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by Eric Ifune
November 9th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 : a year rich in fortified wines
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Re: 2019 : a year rich in fortified wines

A couple Madeira with the owner of the Faja dos Padres, the most famous vineyard on the island.
1950 Barbeito Faja dos Padres Terrantez, 1920 Cossart Malmsey. Both coming from the same vineyard and both excellent.
by Eric Ifune
November 8th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanters for ballers only
Replies: 15
Views: 1157

Re: Decanters for ballers only

Some new Baccarat decanters are pushing $1000. At least these are antiques.
by Eric Ifune
November 8th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 83
Views: 4796

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

Posted by Rich Brown Wow, that sounds incredible! You have any pics or detailed notes you can pass along? P1030737.JPG P1030739.JPG San Leonardo is the brand name for Quinta do Mourao. Tasted at the Quinta. A blend of 7 wines ranging in dates from 1863 to 1872 with an average age of more than 150 y...
by Eric Ifune
November 7th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?
Replies: 50
Views: 2733

Re: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?

The 1993 Musigny was unready two years ago.
by Eric Ifune
November 4th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 83
Views: 4796

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

Quinta do Mourao CL. CL for 150. This is a wood aged port, a blend of 19th century wines with an average age of over 150 years. Perhaps the best wine I've had the past 4 or 5 years.
by Eric Ifune
November 3rd, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not Douro!!
Replies: 6
Views: 861

Re: Not Douro!!

Colares has two areas. Colares itself is a sub region of the larger Lisboa appellation. The classic area is by the ocean, on pure sand. The vines must be ungrafted and of the classic varieties to be labeled Colares. The area inland has a mix of sand and clay soils. Most of the vines are trellised an...
by Eric Ifune
November 3rd, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austrian Reds?
Replies: 24
Views: 1050

Re: Austrian Reds?

Excellent Pinot Noir (Spatburgunder) as well.
by Eric Ifune
November 2nd, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions
Replies: 21
Views: 1149

Re: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions

Interesting glass bottle for the Madeira. Given it appears quite old, that was close the period when fortification began to be done systematically. (About the turn of the 18th century) Both the 1715 JCA Terrentez and the 1720 Borges Pather are in newer bottles. (Bottled from demijohns) I've seen one...
by Eric Ifune
October 27th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2111

Re: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards

Colares. Not too far from Lisbon, but grown on pure sand with a limestone bedrock. To plant new vines, the sand is removed to plant the vine. After it is established, the sand is replaced. Own rooted since Phylloxera can't travel through the sand. Old vines which snake along the dunes.
by Eric Ifune
October 24th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 : a year rich in fortified wines
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Re: 2019 : a year rich in fortified wines

The 2017 Vintage Ports are shaping up to be something special. The best wine, not just fortified, I've had this year is Quinta do Mourao CL. CL for 150 years. This is a wood aged Port, a blend of vintages from 1863 to 1875 with an average age more than 150 years. There's also a stellar 90 year old w...
by Eric Ifune
October 23rd, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1617

Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

How one of the icons of "natural wine" uses technology.
https://wineanorak.com/2019/10/23/using ... mI36nJUACY
by Eric Ifune
October 23rd, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6229

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Thanks for the contribution, but do you have any evidence for your statement? I've actually never thought about breaking it down that way, and you may well be right, but I'd like to know the source of the statement.
https://www.sestrasystems.com/carbon-fo ... e-of-wine/
by Eric Ifune
October 22nd, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6229

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Well, the largest energy expenditure with wine production is bottle production. Anyone for tetrapaks? Less problem with shipping them as well. neener
by Eric Ifune
October 17th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Where Does Dessert Go For You?
Replies: 17
Views: 739

Re: Where Does Dessert Go For You?

Before the cheese but the wine should not stop.
by Eric Ifune
October 13th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Port tastings in Porto
Replies: 9
Views: 1108

Re: Port tastings in Porto

Bulas has just opened a wine bar in Porto. It's been open maybe a month. It's a smaller, family estate with excellent wines. I've several friends who ordered wine shipped to them from the Kopke lodge. They'll piggy back these wines with their regular imports. They've just received the wines in good ...
by Eric Ifune
October 8th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2281

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

For a celebration you need a sparkler. I'd go with a magnum of one of the American-French ventures like Domaine Chandon, Roderer, or Taittinger.
by Eric Ifune
October 7th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27139

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Ok, I’ll bite. Which Portuguese wine will replace Burgundy? Would prefer if you start a new thread though. TIA. A new thread would be fine, but here are my recommendations to replace Burgundy. For Red, the Dao and Barriada. Quinta de Baixo in Barriada produces wonderful fresh, lighter, aromatic red...
by Eric Ifune
October 6th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27139

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Eric Ifune wrote: ↑Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:57 am Since I currently only buy Portuguese wines, I have no problem. Perhaps you all should too. As good as anything in France for a third the price even without tariffs. :) Reco’s please- Eric Ifune wrote: ↑Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:57 am Since I currently only buy ...
by Eric Ifune
October 4th, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27139

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Since I currently only buy Portuguese wines, I have no problem. Perhaps you all should too. As good as anything in France for a third the price even without tariffs. :)
by Eric Ifune
October 4th, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27139

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Since I currently only buy Portuguese wines, I have no problem. Perhaps you all should too. As good as anything in France for a third the price even without tariffs. :)
by Eric Ifune
October 3rd, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6418

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

You people do know that the eagle symbol predates the Nazis by quite a long time. And the swastika was and is an ancient symbol of good luck.
by Eric Ifune
September 28th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trimbach Riesling Cuveé “M” 2008
Replies: 10
Views: 546

Re: TN: Trimbach Riesling Cuveé “M” 2008

I believe the 96 was the first vintage of this. It was when Trimbach still didn't believe in vineyard designated wines. Much softer than Frederic Emile. I bought a case from Jean Trimbach.
by Eric Ifune
September 27th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trimbach Riesling Cuveé “M” 2008
Replies: 10
Views: 546

Re: TN: Trimbach Riesling Cuveé “M” 2008

I've a few bottles left of the 1996 that I received at the domaine.
by Eric Ifune
September 26th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6418

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Steiner was very much racist. Does that stop people from drinking biodynamic wines?
by Eric Ifune
September 19th, 2019, 12:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: At What Age Did You Start Cooking?
Replies: 25
Views: 1056

Re: At What Age Did You Start Cooking?

Under 10. Would help my mom who was an excellent cook who learned from her mom who was a professional cook in Hawaii.
by Eric Ifune
September 10th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 38
Views: 1818

Re: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version

A small microfleece towel.
by Eric Ifune
September 10th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?
Replies: 24
Views: 1186

Re: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?

Miso risotto. Can add mushrooms or asparagus. Actually miso anything would be good.
by Eric Ifune
September 5th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pay VAT if importing wine from Belgium?
Replies: 10
Views: 455

Re: Pay VAT if importing wine from Belgium?

VAT is charged upon purchase. You may request a VAT refund, but not all merchants participate. The only way VAT is not charged is if the wines are in bond prior to purchase.
by Eric Ifune
August 28th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 34
Views: 1570

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

Different producers all have their own koji culture. Makes a big difference in flavors. Koji is the microorganism which ferments and/or breaks down the complex starches into fermentable sugars.
by Eric Ifune
August 27th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1933

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

Pinot Noir
Tempranillo aka Tinta Roriz aka Aragonez
Nebbiolo
Baga

Riesling
Encruzado
Malvasia Fina aka Bual
Chenin Blanc
by Eric Ifune
August 27th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "The world's three largest wineries, all owned by the same company"
Replies: 13
Views: 1202

Re: "The world's three largest wineries, all owned by the same company"

I haven't bought any Gallo or Gallo affiliated wine for decades. Still, I don't begrudge those who do. Well made wine (although in industrial quantities) at a good price point that millions of people enjoy. It's a different market than that I inhabit, much the same as DRC at the other end.
by Eric Ifune
August 23rd, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 2838

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

From what I'm hearing from this thread and others, when folks experience a low to no sulphur wine that is 'made well', it allows fruit / terroir expression 'more clearly' perhaps than a wine that has added sulfur. I've not had that experience, at least not on a consistent enough regularity to see t...
by Eric Ifune
August 21st, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Franz Hirtzberger Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Honivogl
Replies: 13
Views: 389

Re: TN: 2004 Franz Hirtzberger Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Honivogl

I bought 2000, 2001, and 2002 from the estate along with the Axpoint. Wonderful wines and among the best of the Wachau. I do think they need more age than the Rieslings. I believe I still have a single bottle of the Brundlmayer 1983 Heiligestein Auslese Trocken.
by Eric Ifune
August 19th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Port tastings in Porto
Replies: 9
Views: 1108

Re: Port tastings in Porto

Grahams has several levels of tasting, from entry to higher end. Their Vinum restaurant is very good. The Kopke lodge is a favorite, especially if you like wood aged Ports. The Sogevinus shop (parent company of Kopke) is also on the Gaia riverfront and usually has some interesting tastes as well. Th...
by Eric Ifune
August 18th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wines to bring back from Europe?
Replies: 26
Views: 1552

Re: Which wines to bring back from Europe?

I'd concentrate on those wines not available in the States.
You can generally get a VAT refund, as long as you bring the bottles out of the EU and the merchant is willing to do the paperwork required.
by Eric Ifune
August 17th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OK to store long-term in OWC?
Replies: 37
Views: 2274

Re: OK to store long-term in OWC?

I opened a case of 1986 last year. While the wine is fine, some of the labels had fallen off and some had become speckled, probably from humidity.
by Eric Ifune
August 13th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?
Replies: 22
Views: 2405

Re: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?

Check out the French Alps episode. Ripert was going nuts on the wine list and Bourdain seemed a bit out of his element during it. His oporto episode though, you could tell that he really loved Port and was enjoying every second of it. I believe it was the Royal Oporto 40 year old Tawny he was drink...
by Eric Ifune
August 8th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland
Replies: 12
Views: 1298

Re: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland

Interesting. Didn't know they were growing Souzao in California back then. I know Ficklin had planted Port varieties back in the 40's but not Souzao.
by Eric Ifune
August 7th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???
Replies: 50
Views: 1862

Re: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???

Grange has fruit from all over South Australia. Other brands have fruit sent in across the continent.
by Eric Ifune
August 6th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?
Replies: 46
Views: 2140

Re: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?

Haven't had Mateus lately, but Lancers, made by JM Fonseca, has improved considerably in the past 10 years or so. I've met the head winemaker several times. The wine is not as insipid as it once was and actually refreshing when cold enough.
by Eric Ifune
August 2nd, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 14 Portuguese wines, not Port?
Replies: 30
Views: 1540

Re: 14 Portuguese wines, not Port?

The Luis Pato Informal does have an importer, D'Ourovino in Los Angeles. Unfortunately they are quite small and they sell mainly to restaurants (and to the Pennsylvania monopoly!) so sometimes hard to find their wines. Villa Oeiras is the revitalized estate of the Marquis do Pombal. I like their Car...
by Eric Ifune
August 2nd, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8252

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

To collect VAT, you must transport the product outside the country (or EU if an EU country). Cannot drink it there. You also need the prerequisite paperwork filled out by the merchant.
by Eric Ifune
July 31st, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Martini Winery
Replies: 9
Views: 1044

Re: 750Daily: Martini Winery

Met Louis M as a teenager. He was working the winebar when my folks walked in. "Does the kid want any wine?" I, of course, said yes. It was a different world back then. We'd always get some of the Moscato Amabile. Kept it in an ice chest else it would referment.
by Eric Ifune
July 28th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 45
Views: 4531

Re: Lisbon?

1 Mouchau, the 2002, since Eric had bought the sole 1992
Hey, I'm trying to build a vertical. flirtysmile
by Eric Ifune
July 26th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pairing with Turkish food?
Replies: 12
Views: 519

Re: Wine pairing with Turkish food?

Lots of seafood as well.
by Eric Ifune
July 23rd, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 9885

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Sad. Way too young.
by Eric Ifune
July 19th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6301

Re: Worst wines you've had?

"Thai White Wine." That's all the label said. It was worse than the "Thai Red Wine."
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: 87
Views: 3002

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: 13
Views: 1430

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.

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