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by robert creth
October 9th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 246
Views: 12734

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

I’m only speaking on #17. Do I think it is worth $40-50? Absolutely. I would buy 2 or 3 bottles at that price. I am not one to buy cases because I don’t using up that much of my limited cellar space on one wine. Like most, I bought on the chance of getting a quality wine at a bargain price, I was pr...
by robert creth
October 7th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 246
Views: 12734

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

#17 is a Cab with small amounts of blending. Popped yesterday after finding the case waiting on my doorstep. (Whole “nother story.) Lovely, lighter weight Cab that is fresh and lively. Acidity is much more prevalent than most Napa Cabs that I’m familiar with and this is an great steak wine that cuts...
by robert creth
October 7th, 2020, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS really screwed up? What are my options?
Replies: 53
Views: 3017

Re: UPS really screwed up? What are my options?

What i have found lately is UPS and FedEx are leaving wine and liquor packages on my doorstep even if no one has signed for it. Found my De Negoce delivery yesterday waiting for me. Before COVID, there would be “tried to deliver” tags. I tried to redirect to drugstore hold but have not been able to ...
by robert creth
September 30th, 2020, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines & Winemakers of the SantaCruzMtns
Replies: 31
Views: 2023

Re: Wines & Winemakers of the SantaCruzMtns

I was introduced to Santa Cruz wines thru Val and Dexter Ahlgren and their great Cabs and Zins. Was able to buy quite a bit of their aged stock when they were retiring. They were my introduction to aged wines from the source. Had my share of poor corks but also lovely old fashioned small batch wine ...
by robert creth
September 13th, 2020, 7:03 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Monte Bello to trade
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Re: Monte Bello to trade

White Burgundy, Chardonnay, or Chenin. Riesling is always welcome. Ridge just ain’t my jam and looking to trade for something of similar value. Able to get to San Francisco.
by robert creth
September 13th, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Monte Bello to trade
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Monte Bello to trade

This is for SF Bay Area folks. I have 2 bottles of 2017 Ridge Monte Bello 375ml. Looking to trade for something white. Not looking to ship, so prefer local.
by robert creth
September 11th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Some things you have learned about wine drinking?
Replies: 16
Views: 1067

Re: Some things you have learned about wine drinking?

It ain’t the end all be all!!
Old doesn’t equal good.
No stress over what I cannot afford.
Riesling is a kind teacher. Old, young, sweet, semi or dry, even Sparkling. It spares the pocketbook and invites you in.
More Chenin Blanc please.
by robert creth
September 5th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed
Replies: 101
Views: 6386

Re: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed

I had moved from a Zin heavy cellar to one dominated by Sparkling. Under the Wire Lichen Ultramarine Dirty and Rowdy Malescot St Expury Rhys I find that i have dropped off all lists except the top three. Finding some joy in Bordeaux and and with Sauvignon Blanc which is cheap and plentiful. Still ha...
by robert creth
September 2nd, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: flatiron, D&R
Replies: 13
Views: 1090

Re: PSA: flatiron, D&R

Dirty and Rowdy?
by robert creth
August 26th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 6177
Views: 358513

Re: de Negoce offer

So the wine on offer is cheap as chips AND you want a break on shipping? Yah you got a problem with that? Just saying that west coast shipping in state is not the same as shipping it to New York. I'm subsidizing the east coast folks! By that logic, the shipping east should be increased, not the wes...
by robert creth
August 26th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 6177
Views: 358513

Re: de Negoce offer

So the wine on offer is cheap as chips AND you want a break on shipping?
by robert creth
August 24th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Malescot St. Exupéry (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
Replies: 6
Views: 594

Re: TN: 2016 Château Malescot St. Exupéry (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

I bought a 6pack on futures from K&L on a whim, knowing nothing about the wine. Maybe because I had no expectations, I was very impressed. As my tentative venture into Bordeaux begins with Malescot and 2017 Sansonnet, two very different expressions, I am quite happy. The Malescot seems more ready fo...
by robert creth
August 22nd, 2020, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8374

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

And this is not even the true fire season. I live on the east hills of San Jose and we are on the edge of an evacuation zone. An area the size of Rhode Island is burning 10 miles to the east of me. We woke to the lightning storm and knew we were in trouble as we could count the rain drop and there w...
by robert creth
August 17th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: central coast GSM style vs. actual Rhone
Replies: 31
Views: 1606

Re: central coast GSM style vs. actual Rhone

Craig, Drop me a line and I can certainly suggest tons of wineries to visit and wines to try from the SBC area. I am president of the SBC Chapter of the Rhone Rangers and am on the national board of directors of the group. There are so many variables at stake and as you can see above, many 'general...
by robert creth
August 12th, 2020, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 4116

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

Trust your own experience. You have more than enough evidence that older champagne is not for you. “A couple of bottles out of over 100. Not good odds” I would advise you to focus on Champers that are more in your wheel house. It is easy to get hooked by the idea that all wine should be aged but if ...
by robert creth
August 11th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys price jump?
Replies: 23
Views: 2173

Re: Rhys price jump?

Looking into my small cellar, it appears I stopped buying Hillsides a while back. All my Rhys are Bearwallow, Alpine, and Horseshoe. Still have over a mixed case and am reluctant to open as they get lower in numbers. Will miss ‘em when they are gone.
by robert creth
August 11th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys price jump?
Replies: 23
Views: 2173

Rhys price jump?

Is it me or is $150 a big ask for Rhys Hillsides. Seems not that long ago it was under $50 and I had to drop out at $75, tho I continued for a bit with Alesia bottles. I expect they will have not problem finding folks to pay the tariff, but where is the line when your early customer base gets left b...
by robert creth
August 8th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ***LOOK AGAIN, NOW UPDATED WITH COMPLETE MENU*** Oh boy, tough pairing... Lowcountry Boil (SC)
Replies: 48
Views: 1698

Re: Oh boy, tough pairing... Lowcountry Boil (SC)

John Morris wrote:
August 8th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Can you tell us uninitiated northerners what a low country boil is? A fish stew?
Think Clam bake with more spices and different shell fish.
by robert creth
August 7th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 6177
Views: 358513

Re: de Negoce offer

On a different note, is this the result of all the excess grapes, lack of restaurant sales and or wineries on the brink? Or is this a sales idea that’s just now feasible? I bit on a case as a laying down experiment and would like to try others but don’t want or need cases. And the offers keep coming...
by robert creth
August 6th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not enjoying wine at the moment.
Replies: 51
Views: 2522

Re: Not enjoying wine at the moment.

Thanks everyone for the kind words of encouragement and those sharing their struggles. As a retired mental health nurse, I understand the difference between clinical and situational depression. I just needed to express it out loud. It is legitimate to be un-nerved by the state of things but I also h...
by robert creth
August 6th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not enjoying wine at the moment.
Replies: 51
Views: 2522

Re: Not enjoying wine at the moment.

Pretty sure its depression. Not really enjoying much of anything. Dragged myself out for a vigorous hike after posting. Did it without headphones or music and just let my thoughts run. Realized I had given into lethargy leading to inertia. Also gotten too invested in day to day news and following th...
by robert creth
August 6th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not enjoying wine at the moment.
Replies: 51
Views: 2522

Not enjoying wine at the moment.

Maybe it is just me, but I am not having any fun or enjoyment from wine right now. I have taste and am not ill, just not getting pleasure. Pretty sure that it is my stress level and or a bit of depression. When a glass of Ultramarines Rose doesn’t do it, it is probably time to take a break. Anyone e...
by robert creth
August 6th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 74
Views: 2941

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

I can't believe people actually like Bottle Shock . What tremendous crap that was. It's like a bad Lifetime movie. I always felt bad for Alan Rickman being in that and having to play the snotty stereotype. I'm pretty sure George Taber hoped they were going to make a decent movie centered on his boo...
by robert creth
August 4th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Selection Question
Replies: 35
Views: 2679

Re: Total Wine Selection Question

I find they are pretty good for liquor, Bourbon and Scotch, but meh for wine.
by robert creth
August 3rd, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Please for Petite Syrah
Replies: 54
Views: 1624

Re: Recommendations Please for Petite Syrah

Theopolis Vineyards!
by robert creth
July 31st, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 109
Views: 6019

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

First of all, glad you are doing better. Give yourself a break and appreciate that you have dodged a bullet. Things are going to take time so maybe just take a month away from wine. I think most of us are feeling some version of PTSD and the depression is real. This is along time to be unmoored from...
by robert creth
July 22nd, 2020, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wines under $50?
Replies: 54
Views: 5378

Re: Best Value Wines under $50?

M. Dildine wrote:
July 22nd, 2020, 12:59 pm
KenL. wrote:
July 22nd, 2020, 12:46 pm
I would add to the list, Desire Lines. New to me this year, I really liked the Syah, Carignan and Reisling that I’ve tried.
Strongest agreement!
Another strong recommendation!!
by robert creth
July 12th, 2020, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine consumption changed?
Replies: 39
Views: 2153

Re: Wine conumption changed?

I say go ahead and crack open a few prized bottles and treat yourself. If not now, when? It seems that this is not going to change anytime soon, so don’t limit yourself. If it is good the first night, it is a good bottle. Open something you love that you have a few of. Maybe select 10 bottles that a...
by robert creth
July 11th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 3723

Re: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020

Howdy folks. This is just a shout out to say hello and hope all are well. Doesn’t look like we will be able to get together anytime soon so take care and crack some of those prized bottles. Miss you all!
by robert creth
July 8th, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1947 Chateau Caillou Barsac. An experience!
Replies: 18
Views: 742

1947 Chateau Caillou Barsac. An experience!

Some background. I bought this bottle 3 years ago for my husband’s 70th birthday from an auction on K&L but we didn’t open it because we were a bit intimidated. So it sat. During the lockdown we have been cracking open lots of things i may have held on to longer because, why not? A few weeks ago, I ...
by robert creth
June 25th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your most consumed wine?
Replies: 54
Views: 2109

Re: What's your most consumed wine?

For me since the lockdown, it is California sparkling wines. Lichen Estates, Under the Wire, Ultramarine.
by robert creth
May 25th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A free bottle of 1990 La Tâche!
Replies: 19
Views: 1312

Re: A free bottle of 1990 La Tâche!

I’d be hard pressed to find a better deal....
by robert creth
May 25th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4537

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

I love the sweet stuff! In the last 2 months I have opened a 2006 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume, 2000 Alvear Pedro Ximenez, 1986 Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes, and 2001 d’Yquem. I try to get 375mls only but will buy standard if I must. Tho I enjoy them with cheese and liver pate, I also just s...
by robert creth
May 19th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 141
Views: 9711

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

Ron Slye wrote:
May 18th, 2020, 7:52 pm
My newest discovery in this category is JB Neufeld. Their basic Yakima bottling is an amazing value at about 30 per bottle. Their reserve is I think around 45. All of them and their two blondes vineyard bottling punch way above their weight.
This! Great stuff.
by robert creth
April 24th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Am I Buying Wine?
Replies: 42
Views: 2587

Re: Why Am I Buying Wine?

I thought of the Annie Hall scene where young Alvie Singer and his mother are seeing a doctor (who is smoking) Alvie refuses to do his homework because “the universe is expanding and it will be the end of everything.”
by robert creth
April 22nd, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Lichen Estate: 50% (Half Off!) Until Lockdown is Over
Replies: 10
Views: 2404

Re: Lichen Estate: 50% (Half Off!) Until Lockdown is Over

Went in for some Grand Cuvée and BdN. Can’t ever have too much sparkling.
by robert creth
April 14th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 3723

Re: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020

I'm in depending on the date. Thanks. Really missing these gatherings - I was just starting to get the hang of things. I also was getting the hang of them. Miss the group and tasting unfamiliar wine. I have decided that Ridge wines are not for me after several tries with different grapes and blends...
by robert creth
April 6th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: KY joins (partially) the 20th century!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 850

Re: KY joins (partially) the 20th century!!!

Great news!
by robert creth
April 6th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: KY joins (partially) the 20th century!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 850

Re: KY joins (partially) the 20th century!!!

Great news!
by robert creth
April 6th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: D’yquem 2005 danger Will Robinson!
Replies: 8
Views: 948

Re: D’yquem 2005 danger Will Robinson!

Been thinking about this all night. Hedonistic is not just a concept to me now. This brought out an unpleasant, selfish and greedy feeling. What if some thief breaks in and steals my opened bottle. That I should not waste anymore on the better half who doesn’t really enjoy it like I do. I see myself...
by robert creth
April 5th, 2020, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: D’yquem 2005 danger Will Robinson!
Replies: 8
Views: 948

D’yquem 2005 danger Will Robinson!

My first bottle of D’Yquem was a real disappointment. It was a 1998 and I had a ‘The Emperor has no Clothes’ reaction. What was the big deal? It seemed no better than a Bonny Doon stickie at a fraction of the cost. Well I guess I had either a bad bottle or vintage, because oh my God this is awesome!...
by robert creth
March 30th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pobega Everything
Replies: 3
Views: 562

Re: Pobega Everything

We are at day 15 so everything is fair game!
by robert creth
March 29th, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monte Bello 2017 ( yeah I know)
Replies: 7
Views: 929

Monte Bello 2017 ( yeah I know)

As one of the iconic wines in the world, the Ridge is a wine that I have read about for years. I joined the club to get some a few years ago and just received my shipment of four 375ml bottles this week. I planned to hold them all when ordered but with things as they are, I decided to crack one to g...
by robert creth
March 28th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: U.S. Winemakers - What Overseas Wines do you Drink?
Replies: 41
Views: 2709

Re: U.S. Winemakers - What Overseas Wines do you Drink?

My question, which would be difficult to get responses, is the reverse. Which American wines are drunk by old world and other new world wine makers. Do they even look this way?
by robert creth
March 27th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?
Replies: 515
Views: 25705

Re: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?

Ridge Monte Bello 4 pack of 375s. Likely my only purchase of these. Plan to crack one this weekend just because. The other three will go into the way back machine.
by robert creth
March 26th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers
Replies: 50
Views: 4113

Re: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers

Just trash the offers if they bug you. I’m getting offers from pretty much any business that I have purchased from, not just wine. I know I cant support all of them but I do what I can.
by robert creth
March 22nd, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: JB NEUFELD - SAMPLER PACK
Replies: 22
Views: 2458

Re: JB NEUFELD - SAMPLER PACK

Fabulous juice. Great Cabernet at a smidge of Napa prices.
by robert creth
March 20th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right
Replies: 38
Views: 2067

Re: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right

Also these stressful days are not helping. I opened a favorite half bottle of Rhys Chardonnay yesterday and it tasted off. I’m pretty sure that it me. Switched to whiskey. Tasted the chard today and it is fine.
by robert creth
March 20th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And my Wife said “Quick buy more wine!”
Replies: 34
Views: 2164

Re: And my Wife said “Quick buy more wine!”

Michael Fess wrote:
March 19th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Scarecrow just arrived from FedEx. The same guy that normally delivers, handed me the box and said he would sign it for me.
I received orders from Winebid, J.B. Neufeld, and Under the Wire yesterday and the FedEx guy signed for me. Was nice to have them all delivered at once.

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