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by Jeffrey Neal
December 2nd, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 47
Views: 2292

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: 47
Views: 2292

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: 5935

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: 5935

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: 5935

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: 5935

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: 101
Views: 8571

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: 1545

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: 618
Views: 31379

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: 1545

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: 80
Views: 5644

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: 66
Views: 1421

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: 365
Views: 19152

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: 2300

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: 454

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: 1112

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: 240

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: 3020

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: 5275

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: 8424

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: 8424

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: 1397

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: 8424

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: 10693

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: 3697

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: 3992

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: 3992

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: 1875

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: 4351

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: 2480

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: 618
Views: 31379

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: 5358

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...
by Jeffrey Neal
March 20th, 2018, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once & Future Release - March 20th
Replies: 74
Views: 4499

Once & Future Release - March 20th

I have zero room for new bottles and have been told to stop buying. A half case (3 Mataro, 3 PS) qualifies as not buying, right? Very little Mataro in my cellar, so I couldn't pass it up entirely. I've never had a bad bottle of Palisades PS from any winemaker (Mending Wall is particularly good), so ...
by Jeffrey Neal
March 20th, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping....a scenario question...
Replies: 155
Views: 5358

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 ...
by Jeffrey Neal
March 19th, 2018, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping....a scenario question...
Replies: 155
Views: 5358

Tipping....a scenario question...

The responses to this one are interesting. Why is the cost of the wine not a factor in how how much to tip, but the cost of the food is? The idea that the effort to serve a bottle is no different whether the wine is $1K or $100 falls apart when we look at the food. The effort to serve a $100 steak i...
by Jeffrey Neal
March 14th, 2018, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BILD 800 Wine Room - Anyone know anything about these?
Replies: 42
Views: 4519

BILD 800 Wine Room - Anyone know anything about these?

Walk-in refrigerators are made with 4” insulation panels. The last ne we had built for our restaurant was about $12K (including the refrigeration unit). An 8’ x 8’ walk-in with no refrigeration is about $4,500. A cellarpro cooling unit would add about $2K https://www.webstaurantstore.com/nor-lake-k...
by Jeffrey Neal
March 13th, 2018, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BILD 800 Wine Room - Anyone know anything about these?
Replies: 42
Views: 4519

BILD 800 Wine Room - Anyone know anything about these?

Walk-in refrigerators are made with 4” insulation panels. The last ne we had built for our restaurant was about $12K (including the refrigeration unit). An 8’ x 8’ walk-in with no refrigeration is about $4,500. A cellarpro cooling unit would add about $2K https://www.webstaurantstore.com/nor-lake-kl...
by Jeffrey Neal
March 7th, 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Clarice Wine Company email
Replies: 42
Views: 2525

The Clarice Wine Company email

Yes, it is an interesting concept. Not sure I see the value for anyone who is not in the area. Two wine parties a year are of zero value to someone living in Virginia. The forum might be interesting, but if the membership comprises 625 people who like a particular style of pinot noir, will it provid...
by Jeffrey Neal
January 23rd, 2018, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AR Rose Release
Replies: 5
Views: 288

AR Rose Release

Same thought here. I was ready to order a few bottles until I saw the shipping cost.
by Jeffrey Neal
January 9th, 2018, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Elgato Eve Degree.
Replies: 10
Views: 498

Elgato Eve Degree.

My batteries are lasting longer than a month, so battery life doesn’t bother me. It costs a buck for 2 AA batteries. We have 3 AppleTVs and there is one on each level of the house. The whole house is in Bluetooth range of at least 1 of them. Once I connected everything to one AppleTV, the setup show...
by Jeffrey Neal
January 7th, 2018, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Elgato Eve Degree.
Replies: 10
Views: 498

Elgato Eve Degree.

I decided to try the Eve Room for my cellar. We are using Homekit compatible devices for home automation. They are from a variety of manufacturers. The Elgato products are very nice and are reliable. The Eve Room provides temp/humidity/air quality and is accessible from anywhere. This is a much bett...
by Jeffrey Neal
November 1st, 2017, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for building a cellar?
Replies: 9
Views: 759

Recommendations for building a cellar?

I may be more of a do-it-yourself person, but when I built my cellar I found contractors for the trades individually. One did the framing, then returned to do the drywall (I used a fiberglass coated product called Densarmor) and painting. After the fram8ng was done, I caulked every seam in the frami...
by Jeffrey Neal
November 1st, 2017, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ethical Dilemma
Replies: 24
Views: 2250

Ethical Dilemma

I guess I’m with the OP. Any time I think someone has mispriced something, I ask. It is what I would want someone to do for me if I had a product to sell.
by Jeffrey Neal
October 26th, 2017, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar build advice
Replies: 24
Views: 2026

Cellar build advice

Nice work - it looks great

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