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by Todd F r e n c h
February 14th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 211
Views: 7655

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

I'm sure personal attacks will prevail, and be encouraged. I think that this shows evidence of exactly what I've charged previously regarding this site. It isn't enough for someone to lose everything that they worked for and to come back with a straight and honest statement while trying to rebuild....
by Todd F r e n c h
February 14th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is a tun, pipe or butt, puncheon, hogshead, tierce, barrel or runlet of wine?
Replies: 5
Views: 226

Re: What is a tun, pipe or butt, puncheon, hogshead, tierce, barrel or runlet of wine?

Anton D wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Butt is a form of chugging, right?
I thought it was the only form of chugging. If not...I've been doing it wrong for years.
by Todd F r e n c h
February 14th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guess What???? CELLARTRACKER INTEGRATION is here!!!
Replies: 171
Views: 5119

Re: Guess What???? CELLARTRACKER INTEGRATION is here!!!

Apologize if this has been mentioned, but on the subject of CT integration, I'm loving that there is now a W-S low price button on CT. It doesn't appear to be perfect (frequently that price isn't found in the list if clicked... maybe they offer W-S pro prices while I'm using the normal site?) but I...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 8th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!
Replies: 55
Views: 2929

Re: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!

I'll chime in as another first timer, went way beyond what I expected. 6 Cabot Aged Cab and Confluence 12 Loring two Pinot mystery packs and six of the 375's 12 Veleta Insignia and Tempranillo 6 EMH Black Cat 4 Biggio Hamina Pinot 12 Briceland Ishi Pishi 12 Franny Beck Pinots 64 total Won an Auctio...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 7th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 123
Views: 3762

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Mike Stoneking wrote:
February 6th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Well that sucks.
Nah - done it before in the rain, no problem. If it rains, we all snuggle.
by Todd F r e n c h
February 6th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tastings study
Replies: 8
Views: 508

Re: Blind tastings study

Interesting, indeed - particularly doing the test with novices and more experienced tasters. Very interesting is this: An interesting finding of this research is that even when tasted blind, there was a positive correlation between preference and price—the higher the price, the more positive respons...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 6th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine
Replies: 63
Views: 2173

Re: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine

Well under $50 is 2009 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza. Really excellent traditional Rioja in a rich style. Great producer, but for under $50 you can go one step up and get their Gran Reserva 904, typically in the $44.99-$49.99 range. This is an impressive wine and I think would "win" in a field of cabs...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 6th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!
Replies: 55
Views: 2929

Re: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!

A little late to the thread but here's my entry for ROTY! 3 - Arcadian - Syrah 4 - Biggio Hamina - Pinot 6 - Cowan - Ribolla Giolla 6 - Crawford Family - Albariño and GSM 6 - Franny Beck - Pinot 6 - Keller - Mystery Pack 4 - Ladd - Chardonnay and Pinot 12 - Paetra - Riesling, Rose, and Gewürztramin...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 6th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passionfish wines: Huet and Gonon, added Hirtzberger and 2016 Gonon
Replies: 93
Views: 4746

Re: Passionfish wines: Huet and Gonon, added Hirtzberger and 2016 Gonon

Drink what you want to drink at all times for sure . . . But if I was going to Berns, I probably wouldn't bring any wine. Here's the thing - I've never heard anyone rave on about the food at Passionfish. It's one of those places that folks have been raving about regarding their fairly priced wine l...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 6th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2470

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

I don't think I have ever deliberately done a month without alcohol. But I do stop from time to time, for days, and maybe even a week or so. It obviously helps a 1. Having control. Last night we had chili for dinner and I was thinking which wine I should open. Then I thought, do I really need it. I...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 5th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Stony Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Re: TN: 2013 Stony Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

I've got a trio of '11's I'm still waiting on...but probably time to crack one and see where it is
by Todd F r e n c h
February 5th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2470

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

Also did dry January for the first time and had pretty similar observations: a realisation of how many low value drinks I could drop with ease, much better sleep and not missing it as much as I expected. The one component I did not expect: resuming drinking last weekend was vastly less enjoyable th...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 5th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2470

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 6:48 am
Yes - with no alcohol I sleep better, have more energy, and work out harder.

It's totally not worth it.
[winner.gif]
by Todd F r e n c h
February 4th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP board member Lou Kessler
Replies: 24
Views: 2164

Re: RIP board member Lou Kessler

RIP Lou - this is sad...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 4th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 (as featured in Forbes!) Master Thread - MASSIVE RECORDS SET!!!
Replies: 219
Views: 12489

Re: BerserkerDay 10 (as featured in Forbes!) Master Thread - MASSIVE RECORDS SET!!!

By my estimates, with 85% of the participants voting and taking the average for the other non-voters, we're in excess of $685,000 sold on BerserkerDay
by Todd F r e n c h
February 4th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 (as featured in Forbes!) Master Thread - MASSIVE RECORDS SET!!!
Replies: 219
Views: 12489

Re: BerserkerDay 10 (as featured in Forbes!) Master Thread - MASSIVE RECORDS SET!!!

Um.... We still have 1/3 of the participants yet to vote (or thereabouts) but the anonymous sales poll (which includes quite a few at $0-500 in volume for the day, unfortunately) absolutely destroyed our last year's record of $500k...currently at around $650,000!!!!!! What poll? I don't see no stin...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 4th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2470

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

Also did dry January for the first time and had pretty similar observations: a realisation of how many low value drinks I could drop with ease, much better sleep and not missing it as much as I expected. The one component I did not expect: resuming drinking last weekend was vastly less enjoyable th...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 4th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2470

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

Interesting - thanks for the review! We knew 'dry' would be too tough, so we're doing 2 nights a week but for all of Jan-Mar. Already broke the 'fast' last week but other than that, we've stuck to it. I, too, noticed that weight doesn't drop all that much overall but the soft spots firm up a bit mor...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 4th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

Yeah, they both got headaches from the eye-rolling. . [rofl.gif] It was a BerserkerDay-laden evening. I used Veleta olive oil, Flannery, and had Saunter and Wilde Farm wines. The Wilde Farm Chardonnay was super impressive - I'd say Brig wrote the notes well because I think he just stole them from m...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 4th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

. Todd finally got a chance to use Chris Fremott's glasses so he spent 20 minutes playing with a Rhone and this chard in the 4 glasses. I'm sure the ladies were mesmerized by this display of dinner party entertainment! Yeah, they both got headaches from the eye-rolling. It was a BerserkerDay-laden ...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 3rd, 2019, 6:57 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Auctions - CLOSED!!!
Topic: AUCTION: JJ Buckely Gift Card $100 - #3 (New JJB Customer Only)
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: AUCTION: JJ Buckely Gift Card $100 - #3 (New JJB Customer Only)

$40 Winner How do I use this? Should I expect a code to use at checkout to be emailed to me? I've submitted them all to JJB and Paige will be sending each of you an electronic certificate based on the email address you have in the system for WB as that's all I have - I think they went out already o...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 1st, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2059
Views: 193091

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

scott c wrote:
February 1st, 2019, 1:57 pm


Bwahahahahahahaha
Oh fantastic.

Good luck absconding with Kickstarter funds, buddy. Not as easy as getting paid privately and then skipping town...multiple times...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 1st, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is a VitaMix worth it?
Replies: 39
Views: 1614

Re: Is a VitaMix worth it?

We're getting a Vitamix, but not sure which model. Prefer to buy from Costco but not necessary...just very strong preference. Got the E320 model first, was told to turn around and return it because Jen wanted the one with the smaller containers for smoothies. Bought the 7500 with the to-go cups and ...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 1st, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!
Replies: 55
Views: 2929

Re: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!

Oh, I didn't know there was a ROTY award?! I humbly submit: 6 Tercero Mouvedre Rose 6 mixed case Briceland Vineyards reds 6 Franny Beck Pinots 6 mixed case Valeta reds 6 Princess and the Peasant Carignan (never heard of the varietal, bought solely on the recommendation of this group) 3 EMH Black Ca...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 1st, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!
Replies: 55
Views: 2929

Re: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!

What about a ROY? I totaled 37 which was way more than I expected. I'm sure it's not tops but would be interested to see what other first timers got. 1 2007 Cabot Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Humboldt County 2 2004 Cabot Vineyards Confluence 1 2007 Cabot Vineyards Confluence 2 2009 Cabot Vineyards ...
by Todd F r e n c h
February 1st, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 (as featured in Forbes!) Master Thread - MASSIVE RECORDS SET!!!
Replies: 219
Views: 12489

Re: BerserkerDay 10 (as featured in Forbes!) Master Thread - MASSIVE RECORDS SET!!!

Um....

We still have 1/3 of the participants yet to vote (or thereabouts) but the anonymous sales poll (which includes quite a few at $0-500 in volume for the day, unfortunately) absolutely destroyed our last year's record of $500k...currently at around $650,000!!!!!!
by Todd F r e n c h
February 1st, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 247
Views: 6953

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

Have you every considered adding a “like button” to the forum? I’m on a non-wine forum that runs PhpBB and the like button is one of the best features to the site. It sits right up next to the quote button on that forum. Yes, but because this is a discussion forum, a 'like' button will just encoura...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 30th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 1-28-19
Replies: 13
Views: 864

Re: Impressions 1-28-19

I think you are pretty badass drinking 18 wines on 1/28/19 btw
by Todd F r e n c h
January 29th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 1-28-19
Replies: 13
Views: 864

Re: Impressions 1-28-19

Jim is the master of saying so much with so few words when it comes to wine. Always the best read, particularly for those with ADHD like me.

I have some 2011 Allemand Cornas - you give me hope that it's in a good place right now, so I may not have to wait until 2030!!!
by Todd F r e n c h
January 29th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 147
Views: 4859

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

Get your own BerserkerDay Freek! *drops mike* (before people freak out (so to speak) Freek and I know each other - perhaps TOO well for my comfort and personal safety) [moderator] Warning issued to Todd F r e n c h Participates are not to cross post offers into other participants offering. Next off...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 29th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!
Replies: 55
Views: 2929

Re: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!

Since Dave won BOTH Auction MVP and BerserkerDay MVP, how do I honor the runner up for Auction MVP?? How do I decide? Paul Hiyake had 3 auctions, one short of Dave's four...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 29th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!
Replies: 55
Views: 2929

Re: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!

Dave McIsaac is our new BerserkerDay Champion, and John Simpson has become an All-Pro with his multiple years of incredible BD purchases...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 29th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!
Replies: 55
Views: 2929

Re: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!

Ok, I gave it a full day, no other respondents have stepped up, so we have our 2019 BerserkerDay MVP, and I'll be changing the badge over to our new champ!
by Todd F r e n c h
January 29th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 147
Views: 4859

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 10:06 pm
Chris Freemott wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Get your own thread, French!

:)
Get your own BerserkerDay Freek!

*drops mike*
(before people freak out (so to speak) Freek and I know each other - perhaps TOO well for my comfort and personal safety)
by Todd F r e n c h
January 28th, 2019, 10:06 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 147
Views: 4859

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

Chris Freemott wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Get your own thread, French!

:)
Get your own BerserkerDay Freek!

*drops mike*
by Todd F r e n c h
January 28th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 147
Views: 4859

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

I ordered the liberte, because it's the closest to the GGG that I love (also purchased front Chris!). Then I realized I really wanted to try the Cru and 1855 so I bought 2 and 1. Nice lineup, Chris. Can't wait for the travel case which I will certainly be obtaining. Input-it should have a place/poc...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 28th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kickstarter: ZOS Halo wine preservation system
Replies: 32
Views: 3581

Re: Kickstarter: ZOS Halo wine preservation system

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Maybe 4 bottles??
How many times were you accessing each of those bottles?
Once - I mean '4 uses' overall.
by Todd F r e n c h
January 28th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Château Beychevelle (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 5
Views: 339

Re: TN: 2015 Château Beychevelle (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

Great note, David, thanks What would you describe further as 'firm' tannins, so I understand? I struggle mightily with descriptors for young Bordeaux, knowing too well what it develops into, and I find myself looking for hints of those qualities rather than enjoying those the wine current possesses.
by Todd F r e n c h
January 28th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 7275

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

First time Berserker here with a modest haul of a couple-odd cases but much looking forward to trying these producers out! Keller Mystery 6 pack Sandler Pinot 4 pack Veleta Reserva's Trio 6 pack Ladd Middle Range 2 pack Ladd Chardonnay 2 pack Cabot Aged Syrah Pack I was glad to see Washington repre...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 28th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!
Replies: 55
Views: 2929

Re: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!

Phil M wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Thanks to all of you for giving me something to show my wife when she complains about by BDX purchases!
Excellent point
by Todd F r e n c h
January 28th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kickstarter: ZOS Halo wine preservation system
Replies: 32
Views: 3581

Re: Kickstarter: ZOS Halo wine preservation system

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 10:16 am
I love mine but the cartridges run out SO fast and they are SO expensive...I just stopped using it.
Could you describe what you mean by fast Todd?
Maybe 4 bottles??
by Todd F r e n c h
January 28th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!
Replies: 55
Views: 2929

Re: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!

Holy crap.

I think we have a winner!!! Will give it a day or so but I don’t expect that to be beat!!!!
by Todd F r e n c h
January 28th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 7275

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

Dave McIsaac wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
January 26th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Holy crap.

Rich K0rz€nk0 is definitely going to be the BerserkerDay 10 VIP/MVP the way this has panned out. Wow.
Don't be hasty!
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=158082
by Todd F r e n c h
January 28th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 7275

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

BTW, while I didn't view all the various offerings, IMO the coolest one of the day had to be Goodfellow's return/rebirth of the Berserkers Cuvee! I think my Mom & Dad went through three cases of Jim Anderson's 2014 version, and even if we can't do it every year, it's great to see this continue to o...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 28th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 7275

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

Curious about some of the producers that didn't seem to get as much traffic on their threads as the more established/well-known to Berserkers wineries. Do you have a sense of whether they saw volume as well, and were satisfied with their participation? I'd love to know the answer to that, to help t...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 28th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!
Replies: 55
Views: 2929

Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!

Last year, John Simpson took the title for the first annual BerserkerDay MVP, buying more than anybody else on the day (at least that we KNOW of). This year the competition was much more fierce, but the Champion knows how to play in the big leagues, so it was a close match. What I've counted up so f...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 28th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 7275

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

Keep posting, particularly if you are in the running for BD10 MVP!!!
by Todd F r e n c h
January 28th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kickstarter: ZOS Halo wine preservation system
Replies: 32
Views: 3581

Re: Kickstarter: ZOS Halo wine preservation system

This seems to be the only thread on the ZOS wine preservation system, which is on the market. Not a good sign lol. But has anyone used it extensively? I gather from comments on the WineEnthusiast page, the original cartridges had some problems that may have been resolved now. https://www.wineenthus...

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