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by John Morris
August 18th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wines to bring back from Europe?
Replies: 13
Views: 578

Re: Which wines to bring back from Europe?

Jason T wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 1:36 pm
John Morris wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 11:32 am
Prices on most things are higher than in the US, in part because of the 17% VAT.
20%. Though that only further proves your point.
That's right. I'm out of date. It used to be lower than in Continental jurisdictions. And even then, everything was more expensive in London!
by John Morris
August 18th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wines to bring back from Europe?
Replies: 13
Views: 578

Re: Which wines to bring back from Europe?

Not sure why you'd look for things in Kermit's portfolio but Wine Searcher works in Europe right? So you can check prices while you're there if you see something you like. Kermit and Neal Rosenthal have a reputation for taking relatively high markups, though that's not by any means universal across...
by John Morris
August 18th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wines to bring back from Europe?
Replies: 13
Views: 578

Re: Which wines to bring back from Europe?

Over the last 20 years, the price differentials for wines with the most cachet have, to a large degree, been arbitraged. The last time I was in Piedmont three years ago (and on prior visits over the preceding 10 years) I found few bottles that were enough cheaper to be worth the hassle of lugging th...
by John Morris
August 17th, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '99 Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny - Beaux Bruns
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: TN: '99 Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny - Beaux Bruns

Barthod's wine do not conform to the generally mistaken characterisation of Chambolle as light and feminine. Any particular reason for decanting? I think it's a mistake unless there are serious reduction or sediment issues. A mistake for Barthod? Burgundy? Wines in general? It might not have been n...
by John Morris
August 16th, 2019, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '99 Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny - Beaux Bruns
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: TN: '99 Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny - Beaux Bruns

Barthod's wine do not conform to the generally mistaken characterisation of Chambolle as light and feminine. Any particular reason for decanting? I think it's a mistake unless there are serious reduction or sediment issues. A mistake for Barthod? Burgundy? Wines in general? It might not have been n...
by John Morris
August 16th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '99 Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny - Beaux Bruns
Replies: 12
Views: 495

TN: '99 Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny - Beaux Bruns

So much for the notion that '99 Burgundies are shut down. With the first sample sip after decanting, I was blasted with rich, ripe cherry aromas, a mix of both black and sour cherry, with a bit of earthiness at the edges. This wine was not reticent at all, then or over the course of dinner later. (I...
by John Morris
August 16th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 27
Views: 1282

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

If you can make sense of this Wikipedia summary of the three foundings, the multiple founders, the mergers, bankruptcies and turnarounds, you're smarter than me: The company now known as Wine.com was originally founded as Virtual Vineyards by Robert Olson in Los Altos, California in 1994 with co-fou...
by John Morris
August 16th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 27
Views: 1282

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

maureen nelson wrote:
August 16th, 2019, 1:44 pm
OTOH, it’s three bottles of a great premier cru at half the cost of Fu’s $200 price tag.
That really is a drag to lose out on, then.
by John Morris
August 16th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Italian wine list assistance
Replies: 17
Views: 667

Re: Italian wine list assistance

Dale Williams wrote:
August 16th, 2019, 2:13 pm
If you order the Rancia I'd look closely at bottle before opening. At that pricing vs rest of list I'd not be surpised if it's actually the regular CCR (or CC).
Which would probably be a better bet for drinking at this stage, particularly for a group that isn't a bunch of wine geeks.
by John Morris
August 16th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Italian wine list assistance
Replies: 17
Views: 667

Re: Italian wine list assistance

If your friends like New World pinot, I think they might find the Rancia and the Barbaresco too tannic. I'd go for a cheaper, more approachable Chianti, which is lighter, has more fruit and less tannin. Or consider the Annamaria Abbono Dolcetto. Her dolcettos are darker and denser than most pinots, ...
by John Morris
August 16th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 794
Views: 37131

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Back to the topic at hand, here's a great example of why flavor descriptors are pretty useless in reviews. There is virtually no overlap in the flavors the seven critics used to describe this wine. There are a few terms that come up more than once -- "plum," "black currant," "wet earth," "leather," ...
by John Morris
August 15th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 108
Views: 4904

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

If you have no good wine stores ( for example, I live in PA) my trick is to learn Importers who bring in wines that I’ve liked. They differ regionally so my go tos may not be yours but our own Dan Kravitz’ Hand picked Selections is reliably good, as are LDM, Tery Theise and Kermit Lynch, though muc...
by John Morris
August 14th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 98
Views: 9222

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

markchurchill wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 11:50 am
John Morris wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Unfortunately, LVMH's drinks division has revenue of about 5 billion euros, so this is far below their materiality threshold for disclosure.
I see the valuation at 60 million euros for 60%. Cash paid. Closed 11/21/17.
Good sleuthing. Where did you find that?
by John Morris
August 13th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1099

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

Apropos of this topic, I see an old thread on Hamilton Russell's pinots and chardonnays has come back to life. The winery has a good, long track record of making excellent, balanced wines.
by John Morris
August 13th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1099

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

not just their cabs, but a lot of South African wines overall have been really impressing me over the past year. Even better, is that if one is to spend like $40-50 they are effectively buying the top end of South African wine. If you keep an open mind, you may be more than pleasantly surprised by ...
by John Morris
August 11th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 47
Views: 1996

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

Here is my question: if Baltic oak was so prized in 1910 or so, why don't more people seek it out?? I had the same question. On a world historical note .... German riesling was the most expensive wine in the world then. Maybe the Baltic oak sellers were trading with the Germans for wine and it was ...
by John Morris
August 9th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 47
Views: 1996

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

Yes, and Ridge has always stressed the fact that its oak is well-seasoned.
by John Morris
August 9th, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 47
Views: 1996

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

I hope Mel chimes in. Here's another article. https://blog.ridgewine.com/2009/10/14/the-oak-wars-french-vs-american-or-a-barrel-of-information-about-american-and-french-oak-or-more-fun-than-a-barrel-full-of-grapes/ But honestly, I don't think there's any black and white difference that most people ...
by John Morris
August 9th, 2019, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is Torrefaction?
Replies: 48
Views: 1694

Re: What is Torrefaction?

Typically coming from the charring of oak barrels: https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/wi ... ine-terms/

There's a longer explanation in this Decanter piece.
by John Morris
August 8th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Felsina Fontalloro
Replies: 17
Views: 831

Re: 1997 Felsina Fontalloro

I've had more mixed experiences with the '97 Tuscans. A '97 Felsina Rancia a couple of years ago was hard as nails -- all tannins and no fruit or pleasure. And I've had some Brunellos that were too alcoholic (Il Poggione and some others a friend served some years back).
by John Morris
August 8th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland
Replies: 10
Views: 723

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

Thanks.

When do we get to see a picture of you?
by John Morris
August 8th, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland
Replies: 10
Views: 723

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

So who's who in the photo? I know Steve, but not the rest of you.
by John Morris
August 8th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2065

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

Is there a Berserkers equivalent of an interpleader action, where you sue, saying, in essence, "I don't have a dog in this fight. You guys duke it out"?

Come to think of it ... there's an emoji: [popcorn.gif]
by John Morris
August 8th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2065

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

By my tally, your question has elicited the following recommendations: - Pull the cork some hours ahead, then decant immediately before pouring. - Decant - Decant 4 hours ahead - Decant 6 hours ahead - Decant 4-12 hours ahead - Double decant 24 hours ahead - Open five days ahead Aren't you glad you...
by John Morris
August 8th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)
Replies: 43
Views: 2363

Re: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)

I'm not sure I understand the "don't undercut your retailers" logic. Why isn't taking the time to visit a winery and buy directl something to be rewarded by at least selling at the prevailing "discounted" rate of the average retailer? It's not like most people can actually visit the winery and buy ...
by John Morris
August 8th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)
Replies: 43
Views: 2363

Re: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)

When [the wineries] set their own retail price, they have to factor in not just the cost of production, but the cost of running a store, separately from the cost of the winery. A retail operation is a different business with different codes, health rules, liability, personnel, etc. So they come up ...
by John Morris
August 8th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)
Replies: 43
Views: 2363

Re: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)

My guess is that they have an agreement to not undercut their retailers. I know it works this way with bourbon distilleries in KY. The winery establishes the "suggested retail price" of their wine and many demand retailers meet that price to carry their wine. Sorry, but it's illegal for a producer ...
by John Morris
August 8th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...
Replies: 21
Views: 1000

Re: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...

A local source does a very nice maple syrup aged in bourbon barrel - now that makes sense to me. We lacquered a turkey with it one year ... yum. Not quite sure what the point of that is, since the maple syrup already has a strong caramel note. I would think that would overpower the barrel tastes.
by John Morris
August 8th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

375ml glass bottle filled to the top with a screw cap and kept in the fridge. Works beautifully and just about free. Agree. I have a couple of .375s, a .500, and a .250. Why are other solutions still being discussed. [scratch.gif] I'm a 375ml-in-the-fridge guy, but I can see the appeal of a device ...
by John Morris
August 8th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

There is no protective layer. Gases don’t behave like liquids and form layers, which is good because 1% of air is argon. What about CO2? You read about it forming a blanket over fermentation tanks, and occasionally someone is asphyxiated when they fall in a tank. And I saw bees dropping dead over a...
by John Morris
August 8th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

There is no protective layer. Gases don’t behave like liquids and form layers, which is good because 1% of air is argon. What about CO2? You read about it forming a blanket over fermentation tanks, and occasionally someone is asphyxiated when they fall in a tank. And I saw bees dropping dead over a...
by John Morris
August 7th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???
Replies: 50
Views: 1651

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

During Prohibition, the Gallos shipped grapes east to home winemakers by train. They had the Gallo name on reefer cars.
by John Morris
August 7th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

John & Todd, I am going to deadhorse a bit . . . There are at least a couple of versions of the "Original Vacu-Vin" as well as a shitload of knockoffs and other versions I have the two that are pictured below. vacu-vin.jpg The one on the left is the newer "Original Vacu-Vin and in my personal exper...
by John Morris
August 7th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

For a bottle to be drunk over a couple to several days, I have always used the Vacu Vin (pump til it clicks ) wine saver. Is it not thought of as reliable? I still have one of those as well, but haven't found it to be terribly reliable/effective FWIW, and you may already do this, I have found that ...
by John Morris
August 7th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2065

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

What's the protocol for airing young cali cabs? Next week I have on tap, 2015 Robert Mondavi To Kalon, 2016 William & Mary Cabernet, and 2016 William & Mary Proprietary Red. I have a window to double decant them 14 hours before dinner, a window to possibly double decant an hour before, and can pop'...
by John Morris
August 7th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 92
Views: 5519

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Wales won't split from England. Scotland is another story.
by John Morris
August 7th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4201

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

Maybe it's time we assign "levels" to ourselves. I propose baseball style, Rookie, A, AA, AAA, Major League. People like Francoise, Favre, a few others.... major leaguers . Making boilermakers with unicorn white Burgundy and unicorn Champagne, wines from the French Third Republic, wines that even R...
by John Morris
August 5th, 2019, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?
Replies: 24
Views: 1143

Re: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?

I’ve been enjoying a terrific vermentino passito from Lodi fruit made by Uvaggio Di Giacomo, a label in which Mel Knox is involved. Lovely light/medium body, perfectly balanced, and with multiple layers. Quite complex.
by John Morris
August 5th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: TN: 2000 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano

I don't the details of the winemaking then, but the techniques are quite traditional now. I doubt they had temp-controlled fermentation tanks then, which give the winemaker a lot more control at a critical stage.
by John Morris
August 5th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: TN: 2000 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano

Overall, 2013 was a better vintage, but 2014 was much better in Barbaresco than Barolo. Barbaresco avoided several hail and rain storms that made it a very difficult year in Barolo.
by John Morris
July 31st, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle weight
Replies: 40
Views: 1307

Re: Bottle weight

Andrew Dodd wrote:
July 31st, 2019, 9:05 am
The one saving grace is thicker glass is more durable and less likely to brake if you drop it.
Also less likely to break. neener
by John Morris
July 29th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 55
Views: 2020

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Thanks. Ended up at Tyger, Tyger, a casual Aian fusion place that was really good.
by John Morris
July 28th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 55
Views: 2020

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Any suggestions for dinner in Santa Barbara? The only one I see is the Lark.

(I’m reading back over the thread, but on my phone. Forgive me if I missed suggestions.)
by John Morris
July 24th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Teroldego from West of Temperance
Replies: 8
Views: 325

Re: 2014 Teroldego from West of Temperance

Most important thing I learned at the LDM imports tasting last year is that the stress is on the second syllable. It's tear-AHL-deh-go.
by John Morris
July 24th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Teroldego from West of Temperance
Replies: 8
Views: 325

Re: 2014 Teroldego from West of Temperance

Teroldego? In California? ("Farms? In Berkeley?")
by John Morris
July 24th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2288

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

Nice in theory, but there's zero evidence that that's happening or may soon.
by John Morris
July 24th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2288

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

Gabe Berk wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Maybe Opus will be $299 rather than $375 at the winery.
That would be a fairly normal differential, since the wineries usually charge list price so they don't compete with their retail distribution network. The retailers are free to discount.
by John Morris
July 24th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 210
Views: 10215

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

I notice you didn’t mention st Joseph You can't really compare St. Joseph because it's a weird appellation, a sort of catch-all stretching from Condrieu to Cornas. It's ~920 hectares, but most of that isn't remotely comparable to the big three appellations. ( It was expanded from less than 100ha in...
by John Morris
July 24th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2288

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

Okay, but the question was about Napa , not California. The premise of many comments in this thread is that mainland Chinese demand (as opposed to Hong Kong) for high end Napa wines has driven up prices, which I simply do not think is the case—though I am open to correction. At an average price per...

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