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by Pat K
May 11th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom event with Morgan Twain-Peterson and Joel Peterson--Thursday, May 7th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 129
Views: 4687

Re: Zoom event with Morgan Twain-Peterson and Joel Peterson--Thursday, May 7th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET

Thanks to Morgan, Joel, Frank and Todd for their time and efforts. I viewed the YouTube recording over a few nights and took many geek notes. Wonderful learning experience. Joined the mailing list. For those who participated in the April Release, any comments/details on what you purchased would be w...
by Pat K
May 7th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14448
Views: 708797

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Darren Delmore Pinot Noir Central Coast, 2019. Per label, 3 barrels produced. First tasted Delmore a few years ago at Falltacular and I've been a customer ever since. He also makes Syrah, but that is part of a later release as I understand it.

Cheers!
by Pat K
May 4th, 2020, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Will California Tasting Rooms Reopen?
Replies: 43
Views: 2465

Re: When Will California Tasting Rooms Reopen?

Seems to me wineries should really be trying to send out small samples to interested parties. Seems like it could be a win/win in the current environment although I’m not sure if there might be legal issues? I wish they would offer this at all times, but it seems now might be the right time to impl...
by Pat K
May 4th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: tercero wines - Focus on Larner Vineyard Releases With Live Zoom
Replies: 2
Views: 346

Re: tercero wines - Focus on Larner Vineyard Releases With Live Zoom

Larry, will the Zoom be available later via a YouTube recording? If so, please let us know how to access. Thanks.
by Pat K
May 3rd, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event With Brad Baker & Cedric Mousse of Mousse Fils--4/25 @ 1PM ET
Replies: 82
Views: 2434

Re: Zoom Event With Brad Baker & Cedric Mousse of Mousse Fils--4/25 @ 1PM ET

I viewed the recording 5/2. Thanks to Cedric, Todd, and Frank for their time and efforts. I took notes and enjoyed the learning. I better understand why some Champagne is costly to produce, and thus the pricing. Careful site selection, nurturing the grapes even if they are not grown by you personall...
by Pat K
May 2nd, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Will California Tasting Rooms Reopen?
Replies: 43
Views: 2465

Re: When Will California Tasting Rooms Reopen?

https://www.latimes.com/science/newsletter/2020-04-28/plans-to-reopen-economy-california-coronavirus-today I have no expert opinion, but it seems that tasting rooms would be either Phase 3 or Phase 4. And via other sources online, it seems that 3's have been told to think in terms of months, not wee...
by Pat K
May 1st, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Valley Cabernet Bubble
Replies: 30
Views: 3700

Re: Napa Valley Cabernet Bubble

I’ve also only received a few offers and no significant discounts. Instead I’ve seen quite a few library releases. Somewhat surprisingly prices have been far above current market rates. I’m not talking about ancient stuff - all wine from the last five or six released vintages. Has got me wondering ...
by Pat K
April 28th, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 283
Views: 15164

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Got word today that a wine conference scheduled for August in CA officially cancelled. Expected. All of our travel on hold. Reminds me of the Led Zeppelin song: "all will be revealed".

https://genius.com/Led-zeppelin-kashmir-lyrics

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by Pat K
April 25th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhone Rangers Zoom Tasting with Tercero & Halcon - Recorded Video Available now
Replies: 68
Views: 2296

Re: Rhone Rangers Zoom Tasting with Tercero & Halcon - Recorded Video Available now

I listened to the YouTube recording 4/24 evening. Very interesting and helpful. A big thanks to all who contributed: Todd, Brig, Frank for organizing, moderating, previews. And special thanks to Paul Gordon and Larry Schaffer for your time and comments. I found it so refreshing the way Larry and Pau...
by Pat K
April 23rd, 2020, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhone Rangers Zoom Tasting with Tercero & Halcon - Recorded Video Available now
Replies: 68
Views: 2296

Re: Rhone Rangers Zoom Tasting with Tercero & Halcon - 4/23 @ 5pmPT TODAY

Is it on YouTube? For those of us who missed the event live, is there a recording as with some of these? Any help appreciated. Todd started the recording and I stopped it when we finished. It is uploaded to the zoom cloud account and Todd will move it to YouTube and post a link here. Additionally, ...
by Pat K
April 23rd, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhone Rangers Zoom Tasting with Tercero & Halcon - Recorded Video Available now
Replies: 68
Views: 2296

Re: Rhone Rangers Zoom Tasting with Tercero & Halcon - 4/23 @ 5pmPT TODAY

R M Kriete wrote:
April 23rd, 2020, 6:32 pm
Is it on YouTube?
For those of us who missed the event live, is there a recording as with some of these? Any help appreciated.
by Pat K
April 22nd, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 171
Views: 9754

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

No opinion on "best", just a few impressions. Great, but a splurge for us: Big Basin Emerging, early tasting shows promise: Darren Delmore Reliable, often <$30-$35: Tablas Creek, McPrice Myers (had Barrel 27 line but may have discontinued) Established, early tasting shows promise: Carlisle Sticking ...
by Pat K
April 19th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Tasting a bottle over several days
Replies: 12
Views: 1900

Re: Tasting a bottle over several days

We almost always drink a wine over 3+ days. Sometimes over 7 days. Call it conservative consumption. I have a Vacuvin. If the wine comes with a cork or facsimile, I use the Vacuvin with stopper, and reds stay at room temperature. Whites and Rose' go into the frig. If the wine is screwtop, white or R...
by Pat K
April 16th, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman
Replies: 199
Views: 5479

Re: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman

That was a lot of fun. I appreciate all of you coming on, to create joy in a time when we need it. Kevin and Jeff, really appreciate the way you tackled the event together, sharing and explaining so many aspects of what Rhys is about. It's hard to do all that in a short time window so we trust you ...
by Pat K
March 30th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
Replies: 25
Views: 3080

Re: Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

We had a great tasting at Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard last fall. Ended up with: Pinot Noir, 2014, Bailey's Branchiforte Ridge Quinta Cruz Touriga, 2013, San Antonio Valley, Pierce Ranch Quinta Cruz Rabelo, 2010, San Antonio Valley, Pierce Ranch (Domestic Port made from some of the traditional Port ...
by Pat K
March 27th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: is this the end of byo culture?
Replies: 33
Views: 3128

Re: is this the end of byo culture?

Wondering first what % of restaurants (and wineries) will resume business operations. Don't want to sound gloomy, but.... That said, I would surely agree with waiting for some time before either dining in, or, more likely, doing takeout. Would also look for some type of welcome-back offers; these mi...
by Pat K
March 26th, 2020, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers
Replies: 50
Views: 4102

Re: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers

Folks - as a small producer who depends upon DTC, including visits to my tasting room, the current situation has impacted my bottom line tremendously, as it has other producers. I do sell a portion of my wines through the wholesale markets, but as you can imagine, very few retailers and zero restau...
by Pat K
March 26th, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: tercero wines - Special Offers
Replies: 5
Views: 1062

Re: tercero wines - Special Offers

Larry, thanks for your support of Laura's House and Falltacular.
by Pat K
March 5th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 226
Views: 15264

Did not intend to post.
by Pat K
February 27th, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 214
Views: 17250

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

The absolute best deals I have got on wines have been during economic downturns. And not always at auction, when people need money in a real hurry you can get some great deals if you have cash in hand No experience with live/online wine auctions. Still looking for sales, however, from my mailing li...
by Pat K
February 24th, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.
Replies: 72
Views: 4770

Re: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.

Thanks to Frank and to Jill for hosting yet another stellar Falltacular. First and foremost, to Laura's House! I didn't take detailed TNs, primarily because I like to see how a wine evolves over at least 2 days before finalizing my thoughts. And, too, there's so much going on at Falltacular to focus...
by Pat K
February 24th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2845

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

Interesting topic. As a geek and consumer who has visited the area multiple times and purchased at tasting rooms and purchased DTC via shipping here are my thoughts. My purchase decision is and will be based on total costs to my door. So DTC via shipping: I will get an example invoice that lists the...
by Pat K
February 23rd, 2020, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 6020

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

Was invited to a dinner at the home of a friend of a friend. Was told to bring wine and all guests sort of splurged and brought decent to expensive wine. The host seemed to put the wines away in the kitchen, and would only serve the cheap wine that they had prepared to serve. Essentially swapping c...
by Pat K
February 23rd, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you do with wine you don't like?
Replies: 50
Views: 2195

Re: What do you do with wine you don't like?

Random ideas:

https://www.brit.co/dinner-recipes-with-wine/

https://www.marthastewart.com/275158/co ... 95a584b705

And, of course gifts for anyone who enjoys wine but isn't a geek.

Hope this helps.
by Pat K
February 19th, 2020, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for mailing list members
Replies: 58
Views: 3002

Re: Question for mailing list members

Another benefit with some clubs is periodic specials on wine and/or shipping. Impact may = ability to find wines not readily available which offer good QPR even when tax & shipping are figured in. Two lists I'm on now, Tablas Creek and Navarro (Mendocino) have discounted shipping offers + featured w...
by Pat K
February 19th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Denver or Breckenridge wine store?
Replies: 21
Views: 802

Re: Denver or Breckenridge wine store?

https://www.divinowine.com/ Have a relative in Denver who appreciates wine. She is always happy to receive a gift card from Divino. She's bought wine there as a gift for me and they seem to know their stuff. I've had wines from Infinite Monkey. If you'd enjoy visiting an urban winery: https://theinf...
by Pat K
February 19th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine prices are falling
Replies: 40
Views: 5360

Re: Wine prices are falling

Just read this. Provides some additional insights IMHO. And some similarities to my own wine journey. Began in my 30s, evolved into a passion later, now more focused with more direct from winery purchases based on experiences. As always, your mileage may vary. https://tablascreek.typepad.com/tablas/...
by Pat K
February 18th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC
Replies: 105
Views: 7462

Re: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

So to my question: do we need the afterparty food this year or shall we take a pass and see how it goes without it? We'll keep the beer and champagne tradition so I am just talking about deleting the food. Our other option is we do afterparty food but we need someone to go get it. I would suggest M...
by Pat K
February 17th, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine prices are falling
Replies: 40
Views: 5360

Re: Wine prices are falling

Well, I hope the producers I buy from read this article. Allocation prices seem a bit inflated to me. I agree and would even amend "a bit inflated" to "inflated". More details read here. https://www.lodiwine.com/blog/The-wine-industry-debates-2020-s-challenge-of-unpicked-grapes-and-elusive-consumer...
by Pat K
February 16th, 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli & Turley Zins
Replies: 52
Views: 4318

Re: Martinelli & Turley Zins

Thanks. Received my offer of Carlisle and purchased 2018 as noted above. Will also look into Bedrock.
by Pat K
February 16th, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine prices are falling
Replies: 40
Views: 5360

Re: Wine prices are falling

Sorry, I inadvertently posted a duplicate of the article cited in the first post.

I am skeptical but will be willing to accept price declines: for reliable juice only. Especially daily and routine weekend stuff. Drew the line at 2-buck Chuck even though locally it is, indeed, $1.99.
by Pat K
February 16th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14448
Views: 708797

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

From Big Basin, Santa Cruz Mountains AVA.

Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2015
62 Terraces Syrah 2015
Old Corral Pinot Noir 2016

This vintner is one with a track record of supporting Falltacular, and, thus Laura's House. Good wine and supportive of a worthy cause. 2 thumbs up.
by Pat K
February 16th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli & Turley Zins
Replies: 52
Views: 4318

Re: Martinelli & Turley Zins

I am a big fan of zin and have drunk and enjoyed both Martinelli and Turley zins. Over the years I have gravitated to Carlisle and Ridge zins because I believe they are as good or better and offer better value and better availability. I would still buy Martinelli and Turley zins on an opportunistic...
by Pat K
February 15th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Verite wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1168

Re: Verite wines

LWS = $360 & up for various Verites. WineSearcher prices in CA start at $175.

That buys multiple bottles of Barolo.....
by Pat K
February 14th, 2020, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Verite wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1168

Re: Verite wines

Tasted La Muse and Le Desir at a trade event. Way way way above my personal price point. Both were great, but I preferred the Le Desir.
by Pat K
February 13th, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Save The Date: 2018 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay
Replies: 31
Views: 2596

Re: Save The Date: 2018 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay

Logistical question for Will or someone. Will these be minimum 4 bottle order like the Pinot? I have a four pack of Pinot ordered last month and would like to add a couple of chards for a tidy 6 pack, but that may not be permissible. The wines look awesome but not sure if the budget can handle any ...
by Pat K
February 12th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel's rollercoaster popularity ride
Replies: 62
Views: 3370

Re: Zinfandel's rollercoaster popularity ride

I just checked the wine list at Passionfish in Pacific Grove, CA. This place has a reputation as a wine lover's destination due to wide selection and reasonable markups. We were in the area last fall and had dinner there. Out of an 11-page wine list of full bottles, there were 3 Zinfandels listed. G...
by Pat K
February 10th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC
Replies: 105
Views: 7462

Re: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

Good morning to the Falltacular family. For the first time in our 14 years of the event, we have crossed $16,000 of starting bids in the silent auction. THANK YOU! This surpasses last year's record for the garage and positions us well to take a shot at breaking the $50,000 mark for the first time i...
by Pat K
February 9th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC
Replies: 105
Views: 7462

Re: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

Overflow garage. A concept. The garage is not for those with claustrophobia IMHO.

Maybe someone will bring brisket. Love beef, with 1-ounce pours of good red.

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by Pat K
February 6th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 178
Views: 9390

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

Yes a lot of the producers were new world but stylistically there are either old World or middle of the road. I like big bold wines and don’t apologize for that. My style is Aubert,Bevan,Marcassin, original KB. I did send email to some of these producers asking them to participate in berserkers. I ...
by Pat K
February 3rd, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC
Replies: 105
Views: 7462

Re: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

Good morning. We're less than 3 weeks away and we've had a # of winery commitments and also silent auction items added to the event since I last posted an update. To view the entire list of wines and items, you can click the link below to get caught up. In sum, we're approaching our initial goal fo...
by Pat K
February 2nd, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here
Replies: 44
Views: 1781

Re: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here

Years ago, I was a Steelers fan. Era of Bradshaw, etc. Admired their track record of competence. No favorite in today's game. Hoping for a close one and maybe a few funny commercials. Navarro Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, 2014. A reliable producer Bottle 2 of 5 purchased. 2014 vintage seem...
by Pat K
January 31st, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 101
Views: 8455

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Just read this. On the topic of oversupply, but not Napa-specific. Interesting perspective, to me.

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2 ... ving-wine/
by Pat K
January 31st, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info - RECORDS SET YET AGAIN!
Replies: 161
Views: 19092

Re: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info - RECORDS SET YET AGAIN!

Appreciated the story about the small vintner in post #141. We enjoy the opportunity to support small businesses. Just wondering if anyone involved in BD noted evidence of the oversupply of CA wine. Seems I read about that daily in the winestream media. And just because I read it does not make it tr...
by Pat K
January 30th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: BerserkerDay Auctions BD11 - AUCTIONS CLOSED
Topic: AUCTION FORUM IS UNLOCKED - BIDS CLOSED, DISCUSSION OPEN
Replies: 2
Views: 442

Re: AUCTION FORUM IS UNLOCKED - BIDS CLOSED, DISCUSSION OPEN

Wondering if there is a summary of results. Item, opening bid, winning bid. Would be interesting, even though every year is different I'm sure.
by Pat K
January 25th, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 102
Views: 5681

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

Relatively new member of TCV club. Whether we find that they get it is to be determined. But the above comments are encouraging. Thanks!
by Pat K
January 24th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info - RECORDS SET YET AGAIN!
Replies: 161
Views: 19092

Re: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info

There's been a rumor that Ridge will be doing BD this year. Are they a Newbie? Inquiring minds. They are, technically (newbie to BerserkerDay) but do they really need to introduce themselves to us? neener No introduction for me. Ridge, Ravenswood, Rosenblum. Learned the 3 Zs of Zinfandel years ago.

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