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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: 11
Views: 562

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 AA, BA upgrade help
Replies: 2
Views: 251

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 AA, BA upgrade help
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Need AA, BA upgrade help

Its for my unicorns. PM pls.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
July 17th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 37
Views: 1646

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: 56
Views: 1752

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: 2062

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: 1054

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: 3691

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: 882

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: 688

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: 688

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: 5598

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: 5598

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: 511

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: 12806

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: 1662

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: 1305

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: 511

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: 969

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: 969

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: 969

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: 511

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: 511

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: 511

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: 7520

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: 542

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: 55
Views: 2775

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: 939

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: 4148

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: 1867

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: 87
Views: 7331

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: 1889

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: 2540

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: 2540

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: 2540

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: 2965

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: 2766

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: 2965

Re: San Diego help

Vino Carta for wine. So many restaurants down there now it’s ridiculous
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 20th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments
Replies: 48
Views: 1573

Re: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments

alan weinberg wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 12:52 pm
John Davis wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 7:47 am
I d include tax and shipping-because that is what it cost me. IIRC, this has been discussed before and results are mixed.
+1
Poll!
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 19th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Berlin recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 451

Re: Berlin recommendations?

Russell Faulkner wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 7:48 am
Cordobar is now the restaurant Cordo.
Yes - it had already become Cordo when I visited.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 19th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Berlin recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 451

Re: Berlin recommendations?

I had an epic night at Cordobar during a visit last fall. The prix fixe dinner was excellent for what is essentially a geeky/natty and convivial neighborhood wine bar. Everyone in the place knew each other (or wanted to) and there was a lot of gregarious generosity going on. (“Hey, you wanna try my ...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 17th, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Vegas Strip wine restaurants???
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Re: Vegas Strip wine restaurants???

I host several business dinners a year at restaurants at the big strip casino hotels and have never had any trouble finding decent wines to order at decent prices no matter where we were. Yes, you will (usually) pay 2x retail. No, you won’t (usually) find geeked out berserker stuff. (But that’s not ...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 17th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 77
Views: 6564

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

NoahR wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Overnoy cheap? Several hundred a bottle here because of the unicorn status, and that’s if you can find a source.
I ran across the savagnin for about 30 gbp at London retail a few years ago. Have never seen it at retail in the US.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 13th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone fly LH with a full winecheck?
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Re: Anyone fly LH with a full winecheck?

They took my full wine check but charged me for my carry on because it weighed more than 18 lbs
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 11th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 87
Views: 7331

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

James Cross wrote:
March 11th, 2019, 9:18 am
Bank's new place is open. Some friends went there last night and I'm awaiting their report.
What’s its name?

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