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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

Virtual Tasting in September

Original post by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 19, 2010.

So with the end of summer approaching my thoughts return to drinking more red wine. That may, or may not be a good thing but it started me thinking - What do WE want to drink?

If we have a few coordinated tastings, maybe even in a chatroom somewhere - live, we could try similar wines and share experiences, maybe even try the same exact wine.

At bare minumum we can spend the month exploring a region, or regions. I am already planning to begin exploring French wines in a basic way in October but I thought I would open September up to suggestions to get things rolling.

If we figure things out in time I'd even be happy to host something here at Snootsaew bottles from the designated region!


Reply by Stephen Harvey, Sep 1, 2010.


Given logistics issues, may I suggest that if you guys/gals identify what aussie/nz pinots are available at your end and I will see what CA & Oregon Pinots available at my end as each of us should be able to source local stuff locally.

As far as Burgs, perhaps if I see what is available here as we get less here than you do we can select from that lot

Can you confirm your times for Friday 17 so I can lock in a time for Sat 18 here



Reply by Stephen Harvey, Sep 5, 2010.

I have found an Argyle Willamette Valley 2006 Reserve Pinot Noir

Is this a worthy contender for the tasting

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Sep 5, 2010.

Found another Oregon Pinot

Scott Paul Willamette Valley 2007 Cuvee Martha Pirrie

Whats the view on this one

Reply by Lucha Vino, Sep 6, 2010.

I have been curious about the Argyle Pinot Noir.  Making it part of the virtual tasting would be great motivation to pick up a bottle!

Reply by icscott, Sep 7, 2010.

The Argyle is wonderful but you should also consider the 2006 King Estate Domaine

Reply by imatarb, Sep 8, 2010.

I live near many fantastic wineries, all within mere minutes here in Monterey County, CA. The Pessagno Winery with their fantastic array of Pinots comes to mind immediately....



Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 8, 2010.

That Scott Paul should be delicous!

So can we say we're gonna do this Friday Sapt 17?

If some of us get the same wines that will be great. If not at least we'll all be trying Pinots together!

I'm going to ask our tech team tomorrow what sort of live chat capablities we can have in place by then.

If anyone wants to join me in the Snooth conference room just let me know!

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Sep 9, 2010.


What time are you aiming for?

Remember that 8pm Friday your time is 9.30am Sat my time


Reply by dmcker, Sep 13, 2010.

So when exactly (time, etc.) are we talking? I may be able to join, and may have a French maitre d' from a very good restaurant join me in the chat, but Oregon wines are a non-starter in Tokyo. OK if a California and French group of pinots also appear? Would pull in a NZ as well, but fresh out....

And for the reference, 8pm Friday is 9am Saturday Tokyo time. Only in the sheep-and-roo-loving Oz do they have half-hour time zones. Unlike the sheep-and-deer-loving Kiwis, of course.

Guess I'll have to keep Friday night a light one. Or should I make it an all nighter? Tequila (and sangrita) shots inbetween wine rounds? Probably not conducive to good comparisons....

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Sep 13, 2010.

Don't get me going - I hate our half hour time zone, should be Eastern Standard time Melb/Syd], but apprently if we change the cows won't produce milk, curtains will fade, juvenile delinquency will increase etc etc

The list of place with half hour time zones are: [Some wonderful places here!!!]

Marquesas Islands





Myanamar [Burma]

Cocos Islands


Sri Lanka

Lord Howe Island

Norfolk Island

More ridiculously Nepal has a 15min time zone [I guess if your have the worlds highest mountain you can do anything!!] and so does Chatham Islands?

I think I can do Sat morning - I have the Scott Paul and Argyle, Plenty of NZ and can get most with 48hrs notice, and happy to do your Aussie pick, could find French

Need to make a call in nexrt 24 hours if to do live with you


Reply by dmcker, Sep 14, 2010.

I'm not sure about my French friend Jean Luc. It hadn't really registered with him that it would be 9am on Sat. Since he's working until midnight at his restaurant on Friday, and has to oversee luncheon service on Saturday, my guess is he'll be a no-show, especially since he eschews all things Internet and would have to join me at my place. I also have a night out on Friday with a supplier well known to want to drag me through the fleshpots once he crosses a certain threshold, but I'll try to pull the ripcord early.

Looks like I won't be able to make a visit to my cellar, which is on the other side of town from my current temporary lodgings, before the event, nor am I sure if I'll be able to get to a proper merchant by then, either. All I have in the house at the moment that fits the theme (aside from a '53 Remoissenet Clos Vougeot set aside for another event, that looks in better shape than most new bottles in local liquor stores) is a 2006 Au Bon Climat Bien Nacido PN. Stephen, did you ever pick up any of the ABCs you were considering at one point?

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Sep 14, 2010.

Greg - please a time?

D - Yes I have got hold of the following

Opus one 95

SINE QUA NON Raven No.3 Shiraz, Central Coast 2006

Argyle 06 Pinot

Scott Paul 07 Pinot

I also had the fortune to drink and end up with a leftover bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape "La Crau" Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe 2006

Sensational drink!!!! definite upper 90's rating

Reply by dmcker, Sep 14, 2010.

Looks like you spent a penny or two recently. I do like the Vieux Telegraphe, too.

Sorry, by 'ABC' I meant Au Bon Climat...

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Sep 14, 2010.

D - No unfortunately, will keep looking for it

Fortunately I got the job to organise the wine for our annual partners conference and we usually get some extra good ones for our exec team which I get the privalege of both choosing and taking them through the wines in a tasting

This year we did as well as the 06 CNduP VT

98 Pol Roger Winston Churchhill

06 Faiveley Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

06 William Fevre Chablic Grand Cru Bougros Cote Bouguerots

04 Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis Cote de Rotie

04 Penfolds Grange

03 Chateau Mouton

95 Chateau d'Yquem

All were in stunning form and yes I was privaleged to get this gig and it was good fun [Other than one bottle of d"Yquem was corked!!!]



Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 15, 2010.

I'm all for starting after 8pm my time. If I get everything loaded on my laptop I can even go home and drink from the comfort of home. So after 8pm is what we're looking at?

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 15, 2010.

OK, so I'm going to be online video chat enabled on Ustream.

I'll post the specific address here but you'll be able to find me through the Snooth ustream main page -

There will be chat window enabled there as well. What do we think?



Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 15, 2010.

Here is a list of wines if you want to tell me what to buy!


Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, Martinborough - 2008
Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru “Aux Fourneaux” Chandon de Briailles - 2001
Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir - 2008
Savigny-Les-Beaune Rouge "Les Bourgeots", Simon Bize et Fils - 2006
Savigny-lès-Beaune, Chandon de Briailles - 2007
Bourgogne Rouge "Bons Batons", Ghislaine Barthod - 2007
Roessler Pinot Noir, Brosseau Vineyard - 2005
Santenay, Giroud - 2007
Savigny-lès-Beaune Vieilles Vignes, Maréchal - 2007
Willakenzie Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley - 2008
Ponzi "Tavola" Pinot Noir - 2008
Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara - 200
Stonecrop Pinot Noir, Martinborough - 2008
Argyle Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley - 2008



Reply by dmcker, Sep 15, 2010.

Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir 2006, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection

Reply by dmcker, Sep 15, 2010.

Oh, and what happened to the Scott Paul?

And focusing on Savigny les Beaune sounds interesting, alas I'll likely not have a chance to procure any (though I haven't given up yet). If I can make it to the 3 likeliest shops anywhere near me, the negociants I'll expect to run across would be Bouchard, Faively, Jadot and maybe Potel, though I'll certainly keep my eyes peeled for a Bize.

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Sep 15, 2010.

I will see what I can do

Time - Later the better for me - Pinot and cereal is not a good mix

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