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by Alan Rath
September 17th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any impact from early rains?
Replies: 8
Views: 302

Re: Any impact from early rains?

c fu wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Alan Rath wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Terroir is real. I have none, lol. I just grow them for fun and education. Made wine once, it was abysmal.
you know what they always say Alan

Producer, producer, producer
Ha, maybe Mugnier or Roumier could make something drinkable from my fruit. I'll ask them [wow.gif]
by Alan Rath
September 17th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any impact from early rains?
Replies: 8
Views: 302

Re: Any impact from early rains?

Terroir is real. I have none, lol. I just grow them for fun and education. Made wine once, it was abysmal.
by Alan Rath
September 17th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any impact from early rains?
Replies: 8
Views: 302

Re: Any impact from early rains?

I think it's only a problem if you have unfavorable conditions, like cold and overcast so it doesn't dry out, or warm and humid which can favor mold and rot of various kinds. Today is dry, clear, slightly breezy, good conditions after a rain. I have vines in my back yard, got 1/4 inch of pretty heav...
by Alan Rath
September 17th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 44
Views: 2382

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

Henry Ford is dead but they didn't change the name of the company. Ditto Walt Disney. Seems to have worked out OK. I've been thinking about this. I think you are right, and there are loads of examples, but I'm just wondering whether there is any difference between a company that manufactures things...
by Alan Rath
September 17th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula Sept 23 Terún
Replies: 32
Views: 763

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula Sept 23 Terún

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by Alan Rath
September 16th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dinner @ BluePlate w/ BayArea Friends..(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 484

Re: TN: Dinner @ BluePlate w/ BayArea Friends..(short/boring)

I didn’t get any oxidized notes myself. That chard is one of the best domestic chards I’ve had this year!
by Alan Rath
September 15th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any recs for lunch in or around Beaune?
Replies: 21
Views: 842

Re: Any recs for lunch in or around Beaune?

Scott, that's true. Actually kind of fun to just look on the shelf and pick what you want. I was just using "wine list" generically to describe wines available. Looks like you did well!
by Alan Rath
September 14th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any recs for lunch in or around Beaune?
Replies: 21
Views: 842

Re: Any recs for lunch in or around Beaune?

La Dilettante is great, he makes the most amazing tomato salad with bufalla mozzarella I’ve ever had. If you want to venture a little outside of Beaune to Chambolle, Millesime is a nice lunch spot with a very good wine list. Second La Dilettante. Open for lunch every day but Wed and Sun (call and g...
by Alan Rath
September 14th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 120
Views: 3478

Re: Please re-confirm: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys

Can we not squeeze in two out of towners? If you mean Matt and Peter? Probably. Do you mean two more unnamed people? That would be 17 people per bottle I have to say no to that, unless there are three dropouts which well might happen. Yes, Matt and Peter is what I meant. Just thought we should do w...
by Alan Rath
September 13th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 120
Views: 3478

Re: Please re-confirm: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys

Can we not squeeze in two out of towners?
by Alan Rath
September 13th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 120
Views: 3478

Re: Please re-confirm: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys

George, here's a summary of what I think everyone has committed to, all Pinot except Gene's Chard (a welcome, hopefully we'll have another white or two, Rhys or otherwise). I've changed mine to 2009 Horseshoe. Daniel 2014 Alpine Hillside Sean 2007 Alpine Gene 2009 Horseshoe Chard Dave Tong 2006 Alpi...
by Alan Rath
September 13th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone
Replies: 113
Views: 3151

Re: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone

My own experience, others may know differently: Most of the very top domaines (if you manage to arrange visits) will not have wine to sell (or only to their select list of direct customers). I almost never even ask at those kinds of places, since I know the answer, and don't want the embarrassment o...
by Alan Rath
September 13th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 120
Views: 3478

Re: Please re-confirm: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys

You know what would be nice, if Kevin could release his sparkling BdB early so we can taste it. Shall I ask him? I have 3 bottles outstanding. Yes, but FYI you’re supposed to pose this type of question with some reference to playing golf with him, or hanging out in his hot tub. Kevin has a hot tub ...
by Alan Rath
September 13th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 120
Views: 3478

Re: Please re-confirm: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys

Ian Alper wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 9:21 am
Preference - 06 Swan or 08 Bear?
Vote for 06 Swan.

I previously said I could bring an 06 Alpine, But I'd like to change that to 07 Alpine, since I have 2 of those, and would like to hang onto my few old bottles to see how they develop.
by Alan Rath
September 11th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 56
Views: 4259

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Kind of my point.
by Alan Rath
September 11th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 56
Views: 4259

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Alan, I think it is important for several reasons... 1. It could lead to Constellation taking action against anyone (other than itself) from using the ToKalon name, even in marketing conversation, maybe even in print, even if the land was known as ToKalon long before the company ever existed. 2. Th...
by Alan Rath
September 11th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 56
Views: 4259

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Informative post, Roy, but is it really so important to those of us here? None of use are buying (or would buy) $5.49 ToKalon Central Coast Pinot. I don't buy anything with a "ToKalon" name, and frankly, at this point I would hope that smart growers and marketers would actually steer clear of that n...
by Alan Rath
September 11th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 32
Views: 1031

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

Reed are the most easily identified of all avocados; sized and shaped like a grapefruit. The trees are columnar and spindly and can be very tall, like a sickly pine. In my opinion they are the best tasting variety by a mile. I have only ever seen them in SoCal. If you are going to order avos by mai...
by Alan Rath
September 11th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 32
Views: 1031

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

It's prob cause the ones at the store are almost always Haas avocados. But the ones people plant in their backyards are rarely Haas. Lots of Reed and Bacon avocado trees in CA. Might be Reed, not sure. They are very good, but not the depth of flavor, or the more solid texture of Haas. But free make...
by Alan Rath
September 11th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone
Replies: 113
Views: 3151

Re: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone

I don't think they are so unrealistic as to think they'll get the Holmes experience (who I believe is ITB) they are looking for some loose approximation of it, not a collection of off-brand wines and potential up-and-comers. I don't think it's fair for you to criticize folks for wanting that since ...
by Alan Rath
September 10th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendation on a white burgundy
Replies: 14
Views: 619

Re: Recommendation on a white burgundy

Fabulous choice!
by Alan Rath
September 10th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 32
Views: 1031

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

I grew up in the tree fruit business in Central Washington. When it comes to soft fruit (peaches, nectarines), the phenomenon of having a hard piece of fruit that passes right by the "ripe" stage to being rotten (or shriveling, etc.) is a consequence of the grower simply picking too soon. When a fr...
by Alan Rath
September 9th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Detert East Block-Save the Date
Replies: 14
Views: 998

Re: 2016 Detert East Block-Save the Date

Excellent history, thanks for posting.
by Alan Rath
September 6th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting outside vs inside?!
Replies: 30
Views: 1028

Re: Decanting outside vs inside?!

Lol, been following the thread, but wasn’t sure I had much to offer. I can imagine a breeze stirring up the wine just enough to provide some minor circulation, Which might change the trajectory of the wine a little. But I would also expect (particularly for a relatively young and sturdy wine like th...
by Alan Rath
September 6th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb
Replies: 47
Views: 2491

Re: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb

H Wallace Jr wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 8:47 am
I'd be happy if a visitor asked me any of these questions.
I ask a couple of those questions all the time. Though I never ask to taste a grape, that's a complete waste of time, unless you have years of experience with a vineyard. Plus I never ask, I just do it ;)
by Alan Rath
September 6th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb
Replies: 47
Views: 2491

Re: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb

Just returned from Napa-Sonoma and the best advice I heard a winemaker give to a fellow visitor was if you know what you like then that is all the wine knowledge you really need. Hmm, I'm not so sure. If you like Big Macs over Michelin star'd food, is that all the food knowledge you need? The truth...
by Alan Rath
September 6th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flying with Champagne
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Re: Flying with Champagne

Everyone should stop worrying about the pressure differential when flying. Think about how much force you have to use to pull the average cork, including champagne. It's way more than the few pounds that results from reduced cabin pressure while flying. Edit: did a quick calculation. Typical cork is...
by Alan Rath
September 5th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: White Burgundy from the 80s
Replies: 11
Views: 782

Re: TN: White Burgundy from the 80s

cool tasting. 86 had some Botrytis that was interesting, 85 a bit more stern. Not sure I agree that aged reds beat aged whites. Ever have a 20+ year old Ramonet Montrachet? Interesting about 86 and botrytis, that might explain how those three wines came across. I have not had a 20+ year old Ramonet...
by Alan Rath
September 4th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: White Burgundy from the 80s
Replies: 11
Views: 782

Re: TN: White Burgundy from the 80s

These bottles were bought on release, and stored well by the original owner who supplied them for this tasting. I don't know the exact storage history, but for the last 20+ years (maybe more) they've been kept in passive storage in a house on the cool bay area coast. Also, and here’s the tough quest...
by Alan Rath
September 4th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: White Burgundy from the 80s
Replies: 11
Views: 782

TN: White Burgundy from the 80s

Notes from a (single) blind tasting. I was able to follow the wines over about 2 hours. A very fun tasting, nothing corked, and only one wine showed even a hint of oxidation (certainly not premox at this age). I know, not very exciting notes, I don't normally post from these blind tastings. But this...
by Alan Rath
September 3rd, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 54
Views: 3453

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Vineyards will move to the next cash crop...pot. Which will then crash and burn, even harder than grapes, as the supply far outgrows demand - unless enough gets siphoned off to the black market. Watch for increases in arrests on this front in the coming decade. Adam's 100 tons of unpicked Lodi Peti...
by Alan Rath
September 2nd, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 120
Views: 3478

Re: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys

Dave, if you do attend, I can switch to another wine so you can bring your 06.
by Alan Rath
September 1st, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to judge a baby Bordeaux?
Replies: 19
Views: 1164

Re: How to judge a baby Bordeaux?

Robert, glad you enjoyed it! Note that this wine is always 100% new oak, generally too much for my own tastes, but in 16 the fruit is probably strong enough to withstand it.
by Alan Rath
September 1st, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?
Replies: 31
Views: 1457

Re: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?

2005 Thierry Matrot Meursault Perrieres was delicious on release. A year or so later was already showing distinct premox.
by Alan Rath
August 31st, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting 750 article on the science of color
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Interesting 750 article on the science of color

Can't vouch for everything in the article, but an interesting read.

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/the-scienc ... or-in-wine
by Alan Rath
August 31st, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula Sept 23 Terún
Replies: 32
Views: 763

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula Sept 23 Terún

Terun is owned and run by Italian brothers, so any Italian wines we bring will certainly be appreciated.

Oh, we’ll be sitting in the covered outdoor patio in back, so check weather and dress accordingly. There are heat lamps if it’s cool.
by Alan Rath
August 31st, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3245

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I ate my lifetime's allotment of chicken sandwiches at Wendy's in the 70s and 80s [wow.gif] Pretty sure that Wendy's did not introduce chicken sandwiches until 1990. Their website seems to confirm this. 1990 is when they introduced a grilled chicken sandwich. They already had fried and spicy chicke...
by Alan Rath
August 30th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula Sept 23 Terún
Replies: 32
Views: 763

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula Sept 23 Terún

Now that Craig is definitely out, I can confirm our res at Terun for 6:30 on the 23rd. No corkage. Let’s say thanks by bringing stems and cash! Their menu is fairly simple, for a couple of past dinners there I’ve suggested just ordering a variety of dishes and pizzas (their pizzas are very good) and...
by Alan Rath
August 30th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phases of Aging Riesling
Replies: 57
Views: 2078

Re: Phases of Aging Riesling

Chris Seiber wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 12:25 pm
I knew I should have stayed out of this thread. You Riesling people are a different breed.
Ha, you think talking politics and religion is dangerous, try talking about wine and watch the long knives come out! ;)
by Alan Rath
August 30th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phases of Aging Riesling
Replies: 57
Views: 2078

Re: Phases of Aging Riesling

My point was that, IMO, a vintage like 2015 might be interesting and fun to drink, particularly young (to be honest, it's too ripe for my tastes, even young, overall) - but I don't think they will become more interesting in 10-15 years. For that, my own rule of thumb is to look for higher acid, more...
by Alan Rath
August 30th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phases of Aging Riesling
Replies: 57
Views: 2078

Re: Phases of Aging Riesling

I bought a couple cases of 2015s to put away. See you in 2030 and beyond if I’m still around. Far too warm/ripe vintage to age into anything interesting. Sell those, and buy something from a better vintage. I know this is an opinion that will be met with scorn here, but it's my opinion. Keep a coup...
by Alan Rath
August 29th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Insulated 2-3 bottle wine bags
Replies: 9
Views: 450

Re: Insulated 2-3 bottle wine bags

I got the Vina bag that Alan suggested, but the 2 bottle one. Reason being that the 3 bottle one is 11.5 inches tall, 2 bottle is 13 inches. Standard Riesling bottles are 13 inches tall. It's actually 12, but then the lid has another inch of head space, so it does work OK for Riesling bottles (exce...
by Alan Rath
August 29th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Insulated 2-3 bottle wine bags
Replies: 9
Views: 450

Re: Insulated 2-3 bottle wine bags

I have this one, in black (which I don't see on Amazon at the moment). Holds 3 bottles, but with 2 there's plenty of room for an ice brick:

by Alan Rath
August 28th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet
Replies: 56
Views: 3450

Re: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet

That is one cool bottle, though. I think the appropriate response is from Carole Meredith's line in Somm 2: "Can there be any other business where there’s so much bullshit?"
by Alan Rath
August 27th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets
Replies: 57
Views: 3080

Re: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets

Received my Darto order from DHS today. Opened the box and one of the pans has a large drill hole in the bottom. I've emailed them that I need a replacement so here is hoping they have good customer service. The rest of them I have seasoning now: no worries, just get a good coat on it and it'll sea...
by Alan Rath
August 27th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3245

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

c fu wrote:
August 26th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Popeyes has spicy too

Definitely better than wendy’s
I ate my lifetime's allotment of chicken sandwiches at Wendy's in the 70s and 80s [wow.gif]
by Alan Rath
August 27th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3245

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

So I went on a bit of an odyssey thru southeastern Atlanta this past Wednesday afternoon, in my quest to have the Popeyes chicken sando before my flight out of Hartsfield Jackson. The first Popeyes I tried was on Tara Blvd in Jonesboro. They were out of both of the chicken sandos, as well as the ja...
by Alan Rath
August 27th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction Question
Replies: 26
Views: 927

Re: Cellar Construction Question

JLuch wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 3:02 pm
My wife and I are expecting our first child, so I am more focused on getting things set up for that.
Congratulations! That also requires a moisture barrier...
by Alan Rath
August 27th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?
Replies: 36
Views: 2176

Re: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?

Chris, sounds like vintage character more than producer. LM is noted for using mostly (all?) stainless, with little or no wood contact. So the wines are often quite taut and crisp. 2017 is reputed to be an outstanding white burgundy and Chablis vintage, try something from the vintage and see if it s...

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