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by Anthony C
October 25th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Labeling cellar columns/rows
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: Labeling cellar columns/rows

I use CT and letters for columns and numbers for rows. I sort region by column but there's always some spillover.

For my X bins, I call them XL3, XR4 (x bins, left, 3rd X down, x-right-4th down, respectively)
by Anthony C
October 23rd, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chamber St. Chenin Blanc Seminar -- any other Berserkers participating?
Replies: 7
Views: 464

Re: Chamber St. Chenin Blanc Seminar -- any other Berserkers participating?

Looks like they do ship to Virginia. Yeah.

The sample wines look like a Vouvray, Anjou, and one from Clarksburg. Don't know vintages yet but am looking forward to the tasting.
by Anthony C
October 23rd, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You know you have too much wine when...
Replies: 59
Views: 2607

Re: You know you have too much wine when...All

jordan jacobs wrote:
October 23rd, 2020, 3:02 pm
All of these.
On the flip side, you have too much wine but you stare endlessly at your CT and can’t, for the life of you, decide what to drink.
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by Anthony C
October 22nd, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chamber St. Chenin Blanc Seminar -- any other Berserkers participating?
Replies: 7
Views: 464

Chamber St. Chenin Blanc Seminar -- any other Berserkers participating?

Hi all, Still don't know if they can ship to me in Virginia (haven't heard back from customer service), but Chamber St. is selling a 3 bottle chenin pack, with a Zoom seminar on Nov. 1. Seemed interesting and chenin blanc is one my wife just discovered she likes. Just wondering if any other Berserke...
by Anthony C
October 21st, 2020, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Sommeliers Bordeaux stem changes?
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Re: Riedel Sommeliers Bordeaux stem changes?

I've only had mine 2 years or so and I find them pretty heavy, but I don't have the older version to compare to. I got mine from Williams Sonoma at Christmas and it was basically half the regular price then, but then spiked back up afterwards. I know when I was researching lead content earlier this ...
by Anthony C
October 20th, 2020, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Château Carbonnieux Blanc
Replies: 25
Views: 896

Re: TN: 2017 Château Carbonnieux Blanc

I'm limited on space, or I'd stock up more on these. Carbonnieux was the first white bordeaux I ever had with age on it. Sadly I pivoted hard to Burgundy and reds in general and forgot about it. Since finishing the cellar I've been stocking up a lot more. Sadly the two places I have bought it from i...
by Anthony C
October 19th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Château Carbonnieux Blanc
Replies: 25
Views: 896

Re: TN: 2017 Château Carbonnieux Blanc

I have a couple of these in the cellar. Looking forward to them in about 10 to 20 years :)

Thanks for the note and thanks Robert for bumping it to the top.
by Anthony C
October 16th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 36
Views: 1696

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

and ultimately wrote was it is the first large bowled stem for Cab blends which doesn't drill your nasal passage with alcohol. This is the problem I always had with my Riedel Somm Bdx glasses and why I am liking the Cru and 1855 over them. The Riedel was great for in-glass decanting/aeration. Howev...
by Anthony C
October 14th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value plays in St. Julien...
Replies: 35
Views: 1597

Re: Value plays in St. Julien...

I had an '86 Lagrange not too long ago. Good flavor profile but lacked the depth/balance I was expecting/hoping for. Had a hint of bitterness and a very short finish. Overall good, but not great. Paid $100 for it earlier this year, cellared by the store I bought it from. I have a couple bottles of 2...
by Anthony C
October 8th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker and purchase tracking question
Replies: 18
Views: 883

Re: CellarTracker and purchase tracking question

I do an even split as well. It doesn't come up enough for me to worry about. If for some reason I had a $200 cab with 5, $20 bottles mixed in or something else way off, I'd fudge it but most of the mixed cases I buy are just 6 wines all around $50 or a similar situation. I really only want a rough r...
by Anthony C
October 8th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worth buying? 2015 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion
Replies: 22
Views: 960

Re: Worth buying? 2015 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion

I have only tried a few seconds, but have been disappointed or was "meh". Now, I mostly either look for off-vintages or lower tier Bordeauxs instead and found the top wines from 2-5CC Chateau (or some not even ranked) seem to be better than the seconds. Again, small sample size. I'm sure there are a...
by Anthony C
October 7th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar problems - one leak after another
Replies: 13
Views: 1311

Re: Cellar problems - one leak after another

Is this thread about leaking coolant/refrigerant, or is it about leaking/perspiring water? Appears to be just water. No evidence of a coolant leak. Jeff, Does the condensate drain outside? I'm wondering if these two leaks are both on the condensate line -- maybe a cut/partial clog out the outside w...
by Anthony C
October 7th, 2020, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 36
Views: 1696

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

I did a "horizontal" across several glasses when I got my Grassl's. Compared the 1855 to a Riedel Somm and some other red wine glasses I had. It's true there is a difference and it was easy to discern. The Grassl Cru was much better at focusing the nose. The Riedel somm was not far behind but was so...
by Anthony C
October 5th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar problems - one leak after another
Replies: 13
Views: 1311

Re: Cellar problems - one leak after another

I can't speak to a split wine cellar system (mine is passive) but the split systems are not much different than any other split system (the "Florida room" air conditioners). I imagine any group that services one can service another although direct experience with your particular model would always h...
by Anthony C
October 3rd, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: East Coast Retailers?
Replies: 17
Views: 811

Re: East Coast Retailers?

Saratoga is usally $24 for a case shipped to me ground. West coast wine clubs and such are usually $45 a case. Not horrible, but it adds up.

Thanks for the info Neal, I'll have to check them out next time I'm downtown.
by Anthony C
October 3rd, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: East Coast Retailers?
Replies: 17
Views: 811

Re: East Coast Retailers?

I get a lot of stuff from Saratoga Wine Exchange. Fast shipping, delayed shipping, had decent prices on the wines I was looking for and was one of the only places that had a few I was looking for. They are out of NY. I get stuff to the DC area in about 2 days, even cheap ground shipping. Neal, does ...
by Anthony C
October 3rd, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?
Replies: 68
Views: 2820

Re: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?

I went from a local spreadsheet to an online spreadsheet to Cellar Tracker and don't regret the move. I like having all the info available from work, phone, or at home and doing tasting notes from parties or restaurants and having those available when I'm shopping later. I tried to find locally host...
by Anthony C
October 2nd, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Site Is Broke. All links are sending me to wine.com
Replies: 23
Views: 1326

Re: The Site Is Broke. All links are sending me to wine.com

I'm using Brave browser with the ad-shields down (for this site anyway) on Windows 10 and links appear to be working just fine. Just a data point from the other side in case this is browser/OS specific. For reference Brave is based on Chrome and uses the same base code. Is it as much of a memory ho...
by Anthony C
October 2nd, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Site Is Broke. All links are sending me to wine.com
Replies: 23
Views: 1326

Re: The Site Is Broke. All links are sending me to wine.com

I'm using Brave browser with the ad-shields down (for this site anyway) on Windows 10 and links appear to be working just fine. Just a data point from the other side in case this is browser/OS specific.

For reference Brave is based on Chrome and uses the same base code.
by Anthony C
September 30th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideal bin size and brass labels for such?
Replies: 3
Views: 313

Re: Ideal bin size and brass labels for such?

I do letter and number like a grid and track it in CT that way. Each bin just one bottle. I don't buy 6 and 12 counts of really nice bottles, so it makes more sense since each slot would have something different anyway. I have X bins on the other wall that I simply assign the whole X as a designatio...
by Anthony C
September 28th, 2020, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wood boxes-what to do?
Replies: 31
Views: 1478

Re: wood boxes-what to do?

Very nice.

Except for the Penguins stickers :)
by Anthony C
September 27th, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine scorers: Absolute or Relative to "Class" ?
Replies: 63
Views: 1752

Re: Wine scorers: Absolute or Relative to "Class" ?

Put me at absolute scale, but I also give bonus for a $25 wine that shines and demote a $150 bottle that disappoints. But the score is about why the one disappointed and the other did not. I'm always looking for balance, depth or layered flavors, and overall feel and finish. While I don't expect a 2...
by Anthony C
September 27th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wood boxes-what to do?
Replies: 31
Views: 1478

Re: wood boxes-what to do?

Not cases, but I was saving bottles for similar stuff. Had like 200 of them thinking I'd do a retaining wall or decorative wall/ceiling indoors. Never happened. Didn't help that they kept threatening to stop recycling them, but they just piled up. Now I'm just saving the "wall of fame" ones and maki...
by Anthony C
September 23rd, 2020, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?
Replies: 38
Views: 1359

Re: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?

Julian, I just saw your TNs on CT. You are a real star, tasting huge numbers of French wines up and down the price range! Le Blanc de Prieuré-Lichine - many Left Bank CCs produce whites now and most are much of a muchness: a hefty dollop of oak on reasonably refined fruit. I had a glass of this in ...
by Anthony C
September 22nd, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?
Replies: 38
Views: 1359

Re: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?

Thanks all. The article was great as are all the recommendations. I think the wallet is going to take a hit next month.
by Anthony C
September 22nd, 2020, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Château La Louvière Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: TN: 1990 Château La Louvière Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Just looked at the Wine Folly chart. https://winefolly.com/tips/wine-color-chart/ With their terms, I would call it a medium amber. Well even medium amber is pretty dark. I don’t quibble with your description of the color originally, I just am surprised the wine was ok. Nice to know a non-sticky ca...
by Anthony C
September 22nd, 2020, 3:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?
Replies: 38
Views: 1359

Re: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?

Thanks all. Some names I recognize there. I've had Carbonnieux before but young, not aged, and I have some Chevalier reds in the cellar. That means my local shop can likely get these regularly.

I'll ask about the others. Thanks.
by Anthony C
September 21st, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?
Replies: 38
Views: 1359

Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?

Hi all, We enjoyed a very good 1990 Bordeaux blanc from Pessac-Leognan over the weekend (TN: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=173351 ). I kinda wrote off sauv blanc for a variety of reasons, but trying a really good aged one has me reconsidering getting a few to lay down. Any...
by Anthony C
September 21st, 2020, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Château La Louvière Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: TN: 1990 Château La Louvière Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Just looked at the Wine Folly chart. https://winefolly.com/tips/wine-color-chart/

With their terms, I would call it a medium amber.
by Anthony C
September 21st, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Château La Louvière Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: TN: 1990 Château La Louvière Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Bill Sweeney wrote:
September 21st, 2020, 4:37 am
Wow, the dark amber color would have made me sure the wine had maderized. Glad it turned out to be ok. Lucky guy.
Not brownish. More sauternes, apple juice, not apple cider, if that makes any sense. Maybe dark amber was a little too much. I need a color wheel by the wine station. :)
by Anthony C
September 19th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Share your thoughts on Margaux
Replies: 44
Views: 3779

Re: Share your thoughts on Margaux

I've only had much older Brane Cantenac -- sounds like they are back on point?

i have two bottles of 2000 Cantenac Brown I'm waiting to open, but never had it before.

Thanks for the info folks. Looks like i have a few more chateau to seek out.
by Anthony C
September 19th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Château La Louvière Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 5
Views: 276

TN: 1990 Château La Louvière Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

1990 Château La Louvière Blanc - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (9/19/2020) Dark amber color. Nose of butter cream, light baking spice, and dried tree fruit. Flavor profile of nutmeg and apricot among other flavors (slate, other minerals). A lot of depth here. Acid and alcohol in perfect ...
by Anthony C
September 18th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3675

Re: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore

I lost a vintage needle to a composite cork. Forgot it was on there and didn't inspect the cork before plunging. Bent it. I leave bottles upright for at least an hour unless the needle was in longer, in which case I leave it overnight. 90% of my coravin'ing is on bottles I drink within two weeks, bu...
by Anthony C
September 17th, 2020, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 313
Views: 16015

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Just got a shipment from a different online vendor, which was also held for shipment. They charged me about a month after ordering and oddly enough the packing slip had a date close to the CC billing date. It seems they boxed the order a month ago, charged me once ready to ship, stored the box, and ...
by Anthony C
September 16th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with new cellar: entry, organization, app, etc.
Replies: 16
Views: 619

Re: Help with new cellar: entry, organization, app, etc.

I use Cellartracker and put what you call X and Y coordinates into "Bin". I have 2 walls. One wall is North and one is South. these are notated by an 'N' or 'S'. The vertical columns are labeled 'A' through 'Z'. The horizontal rows are labeled '1' through '18'. For me, its pretty easy to visualize ...
by Anthony C
September 16th, 2020, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Some things you have learned about wine drinking?
Replies: 16
Views: 1103

Re: Some things you have learned about wine drinking?

Glass shape and serving temperature do make a difference. I can't think of how many wines I wrote off only to have properly chilled or in a more (or less) funneled glass. Sometimes they become a completely different wine. Similarly, decanting off sediment (sometimes chewy and bitter) is required. Ag...
by Anthony C
September 14th, 2020, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What is Cellartracke and Why Do I Need it
Replies: 15
Views: 853

Re: What is Cellartracke and Why Do I Need it

I think the CT app uses Vivino or the recognition engine from it for the camera integration. In that regard it is great. I found the CT reviews to be a bit more polished than the bulk of Vivino reviews, but there are exceptions both directions there. Also, the help pages on CT are great and they mad...
by Anthony C
September 11th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Books on N. Rhone?
Replies: 13
Views: 720

Re: Books on N. Rhone?

Was just checking out the drinkrhone.com website and that place is great. Can't believe I hadn't seen it until now.

Moreover, he's actually reviewing wines I can/have purchased and not mythical beasts I can neither find nor afford.
by Anthony C
September 11th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 31885

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Newb question here: does the smoke taint taste like smoke flavor in ribs / pulled pork / smoked gouda or is it the more acrid flavors you get if you over-grill vegetables or burn garlic? Obviously the former would not make for a long-ageing fine wine, but I could see some market for that juice. Whe...
by Anthony C
September 11th, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 31885

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Newb question here: does the smoke taint taste like smoke flavor in ribs / pulled pork / smoked gouda or is it the more acrid flavors you get if you over-grill vegetables or burn garlic? Obviously the former would not make for a long-ageing fine wine, but I could see some market for that juice. When...
by Anthony C
September 11th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have a temp alarm for your cellar-what are you using?
Replies: 29
Views: 1805

Re: If you have a temp alarm for your cellar-what are you using?

I guess it depends on how large your cellar is, but if you have a good humidity sensor and your room is well sealed a leak on the floor will show up as a spike in the humidity. A sealed container with free moisture will rise to 100% humidity if given enough water for the air to absorb. This is depen...
by Anthony C
September 10th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have a temp alarm for your cellar-what are you using?
Replies: 29
Views: 1805

Re: If you have a temp alarm for your cellar-what are you using?

I use Home Assistant for some general home automation stuff and made a wifi sensor for it that tracks air temp, humidity, and a bottle probe as well as light so I can get a reminder if I left the light on in the cellar (or if someone else went down there without me knowing it). I insulated the cella...
by Anthony C
September 3rd, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First wine club winery?
Replies: 2
Views: 450

Re: First wine club winery?

I see wine clubs and mailing lists as 2 different things ... I wouldn't be surprised if there were others, but the first "club" I recall, where one received a small assortment of wines on a periodic basis, was Ridge's ATP (Advanced Tasting Program) which began, IIRC, in the mid-1970s (at least that...
by Anthony C
August 28th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WINE ABBREVIATION
Replies: 17
Views: 857

Re: WINE ABBREVIATION

ITB - In the Business
Bdx - Bordeaux

Also Neal, LB can also mean Left Bank. To further confuse things :)

And I'm still trying to figure out people's abbreviations/acronyms for stemware.

Edit. Spelling error
by Anthony C
August 27th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple Question?
Replies: 31
Views: 990

Re: Mega Purple Question?

I've been trying to find a rhyme or reason to my wine/alcohol headaches for 2 decades now. I'm just now getting to understand specific additives and methodology making specific wines and am getting a better handle on it. Too much alcohol headache is a general headache, top of head to the ears. The h...
by Anthony C
August 26th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Double decant question
Replies: 20
Views: 1109

Re: Double decant question

Clean end of another cork? It won't pass the stamp matches the label/vintage test, but it's your wine and you obviously know. I reuse other/older corks all the time when
the original one crumbles, but I haven't taken it to a restaurant. Not sure how picky the restaurants are.
by Anthony C
August 25th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Burgundy Glass
Replies: 115
Views: 9043

Re: Preferred Burgundy Glass

I looked into this a few months back and my Sommelier Bordeaux and Burg glasses apparently are new enough that they do not. Got the burgs last Christmas and the bdx the one before. That said I have no idea when switch was and how long they've been making that series. Also, the data was not easy to c...
by Anthony C
August 25th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Burgundy Glass
Replies: 115
Views: 9043

Re: Preferred Burgundy Glass

An update: since getting an assortment of Grassl glasses, I find myself using the Cru and 1855 (which I got as an accident) more than my Riedel Somms. The Grassls are just lighter and concentrate the nose better. I find myself searching for aromas in the Riedels. I think if I needed more in-glass-de...

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