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by Ron F r e e d
November 17th, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily #6
Replies: 20
Views: 1802

Re: Andremily #6

It's usually this month (November), so I'd expect next week.
by Ron F r e e d
November 13th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer
Replies: 84
Views: 7460

Re: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer

joeduncan wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Mine arrived today. Anyone crazy enough to pop one any time soon?

I also grabbed a couple of bottles of the white which I have no experience with. Any comments on how they are young vs with some age?
Hold the whites at least a year before opening. Best 2-5+ years after release IMHO.
by Ron F r e e d
October 6th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily
Replies: 8
Views: 1452

Re: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily

Jeff,

Saw this thread and ended up signing up for Kobayashi's mailing list after looking further (i.e., checking out CellarTracker) into their wines. Coincidentally, I got my wish-list confirmation email from Andremily within about 24 hours of our last meeting. [cheers.gif]
by Ron F r e e d
October 6th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First Musar
Replies: 37
Views: 1811

Re: My First Musar

Had my first '03 this past Tuesday, and was QUITE pleased. It was decanted about 1.5 hours prior to tasting--perhaps an extra hour would have been best, but it was everything I love in a Musar.
by Ron F r e e d
September 17th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let Your Saxums Age!
Replies: 20
Views: 1258

Re: Let Your Saxums Age!

A group of us did a Saxum retrospective in early 2017, which included every Saxum produced from 2000 through 2010, with a couple of extras tossed in. For me, the 2005 vintage was across the board, my favorite, with the 2007 still showing too young. Least approachable was the Booker bottling, but hav...
by Ron F r e e d
September 7th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine Cellar
Replies: 11
Views: 1272

Re: New Wine Cellar

You could also try and talk to Kevin Jones from LA Cellars, I know he has built private cellars before. www.lacellars.com
by Ron F r e e d
September 4th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ferren release tomorrow
Replies: 8
Views: 733

Re: Ferren release tomorrow

At the Rudman Estate for a blind CA pinot/burgundy tasting a few months ago, I was surprised that the 5 I'd consider buying were the 2010 Rochioli, the 2011 Marcassin and three different burgs (also liked the '01 Arcadian but it faded quickly for me). Couldn't stand the younger CA pinots (KB, Will S...
by Ron F r e e d
September 4th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ferren release tomorrow
Replies: 8
Views: 733

Re: Ferren release tomorrow

In for a mixed case.
by Ron F r e e d
September 3rd, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ferren release tomorrow
Replies: 8
Views: 733

Re: Ferren release tomorrow

Looking forward to this one!
by Ron F r e e d
July 27th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me what I should be looking for in California besides Cabs
Replies: 65
Views: 3084

Re: Tell me what I should be looking for in California besides Cabs

Jordan,

Brian has a great list of producers listed above, but I would also add Campesino as a producer to seek out. You might want to also look over the BerserkerDay thread section for ideas as well. Some great producers offer wines easily in that price range.
by Ron F r e e d
July 15th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 75
Views: 11111

Re: Marcassin

jeffruggels wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 7:39 am
maybe in the fall?
Of which year?
by Ron F r e e d
July 10th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 168
Views: 13932

Re: Downstream Wines

Never got a confirmation, however when I tried to sign up again (just in case it didn't take the first time), I got the message that I was already registered.
by Ron F r e e d
June 23rd, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 51
Views: 2205

Re: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39

Bruce (and Laurie), thank you so much for hosting! We had quite a good time despite the varietal not being our favorite. Count me in the camp that liked the Pommard (Moillard), but I think its best days are easily 5-10 years away. It would have been very interesting had a burgophile been there as we...
by Ron F r e e d
June 22nd, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1645
Views: 196884

Re: Official Costco Thread

Burbank Costco FINALLY has the '08 Dom @ 150.
by Ron F r e e d
June 19th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have no wine
Replies: 30
Views: 2422

Re: I have no wine

Sounds like it's time for a "Philip on tour" trip ala Mike Grammar! Come on down we will open plenty of bottles for you [cheers.gif] That being said I hope everything works out for the best. I'll second that. As if we needed another reason to fire up your pizza oven anyways [cheers.gif] Hope it all...
by Ron F r e e d
June 10th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 51
Views: 2205

Re: Pinot Tasting - WE HAVE SOME ROOM! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39

Bruce Rudman wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 8:14 pm

UPDATED LIST:

Bruce and Laurie Rudman (plus two friends who are not on the Board)
Mike and Dana Stoneking
Scott and Andrea Watkins
Ron and Andrea Freed
Shane (you said Sundays - this is a Saturday)?
Adam G
See you on the 22nd!
by Ron F r e e d
May 31st, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willi’s Wine Bar has finally re-opened!
Replies: 12
Views: 1179

Re: Willi’s Wine Bar has finally re-opened!

Have a lot of good memories from Willi's...will need to drop by next time we are up.
by Ron F r e e d
May 26th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 51
Views: 2205

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16

Elliot Steele wrote:
May 26th, 2019, 1:54 pm
I unfortunately have to cancel. Hope to catch you guys next time around.
What, something I said? We can have our Uber driver pick you up... [cheers.gif]
by Ron F r e e d
May 26th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 51
Views: 2205

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16

Been asleep at the wheel and away from this thread. We are open on the 22nd and would love to join! Will the wines be tasted blind or out in the open for everyone to see?
by Ron F r e e d
May 23rd, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1645
Views: 94537

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Gimonnet Special Club anyone? In for another 4!
by Ron F r e e d
May 23rd, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winehunting ... EMH
Replies: 8
Views: 1539

Re: Winehunting ... EMH

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 7:55 am
I would be all over that 2016 Bevans Tench Vineyard Cab if they would ship to me.
Thanks for the heads-up!
by Ron F r e e d
March 30th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: done thanks
Replies: 11
Views: 2435

Re: FS: Reduced: some well reviewed / limited bottles

Jeff,

The Bevan Vixens...they still available? I'll take them if so.
by Ron F r e e d
March 14th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lebanon RE: 2013 El Ixsir
Replies: 9
Views: 371

Re: Lebanon RE: 2013 El Ixsir

I'd suggest Musar if imported by Broadbent. They age incredibly well, so something from 2003 or earlier would be best. Do a search for Musar in the Wine Talk forum for additional background.
by Ron F r e e d
March 12th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New here: tips on SQN aging
Replies: 19
Views: 1285

Re: New here: tips on SQN aging

A couple of weeks ago, a friend brought over a Dangerous Birds (2007) syrah, which was singing at PnP. The Patine (2011) grenache, however, had been decanted and was really a few years (or a few more hours in decanter) away from being at its prime.
by Ron F r e e d
February 27th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1645
Views: 94537

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
February 26th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Went for the Hebrart. Never tried it. TNs sound largely positive. Trying to explore bubbles more these days --- an annual promise that I've not followed-through on until recently.
We have bought before and quite liked it. I asked for 12 bottles this go-round. Incredible QPR.
by Ron F r e e d
February 9th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Musar Distribution in The States
Replies: 11
Views: 745

Re: 2011 Musar Distribution in The States

I recommend buying from someone using Broadbent. There have been too many threads here describing what is believed to be poor provenance issues from other importers.
by Ron F r e e d
February 6th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1645
Views: 196884

Re: Official Costco Thread

Elliot Steele wrote:
January 23rd, 2019, 10:40 am
Burbank Costco has 02 Piper Heidsieck Cuvee Rare for $95. Still about a case left. Helluva price
Dang, wish I had seen this earlier!!! Bet it's ling gone by now...
by Ron F r e e d
February 6th, 2019, 8:26 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

Remembered this thread and jumped in for a re-load as well.
by Ron F r e e d
February 6th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?
Replies: 85
Views: 4664

Re: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?

Robert,

If you could, which traditional houses might you then recommend (other than Sociando and Lanessan mentioned above)? Also, since we are about the same age, which vintages would you suggest I look at (other than '05 and '09 already noted above) for enjoyment over the next 2-7 years?

TIA
by Ron F r e e d
February 5th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Screaming Eagle offer
Replies: 38
Views: 5148

Re: 2016 Screaming Eagle offer

People do drink them. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the wine several times. It’s almost, in my opinion, similar to high-end champagne: celebrating an anniversary, close a big deal? Break out the Screagle But how does it compare to other high end cabs ? is it a step above ? A number of years ba...
by Ron F r e e d
January 31st, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1645
Views: 94537

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Neal.Mollen wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 8:04 am
SUPER tempted by the 07 Philliponnat Rose extra brut today.
Me too. I usually delete emails quickly, but I have kept this open to think about...
by Ron F r e e d
January 27th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Lagier Meredith - 3 Irrefutably Irresistable Deals
Replies: 19
Views: 2143

Re: Lagier Meredith - 3 Irrefutably Irresistable Deals

In for a case of syrah--THANKS!!! Sure hope the mags sell out by later today, cuz that offer has me considering more...
by Ron F r e e d
January 27th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Riverain and Thomas Rivers Brown! The 2016s have arrived!
Replies: 67
Views: 4943

Re: Riverain and Thomas Rivers Brown! The 2016s have arrived!

In for a mixed 10-pack--haven't tried your cabernet before, but had to include a few of those in the mix!
by Ron F r e e d
January 26th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 9228

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

Links from Todd's PM come up with a message saying I don't have access to both the early sales and preview threads.
by Ron F r e e d
January 26th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 (as featured in Forbes!) Master Thread - MASSIVE RECORDS SET!!!
Replies: 219
Views: 19279

Re: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread (as featured in Forbes!) - PREVIEW/EARLY PURCHASE forums are live!!

Ok, Auction Forum is open for 'sneak preview' (read only - no posting) for the next 15-20 minutes or so! Only Grand Cru Crü members can see it - yet ANOTHER benefit of the whopping $25/year subscription! Get on it!!! (the forum is a subforum of the BerserkerDay 10 forum, like the other two you've b...
by Ron F r e e d
January 26th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 937
Views: 50345

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

If anyone is looking to do DineLA, the offering at Charcoal is always one of the best. We were there this past Saturday evening. We chose the DineLA menu, and certainly nobody complained about the value. Aside from not getting serving utensils with the shared appetizer plates, there was really only...
by Ron F r e e d
January 24th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 937
Views: 50345

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

If anyone is looking to do DineLA, the offering at Charcoal is always one of the best. We were there this past Saturday evening. We chose the DineLA menu, and certainly nobody complained about the value. Aside from not getting serving utensils with the shared appetizer plates, there was really only...
by Ron F r e e d
January 24th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 937
Views: 50345

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I think they were participating in DineLA, which would increase their crowd. Certainly that’s no excuse. I used to love Chinois. I love elevated Franco-Asian food, so it was my favorite restaurant long ago. Unfortunately it has gone downhill. The cooking isn’t as flawless, the service is not excell...
by Ron F r e e d
January 15th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum is Live
Replies: 14
Views: 1079

Re: Saxum is Live

How did you snag it when it was wish list only ? When you buy your full allocation for 13 years in a row because you have made the choice to spend money on Saxum instead of a college fund for your grandchildren, Justin has pity on you and lets you spend even more money. Mmmm, so they lied to me ? t...
by Ron F r e e d
January 13th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Website Q: Woocommerce and Shipping Schedules
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Re: Website Q: Woocommerce and Shipping Schedules

Hello, I am very close to launching my winery website. I have hit a snag on shipping schedules using Woocommerce. Has anyone use Woocommerce for their website? Also, please if you know a Woocommerce expert as well. Thank you in advance. Vamsi cool to hear you accomplishing what you set out to do. A...
by Ron F r e e d
January 10th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Foie gras ban in California
Replies: 19
Views: 1350

Re: Foie gras ban in California

Is the ban on ALL foie gras, or just the sale of it? I was at one unnamed dinner where the restaurant surprisingly provided the foie at no charge--they thought that was getting around the ban.
by Ron F r e e d
January 9th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Spring Release
Replies: 80
Views: 6520

Re: Aubert Spring Release

Scott Fitzgerald wrote:
January 8th, 2019, 7:55 pm
IMO, they're a step up from Kistler.
Absolutely! And IMHO they also age quite a bit better.
by Ron F r e e d
January 9th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bargain Champagne
Replies: 64
Views: 3737

Re: Best Bargain Champagne

Troy Stark wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Russ Williams wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Hands down...NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut & NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rose...drop the 🎤
Ditto.

Would add Jose Michel and Gimmonet to the list as well.
+1 on these!
by Ron F r e e d
January 9th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Questions
Replies: 107
Views: 10936

Re: SQN Questions

I joined the list in 2005. My experience has been that they improve dramatically with age. I had a few of the 2005 recently that were just incredible. I do not like them as much young but many others do. I would say 5-8 years of bottle age is optimal from my perspective. Good luck. I agree, and wou...
by Ron F r e e d
November 21st, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1645
Views: 94537

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Neal.Mollen wrote:
November 21st, 2018, 2:56 pm
YLee wrote:
November 21st, 2018, 2:27 pm
Is there a seperate mailing list for Champagnes? I didnt get some of these offers.
They have a inscrutable set of mailing lists. If you write them and as to be added to all, (a) they will be happy to do it and (b) it will cost you a fortune
+1 on that!!!

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