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by Hal Blumberg
September 10th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit to Château Chalon: not in Bordeaux and not a château
Replies: 7
Views: 555

Re: Visit to Château Chalon: not in Bordeaux and not a château

Thanks for the great post, Alex! I have enjoyed Jura whites more and more over the years. I like your description of being "destablized." The region is definitely on my must visit list once the world of travel becomes stabilized.

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
September 3rd, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Hauvette Les Baux-de-Provence Cuvée Cornaline
Replies: 8
Views: 224

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Hauvette Les Baux-de-Provence Cuvée Cornaline

Hard to find these wines in the States. I've only had their Petra Rose and it's among my favorite roses.

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
August 31st, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 64
Views: 2745

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Favorite Seattle wine shop- Pike & Western in Pike Place Market

Favorite WA winery- Cadence, red blends that age incredibly well at very fair prices

Welcome to Seattle, still a great place to live!

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
August 22nd, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underground Cellar - website/retailer
Replies: 13
Views: 1184

Re: Underground Cellar - website/retailer

Might appeal to buyers of Garagiste's mystery wines...........
by Hal Blumberg
August 18th, 2020, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Grigio — is it ever the best choice?
Replies: 55
Views: 1801

Re: Pinot Grigio — is it ever the best choice?

I feel that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Is this a quote from Monica?

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
July 28th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Wine Influencer” Charlie Fu featured on a podcast!!
Replies: 42
Views: 3221

Re: “Wine Influencer” Charlie Fu featured on a podcast!!

Great interview Charlie! Thanks for all you do!

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
July 25th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet spot for drinking Ridge Lytton Springs (in general)
Replies: 45
Views: 2291

Re: Sweet spot for drinking Ridge Lytton Springs (in general)

Thanks a lot, Ed! Good to know so I can watch for the release in a couple of months.

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
July 24th, 2020, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Gonon in the bargain bin at K&L
Replies: 14
Views: 1594

Re: PSA: Gonon in the bargain bin at K&L

I think it was George Carlin who pointed out that it's a "penny for your thoughts" but "put your two cents in." Someone is making a penny on the deal. Now we know that it's us, the lucky consumer!

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
July 24th, 2020, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet spot for drinking Ridge Lytton Springs (in general)
Replies: 45
Views: 2291

Re: Sweet spot for drinking Ridge Lytton Springs (in general)

Wondering about the 2018 Ridge Lytton Springs. Do they release it late? Geyserville has been on the market since early this year.

Thanks,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
July 22nd, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?
Replies: 103
Views: 3128

Re: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?

I thought the whole game was to have the wine bottle opened before the delivery truck is out of view?
by Hal Blumberg
July 6th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 105
Views: 4794

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

1997 Mt Mary Quintet
by Hal Blumberg
July 6th, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pierre Peters L'Etonnant Monsieur Victor - effect on Chetillons?
Replies: 8
Views: 931

Re: Pierre Peters L'Etonnant Monsieur Victor - effect on Chetillons?

In the Skurnik interview with Rodolphe, he said that about half of the Les Chetillons goes into the NV Reserve. He stressed that the Reserve is the champagne that most people associate with Peters and it's important to the house to keep its quality and consistency.

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
July 3rd, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 899

Re: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines

Fun fact: the town of Kelowna is where they invented the Kelownoscopy.

Be sure to wear a mask so you don't get the Kelownavirus.
by Hal Blumberg
June 27th, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does "draw the cork mean?"
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Re: What does "draw the cork mean?"

Ask Tom Hill. He knew Dickens personally.
by Hal Blumberg
June 21st, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father’s Day Wine Selections
Replies: 75
Views: 2362

Re: Father’s Day Wine Selections

1994 Araujo Eisele Cab, my last bottle. Fingers crossed.
by Hal Blumberg
June 13th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 153

Re: TN: 2013 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard

Totally agree! I'd put this bottle in the top few CA chardonnays I've had. Need to try Ceritas's Trout Gulch chard sometime soon.

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
June 11th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom event--Benoit Marguet of Champagne Marguet, Saturday June 13th @ 10am PT / 1pm ET
Replies: 34
Views: 1149

Re: Zoom event--Benoit Marguet of Champagne Marguet, Saturday June 13th @ 10am PT / 1pm ET

I found a couple of bottles of 2002 Marguet Grand Cru Brut in the cellar. Come on everyone, let's cost Frankie some bucks for a great cause!

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
June 4th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - super secret additional raffle run - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!
Replies: 327
Views: 15059

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund - RARE WINE/MAGNUMS INSIDE (Currently at $30390 in donations)

Hi Charlie,

Sent you a donation for 5 tickets. Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity to mobilize the Berserkers for such a great cause!

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
May 20th, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding
Replies: 102
Views: 9697

Re: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding

So Brian, the plan is poop tonight and pop tomorrow? Sorry, still jealous you had an 18 Sandlands Zin.

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
May 18th, 2020, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening
Replies: 29
Views: 2329

Re: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening

Straws that fit under the masks?
by Hal Blumberg
May 16th, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First drink after recovering from COVID-19
Replies: 37
Views: 1559

Re: First drink after recovering from COVID-19

I will drink to your good health Subu!

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
May 15th, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Keller "von der Fels" - first impressions
Replies: 36
Views: 2363

Re: TN: 2019 Keller "von der Fels" - first impressions

I was wondering about recommendation for aging. I have one bottles of 2009 and several from 2012 and 2013. Thanks for your advice!

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
May 15th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Liem Champagne Cote de Blancs Online Masterclass 5/15 1pm EDT
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: Peter Liem Champagne Cote de Blancs Online Masterclass 5/15 1pm EDT

Thanks a lot for posting this Brian! I thought it was incredible and learned a lot! Great seeing Marshall on the Zoom as well.

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
May 9th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event--Laurent Champs of Vilmart & Brad Baker--Saturday, May 9th @ 10AM PT, 1PM ET
Replies: 81
Views: 2491

Re: Zoom Event--Laurent Champs of Vilmart & Brad Baker--Saturday, May 9th @ 10AM PT, 1PM ET

Another incredible event! Thanks Todd, Frank, Brad and Laurent! I learned a lot and was impressed how humble and driven is one of the best champagne makers in the world.

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
May 7th, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom event with Morgan Twain-Peterson and Joel Peterson--Thursday, May 7th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 129
Views: 4687

Re: Zoom event with Morgan Twain-Peterson and Joel Peterson--Thursday, May 7th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET

We've had some damn fine Zoom events to date. But this was off the charts incredible! Thanks to Joel, Morgan, Todd, and Frank for making it happen!

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
April 26th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event With Brad Baker & Cedric Mousse of Mousse Fils--4/25 @ 1PM ET
Replies: 82
Views: 2436

Re: Zoom Event With Brad Baker & Cedric Mousse of Mousse Fils--4/25 @ 1PM ET

Thanks Brad, David, and Frank for the information on additional Meunier producers!

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
April 25th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event With Brad Baker & Cedric Mousse of Mousse Fils--4/25 @ 1PM ET
Replies: 82
Views: 2436

Re: Zoom Event With Brad Baker & Cedric Mousse of Mousse Fils--4/25 @ 1PM ET

I was also wondering who Santa is? Winemaker? Affiliation with Mousse? I liked her suggestion of paring Meunier with curry and other spicy foods.
by Hal Blumberg
April 25th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event With Brad Baker & Cedric Mousse of Mousse Fils--4/25 @ 1PM ET
Replies: 82
Views: 2436

Re: Zoom Event With Brad Baker & Cedric Mousse of Mousse Fils--4/25 @ 1PM ET

Tremendous is the right word! Thanks to all for making this such an incredible event! I definitely want to expand my Mousse champagne selection ASAP. Cedric mentioned some of his favorite Meunier producers but I had trouble catching it. Did anyone get the names? Looking forward to the next Zoom meet...
by Hal Blumberg
April 24th, 2020, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Trump Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 32
Views: 2005

Re: TN: 2016 Trump Cabernet Sauvignon

I bet it's HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE!!!
by Hal Blumberg
April 24th, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016
Replies: 70
Views: 7971

Re: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016

In his Vinous Live interview, Roberto Conterno said that he preferred 2015 to 2016. And he's not going to make a 2016 Monfortino.

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
April 19th, 2020, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 Dom Perignon
Replies: 28
Views: 1142

Re: TN: 1978 Dom Perignon

Great note-thanks! You need to say f*ck it more often!
by Hal Blumberg
April 13th, 2020, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Zoom event????
Replies: 65
Views: 1650

Re: Champagne Zoom event????

Very interested. Great idea Frank!
by Hal Blumberg
April 11th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman
Replies: 199
Views: 5482

Re: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman

I will also open a 2012 Swan Terrace PN, my first Swan. Any chance that Kevin could open up one as well?

Looking forward to another great on-line off-line!

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
April 9th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands/Vinous interview tomorrow
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: Sandlands/Vinous interview tomorrow

I am new to Sandlands and was totally awed by Tegan's knowledge and enthusiasm. There aren't many winemakers who would describe their wines as "bistro wines" that are made to be enjoyed young. It's terrific that Tegan and a number of others are preserving and making great wines from historic vineyar...
by Hal Blumberg
April 8th, 2020, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 310
Views: 10536

Re: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

I get a "word of the day" email from Merriam-Webster. Today's word was apt: berserk adjective | ber-SERK Definition: frenzied, crazed — usually used in the phrase go berserk Did You Know? Berserk comes from Old Norse berserkr, which combines ber- ("bear") and serkr ("shirt"). According to Norse lege...
by Hal Blumberg
April 8th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 310
Views: 10536

Re: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

Thanks to Frank, Todd, Charlie and of course Thomas and Will! Really terrific! I enjoyed a 2013 RM Thierot chardonnay during the virtual tasting, certainly one of my all-time favorite CA chards. It was almost as incredible as Colleen's smile!

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
April 6th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antique Decanter and/or Champagne Saber
Replies: 19
Views: 783

Re: Antique Decanter and/or Champagne Saber

Rare Wine Co often carries antique decanters.

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
April 3rd, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 310
Views: 10536

Re: Rivers-Marie virtual Zoom tasting event next week w/ Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

I'm in depending on the day and time. Thanks for setting this up!

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
March 28th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos de L'Olive - Chinon - 1989 - Couly-Dutheil
Replies: 24
Views: 870

Re: Clos de L'Olive - Chinon - 1989 - Couly-Dutheil

Julian Marshall wrote: ↑Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:51 am The problem was, I think, that I had left it standing for a couple of days and the wine in the neck was a little tired. Wine in the neck of the bottle can get tired? The wine had to climb all of the way up from the bottom of the bottle. It must be exh...
by Hal Blumberg
March 14th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Woodinville
Replies: 12
Views: 799

Re: Woodinville

Long Shadows
by Hal Blumberg
March 1st, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageability of Cali Pinot
Replies: 97
Views: 5483

Re: Ageability of Cali Pinot

Hi David, It's all about what flavor profiles you enjoy the most. No matter what critics or others tell you, maybe you like the more exuberant fruit of younger wines. Either that or try some CA pinots that have a great track record for aging and pick vintages that are aging well based on critics or ...
by Hal Blumberg
February 24th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anything good from '81?
Replies: 54
Views: 2016

Re: Anything good from '81?

1981 was a truly special vintage on Rioja. As mentioned above, Lopez de Heredia Tosconia and Bosconia are terrific. I'd also include the Prado Enea.

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
February 3rd, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point
Replies: 45
Views: 3222

Re: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point

I suggest looking into Cadence from WA. They are red blends of CS, CF, and merlot. Their entry level wine Coda is in the mid-$20 range. I think their Ciel du Cheval and Tapteil are less than $50. Their reserve blends, Bel Canto and Camarata are slightly more than $50. They age incredibly well and ar...
by Hal Blumberg
January 19th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020
Replies: 73
Views: 4832

Re: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020

Thanks to Jim and Yvette and their terrific dog! Thanks to everyone for great food and a wide selection of wines. It was fun seeing everyone.

Cheers,

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
January 17th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MTN: Two Powdered Milks...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 775

Re: MTN: Two Powdered Milks...(short/boring)

This post has Hall of Fame written all over it....

Kudos!

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
January 16th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020
Replies: 25
Views: 2369

Re: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020

RIP. A great man and winemaker.

Hal
by Hal Blumberg
January 15th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020
Replies: 73
Views: 4832

Re: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020

Thanks so much to Jim and Yvette for hosting!

I plan on bringing:

1989 Couly-Dutheil Clos de l'Olive
1990 Baumard Quarts de Chaume
Cassoulet

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Cheers,

Hal

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