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  • Mark1npt says:

    8/24/2021 1:21:00 PM - Thanks for your note....I don't have any older Insignia left. We tasted and did a blending class out there a year or two after the old fella passed. I didn't even know they had been changing the recipe until it came up during the class that they had been slowly diminishing the Merlot component out of the wine. I can't remember which vintage it was but I think starting with maybe the '15 there was zero Merlot left.

  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    10/22/2014 7:58:00 AM - Thanks so much for the heads up on the Schrader "Old Sparky." It was indeed the 2012 that I had tasted (as part of a 2012 To Kalon tasting). I have made the correction.

  • StefanAkiko says:

    5/21/2014 11:20:00 PM - I'm sure you will enjoy Barcelona, it's difficult not to. Stay safe and avoid pick-pockets as well as the Gothic Quarters after dark.

  • StefanAkiko says:

    5/7/2014 11:35:00 AM - Saw your Q on Harley's feed. Barcelona is a city of many faces, and there is sooo much tourist crap to choose from, and that's something to just walk by. My daughter introduced me, last visit, to Bar Brutal. Terrible name, but food is honest and from perfect raw materials. The winelist is HUGE, nicely priced and holds natural wine and organic wine only. The brewery called Moritz has fantastic winelist-by-the-glass. ...and never forget that Priorat is just a short train ride away from Barcelona! ...and a visit to Barcelona is never complete if you didn't indulge in Vila Viniteca, close to Bar Brutal in the Gothic Quarters. Enjoy!

  • Harley1199 says:

    4/28/2014 7:09:00 AM - Hi again, Of course I have a few to be recommended. Tapeo Bar in Moncada street, Born area. Fashion local, very trendy and pretty modern concept. Bilbao Bar. Peligros street with Venus. Opposite to Tapeo with traditional tapas, wines and vermouths. Monvinic. Fashionable place then choosy and pricey. Quite good wine list. Quimet & Quimet, typical Spanish tasca in el paralelo area. Agreed. In the past I thought there is not reason to keep Chilean bottles more than five years but I am feeling some evolution in the last times. Probably I am wrong :-) Have a nice time in Spain Best regards to the sunny Florida. Cheers!

  • gew71walsh says:

    8/19/2013 11:24:00 AM - Found out about this the hard way. I suggested to my kids ,who like Rhone wines, that they pick up some bottles of Stump Jump as a nice, inexpensive wine. They went to store and got the Stump Jump Cabernet off the shelf(without realizingthere was a difference) and told me that it wasn't that good and didn't taste like a Rhone wine. I soon found out that Stump Jump is made from different grapes, not to mention different vintages. My wine credibility with my kids went down a notch.

  • bon vivant says:

    8/16/2013 5:08:00 PM - Good catch on the stump jump -I moved my TN to the Syrah version. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Cheers