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by Eric Keating
January 27th, 2018, 11:56 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Keating Wines 6-packs, 40% and 50% off... My BD Grand Finale
Replies: 12
Views: 1714

Keating Wines 6-packs, 40% and 50% off... My BD Grand Finale

I no longer make wine. 2015 was my last vintage. Started a family and will be moving on to a new, more normal life once my inventory is depleted. That makes BerserkerDay one of the last opportunities to purchase my wine, at least directly from me. I guess the writing is already on the wall when I c...
by Eric Keating
January 27th, 2018, 11:01 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Keating Wines 6-packs, 40% and 50% off... My BD Grand Finale
Replies: 12
Views: 1714

Keating Wines 6-packs, 40% and 50% off... My BD Grand Finale

Eric. Why is this your last bd year? I no longer make wine. 2015 was my last vintage. Started a family and will be moving on to a new, more normal life once my inventory is depleted. That makes BerserkerDay one of the last opportunities to purchase my wine, at least directly from me. I guess the wr...
by Eric Keating
January 27th, 2018, 9:32 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Mario Bazan Cellars-Napa Valley
Replies: 5
Views: 614

Mario Bazan Cellars-Napa Valley

New one for me. Going to give the 2012 a try.
by Eric Keating
January 25th, 2018, 9:36 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Keating Wines 6-packs, 40% and 50% off... My BD Grand Finale
Replies: 12
Views: 1714

Keating Wines 6-packs, 40% and 50% off... My BD Grand Finale

I'm grateful to be taking part in another (and my final) BerserkerDay. This will be one of the last chances to buy wine directly from me. Except for the port, I chose wines with 10 cases or fewer remaining. It has been a great event over the years. I hope the variety of wines being offered today hav...
by Eric Keating
November 13th, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anthill Farms no styro shipper
Replies: 31
Views: 1382

Anthill Farms no styro shipper

I've been using these boxes/inserts for about five years with no complaints from the consumer. Besides the obvious fact that they're better for the environment, they also break down very flat which saves storage room (big plus for me). The only time I use styro is if I have received wine myself in s...
by Eric Keating
October 21st, 2017, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91426

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Do we really think there will be a ton of "fire tourists?" Of course the locals will eventually drive around and view the damage; sometimes just in the course of doing what they would regularly do. One personal example, the house I lived in from 9th grade through my college summers was burnt down. ...
by Eric Keating
October 21st, 2017, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91426

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Do we really think there will be a ton of "fire tourists?" Of course the locals will eventually drive around and view the damage; sometimes just in the course of doing what they would regularly do. One personal example, the house I lived in from 9th grade through my college summers was burnt down. I...
by Eric Keating
October 20th, 2017, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91426

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/athletics/2017/10/20/oakland-as-give-wildfire-victim-loren-smith-new-baseball-memorabilia/784677001/ I don't know if it's worth clicking on the link because there are about 100 ads, but this is a nice short article. A 9 year-old kid lost all of his prized A'...
by Eric Keating
October 19th, 2017, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91426

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Maybe my reply was a bit harsh, but it wasn't bullying and it certainly wasn't evil. A little perspective was being lost, and I (perhaps rudely) let that be known. A common example of what I'm talking about has been all over Facebook. People from out of town complaining about their honeymoon spot, w...
by Eric Keating
October 18th, 2017, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91426

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Merrill, you should consider renting a podium and telling your sad story to all those in Fountaingrove, Mark West Springs, and especially Coffey Park. Make sure and invite the families of the deceased.
by Eric Keating
October 9th, 2017, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91426

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

I guess I can tell my story. Forgive any iPhone typos. I haven't slept really at all in 40 hours. Wife was feeding newborn at 12:00am. I had just gotten into bed. Power goes out so she asks me to get a flashlight so she can see. Wind was crazy. Here a knock on my door (Kenwood) from fellow wineberse...
by Eric Keating
August 24th, 2017, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7179
Views: 437301

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Man... anything French or Italian is gone in an instant.

Anybody notice the can of Colt 45 in the homepage picture? Haha.
by Eric Keating
July 13th, 2017, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Useless wine item # 4,332!!!
Replies: 30
Views: 1290

Useless wine item # 4,332!!!

Jorge Henriquez wrote:Act quickly! Only 34 left.
Still 34 left. You stay on the page for a few seconds, it shifts to 33.
Retry the link? Same thing happens.

Is false advertising even a thing anymore?
by Eric Keating
July 12th, 2017, 8:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Post your Unpopular Food Opinion
Replies: 261
Views: 13884

Post your Unpopular Food Opinion

A little more on topic... - Chain restaurants have their place (think Chili's, Red Lobster, etc.). Sometimes they are even decent. Not every night out has to be $150 per person. - American cheese, Lunchables, canned tuna, Top Ramen, liverwurst... all still delicious. - Short Ribs and Pork Bellies s...
by Eric Keating
July 12th, 2017, 11:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Post your Unpopular Food Opinion
Replies: 261
Views: 13884

Post your Unpopular Food Opinion

A little more on topic... - Chain restaurants have their place (think Chili's, Red Lobster, etc.). Sometimes they are even decent. Not every night out has to be $150 per person. - American cheese, Lunchables, canned tuna, Top Ramen, liverwurst... all still delicious. - Short Ribs and Pork Bellies su...
by Eric Keating
July 12th, 2017, 10:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Post your Unpopular Food Opinion
Replies: 261
Views: 13884

Post your Unpopular Food Opinion

Not exactly answering the OPs question, but I believe it relates: You should put whatever you want on a hot dog. You should put whatever you want on a pizza. You should prepare a Reuben however you want. You should drink whatever type of beer you are in the mood for. They're your taste buds after al...
by Eric Keating
June 28th, 2017, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Before there was Cellar Tracker...
Replies: 27
Views: 1618

Before there was Cellar Tracker...

I better check Commerce Corner to see if I can find any of that delicious-sounding '91 Mayacamas Cab.
by Eric Keating
June 6th, 2017, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for big, full-throttle Pinot Noirs
Replies: 89
Views: 5064

Suggestions for big, full-throttle Pinot Noirs

Wren Hop would be my #1 choice. I typically try to avoid (what I consider to be) overripe wines, but I love these PNs even though they are massive.

En Garde
Rochioli (some are big, some are medium bodied)
Sea Smoke
by Eric Keating
June 6th, 2017, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does it bother you when other people pair wine and food 'wrong'?
Replies: 77
Views: 2704

Does it bother you when other people pair wine and food 'wrong'?

It doesn't bother me when people do not pair the correct wine with their meal.

It bothers me when that bothers people.
by Eric Keating
May 26th, 2017, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shattering the 100 point barrier
Replies: 29
Views: 2498

Shattering the 100 point barrier

Paul Flynn wrote:We live in the golden age of hyperbole.
Your post is a million times worse than anything I've ever read on this board.
by Eric Keating
May 25th, 2017, 8:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Harris Poll Best Burger Brand
Replies: 122
Views: 5557

Harris Poll Best Burger Brand

My list of best burger joints in Sonoma County: 1) Ozzie's (Santa Rosa) 2) Healdsburger (Healdsburg) 3) Hey Misstir* (Santa Rosa) 4) Buns-n-Burgers (Santa Rosa) 5) Five Guys (Petaluma) Honorable mention to Johnny Barleycorn's* and Heavenly Hamburger, which both would've made the list if they were st...
by Eric Keating
May 25th, 2017, 8:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Harris Poll Best Burger Brand
Replies: 122
Views: 5557

Harris Poll Best Burger Brand

c fu wrote:
But the best fast food sandwich is the Chick Fil A spicy chicken sandwich.
Agreed... unless Wendy's ever brings back the Monterey Ranch Chicken Sandwich.

One fast food staple that I'm embarrassed to admit liking is the simple Beef-n-Cheddar from Arby's.
by Eric Keating
May 22nd, 2017, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Lynch Bages and the problem with CT scores
Replies: 30
Views: 1323

TN: 1996 Lynch Bages and the problem with CT scores

My therapist recommended I stop using Yelp. Should have gone with, "My therapist recommended I stop using Yelp, so I gave her one star on Yelp." [cheers.gif] Back to OP... Expecting everyone to enjoy a personal favorite as much as you do is unrealistic. It's not worth stressing about or even paying...
by Eric Keating
May 16th, 2017, 10:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Harris Poll Best Burger Brand
Replies: 122
Views: 5557

Harris Poll Best Burger Brand

I don't ever order fries, but I still really like Five Guys. It's just the kind of burger I like - normal and not fancy (dutch crunch and gruyere is not for me). In-N-Out is okay. Too salty for me. Definitely trendy. The only others I've had on the list are McDonald's (I'd give them a D-) and Wendy'...
by Eric Keating
May 9th, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Bevan 2012 Sugarloaf Mountain
Replies: 1
Views: 409

Bevan 2012 Sugarloaf Mountain

Trying to diversify my cellar a little bit. I have two bottles that I picked up at the winery and went straight into my wine fridge. This is one of the 100 point Parker wines. My best guesstimate on value is wine-searcher, where they seem to be going from $350-$400 per bottle. - I'll sell one bottle...
by Eric Keating
April 17th, 2017, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Wants to Play Edward Fortyhands?
Replies: 13
Views: 1246

Who Wants to Play Edward Fortyhands?

ncostanzo1 wrote:
Paul Luckin wrote:yep, this is a real thing.

i'm thinking Rose' for the RH, and Muscadet for the LH.
Eric Keating perhaps? ;) neener
I'm a purist. Only crappy malt liquor in my 40 bottles. Of course, only 38-39 ounces get consumed because you have to pour some out.
by Eric Keating
March 3rd, 2017, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Holocene Inaugural Release, Pinot Noir
Replies: 10
Views: 895

Holocene Inaugural Release, Pinot Noir

Does anybody know much about this release? It is a 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. I like Todd Alexander's wines, so I am going to give them a try. Never heard of them, save me a glass amigo! He has been the winemaker at Force Majeure for a few years now. Have you heard of them? Nice Syrahs from...
by Eric Keating
March 2nd, 2017, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The cork was corked but the wine was fine
Replies: 28
Views: 1145

The cork was corked but the wine was fine

I usually smell both the cork and the wine. First (to me), TCA is more obvious in a cork. It has a much different odor than a clean cork. Second, most wines aren't corked, so my general assumption is that the bottle is good. If the cork smells like TCA, I am more suspicious about the actual wine and...
by Eric Keating
March 1st, 2017, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Holocene Inaugural Release, Pinot Noir
Replies: 10
Views: 895

Holocene Inaugural Release, Pinot Noir

Does anybody know much about this release? It is a 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. I like Todd Alexander's wines, so I am going to give them a try.
by Eric Keating
February 24th, 2017, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 19
Views: 882

TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)

I love that wine. The 2010 was my WOTY a few years back.
by Eric Keating
January 28th, 2017, 8:43 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Keating Wines, "Last Chance" Specials + $1 shipping on a case!
Replies: 4
Views: 1296

Keating Wines, "Last Chance" Specials + $1 shipping on a case!

Order received! Thanks, Tony [cheers.gif]

To all who ordered, wine will ship out this week to arrive the following week (weather permitting).
by Eric Keating
January 24th, 2017, 2:27 pm
Forum: NEWBIE INTROS
Topic: Limerick Lane Cellars
Replies: 25
Views: 2443

Limerick Lane Cellars

Jake... glad to see you participating in Berserker Day. It's a great tradition for this wine community.

Things sure have changed since the days at Windsor Mary's!
by Eric Keating
January 13th, 2017, 9:48 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Keating Wines, "Last Chance" Specials + $1 shipping on a case!
Replies: 4
Views: 1296

Keating Wines, "Last Chance" Specials + $1 shipping on a case!

I am very glad to be back for my 7th BerserkerDay. Many thanks to Todd and Brig, and all the wineries and wine enthusiasts that make this all possible. It has now been 11 years since my first harvest. Being a small producer with a short history doesn't allow for a vast library selection, but I have ...
by Eric Keating
December 19th, 2016, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awful wine labels
Replies: 54
Views: 2629

Awful wine labels

Doug Sher wrote:
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This one is scary.
Why did they put Chris Berman on the label?
by Eric Keating
October 12th, 2016, 6:46 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Anyone looking for barrels? (Sonoma County)
Replies: 0
Views: 1081

Anyone looking for barrels? (Sonoma County)

I have 19 used barrels that I can lose. Racks include. You would have to pick up in Dry Creek area. $50/each if you take all of 'em. (2) 2008 (3) 2011 (10) 2012 (4) 2014 (14) French - Taransaud (all 4 of the 2014's), Francois Freres, Cadus, Seguin Moreau (3) American - Saury, Radoux (2) Hybrid - Seg...
by Eric Keating
June 27th, 2016, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose Wines: To Saignee or Not Saignee..That is the ??
Replies: 27
Views: 1361

Rose Wines: To Saignee or Not Saignee..That is the ??

I can't find anything to argue with so far in this thread. But it is an opportunity to ask something I've been wondering about after a conversation I had with a winemaker earlier this year. It seems like fruit in a lot of areas would be too expensive to dedicate to a rosé that you have to sell well...
by Eric Keating
June 27th, 2016, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose Wines: To Saignee or Not Saignee..That is the ??
Replies: 27
Views: 1361

Rose Wines: To Saignee or Not Saignee..That is the ??

I think the difference would be subtle, and of course dependent on fruit quality, winemaker ability, vintage, etc. However, I would have to think that if your goal from a specific vineyard lot is solely to make a Rose', that would typically make the best Rose'. In that case, you would be looking for...
by Eric Keating
June 21st, 2016, 9:37 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Keating Case Sale, 50% off!
Replies: 2
Views: 591

Keating Case Sale, 50% off!

Every two to three years, I like to offer an end-of-vintage case sale to my mailing list and Wine Club. The sale includes 50% off a case + $1 flat rate shipping per case. I have chosen three wines that are getting low on inventory to offer this summer. The Merlot is available to everyone, and the Ca...
by Eric Keating
May 26th, 2016, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7179
Views: 437301

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

You're in luck! I have a couple of those [cheers.gif]
by Eric Keating
May 26th, 2016, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7179
Views: 437301

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

That was a killer deal Eric. Big fan of your wines and hope to see more of them offered either here or on LBW. Either way, please give us a heads up so we can get first dibs! Thanks, Phil. [cheers.gif] I haven't taken much advantage of my Berserker Business status. I should probably make some sort ...
by Eric Keating
May 23rd, 2016, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7179
Views: 437301

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Hmm...zero CT notes, the wine's not even listed on the producer's web site. I took it off my shopping cart because the vintage is now sold out. The last of it went to Last Bottle. This particular wine is quite tannic for a Zin, one that should age very well. It needs a little time. Typical Dry Cree...
by Eric Keating
May 18th, 2016, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Crasher - really?
Replies: 128
Views: 8742

Wine Crasher - really?

That's against the rules here, no?
by Eric Keating
March 29th, 2016, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: disgraceful customer service a well known retailer - Chambers Street Wines
Replies: 304
Views: 14966

disgraceful customer service a well known retailer - Chambers Street Wines

Actually after the initial rants (for the record, I agree overreaction, but also not ideal behavior from the my favorite retailer in the biz - would be better for them to more clearly do either a "wait N hours or days, then allocate however we see fit" or a "first come, first served"), I think the ...
by Eric Keating
March 22nd, 2016, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Rant.
Replies: 56
Views: 2419

FedEx Rant.

Shipping to a business address is the best option for guaranteed delivery on day one, but I have a feeling you all know that already. One suggestion that I have is to be okay with missing the package on the first day, see the note, and know that there is as close to a 100% chance of it being deliver...
by Eric Keating
March 2nd, 2016, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Maison Ilan
Replies: 607
Views: 78039

2012 Maison Ilan

Who the insurance is for will depend on the shipping terms. That being said, even if the vendor is ultimately responsible up until delivery, it is common to bill the insurance costs to the customer. Maybe you do this as well, without labeling it as such, by factoring it in to your shipping costs. I...
by Eric Keating
March 2nd, 2016, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Maison Ilan
Replies: 607
Views: 78039

2012 Maison Ilan

I am confused as to why UPS insurance charges would be passed on to customers. If the bottles are physically damaged during shipping, who gets a reimbursement check from UPS? In other words, shouldn't the insured be the one paying the insurer? This isn't unique to MI, many online wine retailers I'v...

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