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by Anthony C
July 4th, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine storage / temp control necessary?
Replies: 13
Views: 573

Re: wine storage / temp control necessary?

I just built a passive wine cellar in my basement. 2x6 walls and 2" foam insulation. 4x8 inside and storage for 500 bottles. A few weeks after completion and it's sitting at a rock solid 66F and 65% humidity. I have a sensor outside in the basement which moves from 65F to 69F throughout the day and ...
by Anthony C
June 28th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and Sleep (or Lack Thereof)
Replies: 47
Views: 2226

Re: Wine and Sleep (or Lack Thereof)

Has worked for years, but in COVID time, my sleep has been awful. Erratic, interrupted, and filled with the most ridiculously ridiculous dreams evah. You too, I thought I was the only one :) I've noticed similar and try to stop drinking past 9 or so. Usually if we split a bottle, I do a final drink...
by Anthony C
June 28th, 2020, 3:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Luggage
Replies: 27
Views: 909

Re: Wine Luggage

I don't know the brand, but we saw them everywhere for sale in Napa. It folds flat to take on your vacation and then you purchase a case box with styrofoam at your destination and it fits inside this soft sided case. It has wheels and a strap handle, which make navigating easier, but not as good as ...
by Anthony C
June 26th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?
Replies: 32
Views: 1698

Re: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?

I like Prum's stuff, but I have resigned to just get it when my local wine guy gets it in his store. Sadly not as often as I'd like :(
by Anthony C
June 26th, 2020, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can't make money selling liquor? Make hand sanitizer!
Replies: 22
Views: 976

Re: Can't make money selling liquor? Make hand sanitizer!

An article a few weeks ago in the Washington Post covered local distilleries. Many are not sure they will make through Covid even after being allowed to ship their products. The loss in restaurant busieness is killing them. Glad to see businesses pivoting to their new reality. Equal parts desperati...
by Anthony C
June 22nd, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 53
Views: 2491

Re: books ?

Just got Wine and War today in the mail. been on my list a little while, no time like the present!

Anyone get / read Jane Anson's Bordeaux book yet? I saw it in another discussion and I know it's pretty new. It looks great, but I'm trying to figure out if it's $95 shipped great.
by Anthony C
June 22nd, 2020, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Ducru-Beaucaillou⁣
Replies: 22
Views: 799

Re: 1975 Ducru-Beaucaillou⁣

Jidhin R. wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 8:17 am
I've got a '75 I'm planning to open later this year. Any suggestions on decanting length or suggest pnp?
For both the '75 Brane and Comtesse, I decanted just for sediment. Poured immediately. Don't remember second fill being weaker or better with either wine. Can't speak for the Ducru, though.
by Anthony C
June 22nd, 2020, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wood Wine Racks
Replies: 11
Views: 553

Re: Wood Wine Racks

2nd for Wine Cellar Innovations. I have 2x ladder racks and 2x X bins in my cellar. 7' tall, mahogany. Went together very easy. I did the trim differently than the instructions, but it worked for how I have them installed, but it was nice to have the option. It is definitely "some assembly required"...
by Anthony C
June 22nd, 2020, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give Riesling A Chance
Replies: 27
Views: 1209

Re: Give Riesling A Chance

We've been drinking a lot more Riesling lately, mostly Alsace but a few Germans. I avoided it for a long time (similar story for Rose) because I only remembered the sickly sweet dessert wine variant. But after a few really good ones (restaurants, friends, family), I got back into the fold. Now I'm s...
by Anthony C
June 21st, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Ducru-Beaucaillou⁣
Replies: 22
Views: 799

Re: 1975 Ducru-Beaucaillou⁣

Gotta love the '75s. I haven't had that particular Chateau, but I have some Brane Cantenac and Pichon-Comtesse from 75. Got them in lots and have had one bottle of each with a few more left. The Brane was good, still had structure, didn't fade in the glass, the expected Left Bank flavor profile. The...
by Anthony C
June 20th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhône white wines
Replies: 36
Views: 1140

Re: Rhône white wines

Condrieu wines are usually fascinating viognier. Tend to be more fruity, less acidic and better balanced than new world variants. I love some of the Cali viognier, but generally regard it as a hot day sipping wine. The Condrieu's I've had were all multi-layered and much better wines. That said, they...
by Anthony C
June 19th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passive wine cellar in Virginia?
Replies: 49
Views: 2227

Re: Passive wine cellar in Virginia?

Finished!* *sort of. Still needs a nice light fixture, trim molding, and a door that isn't me sliding foam insulation in front of the opening. But it's 9 degrees cooler down there than my dining room and the racks are secure. Thanks for the help all! I'll post again next summer with some nerd data o...
by Anthony C
June 18th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay
Replies: 1
Views: 153

TN: 2003 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

Straw to light amber color. Stone fruits and tropical flowers on the nose. There was something else I couldn't quite place, earthier. Taste was of peach/apricot with a long citrus finish. Hint of caramel/toffee. Round mouth feel but not very buttery. Medium acidity and strong fruit flavor means this...
by Anthony C
June 18th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 104
Views: 4744

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

I'm looking forward to trying a bunch of these.

I would throw Montelena in but I have to admit I haven't tried most of the chards mentioned earlier in this thread. We tend to like the more French style chards.
by Anthony C
June 18th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback
Replies: 68
Views: 5304

Re: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback

The Somm movies and some of the wine books I have read gave me a creepy feeling of that whole old-boys network (which I'm pretty sure was not the intent). I couldn't help but be reminded of Freakonomics where he compares Realtors and others as being "gatekeepers of information" for prestige and econ...
by Anthony C
June 17th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1057
Views: 85046

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Dennis Atick wrote:
June 17th, 2020, 8:39 am
Anthony C wrote:
June 17th, 2020, 7:22 am
How is wine.com at shipping in the heat? I'd love to use some of these coupons, but usually don't even consider ordering online June through September.
You can select a ship date in the fall. I selected an October date on my last purchase.
Thanks for the info!
by Anthony C
June 17th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passive wine cellar in Virginia?
Replies: 49
Views: 2227

Re: Passive wine cellar in Virginia?

Followed by, "Anyone know a good divorce lawyer?" :)
by Anthony C
June 17th, 2020, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1057
Views: 85046

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

How is wine.com at shipping in the heat? I'd love to use some of these coupons, but usually don't even consider ordering online June through September.
by Anthony C
June 17th, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passive wine cellar in Virginia?
Replies: 49
Views: 2227

Re: Passive wine cellar in Virginia?

Update: Painting done, dry fitting racks now. Left framing in wall for a CellarPro unit if necessary, but I'm going to try passive for now. Roughly R40 walls, R50 ceiling, bare floor. Individual bottle racks for old world and "agers" on the left, X/Flat on the right for new-world, early drinking, an...
by Anthony C
June 17th, 2020, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No, the other Noellat (not Charles or Alain)
Replies: 17
Views: 761

Re: No, the other Noellat (not Charles or Alain)

I have some 2014 Michel Noellat from Fixin that are developing well.

Edit: I shouldn't post before coffee. Just checked the bottles and they are Michel. I have no idea where I got Joel from. [oops.gif]
by Anthony C
June 17th, 2020, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 18894

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

As for boycotting wineries, I only boycott the ones that act like pretentious jerks when I visited or that have crappy wine. I had one bad experience visiting a winery in California and one in Burgundy. I have not since bought any wines from either winery. Thankfully for me it's only been a few win...
by Anthony C
June 16th, 2020, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5326

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

I forget the vintage, but it was an older Dom Peringnon that tasted like fizzy sourdough starter (bottle probably wasn't flawed, just way too old).
by Anthony C
June 16th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 53
Views: 2491

Re: books ?

Give up all these new-fangled books. Read or reread anything by M.F.K. Fisher Or if you like the works of MFK Fisher, read "Provence, 1970" which is more about the evolution of the food scene from the old world post WWII to the new world in the 1970s. Fisher is a main character as are the Childs an...
by Anthony C
June 16th, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Was it flawed or just intensely herbal?
Replies: 8
Views: 602

Re: Was it flawed or just intensely herbal?

Agree on the brett (or other anomaly) blowing off. It's at least possible. Had a Beaucastel a few months back that smelled like a wet horse died on fresh hay. An hour later it tasted like a decent wine. An hour after that it was a fabulous wine with little hint of the offending odor. It was incredib...
by Anthony C
June 16th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 18894

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I meant standing their ground on neutrality, not whatever they are doing wrong.
by Anthony C
June 16th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 53
Views: 2491

Re: books ?

Mentioned above but seconded:
Cork Dork
Billionaire's Vinegar

Not read yet, but recommended by a friend:
Wine and War
by Anthony C
June 16th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 18894

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I've never understood corporate activism. Just seems like bad business to alienate half your customers for something unrelated to the business. I know some get bullied into "picking a side"; but I do respect the ones that stand their ground. As for boycotting wineries, I only boycott the ones that a...
by Anthony C
June 11th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $15 whites
Replies: 42
Views: 1128

Re: Sub $15 whites

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier runs about $12 and is very easy going and enjoyable without being bland. I haven’t bought any yet this year, but I usually buy several bottles each summer and it is a consistently solid wine. +1 Love that Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier in the summer. Can even find...
by Anthony C
June 11th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 33
Views: 985

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

I saw that too. Might be for a loophole in the law or might just be to keep the tour buses away until things settle down. I can't fault them for either reason.
by Anthony C
June 11th, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weird grape blends
Replies: 27
Views: 841

Re: Weird grape blends

Duckhorn (or one of their other properties) makes a Cab/Zin blend, if I remember correctly. I remember it being interesting; not one of my favorites but not bad.
by Anthony C
June 10th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6810

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Adam, that was a great video. Thanks for the link.
by Anthony C
June 10th, 2020, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 33
Views: 985

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

We'll probably head out to the Linden area in the next few weeks to hit up a couple restaurants. Might see what the winery is up to then as well. Curious what restaurants you are considering ‘in the area’. Other than the Inn at Little Washington, most other places are a good hour drive from there. ...
by Anthony C
June 10th, 2020, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 33
Views: 985

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

This is a good list here (thanks, all of you). Plan was to put these into Google Maps and if we're near one (or can plan ahead just a bit), hit it up. No super-tasting-day or any dedicated trips like that. Just targets of opportunity. We'll probably head out to the Linden area in the next few weeks ...
by Anthony C
June 10th, 2020, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6810

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Poor farming practice, no -- but hail storms, or mega droughts, or weeks of rain near harvest -- not much they can do other than, as you said, take the time to sort out what they have and make the best of it. I've seen the workers doing that sorting. You get an understanding why some wines cost more...
by Anthony C
June 10th, 2020, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 33
Views: 985

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

I'm up in Fairfax, but have family on the southern border and a friend with a farm on northern neck so we get all over the state any given summer.

There are just so many 'meh' wineries here -- but I knew there were some diamonds I hadn't tried yet.

Thanks all.
by Anthony C
June 10th, 2020, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6810

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

My wording was definitely poor -- I did not mean to imply farming was not an important part. I simply meant that better producers can do more with weaker crops (whether that was farming, weather, or otherwise). And the fewer plots the wine comes from, the more dependent it is on the farming practice...
by Anthony C
June 10th, 2020, 4:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 33
Views: 985

Virginia wineries worth visiting?

Virginia is starting to open up (a little) and I was going to hit some wineries this summer and dump some money in the local economy. The biggest frustration I have with Virginia wineries is that most of them seem to just be wedding pavilions that make mediocre wine and try to justify $35 a bottle f...
by Anthony C
June 10th, 2020, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6810

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Balance is what makes a good wine. Better producers are just better at it. They know what they can do with the grapes and what they can't. If they have some level of control over the vineyard, they can shape that as well, but it's not a requirement. I've had some fantastic wines from supposedly off ...
by Anthony C
May 29th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Keep your CellarTracker inventory up to date
Replies: 26
Views: 1733

PSA: Keep your CellarTracker inventory up to date

I let mine slide a couple years ago when I got slammed by work and wasn't buying much wine anyway (small racks were full). So I had about 75 bottles in there when I took a break and just replaced a case at a time as we drank stuff. Fast forward and now I'm more at 150 bottles and decided to update t...
by Anthony C
May 24th, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Burgundy Glass
Replies: 79
Views: 4617

Re: Preferred Burgundy Glass

I use the Riedel Sommelier Burgundy for Burgs and So Rhones and the Riedel Bordeaux for Bordeaux and No Rhones. I'd like to say that it was through careful analysis, but I just liked the shapes and they were MUCH better than the Sur la Table stemware we'd been using forever. I haven't settled on a w...
by Anthony C
May 22nd, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Vineyards Zoom Events
Replies: 10
Views: 765

Re: Ridge Vineyards Zoom Events

Found the archive on YouTube. Haven't been able to attend any, but still wanted to watch later.
by Anthony C
May 15th, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lot of praise for Cellartracker
Replies: 143
Views: 7832

Re: A lot of praise for Cellartracker

Another happy CT user. I let my inventory slide (and with it tasting notes), but with the cellar almost done, I'm going to do a major re-inventory and get back to using CT.

Plan is to eventually have an old tablet (as a kiosk) that only goes to CT in the cellar at all times.
by Anthony C
April 3rd, 2020, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Started cellar construction
Replies: 14
Views: 1159

Re: Started cellar construction

We did a layout check before drywall and like the racks on both ends. One will be a rectangle/diamond wall and the other will be full individual racking. Leaves enough room for me to make a staging table and maybe some horizontal bottle holders on part of that long outside wall (future project). Wir...
by Anthony C
March 30th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Started cellar construction
Replies: 14
Views: 1159

Re: Started cellar construction

Sadly I can't use the short wall for a door. One side is the block wall and the other will eventually be a half bath. I may put those other racks on the short wall as well and do a little half-round table for standing up bottles or taking notes (not that I plan to taste or stay in there long). And y...
by Anthony C
March 29th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine cellar progress
Replies: 100
Views: 4905

Re: Wine cellar progress

Very nice. I just started mine last week. Loved to see the progress and the results!
by Anthony C
March 29th, 2020, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Started cellar construction
Replies: 14
Views: 1159

Re: Started cellar construction

small_cellar.jpg
And here's the general plan. Might put the other racks on the narrow wall as well, but the outside wall there should be cooler.
by Anthony C
March 29th, 2020, 4:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Started cellar construction
Replies: 14
Views: 1159

Re: Started cellar construction

Pic of the progress. I already had the racks: mahogany X's and individual racks from Wine Cellar Innovations. I didn't want double depth because I will forget about what's in the back and I wanted X's for odd sized bottles and more flexibility. I know I didn't maximize the space. I will have room fo...
by Anthony C
March 28th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Started cellar construction
Replies: 14
Views: 1159

Re: Started cellar construction

by Anthony C
March 28th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Started cellar construction
Replies: 14
Views: 1159

Started cellar construction

Hi all, First off, big thanks to everyone on my other thread about insulation and passive cellars. A lot of good info there that inspired me to finalize my design. Using the semi-quarantine time (my work is considered essential, but I get about half the week off now) to start building the cellar. Go...
by Anthony C
March 1st, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 0
Views: 271

TN: 2002 La Mission Haut Brion

Leather, cassis, something vaguely anise like, and a hint of baking spice (not quite nutmeg, not quite vanilla) on the nose. Definely not a fruit forward wine; it is quietly reserved. Acid and tannins are well balanced and the alcohol moderate. It benefited from an hour plus decant but with the weak...

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