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by Chris L.
June 7th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heading to Australia
Replies: 41
Views: 2404

Re: Heading to Australia

Kevin Kitagawa wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 10:04 am
I doubt you can find Wendouree at Dan Murphy's (Its all sold out and anything they had was likely via auction).
FWIW I stopped at DM in Willoughby on the way home from work to just get some cheap Pinot and they had ~dozen bottles of Wendouree. Did not pay attention to vintages etc.
by Chris L.
June 6th, 2019, 3:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heading to Australia
Replies: 41
Views: 2404

Re: Heading to Australia

As others have mentioned, You could go to Oak Barrel, Annandale Cellars, Five Way Cellars, Kent St Cellars, etc depending on where you are located. Even Dan Murphy’s - the closest to a Total Wine - will likely have some highly regarded (and not widely distributed outside of Australia) wines like Wen...
by Chris L.
April 21st, 2019, 1:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3714

Re: What's your house champagne?

Our house sparkling recently has been House of Arras Brut Elite. Just can’t justify the extra tariff Champagne on the regular.
by Chris L.
August 24th, 2017, 4:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Oregon visit. Winery advice
Replies: 15
Views: 1056

First Oregon visit. Winery advice

We visited WV for the first time in August 2015. We visited Archery Summit, White Rose Estate, Matello, Penner Ash, Stoller, Soter, and Sokol Blosser. While all of our visits were really nice, we personally prefer the cellar door experience where you can sit outside and enjoy a tasting al fresco. We...
by Chris L.
August 15th, 2017, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Littorai was out today.
Replies: 7
Views: 906

Littorai was out today.

Prices continue to go up on their appellation Pinots. Now $60/each vs $46/each from the 2012 vintage. I buy a fair amount of CA Pinot Noir and Littorai and Rhys have quickly become two of the larger producers in my (small) cellar, but ultimately will need to slow or stop purchases from Rhys, Kutch, ...
by Chris L.
March 3rd, 2017, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where is 2016 shaping up to be a top vintage?
Replies: 45
Views: 3992

Where is 2016 shaping up to be a top vintage?

Adelaide Hills
by Chris L.
May 24th, 2016, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette / Columbia gorge w kids??
Replies: 12
Views: 603

Willamette / Columbia gorge w kids??

Hi everyone I'm going to be heading to Portland for a conference (pycon) and bringing the family along. :o We've got an 8 and a 4 year old and we'd like to see maybe we can visit a few wineries. But we're wondering if there's any that might have a lawn or something other than a small tasting room, ...
by Chris L.
May 9th, 2016, 1:10 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any recommendations in or around Sydney or Melbourne?
Replies: 8
Views: 543

Any recommendations in or around Sydney or Melbourne?

Thanks for the suggestions. We definitely intend to make a trip over to the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley after we get settled. We'll probably do a quick trip up to Hunter Valley first, just given the ease of access from Sydney. Will be sure to check out auswine, thanks.
by Chris L.
May 2nd, 2016, 9:15 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any recommendations in or around Sydney or Melbourne?
Replies: 8
Views: 543

Any recommendations in or around Sydney or Melbourne?

I will soon be relocating to Australia and would appreciate any recommendations. While I will be based in Sydney, I would welcome any wines or Cellar Doors to check out. Generally a fan of AFWE pinot noir, but looking forward to diversifying our palates. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
by Chris L.
March 8th, 2016, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Winerys for Scenery
Replies: 45
Views: 1540

Napa Winerys for Scenery

A lot of good suggestions already, but surprised that no one has mentioned CADE yet.
by Chris L.
February 3rd, 2016, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What constitutes a 'big' cellar? (quantity of bottles)
Replies: 67
Views: 2586

What constitutes a 'big' cellar? (quantity of bottles)

That's like asking an NBA player what is a big salary.
by Chris L.
January 31st, 2016, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Pinot Noir Rankings
Replies: 148
Views: 7812

Cali Pinot Noir Rankings

Martin, in my view, David has this right. Perhaps within the small segment of the drinking community, where many of us might be found, you do find a liking and straight line pursuit for Burgundy and higher/leaner wines. I am one of them who fits what you describe, your point, Martin. However, where...
by Chris L.
January 29th, 2016, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Pinot Noir Rankings
Replies: 148
Views: 7812

Cali Pinot Noir Rankings

You raise fair points David. I do generally prefer the brightness and acidity of a young pinot, although I'm sure my tastes will change over time. I acknowledge that I get caught up in Board darlings and I'm okay with that. I have limited time and resources to try and taste and so those biases show ...
by Chris L.
January 28th, 2016, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Pinot Noir Rankings
Replies: 148
Views: 7812

Cali Pinot Noir Rankings

Thanks Frank, fair question and I admittedly typed the query quickly. I'm about to hit capacity on my storage and am looking to potentially pare back on some lists or otherwise go deeper leveraging another location. I listed producers from which I have enjoyed, but haven't had enough comparison oppo...
by Chris L.
January 28th, 2016, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Pinot Noir Rankings
Replies: 148
Views: 7812

Cali Pinot Noir Rankings

How would you rank these producers from a Pinot Noir standpoint based on your personal preferences (whether that's QPR, SVD standouts, ageability, Quality, AFWE, whatever)?

Rhys
Littorai
Copain
Williams-Selyem
Rivers Marie
Sojourn
Kutch
Ceritas
by Chris L.
November 24th, 2015, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Five Producers in Your Cellar
Replies: 339
Views: 16455

Top Five Producers in Your Cellar

Bedrock
Rhys
Kutch
Myriad
Rivers-Marie
by Chris L.
September 8th, 2015, 7:03 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wilamete Valley favorites
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Wilamete Valley favorites

We were out in WV at the end of August for a couple days as part of a weeklong trip. Had a very enjoyable visit. We had our kids with us, so we stuck largely to larger producers so we could have a bit more space. Being there during the week certainly helped as well. We stayed at the Allison which wo...
by Chris L.
August 20th, 2015, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vote: Your 5 favorite producers of California Cabernet
Replies: 168
Views: 9293

Vote: Your 5 favorite producers of California Cabernet

I drink roughly two cases of Pinot for every California Cab I drink. That said, here are my Top 5 California cab producers: 1 - Tor Kenward . Portfolio of great cabs; a 2005 Cimarossa Cab really kicked off my interest in wine. 2 - Cade . Starting to get priced out on the Reserve, but really enjoy th...
by Chris L.
August 20th, 2015, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the most overrated winery on Berserkers?
Replies: 155
Views: 9778

What's the most overrated winery on Berserkers?

I don't see why folks have a problem sharing contrarian viewpoints to mainstream opinions. It's okay to publicly comment about how a wine may be liked or disliked and I wish more folks would feel comfortable sharing their candid opinions about producers they don't like. It all adds value and contrar...
by Chris L.
August 10th, 2015, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Recommendations on Child-Tolerant Willamette Valley Wineries
Replies: 14
Views: 504

Any Recommendations on Child-Tolerant Willamette Valley Wineries

Thanks all for the thoughts. Ideally would like to find a couple spots where we could sit at a picnic table or spread a blanket outside and picnic. Appreciate the suggestions.
by Chris L.
August 9th, 2015, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Recommendations on Child-Tolerant Willamette Valley Wineries
Replies: 14
Views: 504

Any Recommendations on Child-Tolerant Willamette Valley Wineries

We will be in the PacNW for vacation end of the month and will have a couple days to spend exploring Willamette Valley. However, we'll also have our two young kids (under 3) with us. While recognizing it's not ideal for all parties involved, any recommendations on child-tolerant wineries to visit wh...
by Chris L.
August 6th, 2015, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Coolers
Replies: 15
Views: 1258

Wine Coolers

I don't have that large of an EdgeStar, but I do have a smaller 50+ bottle unit. It is reasonably quiet, although the compressor does run pretty regularly. Seal isn't great and compressor relay blew 18 months in. However, their customer service directed me to their YouTube videos where I was able to...
by Chris L.
May 7th, 2015, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once & Future Wine
Replies: 300
Views: 19856

Once & Future Wine

Just follow the trademark registration. neener Registered to Madeleine Deininger. So a Peterson project it is...
by Chris L.
May 5th, 2015, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Briceland Humbolt PN
Replies: 8
Views: 358

2013 Briceland Humbolt PN

I was a big fan of the Humbolt as well, my favorite of the three from BD, although all three were certainly enjoyable.
by Chris L.
May 2nd, 2015, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming Sonoma Co trip - looking for feedback
Replies: 24
Views: 1315

Upcoming Sonoma Co trip - looking for feedback

I would recommend Barnett on your Spring Mountain day and Copain on your Russian River day.
by Chris L.
May 1st, 2015, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sea Smoke, hot or not?
Replies: 58
Views: 4552

Sea Smoke, hot or not?

Not.
by Chris L.
April 12th, 2015, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Valley Driver Check
Replies: 26
Views: 1874

Napa Valley Driver Check

We used these guys last month for a couple days. Easy enough, especially when renting through Hertz. http://napasonomawinetastingdriver.net Can you expand on your comment regarding Hertz? Sure. We were visiting from DFW area and booked a rental car through SFO. In order for the insurance coverage t...
by Chris L.
April 12th, 2015, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Napa Itinerary Thread
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Another Napa Itinerary Thread

My suggestion is to drive up Spring Mountain and visit Barnett and Schweiger. The views alone are worth the drive, and they produce some of my favorite wines in Napa, most of which you won't find on retail shelves or in restaurants. I agree. I think Pride is a good visit as well on Spring Mountain ...
by Chris L.
April 12th, 2015, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Valley Driver Check
Replies: 26
Views: 1874

Napa Valley Driver Check

We used these guys last month for a couple days. Easy enough, especially when renting through Hertz.

http://napasonomawinetastingdriver.net
by Chris L.
March 31st, 2015, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 3/31/15
Replies: 179
Views: 10902

Sandlands 3/31/15

My allocation is up, 4 Chenin Blancs, 1 each of the other three.
by Chris L.
March 29th, 2015, 4:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A night of mostly Rhys Pinot and Syrah
Replies: 33
Views: 2274

TN: A night of mostly Rhys Pinot and Syrah

Thanks.
by Chris L.
March 28th, 2015, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A night of mostly Rhys Pinot and Syrah
Replies: 33
Views: 2274

TN: A night of mostly Rhys Pinot and Syrah

If Littorai had the ease of purchse and customer-orientation of Rhys, I would have many more bottles in my cellar. As it is though, I've managed to pick up various bottlings and vintages on the secondary market Katrina Katrina - I'm not disagreeing, but as a new purchaser of both, what do you mean ...
by Chris L.
March 27th, 2015, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Built-In Wine Fridge Recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 359

Built-In Wine Fridge Recommendations

We have an undercounter Edgestar that looks ok and has largely functioned ok with the exception of a blown compressor relay after just two years. Despite this, I would still recommend at a fraction of the price, particularly as I was able to order a replacement relay off Amazon for $3 and follow the...
by Chris L.
March 27th, 2015, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two from Briceland
Replies: 9
Views: 669

Two from Briceland

Plowed through my Briceland BD purchases over the past two weeks and overall I was a fan. I had the wines noted below over one night each, each decanted about thirty minutes. I was surprised by the amount of of sediment around the neck and cork of each bottle, which initially was quite off putting u...
by Chris L.
March 26th, 2015, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem Tasting
Replies: 27
Views: 1670

Williams Selyem Tasting

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I went to WS on a recent trip to Healdsburg last month for the first time as a new list member and agree that their service and hospitality were very welcoming and intimate. However, I was frankly disappointed that the majority of the wines that we were able to tast...
by Chris L.
March 13th, 2015, 2:06 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2013 Patricia Green Cellars sub $20 Pinot for Berserkers
Replies: 594
Views: 27275

2013 Patricia Green Cellars sub $20 Pinot for Berserkers

Chris L. wrote:Jim - I'm in for a case if you still have some available, thanks.
Please bump me up to two cases if wine is still available, thanks.
by Chris L.
March 4th, 2015, 9:14 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2013 Patricia Green Cellars sub $20 Pinot for Berserkers
Replies: 594
Views: 27275

2013 Patricia Green Cellars sub $20 Pinot for Berserkers

Jim - I'm in for a case if you still have some available, thanks.
by Chris L.
February 23rd, 2015, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This is why I don't drink California wines...
Replies: 107
Views: 5261

This is why I don't drink California wines...

I feel like I see a lot of these posts in in the abstract, but would love to see some concrete examples. I haven't drank enough old world wines to argue one way or the other, but I've thoroughly enjoyed the wines below and would love to track down some old world comparisons that are purportedly chea...
by Chris L.
February 21st, 2015, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ZINFANDELS ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Replies: 23
Views: 1876

ZINFANDELS ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON

I opened up a 2010 Carlisle Monte Rosso Zinfandel and 2012 Bedrock Kirschenmann Zinfandel last night. Decanted both over an hour. Both were well balanced, ready to go and enjoyable wines; but talk about opposite ends of the zinfandel spectrum. The Monte Rosso was full bodied, well balanced and drank...
by Chris L.
February 11th, 2015, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 76
Views: 5305

TN: 2012 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

With great anticipation, I opened my first of these this past weekend for a check in. Just a 30 minute decant and finished the bottle over three hours with dinner and after putting kids down. Wine was very well balanced and nicely structured, but the fruit definitely seem restrained. Good mid-palate...
by Chris L.
February 9th, 2015, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roy Piper etched big bottle so friggin cool
Replies: 8
Views: 1460

Roy Piper etched big bottle so friggin cool

They do look awesome. Just can't help myself with Silicon Valley jokes... neener
by Chris L.
January 30th, 2015, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you manage your offsite
Replies: 36
Views: 1402

How do you manage your offsite

Same here, I've got a full Eurocave at home and bottles everywhere. But the idea of driving down to Dallas for off-site is too much. I might just get into the storage business with space somewhere in the burbs. Do it!! [snort.gif] I'm in frisco and started using an offsite last year in Addison. It'...
by Chris L.
January 29th, 2015, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Siduri -> KJ
Replies: 64
Views: 3603

Siduri -> KJ

Congratulations! Siduri Sta. Rita Hills continues to be our PnP everyday Pinot. Will be curious to watch the development and transformation of the brand.
by Chris L.
January 28th, 2015, 3:20 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sonoma County Itinerary and Lunch Suggestion
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Sonoma County Itinerary and Lunch Suggestion

I am in the process of lining up tastings on a Friday in February at Littorai, Williams Selyem, and Copain. Looking for a recommendation for one more tasting. We are staying in Healdsburg. While I'm primarily interested in Pinot, our friends that will be with us are big cab lovers (they are planning...
by Chris L.
January 27th, 2015, 9:16 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VI (January 27, 2015)
Topic: Sandler BerserkerDayVI Pinot 6 Pack
Replies: 69
Views: 6874

Sandler BerserkerDayVI Pinot 6 Pack

First timer, looking forward to trying! Thanks!
by Chris L.
January 23rd, 2015, 9:16 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Plano, TX: Feb 13th
Replies: 24
Views: 1254

Plano, TX: Feb 13th

I would be interested in getting together sometime, but have another commitment on the 13th.
by Chris L.
January 21st, 2015, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coming: Carlisle, Jan 21 and Turley Jan 26
Replies: 115
Views: 6595

Coming: Carlisle, Jan 21 and Turley Jan 26

Loren Sonkin wrote:
Chris L. wrote:Is the shipping discount reflected here? $77 for ground shipping to TX for 1.5 Carlisle cases, ugh. Seems high. But it is what it is I guess.
Is that 2 day?
Nope, ground. Given their consumer friendly prices, I can't complain too much. [snort.gif]
by Chris L.
January 21st, 2015, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coming: Carlisle, Jan 21 and Turley Jan 26
Replies: 115
Views: 6595

Coming: Carlisle, Jan 21 and Turley Jan 26

Is the shipping discount reflected here? $77 for ground shipping to TX for 1.5 Carlisle cases, ugh. Seems high. But it is what it is I guess.
by Chris L.
January 20th, 2015, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Pinot Noir?
Replies: 45
Views: 2383

Why Pinot Noir?

It's partly that you're here at WB; anyone here in retail or restaurants will tell you that there's still plenty of demand for California cabs, Bordeaux, etc. among the broader premium wine buying public. But to answer your question, I think it's a bunch of things: (1) pricing - you can still buy s...

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