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by GregP
January 16th, 2022, 12:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke Taint 2020 Northern California.
Replies: 333
Views: 18792

Re: Smoke Taint 2020 Northern California.

The smoke taint in 2020 was definitely different than in 2008 (my only other experience with smoke issues). In 2008 it was so readily apparent from the nose of the wines. In 2020 the taint shows much more on the finish and comes across as a bitterness. It's truly not as readily apparent but I don't...
by GregP
January 15th, 2022, 11:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Galloni and 19 Napa Reviews
Replies: 252
Views: 16670

Re: Galloni and 19 Napa Reviews

Well Larry, sometimes Pegau is bretty. Sometimes. Hmmm... Laurence disagrees with you, and Parker at the time. Just seconds, literally, after Parker responded to me in our on-going argument on Brett and Pegau specifically, and claimed that he just popped a crystal clear and lacking ANY Brett bottle...
by GregP
July 20th, 2021, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Modern vs Traditional
Replies: 62
Views: 3405

Re: Modern vs Traditional

Jerome - it's like Jay described for specific reasons. "Traditionally" wine was consumed locally and a lot of it was crap made by grandpa in the cave or cellar out back. Places like Bordeaux, which is a port, were able to ship wine outside of the local area, but many regions in Europe jus...
by GregP
July 19th, 2021, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critic Preferences
Replies: 35
Views: 1679

Re: Critic Preferences

I really agree with Rodrigo’s advice to read the reviews. While a high score definitely indicates that the critic feels the wine is exceptional, there are many great wines that are not the top scoring wines. And many reviewers, my example would be Josh Raynolds, who is very capable of good reviews ...
by GregP
June 26th, 2021, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge ramble
Replies: 170
Views: 9237

Re: Ridge ramble

I cannot recommend Ramsey interview highly enough. AGAIN. Tiring to listen to all the poorly informed and those with heads in the sand, still. And shame that all the old eBob threads are now most likely gone, with one in particular admitting that a well known wine has been misrepresenting numbers fo...
by GregP
June 26th, 2021, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge ramble
Replies: 170
Views: 9237

Re: Ridge ramble

In fact, I am more likely to walk away from a wine that is over 14.5% than one that is labeled 100% new oak. Another faulty assumption, already covered at length in a recent thread. Just how do you know a wine labeled 13.5%, for example, is actually that and not 14.5%? Or more. Some red Burgs reach...
by GregP
June 25th, 2021, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pair me please, MENU CHANGED!!!
Replies: 46
Views: 1968

Re: Pair me please, MENU CHANGED!!!

... and nobody in Las Vegas knows WTF Banyul is... Now you know why I could not organize a tasting group in Vegas. Wine is mostly secondary there, its really spirits and beer. Call Khoury's for Banyuls, I do not recall if he carries any, but Toro Albala PX is doable. My preferred choice to begin wi...
by GregP
June 25th, 2021, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge ramble
Replies: 170
Views: 9237

Re: Ridge ramble

I hope we can all agree that the percentage of new oak and its impact on a wine is about as helpful as knowing the alcohol level of a wine.The percentage number does not tell the entire impact at all. One And two-year-old barrel's, whether they be American or French, can still have quite an impact ...
by GregP
June 25th, 2021, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge ramble
Replies: 170
Views: 9237

Re: Ridge ramble

I hope we can all agree that the percentage of new oak and its impact on a wine is about as helpful as knowing the alcohol level of a wine.The percentage number does not tell the entire impact at all. One And two-year-old barrel's, whether they be American or French, can still have quite an impact ...
by GregP
June 25th, 2021, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pair me please, MENU CHANGED!!!
Replies: 46
Views: 1968

Re: Pair me please, I even added the menu!

2nd- A while back I paired a wine dinner in which one of the participants demanded a Waldorf salad which was throwing me for a loop. I good friend recommended Vouvray and it was a match made in heaven. I think one might work with your salad & creamy vinaigrette also. Vouvrays come in way too ma...
by GregP
June 25th, 2021, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Good wine shop in Vegas?
Replies: 9
Views: 1661

Re: Good wine shop in Vegas?

Thanks! I was leaning Marche Bacchus but they don't have an online store so I couldn't look at their inventory. What kind of inventory does Roy's have? I'm staying at a condo on Flamingo on the west side and that's not that far away. Roy's is only known to locals, and not to many. Its in a very sma...
by GregP
June 24th, 2021, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pair me please, MENU CHANGED!!!
Replies: 46
Views: 1968

Re: Pair me please, I even added the menu!

Why fly with ice bottles instead of wine? Your trip to the airport is fine, wine will actually be chilled at altitude, and won't in any way warm up much once you land, Vegas airport is one of the most efficient around with luggage, its out in minutes. Solves all of your perceived problems with wine ...
by GregP
June 24th, 2021, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Good wine shop in Vegas?
Replies: 9
Views: 1661

Re: Good wine shop in Vegas?

There are just 3, and nowhere near the Strip. Khoury's in Henderson. Roy's in the middle of nowhere on Hualapai, and Marche Bacchus in Summerlin. Total Wine, of course is another option, South Strip, probably your best bet (another one in Summerlin nearer Marche Bacchus). Marche Bacchus doubles as r...
by GregP
June 11th, 2021, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long will sweet wine last opened?
Replies: 24
Views: 1260

Re: How long will sweet wine last opened?

PX weeks. Aren't PX sherries fully oxidized upon bottling? I pretty much only buy Toro Albala (Solera protocol) with some rare exceptions here and there and it can stay open and without change for years. Had one bottle open for almost 3 years, kind of forgot about it, drank like on Day 1. Had some ...
by GregP
June 6th, 2021, 12:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple in Napa
Replies: 239
Views: 10871

Re: Mega Purple in Napa

Dunning-Kruger
by GregP
June 5th, 2021, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple in Napa
Replies: 239
Views: 10871

Re: Mega Purple in Napa

Greg, howz about a $100 bet that a Napa winery you know uses American oak? And I'll bet you that I can name 3 beside Silver Joke. Wineries I never visited and not planning to, so yes, "No one I know" as in winemakers/wineries I visit, and I visit way more than anyone here. The point was f...
by GregP
June 2nd, 2021, 11:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple in Napa
Replies: 239
Views: 10871

Re: Mega Purple in Napa

And, if you mean truly traditional classics, I don't think most FG Bordeaux and GC Burgundy used a high percentage of new oak until the 1960s or later. It would be interesting to know how much they used in things like the '61 Latour or other older "classics." Because until recent times, i...
by GregP
June 2nd, 2021, 11:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple in Napa
Replies: 239
Views: 10871

Re: Mega Purple in Napa

Rather than quote posting Greg P’s insulting diatribe, which seems to be his style dating back to the eBob days, I’ll suggest that he not make assumptions about other people’s experience and knowledge before I put him on ignore again. I don’t pay any heed to blowhards telling me that what I taste, ...
by GregP
June 2nd, 2021, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple in Napa
Replies: 239
Views: 10871

Re: Mega Purple in Napa

High end Burgundy and Bordeaux use French oak, which ain’t the same thing as American oak. American oak has one good use and one only: for aging Scotch whisky. I detest American oak in wine. I’d love Rioja but for the American oak signature [barf1.gif] You're saying some/all OR and CA Pinot Noir pr...
by GregP
May 29th, 2021, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple in Napa
Replies: 239
Views: 10871

Re: Mega Purple in Napa

I agree with Adam here. Soft drink (pop/cola/soda) focus group tastings routinely show vanilla as one of the most pleasing tastes to humans even when they can't identify it as such. I would also guess the average consumer would prefer wines with small (or varying) doses of oak and not realize oak w...
by GregP
May 29th, 2021, 1:20 pm
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group
Replies: 34
Views: 3914

Re: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group

Hi GregP, There's a restaurant in the Concord/ Clayton area I go to that might be interested, and their food is terrific. Let's chat after the holiday weekend because I can also think of a couple in Clayton if that's not too far for everyone. Absolutely! All options should be on the table. Happy Me...
by GregP
May 29th, 2021, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar fail
Replies: 25
Views: 2062

Re: Cellar fail

Alan Rath wrote: May 29th, 2021, 11:54 am So travel shock does exist.
Its not the travel itself, its the stop that matters.
by GregP
May 29th, 2021, 12:27 am
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group
Replies: 34
Views: 3914

Re: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group

Quick updates now that things are beginning to look up. Update 1. My group is scheduled for an OR vs. CA Pinot Noir shootout, on July 2 in East Bay. Depending on group RSVPs we may have a couple of spots open, but I won't know until June 6-7. I will post an update on June 8, at least I hope we'll ha...
by GregP
May 27th, 2021, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple in Napa
Replies: 239
Views: 10871

Re: Mega Purple in Napa

As others have already said why would anyone in a hot area like Napa need Mega Purple and if they did wouldn't a small % of Petite Verdot do the trick? Because it's fast, it's cheap, and it gets the job done. And for the most part, you can't tell it's there . . . Larry, You seem to know so much abo...
by GregP
May 20th, 2021, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess smoke taint is a feature, not a bug
Replies: 42
Views: 2678

Re: I guess smoke taint is a feature, not a bug

Any reason why no one drew a, say, 2 mile radius on a map to see which wineries decided to pick? It was a lot cheaper and easier for some wineries to not pick last year, especially if inventory was high due to loss of restaurant sales. Everyone had a reason to pick or not - smoke was only one of th...
by GregP
May 20th, 2021, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess smoke taint is a feature, not a bug
Replies: 42
Views: 2678

Re: I guess smoke taint is a feature, not a bug

But even then, the research I saw indicated that it varies considerably, even in the same vineyard. It also does not seem to affect Chardonnay as readily as Pinot Noir. Skin contact. Way more limited when crushing whites, when Pinot requires skin contact for color extraction. Everything else being ...
by GregP
May 20th, 2021, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess smoke taint is a feature, not a bug
Replies: 42
Views: 2678

Re: I guess smoke taint is a feature, not a bug

But even then, the research I saw indicated that it varies considerably, even in the same vineyard. It also does not seem to affect Chardonnay as readily as Pinot Noir. Skin contact. Way more limited when crushing whites, when Pinot requires skin contact for color extraction. Everything else being ...
by GregP
May 20th, 2021, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess smoke taint is a feature, not a bug
Replies: 42
Views: 2678

Re: I guess smoke taint is a feature, not a bug

Can you explain to me why a winery that decided not to pick is the point you draw a radius from? Every winery is staffed by people of varying degrees of being risk averse. With smoke taint it’s apparent, in Oregon, that there were a lot of decisions made without any real knowledge of the severity. ...
by GregP
May 20th, 2021, 12:40 pm
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group
Replies: 34
Views: 3914

Re: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group

Will be looking at options in the next 2-3 weeks. We did a tasting 3 weeks ago, but not a blind one for the first time in who knows how long, some in the group simply wanted to socialize after a year of lock downs. Our usual venue is good for 10, maybe 12, so that leaves maybe a couple of spots for ...
by GregP
May 20th, 2021, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess smoke taint is a feature, not a bug
Replies: 42
Views: 2678

Re: I guess smoke taint is a feature, not a bug

Not sure why a surprise. I pointed out all the marketing BS right after the '20 crush, even some of same people who were screaming about smoke taint and "no fruit for me this year", all of a sudden picking same quantities as the year before with, Oh, miracle!, no smoke taint in sight (or p...
by GregP
April 9th, 2021, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?
Replies: 88
Views: 3588

Re: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?

Most good/great wines are not filtered. Have no idea what the premise of this thread is. Most good and great wines from the Mosel are filtered. There are lots of truly great wines that are not filtered and lots that are. It’s a tool, and in cool vintages filtration of red wines can be a benefit by ...
by GregP
April 5th, 2021, 1:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandler Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 415

Re: TN: 2016 Sandler Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard

My favorite bottle of Ed's going back a few vintages.
by GregP
April 5th, 2021, 12:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?
Replies: 88
Views: 3588

Re: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?

Most good/great wines are not filtered. Have no idea what the premise of this thread is. You might be right, but until producers state that they do not fine/filter 100% of the time or that they use animal product free alternatives 100% of the time they are leaving money on the table. If you don't w...
by GregP
April 4th, 2021, 11:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?
Replies: 88
Views: 3588

Re: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?

Most good/great wines are not filtered. Have no idea what the premise of this thread is.
by GregP
February 8th, 2021, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 5683

Re: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?

Marcus Goodfellow wrote: February 8th, 2021, 10:03 am Sorry, what is your actual suggestion that we do?
Save for ratting out those abusing the system? Not sure there is a solution for enforcing real world numbers. I know I will not call TTB, well, at least so far, and I know others won't, either. Its not what we do.
by GregP
February 8th, 2021, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 5683

Re: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?

I AM ALL FOR CORRECT NUMBERS. Not sure why so many misread that. I am saying that many do not specify correct numbers, some by a way greater margin than legally allowed, to boot. Labeling a 15.6% wine as 13.9% is illegal, no? Some check out at over 16%. VIEW DAVID RAMSEY INTERVIEW. Winemakers in CA ...
by GregP
February 7th, 2021, 10:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 5683

Re: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?

Greg's point - albeit made with a regular vs a velvet hammer - is that some who DO choose to select and purchase based on alcohol levels might be 'mislead' based on that number - and it's unfortunate that some wines may not be chosen because of this one fact. Cheers! Larry, it still went "wooo...
by GregP
February 5th, 2021, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 5683

Re: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?

For a long time, the alcohol listed on a label of European wine had more to do with math than chemistry: WineAlcBoundry - WineLowerRange where WineAlcBoundry = 14% and WineLowerRange = 1.5%. Hence the prevalence of 12.5% on labels. I think, excluding wines greater than ~15%, our perceived alcohol o...
by GregP
February 5th, 2021, 12:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 5683

Re: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?

For a long time, the alcohol listed on a label of European wine had more to do with math than chemistry: WineAlcBoundry - WineLowerRange where WineAlcBoundry = 14% and WineLowerRange = 1.5%. Hence the prevalence of 12.5% on labels. I think, excluding wines greater than ~15%, our perceived alcohol o...
by GregP
February 1st, 2021, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3957

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

Oak has nothing to do with this, IMO. Old/neutral barrels can also display cola notes. Clones? Not sure. I have experienced these notes with pretty much every Pinot clone one can imagine, both Heritage and Dijon. And not sure its due to overripe fruit, either, tasted way too many (sometimes delibera...
by GregP
February 1st, 2021, 12:23 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: iskaranu Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD12 - Offer closed
Replies: 24
Views: 1643

Re: iskaranu Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD12

odd I click on the links and get nothing... blank etc. Anyone else? Not sure what the issue was, tested all links prior to posting. Should all be working now, or one can go to the main Shop page. Offers still good until Wednesday, and I just enabled shipping to MA after confirming we can make it ha...
by GregP
February 1st, 2021, 12:00 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: iskaranu Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD12 - Offer closed
Replies: 24
Views: 1643

Re: iskaranu Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD12 - Offer extended

Marc B wrote: January 30th, 2021, 10:59 am Thanks Greg, appreciate it and hopeful that it works out

Hi Marc,

Heard back, able to ship. Web site modified just now to accept MA orders, please let me know if there is an issue with placing an order.
by GregP
January 30th, 2021, 10:57 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: iskaranu Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD12 - Offer closed
Replies: 24
Views: 1643

Re: iskaranu Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD12 - Offer extended

Hi Greg, i'm a little late to the party but trying to order offer #3. Are you able to ship to MA? I didn't see MA in the "cannot ship to" list but in the checkout i'm being told there are no shipping options to MA and am unable to place the order. Hoping you can assist. Thanks in advance!...
by GregP
January 28th, 2021, 9:57 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: iskaranu Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD12 - Offer closed
Replies: 24
Views: 1643

Re: iskaranu Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD12 - Offer extended

Hi Sheila, thank you! Should be fun excersise, we've done it a number of times.
by GregP
January 28th, 2021, 9:37 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: iskaranu Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD12 - Offer closed
Replies: 24
Views: 1643

Re: iskaranu Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD12

Thank you all for ordering! Crazy day yesterday, never thought we'll be without power for such a long period, back online now. Apology for not responding, had no access to internet what with lock downs and no options available to us. Not sure why the links posted did not work, tested them prior to p...
by GregP
January 21st, 2021, 1:26 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: iskaranu Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD12 - Offer closed
Replies: 24
Views: 1643

iskaranu Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD12 - Offer closed

Thrilled to be back for Berserkers Day 12! Offering 3 different packs/options, all single vineyard Pinot Noir. Offer links are fixed and should work . All RRV offerings are same vineyard, though we cannot disclose vineyard name due to NDA. Different blocks/clones with very close proximity to both D...
by GregP
December 28th, 2020, 10:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Any one use a Moka Pot?
Replies: 10
Views: 2016

Re: Any one use a Moka Pot?

Every morning as well. Low heat on smallest burner, lid closed and no shutting off burner before its done. Brown sugar, to taste (I add ~1 tsp to a 3 cup pot portion). No other preparation method offers the richness/density/concentration, IMO, even "greek/turkish" čezva (I have a bunch). A...
by GregP
December 11th, 2020, 12:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Massandra up for auction?!
Replies: 14
Views: 1139

Re: Massandra up for auction?!

My initial post was completely non-political. It will be interesting to see if this winery goes from public to privately owned; especially for such institutions this is not "always" for the better. Has nothing to do with politics. But plenty to do with HISTORICAL FACTS. I seriously despis...

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