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by Paul Fountain
June 12th, 2019, 4:05 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Hobart and Launceston restaurants
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: Hobart and Launceston restaurants

Embarrassingly, I've only been to Hobart once about 18 months ago, and not at all to Launceston. I had a nice meal at Me Wah while there. This might be of use... https://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/dining-out/restaurant-reviews/best-restaurants-tasmania-16663 I've seen a fair bit of positive press f...
by Paul Fountain
June 7th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heading to Australia
Replies: 27
Views: 1290

Re: Heading to Australia

I doubt you can find Wendouree at Dan Murphy's (Its all sold out and anything they had was likely via auction). FWIW I stopped at DM in Willoughby on the way home from work to just get some cheap Pinot and they had ~dozen bottles of Wendouree. Did not pay attention to vintages etc. These days Dan's...
by Paul Fountain
June 5th, 2019, 3:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heading to Australia
Replies: 27
Views: 1290

Re: Heading to Australia

There's a few Melbourne wine shops listed in this thread... https://wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=116358&p=1779776&hilit=Melbourne+Wine+shops#p1779776 I don't have expertise with Sydney or Auckland wine shops, but I'm sure others can chime in there. I have no idea what actually makes ...
by Paul Fountain
May 7th, 2019, 10:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?
Replies: 20
Views: 698

Re: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?

I thought I'd report back now that I am back home. I made it to quite a lot of places mentioned. Zillicoah was a great recommendation and one of my favorites for the trip. A couple of others I thought were pretty interesting were Zebulon in Weaverville (who are looking back into more historical styl...
by Paul Fountain
May 4th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help to pick unusual wines
Replies: 32
Views: 962

Re: Help to pick unusual wines

Alan Graillot does a Moroccan Syrah.

I recently tried a Yacoubian-Hobbs Areni Noir from Armenia, when I was in the US 3 weeks ago.
by Paul Fountain
March 10th, 2019, 12:08 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Changing landscape of Whisky and Bourbon
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: Changing landscape of Whisky and Bourbon

I think that at least with Whisky, there has been a move away from labeling with age in recent years. In years gone by, everyone knew what to expect from a whisky of a certain age but that line has become blurred, in part by new entrants to the market who can't afford to wait around for stocks to ma...
by Paul Fountain
March 1st, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 Balltearers
Replies: 15
Views: 1162

Re: 3 Balltearers

The question I have for Jeremy is did you know you were going to confuse people with that term?
I've certainly had times when I've said something and it hasn't occurred to me that the rest of the world doesn't know what I am talking about.

The wines sound great though.
by Paul Fountain
February 15th, 2019, 9:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?
Replies: 20
Views: 698

Re: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?

Thank's all,
That gives me plenty to check out.

Conveniently, I'm staying withing walking distance of the main cluster of breweries in Asheville, many of which have been mentioned above, and in San Diego I'll be not to far From Modern Times and Stone Liberty station so that all works out well.
by Paul Fountain
February 9th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?
Replies: 20
Views: 698

Re: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?

In Asheville - Burial and Zillicoah are my favorites. Fonta Flora is up there as well but not in Asheville. Thanks! I'll be in walking distance of Burial. Zillcoah is now on the list and I might have missed that completely. I'll keep Fonta Flora in mind too, if we feel like a bit of a drive Modern ...
by Paul Fountain
February 8th, 2019, 2:54 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?
Replies: 20
Views: 698

Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?

I'll be spending about a week in Asheville and about 4 days in San Diego in April. I have a few breweries on my list to visit already, but I'm keen to see if anyone has any particular recommendations.
I'll have access to a car in Asheville, but probably not in San Diego.
Any suggestions?
by Paul Fountain
February 8th, 2019, 2:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron: Intentional Brett Infected Wine
Replies: 14
Views: 666

Re: SFChron: Intentional Brett Infected Wine

I tried one about 18 months ago here in Australia that was a collaboration between A winemaker - Sentio and a Brewery - Bridge Road Brewers, both located in the Beechworth wine region about 3 hrs drive North East of Melbourne. The Brewery has made a series of brettanomyces beers and had experience u...
by Paul Fountain
January 25th, 2019, 12:04 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Margaret River Australia Recommendations?
Replies: 9
Views: 602

Re: Margaret River Australia Recommendations?

Mandoon Estate is a fairly impressive setup in the Swan valley. I haven't tried the wine, but the reviews I have seen have been positive. There is a brewery on site as well (which I did acquaint myself with), and the restaurant looked pretty nice too. Most of the stuff in the auswine links above sti...
by Paul Fountain
January 22nd, 2019, 4:36 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Australia help needed
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: Australia help needed

Just to add to what those above have said, Flying Melbourne to Adelaide is pretty similar in timing Sydney to Melbourne. Melbourne's airport is further out than Sydney and is in the North West. It doesn't have a rail link but there is a shuttle bus that isn't too bad that will take you back into the...
by Paul Fountain
January 1st, 2019, 11:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orange wines are so dead at retail they are zombies.
Replies: 41
Views: 1748

Re: Orange wines are so dead at retail they are zombies.

They’re 6 months ahead down there mate, and that’s not one for any significant barrel aging.] Aware of the sixth months but that is still very quick to have Southern Hemisphere wines in the market the same year grapes were grown. I would imagine there are a ton of the Kim Crawford 17s still on shel...
by Paul Fountain
November 26th, 2018, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hunter valley
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: Hunter valley

Also will spend a month in Aus, so any recommendations for wine to drink while in Aus. let me know. I am a novice to Aus wine. There are about 60 something different regions and if there are styles you like, someone is probably doing it somewhere. What other parts of Australia are you planning to s...
by Paul Fountain
November 20th, 2018, 3:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay
Replies: 20
Views: 726

Re: TN: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay

I'm surprised that there is Henty fruit in there. Did they steal some from the Seppelt vineyards? I have some recollection that a good portion of the Penfolds white winemaking team were retrenched in the early 2000s, so that might be why it wasn't as visible for a while. I think that would have been...
by Paul Fountain
November 15th, 2018, 1:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: New wave Australian Chardonnay - 2017 Stargazer (Tasmania)
Replies: 27
Views: 690

Re: TN: New wave Australian Chardonnay - 2017 Stargazer (Tasmania)

Have you had Haldon-she worked with Ric at Giaconda for 10 yrs-have had 2 vintages and very nice. I've seen the Haldon but I don't think I've had it (can't be sure though, there is wine shop/bar in Beechworth where I have tasted a lot of wines and I don't always remember all of them). I wouldn't co...
by Paul Fountain
October 12th, 2018, 12:33 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Trip to Spain.....Need help!
Replies: 46
Views: 2313

Re: Trip to Spain.....Need help!

If you haven't already, have a read of this thread for the rest of Spain. https://wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=153595 Don't discount Portugal either. Lisbon and Porto are great cities and you can get your beach fix down south. It's generally a bit cheaper than Spain too. The trains a...
by Paul Fountain
October 10th, 2018, 4:51 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th
Replies: 46
Views: 1875

Re: best cities in Spain

I'd tend to agree with Jay these days, but it probably depends on what the likelihood of you ever coming back is, as it is different from the vantage point of having been to all those places already. I'd say 2 nights in Toledo is too much. One would be enough, and it is possible to do it as a day tr...
by Paul Fountain
October 7th, 2018, 3:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DanPhilips/Grateful Palate and Oz Wines??
Replies: 20
Views: 1349

Re: DanPhilips/Grateful Palate and Oz Wines??

Stylistic issues aside, one of the major contributing factors to the downfall of Australian wine was the exchange rate. The $AU spent a good portion of the first couple of years of the 2010s being above parity with the US dollar. Compare that to the start of the 2000s and you can see why Australian ...
by Paul Fountain
August 20th, 2018, 3:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th
Replies: 46
Views: 1875

Re: best cities in Spain

Barcelona never does/did it for me. I always preferred Valencia, although it's been a long time since I was there. Cordoba is pretty nice too. However, Toledo really should be on your list and is a good half way point between either Valencia/Barcelona and Seville/Granada. I'm with Dan here - I like...
by Paul Fountain
August 15th, 2018, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cure For Cork taint?
Replies: 214
Views: 4028

Re: Cure For Cork taint?

I think the top end producers stick with or go back to cork due to market pressures. The big money buyers are often more than a little resistant to change. I would gladly buy DRC under screw cap, but I am sure I am an outlier in the group that can potentially pony up the dollars. Market pressures a...
by Paul Fountain
July 24th, 2018, 3:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageing potential of wines with a screw cap?
Replies: 167
Views: 6152

Ageing potential of wines with a screw cap?

Leonard Maran wrote:..."if screwcaps were the accepted industry closure"...however, clearly they are not, at present.
That depends on which country you are in!
by Paul Fountain
June 23rd, 2018, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 92' Lehman stonewall Shiraz
Replies: 4
Views: 258

92' Lehman stonewall Shiraz

This will probably horrify people, but Peter Lehman wines was bought by Casella - the people that are responsible for Yellow tail back in 2014. Casella have quietly been assembling a portfolio of established brands. Others include Brand's Laira from Coonawarra, Morris from Rutherglen, and most recen...
by Paul Fountain
June 9th, 2018, 2:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What unusual wines/regions do you love?
Replies: 126
Views: 4877

What unusual wines/regions do you love?

I was having a think about what might be considered unusual, both locally for me and the rest of the world. There's no doubt some of the Portuguese regions have some unusual and fairly unique stuff. I've tried a couple of Sousao wines from the Douro that were interesting. In Australia, there is a lo...
by Paul Fountain
May 27th, 2018, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another CT cellar summary - lead grape varieties in your cellar
Replies: 59
Views: 1649

Another CT cellar summary - lead grape varieties in your cellar

Port Blend 27.6% Cabernet Sauvignon 24.5% Syrah 15.5% Riesling 12.1% Pinot Noir 8.0% Red Bordeaux Blend 3.4% Red Blend 1.5% Chardonnay 1.2% Nebbiolo 1.2% Petite Sirah 1.0% Red Rhone Blend 0.7% Pinot Meunier 0.6% Cabernet Franc 0.4% Carménère 0.4% Sémillon 0.4% Muscadelle 0.3% Petit Verdot 0.3% Tempr...
by Paul Fountain
April 21st, 2018, 9:02 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Rutherglen, Australia
Replies: 4
Views: 290

Rutherglen, Australia

It's about 3 hours from Melbourne so its impractical to do it as a day trip. I was up that way in the middle of last year and stayed in Beechworth which is about a 1/2 hour drive away. Rutherglen itself is a pretty small country town, and while there are a couple of places to stay there that are qui...
by Paul Fountain
April 14th, 2018, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you use the Cellar Tracker Tasting Note feature??
Replies: 43
Views: 1407

How do you use the Cellar Tracker Tasting Note feature??

I only write notes if they are going to add something. That usually means that I haven't written a note on the wine, or haven't recently. The notes are for me first, but I do try to make them useful for others.
by Paul Fountain
March 6th, 2018, 2:26 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Starward Whisky
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Starward Whisky

I can't say I'd noticed the code before, so I went and pulled my bottle of 10th Anniversary out to have a look. The code was there but I couldn't find anything on the website either. I had a bottle of the wine cask Starward open before this one and had enjoyed it. The Starward has a pretty good QPR ...
by Paul Fountain
February 13th, 2018, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 24
Views: 952

1993 Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon

For those in Australia, What is the local cost of these? Depends on if you are on the list or not. Roughly about $55 or $60 AU if you are on the list. I'm not on it, so I rely on friends but I think the shiraz based wines are slightly less that the Cabernet wines (Allocation is a bit of a mystery t...
by Paul Fountain
January 22nd, 2018, 2:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: List the wines YOU are the ONLY owner of according to CT
Replies: 44
Views: 2072

List the wines YOU are the ONLY owner of according to CT

This is a lot more likely for those of us that have a cellar that is neither dominated by Europe or the US. I'm still surprised by a couple of them though. 2009 Allies Pinot Noir Garagiste Mornington Peninsula 2008 Bannockburn Pinot Noir (de-classified) Ann's Block Geelong 2012 Dona paterna Alvarinh...
by Paul Fountain
January 19th, 2018, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Graham Porto Vintage Quinta dos Malvedos (Portugal, Douro, Porto)
Replies: 4
Views: 118

TN: 2004 Graham Porto Vintage Quinta dos Malvedos (Portugal, Douro, Porto)

I think 04 overall was a really good vintage and it will be interesting to see how they compare against the generally declared 03s as they get older. Personally I hope the 03s turn out better, because I have a lot of them, but I wish I owned more of this one and the other 04s too
by Paul Fountain
January 12th, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question on wine storage
Replies: 13
Views: 915

Question on wine storage

My wine fridge came with a little container for this purpose, so I use it even though it probably isn't needed.
by Paul Fountain
January 8th, 2018, 12:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Durand - Where You Been All My Life?!?!
Replies: 48
Views: 2625

Durand - Where You Been All My Life?!?!

If you've taken the trouble to acquire the sort of bottles you'd use the Durand on, the Durand is comparatively tiny investment to ensure maximum ease of opening.
I'm glad I have one, even if the bulk of my wines are under screw cap these days.
by Paul Fountain
January 4th, 2018, 4:17 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Traveling to Tasmania
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Traveling to Tasmania

Melbourne is pretty much ringed by wine regions - Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Sunbury, Macedon and Geelong/Bellarine Peninsula. With the exception of Sunbury which is a little warmer (and the smallest of the regions), most are known for Pinot and Chardonay. Yarra has some outstanding caberne...
by Paul Fountain
January 3rd, 2018, 2:57 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Traveling to Tasmania
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Traveling to Tasmania

It depends on where you are going to be in Tasmania. I'll fess up and say I've only spent a few days in Tasmania and that was around Hobart so hopefully somebody will chime in on the other stuff. I have at least tried a lot of the wines. In April you should be around harvest too. Tassie is pretty co...
by Paul Fountain
December 18th, 2017, 4:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Parker Terra Rossa “First Growth” Coonawarra Estate
Replies: 18
Views: 606

TN: 1998 Parker Terra Rossa “First Growth” Coonawarra Estate

I was never a fan of Parker Estate wines in general back then. The Wynn's lineup is a much better example of the region, and I have a soft spot for Yalumba as well. I attend a Coonawarra Tasting most years and the Parker wines can be hit and miss. A couple of years back, the Terra Rossa my pick of ...
by Paul Fountain
December 1st, 2017, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trying to Love Wines You Don’t Like
Replies: 108
Views: 3396

Trying to Love Wines You Don’t Like

I feel like it is my patriotic duty to like Semillon, particularly from the Hunter Valley, but I have never quite got it. I don't hate them, but I have never been wowed either. It might just be that I need to try a few with some serious bottle age.
by Paul Fountain
November 25th, 2017, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your favorite Major wine region
Replies: 26
Views: 968

What is your favorite Major wine region

As an Australian that still lives in Australia, I'll take the "region" that doesn't involve me paying twice as much as the rest of the world in taxes, shipping and markups. The OP has also been kind enough to give me an entire continent as a region so there is a lot to choose from [cheers.gif] To be...
by Paul Fountain
November 24th, 2017, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Storage
Replies: 7
Views: 1182

Wine Storage

I thought I'd add a couple of thoughts to this 1) Wine cooler units can be used in a couple of different ways. One of those is for longer term storage, while the other is keeping the wines at serving temperature which is why you have multi zone options on some units. 2) It doesn't take long to kill ...
by Paul Fountain
August 31st, 2017, 3:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Weekend in Southern parts of Europe - Where??
Replies: 10
Views: 477

Weekend in Southern parts of Europe - Where??

I really liked Segovia which is north-north-west of Madrid. There is a fair bit to see there. Suckling pig is also a big thing there (which may have contributed to my enjoyment of the city). I also liked Ronda in the South. San Sebastian would also be on my list of options It is only a short flight ...
by Paul Fountain
August 14th, 2017, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing for Pedro Ximenez
Replies: 26
Views: 955

Pairing for Pedro Ximenez

I was thinking of the beef cheeks because you can infuse quite a bit of flavor in them and they are slow-cooked so can withstand some interesting spices (e.g. fivespice). I want to serve the PX with a meat dish, and was also thinking of something strong and gamey. I think that Beef cheeks in PX is ...
by Paul Fountain
August 10th, 2017, 5:13 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Beer
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Japanese Beer

I have enjoyed Coedo beers in the past. A couple in the range are very malt forward so you have to like that sort of thing.
by Paul Fountain
July 27th, 2017, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Holiday Drinking
Replies: 5
Views: 856

Holiday Drinking

Yikes! Drinking well with many mixed varieties/regions. Well done. Lots of whites for (down under) winter consumption?? Noosa is a little bit north of Brisbane, where the winter climate is pretty temperate so the whites will go alright there. Sometimes it feels like half the half of Australia's sou...
by Paul Fountain
July 23rd, 2017, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Aussies
Replies: 11
Views: 909

Old Aussies

I really like the old Taltarni reds, and the Cabernet Sauvignon reserve wines especially so. Many find the tannins too strong, but with time they do drop away enough to reveal a complex and often pleasingly lean wine. A long way away from the cliched / caricatured Aussie reds. Victorian rather than...
by Paul Fountain
July 18th, 2017, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Replies: 9
Views: 1066

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

2004 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Nacional : There was just something a little raw to the nose at first. It has a core of super sweet and intense blackberries. There’s some Indian spice and licorice too. It is deep, long and supremely youthful. 2001 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Nacional : Not as ...
by Paul Fountain
July 15th, 2017, 1:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: A slightly different problem
Replies: 39
Views: 1787

A slightly different problem

I reckon you can play it safe with something like a Samuel Adams, Brooklyn lager or maybe a Sixpoint Crisp or go for something a bit different. The Pilsner Urquell isn't a bad suggestion. You could go something a bit darker like a brown ale, that tend not to be too hoppy. Or you could go something a...
by Paul Fountain
July 13th, 2017, 10:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Single Malt Scotch v Bourbon
Replies: 5
Views: 588

Single Malt Scotch v Bourbon

I can't comment on the Bourbon mentioned but I think it is part of a trend that is happening worldwide in drinks in general. There has been a lot more local focus with beer and wine and I think we are seeing that playing out with spirits too. A lot of people are jumping on the bandwagon without havi...
by Paul Fountain
July 2nd, 2017, 4:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Simple/Refreshing Gin and Rum Recipes Needed
Replies: 29
Views: 1000

Simple/Refreshing Gin and Rum Recipes Needed

Hard to go past a Dark & Stormy if you are looking for something simple to do with rum
by Paul Fountain
June 2nd, 2017, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cork v Screwcap - vertical comparison
Replies: 28
Views: 1627

Cork v Screwcap - vertical comparison

The Giaconda Chardonnay sits at the top on the tree of Australian chardonnay (along with the Leeuwin Estate Art Series chardonnay which is a completely different style) so it gets reviewed a lot. The word 'Reductive' is often found in those reviews and it is talking about the sulphur/struck match ch...

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