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by Eric Z.
March 6th, 2021, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thermador Wine Glass Dish Washers
Replies: 8
Views: 355

Re: Thermador Wine Glass Dish Washers

Hi. Does anybody have any experience using a Thermador wine glass dish washer? Any other commercial home dish washers that have racks for wine glasses that you would recommend? Thank you. I have a regular Thermador dishwasher that can easily hold 8 glasses on the middle shelf with some fold down cl...
by Eric Z.
March 5th, 2021, 5:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Thoughts on NorCal to Portland?
Replies: 9
Views: 223

Re: Thoughts on NorCal to Portland?

If you are going to do that route you can easily visit the Avenue of the Giants from Sonoma/Napa in a day on your way further north. I have not driven further north than Arcata along the coast but you could leave Healdsburg in the morning, visit the redwoods and then stay in Eureka/Arcata or easily...
by Eric Z.
March 5th, 2021, 5:44 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Thoughts on NorCal to Portland?
Replies: 9
Views: 223

Re: Thoughts on NorCal to Portland?

FWIW we did our trip in ~10 days, but I am an impatient traveler and one of my flaws is prioritizing "the next place" rather than just soaking any one place in. It was an great trip, though. yeah I used to be like that - if you ever get the chance and want a great road trip with great sig...
by Eric Z.
March 5th, 2021, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15770
Views: 817641

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Stocked up my fav wine yesterday - got a case of 2018 Moric Blaufrankisch. While picking up the order at a store I also got int more trouble. 3 bottles of Gomez Cruzado Crianza from 2016 (same year my wife and I visited the winery on our honeymoon - 2016), 1 Mouton Noir Oregogne Pinot Noir, and 1 of...
by Eric Z.
March 4th, 2021, 8:17 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Thoughts on NorCal to Portland?
Replies: 9
Views: 223

Re: Thoughts on NorCal to Portland?

If you do the run through Oregon, it’s worth the detour to Crater Lake National Park if you like hiking and views. Thanks for the tip. My wife will handle a day hike. I do enjoy a good hike or multi day backpack trip. Will make note of that for when we get to OR - either this trip or a future trip....
by Eric Z.
March 4th, 2021, 7:25 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Thoughts on NorCal to Portland?
Replies: 9
Views: 223

Re: Thoughts on NorCal to Portland?

Not an expert, but this was my honeymoon route a decade ago. We started in Portland and ended in SF. Stops were Portland (a few days at the Hotel Monaco) Eugene Eureka Healdsburg San Francisco It is/was a great drive, with so much beautiful scenery along the way. Eureka seemed kind of unremarkable ...
by Eric Z.
March 3rd, 2021, 10:21 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Thoughts on NorCal to Portland?
Replies: 9
Views: 223

Thoughts on NorCal to Portland?

Hi there My wife and I are looking at a potential trip this fall. We were thinking of flying into SF and then either spending 5-6 days around SF, Napa/Sonoma and/or tacking on some more days and driving up to see the Redwood Forest, spend time in Willamette then wind up in Portland and fly home from...
by Eric Z.
February 24th, 2021, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)
Replies: 164
Views: 20682

Re: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)

It is a tough call but some I've seen music bands at the same venue for 20+ years and the prices of tickets have went up from $35 to almost $200 in that period, for the same band, same venue, etc. With Stubhub and other online resellers, bands/agents/venues started to see the real price the market ...
by Eric Z.
February 24th, 2021, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)
Replies: 164
Views: 20682

Re: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)

It is a tough call but some I've seen music bands at the same venue for 20+ years and the prices of tickets have went up from $35 to almost $200 in that period, for the same band, same venue, etc. With Stubhub and other online resellers, bands/agents/venues started to see the real price the market w...
by Eric Z.
February 23rd, 2021, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting Kits
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Re: Wine Tasting Kits

Hi Larry
PM sent
by Eric Z.
February 22nd, 2021, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!
Replies: 100
Views: 4435

Re: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!

I’ve done whole hog and suckling pigs. No lamb here. My teammate has a ton of smokers and always says I can borrow them. His portable ones are a Lang 60 and Lang 84. Also a very large cabinet smoker but doesn’t have a way to transport it. So if someone can help move the Lang’s we can smoke a hog and...
by Eric Z.
February 20th, 2021, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!
Replies: 100
Views: 4435

Re: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!

Jay - if you are generous enough to do this again I suggest you make it easier on yourself by relaxing your rules on doing everything yourself. I have nothing against control freaks (I fell in love with one after all) but if you let other people bring food, especially things that don't need the kit...
by Eric Z.
February 18th, 2021, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy
Replies: 104
Views: 7498

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

Hard for me to answer as I am newer to drinking better quality wine and have almost no experience with 'Burg. So why am I posting? Because I do enjoy OR Pinots especially from some of the producers mentioned. But one of my favorites comes from Austria - the Blaufrankisch grape. For ~$30USD a bottle...
by Eric Z.
February 18th, 2021, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!
Replies: 100
Views: 4435

Re: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!

. . . I have access to a 7 foot portable offset BBQ smoker. Could do a pig roast or just whole mess of BBQ stuff (ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken quarters, etc). Used to do competitions in the area - though I do not compete anymore my teammate still has this smoker and we are always looking for...
by Eric Z.
February 18th, 2021, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy
Replies: 104
Views: 7498

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

Hard for me to answer as I am newer to drinking better quality wine and have almost no experience with 'Burg. So why am I posting? Because I do enjoy OR Pinots especially from some of the producers mentioned. But one of my favorites comes from Austria - the Blaufrankisch grape. For ~$30USD a bottle ...
by Eric Z.
February 17th, 2021, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!
Replies: 100
Views: 4435

Re: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!

For those of you who think this is just the babbling of a bunch of old guys, here is the original thread to the one at my house. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=13003&p=170348&hilit=berserkerfest+2.5#p170348 The menu was a full dinner every two hours for 8 hours...
by Eric Z.
February 16th, 2021, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Winery Playing Cards
Replies: 1
Views: 237

Re: Best Winery Playing Cards

by Eric Z.
February 14th, 2021, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled
Replies: 86
Views: 4320

Re: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled

If I’m around I’ll pop anything any night thought my purchases are all $100 or less. I was gifted some more expensive wines from a friend who was moving but I mostly treat those the same way. That said there are more than a handful that I’ve tagged that my wife can’t have with her friends on a girls...
by Eric Z.
February 12th, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12
Replies: 183
Views: 10052

Re: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12

Best redemption value is to spend whatever points you have left and get out. The company just admitted that their point is valued at 0.004 cent per. They offer 5 points per dollar spent (thereby 2% return) on their partners, 1.2% return on other wineries, wine clubs, restaurants, deliveries, and 0....
by Eric Z.
February 12th, 2021, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8797
Views: 667918

Re: de Negoce offer

Can someone explain why Bennett Lane (or similar winery) would be willing to sell all of their $60 (retail) Merlot for much less than $10 to get rid of, if it were good enough to serve in the tasting room and therefore good enough for me to want a case of? foot traffic is down in tasting rooms due ...
by Eric Z.
February 11th, 2021, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures
Replies: 64
Views: 3559

Re: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures

Sorry Eric, I probably wasn't clear, the frozen bottles delivered to me were on the bottom of the box. Ah ok - so I guess location within the box did not matter. And I agree, I was not going to name anyone but it was already out there and Ian did a fantastic job. I sent him a photo and said I plan ...
by Eric Z.
February 11th, 2021, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures
Replies: 64
Views: 3559

Re: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures

I know it cannot be easy Ian - that was the reason I contacted you - not so much for a refund for me personally but maybe to alert you to place a hold on future shipments to other customers out East. I know it cannot be easy on a small winery to handle these logistics and go up against UPS. Cannot s...
by Eric Z.
February 11th, 2021, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8797
Views: 667918

Re: de Negoce offer

I recall reading somewhere that he was holding back X% from each release to put together for an online store where you can buy "by the bottle" and "mix and match" - maybe you'll need to get 6 or 12 bottles for shipment but at least can mix and match. I also believe the idea was t...
by Eric Z.
February 10th, 2021, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures
Replies: 64
Views: 3559

Re: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures

Sorry Eric, I probably wasn't clear, the frozen bottles delivered to me were on the bottom of the box. Ah ok - so I guess location within the box did not matter. And I agree, I was not going to name anyone but it was already out there and Ian did a fantastic job. I sent him a photo and said I plan ...
by Eric Z.
February 10th, 2021, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures
Replies: 64
Views: 3559

Re: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures

And to Eric's situation, it was the bottles on the bottom of a double box that were frozen with the corks out or almost out. the three bottles with damage were all on the top of the box, not the bottom. The 3 on the bottom are perfectly in tact. I could wonder about the contents inside but I'll giv...
by Eric Z.
February 10th, 2021, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures
Replies: 64
Views: 3559

Re: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures

Oh wow...where are you guys located where the temperature was so low to pop the cork up like that?! I am in Northern NJ just outside NYC. When I look at the tracking history on UPS it just says it left OR on the 3rd and arrived in NJ on the 9th. Not sure the route it took during those 6 days. Got t...
by Eric Z.
February 10th, 2021, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures
Replies: 64
Views: 3559

Re: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures

Update: it seemed to be an issue with UPS not honoring the shipper's request to hold until the weather changed. To his credit, the sender (Ian Burrows of AEREA Vintners) was incredibly fast in getting back to me and very gracious, offering to replace the bottles no questions asked. Amazing customer...
by Eric Z.
February 9th, 2021, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Spring Chardonnay Offer will go live on Tuesday, February 9th
Replies: 45
Views: 4651

Re: Rivers-Marie Spring Chardonnay Offer will go live on Tuesday, February 9th

Anyone in the Northern NJ area want to split an order with me or would let me buy a bottle or two from their allotment? Though these aren't super expensive I am a bit timid to go in on 4+ Domestic Chards from CA as my minimal experience hasn't been too positive but I am willing to take a small gambl...
by Eric Z.
January 31st, 2021, 11:19 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EXTENDED THRU SUNDAY:Trathen Hall Wines - BD12 Offer - 30% OFF & Flat Rate / Free Shipping
Replies: 45
Views: 1546

Re: EXTENDED THRU SUNDAY:Trathen Hall Wines - BD12 Offer - 30% OFF & Flat Rate / Free Shipping

Thanks for the order Eric. We are pretty excited about Willamette Valley SB. Ours is predominantly fermented in neutral French oak with a small portion of Stainless Steel. This wood/steel combo we feel gives a nice amount of weight while retaining just enough of those herbaceous notes that are typi...
by Eric Z.
January 30th, 2021, 10:14 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EXTENDED THRU SUNDAY:Trathen Hall Wines - BD12 Offer - 30% OFF & Flat Rate / Free Shipping
Replies: 45
Views: 1546

Re: EXTENDED THRU SUNDAY:Trathen Hall Wines - BD12 Offer - 30% OFF & Flat Rate / Free Shipping

Late to the game. Was reviewing ones I missed and stumbled on this thread. Saw the history in Central Otago which was one of my fav regions I’ve visited. Plus haven’t tried OR Sauv Blanc yet (always see Chard) so offer #2 hit a nice balance for me

I am in for the 6 to give them a try!
by Eric Z.
January 28th, 2021, 6:20 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?
Replies: 223
Views: 8519

Re: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?

was my first BD 6 Sampler of Goodfellow 12 sampler of Suzor 6 Aerea Pure Gamay Only 2 cases - I already have about 120 bottles and its just my wife and I - if I got more I'd be afraid I'd be sleeping in the basement with the bottles! If these are a hit in the house I could see a much bigger BD13 in ...
by Eric Z.
January 27th, 2021, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release
Replies: 177
Views: 18523

Re: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release

I got my notice yesterday - signed up this winter. Of course I get the email on BD. So after looking at the BD stuff, then looking back at RM I get my order ready and the SC coast was out. As a newb with a somewhat depleted BD budget I was bummed. This morning I randomly clicked my allocation link a...
by Eric Z.
January 26th, 2021, 2:51 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: **EXTENDED Through 02/01** Aerea Vintners BD12 Offers (Willamette Valley Gamay/Pinot/Passetoutgrain)
Replies: 27
Views: 1114

Re: Aerea Vintners BD12 Offers (Willamette Valley Gamay/Pinot/Passetoutgrain)

Also looking forward to a domestic Gamay producer. Just started to enjoy the grape from imported labels but excited to try out someone stateside. First time BD shopper too - its been a fun day!
by Eric Z.
January 26th, 2021, 2:50 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Suzor Wines | ''Oregon Pinot Noir at its precision-balanced, Burgundy-inspired best.''
Replies: 80
Views: 3435

Re: Suzor Wines | ''Oregon Pinot Noir at its precision-balanced, Burgundy-inspired best.''

First time BD Shopper - picked up a vertical to try out your PN. splitting it with a friend so we can both get to sample a new winery - very excited
by Eric Z.
January 26th, 2021, 2:49 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages
Replies: 238
Views: 11430

Re: Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

First BD wine purchases today - Goodfellow made the list. Excited to try these out. Went for the 6 sampler pack as a first time purchaser.
by Eric Z.
January 22nd, 2021, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anybody else get this private message offer? Scam alert
Replies: 15
Views: 1087

Re: Anybody else get this private message offer? Scam alert

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: January 22nd, 2021, 5:56 am What, you guys didn’t immediately wire him 10,000?
you got ripped off - only cost me 9,750!
by Eric Z.
January 8th, 2021, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 93
Views: 4434

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

I saw that Rally just started into Wine as well. They have been doing cars and sports memorabilia. https://www.forbes.com/sites/katedingwall/2020/09/04/investment-app-rally-is-offering-shares-of-some-of-the-worlds-finest-wines/#642aa3063eba It all looks fun, but the best part about owning a classic...
by Eric Z.
January 4th, 2021, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC retailer shipping policies
Replies: 20
Views: 920

Re: NYC retailer shipping policies

though its certainly not a friendly policy - NYC has a rather high cost for rent. And maybe its not possible for them to sit on your case of wine for X amount of months when space is at a premium. It its one of the big NYC places they may have a large offsite warehouse storage and its a slightly dif...
by Eric Z.
December 22nd, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries
Replies: 134
Views: 8061

Re: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries

I am somewhat new to this area of DTC wine purchases but here are my two cents: 1) Invest in technology (Coming from someone who has made a career in IT fwiw) are your websites able to tell you how many customers walk away once they see shipping costs if shipping is at the end? People are saying the...
by Eric Z.
June 2nd, 2020, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help with Pairing/Decanting Advice for a big celebration
Replies: 17
Views: 762

Re: Need help with Pairing/Decanting Advice for a big celebration

Thanks for the suggestions - we wound up going with the oldest of the bunch - 1997 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard I took it out of the wine fridge for ~1 hour and used the Coravin to fill two glasses and let that sit for 45-60 mins prior to drinking. Came out very ni...
by Eric Z.
May 31st, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help with Pairing/Decanting Advice for a big celebration
Replies: 17
Views: 762

Re: Need help with Pairing/Decanting Advice for a big celebration

Gus Siokis wrote: May 31st, 2020, 1:25 pm Have you thought about opening with a nice Champagne?
Tonight we celebrated with my in laws in a small group and I brought over the one nice bottle of bubbly I have on hand - from Eric Rodez. It’s my sister in laws bday too so was a nice celebration for us all
by Eric Z.
May 31st, 2020, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help with Pairing/Decanting Advice for a big celebration
Replies: 17
Views: 762

Re: Need help with Pairing/Decanting Advice for a big celebration

Not sure why you would rather recork with a regular cork rather than Coravin, but that’s the perfect situation for the Repour bottle stopper. Because I’m likely over thinking things as I usually do. If decanting is suggested could I use the Coravin to fill a bit into a decanter? I just always assum...
by Eric Z.
May 31st, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help with Pairing/Decanting Advice for a big celebration
Replies: 17
Views: 762

Re: Need help with Pairing/Decanting Advice for a big celebration

Thanks all - some great advice and some good ideas to sleep on Leaning towards taking out the older CdV for a spin To answer a few other questions - yes just S&P on the steak. not to toot my own horn but I used to travel around the Northeast doing BBQ Contests. So cooking a steak over an open fi...
by Eric Z.
May 31st, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help with Pairing/Decanting Advice for a big celebration
Replies: 17
Views: 762

Re: Need help with Pairing/Decanting Advice for a big celebration

Due to covid it’s the wife and I. That’s it. So just looking at 1 bottle amongst those posted.

It’s my 40th so I’m still calling it a party!
Just a party for 2, or 3 if you count the dog.
by Eric Z.
May 31st, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help with Pairing/Decanting Advice for a big celebration
Replies: 17
Views: 762

Need help with Pairing/Decanting Advice for a big celebration

Hi Everyone I have a big birthday I am celebrating tomorrow, so I already have my nice dry aged prime strip steak ready to go on the grill - now I just need to pair it well! I think a Cab is likely better than a Rhone blend, but I am up for suggestions and also ideas on decanting. I've read a lot on...
by Eric Z.
May 21st, 2020, 6:28 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens
Replies: 25
Views: 3762

Re: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens

Thanks all - slowly unwinding the trip. Will revisit this thread (and the trip) in 2021 (hopefully)
by Eric Z.
March 2nd, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens
Replies: 25
Views: 3762

Re: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens

Three full days in Athens is two too many its not 3 full days in athens, its 3 nights. We'll get to Athens via ferry from Naxos, so I assume that is around 12-2pm or so. Then transit to the hotel, check in, etc. My guess is we would check in, walk around a bit to get our senses on direction in the ...
by Eric Z.
February 28th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 283
Views: 17641

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Planning a trip to Greece in June and still going. The stats on the flu (cases and deaths) are way worse than this virus is at this time. Would I go to the epicenter of it all, probably not. Companies like JP and others have to curtail travel so they cannot be sued if someone got the virus. Maybe I ...
by Eric Z.
February 25th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: The Grill, NYC
Replies: 7
Views: 3177

Re: The Grill, NYC

Never been to The Grill but have enjoyed many nice experiences in NYC. Is there a type of food style or something to keep in mind? A steakhouse? A tasting menu? Something off the beaten path? Something considered "fine dining" or can it be chic and fun? I mean to go to the complete opposit...

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