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by Gordon Fitz
December 11th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.
Replies: 28
Views: 3819

Re: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.

Nobody likes shopping in a store with mostly empty shelves. When they go to a wine/liquor store, they expect to see stuff to buy on the self. Fairly simple huh??? If they go back a couple times and the shelves are still mostly bare, they go elsewhere. It’s the nature of the beast. Go to many of the ...
by Gordon Fitz
December 3rd, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2378

Re: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

Enjoy reading it every month. I always liked Kramer’s pieces. They have good articles on travel and places to eat. We’re doing Champagne next summer with many of the stops being their recommendations from over the years. As stated above, I likewise have drank and tasted with some of their writers. T...
by Gordon Fitz
November 7th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax
Replies: 61
Views: 2760

Re: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax

Wine and Climax. I love Rhône’s but at my age little blue pills still need to be paired in! [wink.gif]
by Gordon Fitz
November 3rd, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11018
Views: 403165

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2008 Brickhouse Le Dijonaise! Oregon 2008s I believe is their greatest vintage thus far. With about 30 minutes of decant this wine was drinking spectacularly. Still has lots of fruit with the tannins rounded out. Wonderful today with plenty of years ahead for it. Only his Evelyn does Doug any better...
by Gordon Fitz
October 27th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3555

Re: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore

For us there is one direct relationship we have noticed. As a producer increases the amount of petite Syrah in their Zinfandel the less we like the zin. This is particularly the case when that ps is super ripe.
by Gordon Fitz
October 8th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 41
Views: 2348

Re: Newark Airport

The attitude of the workers there make Newark a horrible place. I believe NYers are just so accustomed to rude and obnoxious people they don’t notice as much as others.

United added to the pain when they dropped JFK. Now, I refuse to do the EWR to JFK transfer, period. Helps keep me out of EWR.
by Gordon Fitz
October 3rd, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thomas Pinot 2007 Bottle Variation
Replies: 11
Views: 740

Re: Thomas Pinot 2007 Bottle Variation

Other than the Anti flavor Group, a large percentage of wine drinkers didn’t like the 07 Oregon vintage to begin with. It was always a drink young vintage. The few 07s I purchased are mostly long gone. The bottle variations in 07s, in general, I believe are due to having just held them to long and t...
by Gordon Fitz
October 2nd, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore
Replies: 47
Views: 3309

Re: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore

One of the great unknowns of modern CA high end cabs is aging potential. Investors, and wine enthusiasts, know what 1st Growth Bdx, high end Barolo, BdM, Burg, or CdP are going to do over time frames. In five or ten years will they want to be sitting on a 2013 Continuum? Some collectors and investor...
by Gordon Fitz
September 29th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15
Replies: 140
Views: 7462

Re: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15

When I open my favorite 08 Oregon Pinots, including Domaine Serene Grace, DDO Laurene and Louise, Brickhouse Evelyn, Shea Homer, and both BF Vineyard and Upper Terrace I find all benefit from decanting. Actual wine style and selection makes a huge difference in the decision to decant.
by Gordon Fitz
September 29th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 98 Beaucastel and 05 Eyrie PN
Replies: 8
Views: 598

Re: TNs: 98 Beaucastel and 05 Eyrie PN

I first had this wine at the winery itself in 2013. I picked up a three (3) pack from the winery tasting room in CdP Central. I have had 2 of the three bottles thus far with no bottle variations and I agree with the OP tasting notes, but would probably give the wine a 94 from my notes! [wink.gif] My...
by Gordon Fitz
September 25th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4328

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

Why do some people believe RS is a good thing in “dry” wines like Cab or Pinot? A lot of current cab producers seem to be chasing that market! I believe that winemakers should be required to put both alcohol levels and RS levels on the bottle. I hate it when someone serves a cab with dinner and my f...
by Gordon Fitz
September 11th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 99
Views: 7444

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

The answer to the OP question is simple. My farm does corn and soybeans. Swine flu knocked out a lot of hogs in China and there went demand! Prices are cratering because the American farmer doesn’t want to cut production to meet demand. The general expectation is for farm values to fall along with m...
by Gordon Fitz
July 24th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2475

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

Return China’s favor by making made in China products dead in the US. See which country blinks first!
by Gordon Fitz
July 12th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1955

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

I find it amazing that anyone would consider popping and pouring a young (15) Levet a good thing! Top of the list on how to get a wine to show poorly. [head-bang.gif]
by Gordon Fitz
July 11th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A consumer upside to selling your winery to a larger group
Replies: 15
Views: 1464

Re: A consumer upside to selling your winery to a larger group

Siduri is now carried by my LWS here in nowhere KY! [thumbs-up.gif] Multiple brand names have become both available and with visible shelving since being acquired by larger groups. The wine manager will also tell you it’s often far better to have a major distributor that calls on you at least weekly...
by Gordon Fitz
July 9th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 9
Views: 674

Re: TN: 2004 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

I pulled a magnum of this out a couple weeks ago to have with friends. Agree all the way with the poster, a great wine in a great place. To be more specific, it was still tight upon opening. I gave it about 2 hours of decant before serving, and it continued to improve in the glass over the next hour...
by Gordon Fitz
June 17th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11018
Views: 403165

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

For Father’s Day I opened my last 2002 Beaux Freres, BF Estate. 2002 was an exceptional year in the Willamette and my second most favorite behind 2008. This wine was drinking beautifully with notes of sour cherry and currents. Still has plenty of life left, but no reason not to enjoy it now, it’s in...
by Gordon Fitz
May 24th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 8029

Re: Robert Parker retires

We have glasses for those whose eyes start to dim. We have hearing aids for those whose hearing is diminished. We have the little blue pills for those that get older and need them. As a natural process of aging people start losing their ability to taste. We don’t yet have a tasting aid! Steinem, Lau...
by Gordon Fitz
May 22nd, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4234

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

My wife subscribed to CT some years and maintains the account in her name. I think it has many great features but I’m to lazy to individually keep track of my 1200 or so bottles. My temperature controlled cellar is rather spacious at 14’x20’ in dimensions so I can easily keep wines well segregated i...
by Gordon Fitz
May 3rd, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grapes as an alternate agricultural crop.
Replies: 13
Views: 481

Re: Grapes as an alternate agricultural crop.

The strange part of this is I was recently with a medium size grape grower and winemaker at an industry event that was talking about the wine glut in Northern CA and OR. He talked about how a couple of the US negioants had been cutting prices for grapes they were already contracted for. According to...
by Gordon Fitz
May 3rd, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Technical data for wine. Tell the whole story.
Replies: 25
Views: 1010

Re: Technical data for wine. Tell the whole story.

I’ve never seen mega-Purple, or any of its cousins, listed on a single tech sheet. Do I then deduct that none is used in the wine industry?

I look at RS like I do mega-Purple. For most red wines a lot of us wouldn’t buy them if the RS is to high. Therefore one is made to pay the price to find out.
by Gordon Fitz
April 30th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 2151

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

This was a major story once in Laube’s history. He called a Chat. Montelena corked at a tasting and not reviewable. Laube claimed to have extreme sensitivity to TCA. No one else at the event could pick up the taint. I believe it was <50 Ppb. The story is an interesting read in Laube’s history with a...
by Gordon Fitz
April 17th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park?
Replies: 7
Views: 555

Re: Anyone been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park?

Been there on a couple of occasions. Interesting phenomenon and Park with great panaramic views. It’s not conveniently located close to anything. We’ve stopped by in route to camping trips in southern CO. One is trudging up high sand dunes. It is not easy walking so carry plenty of water. Go in the ...
by Gordon Fitz
April 16th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3872

Re: What's your house champagne?

For Champagne it’s Collet. For Sparkling it’s Davis Family Vineyards Blanc de Noirs Brut Rose.
by Gordon Fitz
April 6th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Egypt
Replies: 17
Views: 681

Re: Egypt

Was there two years ago. In Cairo, besides obviously the great antiquities museum, ho down and see the Coptic Church area and the Bazaar. Of course the pyramids and Sphinx is an entire day especially with the horrendous traffic. In Luxor, the Valley of the Kings is a can’t miss and don’t cheap out, ...
by Gordon Fitz
April 6th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TCA Has No Smell..
Replies: 30
Views: 1775

Re: TCA Has No Smell..

I thought it was an April Fools Dsy article!
by Gordon Fitz
April 2nd, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pinot noir you wouldn’t serve to your worst enemy
Replies: 22
Views: 2364

Re: TN: Pinot noir you wouldn’t serve to your worst enemy

There is currently a long list of very crappy wines masquerading as PN. Since the US only requires 75% of a variety to be in a wine to be called that variety some real abominations are on the shelves in the PN section. Many are upwards of $20. For those of us that love PN, the addition of gewurz, me...
by Gordon Fitz
April 1st, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Clone Question
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: Clone Question

Thanks you two, that answers my question. It’s the seeds that are affected!

I should have realized that because of the multiple battles here between Monsanto, and the gmo genetics, and the other seed corn producers! Particularly the case with non gmo producers!
by Gordon Fitz
March 30th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11018
Views: 403165

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Last night a 2008 Archery Summit Red Hills Estes PN. Simply delicious with a ribeye and mushrooms. This wine was firing on all cylinders after about 30 minutes of decant. The 2008 Oregon Pinots are drinking so wonderfully now and will for several years to come! These were definitely wines to hold an...
by Gordon Fitz
March 30th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Clone Question
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Clone Question

My question can affect many grape varieties, but I’ll express it in terms of PN which is easier for me. PN comes in many clones: various Dijon, Pommard, Wadswil, etc. If those various clones are planted in a vineyard, say 25 acres , and produced for 25-30 years will the individual clones start to ev...
by Gordon Fitz
March 29th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What if the To Kalon Vineyard became a California AVA?
Replies: 17
Views: 1270

Re: What if the To Kalon Vineyard became a California AVA?

Jim Laube thought it should be a decade plus ago. Different souls, different micro climate, etc. It has more production than Ribbon Ridge in Oregon and he thought more distinctive characteristics.
by Gordon Fitz
March 26th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3476
Views: 189446

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Suntory owns Four Roses and Jim Beam, but Jim Beam doesn’t own Four Roses! Each has their independent marketing and production personnel.
by Gordon Fitz
March 26th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3476
Views: 189446

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Buffalo Trace is owned by Sazerac which isn’t Japanese. I think you may be confusing it with Four Roses that is owned by Suntory which is Japanese. Blantons is now on allocation to retail stores. They can’t produce it fast enough to meet demand. I’ve been to the distillery and not even found it a av...
by Gordon Fitz
March 19th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 292
Views: 17841

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

Todd;

I do that and the page that comes up says statistics, then who is on line! It does bring up the old board index page.
by Gordon Fitz
March 19th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 292
Views: 17841

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

Perhaps I’ve missed this from before, but when I hit the Board Index tab, as before, the index page no longer appears but an “ active topics” page appears in its place. What do I need to do to just get the index page?
by Gordon Fitz
January 24th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andrew calling it quits?
Replies: 47
Views: 4091

Re: Andrew calling it quits?

I first met him when he was doing the Pinot Posse in the early days. What a fun time that was! Miss those events, and here’s a toast to Andy got great wines and great times! 🍷
by Gordon Fitz
December 29th, 2018, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retail is dead
Replies: 15
Views: 1235

Re: Retail is dead

Dan;

Excuse my misspelling. Should have been TW not TS! Total Wines here only exist in the larger cities. If one lives in a midsized community away from the larger metropolitan, then no TW.
by Gordon Fitz
December 28th, 2018, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retail is dead
Replies: 15
Views: 1235

Re: Retail is dead

The wine mgr at my favorite LWS complains about two things: 1. He’ll order a case of wine or two upon release to see how it sells, then goes back to buy more and learns that one of the mega stores ( read Total Wine) has bought the remaining entire state allocation and it selling the wine retail for ...
by Gordon Fitz
December 26th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Loire is dead at retail
Replies: 56
Views: 2872

Re: Loire is dead at retail

The wine manager at our LWS says the Chenin Blancs particularly Vouvray have been selling briskly during the holidays. He keeps most of them priced below $22.
by Gordon Fitz
December 24th, 2018, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?
Replies: 39
Views: 1747

Re: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?

A couple bottles of bubbly, one of which will be a Soter Brut Rose. Then a magnum each of 2005 Domaine Serene Grace and 2005 Archery Summitt Arcus.
by Gordon Fitz
December 22nd, 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 121
Views: 5752

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

David;

I don’t disagree with your points. That’s what I typically do. The problem mostly arises when retail stores post CT scores for the novices along with WS, WA, or WE scores.
by Gordon Fitz
December 22nd, 2018, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 12
Views: 871

Re: TN: 2008 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

The 2008’s are drinking spectacularly now! Patience was the key to that vintage. IMO, 2008 is the greatest of all WV vintages. Those that primarily indulge in infantcide will undoubtedly disagree. Most of those wines were not immediately ready to be drank upon release nor a year or so afterward. Of ...
by Gordon Fitz
December 21st, 2018, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 121
Views: 5752

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

The point of my infantcide post was that many notes go along the lines of: Popped and Poured, highly tannic with jaw gripping tannins and non expressive flavors . Undrinkable at this point. 82 Pts. What are one’s reasonable expectations of a newly released Barolo or Brunello that they pop and pour? ...
by Gordon Fitz
December 21st, 2018, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 121
Views: 5752

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

I still remember WS busting a group of posters about a decade or so ago. They were all itb, I believe from the same distributor, from different parts of the country hawking the WoW. One would post a TN and the others would chime in glorifying the wine telling everyone they should go out and buy it! ...
by Gordon Fitz
December 17th, 2018, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 195
Views: 10115

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

I’m buying the new crop of highly rated Ports. Most have a best from date of 2030! I’ll be lucky to make it there! My children can enjoy them. Same as some of the big name 2015 CdP I’m buying in mag. Good investments or good drinking for my kids!
by Gordon Fitz
December 16th, 2018, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opus One suing barrel supplier over TCA contamination
Replies: 36
Views: 2304

Re: Opus One suing barrel supplier over TCA contamination

A lot of wineries chasing oak barrels ! Not only may the affected cooperage opt not to do future business with Opus One, same might be said of his buddies! Constellation, that owns Mondavi has a big force, but is this really a good peeing contest for them to get into? How might Opus taste made from ...
by Gordon Fitz
December 6th, 2018, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ripeness in Wines by Jamie Goode
Replies: 27
Views: 1626

Re: Ripeness in Wines by Jamie Goode

My chief problem is when the line in ripeness is crossed with the result being gads of residual sugar. A producer wants to pick that cab at 32-34 brixs yet only ferment to 14.5-15 abc, no cone spinning desired. Ripe fruit is fine, if I want RS, I’ll buy a Sauternes, Vin Santo, or Riesling, keep it o...
by Gordon Fitz
October 29th, 2018, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 5586

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

Brickhouse makes the best OR gamay hands down!
by Gordon Fitz
October 28th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 5586

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

As with most all the regions, winemaker changes can have a huge impact. At DS, for example, I personally don’t believe that Eric Kramer made the same quality wines as Tony Rynder. At Eyrie, I personally like the son just fine, but I don’t believe he makes as good of wines as his dad . Patricia Green...

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