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by GregT
March 30th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shipments During Warm Weather
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: Wine Shipments During Warm Weather

High. Are they shipping ground? If it's left today and it's on the road for two days, that's not what you'd want. Doesn't guarantee heat damage though - wine is a little hardier than we imagine and there's a lot of wine in distributor's trucks that gets carted around all day in the heat. Maybe ask t...
by GregT
March 29th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UV on Wine?
Replies: 7
Views: 315

Re: UV on Wine?

If it's a bottle in your cellar, just put on gloves to pull it out and deliver, or use a paper towel and tell the recipient what you've done so they don't have to worry about it. or they can wait 3-4 days before drinking it. Makes perfect sense. Also what Jim said. FDA on Cpap cleaning machines: ht...
by GregT
March 29th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Lopez Heredia - deal or no deal
Replies: 7
Views: 548

Re: 2005 Lopez Heredia - deal or no deal

Is it a restaurant? I'd do it.

But good luck heading over. I was supposed to be in Spain in two months. That's on indefinite hold now.

Good luck with he biz!
by GregT
March 29th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UV on Wine?
Replies: 7
Views: 315

Re: UV on Wine?

You're giving it to the neighbor? What is the sequence of events - put it into the UV to kill any germs that you have then take it over to the neighbor? In that case, what would be the point of running it through the UV? Actually in any case, what would be the point? If he's concerned about your ger...
by GregT
March 29th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TWA William Kelley on several 2018 Beaujolais (Bouland, Metras, Foillard)
Replies: 21
Views: 1108

Re: TWA William Kelly on several 2018 Beaujolais (Bouland, Metras, Foillard)

Yeah it was a nice piece. Thanks for sending the link!
by GregT
March 29th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ZOOM: Virtual wine dinner with Boston & Philly friends
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: ZOOM: Virtual wine dinner with Boston & Philly friends

Potatoes look good! Cooked a loaf of bread online? I baked one yesterday but it's usually a two day affair for me. Proofing overnight, then shaping and proofing again, then baking. Must have been time-lapse!

Anyway, good work around and nice wines. [cheers.gif]
by GregT
March 28th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 30
Views: 1007

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

I don't think recommendations are going to be random if they're given by experienced drinkers. Of course they will. You can look at any list of wineries in WA and come up with all of the names that have been and that will be mentioned on this thread. You already have Grammercy, Quilceda Creek, Seve...
by GregT
March 28th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! Please help me to accurately describe and understand a character tasted in a champagne
Replies: 13
Views: 683

Re: Help! Please help me to accurately describe and understand a character tasted in a champagne

It was like salt and pepper and mindful of a similar characteristic I had in a NV Piper-Heisdieck Brut I tried many years ago and like now, I do not like it.
That seems pretty useful and descriptive just as it is. Chalk and minerals OTOH, is pretty useless. Better to just say dust.
by GregT
March 28th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais for drinking at release?
Replies: 29
Views: 842

Re: Beaujolais for drinking at release?

But, like Pinot Noir, Gamay can undergo amazing transformations with extended bottle age. Or, at least, it used to be able to do so when made the old fashioned way. And I do think wines from producers such as Bouland, Desvignes, Thivin and Coudert stand a chance of achieving the same thing, if you ...
by GregT
March 28th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 30
Views: 1007

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

I've been meaning to jump into Washington for a while now, but it's a tough shell to crack. [scratch.gif] More than say, Italy or Greece? Go to the store. Find a wine from Washington. Buy it. If you like it, buy another from that producer/appellation/grape blend. If you don't like it, try another. ...
by GregT
March 27th, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers Marie order hijacked?
Replies: 9
Views: 838

Re: Rivers Marie order hijacked?

Same first two letters is all they needed?

I'm going to get on every mailing list ever. Someone who has my initials has to be buying stuff.
by GregT
March 27th, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncorked on Netflix
Replies: 39
Views: 3280

Re: Uncorked on Netflix

Jay $$ Winton wrote:
March 27th, 2020, 2:40 pm
in my cue as well.
Billiards anyone?

Not in my queue.

Comparing Pinot Grigio to Kanye West is unfair. I've had some decent Pinot Grigio. It's not utterly lacking in value.
by GregT
March 27th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais for drinking at release?
Replies: 29
Views: 842

Re: Beaujolais for drinking at release?

It was long my understanding (perhaps incorrect) that the beauty of Beaujolais was that they were so appealing and approachable at release. Get 'em, drink 'em. More and more now, however, it seems to me that there's a trend in these houses making wines with more structure that will seriously benefi...
by GregT
March 27th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Montenidoli - Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale (Italy, Tuscany, San Gimignano)
Replies: 17
Views: 372

Re: TN: 2016 Montenidoli - Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale (Italy, Tuscany, San Gimignano)

She was on that Italian tour just a few weeks ago talking and shaking hands with hundreds of people. I hope she's OK and in good health.
by GregT
March 26th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1335

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

Jayson - I have a link below. I'm looking at this development with gratitude. It's like nature putting a stripe on skunks, or a rattle at the end of a snake...it's my warning to stay away. I find this designation of wine to be an affectation. [rofl.gif] So here's a slight clarification: Up to 30 mg/...
by GregT
March 25th, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)
Replies: 23
Views: 1104

Re: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)

Ryan - don't worry about writing notes. If you want some good tips, look at the Critic Bingo thread: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=139826&hilit=critic+bingo The more vapid and fluffy the verbiage, the better. And if you can repeat yourself a few times in the note, that's g...
by GregT
March 25th, 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hacks for evaluating current release wine
Replies: 39
Views: 1555

Re: Hacks for evaluating current release wine

After a few decades, I can't. One of the world's greatest wine makers, a guy named Mariano Garcia, who for decades has made wine that ages for decades, wouldn't predict the evolution of one of his wines when I asked him. He had hopes, not predictions. Evolution Maybe you'll discover something the re...
by GregT
March 25th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID-19 takes wine legend Marqués de Griñón
Replies: 3
Views: 668

COVID-19 takes wine legend Marqués de Griñón

Carlos Falcó, Marqués de Griñón, died at 83 from the COVID-19 virus. A graduate of UC Davis, he was a force in the Spanish wine world, introducing both Syrah and Petit Verdot to Spain and making one of the better monovarietal Petit Verdots I've ever had. His estate, Dominio de Valdepusa, was the fir...
by GregT
March 25th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1335

Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataId=228237 After 10 years effort, the French wine industry has obtained the right to market wines officially recognized as “natural”. In collaboration with the French Ministry for Agriculture, the French National Institute for Origins and Quality (...
by GregT
March 25th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS offering three months free during shutdown
Replies: 7
Views: 1077

Re: WS offering three months free during shutdown

Minutes. But some providers may be slowing your speeds due to the heavy usage these days.
by GregT
March 25th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hacks for evaluating current release wine
Replies: 39
Views: 1555

Re: Hacks for evaluating current release wine

Quality wine is hard for me to evaluate when young. Worst case I'll misjudge a wine and either buy when I shouldn't or not buy when I should. I've found quality wine shows great early when I buy and ages great and that's a winner. But sometimes its the opposite. I mostly buy multiple bottles of a w...
by GregT
March 23rd, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are they shipping???
Replies: 9
Views: 1139

Re: Why are they shipping???

You can preempt this issue by looking at what you have outstanding and contacting the winery or shop with instructions not to ship until you confirm the date & address. Allow me to shorten your post to eliminate the non-pertinent portions: As most of the country is under shelter in place orders.......
by GregT
March 22nd, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Aging
Replies: 16
Views: 1021

Re: Wine Aging

Hi Jelana. Another welcome. Nothing to add to what Chris said. Read through those threads and you'll realize that there's no simple answer. Most people don't really "age" their wines, even on this forum. For some people and for some wines, five years is a long time. For others 40 years is just right...
by GregT
March 21st, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS offering three months free during shutdown
Replies: 7
Views: 1077

WS offering three months free during shutdown

Don't know if this is a normal offer or not, but as long as everyone is sitting around the house . . .

Their forum has apparently had some mishap though - they've removed all info regarding posts.

http://portal.mshanken.com/vm2/5d56e8b5 ... fa7b/25682
by GregT
March 21st, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any tips on Video Tastings?
Replies: 18
Views: 447

Re: Any tips on Video Tastings?

More useful might be cooking something. Have everybody make the same dish and see who goes off the rails. And then everyone pair the wine of their choice with it.

And definitely the pants.
by GregT
March 21st, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right
Replies: 38
Views: 1995

Re: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right

bmckenney wrote:
March 20th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Ian S wrote:
March 20th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Sounds like your tastebuds have hit the skids. Divvy up your cellar amongst the members who reply to this thread.
you guys wouldn't even use my wines for cooking. I have zero burgandy/pinot and only 1 bottle of Baudry Chinon.
Sounds great. I'm in.
by GregT
March 21st, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine stores are considered “essential” in NY
Replies: 19
Views: 994

Re: Wine stores are considered “essential” in NY

John Glas wrote:
March 20th, 2020, 3:34 pm
How long to be safe with glass bottle and virus?
Supposedly three days on hard surfaces like metal, but SARS and MERS actually survived nine days in a few isolated cases. But the glass is easy to wipe down with alcohol or bleach.
by GregT
March 21st, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley vs Yorkville Highlands soils
Replies: 14
Views: 681

Re: Anderson Valley vs Yorkville Highlands soils

Why would a 'geological mishmash' be bad for wine grapes?? And would not a key difference between the Anderson Valley and the Yorkville Highlands be the climate?? Exactly what I was wondering. And maybe people pay too much attention to the composition of the soil anyway when the climate, drainage, ...
by GregT
March 21st, 2020, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Decameron of Italian Wine
Replies: 7
Views: 700

Re: The Decameron of Italian Wine

I gotta give you some credit. Drinking Amarone mid-day. And on the third day, after already having a mag and before finishing off with Barolo! I'm not sure how many pages I'd get through with that kind of a schedule, but I do admire the effort.

Hope you and yours stay well. [cheers.gif]
by GregT
March 20th, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now
Replies: 36
Views: 2097

Re: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now

Only once have I finished off a bottle of wine by myself.
Same here!

Only once or twice a week. Usually my wife has at least a glass unless she hates it.
by GregT
March 20th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine stores are considered “essential” in NY
Replies: 19
Views: 994

Re: Wine stores are considered “essential” in NY

Oh he's been dreaming of that since he was a kid. His dad didn't want to do it because of rumored family connections, which is why he spent so much time saying that the mafia was non existent, just created by the media. Fake news before fake news was named. The stores are apparently doing really wel...
by GregT
March 20th, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now
Replies: 36
Views: 2097

Re: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now

Well there's the NYT and then, once again, the NY Post goes one better.

You don't have to be alone when you're alone!

https://nypost.com/video/guy-cheers-him ... ine-video/
by GregT
March 20th, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now
Replies: 36
Views: 2097

Re: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now

I thought a bottle a night was normal, with people or alone. If you want to preserve your monocyte function, (white blood cells that fight infections) a bottle is really too much. Not judging, but conveying facts. Your desire to stay alive is a personal decision.... Then there's stuff like this: ht...
by GregT
March 19th, 2020, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 10 Bibi Graetz 'Its a Game' [Toscana]
Replies: 4
Views: 360

Re: TN: 10 Bibi Graetz 'Its a Game' [Toscana]

Arv - We've gone through cases of the white and now this rosso. It's a brilliant wine for the price. We buy it at $5.99 but get a 20% discount if we buy six. Insane value. He doesn't label the vintage and does something like a solera to keep the fresh Sangiovese fruit quality. A perfect bistro wine ...
by GregT
March 19th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corn Wine?
Replies: 13
Views: 578

Re: Corn Wine?

Oh man, selected yeast? Then it wouldn't be natural!

I love your friend's dad though. Pea shells? That has to be a first. You come across something like that and you just have to sit back in awe.

Hope you're holding up well!
by GregT
March 18th, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First 100 Point Wine
Replies: 6
Views: 1511

Re: My First 100 Point Wine

Tom, unfortunately it was only 100 points for you. It wasn't scored by a professional so it doesn't count.

neener

Anyway, as I recall, that wine was damned good a few years ago. Always one of my faves. Great wine. And good that you're drinking well.
by GregT
March 16th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3102

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

I realize that Tom, which is why I'm wondering why the wine store would shut down. They ONLY sell packaged items and in NYC you can't operate a wine bar with a retail outlet. So what is to be gained? Protect employees and customers, are you really that dense? Apparently I am because I don't have th...
by GregT
March 16th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Matthiasson Cabernet Sauvignon Quake Cuvee (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 309

Re: TN: NV Matthiasson Cabernet Sauvignon Quake Cuvee (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Didn't know he had anything personal to deal with. Hope he's OK. I love his wines.
by GregT
March 16th, 2020, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Video offlines...could they become a thing?
Replies: 47
Views: 1149

Re: Video offlines...could they become a thing?

Exactly. And those are the conversations that video doesn't lend itself to.

But I wouldn't count it out as an idea - it may be that it becomes a new and different kind of experience for people.
by GregT
March 16th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Video offlines...could they become a thing?
Replies: 47
Views: 1149

Re: Video offlines...could they become a thing?

. . .the best part about offlines is the people: the conversation, the discussion wines, the friendships formed, the generosity Might be a thing for some people but of those four things, the only thing you'd get with video is the least important of all. You don't really form many friendships through...
by GregT
March 15th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3102

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

I realize that Tom, which is why I'm wondering why the wine store would shut down. They ONLY sell packaged items and in NYC you can't operate a wine bar with a retail outlet. So what is to be gained?
by GregT
March 15th, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3102

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

Brian Tuite wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Just got word that the Graton Rancheria Resort Casino in Rohnert Park is packed with gamblers. Brings a new meaning to you bet your life.
[rofl.gif]
by GregT
March 15th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine made from natural substances
Replies: 13
Views: 492

Re: Wine made from natural substances

Interesting. Cool job to have. [cheers.gif]
by GregT
March 15th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3102

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

And told healthcare workers including docs over 65 to stay home. That’s 25% of California docs. Ridiculous. We need to be there. This is sheer idiocy. The docs are some of the most educated people around and fully capable of deciding whether they should or should not show up for work. Wineries are ...
by GregT
March 15th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine made from natural substances
Replies: 13
Views: 492

Re: Wine made from natural substances

Interesting stuff Tom. Thanks for the info. But I'm curious - wouldn't they be able to tweak things like mouthfeel by using powdered tannins, and other solids/emulsifiers/etc.? Isn't that partly what those things are for anyway? Off topic - I get that they won't get shortening and peanuts to taste q...
by GregT
March 15th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine made from natural substances
Replies: 13
Views: 492

Wine made from natural substances

In a lab. It's called Gemello. The author has a point though. If you can identify the molecules you need, why copy a $6 wine instead of a $250 wine? Maybe they were just going for proof of concept with their first one. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/it-was-only-a-matter-of-time-lab-cr...
by GregT
March 14th, 2020, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #Quaranwine
Replies: 23
Views: 1505

Re: #Quaranwine

As we move into social distancing mode, and very likely, a full lockdown a la Italy, how do you anticipate the change will effect your wine drinking?
Any effect will be elsewhere - it won't affect my drinking.

We'll keep drinking the same shitty wines! [cheers.gif]
by GregT
March 14th, 2020, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oh no, I just learned I'm a placomusophile
Replies: 21
Views: 1336

Re: Oh no, I just learned I'm a placomusophile

Was out to dinner last week with my wife, son and new girlfriend.
Damn. You're the epitome of studlyness! Wife not only accepts that you have a "new" girlfriend, implying others in the past, but actually goes out to dinner with her!

You rule! When I grow up I want to be like you! [worship.gif]

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