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by Albert R
September 19th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 420
Views: 22370

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Wishing everyone a smooth and great harvest. Thank you all for taking the time contribute to this thread.
by Albert R
September 17th, 2019, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Bravissimo glassware and balloon decanters at Best Buy right now
Replies: 9
Views: 917

Re: Riedel Bravissimo glassware and balloon decanters at Best Buy right now

Thanks, I picked up a set of the Prosecco Glasses as my daughter loves them.
by Albert R
September 16th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Hooker House, Bedrock Wine Co. raises the bar.
Replies: 9
Views: 1080

Re: A visit to Hooker House, Bedrock Wine Co. raises the bar.

We visited in June. Jackie and Chris were great. Awesome wines and experience.
by Albert R
September 10th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Caterwaul - Save The Date
Replies: 18
Views: 1049

Re: 2017 Caterwaul - Save The Date

Order in!
by Albert R
September 9th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1443
Views: 96841

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2015 Papera-bright red fruit with a fair amount of acidity. Short finish. A little more balanced on day two.
by Albert R
September 6th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flying with Champagne
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Flying with Champagne

No problem! Done it many times.
by Albert R
September 5th, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1765

Re: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?

We go over this subject every 5 years or so. We have very good friends who paid a fortune to get a "formal" education in restaurant management. They opened an Italian themed restaurant with reasonable food prices and marked up their wine four times wholesale that was a key point in their schooling....
by Albert R
September 5th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1765

Re: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?

Mark Y wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 7:37 pm
The worst i've seen is in Iceland last week - a Casillero Del Diablo (i believe it's $7-$8), was on a list for about $100 USD.

Strangely they had a Boillinger bubbly for about 2x retail.. so it's all over the place.. but that was shocking.
Wow!!!!
by Albert R
September 5th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1765

Re: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?

2 to 3 times if it’s more than that and the list sux then water.
by Albert R
September 5th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traveling Wine Glasses
Replies: 14
Views: 569

Re: Traveling Wine Glasses

+1 +3 Air, road or sea we always take our stems! What do you use when traveling by air? Over the years I’ve used many different methods with only one broken stem. A quality wine glass or wine bottle case works. I take my less expensive stems: Riedel, Schott Zwiesel or Stolze..... But they must have...
by Albert R
September 5th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traveling Wine Glasses
Replies: 14
Views: 569

Re: Traveling Wine Glasses

Dave McIsaac wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 9:08 am
Russ Williams wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 8:57 am
If you’re driving I would recommend a wine glass carrying case and take your good glasses. No need to sacrifice when traveling.
+1
+3
Air, road or sea we always take our stems!
by Albert R
September 4th, 2019, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Congruence Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 25
Views: 1537

Re: TN: 2011 Congruence Cabernet Sauvignon

Just my data point...decanted tonight for about 4 hours. I’d say no rush at all on these, could easily go 5+ years with no trouble. Absolutely requires a good decant at this point, but drinks very nicely. Some fine, grippy tannins, great fruit, some green pepper notes as above. +1. Easily 5 years. ...
by Albert R
September 3rd, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 19
Views: 657

Re: Newark Airport

La Guardia The Worst Period!
by Albert R
September 3rd, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 41
Views: 1697

Re: Best of Class restaurant dishes

Scott Brunson wrote:
August 29th, 2019, 3:40 am
Ken Strauss wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Tuna sashimi pizza
Cafe Maxx Pompano Beach Florida
Also Pompano,
The cracked conch at the wee humble Fish Shack
I need to get to Pompano Beach more often! Sounds awesome!
by Albert R
August 31st, 2019, 5:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5362

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Jay Miller wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 6:10 am
Sigh, you people.

I still had steak left from Berserkerday I certainly didn't need to order 2 ribeyes and 2 hangars. And yet somehow I did...
Same here and I went in for more! flirtysmile
by Albert R
August 30th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF/Bay Area Franny Beck tasting 10/26
Replies: 5
Views: 395

Re: SF/Bay Area Franny Beck tasting 10/26

Congrats to your wife Michael!
by Albert R
August 28th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2225
Views: 145091

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Popped a 2014 North Coast Syrah tonight. My first bottle was February 2018 with notes that it was very good, but a bit tannic and in need of a bit more time to round out. Popped and poured my second bottle tonight and it was good to go from the start and improved as it evolved in the glass. The '14...
by Albert R
August 27th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Orlando
Replies: 10
Views: 219

Re: Orlando

Miami
by Albert R
August 25th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 8
Views: 701

Re: TN: 2016 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

2016 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (8/25/2019) This is beautiful. Ok. I'll go a wee bit deeper. Color is intense and nose needs a bit of coaxing, but when you taste it you know it's amazing. Deft, poised, focused and pure. The black/blue blue fruit profile shows ...
by Albert R
August 25th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3301

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Joe B wrote:
August 25th, 2019, 9:05 am
I can’t stand Popeyes chicken. It’s gross.
I am with Joe on this, but I don’t eat much chicken anyway.
by Albert R
August 24th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Macario Montoya delivers the QPR: 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Educated Guess
Replies: 6
Views: 586

Re: Macario Montoya delivers the QPR: 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Educated Guess

I have not had many but they have been hits and misses over the past few vintages. I will have try the 2017 as I enjoy Macario’s Campesino.
by Albert R
August 24th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7171
Views: 434580

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

I don’t love these marathons as I just don’t have the time... This one was different as I was able to score a few bottles. I guess I was lucky this time around. I do hope the V Madrone is good as I got the 2012. Either they had a bunch or it was not selling well as it was up often and right up until...
by Albert R
August 23rd, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 64
Views: 3423

Re: Napa Cab under $100

Ben, you chose very wisely. If they are recent vintages remember to give them a good decant of at least an hour or more.
by Albert R
August 22nd, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to visit around Calistoga CA
Replies: 24
Views: 1278

Re: Wineries to visit around Calistoga CA

All great suggestions above!
by Albert R
August 22nd, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?
Replies: 33
Views: 1952

Re: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?

I do it with my daily drinkers and have not had a problem.
by Albert R
August 21st, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Halcon Vineyards Visit August 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 893

Re: Halcon Vineyards Visit August 2019

Dan, thank you for posting. We were there in June and had a fantastic experience. I have just not gotten around to posting about it. We loved the entire line-up and yes Paul and Jackie were great host. It was certainly a highlight of our trip. We could have stayed there the rest of the day and it wa...
by Albert R
August 20th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic
Replies: 14
Views: 1189

Re: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic

We just took a 2010 Black Cat to Eddie V's Steakhouse. Decanter for about an hour. Wine was wonderful and still very young tasting with a long life ahead. Shared some with the Sommelier and she was impressed and was inquiring about the winery. We had a 2010 earlier this year and I believe the 12’s ...
by Albert R
August 19th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad - Save the Date
Replies: 54
Views: 4037

Re: Myriad - Save the Date

Anyone pass on this? I get Georges III Vineyard and Dr. Crane Vineyard 'Elysian' every year--but for some reason not their base bottling. Should I get the '17 base or wait for the '18--which is supposed to be a near perfect vintage? i passed on these this year. I have plenty of wine so going much l...
by Albert R
August 19th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Chester's Anvil Hattori Hanzo (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: TN: 2013 Chester's Anvil Hattori Hanzo (USA, California, Napa Valley)

2013 Chester's Anvil Hattori Hanzo - USA, California, Napa Valley (8/18/2019) This seems to be finally settling into a nice place. It's not mature by any means, but it has good definition, and carries its black fruit and spice tones very well. The structure is in balance with the fruit, there's a t...
by Albert R
August 17th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic
Replies: 14
Views: 1189

Re: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic

Enjoyed every sip.... Terrific.
by Albert R
August 17th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic
Replies: 14
Views: 1189

Re: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic

Since it’s National Black Cat Appreciation Day and I ordered a couple more it was time to pop another one. Three hour decant and drank over the next three hours. Fantastic nose which continued to evolve and strengthen. Red fruit and good acidic balance with a touch of spice. The mid-palate feel was...
by Albert R
August 17th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic
Replies: 14
Views: 1189

TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic

Since it’s National Black Cat Appreciation Day and I ordered a couple more it was time to pop another one. Three hour decant and drank over the next three hours. Fantastic nose which continued to evolve and strengthen. Red fruit and good acidic balance with a touch of spice. The mid-palate feel was ...
by Albert R
August 14th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 59
Views: 2657

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Here goes: Schramsberg was a big MEH for us. A one and done..... Mumms on the patio was much more fun and I was visiting with my wife, daughters and niece Shafer was disappointing for a few reasons. Chimney Rock was a 100 times better experience and tasting. Mending Wall was very good Frogs Leap is ...
by Albert R
August 14th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Pelle 2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1100

Re: La Pelle 2017

Agree, I am passing as well.
by Albert R
August 14th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 2313

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Or better yet, don’t play the game. There is a huge universe of excellent wine under $50. It takes a special wine, or moment, for me to pay over $100 for a bottle.
+1,000 newhere
by Albert R
August 7th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Cat Cabernet 2006 and Black Cat Special Selection 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1538

Re: Black Cat Cabernet 2006 and Black Cat Special Selection 2014

The 2006 is my favorite Black Cat to date (and it did blow me away!). We had it in 2016, it was beautiful and just as you describe. Glad to hear it's still drinking great!
by Albert R
August 2nd, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 379
Views: 28930

Re: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?

2012 Three Twins! Fantastic!
by Albert R
July 29th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 241
Views: 17089

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

+1000, Chris stands behind the product! I have now broken two which have been 100% my fault. I have not submitted for my second replacement out of sheer embarrassment! I love these glasses.
by Albert R
July 27th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12412

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
July 27th, 2019, 8:53 am
Chuck J o r d a n wrote:
July 27th, 2019, 5:59 am
Aaaannnd... I bought. I started buying Bedrock last year. I have yet to try anything from them. Just going on Recs from here. I hope I like them!
Open one. Decant it, drink. Put it away for the next day if it’s too tight, etc.
^^^^^^ [winner.gif]
by Albert R
July 27th, 2019, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me what I should be looking for in California besides Cabs
Replies: 65
Views: 2923

Re: Tell me what I should be looking for in California besides Cabs

Definitely give Halcon a try at around $30. Excellent wines across the board with great structure and balance.
by Albert R
July 26th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12412

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Busy week, but I am finally in for two cases. We visited the new tasting "house" last month and it was awesome all around. Jackie was great and Chris popped in for an added bonus. A must visit.
by Albert R
July 26th, 2019, 4:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad - Save the Date
Replies: 54
Views: 4037

Re: Myriad - Save the Date

I could be easily convinced that 8 is the better number. To be evil, the sampler case is free shipping. Unless you were offered something different, I believe the case isn’t a sampler, it’s just 12 bottles of the Napa cab. The way it’s presented you would think it’s a mixed case though. Yeap, I als...
by Albert R
July 25th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit
Replies: 52
Views: 1978

Re: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit

Unless the restaurant has an amazing cellar, I bring my own. I like older wine, and 99% of all restaurants have young wines with horrible mark ups. Happy to pay a reasonable corkage Me too. Plus, bringing wine takes all the pressure off everyone for wine selection and cost. Otherwise, I’d be “the w...
by Albert R
July 22nd, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2225
Views: 145091

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

'16 Old Vine-grabbed it instead of the '15. Gave it an hour decant and it drank very well. The group really liked it.
by Albert R
July 22nd, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8500

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

RIP Alan. Thanks for the many laughs and chuckles.

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