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by Michael_D
May 4th, 2021, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Rosé “La Fe”
Replies: 59
Views: 3924

Re: Realm Rosé “La Fe”

For what it's worth, Kenzo's rose is $80. It's pretty amazing, but I get why some folks would find $60 or more a lot for a rose.
by Michael_D
April 28th, 2021, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 days, 5 visits (Napa)
Replies: 28
Views: 2277

Re: 3 days, 5 visits (Napa)

I've always enjoyed spending a day at Spring Mountain, and I would go again, despite having visited numerous times over the years. Barnett has to be one of the "best view" tastings anywhere, and you do not need to be on a mailing list. Take a snack and taste wine on the deck overlooking th...
by Michael_D
April 27th, 2021, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Savory Syrah
Replies: 69
Views: 3387

Re: Recommendations for Savory Syrah

We had a Booker 100% Syrah the other night. A friend brought it over and I did not keep the bottle. Can't recall the vintage, but it was early 2000's. I think it would definitely fit the savory description.
by Michael_D
April 22nd, 2021, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Calif Cab at $49.95...
Replies: 169
Views: 9638

Re: Best Calif Cab at $49.95...

Provenance used to be one of my "go-to" napa cabs in the $50'ish range. It's been a few years since I bought a bottle, so I figured I'd check Todays prices. Holyshit...... They sure have gotten quite proud of their juice. Needless to say, not fifty bucks anymore. I then thought of Fieldsto...
by Michael_D
April 17th, 2021, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Detert- Why not more chatter?
Replies: 148
Views: 14731

Re: Detert- Why not more chatter?

My six-pack arrived yesterday. I'll let them rest in the cellar for a month or so, then try each (CF/CS). I have not tried these wines, and only heard about them through this forum, so I figured they would be worth a try due to the high praise. I was reading the labels and got curious why there is n...
by Michael_D
April 15th, 2021, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?
Replies: 38
Views: 1292

Re: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?

Hey thanks Larry! I figured I'd shoot you my spreadsheet in an email for critique, once it's presentable anyway.....
by Michael_D
April 15th, 2021, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?
Replies: 38
Views: 1292

Re: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?

House booked..... It's located about equidistant to Solvang and Santa Ynez. Last week of Sept. The current plan is to fly into SBA, stay two nights in the city of Santa Barbara (looking at hotels), then move up to the house for seven days/nights. We'll spend a day in SB, visiting tasting rooms and c...
by Michael_D
April 15th, 2021, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Club Recommendations?
Replies: 23
Views: 952

Re: Wine Club Recommendations?

I have a general dislike of wine "clubs". I much prefer to get an email once or twice a year telling me I can buy a few wines...... I am then in the driver's seat. But I have signed up for numerous winery clubs over the past couple of decades. Some were better than others. The best one to ...
by Michael_D
April 13th, 2021, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?
Replies: 38
Views: 1292

Re: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?

Now the important stuff. Sandpiper is one of my favorite courses. Put it on must play list and it's fun just to go putt around the practice green around sunset. I'm heading up to play mid May with friend Matt whose winemaker at Samsara. That's worth a tasting visit also La Purisma is a brutally tou...
by Michael_D
April 13th, 2021, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?
Replies: 38
Views: 1292

Re: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?

It's looking like we will fly into the SBA, stay a night or two in SB, then drive to the Solvang area. Seems like everyone I'm traveling with wants to rent a house for our stay there, so I'm surfing around, looking for a 3/4 BR house to book. We'll most likely eat in a couple of nights, and most if ...
by Michael_D
April 11th, 2021, 10:58 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Walla Walla Restaurants
Replies: 11
Views: 663

Re: Walla Walla Restaurants

Is Whitehouse Crawford closed indefinitely? That sucks if true. I love that restaurant.....
by Michael_D
April 9th, 2021, 3:55 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Splurge long weekend in Napa/Sonoma
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Re: Splurge long weekend in Napa/Sonoma

When I see the words Napa+Slurge+hotel+Resturaunt, I get = The French Laundry + Bardessono or Villagio in Yountville. Wine tasting at Peter Michael Winery is pretty swanky. Good luck getting an appointment at Peter Michael if you are not on the mailing list though; or a reservation at TFL. Although...
by Michael_D
April 9th, 2021, 3:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Splurge long weekend in Napa/Sonoma
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Re: Splurge long weekend in Napa/Sonoma

When I see the words Napa+Slurge+hotel+Resturaunt, I get = The French Laundry + Bardessono or Villagio in Yountville. Wine tasting at Peter Michael Winery is pretty swanky. Good luck getting an appointment at Peter Michael if you are not on the mailing list though; or a reservation at TFL. Although,...
by Michael_D
April 9th, 2021, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big opulent wines?
Replies: 16
Views: 1348

Re: Big opulent wines?

Last year I tried and bought Mayacamas 2013 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon. It simply knocked my socks off. I've had terrific highly-rated wine, but this was the most graceful flavor bomb I had ever experienced. I've had some other wines that were nearly as powerful but they were more single note ...
by Michael_D
April 7th, 2021, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?
Replies: 38
Views: 1292

Re: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?

Might try the travel forum (or a search)...I'm sure there are many posts there. That was the first thing I did. I have a list going of frequently recommended wineries and restaurants that I gathered from a few SB threads, but they are tactical questions. I am looking for strategic help. I’ve used t...
by Michael_D
April 6th, 2021, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?
Replies: 38
Views: 1292

Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?

As mentioned, I’m in the planning stage of our first trip to this particular wine country region. It’s been on the “list” for the past several years, but we just haven’t committed for one reason or another. Typically, we visit one of the various wine country areas, one or two times per year (Napa/So...
by Michael_D
April 5th, 2021, 11:08 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best spot for 2-3 days Napa (lodging) in April
Replies: 14
Views: 1296

Re: Best spot for 2-3 days Napa (lodging) in April

Brad S c h i e r wrote: March 24th, 2021, 8:33 am Has anyone ever stayed at Napa Valley Lodge? We typically stay at hotel Yountville or Villagio, but both are quite pricey in July.
Yes. It's a nice place to stay. Probably the best bang for the buck in Yountville.
by Michael_D
April 3rd, 2021, 11:16 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Summer trip to the Mountains/West
Replies: 26
Views: 838

Re: Summer trip to the Mountains/West

We spent about half a day wandering around Mesa Verde during our trip two years ago. I agree with the above. Pretty cool. If you do go there, I suggest you make reservations for the guided tours. When we were there, there were several hikes restricted to the park's guided tours only. You'll also wan...
by Michael_D
April 2nd, 2021, 9:54 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Summer trip to the Mountains/West
Replies: 26
Views: 838

Re: Summer trip to the Mountains/West

At risk of dating myself, I worked at Bridger (ski patrol) in the early 80's..... Skied for "free" during the weekends. So many memories...... Two years ago, the misses and I traveled around in a rental car, hitting ski towns and just winging it. We flew into Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rente...
by Michael_D
April 2nd, 2021, 9:24 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sonoma County Winery/Restaurant Suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 944

Re: Sonoma County Winery/Restaurant Suggestions?

Farmhouse Inn was a bargain after having a dinner at Meadowood, and feeling slightly violated with that bill....... And frankly, more enjoyable, with better wine pairings. Can't wait to go back.
by Michael_D
April 1st, 2021, 7:11 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Summer trip to the Mountains/West
Replies: 26
Views: 838

Re: Summer trip to the Mountains/West

How many days do you have? What kind of country do you want to see/visit? Anything in particular that you want to do? The West is kinda big..... I grew up in Montana, spent summers in Nevada, born in AZ, moved to Alaska in my teens. I just bought property in southern Colo to build a retirement home ...
by Michael_D
April 1st, 2021, 9:36 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Walla Walla Restaurants
Replies: 11
Views: 663

Re: Walla Walla Restaurants

The Chef's table at the Marc is always fun.
by Michael_D
April 1st, 2021, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso take II
Replies: 25
Views: 1380

Re: Paso take II

If you like port, visit Paso Port. It was a fun stop last time we visited the area. They have some good wine too. I love Denner's Cab Franc. It was a nice visit as well. The most memorable, and what we all considered the best find for the entire trip was RN Estate. The tasting was at the owner/winem...
by Michael_D
March 30th, 2021, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GOOD Napa Valley Restaurant with Best Corkage Policies
Replies: 27
Views: 1561

Re: GOOD Napa Valley Restaurant with Best Corkage Policies

The past few times we've traveled to Napa, we plan to eat at least one dinner at the Rutherford Grill. Two primary reasons are 1) their ridiculously good cornbread 2) reasonable corkageg fees (and they will even decant 1.5's). They do have pretty good food as well......
by Michael_D
March 29th, 2021, 11:26 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Herbfarm? Woodinville WA
Replies: 7
Views: 976

Re: Herbfarm? Woodinville WA

Andrew Kotowski wrote: March 28th, 2021, 12:35 pm Redhook is long gone... but I believe DeLille opened there.
Noooooo!!!! [cry.gif]
by Michael_D
March 28th, 2021, 12:14 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Herbfarm? Woodinville WA
Replies: 7
Views: 976

Re: Herbfarm? Woodinville WA

One of my favorite long weekend getaways is to fly into Seatac, rent a car, stay a couple of nights at the Willows Lodge and have dinner at the Herbfarm. Lunch and beer at the Redhook Brewery, walk-around tastings wines, taste some whiskey at the Woodinville Whiskey distillery..... All within walkin...
by Michael_D
March 28th, 2021, 12:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Walla Walla wineries to visit ?
Replies: 8
Views: 734

Re: Walla Walla wineries to visit ?

Walla Walla takes a bit of planning and strategy to taste wines. There are three or four different "areas" that are several miles apart. When I visit this area, I'll plan to spend blocks of time in each area, verse spending a lot of time driving around. Make a few appointments for the smal...
by Michael_D
March 28th, 2021, 11:44 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sonoma County Winery/Restaurant Suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 944

Re: Sonoma County Winery/Restaurant Suggestions?

My two favorites (for fancy dinner) are Sigle Thread and The Farmhouse Inn.
by Michael_D
March 27th, 2021, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Double Lucky!
Replies: 69
Views: 6619

Re: Cayuse Double Lucky!

UPS dropped off my bottle yesterday. I'm a bit hesitant to open it for the Zoom event though. I do not like to open bottles so soon after shipping. I generally wait three or four weeks. Anyone else feel the same here, or am I being overly concerned?
by Michael_D
March 25th, 2021, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What type of Oak, how to determine taste and smell
Replies: 56
Views: 2030

Re: What type of Oak, how to determine taste and smell

During a tasting/tour at Flora Springs winery a few years ago (not their hideous tasting room), they had their Trilogy blend in three different barrels in one of their barrel storage cave/tunnels. Same vintage, same length of time in the barrels. The only difference was the type of oak, same degree ...
by Michael_D
March 17th, 2021, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa vs Washington
Replies: 98
Views: 5376

Re: Napa vs Washington

So, without starting a new thread, where should a Washingtonian or others starting out, look in Napa/Sonoma for Cab/Merlot/other bordeaux variety wines that are representative of the different AVA's and/or styles, and at ~$100 max price point? Erica's rec of Drinkward Peschon is a good one. I have ...
by Michael_D
March 17th, 2021, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa vs Washington
Replies: 98
Views: 5376

Re: Napa vs Washington

I was surfing my wines in Cellar Tracker by region. Washington specifically. I'm probably no different than anyone else who visits wine country - I buy what I like...... Sometimes I sign up for lists or clubs if I really like what I try. My Washington wines that I took home and continue to buy are m...
by Michael_D
March 11th, 2021, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa vs Washington
Replies: 98
Views: 5376

Re: Napa vs Washington

I travel with friends to wine country once a year, sometimes more. We consider this a vacation and it's usually 7 days or so on the ground, visiting wineries at a leisurely pace, with some golf or site seeing mixed into the trips to break up the wine tasting days. We've been to Napa many, many times...
by Michael_D
March 11th, 2021, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a particular cliche in wine that you've tired of?
Replies: 155
Views: 6109

Re: Is there a particular cliche in wine that you've tired of?

Pair fish and/or chicken with white wine..........
by Michael_D
March 9th, 2021, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Cellar Layout
Replies: 25
Views: 1302

Re: Wine Cellar Layout

If you install sliding glass doors that would give you access to the entire back wall, you could move to double deep bins. Slike the door over, reach in and grab a bottle. Frankly, you don't have a lot of space there for a walk-in wine room. I'd get rid of the cabinet and just go with double deep bi...
by Michael_D
March 8th, 2021, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?
Replies: 136
Views: 9726

Re: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?

It's been a few years since I've visited the valley, but we plan to go back soon. Maybe this fall. We stayed in Dundee on our last trip, and as others have mentioned, it's pretty quiet. There were two restaurants we ate at that I did not see mention in this entire thread, and I thought they were the...
by Michael_D
March 6th, 2021, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extremely expensive wines
Replies: 151
Views: 9216

Re: Extremely expensive wines

What's DRC? I had a 2000 Latour a couple weeks ago. I tried like hell to convince myself it was worth the retail value, and it was 10X better than any decent Bourdeaux from Napa. Couldn't get there..... I would rather have had a Dominus (as one example), plus another half dozen still gaining age in ...
by Michael_D
March 2nd, 2021, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Detert- Why not more chatter?
Replies: 148
Views: 14731

Re: Detert- Why not more chatter?

F&%$ing Wine Beserkers.... Got on Detert's mailing list after reading all the glowing reports here a few weeks ago. My idea of steely resolve was to order just 2 Cab Francs instead of 3. In the end I folded- got 3 CS and 3 CF coming. I share your sentiments. I did the exact same thing. Looking ...
by Michael_D
February 28th, 2021, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant Wine List Online Store - The Herbfarm
Replies: 17
Views: 1275

Re: Restaurant Wine List Online Store - The Herbfarm

I had dinner at the Herbfarm about five years ago. A wonderful experience. It was a better dinner than Meadowood, and half the price. We toured the wine cellar prior to dinner. I do not recall seeing a secondary wine storage trailer, just an amazing collection of wines. We had several pours of a 179...
by Michael_D
February 26th, 2021, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine auction buying advice please
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: wine auction buying advice please

I have not heard of Wine-Searcher Pro, so I'll look into that for sure. It would certainly be easier to buy from a retailer' I just haven't seen what I'm looking for at any, at least not yet. K&L did, but they are auction too, which I found a bit odd.
by Michael_D
February 26th, 2021, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine auction buying advice please
Replies: 7
Views: 571

wine auction buying advice please

I have not ever bought wine from one of the on-line auctions. I just get wine from mailing list offerings. However, I'm looking to get a couple premium bottles to put an X in my "gotta try before I die" box, and it looks as if auctions are the only option. But seeing how these bottles will...
by Michael_D
February 21st, 2021, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: Top vintage for red Bordeaux 1980 - 1999
Replies: 51
Views: 2975

Re: POLL: Top vintage for red Bordeaux 1980 - 1999

I am still working through the first growths. I've had all but Margaux as of last night. We had a 2000 Latour last night, and it was my first. I have to admit that the Latour was a bit disappointing. It did not wow me, and when considering the price..... I'd like to get a bottle of Margaux now, but ...
by Michael_D
February 20th, 2021, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Macdonald Waitlist
Replies: 70
Views: 11247

Re: Macdonald Waitlist

This right here. Not the same wines but you can hit a 5 Iron between the properties. Detert regular Cab Franc and Cabernet are just excellent wines I think around $110. The Cabernet is Clone 4 and made from vines replanted in the late 90's. I've only had one MacDonal so far, the 2014. I would say D...
by Michael_D
February 20th, 2021, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?
Replies: 39
Views: 2476

Re: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?

Not exactly Santa Barbara, but Sea Smoke is about an hour's drive north and one of the better wines in the area. Unless something's changed, I don't think they offer tastings or tours to non-list members though.
by Michael_D
February 20th, 2021, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy
Replies: 104
Views: 8468

Re: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy

Try RN Estate. https://www.rnestate.com/ The owner/winemaker is from Britany. They are on the outskirts of Paso Robles. Great place to visit, very friendly and personable people. We spent a couple of hours tasting Roger's wines in his kitchen. Left with several cases and a club membership. His wines...
by Michael_D
February 16th, 2021, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa
Replies: 66
Views: 8525

Re: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa

Two of the most impressive tours (IMHO), and at opposite ends of the spectrum, are Schramsberg and Palmaz. Schramsberg is amazing with the old original hand dug tunnels and the hand riddling of the bottles. There are only a very few others where the caves are not modern machine made. As well the hi...
by Michael_D
February 14th, 2021, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 84
Views: 7327

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

Thanks for the additional info on the wines. I'm not trying to be mellow dramatic, just curious about the odd tone of comments seen in this thread. In comparison, if one reads other discussions on this forum regarding wine releases, it's generally all enthusiastic. Thanks to travel restrictions/diff...
by Michael_D
February 13th, 2021, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 84
Views: 7327

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

This is a strange "release" thread. I'm somewhat new to this site, and I don't participate much. I do however recognize trends and can figure out which wines are forum favorites. Rhys is most definitely a forum favorite. At least I thought it was until reading through this thread. I have s...
by Michael_D
February 4th, 2021, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Michael 2018/2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1399

Re: Peter Michael 2018/2019

The number of bottles I buy has been decreasing as their price points have been increasing. I think I make good money, but even so, I just can't justify spending over $100 for a chard and $200 for a cab sav. Takes the enjoyment out of it for me, and only critical judgment of what's in my glass anymo...
by Michael_D
January 26th, 2021, 1:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee Roasting Question
Replies: 127
Views: 8200

Re: Coffee Roasting Question

I can't imagine roasting beans indoors. Even when I roast beans in the garage, with the door open and the machine exhaust blowing smoke to the outdoors, I can still get hints of the smoke in the house. This outdoors smoking thing does have challenges too, especially in the winter months (I live in A...

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