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by Steve Slatcher
May 14th, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1067

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: 28
Views: 698

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: 915

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: 356

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: 2
Views: 350

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: 577

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....
by Steve Slatcher
April 19th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine

One word: sabrage
by Steve Slatcher
April 19th, 2019, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How would you guys manage a four person tasting
Replies: 15
Views: 679

Re: How would you guys manage a four person tasting

J a y H a c k wrote:
April 11th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Invite four more people.
… and make sure they bring bottles too :)
by Steve Slatcher
April 19th, 2019, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Online free glossary
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: Online free glossary

I would suggest you use google and take a look at a number of different responses, to get a range of views. Incidentally, wine articles in Wikipedia have improved massively over the last several years, and often give better information than "proper books". Error can still be found of course - in all...
by Steve Slatcher
March 22nd, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite stemless wine glasses?
Replies: 24
Views: 877

Re: Your favorite stemless wine glasses?

Try out the shapes and sizes first. There's at least one important factor to consider that does not apply to stemmed glasses - being able to get your fingers comfortably round the bowl. I have quite big hands, and have some glasses designed for red wines. I can hold them OK, but find it very difficu...
by Steve Slatcher
March 20th, 2019, 1:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Foreign Language CT Notes
Replies: 57
Views: 1528

Re: Foreign Language CT Notes

Of course a lot of people write CT notes, and post here in fact, in a foreign language - English. I guess that is acceptable
by Steve Slatcher
March 8th, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness
Replies: 62
Views: 2022

Re: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness

Otto - You drive me nuts. Can't you find a better way to share the vast knowledge you have? Sorry, I guess not. I'm much better at it face-to-face than in internet! [truce.gif] You should take down that flag and write a book IMO. (Despite being armed with all the information about mousiness, and no...
by Steve Slatcher
February 13th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 3620

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: 1691

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: 1208

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: 1422

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: 1691

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: 1691

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: 1691

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: 1691

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: 958

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: 958

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: 1941

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: 942

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: 942

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: 942

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: 146
Views: 4680

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: 455

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: 1226

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: 1226

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: 730

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: 187

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: 446

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: 1476

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: 317

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: 1253

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: 707

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: 372

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: 372

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: 789

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: 789

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: 2086

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: 126
Views: 4821

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: 408

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: 1028

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: 2211

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: 4020

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: 4020

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: 4020

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: 2211

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 ...

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