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by Steve Ritchie
May 15th, 2017, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Article
Replies: 5
Views: 605

Dirty & Rowdy Article

Great interview! I met Hardy when he and I were regulars at my favorite wine shop in Atlanta and have rooted for him ever since. It is fascinating to read his insights into the business and his passion for wine. Kudos!
by Steve Ritchie
May 8th, 2017, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for big, full-throttle Pinot Noirs
Replies: 89
Views: 5058

Suggestions for big, full-throttle Pinot Noirs

A few have been mentioned in this thread that I'm fairly familiar with and that I would not agree with as being "big, full-throttle" in style - Dutton-Goldfield, Thackrey, Rochioli. I, too, disagree with the Dutton-Goldfield as a "big" Pinot Noir. I am kinda scratching my head on that one... :| Dif...
by Steve Ritchie
April 27th, 2017, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is retail "dead"?
Replies: 56
Views: 3628

Is retail "dead"?

I agree with the posters above who focus on differentiation. Brick and mortar can survive, even thrive, if they TRULY offer something distinct. I would suggest that a retailer can do well if he/she has a selection that cannot be found at the local supermarket or big box, has exceptional service (an...
by Steve Ritchie
April 26th, 2017, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is retail "dead"?
Replies: 56
Views: 3628

Is retail "dead"?

I agree with the posters above who focus on differentiation. Brick and mortar can survive, even thrive, if they TRULY offer something distinct. I would suggest that a retailer can do well if he/she has a selection that cannot be found at the local supermarket or big box, has exceptional service (and...
by Steve Ritchie
February 8th, 2017, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines You Love That Others Just Don't Get
Replies: 107
Views: 4031

Wines You Love That Others Just Don't Get

Fino sherry -- served ice cold Pinot Blanc -- Dutton-Goldfield makes one I like; Yep, cream soda-flavored wine. Yum! Lambrusco -- Lini and other dry varieties As a group, this board has such broad and adventurous palate, that it's hard to think of a well-made wine that no one here will "get," but I ...
by Steve Ritchie
November 23rd, 2016, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine fraud movie: "Sour Grapes"
Replies: 129
Views: 14475

Wine fraud movie: "Sour Grapes"

I also enjoyed the film, but only wish they had spent even more time showing the ridiculousness of the 12 Angry Men and their frequent boasting here (and elsewhere) of their expensive dinners at Cru. That being said, the scene where Jef Levy gets shot down is priceless. I also appreciated the contra...
by Steve Ritchie
March 29th, 2016, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: disgraceful customer service a well known retailer - Chambers Street Wines
Replies: 304
Views: 14956

disgraceful customer service a well known retailer - Chambers Street Wines

Ugh. I really dislike folks who register just to flame a business. This is a community, not Yelp. God forbid if you ever get cold french fries....
by Steve Ritchie
February 3rd, 2016, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gil Lempert-Schwarz and Dragon 8 Wine Auctions (MERGED)
Replies: 602
Views: 103934

Gil Lempert-Schwarz and Dragon 8 Wine Auctions

Better download and save that catalogue quick! As soon as the clowns start coming out of the clown car - the Gilmeister will probably take this one down too. How anyone would buy anything from the liar/fraudster/failed authenticator that Gil has proven himself to be, is beyond me! I am probably jus...
by Steve Ritchie
January 5th, 2016, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Class Act: TablasCreek & LimerickLane
Replies: 19
Views: 1158

A Class Act: TablasCreek & LimerickLane

From our friends at Tablas Creek: A Note on Your Holiday Gift We’ve received a handful of inquiries about the stopper that we sent you that suggest that there’s some confusion as to what it is and how to use it. Please let us explain. It is a two-part no-drip pourer and stopper, the same as we use i...
by Steve Ritchie
November 24th, 2015, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Five Producers in Your Cellar
Replies: 339
Views: 16451

Top Five Producers in Your Cellar

By bottle count in the cellar: 1. Peay Vineyards 2. Ceritas 3. Rivers-Marie 4. LIOCO 5. Tablas Creek By bottles consumed: 1. Girard 2. R. Stuart & Co. 3. Bella Vineyards 4. Turley 5. DuMOL By bottles purchased: 1. Peay Vineyards 2. Girard 3. DuMOL 4. R. Stuart & Co. 5. Rivers-Marie Data is fun! Than...
by Steve Ritchie
October 2nd, 2015, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommended wine shops in Seattle?
Replies: 21
Views: 1114

Recommended wine shops in Seattle?

Ditch the avatar? Never! That's my alma mater -- Go Devils! Anyway, I do apologize for repeating previous threads, but the keywords pull up so many false positives it is hard to find a relevant thread....anyway, thanks a lot for the good advice -- I will check out all of the recommended places! Chee...
by Steve Ritchie
October 2nd, 2015, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommended wine shops in Seattle?
Replies: 21
Views: 1114

Recommended wine shops in Seattle?

Apologies if this has been covered, but my searches couldn't find a relevant thread. I am in Seattle and considering a relocation next month. I would really appreciate the insider's perspective on the best places to buy interesting and/or unusual wines. I know I can hit the supermarkets for the more...
by Steve Ritchie
September 12th, 2015, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bye Bye Williams Selyem
Replies: 44
Views: 3712

Bye Bye Williams Selyem

I am not particularly worked-up about it, but I was surprised at how many "last call" e mails I have received. I like W-S, but I have more than enough CA Pinot and their price point is a bit too high for me. I guess I am not the only one who passed on this year's allocation.
by Steve Ritchie
August 16th, 2015, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine Enclos de la Croix Vin de France (France, Vin de France)
Replies: 0
Views: 63

TN: 2012 Domaine Enclos de la Croix Vin de France (France, Vin de France)

2012 Domaine Enclos de la Croix Vin de France - France, Vin de France (8/16/2015) "Bordeaux" blend from Provence, which may explain the interesting and enjoyable mix of currant, plum, sweet tobacco, red fruit, and herb/rosemary flavors in this full-bodied wine with very smooth and soft tannins. Ima...
by Steve Ritchie
August 2nd, 2015, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermouth?
Replies: 16
Views: 662

Vermouth?

Big fan of sweet vermouth -- on the rocks and/or with a splash of soda. I need to learn a lot more about them, though, since so far, I have only tried the more common brands (Dolin, et. al.) Let me know what you find out there!
by Steve Ritchie
August 1st, 2015, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 Cali Pinot Producers...
Replies: 29
Views: 2314

Top 10 Cali Pinot Producers...

I am always a sucker for a good listicle, so I enjoyed this one too. Thanks! For me, the most interesting part was the honorable mention section. I haven't ever seen a classification of CA Pinots like that (it may exist, I just haven't come across it yet) and found that alone to be very helpful. I w...
by Steve Ritchie
August 1st, 2015, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should I give White Zin another chance?
Replies: 39
Views: 1307

Should I give White Zin another chance?

Seeing the range of comments, I guess I have to wonder what makes a (dry) White Zin inherently inferior to a rose of Syrah, Grenache, or even Pinot Noir? Exactly. No inherent qualitative difference. My advice to the OP is to explore dry roses more broadly. There's a lot of really good ones being ma...
by Steve Ritchie
July 31st, 2015, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gewurzt - Your thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 1579

Gewurtz - Your thoughts

I really enjoy a well-balanced Gewurtz. The challenge for me has been finding one that captures the spiciness without being too alcoholic, flabby, and "oily" in texture. I am a big fan of even the simple/cheap ones from Washington, especially with East and South Asian food.
by Steve Ritchie
July 30th, 2015, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should I give White Zin another chance?
Replies: 39
Views: 1307

Should I give White Zin another chance?

Seeing the range of comments, I guess I have to wonder what makes a (dry) White Zin inherently inferior to a rose of Syrah, Grenache, or even Pinot Noir?
by Steve Ritchie
July 30th, 2015, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should I give White Zin another chance?
Replies: 39
Views: 1307

Should I give White Zin another chance?

I ready a nice (if a bit fluffy) blog post exhalting the virtue of the infamous White Zin. I had a dry version a few years ago (Girard, IIRC) and enjoyed it as a more berry-flavored take on a dry rose, but haven't dared to ask for or buy one since. Is it time to get over my flashbacks of sweet and f...
by Steve Ritchie
July 30th, 2015, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas 2012 Porter Bass Chardonnay
Replies: 47
Views: 3173

Ceritas 2012 Porter Bass Chardonnay

Thanks for the notes! I have a few myself and am enjoying the evolution as well. Cheers!
by Steve Ritchie
July 28th, 2015, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there really a cant drop list
Replies: 49
Views: 3269

Is there really a cant drop list

"Can't drop?" None, but in GA we can't order from other retailers and CC transactions are in the "gray area" as far as I can tell (and I am not in the mood to push the limit on this). Therefore, I stay on some key lists to make sure I can order what I want from some key US makers and/or get access t...
by Steve Ritchie
July 13th, 2015, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone familiar with Buccella Napa Cab?
Replies: 20
Views: 960

Anyone familiar with Buccella Napa Cab?

I second Saul's perspective...if you are in the mood for a big Cab, though, I think they are well made in that style.
by Steve Ritchie
July 12th, 2015, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thank You, Eric Levine and Cellartracker
Replies: 38
Views: 2346

Thank You, Eric Levine and Cellartracker

Joe G a l e w s k i wrote:Cellartracker is a great tool. Thanks Eric!
+1 -- It has been the great enabler to my terrible wine habit! [cheers.gif]
by Steve Ritchie
July 11th, 2015, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good wine shops in Vancouver?
Replies: 9
Views: 389

Are there any good wine shops in Vancouver?

I will second Marquis on Davie St. I will also second that Canadian taxes on wine make for some eye-popping price tags.
by Steve Ritchie
July 11th, 2015, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danny Meyer's take on wine
Replies: 15
Views: 1367

Danny Meyer's take on wine

Nice to read a different take on wine and food, but at the risk of sounding fussy, I don't think I'd like one of those whites that has been in the refrigerator for a month...
by Steve Ritchie
July 7th, 2015, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 471
Views: 48303

Official WTSO thread

First time ever seeing the WTSO site... not sure whether to thank the OP'er or curse him for enablinga bad habit ;-)
by Steve Ritchie
July 7th, 2015, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Killing the goose that laid the golden egg - - - or, another open letter to the WB community
Replies: 285
Views: 15662

Killing the goose that laid the golden egg - - - or, another open letter to the WB community

Like many of you, my partial reaction to seeing these threads is "not this again." But upon further reflection, I think it's a healthy thing in relationships, whether with your family, coworkers, or even people you talk with on a message board, to reflect on and to discuss periodically how well you...
by Steve Ritchie
July 6th, 2015, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Killing the goose that laid the golden egg - - - or, another open letter to the WB community
Replies: 285
Views: 15662

Killing the goose that laid the golden egg - - - or, another open letter to the WB community

I had a choice starting out, and have a choice at any time, to consider how much moderation to have. Obviously at the get-go it was to be the antithesis of what most of us came from, which was the smart move at the time. Many absolutely adore the fact that there's so much room here to say what you ...
by Steve Ritchie
July 6th, 2015, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Killing the goose that laid the golden egg - - - or, another open letter to the WB community
Replies: 285
Views: 15662

Killing the goose that laid the golden egg - - - or, another open letter to the WB community

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:Every site goes through this. The question is who stays and who goes.
Agreed -- I guess the question/concern for me is whether the WB'ers who have contributed a lot of positive insight, humor, and passion will be the ones who leave.
by Steve Ritchie
July 2nd, 2015, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite hyper-acidic white wine
Replies: 43
Views: 1340

Your favorite hyper-acidic white wine

Aligote?
by Steve Ritchie
May 27th, 2015, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I paid over $6000 through Commerce Corner, seller has disappeared
Replies: 346
Views: 34613

I paid over $6000 through Commerce Corner, seller has disappeared

I have been reading/lurking this thread with great interest and agree with the consensus that George is the victim here, and that we should all wish him the very best finding a fair resolution to this problem. Given the inherent risks of selling wine through an online forum like CC, I was curious --...
by Steve Ritchie
March 31st, 2015, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys J, this is why we can't have nice things!
Replies: 33
Views: 2919

Gallo buys J, this is why we can't have nice things!

Thanks for the ITB insight -- as the old saying goes, "when you hear thundering hooves, look for horses, not zebras." Often the most straightforward explanation is the right one.
by Steve Ritchie
March 30th, 2015, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys J, this is why we can't have nice things!
Replies: 33
Views: 2919

Gallo buys J, this is why we can't have nice things!

I am no big fan of Gallo and I feel bad for any J employees who are adversely impacted, but instead of ranting, I would like to learn from some ITB folks about the reasons why moves like these are happening. Is the business becoming too capital-intensive for smaller/independent wineries? Is it that ...
by Steve Ritchie
March 3rd, 2015, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's on the "No Fly" List
Replies: 117
Views: 6670

What's on the "No Fly" List

I may have missed a mention, but I'd add:

Bodegas Borsao Garnacha del Fuego (the most overripe Garnacha/cough syrup I've had)
Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel (cough syrup with added alcohol)... then again, I'd add ANY Martinelli Zin to the list
by Steve Ritchie
February 5th, 2015, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2005: ten years on
Replies: 76
Views: 4786

Bordeaux 2005: ten years on

Very helpful indeed! Thanks!
by Steve Ritchie
February 4th, 2015, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it time to say farewell to Linne Calodo?
Replies: 39
Views: 2941

Is it time to say farewell to Linne Calodo?

I think I am of the same mind... I wish them the best and have no complaints, but I just cannot justify the price at this point. I guess that means someone else will be happy to get my allocation!
by Steve Ritchie
February 4th, 2015, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it time to say farewell to Linne Calodo?
Replies: 39
Views: 2941

Is it time to say farewell to Linne Calodo?

I am curious if others are feeling that LC is overreaching on price this year and whether I should consider finding alternatives. I am a fan of the Zin blends, less enamored by the Rhone blends (probably just a matter of taste), and am thinking that I can but some great wine for less than $72-$92/bo...
by Steve Ritchie
November 12th, 2014, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheap, everyday, widely available stuff.
Replies: 55
Views: 2326

Cheap, everyday, widely available stuff.

"Top 5" is hard, since I vary my choices over the year, but here are some standby's: 1. Domaine de Vieux Chene -- small CdR, CdR Villages, VdP Vaucluse, and Viognier producer, all less than $15 2. Shaya old vine Rueda -- crisp and very drinkable, ~$12 3. R. Stuart and Co. Big Fire Pinot Gris -- OR s...
by Steve Ritchie
August 29th, 2014, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do young people tend to shy away from wine?
Replies: 225
Views: 7450

Why do young people tend to shy away from wine?

I'm seeing a common thread here.....young people either have a mentor or group of friends who are noodling around in wine. Even if you're poured a glass of great wine, if you're not used to higher tannins/acidity, it still may not be "good" to you right away. I know it took my wife awhile to get us...
by Steve Ritchie
August 21st, 2014, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New (to me) AFWE blog
Replies: 21
Views: 1847

New (to me) AFWE blog

Thanks for the tip!
by Steve Ritchie
August 21st, 2014, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The (still) dismal state of California Chardonnay
Replies: 34
Views: 1843

The (still) dismal state of California Chardonnay

I guess my default is to be skeptical of assertions that "most of X from Y sucks" regardless of what "X" and "Y" means. It seems to be very fashionable (and safe) to bash CA wines right now, so I am not really seeing anything new here. Give it five years, and the articles will be all about "I am so ...
by Steve Ritchie
August 3rd, 2014, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ: California Sparkling Wine Sneaks up on Champagne
Replies: 29
Views: 1397

WSJ: California Sparkling Wine Sneaks up on Champagne

I don't know. I just bought a bunch of grower champagnes for $29; what is the rationale for buying CA sparklers unless they offer something qualitatively different? Good point. I find room for both. I like the CA sparklers for their refreshing and approachable nature -- one can just enjoy them with...
by Steve Ritchie
August 3rd, 2014, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article;The return of Cabernet
Replies: 92
Views: 4089

Article;The return of Cabernet

Enjoyed the article... I really enjoy his writing -- fully understanding his POV -- and his willingness to praise wineries that don't get the love from the best-known publications. Thanks for referring!
by Steve Ritchie
June 21st, 2014, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some impassioned defenses of Lambrusco...
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Some impassioned defenses of Lambrusco...

I love Lambrusco and agree that pairing it with antipasti makes for an amazing experience. I am so happy that dry styles are showing up more and more in wine stores. I crave it with salumi and with Pasta Bolognese. Mmmm.
by Steve Ritchie
May 7th, 2014, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ATL cracks down on BYOB
Replies: 28
Views: 1786

ATL cracks down on BYOB

Steve to Mr. Reed's credit, he really did do that. He just didn't make an early public statement on it. He said in his Twitter posts that he was ignorant of this entire situation but would look into it. It sounded dismissive but obviously was not. I am not his biggest fan but in this case he really...
by Steve Ritchie
May 7th, 2014, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ATL cracks down on BYOB
Replies: 28
Views: 1786

ATL cracks down on BYOB

Good news! The Mayor's office officially announced no intention on requiring a special license for BYOB, and a councilman is introducing legislation to clarify the issue. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/b-y-o-b-not-a-p-r-o-b/nfqSj/ Too bad that the Mayor couldn't have simply (and calmly) said that he w...
by Steve Ritchie
May 2nd, 2014, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ATL cracks down on BYOB
Replies: 28
Views: 1786

ATL cracks down on BYOB

Seems to be a bit of a Twitter war with the mayor of Atlanta over this. He claims the story is "garbage" and is not too happy about the strident complaints against the supposed new policy.

https://twitter.com/KasimReed/status/462232521301045248
by Steve Ritchie
March 24th, 2014, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Carlisle Zin DCV '12....(short/boring)
Replies: 13
Views: 831

TN: Carlisle Zin DCV '12....(short/boring)

Thanks, all, for the responses. I am excited about the wines, but want to let time work it's magic when I should. Cheers!
by Steve Ritchie
March 24th, 2014, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Latour Vertical in ATL 1964-2003
Replies: 37
Views: 1735

Chateau Latour Vertical in ATL 1964-2003

Thanks for the notes! I too only own a 2001 Latour, which I think will rest a bit longer before I indulge.

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