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by M. Taylor
August 24th, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to visit around Calistoga CA
Replies: 24
Views: 1285

Re: Wineries to visit around Calistoga CA

David Baum wrote:
August 23rd, 2019, 4:14 pm
Not tasting at Aubert unless on list.

Hit Brasswood for lunch and get mozzarella appetizer. It's legendary
This — the mozzarella is amazing
by M. Taylor
August 23rd, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to visit around Calistoga CA
Replies: 24
Views: 1285

Re: Wineries to visit around Calistoga CA

Vineyardist—. Small production, Mark Herold winemaker. http://www.thevineyardist.com/

Perliss — small production. Aaron Pott winemaker. http://www.perlissvineyards.com/
by M. Taylor
July 19th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6016

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Red Schooner Malbec.

And Caymus
by M. Taylor
July 12th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1441
Views: 169557

Re: Official Costco Thread

Not sure if there's a better thread for this, but the Wine Enthusiast 300 bottle cellar just got a $200 discount through 7/14 (or while supplies last). Haven't seen many deals on cellars lately, so nice to grab over the summer while waiting on Fall shipments. :) https://www.costco.com/Wine-Enthusia...
by M. Taylor
July 4th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?
Replies: 57
Views: 2199

Re: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?

Having prime steaks later with a bottle of 2013 Mark Herold White Label
by M. Taylor
June 29th, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 155
Views: 6470

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

We did a tour/tasting there in April. Nice people, nice wine
by M. Taylor
June 24th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Great restaurants near DFW
Replies: 7
Views: 1278

Re: Great restaurants near DFW

You are kind of limited -- downtown Dallas or Fort Worth are each 30+ (or more if it's rush hour) away.

Some options (under 10 min ride)
Las Colinas area: Cool River cafe or The Ranch
Grapevine: Bob's Steak and Chop or Wine Wood
Southlake: Truluck's
by M. Taylor
June 24th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3239

Re: Calistoga wineries

I agree on Kelly Fleming.

Other suggestions (both small production):

Perliss (nice cab, also a rose and a 100% Semillon). Aaron Pott is the winemaker.

The Vineyardist. All cab, all very good. Mark Herold is the winemaker.

All three of these have nice properties and good people.
by M. Taylor
June 21st, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vineyards/wineries being sold
Replies: 14
Views: 2062

Re: Vineyards/wineries being sold

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
June 21st, 2019, 3:51 pm
Thank you - people sure can get stuff extrapolated from one point to another!
Wasn’t my extrapolation, just what I read. Either way, the HL label itself is done. As for Seven Stones, the e-mail from the winery is that the property is going to be sold.
by M. Taylor
June 21st, 2019, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vineyards/wineries being sold
Replies: 14
Views: 2062

Vineyards/wineries being sold

Got an e-mail yesterday from Seven Stones, indicating they will be putting the property (they have a vineyard and wine production facility) up for sale. Also saw recently that HL was selling to Thomas Rivers Brown (this may be old news, but I just saw it). Will be interesting — always liked Seven St...
by M. Taylor
June 19th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where are people eating in Calistoga/Yountville these days?
Replies: 2
Views: 1404

Re: Where are people eating in Calistoga/Yountville these days?

Market, Brasswood and Farmstead in St. Helena have good food options in the $$-$$$ range
by M. Taylor
June 17th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1790

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

2014 Immortal Slope How was this? Curious how things have gone since the brand change. Very nice. Tight at first taste, but decanted and let it sit for about an hour. Opened up nicely. We had tried the 2014 Immortal Impassable Mountain last year on a trip to Napa. Have 4 bottles of it -- have not o...
by M. Taylor
June 16th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1790

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

2014 Immortal Slope
by M. Taylor
June 13th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No dosage champagne
Replies: 20
Views: 1459

Re: No dosage champagne

Thanks all
by M. Taylor
June 13th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Roy Piper
Replies: 11
Views: 3347

Re: 2017 Roy Piper

Purchased my allocation today
by M. Taylor
June 8th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No dosage champagne
Replies: 20
Views: 1459

No dosage champagne

We spent a couple of days in Champagne recently. Tried a no dosage at Ployez Jacquemart and really liked it. It was the first we had tried.

We live in Austin, and apart from one producer at Total Wine I haven’t been able to find any no dosage champagne. Is it really that limited in the states?
by M. Taylor
June 7th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The End Of Days
Replies: 17
Views: 1149

Re: The End Of Days

That's great, it starts with an earthquake
Birds and snakes, and aeroplanes
And Lenny Bruce is not afraid
by M. Taylor
June 2nd, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Red Wine Pairs Best with Gator?
Replies: 22
Views: 856

Re: What Red Wine Pairs Best with Gator?

Abita Amber
by M. Taylor
May 30th, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 56
Views: 5024

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

Cool. Another $200 Napa cab is just what the world needed. Get on the list now. It might get 98 points from somebody. Then won't you feel silly for snidely dismissing it! No issue paying $200 for a bottle. However, I’ll pass and instead pay that to a smaller producer and avoid Constellation.
by M. Taylor
May 29th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma Cabs - aging and characteristic questions
Replies: 36
Views: 2277

Re: Sonoma Cabs - aging and characteristic questions

mike pobega wrote:
February 20th, 2015, 6:18 am
I agree with Dusty. Here's a very personal opinion/generalization if ever you wanted one: 80% of the Cabs made in Sonoma will outlive 70% of those made in Napa, at least the last 10 years worth.

Cheers!
by M. Taylor
May 29th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply
Replies: 79
Views: 4408

Re: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply

Will be tasting there in a few weeks. Been on my bucket list of places to visit in a while. Its $95 and policy is no trade tastings, no trade discounts and no free tasting with purchase as they make about 1500 cases per year. No issue with what they want to charge, but charging for a tasting at tha...
by M. Taylor
May 7th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3743

Re: What's your house champagne?

Josh Grossman wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 4:10 pm
NV Ployez-Jacquemart Champagne Extra Quality Brut
Visited them about 10 days ago — nice tour/tasting and really liked the champagne. Unfortunately haven’t been able to locate it in Austin so far.

Our house champagne that is always on hand is Ruinart (Blanc de Blancs and Rose)
by M. Taylor
May 4th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10759
Views: 389137

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2008 Seven Stones
by M. Taylor
May 1st, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Vivino toeing the legality line with marketing?
Replies: 28
Views: 1571

Re: Is Vivino toeing the legality line with marketing?

I’m in no way defending vivino (I’m sure they don’t ship to Texas so I’ve never used them) but what do you find so objectionable? There are zero cellartracker notes, so it appears to be ‘rare’. I doubt they would hedge in the details of where it came from, clone or other details. It does sound like...
by M. Taylor
April 30th, 2019, 2:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite non-first growth Bordeauxs?
Replies: 56
Views: 3000

Re: Favorite non-first growth Bordeauxs?

Personally, I would add Gruaud Larose somewhere near the top of the list, certainly pre-1990 or so (which is the time-period that I buy wine from, almost exclusively). I think that, in terms of consistency (and I'm first and foremost a Left Bank guy), Ducru and Palmer, as well as Gruaud Larose, com...
by M. Taylor
April 30th, 2019, 12:46 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: is anyone open for tour & tasting on Saturday in Champagne?
Replies: 11
Views: 913

Re: is anyone open for tour & tasting on Saturday in Champagne?

Just spent a couple of days in Champagne last week (not on a Saturday, however). Stayed in Reims at Domaine Les Crayeres, which was amazing. We had tried to book Ruinart but messed up (long story) so we went to Taittinger. Tour was fine (large groups though), and the caves were massive. If you go, d...
by M. Taylor
March 26th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Houston BBQ
Replies: 17
Views: 588

Re: Houston BBQ

I'm very happy going to Rudy's. It's a chain, but the food is delicious. As a native Texan who has eaten at many of the top places in state (and several out of state), I can confirm that this opinion is wrong on so many levels. For comparison, my former favorite place in Houston was Goode BBQ. I ha...
by M. Taylor
March 25th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lodging in Carmel
Replies: 27
Views: 958

Re: Lodging in Carmel

M. Dildine wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 2:44 pm
See if you can get into Mission Ranch.
If you can’t, go by for dinner and sit outside
by M. Taylor
March 25th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Houston BBQ
Replies: 17
Views: 588

Re: Houston BBQ

Dan Hammer wrote:
March 21st, 2019, 8:16 pm
I'm very happy going to Rudy's. It's a chain, but the food is delicious.
As a native Texan who has eaten at many of the top places in state (and several out of state), I can confirm that this opinion is wrong on so many levels.
by M. Taylor
March 17th, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: No New Orleans bar thread?
Replies: 9
Views: 702

Re: No New Orleans bar thread?

Check out Restaurant Rebirth — small place in the Warehouse District.
We loved it. Look at the reviews — this is an instance where the reviews are correct!
We’ve steered others there, and all hav loved it
by M. Taylor
March 11th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11711
Views: 559527

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3 pack of Arkenstone Coliseum Block
3 pack of Pott Incubo
by M. Taylor
February 14th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perliss Estate The Ravens - any reason to buy?
Replies: 6
Views: 924

Re: Perliss Estate The Ravens - any reason to buy?

Just placed an order for the 2016 vintage and found this thread. I've tried all the vintages starting from 2011, and have 2013-2015 bottles in my cellar. If you haven't tried this, I'd encourage you to do so. Very nice cab. They also make a 100% Semillon (called "The Serpents") that is excellent
by M. Taylor
January 16th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: BYO in Disney World Orlando?
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: BYO in Disney World Orlando?

If so, it would make the "It's A Small World" ride a lot more tolerable
by M. Taylor
January 12th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Palm Springs, Ca. - Need Restaurant rec's.
Replies: 7
Views: 784

Re: Palm Springs, Ca. - Need Restaurant rec's.

We are heading there in early Feb— staying at the Ritz. We have Edge, Workshop, Birba and Copley’s booked. Any thoughts on these, and corkage fees/policies at these, are appreciated

Thanks
by M. Taylor
January 8th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!
Replies: 33
Views: 2462

Re: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!

OK, I will be the first to respond. Fine with me. I buy virtually nothing from Napa. If true, it would be a deserving reward for those mega-wealthy elites who have used Napa as self-aggrandizing monuments. It can all become desert with cacti and tumbleweeds while those in the Sierra Foothills, Sant...
by M. Taylor
January 8th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!
Replies: 33
Views: 2462

Re: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!

OK, I will be the first to respond. Fine with me. I buy virtually nothing from Napa. If true, it would be a deserving reward for those mega-wealthy elites who have used Napa as self-aggrandizing monuments. It can all become desert with cacti and tumbleweeds while those in the Sierra Foothills, Sant...
by M. Taylor
December 16th, 2018, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine cabinets vs storage
Replies: 45
Views: 1625

Re: Wine cabinets vs storage

I have this that I bought from Costco — it has 5 shelves for “display” wines. Holds about 150 without stacking, but 3-4 of the racks are stackable. Thinking about buying another for a side-by-side: https://www.costco.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Giant-300-Bottle-Wine-Cellar-with-VinoView-Shelving.product.100...
by M. Taylor
December 8th, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me
Replies: 75
Views: 3719

Re: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me

Have you tried it with liver and some fava bean?

by M. Taylor
November 1st, 2018, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pott Wine
Replies: 25
Views: 2542

Re: 2016 Pott Wine

What is the pricing on the single vineyard releases?
by M. Taylor
October 20th, 2018, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would appreciate your comments on our Napa itinerary
Replies: 34
Views: 2210

Re: Would appreciate your comments on our Napa itinerary

I like the Vineyard Country Inn — good location. Your Restaurant choices are kind of spread out, and require more driving than we usually like. Right in St. Helena are Press, Brasswood, Market and Goose & Gander On your last day, an easy itinerary would be Revana or Seven Stones then lunch at Market...
by M. Taylor
October 18th, 2018, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you waiting for shipping season to start?
Replies: 159
Views: 5815

Re: Are you waiting for shipping season to start?

First 3 shipments are in (Benediction, Shibumi Knoll and La Pelle). I think 13 more to go...
by M. Taylor
October 4th, 2018, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow Monsieur Etain release
Replies: 49
Views: 5485

Re: Scarecrow Monsieur Etain release

Bill G wrote:
October 4th, 2018, 4:54 pm
68 dollars to Texas... hard pass.
So assume the packaging/labor is $16 (based on what they charge for pickup). Then the shipping cost for 2-day air they are charging is $52 (I am in Texas, and I had the same $68 charge). $52 is not crazy for 2-day air.
by M. Taylor
October 4th, 2018, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you attached to a bottle of wine ?
Replies: 40
Views: 1747

Re: Are you attached to a bottle of wine ?

Last year a good friend gave my wife a 1969 Martini Pinot Noir for her birthday (born in 1969). Drank it with them and other friends at Farmstead (with way too much other wine). It was very nice and had been stored properly, though it was falling off quickly so we had to drink it fast. We have the b...
by M. Taylor
October 4th, 2018, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow Monsieur Etain release
Replies: 49
Views: 5485

Re: Scarecrow Monsieur Etain release

It looks like they opened the ordering site a bit early for those who tried to order. I was able to order at 11:35 EDT. The shipping is high, but it covers the fancy box, the packing materials and the labor to put it all together. I could do without the fancy box, but it does look cool. Not sure wh...
by M. Taylor
October 3rd, 2018, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value $100-$150 US wines
Replies: 66
Views: 3830

Re: Best Value $100-$150 US wines

Frank Z wrote:
October 2nd, 2018, 12:08 pm
The allocation for 2013 The Mascot just came out! It seems this year is $95/bottle. Is it just me, or is that less than last year?
Checked my invoice from last year — it was $90 per bottle.
by M. Taylor
October 2nd, 2018, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 161
Views: 13884

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

Hi Guys, First of all thank you very much for all the support, we are truly humbled. The reason we are only offering our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc in six pack format has to do with keeping the cost of production as low as possible so we can offer our wines at a ...
by M. Taylor
September 30th, 2018, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you waiting for shipping season to start?
Replies: 159
Views: 5815

Re: Are you waiting for shipping season to start?

Scott Jameson wrote:
September 29th, 2018, 7:57 pm
M. Taylor wrote:
September 29th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Living in Texas, it will all start coming in about a month
More like 2 months here near Houston. Shipping before Thanksgiving has been iffy the past few years.
Austin. Depends on the weather, but last year everything was staggered in NOvember, but all arrived before Thanksgiving
by M. Taylor
September 30th, 2018, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 161
Views: 13884

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

I understand six bottles is an issue, but why not find another person to split an allocation. Wine is relatively affordable @ $75 a bottle. Gots to be somebody geographically proximate that will share. True, I can probably find a slacker or two in these parts to split it with. But it can be tough t...
by M. Taylor
September 29th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you waiting for shipping season to start?
Replies: 159
Views: 5815

Re: Are you waiting for shipping season to start?

Living in Texas, it will all start coming in about a month

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