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by PFMay
January 7th, 2020, 3:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!
Replies: 29
Views: 2103

Re: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!

I thought it would be useful for my wife since her arthritis sometimes makes a waiter’s friend difficult. If there’s one that works well I’d like to see a specific name or link. I bought an re-chargeable electric corkscrew when I couldn't use my right arm after shattering my humerus. Worked well.
by PFMay
January 6th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!
Replies: 29
Views: 2103

Re: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!

These pumps have been around for ever, I was given one at least 50 years ago, and soon stopped using it. Problem is, it works by air pressure, so if the corks is tight and there's a weakness in the glass of the bottle..... Also, the box warns against opening irregular shaped bottles - at the time Ma...
by PFMay
November 19th, 2019, 3:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montepulciano Help
Replies: 11
Views: 761

Re: Montepulciano Help

The appellation or the grape? Exactly. There's the grape variety Montepulciano which is often from Abruzzo and is reasonably priced, then there is the wine from the area surrounding the town of Montepulciano which is mostly made from the grape variety Sangiovese. The way I find it, if the name Mont...
by PFMay
November 17th, 2019, 4:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New grapes approved for Bordeaux
Replies: 42
Views: 2877

Re: New grapes approved for Bordeaux

Would the inclusion of Marselan among the new approved varieties be influenced by Lafite's new vineyard in China which is planted with 10% Marselan (Along with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Syrah and 10% Merlot
by PFMay
October 28th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BA First Galleries lounge LHR
Replies: 9
Views: 876

Re: BA First Galleries lounge LHR

We were in !st Class lounger in T3 last year, but we had dinner and stuck with Champagne they were serving. We normally fly business class several times a year with BA from Heathrow and Gatwick and the wines vary at different lounges, there are two at Heathrow T5, different airports and even differe...
by PFMay
October 16th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: PELLER ESTATES CLARITY 2017 RUBY RED; SURPRISE, A NIAGARA OFF-DRY TABLE RED!
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Re: TN: PELLER ESTATES CLARITY 2017 RUBY RED; SURPRISE, A NIAGARA OFF-DRY TABLE RED!

Also Valpolicella Ricioto. I don't know why I didn't think of this before as only last month I was drinking it in Valpolicella, Italy
by PFMay
October 14th, 2019, 3:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: PELLER ESTATES CLARITY 2017 RUBY RED; SURPRISE, A NIAGARA OFF-DRY TABLE RED!
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Re: TN: PELLER ESTATES CLARITY 2017 RUBY RED; SURPRISE, A NIAGARA OFF-DRY TABLE RED!

Georgia is the only country in the world other than Portugal to produce a sweet red wine. I don't think they are as rare as that Off the top of my head I think of Mavrodaphne, a sweet red wine from Greece, from several producers in Patros. Or what about Quady's Elysium Black Muscat from California?...
by PFMay
September 28th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6707

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Chris Seiber wrote:
September 25th, 2019, 11:26 pm
Rotburger is a horrible name for a product.
and would be confusing as there is another wine grape variety named Rotberger
by PFMay
September 8th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1949

Re: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?

Gray asked what the normal markup is. In the UK it's usually 3 times retail, but in top/famous/expensive restaurants like Chiltern Firehouse it's usually more. Comparing the retail price against the USA isn't comparing like for like. Prices in the US don't include tax. Tax is included in wine prices...
by PFMay
September 5th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice for flying South African wines from SA back to the US
Replies: 16
Views: 810

Re: Advice for flying South African wines from SA back to the US

Hi Kevin I forgot to mention two outstanding Pinot wineries in Hemel en Aarde Valley - Newton Johnson and Bouchard-Finlayson, latter a venture started in 1989 by Paul Bouchard of Burgundy and local winemaker Peter Finlayson. When therer also try Hannibal, a blend comprising Italian varieties Sangiov...
by PFMay
September 3rd, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice for flying South African wines from SA back to the US
Replies: 16
Views: 810

Re: Advice for flying South African wines from SA back to the US

Hi Kevin - The place for Cabernet is Stellenbosch and perhaps the most highly rated Cab winery is Kanonkop Estate. They only grow red wine, they have a 100% Cabernet and a Bdx Blend (70% Cab) named Paul Sauer that gained the first ever 100 points from Tim Atkin MW in his annual SA ratings for the 20...
by PFMay
August 17th, 2019, 4:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: shipping TO Europe
Replies: 13
Views: 1019

Re: shipping TO Europe

I've had a couple of cases of wine shipped from South Africa to UK several times. There were two options: get the shipper to pay all taxes, i.e. the fee you pay shipper will include all taxes or not. If not then the shipper will deliver the wines and then afterwards pursue the recipient for the taxe...
by PFMay
August 4th, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chenin Blanc Parentage Revealed
Replies: 9
Views: 967

Re: Chenin Blanc Parentage Revealed

At the Berserkerfest, someone brought a Chenin/Pinotage blend white wine. It was not horrible. Someone in South Africqa must have been drinking too much before the blending trials. That was probably Beyerskloof. It's (along with the Rose) their cheapest wine at 75R including tax (=$5 USD). Story be...
by PFMay
August 3rd, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chenin Blanc Parentage Revealed
Replies: 9
Views: 967

Re: Chenin Blanc Parentage Revealed

Thanks for sharing that, Gary. And thank your spouse for a fascinating blog -- I need to spend more time with it
by PFMay
December 31st, 2018, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burned Rubber -- Dominate to Undrinkable
Replies: 19
Views: 1144

Re: Burned Rubber -- Dominate to Undrinkable

What does super strong Burned Rubber on nose and in the mouth to the degree of undrinkability indicate? In 2008 international critics were reporting burned rubber (BR) tastes in South African reds. Some people said it was a South African attribute, many linking it especially to Pinotage. Stellenbos...
by PFMay
November 20th, 2018, 8:03 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Visit to Madeira
Replies: 16
Views: 1429

Re: Visit to Madeira

I stayed in Funchal earlier this year. Blandy's offers two tours which can be booked online, but they admitted that their system wasn't working and such bookings vanished into the ether. So I booked (again) when there. I did both tours back to back and they are both worth it. And I returned the next...
by PFMay
August 22nd, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Randall Grahm on wine labels
Replies: 7
Views: 670

Re: Randall Grahm on wine labels

Thanks, Kim. Really interesting article.
by PFMay
August 22nd, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 169
Views: 7776

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

Here in the UK one of the popular (and inexpensive) wines sold by The Wine Society is 3C - which is an unoaked Cariñena (Carignan) from the village of Cariñena in the DOC of Cariñena (hence 3C). They also do a 3C Reserve which is oaked. https://www.thewinesociety.com/shop/ProductDetail.aspx?pd=SP131...
by PFMay
June 12th, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AtlasObscura: Beaumont's EU Banned Wine
Replies: 8
Views: 579

AtlasObscura: Beaumont's EU Banned Wine

John Morris wrote:What's a PDO wine? Product of Denominated Origin, or some such?
Protected Designation of Origin

Standardised EU wide appellation system. I've seen PDO use on Bordeaux labels instead of AoC.

http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/ipr ... ons_en.pdf
by PFMay
June 12th, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AtlasObscura: Beaumont's EU Banned Wine
Replies: 8
Views: 579

AtlasObscura: Beaumont's EU Banned Wine

On the island of Porto Santo, part of Madeira, I had a fortified wine partly made with Jacquez. It was a bit rustic, but I put it down to it being homemade rather than because it contained Jacquez. Jacques/Jacquet was one of the grapes used to make Madeira for around a century, but EU rules only al...
by PFMay
August 12th, 2017, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Zins"- Old Vine/Heritage/Field Blends question
Replies: 33
Views: 1755

"Zins"- Old Vine/Heritage/Field Blends question

Thanks Morgan, and all, for a fascinating and informative discussusion on old vine plantings, field blends and varietal labelling. In Robert Mondavi's autobiography 'Harvests of Joy' he says he labelled his Sauvignon blanc as 'Fume Blanc' in 1968 because " much of the sauvignon blanc being made in A...
by PFMay
April 26th, 2017, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old World in the New.
Replies: 51
Views: 3038

Old World in the New.

Also,
Escapades in Stellenbosch
Founded and owned by Greek winemakers/winery owners
Vangelis Gerovassiliou of Domaine Gerovassiliou and Vassilis Tsaktsarlis of Biblia Chora Estate
by PFMay
April 25th, 2017, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old World in the New.
Replies: 51
Views: 3038

Old World in the New.

May de Lencquesaing, the former owner of Pichon Lalande, owns/makes Glennelly Estate in Stellenbosch. Not a huge fan of South African reds in general, but it was academic to give her wines a try. As a fan of Pichon Lalande and the slight bit of subtle green/violet character the wine would take from...
by PFMay
April 25th, 2017, 4:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old World in the New.
Replies: 51
Views: 3038

Old World in the New.

What about South Africa? Any European wineries doing things there? None come to my mind. Three I know of in addition to Glenelly Bouchard-Finlayson in Hemel in Aarde Valley - tie up between Bouchards of Burgundy and Finlaysons of South Africa - excellent Burgundian style (natch) Pinot noir L'Avenir...
by PFMay
April 24th, 2017, 3:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Chinese Investment in Temecula
Replies: 11
Views: 1015

New Chinese Investment in Temecula

I visited Temecula again 6 months ago in October 2016. Big changes since my first visit which was before the Pierces outbreak there. Yes, a lot of wineries are geared to tourist experiences but there are some good wines made there. I think southern Eoropean varieties were most succesful and I enjoye...
by PFMay
March 5th, 2017, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine helper
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Wine helper

There have been a lot of miraculous magnetic wine aging devices, with fancy stories of how the magnetic fields change the wine by making or aligning long molecule chains or some other pseudo scientific claptrap. I tested one of these at a tasting, double blind, with amateur winemakers. The group did...

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