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by Eric Ifune
January 19th, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations on a 1940 wine, port, madeira, etc?
Replies: 21
Views: 841

Re: Recommendations on a 1940 wine, port, madeira, etc?

The Americans and Portuguese call these Colheitas. The Brits call them single harvest tawnies. The Grahams labels have used the term Colheita a couple times on their labels, but Taylor Fladgate never has.

The 1963 Grahams Single Harvest Tawny is going for $500.00 on the Symington's US website.
by Eric Ifune
January 18th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations on a 1940 wine, port, madeira, etc?
Replies: 21
Views: 841

Re: Recommendations on a 1940 wine, port, madeira, etc?

Is the Grahams released in the States? I don't see it on the Symington's sales website. A lot of their wood aged Ports are available only in the UK.
by Eric Ifune
January 18th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?
Replies: 53
Views: 1739

Re: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?

Some 2017 Vintage Port for which I probably will never live long enough.
by Eric Ifune
January 15th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MTN: Two Powdered Milks...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 687

Re: MTN: Two Powdered Milks...(short/boring)

I once tasted fresh camel's milk, still warm. It was delicious and much richer than cow's.
by Eric Ifune
January 13th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations on a 1940 wine, port, madeira, etc?
Replies: 21
Views: 841

Re: Recommendations on a 1940 wine, port, madeira, etc?

Only one I can think of off the top of my head is the Borges 1940 Doce Solera. The Rare Wine Company bought out the stock a decade or so ago and I haven't seen any for sale recently, but it is a terrific wine.
by Eric Ifune
January 5th, 2020, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 122
Views: 4724

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

Eric Ifune wrote: ↑Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:46 pm
I've had some great wines from Ridge with over 16% and they've aged beautifully over 30+ years.
Dry or late harvest?
Dry. The 1970 Jimsomare is 15.8% I seem to recall the 1968 was closer to 17%
by Eric Ifune
January 4th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 122
Views: 4724

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

I've had some great wines from Ridge with over 16% and they've aged beautifully over 30+ years.
by Eric Ifune
January 2nd, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where Do You Buy Your Vintage Port?
Replies: 5
Views: 644

Re: Where Do You Buy Your Vintage Port?

I get mine from K&L but any good local shop should have a selection from the big houses. If you want smaller, family run wineries, you'd have to go to Portugal.
by Eric Ifune
January 2nd, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your wines of the 2010s?
Replies: 46
Views: 2035

Re: What are your wines of the 2010s?

Still red 1863 Wiese & Krohn Colheita Port
Still white 1862 Borges Terrentez Madeira
Bubbly 1959 Dom Perignon
by Eric Ifune
December 29th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with 2001 Schloss Vollrads
Replies: 2
Views: 201

Re: Help with 2001 Schloss Vollrads

Historically one of the premier German Vineyards. It and a few others do not need to put the village name on the label.
by Eric Ifune
December 19th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges
Replies: 11
Views: 698

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges

Gouges + 1993 … time is of course required ...
None are close to ready.
by Eric Ifune
December 5th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Duff Gordon India Sherry NV...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: TN: Duff Gordon India Sherry NV...(short/boring)

Fascinating! I've a few old Sandeman, Osborne, and Gonzalez Byass bottles. Even a Valdespino Ynocente some decades old.
by Eric Ifune
December 4th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Duff Gordon India Sherry NV...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: TN: Duff Gordon India Sherry NV...(short/boring)

Any idea when bottled? I've a few old bottled Sherries somewhere.
by Eric Ifune
December 3rd, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Abudarham Madeira Sercial 1940...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 232

Re: TN: Abudarham Madeira Sercial 1940...(short/boring)

Probably needed more air. In bottle for at least 40 years, I'd give it 4 or 5 days of decant time. Much of the aldehyde and spirty nature will dissipate. Madeira revels in oxygen. A lot of people are not fans of Sercial. Quite dry and with the high acidity of Madeira, some versions can be teeth jarr...
by Eric Ifune
December 2nd, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for a couple days in Austrian wine country?
Replies: 22
Views: 833

Re: Tips for a couple days in Austrian wine country?

The Wachau is a nice way to spend a couple of relaxing days. Lots of good restaurants as well. If you get tired of wineries you can visit the Abbey at Melk.
by Eric Ifune
November 24th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perception of Acidity in Wine Over Time
Replies: 20
Views: 1148

Re: Perception of Acidity in Wine Over Time

You have to remember that none of the aging changes in wine follow a linear pattern. Can't pigeonhole wines into aging a certain way.
by Eric Ifune
November 22nd, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 24
Views: 1722

Re: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!

I've always wondered what the 12/13% Ridge wines from the 70's were like when young.
Very similar to the 15/16% Ridge wines from the 70's. neener
by Eric Ifune
November 17th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 83
Views: 6574

Re: Japanese Whiskey

Anyone know about the Suntory Royal Special Reserve? I opened a bottle from about the early 1970's yesterday. Very nice, aromatic, and elegant whiskey. Very long and persistent.
by Eric Ifune
November 16th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New grapes approved for Bordeaux
Replies: 42
Views: 2858

Re: New grapes approved for Bordeaux

Touriga Nacional, while getting all the press, is a minority variety, even in the Douro. It actually originates in the Dao region which is much cooler. Cooler than even Bordeaux. And Touriga Nacional from the Dao can also be fantastic. It's not just a hot climate variety.
by Eric Ifune
November 9th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 : a year rich in fortified wines
Replies: 7
Views: 893

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: 1293

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--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 14749

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: 51
Views: 3272

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--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 14749

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: 925

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: 1210

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: 1245

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: 2259

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: 893

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: 1752

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: 172
Views: 7129

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: 172
Views: 7129

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: 1402

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: 1960

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: 2412

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 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1158
Views: 61050

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 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1158
Views: 61050

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 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1158
Views: 61050

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 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1158
Views: 61050

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: 6685

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: 579

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: 579

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: 6685

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: 1754

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: 2678

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: 1941

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: 491

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: 1672

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: 2071

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: 1260

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.

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