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by Alan Rath
January 28th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 98
Views: 3846

Re: Grassl Glassware

Do the tasting stems have smaller bases, or are they the same, larger width as the 1855s? Would definitely be a step up for what we use now with groups, but thinking about whether they'd fit in our wine glass cabinet slots. (The 1855s do not.) Looking at the picture of Tasting vs. Liberte, the base...
by Alan Rath
January 28th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Sues Cork Company Over 'Contamination' of Their 2015s
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Re: Cayuse Sues Cork Company Over 'Contamination' of Their 2015s

Would be interesting to know if these "particles" are just a natural result of using cork, or unique to this case.
by Alan Rath
January 28th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 82
Views: 1739

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

Levi Dalton, whose podcasts are wonderully informative, has, on another board, regularly argued that wine is meaning-bearing and that it literally talks to him. I suppose for him, it could be an art form. All I can say is that it hasn't ever literally talked to me. It may not have talked to me, but...
by Alan Rath
January 27th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Flannery Beef x BerserkerDay11: Ribeyes, Porterhouse, Hangers and More!
Replies: 87
Views: 4529

Re: Flannery Beef x BerserkerDay11: Ribeyes, Porterhouse, Hangers and More!

How do you guys cook the Hanger Steaks? Never tried them. Contemplating a few of those and a couple of Ribeyes. I haven't made them from Flannery but was told 6 min on each side on a hot grill is ideal. If anyone has other ways to cook I'd like to hear (I have four coming). Only advice I'd add is m...
by Alan Rath
January 26th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Lagier Meredith
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: TN: 2017 Lagier Meredith

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 26th, 2020, 11:46 am
Yes I need to grab some of this for sure
Yes you do! 16s are at least as good as the 17s.
by Alan Rath
January 26th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Lagier Meredith -- A Simple Sampler at a Silly Price
Replies: 15
Views: 1431

Re: Lagier Meredith -- A Simple Sampler at a Silly Price

Some great wines here. I just posted a couple notes from tasting the 2017 Syrah and Mondeuse:

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by Alan Rath
January 26th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Lagier Meredith
Replies: 3
Views: 226

TN: 2017 Lagier Meredith

2017 Lagier Meredith Syrah - USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder (8/25/2019) Deep ruby, not quite opaque, nice floral pepper/spice/dried herb nose; very nice, quite intense deep red fruit, strong acidity to start, which fades slowly to show more pepper, spice, those dried savory herbs, along w...
by Alan Rath
January 26th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Halcon Estate Rhone Pack - EXTENDED THRU FRI 1/31
Replies: 42
Views: 1189

Re: Halcon Estate Rhone Pack and some Pinot Noir

Halcon gets my highest recommendation, in the very top tier of California Syrahs for lovers of true Norther Rhone. Hopefully it's OK to link back to this tasting last year, where the Halcon Syrah fooled all of us into thinking it was a high quality Rhone. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtop...
by Alan Rath
January 26th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 126
Views: 5618

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

Great deal on the tasting glasses, order in. Thanks, and Cheers!
by Alan Rath
January 26th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 98
Views: 3846

Re: Grassl Glassware

Chris, looking at this thread before I place a BD order, and saw the posts about Champagne. If you're still thinking about this, Vilmart uses a glass in their tasting room that I think is perfect (though maybe a bit small for some). I'd love to be able to buy a similar glass. Cheers!
by Alan Rath
January 25th, 2020, 5:28 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - Pinstripes, Jan 27
Replies: 51
Views: 1074

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - Pinstripes, Jan 27

ChrisStags wrote:
January 25th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forgot I have a black tie dinner on Monday. Was looking forward to this and had some fun wines for everyone...Next month!
Would it help if we wore black tie as well?
by Alan Rath
January 25th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 44
Views: 1611

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

How about a '67 Chevy?
by Alan Rath
January 25th, 2020, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 44
Views: 1611

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

Carole Meredith wrote:
January 25th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Steve and I have never ever had another wine experience even approaching this . . .
And yet, we've been to your place how many times? ;)
by Alan Rath
January 25th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 44
Views: 1611

Your most memorable wine experience

Came across this old note I wrote back on ebob. Made me think of the best wine experiences I've had. What are yours? Doesn't have to be the "best" bottle you've drunk, just something really memorable that involved wine. 7/26/06 TN: 1997 Cheval Blanc I'm at a conference out here at Mt. Holyoke colleg...
by Alan Rath
January 25th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 82
Views: 1739

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism and Post-Modernism in the Characterization of Wine

You can rescue it with a basketball analogy, like the Celtics "Cousy" era, vs. "Russel" era, vs. the "Bird" era.
by Alan Rath
January 25th, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 82
Views: 1739

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism and Post-Modernism in the Characterization of Wine

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 25th, 2020, 8:25 am
lol, when I was writing that dribble
And you were doing such a good job of elevating the level of discussion, until you wrote dribble instead of drivel neener
by Alan Rath
January 24th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is it too cold to ship wine?
Replies: 26
Views: 1283

Re: When is it too cold to ship wine?

Pat, you may recall this thread from a few years ago. The general conclusion seemed to be that styro and cardboard are surprisingly not that different: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=129783 I also found this much older thread, FWIW: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/view...
by Alan Rath
January 24th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge
Replies: 30
Views: 1288

Re: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge

Do you think most 15 N Rhône are overripe? I guess this is sort of a calibration question. I’ve found the 12 voge vv to be very good and have found most 14 n. Rhône to be overly thin so I’d probably like the 10 voge vv then. 2010 is not a “ripe” vintage tho. I think Voge is pretty ripe and glossy. ...
by Alan Rath
January 24th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - Pinstripes, Jan 27
Replies: 51
Views: 1074

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - Pinstripes, Jan 27

dteng wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 10:44 pm
Alan Rath wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 4:20 pm
So the theme is blind wines?
Theme -
Suggested categories which were Nebbiolo, white, Cabernet.
We can do all three themes if interested, or not...I just suggested blind.
Sounds fun. I'll bring a blind white as well.
by Alan Rath
January 24th, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - Pinstripes, Jan 27
Replies: 51
Views: 1074

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - Pinstripes, Jan 27

Craig G wrote:
January 24th, 2020, 8:28 am
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It's a little scary that you have a picture of my wife and I dining at home on a weeknight.
by Alan Rath
January 23rd, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7028

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 5:15 pm
Alan Rath wrote:
January 22nd, 2020, 6:13 pm
If I were Todd, I'd delete that last few posts, and ban Mr. Restine. Exactly the kind of BS we don't need here. I don't expect Galloni to spend a lot of time here, but I'd like him to feel like he's welcome when he does.
Oh, the irony!
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by Alan Rath
January 23rd, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 212
Views: 18459

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 3:08 pm
Hmmmm, 2010 Figeac
Or 2016 Haut Bailly
by Alan Rath
January 23rd, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cote de Nuits 2018 en primeur report - Long/boring
Replies: 23
Views: 1151

Re: Cote de Nuits 2018 en primeur report - Long/boring

What a lovely, quaquaversal report :)
by Alan Rath
January 23rd, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - Pinstripes, Jan 27
Replies: 51
Views: 1074

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - Pinstripes, Jan 27

So the theme is blind wines?
by Alan Rath
January 22nd, 2020, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is it too cold to ship wine?
Replies: 26
Views: 1283

Re: When is it too cold to ship wine?

adam caldwell wrote:
January 22nd, 2020, 9:03 pm
lows in the -s
Much time below 0F will definitely do it. I’ve had good luck as long as lows don’t get too far into the teens
by Alan Rath
January 22nd, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is it too cold to ship wine?
Replies: 26
Views: 1283

Re: When is it too cold to ship wine?

This is only problem I have had but it has made me a bit more conservative in the winter. This was shipped from east coast to Chicago and we got a crazy cold snap to single digits. They shipped without my knowledge and corrected it and made it right which was appreciated. thumbnail_IMG_3739.jpgthum...
by Alan Rath
January 22nd, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7028

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

If I were Todd, I'd delete that last few posts, and ban Mr. Restine. Exactly the kind of BS we don't need here. I don't expect Galloni to spend a lot of time here, but I'd like him to feel like he's welcome when he does.
by Alan Rath
January 22nd, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 96
Views: 3850

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

I can think of no other region where one producer (Rougeard) stands so far above all the others. Damn Yankees? Damn Rougeard. D'Yquem Egon Muller(sweet) / Keller (dry) Petrus ? Interesting supposition I feel like there are equivalents for these (or near-enough proximations). How about Musar for the...
by Alan Rath
January 21st, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 96
Views: 3850

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Yquem is a possibility, though I would say (for my own tastes) that there are a few contenders that come much closer than anything in Loire does to Rougeard (Climens, Rieussec, Fargues, to name a few). I'll also claim that sweet wines are harder to separate in quality, because everything sweet taste...
by Alan Rath
January 21st, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What a great community we have!
Replies: 22
Views: 1661

Re: What a great community we have!

Peter Chiu wrote:
January 21st, 2020, 6:56 am
I miss Bill Klapp..... [cry.gif]
It is literally criminal to invoke Klapp's name in a thread that mentions FMIII as a model of what we're about.
by Alan Rath
January 21st, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 96
Views: 3850

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

I can think of no other region where one producer (Rougeard) stands so far above all the others. Damn Yankees? Damn Rougeard.
by Alan Rath
January 21st, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 96
Views: 3850

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

For what it's worth, if you happen to find yourself at Post Ranch Inn, their restaurant has verticals and horizontals of Rougeard at prices that are currently a little below retail. The issue is of course that you have to balance that against how much your room cost : ) I just assumed, based on the...
by Alan Rath
January 21st, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2145

Re: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

Mike, in a wide ranging tasting we did last year, 2010 Alpine was an outlier for me as well:

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by Alan Rath
January 20th, 2020, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 3053

Re: storing wines vertically?

If you look at the cellular structure of cork, it makes sense. It also makes sense that the liquid in the bottle doesn't need to touch the cork to keep it moist, because the cells are made of waxy material that's waterproof. That Burgundy guy was just wrong, but he had probably believed that all hi...
by Alan Rath
January 20th, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 3053

Re: storing wines vertically?

Yet another wine-related thing that “everyone knows” which, under actual scrutiny, has little to no evidentiary basis. Perfectly said. It would be cool if there were a wine mythbusters lab out there that would test these things. It would be fascinating to actually know the answer (or at least what ...
by Alan Rath
January 20th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - Pinstripes, Jan 27
Replies: 51
Views: 1074

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - Pinstripes, Jan 27

Larry Stein wrote:
January 20th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Yeah, but Alan is a bit noisy so a private room ain't gonna be much help.
I assumed he meant just for me.
by Alan Rath
January 20th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2145

Re: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

Frank Murray III wrote:
January 20th, 2020, 8:53 am
We'll do another iteration of this event later this year. We'll have to figure out what we taste, perhaps doing favorites of each person at the table and we explore the best of our palates.
I might try to come down for that, if a seat is available.
by Alan Rath
January 20th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What a great community we have!
Replies: 22
Views: 1661

Re: What a great community we have!

Enough of this FMIII worship. He's not nearly the saint you all think he is. I've seen him leave dishes in the sink overnight.
by Alan Rath
January 19th, 2020, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 3053

Re: storing wines vertically?

If no oxygen at all enters through the cork then why do magnums age more slowly than 750s? Explanation for that has always been that there is more liquid for the entering oxygen to diffuse through. Or is that a myth too? Because they start off with less oxygen in the bottle, so start off showing di...
by Alan Rath
January 19th, 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 3053

Re: storing wines vertically?

Logically, if you assume that the contact with wine is continually keeping the cork wet, that implies that the other end is continually evaporating wine and it's wicking though the cork. Cork isn't like a napkin where that might happen. Exactly. A BS myth/conventional wisdom that needs to die. And ...
by Alan Rath
January 19th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 0
Views: 175

TN: 2017 Beaujolais

2017 Domaine du Vissoux / Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais Coeur de Vendange - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais (12/5/2019) Quite dark, medium body, for a 17 this is quite reserved and brooding, with dark, meaty fruit, bit of bright dark raspberry note, good balance, some subtle but present tannins, v...
by Alan Rath
January 18th, 2020, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations on a 1940 wine, port, madeira, etc?
Replies: 21
Views: 905

Re: Recommendations on a 1940 wine, port, madeira, etc?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Eric Ifune wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Is the Grahams released in the States? I don't see it on the Symington's sales website. A lot of their wood aged Ports are available only in the UK.
I hope so, since they are advertising it in the states.
If anyone sees this, please let us know. Sounds like an amazing bottle.
by Alan Rath
January 18th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations on a 1940 wine, port, madeira, etc?
Replies: 21
Views: 905

Re: Recommendations on a 1940 wine, port, madeira, etc?

Eric Ifune wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Is the Grahams released in the States? I don't see it on the Symington's sales website. A lot of their wood aged Ports are available only in the UK.
Interesting that they call it a Tawny, and not Colheita.
by Alan Rath
January 18th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris Bound in February
Replies: 20
Views: 1327

Re: Paris Bound in February

Yeah, yeah, Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, museums, food, wine, that's all fine. But the main reason to go to Paris is for chocolate ice cream at Berthillon on Ile Saint-Louis. Best in the world.
by Alan Rath
January 18th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; 2014 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas
Replies: 10
Views: 785

Re: TN; 2014 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas

I have the 2014 in magnums as it's a wedding anniversary wine but I will not be looking at it until 2034 or so, perhaps longer. I predict you will be happy with this. A lot of 14s were pretty backward, even austere (in my experience). Clape, in particular, was like that. I tried a Renaissance more ...
by Alan Rath
January 17th, 2020, 10:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kelli White on wine aging
Replies: 19
Views: 1675

Re: Kelli White on wine aging

Two experiences.... 1. Buy the 1999 Dominus in 2019, drink it, it has great secondary and tertiary aromas, but no fruit left and color is kinda gone. You like it. Decide... this has aged 20 years! 2. Buy the 1999 Dominus on release and by 2009, it it peaking for you. Every couple years later you tr...
by Alan Rath
January 17th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: (San Francisco) Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux January 24, 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1000

Re: (San Francisco) Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux January 24, 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM

I would like to attend the sold out K&L event. If anyone has an extra ticket, please text me at 707-266-4168. I am already going to the event the day before but would love to attend this one too. Thanks! Roy, looks like they put up some more tickets, see you there! Sean, happy to indoctrinate you w...
by Alan Rath
January 17th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austrian Riesling vintage recommendation
Replies: 12
Views: 615

Re: Austrian Riesling vintage recommendation

Well, there are a lot of different Riesling growing regions in Austria (Wachau, Kamptal, Kremstal, Traisental, Weinviertel, Wagram, Thermenregion, Burgenland …), so it´s very hard to tell generally, and even in the Wachau there is a huge difference between e.g. Spitz and Loiben … and moreover diffe...
by Alan Rath
January 16th, 2020, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austrian Riesling vintage recommendation
Replies: 12
Views: 615

Re: Austrian Riesling vintage recommendation

Well, “taut Rieslings” sounds pretty good to me! Actually, 2010 wines on release could be downright lean and austere. But they have really blossomed over a decade, and imo the vintage has become really very good. 2015, otoh, was warm, just like most of Europe. Big, ripe, lush, sometimes fat, even sy...

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