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by R M Kriete
July 18th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montalcino Winery Recommendations - Honeymoon!
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: Montalcino Winery Recommendations - Honeymoon!

Was in Tuscany in early May. Brunello producer highlights from standpoint of combined tasting/hospitality were:

-Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
-Altesino
-Casanova di Neri

Of course, we were travelling with the owner of a wine shop, so our experience was likely a bit more over the top.
by R M Kriete
July 9th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much effect is global warming having on Bordeaux?
Replies: 23
Views: 1096

Re: How much effect is global warming having on Bordeaux?

It seems like producers who wish to make lower alcohol styled wines are perfectly able to do it. I don’t see Arcadian’s alcohol levels rising over the years. My latest shipment of Kosta Browne has pinots with 14.1 and 14.0 alcohol, down almost a full percent from where they were 15 years ago. Pax M...
by R M Kriete
July 4th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 131
Views: 5692

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

No way. I’m purely by the hour. Until I am not. At the tippy-top of the legal industry pyramid where Alfert practices, it is 100% premium billing by the hour, every waking hour. The $$ his clients pay for his time at the urinal could cover Victor's rent. Waiting for the next debate to find out if l...
by R M Kriete
June 30th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine And A-Fib?
Replies: 17
Views: 1223

Re: Wine And A-Fib?

"Also clear link with endurance athletes and Afib. "

Finally, my laziness pays off.....normal sinus rhythm baby! [dance-clap.gif]
by R M Kriete
June 29th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 131
Views: 5692

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

Todd, the link that Anton provided in his earlier post makes zero-order pretty easy to understand, at least to me. RM, I don't believe I said that it was apparent with one glass. What I said, or instead let me clarify what I am meaning. Often times, if you pour me something at 14-16% and I have a g...
by R M Kriete
June 29th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 131
Views: 5692

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

My first likely poor analogy: You liver is a sink. The water on the floor is your alcohol toxicity. The drain in this sink that can only drain one gallon of water a minute. You are pouring in two ounces less than a gallon per minute. You can do that forever and not overflow. If you start pouring 4 ...
by R M Kriete
June 26th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 131
Views: 5692

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

Histamines are the culprit. [ Have a friend who after years of enjoying wine, was on the verge of quitting due to headaches and generally feeling poorly after drinking wine. She starting taking a Claritin 30 min before imbibing and now she can pound the vino like the rest of us with no ill effects.
by R M Kriete
June 26th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 131
Views: 5692

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

I gotta say, I don't understand all this fuss and hoopla on this board over 1-2% ABV in wine. The difference in alcohol content between 13.5% and 14.5% is 7.4% more alcohol. So taking 14.5% wine in 7.4% smaller sips or drinking a glass of wine over 32 minutes instead of 30 minutes will give the sam...
by R M Kriete
June 19th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 134
Views: 7650

Re: Top US Syrahs

Would be nice if someone with experience with a lot of these wines could group them into "Leaner/Northern Rhone Style" vs. "Opulent/Big Style"
by R M Kriete
June 13th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 76
Views: 7197

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

GregT wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 12:56 am
Once your brand is devalued, you're pretty well screwed. It's really hard to come back.

Said Robert Mondavi
by R M Kriete
June 6th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 8418

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

My wife and I earn healthy incomes, even by California standards, and I still find it very hard to buy any wine pushing $100. I know "value" is based on personal, subjective standards, but when do diminishing returns set in?!!!! I can drink a wine for $50, I enjoy it, I'm not likely to love a wine ...
by R M Kriete
June 5th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3130

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Asked Christopher Walken this the other night when he was drinking a glass wine from an organic vineyard. He said he "needed more Cow Horn!"
by R M Kriete
May 29th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 4526

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

For me, I'm always trying to discover an "affordable" wine that I can actually afford to drink on a regular basis. Problem is, others eventually discover the same wines and the prices inevitably rise. For that reason, I stopped buying Rhys, Saxum, Larkmead. Not saying they aren't very good wines, bu...
by R M Kriete
March 27th, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 261
Views: 13837

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

At what point is all of this welcomed rain too much of a good thing?
by R M Kriete
March 7th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is corkage allowed at Disney Springs restaurants in Orlando?
Replies: 10
Views: 817

Re: Is corkage allowed at Disney Springs restaurants in Orlando?

Wine Bar George is very good. Every wine offered by the glass....a glass is 1/4th of a bottle and priced at 1/4th the cost of the bottle. So great for allowing people in your group to explore multiple wines. Great charcuterie and cheese boards. The chicken/fish/ steak platters can easily feed 4. Rec...
by R M Kriete
March 7th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa
Replies: 41
Views: 2964

Re: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa

David Baum wrote:
March 7th, 2019, 9:31 am
R M Kriete wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 2:45 pm
If you skip Napa and hit Sonoma instead, you may be able to actually afford the wines you like [wink.gif]
Apparently you missed the part about being a long time buyer of Bryant.
Damn. I gotta play the lottery more often [dance-clap.gif]
by R M Kriete
March 6th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa
Replies: 41
Views: 2964

Re: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa

If you skip Napa and hit Sonoma instead, you may be able to actually afford the wines you like [wink.gif]
by R M Kriete
February 27th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 261
Views: 13837

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Will all this weather push budbreak back this year?
by R M Kriete
February 18th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 1332

Re: Piemonte

If going to Barbaresco, make a quick visit to
Castello di Neive
www.castellodineive.it/en/vini

Had a wonderful visit there
by R M Kriete
February 2nd, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind Tasting Oregon vs. California (Predict the winner)
Replies: 42
Views: 2547

Re: Blind Tasting Oregon vs. California (Predict the winner)

Mattstolz wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 10:00 am
my prediction is with normal wine drinkers California will come out on top. typically I find that california pinot is more fruit forward and regular wine drinker friendly. personally, my house tends to prefer oregon though.
Ditto
by R M Kriete
January 30th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 1332

Re: Piemonte

Had a great stay at Uve Rooms and Wine Bar. Great hotel in La Morra

www.uvelanghe.it/it/
by R M Kriete
January 22nd, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $225-$300 Napa Cabs
Replies: 72
Views: 5682

Re: $225-$300 Napa Cabs

At that price point, I would recommend the 2019 Hard Pass



[wink.gif]
by R M Kriete
January 22nd, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: BD10 Sponsor Features
Topic: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: Biggio Hamina Cellars
Replies: 16
Views: 1183

Re: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: Biggio Hamina Cellars

Todd Hamina wrote:
January 21st, 2019, 6:55 pm
I know how to do what I think needs to get done.
Sounds ominous [wink.gif]
by R M Kriete
January 9th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 261
Views: 13837

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

With all the rain, is California above average so far this year in rainfall?
by R M Kriete
December 7th, 2018, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 98
Views: 7508

Re: Somm 3

The issue is not that the tastings were rigged, it is that the wines were strangely selected. The tasting was a little like having a beauty pageant for only moderately attractive people, say 5 to 7 out of 10, but not allowing really "beautiful" people compete. (SPOILER if haven't seen the movie) Ex...
by R M Kriete
December 7th, 2018, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 98
Views: 7508

Re: Somm 3

Watched it last night. Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Looking forward to Somm 4
by R M Kriete
November 21st, 2018, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tales of Actual Heat Damage
Replies: 27
Views: 1402

Re: Tales of Actual Heat Damage

Well, 79 in Florida is an opportunity to shut off the AC and open the windows! Gotta say I don't see any heat damage with wines that I don't have room for in my wine fridge.
by R M Kriete
November 14th, 2018, 9:35 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wineries in the City of Montepulciano
Replies: 6
Views: 627

Re: Wineries in the City of Montepulciano

Thanks for the info. Glad you mentioned some restaurants as we will need to eat. We have arranged visits to 7 wineries in Brunello/Chianti over several days, but wanted an afternoon to walk around Montepulciano with nothing "planned".... and just pop in for a tasting.
by R M Kriete
November 13th, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wineries in the City of Montepulciano
Replies: 6
Views: 627

Wineries in the City of Montepulciano

Gonna be in Tuscany in May. Setting up a variety of appointments throughout the area, but wanted recommendations on any wineries within the city of Montepulciano you would recommend visiting without setting up an appointment?
by R M Kriete
November 11th, 2018, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Record-shattering cork mess
Replies: 11
Views: 960

Re: Record-shattering cork mess

Ah, the “romance” of cork. Give me a screwcap!
by R M Kriete
November 2nd, 2018, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 7098

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

Jim Hartten wrote:
October 30th, 2018, 11:04 am
I dropped off the Rhys list about 4 years ago when I discovered similar style/quality from Oregon. Cristom, BrickHouse, PG, and others all make as good pinots for less imo. [soap.gif]
+1. Oregon just better quality:price ratio than California!
by R M Kriete
September 30th, 2018, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery suggestions for upcoming Santa Barbara & Paso trip
Replies: 27
Views: 1348

Re: Winery suggestions for upcoming Santa Barbara & Paso trip

Tercero
Law Estate
Tablas Creek
by R M Kriete
September 28th, 2018, 10:51 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 33540

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

"If it's just a quarter inch and dries out afterwards it may not be much. We'll see."

What's the forecasted amount?
by R M Kriete
September 27th, 2018, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't like QPR
Replies: 51
Views: 2221

Re: I don't like QPR

I was told there would be no math!
by R M Kriete
September 26th, 2018, 11:06 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany Late November
Replies: 15
Views: 866

Re: Tuscany Late November

Julius L wrote:
September 25th, 2018, 12:45 pm
Flying out tomorrow evening for an 8 night stay in the Montalcino area with 9 winery visits booked. According to online weather reports, temperature range of upper 40's overnight to upper 70's during the day with one day of rain.
Running account please [wink.gif]
by R M Kriete
September 24th, 2018, 11:51 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany Late November
Replies: 15
Views: 866

Re: Tuscany Late November

Just got back from spending 2 weeks in Italy. Weather was wonderful. San gimignano is magical after dark. We went around dusk for dinner and then walked back through town after dinner. All the tour buses were long gone. Florence after dark is wonderful as well. 2 weeks in Italy and this is all we g...
by R M Kriete
September 12th, 2018, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Kutch
Replies: 52
Views: 3320

Re: 2016 Kutch

Not sure why "Bigger is Better Napa Cab Jim" even reviews pinot??
by R M Kriete
September 11th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2063
Views: 198642

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

robert creth wrote:
September 10th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Can we all agree that there is nothing more to be gained by discussing this guy?
Recommend you don't open this topic anymore. Those who want to, can. Everyone is happy!
by R M Kriete
August 30th, 2018, 10:28 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 33540

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Steve Edmunds wrote:
August 29th, 2018, 10:35 pm
I feel for you Casey! Umm; how old are you? :-P
I'm guessing 5 years too young [wink.gif]
by R M Kriete
August 29th, 2018, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Valley Trip Report (Long/Boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 767

Re: Willamette Valley Trip Report (Long/Boring)

Thought St. Innocent was still building the new winery?
by R M Kriete
August 22nd, 2018, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park Wine List Help
Replies: 41
Views: 2907

Re: Eleven Madison Park Wine List Help

Was there in March. We skipped the $175 wine pairing and opted for the "Reserve" wine pairing....I think $300? Was fantastic! And Somm kept coming back asking us if we wanted a bit more.
by R M Kriete
August 7th, 2018, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron: Esther on Monastrell/Graciano ScrewUp in Paso
Replies: 15
Views: 996

SFChron: Esther on Monastrell/Graciano ScrewUp in Paso

Drew Goin wrote:I don't believe that Larry intended any ill-will with his comment, as his thousands of posts will present an overwhelming recurrence of polite discourse, the tone always civil and modest.
I believe Larry is incapable of anything other than civility....let's run him outta here!
by R M Kriete
July 16th, 2018, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An interesting article re 100% Whole Cluster Pinot Noir discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 2816

An interesting article re 100% Whole Cluster Pinot Noir discussion

Todd Hamina wrote:I think a large factor is how much of a control freak the winemaker is and how they roll with the punch downs.
Fixed it for you [wink.gif]
by R M Kriete
June 27th, 2018, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roy Piper price increase
Replies: 95
Views: 7244

Roy Piper price increase

I don't even look to Napa anymore for wines. What's the point? Find a wine you like and you can afford maybe two? Luckily, lots of other regions/wines that I can afford to drink on more than an annual basis.
by R M Kriete
June 20th, 2018, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TomDeBiase on the move...
Replies: 5
Views: 379

TomDeBiase on the move...

Wait...so who did I meet in Healdsburg a few years ago?
by R M Kriete
June 14th, 2018, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Parkerization Lie
Replies: 180
Views: 7472

The Big Parkerization Lie

[quote="Kris PattenWinemakers and owners chose to chase that, Parker never asked them too...pandering to one person's taste is recipe for disaster. Making best product you can is success. No different than choosing to buy 2 page, full year, full color ad in Spectator to garner a score.[/quote] Given...
by R M Kriete
June 7th, 2018, 7:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Trier Germany
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Trier Germany

Is 15 months too young for wine tasting? Could make for some epic naps!
by R M Kriete
June 6th, 2018, 8:40 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Trier Germany
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Trier Germany

Flying to Germany for a last minute wedding in July. Will spend a few days in Trier prior to the wedding in Ansbach. I will have my 15 month old granddaughter in tow. Any kid friendly things to do in Trier?

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