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by Steve Bird
September 17th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10749
Views: 388499

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1997 Pahlmeyer Merlot. Love this wine.
by Steve Bird
September 17th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let Your Saxums Age!
Replies: 20
Views: 1089

Re: Let Your Saxums Age!

M. Dildine wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Paul Miller wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 2:02 pm
My oldest Saxum is a 2006 James Berry. Too young?
Nope - rocking!
I opened a 2007 James Berry magnum last month and it was far too young.
by Steve Bird
September 11th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few brief Cape Cod TNs
Replies: 4
Views: 482

Re: A few brief Cape Cod TNs

The Fonseca definitely needed a LOT more time. Like 15-20 years. Where did you go on the Cape? (I spent a bunch of time in Harwich as a kid) I knew the Fonseca should have more time, but honestly wanted to let people see difference b/w LBV and vintage of same year. We stay in East Dennis - family h...
by Steve Bird
September 10th, 2019, 10:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few brief Cape Cod TNs
Replies: 4
Views: 482

A few brief Cape Cod TNs

Got together with friends of 40-45 years to enjoy some great weather on the Cape. Here are some brief TNs from a few of the more highly anticipated wines. It's difficult to overstate how enjoyable it is to share some very good wines with great friends. 2007 Saxum James Berry Vineyard magnum: Jay Hac...
by Steve Bird
July 30th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?
Replies: 112
Views: 4427

Re: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?

30
6 MacDonald
1 mag of 2002 DP
6 Aubert
6 Blankiet
8 Bedrock
3 vintage ports

Fortunately vacation at the Cape is coming up so we'll make a dent in the inventory
by Steve Bird
July 30th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12412

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Haven't had a Bedrock yet. But somehow I keep falling for the hype on WB and joining new listsw. Got the offering for The Bedrock Heritage Red Sonoma Valley, Evangelho Heritage Red Contra Costa County, Old Hill Ranch Heritage Wine Sonoma Valley, and Staves of Waidhofen Sauvignon Blanc.
by Steve Bird
July 26th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10749
Views: 388499

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2011 Kapcsandy Estate Cuvée State Line Vineyard. Wonderful nose of black fruit, leather, and tobacco. Drinking very well. Excellent QPR at a cost of $65.
by Steve Bird
July 18th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Starting a collection and going to Napa, which wines can I only get at the vineyard?
Replies: 16
Views: 1484

Re: Starting a collection and going to Napa, which wines can I only get at the vineyard?

Lots of good information above. And I pretty much agree with all of it. You may be surprised how many wineries there are in Sonoma and Napa and you can really only taste at 3 (maybe 4) per day. My two cents, and wineries that you can only get via direct to consumer and are really wonderful include: ...
by Steve Bird
June 20th, 2019, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party
Replies: 36
Views: 1275

Re: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party

Thanks, again, for all of your suggestions. The night was a big hit - people seemed enjoyed learning about and tasting these different sparklers.. Here's what we ended up tasting (sorry, no TN). Champagne: Roederer CA sparkler: Roederer Cava: could find no gran reserva, can't remember what we drank ...
by Steve Bird
June 12th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 1
Replies: 1
Views: 658

Re: MacDonald

PM sent
by Steve Bird
June 7th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party
Replies: 36
Views: 1275

Re: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party

THANK YOU for all of the suggestions. I'm finalizing the list and will follow-up with how the tasting went and what was chosen.
by Steve Bird
May 5th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party
Replies: 36
Views: 1275

Re: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party

S teve R edenbaugh wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 4:04 pm
For Oregon sparkling, gotta be Argyle Extended Tirage...or Tony Soter's Sparkling Wine. But I think you need to include Pet-Nat to your basic list of types.
Thank you! That's the kind of help I need!
by Steve Bird
May 5th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 446
Views: 42945

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Bruce Rudman wrote:
April 21st, 2019, 10:42 am
Here is my cellar - a 10x11 room; and it has a lock and a camera!
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That looks like maximum density storage. Jealous.
by Steve Bird
May 5th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party
Replies: 36
Views: 1275

Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party

I like bubbles, but my wife does not. Hence, I don't drink it much. But we're throwing a party for our friends to taste different types of sparkling wine, and I need some suggestions. There will be 8 couples (16 people). Here's what I've come up with, but would appreciate some suggestions. Looking f...
by Steve Bird
April 30th, 2019, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin old bottle
Replies: 20
Views: 1154

Re: Coravin old bottle

A comment not entirely in-line with the OP, but you may find interesting.
On some older bottles whose corks are friable or generally unwieldy, I've used the Coravin to simply inject some pressured air. The corks then come out much easier.
by Steve Bird
April 28th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Napa Thread....
Replies: 22
Views: 2232

Re: Another Napa Thread....

I was just at B cellars. Stunning tasting room. Totally lucky and got to drink with the winemaker (Kirk) and one of the 2 owners (Duffy). And their caves are out of a James Bond movie. I'm a fan of Plumpjack, too. Simple tasting room. Nice outdoor patio. Regusci makes some excellent wines with great...
by Steve Bird
January 31st, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin capsules on airplanes
Replies: 6
Views: 524

Re: Coravin capsules on airplanes

Bicycle CO2 cartridges are similar. And they always get confiscated from carry-on or checked luggage.
by Steve Bird
January 29th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Colgin offering
Replies: 21
Views: 2038

Re: Colgin offering

I'm passing.
by Steve Bird
January 23rd, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I am a CT delinquent.
Replies: 112
Views: 3892

Re: I am a CT delinquent.

I enjoy subtracting bottles from CT. That gives me more in the cellar (and in my head) to add another bottle.
by Steve Bird
January 23rd, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $225-$300 Napa Cabs
Replies: 72
Views: 6141

Re: $225-$300 Napa Cabs

I don't want to dip my toe into the whole 'QPR' thing and what that exactly means (is it linear, geometric, etc), particularly as I'm a relative newbie here, but I have just started drinking some Blankiet wines. I notice that there isn't a lot of 'love' for them here on WB, but oh my, I really have ...
by Steve Bird
January 12th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Sloan Offering
Replies: 11
Views: 1335

Re: 2015 Sloan Offering

Just got on the list, but am passing.
by Steve Bird
January 12th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great wines, fugly labels
Replies: 68
Views: 3420

Re: Great wines, fugly labels

Philip Good wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Guess this falls under the Good Wine, Great Label category. The Chappellet Malbec Magnums are even more impressive

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That is a cool label. I must have something for dragons.
by Steve Bird
January 12th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great wines, fugly labels
Replies: 68
Views: 3420

Re: Great wines, fugly labels

p. raghib wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 8:17 am
is there a worse label than Cayuse Bionic Frog?? The wine is great, but the label is no bueno. If I knew how to post a pic I would.
yeah, anyone able to provide a quick primer on how to include a pic (vs a link)?
by Steve Bird
January 12th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 241
Views: 17094

Re: Grassl glass eval/feedback

Chris Freemott wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 7:14 am
Steve,
I'll work on another one. Sorry. Our normal packaging is in transit. Which did you get?

Corey, thanks for the review. And not sure I could reliably pick you out in a crowd so we agree "friend" is a stretch. :)
I received the Liberte.
by Steve Bird
January 12th, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 241
Views: 17094

Grassl glass eval/feedback

Was lucky to receive a glass from Chris (grasslglass.com). Unfortunately, my glass did not survive the transport. It broke at the stem. I notice that the stem is 5mm, which I believe is more than usual 4mm of Zalto stems.
by Steve Bird
January 12th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great wines, fugly labels
Replies: 68
Views: 3420

Re: Great wines, fugly labels

The Lewis label is fugly.
https://cdn.ct-static.com/labels/1392753.jpg

But I think that the Schrader Old Sparky is cool
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by Steve Bird
January 8th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 186
Views: 8759

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

2014 Louis Jadot Pinot Noir Bourgogne Couvent des Jacobins - 84 points
by Steve Bird
January 2nd, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10749
Views: 388499

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Caterwaul. Obviously young for cab sav. But in a really good place. Everything will balance. Great PnP at a reasonable price point. I had purchased some on a whim because I like his other labels and am now thinking I should buy more Regular bottling or the Regusci? Regular bottling. But I am a...
by Steve Bird
January 2nd, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 7701

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

2008 Schrader CCS Beckstoffer To-Kalon over Thanksgiving on Cape Cod.
by Steve Bird
December 30th, 2018, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10749
Views: 388499

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Caterwaul. Obviously young for cab sav. But in a really good place. Everything will balance. Great PnP at a reasonable price point. I had purchased some on a whim because I like his other labels and am now thinking I should buy more
by Steve Bird
December 26th, 2018, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10749
Views: 388499

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1999 Verite La Joie. I was looking forward to this served with prime rib. Totally disappointing. A lot of funk on the nose. Double decanted for three hours. No improvement. Not much fruit. Lots of anise with baking spices. Initially tart with virtually no finish.
by Steve Bird
December 22nd, 2018, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?
Replies: 39
Views: 1723

What are you serving with your holiday dinner?

What are you thinking of serving at your holiday dinner? We'll have 6 drinking adults present. As we'll be drinking/eating over 2 hours, thinking of going with:
1. a prosecco (whatever I can find in my small cellar)
2. 1999 La Verite La Joie
3. 2004 Hundred Acre Shiraz Summer's Block Ancient Way
by Steve Bird
December 15th, 2018, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11708
Views: 559145

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Early Christmas for me. 5 mixed cases of aged Napa and Bordeaux from Benchmark. BTW, their customer service and delivery were both excellent.
by Steve Bird
November 8th, 2018, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Enfield Fall 2018 Release - September 5th
Replies: 17
Views: 1165

Re: Enfield Fall 2018 Release - September 5th

Ordered 4 bottles due to enthusiasm on the post. I gotta say, we opened the Shake Ridge Tempranillo and was not impressed. Seemed angular. More green fruit than black. Gave another bottle as a gift. Maybe that person will enjoy it more than I.
by Steve Bird
November 4th, 2018, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?
Replies: 216
Views: 8871

Re: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?

2015 Shafer Chardonnay to start
2007 Saxum James Berry Vineyard magnum
2008 Schraeder CCS Beckstoffer To-Kalon
And finish it up with some as yet undecided port
by Steve Bird
November 3rd, 2018, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT ready to drink report
Replies: 8
Views: 455

CT ready to drink report

Does anyone know exactly how the 'begin drinking' and 'end drinking' dates are determined in CT? Looking at my cellar, I have a 1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot. CT states that it should have been consumed from 2002‑2013. But looking at Community Holdings, it appears that 50% of CT bottles are still being held...
by Steve Bird
October 23rd, 2018, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eurocave -- stuck shelves?
Replies: 18
Views: 721

Re: Eurocave -- stuck shelves?

[quote="Jon Johnson" post_id=2598109 time=<a href="tel:1540159250">1540159250</a> user_id=20035] I just adjusted two shelves that have annoyed me for quite awhile. They work perfectly now. Although I feel pretty dumb on the relative ease of the fix, it has brought a bit of wine happiness to my day....
by Steve Bird
October 23rd, 2018, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you drink the most of
Replies: 78
Views: 3092

Re: Wines you drink the most of

Still newly on this journey. Dominated (so far) by CA.
Regusci
B cellars
Goosecross
Paul Hobbs
by Steve Bird
October 21st, 2018, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eurocave -- stuck shelves?
Replies: 18
Views: 721

Re: Eurocave -- stuck shelves?

Here's a quick video fully explaining and demonstrating how to fix the shelves. Takes just 2 mins.
by Steve Bird
October 19th, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is pre phylloxera better ?
Replies: 32
Views: 1538

Re: Is pre phylloxera better ?

As I posted in the cellar rat thread, this might all seem quaint if they can’t contain/eradicate the Spotted Lanternfly. Here's a Bloomberg article about the Lanternfly. Sounds like the Velociraptor equivalent of the insect world. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-02/america-isn-t-rea...
by Steve Bird
October 10th, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 12 wine blind tasting suggestions
Replies: 20
Views: 763

Re: A 12 wine blind tasting suggestions

These are great ideas. Will try to incorporate as many as possible. On second thought, I agree that having them simply taste non-blinded is best - they are too new/novice. But we'll have tasting notes of sorts to help them pick out aromas and flavors.
by Steve Bird
October 9th, 2018, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 12 wine blind tasting suggestions
Replies: 20
Views: 763

A 12 wine blind tasting suggestions

I’m doing a blind tasting of 12 varietals for friends. None know a lot about wine. I will assign one bottle to each of 12 couples. He’s what I’ve got in mind: 1. Cali Cab 2. Cali PN 3. Cali Chardonnay 4. Burgundy 5. White burgundy 6. Alsace/German Riesling 7. Northern Rhône red 8. Viognier 9. Southe...
by Steve Bird
September 23rd, 2018, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10749
Views: 388499

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

375 mL 1962 H. Debost Hermitage
by Steve Bird
September 21st, 2018, 2:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Coravin - "Model 11" $1000
Replies: 13
Views: 1312

Re: New Coravin - "Model 11" $1000

I like Coravin - as a relative newbie it’s helped sample more wines. But this model looks/functions nearly identically to previous versions. Agree that $1000 is a stupid price.
by Steve Bird
September 18th, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow Monsieur Etain release
Replies: 49
Views: 5468

Re: Scarecrow Monsieur Etain release

My first year and got the card with offer of just 2 bottles. Not passing on this offer.
by Steve Bird
September 12th, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help build a new collection
Replies: 74
Views: 3845

Re: Help build a new collection

Also check out benchmarkwine.com to obtain some older wines and see if you even like older wines. I also like the idea of trying some 'high quality' producers of wine varietals with which you may be unfamiliar. If you don't like what is generally considered well-aged or of high quality, then you pro...
by Steve Bird
September 11th, 2018, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hundred Acre Wraith
Replies: 26
Views: 3406

Re: Hundred Acre Wraith

Just received an offer for Wraith. Comes as pack of 3 (presumably in owc) for $1200 with free shipping up to 4 allocations (total of 12 bottles) + wish list.
by Steve Bird
September 11th, 2018, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10749
Views: 388499

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2000 Chateau Rayas CdP 2000.
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by Steve Bird
September 5th, 2018, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm The Absurd
Replies: 79
Views: 7510

Re: Realm The Absurd

I'm (very) new to their allocation list. Was offered 2 Bard, 2 Tempest,, 1 Falstaff, + 1 wish list Absurd
by Steve Bird
August 28th, 2018, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Starting a Cellar - Feedback Appreciated! Too long a post
Replies: 19
Views: 1707

Re: Starting a Cellar - Feedback Appreciated! Too long a post

Having a clear idea of why you want to cellar wine is a great starting point. It's remarkably hard to say what the end goal is though, as that does move. In 2 years time you may decide Burgundy is not your thing, but the wines of Spain and Portugal, plus Hunter Valley Semillon excite you. For me th...

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