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by Nathan Smyth
May 26th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most inexpensive wine by the best wine makers.
Replies: 26
Views: 1252

Re: What’s the most inexpensive wine by the best wine makers.

If you like White wine, then you might send a Private Message to Mr Buzzini and ask him whether any of the "Grocery Store" versions of the Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc capture some of the essence of the I-Block.
by Nathan Smyth
May 26th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most inexpensive wine by the best wine makers.
Replies: 26
Views: 1252

Re: What’s the most inexpensive wine by the best wine makers.

In the old days, the answer was the Louis Carillon Puligny village wine. But it looks like the boys - both Francois & Jacques - and their import/distribution channels into the USA, now have the basic Puligny priced at about $65 retail in the USA. Similarly, the old Bruno Giacosa "White Labels" were ...
by Nathan Smyth
May 23rd, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A historical perspective of the winery mailing list- Who was the first?
Replies: 21
Views: 930

Re: A historical perspective of the winery mailing list- Who was the first?

Douglas Breen wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 9:29 am
...the late 80’s... And, you didn’t need to sign for it yet from delivery company!
A mere three decades ago.

We were still a Free Nation.

[Cue the ghost of Eric Blair: "I told you so."]
by Nathan Smyth
May 22nd, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries
Replies: 24
Views: 1024

Re: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries

For anniversary purposes, the Germans & Austrians are shipping a lot of Riesling to the USA in 1500ml magnums now, and all other things being equal, a magnum ought to age more slowly than a normal 750ml bottle. Also, if you find that the USA supply of 2017s is shrivelling up, then you could look to ...
by Nathan Smyth
May 22nd, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries
Replies: 24
Views: 1024

Re: Help me pick 2017 wines to age for anniversaries

Top 100 German Wines of 2018 by Stuart Piggott [covers the 2017 vintage] https://www.jamessuckling.com/wine-tasting-reports/top-100-german-wines-2018/ https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=156781&p=2635557 Donnhoff 2017 price question. *TN added* https://www.wineberserkers.com/fo...
by Nathan Smyth
May 21st, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: TN: 2012 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

I dunno - maybe if you upgrade to Wine-Searcher Pro, you get to see the Greenland or Cuba or Easter Island listings.

Or perhaps the Falkland Islands Bottle Shop?
by Nathan Smyth
May 21st, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: TN: 2012 La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

According to Free Wine-Searcher, there are precisely zero bottles of that wine, of any vintage, for sale anywhere in the Americas - from Greenland in the north all the way down to Chile & Argentina in the south.
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by Nathan Smyth
May 20th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 49
Views: 2548

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

In our market, you'll find some pleasant swallowable Lieux-dits around $30, but you can fuhgeddabout 1er Cru [unless you extend your budget from $50 out towards the $75+ range]. I don't know where you're market is, Nathan, But almost at random, here are some below from Chicagoland (Bessin). I get o...
by Nathan Smyth
May 20th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 49
Views: 2548

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

Chablis would also fit In our market, you'll find some pleasant swallowable Lieux-dits around $30, but you can fuhgeddabout 1er Cru [unless you extend your budget from $50 out towards the $75+ range]. I don't know where you're market is, Nathan, But almost at random, here are some below from Chicag...
by Nathan Smyth
May 20th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 5-19-19
Replies: 12
Views: 813

Re: Wine Impressions 5-19-19

2017 Greek Wine Cellars, Assyrtiko Santorini - An odd name for a winery. At least "Produttori" sounds cool for a coop. Couldn't they come up with something more original? With Total Wine, it's always possible that the original producer did have a cool name, but it was more advantageous legalistical...
by Nathan Smyth
May 20th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 49
Views: 2548

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

Joshua Kates wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 3:59 am
Chablis would also fit
In our market, you'll find some pleasant swallowable Lieux-dits around $30, but you can fuhgeddabout 1er Cru [unless you extend your budget from $50 out towards the $75+ range].
by Nathan Smyth
May 19th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 5-19-19
Replies: 12
Views: 813

Re: Wine Impressions 5-19-19

2017 Greek Wine Cellars, Assyrtiko Santorini - dense and full on the nose and in the mouth, lovely textures, good acidity, full but structured; much more than expected, especially from a co-op. This place/variety deserve your attention. $20. Re-buy. When we did Greek wines a few summers ago, my imp...
by Nathan Smyth
May 16th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 107
Views: 5381

Re: Robert Parker retires

I've heard that his health is not great... At this point, Parker is a miracle of Nature simply for still being alive. The guy has been tasting something like 20 to 40 wines PER DAY every day for the last forty years. He used to tell Rovani that if you took off a day or two from tasting, then you'd ...
by Nathan Smyth
May 12th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2083

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

Nick F. wrote:
May 12th, 2019, 7:13 am
Binny’s
Dude.

In the future, could you warn us about that beforehand?

Everyone on this thread is trying to give you some serious advice, and you're just gonna head off to a package store which services hobos?

SMDH.
by Nathan Smyth
May 11th, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2083

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

No specifics but there are many very good cabs from AU that are well priced, with the ones from from western AU being a bit more civilized. In our market, we don't get diddly squat from Australia anymore. A few years ago, we saw some "Three Rings" shiraz, from Chris Ringland, but that pipeline clos...
by Nathan Smyth
May 11th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2083

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

GregT wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 8:25 pm
$20 is the new $15
If not the new $10.

There's no question but that it's gettting harder & harder every year to find great table wines in the sub-$20 range.

They're there, but boy oh boy, somebody's gotta invest a whole lotta elbow grease in finding them.
by Nathan Smyth
May 11th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2083

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

big red... sub 20? Here are five sub-$20 Big Red wines which I've sampled in the last few months: Treana Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles, California, USA This is an exceptionally hot wine, which smells of cinnamon stick & cloves & Christmas cake & gingerbread cookies with peppermint frosting. It bur...
by Nathan Smyth
May 11th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2083

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

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by Nathan Smyth
May 10th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drunk people/children/leggings always tell the truth and now also…
Replies: 12
Views: 1014

Re: Drunk people/children/leggings always tell the truth and now also…

leggings... 11 year old...
Epic fail.

Go to jail.

Go directly to jail.

Do not pass Go.

Do not collect $200.

May prem-oxed White burgundy curse you for the remainder of your life.
by Nathan Smyth
May 5th, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Didn't want to like it but...
Replies: 39
Views: 2339

Re: Didn't want to like it but...

Nate Simon wrote:
May 4th, 2019, 5:21 pm
An embarrassingly large amount of NZ Sauv Blanc.
2018 "The Crossings" Marlborough SB is a dynamite wine, and it has outstanding distribution throughout the USA:

https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/crossings/1/usa
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by Nathan Smyth
May 5th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party
Replies: 28
Views: 698

Re: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party

For the champagne, Le Mesnil has excellent distribution throughout the USA, at about $40: https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/le+mesnil/1/usa For the Prosecco, you can never go wrong with Zardetto [it's a big fat blowsy wine which swallows like water]: https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/zardetto/1/us...
by Nathan Smyth
May 5th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing help. Fish Veracruz
Replies: 17
Views: 472

Re: Pairing help. Fish Veracruz

In the future, this is what you'll want [with the proviso that I have only had the 2015]: 2017 https://www.calvertwoodley.com/wines/Nals-Margreid-Pinot-Bianco-Sirmian-Alto-Adige-2017-w6468113tr 2015 https://www.westgatewinestore.com/2015-Nals-Margried-Sirmian-Pinot-Bianco-_p_4146.html In the Sirmian...
by Nathan Smyth
May 4th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1241

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

The best Appalachian [grape*] wines I ever had - from Chateau Z in Virginia, and Round Peak in North Carolina - were so packed with anti-oxidants [or anti-oxidant qualities] that they needed days & days to relax & open up & strut their stuff. Definitely not Pop-n-Pour. For greater Appalachia, you ne...
by Nathan Smyth
May 4th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?
Replies: 55
Views: 1344

Re: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?

Wes Barton wrote:
May 4th, 2019, 6:28 pm
AlexS wrote:
May 4th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Worst: Grenache
+1 Other grapes may strive to reach the depths of an oaky Grenache, but none can surpass it.
I guess that would more-or-less encompass 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape in magnum
by Nathan Smyth
May 4th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cotat & Snapper
Replies: 11
Views: 500

Re: Cotat & Snapper

I like fresh, fruity, and crisp whites more... I've not had much luck with Sauvignon Blancs in the last few months... We have had three dynamite SBs recently, and all of them could be had for well under $15: * 2018 The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc [Marlborough, New Zealand] * 2016 Villa Brici Sauvigno...
by Nathan Smyth
May 2nd, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Question
Replies: 15
Views: 710

Re: Tasting Question

In terms of actual wine suggestions, around here, at sub-$30, you'd be looking at: RED 1) Southern Rhone [general vicinity of Gigondas] 2) Languedoc 3) Argentinian Malbec & Malbec blends 4) Chianti Classico [but probably not CCR] If you see any 2015s from Gigondas/Languedoc , then grab them. On the ...
by Nathan Smyth
May 2nd, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Question
Replies: 15
Views: 710

Re: Tasting Question

1) Is there some obvious reason why no one in the state of Ohio advertises on Wine-Searcher? I get a handful of ancient hits from something called "Hyde Park Gourmet Food & Wine", but that's about all. 2) As a general rule of thumb, I would NEVER walk into the average wine store and ask for advice o...
by Nathan Smyth
April 28th, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?
Replies: 12
Views: 931

Re: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?

If that space is fully subterranean, and if that floor is a concrete slab sitting on bedrock, in the state of Massachusetts, then you'd need something akin to an ironworks with a blast-furnace in the next room in order to create temperature problems. Subterranean, with a concrete floor, as far north...
by Nathan Smyth
April 28th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux for burgundy fans
Replies: 19
Views: 931

Re: Bordeaux for burgundy fans

Anything from the Margaux AOC. Brane-Cantenac if you're an upper-middle-class professional, Palmer if you're safely a millionaire, and Chateau Margaux itself if you're a billionaire. But if you're a peasant like the rest of us, then I suppose you trudge on down the path to Entre-Deux-Meres, and see ...
by Nathan Smyth
April 27th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?
Replies: 12
Views: 931

Re: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?

Also, in the Northern Hemisphere, the very best passive cellars are on the north of the house. The south side of the house absorbs the direct hit from the sunlight, whereas the north side of the house tends to be largely in the shade. Also, big leafy trees can help to keep things cool [or at least c...
by Nathan Smyth
April 27th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?
Replies: 12
Views: 931

Re: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?

Nathan - all good points. What about passive racking, w/o temp and humidity control? I will find out for sure in a few months, but I have a feeling it stays pretty cool down there. If you keep a constant temp that you’re comfortable with, I’d rack every square inch I could and fill ‘er up! Agreed. ...
by Nathan Smyth
April 27th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?
Replies: 12
Views: 931

Re: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?

I would not enclose the circuit breaker box in any weird temperature/humidity-altering circumstances. Not only would that almost certainly be a violation of Massachusetts building codes, but it would be an incredibly stupid thing to do. You'd want something like industrial marine-grade components in...
by Nathan Smyth
April 26th, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Theme ideas for tasting that I will host?
Replies: 20
Views: 557

Re: Theme ideas for tasting that I will host?

Rough price estimates from last time: $50.00 Sancerre - Cotat Cailottes $40.00 Bordeaux - Carbonnieux Blanc (75% SB) $20.00 New Zealand - Greywacke $27.50 California - Ladera $25.00 Italy - Schiopetto ------------------------- TOTAL: ~$162.50 So I'll assume that's approximately your budget. ********...
by Nathan Smyth
April 21st, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Toxic Wine
Replies: 10
Views: 884

Re: Toxic Wine

most fridges don't last 20 years any more That's why people live on Craigslist & eBay. Everything in the mainstream consumer segment of the economy is made-in-china junk now. Nothing works anymore. Everything breaks. People fight each other to get their hands on vintage made-in-America fabrications...
by Nathan Smyth
April 21st, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Toxic Wine
Replies: 10
Views: 884

Re: Wine Cave Rec Needed Due to Toxic Event

However I am hoping for specific recommendations of brands/models that people on the board own and like. Being a redneck, I take the opposite approach - I look to see what's available [at what prices] on Craigslist & eBay, and then work backwards to figure out which is the best value. You can get o...
by Nathan Smyth
April 20th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Toxic Wine
Replies: 10
Views: 884

Re: Toxic Wine

Well, if you were a redneck, then you'd hop on board Craigslist and see what's happening. I got more than 700 hits on "wine cooler", but just on the first page of hits, I saw these two commercial units, over in a restaurant supply store, very roughly at the border between Brooklyn & Queens [assuming...
by Nathan Smyth
April 20th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BS pricing
Replies: 15
Views: 1488

Re: BS pricing

$40,000 wine is dead at retail i'd say it $40,000 wine never lived at retail ;) This thread was only a couple of weeks ago: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=159830 Direct link: https://www.klwines.com/Auction/Bidding/AuctionBidDetail.aspx?sku=1407679 $40,000 in 2019 dollars ...
by Nathan Smyth
April 19th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dig through this wine list challenge.
Replies: 41
Views: 1561

Re: Dig through this wine list challenge.

If the proprietors of the restaurant stumble upon this thread, here are two labels I've tasted recently which would be wonderful matches to most gumbo recipes:

Margreid "Sirmian" Pinot Bianco
Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine "Gorges"

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by Nathan Smyth
April 19th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dig through this wine list challenge.
Replies: 41
Views: 1561

Re: Dig through this wine list challenge.

Gumbo... I can’t see going much above $200 or so. Two People 4 x $50 = 200 WINES BY THE GLASS, Dom Pérignon, Brut Cuvée, Épernay, Champagne, France 2006 $50 $80 + $120 = $200 HALF BOTTLE WHITE, F.X. PICHLER, RIESLING 'LOIBNER LOIBENBERG' SMARAGD, WACHAU, AUSTRIA 2011 $80 HALF BOTTLE SELECTIONS, BIL...
by Nathan Smyth
April 14th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!

David Glasser wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 6:50 pm
The most impressive thing about this post is that you went back after day 1.
It's all about la merde, 'bout la merde, 'bout la merde, non Mega Purple.

--- Anthony Hanson, MW

by Nathan Smyth
April 14th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!

Cris Whetstone wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Real Wine -> Pinotage = non sequitur
Ergo the exclamation mark.

This is real wine.

Very, very tasty.

And tres AFWE.
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by Nathan Smyth
April 14th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!

2011 Winery of Good Hope Pinotage In screw-cap. Tasted over the course of seven days. DAY 1: Massive stench of body odor, athlete's foot fungus, jock itch, wet dog, and 5-day old venison road kill [in the summer heat] - you could summon the turkey buzzards to your back patio simply by opening a bot...
by Nathan Smyth
April 13th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese
Replies: 4
Views: 272

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese

That was one of the tastiest wines I ever put in my mouth. Out of the gate, it blew away the Wehlener Sonnenuhr. Although I have no doubt that the WS would have improved tremendously with some cellaring - and, quite frankly, the GH was so perfect that I would have imagined that cellaring might actua...
by Nathan Smyth
April 13th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m in der- Pfalz need wine recommendations-last minute
Replies: 8
Views: 237

Re: I’m in der- Pfalz need wine recommendations-last minute

. The von Winning Trocken II Sauvignon Blanc was easily the best value white wine we tried in 2018. The PDF says that von Winning is in the Heiliggeistkirche, although the PDF says they're only pouring the Trocken I. If it's possible to arrange it, then I would definitely want to get a tour of the ...
by Nathan Smyth
April 10th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar
Replies: 36
Views: 1338

Re: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar

You people don't seem to understand that if and/or when The Big One strikes, all of these insurance companies are going broke. They'll head off to DC, and dump what money they have remaining into paying lobbyists to sell sob stories to congressmen, and then cross their fingers and aim for the fences...
by Nathan Smyth
April 10th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar
Replies: 36
Views: 1338

Re: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar

the best earthquake preparedness for a wine collection is adequate insurance No actuarial with an IQ any larger than that of a walnut would agree to insure a serious wine cellar in an earthquake zone at anything less than utterly confiscatory rates [like, say, $0.10 per $1.00 of valuation per year]...
by Nathan Smyth
April 10th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Suckling back at the WS? What's up with all the 94 plus scores for CCR lately?
Replies: 15
Views: 1548

Re: Is Suckling back at the WS? What's up with all the 94 plus scores for CCR lately?

2015 was an epic year in Southern France & Tuscany [and it probably wasn't all that bad in the Piemonte either]. What I don't understand is the love for the 2016s. At least in Southern France, the 2016s all taste like Mega-Purple barrel samples - you can't even swallow the damned things. I don't see...
by Nathan Smyth
April 9th, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please
Replies: 16
Views: 398

Re: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please

traveling with my children and their SOs aged 23-28 Are you a fundamentalist mormon? I thought you guys were supposed to abstain from the ETOH. . Fixed in bold. newhere Aw, man, and here I was thinking you were a Player who was treating the sister wives & their kids to a European Vacation. .
by Nathan Smyth
April 9th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please
Replies: 16
Views: 398

Re: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please

Brian Lynch wrote:
April 9th, 2019, 7:47 am
traveling with children and SOs aged 23-28
Are you a fundamentalist mormon?

I thought you guys were supposed to abstain from the ETOH.
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