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by TonyD
November 16th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 210828

Re: Official Costco Thread

Just picked up a couple of bottle of 2016 Double Diamond ($39.98) based on good reviews and the tie to the Schrader label.
by TonyD
January 20th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 210828

Re: Official Costco Thread

Michael Martin wrote:
January 17th, 2019, 7:15 pm
The ‘16 Kirkland Gigondas is worth grabbing a handful...if you can still can find them. My local Costco is sold out.
Thanks so much for the heads up. Gave this a try and was very pleased. Fantastic QPR.
by TonyD
December 13th, 2018, 10:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becklyn Previous Buyers
Replies: 38
Views: 3272

Re: Becklyn Previous Buyers

Thanks Matt - Great wine and great customer service!
by TonyD
September 5th, 2018, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm The Absurd
Replies: 79
Views: 7980

Re: Realm The Absurd

Received email offering at 5:43pm. Opened email within 2 minutes (close out my other work) and all I see is the ability to wish list items. I was previously given an allocation and took some last year. Not sure what happened this year but doesn't seem to make much sense to stay on a wait list for th...
by TonyD
August 18th, 2018, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Italian values
Replies: 8
Views: 766

Re: TN: Italian values

This is very belated, as I realized I never posted these notes here. I was asked to do an end of the year wine tasting for our honors program students. I chose Italians, because we have a campus in Florence where students can spend a semester, which is very popular with the honors program students....
by TonyD
February 9th, 2018, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Glass wine cellar
Replies: 42
Views: 2065

Glass wine cellar

I would also be concerned with condensation building up. It would be disappointing to have fogged glass or acrylic to look at.
by TonyD
January 26th, 2018, 9:02 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: BerserkerDay IX Master Thread/FAQ - Records set!!! Over $500,000 in wine/wine related goods sold!
Replies: 252
Views: 18268

BerserkerDay IX Master Thread/FAQ (Please Read) WE ARE LIVE WITH PREVIEW DAY!

Well - I was a subscriber until 8am this morning. I was accessing the early purchase forum. Was narrowing down my purchase from Cabot and EMH, went to get a coffee and came back to no access. Guess my subscription ended today - not sure of the expiration date? Will try tomorrow but unlikely as I wil...
by TonyD
January 26th, 2018, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1495
Views: 102094

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Andrew Demaree wrote:2012 Carlisle ‘Papera Ranch’ Zinfandel
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+1 on the Papera Ranch!
by TonyD
January 25th, 2018, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine scratch & sniff instruction
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Wine scratch & sniff instruction

WoW!
by TonyD
January 24th, 2018, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Cloudy" young red wine - like or dislike?
Replies: 14
Views: 526

"Cloudy" young red wine - like or dislike?

Not to say all cloudy wines are suspect however; the few experiences I have had with them, I felt that something was off.
by TonyD
January 15th, 2018, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your most recent wine offer—that you passed up?
Replies: 57
Views: 3684

What is your most recent wine offer—that you passed up?

Aubert for me. Just too rich at the 6 bottle minimum for me.
by TonyD
December 15th, 2017, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howell Mountain Cabernets
Replies: 39
Views: 2132

Howell Mountain Cabernets

I have discovered that I really enjoy cabernets from Howell mountain. The fruit and the balanced tannins see to come together for me. Now my only exposure so far has been Robert Craig Howell Mountain '08,'09, and '11. I have a bottle of '08 Notre Vin Howell mountain waiting for me to try. Was curiou...
by TonyD
December 12th, 2017, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for an under-cabinet wine fridge?
Replies: 25
Views: 1217

Recommendations for an under-cabinet wine fridge?

+1 on the Whirlpool model. Pleased with it so far - 2 years and running.
by TonyD
October 18th, 2017, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1666
Views: 97230

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I just wrote out a list of the Pre-arrivals I`ve bought and am now up to 16 different orders. It`s a lot of work to keep these straight and accurate. I`m trusting Greg and all to have it together when wines arrive and shipping instructions are requested. Blake, FWIW, I log all of my Envoyer purchas...
by TonyD
October 15th, 2017, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1666
Views: 97230

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Went in for a couple of bottles of the 2014 La Chablisienne Chablis Valmur.
by TonyD
October 9th, 2017, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1666
Views: 97230

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Just received an email from Greg for 2006 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino "Montosoli". I don't think I have ever tried a Brunello (yes, sheltered life I guess). What do you all think about this being the first?
by TonyD
September 8th, 2017, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA for NorCal - Whole Foods 30% off all wine
Replies: 14
Views: 1323

PSA for NorCal - Whole Foods 30% off all wine

and just confirmed at my local SoCal store - no sale.
by TonyD
September 8th, 2017, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA for NorCal - Whole Foods 30% off all wine
Replies: 14
Views: 1323

PSA for NorCal - Whole Foods 30% off all wine

Thanks for the heads up. I wonder if the SoCal stores will be included as well. Guess I'll make a pass by later today to check it out.
by TonyD
September 7th, 2017, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1666
Views: 97230

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Just discovered Envoyer. Winds up they are within 5 miles drive. I don't see this ending well for my wallet based on this thread and the initial newsletter offerings I have received from Greg. champagne.gif

Making my first trip there tomorrow morning.
by TonyD
August 19th, 2017, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best USA Cabernet under $60
Replies: 137
Views: 10858

Best USA Cabernet under $60

H Bongiovi wrote:in addition to those already mentioned:

Amapola Creek $45-50
Faust $40

Arns is at $65, but I would start collecting cans and bottles to raise the extra $5
+1 Faust. Faust is one of my "go to" mid-price bottles.
by TonyD
February 7th, 2017, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Herman Story Release
Replies: 12
Views: 722

Herman Story Release

+1 Casual Encounters!
by TonyD
February 5th, 2017, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Costco Stems by Riedel
Replies: 112
Views: 11994

New Costco Stems by Riedel

Been looking at these for weeks and finally decided to pick up a box. Good quality for the price!
by TonyD
January 28th, 2017, 8:12 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: What Did You Buy on Berserker Day?
Replies: 86
Views: 6142

What Did You Buy on BD?

My first Berserker Day - I picked up:

Liquid Farm "Amuse Bouche Blanc" (4-Pack - All White)
by TonyD
January 27th, 2017, 1:09 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: LIQUID FARM: Limited Packs + not yet released *2015 Pinot!* & 2016 Rosé + $10 Shipping
Replies: 77
Views: 6168

LIQUID FARM: Limited Packs + *2015 Pinot!* + $10 Shipping

NikkiWineNerdNelson wrote:
TonyD wrote:Some great deals! Need to find out if there are shipping options other than GSO.
We got ya Tony - emailed ya back - we can honor $10 with UPS - no prob! champagne.gif
Wow! Not only a great tasting wine but fast, courteous service. Outstanding! Thanks Nikki.
by TonyD
January 27th, 2017, 11:26 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: LIQUID FARM: Limited Packs + not yet released *2015 Pinot!* & 2016 Rosé + $10 Shipping
Replies: 77
Views: 6168

LIQUID FARM: Limited Packs + *2015 Pinot!* + $10 Shipping

Some great deals! Need to find out if there are shipping options other than GSO.
by TonyD
January 26th, 2017, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban's 2017 Winter Release
Replies: 23
Views: 1966

Alban's 2017 Winter Release

Wow - didn't expect such strong pricing.
by TonyD
December 30th, 2016, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becklyn 14 reserve
Replies: 5
Views: 783

Becklyn 14 reserve

I picked up 3 this cycle as well but have not tried them yet. I did tap into the 2013 and although young, it was fabulous. Balanced, good fruit, smooth tannins, and complexity that is just starting to build.
by TonyD
September 28th, 2016, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Beringer Private Reserve
Replies: 17
Views: 1005

2012 Beringer Private Reserve

Wow - I think I saw that in Costco for ~$119. Not that they always have the most competitive price but that's a big difference. Sure it was the "Private Reserve"?
by TonyD
September 26th, 2016, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Accelerated" Aging
Replies: 46
Views: 1988

"Accelerated" Aging

So depending on the literature, proper storage temperature should be approximately a consistent 55 degrees. Higher temps should invite a more rapid aging of wine up to a point. I am doing an experiment with two bottles of 2012 Mondavi Oakville Cabernet. One goes into cooled cellar at a consistent 55...
by TonyD
August 30th, 2016, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Cask
Replies: 0
Views: 231

TN: 2012 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Cask

I really thought I was going to need to wait this one out to develop but on a chance, I tried a bottle. Smooth (almost velvety), tannins well in check, nice balance of oak with a subtle vanilla undertone. I had a 2004 Mondavi Reserve not too long ago and this came close. I think the QPR (~$70) was q...
by TonyD
August 4th, 2016, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becklyn Open
Replies: 103
Views: 7526

Becklyn Open

Went in for three bottle of the Napa Cab. Would have gone for more but already spread thin with all of the other offerings (Carlisle, Bedrock, Quivet, Ribvers-Marie, and upcoming Turley)
by TonyD
July 24th, 2016, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Live
Replies: 27
Views: 3485

Rivers-Marie Live

I will probably regret this but I only went for two bottles of the Cab. I have never tried it but of course, have heard great things. Interesting that there was no 3 bottle minimum.
by TonyD
July 19th, 2016, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet
Replies: 20
Views: 1091

TN: 2001 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet

I think of it like Jordan, classic benchmarks American steakhouse cabs as a style reference. Vanilla = Silver Oak! If you like the style, make this your "experiment wine" to keep going older and older on. They hit their modern style, I think, early on....early 90's? Maybe even the 80's. It may be a...
by TonyD
July 19th, 2016, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet
Replies: 20
Views: 1091

TN: 2001 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet

Thanks for the feedback. As I mentioned this was the oldest cab I have had so far and with the questionable storage conditions, I was curious if it was "off center" from where it should be. I am pleased with it - in fact a I am enjoying a 2nd day glass right now with no improvement / degradation ove...
by TonyD
July 19th, 2016, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet
Replies: 20
Views: 1091

TN: 2001 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet

A S K R O B A C K wrote:
TonyD wrote: oak and I think a very distinct taste of vanilla!
Shocked! I am shocked to hear that about this wine. [stirthepothal.gif]
Guess that is what I was looking for. Are Silver Oak's known for their vanilla background? Sounds like they are.
by TonyD
July 18th, 2016, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet
Replies: 20
Views: 1091

TN: 2001 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet

So let me start that this is so far the oldest cab that I have tasted. I found this bottle in a local liquor store sitting tucked away in the back of the store. BTW - the store was anything but climate controlled. Southern CA near the ocean so I guess the temperature swings were 65 to maybe 82. The ...
by TonyD
July 9th, 2016, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 GD Vajra "Claret J.C."
Replies: 9
Views: 894

TN: 2014 GD Vajra "Claret J.C."

Great note. Thanks for sharing.
by TonyD
July 9th, 2016, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12523
Views: 603721

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Evangelho Vineyard
by TonyD
July 9th, 2016, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2341
Views: 154611

What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Evangelho Vineyard for me. A red blend with a Zin foreground. Very nice.
by TonyD
July 8th, 2016, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12523
Views: 603721

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2001 Spottswoode Estate I found tucked away in a rather run down liquor store. Bottle looked in descent shape but will not know for sure until I try it. For $45, it was worth the risk.
by TonyD
July 8th, 2016, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Costco/Kirkland 2015 Cote du Rhone Villages
Replies: 34
Views: 4440

Costco/Kirkland 2015 Cote du Rhone Villages

None at my local Costco as well :(
by TonyD
July 8th, 2016, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese
Replies: 3
Views: 355

TN: 2012 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese

Thanks for the note. Excellent set of wines - I have not been disappointed so far.
by TonyD
July 7th, 2016, 9:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Home made lamb burgers.
Replies: 9
Views: 906

Home made lamb burgers.

[quote][/quote]Had no idea about needing to add additional fat. Thanks!
by TonyD
July 7th, 2016, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir Trenton View
Replies: 11
Views: 554

TN: 2007 Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir Trenton View

Thanks for sharing. I was not aware of this producer.
by TonyD
July 7th, 2016, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Summer 2016 Release
Replies: 154
Views: 15014

Bedrock Summer 2016 Release

Looking forward - can't wait to jump in.
by TonyD
July 7th, 2016, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Kerloo Cellars Syrah Walla Walla Valley
Replies: 4
Views: 346

TN: 2008 Kerloo Cellars Syrah Walla Walla Valley

Helpful note - thank you. Will check it out.
by TonyD
July 7th, 2016, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What is the correct cellar temperature ?
Replies: 15
Views: 3723

What is the correct cellar temperature ?

Curious as to just how much deviation from nominal is acceptable (+/- 5 degrees)?
by TonyD
July 7th, 2016, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Carlisle Zin Saitone
Replies: 12
Views: 673

2014 Carlisle Zin Saitone

I had come across a bottle of this a couple of months ago but did not purchase. May revisit to see if it's still available.
by TonyD
July 6th, 2016, 10:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne 2009 Sonoma Coast TN
Replies: 7
Views: 657

Kosta Browne 2009 Sonoma Coast TN

I just had an '09. Seemed to hold up well but perhaps a tad past its prime?
by TonyD
June 19th, 2016, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father's Day Wine
Replies: 24
Views: 1317

Father's Day Wine

I finally cracked open a 2004 Mondavi Reserve cabernet. Wow - it was supple, velvety and just fantastic.

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