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by Dave H.
October 19th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer in Los Angeles?
Replies: 2
Views: 63

Beer in Los Angeles?

Hi. Some great intel on this topic in these threads, but was hoping you all could confirm some ideas. I’m in a hotel for a couple of days in West Hollywood and will have a car. Monkish is probably too far, so I’m thinking Highland Park, Mikkeller and Modern Times? Is that a solid trio? Preference is...
by Dave H.
October 18th, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 91
Views: 2757

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

As I recall Navarro gives you the option of cardboard/pulp or styrofoam. Probably a fulfillment headache but I'd love the option to ditch styro across the board. I recycle the rigid plastic ones used by Paetra, which also seems to work fine.
by Dave H.
October 17th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Bravissimo glassware and balloon decanters at Best Buy right now
Replies: 20
Views: 1695

Re: Riedel Bravissimo glassware and balloon decanters at Best Buy right now

I bought the weird beer glasses and they are nice and thin and enjoyable to drink out of. For $2.50 a glass very nice.
by Dave H.
October 12th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Bedrock welcome shipment
Replies: 50
Views: 2492

Re: My Bedrock welcome shipment

Some are gonna get better but all are going to be good. If you’re curious about how much you like the wine just pop some corks. Healthy decant if you feel like it but it’s going to taste good on pnp. Don’t overthink it.
by Dave H.
September 10th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone
Replies: 113
Views: 3399

Re: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone

Do you *like* gamay? You’re obviously passing right through Beaujolais if you go northern Rhône to burgundy. We tasted at a few places his summer and it was gorgeous and tourist free (except us.) Paid 12 euro for a lengthy Thivin tasting and tour with about wines that we don’t see in the states and ...
by Dave H.
August 31st, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New book by Wink Lorch, Wines of the French Alps
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Re: New book by Wink Lorch, Wines of the French Alps

The Jura book was far and away the most useful volume available on the Jura.
by Dave H.
July 31st, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations
Replies: 45
Views: 2808

Re: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations

Unti is a great stop. And Ridge has a tasting room just a stone’s throw from Healdsburg. A little corporate but it’s Ridge so the wines are great.
by Dave H.
July 28th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Report back on a few days in the Jura and Beaujolais
Replies: 10
Views: 678

Re: Report back on a few days in the Jura and Beaujolais

Matthew Brown wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 6:26 am
To answer your questions the next time you come by the store:
Yes
No
No
No
Maybe?
No
No
No, but yes to something similar
Yes, but the price will make you cry.
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Bourdy guy told me my 39 euro vin jaune would probably be triple digits in the states.
by Dave H.
July 28th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Report back on a few days in the Jura and Beaujolais
Replies: 10
Views: 678

Re: Report back on a few days in the Jura and Beaujolais

Glad you enjoyed the Jura wines, Vin Jaune is very interesting, can also be pricey. Did you try dishes made with this? I had a "poulet au vin jaune" Spectacular..... If you go mid to late spring, you are likely to find the version with morels. Very high recommended. I had this very dish with morels...
by Dave H.
July 27th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Report back on a few days in the Jura and Beaujolais
Replies: 10
Views: 678

Report back on a few days in the Jura and Beaujolais

Just back from a week in France where I made good use of a bunch of good advice and promised to report back. First Day: My wife and I were headed to a wedding in the middl-of -owhere Central France, and on the way stopped by the village of Sancerre after taking an all-night flight from D.C. Sancerre...
by Dave H.
July 13th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The stunning beauty of Beaujolais
Replies: 24
Views: 1466

Re: The stunning beauty of Beaujolais

I’ll be there in about a week for a too short stop on a whirlwind trip. Can’t wait to finally see these places I’ve seen on labels for years. Will report back.
by Dave H.
July 12th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Stolo Family Vineyards Chardonnay Estate
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: TN: 2016 Stolo Family Vineyards Chardonnay Estate

Quick, someone get Stolo on Berserker Day.
by Dave H.
July 12th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3522
Views: 332296

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Toby P wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 3:32 pm
any guesses on the Chianti?
2016 Felsina would fit the bill, I think. Looks like 93 JS and 91 Vinous. Would be about a 50% discount from what's available online. I asked for two--seemed low risk.
by Dave H.
June 28th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2280
Views: 147442

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

I had the 2015 OVZ last weekend. This wine was good to go upon release, and not surprisingly, is still everything you like about one of the best values in domestic zin. That said, it's hard for me to see any real upside to aging.
by Dave H.
June 25th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Beaujolais from this list?
Replies: 21
Views: 1011

Re: What Beaujolais from this list?

I can't say enough about the helpfulness of this board. Thanks to each and every one of you for these responses. I'll report back. (The full trip itinerary is 2 days in rural central France for a wedding, two days in Arbois, a day in Annecy and a day in Beaujolais.) Not enough time, but there are sm...
by Dave H.
June 25th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Beaujolais from this list?
Replies: 21
Views: 1011

Re: What Beaujolais from this list?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 24th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Please post pics and notes from Thivin. It is one of my favorite wineries on the planet. Arguably the best QPR on the planet, but it is better than just a QPR label.
Will do! 12 euros for a cellar tour. Seemed like an incredible opportunity.
by Dave H.
June 24th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Beaujolais from this list?
Replies: 21
Views: 1011

Re: What Beaujolais from this list?

Thanks so much to you both for the prompt and helpful responses.
As long as I am soliciting help, if anyone had any must stop domaines or casual lunch spots in the area they’d point me to, I’m all ears.
Currently have a visit scheduled with Thivin, which I’m preemptively thrilled about.
by Dave H.
June 24th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Beaujolais from this list?
Replies: 21
Views: 1011

What Beaujolais from this list?

I'll be eating at this this restaurant in the Beaujolais region in a few weeks. The list looks great and affordable, but I am only familiar with a few names. Anything from the Bojo section jump out as a gem? Thanks in advance.
http://www.ecume-gourmande.fr/carte-vin ... -gourmande
by Dave H.
June 20th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 68
Views: 3255

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

Cool. Thanks, Thomas. I'd love to stop by your brewery, but not sure it's going to happen this visit. We get in late on a night, then drive up to Paynesville the next morning, where I'll be spending the following week. We then drive back to the cities for a cousin's wedding, then back to CA the nex...
by Dave H.
May 18th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3522
Views: 332296

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Garagiste at under $14/btl plus (for me a couple states away) under $3/btl shipping gets me the delivered bottle at $16-$17, which by my math beats $20 with free shipping. Thanks for helping sleuth this thing out. I went in for a few bottles... Sorry, I didn't see the official offer from Garagiste ...
by Dave H.
May 15th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wine/Food Recommendations-Jura/Annecy/Beaujolais
Replies: 7
Views: 495

Re: Wine/Food Recommendations-Jura/Annecy/Beaujolais

I would also be interested to learn about good restaurants in Annecy, however I am looking for more casual places with ideally focus on wine. It seems like there are quite a bit of tourist trap-ish places in this town. Not an expert, as I am the OP seeking advice, but I have my eye on La Cave in An...
by Dave H.
May 5th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2280
Views: 147442

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Had the 2017 Judge Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. Some vintages this is transcendently great sb—this one didn’t rise to the level of previous favorites but still a very nice wine.
by Dave H.
April 27th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?
Replies: 26
Views: 1901

Re: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?

Seems like a great place to put wine. You have a subterranean bonus space—you’re golden.
by Dave H.
April 20th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wine/Food Recommendations-Jura/Annecy/Beaujolais
Replies: 7
Views: 495

Re: Wine/Food Recommendations-Jura/Annecy/Beaujolais

Cool. Keep it coming. la Balance is closed the two days I am there, unfortunately.
Caudalies and La Grapiot for dinners currently.
by Dave H.
April 19th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wine/Food Recommendations-Jura/Annecy/Beaujolais
Replies: 7
Views: 495

Wine/Food Recommendations-Jura/Annecy/Beaujolais

I'm heading to France this summer for a wedding, and have secured a few days after for food and wine. Our route is Arbois to Annecy to Beaujolais. I'm an obsessive planner and after lots of research have filled a potential itinerary with wine stops and dinners, but have been to none of these places,...
by Dave H.
April 13th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1454
Views: 98068

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2014 Old vines Russian River Valley Zin- This is in a great spot, but pretty sure it’s been good drinking since release. Bright raspberry liqueur, fresh and lively zin. Probably not evolving much, but likely not going south for a long, long time. Love the screwcap.
by Dave H.
March 31st, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Chenin Blanc Lodi (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Chenin Blanc Lodi (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

This sounds great. Thanks for sharing.
Have any of you east coasters heard anything about shipping, yet? I’m in Virginia.
by Dave H.
March 28th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)
Replies: 19
Views: 1829

Re: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)

I felt similarly underwhelmed by this chard, the only Wind Gap wine I haven't liked a lot. Coincidentally, I had the Pax-made 2015 Wilde Farm chardonnay last night, and the profile was similar. Conversely, the Wilde Farm syrahs are great and the bedrock vineyard is one of my favorite wines. I may j...
by Dave H.
March 28th, 2019, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)
Replies: 19
Views: 1829

Re: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)

I felt similarly underwhelmed by this chard, the only Wind Gap wine I haven't liked a lot. Coincidentally, I had the Pax-made 2015 Wilde Farm chardonnay last night, and the profile was similar. Conversely, the Wilde Farm syrahs are great and the bedrock vineyard is one of my favorite wines. I may ju...
by Dave H.
March 26th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article: Dirty & Rowdy Tragedies in 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2036

Re: SF Chronicle Article: Dirty & Rowdy Tragedies in 2017

What a tragic story. I’m sorry anyone had to go through that. My expectations for the Unfamiliar were low, because as I recall the offer letter was upfront about the challenges and made no claims to its deliciousness. I finished my last of a few this month and it was the best yet, and a really nice ...
by Dave H.
January 27th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Longplay Wine Loves the Berserkers
Replies: 18
Views: 1497

Re: Longplay Wine Loves the Berserkers

Longplay was one of the first clubs I joined when I was getting seriously into wine. Lots of wine I initially fell for I no longer have much of a taste for, but these wines remain killer. Sophisticated enough to please a discerning nerd and delicious enough to please anyone. And the prices are silly...
by Dave H.
January 27th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 9186

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

JordanL wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 10:05 am
Completely overwhelmed by everything as a first-time participant... I see Sandler getting a lot of cosign as a great value buy, anything else in that $20-$40 per bottle range you guys can recommend?
Lots, but the Longplay and Loring are both very lovable in that range.
by Dave H.
January 22nd, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What ESJ-like Berserkers Days Syrah Should I Buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1502

Re: What ESJ-like Berserkers Days Syrah Should I Buy?

Halcon has participated in the past. Reliably excellent California Syrah that is neither too fat nor too lean.
Would be one to check out, but can’t speak to degree they are ESJ-like, aside from both being very tasty.
by Dave H.
January 11th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great wines, fugly labels
Replies: 68
Views: 3451

Re: Great wines, fugly labels

Matt A u s t i n wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 3:39 pm
C Chen wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Never liked the Arcadian label, but Ridge is an easy winner for the ugly label contest.
I have always loved the Ridge label. A classic in my opinion.
Agree. The Ridge labels are perfect imo.
by Dave H.
January 4th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 469
Views: 37521

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

2016 Paetra “S” Riesling- Dense, juicy, off-dry Riesling. Tastes like peaches. Prickly on the tongue. 10% abv. Every Paetra I’ve had has been very good. The skin fermented offering is particularly exciting. If they participate this year, it’s close to a no-brainer for white wine drinkers. Very intr...
by Dave H.
January 4th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 469
Views: 37521

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

2016 Paetra “S” Riesling- Dense, juicy, off-dry Riesling. Tastes like peaches. Prickly on the tongue. 10% abv. Every Paetra I’ve had has been very good. The skin fermented offering is particularly exciting. If they participate this year, it’s close to a no-brainer for white wine drinkers.
by Dave H.
November 30th, 2018, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rasa
Replies: 6
Views: 488

Re: Rasa

Everything I've tasted has been great.
If it's within your budget, I'd say give them a try. I don't buy them because they are outside of my monetary comfort zone, but I think many would consider them among the best in Washington.
by Dave H.
November 27th, 2018, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...
Replies: 66
Views: 2713

Re: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...

I like Washington wines, but last time I tasted at a bunch of places in Walla Walla it felt like a lot of wading through chocolately oak to find the wines I thought were really compelling. No more a “minefield” than anywhere else, but I find the freshness and zip that I gravitate toward in reds far ...
by Dave H.
October 26th, 2018, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Charlottesville VA
Replies: 34
Views: 1154

Re: Wineries near Charlottesville VA

Hey, I live here! Second or third the King Family and Pollak recs. A pretty drive up Route 810 from KF you can also hit Stinson and Grace Estate, which are both worth a stop. On the other side of the county, Barboursville is also worth it. They pour a wide variety, including some interesting Italian...
by Dave H.
September 26th, 2018, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passionfish wines: Huet and Gonon, added Hirtzberger and 2016 Gonon
Replies: 93
Views: 5392

Re: Passionfish wines: Huet and Gonon

I think this exact thread exists a couple other times on this site. :) I went to passionfish once a couple of years ago and my wife and I thought it was great. Food struck me as somewhat dated, as in not attempting to be of the moment, but that’s really not intended as a knock as everything we had w...
by Dave H.
September 13th, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose made from red and white grapes
Replies: 18
Views: 601

Re: Rose made from red and white grapes

I had a cofermented counoise/melon recently—the Swick Ellaguru from Oregon.
Unique and tasty, but I didn’t rush out to repurchase.
by Dave H.
September 3rd, 2018, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Thivin CdB - Is there a more consistent QPR?
Replies: 26
Views: 1535

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Thivin CdB - Is there a more consistent QPR?

Loved the 2015 but a 2016 I had recently was just plain flat. Glad to hear it’s probably an off bottle—will open another soon.
by Dave H.
August 31st, 2018, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pet-Nat recs
Replies: 54
Views: 1909

Re: Pet-Nat recs

I had a Patton Creek Riesling Pet-Nat recently. $20 from an oregon retailer (or $25 by the time it got to me on the east coast). I thought it was very, very good. Not complex at all, but delicious and recognizable as riesling. Cloudy. No funk. More interesting to me than other sparkling at the price...
by Dave H.
August 3rd, 2018, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Gewürztraminer Alta Vista Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 586

TN: 2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Gewürztraminer Alta Vista Vineyard

Had this tonight. Really delicious. Note about it tasting like a classy chard makes sense, although it’s got the rose petal thing in the background suggesting it’s something more exotic.
I drank two glasses of this—feels like I could drink a gallon? A truly superior drink.
by Dave H.
July 28th, 2018, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Cameron Chardonnay Dundee Hills (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills)
Replies: 22
Views: 1086

TN: 2015 Cameron Chardonnay Dundee Hills (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills)

Had the 2016 DH chard bottle tonight. I bought a few of these, and when I popped one in December it was all oak to me. A really surprising showing and not the most enjoyable. 7 months later everything is in its place and this is drinking well. Lemon and rich apple and some oak still, but nothing out...
by Dave H.
July 9th, 2018, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Good Eccentric Oregon Wines
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Two Very Good Eccentric Oregon Wines

Edward H. Earles wrote:"anecdote"??
One day I will tell you the anecdote of mis-writing “antidote.”
(Thanks-fixed).
by Dave H.
July 1st, 2018, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Good Eccentric Oregon Wines
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Two Very Good Eccentric Oregon Wines

Drank two unusual, extremely delicious Oregon wines last night. 2016 Minimus Red White Pink - Can’t find much online about this, but the guy at Liner & Elsen described it as a blend of Tempranillo, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Petite Arvine, Schioppettino, Savagnin Rose, and Abouriou. Pours a hazy, ele...
by Dave H.
June 29th, 2018, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée
Replies: 88
Views: 4321

Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée

I think people that liked the 14 Berserker would find the 15 Marine Sedimentary up their alley. They’re not priced similarly but perhaps, you know, if people are interested... Thanks for all the insight here, Jim. I can’t tell, is the suggestion here that if there is mass interest for the marine se...
by Dave H.
June 27th, 2018, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée
Replies: 88
Views: 4321

Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée

Not an expert, but wasn't there some Lia's Vineyard in the BC? You could try the Longplay estate stuff (same vineyard), which is always a fine wine at a great price, if not as great a price as the BC. Going purely on memory and considering the price point, you might also try the 2015 Goodfellow Will...
by Dave H.
June 17th, 2018, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Valley Oregon trip report (another one)
Replies: 23
Views: 2117

Willamette Valley Oregon trip report (another one)

Very enjoyable/informative write up—thank you. Have been to some but not all of these places and am finding his instructive for future visits.
Out of curiosity, did you buy wine at every place you visited?

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