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by dougwilder
May 10th, 2021, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine glass surface tension and taste
Replies: 28
Views: 954

Re: wine glass surface tension and taste

Richard Albert wrote: May 10th, 2021, 4:04 pm I need a Zalto sampler pack then.
$10 copay with a prescription.
by dougwilder
May 9th, 2021, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine glass surface tension and taste
Replies: 28
Views: 954

Re: wine glass surface tension and taste

This could be a MW paper on the correlation of wine glass shape, cleaner composition, water chemistry and fabric softener residue on buffing cloths related to how quickly fruit flies sink into wines of differing ages, alcohol levels and latitude of harvest.
by dougwilder
May 8th, 2021, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Drinking wine over 2 or 3 days, where to store?
Replies: 38
Views: 7816

Re: Drinking wine over 2 or 3 days, where to store?

I'm tasting Detert and Dakota Shy samples on Day 5 sitting on my desk. They just keep getting better. There isn't anything to stress about, honestly. You can always pour wine into a half bottle, leaving a minimum headspace, insert the cork and stand in the refrigerator door for up to a week.
by dougwilder
May 7th, 2021, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Calif Cab at $49.95...
Replies: 172
Views: 10635

Re: Best Calif Cab at $49.95...

BERSERKERS.jpg Searched WB and found this thread. I got a quick last-minute invite today to visit Elyse with Josh Peeples, its new owner, and Doug Wilder. I had no idea the winery had changed hands three years ago and Bevan has been making the wine since 2018. I got to try the Morisoli Zin from 199...
by dougwilder
May 5th, 2021, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Calif Cab at $49.95...
Replies: 172
Views: 10635

Re: Best Calif Cab at $49.95...

BERSERKERS.jpg Searched WB and found this thread. I got a quick last-minute invite today to visit Elyse with Josh Peeples, its new owner, and Doug Wilder. I had no idea the winery had changed hands three years ago and Bevan has been making the wine since 2018. I got to try the Morisoli Zin from 199...
by dougwilder
May 4th, 2021, 3:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinography- review of new wineries since 2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1115

Re: Vinography- review of new wineries since 2015

Dan, I would highly doubt that he is getting a commission, but I do not know for sure. As far as posting 'negative reviews', I do see some value in doing so. In some ways, by NOT posting them, you get the sense that they were not well liked, but unless they are specifically listed, you wouldn't kno...
by dougwilder
May 3rd, 2021, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two New TablasCreek Whites...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Re: TN: Two New TablasCreek Whites...(short/boring)

Shared these new TCV arrivals w/ Susan this weekend: 1. TablasCreekVnyd Viognier Estate/AdelaidaDist/PasoRobles (13.0%) 2019 : Med.yellow color; very attractive pear/Viog light floral/carnations slight chalky nose; lightly tart rather Viog/floral/ripe pear/carnations slight chalky/metallic flavor; ...
by dougwilder
May 3rd, 2021, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Purchasing wine (untasted) based on acidity, TA, brix, alcohol, etc.
Replies: 10
Views: 1938

Re: Purchasing wine (untasted) based on acidity, TA, brix, alcohol, etc.

As a critic, I pay very little attention to pH, or TA. They aren't data that many consumers will really grasp. I taste with several producers who send me multi-page chemical analysis of their wines. Alcohol level is probably the most reliable predictor of how a wine 'may' taste. Generally, lower = l...
by dougwilder
May 2nd, 2021, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinography- review of new wineries since 2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1115

Re: Vinography- review of new wineries since 2015

Always wish there were more reviewers posting about the wines they don't like. In some ways it can be more valuable to screening out obvious crap when trying new things. To gain some insight maybe it would be helpful for you to ask your local wine shop what they tasted and stock that they think is ...
by dougwilder
May 2nd, 2021, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinography- review of new wineries since 2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1115

Re: Vinography- review of new wineries since 2015

Always wish there were more reviewers posting about the wines they don't like. In some ways it can be more valuable to screening out obvious crap when trying new things. To gain some insight maybe it would be helpful for you to ask your local wine shop what they tasted and stock that they think is ...
by dougwilder
May 2nd, 2021, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harlan OWC Question
Replies: 28
Views: 2952

Re: Harlan OWC Question

A box of collectible wine you can't open? I don't see the problem. ;)
by dougwilder
April 29th, 2021, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AbeSchoener/ScholiumProject Wines??
Replies: 26
Views: 1450

Re: AbeSchoener/ScholiumProject Wines??

The premiere vintage of 2002 Scholium Project Chardonnay, The Sylphs, Guman Vineyard was exceptional on release.
by dougwilder
April 29th, 2021, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AbeSchoener/ScholiumProject Wines??
Replies: 26
Views: 1450

Re: AbeSchoener/ScholiumProject Wines??

No, not in a great while. I was supposed to see him on my drive from Paso Robles to Laguna Beach a couple of years ago but ran out of time. A tasting trip specifically to Los Angeles is something that would need to include some other stops in town to shoot photography for the art magazine. Just not ...
by dougwilder
April 28th, 2021, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 215
Views: 13232

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

I prefer to photograph winemakers without the ubiquitous bottle or wine glass prop and rarely pose shots making the images more natural. See how many you recognize on Instagram | @purelywine
by dougwilder
April 27th, 2021, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 13031
Views: 545901

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Big Table Farm 2019 Elusive Queen and 2019 Earth after the 2020 Laughing Pig Rose.
by dougwilder
April 27th, 2021, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles assistance
Replies: 27
Views: 1313

Re: Paso Robles assistance

Berserkers you have never let me down. Headed to Paso for the first time at the end of May. My wife and I mostly drink bold Cabernets from the likes of TRB, Pott and Mr. Piper. I will add that we prefer to visit places off the beaten path, but still have amazing quality. In saying that, I’m up for ...
by dougwilder
April 27th, 2021, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.
Replies: 547
Views: 35293

Re: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.

larry schaffer wrote: April 26th, 2021, 4:33 pm Is this was Jeb was talking about with his post last week?

Cheers
If you're good at connecting dots, you may be on to something, Sherlock.
by dougwilder
April 25th, 2021, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 13031
Views: 545901

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

All three 2018 Kinsman Eades (in shiners).
by dougwilder
April 25th, 2021, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If Oregon had Grand Crus...
Replies: 76
Views: 4635

Re: If Oregon had Grand Crus...

Ridgecrest (not just for PN).
by dougwilder
April 22nd, 2021, 1:44 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: I want to sample older vintages
Replies: 18
Views: 3769

Re: I want to sample older vintages

I just started with wine as a hobby. I am trying a lot of different wines to figure out what I like, to start developing my tasting ability, and mostly out of curiosity. I want to try some older vintages, just to see what a twenty-year-old (or so) bottle of wine tastes like versus the more recent v...
by dougwilder
April 20th, 2021, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr Crane Vineyard (and what about Salvestrin winery?)
Replies: 13
Views: 1489

Re: Dr Crane Vineyard (and what about Salvestrin winery?)

The Salvestrin family has owned their block of the original Dr. Crane property since the early 1930s.
by dougwilder
April 19th, 2021, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Bartlett Blueberry Winemaker's Reserve
Replies: 19
Views: 763

Re: TN: 2010 Bartlett Blueberry Winemaker's Reserve

Years before I made wine a career, I was on a weekend on the Oregon coast and stopped in a little tasting room that was offering fruit wines. A couple were pretty decent. I knew what good wine was supposed to taste like and these wines were OK.
by dougwilder
April 19th, 2021, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever Wanted to Live on a Vineyard and Bottle your own Wine?
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Re: Ever Wanted to Live on a Vineyard and Bottle your own Wine?

I imagine there will be lots of business cards printed with the word 'Vintner' with the intention to toss it on the counter expecting comped tastings when they visit Oakville.
by dougwilder
April 19th, 2021, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: USA Chardonnay that might impress a French zealot of white Burgundy?
Replies: 69
Views: 4090

Re: USA Chardonnay that might impress a French zealot of white Burgundy?

Chris Seiber wrote: April 19th, 2021, 1:08 pm Walter Scott X Novo
Cameron Clos Electrique
Kutch (any)
00 Wines VGW
Rhys Horseshoe
Tyler (any)
+1 on Tyler.
by dougwilder
April 18th, 2021, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bounty Hunter wines, Napa- service complaint
Replies: 19
Views: 1619

Re: Bounty Hunter wines, Napa- service complaint

Shipping mistakes happen more often than you'd guess. At some point, the merchant's inventory didn't match. They adjust it and move on. Fundamentally, once it is received, if wine is going directly to storage it needs to be accounted for regardless if it is managed, secure, temp control you contract...
by dougwilder
April 18th, 2021, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: central coast GSM vs. Rhone
Replies: 12
Views: 3294

Re: central coast GSM vs. Rhone

Lots to choose from - but saying 'Central Coast' is kind of like saying 'North Coast' and saying that Napa, Sonoma, and Lake Counties are 'all the same . . . Lots of great suggestions - many of the wines in the Paso and SB area tend to be on the 'riper' side - as are many CdP wines these days as we...
by dougwilder
April 18th, 2021, 1:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Detert- Why not more chatter?
Replies: 148
Views: 14746

Re: Detert- Why not more chatter?

My six-pack arrived yesterday. I'll let them rest in the cellar for a month or so, then try each (CF/CS). I have not tried these wines, and only heard about them through this forum, so I figured they would be worth a try due to the high praise. I was reading the labels and got curious why there is ...
by dougwilder
April 17th, 2021, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Breakage Using Pulp Wine Shippers
Replies: 49
Views: 1871

Re: Breakage Using Pulp Wine Shippers

I recently had a 12 pack of samples show up on my porch and when I picked it up there was a slimy clear purple substance on the bottom which I thought had to be broken wine. I opened the box outside and all the bottles (Lingua Franca) were intact and the styro was OK as well. After the box dried it ...
by dougwilder
April 15th, 2021, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crystalline exudate at the bottom of white wine ?
Replies: 22
Views: 949

Re: Crystalline exudate at the bottom of white wine ?

What Chris said. When I was at Martinelli Winery, this was probably the most frequent question asked of me. Convincing customers that their wine wasn't 'corked' led me to create a PDF that described what the crystals are. I lost count of how many times I sent it. Fundamentally, the less that is done...
by dougwilder
April 15th, 2021, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?
Replies: 42
Views: 1449

Re: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?

larry schaffer wrote: April 15th, 2021, 11:48 am And a few more restaurants left out:

Bells - Los Alamos
Pico - Los Alamos
Normans - Los Alamos

Cheers
Bob's Well Bread in Los Alamos for pastry.
by dougwilder
April 14th, 2021, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?
Replies: 42
Views: 1449

Re: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?

My short list.
LOMPOC: Tyler and Lieu Dit
Holus Bolus
Sandhi, Piedrasassi, Domaine de la Cote
LOS ALAMOS: Clementine Carter/Casa Dumetz
by dougwilder
April 12th, 2021, 10:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Macdonald Cab
Replies: 42
Views: 3160

Re: TN: 2017 Macdonald Cab

Since the beginning, it isn't uncommon that we taste two bottles when I meet with Graeme and Alex at the vineyard. One was opened and decanted for 12 hours + and the other when we sit down, It is a worthwhile exercise to see what air will do to the wine. I recommend the decant or hold for up to 25+ ...
by dougwilder
April 10th, 2021, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to Robert Parker? State of Wine Criticism in 2018
Replies: 133
Views: 13384

Re: What happened to Robert Parker? State of Wine Criticism in 2018

Hi Marcus- At Vinous, verticals and retrospectives are articles we have added to our coverage, they don't replace any coverage for other regions that had been in place previously. Our writers, especially Neal, just happen to be super prolific. I imagine that the publication of a number of smaller a...
by dougwilder
April 9th, 2021, 1:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A personal friend with no helicopter seeking early 1970s style Sonoma Cab producers
Replies: 15
Views: 1021

Re: A personal friend with no helicopter seeking early 1970s style Sonoma Cab producers

The issue you will run into is wines back then were usually quite a bit lower in alcohol (under 13%) was not that uncommon, little to no oak and possibly blended with other black grapes. Styles have obviously changed as has viticulture. Some of the oldest plant DNA can be found at Bill Nachbaur's Al...
by dougwilder
April 9th, 2021, 1:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grenache Curious
Replies: 54
Views: 2309

Re: Grenache Curious

Sonja Magdevski's Clementine Carter, Nenow, Nicora, Brecon Estate. All of these are from either Paso Robles or Santa Barbara.
by dougwilder
April 9th, 2021, 1:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Wineries that will host a dinner
Replies: 11
Views: 706

Re: Oregon Wineries that will host a dinner

I'd think that a number of smaller WV producers would be interested in doing this. I won't volunteer any names so as not to put them on the spot. A private chef is pretty easy to put together and maybe even do it at a winemaker's home. I've put together a number of chef-prepared dinners with winemak...
by dougwilder
April 6th, 2021, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyper Decanting - Use a Blender to Aerate Wine!
Replies: 35
Views: 1653

Re: Hyper Decanting - Use a Blender to Aerate Wine!

There are wines that are a lot stronger than some people give them credit for. Heat from the motor? Seriously?
by dougwilder
April 5th, 2021, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyper Decanting - Use a Blender to Aerate Wine!
Replies: 35
Views: 1653

Re: Hyper Decanting - Use a Blender to Aerate Wine!

Don't knock it until you try it...
by dougwilder
March 30th, 2021, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suzor Gamay Noir
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Re: Suzor Gamay Noir

Greg McClellan makes some lovely wines. I think you described it accurately. Just one of the excellent producers in the area that fly under the radar.
by dougwilder
March 30th, 2021, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a particular cliche in wine that you've tired of?
Replies: 155
Views: 6134

Re: Is there a particular cliche in wine that you've tired of?

I look through a lot of social media, web sites, video and 'wine influencer' pages and regularly come across recurring themes that after a while just tend to look stale or un-original. It probably should occur to you that social media, YouTube and "wine influencer pages" are poor places t...
by dougwilder
March 30th, 2021, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GOOD Napa Valley Restaurant with Best Corkage Policies
Replies: 27
Views: 1573

Re: GOOD Napa Valley Restaurant with Best Corkage Policies

Market in St. Helena had a free corkage policy last time I was there which has been a few years. Only did lunch there.
by dougwilder
March 28th, 2021, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to get customers on a zoom session ? Wine of course 2018 Di Costanzo DI CO
Replies: 6
Views: 713

Re: How to get customers on a zoom session ? Wine of course 2018 Di Costanzo DI CO

Fred, thank you so much for the opportunity! The collective comfort level of the video meeting medium means that small wine producers (or... mixologists... or cheesemongers, or what have you) can have an audience that never would have been possible 18 months ago. With a cheerleader like Fred on the...
by dougwilder
March 27th, 2021, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rant - shipment notices from anonymous 3rd party shippers with no winery notice
Replies: 33
Views: 1128

Re: Rant - shipment notices from anonymous 3rd party shippers with no winery notice

Just be patient. If it isn't something you are expecting then refuse the delivery. I get notices of incoming samples that are sent from various fulfillment centers. One is located in an area that is geographically distant from any local wine regions and I've come to realize it is a corporate warehou...
by dougwilder
March 27th, 2021, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?
Replies: 148
Views: 9298

Re: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?

There are so many interesting wines coming from Ridge. I was an ATP member in the early 90s and always excited to open the box. The Lytton Springs and Geyserville from that period were usually in a glass when I was reading 'Angels' Visits' by David Darlington.
by dougwilder
March 19th, 2021, 4:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever happened to French Colombard wine ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1461

Re: Whatever happened to French Colombard wine ?

Kevin Porter wrote: September 30th, 2020, 12:42 pm Thanks for tying it all together. I quite liked the Carmenet bottling.
The Carmenet Colombard from the Saviez Vineyard were solid wines in the early 90s. Loved that stuff!
by dougwilder
March 15th, 2021, 2:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is using DIAM?
Replies: 152
Views: 8919

Re: Who is using DIAM?

Bibiana is using Diam 5 on her Alma de Cattlaya wines.
by dougwilder
March 15th, 2021, 1:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harlan OWC Question
Replies: 28
Views: 2952

Re: Harlan OWC Question

The lid slides open - there is one very strong staple on the edge of the lid away from where you open it. Place screwdriver in gap and twist = it does damage the box a bit but no other way. Appreciate the advice.....but curious how/why you decided to answer a 6 year old question? Just noticed this,...
by dougwilder
March 12th, 2021, 12:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?
Replies: 257
Views: 11323

Re: Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?

I just recalled one I bought a lot of back in the early 90s. I searched for the brand, Cinnabar (Santa Cruz Mountains) and saw they are still around though no longer making 'Fox Hollow Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon. Polished, earthy and must have been cheap! There were some delicious 1987 California ...
by dougwilder
March 11th, 2021, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a particular cliche in wine that you've tired of?
Replies: 155
Views: 6134

Re: Is there a particular cliche in wine that you've tired of?

These are great! Thanks. How about visual cliches? The ones showing up everywhere now are bud break and mustard bloom. How many do you you need to see before it becomes noise? Additionally will anyone notice if it turns out those images are recycled from 5 years ago? Another that I think I've seen t...
by dougwilder
March 11th, 2021, 3:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a particular cliche in wine that you've tired of?
Replies: 155
Views: 6134

Is there a particular cliche in wine that you've tired of?

I look through a lot of social media, web sites, video and 'wine influencer' pages and regularly come across recurring themes that after a while just tend to look stale or un-original. Are there any you've seen enough of, or conversely wish there was more of? Maybe this should have been a poll, but ...

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