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by Michael Martin
December 2nd, 2020, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!
Replies: 72
Views: 4444

Re: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!

MaxSchwartzapfel wrote:
December 2nd, 2020, 7:06 pm
Has everyone's experience with WineBid been positive?

Asking for a friend...
Been buying for years. Never had an issue except one time in the last 5 minutes of bidding, the site froze for everyone.
by Michael Martin
November 29th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 130
Views: 8610

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

2015 Jaffurs Larner Syrah. Black raspberry, anise, pepper. Drinking well now.
by Michael Martin
November 28th, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7557
Views: 479035

Re: de Negoce offer

Agree completely on the Zin; what a great deal on two fabulous wines. I'm practically tying my hands together to keep from ordering more. If some Bay Area person wants to split, let me know ASAP. This post enticed me, then I read the CT reviews. Pass. Huh? CT reviews average 90 pts each for zin n.3...
by Michael Martin
November 28th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7557
Views: 479035

Re: de Negoce offer

But if price alone is your decider, go with the n.31 Zin, or the n.61 zin - both screaming values, made better (~30% discount on already ridiculously low price. You can't touch this. Agree completely on the Zin; what a great deal on two fabulous wines. I'm practically tying my hands together to kee...
by Michael Martin
November 27th, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3003
Views: 202311

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2016 Monte Rosso Zin. Today is day 2, after spending several hours decanting yesterday. Still super unyielding and shut down, just some faint notes of tart cherries, iron, black pepper, and baking spice. I loved the early Monte Rosso’s especially the ‘10. Very unique earthy Zins. I continued to buy...
by Michael Martin
November 26th, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Sales
Replies: 134
Views: 11978

Re: Black Friday Sales

A Berserker Day participant. Great Aglianico.

https://shop.westoftemperance.com/
by Michael Martin
November 24th, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which saxum should I open for thanksgiving
Replies: 20
Views: 955

Re: Which saxum should I open for thanksgiving

Heart Stone. They are usually Grenache heavy which I think works well with a traditional Thanksgiving table.
by Michael Martin
November 23rd, 2020, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 130
Views: 8610

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

2007 Longoria Alisos Vineyard Syrah. Vintage over maker. Great wine. A Winebid find. Had one of these 2 years ago on New Year's Eve--it was similarly excellent. I have generally liked Longoria's reds, though their Syrah has been variable. The 2007 Alisos on release was balanced and structured, so d...
by Michael Martin
November 22nd, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bedrock Wirz Riesling & OldVineZin '19...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 500

Re: TN: Bedrock Wirz Riesling & OldVineZin '19...(short/boring)

I enjoyed the ‘19 OVZ I opened. I think the best OVZ yet.
by Michael Martin
November 22nd, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Removing auction labels/stickers from OWCs?
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: Removing auction labels/stickers from OWCs?

Put a hair dryer on them. Heat them up and they should remove easier. Residue might come off with alcohol.
by Michael Martin
November 21st, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 130
Views: 8610

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

2007 Longoria Alisos Vineyard Syrah.
Vintage over maker. Great wine.
A Winebid find.
by Michael Martin
November 18th, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!
Replies: 72
Views: 4444

Re: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!

I have been buying from Winebid for a few years now and have never had an issue with the wines. There is nothing better than getting a case of aged wines at a good price, ready to drink.
by Michael Martin
November 18th, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Justin Winery
Replies: 19
Views: 1713

Re: Justin Winery

So I will admit I am still in Justin club. Generally pleased with their Merlot, Justification, Iscoceles, and some of the Reserves. That said, I have been really disappointed with Right Angle and Savant. I'd imagine my tastes are changing and the others may start fading for me too. So here is a que...
by Michael Martin
November 17th, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any tips on finding large lots of wine? (In particular, young ports)
Replies: 20
Views: 1239

Re: Any tips on finding large lots of wine? (In particular, young ports)

One of the biggest mistakes people make in starting out buying wine is thinking their tastes will never change. They buy too much of what they like now and then in five years have a cellar full of wines they are not that wild about. I think what people are hinting to you without outright saying it ...
by Michael Martin
November 17th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Justin Winery
Replies: 19
Views: 1713

Re: Justin Winery

I moved on from Justin years ago. Something changed and it wasn’t good.
by Michael Martin
November 16th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grand Cru requirement for Commerce Corner? (poll)
Replies: 58
Views: 2910

Re: Grand Cru requirement for Commerce Corner? (poll)

Yes, of course. You have to give value, in order to get value. If its free, it’s worthless.
by Michael Martin
November 16th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7557
Views: 479035

Re: de Negoce offer

We’ve got some new additions on COLA on some upcoming offers: #118 2018 Chalk Hill Malbec 15.2% ABV #119 2018 Chalk Hill Syrah 14.2% ABV #120 2018 Moon Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 14.9% ABV #121 2018 Knights Valley Sauvignon Blanc 13.5% ABV #122 2019 Dry Creek Valley Pinot Noir 14.8% ABV #...
by Michael Martin
November 15th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3003
Views: 202311

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2019 OVZ. Hesitated slightly, but then I thought opening one couldn’t hurt. Holy crap. Morgan out kicked his coverage on this one.
I am calling best OVZ ever. Wouldn’t be surprised to see these on some best of lists soon.
by Michael Martin
November 15th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Art of The Deal
Replies: 47
Views: 2441

Re: Art of The Deal

Spend time on Winebid and be willing to buy not so prominent makers from great regions and great vintages. We have had some spectacular, aged gems for $10-$30. I have played around with wine bid. How specifically do you go about uncovering a deal? Are you always searching for a certain wine or vari...
by Michael Martin
November 15th, 2020, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Art of The Deal
Replies: 47
Views: 2441

Re: Art of The Deal

Spend time on Winebid and be willing to buy not so prominent makers from great regions and great vintages. We have had some spectacular, aged gems for $10-$30.
by Michael Martin
November 14th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7557
Views: 479035

Re: de Negoce offer

I blocked Matt. It makes the thread readable again.
by Michael Martin
November 14th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7557
Views: 479035

Re: de Negoce offer

Guarantee he has extra juice, these aren't shiners, he is just moving thru product in a manner he sees fit. By a winery selling him wine they are saying they can't sell that exact blend and that is why they do it under a mostly anonymous program like de Negoce. Once Cam buys it he can do whatever h...
by Michael Martin
November 13th, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3003
Views: 202311

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2014 Weill Well? It was an accidental pull. Now 6 hours post-decant and it’s really come around. You can taste the transition from the expo series to a more traditional style of Syrah making. It’s a bit opulent, the oak holds it up nicely, the dark fruits are vibrant, but the wine is still begging ...
by Michael Martin
November 13th, 2020, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3003
Views: 202311

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
November 13th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Albert R wrote:
November 13th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
November 13th, 2020, 5:29 pm


I think it’s one of the more unique Bedrocks and that’s saying something. I love ‘em. I think they are really interesting.
So far I agree 100% as more unique!!!
I was considering skipping it this release, thanks I think.
Buy it. Wine is a journey.
by Michael Martin
November 13th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3003
Views: 202311

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Barnyard funk to the max! The nose and taste are so opposite and different. Wow!!! I think it’s one of the more unique Bedrocks and that’s saying something. I love ‘em. I think they are really interesting. My tasting note on the ‘16, from a 2018 consumption date. No decant. Charcuterie/violet/dark ...
by Michael Martin
November 13th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3003
Views: 202311

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Albert R wrote:
November 13th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Barnyard funk to the max! The nose and taste are so opposite and different. Wow!!!
I think it’s one of the more unique Bedrocks and that’s saying something. I love ‘em. I think they are really interesting.
by Michael Martin
November 13th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somethings gotta go- Carlisle, Bedrock, O and F?
Replies: 47
Views: 2728

Re: Somethings gotta go- Carlisle, Bedrock, O and F?

In order to discover new oceans, you need to lose sight of the shore. Ask yourself the question: can I buy better Syrah, Zin or Rhône blends elsewhere for the same price or less? The answer for me was yes in the case of Carlisle. I figure if I wake up some night in a cold sweat needing a Carlisle, I...
by Michael Martin
November 13th, 2020, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somethings gotta go- Carlisle, Bedrock, O and F?
Replies: 47
Views: 2728

Re: Somethings gotta go- Carlisle, Bedrock, O and F?

I went through this and dropped Carlisle. Not an easy decision, but the other two, especially Bedrock where making Carlisle redundant. I wanted room for more wines I was discovering from regions other than CA. Nothing against Carlisle, but there are a lot of great wines out there.
by Michael Martin
November 13th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: UPS/FedEx
Replies: 9
Views: 1430

Re: UPS/FedEx

Old thread, I know, but I thought my comments might fit well here based on the title. With one more shipment to go in my shipping season, here has been my experience so far. FedEx, flawless with about 5-6 shipments. All on time and 0 damage. UPS, sh*t show. Out of about 4-5 shipments, they rerouted ...
by Michael Martin
November 12th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release
Replies: 164
Views: 11929

Re: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release

I’ve been buying since the 2009 vintage, I think and I only was allocated 1 bottle as well. I left it on the table for someone else.
by Michael Martin
November 10th, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release
Replies: 164
Views: 11929

Re: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release

Got some Pato, Monte Rosso, Pagani and Under the Mountain.
by Michael Martin
November 9th, 2020, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine aging and group think
Replies: 141
Views: 6033

Re: Wine aging and group think

Better to drink too early than too late.
by Michael Martin
November 9th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one village/town/city in Italy...
Replies: 50
Views: 1798

Re: If only one village/town/city in Italy...

Bolzano. Everything you need in a town, close to great wine regions and easy access to several other countries.
It has tourists, but not as many as some of the other towns mentioned so far.
by Michael Martin
November 9th, 2020, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release
Replies: 164
Views: 11929

Re: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release

Thanks Morgan!
by Michael Martin
November 7th, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7557
Views: 479035

Re: de Negoce offer

I owned a successful business for 24 years and recently sold it. I understand how fiascos like this can happen. Over confidence is one. Yesterday’s hits don’t win today’s game. Just because you shipped a million bottles once, doesn’t mean you can do it again. Volume exacerbates any small issue. Mist...
by Michael Martin
November 6th, 2020, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid Shipping
Replies: 36
Views: 3084

Re: Winebid Shipping

I got a summers worth of Winebid orders in today. All arrived cool, well packed, no crushed styrofoam, which I hate. No issues. Now I have bottles that I would have had to cellar for years, instantly, in my house. Thank you Winebid. I love that shipment- mine is coming next week. Like Christmas in ...
by Michael Martin
November 5th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid Shipping
Replies: 36
Views: 3084

Re: Winebid Shipping

I got a summers worth of Winebid orders in today. All arrived cool, well packed, no crushed styrofoam, which I hate. No issues. Now I have bottles that I would have had to cellar for years, instantly, in my house. Thank you Winebid.
by Michael Martin
November 4th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

Re: TN: 2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

Agree. This one never seemed like a cab to me.
by Michael Martin
November 3rd, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 10991

Re: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)

Dirty and Rowdy, Outer Limits. Thought it was fitting.
by Michael Martin
November 3rd, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7557
Views: 479035

Re: de Negoce offer

I had it in my cart and then said nah. Reread the tasting note. These will need long term cellaring. I need drinkers.
by Michael Martin
November 3rd, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release
Replies: 164
Views: 11929

Re: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release

For those who haven't experienced it and enjoy the way these good folks make wine, Oakville Farmhouse is well worth the effort of clicking that box on the order form. I'm excited for that one. It's truly unique - I just opened my first after buying for a good several years now, and I'm glad I've be...
by Michael Martin
November 2nd, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release
Replies: 164
Views: 11929

Re: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release

I’ll take all the Pato offered. My new favorite Heritage. Will also take all the Under the Mountain and the Schmiedt. I could be real happy with just those three.
by Michael Martin
November 1st, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one country...
Replies: 103
Views: 3410

Re: If only one country...

Chile
by Michael Martin
November 1st, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it too early to bring up BerserkerDay 2021?
Replies: 46
Views: 3003

Re: Is it too early to bring up Berserker Day 2021?

I think as the result of my de Negoce’ experience I am looking forward to BD even more. I have renewed interest in knowing where my wine is from, who made it and understanding how much an order can really matter to a small producer.
by Michael Martin
October 31st, 2020, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it too early to bring up BerserkerDay 2021?
Replies: 46
Views: 3003

Re: Is it too early to bring up Berserker Day 2021?

I hear Groupon is becoming a Berserker Business.
by Michael Martin
October 30th, 2020, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 591
Views: 46346

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

Last Bottle is now doing Mystery Wine multi packs.
by Michael Martin
October 30th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it too early to bring up BerserkerDay 2021?
Replies: 46
Views: 3003

Re: Is it too early to bring up Berserker Day 2021?

Is there a date yet?
by Michael Martin
October 30th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon
Replies: 663
Views: 36556

Re: Qupe Syrah rock-bottom deal on Groupon

Lots of Qupe Hillside Estate on Winebid

https://www.winebid.com/BuyWine/Items/Q ... ah/2019286

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