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by Doug Schulman
January 18th, 2020, 3:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kelli White on wine aging
Replies: 13
Views: 769

Re: Kelli White on wine aging

I should start by saying I think Kelli is one of the few good wine writers. There's a ton of assumption and "common knowledge" in the article that isn't well supported by any facts, though. I think the best point is made by Maggie Harrison: Harrison’s point emphasizes a deeper truth, “People sometim...
by Doug Schulman
January 17th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 34
Views: 813

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

David K o l i n wrote:
January 17th, 2020, 9:03 am
Personally, for me, I don’t see a reason to give accommodations for wines I don’t prefer
Same here.
by Doug Schulman
January 16th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Musar Rouge 2012
Replies: 9
Views: 434

Re: TN: Chateau Musar Rouge 2012

I haven’t, but I appreciate the detailed note. I will probably get a bottle to try in the near future, plus maybe a couple more. This sounds like it might be one of the earlier drinking vintages, which I’ve been realizing recently that I shouldn’t ignore as I generally have.
by Doug Schulman
January 15th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faury st. Joe vv brett
Replies: 16
Views: 819

Re: Faury st. Joe vv brett

YLee wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 2:22 pm
From your experience approximately how many years after the vintage did your start sensing brett?
This would not be anywhere near consistent.
by Doug Schulman
January 13th, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 33
Views: 1604

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

AndrewH wrote:
January 13th, 2020, 10:00 am
That, or the crap-wine drinkers are opting for White Claw.
That’s part of it.
by Doug Schulman
January 13th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato
Replies: 13
Views: 1110

Re: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato

Right. Enjoyable now is not the definition of mature. It’s nice to hear this has opened up, though.
by Doug Schulman
January 10th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 101
Views: 4052

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

Turley Zins do age. Not sure they gain a lot, but they don't lose anything - at least when it comes to single vineyard releases. I just had an 08 Mead Ranch and it was great. Big and brambly blackberry fruit. No heat to speak of even though it's right around 16% ABV. I've heard that Carlisle and Be...
by Doug Schulman
January 7th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Georges Duboeuf (1933 - 2020)
Replies: 16
Views: 1154

Re: RIP Georges Duboeuf (1933 - 2020)

Fred Bower wrote:
January 7th, 2020, 5:53 am
I will sound a voice of enthusiasm for the wines. The crus are often the best available option on a grocery store shelf and are a good entree into why Beaujolais isn't Nouveau.

Cheers,
fred
Yes, the crus can be very good in the right vintages.
by Doug Schulman
January 7th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Threshold Behavior: 2017 northern Rhone (and Beaujolais)
Replies: 7
Views: 781

Re: Threshold Behavior: 2017 northern Rhone (and Beaujolais)

Yeah, I think we would all like to see a cooler, later vintage in the Beaujolais... I think if you re-taste the 15 side by side with the 17, making allowances for age, you'll think the '15 is more ripe - though chez Lapierre there isn't much in it. I drank a couple of good bottles, but then my '15s...
by Doug Schulman
January 7th, 2020, 3:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Georges Duboeuf (1933 - 2020)
Replies: 16
Views: 1154

Re: Yup....

A big champion of his home region and its wines, and unfortunately sometimes dismissed too easily. Like Mondavi, he made a real difference . RIP. Yup, Greg....he made a real difference in Beaujolais. Not because of the quality of his wines, but for the tireless/unabashedly enthusiastic promotion of...
by Doug Schulman
January 7th, 2020, 3:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Threshold Behavior: 2017 northern Rhone (and Beaujolais)
Replies: 7
Views: 781

Re: Threshold Behavior: 2017 northern Rhone (and Beaujolais)

Beaujolais has had a lot of really ripe vintages lately. I'm hoping for a nice, classic vintage like 2011 soon. Even some of the classics (like Lapierre) have been too ripe for my taste in multiple recent years. I now understand why some people say they are Rhone-like in these years.
by Doug Schulman
January 7th, 2020, 3:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2747

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

It's just wine. I want to enjoy it.
by Doug Schulman
January 6th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Help
Replies: 21
Views: 1095

Re: Champagne Help

Jay Miller wrote:
January 6th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Personally I prefer the 06 Comtes to the 08 Dom
Same here. I haven't had the Ruinart, but I'd be happier with '06 Comtes over the other choices.
by Doug Schulman
January 5th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2813

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

ha, better check that current Blanton’s price and recalibrate! It’s more, but not much more. $80-90 is a good price now and hard to find in LA under $150-200. $80-$90 is NOT a good price. There's stupid secondary market stuff happening, but regular retail has not gone up nearly that much. Nor shoul...
by Doug Schulman
January 4th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 101
Views: 4052

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

I don’t think any good Southern Rhône fails to show its charm when young. “Needs time” strikes me as an excuse for a wine that either isn’t very good or someone simply doesn’t like.
by Doug Schulman
January 4th, 2020, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 101
Views: 4052

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

My clos st jean aging experience has been a dumpster fire of undrinkable wines. 2005, 2006, 2007 is the cohort I experimented with. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=142476&p=2310665&hilit=Clos+st+jean+scott#p2309739 ...and I expect that's exactly where this '16 will go. I th...
by Doug Schulman
January 3rd, 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The greatest wine purchase ever
Replies: 24
Views: 3263

Re: The greatest wine purchase ever

I wonder why they listed it all as one lot instead of breaking it up. I guess there are some things in there that were not nearly as attractive as the bulk of it, but still... Does anyone know why they would have sold it that way?
by Doug Schulman
January 1st, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 37
Views: 2334

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

Edmunds St John Syrahs. Part of quality for me is the ability to improve with age. ESJ Syrahs can improve for 20+ years, turning into something truly special (far more than almost anything else in their price range), and they're still very inexpensive on release.
by Doug Schulman
December 30th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne consumption down in France
Replies: 9
Views: 952

Re: Champagne consumption down in France

Chris Seiber wrote:
December 29th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Isn't wine consumption overall (not just Champagne) trending downward in France? Particularly with the ultra-low DUI standard there.
Yes, and the government keeps telling people that alcohol is evil.
by Doug Schulman
December 28th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and Data Science
Replies: 23
Views: 1047

Re: Wine and Data Science

Wine and food pairing is so complicated. I don't think you're using a good source for information on that. This being the first rule makes the whole thing highly questionable (even though I agree with some of the points made). (I) The body of the wine should roughly match the body of the food. Also,...
by Doug Schulman
December 28th, 2019, 4:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Qupe Mags at KL
Replies: 11
Views: 1309

Re: PSA: Qupe Mags at KL

Amazing prices! Sadly, they won't ship to me.
by Doug Schulman
December 26th, 2019, 3:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5082

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

Clos Mont Olivet, once a true stalwart and still old school by CdP standards are recently as 07 (at which point I gave up on CdP in general). Yes, they make some of the most balanced, restrained (for CdP) wines in the region (the base wine, NOT the higher end cuvee) They definitely belong on both l...
by Doug Schulman
December 25th, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice on selecting wines for someone else
Replies: 13
Views: 716

Re: Seeking advice on selecting wines for someone else

What you're trying to do is a lot more complicated than you think. The person's level of experience with wine has a lot to do with deciding what sorts of questions will be meaningful. Also, the way people answer certain questions (tone, etc.) can be more telling than the answers themselves. In my ex...
by Doug Schulman
December 25th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Fratelli Brovia Barolo Ca'mia (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Re: TN: 2004 Fratelli Brovia Barolo Ca'mia (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

That's about what I'd expect from this '04 right now. '06 Villero was surprisingly open this year, though.
by Doug Schulman
December 25th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 857

Re: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

Doug, I have not tasted the 2016 but it appears to be a great vintage. I will be looking to source some. I tasted it a couple of months ago. It's as good as I expected, and it will need time. The only recent and very good vintage that I've found to be surprisingly open since release is the '13.
by Doug Schulman
December 25th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will paying sales tax & higher shipping cost cause you to buy less online?
Replies: 24
Views: 1299

Re: Will paying sales tax & higher shipping cost cause you to buy less online?

Agree. With 12-bottle purchase, my expectation is free shipping. Period. Do you know of many retailers that still do this? Or are you mainly talking about wineries? It seems that this is not common anymore at the retail level, and I totally understand why. The places with the prices we all want are...
by Doug Schulman
December 25th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 857

Re: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

This thread reminded me that I hadn't bought the 2016 yet. Just fixed that. At $25+, this is still an amazing value.
by Doug Schulman
December 24th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2331

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

When you folks say you stand the bottle up and then take a taste aren't you stirring up sediment? If I do the stand-up rather than use a basket to decant (which is way better IMO) I go strait at it and will taste form the decanter before returning to the bottle. The whole point is that the sediment...
by Doug Schulman
December 24th, 2019, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2331

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

Great thread, by the way. I've been wondering about the same thing for a while.
by Doug Schulman
December 24th, 2019, 3:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2331

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

‘Strong approximation’ is the question, and I think the answer is no. For very young and tannic nebbs, I’ve found that decanting for 2 or 3, even 4 days can soften the wine enough so you can taste the fruit behind the tannin wall. But the rest of aging transformation doesn’t happen at least in my e...
by Doug Schulman
December 24th, 2019, 3:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57759

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I will be noting which of my regular suppliers are gouging and which are not. When all of this madness ends, I will concentrate my buying accordingly. Seems like a bit of a tricky situation. If a retailer raises prices on in stock wines, foreseeing that they may go through a rough period of not bei...
by Doug Schulman
December 23rd, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 86
Views: 3759

Re: Allemand Bretty?

I didn't see any facts backing up this assertion or opinion. Mike gives us data concerning 1 bottle of unidentified wine that is obviously tainted by brett and I agreed with that. Eric, you said wines with those given levels of 4-EP and 4-EG would show varying degrees of noticeable brett. That is a...
by Doug Schulman
December 23rd, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57759

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

So they can stop selling the wines now rather than later. Buying will slow, and customers have a memory. seems like it's a good way for the retailers to see if people are willing to pay the higher price before they commit to replacement stock. If people don't pay, then just lower the price back and...
by Doug Schulman
December 22nd, 2019, 4:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Pierre Péters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve
Replies: 11
Views: 624

Re: TN: NV Pierre Péters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve

I agree that this is a particularly good release. Pricing in my home market has gotten a bit crazy, but I suspect that might be a localized problem and not a general one.
by Doug Schulman
December 22nd, 2019, 4:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine from Normandy?
Replies: 68
Views: 1926

Re: Wine from Normandy?

I assume Arv is talking about ciders that have funky aromas similar to sour beers. I definitely get some funky yeast related aromas in Basque ciders. If there is also something bacterial going on, maybe it's possible that the cider becomes more sour than the base material was, but I don't know if th...
by Doug Schulman
December 21st, 2019, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 86
Views: 3759

Re: Allemand Bretty?

James Billy wrote:
December 20th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Brett isn't an issue for 99% of Northern Rhone IME.
You must either have an unbelievably high recognition threshold or love brett.
by Doug Schulman
December 20th, 2019, 3:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57759

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

There are two kinds of displacement from the tariffs - first is substitution to non-tariffed products. That's easier for a large retailer to deal with because for $20 bordeaux they can sell $20 wine from Argentina, Australia, US, etc. But the other kind of displacement is reduced sales - folks who ...
by Doug Schulman
December 16th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57759

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Jason, You keep using hyperbole that undermines your entire arguments. Barilla pasta is regularly available for $1 in grocery store. $2 could hurt the brand, but it won’t be your farcical $7. Use normal analysis, and I might take you seriously. Barilla in our neck of the woods isn’t $1... but ok.. ...
by Doug Schulman
December 16th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1189

Re: The Wand Wine Filter

Maybe wine headache sufferers could try green light?

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-sho ... reen-light
by Doug Schulman
December 16th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1189

Re: The Wand Wine Filter

Mike Kuller wrote:
December 16th, 2019, 8:03 am
Perhaps it's the placebo effect.
Exactly what the creators of this wand are counting on!
by Doug Schulman
December 16th, 2019, 3:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1189

Re: The Wand Wine Filter

The wife does have allergies. She takes medicine daily. Don’t think it’s tannins, she get headaches with red and white wines but not every time. Never gets headaches with beer or mixed drinks. That's not terribly uncommon, but one of the few things in wine that is almost certainly not causing these...
by Doug Schulman
December 15th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Egon Muller pricing
Replies: 24
Views: 1804

Re: Egon Muller pricing

Wow, cheap compared to Burgundy pricing! But then again, not seeing what the BA’s and TBA’s go for...if they can ever be found. I was told a while back that his TBA is the most expensive wine in the world per ounce at regular release pricing. I can only imagine how much future vintages will go for....
by Doug Schulman
December 13th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wine pairing with "Angry Crab?"
Replies: 14
Views: 707

Re: Wine pairing with "Angry Crab?"

My best results with dishes like this have been with Gewurz with some residual sugar. Even novices who “don’t like sweet wine” have usually loved the pairing. As much as I love German Rieslng, it gets clobbered by a dish like this.
by Doug Schulman
December 13th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting
Replies: 38
Views: 2678

Re: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting

Perhaps the biggest head scratcher is how this piece got green lit. The answer: Because there's no editing. Literally. Forbes now follows the model of many websites and runs unvetted copy by "contributors" and pays them, if at all, according to the number of hits their articles draw. (Which means t...
by Doug Schulman
December 13th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting
Replies: 38
Views: 2678

Re: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting

The article is so stupid that I didn't make it half way through. Yes, the author is stupid too for thinking he should be writing about food and wine. It isn't even worth pointing out specifics; I'd be writing for too long and reading more than I care to. The only defense here involves multiple paths...
by Doug Schulman
December 13th, 2019, 3:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Egon Muller pricing
Replies: 24
Views: 1804

Re: Egon Muller pricing

Wow, cheap compared to Burgundy pricing! But then again, not seeing what the BA’s and TBA’s go for...if they can ever be found. I was told a while back that his TBA is the most expensive wine in the world per ounce at regular release pricing. I can only imagine how much future vintages will go for.
by Doug Schulman
December 12th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?
Replies: 36
Views: 1333

Re: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?

Scenario: 1) Wine retailer ships your wine via fedex ground. 2) Wine estimated to be delivered Tuesday, tracking number provided all that good stuff 3) Looking at the detailed tracking on Thursday you see that the wine is still in transit- is in Troutdale Oregon and has been since Sunday- scanned a...
by Doug Schulman
December 12th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?
Replies: 36
Views: 1333

Re: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?

I recently had a similar issue with Vivino and their shipper UPS. I went back and forth with both and learnt that both contract out their customer service overseas. After numerous attempts to find my wine which UPS claimed was going to be delivered that day for 4 days in a row ( UPS driver said he ...

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