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by David Pian
Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Who else enjoys half bottles, and what are your favorites in 375ml?
Replies: 14
Views: 8229

I agree with Christer... Although I have to add: drinking top wines young and cheap is the whole point for me in drinking half bottles. By cheap, I didn't mean cheap like pennies; usually at half of the price, you can try wines that are otherwise unaffordable by yourself (although having a group-tas...
by David Pian
Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: [Help] Why is coulure viewed negatively in the 2010 harvest in Bordeaux?
Replies: 0
Views: 2215

[Help] Why is coulure viewed negatively in the 2010 harvest in Bordeaux?

With a closer look at the vintage reports on the 2010 harvest in Bordeaux, many may have noticed that significant coulure has occurred during the vintage on old-vine Merlot vineyards. Why is this viewed negatively? To me, it seems like this is actually a positive contribution to the concentration an...
by David Pian
Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:07 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Anti Direct Shipping Bill renamed HR1161 Bad for Wine buyers Merchants & Wineries
Replies: 7
Views: 5580

What's the direct impact? By reading the bill, it all seems confusing to me: it sounds like they are only banning direct shipping out of wineries, not retailers, which is quite similar to 5034 from before. Is it just my misunderstanding then that it in fact restricts both wineries and retailers? Wha...
by David Pian
Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: What will the Chinese buy next?
Replies: 6
Views: 5197

Well, I'm sure many of us have heard about what happened with Château de la Salle in Blaye... If not, here's the link: http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/44625 Being Chinese, I feel a little ashamed... Not sure why, maybe they just thought La Salle wasn't one of the Big Eight Châteaux (...
by David Pian
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Bordeaux virgin seeking advice
Replies: 20
Views: 11672

I live in Michigan, not a whole lot of high-end wines on the shelves, although I do find good value-driven wines locally... J.J. Buckley of Oakland, CA is my primary wine source, and I've had great experience with them. They have really honest prices, more generous than some of the more renown and p...
by David Pian
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: "Appellation d'origine Contrôlée" or "Appellation d'origine Protégée"?
Replies: 2
Views: 5225

Yeah, to me, Contrôlée sounds a lot better, it's been there forever... but back in 2009, there was a new wine law passed, which affected multiple countries in EU, and replaced the word "Contrôlée" with "Protégée", strange as it sounds. Technically, they have until 2011 to make the transition, but, I...
by David Pian
Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:40 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Bordeaux virgin seeking advice
Replies: 20
Views: 11672

Thank you so much David....I will absolutely let you know. Where would I be able to find Valrose and Reignac??? No problem Lisa, hopefully I was helpful. I checked for you, you can find both Valrose and Reignac at B-21 ( http://www.b-21.com ), although I think the Reignac has gone up quite a bit, t...
by David Pian
Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:25 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: Bordeaux virgin seeking advice
Replies: 20
Views: 11672

Lisa, of all the value-driven Bordeaux wines I've tried so far, two of my absolute favorite are Valrose and Reignac. Both of them are under $30 retail, and both of them drink like $80 bottles. Again, like Jeff said, even within the Bordeaux region, there still are stylistic differences. It totally d...
by David Pian
Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: "Appellation d'origine Contrôlée" or "Appellation d'origine Protégée"?
Replies: 2
Views: 5225

"Appellation d'origine Contrôlée" or "Appellation d'origine Protégée"?

With the 2009 labels coming out in France, will it say "Appellation XXX Contrôlée" or "Appellation XXX Protégée"? Just a minor trivia, but definitely arouses my curiosity. Thanks!
by David Pian
Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 1989 Bordeaux Wine Chateau Pichon Lalande & Chateau La Conseillante
Replies: 9
Views: 6186

Yum! Although I've never managed to convert my girlfriend to a hopeless Bordeaux lover... She's still at a Riesling phase, and at the most Pinot (from Oregon, NOT Burgundy). Frustrated, and apprently dating a new girl would not be a viable option for me... lol.
by David Pian
Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: 2005 Cos d'Estournel (w/ TN) - A Lesson Well Learned!
Replies: 3
Views: 3271

2005 Cos d'Estournel (w/ TN) - A Lesson Well Learned!

In wine-tasting, there are a few lessons you just have to learn by making mistakes. Here's the one from me: popped a bottle of 2005 Cos tonight, which I should have never opened until a few years later... It is a great wine, don't get me wrong, but it's just not quite ready yet at this point. Anyway...
by David Pian
Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:49 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: DRC, what is it I do not understand?
Replies: 9
Views: 5964

Yeah, I'm with you on that one Jeff. I probably don't understand most Burgundies either... including some pinots that are not from Burgundy (think I'm fine with the chards though). I think the matter is, it's not that I understand it more so I side with Bordeaux; I guess it's what I really enjoy mor...
by David Pian
Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:23 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Margaux
Replies: 8
Views: 6352

David I agree with what Leah wrote. It it postings like yours that makes me want to try a wine. If only I could find a few friends with 2000 Margaux that want to open them :D Thanks Alex for your nice words, and I agree. I wish I only had more friends who are willing to open up more first growths t...
by David Pian
Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:19 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Margaux
Replies: 8
Views: 6352

David. That's a great and very detailed tasting note. I don't usually hear 'Chinese herb' and 'web gravel' in a TN! But glad that you enjoyed the 2000. Interesting that you tried it in half bottle format rather than a bottle. You are definitely correct that this wine has so much longer to go.....bu...
by David Pian
Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Margaux
Replies: 8
Views: 6352

TN: 2000 Château Margaux

Sunday, March 06, 2011 - I am literally speechless! The perfection of this wine goes way beyond what words are capable of describing!! I had absolutely no reason to take off any points from this wine, and if I could give more than 100 points for this wine, I would! The 2000 Margaux's beauty and attr...