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by Ron Slye
March 28th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 48
Views: 1582

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

If you like more old style Bordeaux blends, then my newish good discovery is JB Neufeld. I would UN that same vein “third” the recommendation of cadence and Andrew will. A lot of the others mentioned above are great. Riesling is a tough one. I am not an expert but except for eroica the only other I ...
by Ron Slye
March 24th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy 6 Pack + Interactive WB Tasting
Replies: 37
Views: 1829

Re: Dirty and Rowdy 6 Pack + Interactive WB Tasting

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March 24th, 2020, 3:19 am
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by Ron Slye
March 24th, 2020, 12:50 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy 6 Pack + Interactive WB Tasting
Replies: 37
Views: 1829

Re: Dirty and Rowdy 6 Pack + Interactive WB Tasting

Here are the details and the registration link. SUNDAY- 3/29 2PM Pacific 2018 Shake Ridge Ranch 2018 Rodnick Farm 2018 Enz Vineyard Mourvèdre To Register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/upQkf-6qrzgj3WxgnFICOpNYYObgDdbZ9w Ann Kraemer of Shake Ridge Ranch will join us and there will be live music b...
by Ron Slye
March 23rd, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy 6 Pack + Interactive WB Tasting
Replies: 37
Views: 1829

Re: Dirty and Rowdy 6 Pack + Interactive WB Tasting

Hi! New to WB and just purchased to join in this tasting. Not sure we’ll receive them in time, but hopeful. Thanks! Yay! We ordered yesterday too -- but in Seattle, so assume it will arrive by Sunday. Looking forward to this. More wineries should consider doing something similar. A great way to int...
by Ron Slye
March 17th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 14 New World Cabernets from CA, WA, Chile, Argentina, South Africa
Replies: 23
Views: 1327

Re: Blind tasting of 14 New World Cabernets from CA, WA, Chile, Argentina, South Africa

Yes on that note, it did seem to open up quite nicely after 3 plus hours open -- so definitely decanting is warranted! Thanks again for introducing me to it!
by Ron Slye
March 16th, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 14 New World Cabernets from CA, WA, Chile, Argentina, South Africa
Replies: 23
Views: 1327

Re: Blind tasting of 14 New World Cabernets from CA, WA, Chile, Argentina, South Africa

Ok. Opened a bottle of the 2016 Spier Seaward. I tried it in Grassl 1855 and Riedel Sommelier Bdx -- I preferred this one in the latter, but still love the former glasses! Quick response -- this is a great qpr, and should benefit from 3-5 years more of age in my book. More extended. It is interestin...
by Ron Slye
March 16th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 14 New World Cabernets from CA, WA, Chile, Argentina, South Africa
Replies: 23
Views: 1327

Re: Blind tasting of 14 New World Cabernets from CA, WA, Chile, Argentina, South Africa

There are a lot of really good SA cabs out there. I am not as up to day as I used to be but some of my favorites are Thelema, Delheim, rosenthal, rustenburg, and Warwick. But there are many others. I did pick up the one in your tasting Blake. Six bottles. Delivered to my home same day. Just under 20...
by Ron Slye
March 12th, 2020, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7701

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

Was talking with Tegan Passalacqua today and he told me that distributors are saying nobody is ordering wine. Restaurants, Grocery Stores, Licquor Stores... have been slow and not restocking. Traffic through the Valley didn’t seem any different today. I don't know if it's the same up there but I ju...
by Ron Slye
March 10th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse weekend pickup party April, 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: Cayuse weekend pickup party April, 2020

Yes that is a good point to make. So much of that weekend is because of Cayuse -- without it, it will be much slower, even though at the moment it looks like some of the other wineries are going ahead with their weekend plans. I think Cayuse draws a more national crowd, which may have entered into t...
by Ron Slye
March 10th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once and Future Save the Date
Replies: 39
Views: 2334

Re: Once and Future Save the Date

The website is working.
by Ron Slye
March 6th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Washington Wine Route suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 413

Re: Washington Wine Route suggestions?

Given your description of your palate, let me make some additional suggestions. On old world style Cab, I would try Rollat -- I have always been impressed with their wines, and my sense is they will age quite well. As far as smallish wineries that care and are interesting, two come immediately to mi...
by Ron Slye
March 4th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Washington Wine Route suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 413

Re: Washington Wine Route suggestions?

I agree with Brandon's recommendations, with the caveat that I think it depends on what sort of experience you are seeking. The advantage of the SoDO/South Seattle recommendation is that you can hit a number of wineries in a small area. So if your aim is to maximize the breadth of wines you are tast...
by Ron Slye
March 1st, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Estate Nebbiolo
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: TN: 2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Estate Nebbiolo

I did jot find it closed at all. It was a bit tight and austere, but not like a traditional Barolo at this age. I think Tom may be right about ten years. It definitely has a bit more heft than the Fosco. But boy they are both lovely wines.
by Ron Slye
March 1st, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Estate Nebbiolo
Replies: 4
Views: 281

TN: 2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Estate Nebbiolo

2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Estate Nebbiolo - USA, California, Sonoma County, Green Valley of Russian River Valley (3/1/2020) Wow, this adds a depth and complexity to the Fosco, which itself is really excellent. This is a bit more concentrated, a bit tighter -- some lovely tart cherry, with th...
by Ron Slye
March 1st, 2020, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Fosco
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: TN: 2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Fosco

That pic is from cellar tracker. So the one I had was the 2014. It is a really lovely wine. I hope your others are good! Yet another great discovery for me from BD!
by Ron Slye
March 1st, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Fosco
Replies: 4
Views: 208

TN: 2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Fosco

2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Fosco - USA, California, Sonoma County, Green Valley of Russian River Valley (3/1/2020) Wow, this is by far the best nebbiolo I have had outside of Italy. Lovely nose of violets and rose hips, with those rustic notes I associate with good Italian wine. Some very nic...
by Ron Slye
February 27th, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3613
Views: 353476

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

Maybe I am too tired with being up with a three year old, but I don't understand this use of "either/or" in the Barolo mystery offer: "This is the first time we’ve offered either/or in ANY vintage (which is hard to believe but true)." I think that is Jon's way of saying you can order one of both of...
by Ron Slye
February 27th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3613
Views: 353476

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

Maybe I am too tired with being up with a three year old, but I don't understand this use of "either/or" in the Barolo mystery offer:

"This is the first time we’ve offered either/or in ANY vintage (which is hard to believe but true)."
by Ron Slye
February 13th, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...
Replies: 25
Views: 1463

Re: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...

What a great set of tasting notes -- and sounds like it was a wonderful evening of good food, good wine, and good (adult) conversation. Happy belated 40th!
by Ron Slye
February 9th, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For Jura Lovers, a New Book . . . Maybe
Replies: 19
Views: 1251

Re: For Jura Lovers, a New Book . . . Maybe

Wow. I clicked on that link and the paperback is "from $98"! I have a paperback. Happy to sell it for less. The Kindle version seems like a great deal!
by Ron Slye
February 3rd, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point
Replies: 44
Views: 2803

Re: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point

Agree about cadence and Andrew will. Both solid wines. I would also recommend JB Neufeld. Really excellent and I think around $50.
by Ron Slye
February 1st, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 8628

Re: Grassl Glassware

mine arrived today. how do they weigh so little? I feel nervous holding them. Guess i'll get more comfortable once i use them. From my experience, they become the “norm” in 1-2 weeks. But it’s surprising how clunky many glasses feel once the Grassl become the norm. I definitely agree with Marcus he...
by Ron Slye
January 30th, 2020, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6692

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

I like the shift from pet peeves to best practices. One idea is also to include the glassware. As many of us know, the glass can make such a big difference. I have felt this way for a while, but now realize that I never (or rarely?) mention it at all in my tasting notes. At least for my own purposes...
by Ron Slye
January 30th, 2020, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 89
Views: 7955

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

In some ways the timing for me worked in their favor. Hey, I just spent an enormous amount of money on BD, whats another few hundred or so? I know -- dont invest your money with me........
by Ron Slye
January 30th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 8628

Re: Grassl Glassware

Brian, I have washed the 1855 in the dishwasher without incident many times. I have washed it as well in the dishwasher -- both top rack and bottom rack. I just try to make sure that it is not near anything else that it can hit against. I used to hand wash everything, but as others have noted, hand...
by Ron Slye
January 30th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Sues Cork Company Over 'Contamination' of Their 2015s
Replies: 28
Views: 1827

Re: Cayuse Sues Cork Company Over 'Contamination' of Their 2015s

Isn't this kind of the cost of doing business when you buy cork. I feel for them but consumers spend money on corked wine every year. 99% of the time the consumer eats the cost. I don't know of an official "policy" on returning corked wine other than merchant/winery good will. Which is easy on a bo...
by Ron Slye
January 29th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 178
Views: 9097

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

Patricia Green arrived yesterday!
by Ron Slye
January 28th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 178
Views: 9097

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

Just did the tally - 75 bottles from offers (8 producers - 2 new (Bien Nacido/Solomon Hills & Scherrer), a freezer full of steak, lots of spanish gourmet goods, 12 stems & 2 decanters. Oh yeah - 3 auction items including a 3L and a 1.5L! Thank you wine makers for the offers and Mods for all your wo...
by Ron Slye
January 28th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 8628

Re: Grassl Glassware

Marcus Goodfellow wrote:
January 28th, 2020, 9:21 am

Sweet that you have a decanter in the mudroom!

I like the Grassl decanter quite a bit. Not least because it’s easy to handle and pour from, which is important if your trying to pour wine with one hand and pull a wet boot off with the other.
This made me laugh out loud.
by Ron Slye
January 28th, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 8628

Re: Grassl Glassware

I PM'd Chris, but imagine he's swamped right now, so does anyone have any thoughts on whether I should buy the Mineralite or the Liberte for general white wine usage? I want to try two different Grassl glasses (never tried them before) and know that I want the Cru, as we drink a lot of Piedmont and...
by Ron Slye
January 28th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6692

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

I agree with you on this one Brady. The done or over the hill note without further explanation is just not that helpful. And yes, sometimes it is a storage issue, so not knowing that makes the over the hill comment not useful, and in fact misleading at times. The "same as last bottle" does not annoy...
by Ron Slye
January 26th, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Goodfellow Family Cellars BD 11 Offers
Replies: 129
Views: 5520

Re: Goodfellow Family Cellars BD 11 Offers

Marcus

Can I have one of Offer 1, and 1 6 pack of the Berserker Cuvee Chardonnay. And let me know when the Richard is available!

Thanks for bringing such great offers here, and producing such great wines!

Ron
by Ron Slye
January 24th, 2020, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 8628

Re: Grassl Glassware

Thanks, Michael. Storage is more of a problem than budget. Of the regular stems...which? I'm thinking Liberte or 1855. Brandon -- I would go with the Cru. I found the 1855 great for Bdx blends (and Barolo too sometimes), but the Cru is great for Pinot, Rhone blends, and others. I tend to use Riedel...
by Ron Slye
January 24th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 86
Views: 4592

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

Harvest Vine usually has sardines. As does Bitter/Raw if I remember correctly (that is Lark's upstairs raw bar). You could also try Blueacre -- they have a pretty extensive menu, There was also a place that used to be on Lake Union and downtown, whose name I cannot for the life of me remember. I wan...
by Ron Slye
January 24th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day Buzz on New Wineries
Replies: 20
Views: 1788

Re: Berserker Day Buzz on New Wineries

Ugh. This is becoming very dangerous -- so many good sounding things to try! Resist, resist, resist....... gimme gimme gimme
by Ron Slye
January 24th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 8628

Re: Grassl Glassware

What would be the recommendation for big reds like Cali Cab, Rhone and Bordeaux blends? I was thinking Liberte but then saw the comment about whites and champagne a few posts up. I would go with the 1855. I find it is better for those than my Riedel Sommelier Bdx glass. I would definitely not do Li...
by Ron Slye
January 24th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 8628

Re: Grassl Glassware

Thanks, Michael. Storage is more of a problem than budget. Of the regular stems...which? I'm thinking Liberte or 1855. Brandon -- I would go with the Cru. I found the 1855 great for Bdx blends (and Barolo too sometimes), but the Cru is great for Pinot, Rhone blends, and others. I tend to use Riedel...
by Ron Slye
January 23rd, 2020, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1992 LaJota Anniversary Release
Replies: 9
Views: 432

Re: 1992 LaJota Anniversary Release

I just submitted a bit on something else and immediately wondered if I should regret it -- some Oregon Pinots from the 90s. Not as high a price as yours, so that helps a bit. Your story reaffirms my thinking -- it might be good. And if not, then it is a good learning experience. And of course I may ...
by Ron Slye
January 22nd, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New Espresso Machine
Replies: 170
Views: 13077

Re: New Espresso Machine

Ah. I was confused about some of the comments here but realize I did not click on the link to the actual paper. I thought all of this was based on the news article that the original link connected to. Now I realize there is a good deal more here. Not sure if I will take the time to wade through it, ...
by Ron Slye
January 22nd, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New Espresso Machine
Replies: 170
Views: 13077

Re: New Espresso Machine

I am curious about more detail on the study. My experience (and I admit I have not done a deep dive on this) is finding the sweet spot between too coarse (which results in long, watery pulls), and too fine (which results in short or no pulls, and sometimes clogged pulls). When I combine this with th...
by Ron Slye
January 21st, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Collecting wines not of the usual countries
Replies: 22
Views: 1237

Re: Collecting wines not of the usual countries

South Africa, certainly. Mullineux is tops, and has started to become easier to find. But to reiterate John's point, most of the best stuff never even makes it here. I agree on Mullineux. There really are some solid and even great wines coming out of South Africa. Raats is another one that is good ...
by Ron Slye
January 21st, 2020, 7:53 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 18 btl lot aged Cayuse: Big Price Reduction !
Replies: 7
Views: 1903

Re: 18 btl lot aged Cayuse: Big Price Reduction !

So I am not interested as, like Jonathan, I have more than enough Cayuse in my cellar. BUT, I would echo what he says above -- this is a great price for some great wines with some good age on them. I don't think you can find aged Cailloux or GOK for less than 100 anywhere -- and if you leave out the...
by Ron Slye
January 21st, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Collecting wines not of the usual countries
Replies: 22
Views: 1237

Re: Collecting wines not of the usual countries

I have long had a soft spot for South African wines. They are usually amazing bargains if you are in South Africa. Outside they are not as competitively priced as they used to be. Wines that you might find in a US store that are worth trying are Spice Route, Thelema, Warwick, Hamilton Russell, and ...
by Ron Slye
January 20th, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Collecting wines not of the usual countries
Replies: 22
Views: 1237

Re: Collecting wines not of the usual countries

I have long had a soft spot for South African wines. They are usually amazing bargains if you are in South Africa. Outside they are not as competitively priced as they used to be. Wines that you might find in a US store that are worth trying are Spice Route, Thelema, Warwick, Hamilton Russell, and K...
by Ron Slye
January 19th, 2020, 10:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 3264

Re: Grass fed???

We had a skirt steak and a NY strip from Aldersprings. The skirt was fantastic. Lovely flavor and texture. Simply done on the grill. All that one could want in a skirt steak. The strip I unfortunately over cooked -- I think I kept it too long in the oven for the reverse sear. I think next time I wil...
by Ron Slye
January 17th, 2020, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer check: Tipsy Knitter, Seattle
Replies: 6
Views: 536

Re: Retailer check: Tipsy Knitter, Seattle

Same here. I live in Seattle. In fact on Capitol Hill. And I have not heard of them. They have an eclectic selection. The website does not clearly state who the principals are though.

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