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by Markus S
October 18th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 88
Views: 2535

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

When I moved here I was thrilled to learn Los Angeles recycles styrofoam. I have since learned that Los Angeles "recycles" styrofoam. These days when virgin plastic is cheaper than recycled, it is much easier to collect and tell people everything is being "recycled" just to get them off their backs...
by Markus S
October 18th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 88
Views: 2535

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

We installed a new heating system/water heater in our house to reduce natural gas consumption by 25% (so far it's holding at that figure). The heating system was expensive, but it will mostly pay for itself over the next 10 years. The rest is easy steps. David -off topic- but what is the name of th...
by Markus S
October 18th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 41
Views: 1081

Re: Aglianico

As long as we are playing crossing games, I'll chime in with a cross between tannat-touriga nacional-syrah-mourvedre for aglianico. I've never particularly cared for the 'nebbiolo of the south' moniker either. Lots of good examples and the quality is overall quite good, but I like to stay away from ...
by Markus S
October 18th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 88
Views: 2535

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

z_hart wrote:
October 18th, 2019, 6:12 am
... won't be able to get single use toiletries at hotels, ...
Not simply CA. The hotel chains are looking into changing this nation(world)wide, as it is cheaper and money talks.
by Markus S
October 18th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 88
Views: 2535

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

When I moved here I was thrilled to learn Los Angeles recycles styrofoam. I have since learned that Los Angeles "recycles" styrofoam. These days when virgin plastic is cheaper than recycled, it is much easier to collect and tell people everything is being "recycled" just to get them off their backs...
by Markus S
October 17th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barbera d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba)
Replies: 16
Views: 442

Re: TN: 2015 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barbera d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba)

there are shops that also charge $90 for the bartolo... parcelle has the 16 listed for $95 while their price on the 15 rinaldi is $82. obviously this is not the actual retail price of either of these wines. a quick check on w-s shows the UK average price of around $49 for the rinaldi which is proba...
by Markus S
October 17th, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barbera d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba)
Replies: 16
Views: 442

Re: TN: 2015 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barbera d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba)

IlkkaL wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 10:07 pm
For my money this is the best Barbera out there. ...
Perhaps your money is not as dear as mine. I'm sure for $80-90 a bottle, there are better barberas out there.
by Markus S
October 16th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Fox (PC) Update
Replies: 23
Views: 2186

Re: John Fox (PC) Update

Kelly Walker wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 9:48 am
ybarselah wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 9:32 am
lol.... john fox is on pre-arrival
[rofl.gif] He will be on the next prisoner transfer bus.
And it's "on the water" as we speak.
by Markus S
October 16th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1692

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

I'm a partner in a restaurant, but I don't work there so I'm not sure if I'm ITB or not. Many of my friends are ITB and I'm certainly ITB adjacent but I voted consumer since that is what I primarily am. I sometimes sell wine but I don't buy with an eye towards selling although I guess you could cha...
by Markus S
October 16th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1692

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Randy Bowman wrote:
October 15th, 2019, 7:26 pm
... The most difficult obstacle was to teach a retired cop the real meaning and delivery of "customer service."
Ha! Are you saying cops don't have good 'customer service' skills?!
by Markus S
October 16th, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?
Replies: 49
Views: 4779

Re: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?

YLee wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 2:07 am
Which wine is "drc" of italy?
Does it matter? Buy and drink what you like is what we always say here. [snort.gif]
by Markus S
October 15th, 2019, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1692

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Interesting that the “and under” figure for “investing “ is 25%. I bet if it were 10% or even lower the results would not change. Most people are here because they drink wine, not because they sell it Yep, agreed. I would think most people in the industry are too busy and tired of wine at the end o...
by Markus S
October 14th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
Replies: 13
Views: 868

Re: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 8:28 am
...For Felsina the 25 year rule is mandatory
...
Are you serious? That's worse than the "Rule of 15"™ for Rhones!
by Markus S
October 14th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine consumption a defense against opioid addiction?
Replies: 36
Views: 1185

Re: Wine consumption a defense against opioid addiction?

I'd agree with Yaacov. Sounds socioeconomic to me.
by Markus S
October 14th, 2019, 4:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great restaurant, fine tiny terrifying wine list, 3 tns.
Replies: 13
Views: 1756

Re: Great restaurant, fine tiny terrifying wine list, 3 tns.

Markus, Thanks for the tip. I saw the very heavy sprinkling of red chili and assumed it would be too hot. Is red chili in Korea milder than other versions? Could the red have been something other than red chilis? Dan Kravitz Dan, although I wouldn't judge the hotness of kimchee by the color of the ...
by Markus S
October 13th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great restaurant, fine tiny terrifying wine list, 3 tns.
Replies: 13
Views: 1756

Re: Great restaurant, fine tiny terrifying wine list, 3 tns.

to R. Roberts and YLee, Thanks for the take on the kimchi. I knew it was too hot without tasting because the flecks of red chili I could see were so abundant that the little dish looked almost as much red as white. I like Korean food, am far from an expert on it or kimchi, have had versions that ra...
by Markus S
October 10th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Gonon St Joseph Vieilees Vignes - and some side by sides
Replies: 33
Views: 1723

Re: TN: 2010 Gonon St Joseph Vieilees Vignes - and some side by sides

This is a serious question [and I honestly don't know the answer to it]: What do you gain by committing infanticide on a $600 bottle of wine? Well, Charlie is a man of means and he can spill serious juice every day of the week if he wants. Money is no object to him. Only wish he lived closer so I c...
by Markus S
October 10th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone ever come across this bottle before
Replies: 8
Views: 1260

Re: Has anyone ever come across this bottle before

Cool-looking bottle!
by Markus S
October 10th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts
Replies: 30
Views: 1884

Re: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts

John Morris wrote:
October 10th, 2019, 6:57 am
Are you being facetious? "Easy-to-please ripe voluptuousness"? 1989?
No, not at all. They came out around the time I began exploring Piedmont wines, and I found them quite lush. Of course, I was younger then, so perhaps tannins didn't bother me!
by Markus S
October 10th, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts
Replies: 30
Views: 1884

Re: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts

John Morris wrote:
October 10th, 2019, 6:35 am
Comparing '13 to '89 seems odd since '89 was ferociously tannic, which is not a characteristic of the '13s.
Really? I thought it was more like 2015 in terms of easy-to-please ripe voluptuousness. Or at least it seemed that way after the stern 88's.
by Markus S
October 10th, 2019, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 407
Views: 19798

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Yeah, I have been saying this for forever. Italy does not produce enough olive oil for its own consumption. They buy Spanish Olive Oil, blend it, bottle it in Italy and sell it as Italian Olive Oil. I think everyone knows this. If you look on many, if not most, bottles of olive oil 'from' Italy, un...
by Markus S
October 9th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Rhones - What are you buying??
Replies: 257
Views: 20278

Re: 2015 Rhones - What are you buying??

Arv R wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 7:39 pm
... it slots into that tough zone between A- and B+ wines.
'Tough zone' because there are too many choices in that range?
by Markus S
October 9th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira
Replies: 12
Views: 837

Re: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira

Ken V wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 5:21 am
Markus S wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 4:39 am
Like to see a note on the 2005. Probably drinking well now.
We tried to get one. No one in our group had it and only one store in the USA had it, and it was too warm to ship.
Could have asked me! [wink.gif]
by Markus S
October 9th, 2019, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira
Replies: 12
Views: 837

Re: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira

Like to see a note on the 2005. Probably drinking well now.
by Markus S
October 9th, 2019, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing
Replies: 46
Views: 2927

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

Gerhard P. wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 12:37 am

... typical for Pegau but more in the direction of the 2005 or 1995 ...
Oh-oh...I just opened a 2005 and wasn't that happy with it. It was lacking something and I would have scored it around an 89.
by Markus S
October 8th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Gonon St Joseph Vieilees Vignes - and some side by sides
Replies: 33
Views: 1723

Re: TN: 2010 Gonon St Joseph Vieilees Vignes - and some side by sides

Will you be taking your Gonon to South Beach? I have not had the 2010 (or the 2009), but the 2006 and 2007 VV are ridiculous wines. Good to see someone drinking it. I had the 2006 VV over the weekend and it was indeed ridiculous. Most intense note of briny black olive that I can remember in a wine....
by Markus S
October 8th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing
Replies: 46
Views: 2927

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

Check Winesearcher, You can save $0.01 at Winelibrary. This price is not all that special. I guess you didn’t read my third sentence. Now all that said, even if it is $50 all over the country, still seems like (1) a great price and (2) a surprisingly declining price on a stalwart in a solid vintage...
by Markus S
October 8th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing
Replies: 46
Views: 2927

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

J.Vizuete wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 10:19 am
... I know of one retailer in TX that still has the 2012 on the shelf at $95...
Where I am quite certain it will continue to sit for some time.
by Markus S
October 8th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6318

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

I suppose one could say there is an aspect of conformity as a common thread in PC and Stalinism But with Stalinism you got lead poisoning and with PC social ostracism.Or maybe just an argument. In other countries reporters are getting killed for reporting the truth...In comparison PC strikes me as ...
by Markus S
October 8th, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: a couple Kabinetts; a few Verdets; old Ygay Gran Reserva; and a Jura Pinot
Replies: 16
Views: 757

Re: TNs: a couple Kabinetts; a few Verdets; old Ygay Gran Reserva; and a Jura Pinot

nice seeing notes on A. Verdet. Don't hear about his wines that often.
by Markus S
October 8th, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6318

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

I suppose one could say there is an aspect of conformity as a common thread in PC and Stalinism But with Stalinism you got lead poisoning and with PC social ostracism.Or maybe just an argument. In other countries reporters are getting killed for reporting the truth...In comparison PC strikes me as ...
by Markus S
October 7th, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3636

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Paul Luckin wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 4:34 pm
turn on the spigot from The Delta and much of CA’s water problems are solved.
Like Owens Valley was supposed to supply LA 'forever' (until it dried up)?
by Markus S
October 7th, 2019, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3636

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Your response fell right into my trap: That is the other-world, self-inflicted, conflicted nature of California policies. Zoning laws fight denser home construction at economic activity centers, while anti-pollution policies try to fight the resultant automobile sprawl for commuting to and from the...
by Markus S
October 6th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Interesting New Whites...(long/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 427

Re: TN: Some Interesting New Whites...(long/boring)

I like the one bottle of Collecapretta I've had before, but it was red, as they make more red wine than white.
Very hard to find, however.
by Markus S
October 5th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes Updates?
Replies: 39
Views: 2305

Re: Finger Lakes Updates?

Will be visiting for the first time in a few weeks. Any recommendations for wineries that have good restaurant/lunch options? Thanks. We've had some lighter snacks at Fox Run which were decent. I'd also recommend Red Newt, as they have a bistro section for lunch with nice soups, sandwiches. If you'...
by Markus S
October 4th, 2019, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bellet the Blue Sky
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Re: Bellet the Blue Sky

Thank you for having such a nice article on an appellation I've always wanted to know more about.
by Markus S
October 2nd, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 407
Views: 19798

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 4:50 pm
Markus-please avoid the political realm. Let’s stick to the effects.
What politics? I didn't mention anything that was not decided today by the WTO. You can look it up if you want to, but you would rather accuse me instead.
by Markus S
October 2nd, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 407
Views: 19798

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

julianseersmartin wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 3:43 pm
Anyone know what the exclusion of Tokaji is about?
Just a guess, but their hard-right government is a thorn in the EU's side, and our beloved leader wants to push it in a little further since it is 'friendly' to him and vice-versa.
by Markus S
October 2nd, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 407
Views: 19798

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Frank Murray III wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 4:44 pm
Richard, cool avatar. Inspired me to change mine, thank you.
This is a nice avatar, super friendly. I don't think I understood your last one, was it an album or something?
by Markus S
October 2nd, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 407
Views: 19798

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

But Airbus has been directly subsidized for many years. I always wondered why the US just ignored that. And China is and has done the same - directly pump state money into enterprises so that they could compete with other countries. More importantly though, tariffs have never been shown to work wel...
by Markus S
October 2nd, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6318

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Mel Knox wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 10:36 am
Am I the only one here who has drunk actual Nazi wines?
I used to see Nazi wines being drunk on Hogan's Heroes.
by Markus S
October 2nd, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore
Replies: 47
Views: 3169

Re: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore

David Baum wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 8:44 am
... economy... as it's a zero sum game.
Not really, as global markets keep expanding, even if you take inflation into account.
by Markus S
October 2nd, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '16 Cepparello vs '16 Tignanello
Replies: 11
Views: 1154

Re: '16 Cepparello vs '16 Tignanello

How would you compare Rancia 16 to either of these? Darker for sure, but anything else?
by Markus S
October 1st, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Warming up to Pixies tonight. 1985 Kabinett and Spätlese
Replies: 13
Views: 787

Re: Warming up to Pixies tonight. 1985 Kabinett and Spätlese

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 2:11 pm
My friend Ulrich brought the 2015 Fratelli Alessandria San Lorenzo
Wow what a redfruitef anf fragrance rich Barolo
Pixes come to Germany? Lucky man, reliving youth.
Have you had any of the 14 Alessandria's?
by Markus S
October 1st, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 2874

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

John Morris wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 3:13 pm
To be clear, it wasn't oak flavor, .... Whatever the cause, tasting the wines was like looking through a very dirty window at the vines.

I found something similar tasting in Bordeaux in 2001 at the properties that used reverse osmosis.
Interesting. Would one of those be Pape Clement?
by Markus S
October 1st, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seepage on 1970 Taylor
Replies: 12
Views: 736

Re: Seepage on 1970 Taylor

At nearly 50 years old, I would follow Nicos's advice and enjoy!
by Markus S
October 1st, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 97
Views: 6434

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Casey Hartlip wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 11:34 am
Looking now like we'll only leave about 5 tons of Chardonnay. Pinot TBD.
Casey, this might be a stupid question, but when you 'leave fruit', what happens to it? I know field crops that are left get plowed under, but what about the grapes?
by Markus S
October 1st, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 97
Views: 6434

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Looking like I'll be leaving about 30 tons out there when it's all said and done. A split between Pinot and Chard. What would I do if winery X came to me with an offer of 50% of what I sold to others? No way. I won't give a bottom feeder ultra quality fruit and an unfair advantage in the market and...
by Markus S
October 1st, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 2874

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

Eric Guido wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 9:08 am
I would love to here your thoughts on what's been going on at Scavino. The portfolio has a whole new life these days.
It would have to be a miracle, since Scavino was the producer who scared me off Barolo for nearly a decade.
('How much wood could a woodchuck chuck...")
by Markus S
September 30th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of good, not so much great
Replies: 54
Views: 1839

Re: Lots of good, not so much great

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
September 30th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Markus S wrote:
September 30th, 2019, 4:58 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
September 30th, 2019, 9:37 am
...and the poor bottle of wine often does not stand a chance..
I wouldn't call a fifty-buck wine a "poor bottle"!
Only because you don’t understand the point.
I understand the point, but took issue with the poor choice of words.

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