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by michael dietrich
December 19th, 2016, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to Beringer Knights Valley cabernet?
Replies: 21
Views: 1631

What happened to Beringer Knights Valley cabernet?

I sell wine here in Oregon. A couple of months ago I was visited by some people from Rodney Strong. One of the wines I tasted was 2013 Knights Valley Cab 2013. I was very impressed. They said that Beringer had gotten into a dispute with their fruit sources in KV. At that point Rodney Strong picked u...
by michael dietrich
October 11th, 2016, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfite Removal Funnel
Replies: 8
Views: 772

Sulfite Removal Funnel

I just had a friend of mine who also sells wine retail, ask if I had ever heard of this device. After a little research I found it. Why not use a real test on someone who is sensitive to sulfites ? If this works as well as they say, why not make a selective filter for TCA ? If Saran Wrap can take ou...
by michael dietrich
August 10th, 2016, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: KJ has bought another Oregon winery
Replies: 96
Views: 6309

KJ has bought another Oregon winery

I do sell wine here in Oregon. I am certainly wondering whether this will actually come about. We have certainly had a few buyouts here and I am sure there will be more. If this were actually true We should be seeing news of it on someone like Winebusiness.com. So I guess we shall see.
by michael dietrich
February 4th, 2016, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trade question about SWS
Replies: 7
Views: 626

Trade question about SWS

Yesterday my rep brought me a copy of the pdf that he printed for me. As it stands right now they will probably not print books for our market. I thought giving your customers pricing info in an easy format would be standard business practice.
by michael dietrich
February 3rd, 2016, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trade question about SWS
Replies: 7
Views: 626

Trade question about SWS

I am a retailer here in Oregon and SWS is our largest wine distributor. Starting last year it has been very difficult to get a printed copy of their price list. Yes they have it in pdf but that is very time consuming. My question is whether this is just a policy for the Oregon market or do they not ...
by michael dietrich
January 25th, 2016, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good, cheap Pinot suggestions
Replies: 87
Views: 6142

Good, cheap Pinot suggestions

I sell wine here in Oregon so I have tasted many of these wines. I have seen Rascal mentioned a lot over the last few years. I came across another one in the same price range. It is called Swallow and is made by Foris Winery from southern Oregon. To me it seems to have a bit more fruit than Rascal. ...
by michael dietrich
April 16th, 2015, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neal Martin's WA Oregon Report, your thoughts?
Replies: 97
Views: 7230

Neal Martin's WA Oregon Report, your thoughts?

First off I sell wine retail here in Oregon for the last 30 years. I have certainly enjoyed watching our local industry grow and develop. I have always been eager to read the reports from IWC and WA. Personally I like having Neal cover Oregon. There were certainly some that I would have scored a bit...
by michael dietrich
April 16th, 2014, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 18 top quality pinot noirs from NZ, US and Burgundy with Peter
Replies: 20
Views: 1481

TNs: 18 top quality pinot noirs from NZ, US and Burgundy with Peter

I sell Peter's wines here in Oregon. I remember tasting the Pisa Terrace 2012 with another wine steward and we looked at each other and said Wow. This was one of the best values we had come across for Pinot Noir. I would also say that Ata Rangi is one of my favorite NZ producers. I love the earthy a...
by michael dietrich
March 18th, 2014, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consistently NZ's best pinot noir ... ?
Replies: 167
Views: 12900

Consistently NZ's best pinot noir ... ?

First off I sell wine here in Oregon. I sell about 20+ producers in my store. I think my 2 favorites would be Ata Rangi and Felton Road. I actually got to go to New Zealand back in June 2006. One of the tasting I got to attend was Pinot at Cloudy Bay. They poured the Pinots blind which were from aro...
by michael dietrich
February 12th, 2014, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stone Wolf Pinot Noir 2012
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Stone Wolf Pinot Noir 2012

Our store does not ship but I would imagine you could get it shipped from the winery.
by michael dietrich
February 11th, 2014, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stone Wolf Pinot Noir 2012
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Stone Wolf Pinot Noir 2012

I taste a lot that is not true to varietal. That is why I love finding Pinots at this price to show people what entry Pinot can be. I will have several questions for Linda.
by michael dietrich
February 11th, 2014, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stone Wolf Pinot Noir 2012
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Stone Wolf Pinot Noir 2012

First off I sell wine here in Oregon. I sell Linda's wines. I got to taste the new 2012 Stone Wolf Pinot Noir from Linda last week. It sells here in Oregon for around $14. I was impressed at how true to varietal it was. I smelled and tasted like real Pinot Noir. It shows more red fruits with very ni...
by michael dietrich
April 26th, 2013, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Sauvignon Blanc?
Replies: 186
Views: 8573

Favorite Sauvignon Blanc?

I am very much a fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. I sell wine here in Oregon so I get to taste many from all over. I really think that the 2012 Marlborough SBs really stand out. Some of my favorites so far has been Jules Taylor, Whitehaven, and The Ned, all 2012 vintage. Now I personally like the...
by michael dietrich
March 20th, 2013, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: your (curent) best value sparklers?
Replies: 48
Views: 1402

Re: your (curent) best value sparklers?

Another not yet mentioned would be Graham Beck Brut from South Africa. I wish we could still get Lindauer from New Zealand.
by michael dietrich
February 12th, 2013, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wow..fight for market share down under gets nasty
Replies: 14
Views: 1100

Re: Wow..fight for market share down under gets nasty

First off I think that there are specific producers who make the best wine for any given vintage, just like any other area. I have certainly tasted my share of just average Sauv Blancs. There are also some that are consistently better than most. It also depends on the flavor profile you enjoy. I cer...
by michael dietrich
February 9th, 2013, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wow..fight for market share down under gets nasty
Replies: 14
Views: 1100

Re: Wow..fight for market share down under gets nasty

I sell wine here in Oregon and NZ Sauv Blanc is certainly one of my favorites. Just last week I tasted through the Oyster Bay line up including 2012 Sauv Blanc. I think it was the best Oyster Bay vintage I have had, I would also comment that it is probably a function of the 2012 vintage for Marlboro...
by michael dietrich
October 13th, 2012, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Harvest
Replies: 98
Views: 4560

Re: Oregon Harvest

I don't know how much rain actually showed up in wine country but here in West Linn we clocked in 1.62 inches since about 10am yesterday. It was only supposed to be a fraction of that. West Linn is at the southern end of the Portland metro area.
by michael dietrich
July 12th, 2012, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Apothic Red???
Replies: 175
Views: 10003

Re: Apothic Red???

All the wines in the picture at the Chevron station are Gallo products. I would be curious to hear if anyone has tasted the new Apothic White. It reminds me of Sokol Blosser Evolution. It tastes pretty reseasonable and drier than I expected when my rep tasted me on it.
by michael dietrich
July 7th, 2012, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Apothic Red???
Replies: 175
Views: 10003

Re: Apothic Red???

I do sell wine here in Oregon for a grocery chain. Yes we sell lots of this. It actually is a good crossover wine for people used to sweet whites. They also came out with an Apothic White that is not bad but certainly tastes drier as in 1-1 1/2% RS. I would guess that the last time I tasted the red ...
by michael dietrich
June 27th, 2012, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: San Antonio wine shops and Texas wines
Replies: 14
Views: 631

Re: San Antonio wine shops and Texas wines

I will be curious to see how prices in Texas compare to Oregon since I sell wine here. I seem to remember that Texas does have sales tax. That is something we don't here in Oregon. I expect to find a few Oregon wines there.
by michael dietrich
June 24th, 2012, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: San Antonio wine shops and Texas wines
Replies: 14
Views: 631

Re: San Antonio wine shops and Texas wines

A couple years ago we visited our son in Houston and he took us to Specs on Smith street. What a place. In fact our son is driving down to meet us. I am anxious to try the Zinc Wine Bar.
by michael dietrich
June 24th, 2012, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: San Antonio wine shops and Texas wines
Replies: 14
Views: 631

Re: San Antonio wine shops and Texas wines

Thanks for all the info. It has been fun researching some of the suggestions. I am curious about Saglimbeni since I saw that one of my favorite New Zealand producers, Jules Taylor was just through town.
by michael dietrich
June 23rd, 2012, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: San Antonio wine shops and Texas wines
Replies: 14
Views: 631

San Antonio wine shops and Texas wines

My wife and I are taking Amtrak from Portland to San Antonio. I have 2 questions. First I am looking for wine shops in San Antonio, especially around the Riverwalk area. Next I am asking for some names of Texas wines I should look for. Any help would be great. We will be there in the middle of July.
by michael dietrich
March 28th, 2012, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winehunter: 07 Oregon Pinots
Replies: 117
Views: 3298

Re: Winehunter: 07 Oregon Pinots

I must say that this thread has been very amusing to me. I have been selling wine here locally for about 30 years. I have seen so many changes in the Oregon wine business. We now have more than 700 different labels and brands. One of the things I love about the Oregon Pinots especially is all the di...
by michael dietrich
February 25th, 2012, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NZ Sauvignon Blanc - Recommendations?
Replies: 28
Views: 951

Re: NZ Sauvignon Blanc - Recommendations?

There are 2 more that I don't see on anyone's list that I have enjoyed. One that just came in is Goldwater 2010. It just seems to have more layers of flavor than most. Also the Jules Taylor 2010 if you like the more aggresive style. I actually met her last summer when she was here in Oregon for IPNC.
by michael dietrich
May 21st, 2011, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Killer Chianti
Replies: 16
Views: 778

Re: Killer Chianti

I have been selling the Petroio for several years now. When I met the owner she also brought by some chocolates as well. The regular Chianti Classico sells for under $13 here.
by michael dietrich
April 28th, 2011, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taste Washington in Portland
Replies: 11
Views: 379

Taste Washington in Portland

So this Sunday is the Taste Washington event here in Portland. They have close to 100 wineries participating. the trade part starts just 1 hour before the consumer part. But that extra hour head start should help. I love the way that the list of wines being poured also has the retail pricing as well...
by michael dietrich
April 3rd, 2011, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taste of Washington, thoughts...
Replies: 35
Views: 2249

Re: Taste of Washington, thoughts...

I sell wine here in Oregon. We have part of the Taste Washington show coming to Portland on May 1st. There is a trade portion and then the consumer portion. I am looking forward to attending. We have not had an Oregon winery event like this here in many years. What they have gone to is numerous AVA ...
by michael dietrich
April 1st, 2011, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 5 2008 Oregon Pinots ( price excluded)
Replies: 66
Views: 2239

Re: Your top 5 2008 Oregon Pinots ( price excluded)

I should have mentioned that the Seven of Hearts was not tasted at the Chehalem tasting but it certainly fits in my favorites. This is the first time I had ever tasted Styring and I thought the 2008 Estate was great. Also I tasted the Ayoub Pinots with Mo on Saturday when he came by my store. I just...
by michael dietrich
April 1st, 2011, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 5 2008 Oregon Pinots ( price excluded)
Replies: 66
Views: 2239

Re: Your top 5 2008 Oregon Pinots ( price excluded)

Well I am lucky that I get to taste and sell lots of these wines here locally. I got to attend the Chehalem Mountain AVA trade tasting last Monday. So here are 5 of my favorites from 2008 in no particular order. Le Cadeau Equinoxe Le Cadeau Diversite Seven of Hearts Crawford Beck Vyd. Styring Estate...
by michael dietrich
March 30th, 2011, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taste of Washington, thoughts...
Replies: 35
Views: 2249

Re: Taste of Washington, thought's...

We get part of their show here in Portland for the trade on Sunday, May 1st.
by michael dietrich
February 26th, 2011, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Doggie Wine - Rascal Pinot Noir Willamette 2007
Replies: 20
Views: 797

Re: TN: Doggie Wine - Rascal Pinot Noir Willamette 2007

I remember when they first brought the Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris by to taste. For $7 they were both pretty good for the money. I have not tasted the current batch. I have seen another label out there called Blue Pirate. The Pinot gris is the same cost as the Rascal but the Pinot Noir is more. I expe...
by michael dietrich
January 22nd, 2011, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: my local paper sucks
Replies: 14
Views: 1013

Re: my local paper sucks

For the Court of Master Sommeliers "certified sommelier" is the next level above their intro class. There is a written test and a tasting test.
by michael dietrich
December 8th, 2010, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Final 2010 Oregon Harvest Report
Replies: 119
Views: 2451

Re: Final 2010 Oregon Harvest Report

Oregon Pinot Camp is for the trade. You have to be invited in order to go. There are usually 50 participating wineries and they invite about 260 campers from all over the US and some outside. Normally there are only 4-6 from Oregon. This is a great example of marketing outside the state. They have i...
by michael dietrich
December 7th, 2010, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Final 2010 Oregon Harvest Report
Replies: 119
Views: 2451

Re: Final 2010 Oregon Harvest Report

Here locally is by far the hardest market for wineries to sell into. I work for a grocery chain here locally that has 14 stores where each wine buyer has lots of choices of what to buy. I have been in my store for 20+ years. I have loved it. Oregon overall has a tough road ahead from the selling sta...
by michael dietrich
November 8th, 2010, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Domaine Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 10
Views: 435

Re: TN: 2007 Domaine Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape

This has always been my benchmark for entry level since if first tasted it with the 1998 vuntage. I think one reason I always like is that their is about 15% Mourvedre in the blend. I will not see the 2007 to sell since we no longer have Louis Dressner wines available here. Hopefully that will be re...
by michael dietrich
September 30th, 2010, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: 2009 Oregon Pinot and/or Evesham Wood WV
Replies: 20
Views: 743

Re: TNR: 2009 Oregon Pinot and/or Evesham Wood WV

I tried the Ayres 2009 Willamette Valley and it is showing great. It starts off in the nose with more dark fruit, a nice spice component and just carries through with a wonderful intensity on the finish. So far it is the best under $20 I have tried. I tasted it at the same time as the Evesham Wood 2...
by michael dietrich
September 25th, 2010, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Triage wines out of Business?????
Replies: 45
Views: 2140

Re: Is Triage wines out of Business?????

So is Triage going to continue to operate in the state of Oregon ? I would certainly hate to lose all the wines I have been selling.
by michael dietrich
September 24th, 2010, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Triage wines out of Business?????
Replies: 45
Views: 2140

Re: Is Triage wines out of Business?????

Triage Oregon is not out of business. I sell wine here in Oregon and I got a delivery last week. My sales rep is on vacation this week so I have not talked to him since this happened. The new company is called Vine Merchants. It will probably take a few weeks to sort everything out. I have certainly...
by michael dietrich
August 16th, 2010, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Surprising New Zealand Syrah
Replies: 11
Views: 402

Re: TN: A Surprising New Zealand Syrah

I got to meet their marketing person and taste their wines up at the Vancouver Playhouse wine festival. I also really liked their Merlot-Cab Franc-Malbec blend that sells for about $15 and Ironclad at about $27. It has been fun being able to sell their wines. They are actually going to be in town in...
by michael dietrich
June 12th, 2010, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: from Oregon, mostly Pinot with Barbarescos and bubblies
Replies: 14
Views: 679

Re: from Oregon, mostly Pinot with Barbarescos and bubblies

I thought that the J. Christopher Pinot was very good especially for $23. I also think that the 2008's are still babies. I am glad to see your portfolio back in our Portland market ad it was good to see you at the Monday trade tasting. I look forward to selling your wines.
by michael dietrich
June 7th, 2010, 9:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 570
Views: 30409

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

I have a Weber Smokey Mountain and a Traeger. I love them both but for different reasons. I love the convection of the Traeger for keeping things like boneless skinless chicken breast so moist and tender. I prefer my Weber bullet for pork shoulder and ribs. It also costs less to run. To me the only ...
by michael dietrich
June 7th, 2010, 8:43 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Distributor Recommendation OR/WA
Replies: 6
Views: 1241

Re: Distributor Recommendation OR/WA

I sell wine here in Oregon. I do sell Pinots from California as well as New Zealand with prices above the $25 retail. It is definitely a tough market out there but I am still seeing some increased movement over the last couple of months. There is a distributor called Vinum that is based in Washingto...
by michael dietrich
March 9th, 2010, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron: Bonne On PinotGate
Replies: 10
Views: 361

Re: SFChron: Bonne On PinotGate

Since I sell wine for a living I get to taste lots of wines. I taste many inexpensive wines labeled as Pinot Noir but they just don't taste or smell like Pinot. I can like the flavors and the wine as such. I just will not recommend it as a Pinot. It does not really matter where it is from. I remembe...
by michael dietrich
March 8th, 2010, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron: Bonne On PinotGate
Replies: 10
Views: 361

Re: SFChron: Bonne On PinotGate

Gallo also has a Pinot Noir in its Twin Valley brand that is in most any supermarket. I was looking at it the other day and it looked like it did not say where the wine was from. All their other labels were very easy to read. The print for where it was sourced is pretty tiny but the color blends int...
by michael dietrich
March 1st, 2010, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 04 Lemelson, Chestnut Hill PN and an 06 Mountford Estate PN
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: TN 04 Lemelson, Chestunt hill PN and an 06 Mountford Estate PN

I am lucky to be able to sell Eric's wines up here in Oregon. I really feel that his Pinots really do age. I remember tasting a 6 year old Thea's and was amazed at its complexity. He certainly is one of my favorites. I also consider myself lucky to have met CP Lin from Mountford. I also boughtsome o...
by michael dietrich
February 26th, 2010, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Bob Wood!
Replies: 32
Views: 1352

Re: Question for Bob Wood!

I sell wine here in Oregon. The list of Oregon 2007 Pinots that retail fo under $20 continues to grow. Many of these from previous vintages were above $20. The economy is certainly a major factor. Matt came out early saying to buy the pevious vintages and wait fo 2008. I think that the 2007 Pinots j...
by michael dietrich
February 18th, 2010, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Betz selling for 67% of release price already
Replies: 34
Views: 3132

Re: Betz selling for 67% of release price already

I still remember some of the educational seminars you did when you were with Ch. St. Michelle. Istil sell wine here in Oregon at Fed Meyer in Tualatin. I have been selling your wines here since they have been available. I am hoping things are good for you.
by michael dietrich
January 13th, 2010, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Crawford-Beck Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 310

Re: TN: 2007 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Crawford-Beck Vineyard

As of Tuesday I still had a couple of bottles of the Crawford Beck. The distributor may still have some left as well. I did get to taste on Tuesday his 2008 Luminous Hills which will sell for about $27. Naturally it is showing very primary but the fruit was great.
by michael dietrich
January 13th, 2010, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Crawford-Beck Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 310

Re: TN: 2007 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Crawford-Beck Vineyard

I remember tasting through his wines about 8 months ago and was very impressed. They certainly are one of the 2007 Pinot Noir producers that I recommend to my customers who are looking for under $20. Their Eola Amity bottling fits that price. I have also been impressed with Alloro Estate, Coeur de T...

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