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by Eric Ifune
May 19th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?
Replies: 17
Views: 690

Re: Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?

Once spent a day driving about and tasting wine with an Italian restaurateur looking for a variety of house wines. Incredibly inexpensive wines with excellent quality. Most probably don't travel more than a few dozen km. I seem to have overdone it since I ended up vomiting out the window of his Jag ...
by Eric Ifune
May 18th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 204
Views: 9717

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Used to smoke Dunhill 965. There was another Dunhill label, I forget the name, that was pressed and came in a red square tin. I liked it a lot, but the rubbing was a hassle.
by Eric Ifune
May 14th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 35
Views: 2620

Re: Lisbon?

Tourism is booming in Porto and Lisbon. Need reservations for lodging quite a period beforehand unlike just a few years ago.
by Eric Ifune
May 14th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9704

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

I remember buying the 1978 Guigal Hermitage and Brune & Blonde in Los Angeles. No other Cote Rotie based producers were around. There was Jaboulet and Chapoutier on the market.
by Eric Ifune
May 10th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9704

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

So Bordeaux mixture isn’t allowed because it’s organic, it’s "organic" because it’s allowed.
Yes.
by Eric Ifune
May 10th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9704

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Copper sulfate got grandfathered in, mainly because it's about the only thing that works short of nonorganic. Oidium is still a big problem. All other organic treatments barely make a dent. Organic vintners who eschew copper have lost entire crops. Here's an article in "The World of Fine Wines" http...
by Eric Ifune
May 9th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9704

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Copper is antimicrobial. That's why it's in high end athletic gear to kill off aroma causing bacteria. At high enough levels, it kills off the soil microbiome. It also accumulates with time. People talk of the soil being more sterile than the Sahara. With build up of copper, this will be the case. T...
by Eric Ifune
May 8th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9704

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Opened a 1983 Guigal Hermitage last night. All bacon and cherries. Definitely not over oaked.
by Eric Ifune
May 8th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9704

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Bordeaux mixture. Copper sulfate. Adding heavy metals to the environment is never good. As bad as spraying lead paint around. It's the only allowed treatment for Oidium allowed by the Biodynamic certifiers. There are far more environmentally friendly antifungals which disintegrate in a few days, but...
by Eric Ifune
May 8th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Georges Lelektsoglou
Replies: 17
Views: 767

Re: Georges Lelektsoglou

I bought a case of his 2000 Cote du Rhone Villages. From a vineyard just outside of Chateauneuf du Pape and 100% Grenache. Last one I opened was a couple of years ago and still too young. Yes, he runs a well known shop in Tain and if he has time and thinks you know what you are talking about, will j...
by Eric Ifune
May 7th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9704

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Back to the myth of Biodynamics. It is, for grape growing, very unsustainable and a bane on the environment.
by Eric Ifune
May 3rd, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How do you prepare popcorn?
Replies: 29
Views: 782

Re: How do you prepare popcorn?

Don't use olive oil. I like neutral oil. Popped then put into a brown paper grocery bag, add butter and salt and shake.
by Eric Ifune
May 3rd, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stupid poll time
Replies: 19
Views: 776

Re: Stupid poll time

Yeah. 300. Typing too fast. pileon
by Eric Ifune
May 3rd, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stupid poll time
Replies: 19
Views: 776

Re: Stupid poll time

My bucket list wine is the 1720 Borges Pather. Two hundred years coming up.
by Eric Ifune
April 26th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can you saber sparkling juice with a bottle cap?
Replies: 34
Views: 693

Re: Can you saber sparkling juice with a bottle cap?

I've seen it done with the base of a wine glass, so I think any hard, thin but dull edge will do it.
by Eric Ifune
April 22nd, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.
Replies: 17
Views: 1109

Re: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.

Don't know of anyone tasting a potential 1970 Single Harvest. Just because 1970 is a fabulous Vintage Port year, doesn't mean it's good for wood aged wines. Many great wood aged wines from terrible Vintage years. A few years had both, but haven't heard about 1970.
by Eric Ifune
April 22nd, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Madeira question

NoahR wrote: ↑ Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:31 am I wonder if young vine vs old vine has any relevance for Madeira given the method of its production. Interesting question, to which I’d love to know the answer. Viticulture on Madeira is very different. Most of the older vineyards are pergola trained. The ne...
by Eric Ifune
April 22nd, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.
Replies: 17
Views: 1109

Re: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.

Is the 1970 Single Harvest for sale yet. They were releasing the series at 50 years of age. You're not talking about the 1970 Vintage Port? Completely different animals. The Single Harvest wines are wood aged.
by Eric Ifune
April 20th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.
Replies: 17
Views: 1109

Re: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.

Over the past 20 years or so, I've noted the exact same wine in the States is 2-3x retail. Are you talking about the Single Harvest Taylors? These are not old since Taylors is releasing them at 50 years of age for celebrations. Most of the stock came from their purchase of Wiese & Krohn a few years ...
by Eric Ifune
April 19th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Madeira question

I believe Phylloxera was first seen on the Island in 1872. It does take awhile for it to spread to all the vineyards and kill the vines. It was in the 1880's that production was at it's nadir.
by Eric Ifune
April 18th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone ever visit the Sherry lodges in Jerez?
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: Anyone ever visit the Sherry lodges in Jerez?

Thanks for all the info.
by Eric Ifune
April 18th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Madeira question

Well, they can't keep a solera going indefinitely like Sherry. I've never heard that Madeira soleras were priced more than Vintage wines. Where did you hear that? The only thing I can think of is that the current laws make starting a solera economically unfeasible, thus the existent soleras need to ...
by Eric Ifune
April 17th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Madeira question

Oh and 1862 was one of the best vintages ever, especially for Terrantez but also other varieties. 1870 was very, very good as well.
by Eric Ifune
April 17th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Madeira question

Oidium and Phylloxera were huge hits. Production almost ceased entirely, only a few hundred casks. I've seen bottles with two vintages on them, a blend of the two because there wasn't enough. Sulfur was used for Oidium. It's still used quite liberally. I've a photo somewhere of a local farmer who gr...
by Eric Ifune
April 16th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Madeira question

There's actually a Duke of Malmsey? How cool is that?! Unfortunately no Duke of Malmsey. It's only a marketing label. There were the Counts of Torre Bella who controlled the largest estates on the islands. Sometimes you'll see the Torre Bella label on old bottles. I believe the last Countess died a...
by Eric Ifune
April 16th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Madeira question

Avery's was once also famous for their own label Madeira, bottled for them by The Madeira Wine Company. These included many wines also released under the Blandy's, Cossart, and Leacocks labels. When stocks started drying up in the 60's and 70's they stopped doing this. I'm going to guess this wine w...
by Eric Ifune
April 15th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question on decanting old sweet riesling
Replies: 6
Views: 414

Re: Question on decanting old sweet riesling

Don't usually decant, but don't see a problem with it. I think with a 1990 it doesn't made a difference. I opened a 1990 Maximin Grunhauser Absberg Spatlase a few nights ago. Wonderful wine without SO2 on the nose.
by Eric Ifune
April 13th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: JosephPhelps Scheurebe LateHrvst '83...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 270

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

I believe the Special Select Late Harvest is a TBA in style, while the Late Harvest is more a BA in style.
by Eric Ifune
April 12th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harbor Winery Retrospective Tasting...
Replies: 6
Views: 306

Re: Harbor Winery Retrospective Tasting...

Still have some of the Mission del Sol. Holding onto it as sort of an experiment.
by Eric Ifune
April 8th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 2432

Re: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6

Thanks George. It was great and I had a fantastic time!
by Eric Ifune
April 8th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Luís Seabra Vinhos Xisto Cru (Portugal, Douro)
Replies: 6
Views: 261

Re: TN: 2014 Luís Seabra Vinhos Xisto Cru (Portugal, Douro)

Did you listen to Luis on the "I'll Drink to That" podcast. Fascinating. He covers a wide range of topics regarding the Douro but applicable world wide. Episode 458.
by Eric Ifune
April 2nd, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine
Replies: 10
Views: 472

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine

Schlossberg or Clos des Capucins vineyard? All the Weinbach labels have Clos des Capucins on them, since this is where the estate is headquartered. But the Schlossberg vineyard is a ways away.
by Eric Ifune
April 1st, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2214

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Dorigo's Picolit. Picolit was once as prestigious as Tokay.
by Eric Ifune
March 31st, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Clone Question
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: Clone Question

If a Pinot vine is pollinated by Zinfandel pollen, the fruit will still be Pinot. The genetic material does make it into the seeds as Wes describes. But no one, except hybridizers, will grow new vines from seedlings.
by Eric Ifune
March 30th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: ADANA KEBAB
Replies: 1
Views: 204

Re: ADANA KEBAB

Love a good Adana kebab. I lived there for a year a few decades ago.
by Eric Ifune
March 27th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine

I've gingerly used a cork screw on a few of these. Lots of padding.
by Eric Ifune
March 26th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone ever visit the Sherry lodges in Jerez?
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Anyone ever visit the Sherry lodges in Jerez?

I might end up staying for a time in the area sometime this summer.
by Eric Ifune
March 25th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx
Replies: 68
Views: 3587

Re: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx

posted by Howard Cooper One of the things that convinced me in my 20s to buy 1982 Bordeaux futures was that I bought and read an issue of Decanter where the writer (I cannot remember whether it was Peppercorn or Coates or Edmund Penning-Roswell or who (but I remember it was one of the major ones at...
by Eric Ifune
March 24th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx
Replies: 68
Views: 3587

Re: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx

posted by Mich@el Ch@ng Did broadbent like 82 when it was released? I know he touted it in his book in 2092 but that was after the fact. I thought Parker hyped it but everyone else thought it’d be too ripe and wouldn’t age well. Most of the Brit critics liked the 82's. It was mainly the American cr...
by Eric Ifune
March 24th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...
Replies: 52
Views: 1845

Re: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...

High acid Kabinett from somewhere on the Rhein. Bigger, fuller wines than the Mosel.
by Eric Ifune
March 23rd, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tokyo, Japan
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Re: Tokyo, Japan

If you like Madeira, Café Bar Leandro has the largest selection by the glass in the world. Not a great part of Tokyo, however.
by Eric Ifune
March 23rd, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2477

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

If you don't need the money, I'd rather have the wine. You'll never have them again.
by Eric Ifune
March 22nd, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1969 vs. 1970
Replies: 27
Views: 1025

Re: 1969 vs. 1970

The 1970 vintage might be the best drinking Port Vintage right now. Beautifully mature and not fading at all.
by Eric Ifune
March 21st, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 684

Re: Wine chemistry question?

I believe it's a buffered solution so pH will not change much, even though the tartrates precipitate out.
by Eric Ifune
March 19th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?
Replies: 61
Views: 1411

Re: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?

The rancio of a good wood aged fortified wine coupled with the complexity of long aging.
by Eric Ifune
March 17th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where Are The Franconia Wines???...David??
Replies: 14
Views: 654

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

If you think Riesling is unfashionable, what about Sylvaner!
by Eric Ifune
March 16th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box....WOW!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1789

Re: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box....WOW!!

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Wood aged Port, average age 102 years old. Fabulous stuff. Cedar and cork box.
Quinta do Mourao, the producer, has a large stock of old wood aged Ports. They also recently released a 90 year old White Port in a similar box which is also stupendous.
by Eric Ifune
March 16th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have a wine cellar? Probably the answer is YES: But do you have...
Replies: 24
Views: 2000

Re: Do you have a wine cellar? Probably the answer is YES: But do you have...

I have a bottle from the first full case I purchased at age 21.

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