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by Doug Schulman
July 19th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range
Replies: 41
Views: 1497

Re: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range

For specifics, I've seen a lot of back vintage Bernadotte and Lanessan on the market for reasonable prices. They're nice wines.
by Doug Schulman
July 19th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range
Replies: 41
Views: 1497

Re: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range

I like the suggestions to buy aged wines. I would also buy some young wines, probably '15s, to see if you have a preference.
by Doug Schulman
July 19th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boston Retail Scene?
Replies: 22
Views: 912

Re: Boston Retail Scene?

Thread drift - Just got back from 10 days in the Berkshires suffering through the adverse effects of no BYO. You can't bring your own wine to a restaurant, so there is no incentive for the restaurant to exert any effort to have a good wine list. Yes, I know, the lists at Blantyre and The Inn on the...
by Doug Schulman
July 19th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 34
Views: 881

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Good point. I've had some pretty terrible stuff made from hybrid grapes. I still stand by my previous post for absolute worst, though.
by Doug Schulman
July 19th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 34
Views: 881

Re: Worst wines you've had?

The worst wines I've had, not counting flaws in individual bottles like cork taint, have been "natural" wines, like Dettori, Ooka, etc. The list could go on for quite a while, but I'll leave it there. Carlo Rossi is higher quality. I'd rather have mass produced, generic tasting Pinot Noir any day. P...
by Doug Schulman
July 16th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Disappointing Huet
Replies: 43
Views: 1583

Re: Disappointing Huet

I think Brad is correct. Premox is our term for a systemic problem whose cause is still crazily unknown. Having a random oxidized bottle that isn’t what it should be because it cooked or that cork was randomly faulty or all the stuff that caused oxidation before we had the systemic problem, and sti...
by Doug Schulman
July 16th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boston Retail Scene?
Replies: 22
Views: 912

Re: Boston Retail Scene?

Thread drift - Just got back from 10 days in the Berkshires suffering through the adverse effects of no BYO. You can't bring your own wine to a restaurant, so there is no incentive for the restaurant to exert any effort to have a good wine list. Yes, I know, the lists at Blantyre and The Inn on the...
by Doug Schulman
July 13th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Schäfer-Fröhlich Riesling Vulkangestein trocken (Germany, Nahe)
Replies: 10
Views: 397

Re: TN: 2016 Schäfer-Fröhlich Riesling Vulkangestein trocken (Germany, Nahe)

Doug, what vintages of Felseneck are you speaking of when describing them to be too big? 12.5% alcohol for the '16 and '17 and '18, 13% for the '15, all of which have some 8g/L acidity. If that is too big, what are examples of GGs that you do enjoy? It has been a while. I definitely tried the 2011,...
by Doug Schulman
July 13th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Schäfer-Fröhlich Riesling Vulkangestein trocken (Germany, Nahe)
Replies: 10
Views: 397

Re: TN: 2016 Schäfer-Fröhlich Riesling Vulkangestein trocken (Germany, Nahe)

I had recently seen an offer for the '17 at $100. Now I see it can be had for significantly less. I guess this isn't relevant after all, but I can only think of a couple of GGs that are above $90.
by Doug Schulman
July 13th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Schäfer-Fröhlich Riesling Vulkangestein trocken (Germany, Nahe)
Replies: 10
Views: 397

Re: TN: 2016 Schäfer-Fröhlich Riesling Vulkangestein trocken (Germany, Nahe)

i would love to hear a little more feedback on the Schafer-Frohlich wines in general if anyone is willing. Ive been eyeing a few bottles of these for a while but never pulled the trigger. are the GGs pretty good value prospects? I've had Felseneck GG a few times (multiple vintages), and it has alwa...
by Doug Schulman
July 12th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..
Replies: 47
Views: 2225

Re: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..

Lucky to live in Massachusetts this time of year. Great prices all over the place. Put me squarely in the camp for preferring hard shells; and I prefer claw meat to tail meat. I'm probably in the minority in both these positions. Last big feed we had, I asked and 8 out of 10 prefer the tails. I've ...
by Doug Schulman
July 12th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1125

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

I agree with that last sentence. I don't think it will ever happen.
by Doug Schulman
July 12th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1125

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

Chris Foley wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Doug Schulman wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 1:40 pm
...
and indoor growing is a terrible drain on electricity
...
LED technology makes indoor growing very efficient.
Compared to the old technology, yes. Compared to the sun, not at all. Even LEDs use a lot of electricity when you're talking about large scale operations.
by Doug Schulman
July 12th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1125

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

But why even consider allowing cannabis growing in existing wine regions? Why is more open farmland not equally, or more, suitable? Surely the factors that create great growing conditions for high quality wine grapes aren't the same conditions that produce the "best" cannabis? I get that the answer...
by Doug Schulman
July 12th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1125

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

I see. I do understand what you're saying now. Still, I think there's a big difference between resisting switching prime vineyard land (even if only potentially prime) to cannabis land and banning cannabis cultivation completely in wine regions. Greenhouses will work best in areas that fit certain e...
by Doug Schulman
July 12th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1125

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

I hope wine regions everywhere disallow growing of cannabis. It makes zero sense to be using land, water, and human resources that compete with high end grape growing. This is an arbitrary argument that could easily be used in reverse. In fact, I think there are probably far more cannabis consumers...
by Doug Schulman
July 12th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1125

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

I hope wine regions everywhere disallow growing of cannabis. It makes zero sense to be using land, water, and human resources that compete with high end grape growing. This is an arbitrary argument that could easily be used in reverse. In fact, I think there are probably far more cannabis consumers...
by Doug Schulman
July 12th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 2613

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

If he can handle Riesling then it's not sulfur. Brian is the first person I have ever heard of (in 25+ years of serious wine drinking) cite Brut Champagne as a headache problem, except annually the morning of January 1! [rofl.gif] Seriously though, I am a bit surprised to hear that. I have, anecdot...
by Doug Schulman
July 12th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 2613

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 4:35 am
Brian is the first person I have ever heard of (in 25+ years of serious wine drinking) cite Brut Champagne as a headache problem, except annually the morning of January 1!
Same here (except the 25 years part).
by Doug Schulman
July 11th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1125

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

Doug. The cannabis growers who spoke at the Board of Supervisors said yes to your question. As a farmer I was troubled by the BOS ban on cannabis, as a crop, with no exceptions. We have broccoli and Brussels Sprouts growing across the road from our vineyard. When it is harvested three-four times pe...
by Doug Schulman
July 11th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1125

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

I'd love to see some studies done on this. My gut says it can matter, but not in nearly as many cases as a lot of grape growers believe. That's a wild guess, though. I will say that if someone works with cannabis, the smell can permeate their clothes and be very noticeable hours after they've been a...
by Doug Schulman
July 11th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?
Replies: 46
Views: 1394

Re: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?

Brandon R wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 8:22 pm
In other words, what wine is only so-so most of the time, but absolutely blossoms when paired with food?
This part makes no sense to me.
by Doug Schulman
July 10th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 12932

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

My newsletter from 4/29/2010 is apropos: https://www.cellartracker.com/classic/newsletter/4-29-2010.htm sorry Eric, CT is pay I believe, so this may be hypocritical I don't get really understand why people are so cheap, and if someone isn't cheap, someone will be cheap for you I like paying dues an...
by Doug Schulman
July 9th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Fraud Prevention Survey
Replies: 17
Views: 1189

Re: Wine Fraud Prevention Survey

What would be the benefit of using this service instead of hiring an authenticator? Lower cost? It seems like the eyes of a highly trained human would be more effective, or at the very least have more perceived value to the customer.
by Doug Schulman
July 6th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Ethiopian wine
Replies: 9
Views: 680

Re: Ethiopian wine

Heat damaged in the vineyard. I was thinking the same thing.
by Doug Schulman
July 6th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience
Replies: 19
Views: 1852

Re: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience

This has been creeping up on me but I'm getting close to being priced out of the CA wine market. I'm lucky enough to have started my collection in the mid 90's. Abreu, Bryant, Colgin, Harlan, Screagle & Shafer HSS all at around $100 or under. Still have some of these in my cellar. I understand thro...
by Doug Schulman
July 6th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine.com fail; what’s the best for online wine delivery?
Replies: 9
Views: 416

Re: Wine.com fail; what’s the best for online wine delivery?

I can't recommend any retailers, but the important lesson here is to not have wine shipped when it's really hot out. Good merchants will hold your wine until the weather cools.
by Doug Schulman
July 5th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 79
Views: 6319

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

That email exchange is super bizarre. You're not missing anything, Ian. There are clearly problems there, but not of your creation.
by Doug Schulman
July 3rd, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 40
Views: 2710

Re: 2008 Salon

8000 magnums...how does that compare to typical production quantities for Salon?
by Doug Schulman
July 2nd, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Clos des Carmes Monopole
Replies: 16
Views: 1190

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Clos des Carmes Monopole

I opened my last bottle of this yesterday, and it was definitely oxidized. I would say this reminded me of what I know as premox in white Burgundies, with a sort of sherried character. It's probably safe to say mine was in worse shape than Kirk's; it went down the drain. I'm glad I had a nice backup...
by Doug Schulman
June 29th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another restaurant wine list query
Replies: 14
Views: 1402

Re: Another restaurant wine list query

I'd be tempted to go with sparkling for the white: Egly-Ouriet 2004 or Selosse Initial. Or maybe a Roulot from '11 or '14, or the 2014 Vernay Coteau du Vernon.

For red, maybe 2000 or 2001 Chave Hermitage.
by Doug Schulman
June 28th, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux
Replies: 36
Views: 1047

Re: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux

Marcus Dean wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 4:02 pm
M.Kaplan wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 10:51 am
I find that many/most red wine and fish pairings produce a metallic taste. Anyone else experience this?
Yup, and it really brings out the fishiness of the fish as well (if you get what I mean)
That too. Both the wine and the food taste worse, which is really unusual.
by Doug Schulman
June 28th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux
Replies: 36
Views: 1047

Re: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux

M.Kaplan wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 10:51 am
I find that many/most red wine and fish pairings produce a metallic taste. Anyone else experience this?
Exactly. The people suggesting seafood must be quite insensitive to that effect, but for many of us, it is just not a good pairing. Plus there are so many great vegetarian options.
by Doug Schulman
June 27th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Margaritas for a Crowd
Replies: 28
Views: 1120

Re: Margaritas for a Crowd

Tres Agaves mix isn't bad.
by Doug Schulman
June 26th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux
Replies: 36
Views: 1047

Re: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux

I'm pescetarian. It doesn't have to be a forced pairing at all. Personally, I would definitely avoid any seafood (other than maybe a bit of fish sauce if appropriate). People suggesting it don't get the strong flavor clash from such things that I do, but I promise many people do. Even swordfish woul...
by Doug Schulman
June 25th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant Review: The Well at Jordan's Farm (Portland, ME)
Replies: 2
Views: 345

Re: Restaurant Review: The Well at Jordan's Farm (Portland, ME)

That's too bad. I've been once and really enjoyed it, but we were able to bring our own wines, which is a huge plus (obviously).
by Doug Schulman
June 25th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PGC Etzel Block Vertical: 2004, 2005, & 2007-2017 w/ blinds after
Replies: 9
Views: 615

Re: PGC Etzel Block Vertical: 2004, 2005, & 2007-2017 w/ blinds after

What an event this was! Here are a few of my highlights. The '04 was really fantastic, and the only wine we had that I don't think will improve further (this bottle at least). '05 was showing some nice development too, but had years to go until full maturity. I think it will ultimately prove to be t...
by Doug Schulman
June 25th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you know about Genodics?
Replies: 14
Views: 897

Re: What do you know about Genodics?

If Talbot is really going to be doing this, I have to think it's for the American market. You can just hear one cynical Frenchman talking to another. "What's that?" "It's a new con-job for the Americans. They'll believe anything. All you have to do is challenge science and say 'there's a lot we don...
by Doug Schulman
June 23rd, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 79
Views: 6319

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

Jason said: That the UPS/FedExs of the world won’t deliver to each other is beyond stupid. They got my money to do the delivery; what more do they need? We represented one of these companies because its prior firm had mistakenly delivered a single package to Company A by overnight delivery using Co...
by Doug Schulman
June 22nd, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Greer Cabernet-unusual incident
Replies: 11
Views: 1066

Re: 2014 Greer Cabernet-unusual incident

It sounds like some bacteria and/or oxygen got in there. 6 months is way too long for Coravin. Some bottles will be fine after that time, but many will not, in my experience.
by Doug Schulman
June 22nd, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 79
Views: 6319

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

Not to feed a fed horse, so to speak, but I'd be very interested in where retailers think the responsibility lies for the mis-shipment described in in the initial post. Was it on me to review the shipping info; was it the seller's responsibility? A shared responsibility? I'm not trying to start a d...
by Doug Schulman
June 22nd, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards
Replies: 30
Views: 1916

Re: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards

Since some of you obviously missed this:
Amit K wrote:
June 22nd, 2019, 3:22 am
I like both reds (Bordeaux Rhône Burgundy) and whites (Burgundy Pessac German riesling)
Amit, how about a price range?
by Doug Schulman
June 21st, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 54
Views: 4112

Re: The wine you don't want

I'd probably sell to a retailer who has customers for that kind of thing. Anyone who isn't enthusiastic as soon as you mention it is the wrong place. Even retailers who don't specialize in this style of wine may be able to easily sell it for top dollar. I don't know how your return doing that would ...
by Doug Schulman
June 20th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 79
Views: 6319

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

I would call my credit card company and explain the situation. At least you'll know if there's anything they can do.
by Doug Schulman
June 19th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 134
Views: 7641

Re: Top US Syrahs

I think Qupe (pre-sale) and Edmunds St John definitely belong on the short list. Both have demonstrated enormous capacity to improve with age, across most (if not all) vintages. Around 15 years out, they have surpassed most others, in my opinion. I'd also put Copain on there for the wines Wells made...
by Doug Schulman
June 19th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Cabernet Suggestions
Replies: 35
Views: 1429

Re: 1986 Cabernet Suggestions

Any of the Diamond Creeks should be in a good place.
by Doug Schulman
June 18th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Would you Get?
Replies: 34
Views: 1700

Re: What Wine Would you Get?

Jud Reis wrote:
June 16th, 2019, 6:32 pm
Boy, that list is better than I remember for Eastern Standard - have to head back soon.
I was thinking the same thing!
by Doug Schulman
June 18th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 14
Views: 1092

Re: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)

Any chance the wine was tasted blind? Label tasting works both ways - you genuflect before a premier cru and you slam a mass-production job made by a party you don't like. I haven't and won't intentionally taste those wines, but the Wagner style is known to be sweet, cloying, simple, and not someth...

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