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by Eric Ifune
November 27th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Bootleg Booze Found: They Can Sell It?
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Re: Bootleg Booze Found: They Can Sell It?

I would think that if liquor taxes were not paid then, they could pay it now. If so, whiskey from that era is selling well at auction.
by Eric Ifune
November 27th, 2020, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira newbie, looking for advice
Replies: 13
Views: 614

Re: Madeira newbie, looking for advice

Barbeito makes the Rare Wine Company's Historic Series. Agree it's a good and easily found place to start.
If you can find them, Borges 15 year old series are terrific.
One food pairing I really enjoy is Verdelho with fried chicken. The high acidity really makes the combination shine.
by Eric Ifune
November 25th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Garrafeira Nacional's Black Friday - 50% off in mature wines
Replies: 14
Views: 898

Re: Garrafeira Nacional's Black Friday - 50% off in mature wines

I wouldn't exactly call Alvaro Castro "new." He might be the finest winemaker of the Dao and for some time now.
by Eric Ifune
November 25th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 95
Views: 3872

Re: WOTY 2020

DR "70." Over 70 year old wood aged Port from Agri-Roncao and it's Quinta da Levandeira.
The 1832 Oscar Acciaioly Terrantez was a close second.
Best table wine was the 1982 La Mission Haut Brion.
by Eric Ifune
November 24th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner Alte Reben
Replies: 8
Views: 320

Re: TN: 1997 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner Alte Reben

Great wine, as is the 1999. I may have a couple left. The Lyra is also nice, but I think the Alte Reben is better.
by Eric Ifune
November 21st, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Harrington Mission Angelica Somers Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 713

Re: TN: 2017 Harrington Mission Angelica Somers Vineyard

Mea culpa.
That said, I still assert that pre-prohibition Angelica is a very special wine.
by Eric Ifune
November 20th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions
Replies: 52
Views: 2589

Re: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions

The Quinta de Saes are about $10 in Europe and maybe $15 in the States. The Sobral is about $15. The Niepoort Twisted is $15 in the States, and the Casa Emma Chianti is $20 in the States.
by Eric Ifune
November 20th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese Auction
Replies: 12
Views: 496

Re: TN: 2001 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese Auction

I liked when they kept their various vineyards separate, although I do understand why they blend them.
Have a few bottles left of the nonauction 1990.
by Eric Ifune
November 19th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions
Replies: 52
Views: 2589

Re: Bottom Feeder Wines of the Major European Regions

Chianti Casa Emma.
Dao Quinta do Sobral Reserva both Branco and Tinto or Quinta de Saes.
Douro Niepoort Twisted both Branco and Tinto.
by Eric Ifune
November 18th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Harrington Mission Angelica Somers Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 713

Re: TN: 2017 Harrington Mission Angelica Somers Vineyard

The true glories of Angelica were the old pre-prohibition ones. California at its best. Corti Brothers used to carry some. I'd love someone to do long barrel aging on these recent ones, despite the economic feasibility. Harbor Winery's Mission del Sol was the last one I know of.
by Eric Ifune
November 18th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 7050

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

Eyeing a 1968 BV Burgundy.
by Eric Ifune
November 17th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any tips on finding large lots of wine? (In particular, young ports)
Replies: 20
Views: 1230

Re: Any tips on finding large lots of wine? (In particular, young ports)

Don't forget Single Quinta Vintage Ports. Easier on the budget than regular Vintage.
by Eric Ifune
November 16th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pink Bubbles
Replies: 21
Views: 997

Re: Pink Bubbles

Luis Pato Informal. Pink espumante made with Baga.
by Eric Ifune
November 11th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers and others: still wine gushing at opening ?
Replies: 10
Views: 737

Re: Winemakers and others: still wine gushing at opening ?

Pressurized at bottling with inert gas?
by Eric Ifune
November 10th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: "I've stopped eating octopus..." Why?
Replies: 29
Views: 1364

Re: "I've stopped eating octopus..." Why?

I still eat octopus. I've eaten dog and whale in the past. I still eat horse (in Europe) and enjoy it.
by Eric Ifune
November 10th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine aging and group think
Replies: 141
Views: 5990

Re: Wine aging and group think

50 years ago, Barolo and Barbaresco were very different wines than those produced these days. Back then you really needed age to make them approachable. But then they were glorious.
by Eric Ifune
November 10th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Broadbent Madeira Verdelho 10 Year Old (Portugal, Madeira)
Replies: 9
Views: 285

Re: TN: NV Broadbent Madeira Verdelho 10 Year Old (Portugal, Madeira)

Barbeito, sold by the Rare Wine Company. You need to get on the mailing list since the production volumes are tiny (only a few hundred bottles) so they sell out fast. Barbeito has also recently released a couple of wine from the Manuel Eugenio Fernandez estate (MEF). He was a wine broker on the isla...
by Eric Ifune
November 9th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Broadbent Madeira Verdelho 10 Year Old (Portugal, Madeira)
Replies: 9
Views: 285

Re: TN: NV Broadbent Madeira Verdelho 10 Year Old (Portugal, Madeira)

Pretty much any of the vintage dated Madeiras are going to be really expensive, even those that are only 50-80 years old. But the 19th century wines are the ones that will really be eye opening. Ricardo Freitas of Barbeito has recently released some very, very fine nonvintage blends based on the de...
by Eric Ifune
November 9th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Broadbent Madeira Verdelho 10 Year Old (Portugal, Madeira)
Replies: 9
Views: 285

Re: TN: NV Broadbent Madeira Verdelho 10 Year Old (Portugal, Madeira)

Borges has the best 10 and 15 year olds IMHO. They have a 20 year old Verdelho which is excellent.
by Eric Ifune
November 7th, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Fita Preta Vinho Regional Alentejano Ancestral
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Re: TN: 2019 Fita Preta Vinho Regional Alentejano Ancestral

I only recently started seeing a few of Fita Preta in the States. Wish I had gotten to visit this past spring as was planned. Now I guess I have to wish and hope for next year!
by Eric Ifune
November 5th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one village/town/city in Italy...
Replies: 50
Views: 1783

Re: If only one village/town/city in Italy...

I lived for three years in the town of Sacile in Friuli Graves. I'd be happy to move back. Just the right size. Excellent restaurants. My grocery shop was around the corner as was my favorite gelato shop. Lots of local places to visit including San Daniele. Local festa (celebrated it's 512 anniversa...
by Eric Ifune
November 3rd, 2020, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one country...
Replies: 103
Views: 3387

Re: If only one country...

Bairrada sparkling (Baga grape) is awesome. Luis Pato has a good selection.
His daughter, Filipa Pato also makes stellar examples.
Vertice, in the Douro, also makes excellent sparklers. They started as a joint venture with Schramsberg, but then bought out the Davies family.
by Eric Ifune
November 3rd, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help an Ignorant Fellow - Wines from Portugal?
Replies: 12
Views: 633

Re: Help an Ignorant Fellow - Wines from Portugal?

I'm with Tomas. Where to start?! Which styles of wine do you currently like? Portugal does just about all of them and very well. Figure out which styles you like, then go to the different regions which do those styles. Portugal has at least the number of climates as France, maybe more. They also hav...
by Eric Ifune
November 1st, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Such a long time and a nice story
Replies: 13
Views: 975

Re: Such a long time and a nice story

Bravo Francois!
by Eric Ifune
October 31st, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 vintage
Replies: 32
Views: 2356

Re: 2017 vintage

2017 Vintage Ports have been described as the best since 1945. I wasn't around back then to confirm, but the 2017's I've had have been terrific.
by Eric Ifune
October 30th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Quinta do Tedo - Porto "Savedra" (Portugal, Douro, Porto)
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Re: TN: 2007 Quinta do Tedo - Porto "Savedra" (Portugal, Douro, Porto)

I've a magnum of this.
Owned by a burgundian, of all people (Bouchard).
And managed by his wife, an American. They also have some lovely rooms to rent for anyone staying in the area.
by Eric Ifune
October 30th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine seepage in transit- 1972 stag's leap- overnight priority ship
Replies: 34
Views: 1511

Re: Wine seepage in transit- 1972 stag's leap- overnight priority ship

1972 corks cannot be uniformly relied upon. They're a gamble from the beginning. If the wines mean that much to you, keep them and use as planned. Just have backups available. You'll be hard pressed to find other 1972's.
by Eric Ifune
October 30th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Vallana Gattinara - Patience can be a virtue
Replies: 9
Views: 575

Re: 2007 Vallana Gattinara - Patience can be a virtue

I went to a tasting of their new wines. I was very impressed by their quality.
by Eric Ifune
October 29th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Caves São João Cabernet Sauvignon Quinta do Poço do Lobo
Replies: 11
Views: 353

Re: TN: 1994 Caves São João Cabernet Sauvignon Quinta do Poço do Lobo

Their cellars are remarkable. Bin after bin after bin of bottles and magnums going back to the 70's and beyond. I was told one of the principles thought of the wines like his children and didn't want to sell them. They also didn't slow down production after the Carnation revolution even after they l...
by Eric Ifune
October 26th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #winebitch / Misogyny in Wine and the Fallout
Replies: 51
Views: 5916

Re: #winebitch / Misogyny in Wine and the Fallout

How do you know this guy even exists?
He's one of the hosts/presenters of "The Wine Show," a UK television program. Jancis is also a frequent guest. They're to start their 3rd season soon.
by Eric Ifune
October 26th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: 72cl Wine Bottles
Replies: 8
Views: 609

Re: 72cl Wine Bottles

Different wine regions had different volumes. Germany was known for the 700ml. More tradition than anything else.
by Eric Ifune
October 25th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: 72cl Wine Bottles
Replies: 8
Views: 609

Re: 72cl Wine Bottles

It was a standard size back then for Piedmont. The EU then standardized all bottles.
by Eric Ifune
October 24th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #winebitch / Misogyny in Wine and the Fallout
Replies: 51
Views: 5916

Re: #winebitch / Misogyny in Wine and the Fallout

Yes. Wholly agree. Perhaps with the increase in numbers of women winemakers, they'll band together and out those who act in such a manner.
by Eric Ifune
October 23rd, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Any Good Pot Roast Recipes?
Replies: 45
Views: 2871

Re: Any Good Pot Roast Recipes?

I use beef broth instead of water. Also some soy and a dash of rice wine vinegar along with the red wine. I also use chuck and simmer 4+ hours until super tender. I make sure there's lots of liquid to make a load of gravy. I'll use some of the leftovers to make the greatest loco moco known to man.
by Eric Ifune
October 23rd, 2020, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stacking Riesling bottles
Replies: 44
Views: 3032

Re: Stacking Riesling bottles

I get slats of 1X2 wood and place them under the necks. Allows for great support and stacking.
by Eric Ifune
October 23rd, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let`s talk Scheurebe!
Replies: 31
Views: 1057

Re: Let`s talk Scheurebe!

Still have a bottle left of the Schloss Eltz 1971 Eltviller Sonnenberg Schuerebe Beerenauslese. The last one I opened a few years ago was fabulous.
by Eric Ifune
October 23rd, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)
Replies: 48
Views: 2145

Re: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)

Any of the recently released 50 year old Madeira. This was added as a category a few years ago along with 20, 30, 40 year old.
by Eric Ifune
October 22nd, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Legendary QPR Wine from each Major European Region
Replies: 95
Views: 5319

Re: The Legendary QPR Wine from each Major European Region

Emmerich Knoll Loibenberg and Kellerberg Riesling Smaragd
Huet Vouvray
FE Trimbach Frederic Emile
Luis Pato Vinha Pan
by Eric Ifune
October 22nd, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines
Replies: 67
Views: 4097

Re: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines

posted by Howard Cooper Fine. Double every price I listed and my point is still valid. Disagree. Those wines you list are very, very good, but they are not iconic nor best of class. There are many wines who are both for relatively inexpensive prices. They are just not lusted after nor fetishized by...
by Eric Ifune
October 21st, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bairrada/Dao : rare Bussaco (Palacio do Buçaco) verticale, whites and reds, plus a rosé
Replies: 25
Views: 855

Re: Bairrada/Dao : rare Bussaco (Palacio do Buçaco) verticale, whites and reds, plus a rosé

A thought for Luis Pato Branco Vinhas Velhas (Bairrada), Sao Joao Frei Joao (Bairrada), Sao Joao Poco do Lobo (vinho regional Beiras) and even Niepoort Coche (Douro) .. The 1991 Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas Branco at the Domaine is fabulous. Some made it to the States, but have been oxidized. I also lik...
by Eric Ifune
October 18th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Quinta de Baixo Lagar de Baixo (Bairrada, Portugal)
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Re: TN: 2017 Quinta de Baixo Lagar de Baixo (Bairrada, Portugal)

Baixo also makes some Pinot Noir, just to screw around. It's decent, but I had to ask why make Pinot when you had their old vine Baga. I love it too! champagne.gif
by Eric Ifune
October 17th, 2020, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 164
Views: 5492

Re: Real winenerd wines

From Portugal, Encruzado from Dao, Baga from Bairrada, Colares, Carcavellos.
by Eric Ifune
October 16th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 vintage 20+ year cellaring suggestions?
Replies: 23
Views: 1169

Re: 2017 vintage 20+ year cellaring suggestions?

igmcdowell wrote: ↑Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:54 pm Huh, Madeira is a great bet. I always have a 10 year bual in the house, but didn't realize it develops in the bottle. My understanding is that it basically doesn't. Maybe over a very long time it does a bit, but I don't think much would happen in 20 years...
by Eric Ifune
October 14th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Speaking Spanish at Work
Replies: 25
Views: 1325

Re: Speaking Spanish at Work

I would just say you can assimilate without losing your culture, traditions and your soul. Well, my father couldn't even if he wanted. He moved back to Japan in 1941 and got stuck there during the war. You can imagine how, as a high school student, things went for him. He had dual citizenship, by t...
by Eric Ifune
October 12th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Speaking Spanish at Work
Replies: 25
Views: 1325

Re: Speaking Spanish at Work

My grandmother spoke only Japanese and Spanish. No English. She ran a truck farm in Compton in the 1930's. That said, my father and his siblings were pretty assimilated.
by Eric Ifune
October 12th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rare Krug Rose mid 80’s release
Replies: 11
Views: 984

Re: Rare Krug Rose mid 80’s release

Leah,
Nice. I also have a few old label Grand Cuvee left.
by Eric Ifune
October 12th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1976 Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach Hochheimer Domdechaney Riesling Auslese
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Re: TN: 1976 Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach Hochheimer Domdechaney Riesling Auslese

I still have a 76 Steinberger Auslese somewhere. One of my first wine purchases for laying down.
by Eric Ifune
October 11th, 2020, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Hall of Fame
Replies: 72
Views: 5006

Re: QPR Hall of Fame

Now, or of any time. You did say HOF.
Selosse Blanc de Blanc, the precursor to the Initial was $40 at one time in the 2000's. Relative to other Champagne, this was a huge QPR.
Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune was also $40 in the 1990's. Better than most White Burgundy at the time.

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