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by Mike Francisco
January 20th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hangover Prevention - supplements
Replies: 45
Views: 1505

Re: Hangover Prevention - supplements

I don't think it's thought police to suggest avoiding a hangover in the first place. For thought police we have the politics forum and the asylum. I drink wine every day and haven't had a hangover since I was a kid and thought the point of drinking was to get drunk. If you end up with a hangover, w...
by Mike Francisco
January 20th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hangover Prevention - supplements
Replies: 45
Views: 1505

Re: Hangover Prevention - supplements

This whole site is dedicated to the enjoyment of an alcoholic beverage, so the level of self-righteousness is a little surprising. I would bet that many here have "over done it" at least once, in the last year. So I would give 2 bits of advice to those who would judge. 1. If you don't care about the...
by Mike Francisco
January 16th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1128

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology

We need to start a group who will adhere to the same guidelines when rating a wine. 85 is not a score that says do not swallow. That is a 70-75. But people don't want to attach these low scores to a wine and then their user identity. Don't forget about ego, so many tasters on CT don't want to admit...
by Mike Francisco
January 11th, 2019, 2:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Second-Favorite Wine with Scallops
Replies: 50
Views: 1422

Re: Your Second-Favorite Wine with Scallops

Good fresh Albarino like Granbazan Verde or even La Marea from Monterey
by Mike Francisco
January 9th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1128

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology

If you have a totally different impression of the wine, then indeed you should not have the same score. But if you think similar things as another taster's note, the better outcome is for two similar point scores versus one at 90 and one at 80. There are so many reasons why that is just not reality...
by Mike Francisco
January 9th, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1128

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology

So your goal is for your scores to conform to those of the average CT poster? That isn’t a goal I would personally pursue. Scores and TNs are primarily for me. That may be a bit selfish, but I’ll usually add some context to give a reader an idea of where my palate is. That’s more important than a s...
by Mike Francisco
January 8th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1128

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology

[winner.gif] Tasting Notes and Ratings Tasting notes are one of the core components of CellarTracker; in fact, we currently have over 5 million user-generated reviews in our database! They offer a way for users to share their thoughts on how a particular wine is tasting at any given point in time. T...
by Mike Francisco
January 6th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3459

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

For me, had I done this I would have missed some of the best and sometimes profound wine experiences I have had. Just a few that come to mind; 1964 Mouton (from a magnum it the 1980s) 1975 Beaulieu George de Latour (also in the 1980s) From resent vintages 2008 Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape 2010 Heyman...
by Mike Francisco
January 5th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 121
Views: 4760

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

One thing I will be doing more of this year as I did last year is having a wider range on scoring. An 85 is a good score if the wine is $15. The WA, Suckling, WS have a range of about 90 to 100. I have seen 90 point scores on Cellar Tracker where the reviewer points out several flaws. Really that i...
by Mike Francisco
January 3rd, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 6279

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

For me it was a tie.
2011 Vissoux Poncie Fleurie
2014 Poe Sparkling Rose
by Mike Francisco
January 3rd, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in winter
Replies: 11
Views: 691

Re: Rose in winter

Bandol Rose has everything you need to warm a Michigan soul this time of year. [cheers.gif]
by Mike Francisco
December 25th, 2018, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unpopular tasting note?
Replies: 22
Views: 1490

Re: Unpopular tasting note?

Damn Mike you got me there man!! Didn’t realize that on CT’s scale. I stand corrected then. B+ it is :) Perhaps an 85 would of been more appropriate to just good. Joe, Sorry, if I came off harsh, that was not my intent. I was more interested in, after reading the note, how you came to the score. I ...
by Mike Francisco
December 24th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unpopular tasting note?
Replies: 22
Views: 1490

Re: Unpopular tasting note?

It’s not a bad wine Oliver just not totally my style. Mike I wish you were my teacher in school. An 86 is a B+? Haha, I could of used you for my math grade in high school!! It’s a well made wine and has some good characteristics such as good fruits and not an oak bomb. I am typically a generous sco...
by Mike Francisco
December 24th, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unpopular tasting note?
Replies: 22
Views: 1490

Re: Unpopular tasting note?

Oliver V wrote:
December 24th, 2018, 8:55 am
86 points for a wine you couldn't drink more than a glass of? That's pretty generous.
+1
that's a solid B+?
by Mike Francisco
December 21st, 2018, 3:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congrats to Ian Brand...
Replies: 16
Views: 1014

Re: Congrats to Ian Brand...

I think they did a nice job of relaying both the dream and challenge of making and selling real wine with a sense of place at affordable prices. Keep up the good work and congratulations! champagne.gif
by Mike Francisco
December 20th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonne: The Wines Must Tell a Story
Replies: 22
Views: 888

Re: Bonne: The Wines Must Tell a Story

I think "the story" Jon is referencing is as much in the bottle as on the winery website. There a allot of wines out there that are engineered to please but say nothing about where they are from and are manufactured for no other reason then to sell and make money. Yes a wines first job is to taste g...
by Mike Francisco
December 11th, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 121
Views: 4760

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

I lost track of the numbers so let's go with [wow.gif] 13) The Shill: hypes wine after wine from the same one or two wineries like they're the best thing sense pants with pockets. "Are you sitting down? Well you should be because this the best wine I have ever tasted. This wine proves that God does ...
by Mike Francisco
December 3rd, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers
Replies: 33
Views: 2155

Re: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers

Frank Murray III wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 6:14 pm
Sam Sheehan, Ian Brand and Steve Clifton are not new to this. Nor is Jamie in comparison if those names are part of the photo.
Well I guess we in the fly over Midwest are just a little late to the party. champagne.gif
by Mike Francisco
December 2nd, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers
Replies: 33
Views: 2155

Re: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers

Mike Francisco wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 7:06 am
Here are a few from California I think are worth watching.
Jason Charles (Vinca Minor)
Ian Brand (I Brand & Family, La Marea, La P'tit Paysan)
Craig Haarmeyer (Haarmeyer)
Samantha Sheehan (Poe)
There you go. [cheers.gif]
by Mike Francisco
December 2nd, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers
Replies: 33
Views: 2155

Re: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers

Here are a few from California I think are worth watching.
Jason Charles
Ian Brand
Craig Haarmeyer
Samantha Sheehan
by Mike Francisco
November 16th, 2018, 3:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your worst wine of the year? Well, mine's blue!
Replies: 45
Views: 2159

Re: What is your worst wine of the year? Well, mine's blue!

2013 Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Meritage Yountville It smelled of burned bacon fat, cocoa powder and sweet ceder with no fruit. Tasted mostly of landscaping mulch fresh from the chipper with a little bit of milk chocolate and dried fruit maybe plum, hard to tell, very faint. Incredibly over oaked...
by Mike Francisco
November 5th, 2018, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I hate big bottles - I cannot lie
Replies: 32
Views: 1837

Re: I hate big bottles - I cannot lie

The carbon footprint alone irritates me. Impressive maybe, but it has nothing to do with what's in the bottle. +1 Take away the first world problems of storage, it's just wasteful without any added value. Extra material, extra fuel needed to ship to market (so added cost to the end user). I would l...
by Mike Francisco
November 2nd, 2018, 1:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines of 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2510

Re: Best wines of 2018

Either my tastes or my budget are much more humble then many here, but so far in slightly descending order 2011 Domaine du Vissoux Fleurie Poncié 2011 Chapelle St. Theodoric Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Guigasse 2014 Arnot-Roberts Syrah, Sonoma Coast 2012 Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosemary's Vineyard 20...
by Mike Francisco
October 30th, 2018, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wondering about Charvin
Replies: 23
Views: 1437

Re: Wondering about Charvin

I don't think they show that well until 10 to 15 years from vintage, depending on the vintage. If you have some or can find it, the 08 is drinking beautifully right now. Was going to say the same thing, particularly with regards to CDP - I'm enjoying my '08's right now I envy you, drink my last of ...
by Mike Francisco
October 30th, 2018, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Who am I? Wine-wise
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: Who am I? Wine-wise

Hey everyone! I've been drinking wine for far too long to not understand what kind of wine Im actually drinking. I drink at least 2-3 bottles a week during fall and winter, then switch to beer for summer. I stick to the Trader Joe's selection under $10 and its always hit or miss for me since I kind...
by Mike Francisco
October 30th, 2018, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue
Replies: 164
Views: 7650

Re: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue

Neal.Mollen wrote:
October 30th, 2018, 5:11 am
I know others take glee in TWA's downfall, but I don't. It was not on;y the most important wine-related periodical of all time, but it had a direct and on-balance enormously positive influence on my appreciation of wine. It saddens me to see what has happened there.
Same here.
by Mike Francisco
October 30th, 2018, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wondering about Charvin
Replies: 23
Views: 1437

Re: Wondering about Charvin

I don't think they show that well until 10 to 15 years from vintage, depending on the vintage. If you have some or can find it, the 08 is drinking beautifully right now.
by Mike Francisco
October 27th, 2018, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?
Replies: 55
Views: 1864

Re: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?

I would rather read this person's honest assessment of a young wine, then fanboys gushing about wines from their favorite wineries that are either way to young to enjoy (that much anyway) or just not that good, but are still scored in the mid 90s.
by Mike Francisco
October 26th, 2018, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?
Replies: 55
Views: 1864

Re: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?

Name and date removed to protect the, well if not quite innocent, at least good faith taster. The wine in question is a 2017 red wine, that very few would expect to be all that good right now. I was entering it into CT and was surprised to see the CT "consensus" (from this one note) at an 87. I say...
by Mike Francisco
October 20th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinca Minor Wines?
Replies: 14
Views: 855

Re: Vinca Minor Wines?

2015 Old Vines Carignan, Redwood Valley Black cherry, lilac and cola on the nose with dark chocolate, fresh herbs, talc, hand cream and railroad gravel. Tasted of brambly raspberry, apple skin and fruit leather with herbal tea, bay leaf and cracked black pepper. Bright acid with soft tannin way in t...
by Mike Francisco
October 17th, 2018, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2069
Views: 122769

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2013 Alder Springs Syrah Cranberry, blood orange and lilac with sweet tea, mint and a hint of olive on the nose. The mouth explodes with fruit, very ripe plum and peach, black cherry and blackberry with weak coffee and sweet tobacco. Tannin takes a back seat to the bright lively acid, mid-weight and...
by Mike Francisco
October 13th, 2018, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haarmeyer Wines
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: Haarmeyer Wines

Offer is live for those of you on the list: 2017 Cresci Chenin 2017 Pet-Nat Chenin 2017 Wirz Riesling 2017 Mataro (David Girard Vineyard) 2017 Mokelumne Syrah Thanks for the heads up. Orders already in. champagne.gif Case and a half to Michigan $30.00 shipping. flirtysmile Fun unique wines, great s...
by Mike Francisco
October 8th, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thread deleted
Replies: 40
Views: 2781

Re: Thread deleted

Larry People like GregT, AlexS, ERpark etc like to make fun of my threads, its easier to delete than try and have a sensible thread with these guys. We are indeed the Heroic Trio, doing our utmost to save WBers from the nefarious postings of Alan/Welshturd!!! Now excuse me while I rolleyes at blami...
by Mike Francisco
October 3rd, 2018, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clive Coates on the age worthiness of Beaujolais
Replies: 61
Views: 2394

Re: Clive Coates on the age worthiness of Beaujolais

In the last year, the tasting group I am part of, tasted about a dozen older Cru Beaujolais blind. Many from the 90's the rest scattered either side of that, the youngest 2005. Though the wines had developed along a similar paths as Nuits Pinot and to a lesser extent the Northern Rhone, I found them...
by Mike Francisco
October 2nd, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shelving/Racking Suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 505

Re: Shelving/Racking Suggestions

These are very sturdy and connectable. I have 10 of them in my cellar. You can also add more shelves for $10, of which I bought a lot of to expand the capacity. https://www.sevilleclassics.com/wine_rack_zinc_SHE16473Z?pid=461 +1 I couldn't get this link to work but got these though Amazon and love ...
by Mike Francisco
September 28th, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Wine speak"
Replies: 58
Views: 1257

Re: "Wine speak"

To Mike Francisco, I found your post on 'linear' interesting. We have different takes. To me, 'linear' is a slightly pejorative term. When somebody uses it, I infer a wine that lacks subtlety, texture, nuance, one that offers a simple range of flavors that do not evolve in the mouth or the finish, ...
by Mike Francisco
September 28th, 2018, 3:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Wine speak"
Replies: 58
Views: 1257

Re: "Wine speak"

I think it's super weird when people describe wine using actresses/singers or adjectives usually used to describe women's bodies, honestly. I think a lot of the women I know who are serious wine people find it pretty alienating whether or not they speak up about it. I'm not trying to be a scold, I ...
by Mike Francisco
September 27th, 2018, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Wine speak"
Replies: 58
Views: 1257

Re: "Wine speak"

I will take a stab at defending linear as I use it quite a bit. A wine is linear when it shows a persistent focus throughout the experience. This is not to indicate a lack of complexity but to suggest all the elements working together from beginning to end.
by Mike Francisco
September 26th, 2018, 5:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants Keep Destroying my Corks - Help!
Replies: 39
Views: 1262

Re: Restaurants Keep Destroying my Corks - Help!

I have two strategies 1) bring Durand with you and make a show of showing the staff how to use it (teaching moment with a gadget it is unlikely they have used before) or 2) remove capsule and cork and replace with Vinolok (handy to save from bottles finish with them i.e. Austrian whites) at home and...
by Mike Francisco
September 24th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: At what age should your parents have given you birth wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 1152

Re: Poll: At what age should your parents have given you birth wine?

My nephew was borne in 2016 and I have been gathering wines from that year with varying drinking windows to share with his parents at family event as he grows. My guess they will need a drink from time to time over the next twenty something years. [cheers.gif]
by Mike Francisco
September 14th, 2018, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leelanau Peninsula recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 377

Re: Leelanau Peninsula recommendations?

9 Bean Row is a very good restaurant in Suttons Bay, not wine but Hop Lot (beer) & Tandem (cider) are a lot of fun.
by Mike Francisco
September 7th, 2018, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What kind of wine do you drink when people come to your house during Shiva?
Replies: 43
Views: 1087

Re: What kind of wine do you drink when people come to your house during Shiva?

Jay,
I am sorry for your loss. The posters before me have said it better then I ever could, but good job.
by Mike Francisco
August 15th, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your dumbest purchase
Replies: 206
Views: 9911

Re: Your dumbest purchase

I spent about $100 on Trader Joe's Brand Napa Reserve wines about a year ago, because they where all cheap (between $12 & $15) and how bad could they be....boy did they show me. [oops.gif]
by Mike Francisco
August 10th, 2018, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "traditional" California wines
Replies: 61
Views: 2638

"traditional" California wines

Smith Madrone
by Mike Francisco
July 26th, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yowsa! 2016 Fleurie "Les Garants" (P-M Chermette)
Replies: 13
Views: 666

Yowsa! 2016 Fleurie "Les Garants" (P-M Chermette)

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:Yeah it’s crazy have a glass, realized you’ve finished the bottle good.
+1
And a steal! If you have a retailer smart enough to still be selling it. This "Oldveau" is one of my go to red this summer.
by Mike Francisco
July 10th, 2018, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your One Most Favorite 'New' Wine For 2018...So Far.
Replies: 33
Views: 1852

Your One Most Favorite 'New' Wine For 2018...So Far.

2017 Haarmeyer Rorick Heritage Zinfandel (taste it and try not to smile)

2017 Edmunds St John Bone Jolly Gamay Rose (absolutely electric)
by Mike Francisco
June 27th, 2018, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haarmeyer Wines
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Haarmeyer Wines

Just wanted to give credit for great customer service. I wanted to get some more of the Calaveras Zinfandel to enjoy over the summer (yummy crunchy red built for summer foods), so I ordered it and forgot about it. Well, I screwed up and set the order for pick up at the winery (talk about a long trip...
by Mike Francisco
June 22nd, 2018, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good wine match for pesto?
Replies: 43
Views: 1755

Good wine match for pesto?

I really like the idea of a light fruity red especially if you mix a good dollop of hot pasta water into the sauce before you add the hot pasta then mix in chopped tomatoes at the last minute.
Frippatto, Bardolino or even a dry Lambrusco.
by Mike Francisco
June 16th, 2018, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No Way! It's Time To Rethink Rose . . .
Replies: 28
Views: 1126

No Way! It's Time To Rethink Rose . . .

Who cares how much crap rose is out there? What matters is there's more excellent rose being made than ever, and it's much easier to attain than not so long ago. It's quality dry rose that brought this resurgence. The dreck that's followed in that wake was inevitable. Preach on Brother! [cheers.gif]
by Mike Francisco
June 15th, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michigan retail with online storefront
Replies: 5
Views: 457

Michigan retail with online storefront

What are the best wine stores in Michigan that also provide for online shopping? I have volunteered to help a Grand Rapids area based friend with her exploration of wine. Preferably, I am able to do this with a store that is local to them. Thanks in advance for any guidance you can give. Russo's & ...

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