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by Cris Whetstone
July 9th, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 85
Views: 3468

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

07 CdP is a gimme. But I also agree with Craig in that I don't think CdP is in general a wine for long cellaring. It's very producer and vintage dependent. Not sure I understand the comments about 97 Napa. I think producers making classic wines made very good wines that year. I'm sure there were som...
by Cris Whetstone
July 8th, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 36
Views: 2131

Re: Buyer Beware 1990 Musar on Winebid.com (Broadbent Selections on front label)

I looked for folks in the USA on Vivino who had reviewed this bottle / vintage and uploaded their own picture (you can scan for the image people upload when they review a wine by clicking on their user name). Wasn't able to find many reviewers of this vintage in the US, but did find one and wouldn'...
by Cris Whetstone
July 4th, 2020, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Vouette et Sorbée - Champagne "Fidèle" (France, Champagne)
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: TN: 2016 Vouette et Sorbée - Champagne "Fidèle" (France, Champagne)

I looked back over my notes on the various wines from this producer. Normally you can find some focus or through line from a house. For VeS one my conclusion seems to be there is no focus. It's come what may. That's fine if I'm not paying the same price tags as I am for producers that try to deliver...
by Cris Whetstone
July 2nd, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 83
Views: 2688

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

I've also consumed more than my share during this. The best from my cellar would be: 1991 Kathryn Kennedy Cabernet Sauvignon It was outstanding by itself. A good deal better as it was shared with a good wine geek friend over looking the late afternoon Pacific. These stand out a bit also in terms of ...
by Cris Whetstone
July 1st, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: sediment filters worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 1263

Re: sediment filters worth it?

Here's an inexpensive filter that can be placed in the mouth of a decanter. Very fine, imparts no taste, works well. Just don't think about its intended use. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Calculi-Strainer-Kidney-Stone-Collector/618543390 [rofl.gif] The way some people talk about sediment you'd think t...
by Cris Whetstone
June 28th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1810

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

No meaning and no purpose I agree with Wes, the question is strange. I like wine. So I drink it. That's all. I like to read. I like chocolate. I like to garden. I like to travel. I like to visit friends. No deeper meaning to any of those either. That’s deep man. Yeah, I can see it now The distant r...
by Cris Whetstone
June 28th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: sediment filters worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 1263

Re: sediment filters worth it?

I've never seen a funnel filter "spray" wine. I'm trying to imagine how that is even possible. In any case, it seems odd that someone would care take a wine into it's delicate sunset years. Preserving it for a careful opening and pouring and then dump it through paper or cloth. It's not like sedimen...
by Cris Whetstone
June 28th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux
Replies: 52
Views: 1636

Re: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux

Old CA Cabs and Merlots can carry the humidor type thing. I'm sure the changing techniques discussed above and elevated ripeness levels are pushing it aside.
by Cris Whetstone
June 28th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: sediment filters worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 1263

Re: sediment filters worth it?

I only like to do this if a cork crumbles a lot and ends up in the bottle. For sediment you can usually just pour slowly and/or decant. If it's stirred up a lot then the stuff that will not settle out in a couple minutes probably isn't big enough for you to notice anyway. If you're worried, don't do...
by Cris Whetstone
June 28th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jancis Robinson on the next cult wines
Replies: 37
Views: 2550

Re: Jancis Robinson on the next cult wines

If it is behind a paywall, copying the whole thing here is probably not legal. I know putting "cult wine" in the subject is more clicky. I think it's more probably titled 'exciting new projects'. Many new projects come and go every year that could become the next cult wine. As evidenced by the Kelle...
by Cris Whetstone
June 25th, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 3972

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

The '87 Montelena is excellent. One of the better wines I've had from this state.
by Cris Whetstone
June 25th, 2020, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 3972

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

I couldn't pull the trigger on a Durand. So I requested one as a gift. It works beautifully. Sure you can juggle an ah-so and regular corkscrew but it's a hassle. I'll always remember people spending lots of Lagiuole corkscrews. More than Durand's are. And they work much worse. Worse than many cheap...
by Cris Whetstone
June 25th, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1810

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

Every bottle is an experience.
by Cris Whetstone
June 24th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 3972

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

B. Buzzini wrote:
June 24th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Ahhh...the old teenage drinkin game!
Wine as a teenager. Unless wine coolers count. [bye2.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
June 24th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Covid Cassoulet - Les Cailloux, CalSegur, LeoPoyferre, LeoBarton, GrPuyLacoste
Replies: 11
Views: 800

Re: TN: Covid Cassoulet - Les Cailloux, CalSegur, LeoPoyferre, LeoBarton, GrPuyLacoste

I can confirm the '95 Montus' are terrific. I recently opened one of two I got from one of Robin's sales, just to keep this thread incestuous. I was really impressed with it being in sort of perfect maturity with fantastic structure. 1995 Château Montus Madiran - France, Southwest France, Madiran (4...
by Cris Whetstone
June 23rd, 2020, 12:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépierè Clos des Briords
Replies: 16
Views: 648

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépierè Clos des Briords

I've tried aging them. They carry along just fine. They tend to lose that mineral freshness to me. The fruit takes on that richer, more golden expression. But they don't really transform or pick up complexity. I'm done aging them. That strong mineral expression is what brings me back to the Briords....
by Cris Whetstone
June 21st, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid site had problems tonight.
Replies: 69
Views: 3376

Re: Winebid site had problems tonight.

I was wondering. I went to check on things and the site seems to be....having issues. No excuse for me missing the deadline but I wanted to see by how much I had lost the wines I forgot to re-up my bids on.
by Cris Whetstone
June 21st, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8786
Views: 1294697

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

The mind boggles. What is going on at these places? Sunk cost appears to be no option.
by Cris Whetstone
June 21st, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Covid Cassoulet - Les Cailloux, CalSegur, LeoPoyferre, LeoBarton, GrPuyLacoste
Replies: 11
Views: 800

TN: Covid Cassoulet - Les Cailloux, CalSegur, LeoPoyferre, LeoBarton, GrPuyLacoste

A good friend made a ton of cassoulet and had us bring over some terrific wines for a rare respite from sheltering in place. All wines were good or better. The company was fine and the cassoulet rich. A terrific night overlooking the Pacific. COVID CASSOULET - Robin Stark's, Cardiff-by-the-Sea (6/19...
by Cris Whetstone
June 20th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me
Replies: 70
Views: 2975

Re: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me

My recs were just good Champagnes outside the bigger brands in the price range that were specifically at Hi-Times. The wines I recommend are from a variety of styles.
by Cris Whetstone
June 17th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19017

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I can never understand the push for economics to be considered before morals. Or even in place of them. That's a sort of bright light focus on the tenor of the times. In nearly every case using the term "virtue signaling" is actual virtue signaling. Whereas a boycott of one is not really much of a ...
by Cris Whetstone
June 17th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19017

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I can never understand the push for economics to be considered before morals. Or even in place of them. That's a sort of bright light focus on the tenor of the times.

In nearly every case using the term "virtue signaling" is actual virtue signaling.
by Cris Whetstone
June 16th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19017

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

There is a lot of great wine in the world. It's pretty easy to ignore purchasing certain labels. I can't even buy all the ones I want to. No doubt. If you want not to buy from some winery because of something they did or said, that's totally fine and it's your money, but people probably flatter the...
by Cris Whetstone
June 16th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19017

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Might be getting too political here but I don't like people using their companies as a vehicle to push their personal political agenda. Corporations should stay out of politics. (Side note if it matters - I am a minority) Unless corporations can transport themselves into a vacuum it's impossible fo...
by Cris Whetstone
June 16th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19017

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

There is a lot of great wine in the world. It's pretty easy to ignore purchasing certain labels. I can't even buy all the ones I want to.
by Cris Whetstone
June 15th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Elyse Zinfandel Morisoli Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford)
Replies: 9
Views: 344

Re: TN: 2018 Elyse Zinfandel Morisoli Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford)

I picked up a bottle of this from Windbid last year. A 1995. I was stunned at how youthful and powerful it was. For any wine nevermind a Zin. Good to know it's still being made.
by Cris Whetstone
June 15th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Watch Your Back! The Riesling Movie
Replies: 5
Views: 611

Re: Watch Your Back! The Riesling Movie

I often forget how seriously many NYers like to take themselves...and then I see something like that.

Checked out when he poured Riesling on what looked to be a saguaro.
by Cris Whetstone
June 13th, 2020, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Keller Silliness
Replies: 146
Views: 5815

Re: Keller Silliness

I'm with David. I've thought most of the GG I ever tried were overpriced out of the gate. It felt like the the constructers of this market wanted to make themselves into some sort of instant Burgundy. When most people already respected the sweet wines that way. But ya know, sugar isn't to be taken s...
by Cris Whetstone
June 12th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6868

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Oh, more like Bordeaux just wants to be your awesome best friend :). Your best friend whose dad is a doctor but still asks you to lend him money. No, no the friend who everyone keeps trying to take him to Brunch and you're like, 'listen, I love this guy, but he's REALLY not a morning person. Hell, ...
by Cris Whetstone
June 10th, 2020, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed
Replies: 55
Views: 2321

Re: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed

IHME keeps getting their coronavirus projections way wrong. I’ll take my chances. https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/5/2/21241261/coronavirus-modeling-us-deaths-ihme-pandemic Preliminary projections about a virus known to mankind for all of five months help you draw conclusions about decades w...
by Cris Whetstone
June 10th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6868

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Mel Knox wrote:
June 10th, 2020, 10:07 am
I don't think the concept of terroir is BS, but there is a lot of BS in the way people employ the term.

So, so much this.
by Cris Whetstone
June 9th, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6868

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Alert the authorities. There's a turd in the punch bowl.
by Cris Whetstone
June 7th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you ever tell a friend the wine he proudly poured had died?
Replies: 38
Views: 1716

Re: Do you ever tell a friend the wine he proudly poured had died?

Like Mark and Chris said. It's very group and event dependent. Some individuals take the news in stride. Others feel personally affronted.
by Cris Whetstone
June 7th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me
Replies: 70
Views: 2975

Re: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me

Veuve is actually ok these days. The regular yellow label NV is just usually over priced since it became popular. The 08 regular vintage yellow label is actually excellent. Perusing the Hi-Times selection since I know you're local and their selection is a good as any around here, these are a few I w...
by Cris Whetstone
June 5th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - super secret additional raffle run - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!
Replies: 327
Views: 14429

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund - (DONATION CAP $60,000 REACHED!!)

i'll explain it all on the video on FB or IG (whichever you decide to follow) Excellent. I have no doubt Charlie will run fair event. I just think many of us were not clear on the system given what was presented. For a variety of reasons it will be good to have a clear explanation out there before ...
by Cris Whetstone
June 5th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - super secret additional raffle run - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!
Replies: 327
Views: 14429

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund - (DONATION CAP $60,000 REACHED!!)

Wow Charlie. I thought your initial setup was kick ass. This blows all doors off what I expected. Let me take a stab at the system. Is each "round" a randomization of your whole pool of 'tickets' which selects 30? Therefore you are going to run it 5 times taking the top from each and the fifth run y...
by Cris Whetstone
May 30th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Special Zoom--Bertrand Gautherot of Vouette et Sorbee + special documentary movie (May 29th and May 30th)
Replies: 68
Views: 2040

Re: Special Zoom--Bertrand Gautherot of Vouette et Sorbee + special documentary movie (May 29th and May 30th)

I would also point out that another place to find some top notch magical bullshit is the Monsanto website. I’ll take my bullshit with a side order of valerian. Not believing in biodynamics is not the same as believing in full on manipulation Monsanto style. It's not either-or. You can be kind to yo...
by Cris Whetstone
May 28th, 2020, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus cries foul
Replies: 48
Views: 2362

Re: Caymus cries foul

Yeah. Sure. Tasting rooms can do stuff. But they also do that stuff 2-4 weeks from now. This pouting about food service getting in and them now sounds childish to me. It's like some kid complaining their sibling got candy when they didn't. Except we are talking about a pandemic which seems to get lo...
by Cris Whetstone
May 28th, 2020, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus cries foul
Replies: 48
Views: 2362

Re: Caymus cries foul

I don't really envy lawmakers here. It's kind of obvious what the intent is here unless you really need to paint some picture of your own biases. They are saying restaurants are cool but barhopping and roaming from place to place to drink are not. It's pretty obvious that tasting rooms have people g...
by Cris Whetstone
May 26th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Relatively low RP rating but wine drops your jaws
Replies: 42
Views: 2258

Re: Relatively low RP rating but wine drops your jaws

Long ago when I actually referred to those scores I remember noticing a lot of the Cabs I was taking to RMP would score in the range of about 90-92. He liked them. They just didn't get the fireworks.
by Cris Whetstone
May 24th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4109

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

Just to echo what Sarah is saying, fortified wines are a separate category for me. I do open a few of those per year. Usually in the winter. I will sip a bottle from the fridge over the course of a month. Give or take depending on the specific kind of wine. Madeiras, ruby Ports, tawny Ports, sweeter...
by Cris Whetstone
May 24th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event--Mathilde Margaine of Champagne A. Margaine & Brad B, Saturday 5/23 @ 10AM PT / 1PM ET
Replies: 39
Views: 1016

Re: Zoom Event--Mathilde Margaine of Champagne A. Margaine & Brad B, Saturday 5/23 @ 10AM PT / 1PM ET

Brad, I was struck when you talked about production sizes on the Zoom event. I think you mentioned how small Billiot is. Like 30k bottles? That's a producer that is almost always available in SoCal. The regular gray label NV and usually the latest vintage area easy to find. Interesting the availabil...
by Cris Whetstone
May 24th, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4109

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

I'm in a similar boat. Though I've never bought a ton. I don't even really look to pop German Riesling very much. It just never screams out to my palate. Part of it probably is that I don't have much of a sweet tooth. For instance, I've never enjoyed 'stickies' with dessert. It just feels like poure...
by Cris Whetstone
May 23rd, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Suggestions (bready/nutty profile)
Replies: 20
Views: 808

Re: Champagne Suggestions (bready/nutty profile)

Bollinger of course. If you pay attention you can get it under $50. Even $40. Buy in quantity when you get it down there.

A couple others that come to mind are Rene-Henri Coutier and Henri Goutorbe.
by Cris Whetstone
May 23rd, 2020, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event--Mathilde Margaine of Champagne A. Margaine & Brad B, Saturday 5/23 @ 10AM PT / 1PM ET
Replies: 39
Views: 1016

Re: Zoom Event--Mathilde Margaine of Champagne A. Margaine & Brad B, Saturday 5/23 @ 10AM PT / 1PM ET

Mathilde seems very plugged in and soaking up everything. So knowledgeable for someone only really serious in for less than 2.5 years. The estate is in good hands. I think I've tried one of their ones at some point but not sure. I hope to try some soon. If you find some more Frank, maybe this would ...
by Cris Whetstone
May 23rd, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Livestream Session - Bryan and Katie Flannery! May 23rd, 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern
Replies: 105
Views: 4171

Re: Zoom Livestream Session - Bryan and Katie Flannery! May 23rd, 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern

Just to confirm, you are not doing invites for the Zoom. Right? Just click on the link in the header when time?
by Cris Whetstone
May 18th, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lot of praise for Cellartracker
Replies: 143
Views: 7842

Re: A lot of praise for Cellartracker

My biggest pet peeve with CT is that people create new listings each vintage for NV champagne listings. I'd prefer just a single NV champagne listing, and then perhaps within that page there can be separate listings for bottles based on the vintages blended for the bottling and the disgorgement dat...
by Cris Whetstone
May 18th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event--Mark and Jeff Pisoni of Pisoni Vineyards--Thursday, May 28th 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 15
Views: 493

Re: Zoom Event--Mark and Jeff Pisoni of Pisoni Vineyards--Thursday, May 28th 5PM PT / 8PM ET

They are awesome. Frankie, we had him down at Basanti and we blinded him on of his own wines and he called it a burgundy! Remember what that was? I think Andrew, Seiber, and the entire gang was there. He brought all his wines in crumbled brown bags? So great. I remember being there. I think I broug...
by Cris Whetstone
May 17th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer PSA -- Los Angeles Wine Company TCA policy (Updated with Winery's response)
Replies: 108
Views: 5405

Re: Retailer PSA -- Los Angeles Wine Company TCA policy (Updated with Winery's response)

... You're still 'barking up the wrong tree' trying to hold end retailers responsible for the cleaning practices of cork manufacturers. Maybe this is your call to arms. Rise up and not buy from specialty wine shops you repressed masses. Let the tyranny of the occasional flawed bottle of luxury wine...

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