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by Michael Martin
May 20th, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Morgan’s Shirt??
Replies: 13
Views: 680

Re: Morgan’s Shirt??

That shirt is for shooting guns, son.
by Michael Martin
May 20th, 2019, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which syrahs are retirement worthy?
Replies: 43
Views: 2195

Re: which syrahs are retirement worthy?

I love Syrah and I bought many on your list, but I am also scaling back with impending retirement around the corner. I decided the best bang for the buck for my tastes are Jaffurs and Bedrock. Their Syrahs are different from each other and I feel I get the best of southern and northern CA with their...
by Michael Martin
May 19th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?
Replies: 19
Views: 826

Re: Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?

Enjoyed a bunch of $13 - $15 euro wines in France that I most likely will never find again. Same could be said for Italy. Not so much for Ireland though. LOL
by Michael Martin
May 18th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Best way to try aged wine?
Replies: 7
Views: 179

Re: Best way to try aged wine?

https://www.winebid.com/

I’ve had very good luck with them. Never had a flawed wine issue.
by Michael Martin
May 13th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 474
Views: 26862

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

WARNING= Mobile passport switched to a freemium version a few weeks ago. I usually read review before updating apps, and when I noticed there was an update I went to the Play store and started reading. Apparently it's now $15/year so the app can do what was once free: scan your passport, and keep y...
by Michael Martin
May 12th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice/Rome/Sorrento
Replies: 14
Views: 326

Re: Venice/Rome/Sorrento

Go to La Tre Sorelle in Positano. One of the best meals I‘ve had.
by Michael Martin
May 12th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 57
Views: 1261

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

I think the closest “thing” to wine without grapes is Apothic Red.
by Michael Martin
May 11th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2068

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

Good Syrahs from Santa Barbera County in that price range. Highly recommend Jaffurs for around $22-23. Loads of complexity.
by Michael Martin
May 8th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Calif Syrahs..(long/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 1258

Re: TN: Some Calif Syrahs..(long/boring)

Having tasted some of the ‘17’s from Jaffurs, the legend continues. Dan is doing a nice job picking up from Craig.
Writing this as we enjoy an old school ‘09 Verna’s.
by Michael Martin
May 7th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 98
Views: 7068

Re: Somm 3

Watched Somm 3 on a plane yesterday. Worth the iTunes price. I enjoyed just for the pleasure of hearing some great folks describe wines. These films are must see for wine geeks. They just are.
by Michael Martin
May 5th, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1229

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

I’ll add to my earlier post. For domestic wines... Drinking more CA and CO. The quality of CO wines is getting surprisingly better than just a few years ago. Check out Restoration Vineyards https://restorationvineyards.com/ Book Cliff https://bookcliffvineyards.com/ and a remarkably good canned (!) ...
by Michael Martin
April 27th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 817

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

I live easily within 15 minutes of a dozen craft brew pubs in Colorado. Some suck and I would have thought at least a handful would be gone by now, but they all keep going. Parking lots are full. Maybe trivia nights and tap take over days keep the cash flowing. Another head scratcher for me is Balla...
by Michael Martin
April 24th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copain mags on WineBid
Replies: 8
Views: 628

Re: Copain mags on WineBid

I bought some of the 750 Syrahs from what I thought were good vintages: 06, 07, 08. They were “OK”. An 07 Thompson Syrah was actually kind of bad. Glad I tried them. Wouldn’t buy more.
by Michael Martin
April 24th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2205

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

GregT wrote:
April 24th, 2019, 11:41 am
Try Mexico. There's some interesting wine there.

And depending on the exchange rate, Canada. You can drive to Ontario or fly to BC.
Careful with liquor in Mexico.

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/201 ... 490429001/
by Michael Martin
April 23rd, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Wine stains on carpet
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: Wine stains on carpet

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Best I’ve used. Even got nail polish out of a carpet.
by Michael Martin
April 23rd, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2205

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

Some of the smaller regions in the Southern Rhone Valley are excellent, Vacqueyras, Cote du Ventoux, Luberon and the poorman's CDP: Gigondas. Great food as well. You can drink very good wines for $20 - $25 and great ones for $50 - $70. The Provence' area should be visited by anyone interested in goo...
by Michael Martin
April 23rd, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Traverse City, Mackinac Island tips
Replies: 10
Views: 352

Re: Traverse City, Mackinac Island tips

Victor Hong wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 4:48 am
Avoid during the Chicago-Mackinac Race.
Depends if you want to party other people's boats. champagne.gif [snort.gif]
by Michael Martin
April 18th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Dan Green AAAAAA ++++++
Replies: 1
Views: 62

Dan Green AAAAAA ++++++

The new owner of Jaffurs came thru big time in my CC request for older Jaffurs. Great guy.
by Michael Martin
April 12th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1384
Views: 87152

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2017 Dry Creek. Very enjoyable. All in balance. Classic Carlisle.
by Michael Martin
April 12th, 2019, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2098
Views: 129177

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2014 Bedrock Heritage. Not as layered as the ‘12, but highly enjoyable with a decant. Licorice, pepper and black/blue fruits.
by Michael Martin
April 10th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions for Bern's steakhouse
Replies: 35
Views: 2598

Re: Questions for Bern's steakhouse

When your business model is based on irreplaceable inventory....
by Michael Martin
April 6th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1384
Views: 87152

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Same for us tonight, same reaction. Will also check tomorrow. This is our first ever bottle of Carlisle. This bottling is not indicative of Carlisle, trust me. No fears here. It seemed to open up nicely this evening and is now empty. As I said, first bottle. Fresh from UPS, but with all the talk on...
by Michael Martin
April 5th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1384
Views: 87152

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

‘17 Sonoma County Zin. Was hoping for a little more balance. Kinda ripe and sweetish. Only had half a glass. Recorking and will revisit tomorrow. Very sorry the '17 Sonoma County is floating your boat. Just an FYI, the wine has 0.4 g/L r.s. That's pretty bone dry. But as I indicated in our drinkabi...
by Michael Martin
April 5th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1384
Views: 87152

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

‘17 Sonoma County Zin. Was hoping for a little more balance. Kinda ripe and sweetish. Only had half a glass. Recorking and will revisit tomorrow. Same for us tonight, same reaction. Will also check tomorrow. This is our first ever bottle of Carlisle. This bottling is not indicative of Carlisle, tru...
by Michael Martin
April 5th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1384
Views: 87152

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

‘17 Sonoma County Zin. Was hoping for a little more balance. Kinda ripe and sweetish. Only had half a glass. Recorking and will revisit tomorrow.
by Michael Martin
April 3rd, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2098
Views: 129177

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2018 Lulu
Best one yet.
by Michael Martin
April 2nd, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area
Replies: 13
Views: 460

Re: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area

Thanks Ilkkal. Michael - Any names you can share in Avignon? I could walk you to them, but I have little recollection of names. The better ones were on the southeast side of the Palace and down streets with mostly, if not only, foot traffic. Off the beaten path if you will. The seating spilled out ...
by Michael Martin
March 31st, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area
Replies: 13
Views: 460

Re: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area

We didn’t have a bad meal in Avignon.
Be warned most of the menu’s are prix fixe. So there are usually three courses, though some will let you choose two.
by Michael Martin
March 30th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2098
Views: 129177

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

bamp Had a bottle of 2015 Bedrock Zinfandel Esola the other night - wow! Easily one of the most red-fruited Bedrock Zins I've ever had, fruit was sumptuously juicy and full-flavored despite the wine being more on the elegant side in terms of both body and abv (14.4%) for a Bedrock Zin. Delicious ju...
by Michael Martin
March 30th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Tom K Wine Solutions A+++
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: Tom K Wine Solutions A+++

Yes, he is a great guy that provides outstanding service.
by Michael Martin
March 27th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Aspen, Telluride and Vail Restaurants
Replies: 11
Views: 355

Re: Aspen, Telluride and Vail Restaurants

Had a really bad meal at Meat and Cheese in Aspen. Bad waiter and bad food. I also had a top 3 worst ever meal at La Tour in Vail...on my Birthday 50th Birthday of all days. It was made up for by a great meal the next night at Ludwigs. I think with towns like these you are at the mercy of the season...
by Michael Martin
March 22nd, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Got what I wanted
Replies: 0
Views: 116

Got what I wanted

All set
by Michael Martin
March 21st, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Aspen, Telluride and Vail Restaurants
Replies: 11
Views: 355

Re: Aspen, Telluride and Vail Restaurants

I’ll note that food in all three towns is somewhat underwhelming.

Our favorite restaurant in the state is in Grand Junction: 626 on Rood. We also like the Pullman in Glenwood Springs, The Mercantile in Denver and Bin 707 also in Grand Junction.
by Michael Martin
March 21st, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Aspen, Telluride and Vail Restaurants
Replies: 11
Views: 355

Re: Aspen, Telluride and Vail Restaurants

In Aspen, Element 47 in the Little Nell. Get the chef’s tasting menu. Outside of town in Ashcroft, the Pine Creek CookHouse for food and atmosphere.
Telluride: There
Vail: Ludwigs
by Michael Martin
March 20th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments
Replies: 48
Views: 1459

Re: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments

JDavisRoby wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Should you include the cost of gas in the purchase price when entering wines bought at my local wine store? Asking for a friend.
What if I take an Uber? Pro-rata the Uber cost across the wines based on cost or evenly split?
I have Uber credits, should I subtract those from the wine costs?
by Michael Martin
March 20th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments
Replies: 48
Views: 1459

Re: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments

Should you include the cost of gas in the purchase price when entering wines bought at my local wine store? Asking for a friend. Yes. As well as pro-rata insurance costs, as well as wear-and-tear on the vehicle. While you're at it, place a value on your time, and add that in, too. cheesehead Thanks...
by Michael Martin
March 20th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments
Replies: 48
Views: 1459

Re: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments

Should you include the cost of gas in the purchase price when entering wines bought at my local wine store? Asking for a friend.
by Michael Martin
March 19th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two New Bedrocks...(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 1058

Re: TN: Two New Bedrocks...(short/boring)

I love Under the Mountain.
by Michael Martin
March 18th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 9575

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date

JMFrawley wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 9:58 am
Got my Bedrock wines today. Looking forward to opening a Sonoma Cab at some point!
Give it lots of air, slow ox if you can.
by Michael Martin
March 17th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Amalfi in March
Replies: 32
Views: 1011

Re: Amalfi in March

There’s more in and near Positano than Capri. You’d get bored in Capri after a couple days. With that being said I would vote for Ravello, but that is purely based on my personal experience in the town. It’s tiny, but has spectacular views, music events, great little restaurants, (check out the nea...
by Michael Martin
March 17th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Amalfi in March
Replies: 32
Views: 1011

Re: Amalfi in March

There’s more in and near Positano than Capri. You’d get bored in Capri after a couple days. With that being said I would vote for Ravello, but that is purely based on my personal experience in the town. It’s tiny, but has spectacular views, music events, great little restaurants, (check out the near...
by Michael Martin
March 15th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you not buy today?
Replies: 70
Views: 3038

Re: What wine did you not buy today?

Passed on Once and Future. Opened a few of my past purchases and just sort of felt...meh. Passed on all my Rivers Marie. I don’t get them. I think they are highly over rated, especially the cabs. Passed on Enfield. I think they are released too young. Passed on Saxum. Is there an opposite of a QPR? ...
by Michael Martin
March 15th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you view the money you spend on wine
Replies: 42
Views: 2161

Re: How do you view the money you spend on wine

If you spend money on what you enjoy and value, its always money well spent.
by Michael Martin
March 14th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3112

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

[quoteI believe the buyer's commission is 17%.] Good deal for them not us. Never bought a bottle of wine from a place that charges me additional 17% on my purchase. MN is bad enough at 10% tax but at least that goes to paving roads, new bridges and education. Cuz Winebid’s profit only goes towards ...
by Michael Martin
March 14th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3112

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

[quoteI believe the buyer's commission is 17%.] Good deal for them not us. Never bought a bottle of wine from a place that charges me additional 17% on my purchase. MN is bad enough at 10% tax but at least that goes to paving roads, new bridges and education. [/quote] Cuz Winebid’s profit only goes...
by Michael Martin
March 14th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3112

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

They still provide the best chance to hunt down aged wines that I like. Tax is secondary.
by Michael Martin
March 12th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post wines that tastes like cheese please!
Replies: 26
Views: 942

Re: Post wines that tastes like cheese please!

Aglianico and cheese? Oh please...never had a good one with cheese notes.

I've had ports with nutty notes, but was told by many on here that I was nuts.

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