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by Merrill Lindquist
February 17th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Picnic Supplies
Replies: 34
Views: 1187

Re: Napa Picnic Supplies

Sorry your wife got sick...but trust me, you did not miss anything up here in Napa Valley during those days. We have so much good weather during the year, I wish for all tourists/travelers to be here when we have it.
by Merrill Lindquist
February 16th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay Suggestions
Replies: 59
Views: 1538

Re: Chardonnay Suggestions

Would love to drink a $70 bottle of wine every night but not sure my wife would approve. Maybe after making an attending paycheck for a few years. Buy half as much and stick with the Ceritas. They are fantastic with a few years on them. Try out some of the less expensive suggestions, but get on the...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 16th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Picnic Supplies
Replies: 34
Views: 1187

Re: Napa Picnic Supplies

So, how did the trip, picnic supply purchasing, and picnicking go? What a miserable few days here in Calistoga. Hope you were able to enjoy. I was not!
by Merrill Lindquist
February 16th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 43
Views: 2917

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

I have never had a wine lifted by TSA. I do not pack wine in my regular luggage. I have a Pelican wine hard-case carrier, with my business card secured to it, and various airlines have attached their "fragile" signs to it. Oh, they open it, and they leave a formal notification inside that they have ...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 16th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3296

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

...in a fabulous area of Napa Valley.... But you repeat yourself. I thought ALL areas of Napa were great? I, personally, do not think all areas of Napa are fabulous. Drive around...look at the soil...look at the drainage...look at the fruit. Note the micro-climates. Drink the wine that is produced ...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 15th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3296

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

Just to add, specific to Merrill, is that part of her winery's customer experience is her participation on this board. Sure, she probably does it for personal enjoyment. But a winemaker spending his or her time (and time is money) on a public forum creates a connection with the customer base. I am ...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 15th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 64
Views: 2657

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda….
by Merrill Lindquist
February 15th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 64
Views: 2657

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Just pouring for 3 days and probably for 3 nights. I mean all the time. The sun broke through for a bit, and I thought it was done. I went a couple of miles down the road to go to the store, and by the time I got there, it was dark and sprinkling. By the time I got home it was (and is) pouring. Only...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 14th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3296

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

Can't wait for Part 28! flirtysmile Tom has acknowledged some appreciation for my and others' points of view. I do not think this is a hostile thread. It is about the words we choose (and the connotations therein) that create "discussion." I would settle for Tom's retraction of an inadvisable thread...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 14th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3296

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

Fellow readers: my objection is not to the gesture made by the winery, nor by the appreciation Tom experienced when he received his gift. That is not it at all. But as someone else pointed out, Tom's original post title conveys the wrong impression. "Getting it," as in customer service, does not inc...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 13th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Picnic Supplies
Replies: 34
Views: 1187

Re: Napa Picnic Supplies

If the roads are closing, which is expected, you might be stuck at the Westin.
by Merrill Lindquist
February 13th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 131
Views: 2314

Re: Diam corks?

SPEAKING AS A CONSUMER: I love real cork. The other stuff breaks or makes it impossible to use the Ah-So (Monopol) that I always use to pull corks. Call it romance...call it ritual...habit...whatever. And come to think of it, as a winery owner/wine producer, I also love cork. I have my pre-pouring r...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 13th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 64
Views: 2657

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

We did not get exceptional winds, but this rain is something else. Hard, steady, and no where for it to go in some places. The water coming down from the Palisades Mountains down Pickett Road past Kenefick and Eisele is excessive. The ditches alongside the road were full up a couple of hours ago, bu...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 13th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Picnic Supplies
Replies: 34
Views: 1187

Re: Napa Picnic Supplies

The weather is bad here, and the forecast is for more of the same. There is so much rain coming down from the hillsides that it is causing some flooded streets - particularly where people don't clear out their drains that are filled with leaves. I am not leaving my place on the Valley floor today - ...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 12th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 50
Views: 3533

Re: Rhys offer

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Anywhere from $59 (Family Farm Pinot) to $109 (Swan Terrace Pinot). There are also wines for $79 and $89 in the offering.
Sounds reasonable to me if you love the wine.
by Merrill Lindquist
February 12th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 50
Views: 3533

Re: Rhys offer

crickey wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 8:36 am
Offer accepted; order in. That was quick and easy...and expensive.
Since I recently had to explain to Victor what "expensive" means, could you tell me how much these wines are?
by Merrill Lindquist
February 12th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3296

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

I feel like we've had this exact thread before -- squabbles and all -- in 26 prior iterations. Unfortunately, Tom is just as wrong this time as he was all the other times, so I don't have high hopes for version 28. You gave me my first good laugh of the day. These are not squabbles, it is just some...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 12th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Picnic Supplies
Replies: 34
Views: 1187

Re: Napa Picnic Supplies

The way our weather has been, I'd decide where to have lunch, unless you plan on a picnic in your car with the heat blasting! 25-30 degrees in the morning, rainy, and not above 45 all day has been our norm. Thanks, Merrill. Much appreciated (although, as a Chicagoan, it doesn't sound *that* bad.) O...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 12th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3296

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

Customer service can take many forms and I have to echo Tom that Tablas Creek is one of the best. It’s not “free stuff”, its the attention to detail from tasting notes/vintage advice, their newsletters and, yes, some occasional free stuff. They treat you well and produce a great product for a very ...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 12th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3296

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 Merrill Lindquist
February 12th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3296

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

To me, customer relations is not about gifts and extras like that. As we probably all know, these things cost the winery money and it all goes into the price of a bottle of wine from them. To me, customer relations is about communication about availability and delivery, the replacing of less-than-st...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 12th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Picnic Supplies
Replies: 34
Views: 1187

Re: Napa Picnic Supplies

The way our weather has been, I'd decide where to have lunch, unless you plan on a picnic in your car with the heat blasting! 25-30 degrees in the morning, rainy, and not above 45 all day has been our norm.
by Merrill Lindquist
February 11th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 441
Views: 26509

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

This weekend with friends: Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne - not sure of vintage or other details but I have had it 3 times in the last month and it is becoming a favorite. Have 2 bottles awaiting me at my Champagne enabler. Dom 2006 - delicious. Champagne Deutz Blanc de Blancs 1996. Odd nose (banan...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 9th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Picnic Supplies
Replies: 34
Views: 1187

Re: Napa Picnic Supplies

If you are going from the Westin, up to St. Helena to Sunshine Foods, and on up Spring Mountain, I'd allow 90 minutes.
by Merrill Lindquist
February 7th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 64
Views: 2657

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Lots of pruning going on up and down Napa Valley. It can't all be done at once, so the crews have to be out there. My place is so small that I can basically wait until I am ready and get a crew in to do it within a day. I love the cover crop, and it is still growing like crazy. If the crew comes in ...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 5th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gronk has good taste. I think...
Replies: 9
Views: 1324

Re: Gronk has good taste. I think...

Love Gronk - that man knows how to party!
by Merrill Lindquist
February 4th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Super Bowl Wine Pairings
Replies: 32
Views: 1089

Re: Super Bowl Wine Pairings

Brian Tuite wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 7:36 am
Merrill, sometimes the best question is the one not asked.
Especially, these days on this board, if you are female.
by Merrill Lindquist
February 4th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Super Bowl Wine Pairings
Replies: 32
Views: 1089

Re: Super Bowl Wine Pairings

I'm going with a nice 2000 Bordeaux for the Rams, old world and balanced. Got a Ch. Gloria that might fit the bill, or a Cos. Then, for the Pats, a nice bottle of WD-40 Specialist Industrial-Strength Cleaner & Degreaser. Because Brady is a Tool. That sounds fair. A tool for whom/what? I don't get t...
by Merrill Lindquist
February 2nd, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 336
Views: 14516

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I still continue to build my Champagne and some Chardonnay holdings. My commitment was to free up space in my EMH Library, which I have done, now, for the 2nd year. Of course I want some of everything I have produced, but getting each vintage down to single digits is where it needs to be after 17 vi...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 31st, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 1731

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

I have one customer who buys a lot of wine without regard to bottle price, and he pays by money order. Yes, money order. I took it to the bank, put my EMH ATM card in the slot, put the money orders in where you would deposit a check, and there it is, in my account. I get a kick out of this guy. Know...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 31st, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 1731

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

. . . You have no clue what you’re talking about. Stone Age user trying to understand technology and outside application that the current generation uses it for. Might as well be hitting a rock against a computer screen. Since I have been invited to speak at four seminars on the subject, including ...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 31st, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bargain Champagne
Replies: 64
Views: 2807

Re: Best Bargain Champagne

Has anybody had any Paul Bara recently? I had a nice bottle recently but It’s been several years since I really dove in, but they used to be great value. I had the rose for the first time recently, and liked it. Just reordered and added some of the regular non-rose. Waiting for my delivery as we sp...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 30th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 1731

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

My website directs you to use paypal or check out with your credit card. My credit card clearing house is also paypal. Never had a problem. At my production/income level, I cannot afford some of the fancy systems (Ceritas has a nice system), but everyone gets their wine, I receive their money simply...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

J. Trombley wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Picked up a 3 pack yesterday. Appreciate your contributions to this forum Merrill. Can’t wait to try the wine.
Thank you, Jason. So many new people! I hope you enjoy the wine.
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

Thank you all, again, for a great Berserker Weekend. The EMH website will be live with those offers and prices until midnight tonight.
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 7277

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

So far only a few: 8 bottles Riverain 7 Grassl glasses 6 bottles AXR Debating Flannery (Hardest choice is what to get as it all looks good), Young Hagen and EMH. My website with BerserkerDay pricing will be up until midnight tonight. I appreciate each and every order, and sincerely hope you enjoy y...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

Charlie Carnes wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Nailed down a bunch of these today. Great wines!! Thanks Merrill
You got some treasures! As I often say, "Black Cats need good homes."
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

People are still ordering, and they are welcome to do so as long as I have inventory. Happy to have you newcomers aboard!
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

Brandon R wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 3:19 pm
First-timer here. In...thank you for your generous offer, Merrill. I'm excited to try your wines.
Thank you, Brandon. Let me know how you like them. Decant decant decant! 2-3 hours in a decanter does wonders.
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

First EMH ordered placed, interested in trying these - 13/14 pack. Thanks for the great offer. You are welcome - love my new customers and my veterans. Those are 2 nice wines you ordered. I think the 13 is more ready than the 14 - I need to give the 14 a test drive. I have been showing the 2104 Spe...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

J Wiltanger wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 2:27 pm
In for a 6-pack!
Thank you to a new buyer!
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

In for a 13-14 six-pack. Sheila is taking one of each, so you can add her to your list of female purchasers. Also, it needs to be recorded for posterity, since Sheila is in the running as one of the all-time Berserker Day purchasers. I have to make sure to credit the legend. Thanks, Adam. I appreci...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

Peter Shurman wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 12:45 pm
IN for the 6 pack ... [cheers.gif]
Thank you - just saw that!
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

Albert R wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Got the 6-pack! Working on a nice vertical dating back to 2010. Thanks Merrill!!
Thank you, Albert. Nice to see returning friends.
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

Kirby Hamilton wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 12:00 pm
6 pk to Florida. Thanks.
Hi Kirby. Thank you. That 6-pack is popular and well-priced. I need to go check my inventory levels!
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

haha as a ravens fan, i can't endorse that :P but am thinking of putting in order for 3 pack, just having that internal debate about buying from pats fan ;-) love the cat though!! Choose your own teams - without more than one team, there would be no games! You absolutely cannot have this marvelous ...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

out of curiosity, are these special edition bottles? or regular ones? thanks :) (btw, 2019 super bowl champions - rams :P) Patriots rule! (I hope). I need to replace my Red Sox flag on display on my porch with something new [cheers.gif] The library wines - the 2006, 2007, 2008 are down to single di...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

Hmmm...any women out there? I only had one female purchaser yesterday. Hoping for more today. Well this is one lady that is closing out my purchases, by necessity (don't even want to glance at how much I've spent today), with a six-pack of these. Love the wine, love the kitties, love the fact the w...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 27th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 70
Views: 2461

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 11:19 am
And decant I shall, thanks!
I forgot to mention - that is the vintage in particular that is throwing in the neck of the bottle. Just clean it out before you decant. You'd think these were my kids, or something.

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