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by Alan C h a n
January 30th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 250
Views: 18837

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

I now have a set of all 4 Grassls to sample for a week. Will post further impressions if warranted but for now, results of nights 1 and 2: Night 1: tasted 2010 Ch Cantemerle in 1855, Cru, Liberté and Riedel Vinum Bordeaux. I’m surprised to find that I like this Bordeaux wine better out of the Cru gl...
by Alan C h a n
January 27th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Arcadian - THE YEAR OF THE MAX
Replies: 8
Views: 1463

Re: Arcadian - THE YEAR OF THE MAX

Joe, I am so glad to hear your news about Max’s clean bill of health. Yours is one of the wineries I feel a personal connection to and it has a lot to do with the way you make family a part of all you do. That is a great price for Hommage, which to me is the American La La. All best to Max and all o...
by Alan C h a n
January 27th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 245
Views: 17218

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

I have to say Chris, based on sampling a few of the glasses at Rieslingfeier, this is a better price than I thought you could get to. Couldn’t resist at that price- will feel more comfortable about everyday use than I do with Zaltos. My wife opted for the Mineralité.
by Alan C h a n
January 26th, 2019, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 250
Views: 18837

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

Salil, the Liberté is even more like the Zalto universal. Tried side by side with the Mineralité at Rieslingfeier, I preferred the Liberté most of the time. That said, if you have the Zaltos already, the Mineralité would offer more of a different experience.
by Alan C h a n
January 25th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good news! Every single bordeaux in 2016 is perfect!
Replies: 69
Views: 4933

Re: Good news! Every single bordeaux in 2016 is perfect!

Jake, my answer is: none of the above. A unique vintage among ones I’ve tasted, and a very interesting one to taste; my read of he vintage is different from most I have heard. Will elaborate more when I have a chance to review my notes and do a writeup.
by Alan C h a n
January 24th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 250
Views: 18837

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

Thanks to Brent Clayton, my wife and I got to try out the Liberté and Mineralité for a few hours at Rieslingfeier. For context, Zalto universals are my favorite for tasting riesling. I didn’t get to do a direct comparison against Zaltos but tasting from the two Grassls side by side, in most cases we...
by Alan C h a n
January 23rd, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 30+ 2016 Classed Growth Bordeaux
Replies: 43
Views: 4165

Re: TNs: 30+ 2016 Classed Growth Bordeaux

Nice notes, Mike. When I get my notes transcribed I’ll post to my blog and stop in here with general comments. Your notes reminded me that I missed tasting Gruaud Larose and Cantemerle!
by Alan C h a n
December 4th, 2018, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 98
Views: 8190

Re: Somm 3

I understand the take of those who are saying “just enjoy it”, because I will still be ready to fork over my rental fee for as many of these SOMM movies as the Wises make. That being said, as both a wine geek and someone who has worked in film, I have a number of observations/criticisms about SOMM 3...
by Alan C h a n
September 12th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ulises Valdez dead at 49
Replies: 27
Views: 2505

RIP Ulises Valdez

by Alan C h a n
September 12th, 2018, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've got too much fine wine in my basement and not enought everyday wine
Replies: 83
Views: 4102

Re: I've got too much fine wine in my basement and not enought everyday wine

Dan, my answer was going to be “with a Coravin, my fine wine is now everyday wine”. It sounds like it (or another effective preservation method) could be your answer. I don’t have qualms about opening anything on any particular night that I feel like I having - though with older wines I won’t rely o...
by Alan C h a n
August 19th, 2018, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pax Exits WindGap to Focus on Pax
Replies: 29
Views: 2885

Re: Pax Exits WindGap to Focus on Pax

Sent some friends to Copain and I didn’t know the news until they reported back to me “no more Wells”. Anyone know any scuttlebut on what he’s doing next?
by Alan C h a n
January 24th, 2018, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three Older Copain PNs Revisited
Replies: 20
Views: 1030

Three Older Copain PNs Revisited

If I recall correctly '07 was the first vintage after wells had his epiphany and went AFWE. So huge stylistic differences with the 2 vintages if memory serves I interviewed Wells way back when for my blog and he told me he made the style change for pinots as of the 2006 vintage, and in the 2007 vin...
by Alan C h a n
December 15th, 2017, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Notes from Arcadian's Big Bottle Bash (11/11/2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 696

Tasting Notes from Arcadian's Big Bottle Bash (11/11/2017)

Thanks for the notes Brian - the 97 BN sounds amazing. Am I safe to assume that’s essentially a unicorn that you can’t buy anywhere anymore?
by Alan C h a n
December 8th, 2017, 10:44 am
Forum: Stoneking Benefit Fundraiser Auctions
Topic: Stoneking Auction Lot 10 - Riverain Syrah - CLOSED
Replies: 5
Views: 616

Stoneking Auction Lot 10 - Riverain Syrah

I remember meeting Mike Stoneking at a Berserkerfest many moons ago, super nice guy. I don’t even know anything about these wines but happy to bid $150 for a good cause.
by Alan C h a n
November 7th, 2017, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Patty Green
Replies: 124
Views: 5238

R.I.P. Patty Green

Jim, so sorry to hear and so sorry for your loss. I’ll be opening a bottle of your pinot in her honor.
by Alan C h a n
October 25th, 2017, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 5 pinot noir wines from California
Replies: 163
Views: 9123

Top 5 pinot noir wines from California

Copain Kiser en Haut Arcadian (prob Garys’ for me) Rhys Swan Terrace Littorai Tough fight for the fifth slot among Kutch, Ceritas, Williams Selyem... must do more testing. Also, Rivers Marie Summa OV is underrated and misunderstood by many here who made judgments while the wines were young imho - af...
by Alan C h a n
August 15th, 2017, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Duckhorn Buys Calera
Replies: 7
Views: 913

Duckhorn Buys Calera

Wow. Of course Josh needed to pass the winery on, but I would never have guessed this buyer.
by Alan C h a n
August 8th, 2017, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greater Atlanta area retailers
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Greater Atlanta area retailers

Thanks, guys - appreciate it. Guess I'm spoiled by NYC, where most retailers offer to deliver for free.
by Alan C h a n
August 8th, 2017, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greater Atlanta area retailers
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Greater Atlanta area retailers

Would love good recs for a wine retailer with a good selection of white wines and champagnes (grower especially) near Atlanta to deliver a gift box to either Suwanee or Lawrenceville. Can anyone help?
by Alan C h a n
July 27th, 2017, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best American Riesling
Replies: 122
Views: 5629

Best American Riesling

I was going to say Ravines or Hermann J Wiemer. In all honesty I think the FLX far outstrips what I've had from the West Coast, but the best West Coast rieslings I had were from Oregon. Brooks had some I was impressed with.
by Alan C h a n
May 26th, 2017, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County
Replies: 1
Views: 380

TN: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County

2012 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, San Mateo County (5/26/2017) Taste from Coravin - this is in a good place, and the Rhys house style is recognizable: slightly sappy fruit, some herbal stem complexity. Very correct pinot, reads as California but in a contro...
by Alan C h a n
May 26th, 2017, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone know what's going on between Levi Dalton and
Replies: 33
Views: 3486

Anyone know what's going on between Levi Dalton and

Neal.Mollen wrote:
Alan C h a n wrote:guess he's the Alex Jones of wine writing...
Is this intended as a defense?
Just a playful dig at the "he's playing a character" phenomenon...
by Alan C h a n
May 25th, 2017, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone know what's going on between Levi Dalton and
Replies: 33
Views: 3486

Anyone know what's going on between Levi Dalton and

Wow, the whole thing is weird. I'll agree with Alicia, Ron is nice in person, and Hosemaster is sort of a character he puts on (guess he's the Alex Jones of wine writing...) That said I'll agree with others who find HM's humor to be pretty dated in sensibility. The joke in question here is pretty la...
by Alan C h a n
May 25th, 2017, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys, 2008-2010
Replies: 104
Views: 5561

Rhys, 2008-2010

Adrian, thanks for the honest notes. One thing that caught my attention is the mention of botrytis. What are you tasting to make you say this, and do you mean that you actually believe Rhys let the grapes get noble rot on them, or that just some of the flavors were honeyed, or gingery, or whatever ...
by Alan C h a n
May 25th, 2017, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys, 2008-2010
Replies: 104
Views: 5561

Rhys, 2008-2010

Adrian, thanks for the honest notes. One thing that caught my attention is the mention of botrytis. What are you tasting to make you say this, and do you mean that you actually believe Rhys let the grapes get noble rot on them, or that just some of the flavors were honeyed, or gingery, or whatever y...
by Alan C h a n
March 20th, 2017, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your go-to snack.
Replies: 55
Views: 2591

Your go-to snack.

Pâté! Cashews often work well for me too.
by Alan C h a n
March 8th, 2017, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Poujeaux is Dead to Me, Along with Other Recently Rollandized Estates
Replies: 414
Views: 20016

Chateau Poujeaux is Dead to Me, Along with Other Recently Rollandized Estates

Interesting thread - thanks for starting the discussion, Robert. I feel the same way, mostly. Some of the wines I always looked forward to tasting at the annual UGC tasting in New York were La Conseillante and Figeac, for their quality to be sure, but especially for their distinctiveness (and not a ...
by Alan C h a n
March 1st, 2017, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 3035

La Paulee 2017

Am going to the Grand Tasting, would like to meet folks and put faces to names finally. Would be up for a Wednesday offline if anyone's doing one.
by Alan C h a n
January 24th, 2017, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2014 vintage release tasting, Noo Yawk
Replies: 76
Views: 7715

Bordeaux 2014 vintage release tasting, Noo Yawk

Good to see you, Victor. Will try to get my notes up on my blog and cross post here, but may not have time until the weekend. Interesting vintage - not quite like any others I can think of, and in many cases the best performing wines were not necessarily my usual favorites from the UGC tastings.
by Alan C h a n
January 20th, 2017, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 54
Views: 5588

TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

Not what I wanted to hear, Markus. Maybe I will check in on one of my older Alpines as well.
by Alan C h a n
January 20th, 2017, 2:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 54
Views: 5588

TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

I've always detected some butterscotch flavors in these and therefore decided against buying new ones, simply because I like wines to age, especially if they are expensive. Markus, I'd agree that I have had some Rhys chards that in youth felt quite ripe and/or showed a fair amount of oak - but the ...
by Alan C h a n
January 18th, 2017, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 54
Views: 5588

TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (1/18/2017) Did not show as well I hoped. To be clear, the wine is delicious (very popular among our dinner guests) but seems more advanced for its age than I expected. While the underpinnings of lemo...
by Alan C h a n
December 8th, 2016, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1988 Climens--Major variation in bottle color
Replies: 18
Views: 1034

1988 Climens--Major variation in bottle color

Just had an 88 Climens at a dinner the other night and it was the lighter color. And fantastic
by Alan C h a n
December 7th, 2016, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: December 2016 Leo's Blind Wine dinner
Replies: 9
Views: 980

December 2016 Leo's Blind Wine dinner

Great dinner, Jay. I've been putting in notes on CT throughout the day when I have a few mins here and there so I will post my notes as I get to them. Here are a few. I swear I'm not like the CT spammer who scores everything he likes with 95 points! These were just that good and thus the first ones ...
by Alan C h a n
November 30th, 2016, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domestic Pinot 2 Part Question
Replies: 36
Views: 2224

Domestic Pinot 2 Part Question

Copain is of the controlled ripeness school and in my top tier for CA pinot, and the winery is in Healdsburg even though most of the grapes are from Anderson Valley. Essential visit in my book if you're going to be in Sonoma.
by Alan C h a n
November 24th, 2016, 4:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Things you don't want to do on CellarTracker
Replies: 7
Views: 1008

Things you don't want to do on CellarTracker

One thing you don't want to do is click on "Purchased" and see how much you've spent cumulatively over the years. I love this hobby and greatly value the friendships and experiences I've had, and I'm a small fish compared to most here, but even so I was taken aback.

Happy Thanksgiving!
by Alan C h a n
November 17th, 2016, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Arcadian and Ceritas
Replies: 10
Views: 1067

Arcadian and Ceritas

If I had to pick one chard producer and one pinot producer only from CA, those are probably my choices.
by Alan C h a n
October 23rd, 2016, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sommelier training audio?
Replies: 6
Views: 529

Sommelier training audio?

There's a GuildSomm podcast that doesn't seem very active these days but has a backlog of episodes you may find helpful.
by Alan C h a n
October 19th, 2016, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help on building mixed Bordeaux "Learner" cases?
Replies: 27
Views: 1173

Help on building mixed Bordeaux "Learner" cases?

I like a lot of the suggestions already made. Personally I would choose: Prieuré Lichine (Margaux) Grand Puy Lacoste (Pauillac) Haut Bailly (Pessac Leognan/Graves red) Carbonnieux (Pessac white) Canon (St. Emilion) Either Monbousquet or Larcis Ducasse (or Troplong Mondot if room in the budget) for a...
by Alan C h a n
October 19th, 2016, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: David White lead Champagne dinner
Replies: 11
Views: 1367

TN: David White lead Champagne dinner

Nice lineup. Been a fan of Chiquet and Peters for a while, and Bereche in more recent years. Your take on them is very close to mine. Making me thirsty.
by Alan C h a n
October 6th, 2016, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I am beginning to think that I am not a big Beaujolais fan
Replies: 62
Views: 3109

I am beginning to think that I am not a big Beaujolais fan

I used to think that I didn't like Beaujolais, that gamay just wasn't for me, and for years I avoided it. A few things made me reassess: having some good bojos served to me blind that I called as burgs, and a search for value as burgs have gotten more expensive. As a lower-priced substitute for ofte...
by Alan C h a n
October 3rd, 2016, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Boxed Wine
Replies: 22
Views: 1125

Thoughts on Boxed Wine

The best boxed wines I've ever tasted are the ones sold by the importer Wineberry. The last time I tasted, a few years ago, their offerings were a Cotes du Rhone red that was actually quite good, and maybe a Bordeaux red and white(?) that were completely solid from what I recall.
by Alan C h a n
October 1st, 2016, 5:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'Mondovino' - Anyone seen it?
Replies: 45
Views: 2657

'Mondovino' - Anyone seen it?

Just a PSA for those who've never seen the full series who might have interest - it's on Amazon Video and free if you're a Prime member. I saw the film years ago and know about who the players are, the knocks on Nossiter and his POV, etc and I have to say, if you know the appropriate grains of salt ...
by Alan C h a n
September 15th, 2016, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The myth of letting wines breathe
Replies: 861
Views: 40729

The myth of letting wines breathe

I had in mind wines like Lopez de Heredia, that get controlled oxidation, on through to Jura wines, etc. I'd be curious to know whether the effect of air time on your enjoyment of those wines is any different. It strikes me that, as you've stated, you are more sensitive than most to certain effects ...
by Alan C h a n
September 14th, 2016, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The myth of letting wines breathe
Replies: 861
Views: 40729

The myth of letting wines breathe

Anders, out of curiosity, what is your take on wines made in an oxidative style? Are there some you enjoy?
by Alan C h a n
August 18th, 2016, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines
Replies: 204
Views: 19970

Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines

Jay, entirely my fault for not being clear. This spurred me to look up the details on the Combe de Grès bottling. Large formats only - the mag was $250. Not a special selection like the Rhys Hillsides, but actually a different plot within Kiser with sandstone soil but expected to become their flagsh...
by Alan C h a n
August 18th, 2016, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines
Replies: 204
Views: 19970

Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines

Given the lofty scores I don't blame Rhys for pricing it as they have. I don't know how to calibrate to Gilman though. That said, I don't buy in that price range, and if I did, there's a lot of strong 1er cru or GC burgs I could be buying. This is going to be a tough decision. Anyone buy the Copain...
by Alan C h a n
August 17th, 2016, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines
Replies: 204
Views: 19970

Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines

Given the lofty scores I don't blame Rhys for pricing it as they have. I don't know how to calibrate to Gilman though. That said, I don't buy in that price range, and if I did, there's a lot of strong 1er cru or GC burgs I could be buying. This is going to be a tough decision. Anyone buy the Copain ...
by Alan C h a n
August 10th, 2016, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many DRC do you own?
Replies: 39
Views: 2887

How many DRC do you own?

Just found some for $30/btl. Should I buy?

This thread is about Dirty and Rowdy Chenin, right?
by Alan C h a n
August 2nd, 2016, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Emrich-Schönleber Monzinger Halenberg Riesling Großes Gewächs
Replies: 44
Views: 1497

TN: 2012 Emrich-Schönleber Monzinger Halenberg Riesling Großes Gewächs

Big fan of Schonleber. Visited there a few years ago and I'm a fan of the wines throughout their range. The basic Mineral trocken should not be ignored if you love the GG. I'm holding on to a lone bottle of the '11 GG that Werner Schonleber sold me from his personal stash because the 12s were not ye...

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