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by Dan Kravitz
October 20th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 104
Views: 3018

Re: Real winenerd wines

Grk.

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by Dan Kravitz
October 20th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Skunked! A note related to wine
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Skunked! A note related to wine

I’ve whined regularly here about having a basement fairly full of fine and even great wine, ready to drink, and nobody to drink it with. Sally is on chemo (doing well). We don’t let people come to visit. I don’t go visiting. I really hate to open a bottle of superb mature wine when I can’t share it,...
by Dan Kravitz
October 18th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you do with wines you’re not interested in drinking?
Replies: 28
Views: 1557

Re: What do you do with wines you’re not interested in drinking?

CHARITY AUCTION DONATIONS!

I do a lot of this. As big a win-win as you can possibly get.


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by Dan Kravitz
October 18th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 80
Views: 3444

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

This is by far the most important comment in this thread. Same reason I picked up Sam Adam's Octoberfest at Walmart this morning. Also good at TJ's: - Trentatre Rosso (Cab/Merlot/Montpulciano blend) - Lazy Bones Cab Franc (Paso Robles) "And . . . they show up on the CC statement as Trader Joe's, no...
by Dan Kravitz
October 17th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Disappointing Boozy Lunch: 2003 Saint Estephe
Replies: 50
Views: 2775

Re: A Disappointing Boozy Lunch: 2003 Saint Estephe

Haven't read the whole thread, but gave up on '03 Bordeaux a long time ago. I think I've got two bottles left, Calon-Segur and ???

A far better use for them than luncheon wines is to use instead of Port (with Stilton or such) at the end of a winter dinner.

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by Dan Kravitz
October 17th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
Replies: 27
Views: 1582

Re: TN: 2000 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

commercial post: I import Pegau to most of the U.S. The opinions below are mine and are worth every penny they cost you. I like the 2000 vintage, but it is NOT a vintage to make old bones. The underrated 1999 will be longer lived, although not by much. 1998 and 2001 are long-distance runners. Good p...
by Dan Kravitz
October 16th, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 80
Views: 3444

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

The prices are good, kind of at the lowest end of internet retail. And . . . they show up on the CC statement as Trader Joe's, not Hi Time or Wine Exchange. This is by far the most important comment in this thread. Same reason I picked up Sam Adam's Octoberfest at Walmart this morning. Also good at...
by Dan Kravitz
October 16th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 80
Views: 3444

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

On cooking wine, many moons ago I remember reading a British reviewer's Coq Au Vin recommendation: two bottles of Chambertin necessary, one for the pot, one for the table. Does one calculate the cost of the unpleasant bottles tried into the cost of finding a good tasting "bargain" wine? Any BriTwit...
by Dan Kravitz
October 14th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 80
Views: 3444

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

commercial post: My business has sold wine to Trader Joe's in the past and may do so again. That may affect this post: I find that when they buy end-of-vintage closeouts and/or overstock from known producers, the values can be very good. I find that for their own brands and exclusivities, the values...
by Dan Kravitz
October 10th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines & Winemakers of the SantaCruzMtns
Replies: 31
Views: 2021

Re: Wines & Winemakers of the SantaCruzMtns

I am a huge Santa Cruz Mountains fan and this is going to take a whole lot of time. So many names not yet mentioned on the thread. Fogarty Storrs Zayante and dozens of others. I can dumpster dive for my notes on the Mount Eden Cabernet charity tasting that Mark Golodetz put on a couple of years ago,...
by Dan Kravitz
October 8th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Selections from my local rural wine shop
Replies: 4
Views: 966

Selections from my local rural wine shop

Black Sheep Wine Shop in Harpswell, Maine. Owner John Verplanck will admit that he is far from a wine expert, but he loves the stuff and puts his money where his mouth is. He’s also a fine and fascinating guy. After 20 years, I’m getting to know him a little. He just turned 80, he’s been a US Air Fo...
by Dan Kravitz
October 8th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5081

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

A cook’s compensation is not altered by BYO. a cook's compensation is dependent on restaurant revenues which are derived exclusively by the things they sell. edit to add: a tiny % of restaurants have dedicated sommeliers. 100% of restaurants have cooks. Nah! The cook is of course indirectly involve...
by Dan Kravitz
October 7th, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5081

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

Have only skimmed the thread after my +1 on Yaacov. A comment and some number-crunching: IMO if you can't afford to tip at least 20% when dining out, you should not dine out. Let's say you like wine but don't have the same income as the typical board member. Let's say you dine in independent restaur...
by Dan Kravitz
October 7th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5081

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

1. corkage is a hospitality benefit extended by most restaurants - treat it that way. it's not a right. it's not a way to save money, even though that might be an added benefit. 2. there is zero connection with corkage fee, if charged, and the economics of the restaurant. so don't even think about ...
by Dan Kravitz
October 3rd, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Hermitage & other goodies
Replies: 2
Views: 469

1990 Hermitage & other goodies

I made my first sales trip in over six months, driving from Maine to Westchester County New York. It went really well. In my world, everybody is taking precautions but everybody is also craving a return to something like normalcy. Retailers are buying. Restaurants are open, where I went with spacing...
by Dan Kravitz
September 27th, 2020, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Must Buy People Behind the Wine!
Replies: 61
Views: 2618

Re: Must Buy People Behind the Wine!

A. So wrote:
September 27th, 2020, 9:28 am
I believe it's illegal to buy people.
Please tell that to the ~30 million slaves in the world today.

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by Dan Kravitz
September 26th, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Pégau - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Replies: 25
Views: 1928

Re: TN: 2014 Pégau - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

Jonathan,

I'll be 74 tomorrow. I'm buying wine to lay down. In the likely event that I'm not around to drink all of it, somebody else will.

Just be sure that your heirs are aware of all of your storage locations and don't move to Glamis Castle.

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by Dan Kravitz
September 25th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Pégau - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Replies: 25
Views: 1928

Re: TN: 2014 Pégau - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

to Brian Grafstrom, et al Brian, I agree with you about 2004 being a bigger and better vintage than the others I listed. But I don't think the difference is massive. I questioned including it in that particular vintage list and came down 'yea', but it was a judgment call. to Jonathan Loesberg, I'm a...
by Dan Kravitz
September 23rd, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Pégau - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Replies: 25
Views: 1928

Re: TN: 2014 Pégau - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

commercial post: I import Pegau to most of the U.S. 2014 is developing well. It is in a long line of excellent, mid-weight vintages that never get great press but offer incredibly warm, friendly drinking at 6 - 15 years of age; well-cellared, vintages like this should live happily to 25+ years. In t...
by Dan Kravitz
September 17th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Champagne, great Pinot
Replies: 0
Views: 307

Fine Champagne, great Pinot

NV Vilmart Grande Reserve Champagne (from 375ml), disgorged 3/19 – This is both fine and really unusual… I’ve never had a Champagne quite like it. The aromas combine both fresh and yeasty character, but are characterized by an unusual green streak. This would normally be a negative, but it’s not! Th...
by Dan Kravitz
September 13th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Latour 2009 released
Replies: 53
Views: 4232

Re: Latour 2009 released

This is a toy to be milked, from a financial point of view a footnote buried really deep in corporate reports. I would guess that total revenue from Latour is not remotely 1% of the Pinault group's income. Come on, this is Yves St Laurent, Gucci, Balenciaga. Latour is nothing (unless you happen to l...
by Dan Kravitz
September 13th, 2020, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pernand Vergelesses
Replies: 31
Views: 1905

Re: Pernand Vergelesses

I am a big fan of this producer and have never had a wine from them that resembles this note, although I have only tasted a few 2017s, not including this one. A friend of mine has consulted here for a decade. During that time, the wines have moved from a very lean tannic style to more fruit-forward,...
by Dan Kravitz
September 12th, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 79
Views: 3087

Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

Wow! A lot of great replies, including old faves, names I know for wines other than SB and completely new names. I have to comment that most of you misread my OP. I set $30 as a ceiling , not a floor ! Some comments on some specifics: Spotteswoode has been a special-occasion go-to for me for decades...
by Dan Kravitz
September 11th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9877

Re: Fires-Oregon

My hopes that everybody survives. With today's news, it doesn't look like Oregon is any better off than California, maybe as bad or worse in some places. Talked to friends in Denver, who went from 102 degrees F to 3 inches of snow in 24 hours. Obviously nowhere near as bad as California, Oregon and ...
by Dan Kravitz
September 11th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Revisiting Rhys Chardonnay 2006 - 2011
Replies: 22
Views: 2245

Re: Revisiting Rhys Chardonnay 2006 - 2011

I had an 2009 Alpine Chardonnay a month ago and it was on the downward slope also. Last year, the same wine, stored the same was stellar. Can’t figure it? As an ancient saying goes: "There are no great wines, only great bottles of wine." Especially if we're talking about dry white wines at 10+ year...
by Dan Kravitz
September 11th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 79
Views: 3087

Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

I know they're out there. I've had a few (and probably posted on some) over the past few years. But let's hear it from those who know. Please offer the names of California producers of Cabernet Sauvignon who also produce fine Sauvignon Blanc, not difficult to source and moderately priced (let's say ...
by Dan Kravitz
September 9th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Revisiting Rhys Chardonnay 2006 - 2011
Replies: 22
Views: 2245

Re: Revisiting Rhys Chardonnay 2006 - 2011

Funny, I have my last bottle of '06 Alpine lined up, probably for next week. I will report.

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by Dan Kravitz
September 7th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 13
Views: 1134

Re: 2008 Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains

Mark,

I have almost as much experience with Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard 'Bates Ranch' Cabernets as with Mount Eden and Ridge. And they are every bit as long-lived. No rush on 1994. I had a '79 about two years ago, it was in a sweet spot.

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by Dan Kravitz
September 5th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed
Replies: 101
Views: 6369

Re: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed

Great thread. I do not currently use software that allows me to slice and dice my holdings, I keep track of my cellar with hardware, aka pen and paper. My teetotal contractor, Karen Robbins, comes over about every 18 months, I read names, she writes, I do a pretty good job of updating until she come...
by Dan Kravitz
September 5th, 2020, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 13
Views: 1134

Re: 2008 Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains

I left it in the (cold - 38 degrees F) fridge for two nights, because it wasn't a good match for last night's shrimp and vegetable tempura dinner. the biggest differences are breadth and subtlety, both have expanded as I had hoped. There is no loss of freshness and immediacy, there is amplitude and ...
by Dan Kravitz
September 4th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing
Replies: 58
Views: 5110

Re: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing

Commercial post: I import Pegau to most of the U.S. Marcus, We disagree on the 2008, my least favorite recent vintage. OTOH, 2011, 2006 and 2004 are wonderful now and if you can find them, they should be reasonably priced for wines with that bottle age. 2014 seems to be developing on the same curve....
by Dan Kravitz
September 3rd, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 13
Views: 1134

Re: 2008 Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains

Howard, 20 - 30 years is a sweet spot, but they can live much, much, much longer. A few years ago a board member hosted a charity tasting of older Mount Eden Cabs. The oldest was a 1973. By coincidence, I put that in a blind tasting of 15 year old California Cabs for Robert Parker in 1988. It was vo...
by Dan Kravitz
September 3rd, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 13
Views: 1134

2008 Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains

I own older bottles, but as I’m home alone, I wanted something to drink over the next 2 – 3 nights. My first bottle out of a case that I normally would not have touched for quite a while. Ruby-black color, opaque to the rim. Aromas have excellent intensity but are mostly primary. Black currant first...
by Dan Kravitz
September 1st, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay
Replies: 7
Views: 445

Re: TN: 2015 Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay

non-commercial post: I represent Mount Eden in the State of Maine but I do not make any money for doing so. With Mount Eden Chardonnays, please do not judge maturity by color. That deep golden color won't be much different 10 to 15 years from now, when the wine will be at its best. I have had at lea...
by Dan Kravitz
August 21st, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando
Replies: 59
Views: 4619

Re: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando

Brings NBA wine memories of CJ. No, not that one. Wine and the NBA go back. Charles Johnson, Washington Wizards, helped them to the '77-78 championship. I worked at the top French restaurant in Washington, all French list. Gifted the chef/owner some California wine, he finally decided to put some on...
by Dan Kravitz
August 12th, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1474
Views: 89713

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

It's tired, I'm late, but IIRC the under 14% tariff does not apply to all EU wines, only those from the countries that produce Airbus planes:
UK, France, Germany, Spain.

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by Dan Kravitz
August 12th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two 2009 Chardonnays – California and France – Better than good!
Replies: 6
Views: 693

Two 2009 Chardonnays – California and France – Better than good!

Tom Dare-Bryan, employee and friend, found himself in his old family house in Harpswell. Visits were out due to COVID, but an outdoor lunch at Cook’s seemed like the right thing to do. 2009 Rhys Chardonnay ‘Alpine Vineyard’ – Light to medium gold color, appropriate for age. The aromas are broad, fea...
by Dan Kravitz
August 9th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 109
Views: 6011

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Buzz & Robert,

So sorry you got it, so glad that you're both on the mend.

Buzz: The obvious test case to see if your schnozz and tongue are returning would be a strong Alsace Gewurztraminer.

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by Dan Kravitz
August 9th, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Patience is a Virtue part spat – 2017 Handley Chardonnay ‘Water Tower’
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: Patience is a Virtue part x – 2017 Handley Chardonnay ‘Water Tower’

Medium pale straw color. The aromas are muted but quincy and slightly floral. On the palate the wine is high in acidity and straightforward, with simple flavors that do not live up to the promise of the aromas. I’ve had only a few Handley wines, probably none in a decade. I’ve always thought of thi...
by Dan Kravitz
August 9th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5464

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

When I posted, I only wrote about Chardonnay. I should say that for good, everyday wines I think California is stronger on Sauvignon Blanc than Chardonnay, but with only a few great ones. Araujo comes to mind as great wine. Any other candidates for great California Sauvignon Blanc?

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by Dan Kravitz
August 8th, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5464

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

What a nice coincidence. I'll be busy Monday, but will have two Chardonnays blind at lunch, will post if I'm still compos. I am a huge fan of California Chardonnay, especially the leaner, old-school folks. I would still say that Cabernet Sauvignon is California's best grape. Chardonnays, obviously n...
by Dan Kravitz
August 6th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 184
Views: 10506

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

I have some new data to resurrect this thread, from labs run yesterday: 2003 Château Haut Brion: 12.22%, 0.51 TA, pH 3.62 2005 Château Lafite-Rothschild: 12.10%, 0.51 TA, pH 3.72 2000 Château Margaux: 12.20%, 0.57 TA, pH 3.63 1976 Pétrus: 12.05%, 0.45 TA, pH 3.60 1961 Château Palmer: 11.03%, 0.53 T...
by Dan Kravitz
July 29th, 2020, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article: The era of grower Champagnes is over
Replies: 113
Views: 6204

Re: Article: The era of grower Champagnes is over

I represent two growers. Having skimmed the thread, I am pretty sure that neither has been mentioned, despite a lot of commentary on the 'elite' growers who will not be among the casualties. William Kelley wrote "artisanal revolution in viticulture and winemaking that began in the 1970s with Selosse...
by Dan Kravitz
July 27th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Real Tribidrag??
Replies: 27
Views: 1481

Re: First Real Tribidrag??

Speaking of Croatia, has anybody planted any Grk in California?

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by Dan Kravitz
July 26th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH action questions
Replies: 101
Views: 5751

Re: HDH action questions

I assume that del Posto sold most but far from all of their cellar. If there's any chance they will reopen, they will need a broad cellar, but not as deep a one. I think it unlikely that HDH has 'shills' bidding up lots. Too much to lose when they've spent over a decade building an impeccable reputa...
by Dan Kravitz
July 25th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH action questions
Replies: 101
Views: 5751

Re: HDH action questions

Still waiting for prices to get sane, although as usual the later it gets, the pricing tends to ease up. I've gotten one lot so far, paid the top of my limit. Back to monitoring a few more lots.

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by Dan Kravitz
July 25th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Bad Week of Bait & Switch (For Lack of a Better Phrase) by Retailers
Replies: 7
Views: 2798

Re: A Bad Week of Bait & Switch (For Lack of a Better Phrase) by Retailers

This ain't rocket science. Cross retailer 'A', retailer 'B' and retailer 'D' off your list. Exclude them on WineSearcher and block their e-mail. There are plenty of reputable people you can buy from.

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by Dan Kravitz
July 25th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?
Replies: 103
Views: 3170

Re: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?

Haven't read the whole thread, but will answer anyway. It depends on what the wines are! I find young, relatively light-bodied reds need the longest time (a month or more). Aged reds about the same. IMO young big reds, whites and pinks are generally OK as soon as they arrive. Of course YMMV. Dan Kra...
by Dan Kravitz
July 25th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 2178

Re: Is this a wine?

The only thing worse than a raw wine is a cooked wine.

Sorry.

I would try it, although my pet-nat experiences have been one OK, the other ~half-dozen undrinkable. I agree with the comparison to cider, but I'm better with the residual solids in cider than in wine.

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