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by larry schaffer
January 19th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please tell me about Fait Main wines
Replies: 21
Views: 1179

Re: Please tell me about Fait Main wines

In a warm welcome to all new Berserker signups you are wondering what they got themselves into. Time to move on, folks.
by larry schaffer
January 19th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SVB 2019 Wine Biz Report
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: SVB 2019 Wine Biz Report

I've read some of it and I believe he's spot-on. The wine industry, especially for small wineries, it's getting more and more challenging. Lots of alternative beverages out there, we are not doing our best to attract new customers. We just need to collectively work harder to have potential customers...
by larry schaffer
January 19th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends
Replies: 30
Views: 1136

Re: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends

QPR is a funny thing to discuss on a board where folks clamor over $200 syrahs and $100 mourvedres . . . [stirthepothal.gif] [soap.gif] [swearing.gif] deadhorse
by larry schaffer
January 19th, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Calif Dessert Rieslings...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: TN: Three Calif Dessert Rieslings...(short/boring)

So sorry for your loss, my friend. Thanks for the notes and the back story of them. Cherish life and those who make yours more fruitful . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
January 19th, 2019, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perhaps my greatest "Pobega Exeprience" of all time...William and Mary!
Replies: 32
Views: 1033

Re: Perhaps my greatest "Pobega Exeprience" of all time...William and Mary!

Looking forward to trying these once again at Falltacular in a couple of weeks - that is, unless some folks take extra large pours as they did last year (grrrrrrrrrr). I think Will will be there - looking forward to reconnecting. One of my questions about these wines - how are they on day 2 or 3? Is...
by larry schaffer
January 19th, 2019, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends
Replies: 30
Views: 1136

Re: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends

Very interesting and impressive list of wines, my friend. And no surprise about your favorite Wines in each flight. It is a little challenging having wines with such different bottle ages on them together, no? And bummed that I wasn't able to sneak any of my wines in there :-) Cheers One of the rea...
by larry schaffer
January 19th, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends
Replies: 30
Views: 1136

Re: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends

BTW the best local Syrah I've come across IMHO other than just about every one Jaffurs has made, especially with Thompson fruit, comes from ABC. Jim blended varying amounts of Viognier into them and they are absolutely fabulous and long living. Huh, I hold Jim Clendenen’s wines in high regard, but ...
by larry schaffer
January 19th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends
Replies: 30
Views: 1136

Re: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends

That's a great lineup. You may like the Beckmen Purisima Vineyard Mountain Grenache (or PMV Grenache). It's consistent every vintage I've had it in over a decade. The blend is usually over 90% grenache and completed with syrah which seems to richen it up. One of my favorites from Beckmen every year...
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends
Replies: 30
Views: 1136

Re: Blind tasting of 15 Syrahs and 5 Rhone red blends

Very interesting and impressive list of wines, my friend. And no surprise about your favorite Wines in each flight. It is a little challenging having wines with such different bottle ages on them together, no? And bummed that I wasn't able to sneak any of my wines in there :-) Ryan pretty much summe...
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 391
Views: 28671

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

robert creth wrote:
January 8th, 2019, 10:20 am
Any alternative to the ocean of Pinot coming is great!
Hmmmmmmm champagne.gif grouphug
by larry schaffer
January 17th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?
Replies: 36
Views: 990

Re: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?

Michael,

Why do you say 'great from time to time'? And we will never know how SO2 would affect the wines - y po uyr assumption may or may not be accurate.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
January 17th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?
Replies: 36
Views: 990

Re: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?

One of the questions that needs to be asked is what happens if a consumer ends up with an altered wine due to temperatures getting above 57 degrees? Can they legally return them?
by larry schaffer
January 17th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?
Replies: 36
Views: 990

Interesting sticker - your thoughts?

A really interesting sticker here on this case. And one that perhaps others should be putting on their wines as well, especially those 'natural' winemakers whose wines are similar in nature to this one, and likely to 'have issues' with elevated temperatures. I wonder if each bottle is marked such a ...
by larry schaffer
January 14th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar
Replies: 23
Views: 896

Re: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar

We ordered a 96 Roagna Crichet Paje at a nice restaurant here in town last weekend. Upon open and initial pour, the band-aid was incredibly strong and only got worse with a few minutes in the glass. The somm took a glass and agreed the wine was not correct. The wine was taken back and we had the st...
by larry schaffer
January 14th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponsot & the synthetic closure. Where are they now?
Replies: 18
Views: 1317

Re: Ponsot & the synthetic closure. Where are they now?

I think that the interesting thing is that we will never know how this closure performs against wines bottled under different closures. Therefore, no matter how a wine smells or tastes, there will always be a 'cloud' over the bottle, and folks will wonder 'what if'. I know the feeling. . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 14th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar
Replies: 23
Views: 896

Re: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar

I think it's important to discuss here what a 'flaw' is in a wine? I know that sounds simple to explain, but is it? We all have different thresholds for picking up most things, including TCA, brett, VA, and a few other 'questionable' things. TCA is relatively straightforward, and a restaurant should...
by larry schaffer
January 12th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Glyphosate in California wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1274

Re: Glyphosate in California wines

Yeah Yeah Yeah . . . We see an article like this every few months now. Much ado about nothing me thinks - though really really large vineyards probably do add a good dose of Roundup to control the vines. I will say that more folks seem to be having 'health issues' with wines, and these seem to be 'l...
by larry schaffer
January 12th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread (as featured in Forbes!) - FAQ/Info/Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 5039

Re: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread - FAQ/Info/Discussion

Really looking forward to taking part once again! Todd, how many more PR pieces do you expect to see out there? And where will the 'sponsor' pieces show up? Facebook? Here?

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 12th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Revue du Vin de France on Ripeness in White Wine
Replies: 43
Views: 1497

Re: Revue du Vin de France on Ripeness in White Wine

William,

Can you educate us on dry extract in white wines - or is this referring to their red wines? My understanding would the that 'dry extract' is phenolics/tannnins but this may not the case. Thanks in advance for the clarification - and for the input here.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
January 10th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay in Forbes magazine (and elsewhere!)
Replies: 74
Views: 2534

Re: BerserkerDay in Forbes magazine

It'll be interesting to track new member signing up starting today from this piece . . . congrats!
by larry schaffer
January 9th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are these the top "wine influencers"?
Replies: 41
Views: 1745

Re: Are these the top "wine influencers"?

Interesting debate here . . .

One thing to remember about 'influencer' and 'wine' - one of the biggest challenges in the wine biz is to become and then remain 'relevant' - and social media certainly stands a chance of affecting that.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
January 9th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Outpost - who's buying?
Replies: 35
Views: 2490

Re: Outpost - who's buying?

Are folks doing the same with Schrader? Siduri?

Cheers . . .
by larry schaffer
January 9th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley: The 52 California Wineries to Visit in 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1292

Re: Esther Mobley: The 52 California Wineries to Visit in 2019

It's nice to be included. It was also nice to have our wines referred to as 'among the most exciting wines in California right now'. It's been a good month for us in the Chronicle. There are several locally I would have liked to have noticed as well, but with only 52 chosen, several are going to be...
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are these the top "wine influencers"?
Replies: 41
Views: 1745

Re: Are these the top "wine influencers"?

This is a list compiled based on Twitter followers, Facebook followers, and probably other 'metrics' that define 'influence' . . .

That said, as others have said, these are not 'influencers' most have heard of or probably ever will.

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Revue du Vin de France on Ripeness in White Wine
Replies: 43
Views: 1497

Re: Revue du Vin de France on Ripeness in White Wine

And I gotta say that I'm really surprised this is not getting more commentary here on this board - especially with how many folks dig French white wines in general . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread (as featured in Forbes!) - FAQ/Info/Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 5039

Re: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread - FAQ/Info/Discussion

Anyone hitting up Envoyer? I'm sure they'd be willing to take part - based on how much $$$$ those on the board give to them, no? Cheers Done. I'm looking out my office window into the Envoyer parking lot. Seriously. [cheers.gif] I'll walk in there tomorrow and have a little talk. And while you're t...
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread (as featured in Forbes!) - FAQ/Info/Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 5039

Re: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread - FAQ/Info/Discussion

Anyone hitting up Envoyer? I'm sure they'd be willing to take part - based on how much $$$$ those on the board give to them, no?

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer
Replies: 56
Views: 5575

Re: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer

Will some of these be at Falltacular? It'd be fun to try them then if possible . . . and take my 1 oz pour of each [snort.gif] [soap.gif] grouphug

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Revue du Vin de France on Ripeness in White Wine
Replies: 43
Views: 1497

Re: Revue du Vin de France on Ripeness in White Wine

Thank you for the feedback, and the 'messaging' seems to be the same that is going on here via a vis new oak - producers saying that they are 'cutting back' which implies that it is much lower, but that is not necessarily the case. Pendulums certainly swing everywhere, but it will be interesting to ...
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Revue du Vin de France on Ripeness in White Wine
Replies: 43
Views: 1497

Re: Revue du Vin de France on Ripeness in White Wine

A really interesting article indeed. It's a challenge for me to understand what is happening as a whole in France since I do not live there or go there often enough - are you seeing this play out with 'mainstream' white wines over there in general? Or are we just talking the top wines?

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley: The 52 California Wineries to Visit in 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1292

Re: Esther Mobley: The 52 California Wineries to Visit in 2019

Here's my point: The title should have read 52 Wineries To Visit Within an Easy Drive of SF The Chronicle is a paper that is read on a much wider basis than those just in the Bay Area as is evidenced by Esther's popularity on this board and others. Just my $.02 . . . If the LA Times were to right so...
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 26
Views: 1146

Re: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Jeff Leve wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Just my opinion but I think this is the best vintage of Besucastel ever produced.
What is it that makes you believe this? Strong statement and the wine is still so young.

Thanks.
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!
Replies: 32
Views: 1674

Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!

More research is coming out that shows that if the current weather changes experienced over the last few decades continues, it'll be too warm for Bordeaux varieties in many parts of Napa. There will, of course, be plenty of exceptions, but in general, it may become 'more challenging' for many of the...
by larry schaffer
January 7th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley: The 52 California Wineries to Visit in 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1292

Re: Esther Mobley: The 52 California Wineries to Visit in 2019

And no wineries south of SLO - I guess we don't count down here . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 7th, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 391
Views: 28671

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Drew Goin wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 4:17 am
IS Berserker Day on January 28th??

newhere
It's always on the 27th, my friend - the same day as one of my kid's birthdays flirtysmile

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
January 6th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ryan Cochrane has passed away
Replies: 6
Views: 852

Re: Ryan Cochrane has passed away

I used to pour next to Ryan often at garagiste events and he was always funny, generous, and upbeat. It's really sad to hear that he's passed on.

F*CK CANCER

RIP . . .
by larry schaffer
January 6th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3285

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

Let's say that you're on the SQN mailing list and you get your offer - and you say that you only want to get the syrah, because it got 100, but not the Grenache, because it only got 97. Do you think that Manfred would be cool with that, or do you need to take a 'package'? And then let's say you are...
by larry schaffer
January 6th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3285

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

Let's turn this around a bit. Let's say that you're on the SQN mailing list and you get your offer - and you say that you only want to get the syrah, because it got 100, but not the Grenache, because it only got 97. Do you think that Manfred would be cool with that, or do you need to take a 'package...
by larry schaffer
January 6th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3285

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

Do people then have a problem with retailers putting together cases of wine from one producer reflecting what he, the retailer, has to buy in order to get a few cherries? Mix might include if we take Burgundy, Bourgogne, village wines, premier crus and a couple of cherry Grand Crus. And the same co...
by larry schaffer
January 6th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2003
Views: 119425

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Seeing that it's Morgan's birthday today, I think there'll be a whole bunch of them opened in his honor!

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
January 6th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 391
Views: 28671

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Well heck, I'll guess I'll make my 2016 Carignane part of my release then - since there seems to be more 'love' for the variety [snort.gif] flirtysmile champagne.gif

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
January 6th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3285

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

I think it's important to put yourself on the 'other side' here - as a producer, it's always nice when your customers support your endeavors wholly. This is not to say that it should be done 'blindly' - there has to be a reason for them to do so. Personal preferences may mean that some will not want...
by larry schaffer
January 5th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Meiomi PinotNoir '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 30
Views: 1892

Re: TN: Meiomi PinotNoir '17...(short/boring)

CJ Beazley wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 7:49 am
Target (of all places) had this yesterday for $15.99, I knew it was cheap, but not that cheap.
And I'm sure they'll sell a boatload of it.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
January 5th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Meiomi PinotNoir '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 30
Views: 1892

Re: TN: Meiomi PinotNoir '17...(short/boring)

In Ontario the LCBO lab tests everything. The most recent lab test they ran on this wine (vintage not explicitly named) revealed 14.5% ABV and 9 g/l sugar. So it's clearly picked ripe. Here is enough to be classified as "Dry", but I believe anything over 5 g/l can't be called dry in europe. Remembe...
by larry schaffer
January 4th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in winter
Replies: 11
Views: 667

Re: Rose in winter

I certainly drink roses year round, especially Mourvedre-based roses. Yes, yes, I happen to make one - but to me, this variety just tends to make a very food friendly rose that is a perfect accompaniment to food all year round.

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
January 3rd, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?
Replies: 42
Views: 1130

Re: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?

Been there, done that.

You ever hear of crush Pad?
by larry schaffer
January 3rd, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Meiomi PinotNoir '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 30
Views: 1892

Re: TN: Meiomi PinotNoir '17...(short/boring)

The bottom line - most folks want to 'drink' pinot but don't really want the earthy, acid driven pinots that so many on this board prefer. So many on this board comment that folks love KBs and Seasmokes when shared because, guess what, they tend to be fruit forward. It is no surprise that so many li...
by larry schaffer
January 3rd, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread (as featured in Forbes!) - FAQ/Info/Discussion
Replies: 59
Views: 5039

Re: Berserker Day X

Todd,

Curious if you can provide some stats for us:

1) How many new folks have joined on the site since Jan 1, 2018?
2) How many more 'active members' do we have in that time - folks who post X times per year?

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
January 2nd, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Producer
Replies: 104
Views: 4231

Re: Favorite Producer

Such an interesting list of wines - and definitely not what the 'average' drinker would say, right?

I'd be curious to ask the same question of 'average' drinkers and may do this on social media to 'compare and contrast'.

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
December 31st, 2018, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!
Replies: 57
Views: 2423

Re: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!

I love the fact that he covered these wines - and I think he will gain greater 'respect' from the general NYT readership. This is not about 'you or I' - this is about the 'other' 99% of the wine drinking community that really does enjoy these wines, and no, I do not think it's because they do not ha...

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