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by Chris Seiber
July 19th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 34
Views: 802

Re: Pronunciation

For a long time I pronounced Meritage - Meri-Tahj. When I learned it was pronounced to rhyme with heritage I felt foolish. This was supposed to be an American word to us instead of calling these blends "Bordeaux blends." But it didn't really catch on, and as you noted, the majority of people seem t...
by Chris Seiber
July 17th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others
Replies: 25
Views: 1042

Re: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others

That K Vintners wine was a really outlying one. It was around 14% alcohol, but it smelled and especially tasted like it was 12% or less. Severely lacking in ripeness and body, very gamy and lean. I think it was mostly grenache, and I know it can be more difficult (though not impossible, depending o...
by Chris Seiber
July 16th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montalcino Winery Recommendations - Honeymoon!
Replies: 18
Views: 657

Re: Montalcino Winery Recommendations - Honeymoon!

Uccelliera was our best visit there, though we were fortunate to have Andrea Cortonese for several hours, and I don’t know if that is typical or not. Lisini is also quite special, great wines, very personal visit, quite a amazing ancient place. Fuligni was very good. Lovely place, great wines. Ciacc...
by Chris Seiber
July 16th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?
Replies: 31
Views: 1499

Re: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?

I'm not sure it would be worthwhile unless you have a ton of empty cellar space. My storage is not such that I would even think of laying any Rose's down for more than a year or two. One of the pleasures of Rose' to me is its freshness. Tempier Bandol Rose' is really nice but like it more at the be...
by Chris Seiber
July 16th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 69
Views: 4561

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

I'm struggling with this. I am a fan of Rhys, especially their chardonnay, but it's tough to dive into $79 California sparkling wine, without even so much as a Frank Murray tasting note out somewhere on the internets. This will probably follow the well-worn decision path of "can't decide, can't deci...
by Chris Seiber
July 16th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 79
Views: 4593

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

I'm new this year to the mailing list. Got 2 of each. I like wine and these price points. Seems hard to find good Napa cab at these price points. I just signed up recently but didn't get an email and don't show an allocation on the site. Which is fine, I'm happy to wait my turn, I have more than en...
by Chris Seiber
July 16th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton
Replies: 20
Views: 847

Re: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 7:03 am
How does that 98 Cheval compare to the 2000?
Tastes about two years older.
by Chris Seiber
July 16th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giulia Negri - new generation Piedmont
Replies: 26
Views: 1462

Re: Giulia Negri - new generation Piedmont

Last week I noticed a new arrival at my wine dealer Pinard de Picard and it immediately caught my attention. They talked about a promising 27 year old winemaker from Piedmont, Giulia Negri. As I love Piedmont wines and as I am always curious what the young generation is doing I ordered a bottle. 20...
by Chris Seiber
July 13th, 2019, 10:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2689

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

Considering who posed the question, the answer can only really be this:

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by Chris Seiber
July 13th, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The stunning beauty of Beaujolais
Replies: 24
Views: 1245

Re: The stunning beauty of Beaujolais

If it’s so great, why are the wines so cheap? Huh? Huh?
by Chris Seiber
July 12th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay
Replies: 9
Views: 465

Re: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay

The enormous rise in Grange pricing is one of the stranger phenomena I've seen in recent years. I don't know if the demand suddenly went way up in some other parts of the world or something?
by Chris Seiber
July 11th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 2606

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

How much of all Champagne is Brut? 80%? More probably? Good guess. From a 12/2018 article in Town & Country: While vintage and grape types may be immediately evident even to a champagne novice, dosage can seem more daunting to champagne neophites. Dosage relates to the amount of sugars added to the...
by Chris Seiber
July 11th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1118

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

Yet another issue is the low-end armed security that pot growers employ to protect their crop. Another unwelcome sight in wine country.
by Chris Seiber
July 11th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others
Replies: 25
Views: 1042

Re: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others

That K Vintners wine was a really outlying one. It was around 14% alcohol, but it smelled and especially tasted like it was 12% or less. Severely lacking in ripeness and body, very gamy and lean. I think it was mostly grenache, and I know it can be more difficult (though not impossible, depending on...
by Chris Seiber
July 11th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others
Replies: 25
Views: 1042

Re: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others

Anyone know if Hanzell was using American Oak back in the day? Or untoasted barrels? That could explain that flavor profile. And I agree with tasting older wines and trying to figure out things - for instance, I oftentimes find older zins to be more claret like than anything else. Cheers. My guess ...
by Chris Seiber
July 9th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dehlinger live
Replies: 13
Views: 956

Re: Dehlinger live

Okay, thanks for the clarification Alan. I read through a few other threads that mention a shift in style, notably with the Pinots. I was just curious as I tend to lean AFWE. Thanks for the reply. The wines are pretty far from AFWE. As of when I stopped buying a few years ago, the pinots were consi...
by Chris Seiber
July 8th, 2019, 11:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much effect is global warming having on Bordeaux?
Replies: 23
Views: 1087

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

It's surely true that you could make high alcohol overripe wine before global warming, but I'm not sure the reverse is true. As the summers heat up, it gets harder and harder to produce what we think of as traditional wines. In CuP wines below 14, even among the most traditional producers is a thin...
by Chris Seiber
July 8th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much effect is global warming having on Bordeaux?
Replies: 23
Views: 1087

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

Regardless of whatever effect the fraction of one degree temperature difference might make in wines, as far as I can tell, producers around the world who choose to make lower alcohol and higher acid styles of wines around the world still seem perfectly capable of doing so. I think what we are seeing...
by Chris Seiber
July 6th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corkage Etiquette for Older Bottles?
Replies: 23
Views: 1309

Re: Corkage Etiquette for Older Bottles?

Just push it in. If you keep some past corks lying around, better chance with one of those after they’ve dried out than the one you just pulled. This doesn't make sense. The cork's diameter is at its smallest right after it is pulled out from the bottle, after which it starts to expand. It is also ...
by Chris Seiber
July 5th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Misleading quoting of reviews: Doing the right thing
Replies: 10
Views: 759

Re: Misleading quoting of reviews: Doing the right thing

What do y'all think of deliberate selectivity in scores for vintages to suggest a higher score for a wine? When you go to Costco, you'll see a wine from an off vintage that got a low score, for example a 2013 Bordeaux that was 84 points, and they'll put: 2012 Wine Enthusiast 91 points 2014 Wine Spe...
by Chris Seiber
July 5th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Misleading quoting of reviews: Doing the right thing
Replies: 10
Views: 759

Re: Misleading quoting of reviews: Doing the right thing

What do y'all think of deliberate selectivity in scores for vintages to suggest a higher score for a wine? When you go to Costco, you'll see a wine from an off vintage that got a low score, for example a 2013 Bordeaux that was 84 points, and they'll put: 2012 Wine Enthusiast 91 points 2014 Wine Spec...
by Chris Seiber
July 5th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corkage Etiquette for Older Bottles?
Replies: 23
Views: 1309

Re: Corkage Etiquette for Older Bottles?

i would do this ah so style and recork fully in and make the recorking a dont ask dont tell. if the cork is level no one will say a word to you. same would apply if you have to use a substitute cork. I've never been able to reinsert a cork fully. How do people do this? Just push it in. If you keep ...
by Chris Seiber
July 5th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corkage Etiquette for Older Bottles?
Replies: 23
Views: 1309

Re: Corkage Etiquette for Older Bottles?

I’ve never had a problem doing what you propose. I’ve heard of a few stray times someone got grief for it, but I wouldn’t worry, especially if you’re going somewhere with decent waitstaff and management.
by Chris Seiber
July 5th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decant tips for Brunello tonight
Replies: 3
Views: 391

Re: Decant tips for Brunello tonight

Argiano is made to be pretty approachable, so if you can't decant it ahead, I suspect it would be fine to open at the restaurant. Personally, I wouldn't worry about decanting. It also depends a bit on how many people are there. If there are, say, just four, it will have time to open up at the table...
by Chris Seiber
July 4th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1549

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

... the moorishness of the wine... There are words that, no matter how many times I see them, I still have no idea what they really mean and this is one of them, in addition to gourmand (as used in wines, esp Burgundy), and linear . Really have no idea what the hell they mean. But, to answer the qu...
by Chris Seiber
July 3rd, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 131
Views: 5675

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

I find in general I drink sparkling wine slower than say a higher alcohol, lower acid non effervescent wine. Higher acid and effervescence leads to smaller sips and need for palate recovery in between possibly? Higher alcohol Zin ect is just more gulpable and the setting usually allows for that. Th...
by Chris Seiber
June 28th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 131
Views: 5675

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 Chris Seiber
June 26th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux
Replies: 36
Views: 1047

Re: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux

Yes, mushroom dishes, and wintery root vegetable type dishes, immediately come to mind.

Heavier, darker fish like swordfish should work well, particularly in more of a wintery type preparation.

Think earthy, savory, comforting types of flavors.

Bordeaux is quite versatile.
by Chris Seiber
June 25th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 131
Views: 5675

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

Frank, have you considered spitting at tastings? Even spitting 50% of the time, or 25% of the time, or part-but-not-all of what's in your mouth? It makes a big difference, far bigger (on the subject of the effect of alcohol on you - not in terms of what style of wine you prefer of course) than drink...
by Chris Seiber
June 25th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Shafer HSS offer
Replies: 29
Views: 2164

Re: 2015 Shafer HSS offer

The pro move for Shafer at this point would be to list the wine at $310 or whatever, but then offer a modest "deal" to their mailing list customers. Buy six, get 15% off and free shipping, or something like that. Now they're paying $263 a bottle, getting in slightly under retail, but Shafer gets to ...
by Chris Seiber
June 25th, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Shafer HSS offer
Replies: 29
Views: 2164

Re: 2015 Shafer HSS offer

You could buy the 2014 for $265.50 this month off the shelf at Hi Time.
by Chris Seiber
June 25th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 69
Views: 4561

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Hao Lu wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 12:00 pm
what, i didn't get the email.
I don’t think I did either.
by Chris Seiber
June 23rd, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?
Replies: 14
Views: 576

Re: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?

Oh, and in before lame “it’s Mexico you should only drink beer” scold.
by Chris Seiber
June 23rd, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?
Replies: 14
Views: 576

Re: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?

What are the travel logistics of going there for the day or for the weekend?
by Chris Seiber
June 22nd, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1774

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

I really encourage people who haven't to engage with the craft cider community. What does that mean or entail? Not trying to challenge you or attack you, I’m just curious what you mean. Are these ciders you are referring to homemade or something? Or do you need some kind of special in to access the...
by Chris Seiber
June 22nd, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 54
Views: 4111

Re: The wine you don't want

Thanks everyone. Learning as you post. Honestly, I haven't gone to Commerce Corner because I am trying to maximize the return, and I'd feel like a heel doing that with (some of) you guys. Everyone sells at or just below market prices on CC. There isn’t any expectation you ought to sell at your cost...
by Chris Seiber
June 22nd, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 54
Views: 4111

Re: The wine you don't want

You'll get a variety of answers. If quantity, auction is by far the easiest. Think over 100 bottles. They will often pick up and ship free if the value is enough. If just scattered bottles of SQN one could probably work to find private buyer but that takes time. You're quite fortunate the wine you ...
by Chris Seiber
June 21st, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 54
Views: 4111

Re: The wine you don't want

You'll get a variety of answers. If quantity, auction is by far the easiest. Think over 100 bottles. They will often pick up and ship free if the value is enough. If just scattered bottles of SQN one could probably work to find private buyer but that takes time. This sounds right. Getting rid of a ...
by Chris Seiber
June 21st, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maxem Release
Replies: 13
Views: 868

Re: Maxem Release

So, what is this? Anyone want to give some background?
by Chris Seiber
June 20th, 2019, 11:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yearly Budget
Replies: 43
Views: 1908

Re: Yearly Budget

I have a vague sense in the back of my head about how much I can get away with spending before my marriage gets on seriously thin ice. That’s as close as I get to a budget.
by Chris Seiber
June 19th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Paul Sauer 1997 (South African premium Cabernet blend), Kanonkop
Replies: 9
Views: 451

Re: TN: Paul Sauer 1997 (South African premium Cabernet blend), Kanonkop

Now this smells like what you want twenty-plus year old Claret to smell like. Yes, it has all that cigar box, cedar wood, all that stuff, but it does not smell dusty or thin, it smells like you are going to have a good time with it. Indeed, there is something of the somewhat voluptuous tart, wearin...
by Chris Seiber
June 18th, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 38
Views: 1644

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

I talk about them, and I still buy them, vintage after vintage. I have since 2003. Like with several other producers here on the Board that have been doing it well for some time, they are part of the rhythm of people's cellars, their tastings, etc. Lots of things are not talked around here like the...
by Chris Seiber
June 18th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 116
Views: 3081

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

Robert Sand wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 9:49 am

If the question had been: are you drinking wine to get drunk, to get a slight buzz, to relax ... or because you like the taste/smell ...
that would have been an intelligent question.
That is the question. Do you have any thoughts on it?
by Chris Seiber
June 18th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 116
Views: 3081

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

This is again one of these stupid questions - and also a lot of stupid answers. How many of you have ever tasted a zero alc wine? It is awful - at least for a real wine lover. There is in the near future no chance that any of this will be made that is drinking with pleasure and has interest for a l...
by Chris Seiber
June 17th, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 116
Views: 3081

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

I do not smoke weed currently, but have in the distant past. I cannot see any reason to smoke weed if you don't want to get high. To me, the sensation of filling my lungs with hot smoke is not pleasurable. The buzz is (from memory). There is absolutely no comparison to wine and alcohol. Wine is, I ...
by Chris Seiber
June 16th, 2019, 11:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 116
Views: 3081

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

Yeah, it depends on the question. If you mean actual nonalcoholic “wine,” then the minute sales of those products answers the question. But if you theoretically could have 89 Haut Brion, and the literal only difference is that you didn’t get your 6 servings of alcohol when you drank it, it’s worth j...
by Chris Seiber
June 16th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 116
Views: 3081

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

If you could have the otherwise identical smell and taste, without alcohol (I know this isn’t possible, but if it were possible), I would love it, at least some of the time. Many of us may enjoy the buzz, but almost none of us WBers drink the wines we drink just to get a buzz. If you just cared abou...
by Chris Seiber
June 13th, 2019, 1:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kutch Falstaff Pinot Noir
Replies: 9
Views: 918

Re: TN: 2017 Kutch Falstaff Pinot Noir

Sean_S wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 10:02 pm
After tasted and ranked I thought the results were rather surprising. I'll skip typing for all 9 wines but wanted to highlight a standout. My #1 of the night and the groups #2 was the 2017.
Why skip typing up the wines? At least give us some quick impressions. It’s your thread after all.
by Chris Seiber
June 11th, 2019, 11:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2427

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Who would have thought the most acrimonious thread of the year would be about Georgian wine? I’m amazed you could get five replies to a thread on this topic.

Carry on.

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