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by Greg Kramer
February 19th, 2021, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Istine Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)
Replies: 10
Views: 549

Re: TN: 2018 Istine Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)

2018 Istine Chianti Classico - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG (2/18/2021) A new producer for me. Drunk over three nights. Day 1: Red fruits, spice, cedar, and red licorice on the nose. Still tightly coiled on the palate on opening. It has a nice contrast of a lightness coupled with ...
by Greg Kramer
February 12th, 2021, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check: Wine By the Bay - Miami
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Retailer Check: Wine By the Bay - Miami

Feedback appreciated. The item of interest is not current release but not particularly old.
by Greg Kramer
February 7th, 2021, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoked meat/ Pastrami wine match?
Replies: 60
Views: 2274

Re: Smoked meat/ Pastrami wine match?

First congrats to the OP! And glad it worked out. But I can't get over this: a tasting at Katz's. WTF! For those who don't know, this is a cavernous space, very dated, usually jammed (maybe not during Covid>), which has a throwback system where you get a card punched when you order on the line (or ...
by Greg Kramer
February 5th, 2021, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where does your abv and oak level preference come from?
Replies: 13
Views: 483

Re: Where does your abv and oak level preference come from?

Can’t say I have much oak tolerance - except to the extent I expect it to integrate over time. As for ABV, I think the answer is (a) global warming - I could argue that my tolerance has increased as ABV has in wines I like; and (b) balance - I’ve learned that higher ABV is fine as long as everything...
by Greg Kramer
February 5th, 2021, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoked meat/ Pastrami wine match?
Replies: 60
Views: 2274

Re: Smoked meat/ Pastrami wine match?

We’ve hosted a couple of events at Katz’s in NYC. They were the oddest but most enjoyable events we’ve done. Our wines were served at both. We had fine results with bright, light wines of all colors. Dry Rosé, a Blanc de Blancs w/o malos, Chablis, Aligoté, Loire Cabernet Franc, Gamay & Gamay ble...
by Greg Kramer
January 27th, 2021, 4:53 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Microlot Coffees--An African Adventure--
Replies: 53
Views: 2169

Re: Microlot Coffees--An African Adventure--

I’m in. Looking forward to this. Been OD’ing on Colombian lately. African will be nice change of pace. Thanks for the offer.
by Greg Kramer
January 24th, 2021, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?
Replies: 51
Views: 2647

Re: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?

The closest good wine store to me is Total Wines. I live in New York so there are a lot of good wine shops in the boroughs, but I live in the suburbs and the standard selection in my vicinity is very subpar (just Moet, Cliquot, and Dom). I use Wine.com and for my birthday, I have an order of Lauren...
by Greg Kramer
January 4th, 2021, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption in 2020
Replies: 46
Views: 2135

Re: Consumption in 2020

We were up about 30%. While less consumed socially, that was more than offset by COVID-related factors and, more significantly, all the sample bottles that "poured" in as a result of not being able to visit winemakers in Europe. In the past, those consumed bottles would only have been tast...
by Greg Kramer
December 31st, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 325
Views: 24472

Re: Grassl Glassware

Kind words. Thanks. Humbling. Really. David makes an astute observation on the champs and the grape/glass combo. We are finding more red wine makers shift to the Liberté for their tasting rooms. Realm being a good example. Younger reds, even the ‘big’ ones appear to do well with the wider base but ...
by Greg Kramer
December 5th, 2020, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2001
Replies: 28
Views: 1501

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2001

Rob Weaver wrote: December 5th, 2020, 9:52 am Had a bottle of this a couple days ago and it was singing. Just perfectly aged CDP and it could still go a few more years easy. Of course this was a perfectly stored bottle so I’m sure that helped.
Agreed. Had it in August. Tannins resolved but fresh and fabulous.
by Greg Kramer
November 29th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Zoom event 11/28 - Nau Frères Bourgueils
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: Zoom event 11/28 - Nau Frères Bourgueils

Despite some wifi interruptions, we had a super tasting with Abel Osorio of Domaine Nau Frères yesterday. Great to have several Berserkers with us. For those interested, the video can be found here
by Greg Kramer
November 20th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo
Replies: 5
Views: 491

Re: TN: 2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo

Good job Dale. Nice to follow a quality wine thru its development.
by Greg Kramer
November 20th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check: Good Grapes
Replies: 0
Views: 176

Retailer Check: Good Grapes

Winnetka, IL - any knowledge or experience?
by Greg Kramer
November 20th, 2020, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 487
Views: 28499

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Max S. wrote: November 20th, 2020, 6:44 am
The Loire never surprises me anymore - good luck with the Zoom tasting, sounds like a blast!
Thanks, stop in and say hi if you have a chance. [cheers.gif]
by Greg Kramer
November 20th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine
Replies: 36
Views: 1267

Re: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine

I assumed that was the suggestion/insinuation. Given that there's a margin of error allowed on the ABV level (+/-0.5% in the EU and +/-1% in the US if the wine is over 14%) it's easy to see how a wine that might have been legally labeled as 13.5% before would get bumped up to 14% for purposes of th...
by Greg Kramer
November 20th, 2020, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 487
Views: 28499

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

For those interested in exploring a lesser-known producer, VDLT is doing a Zoom tasting with Domaine Nau Frères on Saturday, November 28th at 3pm ET. Two of their Bourgueils (Les Varennes & Vieilles Vignes) from 2014 will be featured. For those interested, connection info for this tasting poste...
by Greg Kramer
November 20th, 2020, 5:53 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Zoom event 11/28 - Nau Frères Bourgueils
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: Zoom event 11/28 - Nau Frères Bourgueils

Nau Frères Tasting
Nov 28, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 994 2515 4976
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by Greg Kramer
November 20th, 2020, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine
Replies: 36
Views: 1267

Re: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine

Wrt the OP, I wonder how much of this is just increasing the alcohol on the label (within legal allowances of course) - I would assume a fair bit. I assumed that was the suggestion/insinuation. Given that there's a margin of error allowed on the ABV level (+/-0.5% in the EU and +/-1% in the US if t...
by Greg Kramer
November 18th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AC mold in hybrid cellar
Replies: 4
Views: 475

Re: AC mold in hybrid cellar

Thanks for the input.
by Greg Kramer
November 17th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Customer Appreciation Sale - VDLT
Replies: 1
Views: 536

Re: Customer Appreciation Sale - VDLT

Thanks to all of those who have taken advantage of this. The sale will continue until December 6.
by Greg Kramer
November 17th, 2020, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 52
Views: 4739

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

Interesting report Dave, thanks for posting. (N.B. I sell Grassl). As I think others have mentioned, I find Champagne from Liberté ok but much prefer it from the Mineralité. Same can be said for Chablis. I think any wine (white or red) that accentuates acidity is enhanced by Mineralité. To this poin...
by Greg Kramer
November 15th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AC mold in hybrid cellar
Replies: 4
Views: 475

AC mold in hybrid cellar

I thought I saw a recent thread relating to this but my searches have been unrewarded. I have sectioned off a portion of my basement as a wine cellar as I am not prepared to invest in a true cellar in this particular house. I have used an air-conditioner in a window to maintain acceptable temperatur...
by Greg Kramer
November 12th, 2020, 2:07 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Customer Appreciation Sale - VDLT
Replies: 1
Views: 536

Customer Appreciation Sale - VDLT

Despite all the hardships 2020 has presented, the VDLT Wine Community has grown and flourished. Thanks to our devoted followers and those who have newly discovered our Community, VDLT has experienced its finest year ever. So, now we are saying thanks! Our newsletter subscribers have been notified. S...
by Greg Kramer
November 9th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Zoom event 11/28 - Nau Frères Bourgueils
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: Zoom event 11/28 - Nau Frères Bourgueils

jordan jacobs wrote: November 9th, 2020, 2:35 pm The link doesn’t take us there.
Thanks
Jordan
Sorry, should be working now.
by Greg Kramer
November 9th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Zoom event 11/28 - Nau Frères Bourgueils
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Zoom event 11/28 - Nau Frères Bourgueils

Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 3pm ET, VDLT is hosting a tasting event with Domaine Nau Frères in Bourgueil. There will be discussion and tasting of two of their Cabernet Francs: Bourgueil Les Varennes 2014 & Bourgueil Vieilles Vignes 2014. A tasting kit of 1 bottle of each wine is available her...
by Greg Kramer
November 9th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 487
Views: 28499

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

For those interested in exploring a lesser-known producer, VDLT is doing a Zoom tasting with Domaine Nau Frères on Saturday, November 28th at 3pm ET. Two of their Bourgueils (Les Varennes & Vieilles Vignes) from 2014 will be featured. I recently tasted the 2014 VV with 3 other experienced wine f...
by Greg Kramer
October 31st, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A VDLT contest prize: 2016 Christophe Pichon Côte Rôtie "Promesse"
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: A VDLT contest prize: 2016 Christophe Pichon Côte Rôtie "Promesse"

Dave You're welcome and thanks for the extra effort in organizing this tasting. I am pleased you all seemed to enjoy and appreciate the wine. Your tasting notes are reasonably consistent with mine. To add some perspective on this producer, who is not well known in the US, the Pichon "style"...
by Greg Kramer
October 30th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giacosa Barbaresco Gallina 1996
Replies: 7
Views: 587

Re: Giacosa Barbaresco Gallina 1996

The Gallina grapes Giacosa was using have been going to Ugo Lequio for quite a few years. Ugo also makes Barbera from Gallina.

N.B. I offer his wines in the US.
by Greg Kramer
October 29th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fattoria Pomona Chianti Classico Villa Pomona Riserva
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: TN: 2016 Fattoria Pomona Chianti Classico Villa Pomona Riserva

Glad you enjoyed it. Needless to say, you weren't the only one to respond favorably to the Pomona Riserva. So, just a handful remain. Forgive the commercial plug, but this wine is highly representative of the cherry-picked, distinct wines we offer from small European winemakers - most of whom are un...
by Greg Kramer
October 18th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Paumanok Tuthills Lane 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 6
Views: 292

Re: TN: Paumanok Tuthills Lane 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Possibly the ripest wine Paumanok has produced. Would cause a ruckus in a blind tasting with California Cabs. At 10 years of age this wine tastes like a 2 or 3 year old Napa Cabernet. Red fruits, camphor, spice potpourri. Good length, nice texture. Long Island strong. Hi Ray, hope you're well. I ha...
by Greg Kramer
October 15th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 52
Views: 4739

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

Liberte is my favorite all around glass. It works well for pretty much all whites and I even like to use it for certain red varieties like Syrah, Nero d'Avola, Sangiovese, Zinfandel and Nerello Mascalese. I mostly agree with these except for Liberté I would add Barbera and subtract (based on prefer...
by Greg Kramer
October 7th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?
Replies: 101
Views: 3982

Re: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?

Yes but low tolerance for anything ammoniated.
by Greg Kramer
October 6th, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Press, what am I doing wrong
Replies: 36
Views: 2952

Re: French Press, what am I doing wrong

I have a Bodum Bistro grinder. It does well on finer grinds (with the usual caveats - messy and staticy) but I do mostly French Press. The coarse grind settings are very narrow and I find the grind not coarse enough and inconsistent (too much powder mixed in). I've heard good things here and elsewhe...
by Greg Kramer
October 2nd, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 29515

Re: Adventures in Paris

Indeed, go! Fine food, the wine list is not only excellent but well-priced and the owner and staff are very gracious and accomodating. Only downside is the surrounding neighborhood is kind of blah.
by Greg Kramer
October 2nd, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 29515

Re: Adventures in Paris

I can't even dream of being able to travel again with how the situation is developing in Europe but for sure I too feel the longing for Paris and France in general. Everyday on Instagram I come across of something that reminds me of my second home - most lately some posts from a restaurant called L...
by Greg Kramer
September 24th, 2020, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom event w/Rioja producer Javier Arizcuren 9/23
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: Zoom event w/Rioja producer Javier Arizcuren 9/23

championing the truly indigenous varieties of Rioja Baja (or Oriental) But those are both from Aragón! Tempranillo however, is the offspring of Albillo Mayor and Benedicto and nobody knows exactly where it first appeared, although it's been in Rioja for centuries. And Cabernet Sauvignon has been gr...
by Greg Kramer
September 24th, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom event w/Rioja producer Javier Arizcuren 9/23
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: Zoom event w/Rioja producer Javier Arizcuren 9/23

ChrisWolff wrote: September 23rd, 2020, 11:06 am Hey Greg, can you post the zoom info?
Sorry, these requests came too late for me to see. But that doesn’t mitigate that I forgot to post the promised link. Sorry!
by Greg Kramer
September 23rd, 2020, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: LdH Viña Gravonia 2011-1993 vertical
Replies: 13
Views: 748

Re: TN: LdH Viña Gravonia 2011-1993 vertical

Thanks. Enjoyed your post and enjoy Gravonia.
by Greg Kramer
September 22nd, 2020, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Edmunds St. John Syrah Fenaughty
Replies: 7
Views: 312

Re: TN: 2011 Edmunds St. John Syrah Fenaughty

2011 Edmunds St. John Syrah Fenaughty - USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado County (9/21/2020) I am sitting by a smoky campfire, after a long ride into the backcountry. Leather and earth scents are everywhere, and the smell of roasted meat rises up from near the fire. There’s a berry cobbl...
by Greg Kramer
September 17th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing source | material (German Wine)
Replies: 28
Views: 1531

Re: Introducing source | material (German Wine)

Well done Robert - Much success! I signed up for your list
by Greg Kramer
September 16th, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with new cellar: entry, organization, app, etc.
Replies: 16
Views: 692

Re: Help with new cellar: entry, organization, app, etc.

Welcome! I suggest you contact CellarTracker. Eric and his team are incredibly responsive and usually can provide a solution.
by Greg Kramer
September 16th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Tasting kit for Rioja Zoom Tasting
Replies: 0
Views: 182

Tasting kit for Rioja Zoom Tasting

Wednesday, September 23rd at 3:00 ET, VDLT is hosting a Zoom conference and tasting with Rioja producer Javier Arizcuren. Two wines will be tasted: Solo Mazuelo 2016 & Solo Garnacha 2018. For those in parts of the US that we can safely ship to from NY, you can have the wines for the tasting if y...
by Greg Kramer
September 16th, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom event w/Rioja producer Javier Arizcuren 9/23
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Zoom event w/Rioja producer Javier Arizcuren 9/23

Javier Arizcuren is a reactionary rebel, championing the truly indigenous varieties of Rioja Baja (or Oriental). So, instead of Tempranillo, he works with Garnacha and Mazuelo. Most of his vines are very old and he is meticulous and adventurous. An accomplished architect, who specializes in designin...
by Greg Kramer
September 2nd, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1981 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori
Replies: 6
Views: 446

Re: TN: 1981 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori

I have had some aged Tuscan Sangiovese - Monsanto Il Poggio, Selvapiana Rufina Buccherciale mostly - and recently from the same awful cellar, a 75 Vino Nobile. Some have been really good and justify the investment of cellaring. The producer we work with in Montepulciano has quite a trove of back vin...
by Greg Kramer
September 2nd, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1981 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori
Replies: 6
Views: 446

TN: 1981 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori

Recently, I posted a note about a corkless 1975 Meyney that was remarkably ok. This CCR was rescued from that same cellar. It was better than just alive. It was terrific - even if it tasted more like Left Bank Bordeaux than Chianti. 1981 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori - Italy, Tusc...
by Greg Kramer
September 1st, 2020, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A gathering of great wine and beef featuring 89 Latour & 01 Vieux Donjon
Replies: 0
Views: 272

TN: A gathering of great wine and beef featuring 89 Latour & 01 Vieux Donjon

A GATHERING OF GREAT WINE AND BEEF - Chez moi (8/31/2020) A lovely evening al fresco with Caroline and David. Starters We enjoyed smoky carrot dip, mackerel conserva, jambon de Bayonne and Cured salami. 2016 Domaine Nathalie et Gilles Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses Voix de la Terre - France, B...
by Greg Kramer
August 29th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nick Poulos RIP
Replies: 14
Views: 1540

Re: Nick Poulos RIP

I was an in-store customer for almost 30 years. The sale of the shop may have marked the end of an era. I can think of only one other independent in Nassau County that is primarily a wine shop. The other stores are all clones of each other, with little if interest. Great respect for what Nick built...

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