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by PeterH
November 15th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 66
Views: 2644

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: 7
Views: 838

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: 2492

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: 1253

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: 288

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: 2639

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: 2132

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-...
by PeterH
October 29th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2132

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

How remote can you be in Switzerland? Hard to get to, yes! Domaine de Beudon https://www.google.com/search?q=Domaine+de+Beudon+photo&client=firefox-b-1-d&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=uMoR5YoNKFAKcM%253A%252CemRiXg26k1qH2M%252C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kQcQt_vplFP32BiikF3SKcPK8QmWg&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiT5syNm8Ll...
by PeterH
October 28th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "What the . . . Where TF did this come from?"
Replies: 40
Views: 2401

Re: "What the . . . Where TF did this come from?"

I've got a number of WTF wines in the cellar, but I do know how they got there. Cherry wine from Michigan- friend who used to live in Michigan Pear wine from Washington - same friend trying to torture me again Unknown Bordeaux- not classified in any way, not found on cellartracker or winesearcher- n...
by PeterH
October 28th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18969

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

The forest service does controlled burns in eastern Washington, but there are numerous limitations to the effectiveness. The first is the sheer number of square miles of fuel laden forest and brush lands. Next it the severe under-funding of the national and state forest services, coupled with the co...
by PeterH
October 25th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18969

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Just an FYI, it is tract houses, single track. We all get what you mean, though.
by PeterH
October 25th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 81
Views: 3944

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

"it seems like the impact should be similar to a weak dollar". Let me answer for Dan, if I may. One big difference is the sudden change. Dollar weakness happens over months to years. More important is the selective application of the tariffs. Wine drinkers can switch their buying habits much faster ...
by PeterH
October 24th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3542
Views: 335953

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

I guess you have to be watching your e-mail without blinking. The '14 Gap's Crown PN sold out in less than 4 minutes.
by PeterH
October 24th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18969

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

I am perplexed that the state doesn't clear brush in these areas. Its sad to see these fires devastate every year. Jeff, the area where this “Kincaid” fire started is DESOLATE. Even a experienced hiker would have trouble hiking to the area where this fire started no less have brush cleared. The pro...
by PeterH
October 23rd, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27300

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

Mark, That is a stupid marketing approach, but when a large segment of a commodity is subject to unavoidable price increases, all competing fungible products usually also go up in price because of the "umbrella" provided. That is happening right now in the business I'm involved in, sporting goods.
by PeterH
October 23rd, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 68
Views: 4040

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Yes, Helioterra, I should check sources before posting. "14 and '15 were both ripe years, but '14s are drinking well much earlier than the '15s in general. The Boedecker Athena and Stewart they offered would have been good candidates. Sometimes show up again, even after being "sold out".
by PeterH
October 23rd, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 68
Views: 4040

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

I had a similar experience with Belle Glos Clark & Telegraph at a large dinner attended by mostly casual wine drinkers. I had stupidly bought some for half price on closeout,and thought it might be a crowd pleaser. Nope! Everyone drank the Willamette Valley PN and left the Belle Glos in the bottle. ...
by PeterH
October 21st, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 68
Views: 4040

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Time is getting short, but if you watch WTSO they will almost certainly have a 90 point average rating PN for $20 or less in the coming weeks. Don't jump before checking, because not all the offerings are winners. Most are a pass, but they list a lot of wines that are perfect for somewhat discerning...
by PeterH
October 21st, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Wow talk about a high end beer !
Replies: 19
Views: 773

Re: Wow talk about a high end beer !

Regular Sam Adams is bad. Is the Utopia four times worse? 10X? 20X?
by PeterH
October 21st, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 81
Views: 3944

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

I'm not stuck on any particular wine to the extent I'll overlook price increases. It happens that the only Sauvignon Blanc wines I buy are from the Loire region, but there are dozens of other white wines I can buy from regions not affected by the tariffs. These tariffs are significant enough that th...
by PeterH
October 19th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 2697

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

Sorry to hear that, Eric.
Keep in touch for January at Jim's.
by PeterH
October 18th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 2697

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

My wife and one daughter have Masters degrees from U of W. The other daughter has a law degree from Oregon.
My loyalties are split

Does everyone have the address?
by PeterH
October 17th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 2697

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

There is a UW football game Saturday, and I’m in Laurelhurst right on the other side of the stadium from Peter. If I can leave the winery early enough, we’ll get there on the early side. Otherwise we’ll have to wait out the traffic and arrive late. I can bring whatever we need. Rhône is my favorite...
by PeterH
October 16th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Where Does Dessert Go For You?
Replies: 17
Views: 776

Re: Where Does Dessert Go For You?

Victor Hong wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Thighs and butt(s).
And bellies. You win this one, Victor!

I don't serve dessert. My wife does.
I don't eat it.
by PeterH
October 15th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 2697

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

There is a UW football game Saturday, and I’m in Laurelhurst right on the other side of the stadium from Peter. If I can leave the winery early enough, we’ll get there on the early side. Otherwise we’ll have to wait out the traffic and arrive late. I can bring whatever we need. Rhône is my favorite...
by PeterH
October 14th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine consumption a defense against opioid addiction?
Replies: 36
Views: 1269

Re: Wine consumption a defense against opioid addiction?

I don't know about ya'll, but I don't know anyone who is an opioid addict, but nearly everyone I know drinks wine.
There, that proves it.
by PeterH
October 14th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 18
Views: 945

Re: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Cornelissen wines are like the little girl with a curl in the middle of her forehead.

When they are good, they are very, very good, but when they are bad they are horrid.
by PeterH
October 13th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 2697

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

I say let Scott organize flights of the reds. He can chose whether to divide by vintage or district. We can start with white wines and appetizers. It would be fun if someone brought a sparkler from Saint-Peray, but I can open something else as a greeting wine otherwise. If some wines arrive late and...
by PeterH
October 12th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3542
Views: 335953

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

Anyone care to guess at the next 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet mystery offer? The caveat below really gives me pause... • If you disdain this wine, you will know plenty of friends, family, colleagues, bosses or other that will think you’re the ant’s pants for gifting them a bottle. • Madonna is not ver...
by PeterH
October 11th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Fizzy Oregon Pinot Noir
Replies: 4
Views: 550

Re: A Fizzy Oregon Pinot Noir

How fizzy? If a few iterations of "the Shake" dispels the fizz without it frothing out of the bottle, it is probably too much CO2 at bottling. Cork or screwcap? Otherwise, secondary fermentation. Most of the wines from that year are lean and taut, so I can imagine a winemaker trying to help the weig...
by PeterH
October 11th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27300

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

Here's one I saw in the comics today- sort of.

"Gouda is dead" ...




... at retail.
by PeterH
October 10th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 2697

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

Tasting day is a little over a week away, and we need to make some organizational decisions. The roster above lists up to 22 attendees. Currently the structure is "We will show up and drink Northern Rhone wines (or mostly). We will also have some food. If people prefer no definite structure, that is...
by PeterH
October 9th, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27300

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

I can't vouch for it personally, but the Slovenian oil appears to be the real thing.

http://lisjak.com/en/

Slovenial olive oils in general.

https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil ... 2019/68013
by PeterH
October 9th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 2697

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

Emil F wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 10:37 am
Longtime WB lurker here, finally motivating myself to create an account

I'd love to join, especially if Northern Rhone is the theme
I'll send you address information. Anybody else need that?

Given the attendance, some extra stemware will be welcome, and maybe decanters too.
by PeterH
October 9th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2541

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

From some of these definitions, primary would be un-fermented grape juice. I think the closest you can get to a primary wine is right from the press, pre-malo, pre-barrel. Usually delicious.
by PeterH
October 7th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 2697

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

My wife will be joining me. We plan on bringing a Condrieu and a Hermitage. For food, we're leaning towards lamb stew or braised lamb shank, since both will pair nicely with the wines. Any chance we can use the stove to reheat it, or should we plan on bringing it warm? The kitchen will be available...
by PeterH
October 7th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 2697

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

I'm going out to dinner with a couple of out-of-town wine buddies that evening. If we bring tasty N.Rhone selections could I bring 2-3 friends for the first couple of hours? I'll have to verify their schedules, hopefully we can make it if there is space available. Yes. :) We can make space, plus, n...
by PeterH
October 6th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Looking suggestion on Carpet Cleaner Machine
Replies: 3
Views: 445

Re: Looking suggestion on Carpet Cleaner Machine

Don't bother with home carpet cleaners or rentals. If the carpet is worth cleaning, call in (or deliver to) a commercial cleaner.
by PeterH
October 5th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots
Replies: 24
Views: 1931

Re: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots

Just about any bottle labeled Shea Vineyards, no matter which maker.
by PeterH
October 3rd, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: VACATION FROM IT ALL
Replies: 20
Views: 1016

Re: VACATION FROM IT ALL

Good suggestion by M a r k, but better yet, go there by sailboat.
by PeterH
October 3rd, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time heals all wounds? I think not
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Re: Time heals all wounds? I think not

I think he is saying that it takes a fraud to know a fraud, and is referring to Lazar.
by PeterH
October 1st, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 2697

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

Food contributions will be most welcome. Perhaps we can post over the next few weeks so that we get a range.
I'd also welcome someone coming early to help with set-up, which will probably involve moving furniture.
by PeterH
September 30th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 2697

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

Sorry for taking so long to reply. I was in the mountains for the last five days.
I suggest an afternoon start, perhaps 4:00 PM. Everyone please give input, as I'm flexible on timing.
by PeterH
September 24th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4170

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

I haven't had one recently, but tasting notes indicate that La Jota is keeping up the good work.
by PeterH
September 20th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grenache Day, Sept 20
Replies: 19
Views: 797

Re: Grenache Day, Sept 20

I guess I jumped the gun last night by accident, although it was the 20th already in most of the world. Opened a 2012 Boutinot Cairanne La Côte Sauvage to go with burgers. It was better than expected, but only 70% Grenache.
by PeterH
September 9th, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?
Replies: 24
Views: 1242

Re: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?

Any decent Thai curry w/tofu, also love a good Indian veggie Korma (or most any Indian-style veggie curry). And speaking of Asian, a really great Chinese place near me makes a Sichuan-style salt & pepper dish dry fried w/tofu that's sooooo addictively yummy. So many good pasta dishes it's hard to k...
by PeterH
September 9th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?
Replies: 24
Views: 1242

Re: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?

Mushroom risotto makes a fantastic pairing for Sangiovese or Nebbiolo wines. Don't skimp on the butter and olive oil. Serve green beans, cooked al dente, on the side.
by PeterH
September 9th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 2697

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

I don't have anything else scheduled for that day, so I'm tentatively saying OK.
by PeterH
September 6th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting outside vs inside?!
Replies: 30
Views: 1159

Re: Decanting outside vs inside?!

Imagination is a powerful influence.
by PeterH
September 6th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Patton Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Re: TN: 2014 Patton Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir

We had that wine on the deck of our cabin last week. Seemed right down the middle WV to me. No cola, for instance. Not complex, and I think you are right that it won't change much medium term. I think I paid about $20 for the wine. I didn't expect either more or less than what it delivered; good jui...

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