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by Andrew Christiansen
June 28th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 145
Views: 6980

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

Late to this thread, but it seems that two things are apparent: Frank is getting old and he was probably drunk when he posted. I am very clearly joking...FMIII is a friend and we are almost the same age, so I get where he is coming from with respect to how our bodies start reacting differently as we...
by Andrew Christiansen
March 13th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 6
Views: 728

Re: TN: 2017 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

It's likely easy to fix your mistake. Email Jamie and ask to buy more. You are practically neighbors.
by Andrew Christiansen
February 17th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 5115

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

I hope this thread helps to illuminate what a unique and special event this is. I can sincerely say that I am fortunate to live near this group of people and to be able to attend this event. I cannot imagine the effort and coordination it takes to pull off this event, and the patience required to al...
by Andrew Christiansen
February 10th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 6423

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

If no grill, I would say Pizza early, if Parallel can handle 50-60 pizzas (that's a LOT of boxes). I'm likely the exception, but I'm usually too distracted wandering around sipping wines and chatting to stop for food. My wife usually brings me a plate since I forget to stop and take a break. My wife...
by Andrew Christiansen
February 7th, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 6423

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 7:20 am
If it rains, we all snuggle.
Awwwww
by Andrew Christiansen
February 6th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP board member Lou Kessler
Replies: 24
Views: 2488

Re: RIP board member Lou Kessler

My thoughts go out to his family and friends. I didn't know Lou, but read many of his posts. As for Coad, didn't know him either, but his posts, which were really long-form tasting notes, were unrivaled in their creativity. It's worth the effort to search the disorder board for some of his classics....
by Andrew Christiansen
January 29th, 2019, 12:28 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Cabot Vineyards- Something old, something new
Replies: 50
Views: 3185

Re: Cabot Vineyards- Something old, something new

A bit late, as usual (Brig got me loopy Saturday night), but I grabbed the pinot 6. Tasted the two new HC versions at Falltacular last spring, and they we outstanding. Love the syrups, but don't miss the two new pinots!
by Andrew Christiansen
January 7th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1629
Views: 91769

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Curtis, the shelves kind of grow and shrink with things. I have told Greg on a few occasions to stock more on-hand stuff, for situations like when someone like you or me drops by, we can perhaps to do an additional purchase. I rarely buy from the shelves but on occasion, something lands on them for...
by Andrew Christiansen
December 23rd, 2018, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off The Vine in South OC
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Off The Vine in South OC

It seems like there is a casual group of guys who sit in the TV room some Saturdays. No clue who they are and I haven’t stopped to chat, since I am usually on borrowed time when I blow through once a month. They have a couple nice rooms, TV and kitchen, and over the 10 years I have stored there, I h...
by Andrew Christiansen
December 20th, 2018, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congrats to Ian Brand...
Replies: 19
Views: 1976

Re: Congrats to Ian Brand...

Congratulations Ian!

When are you coming back down for Falltacular? I always enjoyed talking to you there, and certainly miss the rose, which was one of my favorites a few years ago.
by Andrew Christiansen
December 2nd, 2018, 11:06 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 6423

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Cris Whetstone wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 10:24 pm
Oh boy. Lets please have some more provincial South OC sniping from you ladies. I'm sure one of you gained a better dog stylist or botox 'n peel shop out of the deal.

neener
...the best is that he thinks I'm serious. That, and there's TWO gas stations!
by Andrew Christiansen
December 2nd, 2018, 3:11 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 6423

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

BTW, Andrew, that is one helluva story. And the funny part, you of all 150 people I believe live the closest to the Laura's House corporate office. What is it, a 2 min drive? [rofl.gif] Yup, about 4-5 minutes, or about 1.5 miles. With four roundabouts and a stoplight, it's about 50/50 you can reach...
by Andrew Christiansen
December 2nd, 2018, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 2470

Re: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed

'the boss' (my wife) insisted on drinking a Monte Bello if I was to keep buying them vintage after vintage I can just hear her giving you shit...that and the "we'll never be able to drink x-hundred bottles..." rant, which Sahba (wife) has quoted for the past few years to guilt me into not buying as...
by Andrew Christiansen
November 30th, 2018, 11:30 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 6423

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

BTW, Andrew, that is one helluva story. And the funny part, you of all 150 people I believe live the closest to the Laura's House corporate office. What is it, a 2 min drive? [rofl.gif] Yup, about 4-5 minutes, or about 1.5 miles. With four roundabouts and a stoplight, it's about 50/50 you can reach...
by Andrew Christiansen
November 28th, 2018, 10:18 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 6423

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Made the cut. Whew Cool! Big “whew” from me last night. As of about 11pm Monday night, I randomly checked the Offline forum, saw the Falltacular thread, said, “oh, shit”, jumped outa bed, made out a couple checks, woke up and drove straightaway to the Laura’s House office (about 1.5 miles from my h...
by Andrew Christiansen
November 11th, 2018, 11:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 800
Views: 52447

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

This is why I drink Champagne. What a lovely bottle. 2008 Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Brut Millésimé - France, Champagne (11/10/2018) Disgrg'd June 2015, dosage 4.5 g/l. 60 PN/40 Chard. This is the final bottle from the batch I bought last year. Looking at my TN from 2017, this bottle is pretty muc...
by Andrew Christiansen
October 17th, 2018, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Found a new use for my Vinoscraper...
Replies: 12
Views: 643

Re: Found a new use for my Vinoscraper...

Frank Murray III wrote:
October 17th, 2018, 5:47 pm
T. Melloni wrote:
October 17th, 2018, 2:54 pm
What's the story behind the bottle of Fetzer?
Now, if I can just finish designing this damn presentation. [truce.gif]
Stop posting and start working. Seiber's been a bad influence on you.
by Andrew Christiansen
September 23rd, 2018, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207192

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

He's finally found his calling, and he's been honing his craft for years.
by Andrew Christiansen
September 23rd, 2018, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Disappointing Huet
Replies: 53
Views: 2423

Re: Disappointing Huet

Gone through a case+, with about 14-16 left, no issues, and loved every one. Every time I drink one there is one left Huet by Noel Pinguet left in the world...
by Andrew Christiansen
September 17th, 2018, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Frenchie's Grower Bubbly Event In the OC
Replies: 36
Views: 1295

Re: TN: Frenchie's Grower Bubbly Event In the OC

Frenchy, it's cool that we diverge on the Marie-Courtin, and to a lesser extent, the Gimmonet. I really liked those two a lot, my best in the tasting, yet you, and after chatting with Andrew on Sat night too, his notes said the Marie-Courtin was "clunky". Did you guys share notes or simply arrive a...
by Andrew Christiansen
September 13th, 2018, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Kutch
Replies: 52
Views: 3505

Re: 2016 Kutch

I just got asked a question I don't know the answer to. Does Jamie have his own facility or using custom crush? It doesn't matter to me as the wines are wonderful (beeen a buyer for 10 years) and have never thought to ask. But having now been asked... does anyone know? And while where at it, I gues...
by Andrew Christiansen
September 9th, 2018, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Kutch
Replies: 52
Views: 3505

Re: 2016 Kutch

One final note: I knew about these scores 4 months ago when they were posted online. I chose not to post or say a word anywhere on the web and took it as my own badge of honor. Now, 4 months later, I am stunned that they published them in their magazine. It costs them space, ink, (money) to list th...
by Andrew Christiansen
September 3rd, 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Kutch
Replies: 52
Views: 3505

Re: 2016 Kutch

brigcampbell wrote:
September 2nd, 2018, 9:24 pm
Andrew Christiansen wrote:
September 2nd, 2018, 8:38 pm
Sounds like an excellent vintage, better than the one that got an 84 in 2009.

Too funny, AC.
But...I was being serious?
by Andrew Christiansen
September 2nd, 2018, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Kutch
Replies: 52
Views: 3505

Re: 2016 Kutch

Sounds like an excellent vintage, better than the one that got an 84 in 2009.
by Andrew Christiansen
August 27th, 2018, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 59942

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I realize that later in the fall sounds a bit too much like Premier Cru, but the difference is that Greg is a stand up guy , not a scumbag. Although Greg literally stands at his computer, as for Envoyer, he is nothing but a stand up guy. Envoyer is NOT EVEN REMOTELY run like PC. It's insulting and ...
by Andrew Christiansen
August 25th, 2018, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 59942

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

It's an interesting one. I have quite a bit on order with them, and have asked when it is expected (I'm relatively local), and only occasionally do I get a reply along the lines of "later in the fall". Is the lack of specificity and vagueness normal? I only moved to the US a year ago from the UK, s...
by Andrew Christiansen
August 22nd, 2018, 10:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1973 DOMAINE des BAUMARD QUARTS de CHAUME
Replies: 11
Views: 674

Re: 1973 DOMAINE des BAUMARD QUARTS de CHAUME

Thank you Blake!
by Andrew Christiansen
August 22nd, 2018, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2014 Pepiere Briords and 2014 Rhys Porkie Hill
Replies: 9
Views: 842

Re: TNs: 2014 Pepiere Briords and 2014 Rhys Porkie Hill

In the dark corners of the wine interwebz, there are rumors of the reliable ageability of the Briords. More often, others have guessed that 2009 would be an early drinker since it is rounder/fuller (like 2014) than typical Briods vintages. However, I've been surprised to find that the 2009 seems sli...
by Andrew Christiansen
August 22nd, 2018, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tercero library tasting with Larry in OC
Replies: 22
Views: 839

Re: Tercero library tasting with Larry in OC

Thanks to Chris for organizing the event and Larry for his "Verbiage" and his wines. The Winery in once again provided a delightful meal and classy setting. Although the notes are completely from memory, know that I paid close attention (when Robo wasn't distracting me) and tried carefully to memori...
by Andrew Christiansen
August 17th, 2018, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Last of the $20 DRC La Tache and others blinded
Replies: 20
Views: 1766

Re: TN: The Last of the $20 DRC La Tache and others blinded

...nice work!

I tried to wave at you all (actually only Nordhoff) from the other side of the Harbor.
by Andrew Christiansen
August 16th, 2018, 12:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207192

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

Latest from Ray on Facebook ... you cannot make this up: Ray Walker 25 mins · Had to share this. Got a small featured background role in a movie about prison. Nothing special. On the phone with the casting lady and I asked why they chose me as featured. “Well your look, for sure”. At first I took i...
by Andrew Christiansen
August 9th, 2018, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec
Replies: 30
Views: 874

TN: 2008 Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec

I clicked enthusiastically on this note...thanks! Demi secs, Moelleuxs and other wines with RS don't seem to get much run these days. I've been hoarding several 08 Huet LM Demi's and 1ere Trie's with no plans to drink them any time soon. It seems out of favor to enjoy Demi's or anything with RS, but...
by Andrew Christiansen
August 1st, 2018, 10:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anniversary Weekend in Napa...(now with notes: Schramsberg/J. Davies, R-M, Mending Wall, Raymond)
Replies: 69
Views: 3802

Headed to Napa tomorrow for Anniversary weekend...

Yup, after 5 years with Todd, Jen certainly deserves this trip, or better yet, an award of some sort. Congratulations!
by Andrew Christiansen
July 19th, 2018, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207192

Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

Todd...when will Ray’s Bourbon series begin?
by Andrew Christiansen
July 14th, 2018, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 59942

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:With a few exceptions most older wines on envoyer aren’t a great deal.
Prices on older wines in cellars are often set or approved by the seller, who likely asks for the max that the market will bear.
by Andrew Christiansen
July 3rd, 2018, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your "Greg wine?"
Replies: 46
Views: 2467

What is your "Greg wine?"

...and I thought this thread was shameless plug for Envoyer?
by Andrew Christiansen
July 3rd, 2018, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 800
Views: 52447

Which Champagne are you drinking?

I opened one of my Jacquesson 736 DT earlier this week. I thought it got better with some air (am I allowed to say that?) and that it needed time in the glass. It shows the youth and stuffing of the vintage. Had the 740 twice...once in France last year and once here in OC last week. In both cases i...
by Andrew Christiansen
May 28th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 800
Views: 52447

Which Champagne are you drinking?

Steve Nordhoff wrote:
Blake Brown wrote:2004 Cristal with you Steve on 5/30
champagne.gif champagne.gif champagne.gif
I'll definitely be on time for once!
by Andrew Christiansen
May 25th, 2018, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Ongoing Blog Of Our Week In Champagne (& Paris)--9 Visits w/Pics/TNs UPDATED W/ FINAL THOUGHTS
Replies: 94
Views: 5185

My Ongoing Blog Of Our Week In Champagne (and a little of Paris)--9 Visits w/ Photos, TNs

I like this post so much I bought 18 bottles of Vilmart champagne.gif Oh great here we go with a run on Vilmart ;) Don't let him fool you, he woulda bought those anyway. Who do you think got FMIII hooked on Vilmart? BTW...can someone quickly explain the first two rules of Fight Club to Nordhoff? .....
by Andrew Christiansen
May 6th, 2018, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Points? I Don't Need Any Stinking Points! Unless Of Course.......
Replies: 56
Views: 3071

Points? I Don't Need Any Stinking Points! Unless Of Course.......

Frank Good post but i do think open discussion of wine in a positive and negative light is warranted, this should be based on tasting and wine styles though, not opinions about so and so wine and points. For example i have no comment about Wines getting 100 points and good luck to them but i reserv...
by Andrew Christiansen
May 5th, 2018, 10:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Points? I Don't Need Any Stinking Points! Unless Of Course.......
Replies: 56
Views: 3071

Points? I Don't Need Any Stinking Points! Unless Of Course.......

Frank Good post but i do think open discussion of wine in a positive and negative light is warranted, this should be based on tasting and wine styles though, not opinions about so and so wine and points. For example i have no comment about Wines getting 100 points and good luck to them but i reserv...
by Andrew Christiansen
May 5th, 2018, 10:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Points? I Don't Need Any Stinking Points! Unless Of Course.......
Replies: 56
Views: 3071

Points? I Don't Need Any Stinking Points! Unless Of Course.......

What all of this is to me is just an imprint of the broader culture we all face today: labels for people, camps being defined and then arguing about stuff that doesn't move things in a positive direction. I don't care about points, nor do I use them. And I understand what's at play for people in th...
by Andrew Christiansen
April 28th, 2018, 11:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Huet question
Replies: 20
Views: 1010

Huet question

I'll venture my own opinion: Haut Lieu is always the somewhat simpler wine, not nearly the intensity or depth of the other two. Le Mont is often the most interesting to me, with a good combination of intensity, depth, and minerality (I'm talking about the Sec wines, not Demi, which I don't drink ne...
by Andrew Christiansen
April 15th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More praise for Cabot (an old friend, a go-to-wine...)
Replies: 10
Views: 569

More praise for Cabot (an old friend, a go-to-wine...)

Excellent choice. Hope you are feeling better, if you were feeling bad at all. Tell Jen that I now think she’s become soft.

2011 seems to be an outstanding vintage for Cabot. So much so that I asked John to add a couple more 2011 Humboldts to my Berserkerday order.
by Andrew Christiansen
March 30th, 2018, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207192

Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

c fu wrote:
Todd i think you should share your ad revenue with Ray
...or a cease and desist letter (although a summons is more appropriate)?
by Andrew Christiansen
March 30th, 2018, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207192

Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

To recap, Ray won’t take responsibility the failure of MI, not paying his debts or delivering wine (or BMW parts), but he takes credit for generating significant traffic for WB? For f*ck’s sake, I remember those installments clearly. I had an initial interest and thought it was an excellent idea, bu...

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