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by Mel Knox
November 11th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Arns Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: TN: 1999 Arns Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Sandy and John used a fair amount of oak.
John managed vineyards and his wife Sandy worked at Long for many years and Heitz before that.
Great people ... they babysat our dog when we went on honeymoon ...1985

Their vineyard is in the road to Angwin at the base of the hill
by Mel Knox
November 11th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 115
Views: 3017

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Usually the first bad bottle is the canary in the mine.
by Mel Knox
November 11th, 2019, 1:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 115
Views: 3017

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

At Uvaggio we started to use Diam on the 2004s and switched to other brands a few years ago for cost reasons. Most folks in the Côte d’Or started to use them in the early part of this decade. But what else have they done? More SO2? More reductive winemaking? More glutathione?? So many things changed...
by Mel Knox
November 10th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 115
Views: 3017

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Stuart As your first date said to you, never too rigid!! I remember when Sonoma Cutrer decided to use extra wide corks... people pulled muscles trying to get the cork out... that was 1982 or so. If the bottle changes and the cork remains the same... whose fault is it?? In any event this is something...
by Mel Knox
November 7th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 115
Views: 3017

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Diam and other technical corks are doing well here. We have skipped over screw caps and gone straight to cans. My question would be: if the cork is the issue why is this confined to France?? Do they get the crummy corks?? Do we get the good ones?? The people here who make white wines that age well a...
by Mel Knox
November 6th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan
Replies: 51
Views: 4730

Re: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan

Purchasing agents have always exerted inappropriate power. A relative of my wife's was a chicken and egg man in New Jersey. Nothing helped sales like a c note in somebody's pocket. There was a store owner here who chased a salesman out the door, shoved him against a wall and sucker punched him. The ...
by Mel Knox
November 6th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 115
Views: 3017

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

People like Dubourdieu, Lavigne and Boulton have said there is more than one cause...But what can they know?? They are part of Deep Enology. They've gotten these silly PhDs from institutions that are part of the Deep Enology State, which supported by Big Cork. Don't these people remind you of those ...
by Mel Knox
November 6th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 115
Views: 3017

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=126557 Here is a thread started by Howard Cooper with some additions by Don 'It's either premoxed or fake' Cornwell.... My point here would be that either the good guys are genius at finding good corks or something else is going on. Roger Boulton,...
by Mel Knox
November 5th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 115
Views: 3017

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Wineries were slow to adopt Diam because its predecessor was a disaster.
Winemakers — the French don’t have a word for this— have been trying to solve this problem for some time... more sulfite more reductivity etc so we ll never know the cause by just looking at the corks.
by Mel Knox
November 5th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 115
Views: 3017

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Do we really know that people using Diam don’t suffer from premox? This technology was introduced around 2005 and has been only widely adopted since 2010. Screw caps? I have not seen too much of this for whites from the Cote d Or. We ve seen premox hit certain domaines more than others... did they p...
by Mel Knox
November 5th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 115
Views: 3017

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Beaunehead: You are aptly named. The cork industry is not perfect but I don't think they are to blame here. Are we to say that those producers who have escaped this issue have selected better corks than those who have made mistakes?? That Americans get better corks than Burgundians?? I still think t...
by Mel Knox
November 1st, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 115
Views: 3017

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Wes makes some good points. Technical corks May be part of the solution but corks weren’t the cause of the problem.

I still appreciate well matured white Burgundy but I am nervous about the whole situation
by Mel Knox
November 1st, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Bodega Numanthia Numanthia - Who put the XO in my wine?
Replies: 17
Views: 1236

Re: TN: 2005 Bodega Numanthia Numanthia - Who put the XO in my wine?

I don't know about now, but the oak guess is spot on. Same maker back then.
But I suspect the Cognac guess may have something to do with the alcohol level.
by Mel Knox
November 1st, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 115
Views: 3017

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

I am drinking my Cote de Beaune whites much earlier now. The prices have risen so much I am buying fewer.
by Mel Knox
October 20th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saint Aubin 1er Crus versus Meursault Lieux-dits for value
Replies: 11
Views: 1150

Re: Saint Aubin 1er Crus versus Meursault Lieux-dits for value

Prices are rising faster than I can keep track of. Last price I saw for PY's St Aubin was around $40. A friend opened a PY 2010 En Remilly I think it was the other day and it was splendid. He paid around $20 at the time. It just seems that the prices of all wines you ever heard of and their adjacent...
by Mel Knox
October 14th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3768

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

I don't know how much Winery X owes, but sometimes Small Claims court is wonderful. If they owe so much that Small Claims Court doesn't come close, I d get a lawyer and get to work. If they owe an amount where you could cut your losses a bit, try this approach. It is interesting to me that if a stor...
by Mel Knox
October 14th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?
Replies: 33
Views: 2168

Re: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?

There is an old saying in the wine trade, the market makes the wine. Michael David is making the wines their market likes and doing well. That does not mean Lodi wine has to all taste like theirs. We at Uvaggio makes Barbera at around 14% and dry and Vermentino at 12,5% and dry. Our first Barbera wa...
by Mel Knox
October 13th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 105
Views: 7803

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Thanks
I missed out
by Mel Knox
October 13th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trip to Nice - need recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1127

Re: Trip to Nice - need recommendations

To get over jet lag one should be in the sunlight during the day, so I suggest a trip to the Fondation Maeght in St Paul de Vence. Or the Matisse Museum. Or the beach.
by Mel Knox
October 13th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 105
Views: 7803

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

I would love to get a report card of the sparkling vermentino.
by Mel Knox
October 13th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1291

Re: Washington State Trip

It used to be that the only place to eat was a casino on an Indian reservation in Oregon. I went there about 1995 with people from Canoe Ridge, John Abbott, Larry Brooks, and the Mckibbens. Mrs. McKibben had ordered baked potato and got fries. When she pointed this out to the waitress, the waitress ...
by Mel Knox
October 11th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6435

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Anton, The story I have heard is that Nixon took the president of Pepsi to Russia with him. Kendall was his name, as I recall. Kendall made a deal to sell Russian vodka and then he could sell Pepsi in Russia. Then he discovered that Monsieur Henri had the rights to Stoli, so they had to buy Monsieur...
by Mel Knox
October 11th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6435

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Michael
As soon as one of us figures it out....
by Mel Knox
October 11th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6435

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Anton, I think it is fair to say that the image of governments in South Africa, Argentina, and Chile made for bad wine sales. When the reality changed, people bought the wines. I don’t know that anybody cared about Franco tho. During the Cold War not much wine from those countries was sold here but ...
by Mel Knox
October 11th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6435

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Greg, Who was the comedian who asked why it was OK to tell Lincoln jokes or Civil War jokes but not jokes about 9/11?? I suppose the answer is that there are not too many Sabines here who are still pissed off about the rape of their women whereas many of us know people who suffered because of the Ho...
by Mel Knox
October 10th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Article on Darrell Corti - Corti Brothers in Sacramento
Replies: 18
Views: 804

Re: Great Article on Darrell Corti - Corti Brothers in Sacramento

Tom
Feel better quickly!
Just kidding about the vicodin
by Mel Knox
October 10th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Article on Darrell Corti - Corti Brothers in Sacramento
Replies: 18
Views: 804

Re: Great Article on Darrell Corti - Corti Brothers in Sacramento

Tom
Have you tried Vicodin and Single malt??
by Mel Knox
October 9th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Article on Darrell Corti - Corti Brothers in Sacramento
Replies: 18
Views: 804

Re: Great Article on Darrell Corti - Corti Brothers in Sacramento

Brian,

I would avoid Darrell at all costs unless you have a lot of money to spend. He is hard to resist. But if you do meet him, make sure he talks you into some of our Uvaggio wines. He is our best customer.

Tom,
What happened...get stabbed in the knee with a saber??
by Mel Knox
October 9th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1291

Re: Washington State Trip

Another way to do it is to fly to Portland and then drive. It's a uniquely beautiful drive to the Try Cities and Walla Walla. First you drive along the Columbia River through forested areas with waterfalls and then several hours of amazing rock formations. You could also visit Columbia Crest in Pate...
by Mel Knox
October 9th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3768

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Arv,
It's hard to generalize here but most growers get paid late winter/early Spring. There are all sorts of contracts.
by Mel Knox
October 8th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wonder if they have any more of that Jayer Cros P
Replies: 9
Views: 902

Re: Wonder if they have any more of that Jayer Cros P

A cooper friend traded Henri a new barrel--then around $600-- for six bottles of 89 Cros P. At that time he felt like ...what? only six bottles??
by Mel Knox
October 8th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6435

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

I'm not sure why the notion of PC sets me off.Maybe it is because I don't really understand it or why people get so wound up about it. Is it just something for people to rant about?? Kinda like geezers going off on helicopter parents?? Are people upset they can't tell Polish/Belgian/Italian jokes an...
by Mel Knox
October 7th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6435

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 h...
by Mel Knox
October 7th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3768

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Growers can also lose secured status if the crop is processed. Tomatoes becoming paste, for example. The law has not been tested with wine. One thing that annoys me greatly is customers who post pictures of themselves in faraway lands while deep in debt to their suppliers. One practical question: is...
by Mel Knox
October 7th, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3768

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Sometimes winery owners can be pretty devious. One guy was slow to pay one year so we made him COD. He talked the trucker into delivering the barrels. Then we sued him. In court he invited my associate to dinner, but lost anyway. Nothing happened so we got a lien on his home. A friend of mine who ha...
by Mel Knox
October 5th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6435

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

As somebody whose stepson has Milton Friedman’s wristwatch I thought I d make a few comments: A/Stalinism and PC are not the same B/Let s say Hitler planted a forest of oak trees in the Vosges...it would probably have been renamed by now and would not be known as The Eva Braun Woodlands C/Products a...
by Mel Knox
October 2nd, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.
Replies: 28
Views: 1127

Re: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.

One big difference between now and when ABC started: there are about a jillion more wineries.

And not all of the wineries from back then made it either.

Making wine is fun; selling it... not so much.
by Mel Knox
October 2nd, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6435

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Does anybody remember the Italian who a series of labels commemorating Hitler, Mussolini etc?? In SF they are changing the names of streets and parks where the original honoree was anti Chinese. A friend worked for Berlinger and visited a cooper/stave mill operator who voiced all sorts of anti Semit...
by Mel Knox
October 2nd, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6435

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Does anybody remember the Italian who a series of labels commemorating Hitler, Mussolini etc?? In SF they are changing the names of streets and parks where the original honoree was anti Chinese. A friend worked for Berlinger and visited a cooper/stave mill operator who voiced all sorts of anti Semit...
by Mel Knox
October 2nd, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6435

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Markus
That s close enuf
Some members are already planning to boycott you
by Mel Knox
October 2nd, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.
Replies: 28
Views: 1127

Re: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.

Clendenen and Tolmach started ABC with very little. As late as 1975 producing vineyards in this area could be had for $5000 an acre ... sometimes less.

I d have to work on this more carefully but I think you could start a wine project for less than $200K

The secret is in selling wine quickly
by Mel Knox
October 2nd, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6435

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Am I the only one here who has drunk actual Nazi wines? ‘37 Wehlener Sonnenuhr BA from Prum, as I recall. A friend brought it back from a crazy lunch and I finished it off. As General Alex ‘I m in charge here’ Haig said about smoking Cuban cigars, I m burning The enemies’ crops. I also made a wine c...
by Mel Knox
September 11th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 07 Pernot BBM
Replies: 8
Views: 499

Re: TN: 07 Pernot BBM

A friend brought the '99 BBM to dinner this weekend and it was sensational. No premox whatsoever.
by Mel Knox
September 11th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1968 Chateau Souverain Zinfindel
Replies: 11
Views: 630

Re: 1968 Chateau Souverain Zinfindel

I thought Bud Mueller and his investors bought Souverain, sold the original winery to Tom Burgess, then built a new Souverain, which is now Rutherford Hill, next door to Auberge du Soleil. Then Bud got Pillsbury to buy the whole shebang and they decided they needed to build a larger winery in the Al...
by Mel Knox
September 11th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6098

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

When I sold bottles, the French government made us use more and more cullet--broken recycled glass-- so the dead leaf tint got darker. We said this was done in order to protect the customer from light struck wines. Usually this is more of a problem for beer people. Think Miller's in clear bottles. I...
by Mel Knox
September 7th, 2019, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6098

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

If temperature is the issue, wouldn't the wine tasted maderized ?? What is the humidity inside the cooler?? This story is strange.
by Mel Knox
September 6th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine dinner/event investment fraud scheme - Omar Khan
Replies: 25
Views: 2627

Re: Wine dinner/event investment fraud scheme

I see that one of the defrauded is a bigshot with the Cato Institute...a subsidiary of Koch Industries....wait til the Kochs sic their team of FBI agents on this guy....fun fun fun

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