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by brigcampbell
April 22nd, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Arizona Winery Visits - some good, some not so...
Replies: 44
Views: 2450

Re: TN: Arizona Winery Visits - some good, some not so...

Wow. I have never heard of/seen this winery out here before.....which looks to be a good thing. Man, how much of this were you able to take down Brig? My uncle in PV opened it. Their friend had it sitting in a cabinet so they pulled it. Immediately dumped it. I Googled the winery.... Gone like that...
by brigcampbell
April 21st, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Arizona Winery Visits - some good, some not so...
Replies: 44
Views: 2450

Re: TN: Arizona Winery Visits - some good, some not so...

How about this one for Easter, speaking of rising from the dead. Family in AZ opened. Not good. It's got to be old. Oh, and hot peppers added...

San Dominique American Chablis Select NV Arizona

Every heard of it?
by brigcampbell
April 12th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Amalfi in March
Replies: 32
Views: 933

Re: Amalfi in March

Sounds like a good trip. I love Amalfi (my fiance and I met there 7 years ago). IMHO the time to go is May. Enough Ferry service to make it doable. I would never drive on that road. The Ferry was canceled once and we had to take the bus instead and that was enough for me. Hopefully never again in a...
by brigcampbell
April 8th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Are Sous vide steaks fatty ?
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: Are Sous vide steaks fatty ?

When i see pictures of sous vide steaks it always looks to me as if the marbling has not broken down and is still solid form fat. Is that the case in reality ? The opposite from my experience, very fatty steaks can become almost gelatinous. It's an odd texture which the warden does not like. I like...
by brigcampbell
April 7th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2014 Palisades Vineyard Petite Sirah - Mending Wall vs Once & Future
Replies: 23
Views: 1358

Re: TNs: 2014 Palisades Vineyard Petite Sirah - Mending Wall vs Once & Future

My mom was passing through town on her way back to Oregon and FMIII and the good doctor invited us all over on her last night. Frank emailed "your call tonight, pick something from my cellar" Mom is in her PS phase so I immediately emailed back "yank the cork on a mending wall" Mom's first comment a...
by brigcampbell
April 6th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TCA Has No Smell..
Replies: 30
Views: 1552

Re: TCA Has No Smell..

by brigcampbell
March 20th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Foreign Language CT Notes
Replies: 57
Views: 1457

Re: Foreign Language CT Notes

Been lots of discussions with Eric about enabling automatic translation which is quite simple to implement. Literally, something could be up and running in a week. But there's a cost component to using MSFT or Google API for the translation. I'm not sure where it sits on the "to do" list at this poi...
by brigcampbell
March 18th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 164
Views: 8980

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

Seems like there's a design flaw in the Cru version.

You can't swing around and bang them into a stone backsplash without it breaking.

Ugh! That was my favorite glass!
by brigcampbell
March 14th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Sandler BerserkerDay 10 4 Packs and 6 Packs
Replies: 47
Views: 2387

Re: Sandler BerserkerDay 10 4 Packs and 6 Packs

Wes Barton wrote:
March 13th, 2019, 8:13 pm
C Chen wrote:
March 13th, 2019, 4:06 pm
drew b wrote:
March 13th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Got in for a couple of the 4 packs. We enjoyed these immensely last year!
What, today?
Berserkers don't follow rules.
Everyday is BerserkerDay @ Sandler! [cheers.gif]
by brigcampbell
March 10th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: trip to Greek Islands (Cyclades)
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: trip to Greek Islands (Cyclades)

I. Tsergoulas wrote:
March 10th, 2019, 11:08 am
You can take a look at a recent Android app named Wine Routes, listing and mapping about 700 wineries in Greece and letting you plan your own routes. There are some predesigned routes about Cyclades I think.
You "think" there are routes?

You wrote the app...
by brigcampbell
March 2nd, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 148
Views: 5186

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

Funny, Oregon .015% [swoon.gif]
by brigcampbell
March 1st, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Sub-$40 Chardonnay
Replies: 42
Views: 1587

Re: Favorite Sub-$40 Chardonnay

Wilde Farm.

You've been forewarned.
by brigcampbell
February 28th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 49
Views: 2163

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

Decent piece in the Washington Post about overbooked tourist destinations (Nov. 2019) and alternatives. Many are over-touristed to begin with...and the problem is compounded when there's a massive surge created by a mega-cruise ship, or two. It turns out that my wife is booking us for the Galapagos...
by brigcampbell
February 26th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Theo patra
Replies: 1
Views: 349

Berserker Theo patra

Not sure the "made for" angle of the article but good for the berserkerday goddess.

VinePair: Oakland’s Vibrant Wine Scene Features Bottles Made for and by Black Americans.
https://vinepair.com/articles/oakland-u ... ack-vines/
by brigcampbell
February 23rd, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Rome & Florence 8/19-8/28
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Rome & Florence 8/19-8/28

Yeah, Nick. Big welcome.

Tons of info on Italy here. Give the "search this forum" function at the top a shot.

Terms of interest would be montepulciano and montalcino.

From there it's all goodness. Post in those threads adding to the wealth of information
by brigcampbell
February 23rd, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular Friday night dinner wines- some good ones.
Replies: 7
Views: 657

Re: Falltacular Friday night dinner wines- some good ones.

Blake, our good friend and Dr Jill partner, Paul won the '92 WS Pinot and Zin you donated. I went over to bid on it and saw he REALLY wanted it. LOL

Great donation and rest assured those bottles are in the hands of a WS lover.
by brigcampbell
February 22nd, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 4260

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

Cobb, L'Ecole, and Grimm's were standouts for producers with a broad lineup.

The Cobb chard had a LOT of people buzzing...

I'll have to ping all three of these producers to participate in BerserkerDay IX next year.
by brigcampbell
February 19th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 4260

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

Online auction---we thought about it too at Sunday dinner, but one of my worries would be how it would impact the terrific dynamic of people being there at the live event---that and what might be hellish logistics. Maybe there can be separate lots for an online-- Mike Exactly, my thoughts. You stil...
by brigcampbell
February 19th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 4260

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

Frank, I’m new around here but not to planning and hosting fundraising events for local causes. I know the work it takes and this sounds like a great event. I know shipping could eat into profits but have you thought about doing an online auction of some of these lots? Maybe in lieu of bottles it c...
by brigcampbell
February 17th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 4260

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

Brian Tuite wrote:
February 17th, 2019, 7:24 pm
My “Haultacular”

LOL

I got the "oh, don't think you're leaving those there."

"Baby, you bought most of them" fell upon deaf ears...
by brigcampbell
February 17th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The taste and smell of rocks
Replies: 33
Views: 1298

Re: The taste and smell of rocks

Geology B.S., Oregon State University. Go Beavers. Great topic. First, let me say as someone who writes lots of tasting notes, many questionable, I have some thoughts on this topic. For me the descriptors I use resemble common flavors, aromas or textures that we can relate too. Common lemon or lime ...
by brigcampbell
February 17th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 4260

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

Brig, good set of TNs. That period in the morning is really a gem to allow some wines to be tasted. Funny, the 2017 Kutch Falstaff....in Cellartracker, there are 4 TNs--your 2 and my two. It likes a game of TN tag. Looks like I will have the privilege of writing more Kutch notes in the future. The ...
by brigcampbell
February 17th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 4260

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

I was able to blast through a few TNs before the insanity set in. I saw Grammar, FMIII, Seiber and a few others scratching on crumpled pieces of wine stained paper so more notes should arrive over the next few days. 2016 Sandler Wine Company Grenache Boer Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, C...
by brigcampbell
February 16th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 58
Views: 4222

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

Oh, I think it was almost definitely TSA. I've never had this happen, but I have heard of it. What makes you seem definite it's TSA? I've also packed wines in my checked-in luggage since TSA started with this m.o. and never had anything missing. Yes, TSA is security. It's the baggage handlers that ...
by brigcampbell
February 15th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bob Lindquist Leaves Qupe - And 'Starts' Own Brand . . .
Replies: 19
Views: 1387

Re: Bob Lindquisst Leaves Qupe - And 'Starts' Own Brand . . .

Mel Knox wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 9:16 am
VWE is also buying the Laetitia winery and brand, but not the vineyards,
Well, there goes one of the best under $20 Pinot Noir daily drinkers.
by brigcampbell
February 15th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015-$78
Replies: 33
Views: 3874

Re: PSA Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015-$78

Constellation owns Mondavi and a big chunk of To Kalon that goes into the Mondavi version. Constellation bought Schrader and picked up another chunk of To Kalon. Take the Mondavi fruit and bottle it as Schrader and make way more money. You'll be able to purchase that fruit in the future but under th...
by brigcampbell
February 15th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 4260

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

I may need to take out a home equity loan for all the auction items I'm going to want to buy. And use part of it to buy a new storage cabinet for the bottles. See you all there. I've got meat marinating, a box full of bottles to bring, trying to get hydrated in advance . . . Today is your lucky day...
by brigcampbell
February 14th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015-$78
Replies: 33
Views: 3874

Re: PSA Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015-$78

You'll be able to purchase that fruit in the future but under the Schrader label and tariff.
by brigcampbell
February 10th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What ESJ-like Berserkers Days Syrah Should I Buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1355

Re: What ESJ-like Berserkers Days Syrah Should I Buy?

I've been working through a case of XIV and when I opened the first bottle I emailed Todd and said "damn, that's a nice wine". He emailed back "duh". LOL Lamb chops on the BBQ tonight and BH on deck. 2008 Biggio Hamina Cellars Syrah/Viognier XIV Deux Vert - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Ca...
by brigcampbell
February 9th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals
Replies: 20
Views: 1109

Re: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals

2014 West of Temperance Merlot Yountville - USA, California (2/9/2019) A gift from the gang at West of temperance. Pop and pour. Big mistake. I grabbed this to pair with a filet mignon and it was the perfect pairing just in three more years. 30 minutes in the decanter helped. This is a beautiful wi...
by brigcampbell
February 9th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 West of Temperance Merlot Yountville
Replies: 1
Views: 187

TN: 2014 West of Temperance Merlot Yountville

2014 West of Temperance Merlot Yountville - USA, California (2/9/2019) A gift from the gang at West of temperance. Pop and pour. Big mistake. I grabbed this to pair with a filet mignon and it was the perfect pairing just in three more years. 30 minutes in the decanter helped. This is a beautiful wi...
by brigcampbell
February 6th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lake Como restaurant recs
Replies: 13
Views: 432

Re: Lake Como restaurant recs

There are some very nice restaurants in Varenna.

Osteria Quatro Pass is a wildly intimate place. If your wife sees the pictures from google you're toast. [cheers.gif]

you'll definitely need reservations.
by brigcampbell
February 6th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé
Replies: 24
Views: 509

Re: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé

To add on to Brig's post - The label shown is one of two that are used. The original label design had Godme in large letters and Sabine in smaller letters (opposite of the image shown above), but some buyers and importers were worried about 'God' and 'me' being shown in large letters. They thought ...
by brigcampbell
February 6th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé
Replies: 24
Views: 509

Re: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé

The wines of Sabine and Hugues are just now starting to come out as separately farmed and made wines. Most of what we have been drinking until now is really the same wine that was intended to be released as the old Godme label where Hugues did the farming and winemaking and Sabine the commercial si...
by brigcampbell
February 5th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé
Replies: 24
Views: 509

Re: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé

you Godmé with this note. Will seek it out. LOL I've been wanting to try their Champagne for a while too. Hopefully I can get in on that Envoyer train before it's all sold out [truce.gif] I think I have a bottle left, if so, I'll save it for the next time we're together. Hey, don't forget his siste...
by brigcampbell
February 5th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 422

Re: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

Thanks for the note. Looking forward to trying this one. I've been very impressed with the Wilde Farm wines I ordered last year on BD, especially the Donnelly Creek PN. Popped one over the weekend. I purchased the PN too and left one on the counter top to check out. I'm *really* excited after the c...
by brigcampbell
February 4th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 422

Re: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

Thanks for the tasting note, Brig!!! [berserker.gif] This sounds like a good Chardonnay. I like a Chard to have fresh acidity and not a heavy dose of oak, but some body added by lees-stirring can be a beautiful thing. Can you elaborate on the deal with the wine glasses ? Chris Freemott had sent out...
by brigcampbell
February 4th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SOMM Journal: New Mexico Wines
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: SOMM Journal: New Mexico Wines

I've had the Gruet sparkler a few times and it was very good.

Did not know they were labeling Washington state grapes as NM, that's a little disappointing.
by brigcampbell
February 3rd, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 422

Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

Todd, me and the spouses got together post BD 10 to celebrate. More like a makeup date for the wives because the two weeks before Berserker day they were severely neglected. In true Berserker fashion we grilled Flannery steaks and I popped this BD purchase Wilde Farm Chardonnay which showed very imp...
by brigcampbell
February 1st, 2019, 7:04 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: 65
Views: 3187

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

Jim F wrote:
February 1st, 2019, 5:15 am
Huge write up yesterday by Jeb Dunnuck! 98 pts, for whatever that may be worth champagne.gif

Jeb is late to the party. Berserkers already knew!!! LOL

BTW: nice guy
by brigcampbell
February 1st, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 1935

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

PayPal charges the seller 3%. Visa/MC are half of that. Not sure about Discover. It used to be a little more, but might be the same as Visa/MC now. Amex is about the same as PayPal. There's no way a winery is only paying 1.5% for V/MC. Zero chance. Zero? I'll take you up on that challenge and ask a...
by brigcampbell
January 31st, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 1935

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

What’s the difference in cost (for the winery) using PayPal vs some other system? PayPal charges the seller 3%. Visa/MC are half of that. Not sure about Discover. It used to be a little more, but might be the same as Visa/MC now. Amex is about the same as PayPal. There's no way a winery is only pay...
by brigcampbell
January 31st, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Wilde farm BD 10 - Sold Out!
Replies: 31
Views: 1740

Re: Wilde farm BD 10 - Sold Out!

Damn, you know you deliver fast when you beat Ed Kurztman.

Case arrived safe and sound.

Thanks, can't wait.
by brigcampbell
January 29th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 222
Views: 9298

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

Get your own thread, French! :) Get your own BerserkerDay Freek! *drops mike* (before people freak out (so to speak) Freek and I know each other - perhaps TOO well for my comfort and personal safety) [moderator] Warning issued to Todd F r e n c h Participates are not to cross post offers into other...
by brigcampbell
January 28th, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Auctions - CLOSED!!!
Topic: AUCTION: Two 1.5L Magnum of Bohème 2010 Stuller Vineyard Pinot Noir
Replies: 15
Views: 710

Re: AUCTION: Two 1.5L Magnum of Bohème 2010 Stuller Vineyard Pinot Noir

Dave McIsaac wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Is this for one, or two of the mags??
Two winners, mag each. Joseph and Dave. Thanks for catching it.

It was a long day... Updated and Todd notified.
by brigcampbell
January 27th, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Sandler BerserkerDay 10 4 Packs and 6 Packs
Replies: 47
Views: 2387

Re: Sandler BerserkerDay 10 4 Packs and 6 Packs

Hey, buddy.

Congrats on another successful BD.

It's an honor and pleasure to support the good people.

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