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by Mike Kuller
December 26th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The zenith of score inflation?
Replies: 64
Views: 5302

Re: The zenith of score inflation?

The top 22 wines in James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of 2020 are 100 pointers. There are more 100 pointers in the list but I didn't have the patience to go through the entire list. https://www.jamessuckling.com/wine-tasting-reports/top-100-wines-2020/ This isn’t score inflation. It’s pure fiction con...
by Mike Kuller
December 15th, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a corked wine still be used in a marinade?
Replies: 34
Views: 1824

Re: Can a corked wine still be used in a marinade?

The rule I've always gone by is, "if you don't want to drink it, you don't want to cook with it."
by Mike Kuller
December 2nd, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?
Replies: 80
Views: 3096

Re: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?

For overnight, Vac-u-Vin is ok but not as good as gas. I use this - put it in the bottle, recork and put it in the refrigerator. It will keep it tasting good for at least 4 days. www.amazon.com/Private-Preserve-Wine-Preservation-Spray/dp/B0000DCS18/ref=sr_1_5?crid=1QKWTUXQZFUWX&dchild=1&keyw...
by Mike Kuller
November 22nd, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The zenith of score inflation?
Replies: 64
Views: 5302

Re: The zenith of score inflation?

A couple of years ago I stopped at Total Wines and did their 5 cent wine tasting. There were a few under $20 wines that Suckling had given 92 points to (maybe Amici wines were being featured). I asked the wine pourer how these marginal tasting wines got such high scores from him. She informed me th...
by Mike Kuller
November 22nd, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The zenith of score inflation?
Replies: 64
Views: 5302

Re: The zenith of score inflation?

He’s internationally known, respected in some circles (not here though, bunch of haters), most likely does well financially, travels the world, drinks amazing wines. I am not internationally known, but I am known to rock the microphone. Kim kardashian is also rich and famous. doesn’t mean she has t...
by Mike Kuller
November 22nd, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The zenith of score inflation?
Replies: 64
Views: 5302

Re: The zenith of score inflation?

A couple of years ago I stopped at Total Wines and did their 5 cent wine tasting. There were a few under $20 wines that Suckling had given 92 points to (maybe Amici wines were being featured). I asked the wine pourer how these marginal tasting wines got such high scores from him. She informed me tha...
by Mike Kuller
November 13th, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine aging and group think
Replies: 141
Views: 6404

Re: Wine aging and group think

I've always found it interesting when people get their wines from their favorite mailing list and say they need to set the wines aside for a while so they lose their "baby fat". I never understood what that was supposed to mean, or why they wanted the wines to age. Many of the big Napa Ca...
by Mike Kuller
November 12th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine aging and group think
Replies: 141
Views: 6404

Re: Wine aging and group think

I have been drinking zins for over 40 years.My experiences with zin is that they taste less like zin and more like claret or cabernet as they age..... A friend of mine attended a tasting of Robert Parker's tasting group about 10-15 years ago the the wines were double blind. The consensus, including...
by Mike Kuller
November 10th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine aging and group think
Replies: 141
Views: 6404

Re: Wine aging and group think

I've been drinking zinfandel for 40 years. Other than Ridge, and possibly some Turley, Bedrocks and Carlisles, I would not age them for more than 5 years. It is a wine that's meant to be drunk young, while you wait for your cabernets and Bordeaux to age longer. "Zinfandel is about emotion, wher...
by Mike Kuller
October 29th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Champagne under $40
Replies: 102
Views: 6020

Re: Best Champagne under $40

Mark Golodetz wrote: October 26th, 2020, 7:52 am Roederer NV is not only excellent value, but we have started to drink it as a substitute white wine
Agree.

Two bottles from Costco are under $40.

Hard to beat at the price.
by Mike Kuller
September 29th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61326

Re: #GlassFire

https://twitter.com/sfchronicle/status/1310644252200771589?fbclid=IwAR3-65BEBGHC2mt6KZI0zyOCeFmpo2gv8IrXon7unhpB11vAP_H717zWI_c https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/09/28/glass-fire-embers-cross-napa-valley-towards-santa-rosa-destroy-castello-di-amorosa/?fbclid=IwAR0CYIZz7YZyOV3J20h https://www.sf...
by Mike Kuller
September 29th, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61326

Re: #GlassFire

Merrill Lindquist wrote: September 29th, 2020, 6:52 am Just now an update from an official source that my property is unburned . The glass fire has moved north eastward up in the palisades mountain range. May it stay there until it is out...this is mostly conservation land.
Great news.
by Mike Kuller
September 29th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61326

Re: #GlassFire

Merrill Lindquist wrote: September 29th, 2020, 7:27 am Thanks for your concern, everyone.
Stay safe.
by Mike Kuller
September 28th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61326

Re: #GlassFire

Meadowood

by Mike Kuller
September 14th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2209
Views: 303306

Re: Official Costco Thread

Mike Kuller wrote: September 14th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Arv R wrote: September 14th, 2020, 12:10 pm I saw those too. Crazy deep etching into that glass too.

I could not tell if that was an NFC championship thing, but it seemed like a weird thing to be selling in September, and at that price.
And from Oregon.
Sorry, wrong shelf tag.
by Mike Kuller
September 14th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2209
Views: 303306

Re: Official Costco Thread

Arv R wrote: September 14th, 2020, 12:10 pm I saw those too. Crazy deep etching into that glass too.

I could not tell if that was an NFC championship thing, but it seemed like a weird thing to be selling in September, and at that price.
And from Oregon.
by Mike Kuller
September 9th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7983
Views: 552250

Re: de Negoce offer

The price increase convinced me.

It has to be better than the others.
by Mike Kuller
September 6th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7983
Views: 552250

Re: de Negoce offer

PSA : While the rest of the crowd is discussing time zones, and various other ....uhhhh topics over the long weekend, remember October 12th is 5-6 weeks away. So, 2 cellar defenders until then (red only): 1. Costco- has Steele Cab Franc for $ 13 a bottle Lake County- Good QPR 2. Costco - has Mrs. Q...
by Mike Kuller
August 29th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding
Replies: 116
Views: 12358

Re: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding

Jim Stewart wrote: August 29th, 2020, 12:15 pm

Jeez, Tom, you make it tough to stay "on the wagon". Hartford "Old Vine" RRV at $25 post promo. . . Lord have mercy!
Which code?
by Mike Kuller
August 25th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 355
Views: 34125

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Merrill Lindquist wrote: August 25th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Mike Kuller wrote: August 25th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Merrill Lindquist wrote: August 25th, 2020, 2:57 pm Mike Kuller - just bring your wife this time. Don't want them talking about us. And I am happy to pick up the tab....
Just kidding Merrill.
I know. But would love to see you...gets lonely out these parts.
We’ll definitely plan a trip up next year when the plague is over. champagne.gif
by Mike Kuller
August 25th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 355
Views: 34125

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Merrill Lindquist wrote: August 25th, 2020, 2:57 pm Mike Kuller - just bring your wife this time. Don't want them talking about us. And I am happy to pick up the tab....
Just kidding Merrill.
by Mike Kuller
August 25th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 355
Views: 34125

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Merrill, per Cellartracker your 2011 seems to have more fans then the 2010, and your 2017 seems to have turned out great, so clearly you've mastered these "not-perfect" vintages. I do what I can. Sometimes it is difficult to have such a small site, and at other times it's great. It allows...
by Mike Kuller
August 25th, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 355
Views: 34125

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

The Walbridge fire burns above the Dry Creek Valley in Healdsburg on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/118317985_10222594734767727_7781799337048383831_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_sid=825194&_nc_ohc=50XCQedD9fwAX9W-RvY&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=e9c4cf70...
by Mike Kuller
August 17th, 2020, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR delight: 2018 Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: QPR delight: 2018 Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel

Agreed. Puts a smile on my face.

$12 at Total Wines.
by Mike Kuller
July 31st, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7983
Views: 552250

Re: de Negoce offer

MatthewT wrote: July 31st, 2020, 12:43 pm Zin is sold out, lol.
LOL! I'll buy a bottle of Pedroncelli in the fall to see what I missed.
by Mike Kuller
July 31st, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7983
Views: 552250

Re: de Negoce offer

The model hasn’t changed at all. Cameron says, “I source a high-end "bulk" wine I find compelling, complete the final blend, and negotiate a price.” What “high-end” connotes can be construed differently based on the context. He spells out pretty plainly what to expect with each release. C...
by Mike Kuller
July 31st, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7983
Views: 552250

Re: de Negoce offer

I thought de Negoce was going to be different because he was offering high end wine at a deep discount. If you guys are right and the Dry Creek zinfandel is from $17 Pedroncelli, then de Negoce is no different than Cameron Hughes old label. Except you have to buy a case. Berserkers: “I want Cameron...
by Mike Kuller
July 31st, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7983
Views: 552250

Re: de Negoce offer

As I've said he is a master salesman.
by Mike Kuller
July 31st, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7983
Views: 552250

Re: de Negoce offer

I thought de Negoce was going to be different because he was offering high end wine at a deep discount. If you guys are right and the Dry Creek zinfandel is from $17 Pedroncelli, then de Negoce is no different than Cameron Hughes old label. Except you have to buy a case. Most are not like this last...
by Mike Kuller
July 31st, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7983
Views: 552250

Re: de Negoce offer

I thought de Negoce was going to be different because he was offering high end wine at a deep discount.

If you guys are right and the Dry Creek zinfandel is from $17 Pedroncelli, then de Negoce is no different than Cameron Hughes old label.

Except you have to buy a case.
by Mike Kuller
July 30th, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7983
Views: 552250

Re: de Negoce offer

Latest today #31 - Dry Creek zinfandel at $8 a bottle.

Hard to pass up.

But after reading here, decided to let it go.
by Mike Kuller
June 23rd, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7983
Views: 552250

Re: de Negoce offer

These wines all sound incredible for the money but I don’t see that much if any has actually been tasted. I was only impressed with a couple of the maybe 20 different C Hughes wines I’ve had over the past few years. What makes you think these 2017s will be any better? It’s an entirely different mod...
by Mike Kuller
June 22nd, 2020, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7983
Views: 552250

Re: de Negoce offer

These wines all sound incredible for the money but I don’t see that much if any has actually been tasted.

I was only impressed with a couple of the maybe 20 different C Hughes wines I’ve had over the past few years.

What makes you think these 2017s will be any better?
by Mike Kuller
June 22nd, 2020, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3662

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

I have three cases of zin that Have come in during the past 2 months. All are 2018s which are supposed to the best in a decade. Rafinelli Turley Limerick Lane Ridge 2018s are just starting to come out. I started drinking Lytton Springs in the early 1980s so it has a lot of sentimental value. Another...
by Mike Kuller
June 4th, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine tasting at home - how to store unfinished bottles
Replies: 39
Views: 1814

Re: Wine tasting at home - how to store unfinished bottles

For my reds - Private Wine Preserve (argon) and put it in the fridge.

For my wife's whites - Vacu-Vin and refrig.
by Mike Kuller
May 29th, 2020, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2209
Views: 303306

Re: Official Costco Thread

I was in the Danville Costco early last Friday morning. No restricting the number or age of customers and too crowded to social distance.

Looking for good wine being discounted and found very little of interest.
by Mike Kuller
May 28th, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Limerick Lane offer
Replies: 16
Views: 1523

Re: Limerick Lane offer

Was told they sold out in 12 hours.
by Mike Kuller
May 21st, 2020, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding
Replies: 116
Views: 12358

Re: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding

Albert R wrote: May 21st, 2020, 3:30 pm View cart and then it gives you the option to enter the promo code.
Care to share the promo code?

You can message me privately.
by Mike Kuller
May 21st, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding
Replies: 116
Views: 12358

Re: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding

Love Zin but having troubles justifying the prices What Zins are you buying? I know you mentioned Limerick Lane, but those are now on the upper echelon in terms of pricing and I can no longer justify them either. Are you into any of the other producers mentioned in this thread- Bedrock, Carlisle, O...
by Mike Kuller
May 8th, 2020, 10:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2209
Views: 303306

Re: Official Costco Thread

I tried the KS champagne in January and thought it was pretty decent for $20. The producer is Manuel Janisson, and a web search at that time led me to believe that has not changed for at least the past few years. Found this just now; it mentions the new bottle, too. https://goodcheapvino.com/kirkla...
by Mike Kuller
April 23rd, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore
Replies: 61
Views: 4363

Re: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore

I have always favored Zinfandel with my absolute favorite being Opolo Vinyards - Mountain Zinfandel. My daughter gave me a bottle a few years back for my birthday . I loved it so much that I became a member of their Opolo Wine Club and had the Wine shipped to my home in Massachusetts. If anyone her...
by Mike Kuller
March 31st, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID19 wine consumption
Replies: 73
Views: 3398

Re: COVID19 wine consumption

Alcohol Sales Surged by 55 Percent Last Week Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Wine sales reportedly increased by 66 percent...

https://www.thedailybeast.com/alcohol-s ... c?ref=home
by Mike Kuller
March 25th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS offering three months free during shutdown
Replies: 7
Views: 1178

Re: WS offering three months free during shutdown

Mine wouldn't work without giving them a credit card.
by Mike Kuller
March 17th, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zin recommendations?
Replies: 60
Views: 3305

Re: Zin recommendations?

M@tt G. wrote: March 17th, 2020, 1:07 pm
The best Zin I've had from Carlisle is the Hayne. There is a bottle of 2014 Carlisle Hayne for sale at K&L.
I think my favorite zin was a 2012 Hayne from Turley a friend brought over last year.

Different styles.
by Mike Kuller
March 14th, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zin recommendations?
Replies: 60
Views: 3305

Re: Zin recommendations?

I'm a long time buyer of Wilson and Pezzi King. I also like Mauritson and Carlisle. Cheers! Wilson makes some very good ones - big, fruity and complex. If you belong to their club you, get discounts at Pezzi King, Mazocco and about 10 other wineries. Pezzi King lately has been too fruit forward for...
by Mike Kuller
March 11th, 2020, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zin recommendations?
Replies: 60
Views: 3305

Re: Zin recommendations?

Brown in Napa makes excellent zins. You can find the Napa but the vineyard designated ones are only at the winery or Napa tasting room. And there's always the Seghesios (esp.the 2016 and 2017) from Costco for under $20. Rosenblum makes a few nice ones these days that aren't fruit bombs - like the 20...
by Mike Kuller
March 11th, 2020, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zin recommendations?
Replies: 60
Views: 3305

Re: Zin recommendations?

We're big fans of Zichichi's Old Vine zin, from Dry Creek Valley. $35/bottle with futures order. Never heard of them before - I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the new reco! We happened by there - just up from Rafanelli on Old Dry Creek Rd. because they had a "Barrel Tasting" sign out...
by Mike Kuller
February 12th, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California 2017
Replies: 98
Views: 8951

Re: California 2017

A friend in the wine business who tastes a lof of CA cabernets says he hasn't found any 2017s that were better than the winery's 2016s.
by Mike Kuller
January 29th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley Spring Release
Replies: 10
Views: 1706

Re: Turley Spring Release

Turley has 2018 Mead Ranch but is sold out of Bedrock.
by Mike Kuller
January 26th, 2020, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 50
Views: 2935

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

On my 40th birthday we were in the South of France visiting my wife's brother and his wife in St. Jean cap Ferrat (he was an atrtist who lived in the area for 25 years). We had driven down from Frankfurt with another of her brothers and his wife. A couple from home also met us there and along with a...

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