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by Michael Martin
May 6th, 2021, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ugh. Wine lost, via human error.
Replies: 34
Views: 1389

Re: Ugh. Wine lost, via human error.

Victor Hong wrote: May 6th, 2021, 7:42 pm
alan weinberg wrote: May 6th, 2021, 5:55 pm small claims? Police report? Why did they take an unlabeled package?
Chubb will cover the full loss if no recovery.
Curious about this. A typical policy will cover peril and not personal loss.
by Michael Martin
May 6th, 2021, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ugh. Wine lost, via human error.
Replies: 34
Views: 1389

Re: Ugh. Wine lost, via human error.

The wine is gone sorry to say. No proof of who has it or proof of value of the loss. The only hope is to plant yourself in the lobby and wait for the driver. He or she may be your only hope of knowing where it was last seen. When I had my business, my clerks would courier packages almost every day. ...
by Michael Martin
May 5th, 2021, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3318
Views: 231776

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2020 Lulu. There were couple recent CT reviews that made me raise an eyebrow wondering if this would be an off year. Nope, as good as ever.
by Michael Martin
May 4th, 2021, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1127
Views: 130019

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

N.135 Carignane - better on day 2.
by Michael Martin
May 3rd, 2021, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinography- review of new wineries since 2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1039

Re: Vinography- review of new wineries since 2015

In my very humble opinion if you haven’t built a relationship with a wine store that will tell you when a particular wine won’t fit your palate you either need a new wine store or should start buying local and not all online. The owners of my local bottle shop give me candid opinions all the time. ...
by Michael Martin
May 2nd, 2021, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinography- review of new wineries since 2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1039

Re: Vinography- review of new wineries since 2015

From the article. “Of the roughly 75 wines I tasted and considered for this piece, 25 of them were low enough in quality that I did not choose to feature them or their wineries. Seven of those wines rated below 8.5 on my scoring scale were all priced above $120 per bottle. Just like every wine regio...
by Michael Martin
May 1st, 2021, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is up with Cameron Hughes these days??
Replies: 8
Views: 752

Re: What is up with Cameron Hughes these days??

One of the most viewed threads on WB’s...

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by Michael Martin
April 30th, 2021, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 154
Views: 10531

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

‘14 Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Syrah. Savory and balanced with a perfect finish. 13.5% alcohol. Well crafted. Spectacular wine. ‘14 A Tribute to Grace Santa Barbara County Grenache. Sort of a disappointment. Heard so many good things about a Tribute to a Grace, but this wine was full of raisin notes, c...
by Michael Martin
April 30th, 2021, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9519
Views: 761464

Re: de Negoce offer

Would buy more of the N.93 Zin, but it’s all gone. Most drinkable and complex of the purchases I made: 1,2,11,15, 93 and 135 I have more...just haven't released the remainder into the store yet...still building out the pick and pack capabilities...need more racking. Patience, patience. [cheers.gif]
by Michael Martin
April 30th, 2021, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9519
Views: 761464

Re: de Negoce offer

Would buy more of the N.93 Zin, but it’s all gone. Most drinkable and complex of the purchases I made: 1,2,11,15, 93 and 135
by Michael Martin
April 28th, 2021, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker rolling out NFTs for upcoming auction
Replies: 51
Views: 2313

Re: Acker rolling out NFTs for upcoming auction

JBrochu wrote: April 28th, 2021, 5:52 pm I read the article and still don't know what an NFT is...
Non fungible token.

https://www.theverge.com/22310188/nft-e ... to-art-faq
by Michael Martin
April 26th, 2021, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3318
Views: 231776

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Sean, have you listened to the latest Bedrock podcast? Chris and Ian Brand need out and talk in a ton of detail about what makes Enz so special in the episode. Sweet! Saw it just got posted. Will have to listen this weekend. I heard through the grapevine that Enz vineyard is going bye bye. That wou...
by Michael Martin
April 20th, 2021, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grenache Blanc recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 915

Re: Grenache Blanc recommendations

Jaffurs
by Michael Martin
April 13th, 2021, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9519
Views: 761464

Re: de Negoce offer

Amy R wrote: April 13th, 2021, 2:42 pm Any thoughts on the tranche 2 offer for No. 15 Merlot? Guesses seem to point toward Nickel & Nickel and I missed it the first time around. Has anyone tried it?
Only offer so far that I found disappointing. Iron notes, not a lot of fruit.
by Michael Martin
April 13th, 2021, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Denver-area Costco for Wine?
Replies: 13
Views: 525

Re: Best Denver-area Costco for Wine?

https://www.argonautliquor.com/ is closer to a straight shot from the airport to Breck and has a far better selection of wines than Costco in Lone Tree including a large walk-in cooler on the second floor. It’s in the central city and the old joke was their slogan should be “where the wino meets th...
by Michael Martin
April 12th, 2021, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Denver-area Costco for Wine?
Replies: 13
Views: 525

Re: Best Denver-area Costco for Wine?

I shop the Park Meadows Costco, and in my opinion it’s really only worth hitting up for wine if you’re already going there and you have no time to shop for wine anywhere else. I-70 goes right by AppleJack, I’d go there personally especially if you prefer old world wines. The only problem I ever had...
by Michael Martin
April 12th, 2021, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Denver-area Costco for Wine?
Replies: 13
Views: 525

Re: Best Denver-area Costco for Wine?

https://www.argonautliquor.com/ is closer to a straight shot from the airport to Breck and has a far better selection of wines than Costco in Lone Tree including a large walk-in cooler on the second floor. It’s in the central city and the old joke was their slogan should be “where the wino meets the...
by Michael Martin
April 12th, 2021, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Percentage of Your Gross Household Income is Spent on Wine?
Replies: 153
Views: 6964

Re: What Percentage of Your Gross Household Income is Spent on Wine?

It’s a fun poll that shouldn’t require much thought, but people get all caught up in a stupid detail as to what constitutes income in retirement. Its whatever you want it to be. It’s a poll on a wine site. I am retired, I used what my annual total expense budget is for my income because that is what...
by Michael Martin
April 11th, 2021, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1127
Views: 130019

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

Had another N.93 Zin last night. Still the most enjoyable of all the wines I’ve bought. Nice licorice, black fruits and eucalyptus. Seems like it could improve as well, being on the young/shocked side yet. All the cabs I have: N.01, N.02, N.11 all need years yet. The N.135 Carignane is good, but it’...
by Michael Martin
April 9th, 2021, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3318
Views: 231776

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Jonathan Jaggers wrote: April 9th, 2021, 5:10 pm
Andrew W. wrote: April 9th, 2021, 3:49 pm Some days call for opening great things on a Thursday night. You never know if you'll have a Friday night. This was truly a beautiful wine, I wish Morgan made this every year.
Wow...well played, sir! I'll have to keep my eye out for that.
I think only 600 bottles were ever made.
by Michael Martin
April 9th, 2021, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3318
Views: 231776

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Andrew W. wrote: April 9th, 2021, 3:49 pm Some days call for opening great things on a Thursday night. You never know if you'll have a Friday night. This was truly a beautiful wine, I wish Morgan made this every year.
One of only two wines I ever gave 100pts to on CT.
by Michael Martin
April 9th, 2021, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting my hardwood floor from the feet of my MASSIVE incoming wine fridge
Replies: 21
Views: 1323

Re: Protecting my hardwood floor from the feet of my MASSIVE incoming wine fridge

I had one of these filled, on real wood floors and never noticed a dent.
by Michael Martin
April 9th, 2021, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big opulent wines?
Replies: 16
Views: 1348

Re: Big opulent wines?

Saxum James Berry vineyard, almost any vintage. Some earlier 2006-2008 Jaffurs Upslope. All big, but layered with loads of complexity. Love Saxum but never tried James Berry vineyard. I will keep an eye out. I too find that when I've had some heralded Napa wines, that they're too uniform and "...
by Michael Martin
April 9th, 2021, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big opulent wines?
Replies: 16
Views: 1348

Re: Big opulent wines?

Saxum James Berry vineyard, almost any vintage.
Some earlier 2006-2008 Jaffurs Upslope.

All big, but layered with loads of complexity.
by Michael Martin
April 9th, 2021, 12:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: GROM - best ice cream in town
Replies: 26
Views: 1018

Re: GROM - best ice cream in town

Barry L i p t o n wrote: April 9th, 2021, 12:28 pm
Michael Martin wrote: April 9th, 2021, 12:27 pm For some reason we can get McConnell’s ice cream from Santa Barbara in our local Colorado grocery store. Not cheap, but some of the best I’ve had.
Yes, very good. But it’s ice cereal, not gelato.
But, but, but the title of the thread says... [snort.gif]
by Michael Martin
April 9th, 2021, 12:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: GROM - best ice cream in town
Replies: 26
Views: 1018

Re: GROM - best ice cream in town

For some reason we can get McConnell’s ice cream from Santa Barbara in our local Colorado grocery store. Not cheap, but some of the best I’ve had.
by Michael Martin
April 9th, 2021, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grenache Curious
Replies: 54
Views: 2264

Re: Grenache Curious

I love Grenache, southern Rhône, Spanish, California. They can be all over the board and that’s what makes them fun to explore. Some of the domestic ones that I have enjoyed are Carlisle, Bedrock, Ocelli (Washington), Dirty and Rowdy and Jaffurs to name a few. I want to try Tercero as well. Larry se...
by Michael Martin
April 9th, 2021, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Breakage Using Pulp Wine Shippers
Replies: 49
Views: 1861

Re: Breakage Using Pulp Wine Shippers

The only breakage I think I have ever had was in styrofoam. The box was hit on the side and styrofoam broke, knocking out two bottles.
by Michael Martin
April 4th, 2021, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3318
Views: 231776

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Opened a 2016 Gambrels of the Sky Grenache. Very interesting wine. Not sure if it is the Cinsault component which I don’t have a lot of experience with but a completely different wine than I remember having even from the southern Rhône. Red fruit driven by strawberry with layers of blueberry and so...
by Michael Martin
April 2nd, 2021, 6:33 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *** LAST DAY *** tercero wines - Rose Futures, Sampler 6 Packs, Free Shipping!
Replies: 214
Views: 6707

Re: *** LAST DAY *** tercero wines - Rose Futures, Sampler 6 Packs, Free Shipping!

I have now had the chance to sample both the rose’ of Cinsault and the rose’ of Mourvèdre.
Both are spectacular. Larry’s gift to the world is his rose’.
by Michael Martin
April 2nd, 2021, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Costco Wine Fridge Sale
Replies: 25
Views: 2134

Re: Costco Wine Fridge Sale

I had the WE 300 bottle unit. The capacity is based on removing all the shelves. It actually holds a lot less. The door hinges on plastic washers that can break. It causes the door to drop about 1/16” when you open it. Which means you end up lifting the door up to close it. An annoyance unless you c...
by Michael Martin
April 1st, 2021, 3:20 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Stereophonic Wine - BD12 Offers - Thank You WB!
Replies: 119
Views: 4745

Re: Stereophonic Wine - BD12 Offers - Thank You WB!

Paul Miller wrote: April 1st, 2021, 2:57 pm Anyone receive their wines yet or know when they're shipping?
I got mine about 6 weeks ago. See post #114.
by Michael Martin
March 31st, 2021, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Savory Syrah
Replies: 69
Views: 3390

Re: Recommendations for Savory Syrah

I can give you some domestic options below that price point:

Bedrock Griffin’s
Jaffurs Bien Nacido
Jaffurs Upslope
Piedrasassi
Melville Donna’s
Nicora Russell
Ojai White Hawk
Jaffurs Kimsey
by Michael Martin
March 31st, 2021, 9:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Summer trip to the Mountains/West
Replies: 26
Views: 840

Re: Summer trip to the Mountains/West

I live in a tourist area in the Rocky Mountain West and near five national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Black Canyon, Colorado National and Dinosaur. We are already seeing way more people than usual at this time of the year. Talking to people at the winery I work at, they also tell me the parks and o...
by Michael Martin
March 28th, 2021, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Question- can I drink the 2019s?
Replies: 21
Views: 1210

Re: Dirty & Rowdy Question- can I drink the 2019s?

I’ve opened the Barbera and the MSG and enjoyed both. In reality D&R wines usually don’t last long in our house and I don’t regret consuming any of them young.
by Michael Martin
March 26th, 2021, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1127
Views: 130019

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

N.93 Zin. Favorite so far, outpacing some of the earlier Napa cabs.
by Michael Martin
March 24th, 2021, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What type of Oak, how to determine taste and smell
Replies: 56
Views: 2030

Re: What type of Oak, how to determine taste and smell

I’ve had the opportunity to taste the same juice from different barrels, neutral, new, American, French. Way too many factors to whittle it down to a few words, but if I had to, American oak tends to impart some of the same qualities you’d find in a good bourbon, smoke, spice, some sharpness. French...
by Michael Martin
March 24th, 2021, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Done w/hibernating - Santa Barbara bound
Replies: 50
Views: 2328

Re: Done w/hibernating - Santa Barbara bound

We had a great visit at Harrison-Clarke a few years ago. Tiny producer and a great experience, particularly if you like rhones. If you are hitting Tercero, Liquid Farm and Crawford Family are both right there in Los Olivos. Dragonette, too. This and Jaffurs. Jaffurs hasnt been Jaffurs for a few yea...
by Michael Martin
March 23rd, 2021, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Done w/hibernating - Santa Barbara bound
Replies: 50
Views: 2328

Re: Done w/hibernating - Santa Barbara bound

larry schaffer wrote: March 23rd, 2021, 6:17 pm
Michael Martin wrote: March 23rd, 2021, 2:09 pm Jaffurs, Ojai
Jaffurs is great if you are going to taste in SB proper; you'll have a bit of a detour to taste at Ojai Vineyards though . . .
Ojai is a nice stop nearby.
by Michael Martin
March 23rd, 2021, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1127
Views: 130019

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

N.93 Zin. More open than the first bottle. Enjoyable.
Most of my other purchases, one case was more than enough. This one maybe I should of bought two.
by Michael Martin
March 23rd, 2021, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Done w/hibernating - Santa Barbara bound
Replies: 50
Views: 2328

Re: Done w/hibernating - Santa Barbara bound

Jaffurs, Ojai
by Michael Martin
March 21st, 2021, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: San Diego Wine Shops
Replies: 24
Views: 1151

Re: San Diego Wine Shops

I have family in SD and when we are there we go to San Diego Wine Company. Constantly changing, more Costco like than anything, but they can have some spectacular deals on good wines. When they are gone, they’re gone. We bought some wines early in the afternoon one day only to return to buy more lat...
by Michael Martin
March 21st, 2021, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?
Replies: 91
Views: 3784

Re: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?

Various years of Qupe’s Bien Nacido is what I bought on Winebid. As Larry said CA Syrah from many different makers are my thing. I enjoy them probably more than any other wine. From Piedrasassi to Ojai to Nicora to Stolpman to Alban to Enfield to Jaffurs to Bedrock to...well you get it. I just did n...
by Michael Martin
March 21st, 2021, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?
Replies: 91
Views: 3784

Re: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?

There are so many great Santa Barbara County producers. Based on personal experience the only ones I would exclude are Tensley and Qupe. Been drinking through a bunch of older Qupes picked up at the recent WineBid dump and many of them have been excellent. Especially the 2004 and 2009 Alisos Vineya...
by Michael Martin
March 20th, 2021, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?
Replies: 91
Views: 3784

Re: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?

There are so many great Santa Barbara County producers. Based on personal experience the only ones I would exclude are Tensley and Qupe.
by Michael Martin
March 18th, 2021, 10:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?
Replies: 91
Views: 3784

Re: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?

Not sure I agree on Tensley. His wines for us have been pretty abrasive. I recently had a 2012 Tensley Syrah Noir that was one of my worst wines of 2020.
by Michael Martin
March 17th, 2021, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?
Replies: 91
Views: 3784

Re: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?

In the $25-$50 range, the most interesting ones for me have been:
Ojai
Jaffurs
Piedrasassi
Bedrock

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