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by Mike Van1
June 19th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carter wine to buy
Replies: 15
Views: 841

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: 2564

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: 1202

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: 102
Views: 7542

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: 102
Views: 7542

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: 1037

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: 102
Views: 7542

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: 555

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: 3190

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: 11117
Views: 496979

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: 1047

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: 15874

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: 15874

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: 15874

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: 15874

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: 1858

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: 1858

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: 1611

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: 6402

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: 6402

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: 1625

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: 3658

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: 907

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: 1383

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: 1351
Views: 147284

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: 1351
Views: 147284

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: 1537

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: 2609

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 ...
by Mike Van1
November 15th, 2018, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For those on Scarecrows mailing list...
Replies: 17
Views: 1784

Re: For those on Scarecrows mailing list...

Joe Mendez wrote:
November 14th, 2018, 9:56 pm
I signed up back in July 2013
Have you received an allocation yet?

I signed up in spring 2015. Was offered 2013 M Etain that fall. Received my first Scarecrow allocation for the 2015 vintage in March 2018. So three years.
by Mike Van1
September 18th, 2018, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value $100-$150 US wines
Replies: 66
Views: 3441

Re: Best Value $100-$150 US wines

Beringer SV Cabs
by Mike Van1
August 25th, 2018, 4:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mailer/Allocation time coming again?
Replies: 105
Views: 5635

Re: Mailer/Allocation time coming again?

Realm is coming up in a week or so.
by Mike Van1
July 31st, 2018, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Second Best Bordeaux Sweet Wine
Replies: 54
Views: 1720

Second Best Bordeaux Sweet Wine

I’m organizing a 2003 Sauternes tasting for my wine group. Picked 2003 as it seemed to be a good intersection of bottle age, good vintage, availability, and price. Will be trying d’Yquem, Climens, Rieussec, Lafaurie-Peyraguey, and La Tour Blanche. Looking forward to it. Have never had d’Yquem or Cli...
by Mike Van1
July 20th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last Minute Napa Visit Help Needed
Replies: 67
Views: 1771

Last Minute Napa Visit Help Needed

Looks tight between your Pride and AO appointments. You'd have to be leaving Pride by 3:30 pm to make AO. That leave 30 min or less to taste and look around at Pride which is worth looking around a bit.
by Mike Van1
July 13th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One of your regular bottles jumps in value.
Replies: 137
Views: 5558

One of your regular bottles jumps in value.

I’d love to sell what Caymus SS I have at current Wine Searcher prices as I bought all of it at less than 50% at retail. But the price of logistics and my time doesn’t make it worth it. I’d rather make gluehwein out of it.
by Mike Van1
July 11th, 2018, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers Marie Panek and a question
Replies: 29
Views: 1632

Rivers Marie Panek and a question

Is RM considered a Mike Smith wine or is he somehow involved with it? Always assumed it was a Thomas Brown wine.
by Mike Van1
July 10th, 2018, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Rivers Marie Cabernet release
Replies: 74
Views: 6972

2017 Rivers Marie Cabernet release

Is there a wait list for RM and how long is it? Signed up last year after buying and enjoying a 2008 and 2015 from Winebid. Haven’t received anything about upcoming offer, not even a rejection email.
by Mike Van1
July 6th, 2018, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Driver Service for Napa
Replies: 13
Views: 989

Driver Service for Napa

Highly recommend Rene Solis at 707 479-5156. He is a Yountville native that has a nice Suburban that should accommodate your party well. Friends of mine use him all the time and we’ve shared a day our last two trips to Napa. He is connected and can probably get you into some very nice wineries. We s...
by Mike Van1
July 3rd, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 147284

Official Costco Thread

Found a deal in Grand Forks, North Dakota that isn’t at a Costco and didn’t want to start a new thread so thought I’d park it here. Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop (multiple locations at both Grand Forks and Fargo) has 2014 Opus One for $239.
by Mike Van1
June 27th, 2018, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Saxum offering
Replies: 93
Views: 7543

2016 Saxum offering

Saxum prices have held steady over the last four years that I’ve been a buyer and include shipping.
by Mike Van1
June 27th, 2018, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Saxum offering
Replies: 93
Views: 7543

2016 Saxum offering

Surprised there has been no mention of the recent Saxum offiering. I’m a hard core Napa Cab guy but always a buyer of Saxum for something different. Your next offering from Saxum Vineyards will begin Tuesday, July 17, 2018 and will be held until Monday, July 30, 2018 (magnums will be sold first come...
by Mike Van1
June 27th, 2018, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Shafer Hillside Offer
Replies: 17
Views: 1753

2014 Shafer Hillside Offer

On the fence on thiis. Been a buyer for many vintages now. I set $300 as my jump off point from Shafer so I guess I’ll still buy one or two to stay on the list.
by Mike Van1
June 23rd, 2018, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Carter Cellars - Incoming!
Replies: 43
Views: 2868

2016 Carter Cellars - Incoming!

The O.G. is sold out.
by Mike Van1
June 20th, 2018, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11117
Views: 496979

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3x 2016 Alpha Omega Beckstoffer To Kalon Cab
3x 2016 Alpha Omega Sunshine Vineyard Cab
2x 2016 Carter Beckstoffer To Kalon O.G. Cab
by Mike Van1
June 20th, 2018, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Carter Cellars - Incoming!
Replies: 43
Views: 2868

2016 Carter Cellars - Incoming!

According to Carter website Three Kings is BTK. No mention of Las Piedras being blended in.
by Mike Van1
June 8th, 2018, 12:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Rewards Changes
Replies: 64
Views: 3823

Total Wine Rewards Changes

I work per diem at a local wine shop in a fly over state (NE) but there comes a point when economics takes over. I can get many wines where I work at the low side of Wine Searcher, although this is only via my 20% employee discount. I’ve spent the last month in Las Vegas and visited every TW here. T...
by Mike Van1
June 2nd, 2018, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2016 Myriad Cabernet Sauvignon featuring two new vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 3344

TNs: 2016 Myriad Cabernet Sauvignon fearuring two new vineyards

I’d like to know more about the Round Pond offering and when to expect the mailer. Big fan of both Myriad and Round Pond.
by Mike Van1
June 2nd, 2018, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11117
Views: 496979

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2x 2015 Château d'Yquem 375 ml
1x 2011 Château d'Yquem 375 ml

Never had Yquem so looking forward to trying one of the 15s and laying the others down for a while.
by Mike Van1
April 20th, 2018, 4:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4/19 UPS Stores NOT Shipping
Replies: 63
Views: 4068

4/19 UPS Stores NOT Shipping

I live in Omaha, NE and have a lot of my wine shipped to a UPS Store across the river in Iowa. Wineries don't add sales tax on shipments into Iowa so the 7% savings can significant for the extra 5 minute drive especially on the Scarecrow, Schrader, Carter, and Shafer Hillside shipments I get. I do n...
by Mike Van1
March 19th, 2018, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for an under-$50 Cal cab tasting?
Replies: 79
Views: 2940

Suggestions for an under-$50 Cal cab tasting?

I'd be interested to know where folks are finding Chappellet and Round Pond for less than $50.
by Mike Van1
March 18th, 2018, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for an under-$50 Cal cab tasting?
Replies: 79
Views: 2940

Suggestions for an under-$50 Cal cab tasting?

Honig is a very good Cali Cab that can be readily found for $50 or less. Also, Flora Springs and Sequoia Grove are good Cali Cabs at less than $50.

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