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by M Mager
March 5th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amore for Amarone?
Replies: 28
Views: 1162

Re: Amore for Amarone?

Marshall H wrote:
March 4th, 2019, 11:48 am
I'd also love to hear pairing suggestions.
One of my favorite pairings for Amarone is with any sort of larger game - wild boar, elk, venison, etc.

Michael
by M Mager
February 24th, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5039

Re: Best $20 Rioja

an 8 vintage gap + traditional Rioja being "rediscovered" during that gap...
by M Mager
February 24th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1126
Views: 120645

Re: Official Costco Thread

I see a stray stack of Gouges there once every blue moon. Problem for me is that I'm 55, and just not sure I'll be here long enough before these vintages are ready...
by M Mager
February 23rd, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5039

Re: Best $20 Rioja

John Glas wrote:
February 23rd, 2019, 2:42 pm
M Mager send in 11 of your friends.
Problem is that many of my friends also like this wine. Three of them grabbed a bottle each for themselves. Doubt that the other 8 stayed around for long...

Michael
by M Mager
February 23rd, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5039

Re: Best $20 Rioja

Vina Alberdi is my go to at around $20. Marques de Murrieta Reserva is also a nice option. I haven’t seen LdH Cubillo under $24 in ages.... Keep in mind this thread is from 2012 ;)... I realized that when someone suggested Tondonia rosado for <$25 Well, the Tondonia rosado hasn't gone up all that m...
by M Mager
February 22nd, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5039

Re: Best $20 Rioja

Dav1d S@wyer wrote:
February 22nd, 2019, 10:48 am
I haven’t seen LdH Cubillo under $24 in ages....
That's about what I've paid over the last couple years for both the 2008 and 2009 vintages of Cubillo. Still available here in Seattle area for $25 or less...

Michael
by M Mager
February 19th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Various WA wines & CA Chard - For Seattle pick up only
Replies: 12
Views: 1168

Re: FS: Various wines (WA, S Rhône & CA Chard) - For Seattle pick up only

Scott Tallman wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Adam Noble wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 6:09 pm
I'd love that LdH
Unfortunately that bottle & the Huets are spoken for.
:-)
by M Mager
February 16th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 378
Views: 21584

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Here we go. Let’s see if I’m wrong about what I’ve written throughout this thread. Here is a claim of being a...huckster. Back up that claim. Show me where the intention to deceive rests in your theory. Contrary to what you are stating here, my posts are directed directly at those with the ability ...
by M Mager
February 16th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 378
Views: 21584

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Anton is right. Narcissists are transactional people. Ray would not be posting on this thread if he didn’t need to. He wants something, and it sure as hell ain’t a clear conscience. I’ve clearly stated several times that I don’t want anything from anyone here. I am using this forum to provide factu...
by M Mager
February 12th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 76
Views: 5509

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

Michael The issue with the Lopez Rose is that they stopped making it for a moment. It’s popularity skyrocketed when The NY Times wrote an article about the winery and rose. At that time I think they were a few vintages of already not making it. They then started back up. It was always held back bef...
by M Mager
February 11th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 76
Views: 5509

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

It is definitely highly allocated But what do you mean by that? There's a big difference between a small-production wine and an odd-ball one that's hard to sell so the importer and distributor don't have much of it. It’s not an import problem - it’s production. It’s highly sought after even in Spai...
by M Mager
February 11th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 76
Views: 5509

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

And what's weird is that prior to the 2008 release it just sat on the shelves. I bought it and a bunch of our friends bought it but there was very little demand. I remember seeing the 2000 on shelves years ago too. I guess it's kind of a microcosm for how much the wine world has changed in eight ye...
by M Mager
February 9th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 76
Views: 5509

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

Lopez de Heredia rosado. Barely any of the most recent vintage (2008) came into the Seattle area. my usual local retail source couldn't get any (even though I buy a bunch of RLdH through him). Finally found a different source who got all of 1 case. One bottle per person limit. Michael How much was ...
by M Mager
February 9th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 76
Views: 5509

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

Lopez de Heredia rosado. Barely any of the most recent vintage (2008) came into the Seattle area. my usual local retail source couldn't get any (even though I buy a bunch of RLdH through him). Finally found a different source who got all of 1 case. One bottle per person limit.

Michael
by M Mager
February 8th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What unusual wines/regions do you love?
Replies: 126
Views: 4384

Re: What unusual wines/regions do you love?

Morgex et de la Salle on the northernmost sub-region of the Aosta Valley in the Alps between Italy/France - one of, if not the highest vineyards in Europe. What that means? Deliciously fresh white wines mostly from Prie Blanc. Ermes Pavese Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle - One of the best $30 values...
by M Mager
February 6th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What unusual wines/regions do you love?
Replies: 126
Views: 4384

Re: What unusual wines/regions do you love?

Marcillac. Big fan of the Fer Servadou...

Michael
by M Mager
January 28th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where's the good, cheap Sangio?
Replies: 48
Views: 2784

Re: Where's the good, cheap Sangio?

In the Seattle area, have been able recently to get the 2016 Felsina CC for $14/bottle, and the 2016 San Felice CC for $15. Both are solid "Wednesday night with pizza" QPR partners.

Michael
by M Mager
January 19th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Substance Merlot Super Substance Northridge Vineyard
Replies: 20
Views: 587

Re: TN: 2013 Substance Merlot Super Substance Northridge Vineyard

Kris here is a very good 2013 wine for under $30 in Minneapolis. 2013 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (1/18/2019) Day 1: Nice overall. Menthol, vanilla, oak, cherry, blueberries and burnt toast. Medium plus finish. Outstanding 2013 effort. This on a pop a...
by M Mager
January 15th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roseburg, OR - Coravin to borrow??? (Also, '15 Abacela Graciano)
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Roseburg, OR - Coravin to borrow??? (Also, '15 Abacela Graciano)

Up here in the PacNW hinterlands, my understanding is that there is a bit of Graciano planted on Snipes Mountain (Upland Vineyard) and in the Horse Heaven Hills (Coyote Canyon Vineyard). Could be more... A few producers releasing varietal Graciano wines. By far the best I've had are the ones from Id...
by M Mager
January 8th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Idlewild Sunday School: Val d'Aosta..(long/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 302

Re: TN: Idlewild Sunday School: Val d'Aosta..(long/boring)

Interesting... Had no idea there was a rouge version of Prie. Have had some very nice Prie Blancs from the Cave Mont Blanc de Morgex et La Salle (both still and sparking blancs).

Also, have you tried any of the VdA Petite Arvine's from Les Cretes? Very enjoyable wines.

Michael
by M Mager
January 7th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA BOSCONIA RESERVA RIOJA
Replies: 16
Views: 885

Re: 2005 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA BOSCONIA RESERVA RIOJA

It's important to remember that the '06 Bosconia and '05 Tondonia Reservas are essentially (if not still literally) their current releases on both wines. Each time a new vintage becomes available locally, I always open a bottle right away. And, in all most every case, I find myself thinking "... yep...
by M Mager
January 1st, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Producer
Replies: 104
Views: 4471

Re: Favorite Producer

red and white (rose, too): Lopez de Heredia
by M Mager
December 15th, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3357
Views: 292391

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

And the "Mystery Holiday Send-off Rose" offer from 2018-11-21 is the 2017 Lioco Indica rose (at $9.98/per). I'm fine with that deal, too.

Michael
by M Mager
December 15th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3357
Views: 292391

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

The "2016 Chianti Classico" mystery offer from 2018-11-09 is the 2016 Felsina Chianti Classico (at $13.82/per). I have no issues with that deal.

Michael
by M Mager
December 2nd, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?
Replies: 24
Views: 833

Re: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?

How does garagiste do all this? Not quite sure what your question is here. If you look at the back labels of many of the wines that Garagiste sells, they come through the authorized U.S. Importer. For example, the Huet bottle I'm looking at was imported by Rare Wine Co. I assume (but don't know for...
by M Mager
November 9th, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3357
Views: 292391

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Any guesses on the Washington Bordeaux Blend mystery? Was initially hoping Delille D2 but the $25-30 referenced price point is a bit too low (ditto for a couple other Washington state blends that seemed to fit) If forced to guess, based on previous history, I would go with Waters. They seem to be t...
by M Mager
November 4th, 2018, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lodi Wineries and Wines that you Enjoy?
Replies: 9
Views: 332

Re: Lodi Wineries and Wines that you Enjoy?

Ken Zinns wrote:
November 4th, 2018, 4:07 pm
Bokisch would be my top pick in the Lodi area. They specialize in wines from Iberian grape varieties.
They were definitely one of the highlights for me - the Albarino, Tempranillo and, especially, the Graciano.

Michael
by M Mager
October 31st, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Latest Sips...older, newer, fresh off truck.
Replies: 5
Views: 388

Re: TN: Latest Sips...older, newer, fresh off truck.

Kris Patten wrote:
October 30th, 2018, 9:30 pm
WA Merlot is the great secret....in WA we joke that we cut Merlot tannin with Cab, where in Napa they cut Cab tannin with Merlot. Some great old Ste Michelle and Columbia David Lake Merlot's, even today if you like Cab, WA Merlot is great value.
Seven Hills Merlot, also...
by M Mager
October 12th, 2018, 3:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Recent Walla Walla dining? Dinner spots...
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: Recent Walla Walla dining? Dinner spots...

Don't forget to stop in for lunch one day at the combination of Mexican restaurant and bait shop out on the west side of town. Affectionately known as the "Worm Ranch". Seriously, this was really good Mexican food... https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60992-d8457780-r377101427-Dora_s_Deli-...
by M Mager
September 26th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3357
Views: 292391

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

And I got some ’07 Agharta syrah (red label) a while back and it is DELISH, especially for the ~$16/btl… I went in for a bottle of this one also. When I first tasted it, I was getting a familiar flavor/texture profile, but I couldn't quite place it. Then, after a while, I realized what is was -- if...
by M Mager
September 15th, 2018, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTN: 2004 Bosconia reserva
Replies: 21
Views: 1074

Re: WTN: 2004 Bosconia reserva

El Bosque is my favorite vineyard in the entire f'in world!

If you like the 04 reserva, go find a bottle of the 81 Bosconia gran reserva. Will blow your mind.
by M Mager
September 15th, 2018, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3357
Views: 292391

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Not sure if it was previously disclosed earlier in this thread, but I picked up the following wine today:

Memorial Mystery Mayhem (MMM) #5 – 2013 Chianti Classico 750ml (Tuscany) - $13.96

It's the 2013 Fonterutoli Chianti Classico

Michael
by M Mager
September 13th, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose made from red and white grapes
Replies: 18
Views: 473

Re: Rose made from red and white grapes

I think also Lopez de Heredia Rosado is garnacha, tempranillo, and viura; I am not sure from their description whether the grapes are fermented together or blended later. Yes, the RLdH Rosado is a grenache-dominant blend, along with tempranillo and viura. The blend % of the 2008 vintage is pretty c...
by M Mager
August 22nd, 2018, 7:59 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Traverse City and surrounding area tips?
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Traverse City and surrounding area tips?

Jim Friedman wrote:
August 21st, 2018, 4:06 pm
La Becasse? It's been there more than 20 years and was very good then.

http://www.restaurantlabecasse.com/
Yep, that's the one...

Michael
by M Mager
August 21st, 2018, 1:57 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Traverse City and surrounding area tips?
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Traverse City and surrounding area tips?

I`m 9 days away from my annual trip to Cristal Lake. Looking for any new restaurants/ wine shops/ wineries that have sprung up since last summer. Thanks in advance. As far as restaurants go, you already have The Manitou near by. What else could you ask for? newhere I like the Manitou and will go th...
by M Mager
August 20th, 2018, 4:11 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Traverse City and surrounding area tips?
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Traverse City and surrounding area tips?

Blake Brown wrote:
August 20th, 2018, 1:27 pm
I`m 9 days away from my annual trip to Cristal Lake. Looking for any new restaurants/ wine shops/ wineries that have sprung up since last summer. Thanks in advance.
As far as restaurants go, you already have The Manitou near by. What else could you ask for? newhere
by M Mager
August 18th, 2018, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1965 Viuva José Gomes da Silva & Filhos Colares Reserva Tinto
Replies: 12
Views: 345

Re: 1965 Viuva José Gomes da Silva & Filhos Colares Reserva Tinto

Robert,

Have any of the ones you've tried been from the 1969 vintage? I have a singleton of that one, and am trying to assess if I need to open it soon, or if I can keep letting it ride for a while longer.

Thanks
Michael
by M Mager
August 5th, 2018, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron: Esther on Monastrell/Graciano ScrewUp in Paso
Replies: 15
Views: 944

SFChron: Esther on Monastrell/Graciano ScrewUp in Paso

One potential downfall is that that mourvedre that you thought you really liked was not really mourvedre! :-) That's OK for folks like me - I am a fan of both grapes. Would love to have more Graciano available in our market (I only know of a couple producers up here in WA that are producing a varie...
by M Mager
August 3rd, 2018, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine.com Bait & Switch
Replies: 36
Views: 2485

Wine.com Bait & Switch

Hi Micheal, You make it sound as if I had some type of malicious intent in calling out the retailer, as well as "selectively" leaving out information. This is not true. I was on wine.com looking for another wine, I entered the "Hard-to-Find" tab where they have all the expensive stuff listed, inclu...
by M Mager
August 2nd, 2018, 10:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine.com Bait & Switch
Replies: 36
Views: 2485

Wine.com Bait & Switch

Perhaps I am too influenced by the ethic of customer service in the Pacific NW, as well as a somewhat antiquated notion of customer service generally. Oh, please. Ron, call Esquin, McCarthy & Schiering, Pike & Western, Champion, University Wines, or any other wine shop in the greater Seattle or Pug...
by M Mager
August 2nd, 2018, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine.com Bait & Switch
Replies: 36
Views: 2485

Wine.com Bait & Switch

Wine.com does not ship internationally, so the OP had it shipped to some place in the US before having it sent overseas. I think it was on the OP to check or have someone check the contents of the package before forwarding. If that had happened, it would have been found that the wine was incorrect ...
by M Mager
August 2nd, 2018, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine.com Bait & Switch
Replies: 36
Views: 2485

Wine.com Bait & Switch

A word of caution to Gobindjit, as well as anyone else who attempts to purchase the 2008 RLdH Rose via online source. I would recommend treating any online source that claims to have this wine available for sale with a very high level of skepticism. I have searched on a fairly regular periodic basis...
by M Mager
July 31st, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine.com Bait & Switch
Replies: 36
Views: 2485

Wine.com Bait & Switch

I wouldn't think much into it, does sound like a brain fart by one of the warehouse employees. I would expect them to comp that bottle and/or send you the correct one to make it right. Given the specific wine involved in this case (the RLdH 2008 Tondonia Rose), I would be quite surprised (well, mor...
by M Mager
July 27th, 2018, 3:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: short visit to Seattle in August - need restaurant recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 280

short visit to Seattle in August - need restaurant recommendations

Where will you be during your visit? Downtown? Eastside? North End? South End?

Any particular culinary interests?

Michael
by M Mager
July 27th, 2018, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flipping
Replies: 181
Views: 9614

Flipping

Between 1995 and 1999, they essentially released the rose every other vintage (95, 97, 98 and 2000). My understanding is that none was produced between 01 and 07 because those years did not allow them to pick concurrently per their requirements. I haven't seen any information regarding plan to rele...
by M Mager
July 26th, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flipping
Replies: 181
Views: 9614

Flipping

The LdH Rose is pretty unique regarding flipping: A. It’s released once a decade That's new. There were a number of vintages released from the '90s. I don't know if there will be another 8 year gap to the next one. Those of us who were fans back then were pretty surprised when this one was announce...
by M Mager
July 25th, 2018, 11:27 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: 2008 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado
Replies: 5
Views: 986

FS: 2008 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado

For people who are wondering about the price... This is a super limited release for which they have only put out 2 vintages since 2000. Chris, I'm not aware of any vintage since the 2000 other than the current 2008 vintage release. What other post-2000 vintage was released? It is exceptionally rare...
by M Mager
July 23rd, 2018, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age
Replies: 246
Views: 11580

PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age

My wife and I have pretty different TCA detection levels. To the point, she's sometimes embarrassed when I ask a wine rep to confirm the bottle is corked because she can't smell it. What's interesting to me is, if you're one of those individuals who can't detect TCA very well, does the wine still c...
by M Mager
July 19th, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Recommended retail store in or around Seattle, WA
Replies: 9
Views: 989

Recommended retail store in or around Seattle, WA

Chris P0niatow$ki wrote:Overall a very good store but the prices were a bit of a turn off.
Welcome to retail wine pricing in the state of Washingtion... [soap.gif]
by M Mager
July 18th, 2018, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2059
Views: 194109

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

One attribute of successful grifters is that they always need to keep moving. Trouble only starts if they get greedy and keep the con going on too long. Smart ones milk it, and move on to the next con. He appears to have learned that lesson well...

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