Search found 2326 matches

by Eric Ifune
December 9th, 2018, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A trip through the "Golden Age" of California Cab - tasting of 60-70s California Cabernet
Replies: 28
Views: 1108

Re: A trip through the "Golden Age" of California Cab - tasting of 60-70s California Cabernet

Inglenook got bought out long before BV and was made into a commercial brand. Without access to their vineyards, they made a lot of dreck in the 70's and 80's. I still have a couple of Cask bottles including a Pinot I believe.
by Eric Ifune
December 8th, 2018, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me
Replies: 64
Views: 2223

Re: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me

The producer I've found that most often is profound is Castello di Ama. Expensive though.
by Eric Ifune
December 6th, 2018, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineberserkers LA Offline: 85-2004 Krug Edition
Replies: 9
Views: 601

Re: Wineberserkers LA Offline: 85-2004 Krug Edition

Fantastic line up. Especially loved the last flight of 85, 88, 90. The 95 and 04 were the surprises for me.
No photos of the live crustaceans? :)
by Eric Ifune
December 3rd, 2018, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?
Replies: 42
Views: 1518

Re: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?

At one time, Brunello had the reputation for needing lots of age. Picked early with little tannin management and kept in cask a long time required long aging. I still have a couple 1975.
by Eric Ifune
November 30th, 2018, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: EU May Ban Copper Sulfate
Replies: 6
Views: 366

Re: EU May Ban Copper Sulfate

Here's an older article by a well known viticulturist in Portugal.
http://www.worldoffinewine.com/News/the ... m-4704802/
by Eric Ifune
November 28th, 2018, 4:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Blind Tastings in Las Vegas
Replies: 10
Views: 233

Re: Blind Tastings in Las Vegas

Summerlin.
by Eric Ifune
November 27th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Blind Tastings in Las Vegas
Replies: 10
Views: 233

Re: Blind Tastings in Las Vegas

I might be interested.
by Eric Ifune
November 27th, 2018, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: 1990 Vintage
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: 1990 Vintage

Great vintage all throughout Europe. Port might be the exception. Try online sales from places known for their older wines. The Rare Wine Co. in California, Garnet in NYC are a couple.
by Eric Ifune
November 24th, 2018, 2:33 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18
Replies: 107
Views: 2659

Re: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18

88 bought on release. Still have the presentation box.
by Eric Ifune
November 24th, 2018, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1980 E. Guigal Brune et Blonde Côte-Rôtie
Replies: 17
Views: 738

Re: TN: 1980 E. Guigal Brune et Blonde Côte-Rôtie

Opened a 1990 last night. It was in a fantastic place.
by Eric Ifune
November 23rd, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Shortridge-Lawton Bual Madeira 1878...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 279

Re: TN: Shortridge-Lawton Bual Madeira 1878...(short/boring)

I've actually had several wine with the Shortridge Lawton label. The Madeira Wine Company used it quite a bit in the UK some decades ago.
by Eric Ifune
November 23rd, 2018, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving dinner mishap - 1982 Mouton
Replies: 43
Views: 2788

Re: Thanksgiving dinner mishap - 1982 Mouton

Would never buy 1982 Mouton at auction. Notorious for low fills. Never heard if it was a cork, bottle, or bottling problem. Worried the consigner would only part with their worst bottles.
by Eric Ifune
November 21st, 2018, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Shortridge-Lawton Bual Madeira 1878...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 279

Re: TN: Shortridge-Lawton Bual Madeira 1878...(short/boring)

$18, what a bargain! Shortridge Lawton is an old company which joined the Madeira Wine Association, later the Madeira Wine Company. I don't believe they bottle under this label anymore.
by Eric Ifune
November 20th, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18
Replies: 107
Views: 2659

Re: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18

I also could bring another bottle. Any requests? Rhone, Burgundy, Bordeaux, California, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish.
by Eric Ifune
November 18th, 2018, 2:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The best fast food burger I never heard of
Replies: 47
Views: 1643

Re: The best fast food burger I never heard of

To me, fast food joints require a drive thru. If not, they are purely a sit down place and a different beast altogether.
by Eric Ifune
November 16th, 2018, 4:48 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: LA area: Why always so dead?
Replies: 23
Views: 1035

Re: LA area: Why always so dead?

I've flown from Las Vegas to NYC for a wine auction once, only to discover I had my dates wrong. Went anyways and just enjoyed the weekend. Flew back later to make the actual auction.
by Eric Ifune
November 14th, 2018, 5:26 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Visit to Madeira
Replies: 9
Views: 528

Re: Visit to Madeira

If you want sand beaches, the neighboring island of Porto Santo is where the Madeirans go. There's a lovely botanical gardens overlooking Funchal close to where the street sledding starts. Take the cable car up there. I understand it's considered one of the top 10 in the world. There's whale and dol...
by Eric Ifune
November 14th, 2018, 4:57 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Visit to Madeira
Replies: 9
Views: 528

Re: Visit to Madeira

The Faja dos Padres is the most legendary vineyard on the island. It's at the base of the sea cliffs on the south side of the island. There's an elevator now. Or you can charter a boat. There's a simple restaurant and some rooms for lodging. A rock beach as well. The adega is a small, simple affair....
by Eric Ifune
November 13th, 2018, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could only keep 3 online retailers...
Replies: 46
Views: 2135

Re: If you could only keep 3 online retailers...

The Rare Wine Company
by Eric Ifune
November 10th, 2018, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others
Replies: 46
Views: 1637

Re: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others

Huet's 1989 Cuvee Constance is as good or better than most Yquems. Alois Kracher's TBA's are compared favorably with Yquem as well.
by Eric Ifune
November 9th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18
Replies: 107
Views: 2659

Re: Krug Vertical Tasting: LA area 12-1-18

Dec. 1 is good for me. I'll see you all there!
by Eric Ifune
November 9th, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18
Replies: 107
Views: 2659

Re: Krug Vertical Tasting: LA area 12-1-18

I's pretty sure Dec. 1 is good for me. I'll check to make sure and let you know otherwise. But go ahead and book.
by Eric Ifune
November 9th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice on which Vintage Ports to open next
Replies: 23
Views: 775

Re: Seeking advice on which Vintage Ports to open next

Drank a lot of 2016's in Portugal during the harvest. Rich and velvety. Grahams Stone Terraces was fabulous.
by Eric Ifune
November 9th, 2018, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others
Replies: 46
Views: 1637

Re: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others

SGN's from Alsace and late harvest Chenin from the Loire can also be excellent. I'll toss in Austrian late harvest wines as well.
by Eric Ifune
November 8th, 2018, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice on which Vintage Ports to open next
Replies: 23
Views: 775

Re: Seeking advice on which Vintage Ports to open next

The 97's are just starting to enter their drinking window. Went to a tasting of 97's last year and the majority were showing very well. 85 Graham is excellent. 77 Taylors depends on the bottle. There's a huge amount of bottle variation. Some are nicely mature; others are fabulous, backward, and way ...
by Eric Ifune
November 6th, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great customer service from K&L wines
Replies: 41
Views: 1802

Re: Great customer service from K&L wines

I believe I've still a single bottle of this. Last one I opened was about 10 years ago and it was fine. Bought on release.
by Eric Ifune
November 5th, 2018, 11:45 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18
Replies: 107
Views: 2659

Re: Krug Vertical Tasting: LA area

What dates are we thinking?
by Eric Ifune
November 2nd, 2018, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 273
Views: 11688

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I've been failing. Hadn't bought any table wines in the past three years. In just the past 6 months, bought 5 cases. hitsfan
by Eric Ifune
November 2nd, 2018, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: origin of smell
Replies: 8
Views: 285

Re: origin of smell

Sorry, can't help myself.
But cardboard, smelling like cardboard? pileon
by Eric Ifune
November 1st, 2018, 10:29 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18
Replies: 107
Views: 2659

Re: Krug Vertical Tasting: LA area

I've also 82, 85, 88, 90 Salon.
by Eric Ifune
October 31st, 2018, 1:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18
Replies: 107
Views: 2659

Re: Krug Vertical Tasting: LA area

I've 88, 90, 95, and 96.
by Eric Ifune
October 25th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Neutral brandy for port in the bay area
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: Neutral brandy for port in the bay area

Might try calling some fortified wine producers and seeing where they source theirs.
by Eric Ifune
October 25th, 2018, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Random valuation question-87 raveneau vaillons
Replies: 10
Views: 536

Re: Random valuation question-87 raveneau vaillons

That much? What are Raveneau 1996's going for these days?
by Eric Ifune
October 24th, 2018, 3:16 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The best or memorable vacation spot was...
Replies: 43
Views: 1357

Re: The best or memorable vacation spot was...

At the time, memorable but not the most memorable. Now, after it's recent history, it might have gone ahead. Palmyra in the 1990's.
by Eric Ifune
October 24th, 2018, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Ever "Doctored" a Wine?
Replies: 91
Views: 2489

Re: Has Anyone Ever "Doctored" a Wine?

Traditional in Britain to add a glass of ruby Port to a decanter of too old Bordeaux.
I've seen Ricardo Freitas of Barbeito Madeira doctor his own wines at a tasting once, adding this and that to improve it.
by Eric Ifune
October 23rd, 2018, 4:15 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The best or memorable vacation spot was...
Replies: 43
Views: 1357

Re: The best or memorable vacation spot was...

Kala Patthar at approximately 18,200 ft, a peak adjacent to Everest with the best views.
I've been to more memorable places, but not on vacation.
by Eric Ifune
October 19th, 2018, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Portugal, well, really 'New Douro'
Replies: 5
Views: 394

Re: New Portugal, well, really 'New Douro'

A maverick of sorts, Luis, in his own words only “makes wine that he wants to drink”. That means that he makes wines quite contrary to the norm. Luis wants to reflect more site and terroir in his wines, with little to no outside influence on the wines, be it process or vessel. Luis definitively pra...
by Eric Ifune
October 18th, 2018, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle chillers
Replies: 41
Views: 1334

Re: Bottle chillers

by Eric Ifune
October 15th, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 45 Romanee Conti - new world auction record
Replies: 50
Views: 3983

Re: 45 Romanee Conti - new world auction record

I realized there are people with insane amounts of money spending it on possibly frivolous items years ago. Went to the Maastricht Fine Arts Fair in the 1990's. Basically museum pieces but all for sale. Hundreds of vendors each with dozens of pieces for sale, many at 7+ figures. Someone is buying th...
by Eric Ifune
October 14th, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In search of...Sandeman Royal Ambrosante
Replies: 14
Views: 466

Re: In search of...Sandeman Royal Ambrosante

VVO is Very, Very Old. They bottled these some years ago, maybe 20-30 years. I also have a bottle as well as a couple of VVO Amaroso, a slightly sweetened Oloroso. It's excellent, but pretty dry.
by Eric Ifune
October 11th, 2018, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting With Dave & Gena..(long/boring/historical)
Replies: 18
Views: 607

Re: TN: Tasting With Dave & Gena..(long/boring/historical)

I may still have a half bottle of Felton-Empire Riesling somewhere.
by Eric Ifune
October 7th, 2018, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing 'Open' Red Wine in Fridge
Replies: 18
Views: 722

Re: Storing 'Open' Red Wine in Fridge

I just use the original bottles. I think you introduce even more oxygen to the wine when you pour it into another vessel.
by Eric Ifune
October 6th, 2018, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question on aging kabinetts and sulphur
Replies: 46
Views: 988

Re: Question on aging kabinetts and sulphur

When did sulphur start getting added? Does 47 cheval have sulphur.
The Ancient Romans used it. Prevalent in Germany during the Middle Ages. I've never partaken of the 1947 Cheval Blanc, but I'm assuming they used loads.
by Eric Ifune
October 1st, 2018, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lisbon/Porto/Douro Visit Recommendations - November Visit
Replies: 21
Views: 550

Re: Lisbon/Porto/Douro Visit Recommendations - November Visit

Check out Roy Hersh's forum website on Portuguese travel. WWW. FTLOP.com. In Porto, Taberna dos Mercadores. Tiny restaurant. They don't take reservations anymore because they became too popular. Wait long before they open for lunch or dinner. Vinologia is no more. Now there is Portologia a block awa...
by Eric Ifune
September 25th, 2018, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel Alcohol creep
Replies: 26
Views: 1177

Re: Zinfandel Alcohol creep

When I first became interested in wine in the 1980s, I lived in the Bay Area and I remember that it was accepted wisdom that botrytis did not occur naturally in California -- you had to spray it on to get it. Louis P. Martini did his graduate school thesis saying otherwise and Freemark Abbey proved...
by Eric Ifune
September 25th, 2018, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel Alcohol creep
Replies: 26
Views: 1177

Re: Zinfandel Alcohol creep

Ridge made plenty of 16+% Zinfandels in the 60's and 70's as well as lower level ones. They were just honest in their labeling.
by Eric Ifune
September 15th, 2018, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever happened to - - - TN: 2004 Radio-Coteau Zinfandel Von Weidlich
Replies: 21
Views: 1085

Re: Whatever happened to - - - TN: 2004 Radio-Coteau Zinfandel Von Weidlich

Opened an 03 Savoy Pinot last week. Very nice, still young.
by Eric Ifune
September 14th, 2018, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH craziness
Replies: 37
Views: 3590

Re: HDH craziness

I remember being offered the 1990 assortment for $1600, the same price as the 1989. Got the 1989, but passed on the 1990 as I had enough wine at the time. Oh well!

Go to advanced search