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by Todd F r e n c h
August 15th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase
Replies: 37
Views: 1214

Re: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase

I like my vinguard valise. Same. A full case of 750ml non-champagne bottles comes to about 47-48 lbs with the VGV. I've never gotten more than 10 bottles in a VGV, ever, which is why we stopped distributing them at The Wine Check. A case of wine is typically 40-44lb, and the VGV is 13-14lb. Vino Vo...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 13th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains
Replies: 32
Views: 1652

Re: TN: 2002 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

I tried to bring this wine to an event with C Fu but he said the wine was 'lame' - will have to enjoy it sometime based on the OVERWHELMING love it is getting
by Todd F r e n c h
August 13th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1099

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

I think it's very possible, though it will take some time. I've had great cabs from South Africa, and they are a huge value. Once it gets popular, though, there goes the value
by Todd F r e n c h
August 9th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 33
Views: 1381

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

You're on the email grouping, Brent, but thanks for letting me know. Todd--there *will* be lots more people contacted via email who will be coming ;) 105 wines at the moment, if I fill out all the slots. I don't *plan* to add any more, but one never knows :) So with, let's say 40 people, should be ...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 8th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

FYI, as has been discussed in other threads, argon does not form a protective layer because it's heavier than oxygen. At any temperature where the wine is liquid, the gas molecules are moving at pretty high velocities and colliding with each other. These processes keep the different gases in a bott...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 8th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 33
Views: 1381

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

Bro, with that many wines in your 'depressurization' event, you will need MANY dozens more attendees!
by Todd F r e n c h
August 7th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

I still have one of those as well, but haven't found it to be terribly reliable/effective FWIW, and you may already do this, I have found that wetting the stopper opening a bit (then shaking it off) before pumping seems to produce a more reliable longer lasting vacuum seal. When I forget to do this...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 7th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

I've sent them a message that they may want to participate in BerserkerDay :)
by Todd F r e n c h
August 7th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

What I can't find anywhere is - is Repour re-usable? Meaning, can I keep using the cork, or is it a one shot deal? Maybe I'm not understanding the technology. Adam, from the Q&A section on Amazon: If you can use it multiple times for the same bottle of wine then why can't you reuse it for another b...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 7th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

I’ll throw out a Repour data point from tonight. I had about half a bottle left of a 1994 Mondavi Reserve CS from a tasting on July 20 so I stuck a Repour in it and threw it in the fridge. I poured it tonight with a Flannery ribeye and it hadn’t faded at all. If anything, the wine showed better ton...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 4th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Phelan Segur is killing right now...
Replies: 5
Views: 548

Re: 2005 Phelan Segur is killing right now...

Sadly it was my last bottle...so I just purchased 6 bottles of the 2018 en primeur to do this again in 10-15 years :)
by Todd F r e n c h
August 3rd, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Phelan Segur is killing right now...
Replies: 5
Views: 548

2005 Phelan Segur is killing right now...

No time for detailed notes at the moment, but I’m shocked at what a tremendous wine this is. It’s in a perfect space right now for the Bordeaux lover who appreciates classical traits, but also can handle a few of the modern, juicy aspects of the vintage and the region
by Todd F r e n c h
August 3rd, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long were you on the Monte Bello waiting list?
Replies: 33
Views: 1761

Re: How long were you on the Monte Bello waiting list?

I was fortunate to get on IMMEDIATELY before they started a waiting list, and mine has no requirement for buying Estate wines, though I often get a couple cases of mixed Estate wines (Geyserville, Lytton Springs, Estate Cab all multiple times each order).
by Todd F r e n c h
August 3rd, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne
Replies: 16
Views: 1537

Re: Kosta Browne

Where WBers used to be their core market, it is no longer, as they found the much larger, less picky market in the well-to-do wine hobbyists, who buy based on label status. MUCH bigger market, no fuss. The wine is made for that market - big, bold, unabashed, and gobs of profit.
by Todd F r e n c h
August 1st, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A little love for Languedoc
Replies: 5
Views: 413

A little love for Languedoc

Piggybacking on Zee's great thread on VDP and other 'affordable' (harkening back to when MOST of Northern Rhone was affordable BUT Hermitage, sigh...) areas of Northern Rhone, I found a Languedoc wine I really, really enjoyed. I was in Madison, WI last weekend and stopped at a local wine shop (AWESO...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 1st, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

Hank Victor wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 11:38 am
Every black friday weekend Coravin does a 50% off sale. You can snag a coravin and 4 capsules for about $199. If you're in no rush and have the option to wait until November.
Thanks - might be worth the wait...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 1st, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

Jim Stewart wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 9:06 am
For a bottle to be drunk over a couple to several days, I have always used the Vacu Vin (pump til it clicks ) wine saver. Is it not thought of as reliable?
I still have one of those as well, but haven't found it to be terribly reliable/effective
by Todd F r e n c h
August 1st, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10676
Views: 369233

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

(last night) 2009 Jérôme Chezeaux Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots - Could definitely see and smell/taste the ripeness of the vintage (color was slightly bricking, fruit was ripe) but it wasn't excessive, by any means. Cranberry, baking spice, iron, really gains weight and complexity after an h...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 1st, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

I've been really impressed with the efficacy of Repour, but they're single bottle use and a bit of an environmental waste. Cheers, Warren I have had very good results with Repour as well. I recall getting an email from them fairly recently about recycling . . . I believe they are made from 100% rec...
by Todd F r e n c h
July 31st, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10676
Views: 369233

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Mini-Vertical last night: ‘82 Meyney - I’ve probably opened over a case of this wine in the last few years. It has been consistently excellent, but is also usually representive of typical Cordier bottles of the era, with a lot of “funk”— read: brett. While I’m okay with that in most cases, once in ...
by Todd F r e n c h
July 31st, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

jhans wrote:
July 30th, 2019, 8:36 pm
I use Private Preserve however the results are generally not that great. Am wondering how WineSave Pro differs, looks like a similar product, both use Argon
Yeah, I saw those on Amazon - about half the price of WineSave Pro, didn't know if it was similar/same or not
by Todd F r e n c h
July 31st, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 33
Views: 1381

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

Tough timeline with family vacations but I'm a definite 'will try' or 'very maybe' on this
by Todd F r e n c h
July 30th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

Obviously if you want to go big, Coravin is the answer, but I'm not interested in that kind of spend right at the moment. I've been using Winesave Pro (from BerserkerDay VIII and IX) quite a lot, and really like it. Might just buy more, rather than invest in more of the ZOS cartridges as those seem ...
by Todd F r e n c h
July 30th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains
Replies: 32
Views: 1652

Re: TN: 2002 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

Woo hoo! I have a bottle of this sitting happily in the cellar since I purchased it! Thanks for the notes1
by Todd F r e n c h
July 29th, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes
Replies: 37
Views: 1677

Re: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes

DEFINITELY have to reference this thread next BerserkerDay, as there are quite a few producers represented here who sell that day! People always want notes...this is a perfect opportunity, given it's a bit of a comparative with so many options
by Todd F r e n c h
July 29th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago - 2010 Bordeaux
Replies: 9
Views: 477

Re: Chicago - 2010 Bordeaux

What area of Chicago are you proposing to do this? Downtown? Burbs?
by Todd F r e n c h
July 29th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes
Replies: 37
Views: 1677

Re: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes

Wow. 1) I had no idea this was an annual thing - how freakin' cool! 2) I also didn't know that the original 'another shitty' phrase came from none other than one of the best Pinots from the US, Belle Pente Murto. Amazing.
by Todd F r e n c h
July 29th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!
Replies: 101
Views: 5218

Re: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!

Jay, nice job on the beard! Sporting the stay-cool-in-summer trim!

Thanks for labeling the photos with names - super helpful. In fact, I wish I would remember anyone's names as then I could do the same when I post photos!
by Todd F r e n c h
July 29th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)
Replies: 43
Views: 1916

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

brigcampbell wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Chris and I are in. Jen has a partner in crime now. We'll bring a side dish, she'll text Jen.

And I'll take the grill for you. Remind me to bring a change of clothing so I don't smell like eau'd Flannery all day.
Reminder: bring a change of clothing.

There.
by Todd F r e n c h
July 17th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13601

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

FYI, a reliable source has told me that Michelin, which bought a minority interest in WA a couple of years ago, recently bought the controlling interest from the original Chinese investors who bought out Parker, and has a new plan for the future of WA. Here's what I found out - copy/pasted from the...
by Todd F r e n c h
July 16th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy prices - valuation - investment
Replies: 37
Views: 3271

Re: Burgundy prices - valuation - investment

I'm moving the thread to Wine Talk
by Todd F r e n c h
July 15th, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13601

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

If there could be a comparison, I followed the Parker palate. I drank all the Shiraz and smoked the best cigars. I lost my palate for old world wine and found myself in need of extreme wines. The end result, I don't/can't travel much and drink fruit forward Pinot, lots of it, followed by bigger win...
by Todd F r e n c h
July 15th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13601

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

I would suggest that MS laid the founding stone in Wineberserkers. neener I wonder when Todd is gonna sell us out. The bastard. PS. Todd, I have an ace team of corporate transactions lawyers when you are ready to sell. I come along free. I'll dial you up if that happens. Thus far I've had 3 offers ...
by Todd F r e n c h
July 15th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain
Replies: 33
Views: 1245

Re: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain

All true, what Eric said. We got to stay there thanks to Starwood (at the time) points, and it was off-season, so it was WAY cheap (in points). I'm sure those days are long gone, thanks to the merger with Marriott. I'm happy I had the chance to stay there when I did - as Eric said, it's just about p...
by Todd F r e n c h
July 15th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13601

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

FYI, a reliable source has told me that Michelin, which bought a minority interest in WA a couple of years ago, recently bought the controlling interest from the original Chinese investors who bought out Parker, and has a new plan for the future of WA. Here's what I found out - copy/pasted from the ...
by Todd F r e n c h
July 12th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best/favorite/cleverest words or phrases seen in a WB post
Replies: 22
Views: 1026

Re: Your best/favorite/cleverest words or phrases seen in a WB post

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 10:15 am
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 7:41 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 5:49 am
Petrichor
This is mine, as well, and I can never remember it when I want to freakin' use it.
I have claimed ownership. Back off.
Board ownership trumps all other 'claims' - bow to me
by Todd F r e n c h
July 12th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best/favorite/cleverest words or phrases seen in a WB post
Replies: 22
Views: 1026

Re: Your best/favorite/cleverest words or phrases seen in a WB post

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 5:49 am
Petrichor
This is mine, as well, and I can never remember it when I want to freakin' use it.
by Todd F r e n c h
July 11th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1832

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

YES on Halcon - so often mistaken for a good French Syrah, and I'm victim to its allure as well. That's why I bought some on BerserkerDay, and while I'm trying to let it sit and age, now I want to crack a bottle tonight with pasta!
by Todd F r e n c h
July 11th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)
Replies: 43
Views: 1916

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

c fu wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 10:12 pm
K John Joseph wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Imagine how kickass this offline would be if TWO K@NES showed up! Just sayin...
if you went i'd break my rule of never going that far south without a police escort.
I see how it is...
by Todd F r e n c h
July 10th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Is CT free?
Replies: 6
Views: 617

Re: Is CT free?

Enough, Gray - you already have an argument with Eric in the Squires thread - no need for this as well, it's bordering on abuse
by Todd F r e n c h
July 10th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)
Replies: 43
Views: 1916

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

K John Joseph wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Imagine how kickass this offline would be if TWO K@NES showed up! Just sayin...
Only way to make that happen.

Just sayin...
by Todd F r e n c h
July 10th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 292
Views: 14012

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 11:31 am
Well of course I would go for the full-body spread, notwithstanding how nice the close-up of my face is. One must use all of one's ass'ets.
All set!
by Todd F r e n c h
July 10th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 292
Views: 14012

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 11:18 am
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Fu created it:
Two options for you - one that is the original format, scaled to fit, the other larger, with the 200X200 requirement
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by Todd F r e n c h
July 10th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 292
Views: 14012

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 9:30 am
So confusing. I asked the help and was told, “sorry, do it yourself”. So I’ll stay naked.
Send it to me! It's much easier that way...I've done plenty o' avatars on here as it's super easy for me to pound it out and post it
by Todd F r e n c h
July 10th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 2890

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

I blame Frank Murray

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