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by Greg Xu
May 13th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1007

Using corked wine making Coq au vin

A couple of weeks ago, I pulled a red burgundy, and it is corked. It has been sitting in the fridge since. Now I just thought why not make a Coq-au-vin? (The recipe calls for half bottle of red burgundy). But can you really cook with corked wine? What if it ends up being Cork-au-vin instead? Your th...
by Greg Xu
March 22nd, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?
Replies: 61
Views: 1411

Re: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?

petrol in Riesling, under growth in PN or Nebbiolo, or whatever red grape.
by Greg Xu
March 21st, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 684

Re: Wine chemistry question?

If the wine maker tries to bump up acidity by adding tartaric acid, it could precipitate wine diamonds.
by Greg Xu
June 27th, 2018, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What am I smelling/tasting??
Replies: 46
Views: 1120

What am I smelling/tasting??

I would cherish a little whiff of saurkraut when I smell into the emptied glass of my own wine, because then I would know that I am on the right path...
by Greg Xu
March 22nd, 2018, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of the NRA Wine Club offerings
Replies: 42
Views: 1911

Blind tasting of the NRA Wine Club offerings

I wonder how the admin see the passwords and edit them unless they keep them in clear text? Hackers love that. (BTW, any security worthy system keep password in hashed form which human cannot read )
by Greg Xu
March 20th, 2018, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Massive wine fraud in France
Replies: 18
Views: 2297

Massive wine fraud in France

Dan Kravitz wrote:$1,600,000 / 68,000 cases = $23.59/cs.

Low level wines.
Fines well below the "value" of the wines.
Nobody going to jail.
How low? $20/bottle?
by Greg Xu
September 16th, 2017, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "You're in to wine?.... I make my own.. want to try it?"
Replies: 35
Views: 1642

"You're in to wine?.... I make my own.. want to try it?"

However, I can't recall a single time that a home winemaker offered me a bottle. Exactly. I've never had someone who made their own wine offer me a bottle they made. Tastes? Sure, but that's it. There is little opportunity cost in a taste. I'll offer you a bottle :-) If you happen to be in D.C. area.
by Greg Xu
September 9th, 2017, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling for the petrol averse
Replies: 34
Views: 1725

Riesling for the petrol averse

Greg Xu wrote:
2. Avoid the warmer areas where it's grown: Alsace, Washington State, Clare and Eden Valleys.
Which Washington State Riesling is very petrol?
I answer my own question: Milbrandt 2013. At $13 a bottle, I am loading it up.
by Greg Xu
May 22nd, 2017, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as a science, an art, as both or neither.
Replies: 78
Views: 2115

Wine as a science, an art, as both or neither.

There is the science in making it, then there is the art of enjoying it. Terms like brix and acidity put one in the shoes of a winemaker, and one can argue that enhances your appreciation. Winemakers can appreciate wine in a different level like a painter can with a painting, that is a fact, no?
by Greg Xu
May 10th, 2017, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4134

Home cellar

Someone need design a cellar robot that moves bottles and logs locations.
by Greg Xu
April 7th, 2017, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling for the petrol averse
Replies: 34
Views: 1725

Riesling for the petrol averse

Daniel McIntosh wrote:Give me the gas! Love it. In my experience, and I look for it, it's found more in Alsatians than Germans.
Me too. I haven't found any really petro Alsatians, any recommendations?
by Greg Xu
March 31st, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling for the petrol averse
Replies: 34
Views: 1725

Riesling for the petrol averse

2. Avoid the warmer areas where it's grown: Alsace, Washington State, Clare and Eden Valleys.
Which Washington State Riesling is very petrol?
by Greg Xu
March 27th, 2017, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Modern vs Tradition Style Zin
Replies: 83
Views: 3972

Modern vs Tradition Style Zin

How about Sobon? Traditional or Modern?
by Greg Xu
March 16th, 2017, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lubecker Rotspon
Replies: 1
Views: 155

Lubecker Rotspon

Just saw this Lubecker Rotspon thing on streaming TV, who had it? how is it different from Bordeaux?
by Greg Xu
March 8th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australian must try wines???
Replies: 59
Views: 3434

Australian must try wines???

What are the best from Adelaide Hills?
by Greg Xu
February 21st, 2017, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rieslingfeier 2017!
Replies: 81
Views: 4165

Rieslingfeier 2017!

I liked the Muller Australian, packed with petrol and salinity, pleasantly surprising. I also liked the Leitz and Vollenweider wines very much.
by Greg Xu
February 14th, 2017, 12:38 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Visiting La Rioja
Replies: 23
Views: 1884

Visiting La Rioja

I would stay in Logroño near the town center, the narrow streets are lined with tapas bars, full of people at night, eating, shopping, or enjoying outdoor concerts. Haro is only half a hour away, so you can easily visit all the Rioja wineries. Haro is a very cute town but it gets very quiet at night.
by Greg Xu
February 5th, 2017, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Homo imbibens
Replies: 3
Views: 539

Homo imbibens

Here is a interesting online article (same subject discussed in the latest National Geographic): https://twighlightsofwisdom.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/for-the-love-of-alcohol/ Here is a quote: "Our ape ancestors started eating fermented fruits on the forest floor, and that made all the difference...”...
by Greg Xu
January 23rd, 2017, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dom. Chignard Fleurie Les Moriers
Replies: 3
Views: 294

TN: 2014 Dom. Chignard Fleurie Les Moriers

Tasted the 2015 last week, deeply flavorful, very impressive.
by Greg Xu
January 9th, 2017, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10899
Views: 486162

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Long waited 20% off-old-world-wine coupon came in today, rushed in an order for a case of Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage P Ruche Blanc :-)
by Greg Xu
January 1st, 2017, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone using Weinboxes?
Replies: 146
Views: 7960

Anyone using Weinboxes?

Is it sturdy enough to support 5 fully loaded boxes stacked on top? let's say the bottom one is only half full.
by Greg Xu
November 25th, 2016, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still use your Coravin?
Replies: 65
Views: 4910

Do you still use your Coravin?

I found an alternative which has worked well for Pinot Noir or anything aromatically delicate: cruise liquor bags. For a course of opening every day for 4-5 days, it can maintain the freshness and nose of a good bottle till the last pour.
by Greg Xu
October 12th, 2016, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Other than Cellar Tracker
Replies: 33
Views: 2863

Other than Cellar Tracker

I can imagine a cellar tracking app built upon WiFi Indoor Positioning System technology, like this one
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/wifi- ... -1.3532110
by Greg Xu
October 7th, 2016, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Other than Cellar Tracker
Replies: 33
Views: 2863

Other than Cellar Tracker

Can you just use a spreadsheet?
by Greg Xu
September 6th, 2016, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine tasting - Inside vs. Outside
Replies: 27
Views: 1373

Wine tasting - Inside vs. Outside

I guess the fresh air has a cleansing effect on olfactory sensors which in turn enhances the sense of smell. Just like you suddenly smell more tobacco when you exit a smoking room after spending hours in it.
by Greg Xu
August 29th, 2016, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Visit to Piemonte
Replies: 110
Views: 6472

2016 Visit to Piemonte

Interesting label: 1999 NO BARRIQUE... :-D
by Greg Xu
August 22nd, 2016, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is this flaw?
Replies: 50
Views: 1840

What is this flaw?

I'd think this is a plus, given more time to age. Tongue tip spicy is good trait of Burgs.
by Greg Xu
July 5th, 2016, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Barbaresco the Burgundy drinker's Nebbiollo?
Replies: 31
Views: 2718

Is Barbaresco the Burgundy drinker's Nebbiollo?

Having had more Barolo than Barbaresco, and certainly loving the Giacosa Barbs that I have had, and being primarily (by far) a Buegundy drinker, I am just wondering whether Barbaresco is more than Barolo the Nebbiolo that Buegundy drinkers gravitate towards. Really? I thought the opposite. For BDX ...
by Greg Xu
May 20th, 2016, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10434
Views: 340604

What bottle of wine did you open today?

This Georgian amber wine made from green grape Rkatsiteli fermented with skin in underground terracotta vat:

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by Greg Xu
April 9th, 2016, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Older Rioja
Replies: 35
Views: 1700

Older Rioja

Octopus, blood sausage, pig snout, on and on...
by Greg Xu
April 4th, 2016, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Note App
Replies: 0
Views: 146

Wine Note App

I am looking for an APP to take tasting notes. Here are my requirements: 1. One hand operable ( the other hand is holding the glass ) 2. Starting with snapping a picture ( of the bottle or the sheet of wine list ), with minimal or no typing required. There are so many TN apps out there that demands ...
by Greg Xu
April 3rd, 2016, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burg Producer Stylistic Graph
Replies: 59
Views: 3041

Burg Producer Stylistic Graph

Very interesting. I wish there is a dimension on sous bois ( undergrowth ) in the chart
by Greg Xu
March 17th, 2016, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting in Burgundy
Replies: 11
Views: 1283

Wine Tasting in Burgundy

We did ship one case home for $150 and even for $12.50 a bottle
How much duty do you have to pay for a case like that?
by Greg Xu
March 11th, 2016, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on the Eli Zabar wine empire
Replies: 6
Views: 794

NYT on the Eli Zabar wine empire

Brovia Barolo Castiglione Falletto bin 1901 s 2009
$85
sounds very reasonable
by Greg Xu
January 23rd, 2016, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good, cheap Pinot suggestions
Replies: 87
Views: 5777

Good, cheap Pinot suggestions

Eveningland $19
by Greg Xu
January 20th, 2016, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Keeping tabs
Replies: 1
Views: 184

Keeping tabs

I find it easier to keep tabs of wines you like after a tasting than the ones you don't. The latter normally out numbers the former. But I also think it is useful to keep tabs on the latter so that you don't waste time and money on them again. So I wonder what people on this forum do to keep tabs of...
by Greg Xu
January 19th, 2016, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me about....Domaine Bertagna
Replies: 20
Views: 1580

Tell me about....Domaine Bertagna

Alain M wrote:^^ Matthew, what kind of info are you looking for on domaine Coquard-Loison-Fleurot?

Alain
It would be nice if someone posts a TN.
by Greg Xu
January 14th, 2016, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux vs Burgundy
Replies: 1
Views: 575

Bordeaux vs Burgundy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LXPN_HUN6Y
It is a bit long but entertaining to watch.
by Greg Xu
December 4th, 2015, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WEEK 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - QPR $25 and Under - MN Adopt
Replies: 55
Views: 1930

WEEK 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - QPR $25 and Under - MN Adopt

OK, I am going to pickup a bottle of this Barolo at Total Wine tonight at 25% discount, and post the note later. NV Rivata Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, Italy $ 25.99 https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/616/23526455865_53951a2db1_n.jpg https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5623/23230697740_e613509671.jpg Not bad at all...
by Greg Xu
December 4th, 2015, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3200 steak paired with the world's most expensive wine
Replies: 20
Views: 1943

$3200 steak paired with the world's most expensive wine

"at sub-zero temperatures while air is blown across its surface at speeds of nearly 75 miles per hour..." 15 years of that doesn't turn the beef into jerky?
by Greg Xu
December 3rd, 2015, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WEEK 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - QPR $25 and Under - MN Adopt
Replies: 55
Views: 1930

WEEK 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - QPR $25 and Under - MN Adopt

OK, I am going to pickup a bottle of this Barolo at Total Wine tonight at 25% discount, and post the note later.

NV Rivata Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, Italy $ 25.99
by Greg Xu
November 23rd, 2015, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WEEK 1--WB Virtual Tasting For Charity--Pinot Noir, Benefiting Laura's House
Replies: 126
Views: 4340

WEEK 1--WB Virtual Tasting For Charity--Pinot Noir, Benefiting Laura's House

Opened tonight. Nose is a little timid from the bottle, just a hint of red fruit. Once poured into the glass it came alive. The first pour still had a little bit of toast in the nose, but by the third pour, it was replaced by full blown Burgundy Sous-bois. Lovely. Mid to dark colored, good acid leve...
by Greg Xu
November 16th, 2015, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few wines in the cellar
Replies: 7
Views: 1024

A few wines in the cellar

I had one bottle of 2005 Gravonia in their winery this summer and I liked it very much.
by Greg Xu
November 10th, 2015, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ocean Spray Cran-Cherry (no sugar added)
Replies: 36
Views: 1118

TN: 2015 Ocean Spray Cran-Cherry (no sugar added)

How about Maysara Jamsheed 2010? It is sheer raspberry all through nose and palate, only after a few days in the bottle you can catch a hint of toasty pinot note.
by Greg Xu
November 9th, 2015, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10434
Views: 340604

What bottle of wine did you open today?

Nancy Dolce wrote:You had me until the sauerkraut showed up.
I find it common that Pinot Noir with a good suis-bois nose leaves a whiff of sauerkraut in the glass residual. There is something that links them together.
by Greg Xu
November 9th, 2015, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10434
Views: 340604

What bottle of wine did you open today?

Opened a bottle of Courtney Benham 2013 Pinot Noir last night. Upon opening the screw cap, a faint red fruit nose. A spice bomb on the palate on the first sip. A nice sous bois nose develops after about 15 minutes. Sauerkraut note shows before the glass is emptied. Wait to see what happens today.
by Greg Xu
October 27th, 2015, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New interview with Brian O'Donnell of Belle Pente
Replies: 7
Views: 378

New interview with Brian O'Donnell of Belle Pente

Great video. Thanks for sharing. I am going to visit Brian's tasting room this weekend.

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