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by Larry Stein
January 5th, 2021, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Back in the biz
Replies: 49
Views: 3274

Re: Back in the biz

Now speaking from experience (although Ridge is closed during lockdown), I don't want to work more than a couple of days a week and not consecutive days once I retire (5 months to go!). It's fun, but there's physical labor involved, too. My main intention is to NOT have it feel like work.
by Larry Stein
December 30th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2016 Trimbach Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg
Replies: 11
Views: 818

Re: TN - 2016 Trimbach Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg

Frank Drew wrote: December 30th, 2020, 3:31 am Benchmark Wine has a few bottles of the 2012 Geisberg @ $250. [swoon.gif]
Holy crap, I paid 36 or 38 euros!
by Larry Stein
December 29th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2016 Trimbach Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg
Replies: 11
Views: 818

Re: TN - 2016 Trimbach Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg

I picked up a couple of bottles each of 14 Schlossberg and 12 Geisberg when I visited Trimbach 3 years ago. If I had known how much prices would increase (20/20 hindsight), I would have purchased more! I don’t plan on opening those any time soon.
by Larry Stein
December 23rd, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2014 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune
Replies: 12
Views: 1253

Re: TN - 2014 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune

Thankfully I prefer CFE, and love what Trimbach is doing with their new Grand Cru bottlings, which all hover at $100 to $125. They were an even better value pre-tariffs. Sadly, the Grand Cru are now out of my budget due to the tariffs. When I visited Trimbach in January 2018, 2012 Geisberg and 2014...
by Larry Stein
December 23rd, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15233
Views: 777227

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3x 2010 Chablis Fourchaumes-Les Vaupulans, Dom. Vrignaud 6x 1994 Châteauneuf-du-Papes, Bosquet des Papes: $150 for the 6 pack. I was the only bidder. '94 is an undersung CdPape vintage (same with Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage) and it's before that region got Parkerized. Popped one last night. More primar...
by Larry Stein
December 18th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Burt Williams dinner, SF Peninsula Divino Restaurant, Feb 26
Replies: 140
Views: 7744

Re: Burt Williams dinner, SF Peninsula Divino Restaurant, Feb 26

That was the last offline for the Peninsula group. We certainly went out with a bang! Since then, a smaller subset of our group created a weekly Zoom wine group. We've been tasting once a week (90% of the time on Monday) since the beginning of April. It has worked well, but it's still not the same. ...
by Larry Stein
December 14th, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Conserva PSA
Replies: 1
Views: 558

Conserva PSA

My Zoom group orders fish conserva from Portugalia Marketplace in MA. Selection is great as are the prices. As long as you don't want things such as bacalhau which requires expedited shipping, shipping is reasonable. They're having a 20% off sale on $200+ orders. I'm especially fond of the Minerva V...
by Larry Stein
December 10th, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2209
Views: 303273

Re: Official Costco Thread

Any DFW peeps been to the Walnut Hill Costco recently? I want to see if they still have the William Fevre Champs Royaux. Seems real good for the price. Which vintage? I've found you only should buy that wine in very good vintages. I've liked '14 and '17. '15 was a mess, low acidity. I haven't had '...
by Larry Stein
December 9th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dryuary 2021
Replies: 35
Views: 1877

Re: Dryuary 2021

Glenn L e v i n e wrote: December 8th, 2020, 5:49 pm F T S
[rofl.gif] I'm riding that train, too. I'll be in the NFW car.
by Larry Stein
December 6th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15233
Views: 777227

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3 btls 2010 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate
by Larry Stein
December 2nd, 2020, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1047
Views: 54689

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I still plan on working part-time at Ridge and helping local wineries bottle. For the latter, payment is in wine. That sounds like it'll be fun. If I'm ever in the neighborhood, I'll have to drop in. Love the views of Cupertino from there. I started in August. Currently, I'm working around 3 weeken...
by Larry Stein
December 1st, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1047
Views: 54689

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Won’t be hard for me. I’ve had periods of unemployment here and there (not uncommon in tech, especially during dotcom 1.0). When that’s happened, I just stopped. It wasn’t a big deal. I still plan on working part-time at Ridge and helping local wineries bottle. For the latter, payment is in wine. My...
by Larry Stein
December 1st, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1047
Views: 54689

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 1st, 2020, 6:22 pm Up, up, up. It just goes up. I have approximately one year of unfettered buying left.
Exactly 6 months of buying for me and then I ride off into the sunset...
by Larry Stein
November 30th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15233
Views: 777227

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2 btls 2013 Trimbach Riesling Cuvee "M"
by Larry Stein
November 22nd, 2020, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8974
Views: 1374284

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Thread drift, In Post 8937, there is a photo with 3 bottles of 1943 DRC. All three have too much ullage, with one actually below the neck label. Do people actually buy bottles like that to drink or just to say that they have the bottle? If the latter, I guess I care a bit less about whether they ar...
by Larry Stein
November 20th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 7659

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

A magnum of 2011 Foillard Morgon "Cote du Py". I opened one about a year ago. It was terrific.

A white wine or Champagne TBD.
by Larry Stein
November 16th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15233
Views: 777227

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Get the Commerce Corner list early? Friends & Family list. We had first crack. I knew Rich for 3 plus decades. He also officiated my wedding ceremony in 2010. He was a Universal Life Church minister. He was the sweetest guy, a true gentleman. [cheers.gif] Actually, 4 plus decades! I can't even ...
by Larry Stein
November 16th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15233
Views: 777227

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1 btls 1969 Joseph Swan Zinfandel, Lot #2 1 btls 1969/1971 Joseph Swan Zinfandel, Lot 3Z 2 btls 1990 Joseph Swan Zinfandel, Frati Ranch 1 btls 1991 Joseph Swan Zinfandel, Zeigler Vineyard 1 btls 1991 Joseph Swan Zinfandel, Laguna Ridge 1 btls 1991 Joseph Swan Le Vin du Mystère 1 btls 1993 Joseph Sw...
by Larry Stein
November 15th, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15233
Views: 777227

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1 btls 1969 Joseph Swan Zinfandel, Lot #2 1 btls 1969/1971 Joseph Swan Zinfandel, Lot 3Z 2 btls 1990 Joseph Swan Zinfandel, Frati Ranch 1 btls 1991 Joseph Swan Zinfandel, Zeigler Vineyard 1 btls 1991 Joseph Swan Zinfandel, Laguna Ridge 1 btls 1991 Joseph Swan Le Vin du Mystère 1 btls 1993 Joseph Swa...
by Larry Stein
November 12th, 2020, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

I was shipped the CC and am awaiting the promised refund. My dad was shipped the Hillside but here's a wrinkle, it doesn't list an ABV at all on either front or back label, which I wouldn't have figured was even legal. I’m sure you know this, but just in case-have him look really close. It’s hard t...
by Larry Stein
November 2nd, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 563
Views: 42551

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

Yesterday, it was the last day for an employee who had worked for Ridge for 46 years in the tasting room (with an 8 year break in the middle). Paul Draper showed up after our shift was over to hang out for a bit. The following were opened. Paul said the MB1 designation refers to Picchetti Ranch (eve...
by Larry Stein
November 1st, 2020, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

No. In a later post, Sean said he took that label photo from CellarTracker, but that wasn’t the label on the bottle he drank.
by Larry Stein
October 31st, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

Six pack. Ordered late evening on the 22nd. Six bottles of the Hillside Estate as pictured in other posts. 14.4% ABV on all bottles. For what it’s worth I have a bottle of 2005 Hillside Estate. It lists 14.5% ABV. I bought six of these several years ago and have been following them. Last one was op...
by Larry Stein
October 30th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

It's on the label, 13.5. Zoom in on the first photo.
by Larry Stein
October 30th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

24 bottles and only one is 14.5.
by Larry Stein
October 30th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

Are you also suggesting doing this for 16 Hillside that doesn't say Estate Bottled on the front label? I can't see where one would have a case here. Definitely for 18 Central Coast! For me, there is zero trust here. Especially trying to pull a bait in switch with other buyers. Who says what's in th...
by Larry Stein
October 30th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

Got my two cases from FedEx...2018 Central Coast. Time to start the process. Here's what I did, in case anybody else wants to do the same. 1. Live Chat with Groupon, explain that you did not receive the item as described. Ask firmly for a refund to the original form of payment. They will say they c...
by Larry Stein
October 30th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

I wonder if Bob Lindquist has any insight as to what's going on, specifically about the wine itself. Anyone know him well enough that you'd feel comfortable asking him? I would imagine that he is under some sort of NDA with respect to what's going on at Qupe post-acquisition. Perhaps. I was more th...
by Larry Stein
October 30th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

I wonder if Bob Lindquist has any insight as to what's going on, specifically about the wine itself. Anyone know him well enough that you'd feel comfortable asking him?
by Larry Stein
October 30th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

The back labels on my 14.0 and 14.5 bottles are identical to Mark's photo above.
by Larry Stein
October 30th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

I just checked 2 bottles. One says 14.0, the other 14.5. Neither say Estate Bottled on the front.
by Larry Stein
October 29th, 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

Ben M a n d l e r wrote: October 29th, 2020, 8:49 pm Another issue is that the 2016 Bien Nacido Hillside Estate is supposed to be 13%. My bottles, without the “Estate Bottled” on the label, list 14.5%.
Do you have a link or other evidence on the alcohol percentage? I couldn't find any info.
by Larry Stein
October 29th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

Nate Simon wrote: October 29th, 2020, 3:29 pm Anyone seen the Suckling reviews for Castle Claus?
POTD! [rofl.gif]
by Larry Stein
October 29th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

Mystery solved. Turns out the culprits were... Laziness and incompetence! Excerpt from email I received from VWE: "Regretfully, Groupon oversold on the 2016 Syrah and the inventory has been depleted. Our Marketing team chose the 2018 Syrah as the comparable substitution. Our website also notes...
by Larry Stein
October 29th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

2 cases delivered yesterday - all BN Hillside Estate.
by Larry Stein
October 28th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)
Replies: 70
Views: 3264

Re: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)

Paul Jaouen wrote: October 27th, 2020, 5:28 am
LawrenceM wrote: October 27th, 2020, 5:26 am Acker and HDH should not be used in the same sentence - doing so sullies the HDH name.
This!!
I wouldn't give Acker a dime of my money if they were the last effin' wine store on Earth.
by Larry Stein
October 27th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 44
Views: 2580

Re: TN: 2014 Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Curious, how much experience do you have with Monte Bello, especially ones 10-20 years and older? This is one wine where all new oak works. But it requires patience. Lots of patience.
by Larry Stein
October 27th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

Just arrived. Yup, Hillside Estate!
by Larry Stein
October 27th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

Coming today. When I get it, I'll let you all know what's in the box.
by Larry Stein
October 26th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

Arrival date is now "Pending". Can't say I'm that surprised.
by Larry Stein
October 26th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

Larry Stein wrote: October 26th, 2020, 10:15 am According to Fedex, arrival date is today! Not sure I quite believe that. I'm in the SF Bay Area.
Shipping origin is Santa Rosa so it should arrive today, at worst tomorrow.
by Larry Stein
October 26th, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

H. Holt wrote: October 26th, 2020, 10:23 am They took the Hillside Estate off their(Qupe) website so hoping they don't pull bs bait and switch.
.

The Groupon subject header never mentioned Hillside Estate, just Santa Maria Valley. Photo is Hillside Estate.
by Larry Stein
October 26th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

According to Fedex, arrival date is today! Not sure I quite believe that. I'm in the SF Bay Area.
by Larry Stein
October 23rd, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

As has been mentioned, there are a bunch of older Qupe on Winebid. I don't have recent experience with the single vineyard Syrahs. Is there a pecking order to these? (grouping in tiers is fine, too)

Whitehawk
Colson Canyon
Alisos
Nielson
Stolpman
Sawyer Lindquist
by Larry Stein
October 23rd, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

I got 2 cases, but it's being split up between 4 people. I'm taking 7 bottles for myself. One test bottle to try and help me figure out how long to cellar the other 6.
by Larry Stein
October 22nd, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 38105

Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

I'm guessing the new owner found a stash of this? Or it belongs to Bob Lindquist and he wants it out of his hair? I don't know what the winery sale details were (new owner gets remaining inventory or not). $99 a case delivered! https://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-qupe-santa-maria-valley-2016-syrah-6-or...
by Larry Stein
October 14th, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15233
Views: 777227

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3x 2012 Billaud-Simon Chablis "Mont de Milieu" 1x 2012 Billaud-Simon Chablis "Montee de Tonnerre" 3x 1999 Clos du Caillou CdePape "Les Quartz" 4x 1994 Clos du Mont Olivet CdePape "Cuvee Reflet" 2x each 2009-11 Ridge Mazzoni Home Ranch 1x 2012 Ridge Mazzoni Hom...
by Larry Stein
September 14th, 2020, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese
Replies: 23
Views: 1198

Re: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese

Howard Cooper wrote: September 14th, 2020, 6:40 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote: May 11th, 2019, 6:08 pm It’s not nearly as good.
Agreed
IMO, the GH Stablay is the exception. I'd put that up against those producers. The Stablay parcel is now blended in with the regular Graacher. FYI, Stablay had a different AP number.
by Larry Stein
September 8th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese
Replies: 23
Views: 1198

Re: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese

Unfortunately, I was told that Loosen is no longer bottling Stablay separately. What was the last vintage it was bottled?

I still have 3 btls '01 Spat, 8 375s '05 Spat, and 4 btls '08 Spat.

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