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by T. Riley
November 29th, 2017, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thugs of the Wine Industry Response to Tom Wark
Replies: 18
Views: 2337

Thugs of the Wine Industry Response to Tom Wark

The Three Tier System guarantees wineries, breweries and distillers don’t cheat the public. This line would be particularly notable if it weren't for the one that followed it... It guarantees shitty products don’t get distributed. [rofl.gif] This is where you start to wonder if this guy is just a t...
by T. Riley
June 25th, 2017, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chianti Borghini 1966
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Chianti Borghini 1966

Paul, Three quick points, reinforcing what Ian already said: (1) Wine doesn't spoil in the same way, say, milk does. Put differently, assuming you are a normal, healthy person, there is virtually nothing in the bottle, outside of alcohol, that could make you sick upon consumption. (2) That said, the...
by T. Riley
February 14th, 2017, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine service
Replies: 36
Views: 2064

Wine service

When I am in the floor and the host who ordered the wine is engaged in conversation, I - as politely as possible - interrupt and ask "would you like to taste the wine or should I go ahead and pour?" I also make notes on my regular guests. Some like to taste EVERYTHING. Some like to taste nothing. So...
by T. Riley
January 29th, 2017, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 27203

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

I cannot understand why the most expensive bottles of wine on some lists can reach 30k, and it is hard to spend $1k for food. Wine is too expensive. Respectfully, I think its a supply and demand issue on the wine side that originates far beyond the walls of any given restaurant. A good way to exami...
by T. Riley
January 27th, 2017, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recs for winery visits in Santa Cruz Mtns in March?
Replies: 29
Views: 1754

Recs for winery visits in Santa Cruz Mtns in March?

It looks like google maps is taking you to/from Mt Eden's mailbox on Stevens Canyon Rd. It's been a long time since I've visited Mt Eden, but I recall a several mile long dirt driveway up to the winery. It could become quite rutted, and close to impassable in a normal passenger vehicle at certain t...
by T. Riley
December 27th, 2016, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 27203

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

If scientists can grow steaks in petri dishes today, it won't be too long before they can build Romanée-Conti in a beaker. This will lead to chaos in the industry and will most likely lead to the end of our hobby. After all, when Total wine is case stacking the molecular equivalent of '82 Monprivato...
by T. Riley
September 21st, 2016, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Post Seeking Corkage Opinions
Replies: 177
Views: 6381

Another Post Seeking Corkage Opinions

Generally speaking, I think we as wine geeks consider ourselves to be better restaurant customers than we actually are. Many people I know negotiate low or waived corkage before going to a restaurant. We always bring our own wine. We take up tables far longer than a normal guest. We drink a lot mor...
by T. Riley
June 16th, 2016, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille (Sparkling Rose)
Replies: 16
Views: 286

TN: Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille (Sparkling Rose)

I have quite literally sold thousands of glasses of this wine.

Its one of the only wines I can ever think of that no one has ever disliked.
by T. Riley
May 26th, 2016, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mea Culpa - I was mean so let's do something useful . .Good wine under $10 for newbies, and oldbies
Replies: 55
Views: 2903

Mea Culpa - I was mean so let's do something useful . .Good wine under $10 for newbies, and oldbies

Threads like this always run into a contradiction of sorts: finding high-quality wine under $10 takes knowledge and effort; something that most people who are new to wine don't have and aren't willing to put in, respectively. For example, one thing I always recommend to budget drinkers this time of ...
by T. Riley
December 22nd, 2015, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Soulful Art of Barolo: Cappellano (long)
Replies: 57
Views: 5531

The Soulful Art of Barolo: Cappellano (long)

This might seem trivial in the context of the wines being discussed here, but in addition to their (obviously) amazing Barolos, I've always thought their Barolo Chinato was unbelievably good. It is exponentially better than any other I have ever tasted.
by T. Riley
December 2nd, 2015, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DanPhilips/GratefulPalate???
Replies: 6
Views: 548

DanPhilips/GratefulPalate???

This is not a joke: one product he is importing is a Spanish Syrah aged in used Pappy Van Winkle barrels. [cheers.gif]

http://tablewineasheville.com/spanish-w ... ous-syrah/
by T. Riley
October 12th, 2015, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug-hunter PSA - 375s $55 at Zachys
Replies: 15
Views: 1303

Krug-hunter PSA - 375s $55 at Zachys

While Krug isn't made in this format, of course, where I see the biggest problems by far is with the 187mls which are, I suppose, meant for restaurants to pour by the glass.
by T. Riley
September 28th, 2015, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: is caviar the ultimate food pairing for Champagne?
Replies: 88
Views: 2547

Poll: is caviar the ultimate food pairing for Champagne?

I think Daniel Johnnes who runs the wine programs for Daniel Boulud's restaurants made a good point when he was quoted in the 2006 book What to Drink with What you Eat : "I think Champagne and caviar can be a great match. I just think you have to be careful what Champagne you serve. The Champagne sh...
by T. Riley
September 10th, 2015, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine in a can?
Replies: 34
Views: 1312

Wine in a can?

Then this will really make you freak out...

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by T. Riley
September 8th, 2015, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine in the house!
Replies: 64
Views: 4128

Ultramarine in the house!

How do these wines fit into the stylistic spectrum in relation to Champagne and other California sparklers (Schramsberg, Roederer Estate, etc.)?
by T. Riley
August 27th, 2015, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Buying Spree Continues - Next Up: Talbott
Replies: 6
Views: 647

Gallo Buying Spree Continues - Next Up: Talbott

E. & J. Gallo Wine Purchases Talbott Vineyards in Santa Lucia Highlands Wine giant continues buying spree with a premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer Continuing a recent spending spree on established wineries, E. & J. Gallo announced today that the company has made a deal to purchase Talbott ...
by T. Riley
July 28th, 2015, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ...The Reserve wine list
Replies: 32
Views: 2296

WSJ...The Reserve wine list

I don't there are a lot of people buying wine above $1000 in any market. Retail or restaurant.

Maybe in Vegas. champagne.gif
by T. Riley
July 25th, 2015, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ...The Reserve wine list
Replies: 32
Views: 2296

WSJ...The Reserve wine list

In the interest of full disclosure, I should declare that I oversee several wine lists for a small restaurant group. None of them have Reserve Lists. On the contrary, taking a page from Veritas in New York City, at my higher-end restaurants I offer a "Market List" of relatively inexpensive bottles, ...
by T. Riley
July 7th, 2015, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Overnoy- Crinquand tasting
Replies: 18
Views: 1059

Overnoy- Crinquand tasting

I sell this wine, so take it for what you will, but I have always really liked the Overnoy-Crinquand Crémant du Jura rosé. Nice summertime wine.
by T. Riley
May 28th, 2015, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wrath Of Grapes -- NY Times on IPOB
Replies: 129
Views: 9316

The Wrath Of Grapes -- NY Times on IPOB

Peter Kleban wrote:
+1. RMP outdoing himself.
It could almost be a parody quote as if someone was mocking his recent writings by putting all of his usual talking points into one jab.
by T. Riley
May 22nd, 2015, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine Faury Syrah Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
Replies: 15
Views: 723

TN: 2012 Domaine Faury Syrah Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

Has anyone had the Côte-Rôtie from Faury?
by T. Riley
May 13th, 2015, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your favorite AFWE Winery?
Replies: 109
Views: 5176

What is your favorite AFWE Winery?

Lieu Dit, Arcadian or Ovum.
by T. Riley
May 11th, 2015, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you ever worry about wine's effects on your teeth?
Replies: 45
Views: 2155

Do you ever worry about wine's effects on your teeth?

Forget Pronamel. I brush with Caymus 40 year. Never had a problem. [cheers.gif]
by T. Riley
May 4th, 2015, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: (Gasp) Pretentious Wine Behavior You Have Observed
Replies: 247
Views: 19898

(Gasp) Pretentious Wine Behavior You Have Observed

I find that glassware brings out the pretentiousness unlike anything else. There are a million stories, but I'll go with this one: About couple years back I was working the floor as a sommelier in Boston, MA-area restaurant when I was summoned to the table by a clearly enraged guest. His face was br...
by T. Riley
April 28th, 2015, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanter: Jefford on Rossese
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Decanter: Jefford on Rossese

Punta Crena's is pretty, nice, drinks well young, and is available to most any retailer or restaurant with access to the Kermit Lnych portfolio.

(Disclosure: I have sold this wine in the past)
by T. Riley
April 16th, 2015, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good, well-priced 'transitional' Chardonnay for the Rombauer crowd?
Replies: 120
Views: 8653

Good, well-priced 'transitional' Chardonnay for the Rombauer crowd?

T. Schaffler wrote:Sokol Blosser Evolution is always a crowd pleaser and something most WB's could palate.
Respectfully, Todd asked for a wine similar to the oak-driven style of Rombauer. Evolution is 100% stainless steel.
by T. Riley
April 14th, 2015, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good, well-priced 'transitional' Chardonnay for the Rombauer crowd?
Replies: 120
Views: 8653

Good, well-priced 'transitional' Chardonnay for the Rombauer crowd?

A couple thoughts:

(1) Its been said multiple times in this thread but Mount Eden Wolff is a great idea.

(2) Au Bon Climat Chardonnay. Just the Santa Barbara version is excellent.

(3) Pouilly-Fuissé. What the Rombauer crowd was drinking in the '80s.
by T. Riley
March 26th, 2015, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faiveley 2010 village wines?
Replies: 21
Views: 1072

Faiveley 2010 village wines?

Katrina, don't sleep on La Framboisière. Its not the most talked about wine in the Faiveley book, but always over-delivers for its price point, in my opinion, particularly if you are interested in near term drinking.
by T. Riley
March 23rd, 2015, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Quick thoughts on Gunderloch, Rougeard, Jouan, Ceretto, etc.
Replies: 14
Views: 1029

TN: Quick thoughts on Gunderloch, Rougeard, Jouan, Ceretto, etc.

Thank you for the insight. Though I taste a lot of German wine, Eiswein is not a category I come across all that often.

Much appreciated.
by T. Riley
March 20th, 2015, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Quick thoughts on Gunderloch, Rougeard, Jouan, Ceretto, etc.
Replies: 14
Views: 1029

TN: Quick thoughts on Gunderloch, Rougeard, Jouan, Ceretto, etc.

2001 Meßmer Burrweiller Schloßgarten Riesling Eiswein Clearly a botrytis influenced eiswein, and while that is not my choice, I cannot deny that this was mighty tasty. Orange peel, baking spices, honey, dried pineapple, etc. all came together in a slightly viscous, sweet, yet balanced wine. Very go...
by T. Riley
March 20th, 2015, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just tried Caymus 40th.....
Replies: 497
Views: 45151

Just tried Caymus 40th.....

Though the wine is surely a top seller at many a steakhouse in this country, I don't think Caymus is any way intended for the table. When's the last time you saw a Wagner family ad talking about food or a recipe section on the website? These wines are - for better or for worse - in the words of Rand...
by T. Riley
March 18th, 2015, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It had to happen ... Suckling rates a NZ pinot noir at 99 points ...
Replies: 29
Views: 2531

It had to happen ... Suckling rates a NZ pinot noir at 99 points ...

Drink in 2015
I don't follow Suckling but is he implying this 99 point Pinot won't age? [scratch.gif]
by T. Riley
March 9th, 2015, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Correlating your taste in wine and food.
Replies: 42
Views: 1259

Correlating your taste in wine and food.

On a 10 point point continuum between 0 and 10, with zero being a taste for completely old fashioned traditional wines and 10 extreme modernism, where would you put yourself? 3. Tough question in some ways. I eschew obvious new oak, high levels of extraction, high alcohol and jammy fruit and strong...
by T. Riley
March 9th, 2015, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with wine list
Replies: 24
Views: 1083

Help with wine list

The markup is high, but ABC Pinot Noir always delivers.
by T. Riley
February 25th, 2015, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Wine Store POS
Replies: 5
Views: 1793

Wine Store POS

Justin,

Thank you for your thoughts. I have been looking at both systems, so was wondering why you made the switch. If you would feel more comfortable, PM me.
by T. Riley
February 23rd, 2015, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Snow vs. wine
Replies: 7
Views: 677

Snow vs. wine

I'm hedging my bets on CSM Merlot. Its impossible to read the varietal line on the video as posted, but it seems to be a one word varietal. While CSM makes a ton of wines, that means its probably either Merlot or Syrah, and if I remember correctly, their Merlot is bottled in a Bordeaux bottle wherea...
by T. Riley
February 18th, 2015, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Wine Store POS
Replies: 5
Views: 1793

Wine Store POS

I know the subject has come up from time to time, but it seems it hasn't been discussed recently, and as technology evolves I thought I would bring it up again:

What are you using for POS? What do you feel the strongest systems out there are?
by T. Riley
February 18th, 2015, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 35
Views: 1568

2013 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett

David,

Do you think any GGs from the Mosel make sense?

I was at the VDP tasting in Mainz last Spring and found the 2013 Mosel GGs to be almost unpalatable.
by T. Riley
November 8th, 2014, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Greatest White Zinfandel Ever Made
Replies: 16
Views: 1421

TN: The Greatest White Zinfandel Ever Made

Uh, you guys must not have heard of White Merlot.

Most of the usual suspects (Gallo, Sutter Home, etc.) make one. [cheers.gif]
by T. Riley
November 4th, 2014, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screaming Eagle for $37.50! What a deal!
Replies: 92
Views: 7071

Screaming Eagle for $37.50! What a deal!

T. Riley's story is great from a customer care standpoint. But how bout just from a business standpoint! What's wrong with double checking before you Screagle somebody just in case the Visa credit limit ain't gonna cut it? You are welcome to disagree, of course, but I think it makes sense on both a...
by T. Riley
November 3rd, 2014, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screaming Eagle for $37.50! What a deal!
Replies: 92
Views: 7071

Screaming Eagle for $37.50! What a deal!

(c) Opportunistic waitress / maitre'd decide to take advantage of said groups There is an underbelly of fine dining and this story sounds like a perfect example. Yeah, I mean, I guess this happens - it probably happens in every other industry too - but its a really, really dumb business strategy. E...
by T. Riley
November 3rd, 2014, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screaming Eagle for $37.50! What a deal!
Replies: 92
Views: 7071

Screaming Eagle for $37.50! What a deal!

A quick point from someone who has been on the restaurant-side of the wine business for his entire career: When you have a guest you have never served before ordering an absurdly expensive bottle of wine, it makes sense to verify that the guest knows what he or she is getting into. Being classy in d...
by T. Riley
November 3rd, 2014, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Native Yeast Fermentation
Replies: 17
Views: 469

Champagne Native Yeast Fermentation

I've never heard of native yeast being used for secondary fermentation. I'm not sure how that would work on a practical level since the bottles are closed with crown caps. My understanding is that special "low foaming" yeasts are preferred here too.
by T. Riley
October 28th, 2014, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Truffles On Sale
Replies: 348
Views: 18768

White Truffles On Sale

Bill, forgive my ignorance and my request for you to speculate, but if your truffle guy is without product, just what would Urbani be selling at this, admittedly, fantastic price?
by T. Riley
September 30th, 2014, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1966 F. Ponsot
Replies: 12
Views: 731

1966 F. Ponsot

Rudy was emphasizing ripeness on this cuvée. Went a little overboard.
by T. Riley
September 30th, 2014, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WA: Jeb's SantaBarbara Wine Review
Replies: 47
Views: 2890

WA: Jeb's SantaBarbara Wine Review

Alan, I've never subscribed to WA, but found a short article about ESJ on the SFGate website that mentions the scores for the 2005 vintage wines ranging from 84 to 87. I recall that what was perceived as mean-spirited commentary by Parker on these wines attracted a fair amount of criticism, on the ...
by T. Riley
September 30th, 2014, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WA: Jeb's SantaBarbara Wine Review
Replies: 47
Views: 2890

WA: Jeb's SantaBarbara Wine Review

Alan Rath wrote:Tom, the difference is this time Qupe still got quite "decent" scores. My recollection is that Parker gave ESJ at least one score in the 60s or 70s.
I could be wrong, but glancing at ebob just now I couldn't find anything below 84.

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