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by Eric Ifune
July 15th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 63
Views: 1684

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

Michael Broadbent called the 1862 Borges Terrantez his desert island wine and I can't disagree. I'd go with an Augustiner Brau Helles for the beer. Need something refreshing. For the spirit, Delamain Vesper.
by Eric Ifune
July 15th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006, 2009, 2015 Ridge Monte Bello
Replies: 10
Views: 651

Re: TN: 2006, 2009, 2015 Ridge Monte Bello

The Lytton Estate Syrah used to be part of the ATP program. I drank a 2002 a couple of months ago.
by Eric Ifune
July 14th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2482

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

Non-Douro Portuguese wines.
by Eric Ifune
July 14th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 63
Views: 1684

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

Is a cork screw and bottle opener included?
by Eric Ifune
July 6th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 7.1 Richter -> Ridgecrest, CA: How did your cellar fare?
Replies: 10
Views: 1315

Re: 7.1 Richter -> Ridgecrest, CA: How did your cellar fare?

Felt strong tremors in Las Vegas. Immediately went into the cellar. A few bottles shifted an inch or so, but no damage.
by Eric Ifune
July 3rd, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Visit to Madeira
Replies: 15
Views: 973

Re: Visit to Madeira

Are you talking about the rooms for rent on the Faja? If so, then you could. I doubt you could from other hotels on the island. Once the wines are to be commercialized, then they fall into the jurisdiction of the IVBAM, the governmental agency. No barrel tastings allowed unless one of their represen...
by Eric Ifune
June 30th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 68
Views: 1615

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Vienna sausage or Spam with a fried egg and rice.
by Eric Ifune
June 28th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2354

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

Ancient Madeira. Supplies are seriously drying up on the island. Buy now as I'm guessing prices will double in the next 5-10 years.
by Eric Ifune
June 26th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest field blend wines?
Replies: 55
Views: 2317

Re: Greatest field blend wines?

Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port.
Luis Seabra and Dirk Niepoort. What these guys are doing with old vine field blends in Portugal is nothing short of spectacular.
Some great vineyards in the Dao and Alentejo as well.
by Eric Ifune
June 21st, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Q. do Noval Nacional
Replies: 8
Views: 713

Re: Q. do Noval Nacional

Comes from a small plot within the larger vineyard covering a couple of terraces. It is right next to the estate's chicken coop. I once asked if it might be better to get rid of the chickens and increase the size of the plot, but they laughed and said they like their chickens! Unknown why own rooted...
by Eric Ifune
June 18th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?
Replies: 32
Views: 1072

Re: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?

Some decent Vintage Ports, but choose carefully. Due to the revolution and the concern of nationalization, this iffy vintage was declared.
by Eric Ifune
June 17th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill
Replies: 17
Views: 991

Re: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill

Opened the first bottle of a case of the 86 Margaux a couple months ago. Drinking very nicely as you say.
The Nahe Staatsdomaine was one of the greatest in all of Germany for many decades, until the state sold it off.
by Eric Ifune
June 15th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 400YR Old Wine Goes Up For Auction
Replies: 25
Views: 2362

Re: 400YR Old Wine Goes Up For Auction

Francois, have you ever had the 1720 Borges Pather Madeira or the JCA 1715 Terrantez Madeira? The Madeira geek in me wishes to know! :)
by Eric Ifune
June 15th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Taste Talk
Replies: 3
Views: 391

Re: Champagne Taste Talk

Paul Bara.
by Eric Ifune
June 12th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another stupid poll about wine drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 2408

Re: Another stupid poll about wine drinking

Tawny Port.
by Eric Ifune
June 11th, 2019, 1:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??
Replies: 18
Views: 900

Re: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??

Probably fine, but you want a long multiday decant before drinking. The heating occurs in cask while these were in glass. Madeira revels in air so in glass may develop some bottle stink. The long decant helps with that.
by Eric Ifune
June 9th, 2019, 1:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long after vintage are vintage Ports realeased?
Replies: 10
Views: 705

Re: How long after vintage are vintage Ports realeased?

Port producers have reported a large increase in interest in Port. Just tried my first sample of a pre-release 2017 vintage last night.
by Eric Ifune
June 8th, 2019, 2:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party
Replies: 36
Views: 1176

Re: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party

Portuguese espumant.
by Eric Ifune
June 8th, 2019, 2:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long after vintage are vintage Ports realeased?
Replies: 10
Views: 705

Re: How long after vintage are vintage Ports realeased?

Port has really gained in popularity the last few years. Prices are way up. One reason, other than quality, that two consecutive declarations have occurred is that interest, sales, and prices are up.
by Eric Ifune
June 6th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long after vintage are vintage Ports realeased?
Replies: 10
Views: 705

Re: How long after vintage are vintage Ports realeased?

The 2017's will be out this late summer.
by Eric Ifune
May 30th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply
Replies: 79
Views: 4029

Re: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply

Boots has not passed away. She is 92 and lives on the property.
Nice to hear. I just assumed she had passed given her age.
I remember those picnics. People bringing odd bottles and sharing them around.
by Eric Ifune
May 30th, 2019, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply
Replies: 79
Views: 4029

Re: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply

Back in the 80's they would hold their annual picnic where you could taste the new releases. Things have changed, I guess, since Al and Boots passed. But yes, they were for a long time the most expensive wines in the valley.
by Eric Ifune
May 27th, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1909

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

No. The complex chemical reactions of ageing, the formation of aldehydes and esters do not occur with just decanting.
by Eric Ifune
May 25th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3099

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Here's my rant on Biodynamics. I have no problems with the regular additions of micronutrients to the soil, nor the inoculations with microorganisms. Not even the timing with the phases of the moon. I do have a problem with the nonscientific explanations. But my biggest problem is as follows. My fav...
by Eric Ifune
May 24th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Getting rid of your lesser wines: buying one bottle of Noval Nacional 2017 means buying 42 other bottles.
Replies: 3
Views: 913

Re: Getting rid of your lesser wines: buying one bottle of Noval Nacional 2017 means buying 42 other bottles.

Well, Noval Nacional is a rare and unique wine. Will probably appreciate in value. Given that, I'd pass as well. Not young enough to enjoy it fully mature. I do have a single bottle of Nacional in my cellar but more nonunique Ports. Can't see it any different than Romanee Conti or it's like.
by Eric Ifune
May 22nd, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?
Replies: 25
Views: 1126

Re: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?

Some of the wines I've mentioned are very hard to find in the States. Of those that make it, not too much more expensive in the States. Caves Sao Joao makes some good sparklers as well. If you ever visit the winery, a warren of stone bins with thousands and thousands of bottles and magnums of wine f...
by Eric Ifune
May 21st, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?
Replies: 25
Views: 1126

Re: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?

In the Lisboa region, Quinta de Chocapalha. Sandra Tavares of Wine and Soul parents' estate. She makes the wine, her sister sells them. Their Arinto is an age worthy white. My favorite reds are the Vinha Mae (has a bit of Syrah) and the CH (100% Touriga Nacional). In the Alentejo, Herdade do Mouchao...
by Eric Ifune
May 21st, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries
Replies: 24
Views: 1155

Re: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries

2017 Vintage Ports are declared. Some reviewers are comparing them with the 1945's. I've not tasted any yet, but people who's palates I trust have, and the wines are apparently monumental. If only I was a few decades younger. Should be released this summer.
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: 21
Views: 1169

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: 215
Views: 10546

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: 40
Views: 3284

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: 10213

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: 10213

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: 10213

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: 10213

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: 10213

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: 10213

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: 856

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: 10213

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: 1099

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: 842

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: 842

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: 778

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: 1133

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: 989

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...

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