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by Thomas Keim
April 15th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Producer
Replies: 132
Views: 6078

Re: Favorite Producer

Etienne Sauzet
Henri Jouan
Maximin Grunhaus
Pichon Lalande
Fattoria Felsina
by Thomas Keim
April 12th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: JosephPhelps Scheurebe LateHrvst '83...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 260

Re: TN: JosephPhelps Scheurebe LateHrvst '83...(short/boring)

What a blast from the past - what vineyard site was that wine from? Estate fruit? I remember just loving these when they were young -
by Thomas Keim
April 5th, 2019, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2753

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Just wondering if Gallo wrote a check? I've been ITB for many many moons and in my experience no one can beat Gallo when it comes to marketing. For $1.7B - IMHO Gallo made out like a bandit. This. Have worked with Gallo for many years, they are patient and fanatical about quality. No, they are not ...
by Thomas Keim
April 1st, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much do you drink
Replies: 54
Views: 2249

Re: How much do you drink

3-4 bottles a week - shared.
by Thomas Keim
April 1st, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Arneis..(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 341

Re: TN: Three Arneis..(short/boring)

When I first encountered the Mauro Sebaste winery, a young kid (under 30?) had just taken over the domaine, and I remember a Dolcetto/Barbera/Nebbiolo blend he was releasing that simply blew my mind (I think it was called Bricco Viole?). I believe it was the '85 vintage. I bought their wines for a f...
by Thomas Keim
April 1st, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 91
Views: 1837

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

ROBERTO ZENI - Muller Thurgau, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio & his Nosiola -
SCHIOPETTO - Ribolla Gialla & Sauvignon Blanc
by Thomas Keim
March 28th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin
Replies: 24
Views: 1373

Re: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin

The only red worth purchasing from Louis Latour is their Corton Grancey. It's a blend of four Grand Cru vineyards, and with a little bottle age can be somewhat interesting. I had a '79 recently that was quite nice. And only if you can get it at a bargain price.
by Thomas Keim
March 20th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where Are The Franconia Wines???...David??
Replies: 14
Views: 636

Re: Where Are The Franconia Wines???...David??

They just don't sell on the retail end. One 'excuse' is the bottles don't fit in the wine racks. The real reason is very few importers even try to bring them in. Winebow is doing a great job with a few estates, even having some of the drier Silvaners bottled in regular bottles rather than the awkwar...
by Thomas Keim
March 16th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?
Replies: 21
Views: 719

Re: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?

Awesome you guys - I am going to look into every single one of them - thanks!

One we are having great success with is a selection of salami from UNDERGROUND MEATS of Madison Wisconsin - their Acht Worscht German styled salami is just terrific -
by Thomas Keim
March 14th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corti Bros Newsletter Archive
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: Corti Bros Newsletter Archive

Unbelievable. I could read these for hours. The issue with the Washington State wines (September 1970) is absolutely fascinating with a wonderful sense of discovery -
by Thomas Keim
March 8th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?
Replies: 21
Views: 719

Re: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?

Thanks everyone! - We do a Charcuterie plate at our brewery, and I am looking for different salami producers to put in rotation -

Awesome suggestions -
by Thomas Keim
March 7th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: DryCreekVnyds Chard Block 10 '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Re: TN: DryCreekVnyds Chard Block 10 '17...(short/boring)

Totally agree Tom - I still love the Fume Blanc just as much as I did 30 years ago - and the Zins are just superb.

I opened a magnum of the 2012 Mariner Reserve Blend a couple weeks ago that was a bit over the top - but still delivered the goods.
by Thomas Keim
March 7th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?
Replies: 21
Views: 719

SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?

Greetings everyone -

Doing a little research on different Salami producers in the United States, and was wondering who and what do you like?

I love Salumi in Seattle, but who else are you a fan of? What Salami do you prefer from your favorite producer?

Much thanks in Advance -
by Thomas Keim
March 7th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 1823

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

Hands down: Fozen I'm surprised their's has not been mentioned herein [unless I missed it]. Its creamy, rich, as in cherimoya, tropical with kiwi, grapefruit, minerals and did I say, creamy and rich? Which is my problem with just about all the California Chenin Blancs mentioned. They all see oak - ...
by Thomas Keim
March 4th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: DavidBruce WhiteRiesling '79...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: TN: DavidBruce WhiteRiesling '79...(short/boring)

I've told this story before - First time I met David Bruce, late 70s, was at his house, and I was a monster fan of his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The house was full of people, and David handed me a glass of white wine at the door. I went on and on over how much I loved his Chardonnay, waxing on how ...
by Thomas Keim
March 4th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 1823

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

I tend to buy South African Chenin Blanc when I am going New World -
by Thomas Keim
February 26th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Mexican wine...
Replies: 10
Views: 587

Re: My first Mexican wine...

JohnP wrote:
February 25th, 2019, 11:09 pm
Another good producer is Adobe Guadalupe, they make a great cab/nebbiolo blend. Wine Connection in Del Mar is their importer.
I love their wines, and a very unique winery. I used to be a big fan of Monte Xanic's Cabernet Sauvignon, but haven't had it in ten years plus -
by Thomas Keim
February 25th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 1695

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

AND -

Saint Laurent from Switzerland, Tannat & Jacquere from France and Graciano from Spain -
by Thomas Keim
February 25th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 1695

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

AD Northup wrote:
February 22nd, 2019, 10:06 am
Ribolla
Ditto - and adding Schioppettino and Lagrein -
by Thomas Keim
February 22nd, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Merry Edwards sold
Replies: 24
Views: 2006

Re: Merry Edwards sold

At one time, Merry Edwards was right up there with the other top names in Calif pinot during the height of the pinot-bubble. Screw that - this woman produced some of the greatest Chardonnays in California history - the only reason she turned to Pinot Noir was because she couldn't sell her Chardonna...
by Thomas Keim
February 22nd, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5278

Re: Best $20 Rioja

Scott Sutherland wrote:
January 23rd, 2012, 4:02 pm
I like the La Rioja Alta "Vina Alberdi" Reserva. It's $20.

Scott
Not going to get any better than this. Also, look for sale prices on Muga - widely available, sale priced a lot -
by Thomas Keim
February 18th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Those that are owed wines from Maison Ilan, please fill out this linked form
Replies: 18
Views: 2980

Re: Those that are owed wines from Maison Ilan, please fill out this linked form

How does this notification accomplish anything not known already? At best, it is a victim statement of perpetrator intent, which is as curative as trying to piss up a flagpole. It is an attempt to sooth the brows of future investors/marks. No sh*t. I would stop throwing mud here, and start filling ...
by Thomas Keim
February 12th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1977 Louis M. Martini Pinot Noir Special Selection La Loma Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 274

Re: TN: 1977 Louis M. Martini Pinot Noir Special Selection La Loma Vineyard

Wow - I remember this wine on the market in the late 70s -

Didn't Beringer bottle some Pinot Noir Reserves from this site in the 1980s?

Great note!
by Thomas Keim
February 8th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 4131

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

Comparing OR Pinot to Beaujolais is a lot more "oranges to apples" than comparing preferred Burgs in this price range to preferred OR PN in this price range. I have a long time habit of putting oak aged Cru Beaujolais in blind tastings with American Pinot Noirs, and they are rarely picked out as Ga...
by Thomas Keim
February 7th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 4131

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

How many of these are under $25 a bottle? More than half. If you are on their mailing list, or live close - in 3/4ths of the country, most of these wines are 20% higher in price. And don't get me wrong, I adore Oregon wines, and was one of the first retailers in the country to get behind them - I j...
by Thomas Keim
February 7th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 4131

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

Jim Stewart - I’m sure Marcus can provide more examples, but here are a few. Not all PN and some are slightly over $30 but can be found for around that price or under on sale or through future/bulk purchases. - Cameron WV PN - Cameron Ribbon Ridge PN - Cameron Dundee Hills PN - Cameron Reserve PN &...
by Thomas Keim
February 7th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 4131

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

That being said I'll include Beaujolais because i feel that there are maybe 6-7 really good producers of Beauj at the moment and this whole idea that Beaujolais as a region is doing amazing wine is one i disagree on. You really need to get out more... meh... there is still a sea of pretty much just...
by Thomas Keim
February 7th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 4131

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

Pirom P. wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 1:26 am
That being said I'll include Beaujolais because i feel that there are maybe 6-7 really good producers of Beauj at the moment and this whole idea that Beaujolais as a region is doing amazing wine is one i disagree on.
You really need to get out more...
by Thomas Keim
February 5th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 4131

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

No comparison if we are talking whites (in my book) - The Maconnais and the Cotes de Chalonnaise are two of my favorite white appellations in the world - with SO MANY great wines under $30 - A good search does turn up some wonderful Pinot Noirs under $30 in Oregon - but we are talking about much dif...
by Thomas Keim
January 31st, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: passive cellar too cold?
Replies: 33
Views: 1581

Re: passive cellar too cold?

We have a storage room in the basement that I have used for many years as a cellar. it doesn't get above 60 in the summer, but it's high 40s down there now.
by Thomas Keim
January 30th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Wines
Replies: 44
Views: 2683

Re: Burgundy Wines

Start out with the affordable bottlings from the ripest vintages to start -

Savigny les Beaune
Givry
Mercurey
Santenay
Cotes de Nuits Villages
Haute Cotes de Nuits
Bourgogne Rouge
by Thomas Keim
January 28th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP: Chris Bilbro/MariettaCllrs
Replies: 21
Views: 1334

Re: RIP: Chris Bilbro/MariettaCllrs

Very sad - I first met Chris in the early 1980s, he used to travel with John Grace who only made white wines under the Alderbrook label (and they would pitch each other's wines). I was a buyer for a large chain back then, and used to purchase their entire allocation of wines for the Minnesota market...
by Thomas Keim
January 24th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cooper & Thief Red Blend - WOW!
Replies: 11
Views: 407

Re: TN: Cooper & Thief Red Blend - WOW!

A "hot" seller right now - in fact wholesalers are making retailers purchase 2 cases of their ridiculously over oaked white for every one case of the red -

Kind of a cool package though...
by Thomas Keim
January 17th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 10 years of Wine Berserkers--what does it mean to you?
Replies: 95
Views: 2514

Re: 10 years of Wine Berserkers--what does it mean to you?

It's hard not to come on this thread and not say thank you - It's such a well run site, and so many palates that I sincerely respect - And a big shout out for providing us with the Political page, such a great way to let off steam - and enough serious students of politics that I learn something ever...
by Thomas Keim
January 15th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?
Replies: 5
Views: 657

Re: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?

you have two options as an importer - 1) Break your pricing structure down into three tiers, for example: PROSECCO: delivered to your door for $5.00 a bottle. Sell it to wholesaler for $7.50 per bottle - wholesaler sells it to retailer/restauranteur for $11.00 - retailer sells it for $16.00 - you AL...
by Thomas Keim
January 6th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Inexpensive Bordeaux
Replies: 53
Views: 3340

Re: Inexpensive Bordeaux

Lanessan is consistently the most underwhelming wine in this category for me - never been a fan. Tour St Bonnet is a close second. And I feel the exact opposite. Been drinking both for well over 30 years, and both wines really hit their stride after 10 years. Just drank my last half bottle of the '...
by Thomas Keim
December 30th, 2018, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is dead at retail
Replies: 88
Views: 5122

Re: Burgundy is dead at retail

Much as I enjoy Alan being smacked around, and it should be done regularly and twice on Christmas Day, there is some truth in what he says at least for Burgundy. The Bordeaux and Napa stuff is of course nonsense. But if you look around, Bourgogne from good producers can be found for less. How about...
by Thomas Keim
December 30th, 2018, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why doesn’t Liebfraumilch impress me...ever?
Replies: 30
Views: 967

Re: Why doesn’t Liebfraumilch impress me...ever?

It's threads like this that make the 'Wine Talk' page the one I visit the least.
by Thomas Keim
December 15th, 2018, 6:00 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: YOERG BREWING COMPANY: Now open
Replies: 9
Views: 288

Re: YOERG BREWING COMPANY: Now open

Thanks you guys - that means a lot - I'm actually looking forward to my first 14 hour day today -
by Thomas Keim
December 13th, 2018, 1:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: YOERG BREWING COMPANY: Now open
Replies: 9
Views: 288

YOERG BREWING COMPANY: Now open

After four years that I could literally write a book about - we are finally opening our doors this weekend. The Yoerg Brewing Company was Minnesota's first brewery, and a local legend for 100+ years, closing in 1952. I have resurrected the brand, producing a classic Steam Beer as our flagship (from ...
by Thomas Keim
December 11th, 2018, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 3187

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

Hank Victor wrote:
December 10th, 2018, 3:57 pm
My favorite NY FLX Rieslings are:

Wagner, "Caywood East" Dry Riesling
Boundary Break, has a good range from bone dry to lusciously sweet
I second these - and some of the reserve bottlings from RED NEWT CELLARS - also Finger Lakes -
by Thomas Keim
December 8th, 2018, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me
Replies: 75
Views: 3281

Re: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me

Michael - It might be a problem of expectations. I rarely expect a Chianti to be profound. But that doesn't mean that I don't hope for a lot of depth and complexity. At least in some of the wines. I also think that on the whole Tuscany struggles with value. One wine you might want to consider is th...
by Thomas Keim
December 3rd, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Total wines Illinois
Replies: 9
Views: 1272

Re: Total wines Illinois

They are crushing Beverages and More in California I'm curious why you say that since BevMo appears to be holding their own. Is this insider gossip or have you seen some actual numbers? Even the Wine Exchange took a big hit when they moved into Tustin a few years ago. I have seen 3 million dollar s...
by Thomas Keim
December 3rd, 2018, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Total wines Illinois
Replies: 9
Views: 1272

Re: Total wines Illinois

Do they plan on taking on Binnys in Chicagoland ? thats a pretty big target. Binnys are extremely dominant and generally are the only major liquor store in most areas give or take a few independents that might have say 1-3 stores They are crushing Beverages and More in California - destroyed Haskel...
by Thomas Keim
November 6th, 2018, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: America's Best Merlot
Replies: 123
Views: 5670

Re: America's Best Merlot

Outside of the usual Napa Valley suspects (Pride, Duckhorn etc), I really like JANUIK in Washington State - recent vintages have just been marvelous - and somewhat affordable -
by Thomas Keim
November 2nd, 2018, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries in Murphys?
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Wineries in Murphys?

Milliare bottles some pretty good old vine Zinfandel, they used to bottle one from the Fiddletown Vineyard, but I haven't been there in a while - Millaire now owns the great little Black Sheep Winery down the street from Millaire's tasting room- they still produce two very nice Zins - one from Amado...
by Thomas Keim
November 1st, 2018, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A case of NV Champagne Brut
Replies: 27
Views: 977

Re: A case of NV Champagne Brut

Matthew King wrote:
October 30th, 2018, 7:11 pm
Pol Roger.

If it’s good enough for the Queen of England, it’s good enough for me!
And don't forget that it was Winston's Churchill's favorite -

I definitely agree with the Roederer and Pol Roger choices - I love the Drappier Brut as well -
by Thomas Keim
October 30th, 2018, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In The Pantheon of Great Bordeaux QPRs: 1986 Chateau Meyney
Replies: 42
Views: 1816

Re: In The Pantheon of Great Bordeaux QPRs: 1986 Chateau Meyney

Of course, silly me. Well, yes, they were all cheap. Apart from CBs, all Bordeaux was a whole lot cheaper. The coolest thing about Bordeaux, and the NOT-coolest thing about Bordeaux is this; for every $33 dollar bottle of 1982 Lafite Rothschild you have had, there is somebody who has had an $8 bott...
by Thomas Keim
October 29th, 2018, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine
Replies: 31
Views: 829

Re: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine

Chris Blum wrote:
October 28th, 2018, 8:28 am
What might be a safer option for the gift (under $40)?
If you are set on Italy, and white - go with a white from Liguria - Pigato in particular. Usually in the $30 range, it's just an extraordinary white, and a little bit easier to understand than an orange wine -
by Thomas Keim
October 28th, 2018, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 4739

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

MitchTallan wrote:
October 28th, 2018, 2:21 pm
I refuse to participate in this thread.
Me too -

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