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by BobMilton
September 2nd, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6016

Re: Big Fan Here...

Speaking of hybrids - every Norton (grape, not the producer) wine I've ever tried tasted like prunes. Every dry Scuppernong/Muscadine tasted of burned rubber doll. I'm a huge fan of Ed Norton. In fact, when I was a youngster, I wanted to work in the sewers of NYC like Ed!! [snort.gif] I've had some...
by BobMilton
July 9th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 2999

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

I've always thought Merrill's cabs were restrained. And a tasting at EMH is a unique experience. So you might get in touch with her.
by BobMilton
June 27th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 292
Views: 15251

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

On my iPhone using AOL, many times when I try to read a message, it doesn't recognize my password. So each day or new place with WiFi I have to get a new one, since the one my LastPass remembers and tries, doesn't work. Is it Apple, AOL or WB? Memorized passwords are always the device or browser, a...
by BobMilton
June 19th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 154
Views: 10557

Re: Top US Syrahs

OK, my list:

Epoch Estate
Tablas Creek
Tercero (how did no one mention this yet?)
Tensley
Andrew Murray
by BobMilton
June 16th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tobin James California Champagne? How?
Replies: 5
Views: 607

Re: Tobin James California Champagne? How?

I remember Dreamweaver from our first visit to Paso about 20 years ago or so. Don't know if that's early enough for the grandfather clause, but thought I'd point it out.
by BobMilton
May 30th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1441
Views: 169557

Re: Official Costco Thread

Dwizzo wrote:
May 30th, 2019, 11:13 am
Does Costco ever get chateau margaux or petrus? Want to get a bottle as a gift (not in a big rush) and figure Costco would have a fair price.
The Costco in Westlake Village CA has had both at times. But then it is only about a mile from the Rolls Royce dealer!
by BobMilton
May 28th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 4790

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

Larkmead - quit when minimum prices crossed $100 (and $200 for Solari)
Alpha Omega - quit when prices on the single vineyard cabs crossed $200 and climbing

Worried about Epoch Estate with their prices climbing towards $100. Will hold out as long as I can.
by BobMilton
May 2nd, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grapes as an alternate agricultural crop.
Replies: 13
Views: 468

Re: Grapes as an alternate agricultural crop.

Reddit is wrong again, unless there was a recent approval of a license for a winery in Alaska. As of the last time I checked, it was only 49 states. :) I have had good wine from CA, WA, OR, ID, NM, NY, CT, MI, VA and almost (mediocre but not shitty) from PA. That's a good thread by itself. I will s...
by BobMilton
April 8th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1739

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

I'll tell you my Fedex horror story. Had a shipment sent Fedex Ground (fortunately NOT wine). Left Hutchinson TX in the early hours of 3/29. By the eraly am 4/2 it was in Walnut CA (about 75 miles from me). Early am 4/5 the package is in Hutchinson TX AGAIN. About 4:30AM this morning it is back in W...
by BobMilton
April 4th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT Etiquette Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1186

Re: CT Etiquette Question

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 4:51 am
Mark Y wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 9:34 pm
I don’t put in a note until I finish the bottle.
My general practice as well.
Me too.
by BobMilton
March 24th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buy Every Vintage of X? Why or why not?
Replies: 51
Views: 2892

Re: Buy Every Vintage of X? Why or why not?

I tend to continue buying wines that I have enjoyed in previous vintages. BUT, often others come to like them as much as I do and the price goes through the roof. I stop when the price gets too high and look for something else to spend my money on.
by BobMilton
March 6th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best place to buy a Le Creuset Dutch Oven?
Replies: 19
Views: 973

Re: Best place to buy a Le Creuset Dutch Oven?

I've decided I absolutely need a 7 1/4qt Le Creuset round Dutch oven in life. I'm not picky about the color. Where's the best place to buy them? Do they go on sale at certain times of the year? I'm willing to wait a couple of months, but not until Black Friday. We've had good luck at their outlet s...
by BobMilton
February 9th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have your best wine experiences been with white or red?
Replies: 23
Views: 933

Re: Have your best wine experiences been with white or red?

I wanted to answer yes, but it wasn't an option!
by BobMilton
January 24th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cooper & Thief Red Blend - WOW!
Replies: 11
Views: 488

Re: TN: Cooper & Thief Red Blend - WOW!

M Kopecky wrote:
January 24th, 2019, 12:15 pm
T. Melloni wrote:
January 24th, 2019, 12:13 pm
per the website:
"VARIETAL COMPOSITION
38% Merlot. 37% Syrah. 11% Zinfandel. 7% Petite Sirah. 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. 3% Other Red Blenders"

Other red blenders?
3% Mega Purple
Heck, buy a 2 buck chuck cab and add your favorite vanilla extract. Same effect for much less money!
by BobMilton
January 22nd, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much Wine do we drink a year?
Replies: 42
Views: 1818

Re: How much Wine do we drink a year?

My wife and I have a half bottle most every night for dinner. Those plus some gifted and some taken to our wine club tastings and we're right at 200, give or take a handful.
by BobMilton
January 17th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 10 years of Wine Berserkers--what does it mean to you?
Replies: 95
Views: 3005

Re: 10 years of Wine Berserkers--what does it mean to you?

I am shocked. Just looked and I have been here nearly 8 years. Time flies when you're having fun! I have learned a lot, particularly from the grape growers/wine makers who contribute and I thank all of them.
by BobMilton
December 4th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ripeness in Wines by Jamie Goode
Replies: 27
Views: 1608

Re: Ripeness in Wines by Jamie Goode

I always enjoy Jamie's writing since he makes me think about the subject.
by BobMilton
November 15th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kudos to Carlisle
Replies: 7
Views: 897

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 BobMilton
November 14th, 2018, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kudos to Carlisle
Replies: 7
Views: 897

Re: Kudos to Carlisle

It is still nice to see a winery pay attention to such things.
by BobMilton
November 12th, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kudos to Carlisle
Replies: 7
Views: 897

Kudos to Carlisle

As one of many in California who had to evacuate due to the fires, I was a bit surprised to get an email from Carlisle. They obviously noted that I was in an evacuation area and wanted to see if it was OK to ship next week. I let them know our evacuation had been lifted and next week was fine. Still...
by BobMilton
October 27th, 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most indelibly etched on your memory?
Replies: 53
Views: 2645

Re: most indelibly etched on your memory?

A 1976 Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Vineyard Cab. Had it at the Top of the Cove restaurant in La Jolla. First wine to make me say wow this is good.
by BobMilton
September 16th, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Review Sites Do You Subscribe To?
Replies: 27
Views: 1233

Re: Which Review Sites Do You Subscribe To?

None. Haven't found any worth paying for (the free ones are iffy too)
by BobMilton
August 27th, 2018, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine party / club guidelines ideas?
Replies: 41
Views: 1360

Re: Wine party / club guidelines ideas?

I forgot to mention an item that has came up, its an etiquette topic. Since its ongoing and we all take turns hosting does it make sense for people to bring a host / hostess gift? Part of me thinks no. Would it be considered rude to walk in empty handed? Similarly there are the gushing thank you em...
by BobMilton
August 18th, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 292
Views: 15251

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

New item - of little or no real consequence. It used to be if I clicked the go to unread post link and after reading the unread posts I clicked my browsers back button, that thread would change to no unread post. Now if I do that, the thread still has the unread post markings. They clear only if I g...
by BobMilton
July 19th, 2018, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 240
Views: 9260

The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

William Kelley wrote:
BobMilton wrote:OK, how about Vacqueyras? Looks like it should be Spanish though it is definitely French.
Vah-keh-ras.
Thanks
by BobMilton
July 19th, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 240
Views: 9260

The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

OK, how about Vacqueyras? Looks like it should be Spanish though it is definitely French.
by BobMilton
June 28th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have we the same palates?
Replies: 46
Views: 1924

Have we the same palates?

So why would there be a lower incidence of TCA in older wines (though we now find it is not zero)? Not treated with chlorine. It's a reaction between certain molds and chlorine that creates TCA. Ah. David Glasser said this first as a speculation. You speak with more persuasive certainty. Why did pe...
by BobMilton
June 15th, 2018, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso on a Wednesday whim
Replies: 8
Views: 560

Paso on a Wednesday whim

larry schaffer wrote:Il Cortile is the real deal - to me, the best Italian food between SF and LA . . .

Cheers!
And maybe even beyond!
by BobMilton
June 12th, 2018, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'The idea that storing a wine on its side to stop the cork drying out is bullsh•t.'
Replies: 68
Views: 3411

'The idea that storing a wine on its side to stop the cork drying out is bullsh•t.'

Anton D wrote:
BobMilton wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:I guess I'll just tip my LeCache over on its side now.
If you lay it on its side, the bottles are still on their side. You must lay it on its back or its face.
And Bob was serious.
As a serious question - does anyone know if a LeCache even functions on its back?
by BobMilton
June 12th, 2018, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'The idea that storing a wine on its side to stop the cork drying out is bullsh•t.'
Replies: 68
Views: 3411

'The idea that storing a wine on its side to stop the cork drying out is bullsh•t.'

Todd F r e n c h wrote:I guess I'll just tip my LeCache over on its side now.
If you lay it on its side, the bottles are still on their side. You must lay it on its back or its face.
by BobMilton
May 1st, 2018, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Feynman
Replies: 45
Views: 2196

My Feynman Story...(long/boring/geeky/not for David)

I, of course, have no knowledge, firsthand, of what Feynman drank (anybody who did is dead by now) nor how he developed an interest in wine. Tom Actually, I drank wine with Feynmann on Halloween 1964 and I'm still alive. Four of us undergrads decided to trick or treat with wine glasses. He was the ...
by BobMilton
April 29th, 2018, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Feynman
Replies: 45
Views: 2196

My Feynman Story...(long/boring/geeky/not for David)

I, of course, have no knowledge, firsthand, of what Feynman drank (anybody who did is dead by now) nor how he developed an interest in wine. Tom [/quote] Actually, I drank wine with Feynmann on Halloween 1964 and I'm still alive. Four of us undergrads decided to trick or treat with wine glasses. He...
by BobMilton
April 12th, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you use the Cellar Tracker Tasting Note feature??
Replies: 43
Views: 1577

How do you use the Cellar Tracker Tasting Note feature??

I write notes only on wines from my own cellar. And I do so to remind me of the hits (and misses) in my cellars. At least once a year I look at a years worth of notes, ranked by my score. Top end shows wines I want to buy more of, low end wines I want to avoid.
by BobMilton
February 21st, 2018, 3:51 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Loring BDIX - 2 offers - ($49.99 & $79.99) - both 50% OFF
Replies: 31
Views: 2380

Loring BDIX - 2 offers - ($49.99 & $79.99) - both 50% OFF

T. Melloni wrote:
Peter Simpson wrote:2015 Clos Pepe, Rosella's, and Garys' arrived today.
I'd be happy if that trio was in my mystery box.
That's what FedEx delivered today, so I presume that's what everyone gets.
by BobMilton
February 16th, 2018, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Small Napa Wineries to Visit
Replies: 26
Views: 2765

Small Napa Wineries to Visit

My wife and I will be traveling to Napa for our third time in April. We've decided we like, for the most part, the smaller more intimate wine tastings. Some of my favorite wines are Mike Smith wines (myriad, quivet, etc.) Rivers-Marie, and O'Shaughnessy. We did a tasting with Mike already but wante...
by BobMilton
January 26th, 2018, 4:41 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: tercero wines - LAST DAY FOLKS (and it's my Birthday) :-)
Replies: 75
Views: 4146

tercero BDIX Offerings - 6 Separate Offers Including Rose Futures!!!

Larry,
I must be blind as a bat. Can't see where to enter SHIPME. Please help this old man. Thanks
Just found it. I am blind as a bat. Order for a red and a white going in now.
by BobMilton
January 20th, 2018, 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Santa Barbara/Temecula
Replies: 15
Views: 791

Santa Barbara/Temecula

The one winery my wife and I have enjoyed over the years is Hart. Yes, there are many places we don't care for, so pickings can be rather slim.
by BobMilton
December 31st, 2017, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Feynman: The Universe In A Glass of Wine
Replies: 38
Views: 1532

Feynman: The Universe In A Glass of Wine

My Feynman story - I was a sophomore at Caltech. Halloween came and several of us decided to go tric or treating at professor's houses. Struck out twice, but Feynman had us in and we sat and drank some of his wine and listened to his stories. At that time he had traded physics lessons for art lesso...
by BobMilton
December 30th, 2017, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Feynman: The Universe In A Glass of Wine
Replies: 38
Views: 1532

Uhhhh....

My Feynman story - I was a sophomore at Caltech. Halloween came and several of us decided to go tric or treating at professor's houses. Struck out twice, but Feynman had us in and we sat and drank some of his wine and listened to his stories. At that time he had traded physics lessons for art lesso...
by BobMilton
December 30th, 2017, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Feynman: The Universe In A Glass of Wine
Replies: 38
Views: 1532

Feynman: The Universe In A Glass of Wine

My Feynman story - I was a sophomore at Caltech. Halloween came and several of us decided to go tric or treating at professor's houses. Struck out twice, but Feynman had us in and we sat and drank some of his wine and listened to his stories. At that time he had traded physics lessons for art lesson...
by BobMilton
December 30th, 2017, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellartracker Question about troublesome botellas.
Replies: 33
Views: 1774

Cellartracker Question about troublesome botellas.

Todd Hamina wrote:Lived for the IBM AS/400 baby.
How about a 7094. Quite the machine in its day.
by BobMilton
December 18th, 2017, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery tax reduction in tax bill
Replies: 46
Views: 2054

Winery tax reduction in tax bill

Really interesting to see - and didn't realize they were raising the alcohol level of 'table wine' to 16%, but it certainly makes sense. Curious to see if they also change the percentage you can 'play with' on labels between 14 and 16% to the same 1.5% that it's been below 14% since prohibition? Th...
by BobMilton
November 10th, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Is It Important for a Region to have a Signature Grape??
Replies: 39
Views: 1370

Why Is It Important for a Region to have a Signature Grape??

You can’t be special unless there is only one true grape that flourishes in that area. I wonder when that up-and-coming Châteauneuf-du-Pape place will catch on... But Grenache is the signature grape for CDP isn't it? It's the dominate grape in all the blends and in some with the top producers it's ...
by BobMilton
October 28th, 2017, 9:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Anniversary Dinner recommendations - Paso Robles
Replies: 2
Views: 308

Anniversary Dinner recommendations - Paso Robles

My wife and I will be visiting Paso Robles over our anniversary weekend. We've sourced some dining recommendations from friends and a few others here from older threads but are looking for a few more options. Any recommendations for a nice sit down restaurant in the Paso area? Also, what are the co...
by BobMilton
October 18th, 2017, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awesome new Apothic!
Replies: 27
Views: 1669

Awesome new Apothic!

This seems to be a popular new category: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=142214 https://www.wespeakwine.com/resize/shared/images/product/cooper-thief_bottle.jpg?bw=1000&bh=1000 I've had that. Tastes like a red blend mixed 50/50 with vanilla extract. No oak flavor - just van...
by BobMilton
October 12th, 2017, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa & Sonoma Fires - Ways to Help
Replies: 18
Views: 1120

Napa Fires - Ways to Help

K & L raffle All raffle proceeds will be split evenly between the orginizations. There are no limits on raffle tickets purchased. Raffle tickets can be purchased through midnight next Tuesday October 17th, and the winner will be drawn Wednesday morning. Lot 1: 40 Years of Napa 1974 Joseph Phelps "I...
by BobMilton
October 12th, 2017, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa & Sonoma Fires - Ways to Help
Replies: 18
Views: 1120

Napa Fires - Ways to Help

Without a doubt we need to focus this year's BerserkerDay on Napa/Sonoma wineries, in particular those affected by the fires, but all of us wine lovers should prepare to spend plenty of money (tourism and wine purchases) in the area to help build it back up! I was wondering if there was a way to ge...
by BobMilton
October 11th, 2017, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91299

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

Hi everyone! I was evacuated by email notification at around 3:00 this morning. Then as I was talking with my neighbor (one of the 3) at around 4:30 maybe? the fire department - 2 guys (not 6 handsome men, as last year with my beesting 911 call) came with flashlights telling me to leave. No argumen...
by BobMilton
July 31st, 2017, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Condensation on wine glasses - a curiosity
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Condensation on wine glasses - a curiosity

I've found that some water glasses (tumblers) I bought recently react very differently with water than any other glasses I have in any shape. Drips form on them and don't run off naturally. I assume this has something to do with the nature of the glass. So I could imagine that the surface of some w...
by BobMilton
July 30th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Condensation on wine glasses - a curiosity
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Condensation on wine glasses - a curiosity

Some more details. This was outdoors (so no AC). We use pour limiters to insure everyone gets a fair share, so the glasses were equally full (or empty depending on your view). Glasses are decent but not fabulous, and each couple brings their own. So difference in glasses is probably the source - per...

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