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by Tom Chen
May 6th, 2021, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I Don't Know Fred Schrader But ...
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Re: I Don't Know Fred Schrader But ...

Thanks for sharing.

Interesting, but sad, story. Definitely interested to see how it ends.

While never good to have deep friendships end (not sure this was, but seems like it may have been to some extent), hopefully, it wasn't just money/greed that ended it.
by Tom Chen
May 4th, 2021, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becklyn release live
Replies: 35
Views: 1559

Re: Becklyn release live

My only experience with the Missouri Hopper was grabbing it by accident when going for the NV -- I noticed the difference enough to check the vintage -- and it turned out to be the MH. More complexity and concentration and what made me double-check was the great, long finish. I think it was a '15? ...
by Tom Chen
May 4th, 2021, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becklyn release live
Replies: 35
Views: 1559

Re: Becklyn release live

NV is good value and I do always get some of those bottles. My bigger dilemma (and question) is between the Reserve and the Hopper ($30/bottle price difference). Anyone with experience with both have thoughts on how they generally differ? I have not have enough of either to truly compare (as many of...
by Tom Chen
May 4th, 2021, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becklyn release live
Replies: 35
Views: 1559

Becklyn release live

So, what are people getting?

Prices are the same (and have been the same for at least several years), so kudos to Matt and team for that!

Love Becklyn and Mike Smith wines, so will definitely be buying, but still trying to decide which ones and how many . . .
by Tom Chen
May 3rd, 2021, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Rosé “La Fe”
Replies: 59
Views: 3930

Re: Realm Rosé “La Fe”

Offer email just came out. First come, first served. Order increments of 3 bottles.
by Tom Chen
April 30th, 2021, 4:08 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?
Replies: 51
Views: 3081

Re: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?

Some of our faves include: Expensive Ferraro's (pretty good food, great views) Mama's Fish House (maybe 30 minute drive from Wailea) Humuhumu (nice setting if you can get an outdoor table (in the Grand Wailea); food just okay and pricey; currently closed due to Covid) Nick's Fishmarket Less expensiv...
by Tom Chen
April 30th, 2021, 9:01 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?
Replies: 51
Views: 3081

Re: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?

Thanks David. Will see if I can get reso on the patio.

Paul, I think it's Cafe O'Lei at the Mill House.

I just called and left a message, so guessing they are open.
by Tom Chen
April 29th, 2021, 1:13 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?
Replies: 51
Views: 3081

Re: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?

Hi David and thanks! We rented a cabana by the pool, so we wouldn't have to deal with chairs, as we saw they did away with chair reservations. Plus, will give my wife and I a nice place to hang out while the kids are in the pool. We are walking to a few restaurants, but crazy how early some were boo...
by Tom Chen
April 26th, 2021, 5:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Top restaurant in Newport Beach?
Replies: 7
Views: 297

Re: Top restaurant in Newport Beach?

Not sure how wine savvy and never been, but I have friends who LOVE Fable & Spirit.
by Tom Chen
April 21st, 2021, 10:05 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?
Replies: 51
Views: 3081

Re: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?

Very timely thread for me. We are planning a trip to Maui early June (family of five, kids 15, 10, and 9) and have a VRBO booked in Wailea. We want to do two nights at a hotel (for pool and other stuff for the kids) and was looking at Grand Wailea (where we have stayed before) or the Marriott Waile...
by Tom Chen
April 20th, 2021, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Our annual Maui excursion with Champagne
Replies: 54
Views: 2958

Re: Our annual Maui excursion with Champagne

Thanks Warren.

I know it wasn't the proper forum to post the question, but was curious as to your experiences.

We've been to many of those restaurants.

Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Tom
by Tom Chen
April 20th, 2021, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Our annual Maui excursion with Champagne
Replies: 54
Views: 2958

Re: Our annual Maui excursion with Champagne

Warren,
What have been your favorite restaurants and which one(s) are you most looking forward to in Maui with all that great bubbly?
Mahalo,
Tom
by Tom Chen
April 19th, 2021, 5:55 pm
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: Webinar with Francois Audouze - April 25, 2021, 2pm EST
Replies: 7
Views: 466

Re: Webinar with Francois Audouze - April 25, 2021, 2pm EST

Sounds very interesting.

Subject to mod approval, I would move this to Wine Talk to get more eyes on it.

Assuming with Covid, not many will look at posts in this topic.
by Tom Chen
April 16th, 2021, 2:48 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?
Replies: 51
Views: 3081

Re: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?

Thanks Scott.

It leaves at 7:30 a.m. (returns at 12:30), which is mighty early for the kiddos, but at least they have the afternoon to rest up at the pool.
by Tom Chen
April 16th, 2021, 11:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?
Replies: 51
Views: 3081

Re: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?

Anyone done the Four Wines II snorkeling to Molokini, and if so, thoughts (especially with kids who are not super strong swimmers, but can swim well enough)?

Starting lock in restaurants and activities, but crazy how things are booking up.
by Tom Chen
April 7th, 2021, 8:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery's 130 day dry aged steak--how is this going down?
Replies: 29
Views: 2665

Re: Flannery's 130 day dry aged steak--how is this going down?

Honestly, reading this thread scared me a bit, and I was prepared for the worst, but the steak was very good. No "funk" at all in the taste, although can definitely tell the dry aging. Meat was denser and not "juicy" compared to other steaks. I liked it a lot and would definitely...
by Tom Chen
April 6th, 2021, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carmelo Anthony Wine Spectator Article
Replies: 3
Views: 920

Re: Carmelo Anthony Wine Spectator Article

Weird. When I posted it yesterday, it showed a picture of Carmelo and the beginning of the article, but then you had to login to see the rest.

Not sure what happened there.

Don't know if it's worth buying a print copy, but was one of the more interesting (to me) articles I've read from WS.
by Tom Chen
April 5th, 2021, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carmelo Anthony Wine Spectator Article
Replies: 3
Views: 920

Carmelo Anthony Wine Spectator Article

Just finished reading the print version.

Good read and interesting article about his wine journey (went from BTG house whites to Leroys, Dujacs, and DRCs pretty quickly) and wine in the NBA.

Here is the link for subscribers:

https://www.winespectator.com/articles/ ... ard-053121

Tom
by Tom Chen
March 6th, 2021, 8:58 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?
Replies: 51
Views: 3081

Re: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?

Thanks Paul.

We ended booking at Wailea Beach Resort, mainly since we have not been there before (Grand Wailea many times).

David, looking forward to hearing about your stay and any tips that come out of that. Hope you have a fantastic time!
by Tom Chen
March 3rd, 2021, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)
Replies: 164
Views: 22120

Re: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)

Mike,

Juan has been extremely helpful in providing his thoughts on what vintages of specific wines are better to drink now.

I've asked him numerous questions throughout the years, and his responses have been a great help.

Hard with a single bottle, but at least you got one ;-).

Tom
by Tom Chen
February 19th, 2021, 10:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pinkglow pineapples
Replies: 6
Views: 963

Re: Pinkglow pineapples

I had one a few weeks ago. It was a "throw-in" (as well as other food times and drinks) from an LA Times event where we picked up food from Marche Moderne (in OC and fairly high-end French restaurant) and re-heated at home. I had never heard of it before. We let it sit for a week or so, an...
by Tom Chen
February 15th, 2021, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taking de Negoce for a test drive.
Replies: 19
Views: 2151

Re: Taking de Negoce for a test drive.

Thanks for taking the time to write this up. Interesting read for me. Looking forward to many other different types of tastings of de Negoce wines. Like you said, wine is so very subjective, but there are many objective traits. I liked the OG 17 for the price. Wouldn't buy it again, as I still have ...
by Tom Chen
February 15th, 2021, 8:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?
Replies: 51
Views: 3081

Re: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?

Very different experiences. I have been to both many times, but now my favorite island is Maui (somewhat in between the experiences of Oahu and the Big Island). Depends very much on what you are looking for (Big Island: adventure, hiking, exploring nature; Oahu: restaurants, beaches, kids). Very gen...
by Tom Chen
February 11th, 2021, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 121
Views: 7498

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

I'm in the sad camp. Wine should be shared with loved ones and friends in good times. Neither of those are there. It just feels like he has hit bottom and cannot fathom a happy occasion to share the wine. That said, happy in a way that he finally drank the wine and seemed to enjoy it, as wine is def...
by Tom Chen
February 9th, 2021, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)
Replies: 164
Views: 22120

Re: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)

What do people think of the price increase's? I was a little surprised by the $50 increase on the crane. It's all relative and clearly no one likes price increases other than the winery, but if the mailing list prices are still lower than retail, I am fine with it. That said, at some point, even if...
by Tom Chen
February 9th, 2021, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)
Replies: 164
Views: 22120

Re: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)

Order in.

Keeping the Dr. Crane vertical intact.

Excited to try the Bourn.
by Tom Chen
February 8th, 2021, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1127
Views: 129868

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

Thanks Jonah.

Bought a number of those earlier ones, so good data points.

I actually liked 17 as well, even though the lowest priced CA Cab I have.
by Tom Chen
February 4th, 2021, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once & Future Spring Release - March 2, 2021
Replies: 32
Views: 2317

Re: Once & Future Spring Release - March 2, 2021

Anyone have a sense of how these compare to their 2018s (which I have really enjoyed)?
by Tom Chen
February 3rd, 2021, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screaming eagle
Replies: 45
Views: 7310

Re: Screaming eagle

So many interesting things going on with Screaming Eagle. Seems like more demand than in the past (maybe due to COVID, 2018 vintage, lack of 2017, etc.). One of the harder decisions I had to make was whether to sell my remaining two bottles of 2006 Screaming Eagle (I consigned a number of higher pri...
by Tom Chen
February 1st, 2021, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)
Replies: 164
Views: 22120

Re: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)

Thanks Scott for pulling back some of the allocation curtain. Can't imagine the difficulties with allocations. I do like the guaranteed allocations, which are fairer to buyers, and appreciate wineries that do that, as the first come, first served system probably results in more sales (the FOMO facto...
by Tom Chen
January 29th, 2021, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Maybach release
Replies: 106
Views: 9692

Re: 2018 Maybach release

Ooops. Got my wines mixed up.

Jeb scored the Maybach Materium (not Realm Bard) 100 points!
by Tom Chen
January 29th, 2021, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Maybach release
Replies: 106
Views: 9692

Re: 2018 Maybach release

Deleted. Bad info on my end.
by Tom Chen
January 29th, 2021, 3:51 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?
Replies: 51
Views: 3081

Re: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?

Thanks David. These last two nights for us are really about the kids (and yours are similar age to my two younger ones), so would really be interested to hear what your kids thought about the place. Our boys loved the slides and pools at Grand Wailea, although the pools can get crowded, but guessing...
by Tom Chen
January 29th, 2021, 10:52 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?
Replies: 51
Views: 3081

Re: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?

Thanks Jerry.

Will look at those as well.
by Tom Chen
January 29th, 2021, 10:02 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?
Replies: 51
Views: 3081

Re: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?

Thanks Dan.

Will look into those. Love the Hula Grill.

Lahaina is also a possibility if any good options out there.
by Tom Chen
January 29th, 2021, 9:10 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?
Replies: 51
Views: 3081

Re: Has anyone been to Hawaii lately?

Very timely thread for me. We are planning a trip to Maui early June (family of five, kids 15, 10, and 9) and have a VRBO booked in Wailea. We want to do two nights at a hotel (for pool and other stuff for the kids) and was looking at Grand Wailea (where we have stayed before) or the Marriott Wailea...
by Tom Chen
January 27th, 2021, 8:19 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!
Replies: 227
Views: 12939

Re: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!

Ordered 10 packs of the 24 oz. hangers and 2 of the 12 oz 130 day dry aged ribeyes. Flannery hangers are definitely the best cut for me factoring in cost (even better with this amazing sale) and may actually be my top cut if I had to choose one. Excited to try the 130 day dry aged ribeyes. Typically...
by Tom Chen
January 27th, 2021, 8:16 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glass / April 6th Update - DELIVERY TOMORROW
Replies: 273
Views: 17743

Re: Grassl Glass

Got 4 of the 1855. Turns out the 8 I got last year was not enough. None broke, which is quite a testament to the quality, as these are so light and thin. Needed more for bigger gatherings, which we hope to have this year.

Great glasses and great deal!
by Tom Chen
January 25th, 2021, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)
Replies: 164
Views: 22120

Re: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)

It was $235.
by Tom Chen
January 25th, 2021, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)
Replies: 164
Views: 22120

Re: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)

Thanks Scott for the insights. I've been buying Dr. Crane since the initial 2012 vintage and have bought each year since then. Amazing wines. No reason to stop my vertical, even with the price increase, especially with the 2018 vintage. But $300 is getting up there (I dropped Shafer HSS when they go...
by Tom Chen
January 20th, 2021, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)
Replies: 164
Views: 22120

Re: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)

Thanks Scott, and very appreciative of your presence on this site.

Great info.

Really looking forward to more and to the allocation on Feb. 9!

Tom
by Tom Chen
January 19th, 2021, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Maybach release
Replies: 106
Views: 9692

Re: 2018 Maybach release

A must-buy each year, but some hard decisions.

Need to think about what and how many (seems like generous allocations, as I'm assuming they produced a good amount in 2018 (578 cases of Materium), given Berserker Day and the Realm release.
by Tom Chen
January 15th, 2021, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pet annoyance with all the waiting list wineries.
Replies: 32
Views: 3252

Re: Pet annoyance with all the waiting list wineries.

I suppose it depends on the winery's target market. Maybe some mystery is good for marketing, but couldn't imagine that is the case. Guessing it's more about return vs. spend. There are some sites that have tons of content, but I would never buy from them. On the other hand, there are some with mini...
by Tom Chen
January 14th, 2021, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1802
Views: 131082

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Ending up getting a mix and match case:
4 Carlisle Vineyard Zin
3 Mourvedre
2 Sonoma Zin
1 each of James Berry, Bedrock, and Sonoma Syrah.
by Tom Chen
January 14th, 2021, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1802
Views: 131082

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Thanks Jeremy.

The bottles are adding up, but after dropping some "cult" Napa Cab lists, lots more room in the wine budget. Crazy to think that one bottle of that cult cab gets me 6-12 bottles of Carlisle.
by Tom Chen
January 14th, 2021, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1802
Views: 131082

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Thanks Chris and Anthony.

Definitely helps.

Tom
by Tom Chen
January 14th, 2021, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1802
Views: 131082

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

I'm relatively new to Carlisle.

Any suggestions on "must-buys"?

I know that's a broad question, but I do like pretty much all their red varietal offerings.

Only wines not being offered to me are the Montecillo Cab and their White Wine.

Thanks in advance.
by Tom Chen
January 8th, 2021, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1127
Views: 129868

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

Tried the OG N.37 Viogner tonight because I was skeptical of all the negative reviews on it. I let it air out for 30 mins and poured myself a glass. While I would not call it offensive, even if it was free, I would certainly pass. Quite a disappointment with this one and to think I have 11 remainin...
by Tom Chen
January 5th, 2021, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 213
Views: 9544

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

Held out until today.

Got a Wine Back Reward from Vinfolio that is only good through January, so picked up another bottle of 2010 Grand Puy Lacoste.

Between winery releases and retailer offers and Berserker Day, it just never stops . . .

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