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by PeterH
January 19th, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 1934

Re: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020

Jim and Yvette produced a well organized and well paced tasting. Big thanks to them, and to all the contributors of food and wine.

Thank you, Mark, for posting the pictures. That is a lot of wine to remember.
My favorite dry white was the Chidaine. Favorite Loire Cab Franc was the 1989 Couly-Dutheil.
by PeterH
January 18th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?
Replies: 53
Views: 1712

Re: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?

I've got some 2014 Port. I don't know if they are going to be among the last bottles I drink, or are in the "will never drink" category.
They will never be at their prime in my lifetime. That's for sure.
by PeterH
January 16th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 1934

Re: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020

My wife is suffering burnout from having to socialize too long with visiting relatives, and would like to yield her seat to someone on the waiting list.

I'll also be bringing a Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon.
by PeterH
January 15th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Kelley Fox Wines
Replies: 20
Views: 1601

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Kelley Fox Wines

I know Pinot Noir is the main draw, but I hope some Pinot Blanc makes it into the BD offering.
by PeterH
December 31st, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 1934

Re: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020

By "flights" I meant grouping similar wines, and drinking from the groups in a logical order; usually from lightest to richest. That could put off-dry whites after reds. I didn't mean everyone sitting down at once with a set of glassware. That takes a lot of room as well as stemware. We talked about...
by PeterH
December 24th, 2019, 9:51 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 1934

Re: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020

Jim,

My wife would like to take part.
Looks like a large crowd is attending. Maybe this time we should really do flights.
by PeterH
December 22nd, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you serve at parties?
Replies: 46
Views: 2027

Re: What do you serve at parties?

My formula is to serve guests wines of a style I think they will enjoy, but better than what they usually drink. I also believe in trying to match the wine to the food served, but when it comes to parties, I've found that catering to the guests tastes is more appreciated than trying to create an edu...
by PeterH
December 18th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 a shipping odyssey
Replies: 38
Views: 2076

Re: 2019 a shipping odyssey

My incoming Fedex shipments (not necessarily wine) have been arriving 3-4 days later than indicated by the initial shipment notification. I think that online shopping increased faster than anticipated, plus competent seasonal labor is harder than usual to find. All the carriers are using rental truc...
by PeterH
December 17th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred material for racks, other than redwood?
Replies: 21
Views: 702

Re: Preferred material for racks, other than redwood?

Redwood is beautiful, but not necessary as the wine cellar is not exposed to sun and rain. I see nothing disadvantageous to using fir, or any hardwood if you want the look. Mahogany wood that is available is plantation raised, and not special at all.
by PeterH
December 16th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3589
Views: 345532

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

It is still available. Who else feels lucky?
by PeterH
December 15th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1195

Re: The Wand Wine Filter

Chris Freemott wrote:
December 15th, 2019, 10:14 am
Have her eat a dried apricot.

No headache then it’s not sulfates
Just to keep the terminology straight, sulfites are used on dried fruit. Sulfates have one more oxygen atom per sulfur atom and are less reactive.
by PeterH
December 13th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ACTION NEEDED - 100% Tariffs
Replies: 29
Views: 2387

Re: ACTION NEEDED - 100% Tariffs

Comments submitted, and since I live in a "Boeing" state, comments to Congressional representative also.
by PeterH
December 12th, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?
Replies: 36
Views: 1334

Re: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?

I'm in Seattle and have some wine that's been stuck in Troutdale since Sunday as well. From what I've found online, FedEx is extremely backed up right now and our packages are likely just sitting in a trailer that they haven't gotten to yet – other ones are prioritized above ours. The trailers with...
by PeterH
December 10th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4925

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

Must be Roar.
by PeterH
December 9th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4925

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

Jim Stewart wrote:
December 9th, 2019, 2:54 pm
a romantic jester for the "rest of us" ?

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Matello
by PeterH
December 9th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4925

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

Lots of birds on labels. Castellare?
by PeterH
December 9th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4925

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
December 9th, 2019, 11:37 am
Keith and Otto will know this legend, so perhaps they will allow us unwashed masses to guess....


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Gentaz-Dervieux
by PeterH
December 7th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 41
Views: 2645

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Lee

The pre-Thanksgiving tour was reasonably mellow, as were the pre-Memorial Day events.
by PeterH
December 7th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1122
Views: 58860

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

How so? There is no direct connection that will help dissuade the French from imposing a digital services tax. European consumers will probably love lower Champagne prices, and the Chinese may develop a taste. Luxury taxes should have at least one of two bases: To raise revenue from those who can af...
by PeterH
December 7th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1122
Views: 58860

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

"You cannot specifically tax an individual producer".

I figured that was the case, but it doesn't make the tariffs on wine and cheese any less absurd. It's a remedy that would fit perfectly in a Monty Python skit.
A 100% tariff on Champagne is like stabbing ourselves to punish our foe.
by PeterH
December 7th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1122
Views: 58860

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

Seems like a more direct approach would be to place a tax on Airbus planes sold to US carriers, but I'm sure there something preventing that.
Penalizing US consumers to make Boeing more competitive is wrong headed to me.
by PeterH
December 6th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?
Replies: 54
Views: 2813

Re: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?

The time to buy good Napa Cabs for $15-$40 was twenty years ago. Unfortunately, even in Washington the wines in that category are likely to be mass produced and somewhat artificial. You might find Seven Hills, Soos Creek and a few others at the upper end of that range.* If tariffs don't spoil the so...
by PeterH
December 6th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wine pairing with "Angry Crab?"
Replies: 14
Views: 726

Re: Wine pairing with "Angry Crab?"

I bet more people would be turned off by Gewurztraminer than by sweetness. I'd go with a Spatlese Riesling.
by PeterH
December 6th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?
Replies: 54
Views: 2813

Re: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?

Gramercy was mentioned above. Avennia, Andrew Will, Betz, Cadence and Leonetti are all on par. Plenty of other Washington State Cabs are worth exploring; Double Back, Januik, Seven Hills, Spring Valley are a few. A large percentage of WA winemakers have been habitually over using oak, so you do need...
by PeterH
December 6th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top ten wine producing countries ranked in million tonnes between 1961 - 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1056

Re: Top ten wine producing countries ranked in million tonnes between 1961 - 2018

An interesting fact I read last week which you would not guess from that chart, is that more Washington State wine is sold in the US than French wine.
by PeterH
December 6th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7412
Views: 459356

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

KevinK wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 10:08 am
Someone talk me out of this La Chapelle deal.

It could be counterfeit

It could be cooked

It ain't Chave
Read the cellartracker tasting notes. While it sounds like a lovely wine, the descriptions are not of a peak N Rhone experience. There are plenty of 92-94 point wines at a lower price.
by PeterH
December 5th, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wine pairing with "Angry Crab?"
Replies: 14
Views: 726

Re: Wine pairing with "Angry Crab?"

scamhi wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Namasake would be great too.
There is a pun somewhere in that answer, I'm sure.
by PeterH
December 5th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1122
Views: 58860

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

Let's look at some numbers. You want to assume unchanged sales, but no company has unlimited funds to put into inventory. An importer has $100K open to buy, and before tariffs could purchase 500 cases at $200/case. Tariff raise the cost of the wine to $250/case. Now the importer can afford 400 cases...
by PeterH
December 5th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1122
Views: 58860

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

Companies will treat tariffs as a cost of goods, because they have to pay those costs and tie up their capital at the time of delivery. Sales taxes are collected at the time of sale, and thus are paid for by the purchaser. I should add that any intermediate distributor and reseller will see tariffs ...
by PeterH
December 5th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1122
Views: 58860

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

So far there has been a wide range in how tariffs have affected retail prices, masking the eventual result if the tariffs hold long term. Whenever possible, companies built up stock in advance, pre-tariff. Some are holding back on price increases, hoping for a reprieve soon. Some are blending prices...
by PeterH
December 3rd, 2019, 10:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck Top 100 2019
Replies: 50
Views: 4641

Re: Dunnuck Top 100 2019

There are many wines on the list that I like, and more than a few that I've purchased, but I'd never use Jeb Dunnuk as a buying guide. I wish we could go back to reading wine writers choices as suggestions, not ratings. It took me a long time to accept that letting someone else judge wines for me is...
by PeterH
December 1st, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2401

Re: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

Every time I try to cancel, I'm offered another year for $2. Happens with other magazines too. They have to keep their circulation up to justify the advertising rates.
My wife says cancel anyway, because most of the issues never get read.
by PeterH
December 1st, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS story: To claim or not to claim?
Replies: 31
Views: 2513

Re: UPS story: To claim or not to claim?

I hope whoever got the wine really appreciates it.
UPS would undoubtedly deny the claim even if it was a vase, blaming the packaging. Probably the same if the wine were shipped legally, i.e., from a registered seller.
by PeterH
December 1st, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 1934

Re: Seattle Offline - January 11 or 18, 2020 ??

I'll be at Whistler the weekend of the 11th.
I've got plenty of Loire whites, only a weak selection of reds.
by PeterH
November 29th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: time to talk turkey
Replies: 29
Views: 1663

Re: time to talk turkey

This year I got one of my best results ever with a pasture raised heritage breed turkey. The shape is different than modern top heavy turkeys, giving a higher proportion of the dark meat I like better. To counter the firmer meat I brined 16 hours and slow roasted at 250 degrees for five hours. I upp...
by PeterH
November 27th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...
Replies: 33
Views: 2095

Re: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...

Yes, if there is a restaurant in Yakima worth eating at, I'd like to know.
by PeterH
November 27th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...
Replies: 33
Views: 2095

Re: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...

I wish every waiter would let me pour my own wine. Typically they pour every glass too full, and keep on refilling as fast as the wine is consumed.
by PeterH
November 20th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to best show young Bordeaux?
Replies: 8
Views: 564

Re: How to best show young Bordeaux?

Serve something like greasy sliders. Cheese is usually too harsh for tannic wines.
by PeterH
November 20th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 83
Views: 4218

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

I decided that I am too old to take up the LastBottle offer for 2016 Fonseca Port today. I'll be kicking myself in 25 years if I can still indulge in drinking (and can still kick anything other than the bucket).
by PeterH
November 20th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 118
Views: 13216

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

I didn't read the article, but the usual advice is to sell some assets and pay down the debt. If they can't stand to part with the art, it has to be the winery, and vice versa.
by PeterH
November 20th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Christmas Roasts (non-beef)
Replies: 17
Views: 1088

Re: Christmas Roasts (non-beef)

Goose
by PeterH
November 19th, 2019, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourboulenc Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: Bourboulenc Questions

Did you check out the cellartracker notes?

https://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp? ... 78830c17b5
by PeterH
November 18th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5764

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

The top 100 seems to suck worse than usual. A to Z Wineworks? Come on! It is just a blend of surplus juice. It also fits WS that the choices from the Penner Ash and Cristom stables are their ripest, least subtle wines. There are, as usual however, a few wines that I have never heard of, and wouldn't...
by PeterH
November 15th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 83
Views: 4218

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

I'm too old to buy '16 Bordeaux, and my cellar is too full for any more wine. Nonetheless, I find myself lugging 6-8 cases of big-ass bottles down to the basement several times a year.
by PeterH
November 14th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx tries to give my wine the Madeira treatment
Replies: 8
Views: 1274

Re: FedEx tries to give my wine the Madeira treatment

We used to purchase from a vendor who was located 40mi north of our factory in Seattle. They shipped via UPS, and we got the parcels the next day. Then they switched to Fedex and all the parcels went to Portland, OR, and back to Seattle. Shipments now took two days. If we needed something next day, ...
by PeterH
November 12th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Insider: Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings
Replies: 20
Views: 2681

Re: The Insider: Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings

He wants to teach billionaires about wine, but he can't be bothered getting a decent hair cut or a suit that fits.
Are you absolutely sure it is not a parody? I don't have sound on my computer, so I'm missing important cues. One thing that stands out is his apparent attempt to get the lady drunk.
by PeterH
November 12th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you always taste before you buy?
Replies: 27
Views: 1410

Re: Do you always taste before you buy?

No, not all the wines I buy come with screw caps.
by PeterH
November 6th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Stangeland Pinot Noir Eola Hills Cuvee
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Re: TN: 2017 Stangeland Pinot Noir Eola Hills Cuvee

WTSO often has wines in stock even after they have "sold out". They currently have a 2016 Stangeland in their holiday selection. I also purchased some 2014 Carabella last week from WTSO. I've tasted the wine at events, but never bought any at the regular price. At $20 is is definitely a deal, and sh...
by PeterH
November 2nd, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
Replies: 32
Views: 2745

Re: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

Buried in the notes of a recent tasting of northern Rhone wines in Seattle is mention of Sotanum, a joint venture of Yves Cuilleron, Pierre Gaillard and Francois Villard. https://www.winespectator.com/articles/vins-de-vienne-pushing-limits-in-the-rhone The wine fit right in with the notable competit...
by PeterH
October 29th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2259

Re: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards

I agree that the Canary Islands are worth the trip. There are also good wineries on the more accessible Balearic Islands. I'd nominate San Juan Island Winery, or maybe Glacier Peak Winery, but for the provision that the wines themselves be worthwhile. https://www.seattlemag.com/northwest-travel-and-...

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