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by SteveBrown
September 17th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DuPuis Wines
Replies: 25
Views: 1565

Re: DuPuis Wines

Our 2020 Release has officially arrived. It was a true delight to shepherd these wines from the vineyard fruit to the barrel and finally to the bottles we hope you'll soon be holding in your hands. This fall release includes: 2019 Estate Pinot Noir Our small lot of estate fruit produced a wine with ...
by SteveBrown
September 8th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 162
Views: 10004

Re: Ultramarine Email

Really don't get why I'm not on the guaranteed allocation list this year, especially since the allocations seem to be bigger this time around. I've been buying since the first vintage and did get a guaranteed allocation last year [swearing.gif]
by SteveBrown
September 3rd, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 162
Views: 10004

Re: Ultramarine Email

Wow. I got the Sept 10 email. I thought I had bought enough over the years. I thought the same. Interestingly enough, last year I was on the early/guaranteed release and bought as normal...oh well. Just happy to get any at all! Same for me. I imagine that since '16 was the last year of the drought ...
by SteveBrown
July 1st, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1097

Re: I am pairing "challenged": basil pesto over pasta ?

We really like Vermentino with basil pesto.
by SteveBrown
June 8th, 2020, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cruse Tradition Sparkling Dosage Trials
Replies: 16
Views: 718

Re: Cruse Tradition Sparkling Dosage Trials

Haven’t seen an email, but there’s a sheet in the shipment box that has the webinar link and instructions.
by SteveBrown
February 10th, 2020, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 24940

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach?

Flannery and Grassl on BD for me, fraud notice from Chase on Feb 6.
by SteveBrown
February 4th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 190
Views: 22213

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Me too - psyched!!
by SteveBrown
January 29th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 99
Views: 10014

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Got a little more info on two of the new wines from the folks at Ceritas. The grapes for the Rivina Pinot come from one of the two best blocks of the Red Car Estate vineyard, which as noted above was planted with Calera selection massale bud wood from the Ceritas Occidental Vineyard. Grapes for the ...
by SteveBrown
January 27th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 99
Views: 10014

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Interesting - it sounds like the Carex, Senna and Rivina are single vineyard rather than blends. >NEWS \ 2018 VINTAGE In 2018, Ceritas signed long term leases on four new parcels all found inside the West Sonoma Coast – Carex (Chardonnay), Zephyr (Chardonnay), Senna (Pinot Noir) and finally Rivina P...
by SteveBrown
January 23rd, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 99
Views: 10014

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

There seems to be a few additions and subtractions to their yearly releases. I’d love to know more about those also. Rivina is a new Pinot from Ceritas for this February release. Maybe it’s a different name for Hacienda or Coastalina (those are not shown for release this year). The 2014 Trout Gulch...
by SteveBrown
January 8th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falanghina Fan Club
Replies: 26
Views: 1583

Re: Falanghina Fan Club

Clime Wines makes both still and sparkling (Pet-Nat) Falanghina wines with grapes sourced from the Viani Vineyard in El Dorado County. I grabbed a few bottles of each after tasting the Arnot Roberts bottling at their pickup party and only finding a single bottle left when I finally made it over to b...
by SteveBrown
January 28th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Few Wines With Dinner, Littorai, Bedrock, Frogs Leap
Replies: 10
Views: 841

Re: TN: A Few Wines With Dinner, Littorai, Bedrock, Frogs Leap

The 2018 Vin Gris is part of their current offer. I remember really liking it when I had it a few years ago, but having a little trouble convincing myself it's good enough to justify the current $34/btl (+shipping or pickup fee) pricing.
by SteveBrown
February 24th, 2017, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Vineyard Sold and Being Replanted with Weed?!?
Replies: 136
Views: 5724

California Vineyard Sold and Being Replanted with Weed?!?

interesting to see the nearly-full support of the replacement of wine grapes for weed on a wine forum! Not from me. Forget the argument about drug vs. alcohol, legality, etc., etc. For me, wine is more of a food product than a mind-altering substance. I don't drink wine to get drunk, it's actually ...
by SteveBrown
February 23rd, 2017, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Vineyard Sold and Being Replanted with Weed?!?
Replies: 136
Views: 5724

California Vineyard Sold and Being Replanted with Weed?!?

You know what could help you control those hysterical reactions? POTT (no acronym-pun intended) Alcohol IS classified in the entire country as a drug. So is cannabis. One happens to be legal in all states, one in a handful. I agree, however (as one who voted for its legalization here in CA), that a...
by SteveBrown
September 24th, 2016, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thomas 2014 Release
Replies: 141
Views: 9492

Thomas 2014 Release

If anybody in (Nor)Cali needs help in filling out an order I'd be happy to take a couple bottles [wink.gif]
by SteveBrown
August 31st, 2016, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Pairing Champagne with Black Cat, who woulda thunk?
Replies: 22
Views: 1228

TNs: Pairing Champagne with Black Cat, who woulda thunk?

Great notes on some great wines - and with food to match thanks to Frances! A special evening all around.
by SteveBrown
August 12th, 2016, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Fall release
Replies: 17
Views: 1205

Dirty & Rowdy Fall release

Rob_S wrote:Had to scale back but got a little of everything.

I need a bigger cellar.
I need a bigger bank account (and a bigger cellar).
by SteveBrown
July 13th, 2016, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch chard
Replies: 54
Views: 4277

Kutch chard

In for five of the chards. The pinots are great, too, I'm sure, but I'm trying not to buy as much this year, and I'm rather awash in good California pinot (including Kutch) already, but always needing more good chardonnay. That's where I was too until I saw the McDougall was 12.4%, had to get a cou...
by SteveBrown
July 7th, 2016, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch chard
Replies: 54
Views: 4277

Kutch chard

Chris Seiber wrote:Yes, there was a save the date email today, saying the wine will be released (along with the 2014 McDougall pinot) next Wednesday, July 13.
Thanks Chris!
by SteveBrown
July 7th, 2016, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch chard
Replies: 54
Views: 4277

Kutch chard

So did a "save the date" mail go out on this? It seems like my work email security has been blocking mails from some wineries, luckily I usually get a heads-up from this forum to check for allocations.
by SteveBrown
June 7th, 2016, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Summer Release on deck 6/7 (including Skyline Syrah)
Replies: 36
Views: 3763

Rhys Summer Release on deck 6/7 (including Skyline Syrah)

Alan C h a n wrote:I don't see Skyline Syrah in there. Is it just me?
No.
by SteveBrown
January 27th, 2016, 1:54 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Dropout Albariño
Replies: 5
Views: 918

Dropout Albariño

Good timing, I'm down to my last couple bottles of the '13!
by SteveBrown
January 26th, 2016, 8:48 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: EMH Vineyards Black Cat Cabernet - SOLD OUT! OFFER ENDED!!!
Replies: 99
Views: 10858

EMH Vineyards Black Cat Cabernet - 3 hours only!

mattcitrang wrote:not seeing Berserker day special??
BerserkerDay Deals PRE-LAUNCH (for purchase Jan 27 only)
by SteveBrown
January 16th, 2016, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 611900

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

ybarselah wrote:on employee knowledge....

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Well now I'm totally convinced - string 'em up!
by SteveBrown
January 15th, 2016, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 611900

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

ybarselah wrote: i'm saying the many sales people and other folks at PC that are mentioned here and elsewhere knew what was going on. that they don't have plausible deniability.
ybarselah wrote:whether you believe something to be true of false has no bearing on whether it is or isn't.
by SteveBrown
January 13th, 2016, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 611900

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Yes. I find it highly implausible that, especially once the lawsuits began mounting, that they had no idea they might be part of some illegal activity. Considering that as far as we know nobody has been charged with anything, it seems a bit early to speculate on who might have been involved in "ill...
by SteveBrown
January 11th, 2016, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French Colombard
Replies: 25
Views: 1549

French Colombard

Trail Marker Wines makes one from Green Valley Vineyard in Solano County: http://trail-marker-wine-co.myshopify.c ... mbard-2015
by SteveBrown
January 9th, 2016, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 611900

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

So is that the Itzhak Perlman on the list?
by SteveBrown
January 6th, 2016, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 611900

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

People must be getting charged for shipping, right?
by SteveBrown
December 30th, 2015, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 611900

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

AaronE wrote: What is the rumor on a Jadot container? I haven't seen any indication of that on this thread and haven't been told by PC that one is coming. I'm curious where that info came from and when it is supposed to arrive.
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by SteveBrown
December 30th, 2015, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 611900

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

when does it get to a point where PC is cut off on their merchant account? or does that never happen. I've touched on it as well, somewhere back upthread. This is massive speculation, but that would be my guess at the reason for the shuttering of doors and the end of the prearrival offers - there's...
by SteveBrown
December 21st, 2015, 3:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pinot Noir/Food Pairing
Replies: 16
Views: 776

Pinot Noir/Food Pairing

Duck
by SteveBrown
December 21st, 2015, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy California "Familiar" Blanc (USA, California)
Replies: 15
Views: 796

TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy California "Familiar" Blanc (USA, California)

Opened one of these the other night, and can second (or third) David's note, great juice. Was wondering if anyone else had a fair bit of sediment in their bottle?
by SteveBrown
December 17th, 2015, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2001
Replies: 22
Views: 717

TN: Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2001

Had the pleasure of tasting this wine just once - my wife and I came into Scopa just as Alan and his wife were finishing dinner, and he was kind enough to pass a bottle with ~1/4 left to us, which we finished standing up while waiting for our table. Delish. The wine we bought with dinner (IIRC an A-...
by SteveBrown
December 17th, 2015, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 611900

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Gotta give some credit to the remaining PC employees that are still there trying to do their jobs. I emailed Yeshe yesterday morning to make sure there weren't any bottles in that didn't show on my account, got a response back in the afternoon confirming nothing in (and apologizing for not being abl...
by SteveBrown
December 10th, 2015, 10:24 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: ? on VA limits and measurements
Replies: 1
Views: 1189

? on VA limits and measurements

I'm putting together a seminar on wine fermentation for my company's lunchtime science lecture series (tomorrow) and am a little confused on volatile acidity limits and measurements. The UCD page on VA says that VA includes not only acetic but also lactic (and butyric, propionic etc), and the US leg...
by SteveBrown
December 1st, 2015, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two @ Dinner Friday...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 262

TN: Two @ Dinner Friday...(short/boring)

My wife and I have a tasting scheduled with Sam on Thursday, really looking forward to it.
by SteveBrown
December 1st, 2015, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IPOB announces 2016 Schedule and NYC is not in it!
Replies: 34
Views: 1691

IPOB announces 2016 Schedule and NYC is not in it!

No SF date either.
by SteveBrown
November 23rd, 2015, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WEEK 1--WB Virtual Tasting For Charity--Pinot Noir, Benefiting Laura's House
Replies: 126
Views: 4942

WEEK 1--WB Virtual Tasting For Charity--Pinot Noir, Benefiting Laura's House

A year ago a fellow Berserker was nice enough to share his Thomas allocation with me, with the stipulation that I crack one of them relatively quickly and post a tasting note. So - better late than never? 2012 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills (11/23/2015)...
by SteveBrown
November 20th, 2015, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blow me GSO
Replies: 60
Views: 5811

Blow me GSO

Why is no one asking the most important question? What did you order from last bottle? It was 2012 Barbed Oak Zara's Vyd Pinot Noir for $24/btl. John Ratek is the winemaker. It was an easy buy. I'm on their mailing list and just got an offer this week containing the same wine @ $34. Cool score. How...
by SteveBrown
November 19th, 2015, 9:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Frankenfish
Replies: 19
Views: 590

Frankenfish

Chris Blum wrote:I'd eat it with no qualms.
+1
by SteveBrown
November 12th, 2015, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Fall Shipping Season - What do you have arriving?
Replies: 129
Views: 6792

2015 Fall Shipping Season - What do you have arriving?

Love the tracking on my D&R order - it arrived before it was processed! DAVIS, CA, US 11/12/2015 10:55 A.M. Delivered West Sacramento, CA, United States 11/12/2015 1:22 A.M. Out For Delivery 11/12/2015 12:28 A.M. Arrival Scan Santa Rosa, CA, United States 11/11/2015 10:05 P.M. Departure Scan 11/11/2...
by SteveBrown
October 14th, 2015, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyards
Replies: 7
Views: 527

TN: 2005 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyards

Steve Brickley wrote:I hope this still has some song in it. Proud owner of a magnum now.
Baller!! Those mags were not cheap, luckily the ones I would have been most interested in were gone by the time I logged on so I wasn't tempted.
by SteveBrown
September 29th, 2015, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Littorai Fall Release- Tuesday 8/11
Replies: 37
Views: 2106

Littorai Fall Release- Tuesday 8/11

Thanks, Katrina. Just picked up a trio of '06 pinots! (Not the best timing, as I finally picked up my previous Littorai order from K&L just yesterday.) I have no idea where K&L is sourcing these older Littorai's from or whether this latest batch is from the same source as the earlier one(s), but I ...
by SteveBrown
September 23rd, 2015, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Some recent wines
Replies: 10
Views: 899

TNs: Some recent wines

I'm looking forward to tasting (and perhaps someday making) a Calif Poulsard. I've heard that someone brought it in...was it Arnot Roberts? Anyone know if it was through official channels? Hopefully, I don't like sneaking cuttings into the country...we have enough problems with pests as it is. Yep,...
by SteveBrown
September 21st, 2015, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bella Vineyards Ships During Heat Wave
Replies: 22
Views: 1185

Bella Vineyards Ships During Heat Wave

Ugh - was surprised to get a FedEx Ground shipping notice for my Kelley Fox wines, gonna be pretty warm on the route down I-5 to Sacramento tomorrow...
by SteveBrown
September 21st, 2015, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch virtual offline--this week and next week
Replies: 92
Views: 3348

Kutch virtual offline--this week and next week

Since it seemed like McDougall was pretty well covered I swung by my storage on Sat and pulled a '11 Sonoma Coast, which we drank Sat and Sun. Bright red fruits on the nose with a bit of spice and a hint of something woody, couldn't tell if it was stems or oak; after sitting in the glass it picked u...
by SteveBrown
September 17th, 2015, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 611900

Why does Premier Cru take so long

Decided to try and take advantage of the short stretch of cool weather here in NorCal and arranged to have PC ship my 12 in-stock bottles yesterday for arrival today. So far no shipping notice/tracking info, and no pkg...

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