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by Thomas Keim
October 15th, 2020, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 82
Views: 3709

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

It's a great place to find $15 Barolo or Amarone. The quality is usually reflected in the price. They've always been pretty good buyers of Petite Chateaux and always have a few surprising bargains.in that category.

I usually just go to TJ's for their oddball food items and cheese.
by Thomas Keim
September 30th, 2020, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever happened to French Colombard wine ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1091

Re: Whatever happened to French Colombard wine ?

I sold an absolute boatload of Beringer French Colombard in the early/mid 1980s - it was hugely popular with the masses. Around the same time, Inglenook used to bottle a jug French Colombard that was also hugely popular. Never understood why it just went by the wayside, it was a huge step up from th...
by Thomas Keim
September 30th, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines & Winemakers of the SantaCruzMtns
Replies: 31
Views: 2103

Re: Wines & Winemakers of the SantaCruzMtns

This is awesome Tom - thanks. I started visiting the Santa Cruz Mountains in the early 80s, and was just in total awe of the region. Duane Cronin was an early hero - as was Kathryn Kennedy -
by Thomas Keim
September 4th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley
Replies: 17
Views: 1004

Re: The Rest of the Story...

Mike Robbins bought in 1972 a small property just North of Beringer on Hwy 29 and started making wines, mostly Cab and Chard. He outgrew the wnry and it eventually became StClement Wnry. To expand, he bought the old TuburicoParrot/Miravalle Estate up on Spring Mtn Rd and restored the mansion. That ...
by Thomas Keim
September 3rd, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.
Replies: 179
Views: 8423

Re: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.

Russell Faulkner wrote:
September 3rd, 2020, 11:08 am
I love Falkenstein and bought a shed load of 2019s (and before). But they don’t have the track record of Prum, who does consistently? Egon but you can’t call that reasonably priced.
Maximin Grunhaus - and maybe one notch behind, Fritz Haag -
by Thomas Keim
September 2nd, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help!! Identifying Wines from Estate Sale
Replies: 12
Views: 1789

Re: Help!! Identifying Wines from Estate Sale

I’ve never heard of Marxen, the Riesling producer, or the vineyard. It’s in the Ruwer Valley (=Ruwerer). You may be pushing your luck with a Spatlese that old. I’d feel a lot safer if it were an Auslese or higher level. The Ruwer is also a place where there is a lot of acid in the wines - this coul...
by Thomas Keim
August 30th, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth Year Wine 1980
Replies: 50
Views: 1646

Re: Birth Year Wine 1980

It's a very good red Burgundy vintage! A friend and I share a birthday, but he was born in 1980, so in a few days we are celebrating together around the 1980 theme. I'm also working on a 40 years on retrospective of the vintage in Burgundy as it happens. Of course, not easy to find, nor inexpensive...
by Thomas Keim
August 30th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10686

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Honest question but does anyone really wait for reviews to purchase SQN or Realm? Or is just to make sure there isn't something wrong and they suddenly released below 90 pt wines? 'Zackly - these wines are plugged in like Chateau Ste Michelle at the Wine Spectator. WE will make big, jammy, over the...
by Thomas Keim
August 21st, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Grigio — is it ever the best choice?
Replies: 57
Views: 2094

Re: Pinot Grigio — is it ever the best choice?

Therefore it is very difficult to speak about Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris or Grauburgunder in a uniform way. The making of the wine is just way to different. Pinot Grigio gets a bad rap because of all the grocery store labels and overpriced American efforts. Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige and Friuli c...
by Thomas Keim
August 9th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5493

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

I should say that for good, everyday wines I think California is stronger on Sauvignon Blanc than Chardonnay, but with only a few great ones. Araujo comes to mind as great wine. Any other candidates for great California Sauvignon Blanc? Dan Kravitz I love Santa Ynez Sauvignon Blanc, especially ever...
by Thomas Keim
August 9th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5493

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

I had the pleasure to drink Chalone chardonnay with the owner at the time in San Francisco . This was around early nineties . His wines were from the seventies and early eighties . Amazing wines . So California always had great whites but maybe not many as there were not many high end wineries then...
by Thomas Keim
August 9th, 2020, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5493

Re: Well...

Well... I would say that Calif makes plenty of great/world-class white wines. Many are superior to their European counter-parts. The whites of TablasCreek are a good place to start. Tom How anybody can say this with a straight face is beyond me. Sometimes I feel like there are two different types o...
by Thomas Keim
August 8th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5493

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

I am certainly fond of many of the wines mentioned, but I think there were excellent Calif whites before 2005. +1 Indeed, one could go so far as to say something like the 1980 Chalone Reserve Chardonnay from a cold cellar would be more competitive with a great white Burgundy of the same era than an...
by Thomas Keim
August 5th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 74
Views: 2958

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

Sideways. Mainly because it was the first movie with a wine theme that actually got something right. Love 'A Good Year' as well -
by Thomas Keim
August 5th, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Milla Handley of Handley Cellars, victim of Covid
Replies: 6
Views: 879

Re: Milla Handley of Handley Cellars, victim of Covid

Oh no - I worked with her in the 1990s, representing her wines in the Midwest, and she was a terrific winemaker. So sad. RIP
by Thomas Keim
August 5th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?
Replies: 50
Views: 2008

Re: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?

I drink a lot of un-oaked Macon, and I find them pretty versatile with chicken dishes, smoked salmon and shellfish.
by Thomas Keim
August 5th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WINE and WAR - Lebanon Wine Documentary
Replies: 34
Views: 2110

Re: WINE and WAR - Lebanon Wine Documentary

Thanks for the heads up - can't wait to see it -
by Thomas Keim
July 29th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma County Rhône Producers? - Another winery recommendation request thread
Replies: 22
Views: 1052

Re: Sonoma County Rhône Producers? - Another winery recommendation request thread

The Frick Winery in Dry Creek - https://frickwinestore.com/

Bill Frick is a master with Rhone varietals - and a great guy to spend time with.
by Thomas Keim
July 29th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????
Replies: 53
Views: 1944

Re: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????

I like starting every red at 55-60 degrees. If it's a quick purchase from a local store, I'll throw it in the fridge for an hour or two to bring it down.
by Thomas Keim
July 29th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.
Replies: 112
Views: 5244

Re: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.

What’s the ABV on this wine? Count me in the group that strongly dislikes dry Riesling. I'm with you, Riesling is such a wonderfully exotic grape, and really needs to be in that 1% to 2% residual sugar to show all it's colors in my opinion. I do appreciate Aussie Dry Rieslings and German Trocken Ri...
by Thomas Keim
July 24th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hmm, I’ve Never Had a Diamond Creek Cabernet, What Am I Missing (If Anything)?
Replies: 69
Views: 3140

Re: Hmm, I’ve Never Had a Diamond Creek Cabernet, What Am I Missing (If Anything)?

Properly stored the 1978s are killer. Tremendously properly stored, the 74s are killer. Years ago, the 79s were dirt cheap and very special but probably past their prime. I've never had a DC that I loved from the 80s, but I've not had many. Every vintage in the 70s - I liked the '76s and 77s as muc...
by Thomas Keim
July 24th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 2186

Re: Is this a wine?

It seems to be a Petillante, a sparkling wine with quite low pressure ... from Riesling ... could be good or bad ... I would certainly taste or at least smell it, but only for free ... I would love to try this - and it's from one of California's best Riesling sites (not that there's that many of th...
by Thomas Keim
July 21st, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long do you drink a bottle of Wine?
Replies: 38
Views: 1606

Re: How long do you drink a bottle of Wine?

A nice Burgundy, a couple hours, a nice Vinho Verde, a couple minutes...
by Thomas Keim
July 21st, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .
Replies: 67
Views: 4900

Re: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .

Howard Cooper wrote:
July 21st, 2020, 10:42 am
J. Cohen wrote:
July 21st, 2020, 10:32 am
DRC & Leroy.
Not a fan of Leroy. They all taste too much alike.
That's why you just purchase the lower rung stuff like the Bourgogne Rouge, Savigny les Beaune and Santenay Rouge -
by Thomas Keim
July 21st, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becky Wasserman & Co Scholarship for People of Color in the Wine Trade
Replies: 6
Views: 691

Re: Becky Wasserman & Co Scholarship for People of Color in the Wine Trade

Awesome - thanks Gregg - Always been a big fan of Becky -
by Thomas Keim
July 21st, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .
Replies: 67
Views: 4900

Re: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .

I would state the obvious here - Burgundy, France Alto Adige, Italy Baden, Germany Pfalz, Germany Santa Barbara, California Sonoma, California Santa Cruz Mountains, California Willamette Valley, Oregon Finger Lakes, New York How about Champagne and the Loire? Always forget about Champagne, and most...
by Thomas Keim
July 21st, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .
Replies: 67
Views: 4900

Re: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .

I would state the obvious here -

Burgundy, France
Alto Adige, Italy
Baden, Germany
Pfalz, Germany
Santa Barbara, California
Sonoma, California
Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Finger Lakes, New York
by Thomas Keim
July 19th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Louis Latour Chassagne Montrachet Rouge??
Replies: 10
Views: 884

Re: 2007 Louis Latour Chassagne Montrachet Rouge??

They've done this for decades, which is why the reds are far from highly regarded. Even his Cortons show that blunt "dumbness" all his lesser reds show.

The whites are another story......
by Thomas Keim
July 19th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: DavidBruce White Riesling Estate '79...(short/boring/bizarre)
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Re: TN: DavidBruce White Riesling Estate '79...(short/boring/bizarre)

I wish I still had bottles left of the '80 and '81 Pinot Noirs. They were big and probably wouldn't have aged well, but they are etched in my memory as two of the greatest California Pinot Noirs I have tasted. On that first trip to Santa Cruz is when I discovered Duane Cronin as well, another great ...
by Thomas Keim
July 19th, 2020, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: DavidBruce White Riesling Estate '79...(short/boring/bizarre)
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Re: TN: DavidBruce White Riesling Estate '79...(short/boring/bizarre)

I've told this story before, but on one of my first trips to Santa Cruz (1980?), we went to David's house for a reception he was having. At the time Bruce's Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were my absolute favorite wines coming out of California and I was just a monster fan of David Bruce. As we entered h...
by Thomas Keim
July 8th, 2020, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Burgundy villages do you have the most wine from?
Replies: 51
Views: 2166

Re: What Burgundy villages do you have the most wine from?

Fixin Givry Mercurey Santenay I purchase the upper tier village wines and 1er Crus in 3-4 bottle lots - and because we have a wholesale license, tend to purchase the listed wines in 6-12 bottle lots. We have some silly, stupid wholesalers in the state, so I pick up some pretty good deals quite regul...
by Thomas Keim
July 8th, 2020, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A question for our elder states(men/women)
Replies: 50
Views: 2688

Re: A question for our elder states(men/women)

64 here - and I stopped buying futures about ten years ago. And as Neal says, you can never have enough bubbly, so we still replenish with regularity. And, I have found that my significant other has become a Prosecco whore, so we are still purchasing that by the case. My cellar is a little over 600 ...
by Thomas Keim
July 8th, 2020, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé
Replies: 14
Views: 559

Re: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé

Sean, you may already know this, but this producer is repped by Halpern in Ontario and as such IIRC several of their cuvees were being poured at their portfolio tasting this past November. I think I found that as I worked my way up the ladder I actually liked the wines less. In my view they became ...
by Thomas Keim
July 7th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé
Replies: 14
Views: 559

Re: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé

One of my favorite estates in the Macon. When Madame Jeanne Ferret owned the estate (20+ years ago) we used to visit regularly. Her single vineyard wines were a revelation to taste - and she was something special. Haven't had any of the wines since Jadot purchased the firm, good to see the wines ar...
by Thomas Keim
July 7th, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé
Replies: 14
Views: 559

Re: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé

One of my favorite estates in the Macon. When Madame Jeanne Ferret owned the estate (20+ years ago) we used to visit regularly. Her single vineyard wines were a revelation to taste - and she was something special. Haven't had any of the wines since Jadot purchased the firm, good to see the wines are...
by Thomas Keim
July 2nd, 2020, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Tony Terlato
Replies: 5
Views: 883

Re: RIP Tony Terlato

I was working in Chicago - circa 1984 at the Sandburg Wine Cellar at Clark and North. The owners were the notorious Potash brothers, who weren't too fond of anybody really, but really had it out for anyone Italian. One day Tony Terlato came in with a couple guys from Sicily to do a presentation. At ...
by Thomas Keim
July 2nd, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 105
Views: 4952

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

A magnum of my favorite white wine - 2015 Cassis Blanc - Clos Sainte Magdeleine We had it with Crab Cakes - Interesting, Thomas, I used to drink these with great enjoyment when I lived for a few months in Cassis. On the few occasions that I had them back in the States, they never showed quite as we...
by Thomas Keim
July 2nd, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 105
Views: 4952

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

A magnum of my favorite white wine - 2015 Cassis Blanc - Clos Sainte Magdeleine We had it with Crab Cakes - Thomas, if I could own one winery in the world, I think it would be this one. A beautiful setting, right on the Mediterranean: 858408_4654241708900_339598057_o.jpg 856202_4654225708500_115285...
by Thomas Keim
July 2nd, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Tony Terlato
Replies: 5
Views: 883

Re: RIP Tony Terlato

Oh no - a Chicago legend. RIP
by Thomas Keim
July 2nd, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 105
Views: 4952

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

A magnum of my favorite white wine -

2015 Cassis Blanc - Clos Sainte Magdeleine

We had it with Crab Cakes -
by Thomas Keim
June 25th, 2020, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your most consumed wine?
Replies: 54
Views: 2118

Re: What's your most consumed wine?

Jean Manciat or Manciat-Poncet Macon-Charnay -

Been my go-to white for damn near 35 years - I find myself trying other Macon producers, and love most of them, but this is my go-to.
by Thomas Keim
June 23rd, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1955 Chateau Augey, Sauterenes
Replies: 5
Views: 365

Re: TN: 1955 Chateau Augey, Sauterenes

Augey was a long time negociant firm - still selling red and white generic wines in the United States today - wonder if they are related?

https://www.abcfws.com/augey-bordeaux-red/102105
by Thomas Keim
June 21st, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remoissenet
Replies: 19
Views: 915

Re: Remoissenet

I also went to a Remoissenet tasting hosted by Pierre Rovani last year and thought the wines were quite sound. However, I found Rovani and his opinions to be so unpalatable LOL, perhaps Pierre himself could use some refreshing. wonder if he still is a chain smoker. That’s got to be great for one’s ...
by Thomas Keim
June 20th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remoissenet
Replies: 19
Views: 915

Re: Remoissenet

I would love to know the story about these old Remoissenet wines that have been released over the last 30 or so years. I've had a number of them as well, and they do indeed seem just a bit too "fresh" for their own good. The last bottle I had was a '64 Chambertin that you would have thought would ha...
by Thomas Keim
June 18th, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Sénéjac - (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 20
Views: 1611

Re: TN: 2016 Château Sénéjac - (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

Thanks for the note Brian, big fan of Senejac but haven't had the '16. I've found that these are excellent values and age well in the short term. A recent '12 was somewhat boring on day one but excellent on day two, and the '10 is drinking very well right now as well. I'll look to add a few of thes...
by Thomas Keim
June 18th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Picpoul: the joys of simple wine
Replies: 35
Views: 1539

Re: Picpoul: the joys of simple wine

Not too much experience with Picpoul, but the one I have had (Felines Jourdan) was a very enjoyable substitute for Muscadet. The brightness & brinyness with a bit more oomph. Board member Michel Abood imports it......but I'd still buy it in spite of that. [tease.gif] http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_UYVKZ...
by Thomas Keim
June 18th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5854

Re: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 8:02 am
Thomas Keim wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 8:00 am
Just about any Chave Hermitage Blanc I have tasted -
Who the heck calls those 'great' in the first place??
Not I -
by Thomas Keim
June 18th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5854

Re: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?

Just about any Chave Hermitage Blanc I have tasted -
by Thomas Keim
June 17th, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 20490

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Boycotting Napa Cellars in Napa because they looked at me the wrong way at a trade show.... [rofl.gif] I'm boycotting Thomas because his avatar is beer related and this is not Beer Berserkers, it is effing Wine Berserkers, for crying out loud!!! [diablo.gif] Well! I am boycotting Anton because he l...
by Thomas Keim
June 17th, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Brunellos
Replies: 57
Views: 3994

Re: Best Brunellos

If you drink a Brunello younger than 10 years of age you might as well choose a good Rosso di Montalcino, but that‘s just me. On the other hand, I have seen very few Brunelli improve after 20 years+. Or a top notch Chianti Classico Riserva - most Rosso's don't see oak (or see very little), so it's ...

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