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by JonF
April 26th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can you saber sparkling juice with a bottle cap?
Replies: 34
Views: 892

Re: Can you saber sparkling juice with a bottle cap?

you could try to aim for just the cap/cork. :P

by JonF
March 29th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High Quality Sangiovese in California?
Replies: 39
Views: 2588

Re: High Quality Sangiovese in California?

I really enjoyed the Petroni sangio when we last visited. Both the "rosso" blend and thier "Brunello" clone bottling. I think these tend to be on the upper end of cal-ital pricing so it gets passed over. One of the berserker day's, Castelli offered the sangio and the nebb which were both fantastic. ...
by JonF
January 27th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Biggio Hamina Cellars Berserker Day #10. (OFFERS #2 & #3 are SOLD OUT) Offer is closed.
Replies: 109
Views: 4232

Re: Biggio Hamina Cellars Berserker Day #10

Todd Hamina wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 9:38 am
Ok, JonF 4/6 pack is being created right now. Call it #5.... so we are talking a #1 plus an 07 DV and a 16 HG. $126 + 33.33 + 25 + free shipping = $184.33

In or out?
In like Flynn!
by JonF
January 27th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Biggio Hamina Cellars Berserker Day #10. (OFFERS #2 & #3 are SOLD OUT) Offer is closed.
Replies: 109
Views: 4232

Re: Biggio Hamina Cellars Berserker Day #10

Todd,

I'd definitely like a #1 plz. Would it be possible to round it up to a 6pk with a bottle of the 2007 deux vert and a bottle of the Holmes PN? I'm curious to try a larger sampling of your offerings. lmk
by JonF
December 10th, 2018, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1450
Views: 97781

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2015 James Berry Syrah: Dark, dark and even more dark. Loads of peppered beef jerky with a black fruit glaze.
by JonF
November 26th, 2018, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court ruling allows NJ BYOB restaurants to advertise
Replies: 22
Views: 851

Re: Court ruling allows NJ BYOB restaurants to advertise

I occasionally run into a weird outlier in-between the BYO and liquor licence establishments. Its the formerly BYO restaurant that is suddenly "featuring" the wines of such-n-such winery, be it local or otherwise. Said establishment otherwise has no traditional drink menu, nor do they advertise this...
by JonF
October 29th, 2018, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7179
Views: 437560

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Has anyone bought/received and dug into the recent Sleeper cab from the marathon? Popped 1 last night and it was badly corked (everyone unequivocally agreed), wondering if its an anomaly or it there was a bad batch (refund vs replacement).
by JonF
September 13th, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help build a new collection
Replies: 74
Views: 3870

Re: Help build a new collection

You hear him now..... But you will probably get the vibe later Great reference! That song was on the Kruder and Dorfmeister DJ Kicks and Rebirth of Cool 3. Now do Basehead [thumbs-up.gif] Blast from the past! That reminds me, time to queue up Earth Vol 1 from LTJ Bukem. Sad that Poets of Thought ne...
by JonF
September 13th, 2018, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where can i get a 27 liter 1987 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial?
Replies: 5
Views: 749

Where can i get a 27 liter 1987 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial?

I bought a new set of wine glasses and have nothing to fill them with.

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by JonF
September 12th, 2018, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help an amatuer impress his wife?
Replies: 37
Views: 1622

Re: Help an amatuer impress his wife?

Maybe he can find one of the original vintages of white zin... you know the story of how it was created by accident decades ago?
by JonF
September 10th, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Kirkland Signature Series, Stags Leap District Cabernet
Replies: 104
Views: 8449

Re: TN: 2016 Kirkland Signature Series, Stags Leap District Cabernet

So how is it that you get this kind of value from premier AVA's like stag's leap for so cheap? Is it that big a AVA that they have an overabundance of fruit that costco can swoop in and buy 100 tons? With what the prominent wine growers charge for thier brands, it seems odd that there is any left o...
by JonF
September 10th, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Kirkland Signature Series, Stags Leap District Cabernet
Replies: 104
Views: 8449

Re: TN: 2016 Kirkland Signature Series, Stags Leap District Cabernet

So how is it that you get this kind of value from premier AVA's like stag's leap for so cheap? Is it that big a AVA that they have an overabundance of fruit that costco can swoop in and buy 100 tons? With what the prominent wine growers charge for thier brands, it seems odd that there is any left ov...
by JonF
August 28th, 2018, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Cellar Help Needed (Mildew)
Replies: 12
Views: 826

Re: Wine Cellar Help Needed (Mildew)

You may find that your condensation issue may improve, you may still have difficulty with the door due to long term swelling and misalignment. If the lock (looks like just a deadbolt) turns freely when the door is open, the lock bolt is likely dragging against the strike plate in the jamb. With the ...
by JonF
August 27th, 2018, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Cellar Help Needed (Mildew)
Replies: 12
Views: 826

Re: Wine Cellar Help Needed (Mildew)

The pics seem to indicate the damage is on the *outside* of the cellar. Seems that the humidity inside is under control via the dehumidifier but outside of that door there is a problem. Corroded hinges, swelled wood making the door casing misaligned this difficulty with the lockset and mold growth o...
by JonF
August 22nd, 2018, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wannabe Wine Connoisseurs Can Now Buy Instant Cellars for $5,000
Replies: 36
Views: 1890

Re: Wannabe Wine Connoisseurs Can Now Buy Instant Cellars for $5,000

Devils Advocate Question: What if you try one of the new to you pre-selected bottles leaving you two or maybe five more and you dislike the wine? I did not see that addressed and we all know how different palates can be particularly for newcomers. Can you exchange them? If so and you are not local,...
by JonF
August 21st, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wannabe Wine Connoisseurs Can Now Buy Instant Cellars for $5,000
Replies: 36
Views: 1890

Re: Wannabe Wine Connoisseurs Can Now Buy Instant Cellars for $5,000

Concierge service is huge in high end buyers. They want the end experience, not the journey, contrary to the mindset of the enthusiasts you find here online. Most are far too busy with their actual careers to spend significant time delving into the deep tracks of a time consuming hobby so most turn ...
by JonF
August 14th, 2018, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FONT HAS BEEN CHANGED!!! Information on last post (now that you all know how to do that)
Replies: 58
Views: 1602

Re: IMPORTANT! Possible font change - (EDITED POLL - PLEASE RE-VOTE!!)

I don't see it so much as pining for the "old look", rather, the current thin weight font combined with a tinted background creates a general contrast issue. You could use any font with a little more weight (except comic sans!) and achieve a little more contrast and readability. Light typefaces for ...
by JonF
August 14th, 2018, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FONT HAS BEEN CHANGED!!! Information on last post (now that you all know how to do that)
Replies: 58
Views: 1602

Re: IMPORTANT! Possible font change - need input

The new font is a bit thin in weight in the default settings. Something a little more weighty, but not necessarily true bold or larger point, would be helpful.
by JonF
August 14th, 2018, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 170
Views: 8152

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

Great feed Kenny, i subbed!
by JonF
August 13th, 2018, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 170
Views: 8152

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

My feed. Mostly wine and food with occasional other content (fabrication, welding, motorsports, etc).

by JonF
August 9th, 2018, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your dumbest purchase
Replies: 206
Views: 11388

Your dumbest purchase

I think I'm going to win this one. A bottle of 1987 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial. 27 liter. Sweet mother of Christ. Does it look like an armament that could be dropped from the Enola Ygay? Also, suuuuuper curious about cost... It was about $65 per 750ml, so reasonable if consumed, which I st...
by JonF
August 8th, 2018, 8:25 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: South New Jersey Spin on Supper club
Replies: 5
Views: 526

South New Jersey Spin on Supper club

Some favorite BYO's we frequent near us in central NJ are: Harvest in Farmingdale (local farm to fork) A little small so might not be ideal for large parties. Drew's Bayshore Bistro in Keyport (Cajun inspired) Not traditional cajun so don't fear the spice! Lemon in Freehold (Pan mediterranean) Graze...
by JonF
August 7th, 2018, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many allocation lists are you on?
Replies: 111
Views: 5659

How many allocation lists are you on?

I've been implementing a few pruning rules. 1. Huge price jump/no longer good QPR (for our budget)? gone 2. ridiculous shipping fees (shipping is necessary evil, but some are unusually high)? gone 3. wont ship to NJ or wont divulge the carrier (i prefer to avoid ups for wine)? gone 4. too redudant t...
by JonF
August 3rd, 2018, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 154
Views: 8777

The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

2013 Walter Hansel Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce. Unreal layers of flavor there.
by JonF
August 2nd, 2018, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A New Wine Castle in Napa
Replies: 17
Views: 1251

A New Wine Castle in Napa

30,000 gallons of wine (approx 13K cases)? That seems a rather large amount for an area such as Chiles valley. These claim to have 55 acres of which only 30 is planted. In comparison, Volker Eisele is one of the larger producers in the area at 60 acres/4000 cases annually. Not exactly a high yield a...
by JonF
July 31st, 2018, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Summer 2018 release
Replies: 112
Views: 7459

Carlisle Summer 2018 release

So i requested a few wines that i was not allocated with my order. When does one get notified that they are granted or denied (i've not heard anything yet)? Is it right away or do they wait a while, add up all the requests and then see who gets what? Just curious about the process as its the first t...
by JonF
July 31st, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IKEA 'Hutten' wine rack
Replies: 15
Views: 1841

IKEA 'Hutten' wine rack

Ikea makes "X" shaped wine rack inserts for thier popular modular storage cube system (i think its called Kallaz or Nornas elsewhere). You can usually get 12 bordeaux bottles in them, but if you have very thick bottles or burg bottles, the count quickly drops. THey dont list them online but they gen...
by JonF
July 19th, 2018, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The .375 thread
Replies: 102
Views: 4213

The .375 thread

Serendipitous. I was just chatting with my local store about ordering some shorties for midweek consumption. I asked what (if any) was available from her distributors and she said the inventory showed some 347 different types. Weeding out the dessert and supermarket wines, there were plenty of stand...
by JonF
June 25th, 2018, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Cuvée Marcy
Replies: 8
Views: 795

TN: 2016 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Cuvée Marcy

Is this the same vineyard as the former Keefer Ranch? It says on Ed’s website that Marcy Keefer past away last year and that it’s the same fruit, but why is the vineyard not designated on the label any longer? The Keefer Ranch has always been my favorite of the Sandler pinots. Ed mentions it a litt...
by JonF
June 13th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Braised Short Ribs - pair with Burgundy?
Replies: 26
Views: 862

Braised Short Ribs - pair with Burgundy?

I've found that with any type of beef with a higher fat level due to the cut (rib, brisket) or the grade (prime, wagyu, etc), a wine with ample acidity (And body) is a great pairing. Reason being the acidity helps cut some of the fat in both mouthfeel and flavor. Otherwise a more "flabby" wine is ju...
by JonF
June 11th, 2018, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Trip - Tasting Rooms or Walk-In Wineries
Replies: 20
Views: 1456

Napa Trip - Tasting Rooms or Walk-In Wineries

On a whim, we stopped in Durand and Booth in Oakville right next to the Oakville Grocery/Deli. Had a really fun tasting there with quite a few different varietals.

Don't forget to visit Ye (not so)Olde Faithful Geyser while you're up north.
by JonF
June 5th, 2018, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Walter Hansel wines....
Replies: 21
Views: 1555

Thoughts on Walter Hansel wines....

Had the 2015 "Estate" Pinot the other day. For what is normally a simple estate cuvee, it was fantastic. Though the Northslope bottling is top dog, this wine is a QPR bombshell. Run, don't walk, people.
by JonF
June 4th, 2018, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 163
Views: 7036

Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

Just opened a berserkerday P&P Carignan the other day, a delicious wine indeed!

But how do you pronounce it (or does that depend on where you're from)?

ka-REE-nin

-or-

KA-ra-nin

??
by JonF
June 1st, 2018, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home Depot wine coolers
Replies: 27
Views: 2021

Home Depot wine coolers

GregT wrote:I thought it would be good to have some wine at the ready in case we woke up one night and wanted wine but didn't want to go downstairs.
Problems!
by JonF
May 17th, 2018, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Le Piane Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)
Replies: 7
Views: 505

TN: 2012 Le Piane Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)

I just had an '11 that was outstanding. Not sure if primarily the winemaking style, the vintage, the added Vespolina or a combo of all the above, but this wine was quite full bodied compared to many Nebb and thus was very pleasurable to drink all through dinner and after. Local place has it on sale ...
by JonF
May 14th, 2018, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1450
Views: 97781

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

My collection of Carlisle only goes back a scan 2 vintages so we popped a 15 Montafi last night. Beautifl garnet, great balance of acidity to the bright red fruits. I also get an meaty, earthy component that is herbal and bitter, like a dry anise or meaty black olive. is that the eucalyptus coming t...
by JonF
May 8th, 2018, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1450
Views: 97781

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2016 Gruner. Wow was that delicious. Orchard fruits and a delicate floral aroma were predominant. Dont think we ever scarfed down a whole bottle that quickly.
by JonF
May 8th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temp/humidity sensors?
Replies: 26
Views: 1066

Temp/humidity sensors?

IF you already have a home automation system like the Samsung Smarthings, you can add any number of zwave or zigbee wireless temp, humidity, motion, water, etc sensors to it. If you dont, its a good time to get into it, its hugely expansive and near endless in what you can monitor and control. plus ...
by JonF
May 8th, 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give me your screaming good under $20 red or white every day wine
Replies: 94
Views: 5790

Give me your screaming good under $20 red or white every day wine

Le Roc des Anges Côtes du Roussillon Effet Papillon Way too long a name, we just call it "papillon" here when we pop a bottle. A tasty GSC blend that clocks in about $12-15 around here. Delicious, unpretentious red fruited, silky raspberry profile. Neither sweet nor flabby but also not particularly ...
by JonF
May 8th, 2018, 9:23 am
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'

However, i'm a metal fabricator and I made my own so that's my preference. Well that's a great thing for you but most people don't do their own. I don't know from metal, but I made mine from wood because I like that dead tree expanse. I would never pay what some people are talking about and surely ...
by JonF
May 8th, 2018, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mangled Mispronunciations
Replies: 88
Views: 2670

Mangled Mispronunciations

My opinion is that shootey-noofy-doofy-poopy is the proper and only pronunciation.
by JonF
May 7th, 2018, 8:44 am
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'

For that kind of money i would want Stainless Steel modular racking. However, i'm a metal fabricator and I made my own so that's my preference. Never did like the look of the vast expanses of dead tree carcass racking that lines the walls in the garish "homage to bacchus" rooms commonly seen in high...
by JonF
May 4th, 2018, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: farmstead with the fam
Replies: 7
Views: 725

farmstead with the fam

Farmstead is a fantastic place. Did a 6 course tasting dinner there last spring and they paired the plates with all their LMR wines which were all quite tasty (and unknown to us prior to going). The icing on the cake was that they lit a bonfire outside afterwards and kept the tasting room open for w...
by JonF
April 25th, 2018, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandler Spring Release is live and there is some awesome packages
Replies: 11
Views: 1038

Sandler Spring Release is live and there is some awesome packages

Why are you guys going with the 4 and not 6? What wines are you avoiding The 6-pack adds 2 more bottles of pinot. My cellar has several cases of Sandler pinot already. I'm looking to stock up on other Sandler varieties. Thank you. Just checking to see the thinking as I’m new to Sandler. My first bo...
by JonF
April 13th, 2018, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7179
Views: 437560

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Seems like the dumping grounds for all the orphaned bottles of 2011 napa reds.
by JonF
April 12th, 2018, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago Wine Storage at the LockUp (Strongbox on Irving), asbestos!
Replies: 66
Views: 3134

Chicago Wine Storage at the LockUp (Strongbox on Irving), asbestos!

If your insurance policy is good, you should be well insulated from this issue.
by JonF
March 22nd, 2018, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of the NRA Wine Club offerings
Replies: 42
Views: 2110

Blind tasting of the NRA Wine Club offerings

There's nothing better than some FRESH rare smoked venison backstrap with a cherry herb compote paired with a great Zin. Al you slags dont know a thing about flavor with your weedy, AFWE swill and hungryman dinners.

neener

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