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by PeterH
July 17th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thief emails?
Replies: 30
Views: 1735

Re: Cellar thief emails?

I started receiving Cellar Thief e-mails last week. After a few, I directed them to the spam folder. I didn't realize they were associated with Invino. I purchased from Invino a couple of times, but they have not had anything interesting lately. Their e-mails are already directed to a folder that is...
by PeterH
July 16th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do I remove this cork ?
Replies: 12
Views: 772

Re: How do I remove this cork ?

I'd grip the cork with my palm downward, thumb under one side of the cork, the rest of my hand on the other side of the neck. Crank hard lifting thumb up and fingers down. Pop!
by PeterH
July 15th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 48
Views: 1795

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

For Neapolitan style pizza my favorite pairing is Fiano do Avellino.
As far as pairing all three of your pizza selections, white or rose will work with the garlic. I think it takes a robust red to stand up to garlic, so not Chianti or Pinot Noir.
by PeterH
July 13th, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SoDo UrbanWorks wineries?
Replies: 18
Views: 593

Re: SoDo UrbanWorks wineries?

If you make it to Charles Smith there are quite a few good restaurants in the Georgetown neighborhood a few blocks away. I have been to Via Tribunali and Fonda La Catrina. Not high end dining but both were very good. There are many other restaurants in the neighborhood that are highly rated as well...
by PeterH
July 8th, 2019, 9:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3380
Views: 172920

Re: The Bourbon Thread

It’s amazing how much bourbon prices can vary state to state, I assume mostly due to liquor taxes. In WA state we have some of the highest liquor taxes around. As an example, Basil Hayden can retail in Wa for well over $50. Costco sells it for about $44. I’m on a driving trip across the N. states, ...
by PeterH
June 28th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2411

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

Madeira.
That is the prominent hole in my cellar.
by PeterH
June 26th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 1620

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

I think it would be necessary to make an appointment with Mike Januik to make the visit worthwhile. He really knows his stuff.

Avennia definitly should be on the visit list. I don't know about Long Shadows, since all the wines are made/directed by
consulting wine makers.
by PeterH
June 25th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 1620

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

Dave McIsaac wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 4:45 pm
DeLille!!

Cadence
Cadence is in the South Park district in Seattle. I suggest Januik instead for a winery near DeLille, somewhat in the same style as Cadence.
by PeterH
June 24th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you know about Genodics?
Replies: 14
Views: 897

Re: What do you know about Genodics?

Someone will say that whether or not it works, the fact that a vineyard manager cares so much about his vines that he's playing music to them will result in better grapes and finer wine. That's gold, Jerry, gold! It was probably the Talbot vineyard manager's kid's science project. To be serious, co...
by PeterH
June 18th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 134
Views: 7633

Re: Top US Syrahs

Alan R is on my wave length, but I will add Arcadian.
by PeterH
June 18th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have no wine
Replies: 30
Views: 2289

Re: I have no wine

My condolences. If you were 180 miles nearer, I'd open a bottle for you.
There is, we all know, always more wine.
by PeterH
June 18th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?
Replies: 32
Views: 1096

Re: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?

Jim,
I'm wondering when you say "random survivor", how random? From someone's cellar? A restaurant list? Auction?
A careful pre-selection could greatly alter the odds of a good bottle from the extremely wide field of "Bordeaux", CA Cab, etc.
by PeterH
June 18th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 14
Views: 1092

Re: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)

Maybe the '17 is better?

I recounted in another thread that my daughter and a friend purchased a bottle of Elouan Pinot Noir from a dismal selection at a small suburban store. After each taking a sip, they decided to drink beer instead.
by PeterH
June 17th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?
Replies: 32
Views: 1096

Re: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?

There are some spectacular '75 Napa Cabs, Mayacamas and Mondavi Reserve for instance. Most are faded. If you could select a well cared for Magnum, I'd lean in that direction. Otherwise, you are rolling against the odds.
by PeterH
June 17th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?
Replies: 32
Views: 1096

Re: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?

If you like Riesling, Germany is a contender. Sauternes is definitely the most dependable. Most red Bordeaux started out hard as nails, and stayed that way until after the fruit faded. Right bank is the best bet, if given a chance to narrow it down. Vintage port will still be drinking fine, but was ...
by PeterH
June 15th, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette/McMinnville
Replies: 21
Views: 1688

Re: Willamette/McMinnville

Right within walking distance in McMinnville, you can visit Goodfellow, Winderlea/Brittan, Eyrie, and Westry. All make excellent Chardonnay and PN. You will have to make appointments. Eyrie recently changed to appointment only tastings.
by PeterH
June 14th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3445
Views: 308736

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

This is what Jon says about the wine <The style of the winery is big, sultry and rich, savory and long on the palate (yes, each vintage and wine is different but that’s the overall style). If I had to make a comparison, I would say (in a Washington State sense) the winery leans more toward the Napa ...
by PeterH
June 14th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3445
Views: 308736

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

I was thinking Gorman. http://www.gormanwinery.com/?page_id=39 Jon has also sold De Hoed before. http://denhoedwines.orderport.net/wines/Library-Wines Mark Ryan and Rasa are outside possibilities Soos Creek does not fit the rich Napa like profile, and doesn't have $60-80 Cabs and blends. I did have ...
by PeterH
June 14th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3445
Views: 308736

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

The Angela is 2014, drinking well right now, with enough acidity and substance to last many years. Red fruits, no over-ripeness of excessive heat. Not a profound wine, but one that you won't get tired of drinking if you went in deep.

The Evil Twin is 2013, FWIW
by PeterH
June 13th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3445
Views: 308736

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

Mattstolz wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 11:45 am
Anyone else think today’s 2016 Tuscany mystery might be Montevertine IGT? The price seems about right for a mystery offer of it, but I’m not very familiar with the ratings history of that wine.
Seems like a drinking window starting with 2019 is not the style of Montevertine.
by PeterH
June 13th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3445
Views: 308736

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

Has anyone picked up or shipped out their "Pinot Noir Gold Rush" the single vineyard Mystery from Willamette from May 17th? I won't be able to ship mine till October, and curious if anyone knows what it ended up being? Thank you, The May 17 offer did turn out to be the Angela Abbot Claim. I would h...
by PeterH
June 12th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?
Replies: 61
Views: 2497

Re: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?

Alan Rath wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 11:42 am
Many years ago there was a motorcycle on campus with the plate "CARNOT". Today that could be considered wine related, though I know it was not.
Good pun, in any case.
by PeterH
June 11th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Need Walla Walla Suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 802

Re: Need Walla Walla Suggestions

This is a possibility. Big reds, rich Chardonnay.

https://www.abeja.net/accommodations.php
by PeterH
June 10th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 1985

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

lleichtman wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 9:33 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Hmm...dry Sherry!

Amontillado
+1 on the Amontillado. Would be my choice or maybe even a fino.
Actually, Manzanilla, but any of the coastal Mediterranean whites mentioned will work , plus Greco, Falanghina, Fiano, Vermentino, Verdicchio.....
by PeterH
June 8th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices
Replies: 30
Views: 2675

Re: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices

It looks to me like all the figures mean is that winesearcher users are upgrading their wine choices.
by PeterH
June 6th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Misen Chef's Knife
Replies: 21
Views: 1961

Re: Misen Chef's Knife

I ordered the knife, and rarely use it. I prefer a thinner blade for most uses, and a traditional Wusthof chef's knife for heavy duty use.
by PeterH
June 5th, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 35867

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

Mineral fireworks, Cold fusion?

Why iron ore? I understand iron, but LPB is sinking into logorrhea.
by PeterH
June 5th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 35867

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

Don't mess with OPP, other peoples prose.

I would like to see the polyphenol index listed on red wines, as well as RS, pH, total acidity, and use of oak.
That would help immensely in sorting out reality from opinion.
by PeterH
June 5th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's on your weekly shopping list?
Replies: 21
Views: 1387

Re: What's on your weekly shopping list?

I'll start with and edit Sarah's list, since she put the work into organization. • Salad fixings – greens (arugula/lettuces/bitter greens etc.), fennel, avocado, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes. • 3-4 of the standard veggies per week – broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, zucchini, summe...
by PeterH
June 5th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 35867

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

x^y fits the dictionary definition for y real and >1. That makes no sense. Burn the dictionary!! It is does not, by any stretch of the imagination, express what dictionaries do when they offer multiple definitions. It is certainly true that if you want to imagine that language could work according ...
by PeterH
June 5th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 35867

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

OK, both John and Peter are confusing order of etymological derivation from ordering in a dictionary, which is done by that dictionary's sense of which usage is the most current and/or the most usual. Those meanings from which a meaning derives often come second (though by no means always). But my ...
by PeterH
June 5th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 35867

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

It is strictly an observation that perfectly clear words can be bent to mean whatever one wants it to mean. (eg. "vertical in feel") Here is a Googled definition: "Relating to a mathematical expression containing one or more exponents. ♦ Something is said to increase or decrease exponentially if it...
by PeterH
June 4th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 35867

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

It is strictly an observation that perfectly clear words can be bent to mean whatever one wants it to mean. (eg. "vertical in feel") Here is a Googled definition: "Relating to a mathematical expression containing one or more exponents. ♦ Something is said to increase or decrease exponentially if its...
by PeterH
June 4th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 35867

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

Very few people understand the concept of exponentiation. (Maybe I should limit that to Americans).
Exponents can be less than one, less than zero, or even imaginary.
by PeterH
May 24th, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1580

Re: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?

Doesn't look cheap to me: 2006 Chateau Laville Haut Brion Blanc $499.00 2017 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc $119.00 Haut Brion Blanc 2017 $849.00 LavilleHB and HBB are mostly Semillon, no? Though I get the point Yup, No one wants to pay a lot for a new world Semillion either. As a result, few gro...
by PeterH
May 21st, 2019, 10:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis
Replies: 52
Views: 2844

Re: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis

Ten/twenty years ago I would have considered SCM Chardonnay a valid category to consider for regular drinking. In the last ten years, the Willamette Valley has really got it's Chardonnay mojo working, and the prices beat CA handily, not to mention that it can be much closer to Chablis in style when ...
by PeterH
May 17th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3445
Views: 308736

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: 3445
Views: 308736

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: 256

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: 786
Views: 35867

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: 1491

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: 1491

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: 2327

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: 1041

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: 2455

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: 1513

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: 7046
Views: 404404

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: 2455

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...

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