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by GregT
September 13th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Corked food
Replies: 13
Views: 342

Re: Corked food

Apples, raisins, peanuts, cashews, chicken, shrimp, seafood, carrots, radishes, bananas, beets, garlic. And also other drinks - sake, green tea, beer, whiskey, bourbon, etc. Anything that's pre-cut and packaged can have it because it can be in the packaging, and anything where bleach has been used t...
by GregT
September 13th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1203
Views: 56348

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

Shades of nuance?

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My fifth grade teacher would be horrified.

But it has me wondering.

Does nuance stay with the wine as it ages or does it settle to the bottom of the bottle?
by GregT
September 12th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wait list times
Replies: 131
Views: 10625

Re: Wait list times

Craig G wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 12:00 am
John Morris wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 3:51 pm
How long for Godot?
We’ll probably kick the Beckett first.
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by GregT
September 11th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remembering 9/11....
Replies: 22
Views: 909

Re: Remembering 9/11....

Was laying on the bed and getting ready to go to work and I watched the planes flying overhead. They'd head left and then at the same spot make a 90 degree right turn and head to LaGuardia. I marveled at how precise they all were. Then one flew by randomly and I commented to my wife how wierd that w...
by GregT
September 5th, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10424

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Yeah but he was way too sophisticated for people like me. I like James Suckling. Whatever wine I'm drinking at least I know it's probably 93 points.
by GregT
September 4th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reviews of reviewers
Replies: 19
Views: 1770

Re: Reviews of reviewers

+1 People here hate him but I always found him a good reviewer and he's really a pretty funny guy in person. That said, I haven't read one of his reviews in a long long time. Or anyone else's really, unless John highlights it on the bingo thread. But Joe Cz is a solid down to earth guy and his revie...
by GregT
September 4th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10424

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Monica - We want the big long confusing reviews that provide material for the bingo thread!! neener
by GregT
September 3rd, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1203
Views: 56348

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

As far as chocolate goes, I was interested in that long before I discovered wine. When I was 19 I spent the summer in Europe looking for the best chocolate truffles and learning about good chocolate. And much as I really dislike much of the verbiage highlighted in this thread, you really can find ch...
by GregT
September 2nd, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10424

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Sure, there are a myriad of people who buy based on reviews as long as those reviews are printed on the shelf talkers in their local liquor store. Yeah but they're buying on the points, not the verbiage! I was thinking more about the people on this board, or at least this thread. I'm aware that poi...
by GregT
September 1st, 2020, 12:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acid and aging
Replies: 25
Views: 1586

Re: Acid and aging

But that's . . . unnatural.
by GregT
August 31st, 2020, 11:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10424

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

So what I'm wondering is whether anyone will really buy or not buy based on a review. All of the people on this thread have opinions on the various wines. Take Realm for example. If you know it and like it are you seriously going to avoid it because it got a few points less than last year? Or are yo...
by GregT
August 21st, 2020, 1:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine-searcher.com interface
Replies: 69
Views: 2903

Re: New Wine-searcher.com interface

I agree with Alan - I don't like the tiles at all. What exactly is wrong with text? Why does everything have to be icons and graphics and different fonts? And more importantly, why change simply for change's sake? It's the problem Microsoft has had for years. They come out with a new version of Offi...
by GregT
August 11th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Critic Palate Guide
Replies: 36
Views: 1877

Re: Wine Critic Palate Guide

I don't pay attention to most of them. But you might want to see how our friend Eric Guido is doing. He's a careful taster and at least you'll know his thoughts on a wine. Same with Mark Squires. He's a very careful taster and he actually seems to enjoy a fairly broad variety of wines. Michael Shach...
by GregT
August 11th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Back in the biz
Replies: 44
Views: 2466

Re: Back in the biz

I didn't know that the tasting rooms were opened again.

Kind of hard to keep up these days.

But have fun with the new gig!
by GregT
August 5th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opus One
Replies: 25
Views: 2219

Re: Opus One

Mike - I don't know that it really gets a bad rap, but it is a confusing wine. It was a big loud project initially, and it was a costly wine for the time. Then a lot of wines came out that were every bit as good and not as expensive. A lot of people started pooh-poohing it. And I admit, I was one. B...
by GregT
August 5th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidification of Pinot Noir
Replies: 45
Views: 2380

Re: Acidification of Pinot Noir

I'm sure that there will be more astute people responding, but if I get a kind of SweetTart quality, like candy, I often think it's acidity. And if you're a Burgundy lover, you've probably had a few since they both acidify and chaptalize, albeit on two different products - must and wine. I think the...
by GregT
August 5th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine cellar question
Replies: 14
Views: 1009

Re: Building a wine cellar question

It's actually not so much changes as the actual temps. Also people have this idea that slow changes are better than fast ones but there's no science that I've ever seen to back that up. A change is a change, no matter how fast or slow it is. The idea is that air expands and contracts, possibly movin...
by GregT
August 5th, 2020, 1:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 265
Views: 10168

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

I think there's a misunderstanding of corkage here. Restaurants don't necessarily love it when a stranger shows up with his own bottle. But what restaurants do love is repeat diners, regulars as it were. So they offer corkage to be known as the wine-friendly place, hoping that the people who come in...
by GregT
August 5th, 2020, 1:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?
Replies: 50
Views: 1982

Re: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?

Actually I think it's pretty easy. We've been drinking a lot of it lately as I got a good deal on some. Seems to be OK with a whole lot of things. So far we've had it with pizza, various pasta dishes, chicken legs, salmon, smoked trout, quesadillas, and I don't remember what else.
by GregT
July 28th, 2020, 1:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ribera del Duero Tempranillo
Replies: 21
Views: 1178

Re: Ribera del Duero Tempranillo

Do this few people drink Ribera del Duero Tempranillos or did I just post this at the wrong time? No, some of us do. But I haven't been checking in much and the sixty dollar price was a bit random. I'm not sure what that really has to do with anything. And it really depends on what you like, as alw...
by GregT
July 25th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?
Replies: 103
Views: 3120

Re: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?

This difference in taste is only apparent if you habitually taste identical lots before and after shipping. If you do not do this you are in no position to judge whether it's true or not. I have never seen the Mona Lisa, so I have no opinion about it. Oliver - unless you're an MW. Then you can tell...
by GregT
July 22nd, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?
Replies: 103
Views: 3120

Re: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?

You’ve just assumed away the question Seemed like the best approach! neener More seriously, I wonder if people know how wine is sold at the wholesale level. In Manhattan, it's dragged around the streets all day long, taken on subways up and down stairs, and shaken to smithereens. Then sometimes tho...
by GregT
July 22nd, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long do you drink a bottle of Wine?
Replies: 38
Views: 1595

Re: How long do you drink a bottle of Wine?

A few hours.

Oloroso sherries however, may last for a few months.

On extremely rare occasions, we have some wine left in a bottle and drink it the next day. When I sold it, I'd often have leftover wine for the next day, but often as not that became cooking wine.
by GregT
July 22nd, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 6108

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

I love Grenache but I don't know that I'd put any from CA as top in the world yet. Some good stuff is made, but they aren't competitive with Spain or France or Australia at the super high or the low end. Syrah? Sure. The US is getting that right in more and more places. And Mourvedre. But for some r...
by GregT
July 22nd, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High End Wine Pricing - Would Dynamic Pricing Work?
Replies: 23
Views: 1313

Re: High End Wine Pricing - Would Dynamic Pricing Work?

Yes, Dutch auction is an interesting model, but you would need to develop a dedicated software solution to be able to offer it in a combination with an allocation model. Perhaps a bigger discussion: If I think if America has done one thing wrong, it's that we hitched wine consumption to the luxury ...
by GregT
July 22nd, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?
Replies: 103
Views: 3120

Re: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?

Next time I see you I'm going to do an experiment. Without letting you know which is which, I'll take a bottle, pour some wine into a glass and pour some into the blender and then put that into a different glass. I've been doing this once in a while lately just because I didn't believe the story by ...
by GregT
July 16th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Potential new or increased tariff on EU wines - Comments open during July 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 349

Re: Potential new or increased tariff on EU wines - Comments open during July 2020

Thanks for clarifying.

And to think we were under the impression that this covid thing was bad!

I love how people still try to screw each other when the going gets rough.
by GregT
July 16th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1438
Views: 87377

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

So is this back? I got a note from Woodland Hills today, July 16, asking for support against the tariffs. Do they know something that hasn't been published? Annex A of the notice doesn't mention wine. https://www.ustrademonitor.com/2020/07/u-s-targets-french-luxury-and-beauty-imports-in-response-to-...
by GregT
July 14th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?
Replies: 50
Views: 2061

Re: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?

Maybe some of us should make a pact. I hope you don't ever lose your senses of taste and smell, but if you do, I can certainly ensure that your wines will be enjoyed!

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by GregT
July 14th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article: Light-strike taint in wines
Replies: 14
Views: 903

Re: Article: Light-strike taint in wines

There was a thread about this a while ago.

Somehow I don't know that I've ever experienced it.
by GregT
July 13th, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stopped by Rivers-Marie today...
Replies: 13
Views: 2330

Re: Stopped by Rivers-Marie today...

Rich K0rz€nk0 wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 6:53 pm
T Welch wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 6:28 pm
It looks fantastic except for those two tasting cubicles in front. I appreciate the need for social distancing, but they seem a little small.
Yeah, it would be quite awkward with my part of of 4 in there.
I thought those were for aromatherapy?
by GregT
July 13th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?
Replies: 50
Views: 2061

Re: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?

I don't know. I hate to be morbid but a few days ago I was having some wine with a friend who's much younger and I told him the wine would probably last for the rest of our lives. It was an LDH Gran Reserva. Then I started thinking he was likely to outlast me by a few decades. That made me depressed...
by GregT
July 12th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?
Replies: 50
Views: 2061

Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?

Given that there have been a few threads regarding when someone stops buying Bordeaux, Burgundy, young wines, any wines, I'm just wondering - for the people who decided that they're not going to buy any more of something, did you figure your lifespan into it and what age are you giving yourself? I h...
by GregT
July 10th, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile
Replies: 39
Views: 2445

Re: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile

Maybe that's not a good example. The 2019s are going to be hurt by the virus. https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2020/06/lafite-2019-released-at-16-lower-than-2018/ As to the influence of critics, there isn't one like Parker was. So it would be a really interesting study to see how it works today whe...
by GregT
July 9th, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile
Replies: 39
Views: 2445

Re: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile

It's a pretty nice article I would say. And Jefford did a fair job. This explanation of his scoring system is actually logical and defensible. What the article did not mention was that Parker insisted that he was tasting wines blind for many years after he had stopped doing so. That harmed his reput...
by GregT
July 9th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish wines : Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2019s and Raul Perez
Replies: 7
Views: 468

Re: Spanish wines : Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2019s and Raul Perez

Dinesh - I'm assuming that they're all the wines from the Bierzo area? I know most of them. The Palacios wines are from a project Alvaro does with his cousin. The lowest end is the Petalos. I've never been a fan but it's a decent introduction to the region. The problem with it is that it's not a ver...
by GregT
July 9th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One of the Best Pieces of Wine Writing I've Read in Years
Replies: 29
Views: 2825

Re: One of the Best Pieces of Wine Writing I've Read in Years

But with the loss of smell, the temporary loss of the ability to sense wine altogether, and perhaps with it a job, I was reminded, sharply, that our culture does not teach us what is important outside of the practice of amassing wealth and fancy goods. She was reminded that our culture is at fault....
by GregT
July 6th, 2020, 2:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???
Replies: 39
Views: 2607

Re: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???

If you have wine stains, you can use bleach. Some glasses get discolored around the rim or the bottom of the bowl. Bleach is just fine and you won't scratch the glass.

If the stains are from hard water, that's a different issue and vinegar can work.
by GregT
July 3rd, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 895

Re: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines

Burrowing Owl, Checkmate, Osoyoos Larose, Laughing Stock, and Nk'MIP, are making really nice wines. Fairview makes a decent Gruner Veltliner. Platinum Bench is worth visiting for the bread.

Just like any area, there are a lot of not-so-good places, but there are some standouts.
by GregT
June 28th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1952

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

No meaning and no purpose

I agree with Wes, the question is strange.

I like wine. So I drink it. That's all.

I like to read. I like chocolate. I like to garden. I like to travel. I like to visit friends. No deeper meaning to any of those either.
by GregT
June 28th, 2020, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"
Replies: 35
Views: 1817

Re: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"

Jay - as Victor said, you gave them the best advice already. Then they need to decide what part of the business interests them. It sounds like they have no idea at all because people don't typically decide to "get into" the business without some idea of what they want to do. Working in a vineyard is...
by GregT
June 18th, 2020, 7:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Sourdough Thread
Replies: 44
Views: 2695

Re: Sourdough Thread

I don't have a turkey roaster but that's genius! What a great idea.

Nice looking bread too.
by GregT
June 14th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you chill Beaujolais Crus before serving?
Replies: 21
Views: 909

Re: Do you chill Beaujolais Crus before serving?

No more than any other red. No wine should be served at living room temp.
by GregT
June 7th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you ever tell a friend the wine he proudly poured had died?
Replies: 38
Views: 1758

Re: Do you ever tell a friend the wine he proudly poured had died?

If he had a 2001 Barolo I would tell him. Perhaps hold hands and have a kumbaya moment as you put the wine to its final rest.

And then I'd encourage him to open something else!
by GregT
June 7th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Experimental cultivars?
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Re: Experimental cultivars?

Geoff - there's a lot of work being done. As Larry said, there's work at Davis and there's also a lot of work being done in Europe. In addition there's a lot of collecting going on - Torres is collecting unknown cultivars from anyone in Spain who has something growing that is of unknown origin. So f...
by GregT
June 6th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Freezing wine for storage
Replies: 12
Views: 838

Re: Freezing wine for storage

I've done it accidentally a few times. The cork does get pushed out a bit. I broke off the plug of ice and sealed the bottles. And I thawed them by keeping them upright in the fridge. When you thaw them, they stratify. The water stays on top, the heavier things sink and you can see the layers. I've ...
by GregT
June 5th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Venison Chops
Replies: 2
Views: 919

Re: Venison Chops

The venison showed the terroir found on my property.....delicious.



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by GregT
June 4th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Making meatballs: techniques for "loosening" up the mixture before balling?
Replies: 24
Views: 1572

Re: Making meatballs: techniques for "loosening" up the mixture before balling?

Thanks for the ideas. I like the idea of taking a mixer to the meat just to better blend them together into a uniform consistency and, likely, un-compact it a bit. I also will try a panade. Many years ago I used to go to this dim sum place once or twice a week. The cook, owner, and some of the cust...
by GregT
June 3rd, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Retailer Quoting a 79 Point Rating?
Replies: 18
Views: 1454

Re: Wine Retailer Quoting a 79 Point Rating?

Brings back memories of the 01 Montelena Cab that Laube scored 69.It certainly wasn’t a stellar rendition, but I had a 6pack over a decade that was good to very good. I remember that - he picked up minute amounts of TCA, which were confirmed by a lab, and the winery dug out new caves because of it....

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