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by Mike Kuller
July 10th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 288
Views: 13121

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

I agree with Robert.

Why can't someone ask a question here without all the comedians trying to get a laugh?
by Mike Kuller
July 2nd, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1374
Views: 153515

Re: Official Costco Thread

JohnP wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 11:06 pm
Anyone seen the 16' Sassacaia at Costco yet?
I believe I might have seen it in Concord a couple of weeks ago, but it looked very pricey.
by Mike Kuller
June 30th, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2218

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

I thought TW direct are private brands (maybe wrong term) of which I have never heard ?? Am I mistaken/wrong ?? Nope, winery direct wines are, just like they sound, wines they procure directly from the winery and are mostly well known brands....... Which I assume allows them better pricing and the ...
by Mike Kuller
June 30th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2218

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

J. Rock wrote:
June 28th, 2019, 3:58 pm
I really love the 2014 Austin Hope GSM (from Paso). It's fruit forward and bold, but also had nice complimentary spice flavors.
Their 2017 cabernet is highly rated and seems to have a similar fruit-forward profile for around $45.

Chuck Wagner is a part owner.
by Mike Kuller
June 26th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 288
Views: 13121

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

On my iPhone using AOL, many times when I try to read a message, it doesn't recognize my password.

So each day or new place with WiFi I have to get a new one, since the one my LastPass remembers and tries, doesn't work.

Is it Apple, AOL or WB?
by Mike Kuller
June 22nd, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1374
Views: 153515

Re: Official Costco Thread

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
June 15th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Nick F. wrote:
June 15th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Costco Arlington Texas
Schramsberg blanc noir
19.97
What vintage? That's a helluva price.
Same at Concord.

Also a few bottles of 2006 Dom mixed in with the 2009.
by Mike Kuller
June 13th, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another stupid poll about wine drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 2408

Re: Another stupid poll about wine drinking

Stupid poll. I never drink wine to "chill out and destress after a shitty day." Yep. Don't drink much else besides wine and not often during the week, no matter how shitty the day was. On Friday nights, we start out with a bottle of champagne to destress from the week. If it was just me, it would b...
by Mike Kuller
June 12th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sierra Foothills Wine Visits, May 2019 – Deaver Vineyards and Sumu Kaw Vineyard: old vines and mystery vines
Replies: 10
Views: 676

Re: Sierra Foothills Wine Visits, May 2019 – Deaver Vineyards and Sumu Kaw Vineyard: old vines and mystery vines

Thanks for a great write-up Ken.

I've visited Deaver and enjoy their zins.

Their 2015 Henry's House won our wine tasting group's blind zinfandel tasting last month.
by Mike Kuller
June 10th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: need evidence that these famous critics were fooled
Replies: 40
Views: 3095

Re: need evidence that these famous critics were fooled

No doubt you've see this study using MRI. Why expensive wine appears to taste better: It's the price tag When a bottle costs more, the reward center in the brain plays a trick on us Date: August 14, 2017 University of Bonn Summary: Price labels influence our liking of wine: The same wine tastes bett...
by Mike Kuller
June 9th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Wine Spectator, Time Magazines
Replies: 14
Views: 971

Re: Old Wine Spectator, Time Magazines

mango/cucumber/yogurt fish recipe is their best ever Oh my. [bleh.gif] You mean best mango/cucumber/yogurt fish recipe surely! Fruit and fish is a no no. Other than tomatoes, peppers, squash, or beans. Although I did have a friend from the West Indies who frequently made ackee and saltfish, and tha...
by Mike Kuller
June 7th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??
Replies: 33
Views: 2689

Re: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??

2018 had perfect growing conditions.

Should be much better than the 2017s (smoke in some areas, big heat spike everywhere) and maybe all of the 2000s.

So maybe vintage of the decade.

I've stopped buying most 2017s and will stock up on the 2018s.
by Mike Kuller
June 2nd, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 2217

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

My wife is a chardonnay drinker. From Costco, I get her Ferrari-Carano, Landmark Overlook and Neyers, all under $25. The Neyers is usually the best one. Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River isn't bad. Depending on the year, Kendall Jackson's area specific chardonnays (like Monterey) are good. Their $10 2015 ...
by Mike Kuller
May 30th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1374
Views: 153515

Re: Official Costco Thread

Lacey, WA has 2015 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir Dundee Hills for $33.99. This location has a very small wine selection compared to others. When I've visited my daughter in WA their Costos always seem to have much more Oregon pinot noirs than we find in the CA stores. And we have more CA choices. Go f...
by Mike Kuller
May 16th, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20-$25 wine
Replies: 16
Views: 951

Re: Best $20-$25 wine

For sparkling, Roederer Anderson Valley Brut is under $20 at Costco. Hard to beat for the money. For reds, as a zin aficionado, I agree with Bedrock Old Vine and Turley Juvenile. You may have to order the Turley from the winery but the Bedrock is available at good bottle shops, at least here in the ...
by Mike Kuller
May 16th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 428
Views: 89934

Re: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

I am looking at planning a corporate event and am looking at renting a home in St. Helena. Do you have any good recommendations for wineries that handle groups of 20 well. First of all St. Helena is not in Sonoma. But you must know that. Some years ago we had a terrific corporate dinner at Merryval...
by Mike Kuller
May 15th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2324

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

Karl F wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 11:01 am
I was going to suggest the Kirkland Brand Alexander Valley Cabernet but they haven't had it for a while.
I walk in today and the 2016 just came in.
Alison Crowe Winemaker
Same as before.
I just finished my last bottle of the 15.

$9.89
Delaware
Did you try the '16?
by Mike Kuller
May 14th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2324

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

rsmithjr wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Josh Carr Napa, H3 from Columbia Crest, B- Side.
H3 - 2 for $20.
by Mike Kuller
May 12th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2324

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

Jon Clayton wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 5:13 pm
I am still learning the ropes here and hope that I do not get banned for this - tonight we are drinking Kirkland Cabernet Oakville (2016). It was 18.99 at my local Costco and I can find absolutely nothing to complain about at this price point.
Good choice but most have sold out of it.
by Mike Kuller
May 12th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2324

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

Robert M yers wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 11:14 am
Maybe Zinfandel...you can get Bedrock Old Vine for $20. Perfect bbq/pizza leave the rest for the next day type wine.
Also Turley Juvenile zin about the same price.
by Mike Kuller
April 5th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best wine in the world (according to the Washington Post and Vivino)
Replies: 23
Views: 2190

Re: The best wine in the world (according to the Washington Post and Vivino)

Never heard of Scarecrow cabernet? Neither had I, though I’ve been a fan of its winemaker, Celia Welch, for the past 20 years. I liked this part. There's a part of my that finds that statement to be slightly dubious. I am huge Tom Brady fan but what is this team, the New England Patriots, you speak...
by Mike Kuller
April 3rd, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1374
Views: 153515

Re: Official Costco Thread

Mike Kuller wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 1:04 pm
bradkaplan wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 12:56 pm
Atlanta (Brookhaven) now with the 08 Dom at $138. Good deal.
Same in Danville, CA.
Sorry, I was mistaken. It's the 2009.
by Mike Kuller
March 31st, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1374
Views: 153515

Re: Official Costco Thread

bradkaplan wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 12:56 pm
Atlanta (Brookhaven) now with the 08 Dom at $138. Good deal.
Same in Danville, CA.
by Mike Kuller
March 28th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High Quality Sangiovese in California?
Replies: 39
Views: 2437

Re: High Quality Sangiovese in California?

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
May 15th, 2016, 10:37 am
Yes, Vino Noceto.
Two of theirs came in at #1 and #2 at our last sangiovese tasting.

Amador County.
by Mike Kuller
March 28th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine
Replies: 27
Views: 1250

Re: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine

Sabering technique:

by Mike Kuller
March 27th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine
Replies: 27
Views: 1250

Re: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine

David Wright wrote:
March 27th, 2019, 9:36 am
With the neck of the bottle facing away from you (and anyone else), grab the cork with a pair of pliers and gently twist the bottle to loosen the cork.
[winner.gif]
by Mike Kuller
March 23rd, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 428
Views: 89934

Re: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

I'll be spending the last week of March up in Healdsburg and have only 1 tasting reservation at A. Rafanelli on Saturday. But I'd really like to visit a winery that has some solid white wines. Any suggestions for a winery either near Rafanelli, or near Healdsburg that has some solid whites? Thanks!...
by Mike Kuller
March 18th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can Dave Phinney turn a SF island into a hipster Napa altrernative?
Replies: 22
Views: 1569

Re: Can Dave Phinney turn a SF island into a hipster Napa altrernative?

It's getting out of hand how much it costs to taste high end wine in Napa. Something like this as an alternative is a great idea for people who enjoy wine and are on a middle to lower middle class budget. I don't go to Napa often, except with out-of- town friends. Downtown Napa isn't bad, but I sta...
by Mike Kuller
March 18th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?
Replies: 61
Views: 1635

Re: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Polish. And linearity.
Sounds more like your new amplifier :-)
by Mike Kuller
March 18th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can Dave Phinney turn a SF island into a hipster Napa altrernative?
Replies: 22
Views: 1569

Re: Can Dave Phinney turn a SF island into a hipster Napa altrernative?

Anton D wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 12:37 pm
I think it would be awesome if Vallejo-based island tasting rooms took off and fewer people were congesting Napa Valley.
But Napa is like Disneyland.

How much traffic will a miniature Wally's World take away?
by Mike Kuller
March 18th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?
Replies: 61
Views: 1635

Re: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?

The fruit of course!

Currant, rasberry in an aged cabernet.

Blackberries in a good zinfandel.

Subtle strawberries in a nice pinot noir.

Peach, pear, apple butter in a cool chardonnay.
by Mike Kuller
March 18th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can Dave Phinney turn a SF island into a hipster Napa altrernative?
Replies: 22
Views: 1569

Can Dave Phinney turn a SF island into a hipster Napa altrernative?

Do we really need more "island tasting rooms"? I don't think so :-) We already have Treasure Island with a half dozen wine tasting rooms and a couple of restaurants. And then there's the Alameda Island Air Naval Station "Spirits Alley" - https://www.alamedaca.gov/RESIDENTS/Visiting-Alameda/Attractio...
by Mike Kuller
March 16th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 4518

Re: $3000 bottle

That's nothing. And this one is only 95 points. You can find 20% off coupons. https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/54525702_10217738419362877_187830516265779200_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_eui2=AeFUibfGEIV3CkJ-UJICBo3tRHy70hssygn3xE34BIU6yS87iZxAnqiNAxr9f746Mk6Q4-7GbEPayQxZe5zdh_TZqccS0aEVGBUeYoT...
by Mike Kuller
March 15th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you view the money you spend on wine
Replies: 42
Views: 2290

Re: How do you view the money you spend on wine

I used to be an audiophile and spent a lot on audio equipment and music, less on wine.

I haven't bought new audio equipment in a while and there isn't much new music coming out that interests me so I've transferred my hobby to wine.

In comparison I'm spending probably the same annually :-)
by Mike Kuller
March 13th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bulk Wine Sales
Replies: 9
Views: 1226

2018 Bulk Wine Sales

I recall in the early 1980s people were recommending Gallo Hearty Burgandy because it was a great year for cabernet and much of the excess would flow into the jug wines. It looks like 2018 may be a similar year. I've heard from a Napa grower that with near perfect growing conditions, the 2018 cabs s...
by Mike Kuller
March 10th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1374
Views: 153515

Re: Official Costco Thread

Just tried a bottle of the 2016 Kirkland Signature Oakville Cabernet ($19).

It was a little tight the first night, but opened up more on the second. Very pleasant and balanced - great for the money, but not as big and rich as the 2016 Kirkland Signature Stags Leap.
by Mike Kuller
March 4th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California 2017
Replies: 92
Views: 6676

Re: California 2017

Who is Robert Yett? He's a wine buyer at a local restaurant who has been in the business for about 30 years. He reviews and sells wines at a discount. There’s plenty of winemakers not afraid to release their 2017s, he shouldn’t have any problem finding quality wine. I heard from a Napa winery owner...
by Mike Kuller
March 3rd, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California 2017
Replies: 92
Views: 6676

Re: California 2017

This is from Robert Yett's latest 02/27 newsletter (sign up at vinedining1@gmail.com): "I attended PREMIER NAPA VALLEY this week... I tasted many 2016 CULT cabernets right next to barrel samples of 2017. All of the information I've read about 2016 being a superior vintage is correct. Some elite win...
by Mike Kuller
March 1st, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California 2017
Replies: 92
Views: 6676

Re: California 2017

This is from Robert Yett's latest 02/27 newsletter: "I attended PREMIER NAPA VALLEY this week... I tasted many 2016 CULT cabernets right next to barrel samples of 2017. All of the information I've read about 2016 being a superior vintage is correct. Some elite wineries are NOT even bottling a 2017 v...
by Mike Kuller
February 20th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 58
Views: 4332

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

David Glasser wrote:
February 20th, 2019, 3:41 pm

And I thought I’d need a note for my hip and spine hardware. I guess surgical titanium doesn’t set off the magnetometers.
Actually it does set it off and they don't care about any notes.

I get wanded for my hip even when I go through the big scanner but much less than with the smaller ones.
by Mike Kuller
February 20th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet
Replies: 41
Views: 3493

Re: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet

TJ's Platinum Reserve Cab... Whats crap is you even rating this Cab, everyones palate and pocketbook is extremely different. That is the reason their are all different callibers of wine. Whats crap is why a 2016 was even opened in 2018 or 19. It should lay down for another 4-5 yrs befor even tastin...
by Mike Kuller
February 20th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet
Replies: 41
Views: 3493

Re: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet

TJ's Platinum Reserve Cab... Whats crap is you even rating this Cab, everyones palate and pocketbook is extremely different. That is the reason their are all different callibers of wine. Whats crap is why a 2016 was even opened in 2018 or 19. It should lay down for another 4-5 yrs befor even tastin...
by Mike Kuller
February 18th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Negative attention is better than no attention at all
Replies: 14
Views: 1443

Re: Negative attention is better than no attention at all

Victor Hong wrote:
February 18th, 2019, 1:34 pm
He has hired a criminal defense attorney and refused to talk with police detectives.
Filing a false police report is a crime :-)
by Mike Kuller
February 18th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 58
Views: 4332

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

Mont Stern wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 9:03 am
Friends that ave toured Oregon wineries tell me that this has happened in Portland.
Maybe now.

We toured the Willamette Valley in 2010 with another couple and each brought a separate suitcase to store a case of wine in cardboard wine boxes. All of it made it home with us.
by Mike Kuller
February 15th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1374
Views: 153515

Re: Official Costco Thread

Not bad.

Was just at the Concord, CA store this morning and didn't see any of that.
by Mike Kuller
February 10th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone familiar with Orin Swift's 8 Years in the Desert?
Replies: 59
Views: 5954

Re: Anyone familiar with Orin Swift's 8 Years in the Desert?

Speaking of Orin Swift, I recently had a 2017 Prisoner which is about $39 now.

Not nearly as good as the 2014 which was their peak, IMO, before they were purchased in 2016.
by Mike Kuller
February 5th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine
Replies: 63
Views: 2652

Re: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine

Be sure to share the results. Your wine and name the others.
by Mike Kuller
February 5th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine
Replies: 63
Views: 2652

Re: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine

2016 Bedrock Old Vines.

The Bedrock Heritage is higher rated and will age better, but fruit and drinkability usually win blind tastings.
by Mike Kuller
February 5th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2620

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

My wife has been getting headaches now EVERY time she drinks - used to be just when she'd be at game night with her girlfriends drinking cheap wine, now it's the good stuff, too. That will suck for her if she can't shake it! Wine Wands www.amazon.com/PureWine-Removes-Histamines-Preservatives-Headac...
by Mike Kuller
February 5th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2620

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

We don't drink at all during the week, and not a huge amount on weekends, and we will skip weeks sometimes just because of circumstances. Going "dry" would not be a challenge, but wouldn't lead to shedding 5 pounds either! I'm with you Neal. I don't drink usually between Sunday and Thursday. I call...
by Mike Kuller
January 29th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oh, man, I swallowed but should have spit...Moet & Chandon 2008 Grand Vintage Champagne. Qu'est-ce que?
Replies: 20
Views: 1439

Re: Oh, man, I swallowed but should have spit...Moet & Chandon 2008 Grand Vintage Champagne. Qu'est-ce que?

Our local wine shop (Jackson's in Lafayette) has the staff do a blind vintage and non-vintage champagne tastings in November/December before the holidays. In the vintage tasting, yours came in 4th out of 7. Guess you had a bad bottle. www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10217404192847423&set=gm.10773058...

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