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by mattbillet
August 3rd, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boston Retail Scene?
Replies: 34
Views: 2007

Re: Boston Retail Scene?

Jay et al! Marty's and Gordon's and all above mentioned. However, the gem of a store I have found is all of the way out in Lenox (far west of the State). Owned by Jim NeJaime (not to be confused with NeJaimes in Stockbridge or Downton Lenox) is Spirited of Lenox. Jim is a tremendous wine guy! He is ...
by mattbillet
July 19th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range
Replies: 47
Views: 2299

Re: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range

I do think that your palate now is relevant, as opposed to how it will evolve. When I first started drinking Bordeaux back in the 80's it was just another red wine to me, and I was splashing down 82 first growths like a fish while my friends were questioning me for spending $25 + on a bottle of wine...
by mattbillet
July 7th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help needed: Napa/Sonoma trip with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1402

Re: Help needed: Napa/Sonoma trip with a twist

Paul Hobbs, Morgan @ Bedrock, Ramey, Martinelli, Togni, Turley, Carlisle, Robert Foley, Pride Mountain (where Napa and Sonoma meet), Mike and Randy Dunn. So many... but these are all individuals or wineries who have interesting backgrounds that would tend to complement the task of teaching.
by mattbillet
July 7th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11222

Re: Top US Syrahs

Saxum, Bevan, Myriad, Ramey, Torrin with Bedrock and Carlisle being my plus ones because I truly am passionate about the field blends and single vineyard source swapping they get involved with. I love seeing what various winemakers can do with grapes from adjacent rows in the same vineyards. I truly...
by mattbillet
July 7th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Hexe
Replies: 21
Views: 3029

Re: Saxum Hexe

All of my immediate family love these wines. Bill Gibbs generally has his thumb on what is going on over there. I will likely stay with the $98 wines simply because I'm not expanding the range of all of my purchases generally. However, my son and his lady partner really are passionate about these wi...
by mattbillet
March 31st, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recognise this stemware mark?
Replies: 5
Views: 762

Re: Recognise this stemware mark?

Isn't there another producer... Zaalto???
by mattbillet
June 16th, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UNDER THE WIRE, NEXT ITERATION
Replies: 21
Views: 2107

UNDER THE WIRE, NEXT ITERATION

Morgan, Chris, those in the know... any thoughts or words with regard to the impending release of Under The Wire bubbles? I feel that they have always been good, the first release being a tough younger child... and with each subsequent release showing more sophistication, balance and joie de vivre! ...
by mattbillet
April 14th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles
Replies: 72
Views: 4829

Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles

Bill, such gratitude for the opportunity to meet you and enjoy your hospitality on prior occasions. Sorry you won't be around, and your presence will be missed!!!
by mattbillet
April 14th, 2018, 4:15 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2018 Hospice du Rhone - Who's Going?
Replies: 15
Views: 1165

2018 Hospice du Rhone - Who's Going?

Larry... Lisa and I are definitely going to be around. We have a reunion group renting a home in the hills for a week. We are definitely attending the Morgan and Tegan show, and also the Barossa wine seminar. I am also attending the Friday grand tasting with two friends. I have to say that I don't s...
by mattbillet
November 26th, 2017, 2:49 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris restaurants - best value winelists
Replies: 21
Views: 1633

Paris restaurants - best value winelists

This may come as an odd suggestion. Certainly not mainstream. There is a Restaurant Called Frenchie. Takes about 2-3 months advance notice for a reservation. But, they have a lounge with same menu across the street where it is first come first serve and line starts forming around 5:30 isa and opens ...
by mattbillet
September 27th, 2017, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Rhones
Replies: 27
Views: 1083

Paso Rhones

Clos Selene, Torrin, Law Linne Colado, and Saxum if you can get access! I also strongly recommend that you contact and go visit Daou! Most beautiful location! All of their wines are great. They feature their Cabernets, but also have several Rhone blends and even Rhone Cab blends! Tablas Creek is a p...
by mattbillet
September 27th, 2017, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it me or are most CT scores centered around 90?
Replies: 51
Views: 2062

Is it me or are most CT scores centered around 90?

I find Cellar Tracker useful, and I would say that there are only a few wines I have ever really disliked and reported as such there. I am beyond whim purchasing, and my purchases are fewer and far between because I have plenty to drink and generally prefer older wines. For this very same reason, mo...
by mattbillet
September 27th, 2017, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forgotten orders?
Replies: 35
Views: 2055

Forgotten orders?

I really only pre-order from one shop for wines to be delivered and they are great about notifying me when things are in, never gripe about how long it takes for me to get there, and never charge me until I show up to pick it up: Spirited in Lenox MA (Jim Nejaime ... not to be confused with the Neja...
by mattbillet
August 29th, 2017, 8:32 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Your NYC Reccommendations!
Replies: 17
Views: 1121

Your NYC Reccommendations!

There is an Eataly installation in direct proximity to the 911 Museum and One World Trade. There is a great seafood restaurant with a terrific view to the the entire landscape of the place. The entire place is all about food... but in a crazy sort of way this area, a bit more special, is calmer and ...
by mattbillet
August 29th, 2017, 8:21 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Experiences in the Loire
Replies: 6
Views: 604

Experiences in the Loire

Going to be in the Loire in just over a week for a few days. Were supposed to visit a great winery there but got bumped because of the Harvest! Looking for suggestions in the Loire for special experiences, dining and unique lesser known wineries you can walk into! We will be staying at a cottage sou...
by mattbillet
April 12th, 2017, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there an American Eschezeaux
Replies: 54
Views: 3303

Is there an American Eschezeaux

Folks: Playful question really! I am by no way experienced in the world of Pinot/Burgundy! Simply know what I like! And, for some reason, just being blessed to taste a volume of really good wines (Drouhin, Leflaive, Bouchard), I find that my absolute favorite Red Burgundy is Eschezeaux. I can't real...
by mattbillet
March 9th, 2017, 8:35 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Colorado Wine Shops
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Colorado Wine Shops

Thanks folks, and a special hello to Mel!!!
by mattbillet
March 9th, 2017, 6:18 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Colorado Wine Shops
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Colorado Wine Shops

Folks: My son is heading to Steamboat for a weekend. They are landing in Denver and heading via car to a condo timeshare in Steamboat! So he asked me to get a recommendation for a viable place to grab some wine for the weekend for a fairly large group. Better to stop in Denver or on the way? Or to g...
by mattbillet
June 19th, 2016, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French Laundry wine list recs
Replies: 68
Views: 4270

French Laundry wine list recs

I have been once about six years ago as part of a trip thru Mendocino, Sonoma and Napa. We probably over did it with gourmet dining that trip. I have to say without reservation that if we had five great meals that trip, The French Laundry was at best #5 on the list. Their cuisine was high quality, b...
by mattbillet
June 19th, 2016, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many different Bx Chateaux are in your cellar?
Replies: 62
Views: 1311

How many different Bx Chateaux are in your cellar?

57, kinda surprised, but actually 57! No real idea how many bottles... more like that huge stack of wooden boxes in the corner of the room. That said, maybe 25% of the wines I own... maybe a tiny bit less. A lot of wines from CA, but a fair representation of Australia, Rhone, Burgundy, Champagne, It...
by mattbillet
June 17th, 2016, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Under the Wire - Summer Release- June 7th
Replies: 42
Views: 4982

Under the Wire - Summer Release- June 7th

I always buy these wines!
by mattbillet
June 17th, 2016, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Single greatest American wine ever made?
Replies: 221
Views: 13719

Single greatest American wine ever made?

87 Togni, BV de Latour and Ridge Montebello side by side!
91 Ridge Montebello
2005 Saxum JBV
92 Beringer Reserve
Really old Stags Leap and Turley Hayne Vineyard Petite Sirahs
by mattbillet
May 1st, 2016, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do A Preponderance Of Napa Winemakers Lurk Here?
Replies: 27
Views: 1865

Do A Preponderance Of Napa Winemakers Lurk Here?

I applaud their lurking, and occasional input to answer questions from time to time. I also strongly believe that some of the best information about great venues for tastings comes from the folks on this board. I don't think they follow for any reasons that are any different than the rest. We all sh...
by mattbillet
April 24th, 2016, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine forgotten 'in storage' at a retailer...
Replies: 34
Views: 3216

Wine forgotten 'in storage' at a retailer...

A lot of retailers are more about taking orders and charging cards than they are about informing you when your order is in! And, often they are wines that are supposed to come in.... So often they come in six months late... or they didn't receive all of what they were supposed to get. Once I went in...
by mattbillet
April 24th, 2016, 1:02 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles
Replies: 72
Views: 4829

Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles

Lisa, David, Isabella and I would express our gratitude for all of the work Bill put into Sunday. The four winery tastings at Tin City went off without a hitch, and presented many interesting wines and personalities. I think that Matt and Justin are two great leaders in the development of Paso Roble...
by mattbillet
April 9th, 2016, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles Visit - Brief Impressions
Replies: 60
Views: 5184

Paso Robles Visit - Brief Impressions

We will be in Paso starting Wednesday for the HdR. Bruce, it is strange that you had this issue with Linne Colado. We had a Berserker event a couple years back and in fact will be doing another tasting event with Matt Treveson (sp) on Sunday. I have to say that a barrel room tour with Matt is perhap...
by mattbillet
April 9th, 2016, 7:33 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles
Replies: 72
Views: 4829

Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles

Folks, this event is creeping up on us! Look forward to seeing all of you!
by mattbillet
March 20th, 2016, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: They pull me back in- Myriad Cellars Save the Date
Replies: 25
Views: 2333

They pull me back in- Myriad Cellars Save the Date

I simply can't buy more than a couple bottles of anything these days... lack of space! But I will get this wine! And, my experience has been that if you have ever purchased their wines before, and keep buying, you will get the previous buyer access! These are some of the nicest and most reasonable p...
by mattbillet
March 13th, 2016, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine dinner help...
Replies: 10
Views: 524

Wine dinner help...

There are a handful of interesting whites from Bedrock, and I know that you can acquire some of these thru Gordon's in boston/Waltham. Tasted the Sauvignon Blanc with Chris last week. Paul Hobbs also does some great CA Chardonnays (including some Hyde vineyard sourced). Might also find some interest...
by mattbillet
March 11th, 2016, 9:24 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles
Replies: 72
Views: 4829

Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles

We have added a fourth person to our numbers, and we will be in town Wednesday night thru to the next Wednesday! Open for anything.
by mattbillet
March 6th, 2016, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Josh Raynolds slams Mollydooker!
Replies: 116
Views: 7437

Josh Raynolds slams Mollydooker!

Now when I read the review from Josh Reynolds my immediate reaction was... another wine critic essentially taking a position intentionally to stir up an argument and hopefully to gain credibility and stature for themselves. Nothing I have read here changes that view. I don't like "sensationalist" re...
by mattbillet
February 28th, 2016, 4:26 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles
Replies: 72
Views: 4829

Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles

Bill: We are a group of three, and Danny Mazza is staying with us. I can say for our three that we would be in for all events (most particularly hoping for a Saxum Cave Tour and an opportunity to visit you at your cottage if the numbers don't exceed viability (for the BAGB). I was a bit lost about t...
by mattbillet
February 22nd, 2016, 12:35 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles
Replies: 72
Views: 4829

Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles

Actually, with smartphones these days it is pretty easy to put together a montage of collective photos from this event and related Berserker Antics. Bill... glad to see the makings of plans for another gathering at your home. I can't imagine that we will be able to top the last one... but I am willi...
by mattbillet
January 12th, 2016, 5:00 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles
Replies: 72
Views: 4829

Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles

I do agree about the pace. Since we are coming from so far, we got the whole event tickets. I would hope that we all are hoping for a wonderful outcome. I really like the event and the people who run it. I suspect that John Alban is no longer involved, and that creates a void. I have to say that the...
by mattbillet
January 9th, 2016, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA is raining Cats and Elephants
Replies: 31
Views: 1712

CA is raining Cats and Elephants

It is unfortunate that although rain is much needed, it often comes in a torrential and sometimes damaging scenario. Glad to see SB and Paso getting some rain!
by mattbillet
January 9th, 2016, 9:20 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles
Replies: 72
Views: 4829

Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles

There have been dinners scheduled around this event schedule. Historically they used to do a bowling event on Thursday and at the last HdR they had a fantastic seminar/Chateauneuf dinner on Thursday! Nothing prevents us from doing something Friday night... and Sunday is pretty much wide open! We wil...
by mattbillet
January 7th, 2016, 5:03 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles
Replies: 72
Views: 4829

Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles

Bill, we are in! It will be me, wife Lisa whom you have met (and was eager to take photos of HeartStone), and our son David (28). We have taken a rental for a week starting the Wednesday before Hospice, and Danny Mazza will be staying with us! Access to the Saxum Caves would be a blast! Anything you...
by mattbillet
December 23rd, 2015, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Single Winery Clubs
Replies: 28
Views: 1885

Single Winery Clubs

Chris... this is my take. Information from any viable source is useful. There is a lot of useful information here on this board about wine and wineries. Berserker day is a viable way to order and try some otherwise unavailable wines. Large scale serious tastings, and small, are very useful. Wine tas...
by mattbillet
December 23rd, 2015, 7:25 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone, Paso in April
Replies: 7
Views: 773

Hospice du Rhone, Paso in April

So nice to have you join us!
by mattbillet
December 22nd, 2015, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most rare wine?
Replies: 103
Views: 4947

What is YOUR most rare wine?

Funny, I just opened a magnum of Doix from 2002 for thanksgiving... before they started rating it. Anyway, I have an early Magnum of Alban Reva! Or a 1987 bottle of Philip Togni direct from the winery.
by mattbillet
December 22nd, 2015, 6:09 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone, Paso in April
Replies: 7
Views: 773

Hospice du Rhone, Paso in April

Thanks for the response Andrew. Hopefully Larry from Tercero will make it! Danny Mazza is very likely in as we will be staying together, and I have been reaching out to the Stonekings!
by mattbillet
December 20th, 2015, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hit me with Spanish Red values
Replies: 35
Views: 1755

Hit me with Spanish Red values

A lot of good recommendations here. I think across the board in the under $100 a bottle universe that Spain is a terrific place for value. This is whether you are referring to Rioja, Priorat, Ribera Del Duero, Jumilla, or the white wine regions of Spain. Psi is good, Ramirez de la Piscina, and you c...
by mattbillet
December 20th, 2015, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Zin Advice (Bedrock/Carlisle/Turley)
Replies: 37
Views: 1998

California Zin Advice (Bedrock/Carlisle/Turley)

I am on the Turley, Bedrock, Carlisle (shared), and Ridge lists. It adds up to a lot of Zin really. If you are enjoying spicy notes you may want to focus on the best of their Petite Sirah as well. Old vine and field blend wines seem to always bring the spice. Even when they have aged a while, althou...
by mattbillet
December 20th, 2015, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: what are your top 5 regions, these days?
Replies: 56
Views: 1712

what are your top 5 regions, these days?

Spain
Rhone
Sonoma
Paso Robles
Tuscany
by mattbillet
December 17th, 2015, 7:23 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone, Paso in April
Replies: 7
Views: 773

Hospice du Rhone, Paso in April

Just putting out initial feelers to determine who is going to make it to Paso for the re-emergence of Hospice du Rhone, and to see who wants to get together while in town!
by mattbillet
August 2nd, 2015, 10:24 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Best neighborhood for Paris appartment location?
Replies: 74
Views: 2869

Best neighborhood for Paris appartment location?

Late entry I suppose! We were in Paris a couple months ago and booked a wonderful apartment thru AIRBNB. We have stayed in many areas of Paris, and generally have enjoyed the areas on the river side of the Luxembourg (SP?) Gardens and St. Germaine. That said we stayed on the Ile St. Louis and absolu...
by mattbillet
May 31st, 2015, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help in a visit to Northern - not Southern - Rhone
Replies: 11
Views: 804

Need help in a visit to Northern - not Southern - Rhone

Tournon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by mattbillet
May 31st, 2015, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help in a visit to Northern - not Southern - Rhone
Replies: 11
Views: 804

Need help in a visit to Northern - not Southern - Rhone

Recently stayed in Tain l'Hermitage. There is a walking bridge that connects Tain w/ Tourney-Sur-Rhone. Both have their own merits. Tain may actually be the smaller of the two, and the Hermitage Hill is gorgeous. You might want to take lunch at the Vineum. If people want a break from wine, you can v...

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