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by Jeffrey Neal
October 16th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1133

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: 265
Views: 11728

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: 11
Views: 1864

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: 429

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: 1016

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: 217

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: 92
Views: 2549

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: 5207

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: 8359

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: 8359

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: 1374

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: 8359

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: 10561

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: 64
Views: 3280

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: 3937

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: 3937

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: 1603

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: 4321

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: 2449

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: 562
Views: 28746

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: 5348

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: 4465

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: 5348

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: 5348

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: 4373

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: 4373

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: 2515

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: 496

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: 496

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: 748

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: 2247

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: 2016

Cellar build advice

Nice work - it looks great
by Jeffrey Neal
October 13th, 2017, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91437

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

THIS IS THE WORST FIRE DISASTER IN THE HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA. EVER. Can they always do better? Of course. This will be a major learning experience for all involved and hopefully will lead to the betterment of all. What I'm really saying is I wonder if the same research and development of fire manag...
by Jeffrey Neal
September 20th, 2017, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Gabriel Gold Wine Ex
Replies: 81
Views: 4856

PSA: Gabriel Gold Wine Ex

I bought my Golds from Chris. Great price, great service, and beautiful classes. A word of advice – do not hold them by the base while you are drying them. The result can be a broken stem. Don't ask how I know. [cheers.gif]
by Jeffrey Neal
September 1st, 2017, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building A Cellar - What Do You Wish You Knew Before?
Replies: 39
Views: 2380

Building A Cellar - What Do You Wish You Knew Before?

Get the right size cooling unit - bigger is not better. The advice about making certain you can get the racks in the cellar is important. I had to assemble mine in my small cellar and the space was so tight that it almost didn’t work. If I had not had 3 rectangular bins that gave me room to crawl th...
by Jeffrey Neal
August 1st, 2017, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Summer release
Replies: 150
Views: 12355

Bedrock Summer release

We went to see Queen + Adam Lambert last night, then I found this mailer this morning. I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now But alas, my cellar is full, and I am going to Napa/Sonoma next week and will end up buying more wine that I don’t have room for. I picked out 2 cases...
by Jeffrey Neal
July 20th, 2017, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers-Marie Cab Release
Replies: 110
Views: 8622

2017 Rivers-Marie Cab Release

Only 6 NV for me. I am out of space in the cellar and have to stop buying. The RM Cabs are so good that half a case is as close to not buying as I can get. :-(
by Jeffrey Neal
May 15th, 2017, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best home cellar cooling unit?
Replies: 27
Views: 2895

Best home cellar cooling unit?

I got mine from Cellarpro and could not be more pleased. I gave them all of the info on the cellar and they told me what size unit I needed. If I were estimating on my own, I would have bought a much bigger unit than I needed. The one they recommended keeps my cellar at 55 with no problems, and with...
by Jeffrey Neal
March 28th, 2017, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Artevino vs. Eurocave...is there a difference?
Replies: 11
Views: 2779

Artevino vs. Eurocave...is there a difference?

Artevino is a separate line that the company describes as "a good quality, economical alternative to the EuroCave branded wine cabinets. Artevino is a distinct entry level brand manufactured by Eurocave but using different materials." I had an Artevino unit before I built my cellar and was very happ...
by Jeffrey Neal
February 14th, 2017, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Assessing space for possible home cellar usage
Replies: 24
Views: 1128

Assessing space for possible home cellar usage

Take a look at Vintage View racks. If you could get 8 of their 7 foot racks on your walls it would hold 504 bottles. They would be easy to install and would give you a little room in the middle to move around. Whatever you decide to buy, make certain you have room to assemble them and get them in th...
by Jeffrey Neal
February 8th, 2017, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarPro model 1800 noise levels
Replies: 23
Views: 1186

CellarPro model 1800 noise levels

I have a Cellarpro 1800QT in my cellar. It vents into a bathroom that is on the other side of the cellar, away from our TV room. No complaints at all about the unit, but I would not want it in the TV room. It would be too distracting.
by Jeffrey Neal
February 4th, 2017, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unusual Grape Varieties You Have Tried / Want To Try
Replies: 187
Views: 6426

Unusual Grape Varieties You Have Tried / Want To Try

I had never tried Dornfelder, but saw a few posts here and there slamming it like is it the wine of Satan. Loring Wine Co makes a Dornfelder and I have had very good luck with Loring wines, so what the hell. It is an interesting wine. Very dark black, almost like a PS. Lots of blackberries and spice...

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