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WINE IN THE BOARD ROOMS – #2

Posted in Info on Wine, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 4, 2009 by ballymote

This is the second post in this area that talks about what the wine “geeks” who post on the various wine boards are discussing right now.great wine picture

On the Robert Parker Board there is a discussion on the antiquated monopoly being run by the State of Pennsylvania in the governance of State Stores. The talk centers around a report issued by a group called Commonwealth Foundation. They have recently published a report showing that the sale of Pennsylvania’s State-run Liquor stores would result in a 1.7 billion dollar windfall to the cash poor state with a continuing $350 million per year in taxes. The report refutes state claims that privatization of alcohol purchases would result in increases in underage drinking, DUI’s and assorted undesirable outcomes. A comparison between state governed alcohol sales and private sales showed nothing to substantiate such claims. The full report can be found here www.commonwealthfoundation.org.

A group of wine lovers in Massachusetts are anxiously awaiting a decision from the 1st U. S. District Court there which would allow California wineries to ship their product to buyers in that state. The court is scheduled to hear the appeal next week. Massachusetts is one of several states that do not allow wines to be shipped from out-of-state. These antiquated laws were designed to protect local wineries but do little except frustrate wine lovers who are rendered unable to purchase wines directly from the out-of-state producers. Unfortunately, NEW JERSEY and PENNSYLVANIA are among the states which subscribe to this legal morass.

Roy Piper, a frequent poster on the Parker wine board, lives in the Napa Valley area and from time to time posts beautiful photos that he takes of the wineries in and around Napa and Sonoma. He has a current “thread” on the boards with some of his latest excellent shots. Here are a few samples:Napa 1 Napa 3Napa 2

Napa 4Napa 5                                                                                                                                                                   Over on the Wine Spectator Board the buzz is all about the upcoming Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the Year which will be announced in about 2 weeks. There is always a lot of speculation about which wine will be named the Wine of the Year. This honor usually results in a run on that particular wine which drives the price up by about 50%. Selection is usually based on a combination of a high Wine Spectator rating combined with adequate availability of the wine. In other words, a truly great wine that is in limited supply would not be eligible for Wine of the Year. Anyway, it makes for interesting discussion as everyone makes their prediction on what wines will be on the list. Last years Wine of the Year for 2008 was the 2005 Casa Lapostelle, Clos Apalta. It had received a 96 rating and sold for $75.00 prior to be named Number One. Stay tuned the 2009 winner is  on the horizon. top100-08-glosApalta

That’s about it for this issue of Wine in the Board Rooms. You can learn a lot about wine by signing up on these two boards and just making periodic visits to eavesdrop on what wine lovers are talking about. It’s free and it’s fun.

POSSIBLY USELESS WINE INFO – VOL. #3

Posted in Info on Wine with tags , , , , on October 17, 2009 by ballymote

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The most valuable wine collection in the world is reported to belong to one Milestii Mici of Moldova who claims to have 1.5 million bottles lying peacefully in his cellar.

Although I have not tried this wine myself, I have had it recommended to me so many times that I should mention it here because it is currently one of the Chairman’s Selections at PA State Liquor Stores. It’s the 2007 Bommarito, a Napa Cabernet made by the good folks at Whitehall Lane who consistently turn out good cabs year after year. At the mark-down price of $13.99 it won’t last long and it won’t be back once it’s gone.

Speaking of bargains across the river, the PLCB is practically giving away magnums of 2004 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon at the bargain price of $5,999.00. If you have any money left after grabbing one or two of these, pick up a few Bommarito’s!

This next little tidbit is actually important enough to merit its own post so the least I can do is change my color to emphasize this.

If any of you would like to be kept up to date on wine activities happening in SOUTH JERSEY or in Philly there is an excellent source of information that you can have e-mailed to you every morning. Eric Orange is the creator of something called “The Juice”. His website is www.localwineevents.com. Go to the website, sign up for the SOUTH JERSEY or Philly addition and you will never miss an important event. This information is available for any major area of the country and is free. A premium edition is available for a monthly charge that provides even greater advantages.

more later…………….SLAINTE !!

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