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by Michael Martin
September 5th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A great Rose’ from an unlikely place
Replies: 1
Views: 275

A great Rose’ from an unlikely place

I had a glass at a Colorado restaurant and thought it was intriguing. So I found a bottle and tried it again. Yep, I was right, this is a great rose’ from a new winery called The Storm Cellar in the Western Colorado. Classic rose’ melon and herb notes with crisp acidity. Blind I would have thought s...
by Michael Martin
September 4th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 54
Views: 3440

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

If they're operating legally, they're not making money from THC products, due to the federal tax rules. It's why the US companies have great gross margins, are lucky to have EBITDA, and tough net losses. You are clueless. I personally know folks who paid cash for million dollar plus homes, Lamborgh...
by Michael Martin
September 4th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harvest 2019: Black Widows
Replies: 12
Views: 1174

Re: Harvest 2019: Black Widows

I heard they add complexity to the wine.
by Michael Martin
September 4th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 54
Views: 3440

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Which will then crash and burn, even harder than grapes, as the supply far outgrows demand - unless enough gets siphoned off to the black market. Watch for increases in arrests on this front in the coming decade. Adam's 100 tons of unpicked Lodi Petit more or less backs up Nate's comments. Living i...
by Michael Martin
September 3rd, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 54
Views: 3440

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Vineyards will move to the next cash crop...pot. Which will then crash and burn, even harder than grapes, as the supply far outgrows demand - unless enough gets siphoned off to the black market. Watch for increases in arrests on this front in the coming decade. Adam's 100 tons of unpicked Lodi Peti...
by Michael Martin
September 3rd, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 54
Views: 3440

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

... but California needs to shift focus from super premium pricing.... Almost any other New World nation will deliver better wine at much better prices. ...I'm personally sick of $60-300/bottle prices. It's an affront. And it's killing CA wine and making it even more elitist than it already is. Whi...
by Michael Martin
September 3rd, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 19
Views: 614

Re: Newark Airport

I've been through a lot of airports and its not the worst....
by Michael Martin
August 28th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3236

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

We drove up to Boston on Thursday and we were "starving" and in a dead area. Got off where they said there was "food" and we had a choice: Wendys/Popeye's. We almost NEVER eat fast food anymore. And I have never had anything from Popeye's...ever. We decided on Popeye's. The line for drive up was in...
by Michael Martin
August 28th, 2019, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2225
Views: 144982

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

FYI hats are on the website for purchase.
by Michael Martin
August 28th, 2019, 5:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2225
Views: 144982

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2012 Bedrock Heritage. Needed air, but once open pepper, cola, eucalyptus.
by Michael Martin
August 27th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 41
Views: 1441

Re: Best of Class restaurant dishes

Best guacamole: Taco Party Grand Junction, Colorado. Chunked avocado, multiple radishes, tiny peppers, salt, some things I have never seen before along with something seasonal which over the weekend it was fresh Palisade peach bits. I am not kidding. You have to try it.
by Michael Martin
August 19th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Port tastings in Porto
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Port tastings in Porto

They are all clustered right in town along the River. You can get to most of them within minutes by walking. I would pick a producer you enjoy and go there. They will let you taste a tawny, a rose’ and a white as a general course. Some have better grounds and views than others. We enjoyed Taylor’s ...
by Michael Martin
August 19th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Port tastings in Porto
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Port tastings in Porto

They are all clustered right in town along the River. You can get to most of them within minutes by walking. I would pick a producer you enjoy and go there. They will let you taste a tawny, a rose’ and a white as a general course. Some have better grounds and views than others. We enjoyed Taylor’s t...
by Michael Martin
August 18th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pabst Wine Cellar 1906
Replies: 0
Views: 346

Pabst Wine Cellar 1906

The photo might be hard to read, but some interesting stuff in the cellar of the Pabst family in Milwaukee in 1906.
Lots of German wines, French and an odd California “Sauterne”.
by Michael Martin
August 17th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker scores by region
Replies: 19
Views: 901

Re: CellarTracker scores by region

Overrated compared to what?
by Michael Martin
August 14th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 2261

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Or better yet, don’t play the game. There is a huge universe of excellent wine under $50. It takes a special wine, or moment, for me to pay over $100 for a bottle.
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by Michael Martin
August 14th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 2261

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

I love Zins too and last night had a phenomenal $31 one.
by Michael Martin
August 14th, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What have you learnt on your wine journey?
Replies: 75
Views: 8653

Re: What have you learnt on your wine journey?

Support new wineries. They are usually pushing the boundaries and without them, wine is not as exciting.
by Michael Martin
August 14th, 2019, 6:08 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1420

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

Back to wax. Supplier can't provide the foil in the dimensions I want. Also has a minimum of 2500 pieces per bottle size, so that adds up quick. Plastic caps not an option for these bottle sizes, plus it's a 50000 minimum order. Looks like I'll be developing scoliosis and a "Jai-Alai" arm waxing......
by Michael Martin
August 14th, 2019, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Box Wines
Replies: 6
Views: 555

Re: Box Wines

KirkClendinning wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Pro tip: buy a boxed wine, pull out the stopper and pour wine down the drain. Fill bladder with your favorite wine. Replace stopper. Enjoy.
Here is a thread just for you... viewtopic.php?f=15&t=162840#p2790448
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by Michael Martin
August 13th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Box Wines
Replies: 6
Views: 555

Re: Box Wines

Pro tip: buy a boxed wine, pull out the stopper and pour wine down the drain. Fill bladder with your favorite wine. Replace stopper. Enjoy.
by Michael Martin
August 13th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?
Replies: 22
Views: 2325

Re: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?

Rob Lynch wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 8:39 am
I've read a couple of his books and I'm pretty sure he admitted he really wasn't "much of a wine guy". I wouldn't put too much value on his choices.
I was going to say that. A lot of episodes included beer not wine.
by Michael Martin
August 12th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2225
Views: 144982

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2013 Clos du Val cab. Decent wine. Very typical Napa Cab characteristics. Probably right in it's prime drinking window and in that 90-91 point range. Think this might be meant for the 'what wine are you drinking thread' ;) I had to check CT to make sure I didn’t miss this one from Morgan upon relea...
by Michael Martin
August 9th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 2897

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

If you looking to prime the pump, offer some starter packs that allow folks to sample the wines. From there offer a list that gives members access and a discount with ability to add to their regular shipment.
by Michael Martin
August 9th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2225
Views: 144982

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

This was the 12th. I liked it, especially for $15. The 12th hasn’t hit my local shelves yet. Will watch for it. The 12th just hit South Florida so will grab a bottle or 2. Am I to assume these are meant to be consumed on the younger side? They are meant to be consumed on the way home. [snort.gif]
by Michael Martin
August 8th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1420

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

A lot of the folks who don’t like wax think you have to chip it off. The reality is just insert a corkscrew in the center, pull up and the wax will break near the cork seam allowing you to lift the cork. Would like to know how this works when you need a Durand to pull a 35 yr old bdx cork? Decided ...
by Michael Martin
August 8th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1420

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

A lot of the folks who don’t like wax think you have to chip it off. The reality is just insert a corkscrew in the center, pull up and the wax will break near the cork seam allowing you to lift the cork. Would like to know how this works when you need a Durand to pull a 35 yr old bdx cork? I insert...
by Michael Martin
August 7th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1420

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

A lot of the folks who don’t like wax think you have to chip it off. The reality is just insert a corkscrew in the center, pull up and the wax will break near the cork seam allowing you to lift the cork out. Saxum, Nicora, Jaffurs Upslope, Bedrock magnums to name a few all use wax. I have never pass...
by Michael Martin
August 7th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 154
Views: 10534

Re: Top US Syrahs

The best aged CA Syrah I’ve had is the 1991 Havens. It really did show some signs of transformation that I haven’t seen in other CA Syrahs, so I still have hope for some of the younger wines. But still nowhere close to 1991 Chave in quality. Best aged domestic Syrah I’ve had was a ‘97 Jade Mountain...
by Michael Martin
August 6th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Virgin Islands Charter
Replies: 15
Views: 726

Re: Virgin Islands Charter

A few notes - I should give props to George H for giving us some tips back in 2013 or 2014 when we were planning our first trip to the BVI. Also, I agree w Michael's assessment with one caveat, Bitter End has a long way to go as they were still in cleanup mode from the 2017 hurricanes as of 2 month...
by Michael Martin
August 6th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Virgin Islands Charter
Replies: 15
Views: 726

Re: Virgin Islands Charter

We did a trip like this about 10 years ago. Rented the boat through the Moorings. Sailed around to all the islands. Spent an extra night or two in the middle at the Bitter End, which I recommend. Not much to see in Tortola or really St Thomas for that matter. The fun is on the water, under the water...
by Michael Martin
August 3rd, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the perils of sharing allocations
Replies: 39
Views: 3786

Re: the perils of sharing allocations

Have I mentioned I love threads like this? People whingeing about First World Problems on the interwebs really makes my day! You have to try harder to be the new black hat. It has to come from an even deeper, darker, better spelling, more cynical, immature part of your being that can’t wait to offe...
by Michael Martin
August 3rd, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the perils of sharing allocations
Replies: 39
Views: 3786

Re: the perils of sharing allocations

Have I mentioned I love threads like this? People whingeing about First World Problems on the interwebs really makes my day! You have to try harder to be the new black hat. It has to come from an even deeper, darker, better spelling, more cynical, immature part of your being that can’t wait to offe...
by Michael Martin
August 3rd, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1420

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

Adam Frisch wrote:
August 3rd, 2019, 1:40 pm
Such resistance to wax. Never had much problem with them myself.
Me neither.
by Michael Martin
August 3rd, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1420

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

I use Etched Images in Napa for my magnums. I have been very happy with them. You have some of the nicest bottles too Merrill. Thank you! I work hard at it...my favorite that does not have a waxed cap - just comes in 750ml - is the 2015 Lady Sapphire. I am talking bottle design. I tried a bottle re...
by Michael Martin
August 3rd, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1420

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
August 3rd, 2019, 5:21 am
I use Etched Images in Napa for my magnums. I have been very happy with them.
You have some of the nicest bottles too Merrill.
by Michael Martin
August 2nd, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1420

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

Mark Y wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 6:38 pm
Don Brazelton wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 3:49 pm
No wax please. Just put a cork in as several producers I buy.
Agree..dear god.. lose the wax. it's not cool, it's not pretty.. it's just a royal pain in ass for the customer.
Insert cork screw in center of wax and pull. If you do anymore, you are doing too much.
by Michael Martin
August 2nd, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the perils of sharing allocations
Replies: 39
Views: 3786

Re: the perils of sharing allocations

I buy what I want. If my allocation goes down, there is always another good wine to buy. In fact it helps me to reach out and try new things.
by Michael Martin
August 2nd, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1420

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

I don't have a wax supplier for you, but I can tell you that color matching does not have to be done by eye. There are easy ways to do it, they probably just don't have the equipment. These guys are the king of color management.
https://www.xrite.com/
by Michael Martin
August 2nd, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?
Replies: 46
Views: 2077

Re: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?

There are crisp, mineral driven, herbal roses' that will always be a part of my summer. There are also sugary, slightly fizzy shit that gives good rose' a bad name. My intake of rose' though is really only a few bottles a year and mostly Bedrock Ode to Lulu.
by Michael Martin
July 31st, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SAXUM OPEN
Replies: 44
Views: 3489

Re: SAXUM OPEN

I hope everyone offered 2 took both and didn’t leave 1 on the table. Justin offered them as a gift and we should be honored. Not going to lie, that sounds a little cult-ish. It’s just wine. So someone offers you 2 free bottles of wine and you only take 1 so you don’t appear like you belong to a cul...
by Michael Martin
July 31st, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms
Replies: 30
Views: 1574

Re: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms

Bouchon is OK, but do not go to Bottega. Over hyped, salt shaker heavy place. Overall we were a little underwhelmed by dining in Yountville. Not bad, just expected more.
by Michael Martin
July 31st, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SAXUM OPEN
Replies: 44
Views: 3489

Re: SAXUM OPEN

I just checked. First Saxum release I bought was in 2013 and I got 2 Gratias. Thank you again Justin. 5/1/2006 first order and was offered 2 for reference. I was looking at CT at the Gratias wines logged. Almost all are for 2 bottles. A couple are for 1. I hope everyone offered 2 took both and didn...
by Michael Martin
July 31st, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SAXUM OPEN
Replies: 44
Views: 3489

Re: SAXUM OPEN

Wish lists are being granted.
by Michael Martin
July 31st, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12381

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

I've been following this frenzied thread and have also noted the ongoing "What Bedrock are you drinking" thread. I get the gist of it. Good wines!!! I even signed up for their mailing list mid-thread and just received my welcome / wait list offer. Tempting and tempted, but I opted for a very conser...
by Michael Martin
July 31st, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12381

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

I've been following this frenzied thread and have also noted the ongoing "What Bedrock are you drinking" thread. I get the gist of it. Good wines!!! I even signed up for their mailing list mid-thread and just received my welcome / wait list offer. Tempting and tempted, but I opted for a very conser...
by Michael Martin
July 30th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12381

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Wrong, the OVZ was indeed on the list as stated. Josh is right WS gave the '17 OVZ a 93 which I think was over scored. The '17 was still great though, no doubt about it. More pepper, mineral driven than big fruit. So if it wasn't your style, what about it didn't you like? I thought it was a good wi...
by Michael Martin
July 29th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12381

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Got my Areio. Thanks Chris and Morgan!
by Michael Martin
July 29th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12381

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

matt d wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 12:29 pm
AD Northup wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 12:19 pm


Anyone else hear back yet?
I wished for one of the Vento's e Amores. Haven't heard yet.
I think I heard back early because chris did mine personal because of a problem ordering. The wish list should go out today
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