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by Alan Rath
January 23rd, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: TN: 2014 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

Chances are that it's just shutting down and will be marvelous again in a few years? To be clear, it's a very nice, very enjoyable wine. Though initially I did pick up more of what I though was brett - which seems to be fading a bit with more air (couple of hours now). I'll see how it behaves tomor...
by Alan Rath
January 23rd, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 5
Views: 149

TN: 2014 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

2014 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon (1/23/2019) Medium dark ruby, I get some underbrush, spice, new leather, and probably a touch of brett on the nose; lovely middle weight darker berry flavors, that marionberry/red currant type of note, acidity is moderate t...
by Alan Rath
January 23rd, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business
Replies: 36
Views: 1123

Re: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business

Hey, I was only trying to understand the process in light of posts like this: New product labels are not being approved, bottling schedules are being shuffled around, products made not be bottled as needed.......... When you work for a large company, the impacts could be huge if this goes on much lo...
by Alan Rath
January 23rd, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business
Replies: 36
Views: 1123

Re: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business

Rick, of course, truth in labeling is important, I'm not arguing that. I'm arguing the value of having a TTB control every aspect of wine labels.

Do food companies have to get their labels approved before they can sell something? I don't actually know the answer to that.
by Alan Rath
January 23rd, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business
Replies: 36
Views: 1123

Re: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business

Alan, So a producer should be able to use 'just like Burgundy' on their back label? Or use 'Champagne' or perhaps say 'the most highly rated wine ever' or 'wine crap 100 point wine'? Rules and regulations are set up perhaps more stringent than they should be, but they prevent crap like that . . . A...
by Alan Rath
January 23rd, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business
Replies: 36
Views: 1123

Re: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business

Alan, There is actually very little 'oversight' in the wine industry compared to others. And believe it or not, even though the COLA label approval system is arcane in some ways, as a consumer, I would think you'd appreciate it. These folks do go over labels to make sure the info is factual and not...
by Alan Rath
January 23rd, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business
Replies: 36
Views: 1123

Re: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business

The saddest part of this fruitless exercise is how many Americans live paycheck to paycheck. An increasing number of business people I know (including my wife) are feeling peripheral effects from the shutdown. True. But, in relation to this thread, the other sad thing is how dependent on government...
by Alan Rath
January 23rd, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune (France, Alsace)
Replies: 6
Views: 275

Re: TN: 2001 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune (France, Alsace)

Envious, and wonderful tasting note. Never had this wine, though have had numerous 2001 CFE and CFE/375eme, which have been fabulous. How much "better" or different do you think the CsH is?
by Alan Rath
January 23rd, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa and Sonoma Wine Visits, December 2018 – Part 1 (Lagier Meredith and Rootdown)
Replies: 5
Views: 319

Re: Napa and Sonoma Wine Visits, December 2018 – Part 1 (Lagier Meredith and Rootdown)

Ken Zinns wrote:
January 22nd, 2019, 11:40 am
I was joined by my friends Jane and Chris, Pam and Jeff, Eric, and Alan.
Funny, I don't remember being there ;)
by Alan Rath
January 22nd, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 37
Views: 919

Re: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

- Domaine Daniel et Julien Barraud - artisanal winemaking (one of a number of top estates in Vergisson which seems to retain a serious winemaking culture) that pretty much defines classicism in the Mâconnais. - Domaine Guffens-Heynen - virtuosic stuff that, at its best, can embarrass the Côte de Be...
by Alan Rath
January 22nd, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much Wine do we drink a year?
Replies: 37
Views: 1147

Re: How much Wine do we drink a year?

Don't want to think about it, because then it really becomes obvious that I own way too much wine...
by Alan Rath
January 20th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forget sabering. We should all open champagne like this.
Replies: 32
Views: 1364

Re: Forget sabering. We should all open champagne like this.

I mean, I guess its possible that the extra mass of the glass resulted in low enough acceleration and velocity that it would just lightly pop up. I think this is the key. A cork doesn't weigh much, glass significantly more. So you probably have 3-5 times the weight with this method than just a cork...
by Alan Rath
January 20th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Fevre Les Clos
Replies: 11
Views: 629

Re: 2004 Fevre Les Clos

Great to hear good results like this. Those were the days, when 2002 and 2004 Fevre were just stacked on the floor of local retailers. I want to say something like $35-40.
by Alan Rath
January 20th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?
Replies: 45
Views: 2379

Re: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?

I've always said Alsace should rip up a lot of what they grow and concentrate on Gewurztraminer. Especially with how well it's works with many Asian foods. Alsace has had trouble with Gewurz in recent years. It has become more and more difficult to make dry versions with the warming trend in the re...
by Alan Rath
January 19th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Which Scotch distilleries are firing on all cylinders?
Replies: 78
Views: 4576

Re: Which Scotch distilleries are firing on all cylinders?

The new Mortlach series (12, 16, 20) is just showing up. Unpeated for those inclined in that direction, and priced relatively fairly.
by Alan Rath
January 18th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...
Replies: 65
Views: 1402

Re: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...

It is now a long time since I have smelled nal polishes and nail polish removers, so the formulations may have changed. But when I did, the nail polish itself was a lot more likely to be ethyl acetate based than the remover. Often the remover smelled of neither ethyl acerate nor acetone. Pure aceto...
by Alan Rath
January 18th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...
Replies: 65
Views: 1402

Re: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...

1. VA Smells like acetone, acetic acid/vinegar, etc.; doesn't go away with air. VA mainly smells of ethyl acetate in my experience. That is the reaction product of acetic acid and ethanol. But VA itself is actually mainly acetic acid, and you may smell that too. Ethyl acetate is used in nail polish...
by Alan Rath
January 17th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Tesseron Lot 29 - Exception
Replies: 17
Views: 327

Re: Tesseron Lot 29 - Exception

Unless I'm mistaken, the lot numbers refer to the age of the base cognac in the blend. So it seems natural that the price will go up over time. My impression from the discussion at the tasting was that when they introduced the names, they were an indication of the average age of the blends (e.g. 29...
by Alan Rath
January 17th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 10 years of Wine Berserkers--what does it mean to you?
Replies: 80
Views: 1731

Re: 10 years of Wine Berserkers--what does it mean to you?

100+ views and just three replies? Really? Folks, this is a community, not a car lot where you look at cars. If you visit this Board and interact here with it in some way, you don't have anything to say? This is a decade for this site to celebrate, a real milestone. If you can't come up with someth...
by Alan Rath
January 17th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kid Charlemagne
Replies: 35
Views: 1405

Re: Kid Charlemagne

Jayson Cohen wrote:
January 17th, 2019, 9:43 am
Alan Rath wrote:
January 17th, 2019, 9:25 am
Jayson Cohen wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 5:59 pm

Yes, there’s gas in the car.
This is my wife and I's routine patter before we head out on any kind of longer trip.
😀 Do you sing it?
I've tried, but she just rolls her eyes...
by Alan Rath
January 17th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kid Charlemagne
Replies: 35
Views: 1405

Re: Kid Charlemagne

Mark Y wrote:
January 17th, 2019, 9:59 am
I’m missing all of the inside jokes here.
OK, for all the wet-behind-the-ears young 'uns here who think music started with Kanye West, here ya go:

by Alan Rath
January 17th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3189
Views: 157553

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Any opinions on Basil Hayden's 10 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon?
by Alan Rath
January 17th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kid Charlemagne
Replies: 35
Views: 1405

Re: Kid Charlemagne

Jayson Cohen wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Alan Rath wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Is there gas in the car?
Yes, there’s gas in the car.
This is my wife and I's routine patter before we head out on any kind of longer trip.
by Alan Rath
January 16th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Starting New
Replies: 20
Views: 1099

Re: Starting New

Taste before you buy. Taste twice before you buy deep. [cheers.gif] This. And don't listen to people on the internet [wow.gif] Seriously, don't get caught up in hype. Don't read posts about the next best/greatest wine/vintage/region and think I better get on that. Go slow. Don't buy wines and put t...
by Alan Rath
January 16th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Supreme Court May Change the Way You Buy Wine
Replies: 45
Views: 2528

Re: The Supreme Court May Change the Way You Buy Wine

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 16th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Or they could rule in a very narrow manner and say that that particular statute is unconstitutional.
, which the Tennessee attorney general basically agreed with.
That was my "or". But it seems unlikely they will find in favor of Tennessee.
by Alan Rath
January 16th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Supreme Court May Change the Way You Buy Wine
Replies: 45
Views: 2528

Re: The Supreme Court May Change the Way You Buy Wine

Damn. The court either has to throw out almost all regulation with respect to alcohol, including 3-tier, interstate shipping, residency requirements, etc., or throw up its hands and say we're just going to continue to allow the inertia of blatant discrimination and protectionism because it's too muc...
by Alan Rath
January 16th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Supreme Court May Change the Way You Buy Wine
Replies: 45
Views: 2528

Re: The Supreme Court May Change the Way You Buy Wine

And Kavanaugh may actually come to the rescue: "When you say virtually complete authority, and you've said several times the point of the Twenty-First Amendment, the purpose of the Twenty-First Amendment, the problem that I'm having in thinking about this is the text -- the text of the Twenty-First ...
by Alan Rath
January 16th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Supreme Court May Change the Way You Buy Wine
Replies: 45
Views: 2528

Re: The Supreme Court May Change the Way You Buy Wine

Every time I read through one of these transcripts, I'm more and more depressed by the byzantine house of cards that the legal system continues to construct. One can only hope that the justice's ears perk up when hearing Alito's question: "What is the basis for thinking that the purpose of or a purp...
by Alan Rath
January 16th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Tesseron Lot 29 - Exception
Replies: 17
Views: 327

Re: Tesseron Lot 29 - Exception

Unless I'm mistaken, the lot numbers refer to the age of the base cognac in the blend. So it seems natural that the price will go up over time.
by Alan Rath
January 15th, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28
Replies: 40
Views: 733

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28

George Chadwick wrote:
January 15th, 2019, 6:38 pm
I'm probably bringing a magnum of Hubert Lignier 1990 Morey St. Denis Premier Cru. I know a magnum is a lot but if I bring it I won't bring a second bottle which would be a first for me.
Good idea. When you drop it, we can rescue about a bottle's worth neener
by Alan Rath
January 15th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jasper Morris podcast
Replies: 15
Views: 1323

Re: Jasper Morris podcast

Fantastic! Like a mini-education in Burgundy in an hour and a half.
by Alan Rath
January 15th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28
Replies: 40
Views: 733

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28

I miss the "no theme" dinners we had when this group first got off the ground. Just bring something you like and want to share.
by Alan Rath
January 12th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fu in da Hood: Gangsta Rhone Night in O-Town w/FL Man Berserkers [Verset, Juge, Levet, Gonon VV, Jaboulet, et al]
Replies: 132
Views: 3800

Re: Fu in da Hood: Gangsta Rhone Night in O-Town w/FL Man Berserkers [Verset, Juge, Levet, Gonon VV, Jaboulet, et al]

Verset retired around the time Florida's shipping laws opened up more, give or take a couple years here or there. And you would never find a Verset here. Too bad, killer stuff, would have loved to have stock-piled it. Now the prices are a bit brutal, $500+. He had also sold off most of his best vin...
by Alan Rath
January 11th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28
Replies: 40
Views: 733

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28

dteng wrote:
January 10th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Oh yah it was a little pricey.
Their food was great and the room was excellent.

With PM, we can ask for the corner private room or sit out on the patio w heaters. No corkage.
Do it. They can't ruin a burger and fries [cheers.gif]
by Alan Rath
January 11th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Termite Tenting and Wine Storage
Replies: 28
Views: 888

Re: Termite Tenting and Wine Storage

I think that's a misnomer, promoted by fumigation companies to make it seem more effective. It's just a gas, that seeps into every nook and cranny, including tunnels and burrows of termites. If air can't get in, neither can other gases. But obviously, the purely safest approach is to remove the wine...
by Alan Rath
January 11th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kid Charlemagne
Replies: 35
Views: 1405

Re: Kid Charlemagne

Is there gas in the car?
by Alan Rath
January 11th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Termite Tenting and Wine Storage
Replies: 28
Views: 888

Re: Termite Tenting and Wine Storage

I personally wouldn't worry. Cork keeps water/ethanol in the bottle, air out. If a cork in any particular bottle is porous enough to let some termite treatment gas in over a few days, my guess is that bottle has bigger problems. After all, you can just bag up your food and leave it in the house - an...
by Alan Rath
January 11th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Termite Tenting and Wine Storage
Replies: 28
Views: 888

Re: Termite Tenting and Wine Storage

Do you have to turn power off while tented?
by Alan Rath
January 11th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More Smoke Taint Concerns . . .
Replies: 8
Views: 1186

Re: More Smoke Taint Concerns . . .

Not sure where I found this article, I don't think it was linked here on Berserkers. But finally an indication that at least one group is doing some real research: "You’d be forgiven for thinking that there could be an obvious answer to smoke taint — if you don’t want smoke-reeking wine, then don’t ...
by Alan Rath
January 11th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 14
Views: 1115

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I have no idea why Victor is being so coy. It is an Op Ed from the president and chief executive of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America to this Asimov column: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/23/dining/drinks/interstate-wine-sales-shipping-laws.html?module=inline I just get a different version of ...
by Alan Rath
January 11th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Foie gras ban in California
Replies: 17
Views: 756

Re: Foie gras ban in California

First they came for the Foie, and I did not speak out...

[wow.gif]
by Alan Rath
January 10th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the middlemen, buying cherry Burgundies and marking them up six fold?
Replies: 25
Views: 1987

Re: Who are the middlemen, buying cherry Burgundies and marking them up six fold?

Yeah, let's figure out a way to raise prices even more, that's the ticket [wow.gif]
by Alan Rath
January 10th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28
Replies: 40
Views: 733

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28

I'm fine with PM.
by Alan Rath
January 10th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!
Replies: 32
Views: 1723

Re: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!

Haven't yet found historical records for St Helena or Calistoga, but here are graphs of average temperature in April, August, October at Sonoma Airport (Windsor):

Temps.Sonoma.April.PNG
Temps.Sonoma.Oct.PNG
Temps.Sonoma.August.PNG
by Alan Rath
January 9th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Giuseppe Quintarelli Secco Cà del Merlo Veneto IGT
Replies: 0
Views: 112

TN: 2017 Giuseppe Quintarelli Secco Cà del Merlo Veneto IGT

2017 Giuseppe Quintarelli Secco Cà del Merlo Veneto IGT - Italy, Veneto, Veneto IGT (1/9/2019) Maybe my imagination, but this seems to have a larger dose of Sauvignon Blanc than usual, on both the nose and palate; Lots of bright white fruit, good acidity, some slight grassiness, interesting complex...
by Alan Rath
January 8th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!
Replies: 32
Views: 1723

Re: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!

Napa, their Napa... Few months ago, offspring of a high end winery in mid-Valley threw hissy fit at Napa airport cause the helicopter was not there upon arrival after private jet flight for the agonizing last leg of 20 whole miles. Oh my! Seriously? Who the hell takes a helicopter from Napa airport...
by Alan Rath
January 8th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rating German GG Riesling vintages
Replies: 42
Views: 1890

Re: Rating German GG Riesling vintages

In the last few months I have opened 07 and 09 Donnhoff GGs, and they were both superb, and still quite youthful.
by Alan Rath
January 8th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!
Replies: 32
Views: 1723

Re: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!

Well, this was an article about growing in Napa, so it seems that looking at Napa temperature trends is sensible.
by Alan Rath
January 8th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!
Replies: 32
Views: 1723

Re: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!

I've been looking at this a bit, living in the south Bay. I can't say I've noticed any big changes since moving here almost 35 years ago. So I plotted average max and min temps for the Napa weather station (airport), from data on Weather Underground. Bunch of years are missing in the middle, but it ...

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