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by William Segui
November 19th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 524
Views: 29603

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Casey Hartlip wrote:
November 17th, 2019, 6:06 am
after getting zapped with 27 degrees I figured why bother. Going to be interesting to see how the vineyard reacts next season. Will there be damage?
Casey -- Could you expand on this? Why is 27 degrees at this point a concern and how does it potentially impact next year? Thanks!
by William Segui
November 11th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 101
Views: 4359

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

No major holdings of any, but I have a few bottles of: Pierre Peters Chetillions, Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee, Cristal, Dom, La Grande Annee, Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion & Delamotte. And a few Krug 164, if that counts. The only thing I'm waiting for is Comtes, sad to see the price on Egly - not goin...
by William Segui
November 4th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No more space, do you keep buying?
Replies: 53
Views: 2267

Re: No more space, do you keep buying?

Love me some offsite.
by William Segui
November 1st, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 90
Views: 5508

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

Objectively, 2001 Beaucastel Hommage a Jacque Perrin. The surprise would be 2004 Etude St. Helena (scarecrow). Although I’ve had so many great glasses/bottles with friends new & old, it is impossible to pick one.
by William Segui
October 29th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First 2012 cristal offering i've seen
Replies: 27
Views: 2039

Re: First 2012 cristal offering i've seen

William Kelley wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 11:05 am
It's really good! Very worthy successor to the 2008.
If you were able to pick up 07 or 12 for the same price, which would you choose?
by William Segui
October 24th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18998

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Sunday looks scary, be safe everyone
by William Segui
October 22nd, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery special
Replies: 4
Views: 750

Re: Flannery special

Anyone else notice the waygu has dropped off the site? The dry aged waygu rib cap was amazing.
by William Segui
October 8th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3841

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

I don't remember the exact figures but a friend of mine that worked for PG&E told me their internal calcs had undergrounding every line in CA at 100 years & a trillion dollars.
by William Segui
October 8th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3841

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

All three associated wineries have generators. We designed a full time, permanent generator for the new facility. This is the new reality. I even have a small generator at home that *should* power my chest freezer & wine fridge. Buying ice today to get the insulated cooler cold enough to keep milk &...
by William Segui
October 8th, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 113
Views: 5113

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

96 Salon
08 Cristal
by William Segui
October 7th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3767

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

They are closing two elementary schools & the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken youth baseball leagues just folded after 50 years of continuous play for lack of players.
by William Segui
October 3rd, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1578
Views: 188286

Re: Official Costco Thread

Filed Under: Things I did not expect to see

2016 Leroy Bourgogne Blanc - $58.99, Santa Rosa

I grabbed the last three, no idea if they have more.
by William Segui
September 27th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18267

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

mark rudner wrote:
September 27th, 2019, 2:43 pm
dougwilder wrote:
September 27th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Full review just published. Graeme and Alex are on a roll.
where?
Doug is Purely Domestic Wine Report (PDWR). http://www.purelydomesticwinereport.com/ (CA-OR-WA)
by William Segui
September 23rd, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 87
Views: 7004

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

Does anyone know when their tasting room will be up and running? Sadly the answer here is no. We hit some delays late last year that were then compounded by the winter storms pushing the completion date back a few months. We were all hopeful that we were going to make the 8/1 date that was original...
by William Segui
September 21st, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beautiful Morning With Champagne Jérôme Blin
Replies: 17
Views: 694

Re: Beautiful Morning With Champagne Jérôme Blin

A very nice wine at a great price point, count me as a fan
by William Segui
September 18th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 524
Views: 29603

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I’m curious for the first few Napa picks to roll in. We thought we were in for another large 2018-ish sized crop. Then it ripped through veraison, which I took to be an indicator of something normal or slightly less. Cluster counts are good but cluster weights seem light, so as always, I know absolu...
by William Segui
September 10th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Go get your 1 bottle of 08 Cristal at Bevmo for $175!
Replies: 7
Views: 883

Re: Go get your 1 bottle of 08 Cristal at Bevmo for $175!

Do I have to have the coupon or can they just look up my account? That is crazy good
by William Segui
September 10th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you eat grapes?
Replies: 49
Views: 1797

Re: Do you eat grapes?

I eat them professionally. My son recreationally.
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by William Segui
September 5th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 524
Views: 29603

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

first red in the house, here we go. best of luck y'all!
by William Segui
September 4th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ferren release tomorrow
Replies: 8
Views: 724

Re: Ferren release tomorrow

The pinots are very good, but for me, the Chards are the star and where my money goes here.
by William Segui
August 28th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 524
Views: 29603

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

14 day forecast looks fantastic. Cooler temps, slow some things down
by William Segui
August 17th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Roy Piper Cabernet?
Replies: 13
Views: 1169

Re: 2014 Roy Piper Cabernet?

Not sure about the large format, but I ran through most of the lineup with Roy awhile back and the 14 (like most Napa Cabs I’ve had recently) was on point.
by William Segui
August 10th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?
Replies: 33
Views: 2049

Re: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?

I’ve looked into it and haven’t pursued it further. The chain ends at the last major hub. From there it is Priority Overnight. Which isn’t perfect but first attempt before 10 AM is pretty good. And critical. If that first attempt is missed.... It is also a bit of logistical nightmare as they only pi...
by William Segui
August 4th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 847
Views: 55524

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 9:47 am
1997 Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion - Scrumptious, mature and nutty, a perfect caviar pairing and utterly satisfying.
Great note. Bought a few 08’s on reputation, promptly took them to offsite. Will have to look around for some aged expressions.
by William Segui
July 23rd, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Logistics Question for the experts
Replies: 20
Views: 848

Re: Shipping Logistics Question for the experts

Find a local storage place that also ships, drop them into storage right before you leave then ship in December when the temps are right. Although 4-6 cs would just fly with me
by William Segui
July 22nd, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine-Centric Title for our Fearless Leader?
Replies: 45
Views: 1591

Re: New Wine-Centric Title for our Fearless Leader?

Board Man Gets Paid
by William Segui
July 22nd, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 9901

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

There is a note on his FB from someone that seems to confirm this
by William Segui
July 18th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3446

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

The cleaning is never ending but there can be some zen like moments. There is nothing but awful in compliance.
by William Segui
July 17th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 71
Views: 5261

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

I love these wines. So much good.
by William Segui
July 16th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3342

Re: Calistoga wineries

JeremyMullman wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 10:27 am
I believe Rivers-Marie was building a winery/tasting room in Calistoga. Did it open yet? If not, anyone know the status?
We are vertical but not going to hit the Aug/Sept opening. Looking more like end of the year.
by William Segui
July 16th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 87
Views: 7004

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

2017 Rivers-Marie Lore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville—110 cases, 14.8% alcohol, 80% new oak Coming in at 2.25 tons off of two acres, there isn’t much of this to go around. That fact plus the recent track record of this bottling leads us to expect the 2017 Lore to sell out faster than any Caber...
by William Segui
July 16th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 87
Views: 7004

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

Anybody else notice that in the release letter, their description for the Lore cab seemed to be describing one of their past Chardonnays? That is a good one. I have a template that I copy & paste into. Looks like I missed this one (likely didn't save the last update). The note on the website looks ...
by William Segui
July 12th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1359

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

Unless there is a marked difference between sun grown weed & indoor grown weed, I fail to see why anyone would pay up for vineyard quality land when there are plenty of warehouse or like equivalent places that are far cheaper.
by William Segui
July 12th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1578
Views: 188286

Re: Official Costco Thread

Lucked into these. Checked availability at other Costcos in the region, and the few places with them left had 1 or 2........ 8135102D-1B31-43EA-B6C6-845B1CE73C7D.jpeg I knew they were going to hit the .97, was hoping to be lucky and be there when they did. Nice score! (have you tried one? I have on...
by William Segui
July 10th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 3109

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 9:16 am
I blame Frank Murray
there are few inalienable truths in this world, but this is one.
by William Segui
July 2nd, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 141
Views: 10729

Re: 2008 Salon

at least I got some 08 Delamotte
by William Segui
June 21st, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vineyards/wineries being sold
Replies: 14
Views: 2094

Re: Vineyards/wineries being sold

David Baum wrote:
June 21st, 2019, 3:01 pm
I don't believe HL was sold but rather leased out to TRB for RM going forward.
^this
by William Segui
June 18th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?
Replies: 32
Views: 1216

Re: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?

I’m a 75, on my 40th I had Yquem, Diamond Creek & Phelps Eislele. All very good.
by William Segui
June 2nd, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Round-Up
Replies: 98
Views: 4720

Re: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6

Pretty wide spread here, but if my schedule allows - I'm in.
by William Segui
May 31st, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 524
Views: 29603

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Big time thunder and lightning in Lake county this afternoon. There were warnings on the local radio of possible flash flooding in SE Lake county. I did hear areas of Lake county had over an inch in a very short time period. I'm guessing they are likely deep into bloom, but that's just a guess. Wis...
by William Segui
May 26th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone using Weinboxes?
Replies: 154
Views: 10359

Re: Anyone using Weinboxes?

Costco has Instacrates on sale for $6/ea, pretty much the same thing w/o the end accessibility. I’m not going more than two high and they work really well. YMMV
by William Segui
May 20th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1578
Views: 188286

Re: Official Costco Thread

Found 3 btls of 08 Dom at the Fairfield Costco over the weekend, $149.99/ea. Bought them.
by William Segui
May 15th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 524
Views: 29603

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Been raining here all day
by William Segui
May 9th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 5646

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

Kind of fun to look at the same place using both models. There’s certain wineries that are going to turn out top tier juice from any of their sites (or combination of). To take this one step further, when you remove the estate component from a winery, what are we really talking about? The winemaker...
by William Segui
May 9th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 5646

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

The OP uses Classified Growths (Bordeaux) but then lists them by vineyard a la Burgundy. I think the Burgundian model works better here (ie: many folks make great wine from ToKalon, like many folks make great wine from Clos de la Roche)

*I also sense a 10,000 word Piper post coming soon!
by William Segui
May 6th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 1399

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

The craft beer market seems to have gone the way of baseball - more locally/regionally v. nationally. I'm fortunate here in Napa to have a handful of high quality, local producers that scratch most beer itches I have. I keep a growler in my car and all my locals will fill it.
by William Segui
April 24th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 cristal to break new grounds
Replies: 25
Views: 1925

Re: 2018 cristal to break new grounds

I’ve always been a fan of Cristal, but 09 was the first that made me reach for my wallet. 08 made me empty it. My frustration has been the price. Had to scour all of DFW and harangue sales folk to find 08 Cristal for under $200 after applying a massive sale discount. Shit KL has it for $269 a pop. ...
by William Segui
April 23rd, 2019, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 cristal to break new grounds
Replies: 25
Views: 1925

Re: 2018 cristal to break new grounds

I’ve always been a fan of Cristal, but 09 was the first that made me reach for my wallet. 08 made me empty it.

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