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by Steve Brickley
November 11th, 2019, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 60
Views: 4042

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: 2008

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: 12
Views: 662

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: 12067
Views: 578406

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: 771

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: 970

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: 1127

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: 60
Views: 4042

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: 1152

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: 1127

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: 473

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: 1614

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: 2268

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: 60
Views: 4042

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: 1086
Views: 60178

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: 2334

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: 1100

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: 9884

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: 3631

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: 1146

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: 717

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: 3753

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: 3002

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: 44757

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.......?
by Steve Brickley
July 3rd, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 451
Views: 44757

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

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Our Nice France apartment has a new fridge. A Liebherr split unit fits maybe 250. You can see the Med Sea view in the reflection of the glass. Unlike the California cellar, this will largely have daily drinkers of rose, bubbles, chablis, beaujolais.
by Steve Brickley
June 26th, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Burg halves do you buy?
Replies: 18
Views: 1213

Re: Which Burg halves do you buy?

RyanC wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Envoyer sometimes has good/cheap options. I got a lot of mileage out of .375s of ‘14 Louis Michel Chablis Montee de Tonerre for $14.99 per. I look for halves whenever I can. Very useful to have around the house.
Did the same twice.
by Steve Brickley
June 23rd, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Podcast on Ridge Monte Bello
Replies: 2
Views: 687

Podcast on Ridge Monte Bello

The podcast GuildSomm has a feature on Ridge Monte Bello.
by Steve Brickley
May 4th, 2019, 1:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 3062

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

Chablis, but staying short of your 10 year mark. I am moving through all pre 2012 except Raveneau. For the others I am now drinking 2012. Sad, sort of, but thoroughly enjoying them as Chablis is a favorite.
by Steve Brickley
May 4th, 2019, 1:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 4052

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

Stepped over that pile by jumping from 2009 to 2014.
by Steve Brickley
April 9th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off-site wine storage options in Boston? Plus general off-site storage questions
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: Off-site wine storage options in Boston? Plus general off-site storage questions

My Chubb insurance is worldwide for wine. Only bottle I broke was at my locker and they covered it.
by Steve Brickley
April 5th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 70
Views: 3208

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

70 case wine locker. Once near filled, Wine Bank calls and says the same size locker next to mine is emptying. Another set of keys I own/rent. Can you evict the third locker tenant?
by Steve Brickley
April 5th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to keep wine purchased when tasting?
Replies: 29
Views: 1341

Re: Where to keep wine purchased when tasting?

I bring coolers with towels to separate bottles and some of those plastic blue cold things. When we stay overnight, I drag them into the room. Those days are gone for me now though. Plenty of Ceritas transported that way.
by Steve Brickley
March 29th, 2019, 1:59 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Avignon and CDP Recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: Avignon and CDP Recommendations

Beaucastel seconded. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Their wine is available in the town central CDP, not the winery, and it’s pricey, as in no bargain. Pegau has very small tasting facility in the town too, across the street from Beaucastels retail shop. Loved cdp.
by Steve Brickley
March 24th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA - 2010 Musar
Replies: 17
Views: 1497

Re: PSA - 2010 Musar

Funny, I am new to the red and happened to pick up one for $50 at K&L. I’ll give it try and see. The white has been a beautiful wine.
by Steve Brickley
March 24th, 2019, 12:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2870

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

Yes. If a bottle goes to $1,000 for example, I could easily find 5 at $200 to make me feel the decision was worthwhile. Or, frankly, bank the sales proceeds and move on.
by Steve Brickley
March 20th, 2019, 11:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry
Replies: 66
Views: 3410

Re: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry

Just sent you a friend request. You are welcome to view my cellar. I am one of those one or two bottlers with quite a few 3 to 6+. For me the decision on the quantity has to do with having a greater variety. I do understand your wish to secure a good quantity. I don’t buy many wines from direct allo...
by Steve Brickley
March 20th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments
Replies: 48
Views: 1733

Re: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments

I only input the cost of the wine without tax and shipping. The two times I use the information where I need to rely on it are (1) buying more of the same wine and wondering what I paid before and (2) selling the wine. When I sell I simply add 9% sales tax and figure $2/bottle shipping for my cost b...
by Steve Brickley
March 20th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1639
Views: 92907

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 12:42 pm
It’s fine, nothing special but very gokd
Michael, thank you.
by Steve Brickley
March 20th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1639
Views: 92907

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Anybody have some thoughts on the 2012 Moët & Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Brut offer today at $50 per?
by Steve Brickley
March 17th, 2019, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 Reds w/ Argentina Steaks.
Replies: 9
Views: 802

Re: 2 Reds w/ Argentina Steaks.

I have had beef from Argentina and it was so tender and tasty.
by Steve Brickley
March 13th, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine François Cotat (Paul & François) Sancerre Les Culs de Beaujeu
Replies: 15
Views: 900

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine François Cotat (Paul & François) Sancerre Les Culs de Beaujeu

Similarly love Lucien Crochet Sancerre Le Cul de Beaujeu and have slightly preferred it over Cotat. Both incredible wines. Crochet’s are hard to find here in California.
by Steve Brickley
March 12th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12067
Views: 578406

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2017 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette because 10 cases of beauj isn’t enough already.
by Steve Brickley
March 12th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Baudry Chinon Croix Boissee [2015 vintage notes added 7.19.19]
Replies: 69
Views: 3280

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Baudry Chinon Croix Boissee

Wow, maybe I should sign back up for their mailing list. It was just too dangerous... Yeah, you almost never see older vintages of this offered. Agree, older Baudry Boissee are impossible for me to backfill compared to Couly-Dutheil and Olga Raffault that library release. Got to love that stinky st...
by Steve Brickley
March 9th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 17 Metras, 89 Raffault
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Re: TNs: 17 Metras, 89 Raffault

On the Raffault, it is in the eye of the beholder. I understand your and others thoughts on the horsey taste and that it can be offputting. That’s the reason I tend only to open these with my son Matthew who appreciates the funk like I do. They are clearly in my wheelhouse and the 1989 is right ther...
by Steve Brickley
March 9th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas VS Arnot-Roberts
Replies: 26
Views: 2182

Re: Ceritas VS Arnot-Roberts

Ceritas.
by Steve Brickley
March 7th, 2019, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 208
Views: 14147

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Wes Barton wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 9:16 pm
Scott Fitzgerald wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Wes Barton wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Vintages like '13 and '15 were "back up the truck".
Wes, what are your thoughts on the 2016?
I expect to be try the '16 Estate Cab for the first time this Sunday at the Components Tasting.
We’re headed there Sunday also. I heard the weather may be good that day. See you there.
by Steve Brickley
March 7th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 60178

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Remembering the good old days when you could reply to Greg and actually get the wine. Lots of sorry these days.
by Steve Brickley
March 3rd, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar
Replies: 30
Views: 2391

Re: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar

I know this is a vague and general comment of little use, but when I used Benchmark through CellarTracker, I knew they’d need a decent cut to make it work for them. So, I wasn’t looking for retail. Instead I opted for convenience and speed. On the next round I may look at them vs. K&L as I may wish ...

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