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by Chad Richardson
January 13th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?
Replies: 33
Views: 2674

Re: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?

First...welcome! I probably started down the rabbit hole at about your age...though I'm 2X that now :( Sounds like you're already doing this, but visit all the tastings you can to get exposed to as many different wines/regions/experiences as possible. And meet all the other wine-geeks you can. There...
by Chad Richardson
June 9th, 2018, 3:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Italy Recos - Off the Beaten Path
Replies: 10
Views: 1250

Italy Recos - Off the Beaten Path

Thanks for the help! Headed out in a week and can’t wait. Ciao!
by Chad Richardson
May 31st, 2018, 9:47 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Italy Recos - Off the Beaten Path
Replies: 10
Views: 1250

Italy Recos - Off the Beaten Path

These aren't the larger tourist destinations, but wondering if anyone has recommendations (didn't turn up anything with my forum search). We have lodging covered but I'd welcome tips on food, wineries, breweries, sites that aren't museums... -near Umbertide in the Umbri region (not too far from Tusc...
by Chad Richardson
April 2nd, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sonoma Vacation Rental Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Sonoma Vacation Rental Advice

Ted Erfer wrote:Try Kathleen Inman:
http://www.inmanfamilywines.com/Visit-U ... use-Rental

We stayed here and it was great.
Thanks. Location would be challenging, possibly workable. But 1 Bath is a total non-starter with the crew I'm trying to please.
by Chad Richardson
April 2nd, 2017, 12:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sonoma Vacation Rental Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Sonoma Vacation Rental Advice

I like this place! Only available for part of our stay and for some reason higher priced for those days than the site seems to initially indicate; but am going to see what Management says.
by Chad Richardson
April 1st, 2017, 4:01 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sonoma Vacation Rental Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Sonoma Vacation Rental Advice

Brian Tuite wrote:Stay here and tell the other couple to find their own place.
Thanks! Sadly they're my inlaws, so I'd be in trouble from all fronts!
by Chad Richardson
April 1st, 2017, 4:00 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Zion NP advice
Replies: 21
Views: 1172

Zion NP advice

Did Bryce and Zion a few years ago. Loved both but really loved Bryce, mostly due to the surreal nature of it and the less crowded aspect. Bit and Spur (previously recommended) is well worth it. There's also a Mexican place in (what I'd guess to be) an old gas station. Sadly I don't know the name, a...
by Chad Richardson
April 1st, 2017, 3:53 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sonoma Vacation Rental Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Sonoma Vacation Rental Advice

Trying to come out for a week in May, if I can find the right rental. My wife has turned down most of what I've suggested so far. Have used Sonoma Valley Escapes and VRBO. For some point of comparison, we've always rented at Chauvet Condos in Glen Ellen until they became owner occupied. Here are her...
by Chad Richardson
July 24th, 2016, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking for Sonoma Vaca Rental Recos
Replies: 0
Views: 133

Looking for Sonoma Vaca Rental Recos

We've always rented at The Chauvet in Glen Ellen. But alas, its units have been sold so that option is gone. I know there are a hundred rental sites as well as posts here, and I've looked at many of them both. But wondering if anyone has firsthand experience with a place they love based on info belo...
by Chad Richardson
July 24th, 2016, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me fill my last minute Napa itinerary
Replies: 23
Views: 1847

Help me fill my last minute Napa itinerary

I agree with the Turnbull recommendations. You may not have time, and they may not have availability, but we've enjoyed Gargiulo. I'm not staring at a map but think it would be convenient for your route and schedule.
by Chad Richardson
July 21st, 2016, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need board assistance: who shipped to me?
Replies: 20
Views: 1886

Need board assistance: who shipped to me?

Holy cow. I thought you were making a sarcastic joke when you said "Plonk Wine Club", but that's really its name?!
by Chad Richardson
July 7th, 2016, 7:13 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: high end cruise lines
Replies: 26
Views: 2828

high end cruise lines

We used Silversea for Alaska, but most of their itineraries are Europe. Smaller ships, somewhat older crowd, all inclusive. I would look at them. Also Regent, if they do Europe (I assume so).
by Chad Richardson
June 1st, 2016, 6:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Bottles vs cans
Replies: 21
Views: 1060

Bottles vs cans

Cans are to beer as screw caps are to wine....arguably better but somehow seeming less "correct".
by Chad Richardson
April 18th, 2016, 7:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Wine Stores in Fort Myers Area
Replies: 1
Views: 212

Wine Stores in Fort Myers Area

I grew up there and still visit about 4x per year. Sadly the only one I knew of is no more. I think Naples probably does a decent job, and someone may point out one(s) I'm unaware of (esp when it comes to Sanibel). But in Ft Myers, sadly my best option is usually Total Wine. If you want to talk craf...
by Chad Richardson
April 12th, 2016, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike Smith wine event NYC
Replies: 20
Views: 2121

Mike Smith wine event NYC

You all suck!



(aka I'm so bummed I can't get there)
by Chad Richardson
April 12th, 2016, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once & Future Wine
Replies: 300
Views: 19933

Once & Future Wine

AMEX had a conniption about these charges - froze both the cards I tried to use. Ha, for me too! Have been getting calls from them all day, even after saying the charge was intentional They texted, called my work, cell and home phones; all within 5 minutes of me hitting the order button. Maybe a ne...
by Chad Richardson
March 10th, 2016, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Winerys for Scenery
Replies: 45
Views: 1554

Napa Winerys for Scenery

+1 on Barnett
Copain
Repris on the Sonoma side
by Chad Richardson
March 6th, 2016, 6:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer in Ireland
Replies: 2
Views: 390

Beer in Ireland

Going for 2 weeks. Kilkenny, Kenmare, Clifden, Rathmullan (Donegal) and Dublin (briefly). Have my eye on Kinnegar Brewing in Donegal. Any other specific recos for breweries or pubs? Also happy to have restaurant or sites to see advice. Slainte! (PS have done Guinness tour in Dublin)
by Chad Richardson
March 4th, 2016, 6:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Delta Economy+ vs Virgin Prem Econ-Intn'l?
Replies: 5
Views: 567

Delta Economy+ vs Virgin Prem Econ-Intn'l?

Soon to fly Atlanta to London and can probably choose between the two. Anyone who can compare and contrast? TIA
by Chad Richardson
January 29th, 2016, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sh'Bubbles from Bedrock - Any TNs?
Replies: 17
Views: 2063

Sh'Bubbles from Bedrock - Any TNs?

Hey Chad. We are excited about Sh'bubbles! It is a project we have been working on for a couple of years now that is finally coming to fruition. The first release is what we are half-jokingly calling a "beta" test as we only made a few hundred cases and have no idea how people will respond. The win...
by Chad Richardson
January 28th, 2016, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sh'Bubbles from Bedrock - Any TNs?
Replies: 17
Views: 2063

Sh'Bubbles from Bedrock - Any TNs?

Did a search but couldn't find couldn't find much here or on Cellar Tracker. Anyone had this rose from Morgan? Believe it's the first release, carignan based, and one of my local store just got their shipment. TIA
by Chad Richardson
January 27th, 2016, 11:40 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Campesino Cellars "A Walk on the Rhone Side"
Replies: 21
Views: 2228

Campesino Cellars "A Walk on the Rhone Side"

Ordered Rare Treat virtually the moment this hit. Hoping I'm one of the lucky 4...
by Chad Richardson
January 27th, 2016, 9:00 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Cowan Cellars BDVII Offer
Replies: 33
Views: 3289

Cowan Cellars BDVII Offer

In for one of each. Very intrigued by these.
by Chad Richardson
December 18th, 2015, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WEEK 4 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Craft Beer Intermezzo!!!
Replies: 47
Views: 1803

WEEK 4 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Craft Beer Intermezzo!!!

Jekyll Brewing (Alpharetta, Ga) Hop Dang Diggity
A middle of the road IPA, not too bitter but no sweet cloying notes either. More in the pine family than tropical. Can come across a bit metallic, especially on draft. But tonight's bottle was spot-on while I waited for some carry out.
by Chad Richardson
December 17th, 2015, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WEEK 4 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Craft Beer Intermezzo!!!
Replies: 47
Views: 1803

WEEK 4 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Craft Beer Intermezzo!!!

Pontoon Brewing (Brookhaven, GA) Southern Skipper White IPA. Looks more like a hefeweizen in the glass, but no hefeweizen aromas. Modest IBUs but a very enjoyable (almost session) option for fans of the hoppier side. Finishes clean and crisp.
by Chad Richardson
December 17th, 2015, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kistler Pinot Noirs
Replies: 22
Views: 1447

Kistler Pinot Noirs

Interestingly I was at a tasting tonight where the Kistler was the first/lightest pour (and correctly so):
2012 Kistler RRV
2013 Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast
2012(?) Guarachi Gap's Crown
I didn't find it big, overly extracted or hot in any way.
by Chad Richardson
December 16th, 2015, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WEEK 3 - Virtual Tasting for Charity -Cabernet Sauvignon from Around the World - SC Flood Relief
Replies: 44
Views: 1571

WEEK 3 - Virtual Tasting for Charity -Cabernet Sauvignon from Around the World - SC Flood Relief

2001 Wilson, Estate, Dry Creek Valley, Sydney Vineyard Needed a little time to open but got there quickly. Still drinking nicely for its age. Initially red berries, changing to tar and black fruits after some air. Nose isn't overly expressive. Smooth, integrated, mellowed out tannins. Probably can g...
by Chad Richardson
December 8th, 2015, 7:16 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Tkts- FSU vs Houston 12/31 in Atlanta
Replies: 0
Views: 116

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Tkts- FSU vs Houston 12/31 in Atlanta

I have 12 tickets in the lower level (2 sets of 6, about 5 rows apart). Around the 40 yard line. Will sell at face value of $235 each. PM me if interested. Will sell in pairs or other even increments. TIA
by Chad Richardson
November 10th, 2015, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ocean Spray Cran-Cherry (no sugar added)
Replies: 36
Views: 1270

TN: 2015 Ocean Spray Cran-Cherry (no sugar added)

[quote="Chris" ] On the other hand, the description of sugar free Cran Cherry connotes something very different to me, more like crisp Anderson Valley type pinots like Navarro and Copain. [/quote] I don't know about this particular Ocean Spray product, but "no sugar added" usually does not preclude ...
by Chad Richardson
November 6th, 2015, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Napa Tastings/Tours
Replies: 42
Views: 2583

Best Napa Tastings/Tours

+ 1 on Glen Ellen Star. I think tastings/tours is impossible to answer without more info on what kind of experience and wine you're looking for.
by Chad Richardson
August 9th, 2015, 2:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 350
Views: 29656

Your Gin?

In Vegas at Carnevino I recently discovered a gin from San Fran called Bummer & Lazarus. Apparently named after two dogs who were famous in SF years back (and who appear on the label). Finally found it in a local store. Need to sit and spend some time with it to write an intelligent tasting note, bu...
by Chad Richardson
August 4th, 2015, 7:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Napa or Sonoma - Where to stay?
Replies: 22
Views: 1085

Napa or Sonoma - Where to stay?

Alan, thanks for the thoughts and just recently saw that link. Have you ever been to Sante in the SMI? Debating that for our anniversary dinner as well. Reviews seem very positive. Also considering Glen Ellen Star, Olive and Vine, Aventine, and the one's you mentioned in Sonoma; Girl and Fig and El...
by Chad Richardson
July 31st, 2015, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk Grenache Blanc
Replies: 52
Views: 1794

Let's talk Grenache Blanc

Rick Smith wrote:
Bud Carey wrote:Shane Finley makes a nice one too!!
I came here to say this.
Yup and yup.
by Chad Richardson
June 29th, 2015, 4:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Scotland - Any Advice Welcome
Replies: 6
Views: 389

Scotland - Any Advice Welcome

Thanks Drew and Brian! Appreciate the info.
by Chad Richardson
June 27th, 2015, 6:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Scotland - Any Advice Welcome
Replies: 6
Views: 389

Scotland - Any Advice Welcome

Heading out next Friday. We've been once before but I'm open to any "don't miss" advice. Here's our itinerary: After a night in Edinburgh, our first 5 days are on the Royal Belmond train for a Whisky tour. So not a lot of discretion over itinerary then. 2 nights at The Cromlix, between Edinburgh and...
by Chad Richardson
June 27th, 2015, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1454
Views: 98083

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Just had a Grand Noir. Amazing, especially for the price.
by Chad Richardson
June 24th, 2015, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Under The Wire - CA Sparkling Wines - Upcoming Release
Replies: 87
Views: 6128

Under The Wire - CA Sparkling Wines - Upcoming Release

Weird, I got the "save the date" email but never got the "it's live" email. And of course I had totally forgotten. But thanks to this thread, my order is in.
by Chad Richardson
June 19th, 2015, 7:04 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Atlanta
Replies: 337
Views: 39937

Atlanta

Nicely done Mike! I like the alpha sort; much easier to find stuff.
Did notice that we need to move Wildfire at Perimeter to the Closed bin, as it's now a Capital Grille (which pales versus the original Buckhead location, IMHO).
by Chad Richardson
April 11th, 2015, 6:24 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Atlanta GTG after New Year
Replies: 20
Views: 1816

Atlanta GTG after New Year

Please Keep me in the loop on all above meet-ups. I'm good to go if in town, which has been hit and miss lately.
by Chad Richardson
April 8th, 2015, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2280
Views: 147454

What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2010 Monte Rosso Zin. In a really nice place right now. Will try to write an intelligent tasting note tomorrow.
by Chad Richardson
March 27th, 2015, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty Drops 3/27
Replies: 57
Views: 4006

Dirty Drops 3/27

Order in, woot!
by Chad Richardson
March 27th, 2015, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In praise of buying single btls
Replies: 43
Views: 2120

In praise of buying single btls

Single or double purchases here. Honestly just too many things out there that I want to try to bulk up on any one. Granted often those are multiple instances of singles or pairs from producers I know I love.
by Chad Richardson
March 24th, 2015, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty Drops 3/27
Replies: 57
Views: 4006

Dirty Drops 3/27

WooHoo!




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