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by Steve Slatcher
September 17th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)
Replies: 29
Views: 758

Re: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)

At 15 miles or so from Tbilisi, there is Iago's Wine to the NW and Gotsa Wines to the SW - both making natural wines in qvevri. They're both worthwhile to visit IMO, but very different to each other, and different again from Pheasant's Tears. I wouldn't like to unconditionally recommend any one over...
by Steve Slatcher
September 16th, 2019, 1:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)
Replies: 29
Views: 758

Re: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)

There are also non-touristy youtube videos of supras, which I have enjoyed watching. I'm not so naive as to take that as evidence for normalcy, but at the very least it shows that's how the participants like to be seen.
by Steve Slatcher
September 15th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)
Replies: 29
Views: 758

Re: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)

I think that is a very perceptive and nuanced description.

I think it is also fair to say that Georgians know how to have a good time with family and friends, and that often involves food, wine and singing, and sometimes dancing.
by Steve Slatcher
September 15th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)
Replies: 29
Views: 758

Re: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)

Forgive me if you know already, Otto, but John's interest in Georgian folk music was largely responsible for him travelling to Georgia initially, and his wife is the leader of Zedashe - a song and dance ensemble based in Sighnaghi. So music is very much part of John's life and Pheasant's Tears. If y...
by Steve Slatcher
September 13th, 2019, 12:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)
Replies: 29
Views: 758

Re: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)

Lisa Granik also has a book on Georgian wine, in the Infinite Ideas series, coming out in the autumn.

Thanks for the notes so far Otto. I'm impressed by the detail in your TNs, I always struggle describing wines in that level of detail, but orange wine in particular.
by Steve Slatcher
September 12th, 2019, 3:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tricky situation with long term CC deal- what would you do?
Replies: 12
Views: 1513

Re: Tricky situation with long term CC deal- what would you do?

But then again, I have funds received via Paypal and no proof of delivery. So the buyer could get the money back at any time from Paypal since I cannot show proof of delivery- which does very much seem to have me in the middle of it. That has not been threatened BTW- as noted above, complete silenc...
by Steve Slatcher
September 12th, 2019, 1:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)
Replies: 29
Views: 758

Re: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)

Most certainly must've had an effect, but those guesthouses and hotels we stayed that offered us either breakfast or other meals did offer several dishes with cheeses as well - often filled with crumbled cheese on top or filled with it. Interesting. I'll try to be more aware of such dishes when we ...
by Steve Slatcher
September 12th, 2019, 12:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)
Replies: 29
Views: 758

Re: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)

Many thanks, Otto. The only thing I'd question is that 50% of Georgian dishes contain cheese. To be sure khachapuri (the cheese bread) is common, and you are often offered slices of cheese, but my memory and impression is that most dishes are dairy-free. Ah, I was just about to write that the food m...
by Steve Slatcher
September 10th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Yorker on Orange Wines
Replies: 41
Views: 1702

Re: The New Yorker on Orange Wines

Admittedly, I've not had a ton of spectrum of orange wines. I was mainly talking about the Gravners and the Kabaj's etc. Even the SQN Viognier I tried was in this vein. I realize there is a whole spectrum here that I've probably missed. I myself made my amphorae Marsanne with 4 months of skin conta...
by Steve Slatcher
September 10th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Yorker on Orange Wines
Replies: 41
Views: 1702

Re: The New Yorker on Orange Wines

Perhaps we could use the colour name that we all give to the third colour (not red or green) in traffic lights? ;)
by Steve Slatcher
September 8th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 113
Views: 4457

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

So I think it's a theoretical problem more than a practical one. Very few people put their wine in direct sunlight for hours or days. And unless people want to hunt for wine in pitch-black stores illuminated by small flaming torches, we're going to be shopping in illuminated venues. How do you feel...
by Steve Slatcher
September 7th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 113
Views: 4457

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

Vinegar is not a flavor that results from bad storage. I don't think that's correct. Acetobacteria multiply as temperature rises. That's why I always refrigerate leftovers. if I leave a wine out, I often pick up some VA the next day, which I rarely do if it's refrigerated. But how does the bacteria...
by Steve Slatcher
September 7th, 2019, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 113
Views: 4457

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

Wine does not need to be in direct sunlight to get light strike, wine in a clear bottle left in a window in daylight for a few hours will be affected. But wine in brown bottles, kept in a shady place, will survive longer. If you buy wine from a shop shelf, it is well worth considering the possibilit...
by Steve Slatcher
September 7th, 2019, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting outside vs inside?!
Replies: 30
Views: 1040

Re: Decanting outside vs inside?!

RichardFlack wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 6:31 am
YLee wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 6:29 am
What the critter did while you weren't looking.
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Wouldn’t that lead more in the TCA direction?
I don't think so, but a fruit fly would kick start VA production, which could give the wine a lift.
by Steve Slatcher
September 5th, 2019, 3:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traveling Wine Glasses
Replies: 14
Views: 563

Re: Traveling Wine Glasses

The Riedel O series is the obvious alternative to those you mentioned. I use them, and like them.

The only ones I have compared them to are much cheaper brands like Darlington Glass, and the Riedels are a lot better, though for occasional use I'd say the cheaper ones are OK too.
by Steve Slatcher
August 25th, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??
Replies: 71
Views: 2192

Re: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??

GregT wrote:
August 23rd, 2019, 10:56 am
I went to high school with a guy named Bob Przybylski. Not a single teacher could pronounce it and the worst was our English teacher.
I would pronounce it "bob"
by Steve Slatcher
August 18th, 2019, 4:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 52
Views: 3070

Re: Wines of Etna

... also, in your next post you mention everyone's contrada wines... it looks like that basically means "village" in Sicilian... so its kind of like a basic "village" wine as opposed to the more specific sites mentioned above? Matt, from my understanding, the Etna 'contradas' are former flows from ...
by Steve Slatcher
August 4th, 2019, 12:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Condensation in Eurocave
Replies: 23
Views: 1214

Re: Condensation in Eurocave

When warm air gets in - through open door or ventilation - it cools and water conndenses on the coldest parts of the fridge. This unavoidable, and desirable as it means the environment is humid. Agree about keeping bottles from touching the back wall. When mine did, the labels got wet and mouldy, bu...
by Steve Slatcher
August 2nd, 2019, 12:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3078

Re: All Natural Wine

What GregP said (I think it's 1.2 g/L for whites and 1.4g/l for reds, but lower limits would be better all around). Then we wouldn't be getting any Musar action! neener There was certainly one vintage (1995?) when Musar exceeded the EU limit for VA, but got some form of special dispensation to allo...
by Steve Slatcher
August 1st, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3078

Re: All Natural Wine

Regarding consumer protection, I think it depends on how the wine is sold. In my experience, merchants are usually careful to warn if a natural wine is particularly "challenging" in some respect or other. That is the sensible thing to do for all concerned, and in that case it is not reasonable for t...
by Steve Slatcher
July 31st, 2019, 2:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3078

Re: All Natural Wine

Steve, still not an official source, but I found the original text from where I read about the US organic laws for the first time - in "Authentic Wine" by Jamie Goode. FWIW I have found a USDA pfd that seems to conflate "no added sulfites" with "< 10ppm". That is, it does not seem to treat them as ...
by Steve Slatcher
July 30th, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked bottle?
Replies: 17
Views: 986

Re: Corked bottle?

I thought some producers checked batches by taking random samples from them, which implies that some may be good and some bad. But maybe that is another reason cork manufacturers now "mix thing up" - to avoid getting caught by the testing.
by Steve Slatcher
July 30th, 2019, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked bottle?
Replies: 17
Views: 986

Re: Corked bottle?

Getting two in a row is unusual, but does happen. Agree, but I also suspect the quality of corks from the same case of wine is slightly correlated, as the corks will probably come from the same batch. So if you have one corked bottle the chances of your second bottle being corked is increased (comp...
by Steve Slatcher
July 30th, 2019, 2:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3078

Re: All Natural Wine

I tried to google for some sources that would clariy the matter, but all the sources that mentioned the 10 ppm limit only confirmed my original point. I've yet to find a source that would actually contradict me! Well, not many articles would focus on restrictions that do not apply. Anyway, I have n...
by Steve Slatcher
July 30th, 2019, 1:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3078

Re: All Natural Wine

I had some pics somewhere but after several moves can't find them - I'd post a few of the various backyard wine making facilities that I toured as recently as four years ago. In one case the guy was using the same barrel his grandfather had used. I don't know what was growing in there but I know th...
by Steve Slatcher
July 30th, 2019, 12:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3078

Re: All Natural Wine

A couple of months ago, of wines in this "natural wine" database, around 20% of the total S02 levels were above 40ppm Which natural wine database is that, Steve? It's compiled by Raw Wine, and accessible through the website I thought you were talking about: https://www.rawwine.com/the-wine/the-list...
by Steve Slatcher
July 29th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3078

Re: All Natural Wine

Interestingly, the Raw Wine Fair website says that their limit is 70 ppm total, as combined added and naturally occuring sulfites. Higher than I would have imagined, and certainly within a range accessible to those making modern, low intervention yet not quite n**u*al wines. A couple of months ago,...
by Steve Slatcher
July 29th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3078

Re: All Natural Wine

Hi Greg(T) Just a few comments, developing a bit on what you said... Some Georgian winemakers are indeed "reclaiming a lost history", but others never lost it - with families making qvevri wines for generations. I think it is largely the "amphora" winemakers of Italy and Slovenia that are doing the ...
by Steve Slatcher
July 29th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3078

Re: All Natural Wine

I always wonder what is "natural" about making wine. There are no wild vineyards. Most of the plant material is grafted onto swamp vines and the human decides every facet of the plant, fruit and wines evolution. When exactly does the "natural" part occur? I am not sure why natural wines are singled...
by Steve Slatcher
July 29th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3078

Re: All Natural Wine

Is it so? Yes, I think so Because I remember having read from several sources that organic wines should have no added sulphites and the naturrally occurring ones should be within the 10 ppm range. This I couldn't find any official sources to say anything concrete on the matter, but the wording here...
by Steve Slatcher
July 29th, 2019, 4:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3078

Re: All Natural Wine

Right. It was Iran, then they found some earlier fermentation jars in Armenia and then they found some older ones in Georgia. All of them are pretty old! But the farther back we go, the more unlikely it is that they were making wine anything like what we would consider wine today. The "natural wine...
by Steve Slatcher
July 29th, 2019, 3:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3078

Re: All Natural Wine

In the USA no sulphite additions are allowed for "organic wine". They have no specially low limits on "natural" SO2.

10ppm is the SO2 limit above which the label must have a "contains sulphites" warning. Also applies in the EU.
by Steve Slatcher
July 28th, 2019, 11:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3078

Re: All Natural Wine

In a way, they represent a return to the core elements that made human beings fall in love with wine when we first began making it, around 6,000 years ago. Actually we have archeological evidence of winemaking from 8,000 years ago. Maybe no one really cares about the precise date, but by most human...
by Steve Slatcher
July 16th, 2019, 11:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do I remove this cork ?
Replies: 12
Views: 928

Re: How do I remove this cork ?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Well, that and duct tape.
Duct tape is no good for this purpose. WD40 is what you need.
by Steve Slatcher
June 17th, 2019, 2:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2680

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

Greg is right that chile is used in a number of Georgian dishes, but in small quantities. Garlic maybe in larger quantities, but that hardly qualifies as spicy. I agree with Ethan that adjika could not be regarded as the national sauce - from my experience tkemali, a sour plum sauce, is a much bette...
by Steve Slatcher
June 15th, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine to pair with Gazpacho?
Replies: 30
Views: 1910

Re: What wine to pair with Gazpacho?

Bernard Roth wrote:
July 5th, 2010, 9:22 pm
Victor would know... But there are different styles and recipes. So what version of gazpacho?

I will contradict Victor, though. You can drink a light Sherry with gazpacho. Fino
Fino or Manzanilla works well with a white gazpacho. Haven't tried it with the more common tomato-based one.
by Steve Slatcher
June 13th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2680

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

I was at a tasting of around 50 Georgian wines yesterday. Mixed quality in the wines - some very good, down to a couple that reeked of brett. Very few semi-sweet red wines, but one of them was particularly attractive. It was a Georgian Royal Wine Kindzmaruli (2018) with lots of good fruit and, criti...
by Steve Slatcher
June 11th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2680

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

Yup Greg, most (just about) of Georgian commercial wine is semi-sweet. But most of that goes to Russia. But Georgians generally prefer dry wines. And actually whatever statistics we have on commercial wine production are pretty meaningless when evaluating that statement. Why? Because the vast majori...
by Steve Slatcher
June 11th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2680

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

Well, it might be worth taking a Russian phrase book to jog your memory. More useful than a Georgian phrase book, I think. I liked Kabadoni, but I seem to remember others on the trip were not so keen - can't remember why - sorry. Another option is just to hire a driver for one or more days - also qu...
by Steve Slatcher
June 11th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2680

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

Steve, since you've visited Georgia a few times, I want to ask you if you visited with a local guide / arranged trip or just by yourself/yourselves? I was wondering how well you'll manage there only with English. Did you visit Kakheti? We're going there but it's still unclear which might be the bes...
by Steve Slatcher
June 11th, 2019, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2680

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

@GregP, I recognise very little of what you have written about Georgian wines. I have visited Georgia a couple of times and currently have around 60 bottles of Georgian wine in my cellar of 400. OK - so 40 are for a tasting - but Georgia is still better represented than many countries. Sure they mak...
by Steve Slatcher
June 11th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2680

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

Pheasants tears is an interesting one. It’s the only wine from Georgia I had tasted and remembered in the UK. But didn’t see it for sale once in Tibilisi. Maybe they have a savvy owner/export manager. Well, John Wurdeman is part owner, and he also has business interests in restaurants an wine bars ...
by Steve Slatcher
June 9th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2680

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

In various places on the web (including their own website) you can see Shilda Winery's building. It's shiny and new, but rather mundane.
by Steve Slatcher
June 4th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine searcher
Replies: 30
Views: 2553

Re: Wine searcher

PRO accounts can choose to sort by 'price' or 'price-per-750ml'. Sadly though, the (UK) prices that are sorted still include different degrees of paying tax, so the ranking is of little relevance. I can go through the list substracting or adding the 20% and/or duty of course, but IMO that is a job ...
by Steve Slatcher
May 14th, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1655

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

I covered this topic several years ago, here: http://www.winenous.co.uk/wp/archives/163 It is based on (limited) personal exoerience, and forum discussions like this one. Here's a summary... In my experience using a corked wine CAN give a nasty corked sauce. But combining that with many other people...
by Steve Slatcher
May 6th, 2019, 2:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party
Replies: 36
Views: 1275

Re: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party

Other types to seriously consider:
English sparkling
Franciacorta
Moscato d'Asti
Aussie sparkling Shiraz
by Steve Slatcher
April 20th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 20
Views: 1037

Re: Madeira question

Averys still sell wine. You could try asking them - averys.com
by Steve Slatcher
April 20th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Eiswein Label Deciphering Help
Replies: 9
Views: 415

Re: German Eiswein Label Deciphering Help

RichardFlack wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Am I wrong in thinking there should have been an AP number on the label?
Maybe not needed if bottled in the US?

Wines bottled in the EU should also state the bottling company (often the producer) for tracability.
by Steve Slatcher
April 19th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Matchstick reduction
Replies: 10
Views: 1023

Re: Matchstick reduction

I am sure I originally learned that "matchstick" was SO2 - indicating that the wine has been over-sulphured. And reduction initially gives H2S - a bad egg smell. I have since read dissenting views and have not been able to find anything I trust as truly definitive, but I tend to believe what I read ...
by Steve Slatcher
April 19th, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Mold growing on bottles in my wine refrigerator
Replies: 7
Views: 1249

Re: Mold growing on bottles in my wine refrigerator

Too high humidity often combined with poor air circulation. Typically caused by a poor seal or other air leak. Also, leave a gap so your bottles aren’t touching the walls. Don’t block the fan. That just about covers it, but in a few more words on a couple of points... Check the seal round the door....

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