noticed that at that level there are really no meaningful discounts at Costco plus they don't carry wines I want anyway.

Jul 18, 2015
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Costco: An American Dream for the Wines From Spain | Foods & Wines from Spain

I used to buy wine at Costco now I do it rarely. Since I moved to higher price point wines I noticed that at that level there are really no meaningful discounts at Costco plus they don't carry wines I want anyway. Plus I rather purchase from my local wine boutique where I can have some conversation about a wine.

Jul 18, 2015
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The Wrath of Grapes

Let people make, buy and drink whatever wine they want but I am getting tired of this anti-Parker hysteria. By the way I recently had La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 2001, which RP awarded 96 points, I was shocked, this must be completely anti-Parker wine, did I like the wine - no, neither I could agree with 96 points score. Is it possibly RP is starting to grade some wines highly just to please his adversaries??

May 31, 2015
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how long in a barrel?

I purchased a $17 bottle of 2010 Highflyer Centerline, pretty good wine for the price, retail price is over $20 for this wine. Actually it is an amazingly good wine considering my palate. I know it has zero aging potential. But the question that comes to my mind is - how long a wine at such price point spends in a barrel?

Apr 10, 2015
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Per Capita Wine Consumption by Country

I think it was explained before - the tiny population of Vatican skews results, there are are really no children, no one below age of 18. This is not your typical country with 'families'.

Apr 10, 2015
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Figures reveal Parker’s declining influence

I concur. By the way analysis for 2 years only carries no statistical weight, they better repeat it for a few more years. Being a wine expert and savvy in statistical analysis - obviously two different things.

Apr 01, 2015
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Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Whatever, I see no issue with RP and/or his wine system, by the way, he's got plenty of competition these days.

Mar 23, 2015
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Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

I agree with everything above. Of all the wine rating systems RP's is closest to my preferences, also I don't see significant price premium I pay for wines that RP scores at 95 and more. I find plenty of great wines in the $50-$130 range. And though I am mostly into rich American wines Parker was awarded France's highest civilian medal - he can't be that bad.

Mar 23, 2015
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purchasing vintage wine for a dinner

>> you could easily buy from -- say -- K&L

A side question, is there any relation between K&L and Kermit & Lynch in Berkeley? The similarity of names between these two businesses always baffled me and suggested they had a common root but I could never find anything on the subject.

Feb 10, 2015
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The state of wine drinking in America today

>>as is the E.U. so if you compared the US with the EU you get a different answer. :)

no question that Europeans consume much more wine per capita than Americans, I think this is what you meant to say.

Jan 29, 2015
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The state of wine drinking in America today

I wonder if it is true what I heard on Shark Tank - that 97% of wines purchased in the US (retail) is below $10 a bottle.

Jan 26, 2015
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Can I leave wine in cold car?

And???? Again, no where above do I find here a statement about bottles from Titanic being uncontaminated, the only source that makes specific reference to the state of the liquid inside is on Titanica encyclopedia and it says seawater was found inside. So I am going to stick with it. And comparing with bottles recovered from very shallow depths is not going to cut it either. But it makes for a good humor when somebody writes about thick bottles of champagne and how they can withstand pressure, this is a good example of journalism running amuck.

Jan 17, 2015
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Can I leave wine in cold car?

Yea, those bottles of champagne that this article mentioned as having "thick glass" to "withstand pressure" (ouh!!) were in fact found to be contaminated with seawater.

Jan 17, 2015
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Can I leave wine in cold car?

He, he, love those notes!!

Baltic is a shallow pond!

Jan 17, 2015
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Can I leave wine in cold car?

That's not what I read say on Titanica website (that talks about Titanic artifacts), seawater was indeed found inside the bottle(s). Even a bottle of champagne was compromised. And if one bottle was compromised I suspect all were compromised regardless what some might admit.

Jan 16, 2015
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Can I leave wine in cold car?

This is interesting theory, but I am taking about practice. For example the temperature measured at the bottom of Mariana trench is around +2 C, Picard/Walsh expedition as well as Cameron's Challenger Deep measured similar numbers - slightly above freezing. Of course you need much lower temperature than 32F to freeze bottle of wine so the fact that bottles of wine from Titanic did not burst proves little. Moreover those bottles of wine if really sealed would have been crashed by water pressure - since many were intact it proves the water pressure found its way around the cork - they were compromised anyway so the freezing becomes a moot point -nothing would have happened to them anyway even if temperature was much lower.

Jan 16, 2015
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Can I leave wine in cold car?

>> in <32F temperatures and didn't freeze.

wrong, temperature at the bottom of oceans/seas is a steady +4 C (about 39 F) because at this temperature water has highest specific density.

Jan 16, 2015
olasek in Wine

Can I leave wine in cold car?

You must be worried about wine freezing and bursting the bottle because I wouldn't worry about any other damage to a $12 bottle. I don't know. I once kept a bottle of red wine in ZERO F for 5 hours with no trace of ice forming inside.

Jan 14, 2015
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Wing-type corkscrew that doesn't fall apart?

OK, thanks.

Jan 09, 2015
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Wing-type corkscrew that doesn't fall apart?

I am worried however how will I ever replace it, I could not find it on the internet. I recall I bought it in some local boutique -like store that doesn't even exist anymore. If you happen to know who sells it let me know.

Jan 08, 2015
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Wing-type corkscrew that doesn't fall apart?

This is the best corkscrew that I ever owned, no silly "wings", etc. Very sturdy - after 20+ years it is still probably my most durable and hassle-free kitchen gadget I ever owned. Up to this date I often marvel how ingenious device it is. I can't recall how much I paid for it, it was rather expensive (over $20 20 years ago) but certainly some of the best money I ever spent. All steel construction.

Jan 08, 2015
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theft of wine at French Laundry

$300K worth of wine in Christmas Day break in.

Dec 31, 2014
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Man steals $2k of wine from restaurant

At least he should have had a good head start on the most expensive bottle!. But it is dumb to be a former employee and not realizing there were cameras.

Dec 07, 2014
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[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Las Vegas for "Best of 2014."

Mon Ami Gabi.

Nov 20, 2014
olasek in Las Vegas

Charlie Palmer Steak Cut of the Week--A Simply Superb Steal

Just returned from Vegas and went to Charlie Palmer to try their cut-of-the-week. It was a flank steak for the main course. Overall I was very disappointed, the salad was tiny and very crudely put together, the flank steak was OK but with no sauce it was hardly worthy of such place, the dessert was a blob of chocolate. The wine was plentiful but was of rather mediocre quality. Even on a strip this $48 per person wasn't such a good deal.

Nov 10, 2014
olasek in Las Vegas

Best romantic bar and best romantic restaurant in Vegas?

>> Have you considered Mon Ami Gabi? The food is not bad, but not great

Actually a steak-frite dinner at Mon Ami Gabi was one of the better dining experiences I had in Vegas, just returned from there yesterday. I thought that value-wise it was an excellent meal. We went to Mon Ami primarily to watch Bellagio's fountain show and did not count on a great food (remarked to my wife this must the most notorious tourist trap because of their location) but were very pleasantly surprised. The quality of food (au-poivre sauce!!), the portion sizes, the service, nothing was amiss.

Nov 10, 2014
olasek in Las Vegas

Former King of Spain opens new tasting rooms at Marques de Murrieta

I got plenty of sympathy for Juan Carlos, he was instrumental in keeping Spain out of extreme politics. Wine is always good for royal image, which can't be true about hunting, my wife was pissed when she found out Juan Carlos killed an elephant during a recent trip to Africa.

Nov 07, 2014
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Russia to invest €250m in Crimean wine industry | decanter.com

>> could be a beautiful place to visit and tour once it gets going.

I wouldn't hold my breath concerning this promised Russian investment in Crimea. I wouldn't be planning any winery tours in Crimea yet. Russia is suddenly fighting economic problems on multiple fronts all results of their nationalistic policies: inflation spiked to 8.4%, flight of capital from Russia, lower crude price, plunging currency, looming recession, etc.

Oct 31, 2014
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Collector’s 2,447 bottles headed for the sink (aka Pennsylvania strikes again!)

by the way, one more reason not to live in Pennsylvania.

Oct 22, 2014
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Wine tastes bad once I start eating

>> But what the heck is that?

I doubt mankind has answers for this and other similar puzzles, for example why my wife has allergy to silver, can't wear any silver, etc. It may be part of your DNA, I doubt there are any cures or work-arounds, enjoy your wine the way you can. I have had many outstanding wines that were so good I would have lost little by having them outside a meal.

Oct 19, 2014
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