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by Thomas Keim
February 20th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 59
Views: 1959

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

Domaine Leroy has quite a few '71s in Stock stateside - Those are always a pretty safe bet -
by Thomas Keim
February 18th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged wine - what am I missing?
Replies: 105
Views: 5375

Re: Aged wine - what am I missing?

1988 is not a very good vintage and is pretty old by now, ????????? Maybe not the studly vintages '89 and '90 were, but 1988 was a very good vintage in Bordeaux, and the 1988 Pontet Canet should be just coming into it's own now - And Sociando Mallet is a superb property, but it's also one of the mo...
by Thomas Keim
February 17th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era
Replies: 44
Views: 1579

Re: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era

When I first started with wine, I did an incredible course in Bordeaux. Among the tastings was a 1979 horizontal, and Figeac was definitely the outlier with an strong asparagus nose. Tasted it three times since, last in 2006, and the asparagus aromas were always front and center; wonder if they hav...
by Thomas Keim
February 17th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged wine - what am I missing?
Replies: 105
Views: 5375

Re: Aged wine - what am I missing?

What comments are surprising are the ones where they say that older wines lose their fruit. A Left Bank Bordeaux from a top vintage should be overflowing with fruit at 15-20 years of age. I've had 50 year old Bordeaux that were absolute fruit bombs. I was one of the first people who referred to mat...
by Thomas Keim
February 17th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 77
Views: 4618

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

Sherry. Not trendy. Fortunately. I would have to agree. A glass of Fino Sherry may be the world's greatest bargain. Thomas and Richard, can you suggest/recommend some Fino Sherry? Thanks. These are all under $20 and probably my three favorites. Emilio Hidalgo Fino Sherry Lustau Jarana Fino Sherry D...
by Thomas Keim
February 17th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 77
Views: 4618

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

RichardFlack wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 10:26 am
Sherry.
Not trendy. Fortunately.
I would have to agree. A glass of Fino Sherry may be the world's greatest bargain.
by Thomas Keim
February 17th, 2020, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the smallest production cuvée in Burgundy?
Replies: 41
Views: 2555

Re: What's the smallest production cuvée in Burgundy?

One standard barrel is 25 cases of wine. So I am guessing there are hundreds of these bottlings available through various houses. True. I think there are quite a few wines with about 300 bottles per vintage. Duroché's wine is 80 bottles, so it's not even a barrel. That’s a lot of marbles I have nev...
by Thomas Keim
February 17th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged wine - what am I missing?
Replies: 105
Views: 5375

Re: Aged wine - what am I missing?

One big thing to remember is this - Every wine has a different drinking window. I would be hard pressed to find a big California Zinfandel that wasn't in it's prime five years after release. Most top Cali cabs hit their peak at ten years (and of course there are exceptions - with maybe 1% of annual ...
by Thomas Keim
February 17th, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the smallest production cuvée in Burgundy?
Replies: 41
Views: 2555

Re: What's the smallest production cuvée in Burgundy?

One standard barrel is 25 cases of wine. So I am guessing there are hundreds of these bottlings available through various houses.
by Thomas Keim
February 11th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 167
Views: 13402

Re: Aged Cali Cab

'84 and '87 are highly underrated vintages, and worth seeking out for all the names listed above - the '87 Montelena is still one of my all time favorite Cabs with a little bottle age -
by Thomas Keim
February 4th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Adding Port to Wine
Replies: 42
Views: 1421

Re: Adding Port to Wine

Alternatives would be some high alcohol Zins, Roussillon or Southern Spanish reds that can hit 15% alcohol (or more). Don't forget The Prisoner. Or for less $$ you can drink Apothic, Big Booty, Bull's Blood, Gnarly Vines, Dump Bucket Red Blend, Vampire Red, Werewolf Merlot, or anything similar. I w...
by Thomas Keim
February 4th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Adding Port to Wine
Replies: 42
Views: 1421

Re: Adding Port to Wine

I don't think I would want to waste a $75-100 bottle of good Port on 'bad' wine, but that's just me. Pretty sure she is just using an inexpensive Ruby or Tawny Port - I see nothing wrong with this - if you like it and enjoy it, go for it. Alternatives would be some high alcohol Zins, Roussillon or ...
by Thomas Keim
January 27th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......
Replies: 80
Views: 2461

Re: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......

Pierre Peters
Pol Roger
by Thomas Keim
January 27th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 50
Views: 2577

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

Around 1987, I got approached by a group selling a cellar from Lombard Illinois. It contained about 700 bottles with the bulk of it being old Burgundy from the Labaume Aine et Fils firm. Outside of a couple cases of 1938 Chambolle Musigny, it was all 1919 and 1915 Reds from various appellations. And...
by Thomas Keim
January 20th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best beers 2019 edition
Replies: 14
Views: 1002

Re: Best beers 2019 edition

Some of my favorite Old World treats from last year - VIENNA LAGER - Ottakringer Brauerei from Vienna Austria. Simply the finest Vienna Lager I have tasted - quite hoppy and aggressive - but what a beer FAVORITE NEW GERMAN BREWERY: Hofbrauhaus in Freising Germany Just entered the country for the fir...
by Thomas Keim
January 17th, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020
Replies: 25
Views: 2170

Re: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020

My first introduction into great Burgundy was my first visit to Burgundy and tasting the 1980 vintage at the estate. Always in awe of Lafarge, RIP
by Thomas Keim
January 11th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 61
Views: 2259

Re: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."

Way too many people use the term "undrinkable" for a wine that doesn't fit their flavor/pleasure profile. Things like Caymus/The Prisoner are overdone for a reason, to satisfy a wide base of customers that like these kinds of things. Just because you don't like oysters doesn't mean oysters are uneat...
by Thomas Keim
January 11th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 69
Views: 1939

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Terlan and Venica & Venica come to mind If someone is asking for Pinot Grigio, they want the light, clean style from Italy. And there really is a ton of very good Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige or Friuli (the Collio district). It seems that Jermann has greatly increased production over the last few y...
by Thomas Keim
December 18th, 2019, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northstar Merlot 2013 Columbia Valley
Replies: 23
Views: 969

Re: Northstar Merlot 2013 Columbia Valley

Because of the high list price for this wine, it's frequently on 'closeout' lists from whichever local wholesaler is representing Chateau Ste Michelle. And I always pick up a 6pk or two because at $15-$20 a bottle, I think it's one of the best Merlots produced in the New World. And they do develop q...
by Thomas Keim
November 30th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Henri Jouan flagship wine?
Replies: 11
Views: 867

Re: Henri Jouan flagship wine?

I buy Jouan's village wines in damn near every vintage - and the Chambolle-Musigny has been a constant. We had the '09 on Thanksgiving and it was in prime shape. A good friend is the local importer, and I tend to purchase the off vintage wines for half price to help him turn the product, and Jouan r...
by Thomas Keim
November 20th, 2019, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Chilean wines?
Replies: 35
Views: 1320

Re: Best Chilean wines?

COUSINO MACUL -

Legendary Cabernet Producer - their Riservas are still upper tier class - and a great winery to visit.
by Thomas Keim
November 16th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 47
Views: 2526

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

Duxoup Wine Works -
by Thomas Keim
November 4th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5812

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Au Bon Climat has some great values at the $20 price point Good call I eventually got sick and tired of recommending this as California's best value Pinot Noir available - but the amazing thing is - this wine still just gets better and better every year. The last few vintages have been lip smacking...
by Thomas Keim
November 4th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5812

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Casey Hartlip wrote:
October 22nd, 2019, 6:17 am
Husch Anderson Valley bottling for $25. Very solid.
Totally agree, and probably much more readily available than 75% of the wines recommended here.
by Thomas Keim
October 29th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)
Replies: 12
Views: 797

Re: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)

I love a good Nouveau -

Domaine Rochette Beaujolais Villages Nouveau is what I purchase most years -
by Thomas Keim
October 23rd, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: EDITED w/ Fred`s feedback: Fred Brander`s 69th birthday party, a stellabration
Replies: 12
Views: 1113

Re: Wow...

TomHill wrote:
October 14th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Wow, Blake...looks like a great celebration.
Fred doesn’t get the credit he deserves for showing the great Bdx-like Cab could be grown in SBC after those miserable Cabs from Brooks Firestone and LouisLucas/Tepesquet.
And in my humble opinion, the finest Sauvignon Blanc produced in California.
by Thomas Keim
October 21st, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Wow talk about a high end beer !
Replies: 19
Views: 1710

Re: Wow talk about a high end beer !

JulianD wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 7:31 pm
PeterH wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 1:11 pm
Regular Sam Adams is bad. Is the Utopia four times worse? 10X? 20X?
I think Sam Adams is among the best mass produced (domestic) beers
Without a doubt. It's remarkably consistent from airport to airport - and the benchmark mass produced American lager.
by Thomas Keim
October 17th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 6036

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

Yikes! I couldn't sell the Lambert Bridge wines for $15 a bottle when I was a retailer. They now sell for $75 each?
by Thomas Keim
September 28th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6751

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Ebbe Bonde Soerensen wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 8:03 am
I have never loved German wine , so a Nazi wine in my world , all German wines are Nazi Wines, just my 2 cents!
I thought I had read some pretty stupid remarks on this board, but this one takes the cake. I don't care if you were stinking drunk when you wrote it - it's pure trash.
by Thomas Keim
September 27th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6751

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Great story Tom - My two mentors in the wine business were two German men in Chicago and were big German wine importers (Walter Boll and Sigfried Langstatter). Both were in concentration camps in WWII. Sigfried went into the camp with his wife and his best friend and his wife. Sigfried's wife and be...
by Thomas Keim
September 19th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.
Replies: 38
Views: 1507

Re: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.

I have a brewery/wine bar/restaurant in Saint Paul Minnesota. We produce Bavarian styled beers on premise and also import some small Bavarian breweries. We offer 10-12 wines by the glass - all $8.00 or less, and offer 100 wines by the bottle, all under $40 a bottle. This is the perfect price range f...
by Thomas Keim
September 19th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best italian sparkling wine
Replies: 9
Views: 647

Re: The best italian sparkling wine

I like Ferrari, but much prefer Bellavista -
by Thomas Keim
September 14th, 2019, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 26
Views: 2125

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

the Batailley might not be sound enough to decant long in advance. I'd do it at the restaurant (unless of course the restaurant is just next door). I'd 'pop and pour' the '79 Batailley. There's nothing more interesting that watching a wine like this grow in the glass. While the Chateau was over cro...
by Thomas Keim
September 5th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated burgundy vintages
Replies: 76
Views: 3878

Re: Underrated burgundy vintages

Agree with 1972, much better than the touted '71. Lots of excellent wines back when Burgundy was affordable. Cut my teeth on the 69/70/71/72 vintages. I remember the 1970s as being very pretty wines at that 6-8 year age. Had a lot of '70 Hospice de Beaune wines available at very cheap prices back t...
by Thomas Keim
September 3rd, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the wine that changed your life?
Replies: 166
Views: 8514

Re: What's the wine that changed your life?

1973 Chateau Beychevelle - At about 4-5 years of age - just started studying the wines of Bordeaux and was purchasing all kinds of off vintage Bordeaux (It was all I could afford). I remember drinking the '72 Haut-Brion, '74 Petrus as well at 4-5 years of age - But I remember that '73 Beychevelle be...
by Thomas Keim
August 31st, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Von Schubert - Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 23
Views: 925

Re: TN: 2016 Von Schubert - Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

It often amazes me how little attention von Schubert gets - even among German wine lovers. This is an elite German wine estate and I sense that a lot of people (esp. younger wine people) don't even know who they are or barely do. It's been my favorite German wine estate for damn near 40 years - Eve...
by Thomas Keim
August 28th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 2093

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

Jim Stewart wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Thomas Keim wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Ribolla Gialla
Chasselas
Txakoli
Riesling

Pinot Noir
Gamay
Refosco
Teroldego
Wow, a few unfamiliar (to me) grapes there. Minnesota varietals? [cheers.gif]
Ribolla Gialla - Italy
Chasselas - France/Switzerland
Txakoli - Spain
Riesling

Pinot Noir
Gamay
Refosco - Italy
Teroldego - Italy
by Thomas Keim
August 28th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 JJP wehlener sonnenuhr auslese LGK
Replies: 4
Views: 435

Re: 1983 JJP wehlener sonnenuhr auslese LGK

The provenance must have been very good on this bottle. Had it even changed color yet? My guess is no since it was still tasting so young -
by Thomas Keim
August 28th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 2093

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

Ribolla Gialla
Chasselas
Txakoli
Riesling

Pinot Noir
Gamay
Refosco
Teroldego
by Thomas Keim
August 21st, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations
Replies: 45
Views: 3075

Re: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations

FRICK WINERY - Bill Frick does a terrific job with Rhone varietals - one of my favorite Sonoma wineries -
by Thomas Keim
August 11th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 658

Re: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!

Thomas, I would have no expectations for your 1983 bottle. That was a relatively high pH wine that IMO fell apart after about 5 years. Personally, the Adelsheim and Eyrie were my favorites at the time, though it was hard to find a poor wine from the 1983 vintage. I have a couple bottles left of the...
by Thomas Keim
August 11th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 658

Re: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!

The first vintage from this estate was an absolutely monumental 1983, which still sits in my brain as one of the finest Oregon Pinot Noirs I have ever tasted, and I still have one bottle left (low fill unfortunately). If I remember right, Bob McRitchie made the first couple vintages (long time Sokol...
by Thomas Keim
July 23rd, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 91
Views: 2835

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

Gray G wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 5:54 pm
Markus S wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 5:13 pm
Gray G wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 5:01 pm
CA
WA
OR

are great

almost all else is just BS, and where were the grapes from anyway LOL
That's quite discriminatory...
put me in jail LOL
Or explain to you the difference between opinion and fact -
by Thomas Keim
July 20th, 2019, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 40
Views: 1624

Re: Pronunciation

Frank Z wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 10:16 am
Markus S wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 6:39 am
Eisele, like 'essel'?
I believe its 'eyes-lee'.
I always pronounced it "Eye-Ze-Lee"
by Thomas Keim
July 16th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 62
Views: 3897

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

I love Barbera Frizzante or Bonarda Frizzante with Pizza - slightly chilled of course -
by Thomas Keim
July 16th, 2019, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 3127

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

Laberdolive Armagnac 1964

De Koninck Bier

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes - Sauzet (I'd pick a red, but I am on a hot island)
by Thomas Keim
July 1st, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21390

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

For those of us who were not part of that board, how did it compare (during its heyday) to this one? Much more moderated to the point of being obnoxiously overdone. I once wrote a post on one winery's actions being "bush league" and Squires deleted it because he thought I was referring to the curre...
by Thomas Keim
June 22nd, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 3461

Re: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

May want to list where you're staying, as you may have some choices that are walking distance that will be more 'worth it' than trying to schlep all over just to get to one that might be the 'best'. Driving can be a real headache there. I am going to be all over the place. Staying by the O'Hare Air...
by Thomas Keim
June 22nd, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 65
Views: 6190

Re: The wine you don't want

When I was young and foolish I got on the SQN list. I like the wine fine, on occasion, but I have accumulated a lot more of it than I am likely ever going to drink. In particular, I am going to try to move on from a few EBA box sets. I have never sold a bottle of wine before. Given a bunch away, tr...

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