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by Bill S.
September 27th, 2018, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Requesting collective wisdom: Togni, Monte Bello, Montelena
Replies: 33
Views: 1756

Re: Requesting collective wisdom: Togni, Monte Bello, Montelena

Can't speak to any of these vintages but.... I do know that IF you can get in touch with either Philip or Elizabeth Togni they have or had when I visited them cases of vintages going back to the eighties in storage. Don't know what they would ask for a bottle but the provenance would be perfect. Had...
by Bill S.
September 11th, 2018, 8:15 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2003 Napa Cabernets
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Re: 2003 Napa Cabernets

It's the Husic Dos Palmas Estate cab for those wondering. Just posted in wine talk also to see if anyone there has thoughts. I figured those ITB would have a quicker response time lol.
by Bill S.
September 11th, 2018, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2003 Napa Cabernets
Replies: 11
Views: 880

2003 Napa Cabernets

Any thoughts on how the 2003 vintage Napa Cabs are/should be drinking? Just received several cases of 2003 Husic Dos Palmas Estate cabernet and am wondering if they are drinking or if they are past their prime.
by Bill S.
September 8th, 2018, 6:15 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2003 Napa Cabernets
Replies: 4
Views: 577

2003 Napa Cabernets

Any thoughts on how these should be drinking right now? We just received several cases of a $100 + cabernet, limited production (250-350 cases annually) and am wondering how it should be drinking. WS rated that year 85 points in Napa and this particular wine and vintage I can't find a rating on othe...
by Bill S.
August 16th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 122
Views: 5824

Re: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

Hudson Napa Valley, Carneros 2015 at $80ish (reminded me of a Montrachet)

Jaclynn Renee Petaluma Gap Sangiacomo Vineyard 2017 at $50ish (well balanced and smooth)

just my 2 pennies worth

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by Bill S.
August 15th, 2018, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Recent Grad curious about how folks who don't have an wine related major end up in the wine industry
Replies: 21
Views: 4370

Re: Recent Grad curious about how folks who don't have an wine related major end up in the wine industry

I started in the retail side after I decided retirement wasn't for me lol. Seriously tho, retail or restaurant positions are probably the easiest to get into but like mentioned above make sure that they are serious about wine sells. After awhile you will get to know the vendors and can possibly get ...
by Bill S.
August 15th, 2018, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Business and Employee Discount Programs
Replies: 8
Views: 2809

Re: Business and Employee Discount Programs

I know in the company I work for the business and employee discount is the same, 10% (case price). Now by employee we are talking about the employees of the store not employees of our neighboring businesses.
by Bill S.
July 13th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: More Saturday Retail Funnies
Replies: 1814
Views: 170259

More Saturday Retail Funnies

I have friends who have an affinity for "sweet wines," so I'm curious what wines a retailer would typically recommend. Is it generally the under $10 selections (e.g., Barefoot, Yellowtail, etc.)? Several questions first, how sweet, what type, bubbles or no bubbles, food pairing ? I usually start cu...
by Bill S.
July 11th, 2018, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which of these California Wineries would you remove from your tasting visit?
Replies: 37
Views: 1857

Which of these California Wineries would you remove from your tasting visit?

I would drop all of them lol. I prefer the smaller operations like: Baldacci Philip Togni (if you can get him to let you in that is) Bevan Cellars (WARNING Russell is rough around the edges but Victoria is extremely nice) Amici VinRoc 777 Cellars Corley Family Moone Tsai Black Cordon Just my 2 cents...
by Bill S.
June 30th, 2018, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GRANDS CRUS vs. Premier Crus - what´s the difference?
Replies: 86
Views: 3929

GRANDS CRUS vs. Premier Crus - what´s the difference?

From Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru_%28wine%29

Notice that it states grand cru vineyards have the POTENTIAL for superior grapes and wine. My experience has been that it varies A LOT from producer to producer which is why I lean towards 1er/premier cru wines.
by Bill S.
May 30th, 2018, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT vs the Wine Critics (or: oh look, we’re not idiots)
Replies: 30
Views: 1223

CT vs the Wine Critics (or: oh look, we’re not idiots)

I have read this article before. I believe what they are trying to say is: 1. CT community scores align more with the critics scores than one would assume. Remember also that this article was written before Vivino, Delictable et al had a large enough data base to make it worth using them also. It wo...
by Bill S.
May 23rd, 2018, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When A Wine Keeps Pulling You Back For More
Replies: 12
Views: 775

When A Wine Keeps Pulling You Back For More

1989 Ch Haut Brion. OMG!! Just wish I could afford more than the one bottle I was lucky enough to have.
by Bill S.
May 9th, 2018, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mangled Mispronunciations
Replies: 88
Views: 2274

Mangled Mispronunciations

My best one was a customer asking me where our Pine Knot No Her was. That one took me a minute to decipher lol.

But then again I'm from Texas and can't even speak english right.

neener
by Bill S.
March 27th, 2018, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do YOU consider a "Cult" wine?
Replies: 85
Views: 3647

What do YOU consider a "Cult" wine?

Since the replies I've seen seem to indicate that I am off in my definition I googled it and found this (if you can believe anything on the internet): Cult wines are those for which dedicated groups of committed enthusiasts will pay large sums of money. Such wines include, for example, Screaming Eag...
by Bill S.
March 27th, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do YOU consider a "Cult" wine?
Replies: 85
Views: 3647

What do YOU consider a "Cult" wine?

So if I made a wine that received 97 pts from 2 or 3 big name critics and charged $5000 a bottle but I made 500000 cases of it, you would consider that a "Cult" wine? Even though you could buy it in every little wine shop in the world? That strikes would strike me as overpriced juice that everyone "...
by Bill S.
March 27th, 2018, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do YOU consider a "Cult" wine?
Replies: 85
Views: 3647

What do YOU consider a "Cult" wine?

Was just wondering what the consensus is on what makes a wine a "Cult" wine. For example in my store we carry two cabs that I would consider "Cult" wines, Husic Estate Cabernet at $110/btl (case production is between 250-350 per vintage) and Triple 777 Cabernet at $90/btl (case production is 125). F...
by Bill S.
March 22nd, 2018, 4:32 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?

Second the motion on Volker Eisele, current release is 2012 I believe.
Second the motion on Neal Family

Vote Von Strasser Diamond Mountain
Vote Snowden The Ranch
Vote Blue Rock out of Alexander Valley

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by Bill S.
March 8th, 2018, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rich People Are Ruining Wine …and Napa Valley is forever changing as a result (The Atlantic)
Replies: 80
Views: 4947

Rich People Are Ruining Wine …and Napa Valley is forever changing as a result (The Atlantic)

Not getting involved in this but will point out that in my store I have 131 Napa Cabernets under $100 (anywhere from $19 to $99) vs 20 Napa Cabernets that are at or over $100. I know there are a lot more over $100 Napa offerings but there is also a lot more under $100 offerings. So that part of the ...
by Bill S.
February 22nd, 2018, 6:10 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Houston Offline/Email List
Replies: 16
Views: 2679

Houston Offline/Email List

I'd love to do this but given my work schedule I couldn't make any tastings etc.

That being said, any of you in the Woodlands/Spring area I'm your wine consultant at the Spec's on Rayford Road [cheers.gif]
by Bill S.
February 14th, 2018, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 54
Views: 3269

Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

When I visited Sonoma and Napa lo these many years ago I knew of one vineyard that had a "old" vine parcel. Kunde estates at that time had a block of their vineyard with 120 year old zin vines (don't know if they still do) and you had to be in their wine club to get any of it as production was like ...
by Bill S.
January 24th, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Unexpectedly thrust into wine!
Replies: 5
Views: 703

Unexpectedly thrust into wine!

In response to the first question: God YES. If you want to see the difference a glass makes try the same wine in a restaurant style glass vs. a Riedel made for that type of wine. Second question: If your looking for information on glassware then Riedels website is a good source (of course they are p...
by Bill S.
January 18th, 2018, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bottle Stands Out In Your Memory?
Replies: 47
Views: 1740

What Bottle Stands Out In Your Memory?

I thought this might be a interesting exercise for everyone. What ONE bottle of wine stands out in your memory as being head and shoulders above all the rest? For me it was a 1989 Chateau Haut Brion that I enjoyed in 2009. I scored it a 98 which is the highest score I've ever given to a wine. [cheer...
by Bill S.
January 12th, 2018, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How best to learn about oak treatment in wine?
Replies: 4
Views: 1955

How best to learn about oak treatment in wine?

Not sure if this will help but try finding a producer who has several levels of the same variatial to try. I know Stewart Cellars in Napa has several different levels as does Stags Leap Wine Cellars and others. The big problem with this is where are the grapes coming from as not all are estate grown...
by Bill S.
January 8th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grape Variety Names
Replies: 62
Views: 1260

Grape Variety Names

As someone in the retail business, I consider it my job to explain the different names for the same grapes and introduce customers to the different styles inherent in the different regions.

Let the name games continue!

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by Bill S.
December 7th, 2017, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Question - And Another Example of 'Central Coast' Being Overused . . .
Replies: 35
Views: 1207

CellarTracker Question - And Another Example of 'Central Coast' Being Overused . . .

I just walked my shelves at work and did not spot a single wine label like you described. As someone who has been ITB for the last 15 years I can remember a few like that before a area received AVA status but nothing once it happened.

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by Bill S.
November 1st, 2017, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would you do?- Part 2
Replies: 22
Views: 1197

What would you do?- Part 2

IMHO he should publish all scores regardless of high or low but ...... on the low scores (say anything below 85) he should explain WHY he gave it such a low score. This would allow readers to form their on opinions of the wine based on the difference between their palates and his. For example if the...
by Bill S.
October 26th, 2017, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any love for second labels here?
Replies: 58
Views: 2175

Any love for second labels here?

Now I may be wrong but I would assume (I know, I know) that by second label you would mean something like Hollis Napa Cabernet which is a second label of Stewart Family. They also have one called Slingshot which would be a third label. Trying to call Shafer 1.5 a "second" label of Shafer Hillside Se...
by Bill S.
October 23rd, 2017, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1970s Spring Mountain Cabernet
Replies: 22
Views: 767

1970s Spring Mountain Cabernet

As far as I know, Philip Togni is still producing old world style cabs on Spring Mtn. He will even tell you not to approach his wine for 20 years lol. IF you can get in to see him or join his wine club he still has older vintages in his warehouse. When I met him in 2008 he had cases of early 80's st...
by Bill S.
October 20th, 2017, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Grape variety detail disappearing from blend labels
Replies: 3
Views: 1229

Grape variety detail disappearing from blend labels

I was told by Owner/Wine Maker Paul Sobon that the reason he stopped listed the varietals and percentages was that when he had to change the blend do to the vintage, people stopped buying it because the blend changed. I tried both vintages of his blend and the only difference I could tell was the am...
by Bill S.
October 19th, 2017, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Discovering my palate.....
Replies: 11
Views: 2296

Discovering my palate.....

First thing is wine app's. Vavino, Delectable and Corkz are all good and offer public ratings and tasting notes to view. One difference is that Corkz is the app for CellarTracker.com and allows you to take pictures of either the UPC bar code or the front label. With the app's if it says item not fou...
by Bill S.
October 12th, 2017, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What have you learnt on your wine journey?
Replies: 70
Views: 7584

What have you learnt on your wine journey?

Lession 1) Drink what you like not what everyone says you should like. Critics scores are a good starting place but remember some wineries don't submit their wines to the critics so that unscored $20 cab may drink like its 95 pt neighbor. Lesson 2) ALWAYS return tainted bottles! and if you have a go...
by Bill S.
September 28th, 2017, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Best Format for a Wine Tasting
Replies: 4
Views: 940

Best Format for a Wine Tasting

Was wondering what y'all think is the best format for a wine tasting group? I have heard and seen groups that taste by region, grape, style and variations on all three. The best one I believe is a group in South Carolina that has the members buy two bottles, not to exceed $20/ea, of the same wine in...
by Bill S.
September 18th, 2017, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: bitterness?
Replies: 6
Views: 1289

bitterness?

While this hasn't happened to me I did have a really good customer that loved bordeaux and Rhone wines. Then he had quadruple stints put in and his palate changed. He doesnt enjoy old world wines anymore (he told me they were to bitter oddly enough) but now loves California cabs. It took him 4 month...
by Bill S.
September 7th, 2017, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine101 Feature: Thoughts on Closeouts/Web Specials on Wine?
Replies: 23
Views: 14557

Wine101 Feature: Thoughts on Closeouts/Web Specials on Wine?

As a retailer for the pass 15 yrs or so let me say that all the stores I have worked at offered discounts/close out specials. These are either slow sellers or discontinued items and every store would gladly take back any spoiled bottles and even those that the customer just didn't like. In store cre...
by Bill S.
September 5th, 2017, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: More Saturday Retail Funnies
Replies: 1814
Views: 170259

More Saturday Retail Funnies

Got one from a few years ago. Customer comes up to me and another wine associate and asked "Where's your Pine Not Know Her?"

Took both of us 2 minutes to understand they were looking for Pinot Noir.

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