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by Gabe Berk
January 17th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 41
Views: 1183

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

Anyone know how much the outcomes in "natural wine" are intentional Low/no intervention wine making inherently often results in cloudy, funky, barnyardy wine due to little to no additives or manipulation that the majority of wineries use like acids, filtering materials, sulfites...There is a reason...
by Gabe Berk
January 17th, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 41
Views: 1183

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

Rather, they're trying to make wine 1.) in a very purposeful way, and 2.) that is somewhat funky, different, interesting. Natural wines are often produced in an innocent and less manipulated manner which as a result can be funky, different and "interesting" wines. I applaud the stance and reasoning...
by Gabe Berk
January 14th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 33
Views: 1612

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

So if wine sales are falling, and there is a glut of wine in the 2018 and 2019 vintages, won't wine prices come down? Not a chance. May be some better juice in the cheaper stuff I guess. 2018 vintage bulk fruit and already made wine from some great California AVA's and vineyards are making their wa...
by Gabe Berk
January 13th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 33
Views: 1612

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

That, or the crap-wine drinkers are opting for White Claw. A lot of truth to that. There is so much wine out there its often a gamble if its good or not. For a buyer in that segment, taking a chance on a $12.00 bottle or a 6 pack of of Corona, the slim majority would most likely error on the latter...
by Gabe Berk
January 10th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 1639

Re: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .

Congrats to Mr. Graham. Right in that age sweet spot to sell the business he created and labored for so many years. Time to pop a good bottle!!!
by Gabe Berk
January 9th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1189

Re: Chardonnay recommendations

Ramey Done and done...
by Gabe Berk
January 9th, 2020, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere
Replies: 26
Views: 1696

Re: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere

Used to sell these wines back for Jacques and Jeremy Seysses along with their Provance brand called Domaine de Triennes. Domaine Dujac uses grapes from their Grand Cru and Premier Cru holdings that they own while their Fils & Pere wines (think Burgundy Intro wines), not to be confused with Pere & Fi...
by Gabe Berk
January 6th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 111
Views: 4428

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

Had a Turley 2004 Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah over Christmas. Alcohol was over 15% The blue and black fruit competent was still bright and juicy. No port like or raisiny aroma or taste at all. Wine showed no signs of aging on the color. Rhone varietal by a producer that many on this site say make...
by Gabe Berk
January 3rd, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Bevan Moaveni Syrah - are there more like it?
Replies: 13
Views: 814

Re: 2013 Bevan Moaveni Syrah - are there more like it?

I love the big Cali syrahs - Alban, Saxum, SQN, Booker... Try Lucia Susan's Hill Syrah. Named after Gary Pisoni's Sister Susan and is a special block within the Pisoni Vineyard. Lucia is the Pisoni family label. Stuff is amazing every vintage and is usually $50. Killer wine from a top notch site an...
by Gabe Berk
January 3rd, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ok to ship FedEx Ground from east coast to west coast this time of the year?
Replies: 41
Views: 1427

Re: Ok to ship FedEx Ground from east coast to west coast this time of the year?

I had a case of Bordeaux shipped in the winter a few years back, and the shipment got caught in a cold snap. 8 of the 12 bottles froze, with the corks protruding anywhere from 1/2 inch to 1 inch. The corks burst right thru the capsules in a couple of bottles, many leakers. My recommendation would b...
by Gabe Berk
January 3rd, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Winery DTC Fulfillment Providers?
Replies: 9
Views: 565

Re: Winery DTC Fulfillment Providers?

Thank you for the info!!! Didn't realize there were so many fulfillment providers.
by Gabe Berk
December 16th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Winery DTC Fulfillment Providers?
Replies: 9
Views: 565

Winery DTC Fulfillment Providers?

Anyone ITB know of any DTC Fulfillment Providers for a smaller producing winery, say 8,000 cases and less? All I see is WineDirect and WineShipping.com who look like they are more serviceable for a large scale winery.

Any advice would be welcome!
by Gabe Berk
December 12th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Schrader
Replies: 43
Views: 3136

Re: 2018 Schrader

adam landa wrote:
December 12th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Gabe...Any score for Sparky?
Nope...was hoping to see one, but none. I think Sparky is a blend of the best barrels, so once final blend and bottling occurs, perhaps it'll get reviewed then...
by Gabe Berk
December 12th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Schrader
Replies: 43
Views: 3136

Re: 2018 Schrader

Hot off the press from Mrs. Lisa Perrotti-Brown in case anyone wanted a review of the 2018's prior to purchasing... 2018 Mondavi Heritage Clone To Kalon Vineyard. This is the very first vintage of this new label for Schrader. True to Schrader form, the wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a single b...
by Gabe Berk
December 12th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2136

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

I wish I liked "Natural Wines" more. I completely understand the innocence and romanticism of it all, but still waiting for that "ah ha" moment taste wise... It’s not about it tasting better is the thing, so you might be waiting a while unfortunately. I've had good ones and bad ones. Though there's...
by Gabe Berk
December 9th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2136

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

I wish I liked "Natural Wines" more. I completely understand the innocence and romanticism of it all, but still waiting for that "ah ha" moment taste wise...
by Gabe Berk
December 9th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Schrader
Replies: 43
Views: 3136

Re: 2018 Schrader

First full year under Constellation. According to the allocation verbiage, this will be the first time Schrader and TRB have been given access to "Heritage" NS2 blocks of To-Kalon allowing them the prime of prime blocks. 2018 was a very good growing season, so couple that with "better" fruit source,...
by Gabe Berk
December 6th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Les Garrigues
Replies: 1
Views: 212

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Les Garrigues

Incredible stuff for $39. Love this wine too!
by Gabe Berk
December 2nd, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2401

Re: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

I buy one at the airport when flying just to kill time and get a sense of what others are writing about wine. Rarely do I see the amount of 97-100 pointers from WS as often as you do with Dunnuck, Galloni, Parker, Suckling, etc.
by Gabe Berk
November 22nd, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)
Replies: 31
Views: 2242

Re: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)

Purchased a bottle of the 2002 Merlot for $12 and it was surprisingly good! 17 year old California Merlot had great color, still has a lively fruit component, nice acidity and soft tannin. For sure had subtle signs of age but could still go for another 5 years or so I’m sure. Ironically I used to se...
by Gabe Berk
November 22nd, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6054

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

2012 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage
2013 Kongsgaard Judge
2013 Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir
1989 Mondavi Reserve Pinot Noir (should be interesting)

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by Gabe Berk
November 22nd, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The label for 2017 Mouton is, well, titillating
Replies: 42
Views: 2391

Re: The label for 2017 Mouton is, well, titillating

Trump would probably LOVE and approve that label for the US market. He's automatically attracted to beautiful as he mentioned once before... [whistle.gif]
by Gabe Berk
November 22nd, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison
Replies: 50
Views: 2259

Re: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison

First thing that comes to mind is Italy. Nebbiolo in particular...elegant, lightweight mouthfeel, red fruit, higher acid with high tannin. Pure!!!
by Gabe Berk
November 19th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: an outstanding icewine from WA State ('03 Ste. Michelle)
Replies: 13
Views: 555

Re: TN: an outstanding icewine from WA State ('03 Ste. Michelle)

I believe that is right around the time they started bringing in Ernst Loosen as a consultant for their higher RS Rieslings. Good stuff, especially for the $.
by Gabe Berk
November 19th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer
Replies: 48
Views: 3801

Re: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer

As time goes on, I'm less and less shocked by any of these acquisitions. If the grapes are still grown by world class farmers, the wines still made by world class winemakers and the wine is still excellent, I don't really care what the parent company does. Case in point Siduri. Fruit source and wine...
by Gabe Berk
November 13th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Wings - positive review
Replies: 14
Views: 1093

Re: Wine Wings - positive review

I just lay a t-shirt out flat on a bed, roll each bottle in one t-shirt to wrap it, pack them tight together in a standard suitcase. I use other items to pad the edges of the suitcase (shoes, toiletries), then use larger clothing items to pad between layers of bottles. In a medium suitcase I can fi...
by Gabe Berk
November 13th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article
Replies: 31
Views: 1093

Re: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article

If "Joe" or "Susie" were pouring me wines to taste and took the time telling me about the winery, clonal selection, layout of the land, barrel selections, etc. while serving me food, it's highly likely I'd tip. That said, I wouldn't be surprised in the least if others didn't tip. Many large winery t...
by Gabe Berk
November 8th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale
Replies: 21
Views: 1282

Re: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale

The Son is making the wine I believe. Tried a 2013 a few months ago and it was nothing the caliber of the late 90's early 2000's. Everything Otto mentioned was on point. Muted fruit with higher acid. Last really good Merlot I've had was 2016 Freemark Abbey, 2016 Andrew Will and 2016 Hudson Phoenix.
by Gabe Berk
November 8th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1438

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

Syrah or Cabernet. Odd descriptive notes for a Pinot Noir.
by Gabe Berk
November 6th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 112
Views: 10099

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

Tasted some of the Winter Release wines a couple weekends ago when picking up the Summer Release wines. Morgan was pouring and sharing info. 2018 Wirz Riesling was great. Screamed Cienega Valley with all it's rocky minerality. Had a very floral nose with zippy lemon-lime acidity. Low RS and is perfe...
by Gabe Berk
November 1st, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5613

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

If that pastrami isn't first class, then first class pastrami no longer exists. The claimed parallel between Katz' and Luger's doesn't work for me at all . $30 for a deli sandwich and Dr. Browns soda screams tourist trapping, which for the most part it is. Good pastrami at Katz, good steak at Luger...
by Gabe Berk
November 1st, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5613

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

Katz’s >>> Luger’s I still love Katz’s. Best part of Luger’s has always been the bacon. You don't feel ripped off at Katz's, even if the pastrami isn't first class. It's still real -- glaring fluorescent lights and all. My only complaint the last time I was there, a year or so ago, was that it was ...
by Gabe Berk
October 31st, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5613

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

Luger's is a place to take out of towner's akin to going to Katz Deli. It's a destination rather than an gastronomic life changer. Not being able to bring your own wine its banana's though. Charge $50 corkage at least to allow people to bring in special stuff...
by Gabe Berk
October 31st, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 112
Views: 10099

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

Went to a house in West Sonoma last Saturday and picked up my Spring release wines. Morgan was there in a shed pouring some wines (including the Bien Nacido Syrah) and chit chatting with everyone. First time I've ever picked up a wineries release from a house. Kind of cool. Looking forward to the up...
by Gabe Berk
October 30th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions
Replies: 21
Views: 1245

Re: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions

Unreal that fermented juice from hundreds of years ago coupled with a cork closure could hold up so well over that time frame. Thanks for sharing such a unique opportunity virtually no could experience.
by Gabe Berk
October 29th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '16 MacD ship date
Replies: 65
Views: 4556

Re: '16 MacD ship date

What is this MacDonald you speak of? [dontknow.gif]
by Gabe Berk
October 29th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2259

Re: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards

Chamisal Winery, San Louis Obispo. Formerly Domain Alfred, pioneer of Edna Valley AVA. Wines are better than ever. Chard, Pinot & Syrah Chalone Vineyard, Soledad (Monterey County). Vineyards and winery perched within the Pinnacles National Park. Rich in history and one of the original estates in Cal...
by Gabe Berk
October 29th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3641

Re: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore

The shift has happened it sounds. Used to drink a lot of Pinot Noir and haven't really opened much over the past few years in comparison to other varietals. Wait 2 years, then pop a Ridge, Turley, Carlisle, Bedrock, Limerick Lane or any of the other top producers and you'll probably find them enjoya...
by Gabe Berk
October 25th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Heritage Blind Tasting Competition
Replies: 5
Views: 422

Re: 2019 Heritage Blind Tasting Competition

Bravo! It's always humbling when getting the varietal off, but all the more fun to try again.
by Gabe Berk
October 25th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Not looking good for the Windsor/Santa Rosa area. Fears of 2017 all over again... "Extremely strong north to northeast winds are forecast Saturday night through Sunday morning. Sat Night... Sustained 30-55mph Gusts 60-80mph... Sun Day... Sustained 20-35mph Gusts 40-60mph..." Sending good vibes their...
by Gabe Berk
October 24th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

I am perplexed that the state doesn't clear brush in these areas. Its sad to see these fires devastate every year. PG&E cut the power off too before the fire even started out there. Really hope this fire gets contained soon and mother nature helps with the winds dying down and humidity rising. Feel...
by Gabe Berk
October 18th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shipment Insurance
Replies: 2
Views: 323

Wine Shipment Insurance

On a semi related note from a recent thread, https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=164259 on Styrofoam, I was wondering the following: 1. Has anyone ever been offered insurance by a winery when they are mailing out your allocations or recent wine order? Many of the large carriers ...
by Gabe Berk
October 14th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Bedrock welcome shipment
Replies: 50
Views: 2700

Re: My Bedrock welcome shipment

Zinfandel young or with 2-3 years of age on it is fantastic. Pop a couple open to get a sense of the world of Bedrock, then start opening them over the next year or three. Killer stuff!!!
by Gabe Berk
October 9th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 4021

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

We can have a discussion about how much is climate related, and how much is the creep of human civilization out into rural areas more prone to fire. But the immediate cause is poor maintenance of power lines and the vegetation around them. If you run power lines through forested areas where trees c...
by Gabe Berk
October 8th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 4021

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

Russ Williams wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 10:22 am
Nothing like a collapsing infrastructure.
And like that PG & E website has been down for a few hours. Still down... Ugh! hitsfan
by Gabe Berk
October 8th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 4021

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

But PG&E needs to be able to punish customers. Are they playing that game in your area, as well? We get it here, too. No game here. 80 mph winds in Atlas Peak, Napa combined with charged power lines resulted in catastrophic loss in Napa/Sonoma. 60 mph winds in Jarbo Gap, Butte County combined with ...
by Gabe Berk
October 7th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Releases From Ridge Vineyards
Replies: 1
Views: 833

Re: New Releases From Ridge Vineyards

Pagani Vineyard is my favorite Zin/mixed blacks vineyard in NorCal. Glad to read the 2017 was a stunner!
by Gabe Berk
October 7th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3908

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Many of the field workers are from Mexico or 2nd generation Americans and live with multiple families and or generations in one condo or house to offset the cost or rent/mortgage. Think of 5 children in one small bedroom. And the workers drive from out of town or on the edges of the Napa/Sonoma Coun...

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