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by Joe W i n o g r a d
December 28th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: how do you pick the bottle you are opening?
Replies: 23
Views: 889

Re: how do you pick the bottle you are opening?

I find it’s really helpful to have a broad range of low-cost selections that I am either curious to try (currently: erbaluce, aligote, baga) or tried and true favorites (currently: soave, pelaverga) that can be opened anytime I’m stuck. Check the bottom feeder threads and buy a few mixed cases - pro...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
December 27th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tastign notes/ ratings/ reviews for NV wines
Replies: 16
Views: 792

Re: tastign notes/ ratings/ reviews for NV wines

Levi Dalton wrote some interesting articles on chinato.... bedtime reading for the curious

http://soyouwanttobeasommelier.blogspot ... ?q=Chinato
by Joe W i n o g r a d
December 27th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tastign notes/ ratings/ reviews for NV wines
Replies: 16
Views: 792

Re: tastign notes/ ratings/ reviews for NV wines

And to answer your question more directly, I would choose to buy a case and open one every year or two over buying and opening only new releases. I haven’t tried the Roagna chinato but have enjoyed both the Cappellano and Vajra bottlings. My notes say that the Vajra is a bit sweeter but I didn’t hav...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
December 27th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tastign notes/ ratings/ reviews for NV wines
Replies: 16
Views: 792

Re: tastign notes/ ratings/ reviews for NV wines

Aging your amari is definitely a thing to do

I don’t remember if the Vaira’s discuss chinato in their IDTT interviews, but there is an interesting discussion of aged chartreuse in the podcast linked below

https://guildpodcast.com/chartreuse-and-port
by Joe W i n o g r a d
December 27th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tastign notes/ ratings/ reviews for NV wines
Replies: 16
Views: 792

Re: tastign notes/ ratings/ reviews for NV wines

With respect to professional reviews... [shrugs]. It’s a shame that they are often are missing the relevant details as well.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
December 27th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tastign notes/ ratings/ reviews for NV wines
Replies: 16
Views: 792

Re: tastign notes/ ratings/ reviews for NV wines

Yes - sometimes you can only learn the relevant info on a bottling from a knowledgeable merchant or from literature published by the importer (eg. Theise catalog).
by Joe W i n o g r a d
December 27th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tastign notes/ ratings/ reviews for NV wines
Replies: 16
Views: 792

Re: tastign notes/ ratings/ reviews for NV wines

Many NV bottlings have a printed or etched code that identifies the year of bottling, vintage, or disgorgement date. You have to hunt for this since it’s in a different place for every bottling (if present at all). Then you have to decode it because the meaning is different for different producers. ...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
December 22nd, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 San Fereolo Dogliani Superiore
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: TN: 2017 San Fereolo Dogliani Superiore

Really enjoying this domaine. They continue to put out late release dolcetto and barbera bottlings that impress. Current release of “1593” is 2008 and “Austri” is 2011. Pricing is fair too
by Joe W i n o g r a d
December 22nd, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 166
Views: 5680

Re: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

2018 Weingut Keller Gruner Silvaner Trocken - A featherweight with good moves. Fresh as rocks with a squirt of lime. Could easily put away the whole bottle.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
December 12th, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Magazines
Replies: 12
Views: 1114

Re: Wine Magazines

C. Keller wrote: December 12th, 2020, 7:58 am How is the Noble Rot book? Anyone read it? Realizing there's a slim chance given its not available in the states yet
Available for Kindle in the US, fyi
by Joe W i n o g r a d
November 28th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eurocave Wine Storage in Laundry Room
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Re: Eurocave Wine Storage in Laundry Room

What is the best pairing for tide pods?
by Joe W i n o g r a d
November 18th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!
Replies: 111
Views: 9559

Re: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!

This is very nice. Can you explain how this interacts with the new member "$30 off $100" offer? If you are new, register, and make a $150 purchase which offer will apply? Are both available (even if for separate purchases)? You are not currently a GCC member so you'd get the $30 rebate, a...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
November 18th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!
Replies: 111
Views: 9559

Re: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!

This is very nice. Can you explain how this interacts with the new member "$30 off $100" offer? If you are new, register, and make a $150 purchase which offer will apply? Are both available (even if for separate purchases)?
by Joe W i n o g r a d
November 15th, 2020, 10:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses
Replies: 69
Views: 4216

Re: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses

My grandma made borscht not chili crisp so I’m far from an expert, but I got both LGM and Momofuku and don’t see much similarity at all in the flavor profiles. The LGM has these big fermented soy and szechuan chili components that make it unique and addictive. Amazing match to Asian cuisines. The Mo...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
November 15th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New book by Wink Lorch, Wines of the French Alps
Replies: 4
Views: 590

Re: New book by Wink Lorch, Wines of the French Alps

Both Lorch books are available now at 25% discount in physical and electronic form from Wink Lorch’s website https://winetravelmedia.com/

Discount code spec25nov2020 brought my US purchase of the Jura eBook down to around $13

I’ve been looking forward to reading this
by Joe W i n o g r a d
November 15th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pink Bubbles
Replies: 21
Views: 1036

Re: Pink Bubbles

I really liked Filipa Pato’s “3B” rose recently.

Under $20 and shows dry, clean, and understated.

It’s made from the traditional Portuguese grapes Baga and Bical.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
November 13th, 2020, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23898

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I bought some LdH from wine.com in CA in August using 50/150 and Rakuten with delivery scheduled for this week.

Everything arrived looking good and on time via fedex and rakuten granted the rebate immediately on the pre-discount subtotal when I made the request through their website.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
October 25th, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Rosenberg
Replies: 10
Views: 355

Re: TN: 2017 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Rosenberg

Yes! To be clear, in post #6 I am talking about my experience with other houses in the region.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
October 25th, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Rosenberg
Replies: 10
Views: 355

Re: TN: 2017 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Rosenberg

I posted some takeaways from the trip in an Austria thread at the time; here’s a link. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=156647#p2644927 It doesn’t include tasting notes. As I recall, many of the 2017s were in the 13.5-14% alc range and were showing it at the time. Ott was...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
October 24th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Rosenberg
Replies: 10
Views: 355

Re: TN: 2017 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Rosenberg

Thanks, Ilkka. I don’t know why these wines don’t get more love (record skip). I had the pleasure of tasting the 2017 lineups at 8 famous Austrian domaines during a visit in 2018. Ott was the best of the bunch. They make almost exclusively gv but I just opened their one riesling earlier this week; t...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
October 18th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Searcher Pro
Replies: 4
Views: 684

Re: Wine Searcher Pro

The iOS app remembers for me
by Joe W i n o g r a d
October 17th, 2020, 10:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: F.X. Pichler leaves Vinea Wachau
Replies: 5
Views: 458

Re: F.X. Pichler leaves Vinea Wachau

This makes total sense and there is every reason to expect other quality-minded domaines to follow. The market is locked into pricing based on the designations and it’s widely acknowledged in the region that this creates perverse incentives for increased ripeness that run counter to improving quality.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
October 14th, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Speaking Spanish at Work
Replies: 25
Views: 1877

Re: Speaking Spanish at Work

You make the point well. It’s patronizing and infantilizing. He’s not their parent.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
October 13th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Speaking Spanish at Work
Replies: 25
Views: 1877

Re: Speaking Spanish at Work

Assimilation plays out over generations. What’s the rush?
by Joe W i n o g r a d
October 11th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer check: Tipsy Knitter, Seattle
Replies: 12
Views: 1465

Re: Retailer check: Tipsy Knitter, Seattle

I did not. They had “just sold” the wines that I requested.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
October 8th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker and purchase tracking question
Replies: 18
Views: 980

Re: CellarTracker and purchase tracking question

I allocate group purchase price proportionate to prevailing retail cost.

Shipping gets allocated equally across all bottles though regardless of format. (I include tax and shipping in my CT bottle price)
by Joe W i n o g r a d
October 3rd, 2020, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?
Replies: 68
Views: 3166

Re: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?

You can export your data from CT easily in any format you might need so there’s always an easy way out with your data.

For me the cloud benefit is instant access from any device.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
September 27th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Must Buy People Behind the Wine!
Replies: 61
Views: 2816

Re: Must Buy People Behind the Wine!

Tegan
by Joe W i n o g r a d
September 24th, 2020, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Friuli Wines w/ Bobby Stuckey....(long/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 373

Re: TN: Friuli Wines w/ Bobby Stuckey....(long/boring)

Is Gnemiz known to be quirky or have substantial bottle variation? I bought a box of these at Berserker Day and the ones that I have opened (all sauv blanc) have been head-scratchers; not really recognizable as anything I’ve had before. And I’ve had a decent sampling of Friulian whites; Attems, Jerm...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
September 18th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 201
Views: 20435

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

Ive had every one including the 08 and 09. Having the 08 with 8 years of age is what has convinced me to keep my hands off them if at all possible until they are at least 8 years post vintage. Made one exception for Pobega's visit last Fall and opened a 14 with an 8 hour decant. Showed great but th...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
September 16th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Inexpensive Sparklers
Replies: 27
Views: 6264

Re: Inexpensive Sparklers

I had a chance to try Filipa Pato’s “3B” rose and BdB this week. Both are under $20, totally dry, clean, and understated. She makes these from traditional Portuguese grapes that I am not familiar with (the BdB is Maria Gomes, Bical, and Cercial and the rose is Baga and Bical) and gets precise flavor...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
September 12th, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 201
Views: 20435

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

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by Joe W i n o g r a d
September 12th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)
Replies: 33
Views: 2617

Re: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)

I experience this all the time. Many many wines are better after time in the fridge. I wish it was imagined because then it could happen for all my wines. But sadly it only works for the young ones of good quality. I would agree with this as a general statement, for wines that some would argue have...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
September 10th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses
Replies: 69
Views: 4216

Re: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses

How does one buy it (Mei Lin XO)?
by Joe W i n o g r a d
September 10th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Roagna Langhe Rosso (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 11
Views: 625

Re: TN: 2011 Roagna Langhe Rosso (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)

Thanks for the tip, Ilkka!

If you haven’t already, you should check out their dolcetto too. With a few years in bottle it also overdelivers by a wide margin.

(edited to correct a misspelling)
by Joe W i n o g r a d
September 9th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)
Replies: 33
Views: 2617

Re: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)

These are like comments from an alternate universe. I am reminded of the scientists from the 1950s who thought that animals couldn’t feel pain. The reason for drinking wine that was opened some days ago is because I wasn’t that thirsty on the night that I opened it. If it tastes better, which it oft...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
September 9th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)
Replies: 33
Views: 2617

Re: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)

I experience this all the time. Many many wines are better after time in the fridge.

I wish it was imagined because then it could happen for all my wines. But sadly it only works for the young ones of good quality.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
September 5th, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 226
Views: 15972

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

Here are a few carignane impressions for you, Julie. A bit scattered and curt but I try not to overthink it. This is one that I will continue to buy/recommend --- 2014 Sandlands Carignane California, 12/28/2019, a bit solar and unstructured but not overdone; roundish fruit and some pleasing bitterne...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
September 4th, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 226
Views: 15972

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

My best bottles have been at 6 years from vintage but have enjoyed at 2 as well; particularly when I drank them over the course of several nights - heck, I have even gone a week in the fridge and seen improvement with the young ones. How else will you know whether to keep buying?
by Joe W i n o g r a d
September 4th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed
Replies: 101
Views: 7080

Re: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed

Producers have changed dramatically (and predictably) during 8 years of finding my way into the hobby.

The clearest through-lines are transition from 10:1 new:old world to the reverse and 4:1 red:white to the reverse.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
September 2nd, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Wine Rewards Program - Seeking Feedback
Replies: 22
Views: 1017

Re: Wine Rewards Program - Seeking Feedback

Unicorns are like the aspirational high end experiences that Amex offers.... backstage with drake etc. Great marketing but not the bread and butter For bread and butter, it seems that the thing wine collectors seem to want is more wine at sharp pricing. Retailer partnerships for credits and discount...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
August 31st, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2284
Views: 257897

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Robinsss wrote: August 31st, 2020, 10:02 am Do we need a coupon code for the Flatiron 15% off?
Sale ended yesterday
by Joe W i n o g r a d
August 30th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 4
Views: 426

Re: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia

And here I thought “For a few dollars more” was going to be a reference to the rapidly increasing price of this wine
by Joe W i n o g r a d
August 25th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Press, what am I doing wrong
Replies: 36
Views: 2591

Re: French Press, what am I doing wrong

Corey N. wrote: August 25th, 2020, 10:02 am If you find French press coffee too robust, consider steeping for less time -- I find 4m works perfectly, though YMMV.
Agree - 180 deg, 4 minutes.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
August 23rd, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Press, what am I doing wrong
Replies: 36
Views: 2591

Re: French Press, what am I doing wrong

My stir is really just a swirl. (Because who needs one more thing to wash?)
by Joe W i n o g r a d
August 22nd, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Press, what am I doing wrong
Replies: 36
Views: 2591

Re: French Press, what am I doing wrong

I don’t stir before plunging. I add water to cover the grounds and stir to wet them all. No more stirring. Add the rest of the water, insert plunger just enough to submerge the cap, steep, then plunge and pour.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
August 22nd, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Press, what am I doing wrong
Replies: 36
Views: 2591

Re: French Press, what am I doing wrong

I have used a Frieling stainless french press daily for years. Haven’t tried Bodum. There is sometimes a bit of grounds that sneaks through but I ignore it. I use very close to the coarsest grind on my Capresso and replace the screen on the press every few years, as the edges do get frayed over time...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
August 20th, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wednesday night pasta TNs: Three Baroli from Guido Porro
Replies: 13
Views: 682

Re: Wednesday night pasta TNs: Three Baroli from Guido Porro

I had a horizontal of the 14 Porros - Gianetto, S Caterina & Lazzairasco. I don't think 2014 was a representative vintage of the house. All three were uncharacteristically ripe and unstructured. If served blind, I would not have recognized any as Barolo. The Gianetto was the lightest bodied of t...

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