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by Doug Schulman
February 18th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 57
Views: 3602

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

Only time when I found something missing from my bag was before required TSA modus operandi, but not saying here that TSA not capable. But prior to TSA, only baggage handlers would mostly handle baggage. Where'd you hear of TSA lifting things? I've just heard of wine going missing, not any certaint...
by Doug Schulman
February 16th, 2019, 3:54 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 . . .

Obviously the quality and style of these wines is one driving force behind their success. I wonder if new ownership plans to change any of that. I would guess they do. The other part of what makes Qupe special to me is the story, which basically is the story of Bob Lindquist deciding to make those w...
by Doug Schulman
February 16th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board
Replies: 28
Views: 1336

Re: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board

Silex or Pur Sang: To me Silex is power and Pur Sang is grace. I miss the old days when I snagged a 2004 Pur Sang for $40 off winebid.com. These are great examples of Sauvignon Blanc. To me, tracking down anything that is pre 2007 is worth the tariff given the difference I've seen between father & ...
by Doug Schulman
February 16th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 57
Views: 3602

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

Well, maybe I was too confident. Either way, it's unfortunate.
by Doug Schulman
February 16th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board
Replies: 28
Views: 1336

Re: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board

Nice. I had '89 Haut Brion a couple of years ago and thought it was nowhere near peak for my taste, probably needing 20-30 more years. My preference is for mature Bordeaux, though. I've got a bucket list that includes some things I may never get to try, but two things come to mind immediately: a Gia...
by Doug Schulman
February 16th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The taste and smell of rocks
Replies: 33
Views: 1118

Re: The taste and smell of rocks

You're probably one of very few people who could correctly use these terms. I try to stick to broader use of "minerality", maybe modified by stony, flinty, or chalky. For chalky, I mean the dust from what was used on old style chalk boards. That's a very distinctive smell that I sometimes get from w...
by Doug Schulman
February 16th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 57
Views: 3602

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

Oh, I think it was almost definitely TSA. I've never had this happen, but I have heard of it. What makes you seem definite it's TSA? I've also packed wines in my checked-in luggage since TSA started with this m.o. and never had anything missing. Well, I did say *almost* definitely. It just seems ex...
by Doug Schulman
February 16th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 57
Views: 3602

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

Oh, I think it was almost definitely TSA. I've never had this happen, but I have heard of it.
by Doug Schulman
February 12th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Wines
Replies: 43
Views: 2168

Re: Burgundy Wines

This is all great info. What is everyone's favorite burgundy in the $40'ish - $60'ish range that you can generally find at most good wine shops? There's no single Burgundy that one can generally find at most good wine shops. You might want to start a separate thread on this or search as there have ...
by Doug Schulman
February 12th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wine Regions You Neglect
Replies: 45
Views: 1350

Re: Great Wine Regions You Neglect

Bordeaux - I only get excited about the old ones, so it's tough for me to buy current releases, but I should be buying more that are ready to drink. Burgundy - I buy a little, but too little compared to my other favorite regions. Now I'm looking at pricing on '16s and kicking myself. Rioja - I buy d...
by Doug Schulman
February 9th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 3
Views: 343

Re: TN: 2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Thanks for the note, Kirk. There was a thread a while back where several people reported fizzy bottles of this vintage. This is actually a good reminder to me that I want to get my last few out of storage and open them soon. Your note sounds like this is heading in a bad direction and the wine was o...
by Doug Schulman
February 8th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from a blind tasting of 2010/2011 Piedmonts
Replies: 13
Views: 889

Re: TNs from a blind tasting of 2010/2011 Piedmonts

It's highly possible that this group has more experience than I do with Barolo/Barbaresco of similar age, but I would think this is a difficult time to get a read on these wines. I'd open them younger or wait longer. I am interested to know what other people think about that. I also suspect that, as...
by Doug Schulman
February 8th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 3401

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

How does aggressively topping off glasses compel diners to drink more wine and order extra bottles? People do drink more when their glass is always full. Beyond that, though, a lot of people are correctly making the point that someone might only want 1 glass of wine. Refilling their glass means was...
by Doug Schulman
February 8th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf - Ruppertsberger Gaisböhl Riesling GC (Germany, Pfalz)
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Re: TN: 2015 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf - Ruppertsberger Gaisböhl Riesling GC (Germany, Pfalz)

$30 for this?!? Crazy deal. You guys are making me spend money.

I don't have as much experience with past vintages as Kirk, but I have also found that this rewards aging to a great extent. In my mind, this is one of the only producers in Germany whose top dry wines seem to almost require it.
by Doug Schulman
February 4th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 133
Views: 3291

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

I think the value is similar in that price range, and up to about $70-$80, above which I have to give it to Burgundy. There are some surprisingly good Oregon Pinot Noirs and red Burgundies in the $25-$30 range. Well chosen wines $20-$25 are simple but well made and very drinkable from either place. ...
by Doug Schulman
February 3rd, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 1530

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

I think one year of study and tasting is enough to get a very solid foundation of Italian wine knowledge, as long as you stick to it and spend plenty of time actually studying (not just tasting a bunch of wines). Rory's list is well thought out, but I think it's too focused on reds. You need more wi...
by Doug Schulman
February 3rd, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 8
Views: 295

Re: TN: 1997 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

I've only had a couple of aged bottles, but based on those, I know patience is worthwhile and even important with these wines. Yes, they're delicious young, but what they become is so far beyond that.
by Doug Schulman
February 2nd, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 8
Views: 295

Re: TN: 1997 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

Nice. This gives me hope that the Spatlesen I've been buying might be ready to drink in my lifetime.

I love when those impulse decisions to open certain bottles work out so well.
by Doug Schulman
February 1st, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Bern's Reservation Question
Replies: 25
Views: 1178

Re: Bern's Reservation Question

I have also learned through the years to skip the cheap bottles at Berns - yes it seems cool to drink a 79 Beaujolais for $30 from a producer you have never heard of or a 65 Charbono but in all honesty those are still on the list for a reason. I had a 1983 Saint Amour for $27 there twice (a couple ...
by Doug Schulman
February 1st, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever had a 'bretty' sparkling wine?
Replies: 12
Views: 367

Re: Ever had a 'bretty' sparkling wine?

I've seen it with Méthode Ancestrale Rosé, but never a white sparkling wine. I've only ever noticed brett in 1 or 2 white wines. That metallic finish is disgusting to me.
by Doug Schulman
February 1st, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: N.V. Equipo Navazos Jerez-Xérès-Sherry La Bota de Palo Cortado Nº 21
Replies: 5
Views: 112

Re: TN: N.V. Equipo Navazos Jerez-Xérès-Sherry La Bota de Palo Cortado Nº 21

Crazy about that bottle that had been open for a year! It's always nice to read notes on these wines. They really are special.
by Doug Schulman
January 31st, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Musar
Replies: 16
Views: 549

Re: TN: 1991 Musar

I love it though unlike the '99 I think it needed time to show what it had. The last bottle I opened (3-5 years ago?) was the best. Anyway, I have one on dock for Saturday so I'll see how it's doing now in short order and will try and report back. From memory I'd still give the 1999 the edge but I ...
by Doug Schulman
January 31st, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Expanding my horizons
Replies: 12
Views: 804

Re: Expanding my horizons

It's pretty impossible to answer the original question. You'll get a bunch of random suggestions without rhyme or reason, based on wines this or that person happens to like. David's idea is best. Just taste widely. You'll figure it out. Exactly. A good local wine shop (or better yet, 2 or 3 if you ...
by Doug Schulman
January 31st, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Musar
Replies: 16
Views: 549

Re: TN: 1991 Musar

Wade H wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 10:24 am
'91 is indeed a superb vintage of Musar and along with the '99 perhaps the best Musar vintage in the '90s.
What about '95? As much as I love '99, I think '95 is better. It's been a while since I've had one, though, and they are definitely different styles.
by Doug Schulman
January 31st, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sushi and Champagne
Replies: 19
Views: 2206

Re: Sushi and Champagne

Since you'll be having a variety of dishes, I think any Champagne will work. There's no wrong choice as long as it's a good Champagne.
by Doug Schulman
January 30th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oh, man, I swallowed but should have spit...Moet & Chandon 2008 Grand Vintage Champagne. Qu'est-ce que?
Replies: 20
Views: 1399

Re: Oh, man, I swallowed but should have spit...Moet & Chandon 2008 Grand Vintage Champagne. Qu'est-ce que?

Burnt rubber, yucky Converse sneaker, spoiled vegetables, "skunk in the distance," chemical, all in a very narrow scent band. I ran out of negative adjectives. It tasted as bad as it smelled. That all sounds like an extreme case of reduction. Thanks! Is this something that can vary from bottle to b...
by Doug Schulman
January 30th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Growth Bdx style question
Replies: 33
Views: 1408

Re: First Growth Bdx style question

Thanks, everyone. This is exactly the type of discussion I was hoping for. I'll keep reading if anyone has anything to add (hopefully so).
by Doug Schulman
January 29th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How does QVC get away with shipping wine to almost everywhere?
Replies: 11
Views: 762

Re: How does QVC get away with shipping wine to almost everywhere?

Jason T wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 1:48 pm
my understanding is that since Granholm coveri s wineries, not retailers, the list of states that allows retailers to ship is much more restrictive. Do I have that wrong?
You're correct.
by Doug Schulman
January 29th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oh, man, I swallowed but should have spit...Moet & Chandon 2008 Grand Vintage Champagne. Qu'est-ce que?
Replies: 20
Views: 1399

Re: Oh, man, I swallowed but should have spit...Moet & Chandon 2008 Grand Vintage Champagne. Qu'est-ce que?

Anton D wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 9:40 am

Burnt rubber, yucky Converse sneaker, spoiled vegetables, "skunk in the distance," chemical, all in a very narrow scent band. I ran out of negative adjectives. It tasted as bad as it smelled.
That all sounds like an extreme case of reduction.
by Doug Schulman
January 29th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How does QVC get away with shipping wine to almost everywhere?
Replies: 11
Views: 762

Re: How does QVC get away with shipping wine to almost everywhere?

That is odd. Have they been doing this for long? Maybe they're shipping everywhere until a cease and desist comes in for each state. A lot of retailers have done so in the past. There's no penalty (at least in most places, as far as I know) unless there's a violation after that first warning goes ou...
by Doug Schulman
January 29th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Growth Bdx style question
Replies: 33
Views: 1408

Re: First Growth Bdx style question

Thanks, Hank.

Someone else must have an opinion here? Is no one tasting these wines in their youth?
by Doug Schulman
January 29th, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your go to Wine Publication for wine & vintage info?
Replies: 29
Views: 1186

Re: What is your go to Wine Publication for wine & vintage info?

Wineberserkers. Seriously, I haven't seen vintage charts from anyone that are consistently accurate. Jancis is probably the best, but even there, sometimes I can't tell what they really think of a vintage (too much weather info with too little on how the wines actually taste) or their views contradi...
by Doug Schulman
January 26th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaking 2015 Leroy?
Replies: 74
Views: 3198

Re: Leaking 2015 Leroy?

I'm curious about that too. You can get village wines from some pretty solid (not top, but good) producers for what this costs.
by Doug Schulman
January 26th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaking 2015 Leroy?
Replies: 74
Views: 3198

Re: Leaking 2015 Leroy?

So, I have zero familiarity with Leroy, but your mention of VA and that spritz make me think this bottle was probably not sound. That would also explain the seepage without particularly high fills, which would have me questioning what might happen with those other bottles over time. Yes, I had one ...
by Doug Schulman
January 26th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaking 2015 Leroy?
Replies: 74
Views: 3198

Re: Leaking 2015 Leroy?

So, I have zero familiarity with Leroy, but your mention of VA and that spritz make me think this bottle was probably not sound. That would also explain the seepage without particularly high fills, which would have me questioning what might happen with those other bottles over time.
by Doug Schulman
January 25th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Growth Bdx style question
Replies: 33
Views: 1408

First Growth Bdx style question

A recent thread got me thinking about this. I've been to a couple of large Bordeaux tastings in the past few years (new releases), and it's clear to me that on the Left Bank, some estates are making wines in a relatively traditional style, while others are making wines in a very modern/international...
by Doug Schulman
January 25th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ranking mixed red and white wines
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: Ranking mixed red and white wines

Is it really any odder than ranking, say, Cali Pinot against Burgundy? I don't think so. I also don't tend to rank wines at a tasting, but I will choose one or two favorites, often from a very diverse group of wines. If you taste Boillot Corton-Charlemagne and then yellowtail Shiraz, you'd probably...
by Doug Schulman
January 23rd, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: TN: 2009 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

I would have thought it was a bad idea to open this now. Apparently I would have been wrong. Your note really sums up what I find so special about Monprivato.
by Doug Schulman
January 19th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donnhoff 2017 price question. *TN added*
Replies: 14
Views: 946

Re: Donnhoff 2017 price question.

There's pretty much no question of that. I can always seek it out for myself in other states. The wine isn't difficult to find.
by Doug Schulman
January 19th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donnhoff 2017 price question. *TN added*
Replies: 14
Views: 946

Re: Donnhoff 2017 price question.

That's good to know. Disappointing, but good to know. I ordered some and didn't get it anyway. It's probably for the best.
by Doug Schulman
January 19th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donnhoff 2017 price question. *TN added*
Replies: 14
Views: 946

Re: Donnhoff 2017 price question.

I saw a big increase here. I was told it was a combination of demand and the short vintage. I really don't know for sure, though, and David's experience makes me wonder if it's partially a supply chain issue rather than a Donnhoff issue.
by Doug Schulman
January 19th, 2019, 10:12 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...

It is now a long time since I have smelled nal polishes and nail polish removers, so the formulations may have changed. But when I did, the nail polish itself was a lot more likely to be ethyl acetate based than the remover. Often the remover smelled of neither ethyl acerate nor acetone. Pure aceto...
by Doug Schulman
January 18th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Stout Tasting - Snack/Food Pairings?
Replies: 14
Views: 234

Re: Stout Tasting - Snack/Food Pairings?

Salted potato chips sound good for contrast and resetting the palate, but I'd also want something lighter. Chocolate and other desserts would make me not want another sip of stout. The beers you're talking about have so much richness, calories, and in some cases, sweetness, that I'd be trying to cou...
by Doug Schulman
January 18th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Grappa, etc.
Replies: 23
Views: 402

Re: Grappa, etc.

Chris: Marolo is imported to the US, so you should be able to find them somewhere without dealing with international shipping.

Gunnar: thanks for the recommendations. I'm going to see if I can find those locally.
by Doug Schulman
January 18th, 2019, 9:12 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...

You're probably seeing a theme that the wines with obvious VA tend to be relatively high in price. Mass-produced wines tend to be very clean, especially from the New World. It's the small production stuff that can get funky. Coturri is probably the easiest place to find it, and not just their Zins. ...
by Doug Schulman
January 18th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: G. Conterno Barolo ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1433

Re: G. Conterno Barolo ?

Just to reiterate, that is definitely not Giacomo Conterno.
by Doug Schulman
January 18th, 2019, 4:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?
Replies: 36
Views: 1017

Re: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?

And Lapierre is not the only producer that does a sulfured and unsulfured bottling of the same wine. That sounds like a great offline theme: blind sulfered vs unsulfered. Has anyone here done this? That would be so interesting. I compared the two Lapierre bottlings a while back. https://www.wineber...
by Doug Schulman
January 17th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Grappa, etc.
Replies: 23
Views: 402

Re: Grappa, etc.

I haven't had many, but the Grappas from Marolo have been my favorites by far. Their unaged Moscato Grappa is beautiful, with lots of varietal character. The age designated Barolo Grappas that they do can be very impressive in a completely different way. They develop a Cognac like sort of maturity a...
by Doug Schulman
January 15th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheaper The Wine...Higher The Pesticide Residual?
Replies: 5
Views: 305

Re: Cheaper The Wine...Higher The Pesticide Residual?

The whole thing was just some scumbag lawyers trying to make money. The arsenic comes from the ground, not pesticide residue. The same thing happened with rice a while back. Baseless fearmongering. This article sums it up well. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/25/395091550/arsenic-in-cal...
by Doug Schulman
January 13th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who will be the next Cornas and who will be the next Australia?
Replies: 29
Views: 1871

Re: Who will be the next Cornas and who will be the next Australia?

What an interesting question that is. I wouldn't be surprised if Argentine Malbec were the next Australia in some sense. There market for that category is highly focused on relatively low price points, plus it's a lot of consumers drinking generic tasting wines whose style could easily be reproduced...

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