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by Steve Slatcher
December 5th, 2018, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critic wines v drinkers wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1106

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: 1106

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: 604

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: 166

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: 423

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: 1413

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: 297

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: 1108

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: 677

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: 342

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: 342

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: 722

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: 722

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: 1950

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: 119
Views: 3642

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: 378

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: 988

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: 2001

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: 3744

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: 3744

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: 3744

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: 2001

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: 3744

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: 3744

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: 2001

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: 3744

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: 2001

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: 1084

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: 184

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: 2001

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: 1266

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: 2617

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: 1920

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: 458

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...
by Steve Slatcher
June 12th, 2018, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AtlasObscura: Beaumont's EU Banned Wine
Replies: 8
Views: 458

AtlasObscura: Beaumont's EU Banned Wine

EU Council Regulation 491/2009, article 120a, paras 2 and 5: 2. Subject to paragraph 3, Member States shall classify which wine grape varieties may be planted, replanted or grafted on their territories for the purpose of wine production. Only wine grape varieties meeting the following conditions may...
by Steve Slatcher
June 7th, 2018, 3:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What unusual wines/regions do you love?
Replies: 119
Views: 3642

What unusual wines/regions do you love?

Steve, would you be willing to share any interesting Georgian finds? One of my local wine stores has an owner of Georgian descent who imports a number of wines from there, and perhaps could source others. I've tried two that a salesperson there recommended (sorry, can't now remember exactly what, a...
by Steve Slatcher
June 6th, 2018, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AtlasObscura: Beaumont's EU Banned Wine
Replies: 8
Views: 458

AtlasObscura: Beaumont's EU Banned Wine

There's an EU ban on using non-vinifera varieties in PDO wines, but as far as I know they can be freely used for other wines. In fact I believe there are even a few exceptions allowed for PDO wines. Edit: Just been doing some checking, and here are some UK examples of what I have been saying. Seyval...
by Steve Slatcher
June 5th, 2018, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What unusual wines/regions do you love?
Replies: 119
Views: 3642

What unusual wines/regions do you love?

Very fun thread, lots,of great ideas. The challenge is - how to decide where to explore? Go deep on a new region? Or scrape the surface of everywhere? What I’m thinking about is where I want to vacation next. Starting to explore wine before (literally) exploring the region it comes from is a lot of...
by Steve Slatcher
June 4th, 2018, 12:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What unusual wines/regions do you love?
Replies: 119
Views: 3642

What unusual wines/regions do you love?

And you'd think that Georgia, which claims to have some of the oldest wine-producing antiquities, should be able to make something more interesting than they are making, but I think the politics is partly to blame. When you say "interesting", maybe you mean "good"? "Good" is a subjective term, so d...
by Steve Slatcher
June 3rd, 2018, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What unusual wines/regions do you love?
Replies: 119
Views: 3642

What unusual wines/regions do you love?

Georgia (Republic of) is the area I am exploring most right now. One of the many things I like about the country is how wine drinking and making is so ingrained in their culture - along with hospitality, eating well, snging and dancing. So what seems exotic to us is normal and mainstream, including ...
by Steve Slatcher
June 2nd, 2018, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Visit - Why Do You Do It? (long, but wth)
Replies: 17
Views: 1006

Winery Visit - Why Do You Do It? (long, but wth)

I can agree with a lot of what the OP says. I am not really sure what I like most, but I do enjoy the experience of visiting. Actually I DO enjoy the winery tour, even. Often it is the incidental things that are most interesting and enjoyable, rather than the message that is being given explicitly b...
by Steve Slatcher
May 31st, 2018, 1:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fake wine that tastes the same as the real stuff
Replies: 46
Views: 1959

Fake wine that tastes the same as the real stuff

This is analogous to our ability to view famous paintings from centuries ago on arbitrarily high resolution screens: technically indistinguishable... Exactly ...and entirely missing the point Well... it depend what you think the point is. For some people authenticity is key, while for others all th...
by Steve Slatcher
May 30th, 2018, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fake wine that tastes the same as the real stuff
Replies: 46
Views: 1959

Fake wine that tastes the same as the real stuff

The sentence in the article I found most interesting was: It didn’t take long before they realized that, in most cases, even professional critics couldn’t distinguish their facsimiles from the originals. They realized professional critics couldn't tell the difference. You can't just realize somethin...
by Steve Slatcher
May 25th, 2018, 3:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you transport your stemware?
Replies: 38
Views: 1162

How do you transport your stemware?

I don't transport stemware - but carry my Riedel Os in their original boxes.
by Steve Slatcher
May 23rd, 2018, 1:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline Etiquette
Replies: 229
Views: 9231

Offline Etiquette

Tom Reddick wrote:To address this and a few similar questions- plus those who find this thread makes them fearful of doing offlines […],
Well said, Tom (your whole post, not just the bit I have quoted)!

There are many ways of contributing to an offline, and the wine is only one part of it.
by Steve Slatcher
May 20th, 2018, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Women better at tasting wine than men- another study
Replies: 16
Views: 543

Women better at tasting wine than men- another study

I don't dispute that women have a more sensitive sense of smell than men, but I fail to see how this recent study says anything about wine-tasting ability. It seems to be all about emotional response to wine. If of value at all, it is more of use to marketing people than anyone else.
by Steve Slatcher
May 17th, 2018, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline Etiquette
Replies: 229
Views: 9231

Offline Etiquette

I've never been to one, and based on what I've read here I don't think I ever will. I can understand that. I regularly organise offlines in the UK and they are a lot more laid-back than the impression I get here of offlining. In my experience offlines, vary a lot in how they are run, and my main su...
by Steve Slatcher
May 10th, 2018, 3:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oldest known winery
Replies: 12
Views: 792

Oldest known winery

There is more than a few similarities with this article from 2011. https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/01/110111-oldest-wine-press-making-winery-armenia-science-ucla/ Well spotted - and congratulations on your mastery of understatement! Apart from a couple of minor editorial changes the a...
by Steve Slatcher
May 9th, 2018, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oldest known winery
Replies: 12
Views: 792

Oldest known winery

Not completely a new discovery. It was dated in January-2011. BTW the vineyards of Zorah wines are situated very close to the cave. Just noticed that the article referred to in the top post says that a new study on the Armenian winery excavation was published "on Tuesday" (That would be May 1st) in...
by Steve Slatcher
May 9th, 2018, 5:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oldest known winery
Replies: 12
Views: 792

Oldest known winery

The Armenian find was a of a working winery, with several clay jars and troughs for pressing. (Why it has recently appeared in on the Nat Geo website, I do not know. It is old news). The older find in Georgia, was of largish clay jars in domestic buidlings, which had contained wine, and there was on...

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