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by GregT
January 16th, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: About spoilage
Replies: 1
Views: 217

Re: About spoilage

I am not comfortable with conflict so unless I get agreement I acquiesce. . . . I’m hoping to get a behavior check here as to whether or not I should be more aggressive or just stay the course [wow.gif] What was that line . . . ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AQC2Na5Eu0 You paid for something. I...
by GregT
January 16th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much wine did you consume in 2019?
Replies: 41
Views: 1272

Re: How much wine did you consume in 2019?

At home - 547 bottles
At restaurants - 30 bottles? Didn't count all of them.
At other people's homes - don't know.
At wineries - don't know
At tastings - don't know. No full bottles, maybe 50 tastes per, since some of them were smaller tastings
Gave away - 6 bottles
Dumped - at least 10 bottles
by GregT
January 16th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: NV Matthiasson Village Cabernet Lot 1
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Re: TNR: NV Matthiasson Village Cabernet Lot 1

Normally I'd never consider an NV Cabernet
Why?

I don't know that wine but I love pretty much anything Matthiasson is involved in so I'd go for it.
by GregT
January 15th, 2020, 10:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Deciding on Wine Storage Options at Home
Replies: 18
Views: 708

Re: Need Help Deciding on Wine Storage Options at Home

John - you're in NJ with a real basement? You can do what you did earlier and if you're not comfortable doing your own exterior covering (sheetrock, wood, tile, whatever,) you can hire that part out. It's not that hard to do really and if you've built one already, you can save a LOT of money doing ...
by GregT
January 15th, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 13
Views: 770

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

It would. Donjon was one of the more old-school ones, unlike some of the cleaner, fruitier CdPs. I've had the 2009 a few times and it was ripe, but as you say, that's also the vintage. Your vertical would also be an interesting tasting. I did a few tastings of wines where Rolland came in and we were...
by GregT
January 15th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Deciding on Wine Storage Options at Home
Replies: 18
Views: 708

Re: Need Help Deciding on Wine Storage Options at Home

John - you're in NJ with a real basement? You can do what you did earlier and if you're not comfortable doing your own exterior covering (sheetrock, wood, tile, whatever,) you can hire that part out. It's not that hard to do really and if you've built one already, you can save a LOT of money doing i...
by GregT
January 15th, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier
Replies: 19
Views: 641

Re: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier

Tim - you can use that poly. The point is only to get something waterproof. Are you doing it yourself?
by GregT
January 15th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 13
Views: 770

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

That would have been nice, but we already had 12 vintages for 10 people and some were driving.... I would hope so! You wouldn't want them walking, would you? They might stumble and fall. Cambie says his first vintage consulting there was 2003. Sounds like he hasn't made much difference in the house...
by GregT
January 15th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interstate Wine Sales Continuing Legal Education Materials Available
Replies: 4
Views: 235

Re: Interstate Wine Sales Continuing Legal Education Materials Available

Can you zip them and then just post a link to that? Or you can split them and post to Google Drive - they have a 10mg limit.

Those are for simple folks like me - I'm sure that there are other more sophisticated ways of doing it?
by GregT
January 14th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Needed recommendation winery to visit in Paso
Replies: 15
Views: 329

Re: Needed recommendation winery to visit in Paso

"Must be McPrice-Meyers. No one else makes [I don't recall whether they said "shit like that" or "that kind of crap."]" I thought it was delicious.
Awesome! [cheers.gif]
by GregT
January 14th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dana Estates 2017 Offering
Replies: 5
Views: 550

Re: Dana Estates 2017 Offering

What is Dana and why would they want that much for Sauvignon Blanc!

There seem to be more of these release dates popping up from places I've never heard of.
by GregT
January 14th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FOOTBALL AND WINE
Replies: 10
Views: 693

Re: FOOTBALL AND WINE

Theodora - you should post more often!

In our house January is like any other month - nightly wine with dinner.

Petite Sirah huh? I'm thinking Zin, but not decided yet.
by GregT
January 14th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Needed recommendation winery to visit in Paso
Replies: 15
Views: 329

Re: Needed recommendation winery to visit in Paso

Depends on what you want Jay. Tablas Creek is more like a Napa experience - big, good wines, touristy, but probably worth it for the wines. Peachy Canyon is one of the older wineries in the area and they make friendly wines. Herman Story and McPrice-Meyers make bigger stuff like Saxum. And there's T...
by GregT
January 14th, 2020, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Slovenian Riesling
Replies: 25
Views: 598

Re: Slovenian Riesling

That's from Slovakia and not Slovenia... I'm from New York. I still don't know which one is north of the other between Kansas and Nebraska. You think I know the difference between Slovakia and Slovenia? Jay - easy to remember. Nebraska is where James Butler Hickock shot David McCanles and became kn...
by GregT
January 14th, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 93
Views: 3878

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

We recently had a tasting of Turley Zins going back into the 90s and one of my favorites was the 1994, contrary to my expectations going in. It brought home the point that it's more than just the alcohol that one should consider. Based on that alone, I wouldn't have aged the wine. But for the perso...
by GregT
January 13th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2907

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

It’s also about trying to understand how a wine drinker with a cellar moves thru the hobby. It’s obvious many on this board have found themselves at burgundy or champagne as their final stop on the wine journey but what were they varietals they enjoyed along the way. I’m at a Rhône variable stage n...
by GregT
January 13th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Slovenian Riesling
Replies: 25
Views: 598

Re: Slovenian Riesling

So a few others have already explained the "Renski" part but it's common to name the grape that way in much of Europe. That's the Reisling we know in the US. The other "Riesling" is not related. As mentioned, it's often referred to as Welsch Rizling Wälschriesling or Olaszrizling. That's not related...
by GregT
January 13th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ: America Drank Less Wine for First Time in 25 Years
Replies: 10
Views: 429

Re: WSJ: America Drank Less Wine for First Time in 25 Years

Just saw that article a few minutes ago. I don't buy all of this though: As well as a decline in the number of baby boomers, the generation is also drinking less because of lower disposable income, smaller homes—making wine harder to store—and health concerns, says IWSR. A few years ago brands like ...
by GregT
January 12th, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2907

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

For wines you intend to cellar. How many bottles of the same wine do you get?
How many do you want and how many can you afford? Seems pretty simple.

I can't believe how obsessive some people are about this. I would absolutely stop drinking wine if I had to go through any of these calculations!
by GregT
January 11th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Paetra Gewürztraminer (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Van Duzer Corridor)
Replies: 4
Views: 378

Re: TN: 2018 Paetra Gewürztraminer (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Van Duzer Corridor)

We had a couple of those as well. Interesting wine and interesting choice of grapes to make it with. It's not my go-to grape so I was particularly intrigued. Always nice to see someone taking some risks. And good job with the screw cap too! Those can go south pretty easily, and this one was way bett...
by GregT
January 11th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3388

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

Damn Mel. Had me laughing out loud. Great and very pointed post! [rofl.gif] And terroir is all things in winegrowing. Site, climate, regional culture, etc. I have made wine in 5 different buildings and each of those buildings had it’s own “climate”. The stage of vinification and elevage is not separ...
by GregT
January 11th, 2020, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine racks to use for storage unit
Replies: 4
Views: 357

Re: Wine racks to use for storage unit

So that's roughly five feet by four feet by just under three feet deep. Any of those racks at Amazon will probably be OK. You don't have serious earthquakes in St Louis (as far as I know) and once the rack is partly filled, it will become harder to move anyway, so what's to worry about? Just save yo...
by GregT
January 10th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine racks to use for storage unit
Replies: 4
Views: 357

Re: Wine racks to use for storage unit

How sturdy do they need to be? They're not going to be moved around right? So what's the concern? And how high are they going to be? Do you have a walk-in locker that's eight feet high or is it much smaller? As to length, that's irrelevant. Bottles can be anywhere from 11 to 13 inches or more, but a...
by GregT
January 10th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2907

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

put together a spreadsheet with what you wish to acquire Do people actually do this? Why? Seems like it would work only if you have limited experience, where it's easy to pick two out of the six things you know. But who buys wine this way? What if you come across something interesting that you have...
by GregT
January 10th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)
Replies: 65
Views: 1951

Re: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)

Do you find any disagreements to be arguments in life? We are having a discussion. Relax man. Go drink a bottle of wine.


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by GregT
January 10th, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 1605

Re: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .

The WB article describes the WarRoom people as follows:

WarRoom Ventures, a wine company based in Santa Margarita in San Luis Obispo County established to invest and develops wine brand [sic]. . .

Perhaps related to the people who just sold the WA to Michelin and have some cash to burn?
by GregT
January 10th, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)
Replies: 65
Views: 1951

Re: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)

Whoops. Writing while Michael was posting. Making the same point though. [cheers.gif]
by GregT
January 10th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)
Replies: 65
Views: 1951

Re: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)

I love that a two year old thread from the dumpster can continue arguments as if there had been no hiatus. And then: First, Indian food isn't very diverse. Really? It's actually extremely diverse. The problem is that people refer to the entire subcontinent as if it were a single, unified place. It's...
by GregT
January 9th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australia Fires Update
Replies: 7
Views: 779

Re: Australia Fires Update

It's terrible. A real holocaust. The smoke has reached Argentina. And everyone will be worrying about smoke taint, even if they don't get fire damage themselves.

by GregT
January 9th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions you ask on a winery tour/tasting visit?
Replies: 26
Views: 955

Re: Questions you ask on a winery tour/tasting visit?

I'm heading out to Napa in a few days and was curious to hear from other Berserkers what questions they ask on their winery visits. So Berserkers... What are your favorite questions to ask when you visit a winery? What helps you better appreciate how they're unique that you can't get just from tast...
by GregT
January 9th, 2020, 12:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1698

Re: Booze Spectator

Another worthy Seiber post.

FYI, John probably has more insight into the magazine/publishing issues than most people on this site.

Still, I haven't seen the things insinuated here. No affiliation and no financial incentives, just recalling dinners and tastings with a few of the reviewers.
by GregT
January 9th, 2020, 12:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Georges Duboeuf (1933 - 2020)
Replies: 16
Views: 1140

Re: RIP Georges Duboeuf (1933 - 2020)

I agree with Fred. The crus are a GREAT illustration of terroir. As to the banana flavor, he acknowledged it and changed his yeasts. But he deserves at least as much respect as anyone who salvaged the old vine Zin vineyards in CA. He kept a lot of producers in business. He was from the region, he wa...
by GregT
January 8th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!
Replies: 29
Views: 2078

Re: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!

Old oenophiles’ tale, perhaps, but back in the day, it was felt the device affected the wine in a negative way. Am I alone in this recollection? I remember hearing that and wondering how it could be true. We had one of these back in the 1990s if I recall correctly. I have no idea where it is or wha...
by GregT
January 8th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1698

Re: Booze Spectator

Every wine trade publication has been talking about different marketing channels for several years now. The idea of advertising in a print publication is of decreasing importance, whereas advertising through various social media platforms, and to "influencers" whatever the hell they are, has become ...
by GregT
January 7th, 2020, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1698

Re: Booze Spectator

As WS has sister publications in Whisky Advocate and Cigar Aficionado, it only behooves them to offer advertising deals across the portfolio to the wineries, distilleries and tobacco companies. Agreed. And based on the Bourbon thread, apparently there's a pretty large crossover anyway. Also, I woul...
by GregT
January 7th, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass
Replies: 36
Views: 1709

Re: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass

She's a smart lady but a brandy snifter is a bit much. Any tulip-shaped glass should be just fine, since the same principles apply to all wine. Also, I think she's a little bit wrong on her physiology. In any event, since we don't drink much sparkling wine, we just use a regular wine glass.
by GregT
January 7th, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2736

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

In thinking about this, think about reviewers who go through dozens of wines and make assessments based on 'quick tastes', or note on this board from large tastings where folks are in the same situation, and think how 'valid' these impressions may be instead of being able to sit with a wine longer....
by GregT
January 6th, 2020, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?
Replies: 74
Views: 3482

Re: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?

I bought the inaugural vintage, and just took delivery of 2017. A nice run! Who first posted about it, Alan or Brian? Both guys have great palates! I don't know who posted first. All I know is that one of them was sitting across from me, one was kitty corner, and Paul was next to me on my left. We ...
by GregT
January 6th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How does one extract a broken cork from inside a bottle?
Replies: 39
Views: 1378

Re: How does one extract a broken cork from inside a bottle?

I thought I had posted but I can't see it. Oh well. But my question was the same as Don's - why bother getting the cork out? Once it's in, it won't hurt you and if it broke, as Wes said, you can use a tea strainer. One trick that seems to work is when you have an older wine, before trying to open it...
by GregT
January 6th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 93
Views: 3878

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

Had a Turley 2004 Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah over Christmas. Alcohol was over 15% The blue and black fruit competent was still bright and juicy. No port like or raisiny aroma or taste at all. Wine showed no signs of aging on the color. Rhone varietal by a producer that many on this site say mak...
by GregT
January 6th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Georges Duboeuf (1933 - 2020)
Replies: 16
Views: 1140

Re: RIP Georges Duboeuf (1933 - 2020)

A big champion of his home region and its wines, and unfortunately sometimes dismissed too easily. Like Mondavi, he made a real difference. RIP.
by GregT
January 5th, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2806

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

Why purchase a bottle of $75 wine that will last me through one meal when I can purchase a nice bottle of bourbon/scotch/whiskey that will last me weeks/months? I'm sure that this is a question some consumers are asking - and even more so on the cheaper end. The question they should be asking is wh...
by GregT
January 5th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?
Replies: 74
Views: 3482

Re: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?

I was going to say I can't think of any from this board, although certainly from friends elsewhere.

Then I realized I had my first Halcon at the home of my friend Brian Tuite. Brilliant wine. [cheers.gif]
by GregT
January 5th, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 93
Views: 3878

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

Agreed. And add to that the fact that Pax's star is shining pretty brightly these days so people are reluctant to criticize the wines.

But that's a real interesting comparison. I haven't had one of the early ones for quite a while.
by GregT
January 5th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2806

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

No. I buy and drink Bourbon, but it has not affected my wine buying. Bingo. Why would a life essential impact my wine purchases? [rofl.gif] But in my case the answer is a definite no. Bourbon holds no interest for me at all. I don't drink or have any particular interest in liquor of any kind. With ...
by GregT
January 5th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the dumb phase and aging
Replies: 63
Views: 2792

Re: Understanding the dumb phase and aging

And I don't think you can really say with confidence that a particular wine will enter it at such and such date and exit at some other fixed date. At least I've never heard a single wine maker make predictions with that kind of confidence. It's the wine drinkers that have the confidence to make tho...
by GregT
January 4th, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on SommSelect?
Replies: 21
Views: 1614

Re: Thoughts on SommSelect?

but they are supplying you with wines you are unfamiliar
I guess that was my point. Unfamiliar for some does not mean unfamiliar for others.

And for the first group, I suppose they're as good as any other guys, although I'd still check their pricing.
by GregT
January 4th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the dumb phase and aging
Replies: 63
Views: 2792

Re: Understanding the dumb phase and aging

Explaining it is what is hard, and also why Nate's post wasn't entirely wrong. A lot of people assert with confidence that this or that is happening, but that doesn't mean they're correct in their assessments, or that they have a clue. Some wines apparently do go through some kind of "dumb" phase, b...
by GregT
January 4th, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tough outlook for US wine industry
Replies: 13
Views: 1416

Re: Tough outlook for US wine industry

But I think you get a few free reads from WaPO each month, just like the NYT.

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