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by GregT
August 19th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazon.com breaking CA Liquor Laws?
Replies: 5
Views: 707

Re: Amazon.com breaking CA Liquor Laws?

I'm not sure what Blake is trying to stir up, but I don't think he's right. There's no rule that requires you to have a brick and mortar store. There are companies like Drizzly and Saucy that link up with brick and mortar retailers, and it looks like Amazon may have done that with Mission. Last year...
by GregT
August 19th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Countdown
Replies: 76
Views: 2885

Re: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Countdown

I was going to bring West Of Temperance "Poor Ranch Vineyard" Mendocino County Carignan, Dashe Cellars "Les Enfant Terribles - Evangelho Vineyard" Old Vine Carignan, and Porter Creek "Old Vine" Mendocino Carignan, and I think we have a blend somewhere.
by GregT
August 19th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell us about your auction mistakes/mishaps!
Replies: 4
Views: 537

Re: Tell us about your auction mistakes/mishaps!

We were getting ready to go out for the weekend and I wanted to put in a bid on something that I thought would be good. I don't monitor an auction - I put in my bid and forget about it so I don't get emotionally involved. Anyway, my wife had her stuff by the door, I got distracted, and I hit the ent...
by GregT
August 18th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A bunch of Croatian wines from a recent visit, July 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 363

Re: TN: A bunch of Croatian wines from a recent visit, July 2019

Great post Todd. Some grapes I've never heard of. And you're right - 20 years ago people weren't talking about a lot of those grapes. I tried bringing in some Hungarian wines in the 1990s and pretty much got laughed at. Today not so much. The 20th century wasn't kind to those places in central and e...
by GregT
August 18th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wines to bring back from Europe?
Replies: 16
Views: 844

Re: Which wines to bring back from Europe?

Not sure why you'd look for things in Kermit's portfolio but Wine Searcher works in Europe right? So you can check prices while you're there if you see something you like.
by GregT
August 17th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker scores by region
Replies: 19
Views: 767

Re: CellarTracker scores by region

I think theres something to what you're saying though. I could see fans of a place like Burgundy who think they need to rate more strictly because it makes them look more concerning, or something along those lines. maybe a bunch of hip young somms tasted a bunch of natural wines from Jura and could...
by GregT
August 17th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Countdown
Replies: 76
Views: 2885

Re: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Countdown

So - is the plan to do flights of three or four? I have a suspicion people will be bringing OV Zins so I'll bring a flight of OV Carignan.
by GregT
August 17th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker scores by region
Replies: 19
Views: 767

Re: CellarTracker scores by region

There are lots of posts and threads regarding CT. But this is the first I recall where someone asked about regional bias. My guess just from personal experience is that people tend to rate their "local" wines higher than others. That's just from conversations over the years though, and not any stati...
by GregT
August 17th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1458

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

Interesting articles Jeff. I can't believe that they are still getting those kinds of investments. Wine Searcher has pretty much made it pointless to try to become THE online wine retailer. BTW, did anyone notice that Amazon is opening a second brick and mortar store for spirits delivery as part of ...
by GregT
August 16th, 2019, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Italian wine list assistance
Replies: 17
Views: 709

Re: Italian wine list assistance

The list is weird. You have wines that appear in different places based on vintage, but they're still from the same region - e.g. Bibi Graetz. Then you have a list by ratings and separately, by region. It's the kind of list I really hate. And the mark ups are weird too. If you want to spend it, the ...
by GregT
August 16th, 2019, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1458

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

Wow. That's about as informative as nothing. I remember WineShopper. They were around for like a minute. Don't know Baker but I guess they're the original Wall Street guys who figured they could make a business out of it? But I thought they sold out years ago. Or maybe they tried but couldn't find b...
by GregT
August 16th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1458

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

That's a staggering amount of seed capital for a dot-com. But they aren't a dot com. The original business was started by a few guys who jumped into online sales during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s, hoping, like people in the pet food industry, grocery industry, and so many other industries t...
by GregT
August 16th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Health and white wine
Replies: 14
Views: 695

Re: Health and white wine

Totally.

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by GregT
August 16th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Health and white wine
Replies: 14
Views: 695

Re: Health and white wine

It's not that you're supposed to become intoxicated, just that some studies say moderate alcohol can be beneficial. And not only wine. First time I heard of it, the study involved Scandinavians and vodka. There is a lot of controversy though. For example, some people suggest that the socio-economic ...
by GregT
August 16th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1458

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

It's a hybrid that evolved to accommodate the worst features of wine selling in the US. According to their press release last year, they have six fulfillment centers and each has a particular region, so partly it depends on which one serves you. Berkeley, CA Westbury, NY Miami, FL Houston, TX Maplew...
by GregT
August 15th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Health and white wine
Replies: 14
Views: 695

Re: Health and white wine

No. Anthocyanins are antioxidants. They are what give red grapes their coloring. Resveratrol is another that has rec'd a lot of press. The darker the grape and thicker the skin, the more anthocyanins and the more resveratrol. Red grapes also have quercetin, which is another antioxidant. Dark berries...
by GregT
August 15th, 2019, 12:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 108
Views: 4974

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

Adam Frisch wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Rex Goliath is pretty good for sub-$10 price range. Gallo-owned. And hate them or love them, but Gallo tend to deliver better quality in the lower price brackets compared to many others.
And I was wondering how this thread came back to life.

Never heard from the OP again. One and done.
by GregT
August 14th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hi everyone in Boston
Replies: 12
Views: 670

Re: Hi everyone in Boston

Welcome Diane. You have my sympathies for being in Boston. But you should be able to find a decent group of people to have some good wine with. And of course if you travel to any other cities, post where you'll be and maybe a group of folks will gather in your honor. And best of all, you're in luck!...
by GregT
August 14th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 1930

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

+1001 I understand that the new players have investments that need to be recouped, etc., and Zin is one grape that is under-appreciated by many people, perhaps because it's so frequently been made into a big, jammy style. (Nothing like the wines Cambie makes, right?) As to the Saxums and Albans and ...
by GregT
August 14th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase
Replies: 37
Views: 1267

Re: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase

I've used the Pelican 1440 for years. You can get a foam insert but that only holds 8 bottles. I've taken 12 and even more. Just buy bubble wrap with the big bubbles and wrap each bottle well. I put a piece of styro on the bottom and usually jam a couple pairs of jeans or something in there if the c...
by GregT
August 14th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish Wine Regions
Replies: 18
Views: 665

Re: Spanish Wine Regions

Take a carrier with you for sure. Or a few. And stop in a few stores. You never know what you'll find. older vintages too? I originally wrote this as part of the earlier post but deleted it in the interest of brevity. But yes. I was leaving town heading back to Madrid and passed a wine store. I had...
by GregT
August 14th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish Wine Regions
Replies: 18
Views: 665

Re: Spanish Wine Regions

Take a carrier with you for sure. Or a few.

And stop in a few stores. You never know what you'll find.
by GregT
August 14th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 1930

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

I am glad the Downstream wines are priced at $200.00 a bottle. Why shouldn’t a bottle that is largely Zinfandel or Grenache from the United States command that price? If extremely well-farmed and well-made, shouldn’t these wines merit as much as a fine Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir? There’s long...
by GregT
August 13th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some British Columbia Wineries
Replies: 18
Views: 550

Re: Some British Columbia Wineries

https://www.pentictonwesternnews.com/ne ... y-pioneer/

BC wine lost a pioneer a few days ago.
by GregT
August 13th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?
Replies: 22
Views: 2149

Re: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?

He sure seemed to like that stuff that he was drinking in the clip Hank posted.

I wonder where I can get some of that. Must be pretty good.
by GregT
August 13th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1114

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

Since the end of apartheid the wines have become better every year. Shockingly better. And don't overlook Syrah. May be better than the Cab blends.

There's even some good Pinotage, of all things.

And Chenin Blanc of course.
by GregT
August 13th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Water quality agency claims vintner’s business improperly cleared Cloverdale land
Replies: 24
Views: 1264

Re: Water quality agency claims vintner’s business improperly cleared Cloverdale land

Given Mr. Reimers has had experience in developing vineyards in Sonoma County, he should be aware of required Vineyard Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance (VESCO) permits through SCACO. Former head of KJ and Foley, no way he can say he didn't know. Especially since his business is developing vin...
by GregT
August 12th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish Wine Regions
Replies: 18
Views: 665

Re: Spanish Wine Regions

Mike - so what did she think of the building? Not like he had any desire to blend in with the surroundings at all! In any event, Riscal is not a bodega to pass up. Any winery that can put out millions of bottles of age-worthy decent wine year after year is one to respect. I would rather have a bottl...
by GregT
August 12th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish Wine Regions
Replies: 18
Views: 665

Re: Spanish Wine Regions

Only a few bodegas are set up like Napa. You should check first. If you go to Haro, you can walk from one bodega to another. The bigger ones have regular tours. Literally next door to each other are Muga, Rioja Alta, Lopez de Heredia, CVNE, Cruzado, and Roda. You can walk to all of them. Farther eas...
by GregT
August 11th, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 2747

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

Never regret the time we have spent here on this passion, with our friends and family. Things cannot outweigh experiences. I’ve made great, long-standing friends through wine. Like I have in other passions, hobbies and endeavors. This. Whether your palate shifts out of gear or not! Best to all! [ch...
by GregT
August 11th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 2747

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

I don't understand the medical emergency part, Greg. Can you clarify? All I was trying to say was that this happened to me as I was filling my cellar in that I realized one day had wine in it that I no longer wanted to drink, that the style had passed me by. Looking back now, I ended up selling it ...
by GregT
August 11th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on making this Crude Basement space a cellar
Replies: 14
Views: 838

Re: Thoughts on making this Crude Basement space a cellar

Just find out whether those ducts are cold air return or heat or something else. If they're for heat, then you may want to insulate those, although I tend to agree with everyone else here that you have a really nice situation. But if you want to insulate a little bit, I'd just get some 3" extruded f...
by GregT
August 11th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 47
Views: 2009

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

Here is my question: if Baltic oak was so prized in 1910 or so, why don't more people seek it out?? Pure speculation here but my guess is that it's a combination of fashion and predictability. The Baltics are north of France and the forests in Hungary, Poland, Russia and elsewhere are colder than F...
by GregT
August 10th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25615

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

In my view? It should say "this is a bit of pseudo science that has no real external validity, but we hope you had fun taking the quiz nonetheless." [winner.gif] Continuing this thread for any discussion other than the current Rhys discussion doesn't help anyone, including Rhys. Eric - continuing t...
by GregT
August 10th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1220

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

It may be a trend in some parts of the US, but it's very old school in Spain. I've had plenty. Try a rosado from Muga, Faustino, Lopez de Heredia, Bodegas las Orcas, Bodgas Ostatu, Viña Real or many others, and that's exactly what you'll be getting.
by GregT
August 10th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 47
Views: 2009

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

I had an excellent Rioja a couple months ago that was flat out delicious, and I found it it did not use American oak. Left me scratching my head why the Spaniards are doing this wine they have closer sources for wood. I’m sure there is some historical story behind it, but it just doesn’t work for m...
by GregT
August 9th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 2747

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

Dude, that is a lot of wine. At some point, are you concerned your palate is gonna shift? Will you have bottles you may not want to pop into anymore? Why would this happen absent some medical emergency? I've been drinking wine for over 30 years and still look forward to drinking the earliest wines ...
by GregT
August 9th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 2747

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

I’m on the way up. First time at this amount.
Perfect. Stop, look around, take in the view and keep climbing! [cheers.gif]
by GregT
August 9th, 2019, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is Torrefaction?
Replies: 48
Views: 1709

Re: What is Torrefaction?

And it's high-quality humor too!
by GregT
August 9th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is Torrefaction?
Replies: 48
Views: 1709

Re: What is Torrefaction?

OK if people want the boring stuff - torrefaction is used for a lot of things. You take some organic material, heat it to drive off most of the stuff except for the carbon, and then you can smash it into pellets, bricks, or whatever. Henry Ford was one of the first to do this commercially. Even thou...
by GregT
August 9th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 2747

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

Which direction were you going? I've been over that for a long time but it's kept kind of steady, although we've had to up our weekly consumption.
by GregT
August 9th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is Torrefaction?
Replies: 48
Views: 1709

Re: What is Torrefaction?

Leonard - there was a whole thread about this a while ago, although maybe it was on e-Bob. It was a favored word of Tanzer's. Imagine a forest fire that burned through a blackberry patch. That seems to be the image he's trying to create here. But as Robert points out, it's reticent. And wild! So ima...
by GregT
August 9th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Fogline Vineyards Pinot Noir Fogline Neighbors
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Re: TN: 2013 Fogline Vineyards Pinot Noir Fogline Neighbors

Another big fan of the Fogline wines based on what I've tried so far. And that balance is the same thing I've found. Good stuff and looking forward to trying more of them.
by GregT
August 9th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 65
Views: 2170

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

If you want to pick and choose your wines for each shipment, how does winery protect themselves from members just picking the most desirable stuff and leaving behind the least attractive? There must be some sort of forcing of the hand here for certain cuvee's, no? Adam - this is a pretty astonishin...
by GregT
August 9th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 67
Views: 2309

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Wait, the research hasn't been done? There is a lot of certainty in this thread for not having any actual scientific data. Come on. It's 2019. Who needs science when you have belief? If there's emotional resonance to your idea, then it's a good one. And you're entitled to hold it with all your stre...
by GregT
August 9th, 2019, 12:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25615

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Mark Y wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 9:41 pm
This thread has probably run its course.
Of course! [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif]
by GregT
August 9th, 2019, 12:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 65
Views: 2170

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

I probably drink about 100 bottles a year and like to research/select each one.
And why not? Many of us do the same thing. I don't buy any wine unless I know the scores and the board consensus! [cheers.gif]
by GregT
August 8th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 47
Views: 2009

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

I hope Mel chimes in. Here's another article. https://blog.ridgewine.com/2009/10/14/the-oak-wars-french-vs-american-or-a-barrel-of-information-about-american-and-french-oak-or-more-fun-than-a-barrel-full-of-grapes/ But honestly, I don't think there's any black and white difference that most people w...
by GregT
August 8th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland
Replies: 10
Views: 730

Re: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland

What a fun group of wines Ken. I never knew that there was any Souzao even planted, but I guess it shouldn't be surprising - who knows what people brought over. And thanks for the history as well guys! Great dinner. [cheers.gif]
by GregT
August 8th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25615

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Neal - that test is fun to take, but I'm glad you noted that it doesn't mean much. It doesn't test anything so much as it tests your ability to learn and quickly unlearn. They set up a bunch of words to click with your right hand and pictures of white kids to click with your right hand. There are a ...

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