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by Al Osterheld
February 17th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Beaucastel blanc - last 2 bottles were dead, should I do something different with bottle 3
Replies: 19
Views: 693

Re: 2001 Beaucastel blanc - last 2 bottles were dead, should I do something different with bottle 3

I opened one a couple years ago that was in a great spot, although it certainly had some oxidative character. As others have noted, it's part of the nature of the beast with aged white Rhones.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 16th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3318

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

As far as comments that Tablas Creek might be sending gifts to Tom because he's an influencer, I think they send the gifts to members of their rather large wine club (I think now more than one wine club, haven't kept up). I received the gift, along with annual gifts since I joined their wine club so...
by Al Osterheld
February 16th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 57
Views: 3654

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

Maybe the thief likes Valtellina, but more likely just saw a "free" bottle of wine and now wonders why they didn't grab the other bottle instead.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 15th, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bob Lindquist Leaves Qupe - And 'Starts' Own Brand . . .
Replies: 19
Views: 1263

Re: Bob Lindquisst Leaves Qupe - And 'Starts' Own Brand . . .

I love the wines Bob makes (and Louisa and Ethan, too) . Hope it turns out well for them. The sale to Terroir looked like a good move, until the founder had his problems. But, the heart and soul and art of Qupe was all Bob, no matter the name on the label.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 13th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is out of state retailer charging me their states sales tax?
Replies: 20
Views: 958

Re: Why is out of state retailer charging me their states sales tax?

No, that was the law, but the Supreme Court ruling changed that, as I understand it. It no longer matters if the retailer has a presence in the state to which it is shipping. The retailer's home state can collect the tax on shipments going out of state if it chooses (and what state won't?). Yes, th...
by Al Osterheld
February 13th, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still read Wine Spectator?
Replies: 41
Views: 1418

Re: Do you still read Wine Spectator?

Years ago when it was on newsprint and the internet was just an idea, it was useful to keep up with winery news (things like wineries closing, being bought, merging, expanding, etc.). Then it went to the glossy coffee table format and became less interesting.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 12th, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Filoli Estate Vnyd??
Replies: 14
Views: 369

Re: Filoli Estate Vnyd??

Mel Knox wrote:
February 11th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Thanks, Al. I was passing along old news.
It's an interesting story and a surprising connection. The Tolmachs were at Filoli almost from its beginning as a public site and worked there for 35 years.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 11th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Filoli Estate Vnyd??
Replies: 14
Views: 369

Re: Filoli Estate Vnyd??

Jeffrey and Lucy Tolmach moved back to the Ojai area, I think now live and farm on Ojai Vineyards property.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 11th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Filoli Estate Vnyd??
Replies: 14
Views: 369

Re: Filoli Estate Vnyd??

I think it’s part of their orchard and is mainly table grapes. The orchard was neglected for years and later restored starting in the mid 1990s, not sure how many of the vines were original although the orchard supposedly only has historically accurate fruit. Adam Tolmach’s sister-in-law was involve...
by Al Osterheld
February 10th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 6993
Views: 557297

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

FWIW, while I stopped following it a long time ago, the trustee is still unwinding the Premier Cru estate in bankruptcy court.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 10th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 321
Views: 9372

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Actually, I think many of them will start buying more wine. Will it be to the same degree as previous generations? I don't have a strong feeling either way, but the article that started this thread pointed out some reasons why they might not. The financial factor that has been the basis for much of ...
by Al Osterheld
February 9th, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 321
Views: 9372

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

To be honest, while it was the intentionally eye grabbing title of the article that started the discussion, I don't think anyone who has posted thinks millennials are killing wine. In any case, we shouldn't look to them to save wine (or not), rather it's up to the wine industry to provide a compelli...
by Al Osterheld
February 9th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 321
Views: 9372

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

I think the real question, a central question that was raised by the article, is whether millennials will become interested in wine as they acquire additional discretionary income in similar percentages to recent generations. I think that's not clear. If it was just about financial aspects, that's a...
by Al Osterheld
February 9th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 321
Views: 9372

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Like any "generation", the boomers aren't a uniform group. The younger half of the boomers also faced some challenges acquiring the same things as their parents and gave rise to a group called yuppies who share some features with millenials and who were written about in fairly similar ways. They wer...
by Al Osterheld
February 8th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 321
Views: 9372

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

The tax liability is poorly correlated with boomer vs millenial status, much more strongly dependent on other factors. In any case, the changes aren't a huge factor in disposable income for most people buying wine. Millenials do have challenges related to finding a steady job with a good income, but...
by Al Osterheld
February 5th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 13
Views: 503

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Casey Hartlip wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Funny, nobody ever wants to work in the vineyard.
And after you've made it sound so rewarding!

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 3rd, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 321
Views: 9372

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Let's hope the millenials don't figure out who ruined things for them. Ah, they will, of course, maybe they will be forgiving.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 1st, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 1731

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

In person, chip+PIN cards and Apple Pay (or similar) are better than chip -no-PIN cards, are better than swipe cards, all better than cc # over the phone or web. Apple Pay (and probably similar) are pretty secure over the web. Don't know about Venmo, not very confident with Paypal as an account base...
by Al Osterheld
January 31st, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 1731

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

The US does seem very different to the UK - online banking is huge here - cheques are virtually dead and I can send money all over the world from my banking app on my phone (which is linked to my iPhone's facial recognition for security). If someone does give me a cheque though I can pay it into my...
by Al Osterheld
January 30th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 1731

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

Yeah, that's why I have never signed up for PayPal and do not intend to. Well, that and the fact that I can just ignore all those phishing emails about my PayPal account being hacked. Somewhat more recently, PayPal can used as a processor to clear CC charges.I'm not entirely happy with that, but hop...
by Al Osterheld
January 30th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long should you let wine rest after shipping?
Replies: 48
Views: 1518

Re: How long should you let wine rest after shipping?

I think that's not analogous to John's point. The people who do not talk about a no-hitter during a baseball game don't suffer economic losses from their silence like the importer who holds off showing or selling the wines they've just imported. Also, neither John nor I claim we are certain that the...
by Al Osterheld
January 30th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long should you let wine rest after shipping?
Replies: 48
Views: 1518

Re: How long should you let wine rest after shipping?

The most compelling evidence that travel shock does occur is the fact that importers often don't want to pour wines that have just arrived and will hold off many weeks or longer. That is also my take, I also think the import process is a bit different from driving a wine home. That's why I quoted G...
by Al Osterheld
January 30th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 1731

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

I think Square is mainly used by wineries for credit card processing without enhanced features, much as PayPal can be used. I’ve never signed up directly with PayPal, don’t plan to.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 30th, 2019, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long should you let wine rest after shipping?
Replies: 48
Views: 1518

Re: How long should you let wine rest after shipping?

FWIW, the K&L Champagne buyer believes that imported Champagne need to rest for some time (weeks, not sure how long) before they show well. I also recall him stating the Blanc de Blancs recover more quickly than Blanc de Noirs.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 27th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 149
Views: 5087

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

What? No love for the spinal tap, ‘go to 11’ joke?
I thought it was good.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 26th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Picpoul: the joys of simple wine
Replies: 21
Views: 724

Re: Picpoul: the joys of simple wine

Picpoul Blanc does well in Paso Robles, although the wines I've had tend to be a bit of a different style as the grape in Paso tends to produce a somewhat richer wine while still holding good acidity.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 25th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blast from the Past (CdP)
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: Blast from the Past (CdP)

I remember being offered Vieux Telegraphe at $96 a case on pre-arrival from Kermit. Always someone older, I suppose.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 25th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Picpoul: the joys of simple wine
Replies: 21
Views: 724

Re: Picpoul: the joys of simple wine

I'm also a fan of the Gramercy Picpoul. I think the vineyard that pulled their Picpoul was Olsen, the past couple of vintages were from Los Oidos although there was very little of it available from the 2017 vintage. Definitely buy if you can.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 25th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 13
Views: 1506

Re: NYT on 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape

The thing that turned me off a lot of recent CdP is not ripeness and heat, but that many had an very overripe, roasted fruit quality. It was first prominent in many 2003s, but then seemed to become much more common. I haven't had the wines in Asimov's article. But, if they lost that quality and had ...
by Al Osterheld
January 25th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Domaine Matrot Meursault 1er Cru Charmes
Replies: 15
Views: 434

Re: TN: 2011 Domaine Matrot Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

Matrot is also off my list for older bottles or aging. A local supermarket had some 2010s and 2011s at decent prices about five years ago. They were showing well so I just bought them and drank them (a bottle at a time).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 23rd, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...
Replies: 67
Views: 1588

Re: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...

No, I don't have hydrogen peroxide at home. To be honest, I didn't find it that difficult to get things started if I put the wine in a wide mouthed container, got some oxygen in there (helps reduce the SO2), and added something to kick things off. I intended to use a vinegar culture from a local win...
by Al Osterheld
January 23rd, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...
Replies: 67
Views: 1588

Re: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...

I think it's SO2 as much as sterile filtering that makes it a challenge to get good acetobacter growth in leftover wine. It also helps if the wine is placed into a container with a larger mouth. I've made vinegar from wine, just takes some effort to get it started (I used an apple cider vinegar with...
by Al Osterheld
January 23rd, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business
Replies: 41
Views: 1560

Re: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business

Something like 40% of the workers not working are contractors rather than federal employees. They can't be required to work without pay (would violate FLSA and state laws), but they typically are not paid for the time they were furloughed, they simply lose that income.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 21st, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Under The Wire Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 20
Views: 1516

Re: Under The Wire Winter Release Save The Date

Last year, I think they had a total of 200 bottles of the Oakville Farmhouse. From their release letter, it sounded like they had less in subsequent years.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 19th, 2019, 10:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Which Scotch distilleries are firing on all cylinders?
Replies: 78
Views: 4681

Re: Which Scotch distilleries are firing on all cylinders?

Birth year! That was the start of my junior year of high school, although I do remember it as a very good year. Roughly 15 years ago, I was buying Scotch a lot faster than I was drinking it and this is one of those bottles.
by Al Osterheld
January 19th, 2019, 10:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Which Scotch distilleries are firing on all cylinders?
Replies: 78
Views: 4681

Re: Which Scotch distilleries are firing on all cylinders?

It's not a producer I've bought frequently, but I have a 1972 22yo Mortlach cask strength open at the moment that's quite nice.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 17th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron Wine Judging Results
Replies: 35
Views: 1785

Re: SFChron Wine Judging Results

I’ve heard of most of them, although haven’t had those specific wines.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 14th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Say "GOODBYE' to coravin capsules
Replies: 37
Views: 5512

Re: Say "GOODBYE' to coravin capsules

If the Coravin limits the pressure to 25 psig, why do you need 150 psig to get the same flow rate?

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 12th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 14
Views: 1126

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

The Granholm decision pointed a way for states to collect sales tax revenue from out of state entities by requiring the entities to obtain a license to ship into the state that makes collecting and remitting sales tax a requirement. This was done in California with the additional requirement of reci...
by Al Osterheld
January 10th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Foie gras ban in California
Replies: 19
Views: 957

Re: Foie gras ban in California

Possession is fine, production and sale are banned. As far as “free” Foie, that hasn’t been tested in court and some restaurants were picketed a few years back.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 10th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley: The 52 California Wineries to Visit in 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1391

Re: Esther Mobley: The 52 California Wineries to Visit in 2019

From her article today: Many of you have asked: Why doesn’t this list of 52 include Santa Barbara? Or Lodi? Or Amador, El Dorado and Calaveras counties — the Sierra foothills? Be assured that coverage of those regions (and others) is coming. When we launch coverage of a new region on The Press, it r...
by Al Osterheld
January 9th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Second-Favorite Wine with Scallops
Replies: 50
Views: 1423

Re: Your Second-Favorite Wine with Scallops

Southern Rhone Blanc (CdP) can go pretty well, too.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 9th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bargain Champagne
Replies: 64
Views: 2810

Re: Best Bargain Champagne

Paul Bara is still nice, hard to get for sub $40, though.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 8th, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are these the top "wine influencers"?
Replies: 41
Views: 1823

Re: Are these the top "wine influencers"?

From a quick search, the people on that list seem to fall in may different categories from serious wine writer, wine blogger for the serious wine crowd, more classic millennial social media influencer, and marketing consulting to wineries hoping to use social media to reach certain (mainly younger, ...
by Al Osterheld
January 8th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley: The 52 California Wineries to Visit in 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1391

Re: Esther Mobley: The 52 California Wineries to Visit in 2019

They didn't include San Francisco wineries. What an outrage!

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 7th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Foie gras ban in California
Replies: 19
Views: 957

Re: Foie gras ban in California

Supreme Court did not ban it, the just declined to hear a case appealing a lower court ruling that upheld a California law banning the sale and production in California. I don’t agree the the ban, but California banned it. The Harris Ranch aroma was called the money smell by one of our neighbors bac...
by Al Osterheld
January 6th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?
Replies: 42
Views: 1201

Re: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?

They did a bunch of different wines, the project was called Colloquy, and I think all the wines were 2001. Varieties include Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon (may have only been used in blends). There were several different variations, eg, different oak and clonal variations with th...
by Al Osterheld
January 5th, 2019, 10:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?
Replies: 42
Views: 1201

Re: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?

Surely you know better than to get involved in winemaking.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 5th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: My new glass...I need feedback
Replies: 81
Views: 3730

Re: My new glass...I need feedback

What is Costco?
It's good to have minions. Or, possibly, to have no kids.

-Al

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