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by Cris Whetstone
April 14th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!
Replies: 4
Views: 228

Re: Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!

Real Wine -> Pinotage = non sequitur
by Cris Whetstone
April 12th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: JosephPhelps Scheurebe LateHrvst '83...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 260

Re: TN: JosephPhelps Scheurebe LateHrvst '83...(short/boring)

I was fortunate enough to have the '85 version of this wine 9 years back due to the generosity of Berserker, Eric Ifune. It remains one of the best California wines I've ever had. I mean, its remarkable by itself that a ever back then major house like Phelps would bother with a barely known grape fr...
by Cris Whetstone
April 11th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine-searcher pro price increase
Replies: 50
Views: 3616

Re: wine-searcher pro price increase

Is the pro version any more accurate when it comes to inventories? I've learned the hard way to check the store's website every time. Too many times wines have been shown on the free version of W-S that were sold out long ago. wine-searcher has nothing to do with inventories, they rely on the store...
by Cris Whetstone
April 8th, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Champagne?
Replies: 19
Views: 861

Re: Decanting Champagne?

People come into the belief that wine that is Champagne needs to be treated more preciously than wine that is not Champagne. It's just wine with bubbles. If you are drinking the whole bottle the night you open it then there is little to worry about decanting Champagne as long as it's not super matur...
by Cris Whetstone
April 7th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 48
Views: 1535

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

Regarding Los Angeles prices -- the one closest to my house is no frills and pretty poor hours, but it's $240/year for 12 cases; the one closest to my work is $216.67/MONTH for 50 - 100 bottles (and prices will rise soon, but I can get grandfathered in if I join now [no thanks]). I've found that th...
by Cris Whetstone
April 6th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1571

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

100%. It reminds me of that Elio Grasso thread, where a certain group of people were convinced that Elio Grasso was lying about their use of barriques, and literally started *counting* the barrels they found in winery images to prove it. Yes, some wines are too oaky. But often people are missing th...
by Cris Whetstone
April 6th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TCA Has No Smell..
Replies: 30
Views: 1472

Re: TCA Has No Smell..

Of course TCA has an aroma. It smells like flawed wine.
by Cris Whetstone
April 6th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1571

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

I have been convinced for a long time that people make up legends and theories about oak, and it causes them to imagine oak flavors that are not there. 100%. It reminds me of that Elio Grasso thread, where a certain group of people were convinced that Elio Grasso was lying about their use of barriq...
by Cris Whetstone
April 6th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1571

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

Back to the “100 percent American oak” note: We had a suburb 2+hour tour there last Sept. (pre-arranged months in advance by email, and free; contrasted with the shorter tour for a fee that you get if you show up sans reservation). Our excellent guide stressed — when we were in the barrel making ro...
by Cris Whetstone
April 6th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best wine in the world (according to the Washington Post and Vivino)
Replies: 23
Views: 2022

Re: The best wine in the world (according to the Washington Post and Vivino)

I like when my reasons for avoidance of something like a website are confirmed this way.
by Cris Whetstone
April 6th, 2019, 12:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 48
Views: 1535

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

I think Brian said pretty much a lot of what I would point out. I think the heat in Southern California makes our situation different than many people on this site. Even different than a lot of folks in the Bay Area. - Keep in mind everyone's needs and wants are different. The solution that is right...
by Cris Whetstone
April 2nd, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson
Replies: 22
Views: 687

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson

I'm with Jay. I only had the Clisson a couple times but felt like they were trying to trap a wider audience with it maybe. It felt rounder but less interesting. Like it wasn't something I couldn't get elsewhere. Plus, at least last time I looked it also cost a decent clip more than the Briords.
by Cris Whetstone
March 24th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA - 2010 Musar
Replies: 17
Views: 1313

Re: PSA - 2010 Musar

This seems odd. Nine years late to be talking about crop issues. This wine has been in the market for quite a while.
by Cris Whetstone
March 22nd, 2019, 11:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry
Replies: 66
Views: 2762

Re: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry

I used to have mine open but I didn't really think about it. But I was questioned once or twice about bringing certain bottles and decided to restrict access to 'friends' only for my cellar. For some people who are definitely not me there can be an issue of the cellar representing a major asset. Whe...
by Cris Whetstone
March 22nd, 2019, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1344
Views: 66776

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I'm no whale and I get all the Champagne offers. So I don't think there are secret 'tiers' of offers.

Something is hinky with your email connection. I had issues at one time and worked them out with them. You may want to make sure you've save their return email in your address book also.
by Cris Whetstone
March 20th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses
Replies: 56
Views: 1781

Re: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses

I think breakage is not going to be any greater with a dishwasher unless you pack it carelessly. Breakage certainly happens with hand washing. Stemware is delicate by nature. I've run into issues with an odd smell from some stems washed in washers. It's an odd mineral like, old detergent smell that ...
by Cris Whetstone
March 20th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments
Replies: 48
Views: 1359

Re: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments

For bottle price, you need to do what makes you feel right about it. For a wine club I would probably just divide the total cost by the bottle count. But that's me. As others have mentioned, they would want to know the breakdown. For the rest of the costs, I always include shipping but not tax. Tax ...
by Cris Whetstone
March 17th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Le P'tit Paysan Chardonnay Jack's Hill Vineyard
Replies: 9
Views: 374

Re: TN: 2017 Le P'tit Paysan Chardonnay Jack's Hill Vineyard

The Cabernet is kind of ridiculous for $20. I don't drink a lot of Cab in that price range(never actually) because I always assume it's going to nothing like Cab I like to drink. The PP version is pretty damn solid. Nothing like the bug juice I would expect for a typical Cab at that price.
by Cris Whetstone
March 15th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Today Is ENIAC Day..Celebrate w/ a Ridge..(long/historical/boring)
Replies: 14
Views: 704

Re: Today Is ENIAC Day..Celebrate w/ a Ridge..(long/historical/boring)

Thanks for the reminder, Tom. Tremendous legacies in two very different worlds. I've been tearing into my latest ATP shipment this week if that counts. [cheers.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
March 15th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi

Thanks for the article. A terrific holding. I'm glad wineries have chosen to give it a spotlight.
by Cris Whetstone
March 15th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 59
Views: 2754

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

Mathematically challenged. :) Not sure where all the anger comes from. We're just chatting here. So angry. Don't be defensive, Mike. I've read no anger. Just many of us are a bit flummoxed as to how you could pay the ever increasing premium while skating on tax you know you would pay in most other ...
by Cris Whetstone
March 14th, 2019, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 59
Views: 2754

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

Did people also stop buying from Amazon when they stopped the music for the tax free sales? Seems odd to get upset with WineBid over this. Anyone not paying taxes on sales they normally would should have known they were getting away with something. Not that it was something they got because of princ...
by Cris Whetstone
March 13th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heeee's Back - Gary V.
Replies: 32
Views: 2099

Re: Heeee's Back - Gary V.

Chris Blum wrote:
March 13th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Yeah, I’m good. Thanks.
+1
by Cris Whetstone
March 13th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2008 Dom Perignon 152
Replies: 21
Views: 1100

Re: PSA: 2008 Dom Perignon 152

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
March 13th, 2019, 9:07 am
Unless things have changed, they have no temperature control in their store.
But they pass the savings on to you!
by Cris Whetstone
March 11th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Marc Plouzeau - Touraine Ante Phylloxera Clos de Maulevrier (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)
Replies: 13
Views: 297

Re: TN: 2012 Marc Plouzeau - Touraine Ante Phylloxera Clos de Maulevrier (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)

I was also a bit surprised by all that talk of oak. I don't think I've ever run into a Loire Cab Franc with overt signs of wood. Especially new wood.

Maybe it's finally time to upgrade your stems, Brian.
by Cris Whetstone
March 10th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: New York City - 3/16 Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Dinner (upper west side NYC)
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Re: New York City - 3/16 Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Dinner (upper west side NYC)

Damn. That's almost worth flying out for. Hope to see some tasting notes posted after the dinner.
by Cris Whetstone
March 10th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5278

Re: Best $20 Rioja

You need to watch what those are. They started another label a few years ago and they're dumping the cheaper stuff into it. It's not necessarily bad wine, but it's confusing. There's a label with a script Cune on it - that's the low end, even though they do a Gran Reserva. Those shouldn't be too ex...
by Cris Whetstone
March 3rd, 2019, 12:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 549
Views: 32566

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Mike Hawkins wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 10:32 pm
2002 Pierre Peters Chetillons... still quite primary
I've always regretted not buying this back in the day and burying it.
by Cris Whetstone
March 3rd, 2019, 12:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 549
Views: 32566

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Hey, hey, liking Dhondt Grellet! NV Dhondt-Grellet Champagne Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut - France, Champagne (3/2/2019) First bottle from this producer. This is the NV, although the base is identified as 2015, and from the back label this appears to have a good amount of solera cuvee blend...
by Cris Whetstone
March 1st, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Over sweet Pinot Noirs (served blind)
Replies: 35
Views: 1596

Re: Over sweet Pinot Noirs (served blind)

2005 was a chronically overrated vintage for Pinots in Cali. They just haven't held up well by and large unless you really want sweet tart wines.

Some producers surely did well due to the style they make but most of the stuff we really liked back then should have been drank back then.
by Cris Whetstone
March 1st, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Marc Plouzeau Touraine Ante Phylloxera Clos de Maulevrier
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: TN: 2011 Marc Plouzeau Touraine Ante Phylloxera Clos de Maulevrier

Yeah. I'm hooked on Loire Cab Franc. They age just as well has Cab S wines and always have some secondary characters to play with.

I bought some of these Plouzeaus on WineBid after threads here. Have yet to ask for delivery.
by Cris Whetstone
March 1st, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Marc Plouzeau Touraine Ante Phylloxera Clos de Maulevrier
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: TN: 2011 Marc Plouzeau Touraine Ante Phylloxera Clos de Maulevrier

Note says 2011. Picture says 2010. What's the ABV?
by Cris Whetstone
February 28th, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 124
Views: 7358

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Jmigliano wrote:
February 28th, 2019, 10:38 pm
Wow. Wait 10 years till drinking so if I got a future offer this year which ships in 2021. Most would wait till 2031 to drink them. Not sure I have the patience for that.
There's tons of comparably priced Cabs out of Napa that drink their best within a few years of release. [cheers.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
February 28th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 124
Views: 7358

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

How long do MB’s take to develop tertiary characteristics? Have had 89’ and older, which were fabulous. But have not had anything between 1990 and 2010. Wondering where they start really showing up and what kind of cellar time commitment most give for them? Thanks For tertiary characters I'd say 20...
by Cris Whetstone
February 28th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa in Newport
Replies: 31
Views: 1502

Re: Napa in Newport

Frenchie, damn, that is 10 mins from our cribs. But dude, $800? Looks like Riverain is on there so I wonder if Nordhoff could swing you a ticket as cellar intern or something. [wink.gif] FWIW, I have always loved that golf course there and playing the rounds there over the years. Maybe Nordhoff can...
by Cris Whetstone
February 27th, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shifting My Cellar
Replies: 41
Views: 2617

Re: Shifting My Cellar

Frank Murray III wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 8:41 pm

Rock, what event?
Dunno. Several years ago. Maybe it was a couple things in succession.
by Cris Whetstone
February 27th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shifting My Cellar
Replies: 41
Views: 2617

Re: Shifting My Cellar

Ha. I didn't realize you had dumped your Burgs. Good man. While I think your single minded pursuit of non-dose wines is misguided, I'm glad you are on to more interesting wines. I wish I could remember what grower bubbles I brought to your pad but I do remember you being intrigued by at least one of...
by Cris Whetstone
February 27th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 1861

Re: APL Los Angeles

Thanks so much for planning this Saul. An all around terrific evening. Loved the tour down stairs. Great lineup of oldies. As others were I found I liked most of the meat much more than I expected. And onion dip on maitakes is flirtysmile.
by Cris Whetstone
February 21st, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks
Replies: 287
Views: 14077

Re: Wine drinking in France sucks

Alan, you're a popular guy. Akin to the Howard Stern of Wine Berserkers - everyone loves to hate you. It doesn't take too long to figure out that any thread you start will quickly devolve into a squabble of some sort. Keep it up and revel in your notoriety. Every forum needs a member or two like yo...
by Cris Whetstone
February 21st, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 1861

Re: APL Los Angeles

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
February 21st, 2019, 12:20 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
February 21st, 2019, 12:15 pm
saul_cooperstein wrote:
February 21st, 2019, 12:11 pm
Hope you feel better!

Opening up one spot (from Kaplan) if someone wants to grab it!?!?
I might take his place...checking with the boss and such
I'm in. Gotta figure out something in that wine theme, too...'badass old red' or whatever
Isn't everything you touch badass?
by Cris Whetstone
February 20th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 4229

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

It's difficult to be effusive about an event that is a home run every single trip to the plate. I'm just happy to have been able to take part quite a few times. What Frank and Jill do all on their property is positively outstanding. But it's also about all the participants bringing and donating thei...
by Cris Whetstone
February 20th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 1861

Re: APL Los Angeles

How is the stemware situation at APL? Should I bring a couple or just my bottles?
by Cris Whetstone
February 14th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 1861

Re: APL Los Angeles

I'm certainly no beef expert. I know enough to sound like I know something to those who don't. But these extended aging cuts are not something I'm familiar with. It will be an exploration for me. On wines, I'm looking at various options. Best ones might be from 1999 which is probably barely "old" fo...
by Cris Whetstone
February 14th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Double decant question
Replies: 34
Views: 1108

Re: Double decant question

I wouldn't worry about using 'double decanting' incorrectly. It's quite silly how it's used. I always assumed it meant actually pouring wine into a decanter twice. But most people use it to mean 'decanting and returning it to the bottle of origin' which doesn't quite work logically or by syntax. Wh...
by Cris Whetstone
February 13th, 2019, 10:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Double decant question
Replies: 34
Views: 1108

Re: Double decant question

I wouldn't worry about using 'double decanting' incorrectly. It's quite silly how it's used. I always assumed it meant actually pouring wine into a decanter twice. But most people use it to mean 'decanting and returning it to the bottle of origin' which doesn't quite work logically or by syntax. I'm...
by Cris Whetstone
February 13th, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3480

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

I think using the word "gift" is problematic. I like to think of these things as "surprises" or " thoughtful reminders" or whatever you think works. The winery took time and effort to recognize their loyal customers. As an eternal cynic I find it very difficult to be cynical about small outfits such...
by Cris Whetstone
February 12th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Baudry - Chinon "Le Clos Guillot" (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)
Replies: 8
Views: 439

Re: TN: 2015 Baudry - Chinon "Le Clos Guillot" (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

Reeeeeallllly ... okay. I'll have to give one a shot. I liked the '14 Grezeaux, but it was a bit too "modern" for me to want to re-buy; I assume(d) (perhaps incorrectly) that the '15 would be even moreso in that direction. Doubling down! Bretty AND modern!? [wow.gif] https://youtu.be/P5y6C-v5-j0
by Cris Whetstone
February 12th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Baudry - Chinon "Le Clos Guillot" (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)
Replies: 8
Views: 439

Re: TN: 2015 Baudry - Chinon "Le Clos Guillot" (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

Uh oh. Careful mentioning brett in the wine of a sacrosanct producer. There may be penance asked upon thee once you are tarred and feathered. [stirthepothal.gif]

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