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by Paul Fountain
September 22nd, 2020, 9:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: WTF happened to my scotch?
Replies: 21
Views: 1057

Re: WTF happened to my scotch?

I don't know much about pricing as it is a whole different ball game in my part of the world, but I'll speculate that the pricing is starting to be pushed upward on anything that has an age statement on it due to demand outstripping supply. That's in part why we are starting to see a lot more whisky...
by Paul Fountain
August 1st, 2020, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.
Replies: 112
Views: 5244

Re: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.

wspohn wrote:
August 1st, 2020, 6:24 pm
I've been drinking the 2012 Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling (1.8 g/l) with great pleasure lately. Certainly very dry but with ample fruit for me.
It would be interesting to see how you find the 2013 and 2014 which are 0.8 and 0.7 g/L RS respectively.
by Paul Fountain
August 1st, 2020, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.
Replies: 112
Views: 5244

Re: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.

I absolutely understand where Adam is coming from. While I drink and taste Riesling more widely these days, my introduction to Riesling was pretty much Clare Valley, and I think as a result just about anything from anywhere else seems a little sweet to my palate. I agree that there is more to it tha...
by Paul Fountain
July 17th, 2020, 1:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you can "afford"?
Replies: 159
Views: 7615

Re: Wines you can "afford"?

When I didn't own much wine, I was happier to buy in larger quantities so I had some I could consume and some that I could age. Now that I have accumulated enough wine, I don't buy for both purposes... I'm either buying something for aging or I am buying something that is best consumed young. I like...
by Paul Fountain
July 4th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine storage / temp control necessary?
Replies: 14
Views: 892

Re: wine storage / temp control necessary?

A pretty consistent temperature is important. A few degrees higher or lower than ideal isn't going to matter too much, especially if you aren't looking at long term aging. If your wine is constantly going from hot to cold each day that is not so good.
by Paul Fountain
June 30th, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
Replies: 16
Views: 888

Re: TN: 2018 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling

Def getting more and gonna try to keep one tucked away! It's pricy stuff, tho! It's fairly pricey for us by Riesling standards, but it is still an absolute bargain when compared with the top of the tree wines from other varieties. Geoffrey Grosset's commitment to screw caps in the early 2000s was a...
by Paul Fountain
June 17th, 2020, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 20490

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

A bit over 20 years ago, I was working at a restaurant on a vineyard as a part time job while I was finishing University. The vineyard had it's own wines under a small production and moderately expensive label which the owners called "Five Daughters" after their 5 daughters. Another winery had a fai...
by Paul Fountain
June 12th, 2020, 1:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weird grape blends
Replies: 27
Views: 939

Re: Weird grape blends

I was flicking though facebook before and noticed that a winery I regularly buy from has light red blend of Gewurz + Touriga + Refosco blend coming out which sounds pretty interesting and unusual.
by Paul Fountain
June 7th, 2020, 2:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Experimental cultivars?
Replies: 6
Views: 330

Re: Experimental cultivars?

My guess is that cultivating useful new hop varieties is a much more simple process than cultivating new grapes varieties. Hops do two things in beer - they are either there for bittering or for aroma, and make up a small percentage of the ingredients in beer, a long long way behind water and whatev...
by Paul Fountain
June 5th, 2020, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 241
Views: 11612

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

I have 17 2001 Taylors Quinta de Vargellas Vintage ports. It was extremely well priced and was otherwise usually very difficult to find so I cleaned them out... twice. Apart from that, I can only recall one vintage of a particular wine where I have bought more than a dozen. I probably buy full dozen...
by Paul Fountain
May 25th, 2020, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4547

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

I don't buy many and I have had the same issue about finding a time to open them. Having said that when I do have them I really enjoy them. I do like them with cheese and starting a meal with cheese is perfectly acceptable. Hell, making cheese the entire meal is more than acceptable. If I had a lot ...
by Paul Fountain
May 23rd, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry high acid white recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 1250

Re: Dry high acid white recommendations?

Most Australian Riesling, particularly from the Clare or Eden Valleys, or Great Southern in Western Australia tend to be very dry and high acid. Also Hunter Valley Semillon. The acid can be searing in that when young so might be a bit much.
by Paul Fountain
May 16th, 2020, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graciano?
Replies: 24
Views: 1072

Re: Graciano?

Funnily enough, the local wine review sight I subscribe to had reviewed one a couple of days ago which made me have a look at what we have in Australia and it seems like there are a few around from a bunch of different regions. Most but not all sit between that AU $20 - $40 price point. There is one...
by Paul Fountain
May 14th, 2020, 12:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Southern Hemisphere Bad?
Replies: 9
Views: 599

Re: Southern Hemisphere Bad?

For South Eastern Australia, a general summary would be quality good to very good, but yields are down. For some that is a little down, for others it is a lot down. A few regions were impacted by the bushfires, either directly or indirectly through smoke taint, but poor fruit set has been the main d...
by Paul Fountain
May 6th, 2020, 12:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with upgrading my wine
Replies: 49
Views: 2431

Re: Help with upgrading my wine

Conversely, the pricing of wines from former Commonwealth countries can be very competitive. Australia and South Africa are your friends. It's been a few years since I was in the UK, but last time I was there was a bit of South American stuff there too, so that might be worth a look. From Australia...
by Paul Fountain
April 14th, 2020, 6:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: I love Lindeman's Lambics -- should I be ashamed?
Replies: 21
Views: 1904

Re: I love Lindeman's Lambics -- should I be ashamed?

I don't mind the Lindermans from time to time. They deliver a lot of flavour for a low abv and provide pretty good summer refreshment. I'd add the Rodenbach Caractere Rouge as a recommendation, and the Rodenbachs in general. They can have a little sweetness, but they are pretty interesting and refre...
by Paul Fountain
April 8th, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version
Replies: 143
Views: 4093

Re: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version

6. Penfolds wines - I just can't get excited about them Paul you don't even like St. Henri? I like Grange but not excited to pay the amount they are charging now a days. The St Henri is certainly the best of them for me, but I'm a bit allergic to the Penfolds marketing and the continual steep price...
by Paul Fountain
April 6th, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version
Replies: 143
Views: 4093

Re: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version

Seems I'm not alone in some of my dislikes 1. Sauvignon Blanc (particularly those made in a 2500 km radius of my house) 2. Buttery chardonnays 3. Rose that doesn't finish dry 4. Vodka - Why bother? 5. Big shirazes 6. Penfolds wines - I just can't get excited about them 7. Earl Grey tea - I do not wa...
by Paul Fountain
March 6th, 2020, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extended barrel age VS early bottling
Replies: 28
Views: 1508

Re: Extended barrel age VS early bottling

See if you can find a Vintage Port and A Colheita from the same producer and year. Not super common but they do exist.
by Paul Fountain
February 21st, 2020, 6:08 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Madrid, España
Replies: 21
Views: 2445

Re: Madrid, España

I stayed in Hotel Europa at Puerta del Sol many years ago. I like the location and the hotel was perfectly adequate. There's an old school sherry bar called La Venencia not too far from Puerta del Sol that does a few simple tapas to go with the sherry. It's more about the experience than the wine or...
by Paul Fountain
February 2nd, 2020, 2:34 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Lisbon & Porto - Portugal
Replies: 9
Views: 2149

Re: Lisbon & Porto - Portugal

In Porto, I've generally wanted to be close to the river so I have rented an apartment in Ribeira a couple of times. There are a few hotels in the area too, a couple of which I have stayed in. It is a little bit of a walk up a hill if you are planning to spend time in the the city center though. I t...
by Paul Fountain
January 16th, 2020, 2:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Enthusiast 2020 Vintage Chart
Replies: 22
Views: 2641

Re: Wine Enthusiast 2020 Vintage Chart

Some of those Port vintage ratings are on the dubious side too.
by Paul Fountain
December 28th, 2019, 5:06 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Planning a trip to Argentina
Replies: 10
Views: 2382

Re: Planning a trip to Argentina

It's a few years ago now, but I probably spent several days in Buenos Aires all up and loved it. From memory, the international airport was much further out that the domestic airport and as I spent about a month in Chile and Argentina, I flew in and out of the airport a few times and never got more ...
by Paul Fountain
December 27th, 2019, 2:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terrible fires in Adelaide Hills burn vineyards including Henschke
Replies: 16
Views: 1656

Re: Terrible fires in Adelaide Hills burn vineyards including Henschke

Alan Rath wrote:
December 26th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Heartbreaking to read about your fires; also interesting to see them so early in the season relative to our fire season.
Definitely early for us too. January can be bad and February is often worse. The heat has come early this year as November was much hotter than normal.
by Paul Fountain
December 25th, 2019, 12:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terrible fires in Adelaide Hills burn vineyards including Henschke
Replies: 16
Views: 1656

Re: Terrible fires in Adelaide Hills burn vineyards including Henschke

I know that in the case of David Bowley of Vinteloper what wasn't mentioned in the article was it wasn't just his vineyards. He lost his home as well. Kent's label "Apocalyptic" was absolutely accurate. It was terrible in Melbourne on Friday, and if it is terrible in Melbourne it is usually worse in...
by Paul Fountain
December 18th, 2019, 2:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Yalumba Coonawarra The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon I
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: 2012 Yalumba Coonawarra The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon I

I'll second Jeremy here. Yalumba don't make a lot of Coonawarra wines and this one is their second tier after the Menzies Cabernet. This was usually good QPR and this Vintage was probably available for somewhere around $20 AU. It's closer to $30 AU these days. 2012 was a good vintage and that abv is...
by Paul Fountain
December 7th, 2019, 8:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 4501

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

After lots of rumours flying around the last few weeks, we had a buyout in Australia during the week that was a pretty big deal in the local beer news. Balter Brewing in the state of Queensland was bought by CUB (our biggest macro brewery that is now owned by Asahi). Balter is only a few years old b...
by Paul Fountain
December 7th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Spirits QPR?? -- Diplomatico Rum Riserva Exclusiva
Replies: 17
Views: 2813

Re: Best Spirits QPR?? -- Diplomatico Rum Riserva Exclusiva

I'm pretty partial to the Diplomatico Reserva, but if I had to select a rum on QPR I'd go with Appleton Estate 12 year old which I get for 3/4 of the price of the Diplomatica. The caveat here is that I live in a different country to you, so your pricing might be very different to mine. (I'll be payi...
by Paul Fountain
November 27th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the BEST wine holiday?
Replies: 26
Views: 1040

Re: What’s the BEST wine holiday?

The Next one!
by Paul Fountain
November 20th, 2019, 12:13 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 4501

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

Interesting move and it probably means we will be seeing more New Belgium beers in Australia. We've been seeing some for a few years now anyway. As a general comment, I don' think Lion/ Little world Beverages have screwed up the local breweries they have bought too badly, and they are obviously look...
by Paul Fountain
November 12th, 2019, 2:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carmenere Wines
Replies: 37
Views: 2226

Re: Carmenere Wines

Just got a new batch of the 2016 Antiyal Carmenere Vinedo Escorial. Haven't tried this vintage quite yet, but just wanted to give a heads up that this is one of the best full bodied wines I've had and very uncharacteristic for Carmenere, in my opinion. One of those random and magnificent finds from...
by Paul Fountain
October 17th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 04 Grosset Polish Hill and Pike's Rieslings
Replies: 4
Views: 390

Re: TN: 04 Grosset Polish Hill and Pike's Rieslings

Was the Pikes under screw cap too? I think they were for the Australian market by 04 but I'm not sure about elsewhere. Pikes is a go-to inexpensive Riesling for me and often found in places where the rest of the selection is a bit sub-standard. It's usually found at a bit under half the price of the...
by Paul Fountain
September 11th, 2019, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you eat grapes?
Replies: 49
Views: 1941

Re: Do you eat grapes?

I'm just back home after dinner at a local restaurant. The side salad with my steak was radicchio, blue cheese and halved black table grapes. Tasty enough that I'll be looking to do this at home in the near future.
by Paul Fountain
August 11th, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1699

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

As well as Champagne, Cote Rotie and a few Australian blends. Clonakilla uses Viognier. I am sure there are others. Clonakilla is definitely the poster child for red/white blends in Australia but there are no shortage of them. Mostly, the % of Viogner is pretty low in these sorts of blends as it te...
by Paul Fountain
August 7th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Breweries to visit in San Diego?
Replies: 16
Views: 4020

Re: Breweries to visit in San Diego?

I didn't focus at all on lagers when I was in San Diego in April but I enjoyed some of the kettle sours from Kilowatt in Ocean Beach. Eppig and Pariah in North Park are right next to each other and I thought they were pretty interesting little places. Mike Hess in North Park was also pretty solid. I...
by Paul Fountain
July 18th, 2019, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 3299

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

Wine - I don't know, A medium bodied red or maybe a Riesling. I won't even get specific here, but you need something that is versatile, will go ten years no problems, doesn't go through a dumb phase and is consistent (so it might have to be under screw cap). Beer - Rodenbach Character Rouge. Not sur...
by Paul Fountain
July 12th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay
Replies: 9
Views: 597

Re: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay

I don't generally take much interest in anything Penfolds does but that price for Yattarna strikes me as pretty high. A quick search suggests we'd be paying AU $140 locally for the same vintage at our major wine retailer in Australia. Current exchange rates would have that sitting somewhere a bit ov...
by Paul Fountain
July 11th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?
Replies: 46
Views: 1990

Re: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?

...Champagne is probably the last thing I'd reach for. In thirty plus years, I've never bought a bottle for myself. I think you're the outlier here.... champagne.gif neener Yeah I know. There's a lot of love for it! But while it's OK, I never buy it - seems too much like a cross between beer and wi...
by Paul Fountain
July 1st, 2019, 4:02 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Wine Touring in Western Australia
Replies: 5
Views: 2713

Re: Wine Touring in Western Australia

I think it was these guys I did a wine tour with in early 2017 https://cellardortours.com.au/ It was fun but I wouldn't say all of the places were high quality. Some were though. I did a brewery tour too which was also good fun. If you want to cover some of the better ones you are probably better to...
by Paul Fountain
June 12th, 2019, 4:05 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hobart and Launceston restaurants
Replies: 6
Views: 2833

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: 41
Views: 2787

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: 41
Views: 2787

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: 1568

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: 1224

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: 932

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: 1277

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: 1568

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: 1568

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: 1568

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?

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