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by andrewkao
December 2nd, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 157
Views: 12347

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

Just had the inaugural release of Pezzato cab and for $65, it punches well above its weight class. Drinking fabulously now, despite its relatively young age and I'm excited to cellar the other bottles. It's a new project from one of Russell Bevan's assistant winemakers. (Full disclosure: I sort of k...
by andrewkao
December 2nd, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Entry Level Rioja
Replies: 31
Views: 1771

Re: Best Value Entry Level Rioja

The Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva is darn solid at $8-10. Can probably get better Rioja at the $25+ range but Kirkland would be my pick for "entry level"
by andrewkao
November 24th, 2020, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on Grape Variety Caste System
Replies: 64
Views: 3531

Re: NYTimes: Asimov on Grape Variety Caste System

Great article, thanks for sharing. What's always interesting to me is how much the basic supply & demand principles influence wine prices. So much fantastic QPR wine out there simply because the varietal or region hasn't established the cache that other wines enjoy.
by andrewkao
November 21st, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer
Replies: 64
Views: 5917

Re: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer

Got my shipment a couple weeks ago (1 WB 6 pack and then an assorted sixer of others). Very excited to try, but it also seems like these wines are good to age quite a bit given the apparent quality of the sources. Andrew, I see most/all of the suggested drinking windows are basically now til 2025-2...
by andrewkao
October 4th, 2020, 9:08 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer
Replies: 64
Views: 5917

Re: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer

Curious about this too Andrew. Kris, I meant to send you a PM but accidentally sent an email instead. [oops.gif] Hopefully you received it - let me know if not! I think I sorta replied to the wrong note, I was interested in more of the selection and procurement of these micro lots? By definition it...
by andrewkao
October 4th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer
Replies: 64
Views: 5917

Re: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer

Kris Patten wrote: October 3rd, 2020, 6:46 pm
andrewkao wrote: October 1st, 2020, 10:10 pm
Doug Uno wrote: October 1st, 2020, 8:48 pm Is this offer still available?
Sent you a PM!
Curious about this too Andrew.
Kris,

I meant to send you a PM but accidentally sent an email instead. [oops.gif] Hopefully you received it - let me know if not!
by andrewkao
October 1st, 2020, 10:10 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer
Replies: 64
Views: 5917

Re: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer

Doug Uno wrote: October 1st, 2020, 8:48 pm Is this offer still available?
Sent you a PM!
by andrewkao
September 30th, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer
Replies: 64
Views: 5917

Re: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer

Got my shipment a couple weeks ago (1 WB 6 pack and then an assorted sixer of others). Very excited to try, but it also seems like these wines are good to age quite a bit given the apparent quality of the sources. Andrew, I see most/all of the suggested drinking windows are basically now til 2025-2...
by andrewkao
September 24th, 2020, 10:59 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Spare Shipers in LA Area??
Replies: 4
Views: 365

Re: Spare Shipers in LA Area??

If someone has spare shippers clogging up the garage, i am in need. 2,3,4,6 and 12 of 750ml and 1 or 2 for Mags. I am located Burbank but will travel to PU. Thanks in advance Jeff Jeff - I have one 12 and one 6 styrofoam shippers, kind of like this one: https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https...
by andrewkao
September 22nd, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer
Replies: 64
Views: 5917

Re: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer

Kevin Stine wrote: September 22nd, 2020, 10:42 am I can’t get the WB30 to work.

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Hi Kevin,

The promo expired a few weeks back, but I'll reach out to you directly via email. Many thanks!

Cheers,

Andrew
by andrewkao
September 15th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando
Replies: 59
Views: 4714

Re: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando

Drink along with the players https://www.ackerwines.com/virtual-tastings/all-stars-uncorked/ Amazing, thanks for sharing. As a diehard Lakers fan, I'm glad Kuz schedule his for after the finals. Also - great article today on CJ & diversity in wine: https://theundefeated.com/features/blazers-cj-...
by andrewkao
September 11th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer
Replies: 64
Views: 5917

Re: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer

Ron F r e e d wrote: September 11th, 2020, 2:23 pm Need more wine like another hole in my head, but am splitting a case with a friend.

Andrew, thanks for being so enabling!!!
[cheers.gif] Here's to hoping it's so good you won't want to split
by andrewkao
September 7th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)
Replies: 33
Views: 2739

Re: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)

I've definitely always chalked this up to exposure to air and an opening up of a (well-made) wine.Same reason why you should decant or at least swirl around. Curious if others have a more scientific answer.
by andrewkao
September 7th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer
Replies: 64
Views: 5917

Re: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer

JDavisRoby wrote: September 6th, 2020, 9:03 pm Hi Andrew, do you ship to Oklahoma?
Very sorry, we currently don't. It’s one of the toughest states to ship into. We do ship to most neighboring states if there are other addresses that might work.
by andrewkao
September 6th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer
Replies: 64
Views: 5917

Re: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer

Are the wines shipped in styrofoam and ice packs? Interested but concerned about the warmer weather. Do you folks use FedEx for shipping? Hi Rohit - yes, we take full precaution with warmer weather. We use temp controlled shipping on all of our orders in the summertime. And depending on the locatio...
by andrewkao
September 5th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer
Replies: 64
Views: 5917

Re: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer

update: faq has been expanded.
by andrewkao
September 5th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer
Replies: 64
Views: 5917

Re: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer

Andrew, just to clarify, are the wines you are offering all identical to the wines offered by the source wineries? I know there has been a lot of discussion about that issue on the de Negoce thread so wanted to see if you are always offering the exact same wine or if sometimes they differ (and if s...
by andrewkao
September 5th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer
Replies: 64
Views: 5917

Re: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer

[sorry i double replied and can't figure out how to delete...]
by andrewkao
September 4th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer
Replies: 64
Views: 5917

Re: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer

Took a chance on this venture. If their descriptors are anywhere close to accurate, seems like a reasonable buy. Nate & others - really appreciate the leap of faith. Forgot to mention in the OP - if we fall short of expectation, just reach out and we are happy to either send another bottle or r...
by andrewkao
September 4th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565817

Re: de Negoce offer

In the CC section the founder of the company mentions they do that. Emailed Brian at Claudine. He says they default into that no extra charge this time of year....Cool [cheers.gif] Nice! Still safer to wait a while here in AZ but glad that's an option. Pretty pumped to try these, especially after M...
by andrewkao
September 3rd, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer
Replies: 64
Views: 5917

Introducing Claudine Wines w/Special Offer

Hello Berserkers, Wanted to formally introduce the business I'm part of, Claudine Wines. As a WB special, we're offering two deals: A 6-pack sampler for $175 shipped, which represents a 30% discount off our original price and free shipping. https://www.claudinewines.com/products/wine-berserkers-samp...
by andrewkao
August 26th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565817

Re: de Negoce offer

Based on 2020 fires and threat of smoke taint, some of the 2019 “bulk” juice availability may dwindle as some folks may not have much of 2020 harvest and work to stretch the 2019 grapes to help weather the storm. Just a thought. Likely true and something we're monitoring. Would expect smart folks l...
by andrewkao
August 24th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal
Replies: 35
Views: 2159

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal

I don't feel informed enough to take a stand on this proposal, but I will say that I've been highly impressed with the SB Vintners' Association. High quality website with relevant, up-to-date information; good digital ad targeting (as a marketer, I appreciate well-targeted ads. Ha); interesting virt...
by andrewkao
August 24th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underground Cellar - website/retailer
Replies: 13
Views: 1348

Re: Underground Cellar - website/retailer

Ha - I get targeted for these ads so often. Along the lines of "Screaming Eagle for $25!!" [snort.gif]
by andrewkao
August 23rd, 2020, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 1179
Views: 90282

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

I wonder how often this conversation like this takes place: Private Label: "Don't worry, we'll give some decent hints, but we won't tell them where we got this juice!" Prestigious Winery: "I mean, we really don't have any problem with you telling everyone that we have such high stand...
by andrewkao
August 21st, 2020, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 355
Views: 34141

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Hopefully Napa spared, but some in SC Mountain AVA looking to be less lucky - https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2020/08/california-fires-wineries-in-santa-cruz-under-threat/ "He [Owner of Big Basin Vineyards] said that with the dense smoke, there is a chance the estate will be unable to use its...
by andrewkao
August 21st, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Moving The Collection
Replies: 8
Views: 1676

Re: Moving The Collection

Agree on the car as first choice. Another possible, pricier solution would be to contact a trusted wine store that has a license to ship to your new destination and see if they'd be willing to do you a solid.
by andrewkao
August 21st, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 1179
Views: 90282

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

I upped my order of 6 to 12 and bought a 2nd case. Yes, WineAccess is FULL of hyperbole but even they haven't sent an offer like this before. Sure, they regularly tell us $100, $200 but $500+? Also their tasting notes for the wine sound solid. Will be fun to put in the off site storage with de Nego...
by andrewkao
August 21st, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 1179
Views: 90282

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

I upped my order of 6 to 12 and bought a 2nd case. Yes, WineAccess is FULL of hyperbole but even they haven't sent an offer like this before. Sure, they regularly tell us $100, $200 but $500+? Also their tasting notes for the wine sound solid. Will be fun to put in the off site storage with de Nego...
by andrewkao
August 20th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8512

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

Oof, so sad to see. Here's a relevant article that is seemingly getting updated (last one was at 1:36 am this morning):

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/08/19/ ... -wineries/
by andrewkao
August 19th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?
Replies: 19
Views: 1229

Re: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?

Gotcha - thanks for the response! Looking forward to my first trip, though the land border seems to be still blocked off...
by andrewkao
August 19th, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine ingredient labeling: Has the industry shot itself in the foot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2418

Re: Wine ingredient labeling: Has the industry shot itself in the foot?

Personally I'm more interested to achieve transparent labelling around varietal, vintage, aoc decisions. Baby steps...
by andrewkao
August 18th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 19
Views: 697

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Thanks for sharing - huge lover of Arcadian. Has anyone had the 2000 vintage of this wine recently? Haven't seen as many notes on that one and wondering how it's showing.
by andrewkao
August 18th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?
Replies: 19
Views: 1229

Re: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?

Thanks everyone. Yes, we're going on a Monday so no weekend issues. And yes Otay Mesa was always the preferred crossing in the old days, I'll give it a go. Tecate is out of the way but I'd head there if a two hour wait at TJ. Wouldn't mind checking out Tecate again even if it's a lot of mileage. Ye...
by andrewkao
August 15th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin old bottle
Replies: 36
Views: 2605

Re: Coravin old bottle

Awesome - thanks for sharing!
by andrewkao
August 15th, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin old bottle
Replies: 36
Views: 2605

Re: Coravin old bottle

I haven't had issues with argon leakage over time. I have started buying knock off argon capsules because the Coravin ones are really expensive and they work great. I barely use mine every few weeks these days since my wife and I started drinking the same stuff. I use it mostly for tasting when I g...
by andrewkao
August 15th, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565817

Re: de Negoce offer

de Negoce newbie question - how are folks getting alerted of these new releases? I joined a few days ago and can login, but haven't gotten emails beyond the "welcome" one and can only find these wines if I use the search functionality. I'm assuming ya'll are getting emails?
by andrewkao
August 15th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando
Replies: 59
Views: 4714

Re: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando

Let us get to the key question. How do we get Popovich, Reddick, Hart, etc., to participate in Wine Berserkers. They would learn a lot and we would have a ton of fun getting to know them. Maybe they're already all here on burner accounts: "Hey ...'John'...I hear the Spurs have an awesome coach...
by andrewkao
August 14th, 2020, 11:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Wine Prices and the Latest Economic Uncertainty
Replies: 21
Views: 2083

Re: Fine Wine Prices and the Latest Economic Uncertainty

Like....de Negoce style? Is there THAT much excess 'high end' wine out there to support multiple businesses that have similar models? Genuinely curious, as the closest I get to wine country these days is drinking wine in my backyard. Few ways to answer this... first - yes there is a lot of surplus ...
by andrewkao
August 14th, 2020, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Wine Prices and the Latest Economic Uncertainty
Replies: 21
Views: 2083

Re: Fine Wine Prices and the Latest Economic Uncertainty

Like....de Negoce style? Is there THAT much excess 'high end' wine out there to support multiple businesses that have similar models? Genuinely curious, as the closest I get to wine country these days is drinking wine in my backyard. Few ways to answer this... first - yes there is a lot of surplus ...
by andrewkao
August 14th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Wine Prices and the Latest Economic Uncertainty
Replies: 21
Views: 2083

Re: Fine Wine Prices and the Latest Economic Uncertainty

I think the pandemic's impact on the restaurant & hospitality market will be interesting, as it's pretty unprecedented compared to other economic downturns. *Not trying to self-promote*, but I work for a business that purchases surplus barrels of high-end wine and we've been able to get some gre...
by andrewkao
August 14th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Heatwave......
Replies: 120
Views: 7501

Re: Napa Heatwave......

Heatwave is hitting Santa Barbara area too...eep!
by andrewkao
August 13th, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: I want to sample older vintages
Replies: 13
Views: 2315

Re: I want to sample older vintages

In an effort not to overwhelm too much, perhaps these practical steps may help: 1. Find a trusted wine store that sells older vintages. If you don't have one near you, I'd suggest K&L, which ships nationally, has a very nice website with updated inventory, and has older vintages (but not so many...
by andrewkao
August 13th, 2020, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12663
Views: 508201

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Coravin poured a glass of 2000 Arcadian Bien Nacido (Jill's Cuvee) Pinot
by andrewkao
August 13th, 2020, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: I want to sample older vintages
Replies: 13
Views: 2315

Re: I want to sample older vintages

It's less about the type (Napa vs Bord vs Burg) and more about making sure you get a producer with aging potential and a bottle that has been stored properly. With those two components in place, you're going to get a incredible experience no matter Napa / Bord / Burg - that question is more of a per...
by andrewkao
August 12th, 2020, 10:55 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Wine Shop Recommendations - Local
Replies: 92
Views: 25206

Re: Wine Shop Recommendations - Local

A bunch in the LA area already recommended, but I'd add: Topline Wine & Spirits (Rear Building, 556 Riverdale Dr, Glendale, CA 91204) - it has a warehouse-like feel to it, with a good selection and very fair prices. Also good for spirits! Stanley's (9620 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232) - has...
by andrewkao
August 12th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Books - Must Haves
Replies: 53
Views: 8643

Re: Wine Books - Must Haves

I've been reading through "Wine For Normal People" since I generally enjoy the podcasts. It's introductory and written in a very approachable style, but better executed than Wine Folly IMO. Another good intro book that was recommended to me as I was getting into wine years ago - "Grea...
by andrewkao
August 11th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Noir AVAs... mostly Sonoma Coast/Santa Barbara/Willamette Valley
Replies: 11
Views: 1475

Re: Pinot Noir AVAs... mostly Sonoma Coast/Santa Barbara/Willamette Valley

This doesn't directly answer your question, but have you explored Santa Cruz Mountains AVA? Definitely more under the radar compared to other CA regions, but there are some outstanding cool-climate pinots to be found.
by andrewkao
August 11th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565817

Re: de Negoce offer

MatthewT wrote: August 11th, 2020, 10:02 am
I'd contact Todd about being a biz member and then start a new thread in commerce. I'd love for a custom first time deal for berskerkers.
Thanks for the info! Been scouring this site looking for the "right" way to do it - probably easiest to just reach out to Todd.
by andrewkao
August 11th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565817

Re: de Negoce offer

newhere Hey all - long time lurker on wineberserkers, first time poster, and newly ITB. I helped build out the FAQ for Claudine Wines and it's amazing that ya'll found it helpful! Definitely don't mean to hijack this thread here, but wanted to provide a bit more context on Claudine. Our price point ...

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