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by Matt K
January 6th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Winery DTC Fulfillment Providers?
Replies: 9
Views: 893

Re: Winery DTC Fulfillment Providers?

We use Vinoshipper which handles the licensing in 38 states for us, DTC. Hope that helps.
by Matt K
December 13th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tempier 2017 'Pour Lulu'
Replies: 8
Views: 860

Re: TN: Tempier 2017 'Pour Lulu'

and Lulu just celebrated birthday 102! Not touching mine for a few years, How was it on day 2? The palette had come together a little bit more than the first day, no improvement or change to the nose. It just felt so green I'm not sure how it could come together farther down the line. I suppose onl...
by Matt K
December 10th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tempier 2017 'Pour Lulu'
Replies: 8
Views: 860

TN: Tempier 2017 'Pour Lulu'

I'm not sure why my expectations for this wine were so high. In the past, I've enjoyed both their estate Red and Rose bottlings quite significantly, and after a read of Kermit's 'Adventures Along the Wine Route' I thought I would visit with a new Tempier offering. Boy was this wine a disappointment....
by Matt K
November 23rd, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.
Replies: 21
Views: 678

Re: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.

I agree on Carboy. Industrial wines. This is the impression I walked away with, but they've cultivated a nice night time atmosphere. I'll be holding on to all of the recommendations in here for our next trip out. Matt, We seem to be picking up a few more wine centric spots in Denver recently. We've...
by Matt K
November 23rd, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.
Replies: 21
Views: 678

Re: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.

My in-laws live in Evergreen and talk highly of Creekside. I don't know if I've had their wines though. Bookcliff is good. Infinite Monkey is decent enough and a fun spot. Not something I would buy for home consumption but OK as a restaurant house wine option. I've had Carboy at their Littleton win...
by Matt K
November 22nd, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.
Replies: 21
Views: 678

Re: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.

Thanks for the recommendation Michael! Seems like a great jumping off point.
by Matt K
November 21st, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.
Replies: 21
Views: 678

Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.

We returned from our Denver trip last week and we made it a point to visit a few wine hangouts again this year. This time we visited Creekside Cellars in Evergreen (for the second time) and the new 'Carboy' in downtown Denver. Creekside Cellars has been in operation for well over a decade now. They ...
by Matt K
October 3rd, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73403

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Well this is quite the news. Here's to hoping it doesn't stick for too long.
by Matt K
July 24th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 13120

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Anything I absolutely have to get in this release? I have a massive allocation for some reason, so I should have an opportunity to grab anything. I'd like to keep it 12 bottles or under, however. Everything seems so tantalizing though...
by Matt K
July 18th, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 71
Views: 5350

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

Offered 24, probably making decisions today or tomorrow
by Matt K
June 17th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1954 Romanée Conti belongs to my 5 best Romanée Conti
Replies: 26
Views: 3360

Re: 1954 Romanée Conti belongs to my 5 best Romanée Conti

What a beautiful evening it sounds like. Thank you for sharing!
by Matt K
May 23rd, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2716

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

I tip any tasting room staff member that provides excellent service and can answer my asinine questions. Owner/winemaker I wouldn't consider tipping.
by Matt K
May 3rd, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grapes as an alternate agricultural crop.
Replies: 13
Views: 502

Re: Grapes as an alternate agricultural crop.

Thanks everyone, I do feel a bit better now :D
by Matt K
May 3rd, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Technical data for wine. Tell the whole story.
Replies: 25
Views: 1030

Re: Technical data for wine. Tell the whole story.

You can always invest in a set of Hydrometers at home :P
by Matt K
May 2nd, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grapes as an alternate agricultural crop.
Replies: 13
Views: 502

Re: Grapes as an alternate agricultural crop.

I was laughing at this until I saw the following comment on Reddit, and it made me a bit sad people truly believe the rest of the country makes sh!t wine... >>"With so many options available from regions known to produce good stuff, why would I want to drink some random wine from some region that ha...
by Matt K
April 22nd, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 140
Views: 10249

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

Enjoyed two of them last night but here's a few: White: Ravines 2016 Dry Riesling Mari 2016 Semi-Dry Scriptorium Riesling Bussy 2017 1er 'Vaillons' Red: Ch Font Du Loup 2016 CdP Rouge Ch de Saint Cosme 2015 Saint Joseph Bedrock 2017 Papera Ranch So far these have all been excellent, but none have se...
by Matt K
April 2nd, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much do you drink
Replies: 54
Views: 2782

Re: How much do you drink

dsimmons wrote:
April 2nd, 2019, 2:21 pm
A bottle a day with dinner - shared with wife.
Didn't even have to type my response this time! [dance-clap.gif]
by Matt K
March 31st, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recognise this stemware mark?
Replies: 5
Views: 774

Re: Recognise this stemware mark?

Zwiesel Rosé glass perhaps? I've never seen that mark before but it appears to be a Z.

https://www.westelm.com/products/schott ... f-4-e2113/
by Matt K
March 12th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of lurkers-to-posters lately...
Replies: 28
Views: 1785

Re: Lots of lurkers-to-posters lately...

The forums were always in my periphery, but I never thought to sign up until last year. It's been a good experience.
by Matt K
March 12th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seneca Lake Recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 354

Re: Seneca Lake Recommendations?

etomasi wrote:
March 12th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Well, if you have time, hop over to Keuka Lake Vineyards. Nice wines. Some funky vignoles wines as well.
Funky Vignoles is definitely up my alley...
by Matt K
March 12th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seneca Lake Recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 354

Re: Seneca Lake Recommendations?

Yep, have an appointment. Got the chance to enjoy a couple of their wines recently and put it on the must visit. Weimer was recommended to me by a friend as well...Have any favorite offerings from them?
by Matt K
March 12th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seneca Lake Recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 354

Seneca Lake Recommendations?

Hi all. Staying in Geneva next week after the Eastern Wine Expo. Hoping to hit a few wineries before returning home, and would love some input. The two I have on my must visit are Forge and Ravines. I'm open to just about anything, but prefer acidic whites and enjoy tasting funky varietals.
by Matt K
March 12th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee 2019 - Grand Tasting Impressions
Replies: 31
Views: 3525

Re: La Paulee 2019 - Grand Tasting Impressions

Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences, for those of us a little farther away and not able to travel in/access the tasting it's always nice to read such thorough write-ups.
by Matt K
March 1st, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Sub-$40 Chardonnay
Replies: 42
Views: 2028

Re: Favorite Sub-$40 Chardonnay

Bowers Harbor Unwooded Chard... ~$16 and absolutely crushable.

or Ch de Rully 1er Cru 'Clos La Bressande' for ~$28
by Matt K
February 23rd, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 2184

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

[whistle.gif] Petit Manseng. Especially from Virginia. Exciting and underappreciated things happening here with that grape. Chambourcin, too, for a crowd-pleaser. Some southern Italians as well, notably Aglianico and Fiano Just got ahold of the Early Mountain petite manseng but have yet to pop the b...
by Matt K
February 23rd, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 2184

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

Auxerrois and chenin blanc. Both produce very versatile still and sparkling wines. Good examples of both are underrepresented in North American wineries. Really like Bel Lago's(MI) auxerrois and Paumanok's(LI-NY) chenin blanc. Huge fan of Auxerrois. Chateau Fontaine has my favorite example and it's...
by Matt K
February 22nd, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 2184

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

I suppose I should have asked for your favorite examples of the variety as well! Feel free to include if you would like
by Matt K
February 22nd, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 2184

What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

I mean...That grape you tell your friends about. You always have a bottle around to share with people. The grape you don't see around very much, or you hope to see more of. For me it's Marquette. The midwest has been doing some great things with it...High acid, low tannins, great Cherry aromatics. M...
by Matt K
February 22nd, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Merry Edwards sold
Replies: 24
Views: 2241

Re: Merry Edwards sold

Interesting. Hopefully the quality of wine will stay high.

As a side note, I definitely hope the tasting experience doesn't change. That was one of the highlights of our last trip out there, the service was impeccable. They were very generous hosts.
by Matt K
February 19th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 10990

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date

Thinking of grabbing half case of the Rosé and Sauv Blanc.... Might throw in a couple cabs to hold on to. Never had anything but the dark stuff from them, thoughts?
by Matt K
January 23rd, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business
Replies: 41
Views: 1842

Re: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business

Alan, There is actually very little 'oversight' in the wine industry compared to others. And believe it or not, even though the COLA label approval system is arcane in some ways, as a consumer, I would think you'd appreciate it. These folks do go over labels to make sure the info is factual and not...
by Matt K
January 23rd, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business
Replies: 41
Views: 1842

Re: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business

Have three new labels for ready to bottle wines that are just sitting. I personally know two families who are opening wineries with a target date for Memorial day who still need to submit their entire wine list for approval. Every day they aren't open during Memorial day means money lost. Can't open...
by Matt K
January 2nd, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 8134

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

I haven't had the opportunity to taste any DOW's that are older than this one, but I'm sure they are also delicious. I remember this one showing very little tertiary components at all, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much.
by Matt K
January 2nd, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 8134

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year



DOW '91

It was just so damn delicious. Runner up was Ruinart NV BdeB but the port took the cake.
by Matt K
December 20th, 2018, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Changes Flavor as You Drink It?
Replies: 16
Views: 568

Re: What Wine Changes Flavor as You Drink It?

Maybe not exactly what you're looking for, but still an interesting experiment... Chill down a bottle of wine and taste it, then allow it to warm up. I think you'll pick out very different flavors and aromas over the course of the temperature shift. I know most people will recommend exact temperatur...
by Matt K
December 18th, 2018, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bedrock Syrah Coast to Foothills '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 543

Re: TN: Bedrock Syrah Coast to Foothills '17...(short/boring)

I also promptly opened one of these after receiving my shipment. It was enjoyable at a holiday party with friends, none of whom were seriously 'thinking' about the wine that evening. For $20, I was happy.
by Matt K
December 14th, 2018, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 98
Views: 8637

Re: Somm 3

Just watched the film and commented to my wife and friend after that it read like a set-up to sell Rajat's wine. It just seemed like a complete half-assing of what it would actually take to 'prove' the true superior Pinot producer. It's so subjective, anyways. I loved Somm 2 and was hoping it would ...
by Matt K
December 14th, 2018, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opus One suing barrel supplier over TCA contamination
Replies: 36
Views: 2339

Re: Opus One suing barrel supplier over TCA contamination

I guess the defining factor for me in this case is they made the guarantee on TCA free. If you guaranteed your restaurant patrons wouldn't get sick, and they did, how would your case fare? Would you refund the meal or would you be liable for damages as well? are there restaurants that don't guarant...
by Matt K
December 13th, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downtown Napa Tasting Rooms?
Replies: 14
Views: 853

Re: Downtown Napa Tasting Rooms?

Agree with Vintner's Collective. A great way to taste some small batch stuff with friendly staff. Had a great time there two years ago (has it really been that long since I visited?)
by Matt K
December 13th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opus One suing barrel supplier over TCA contamination
Replies: 36
Views: 2339

Re: Opus One suing barrel supplier over TCA contamination

to put on my lawyer hat for a minute: if you dine at a restaurant and get sick, you generally have a case. however, an important factor is always whether other people got sick who also dined at the same restaurant contemporaneous to you. relative to this case, it would seem to be important to find ...
by Matt K
December 13th, 2018, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 6271

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

Left Foot Charly and Wyncroft make some Reislings I've really enjoyed, but they are from Michigan. Agree with these, and would add White Pine and Verterra from Michigan as well. Some great Rieslings coming out of the state. Haven't tried anything from Verterra yet but agree with White Pine. I just ...
by Matt K
December 13th, 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 6271

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

Jim Brennan wrote:
December 10th, 2018, 5:10 pm
Left Foot Charly and Wyncroft make some Reislings I've really enjoyed, but they are from Michigan.
Agree with these, and would add White Pine and Verterra from Michigan as well. Some great Rieslings coming out of the state.
by Matt K
December 13th, 2018, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opus One suing barrel supplier over TCA contamination
Replies: 36
Views: 2339

Re: Opus One suing barrel supplier over TCA contamination

"The barrels were certified to be TCA-free for three years, according to the court filing."

Seems pretty cut and dry to me, in this case.
by Matt K
December 8th, 2018, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last 10 wines you drank. Tells us something about what you like.
Replies: 192
Views: 10381

Re: Last 10 wines you drank. Tells us something about what you like.

According to my Vivino... Might have 'forgotten' a few... 2017 Ch St Jean Lyon Vineyard Fumé Blanc 2014 Ch Cantenac Saint-Emilion GC 2008 Ochoa Vendimia Tardia Moscatel 2016 Ch St Jean Benoist Ranch PN 2013 Domaine Lafond CdP Roc Epine 2017 Verterra Leelenau Penninsula Dry Riesling 2014 Siro Panceti...
by Matt K
November 29th, 2018, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Colorado Wine, worth the trip?
Replies: 12
Views: 417

Re: Colorado Wine, worth the trip?

No skiing?! They are getting dumped on in the early season. My RECO would be to pour your favorite bottle into a canister and head for the mountains. Nothing like taking swigs of some vino whilst on the gondola... This is generally my go to. We will probably make it out later in the season (maybe e...
by Matt K
November 29th, 2018, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Colorado Wine, worth the trip?
Replies: 12
Views: 417

Re: Colorado Wine, worth the trip?

Hey Matt. I can recommend a visit to Creekside Cellars Winery and Cafe in Evergreen if it fits into your schedule. Nice people, wines and food. Also a nice ride up to Evergreen from Denver. (can detour to Red Rocks weather permitting). I believe most if not all grapes are from Colorado. Look at the...
by Matt K
November 28th, 2018, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Colorado Wine, worth the trip?
Replies: 12
Views: 417

Colorado Wine, worth the trip?

Hi all, I'll be in CO this winter for a little bit and (for a first) not planning on skiing at all. I'll have a few days to kill possibly in the Denver area, and noticed that a quick search for 'Colorado winery' turned up quite a few results. I'd be interested in trying a few but honestly have no id...
by Matt K
November 20th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th
Replies: 67
Views: 5541

Re: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th

Ended up with a nice little 'sampler' pack to try out a few of their wines: 1 2017 The Bedrock Heritage Red Sonoma Valley 3 2017 Coast to Foothills Syrah California 1 2017 Pagani Ranch Heritage Wine Sonoma Valley 1 2017 Papera Ranch Heritage Wine Russian River Valley At least got enough to have my f...
by Matt K
November 14th, 2018, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th
Replies: 67
Views: 5541

Re: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th

Excited to have an opportunity to buy from them this year!
by Matt K
October 30th, 2018, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: dinner with 8 winemakers bringing their own wines, a summit of my year
Replies: 19
Views: 1732

Re: dinner with 8 winemakers bringing their own wines, a summit of my year

What beautiful notes you've included, and what a great opportunity to share the Constantia.

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