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by GregT
October 17th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Bravissimo glassware and balloon decanters at Best Buy right now
Replies: 19
Views: 1475

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: 19
Views: 561

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: 1149

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: 3606

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: 20
Views: 1500

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: 1124

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: 3606

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: 1582

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: 53
Views: 1491

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: 53
Views: 1491

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: 2418

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: 447

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: 1879

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: 6292

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: 344

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: 31
Views: 980

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: 2418

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: 31
Views: 980

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: 589

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: 2897

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: 2418

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: 350

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: 3734

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: 1727

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

Great post Chris.

I agree completely.

[cheers.gif]
by GregT
October 8th, 2019, 12:02 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 40
Views: 1394

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: 6292

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: 610

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: 610

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: 2193

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: 3625

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: 1727

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: 1727

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: 1715

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: 927

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: 406
Views: 19469

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: 6292

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: 406
Views: 19469

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...
by GregT
October 2nd, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 34
Views: 2504

Re: Mountain Lions

In all seriousness, if you've got a lion problem, then I'd have everyone slinging a 12-gauge over their shoulders So in addition to working in the hot sun and carrying tubs of grapes, they're supposed to carry around fully loaded 12-guages? And will all of them know how to use those guns and be rea...
by GregT
October 2nd, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 265
Views: 11698

Re: Ravenswood library offer

He had been put in charge of getting rid of “excess” inventory, which apparently included the wine libraries of Simi, Robert Mondavi, and Ravenswood. WTF? [wow.gif] They have reached peak stupid. How to get some of these. I've never heard of the Once and Future list, but just signed up. I knew he w...
by GregT
October 2nd, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19469

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

But Airbus has been directly subsidized for many years. I always wondered why the US just ignored that. And China is and has done the same - directly pump state money into enterprises so that they could compete with other countries. More importantly though, tariffs have never been shown to work well...
by GregT
October 2nd, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6292

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

When I carefully consider the curious habits of dogs
I am compelled to conclude
That man is the superior animal.

When I consider the curious habits of man
I confess, my friend, I am puzzled.
by GregT
October 1st, 2019, 11:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.
Replies: 28
Views: 1099

Re: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.

Rusack Winery, owned by members of the Wrigley family, have planted a vineyard on Catalina Island and ate producing Zinfandel, among other varieties.
Why didn't they make wine????

neener
by GregT
October 1st, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 97
Views: 6368

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

I think it's the latter that puts people off because they get in and have no idea how difficult it is to sell. My advice for anyone contemplating getting into the wine business is to start on the wholesale side. Not retail, where you collect a salary, however small, and spend your days talking to cu...
by GregT
October 1st, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6292

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

I won't go to Chick-fil-A either, because I don't like mass market fried chicken and industrial bread/rolls. But they have spent a lot of money for youth education and literacy and sponsored the team that won the international debate tournament at Harvard. OTOH, those touchy-feely things don't make ...
by GregT
October 1st, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 2860

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

Hey Greg, great report. Good to know you're drinking well!! BUT - And finally, and I truly believe this, the vines know better. Yes I literally mean that. It has taken some time but I believe that in the Langhe today vines have memory, the ability to adapt to the changing weather and the knowledge b...
by GregT
October 1st, 2019, 12:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 1996 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cab
Replies: 18
Views: 883

Re: TN 1996 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cab

One of my favorite producers from the 90s. Great wine.
by GregT
September 30th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article on Drinking White Wines During Cooler Months
Replies: 7
Views: 648

Re: Article on Drinking White Wines During Cooler Months

He had a number of assumptions that make for easy writing I guess. If you believe that people don't drink white wine in the winter, then it's easy to write an article challenging that notion. And his conclusions are a bit strange: "Most of us dine on lighter fare and don’t have the patience to cella...
by GregT
September 30th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard
Replies: 16
Views: 665

Re: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard

Larry - if it's the wine Paul poured for me a couple weeks ago, it's truly a most excellent wine. And it got even better as it warmed and opened slightly. It has plenty of acidity to support the richness. As Brian says, world class.
by GregT
September 29th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From sommelier to homeless....
Replies: 10
Views: 1994

Re: From sommelier to homeless....

I saw that article yesterday and wasn't sure what the point of it was. Is the reader supposed to feel sorry for him? He has five kids by three different women, stole from the places he worked to support his crack habit, and now he's on the street. It's not like he's being paid so little that he has ...
by GregT
September 28th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40108

Re: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)

Of course raspberries come in various colors. I used to grow some yellow ones because those particular bushes were thornless, and I had some purple ones as well. There are variations that are more orange than yellow. They are both slightly sweeter than the more common red ones. And there are some th...

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