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by Gordon Fitz
July 24th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2264

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: 1828

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: 1336

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: 599

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: 10673
Views: 368435

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: 7838

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: 4021

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: 460

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: 936

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: 1997

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 Forum
Topic: Anyone been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park?
Replies: 7
Views: 484

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: 3600

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 Forum
Topic: Egypt
Replies: 17
Views: 639

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: 1750

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: 2337

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: 448

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: 10673
Views: 368435

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: 448

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: 1210

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: 3392
Views: 178598

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: 3392
Views: 178598

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: 13960

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: 13960

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: 3986

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: 1179

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: 1179

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: 2701

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: 1617

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: 5402

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: 829

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: 5402

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: 5402

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: 191
Views: 8737

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: 2204

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: 1596

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: 5256

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: 5256

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...
by Gordon Fitz
October 28th, 2018, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 5256

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

Back a decade ago, I thought DS’s wines were well worth their price when selling in th $60-$75 range. Today not so much. I love Brickhouse wines, both white and reds. The Evelyn, which is my favorite, sells in the $70 range minus discounts. With time, I still think Beau Frers is worth their price ta...
by Gordon Fitz
October 26th, 2018, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?
Replies: 55
Views: 2159

Re: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?

CT is full of purposeful infantcide, many of which insist upon doing only PaP! I typically ignore all the early TNs on such wines and only look at the recent notes. One of the major problems with CT average scoring is it gives equal weight, in the averages, to a TN score of 5 years ago as it does to...
by Gordon Fitz
October 24th, 2018, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best North American sparklers?
Replies: 100
Views: 3861

Re: Best North American sparklers?

Personally, I’m anxiously awaiting Domaine Serene’s new entry to the American sparkling market. I’m sure it’ll be really good stuff! champagne.gif
by Gordon Fitz
July 13th, 2018, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Announces Changes in California Wine Reviewer
Replies: 40
Views: 2289

Wine Spectator Announces Changes in California Wine Reviewer

Ian; Do your friend’s cabs have noticeable RS? If not, they probably were not appreciated by Laube post 2000. I believe RS got points from Laube, often times proportional in volume! As to Dave’s comments, I never needed a chemical analysis to know Meiomi PN had RS from the time it was first released...
by Gordon Fitz
July 12th, 2018, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Announces Changes in California Wine Reviewer
Replies: 40
Views: 2289

Wine Spectator Announces Changes in California Wine Reviewer

I think Laube did affect the industry a lot. As demonstrated by his love affairs with KB and Loring, his palate started shifting dramatically toward favoring residual sugar. Some of the wines he threw big points at, including CA Cabs, we’re dripping in RS. Didn’t take long for the both sides of the ...
by Gordon Fitz
May 14th, 2018, 7:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Visit to Kracher
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Visit to Kracher

I have the opportunity to visit Kracher’s winery in Burgenland in September if I do choose. I’ll be driving from Budapest to Prague, and even though it’s out of the way, I could make the stop. Is it worth the time to do so? I love their wines, but here is the catch. At any given time they may have h...
by Gordon Fitz
April 4th, 2018, 10:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Kentucky Lexington & Bourbon Trail
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Kentucky Lexington & Bourbon Trail

Have done the entire tour. From Lexington the following distilleries are close: Woodford Reserve, wild Turkey, and Four Roses. WR sits ight in the middle of thoroughbred farms and is beautiful! Each of those distilleries do things slightly differently so they’ll give you an excellent overview. Going...
by Gordon Fitz
March 2nd, 2018, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Sells its Soul to Developers
Replies: 19
Views: 2198

Napa Sells its Soul to Developers

We’re seeing a generation of winemakers selling out because the children either can’t or don’t choose to continue the operations. Some of those large $$$$ sales are going to people or corporations than will continue the traditions. Others are going to groups that will go to great ends to reap a good...
by Gordon Fitz
July 20th, 2017, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A no corkage rant
Replies: 94
Views: 4018

A no corkage rant

I also very rarely order a steak in a restaurant, maybe about every three years. Have lived in several States where BYOB is banned State wide. Well greased palms of State Legislators! Therefore, if drinking good wine is a requirement, the number of acceptable restaurants becomes very tiny. Most serv...
by Gordon Fitz
August 30th, 2016, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The myth of letting wines breathe
Replies: 861
Views: 37403

The myth of letting wines breathe

Perhaps the issue is we prefer the oxidized wine. An example is a very high end pinot noir that I enjoy. When P&Ped, the wine has very dominate stringent cranberry flavors. If allowed to decant for an hour, the flavors evolve to a very luscious mouth filling strawberry and cherry. The OP claims the ...
by Gordon Fitz
June 12th, 2016, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?
Replies: 190
Views: 11907

Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?

I'm not happy with the last couple of years of horrible price increases but Domaine Serene makes excellent OR Chards with Etoile being my favorite. I also like Brickhouse , Shea, and DDO Chards.
by Gordon Fitz
June 12th, 2016, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orin Swift Sold to Gallo
Replies: 30
Views: 2374

Orin Swift Sold to Gallo

Bridget; I'm not Cameron, but asked my LWS manager that very question. His reply is neither of your options. He says they are now drinking cheap South American and Southern Italian wines. He says he sells a lot of Rihannon at $7.99 and a long laundry list of Chilean cabs and other S.A. malbecs and b...

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