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by Alan Rath
September 24th, 2020, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trimbach 2001 FE 375eme and regular
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: TN: Trimbach 2001 FE 375eme and regular

What fun to have them side by side. I could do that, but I cant afford to deplete my meager number of bottles of either in one go lol.
by Alan Rath
September 24th, 2020, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling geeks, what glassware do you use?
Replies: 31
Views: 1194

Re: Riesling geeks, what glassware do you use?

From Somm 2: “Can there be any other business where there’s so much bullshit?"
by Alan Rath
September 23rd, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 291
Views: 25132

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

I trust the few California producers I buy from to decide how they were impacted, and if they will produce and release wine. If they do, I’ll have no hesitancy about buying from them. It’s almost offensive at this point to be painting with such a broad brush. I have more faith in the producers i kno...
by Alan Rath
September 20th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 932

Re: Barrel furniture

Todd, can i ask you to delete this thread. I only posted because I thought it might interest some folks, and to support a small, local, family business. I’d rather it not show up if someone outside this community happens to google the business.
by Alan Rath
September 18th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 932

Re: Barrel furniture

John Morris wrote:
September 18th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Alan Rath wrote:
September 18th, 2020, 3:58 pm
In all seriousness, this barrel table is pretty cool, for the right setting.
Which would be?

(You're not helping yourself, Alan. neener )
The wine cellar in my fantasy rustic Lake Tahoe cabin!
by Alan Rath
September 18th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 932

Re: Barrel furniture

This really is a divided country.
by Alan Rath
September 18th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 932

Re: Barrel furniture

And to think for years we’ve relying on Alan’s tasting notes, only to learn that he hath no taste! Wasn’t so much for me, or my tiny, overpriced SF Bay house, I just thought a country squire should have one of these for his pool boy to rest cocktails on when his hands are otherwise occupied neener ...
by Alan Rath
September 18th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 932

Re: Barrel furniture

What the hell? It’s a small family business, the quality looks good to me. Some of the pieces aren’t things I’d own for myself, but if I had a pool, or a big entertaining patio, or a wine room, there are a number that would be fun to have. I posted because I wanted to share with a group likely to b...
by Alan Rath
September 18th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 932

Re: Barrel furniture

What the hell? It’s a small family business, the quality looks good to me. Some of the pieces aren’t things I’d own for myself, but if I had a pool, or a big entertaining patio, or a wine room, there are a number that would be fun to have. I posted because I wanted to share with a group likely to be...
by Alan Rath
September 17th, 2020, 9:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Forester Bourbon: how is the whole lineup?
Replies: 19
Views: 1938

Re: Old Forester Bourbon: how is the whole lineup?

BLittle wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 10:59 am
1920 is also a personal favorite, but honestly, the whole line up is worth it. Just have to find your price point and preference
Wine . com has had it in stock. Combined with a decent discount code, you can get it for as low as $40.
by Alan Rath
September 16th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 932

Barrel furniture

A new store front opened recently here in the south SF East Bay. As I was watching them build out, I had hopes it was going to be a wine bar ;) but turned out to be custom furniture made from wine barrels. No affiliation, just thought it might be of interest to folks here. I’m not sure if they ship,...
by Alan Rath
September 16th, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1208
Views: 56804

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

By the way, for those playing along at home, "closing shades of nuance" gets its own square on the bingo card, separate from the unmodified nuance. 99 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “Like Tignanello, the 2016 Solaia is a wine of extraordinary nuance and finesse. Super-ripe blackberry, plum jam, e...
by Alan Rath
September 12th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9755

Re: Fires-Oregon

A number of these fires started a month ago. The fire control folks will usually let a fire burn if it doesn't threaten anyone, it's in very difficult terrain, and there are other, more threatening fires. The unseasonably strong and very dry wind pushed these fires 30 miles in one night. Couple tha...
by Alan Rath
September 12th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Links redirecting to wine.com
Replies: 26
Views: 1518

Re: Links redirecting to wine.com

Does not happen for me. I’m guessing it has something to do with the change Todd made to open links in a new tab.
by Alan Rath
September 11th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Beaujolais
Replies: 51
Views: 3583

Re: 2019 Beaujolais

Bryan Price wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Drinking my 4th or 5th bottle of the 2017 Thivin CDB, still lush and not much bottle variation. Interested to see what the 2018s taste like.
Its just a little more of everything. I prefer the 17 (well, actually I much prefer the 16), but the 18 is quite enjoyable.
by Alan Rath
September 11th, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Red Burgs - time to crack a few!
Replies: 60
Views: 4250

Re: 2018 Red Burgs - time to crack a few!

19s sound like they will be tremendous. So far, what I have tasted in red from 2019 is very exciting indeed... I tasted Cécile Tremblay's wines the other day (she moves her barrels up a level in the cellar after harvest, before bottling next year, so I like to go early before the lees are disturbed...
by Alan Rath
September 11th, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 291
Views: 25132

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Newb question here: does the smoke taint taste like smoke flavor in ribs / pulled pork / smoked gouda or is it the more acrid flavors you get if you over-grill vegetables or burn garlic? Obviously the former would not make for a long-ageing fine wine, but I could see some market for that juice. Whe...
by Alan Rath
September 10th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9755

Re: Fires-Oregon

Is there word on how all these oregon fires started?
by Alan Rath
September 8th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage
Replies: 15
Views: 1242

Re: TN: 2017 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage

Nice to read your note Kent. Sounds about what i might expect from this wine in a vintage like 17. Interesting about scarcity, you can easily find this here, at very reasonable pricing. Maybe it will become the next Gonon, but I’ve never found it to quite measure up to Gonon.
by Alan Rath
September 6th, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chidaine and Huet
Replies: 8
Views: 651

Re: TN: Chidaine and Huet

Nice notes Alan! I'm wondering if you have a preference over the years for a particular bottling. I've been eyeing the 2019 Haut-Lieu Sec (my favorite of theirs) and found your notes a little short ("light minerality") of what I had been expecting based on the crtics. The Clos du Bourg Sec note ("l...
by Alan Rath
September 6th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chidaine and Huet
Replies: 8
Views: 651

TN: Chidaine and Huet

2018 François Chidaine Vin de France Sec Les Argiles - France, Vin de France (9/6/2020) Light on the nose, nice, medium rich palate, good acidity, some decent umami, maybe a touch of sweetness coming through, has some weight and density, tasty though relatively uncomplex. A good rendition of this w...
by Alan Rath
September 6th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three DavidCoffaros '02...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: TN: Three DavidCoffaros '02...(short/boring)

Always a fun visit. Dave had a heck of a sound system in his winery!
by Alan Rath
September 5th, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is charcoal in short supply?
Replies: 36
Views: 1529

Re: Is charcoal in short supply?

Yogurt goes bad? Uh oh...
by Alan Rath
September 5th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check: Solano Cellars Oakland CA
Replies: 10
Views: 730

Re: Retailer Check: Solano Cellars Oakland CA

Most of their stuff is off site somewhere in Berkeley, I think temperature controlled, but no direct experience. Always just about the most expensive place in town, even if they have a very good selection. That hasn't been my experience. They tend to have a lot of more interesting wines, otherwise ...
by Alan Rath
September 5th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10540

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Ian, I guess I’m saying I think the notion that assuming a particular producer will always make a great wine in good vintages, and that they can automatically be placed in their spot in the hierarchy, is questionable. While I agree that good producers will almost always do good things in good vintag...
by Alan Rath
September 4th, 2020, 10:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10540

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

You know its bad when you can predict Lisa’s scores (within a point or two) just by knowing the name of the wine! I disagree here, but will add some context. I think a critics scores SHOULD BE predictable. Use Realm as the example, shouldn't 2018 BTK or Dr. Crane get somewhere between 98 and 100 po...
by Alan Rath
September 2nd, 2020, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Peay Vineyards Syrah Les Titans (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 4
Views: 267

TN: 2008 Peay Vineyards Syrah Les Titans (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

2008 Peay Vineyards Syrah Les Titans - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (8/28/2020) Can't remember the last time I had one of these, but it’s definitely evolving positively. Major fires in the middle of summer affected Mendocino county in particular, but also drifted down into northern ...
by Alan Rath
September 2nd, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DuPuis Wines
Replies: 25
Views: 1588

Re: DuPuis Wines

I see Wendling as a Pinot vineyard source. The Copain Wendlings were excellent, and fascinating, good to see Wells get his hands on that again.
by Alan Rath
August 29th, 2020, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WA 100/100 and the price of 2016 Sandrone Barolo le Vigne
Replies: 54
Views: 4576

Re: WA 100/100 and the price of 2016 Sandrone Barolo le Vigne

A very compelling note! Yea no kidding, an outstanding note in how it conveys detail plus emotion. Compelling. I have not really followed her and tried to figure out here palate preferences, but do see her notes on many Italian wines. Where is she on the spectrum, John - taste spectrum. Scratching ...
by Alan Rath
August 29th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10540

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
August 29th, 2020, 6:57 pm
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What a brilliant scene that was!
by Alan Rath
August 29th, 2020, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as antiquity
Replies: 14
Views: 931

Re: Wine as antiquity

A known premox era
by Alan Rath
August 28th, 2020, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Your Neighbor Asks if You Like Wine
Replies: 39
Views: 2647

Re: When Your Neighbor Asks if You Like Wine

K John Joseph wrote:
August 28th, 2020, 7:23 pm
J Wei wrote:
August 28th, 2020, 6:01 pm
He told me his wine budget is about $15K a month
Well, that rules out all of my neighbors.
On another wine board, a guy posted this exact story about some guy named KJohn who rides peloton and drinks wine neener
by Alan Rath
August 28th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sojourn Cellars Sold to Angelina Mondavi . . .
Replies: 29
Views: 2101

Re: Sojourn Cellars Sold to Angelina Mondavi . . .

Chris.Martin wrote:
August 27th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Congrats Craig!!!
Yeah, that was a pretty good joke.
by Alan Rath
August 28th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Your Neighbor Asks if You Like Wine
Replies: 39
Views: 2647

Re: When Your Neighbor Asks if You Like Wine

I’d be mowing the neighbor’s lawn every weekend
by Alan Rath
August 27th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8304

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

So much devastation and loss! Three home on our farm have been destroyed. We lost some out-buildings. Water system damaged and fences down. Smoke today is very bad. Many of us are still unable to return to our property. A few brave souls are watering the other crops and trying to put out the spot f...
by Alan Rath
August 27th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8304

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

Update from calfire this morning on this fire was pretty positive. Official containment is still low, but they are making good progress, appear to have all the more populated areas protected, and project a lot more containment over the next few days. Weather is relatively cool, and forecast to be mo...
by Alan Rath
August 26th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 291
Views: 25132

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Mattstolz wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Alan Rath wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 5:38 pm
Mattstolz wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 5:32 pm
did anyone see Morgan's post yesterday about smoke taint on Instagram?
Just one more reason not to use Instagram
because Morgan uses it to update people about goings on at Bedrock?
Craig G will report me if I explain the joke
by Alan Rath
August 26th, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 291
Views: 25132

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Mattstolz wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 5:32 pm
did anyone see Morgan's post yesterday about smoke taint on Instagram?
Just one more reason not to use Instagram
by Alan Rath
August 25th, 2020, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8304

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

The typical prevailing sea breeze is blowing in over the bay, cooling things off substantially, and clearing out the smoke from the south Bay. This morning was nice summer overcast, high humidity. Hopefully that continues over the next few days, and let's the firefighters really bring up containment...
by Alan Rath
August 25th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8304

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

If the fire map can be believed, there is no (detectable) fire activity in the Santa Cruz mountains. Hope that is true. Btw the Sonoma fire only shows a little activity on the easterly edge close to Healdsburg. Does feel like we are over the hump. Paul Recent report I saw said something about still...
by Alan Rath
August 25th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8304

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

Fremont says 163
by Alan Rath
August 25th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8304

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

If the fire map can be believed, there is no (detectable) fire activity in the Santa Cruz mountains. Hope that is true. Btw the Sonoma fire only shows a little activity on the easterly edge close to Healdsburg. Does feel like we are over the hump. Paul Recent report I saw said something about still...
by Alan Rath
August 24th, 2020, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8304

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

Smoke is brutal today in the south east bay. Guess we’re getting it from all sides.
by Alan Rath
August 24th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine-searcher.com interface
Replies: 69
Views: 2954

Re: New Wine-searcher.com interface

It's the problem Microsoft has had for years. They come out with a new version of Office and they change the commands. You can still do the same things but you find out that for absolutely no reason at all, they changed the keystrokes. Google gets it. Interface is clean and hasn't really changed fo...
by Alan Rath
August 24th, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8304

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

So sorry to hear this
by Alan Rath
August 23rd, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Beaujolais
Replies: 51
Views: 3583

Re: 2019 Beaujolais

It is a misnomer that Beaujolais does not age. Some wines like Roilette really require it. I would still call 2014 young on most of those cuvees that I listed. I’d buy them over 17 and 18 all things considered. I do like have the span of vintages, however. Grammar police calling you out: it might b...
by Alan Rath
August 23rd, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy's 2020 vintage in pictures
Replies: 39
Views: 2527

Re: Burgundy's 2020 vintage in pictures

William, what are the ripeness levels this year? It seems to be a very early harvest. Are we looking at another 2003 here? Hope not. I keep an eye on Beaune temps through the summer, and I can't remember anything like the extended extreme heat waves of 2003. Also curious about the vintage. I assume...
by Alan Rath
August 23rd, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will urban off-site wine storage costs fall?
Replies: 9
Views: 549

Re: Will urban off-site wine storage costs fall?

mine just went up 5%
by Alan Rath
August 22nd, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8304

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

Fingers crossed for Rhys, and everyone else in the fire areas. 2020 can’t be over soon enough.
by Alan Rath
August 22nd, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 291
Views: 25132

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Funny, I've correctly made the call of an '08 Sonoma Pinot in blind tastings, then after the reveal, with some impressed (and others having concurred before the reveal), there's "that guy" still insisting the wine isn't smoke tainted. The compounds that make up the aromas of smoke taint are fairly ...

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