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by Daniel H
February 11th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Filoli Estate Vnyd??
Replies: 14
Views: 409

Re: Filoli Estate Vnyd??

My wife is a Filoli member, and their very best annual event occurs each Fall when they offer samples of their heirloom apples, pears, and grapes. The fruits are amazingly varied, tasty, and interesting. But to my knowledge they do not fernent any of their grapes into wine.
by Daniel H
January 23rd, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Spice Ace sale...
Replies: 1
Views: 289

Re: Spice Ace sale...

I have long been a big fan of www.thespicehouse.com, if you need high quality spices once your local shop is closed (or if you already have the glass jars and just need bagged refills, which are cheaper than even the Spice Ace final sale). Spice House was founded 60 years ago in Milwaukee by William...
by Daniel H
October 5th, 2018, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passionfish wines: Huet and Gonon, added Hirtzberger and 2016 Gonon
Replies: 93
Views: 4996

Re: Passionfish wines: Huet and Gonon

I've been to Passionfish a half-dozen times, and really enjoyed the food AND wine AND service at each visit. Well, I did have a slightly disappointing Vieux Telegraphe off their list once, but it was almost 20 years old (can't remember the exact vintage) and extremely well-priced given the age. If o...
by Daniel H
August 11th, 2018, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem - Fall Release - August 6th
Replies: 14
Views: 1125

Williams Selyem - Fall Release - August 6th

Anton D wrote:take the hit and get one of each and taste through them in the next several mos, with copious notes and then develop your profile.
Those are a lot of wines for a single offering - how expensive of a hit are we talking about here?
by Daniel H
August 2nd, 2018, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck on Myriad and Quivet
Replies: 9
Views: 1990

Dunnuck on Myriad and Quivet

Whose scores are these? Jonathan Newman or Wilfred Wong?
by Daniel H
August 1st, 2018, 7:27 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: After Venice ... Ideas please
Replies: 19
Views: 1043

After Venice ... Ideas please

Andrew, I would head north to Fruili and stay at La Subida. https://www.lasubida.it/lasubida_eng/ Jeremy Seysses gave us the tip on this one and it is terrific. Run by a lovely family the accommodation is first class and they have two outstanding restaurants. The main restaurant has a strong focus ...
by Daniel H
August 1st, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: After Venice ... Ideas please
Replies: 19
Views: 1043

After Venice ... Ideas please

After our Venice visit we caught a private taxi boat to the airport to rent a car, and then drove 90 minutes to San Daniele de Friuli to enjoy some of the best prosciutto in the world. Friuli is under-touristed and full of interesting white wine. Trieste is a wonderful city in its own right, and an ...
by Daniel H
May 26th, 2018, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official thread for CDP bashing.
Replies: 45
Views: 2313

Official thread for CDP bashing.

I used to think of CDP as my "bbq wine", but nowadays I prefer old vine zinfandel for that purpose. Much cheaper, higher acidity, and just as complex.
by Daniel H
February 28th, 2018, 11:49 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: We Saw the Longest Covered Bridge in the World! - Road Trip Vlog 27
Replies: 3
Views: 314

We Saw the Longest Covered Bridge in the World! - Road Trip Vlog 27

Thanks, Lex. I had never heard of the bridge, and it looks like very pretty country up there.

Maybe next time you can include some instructions for George on how to skip ahead in a video. It sounded like he had a lot of trouble with that...
by Daniel H
February 14th, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US Pinots similar in style and quality to Rhys
Replies: 113
Views: 7097

US Pinots similar in style and quality to Rhys

Kevin Harvey wrote:Al is correct.
Jason replaced John Raytek in 2004 and left in 2008. Jeff joined us as winemaker in 2006 and Javier Tapia Meza took over all vineyard operations in 2008.
John Raytek of Ceritas? Now that's interesting.
by Daniel H
February 9th, 2018, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Investing with a broker vs. "cellar yourself"
Replies: 17
Views: 1344

Investing with a broker vs. "cellar yourself"

Despite what many London brokers claim, wine investing is by no means a slam dunk path to riches. Especially given your "young palate", I would advise focusing your attention and dollars on tasting more wines, especially well-aged wines. Otherwise you could easily find yourself having spent $25k on ...
by Daniel H
October 2nd, 2017, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello
Replies: 18
Views: 751

TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello

We are a picky bunch. Sorry for that. I agree with your American oak comments, and found your comparison to Spanish reds fascinating. Thanks.
by Daniel H
October 2nd, 2017, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello
Replies: 18
Views: 751

TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello

BlaineRyanHunt wrote:I'm a huge fan of Bordeaux. It's prohibitively expensive, usually relatively hard to acquire, and not the most versatile food wine ever,
I appreciate the Monte Bello commentary, but the above statements about Bordeaux do not make any sense.
by Daniel H
September 3rd, 2017, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageing potential of wines with a screw cap?
Replies: 167
Views: 6151

Ageing potential of wines with a screw cap?

Buffett's partner Charlie Munger has a favorite quote when considering investment problems: "Invert, always invert." In this case I wonder whether, if screwcaps were the accepted industry closure, anyone would possibly consider replacing the screwcap with cork. The argument would be that wine aging ...
by Daniel H
July 13th, 2017, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageing potential of wines with a screw cap?
Replies: 167
Views: 6151

Ageing potential of wines with a screw cap?

My avatar photo clearly shows how inconsistently wines age when sealed with cork. Screwcaps are a much better closure for all wines young or old. There is no good reason to use archaic 17th century tech when there is a better, cleaner, and more consistent modern alternative.
by Daniel H
February 7th, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem Release
Replies: 23
Views: 2689

Williams Selyem Release

Does anyone ever take their full allocation?
by Daniel H
January 24th, 2017, 8:01 pm
Forum: NEWBIE INTROS
Topic: Weinbau Paetra -Willamette Valley, Oregon
Replies: 21
Views: 1507

Weinbau Paetra -Willamette Valley, Oregon

You can go ahead and enter your changes in CT - I'm sure they would accept them once you identify yourself as the "winzer".
by Daniel H
January 17th, 2017, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best second wine(s)
Replies: 50
Views: 2317

Best second wine(s)

Tempier Cuvee Classique.
by Daniel H
January 5th, 2017, 3:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Questions about southern Italy travel with kids
Replies: 17
Views: 769

Questions about southern Italy travel with kids

Night flights to Europe always worked well for my kids when they were young. They slept better than we did, sometimes by stretching out on the ground under our feet! We would never plan anything for the first day, just stagger around a local park, have an early dinner, and then sleep a long long tim...
by Daniel H
December 27th, 2016, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 24519

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

Corks should be outlawed.

Almost every 15.5%+ California red wine is unbalanced.

Stem inclusion makes for worse Pinot Noir.
by Daniel H
November 21st, 2016, 9:34 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: BerserkerDay VIII planning discussion (Jan 27, 2017)
Replies: 173
Views: 17563

BerserkerDay VIII discussion (Jan 27, 2017)

I still don't understand why it is so important to release some of the offers late in the day, when many people have over-spent their budget already. You are designing a system guaranteed to disappoint a share of the retailers that you want to attract, for the questionable benefit of extending the f...
by Daniel H
November 17th, 2016, 9:57 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: BerserkerDay VIII planning discussion (Jan 27, 2017)
Replies: 173
Views: 17563

BerserkerDay VIII discussion (Jan 27, 2017)

Great ideas: Similar offers grouped together, by subforum or by release time New offers "pinned" to the top for a limited time Release everything at once Terrible ideas: Offers disabled or deleted to make way for another wave of offers - unfair and disheartening for anyone not spending all day in fr...
by Daniel H
October 12th, 2016, 10:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cabernet Sauvignon from California
Replies: 146
Views: 8591

Cabernet Sauvignon from California

Why bother? Amazingly high real estate prices make it harder to find great value in California Cabernet than in almost any region outside of Burgundy. And even if you ignore the high prices, very few California producers focus on "complexity, value, and finesse", because most California wine consume...
by Daniel H
September 27th, 2016, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roy Piper Cabernet Tasting (13, 14, and 15)
Replies: 87
Views: 5085

Roy Piper Cabernet Tasting (13, 14, and 15)

with all due respect ... are you ITB ... With all due respect, instead of calling out people for rating wines slightly differently than you, why not celebrate your shared interest, and help encourage more voices on this website? After all, Tanzer and Burghound scores are frequently lower than Parke...
by Daniel H
September 15th, 2016, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Curious. Nickel&Nickel, Caymus, Or Cakebread?
Replies: 18
Views: 2923

Curious. Nickel&Nickel, Caymus, Or Cakebread?

Caymus has all the residual sugar - be sure to save that for the dessert course. . Between the other two I would probably pick the Nickel & Nickel, if given the choice. I have a couple of buddies who each own a ton of N&N cabs, and usually enjoy the bottles that they open. Of course, Nickel & Nickel...
by Daniel H
September 15th, 2016, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Parker Sake Rankings
Replies: 184
Views: 14175

Parker Sake Rankings

It was no secret that Sakes were going to be reviewed. There was plenty of time for someone to set up a company/website for selling sakes with everything in place except for the actual product names and prices. Wine Advocate comes out, someone quickly fills in the products and prices, and boom, an ...
by Daniel H
September 15th, 2016, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Parker Sake Rankings
Replies: 184
Views: 14175

Parker Sake Rankings

Price increased just happen in these situations - the alternative is for a couple lucky/fast people to snatch all available inventory, and then in all likelihood auction the stuff off at much higher prices afterwards. Who should get the profits? Speedy speculators, or retailers/distributors/importer...
by Daniel H
September 15th, 2016, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Parker Sake Rankings
Replies: 184
Views: 14175

Parker Sake Rankings

Something seriously stinks here. Major kudos to W. Blake Gray for some truly high quality journalism:

http://blog.wblakegray.com/2016/09/a-cu ... ocate.html
by Daniel H
July 19th, 2016, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has this board ever REALLY helped or hurt a winery?
Replies: 85
Views: 5382

Has this board ever REALLY helped or hurt a winery?

Ray Walker and....Ray Walker. He fits both categories.
by Daniel H
June 7th, 2016, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Summer Release on deck 6/7 (including Skyline Syrah)
Replies: 36
Views: 3568

Rhys Summer Release on deck 6/7 (including Skyline Syrah)

Alan Eden wrote:Why do Magnums cost more than double a single bottle, surely they should be a little cheaper
Common situation - magnums require much more hand labor to bottle.
by Daniel H
June 6th, 2016, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 California cabernet sauvignon and merlot: Good as those in 1994?
Replies: 27
Views: 2405

2007 California cabernet sauvignon and merlot: Good as those in 1994?

I agree with Greg - there was a massive and well-documented style change for California Cabernet wines that was just getting started in 1994 and may have been close to its peak (in terms of dominance) in 2007. Most winemakers shifted to an increasingly unbalanced overripe high alcohol approach that ...
by Daniel H
June 6th, 2016, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Red Wine in Screwcap Bottle
Replies: 265
Views: 8096

Aging Red Wine in Screwcap Bottle

The bottle-to-bottle variability of corks is what drives me mad. It isn't good enough that some of my bottles will age successfully; too many of them will be prematurely oxidized because of cork failure. I fully recognize, as Gerhard reminds us, that this thread is about red wines. But the massive b...
by Daniel H
May 26th, 2016, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What is the correct cellar temperature ?
Replies: 15
Views: 3427

What is the correct cellar temperature ?

Have you ever put a digital thermometer into your 40 bottle unit? Those small wine refrigerators often cycle pretty frequently and aggressively - they may not be a good choice for long term storage.
by Daniel H
May 22nd, 2016, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel versus Spiegelau - a glass off.
Replies: 30
Views: 3192

Riedel versus Spiegelau - a glass off.

Those Riedel seminars have been debunked dozens of times. They tell you, over and over, what you SHOULD be tasting. And, lo and behold, you do! The seminars are much more about the power of suggestion than they are about wine appreciation. That said, there are some differences betweens the major win...
by Daniel H
May 18th, 2016, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long before restaurant do you open your bottles?
Replies: 50
Views: 2294

How long before restaurant do you open your bottles?

Why not buy a Coravin and decide for yourself on a case by case basis? Sure, it is expensive, but just think how much money you are saving by not buying wine from the overpriced (and underaged) restaurant lists...
by Daniel H
May 12th, 2016, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could only buy one Riesling...
Replies: 121
Views: 4464

If you could only buy one Riesling...

Too sweet for me. I'd prefer the Schaefer Domprobst Kabinett, or better yet the Donnhoff Leistenberg Kabinett. The JJ Prum WS Kabinett isn't bad, either...
by Daniel H
April 13th, 2016, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once & Future Wine
Replies: 300
Views: 18580

Once & Future Wine

Has anyone other than Jon Bonne tasted the wines? Their stats look so different from any reds that I have ever had from Ravenswood or Bedrock that I'm unsure how they must taste...and with their hefty shipping charges for small orders the price per bottle seems a bit rich for an experiment.
by Daniel H
April 8th, 2016, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you buy expensive wines based solely on tasting notes?
Replies: 33
Views: 1210

Do you buy expensive wines based solely on tasting notes?

To be clear, the only times that I have ever spent triple-digits on an untasted wine it has either been one with a vaunted reputation (Monte Bello, Tempier, Rhys, Mascarello, Roy Piper), or an older vintage with lengthy CellarTracker notes. I thought that this offer was ridiculous, even with the mas...
by Daniel H
April 8th, 2016, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you buy expensive wines based solely on tasting notes?
Replies: 33
Views: 1210

Do you buy expensive wines based solely on tasting notes?

A fellow wine-lover just offered me a chance to join in on an offering from "one of the next cult wineries". The wines are not cheap at $480 plus tax and shipping for a 3-pack, but he told me to "read below and you will understand why the price". Then he linked me to three tasting notes that include...
by Daniel H
March 29th, 2016, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Request on Italian methodology in Chianti
Replies: 8
Views: 533

Request on Italian methodology in Chianti

I would also recommend listening to some of Levi Dalton's "I'll Drink to That" hour-long podcast interviews of Tuscan winemakers. You will hear from Badia a Coltibuono (episode 71), Castello di Ama (episode 175), Tenuta di Trinoro (186), Montenidoli (223), Il Poggione (229), and Villa di Geggiano (3...
by Daniel H
March 22nd, 2016, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendation: K&L Wines - Redwood City or San Francisco
Replies: 9
Views: 974

Recommendation: K&L Wines - Redwood City or San Francisco

I felt the same - but we're both wrong. Their website has a great search function, and the stores are roughly equivalent for most "Old & Rare" categories.
by Daniel H
March 22nd, 2016, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendation: K&L Wines - Redwood City or San Francisco
Replies: 9
Views: 974

Recommendation: K&L Wines - Redwood City or San Francisco

Their offerings are similar in depth and breadth - San Francisco is a new larger location and might have slightly more choices. Their Saturday tasting is Spanish wine this week, which wasn't one of your categories but still shouldn't be missed - either Noon to 3pm in San Francisco or 1pm-4pm in Redw...
by Daniel H
March 16th, 2016, 10:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris on our own (me and the girl)
Replies: 10
Views: 785

Paris on our own (me and the girl)

If you want something very casual, yet extremely Parisian, there is a great little seafood shop 5-10 minutes walk from the Louvre - you can pull up a table, enjoy some wonderful food, and watch as locals drop by to get advice about what to take home for dinner. It is called L'Ecume Saint-Honore, and...
by Daniel H
March 9th, 2016, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wineries to visit for whites?
Replies: 23
Views: 540

Napa wineries to visit for whites?

Smith Madrone - especially their riesling.
by Daniel H
March 1st, 2016, 10:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Blogs?
Replies: 30
Views: 1803

Wine Blogs?

Some of my favorite wine blogs include:
Artisanwine.blogspot.com
Gargantuanwine.com
Tablascreek.typepad.com
Blog.wblakegray.com
by Daniel H
February 23rd, 2016, 2:40 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Recommendations for Berlin, Amsterdan and Paris?
Replies: 8
Views: 615

Recommendations for Berlin, Amsterdan and Paris?

Have you decided where you are staying in Paris? Or what kind of sites most interest you? Paris is a massive city, full of many neighborhoods that you could spend a week getting to know. I'm frankly at a loss about where to direct you. But as a general tip, so much of traditional French cuisine is a...
by Daniel H
February 23rd, 2016, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cellar floor...tile? gravel??
Replies: 50
Views: 2105

wine cellar floor...tile? gravel??

How much time do you intend on spending in the cellar anyways? If you keep it at the proper temperature it won't be all that comfortable to hang out in. That said, I spent about 6 months collecting wooden wine crates from local retailers, and then built a floor out of the decorative ends. They came ...
by Daniel H
February 16th, 2016, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine shops in San Francisco, California
Replies: 58
Views: 1763

Wine shops in San Francisco, California

As much as I love K&L, their new location is a long distance from Pier 27. I would recommend the Barrel Room at 415 Sansome Street. It is a very nice wine bar/restaurant, with a smallish but very well curated adjoining wine shop. Since you can only buy 2 bottles per person you might as well make sur...
by Daniel H
February 15th, 2016, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Crasher - really?
Replies: 128
Views: 8220

Wine Crasher - really?

I don't wish them the best at all. I hope they fail miserably in an epic crash and burn. And I hope the same for any other business model predicated on depriving the customer of material information and instead asking for the customer's blind faith and gullibility (sorry, trust is built, not demand...

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