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by Steve Brickley
January 18th, 2020, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Large format
Replies: 32
Views: 1470

Re: Large format

I wonder when I am going to use them. CT has me at 63 count. Lots are a complete run of Ceritas Porter Bass chardonnay and other vineyards. Next are Beaujolais which I can see moving through at parties. Next are some Loire cab franc. Finally, various bubbles. I think when I bought them I figured the...
by Steve Brickley
January 18th, 2020, 7:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Eurotrip 2019: Exploring the French coastline
Replies: 17
Views: 588

Re: Eurotrip 2019: Exploring the French coastline

Great notes. The flower is a passion flower.
by Steve Brickley
January 17th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar
Replies: 76
Views: 2466

Re: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar

Dauvissat
Fevre
Tie between H Boillot and Raveneau
by Steve Brickley
January 16th, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Kelley Fox Wines
Replies: 21
Views: 1758

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Kelley Fox Wines

The CellarTracker scores and reviews are impressive, too. Hopefully, see some library PN show up.
by Steve Brickley
December 20th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar build: Choosing AC
Replies: 31
Views: 1619

Re: Cellar build: Choosing AC

I have had a Whisper Kool through the wall unit for nine years with no problems. I keep it at about 53.
by Steve Brickley
December 15th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Fontodi "Flaccianello" - RED RIESLING
Replies: 17
Views: 988

Re: 2016 Fontodi "Flaccianello" - RED RIESLING

Not that I care that much, but there goes my vertical unless I can buy it in Italy for less.
by Steve Brickley
December 15th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?
Replies: 44
Views: 2067

Re: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?

Years ago I bought at HDH a box of 89 Lynch Bages over WS prices. My sole reason for going over was provenance.
by Steve Brickley
December 7th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4925

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

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by Steve Brickley
November 30th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7708

Re: Black Friday Deals

I "caved" at both HDH and K&L K&L has Black Friday deals? Whaa? it wasn't a Black Friday deal it was from an insiders advantage. Price was $46.00 per bottle less than the next wine-searcher pro bottle. 2017 Patrick Piuze Chablis Les Clos $96.99 Thanks Suzanne, I picked up two myself. Nice to have L...
by Steve Brickley
November 26th, 2019, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 78
Views: 4784

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

Jonathan, I squeeze a single box like this next to my other three. Interesting. Your locker must be a different width than mine, or you are using different storage box sizes. I use the boxes they sell, and can get at least 10 per shelf, 12 if I get it just right. There is no room for me to squeeze ...
by Steve Brickley
November 25th, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 78
Views: 4784

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

Steve Brickley wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Jonathan, I squeeze a single box like this next to my other three.
by Steve Brickley
November 25th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 78
Views: 4784

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

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by Steve Brickley
November 24th, 2019, 11:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 78
Views: 4784

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

66160892-B632-4010-9FDD-9F1832881C4D.jpeg Advil. now I know who was blocking my access to my locker!! [cheers.gif] Ahhh, you at Wine Bank or just kidding? I was in slow mode that day. My lockers are full, so I started making boxes that are one deep and six to 12 lay flat. They fit just right in tha...
by Steve Brickley
November 24th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pre-Christmas in Europe
Replies: 15
Views: 1228

Re: Pre-Christmas in Europe

+1 Strasbourg
by Steve Brickley
November 24th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best new dishwasher for stemware
Replies: 51
Views: 3439

Re: Best new dishwasher for stemware

We have a new Miele in France. We researched it vs Bosche. We are really pleased with it.
by Steve Brickley
November 22nd, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question
Replies: 30
Views: 1346

Re: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question

I have had pine for nine years. No warp, mold.... no problems.
by Steve Brickley
November 21st, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12538
Views: 604626

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Did a bunch of Barolo to start a cooler in France and was happy about getting that going. But here in CA, I was happy to have Wine-Searcher send me a ping that five bottles of 2007 Ceritas Porter-Bass Chardonnay were available at K&L for $60 per. A wonderful backfill opportunity considering they so...
by Steve Brickley
November 18th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting White Wine
Replies: 17
Views: 860

Re: Decanting White Wine

Once I open any wine of any color, I consider if it might benefit from some time and swirl in the decanter. I usually check CellarTracker for any notes on air time. I haven’t decanted champagne largely because I enjoy the bubbles too much. So, yes, chenin blanc, chard/chablis, roussanne (almost alwa...
by Steve Brickley
November 17th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite town in Provence, and your favorite Bandol not named Tempier
Replies: 47
Views: 3350

Re: Your favorite town in Provence, and your favorite Bandol not named Tempier

l'Isle sur la Sorgue and fountaine de Vaucluse and stay at the Hotel Restaurant du Parc on the Sorgue river. If open, eat at a Sorgue riverside restaurant up the hill walking distance called Restaurant Philip. The view on the river makes this place enchanting and as a result one of the better experi...
by Steve Brickley
November 16th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12538
Views: 604626

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Did a bunch of Barolo to start a cooler in France and was happy about getting that going. But here in CA, I was happy to have Wine-Searcher send me a ping that five bottles of 2007 Ceritas Porter-Bass Chardonnay were available at K&L for $60 per. A wonderful backfill opportunity considering they sol...
by Steve Brickley
November 14th, 2019, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Gran Reserva tasting
Replies: 8
Views: 535

Re: TN: Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Gran Reserva tasting

Well this is good news. I happen to be born in one of the worst years, some say, in wine, 1956. Two of these 1956 Gran Reserva’s sourced from The Rare Wine Company sitting in the cellar waiting for the right day. I hope they are as good as your 1955.
by Steve Brickley
November 12th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1171
Views: 66591

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

John J wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Anyone grab any of the 2004 Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys?
Delivered and had it. A beautiful wine especially given the price at $40. Greg has more coming in 2020 so I bought again. I do see the 2005 is out, but not at Envoyer (yet).
by Steve Brickley
November 11th, 2019, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 61
Views: 4695

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Wine Searcher lit up for five of the 2007 Porter Bass chards at K&L at $60 per 750ml. Easy decision. All five in my cellar at 52 degrees. I hope to try one soon. As a side note I buy in France from a Italian seller Wine Tip. They have a handful of California amongst hundreds of Italian and one is Ce...
by Steve Brickley
November 6th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2123

Re: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?

You could be lucky as to be born in 1956, one of the worst years I have heard. I have a few Barolo from the year.
by Steve Brickley
November 4th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Advice for traveling to Nice, France?
Replies: 14
Views: 1500

Re: Advice for traveling to Nice, France?

Todd, we split our time between California and our apartment in Nice. I’d recommend you try something in Nice on the Promenade des Anglais, preferably at the 4th or higher floors to get above the street traffic and noise. We’re on the 100 block in the area called Magnan (“may-yawn”). I do see Airbnb...
by Steve Brickley
October 28th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12538
Views: 604626

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Have a new wine cooler to fill in France and we’re near the border with Italy. My first order from a supplier in Italy of mostly Barolo, Chianti and bubbles.
by Steve Brickley
October 19th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Handcarry from Italy
Replies: 7
Views: 809

Re: Handcarry from Italy

I just ordered 4 cases of italian wines from Wine Tip in Milan. They are for delivery to Nice. I spent quite some time on their 52 page PDF that you can find on their site. I wouldn’t say I found lots of margin between the US and here, but it was decent to good. It’s not cellar door though.
by Steve Brickley
October 17th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any wine store recommendations for Rome, Milan & Venice?
Replies: 21
Views: 1017

Re: Any wine store recommendations for Rome, Milan & Venice?

I hate to give away secrets, but Winetip in Milan is outstanding (http://www.winetip.com/ita/). They sell to private clients by appointment as well as act as a distributor for restaurants in the Milan area. Their inventory is pretty astounding, with many great deals to be had. For instance, they se...
by Steve Brickley
October 15th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trip to Nice - need recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1177

Re: Trip to Nice - need recommendations

We go to nearby Haut Cagnes-sur-Mer for a decent meal and acceptable wine list, but exceptionally beautiful old town with narrow cobblestone streets high up the hill with the Med Sea and Nice in view. We get there an hour early to walk the town. Photo opportunities are everywhere. When we’re ready t...
by Steve Brickley
October 12th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 61
Views: 4695

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

I been buying Ceritas whites, mainly Porter Bass since inception. I haven’t been a red buyer, well, since now the cab. The notes are very telling. I am in for two 750’s.
by Steve Brickley
September 27th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in a Box !!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1184

Re: Rose in a Box !!!!

RichardFlack wrote:
September 27th, 2019, 7:16 am
And here is the Rosé in a bag:
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Richard, let us know what you think of it. We are in Nice now and can pick some up if its decent.
by Steve Brickley
August 30th, 2019, 10:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on SOMM TV?
Replies: 8
Views: 1188

Re: Thoughts on SOMM TV?

I have very much enjoyed my subscription. I hope it gets well subscribed because I’d like to see it prosper and continue to explore all parts of the world. Today I watched the Chappellet interview.
by Steve Brickley
August 20th, 2019, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine Huet - Vouvray Pétillant Brut (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 8
Views: 511

Re: TN: 2013 Domaine Huet - Vouvray Pétillant Brut (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

I had three of the 2009 Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant Réserve Brut. The first was just good. By the time they had a couple years more in bottle they really improved enough so that I just picked up six from Envoyer. At $38 I thought it well worth the price. Maybe they suffer some bottle shock from t...
by Steve Brickley
August 15th, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase
Replies: 37
Views: 1883

Re: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase

I use my winecheck for non-wine transport too. I put a box in it, fill it up and fly it to France. I pull the stuff out I am transporting one-way. Fold it up and fly it back in another luggage or carry it on.
by Steve Brickley
August 3rd, 2019, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boston Retail Scene?
Replies: 35
Views: 2338

Re: Boston Retail Scene?

Flew some burgs from CA to Boston then found out no BYOB. We had a pre-dinner hotel tasting in paper cups having used a horrible corkscrew to begin with.
by Steve Brickley
August 3rd, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 61
Views: 4695

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

This will be my 12th vintage since starting in 2005 of Porter Bass chard added to storage in 750ml and mags. I’ve so enjoyed these over the years along with the other single vineyards. Some PB’s going to the Nice FR cellar in a strange juxtaposition of drinking California in FR and Chablis in CA. Fun.
by Steve Brickley
July 30th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1171
Views: 66591

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

EHeffner wrote:
July 30th, 2019, 5:28 pm
C Chen wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 11:43 am
Asked for a few '07 LdH Vina Tondonia half bottles. Fingers crossed!
Same, although I haven’t heard back yet
Same, haven’t heard back. Posted at 8:00am and I replied 8:05am requesting eight. I am a fan of 375’s.
by Steve Brickley
July 30th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin
Replies: 50
Views: 2382

Re: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin

Funny, we stay in an airbnb apartment in Hawaii. They have not so good glasses, so we bring a pair of Ridge Monte Bello etched glasses each year and leave them. When we come back most are still there.
by Steve Brickley
July 30th, 2019, 12:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stems: The Achilles’ heel of the wine glass?
Replies: 15
Views: 1136

Re: Stems: The Achilles’ heel of the wine glass?

I have replaced all my thicker glasses with the ultra-light Zalto Bordeaux over time. I have snapped my share of Zalto’s, but I so enjoy the delicate feel of them. I’ve learned to clean them by only holding the bowl. Chris Freemott, a Berserker selling them on Commerce Corner that many of you may kn...
by Steve Brickley
July 23rd, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 10088

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

So sorry to learn of all of our loss. I have been rereading past threads you all have brought to the front page. This second time around they are even better.
by Steve Brickley
July 23rd, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 57
Views: 3737

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

Took the second pick of Lytton Springs Zin (decades ago) and stemmed and crushed it into a large plastic pickle barrel. The UC guys said add 3/4 cup of this stuff - Potassium Metabisulfite along with this french champagne yeast. It sterilized the entire batch and fermentation was dead on arrival. Po...
by Steve Brickley
July 19th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"
Replies: 18
Views: 1262

Re: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"

Wonderful note Kelly especially with my three laying flat. I so enjoyed Picasses and a few others that early on I just bought a variety of years of it and have accumulated ten vintages going back to 1977. The beauty is I am in no rush to drink these as they have such longevity.
by Steve Brickley
July 18th, 2019, 11:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have a temp alarm for your cellar-what are you using?
Replies: 17
Views: 742

Re: If you have a temp alarm for your cellar-what are you using?

Wireless sensor tag. I use it in USA and France. I also use their water sensors for leak detection too in both countries. I use a number of their other products.
by Steve Brickley
July 15th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 62
Views: 3868

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

Ridge Zin with pepperoni pizza.
by Steve Brickley
July 14th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 3053

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

Dauvissat Forest (Les Clos if you have the $. Exclude premox please)
Alpha Acid Juice Bro IPA - growlers chilled
Cognac - I’ll send the producer by smoke signal
by Steve Brickley
July 3rd, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 451
Views: 45649

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

L e o F r o k i c wrote:
June 16th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Here's my mess, aprox 16'x16' room...

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Now, where did I put that bottle of.......?

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