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  1. The french also will use "gout de merde", often found in great red burgundies, it is most closely associated with barnyard or clean horse stables...It really isn't off putting at all.
  2. Get Matt Kramer's Burgundy book. That information is in there.
  3. Someone pried the lock open on the display case in my shop and stole a bottle of '76 La Tour.
  4. The one I did that was a huge hit was a "Meritage" tasting (and the word is Merit-egz NOT Meri-tazhe, per Meritage Society name is from Merits of Heritage). tasted blind a couple of cabs, merlots, Cab Francs, a Petit Verdot (only Murphy Goode makes one that I know of) and a Malbec. THEN talked about basic blending, either Cab based or Merlot based, then had people blend their own Meritage. Lastly, we tasted a Calif. Meritage and a Bordeaux to see how experts do it. Was alot of fun...Even the newbies got into it, and was challenging enough for more advanced folks too. Cheers, Rob
  5. Re SM Pinot Grigio. Is even worse if you know the "back story" of the wine. Demand soared years ago long past the amount they could source, so they now get ALL their wine from Mezzacorona in bulk. You can buy Mezz. Pinot Grigio for $12=15 for a 1.75 Litre bottle. NOW try to justify a retail price point north of $20 for .750 bottle for the SAME EXACT WINE! Yet another "dirty little secret" of the wine trade...lol. Cheers, Rob
  6. RobInAustin

    champagne delivery

    Central Market will do a very nice job for you. They are a bit pricy, but their quality is very good. Cheers, Rob
  7. I have not seen this specific vineyard, but I have seen other Austrian Eisweins. They are very similar to the German ones, perhaps a tad lighter in complexit, but neverthe less, lovely, rich, sweet dessert wines, showing a nice honey tone, and slight minerality to keep it from being cloying. A nice gift from your friend, as eisweins are not inexpensive. Cheers, Rob
  8. RobInAustin

    Dom '96

    just for some geographic perspective, here in Texas, the wholesale cost of Dom is $82 best deal.
  9. RobInAustin

    champagne delivery

    Yes, Texas is still backwards in prohibiting wine shipped into Texas. That said, the only real teeth in enforcement applies to wineries, who can have their license to sell their product in Texsa revoked if caught direct shipping or to the one in ten thousand chance that a random inspection of UPS or Fedex or whoever discloses the alcohol in which case it is confiscated and thats it. I have yet to actually hear of any private party getting busted from having a bottle or three shipped to them. The only instance I know of at all was a large collector who had several cases shipped at once and one of them was broken and the wine leaked all over the UPS depot while a state inspector was there (there are only like 3 or 4 inspectors for the whole STATE). Now, NONE of the shipping companies will KNOWINGLY ship alcohol, in my experience. Segal's is the largest chain in the Dallas area, with a fine selection and am sure can arrange for delivery, Hell I'd do it FOR you if we were still in business...(it being legal to ship wine IN texas itself. FYI the PJ 2 glass gift box is a handome presentation, but the retail price in Texas is in the range of $135 or so, before shipping or delivery charges. If you need more help, let me know. Cheers RobinAustin (tx)
  10. Don't expect world class cuisine in Austin. It just isn't here. The Italian, chinese, sushi, French, all are ok by NY/LA/Chi standards, but not great. Austin is more the ambiance and experience. To me, Austin is: Threadgills (north on Lamar only, downtown avoid), El Arroyo for cheap good TexMex food and margaritas in funky atmosphere and usually a funny slogan on the sign out front that changes daily or Guero's, also good tex mex. Shady Grove on Bartons Springs Rd downtown if the weather is good to sit outside for lunch. For a burger lunch, you can't do any better than Dirty Martin's right by UT campus on Guadalupe, is stepping back in time to 1940. Wink is good for the experimentation they do, but it isn't always a hit, is best to order a bunch of smaller plates of apps and share buffet style. I've yet to be impressed by Zoot, but, I keep hearing other people love it. I love Aquarelle, never had a bad dish there, and while not cheap by AUSTIN standards, the Prix Fixe gastronomique menu is a good value at $60. If you don't like the dish you are served, ask to see Robert, the owner/chef and I'll bet anything he'll fix it, Rob and Teresa in the kitchen there are wonderful folks who really CARE about their food. I have to concur with the above statements about BBQ being worth the drive out of town if you have a car and the time. Cheers, Rob
  11. So Rob, how would you define a Gulf Coast (GC) palate? ← Rebel Rose, first, we prefer "third coast" to Gulf Coast. Mississippi is a "gulf coast" state, Texas is "Third Coast". Texans who are into wine seem split into two catagories. One is the "I like it cuz the Wine Speculater or Parker rated it over 90 points, so even drinking it on release it must be great and worth all the money I paid for it..." I am NOT in this group. The other is, we are often the "forgotten" market, so overlyhyped wines dont make it here, so, we tend to be less interested in the reviews and more interested int he actual quality in the bottle. We are interested in a core of tradition, will look at experimentation, but, does it TASTE good, and is it worth the money are most important at end of day. The winemakers' resume doesnt count, terrroir means something if you can find it in the bottle. Wine Speculater gets it wrong as often as right, and Parker doesn't know EVERYTHING despite his PR agent. Just because its new doesnt mean its good. Just because it always is done that way doesn't mean its right. Im in this camp 110% PS: and if you use more than 10-15% new oak a year, you are a LUMBERYARD and not a winery. Cheers, Rob
  12. If anyone is in the Central Texas area, there is a wonderful restaurant in Austin called Hudson's on the Bend. They specialize in exotic game, Ive seen wildebeast, gazelle, snake, alligator, etc. on the menu and they have one of the finest wine lists in the area. John the sommelier can recommend a wine to go with whatever the have on the plate. You can experience this first hand! Cheers, Rob
  13. RobInAustin

    bourgogne blancs

    Hi, Sorry to chime in so late here, but been out of pocket last week or so since New Years. Yes, I think there actually IS a difference between Village wines and Cru wines in White burgs. AND when pairing with food. (Ok, well in a perfect universe anyway, some crappy producers bollox up the otherwise useful rules.) Village wines are pretty much thinner, "paler" versions of their Appellations. Yes, they will show some terroir associated, but, not all that much. Think of the difference between a fast food hamburger and a home grilled burger made from hand ground prime sirloin, and you'll get the picture, they're both burgers, but not the same. So, you will want to choose lighter fare for the village wines, the GC and PC wines certainly can stand up to more robust food. I certainly could see a fine Montrachet GC standing up to say creamy lobster stew with saffron... Also, the more complex GC and PC wines actually, when well made, can tolerate the use of new oak. This is one of the few, very few, exceptions I make about using oak. The oak can balance out the acids with tannins, and frankly all GC and PC wines must be aged to really bring out the best in them. (yeah,, I know some "new world" style producers are there...remember this is in a perfect world.) Chablis, a slightly different critter, since the cheaper village and PC wines are more for drinking now, and the GC really must age out, and are not to everyones taste. This is just a really quick answer. Grab Matt Kramer's book on Burgundy for a really great treatment of all the different appellations and producers. Cheers, Rob
  14. In Texas we refer to "Screagle" as Screamingly Overrated.... I love the questions, so will play.... 1. Which is more important to you in wine? (a) primary fruit 2. Which rules? (a) nose 3. Choose one... (a) Burgundy 4. My attitude to new oak is... © A few people know how to use it right...but it should only appear in limited cases 5. Which is more critical to balance and development (and I know they're both important, but play along and choose one)? (b) Acid 6. You can only have one of the following. You choose: (b) Lytton Springs 7. At what price point does a wine need to be able to age (improve with, not just hold) to earn your interest and dollar? © Over $40 8. Super Tuscans are: (b) Okay if they've got plenty of Sangiovese and don't taste like trees My responses. Maybe y'all will have to come up with a "Third Coast Palate" for me in Texas?? Cheers, Rob
  15. RobInAustin

    Dom '96

    The Dom was the 1990. The other players were VC Grande Dame (either loved or hated), Cristal, J. Schram (the WINNER to much surprise by all and chagrin to several snobs), and Cuvee Louise.
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