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by Al Osterheld
June 22nd, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7012
Views: 565855

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Yes, except priority limit was $2,775 at the time of the bankruptcy filing (and when claims were filed). The trustee has also filed a final report and some other documents, but need a PACER account to access them.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 21st, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.
Replies: 10
Views: 622

Re: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.

The last set of cuttings were brought into the US a number of years ago (probably 2010 or 2011), but they have to go through quarantine and then a series of treatments to rid them of any viruses that were found. This takes different amounts of time depending on the extent of the treatments required....
by Al Osterheld
June 21st, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.
Replies: 10
Views: 622

Re: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.

They still have a small nursery, but outsourced the commercial nursery work to NovaVine about 15 years ago (and I think other commercial nurseries also have some of the clones they imported).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 11th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7012
Views: 565855

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

BTW, the link to the info site on the Premer Cru bankruptcy proceedings is given below:

https://www.bmcgroup.com/restructuring/ ... ientID=384

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 11th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7012
Views: 565855

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

There have been court filings but need to have a pacer account. There have also been negotiated settlements. The revenue has come from clawbacks from customers, and also from businesses Fox had paid while considered insolvent (auto leases, I think private school tuition). There were also some small ...
by Al Osterheld
June 11th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7012
Views: 565855

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

The Trustee continues to bring in revenue from settlements. They have about $4M at last report.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 9th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1675

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

The Georgian Saperavi wines I've tried have all been dry, but also a bit underwhelming, a bit on the hard side without the material to support further development. The best dry reds I've tried were a couple of Mukhuzani reds back in the 1990s at a somewhat connected restaurant in Moscow called Aragv...
by Al Osterheld
June 9th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1675

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

A little over 60% of Georgian wine exports go to Russia. That's down from over 90% before 2006 (2006 embargo, 2008 war, embargo lifted in 2013, I think). China has been a growing export market (it's third after Ukraine), but I think that is mainly for very cheap wine (couple dollars a bottle stuff) ...
by Al Osterheld
June 9th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1675

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Wow, there is a lot of money behind that operation. It apparently was established in 2015 and the winery looks quite modern.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 8th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 48
Views: 1927

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

I've read that a blind chipmunk is occasionally right.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 2nd, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rosé.
Replies: 4
Views: 441

Re: TN: 2017 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rosé.

I haven't had the wine, but I think parentheses should be used more often in certain venues (like online boards, I use them, too).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
May 23rd, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A historical perspective of the winery mailing list- Who was the first?
Replies: 21
Views: 1109

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

I think Joseph Swan was also one of the early ones.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
May 17th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 665
Views: 39880

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Happy Anniversary, Sarah. Pity it wasn't a top-notch bottle, but sounds like it was quite nice.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
May 10th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1192

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

Alan should write a book on how to be cultured. Sure to be a best-seller.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
May 9th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2296

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Self-explanatory, although including 'from too many producers' made the poll question too long. Please feel free to add comments, caveats, nuances, specifics, details, discussions, arguments. Dan Kravitz many times they're declassified blends from single vineyards and yield a more complex or comple...
by Al Osterheld
May 9th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2296

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Less expensive wines may show better on release, higher end bottlings are often intended for longer aging.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 29th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Coravin'ed Champagnes
Replies: 6
Views: 592

Re: Some Coravin'ed Champagnes

If your plan is to take off the cage and the metal cap and mess around with pushing the needle through, it would be best to keep your face out of the way and point towards a neutral and unoccupied corner.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 28th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Las Madres Winemakers Luncheon v20.19
Replies: 14
Views: 503

Re: TNs: Las Madres Winemakers Luncheon v20.19

He’s a longtime customer of one of the Winemakers , I think Kyle from Coterie. I spoke with him for a bit, don’t recall his name
David Sanchez.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 26th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Edmunds St. John Syrah Fenaughty
Replies: 7
Views: 272

Re: TN: 2012 Edmunds St. John Syrah Fenaughty

Agree the 2001 is showing quite well, now (and assume you meant the Wylie-Fenaughty).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 22nd, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1915
Views: 154337

Re: Steak Porn

Really? Would you really? You’d want to get up in the middle of the night and pull the calf, cold and muddy, getting the shit kicked out of you in the process. Make sure nothing got him, feed him, vaccinate him, drench him, doctor him when he learned the hard way what a barbed wire fence is, cut hi...
by Al Osterheld
April 21st, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8270

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

The 2003 vintage was pretty awful in the Southern Rhone, too, although RP didn't flog it like the north.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 20th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Burg, Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot and a terrific Albarino surprise
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Re: Red Burg, Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot and a terrific Albarino surprise

The Cinnabar vineyards were sold to Mount Eden in 2007 (gorgeous location, btw). I think the Chardonnay was used one year in the Saratoga Cuvee, but not the Pinot Noir. The Saratoga Cuvee Pinot was typically from Mount Eden fruit combined with grapes from Woodside (Lone Madrone some years) and Santa...
by Al Osterheld
April 19th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lunch with Condrieu, 1975 reds and a couple of ancient Cognacs
Replies: 6
Views: 456

Re: Lunch with Condrieu, 1975 reds and a couple of ancient Cognacs

Vernay recommends aging some of their Condrieu bottlings, especially the Coteaux du Vernon.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 15th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 833

Re: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?

PeterH wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 10:42 am
Matsutake deserves mention, one of the best.
Yes, also buy these but don’t see them often in my usual shops.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 14th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 833

Re: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?

David K o l i n wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Porcini/cepes. I use shiitake, maitake, oysters, king oysters, chanterelle, lobster and morel mushrooms regularly
Those are all good and ones I regularly use, except for oysters. Also, black trumpets (aka black chanterelles), and sometimes abalone.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 11th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1492

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

FedEx Ground and Home are separate operations, warehouses, and drivers from original FedEx. -Al Regardless, I've been able to have both FedEx Ground and FedEx Home wine shipments delivered to my local Walgreen's. Sure. I was answering question whether they have same drivers as regular FedEx. -Al
by Al Osterheld
April 11th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1492

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

FedEx Ground and Home are separate operations, warehouses, and drivers from original FedEx.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 8th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stainless cookware options other than All-Clad
Replies: 78
Views: 2790

Re: Stainless cookware options other than All-Clad

When cooking for one, I often use a skillet that size.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 7th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with liver
Replies: 48
Views: 1298

Re: Pairing with liver

alan weinberg wrote:
April 7th, 2019, 2:41 pm
beef liver is a tougher match than chicken liver. Chicken liver w onions in a red wine reduction can be wonderful w aged red Burgundy.
Agree that chicken liver isn't that tough compared to beef liver. Not sure how many people eat the latter, however.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 7th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This seems a little excessive, no? (UPDATED - it's not)
Replies: 41
Views: 2795

Re: This seems a little excessive, no?

Nate Simon wrote:
April 7th, 2019, 12:31 pm
If I bought a wine that came with this message, it would be the last time I bought from them.
Dunno, some folks bury cow horns, or rack according to the phase of the moon. I'm pretty tolerant of the foibles of growers and winemakers.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 7th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TCA Has No Smell..
Replies: 30
Views: 1580

Re: TCA Has No Smell..

Seems this is just click-bait, and a poor translation of a scientific article by a writer who did not understand what they were reading and forged ahead anyway. The scientific article cited partway through is https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3791788/ and while it is also well above my s...
by Al Osterheld
April 6th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TCA Has No Smell..
Replies: 30
Views: 1580

Re: TCA Has No Smell..

Seems this is just click-bait, and a poor translation of a scientific article by a writer who did not understand what they were reading and forged ahead anyway. The scientific article cited partway through is https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3791788/ and while it is also well above my s...
by Al Osterheld
April 5th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as cancer agent
Replies: 32
Views: 2106

Re: Wine as cancer agent

I regularly depose people in academic endeavors (social scientists mostly) and I can say that (a) the rigor with which peer review is treated varies dramatically among publications (some take it seriously, others are a joke); (b) readers who actually get past the abstract often gloss over even the ...
by Al Osterheld
April 2nd, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as a Veblen Good?
Replies: 75
Views: 2219

Re: Wine as a Veblen Good?

The argument for First Growth Bordeaux as Veblen goods really dates to the period when Chinese buyers first entered the market in a big way. The people with enough wealth to play had to have "the best" and the rising prices validated their choice as "the best" and drove demand and prices higher. Var...
by Al Osterheld
April 1st, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as a Veblen Good?
Replies: 75
Views: 2219

Re: Wine as a Veblen Good?

FWIW, I’m not sure Cristal is still a good example of a Veblen good. It was primarily rappers driving that status, and they dropped the brand when they felt the love was not reciprocated. As far as Neal’s point, Cristal is not a Veblen good to him, whether or not it is still a Veblen good in the bro...
by Al Osterheld
March 30th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Edmunds St. John Los Robles Viejos Rozet Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 257

Re: TN: 2000 Edmunds St. John Los Robles Viejos Rozet Vineyard

I agree, I like both but the 2001 was my clear favorite of the two. I might have one bottle left.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 30th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Edmunds St. John Los Robles Viejos Rozet Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 257

Re: TN: 2000 Edmunds St. John Los Robles Viejos Rozet Vineyard

Dennis Atick wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 10:35 am
John Morris wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 10:10 am
What's the mix of grapes -- grenache and what?
GSM and a touch of Counoise.
Supposedly GSMC 21/30/45/04.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 29th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7738

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

You might try covering the glass with something opaque and reflective. Even if you don't want to use it that way, it will give you and idea whether it's having an effect.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 29th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without
Replies: 88
Views: 3523

Re: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without

Do you spend time at the beach, or just drink 20+ year old wine in a place near the beach? -Al "To" not "on." On our beach vacation. In the beach house. Makes sense. I initially had visions of you lounging on the beach in Bermuda shorts and a floppy hat, drinking old Bordeaux and Champagne. -Al
by Al Osterheld
March 29th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without
Replies: 88
Views: 3523

Re: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without

Do you spend time at the beach, or just drink 20+ year old wine in a place near the beach?

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 28th, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)
Replies: 19
Views: 1715

Re: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)

The Yuen was from James Berry and Brosseau fruit, I think he made it in 2008 and 2009.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 22nd, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 308
Views: 17760

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

It's your birthday, dude? Happy Birthday, Marcus!

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 21st, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 691

Re: Wine chemistry question?

There is evidence they are perceived as equally sour at the same molar concentration, but I don’t believe it has been conclusively demonstrated. The different overall taste is probably related to other things, either because most substances trigger various receptors or because of other impurities. A...
by Al Osterheld
March 21st, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 691

Re: Wine chemistry question?

And tartaric acid dropping out of solution also means a drop in acidity (after all, there's now less acid in the solution). However, this drop is normally quite minute and seldom particularly perceptible, so there's no worry that the wine would feel noticeably lower in acidity if wine crystals form...
by Al Osterheld
March 13th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2300

Re: WSJ wine article

Not for basketball celebrations, but it's still an important part of life.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 13th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2300

Re: WSJ wine article

Shannon Perdue wrote:
March 13th, 2019, 7:07 am
Al - Agree! I wouldn't turn these down should Lebron want to share. :)
Needs some Champagne in the mix, though.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 12th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2300

Re: WSJ wine article

Some wines featured on Lebron's twitter feed: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet Les Ruchottes 1990 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2009 Chateau Pontet Canet 2007 Opus One 2003 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque 2015 Screaming Eagle The Flight 2013 Colgin Cariad Red 2012 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne It's ...
by Al Osterheld
March 9th, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas VS Arnot-Roberts
Replies: 26
Views: 1970

Re: Ceritas VS Arnot-Roberts

I don't like wax seals, but the Ceritas wax is about as easy to remove as a foil. Some of the wineries say that you should just push the corkscrew through the way and it will all be fine. That's true for a few years when the wax is pliable and the cork is young, not so much with older wines. I find ...
by Al Osterheld
March 9th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 153
Views: 6042

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

I'm not sure the better wineries with the name of an AVA get much advantage. The consumers who buy higher end wines generally know the difference, and the name makes their winery/wines harder to locate on an internet search rather than easier (confusion make work against them as much as for them). I...
by Al Osterheld
March 9th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1915
Views: 154337

Re: Steak Porn

Yes, pepper burns as you mentioned.

-Al

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