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by TonyGoodman
Mon 09 Sep 2019 17:33
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Visiting Again 21-28 Sept & Socialising Sought!
Replies: 3
Views: 388

Re: Visiting Again 21-28 Sept & Socialising Sought!

Hi, On the 26th @ 8.30 there is a concert at St Genis des F, music featured in Patrick O'Brien's novels. We love these sorts of events as they combine interesting music not commonly played professionally, ancient local architecture which can be hard to access and a chance to meet the neighbours. Som...
by TonyGoodman
Sun 21 Apr 2019 15:04
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Best PO Reds, whats yours?
Replies: 32
Views: 5737

Re: Best PO Reds, whats yours?

I shall put it on the list, the schist soils produce some very user friendly but powerful reds. Perfect for a roast dinner.
by TonyGoodman
Thu 18 Apr 2019 08:43
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Forum quiet
Replies: 9
Views: 801

Re: Forum quiet

Things move on I suppose, this media is slightly dated and response times can be slow. However it is a good data base for solutions to repetitive problems.
by TonyGoodman
Thu 18 Apr 2019 08:35
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Best PO Reds, whats yours?
Replies: 32
Views: 5737

Re: Best PO Reds, whats yours?

Thanks, I shall drop into Forca Real. Its been on my list for some time.
by TonyGoodman
Wed 13 Feb 2019 21:56
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Where to purchase spirits in Perpignan?
Replies: 9
Views: 917

Re: Where to purchase spirits in Perpignan?

Hi,

Some suggestions:

Tucked away in a small street not far from Quai Vauban.
https://www.millesimes.com/spiritueux/

Mas Guerido is a bit of a food, spice & drinks hotspot.
https://catalogue.vandb.fr/9-spiritueux

Hope this helps

Tony
by TonyGoodman
Tue 27 Mar 2018 10:58
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9368

Tony, you seem to be walking in the footsteps of an old forum member who, if you had a browse through the posts you wanted to spring clean, you will see asking similar questions and getting into the same kind of debates. He went under the name of John. I'm not sure why you are asking these in-depth...
by TonyGoodman
Mon 26 Mar 2018 22:05
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9368

[quote="TonyGoodman]However it was a collective we, as in if all consumers all ceased attending all fairs would that cause a re-alignment of costs to producers. I suspect not as the professional reviewers would pick up the slack. As you say producers seem to be happy passing over staggering amounts...
by TonyGoodman
Mon 26 Mar 2018 21:44
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Why no PO fizz?
Replies: 8
Views: 1666

An addendum to my post about St. Genis fizz. I was at the coop today, and the mousseux is called "Génis d'Or". A winegrower who happened to be in the room said that they're going to produce a "blanc pétillant" in the summer. I didn't know until today that there was a distinction between "mousseux...
by TonyGoodman
Mon 26 Mar 2018 20:00
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9368

[quote=" As consumers what can we do to try to get more money into your pockets or is there no easy solution? Would boycotting fairs have any impact for example. We get money into the hands of winegrowers by buying the stuff, and drinking it, and serving and recommending and giving it to other peop...
by TonyGoodman
Mon 26 Mar 2018 17:25
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9368

Just read this funny post on a Wine Blogger's site. Quite topical to this discussion .... http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/uncategorized/a-template-letter-for-wineries-wanting-to-respond-to-two-timing-critics Thanks, while certainly humorous the reality is its quite disturbing as those costs have...
by TonyGoodman
Mon 26 Mar 2018 09:17
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Why no PO fizz?
Replies: 8
Views: 1666

Santiago wrote:The climate doesn’t lend itself to growing grapes required to make decent Sparkling. So there is no tradition of it here. You could always try a local.PetNat from a Natural producer but I doubt it would be to your taste. They can be a bit odd. More cidre than wine.
Thanks for the explanation.
by TonyGoodman
Mon 26 Mar 2018 09:08
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Spring-cleaning the room.
Replies: 13
Views: 2168

The driver is the surprising number of hits the wine forum gets yet only a handful linger and contribute. Did I miss something? Has AD become a wine forum? Gus Its more about enticing those who just pass through to leave their thoughts and post information. However the general feeling is to maintai...
by TonyGoodman
Sun 25 Mar 2018 22:56
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Spring-cleaning the room.
Replies: 13
Views: 2168

I set up this topic group many years ago and have contributed quite a lot of information and answered many questions. Yes, some of the threads are out of date or irrelevant but it would be better to read through them first before culling them just to make way for the new order. They take up no data...
by TonyGoodman
Sun 25 Mar 2018 22:54
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Spring-cleaning the room.
Replies: 13
Views: 2168

Having worked in digital media for a few years, the buzz words were always 'long tail' - i.e. google search drives traffic. The more content out there, the better for traffic. Deleting threads is anathema to me, unless there are legal or other reasons to remove. Each thread is clearly dated, so hop...
by TonyGoodman
Sun 25 Mar 2018 22:49
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Spring-cleaning the room.
Replies: 13
Views: 2168

If a cull or archiving is a bit extreme we could consider creating a master index which groups related discussions. Reds, Whites, Coming events calendar, Videos, Brickbats and bouquets etc. What about rewarding regular contributors with their own space, a specific space for terminology, Maps, links...
by TonyGoodman
Sun 25 Mar 2018 20:18
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Spring-cleaning the room.
Replies: 13
Views: 2168

I hate to see threads removed, I love to look back on earlier posts and I don’t really see what is to be gained. In terms of disk space is concerned the data storage requirement for the entire forum will be trivial and less than that on a basic mobile phone. A cull of data would be based on the o...
by TonyGoodman
Sun 25 Mar 2018 17:56
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Spring-cleaning the room.
Replies: 13
Views: 2168

I set up this topic group many years ago and have contributed quite a lot of information and answered many questions. Yes, some of the threads are out of date or irrelevant but it would be better to read through them first before culling them just to make way for the new order. They take up no data...
by TonyGoodman
Sun 25 Mar 2018 13:00
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Spring-cleaning the room.
Replies: 13
Views: 2168

Spring-cleaning the room.

There seems to be a few older threads on the site with questionably relevancy. I'm very much a social media novice however is it general practice to retain everything or should we conduct a keep or cull review to keep the room fresh and current? Get it slimmed down and beach ready. The latter makes ...
by TonyGoodman
Sat 24 Mar 2018 16:26
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Why no PO fizz?
Replies: 8
Views: 1666

Re: Why no PO fizz?

Limoux produces decent bulles, ditto our southern neighbours yet there seems to be no local product within say 30 mins drive of perpignan. Happy to be corrected however if this is correct is it just tradition or are there technical reasons none is produced? Arnaud de Villeneuve http://arnauddeville...
by TonyGoodman
Sat 24 Mar 2018 14:27
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Why no PO fizz?
Replies: 8
Views: 1666

Why no PO fizz?

Limoux produces decent bulles, ditto our southern neighbours yet there seems to be no local product within say 30 mins drive of perpignan. Happy to be corrected however if this is correct is it just tradition or are there technical reasons non is produced?
by TonyGoodman
Sat 24 Mar 2018 13:55
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9368

Just for the record, there is no commitment and the reviews are totally free. Tony has actually paid himself on one occasion for the privilege of reviewing what turned out to be a very mediocre wine as the owner didn’t see why he should give it away for a review. Sometimes, very occasionally, som...
by TonyGoodman
Sat 24 Mar 2018 11:48
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9368

I have heard it said that if they offer tastings then they can write off a quantity of wine as far as the Douanes are concerned, add to that the French love of folding money and there might be an answer. On the other hand I might be barking up completely the wrong tree. Those could be a factors for...
by TonyGoodman
Sat 24 Mar 2018 11:19
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9368

For those reading and not contributing, pretty much all the wineries in the PO are open for tastings to the public. So anyone can come and taste before buying. This has always intrigued me, why would a substantial enterprise be bothered with a casual person turning up to taste wine and possibly buy...
by TonyGoodman
Fri 23 Mar 2018 20:49
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9368

Whether anyone reads the reviews or not, Tony’s posts have generated a great deal of activity on the forum. Like Martyn, I haven’t read any of Tony’s reviews and also like to make my own mistakes. I do however like to read reviews, if only to see if I agree with them. I don’t actually know ...
by TonyGoodman
Fri 23 Mar 2018 19:57
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9368

martyn94 wrote:
TonyGoodman wrote:
martyn94 wrote:Producers feel “threatenedâ€￾ by Tony Goodman? Him and whose army? I was mildly amused by his original project, as an earnest seeker after truth: it was obviously just autobiographical but harmless. His recent fit of grandiosity as the Robert Parker of the P O (complete with delusions of persecution) was amazingly sudden, and quite sad to a disinterested observer.
So why bother logging on and responding if you are so disinterested? Why not just ignore the reviews? Eventually I'll settle of a handful of brands I like and fade away, its a short term project not a career FFS.

What intrigues me is there must be something in the local wine ecosystem which has producers scared and frightened. It certainly can't be my light weight reviews yet some PM's I receive are unbelievable. Is it that bad out there?
I had feared that there might be something like this going on. It might seem hard to believe, but I have never read one of your reviews. I prefer to make my own mistakes. So I have never sent you disobliging pms about them. It must be unpleasant to get them, but they do not prove that you are shaking the wine trade here to its foundations. Maybe people just don’t agree with you.

What does seem clear is that this topic is getting seriously overheated. I don’t have the material to judge who is in the right, if there is a right, and I sure as hell don’t want it. Let’s just all trap up for a while.

Totally agree and have said as much to others, I do like a bit of banter however it can reach a point where its no longer appropriate. Mind you I do think I have a certain skill with words, Hemmingwayesque. Something which totally surprised me.

have a good weekend

Tony
by TonyGoodman
Fri 23 Mar 2018 17:38
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9368

martyn94 wrote:Producers feel “threatenedâ€￾ by Tony Goodman? Him and whose army? I was mildly amused by his original project, as an earnest seeker after truth: it was obviously just autobiographical but harmless. His recent fit of grandiosity as the Robert Parker of the P O (complete with delusions of persecution) was amazingly sudden, and quite sad to a disinterested observer.
So why bother logging on and responding if you are so disinterested? Why not just ignore the reviews? Eventually I'll settle of a handful of brands I like and fade away, its a short term project not a career FFS.

What intrigues me is there must be something in the local wine ecosystem which has producers scared and frightened. It certainly can't be my light weight reviews yet some PM's I receive are unbelievable. Is it that bad out there?
by TonyGoodman
Fri 23 Mar 2018 12:23
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9368

Santiago wrote:In defense of winemakers, May I humbly suggest that the choice of using biodynamics, of using herbicide, of when to pick, of what macération regime to follow and which barrels to blend are not all done with the sole purpose of trying to match Tony Goodman’s View of what is well-crafted.

I think this whole “projectâ€￾ would have been more worthwhile for both writer and reader if the initiate had not moved from learning to judging so quickly.

Hi Santiago, thanks for raising that as it allows me to reinforce the key point again. Its good to hear from you, have you been away?

The reviews are not forced, no ambushes. Some producers see them as a way to connect to a consumers. Consumers seem to like them as they provide a guide, reduce the risk of wasting cash buying blind. Its that simple.


However unless I'm mistaken it obvious to me you object to the concept of reviews in POL or perhaps just mine. The latter I assume on the basis of a belief I'm untutored despite being a consumer for almost 50 years. If that’s correct why you and other producers with a similar mindset feel threatened by a few quirky jotting in a local fun mag is beyond me unless they expose a basic lack. Using bling and blather to belittle and coerce consumers into paying premium prices for second grade plonk perhaps. However assuming this is not the case why not let me be found out and be chased back to Waitrose and Wine Soc? Take my CC and never darken local doors again.

To move forward constructively and address your objections would you like to do the next lot of reviews? Perhaps fill in for me over the summer. I’ve had plenty of fun however the car has taken a battering. You’d also be doing me a great service as I could enjoy a few days on the water and we have a steady stream of family and friends visiting. Or perhaps co-write them to correct my alleged ignorance? Now that would be great fun. Apart from long robust debriefing sessions in the summer twilight over a refreshing ale or two the look on some producers faces as we roll up their drive together would be worth the price of admission alone. If so we could ask POL and potential producers of course. Be a nice twist for the Autumn or Winter edition. If you’d like to explore either option further I’m down your way the week after Easter. We could drop in for a chat and sample the 2017 offerings.

In the meantime the project rolls on, the next reviews are going to print now with some surprises and we are talking to a few producers about a slightly different approach to the reviews in future editions. There will also be an end of year report at some stage which may be printed or may just appear here.


Thanks again, have a good weekend.

Tony
by TonyGoodman
Thu 22 Mar 2018 19:00
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Any interest in a late summer show and tell session?
Replies: 0
Views: 962

Any interest in a late summer show and tell session?

This follows on from the discussions on the Term Rpt thread. Is there any interest in a show and tell session when interested parties are in the area? T&C's to be agreed. Each party brings say two wines and will be expected to explain their choice. An excuse to socialise with a purpose. If so POL ma...
by TonyGoodman
Thu 22 Mar 2018 18:30
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9368

martyn94 wrote:
Allan wrote:
martyn94 wrote:
TonyGoodman wrote:
That's the beauty of my buy or not buy question. I ignore the blather, labels and 'ologies . Its all about the taste.
Nobody is unresponsive to the bling, whether you like it or loathe it, unless you are tasting blind. And then do it again, a week on the trot.
I don't agree with Tony that 'Its all about the taste' and as far as the bling is concerned, surely it is part of the total package.

There is more to wine that just the taste, there is immense pleasure to be gained from understanding the wine, knowing its history, visiting the domain, comparing it with similar wines, meeting the vigneron, liking the look of the bottle and a whole host of other factors.

Of course the taste is the most important factor, but it isn't the only one.
I agree, but I don’t in any case believe that I have sufficient powers of discrimination to distinguish “the bestâ€￾ which seems to be Tony’s project, nor to reliably see the expression of the terroir which is Santiago’s.

I had a nice meal at Clos des Paulliles last summer with some visiting Australians. It was a lovely day, and a nice view, the food and wine was fine, they were old friends, and we had a long chat. My friends, who are much more aficionados than us, said they liked the wine, but they were possibly just being polite. I bought a case of the Collioure blanc we had drunk, but as a memento of a pleasant occasion, and in part a gift for them, rather than as an absolute judgment. That suits me, but I have no project.

In the 80s we rented a gite for a couple of years behind Banyuls, towards the Col before they paved the road. The last night of our last stay, a quite hairy fire came through, and I spent the night helping the vigneron next door hose down his vines. I have bought their wine much more recently, from his grandson, essentially out of sentiment though it seems to be well regarded, though not extravagantly so (Domaine Berta-Maillol, since you ask). But again I have no project: you have to choose the stuff somehow.

I can’t see how you eliminate that sort of subjectivity (and for my part I wouldn’t want to) without tasting strictly blind, so far as Tony’s project goes. As for Santiago, I’d be interested to know how he judges it: even (or especially) if he does a vertical tasting of his own wines, he must know a dozen reasons why they differ, apart from their faithfulness to his terroir.
Being an unschooled amateur I recognise the only appropriate approach for me was to ask myself do I like it, would I buy it again. If the answer is yes to both I then try to drill down to understand why. Which grapes are involved, where was it grown and who was the winemaker. Assuming I manage the deconstruction I then try to rank it with similar wines on a VFM basis.

Of course back stories, bling, price and circumstances add to the story. I totally agree its an absolute joy to shake the hand of producers, walk through their vines and to taste wines from the cask. However glass in hand I try to ignore all of that and focus on whats being presented. I appreciate its a no frills simplistic pragmatic approach and it has attracted criticism from a small number of producers. However I humbly suggest as its my money producers want from my pocket they need to get on board with the concept. Maybe spend more time crafting their product and less time designing colorful labels packed with poetry and splattered with stamps to tempt us to buy. In fact its got to the point that if a wine has an extra bold ornate crest and more than one stamp I'm immediately suspicious.