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by Kevin Kitagawa
June 11th, 2019, 12:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heading to Australia
Replies: 41
Views: 2440

Re: Heading to Australia

Demian,

Definitely try meeting up with the crew there for an offline! Great bunch of people and a great opportunity to try a bunch of AU stuff you will not normally see in the US.
by Kevin Kitagawa
June 7th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heading to Australia
Replies: 41
Views: 2440

Re: Heading to Australia

I doubt you can find Wendouree at Dan Murphy's (Its all sold out and anything they had was likely via auction). Oak Barrel in Sydney will sometimes have some...inflated prices but given you will have a hard time find any, it is probably worth it. Vintage Blue on Kent Street in Sydney has had Wendour...
by Kevin Kitagawa
May 6th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 3057

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

Nothing.... Aged White Burgundy is a wonderful thing...but it doesn't matter which producer, the chance of premox is still too high and just makes it not worth it. The wines drink great young (generally) or at least with enough enjoyment to keep it worthwhile buying.... Closely watching producers th...
by Kevin Kitagawa
March 28th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?
Replies: 50
Views: 1757

Re: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?

Nomacorc might be a very viable option as well and looks like it has worked out fairly well. I don't think the way it adjusts to environmental changes is as advanced as Ardea...but I don't think any real significant data has been collected to compare the two.. Are these better than the plastic cork...
by Kevin Kitagawa
March 28th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?
Replies: 50
Views: 1757

Re: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?

It basically behaves exactly like cork including the head space...except no TCA and more consistent. Nothing behaves exactly like cork. Cork allows a tiny bit of oxygen into the bottle in the first few months, after which the best corks allow zero oxygen transmission until they fail many years down...
by Kevin Kitagawa
March 28th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?
Replies: 50
Views: 1757

Re: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?

Kevin, Sounds interesting - but please illuminate us as to how it is 'better' than natural cork - other than there is no possibility of TCA? And why would a winemaker consider this type of closure over DIAM, sugar cane or screw caps? Cheers. No possibility of TCA. Consistent oxygen ingress you can ...
by Kevin Kitagawa
March 27th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?
Replies: 50
Views: 1757

Re: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?

There is very little data on Ardea although it was talked about on this board awhile ago.. When you see it, and understand how it works, you have a hard time believing this isn't better than cork in every way. The only way it isn't is, unlike cork, it doesn't impart any flavor to the wine... Mac Fo...
by Kevin Kitagawa
March 27th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?
Replies: 50
Views: 1757

Re: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?

There is very little data on Ardea although it was talked about on this board awhile ago.. When you see it, and understand how it works, you have a hard time believing this isn't better than cork in every way. The only way it isn't is, unlike cork, it doesn't impart any flavor to the wine... Mac For...
by Kevin Kitagawa
March 8th, 2019, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness
Replies: 62
Views: 2375

Re: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness

However, the "cidery" note I was talking is a very distinctive, funky and natural aroma that has nothing to do with oxidation, but instead is this aroma and flavor that gives a very fresh, appley cider character to many natural wines. For example I just had a natural orange wine a few days ago (Tra...
by Kevin Kitagawa
January 21st, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hangover Prevention - supplements
Replies: 45
Views: 1858

Re: Hangover Prevention - supplements

Well the idea is the electrolytes should help you retain more water...which should help....and it is relatively neutral vs. the acid you'll get from something like gatorade. It could just be water is enough for you...or maybe you needed more water + pedialyte... But if you're going with the science ...
by Kevin Kitagawa
January 21st, 2019, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)
Replies: 117
Views: 4982

Re: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)

I've seen wines that seemed a bit dumb or flat get better with air..but that's not premoxed. I have never (and have tried many times) seen a wine that is actually premoxed come back to life....If you're getting the heavy caramel or sherry notes on a wine, it is gone. I would love this to be true..I ...
by Kevin Kitagawa
January 21st, 2019, 3:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hangover Prevention - supplements
Replies: 45
Views: 1858

Re: Hangover Prevention - supplements

Pedialyte is a good way to go...
by Kevin Kitagawa
November 30th, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?
Replies: 24
Views: 1028

Re: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?

So is it the role of the fulfillment company to fill in that 3rd tier when wanting to go Direct to Consumer?

But what about CA businesses that are also using fulfillment companies? That's just the nature of which license they have?
by Kevin Kitagawa
November 30th, 2018, 3:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Universal Wine Glass
Replies: 108
Views: 8416

Re: Best Value Universal Wine Glass

I do not have the Zalto at home, but I would imagine that this JR glass might be smaller. So fat I have only used the glass for Chianti, Etna Rosa, Mencia, Fiano di Avellino and a red Rioja. No champagne as of yet......so no help on you Champagne question either....sorry. By the way, A+ on the grap...
by Kevin Kitagawa
November 30th, 2018, 3:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?
Replies: 24
Views: 1028

Re: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?

Is it a regulatory reason why places use a fulfillment company rather then package it and ship out themselves?

When I look at how other places do it in other countries, they don't use such a thing and the shipping+handling cost to their consumers ends up being significantly cheaper.
by Kevin Kitagawa
September 26th, 2018, 1:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two excellent Aussies
Replies: 10
Views: 685

Re: TN: Two excellent Aussies

Kent Comley wrote:
September 25th, 2018, 5:18 pm
Tolpuddle Chardonnay is very good. Their Pinot Noir is also good, but to me the Chardonnay is the star.
Agree..their Chardonnay is the real star.....Their Pinot is *shrug*...
by Kevin Kitagawa
August 28th, 2018, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine party / club guidelines ideas?
Replies: 41
Views: 1369

Re: Wine party / club guidelines ideas?

the rest of the group doesn't miss out, it is a rotating event and everyone gets a turn. I think there is something to be said for one person doing research and getting a good representations on the theme compared to people buy random bottles within the (theme). For example I did a Sauvignon Blanc ...
by Kevin Kitagawa
August 28th, 2018, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine party / club guidelines ideas?
Replies: 41
Views: 1369

Re: Wine party / club guidelines ideas?

our group feels that there are some good advantages for the host buying all the wine. First a huge educational experience to choose a theme and then select the bottles. Give buyer latitute to but a $15 bottle and a $45 bottle. All the bottles are already at the home, can decant properly if needed, ...
by Kevin Kitagawa
August 27th, 2018, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine party / club guidelines ideas?
Replies: 41
Views: 1369

Re: Wine party / club guidelines ideas?

Host buying the wine - The only reason to do this is the host has a specific theme and they have the wines for people to try. OR, you're really concerned that everyone pay the exact same amount and are worried that if people bring their own wine, this becomes a problem because someone will bring jun...
by Kevin Kitagawa
August 23rd, 2018, 4:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walter Scott 2017 release live
Replies: 33
Views: 1827

Re: Walter Scott 2017 release live

$45 for a case shipped to Norcal. Not outrageous but twice the price of Avalon, Vinopolis or Garagiste. Lots of places have crazy shipping...and I think part of that is because they use a middle man to package the boxes which adds to the cost of shipping and handling... It is a pretty big contrast ...
by Kevin Kitagawa
June 14th, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Weiser-Künstler "Ellergrub" - Kabinett of the Year
Replies: 31
Views: 1804

2017 Weiser-Künstler "Ellergrub" - Kabinett of the Year

I love this producer...Hofgut as well....
by Kevin Kitagawa
June 4th, 2018, 1:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to check if the slow oxygenation method is "the" best method
Replies: 92
Views: 2745

How to check if the slow oxygenation method is "the" best method

So, I should be able to pop a cork and let the wine sit open in the cellar for weeks or months and not taste a difference? I have opened bottles that we forgot to get to and the next day could taste obvious oxidized change. Anton, my comments are targeted at the notion of chemical compounds flowing...
by Kevin Kitagawa
May 22nd, 2018, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline Etiquette
Replies: 229
Views: 10527

Offline Etiquette

Is this really the consensus regarding corked wines at offlines? If the participant can't return the bottle (which is usually the case, particularly for mature wines purchased long ago), why should s/he be held responsible for the cork? IMO that's a different case than when someone brings a bottle ...
by Kevin Kitagawa
May 17th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline Etiquette
Replies: 229
Views: 10527

Offline Etiquette

Disagree on 4 (but like the rest). If a bottle is corked, I don't want it in my glass at all; at least stop it going around and have the discussion. 9. Don't overpour. I would discreetly ask the person who brought the wine for a second opinion before the bottle went further down the table, otherwis...
by Kevin Kitagawa
May 4th, 2018, 12:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Strange New Wine Closure.....
Replies: 25
Views: 2163

Strange New Wine Closure.....

I will chime in on this one. A producer we represent nationally made the switch to this closure in 2003. They made the switch after the results of very vigorous data (similar to Ponsot, for you Alan). Ponsot's cloaures were not 'custom' any more than any other family who bottles under this closure....
by Kevin Kitagawa
April 27th, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sandlands Trousseau (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 38
Views: 2063

TN: 2014 Sandlands Trousseau (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

The Arnot Roberts is more typical Trousseau IMO..the Sandlands is very nice..but very bright fruit..very CLEAN..maybe too clean...Want a bit of stink in there...

IMO, this is Sandlands best wine...by a lot...
by Kevin Kitagawa
April 17th, 2018, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Universal Wine Glass
Replies: 108
Views: 8416

Best Value Universal Wine Glass

Looking at the standard GG as I need some nicer glasses in the house. I currently use the Crate and Barrel 19oz hip glass. Anyone know how the stem thickness on the machine GG compare to the hip? Some people say the machine GG is clunky, but I don’t think I’ve ever truly used something as thin as Z...
by Kevin Kitagawa
April 6th, 2018, 2:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging vs Airing: difference in flavor?
Replies: 67
Views: 2039

Aging vs Airing: difference in flavor?

Not to defend wine competition judging.. But they judge what is in the glass at that point in time they aren't judging potential. Structure is fine but if a wine is closed, backwards, tight, etc, etc, it just isn't showing well at that point in time because it needs 20+ years, then it just isn't goi...
by Kevin Kitagawa
March 5th, 2018, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Yvon Métras Fleurie (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)
Replies: 19
Views: 795

TN: 2014 Yvon Métras Fleurie (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)

Have not had the Metras, but your note echoes why I have not enjoyed 2014 Beaujolais. I finally gave up after testing 5 or 6 different wines. There’s always another vintage. Looked back at my notes and '14 Metras Printemps was less than stellar, too. Maybe more of a '14 thing for Metras. Foillard a...
by Kevin Kitagawa
March 3rd, 2018, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Yvon Métras Fleurie (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)
Replies: 19
Views: 795

TN: 2014 Yvon Métras Fleurie (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)

A Metras I didn't love. It happens. 2014 Yvon Métras Fleurie - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie (3/3/2018) Did not love this one. Consistent with other CT notes, Metras did not nail this one in 14. The nose shows that funky-tarry-stemmy thing I get from Metras, it's quite nice if you like that...
by Kevin Kitagawa
February 16th, 2018, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 13
Views: 949

TN: 2015 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

The 15 is definitely on the ripe side...but I think it actually hit that balance between ripe and too ripe...but in a very Napa Cab (the redder fruited ones) way. I don't think this is very typical Beaujolais..but it is still a very good wine... These wines have a way of tightening up as they age a...
by Kevin Kitagawa
February 16th, 2018, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sydney Wine Bars / BTG lists?
Replies: 10
Views: 433

Sydney Wine Bars / BTG lists?

Love Tilly Devine is a great wine bar but not great if you want AU wine.. Vintage Cellars, Best Cellars, Dan Murphys..they'll all have plenty of stuff.. Bentley and all of the restaurants in that group have a great wine list... You should also try to meet up w/ the Aussies on the forum...the Sydney ...
by Kevin Kitagawa
February 16th, 2018, 12:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 13
Views: 949

TN: 2015 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

The 15 is definitely on the ripe side...but I think it actually hit that balance between ripe and too ripe...but in a very Napa Cab (the redder fruited ones) way. I don't think this is very typical Beaujolais..but it is still a very good wine...
by Kevin Kitagawa
February 14th, 2018, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 24
Views: 1087

1993 Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon

Kevin, that 99 Cab Malbec you brought to dinner a year or so ago ranks up there on my list of lifetime best wines! Alan - Glad you liked it! That was a fun night! (and I'm onto Ceritas thanks to you) Price in Oz on release is $A45 to $A50, with the Shiraz and Cab Malbec heavily allocated. Kevin is ...
by Kevin Kitagawa
February 12th, 2018, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 24
Views: 1087

1993 Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon

Unfortunately, the newer vintages (maybe last 6 or 8 vintages) have been in a different style...much more open...missing some of that structure....I have a feeling they will be completely different wines... I don't think "lesser" vintages with Wendouree perform better..they're just more accessible e...
by Kevin Kitagawa
February 11th, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 24
Views: 1087

1993 Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon

Hi Brodie, When I lived in Australia, an Aussie friend who had some connection with the Brady's always said to me that they rated their Cabernet Sauvignon as their top wine, whereas the public always lauded their Shiraz. I ended up with a bottle of the '94 Cabernet and the '98 Cabernet Malbec which...
by Kevin Kitagawa
September 29th, 2017, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does this seem fair for a tasting at a retail shop / wine bar (not producer)?
Replies: 24
Views: 1111

Does this seem fair for a tasting at a retail shop / wine bar (not producer)?

Man, I was going to post almost exactly what Alan said. It's 12 ounces of wine that's usually $50 a bottle or more and you get to try different wines. Kevin - Unless you're in the trade or friendly with producers/distributors, you're not going to get a lot of chances to taste wines like that. Peopl...
by Kevin Kitagawa
September 28th, 2017, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does this seem fair for a tasting at a retail shop / wine bar (not producer)?
Replies: 24
Views: 1111

Does this seem fair for a tasting at a retail shop / wine bar (not producer)?

I think it is high as I don't think the point of a tasting event is to make higher than normal margins on your wine... For those that don't have a chance to try Ganevat it might not be too bad for that consumer..but it just seems like the trend in the US is these tasting events are there to try to m...
by Kevin Kitagawa
September 2nd, 2017, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Balagny Beaujolais
Replies: 25
Views: 1198

2015 Balagny Beaujolais

the 2014 chavot is decent but for me pales in comparison to her single parcel wines she released in 2013. I thought it was much better than decent...But I guess that depends on what you're looking for out a Beaujolais... Either way, the 2015 Sex Appeal is a mess...No idea why this is even close to ...
by Kevin Kitagawa
September 1st, 2017, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Balagny Beaujolais
Replies: 25
Views: 1198

2015 Balagny Beaujolais

2014 and 2015. not sure about the yet to be released vintages. because the fermentation was stuck she blended all the parcels together to make the sex appeal. i have yet to try it but heard it's not great. in 2014 a similar thing happened and she had to completely declassify the wine to vin de fran...
by Kevin Kitagawa
August 31st, 2017, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alt Nautral wine with a dope label 2015 Hirotake Ooka Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)
Replies: 67
Views: 3517

Alt Nautral wine with a dope label 2015 Hirotake Ooka Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)

It may seem ludicrous, but why go to the hassles of buying land and planting it if it turns out that it's impossible or at a minimum very very difficult to get a decent crop? I understand your point and don't consider it ludicrous at all. But Ooka san obviously has different priorities and differen...
by Kevin Kitagawa
July 15th, 2017, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageing potential of wines with a screw cap?
Replies: 167
Views: 6808

Ageing potential of wines with a screw cap?

A friend bottled his 2007 Alexander Valley Bordeaux blends in screwcap and over the last 8 years I've literally drunk cases them. There has been development but it's been glacial. The bottle I opened Saturday was very fresh tasting. Without cork finished bottles for comparison you don't really know...
by Kevin Kitagawa
July 10th, 2017, 3:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageing potential of wines with a screw cap?
Replies: 167
Views: 6808

Ageing potential of wines with a screw cap?

Reds age...whether they taste the same as under cork is a different discussion.. My belief right now is the cork is imparting flavor onto the wine over time..sort of like oak...it gives the wine a bit of mustiness which I think people associate with the evolution of a wine..and tends to be hidden mo...
by Kevin Kitagawa
March 12th, 2017, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Haiku for Allemand 2011 Cornas Chaillot
Replies: 54
Views: 2857

TN: A Haiku for Allemand 2011 Cornas Chaillot

I haven't experienced brett in his wines, sans soufre or otherwise. My experiences with his 2011s have been nothing short of wonderful. From recent experience...96 and 13 Chaillot both show brett..but I thought it showed nicely that way...96/13 Reynard were very clean..as was the 11 Sans Soufre.......
by Kevin Kitagawa
March 10th, 2017, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here
Replies: 117
Views: 11363

2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here

The 2015 Foillard Morgon Corcelette and Cote du Py arrived in my warehouse yesterday and I grabbed a bottle of each when dashing out the door. Both are a similar, saturated ruby color and show the flesh and density of the vintage. The Corcelette, from sandier soils, is, however, more open and gener...
by Kevin Kitagawa
November 13th, 2016, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tell me about Ganevat
Replies: 42
Views: 2141

tell me about Ganevat

Man I love the Jura. Here we are having a debate about whose wines have higher alcohol content, and the big upper limit we are calling "high" is 12.5%. I don 't know if anyone said it was too ripe or high but yeah, riper in the context of Jura still means not very ripe in the context of everywhere ...
by Kevin Kitagawa
November 13th, 2016, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tell me about Ganevat
Replies: 42
Views: 2141

tell me about Ganevat

how are his reds riper and higher abv than other jura producers? https://www.vinoblesse.nl/media/catalog/product/cache/1/thumbnail/755x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/g/a/ganevat_lenfant_terrible_back_uitsnede_1_1_2.png Many of his others are in the 12-12.5 range....Trousseau 12-12.5 compared to ...
by Kevin Kitagawa
November 12th, 2016, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tell me about Ganevat
Replies: 42
Views: 2141

tell me about Ganevat

I would tend to disagree with two points above; the chards are good and the wines are not "ripe". I might be misinterpreting the original intent of both statements in which case consider my post a elaboration of their points. Ganevat's chardonnays are classic profiles of the grape; tons of citrus a...
by Kevin Kitagawa
November 10th, 2016, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tell me about Ganevat
Replies: 42
Views: 2141

tell me about Ganevat

As someone said before, they lean more towards Burgundy than Jura...Riper than what you normally see out of the Jura... His whites are good but very clean compared to other Juras IMO...his reds can be a bit funky but maybe riper than what you want if you're looking for a Jura red.... His multi regio...
by Kevin Kitagawa
October 26th, 2016, 5:17 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Sunday October 23 in SF:..pix herein, TN'S later
Replies: 43
Views: 2227

Sunday October 23 in SF:..pix herein, TN'S later

Anyone up for a road trip to Switzerland? Whenever you want to do it George. I can set up itinerary and visits of all the best wine producers from starting in Geneva (JP Pellegrin) working along the way the lake up to Féchy (Raymond Paccot), Lavaux (quite a few good ones) and the stunning Valais (t...

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