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by robert creth
June 18th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 2798

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato

Thanks all for the great evening. Some wonderful wines. My favorite was the Chenin Blanc.
by robert creth
June 17th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard
Replies: 19
Views: 559

Re: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard

I get it. I’m sometimes tempted to turn over my stash for the profit but I love em too much. My favorite wine! That being said, I wouldn’t pay double digits for it.
by robert creth
June 17th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard
Replies: 19
Views: 559

Re: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard

Russ Williams wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 9:41 am
Can someone help me with the insane hype for these wines. The auction price on CT is $173 and Wine Searcher shows a couple of retailers selling it for $225-$299...WTF??
I have been buying from early days on allocation. My price has been $55-65.
by robert creth
June 16th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 112
Views: 2125

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

Wine by definition is an alcoholic drink. The camaraderie, good fellowship and social aspects, are the results of the alcohol. Otherwise it is just another way to quench thirst. No alcohol kills the point. Going too far likely, but getting drunk on occasion is not a horrible thing. I’m not talking a...
by robert creth
June 10th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 2798

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato

I am in. Also as one who lives south, a smaller San Jose meeting would be nice on occasion.
by robert creth
June 9th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1043

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

22 for Semillon, 26 Mataro, 30 for Grenache
by robert creth
June 9th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1043

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

Just opened the 2016 Semillon which was astounding! Went back and ordered a mixed 6 pack of the Grenache, Mataro and Semillon. Great value.
by robert creth
June 2nd, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 2798

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

Robert I'm hoping you bring the Ahlgren? A double piece of Santa Cruz Mts history and a young outstanding cabernet vintage in the mts not just in Napa. Don’t mind bringing it but I have had some problems with corks from them. Bought loads from them when they were unloading their cellar. My main exp...
by robert creth
June 2nd, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 2798

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

2013 Rhys Bearswallow Chardonnay
2001 Ahlgrens Cabernet Bates Ranch Santa Cruz
2013 Under the Wire Chardonnay Sparkling
Bringing 2 of these three.
by robert creth
May 31st, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 2798

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

I would like to come again.
by robert creth
May 17th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which syrahs are retirement worthy?
Replies: 43
Views: 2427

Re: which syrahs are retirement worthy?

Re SQN? Do you drink them? Do you enjoy them? Are you getting value for money? These are the questions I ask myself when buying from lists. If you have been a regular customer and want to adjust your order, I cannot imagine they wouldn’t accommodate you. I ask about SQN because you wrote about tasti...
by robert creth
May 17th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2293

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

IMHO tipping is a way to compensate servers who get paid a crappy wage or those who provide a direct service. I will tip at bars and restaurants, the cable person and the person who towed my car. It would not occur to me that after paying for tasting, I should tip anyone. If I enjoyed the experience...
by robert creth
May 16th, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11963

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I sent an email and canceled my membership. They were kind enough to reimburse the estate bottles price since they had not been picked up. Decided that I am not a futures kind of wine buyer.
by robert creth
May 16th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11963

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Yeah, I got the “No soup for you” message today also. Am on the hook for 3 bottles and once they show, I will bounce myself off the list. Too much great wine available to wait in a queue.
by robert creth
May 9th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 91
Views: 1570

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins

Looks like I will have to back out as family issues have come up.
by robert creth
April 27th, 2019, 2:13 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 91
Views: 1570

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins

Is there a theme for this offline?
by robert creth
April 22nd, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ultramarine Blanc de Blancs Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Re: TN: 2013 Ultramarine Blanc de Blancs Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast

I’m partial to the rose but this is really good stuff!
by robert creth
April 17th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California wine for a British friend.
Replies: 51
Views: 2795

Re: California wine for a British friend.

Heading back to a England tomorrow and bringing my friends 4 bottles. 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Antle Mourvèdres, 2016 Dirty and Rowdy MSG, 2015 Princess and Peasant Carignan, 2014 Under the Wire, Alder Springs Sparkling Chardonnay. Dirty and Rowdy is a unqualified hit and requested each time we come ove...
by robert creth
April 7th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 91
Views: 1570

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13

Count me in.
by robert creth
April 2nd, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino
Replies: 104
Views: 2255

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino

Thanx all for the fun and informative evening. A very welcoming group made it easy to relax. Every wine opened was new to me except my own. I had a wonderful time and will definitely come again.
by robert creth
March 23rd, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning Trip - Deciding on last winery
Replies: 15
Views: 859

Re: Planning Trip - Deciding on last winery

Not impossible but very unlikely to have bad weather in May
by robert creth
March 23rd, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: your consumption by grape
Replies: 8
Views: 418

Re: your consumption by grape

Chardonnay
Riesling
Rhônes, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedres
Pinot
Zins
Bordeaux- Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon
Port.
Sparkling crosses Chardonnay, Pinot and Zins and is now about 30-40% of my bottles.
Currently 95% from California.
by robert creth
March 21st, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino
Replies: 104
Views: 2255

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino

My first offline. Would Ultramarine BdB be acceptable? Bring my own stemware? Will $100 cover food, space and service?
by robert creth
March 18th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 273
Views: 11174

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

Just today, I’ve noticed I started to see ads when browsing the site. I’m a Grand Cru member, currently logged in, and haven’t had this issue before today. Using an iPad running the latest version of iOS and the chrome browser. Any ideas? Same here. Today is the first time I have seen them. Little ...
by robert creth
March 16th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Questions
Replies: 107
Views: 9764

Re: SQN Questions

Yeah, I got a “no soup for you” email this week also. 6 years.
by robert creth
March 16th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you view the money you spend on wine
Replies: 42
Views: 2169

Re: How do you view the money you spend on wine

I hold pretty tight to a 2 grand limit per year. We have no mortgage, no children to school, and a stable 200 grand retirement income. I could spend more but don’t get enough pleasure from higher priced bottles to justify. I have gotten more willing to open up the purse strings for the vintage ports...
by robert creth
March 14th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neal Martin news
Replies: 9
Views: 1368

Re: Neal Martin news

Looks like he is waiting for bypass surgery after getting checked with his doctor. Post is positive and hopefull, philosophical and funny.
by robert creth
March 13th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino
Replies: 104
Views: 2255

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1

Got room for a rookie?
by robert creth
March 9th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11963

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Just paid for the estate bottles, swapping out the Chardonnay for an extra Merlot. Will find out in May if I get some MB.
by robert creth
March 6th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11963

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I just want to try the MB and see if I’m missing something. Nothing more. And I realize the price of admission. Still don’t like it.
by robert creth
March 6th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11963

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

So you are getting a world class wine at a discount, but are buying 3 bottles of their so-so bottles at regular prices to get them. I am on the list for this year and expect my first Monte Bello this shipment. I will likely go through with this year and re-evaluate, as I have not had a Ridge that th...
by robert creth
February 16th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The .375 thread
Replies: 102
Views: 3761

Re: The .375 thread

I picked up some lovely Cab Franc blends from Virage winery on Berserker day in 375 ml. Very tasty stuff.
by robert creth
February 16th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.
Replies: 23
Views: 2215

Re: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.

Thanx for all the good thoughts. Living in San Jose, I spent my first 10-15 years into wine, buying 80% from Santa Cruz mountains and Santa Clara valley. I wanted to support local farmers and vintners. I have visited Rhys many times and Mt Eden a few. I buy Lexington Bordeaux blends from Fogarty. Pr...
by robert creth
February 13th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.
Replies: 23
Views: 2215

Re: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.

I strongly advise taking advantage of the futures tasting events. They tend to show really well on release. Then shut down. Then gradually start opening up again. Then continuing to improve. This. I live nearby the Santa Cruz vineyard and have passed on tasting invitations. I should get my lazy but...
by robert creth
February 13th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.
Replies: 23
Views: 2215

Re: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.

Robert - so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Thanx, things are going good and prognosis is great. It has changed my attitude about living in the now vs future planning though. Nothing is a given but once you hear that word, the present is more in focus and the future becomes less clear. Maybe af...
by robert creth
February 13th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.
Replies: 23
Views: 2215

Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.

I just received notification that my first order will be processed next month and I am having reservations about this purchase. I overspent during Berserkers days and have little space. More importantly tho is the idea that these won’t be ready for true enjoyment for at least a decade. When I signed...
by robert creth
February 12th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4497

Re: Rhys offer

Have to cut this one loose. As much as I love the wine, the tariff is way past my comfort zone. Will enjoy the stash I’ve stored and move on. More for others.
by robert creth
February 1st, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11520

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Maybe millennials just don’t buy the bull of the grand tour of wine that pushes Napa, Bordeaux and Burgundy as the standards. Stories of fake wines and bogus sommelier exams, expose the nasty side of high end wine biz and deflate the credibility of those who promote such. There is plenty of great, i...
by robert creth
January 28th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 8108

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

It appears the Virage deal for the 375s is for a full case of 12. My mistake.
by robert creth
January 28th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 8108

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

CJ Beazley wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 1:13 pm
robert creth wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 12:59 pm
CJ Beazley wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 12:52 pm


I thought these were 12 pack minimum? I’d have got a sixer, dang.

For me;
Liquid Farm
Cabot
Which one?
Virage .375’s
I ordered them today if you are still interested.
by robert creth
January 28th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 8108

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

CJ Beazley wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 12:52 pm
robert creth wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 12:16 pm
West of Temperance-Italians
Virage- 6-pack of 375 Bordeaux blend
Paetra case
J.B. Neufeld-3 pack.
I thought these were 12 pack minimum? I’d have got a sixer, dang.

For me;
Liquid Farm
Cabot
Which one?
by robert creth
January 28th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 8108

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

West of Temperance-Italians
Virage- 6-pack of 375 Bordeaux blend
Paetra case
J.B. Neufeld-3 pack.
by robert creth
January 26th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: BD10 Sponsor Features
Topic: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: West of Temperance
Replies: 10
Views: 810

Re: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: West of Temperance

Sold out already?
by robert creth
January 22nd, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much Wine do we drink a year?
Replies: 42
Views: 1572

Re: How much Wine do we drink a year?

Except for stickies, my SO doesn’t enjoy wine. I drink about a bottle and half a week. Looking back on notes and receipts, I opened 88 last year.
by robert creth
January 20th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Any general advice and tips for first-timer ?
Replies: 45
Views: 2560

Re: Any general advice and tips for first-timer ?

Set a budget! Allow yourself to go over by 10% then-Stick to it. There are many great offers and they come fast. Take advantage of good deals on exploration wines, varieties that you have wanted to try or grapes you are unfamiliar with. If you like beef, Flannery’s is awesome.

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