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by brigcampbell
August 13th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall
Replies: 12
Views: 246

Re: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall

Christine Huang wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 10:41 am
We're headed to the region for a week in November. What are your favorite places to visit and eat? What should I book now and where can we wander?
Probably best to start with a search in the travel forum as there are numerous helpful threads for those places.

great times ahead!
by brigcampbell
August 7th, 2019, 3:53 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sunriver/Bend OR recommendations?
Replies: 14
Views: 388

Re: Sunriver/Bend OR recommendations?

Have to do the Lava tube caves! It's fun.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/deschut ... ecid=38396
by brigcampbell
August 6th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Golf in/near Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 388

Re: Golf in/near Las Vegas

Bears Best is nice, Jack recreated all his favorite holes from courses he designed.
by brigcampbell
August 5th, 2019, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot
Replies: 165
Views: 7840

Re: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot

Blaufrankisch, for real?

Anyone do a great Chenin in the PNW? To me, that would be an obvious replacement for PG.
by brigcampbell
August 3rd, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25463

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
August 3rd, 2019, 1:54 pm
I sense Mr. Swain might be more than just a casual wine drinker.

He needs an ITB tag. Glad he posted.

Winemaker @ Parducci in Mendocino
by brigcampbell
August 3rd, 2019, 6:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Virgin Islands Charter
Replies: 15
Views: 405

Re: Virgin Islands Charter

Anyone ever done a Virgin Island, US or British, boat charter and tried to bring their own wine? I don’t want to try and travel with a case or two to only have it taken by customs or something. Chris' link covers it pretty well. We took a case to BVI no problem full of special wines. There *was* a ...
by brigcampbell
August 2nd, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25463

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Look, it's obvious Rhys isn't the evil empire or the dark star.
by brigcampbell
August 2nd, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Virgin Islands Charter
Replies: 15
Views: 405

Re: Virgin Islands Charter

Hey, I've done it and have lots of information for you. I'll post this weekend.
by brigcampbell
July 29th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 29
Views: 1890

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

I love Jamie's wines.......The 2014 SCM Chard is one of my all time favorite Chards from anyplace in the world, just a great wine. Agree and it was the first white he ever made... He made a comment about that wine in a big line-up against first rate burgs and said most of the burgheads pick that wi...
by brigcampbell
July 28th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 29
Views: 1890

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

Len Stevens wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Thank you again for sharing...
Hey, Len.

It's just a big giant bonus if you get some thing from this. Kutch is special and for those that appreciate more power.

We do it because love it. It's really that simple.
by brigcampbell
July 28th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 29
Views: 1890

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

The bathroom is done.

Can you call and talk with her? LOL
by brigcampbell
July 28th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)
Replies: 43
Views: 1916

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

Chris and I are in. Jen has a partner in crime now. We'll bring a side dish, she'll text Jen.

And I'll take the grill for you. Remind me to bring a change of clothing so I don't smell like eau'd Flannery all day.
by brigcampbell
July 28th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 29
Views: 1890

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

It'll take some time for me to get my Kutch notes up as the honey dos piled up and I'm 90% finished stoning a bathroom wall so I need to get that cleaned up. Quick takeaways - Kutch chardonnay is amazing. Pinot is incredible. The Trout gulch and Falstaff Vineyards are special, love them both. Here a...
by brigcampbell
July 27th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 29
Views: 1890

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

2017 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (7/27/2019) Bam! You know immediately this is terrific. There's a matchstick aroma with a grounding of salinity. Oh, my. Yellow fruited, yellow pear and yellow apple. This is very burgundian without a do...
by brigcampbell
July 27th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 29
Views: 1890

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

We had time to kill so we drove down Alpine Road to the vineyard. That is one twisty road, oye! The block at the gate is chardonnay. https://youtu.be/vAjHmuqUxTM The new planting right of the tree is a replacement of pinot due to a mudslide. The big planting on the far right is expanding Alpine with...
by brigcampbell
July 26th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Italy notes
Replies: 9
Views: 896

Re: Italy notes

TimF wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Just had dinner at Osteria Acquacheta tonight. That place and this town are ridiculously charming. You go to Rome and thinks it’s charming, then you come here... Mama Mia...
The hill towns of Tuscany are magical
by brigcampbell
July 26th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6022

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

I also confirmed with Jeff that Rhys did graft over some of the regular Bearwallow Chardonnay to a Dijon clone that's specifically used for sparkling wine in France. Also, there will be all kinds sparklers from Rhys in the future, non vintage and vintage. Jeff rattled them off and I got blindsided "...
by brigcampbell
July 26th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6022

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Hand disgorged perhaps? Thanks, corrected. Jeff showed the giant can opener they use and demonstrated the technique. It's an art. The final disgorged wine will be mechanical where the neck is frozen in super cooled glycerol (?) Looks like this https://laffort.com/wp-content/uploads/Autres/cle-degor...
by brigcampbell
July 25th, 2019, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6022

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Jeff shared a bottle with us today. We'll get some impressions up later. This is not a finished wine at this date. This specific bottling was part of the dosage testing. It's the same 1 g/l as the final but hand disgorged hence the cloudiness.


by brigcampbell
July 25th, 2019, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Tercero Cabernet Franc aberration
Replies: 13
Views: 791

Re: TN: 2016 Tercero Cabernet Franc aberration

Looks at the stains on that clear bottle!

It's like beet juice if you spill it on anything.
by brigcampbell
July 25th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Italy itinerary - does this work?
Replies: 21
Views: 893

Re: Italy itinerary - does this work?

Sorry, been out of pocket for several days... Thanks, Gary, Barry and Michael for the recommendations and the input on Lucca and CT. I wonder if we can fit in both.... Barry - we are going the first half of Sept. Also appreciate the Nice info! Monaco is on the list! Ian and Michael - appreciate the...
by brigcampbell
July 23rd, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Virginia winery suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 511

Re: Virginia winery suggestions?

Agree with the winery insights for the most part, but I would put the King Family Viognier in the oakier, more voluptuous category, at least compared to other from VA. Interesting. The 2013 which I really enjoyed wasn’t that way and probably influenced my memory. Still have one bottle and checked l...
by brigcampbell
July 22nd, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine-Centric Title for our Fearless Leader?
Replies: 45
Views: 1440

Re: New Wine-Centric Title for our Fearless Leader?

c fu wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 5:07 pm
Todd doesn’t need to flaunt his sexy self.

Definitely not when you have perfect hair.
by brigcampbell
July 20th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6022

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

I really liked 2015 Bearwallow Chardonnay. I was wondering if they are the same grapes in the sparkling wines? Were they picked at a different time due to the needs of sparkling wine? Oak treatment different? I’m glad to have one of the Chardonnay’s left to compare with the sparkling wine someday. ...
by brigcampbell
July 20th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting - A Tupperware party with PRP Wine International
Replies: 18
Views: 8850

Re: Wine Tasting - A Tupperware party with PRP Wine International

Oh yeah! Another PRP tasting on the resume. This time I knew what to expect. This tasting was a birthday gift for a friend from their children. Asked if we'd take one for the team. Sure, I can do that. The wines were slightly better but priced higher than the last time. The worse wine wasn't in CT a...
by brigcampbell
July 19th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6022

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Two words. "Pinot Meunier"
by brigcampbell
July 19th, 2019, 10:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 55
Views: 2020

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

GregT wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 6:18 pm
John - I did include Story of Soil, Tercero and Stolpman!

And Ostrichland!

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by brigcampbell
July 19th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain
Replies: 33
Views: 1245

Re: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain

Ramon C wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 8:44 am
mark rudner wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 7:35 am
neophyte question but how do you fly/get there?
Fly into Bilbao. 40 minute drive to San Sebastian.
We flew into Barcelona for 4 days then drove across the northern border along France. Awesome and really easy to drive, great roads.
by brigcampbell
July 18th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?
Replies: 39
Views: 1966

Re: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?

No way the wine is bad at 84 degrees. I have a passive cellar, hall closet really, in southern California and it gets over 80 all the time in the summer. No problem Out of curiosity, what is the temperature range you get in that closet cellar? The coolest passive place I have in my house is under t...
by brigcampbell
July 18th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?
Replies: 39
Views: 1966

Re: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?

please do yourself a favor and never buy anything vinotemp. We bought a custom one for our garage to hold about 300 bottles in 2015. Two weeks ago, it just stopped working, completely blew out and took all of our wine with it. We were on vacation and when we opened the "frig", it was at 84. We chec...
by brigcampbell
July 18th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Italy itinerary - does this work?
Replies: 21
Views: 893

Re: Italy itinerary - does this work?

La Spezia is definitely just a place to drop the luggage/car, day trip into Cinque Terra and Lucca via train. Don't drive Yes, Cinque Terra is very crowed because initially Rick Steves but also cruise ships stop in La Spezia now. It gets SLAMMED but it's a must see. if you're into trail hiking, CT h...
by brigcampbell
July 17th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 71
Views: 4846

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

Mike is a stud!
by brigcampbell
July 17th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others
Replies: 27
Views: 1368

Re: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others

John Glas wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 4:08 pm

Brig what is the ruling on the avatar?
That, my friend, you will have to Google.

Personally, it's in the cup.
by brigcampbell
July 17th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others
Replies: 27
Views: 1368

Re: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others

I wouldn't be surprised if those Hanzels saw 100% stem inclusion. That could explain the tannic structure and various spice and odd green (like dill) notes that can throw you off from thinking it's PN. I had a similarly mature CA PN last week that had some people commenting it didn't seem like PN (...
by brigcampbell
July 17th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 71
Views: 4846

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

First time Carlisle buyer here and very much looking forward to diving in. I'll plan to buy 8-12 bottles (a few will be wished-for), preferably ones I can drink early. I'm a fan of grenache but what else should I go for? click the "Purchase Full Allocation" button and problem solved! Seriously, you...
by brigcampbell
July 17th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 71
Views: 4846

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

Seems like a lot of low yields. Kept to a half case, just not a lot of storage room available. from our meeting with Mike last year barrel sampling. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=153042#p2547785 By popular request. Here comes Carlisle. We showed up early and Mike took us ...
by brigcampbell
July 17th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13601

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

I was promised a six pack of Coors light as a retention bonus, how 'bout you?
by brigcampbell
July 17th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13601

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

I would suggest that MS laid the founding stone in Wineberserkers. neener I wonder when Todd is gonna sell us out. The bastard. PS. Todd, I have an ace team of corporate transactions lawyers when you are ready to sell. I come along free. I'll dial you up if that happens. Thus far I've had 3 offers ...
by brigcampbell
July 16th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 80
Views: 5409

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

It sounds weird to say but coming from TRB these are a great QPR.

All the RM are...
by brigcampbell
July 15th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 331
Views: 28206

Re: Your Gin?

Fords is the staple in my cabinet. Great for mixing. Isle of Harris is another great bottle (UK only) which makes a killer G&T with a slice of grapefruit. I recently picked up a bottle of Hardshore Original, which is very herbal/aromatic and dials back the juniper quite a bit. Not really a G&T bott...
by brigcampbell
July 14th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Switzerland Recs
Replies: 11
Views: 556

Re: Switzerland Recs

Wengen - cog wheel train to the Jungfrau through the face of the Eiger. Simply a must. Where you staying? Alpenrose? The food there is excellent. Murren on the other side is beautiful. Trümmelbach Falls are incredible, waterfall inside a mountain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tr%C3%BCmmelbach_Falls ...
by brigcampbell
July 14th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others
Replies: 27
Views: 1368

Re: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others

I wouldn't be surprised if those Hanzels saw 100% stem inclusion. That could explain the tannic structure and various spice and odd green (like dill) notes that can throw you off from thinking it's PN. I had a similarly mature CA PN last week that had some people commenting it didn't seem like PN (...
by brigcampbell
July 14th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Disappointing Huet
Replies: 53
Views: 2348

Re: Disappointing Huet

Here's Frank's bottle. Really great wine tonight and same experience two years ago with the same vintage. 2005 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray (7/14/2019) Blind: guessed Chenin with 10-15 years of age. FMIII handed this to me "what do you think?" love...
by brigcampbell
July 14th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A consumer upside to selling your winery to a larger group
Replies: 15
Views: 1338

Re: A consumer upside to selling your winery to a larger group

larry schaffer wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Are you folks seeing much Brewer Clifton out there at retail yet?

Cheers.
They're in the Pavillion / Albertson stores in socal.

Clos Pepe in Costco in Dana Point.
by brigcampbell
July 13th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The stunning beauty of Beaujolais
Replies: 24
Views: 1369

Re: The stunning beauty of Beaujolais

And it's a great stage.
by brigcampbell
July 13th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others
Replies: 27
Views: 1368

Re: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others

Crushed it! [whistle.gif] 2016 K Vintners The Boy - USA, Washington (7/13/2019) Guessed Pax Grenache Wow, when this hit the glass I said "Beaujolais - got a be Gamay." because of the translucent garnet color and clarity. The palate screamed Grenache to me - the candied cherry with cinnamon. The issu...
by brigcampbell
July 11th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others
Replies: 27
Views: 1368

Re: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others

Where'd you get those old Hanzells?? What a treat Sean bought them from my buddy that sold me the DRC for $20 each. I think he paid $25 a piece the Hanzell? Really neat stuff, I'll get my notes up. The only thing tougher than tasting blind is tasting blind with some age. I had 3 guesses and wasn't ...
by brigcampbell
July 11th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?
Replies: 15
Views: 752

Re: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?

Back from Sicily and was really impressed. Lovely part of Italy - very diverse and easy to get around. We ended up with the following itinerary: 2 nights in Siracusa 3 nights in Taormina 2 nights in Sciacca at Verdura 2 nights in San Vito Lo Capo 2 nights in Palermo Could have easily spent another ...

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