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by Mel Knox
March 22nd, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1969 vs. 1970
Replies: 27
Views: 1199

Re: 1969 vs. 1970

Nick, 69 was ok and sometimes very good here. Great in Burgundy but elsewhere?? 70 is your better bet. Vintage Port?? Still good and not that expensive. California: you need a collector friend. Bordeaux: very good but at the end of its run. Latour should be great but how much? Barolo?? 71 was great ...
by Mel Knox
March 22nd, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx
Replies: 68
Views: 4158

Re: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx

Here is the way I look at this: There are 1/vintages announced great that remain great... always a problem for those of us who forgot to get rich 2/vintages that are announced great but are spotty, like 1975...sometimes there are values later on 3/vintages that are overlooked or underappreciated tha...
by Mel Knox
March 22nd, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Options similar to Realm?
Replies: 23
Views: 2749

Re: Options similar to Realm?

Realm buys grapes from my friends the Farellas, so you might want to try their wine.
by Mel Knox
March 22nd, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx
Replies: 68
Views: 4158

Re: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx

I met Michael Broadbent at a party where somebody brought a double magnum of 71 La Tache. I didn t think it had been well stored. Or maybe that isn t the wine to bring to a party or maybe 1971 went to sleep and never same around. That's all I remember other than Jordan Mackay saying to him, 'I'm a w...
by Mel Knox
March 19th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 9313

Re: $3000 bottle

With a hand blown bottle does one have to worry about the consistency and accuracy of the bore entry??

As for Todd I believe he is a mythical creature who embodies all characteristics of winery owners, good and bad. We project our fantasies of what winery owners do onto The Todd.
by Mel Knox
March 18th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where Are The Franconia Wines???...David??
Replies: 14
Views: 763

Re: Where Are The Franconia Wines???...David??

Some time ago Claude turned me on to some excellent Franconian wines. Since then I've bought a few from Tom Elliott's company, Northwest Wine LTD...not to be confused with the custom crush place in Oregon. Tom carries Frohlich and Juliusspital, which I enjoy. I checked on line and see that neither K...
by Mel Knox
March 18th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 9313

Re: $3000 bottle

Alex,

Is there any way you can photoshop Larry's arms and legs and clothes onto Todd??
Everyone here is convinced that Todd has created this wine and your job is to provide evidence to support that hypothesis.
by Mel Knox
March 16th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 9313

Re: $3000 bottle

The Fairbank hypothesis makes more sense than the one about Todd. Todd doesn't look at all like the guy in the picture.
I feel as though I retired from barrel sales too soon. If people can sell wine for $3K a bottle, who will complain about barrel prices??
by Mel Knox
March 16th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 866
Views: 41744

Re: It's critic bingo! (Furballs?)

Maybe Mannfred is going after the cat lover market....this could be a breakthrough for all of us.
by Mel Knox
March 15th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 9313

$3000 bottle

https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles ... 000-bottle

Jancis wrote a free article about somebody in the Napa trying to hype a wine that will cost $3000 a bottle.
Who can it be now?? Is it The Todd?? I have no idea. Any guesses??
by Mel Knox
March 13th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2558

Re: WSJ wine article

Wasn't it Blake Brown who said that in victory you deserved Champagne and in defeat you needed it??
In any event, it's been like this in the UK for some time. One or two publications don't dictate taste. Instead of bunch of wine writers argue with each other.
by Mel Knox
March 13th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corti Bros Newsletter Archive
Replies: 3
Views: 419

Re: Corti Bros Newsletter Archive

A friend showed me a late 1960s advertisement by John Walker, a now defunct wine shop that catered to the carriage trade.
Just depressingly low prices.
by Mel Knox
March 13th, 2019, 12:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 153
Views: 6865

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

Today I visited an old friend who buys pinot from all over California and part of the former Oregon Territory. He complains that he buys grapes from a top vineyard, can use the name of the vineyard, but not the AVA, which is called something like 'I can't believe it's not La Tache'. Yet anybody who ...
by Mel Knox
March 13th, 2019, 12:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 153
Views: 6865

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

Jim is still Jim....so true...and we've tried everything...no luck!! There is no cure.
by Mel Knox
March 10th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 153
Views: 6865

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

First of all, appellation laws are really about property rights...the right of the owner of a piece of land to defend himself against those who would call wine from the south of France or California 'Champagne' or 'Burgundy'. It's also very political, witness the reach of the Napa Valley and Russian...
by Mel Knox
February 21st, 2019, 10:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: DavidBruce Zin Calif LateHrvst Sweet '71...(short/boring)
Replies: 13
Views: 346

Re: TN: DavidBruce Zin Calif LateHrvst Sweet '71...(short/boring)

Tom,

What was the 68 Mayacamas Zin called?? Not Late Harvest?? I know it hit the scales around 18% alc...
by Mel Knox
February 19th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 3652

Re: Diam corks?

I see --thanks to Lew Purdue--that a barrel company in S America has trained dogs to find TCA.

Now that marijuana is legal in many states, DEA dogs could be retrained. Of course, you could always divert their attention with bags of baby carrots.
by Mel Knox
February 17th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bob Lindquist Leaves Qupe - And 'Starts' Own Brand . . .
Replies: 19
Views: 1529

Re: Bob Lindquist Leaves Qupe - And 'Starts' Own Brand . . .

https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/all-change-for-qup-and-the-lindquists I cannot remember who told me that VWE was buying the former Deutz facility but here it is on Jancis' website. I've heard the vineyard needs replanting. Nobody seems to know about the vineyard in Cuyama but I suppose if VW...
by Mel Knox
February 15th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bob Lindquist Leaves Qupe - And 'Starts' Own Brand . . .
Replies: 19
Views: 1529

Re: Bob Lindquisst Leaves Qupe - And 'Starts' Own Brand . . .

VWE is also buying the Laetitia winery and brand, but not the vineyards, and that is where the new Qupe wines will be made.
There is a free article about this on Jancis Robinson's website.
by Mel Knox
February 14th, 2019, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 3652

Re: Diam corks?

Let me make something clear: I did not make any joke to cork suppliers. Indeed, the son of a friend was there. A mutual customer, who had 'enjoyed'many cork taint issues, made the joke. Then he switched to screw caps. In this situation I am praising products made by a company whose owners have been ...
by Mel Knox
February 14th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 3652

Re: Diam corks?

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by Mel Knox
February 13th, 2019, 10:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 3652

Re: Diam corks?

I'm not sure why John aspires to be me because by the time he was 30 he made enough money to retire in great luxury...maybe it's the hair. Maybe he thinks driving around and tasting wine with a bunch of OCD winemakers is great fun. Ok, it is. Years ago I sold specialty French bottles. The guy from c...
by Mel Knox
February 13th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 3652

Re: Diam corks?

From the POV of somebody who imports or sells wine, Oliver has it right. He doesn't have to worry about dealing with customers complaining about corked bottles. He doesn't have to check bottles before heading out to sell. As I said before, Uvaggio has been using these things since the middle of the ...
by Mel Knox
February 12th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 3652

Re: Diam corks?

At Uvaggio we started using diam around 2005 and so far, so good. Before we often had cork taint issues and the cork company told us to jump in the lake when we complained. I've heard the wood tannin thing about corks but I've never tasted an experiment that would show this. I've heard reduction com...
by Mel Knox
February 11th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Filoli Estate Vnyd??
Replies: 14
Views: 503

Re: Filoli Estate Vnyd??

Thanks, Al. I was passing along old news.
by Mel Knox
February 11th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Filoli Estate Vnyd??
Replies: 14
Views: 503

Re: Filoli Estate Vnyd??

Tom,

Adam Tolmach's brother and his wife run/ran the garden there for many years. Supposedly Adam's brother is a beermaking genius.
by Mel Knox
February 10th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Cost to Grape to Expression" Ratio
Replies: 19
Views: 810

Re: "Cost to Grape to Expression" Ratio

How about Barbera, Dolcetto and Vermentino??
Malvasia Bianca??
by Mel Knox
February 8th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Raj and Jordan write another book
Replies: 5
Views: 476

Re: Raj and Jordan write another book

I can see why Raj might feel there was a conflict of interest in discussing California.
by Mel Knox
February 7th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron: Intentional Brett Infected Wine
Replies: 14
Views: 757

Re: SFChron: Intentional Brett Infected Wine

Larry,
I see this with the gatekeepers.
Speaking of beer, I wonder if the popularity of IPA will mean that wine drinkers will be more open to bitter tastes in wine.
by Mel Knox
February 7th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to Cold Heaven Cellars?
Replies: 5
Views: 1083

Re: What happened to Cold Heaven Cellars?

I just ran into Morgan on Tuesday. She is working on developing a brokerage business in North Carolina for central coast wineries. I don't think she could sell the Viognier at a truly profitable price.
by Mel Knox
February 7th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Raj and Jordan write another book
Replies: 5
Views: 476

Re: Raj and Jordan write another book

Well, they liked the book in London.
by Mel Knox
February 7th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron: Intentional Brett Infected Wine
Replies: 14
Views: 757

Re: SFChron: Intentional Brett Infected Wine

My experience is that people love brett in European wines but not so much in California wines.
by Mel Knox
February 7th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Raj and Jordan write another book
Replies: 5
Views: 476

Raj and Jordan write another book

https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles ... mon-awards

Did I miss the discussion of this book??
by Mel Knox
February 3rd, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Super Bowl Wine Pairings
Replies: 32
Views: 1410

Re: Super Bowl Wine Pairings

One could match the Screaming Eagle with Kraft Singles and then both owners would be happy.
by Mel Knox
February 3rd, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Super Bowl Wine Pairings
Replies: 32
Views: 1410

Re: Super Bowl Wine Pairings

Nobody is drinking Screaming Eagle or Jonata?? Stan Kroenke would appreciate the touch.
by Mel Knox
February 3rd, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Super Bowl Wine Pairings
Replies: 32
Views: 1410

Re: Super Bowl Wine Pairings

Why not Kalin Cellars,made in Goff's home town of Novato? For Tom Brady's team, why not Clos de la Tech...made in the hills above San Mateo where Tom grew up...Rhys might be a stretch but the winery used to be in San Carlos just down the road from Serra High School, Tom's alma mater. If you went by ...
by Mel Knox
February 2nd, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 13
Views: 1645

Re: NYT on 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape

Perhaps I should have said, northeast coast writers as there was a Maryland writer who liked our oak treatments. I miss him a lot!! Indeed there are writers here who are a lot like the ones back East...It is funny how some writers will forgive screeching levels of acidity and brett but not oak or hi...
by Mel Knox
February 2nd, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 13
Views: 1645

Re: NYT on 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape

I enjoyed the article for its writing. Garrigue is back. It's another word for, We couldn t wait for flavor ripeness so we have a bunch of vegetal flavors we pass off as terroir. Leathery...does this mean brett?? East coast wine writers love brett, hate oak. Jonathan's comments remind me of a notion...
by Mel Knox
January 28th, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pecota Passito MuscatCanelli '93...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Re: TN: Pecota Passito MuscatCanelli '93...(short/boring)

Tom,

We at Uvaggio made a Vermentino Passito a few years back. Got a very nice review in the Wine Enthusiast. We also made a vin santo 20 years ago....still have a few bottles.
by Mel Knox
January 20th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)
Replies: 117
Views: 5083

Re: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)

Somebody asked a question about Ch Montelena. The answer is 'pinking'...White Wine that has never been exposed to oxygen, as whites were made back then, can briefly turn color after bottling, when the wine is exposed to oxygen. Nowadays, white wines are made differently. But back then wine was prote...
by Mel Knox
January 19th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Chablis have premox issues like other white burgs?
Replies: 15
Views: 868

Re: Does Chablis have premox issues like other white burgs?

I don't think more or less oak has anything to do with premox. Lees contact is important due to the glutathione in the lees. SO2 and pH levels as well.
by Mel Knox
January 19th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Lake Vnyd??
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Re: Winery Lake Vnyd??

Tom, This is a good question. Rene sold the vineyard to Seagrams/Sterling sometime in the mid 80s. Sterling became part of Diageo and in turn part of Treasury, which owns Beringer, BV, Chateau St Jean, Acacia, Etude, Stags Leap Vineyard --the Doumani Stags Leap, and much more. Odd that nobody talks ...
by Mel Knox
January 17th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?
Replies: 61
Views: 2770

Re: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?

The first wine plate I ever saw was that of the late Robert Finnegan: PourVin. Josh Jensen had MrPinot...didn't see it on his new Porsche. Bob Lindquist of Qupe had K Syrah...his wife had QupeDol. Zelma Long had ZVinMkr or something like that.There are a million Silver Oak license plate holder that ...
by Mel Knox
January 17th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?
Replies: 61
Views: 2770

Re: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?

Mine reads 'TONEAUX"...Tonneaux has too many letters. I used to have 'VINFUTS"...
by Mel Knox
January 16th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron Wine Judging Results
Replies: 35
Views: 2008

Re: SFChron Wine Judging Results

We (Uvaggio) participated in the first ever of these and we got lots of medals and nobody cared. To participate was not at all expensive and the event itself was an invitation to eat and drink way too much....at a very reasonable price,I might add. Have not attended since.
by Mel Knox
January 5th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?
Replies: 42
Views: 1481

Re: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?

For somebody who is a little crazy about wine but knows little about the practicalities of making it, this idea might just be the ticket. Let's say you work in a city close to a wine region. Portland, San Francisco, and LA come to mind. On Saturdays you work in the vineyard or in the cellar, and hel...
by Mel Knox
January 3rd, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?
Replies: 42
Views: 1481

Re: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?

If money were not an issue I'd buy a machine that made me forty years younger. In the meantime let me say a few words about Crushpad. Friends of mine invested and this did not turn out well. 1/People discover how hard it is to drink 10 cases of wine. The people who made wine with the idea of going b...
by Mel Knox
January 1st, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can You Ever Forgive Me
Replies: 6
Views: 1169

Re: Can You Ever Forgive Me

I thought it was a good movie. When comedians play serious roles, sometimes it's hard to suspend the disbelief. It should be out in some kind of video form soon.

My point was the parallel between this story and that of our good buddy Rudy the K.
by Mel Knox
December 31st, 2018, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can You Ever Forgive Me
Replies: 6
Views: 1169

Can You Ever Forgive Me

Can You Ever Forgive Me is the title of a movie that made me think of Hardy Rodentstock and our fave, Rudy the K.It is very much based on a true story about a woman named Lee Israel. In it, a grumpy alcoholic writer of show business biographies steals and then forges letters written by famous show b...
by Mel Knox
December 28th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HappyBirthday, TomHill
Replies: 8
Views: 592

Re: HappyBirthday, TomHill

Enjoy the snow!

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