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by PeterH
July 8th, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It’s good, again. Alcohol has been rehabilitated...
Replies: 11
Views: 958

Re: It’s good, again. Alcohol has been rehabilitated...

Perhaps, but if you drink enough, you don't care.

With moderation, of course.
by PeterH
July 5th, 2020, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 102
Views: 4264

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

Definitely 2000 Piedmont.
2003 anything, if any region was hyped. Did anyone really believe in these wines?
2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 CNdP.
1985 Napa. (edit-I didn't notice the Old World reference)
1975 Bordeaux.
by PeterH
June 26th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3760
Views: 373947

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

You can share the link in your email. It seems like it's from your account only because you are logged into it. It will work for anyone. I unsubscribed long ago and don't want to resub, but I can buy from links links if someone shares. :) https://app.garagiste.com/requests/15875 As of a minute ago ...
by PeterH
June 26th, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3760
Views: 373947

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Troy Stark wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 11:27 am
Anyone have a link for the Cuvee Louis?
The link from the e-mail seems to be unique to my account.

You can try this-


For any question or inquiry, please contact: friends@garagistewine.com or call us anytime at (888) 264-0053
by PeterH
June 26th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3760
Views: 373947

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

The Billecart-Salmon "Cuvee Louis" currently offered is a deal at $129. As always, and not just with Garagiste, you have to ask yourself if that is a wine you really want. I had to move about 20 cases of wine to make room for a home repair project, and those were all overflow from my cellar, so I'm ...
by PeterH
June 14th, 2020, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Little Help Willamette Pinot?!?!
Replies: 23
Views: 1114

Re: A Little Help Willamette Pinot?!?!

"08 and '11 are very different vintages, with '08 more likely to be in the prime drinking window. As always on open questions like this, what style are you seeking? That is a necessary starting point. Adam must be tongue in cheek with the Thomas rec. It is scarce even among WB forumites. You will pr...
by PeterH
June 13th, 2020, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: National Rosé Day - what’s everyone opening?
Replies: 29
Views: 793

Re: National Rosé Day - what’s everyone opening?

Triennes. By coincidence, and without knowledge that this is an official, nationally celebrated day of recognition, that is what I opened. It just happened to go with chicken fajitas on the deck in the sunshine, with the high temperature not breaking 65. There was a growler of Old Schoolhouse on th...
by PeterH
June 13th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Pinot for $15.00 Yes Sir!
Replies: 7
Views: 993

Re: Oregon Pinot for $15.00 Yes Sir!

At this point, I wouldn't buy Domaine Serene at any price.
by PeterH
June 10th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weird grape blends
Replies: 27
Views: 849

Re: Weird grape blends

Dominio IV in Oregon has made a Viognier/Syrah blend in which Viognier is the majority grape.

I miss Chianti with Malvasia or Trebbiano blended in. It made many of them a better casual wine, and really beat the present trend of making the wine more approachable by using over-ripe grapes and oak.
by PeterH
June 10th, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: other uses for surplus wine
Replies: 2
Views: 359

Re: other uses for surplus wine

Since I brought up the wine to fuel use, I thought I should find and provide a link-

https://qz.com/1135119/where-unsellable ... -gas-tank/
by PeterH
June 8th, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: other uses for surplus wine
Replies: 2
Views: 359

Re: other uses for surplus wine

Wine can be made into brandy or vinegar, neither of which will absorb the huge surplus.

With government subsidies it might make inroads into the ethanol fuel market. I have no idea how much subsidy would be required, but it must be more environmentally friendly than growing corn for ethanol fuel.
by PeterH
June 2nd, 2020, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3760
Views: 373947

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

If not yet confirmed, the "Earth" Mystery white is, as expected, Delille Chaleur Blanc. Jon does better on whites than reds.
by PeterH
June 2nd, 2020, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3760
Views: 373947

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Has anybody picked up their Barolo Mystery wines from April 10th? Not sure when they were delivered, I'm just curious... Covalli, which got a 92 JS. I can't find tasting notes, and the asking price is ~$25. At roughly $19 from Garagiste, probably a pass if not purchased blind. I hope not a fin toss...
by PeterH
May 29th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We are thinking about getting some plastic wine glasses for outside "happy hours"
Replies: 30
Views: 1531

Re: We are thinking about getting some plastic wine glasses for outside "happy hours"

Crate and Barrel has a variety of acrylic wine glasses, stemmed and stemless. https://www.crateandbarrel.com/acrylic-wine-glass/s570257 I have Govinos for camping use, but they have a rather sharp rim. The crate and Barrel by contrast has a larger rim than desirable. I have yet to use any plastic gl...
by PeterH
May 21st, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of declining Champagne Sales?
Replies: 8
Views: 1293

Re: Impact of declining Champagne Sales?

I never open Champagne unless at least four people are present, so our Champagne consumption is temporarily near zero. We have tried making it a dinner wine, but found that after a glass we would rather shift to something else.
by PeterH
May 18th, 2020, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 3837

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

For me, California is not close to being in contention for good QPR, with the exception of certain wines discounted 50% or more on clearance sites, and the Roederer sparklers named in the OP.

That doesn't mean I don't buy CA wines. QPR isn't the only reason to make a selection.
by PeterH
May 18th, 2020, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Nice Rhone Grenache, except it's a Chilean PN
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Re: TN: Nice Rhone Grenache, except it's a Chilean PN

I have yet to really enjoy a Chilean PN. The most acceptable have been inexpensive and ignore-able, as Cono Sur. The more expensive Casa Marin has undrinkable on every try.
by PeterH
May 18th, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 50% off vinguardvalise
Replies: 29
Views: 1291

Re: 50% off vinguardvalise

I've found the standard inserts to work, but Champagne come in a huge variety of bottle shapes and sizes. I'm guessing that the type with a super wide bottom might not fit with the standard insert. I know they don't fit in standard styro and cardboard shippers.
by PeterH
May 18th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening
Replies: 29
Views: 2241

Re: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening

Every e-mail I have received about tasting rooms re-opening have noted appointment only for the time being.
by PeterH
May 18th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 50% off vinguardvalise
Replies: 29
Views: 1291

Re: 50% off vinguardvalise

I've packed a case with very heavy bottles, including Champagne, weighing in at 48 lbs. I suppose you could go over with some of the monster war club bottles.
by PeterH
May 3rd, 2020, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Butterfly Effect?
Replies: 6
Views: 666

Re: Butterfly Effect?

"I don’t get the name at all. This has multiple orders of magnitude more heft than a butterfly. Metaphorically speaking, if it landed on your head, you’d have a concussion. It's closer to a heavyweight than a butterfly. " You have become an agent in the spread of the butterfly effect. If many of us ...
by PeterH
May 3rd, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Will California Tasting Rooms Reopen?
Replies: 43
Views: 2434

Re: When Will California Tasting Rooms Reopen?

Unfortunately, many people would go to tasting rooms if they were open starting today. I think what we see with the beaches is a good indication. I agree that tasting rooms should be about the last thing opened. You have people traveling from all over, put into a situation where close socializing is...
by PeterH
May 3rd, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Oregon
Replies: 21
Views: 864

Re: TN: 2005 Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Oregon

Drinking well in quarantine, I see! I’m glad to see the ‘05’s coming into their own. They were closed down hard at the ‘05 blind Pinot tasting that you hosted in 2010. It would be fun to repeat that tasting. Some years in Oregon, the PNs never seemed to shut down at all, for instance '02, '04, and ...
by PeterH
May 2nd, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7789
Views: 506920

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

I'm tempted by today's Brian Carter offer, even though I don't need any wine, and the kind of parties in which I open wine like that are off limits for a while.
If anyone has a wedding or other major gathering coming up post lock-down, I highly recommend loading up.
by PeterH
May 1st, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3760
Views: 373947

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

It is odd you can't even buy this on Cristom's website. The $60 list price is nonsense on WineAccess. I wonder if the nonsense starts with Rimmerman and WineAccess, or Cristom. Even if the wine was aimed at a $35 price point, it could be a good deal at less than $25, given that it is Cristom to sta...
by PeterH
May 1st, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3760
Views: 373947

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

For less money than Groth, you can buy Drinkward Peschon, a much more nuanced and satisfying wine. You can also look out for the Black Cat, Jean Edwards, and Keating offers that show up on this forum. I should add that I'm more likely these days to buy wine from Washington than Napa. Andrew Will, Av...
by PeterH
May 1st, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3760
Views: 373947

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Michael Kane wrote:
May 1st, 2020, 10:32 am
anyone jumping on the groth that was just posted?
I used to drink Groth "back in the day", when I was impressed by over saturated, over oaked, and over rated Cabs. The price is good if you are into what I call Steakhouse Wines.
Or if you are not, have friends who demand this type of wine.
by PeterH
May 1st, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3760
Views: 373947

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Garagiste has offered Chaleur Blanc before as a mystery wine. I agree that is an excellent prospect, and a great deal at less than $20.
Jon is more dependable on white wines than on red wines by a wide margin, so I feel safe taking the chance on this one.
by PeterH
April 30th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Wine in Square Btls??
Replies: 14
Views: 617

Re: Aging Wine in Square Btls??

why would it age differently in a flat bottle? long as the headspace is the same with the same area right at the neck and its still cork. unless you're keeping it somewhere with sunlight, in which case its got more area for sun to strike wine directly. my concern is what you do with the bottle on t...
by PeterH
April 29th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Olive Oils from Wine Producers
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: Olive Oils from Wine Producers

Garagiste often imports olive oil made by wine makers. I've noticed that they always have a number of olive oils in stock at their pick-up location near Seattle. You might try contacting them directly. For any question or inquiry, please contact: friends@garagistewine.com or call us anytime at (888)...
by PeterH
April 23rd, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3760
Views: 373947

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Today a $289.70 mystery Napa Cab from 2016 where he doesn't even bother to tell you what retail is and says "this *should* be the lowest $ you see". loooooooool I bet the wine is offered for $300 from the winery. This mystery wine turned out to be 2016 Pym Rae retailing at $350 currently. I've had ...
by PeterH
April 23rd, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Vegan Wines?
Replies: 10
Views: 380

Re: Vegan Wines?

The quote I use is from a French bottle of wine. I do not remember the name of the producer. Their source is, I think, obvious enough.
by PeterH
April 23rd, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Vegan Wines?
Replies: 10
Views: 380

Re: Vegan Wines?

I'm sure every vegan consumes many insects in fruit, vegetables, and grain. I'm also certain that few would claim otherwise, or be bothered by the inadvertent ingestion.
That is quite different than the intentional use of animal products.
by PeterH
April 21st, 2020, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 561
Views: 37611

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

We drank a bottle of the 2016 WV over two days. The first day it was tilted towards citrus, and could have been a good Viré-Clessé or Pouilly Fuissé. A bit of oak to round it out, but fresh and food friendly. The next day it had turned more tropical and gave a sweeter impression. More on par with a ...
by PeterH
April 19th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 171
Views: 9383

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

New world Syrah is not my thing, but I'm surprised not to see Alban, Booker, or Saxum on anyone's list. For that matter Christophe Baron is missing too.
by PeterH
April 19th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 171
Views: 9383

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
April 19th, 2020, 12:55 pm
-- Some Arcadians, too, but they're freshly out-of-business.
What?
by PeterH
April 19th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Willamette Valley AVA's
Replies: 65
Views: 4083

Re: The Willamette Valley AVA's

While this thread is current again, I'd like to toss in Hyland Vineyard for the McMinnville appelation. Kelly Fox and Patricia Green are both using Hyland grapes now, as well as Winderlea and Penner-Ash. Hyland has their own estate bottling too, but for something distinctive, I recommend the first t...
by PeterH
April 17th, 2020, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Winston Churchill Was Drinking During the Blitz.
Replies: 41
Views: 2608

Re: What Winston Churchill Was Drinking During the Blitz.

General point ... wine spirits etc back then weren’t positional goods, little ‘label drinking’. It’s all about simply what you like. As a frequent cigar smoker he probably had a preference for more vigorous claret versus fully mature, so 11 yr old Leoville Poyferre seems plausible. If he wasn’t too...
by PeterH
April 17th, 2020, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Today's Game: UPS vs The Mrs.
Replies: 63
Views: 2977

Re: Today's Game: UPS vs The Mrs.

My wife doesn't like it when the wine is delivered, but she doesn't mind at all when the cork is popped.
by PeterH
April 16th, 2020, 9:43 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Patricia Green Cellars Muscat (what?) and mixed Pinot Noir case. Free shipping.
Replies: 86
Views: 7237

Re: Patricia Green Cellars Muscat (what?) and mixed Pinot Noir case. Free shipping.

Jim, When the Kelly Fox offer came out, some of us were immediately attracted to the Hyland Coury. We are not expecting a quaffer. I think WV wine making has progressed to the point that experienced drinkers trust that the winemaker has set a wine on the correct trajectory. The trick is to intercept...
by PeterH
April 16th, 2020, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Winston Churchill Was Drinking During the Blitz.
Replies: 41
Views: 2608

Re: What Winston Churchill Was Drinking During the Blitz.

Interesting that the Leoville Poyferre was only eleven years old at that time. Needed another twenty.
by PeterH
April 16th, 2020, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman
Replies: 199
Views: 5309

Re: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman

I wish events had not intervened to make me miss this event. I'll pick up on the recorded version.
by PeterH
April 15th, 2020, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman
Replies: 199
Views: 5309

Re: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman

Paul Miller wrote:
April 15th, 2020, 9:46 am
Just ordered the Duck Cassoulet from Alinea. Should go well with a Pinot.
If you will share that with me, I'll share an '07 Family Farm Pinot with you.
by PeterH
April 15th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Rasa Vineyards - WA State special bottling, excellent QPR
Replies: 24
Views: 2243

Re: Rasa Vineyards - WA State special bottling, excellent QPR

The QED is pretty darn good for the price, so I signed up for the offer. QED is a Rhone blend, mostly Syrah, but Rasa has made a Cab/Syrah blend under the PB label.
by PeterH
April 14th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fun stats from CellarTracker (top 10 retailers, Garagiste vs Costco)
Replies: 44
Views: 3416

Re: Fun stats from CellarTracker (top 10 retailers, Garagiste vs Costco)

This is pretty interesting. I don't have anything profound to say in response. But like others, I'm pretty surprised by the implied volume of Garagiste's sales. Given how much they move from relatively obscure places like the Jura, the Loire, etc, it seems to me that Garagiste probably does a lot t...
by PeterH
April 14th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another "win a bottle" game - Guess the wine, 20 questions style - WE HAVE A WINNER!
Replies: 165
Views: 2647

Re: Another "win a bottle" game - Guess the wine, 20 questions style

Brian Tuite wrote:
April 14th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Sorry, I was working. Some of us are deemed essential. [stirthepothal.gif]
I was redundant even before the lock down.
by PeterH
April 14th, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3760
Views: 373947

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Too many options, unfortunately. Some that could fall into the price range are outstanding, so it is a shame Jon doesn't just name the wine and charge close to the market price.
by PeterH
April 14th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Morel Mushrooms
Replies: 31
Views: 1867

Re: Morel Mushrooms

Burgundy, WV Pinot, Nebbiolo, Brunello. The wine isn't the problem. It is finding the morels.
The "go to" place in the PNW is recent fire scars, which are mostly off limits this year.
by PeterH
April 14th, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another "win a bottle" game - Guess the wine, 20 questions style - WE HAVE A WINNER!
Replies: 165
Views: 2647

Re: Another "win a bottle" game - Guess the wine, 20 questions style

I have to admit that as the game resumed today I had a review of the 2016 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spatlese (White Capsule) in another tab.
That would have been my guess until Jayson picked it. So it turned out to be just a matter of the order for asking questions.

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