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by Alan Rath
July 23rd, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Logistics Question for the experts
Replies: 20
Views: 443

Re: Shipping Logistics Question for the experts

Do you go back to Florida periodically? If so, check a case each time and store it there to wait for your return.
by Alan Rath
July 23rd, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 130
Views: 6336

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

All these "RIP Alan" posts are a little unsettling...
by Alan Rath
July 22nd, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 130
Views: 6336

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Why do I have this nagging feeling he might just jump in here at some point and tell us to kiss his Welsh a$$ with all our condolences? ;) Wishful thinking, I guess.
by Alan Rath
July 22nd, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 130
Views: 6336

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

AlexS wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 4:29 pm
Alan Rath is dead too????
Still have a way to go, my grapes of wrath are east of Eden.
by Alan Rath
July 22nd, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 130
Views: 6336

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

This thread of his sums him up pretty well. As I said, quintessential Berserker.

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by Alan Rath
July 22nd, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 130
Views: 6336

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Craig G wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 3:34 pm
This is very sad. I wish he had polled us first.
I'm a little unsure how I would have voted.

Very sad news, I never quite got some of the controversy around his posts. He seemed a quintessential Berserker to me. Will be missed.
by Alan Rath
July 20th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 40
Views: 1303

Re: Pronunciation

Which some people mispronounce "inneresting". On the radio the other day I heard a woman newscaster talking about a house police had raided where they found a large "cachet" of weapons. One of the bad things in English is that we like to drop French words into the mix. Those are supposed to make us...
by Alan Rath
July 18th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about Burgundy Vineyards
Replies: 17
Views: 833

Re: Question about Burgundy Vineyards

This is what the Coase theorem would suggest. The fact that it hasn't happened yet indicates that something has made the transaction costs very high. You can't leave cultural factors out of the equation. In many cases, plots have been in families for generations or centuries. They don't look at the...
by Alan Rath
July 18th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?
Replies: 31
Views: 1576

Re: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?

I've only ever had them young (and loved them). I suspect though that I'd really appreciate them with some serious age, given Hardy's comment above. I've had them with a few years of age, but never really extended aging. I'd love to be convinced someday, but for now I'm still drinking them young. A...
by Alan Rath
July 17th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Dinner at Golden Triangle in Los Gatos Sept or Oct Rhys pinots mostly, plus wines from SCM grapes
Replies: 24
Views: 562

Re: Dinner at Golden Triangle in Los Gatos in Sept. or Oct. and the theme will be...

My bottle will be corked, but Daniel is bringing a backup, 14 Alpine Hillside.
by Alan Rath
July 17th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?
Replies: 31
Views: 1576

Re: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?

There's a good chance in 20 years I won't remember this discussion ;)
by Alan Rath
July 17th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 79
Views: 5235

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Anybody know how to change your Rhys account email? (I suspect this couldn't be easier, but I can't find it anywhere in my manage account settings) Realized after seeing this thread that Rhys has my old email! If you're able to log in, go to My Account at upper right, the Username/Password page let...
by Alan Rath
July 16th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR - 2015 Chave St. Joseph
Replies: 11
Views: 590

Re: TNR - 2015 Chave St. Joseph

Apparently two disagreements is cause for DTM. You have one chance left, be very careful. Or make it a good one ;) [cheers.gif]
by Alan Rath
July 16th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 8893

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

OK, thanks. Google said something different.
by Alan Rath
July 16th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2195

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

However, I´m more and more confused what this forum is actually for ... I though for sharing informations about wine, giving comments and for discussions ... but it seems that only postings like "great", "agree with", +1 etc. are welcome ... different opinions or additional infos about producers wh...
by Alan Rath
July 16th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 8893

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I ask because I can't make sense of the tax rates being charge by out of state retailers. Zachys, for example, charges 8.375%, which isn't their tax rate, and isn't our tax rate.
by Alan Rath
July 16th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 8893

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

So, if NY collects sales tax on an order, does that tax get sent to California?
by Alan Rath
July 16th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?
Replies: 31
Views: 1576

Re: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?

Jason T wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 10:30 pm
I've only ever had them young (and loved them). I suspect though that I'd really appreciate them with some serious age, given Hardy's comment above.
I've had them with a few years of age, but never really extended aging. I'd love to be convinced someday, but for now I'm still drinking them young.
by Alan Rath
July 15th, 2019, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13005

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

Sorry Greg, I can say with firsthand knowledge your understanding is wrong. Bam! Jeb's answer isn't very helpful. If he knows, he should enlighten. If he's not free to tell us more, than just saying "you're wrong", but not about which aspect, is not much help. Not that it matter much to me either w...
by Alan Rath
July 15th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Pisoni, Rhys, Huet, Chartogne-Taillet and Carlisle
Replies: 2
Views: 386

Re: TNs: Pisoni, Rhys, Huet, Chartogne-Taillet and Carlisle

Cool notes, Frank. Love that Carlisle, it's always a favorite. I have this nagging recollection that they don't use much in the say of stems for Bearwallow, and I assume Porcupine.
by Alan Rath
July 15th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?
Replies: 31
Views: 1576

Re: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?

Can I offer a contrarian opinion? Yes, they hold up, but for me the beauty of Tempier (and why I pay the tariff) is the fireworks of floral, spicy fruit when they're young. There's sometimes more or less of that, depending on vintage, but it all disappears after a year or so (in my experience, after...
by Alan Rath
July 15th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 8893

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

How does it work from states that have smaller, or no sales tax? In theory, you might think those states will have some small competitive advantage. Will we see retailers in low/no sales tax states ramping up internet sales efforts?
by Alan Rath
July 15th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 8893

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Yeah, on one hand, the no sales tax days were nice while they lasted (notwithstanding that we're all supposed to declare sales taxes we didn't pay on our state returns). But it never made sense, essentially cannibalizing the taxes that pay for the services we all want (again, notwithstanding that so...
by Alan Rath
July 15th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR - 2015 Chave St. Joseph
Replies: 11
Views: 590

Re: TNR - 2015 Chave St. Joseph

You people need to listen to me!
by Alan Rath
July 15th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR - 2015 Chave St. Joseph
Replies: 11
Views: 590

Re: TNR - 2015 Chave St. Joseph

I concur with Adrian. That said, I also had it after sharing a full bottle of the very excellent 2012 Hermitage with a buddy during dinner with our spouses. They didn’t want any red and I felt horrible about that. Interesting. I thought the 12 Hermitage was a wine in search of its soul. While good,...
by Alan Rath
July 15th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR - 2015 Chave St. Joseph
Replies: 11
Views: 590

Re: TNR - 2015 Chave St. Joseph

Have to disagree with everyone above (with the caveat that the last time I tried it was Nov 2018). I though it was a beautiful wine, deep and intense, and a very good performance in what can be a bit of an oversized vintage. I have a sense this bottle won't really close down in any way, so you could...
by Alan Rath
July 14th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The stunning beauty of Beaujolais
Replies: 24
Views: 1280

Re: The stunning beauty of Beaujolais

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 5:37 am
Alan Rath wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 9:37 pm
So you could live in a place without alligators? You’re making me question everything I know.
You are so bourgeois, Alan. I would ship them in, of course.
Beaujeois
by Alan Rath
July 13th, 2019, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The stunning beauty of Beaujolais
Replies: 24
Views: 1280

Re: The stunning beauty of Beaujolais

So you could live in a place without alligators? You’re making me question everything I know.
by Alan Rath
July 13th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Dinner at Golden Triangle in Los Gatos Sept or Oct Rhys pinots mostly, plus wines from SCM grapes
Replies: 24
Views: 562

Re: Dinner at Golden Triangle in Los Gatos in Sept. or Oct. and the theme will be...

I'm likely in if I can make the date. Vote for Rhys but not Ridge, only because I'd be more interested in how the Pinots are doing. All SCM would be cool, emphasis on Rhys is my vote.
by Alan Rath
July 13th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1708

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

It's my understanding 2015 was a warm weather vintage with near ideal conditions and nicely ripened fruit. Some of the 2015 N. Rhone's I've sampled are showing well, particularly with plenty of air time. That said, I'm going to sit on the rest of mine. It is indeed a warmer, bigger vintage - as all...
by Alan Rath
July 12th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1140

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

Unless there is a marked difference between sun grown weed & indoor grown weed, I fail to see why anyone would pay up for vineyard quality land when there are plenty of warehouse or like equivalent places that are far cheaper. Will, someone's going to tell you there is, and connoisseurs can tell th...
by Alan Rath
July 12th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1708

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

Gordon Fitz wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 2:42 pm
I find it amazing that anyone would consider popping and pouring a young (15) Levet a good thing! Top of the list on how to get a wine to show poorly. [head-bang.gif]
While I agree, you have to do it once to know for sure!
by Alan Rath
July 12th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1140

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

But why even consider allowing cannabis growing in existing wine regions? Why is more open farmland not equally, or more, suitable? Surely the factors that create great growing conditions for high quality wine grapes aren't the same conditions that produce the "best" cannabis? I get that the answer...
by Alan Rath
July 12th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1140

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

But why even consider allowing cannabis growing in existing wine regions? Why is more open farmland not equally, or more, suitable? Surely the factors that create great growing conditions for high quality wine grapes aren't the same conditions that produce the "best" cannabis? I get that the answer ...
by Alan Rath
July 12th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1140

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

Doug, appreciate the compliment, thanks. My comment was more in response to Hardy's post just before mine re Napa/Sonoma. I would be disappointed to see mass turnover of prime vineyard land to cannabis in those areas. Although that might be better than having a huge "Prisoner" tasting room on Hwy 29...
by Alan Rath
July 12th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1140

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

I hope wine regions everywhere disallow growing of cannabis. It makes zero sense to be using land, water, and human resources that compete with high end grape growing. This is an arbitrary argument that could easily be used in reverse. In fact, I think there are probably far more cannabis consumers...
by Alan Rath
July 12th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 08, 09, 10 Mugneret Gibourg Vosne-Romanée
Replies: 7
Views: 743

Re: TN: 08, 09, 10 Mugneret Gibourg Vosne-Romanée

Very useful notes, thanks!
by Alan Rath
July 12th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest
Replies: 37
Views: 1196

Re: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

Thanks for the note. At what age do generally like to drink the VD Forest? I've never had one with more than 10 years of age and I am sitting on some 08, 09 and 10. I've had a few of the 2008, most recently last December. All have been clean. IMHO a good but not excellent vintage without the cut or...
by Alan Rath
July 12th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best/favorite/cleverest words or phrases seen in a WB post
Replies: 22
Views: 957

Re: Your best/favorite/cleverest words or phrases seen in a WB post

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 5:49 am
Petrichor
Some savvy marketeer needs to work that into a viagra commercial...
by Alan Rath
July 11th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest
Replies: 37
Views: 1196

Re: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

Great to hear. BTW, if a bottle is going to be pox’d, it’s already on its way. No real gain in opening one now if you think it will be better with more years.
by Alan Rath
July 11th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1140

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

I hope wine regions everywhere disallow growing of cannabis. It makes zero sense to be using land, water, and human resources that compete with high end grape growing.
by Alan Rath
July 11th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1708

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

Ed, highly recommended. You should have dropped in to try some wines!
by Alan Rath
July 11th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent auction purchase?
Replies: 41
Views: 2004

Re: What is your recent auction purchase?

2012. 15% or so WineBid buyers fee plus tax.
by Alan Rath
July 11th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1708

TN: Syrah blind tasting

Had the pleasure of joining a group east bay friends I haven't seen for a while to blind taste a bunch of Syrahs. Always interesting and educational to taste blind. Flight 1 A) Lovely nose with hints of spice, crushed berries/rocks, then beautiful deep violet/boysenberry fruit, mouthwatering acidity...
by Alan Rath
July 11th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 TN: A non-Cornas-like Cornas from Gilles
Replies: 12
Views: 802

Re: 2016 TN: A non-Cornas-like Cornas from Gilles

This is the wine from a newer vineyard planting, higher up on the plateau above the older, steep part of Cornas, right? Richer soil, younger vines, so maybe not a big surprise?
by Alan Rath
July 11th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2195

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

I can't speak for the prices where you were, but I strongly doubt those were the prices and then saw the jump to what I saw when I was on the floor in 07. Verset has only very recently been a hot property and I remember being offered the 05 and 06 for around $75-80 just a few years after 2004. Gran...
by Alan Rath
July 11th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent auction purchase?
Replies: 41
Views: 2004

Re: What is your recent auction purchase?

Copain Kiser en Haut, $25
by Alan Rath
July 11th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)
Replies: 26
Views: 1918

Re: TN: 2010 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

My guess: 2010 and 2013 - big structure 2011 and 2014 - excellent transparity 2012 and 2016 - open knit 2015 - big ripe bruiser, perhaps last Haven’t tried 2017 yet. Do you have any Iles Feray. Slip in the 2016 blind in one of the flights. Unless the 16 has changed since I had it earlier this year,...
by Alan Rath
July 11th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2195

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

Maybe not a surprise? Lesser wine from unremarkable producer. As for vintage, I'd take 01 over 99 for most producers. 99 is the warmer, overrated vintage.
by Alan Rath
July 9th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Tour de France in Alsace
Replies: 0
Views: 301

PSA: Tour de France in Alsace

If you're a fan of Alsace, Wednesday's Tour de France stage goes right through the heart of Alsace. I'm sure it will be worth watching, at least the last 1/3 of the race, for all the scenic views of towns and vineyards. Early tomorrow morning on NBCSN.

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