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by Chuck Miller
June 18th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have no wine
Replies: 16
Views: 767

Re: I have no wine

My company does a few jobs a year for the restoration companies, where we pack the cellar and store it until the house is ready again. Typically, in the case of water damage, the wine is fine, they just are getting it our of the house for both security reasons, and because of the heating and drying ...
by Chuck Miller
June 11th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??
Replies: 18
Views: 746

Re: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??

So what stops the cork drying out in a 100 year old bottle ? Nothing. But there's no reason to store any bottle of wine on its side, whether Madeira or not. Storing on the side does not prevent the cork from drying out, although that's the myth that's been bandied about for years. It's just that st...
by Chuck Miller
May 29th, 2019, 10:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 57
Views: 3040

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

It’s a simple question. The potential buyer has already heavily discounted the value to compensate for the risk they are taking, so if you sell it, no lost sleep. The question is, will $900 change your life? I’ll assume no. So drink it. Maybe it will blow your mind, but if not, who cares? If $900 wo...
by Chuck Miller
May 20th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 69
Views: 2570

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

Sorry, not only will they, but they already have. Andrew Will and Cadence come to mind. The 1995 Andrew Will Cabernet ‘R’ was of particular note. Bottles I opened in 2011 were dead ringers for great vintages of Ch. Margaux. Famously, Lettie Teague served a 1995 Andrew Will Sorella in a 1982 Mouton b...
by Chuck Miller
May 13th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1121

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

I'm extremely sensitive to cork and have never had an issue cooking with tainted wine. I suppose it's possible it was there and I just didn't notice it. I've never experimented below boiling temperatures. I am not a scientist, only an experienced cook and braising with corked wine has never been an...
by Chuck Miller
May 13th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1121

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

I have made a delicate risotto using a badly corked bottle and it was great. Other dishes as well. Most of the time I just dump the corked bottle down the drain and don’t save it for any real length of time. But cooking is a great way to use a corked grand cru burgundy.
by Chuck Miller
May 9th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lodging in Carmel
Replies: 27
Views: 731

Re: Lodging in Carmel

An old friend of mine ownes Patisserie Boissiere is downtown Carmel. The business has been there like 50 years, he bought it probably 35 years ago (I helped him with a small loan, long since paid back, NFI). It’s a lovely, quaint French pastry and espresso place, open breakfast lunch & dinner (I thi...
by Chuck Miller
May 6th, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Humidity question in wine fridge
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: Humidity question in wine fridge

If anything, it appears to me that the humidity is reaching the highest point just before the compressor kicks on, and drops rapidly when it is running. Then gradually rises until it kicks on again. That would be normal. Assuming your sensor is accurate, I wouldn’t worry about your levels unless ove...
by Chuck Miller
May 3rd, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bend, Oregon recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 679

Re: Bend, Oregon recommendations

VRBO’d in Bend this weekend. Primal Cuts is great for a sandwich and beer - tap selection was top notch, with Boneyard, Crux, Barley Browns, Bevel (new) and a couple of others in the line-up. Picked up some prime rib-eyes and smoked kielbasa and am enjoying them with quite a bit of Rick’s beer, whi...
by Chuck Miller
April 19th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?
Replies: 18
Views: 606

Re: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?

Pigs ears. Drum sticks. Fiddle head ferns. Trumpeter swan. That's all I got. Took me a second to catch on. Maybe some Chilean Sea Bass. Maybe some snacks with Bugles. Maybe prepare some organ meats to go with sauternes. champagne.gif I knew there were more out there, and that you would be the perso...
by Chuck Miller
April 19th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?
Replies: 18
Views: 606

Re: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?

Pigs ears. Drum sticks. Fiddle head ferns. Trumpeter swan. That's all I got.
by Chuck Miller
April 13th, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bordeaux 1989 Right Bank wines in NYC
Replies: 9
Views: 857

Re: TN: Bordeaux 1989 Right Bank wines in NYC

Thanks for the notes. My only request, when tasting 30 year old bottles, would be to hopefully provide a drinking window. Which of these are fully mature, which could go another 5-10 years?
by Chuck Miller
April 13th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Washington State Beer Help
Replies: 23
Views: 413

Re: Washington State Beer Help

Chuck’s Hop Shop is a local institution.
by Chuck Miller
April 10th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 1988

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

I assume that some use the thicker bottles to help reduce temperature variation? I like this angle too- makes sense the extra weight is added thermal mass. Heat capacity of glass is about 20% of water. A bordeaux bottle weighs about 3lbs, the wine inside about 1.6lbs. So if you're adding, e.g., 30%...
by Chuck Miller
April 9th, 2019, 10:56 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Newb Question. Tips on where to sell wine/port online?
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: Newb Question. Tips on where to sell wine/port online?

Eileen, once you get your post count up, you could try and sell them on ‘Commece Corner’ here. Alternatively, auction houses like Winebid are the only legal approach for you, but to get the best terms, it will depend on what you have, and the total value of your wines. Most auction houses look for a...
by Chuck Miller
April 6th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lunch break wines - White Burg, Washington reds
Replies: 12
Views: 834

Re: Lunch break wines - White Burg, Washington reds

Dan, I think that score for the ‘16 Sheridan Block 1 cab is about as high as I’ve ever seen you score something!
by Chuck Miller
March 29th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTT My Dujac for your Rayas
Replies: 1
Views: 329

Re: WTT My Dujac for your Rayas

One trade for a couple bottles in process, but still looking for more!
by Chuck Miller
March 26th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTT My Dujac for your Rayas
Replies: 1
Views: 329

WTT My Dujac for your Rayas

I have hundreds of bottles of Grand Cru and 1er Cru Dujac from vintages 2006 thru 2011. I have 17 magnums, mostly Grand Cru. I am interested in trades for any well stored vintage of Ch. Rayas CdP (except 2006 where I already have several cases).
by Chuck Miller
March 24th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 2018

Re: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

And thankfully, I didn't need to ask him to hand them over but if another minute or two had elapsed my situational ownership claim would have been tenuous :). You have got to be kidding. And the idea of hiding bottles is also ridiculous. Retailers put bottles on display for a reason. But I'm sure y...
by Chuck Miller
March 23rd, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: great vintage available but bad year for you
Replies: 25
Views: 1060

Re: great vintage available but bad year for you

If I did that, I couldn’t buy anything from 2016 thru 2020 vintages.
by Chuck Miller
March 18th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!
Replies: 102
Views: 3107

Re: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!

Really been digging the 2017 rose. Opened 1 btl of the 2018, very good as well, but the ‘17s are rocking. Might have to order some more, ‘cause we aren’t even close to summer yet.
by Chuck Miller
March 13th, 2019, 10:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Sinegal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - $64.99
Replies: 10
Views: 999

Re: 2016 Sinegal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - $64.99

Thankfully they priced it at $64.99. It never would have sold at $65.
by Chuck Miller
March 7th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1913
Views: 153553

Re: Steak Porn

Alan, I’m sure you can braise a cut with this kind of marbling, but it kind of defeats the purpose of braising, IMO, which is to use cheaper, tougher cuts of meat. Also, with prime cuts, I want some of the fat to remain in the meat, not removed after refrigerating. Why pay extra for a well marbled p...
by Chuck Miller
March 1st, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 123
Views: 4284

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

Larry, I liked it! Wowing me is tough. Besides, that case purchase more than doubled the amount of USA wine in my cellar! You should be proud. And infinitely increased the amount of rose in my cellar.
by Chuck Miller
March 1st, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 123
Views: 4284

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

I just opened a bottle of the 2017 Tercero Rose last nght and thoroughly enjoyed it. Wowed? Maybe not, but i haven’t been wowed by other great roses either. I tried to think of my ideal rose that would wow me, and the only thing I could imagine is if Rayas made a rose of grenache. One can dream...
by Chuck Miller
February 26th, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How would you guys manage a four person tasting
Replies: 15
Views: 768

Re: How would you guys manage a four person tasting

Take your time, have plenty of food handy. To me, 4 btls for 4 people is fine (if anything, it’s on the low side). It may be more than you might usually drink, but don’t assume that applies to the others. Over 2-4 hours, you metabolize most of the alcohol.
by Chuck Miller
February 24th, 2019, 11:31 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Mold growing on bottles in my wine refrigerator
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: Mold growing on bottles in my wine refrigerator

I have never understood why one would use a Dual zone unit long term storage. For long term storage, you only need a single temp (approx 55 degrees F). The only reason I can figure out for a dual zone is to have things like Champagne at a colder that usual cellar temp for serving. But that is more e...
by Chuck Miller
February 24th, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Mold growing on bottles in my wine refrigerator
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: Mold growing on bottles in my wine refrigerator

Too high humidity often combined with poor air circulation. Typically caused by a poor seal or other air leak. Also, leave a gap so your bottles aren’t touching the walls. Don’t block the fan.
by Chuck Miller
February 23rd, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar moving company recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: Cellar moving company recommendations

Thanks guys. I will probably be moving the eurocave by myself afternoon looking into some sites. I want to use a wine moving company since the bottles I have even though it’s a very small collection are pretty high end. I went big from the beginning to start my cellar and I don’t want to ruin the b...
by Chuck Miller
February 21st, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Rayas holding back wine to drive prices higher?
Replies: 49
Views: 3689

Re: Chateau Rayas holding back wine to drive prices higher?

Craig G wrote:
February 21st, 2019, 8:09 pm
You need to drink your Rayas young. Otherwise it ages to the point where you can’t afford to drink it.
True dat. But recent vintages are starting at that point. Anywhere over $500 on U.S. release and I am out.
by Chuck Miller
February 21st, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Rayas holding back wine to drive prices higher?
Replies: 49
Views: 3689

Re: Chateau Rayas holding back wine to drive prices higher?

How well do Rayas reserves age? Ummm, Rayas is 100% grenache. Genache has a reputation for oxidising early. You would therefore think Rayas, which is also fairly light and ethereal, would be an early drinker. You would be wrong. There is no CdP like Rayas, IMO. My most recent bottle (a couple month...
by Chuck Miller
February 17th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 4425

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

Is that a garage or an airplane hangar? Wow, that's a lot of wine!
by Chuck Miller
February 10th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Rayas holding back wine to drive prices higher?
Replies: 49
Views: 3689

Re: Chateau Rayas holding back wine to drive prices higher?

I believe the '09 is coming out at around $1,000/bottle in the US. Is this true? Straight from a retailer that purchases from Martine? That is absolutely crazy considering I recently purchased some '07 for literally a little over a third of that price. Speaking of which, has anybody read the CT TN ...
by Chuck Miller
February 4th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Double decant question
Replies: 9
Views: 561

Re: Double decant question

The amount of water left in the bottle after draining for a minute or two is insignificant. Do you ever use the same glass for tasting multiple wines? Do you rinse between wines? Do you dry your glass in a kiln for an hout between wines?
by Chuck Miller
February 1st, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Storage - User Group / Forum
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Re: Wine Storage - User Group / Forum

No longer exists, no activity. Within reason, you can PM me with questions.
by Chuck Miller
January 30th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Storage Near Berkeley
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Wine Storage Near Berkeley

Subterraneum has been around longer than my facility, well over 25 years. No problems I’m aware of and I have several friends that have large amounts of wine there, one for several decades. I don’t know anything about Caves du Vin, but you can store with Subterraneum with confidence.
by Chuck Miller
January 27th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Auctions - CLOSED!!!
Topic: AUCTION: Jason Hagen Fundraiser by Biggio Hamina - Can you help a brother out?
Replies: 31
Views: 1480

Re: AUCTION: Jason Hagen Fundraiser by Biggio Hamina - Can you help a brother out?

Thanks, Joel! Not to stop anyone from bidding more, but as my max match has been hit, I've made my donation. Thanks to Todd for donating the wine, and thanks also to Tony and for those that have gone directly to the gofundme page and made direct contributions.
by Chuck Miller
January 27th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Auctions - CLOSED!!!
Topic: AUCTION: Jason Hagen Fundraiser by Biggio Hamina - Can you help a brother out?
Replies: 31
Views: 1480

Re: AUCTION: Jason Hagen Fundraiser by Biggio Hamina - Can you help a brother out?

[thankyou.gif] I Not a bid, but a pledge to donate an amount matching the high bid, up to $500. In other words, the high bidder gets the wine AND your donation is effectively doubled. Let's help Jason out! That’s a great idea Chuck. I will match as well. Terrific way to multiply the value of Todd’s...
by Chuck Miller
January 27th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Auctions - CLOSED!!!
Topic: AUCTION: Jason Hagen Fundraiser by Biggio Hamina - Can you help a brother out?
Replies: 31
Views: 1480

Re: AUCTION: Jason Hagen Fundraiser by Biggio Hamina - Can you help a brother out?

Not a bid, but a pledge to donate an amount matching the high bid, up to $500. In other words, the high bidder gets the wine AND your donation is effectively doubled. Let's help Jason out!
by Chuck Miller
January 27th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!
Replies: 102
Views: 3107

Re: tercero wines BD10 Offers

larry schaffer wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Chuck Miller wrote:
January 26th, 2019, 2:49 pm
In for a mixed case of rose. Looking forward to trying them!
Mr. Miller,

You are Winner #2 of the Magnum of my 2017 Mourvedre Rose! Congratulations!!!!

Two more to go - get your orders in and post about your order here to qualify!

Cheers
Wow, thanks Larry! Bonus.
by Chuck Miller
January 26th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Flannery Beef!
Replies: 82
Views: 4642

Re: Flannery Beef!

Just ordered a midlife crisis and 4 packages of Hangar steaks in addition. Yum!
by Chuck Miller
January 19th, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2003 Chamber of Horrors
Replies: 13
Views: 954

Re: 2003 Chamber of Horrors

Based on this thread, I opened a half-bottle of 2003 Pontet-Canet tonight, the only 2003 Bordeaux in my cellar. Solid bottle with plenty of life remaining.
by Chuck Miller
January 19th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellartracker
Replies: 4
Views: 540

Re: Cellartracker

You can just post a comment to them under their tasting note, might be the easiest way to get in touch with them.
by Chuck Miller
January 19th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hangover Prevention - supplements
Replies: 45
Views: 1591

Re: Hangover Prevention - supplements

Not directed at anyone, but if you need to have an ongoing Amazon subscription for hangover pills, maybe you are drinking too much.
by Chuck Miller
January 17th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?
Replies: 61
Views: 2255

Re: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?

A late friend used to have PINOT NV
by Chuck Miller
December 17th, 2018, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At what age does Premox becomes just oxidation in white Burgs?
Replies: 35
Views: 1355

Re: At what age does Premox becomes just oxidation in white Burgs?

For me, bottle by bottle variation is a component of premox - i.e. some bottles from the same lot are shot, others are good. Case in point, a friend ‘gave’ me 8 btls of 2000 Fichet P-M Referts on a contingent basis ($50/btl, but ONLY if they are good bottles). First bottle opened 2 nights ago was da...
by Chuck Miller
December 14th, 2018, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Stupid Storage Question - Room Temperature
Replies: 48
Views: 1443

Re: Another Stupid Storage Question - Room Temperature

Robert, IMHO you have a more pressing problem than holding a few cases at sub-optimal temps. If you have 12 cases sitting in your office and all of your storage is full you probably need to start thinking about where your cellar is headed in the future and probably need top start planning for addit...

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