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by Mike Van1
November 30th, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Treasury Wine Sale
Replies: 17
Views: 2742

Re: Treasury Wine Sale

Nick F. wrote:
November 29th, 2019, 9:26 pm
Bump for Xmas sale.

Provenance to kalon for $43 a bottle?

Is this worth a shot?
Provenance To Kalon certainly isn’t a very good example of To Kalon but not a huge risk at $43 a bottle.
by Mike Van1
November 22nd, 2019, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 155
Views: 11084

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Thank you for sharing! Had no intention of buying wine this month but this changed my mind. Ended up picking up a 2016 TOR To Kalon Cab and a 2016 Shypoke Cab which put my before discount total right at $302.98 for maximum discount effectiveness. With shipping and tax ended up being $234.
by Mike Van1
October 13th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12213
Views: 587438

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2013 Chateau Pajzos Esszencia 2x NV Billicart Salmon Rose 2011 Niepoort Vintage Port 2016 Croft Vintage Port 2x 2009 Fonseca Vintage Port 3x 2011 Fonseca Vintage Port 2009 Dunn Howell Mountain Magnum 2012 Odette Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Odette Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon 2x ...
by Mike Van1
September 23rd, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Scarecrow M. Etain
Replies: 37
Views: 3884

Re: 2017 Scarecrow M. Etain

On the fence here. $195 plus a 6 bottle commitment is causing hesitation. Its first come first serve so I am guessing purchasing (or passing) will not impact your Scarecrow position like prior years? B Don’t need to purchase all 6 allocated. You’ll have the option to purchase up to three 2-packs in...
by Mike Van1
September 18th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 62
Views: 3968

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Hasn’t he been dead for over 7 years now? And to this day the show still carries his name as if he still has something to do with it.
by Mike Van1
September 17th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Cellars Fall Release
Replies: 88
Views: 9674

Re: Realm Cellars Fall Release

Just got an email that my wish was granted for one bottle of Absurd. Didn’t think it would happen so hope it’s good. Also hope it helps unlock the door to a Dr Crane allocation.
by Mike Van1
September 9th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18637

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

Signed up in 2017 so I have a long way to go. Would trade my spot on Saxum’s list for a spot on MacDonald.
by Mike Van1
September 9th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 109
Views: 9159

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

I reached out to Scarecrow and received my replacement box last week. Enjoying the smell of fresh cedar.
by Mike Van1
August 29th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 109
Views: 9159

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

Rob Lynch wrote:
August 29th, 2019, 8:13 am
strawman Curious how this played out for people, as far as replacement boxes?
I was promised a replacement box and never received it.
by Mike Van1
August 6th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad - Save the Date
Replies: 54
Views: 4292

Re: Myriad - Save the Date

In for:
1x Round Pond
2x Three Twins
2x Steltzner
by Mike Van1
July 31st, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms
Replies: 30
Views: 1643

Re: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms

Steve Crawford wrote:
July 31st, 2019, 10:54 am
semi related, is smoking still allowed within panchas? (fingers crossed for a yes)
When my wife and I visited Tacos Garcia this past April you could smell smoke coming out of Pancha’s so I’d assume yes. Didn’t go in for a beer this past trip.
by Mike Van1
July 31st, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?
Replies: 121
Views: 5231

Re: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?

Between Schrader, Vice Versa, Alpha Omega, Myriad, Carter, Paul Hobbs, Rivers-Marie, Bevan, Saxum, and Winebid I’m sitting at 59 bottles. With the third round of Myriad coming up, a few more on Winebid I’m getting ready to pull the trigger on, and the many other offers that are sure to come up soon,...
by Mike Van1
July 31st, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms
Replies: 30
Views: 1643

Re: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms

Tacos Garcia taco truck in Pancha’s parking lot.
by Mike Van1
July 17th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SAXUM OPEN
Replies: 44
Views: 3798

Re: SAXUM OPEN

Been purchasing Saxum since 2014 but no Gratias for me.
by Mike Van1
July 16th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 87
Views: 7033

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

In for:
5 Napa
3 Panek
2 Lore
by Mike Van1
July 10th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what mailing list offerings are you still anticipating this year?
Replies: 36
Views: 3012

Re: So what mailing list offerings are you still anticipating this year?

Still need to move on what’s left of past Bevan offer as well as Shafer Hillside which I’ll buy via retail and then:

Rivers-Marie
Saxum
Moone Tsai
Memento Mori
Revana
Realm
and probably a few I’m missing.

Would love to get love to get a MacDonald allocation.
by Mike Van1
July 10th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quivet Release?
Replies: 35
Views: 2790

Re: 2017 Quivet Release?

Did you try a "test" order with 4 bottles to see how the cost per bottle came out? I'm about 250 miles from Napa/Sonoma and my shipping for 3 bottles was $29, so very close to $10 per bottle (11% of the wine cost). It feels like shipping costs are borderline excessive, but I'm really not sure they ...
by Mike Van1
July 10th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 87
Views: 7033

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

Last year was my first year with RM and only purchased a few 2016 Napa’s, one Lore, and one Herb Lamb. Haven’t had the Lamb yet but have enjoyed a few of the Napa’s as well as the Lore. Kicking myself for not maxing out the Lore purchase last year. Picked up some more 2016 Napa’s via retail while in...
by Mike Van1
July 6th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered
Replies: 38
Views: 3392

Re: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered

Saw this coming when my wife and visited Napa this past April. The store had hardly any inventory compared to previous years. Looked they were just trying to run out current inventory.
by Mike Van1
July 4th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?
Replies: 57
Views: 2326

Re: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?

Currently in England so enjoying some Aspall cider.
by Mike Van1
June 25th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Shafer HSS offer
Replies: 45
Views: 4589

Re: 2015 Shafer HSS offer

I skipped buying from the list last year and still received an offer this year. This one is generally readily available at retail for less than list price. Plus never been fond of Shafer’s shipping costs. It’s my wife’s favorite so will continue to purchase via retail. You mean $1 I only buy 3 HSSs...
by Mike Van1
June 25th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Shafer HSS offer
Replies: 45
Views: 4589

Re: 2015 Shafer HSS offer

I skipped buying from the list last year and still received an offer this year. This one is generally readily available at retail for less than list price. Plus never been fond of Shafer’s shipping costs. It’s my wife’s favorite so will continue to purchase via retail.
by Mike Van1
June 19th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carter wine to buy
Replies: 15
Views: 1114

Re: Which Carter wine to buy

Made the mistake of only purchasing two OGs last year. Popped one this past weekend in anticipation of this release and it was fantastic. Bought three OGs this year. Incidentally, there were 767 bottles available when I purchased yesterday. Just checked and there are 282 bottles available. The OG wi...
by Mike Van1
June 14th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering
Replies: 31
Views: 3181

Re: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering

As always I’ll be in for some O.G. Really enjoy the premium Mike Smith wines. Wonder how that will affect the $175 is the new $125 thread currently going on.
by Mike Van1
April 17th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sending bottles home from Napa
Replies: 36
Views: 1424

Re: Sending bottles home from Napa

JDavisRoby wrote:
April 17th, 2019, 9:44 am
Fan of the wine check luggage. It’s a bit weird to travel with empty on the way but the travel back is great.
We fill our Wine Check up with water bottles on the way out to give it some heft and to have water to start out with in Napa.
by Mike Van1
April 3rd, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 109
Views: 9159

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

Pictures of the damage to my box. Lisa at Scarecrow will send a replacement as soon as they are made.
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by Mike Van1
March 30th, 2019, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 109
Views: 9159

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

My 3-pack arrived this past Wednesday and I opened it up yesterday. It came with the extra foam pieces on the top and bottom and all looked fine until I lifted the box out. The top lip on the right side is split completely off the entire length of the box and the left side is spilt half way down. Th...
by Mike Van1
March 21st, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1969 vs. 1970
Replies: 27
Views: 1198

Re: 1969 vs. 1970

I’ve got a bottle 1970 Taylor’s VP coming from Winebid tomorrow. Can’t wait to try it. Several years ago I bought a 1970 Mondavi Cab that was pretty good. The 1969 Mondavi Cab I bought for my wife that same year wasn’t too good.
by Mike Van1
March 21st, 2019, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 109
Views: 9159

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

Was there any obvious damage or signs of abuse to the shipping container prior to opening it?
by Mike Van1
March 15th, 2019, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any reviews on ACME, 750, or K Laz in Napa for tastings?
Replies: 10
Views: 690

Re: Any reviews on ACME, 750, or K Laz in Napa for tastings?

My wife and I have done tastings at ACME and look forward to our tasting with them next month. We really enjoy visiting there and appreciate their collection of eclectic small project wines. Even if you don’t have an appointment for a tasting chances are there is something on the table they’ll Corav...
by Mike Van1
March 15th, 2019, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3997

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

In my case, residents of Nebraska are required to pay Nebraska sales tax on all internet purchases. If an internet seller does not collect and pay to Nebraska this sales tax, I am required to claim and pay it via my Nebraska tax return. Places like Amazon collect the appropriate Nebraska sales tax. ...
by Mike Van1
March 13th, 2019, 3:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12213
Views: 587438

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3x 2016 Pride Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2x 2016 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
by Mike Van1
March 12th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vice Versa Today
Replies: 11
Views: 1190

Re: Vice Versa Today

Bought 3 Napa’s on the first wave last week which was all I was allocated. Wish listed 2 bottles each of Dr Crane, To Kalon and Steltzner. Was granted one bottle of Steltzner.
by Mike Van1
March 5th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 17476

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Nick Ryan wrote:
March 5th, 2019, 11:45 am
Can't pull the trigger at $400 per bottle. Gotta draw the line somewhere.
Thing is, as previously mentioned in this thread, this wine is worth more than $400 today to some. If you have an allocation available almost silly not to buy it.
by Mike Van1
February 28th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 17476

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

There are buy offers out there for $650 a bottle right now. Please, nobody PM me on this. Do your own legwork If you saw them for $650, why not post them? They were via PM. First was $550 and then $590 followed by $650. I imagine after the offer comes out, some people will be offering $700 a bottle...
by Mike Van1
February 25th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 17476

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Got the snail mailer today inviting me to purchase my 3 bottles starting March 6. Was also invited to purchase a magnum. This is my second year getting a 3 bottle offer and first year for a magnum. Will probably buy the 3-pack but will pass on the $1500 magnum.
by Mike Van1
February 20th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 17476

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Not too hard to see where the increased Scarecrow is coming from. M Etain production has been cut back the past two vintages. 2016 - 850 cases 2015 - 416 cases 2014 - 2100 cases 2013 - 1700 cases 2012 - 1900 cases Either all of the fruit has been just that good for the primary bottling the past few ...
by Mike Van1
February 15th, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anybody buy Pride Wines anymore?
Replies: 37
Views: 2104

Re: Does anybody buy Pride Wines anymore?

Robert M yers wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 5:24 am
What do the reserves go for direct these days?
I paid $145 last year for the Cab.
by Mike Van1
February 14th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anybody buy Pride Wines anymore?
Replies: 37
Views: 2104

Re: Does anybody buy Pride Wines anymore?

Used to buy the regular and Vintner Cabs quite a bit but only buy the Reserve Cab since making the list several years ago.

The 2002 Pride Cab was my "a ha" wine that got me started into wine.
by Mike Van1
February 12th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Schrader Offer
Replies: 16
Views: 1758

Re: 2017 Schrader Offer

My ‘17 Schrader offer came in December like it does every year. Surprised to hear a Schrader offer coming out the following February. Guess that means the ‘17 Schrader wasn’t an instant sell out like it has been in the past. Guessing lots of folks dropped it this past offer.
by Mike Van1
February 5th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming Realm Release
Replies: 85
Views: 7183

Re: Upcoming Realm Release

I just looked at my allocation again and I was not offered Farella, only the option to wish list 3. I read it wrong first time. This is my first spring offering and last fall was my first fall offering where I bought 4 '16 Bards. I did visit Realm in April 18 and was able to purchase three '15 Bards...
by Mike Van1
February 5th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming Realm Release
Replies: 85
Views: 7183

Re: Upcoming Realm Release

No Dr Crane or BTK for me. Not even an option to wish list. Was offered 1 Houyi, and 3 Moonracer.
by Mike Van1
January 31st, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: passive cellar too cold?
Replies: 33
Views: 1834

Re: passive cellar too cold?

My passive cellar had been holding 51-52F most of this winter here in Nebraska but with outdoor temps of 0F during the day and -16F at night this week my cellar dropped to 47-48F. Not really that worried about it. Get more concerned during the summer when it peaks out at 67-68F in the hot summer mon...
by Mike Van1
January 27th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Riverain and Thomas Rivers Brown! The 2016s have arrived!
Replies: 67
Views: 4927

Re: Riverain and Thomas Rivers Brown! The 2016s have arrived!

Ordered 3 Cabs. Looking forward to trying these. First time participating in a Berserker Day.
by Mike Van1
January 15th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum is Live
Replies: 14
Views: 1079

Re: Saxum is Live

Saxum doesn't open until Thursday for me.
by Mike Van1
January 15th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad is live
Replies: 27
Views: 1535

Re: Myriad is live

Looks like 750s of Dr Crane are sold out? Ordered 3 of my 6 allocated ant went back later and shows unavailable.
by Mike Van1
January 10th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1634
Views: 195533

Re: Official Costco Thread

08 Cristal here in AZ at $229. Pretty much WS Pro low and no shipping. Not too shabby. 08 Cristal is $199 at Costco in Omaha. 04 Pommery Cuvée Louise is $99. Well damn. Just when I thought $229 was solid for 08 cristal here in AZ. Was it definitely the 08 vs. The 09? Wonder if Costco would ever hon...
by Mike Van1
January 10th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1634
Views: 195533

Re: Official Costco Thread

Rich Brown wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 2:46 pm
08 Cristal here in AZ at $229. Pretty much WS Pro low and no shipping. Not too shabby.
08 Cristal is $199 at Costco in Omaha. 04 Pommery Cuvée Louise is $99.
by Mike Van1
December 31st, 2018, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?
Replies: 68
Views: 1951

Re: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?

2014 Schrader Beckstoffer Las Piedras
2014 Carter BTK The Grand Daddy
2006 Perrier Jouet
by Mike Van1
December 12th, 2018, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 vintage Schrader Allocation coming up
Replies: 24
Views: 2986

Re: 2017 vintage Schrader Allocation coming up

My allocation included a new bottling from To-Kalon: the M Block, which is on the far eastern side of the vineyard, as part of a seven-bottle pack. I like that they are keeping prices the same (after the purchase by Constellation), but I think I have to skip it this year. House expenses, travel to ...

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