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by GregT
October 21st, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 45
Views: 1365

Re: Aglianico

However, to my understanding, resin was only used to seal the amphorae airtight. Coating the amphorae with resin sounds weird, since to my understanding, resin is dissolved into wine. Coating the amphorae with beeswax sounds more sensible, because it really doesn't flavor the wine nor is it dissolv...
by GregT
October 21st, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upright or on its side: A Theory
Replies: 28
Views: 925

Re: Upright or on its side: A Theory

There are a few threads on this subject. You should do a search. Bottles are on the side because it's the most efficient way to stack them, using the least amount of space. They're built into wooden-shelved wine cellars with individual slots because again, it's the most efficient way to get to them ...
by GregT
October 21st, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY Wine experience Review
Replies: 16
Views: 1352

Re: NY Wine experience Review

It is a lot like the Boston Wine Expo only believe it or not, even more crowded. I worked the BWE a few times and there were a great number of delicious wines poured, but same thing regarding the crowds. Same people doing the BWE tried to do it in NYC, but it wasn't anything like the other two event...
by GregT
October 19th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY Wine experience Review
Replies: 16
Views: 1352

Re: NY Wine experience Review

You gotta know a guy . . .
by GregT
October 19th, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY Wine experience Review
Replies: 16
Views: 1352

Re: NY Wine experience Review

I've been a few times, either working or comped. It's a lot of money but considering the wines, as mentioned, it's probably not a bad deal. The key is to plan what you do. It's not organized in any logical way, so you have to map out where everything is that you may be interested in. Most people don...
by GregT
October 18th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 45
Views: 1365

Re: Aglianico

And as far as being too modern, that's just weird to me. The grape came from what is now Turkey sometime around 600 BC. The Italians called it "Ellenico", which means it was Hellenic. So it's been around for a long time. That sounds interesting. Do you have any sources? Because to my understanding ...
by GregT
October 18th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 58
Views: 2369

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

When the prices go up, I'll probably stop. But in a way that's a good thing because I really don't need any more wine.
by GregT
October 18th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 110
Views: 3599

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

They got popular in Europe before they did in the US, partly because of fuel costs. But they're increasingly common in the US. One problem is that the smaller ones especially can only be used one faucet at a time, so you end up putting one in each bathroom and one by your kitchen and one by your was...
by GregT
October 18th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 110
Views: 3599

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

My first morning there, I saw that the huge bathroom had a huge bathtub. I turned on hot water. A dispersed gas fire sprung up behind a radiator. Very hot water on demand, exactly as much as you wanted and not a drop more when you turned off the tap. Are you talking about a tankless water heater? T...
by GregT
October 18th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 110
Views: 3599

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

I’m assuming it’s going to take liters of citrus oil to dissolve these things? In what type of device do you do this? Are the fumes noxious if you use acetone? Probably. You do it outside in a big can. Kids do it in science class using a pie plate. They put some styrofoam cups in it and pour on a l...
by GregT
October 18th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 110
Views: 3599

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

I would totally do that if they'd take them. I'll keep asking around. On the east coast I used to do it all the time. Of course, they're all slightly different in sizes so the boxes they will need must match up.
by GregT
October 18th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 110
Views: 3599

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Every positive thing you do for the environment (or anything else) is a positive and better than not doing it, so I'm not discouraging anyone from advocating for better materials, reusing boxes, and so forth. But we probably shouldn't congratulate ourselves very much for whatever we do. If we're ho...
by GregT
October 18th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 45
Views: 1365

Re: Aglianico

Never really understood the "nebbiolo of the south" thing, the profiles are polar opposite. Aglianico is more like a cross between Graves and Hermitage, and maybe a dash of Bandol? +1 I don't see much similarity in texture/structure or flavor/aroma between nebbiolo and aglianico. But this thread ma...
by GregT
October 17th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Bravissimo glassware and balloon decanters at Best Buy right now
Replies: 20
Views: 1705

Re: Riedel Bravissimo glassware and balloon decanters at Best Buy right now

Apparently not back east. I got a few emails from people who couldn't order. Too bad - $2.50 a glass is hard to beat.
by GregT
October 17th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 110
Views: 3599

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

A few thoughts: 1. Maybe ask the specific wineries you buy from not to ship in styro? 2. Get a little citrus oil or some acetone or any organic solvent and you can turn that big hunk of styro into a cup or two of hard plastic. The solvent lets the air out of the styrofoam and reduces it into a fract...
by GregT
October 16th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 34
Views: 1295

Re: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

99.9% of the wine consumers disagree with this post. 99.9 percent of the wine's (Caymus's) customers or 99.9 percent of all wine customers? I would assume that it holds true for the first, since there will be those who buy it and are disappointed. But as to the second, there are plenty of people in...
by GregT
October 16th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3677

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Stephen Pepe wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Yes we have done a debtor's exam.
I am too old to picket.
Surrogates. Word of the day. [cheers.gif]
by GregT
October 16th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How bad is a wine if Suckling only gives it 92 points?
Replies: 22
Views: 1895

Re: How bad is a wine if Suckling only gives it 92 points?

Two possibilities. One, I would actually love the wine. Probably would like it. Normally I seek out the Parker 92 point wines as they are balanced and not over the top hot wines. Showing my age, but back in the day (mid-1990’s), that description was a Parker 89. Yes but since Parker doesn't review ...
by GregT
October 16th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1199

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Jay - you can spend all kinds of money on those suggestions from Alsace or wherever and you're going to get blank looks from your guests. I'm assuming that your guests want something that actually tastes like something? And even better if it tastes good? Most people asking for Pinot Grigio don't wan...
by GregT
October 15th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3677

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Still, though, couldn't the sheriff seize some wine & send it [in-state] to a reseller like K&L or Brentwood, and maybe you could realize 30 or 40 cents on the dollar? That would be a felony and the sheriff and entire staff of the store would be imprisoned. Have you considered investing in a law de...
by GregT
October 15th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad Passing of one of the great wine importers to the US
Replies: 9
Views: 1657

Re: Sad Passing of one of the great wine importers to the US

His father happens to be none other than Mr. Chateauneuf du Pape, Alain Junguenet. That's what he was for sure. I'd see him at those trade shows and he was one of the rare importers who treated his retail customers like they mattered, rather than being dismissive of them. And a decent guy to his co...
by GregT
October 14th, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1749

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Interesting that the “and under” figure for “investing “ is 25%. I bet if it were 10% or even lower the results would not change. Most people are here because they drink wine, not because they sell it Yep, agreed. I would think most people in the industry are too busy and tired of wine at the end o...
by GregT
October 14th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1749

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Well, people in the business may have two options. On the one hand, they're likely in the business of selling but most of them are also consumers and treat those personal wines quite differently. I've met very few people in the business who don't drink wine, although I have met a few. But generally ...
by GregT
October 13th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2461

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

I agree. I've seen the various definitions and the first one I ever learned was the one I noted earlier, from Peynaud, but I really have no idea where some particular aroma comes from and I've never actually used the terms in describing a wine. I might describe a wine as primary or mature, or even "...
by GregT
October 12th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Did you like the '09 better than the '08? It's personal taste but the vintages were quite different in Rioja. In 2008 they had rain and mildew in the spring, then cool weather, and they were finally saved by a nice warm autumn. A lot of growers were stressed about it until the grapes were finally r...
by GregT
October 11th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place to sell a few cases of wine?
Replies: 35
Views: 1933

Re: Best place to sell a few cases of wine?

I bought all these wines to drink but my wine consumption keeps going down and I really want to redo the bathroom... Well, they're pretty much equivalent . . . Anyway, you end up giving away something no matter what your approach. If you sell on CC and offer the friends and family discount, you lea...
by GregT
October 11th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6337

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Nah. No need to confront anything or change the name. As others have said, the grapes don't care and don't feel like they need to represent the beliefs of their creator. And once you go down the road of changing names, you're never going to stop because there's always someone who will feel aggrieved...
by GregT
October 10th, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wölffer Estate-NY
Replies: 6
Views: 366

Re: Wölffer Estate-NY

You have Barbera growing? Chenin Blanc makes perfect sense and Charles Massoud makes a good one. Cab Franc too. But who's making Barbera? Nice idea. Good luck!
by GregT
October 9th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1169

Re: Washington State Trip

I came back from Spokane about two months ago and then Sonoma a couple weeks after that and yes, you can check a case of wine on Alaska. Did it going and coming both times.
by GregT
October 9th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2461

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

Jim - I'd go older. I have less experience with Bordeaux than I do with say, Rioja, but you get more serious differences at say, 25 years on. Or you can try Gamay, which seems to evolve much more quickly than some grapes. With a younger red wine, just bottled, you'll generally get a lot of fruity no...
by GregT
October 9th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1169

Re: Washington State Trip

No clue about accommodations or experiences, as that's not what I'm usually interested in. But a lot depends on what you specifically want. There are a number of tasting rooms in both Spokane and in Seattle. Plenty of choices for food and accommodations in those cities. If you want to go out to the ...
by GregT
October 9th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Agharta black label 2009 notes
Replies: 12
Views: 616

Re: Agharta black label 2009 notes

Molesworth wrote about his visit with Pax and had to say about the 2007: The Sonoma County 2007 is the current release, as it was aged in barrel (at least 50 percent new) for just over 60 months. The 98/2 Syrah and Viognier blend is a large-scaled wine, markedly different from the Wind Gap and Pax w...
by GregT
October 9th, 2019, 12:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing
Replies: 46
Views: 2954

Re: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing

Could this be due to a greater supply being made available? Have they increased their production over the past few years? Or are third parties being more aggressive and not marking up these as much as in the past? Cheers. No. It's B-21. They're in Florida. The wine is all heat-damaged. But it's so ...
by GregT
October 9th, 2019, 12:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2461

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

Hank, so your are saying ALL wines have both primary and secondary characteristics? Can't some of those examples you cite of so-called tertiary characteristics sometimes be present in a wine almost from the beginning without much maturation? No. There are some aromas and flavors that ONLY occur wit...
by GregT
October 8th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva
Replies: 5
Views: 364

Re: TN: 2013 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva

They never lose that quality. The Rioja Alta wines are identifiable at fifty years because of the oak signature. By coincidence, wwe had the Alberdi the other night, served blind. I found it borderline undrinkable but did guess it to be a bad Tempranillo. Not because of the oak so much but because o...
by GregT
October 8th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3783

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

Then there is the issue of people hooking generators up to their homes without isolating the home from the power grid. They are essentially re-energizing the power lines. Workers are endangered by lines that are not dead. If you are attaching a generator to your home you need to shut off your main ...
by GregT
October 8th, 2019, 12:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1737

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

Great post Chris.

I agree completely.

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by GregT
October 8th, 2019, 12:02 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 40
Views: 1472

Re: Newark Airport

LGA was always my airport of choice in NYC. Far, far worse would be O'Hara in Chicago, or SFO, where you not only have gridlock you have fog cancellations fairly regularly, or LAX, which was recently awarded the prestigious medal of worst airport in the US. For the next ten years they'll be under co...
by GregT
October 7th, 2019, 11:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6337

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

But Mel, as you clearly know, the idea of PC didn't come from people with some sense of irony. The original version really meant incorrect thought. You got sent to camps to learn proper thoughts. Anyway, thank god Americans have no memories. Otherwise they'd know who Eva Braun was! So whatever those...
by GregT
October 7th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tomato/Sundried tomato Aroma and TN -- help!!
Replies: 15
Views: 621

Re: Tomato/Sundried tomato Aroma and TN -- help!!

This yuck-o thing?!

Your brain helpfully warns you?!

What a great post. It's funny but it's also pretty clear. Thanks for the laughs Wes!
by GregT
October 7th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tomato/Sundried tomato Aroma and TN -- help!!
Replies: 15
Views: 621

Re: Tomato/Sundried tomato Aroma and TN -- help!!

It's a common characteristic of Cab-family grapes, and for me it's definitely off-putting. I had a wine the other night that I thought was a Cab or Merlot from either Chile or central CA. Why? Because it was both green and over-ripe at the same time. Smelled like V-8 juice, tasted like Kool Aid with...
by GregT
October 7th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2235

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

You'll get as many answers as there are wines, but I'd give her a Napa Cab. Assuming she has a bit of a French palate, something like Corison would be great. And why not a Ridge Zin? They don't grow it in France and it's seen as a pretty American grape.

Congrats to her! [cheers.gif]
by GregT
October 6th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3650

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

I agree Chris. Faced the same issues in NYC. Instead, kindly and specifically advise us how an agricultural community that has metamorphosed into a luxury destination can solve issues around housing, infrastructure and transportation without resorting to eminent domain? That's the problem though, is...
by GregT
October 6th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1737

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

Frozen fish, milk, ice cream, etc., is shipped in freezers or refrigerated trucks. Any damage is immediately obvious and the products are usually consumed very quickly, so damage will lead to immediate complaints and returns. And, as I mentioned, people are not buying ice cream on the internet and h...
by GregT
October 5th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1737

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

You know, eggs, milk, ice cream, produce, meat gets shipped all over the place with no concerns about outside temps or the season. Why can't wine be treated as well as milk? People don't think of wine as perishable. Because individual customers don't order a half gallon of milk from five states awa...
by GregT
October 4th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First Musar
Replies: 37
Views: 1730

Re: My First Musar

It’s an intriguing wine, arguably more interesting than great, but definitely distinct.
Agreed.

It's not something I'd call absolutely delicious and I don't know that I'd want to have a lot of it around, but it is indeed distinct. Sometimes you just don't mind getting a bit dirty.
by GregT
October 4th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: shipping during the heat snap -- frustrating
Replies: 10
Views: 930

Re: shipping during the heat snap -- frustrating

Agreed. The problem with UPS however, is that they don't pick it up from the retailer and take it to your house. It usually has to make a stop at a warehouse and be processed. Otherwise drivers would be freelancing on UPS's dime. But even so, the conditions probably weren't all that bad and keep in ...
by GregT
October 3rd, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20162

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Boeing derives a large percentage of its income from military work for the U.S. Europe complains that inflated Defense Department contracts with Boeing amount to a hidden subsidy. Supposedly and hopefully neutral bureaucrats trained in economics and statistics adjudicate these claims. Which can be ...
by GregT
October 3rd, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6337

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

But wasn't that mural painted specifically to be disturbing? Painted by a guy named Victor Arnautoff, a Russian immigrant who, like many at the time, was at least anti-capitalist America, if not a communist sympathizer? His whole purpose was to criticize Washington more than to celebrate Washington....
by GregT
October 3rd, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20162

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Lockheed does not make civilian aircraft. Airbus has been struggling in recent years because it is a multi-government entity. Every decision is political, from where the top officers come from to where things will be built and who will be the second and third level contractors. Whether the decision...

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