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by Ron Slye
October 15th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 265
Views: 11929

Re: Ravenswood library offer

4 cases later...I don't even care if I missed anything - this is literally going to be drinking for the next couple years, such an incredible opportunity! [swoon.gif] Should add the most I bought of any bottle was 2 - vast majority were singletons of the $25 variety, which only makes this all the m...
by Ron Slye
October 15th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 265
Views: 11929

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Yes, a great thanks to Joel -- I admit I just went by the seat of my pants here.

Also want to note that there appears to be free shipping -- so double thanks to Joel and his team!
by Ron Slye
October 13th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 93
Views: 3599

Re: Barolo Sediment

So I opened the only old nebbiolo I have / stood up.. a 1978 barbaresco. Poured nearly all of it clean except for last 2 oz I ran through a coffee filter (with a fair amount of caked up sediment left in the bottle). On the PNP, the clean wine tasted on the palate has pure sour strawberry and high t...
by Ron Slye
October 13th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1169

Re: Washington State Trip

Actually there are a lot of vineyards just south of Walla Walla and north of the Oregon border. I am not sure though if there are nice places to stay there (though I suspect they are). Leo is right about the fifteen minutes -- it may not sound like a lot, but if you are driving yourself the roads ca...
by Ron Slye
October 12th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1169

Re: Washington State Trip

On a more serious note, I have not stayed there but hear that the Inn at Abeja is quite nice. We have stayed at Walla Faces Inn downtown, which was great -- and they have vineyard locations as well -- but a quick google search suggests they are no longer in business (??). Others may know more -- and...
by Ron Slye
October 12th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1169

Re: Washington State Trip

Laughing -- yes, I think Yakima is closer to two hours. Sorry! So you were the guy who flew by us at 120 mph last June when traveling to Walla Walla. [cheers.gif] Yes I saw him too. He was the guy flying down the pass between Ellensburg and Yakima doing 100+mph while drinking a magnum of Reynvaan. ...
by Ron Slye
October 9th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1169

Re: Washington State Trip

Laughing -- yes, I think Yakima is closer to two hours. Sorry! I am pretty sure that Alaska does allow you to check a case -- you should be able to see on their website. I do think this all depends on how much you like to drive. Some of the trip from Seattle to WW is quite beautiful. But it is at le...
by Ron Slye
October 9th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1169

Re: Washington State Trip

On driving -- Woodinville is maybe 30-40 minutes from Seattle. Very doable. Yakima is about an hour or so. Walla Walla is about 4 - 4.5 hours (depending on how fast you drive!).
by Ron Slye
October 9th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1169

Re: Washington State Trip

Yes it really does depend on what you want. I would say that the three major choices are (in no particular order): 1. Woodinville area; 2) Yakima area; and 3) Walla Walla. Woodinville probably has the largest number of tasting rooms of the three -- and the advantage that they are all relatively clos...
by Ron Slye
October 3rd, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 265
Views: 11929

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Is there a way for those of us who did not get the email to participate? I understand if not, but thought I would ask.
by Ron Slye
October 3rd, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beta Wine Release?
Replies: 43
Views: 3173

Re: Beta Wine Release?

All sold out as of this morning -- that went very fast.
by Ron Slye
October 2nd, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2261

Re: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015

Oh yes. Sorry David. I did not mean to imply otherwise!
by Ron Slye
October 2nd, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2261

Re: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015

I do not know the winery or the wines, but actions like this reflect a commitment to quality and customer service that is to be commended. It reminds me a little bit of the cork issue that Cayuse had with many of their 2015 wines. Such decisions are obviously expensive for the wineries in the short ...
by Ron Slye
September 27th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bionic Frog: really better than other Cayuse Syrahs?
Replies: 10
Views: 1082

Re: Bionic Frog: really better than other Cayuse Syrahs?

As Mark noted we have blind tasted the syrahs including BF -- I think we did 2008 and 2011 if I remember correctly. (We also did some early 2000 Syrahs, but I don't think we included Bionic Frog -- though I think we included Coccinelle which is the vineyard that provides the grapes for BF -- in the ...
by Ron Slye
September 26th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beta Wine Release?
Replies: 43
Views: 3173

Re: Beta Wine Release?

Yay -- just got the email as well.
by Ron Slye
September 22nd, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 36
Views: 1749

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

I would also urge those who had bad experiences to communicate that to the restaurant. We went to Canlis about a month ago -- this was my first time in over ten or more years. My candid feedback is that the food was very very good -- one of the dishes, a rice with dungeness crab, was excellent. The ...
by Ron Slye
September 20th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 34
Views: 1621

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

Isn't MCK Boushey fruit? I have not tried it so don't know how it compares with wines from the Rocks, but I would assume there might be some differences between the two sets.
by Ron Slye
September 19th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grenache Day, Sept 20
Replies: 19
Views: 780

Re: Grenache Day, Sept 20

Yes, to put this in context, today (Sept 19) is, among other things, National Talk Like a Pirate Day, and National Butterscotch Pudding Day. The national day calendar online does not mention tomorrow as Grenache day, but does note that tomorrow is National String Cheese Day and National Fried Rice D...
by Ron Slye
September 19th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ketan Mody's First Harvest
Replies: 26
Views: 2149

Re: Ketan Mody's First Harvest

What a nice tribute. I will say that I have bought some of his wines, and opened one, and they are really fantastic. Looking forward to watching them age, and seeing the new ones he produces.
by Ron Slye
September 18th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 34
Views: 1621

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

I am also a big fan of the Cayuse style, at least with the Syrahs. When the funk is nicely integrated with the rest of the fruit and other flavors, they really sing for me. My growing experience is that they generally benefit with age. I have had some Cayuse syrahs from the early 2000s this year tha...
by Ron Slye
September 14th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 93
Views: 3599

Re: Barolo Sediment

Thanks Ashish (and Ian), that is exactly what I wanted to know.
by Ron Slye
September 14th, 2019, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which SQNs are drinking well right now
Replies: 43
Views: 2998

Re: which SQNs are drinking well right now

I am no expert on SQN, but I had the 2010 syrah 5 shooter maybe two years ago, and it was really fantastic. It certainly felt like it could go much longer, but it was not closed or anything of that nature. There was a small residue in the glass that I sniffed the next morning, and it brought back al...
by Ron Slye
September 14th, 2019, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 93
Views: 3599

Barolo Sediment

I know there is ample discussion on the board about the detrimental effect of sediment in Barolo. Most recommend standing a bottle up for anywhere from 1-4 weeks to let the fine particles fall to the bottom, then decanting. My question is whether filtering the wine through a fine coffee filter can a...
by Ron Slye
September 10th, 2019, 11:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beta Wine Release?
Replies: 43
Views: 3173

Re: Beta Wine Release?

Just want to confirm that only 2011 and 2012 have been released, and that I have not missed an allocation.
by Ron Slye
September 2nd, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 36
Views: 1749

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

Bakery Nouveau (Cap HiIl) is fantastic -- we love the simple ham baguette sandwiches with cornichons and cheese! While I love their pain au chocolate, I do think Seasmoke's is better (though both are great).
by Ron Slye
August 30th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice for flying South African wines from SA back to the US
Replies: 16
Views: 723

Re: Advice for flying South African wines from SA back to the US

I second Chris's advice on bringing back things hard or impossible to find here. There are some great wines in SA that don't make it to the US -- and they are much cheaper in country as well! Cape Town is of course near all of the major wine regions in SA. So it really depends on what sort of wines ...
by Ron Slye
August 28th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 42
Views: 2191

Re: Best of Class restaurant dishes

Well I would love that homemade gefilte fish. My grandmother in law used to get it from a butcher on Madison Ave I think, and it was great.

More to the OP -- Steak Tartare at Lark in Seattle.
by Ron Slye
August 26th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2466

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Hear hear! By the way, Alex's description is not that different from my experience with the wine the other day -- though I think I enjoyed it more than he did.
by Ron Slye
August 26th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: France seizes Chinese owned vineyards in Bdx
Replies: 6
Views: 1241

Re: France seizes Chinese owned vineyards in Bdx

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August 26th, 2019, 2:15 pm
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by Ron Slye
August 26th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2466

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

FWIW, I opened a 2000 HBL a few nights ago. I posted a note on CT (which I realize might offend some people). My sense is along the same lines as that expressed by Mark above. A good solid wine, but nothing amazing. I have about 5 more bottles from an original case, and will definitely wait to try t...
by Ron Slye
August 26th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2466

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Do those rules apply to people who post on Cellartracker? It seems based upon your three parties of interest that it should.
by Ron Slye
August 23rd, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite mid-price lodging Napa/Sonoma
Replies: 17
Views: 1406

Re: Favorite mid-price lodging Napa/Sonoma

This is the new hotel of a friend of mine in Santa Rosa. Pretty reasonably priced and quite interesting. I have not stayed there though so cannot compare it to other alternatives. https://theastro.com/
by Ron Slye
August 21st, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse En Cerise vs Cailloux
Replies: 2
Views: 541

Re: Cayuse En Cerise vs Cailloux

Mark is right on both counts. Cailloux has a small amount of Viognier. I thus find it is a bit more floral, less feral, than the other Cayuse syrahs (all the others are pure syrah). I have tended to prefer the pure syrahs to the Cailloux, though recently I have had some of the latter which have been...
by Ron Slye
August 19th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6229

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Mark Golodetz wrote:
July 25th, 2019, 5:43 am
Nick F. wrote:
July 23rd, 2019, 2:53 pm
Is any caymus drinkable now?
Yes the 1985 SS
The early 1990s regular bottlings are still drinking quite well, if properly stored.
by Ron Slye
August 16th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In Seattle Tomorrow - Space Needle / Pike Market
Replies: 20
Views: 1540

Re: In Seattle Tomorrow - Space Needle / Pike Market

I should have mentioned that the space Poppy was in is going to be a second space from the people from Altura. For those not from the area, Altura is a tasting menu only restaurant also in N Capitol Hill. Some say it is the best restaurant in Seattle. Not sure I would go that far, but it is up there...
by Ron Slye
August 16th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 216
Views: 9700

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

If only I knew how to post videos! She loves those sardines. Two mornings in a row for breakfast so far!
by Ron Slye
August 15th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 216
Views: 9700

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

Just got a large box of sardines, olive oil, and other goodies. Our three year old daughter immediately insisted that we open a can of sardines -- I was able to get two or three for myself before she ate them all! Such wonderful food -- thanks Nola!
by Ron Slye
August 14th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1470

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

Lol -- sure! I grew up in NY -- miss it. Though Seattle is pretty amazing too!
by Ron Slye
August 14th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1470

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

Where are you located Ylee -- if near Seattle, I am happy to open some older SA Cab blends........
by Ron Slye
August 14th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1470

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

I think Pinotage is an interesting grape, but it can vary enormously in quality -- and it is a different taste profile. It would be like someone trying Petite Sirah to see if they like California wine (or even Zinfandel, which I generally don't like). Or if you tried Jura wines to see if you liked F...
by Ron Slye
August 14th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1470

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

Oh thanks for the tip about Blue Crane! I had not head of them. They carry Cape Point, which are making really great whites. I had heard about Kershaw but have not tried his wines yet, Another option -- though a bit trickier -- is to buy directly from SA and have the wines shipped here. I have done ...
by Ron Slye
August 13th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1470

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

Pinotage is a tough one. Some of them are excellent. But some are pretty pedestrian. Kanonkop is supposed to make a very good one -- they also do good Bdx blends.
by Ron Slye
August 13th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1470

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

There are some lovely red Bdx blends. I am a bit out of the scene now, but Warwick as mentioned by John makes some good ones. Vergegelen. Some excellent syrahs -- some are too new worldy for me, but some are lovely. The whites are fantastic -- particularly semillon, chenin, and sauv blanc. Cape Poin...
by Ron Slye
August 13th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1470

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

Yes on all of the above. I will say that I have some Cabs from the 1990s that are really singing right now. I think in the early 2000s they may have been caught by the Parker bug -- but like most places I think they have swung away from that. My experience is that for the money these wines are some ...
by Ron Slye
August 13th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1470

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

shhhhh
by Ron Slye
August 12th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In Seattle Tomorrow - Space Needle / Pike Market
Replies: 20
Views: 1540

Re: In Seattle Tomorrow - Space Needle / Pike Market

Poppy, unfortunately is now closed. :-( One other idea then on local seafood is Taylor Shellfish. The have a place on capitol hill (at Melrose Market) but also I think elsewhere in Seattle. Another good raw bar is at Lark. We love Lark, but it is on the pricey side as well. Will post more as I think...
by Ron Slye
August 12th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In Seattle Tomorrow - Space Needle / Pike Market
Replies: 20
Views: 1540

Re: In Seattle Tomorrow - Space Needle / Pike Market

Mark's suggestions are all good ones, though most are on the expensive side. Matt's in the Market is worth a try. Kashiba Sushi is amazing -- but pricey (not overpriced -- it is worth it, but expensive). On Capitol Hill if you want good oysters, I recommend Bar Melusine -- excellent oysters, and som...

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