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by James Billy
July 19th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have a temp alarm for your cellar-what are you using?
Replies: 17
Views: 522

Re: If you have a temp alarm for your cellar-what are you using?

Re: wireless tags. Do you just connect it to your home WiFi and it's good to go or is it more complex than that? That and download the app Re: wireless tags. Do you just connect it to your home WiFi and it's good to go or is it more complex than that? Takes about 5 minutes to setup - super easy! Th...
by James Billy
July 19th, 2019, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about Burgundy Vineyards
Replies: 17
Views: 818

Re: Question about Burgundy Vineyards

So, does the government own any 1er cru vineyards?
by James Billy
July 19th, 2019, 4:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have a temp alarm for your cellar-what are you using?
Replies: 17
Views: 522

Re: If you have a temp alarm for your cellar-what are you using?

Re: wireless tags. Do you just connect it to your home WiFi and it's good to go or is it more complex than that?
by James Billy
July 17th, 2019, 3:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heading to Australia
Replies: 41
Views: 2136

Re: Heading to Australia

Thanks. Don't Clonakilla white wines have green capsules not red wines?
by James Billy
July 17th, 2019, 12:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heading to Australia
Replies: 41
Views: 2136

Re: Heading to Australia

Demian Saenz wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 3:41 pm
24 total bottles from the trip.

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Great wines. What are the wines with the green capsules on the right, at the back?
by James Billy
July 17th, 2019, 12:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heading to Australia
Replies: 41
Views: 2136

Re: Heading to Australia

I seriously can't believe they all got back in one piece, buy yourself a Lottery ticket!! :-) We did catch up for dinner while Demian was here and a good night was had by all, I didn't take any photos... Pierre Peters BdB 1998 Seppelt Drumborg Riesling 1998 Mt Pleasant Lovedale Semillon 2016 Giacon...
by James Billy
July 16th, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 37
Views: 1646

Re: Wines of Etna

Who do you think make the best QPR Etna Rossos? The Baudry or Prum of Etna if you like. TIA. Two good choices are the entry level reds from Terre Nere and Benanti. The Terre Nere is bit more polished and round. But offers nice red fruit, light tannin and mostly concealed alc. Both should be readily...
by James Billy
July 16th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 37
Views: 1646

Re: Wines of Etna

Who do you think make the best QPR Etna Rossos? The Baudry or Prum of Etna if you like. TIA. Not a profound wine, but the Terre Nere Rosso always scratches the itch, can be found under $20 and is widely available. Thanks. Do you find it reaches the heights of, say, Prum WS kabinett (not to mention ...
by James Billy
July 16th, 2019, 2:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 37
Views: 1646

Re: Wines of Etna

Who do you think make the best QPR Etna Rossos? The Baudry or Prum of Etna if you like. TIA.
by James Billy
July 14th, 2019, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick thoughts on a Chevillon sale - other producers added
Replies: 29
Views: 1216

Re: Quick thoughts on a Chevillon sale

I thought, from the title, the brothers had sold the Domaine [wow.gif]
by James Billy
July 12th, 2019, 2:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '67 Produttori, '96 Jadot Ursules
Replies: 4
Views: 363

Re: TN: '67 Produttori, '96 Jadot Ursules

Very annoying it is.
by James Billy
July 11th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 2643

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

Maybe higher dosage wines have higher sulphur levels?
by James Billy
July 10th, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis
Replies: 38
Views: 1964

Re: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis

Price is a very subjective and touchy subject!
by James Billy
July 10th, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burg TNs - Engel, Vigot, Dujac, Hudelot-Noellat, Coche and more
Replies: 5
Views: 540

Re: Burg TNs - Engel, Vigot, Dujac, Hudelot-Noellat, Coche and more

That's kind mate, thanks. Am still hoarding the Aussie kit and must have the UK's largest collection of older 864 Chardonnay ready for my 40th next year. Maybe the reduction will have dissipated by then! Great notes, Matthew! What are your favourite 864s from recent (l last 5?) vintages? Thanks!
by James Billy
July 8th, 2019, 2:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birthday burgundies--Coche, Ramonet, Dujac, Sauzet, Dauvissat
Replies: 14
Views: 1080

Re: Birthday burgundies--Coche, Ramonet, Dujac, Sauzet, Dauvissat

If that's true it's hardly a positive!
by James Billy
July 7th, 2019, 11:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto Champagne vs. White
Replies: 21
Views: 1116

Re: Zalto Champagne vs. White

What's with the Zalto decanters? How do they justify high prices? Surely it has no useful features and is just attractive at best?
by James Billy
July 7th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birthday burgundies--Coche, Ramonet, Dujac, Sauzet, Dauvissat
Replies: 14
Views: 1080

Re: Birthday burgundies--Coche, Ramonet, Dujac, Sauzet, Dauvissat

According to CT notes, mint is a common feature of both Chassagne and Ramonet! Most frequent occurrences are when a certain JH writes about Ramonet Chassagne wines! A veritable vineyard bursting with mint! Logically speaking, a flavour like mint should come from terroir. If it comes from winemaking,...
by James Billy
July 6th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Beaut Burgs
Replies: 7
Views: 858

Re: Two Beaut Burgs

So coke could buy RC from DRC and rename it Clos Coca Cola?!
by James Billy
July 6th, 2019, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Beaut Burgs
Replies: 7
Views: 858

Re: Two Beaut Burgs

I corrected myself as you were typing!
by James Billy
July 6th, 2019, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Beaut Burgs
Replies: 7
Views: 858

Re: Two Beaut Burgs

It used to be called Clos Frantin. It's literally across the road from La Tâche. It's to the East. Downslope.
by James Billy
July 5th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Burgundy Retrospective - The Third Session
Replies: 9
Views: 1182

Re: TN: 1996 Burgundy Retrospective - The Third Session

Sorry to hijack this thread, but briefly, what do you think of 2000, 2001, 2002. Thanks! James, My apologies for the late reply. I really like both the 01 and the 02, the 02 was highly regarded from the beginning, the ripest and the most concentrated where the 01 was not so highly regarded initiall...
by James Billy
July 3rd, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New grapes approved for Bordeaux
Replies: 32
Views: 1784

Re: New grapes approved for Bordeaux

Much as we are enjoying scoffing at Liber Pater, he did get thousands of dollars of free PR from his absurd pricing. Once it hits the Robb Report, he may sell a few cases and get back his investment. The article on Bordeaux grapes is far more important. Bordeaux used to be brilliant because the cli...
by James Billy
July 3rd, 2019, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1567

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

Or a description from Wuthering Heights.
by James Billy
July 3rd, 2019, 4:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1567

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

RichardFlack wrote:
July 3rd, 2019, 3:30 am
Balance, Harmony. Applies to pretty much anything.

Other attributes tend to be wine or category specific
This. And freshness.
by James Billy
July 3rd, 2019, 12:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1567

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

The label. It brings bragging rights champagne.gif
by James Billy
July 2nd, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 La Gravette De Certan
Replies: 12
Views: 661

Re: 2015 La Gravette De Certan

It's just that I expected Costco to be cheaper.
by James Billy
July 2nd, 2019, 1:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 La Gravette De Certan
Replies: 12
Views: 661

Re: 2015 La Gravette De Certan

$70? It's only $60 at KL. [scratch.gif]
by James Billy
July 1st, 2019, 2:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Burgundy Retrospective - The Third Session
Replies: 9
Views: 1182

Re: TN: 1996 Burgundy Retrospective - The Third Session

Sorry to hijack this thread, but
briefly, what do you think of 2000, 2001, 2002.

Thanks!
by James Billy
July 1st, 2019, 2:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Different Disgorgement, Different Champagne?
Replies: 49
Views: 2053

Re: Different Disgorgement, Different Champagne?

Yes. I've seen that before. Thanks for posting anyway. I think it would be useful if it said which cuvees don't have disgorgement dates, even if at the start it just says "all wines not listed don't give disgorgement dates. Otherwise, it just looks like a very incomplete list. Or maybe it is. blahblah
by James Billy
July 1st, 2019, 1:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The "Clos" dinner - aka Burgundies from Clos, or "walled" plots
Replies: 22
Views: 1475

Re: TN: The "Clos" dinner - aka Burgundies from Clos, or "walled" plots

I'm definitely giving Levis lots of second chances based on the good work he does and the great guy he comes across as.

Has his account been hacked? Is this THE Levis Dalton? If so, is he OK?

I flabbergasted!
by James Billy
June 30th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The "Clos" dinner - aka Burgundies from Clos, or "walled" plots
Replies: 22
Views: 1475

Re: TN: The "Clos" dinner - aka Burgundies from Clos, or "walled" plots

Wow. I always thought LD was a kind and gentle man.
by James Billy
June 30th, 2019, 2:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many wines a day?
Replies: 31
Views: 1701

Re: How many wines a day?

Unless you use a wine preservation system, it's only feasible to open multiple bottles over several days if they are young (relative to their cellaring potential.) This is even more the case for many whites. A lot of, say, 10 year old whites will fall over after a few days. Of course, there are many...
by James Billy
June 29th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The "Clos" dinner - aka Burgundies from Clos, or "walled" plots
Replies: 22
Views: 1475

Re: TN: The "Clos" dinner - aka Burgundies from Clos, or "walled" plots

Levi Dalton wrote:
June 29th, 2019, 6:34 am
James Billy wrote:
June 29th, 2019, 3:54 am
Not any more, but it was once!
By this logic, I could host a Pre-phylloxera Vines Dinner of Burgundy from 2016 and the like, because at one point in history those would have been pre-phylloxera vines.
I wasn't being serious.
by James Billy
June 29th, 2019, 1:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 84
Views: 4895

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

Sorry if I've missed something, but have you thought about installing a cheap window Aircon for heatwaves and when the cellar creeps up to uncomfortably high temperatures? Just a few hundred bucks and no install costs. They can cap temperatures to the low 60s.
by James Billy
June 27th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 84
Views: 4895

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

Does anyone else agree with my [Edit: not exactly radical] theory about wine development being mostly related to average storage temperature (given no extremes nor rapid fluctuation)? For example 60±5% ?
by James Billy
June 26th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3749

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

Just burn some brown coal to make electricity.
by James Billy
June 26th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Expressions of Tempranillo - Ribera vs Rioja
Replies: 17
Views: 1031

Re: Expressions of Tempranillo - Ribera vs Rioja

To make it taste more 'international.'
by James Billy
June 25th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note
Replies: 28
Views: 2771

Re: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note

Forget toasty vanillin oak, hedonistic fruit bomb, and all the other descriptors that have frightened me off wines in the past. None of them hold a candle to this review of a JJ Prum wine I saw on a retailer website: 94 POINTS WINE SPECTATOR "($52) Graceful, floral and flavorful, filled with elderf...
by James Billy
June 24th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3749

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

Dennis Atick wrote:
June 24th, 2019, 5:40 am
Was hoping Rome wouldn't feel like ATL when we land tomorrow, but it's going to be hot week...
Rome is usually very hot and humid. I'm talking about the weather.
by James Billy
June 24th, 2019, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3749

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 24th, 2019, 5:11 am
Milan is always hot, Craig.
Robert is talking about the women, here. champagne.gif
by James Billy
June 21st, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yearly Budget
Replies: 43
Views: 1919

Re: Yearly Budget

Michael Martin wrote:
June 21st, 2019, 3:59 am
My budget is based on my storage. It’s full. The overflow is full and my double secret storage is full. Forces me to buy far less than I used to.
YTD I am down 50% compared to last year.
That's because we're only halfway through the year. neener
by James Billy
June 21st, 2019, 3:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 84
Views: 4895

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

John, I don't think it's an issue if your cellar gets to low to mid 60s for a few months.

I think the average temperature over the year is the key factor as long as your cellar never gets too hot (say over 70) or fluctuates wildly.
by James Billy
June 20th, 2019, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 84
Views: 4895

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

An update on my passive cellar. It's mostly subgrade (18-24" above ground on the outside) in the Hudson Valley at 800 feet elevation, where the nights tend to be cool, and it's on a northwest corner. That's all good. Still, there's more temperature fluctuation than I expected, and it's been very ra...
by James Billy
June 20th, 2019, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne en Remilly
Replies: 16
Views: 1207

Re: TN: 2010 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne en Remilly

A Songeur wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 3:03 am
I thought it was St Aubin en Remilly... Usually one of the better PYCM wine ...
The chassagne vineyard is like a bridge between the at aubin vineyard above and Chevalier-Montrachet below. Great location!
by James Billy
June 16th, 2019, 3:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1954 Romanée Conti belongs to my 5 best Romanée Conti
Replies: 20
Views: 2177

Re: 1954 Romanée Conti belongs to my 5 best Romanée Conti

Poetry, pornography and the best advert for wine ever.

Merci beaucoup, François!

(BTW Have you ever had the '53? If so, how was it?)
by James Billy
June 14th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The future of Vietti
Replies: 10
Views: 1919

Re: The future of Vietti

I've now read the whole. Wow. He's very frank. I hope for his sake the owners don't sell during his lifetime.
by James Billy
June 14th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The future of Vietti
Replies: 10
Views: 1919

Re: The future of Vietti

If the Krause family decide to sell then things might not go his way. Unless he has a legal agreement not to (is that even possible?)

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