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by Thomas Keim
April 20th, 2021, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Northern Michigan Wine Notes
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Re: TN: Some Northern Michigan Wine Notes

Thanks for the notes! - Love, love, love the Left Foot Charley Wines -
by Thomas Keim
April 19th, 2021, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: USA Chardonnay that might impress a French zealot of white Burgundy?
Replies: 48
Views: 1575

Re: USA Chardonnay that might impress a French zealot of white Burgundy?

Go to the other Coast for a leaner, more focused Chardonnay. The Finger Lakes produce very French styled Chardonnays, with many the spitting image of Maconnaise wines.
by Thomas Keim
April 19th, 2021, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: just a comment about Bordeaux value, and children future value
Replies: 42
Views: 1480

Re: just a comment about Bordeaux value, and children future value

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: April 19th, 2021, 4:05 pm
Max S. wrote: April 19th, 2021, 4:01 pm Are any of these values found in Pomerol?
Yes.

Chateau Taillefer.
And don't forget Lalande de Pomerol - Lots of great values there. Chateau Lafleur Vauzelle is a pretty dense, rich wine for the appellation - not quite the bargains the Saint Emilion Satellites are, but worth every penny.
by Thomas Keim
April 19th, 2021, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: just a comment about Bordeaux value, and children future value
Replies: 42
Views: 1480

Re: just a comment about Bordeaux value, and children future value

This may or may not be helpful/interesting to Beserkers....but I just am finishing a Lanessan 2001. To be fair it is slightly pass prime, although still has beautiful cassis and fruit. Maybe a bit thin, but omg what a pleasure. I love great Bordeaux, and have many the trophy wines.....but where doe...
by Thomas Keim
April 7th, 2021, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger
Replies: 48
Views: 2268

Re: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger

Great news for the Ponzis and the WV! I remember buying their white table wine by the case back in the late 70s, and the first case of wine that I ever bought to age was their 1979 Pinot Noir. I started with their 1980 Reserve Pinot Noir, and by the time the raging '83s hit - I was a major fan. Dic...
by Thomas Keim
March 30th, 2021, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind
Replies: 160
Views: 8458

Re: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind

I love Oregon Pinot Noir for the same reason I love Santa Barbara/Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir; the rich, bright fruit and early drinkability. I see very little "terroir" in the wines, but who cares? The good ones are flashy and super fun to drink. My cellar is 1/3rd Burgundy, and even the litt...
by Thomas Keim
March 23rd, 2021, 2:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: some (United States) Drie Fonteinen news; Shelton Bros. in Ch. 11
Replies: 3
Views: 514

Re: some (United States) Drie Fonteinen news; Shelton Bros. in Ch. 11

Glad 3F will still be available in the US, and likely with more and wider availability. While I give Shelton Brothers a lot of credit for importing/distributing many beers that I love, I’ve found their efforts in WA, especially in the last 1-3 years, pretty poor. Hopefully Lime and Christian can im...
by Thomas Keim
March 14th, 2021, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Top 5 Italian White Wines
Replies: 96
Views: 5005

Re: Your Top 5 Italian White Wines

Pretty simple list here -

ROBERTO ZENI Pinot Bianco
SILVIO JERMANN Vintage Tunina
MACULAN Pinot & Toi
MASTROBERARDINO Greco di Tufo
GIROLAMO DORIGO Ribolla Gialla
by Thomas Keim
March 14th, 2021, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?
Replies: 257
Views: 11264

Re: Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?

Cronin is very special to me. Long time fan and managed to go to the last couple open houses. I organized a memorial tasting through the Parker Board, where the half of the attendees who weren't already close friends became close friends and led to so much. My personal favorite were the Peter Marti...
by Thomas Keim
March 14th, 2021, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a particular cliche in wine that you've tired of?
Replies: 155
Views: 5924

Re: Is there a particular cliche in wine that you've tired of?

$40 bottles of wine as "bargains" or "value wines".
by Thomas Keim
March 14th, 2021, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?
Replies: 257
Views: 11264

Re: Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?

Not sure if I answered this questions five years ago but...

CRONIN VINEYARDS
SARAH'S VINEYARD

Slutty old school Chardonnay's you could butter your pancakes with -
by Thomas Keim
March 11th, 2021, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "They don't export the best wines!"
Replies: 43
Views: 2624

Re: "They don't export the best wines!"

For Switzerland this is very much true. For the best wines (Donatsch Unique Pinot Noir, or the barrel or two of Donatsch Unique Privee Pinot Noir in great vintages, Donatsch Chardonnay Unique, Gantenbein Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Studach Pinot Noir, the top sweet wines of Marie Therese Chappaz) yo...
by Thomas Keim
March 2nd, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 133
Views: 5511

Re: Your top five German wine producers

Von Buhl
Maximin Grunhaus
JJ Prum
Monchhof
Fritz Haag
by Thomas Keim
March 2nd, 2021, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does your Spouse or Significant Other drink with you?
Replies: 99
Views: 4596

Re: What does your Spouse or Significant Other drink with you?

She loves the "Three B's" of Italy; Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello. Loves non spoofy Bordeaux and Burgundy and can't drink American wines (sugar/alcohol). Bloody Mary's or Margaritas on Sundays. But if she is going to pop something by herself; Italian Whites and Provence Roses. She loves ...
by Thomas Keim
February 26th, 2021, 12:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Kweichow Moutai - Luxury Liqueur: Anyone ever taste it?
Replies: 9
Views: 1077

Re: Kweichow Moutai - Luxury Liqueur: Anyone ever taste it?

David Kolin was nice enough to send me a bottle, and I finally tasted it with my servers after the pub closed last Friday night. Wow. The initial taste on the palate was surprisingly soft, and obviously high alcohol, but not as hot as I expected. Then that oily/kerosene taste took over. Holy shit, i...
by Thomas Keim
February 20th, 2021, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy
Replies: 104
Views: 8257

Re: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote: February 18th, 2021, 3:23 pm I find Aubert and Rochioli too big and ripe to be in the same conversation as Burgundy.
Frankly most all the top West Coast Pinot Noirs - much better off using some of the better Pinot Noirs from the Finger Lakes district in New York.
by Thomas Keim
February 20th, 2021, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?
Replies: 39
Views: 2450

Re: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?

Happy Canyon and Dierberg Winery is a great visit -

Brander for the best Sauvignon Blanc in California
by Thomas Keim
February 20th, 2021, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?
Replies: 39
Views: 2450

Re: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?

Vince T wrote: February 20th, 2021, 11:02 am And Larry is too modest to mention his own wines at Tercero, which are excellent, and his roses are world class.
Yes - Larry makes the best value wines in Santa Barbara - and he's one of the more knowledgable people in the area in regards to Santa Barbara vineyards and wineries - a must visit.
by Thomas Keim
February 16th, 2021, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?
Replies: 67
Views: 4302

Re: Well...

TomHill wrote: February 14th, 2021, 10:07 am My vote would go to Chalone/DavidBruce/KenBurnap of SantaCruzMtnVnyds.
Tom
I totally agree. And would add Martin Ray, Hanzell and Mount Eden. David Bruce's early Pinot Noirs were big eye openers for me.
by Thomas Keim
February 12th, 2021, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value Italian
Replies: 63
Views: 3732

Re: Value Italian

$40-$60 bottles are considered "value" wines from Italy? Wish I had your guy's budgets. These have been my 'go-tos' for value wines from Italy. All usually under $20 a bottle. Morellino di Scansano (Much better value than Rosso di Montalcino) Refosco Teroldego Lagrein Montepulciano d'Abruz...
by Thomas Keim
February 9th, 2021, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 121
Views: 7411

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

Watched the "Secret of Santa Vittoria" just this year. If you really want to see what wine can mean to a community and identity. Quinn gives his usual over the top performance and it even rolls in those ever present bad guys, the Nazis. Really love the ending line...trigger alert, this is...
by Thomas Keim
February 7th, 2021, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?
Replies: 128
Views: 6707

Re: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?

Bordeaux is the best value region in the world for red wine and it's not really close. Especially if you're willing to age the wines. I can't count the number of times I've tried a trendy new "value" wine, often costing $35 to $45 because that's what people try to define as "value&qu...
by Thomas Keim
February 6th, 2021, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can wines labeled Bourgogne Rouge be great?
Replies: 51
Views: 3120

Re: Can wines labeled Bourgogne Rouge be great?

It seems the best Bourgogne Rouges I have had have been "declassified" from other appellations. A 1985 Bourgogne Rouge from Henri Jayer still stands out as the greatest Bourgogne Rouge I have ever tasted. Various vintages from Leroy have also been exceptional as well as a couple vintages f...
by Thomas Keim
February 3rd, 2021, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?
Replies: 128
Views: 6707

Re: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?

Otto Forsberg wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 2:19 pm
Thomas Keim wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 1:49 pm And for bubbly, Blanquet de Limoux, which is Chardonnay and Pinot Noir ala Champagne.
That's Cremant de Limoux.

Blanquette is minimum 90% Mauzac.
That's right - thanks Otto -
by Thomas Keim
February 3rd, 2021, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?
Replies: 128
Views: 6707

Re: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?

1) Languedoc 2) Languedoc 3) Languedoc 4) Languedoc 5) Languedoc Any recommendations in particular? Pic Saint Loup, Corbieres and Minervois to start for reds (all are Syrah/Grenache/Mourvedre/Cinsault blends ala Cotes du Rhone) - Dozens of great producers - look for Kermit Lynch, Neal Rosenthal, Lo...
by Thomas Keim
February 3rd, 2021, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?
Replies: 128
Views: 6707

Re: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?

1) Languedoc
2) Languedoc
3) Languedoc
4) Languedoc
5) Languedoc
by Thomas Keim
January 28th, 2021, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best italian sparkling wine
Replies: 23
Views: 1575

Re: The best italian sparkling wine

Franciacorta and Trento probably make the "best" Italian sparkling wine and it can be quite good. However, at its best, it competes with Champagne, and it might compete favorably in some rare cases (especially when comparing comparably priced wines). For me, however, it is Lambrusco that ...
by Thomas Keim
January 18th, 2021, 9:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Kweichow Moutai - Luxury Liqueur: Anyone ever taste it?
Replies: 9
Views: 1077

Kweichow Moutai - Luxury Liqueur: Anyone ever taste it?

Sounds really intriguing. Anyone ever try it? "When Costco opened its first store in China in 2019, it wasn't just the hot rotisserie chickens and discounted Birkin bags that lured frenzied crowds. A fiery, throat-tingling liquor called Kweichow Moutai also flew off shelves. At 1,498 yuan, or $...
by Thomas Keim
January 6th, 2021, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4952

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

In the spring of 1983, Parker reviewed the 1982 Bordeauxs for the first time and futures prices came out. In DC, there were two great stores for buying these wines - MacArthurs and a brand new store called Calvert-Woodley - there had been two stores Calvert on Wisconsin Ave. and Woodley in Clevelan...
by Thomas Keim
January 5th, 2021, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône
Replies: 13
Views: 1117

Re: TN: 2015 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône

JDavisRoby wrote: November 13th, 2020, 5:36 am Thanks for the note. I have a few of the 17’s in mag. Trying to decide a good time to pop those.
I bought a case of the 2016 Magnums - and they are drinking beautifully today. 100% Syrah, and fat as an Iberian pig, really lovely now.
by Thomas Keim
January 4th, 2021, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Dornfelder...what is this bottle???
Replies: 20
Views: 949

Re: German Dornfelder...what is this bottle???

I love Dornfelder. And yes, you will find a lot of cheap "plonk" still produced with the Dornfelder grape out of Germany, but it's also being produced much more seriously than in the past. I've had some lovely versions that were produced with whole berry fermentation and tank fermented tha...
by Thomas Keim
January 4th, 2021, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4952

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

I sold 1982 Bordeaux futures. Tasted the bulk of them upon release. At the time, they were the most perfect red wines I had ever tasted. What was so amazing about the vintage was the "little" wines of the vintage. I remember a hoard of 1982 Medoc, Cotes de Bourg, and Right Bank Satellites ...
by Thomas Keim
December 31st, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why so little Aussie Riesling available in the US?
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: Why so little Aussie Riesling available in the US?

I don't think people understand the wines at all. The top Aussie Rieslings need age, and I think American importers get very impatient over their slow sales because of this (let's face it, they are SO bone dry when young they can rip the tongue right out of your throat). AND - Most serious wine cons...
by Thomas Keim
December 31st, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you opening for NYE 2021?
Replies: 109
Views: 4101

Re: What are you opening for NYE 2020?

2009 Maurice Delot, Champagne 'Vrai Cuvée Légende' (Pinot Blanc) and a Pol Roger Brut NV -
by Thomas Keim
December 31st, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11386

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 31st, 2020, 11:13 am
J. Migone wrote: December 31st, 2020, 10:35 am
D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 31st, 2020, 10:24 am

Soil.
Question is why can't the New World produce Riesling like the Germans, with few exceptions of course.
Soil
As Roberto used to say; "It's the dirt baby...."
by Thomas Keim
December 31st, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Classifying farmer fizz
Replies: 100
Views: 4888

Re: Classifying farmer fizz

Doug Schulman wrote: December 31st, 2020, 5:10 am I think Vilmart is top tier and probably Pierre Peters too.
My two favorite small growers.
by Thomas Keim
December 30th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11386

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

This has gotten saucy and controversial. 😂😂 Let's keep it fun friends. Thomas I'm sure you are incredibly knowledgeable about fine wine, but you should try Halcon before talking smack about it. In my opinion it's much better than most Languedoc at the same price range and I enjoy Languedoc. To be f...
by Thomas Keim
December 30th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11386

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

...but overall you can be pretty sure that if you spend $25+ on a CA/OR/WA wine, you're going to get something drinkable. In Europe, there is no such guarantee from any region (with the worst offenders being France and Italy). And I feel 100% the other way. I rarely open a West Coast red wine becau...
by Thomas Keim
December 30th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11386

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

...but overall you can be pretty sure that if you spend $25+ on a CA/OR/WA wine, you're going to get something drinkable. In Europe, there is no such guarantee from any region (with the worst offenders being France and Italy). And I feel 100% the other way. I rarely open a West Coast red wine becau...
by Thomas Keim
December 30th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11386

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

Burgundy is dead at retail It's always been dead at retail. The best wines, value wines to rarities, rarely make it to an actual retail shelf. They are usually promised out (if not pre-paid for) months, if not years in advance. Which is why there are still bargains to be had when retailers start ge...
by Thomas Keim
December 30th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11386

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

J. Migone wrote: December 30th, 2020, 9:35 am Matt, I would say the when you have to spend over $100 to get decent wine, then the region becomes overrated.
I think it was Fred Sanford who said if first.

"You ain't even a dumb dummy, you're just a plain dummy...."
by Thomas Keim
December 30th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11386

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

Andrew K. wrote: December 30th, 2020, 9:17 am I hope half the population is convinced of your argument and leaves the Burg market.
Burgundy sucks. Pass it on....
by Thomas Keim
December 29th, 2020, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)
Replies: 11
Views: 1218

Re: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)

.. it made me wonder why I'm not doing deeper dives into Chianti Classico. There are very, very few Chianti Classicos like Fontodi's. It's a big, rich, modern style that's almost jammy in style - and I can count on one hand the Chianti Classicos that compare. I'm a long time fan, but it's a pretty ...
by Thomas Keim
December 29th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)
Replies: 11
Views: 1218

Re: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)

.. it made me wonder why I'm not doing deeper dives into Chianti Classico. There are very, very few Chianti Classicos like Fontodi's. It's a big, rich, modern style that's almost jammy in style - and I can count on one hand the Chianti Classicos that compare. I'm a long time fan, but it's a pretty ...
by Thomas Keim
December 23rd, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Goodbye, my friend... RIP
Replies: 24
Views: 3205

Re: Goodbye, my friend... RIP

I met Wilhelm Haag twice, the second time at his estate where we spent the day tasting through his amazing wines, but it was the first time I met him that was memorable (for some strange reasons). I opened a Fine wine Shop in Orlando Florida in 1986, and we were direct importing quite a bit of small...
by Thomas Keim
December 3rd, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do world-class California Rieslings exist?
Replies: 106
Views: 4761

Re: Do world-class California Rieslings exist?

Now, let's get to the necessary part: Which ones were truly bone dry? [stirthepothal.gif] The Finger Lakes district requires Riesling to have a chart on the back of the label designating their dryness. You would be surprised how many wineries produce 0.0% residual sugar Rieslings. Most of the winer...
by Thomas Keim
November 30th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do world-class California Rieslings exist?
Replies: 106
Views: 4761

Re: Do world-class California Rieslings exist?

Finger lakes might be the place. It is. I think these are the best Rieslings produced in the new world. Red Newt Cellars, Wagner Vineyards, Keuka Spring Vineyards, Boundary Break Vineyard, Red Tail Ridge, Kemmeter Wines, Silver Thread and Forge Cellars (who are doing some very daring barrel-ferment...
by Thomas Keim
November 27th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Minneapolis
Replies: 4
Views: 1460

Re: Minneapolis

Is it illegal to ship wine from Minneapolis? Trying to buy a 6 pack from a retail store and would like to ship it to NY or NJ. Any work arounds? No, it's not. The only problem is, most retailers aren't set up to ship. It's not the most competitive state to do business in. What are you looking for? ...
by Thomas Keim
November 27th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your views on Australian wines now?
Replies: 36
Views: 1958

Re: What are your views on Australian wines now?

You know that Hunter Valley Sémillon is a pretty singular style, right? Nothing to do with the other Sémillons around the world. You could say that about most varietals. Napa Cabernet VS Bordeaux Cabernet, Northern Rhone Syrah VS Washington State Syrah - But that's one of the great things about Sem...

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