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by Alan Rath
June 15th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 129
Views: 2115

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato

They will wave corkage for us, I'm fairly sure. If not, we can work out some kind of good deal with them. We are frequent diners there, they take great care of us.
by Alan Rath
June 14th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Would you Get?
Replies: 26
Views: 895

Re: What Wine Would you Get?

Allemand is hard to pass up at that price. Also agree that (if I were going to spend that amount) the Raveneau is more interesting than the PYCM.
by Alan Rath
June 13th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 129
Views: 2115

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato

UN translation: Hopefully Doug gets George's humor, but just in case: don't worry about it :)
by Alan Rath
June 13th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 6
Views: 482

Re: TN: 2017 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

William, just personal preference. The 16 has a sunny streak of bright strawberry, over the darker Gamay foundation. That's a note that pokes out a bit on my palate.
by Alan Rath
June 13th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 6
Views: 482

Re: TN: 2017 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

Coincidentally, just tasted this yesterday. Your note describes the wine nicely. As much attention as the 2016 got, I much prefer this 2017 version for it's (to my tastes) more classic profile.
by Alan Rath
June 12th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?
Replies: 61
Views: 2244

Re: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?

Many years ago there was a motorcycle on campus with the plate "CARNOT". Today that could be considered wine related, though I know it was not.
by Alan Rath
June 12th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 129
Views: 2115

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato

I have some Old Tennis Shoe.
by Alan Rath
June 11th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So who here bought the Gonon Vieilles Vignes?
Replies: 20
Views: 2041

Re: So who here bought the Gonon Vieilles Vignes?

So it's risen almost to the price of Trollat, even though they aren't retired. Having never had either Trollat or Gonon VV, do people who have had both think that, given they have Trollat's vineyards, they are really making the same wine? Not that similar to me. 05 trollat is one of the greatest st...
by Alan Rath
June 10th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle condition - signs of seepage
Replies: 38
Views: 1699

Re: Bottle condition - signs of seepage

Reviving this old thread as an appropriate place to seek advice on the following (asking for a friend...): A handful of trophy wines, all magnums if that matters, are evidencing some seepage, which he says is unquestionably due to short-term (and relatively modest) heat exposure which occurred over...
by Alan Rath
June 10th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 129
Views: 2115

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

Andrew and Craig - you guys in? If not, I may bring a friend. Too big for me. I think we need to split into Peninsula and South Bay. Who would be South Bay besides you, me, and Sean when he can make it? I'm not willing to start a South Bay dinner group nor to say goodbye to this one. I am thinking ...
by Alan Rath
June 10th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 129
Views: 2115

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

Still in
by Alan Rath
June 8th, 2019, 10:35 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 220
Views: 10319

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

What does a major heat spike like this do to flowering vines?
by Alan Rath
June 8th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1345
Views: 145557

Re: Official Costco Thread

Fremont had both CR and King. King is more expensive (and weightier per package), and I prefer the CR anyway.
by Alan Rath
June 7th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 129
Views: 2115

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

Is Juan also a doctor?

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by Alan Rath
June 7th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Copper River - Incoming
Replies: 224
Views: 11868

Re: Copper River - Incoming

Email from Costco this morning says Copper River will be available Saturday, June 8.
by Alan Rath
June 7th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1345
Views: 145557

Re: Official Costco Thread

Email today from Costco says Copper River Salmon will be available Saturday, June 8. Wagons ho!
by Alan Rath
June 7th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7475

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

If someone asks me what Napa Cabs to get in the $40-75 range, I tell them to go get Carlisle and Bedrock Zins, instead. Most likely what they are looking, flavor and texture-wise, for Cab within that price range can be achieved in epic Zins by those producers. Hmm, that doesn't sound like great adv...
by Alan Rath
June 6th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 54
Views: 2681

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 6:52 am
If you give these a decent salt and watch them even a little while cooking they are just glorious protein.
They have become my favorite steak, hands down.
by Alan Rath
June 6th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 129
Views: 2115

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

A vote for a la carte
by Alan Rath
June 6th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London Recos
Replies: 13
Views: 447

Re: London Recos

Jay Miller wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 6:29 am
a short walk to St Martins in the Fields if you want to take in a concert
You MUST do this, it's magical, particularly in the Christmas season.
by Alan Rath
June 6th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 49
Views: 1356

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

I always enjoy these threads. Arguing about which fast food chain's fries or burgers are best/worst is like arguing about which mass produced grocery store wine is best/worst.
by Alan Rath
June 6th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 731
Views: 32918

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Not bad, but what the heck is "symmetrical focus"? That definitely goes on your bingo card.
by Alan Rath
June 5th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 103
Views: 4027

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

I don't remember anyone commenting on the proportions of new oak when discussing any release. Maybe I missed that conversation? You're right, it doesn't get a lot of attention, but there is a reasonable range of new oak across Bordeaux. It's a question I often ask while tasting wines at UGC, and th...
by Alan Rath
June 5th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 731
Views: 32918

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Jayson Cohen wrote:
June 5th, 2019, 11:05 am
Really? Exp(z); z complex.

(I never avoid mathematical tangents, er, thread drift.)
That is indeed true [cheers.gif] But it only applies to complex wines...
by Alan Rath
June 5th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 731
Views: 32918

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

I fear another circular argument. Some may say her writing skills are irrational or even imaginary, but they are real. They are asymptotic, and they have reached their limit. That would be sinusoidal, not exponential. Same thing, isn’t it? Just depends on the exponent. Jayson, no, the two are not a...
by Alan Rath
June 4th, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 731
Views: 32918

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Does you think she really know what exponential means? Or do you think it’s hyperbole? I fear another circular argument. Some may say her writing skills are irrational or even imaginary, but they are real. They are asymptotic, and they have reached their limit. That would be sinusoidal, not exponen...
by Alan Rath
June 4th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2712

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Further, is "I did test trials, I liked the results, I don't know why it works, but it seems to work so I will continue doing it" a proper foundational basis? It might be if a grower went BD for a few years, then switched back to non-BD, and found observable (and statistically significant) results,...
by Alan Rath
June 4th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2712

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

I tend to think that a key part of Biodynamic is simply paying attention- a lot. I wonder if the same attentive were paid to responsible conventional viniculture, would the results be much different. We hear this a lot: "if nothing else, biodynamics is better because those producers are paying more...
by Alan Rath
June 4th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2712

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

People excuse the BS with the vapid statement "there's a lot that we don't know", which is really a way of excusing ignorance and lack of curiosity. Interesting. I'd consider the thought "there's a lot that we don't know" obligatory if one wants to keep ignorance at bay and maintain curiosity. For ...
by Alan Rath
June 4th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1065

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

Craig G wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 12:31 pm
You mean other than Grey Poupon, of course?

I like Edmond Fallot Dijon. The one with truffles is great, too.

BTW I do like Grey Poupon, but it’s pretty mild next to a real Dijon.
I've got some Edmond Fallot we bought in Burgundy in the fridge right now. Good stuff, but it's fairly strong.
by Alan Rath
June 4th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine searcher
Replies: 30
Views: 2230

Re: Wine searcher

Wine-Searcher has just gone live with a trial to the way prices are shown. Search results now display a per-bottle-price for a case where the store tells us the # of bottles per case. Best value prices will always be at the top of results. Trial is only for wine and not for spirits at this point. P...
by Alan Rath
June 2nd, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Red Wine Pairs Best with Gator?
Replies: 22
Views: 701

Re: What Red Wine Pairs Best with Gator?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 2nd, 2019, 8:01 am
Oddly, I have never once seen a Gator on my lake. And I have lived here 15+ years. Have skied, fished, paddle-boarded, sat in the lounge chairs lakeside, for many hours on end. And no gators. Like I said, odd.
Don't worry, they see you...
by Alan Rath
June 2nd, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone (update) and Barolo
Replies: 32
Views: 2646

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo

Great writeup, thanks for taking the time to do it! Particularly interested in your comparison of 17 and 18 vintages at Meo, it sounds like you thought the 17 vintage is "bigger" than 18, which came across almost more elegant and classic, did I interpret correctly?
by Alan Rath
May 31st, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine
Replies: 55
Views: 1595

Re: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine

Started with a 2002 Chave Hermitage Blanc to pair with the cheese and dried meats tray. Had some Nola sardines as well. Love the waxy feel of this wine, with its citrus and honey palate. Have to admit, it’s on its last leg, but showing some class right now. Drink up. (90 pts.) Color on that wine lo...
by Alan Rath
May 29th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1750

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

I've tried, but it doesn't work too well ;) I didn't really make the connection, but I see the analogy now that I think about it. I was trying to avoid any equivalence at all between aeration and long term bottle aging, while the microwave can do a pretty decent job of cooking many foods just as wel...
by Alan Rath
May 29th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 129
Views: 2115

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

Always a vote for Sole, but probably if we're at 10 or less.
by Alan Rath
May 29th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 129
Views: 2115

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

I'm good for the 17th. Where? Menlo Grill is now ruled out, they only allow 2 bottles per table free corkage, $25 after that, and apparently aren't interested in working out any other arrangement.
by Alan Rath
May 29th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1750

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

Think where people get their dander up is to try and say you can approximate aging wine, which you obviously can't - and that would blow the purpose of much of the hobby for collectors. An analogy that might get more agreement is, to give a young wine extended air is something like microwaving vers...
by Alan Rath
May 29th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 3948

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

ThomasP. wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 11:58 am
One of the first things I would do with a time machine, would be travel back and purchase as much of the wine that I cannot acquire/afford now;
So then the question becomes: when you bring it back, is it still release young, or has it aged? Enquiring minds want to know!
by Alan Rath
May 29th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?
Replies: 68
Views: 2832

Re: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?

Michael Martin wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 9:07 am
There is always another good wine.
This is true. But there are wines for which there is no equal. They are few, but they do exist.
by Alan Rath
May 29th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 3948

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

Chave has been over $100 for a couple of decades. I was about to correct you by pointing out that it only happened with the 1999 vintage but then I realized that was 20 years ago. How did that happen? Just lucky on that, lol. I only meant that it's been quite a while that Chave went over $100.
by Alan Rath
May 28th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières
Replies: 6
Views: 748

TN: 2008 Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières

2008 Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru (5/18/2019) Color looks OK maybe just a hint more yellow than I'd like to see; slight touches of oxidation on the nose, the palate strives to be clean but there's a hint of premox here a...
by Alan Rath
May 28th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 8
Views: 648

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

2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore - Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC (5/18/2019) Light hay in color, almost a Chablish-like green tinge, nose is light with a faint rocky note, beautifully medium intense mineral driven fruit with medium richness, nice saline streak, and a long, steely fruit finish. Fabu...
by Alan Rath
May 28th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?
Replies: 68
Views: 2832

Re: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?

Allemand. Though due to vintage character, and my age, 2016 may actually be the last vintage I buy.
by Alan Rath
May 28th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 3948

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

Too many Burgs. Allemand as others have mentioned. Gonon hasn't really gone up that much if you can get it at it's actual retail release, but many more people chasing it, so that's become much more difficult. Clape has been mentioned, but it's price increase has been "relatively" reasonable. I got i...
by Alan Rath
May 28th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1750

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

On the other hand: decanting immediately without slow-oxing might cause the structure (tannin and acidity) to be sharper, less sweet ... some very young and strong wines might take it well, others will show less well after fast exposure to air. Remember when you write things like this, people may a...
by Alan Rath
May 27th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2712

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

To try and answer the question: I am pretty sure Chave, Clape, Allemand aren't biodynamic, while Chapoutier is. So there's a "strike" against biodynamic - or, more likely, one little piece of evidence that biodynamic doesn't necessarily mean anything on its own. Another example is D'Angerville. I do...
by Alan Rath
May 27th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics
Replies: 18
Views: 658

Re: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics

This is one of the few discussions (the article) I've seen that invokes actual science and chemistry on the topic. I'm less inclined to accept "conventional wisdom" from winemakers following "standard practices" than I am to at least be open to the new and interesting directions coming out of real s...
by Alan Rath
May 26th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine searcher
Replies: 30
Views: 2230

Re: Wine searcher

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