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by GregP
February 20th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet
Replies: 36
Views: 2362

Re: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet

Highly touted in Trader Joe’s newsletter...$14.99. In Yountville, what could possibly go wrong? Fu*king PLENTY! A noxious candy cocktail; teeth-decaying sugary residual. This is flabby-assed beyond belief! Oh, and don’t forget the immensely clipped finish that drops off the palate like an unwanted,...
by GregP
February 19th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .
Replies: 46
Views: 1611

Re: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .

It's not bullshit; it's subjective. What works for one person won't for another because of many factors, including their genetics (i.e. Are they a super-taster, or do they have a low count of taste buds on their tongue?). I've had pairings at family functions that some in the clan really enjoyed in...
by GregP
February 18th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 2413

Re: Diam corks?

Maybe those used in France. When I contacted DIAM last year they made it clear its a requirement to have DIAM trademark as part of the design if one wanted to imprint corks with winery name or initial(s).
by GregP
February 14th, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 2413

Re: Diam corks?

JDavisRoby wrote:
February 14th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Newb to this cork stuff. What’s best way to know if a closure is Diam? I’m sure I’ve opened one just didn’t know it.
They have DIAM printed on them.
by GregP
February 14th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anybody buy Pride Wines anymore?
Replies: 37
Views: 1651

Re: Does anybody buy Pride Wines anymore?

Does anybody remember the late harvest dessert wine they used to make?I think it was Viogneir.Man that was some seriously good stuff, had a catchy name that I can’t remember. It is actually a fortified wine. You usually can only pick it up when visiting the vineyard and only certain times a year. I...
by GregP
February 14th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 130
Views: 4009

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

We're driving from Las Vegas. I will be downstairs at Best Western having a post drive cigar and wine, around 9PM or so, anyone interested to join is more than welcome, have plenty of cigars and wine to share.
by GregP
February 12th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 2413

Re: Diam corks?

I love stelvin closures based on personal experience and i'm definitely suspicious of Diam based on the horrible performance of neocork. Maybe that is not rational considering they are different, but, as a consumer, I don't have to be rational. Having said that, I hope Diam performs like a dream be...
by GregP
February 12th, 2019, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 2413

Re: Diam corks?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 6:20 pm
larry schaffer wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Jason Hagen wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 4:37 pm


I don't think Diam is anything like neocork. I mean Diam is cork. No?

Jason
Same company IIRC . . .
So what (if true...I don’t really know).
NOT true.
by GregP
February 11th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 130
Views: 4009

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Looks like Saturday will be fine, weather wise.
by GregP
February 8th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 13
Views: 496

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

If I could make a suggestion. One in the winery, one in the vineyard, and one in sales would cover all aspects of the biz. Best of luck to you! Casey, for someone just jumping into sales, and most likely with a large distributor, all he'll be doing for months on end, at first, is stacking cases for...
by GregP
February 7th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tastings study
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Re: Blind tastings study

A long while ago, at a Siduri Open House, Adam brought in a father and son coopers and they poured exactly same wine from 2 of their (French) barrels, one medium toast and one high. Same forest, same air drying regiment, just a different toast level. This was back in the Parker days and I spent abou...
by GregP
February 7th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 130
Views: 4009

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Frank, whatever works, as William said above, we will chip in, no issue. Erik L. and I were on the phone earlier today, he turned me on to Weather Underground site and I do find it rather very accurate over the past year or so, and although yesterday it was showing just a chance of rain for Saturday...
by GregP
February 6th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tastings study
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Blind tastings study

by GregP
February 5th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG scores for Napa 2016 Part 1
Replies: 65
Views: 6005

Re: AG scores for Napa 2016 Part 1

Not sure what there is to disagree with. Point scores, or actual wine tasting notes? I recall a wine, reviewed by 2 critics about a few months back, Pinot Noir, same point score, and yet tasting notes that could not be any different. Diametrically, actually. As if the 2 tasted absolutely 2 different...
by GregP
February 3rd, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 130
Views: 4009

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Not sure how Indian food (I cook plenty of it at home) and Champagne go together, but should be interesting :-) We're in, of course.
by GregP
January 30th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sanguis 1/1
Replies: 13
Views: 402

Re: Sanguis 1/1

Sanguis is by an ex-Sine Qua Non person, right? I think he made them look as close to SQN as he could, deliberately. First time I saw a bottle on shop shelf, Draeger's in Blackhawk, I did a double take since I was on SQN list back then and my first thought was "Did I miss a shipment?". Back in 2008.
by GregP
January 30th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 1731

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

I work these days for an app company with most of our customers being small (often one person) businesses (not in the wine industry). For our customers, we offer a payment option that matches PayPal and Square fees but integrates automatically with an inventory (and in our case, booking calendar) s...
by GregP
January 30th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How has Kosta Browne changed over the last few years
Replies: 31
Views: 2485

Re: How has Kosta Browne changed over the last few years

They’ve changed a lot since their early 2000s splash on the scene. Around 2007 or so, they dialed back from huge to medium or medium/large, with alcohols in the 14.5% range. Still darker and more extracted than “traditional” pinot, but less sweet, more acid. Then I think with last year’s releases, ...
by GregP
January 29th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Crisping Pork Skin
Replies: 7
Views: 311

Re: Crisping Pork Skin

Christine, We do a very old Chinese method (of brushing on vinegar and salt slurry the night before and then wiping dry prior to cooking), works pretty well without failure, we always end up with a very crispy and crunchy skin. Just blast it under broiler for the last 10 minutes or so, skin side up....
by GregP
January 26th, 2019, 1:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business
Replies: 41
Views: 1560

Re: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business

Dan, You openly lied before and you are lying again. 15.6% is not 14.9%, and definitely not 13.9% as you and your client have labeled the wine. The only issue is that in pretty much all cases its assumed that only the CA wines seem to "obfuscate" the numbers, while many producers do with consumers n...
by GregP
January 26th, 2019, 12:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andrew calling it quits?
Replies: 47
Views: 3617

Re: Andrew calling it quits?

Frank, Erik P. is doing just fine :-) Probably too busy to post these days, but very involved in (mostly) NorCal wine scene.

In regard to Andrew, a few of us knew back in early summer, I was really surprised with the decision. Sad news, all around, at least for me.
by GregP
January 24th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andrew calling it quits?
Replies: 47
Views: 3617

Re: Andrew calling it quits?

I wonder what happened? WS has consistently scored his wines well I believe. Was he the first person to make the leap from board member to winemaker? Seems like that was very early from WS or Parker. I can’t remember the story because he stopped communicating via boards after he got going. Even if ...
by GregP
January 23rd, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andrew calling it quits?
Replies: 47
Views: 3617

Re: Andrew calling it quits?

Andrew was a good man. I have some old photos of visiting him when he was doing wine in San Francisco a decade ago. He was part of the crew that was part of my early ascent in CA wines, along with Loring, Dain, Siduri and Copain. He made wines in screw cap, ala Loring, and made pinot from some of t...
by GregP
January 23rd, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andrew calling it quits?
Replies: 47
Views: 3617

Re: Andrew calling it quits?

Andrew was a good man. I have some old photos of visiting him when he was doing wine in San Francisco a decade ago. He was part of the crew that was part of my early ascent in CA wines, along with Loring, Dain, Siduri and Copain. He made wines in screw cap, ala Loring, and made pinot from some of t...
by GregP
January 23rd, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business
Replies: 41
Views: 1560

Re: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business

Rick, of course, truth in labeling is important, I'm not arguing that. I'm arguing the value of having a TTB control every aspect of wine labels. Do food companies have to get their labels approved before they can sell something? I don't actually know the answer to that. Alan, "Truth in labeling" i...
by GregP
January 22nd, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the most meaningful glass of wine you've shared with someone?
Replies: 41
Views: 2337

Re: What's the most meaningful glass of wine you've shared with someone?

Does Manischewitz Red count as wine, on this board? If so, then the glass my then bride and I shared during Huppah was the most meaningful. 33 years ago last month. Some great wines followed in the years since, Latour, Haut Brion, Harlan, SQN and a few others I shared with some great company on this...
by GregP
January 21st, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Ed Kurtzman come to OC
Replies: 43
Views: 1005

Re: TNs: Ed Kurtzman come to OC

OK, Frank, we're bringing sparkler from the 2016 Falltacular, its time is due.

Sad not to see Paul in the upcoming one, and a few others.
by GregP
January 21st, 2019, 12:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 156
Views: 7068

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

^^^ "... Still love the GGG for beer but this at the price point, blows it away."

What is the price point of the Cru?
by GregP
January 18th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...
Replies: 67
Views: 1588

Re: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...

Speaking of "nebulous" flaws, here's how I tend to interpret them: 1. VA Smells like acetone, acetic acid/vinegar, etc.; doesn't go away with air. 2. Brett Smells like farm, farm manure, sweaty band-aid, etc.; doesn't go away with air. 3. Reduction Smells like sulfur, burning rubber, sewage, etc.; ...
by GregP
January 17th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...
Replies: 67
Views: 1588

Re: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...

A lot of old-school Piedmont has a touch of VA. A little can bring forth a lot of interesting aromatics, but a lot can mask everything else. Yes. Also a lot of Rhones, particularly southern, grenache-based ones (low acid, high alcohol). A '98 Beaucastel this week had oodles of ethyl acetate/nail po...
by GregP
January 17th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...
Replies: 67
Views: 1588

Re: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...

Most Tokaj sweets do. Main reason I stopped buying and drinking them a while ago, just not my thing.

Cotturi, Pegau, Musar, that's brett.
by GregP
January 17th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New Lotus of Siam location --- what's the deal?
Replies: 8
Views: 617

Re: New Lotus of Siam location --- what's the deal?

If LoS opens there, it will be their third location (eventually and after original opens up, I think they also contracted space next door to expand), will be interesting to see how their food quality holds up when that happens. Plenty of other good Thai places in town, just not with the great wine p...
by GregP
January 14th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.
Replies: 17
Views: 2536

Re: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.

VineSpring and such seem to be using (FREE) WordPress eCommerce templates that have been refactored to be a "winery", then mostly free plugins augmented by some custom code (mostly shipping and tax tables, CONFIGURED ONCE since taxes do not really change that much once defined, and neither do shippi...
by GregP
January 13th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: My new glass...I need feedback
Replies: 81
Views: 3730

Re: My new glass...I need feedback

Chris, my tasting group in SF will be having 2 offlines, one on January 26, day prior to BD10, all Pinot (we'll be going through our v18 barrels that day), and then a Petite Sirah tasting in East Bay a few days after. Right prior to Falltacular. 2-4 winemakers each tasting plus some cellar rats, bot...
by GregP
January 12th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New Lotus of Siam location --- what's the deal?
Replies: 8
Views: 617

Re: New Lotus of Siam location --- what's the deal?

Same food and wine list, they just moved to another location while remodeling original one. They will keep both once original is rebuilt.
by GregP
January 11th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?
Replies: 42
Views: 1201

Re: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?

Hi! Question for the community: A winemaking service offers you the chance to connect with and control the end-to-end winemaking process, including grape selection, the crush, fermenting, and the blend. At the end of the experience, as a customer, you will have created your own private barrel and b...
by GregP
January 11th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay in Forbes magazine (and elsewhere!)
Replies: 74
Views: 2628

Re: BerserkerDay in Forbes magazine (and elsewhere!)

Leslie F, and where is Paul L these days, don't see him on the list for Falltacular?
by GregP
January 6th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Carlisle Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard Calistoga
Replies: 10
Views: 734

Re: TN: 2015 Carlisle Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard Calistoga

Paul, I recall first ever tasting by the (then) newly organized Petite producers, Pets I Love You, in SF. Sasha Verhage and I looked on in horror, well, in my case at least, at the number of wineries displaying pictures of cut up barrels of their 200% new oak programs, and resulting wines displaying...
by GregP
January 6th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Carlisle Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard Calistoga
Replies: 10
Views: 734

Re: TN: 2015 Carlisle Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard Calistoga

Pets can, and do, show complexity and nuance when done right. Most, though, kill it with aggressive oak programs, I've seen some proudly display their 200% new oak programs. All I can say is, it seems to work for many a consumer, I never understood this part when Pets grown in a great region/climate...
by GregP
January 5th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne takes another victim
Replies: 22
Views: 1454

Re: Champagne takes another victim

OK, I give up, how did the bottle "explode" then? Just reading the article: "Less common is a bottle itself actually shattering, which is usually due to a fault with the glass." We're still talking CHAMPAGNE GLASS, right? Or is it slow days and using "bottle fell", "bottle dropped", "bottle knocked...
by GregP
January 4th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne takes another victim
Replies: 22
Views: 1454

Re: Champagne takes another victim

Got it. Bump/Fall/something hard/ hardwood floor.

Human legs. Reading is hard.
by GregP
January 4th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne takes another victim
Replies: 22
Views: 1454

Re: Champagne takes another victim

OK, I give up, how did the bottle "explode" then?
by GregP
January 4th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne takes another victim
Replies: 22
Views: 1454

Champagne takes another victim

Have no idea what people think when they go for stunts, especially with heavy glass bottles used for Champagne. Artery cut by another sabering attempt, resulting in coma: https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/man-in-coma-after-champagne-bottle-explodes-between-legs/?fbclid=IwAR2S5Hx6DnJuFxo1B7cb...
by GregP
January 2nd, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!
Replies: 61
Views: 2940

Re: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!

RE: "... if it doesn't overwhelm the wine..." Same argument Parker had in our online argument. Main reason I said above that little brett is same as being a little pregnant. You have no control over it and how it blooms in the bottle. THERE IS NO WAY TO CONTROL BRETT, main point as to why it is a fa...
by GregP
January 2nd, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!
Replies: 61
Views: 2940

Re: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!

And the list does not really say organic or not.
by GregP
January 2nd, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!
Replies: 61
Views: 2940

Re: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!

When you guys start eating lutefisk I may change my mind. Until then I'll stick to my statement. Gas lighting by Guru of Brett, Parker and his "leathery notes", seems to have taken effect. A little brett is like being a little pregnant. As I tell any noob asking me, Drink what you like. Where did I ...
by GregP
January 2nd, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!
Replies: 61
Views: 2940

Re: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!

While brett in WINE is still considered a major flaw. This is wine board last I checked.
by GregP
January 2nd, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!
Replies: 61
Views: 2940

Re: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!

What do beer and cheese have to do with wine?
by GregP
January 2nd, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!
Replies: 61
Views: 2940

Re: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!

Your first link shows nothing in this regard. Second link, one exception? Though the page says "Certified", but then doesn't show what for, so who knows. OK, but in general, failure to protect the land and crops, and mostly in organically grown fields. I pretty much stopped buying anything "organica...
by GregP
January 1st, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!
Replies: 61
Views: 2940

Re: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!

Brent C l a y t o n wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 7:24 pm
What's up Greg!

It's been a while.
Hi Brent! Took a sabbatical from online, just had other things to dive into with limited time. Would read through from time to time, just out of curiosity.

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