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by GregP
June 21st, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)
Replies: 28
Views: 433

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

Have well aged (by now) Burg, comes with a set of large plastic cups, red, of course:
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99 Points rating, year in and year out, Hobo Paradise magazine
by GregP
June 20th, 2019, 11:49 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)
Replies: 28
Views: 433

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Yeah, but can they 'hang' with Berserkers, wine-wise? Folks be showin' up with 18 airplane bottles of Barefoot Cellars...
Oh, crap, now I need to find something else to bring...
by GregP
June 19th, 2019, 12:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 2892

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

Mel Knox wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Wes,

What did they do with all the barrels my friends at Taransaud sold them??
Splinter wood for marshmellows roast, 4th of July.
by GregP
June 18th, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 38
Views: 1345

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

Not Pisoni Pisoni, but had a small tasting over the weekend, blind, and inserted a 1998 Siduri Pisoni in the line up. Showed well, had some of it tonight, night 4 and simply recorked and on kitchen counter since, seems to me in perfect balance right now.
by GregP
June 17th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Ojai Dessert Wines....(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: TN: Three Ojai Dessert Wines....(short/boring)

Tom, Back in 2001 Greg LaFollette froze some late picked Gewurtz, IIRC Londer Vineyard, since no one at the winery knew what else to do with it. Great flavors, but just too much sugar at that point. We simply bagged the fruit (large garbage plastic bags) and drove it to a commercial storage place in...
by GregP
June 12th, 2019, 12:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1725

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Dan, you are beyond pity. You, of all people, have been openly lying to TTB, IRS and consumers. For decades. Just read through the thread again. Responses start with "No, no way", then quickly switch to "well, yes, most are RS driven", to then quickly leading to a best of excuse of "but they are onl...
by GregP
June 11th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1725

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

What does fermentation vessel have to do with only resulting in dry wines? Unreal. For the record, Krasnodar region produced a good chunk of Soviet era wine, with Moldova filling out the other half for the most part, and Georgian wines being much smaller chunk, still, simply due to same reasons they...
by GregP
June 11th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1725

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Steve, I was born in USSR and lived there, unlike you VISITING with a tour guide. You know, the difference beteen being a tourist and actually residing some place, no matter where on the map it is. And as for your claim that you really have tasted dry wines there, well, what do YOU think they should...
by GregP
June 10th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1725

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

So, having a discussion with someone over the state of Russian wine industry. In response to, hmmm, some "sommelier" posting a lengthy diatribe hyping up the quality of Russian wine, and in particular, his statement that Russian producers are producing "serious" competition to Western wines, whereup...
by GregP
June 10th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: need evidence that these famous critics were fooled
Replies: 40
Views: 2895

Re: need evidence that these famous critics were fooled

Would this qualify?

https://slate.com/human-interest/2010/0 ... world.html

I followed this at the time, though not sure what the final disposition of the case/investigation was.
by GregP
June 9th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1725

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Wine shop in Georgia. Tourists shuffle in, look at the list of choices and order. - I'll have 3 bottles of Saperavi. One huge foudre in the back. Sales guy goes in the back, pours wine into bottles, seals them with cork and slaps Saperavi labels on bottles. Another one orders Kakheti. Sale process r...
by GregP
June 9th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1725

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Start reading real news.
by GregP
June 9th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1725

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Some Mukuzanis are the only ones I found to be OK, and just OK, they are some of the dry reds made there. Again, between those and, say, Bogle, there is really no choice. Latest I hear is that Georgia buys up lots of bulk juice in Moldova and then bottles it as their own grown wine. Acreage planted ...
by GregP
June 9th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 49
Views: 1261

Re: Pinot Tasting - 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 28

Arghhh... My brother in law just called to let us know he's flying in that weekend, so need to cancel.
by GregP
June 9th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1725

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Most of Georgian wine depends on sales in/to Russia. One can imagine that investing so much and then have both governments in political wars won't do much for business. Latest Georgian government seems to be trying to patch up the differences, and if that happens, then this winery may be able to suc...
by GregP
June 1st, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--return to LOS + after-dinner fascination
Replies: 6
Views: 986

Re: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--return to LOS + after-dinner fascination

Nice combination of wines for LOS, though the more I read about the restaurant the more I wish I had gone to it back when they were a forum darling. At least they still have some decent options on the wine list, huh? Not like the 'old days', of course, where LOS was a mini-Bern's (but only with Rie...
by GregP
June 1st, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 1840

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

But Eric - can you honestly say you resist the urge to confirm your olfactory sense with the secondary check of the refractometer? I can't resist. It is like blind tasting finished wines - don't you want to know what was REALLY in that blind bottle? When in the field, and after a number of years of...
by GregP
May 31st, 2019, 11:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--and a MUST-EAT TASTING MENU RESTO
Replies: 2
Views: 837

Re: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--and a MUST-EAT TASTING MENU RESTO

Mike, thanks for the notes!

Marche Bacchus does wine tastings every Saturday, 11:30-1PM.
by GregP
May 31st, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 2021

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

Be sure to try one wine trick: Pour Charles Shaw chard into a nice bottle and see if they like it. Many years ago the late Greg Walter did this, in a BLIND setup, with 4 or 5 Chard afficionados (he carefully picked them). ALL of them voted 2BC as WOTN. Almost came to a fist fight upon unveiling. So...
by GregP
May 31st, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willi’s Wine Bar has finally re-opened!
Replies: 12
Views: 1057

Re: Willi’s Wine Bar has finally re-opened!

Some of the best food, for years. Most of the old menu items seem to be back, and hopefully same quality.
by GregP
May 30th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2784

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Unless someone out there produced wine from same rows, same vintage, same vinification down to barrels, but grown differently, how do you gauge it, one way or the other? I think burying those manure filled horns makes all the difference in the world! [tease.gif] As long as manure itself is organic,...
by GregP
May 28th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics
Replies: 18
Views: 663

Re: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics

There is a saying about arguing with...

I'll just let it go at that.
by GregP
May 28th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 49
Views: 1261

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16

Bruce, just asking what to expect. Planning to bring wines with some age on them.
by GregP
May 28th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics
Replies: 18
Views: 663

Re: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics

Great! Since you still seem to be under the assumption this was a STUDY, can you tell us what were SO2 readings at time of crush, for both sets? SO2 adds during? And at bottling time, for both sets? And then readings at X years, and XX years. TIA. BLIND side by side, and lab supported. No links prov...
by GregP
May 27th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics
Replies: 18
Views: 663

Re: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics

What actual science and chems, I see no real lab numbers listed. Just suppositions and observations, which may mean absolutely nothing in another grape region. The article is summarizing a decade of work from multiple sources. It makes a point of noting these metabolomic trajectories will fundament...
by GregP
May 27th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics
Replies: 18
Views: 663

Re: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics

What actual science and chems, I see no real lab numbers listed. Just suppositions and observations, which may mean absolutely nothing in another grape region.
by GregP
May 27th, 2019, 12:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics
Replies: 18
Views: 663

Re: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics

Alan Rath wrote:
May 26th, 2019, 3:39 pm
This seems almost counter-intuitive, and makes one wonder if higher levels of sulfur are actually promoting premox?
Watching that Ramey interview is highly advised. Again.

So, no to your question.
by GregP
May 26th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 10003

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Randy, I am friends with an owner of a cigar shop in Sac. And when in town I stop by and smoke a couple, so takes 2-3 hours, at least. All I can tell you is that I see loads of people come in and buy Drew flavoreds while real cigars (to me) sit. Can't explain it save for marketing, hype and new smok...
by GregP
May 26th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 49
Views: 1261

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16

Curious what the format of "blind" is. Flights, or simply mixed up and tasted at will?

And with a matching pair of bottles, same vintage for New/Old? Just don't want 2018 Barefoot Pinot Noir to stick out much :-)
by GregP
May 26th, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 10003

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Short answer, yes, I have. Long answer. I stopped buying Cuban cigars when they moved, wholesale, to Habano leaf, or whatever that is since no one really can explain what it is. Its a hybrid that is easy to grow and work with, but certainly lacking in so many important ways when compared to Corojo, ...
by GregP
May 26th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 10003

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Jason, many now use Mexican San Andreas leaf for Maduro, though some still use CT Broadleaf. Both are on the sweet side, making most Maduros one dimensional to me, main reason I buy very few Maduros these days (though was smoking plenty back in mid '90s). The reason I like Brazilian Mata leaf, it ad...
by GregP
May 25th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2784

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Unless someone out there produced wine from same rows, same vintage, same vinification down to barrels, but grown differently, how do you gauge it, one way or the other?
by GregP
May 25th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 3792

Re: Burgundy treachery

Howard Cooper wrote:
May 25th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Brains are served with Burgundy? I thought it was that Burgundy was served to people with brains.
Calf brains, cooked, cleaned, salt, pepper, then mashed well with low salt feta cheese, spread on toasted bread, do go nicely with red Burgs. Just saying...
by GregP
May 22nd, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco on the bay Sunday June 30 3:30 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 997

Re: San Fran offline on the bay Sunday June 30 3:30 pm informal

Not sure what the "usual place and format" mean. GPS co-ordinates and double secret handshake to enter? Guess wine color? Noobs hazing?

We may be able to make it.
by GregP
May 12th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 10003

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Alan, There are some good stores, key word is "some". No argument there. Most, though, are not. I used to shop at Tower, in Sac (CA), the owner introduced me to many great smokes, Curivari included when they just showed up ~11 years ago. And yet, you go to a shop in Danville, CA, and its crap, high ...
by GregP
May 12th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 10003

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Thanks Randy Cigar business is hard, online is cheaper so brick and mortar shops struggle. My cigar shop is also a full lounge so you have somewhere to smoke, watch TV and drink if you want to this justifies the premium over Cigarbid or similar. Of course you get the assholes who buy online then co...
by GregP
May 11th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Simple Meal Pleasures
Replies: 11
Views: 439

Re: Simple Meal Pleasures

We do a simple dinner at least once a month. 2-3 cheeses, salumi (2-3), olives, baguette, crackers. And wine. No cooking, and still very enjoyable in many ways.
by GregP
May 10th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 10003

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

I hope you are well. LMK if you are down this way and we'll have a smoke. I am on the wagon these days but do have wine to share. Peace, Jason Hope you're getting better. We missed you guys at Falltacular, well, a few others also, but it was great to see many of the OC crew. Planning to be in the a...
by GregP
May 10th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 10003

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Cigars International has been great, for many years now. Most any smoke you'd like, great prices, and cheap shipping. They also run Cigar Bid, and I buy a lot on their Free Fall auctions, if you play it right and know your prices you may pay 30-50% off normal prices, so I buy many boxes/bundles at o...
by GregP
May 10th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Can't make a complex wine with only 2 tons
Replies: 7
Views: 714

Re: Can't make a complex wine with only 2 tons

OK, I'll play. 2 tons of same fruit? Or same vineyard, different clones, half ton each? Or 2 clones of ton each, going to 5 different barrels? Of course, you can. Just depends on how much effort you'd like to invest. Even with 2 tons of same fruit. Yeast can, and does make a difference, sorry to dis...
by GregP
May 10th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 146
Views: 4705

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

Did I misread the article stating that its the actual lack of physical palate impression, and sometimes even aromas, that makes tasters say "mineral"? And pretty much in wines that see very little, if any, of oak tannin. And something that Michael Browne and I discussed a good number of years ago on...
by GregP
May 10th, 2019, 12:22 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 10003

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

I'll have to try a Fernandez. I don't recall ever having one. As I say, I am in a buying pause until I know I am going to be smoking again. I have generally moved to mild/medium cigars and rarely have maduros. I do have an Alec Bradley Black Market with about 6 years on it. Wondering how it will be...
by GregP
May 7th, 2019, 10:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 10003

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

With A.J Fernandes you had one of them you had them all, they all have same profile, IMO. Spice and strength, no nuance/subtle notes. My take on them, your mileage and all that... I became a DPG convert many years ago, after visiting his original factory on Calle Ocho, and his Cuban Classic line (bl...
by GregP
May 7th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Has Anyone Tried "The Meater" (Remote Thermometer)
Replies: 14
Views: 790

Re: Has Anyone Tried "The Meater" (Remote Thermometer)

Jay Selman wrote:
May 7th, 2019, 10:34 am
The only big concern I would have is that its missing the ability to identify (name) individual probes (when using more than one).
Just a buy a phone for each :-)
by GregP
May 7th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 10
Views: 330

Re: TN: 2014 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

I rarely drink CA Chard, but Eric's are ones I enjoy, every one I have tried so far. Great fruit and great wine making on top of that.
by GregP
May 4th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?
Replies: 55
Views: 1353

Re: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?

Against my better judgment I am making a few comments. 1/It's not just new oak what what kind of new oak. For example, the idea of American oak and Zinfandel--the American grape variety it is sometimes said--is popular. But I think the high alcohols of Zinfandel can pull some unpleasantness and ext...
by GregP
May 3rd, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1576

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

Many years ago. Sauvignon Blanc tasting. Blind. 3 winemakers, 1 CA state wine judge, one famous wine blogger (names withheld). I am very sensitive to TCA, pick it up in first flight, bottle #2, and proceed to warn others. No one agrees, I keep watching my glass and how TCA just explodes. A bit later...

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