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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: 808

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: 5547

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: 5547

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: 9306

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: 1186

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: 1193

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: 4199

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: 4199

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: 4199

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: 3704

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: 737

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: 9482

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: 7025
Views: 594720

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: 7025
Views: 594720

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: 7025
Views: 594720

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: 21
Views: 1082

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: 7025
Views: 594720

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: 7025
Views: 594720

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: 7025
Views: 594720

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: 7025
Views: 594720

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: 757

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: 781

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: 711

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: 7025
Views: 594720

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: 1147

? 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: 259

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: 1674

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: 4743

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: 5731

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: 562

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: 6587

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: 519

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: 2101

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: 895

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: 1161

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: 3302

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: 7025
Views: 594720

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...
by SteveBrown
September 17th, 2015, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch virtual offline--this week and next week
Replies: 92
Views: 3302

Kutch virtual offline--this week and next week

Chris Seiber wrote:The 12 Falstaff was a FMIIIWOTY, so of course I'm holding those to flip, or to put into the wine cabinet display window to show off to houseguests, next to the few first growths I have.
[welldone.gif]
by SteveBrown
September 16th, 2015, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch virtual offline--this week and next week
Replies: 92
Views: 3302

Kutch virtual offline--this week and next week

Have a '10 McD at home that I've been eyeing for a while, will try and pop the cork this weekend.
by SteveBrown
September 15th, 2015, 8:56 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wineries using enzymes in the Napa/Santa Rosa area?
Replies: 2
Views: 1062

Wineries using enzymes in the Napa/Santa Rosa area?

[popcorn.gif] Seriously expecting any replies to be via PM only due to the stigma of manipulation. FWIW, I use Lallzyme EX in my garage in part because I favor a quick, clean, controlled ferment and generally don't do cold soaks, extended maceration, or get high enough temps in my 32 gallon ferment...
by SteveBrown
September 14th, 2015, 11:16 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wineries using enzymes in the Napa/Santa Rosa area?
Replies: 2
Views: 1062

Wineries using enzymes in the Napa/Santa Rosa area?

My company (Novozymes) produces enzymes for use in winemaking. We have a dept event in Santa Rosa later this month and thought it might be interesting to visit a winery that uses enzymes - preferably ours, altho we probably can't afford to be that picky. We've been working through our sales people t...
by SteveBrown
August 28th, 2015, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 105...no prob shipping wine!!
Replies: 15
Views: 1114

105...no prob shipping wine!!

Is GSO a new shipping option from Envoyer? Everything they've shipped to me has been FedEx Ground which takes two days, would much rather use GSO.
by SteveBrown
August 28th, 2015, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flowers
Replies: 39
Views: 3344

Flowers

I have around 4 cases of Flowers, mostly SVDs from the 2010 and 2011 vintage. Made several trips to their estate for pickup events (a really pretty spot) and also hit several winemaker dinners. Jason Jardine started a really interesting block designate program while he was there - I think it's the C...
by SteveBrown
August 7th, 2015, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas: Incoming, Now Live
Replies: 39
Views: 3063

Ceritas: Incoming

Steve Brickley wrote:My notes say Marena is a Porter Bass and Heintz blend.
Also young vines IIRC.
by SteveBrown
August 4th, 2015, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas 2012 Porter Bass Chardonnay
Replies: 47
Views: 3187

Ceritas 2012 Porter Bass Chardonnay

Scott Silton wrote:Ceritas was pouring the 2013 Porter Bass Chardonnay along with the other wines about to offered at West of West this past weekend. Such purity and clarity, one of my WOTD. Awesome stuff.
And there goes my resolve to cut back to 3 bottles this release...
by SteveBrown
August 2nd, 2015, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas 2012 Porter Bass Chardonnay
Replies: 47
Views: 3187

Ceritas 2012 Porter Bass Chardonnay

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:I think we can all agree the most acidic Ceritas Chard is the Heintz.
Not so fast there big fella. Granted based on limited sampling, but I might be inclined to put Pinnacle at the peak of the Ceritas acid range, with Heintz 2nd.
by SteveBrown
July 16th, 2015, 5:36 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Biking Bourgogne - trip report (long)
Replies: 6
Views: 693

Biking Bourgogne - trip report (long)

bradkaplan wrote:Thanks, Kirby. (for the rest of you - here's the sunflower field - this is near Corgoloin, northeast of Beaune)

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Great shot, and nice write-up.
by SteveBrown
June 5th, 2015, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 sub 20 Willamette Pinots 2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1285

2 sub 20 Willamette Pinots 2013

rfelthoven wrote:Try the McKinlay WV Pinot. The 2013 is quite nice and available for around $20, if there's any left.

Was the PGC you tried their "Reserve"?

As for Matello, ripping acidity can get addictive. Be careful or you'll get hooked.
Love the 2013 McKinlay WV, especially for the price.

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