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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

Shall we try another virtual tasting?

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 6, 2010.

Perhaps Bordeaux? My schedule ios frightening, but I do have time free right around the 4th-5th-6th of November.

What say we?

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Oct 6, 2010.

Greg

Sounds good to me, the Adelaide team is willing

Why not try the Friday night your time slot - same as last time - it seemed to work

Why not do Cabernet - Say Bordeaux v Cali & Sonoma v Aussie v elsewhere - maybe Vellovino can throw in a Spanish and I am sure someone {DMcker?} could suggest an Italian Cab/blend

In any case we are go and if you need any help with technology I will try and con my online team to lend a hand

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 6, 2010.

That timeslot works fine for me, but lets coordinate actual bottles earlier. And can we get a little more techteam help?

Last time was fun, though, and I suppose also good because it was a legitimate (?) reason to begin drinking before Sat. noon, at least Tokyo time... ;-)

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Reply by zufrieden, Oct 6, 2010.

As long as the bottles and content are not virtual as well.  No matter how hard I try, and convinced as I am of not being the Lord of Hosts, I cannot duplicate that indomitable idea in the mind of God known as wine without producing bottle, glass and pouring action followed by the raising of said glass to the lips.

Interesting idea though, and I might join depending on the dates.

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Reply by MilanB, Oct 7, 2010.

Interesting idea - where can I find more info about previous virtual tasting?

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 7, 2010.

Here the thread about the last one.

Ok so Cabernet it is. what's avaialble globally?

lets pick a Bordeaux, a cali cab and a AUssie, maybe a bordeaux blend for New Zealnd as well?

That's a good group of 4 wines if we're up for it!

 

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 9, 2010.

A NZ cab will be very hard for me to get ahold of in Tokyo. SA, Northern Italy or even Washington State would be easier.

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 9, 2010.

Then there's also Chile...

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Oct 9, 2010.

Count me in.  So many choices for good cabs, I'm sure we can't go wrong!  Let's get the list set early so we have time to locate bottles.

I'm travelling Nov 19 - Dec 5.  Can we set a Friday before Nov 19?

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 10, 2010.

Nov. 4th-6th is Thurs-Sat. I assume evenings, North America times, and thus mornings next day Japan/Australia times. So the 5th or 6th NYC time would work for me, but not the 4th, since that'll be a Friday morning and not a good time to be drinking if I have to deal with potential investors, strategic partners, colleagues, etc.... ;-)

Although, since the 3rd is a holiday here, the 2nd NYC time could also work.

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 10, 2010.

How about setting a couple to three Bordeaux (one or two left, one rightbank), a couple of CA, a couple of Aussie, and a couple of something else (determine from among either Chile, WA, Northern Italian rightbankish blend or SA candidates?)? All to have varying degrees of cab sauv in them (not merlot or cab franc only)?

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 10, 2010.

BTW, was there ever a writeup of the oldskool CA-cab tasting in NYC? And should there be a comprehensive writeup of the upcoming virtual tasting? Though that could be rendered unnecessary if there was an effective way to catch and subsequently post the chat (and even video?) during it.....

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Oct 10, 2010.

Greg

On Dmkers theme why not go with

2 x Bordeaux

2 x Aussie

2 x California

2 x Euro other [Maybe Vello can recomend something from his part]

2 x Other say Chile

10 wines is a lot so we could limit it to 5-6

We need to work on the list so we can sort availability

Last time was sensational, but the impact if we all have the same would be awesome

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Reply by dynowine, Oct 10, 2010.

Hi - this is interesting.  May I ask a question?  Did someone above suggest listing a "greater flight" of 10 wines with a recommendation that the local "team" buy and open at least 5?  That way, if something is too pricey or unavailable locally, the team can still share 50% or so of the greater flight, and enjoy listening in on the wines they didn't buy.  Hey, Greg can drink and analyze all 10, and teams can have a breather in-between a few of their local flight.   I vote for a Carmenere from Chile, I've yet to have a bad one (they just taste awesome).

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 10, 2010.

Dyno--thought we were sticking to cab or cab blends on this tasting?  And Stephen, Dyno's superset proposal based on yours is interesting but I'd still like to see us try to get as many as possible (that being said, at that time of day I'll be tasting alone, so I'll likely not have more than 3 or 4). More Bordeaux options means easier hunting, for me, anyway. I think the only 'other' cab blends in Europe worth hunting for would be northern Italy. South Africa deserves as much inclusion as them or Chile, I think. I'll hunt a bit over the next week and see what easily available options I encounter in my part of Tokyo....

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Oct 10, 2010.

Dmcker et al - what should we target for Bordeaux in terms of vintage/classification etc. and price range?

For Australia I suggest we try for the major companies.

Pernod do a St Hugo fom Coonawarra which is usually readily available and should be in the $30-50 range.

Fosters have a Wynns Black Label in the 20-40 range and Bin 407 similar range.  Margaret Rivers will set us back 100+ and maybe hard to get.  The niche Cabs will be hard to source and are usually 50+

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 10, 2010.

No need to go for $50 plus in this tasting, I think. Let's shoot for the under-that range. Obviously Bordeaux and California will be pricier than Chile....

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 10, 2010.

And I didn't mean, necessarily, $45, either. More thinking in the $20-$40 range, depending on the locale.

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Oct 11, 2010.

Hey Steven,

I wrote a lot about Spanish wines and the Vuelta Espana, but I am actually from Seattle WA, USA :-)

That being said, I would be happy to suggest some Washington State Cabs.  Dmcker turned me on to Fielding Hills back in August and that is a Cab I would recommend for our virtual tasting, although it is probably not available in Australia.

The first Friday in November works fine for me.  Let's get our wine list set so I can start hunting!

 

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 11, 2010.

Easier to find over here from Washington would be Woodward Canyon and maybe even Leonetti. Don't think they'll fit within our budget, though. Fielding Hills will likely be impossible. Any other candidates from Walla Walla direction? Saw some syrah from K Vintners in a pizza joint the other day, which surprised me a bit (then again they had Rogue ale, too...), though also made me think other of their varietals may be around.

 

Would also like to suggest that the next virtual tasting after this one be for merlot. Lots of good versions out there, even if the grape does often get slammed a lot because of hamhanded versions from California. Would love to compare Walla Walla to Napa to Tuscany to Right Bank....

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 11, 2010.

And the next one after that sparkling?  ;-)

 

Just in time for the New Year...

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