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by Kris Patten
July 19th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place you ever went with Rose
Replies: 9
Views: 336

Re: Best place you ever went with Rose

At my wedding handing out Piper Heidsieck Rose to all our guests as their wine before our ceremony.....no one said it couldn't be sparkling!

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by Kris Patten
July 18th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 35
Views: 1063

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Question.. the OP asked wineMAKERs... Couldn't cleaning be oursourced to minimum wage workers? or is there some highly skilled cleaning that requires a wine MAKER to do? Of the four wineMAKERS I’ve had the privilege to work with and for, each and every one of them does the “dirty work” and doesn’t ...
by Kris Patten
July 18th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 35
Views: 1063

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

I hated trying to punch down cap in macrobins before it has separated.....its equivalent of trying to dig a hole in cement with a shovel with your arms only.
by Kris Patten
July 18th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Bevan Cellars Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 299

Re: TN: 2015 Bevan Cellars Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

Agree on some days....usually a Ramey Chard fills that hole for me. I am sure Russell + Ritchie = winner.
by Kris Patten
July 18th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bern’s Steakhouse Oct 11th or 12th
Replies: 12
Views: 1238

Re: Bern’s Steakhouse Oct 11th or 12th

Kelly Walker wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 2:38 pm
I am fine with anyone’s lifestyle choices. Given that Bern’s has that bordello vibe anyway, as good a place as any. The desert room offers plenty of privacy.
The dessert room is quiet too.
by Kris Patten
July 16th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SAXUM OPEN
Replies: 21
Views: 1746

Re: SAXUM OPEN

Michael Martin wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 6:54 pm
I just checked. First Saxum release I bought was in 2013 and I got 2 Gratias. Thank you again Justin.
5/1/2006 first order and was offered 2 for reference.
by Kris Patten
July 16th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SAXUM OPEN
Replies: 21
Views: 1746

Re: SAXUM OPEN

Got me some Rocket Block, couldn't resist, as it's my son's birthyear, but had to stop there with another on the way and save for diapers.

Sine Qua Non does the freebies too here and there, always a cool gesture. Bravo Team Saxum.
by Kris Patten
July 16th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 79
Views: 4600

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

K. Tr@n wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 12:35 pm
4 Napa, 3 Panek, 2 Lore. First timer here, when should I start drinking these?
I'd drink a Napa straight away, get a feel for style and vintage knowing Panek will be more structured and Lore even more than Panek. I generally drink all my Napa's early.

No harm in killing one young.
by Kris Patten
July 14th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: TN: 2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese

Yum, I really enjoy aged Auslese with steak after someone turned me on to it. That sounds like a crazy pairing to me. How old was the Auslese and how was the steak prepared? Anything around the 20 year mark where the baby fat has receded and all that acidity balances it out with any highly marbled ...
by Kris Patten
July 14th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2701

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

Think Cava has a shot as people grow out of Prosecco, want more complex bubbles, but don't want to pay up for it. Personally, I’m more interested in cool wines. But playing along. Cava is already “hot” I think. Prosecco is passé. Hot in this group may be different than what I assume as hot as hot i...
by Kris Patten
July 14th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: TN: 2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese

Yum, I really enjoy aged Auslese with steak after someone turned me on to it.
by Kris Patten
July 14th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2701

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

A. So wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 7:33 am
White Claw
Already huge, whether it's this or some other malt based seltzer or carbonated drink with lower calories, someone will be next Mike's Hard Lemonade to emerge from the pack and be the leader.
by Kris Patten
July 14th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Milbrandt Washington State Good QPR?
Replies: 16
Views: 701

Re: Milbrandt Washington State Good QPR?

Butch and his family are one of the largest vineyard owners in WA, including some of the best exposures in the State of Washington including Evergreen, an unbelievable white site that has over half the Ancient Lakes AVA. But what kris doesn’t do is answer your question.... Is Coors worth $6.99 per ...
by Kris Patten
July 14th, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2701

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

Think Cava has a shot as people grow out of Prosecco, want more complex bubbles, but don't want to pay up for it.
by Kris Patten
July 13th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SoDo UrbanWorks wineries?
Replies: 18
Views: 598

Re: SoDo UrbanWorks wineries?

If you want Asian food, Buddha Ruksa is in West Seattle, outside of the others lined out, Wild Ginger is always good, great wine list, and Tamarind Tree is good also as suggested.
by Kris Patten
July 9th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3381
Views: 172945

Re: The Bourbon Thread

It’s amazing how much bourbon prices can vary state to state, I assume mostly due to liquor taxes. In WA state we have some of the highest liquor taxes around. As an example, Basil Hayden can retail in Wa for well over $50. Costco sells it for about $44. I’m on a driving trip across the N. states, ...
by Kris Patten
July 9th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Milbrandt Washington State Good QPR?
Replies: 16
Views: 701

Re: Milbrandt Washington State Good QPR?

Butch and his family are one of the largest vineyard owners in WA, including some of the best exposures in the State of Washington including Evergreen, an unbelievable white site that has over half the Ancient Lakes AVA.
by Kris Patten
July 9th, 2019, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4 CNP's blind and a question regarding Clos des Papes : 03 or 05 ?
Replies: 11
Views: 721

Re: 4 CNP's blind and a question regarding Clos des Papes : 03 or 05 ?

I'd open the case of 2005. 2003 is so variable you'll likely have vastly different experiences across 12 bottles, and likely more uniform across the 2005.
by Kris Patten
July 8th, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, Washington)
Replies: 11
Views: 942

Re: TN: 2017 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, Washington)

Still really tight. The 2015 is really drinking well and 2016 is a year or so away.

Serious winemaking goes into this $15-17 bottle of wine, Charles and Brennon take it very seriously.

Native Yeast Ferments
Whole Berry Ferment
30+ Days on Skins
Aged on Lees
50% New French Oak
by Kris Patten
July 8th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3381
Views: 172945

Re: The Bourbon Thread

It’s amazing how much bourbon prices can vary state to state, I assume mostly due to liquor taxes. In WA state we have some of the highest liquor taxes around. As an example, Basil Hayden can retail in Wa for well over $50. Costco sells it for about $44. I’m on a driving trip across the N. states, ...
by Kris Patten
July 8th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Re: TN: 2005 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa

I'm sure others have their opinions but over the years I've found that while they can all drink well young, vintage + 10 has been a good rule of thumb on my RM single vineyard pinots. The Sonoma Coasts can be drunk anywhere along the way, but do fine with age as well. My Sonoma Coasts rarely make i...
by Kris Patten
July 8th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much effect is global warming having on Bordeaux?
Replies: 23
Views: 1092

Re: How much effect is global warming having on Bordeaux?

Will poor exposures and vineyards start to become more valued so that vigor is reduced by the quality of the land vs. lack of heat in past to keep old-timey Bordeaux alive? On a somewhat serious note, how is a grape like Touriga that is more heat tolerant going to remind you of old time BDX when it ...
by Kris Patten
July 7th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Re: TN: 2005 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa

Thanks for sharing, think I have a vertical of this going back to the 2004, but never a time to open them as most years I was only allotted 1 bottle.
by Kris Patten
July 7th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NAPAleon complex
Replies: 12
Views: 1063

Re: NAPAleon complex

That meal makes me long for a nap!

Thanks for note on Schrader, I tend to wonder the same.
by Kris Patten
July 6th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1328
Views: 64823

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Copper river salmon sandwich....toasted sourdough bread, avocado, Walla Walla sweet onion, garlic aioli with dijon mixed in, fresh spinach.
by Kris Patten
July 6th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3381
Views: 172945

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Alan Eden wrote:
July 5th, 2019, 11:30 pm
So they have 600 million bottles in inventory, the homeless of America will always have something to drink !!!
Think your number is a bit light.
by Kris Patten
July 6th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two 1990 Bordeaux
Replies: 7
Views: 1037

Re: TNs: Two 1990 Bordeaux

Thanks for note Bob, so many great 89/90 combos out there....L'Angelus, Pichon Baron, Lynch Bages, and Gruaud Larose from what I have tasted. Haven't done Conseillante duo.
by Kris Patten
July 5th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 1820

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Chicken and homemade dumplings. Still miss it.
by Kris Patten
July 4th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 47
Views: 2386

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

Couple come to mind, not buying a DRC mixed case years ago. Probably the dumbest was deciding to make a barrel of Mouvedre in WA after trying quite a few from Spain that were from 70 to 100 year old vines, this was 5th or 6th leaf. Then putting it in a new American oak barrel, like somehow it would ...
by Kris Patten
July 4th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help shipping wine from Spokane, WA
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: Need help shipping wine from Spokane, WA

Can it get to Vino Wine Shop to then ship to you?
by Kris Patten
July 3rd, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 1620

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

Had a blast, so glad to be invited. Two wines that really stood out, neither of which I'd had before. The 2016 Andremily Mourvèdre. Wow, maybe the best American Mourved I've had, it was stylistically in the Cayuse/SQN range but with slightly less density and more fleshy mouthfeel. Really was stunne...
by Kris Patten
July 3rd, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 12932

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Todd, Tolerant, yes, welcoming, firm maybe. If you believe the ITB participation here is at or above what it should be, congratulations. As someone ITB, albeit distributor scum, I find the winemaker/proprietor participation is poor or worse than eBob, and that is a loss of knowledge that is very val...
by Kris Patten
July 3rd, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 12932

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

You have this backwards, Kris. It was Mark's board. He launched it in January of '99 and then it was hosted on erobertparker when Bob started it, I believe at the end of '01. I am correct as are you, I may have been overly sarcastic to the point of acting pedantic. While it was Mark's Board, it was...
by Kris Patten
July 3rd, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 12932

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Title is a bit deceiving, while Mark may have hosted it, it was Robert Parker's board You have this backwards, Kris. It was Mark's board. He launched it in January of '99 and then it was hosted on erobertparker when Bob started it, I believe at the end of '01. I am correct as are you, I may have be...
by Kris Patten
July 3rd, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 12932

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Title is a bit deceiving, while Mark may have hosted it, it was Robert Parker's board, and peaked back when Parker, Rovani, Galloni, Jeb and others were posting there regularly. The quality of info was incredible at a time when the internet wasn't what it is today, back in early 2000s. It was the be...
by Kris Patten
July 2nd, 2019, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1558

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

Texture
by Kris Patten
July 2nd, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 40
Views: 2710

Re: 2008 Salon

alan weinberg wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 9:14 pm
sucks that they didn’t think of the masses, us little people, and put it all in 375s instead.
Or 187mls....
by Kris Patten
July 1st, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1374
Views: 154657

Re: Official Costco Thread

Southcenter today.

2016 Carbonnieux $39
2016 Reserve Comtesse $44
2014 Cune Reserva $14.99
2016 Evodia $6.89

Both 2008 Dom and Cristal.
by Kris Patten
June 30th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2411

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

We all have our preferences and certainly you can prefer to buy Champagne or White Burg if you wish, but your rationale is contrary to the facts and went to outer space with regard to the 1983 La Mission Haut Brion. Your stance would have stayed on planet earth if you just said you like Champagne a...
by Kris Patten
June 30th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2411

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

Yeah, I can't disagree with Kris' ultimate destination -- champagne -- but the route he takes to get there (no acceptable alternatives from burg/bdx) seems crazy to me Following the directions in post 1, I want to spend as close as I can to $1k, and perhaps incorrectly, I want to get a glorious age...
by Kris Patten
June 30th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday discussion time only $17.73 to spend today.
Replies: 38
Views: 1216

Re: Sunday discussion time only $17.73 to spend today.

Bottle of Substance Cab and a dog or slice at Costco will leave you an extra buck for 1/3 of a gallon of gas to get home with.
by Kris Patten
June 29th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rye
Replies: 325
Views: 28572

Re: Rye

Alas no luck at the 2 West Seattle locations. Will you be on the Eastside any time soon? I can probably pick one up and hold for a bit. If you’re headed to Bellevue, I work in Lincoln Square. Chances of me hitting W Seattle are slim to none :) I appreciate the offer, but it's not that urgent. Hope ...
by Kris Patten
June 29th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2411

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

Yeah, I can't disagree with Kris' ultimate destination -- champagne -- but the route he takes to get there (no acceptable alternatives from burg/bdx) seems crazy to me Following the directions in post 1, I want to spend as close as I can to $1k, and perhaps incorrectly, I want to get a glorious age...
by Kris Patten
June 29th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2411

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

I think you misunderstand, I can get an epic Champagne but likely an off vintage GC Burg or BDX First. The value on the list of options lies in Champagne. You can get an 82 Margaux or Haut Brion for under 1K. What exactly do you consider off vintage first growth?? Yeah, I can't disagree with Kris' ...
by Kris Patten
June 29th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 148
Views: 5235

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

Couhins Lurton has been a good source of value red and white, Haut Bergey for red, and Les Carmes is climbing in price since the 2016 vintage. Loved the 2014 Alfert mentions.

I haven't seen Branon mentioned, obviously Haut Brion and La Mission are the pinnacle.
by Kris Patten
June 28th, 2019, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2411

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

Sad day when you look over a list and realize $1k doesn't buy you GC Burg or FG BDX worth a damn, but could get a killer Champagne. If you can't find either for well under $1k (particularly great GC Burgs), you're not trying [wow.gif] I think you misunderstand, I can get an epic Champagne but likel...
by Kris Patten
June 28th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2411

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

Sad day when you look over a list and realize $1k doesn't buy you GC Burg or FG BDX worth a damn, but could get a killer Champagne.
by Kris Patten
June 27th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux
Replies: 36
Views: 1047

Re: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux

It's a great time for salmon if you have access to copper river, it has the fat content to stand up to Cab or Merlot based wines and stand up to the acidity. Great with a side of mixed sauteed mushrooms or a portabella mushroom cap, that acts like a steak for meatiness. I was thinking the same (tho...
by Kris Patten
June 27th, 2019, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux
Replies: 36
Views: 1047

Re: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux

It's a great time for salmon if you have access to copper river, it has the fat content to stand up to Cab or Merlot based wines and stand up to the acidity. Great with a side of mixed sauteed mushrooms or a portabella mushroom cap, that acts like a steak for meatiness.

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