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by Dave H.
January 23rd, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area
Replies: 15
Views: 501

Re: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area

Pardon the intrusion, but I'd like to piggyback on this thread to solicit tasting recommendations as well. In June (unfortunately right after Mythos Mosel), my family and I are staying for 3 nights at Schloss Lieser, 5 min outside of Bernkastel. As an occasional drinker of Mosel riesling, and a big...
by Dave H.
January 20th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 487
Views: 39394

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Had a Longplay 2015 Jory Bench Reserve Pinot Noir this weekend. More new oak than usual for a Longplay wine, but the Pinot from a ripe year could could take it. Extremely tasty bottle of Oregon Pinot that has previously shown up with great pricing on BD.
by Dave H.
January 20th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area
Replies: 15
Views: 501

Re: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area

kmason wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 1:57 pm
The Pruem Guesthouse is very nice. Right on the river. Also only 3 or 4 doors down from JJ Pruem. Also a short walk down Ufferallee is Weingut Kerpen.
Thanks! I’m booked there. Welcome any other advice on nice tasting stops in the region.
by Dave H.
January 6th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area
Replies: 15
Views: 501

Re: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area

I'd suggest first figuring out where in the Mosel area you want to go, then find a place to stay near that. Driving is very slow, from lower Mosel to Trier is 3 or 4 hrs IIRC. Tough call, but it looks like Bernkastel is as "central" a place to stay as any, with many good wineries in the general vic...
by Dave H.
January 5th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area
Replies: 15
Views: 501

Re: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area

Russell Faulkner wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 11:58 am
Also the Zeltinger Hof
Plan to make a reservation here. Thanks!
by Dave H.
January 3rd, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area
Replies: 15
Views: 501

Re: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area

M.Kaplan wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 6:14 pm
I like the Weinromantikhotel Richtershof, 4 miles outside Bernkastel-Kues.
Thanks! Also found a B&B owned by Prum just north of Bernkastel that looks like it may fit the bill nicely.
by Dave H.
January 2nd, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area
Replies: 15
Views: 501

Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area

Hi, I've got a trip coming up to Germany and Alsace in October. I have a couple of days planned in the Mosel Valley. My primary interests are wine, food and hiking around in a beautiful landscape. I will have a car. How is Cochem for a home base? The chatter online is that it is either perfectly sit...
by Dave H.
January 2nd, 2020, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines
Replies: 65
Views: 4906

Re: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines

Had the first of my six pack--an orange muscat. Really delicious wine. Hugely floral, maybe a touch of sweetness, but perfect with spicy asian food and a real crowd-pleaser.
by Dave H.
December 26th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3
Replies: 57
Views: 1685

Re: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3

Franchere For Heavens Sake Don’t Move Here 2018. Skin fermented Pinot Gris and Gruner. Picked up on a whim from an online retailer for about $20 because I’m always up for trying weird Oregon. It’s weird! Full of sediment, it has a “natural” cidery nose to it, but the actual wine pleasant, tasting li...
by Dave H.
December 22nd, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 5980

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

The base 2018 jacquere from domaine l’idylle—all of $10 ish—was incredible for the money.
by Dave H.
December 18th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 a shipping odyssey
Replies: 38
Views: 2077

Re: 2019 a shipping odyssey

Piling on, but after years of basically receiving wine year round without incident, this December has been the first I’ve had boxes just “stuck”—in this case also the Chicago suburbs. Contacted the shipper and he said FedEx deemed it lost, and he would resend. Wine showed up 5 days later than origin...
by Dave H.
December 15th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Virginia Skin-Contact Whites...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 216

Re: TN: Two Virginia Skin-Contact Whites...(short/boring)

That orange Viognier is as enjoyable a bottle of Virginia wine as I’ve ever had.
I’ll have to keep my eyes out for the rkats!
by Dave H.
December 5th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 x 2008 Nebbiolo’s with Shocking Results
Replies: 19
Views: 2029

Re: 2 x 2008 Nebbiolo’s with Shocking Results

Also like the Wind Gap neb. I have bought a bunch of wind gap at the clearance prices in recent months and the 2006 Nebbiolo is the best bottle I’ve had.
Have a few 2011 arriving sometime soon, too. Good wine!
by Dave H.
December 4th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3589
Views: 345745

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

joeduncan wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Any thoughts on the Sonoma Pinot Noir mystery today?
No clue. I received a mystery 2018 Wilde Farm Pinot that was similarly described in a recent order, and there’s nothing that says it hasn’t been offered before. But it could be tons of stuff.
by Dave H.
November 29th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7710

Re: Black Friday Deals

I took advantage of the 30% off balanced wine offer currently in commerce corner.
by Dave H.
November 17th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 75
Views: 4752

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Spent half a day in Los Olivos on wednesday and made it to Liquid Farm, Stolpman, Solminer and Beckman. (Lots of places closed mid-week, unfortunately.) Nice experiences with exceptional hospitality and good to very good wine at each place, although almost none that I decided I had to buy for future...
by Dave H.
November 3rd, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 117
Views: 9911

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Opened a bottle of the vin gris tuile—the “brick wine” aged in glass vessels in the California sun. Back of the label warns that it has nutty, curry notes. I Was going for weird when I bought it, but oof. Quite unpleasant. Good luck finishing a bottle. [truce.gif] I sat next to Randall when he pour...
by Dave H.
November 2nd, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 117
Views: 9911

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Opened a bottle of the vin gris tuile—the “brick wine” aged in glass vessels in the California sun. Back of the label warns that it has nutty, curry notes. I Was going for weird when I bought it, but oof.
Quite unpleasant. Good luck finishing a bottle. [truce.gif]
by Dave H.
October 31st, 2019, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)
Replies: 12
Views: 787

Re: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)

I don't care, but I bought a bottle of the hated Deboeuf on closeout last year (~$4), and found it legitimately enjoyable. Not sure if it has gotten better, 2018 was a particularly good year, or my expectations were sufficiently low, but it was fun to drink in a way few single-digit reds are.
by Dave H.
October 25th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3589
Views: 345745

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

We tried the regular Sonoma Pinot Noir that he (as well as many others) unloaded a few months back. More Burgundian. My wife and I didn't care for it. But a friend of ours (whom we gave one to) said it was fantastic and can she get more. That Wind Gap PN it seems, you love it or you don't care for ...
by Dave H.
October 21st, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer in Los Angeles?
Replies: 3
Views: 883

Re: 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 i...
by Dave H.
October 19th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer in Los Angeles?
Replies: 3
Views: 883

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: 172
Views: 7131

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: 1987

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: 2702

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: 3852

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: 388

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: 3020

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: 729

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.
[cry.gif]
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: 729

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: 729

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: 1493

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: 325

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: 3589
Views: 345745

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: 2344
Views: 155366

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: 1036

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: 1036

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: 1036

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: 1036

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: 4512

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: 3589
Views: 345745

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Wine/Food Recommendations-Jura/Annecy/Beaujolais
Replies: 7
Views: 541

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: 2344
Views: 155366

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: 1926

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Wine/Food Recommendations-Jura/Annecy/Beaujolais
Replies: 7
Views: 541

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Wine/Food Recommendations-Jura/Annecy/Beaujolais
Replies: 7
Views: 541

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: 1497
Views: 102304

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: 407

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: 1847

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...

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