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by dougwilder
October 2nd, 2019, 1:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18003

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

went to the link.. don't see the review tho.. Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't turn on the charity channel for the needy. People who think I (or anyone) should do this for free - you have no idea how much work it is (spend 60 hours a week on a 'hobby'?), or specifically, what went in to the groundwork of wr...
by dougwilder
October 2nd, 2019, 12:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18003

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

What’s the gist of the story? That Mac wines are next level good, and Alex and Graeme are two down to earth, cool cats? Got it, don’t need to spend 1/2 a C note to know that... I don't expect anyone here to care who wrote the first story on MacDonald. You all figured it out on your own, like magic.
by dougwilder
September 27th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18003

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

Full review just published. Graeme and Alex are on a roll.
by dougwilder
September 16th, 2019, 12:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1980 Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: TN: 1980 Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon

Rubicon (1979) was the wine that was opened for me to celebrate my first job in wine back in 1990. I eventually built out a six or seven year vertical in the shop as they were readily available from the distributor. I haven't drank one in at least 10 years but they do last very well. I don't think t...
by dougwilder
September 10th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kinsman Inaugural Release
Replies: 64
Views: 5360

Re: Kinsman Inaugural Release

Rajesh P a r i k h wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 12:48 pm
I was able to snag both 3-packs. Really looking forward to trying these. It’s going to be tough to let these sit awhile first.
I recommend holding for at least a year on both wines.
by dougwilder
September 10th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6009

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

There are some wines (usually the backup sample of something I have already reviewed) that sit on the floor of my office for months that experience wide fluctuation in temps and when I open them, the corks look fine and I can't see much difference in my impression. Over analysis usually creates more...
by dougwilder
September 10th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6009

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

David Baum wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 11:52 pm
You forgot the pinata
and the other thing about doing it while nude.
by dougwilder
September 10th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting outside vs inside?!
Replies: 30
Views: 1132

Re: Decanting outside vs inside?!

If it is a serious wine, I would only open, decant and serve inside.
by dougwilder
September 10th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kinsman Inaugural Release
Replies: 64
Views: 5360

Re: Kinsman Inaugural Release

The wines from Nigel and Shae Kinsman are well worth getting on the list for. I just devoted three pages to them in my latest issue. I met Nigel years ago at Stagecoach and very happy to see the success he and his family are having with this project.
by dougwilder
September 9th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Detert East Block-Save the Date
Replies: 17
Views: 1514

Re: 2016 Detert East Block-Save the Date

I taste with Tom Garrett every year which includes East Block from the beginning, reviewing the first three vintages (09-11 released together). The previous year we tasted the 2010 East Block (in shiner) which had been part of the outstanding Premiere Napa Valley lot in 2011. At that point he hadn't...
by dougwilder
August 9th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cold calls from wineries?
Replies: 22
Views: 2101

Re: Cold calls from wineries?

Yes there are companies who make a business of emulating wineries in a call center setting. Each client has its own number coming in so any calls on that line are answered "X Winery, how may I help you today?" Read the script and most people won't notice.
by dougwilder
August 9th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10848
Views: 393523

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Rhadamanthus and Anjea from Nigel Kinsman.
by dougwilder
August 4th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Prince of Pinot Noir is retiring
Replies: 17
Views: 2156

Re: The Prince of Pinot Noir is retiring

Seemed like a very humble guy with a true passion for Pinot Noir. Interestingly enough we really only crossed paths about 10 years ago. I was taking a break from a walkaround tasting and he was in the same anteroom with a younger guy I took to be his son seemingly schooling him on the finer aspects ...
by dougwilder
July 11th, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A consumer upside to selling your winery to a larger group
Replies: 15
Views: 1443

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

JFW seems to give their winemakers everything they need to not only continue to succeed with the brands they acquire yet not constraining them from independent projects. A very healthy perspective.
by dougwilder
July 7th, 2019, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered
Replies: 38
Views: 3355

Re: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered

I was fortunate to work there beginning in 1999, initially as their first Director of Wine E-Commerce later transitioning to the Wine Room as one of the Specialists. We tasted pretty much everyday and brought in what we liked. We never really had a hard budget but as entrepreneurs we knew what great...
by dougwilder
June 8th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 3345

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

I have been browsing the recently published Exploring The Best New Releases from Sonoma and Beyond article on Vinous by Antonio Galloni. I was amazed by how many wineries are cranking out a crazy number of different bottlings each vintage, many of them from single vineyards. I'm noticing this is fa...
by dougwilder
May 29th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allocations from retailers
Replies: 19
Views: 2002

Re: Allocations from retailers

When I was the buyer and writing the newsletters for my wine shops, I kept track of those who bought the wines on my recommendation that wouldn't be reviewed for months by the critics. Those were the people who continued to get offered those wines in subsequent vintages even after they became highly...
by dougwilder
May 11th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 5535

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

Anton D wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 9:14 am


First Growth:

Mondavi Reserve


*New Stars* Too short a track record but really fine right now...

MacDonald

If Mondavi Reserve is the Cake, MacDonald is where they get their eggs...
by dougwilder
May 7th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3789

Re: What's your house champagne?

For some I think the definition of House Champagne is where you need to decide to pay for the Champagne, or pay for the house.
by dougwilder
May 7th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin
Replies: 50
Views: 2319

Re: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin

Will you stock Zalto if I promise to stay for a month?
by dougwilder
May 6th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing - Canada and US
Replies: 30
Views: 1379

Re: Wine Pricing - Canada and US

I used to visit friends in Toronto and always made a trek to the Queen's Quay Vintages store because of their selection of Single Malt and once found an end cap of Kistler Chardonnay...
by dougwilder
May 3rd, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Server Corkage Etiquette?
Replies: 53
Views: 2865

Re: Server Corkage Etiquette?

Corkage is there for a reason. If unhappy with it either A: never go to the restaurant, or B: Pay $300 a bottle for a mature Burgundy off the list and tip accordingly. Turning your friends' 50th birthday celebration into a discussion how affronted you were with the treatment of your wines must have ...
by dougwilder
April 14th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone try Onx Reckoning 2015?
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Anyone try Onx Reckoning 2015?

I tasted this with Jeff last May during my two weeks down that way. 54% Syrah, 18% Petite Sirah, 18% Zinfandel, 10% Grenache. It tied for my favorite out of the wines he presented.
by dougwilder
April 11th, 2019, 11:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 White Rock Vineyard Claret
Replies: 1
Views: 155

Re: TN: 1999 White Rock Vineyard Claret

These old White Rocks are classic-styled that endure.
by dougwilder
April 11th, 2019, 11:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Private Appointment Tasting Etiquette
Replies: 132
Views: 6496

Re: Private Appointment Tasting Etiquette

Back in my retail buyer days in Napa Valley, I would get requests from customers who wanted to hire me to introduce them to extraordinary visits. I agreed on one condition - they must either buy wine or sign up on the mailing list at each visit, including the winemaker lunch I scheduled. I never had...
by dougwilder
March 25th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good wine stores to visit in Fisherman's Wharf area, San Fransisco
Replies: 25
Views: 1159

Re: Good wine stores to visit in Fisherman's Wharf area, San Fransisco

Try William Cross Wine Merchants on Polk Street. It is a 5 minute Uber from the Wharf Excellent selection, owned by Stephen Sherman who is there most days. Tell him I sent you.
by dougwilder
March 7th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $300 for Oregon Pinot
Replies: 50
Views: 4115

Re: $300 for Oregon Pinot

Hi everyone, I just want to set the record straight here for "Double Zero" which is now 00 Wines. Unfortunately, this article is still out there because Bloomberg News has very good SEO for obvious reasons. My husband Chris Hermann and I are the owners of 00 Wines, a family-based business. We took ...
by dougwilder
February 27th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Blog
Replies: 9
Views: 514

Re: Wine Blog

As someone who wrote then abandoned a wine blog to create something unique I would recommend thinking what you ultimately want to do. Have fun with it but acquaint yourself with other wine blogs and how to make yours different. Take good pictures and avoid the cliches of what else you see. If you wa...
by dougwilder
February 7th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Morlet
Replies: 14
Views: 859

Re: Thoughts on Morlet

The wines from Luc Morlet are consistently high quality upon release and stand the test of time. We just completed the first vertical of Passionnement last month and covered the LPD vertical a couple years ago. His new Coeur de Vallee Estate Vineyard in Oakville will be in production soon and will c...
by dougwilder
February 6th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT+ WS + Vivino???!!!!
Replies: 42
Views: 2034

Re: CT+ WS + Vivino???!!!!

Somehow I have started getting emails from Vivino and they take quite a bit of license to establish the pedigree of a wine to the point of sensationalism.
by dougwilder
February 4th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have a glass problem: Zalto - WS - Now JR
Replies: 39
Views: 3042

Re: I have a glass problem: Zalto - WS - Now JR

I invested in Zalto BDX stems a couple years ago because I was beginning to have winemakers come to me for tastings when I traveled to a region and I wanted consistency of stemware across the spectrum. The comments I get are overwhelmingly positive. I will likely stick with them.
by dougwilder
January 28th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Did Zalto Bordeaux glass change?
Replies: 4
Views: 921

Re: Did Zalto Bordeaux glass change?

I have had one reorder of Zalto BDX glasses and don't see any difference. I order mine through Winemonger so they could possibly be working off the same batch, or get from a consistent factory. Incidentally. I was tasting a bunch of 2016 Big Table Farm PN yesterday and my girl wandered in and asked ...
by dougwilder
January 18th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?
Replies: 61
Views: 2699

Re: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?

Yes, it is. But I probably can't say it as it could be viewed as a commercial post by the mods.
by dougwilder
December 27th, 2018, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 7880

Re: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

After reading the "Pinot noir, in a warmer world" thread in which a publicist places some excellent drivel into Bloomberg I wondered what about the teeny tiny places that make lovely wines and never get a chance to show the world. We already know that I will shill and am an attention whore, so I th...
by dougwilder
December 27th, 2018, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 CA wines, both better on day #2
Replies: 21
Views: 2046

Re: 2012 CA wines, both better on day #2

Glenn, I regularly leave samples open overnight to revisit before the next day wines are opened. I feel it is the only way to get a fuller measure of how the bottle evolves. My assistant will sometimes pour herself something on day three (and her palate is way better than mine!) If the bottle is emp...
by dougwilder
December 20th, 2018, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1980 Heitz Cellars Chardonnay - WOW!!
Replies: 11
Views: 560

Re: TN: 1980 Heitz Cellars Chardonnay - WOW!!

Not surprised...a 68 Heitz "pinot chardonnay" a couple years ago was one of my wines of my life! A recent buy, or have you cellared? Happy Bday! [cheers.gif] Thanks man! I snagged 2 bottles at auction recently and got super lucky, as they were obviously stored really well! And I would love to try t...
by dougwilder
December 20th, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG scores for Napa 2016 Part 1
Replies: 65
Views: 6780

Re: AG scores for Napa 2016 Part 1

I was a little surprised at the scores for Christopher Tynan wines given the high scores from others Cabernet Sauvignon Meleagris Vineyard 2012 - 88 2013 - 90 2014 - 91 2015 - 88 I was very surprised as well. Actually a little disappointed in Antonio for his review of Tynan's wines. I have had Chri...
by dougwilder
December 18th, 2018, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 121
Views: 5689

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

Couldn't be bothered to write anything positive on a wine until a critic gave it 100 points then bemoans the fact he can't find anyone to share their allocation with him and accuses the store where he claims to be a great customer "spending $200 a year" is gouging because they have a 1 bottle limit ...
by dougwilder
December 12th, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You ever get free wine?
Replies: 39
Views: 1898

Re: You ever get free wine?

Walking in my office most people would be envious of what they need to climb over but I pay for it with copious hours of midnight oil.
by dougwilder
December 10th, 2018, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto Question (Again)
Replies: 33
Views: 2084

Re: Zalto Question (Again)

Because I want to control as many variables as possible I only use one type of stem for all of my professional tastings in my office, and when winemakers meet with me when I travel. I asked Emily at Winemonger if the Zalto Universal was the right one. Instead she recommended the Bordeaux, and I can'...
by dougwilder
November 28th, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 153
Views: 6826

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

I don’t feel that I should be able to simply buy fruit from Napa and take advantage of what Joe Wagner and his family spent their time, and lots of money as well, developing Northern California. I understand where you're coming from; but by this logic, a California restaurant should not be able to ...
by dougwilder
November 21st, 2018, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Tasting Fees
Replies: 87
Views: 7519

Re: Napa Tasting Fees

I think that in a lot of cases the tasting fee is there to pre-qualify the interest level of visitors. At the upper level they are private, sit-down affairs where a couple thousand dollars might be opened. Wineries who want to know who their visitors are do this to improve the experience and also to...
by dougwilder
November 15th, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kudos to Carlisle
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Re: Kudos to Carlisle

It is still nice to see a winery pay attention to such things. We track all shipment attempts and our customers get a personal phone call from us when their wine misses the first, second or third delivery attempt to check if a reroute, or holding @ hub is needed. They appreciate we are paying atten...
by dougwilder
November 14th, 2018, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kudos to Carlisle
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Re: Kudos to Carlisle

Actually with filterable CRM it takes a winery less than 5 minutes to do this and benefits them as much as the customer. It is good practice in the fire zones yet that is a small percentage of the overall management of shipping that goes on behind the scenes that customers rarely even know about.
by dougwilder
October 28th, 2018, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands Mission...
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

Re: Sandlands Mission...

Heitz made an Angelica back in the 80s. I can't recall the source.
by dougwilder
October 27th, 2018, 11:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?
Replies: 55
Views: 2274

Re: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?

God forbid someone have an unpopular opinion.How will "we" ever get over this? The horror...
by dougwilder
October 22nd, 2018, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best North American sparklers?
Replies: 100
Views: 3937

Re: Best North American sparklers?

James Frey's Pashey are excellent, as is the collaboration between Ryan Deovlet and McPrice Myers. I would however crawl over broken glass for 1987 Schramsberg LD...
by dougwilder
October 16th, 2018, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 16401

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

Sorry, I can't help but see the Court's response to this as cold-blooded and borderline unconscionable. These people have spend untold time and money to pass this test, working jobs that give you precious little of either. After passing I'm sure many immediately began to upend their lives, perhaps ...
by dougwilder
October 15th, 2018, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Ever "Doctored" a Wine?
Replies: 96
Views: 3430

Re: Has Anyone Ever "Doctored" a Wine?

Does it count putting ice cubes in warm 3 day old Rose?
by dougwilder
September 29th, 2018, 10:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 161
Views: 14166

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

The one I know about that isn't announced for at least another two years likely won't interest anyone here until it becomes unobtainable.

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