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by Anton D
November 19th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing
Replies: 22
Views: 367

Re: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
November 19th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Anybody else see the dramatic thread title posted by Alfert and roll his/her eyes??

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No eye rolling, but, then, Alfert's posts usually involve a stream of some kind.
by Anton D
November 19th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing
Replies: 22
Views: 367

Re: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing

For wines I hate, but have to be polite about, I will say, "This wine certainly pours well, and look how it assumes the shape of its container." Sometimes, I will say, "Perfect for spaghetti!" Meaning that I would mix it with tomato sauce and make a reduction if I absolutely had to have that wine in...
by Anton D
November 19th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 300
Views: 14877

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Mine arrived this week, looking forward to some turkey pairing!
by Anton D
November 19th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer
Replies: 24
Views: 1196

Re: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer

As time goes on, I'm less and less shocked by any of these acquisitions. If the grapes are still grown by world class farmers, the wines still made by world class winemakers and the wine is still excellent, I don't really care what the parent company does. Case in point Siduri. Fruit source and win...
by Anton D
November 19th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NewYorker: RachelMonroe on NaturalWines
Replies: 5
Views: 382

Re: NewYorker: RachelMonroe on NaturalWines

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
November 19th, 2019, 10:10 am
The more people yammer about natural wine, the less I want to drink it.
Agree.
by Anton D
November 19th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer
Replies: 24
Views: 1196

Re: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer

Well, that frees me up to drop Pahlmeyer.

I have a 'just say no to Gallo' policy.
by Anton D
November 19th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Napa/Sonoma Blind Tasting Contest
Replies: 14
Views: 638

Re: Recommendations for Napa/Sonoma Blind Tasting Contest

Karl K wrote:
November 18th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Kamen CS is a nice Sonoma Cab Sauv which would be interesting in a tasting like this.

My guess is some would think it is from Napa.
I agree! I was just too lazy to keep going!
by Anton D
November 18th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Napa/Sonoma Blind Tasting Contest
Replies: 14
Views: 638

Re: Recommendations for Napa/Sonoma Blind Tasting Contest

Mmmmm! Thinking of cabs to compete with other bigger style wines, and not wines other people are likely to bring... https://www.ryew.com/product/2015-Scion-Estate-Cabernet-Sauvignon?pageID=84054A51-FECE-FA14-1534-DE04C453F192&sortBy=DisplayOrder&maxRows=20&&productListName=Current%20Releases&positio...
by Anton D
November 18th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Napa/Sonoma Blind Tasting Contest
Replies: 14
Views: 638

Re: Recommendations for Napa/Sonoma Blind Tasting Contest

Chris nailed it, then we will chime in more!

And welcome to you!
by Anton D
November 18th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 08 VC La Grande Dame and 98 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 3
Views: 390

Re: TN: 08 VC La Grande Dame and 98 La Mission Haut Brion

Kris Patten wrote:
November 18th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
November 18th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Thanks for the notes! Been looking at that Grande Dame
At Costco in WA for $109, so keep an eye out.
Yup, I consider it a truly great wine at a reasonable price. [cheers.gif]

Perhaps my favorite sparkler.
by Anton D
November 18th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More on wine country environmental issues
Replies: 4
Views: 386

Re: More on wine country environmental issues

Wow, just call this "vineyard tax." "In another case, multiple agencies issued a $3.7 million fine against Silicon Valley entrepreneur and vintner Kevin Harvey after those agencies concluded that he illegally destroyed a Mendocino County wetland and buried a small creek with excavated dirt as he mad...
by Anton D
November 17th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California wine most like Latour?
Replies: 34
Views: 2191

Re: California wine most like Latour?

Also, none of my picks are dead ringers, but...

Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow. It can bring some nice graphite to the table.
by Anton D
November 17th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California wine most like Latour?
Replies: 34
Views: 2191

Re: California wine most like Latour?

Ken Strauss wrote:
November 17th, 2019, 3:30 pm
David Griffith wrote:
November 17th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Michael S. Monie wrote:
November 17th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Eisele Vineyard Estate?

Chateau Latour purchased Eisele from Araujo, so this makes the most sense to me.
I agree and you have a nice story to tell.
Further agreement!
by Anton D
November 15th, 2019, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It pays to peek!!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1146

Re: It pays to peek!!!!

I love tales of unexpected finds! Good for you!
by Anton D
November 15th, 2019, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date
Replies: 48
Views: 3773

Re: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date

Mike Stoneking wrote:
November 15th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Kris Patten wrote:
November 15th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Got a box yesterday from Will congratulating me on new baby with a couple of his 2017s and a card.

Super cool gesture, huge thanks Will.
Now this is so cool! flirtysmile
I know what red wine to open when someone turns 21!!!

That is so cool.
by Anton D
November 13th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 73
Views: 3168

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

T. Williams wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 6:23 pm
As a young and speedy member. I really enjoy watching you old farts slowing down a bit and letting some of us young bloods get the bottles you wish you bought. Now if you could only do that with your housing too!!!!

TW
It’s ‘cause you’re wasting all that money on lattes and avocado toast.
by Anton D
November 13th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 73
Views: 3168

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

Howard Cooper wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 1:12 pm


The associates and mail room dudes - we have one big guy like Hodor - can handle all the goodies that come in this week! Shipping season, baby!
Your firm hires Hodors???? Only in Florida!!!!!!
Instead of "Hodor" the guy only says, "Alfert!"
by Anton D
November 13th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 73
Views: 3168

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

I go to the gym at least once a week and work on heavy weights so that I can carry stuff to the basement, and I'm 68 years old, so stop whining becaue there is no H in wine. I just carried a wooden case full of heavy bottle of SQN down to the cellar and made it back alive. I also keep a bottle of N...
by Anton D
November 13th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 73
Views: 3168

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

No, not because I have more than enough to last me until I die, and not because I’m so old that I will die before any new-release stuff I would buy will be fully mature. Rather, it’s just that Garagiste and Fass shipments arrived on the same day and I had to carry seven cases of wine in from the ca...
by Anton D
November 13th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Wow talk about a high end beer !
Replies: 19
Views: 845

Re: Wow talk about a high end beer !

Our Costco maintains a Sierra Nevada section of the beer aisle....lots of "Into the Woods" and small bottling runs. Makes Costco runs more fun.
by Anton D
November 12th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes III
Replies: 3
Views: 449

Re: A Few Recent Tastes III

Wow!

I appreciate that!

Note posting is work and you crushed it!!
by Anton D
November 12th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you always taste before you buy?
Replies: 27
Views: 1290

Re: Do you always taste before you buy?

No.
by Anton D
November 11th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1288

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

I just want to thank the original poster for using variety, instead of varietal, in his subject line. [cheers.gif] [highfive.gif] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varietal Or.... va·ri·e·tal /vəˈrīədl/ adjective adjective: varietal 1. (of a wine or grape) made from or belonging to a single specified v...
by Anton D
November 11th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jorge's Pre-Birthday Date Night
Replies: 11
Views: 658

Re: Jorge's Pre-Birthday Date Night

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 11:59 am
K John Joseph wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 11:58 am
Peter C. wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 11:39 am
Did Jorge puke into a water pitcher?
No it was the ice bucket after I'd taken out the champagne bottle.
He's become classy after all those years
Ever since he got that leg-strap urine bag, it's really freed him up to defile pitchers and buckets in ever more fanciful ways.
by Anton D
November 9th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice Article on Pinot Blanc
Replies: 8
Views: 393

Re: Nice Article on Pinot Blanc

G. Bienstock wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 7:45 am
Count me as a fan of PB, there are fine examples in Oregon and California.
Same!
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Berserker Abroad...
Replies: 19
Views: 1162

Re: A Berserker Abroad...

Rich Brown wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 5:55 pm
That was an awesome post with great pics!!

.....but I missed the one that had you in it too??? ;)
I do not show up in reflections or photos.
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1288

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

Wes Barton wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 4:45 pm
I was leaning towards Syrah. Bet it's got some, and a good deal of stem inclusion.
I bet you are right.
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 842

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

In any case, there is no way they are experiencing anything like "normal aging". What if it's better than normal aging? We could start a niche. S & M Wine. Here's another suggestion: wrap each bottle with expensive speaker cable, and play different kinds of music around them. I'll bet that does won...
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1288

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

Would have guessed Cab Franc I think same for me. Certainly would have never guessed pinot noir! You should have Googled it. [wow.gif] Why? Did you Googling it add to your experience, or just give you a chance to toss out a "correct" answer? I think the conversation and comparing notes is the good ...
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Berserker Abroad...
Replies: 19
Views: 1162

A Berserker Abroad...

My wife and some other family members hung out in Bordeaux a few weeks ago and had a lovely experience... The adventure started at home and we killed a 1959 Pichon Baron and a magnum of 1970 Château Carbonnieux. Both were fresh, to my relief. They are both old style Bordeaux with what I like to call...
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 842

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

Alan Rath wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 12:52 pm
In any case, there is no way they are experiencing anything like "normal aging".
What if it's better than normal aging?

We could start a niche.

S & M Wine.
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 842

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

It would seem to me that we would have to have a solid scientific base of understanding about the aging process on earth for a study of aging in space to have any scientific value. And we don't. It would be cool to find a way to let all that cosmic radiation bombard a bottle for that time in space ...
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 8
Views: 494

Re: TN: 2014 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Alan Rath wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Kris Patten wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Loved this wine in the mid-90s when it was $35 before the WSWOTY nod.
You could get the 94 for $16 at costco back then, 95 was $22. Even the 96 WOTY was "only" $28 at the winery (though limited). Those were the days :)
This is an example of WS cursing the consumer.
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Wow talk about a high end beer !
Replies: 19
Views: 845

Re: Wow talk about a high end beer !

Tyler F. wrote:
November 2nd, 2019, 4:30 pm
This is like drinking a liqueur and not a beer. Syrupy and decadent. I've bought at $190 and shared with friends. Something truly unique.
I've been looking locally....it's a phantom here.
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Wow talk about a high end beer !
Replies: 19
Views: 845

Re: Wow talk about a high end beer !

Kris Patten wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 1:36 pm
I dug up some Sam Adam's Triple Bock in my wine cellar from 1998 or 1999. I hated it then, wonder if time has helped.
I hated it, too, but wish I had cellared some to see. Let us know!!!
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Roederer Brut Nature Starck - new vintage out in regular and rose
Replies: 13
Views: 480

Re: Louis Roederer Brut Nature Starck - new vintage out in regular and rose

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 12:08 pm
I have found this a little lean and acidic.
Probably why I like it. champagne.gif

Kind of an AFWE sparkler.

I love person to person variability! [cheers.gif]
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1288

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 1:02 am
Would have guessed Cab Franc
I think same for me.

Certainly would have never guessed pinot noir!
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 8
Views: 494

Re: TN: 2014 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Kris Patten wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Loved this wine in the mid-90s when it was $35 before the WSWOTY nod.
Yup!

[cheers.gif]
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 842

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

It would seem to me that we would have to have a solid scientific base of understanding about the aging process on earth for a study of aging in space to have any scientific value. And we don't. It would be cool to find a way to let all that cosmic radiation bombard a bottle for that time in space ...
by Anton D
November 8th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Roederer Brut Nature Starck - new vintage out in regular and rose
Replies: 13
Views: 480

Re: Louis Roederer Brut Nature Starck - new vintage out in regular and rose

Yes, the 2009 Starck is a really good wine. Relative to the overall pricing of Champagne, it represents good value at $75 or so (at least I think that’s about what I paid for it). I agree, my wife and I drink the 2009 here and there and find it delicious and of good value! It's good enough that I w...
by Anton D
November 7th, 2019, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $300 Chinese Wine Arrives In America
Replies: 65
Views: 5135

Re: $300 Chinese Wine Arrives In America

I tried the 2014 at an LVMH event last night. Pyrazines for daaaaays. I didn't know what it was when I tried it but I thought to myself that it was a red wine that would go strangely well with Chinese food, then learned it was Chinese. And then saw the price. I agree with everyone else that it's wo...
by Anton D
November 7th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 11
Views: 591

Re: TN: 2016 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Uh, oh!

I better go try to compare.

This is so interesting, I find that wine to be very up/down from year to year.

That’s why I love this hobby!! [cheers.gif]
by Anton D
November 7th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 842

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

What protocol would Francois perform on space-aged wines? He originally performed this type of test with one of these... https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/xGzPR2ZJuJDmJM2aLWq5uS-320-80.jpg It was done with Thomas Jefferson wines and was indescribably delicious. He then had his pal Ben Franklin lift...
by Anton D
November 7th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanters for ballers only
Replies: 15
Views: 1222

Re: Decanters for ballers only

Imagine dropping $1,000 on a decanter lol. Now imagine dropping the $1,000 decanter. The risk pales next to the rewards of "name dropping" a 1,000 dollar decanter. I haven't looked, does Riedel make specific decanters for specific wine types? If not, please send me royalties now that I have invente...
by Anton D
November 7th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4208

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

Other than wanting one's fandom rewarded with a listing/rating, shouldn't Berserkers celebrate when their favored wines are ignored by The Spectator?

I certainly would not want my favorite wine to get popped with a 100 point WS rating.
by Anton D
November 6th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Ceritas and Matthiasson w/ some age
Replies: 5
Views: 561

Re: TNs: Ceritas and Matthiasson w/ some age

Matthew King wrote:
November 6th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Decided to stretch some atrophying wine muscles with two lower-alcohol wines from California this week.

2013 Ceritas Pinot Noir Hellenthal Vineyard Old Shop Block


Would be fun to slot this in a ringer in a lineup of Beaunes …
I agree!

Love their style.
by Anton D
November 6th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Tale of Two Berserker 10th Anniversary Cuvees
Replies: 17
Views: 1203

Re: A Tale of Two Berserker 10th Anniversary Cuvees

Great note, thank you for posting it!
by Anton D
November 5th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2051

Re: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?

I never understood the need for verticals but that's probably part of it. And as Larry notes, everyone has a different sense of "undrinkable". I would never mark a special occasion with a wine I thought was second rate though. I guess the key is how you arrived at your conclusion that the wine was ...
by Anton D
November 5th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2051

Re: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?

For me, it's to find a vintage that marks a special occasion in someone's life, e.g., birth, wedding anniversary, first job, etc. In such cases, the bottle may be more important than drinking the best wine. And, drinking a bottle from that special year and reflecting on that year can make whatever ...

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