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by Roger Ouellette
November 16th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston lodging and restaurants
Replies: 23
Views: 815

Re: Charleston lodging and restaurants

We've had some great Sunday brunches at Magnolias.
by Roger Ouellette
November 15th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston lodging and restaurants
Replies: 23
Views: 815

Re: Charleston lodging and restaurants

We've had great stays at the Francis Marion Hotel and the King Charles Inn, but had a bad experience at the Vendue (we were in the annex across the street). There were some very loud late night guests, so not so much a problem with the hotel itself, although they appeared less than concerned about t...
by Roger Ouellette
November 14th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charlotte
Replies: 11
Views: 363

Re: Charlotte

+1 on Fig Tree. I don't know how I left that one off as we had our anniversary dinner there a few weeks ago (don't tell the CFO I forgot).
by Roger Ouellette
November 13th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charlotte
Replies: 11
Views: 363

Re: Charlotte

Nick, here are a few rec's. Downtown - the Wooden Vine and McNinch House. Dilworth and South End area - Bonterra and Barcelona Wine Bar. South Charlotte near SouthPark Mall - Corkbuzz, Roosters and Upstream. North by the lake - Dressler's, Flat Iron Grill, Alton's. Hope this helps. Cheers, Roger O.
by Roger Ouellette
October 16th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1410

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

One more option, surprised I haven't seen it posted here yet. Calling Marcus, How quick can you send Jay a case of your Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Gris Reserve Clover? One of the best Pinot Gris I've tasted and at around $20, it feels like stealing. You'll be happy, your guests will be happy, w...
by Roger Ouellette
October 16th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1410

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Tiefenbrunner (Alto Adige) makes a fairly drinkable inexpensive Grigio.
by Roger Ouellette
October 16th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 28
Views: 1034

Re: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Brian, Paul but if you go to the Scherrer website you'll see that there are indeed three different cabs, however when you look at the Specifications for each one all of the fruit comes from the Scherrer Vineyard just different sections with different rootstock.
by Roger Ouellette
October 15th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 28
Views: 1034

Re: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Wes Barton wrote:
October 14th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Excellent Pinot Noir producer, too.
I have to admit that as much as I love his cabs and zins, I am always amazed with what he does with pinot, top of my list is the Hallberg Vineyard pinot, have yet to find a weak vintage, incredible fruit and fantastic wine.
by Roger Ouellette
October 14th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Modales Winery Visit (Michigan)
Replies: 4
Views: 543

Re: TN: Modales Winery Visit (Michigan)

Jeff,

Tx for the notes, I'm always on the lookout for MI wineries and this one is only about an hour from my Sister and B-I-L.
by Roger Ouellette
October 12th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 28
Views: 1034

TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley (10/12/2019) Just an amazing '07 Alexander Valley cab. Elegant and complex, still singing with layers of primary fruit mainly black and red cherry with a hint of chocolate. Tannins are fully ...
by Roger Ouellette
September 10th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vine Porn
Replies: 311
Views: 23366

Re: Vine Porn

A couple of shots from our recent trip to the Loire Valley.

Chateau d'Epire Chenin Blanc growing on shale in Savennieres, France.

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Domaine aux Moines

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by Roger Ouellette
September 9th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Chinon and Saumur
Replies: 20
Views: 1188

Re: Chinon and Saumur

Our visit to Domaine Bernard Baudry was exceptional. I initiated contact for a tasting thru their website and received a reply with an appointment date/time (9/3 @ 11am) the same day. We had a really nice drive from Saumur to the other side of Chinon, about 45 minutes, a good part of which was along...
by Roger Ouellette
September 7th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US importers in France?
Replies: 8
Views: 520

Re: US importers in France?

I want to purchase wines from a shop in France but I need an importer. Any recommendations? YLee, We were just in Saumur France this past week and shipped 12 bottles back to NC using Mail Boxes etc. It's not cheap, $200/12 bottles (be aware that a case over here is 6 bottles) and it will take 2 wee...
by Roger Ouellette
September 6th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Chinon and Saumur
Replies: 20
Views: 1188

Re: Chinon and Saumur

Just wanted to check back in to tell everyone what an excellent trip this has been and to thank all of you for the great advice. We're wrapping things up here, heading back to Paris tomorrow and the States on Sunday. I'm torn between touting the Cab Franc and Chenin Blanc found here and keeping the ...
by Roger Ouellette
August 21st, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite mid-price lodging Napa/Sonoma
Replies: 17
Views: 1452

Re: Favorite mid-price lodging Napa/Sonoma

Not sure what your price range is but we've always enjoyed the Raford Inn B&B in Forestville. Great location for exploring Sonoma wine country The Inn sits on a hill overlooking vineyards, right near the Russian River. Very comfortable, great breakfast, real nice owners, happy hour on the deck and r...
by Roger Ouellette
August 15th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 5561

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

Having just been out there visiting over the 4th some of these will be shipped this fall. The Shea wines were just a touch over $65 per. Goodfellow Franny Beck Kelley Fox Patricia Green Shea Wine Cellars Roger, I'm curious which Franny Beck wines you liked. The blue label WV tends to be more immedi...
by Roger Ouellette
August 14th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 5561

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

Having just been out there visiting over the 4th some of these will be shipped this fall. The Shea wines were just a touch over $65 per.

Goodfellow
Franny Beck
Kelley Fox
Patricia Green
Shea Wine Cellars
by Roger Ouellette
August 3rd, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Scherrer Winery Pinot Noir Hallberg Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 373

TN: 2012 Scherrer Winery Pinot Noir Hallberg Vineyard

2012 Scherrer Winery Pinot Noir Hallberg Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Green Valley of Russian River Valley (8/3/2019) Just a phenomenal Russian River pinot! Nine years old and still holding on to loads of ripe red fruit. Layers of tangy ripe Bing cherry, cranberry, rhubarb and a touch...
by Roger Ouellette
July 29th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Chinon and Saumur
Replies: 20
Views: 1188

Re: Chinon and Saumur

Don't miss out on Ch. Filliatreau in Saumur and Domaine du Closel in Savennieres, they provide good tasting experiences. Solid recommendations. Fluent English spoken at both. RT Good to know re: English. So far, confirmed appointment with Baudry and waiting to hear back from Couly-Duthiel. Will rea...
by Roger Ouellette
July 28th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Chinon and Saumur
Replies: 20
Views: 1188

Re: Chinon and Saumur

Thank you all for the responses so far! I've sent requests to Baudry and Couly-Dutheil and am in the process of sending out several others. Am I correct in assuming that the Loire will be similar to other areas in France regarding time spent at a Domaine/Chateau for tasting, i.e., for appointments, ...
by Roger Ouellette
July 27th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Chinon and Saumur
Replies: 20
Views: 1188

Re: Chinon and Saumur

Bumping this thread as the CFO and I will be staying in Saumur for the first week of September (first time to this region). Looking for rec's for wine tastings/wine experiences as well as touristy stuff. Must do's and must misses, pleasant surprises and disappointments. Also curious to hear from Chr...
by Roger Ouellette
July 26th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12854

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Got a mixed case of mostly whites (love the compagni and the Waidhofen) that also included some syrah (have to keep the CFO pleased) and like most others here, got a case of OVZ. If you all haven't been to their new tasting "house" put it on your must do list next time you're in the area.
by Roger Ouellette
July 25th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?
Replies: 121
Views: 5240

Re: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?

Having just got back from our annual pilgrimage to Willamette Valley we have 4 to 5 cases coming from there. Add in the two cases of Bedrock I just finished ordering, the 2 cases of Scherrer zin futures and the 1/2 case of Carlisle, I have about 90 in my "pending deliveries" bin.
by Roger Ouellette
July 18th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 135
Views: 8595

Re: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

We went for our annual fourth of July Portland visit to see our son and D-I-L and as usual we spent a few days in WV. Here are the wineries we visited: Saturday 7/6 A Blooming Hill Newberg Sunday 7/7 Colene Clemens Eminent Domain Dundee Tuesday 7/9 Erath Winery Le Cadeau Vineyard Evening Land Vineya...
by Roger Ouellette
July 2nd, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Round-Up
Replies: 98
Views: 5109

Re: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - How About Aug 31st?

Planning a Loire Valley trip most likely starting on August 30th, we'll catch up in October.

Cheers
by Roger Ouellette
June 27th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Montenidoli Canaiuolo Rose', 2017 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: TN: 2018 Montenidoli Canaiuolo Rose', 2017 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore

Love Elisabetta Fagiuoli's wines, if you get a chance try her Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale.
by Roger Ouellette
June 19th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11425

Re: Top US Syrahs

Scherrer - Calypso Vineyard
Ventoux
Adelaida
Bedrock
Arcadian

and the sleeper
Red Car
by Roger Ouellette
June 16th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1883

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

Slathering some chicken breasts with a bourbon BBQ sauce on the grill and popped a '17 Kelley Fox Freedom Hill Pinot Blanc. Got calls from both kids (daughter is due with our 1st grandbaby any minute). Life is good in the 'hood.
by Roger Ouellette
June 5th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Round-Up
Replies: 98
Views: 5109

Re: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6

Brian, I'll be out again in early October helping my favorite winemaker. If this offline falls in that time period then count me in. If not, I hope we can catch up again while I'm there.
by Roger Ouellette
April 17th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine shop in Plymouth-Northville-Ann Arbor area
Replies: 37
Views: 1189

Re: wine shop in Plymouth-Northville-Ann Arbor area

Was born and raised in the Motor City burbs and did a four year stint at AA graduating in '80. VC was on my way to campus from The Shack, passed it several times a day and stopped in very frequently. Unfortunately I was not into wine at the time but did manage to keep their beer supply fresh. Oh to ...
by Roger Ouellette
April 1st, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2938

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

We've enjoyed several different Vernaccia from Montenidoli and a 2013 Monastero Suore Cistercensi Coenobium Lazio that was really nice, each of these in the mid $20 range.
by Roger Ouellette
March 26th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More reasons to hate FedEx
Replies: 53
Views: 2371

Re: More reasons to hate FedEx

LoriMcLaughlin wrote:
March 26th, 2019, 5:03 pm
I routinely redirect Fedex wine shipments to my local FedEx store. No issues. UPS it has to go to a distribution center which is 45 min away. I vote for FedEx.
+1K
by Roger Ouellette
March 20th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Kenneth Volk Negrette San Benito County
Replies: 1
Views: 128

TN: 2012 Kenneth Volk Negrette San Benito County

2012 Kenneth Volk Negrette San Benito County - USA, California, Central Coast, San Benito County (3/20/2019) Kenneth Volk is well known for producing very tasty wines from oddball grapes and this one, made from Negrette is spot on. Outside south-western France, Negrette is virtually extinct. A smal...
by Roger Ouellette
March 15th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Durham / Chapel Hill enomatic tasting 3/16
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: Durham / Chapel Hill enomatic tasting 3/16

Sorry Tantina but we're out of town this weekend. If you don't mind, report back on where you went and what you liked as I'd like to hit some of these tastings in the arean at some time.
by Roger Ouellette
March 15th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2321
Views: 151775

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Brian Tuite wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 6:12 am

‘16 Oakville Farmhouse, because I could (thanks Roger). Very accessible, Dava absolutely loved it. The new Grassl Glas Cru were just as impressive.
Glad you and D enjoyed the Farmhouse, I was somewhat surprised at how well it was tasting at Bedrock earlier that day.
by Roger Ouellette
March 15th, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Barbie Freedom Hill Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 768

Re: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Barbie Freedom Hill Vineyard

Matt, you're going to have a good time. We arranged a tasting with Kelley while we were out in Oregon last November for our sons wedding. This was one of the best tastings. Kelley is a very interesting, intelligent individual who also happens to make great wine. We also did a tour of her small wine ...
by Roger Ouellette
March 12th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Barbie Freedom Hill Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 768

TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Barbie Freedom Hill Vineyard

2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Barbie Freedom Hill Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (3/12/2019) A luscious, mouth coating pinot blanc from Kelley Fox. The nose comes through with golden delicious apple and a hint of baking spice. On the tongue is ripe pear, honeysuckle, just a hint of c...
by Roger Ouellette
March 12th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 10685

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date

How is the tasting experience at Bedrock itself? Celebrating my wife’s birthday by going to Cali and debating what wineries to see. I love their wine but their tasting experience does not seem too exciting by reading up on the site Evan, the CFO and I thoroughly enjoyed our tasting. Great wine and ...
by Roger Ouellette
March 12th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Feedback on Itinerary for Trip to Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles
Replies: 24
Views: 1649

Re: Feedback on Itinerary for Trip to Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles

Jordan, +1 on Adelaida, almost across the road from Tablas (another +1). Yes, Tablas is fairly big and very popular but is well worth the effort even if just for the education re: all the things the Haas family had done for the area (Full disclosure, we've been members at Tablas for quite a while). ...
by Roger Ouellette
March 11th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2321
Views: 151775

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Take out Chinese so naturally opened a '17 Wirz Vineyard Riesling. Fresh, vibrant, floral with that hint of petrol, creamy lemon pith, keylime, beautiful texture with just a bit of viscous semi-waxy feel, cleansing acidity and a fairly long finish. I wish I knew how this would age but I have a very ...
by Roger Ouellette
March 11th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine store in NC (Raleigh, Durham, Apex)
Replies: 50
Views: 1990

Re: Wine store in NC (Raleigh, Durham, Apex)

As the weather is starting to warm up I may be spending more time in Charlotte than Raleigh but would definitely head to our Cary apartment for any offlines anyone would like to put together. I've been scouring the areas wine shops in my hunt for wine made from obscure/rare grapes. I've found that t...
by Roger Ouellette
February 25th, 2019, 10:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: Retsina?
Replies: 15
Views: 593

Re: POLL: Retsina?

Bought a bottle a number of years ago for the "experience". Reminded me of my younger days oiling down a new baseball glove. I loved playing ball but I totally detested the retsina. Oh, and don't feel too bad for our boys in blue, they need a game like that once in a while to keep them grounded. The...
by Roger Ouellette
February 25th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 10685

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date

Any specific notes on the Montecillo Cabernet? Niiiice Roger! Sure it was a blast! Out of curiosity, did they mention how much air they give the wines before pouring? All of those wines seem painfully young (especially the Bedrock and the Cab!) We had an afternoon appt. so I'm guessing that these b...
by Roger Ouellette
February 24th, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 10685

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date

Super excited for our tasting appointment this Saturday, hoping they'll have some of the Spring Release wines available. How did the tasting go? You try any wines from the release? To use TomHills term, these folks get it. Just a great tasting experience with Jackie. Their "new" tasting room is rea...
by Roger Ouellette
February 20th, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 10685

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date

Super excited for our tasting appointment this Saturday, hoping they'll have some of the Spring Release wines available.
by Roger Ouellette
February 20th, 2019, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12261
Views: 589338

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Found a bunch of obscure/interesting varieties while checking out some wine stores in the Raleigh NC area, should be some fun stuff in here: Wine - Grape(s) 2016 Crespaia Chiaraluce - Bianchello del Metauro 2016 Fazio Sicilia 'A Vampa - Nerello Mascalese 2012 Equipo Navazos Vino de Mesa de Andalucía...
by Roger Ouellette
February 8th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 37
Views: 2543

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

Fairly new to D&R, ordered three each of the whites and then put in a request for a visit as we are heading to CA at the end of this month.

Looking forward to the wine and more so the meet up, see you soon Hardy.
by Roger Ouellette
January 27th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Chester's Anvil - SOLD OUT The last few cases, 63% off!
Replies: 46
Views: 3199

Re: Chester's Anvil - The last few cases, 63% off!

Awesome deal Carole - tx, We've enjoyed the zin in the past now in for a case of the HH.
by Roger Ouellette
January 27th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Liquid Farm - BD10 Offerings
Replies: 42
Views: 3972

Re: Liquid Farm - BD10 Offerings

Sorry if I am being dense....... But is the "TWELVE 3-pack vertical" 3 bottles total? Or 12 bottles total? The description says (3x4), but the pricing seems to be for 3 bottles, so I am a bit confused...... Thanks, Paul Wouldn't be liquid farm without creating some confusion in the orders . . . But...

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