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by Mike Kuller
September 29th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 529
Views: 57765

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: 529
Views: 57765

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: 529
Views: 57765

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: 529
Views: 57765

Re: #GlassFire

Meadowood

by Mike Kuller
September 14th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2079
Views: 274981

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: 2079
Views: 274981

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: 6112
Views: 354074

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: 6112
Views: 354074

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: 102
Views: 9781

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: 350
Views: 31642

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: 350
Views: 31642

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: 350
Views: 31642

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 me to dot...
by Mike Kuller
August 25th, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 350
Views: 31642

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=e9c4cf7029f20c3102b56e12...
by Mike Kuller
August 17th, 2020, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR delight: 2018 Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel
Replies: 4
Views: 487

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: 6112
Views: 354074

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: 6112
Views: 354074

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. Caveat empt...
by Mike Kuller
July 31st, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 6112
Views: 354074

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: 6112
Views: 354074

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: 6112
Views: 354074

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: 6112
Views: 354074

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: 6112
Views: 354074

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: 6112
Views: 354074

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: 6112
Views: 354074

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: 3461

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: 1777

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: 2079
Views: 274981

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: 1502

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: 102
Views: 9781

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: 102
Views: 9781

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: 2079
Views: 274981

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: 4336

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: 3372

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: 1175

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: 3242

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: 3242

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: 3242

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: 3242

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, probably...
by Mike Kuller
February 12th, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California 2017
Replies: 98
Views: 8824

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: 1691

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: 2862

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...
by Mike Kuller
January 25th, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley Spring Release
Replies: 10
Views: 1691

Re: Turley Spring Release

The Turley is piling up for me. Was going to skip this one but went in for some of the bigger ones: Pesenti, Estate, Dusi and wish-listed Bedrock. Similar here - Pesenti, Dusi, Estate and Bedrock, but with some Juvenile @ $20 since 2018 is supposed to be such a banner year. If you are close, the pi...
by Mike Kuller
January 15th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 44
Views: 3193

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

rsmithjr wrote:
January 15th, 2020, 9:15 am
Millenials are drinking White Claw etc.....
Malt liquor.

I tried it in high school but stayed with beer.
by Mike Kuller
January 14th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 44
Views: 3193

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

So if wine sales are falling, and there is a glut of wine in the 2018 and 2019 vintages, won't wine prices come down? Not a chance. May be some better juice in the cheaper stuff I guess. 2018 vintage bulk fruit and already made wine from some great California AVA's and vineyards are making their wa...
by Mike Kuller
January 13th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 44
Views: 3193

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

So if wine sales are falling, and there is a glut of wine in the 2018 and 2019 vintages, won't wine prices come down?

Not a chance.

May be some better juice in the cheaper stuff I guess.
by Mike Kuller
January 13th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 44
Views: 3193

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

Gordon Fitz wrote:
January 13th, 2020, 11:36 am
Bourbon sales on the other hand!!!

Bourbon that a few years ago that were common shelf items are now on allocation! That bottle of small batch or single barrel goes a lot further for most folks than a similar price wine, plus it’s currently far more in vogue!
Plus craft cocktails.
by Mike Kuller
January 13th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 44
Views: 3193

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

I very rarely order wine off a menu. The prices are too expensive. Cheaper to get a beer or cocktail most of the time. +1, ever since my taste evolved beyond 2nd cheapest wine on the list its corkage or beer for me. Agreed. Too expensive. Always take a bottle. But that counts as consumption, too.
by Mike Kuller
January 13th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 44
Views: 3193

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

Anton D wrote:
January 13th, 2020, 9:36 am
How's marijuana use trending?

Could it be whittling away some people who would otherwise head toward wine?
Nah, they enhance each other.
by Mike Kuller
January 13th, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 44
Views: 3193

Who isn't drinking their share?

America Drank Less Wine for First Time in 25 Years Millennials opted for other beverages and baby boomers pulled back The volume of wine consumed in the U.S. declined 0.9% in 2019, the first time it has fallen since 1994, according to industry tracker IWSR. The trend was ascribed to a generational ...
by Mike Kuller
December 16th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1286

Re: The Wand Wine Filter

Back in 1986, asthma was the fashionable health problem, much like gluten allergies are today, and the FDA identified sulfites as an allergen. Apologies for the off-topic post, but a gluten allergy is not a "fashionable health problem" but the real deal for many folks. In addition, those that suffe...
by Mike Kuller
December 16th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1286

Re: The Wand Wine Filter

Not sure if this will help, but it might be worth a try. My wife also has allergies and is on medication for it. Wine drinking does not give her a headache, but causes a flare up in other allergy symptoms like sneezing, itchy nose, etc. If she knows we are having wine, her preventative is to take o...

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