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by Cris Whetstone
August 3rd, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Selection Question
Replies: 19
Views: 1037

Re: Total Wine Selection Question

Their selection was better when the economy was in 'recovery' mode 5 or more years ago. That speaks to how they secure a lot of their wines. They also don't send any 20% off coupons out around here these days. If this year's economy drags things as hard as it might you will likely see better things ...
by Cris Whetstone
August 3rd, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Will All White Burg Producers Begin To Use Diam?
Replies: 27
Views: 1101

Re: When Will All White Burg Producers Begin To Use Diam?

Oh. So they've concluded natural corks cause premox? This should have been big news. Seems to completely fly in the face of evidence and history but 2020.... It’s not the sole cause, but cork variability seems to be the only plausible explanation for the inconsistency among bottles of the same wine...
by Cris Whetstone
August 3rd, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Will All White Burg Producers Begin To Use Diam?
Replies: 27
Views: 1101

Re: When Will All White Burg Producers Begin To Use Diam?

Oh. So they've concluded natural corks cause premox? This should have been big news.

Seems to completely fly in the face of evidence and history but 2020....
by Cris Whetstone
July 31st, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 92
Views: 4100

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Best of results there. You got it and gave it to no one. You didn't suffer bad enough for hospitalization. Getting back to normal takes time in these times. You've got time back. Hoping you don't suffer any of the long term effects some are experiencing. Pick out a good bottle to have handy for when...
by Cris Whetstone
July 29th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mummy wines on K&L auction site
Replies: 19
Views: 1384

Re: Mummy wines on K&L auction site

Asking for judgments about color to be written into descriptions is likely to open a small can of worms. I think photos should suffice as long as the houses picture the wines against a white background. I see lots of wines I would never bid on in online auctions with bids. People clearly have differ...
by Cris Whetstone
July 29th, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????
Replies: 53
Views: 1761

Re: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????

Cellar temp has always been the standard to my knowledge. Or in that ballpark. Of course all wines come up to room temp since we don't drink in cellars for the most part. I think he's overstating it some because not all wines fall apart from being at room temp. If they do they probably are not that ...
by Cris Whetstone
July 28th, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Palate sensitivity over time...
Replies: 22
Views: 781

Re: Palate sensitivity over time...

I'm glad someone else notices the dishwasher smell. I've known it for years. When I've pointed it out no one else seems to notice. There are times I've tried to sneak away and rinse my glass heavily to get rid of it. It's why I've always washed my stemware by hand. On "flaws", I've been accused of '...
by Cris Whetstone
July 26th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Candidates for a sticky (threads, not sweet wines)
Replies: 13
Views: 507

Re: Candidates for a sticky (threads, not sweet wines)

Could be useful but it's a lot curating type work for the mods.
by Cris Whetstone
July 25th, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Real Tribidrag??
Replies: 27
Views: 1289

Re: First Real Tribidrag??

Carole also joined team Ridge recently to discuss Zinfandel/Tribidrag on a Thursday Zoom session. It's on YouTube now for those that missed it.
by Cris Whetstone
July 25th, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet spot for drinking Ridge Lytton Springs (in general)
Replies: 45
Views: 2055

Re: Sweet spot for drinking Ridge Lytton Springs (in general)

I agree with Greg and Doug. I would say if you're curious drinking those now is a good choice. In my anecdotal experience Lytton shows more vintage variation than Geyserville. Some are going to require more age than others. Some will drink better younger than others. Your decision is more about how ...
by Cris Whetstone
July 23rd, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good People Make Better Wine - Episode 5 Ian Brand
Replies: 6
Views: 426

Re: Good People Make Better Wine - Episode 5 Ian Brand

Looking younger than I've ever seen him all clean shaven.
by Cris Whetstone
July 21st, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Geyserville, where to start?
Replies: 27
Views: 1401

Re: Ridge Geyserville, where to start?

2010-2013 is a great start at seeing what a little age will do. If you like aged tertiary flavors, then start further back say 2007 and earlier. Being you can buy more of the 2018, I'd pop and pour one now to see what all the noise is about. Its an incredible wine year in and year out!!! [cheers.gi...
by Cris Whetstone
July 21st, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Geyserville, where to start?
Replies: 27
Views: 1401

Re: Ridge Geyserville, where to start?

Definitely try them young. It's a wine that will typically drink well across it's lifetime. And you will get an understanding of how they can change. In many ways Geyserville fits more classic older world notions of build and maturation. I would note that if you do not typically enjoy drinking wines...
by Cris Whetstone
July 19th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?
Replies: 146
Views: 8226

Re: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?

Seems kinda funny to be arguing about who gets to skim the most off $5k bottles of new release wine. Some retailers were on the gravy train for a while and now it's over. I can't really blame KL for taking their share out of the secondary market anymore than I can blame producers for doing the same ...
by Cris Whetstone
July 10th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 50
Views: 2844

Re: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com

Ok Chris we are just going to disagree and that’s fine. grouphug If the mods felt it was out of line they can adjust. The op did and we all can agree it’s worded better now. I just don’t like the response, don’t like being told what we can and can’t discuss I guess. Defend your company sure, but as...
by Cris Whetstone
July 10th, 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 50
Views: 2844

Re: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com

I agree. We all got information here that wouldn’t and couldn’t have been provided by winebid. At issue was the less than cautious original post and subject line. Here is the subject as it was when Russ posted: Buyer Beware 1990 Musar on Winebid.com (Broadbent Selections on front label) It wasn't a...
by Cris Whetstone
July 10th, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 50
Views: 2844

Re: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com

I didnt/don’t see the issue with asking the general question here? I think Winebid is taking the question a bit too personally as I don’t think there ever was an accusation that Winebid trades in counterfeit wines as a policy. Should the title have been better from the start...ok, sure. (Now adjust...
by Cris Whetstone
July 10th, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Winemaker Roundtable: History of Zin
Replies: 8
Views: 532

Re: Ridge Winemaker Roundtable: History of Zin

They didn't advertise Carole being on. I've been watching these on and off. Tuned in a touch late and was surprised to see Carole's face among the usual suspects. A very informative session. Among all of the great info she could provide on top of the knowledge of their great team, she gave Ridge a g...
by Cris Whetstone
July 9th, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 5837

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

07 CdP is a gimme. But I also agree with Craig in that I don't think CdP is in general a wine for long cellaring. It's very producer and vintage dependent. Not sure I understand the comments about 97 Napa. I think producers making classic wines made very good wines that year. I'm sure there were som...
by Cris Whetstone
July 8th, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 50
Views: 2844

Re: Buyer Beware 1990 Musar on Winebid.com (Broadbent Selections on front label)

I looked for folks in the USA on Vivino who had reviewed this bottle / vintage and uploaded their own picture (you can scan for the image people upload when they review a wine by clicking on their user name). Wasn't able to find many reviewers of this vintage in the US, but did find one and wouldn'...
by Cris Whetstone
July 4th, 2020, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Vouette et Sorbée - Champagne "Fidèle" (France, Champagne)
Replies: 7
Views: 480

Re: TN: 2016 Vouette et Sorbée - Champagne "Fidèle" (France, Champagne)

I looked back over my notes on the various wines from this producer. Normally you can find some focus or through line from a house. For VeS one my conclusion seems to be there is no focus. It's come what may. That's fine if I'm not paying the same price tags as I am for producers that try to deliver...
by Cris Whetstone
July 2nd, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 83
Views: 2876

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

I've also consumed more than my share during this. The best from my cellar would be: 1991 Kathryn Kennedy Cabernet Sauvignon It was outstanding by itself. A good deal better as it was shared with a good wine geek friend over looking the late afternoon Pacific. These stand out a bit also in terms of ...
by Cris Whetstone
July 1st, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: sediment filters worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 1364

Re: sediment filters worth it?

Here's an inexpensive filter that can be placed in the mouth of a decanter. Very fine, imparts no taste, works well. Just don't think about its intended use. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Calculi-Strainer-Kidney-Stone-Collector/618543390 [rofl.gif] The way some people talk about sediment you'd think t...
by Cris Whetstone
June 28th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1888

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

No meaning and no purpose I agree with Wes, the question is strange. I like wine. So I drink it. That's all. I like to read. I like chocolate. I like to garden. I like to travel. I like to visit friends. No deeper meaning to any of those either. That’s deep man. Yeah, I can see it now The distant r...
by Cris Whetstone
June 28th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: sediment filters worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 1364

Re: sediment filters worth it?

I've never seen a funnel filter "spray" wine. I'm trying to imagine how that is even possible. In any case, it seems odd that someone would care take a wine into it's delicate sunset years. Preserving it for a careful opening and pouring and then dump it through paper or cloth. It's not like sedimen...
by Cris Whetstone
June 28th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux
Replies: 52
Views: 1763

Re: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux

Old CA Cabs and Merlots can carry the humidor type thing. I'm sure the changing techniques discussed above and elevated ripeness levels are pushing it aside.
by Cris Whetstone
June 28th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: sediment filters worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 1364

Re: sediment filters worth it?

I only like to do this if a cork crumbles a lot and ends up in the bottle. For sediment you can usually just pour slowly and/or decant. If it's stirred up a lot then the stuff that will not settle out in a couple minutes probably isn't big enough for you to notice anyway. If you're worried, don't do...
by Cris Whetstone
June 28th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jancis Robinson on the next cult wines
Replies: 37
Views: 2660

Re: Jancis Robinson on the next cult wines

If it is behind a paywall, copying the whole thing here is probably not legal. I know putting "cult wine" in the subject is more clicky. I think it's more probably titled 'exciting new projects'. Many new projects come and go every year that could become the next cult wine. As evidenced by the Kelle...
by Cris Whetstone
June 25th, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4215

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

The '87 Montelena is excellent. One of the better wines I've had from this state.
by Cris Whetstone
June 25th, 2020, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4215

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

I couldn't pull the trigger on a Durand. So I requested one as a gift. It works beautifully. Sure you can juggle an ah-so and regular corkscrew but it's a hassle. I'll always remember people spending lots of Lagiuole corkscrews. More than Durand's are. And they work much worse. Worse than many cheap...
by Cris Whetstone
June 25th, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1888

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

Every bottle is an experience.
by Cris Whetstone
June 24th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4215

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

B. Buzzini wrote:
June 24th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Ahhh...the old teenage drinkin game!
Wine as a teenager. Unless wine coolers count. [bye2.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
June 24th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Covid Cassoulet - Les Cailloux, CalSegur, LeoPoyferre, LeoBarton, GrPuyLacoste
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: TN: Covid Cassoulet - Les Cailloux, CalSegur, LeoPoyferre, LeoBarton, GrPuyLacoste

I can confirm the '95 Montus' are terrific. I recently opened one of two I got from one of Robin's sales, just to keep this thread incestuous. I was really impressed with it being in sort of perfect maturity with fantastic structure. 1995 Château Montus Madiran - France, Southwest France, Madiran (4...
by Cris Whetstone
June 23rd, 2020, 12:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépierè Clos des Briords
Replies: 16
Views: 677

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépierè Clos des Briords

I've tried aging them. They carry along just fine. They tend to lose that mineral freshness to me. The fruit takes on that richer, more golden expression. But they don't really transform or pick up complexity. I'm done aging them. That strong mineral expression is what brings me back to the Briords....
by Cris Whetstone
June 21st, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid site had problems tonight.
Replies: 113
Views: 5542

Re: Winebid site had problems tonight.

I was wondering. I went to check on things and the site seems to be....having issues. No excuse for me missing the deadline but I wanted to see by how much I had lost the wines I forgot to re-up my bids on.
by Cris Whetstone
June 21st, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8794
Views: 1299940

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

The mind boggles. What is going on at these places? Sunk cost appears to be no option.
by Cris Whetstone
June 21st, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Covid Cassoulet - Les Cailloux, CalSegur, LeoPoyferre, LeoBarton, GrPuyLacoste
Replies: 11
Views: 826

TN: Covid Cassoulet - Les Cailloux, CalSegur, LeoPoyferre, LeoBarton, GrPuyLacoste

A good friend made a ton of cassoulet and had us bring over some terrific wines for a rare respite from sheltering in place. All wines were good or better. The company was fine and the cassoulet rich. A terrific night overlooking the Pacific. COVID CASSOULET - Robin Stark's, Cardiff-by-the-Sea (6/19...
by Cris Whetstone
June 20th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me
Replies: 70
Views: 3068

Re: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me

My recs were just good Champagnes outside the bigger brands in the price range that were specifically at Hi-Times. The wines I recommend are from a variety of styles.
by Cris Whetstone
June 17th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19506

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I can never understand the push for economics to be considered before morals. Or even in place of them. That's a sort of bright light focus on the tenor of the times. In nearly every case using the term "virtue signaling" is actual virtue signaling. Whereas a boycott of one is not really much of a ...
by Cris Whetstone
June 17th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19506

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I can never understand the push for economics to be considered before morals. Or even in place of them. That's a sort of bright light focus on the tenor of the times.

In nearly every case using the term "virtue signaling" is actual virtue signaling.
by Cris Whetstone
June 16th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19506

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

There is a lot of great wine in the world. It's pretty easy to ignore purchasing certain labels. I can't even buy all the ones I want to. No doubt. If you want not to buy from some winery because of something they did or said, that's totally fine and it's your money, but people probably flatter the...
by Cris Whetstone
June 16th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19506

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Might be getting too political here but I don't like people using their companies as a vehicle to push their personal political agenda. Corporations should stay out of politics. (Side note if it matters - I am a minority) Unless corporations can transport themselves into a vacuum it's impossible fo...
by Cris Whetstone
June 16th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19506

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

There is a lot of great wine in the world. It's pretty easy to ignore purchasing certain labels. I can't even buy all the ones I want to.
by Cris Whetstone
June 15th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Elyse Zinfandel Morisoli Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford)
Replies: 10
Views: 495

Re: TN: 2018 Elyse Zinfandel Morisoli Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford)

I picked up a bottle of this from Windbid last year. A 1995. I was stunned at how youthful and powerful it was. For any wine nevermind a Zin. Good to know it's still being made.
by Cris Whetstone
June 15th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Watch Your Back! The Riesling Movie
Replies: 5
Views: 632

Re: Watch Your Back! The Riesling Movie

I often forget how seriously many NYers like to take themselves...and then I see something like that.

Checked out when he poured Riesling on what looked to be a saguaro.
by Cris Whetstone
June 13th, 2020, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Keller Silliness
Replies: 147
Views: 6363

Re: Keller Silliness

I'm with David. I've thought most of the GG I ever tried were overpriced out of the gate. It felt like the the constructers of this market wanted to make themselves into some sort of instant Burgundy. When most people already respected the sweet wines that way. But ya know, sugar isn't to be taken s...
by Cris Whetstone
June 12th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 7057

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Oh, more like Bordeaux just wants to be your awesome best friend :). Your best friend whose dad is a doctor but still asks you to lend him money. No, no the friend who everyone keeps trying to take him to Brunch and you're like, 'listen, I love this guy, but he's REALLY not a morning person. Hell, ...
by Cris Whetstone
June 10th, 2020, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed
Replies: 55
Views: 2373

Re: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed

IHME keeps getting their coronavirus projections way wrong. I’ll take my chances. https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/5/2/21241261/coronavirus-modeling-us-deaths-ihme-pandemic Preliminary projections about a virus known to mankind for all of five months help you draw conclusions about decades w...
by Cris Whetstone
June 10th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 7057

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Mel Knox wrote:
June 10th, 2020, 10:07 am
I don't think the concept of terroir is BS, but there is a lot of BS in the way people employ the term.

So, so much this.
by Cris Whetstone
June 9th, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 7057

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Alert the authorities. There's a turd in the punch bowl.

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