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by John Preston
November 14th, 2019, 4:27 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)
Replies: 19
Views: 510

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Hello Adam and thanks again for planning this. We are "good" with $50 each all in...makes it much easier. We will bring our own stems.

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
November 9th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)
Replies: 19
Views: 510

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

If there is room for 2 more we can bring German Riesling from the 2001 vintage...just let us know. Thanks! Yes John definitely room for you both, look forward to meeting you. Thanks Adam we are looking forward to meeting everyone! We will bring JJ Prum, Donnhoff and Fritz Haag. All Spatlese from 20...
by John Preston
November 9th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)
Replies: 19
Views: 510

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

If there is room for 2 more we can bring German Riesling from the 2001 vintage...just let us know. Thanks!
by John Preston
November 5th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 100
Views: 7669

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

I kept it to a case for the 1st time (college expenses, etc.). Since I was allocated T5 and turned it down, someone will be happy ; )

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
October 19th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto Universal vs. Gabriel Gold
Replies: 174
Views: 14120

Re: Zalto Universal vs. Gabriel Gold

I use a variety of stems..Zalto, Gabriel, and both the Cru and 1855. The only Riedel that I now occasionally use is the Zin Sommelier's stem (amazing how "heavy" those now feel). I liked the Winefolly review where it was mentioned that the ideal is for stem to basically disappear. I feel like I now ...
by John Preston
October 18th, 2019, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6250

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Fortunately we have styro recycling here in Chicagoland. I stack them in the basement and my wife graciously loads up the vehicle. I agree the Bedrock deliveries are "messy." I remember getting a shipment (not from Bedrock) where the capsules had a white powder on the tops. Where were those "Breakin...
by John Preston
October 16th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 282
Views: 13292

Re: Ravenswood library offer

I had the same happen...ordered but most went to "wish list." Oh well, even though I ordered within 5 minutes of the offer...I should have been quicker! Since I live in Chicagoland, AlexS was kind enough to share but at the end of the day, I am fine with my 4 bottles. Having said that, I will be che...
by John Preston
October 15th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 282
Views: 13292

Re: Ravenswood library offer

I wonder how many people just "joined" the O&F mailing list to get this? ; )

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
October 15th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 282
Views: 13292

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Due to overwhelming demand we find ourselves in the enviable, but frustrating, position of having to close the recent Ravenswood Library offering much earlier than expected. Enviable because all the wine has been sold. Frustrating because we are not able to provide wine to all the enthusiastic custo...
by John Preston
October 15th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 282
Views: 13292

Re: Ravenswood library offer

My first mistake was to actually read everything first. Then start filling the cart...and watching everything vanish before I hit submit. 4 bottles purchased with several wished but I am not expecting any of those to get fulfilled. Oh well....looking forward to the few I snagged.

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
October 11th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 282
Views: 13292

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Ok, I am guessing $50 a bottle - just a guess. How many think over, how many under? (just for fun) I guess it really depends on which bottle. Also as mentioned above Joel made it seem like the bottles were saved from being thrown away so I'm going to say $20 a bottle Yes, it will depend on which bo...
by John Preston
October 3rd, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 60
Views: 4107

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

I will be ordering....
by John Preston
September 30th, 2019, 4:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard
Replies: 16
Views: 691

Re: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard

Thanks for the note! I purchased the max allowed 2 bottles and look forward to uncorking one over the Holidays...

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
September 9th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 1009

Re: TN: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

I opened my first bottle of 2013 Alpine Pinot Noir the other day, somewhat impulsively, and had a similarly fulfilling experience! Truly a beautiful showing. Thanks for the heads up! I’ve had a ‘12 HS, PN upright for months now, but I was never really in the mood for another Rhys. Now I’m popping t...
by John Preston
September 4th, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 dunn napa
Replies: 26
Views: 1497

Re: 1983 dunn napa

I have some birth year mags. Looking forward to uncorking for family events...
by John Preston
August 25th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 5
Views: 450

Re: TN: 2005 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Doug Lee wrote:
August 25th, 2019, 8:43 am
John,

This vintage has real staying power. I felt this bottle still exhibited some primary elements! Mags should be fine.

Cheers,
Doug
Thanks Doug. Good to know...

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
August 25th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 5
Views: 450

Re: TN: 2005 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

I have a couple mags of this "buried" offsite. I really should try to dig them out...thx. for the note.

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
August 9th, 2019, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5806

Re: Rhys Hillsides

A drop in the bucket for most of you, but $75,000 in tuition means no more wine buying until the next CC cycle and that's after the closing date. I will be writing a tuition check next week...and I am "retired" so my wine budget will be reduced accordingly. My age doesn't help matters any but I sti...
by John Preston
August 8th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 60
Views: 4107

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Their wine club is full, but just signed up for a 13 bottle "Tasting Membership". Not entirely sure what the difference is, but price was acceptable so I thought I'd go for it. The Tasting membership is nice because you get 1 bottle of everything they make over the course of a year. Once completed ...
by John Preston
August 7th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5806

Re: Rhys Hillsides

I will be buying. We will be moving our daughter to her "new" digs as a college freshman so I will pay attention to the guaranteed allocation time frames...or wish list ; )
by John Preston
August 2nd, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: They really do exist...SQN
Replies: 27
Views: 3495

Re: They really do exist...SQN

Poker Face was my first - a "wow" syrah. Not sure I remember the accompanying grenache. Loved the T-shirt. I bought two and they're both lost. I bought 2 (t-shirts) and still have one never worn (with string still attached). Was thinking about framing it....the other becomes part of my work out reg...
by John Preston
July 23rd, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12730

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
July 23rd, 2019, 9:24 am
And just like that I bought too much
Me as well. Tried to keep at 18 bottles but...just....couldn't.
by John Preston
May 16th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7995

Re: Robert Parker retires

Cheers to a long and happy retirement with family and friends. I always looked forward to reading my "paper" copy when received in the mail...
by John Preston
April 28th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once&Future Trivia Question...
Replies: 1
Views: 252

Re: Once&Future Trivia Question...

A look into the future? Unlock the magic? Joel mentioned this last year during a O&F tasting but for the life of me I can't remember what he said. Jeez I am getting old...

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
April 19th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 9255

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

I remember paying about $50 / yr. I still have my paper copies and I thank the WA for helping me navigate the madness, I mean hobby / obsession back in the day. Now I subscribe to my own palate...

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
April 8th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1764

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

Nice - out of curiosity how far away was the wine coming from and how many days did it take to deliver? Left California Monday, April 1st with an estimated arrival on Friday, April 5th (destination Chicagoland - Western Suburbs). On Friday, the wine was "en route" and in Illinois, but at that point...
by John Preston
April 8th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1764

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

I actually had wine delivered via Fedex Home this past Saturday even though the tracker indicated Monday. No biggie since I was home...and I like it when wine does not sit in warehouses (or trucks) over the weekend. Nice - out of curiosity how far away was the wine coming from and how many days did...
by John Preston
April 8th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1764

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

I actually had wine delivered via Fedex Home this past Saturday even though the tracker indicated Monday. No biggie since I was home...and I like it when wine does not sit in warehouses (or trucks) over the weekend.
by John Preston
March 19th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands (red) Table Wine (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County)
Replies: 11
Views: 1316

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands (red) Table Wine (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County)

Shout out to Tegan. He gave me a call to clarify shipping....totally unexpected so I appreciate the customer service!

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
March 14th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 81
Views: 6176

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

Heck, even today in Chicagoland I saw sunny skies, rain, intense wind...and a "weather hold" for one wine delivery while another "made it through" for tomorrow. Oh well; roll with the punches...

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
March 14th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 81
Views: 6176

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

With the global warming, hurricanes, twisters, polar vortex, ice age, one state 90 degrees, next state over -20 degrees, floods, mud slides, brush fires, sunny skies, hail, drought, normal temps and nuclear disasters...it looks like everyone will need to upgrade for same day delivery for $400 / case...
by John Preston
March 1st, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once & Future March 2019 Release
Replies: 22
Views: 1811

Re: Once & Future March 2019 Release

I will be a purchaser. I actually dropped off a wine club so that I can allocate those dollars to O&F.

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
February 26th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 10639

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date

I get them both; love them both. I met Joel late last year at a Binnys tasting and I sampled an "old bones" Ravenswood. I kept going back to that one (i.e. me likey)!

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
February 22nd, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice on used Vinotheque wine cabinet purchase
Replies: 5
Views: 486

Re: Advice on used Vinotheque wine cabinet purchase

I had one "rebuilt" (Vinotheque 450) at about that age. Numerous parts were replaced including compressor. Thermostat was replaced at about year 10. Now the unit is 20 years old, still quiet and holds the temp. As the original owner I certainly have gotten my use out of it. Hopefully it can last a f...
by John Preston
February 20th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1494

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie St Lock-Up

Edit: Looks like John has seen my response...please pm me for more information.

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
February 19th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 10639

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date

Order in! Looking forward to the wines....

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
February 13th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4928

Re: Rhys offer

Order in! Went with Pinots only this time...trying to stay "within budget." Ya, right. I do like these wines though; they give me joy and pleasure : )

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
February 13th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IDTT: Joel Peterson
Replies: 7
Views: 620

Re: IDTT: Joel Peterson

I loved Joel's stories as well. I had an opportunity to meet him last year when he was in Chicagoland. I will give it a listen. Thx.

Edit: Just listened. Cool stuff...

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
February 13th, 2019, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still read Wine Spectator?
Replies: 41
Views: 1869

Re: Do you still read Wine Spectator?

Years ago I would use some of my air miles to get "free" magazine subscriptions and Wine Speculator was one of them. Currently not a subscriber...to any wine magazine or wine critic newsletter. I did enjoy Wine Advocate (paper copy) back in the day when I was first getting into this crazy hobby. Che...
by John Preston
February 6th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 81
Views: 6176

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

Me thinks this is my 4th offering. I ordered a case and wished for some extras (did not get allocated the Mission or Refosco). Look forward to the wines!

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
January 26th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Halcon BD10 Offers - extended thru Friday 2/1
Replies: 31
Views: 2031

Re: Halcon BD10 Offers

Order in! Rhone all the way.....looking forward to it.

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
December 5th, 2018, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Beringer Vineyards Merlot Bancroft Ranch
Replies: 10
Views: 504

Re: TN: 1990 Beringer Vineyards Merlot Bancroft Ranch

B. Buzzini wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 4:44 pm
I bought these from Winebid in 2010...$20!
A deal! Me thinks I bought mine 20 years ago from a local retailer for about $28. Consumed a long time ago...

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
December 5th, 2018, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Beringer Vineyards Merlot Bancroft Ranch
Replies: 10
Views: 504

Re: TN: 1990 Beringer Vineyards Merlot Bancroft Ranch

Back in the day purchased for under $30. Those were the days. Distinct....balanced and...yum! And back in the day numerous terrific wines were purchased for a song. Years from now folks could be saying the same thing of current wines priced that make you flinch. Thanks for the note...and the memorie...
by John Preston
November 25th, 2018, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 6385

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

IMG_0175.JPG 2016 Thomas Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills) 13.4% alc. Tight as a drum. Terrific balance. Some strawberry and cherry notes. Not a typical Thomas with my committing infanticide (vintage influence?). Picking up slight tartness. Now in the decanter to see what I can coax out of it. The rest of ...
by John Preston
November 20th, 2018, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 7387

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

Looks like wish lists are beginning to be processed per my credit card alert ; )

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
November 15th, 2018, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Sunday fodder: Your highest rated or most memorable bottle of domestic Pinot Noir EVER
Replies: 150
Views: 6067

Re: Some Sunday fodder: Your highest rated or most memorable bottle of domestic Pinot Noir EVER

Off the top of my head the most memorable was a 1994 Ponzi Reserve. There was an older Williams Selyem Pinot where the fragrance filled the room upon opening...but for the life of me I do not recall which one that was.

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
October 30th, 2018, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 7387

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

I know I will be ordering. To me, they offer "value" even at the higher price point. YMMV and this is all personal when said and done.

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
October 11th, 2018, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas CS
Replies: 6
Views: 579

Re: Ceritas CS

This one I purchased. I have cut back on some Ceritas wines due to wine budget constraints...but I could not let this one slip by...

Cheers,
JP
by John Preston
October 6th, 2018, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Thomas
Replies: 38
Views: 3336

Re: 2016 Thomas

Postcard arrived today in Chicagoland!

Cheers,
JP

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