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by Alan Rath
October 25th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées
Replies: 16
Views: 500

Re: TN: 2010 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées

Tomás Costa wrote:
October 25th, 2020, 3:51 pm
He ignores his dear old mother's wishes, goes to jail for dereliction of duty and ultimately kills Carmen out of jealousy, ruining his life..
This should really be in a “spoiler alert”
by Alan Rath
October 23rd, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Zöbinger Heiligenstein
Replies: 14
Views: 405

Re: TN: 2017 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Zöbinger Heiligenstein

Will you folks please stop talking ;)
by Alan Rath
October 21st, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Fall offer
Replies: 33
Views: 3076

Re: Rhys Fall offer

KenL. wrote:
October 21st, 2020, 11:40 am
Just placed a small order.
2x Alpine PN
1x Horseshoe Syrah
1x Bearwallow PN
Some good choices!
by Alan Rath
October 17th, 2020, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Peay Vineyards "La Bruma" Syrah
Replies: 6
Views: 318

Re: TN: 2004 Peay Vineyards "La Bruma" Syrah

I have 4 notes in CT on this wine, the last one in 2017: Dark garnet color, showing little signs of age; meaty, volcanic crushed fruit nose, then good, medium intense dark fruit, crushed rocks, a hint of sweetness from the warmer vintage, nicely balancing acidity, and some fine but noticeable tannin...
by Alan Rath
October 17th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Peay Vineyards "La Bruma" Syrah
Replies: 6
Views: 318

Re: TN: 2004 Peay Vineyards "La Bruma" Syrah

I’ve always said the Syrah is one of their best wines. I originally had a case each of the two 2004 syrahs, they were so electric and incredible when young, it was hard not to drink them. Recently drank one, and just smiled in happiness that i still have a few left.
by Alan Rath
October 16th, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Creuset 6.75 quart on sale
Replies: 22
Views: 1112

Re: Creuset 6.75 quart on sale

Yes the weight is a problem, especially when full. But I would not dream of braising in anything else. I used a couple of different sized LC for years, until more recently switching to All Clad, and lately even lighter anodized aluminum. I haven’t found an ounce of difference in how they cook, and ...
by Alan Rath
October 16th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 582
Views: 36304

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Had the “regular” burger blend last week, outstanding.

Hangers this week. There really isn’t a better steak, forget the price.
by Alan Rath
October 16th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cooked with no signs of seepage?
Replies: 23
Views: 1026

Re: cooked with no signs of seepage?

I believe that, but then that’s well beyond what I would say is safe against damage. You’re lucky you weren’t charged with reckless endangerment.
by Alan Rath
October 16th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cooked with no signs of seepage?
Replies: 23
Views: 1026

Re: Well....

The wine experts tell us the wine can be cooked but no evidence of seepage/compromise to the cork. And that the evidence of a wine being cooked does not show up until yrs later. So you can't tell by trying a btl upon arrival. I'm not a wine expert but most wine experts don't have a clue as to what ...
by Alan Rath
October 15th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?
Replies: 171
Views: 12515

Re: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?

David Kubiak wrote:
October 15th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Given the number of billionaires in the world I have sometimes wondered how there is anything left for the average multi-millionaire.
That cracked me up [cheers.gif]
by Alan Rath
October 14th, 2020, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 82
Views: 3668

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

People who buy wine at TJs need to write an open letter of apology, and take a month hiatus from the board neener
by Alan Rath
October 11th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Hall of Fame
Replies: 72
Views: 4538

Re: QPR Hall of Fame

Sean S y d n e y wrote:
October 10th, 2020, 10:18 pm
Alan Rath wrote:
October 10th, 2020, 8:50 pm
Sean S y d n e y wrote:
October 10th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Drouhin Chorey-lès-Beaune
I bought some on your rec. Don’t let me down ;)
No pressure! [wow.gif]
Lol, I’ve bought the wine numerous times before, your glowing note just spurred me to find some this year. Another I always like is Drouhin’s Cote de Nuits Villages.
by Alan Rath
October 10th, 2020, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Hall of Fame
Replies: 72
Views: 4538

Re: QPR Hall of Fame

Sean S y d n e y wrote:
October 10th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Drouhin Chorey-lès-Beaune
I bought some on your rec. Don’t let me down ;)
by Alan Rath
October 8th, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 31998

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Can smoke-tainted grapes be used in a distilled spirit - like brandy? I read an article asserting so. However, the growers could never reclaim costs of farming in fine wine regions (presumably), and demand for grapes used in spirits surely wouldn't cover the volume of affected produce...? Where's o...
by Alan Rath
October 6th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Aeris Wines Carricante Bianco Centennial Mountain
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Re: TN: 2017 Aeris Wines Carricante Bianco Centennial Mountain

The head scratcher for me is the assertion that Carricante ages. I'm not sure I see where it goes that would be better than where it starts out. I am keeping a few bottles of the Etna Bianco aside to see what happens, but I have been liking it on the young side. I liked both of the Centennial Mount...
by Alan Rath
October 4th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 59743

Re: #GlassFire

The reason phos chek is bad for fish is the nitrogen feeds the algae blooms and reduces oxygen, bad things if you're a fish. Some of the main components of Phos-Chek retardants include ammonium polyphosphate, diammonium phosphate, diammonium sulfate, monoammonium phosphate, attapulgus clay, guar gu...
by Alan Rath
October 3rd, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 59743

Re: #GlassFire

I thought they lifted the Red Flag Warning. It’s 102° out here and a steady wind blowing. Trees are dropping leaves like raindrops and the Wife is going into stress mode again. Will this fu¢king stop already? See rain in the forecast for next Saturday. Fingers heavily crossed. Overnight, buddy. It’...
by Alan Rath
October 3rd, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN'S: A Thursday Night Whose Wines Did Not Suck: 10 CFE & 13 Clape
Replies: 1
Views: 249

Re: TN'S: A Thursday Night Whose Wines Did Not Suck: 10 CFE & 13 Clape

Two great wines, good to read such nice notes on them.
by Alan Rath
September 29th, 2020, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 59743

Re: #GlassFire

Cris Whetstone wrote:
September 29th, 2020, 9:18 pm
Chris Atkins wrote:
September 29th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Meteorologists and the media need to stop announcing Red Flag warnings!
Why shouldn't people be informed of important information that might effect their well being?
Arsonists
by Alan Rath
September 29th, 2020, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 59743

Re: #GlassFire

The video of spring mountain is so sad to see.
by Alan Rath
September 29th, 2020, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sémillon the Southern Hemisphere's Greatest White Grape?
Replies: 29
Views: 1200

Re: Is Sémillon the Southern Hemisphere's Greatest White Grape?

Had this one courtesy of a kind Aussie gentleman who carried it up to SF for a dinner. Remarkable and delicious wine.

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by Alan Rath
September 28th, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed
Replies: 71
Views: 2564

Re: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed

I have to believe someone at Davis or Fresno knows the answer to this, it’s probably in a text book somewhere. If not, might make a good senior project. Aren’t you a senior and retired? Work next years harvest for Jamie, report back. neener When Jamie gets an analytical chem lab, I’ll consider it ;)
by Alan Rath
September 28th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed
Replies: 71
Views: 2564

Re: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed

I have to believe someone at Davis or Fresno knows the answer to this, it’s probably in a text book somewhere. If not, might make a good senior project.
by Alan Rath
September 27th, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The glory of the 4oz/5oz tasting bottles. 79 Heitz Martha's opened 10 days ago - still drinking as good as when opened.
Replies: 61
Views: 2486

Re: The glory of the 4oz/5oz tasting bottles. 79 Heitz Martha's opened 10 days ago - still drinking as good as when open

Can the bottles be reused? Yes. Some use the dishwasher, but because the opening is small, I don’t quite trust that, both to get soap in, and more importantly to rinse it out. What I’ve adopted to clean them is to rinse out a couple times, then fill with boiling water and let sit while it cools. Em...
by Alan Rath
September 27th, 2020, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The glory of the 4oz/5oz tasting bottles. 79 Heitz Martha's opened 10 days ago - still drinking as good as when opened.
Replies: 61
Views: 2486

Re: The glory of the 4oz/5oz tasting bottles. 79 Heitz Martha's opened 10 days ago - still drinking as good as when open

Lonnie F. wrote:
September 27th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Otto and Alan. I thank you both.
I bought 12 4 oz bottles on amazon and look forward to the experiment.

Lonnie
I hadn’t seen Otto’s answer, which is also good!
by Alan Rath
September 27th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The glory of the 4oz/5oz tasting bottles. 79 Heitz Martha's opened 10 days ago - still drinking as good as when opened.
Replies: 61
Views: 2486

Re: The glory of the 4oz/5oz tasting bottles. 79 Heitz Martha's opened 10 days ago - still drinking as good as when open

Can someone help me here. What's the difference between reduction and oxidation and why does reduction resolve? Second, I tried this several years ago with rinsed out 6 ounce prosecco bottles. The wine didn't taste fresh the next day. Was it because of the seal or was it just reduction and I should...
by Alan Rath
September 26th, 2020, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The glory of the 4oz/5oz tasting bottles. 79 Heitz Martha's opened 10 days ago - still drinking as good as when opened.
Replies: 61
Views: 2486

Re: The glory of the 4oz/5oz tasting bottles. 79 Heitz Martha's opened 10 days ago - still drinking as good as when open

We’ve been doing it with a Bay Area group since mid April as well. Pretty sure Daniel got the idea from you [cheers.gif] I too have been impressed with how well almost all of the wines have shown, having done it a couple dozen times now. I do think storing them at fridge temp is important. It really...
by Alan Rath
September 25th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trimbach 2001 FE 375eme and regular
Replies: 17
Views: 658

Re: TN: Trimbach 2001 FE 375eme and regular

Eric Ifune wrote:
September 25th, 2020, 3:10 pm
I'm with Maureen. Haven't touched mine.
If you have a significant stash (and even if not) I would strongly consider busting a bottle out. They are both right in the middle of a superb drinking window, IMO. I do tend to like erring on the side of too early than too late.
by Alan Rath
September 24th, 2020, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trimbach 2001 FE 375eme and regular
Replies: 17
Views: 658

Re: TN: Trimbach 2001 FE 375eme and regular

What fun to have them side by side. I could do that, but I cant afford to deplete my meager number of bottles of either in one go lol.
by Alan Rath
September 24th, 2020, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling geeks, what glassware do you use?
Replies: 33
Views: 1497

Re: Riesling geeks, what glassware do you use?

From Somm 2: “Can there be any other business where there’s so much bullshit?"
by Alan Rath
September 23rd, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 31998

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

I trust the few California producers I buy from to decide how they were impacted, and if they will produce and release wine. If they do, I’ll have no hesitancy about buying from them. It’s almost offensive at this point to be painting with such a broad brush. I have more faith in the producers i kno...
by Alan Rath
September 20th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 1013

Re: Barrel furniture

Todd, can i ask you to delete this thread. I only posted because I thought it might interest some folks, and to support a small, local, family business. I’d rather it not show up if someone outside this community happens to google the business.
by Alan Rath
September 18th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 1013

Re: Barrel furniture

John Morris wrote:
September 18th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Alan Rath wrote:
September 18th, 2020, 3:58 pm
In all seriousness, this barrel table is pretty cool, for the right setting.
Which would be?

(You're not helping yourself, Alan. neener )
The wine cellar in my fantasy rustic Lake Tahoe cabin!
by Alan Rath
September 18th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 1013

Re: Barrel furniture

This really is a divided country.
by Alan Rath
September 18th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 1013

Re: Barrel furniture

And to think for years we’ve relying on Alan’s tasting notes, only to learn that he hath no taste! Wasn’t so much for me, or my tiny, overpriced SF Bay house, I just thought a country squire should have one of these for his pool boy to rest cocktails on when his hands are otherwise occupied neener ...
by Alan Rath
September 18th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 1013

Re: Barrel furniture

What the hell? It’s a small family business, the quality looks good to me. Some of the pieces aren’t things I’d own for myself, but if I had a pool, or a big entertaining patio, or a wine room, there are a number that would be fun to have. I posted because I wanted to share with a group likely to b...
by Alan Rath
September 18th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 1013

Re: Barrel furniture

What the hell? It’s a small family business, the quality looks good to me. Some of the pieces aren’t things I’d own for myself, but if I had a pool, or a big entertaining patio, or a wine room, there are a number that would be fun to have. I posted because I wanted to share with a group likely to be...
by Alan Rath
September 17th, 2020, 9:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Forester Bourbon: how is the whole lineup?
Replies: 22
Views: 2376

Re: Old Forester Bourbon: how is the whole lineup?

BLittle wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 10:59 am
1920 is also a personal favorite, but honestly, the whole line up is worth it. Just have to find your price point and preference
Wine . com has had it in stock. Combined with a decent discount code, you can get it for as low as $40.
by Alan Rath
September 16th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 1013

Barrel furniture

A new store front opened recently here in the south SF East Bay. As I was watching them build out, I had hopes it was going to be a wine bar ;) but turned out to be custom furniture made from wine barrels. No affiliation, just thought it might be of interest to folks here. I’m not sure if they ship,...
by Alan Rath
September 16th, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1242
Views: 58779

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

By the way, for those playing along at home, "closing shades of nuance" gets its own square on the bingo card, separate from the unmodified nuance. 99 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “Like Tignanello, the 2016 Solaia is a wine of extraordinary nuance and finesse. Super-ripe blackberry, plum jam, e...
by Alan Rath
September 12th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9893

Re: Fires-Oregon

A number of these fires started a month ago. The fire control folks will usually let a fire burn if it doesn't threaten anyone, it's in very difficult terrain, and there are other, more threatening fires. The unseasonably strong and very dry wind pushed these fires 30 miles in one night. Couple tha...
by Alan Rath
September 12th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Links redirecting to wine.com
Replies: 26
Views: 1647

Re: Links redirecting to wine.com

Does not happen for me. I’m guessing it has something to do with the change Todd made to open links in a new tab.
by Alan Rath
September 11th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Beaujolais
Replies: 51
Views: 3856

Re: 2019 Beaujolais

Bryan Price wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Drinking my 4th or 5th bottle of the 2017 Thivin CDB, still lush and not much bottle variation. Interested to see what the 2018s taste like.
Its just a little more of everything. I prefer the 17 (well, actually I much prefer the 16), but the 18 is quite enjoyable.
by Alan Rath
September 11th, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Red Burgs - time to crack a few!
Replies: 66
Views: 5020

Re: 2018 Red Burgs - time to crack a few!

19s sound like they will be tremendous. So far, what I have tasted in red from 2019 is very exciting indeed... I tasted Cécile Tremblay's wines the other day (she moves her barrels up a level in the cellar after harvest, before bottling next year, so I like to go early before the lees are disturbed...
by Alan Rath
September 11th, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 31998

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Newb question here: does the smoke taint taste like smoke flavor in ribs / pulled pork / smoked gouda or is it the more acrid flavors you get if you over-grill vegetables or burn garlic? Obviously the former would not make for a long-ageing fine wine, but I could see some market for that juice. Whe...
by Alan Rath
September 10th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9893

Re: Fires-Oregon

Is there word on how all these oregon fires started?
by Alan Rath
September 8th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage
Replies: 15
Views: 1417

Re: TN: 2017 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage

Nice to read your note Kent. Sounds about what i might expect from this wine in a vintage like 17. Interesting about scarcity, you can easily find this here, at very reasonable pricing. Maybe it will become the next Gonon, but I’ve never found it to quite measure up to Gonon.
by Alan Rath
September 6th, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chidaine and Huet
Replies: 8
Views: 738

Re: TN: Chidaine and Huet

Nice notes Alan! I'm wondering if you have a preference over the years for a particular bottling. I've been eyeing the 2019 Haut-Lieu Sec (my favorite of theirs) and found your notes a little short ("light minerality") of what I had been expecting based on the crtics. The Clos du Bourg Sec note ("l...
by Alan Rath
September 6th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chidaine and Huet
Replies: 8
Views: 738

TN: Chidaine and Huet

2018 François Chidaine Vin de France Sec Les Argiles - France, Vin de France (9/6/2020) Light on the nose, nice, medium rich palate, good acidity, some decent umami, maybe a touch of sweetness coming through, has some weight and density, tasty though relatively uncomplex. A good rendition of this w...
by Alan Rath
September 6th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three DavidCoffaros '02...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: TN: Three DavidCoffaros '02...(short/boring)

Always a fun visit. Dave had a heck of a sound system in his winery!

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