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by Michael Martin
December 12th, 2018, 2:32 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 13
Views: 206

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

Was in Provence earlier this fall. We saw armed guards in almost all the train stations in the larger towns. The guards actually made me more nervous because they stare you down. The TSA folks just touch you. Honestly, that's been the case since the 1980s. They've had heavily armed soldiers at airp...
by Michael Martin
December 12th, 2018, 1:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 13
Views: 206

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

Was in Provence earlier this fall. We saw armed guards in almost all the train stations in the larger towns. The guards actually made me more nervous because they stare you down. The TSA folks just touch you.
by Michael Martin
December 11th, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 58
Views: 1691

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

The "comment bully." Need I say more.
by Michael Martin
December 11th, 2018, 4:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 58
Views: 1691

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

The “Label Chaser”. Person who paid a lot therefore the wine is a 95 even though it’s too young and in reality, just not that good.
by Michael Martin
December 6th, 2018, 5:39 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick TGV->CDG->Marriott question
Replies: 9
Views: 282

Re: Quick TGV->CDG->Marriott question

There are a bunch of hotels right outside the terminal or along the tram. We stayed at Accor and could walk into the terminal that had a nice grocery store with wine and prepared meals. We ate in our room and enjoyed the hassle free experience of getting up the next morning and walking to our plane.
by Michael Martin
December 5th, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critic wines v drinkers wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1095

Re: Critic wines v drinkers wines

Howard Cooper wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 5:53 am
If you want a wine that geeks and nongeeks both like, try Bedrock Old Vine
Posted without comment.
by Michael Martin
December 2nd, 2018, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers
Replies: 33
Views: 2045

Re: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 6:24 pm
I guess "star" and "up and coming" are sort of at odds with each other, if you think about it.
+1
by Michael Martin
November 30th, 2018, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Colorado Wine, worth the trip?
Replies: 12
Views: 269

Re: Colorado Wine, worth the trip?

Slight correction, the winery in Littleton is Carboy not Carbon. Sorry, Kyle had to do it. newhere [smileyvault-ban.gif] [snort.gif]
http://www.carboywinery.com/littleton/
by Michael Martin
November 30th, 2018, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 135
Views: 4140

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

Some of this just landed on my doorstep. Will report back soon.
http://westoftemperance.com/wp-content/ ... erance.pdf
by Michael Martin
November 29th, 2018, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1263
Views: 78177

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

'16 Papera. Young of course, but more old world than new world. Balanced fruit and minerality. One of the more enjoyable Carlisle's I have had in awhile.
by Michael Martin
November 28th, 2018, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Colorado Wine, worth the trip?
Replies: 12
Views: 269

Re: Colorado Wine, worth the trip?

Hey Matt. I can recommend a visit to Creekside Cellars Winery and Cafe in Evergreen if it fits into your schedule. Nice people, wines and food. Also a nice ride up to Evergreen from Denver. (can detour to Red Rocks weather permitting). I believe most if not all grapes are from Colorado. Look at the...
by Michael Martin
November 26th, 2018, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Incredible interview with Bobby Stuckey
Replies: 100
Views: 4027

Re: Incredible interview with Bobby Stuckey

I like Bobby. I've met him a few times at the Little Nell, Frasca and he has a new place in Denver called Tavernetta. https://www.tavernettadenver.com/
by Michael Martin
November 26th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The Water Thread - Europe
Replies: 5
Views: 328

Re: The Water Thread - Europe

I've had water out of the tap in many places in Europe. Never had an issue.
Italy, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, France....
by Michael Martin
November 23rd, 2018, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Outstanding CO Reds...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 246

Re: TN: Two Outstanding CO Reds...(short/boring)

There are fruit wines out there. These guys seem to make some including a peach. Not my cup of tea..er, wine.
https://www.carlsonvineyards.com
by Michael Martin
November 23rd, 2018, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Outstanding CO Reds...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 246

Re: TN: Two Outstanding CO Reds...(short/boring)

I had the Teroldego at the winery. Stood out from the rest of their offerings which included tiny lots of other Italian varietals. Nice to see Colorado wineries branching out from the Boudreaux grapes that seem to do well here.
by Michael Martin
November 23rd, 2018, 5:50 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Black Friday Deals 11/23/18
Replies: 4
Views: 761

Black Friday Deals 11/23/18

Free shipping at West of Temperance FREESHIP18 is the code.
They have a new Carignane and Fiano as well.
by Michael Martin
November 20th, 2018, 4:25 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: My final Berserker offer - DONE and Dusted
Replies: 52
Views: 3221

Re: My final Berserker offer - DONE and Dusted

Thanks Steve for offering the wines at the discounted prices. They are a treat to drink.
by Michael Martin
November 19th, 2018, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Success with leaking corks, but sound wine?
Replies: 28
Views: 747

Re: Success with leaking corks, but sound wine?

My experience is that all the flawed or defective wines I've had have come from bottles with pristine corks.
by Michael Martin
November 18th, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Special Vintage
Replies: 17
Views: 1033

Re: Special Vintage

Been through the death of a dog too many times. It never really goes away. My wife and I still speak fondly of all our dogs. They all are special and loved us unconditionally. All we hope is that they knew how much we cared about them.
by Michael Martin
November 15th, 2018, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your worst wine of the year? Well, mine's blue!
Replies: 42
Views: 1812

Re: What is your worst wine of the year? Well, mine's blue!

Erath Pinot from Costco. $11 ish a bottle. Not only bad this year, one of the worst wines I have had ever. Thin, red colored rubbing alcohol.
by Michael Martin
November 14th, 2018, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th
Replies: 67
Views: 4588

Re: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th

JulianD wrote:
November 14th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Surprised no one has mentioned the limerick lane
Tempted, but the previous vintages didn’t wow me.
by Michael Martin
November 14th, 2018, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kudos to Carlisle
Replies: 7
Views: 790

Re: Kudos to Carlisle

The shippers, UPS, FedEx, will highlight such things as well.
by Michael Martin
November 14th, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th
Replies: 67
Views: 4588

Re: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th

Really, its that good already, huh! I just might have to break my own 5-year rule and bust one out! To me it tasted like if you mixed a good Zin with a good cold climate Syrah. Bright bramble with dark, dark spicy fruits and earth. The two I had went fast and were a joy to drink. YMMV. I am finding...
by Michael Martin
November 14th, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley Cabernet?
Replies: 9
Views: 715

Re: Turley Cabernet?

Back to the OP's question. I think I've had 3 vintages, one of which may have been called "The Label", their first shot at a Cab. Inconsistent would be the way I would describe them. I remember some being OK, some being downright bad. In my mind none worth $44 even though that sounds inexpensive.
by Michael Martin
November 14th, 2018, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th
Replies: 67
Views: 4588

Re: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th

Let me describe it in simpler terms. Morgan had to screw around with those wines more.
by Michael Martin
November 14th, 2018, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley Cabernet?
Replies: 9
Views: 715

Re: Turley Cabernet?

I would personally take advantage of Steve's final offer on Congruence before I would purchase these.
by Michael Martin
November 13th, 2018, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could only keep 3 online retailers...
Replies: 46
Views: 2136

Re: If you could only keep 3 online retailers...

Wine Solutions
Winebid
by Michael Martin
November 13th, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th
Replies: 67
Views: 4588

Re: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th

Its ALIVE!

Sodini is back in the mix.
by Michael Martin
November 12th, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent “Should’ve bought a case” wines?
Replies: 48
Views: 2564

Re: Recent “Should’ve bought a case” wines?

2015 and 2016 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes
2017 Bedrock Bien Nacido Syrah
by Michael Martin
November 12th, 2018, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th
Replies: 67
Views: 4588

Re: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th

From the email we know this is in the release: North Coast (Now called Coast to Foothills) Syrah Pagani Papera Pato Oakville Farmhouse From my receipt last year I can see that I also purchased in addition to the above: Hudson Vineyard Syrah Carlisle Vineyard Zin Cuvee Karatas Alta Vista Gewurtztram...
by Michael Martin
November 11th, 2018, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help reducing of my Cali releases-allocations
Replies: 32
Views: 1673

Re: Help reducing of my Cali releases-allocations

After what I drank in the Southern Rhône recently, thinking of just stocking up on those. flirtysmile
by Michael Martin
November 11th, 2018, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help reducing of my Cali releases-allocations
Replies: 32
Views: 1673

Re: Help reducing of my Cali releases-allocations

At the risk of being labelled a heretic, I see no reason to be on Carlisle, Turley, Limerick Lane AND Bedrock. Skinny that down to two. Yeah, lots of overlap and lots available at retail here. Agreed. Easy call for me - I'd keep Carlisle and Bedrock. Turley is pretty widely available and the price/...
by Michael Martin
November 10th, 2018, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th
Replies: 67
Views: 4588

Re: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th

Pato Pato Pato Had a 16 the other night. Delectable. Will need maximum Pato. Really, its that good already, huh! I just might have to break my own 5-year rule and bust one out! To me it tasted like if you mixed a good Zin with a good cold climate Syrah. Bright bramble with dark, dark spicy fruits a...
by Michael Martin
November 9th, 2018, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Never ending wine releases
Replies: 66
Views: 3063

Re: Never ending wine releases

Sending out release emails and allocations is how wineries conduct their business. This is not a hobby for wineries - it is a necessity to stay in business. If you don't want the wine, delete the offer. The "Oh no, another offer" sounds like it is some kind of conspiracy to torment you. Business is...
by Michael Martin
November 9th, 2018, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th
Replies: 67
Views: 4588

Re: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th

Pato
Pato
Pato
by Michael Martin
November 8th, 2018, 2:01 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Tom K Wine Solutions A+++++
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Tom K Wine Solutions A+++++

Great experience with Tom. He found the wines I was looking for, provided tasting notes and delivered them to my door under budget.
Highly recommend.

https://winesolutions.com/
by Michael Martin
November 6th, 2018, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Congruence Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 16
Views: 792

Re: TN: 2011 Congruence Cabernet Sauvignon

I’ve had ‘08, ’09, ’11 and ‘14’s and they are all great.
by Michael Martin
November 6th, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Election Wines
Replies: 21
Views: 717

Re: Election Wines

‘13 Saxum James Berry. If things don’t go my way, at 15.7% alc, at least it won’t hurt as much.
by Michael Martin
November 6th, 2018, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Suggestions - Grenache (update!)
Replies: 60
Views: 1618

Re: Need Suggestions - Grenache (rules apply)

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
November 5th, 2018, 8:38 pm
For about $8 or $9, go to Total Wine and buy a bottle of the Spanish "Evodia" Garnacha. You (and others) might be surprised at how well it shows.
Sicky sweet IMHO.
by Michael Martin
November 6th, 2018, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1958
Views: 116927

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

I already drank all my Pato. I need more Pato. Gonna get me some Pato.
by Michael Martin
November 6th, 2018, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1263
Views: 78177

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

‘15 Monte Rosso. For me these have been odd. I had a real primary, stewed fruit one earlier in the year. Tonight the bottle is good, but the 15.9% alcohol adds a noticeable burn and it seems to have a bitterness to what otherwise comes across as red fruits, pepper and licorice. Not my most favorite...
by Michael Martin
November 5th, 2018, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Suggestions - Grenache (update!)
Replies: 60
Views: 1618

Re: Need Suggestions - Grenache (rules apply)

Marcus Dean wrote:
November 5th, 2018, 3:29 pm
Gigondas would be my pick, Im not sure how much they sell Domaine De Bosquets Le Lieu Dit for in the states, but if it fits the price point its pretty good
I think that might be outside the price point. Probably more $50 range.
by Michael Martin
November 5th, 2018, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Suggestions - Grenache (update!)
Replies: 60
Views: 1618

Re: Need Suggestions - Grenache (rules apply)

Gigondas 2010’s
by Michael Martin
November 5th, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1263
Views: 78177

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

‘15 Monte Rosso. For me these have been odd. I had a real primary, stewed fruit one earlier in the year. Tonight the bottle is good, but the 15.9% alcohol adds a noticeable burn and it seems to have a bitterness to what otherwise comes across as red fruits, pepper and licorice. Not my most favorite ...
by Michael Martin
November 4th, 2018, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I hate big bottles - I cannot lie
Replies: 32
Views: 1811

Re: I hate big bottles - I cannot lie

I heard some guys like big bottles.
by Michael Martin
November 3rd, 2018, 4:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process
Replies: 27
Views: 1356

Re: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process

YLee wrote:
November 2nd, 2018, 5:39 pm
I guess you would need to pay taxes on items sold?
IF you have a gain and held for more than a year, 28%. Less than a year, taxed at your income rate.
https://www.investopedia.com/articles/p ... -taxed.asp
by Michael Martin
November 2nd, 2018, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process
Replies: 27
Views: 1356

Re: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process

Mark Y wrote:
November 2nd, 2018, 3:28 pm
yah.. through the CT link.. it was in 4 figures total value.. but low 4 figure.. not near 10K..
Well I suck then and I am a customer of Benchmark.
Back to Commerce Corner for me.
by Michael Martin
November 2nd, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process
Replies: 27
Views: 1356

Re: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process

I’ve sent them two lots. Definitely no where near 10k in value. I sent them list. They send back what they want and what they pass on, And an offer. To me it was around 75-80% of WS. They shipped me empty shipper boxes and labels. I put wine in. Pack. Label. Drop off at FedEx. They receive. Validat...
by Michael Martin
November 2nd, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process
Replies: 27
Views: 1356

Re: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process

Just submitted some wines. Was told they want cellars $10,000 and above. Pfft.
by Michael Martin
November 2nd, 2018, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process
Replies: 27
Views: 1356

Re: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process

Very cool.

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