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by Thomas Keim
March 2nd, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 133
Views: 4892

Re: Your top five German wine producers

Von Buhl
Maximin Grunhaus
JJ Prum
Monchhof
Fritz Haag
by Thomas Keim
March 2nd, 2021, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does your Spouse or Significant Other drink with you?
Replies: 93
Views: 3450

Re: What does your Spouse or Significant Other drink with you?

She loves the "Three B's" of Italy; Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello. Loves non spoofy Bordeaux and Burgundy and can't drink American wines (sugar/alcohol). Bloody Mary's or Margaritas on Sundays. But if she is going to pop something by herself; Italian Whites and Provence Roses. She loves ...
by Thomas Keim
February 26th, 2021, 12:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Kweichow Moutai - Luxury Liqueur: Anyone ever taste it?
Replies: 9
Views: 737

Re: Kweichow Moutai - Luxury Liqueur: Anyone ever taste it?

David Kolin was nice enough to send me a bottle, and I finally tasted it with my servers after the pub closed last Friday night. Wow. The initial taste on the palate was surprisingly soft, and obviously high alcohol, but not as hot as I expected. Then that oily/kerosene taste took over. Holy shit, i...
by Thomas Keim
February 20th, 2021, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy
Replies: 104
Views: 7413

Re: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote: February 18th, 2021, 3:23 pm I find Aubert and Rochioli too big and ripe to be in the same conversation as Burgundy.
Frankly most all the top West Coast Pinot Noirs - much better off using some of the better Pinot Noirs from the Finger Lakes district in New York.
by Thomas Keim
February 20th, 2021, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?
Replies: 39
Views: 2206

Re: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?

Happy Canyon and Dierberg Winery is a great visit -

Brander for the best Sauvignon Blanc in California
by Thomas Keim
February 20th, 2021, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?
Replies: 39
Views: 2206

Re: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?

Vince T wrote: February 20th, 2021, 11:02 am And Larry is too modest to mention his own wines at Tercero, which are excellent, and his roses are world class.
Yes - Larry makes the best value wines in Santa Barbara - and he's one of the more knowledgable people in the area in regards to Santa Barbara vineyards and wineries - a must visit.
by Thomas Keim
February 16th, 2021, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?
Replies: 67
Views: 4174

Re: Well...

TomHill wrote: February 14th, 2021, 10:07 am My vote would go to Chalone/DavidBruce/KenBurnap of SantaCruzMtnVnyds.
Tom
I totally agree. And would add Martin Ray, Hanzell and Mount Eden. David Bruce's early Pinot Noirs were big eye openers for me.
by Thomas Keim
February 12th, 2021, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value Italian
Replies: 63
Views: 3506

Re: Value Italian

$40-$60 bottles are considered "value" wines from Italy? Wish I had your guy's budgets. These have been my 'go-tos' for value wines from Italy. All usually under $20 a bottle. Morellino di Scansano (Much better value than Rosso di Montalcino) Refosco Teroldego Lagrein Montepulciano d'Abruz...
by Thomas Keim
February 9th, 2021, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 118
Views: 6864

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

Watched the "Secret of Santa Vittoria" just this year. If you really want to see what wine can mean to a community and identity. Quinn gives his usual over the top performance and it even rolls in those ever present bad guys, the Nazis. Really love the ending line...trigger alert, this is...
by Thomas Keim
February 7th, 2021, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?
Replies: 128
Views: 6466

Re: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?

Bordeaux is the best value region in the world for red wine and it's not really close. Especially if you're willing to age the wines. I can't count the number of times I've tried a trendy new "value" wine, often costing $35 to $45 because that's what people try to define as "value&qu...
by Thomas Keim
February 6th, 2021, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can wines labeled Bourgogne Rouge be great?
Replies: 51
Views: 2956

Re: Can wines labeled Bourgogne Rouge be great?

It seems the best Bourgogne Rouges I have had have been "declassified" from other appellations. A 1985 Bourgogne Rouge from Henri Jayer still stands out as the greatest Bourgogne Rouge I have ever tasted. Various vintages from Leroy have also been exceptional as well as a couple vintages f...
by Thomas Keim
February 3rd, 2021, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?
Replies: 128
Views: 6466

Re: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?

Otto Forsberg wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 2:19 pm
Thomas Keim wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 1:49 pm And for bubbly, Blanquet de Limoux, which is Chardonnay and Pinot Noir ala Champagne.
That's Cremant de Limoux.

Blanquette is minimum 90% Mauzac.
That's right - thanks Otto -
by Thomas Keim
February 3rd, 2021, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?
Replies: 128
Views: 6466

Re: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?

1) Languedoc 2) Languedoc 3) Languedoc 4) Languedoc 5) Languedoc Any recommendations in particular? Pic Saint Loup, Corbieres and Minervois to start for reds (all are Syrah/Grenache/Mourvedre/Cinsault blends ala Cotes du Rhone) - Dozens of great producers - look for Kermit Lynch, Neal Rosenthal, Lo...
by Thomas Keim
February 3rd, 2021, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?
Replies: 128
Views: 6466

Re: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?

1) Languedoc
2) Languedoc
3) Languedoc
4) Languedoc
5) Languedoc
by Thomas Keim
January 28th, 2021, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best italian sparkling wine
Replies: 23
Views: 1559

Re: The best italian sparkling wine

Franciacorta and Trento probably make the "best" Italian sparkling wine and it can be quite good. However, at its best, it competes with Champagne, and it might compete favorably in some rare cases (especially when comparing comparably priced wines). For me, however, it is Lambrusco that ...
by Thomas Keim
January 18th, 2021, 9:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Kweichow Moutai - Luxury Liqueur: Anyone ever taste it?
Replies: 9
Views: 737

Kweichow Moutai - Luxury Liqueur: Anyone ever taste it?

Sounds really intriguing. Anyone ever try it? "When Costco opened its first store in China in 2019, it wasn't just the hot rotisserie chickens and discounted Birkin bags that lured frenzied crowds. A fiery, throat-tingling liquor called Kweichow Moutai also flew off shelves. At 1,498 yuan, or $...
by Thomas Keim
January 6th, 2021, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4786

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

In the spring of 1983, Parker reviewed the 1982 Bordeauxs for the first time and futures prices came out. In DC, there were two great stores for buying these wines - MacArthurs and a brand new store called Calvert-Woodley - there had been two stores Calvert on Wisconsin Ave. and Woodley in Clevelan...
by Thomas Keim
January 5th, 2021, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône
Replies: 13
Views: 1103

Re: TN: 2015 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône

JDavisRoby wrote: November 13th, 2020, 5:36 am Thanks for the note. I have a few of the 17’s in mag. Trying to decide a good time to pop those.
I bought a case of the 2016 Magnums - and they are drinking beautifully today. 100% Syrah, and fat as an Iberian pig, really lovely now.
by Thomas Keim
January 4th, 2021, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Dornfelder...what is this bottle???
Replies: 20
Views: 941

Re: German Dornfelder...what is this bottle???

I love Dornfelder. And yes, you will find a lot of cheap "plonk" still produced with the Dornfelder grape out of Germany, but it's also being produced much more seriously than in the past. I've had some lovely versions that were produced with whole berry fermentation and tank fermented tha...
by Thomas Keim
January 4th, 2021, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4786

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

I sold 1982 Bordeaux futures. Tasted the bulk of them upon release. At the time, they were the most perfect red wines I had ever tasted. What was so amazing about the vintage was the "little" wines of the vintage. I remember a hoard of 1982 Medoc, Cotes de Bourg, and Right Bank Satellites ...
by Thomas Keim
December 31st, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why so little Aussie Riesling available in the US?
Replies: 8
Views: 694

Re: Why so little Aussie Riesling available in the US?

I don't think people understand the wines at all. The top Aussie Rieslings need age, and I think American importers get very impatient over their slow sales because of this (let's face it, they are SO bone dry when young they can rip the tongue right out of your throat). AND - Most serious wine cons...
by Thomas Keim
December 31st, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you opening for NYE 2021?
Replies: 109
Views: 3949

Re: What are you opening for NYE 2020?

2009 Maurice Delot, Champagne 'Vrai Cuvée Légende' (Pinot Blanc) and a Pol Roger Brut NV -
by Thomas Keim
December 31st, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11094

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 31st, 2020, 11:13 am
J. Migone wrote: December 31st, 2020, 10:35 am
D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 31st, 2020, 10:24 am

Soil.
Question is why can't the New World produce Riesling like the Germans, with few exceptions of course.
Soil
As Roberto used to say; "It's the dirt baby...."
by Thomas Keim
December 31st, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Classifying farmer fizz
Replies: 100
Views: 4700

Re: Classifying farmer fizz

Doug Schulman wrote: December 31st, 2020, 5:10 am I think Vilmart is top tier and probably Pierre Peters too.
My two favorite small growers.
by Thomas Keim
December 30th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11094

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

This has gotten saucy and controversial. 😂😂 Let's keep it fun friends. Thomas I'm sure you are incredibly knowledgeable about fine wine, but you should try Halcon before talking smack about it. In my opinion it's much better than most Languedoc at the same price range and I enjoy Languedoc. To be f...
by Thomas Keim
December 30th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11094

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

...but overall you can be pretty sure that if you spend $25+ on a CA/OR/WA wine, you're going to get something drinkable. In Europe, there is no such guarantee from any region (with the worst offenders being France and Italy). And I feel 100% the other way. I rarely open a West Coast red wine becau...
by Thomas Keim
December 30th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11094

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

...but overall you can be pretty sure that if you spend $25+ on a CA/OR/WA wine, you're going to get something drinkable. In Europe, there is no such guarantee from any region (with the worst offenders being France and Italy). And I feel 100% the other way. I rarely open a West Coast red wine becau...
by Thomas Keim
December 30th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11094

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

Burgundy is dead at retail It's always been dead at retail. The best wines, value wines to rarities, rarely make it to an actual retail shelf. They are usually promised out (if not pre-paid for) months, if not years in advance. Which is why there are still bargains to be had when retailers start ge...
by Thomas Keim
December 30th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11094

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

J. Migone wrote: December 30th, 2020, 9:35 am Matt, I would say the when you have to spend over $100 to get decent wine, then the region becomes overrated.
I think it was Fred Sanford who said if first.

"You ain't even a dumb dummy, you're just a plain dummy...."
by Thomas Keim
December 30th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11094

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

Andrew K. wrote: December 30th, 2020, 9:17 am I hope half the population is convinced of your argument and leaves the Burg market.
Burgundy sucks. Pass it on....
by Thomas Keim
December 29th, 2020, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)
Replies: 11
Views: 1192

Re: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)

.. it made me wonder why I'm not doing deeper dives into Chianti Classico. There are very, very few Chianti Classicos like Fontodi's. It's a big, rich, modern style that's almost jammy in style - and I can count on one hand the Chianti Classicos that compare. I'm a long time fan, but it's a pretty ...
by Thomas Keim
December 29th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)
Replies: 11
Views: 1192

Re: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)

.. it made me wonder why I'm not doing deeper dives into Chianti Classico. There are very, very few Chianti Classicos like Fontodi's. It's a big, rich, modern style that's almost jammy in style - and I can count on one hand the Chianti Classicos that compare. I'm a long time fan, but it's a pretty ...
by Thomas Keim
December 23rd, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Goodbye, my friend... RIP
Replies: 24
Views: 3171

Re: Goodbye, my friend... RIP

I met Wilhelm Haag twice, the second time at his estate where we spent the day tasting through his amazing wines, but it was the first time I met him that was memorable (for some strange reasons). I opened a Fine wine Shop in Orlando Florida in 1986, and we were direct importing quite a bit of small...
by Thomas Keim
December 3rd, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do world-class California Rieslings exist?
Replies: 106
Views: 4723

Re: Do world-class California Rieslings exist?

Now, let's get to the necessary part: Which ones were truly bone dry? [stirthepothal.gif] The Finger Lakes district requires Riesling to have a chart on the back of the label designating their dryness. You would be surprised how many wineries produce 0.0% residual sugar Rieslings. Most of the winer...
by Thomas Keim
November 30th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do world-class California Rieslings exist?
Replies: 106
Views: 4723

Re: Do world-class California Rieslings exist?

Finger lakes might be the place. It is. I think these are the best Rieslings produced in the new world. Red Newt Cellars, Wagner Vineyards, Keuka Spring Vineyards, Boundary Break Vineyard, Red Tail Ridge, Kemmeter Wines, Silver Thread and Forge Cellars (who are doing some very daring barrel-ferment...
by Thomas Keim
November 27th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Minneapolis
Replies: 4
Views: 1109

Re: Minneapolis

Is it illegal to ship wine from Minneapolis? Trying to buy a 6 pack from a retail store and would like to ship it to NY or NJ. Any work arounds? No, it's not. The only problem is, most retailers aren't set up to ship. It's not the most competitive state to do business in. What are you looking for? ...
by Thomas Keim
November 27th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your views on Australian wines now?
Replies: 36
Views: 1928

Re: What are your views on Australian wines now?

You know that Hunter Valley Sémillon is a pretty singular style, right? Nothing to do with the other Sémillons around the world. You could say that about most varietals. Napa Cabernet VS Bordeaux Cabernet, Northern Rhone Syrah VS Washington State Syrah - But that's one of the great things about Sem...
by Thomas Keim
November 27th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Minneapolis
Replies: 4
Views: 1109

Re: Minneapolis

Is it illegal to ship wine from Minneapolis? Trying to buy a 6 pack from a retail store and would like to ship it to NY or NJ. Any work arounds? No, it's not. The only problem is, most retailers aren't set up to ship. It's not the most competitive state to do business in. What are you looking for?
by Thomas Keim
November 26th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your views on Australian wines now?
Replies: 36
Views: 1928

Re: What are your views on Australian wines now?

Love the Semillons. Just rarely drink new world reds - from anywhere really (outside of an occasional Cali/Oregon Pinot Noir). Haven't had 100% Semillon on the table in many moons (I recall Wente). Don't know why we got away from it. Can you name some Aussies to be on the lookout for? (Assuming you...
by Thomas Keim
November 26th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your views on Australian wines now?
Replies: 36
Views: 1928

Re: What are your views on Australian wines now?

Love the Semillons. Just rarely drink new world reds - from anywhere really (outside of an occasional Cali/Oregon Pinot Noir).
by Thomas Keim
November 26th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desperate for legit ideas on what to do with Stella Rosa semi-sweet wine
Replies: 20
Views: 732

Re: Desperate for legit ideas on what to do with Stella Rosa semi-sweet wine

RE-GIFT - It's a popular wine. Life's too short....
by Thomas Keim
October 15th, 2020, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 92
Views: 5358

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

It's a great place to find $15 Barolo or Amarone. The quality is usually reflected in the price. They've always been pretty good buyers of Petite Chateaux and always have a few surprising bargains.in that category.

I usually just go to TJ's for their oddball food items and cheese.
by Thomas Keim
September 30th, 2020, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever happened to French Colombard wine ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1178

Re: Whatever happened to French Colombard wine ?

I sold an absolute boatload of Beringer French Colombard in the early/mid 1980s - it was hugely popular with the masses. Around the same time, Inglenook used to bottle a jug French Colombard that was also hugely popular. Never understood why it just went by the wayside, it was a huge step up from th...
by Thomas Keim
September 30th, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines & Winemakers of the SantaCruzMtns
Replies: 31
Views: 2278

Re: Wines & Winemakers of the SantaCruzMtns

This is awesome Tom - thanks. I started visiting the Santa Cruz Mountains in the early 80s, and was just in total awe of the region. Duane Cronin was an early hero - as was Kathryn Kennedy -
by Thomas Keim
September 4th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley
Replies: 17
Views: 1055

Re: The Rest of the Story...

Mike Robbins bought in 1972 a small property just North of Beringer on Hwy 29 and started making wines, mostly Cab and Chard. He outgrew the wnry and it eventually became StClement Wnry. To expand, he bought the old TuburicoParrot/Miravalle Estate up on Spring Mtn Rd and restored the mansion. That ...
by Thomas Keim
September 3rd, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.
Replies: 179
Views: 9103

Re: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.

Russell Faulkner wrote: September 3rd, 2020, 11:08 am I love Falkenstein and bought a shed load of 2019s (and before). But they don’t have the track record of Prum, who does consistently? Egon but you can’t call that reasonably priced.
Maximin Grunhaus - and maybe one notch behind, Fritz Haag -
by Thomas Keim
September 2nd, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help!! Identifying Wines from Estate Sale
Replies: 12
Views: 1836

Re: Help!! Identifying Wines from Estate Sale

I’ve never heard of Marxen, the Riesling producer, or the vineyard. It’s in the Ruwer Valley (=Ruwerer). You may be pushing your luck with a Spatlese that old. I’d feel a lot safer if it were an Auslese or higher level. The Ruwer is also a place where there is a lot of acid in the wines - this coul...
by Thomas Keim
August 30th, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth Year Wine 1980
Replies: 50
Views: 1886

Re: Birth Year Wine 1980

It's a very good red Burgundy vintage! A friend and I share a birthday, but he was born in 1980, so in a few days we are celebrating together around the 1980 theme. I'm also working on a 40 years on retrospective of the vintage in Burgundy as it happens. Of course, not easy to find, nor inexpensive...
by Thomas Keim
August 30th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10992

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Honest question but does anyone really wait for reviews to purchase SQN or Realm? Or is just to make sure there isn't something wrong and they suddenly released below 90 pt wines? 'Zackly - these wines are plugged in like Chateau Ste Michelle at the Wine Spectator. WE will make big, jammy, over the...

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