The Age of Riesling

+1 510 549-2444 1813 Short St
Berkeley, CA 94604
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Nearly thirty years ago, I stumbled into the wine business, more or less by accident, because my primary profession, that of writing poetry, did not provide much of an income. (And believe me, it still doesn't!) I needed a job with defined hours so I could do graduate work, thinking I might become a teacher. At the time, I was working as a mediocre carpenter across the street from the old Wine and Cheese Center down on Jackson Street in San Francisco. I used to get my sandwiches there, and occasionally buy a bottle of wine. One day I walked into the store and, thinking the wine business might be a pleasant change, not to mention solve the problem of fixed hours for classes, asked for a job. Somewhat to my astonishment, I got it, but only because the owner was an ex-English teacher and, somewhere in the interview, got to discussing favorite writers. At first, I sold cheese, but gradually worked my way into the wine department and, under the excellent tutelage of Mel Knox and Jim Olsen (both of whom some Read more »

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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their absolute drinking prime. Wish the shop was just down the street from me, rather than the ones that are. But then I'd have to live in NYC.  ;-(I love it when a guy drops 100 cases on a shop, just to 'make some space" in his cellar. Wonder what's going to be filling th... Read More

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  • What JD said.Rieslings are an excellent place to start. From Mosel, or the Rhine, or the Nahe regions of Germany. Starting at the bottom there are wines that just say 'Riesling' (or other varieties of grapes like 'Sylvaner' or 'Muller-Thuragau' which is a cross between the first two). They're Qba category. Then there's Kabinett above that in qua... Read More

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  • I'm a total beginner. My parents just recently started getting into wine, and I since just turned 21, I'm interested in learning more!  So far, I really like Moscato. Can you tell I'm a beginner yet? I also like sweet and semi-sweet. So far, I haven't been able to enjoy a dry wine, but I would like to develop a taste for it. I just don't know wh... Read More

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  • Continuing on last week’s great start  with Ben Carter, introducing our favorite wine writers to you, this week we pick up the thread by interviewing Clifford Brown of Cliff’s picks.As I mentioned last week, the point of this series is to give you a better idea of the palates involved in the wine writing world today, and of course to show you th... Read More

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  • Grange isn't an everyday wine, however, several of Penfold's lesser wines fit the bill such as Koonunga Hill, Rawson's Retreat, and Thomas Hyland. Angoves Long Row,  Tyrrell's Lost Block, Paxton, McLaren Vale, Brockenchack Riesling- now possibly the best quality white wine for the money that will age, although Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne is similar... Read More

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  • Let me start by saying I pretty much drink chardonnay from France or California. If it's 90% butter and little else, I'm out. If it tastes like lemon juice and weeds, I'm also out. If California, I'm looking for nicely developed fruit profile without so much oak that it taste like I'm sucking on a tree. I like Peter Michael chardonnay ***a lot**... Read More

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  • Just finished tasting Ballabourneen The Stuart 2013 Chardonnay (Australian Wine Selectors Hunter Valley Series January 2014 dozen), bottled under screwcap. Supposed to have a "round and subtle biscuity finish" Well the bottle I tasted was way to subtle for me I'm afraid! I think it is due to last week's tasting of the Tapanappa  2008 Tiers Picca... Read More

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  • I have recently seen some general headlines in the "health news" sections of various news sources.  Evidently, the WHO has declared alcohol unsafe in ANY quantity, and wants to discourage its use to ease the burden of public health cost/resources.  Like most medical studies, I approached this one with skepticism.  I subscribe to a medical journa... Read More

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  • Perhaps we could use a place to share recent purchases...Here are some '12 Burlotto Langhe Nebbiolo, which came highly recommended from a trusted friend who just got back from a month in Italy. I'm not seeing many available in the States quite yet, but was happy to find these locally. Read More

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  • Hoping that some of you might be able to help me out. I'm going down to AZ for vacation next week. I'm really only broadly planning which areas to go to now, and I really want to nail down some plans so I can have some idea of what we're doing! I know that there is some wine tourism in Arizona. Do you guys know anything about the wines or wineri... Read More

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