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by PeterH
May 17th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299464

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I believe that wine is made by Ken Wright, a name that popped into mind as I read Jon's copy. It's a better prospect than the Willakenzie, which hasn't been up to snuff lately.
by PeterH
May 17th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299464

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I agree the Pierre Leon fits, and the 2016 is listed at $60 retail on the Willakenzie site. Interesting that wine searcher shows the consensus critic rating at 91, while the cellartracker consensus is 88.1, with a couple of notes indicating secondary fermentation. That can explain the low closeout p...
by PeterH
May 15th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Dogfish Head- Sam Adams
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Dogfish Head- Sam Adams

Sam Adams buying Dogfish Head can't be good news for beer drinkers. I didn't see any mention of this on the forum yet.
by PeterH
May 14th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 618
Views: 29955

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Either he was drinking from a tall stem, or he was deep in the bottle.
by PeterH
May 13th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1023

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

I’d say Qu 1 is the effect of heat, if any, on TCA. That should be basic science. Absent hard facts I always come back to why risk a wine based dish per the topic of this thread. Deglazing for pan juices, perhaps. But I don’t tend to keep corked wines around - they go in the sink unless returnable ...
by PeterH
May 13th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1023

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

I've read that the TCA binds with fats in cooking, but I don't recall any hard science or controlled tests. I usually have enough wine that is left over, or deemed not worth drinking, so I haven't put corked wine to the cooking test. I can understand why someone would not want to expose themselves t...
by PeterH
May 13th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th
Replies: 58
Views: 2112

Re: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th

I nabbed a few Lutum Pinot Noir closeouts, and they arrived last week. Yesterday I opened the 2015 Lutum Rita's Crown Pinot Noir The wine is fairly dense, medium bodied, and well balanced. Perhaps too balanced. Nothing stood out except for an excessive cinnamon/nutmeg spiciness that some might enjoy...
by PeterH
May 10th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drunk people/children/leggings always tell the truth and now also…
Replies: 12
Views: 1012

Re: Drunk people/children/leggings always tell the truth and now also…

Drunk people are prone to say anything, but not necessarily even know true from false. Children can fabricate their own reality and believe it entirely. That makes them some of the best liars. Leggings can hold firm and tight that which would otherwise be subject to excessive wiggle. Wines lacking a...
by PeterH
May 9th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2244

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Self-explanatory, although including 'from too many producers' made the poll question too long. Please feel free to add comments, caveats, nuances, specifics, details, discussions, arguments. Dan Kravitz many times they're declassified blends from single vineyards and yield a more complex or comple...
by PeterH
May 9th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1084

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

Just speaking for myself, I love chevre as an appetizer, but if hard cheeses are served before a meal I abstain. Other soft cheeses are a maybe. If I'm famished and it looks like other food courses are going to be a long time coming, I'll tamp down hunger pangs with a small amount. This usually happ...
by PeterH
May 9th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7008
Views: 397494

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

How can the wine have a retail and a best web price if it is a small batch sold only under the Sleeper label?
by PeterH
May 8th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2244

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

It would be easier to answer if it were phrased "sometimes lighter and occasionally better". Even for those who prefer more delicate and nuanced wines the statement you give is not true the majority of the time. Entry level PNs from better producers are usually, but not always, made intentionally li...
by PeterH
May 5th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help to pick unusual wines
Replies: 32
Views: 945

Re: Help to pick unusual wines

K&L is a good bet.
by PeterH
May 4th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help to pick unusual wines
Replies: 32
Views: 945

Re: Help to pick unusual wines

Tannat from Uruguay They probably even have some at Binny's. You beat me to it. Was going to recommend bodegas Garzon from uruguay. Both tannat as well as their white wines are quite nice The Albarino from Garzon is the best new world version I've tasted. Wines from Slovenia by Movia, Edi Simcic an...
by PeterH
May 3rd, 2019, 11:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1230

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

Tier 1: Calif, Oregon, Washington Tier 2: Arizona, NM, New York -- now we get into "drinkable" -- Tier 3: Texas, Colorado, Arkansas, Illinois, NC, Virginia, Missouri, RI, Penn -- and finally, hard to swallow -- Tier 4: Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minn, Georgia Michigan is in Tier 2, you just haven't...
by PeterH
May 2nd, 2019, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1230

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

I can't do it as a poll because you can't have 49 choices (no winery in Alaska last time I checked, so please make a list of any states that have not already been listed. I will start it off with my list, which I think covers all the obvious ones plus a few more. I have had good wine from CA, WA, O...
by PeterH
May 2nd, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1230

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

I've had excellent wines from the usual suspects, CA, OR, WA, NY, MI, pretty tasty wines from ID, CO, and NM. Somewhat drinkable wines from TX, VA and AZ, and totally undrinkable wines from a number of other mid-west states.
by PeterH
May 1st, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Vivino toeing the legality line with marketing?
Replies: 28
Views: 1243

Re: Is Vivino toeing the legality line with marketing?

I did call out using vintage ratings (obviously to confuse the reader into thinking it is a specific wine rating) in the "Old man yelling" thread.
I'd say that what once was considered deplorable is now commonplace, except that deceptive marketing has always been a part of the national landscape.
by PeterH
April 30th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1548

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

Schrodinger's wine. It is both corked and not corked until the TCA is detected.

All the same, once it is detected is can come in degrees.
by PeterH
April 29th, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1285
Views: 60213

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Grilled a bison steak over campfire coals (in a fire ring, not real camping). I was disappointed that mushroom hunting yielded nothing, but just being outdoors as winter and spring kept changing places several times per hour dominated any food choice.
Sorry, no pictures.
by PeterH
April 25th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: what do you mean when you write "struck match" as a descriptor?
Replies: 16
Views: 663

Re: Poll: what do you mean when you write "struck match" as a descriptor?

I answered the poll first, then looked up a definition online.

"Sulfur dioxide is a colorless gas with a strong odor, similar to a just-struck match."

Sure, a burning match smells like smoke, but as a descriptor for wine, I don't mean the smokiness.
by PeterH
April 23rd, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Wine stains on carpet
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: Wine stains on carpet

Not sure I’d worry about a stain on dark colored carpet! But you are correct, I assumed it was a light colored carpet. As always, test any cleaning chemicals to make sure you won’t be creating a larger problem Wine stains do still show on dark colored carpets, but then the cover and ignore advice m...
by PeterH
April 23rd, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Wine stains on carpet
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: Wine stains on carpet

Rearrange the furniture, she might not notice. Consider yourself written out of the will. [berserker.gif] For fresh wine stains mix Dawn dish soap 50/50 with hydrogen peroxide and apply to the stain liberally Blot the stain instead of rubbing it in to the carpet. I wouldn't use H2O2 on any dark col...
by PeterH
April 23rd, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 435
Views: 42289

Re: Official WTSO thread

Torii Mor 2015 "Reserve Selection" Pinot Noir up now for $15. I've been to the winery before and enjoyed some of their pinots. This "reserve selection" seems to not exist elsewhere, though, which makes me very skeptical. Almost certainly surplus wine bottled specifically for WTSO. I think it is a f...
by PeterH
April 18th, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone ever visit the Sherry lodges in Jerez?
Replies: 5
Views: 230

Re: Anyone ever visit the Sherry lodges in Jerez?

Sounds like planning ahead and making connections pays dividends.
by PeterH
April 16th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long to leave bottle upright for sediment to settle?
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: How long to leave bottle upright for sediment to settle?

Room temperature is not going to hurt a 2009 Bordeaux for a few days. Just put it in the coolest location you have out of direct sunlight.
by PeterH
April 15th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 773

Re: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?

Matsutake deserves mention, one of the best.
by PeterH
April 13th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Online free glossary
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: Online free glossary

This one isn't deep or extensive, but it is a start.

https://www.winespectator.com/glossary
by PeterH
April 12th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What green vegetable goes best with red wine
Replies: 56
Views: 1424

Re: What green vegetable goes best with red wine

I eat green vegetables with every main meal, and drink red wine with 40-50% of all dinners. I have never found a conflict. Sauteing or roasting the vegetables with onion and adding a bit of balsamic vinegar makes a good match for heartier reds (especially ones with a little VA, it helps cover it up)
by PeterH
April 8th, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

Mattstolz wrote:
April 8th, 2019, 5:48 pm
I've never met a Felsina that I didn't like.

The last '04 Felsina Riserva Rancia I opened (about a month ago) had more brett than I could handle. I thought of opening another last night to see if it was bottle variation, but we had a guest for dinner and I didn't want to take a chance.
by PeterH
April 4th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 435
Views: 42289

Re: Official WTSO thread

John Glas wrote:
January 30th, 2019, 11:39 am
2014 Boedecker Cellars Pinot Noir Athena
Under $20 solid Pinot Noir from Oregon!
Boedecker Cellars Athena is up again this evening.
by PeterH
March 26th, 2019, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...
Replies: 52
Views: 1848

Re: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...

I have done this a couple of times with younger people - my daughter and my niece's husband. At different times, they both told me that they didn't like Chardonnay. In each case, it was largely because of the mass produced junk Chardonnays - for example, the kind my daughter had while in colleg. In...
by PeterH
March 26th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone ever visit the Sherry lodges in Jerez?
Replies: 5
Views: 230

Re: Anyone ever visit the Sherry lodges in Jerez?

I did, more than 30 years ago. It was an unsatisfying experience, geared at pushing large numbers of tourists through with a superficial look into the Sherry making process. We only got to talk to tour guides, no wine makers or growers. No special bottles available for purchase.
by PeterH
March 25th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 435
Views: 42289

Re: Official WTSO thread

Just picked up a case of the 2014 Boedecker "Stewart" Pinot Noir for $18.99. I'm not sure if it's an outstanding deal, but it seemed pretty good. I opened a 2012 Boedecker "Stewart" last week. It is a better than average WV Pinot, a little to heavy on the oak to let the fruit shine. I prefer the "A...
by PeterH
March 23rd, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite stemless wine glasses?
Replies: 24
Views: 877

Re: Your favorite stemless wine glasses?

I've got Reidel O Cabernet glasses that I use as water tumblers, and Chardonnay/Viognier that I use for OJ. My daughter routinely uses Reidel Os, but she has a 2 1/2 YO boy bouncing and careening around. Aside from the heat transfer issue, and smudged bowls, I find stemless glasses uncomfortable in ...
by PeterH
March 22nd, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 296
Views: 16244

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

2016 Clover Pinot Gris. Not as full and rounded as the 2014 mentioned above, but this wine is still quite young. The rippling acidity cut through the fresh Alaska cod we had for dinner. It manages to have the richness that riper PG can attain, without moving even a millimeter into cloying territory....
by PeterH
March 16th, 2019, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: St. Patty’s Day Pairings - thoughts?
Replies: 9
Views: 459

Re: St. Patty’s Day Pairings - thoughts?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
March 16th, 2019, 7:01 am
Riesling
Alsatian Riesling
by PeterH
February 25th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?
Replies: 86
Views: 1922

Re: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?

I'll accept the poll as regarding sweetness of the wine in the bottle, without regards to technicalities. I picked Kabinett based on the frequency I open bottles to pair with food, but the best Rieslings I've tasted and own are all sweeter or drier than Kabinett. Feinherb would have been a tie if of...
by PeterH
February 25th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: Retsina?
Replies: 15
Views: 494

Re: POLL: Retsina?

I voted for the second choice. The experience, which I have never had, and have a difficult time even imagining in the future, would make Retsina tolerable. (I think, that is. I've only had a few sips in my lifetime)
by PeterH
February 24th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does my cellar need birth control or is my wife sneaking wine into it?
Replies: 20
Views: 1872

Re: Does my cellar need birth control or is my wife sneaking wine into it?

Must be more of that free wine. I know the problem.
by PeterH
February 17th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Hawaii Big Island rec?
Replies: 29
Views: 1948

Re: Hawaii Big Island rec?

Even though the lava is no longer flowing, a visit to the volcano park is well worthwhile. Rent kayaks and snorkel gear and paddle out to the Capt. Cook monument. You can't go ashore unless you hike down a long hot trail, but you can snorkel from your kayak without touching land. Don't even think of...
by PeterH
February 15th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Natty wine / unusual varietal tasting group NYC?
Replies: 28
Views: 1018

Re: Natty wine / unusual varietal tasting group NYC?

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Comment removed by me for being a distraction.
by PeterH
February 15th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best grapes for California - expert opinion in 1907
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Re: Best grapes for California - expert opinion in 1907

I think Peverella may be Verdicchio
by PeterH
February 10th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which grape do you struggle most to pair with the food you eat?
Replies: 17
Views: 746

Re: Which grape do you struggle most to pair with the food you eat?

Thirty years ago I would have said Chardonnay (except for Chablis). I had way too much, it didn't go well with most of the food we were eating, and I seldom drink wine without food. Then I discovered dozens of white wines that went well with light fare, and just about stopped buying Chardonnay. Gewü...
by PeterH
February 7th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 435
Views: 42289

Re: Official WTSO thread

Bought 4 of the Seven Hills Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla Valley. Liked the old vine story, the CT reviews were good and the scores were consistently good. I've always been happy with Seven Hills wine. It is a more restrained style and not spoiled by too much oak.
by PeterH
February 5th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine
Replies: 63
Views: 2512

Re: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine

JohnP wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 10:37 am
Ian S wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 10:32 am
Cab crowd? Bring Chappellet Signature from 2012 or before with the exception of 2011.
This could be a good play, love the 12 Chappellet, but unless you bought it on release, it's probably more like $60+ on retail market.
I just got a local newsletter offering it at $62 "on sale".
by PeterH
February 5th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine
Replies: 63
Views: 2512

Re: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine

Carlisle and Bedrock are excellent bets if going for a Zin. That should please a Cab crowd, and gets more bang for the buck.
by PeterH
February 5th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine
Replies: 63
Views: 2512

Re: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine

That is a tough question to answer. A wine that might wow one group could stand out as a confected oaky mess for another. Care must also be taken to not provide a wine that is way too young. Then there is the matter of varietal preference. Not many Pinots are going to impress a Cab crowd, and a stun...
by PeterH
February 5th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 4204

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

I don't buy $20-$30 Burgundy anymore, and very little sub $30 Oregon Pinot Noir, unless it is higher priced wine that has been discounted (or made into a Berserker cuvee). My impression from 40 years of drinking these wines can be condensed to this- Burgundy- not enough good juice left over after th...

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