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by Anthony C
March 1st, 2021, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hidden wine cellar
Replies: 7
Views: 1170

Re: Hidden wine cellar

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
by Anthony C
March 1st, 2021, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 136
Views: 14341

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

My cellar is: [foundation][2" Thermax polyiso insulation w/vapor barrier][framing w/Rockwool insulation][drywall][wine racks] It's all the way around my wine room including the ceiling. I foil taped all the seams and used the expanding foam for the floor joint. I used Gold Bond XP mold and mois...
by Anthony C
March 1st, 2021, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 136
Views: 14341

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

Yes, vapor barrier on the outside. If not, outside humidity condenses inside the wall as it gets cooler which can lead to mold growth. The vapor barrier keeps that moisture out so there's nothign to condense. The warmer air from the house can hold a lot more humidity than the cooler air in the cella...
by Anthony C
February 27th, 2021, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chilling wine and acidity
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Chilling wine and acidity

Opened one of my BD wines, a 2016 Veleta Viji and at cellar temp the acidity was non-existent. It distracted from the flavors and everything just seemed flat. Fridge chill for a few hours and everything opened up perfectly. Acidity came back (?) and the oak, fruit, and florals all came out. I get th...
by Anthony C
February 26th, 2021, 6:09 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *** EXTENDED *** VELETA WINES - Berserker Day 12 Deals
Replies: 84
Views: 2693

Re: *** EXTENDED *** VELETA WINES - Berserker Day 12 Deals

Same. Got mine a couple days ago and that was a really beefy cardboard shipper. But when I thought about it, there aren't many shippers out there that can handle regular, champagne size, and dessert/split size bottles in the same box. Everything looked good. Gonna pop some of the older vintages this...
by Anthony C
February 25th, 2021, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chenin Blanc for less than $100 --- who do you go to?
Replies: 102
Views: 4201

Re: Chenin Blanc for less than $100 --- who do you go to?

Most of the French offerings or regions I like have been listed here. I will say I've liked every chenin I've had out of Clarksburg, CA (from three different producers) and they've all be very affordable. Most recent was a quick weather/shipping check of a 2017 bottle from Beau-Rivage. Very nice and...
by Anthony C
February 25th, 2021, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When did you last inventory your cellar/collection, or at least a good part of it.
Replies: 55
Views: 1878

Re: When did you last inventory your cellar/collection, or at least a good part of it.

I was kinda between things, so I didn't participate in the poll. I did a full inventory when I built my cellar last year, but have been pretty disciplined since then. The system that works for me is I leave the empties at my wine station or dining room table until I log them in. Then it's either the...
by Anthony C
February 24th, 2021, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2021 Release save The Date 2/16 & 2/24
Replies: 158
Views: 14112

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2021 Release save The Date 2/16 & 2/24

Man you all are a bad influence. :) I thought I was done buying for a while after BD.

Just ordered 2 of each riesling, 2 carignan, 4 sauv blanc, an Evangelho and a Sonoma cab.
by Anthony C
February 20th, 2021, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?
Replies: 37
Views: 2017

Re: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?

It's been a while since I've been there but . . . Foxen (the small tasting shack, if it's still there -- there's also a nicer tasting room at the winery) Beckmen Solvang and Los Olivos are great and have many tasting rooms in a small area Hitching Post II was great for dinner. Ended up eating there ...
by Anthony C
February 20th, 2021, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommended Online Retailers
Replies: 14
Views: 1197

Re: Recommended Online Retailers

Saratoga Wine and Chamber St. are the two I buy from most and have had good service. 2 day ground shipping to Virginia is nice too and makes it easier to extend the shipping season.
by Anthony C
February 19th, 2021, 7:31 am
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: 9859

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

The Nez du Vin aroma kit came back but unfortunately the point value was raised by nearly 10K points (I think it was 66.5K when I applied and now it is 75K). Still put in the order but not a great look. Yeah, I made a quick spreadsheet to compare the card to my other cashback card and I had the sam...
by Anthony C
February 15th, 2021, 2:08 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *EXTENDED* Sabelli-Frisch BD12 insane offer - all the new 2019's!
Replies: 88
Views: 4668

Re: *EXTENDED* Sabelli-Frisch BD12 insane offer - all the new 2019's!

Hi Adam, not in a rush for shipping. Virginia is just at freezing now and probably only going to go up in the next 4 weeks, but as the truck has to drive across the middle of the country . . .

I'm just figuring on all my BD wines arriving mid to late March at the earliest.
by Anthony C
February 15th, 2021, 11:56 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL
Replies: 164
Views: 6571

Re: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL

Okay, I'm really impatient. Just popped a 2017. It was very acidic and little fruit on open, but it was at around 45F. Let it warm up in the glass and the aromatics and fruit came out. Classic chenin profile. No sign of tartarate crystals and the cork was right where it should have been. So I'm pret...
by Anthony C
February 15th, 2021, 11:07 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL
Replies: 164
Views: 6571

Re: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL

Half my order arrived today as well (Virginia). Bottles were fridge cold, not frozen cold. Box and styro in great shape and no sign of bulged corks. Gonna impatiently open one tonight to check on it and will report back. Oh, and the winery contacted me as the box arrived to check on it, so they are ...
by Anthony C
February 14th, 2021, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shout out to your local wine shop gal/guy!
Replies: 49
Views: 2680

Re: Shout out to your local wine shop gal/guy!

Victor Mendes at Vienna Vintner is my go-to local wine shop (when I'm not blowing half my wine budget on Berserker Day). I can't speak for all customers, but he always remembers me and my preferences and points me in the right direction (or away from stuff he knows I won't like). The shop is very ni...
by Anthony C
February 14th, 2021, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Virage 2016 Cab Franc Rose (short boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 305

Re: TN: Virage 2016 Cab Franc Rose (short boring)

A rose’ went with vanilla cake and chocolate ganache? Do tell more, as I have 3 bottles, of this on the way. Yeah, I was surprised too. It just had enough weight (mid-palate, overall mouth-feel) to not distract and the moderate acidity was just right. Even with the sausages (some herbal and some sp...
by Anthony C
February 13th, 2021, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is the most valuable bottle of wine in your cellar?
Replies: 86
Views: 5528

Re: POLL: What is the most expensive bottle of wine in your cellar?

$200 Pichon Lalande from several vintages. That's about my cap. I've been tempted by some $300 Gaja at my wine guys store but I have kids to raise. Maybe in 10 years I'll up my limit.
by Anthony C
February 13th, 2021, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Virage 2016 Cab Franc Rose (short boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 305

TN: Virage 2016 Cab Franc Rose (short boring)

Mint and rose on the nose. Light acidity, well balanced. Good weight to it. Went great with peppers and sausages as well as a vanilla cake with chocolate ganache. Not a hot summer patio sipper, but a well rounded wine. Definitely recommend.

If you must make me assign points: 91
by Anthony C
February 12th, 2021, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting lecture with Harold McGee
Replies: 1
Views: 230

Re: Interesting lecture with Harold McGee

I finally made it through On Food and Cooking and am about 1/3 through Nose Dive. Tough reads but a lot of good info. Bookmarked this to watch this weekend. Thanks for the link.
by Anthony C
February 12th, 2021, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines
Replies: 42
Views: 1894

Re: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines

Virage and Frog's Leap were the first two that came to mind. I enjoy both and they remind me of the more restrained style of Bordeaux.
by Anthony C
February 10th, 2021, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Franny Beck Pinot Noir En noir et blanc - UNCANNY VALLEY!
Replies: 10
Views: 890

Re: TN: 2018 Franny Beck Pinot Noir En noir et blanc - UNCANNY VALLEY!

I think I have both of these wines coming soon from BD so I guess I'll have to have a blind tasting and see for myself! [cheers.gif]
by Anthony C
February 5th, 2021, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommended Wine Books
Replies: 31
Views: 1522

Re: Recommended Wine Books

The Noble Rot book is available in the US thru the Apple Store, albeit only digital iBook format. I enjoyed it. Sommelier Atlas of Taste is amazing I want to read Barolo and Barbaresco. Barolo and Barbaresco is a good book. Goes into a lot of the history of the area and grape. Eventually sections r...
by Anthony C
February 5th, 2021, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where does your abv and oak level preference come from?
Replies: 13
Views: 483

Re: Where does your abv and oak level preference come from?

I have a tannin + sulfite sensitivity. Not bad, I still love wines with both but I can tell instantly when a wine has a lot of sulfites and overly tannic wines are a guaranteed hangover with just 2 glasses. That said, it's made me more appreciative of ageing where the sulfite and tannins react slowl...
by Anthony C
January 29th, 2021, 6:08 pm
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: 8374

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

1st BD. 84 bottles, 6 Grassl glasses, and a decanter. All new unless noted

Franny Beck
Virage (first tried last fall)
Sabelli Frisch
Lagier-Meredith
Tercero
Goodfellow
Veleta
Walter Scott
Beau-Rivage

Got samplers as much as I could to prepare for BD13!
by Anthony C
January 28th, 2021, 5:54 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: 11312

Re: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

Hi Marcus, you confirmed you got my e-mail but I never confirmed payment. Did I miss a link or instruction to call you all? It was kinda crazy the last two days. If I'm just being impatient, feel free to yell at me :) Thanks. Be patient. I have a package named after me and I haven't gotten an invoi...
by Anthony C
January 28th, 2021, 3:29 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: 11312

Re: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

Hi Marcus, you confirmed you got my e-mail but I never confirmed payment. Did I miss a link or instruction to call you all? It was kinda crazy the last two days. If I'm just being impatient, feel free to yell at me :) Thanks.
by Anthony C
January 27th, 2021, 11:12 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 598
Views: 47548

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

7 cases, not bad for my first BD. I'll check out the auction, but I think I'm tapped out :)
by Anthony C
January 27th, 2021, 11:10 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Walter Scott Berserker Day Discovery 6-Packs
Replies: 103
Views: 5300

Re: Walter Scott Berserker Day Discovery 6-Packs

Order in for the Chard/PN sampler. That may do it for BD12 for me.
by Anthony C
January 27th, 2021, 7:34 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Franny Beck: The Greatest Berserker Day Offer Ever. V.6
Replies: 145
Views: 6765

Re: Franny Beck: The Greatest Berserker Day Offer Ever. V.6

How can you not say yes to the Open Letter case??? I'm in. I already warned the wife, this year is the sampler year. Next year will be the "where do we build a 2nd wine cellar" year :) Hey Anthony, thank you for the order. Just noticed you're in Fairfax. I'm a Mason grad. Miss my time in ...
by Anthony C
January 27th, 2021, 5:18 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 598
Views: 47548

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

Are the same threads from yesterday going to be reactivated today? I had a couple replies that I can't see because they are moved for now. One may be regarding setting up payment, which is why I ask.
by Anthony C
January 26th, 2021, 3:29 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Franny Beck: The Greatest Berserker Day Offer Ever. V.6
Replies: 145
Views: 6765

Re: Franny Beck: The Greatest Berserker Day Offer Ever. V.6

Tom O wrote: January 26th, 2021, 3:23 pm How can you not say yes to the Open Letter case??? I'm in.
I already warned the wife, this year is the sampler year. Next year will be the "where do we build a 2nd wine cellar" year :)
by Anthony C
January 26th, 2021, 2:34 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 598
Views: 47548

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

MikeY wrote: January 26th, 2021, 2:26 pm First Berserker Day. And I'm already in for 3.5 cases. Have no idea how I'll find room in the cellar. Except by drinking.
Same boat. 1st BD.

Built a new small cellar this year and I was just down there thinking: "where am I gonna put all this f@#$#@ wine?"
by Anthony C
January 26th, 2021, 2:25 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 598
Views: 47548

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

I was not prepared for the amount of offers today. I had a nice plan for tomorrow but then had to wing it today. Like they say, no plan survives contact with the enemy (or in this case contact with the offers) :) I did okay, only two cases more than I expected and I saved a little budget for a coupl...
by Anthony C
January 26th, 2021, 1:42 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: 11312

Re: Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

Marcus Goodfellow wrote: January 26th, 2021, 11:51 am
Anthony C wrote: January 26th, 2021, 9:45 am In for a 6 of BD Chard and a 6 pack of the #1.

Thanks.
Got it Anthony, and thank you.

Can you email me to get shipping, etc.
I sent you an email through the forum. If you don't get it, or need more info, just let me know. Thanks.
by Anthony C
January 26th, 2021, 1:21 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Franny Beck: The Greatest Berserker Day Offer Ever. V.6
Replies: 145
Views: 6765

Re: Franny Beck: The Greatest Berserker Day Offer Ever. V.6

Order in for the Showcase 6 pack. Had to laugh at the Screaming Eagle Helicopter offer -- one of the best running jokes on WB. :)
by Anthony C
January 26th, 2021, 10:18 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glass *2/22/21 Shipping Data, bottom of 1st post*
Replies: 192
Views: 11306

Re: Grassl Glass

Hi Chris, I got my order in before the carafe was corrected. I just didn't notice. If you can credit $10 great, if not we can figure something out -- these are still great prices
by Anthony C
January 26th, 2021, 10:00 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL
Replies: 164
Views: 6571

Re: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL

Looking forward to this tomorrow. Will definitely be in for a case.
by Anthony C
January 26th, 2021, 9:45 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages
Replies: 238
Views: 11312

Re: Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

In for a 6 of BD Chard and a 6 pack of the #1.

Thanks.
by Anthony C
January 26th, 2021, 9:40 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *EXTENDED* Sabelli-Frisch BD12 insane offer - all the new 2019's!
Replies: 88
Views: 4668

Re: Sabelli-Frisch BD12 insane offer!

same. It's wanting to add on shipping. I'll keep the cart open just let us know if I need to put in a code or something else. Thanks.
by Anthony C
January 26th, 2021, 8:15 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *** EXTENDED *** VELETA WINES - Berserker Day 12 Deals
Replies: 84
Views: 2693

Re: VELETA WINES - Berserker Day 12 Deals

Hi Nola,
The sampler is saying 180 when I follow the link.

Not sure which end the typo is on, but just wanted you to know.
by Anthony C
January 25th, 2021, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing wine in a passive cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 2319

Re: Storing wine in a passive cellar

My passive cellar isn't even a year old yet, but so far it has seen a pretty hot summer and now at the coldest part of the winter I'm seeing a range of 55F to 68F and I'm happy with that. I roughed in for a cooling unit in the future but if these stay consistent I probably wont' ever use it. I read ...
by Anthony C
January 25th, 2021, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Tablas Creek - "Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie" (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Re: TN: 2004 Tablas Creek - "Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie" (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

Thanks Brian. I have been meaning to try some of these Tablas "Beaucastel" wines. I love Beaucastel wines, but finding older ones has become more difficult.
by Anthony C
January 19th, 2021, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Venison Wellington food pairing...
Replies: 21
Views: 768

Re: Venison Wellington food pairing...

I always like tannic monster wines (Barolo, young Bdx, some Tempranillos) or ones with a spice character like Syrah with venison (aforementioned No. Rhone). I guess the trick here is finding one that doesn't overwhelm the mushroom. If you have a stand-alone venison roast / steak or a braised neck, ...

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