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by Steve Slatcher
February 13th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 3372

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

No one has mentioned the role of guests at the table in all this. One annoyance for me is the guest that does not want to drink any more of a particular wine, but happily allows their glass to be topped up, which means that whole glasses of wine go to waste. And that is done at the expense of dinner...
by Steve Slatcher
January 29th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...
Replies: 67
Views: 1587

Re: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...

One way to do it with any wine is to simply leave a glass of it sitting out for a few days to a couple weeks. You can check it each day and taste and smell the progression of the VA. Or leave a partial bottle on the counter and check it periodically. All wines will develope VA if left exposed to ox...
by Steve Slatcher
January 27th, 2019, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged riesling?
Replies: 23
Views: 1171

Re: Aged riesling?

Hmm, I wouldn't call the wine in that photo deep golden. It does look about what I'd expect from something around 2005. If Richard's wine was significantly darker, I'd call that abnormal. I agree. Certainly, a good spotless will age very well and darken with age, but a 2005 should not look like an ...
by Steve Slatcher
January 25th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine canon - a comparative analysis.
Replies: 36
Views: 1335

Re: The wine canon - a comparative analysis.

I think the whole idea of a vinous canon is preposterous. Why on earth can it be so critically important whether or not one has tasted 20 or so particular wines? What an expert, connoisseur (or whatever) needs is context and perspective in wine - to understand different quality levels and styles, an...
by Steve Slatcher
January 19th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...
Replies: 67
Views: 1587

Re: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...

I'll be more clear: I taste in wineries all the time. Fruit flies are more something you control, rather than eliminate. So, during harvest season you may have lids of some fashion on your glasses to keep them out. If one gets in, and it's carrying a significant amount of acetobacter, the effect on...
by Steve Slatcher
January 18th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...
Replies: 67
Views: 1587

Re: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...

Fruit flies may carry acetobacteria, but they are also attracted to ethyl acetate. So if you have a fruit fly in your wine and it smells of ethyl acetate, the ethyl acetate could be both cause and/or effect.
by Steve Slatcher
January 18th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...
Replies: 67
Views: 1587

Re: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...

It is now a long time since I have smelled nal polishes and nail polish removers, so the formulations may have changed. But when I did, the nail polish itself was a lot more likely to be ethyl acetate based than the remover. Often the remover smelled of neither ethyl acerate nor acetone. Pure aceton...
by Steve Slatcher
January 18th, 2019, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...
Replies: 67
Views: 1587

Re: Want to taste a wine with obvious VA...in the name of learning...

1. VA Smells like acetone, acetic acid/vinegar, etc.; doesn't go away with air. VA mainly smells of ethyl acetate in my experience. That is the reaction product of acetic acid and ethanol. But VA itself is actually mainly actic acid, and you may smell that too. Ethyl acetate is used in nail polish ...
by Steve Slatcher
January 15th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar
Replies: 23
Views: 924

Re: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar

I think it's important to discuss here what a 'flaw' is in a wine? I know that sounds simple to explain, but is it? We all have different thresholds for picking up most things, including TCA, brett, VA, and a few other 'questionable' things. TCA is relatively straightforward, and a restaurant shoul...
by Steve Slatcher
January 14th, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar
Replies: 23
Views: 924

Re: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar

Chat with the somm, and ask for time to allow the wine to warm. Cradling the glass in the palm of your hand will warm up a small sample in a few minutes.

Also, if I noticed a fault after the wine had been poured (but before much had been drunk) I'd still complain
by Steve Slatcher
January 9th, 2019, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?
Replies: 96
Views: 1860

Re: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?

Drinking good quality cheaper wine only makes me question more and more why I bother with expensive ones, which often disappoint. That certainly gjves me a sense of perspective. But which are the "lesser" wines here?
by Steve Slatcher
January 6th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this orange wine ORANGE?
Replies: 27
Views: 891

Re: Is this orange wine ORANGE?

There's obviously something I do not understand. If the wines was fresh what does "dead at retail" mean? It's a running gag from a silly Burgundy thread started by Alan Eden a week or two ago. Thanks Otto. Next time I reply, I'll make sure I make sure I am up-to-date with running gags in other thre...
by Steve Slatcher
January 3rd, 2019, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this orange wine ORANGE?
Replies: 27
Views: 891

Re: Is this orange wine ORANGE?

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 2:14 am
I guess you know the joke, but this wine was extremely fresh and typical for Savennieres. No oxidation at all

There''s obviously something I do not understand. If the wines was fresh what does "dead st retail" mean?
by Steve Slatcher
January 3rd, 2019, 12:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this orange wine ORANGE?
Replies: 27
Views: 891

Re: Is this orange wine ORANGE?

As the wine was "dead at retail" (to quote tHe OP), in this particular case, irrespective of how Chenin may generally age, it seems that the wine was badly oxidised.
by Steve Slatcher
December 23rd, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 113
Views: 3066

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

The well-known eucalyptus note on Martha's is no mystery (at least it seems to me). When you have eucalyptus groves nearby a vineyard, their oils are bound to land on the grapes, and go straight into the fermenter. True. But more important are eucalyptus leaves and other bits of tree that get harve...
by Steve Slatcher
December 22nd, 2018, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: unknown champagne defect?
Replies: 13
Views: 435

Re: unknown champagne defect?

Sour? Like vinegar? Volatile acidity I guess
by Steve Slatcher
December 5th, 2018, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critic wines v drinkers wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1151

Re: Critic wines v drinkers wines

The one game we played, was to "guess the price of the bottle" and that was such a great way of focusing the mind on how much we liked the wines. No label worship, just a no prejudice feeling of how much we'd pay to buy another bottle of it. As much as I really enjoy this hobby, a little bit of me ...
by Steve Slatcher
December 5th, 2018, 2:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critic wines v drinkers wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1151

Re: Critic wines v drinkers wines

Do we to some degree now breakdown wine too much ? do you think of it as a tasting experience or purely simple wine experience ? I know im talking about myself when i feel that it would be nice to get back to just wine drinking as a simple basic pleasure and buy the bottles that i enjoy without any...
by Steve Slatcher
November 27th, 2018, 12:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for whites?
Replies: 30
Views: 663

Re: Suggestions for whites?

If you bought too many reds, the solution is not to buy more whites!
by Steve Slatcher
November 7th, 2018, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help identifying a few Sherry wines
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: Help identifying a few Sherry wines

Not sure what you want to know, but the second wine can be found using google:
http://www.aponticia.es/osborne-oloroso ... p-876.html
Run it through Google Translate if necessary
by Steve Slatcher
October 29th, 2018, 2:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting wine from a frosted bottle...
Replies: 12
Views: 429

Re: Decanting wine from a frosted bottle...

It can be a problem with dark Port bottles too. To answer the question: 1) Keep an eye out for sediment emerging from the bottle, and then stop. Haven't tried this myself, but I know someone who regularly uses this method rather than putting a light under the bottle 2) Use a decanting filter of some...
by Steve Slatcher
October 22nd, 2018, 11:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First Corked Champagne
Replies: 39
Views: 1424

Re: My First Corked Champagne

Maybe harder to detect. But, for most people anyway, it tends to be drunk for celebrations when less attention is paid to the wine quality. And unless detailed records are kept, it is easy to get a false impression of the proportion of bottles affected. Over 20 years or so I have had a few corked Ch...
by Steve Slatcher
October 21st, 2018, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real science this time - improve wine with your thought patterns
Replies: 9
Views: 301

Re: Real science this time - improve wine with your thought patterns

There are some curious details in the experiment. Why not label the carafes, put them both on the table, and get the team to meditate on one of them, without telling the experimenter which one had been selected until after the tasting? And then drive the carafes back in the same part of the car. And...
by Steve Slatcher
October 16th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is pre phylloxera better ?
Replies: 32
Views: 1142

Re: Is pre phylloxera better ?

John Morris wrote:
October 16th, 2018, 10:39 am
I believe most vines in Chile are ungrafted, because it was geographically isolated.
I am not sure about the numbers concerned so your statement might well be true, but in Chile they use grafted vines for protection against nematodes - a particular problem with irrigated vineyards.
by Steve Slatcher
October 15th, 2018, 1:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Riesling from Norway
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Re: First Riesling from Norway

Actually Norway WAS a wine producer 20 years ago. The most famous wine was probably "L’esprit d’ Edvard Munch". They still have their website up: http://www.munchwine.com/. I think it sold mainly as a collection item through its association with Munch. But I seem to remember there were one of two ot...
by Steve Slatcher
October 14th, 2018, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tim Gaiser Wine Tasting Methodology???
Replies: 7
Views: 348

Re: Tim Gaiser Wine Tasting Methodology???

Some things are not made to understand, Tom. You just have to believe
by Steve Slatcher
October 14th, 2018, 3:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tim Gaiser Wine Tasting Methodology???
Replies: 7
Views: 348

Re: Tim Gaiser Wine Tasting Methodology???

I was like Ian, but I found this: http://www.timgaiser.com/tasting--submodalities.html I'm underwhelmed. When reading the article I did indeed form an visual image of a rose and barnyard (but not garlic). However, I am sure I don't form visual images when tasting wine, and the idea sounds faintly ri...
by Steve Slatcher
October 7th, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing 'Open' Red Wine in Fridge
Replies: 18
Views: 747

Re: Storing 'Open' Red Wine in Fridge

Mary Deem wrote:
October 7th, 2018, 1:12 pm
One more quarion: is there any truth to letting the wine get to fridge temp before openning? Both times wines were openned at cellar temp.
I have never heard that, and cannot imagine why you should do it.
by Steve Slatcher
October 7th, 2018, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing 'Open' Red Wine in Fridge
Replies: 18
Views: 747

Re: Storing 'Open' Red Wine in Fridge

ky1em!ttskus wrote:
October 7th, 2018, 12:17 pm
Not too cold
Of course too cold is, er, well, too cold. But how cold is that?

As long as you are not causing tartrates precipitate out, I'd say colder is better, as the lower the temperature the slower the oxidation. In fact, I doubt tartrate precipitation is too much of a problem.
by Steve Slatcher
September 22nd, 2018, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't like QPR
Replies: 51
Views: 1979

Re: I don't like QPR

The easiest maths is: If I have $x to spend, which appeals most to me? It might be a single bottle of a legendary wine, 3 fancy bottles, 12 good examples, 36 basic cuvees or 100 bottles of plonk. Exactly. And sometimes it's more a question of what works best for the occasion, or to complement wines...
by Steve Slatcher
September 3rd, 2018, 2:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What unusual wines/regions do you love?
Replies: 125
Views: 4174

Re: What unusual wines/regions do you love?

Dan Kravitz wrote:
August 31st, 2018, 4:40 pm
But still no seconds for Grk.
I think we were all waiting for a vowel and the rest of the word :)

Grk is pretty specialist stuff. I tried it a couple of times in Dubrovik, but even there it was not that common, and it's difficult to understand a grape properly from such a small sample.
by Steve Slatcher
August 28th, 2018, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Nez du Vin kit for terroirs
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: Le Nez du Vin kit for terroirs

I was wondering why I suddenly started getting page views for that post again :)
by Steve Slatcher
August 26th, 2018, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Educational Fridays
Replies: 14
Views: 1004

Re: Educational Fridays

I think I would share what excites me, personally. There is no point trying to compete on the same ground. Also I would suggest you take a long term view in terms of your generosity. To the extent you too ever amass a well-stocked cellar, remember their generosity and share your wine with another ne...
by Steve Slatcher
August 10th, 2018, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine book for newbies?
Replies: 74
Views: 2052

Best wine book for newbies?

Oliver McCrum wrote:Once someone becomes a confirmed geek the Oxford Companion to Wine is indispensable.
I'd put it differently. Once you decide you WANT to be a geek it's indispensable.
by Steve Slatcher
August 9th, 2018, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cure For Cork taint?
Replies: 214
Views: 3818

Cure For Cork taint?

Oh, and BTW screwcaps CAN be recycled
https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2013/ ... k-just-40/
by Steve Slatcher
August 9th, 2018, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cure For Cork taint?
Replies: 214
Views: 3818

Cure For Cork taint?

From what I understand, corks are more difficult to recycle than glass, and they don't compost well either. Recycling is a pretty vague concept anyway for most people. It is probably better to reuse the bottle rather than recycle the glass, but in pactice I understand a lot of "reclycled" glass is u...
by Steve Slatcher
August 8th, 2018, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cure For Cork taint?
Replies: 214
Views: 3818

Cure For Cork taint?

Plus the industry lies about the rates of cork failure and cork taint, so their numbers would be skewed even if they did account for replacement bottles. If everyone who opened a corked bottle, or one oxidised due to the cork, discarded it and opened another, that would make a significant change to...
by Steve Slatcher
August 8th, 2018, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine book for newbies?
Replies: 74
Views: 2052

Best wine book for newbies?

Take a look at "The art and science of wine" Hugh Johnson and James Halliday. It covers a lot fo ground on how wine is made and the the choices made along the way. For me a really solid effort that I really enjoyed reading earliy on. Me too. It is a bit dated now, but even so I think I would still ...
by Steve Slatcher
August 8th, 2018, 2:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cure For Cork taint?
Replies: 214
Views: 3818

Cure For Cork taint?

what about the DIAM cork? Natural cork and no TCA. I love Diam for the "no TCA" bit, but it is hardly natural. Sure, it contains cork, but the cork is ground, processed, and stuck together with a polyurethane glue. Ah, I just noticed there is an eco-friendly version now that uses a binder based on ...
by Steve Slatcher
August 7th, 2018, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cure For Cork taint?
Replies: 214
Views: 3818

Cure For Cork taint?

What about the romantic spinning of the roulette wheel to see if your wine is corked??? Won't people miss the romance? ;) My suggestion is that screwcapped wines come with a cork attached. Then winelovers who miss the romance of pulling a cork out of the bottle can remove the screwcap and replace i...
by Steve Slatcher
August 7th, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine book for newbies?
Replies: 74
Views: 2052

Best wine book for newbies?

I think Wine Folly is a very good book - particularly as a tasting companion. +1 for Wine Folly! Great visuals. -3 :) Even some of the graphics are lousy. They might look pretty, but try using the wine-food matching ones to see which different wines match a particular type of food, or vice-versa.
by Steve Slatcher
August 7th, 2018, 3:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cure For Cork taint?
Replies: 214
Views: 3818

Cure For Cork taint?

Yay. Cork producers have acknowledged that there may be a problem but now they've solved it and people will continue using cork because it's the best possible closure. All you have to do is ignore all engineering and scientific advances since 1624 . . . Corks where a great technical innovation when...
by Steve Slatcher
August 7th, 2018, 2:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine book for newbies?
Replies: 74
Views: 2052

Best wine book for newbies?

The danger is always over-simplification. Face it, wine is complicated. I don't totally agree with that. Wine is as complicated as you want to make it, but the basics are pretty straightforward, and it is those basics that a beginner needs to pick up. I'd say they are: how red and white wines are m...
by Steve Slatcher
August 7th, 2018, 1:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preconceptions And The Perception Of Quality?
Replies: 30
Views: 1098

Preconceptions And The Perception Of Quality?

Typicity is also a lot easier to get a handle on when you have only tried one or two examples of a particular type of wine. With more experience it gets a whole lot more difficult. I am prepared to believe that some tasters come out the other end and really understand typicity, but there are a lot m...
by Steve Slatcher
August 7th, 2018, 1:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UK credited with creating Champagne as we know it ?
Replies: 2
Views: 186

UK credited with creating Champagne as we know it ?

So did Champagne get exported to UK in barrels and then get bottled, riddled, disgorged then aged during the 19th century ? Initially fizzy Champagne just happened. In the 17th century, the British first documented the process of adding sugar to get the 2nd fermentation, and at the same time they w...
by Steve Slatcher
August 6th, 2018, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine book for newbies?
Replies: 74
Views: 2052

Best wine book for newbies?

In time, a book such as Michael Schuster's essential wine tasting can help push the hobby further, but I'd hold of that for now. As you probably know, Ian, I too like this book a lot. I cut my wine teeth on it, and whenever I return to it, I am still impressed by how simply Schuster writes whilst m...
by Steve Slatcher
August 5th, 2018, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another corked bottle gripe
Replies: 36
Views: 1280

Another corked bottle gripe

I know it is not always easy/possible, but I usually open the bottle and test it before I leave the house. I also double decant it if there is any chance of sediment.
by Steve Slatcher
July 16th, 2018, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Non Wine friends keeping you honest
Replies: 47
Views: 2648

Non Wine friends keeping you honest

If I want a simple cheap wine I drink it. That happens quite a lot - it seems to be more apropriate with what I eat mid-week and do not feel like giving too much attention to the wine. It doesn't stop me drinking the better stuff at other times, and I think it keeps me more grounded and puts the bet...
by Steve Slatcher
June 19th, 2018, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever have bad Champagne ??
Replies: 66
Views: 1941

Ever have bad Champagne ??

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
Alan Eden wrote: Seperate question, is Brexit causing any price increases ?
The exit part is not until next year.
And, even then, nothing will change in practice until two years after then.

At least that is the plan. But who knows how things will pan out?
by Steve Slatcher
June 13th, 2018, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AtlasObscura: Beaumont's EU Banned Wine
Replies: 8
Views: 472

AtlasObscura: Beaumont's EU Banned Wine

The EU believes those varieties (Isabella/etc) produce product that is higher in methanol than is safe. That is the reason for their banning. My understanding is that this is a flawed belief, but that is the logic. Methanol was certainly used as the argument to getting those six varieties banned in...

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