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by Eric Ifune
June 1st, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: £350 strawberry
Replies: 15
Views: 567

Re: £350 strawberry

"We're British for goodness sake." neener
by Eric Ifune
May 29th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "traditional" California wines
Replies: 68
Views: 4216

Re: "traditional" California wines

If we are talking about traditional California wines, then what tradition are we talking about??
I opened a 1978 Mayacamas Late Harvest Zinfandel last week. Still quite nice, not pruney still good fruit. Reminded me of an old Amarone.
by Eric Ifune
May 27th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Adhesive Technology...
Replies: 13
Views: 694

Re: New Adhesive Technology...

What do you do for stenciled bottles? neener
by Eric Ifune
May 24th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 3653

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

With foie gras or cheese. Great to begin or end the meal.
by Eric Ifune
May 22nd, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry high acid white recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 1010

Re: Dry high acid white recommendations?

anthonyshideler wrote: ↑Fri May 22, 2020 9:45 am +1 Hatzidakis Assyrtiko and I would also look to Portugal. Niepoort's Redoma Branco can be found under $25 and the 2018 is particularly strong, and if you really want something special, seek out his Bairrada project and try the 2015 Quinta do Baixo B...
by Eric Ifune
May 20th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three wines by António Maçanita (Fitapreta)
Replies: 16
Views: 439

Re: TN: Three wines by António Maçanita (Fitapreta)

I should have mentioned this to you before, but if you ever find any wine from Cooperativa de Produção Agrícola 25 de Abril, that is actually Mouchão - in a cooperative with another estate I can't recall - from the period 1975 - 1985, during which the Reynolds (and virtually every large landowner i...
by Eric Ifune
May 19th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Portugal - Colares, Alentejo and Algarve recommendations?
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: Portugal - Colares, Alentejo and Algarve recommendations?

Quinta do Mouro is one of the best and well known in Alentejo. Monte Branco is close by and run by the son of the owner of Mouro. Both make fabulous wines In the North Alentejo is the district of Portalegre. Susana Esteban makes some terrific wines there. This is an up and coming area in Portugal. A...
by Eric Ifune
May 19th, 2020, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three pre-releases (Bairrada, Douro)
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Re: TN: Three pre-releases (Bairrada, Douro)

I haven't had many 2017 Douro tintos yet. I am very impressed with 2015. How does the 17 compare?
by Eric Ifune
May 19th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three wines by António Maçanita (Fitapreta)
Replies: 16
Views: 439

Re: TN: Three wines by António Maçanita (Fitapreta)

I like old wines. Full tertiary but with some fruit. The 1995 still had a tannic backbone and still could improve, but quite very enjoyable. The 92 was more resolved and still had some primary flavors. The 1985 was gloriously mature.
by Eric Ifune
May 18th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three wines by António Maçanita (Fitapreta)
Replies: 16
Views: 439

Re: TN: Three wines by António Maçanita (Fitapreta)

I've had the 1985, 1992, and 1995 Mouchao. All were terrific. The 92 and 95 were still unready a few years ago.
by Eric Ifune
May 17th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three wines by António Maçanita (Fitapreta)
Replies: 16
Views: 439

Re: TN: Three wines by António Maçanita (Fitapreta)

Tomas, how are those 1960's holding up? I may try to get some old Mouchao.
by Eric Ifune
May 17th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three wines by António Maçanita (Fitapreta)
Replies: 16
Views: 439

Re: TN: Three wines by António Maçanita (Fitapreta)

I believe Herdade do Mouchao planted the first Alicante Bouschet in the Alentejo in the late 19th century.
by Eric Ifune
May 12th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?
Replies: 62
Views: 1909

Re: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?

S.A.Prum makes some good versions. Part of the original estate which got split up among the family.
by Eric Ifune
May 4th, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: JosephPhelps Delice du Semillon '85...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 331

Re: TN: JosephPhelps Delice du Semillon '85...(short/boring)

Still have some of the 1986. Also a bunch of Phelps Riesling and Scheurebe from the late 70's and early 80's.
by Eric Ifune
May 2nd, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Covid-19 everyday drinker master thread
Replies: 23
Views: 1756

Re: Covid-19 everyday drinker master thread

A lot of 1997-2001 Wachau. 2000-2005 Alsace. Ridge. Opened a 2003 Montebello last night.
by Eric Ifune
May 1st, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producing both Bordeaux and Burgundy styled wines
Replies: 29
Views: 829

Re: Producing both Bordeaux and Burgundy styled wines

The greatest Pinot Noir in Californian history is said to be the 1946 Beaulieu grown at BV vineyard #1 in the heart of the Napa Valley. Unfortunately I've never had it. Vineyard was ripped out a few years later as demand for Cabernet increased. I think the main obstacle is that they have very differ...
by Eric Ifune
May 1st, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me navigate an importer's portfolio?
Replies: 16
Views: 847

Re: Help me navigate an importer's portfolio?

Sending me an excel spreadsheet is fine.
by Eric Ifune
April 30th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1973
Replies: 37
Views: 1314

Re: 1973

Last week I opened a 1973 Steinberger Beerenauslese-Eiswein, bought at Kloster Eberbach decades ago. Maybe the only 1973 German wine I've had. Wonderful aged stuff. Unfortunately it was only bottle.
by Eric Ifune
April 30th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me navigate an importer's portfolio?
Replies: 16
Views: 847

Re: Help me navigate an importer's portfolio?

Tomas, can you post their Portuguese list?
by Eric Ifune
April 29th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Has anyone tried the Valdespino Family Heritage Brandy?
Replies: 3
Views: 274

Re: Has anyone tried the Valdespino Family Heritage Brandy?

If you're ever in Jerez, many of the bars have it by the glass.
by Eric Ifune
April 28th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Has anyone tried the Valdespino Family Heritage Brandy?
Replies: 3
Views: 274

Re: Has anyone tried the Valdespino Family Heritage Brandy?

Nice, but I think I still prefer Cardenal Mendoza.
by Eric Ifune
April 28th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?
Replies: 90
Views: 4009

Re: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?

As long as I didn't need the money, I'd rather have the wine.
by Eric Ifune
April 23rd, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020
Replies: 42
Views: 1846

Re: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020

I'd be interested depending on timing. I'm still trying to get to Europe sometime this year. I've got a bunch of older Ridge, both Monte Bello and Zins.
by Eric Ifune
April 23rd, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stu Yaniger??
Replies: 51
Views: 2390

Re: Stu Yaniger??

Best tasting note ever.
http://www.the-stupids.com/?p=1387
by Eric Ifune
April 23rd, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Quarantine Wines
Replies: 45
Views: 2237

Re: Best Quarantine Wines

Been trying to open wines I've been hoarding. Best so far, 1996 Jadot Chambertin, 1976 d'Yquem, and DR L70 tawny Port. 1982 Mouton and 1834 Barbeito Malvasia have been second tier.
by Eric Ifune
April 23rd, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you reach the wine world everyone discusses?
Replies: 32
Views: 1912

Re: How do you reach the wine world everyone discusses?

I've visited Caves Sao Joao several times and hand carried magnums back home. You're right, the prices are almost ridiculously inexpensive. I generally visit Portugal once or twice a year. I was supposed to go the first week in May, but that's now on hold. My current favorite winery is Herdade do Mo...
by Eric Ifune
April 22nd, 2020, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you reach the wine world everyone discusses?
Replies: 32
Views: 1912

Re: How do you reach the wine world everyone discusses?

Welcome Tomas! I'm a huge fan of Portuguese wines. I've a cellar full of wines I've been collecting for 40 or so years from all over the world, but in the past 5 years, have been concentrating on Portuguese wines. I love the Dao and Barrirada especially. Back to your questions. I might concentrate o...
by Eric Ifune
April 22nd, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Prats & Symington Chryseia Douro 2015
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Re: TN: Prats & Symington Chryseia Douro 2015

Not a fan of Chryseia. Not a lot of typicity for the Douro.
by Eric Ifune
April 22nd, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...
Replies: 145
Views: 7428

Re: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...

Mattstolz wrote: ↑Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:56 pm C Chen wrote: ↑Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:26 pm The only producer that immediately comes to mind as not being worth the hype is d'Yquem. I do remember being pretty underwhelmed by the d'yquem that ive had. give me a sweet riesling for 1/3 the price and I think ill...
by Eric Ifune
April 18th, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Jadot Chambertin
Replies: 6
Views: 366

Re: TN: 1996 Jadot Chambertin

For me, table wines are nonfortified and less than Beerenauslese sweetness if botrytized. I have had some wonderful fortified wines lately. And you can drink fortified wines with food, but they don't meet the legal classification for table wines.
by Eric Ifune
April 17th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Jadot Chambertin
Replies: 6
Views: 366

TN: 1996 Jadot Chambertin

Wanted another nice bottle so pulled this one. Might as well drink them up! Still dark ruby colored. Impressive and youthful aromatics. Just starting to show tertiary characteristics. Rich and concentrated on the palate, but still ephemeral and elegant. The duality rarely seen. Still a bit of tannin...
by Eric Ifune
April 4th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 160
Views: 11001

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

On the spur of the moment, a 1982 Mouton.
by Eric Ifune
April 1st, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 21 Madeira wines (in french)
Replies: 10
Views: 397

Re: 21 Madeira wines (in french)

Barbeito has been playing around with Bastardo quite a bit recently. They've increased maceration times over the past few years and even have been using robotic lagars akin to Port production. After 3 or so years in canteiro the color is only vaguely red. After 5 or more, it's indistinguishable from...
by Eric Ifune
April 1st, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID19 wine consumption
Replies: 73
Views: 3232

Re: COVID19 wine consumption

Volume the same, but quality way up. I've been opening some great fortifieds but am thinking of opening some table wines I've been hoarding for decades.
by Eric Ifune
March 31st, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 21 Madeira wines (in french)
Replies: 10
Views: 397

Re: 21 Madeira wines (in french)

DOP Madeirense is the classification of table wines made on the island. Mostly dreck ten or so years ago. They have improved dramatically lately due to the increased tourism on the island. Tinta Negra and Bastardo are red varieties. They tend to loose color very quickly when aged in canteiro even wh...
by Eric Ifune
March 20th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermut - Explorations in Spanish Vermouth
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: Vermut - Explorations in Spanish Vermouth

Lustau makes several very interesting ones as well.
by Eric Ifune
March 19th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 160
Views: 11001

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

Not particularly prized nor precious, but something good, so an 1834 Barbeito Malvasia.
by Eric Ifune
March 17th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michael Broadbent RIP
Replies: 32
Views: 2296

Re: Michael Broadbent RIP

He was a titan. I still have a copy of "The Great Vintage Wine Book" he signed for me.
by Eric Ifune
March 15th, 2020, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had
Replies: 98
Views: 5275

Re: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had

Borges 15 year old Malmsey Madeira
Quinta do Sobral Reserva Tinto
by Eric Ifune
March 5th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?
Replies: 97
Views: 5374

Re: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?

Quinta do Sobral. Reserva tinto and Encruzado.
by Eric Ifune
February 24th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Las Vegas - Wed., Feb 26th
Replies: 3
Views: 668

Re: Las Vegas - Wed., Feb 26th

Unfortunately didn't get anyone else to commit. I'd still be willing.
by Eric Ifune
February 22nd, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tinned Fish & Wine Pairing (Conservas)
Replies: 13
Views: 936

Re: Tinned Fish & Wine Pairing (Conservas)

"Peixe espada" in Olive Oil (the package says this is Black scabbardfish, but the translation is Swordfish)
Espada is black scabbardfish, a specialty in Madeira.


It's a soft, white fleshed fish.
by Eric Ifune
February 22nd, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tinned Fish & Wine Pairing (Conservas)
Replies: 13
Views: 936

Re: Tinned Fish & Wine Pairing (Conservas)



Love Portuguese tinned seafood. Generally go with a Portuguese white, Arinto or Alvarinho. These are high acid.
by Eric Ifune
February 20th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 70
Views: 3133

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

Drank a lot of 1971 BV Private Reserve. Nice but probably faded now.
by Eric Ifune
February 19th, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Las Vegas - Wed., Feb 26th
Replies: 3
Views: 668

Re: Las Vegas - Wed., Feb 26th

I'd be interested. Only your wines, or could I bring something as well? Something for dessert?
by Eric Ifune
February 11th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk trocken
Replies: 40
Views: 2010

Re: Let's talk trocken

Opened a 1990 Burklin-Wolf Ruppertsberg Gaisbohl Spatlese Trocken a couple of days ago. Best Riesling I've had in a year.
by Eric Ifune
February 10th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quinta do Vale Meao Tinto 2017 - Wine Enthusiast - 100 p.
Replies: 2
Views: 268

Re: Quinta do Vale Meao Tinto 2017 - Wine Enthusiast - 100 p.

Is it better than the 2015? I love that wine, as does the family.
by Eric Ifune
February 10th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving bottles from abroad
Replies: 7
Views: 417

Re: Moving bottles from abroad

It'll be up to the customs agent at it's port of entry whether or not they allow it in. Having paperwork showing you're moving back to the States is necessary. If they do, you'll have to hire a customs broker. Having a detailed inventory including alcohol levels helps a lot. You'll have to pay duty ...

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