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Tsarstepan's Wine Spot

 
 
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 12 Dec, 2018 08:52 am
@ehBeth,
I don't suppose Baco Noir is a bacon pun, right? Is there any lingering bacon flavor to that wine?
hightor
 
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Reply Wed 12 Dec, 2018 09:35 am
@tsarstepan,
No, Baco Noir, also known as "Baco No. 1" was the first and most successful French-American grape hybrid created by Mr. Francois Baco, a grape breeder in France.

I worked on a small vineyard in N.Y. State which was among the first U.S. vineyards to try growing this variety and when I moved to Maine and planted grapes it was one of my choices. The big vine is over 20 years old and produces reliably every year, providing plenty of dessert for the local raccoon population, who gorge themselves on nearly-ripened fruit and excrete it, practically undigested, in numerous piles in the vineyard aisles.

It's a rank grower and difficult to manage. When I worked in NY we always had a hard time getting pickers to work in the Baco plot — it took too long to pick a crate because it was so much work finding the fruit in the dense canopy. Newer trellising methods have been developed which make harvesting easier and allow for better ripening. The idea is to maximize the amount of sunshine which strikes the leaves. Sunlight intensity is commonly measured in units which correspond to the ability of the plants to use sunshine in photosynthesis. Consequently, the intensity is often termed "photosynthetically active radiation". The units are amounts of energy per unit area per unit time, i.e. microEinsteins per square meter per second, µEm-2s-1. I guess those Henry of Pelham grapes are sucking up plenty of them microEinsteins.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 7 Feb, 2019 03:54 pm
@hightor,
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 11 Jun, 2019 02:01 pm
@tsarstepan,
We Drink Basically The Same Wine As Ancient Romans — And That's Not So Great
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An engraving shows Galla Placidia (390-450), daughter of Roman Emperor Theodosius I, in captivity. New research shows that in some cases, we are drinking almost the exact same wine that Roman emperors did — our pinot noir and syrah grapes are "siblings" of the ancient Roman varieties.
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eurocelticyankee
 
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Reply Mon 17 Jun, 2019 04:15 pm
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 26 Oct, 2019 05:05 am
@eurocelticyankee,
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 5 Nov, 2019 12:21 pm
@tsarstepan,
Climate Change Is Disrupting Centuries-Old Methods Of Winemaking In France
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In France, climate change is already affecting one of the country's most emblematic industries — winemaking. French vintners say heat, drought and erratic weather are altering the landscape and their centuries-old way of working.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 30 Jan, 2020 12:52 pm
@tsarstepan,
Walmart Is Now Selling a Rosé Wine Water Enhancer Just in Time for Valentine's Day
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The superstore’s brand, Great Value, is now selling a rosé wine drink enhancer that can be used to turn your water into a delicious glass of wine.


(((cough cough))bullshit!((cough cough))
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 25 Jun, 2020 12:38 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 25 Jun, 2020 02:54 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 28 Oct, 2020 07:42 am
@tsarstepan,
https://imgur.com/BoX3Nu3.jpg
Couple at New York eatery served $2,000 Bordeaux in error after ordering cheap wine
https://imgur.com/yHp4TXo.jpg
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Wed 18 Nov, 2020 05:49 pm
@tsarstepan,
Reminds me of AbFab's episode of the ladies at a wine tasting in Italy.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jan, 2021 09:40 am
https://imgur.com/JcZORvs.jpg
https://imgur.com/7pnvPUg.jpg
American Airlines has so much extra wine that it is starting a delivery service
glitterbag
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jan, 2021 04:52 pm
@tsarstepan,
I've been ordering wine online but Maryland only allows a few companies to ship to our State. The variety is limited, so I just order inexpensive reds.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2021 02:07 pm
@glitterbag,
There's a couple of actually interesting online wine subscription services out there. But 1. being unemployed presently ... these would be irresponsible to waste money on; 2. I don't drink enough wine to justify getting a monthly box of X number of bottles; 3. I live in NYC and am very pleased with even my local wine shop.

Also... not to brag, we have the very much beloved Trader Joe's Wine shop in Manhattan (though it's been almost a year since I last remember going to it).

Inexpensive reds? Those are in my wheelhouse.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jan, 2021 09:26 pm
@tsarstepan,
Liquor law in Maryland is weird. My Trader Joe's can't sell wine, only licensed liquor stores. Not even the supermarkets in most of the counties can sell beer and wine. For some reason, the counties close to Pennsyvania can sell booze at least in the big drug stores. Several years back, we had taken our dog Sadie to a specialist in Westminster for some tests, while we waited I felt a bad headache coming on, and we ran down the road so I could pick up some excedrine.....We stopped at this big CVS, and when I walked in I couldn't figure out where the OTC meds were because all I saw were acres of booze. I asked the clerk for excedrine and she directed me to the other CVS about a mile or so down the road. I had no idea until that day that drug stores could sell alcohol. Here's the kicker, that county is a Maryland county but they don't ship to MY COUNTY. curses
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 5 Feb, 2021 11:42 pm
@glitterbag,
Poured me a very large glass of Salmon Run Coho Red. I like it. Quite drinkable. It's a sweet red from the Fingerlakes region of New York. It's one of the only Fingerlakes wines I can easily get here in NYC (so I've bought this bottle several times before). But I wasn't feeling it tonight.

Incidentally, I brewed two large servings of Whole Foods green tea (a nightly habit/treat I've been doing for not quite two weeks). That was cooled down - in my room - to below room temperature - it's a fluke with how my fan circulates the air in my bedroom.

Decided to experiment and mixed part of my tea with what remained of my glass of wine. It really works. I'm happy with this success of an experiment. Very tasty, very drinkable.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2021 08:09 pm
@tsarstepan,
Okay. SO there are a lot more Fingerlakes wines out there being sold in NYC. None from any vineyard I immediately recognize.
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Bought a Malbec/Syrah from Australia today.
https://imgur.com/HoMR4g1.jpg
Tart and drier than I would prefer. AT the lower end of drinkable. Will never buy again. I will finish the bottle but not in one sitting.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2021 11:28 pm
@glitterbag,
the "pa line advantage" has been closed because the Great Commonwealth has added one more bit of complexity to its booze laws. A certain number of Supermakets can now sell wines and beers (no booze). Pa, you may recall had all its lliquor laws instituted by GAWD, and he passes down , via Galactic Executive Orders periodic changes to these laws in order to keep all the state(UNION) liquor workers employed.
1. Beer in cases can only be bought at a licensed and personned beer distributor
2. Wine AND Booze can be only bought at STATE STORES
3. Beer , less than 2 6 pax can be purchased ata bar
4. Now wines and beers can be purchased at designated supermarkets and drugstores
5. Designated "Pa Wine shops" can sell specific brands of "made in Pa" wines and craft liquors.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2021 11:35 pm
@izzythepush,
Sherry varieties are choice wines for cooking in stw=ews chowders and sauces with such seafoods as dry pack scawllop, steamers, sole and flounder broils.
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