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by John Webber
October 9th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fait-Main En Primeur 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 823

Re: Fait-Main En Primeur 2017

Good to hear your views. I understand that there is nothing behind the use of the "en primeur" term though. They use it for marketing.. it is not going to be another release later on, correct? It is just a normal release on a first come, first served basis (?). In past years, they have had some win...
by John Webber
October 9th, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any must have rieslings on this list?
Replies: 22
Views: 1463

Re: Any must have rieslings on this list?

Most of those are sweeter wines. Two dry wines that jump out at me are the 2002 Alzinger (best vineyard, in the maybe the best vintage of this century, probably in its prime drinking window right now if stored properly); and the Nikolaihof Steiner Hund. Beat me to it. That Alzinger is at least real...
by John Webber
October 9th, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cruse Fall Release
Replies: 3
Views: 414

Re: Cruse Fall Release

Love everything with intentional fizz from Cruse. Monkey Jacket and the carigan are nice food wines that are easy on the wallet.

Outside my 1st MacDonald offering, i'm not buying right now, but will probably succumb to temptation. Cruse wines are fun to drink.
by John Webber
September 16th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18645

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

I signed-up in 2013 and still have not received an offer. I was at or near the top of the list last year, but did not get added. Although my wallet doesn't want the burden, my fingers are crossed.
by John Webber
July 23rd, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park
Replies: 9
Views: 2739

Re: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park

Any updates? Headed that way in a few days for 2 nights only. Was not planning on having a car and just walking, using the free shuttle, or taking a boat anywhere. Any additional guidance would be appreciated.
by John Webber
June 21st, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vineyards/wineries being sold
Replies: 14
Views: 2095

Re: Vineyards/wineries being sold

Saw 7 Stones, but missed HL. I like both and wish nothing but the best of luck with the sales and to the new owners. TRB should be a great caregiver of HL. Hopefully, 7 finds an equally good steward. It is a special property with one of the best views in the whole valley.
by John Webber
June 4th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Glennon: TN and thoughts
Replies: 9
Views: 828

Re: Domaine Glennon: TN and thoughts

I'm also a good friend of the proprietor, but my thoughts on his rose (from last year) are genuine. It is delicious. It bested about 30 foreign and domestic competitors @ a tasting thrown by a restaurant here last year. I'm waiting for this year's batch of rose and chardonnay to make its way to my d...
by John Webber
April 24th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with Pax Mahle
Replies: 6
Views: 1169

Re: Dinner with Pax Mahle

Great note. Thank you, for sharing. It was a lovely event and the Maverick team did a great job. I didn't even know they had that back patio.
by John Webber
April 4th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 109
Views: 9159

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

Mine arrived yesterday and the bottom was split/broken at 1 of the nails. Fairly minor compared to others. They are sleeping in the cellar now.
by John Webber
March 28th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Houston BBQ
Replies: 17
Views: 607

Re: Houston BBQ

I haven't been to Blood Bros BBQ but I'm dying to go: https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/blood-bros-bbq-2019/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Web%20Social&utm_content=bloodbros It sounds like a quintessentially Houston spot that mixes cultures and cuisines in a way that's greater th...
by John Webber
March 20th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Choosing an expensive wine for a special occasion
Replies: 53
Views: 2348

Re: Choosing an expensive wine for a special occasion

I would consider the setting (the food, people, logistics of getting the wine there, food, appropriate price range etc.) and then compare what was available that fit my criteria at trustworthy sources to CT and Berserker notes.
by John Webber
March 19th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses
Replies: 56
Views: 2396

Re: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses

We are on our 2nd Miele and have run GG Gold, Zaltos, Riedel, various decanters etc. through the normal wash, pots and pans, etc. daily and have never had a broken item. We have never bothered with the crystal setting. We also have some of the hardest water in the country, but the Miele salt works l...
by John Webber
March 19th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Options similar to Realm?
Replies: 23
Views: 2744

Re: Options similar to Realm?

I would call or email fait-main and see if they have anything left from the 2016’s. I took your advice and was surprised by their answer: 2016 Fait-Main Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet $735.00/ 3 pack 2016 Fait-Main Bettinelli Sleeping Lady $675.00/ 3 pack 2016 Fait-Main Todeschini Asteria Vineyar...
by John Webber
March 17th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Paetra Riesling "S"
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: TN: 2015 Paetra Riesling "S"

2015 Paetra Riesling "S" - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills (3/16/2019) Straw yellow with an orange tinge, light orange nose. Off dry, luscious mouth feel with candied citrus, prominent acid to balance the residual sugar. (93 pts.) Posted from CellarTracker We picked up some Pok P...
by John Webber
March 8th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tor Release
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Re: Tor Release

I always loved the Cimarossa back when it was $75. No experience with the balance.
by John Webber
March 6th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa
Replies: 41
Views: 3406

Re: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa

David Long, proprietor at David Arthur, is a great guy and can make one heck of a tasting experience if he is hosting that day. Great views there too.
by John Webber
March 1st, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 17498

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Is the offering in waves? I have not seen anything since the "you are back on" email.


Update: The answer is, "yes". Your offer for 2016 Scarecrow opens Wednesday, March 13th. I get to save my coins until then.
by John Webber
March 1st, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa County Legal Question: Tasting Rooms
Replies: 22
Views: 1477

Re: Napa County Legal Question: Tasting Rooms

The first rule of Fight Club...
by John Webber
February 28th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 247
Views: 18594

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

Chris Freemott wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 3:58 pm
John, you and about 70 folks haven't yet. Been busy trying to get as many out as I can...my garage currently resembles the worlds worst Tetris puzzle.
Fair enough. Looking forward to them.
by John Webber
February 28th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar
Replies: 30
Views: 2402

Re: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar

HDH and Heritage are both easy to work with.
by John Webber
February 27th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shifting My Cellar
Replies: 41
Views: 2916

Re: Shifting My Cellar

You can't readily find the growers FM3 likes sitting on the shelves.
by John Webber
February 25th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 17498

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

$500 per bottle all-in will probably get me to pass. I'll certainly continue to debate it in until the moment arrives, but that is stupid money.
by John Webber
February 24th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'Badass, aged red wines' at APL Hollywood, 2/21/19
Replies: 41
Views: 2332

Re: 'Badass, aged red wines' at APL Hollywood, 2/21/19

That was one heck of a dinner/experience. Thank you, for sharing!
by John Webber
February 24th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?
Replies: 86
Views: 2354

Re: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?

I know food and wine pairing is BS talk for idiots, but it depends on what i'm eating. No food and I would reach for trocken every time.
by John Webber
February 24th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Common Winery and Vineyard Names with Various Pronunciations & Mispronunciations !!!
Replies: 56
Views: 2649

Re: Common Winery and Vineyard Names with Various Pronunciations & Mispronunciations !!!

Taittinger - Taught-teen-jay vs Tay-tin-jurr Maybach - My-bock vs May-back Rothschild - Roth-shield vs Roth’s-child Moët - Mow-ett vs Mow-ay Leroy - Lay-wah vs Leeeerroyyy I agree on all but, Rothschild. You can see a family member and several employees of their Asset Management wing pronouncing it...
by John Webber
February 20th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer
Replies: 84
Views: 7459

Re: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer

Weird that they would add new folks and then leave a long time buyer possibly shut out? They did it to me with Chimere. I was on vacation and tried to order the last day and was told no soup for me. I was in since year 1. That’s interesting, did they add people onto Chimere? Or just came up short f...
by John Webber
February 19th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer
Replies: 84
Views: 7459

Re: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer

Robert M yers wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Weird that they would add new folks and then leave a long time buyer possibly shut out?
They did it to me with Chimere. I was on vacation and tried to order the last day and was told no soup for me. I was in since year 1.
by John Webber
February 13th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 4075

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

The notable thing about the gifts is they don't have to do it. They could omit the gift and (I assume) almost nobody would notice or care. It's a gesture entirely out of their profits that they care about their customers. So John, do you not think that when annual or quarterly budgeting goes on at ...
by John Webber
February 13th, 2019, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still read Wine Spectator?
Replies: 41
Views: 1870

Re: Do you still read Wine Spectator?

No. I don't even thumb through it at the airport. For fluff porn, my 50c or $1 per issue subscriptions to Robb Report & T&L more than fill the void. I rarely open those without throwing them in the blue bin as it is. I'm not against WS, but it doesn't scratch an itch anymore.
by John Webber
February 12th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 3652

Re: Diam corks?

I love stelvin closures based on personal experience and i'm definitely suspicious of Diam based on the horrible performance of neocork. Maybe that is not rational considering they are different, but, as a consumer, I don't have to be rational. Having said that, I hope Diam performs like a dream bec...
by John Webber
February 12th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 VHR Release
Replies: 42
Views: 3875

Re: 2016 VHR Release

I'm in, but need to decide how in. The 2015 and our visit with Bruce were at the top of my list for 2018. I definitely want more VHR in the cellar, but must work the calculus of higher pricing, a larger allocation, and a ton of competing offerings out today.
by John Webber
February 12th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 4075

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

The notable thing about the gifts is they don't have to do it. They could omit the gift and (I assume) almost nobody would notice or care. It's a gesture entirely out of their profits that they care about their customers.
by John Webber
February 8th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 17498

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Got an e-mail from Scarecrow that I am finally being invited to purchase the upcoming '16 release. I've been buying the M. Etain each year, for years, but this was the first year that I passed, and then I get a Scarecrow allocation. Go figure. Interesting. I haven't received the email yet. I was of...
by John Webber
February 8th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Advice for August Piedmont Trip
Replies: 3
Views: 571

Re: Advice for August Piedmont Trip

1) I don't think a guide would be a bad idea. When we went in 2013, the cellular maps were hot garbage in the area and would often send you to the wrong place, the wrong direction down donkey cart sized streets with active markets, and the like. I backed into a wall on one of those stupid streets. :...
by John Webber
February 8th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Iceland on the Cheap?
Replies: 8
Views: 395

Re: Iceland on the Cheap?

We left Newark Friday night. Hung out in Reykjavik on Saturday to recover. Took a 3 day guided tour of southern Iceland (highly recommended) and then stayed by the airport Tuesday night. Flew out Wednesday morning. Great trip. If you need tour guide recs, just PM me.
by John Webber
February 8th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 37
Views: 2543

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

Ordered far less than I planned, but too many things hitting at once and BD10 didn't do my wallet any favors.
by John Webber
February 7th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canadians in here?
Replies: 43
Views: 2119

Re: Canadians in here?

Certainly is, and PM me and some of the others here to make sure it gets our attention. Welcome to the chaos, Bryan! You can't go wrong starting with this guy! When my wife and I recently visited from Texas, Mike was the first person we reached out to and we never felt so well taken care of. Throug...
by John Webber
February 6th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP board member Lou Kessler
Replies: 24
Views: 2502

Re: RIP board member Lou Kessler

RIP Lou.
by John Webber
February 6th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 81
Views: 6215

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

Signed-up last March and no soup for me. Lots of things hitting right now, so I won't say that is bad news from a monetary standpoint. While typing this: Thank you for your interest in Sandlands wine. Today we are releasing the first round of our 2017 wines. Due to demand that exceeds our production...
by John Webber
February 5th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is a VitaMix worth it?
Replies: 39
Views: 2114

Re: Is a VitaMix worth it?

I have the Vitamix Pro 750 and I love it. I have two containers for it, both for wet blending, just in different sizes. As everyone says, it’s a beast. It’ll make anything as smooth as silk. As a bonus, I discovered their Lemon Curd recipe and it’s my “go to” now. No more standing over it and conti...
by John Webber
February 3rd, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé
Replies: 24
Views: 652

Re: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé

Great people and wonderful bubbles!

FM3, bug Greg because we need more too.
by John Webber
February 2nd, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 150th tabasco
Replies: 65
Views: 4157

Re: 150th tabasco

Kenny, I need to be a client. I put hot sauce on nearly everything. Habanero and Ghost Chili are my usual go to's. I also love Ghost, Reaper, and Scorpion chili powders. My wife looks at me like i'm crazy.
by John Webber
February 1st, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is a VitaMix worth it?
Replies: 39
Views: 2114

Re: Is a VitaMix worth it?

For 8 years, we have had the Professional 500 Series that (or its equivalent) may be found here: https://www.vitamix.com/us/en_us/Shop/Certified-Reconditioned-Standard-Programs?skuId=001888 We are about to order our 3rd container for it, but we put it through heavy use for green shakes. Outside of t...
by John Webber
January 31st, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 13428

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

I won't give them credit for much, but so far they have largely avoided the vanity sports (luxury cars, wine, and gated suburban housing). We will see what happens if or when they start their prime earning years. They have definitely been spending money on beer and bourbon.
by John Webber
January 28th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Few Wines With Dinner, Littorai, Bedrock, Frogs Leap
Replies: 10
Views: 808

Re: TN: A Few Wines With Dinner, Litteroi, Bedrock, Frogs Leap

Litteroi, I assume is a typo or am I missing something? I didn't know they made a Vin Gris. I will have to look for it now. John, sorry about that, typo is now fixed. Its what happens when fingers move faster than the brain :) Littorai does make a Vin Gris, the one we had in the photo was a 2017 an...
by John Webber
January 27th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Few Wines With Dinner, Littorai, Bedrock, Frogs Leap
Replies: 10
Views: 808

Re: TN: A Few Wines With Dinner, Litteroi, Bedrock, Frogs Leap

Litteroi, I assume is a typo or am I missing something? I didn't know they made a Vin Gris. I will have to look for it now.
by John Webber
January 23rd, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cabernet Sauvignon from California
Replies: 146
Views: 9204

Re: Cabernet Sauvignon from California

JW.Vazquez wrote:
January 23rd, 2019, 5:42 pm
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2 posts. Both posts nearly identical promoting Ellman. So, welcome to the board and do tell us what your connection to Ellman is?

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