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Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 10-21-2011, 11:47 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Lance, temp variation issues are overplayed, IMO. Wines are more than sturdy when aging. I do not recommend allowing them to go through wild temp swings, but even daily up and down swings of a few...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 10-21-2011, 10:35 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

You're preaching to the choir here, Moses. I was lambasted by the self appointed experts, both consumers and pros, when I pointed out that it is the acidity and not tannin that preserves wine after...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 10-21-2011, 09:14 AM
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Re: The Wine Thread

Too bad all the so called "professionals" keep telling people its the red wines that age better and longer. In fact, whites age way better and are more affordable to boot (Chenin Blanc, Riesling,...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 10-13-2011, 12:34 PM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Moses, this is funny. About 2 years ago, one in the group, fit 6"6 frame and all, winemaker as well, was screaming at the rest of us for having way too many bottles to taste through and hw he just...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 10-13-2011, 11:00 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Hmmm... Easy pickings, my friend :D I've been running wine tastings since late '90s, a good number a year, and I can recall most of them, bottles wise as well, up to 30+ bottles at times.

Wine is...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 10-13-2011, 07:48 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Lance, I can name ALL the wines we consumed that day and the order we drank them in. The herf was back in April, IIRC? :D
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 10-12-2011, 11:14 PM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

You mean Saxum Syrah and Turley Zin? We had others that day...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 10-12-2011, 05:34 PM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Their high end for some time now. In Bay Area its all over the place, not sure how much of it makes it out of Bay Area, but then you can say that about many other CA wines. CA wine selection on the...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 08-27-2011, 12:39 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

You're comparing two very different vintages. 1995 was by far among the best in the past I have no idea how many years, similar to 2001 and 2005. 1993 was, well, similar to 1998 and 2008 (very bad...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 05-06-2011, 10:29 PM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Because all the "professional experts" out there tell people Cal Pinot doesn't age, never mind that very few of them even drink Cal Pinot to begin with. I've had some pretty old bottles, like you...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 03-18-2011, 08:45 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Moses,

That wine was made by Chelischev, he's really the Godfather of Cal Pinot, historically speaking. And fruit for this one was grown in Napa, no less. If you want to try some seriously good...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 03-15-2011, 09:45 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

You're talking about Roy?
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 03-15-2011, 08:06 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Moses,

Bottle aging IS personal taste and preference, many love tannic wines, many don't, any don't care either way. Not so with brett and TCA, they are physical faults and there is no such thing...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 03-02-2011, 08:08 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Moses,

If by "terroir" you mean filthy wineries, then sure, its "terroir". A good friend of mine visited Pegau and was disgusted when he walked into the cellar/winery, mold, crap all over the...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 03-01-2011, 01:48 PM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Parker LOVES this sh#t! Openly admits to it and on top of that, teaches others they should LOVE this as well. And then people ask me why I so disagree with Parker's notes so often, his palate has...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 03-01-2011, 09:25 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

There are no "perfect" bottles when it comes to Pegau and Beau, they simply may have "less" brett to show if properly stored in colder cellars, but they all have brett. Another good candidate is...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 02-23-2011, 11:08 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Moses, I know you have a Euro-centric palate and cellar, but I am sure white wine producers in Bordeaux (and other regions in France) will disagree with you statement. When was the last time you...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 02-23-2011, 09:38 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Not sure I'd call Loire "the" place for whites in France :-) There is always Alsace region producing some spectacular whites, both dry and not. Bordeaux region makes some of the best whites as well,...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 02-23-2011, 09:34 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Also, Champalou (imported by Kermit Lynch) make some of the better wines there, both dry and sparkling at lower prices than Huet. Both of these are in Vouvray region.

If you're into sweet wines...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 02-23-2011, 09:20 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Nate, look for Huet. They make some dry ones as well as spectacular sweets.
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 02-02-2011, 09:41 PM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

There are just 2 strains, basically, when it comes to wine, arrive with the grapes off the vineyard (they are basically the "bad" yeasts).
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 01-27-2011, 09:47 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Moses,

This is the same thing Parker claims, brett is "terroir". And I say BS! Here is the challenge I presented to him, which he obviously declined as he knew he is set up for utter failure. Same...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 01-27-2011, 07:41 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Pierre Ferrand is one of the better small house Cognacs around, IMO. Not cheap, but great. If you're into incredible Cognacs you should try Leopold Gourmel.

Of the sparklers on your list the one...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 01-27-2011, 07:10 AM
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Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Yeah, this is Parker's most "popular" misconception that, unfortunately, has been bought by consumers. How does one "control" how much brett in in wine?

Funny, as I was having an online...
Forum: Wine, Beer, and Spirits 01-25-2011, 09:53 PM
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Views: 83,204
Posted By TheRiddick
Re: The Wine Thread

Nate, if you really want to learn about Champagne I would recommend you start with small, family owned brands. They are easily as good as (almost) anything from big boys and way better priced. See if...
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