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by Bryan Price
April 1st, 2020, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID19 wine consumption
Replies: 67
Views: 2647

Re: COVID19 wine consumption

Anyone who answers this question directionally down does not have two young children with virtual lessons and homework to supervise, a spouse still working a stressful job outside the home, and an already stressful job in finance that has become worse since it is now work from home. Some days I put ...
by Bryan Price
March 31st, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”
Replies: 101
Views: 7973

Re: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”

My approach to mailing lists changed dramatically once I become comfortable buying from WineBid. A specific example is just this week a 2014 Williams Selyem Rochioli vineyard is $60 on WineBid, which would be $77.64 after premium/tax/shipping. That same vineyard but current vintage is $85 direct fr...
by Bryan Price
March 31st, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”
Replies: 101
Views: 7973

Re: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”

Bryan, That's a great deal on an amazing wine. Just so you know, there are no discounts given to anyone on Williams Selyem (distributors and importers pay 100% retail too). If this bottle goes for $40, then someone is taking a $25 loss. Agreed Mark, and I didn't mention it on my original post but I...
by Bryan Price
March 31st, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”
Replies: 101
Views: 7973

Re: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”

Howard Cooper wrote:
March 5th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Does anyone buy classic California producers like:

Mount Eden
ABC
Forman
Heitz
Joseph Swan
Stony Hill

And others - or it is just the latest flavor of the month?
I do like the timeless aspect to some producers, buying now knowing they will likely still be making wine in 10-20 years from now.
by Bryan Price
March 31st, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”
Replies: 101
Views: 7973

Re: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”

My approach to mailing lists changed dramatically once I become comfortable buying from WineBid. A specific example is just this week a 2014 Williams Selyem Rochioli vineyard is $60 on WineBid, which would be $77.64 after premium/tax/shipping. That same vineyard but current vintage is $85 direct fro...
by Bryan Price
March 29th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying, selling or keeping out of the wine market?
Replies: 56
Views: 3043

Re: Buying, selling or keeping out of the wine market?

I unfortunately purchased too much in both 2018 and 2019, and had already planned on buying at least 50% less in 2020. Just too much wine aging past its prime, and I hate waste. With that said, I don't like the fact that local producers will be hit so hard. I'd love to support them even more but it ...
by Bryan Price
March 20th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 164
Views: 13017

Re: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?

I just approved cutting the income off all doctors and administrators at my group by 50%. We have 1000 employees - and are going to furlough or layoff half. With elective surgery shut down, and office based physicians seeing only more urgent issues, our cash flow is about to crash. Hopefully this w...
by Bryan Price
March 15th, 2020, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7740

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

My friends and I were hoping to take a California road trip at the end of April - any shot at Paso Robles being open for business by then?
by Bryan Price
March 8th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anybody traveling in France?
Replies: 99
Views: 6272

Re: anybody traveling in France?

I cancelled my travel plans for late April / early May. For anyone in good health without young children and/or around elderly parents, probably fine to go.
by Bryan Price
March 8th, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying slowdown has commenced, and it shows!
Replies: 23
Views: 2746

Re: Buying slowdown has commenced, and it shows!

I'm ready to slow down buying, and I'm 36! Bought too much rose last year and wasn't happy to find that my 12+ bottles remaining have all gone over the hill. Have about 400 bottles of wine, but I also drink cocktails and beer so I'm' not drinking it as quickly as I thought. I don't like the idea of ...
by Bryan Price
March 1st, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos
Replies: 34
Views: 2944

Re: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos

This AVA sounds VERY appealing to me for a trip! Relaxing country atmosphere, hardly the need to make many appointments and a beautiful coastline? Sign me up! Sounds like Santa Ynez valley, one of my favorite places to visit. I recently realized after opening a 2014 Rhys Anderson and a 2012 WS Morn...
by Bryan Price
February 10th, 2020, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Changing Tastes, or "Why Did I Stop Buying Williams Selyem?"
Replies: 66
Views: 5257

Re: Thoughts on Changing Tastes, or "Why Did I Stop Buying Williams Selyem?"

As Williams Selyem was one of my best barrel accounts before I retired, I might be a little prejudiced. I love the wines. But I do see the following issues: 3/a brand gets old...a friend of mine in the Cognac business used to say, the minute somebody in a focus group says, Oh yeah...My Dad drinks O...
by Bryan Price
February 10th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem Spring 2020 Release
Replies: 8
Views: 724

Re: Williams Selyem Spring 2020 Release

Jboonsook wrote:
February 10th, 2020, 6:10 pm
I was just up there a week ago and they were pouring the 2018 RRV and it was delicious FWIW.
I've always preferred the Sonoma Coast to the RRV but I also had the RRV just yesterday and loved it.
by Bryan Price
February 10th, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem Spring 2020 Release
Replies: 8
Views: 724

Re: Williams Selyem Spring 2020 Release

We've decided that for the 6 or 7 times a year we're craving CA pinot there's not really much point in drinking anything else so we usually get about a half case per release. I feel like every other Sonoma pinot we open we're just thinking "this is good, but for $10 more I could be drinking Selyem ...
by Bryan Price
February 8th, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me convert my casita into a wine cellar/wine room!
Replies: 84
Views: 3434

Re: Help me convert my casita into a wine cellar/wine room!

Following this thread closely as I have a casita too! The only drawback for me would be I'd have to spend money to convert it back into a bedroom if I was going to sell my house. Are you going to factor that into your cost, Todd?
by Bryan Price
February 7th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.
Replies: 80
Views: 5657

Re: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.

I am a huge fan of Paul Lato wines, literally everything he makes (pinot, chard, Syrah, Grenache). In 2015, he made not only a Pisoni bottling, but also made a special Reserve bottling from the vineyard that is killer. Having a hard time keeping my hands off of my bottles. We tend to like big pinot...
by Bryan Price
January 31st, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Astor Wines & Spirits
Replies: 10
Views: 730

Astor Wines & Spirits

I'm deep into the craft cocktail scene. I have several books where I am methodically practicing my craft at home, substituting various spirits and liqueurs. Therefore I need a large selection to mix my drinks! I live in Southern California, and though Total Wine has a good selection, Bevmo is pretty...
by Bryan Price
January 29th, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker names his successor
Replies: 7
Views: 1950

Re: Robert Parker names his successor

Kid has a palate that’s obviously shot. He used to be helpful when I first got into the grenadine game, but now he likes overly sweet monstrosities. Plus, how can you put any faith in a review that’s not double blind? Kid is a sellout. The Longhorn Shirley Temple is 2.5 on a good day. That’s why I ...
by Bryan Price
January 29th, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the BerserkerDay MVP? Count your bottles!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 1488

Re: Who is the BerserkerDay MVP? Count your bottles!!!

After narrowly missing out on Rookie of the Year 3 years ago, I purchased an embarrassingly small amount of bottles this year. Maybe next year Todd should get us altogether to day drink to up the bottle count?
by Bryan Price
January 29th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can someone please explain Louis Jadot?
Replies: 136
Views: 10962

Re: Can someone please explain Louis Jadot?

Forgot I started this thread, and lo and behold it's resurfaced to page one just a couple of months before my first trip to Burgundy! I'll be staying in Beaune and Paris the last week of April and first week of May. I reached out to some friends to arrange tasting appointments, but is there an easy ...
by Bryan Price
January 29th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 178
Views: 9103

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

BobMilton wrote:
January 29th, 2020, 9:12 am
Just a quick note - just learned my Scherrer order is due to arrive TODAY! Dang that was quick. (And Tercero is due Friday).
My Scherrer came today. Do you think it will pair well with breakfast?
by Bryan Price
January 28th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Berserkers Wine Talk Hall of Fame Thread
Replies: 94
Views: 37196

Re: Wine Berserkers Wine Talk Hall of Fame Thread

JosephK wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 1:29 pm
What is going to happen when this thread makes the Hall of Fame Thread? Will it cause a rip in the space-time-continuum?
Certainly an Inception-like ending?
by Bryan Price
January 28th, 2020, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 178
Views: 9103

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

24 bottles and 4 glasses. Would have bought more but I made mistake of estimating income taxes Sunday. Um yeah. Big thank you to the producers and stakeholders that not only put out offers but contributed in those threads to answer questions, bring insights, advice on drinking windows, etc. I read ...
by Bryan Price
January 27th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Thank You! Bohème Pinot Noir, Occidental, Sonoma Coast
Replies: 23
Views: 1540

Re: Bohème Pinot Noir, Occidental, Sonoma Coast ● 25% Disc + $0 Shipping

Thank you Kurt! This was my one repeat order from last year - all of last year's were great but I am intentionally buying less wine this year. Remembering how great your pinot tasted forced my hand on this one!
by Bryan Price
January 27th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: FOGLINE VINEYARDS 50% OFF ON 3 WINES FOR ONE DAY - Offer Closed
Replies: 29
Views: 1201

Re: FOGLINE VINEYARDS 50% OFF ON 3 WINES FOR ONE DAY

Thank you Evan, just put my order in. I was hoping to visit in February but alas the itinerary will not put me close enough to your location to pop in. I'll try for next time we're up in Sonoma.
by Bryan Price
January 25th, 2020, 9:26 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Scherrer Winery - at last!
Replies: 39
Views: 2220

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Scherrer Winery - at last!

That's some funny $hit right there. This will be the biggest BD newbie success every, that's my completely uneducated call. There's some limited stuff in the... [moderator edit: removed BD details] [stirthepothal.gif] Brig, as I sit here sipping my Negroni as a night cap after consuming many glasse...
by Bryan Price
January 25th, 2020, 9:04 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Scherrer Winery - at last!
Replies: 39
Views: 2220

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Scherrer Winery - at last!

You had me at hello. That's some funny $hit right there. This will be the biggest BD newbie success every, that's my completely uneducated call. There's some limited stuff in the... [moderator edit: removed BD details] [stirthepothal.gif] Brig, as I sit here sipping my Negroni as a night cap after ...
by Bryan Price
January 25th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 440
Views: 107193

Re: Planning your visit to Sonoma

Thank you. Well done. I understand that some areas of the "true" Sonoma Coast are difficult or time consuming to visit. Hirsch Vineyards is one that comes to mind. Once there, however, it is supposed to be incredibly beautiful. (Plus for me, being a fan of Hirsch wines, it may be worth the time nee...
by Bryan Price
January 22nd, 2020, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 440
Views: 107193

Re: Planning your visit to Sonoma

Thank you. Well done. I understand that some areas of the "true" Sonoma Coast are difficult or time consuming to visit. Hirsch Vineyards is one that comes to mind. Once there, however, it is supposed to be incredibly beautiful. (Plus for me, being a fan of Hirsch wines, it may be worth the time nee...
by Bryan Price
January 21st, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 76
Views: 5328

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Adam Lee wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 10:00 am
Peake Ranch has just opened their tasting room on Santa Rosa Road. Definitely should check them out.

Adam Lee
Clarice Wine Company
Seconding this recommendation. Peake Ranch is making some outstanding wine.
by Bryan Price
January 19th, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming trip to Burgundy
Replies: 19
Views: 2113

Re: Upcoming trip to Burgundy

Alex Gamble's wife (both American) has a service where she will get you into mid level of inner circles in Burgundy but for a price. I personally find this kind of sleazy (access for sale) but it is out there . I can get you into Rousseau and Aubert de Villaine and of course Arnaud Ente, but it wil...
by Bryan Price
January 13th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 44
Views: 3121

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

Wine is still classier than Bourbon or craft cocktails at a fancy dinner. Wine will be fine.
by Bryan Price
January 13th, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 44
Views: 3121

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

"Overall, U.S. wine sales by value rose 1.1% from a year earlier to $38.3 billion." Maybe we're just getting healthier + expecting another recession to hit? I have about two years worth of consumption stored and just started slowing down my purchases, which also can lead to drinking a little bit les...
by Bryan Price
January 7th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 3832

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

My budget is not infinite, therefore I only back fill for actual producers and vintages I have tasted, and know to still be tasting great or still reaching their peak.
by Bryan Price
January 5th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley recs?
Replies: 49
Views: 1740

Re: Anderson Valley recs?

Figured that. Stayed at Heritage House a couple of times before it closed. So not sure where to start looking. JD Thinking of staying at Heritage house myself - looks like it reopened. How was it driving back and forth from the wineries, or did you just stay at the hotel in the Mendocino area most ...
by Bryan Price
January 5th, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 3016

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

I go through phases, but neither liquor nor wine scratches the exact same itch for me. I'm either in the mood for one or the other. Also, although not backed by science, I feel healthier drinking wine than liquor more often than not.
by Bryan Price
January 5th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley recs?
Replies: 49
Views: 1740

Re: Anderson Valley recs?

Mendocino, Anderson Valley is a little too quiet Figured that. Stayed at Heritage House a couple of times before it closed. So not sure where to start looking. JD Thinking of staying at Heritage house myself - looks like it reopened. How was it driving back and forth from the wineries, or did you j...
by Bryan Price
January 4th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 68
Views: 3258

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

Wine producers avert your eyes! I plan to spend about 50% less money on wine this year, back to my 2016-2017 level. My two Eurocaves are filled to the brim and there are certain varietals I am not drinking often, yet keep buying, such as cabernet sauvignon. I won't buy any more Cab until I start dri...
by Bryan Price
December 28th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?
Replies: 43
Views: 1913

Re: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?

I started to wonder this myself a few years ago as I ramped up my wine budget. I started drinking a lot more cocktails once I realized I was in the mood to feel buzzed rather than taste wine. Don't love whiskey alone unless you count an Old Fashioned.
by Bryan Price
December 12th, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burt Williams RIP with added remarks
Replies: 80
Views: 3306

Re: Burt Williams RIP with added remarks

I shall have to seek out one of Burt's vintages on Winebid. Was his last vintage 1999?
by Bryan Price
December 4th, 2019, 10:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?
Replies: 187
Views: 11657

Re: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?

I'm going to go with Ridge and Mayacamas. Two producers who have been making great, ageworthy wines for decades and I almost never see notes on them. Jay there is a Ridge-specific thread a gajillion pages long! The bonus is there are lots of pics of bbq also. Remember I posted that over 5 years ago...
by Bryan Price
November 28th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs
Replies: 39
Views: 3611

Re: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs

I am a big fan of west sonoma coast wines. with that being said, i am finding that i enjoy what producers outside of the region are doing with the grapes. Primary example is hirsch, who i think producers OK pinot noir at best, but provides others (notably WS) with some of their best fruit. Only thi...
by Bryan Price
November 24th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?
Replies: 187
Views: 11657

Re: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?

Jay Miller wrote:
August 14th, 2014, 11:21 am
I'm going to go with Ridge and Mayacamas. Two producers who have been making great, ageworthy wines for decades and I almost never see notes on them.
Jay there is a Ridge-specific thread a gajillion pages long! The bonus is there are lots of pics of bbq also.
by Bryan Price
November 24th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?
Replies: 187
Views: 11657

Re: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?

Carlton McCrindle wrote:
August 14th, 2014, 9:59 am
D'Alfonso-Curran
Refugio Ranch
Stony Hill
Vincent Arroyo
The pricing on D'Alfonso-Curran hits such a sweet spot for me. Bruno makes fantastic pinots and Kris hasn't made a white wine that I don't like, especially given her focus on less popular varieties.
by Bryan Price
November 24th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing
Replies: 79
Views: 2812

Re: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing

I met a couple at the bar at Solage the other night. They were drinking 2 notable wines: Eisele Sauvignon Blanc (cat pee to the max - not for me) and a 2012 Marcassin Pinot. They poured me a glass of each. Man, was that Marcassin good! When I expressed my pleasure, the man asked the bartender to br...
by Bryan Price
November 24th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?
Replies: 187
Views: 11657

Re: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?

Oh great, yet another list of wines I want to buy.

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