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by Eric Ifune
September 10th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 34
Views: 941

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
Topic: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?
Replies: 24
Views: 571

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: 400

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: 33
Views: 1166

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: 1775

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: 1155

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: 2628

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: 329

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 Forum
Topic: Port tastings in Porto
Replies: 6
Views: 379

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: 1440

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: 2090

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: 2320

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: 10
Views: 773

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: 1741

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: 2076

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: 1476

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: 7997

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: 8
Views: 781

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 Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 44
Views: 4021

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: 473

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: 136
Views: 8476

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: 5930

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: 2848

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: 1389

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: 3013

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: 87
Views: 2848

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: 1459

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: 1182

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: 72
Views: 2787

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: 2848

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: 2637

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: 760

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: 1190

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: 1032

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: 2438

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: 409

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: 2572

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: 937

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: 745

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: 1275

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: 745

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: 745

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: 4400

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: 4400

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: 1996

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: 3379

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...

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