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by Doug Schulman
April 16th, 2021, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Bartlett Blueberry Winemaker's Reserve
Replies: 18
Views: 664

Re: TN: 2010 Bartlett Blueberry Winemaker's Reserve

Kirk.Grant wrote: April 16th, 2021, 12:38 pm
Doug Schulman wrote: September 21st, 2018, 3:00 pm It sounds like a great time for me to try the 2010!
Since picking up my last few cases I've been drinking the 2010 like it has "the cure" in it. I need to slow down as I get closer & closer to only having 2 cases.
It will be so good with a lot more age.
by Doug Schulman
April 16th, 2021, 9:21 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What's Your Favorite Widely Available Bourbon / Rye?
Replies: 32
Views: 1211

Re: What's Your Favorite Widely Available Bourbon / Rye?

A whole lot of similarity here for sure! Bourbon, served with a cube or two of ice and a dash of bitters....Old Forester 1920 Bourbon, for use with Old Fashioneds or Manhattans... Weller Special Reserve Rye, Rittenhouse...also for use in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan Wouldn't think Weller as "...
by Doug Schulman
April 16th, 2021, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Returning an oxidized bottle?
Replies: 14
Views: 1042

Re: Returning an oxidized bottle?

Vom Boden is great. Crush is great. I'm glad this all worked out so well.
by Doug Schulman
April 15th, 2021, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2020 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - serious stuff
Replies: 28
Views: 1624

Re: TN: 2020 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - serious stuff

Not nuts about the premium, non-traditional SB's of any of them: Te Koko (CB), Section 94 (DP), Greywacke Wild (though this wine is that rare match with fresh artichokes!). They have qualities, but move away from the direct, lively pure fruit of their brethren. In my eye. What I like so much about ...
by Doug Schulman
April 15th, 2021, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry Farming
Replies: 115
Views: 4838

Re: Dry Farming

This is certainly a topic that is fraught with a lot of strong opinions and certainly has financial and public relation implications involved for farmers and wineries that fall on both side of the aisle. ...I would venture to guess that less than 1% of California's vineyards are dry-farmed. ...Dry-...
by Doug Schulman
April 14th, 2021, 9:08 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?
Replies: 32
Views: 1470

Re: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?

Glenn L e v i n e wrote: April 13th, 2021, 5:19 am Is Teeling 18 y/o Renaissance comparable?
I haven't had that one.
by Doug Schulman
April 14th, 2021, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2020 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - serious stuff
Replies: 28
Views: 1624

Re: TN: 2020 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - serious stuff

I cant remember if I’ve had the 2020, so I’ll need to rectify that. I consider Greywacke (Kevin Judd the original cloudy bay winery) and Dog Point (his protégés at cloudy bay) the sort of true inheritors in terms of vineyard source and winemaking of the original cloudy bay style. Greywacke Wild Sau...
by Doug Schulman
April 13th, 2021, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2020 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - serious stuff
Replies: 28
Views: 1624

Re: TN: 2020 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - serious stuff

I didn't want to think so for a long time, but good vintages of this wine are seriously good.
by Doug Schulman
April 13th, 2021, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Piedmont Vintages Are You Backfilling?
Replies: 37
Views: 1868

Re: What Piedmont Vintages Are You Backfilling?

It's interesting to see some people focused on the "best" vintages while others are thinking about what you can drink now without having to buy old wines. I think 2000 is nice because you can drink them now. If Elio Grasso Ginestra is any indication, 2007 might be similar. Oh, and you thi...
by Doug Schulman
April 13th, 2021, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Piedmont Vintages Are You Backfilling?
Replies: 37
Views: 1868

Re: What Piedmont Vintages Are You Backfilling?

It's interesting to see some people focused on the "best" vintages while others are thinking about what you can drink now without having to buy old wines. I think 2000 is nice because you can drink them now. If Elio Grasso Ginestra is any indication, 2007 might be similar. Oh, and you thin...
by Doug Schulman
April 12th, 2021, 5:31 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Store shorted by distributor on allocated whiskey
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: Store shorted by distributor on allocated whiskey

Your point about the other liquor stores is well taken. I only bring up the 3X price issue to give you some ballpark of the "damage", not that I expect that the store to buy it at that price for me or that it indicates they are being dishonest. I understand. It’s very frustrating missing ...
by Doug Schulman
April 9th, 2021, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lipids and Tannins and Pairings, oh my!
Replies: 4
Views: 266

Re: Lipids and Tannins and Pairings, oh my!

I guess common knowledge is true sometimes. (I always believed this piece.)
by Doug Schulman
April 9th, 2021, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "If You Irrigate, It's Not Terroir..."
Replies: 258
Views: 9455

Re: "If You Irrigate, It's Not Terroir..."

In all of the back and forth here I didn't notice that anyone went to the podcast to see if the comment in question was clarified or developed beyond the single quote in the OP. If anyone has done this and I missed it, my apologies. But here is a more complete transcript of the offending passage......
by Doug Schulman
April 8th, 2021, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Reserve Lamm
Replies: 9
Views: 348

Re: TN: 2004 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Reserve Lamm

Yup, this is one of the greats. I love the Tradition too. I don't know why I stopped buying Gobelsburg at some point. I should do something about that, and soon since I do prefer them with some age.
by Doug Schulman
April 7th, 2021, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendation for Greatness
Replies: 53
Views: 3010

Re: Recommendation for Greatness

Make sure you get something from a category that has impressed you in the past, or at least one that you generally like a lot. Like a lot of people, I’ve been totally underwhelmed by some very expensive wines that people on this board speak very highly of. This is really good point, and one that ma...
by Doug Schulman
April 7th, 2021, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendation for Greatness
Replies: 53
Views: 3010

Re: Recommendation for Greatness

Make sure you get something from a category that has impressed you in the past, or at least one that you generally like a lot. Like a lot of people, I’ve been totally underwhelmed by some very expensive wines that people on this board speak very highly of.
by Doug Schulman
April 6th, 2021, 6:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Looking for an olive oil recommendation
Replies: 37
Views: 1683

Re: Looking for an olive oil recommendation

We go through a LOT of olive oil. I go to a Persian grocery in Lexington and buy 3L bottles of Lebanese olive oil. The brand I have in the house now is "Lebanon Valley", but everything I've bought at that grocery has been excellent. It's as good as most pricey boutique oils, but comes at ...
by Doug Schulman
April 6th, 2021, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?
Replies: 88
Views: 2960

Re: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?

So it’s ok to kill them. Just not to use them? I get what you are saying, but for me “use” can not replace “harm” and be something that I promote. Also, if the crew isn’t vegetarian then animals are being used to make the wines. I support the choices vegans make, and have the honor not to try and p...
by Doug Schulman
April 6th, 2021, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?
Replies: 88
Views: 2960

Re: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?

leslie renaud wrote: April 5th, 2021, 2:46 pm Are you ok with adding biocide to your wine? Velcorin is vegan, therefore it's better than egg whites?
If you're going to bother to set up a strawman, at least it could make sense.
by Doug Schulman
April 6th, 2021, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?
Replies: 88
Views: 2960

Re: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?

I don’t think that I can comfortably ever label a wine vegan... I think you've misunderstood something. Labeling a products vegan does not mean that no animals were harmed in the process, because that's simply impossible in many processes. Vegan products are made without animal-derived substances a...
by Doug Schulman
April 5th, 2021, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?
Replies: 88
Views: 2960

Re: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?

the amount of vegans in the world continues to grow and they have a thirst for tasty booze they are likely to be a bit disappointed with how it appears the wine world is far more behind than the beer and spirit industry on this. Yes, I agree with this, and I've talked to quite a few firsthand who a...
by Doug Schulman
April 2nd, 2021, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accidental Wine Pairing Successes?
Replies: 19
Views: 766

Re: Accidental Wine Pairing Successes?

I made some blueberry peach pancakes, with some vanilla extract, with no intention of having wine. Then I realized I had some leftover young Mosel Spätlese and thought "hey, it's the weekend!". The pairing was just terrific. I figured it would work, but I was blown away by how well.
by Doug Schulman
April 1st, 2021, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind
Replies: 160
Views: 8422

Re: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind

Actually, quite the opposite....unless humility and back patting somehow go together. [berserker.gif] RT Exactly! It accomplishes knowing whether or not they really do “provide completely different experiences”. I do plenty of blind tasting. If you really want to be humbled, take a WSET Diploma tas...
by Doug Schulman
April 1st, 2021, 1:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What's Your Favorite Widely Available Bourbon / Rye?
Replies: 32
Views: 1211

Re: What's Your Favorite Widely Available Bourbon / Rye?

I like Eagle Rare and Basil Hayden's quite a bit. Very different styles. Sadly, Eagle Rare has gotten difficult to find in this area.
by Doug Schulman
April 1st, 2021, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Savory Syrah
Replies: 64
Views: 2574

Re: Recommendations for Savory Syrah

You have to be pretty careful with the vintages of late in the Northern Rhône to be sure to get the kind of expression you are describing. I would look for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 and go for more traditionally styled producers in Crozes/St. Joseph/Cornas/Côte Rôtie. I suppose the following could ...
by Doug Schulman
March 31st, 2021, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind
Replies: 160
Views: 8422

Re: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind

Blind tasting Oregon vs burgundy isn’t really something I feel accomplishes much outside of patting oneself on the back. Actually, quite the opposite....unless humility and back patting somehow go together. [berserker.gif] RT Exactly! It accomplishes knowing whether or not they really do “provide c...
by Doug Schulman
March 29th, 2021, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for #rieslingstudy101
Replies: 12
Views: 667

Re: Tips for #rieslingstudy101

Hi Brian, I think you have a good list going. The only suggestion I can think of is to take a big step back. I know you're very focused on German Riesling (and I totally understand), but comparing wines from Germany (ideally Mosel or Nahe), Austria (any major region, ideally high quality), and Alsac...
by Doug Schulman
March 27th, 2021, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk trocken
Replies: 49
Views: 2856

Re: Let's talk trocken

I don't know how I didn't comment on this thread initially. Classic berserker thread, someone asks for German trockens less expensive than GGs and gets multiple suggestions for an Alsatian wine that's just as expensive as many GGs. Wittmann 100 Hills is an amazing value. I've never aged it, but I'm ...
by Doug Schulman
March 25th, 2021, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Wine After Delivery
Replies: 36
Views: 2023

Re: Drinking Wine After Delivery

I'm not sure why there is such a negative slant here. If you don't believe in it, that's fine. But to say it's "an excuse importers/distributors make when the wines don't show well" discounts the experiences of a lot of people. Have you ever tasted wine at a French domaine in January and ...
by Doug Schulman
March 25th, 2021, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ch Musar question/opinions
Replies: 14
Views: 574

Re: Ch Musar question/opinions

I basically agree with Kirk and Chris: decant and serve, no need for lots of air time. This is a vintage that has become fairly mature at a relatively very young age for Musar. It doesn't need lots of air.
by Doug Schulman
March 24th, 2021, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Wine After Delivery
Replies: 36
Views: 2023

Re: Drinking Wine After Delivery

I think it's an excuse importers/distributors make when the wines don't show well. Of course, bottling shock is very real, but that's different. I'm not sure why there is such a negative slant here. If you don't believe in it, that's fine. But to say it's "an excuse importers/distributors make...
by Doug Schulman
March 24th, 2021, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Keller „Abtserde“ GG - the magic of Riesling
Replies: 12
Views: 1027

Re: TN: 2019 Keller „Abtserde“ GG - the magic of Riesling

Hi Martin, Thank you for the note (and all the impressions over the years) on a wine and producer that I thought I would never be able to try myself, at least for the Keller GG's. That is until this last December, my lovely wife somehow how came up with a bottle of the 19 Kirchspiel GG for my 50th ...
by Doug Schulman
March 24th, 2021, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Wine After Delivery
Replies: 36
Views: 2023

Re: Drinking Wine After Delivery

What about drinking wine during delivery? If you're getting several cases, you could have time to open a bottle and pour some while they're still coming in. Seriously, older reds for sediment, nothing else needs to wait. The only times I've heard about actual blind comparisons (including the well-co...
by Doug Schulman
March 23rd, 2021, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Keller „Abtserde“ GG - the magic of Riesling
Replies: 12
Views: 1027

Re: TN: 2019 Keller „Abtserde“ GG - the magic of Riesling

I wish I’d been buying von der Fels to age all along. I am happy to have some 2019. I’ll wait a few years before opening one.
by Doug Schulman
March 23rd, 2021, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Keller „Abtserde“ GG - the magic of Riesling
Replies: 12
Views: 1027

Re: TN: 2019 Keller „Abtserde“ GG - the magic of Riesling

Unfortunately this is probably as close as I will get to trying the wine. I'm sure it's great, and at least I can be thankful to have tried several earlier vintages. I like that Gilman doesn't hold back when he thinks something is really great...or not. The ongoing labeling issue with such a prestig...
by Doug Schulman
March 21st, 2021, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1993 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Hengst
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: TN: 1993 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Hengst

So hard to find the good ZH wines nowadays. Pricing has gotten pretty crazy on the top wines. I suspect there just isn’t much market for them in the US and thus not many retailers carry them. Great wines, but one can buy back vintages and even mature bottles for what the new ones go for in some cas...
by Doug Schulman
March 19th, 2021, 6:05 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?
Replies: 32
Views: 1470

Re: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?

I just finished a bottle of Yellow Spot. Love it. There's so much citrusy goodness alongside savory, aged notes. I will definitely replace that one at some point. I was fortunate to try Teeling 28 once. That's by far the best I've had (including Midleton), but I don't think it makes it to the US, an...
by Doug Schulman
March 19th, 2021, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Ten (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 7
Views: 660

Re: TN: 2003 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Ten (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

I bought a few Southing and Ten in my very early days of wine collecting. They're far from my preferred style, as I know now, but opening them around the 15 year mark, they've evolved surprisingly well.
by Doug Schulman
March 15th, 2021, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Beaujolais
Replies: 109
Views: 9820

Re: 2019 Beaujolais

Undrinkable how? Oxidized? Mousy? Pruney? All have had bacterial faults (sauerkraut, sour beer, sometimes vomit aromas) as well as being mousy. Many/most have also had noticeable brettanomyces issues, to varying degrees. Sounds very weird that the wines are beautiful upon release and then turn undr...
by Doug Schulman
March 15th, 2021, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Beaujolais
Replies: 109
Views: 9820

Re: 2019 Beaujolais

Thats interesting, TBH I only have his wines going back to 2014, I have a big offsite tidy up planned for Good Friday so I will pull a couple and report back to the class. I had back to ‘09, thought they would age well. It was basically a total waste to have held them. Every bottle degraded in qual...
by Doug Schulman
March 14th, 2021, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Beaujolais
Replies: 109
Views: 9820

Re: 2019 Beaujolais

100% agree, Charly makes some nice wines and I havent had a dud bottle yet. I’ve had more drain pours than sound bottles once they’re a few years old. That’s true of several vintages. I won’t buy them anymore. Beautiful wines on release, though. Thats interesting, TBH I only have his wines going ba...
by Doug Schulman
March 14th, 2021, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Beaujolais
Replies: 109
Views: 9820

Re: 2019 Beaujolais

Yup, Thevenet takes bottle variation to the next level. I half jokingly tell the New Zealand importer that I buy 6 to make sure I get a good bottle. I think on the last vintage or so they added Charly's name to the label, so now it's "Charly et Jean Paul Thevenet". I'm not sure of the sig...
by Doug Schulman
March 11th, 2021, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 - what a luck these German winemakers have
Replies: 24
Views: 1453

Re: 2020 - what a luck these German winemakers have

I still have 2018 JJ Prum WS Kabi from Buckley on pre-arrival [wow.gif] WHAT On which planet do you live??!! haha They said it was because of the tariffs... Then hopefully you'll have your wine soon, and a bigger locker! Logistics are very difficult right now, so even once someone decides to ship t...
by Doug Schulman
March 11th, 2021, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 107
Views: 4482

Re: TN: 2019 Von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett

I had the '19 Abtsberg Kabinett recently and it really impressed me. I bought more immediately, which is rare. I thought it was more expressive at this stage than the Abtsberg Spätlese, which I tried a few nights later (also great, but really needs time, as expected). Glad to hear about the Herrenbe...
by Doug Schulman
March 10th, 2021, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "They don't export the best wines!"
Replies: 43
Views: 2620

Re: "They don't export the best wines!"

I once understood this to be true about some Australian wines, in particular Aussie Riesling. Grosset Polish Hill was available recently in Massachusetts. It’s known to be one of the best, maybe the best (I’d be interested to get opinions on that). Our Australian selection is crap compared to what’...
by Doug Schulman
March 9th, 2021, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
Replies: 15
Views: 733

Re: TN: 1999 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

Doug, I have more Rancia than Fontalloro in the cellar but could not tell you why (we did tour the Rancia vineyard long ago with Giuseppe Mazzocolin and it made an impression to be sure). Recently I have a sampled a 1994 Fontalloro and this 1999, and both showed very well. More research is certainl...
by Doug Schulman
March 8th, 2021, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
Replies: 15
Views: 733

Re: TN: 1999 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

Nice. I always prefer Fontalloro to Rancia. Don't see nearly as many notes on it, though.
by Doug Schulman
March 8th, 2021, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "They don't export the best wines!"
Replies: 43
Views: 2620

Re: "They don't export the best wines!"

With some obscure regions, I expect this is true, but in most cases, not at all. People sure say it a lot about major regions in Italy and France, where it is blatantly untrue. Truly top producers in the New World tend to export to quite a few countries, even if they're small. Not finding certain gr...
by Doug Schulman
March 6th, 2021, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Piedmont suggestions
Replies: 73
Views: 2985

Re: 2014 Piedmont suggestions

Overall Barolo 2014 seems to be a minefield where the poor wines are really poor and often the good ones can be enjoyable, but don't really reach the level of good vintages, yet cost the same. I totally agree. Unless you really want to buy certain wines every year, I see no reason to buy any 2014 i...
by Doug Schulman
March 5th, 2021, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Piedmont suggestions
Replies: 73
Views: 2985

Re: 2014 Piedmont suggestions

I didn’t love the 2014 Brovia Unio. Neither did I. I did think the Baudana wines were very good for the vintage. Take that for what it's worth; I'm not a fan of 2014 and bought almost none for myself, despite having tasted quite a few wines, especially from Barolo. I think the better wines will pro...

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