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by larry schaffer
November 18th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Qupé Viognier
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: TN: 2013 Qupé Viognier

Question - was this bottled under cork or screw cap?

Cheers
by larry schaffer
November 18th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily Release: No. 7 + 2018 Mourvèdre
Replies: 26
Views: 1275

Re: Andremily Release: No. 7 + 2018 Mourvèdre

Not on the list - what are release prices on these wines? And any notes about sourcing? I know he's worked with White Hawk, Larner and Bien Nacido in the past . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
November 18th, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Justin Winery
Replies: 19
Views: 1653

Re: Justin Winery

Justin, IMHO, continues to make wines that appeal to many different palettes. If your preference is old world Bordeaux, they probably won't appeal to you specifically. Have the wines 'changed' over the years? Most likely - as we've had such disparate vintages over the past 7 or 8 years and their sou...
by larry schaffer
November 15th, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7377
Views: 457213

Re: de Negoce offer

Curious as to when Cam acquired these lots - and how much $$$ he had to put out front in order to get them. With the bulk market either nearly dried up OR much higher priced than it was a few months ago, his timing was incredible IMHO.

Now back to your regularly scheduled discussions . . .

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
November 12th, 2020, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why the Santa Barbara Vintners' Wine BID Imploded
Replies: 8
Views: 1075

Re: Why the Santa Barbara Vintners' Wine BID Imploded

Here comes Larry in 5....4.....3.......2.....1..... Choosing to spend my time: 1) Finishing up Harvest 2) Working my tasting room 3) Putting together lots of mini bottles for upcoming live zooms 4) Concentrating on staying positive about Santa Barbara County and all that we have to offer wine-wise,...
by larry schaffer
November 11th, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton Named Winemaker of the Year
Replies: 4
Views: 425

Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton Named Winemaker of the Year

First time for someone from Santa Barbara County - and certainly not the last . . .

https://wineindustryadvisor.com/2020/11 ... r%20Awards.
by larry schaffer
November 10th, 2020, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 656
Views: 35395

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

For those who received the 2018 Central Coast, can anyone let me known if Bob's signature or name is on the back?

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
November 8th, 2020, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah
Replies: 20
Views: 846

Re: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah

Honest question - have any of you ever had a SQN red that was 'over the hill' other than perhaps a pinot? Cheers. . . I had the 2003 Papa in February this year and it was overall good plus, but after 5 hours open I started to get some alcoholic heat coming through gaps in the structure. I suppose I...
by larry schaffer
November 8th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah
Replies: 20
Views: 846

Re: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah

Not sure 'overt alcohol' is the same as 'showing age'. Anyone else want to chime in? sure! SQN tends to be pretty high abv, so it's pretty easy to imagine a scenario where the fruit starts to fade, and as it was sort of holding everything up, you tend to taste the alcohol as the fruit begins to fad...
by larry schaffer
November 8th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah
Replies: 20
Views: 846

Re: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah

Not sure 'overt alcohol' is the same as 'showing age'. Anyone else want to chime in?
by larry schaffer
November 8th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah
Replies: 20
Views: 846

Re: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah

Honest question - have any of you ever had a SQN red that was 'over the hill' other than perhaps a pinot?

Cheers. . .
by larry schaffer
November 8th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7377
Views: 457213

Re: de Negoce offer

Matt,

That last response was not aimed at you. I made my statement. We are good.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
November 8th, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7377
Views: 457213

Re: de Negoce offer

I’m pretty sure the people accusing a business of being a ponzi scheme with no evidence are the ones that need to ‘take a step back for a bit.’ As I said, no, it is not a 'Ponzi scheme' and folks should not call it that. But there is tremendous frustration on the part of many on this thread, and it...
by larry schaffer
November 8th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7377
Views: 457213

Re: de Negoce offer

Matt, I think it might be best to take a step back for a bit and not jump on folks so quickly. Yep, this is not 'identical' to PC, but there are many on this board that were burned badly financially, and many others who continued to defend PC all the way until the end. I do not believe this is a Po...
by larry schaffer
November 8th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Confession. Not allowing time to open.
Replies: 45
Views: 2601

Re: My Confession. Not allowing time to open.

I do find this a challenge in general. I oftentimes will try a wine after opening and 'judge' it pretty quickly, only to find that the wine transforms over time. It's what makes large tastings with multiple bottles really challenging - like Falltacular, for instance. And I'm faced with this every da...
by larry schaffer
November 7th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7377
Views: 457213

Re: de Negoce offer

Matt, I think it might be best to take a step back for a bit and not jump on folks so quickly. Yep, this is not 'identical' to PC, but there are many on this board that were burned badly financially, and many others who continued to defend PC all the way until the end. I do not believe this is a Pon...
by larry schaffer
November 5th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Offer
Replies: 190
Views: 16668

Re: 2018 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Offer

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Len Stevens wrote:
November 5th, 2020, 9:36 am
My 7 bottles arrived today! 2 Napa, 2 Panek, 2 Lore, and 1 HL.
What type of shipper did they use? An 8 bottle or full case?

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
November 5th, 2020, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it too early to bring up BerserkerDay 2021?
Replies: 46
Views: 2958

Re: Is it too early to bring up Berserker Day 2021?

Excited to have more 'futures' offerings this year . . . 😁
by larry schaffer
November 5th, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 656
Views: 35395

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

Al Osterheld wrote:
November 5th, 2020, 8:58 am
It's unlikely Bob Lindquist bottled the 14% non Estate Bottled and it was later acquired by WVE. First, why would he have removed Estate Bottled? Second, there would not be any reason to change the 13.5% to 14%.

-Al
I will ask Bob . . .
by larry schaffer
November 5th, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 656
Views: 35395

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

[snort.gif] Regardless, the 14 and 14.5 are different wines. Tried them side by side, 'tis true. 1. Original. Labeled as Estate Bottled. 13.5% ABV. Bottled by Bob Lindquist. "Best 15 barrels". Went to retail. Pictured in offer, but no confirmed deliveries. 2. Second Run. Not labeled Estate Bottled....
by larry schaffer
November 4th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help an Ignorant Fellow - Wines from Portugal?
Replies: 12
Views: 632

Re: Help an Ignorant Fellow - Wines from Portugal?

You know who would be a great guy to reach out to is Mark Squires - seriously. The man knows Portugal and has been covering the country for a very long time.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
November 4th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...
Replies: 64
Views: 2467

Re: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...

Helpful to who? For what purpose?

Too open ended for me.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
November 3rd, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID

And for the last time, if you have questions of the Vintner's Association, please ask them directly instead of posting stuff on here - geez . . .
by larry schaffer
November 3rd, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID

Stephen, Spin this any way that you want - still waiting to see if you will offer up your vineyard to hold the Vintner's Foundation event; still waiting to hear ANY ideas on revenue raising; still waiting to hear alternative plans of ANY kind. And Explore Lompoc was very much in favor of the BID - p...
by larry schaffer
November 3rd, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID

What SBC needs is support from its wineries - but there are many that don't want to 'support' for various reasons, some of which are based on long standing trepidation. Yep, one can't 'force' anyone to be part of a member driven organization - but most other wine regions seem to accomplish this tas...
by larry schaffer
November 3rd, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID

What SBC needs is support from its wineries - but there are many that don't want to 'support' for various reasons, some of which are based on long standing trepidation. Yep, one can't 'force' anyone to be part of a member driven organization - but most other wine regions seem to accomplish this task...
by larry schaffer
November 2nd, 2020, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID

None would flow to them at all - they are paid as advisors to set this up.
by larry schaffer
November 2nd, 2020, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved
Replies: 211
Views: 9260

Re: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved

As I said upstream, most wine consumers, including plenty of very knowledgable ones, do not understand what a 'corked' wine means. They simply have heard the term and it's become a 'catch all' for all kinds of things. In fact, when I ask folks at my tasting room if they know what a 'corked' wine mea...
by larry schaffer
November 2nd, 2020, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Side By Side Paix Sur Terre Whites
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: TN: Side By Side Paix Sur Terre Whites

Very cool notes, my friend. I've corresponded with Ryan about Clairette Blanch as I'm doing my first one this year and can't wait to share mine with Ryan when it's bottled in the Spring.

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
November 2nd, 2020, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID

It's certainly logistically possible for member wineries to send 1% (or whatever) of sales as dues to the Association. I don't think it's logistically possible for them get the county and cities to enact at BID levy based on whether or not they are in the association. -Al O.K. Fair enough. Larry, a...
by larry schaffer
November 2nd, 2020, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID

Let me set the record straight on a couple of things - Mr. Pepe seems to want to 'deflect' rather than deal with realities here: The Wine Bid was vetted by every local and regional trade association, including Visit Santa Barbara, Visit Santa Ynez Valley and plenty others. All were supportive of it ...
by larry schaffer
November 2nd, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved
Replies: 211
Views: 9260

Re: Don't waste your money on K&L wine at Redwood City

I am surprised that the cork was soaked nearly halfway up when it’s probably only been in the bottle for 6 or 7 years at this point. But yeah, the key question here is what do you mean that the wine was “corked?” I thought heat damage seeing that cork. Which would explain the loss of fruit/boring t...
by larry schaffer
October 31st, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID

Stephen, Which Saturday charity auction are you talking about? Not sure what you mean here - please clarify. Also, the Vintner's Foundation, a separate entity itself, did raise funds that directly benefitted Community Health Centers, an important health care giver in our area. As far as where the ev...
by larry schaffer
October 31st, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 656
Views: 35395

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

Thank you for letting us know. We sincerely apologize for this mixup. It looks like we oversold the original wine listed on Groupon's site, and the 2018 was erroneously subbed in for orders that were shorted. It was not an error on Groupon's part, but an error on the part of one of our team members...
by larry schaffer
October 31st, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it too early to bring up BerserkerDay 2021?
Replies: 46
Views: 2958

Re: Is it too early to bring up Berserker Day 2021?

What will also be interesting are the expectations of those on the board who have been bombarded with '$180 for $18' deals recently. Many small producers like me simply don't offer those deals but we do make heartfelt wines for reasonable prices. I guess we'll see what happens . . . Those are diffe...
by larry schaffer
October 31st, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it too early to bring up BerserkerDay 2021?
Replies: 46
Views: 2958

Re: Is it too early to bring up Berserker Day 2021?

What will also be interesting are the expectations of those on the board who have been bombarded with '$180 for $18' deals recently. Many small producers like me simply don't offer those deals but we do make heartfelt wines for reasonable prices. I guess we'll see what happens . . .
by larry schaffer
October 30th, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it too early to bring up BerserkerDay 2021?
Replies: 46
Views: 2958

Re: Is it too early to bring up Berserker Day 2021?

It always falls on January 27th . . .
by larry schaffer
October 30th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID

Is there anything wrong with trying a couple (or few) things to see what works best? Brian, What Stephen fails to mention are the other things that have been tried. What he also fails to mention is that the majority of folks that are part of this splinter group will most likely never join any Assoc...
by larry schaffer
October 30th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID

Hi again. Since the Vintners' has 75 or so members and the "Splinter Group" has 80+ members-who is the splinter group? The Vintners' Board has spent two years and tens of thousands of dollars on four failed Wine BID Proposals. Is the Vintners' Board willing to listen to other ideas? We will have to...
by larry schaffer
October 29th, 2020, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID

Hi Larry. Nice to hear from you. I just learned this morning that the SB Vintners are dropping their Wine BID proposal. I and others are waiting to hear from the Vintners their plans for moving forward. We are all looking forward to working together to come up with a structure for making the Vintne...
by larry schaffer
October 29th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID

Here is a link to a story about this from Matt Kettman at the SB Independent (who also happens to be the winer reviewer for our area for the Wine Enthusiast Magazine): https://www.independent.com/2020/10/29/santa-barbara-countys-wine-bid-abandoned/?fbclid=IwAR0_6BqZIgm5ZtbokRyguOlUd_8r8oyogwxtGQaaEm...
by larry schaffer
October 29th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 656
Views: 35395

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

Received the case, and it is not the same wine. I received 2018 Syrah Central Coast, obviously not the wine depicted on the site. Disappointing. That would be disappointing . . . One other thing to note - I don't believe that 2018 was made by Bob but instead whomever Vintage put in place after the ...
by larry schaffer
October 28th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7377
Views: 457213

Re: de Negoce offer

Scott Jameson wrote:
October 28th, 2020, 9:40 am
Curtis Chen wrote:
October 28th, 2020, 9:23 am
It suddenly got much hotter in CA-- looking at mid 80s to low 90s. He might be holding back shipments, who knows.
The wines are filtered so shipping in those temps isn't an issue ... per Cameron.
Ummm, yeah, about that . . .
by larry schaffer
October 26th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7377
Views: 457213

Re: de Negoce offer

In case anyone is curious just how cheap some bulk juice can go for...the most recent Becheur Old Vine juice sot him $1/bottle to source! https://becheur.com/product/18ovmv/ $5/gal is unusually cheap - and in the current bulk market, not gonna be had unless there are 'issues' with the lot (that is ...
by larry schaffer
October 26th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7377
Views: 457213

Re: de Negoce offer

There certainly are sites where growers sell grapes. of course, but in this fashion??? If you mean, “Hey I got 2 tons of Napa Valley Merlot but I can’t tell you who grew it,” not as far as I’ve heard. I have heard of cases where wineries are able to purchase discounted fruit from specific vineyards...
by larry schaffer
October 25th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7377
Views: 457213

Re: de Negoce offer

I think it's an interesting point Roy makes about Megapurple, but I wonder if he is only talking about smaller high end producers he is familiar with up in Napa versus larger producers elsewhere? There continues to be a 'bias' towards darker wines versus lighter colored ones, and many mass market fa...
by larry schaffer
October 25th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 00` Dom Perignon, 13` Larmandier-Bernier Terre de Vertus; 91` Williams Selyem Zin, 92` Hartwell Cab
Replies: 8
Views: 408

Re: 00` Dom Perignon, 13` Larmandier-Bernier Terre de Vertus; 91` Williams Selyem Zin, 92` Hartwell Cab

Blake,

I find that aged zins become more 'claret-like' over time and lose their distinctive zin characteristics. Your thoughts?

Did you have a chance to have this same wine before?

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
October 24th, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7377
Views: 457213

Re: de Negoce offer

Roy, Great post indeed - and I hope those on this thread and others truly take note. First off, an alc number is just that - a number. You do not drink a number - you drink a wine. Sometimes the alcohol is noticable and sometimes it's not, but to me, it's simply wrong to pre-dispose how a wine will ...
by larry schaffer
October 24th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7377
Views: 457213

Re: de Negoce offer

(Needed disclaimer before I’m labeled) Im in no way implying that Things won’t work out here, (I still selectively buy) but there have been more passes given in this thread than years worth of other threads. It’s all very interesting. +1000 I am certain that everyone is going to get the wines that ...

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