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by Bob Hoelting
March 22nd, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3381
Views: 293898

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

I have purchased 453 different wines from The garagiste over the past 12 years... some 1200 bottles (thank you, CT) Most were wines I knew I wanted to buy, but I've also explored many unknowns that, perhaps, Rimmerman's hype nudged me into trying. But I can count my disappointments on one hand, whic...
by Bob Hoelting
March 21st, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry
Replies: 66
Views: 2721

Re: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry

I keep mine private for security reasons, even though the value of my cellar holdings is dwarfed by many here. I think I may allow friends and fans to view, but cannot recall. I also think it's fun to peruse others' holdings, which I usually do when someone's tasting note makes me curious to see wh...
by Bob Hoelting
October 28th, 2018, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?
Replies: 55
Views: 1917

Re: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?

I mean, if a winery releases wine that is too young to enjoy, why not point it out on CT? If a user opens a wine that is too young to enjoy, why blame the winery? The winery (and by extension, us buyers) can not afford to let bottles sit at the winery for years. How is posting an honest assessment ...
by Bob Hoelting
October 27th, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?
Replies: 55
Views: 1917

Re: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?

Michael Heinrich wrote:
October 27th, 2018, 3:16 am
I mean, if a winery releases wine that is too young to enjoy, why not point it out on CT?
If a user opens a wine that is too young to enjoy, why blame the winery? The winery (and by extension, us buyers) can not afford to let bottles sit at the winery for years.
by Bob Hoelting
October 21st, 2018, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1278
Views: 63007

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Anyone biting on that $39.99 Bollinger Special Cuvee? I didn't get that offer, but I was happy to pick up two of the 2014 Marie Courtin Concordance Extra Brut this week. I also needed to post in this thread so I can see these replies ;) Mine were delivered yesterday, Are these ready to show? or wil...
by Bob Hoelting
October 18th, 2018, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1278
Views: 63007

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

C Chen wrote:
October 18th, 2018, 10:31 am
Anyone biting on that $39.99 Bollinger Special Cuvee?
I didn't get that offer, but I was happy to pick up two of the 2014 Marie Courtin Concordance Extra Brut this week.

I also needed to post in this thread so I can see these replies ;)
by Bob Hoelting
October 18th, 2018, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best North American sparklers?
Replies: 100
Views: 3220

Re: Best North American sparklers?

Paul Flynn wrote:
October 18th, 2018, 1:32 pm
I like the Roederer Estate L'Ermitage.
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+1 I'm finding it very hard to leave my case of 2009 alone... which is why I'm down to 9 already
by Bob Hoelting
September 18th, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Frenchie's Grower Bubbly Event In the OC
Replies: 36
Views: 1097

Re: TN: Frenchie's Grower Bubbly Event In the OC

Much appreciated, kind sir.
by Bob Hoelting
September 18th, 2018, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Frenchie's Grower Bubbly Event In the OC
Replies: 36
Views: 1097

Re: TN: Frenchie's Grower Bubbly Event In the OC

I sure would have liked to be there, but I must not be schmoozing the right people to get an invite [ken.gif]

It would also help if I checked in here more often [wink.gif] dammit
by Bob Hoelting
August 4th, 2018, 2:59 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Orange County, CA
Replies: 176
Views: 22055

Orange County, CA

A shout out to Ivory in Laguna Beach. Good food and nice people with a few Ukranian kicks on the menu.
Right across from the Pageant and next to Sawdust. Very convenient

$20 corkage. Good/standard stems
by Bob Hoelting
March 14th, 2018, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Ultra dry champagne
Replies: 35
Views: 2563

Best Ultra dry champagne

For under $20, the Gruet Blanc de Blancs Sauvage is pretty hard to beat on value. Super crisp and clean.
by Bob Hoelting
March 13th, 2018, 8:53 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Las Vegas
Replies: 46
Views: 9444

Las Vegas

Was just at Lotus of Siam (the new one on Flamingo) and it was still free corkage. In fact, you must BYO because the alcohol license is still pending.
by Bob Hoelting
February 16th, 2018, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 254
Views: 11654

I'm done*

by Bob Hoelting
January 30th, 2018, 8:34 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Orange County, CA
Replies: 176
Views: 22055

Orange County, CA

Lazy Dog Cafe (Irvine, but I assume other locations, too) - $0

plus you can bring your pooch :)
by Bob Hoelting
January 30th, 2018, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help with Champagne purchase
Replies: 23
Views: 979

Need help with Champagne purchase

Brad Baker wrote:Based on what I consider yeasty, bready, doughy - I would go with the Ayala 2007 BdB.
+total agreement.. love that '07 Ayala

(Well if Chris can be late to the party, so can me)
by Bob Hoelting
October 4th, 2017, 11:36 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: FINAL DETAILS POSTED (see Post #100)...Rhys Offline @ My OC Place--Saturday, 9/30 @ 2PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5871

FINAL DETAILS POSTED (see Post #100)...Rhys Offline @ My OC Place--Saturday, 9/30 @ 2PM

I would have loved to come to this but I had no Rhys to offer :( I’ll have to buy my way in next time. Thanks to those that have posted tasting notes, and it again brings up my biggest wish-list feature about CellarTracker: the ability of multiple users to contribute to the same tasting story. Would...
by Bob Hoelting
September 7th, 2017, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lot of praise for Cellartracker
Replies: 97
Views: 4776

A lot of praise for Cellartracker

Just caught this thread and I want add to the chorus of praise. User #18,798 Aug 2006 The thousands of hours spent on CT will never be considered wasted time to me. Now the big "HOWEVER": I would also like to add a #5) to Ethan H's recommends. My biggest wishlist item for CT would be the ability for...
by Bob Hoelting
May 23rd, 2017, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous/Tanzer retrospective 2007 Ca Cabs
Replies: 30
Views: 1915

Vinous/Tanzer retrospective 2007 Ca Cabs

Eric LaMasters wrote:On the 2007 Phelps Insignia, he writes: "Saturated dark ruby!"
I know he always likes to describe the color first, but it really struck me as funny to put an exclamation mark on that sentence. :)
Maybe he meant, "Saturated dark ruby+"
[snort.gif]
by Bob Hoelting
May 21st, 2017, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What percentage of the time do you BYO versus order from the list?
Replies: 60
Views: 1418

What percentage of the time do you BYO versus order from the list?

Sorry, Kris. It was a mere attempt to point out that, as you said, it's a two way street. However, in the whole chicken-and-egg kind of scenario, the restaurant is dependent on us, the customers. Even though I may be in the "rarified" minority that for some reason prefers to drink what I like, I don...
by Bob Hoelting
May 21st, 2017, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Good Cabs from the Paso Robles Area?
Replies: 29
Views: 1710

Any Good Cabs from the Paso Robles Area?

David M. wrote:Chateau Margene
This

Other good suggestions already mentioned, too.
Daou has come a long way and the recent releases are quite nice
by Bob Hoelting
May 21st, 2017, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What percentage of the time do you BYO versus order from the list?
Replies: 60
Views: 1418

What percentage of the time do you BYO versus order from the list?

Arv, Yes throw tap water patrons out. ;) I have always thought it a privilege to be able to bring wine, so supporting the restaurant by buying white or sparkling always seemed apropos for the courtesy of allowing me to bring a bottle or three. I've always thought it was a privilege for the restaura...
by Bob Hoelting
April 21st, 2017, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What % of the wines you try do you do Tasting Notes for?
Replies: 31
Views: 1018

What % of the wines you try do you do Tasting Notes for?

Over 80%. But if I've had the wine before and my impression really hasn't changed, then I'll often skip the note writing.
by Bob Hoelting
February 25th, 2017, 10:22 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Orange County, CA
Replies: 176
Views: 22055

Orange County, CA

Another one I can't believe we've left off the list, considering we've had several CT group tastings there, is The Corner in Huntington Beach. $0

Oh, and thanks for updating, Ramon!
by Bob Hoelting
February 17th, 2017, 2:00 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Orange County, CA
Replies: 176
Views: 22055

Orange County, CA

Andre M wrote:Playground (santa ana): first bottle is free, next is $15 ea
That must be a recent change. We did a CT group offline there a few months ago and opened over 20 bottles. Zero corkage charge.
by Bob Hoelting
February 14th, 2017, 7:56 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mike on Tour--OC, Feb 16
Replies: 24
Views: 1537

Mike on Tour--OC, Feb 16

I would have loved to make this but this Thursday night I am working an event, ironically, at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. If y'all end up at a Dana Point venue, I might still crash in at 10pm or so but don't count in it. There are plenty of great spots around DP, Laguna, San Clemente, etc. Pl...
by Bob Hoelting
February 13th, 2017, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You've Got To Love Tasting Notes
Replies: 24
Views: 1598

You've Got To Love Tasting Notes

19.25/20 = 96.25/100, and they gave it 97.

Talk about point inflation!
;)
by Bob Hoelting
January 27th, 2017, 5:09 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: WINESAVE - "keeping opened wine perfectly"
Replies: 23
Views: 1422

WINESAVE - "keeping opened wine perfectly"

Jay Potter wrote:Trying to buy 3 bottles. Says the coupon code WB17 is invaled
same here
by Bob Hoelting
January 18th, 2017, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker and the problem of groupthink.
Replies: 71
Views: 3222

CellarTracker and the problem of groupthink.

Summation of all scores in CT: 100 0.1% Notes (7,391) / Avg. 100.0 pts. in 7,391 ratings 99 0.1% Notes (6,182) / Avg. 99.0 pts. in 6,182 ratings 98 0.3% Notes (15,549) / Avg. 98.0 pts. in 15,549 ratings 97 0.4% Notes (25,445) / Avg. 97.0 pts. in 25,445 ratings 96 0.9% Notes (52,101) / Avg. 96.0 pts....
by Bob Hoelting
January 11th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DryJanuary. Anyone else involved.
Replies: 119
Views: 4731

DryJanuary. Anyone else involved.

About the usefulness of a dry January: http://www.decanter.com/learn/is-dry-january-beneficial-287019/ Let's not confuse the issue with medical insight. [snort.gif] "If you think you need to take a month off, you’re either drinking too much during the rest of the year or you have a guilty conscienc...
by Bob Hoelting
January 11th, 2017, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Bougrier - Vouvray Grande Réserve Vieilles Vignes (France, Loire Valley, Vouvray)
Replies: 4
Views: 152

TN: 2015 Bougrier - Vouvray Grande Réserve Vieilles Vignes (France, Loire Valley, Vouvray)

Is ok..... Bacchus forgives such dalliances.

Cheers.. hope to see you and clink glasses soon
by Bob Hoelting
December 31st, 2016, 9:43 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Orange County, CA
Replies: 176
Views: 22055

Orange County, CA

Taps Fish House - $10


Will the OP of this thread ever get updated?
by Bob Hoelting
December 28th, 2016, 12:25 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Orange County, CA
Replies: 176
Views: 22055

Orange County, CA

Black Marlin in Old Town Tustin: $15 per btl with entree purchase, free on Monday.
by Bob Hoelting
November 21st, 2016, 11:13 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Orange County, CA
Replies: 176
Views: 22055

Orange County, CA

Agora Churrascaria just north of JWA at Main and MacArthur - $20 p/btl
by Bob Hoelting
November 5th, 2016, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2059
Views: 194191

Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates, July '16 (the saga continues)

Wes, I think you'll find ample opportunities to open them; a lot of folks want to experience the catastrophe for themselves, just not on their own dime! Just make sure any Maison Ilan you open isn't your primary contribution to the situation! Ah yes, you know me well, Brian. Due to my Dubious Perso...
by Bob Hoelting
October 29th, 2016, 3:14 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Orange County, CA
Replies: 176
Views: 22055

Orange County, CA

Hey Todd, it looks like Ramon isn't active here anymore so we might need a new thread captain. Doesn't look like anything has been updated in the OP since April or so.
Am I volunteering? Not really. But if you insist, I might. ;)
by Bob Hoelting
October 28th, 2016, 8:59 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Orange County CA Rookies / Casual meetup?
Replies: 14
Views: 1275

Orange County CA Rookies / Casual meetup?

I would probably join you guys if it's an afternoon affair and wraps up by 5pm As far as venues, take a look at the BYO forum for OC and there are plenty of low-corkage options. Some of my faves: Playground Santa Ana Who Song & Larrys Kings Fish House Bluewater Grill Reunion Kitchen All the above ar...
by Bob Hoelting
October 22nd, 2016, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 269

TN: 2015 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard

Thanks for the early peek-in, King Cab. Your observations are appreciated
by Bob Hoelting
October 22nd, 2016, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beachrooster's 50th B-Day Party: fun times, great wines, and some crappy TNs.
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Beachrooster's 50th B-Day Party: fun times, great wines, and some crappy TNs.

As Ice Cube would say, "It was a good day" I know of two that you missed, grafs: 2006 Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin 1962 Domaine Pietri-Geraud Banyuls There was much more but I can't find the email string that actually listed what everyone brought. What our next occasion/excuse for a sequel? I'm ready!
by Bob Hoelting
October 13th, 2016, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: updating CT post PC
Replies: 15
Views: 845

updating CT post PC

If you accept them into inventory and then consume them you won't lose any purchase information.
by Bob Hoelting
October 11th, 2016, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah
Replies: 126
Views: 6523

Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah

Doug, you pretty much answered my question and gave the definition I was looking for, though you seem to confine it to aroma, I fully get the umami analogy but to me, that is more of a palate thing. Mitch, if savory is the opposite of sweet in cooking, isn't dry the opposite of sweet in wine? It see...
by Bob Hoelting
October 11th, 2016, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah
Replies: 126
Views: 6523

Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah

I'd sure like a better definition of savory is it being applied in this context. According to dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster, savory is defined as: 1- pleasant or agreeable in taste and smell 2- having a spicy or salty quality without being sweet 3- pleasing, attractive, or agreeable 4- piquaint...
by Bob Hoelting
October 9th, 2016, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Sandler Pinots are out.
Replies: 18
Views: 1592

2015 Sandler Pinots are out.

There's 922 tasting notes in CellarTracker for Sandler. If you haven't already, start there.

I went for the 4-pack despite my pledge to curtail purchases this month.
by Bob Hoelting
October 6th, 2016, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The myth of letting wines breathe
Replies: 861
Views: 35484

The myth of letting wines breathe

It's time to put in the last word:

Zzyzx

case closed. now everyone go drink some well-aerated booze and be happy!



dammit
by Bob Hoelting
October 6th, 2016, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you select an 'obscure' wine from your cellar?
Replies: 67
Views: 1991

How do you select a wine from your cellar?

Among my saved searches on CT are: "Reds at Home". How do you do that? I just took a quick look in search options and you can only pick one location to narrow down a search. Unless all your bottles at home are listed under one location. Try this: starting with My Cellar, summarize by location, clic...
by Bob Hoelting
October 6th, 2016, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you select an 'obscure' wine from your cellar?
Replies: 67
Views: 1991

How do you select a wine from your cellar?

Todd, it really helps if you don't buy obscure wine.. [snort.gif] I keep about 160-180 reds, about 50 dry and off-dry whites, and the smattering of bubbly and dessert wines at home, with the offsite holding some 800 or so. Among my saved searches on CT are: "Reds at Home" "Dry Whites at Home" and "W...
by Bob Hoelting
October 5th, 2016, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Center Of Your Wine Universe?
Replies: 71
Views: 1877

The Center Of Your Wine Universe?

My universe has CellarTracker at the center with JJBuckley, Winex, K&L, garagiste, and Full Pull being the planets in orbit. ;)

Really, my taste and cellar cover far and wide and I love the whole exploration just for exploration's sake.
by Bob Hoelting
October 5th, 2016, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I am beginning to think that I am not a big Beaujolais fan
Replies: 62
Views: 2857

I am beginning to think that I am not a big Beaujolais fan

A friend snuck a '76 Fleurie into a tasting that was a showdown of Ballah Burgs and it stole the show. I had no idea that Bujo could do what that wine was doing some 40 years into its existence.
by Bob Hoelting
October 4th, 2016, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Arcadian - Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard (USA, CA, Central Coast)
Replies: 22
Views: 997

TN: 2002 Arcadian - Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard (USA, CA, Central Coast)

Damn, it took you a long time to finish that bottle!
by Bob Hoelting
September 11th, 2016, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and Cigars
Replies: 23
Views: 1215

Wine and Cigars

Tim Heaton wrote:Have tried everything from Champagne to Zinfandel, a few might have been (at most) acceptable, but none really worked. For cigars, I stick to Aged Rums and Coffee
Cool, then I can keep that birth year Bas Armagnac in the cellar next time you're out!
[swoon.gif]

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