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by julianseersmartin
May 16th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1417
Views: 70587

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Troy Stark wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Anyone else having issues with their account page over the last couple of days or is it just me?
I haven't been able to see my pending wines for a couple of weeks at least. I'm assuming it's to do with the impending website update.
by julianseersmartin
May 16th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1417
Views: 70587

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Thanks. New to me but sounds like my style and will give it a try. For me, V&S wines are top tier in quality, and I could almost forgo every other champagne in their place. Fidele is quite vinous in style and is a marvelous food wine. It drinks very well fresh and that is a deliberate aspect of the...
by julianseersmartin
May 16th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1417
Views: 70587

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

The offer on Fidele today is on some seriously aggressive pricing. I've gone long. CT shows vintage and NV. I assume it's all NV and the CT notes are just referring to the base year? Fidele is only about 5% reserve. Bertrand Gautherot considers this a vintage wine, but CIVC requires that any champa...
by julianseersmartin
May 16th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1417
Views: 70587

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

The offer on Fidele today is on some seriously aggressive pricing. I've gone long.
by julianseersmartin
May 13th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Liparita V Cabernet-$20 ‘Solid’.
Replies: 8
Views: 443

Re: TN: 2014 Liparita V Cabernet-$20 ‘Solid’.

Thanks for the note, I'd be contemplating giving it a go.
by julianseersmartin
May 13th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia
Replies: 26
Views: 987

Re: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia

c fu wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Just got a bottle for $40. Pretty excited to try it. Wonder if I should let it age though?
Yes, you should.
by julianseersmartin
May 8th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 850
Views: 39999

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I'd vouch for his wines. Good, traditional Cornas producer - he makes the real deal and is a decent value alternative to some of the super star producers if you actually want to drink the stuff.
by julianseersmartin
April 15th, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2320

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

I'm $28 across 110 bottles, with the majority of buying being at cellar door which changes the context significantly. I am quite surprised how many are in the $50-100 range - this has always been a bit of a dead spot for me where the value start to run out but you rarely get the quality of $100+ bot...
by julianseersmartin
April 9th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7008
Views: 397468

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Château Condat 2015 Saint-Émilion for $24 today. I'm still a novice and have a lot to learn about wine, especially French wine, but I figure it's worth $24 to try a 2015 Bdx. Thoughts? Don't think I agree with that, you should be able to get a good and reliable Cru Bourgeois 2015 for that sort of m...
by julianseersmartin
April 5th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1764

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

Otto Forsberg wrote:
April 5th, 2019, 10:49 am
julianseersmartin wrote:
April 5th, 2019, 10:42 am
I missed the word "new". Sorry - I meant oak notes in general.
The whole point of my comment was a reaction to how Neal was saying Heredia uses only new oak...
That's nice. I apologised for misreading your comment, not sure what else I can do to make you feel better about it.
by julianseersmartin
April 5th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1764

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

I missed the word "new". Sorry - I meant oak notes in general.
by julianseersmartin
April 5th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1764

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

Otto Forsberg wrote:
April 5th, 2019, 5:47 am
it's very hard to find any new oak aromatics even from a freshly released vintage.
Whilst I'm sure you're right about barrel age - I don't find this to be true at all.
by julianseersmartin
April 1st, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 PYCM Bourgogne Blanc
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: 2017 PYCM Bourgogne Blanc

That's nearly double the release price. BM BB at $30 is more tolerable, but I find it hard to spend $30 on any BB to be honest.
by julianseersmartin
March 26th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Anchovies
Replies: 28
Views: 1083

Re: Anchovies

COuld you send me that link too, please?
by julianseersmartin
March 22nd, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1417
Views: 70587

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Yeah I disagree wholeheartedly with that, there's plenty of RBLs that have very short ban timeframes.

Besides that, Robert mentioned Roadrunner - a TWC product. Hardly the height in compliance when it comes to their offerings, and they are genuinely notorious for arbitrary spam blocks.
by julianseersmartin
March 22nd, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1417
Views: 70587

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I appreciate your effort to figure it out Julian, so what does Zachys, Rare wine or even someone small like Fass do differently where I’m not missing their mass emails? They are probably using a different provider that your provider doesn't have an issue with. Equally, there are probably other cust...
by julianseersmartin
March 21st, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1417
Views: 70587

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

The angle I'm coming at is one with deep, deep knowledge of how mass email works (and doesn't work). It is absolutely conceivable that you receive every "important" email you expect, and that you do not receive emails from a mass email campaign like Envoyer's. It is clear there is a persistent issue...
by julianseersmartin
March 21st, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1417
Views: 70587

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

As I said earlier in the thread, email is not a guaranteed delivery service, nor does it purport to be. With the volume of messages that must go out, coupled with the quantity of people on said list (and thus varying email configurations), yes I absolutely believe this is explained at the provider l...
by julianseersmartin
March 21st, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1417
Views: 70587

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

It’s apparently just a different model which works for them. We would crush a winery if they released wine this way though and people were shut out without even a fair shake. I have asked nicely one last time. I’m hoping it’s an oversight but I’m going to have to assume they do not want my business...
by julianseersmartin
March 21st, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1417
Views: 70587

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I would also consider that email is certainly not a guaranteed delivery mechanism and does not purport to be. With the volume that Envoyer output at a given moment, I could easily see a few tier 1-2 email providers throwing out some temporary blocks every now and then. Also bear in mind spam folders...
by julianseersmartin
March 21st, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coolbot Review
Replies: 20
Views: 2279

Re: Coolbot Review

Has anyone attempted to replace a wine cabinet (winemate 1500 size) cooler with a small window unit and a coolbot? I'm wondering whether the back condenser marginally protruding, and closing passive side vents off to ensure the unit can be contained fully inside the cabinet is sufficient? Most have ...
by julianseersmartin
March 21st, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry
Replies: 66
Views: 3028

Re: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry

Rob Lynch wrote:
March 21st, 2019, 8:36 am
Or maybe it's not that smart to link your CT handle with your name, on line.
I've worked out who people are before by accident whilst simply exploring tasting notes. What you mention is the lowest effort method but it's certainly not the only method.
by julianseersmartin
March 21st, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry
Replies: 66
Views: 3028

Re: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry

There is a very real security threat with having your cellar publicly accessible. Given many of us operate on real name forums, it doesn't take too much research to work out who someone is and with a little more effort, where they live. Having a list of potentially very valuable items online and lea...
by julianseersmartin
March 18th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 768
Views: 36361

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Native in Santa Monica is closed as of yesterday.
by julianseersmartin
March 14th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Champagne: recommendations to go the distance
Replies: 19
Views: 1396

Re: 2008 Champagne: recommendations to go the distance

Fair enough, there are a few more. Although they could probably be termed BFGs.
by julianseersmartin
March 14th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy - Winter Revival Case
Replies: 8
Views: 599

Re: Dirty & Rowdy - Winter Revival Case

I would gamble 3 each of the Familiar Mourvedre, Familiar Blanc, Especial Mourvedre, Skin and Concrete Egg Fermented Semillon.

The release email doesn't specifically say but I'm sure Hardy will be along to confirm.
by julianseersmartin
March 14th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Champagne: recommendations to go the distance
Replies: 19
Views: 1396

Re: 2008 Champagne: recommendations to go the distance

So far I don’t see any recommendations that are different, except one or two wines that are less widely tasted maybe, than any other year. Except for current discussion/warnings about Bollinger in the other thread, are there any typical go-to cuvees that people have tasted and recommend staying awa...
by julianseersmartin
March 12th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 13
Views: 737

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

I think this is the first time they've made a Mataro, so you know as much as I do. Yes, their Semillon is very good and great value to boot.
by julianseersmartin
March 12th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 13
Views: 737

Fine Disregard Spring Release

I went all in on the Mataro as I can't wait to see what they've done with it. Skipped the Semillion as I don't have the patience to age it....and considering going back for the Grenache despite not normally liking the grape. The 2016 Lost Row Syrah was a revelation for me so I'm looking forward to w...
by julianseersmartin
March 7th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness
Replies: 62
Views: 2017

Re: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness

What does Ladybug taint smell/taste like? I always thought they were good luck, but I guess not if they get mashed in a destemmer! I associate it with a really astringent/stalky "green" note, that doesn't have the weight of tannin but is far less tolerable. I find a lot of 04 Burgundy undrinkable, ...
by julianseersmartin
March 2nd, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Base Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve
Replies: 4
Views: 321

Re: 2012 Base Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve

toby m wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 5:44 am
How do you know which is the base year for the NV?
There's a code or a date on the back of CH BR bottles that is always one year ahead of the base year - so OP's bottle will be 2013 on the label which means it's a 2012 base.

I'm sure someone else can be more specific than me.
by julianseersmartin
February 27th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7648

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Looks great.

Out of interest, what did you determine as the cooler "cycling too frequently"? Just curious, wondering whether my unit goes a bit too much.
by julianseersmartin
February 27th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 850
Views: 39999

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Are we sure that it is strictly first reply gets the wine and there is no favorable treatment of whales? I have my doubts. I am very far from a "whale" and have never had any issues - my hit rate is about as I'd expect when taking into context the speed and reliability of email, and the quantity of...
by julianseersmartin
February 27th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: David McMillan (Joe Beef) on how excess nearly killed him
Replies: 15
Views: 1024

Re: David McMillan (Joe Beef) on how excess nearly killed him

Dave's rant in the middle of the new "apocalypse" book about natural wines (not only being superior, but non natural wines being inferior) really comes across as preachy. Obviously written while he was still drinking, and is an example of how both Fred, but especially Dave, have a history of being ...
by julianseersmartin
February 27th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 850
Views: 39999

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

This system is getting a quite annoying... I was also 8 min "late" and missed out, just wanted a single bottle. Unless you monitor your email all day long and reply within seconds, the wine is gone. Better than an allocation system based on previous purchases. Why would that be bad? Because it favo...
by julianseersmartin
February 27th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 850
Views: 39999

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

AndyK wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 8:21 am
This system is getting a quite annoying... I was also 8 min "late" and missed out, just wanted a single bottle. Unless you monitor your email all day long and reply within seconds, the wine is gone.
Better than an allocation system based on previous purchases.
by julianseersmartin
February 27th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1417
Views: 70587

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
February 26th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Went for the Hebrart. Never tried it. TNs sound largely positive. Trying to explore bubbles more these days --- an annual promise that I've not followed-through on until recently.
Easy buy, you won't be disappointed.
by julianseersmartin
February 25th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few notes from the Heritage Blind Wine Tasting Finals in Las Vegas
Replies: 11
Views: 1010

Re: A few notes from the Heritage Blind Wine Tasting Finals in Las Vegas

Was the HBB just a stylistic dislike or was there something fundamentally not good about it? In my experience it's a magical wine when on.
by julianseersmartin
February 22nd, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice on used Vinotheque wine cabinet purchase
Replies: 5
Views: 389

Re: Advice on used Vinotheque wine cabinet purchase

Yeah, agreed. Factor in $3-400 for a service from someone local. It only going down to 55 might not be the thermostat, at 12 years old there may be a minor leak and then you're in for a regas and a sealant which isn't always effective. I think its a lot of money for a big question mark. The other is...
by julianseersmartin
February 22nd, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 1737

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

Mourvedre.
by julianseersmartin
February 11th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range
Replies: 27
Views: 984

Re: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range

Another vote for Domaine de Chevalier.
by julianseersmartin
February 11th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eto - a new way to preserve wine
Replies: 46
Views: 2709

Re: Eto - a new way to preserve wine

Did you get any tracking info Mark or did it just turn up?
by julianseersmartin
February 5th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?
Replies: 85
Views: 4101

Re: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?

I think the answer depends on how you like BDX. I tend to find that lesser BDX rarely drinks that well young - 2016 Senejac right now is downright repulsive to me, but I'm sure in 20 years it'll be a different kettle of fish. So in your shoes, I'd be looking at 2004, 2006 and just maybe 2008. If you...
by julianseersmartin
February 4th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2587

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

Also did dry January for the first time and had pretty similar observations: a realisation of how many low value drinks I could drop with ease, much better sleep and not missing it as much as I expected. The one component I did not expect: resuming drinking last weekend was vastly less enjoyable tha...
by julianseersmartin
February 1st, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bargain Champagne
Replies: 64
Views: 3122

Re: Best Bargain Champagne

Neither my wife nor I are Champagne drinkers and I certainly don't need another wine to chase. But my wine buddy neighbors do like it so I'm trying to find decent values that won't disappoint them so this thread is helpful. I took a flyer on the recent Envoyer offer on the Gosset Grand Reserve Brut...
by julianseersmartin
February 1st, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11426

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Well I'll chime in as a 32yo outlier... My generation isn't killing wine, but ostentatious 'luxury goods' more than anything (other than appelbees or straws apparently). I spend more on wine than anyone I know (per bottle or overall), but I retch at the thought of a wine described with words like l...
by julianseersmartin
February 1st, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 37
Views: 2279

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

Took my whole especial allocation and a bit of the two familiars. Decided against the Semillon which I'm sure I'll regret.
by julianseersmartin
January 31st, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11426

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

I am technically a millennial (although towards the beginning of the loosely defined millennial window), and the component I struggle with the most is just how few other millenials there are to share wine with. All of my wine friends are getting on for at least 10 years older than me and in many cas...
by julianseersmartin
January 30th, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bargain Champagne
Replies: 64
Views: 3122

Re: Best Bargain Champagne

Anyone ever tried any of these. Pricing Comments welcome as well French Champagnes 1. Gardet Brut Premier Cru NV (1.5L) - $65.00/bottle - free ground shipping on 2+ 2. Remy Massin Special Club Champagne 2011 - $49.00/bottle - free ground shipping on 6+ 3. Remy Massin Pinot Blanc Special Club Champa...

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