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by Alan Rath
May 21st, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries
Replies: 24
Views: 968

Re: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries

That’s a lot of anniversaries! Well that’s then plan. Defiantly going to get 2017 Haut-Brion for long term, D’yquem as well. The rest I’m not sure yet Just a little (bad) humor on your "2017 wines", John ;) Those are almost certainly excellent choices. If you're willing to play in that league, some...
by Alan Rath
May 21st, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries
Replies: 24
Views: 968

Re: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries

That’s a lot of anniversaries!
by Alan Rath
May 20th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10919
Views: 487449

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A few stray bottles of 2016 Carmes Haut Brion at Total Wine priced at what I assume is their original $90.
by Alan Rath
May 19th, 2019, 10:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 105
Views: 4871

Re: Robert Parker retires

While I acknowledge his contributions to the wine world, and wish him well in retirement, I have to say that his recommendations sent me down a number of unfortunate rabbit holes. In the end, I learned much more from internet forums like this, and my own palate. I honestly can’t think of an importan...
by Alan Rath
May 19th, 2019, 10:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Nikolaihof Riesling Reserve Steiner Hund (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)
Replies: 0
Views: 84

TN: 2004 Nikolaihof Riesling Reserve Steiner Hund (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)

2004 Nikolaihof Riesling Reserve Steiner Hund - Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau (5/19/2019) Excellent medium hay color, beautiful nose of pure Riesling fruit showing just a savory touch of age; fabulous medium intensity and depth, touch of oily density, light saline umami, good medium acidity and...
by Alan Rath
May 19th, 2019, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It’s raining again/still, time to do a cellar inventory.
Replies: 19
Views: 689

Re: It’s raining again/still, time to do a cellar inventory.

It’s so easy to keep inventory relatively up to date, each month I do a shelf in my locker, remove some bottles from boxes, replace with others, jot down the changes on a paper word doc, then update the doc periodically.
by Alan Rath
May 16th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe
Replies: 73
Views: 2780

Re: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe

Not to interrupt a wine thread with an actual wine comment, but it’s interesting how Alf’s bottle seemed to show more open than the one I had a couple of months about:

viewtopic.php?p=2670435#p2670435
by Alan Rath
May 14th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1031

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

PeterH wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Anyone want to venture a split test? Half of a stew with corked wine vs. half with a sound wine?
If I had a significantly corked bottle, the first test I would do is just put it in a sauce pan on the stove and simmer it covered for an hour, then see if you can still detect TCA.
by Alan Rath
May 13th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1031

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

Well, TCA is a bigger, much less volatile molecule, I would have thought there's a better chance that it remains in solution and gets more concentrated. OTOH, maybe something happens to it chemically when heated, so it just disappears that way? Really don't know.
by Alan Rath
May 13th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1031

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

I have made a delicate risotto using a badly corked bottle and it was great. Other dishes as well. Most of the time I just dump the corked bottle down the drain and don’t save it for any real length of time. But cooking is a great way to use a corked grand cru burgundy. Do you have a sense how long...
by Alan Rath
May 13th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 90
Views: 1446

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins

Leave the gun, bring the Keller.
by Alan Rath
May 13th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1031

Re: Coq au vin

Start with a decent, but not great, corked wine.
by Alan Rath
May 13th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 90
Views: 1446

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins

Unfortunately, I'm still in.
by Alan Rath
May 11th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais
Replies: 0
Views: 119

TN: 2016 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais

2016 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire (5/10/2019) Light hay in color, has that light quintessential chenin nose, quite nice medium intensity, some good saline notes, excellent acidity, quite fresh and lively, with a great finis...
by Alan Rath
May 10th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice/Rome/Sorrento
Replies: 14
Views: 340

Re: Venice/Rome/Sorrento

Will, if you use the Search function at the upper right of each page (click the magnifying glass to open search with more options), you'll find several long threads on Venice. Here are a couple: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=131630 https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/view...
by Alan Rath
May 10th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 90
Views: 1446

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins

I'll likely bring a white Burg. I have a Koche of some kind (kind of the analog of Krab).
by Alan Rath
May 9th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th
Replies: 58
Views: 2118

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

2014 Copain Pinot Noir Wendling Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (5/9/2019) Quite dark garnet color, wonderful nose of dark crushed berries and some enticing pine forest, with interesting spice notes; the dark fruit palate is deep and intense, with an unusual flavor note, al...
by Alan Rath
May 9th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th
Replies: 58
Views: 2118

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

Frank Murray III wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 4:48 pm
I just gave up on the 2011 Chidaine Choisilles so gonna dump that
Depressing, isn't it? I only bought 2 bottles of 16 Chidaine, opening one tonight. Can't trust them to go the distance.

Actually, since this is the Pinot thread, I better open a Pinot :)
by Alan Rath
May 9th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 146
Views: 4675

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

Eric, I'm not entirely sure how to interpret you first 3 paragraphs. We agree (as does almost everyone, I think) that the smell/taste sensation we are trying to describe with the word "minerality" isn't caused directly by minerals in the wine. But it is a sensation we need a descriptor for. Minerali...
by Alan Rath
May 9th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 146
Views: 4675

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

Another good article: https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/05/nailing-the-myth-of-minerality Really highlights two perspectives: 1) "minerality" doesn't actually exist in wine, it's a sensation we try to describe semantically by using a term that invokes what we perceive "minerals" to smell and tast...
by Alan Rath
May 9th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 45
Views: 1979

Re: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux

Neal.Mollen wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 5:48 am
has anyone had the 2016 GPL?
FWIW, tasted at UGC in January:

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by Alan Rath
May 8th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais
Replies: 13
Views: 765

Re: TN: 2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais

I have 1 or 2 2010 Franc de Pieds, which was brilliant when I drank my first bottle early on. Now I'm a bit fearful of what this has become. There's only a single recent CT note, a year ago, then goes back to 2014.
by Alan Rath
May 7th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais
Replies: 13
Views: 765

Re: TN: 2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais

Another bottle tonight, not holding up very well. Definite golden color, moderately oxidized, drinkable but not particularly enjoyable. Between premox and a doubling in price, sadly Chidaine is off my buy list.
by Alan Rath
May 7th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A curmudgeon meets the Kimmeridgien; comparing Chablis & Sancerre
Replies: 11
Views: 624

Re: A curmudgeon meets the Kimmeridgien; comparing Chablis & Sancerre

Because plants need to carefully balance what they take up, they don't want too much or too little of anything. They have evolved very nuanced methods to select what they will take up and how much of it they will take up. The goal is to meet, but not to exceed, their needs. So provided that there a...
by Alan Rath
May 7th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 36
Views: 1046

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

The US-AA merger diluted the upper tier so much that anything less than EXP is worthless. I can tell you it was already pretty bad, even before this. As just a PLT, I rarely got upgraded in the last couple of years before the merger (and this was 5 years ago, I haven't traveled on business since 20...
by Alan Rath
May 6th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 90
Views: 1446

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins

Whatever you do, don't bring a 2010 Whatever - bad vintage. Make it 2009 or 2012, Whatever was much better in those years.
by Alan Rath
May 3rd, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 36
Views: 1046

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

Btw, I believe I get the same phone line as the execs do, or maybe I was just grandfathered when exec came into being.
by Alan Rath
May 3rd, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stupid poll time
Replies: 19
Views: 776

Re: Stupid poll time

I voted "other", because my ultimate wine experiences have been with N. Rhone wines.
by Alan Rath
May 3rd, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 36
Views: 1046

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

I'm a lifetime Plat, but don't travel for business any more (haven't in several years). But I also rarely qualified for Exec either (though that didn't even exist for many of the earlier years I was traveling), and in the last few years of my frequent flying, rarely got upgraded. Will your new job p...
by Alan Rath
May 3rd, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9742

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

FWIW, on maturity, I do not find Guigal to be oaky. But that's just me. I agree with you, although that tends to take 30 or so years for me. They are still oaky, it's just that the oak is "different" after 30 years. The same wine without so much new oak would be a different - and I think better - w...
by Alan Rath
May 3rd, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9742

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

I do agree that larger estates are more likely to make more homogenized less interesting wine, but that's not a hard and fast rule. There are also plenty of smaller wineries making wine I don't like too. Bouchard makes any number of outstanding wines, as does Faiveley, both large (or very large, by...
by Alan Rath
May 3rd, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports
Replies: 23
Views: 1339

Re: Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports

He would have been fine if he had stopped here: "We should have fair wine trade which means getting other wine producing countries to lower their tariffs, taxes and duties [to match ours]"
by Alan Rath
May 3rd, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Aeris, Rivers-Marie, Gouges, Felsina, Corison and Cos d'Estournel
Replies: 13
Views: 1085

Re: TNs: Aeris, Rivers-Marie, Gouges, Felsina, Corison and Cos d'Estournel

Love the notes, perfectly describe each wine. You needed a white Burg for the old-world trifecta ;)

It's interesting how the Aeris has had some mixed reviews around here, every time I've had it I've loved it.
by Alan Rath
May 3rd, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 90
Views: 1446

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins

dteng wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 7:38 am
Ok - so let’s have a few themes.
I’ll propose one - Barolo/Barbaresco with at least ten years of age.
Says the guy on the Italian wine kick. I've got almost no Italian, will find something drinkable.
by Alan Rath
May 2nd, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1298
Views: 139797

Re: Official Costco Thread

Kris Patten wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 6:49 pm
Montrose 2016 @ $139.99 in WA today.
Wow, good deal
by Alan Rath
May 2nd, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10919
Views: 487449

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

J. Rock wrote:
May 1st, 2019, 7:21 pm
My wife got me 2015 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta for a gift. I've never had it, but it sounds very good. I think I'll lay it down for a bit, unless I pick up a few more.
Try the one you have, and see if you like it. In the past, it was quite a oaky wine, no idea if that has changed.
by Alan Rath
May 2nd, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Check and Alaska Airlines get 'married'
Replies: 43
Views: 1529

Re: Wine Check and Alaska Airlines get 'married'

Slimmer shoes work nicely as well, such as on the way over to Europe.
by Alan Rath
May 1st, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 20
Views: 587

Re: Best Area in Paris for Bistros

David, check out this thread, there are a ton of restaurants mentioned and described. You'll have to figure out which are close enough to your hotel to walk, but I have yet to be in any area of Paris where there weren't good options within a few blocks. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic...
by Alan Rath
April 30th, 2019, 3:13 pm
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?

Interesting results, in that over half of people who use the term are meaning to describe something which isn't "struck match"; and I'm willing to wager that a good fraction of the people who actually want to describe an aroma as actual "struck match" probably mean something else. Once again, next t...
by Alan Rath
April 30th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 22
Views: 1250

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Kevin Harvey wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 11:04 am
Also, I should have noted that we will be pouring the 2015 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore at pickup day this Saturday.
Thanks for the clarification (poor reading skills). Looking forward to it, I've enjoyed every bottle of Aeris I've had.
by Alan Rath
April 30th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 22
Views: 1250

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

It's great to see people enjoying this wine as much as I do. We plan to offer the 2015 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore soon. Meanwhile, we have had some exciting developments for this grape in California. The 2017 Carricante grown on Centennial Mountian will be our first release of a California Carrica...
by Alan Rath
April 29th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Cognac - 700ml vs 750ml?
Replies: 12
Views: 402

Re: Cognac - 700ml vs 750ml?

I may be wrong but I have fuzzy recollection in the 70s of some German wines being 700ml. Just remembered I have a bottle of 1986 Franken Muller-Thurgau in a bottle that says 0.70cl Looks like this: https://www.buergerspital.de/media/www.buergerspital.de/media/med_83/4358_historische_bocksbeutel.jpg
by Alan Rath
April 27th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs over time - 2016 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas - amazing stuff, crazy QPR
Replies: 27
Views: 1236

Re: TNs over time - 2016 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas - amazing stuff, crazy QPR

If you have any of the Elevacion, would love to see how you think it compares.
by Alan Rath
April 27th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 90
Views: 1446

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins

Daniel Kim wrote:
April 27th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Yah I picked up his MacDonald for him.

Sorry, I was just messing with Alan. I was thinking about bringing Cote Rotie.
Well, if you want to drink this now, we can, but then I'll have to take it out of my will. Your choice.
by Alan Rath
April 27th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Server Corkage Etiquette?
Replies: 53
Views: 2461

Re: Server Corkage Etiquette?

A slightly contrarian view. Just slightly, since the service itself seemed fairly ignorant. But the thirty dollar corkage is a steal, and that price, you are costing restaurant and server money-the server in tips and the restaurant in lost profits. The other thing is giving the server a small pour,...
by Alan Rath
April 27th, 2019, 9:42 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?

Bump. This is pretty interesting. Still haven't heard from Jeremy, I'd really love his thoughts. I should have included a "I have never experienced/don't believe this is an accurate descriptor" option, so if you fall into that category just choose "None". Hope a few more people will vote.
by Alan Rath
April 26th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 267
Views: 13960

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Having just drunk a couple of 82s today that were either just perfect, or still too young, I guess I won't be buying any 2018. Sigh.
by Alan Rath
April 26th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 90
Views: 1446

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins

Daniel Kim wrote:
April 25th, 2019, 12:35 pm
How about 2015 Macdonald? I found an extra bottle in my fridge.
What? Hey!
by Alan Rath
April 25th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune
Replies: 32
Views: 1945

Re: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune

I guess I’m a control freak. If I can get it home with me, I’ll always do that. Minimize the risk.
by Alan Rath
April 25th, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune
Replies: 32
Views: 1945

Re: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune

I will also be in Paris and intended to start a thread on this (instead I started on on restaurants). Wife will not be happy... but a WB offline over memorial day weekend? How do you folks think about merits of shipping in May 2019 (summer) vs. paying the tax and bringing back in luggage? Unless it...

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