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by GregP
April 23rd, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 42
Views: 991

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

Markus S wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 3:37 pm
GregP wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 12:36 pm
... Reduction NEVER SHOWS AS MERCAPTANS, ..
Never? As in 'ever after'? Not even one little teensy-weensy little bit? Never ever? pileon
The least you should do at this point in the thread is follow it, from Eric, especially, and how it ties into what I said.
by GregP
April 23rd, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 42
Views: 991

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

Brandon, I think we first need to define what those qualities are. My post wasn't meant to be condescending, just a broader complaint about the use of "reductive" (not directed at you specifically). I'm not even sure I agree with Greg's distinction (and to be honest, I'm not completely sure what he...
by GregP
April 23rd, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 42
Views: 991

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

Like I said, even after more pointed suggestions, its going "woosh..." by you. Thanks for another confirmation. And no, I did not agree with anything you said, to make it clear, doesn't matter what you think or your take on it. I do think that you need to carefully read what you post, and hopefully,...
by GregP
April 23rd, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 42
Views: 991

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

And once again, reduction and mercaptans are two very different things, have no idea why you still mix up the two. Reading your post once again points out that the issue you are describing is mercaptans, and yet you still, somehow, keep thinking "reduction". Reduction NEVER SHOWS AS MERCAPTANS, have...
by GregP
April 23rd, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 42
Views: 991

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

To me, the whole premise of this thread is confusing (which is not to say the question raised isn't a good one, just that it needs to be cast differently). First, it's not clear that the various contributors are even talking about the same thing when they use the word "reductive" (in my mind, one o...
by GregP
April 22nd, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 124
Views: 5013

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Alan, not denying that Squires board was a good educational/informational platform at some point, actually for good while. But it seemed to mimic same BS that Brad Harrington/Rod Shiffman did at WCWN board when editing/deleting posts they didn't like. I caught WCWN guys doing this as I came across o...
by GregP
April 22nd, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 124
Views: 5013

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Who expected ever that somebody is always right? Parker did "Filtered wines have no soul". "Bob, but you yourself gave 100 point scores to Sauternes, as one example". "I just pulled a bottle from my cellar and its whistle clean!" (in a particular domain and brett argument) "ALL my wines have brett!...
by GregP
April 20th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.
Replies: 17
Views: 1052

Re: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.

Looked up some Brunellos last night, seems we are paying >100% more in States.
by GregP
April 19th, 2019, 11:04 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16
Replies: 23
Views: 318

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area

Either weekend is open for us right now.
by GregP
April 19th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 124
Views: 5013

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

I just came over from the Wine Advocate to see what Berserkers is all about. I subscribed to the WA for 20 years, but things have really deteriorated since Parker sold out. Reviewers come and go with little consistency. Worse, their bulletin board which used to be my favorite thing, has really gone...
by GregP
April 18th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux warehouse fire
Replies: 5
Views: 668

Re: Bordeaux warehouse fire

larry schaffer wrote:
April 18th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Interesting that the average bottle cost of the loss is $6.50 . . .
High end Bordeaux...
by GregP
April 18th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Smoked pork belly ideas, anyone?
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Re: Smoked pork belly ideas, anyone?

If you’re not feeling too adventurous, then you can always make bacon with it. I’m assuming you bought the skinless cut. If you’ve got access to a Business Costco, they’ll have the skin on pork belly usually available. Then you have options to do porchetta (if you also procure a pork loin), or Chin...
by GregP
April 18th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendation for Passover wines
Replies: 37
Views: 922

Re: Recommendation for Passover wines

Bartanura (Italy). In years past a most likely choice at Jewish events and holidays. Costco even carries it now at some stores.
by GregP
April 17th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 3928

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

I, too, notice the inequal derision noted by the OP. I believe the Old World crowd is **generally** snobbier and more condescending than is the New World crowd. I will never understand why some folks harang others for different wine preferences. how is it any different than a NW palate claiming tha...
by GregP
April 17th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 3928

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

... old world wines, by and large, haven't changed (stylistically speaking) and their wines are much like they've been for decades or longer. ... In a word, No. We did an OR Pinot tasting last week, BLIND FORMAT, and one ringer, a well known Burg producer, was nothing but a New World in style: high...
by GregP
April 17th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16
Replies: 23
Views: 318

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area

I may be interested, depending on date.
by GregP
April 16th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Copain Pinot Noir Baker Ranch (USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley)
Replies: 14
Views: 585

Re: TN: 2007 Copain Pinot Noir Baker Ranch (USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley)

Thanks for the note. I had this at a tasting at the winery, and purchased two bottles. Wish I would have bought a few more, since they're now sold out. Nice floral Anderson Valley-style aromatics. Brad--bacon? Were you thinking of the syrah? I'd like to try it--Jennifer at the winery claims it's ta...
by GregP
April 14th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Smoked pork belly ideas, anyone?
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Re: Smoked pork belly ideas, anyone?

I've been making bacon using pancetta recipe. Same spice mixture for both, salt pepper, garlic, juniper berries, nutmeg, bay leaf (I use Turkish, way better aromatically), some brown sugar, and thyme. Pink salt for color retention and to keep it healthy. Then cure it for 12-14 days in a zip lock bag...
by GregP
April 9th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 375
Views: 30732

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Some nice cellars. Best I have ever seen is in Blackhawk (SF East Bay), a rather large house was half demolished, cellar dug in, and a nine+ car garage plus utility room/etc re-built on top. For 22,000 bottles, whites and reds sections separate and with separate cooling units, as well as another uni...
by GregP
April 9th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 2220

Re: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6

George, big Thank You for organizing this. And to Eric for bringing my WOTN, 1979 Spring Mountain Cab, just ridiculously good in all respects. I took the remains of Sasha's '02 RRV, and it was still good next night even with slight oxidation one would expect with not much left in a large volume bott...
by GregP
April 8th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin
Replies: 30
Views: 1131

Re: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin

HomeGoods. You can always find more than decent stems there for $3-5 per, in packs of 4 or 6.
by GregP
April 2nd, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without
Replies: 88
Views: 3385

Re: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without

Someone in the Wine 101 section mentioned they use a Nuance Wine Finer. I checked it out on Amazon and it looks interesting so I was wondering if anyone else had any experience with this gadget and if so, what are your impressions. Worthwhile? Thanks! https://www.amazon.com/Nuance-NU462180-Wine-Fin...
by GregP
March 31st, 2019, 10:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 22
Views: 887

Re: TN: 2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

In the old days of KB we cherished the Kanzler Vineyard P/N. Alex Kanzler did his final internship under Shane and is now the winemaker at Kanzler Vineyards, which makes its own wines now. He is doing an outstanding job and if you liked the KB wines, you should seek out and try the Kanzler wines. F...
by GregP
March 31st, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 22
Views: 887

Re: TN: 2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Shane was probably assisting Michael at that time. If not, then Shane was not too far off from joining the picture. Dan, good to see you posting and still around. Hope life is treating you well. Shane was just brought in that year, IIRC. And as Dan pointed out, 2006 was not a great vintage to begin...
by GregP
March 31st, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 2220

Re: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6 noonish final details

1997 Napa Cab. Maybe a Cal Pinot with some age, in addition.
by GregP
March 30th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without
Replies: 88
Views: 3385

Re: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without

Durand, Coravin, Pulltap, a good funnel and a few good decanters are all essential. Less essential but helpful, a foil cutter. And one of my favorites, the Wax Wacker. Yes, you can do it with the knife on a wine opener, but this is sharp but not TOO sharp and a really good way to get rid of wax. ht...
by GregP
March 30th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Roasted Short Ribs
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: Roasted Short Ribs

I do something similar, but on the grill. Spice rub overnight, wrapped in foil, refrigerated overnight, then low and slow on the grill, on a side with no heat, roughly in that same 225-250F range, first rib side down, then turning once or twice over the last 45 minutes or so, still wrapped in foil. ...
by GregP
March 29th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?
Replies: 50
Views: 1427

Re: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?

Very interesting! So some early on but then none? Do you know what it's called or have a link to any information? Its called Diam Origine (beeswax). I just read through everything I could find from DIAM on this and found no mention of what you're talking about. They do specify an OTR, which actuall...
by GregP
March 28th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?
Replies: 50
Views: 1427

Re: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?

Doug Schulman wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 9:04 am
Very interesting! So some early on but then none? Do you know what it's called or have a link to any information?
Its called Diam Origine (beeswax).
by GregP
March 28th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?
Replies: 50
Views: 1427

Re: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?

It basically behaves exactly like cork including the head space...except no TCA and more consistent. Nothing behaves exactly like cork. Cork allows a tiny bit of oxygen into the bottle in the first few months, after which the best corks allow zero oxygen transmission until they fail many years down...
by GregP
March 27th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)
Replies: 19
Views: 1685

Re: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)

+1 on Randy's comments...and would add decanting. Chardonnay, a structured/well made Chard, has an under appreciated need/benefit of air prior to drinking, esp when young...more than equivalent Pinots. +2 And will add that I find most consume wine way too cold, white or red, which suppresses both a...
by GregP
March 26th, 2019, 12:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bottom Feeding at TotalWines...(short/boring)
Replies: 26
Views: 2081

Re: TN: Bottom Feeding at TotalWines...(short/boring)

Thanks for the reinforcement of my belief that I am better off (sometimes) living in a town without a Total Wines! Good prices on liquor, good selection of fairly well priced good wines, depending on location. You just have to avoid all of their private label stuff. They make massive margins on the...
by GregP
March 20th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 2220

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details

George Chadwick wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 8:10 am
Leave no valuables in your car and consider Uber from a safer neighborhood.
No valet parking? And switchblades required?

My kind of place.
by GregP
March 20th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Le P'tit Paysan Chardonnay Jack's Hill Vineyard
Replies: 9
Views: 375

Re: TN: 2017 Le P'tit Paysan Chardonnay Jack's Hill Vineyard

Sean -- thanks for the note. We're really happy with our last three vintages of the P'tit Paysan Chardonnay. We're of the (mildly myopic) opinion that especially in the sub $35 price range, Monterey Chard should be the go to for American wine. Why it isn't could fill a book, but it has little to do...
by GregP
March 20th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3309
Views: 164495

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 10:20 am
Weller Blanton and BT store picks at fwgs; Blanton is sold out immediately but the others are available. I went in on SR at 19 per
What's so special about Blanton's that so many seem to be after? Not disparaging it in any way, just not sure why the demand.
by GregP
March 18th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Third Party Shipping - DTC fulfillment
Replies: 9
Views: 533

Re: Third Party Shipping - DTC fulfillment

Both parts. Don't care how you nor your friend attorney see the "I placed an order by visiting the web site", you may be right, "may" being a very loose way of facing attorney bills in trying to prove the case in court if some state AG decides to make an example of you. And you yourself point out th...
by GregP
March 17th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 2220

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details

Leonard Maran wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Oh, sorry for the confusion; I will be there.
Leonard, if you need me to pick you up at BART just let me know.
by GregP
March 16th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Rotating clusters on the vine?
Replies: 7
Views: 224

Re: Rotating clusters on the vine?

Found this on their website firvthis wine: “A month prior to forecasted harvest, every grape cluster is rotated 180 degrees to facilitate an even sun-tan.” It follows this statement: “Most notably, in late July we pull leaves away from the fruit to allow direct sun penetration.” I wonder how unusua...
by GregP
March 15th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 2220

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details

In terms of juice, is there a preference for Pinot Noir with some age on it over well oaked aged Napa Cab? Asking for a friend...
by GregP
March 15th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Vegas Strip wine restaurants???
Replies: 9
Views: 378

Re: Vegas Strip wine restaurants???

I am a Las Vegas native that left home 30 years ago. I get back there annually and know the city fairly well, but am looking for recommendations. I’ll be at a convention at the Mirage in May and am looking for restaurants with interesting wine lists that aren’t ridiculously priced. I’ll be entertai...
by GregP
March 14th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Third Party Shipping - DTC fulfillment
Replies: 9
Views: 533

Re: Third Party Shipping - DTC fulfillment

I spoke with a seasoned alcoholic beverage lawyer here in California who said as long as you don't promote in other states, if people are coming to your website to buy wine, they are, in effect, 'coming to California to do business'. By disclosing that the customer has to ensure it is legal for the...
by GregP
March 14th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heeee's Back - Gary V.
Replies: 32
Views: 2099

Re: Heeee's Back - Gary V.

I did get a laugh out of the "intern at Wine Library" credential. Qualifies them in the Black Arts of (mis)Marketing. And nothing else. Makes them just as much responsible for the "Buy Lodi fruit as Napa, just trust us!" Not illegal, but extremely questionable, especially when the ad starts with th...
by GregP
March 14th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heeee's Back - Gary V.
Replies: 32
Views: 2099

Re: Heeee's Back - Gary V.

I like Gary. I have had dinner with him and he is incredibly generous with what he shares with others, has an excellent palate, and is a great person to talk to. I have also tailgated with him at Jets games and if you think he is a bit hyper about wine, you ain't seen nothin' compared to Gary in th...
by GregP
March 14th, 2019, 12:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heeee's Back - Gary V.
Replies: 32
Views: 2099

Re: Heeee's Back - Gary V.

Basically, there are ways to ship to almost every state with just few exceptions, legally. As someone once told me, "You can sell horse piss in a bottle if you market it right". Very true. Well don't forget that Equine Urine has a large amount of readily absorbable nitrogen as unbonded urea, and a ...
by GregP
March 13th, 2019, 11:25 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 2220

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish

Maybe a stupid question to ask, but does one need to bring stem(s)?
by GregP
March 13th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heeee's Back - Gary V.
Replies: 32
Views: 2099

Re: Heeee's Back - Gary V.

Direct to consumer winery . . . aren't there many wineries in CA (Napa, Paso, Temecula) that operate under that model? That isn't something new . . . unless I'm missing something. Basically, there are ways to ship to almost every state with just few exceptions, legally. As someone once told me, "Yo...
by GregP
March 13th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heeee's Back - Gary V.
Replies: 32
Views: 2099

Re: Heeee's Back - Gary V.

Hmmm... Lodi fruit somehow marketed as "Napa", with a "Say Hi..." split second note and a picture of some gate? Where did I see and hear that before?
by GregP
March 13th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California
Replies: 41
Views: 1912

Re: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California

This is an interesting turn, not that I disagree in any way after talking to some of the farmers in CA: https://dobianchi.com/2019/03/12/elena- ... ate-italy/
by GregP
March 12th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 2220

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish

The only observation I have, in favor of San Pablo location, is based on unpredictability of weather so far in advance. IF there is rain that day, San Pablo location seems to be way larger inside. Just saying. Parking may be easier there as well. Greg I drank some good Alcina pinots, how is the new...
by GregP
March 12th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 2220

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish

The only observation I have, in favor of San Pablo location, is based on unpredictability of weather so far in advance. IF there is rain that day, San Pablo location seems to be way larger inside. Just saying. Parking may be easier there as well.

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