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by dsimmons
February 23rd, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 49
Views: 1520

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

Glasses lined up for a decent $30ish white wine. Hostess drops an ice cube in each glass and pours. My wife puts ice in all wines except champagne. I try to get her to at least taste the wine before "ruining" it with ice. It is where I learned that there is no accounting for tastes. Even though it ...
by dsimmons
February 21st, 2020, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying strategies
Replies: 21
Views: 1438

Re: Buying strategies

General advise based on my experience: Limit purchases of individual wines to 3 bottles and never more than 6 bottles. Don't over due it on daily drinkers. You will likely find that they will linger in your cellar as you become more prone to drink well on a regular basis. Do not over do it on mailin...
by dsimmons
February 21st, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you do with wine you don't like?
Replies: 42
Views: 1249

Re: What do you do with wine you don't like?

All good answers. I would only add that in some cases wines you do not like today may surprise you with some bottle age.
by dsimmons
February 19th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First time wine fridge buyer
Replies: 22
Views: 1148

Re: First time wine fridge buyer

I will also Echo the recommendation to check out Costco online to see what is available. one of our wine group members just bought a wine cooler through Costco and saved a bunch.
by dsimmons
February 19th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love Alaska's 'Wine Flies Free' program !
Replies: 8
Views: 757

Re: I love Alaska's 'Wine Flies Free' program !

Alaska is the best IMHO.
by dsimmons
February 19th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for mailing list members
Replies: 58
Views: 2527

Re: Question for mailing list members

For me the primary reason to be on a mailing list is to have the opportunity to purchase wines that are not available at retail.

Also, mailing lists are quite variable. The best ones offer an allocation of wines where you can choose which wines to purchase and how many to purchase.
by dsimmons
February 17th, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged wine - what am I missing?
Replies: 101
Views: 4601

Re: Aged wine - what am I missing?

To me the primary force at work here is personal preference. I would encourage you to continue exploring and experimenting to determine your personal sweet spot(s). I personally enjoy aged wine. What you perceive as mustiness I might perceive as "muted fruit" or elegance. It is all about what you li...
by dsimmons
February 16th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli & Turley Zins
Replies: 52
Views: 3994

Re: Martinelli & Turley Zins

I am a big fan of zin and have drunk and enjoyed both Martinelli and Turley zins. Over the years I have gravitated to Carlisle and Ridge zins because I believe they are as good or better and offer better value and better availability. I would still buy Martinelli and Turley zins on an opportunistic...
by dsimmons
February 16th, 2020, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12713
Views: 615181

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3-2017 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Hawk Hill Vineyard
by dsimmons
February 16th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli & Turley Zins
Replies: 52
Views: 3994

Re: Martinelli & Turley Zins

I am a big fan of zin and have drunk and enjoyed both Martinelli and Turley zins. Over the years I have gravitated to Carlisle and Ridge zins because I believe they are as good or better and offer better value and better availability. I would still buy Martinelli and Turley zins on an opportunistic ...
by dsimmons
February 9th, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Argyle Vintage Brut (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 18
Views: 733

Re: TN: 2014 Argyle Vintage Brut (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

I have always been a fan of Argyle sparklers and have drank some aged bottles that were surprisingly good.
by dsimmons
February 9th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel's rollercoaster popularity ride
Replies: 62
Views: 2713

Re: Zinfandel's rollercoasters popularity ride

It seams to me that grape/wine style popularity is mostly driven by "who yells the loudest". I have always liked fruit forward wines like zin but appreciate the fact that there are many who do not. And that is okay.
by dsimmons
February 9th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN re: Disappointing 2005 CDP Grand Veneur "Les Origines"
Replies: 12
Views: 493

Re: TN re: Disappointing 2005 CDP Grand Veneur "Les Origines"

I drank an '05 in 2017 and liked it. Probably just different taste preferences.
by dsimmons
February 9th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 11
Views: 579

Re: TN: 2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

I have drank 3 of 5 and have loved them all. They are drinking beautifully so you really can't go wrong by drinking them. That said it will likely be at least a few years before I drink my last bottle.
by dsimmons
February 6th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma Valley, Pagani
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: 2012 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma Valley, Pagani

Thanks for the note Dan. I have not drank any of mine yet. Sounds like there is no rush.
by dsimmons
February 4th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 246
Views: 17859

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Neal.Mollen wrote:
February 26th, 2019, 7:57 am
If not for my age and my strong preference for aged MB, I would eagerly make this purchase every year. I dropped off 2 years ago
+1
by dsimmons
February 4th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point
Replies: 38
Views: 1906

Re: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point

Quilceda CVR is always a good value. +1 If you like the style of WA Cab it has been my experience that WA nearly always offers a price advantage at just about any level of quality. In addition to QC I am currently buying Cab based wines from Betz and Cayuse but they area bit above your $50 target.
by dsimmons
February 1st, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Lillian Winery Syrah (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County)
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Re: TN: 2007 Lillian Winery Syrah (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County)

I have only had the '09. It was delightful. Still have one in the cellar.
by dsimmons
January 31st, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 678
Views: 34139

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Off to a slow start in 2020.. I will blame it on mailing list purchases from Carlisle and Quilceda Creek. For January I consumed 26 and bought 24 for a net reduction of 2 bottles.
by dsimmons
January 31st, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001
Replies: 36
Views: 1448

Re: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001

i do not have experience with the Noon wines but have generally enjoyed my older Aussie Shiraz. Just had a 2005 Greenook Creek Seven Acre a few nights ago that was delicious for my tastes. To me this whole debate boils down to a matter of tastes. As they say, chocolate and vanilla.
by dsimmons
January 30th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11283
Views: 416865

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1/30/2020) I don't know how I ended up with only one bottle of this delicious CdP but it happened and I drank it last night with grilled beef tenderloin. Loads of fruit , spice and earthy n...
by dsimmons
January 24th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11283
Views: 416865

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

"08 Cayuse Armada Syrah - Outstanding!
by dsimmons
January 23rd, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?
Replies: 40
Views: 2925

Re: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?

Paul McCourt wrote:
January 22nd, 2020, 11:41 am
I haven’t ordered in a decade and suddenly I’m getting email offers.
I am guessing production increased or demand is down because my offer doubled this year.
by dsimmons
January 23rd, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon Oroppas (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 7
Views: 370

Re: TN: 2012 St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon Oroppas (USA, California, Napa Valley)

The ones I have drunk ('01 and '05) were really good around 10 years.
by dsimmons
January 23rd, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: That’s a lot of wine!
Replies: 11
Views: 1777

Re: That’s a lot of wine!

The Steelhead may run early this year [rofl.gif]
by dsimmons
January 20th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12713
Views: 615181

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2006 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart
by dsimmons
January 20th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What a great community we have!
Replies: 22
Views: 1733

Re: What a great community we have!

I have to pile on kudos for Frank. He is certainly on of my favorite contributors. I really appreciate his articulate but non-judgmental reviews and comments. I am not to happy about his passion for and promotion of Champagne which has cost me dearly champagne.gif
by dsimmons
January 19th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Large format
Replies: 32
Views: 1632

Re: Large format

I rarely buy mags and never anything bigger. For me occasions where they are practical just happen too infrequently. I find that even when you host a group large enough to open a Mag, a variety of bottles is more appealing.
by dsimmons
January 19th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?
Replies: 40
Views: 2925

Re: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?

For my tastes, QC is a strong buy and one of the best deals going for a top quality Cab. I usually drink mine at 15 years plus or minus but almost never before 10 years. We had a wine group tasting last night with 4 bottles of WA cabs and 4 bottles of CA cabs. There was a 2000 and 2001 QC and they w...
by dsimmons
January 19th, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12713
Views: 615181

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Mixed case of Carlisle
Anthill Farms Harmony Lane
by dsimmons
January 16th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12713
Views: 615181

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2017 Quilceda Creek Cabernet
by dsimmons
January 16th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much wine did you consume in 2019?
Replies: 46
Views: 1869

Re: How much wine did you consume in 2019?

From my cellar I removed a total of 307.
Consumed - 293
Spoiled - 5
Gifted - 5
Used in cooking - 4
by dsimmons
January 9th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1237

Re: Chardonnay recommendations

Gray G wrote:
January 9th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Walter Hansel Cuvee Alyce
+1 and I would add the rest of their lineup to the list.
by dsimmons
January 7th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How does one extract a broken cork from inside a bottle?
Replies: 39
Views: 1416

Re: How does one extract a broken cork from inside a bottle?

Sometimes I feel like I come from a different reality than most here but when this happens to me I simply leave the cork in the bottle and pour the wine carefully. Am I alone?? You exhibit a lack of obsessive compulsiveness. You must not be a true wine geek. That is what I was afraid of [cheers.gif...
by dsimmons
January 7th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11283
Views: 416865

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2012 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (1/7/2020) My second of three bottles of this delicious Pinot. One of the best Pinots I have had in a while. PnP and drank with chicken Parmesan dish. The fruit explodes from the glass. Cherry, t...
by dsimmons
January 7th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2821

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

When I do not like a wine , I usually cook with it. f it is spoiled or really horrible I dump it.
by dsimmons
January 6th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How does one extract a broken cork from inside a bottle?
Replies: 39
Views: 1416

Re: How does one extract a broken cork from inside a bottle?

Sometimes I feel like I come from a different reality than most here but when this happens to me I simply leave the cork in the bottle and pour the wine carefully. Am I alone??
by dsimmons
January 1st, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 678
Views: 34139

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

2019 was a good year toward my goal of downsizing my cellar. A couple more years like this and I will be at what I consider to be an ideal cellar size.

2019 - Bought 171 and consumed 307 for a reduction of 136. Yea!

December - bought 16 and consumed 26 for a reduction of 10.
by dsimmons
January 1st, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2072

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

dsimmons wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 1:06 pm
1995 Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires
It was fantastic! One of the best Champagnes I have drank.
by dsimmons
December 31st, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2072

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

1995 Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires
by dsimmons
December 31st, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar
Replies: 59
Views: 2430

Re: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar

My purchases for 2019 were also skewed to Champagne. And I have also stopped buying wines that require a lot of time , purchasing mostly short term drinkers. I have also purchased way less wine than in previous years. in Cellar Bordeaux Blend 16.1 Cab 15.7 Syrah 13.9 Red Rhone blend 12.6 Pinot 10.4 ...
by dsimmons
December 28th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 123
Views: 10198

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

I've winnowed my mailing list purchases to a couple of boxes of mixed Carlisle (heavy on the white wines), 1 box of mixed Cayuse, 3 Quilceda Creek cabs, a few bottles from Betz, a box or so of mixed Walter Hansel (mostly Chardonnay), and a case of two Tablas Creek Rhone whites for summer quaffers. I...
by dsimmons
December 25th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11283
Views: 416865

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2007 Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée - USA, California, Napa Valley (12/25/2019) My first of two drank with grilled beef tenderloin. Delicious mature cab. Concentrated dark fruit, licorice, smoke and earthy notes . Good secondary development. Well integrated flavors. Plenty of stu...
by dsimmons
December 25th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2396

Re: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

Dan, you are truly bless to have such a dear friend. Thank you for sharing this heart warming story.
by dsimmons
December 23rd, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: TN: 2000 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Thanks for the note Jeff. I have one remaining in my cellar.
by dsimmons
December 23rd, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will paying sales tax & higher shipping cost cause you to buy less online?
Replies: 24
Views: 1320

Re: Will paying sales tax & higher shipping cost cause you to buy less online?

In Alaska online is the only real option. Other than an occasional Costco deal I purchase all of my wine online. Local retailers have limited selection and high prices.
by dsimmons
December 22nd, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 6155

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

My #1 year in and year out value is best represented by Carlisle wines. They are consistently excellent and fairly priced.

Second choices would be Chardonnay and Pinot from Walter Hansel; Rhone Whites from Tablas Creek; Syrah from Betz; and, high end cab from Quilceda Creek.
by dsimmons
December 22nd, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you serve at parties?
Replies: 46
Views: 2058

Re: What do you serve at parties?

I enjoy sharing good wine with people who have not been exposed to them. That said I do not have parties in a traditional sense. My parties are usually dinners with family and friends. It is also an opportunity to use those magnums that are too much for normal dinners.
by dsimmons
December 19th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12713
Views: 615181

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2007 Taittinger Comtes Blanc de Blancs for $109 at JJ Buckley
by dsimmons
December 19th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges
Replies: 11
Views: 712

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges

Richard T r i m p i wrote:
December 19th, 2019, 6:09 am
The older labels might as well read: "might be mature and ready to drink in your lifetime".

RT
+1

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