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by Al Osterheld
July 8th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Sippin' Tequila Recs
Replies: 17
Views: 290

Re: Sippin' Tequila Recs

Tequila is a bit like bourbon, roughly 10 times as many brands as producers although some of the better producers use different techniques for their various brands to produce signature differences.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
July 5th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Sippin' Tequila Recs
Replies: 17
Views: 290

Re: Sippin' Tequila Recs

The two brands I buy more frequently are Fortaleza and Pasote, mostly the blanco and reposado.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
July 1st, 2020, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 83
Views: 2690

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

Off the top of my head, 1985 Chave Hermitage Blanc, motivated in part by a thread on white Rhones.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
July 1st, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Dom Perignon
Replies: 27
Views: 1379

Re: 2010 Dom Perignon

Some people buy particular wines in most vintages because they follow the house and are interested in the vintage variations, then buy more of certain vintages.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 24th, 2020, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cedarville/Susan
Replies: 7
Views: 398

Re: Cedarville/Susan

Yes, very sad. I haven't seen her in a few years, but one of my favorite people in the wine business.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 19th, 2020, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19018

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

So, Berezovka is a village about 90 km north of Odessa in the Ananyev district. Throw in what looks like a Polish spelling and that seems like a match. Berezivka in the current Ukrainian transliteration.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 19th, 2020, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19018

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Some years ago, I helped a few folks locate the part of Russia (or FSU) where their now passed parent or grandparent or an adopted child was born (inquiries were related to a website I maintained). One challenge for birthplaces of older folks was that ethnic villages often had two names, the one the...
by Al Osterheld
June 19th, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19018

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Curious, do you recall the town?

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 17th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19018

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Charles Smith started off the seminar well by providing grower Champagne for everyone. It then took a turn to a one-man multimedia show with a moderator from a magazine targeted at millennials and dropped the comment about an assistant when there were technical issues. I think HdR was trying to appe...
by Al Osterheld
June 17th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19018

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

This board started out unmoderated. As it grew and the participation evolved, that didn't work as well and I also think the vision for the board changed. I consider it to now be lightly moderated. The thing about moderation or even lack of moderation is that some people will not be 100% happy about ...
by Al Osterheld
June 17th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19018

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Can I say that I don't buy Pinot Noir in heavy bottles a third covered with red wax? But that's not a boycott, it's a response to an affection in the packaging that causes me to question the contents.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 17th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19018

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

The wife of one of my co-workers participated in a knitting forum (professional, just liked knitting as a hobby). They created a second forum called something like knit-flame where they moved the contentious discussions. Another wine forum created a sub-forum called something like Black Hole where a...
by Al Osterheld
June 17th, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The big Palette Blanc face-off - Henri Bonnaud vs. Château Simone (plus one rosé 1996)
Replies: 10
Views: 326

Re: TN: The big Palette Blanc face-off - Henri Bonnaud vs. Château Simone (plus one rosé 1996)

Nice write-up. I love the Chateau Simone red and rose wines and find the blanc interesting, although don't buy it as often. I did enjoy a bottle of the 2013 a couple years ago. I don't recall seeing the Bonnaud wines locally.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 17th, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19018

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Mel Knox wrote:
June 17th, 2020, 11:03 am
Al,

You got me. I haven't read the Bible since 1963.
It's been a while for me, too. Didn't get you, it does have the passage you cited, and others in a somewhat different vein.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 17th, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19018

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Personally, I buy wine I want to drink. So far as I can recall, I have never overtly boycotted a winery. But, there are many factors that influence what I want to drink, including personal interactions and other aspects like actions taken by owners or winemakers. BTW, I think the title of the Polans...
by Al Osterheld
June 16th, 2020, 9:22 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Wine Shop Recommendations - Local
Replies: 91
Views: 23526

Re: Wine Shop Recommendations - Local

There is a good wine shop in Pojoaque, NM (Kokoman), near Santa Fe. Extra points if you can pronounce the name of the town.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 16th, 2020, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19018

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

The Pax email had a short statement, links to an album, some books, and a podcast they felt had inspired them on the topic, and links to some other resources.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 10th, 2020, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1282
Views: 87257

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Gary Westby, the Champagne buyer at K&L, claims Champagne needs rest when shipped from France. As I recall, he also thinks Blanc de Blancs recover more quickly.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 9th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Fir Crest
Replies: 10
Views: 529

Re: TN: 2015 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Fir Crest

Yes, that wine showed very well on release.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 6th, 2020, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1282
Views: 87257

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

I like Bereche Brut Reserve. Need to explore some of their other bottlings.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 6th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard
Replies: 23
Views: 1245

Re: TN: 2010 Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 6th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Al Osterheld wrote:
June 6th, 2020, 4:09 pm
He even likes Ovid as I recall.

-Al
That’s slander, Big AL!!! [wow.gif]
Ah, maybe it was the wife's influence.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 6th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard
Replies: 23
Views: 1245

Re: TN: 2010 Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard

He even likes Ovid as I recall.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 3rd, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me construct a Northern Rhône horizontal?
Replies: 31
Views: 1274

Re: Help me construct a Northern Rhône horizontal?

The other Jamet is pretty good.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 3rd, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: life in Piedmont in 1 month
Replies: 22
Views: 1695

Re: life in Piedmont in 1 month

Truffle season! As long as you don't lose your sense of smell.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
May 28th, 2020, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2774

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

There are good wineries owned by celebrities. They tend to be wineries that most folks don't realize are owned by celebrities.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
May 28th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Copper River season
Replies: 16
Views: 1006

Re: Copper River season

I think Yukon river is even better, but pretty scarce.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
May 28th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 607742

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

I didn't know you were a priority creditor, but thought you might be when you received the offer. The two posts in the thread just before yours indicated the 30% payoff for the priority claims like yours.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
May 27th, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars
Replies: 97
Views: 6707

Re: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars

Ah, I suppose that's the source of talking past each other. Note the original post was five and a half years ago, by OP I meant the one that restarted the thread two days ago.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
May 27th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas Creek blog - effect of temps on wine shipping
Replies: 15
Views: 1206

Re: Tablas Creek blog - effect of temps on wine shipping

Physics is everything! Even chemistry is physics, although it didn't go well when I tried to convince my father (chemistry professor). Quality of the cork is hugely important. But, another significant factor is just the fill on the bottle. This is because wine is much less compressible than air. It ...
by Al Osterheld
May 27th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars
Replies: 97
Views: 6707

Re: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars

I also would not lose a wink of sleep over 3F variation over a day. What Carl was getting at was temperature fluctuations that drive pressure fluctuations that make fluids (wine or air) want to move out of or into the bottle when the internal pressure is higher, then lower, than atmospheric pressure...
by Al Osterheld
May 26th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars
Replies: 97
Views: 6707

Re: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars

If you blow into a balloon, we understand why it expands without needing to understand Onsager which is more about relating different flows. Yes, pressure gradient makes a force that moves material. The original post asked about concern of 3F or less daily variation in temperature. For 20F, I suspec...
by Al Osterheld
May 26th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars
Replies: 97
Views: 6707

Re: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars

You don't need to invoke Onsager to understand temperature pushing a cork in wine left in a hot car. That's just the good old equation of state, no fluxes required to understand it. But a 2F or 3F temperature periodic change over hours? Why do you think that's important? What about 0.5F? What are th...
by Al Osterheld
May 22nd, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 152
Views: 13214

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

Dan, I've had a few bottles of the 2006 Heredia Tondonia Reserva recently because one of the supermarkets where I shop has it in stock. Nice wine.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
May 19th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 152
Views: 13214

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

I'd definitely bite on the 1997 Salon.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
May 15th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: You're Copain...You Probably Think This Song is About You...
Replies: 25
Views: 1406

Re: TN: You're Copain...You Probably Think This Song is About You...

It must have been 2003. I think that was the year Peter Cargasacchi slept it off under the truck after the hotel backyard party. That was our third and last trip. In '01 my wife came out with me and I behaved. In '02 if I have my years right I got myself into one fiasco after another including a dr...
by Al Osterheld
May 15th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fratelli Brovia Nebbiolo d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Nebbiolo d'Alba)
Replies: 9
Views: 424

Re: TN: 2016 Fratelli Brovia Nebbiolo d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Nebbiolo d'Alba)

Love Brovia. Their straight Nebbiolo d'Alba wines I've tried were labeled Valmaggione (vineyard). I think the sandy soils tend to produce a more approachable wine. The Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggione doesn't see any oak.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
May 13th, 2020, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: first go with the new Grassls...
Replies: 46
Views: 3294

Re: first go with the new Grassls...

Has anyone tried the Grassl Champagne stems?

-Al
by Al Osterheld
May 3rd, 2020, 4:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 742
Views: 50620

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Springbank 10 or 12 was one of the first three single malts I bought, back around 1980 or 1981 (at the time, I was fond of a woman whose last name was Campbell). One of the others was an Oban, and I don't recall the third. The Springbank was my favorite, then it went through a period when it was dif...
by Al Osterheld
May 2nd, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Covid-19 everyday drinker master thread
Replies: 23
Views: 1801

Re: Covid-19 everyday drinker master thread

2016 Domaine Les Champs de Themis (Xavier Moissenet) Mercurey Les Bosebuts. I didn't buy this specifically as a daily drinker, but it's available in one of my supermarkets and I've drunk several bottles during the shelter in place. It's lighter, with crunchy red berry fruit, a bit of spice, and is a...
by Al Osterheld
May 1st, 2020, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 178
Views: 11315

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)

I've only had a single bottle of the 2016, but like Sarah I tend to drink this wine young because I love the beautiful and pure expression of Nebbiolo fruit and I don't mind the structure. That's what I like about it. For aging, I buy the other Produttori wines including the normale aka Torre. The N...
by Al Osterheld
May 1st, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8786
Views: 1294703

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Personally, I have no idea what law enforcement would do in your thought experiment because the decisions generally depend on details. I also have no insight into why prosecutors did not pursue additional charges. It certainly seems like they could have, don't know whether they had good reasons to n...
by Al Osterheld
May 1st, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8786
Views: 1294703

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

It was certainly massive fraud and a significant crime, and Rudy was justly punished. Jeff briefly mentioned something slightly different. Given a fixed set of resources, how far should the authorities pursue people who might have helped him, or must have known, or should have known? I'm pretty sure...
by Al Osterheld
April 24th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WHOA! TN: 2017 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 16
Views: 975

Re: WHOA! TN: 2017 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

Agree that the 2012 Horseshoe is excellent and drinking quite well at present (opened a bottle yesterday).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 24th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WHOA! TN: 2017 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 16
Views: 975

Re: WHOA! TN: 2017 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

The 2017 Alesia SCM Pinot Noir is quite nice and fairly approachable.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 24th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Clear Ice
Replies: 38
Views: 1903

Re: Clear Ice

I think slower also allows the air to escape, avoiding the bubbles.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 21st, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?
Replies: 116
Views: 3502

Re: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?

Capsules can also be a PITA on the bottling line.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 20th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 171
Views: 9370

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

Eric Lundblad (Ladd Cellars) made a very nice Syrah from Las Madres his first vintage. He told us that on one of his trips to pour wines for a wine shop, the owner or manager said "Syrah? Well, I think two bottles of Syrah were sold in Marin county last year".

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 18th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?
Replies: 116
Views: 3502

Re: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?

Agree with others above. No capsule, definitely no wax, put logo on ends of corks.

I understand the tradition, but not worth the hassle when producers get away from them, and definitely not worth the new terms.

-Al

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