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Storing unopened wine in the refrigerator?

>> especially in summer my house gets warm -

All parts of it? How about garage, basement, etc.??

Jul 27, 2014
olasek in Wine

UK Government strikes deal for weaker wine in pubs

>> How strange you should be annoyed by getting the measure of wine you are paying for....

Sorry I fail to follow this logic. What does "measure" have to do with 12.5% alc. cap? If volume of glass (or a pour) is a problem - let them define what it is, in ml or pints or whatever.

Jul 16, 2014
olasek in Wine

Gallo family fortune close to $10bn

Zin, are you a pilot?

Jul 15, 2014
olasek in Wine

Vine Cliff?

>> FWIW, from an email I received today . . .

too bad I am not getting emails like that ;)

Jul 14, 2014
olasek in Wine

Vine Cliff?

>> They produce less than 500 cases of each of their wines.

That can't be true. Their website lists about 6 wines that they make but their total production is about 10,000 cases per year. Clearly there are some wines that they produce in thousands of cases.

Jul 14, 2014
olasek in Wine

UK Government strikes deal for weaker wine in pubs

So I can have a double G&T in the same pub and everything is fine. I agree, pure idiocy.

Jul 13, 2014
olasek in Wine

Vine Cliff?

Oh, thanks.

Jul 12, 2014
olasek in Wine

Vine Cliff?

At some wine-cigar event bought a bottle of 2010 Vine Cliff Cab at good discount (having a small sip first) but really know nothing about the winery, is it big or small, production cases per year? Internet search did not answer many questions.

Jul 12, 2014
olasek in Wine

Wine And Food Pairings

>>Have you ever heard of anyone rejecting a sommellier's choice?

Yes, I heard, I did it many times, plus the premise of your question is all wrong - sommeliers I met offered more than one choice, offered many choices in different price groups, etc. so your insinuation that they want to 'take you in' or force their wine choices on you is preposterous. I suggest you actually talk to a 'real' sommelier one day, after reading your tirades I get impression you actually never spoke with one.

Jul 04, 2014
olasek in Wine
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Which red wines go with seafood?

I know, it 'works' for you. But if you are adventurous one day you may try something else than red with seafood - you may find out it works even better. It happened to my 'red wine' fanatics friends.

Jul 04, 2014
olasek in Wine
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Which red wines go with seafood?

I have to disagree, my palate has to disagree.
I can think of some rose of perhaps a Pinot Noir drinking with seafood but I would never have a full bodied, alcoholic red with seafood (I did try it!). For me they simply do not mix together. And if this is an expensive red - it's a waste of wine (or seafood), depending how you look at it.

Jul 01, 2014
olasek in Wine
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Coravin back in business! (That didn't last long)

Pressure of course triggers it but probably the major contributing factor is some flaw in the bottle itself - some partial crack, etc.

Jun 27, 2014
olasek in Wine

Refrigerate leftover red wine ...... or not?

Slush is result of such separation.

Jun 27, 2014
olasek in Wine

Refrigerate leftover red wine ...... or not?

>> necessarily means freezing SOLID.

I wasn't actually expecting it. Apparently getting it SOLID won't be possible in your home freezer. You can only get a slushy substance but never a solid one. So in my experiment I was looking for such slush.

Jun 27, 2014
olasek in Wine

Refrigerate leftover red wine ...... or not?

I was finally able to measure temp. inside my freezer, and it is in fact close to 0 F. So here we go - 5 hrs in 0 F wasn't enough to show signs of freezing in this red wine.

Jun 27, 2014
olasek in Wine

Do you order by glasses or bottles?

too many variables ... I do whatever works on that day and in that restaurant. Their corkage policy would be a very large factor.

Jun 25, 2014
olasek in Wine
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Refrigerate leftover red wine ...... or not?

Practically brand new, fairly high-end machine. I have no reason to suspect faulty temp. measurement. The foods are solid frozen, I see no signs that something could be wrong. Perhaps I could use another thermometer just for confirmation.

Jun 23, 2014
olasek in Wine

Refrigerate leftover red wine ...... or not?

>> You might want to check the temperature of your freezer.

Like I said, 0 F.

Jun 23, 2014
olasek in Wine

Refrigerate leftover red wine ...... or not?

Curious, how long she has to wait for (red) wine to actually freeze?

Jun 22, 2014
olasek in Wine

Refrigerate leftover red wine ...... or not?

I performed a strange experiment. Put a bottle of very bold red in a freezer, I was curious if within 5+ hrs available to me I would see any signs of freezing. I did not see anything of the sort. Why would I want to do it? I was taking this wine as BYOB to a restaurant in Napa and while driving for 1.5 hr in a modest heat in a convertible I wanted to have a built-in protection against this ambient heat. So after freezing it for 5+ hrs I put it into a styrofoam container, wrapped in winter down parka, put in the trunk and off we went. The wine was still fairly cold when we sat by the outdoor table at 5 pm, we needed another 30 mins to reach it about 55 but it was wonderful drinking afterwards. What did I learn? 1. Even in 5+ hrs at 0 F no sign of freezing, 2. next time I need less than 5 hrs of cold soaking to go to the same restaurant 3. I sensed no deterioration in wine quality.
I know it is an old thread just wanted to register results of this strange experiment of mine.

Jun 22, 2014
olasek in Wine

Wanted: Buttery Chardonnay for everyday drinking

thanks to this thread I tried Rombauer's Chardonnay, I don't think I liked it as much as I would think I would like a 'buttery' Chardonnay. But I tried their Zinfandel (just by accident it was sitting on a shelf in this not very big grocery store on the island of Kauai!) and I liked it very much! I also liked the fact that many foods in Hawaii carry a sizeable premium price - 30-40% over my typical California prices, the bottle of this Rombauer (other wines as well) was only about $5 more expensive.

FYI, Rombauer's Chardonnay was on the wine list of Maui's Mala Ocean Tavern (excellent restaurant) for $74.

Jun 20, 2014
olasek in Wine

The "California wines can't age" notion

Nice discussion but completely abstract for me.
I am yet to try some wine that is more than say 8 years old. I simply am unable to hold on to a bottle long enough. Perhaps I would have to amass quite a few bottles in my cellar to last me long enough so I could enjoy some older vintages in their full glory.

Jun 20, 2014
olasek in Wine

Allocation lists and how to play?

>> As a (theoretical) winery owner . . .

I have another theoretical question.
If I am a hypothetical winery owner and I have to resort to 'allocation' lists to fairly distribute the wine why don't I increase price of my wine to such level that those who aren't willing to pay drop out - in other words why don't I look for a natural balance between supply and demand. Why allocations at all?
Why say Screaming Eagle can't increase price of a bottle to $1000, $1500 or whatever market will take and do away with any allocations?

May 31, 2014
olasek in Wine

Allocation lists and how to play?

So my question is this - if I see a bottle of Screaming Eagle on restaurant's wine list for $2250 (I saw it recently) does it mean someone 'flipped' his allocation bottle?

May 30, 2014
olasek in Wine

Allocation lists and how to play?

it is really your allocation, you can do with it whatever you want, give to charity auction, sell to friends for twice the price if they are willing to pay, etc. If something bothers your moral compass - don't do it.

May 27, 2014
olasek in Wine

(Most) winery clubs are for suckers

>> I'd have to insist that how this works must vary by winery.

Absolutely.

May 27, 2014
olasek in Wine

Paso Robles Wineries to avoid

Last year I came across Epoch Estate Wines in Paso and fell in love with their wines, they are pricey so check if they are within your budget. But these are most opulent and hedonistic wines I every had at this price point. They offer different Syrah blends, Tempranillo, no Cabs there. They also make some Zinfandels but production is so limited that these are impossible to get, I could never find a bottle.

May 26, 2014
olasek in California

(Most) winery clubs are for suckers

>> We are not talking apples to apples...You are talking wineries direct

zin1953 mentioned them as well, he referred to them as third-party clubs. And I agree with him, I see little sense belonging to such clubs.

>>That makes us wonder why you would believe that their "members" or "allocation clubs" or whatever you wish to call it, get the good stuff,

My experience with the direct-winery clubs follows exactly zin1953's write-up. You get the good and the best stuff. But they can warn you some wines may be so limited that not everyone gets them. You can often see that based on how many cases they produced (this number should be available to you). They can sometime limit number of bottles you can purchase of certain wine. But I belonged to some higher-end California wineries, wines weren't inexpensive to begin with, have no experience outside of California. I don't ever recall feeling cheated out of some favourite wine (sometimes they were out of my price range anyway). They applied rules to their limited supply fairly and they were trying to be nice to you and work with you and make you happy to the extent it was possible.

May 26, 2014
olasek in Wine

(Most) winery clubs are for suckers

>>hubby and I might just contact two of our favorites and see how many we would be required to purchase

In case of "allocation" model there is typically no requirement to purchase anything. However (at least per my experience) the less you purchase the less chance you will have to purchase some of their most limited and sought-after wines.

I like the allocation model precisely because of its flexibility - no need to purchase anything. But like was said before - only the higher-end wineries have allocations.

May 26, 2014
olasek in Wine

US leapfrogs France to top world wine consumption league

Got it!

May 22, 2014
olasek in Wine