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by Joe W i n o g r a d
August 21st, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Franz Hirtzberger Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Honivogl
Replies: 13
Views: 226

Re: TN: 2004 Franz Hirtzberger Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Honivogl

That’s like picking a favorite child! Love them both.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
August 16th, 2019, 11:09 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: San Diego/La Jolla Dining Recs
Replies: 6
Views: 160

Re: San Diego/La Jolla Dining Recs

My hit list in/adjacent to LJ:

Piazza 1909
Oltre Mare
The Fishery
Galaxy Taco
Oscar’s Mexican Seafood
The Patio
Caroline’s
Cottage
Taste of Himalaya
Bobboi
Nine Ten
by Joe W i n o g r a d
August 11th, 2019, 10:57 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs
Replies: 21
Views: 739

Re: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs

Anyone have suggestions for Thanksgiving dinner out in P/S? Bonus points for BYO or a decent list. Upscale ok.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
July 28th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alto Piemonte Books??
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: Alto Piemonte Books??

Right on cue, Alfonso Cevola steps up with a commentary and excerpt from the new D’Agata work.

https://acevola.blogspot.com/2019/07/th ... about.html
by Joe W i n o g r a d
July 27th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alto Piemonte Books??
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: Alto Piemonte Books??

Only 4 more weeks until ian’s new book comes out https://www.iandagata.com/italys-native-wine-grape-terroirs/ https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520290754/italys-native-wine-grape-terroirs The folks I know who’ve read advance copies say it is highly technical; makes the last one seem like a bit of a b...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
July 27th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alto Piemonte Books??
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: Alto Piemonte Books??

IDTT 381 Cristiano Garella is a rock star
by Joe W i n o g r a d
July 25th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Need BA upgrade help
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Re: Need BA upgrade help

Bump. Thanks to the PMs so far
by Joe W i n o g r a d
July 25th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reccos for Restaurants for Ireland and Iceland
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Reccos for Restaurants for Ireland and Iceland

The Dill guys’ pizza place in Reykjavik is good. Local microbrews and thin crust brick oven lobster pie...yum. And don’t miss the cinnamon rolls at Braud & Co.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
July 21st, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 46
Views: 1832

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

They announced on Instagram last year that they would be changing the labeling to indicate the old vines bottlings. I posted a link to the announcement in a prior Pepe thread.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
July 19th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Need BA upgrade help
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Re: Need AA, BA upgrade help

Thanks Jordan. Miles or SWU.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
July 19th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Need BA upgrade help
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Need BA upgrade help

Its for my unicorns. PM pls.

Edited to add: latest learnings are BA “UuA” whatever that means. [truce.gif]
by Joe W i n o g r a d
July 17th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 52
Views: 2854

Re: Wines of Etna

Thanks to a wise friend, I had my first experience recently with the wines of Vigneti Vecchio , the domain of Carmelo Vecchio who is reportedly a longtime employee at Passopisciaro. The wines are newly imported into the US by KL. The Sciare Vive (“live flow”) Etna Rosso was elegant and precise. I lo...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
July 4th, 2019, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?
Replies: 57
Views: 2056

Re: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?

Vajra JC Clare on ice.... that’s nice.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
June 29th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2269

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

A different way of framing Brian’s question is: “how could innovation in the types of offerings enabled by e-commerce platforms (eg vinespring) improve winery’s direct-to-consumer profitability and customer engagement?” It seems plausible that if any winery could make a direct offering with auction ...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
June 26th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux
Replies: 36
Views: 1149

Re: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux

Agee with Russell. Think of the fat from dairy (butter, cream, cheese) or vegetable oil (olive, sesame) as the stand-in for animal fat in the traditional European pairing. Umami found in mushrooms, eggplant, artichoke, fish brine corresponds in broad terms to that in bone marrow and other animal sou...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
June 16th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3813

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

You accuse / eject someone based on supposition and logic without evidence, then more stuff goes missing. What then? If there are multiple parties with access and opportunity, you really need to collect direct evidence before acting. If you put the lock on, it will be a tip off that you are suspicio...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
June 6th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Trousseau Sonoma County
Replies: 16
Views: 915

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Trousseau Sonoma County

It’s a medium-light bodied wine with savory qualities. Can pair with a wide range of foods, as you might a French pinot or cab franc. Pair with white meat, fish, cheese, NC bbq, or karaoke.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
June 5th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 8
Views: 705

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

As I recall, Kevin Harvey posted that Aeris is made by Salvi Foti from the plantings that we’re historically used for Pietramarina. And that Pietramarina no longer has the same winemaker or vineyard source. So it’s all kind of a moving target at this point. George Chadwick posted on a comparative ta...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
June 3rd, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 8
Views: 705

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

That Planeta is about 10% Riesling which makes it quite a bit more accessible in its youth than the straight up carricantes, but I also like it quite a bit
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 31st, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Bordeaux supposed to have a laxative effect?
Replies: 69
Views: 5722

Re: Is Bordeaux supposed to have a laxative effect?

T. Melloni wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 10:42 am
I can only imagine the word selection when you searched to add to a thread rather than start anew.
My profile shows that I joined WB on March 20 2013... “you never forgot your first thread”
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 31st, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Bordeaux supposed to have a laxative effect?
Replies: 69
Views: 5722

Re: Is Bordeaux supposed to have a laxative effect?

According to the good Prof. Parzen, these beneficial effects are not just for bordeaux, or even red wines, any more.

Shitting good. That’s what I love about natural wine.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 22nd, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard

It’s funny that you would mention the St Anne cuvée, because I happened to open one of these (dg 1/17, US purchase) side-by-side with the L-M. I was actually surprised by the degree of similarity between the two. The Chartogne was not quite so rich and had more of the typical complex bitterness that...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 21st, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 13325

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Suppose the business model is structured such that x% of the vintage is sold at futures price dtc, y% is sold to the trade at wholesale, and z% is sold at retail price dtc. If the total vintage quantity drops significantly, they have to cut back on the futures quantity offered. If they were to fulfi...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 19th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 40
Views: 1767

Re: Impossible burgers

I can’t think of a worse way to market a product to vegetarians than to say “it bleeds”.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 19th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone Documentary
Replies: 8
Views: 1346

Re: Northern Rhone Documentary

I watched this a few weeks ago and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. On the surface it kind of seems like there’s no there there but as I went through it, it really worked as “good art” completely apart from the geekery. Who’s the hero? Which effort is more meaningful? How much responsibi...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 19th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard

I finally opened this at the start of a casual evening with friends so only had a glass. It was probably the right setting for this. It’s an undemanding drink. A reserved nose with rich lemon curd and modest sparkle in the mouth. Enough sweetness to bring to mind a limonata which is not usually my j...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 5th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most useful CT stat
Replies: 11
Views: 1008

Re: The most useful CT stat

I poked around on the CT forums for more info on this. It looks like people have been asking for a way to use this data more effectively (sort, export, filter) for years and the answer is something like “no you can’t do it currently / yeah we understand it would be nice / it’s not easy to do with ou...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 5th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most useful CT stat
Replies: 11
Views: 1008

Re: The most useful CT stat

You guys are funny. There are errors in the other direction as well (bottles sold, given away, dropped, or otherwise consumed by means other than drinking). You can draw inferences with certainty and make important decisions using sampled data sets with errors and bias. There’s math for it. The thin...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 4th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most useful CT stat
Replies: 11
Views: 1008

The most useful CT stat

For me this is “Community Holdings - Consumed %”. It has proven to me as a better guide for where a bottling is in its lifespan than any of the other metrics; “drinking window” “ready to drink” etc. Yet it is much less prominent and harder to use. If there is a way to sort or filter your cellar base...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 3rd, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard

Thanks Brad. Will open next weekend and post a note.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 2nd, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard

I am changing my name to Vinograf in protest. 8^>
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 2nd, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard

I found this on a shelf in the Savoie right next to the Vouette et Sorbee. Anyone know anything about this?

I’ve been unable to find any info on web or CellarTracker. Maybe a one-off?

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by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 22nd, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 98
Views: 7884

Re: Somm 3

A Year in Burgundy
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 22nd, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Should you buy most of your wine from one place?
Replies: 4
Views: 599

Re: Should you buy most of your wine from one place?

As in all things, relationships matter. Good business is personal. A personal relationship requires attention and reciprocity. You have to be willing to risk rejection and disappointment. Some relationships work out, some do not. Every relationship is unique. Let it develop organically.

Cheers
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 19th, 2019, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 78
Views: 3819

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

I have a bottle each of the 2015 Prager Achleiten and Bodenstein Riesling Smaragds, if anyone could comment on these and drinking windows in context of the vintage. I haven’t tasted the 15 Austrians broadly but have had the Prager Achleiten Riesling twice; once in 2017 and once in 2018. It showed a...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 12th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is your average cost per bottle trending?
Replies: 27
Views: 1018

How is your average cost per bottle trending?

I recently realized that the more I taste, the more I am able to find pleasing wine at a pleasing price. My per-bottle spend is trending down while my per-bottle enjoyment is increasing. How about you? You can see a CT report with annual averages at https://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?table=Pivot...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 12th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Inexpensive Sparklers
Replies: 26
Views: 4235

Re: Inexpensive Sparklers

This is a category where I generally get the least satisfaction from bottom fishing.

However, the J Laurens Cremant de Limoux Brut is pretty good and for $14 beats anything else I’ve tried under $30.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 11th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience
Replies: 19
Views: 2038

Re: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience

Every year my average purchase price goes down and my average rating goes up .... this is a game of skill, not of chance
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 9th, 2019, 10:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 114
Views: 8538

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Made it to Lamaii tonight! Iffy strip mall location with several abandoned storefronts but a beautiful room once you go in. Really terrific service too. They are serving from a modest sized menu with a mix of common and unusual Thai selections. One dish was outstanding (salmon) and two were average....
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 3rd, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 48
Views: 1973

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

I’ve had great luck buying and selling wine fridges on Craigslist...
- got a 180 bottle Eurocave for $100
- got another 180 bottle eurocave for $200
- got a 600 bottle la cache for $1000
- sold the two eurocaves for $600

6 years into this and I haven’t had to get an offsite yet...but ya never know
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 3rd, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2759

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Lopez de Heredia Tondonia ? The GR 1973, drunk at the domaine, is a great white ... The Montenidoli whites that are on the market in SoCal are 10-15 years old and around $20. I don’t know if they are “top Italian wines”, but certainly not “ones to avoid.” That they would suggest tondonia blanco is ...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 2nd, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2759

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Generally, I avoid Tuscan whites and most vermentino, but I may be missing something. It has been interesting to me to explore the Montenidoli bottlings. I’ve especially liked the Vernaccia Tradizionale and Templare (vernaccia+trebbiano gentile+malvasia blend...the poor man’s tondonia blanco!). Bac...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 1st, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2759

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Lots of great options above.

One additional wine that I have enjoyed quite a bit, particularly in the cooler vintages, is the Quintarelli Secco Ca de Merlo. It’s not as much of a bargain as some of the under the radar options but it puts a smile on my face
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 27th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: San Diego help
Replies: 38
Views: 3029

Re: San Diego help

The clearance shelves today at Krisp

I’m ok with aged massican for $15, prieler for $10...yw
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by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 23rd, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Wine related Podcasts worth giving a go?
Replies: 47
Views: 2906

Re: Any Wine related Podcasts worth giving a go?

IDTT is a treasure and I understand that it’s, at least in part, fan-sponsored.

As with WB and CT, I’ve given an amount equal to my average per-bottle spend annually for as long as I’ve been listening (5 years now).

I encourage all fans to do the same.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 21st, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: San Diego help
Replies: 38
Views: 3029

Re: San Diego help

Vino Carta for wine. So many restaurants down there now it’s ridiculous

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