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Snooth User: jtryka

Opening a great bottle just for the fun of it?

Original post by jtryka, Jul 18, 2012.

Ok, I'll admit it, I'm kind of a bone head when it comes to wine.  I buy some nice bottles thinking I'll enjoy them for special occasions and then they never really arrive!  Sure, there are some rare occasions, like a few years ago when I gave away a bottle of '93 Moet White Star to my best friend from High School when he was accepted to the Chicago Fire Dept. but these events seem to be few and far between (that was a jinx, not I'll prabably be invited to 6 weddings next summer).  Despite these gifts, I still have a bottle of '86 Margaux I bought in Paris in 1995 (Back before there were stormtroopers to confiscate anything more than a shot of liquid on a plane), a bottle of '88 Brunello I bought in Rome in '96 and at this point I figure I'll die and someone will open them at my funeral!

So what can I do?  I just feel really guilty about opening a $50 or $100 bottle of wine on a Saturday, just because I feel like it.  How do you all cope with this (and geez, I hope I don't sound like some whining snob right now!), but maybe I'll just crack them open for fun this weekend!

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Reply by EMark, Nov 3, 2012.

Thanks, JT.  I especially drooled over the bucatini garnish.

Having Numanthia Termes, tonight.  I've been smelling some slow-coked pork all afternoon.

Reply by jtryka, Nov 3, 2012.

Well much as I'm now an hour into a food coma, your evening sounds lovely too!  Perhaps I'll have some pork tomorrow, cheers!

Reply by Julia Crowley, Nov 4, 2012.

I am no good at holding on to good wine. The cork gets popped and it ends up being sipped and savored, that's all there is to it. :) Pop that cork and enjoy.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Nov 4, 2012.

Nice pairing, JT.  I thought the Brunellos affected included the 2004s, but I have only hazy memories of the exact date.  I do remember that it caused a dip in supply followed by a dip in price.  That's a really good price on that bottle, and why wait forever to drink it? 

Since I couldn't come to NY for the Snooth dinner this week, we're doing our own get together next week called "Bring a Pinot."  (GregT won't mind missing it.)  Inspired by not having duck taco night this year--I'll be in NY for the week of Thanksgiving--and by our friends getting out a bottle of Talley PN after we were all way too full of Cab Sauv, we decided to have them bring it over next week for kicks.  I'll see if my other friend wants to bring a Hartford Family PN he bought last Presidents Day, and I'll bring out a Roar and a Burgundy for comparison.  Why?  Because the lesson we have learned here is, wine is to be consumed, and what better excuse do we need than getting together with friends?

Reply by ladymedict, Nov 11, 2012.

Just opened a bottle of Fortino Sauvignon Blanc 1990. Due to age and cork misgivings I figured we had a bottle of expensive vinegar.  Who would have known.  It had not leaked or turned at all.   Unbelieveably amazing.  After opening we let it set to breathe about 1/2 hr  or so before enjoying a glass.   It's simply amazing.  Its color, it's brillance, its body.  And the taste was spectacular.  Only wish we could have had a few bottle like this one.  

Reply by EMark, Nov 12, 2012.

LadyMedicT, that is a terrific story.  I was waiting to hear that your vinegar fears were realized, but it sounds like you had a great experience.  That is the kind of wonderful surprise that we all hope for.

I remember visiting the Fortino winery, along with some others in the Hecker Pass area, many, many (30ish) years ago.  Their wines were never distributed down here in Southern California.  Do you know if they are still in business?

Reply by jtryka, Dec 1, 2012.

Another one in the books!

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