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by Jeffrey Neal
June 20th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19601

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I don’t do business with companies whose business practices I disagree with. That means I will never set foot in a Hobby Lobby, for example. They made discrimination a part of their business. I don’t consider it to be a boycott - just a business decision. If they change their ways I would change my ...
by Jeffrey Neal
June 18th, 2020, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???
Replies: 39
Views: 2517

Re: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???

Efferdent is good for cleaning stained decanters. Two or three tablets in warm water work well.
by Jeffrey Neal
May 21st, 2020, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Limerick Lane offer
Replies: 16
Views: 1478

Limerick Lane offer

Got an email today offering Limerick Lane 2018 Russian River Zinfandel to existing customers for $21 per bottle with 12 bottle or more purchases, with shipping included. That is a great wine at a phenomenal price.
by Jeffrey Neal
March 8th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once and Future Save the Date
Replies: 39
Views: 2417

Re: Once and Future Save the Date

The 2017 O&F Bedrock was $42. The Palisades PS was $55.
by Jeffrey Neal
February 28th, 2020, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 821
Views: 43229

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I was at 1137 when this thread started and my goal was to get to 1K by the end of 2018. Sitting at 1234 today. But — I retired in December and the wine buying budget has dried up. I also solved my cellar capacity problem. Last week I noticed how chilly the large closet in our basement guest room is....
by Jeffrey Neal
February 22nd, 2020, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5949

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

We ordered a bottle of champagne at a nice restaurant. Before I could stop her, the server pushed the cork out of the bottle with her thumbs. The cork hit the ceiling and wine spewed out all over the table. At least the cork didn't hit one of us in the face.
by Jeffrey Neal
February 2nd, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards
Replies: 45
Views: 2462

Re: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards

10/10

I probably would have moved Monte Rosso up a notch or two.
by Jeffrey Neal
January 30th, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 164
Views: 10677

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

In for a case. I have been delighted with Sandlands wine and appreciate the bargain pricing.
by Jeffrey Neal
January 26th, 2020, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 164
Views: 10677

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

Best QPR in the universe.
by Jeffrey Neal
January 21st, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 190
Views: 21897

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

I wish I had room for more RM. Consistently excellent wines, but I have 6 cases Of various wines stacked up outside the cellar, no room for anything, and orders to stop buying wine. That said, I was offered a bottle of Platt so I bought that and 3 Summa OV.
by Jeffrey Neal
December 29th, 2019, 11:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chris Freemott's Zaltos & Grassl
Replies: 15
Views: 2110

Re: Chris Freemott's Zaltos & Grassl

+1 on both the customer service and the glasses. I use the Grassl Liberté almost all the time now. They hold up very well - I’ve broken one, but it was my fault.
by Jeffrey Neal
December 20th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar build: Choosing AC
Replies: 31
Views: 1719

Re: Cellar build: Choosing AC

I went with a Cellarpro thru-the-wall unit for my small cellar. I gave them the dimensions and the insulation numbers and they came back with a sizing recommendation. The cellar stays at 55 year round and I have zero complaints.
by Jeffrey Neal
December 2nd, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 48
Views: 2933

Re: Layout my wine cellar

. My major fail always was inventory control. I have CT and at times have been pretty good at logging in purchases but am terrible at logging out. I’ve lost control with this forced move and now have my racks in place but almost 2 thousand bottles in stacked boxes to be reorganized.....daunting. I ...
by Jeffrey Neal
December 1st, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 48
Views: 2933

Re: Layout my wine cellar

I agree that double deep all the way down the long wall is best for max capacity. As far as organization goes, rather than grouping by varietal or region or anything else, I went with putting bottles wherever there is an empty slot and tracking it with CellarTracker. It makes better use of the space...
by Jeffrey Neal
November 28th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6615

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

Re/ 84 Montelena chard - very cool, what did you serve there with it? Also make a milk washed cocktail (bourbon, lemon, honey and black tea) beforehand. That crushed. The cocktail sounds great 👍. I considered doing an Apple Cider Hot Toddy with cinnamon sugar rims with dessert, but ended up with th...
by Jeffrey Neal
November 28th, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6615

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

J.Vizuete wrote:
November 28th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Re/ 84 Montelena chard - very cool, what did you serve there with it?
Brie/fig tartlets with crispy prosciutto
by Jeffrey Neal
November 28th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6615

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

How was the 84 Montelena chard? I have 2 bottles of 1980 that I havent tried yet. [/quote] It was excellent. As you can see the color it is much darker, but it was still golden rather than brown. The taste was caramel and a bit nutty. We served it brie, fig and prosciutto tartlets that complemented ...
by Jeffrey Neal
November 28th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6615

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

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1984 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay
2013 Anthill Farms Abbey Harris Vineyard Pinot Noir
2015 Schramsberg Cremant Demi-Sec
by Jeffrey Neal
November 5th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 112
Views: 10913

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

No room, but in for 2 cases (if the 3 bottle T5 wish is granted). As hard as I try to say no, I keep finding myself ordering more Bedrock. In this release the absolute must-haves for me were Oakville Farmhouse and Monte Rosso.
by Jeffrey Neal
November 4th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices

Any comment on pricing or quality of apex vs wine racks America? I didn’t check WRA, but had no complaints about pricing from Apex. The quality is excellent. The racks do take time to assemble. Mine came in tall panels that needed cross pieces nailed on the front and back. I have a pneumatic brad n...
by Jeffrey Neal
November 3rd, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 821
Views: 43229

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

When this thread started I was at 1137 bottles with a goal of being at 1100 by the end of 2018. Sitting right at 1200 bottles now. I plan to retire soon, so my wine buying dollars will shrink and force me to reduce the number of bottles.
by Jeffrey Neal
November 3rd, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices

I got mine from Apex (via Costco). They were great help on design and gave me multiple options for rack configurations. If you give them the room dimensions they will design layouts for you. Double deep racks are great and get a lot of bottles in a small space. Display racks are nice if you have a t...
by Jeffrey Neal
October 23rd, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 81
Views: 6496

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

The reality is probably that most people at a dinner like that will notice that the wine is red, and that’s about it.
by Jeffrey Neal
October 16th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 69
Views: 2161

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Make your own - take 3/4 bottle of water and add a 1/4 bottle of the worst white you have = instant Pinot Grigio
by Jeffrey Neal
October 15th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 473
Views: 28085

Re: Ravenswood library offer

That was fun. [cheers.gif] In for a mixed case. 1 Ravenswood 1991 Gregory Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot 1 Ravenswood 1992 Gregory Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot 2 Ravenswood 1998 Gregory Vineyard Merlot 100% Merlot 1 Ravenswood 1993 So...
by Jeffrey Neal
September 16th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Hooker House, Bedrock Wine Co. raises the bar.
Replies: 12
Views: 2404

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

We visited Sonoma in November and had a great experience at the Hooker House. Morgan happened to be there and we had a nice conversation with him. In addition to the wines on the tasting menu, they poured 2 or 3 extras, did not charge for the tasting, then gave us a bottle of Cab as a gift. Best tas...
by Jeffrey Neal
September 4th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Enfield is live
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Re: Enfield is live

In for a mixed case (6 Cab, 4 Pretty Horses, 2 Chard). Great QPR on these wines. Pretty Horses Tempranillo is one of my two favorite pizza wines (Schramsberg Brut Rosė is the other).
by Jeffrey Neal
August 27th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1202

Re: Cellar Construction Question

I agree with taking the racks out and doing it from inside the cellar. Otherwise you will end up with a mess. If you take out all of the drywall and put spray foam in the walls and ceiling, you can get a great airtight cellar. The suggestion re densarmor fiberglass is spot on as well. It is a great ...
by Jeffrey Neal
August 26th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine Chandon Carneros Pinot Meunier
Replies: 1
Views: 273

Re: TN: 2013 Domaine Chandon Carneros Pinot Meunier

I had 2 bottles of this wine in my cellar and had forgotten about them until I saw this note. We opened one last night and it was very good. Thanks for the TN.
by Jeffrey Neal
August 8th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 3650

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

For better or worse to readers, I am mentally engaged/distracted with this thread . . . Can this adjustable "Botto" container idea be modified to work with liquid? botto.gif P.S. Should we give George Forman and his friends a call for some help? I have something that is similar to that idea - the E...
by Jeffrey Neal
July 17th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 71
Views: 5662

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

I have no room and probably too much Carlisle, but it is too good and too reasonably priced to pass up. In for 11 bottles +1 wish listed.
by Jeffrey Neal
March 1st, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8841

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

I would give it a few days to settle in before getting too concerned. It may have gotten to 55 quickly, but that is just the air temp. The bottles are going to warm the air until they and their contents get down to your set temperature. The cooling unit is designed to cool slowly to avoid sucking th...
by Jeffrey Neal
February 28th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8841

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Here is the bottle probe:

http://www.cellarprocoolingsystems.com/ ... ory=639370

I use one in my cellar and it keeps the temp very constant without a lot of cycling on and off.
by Jeffrey Neal
February 27th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Neal Family Cabernet Sauvignon - $40 Napa Cab !
Replies: 14
Views: 1530

Re: 2015 Neal Family Cabernet Sauvignon - $40 Napa Cab !

I guess I should try that one
by Jeffrey Neal
February 27th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8841

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Looks great 😀

Are you using a bottle sensor for temp control? That generally reduces cycling.
by Jeffrey Neal
February 25th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 11323

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

I wanted more, but ordered only 9 bottles. No room in the cellar. Or in the floor of the cellar. Or in the wine fridge in the kitchen. ☹️
by Jeffrey Neal
February 14th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Keller Estate - BD 10 - Extended until Monday at 4:00PM PST or until wine lasts.
Replies: 65
Views: 5053

Re: Keller Estate - BD 10 - Extended until Monday at 4:00PM PST or until wine lasts.

Got my mystery 6 pack today. Same mix as the others who have posted. I have not tried Keller Estate wine, so looking forward to being able to do it at such a bargain price. [cheers.gif]
by Jeffrey Neal
October 22nd, 2018, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best North American sparklers?
Replies: 100
Views: 4260

Re: Best North American sparklers?

Schramsberg is my favorite producer. Most recent bottle I opened was a 2006 Blanc de Noirs Late Disgorged and it was excellent. Wish I had another bottle...
by Jeffrey Neal
October 22nd, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best North American sparklers?
Replies: 100
Views: 4260

Re: Best North American sparklers?

Can anyone provide commentary on Chandon's wines? Not bad, but not in the class of Schramsberg. I did a blind tasting of a few domestic sparkling wines tasting with friends a couple of years ago (Schramsberg, Chandon and 1 or 2 others. Clear winner was Schramsberg. If I remember correctly, Chandon ...
by Jeffrey Neal
September 6th, 2018, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What kind of wine do you drink when people come to your house during Shiva?
Replies: 43
Views: 3711

Re: What kind of wine do you drink when people come to your house during Shiva?

I’m sorry for your loss. Losing your mother hurts no matter how old she was.

Sounds like you used wine to celebrate a life well lived. There is certainly nothing wrong with that and I would hope that someone will raise a glass for me when it is my time to go.
by Jeffrey Neal
July 6th, 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée
Replies: 88
Views: 4461

Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée

In for a case. Super deal!
by Jeffrey Neal
May 9th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building cellar: finishing the racking and 'what I would do differently'
Replies: 32
Views: 2549

Building cellar: finishing the racking and 'what I would do differently'

I was surprised at cost of racking. A design for 1900 bottles was quoted at $10 k unfinished pine upto $16 k stained. Does that seem about right ? Does include 300 mag/ bubbly slots and all bins are pinot size That sounds high, but the finish is probably adding cost. I assume that includes installa...
by Jeffrey Neal
April 2nd, 2018, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 821
Views: 43229

Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

1137 bottles

Goal is to get down to 1000 by the end of 2018.

BTW, I am 61
by Jeffrey Neal
March 22nd, 2018, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping....a scenario question...
Replies: 155
Views: 5467

Tipping....a scenario question...

Or you can be stupid and do what I did at the Inn at Little Washington a couple of weeks ago. I meant to give the parking guy a $10 tip. Next day I was paying for something and noticed a Benjamin was missing from my wallet. I'm sure the parking guy thought I was an outstanding tipper. I'd rather be...

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