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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: 50
Views: 2103

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: 67
Views: 1141

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: 67
Views: 1141

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: 972

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: 972

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: 3318

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: 7
Views: 257

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: 7
Views: 257

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]
by Cris Whetstone
February 11th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 66
Views: 4260

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

How much was it? Two months ago $200 at auction, today over $300 and counting That pricing seems whacko. I don't think the rosado is "allocated" in the sense that it's produced in small quantities and there's very high demand. I would guess the issue in Seattle is that there's very little demand so...
by Cris Whetstone
February 10th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15903
Views: 372493

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

It will be interesting to see how well Russian River handles the production brewery situation. Once you have multiple shifts brewing the beer, is everyone trained well enough to keep quality high? Very few breweries have handled this very well. Some figured it out without damaging their brand too m...
by Cris Whetstone
February 10th, 2019, 10:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15903
Views: 372493

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Rick Allen wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 5:02 pm
I just found out that we were named in RateBeer's 100 Best Breweries in the World!
Well done Rick! One day I hope to try some of your beer. [cheers.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
February 10th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sicily rediscovers wine varieties previously thought to be extinct
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: Sicily rediscovers wine varieties previously thought to be extinct

I did have to wonder how a variety with 8,000 planted vines was considered extinct though. Hiding in plain sight - thought to be something else. We've seen that in other regions. What was thought to be one grape variety turns out to be 2 or 3 unrelated(!) grapes that performing more or less the sam...
by Cris Whetstone
February 10th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sicily rediscovers wine varieties previously thought to be extinct
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: Sicily rediscovers wine varieties previously thought to be extinct

That is very cool. Interesting that several of them are the result of a cross with Sangiovese. I did have to wonder how a variety with 8,000 planted vines was considered extinct though. Lucignola Red – A cross of Sangiovese and an unknown variety. Rediscovered in the Nebrodi Mountains. It results in...
by Cris Whetstone
February 9th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have your best wine experiences been with white or red?
Replies: 23
Views: 764

Re: Have your best wine experiences been with white or red?

As an average of experiences I'm pretty sure it would be red by a solid margin. The highest of the highs being Champagne but just having more great experiences with reds. Whites can certainly be profound and notable but I'd be hard pressed to identify any number of great performances being as high a...
by Cris Whetstone
February 6th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone else get an email from SQN last week?
Replies: 14
Views: 970

Re: Anyone else get an email from SQN last week?

This happened to me a few years ago. I think I passed on replying but then was getting update sorts of emails every 6-10 months for a couple years. Those seem to have stopped.
by Cris Whetstone
February 5th, 2019, 11:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé
Replies: 24
Views: 461

Re: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé

I did not realize there was a split. Godme was one of those labels I liked every time I had it but never bought enough of it. I've always remembered their wines displaying great balance and reserve while displaying an intriguing expression. Somewhat rare for Champagne or really anywhere. I look forw...
by Cris Whetstone
February 5th, 2019, 11:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does uncorking alone really let wine breathe ?
Replies: 16
Views: 882

Re: Does uncorking alone really let wine breathe ?

I am a big fan of a taste (1-2 oz) then typically a double decant. Depending on the taste I may leave it decanted for 30 minutes to several hours. Rinse the bottle of sediment and pour back in until service. I’m astounded at the number of people that don’t double decant older wines, particularly ol...
by Cris Whetstone
February 5th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine
Replies: 63
Views: 2190

Re: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine

Most recent vintage you can find of a Rivers Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot.
by Cris Whetstone
February 5th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 1531

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

The Winehouse has a lots of good wines. Prices are OK, especially for the West coast. Just scrolling through the first few pages for Italy shows some nice and interesting choices. Manhattan seems OK also. Seems to have a smaller selection. But it might just be the websites. Thank you Gary—was think...
by Cris Whetstone
February 4th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 6880

Re: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer

Does anyone now if it takes longer to get on the cab list? This Pinot release was my first time on after just signing up in the fall... I'm pretty sure you get on all three lists automatically: Pinot, Chard and Cab. The releases are in that order. I can't speak to the availability of the individual...
by Cris Whetstone
February 4th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 67
Views: 1141

Re: APL Los Angeles

7:30 is great. I always like later start times since I have more freeway to battle than most of ya'll.
by Cris Whetstone
February 3rd, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 1531

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

I think Italy would be the last country to try to 'learn in one year'. If you really want to learn it up and down anyway. So many varieties and regions. Plus history. Just look at the regional outlines in the Wine Atlas. In some places the local areas overlap and in some places they don't. And the v...
by Cris Whetstone
February 3rd, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 67
Views: 1141

Re: APL Los Angeles

Sorry, I did not see your PM until today. Todd hasn't turned off all my notifications since my time as a moderator so I don't check the PM box often as it's full of things I care not to read mostly. I'm in for the 21st. Thanks for pulling me back in. Love the theme. [cheers.gif] Watch out for "singl...
by Cris Whetstone
February 3rd, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 130
Views: 4009

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Welcome Hardy! Look forward to seeing you.
by Cris Whetstone
February 3rd, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have a glass problem: Zalto - WS - Now JR
Replies: 39
Views: 2308

Re: I have a glass problem: Zalto - WS - Now JR

I dont understand people's fascination with the GGG. I've tried them with a bunch of wines side by side with half a dozen glasses and I don't prefer the nose. I find the nose muted in comparison with larger bowl glasses, and so I lose alot. One Ganevat gamay blend really worked as it emphasized the...
by Cris Whetstone
January 30th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 67
Views: 1141

Re: APL Los Angeles

Cris Whetstone wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Can't do the 26th.
...three posts later...
saul_cooperstein wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 6:44 pm
lets Target 26th. Chris think it overnight if might be able to make it.
[scratch.gif] [swearing.gif] [rofl.gif]

Have fun all.
by Cris Whetstone
January 29th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 67
Views: 1141

Re: APL Los Angeles

Can't do the 26th. 21st works. Feel free to boot me if it works better for more on the 26th. It's work for me to get up there on a school night.
by Cris Whetstone
January 29th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for J.J. Prum Collectors...
Replies: 29
Views: 1695

Re: Question for J.J. Prum Collectors...

I'm not expert enough to give you more specific answers but those windows are going to vary with vintage. They also vary depending on how much the more sugary aspects are important to you as it fades with time even if the overall expression of the wine does not.
by Cris Whetstone
January 29th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I am a CT delinquent.
Replies: 112
Views: 3086

Re: I am a CT delinquent.

Do you guys include tax and shipping in your price per bottle? Maybe it’s subconscious denial of my spending, but I like to have a lower price/higher valuation... I will usually add shipping costs because they can vary quite a bit. They can often be the difference between a purchase or not as I usu...
by Cris Whetstone
January 29th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I am a CT delinquent.
Replies: 112
Views: 3086

Re: I am a CT delinquent.

Same here. I've got all my purchases from BD10 in pending and printed out a list of everything else today. I'm going to try and work on it a few hours a day until I get done. Of course, I'll probably wind up boxing up some for friends to free up space for the new arrivals. One requirement Todd need...
by Cris Whetstone
January 28th, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 67
Views: 1141

Re: APL Los Angeles

Sounds fun. Looks like you might be full but I'll follow along and see where it goes.
by Cris Whetstone
January 28th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos
Replies: 19
Views: 977

Re: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes

Thanks for the notes. I 'discovered' Phillips Hill rather serendipitously on a camping trip up the coast. Over heard one of the proprietors talking at a coffee shop out in Mendocino. Stopped in a for a taste the next day was pleased. Navarro is certainly as good as they come for aromatic whites. Plu...
by Cris Whetstone
January 28th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 7277

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

Nice work by some first timers. Welcome and thanks for speaking up and joining in. As someone with a palate that leans heavily on older world and older styled wines I'd like to offer some of the people who posted here with similar palates that BerserkerDay is a perfect time to explore some left coas...
by Cris Whetstone
January 27th, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular Through 1/27/19 LAST CALL
Replies: 84
Views: 3198

Re: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular Through 1/27/29 LAST CALL

Brian Tuite wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Plus a couple Zinfandel Magnums
1993 Ravenswood Wood Rd Belloni - retail $100
2004 Scherrer Old and Mature Vines - retail $180
Both purchased from the respective winemakers within the past 2 years. Perfect provenance.
Can I start the bidding now?
by Cris Whetstone
January 27th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 441
Views: 26519

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Warren, I’m re-upping. champagne.gif Kyle, Vilmart 2012 Grand Cellier d' Or is at a killer price right now at Hi-Time, via the Berserker day deal. If you don't own any, order it. For $72, this is well worth the coin. Great bottle of Vilmart, and while it is not the Cd'C bottling, it is damn near in...
by Cris Whetstone
January 27th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 7277

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

Tip 'o the cap to all wineries that participated. Lots of great deals out there that I could not afford to take advantage of. I still grabbed a bunch of wine but wow. Well done all. Plus I bought beef, sardines, EVOO and coffee beans. And sent a six pack of a favorite wine to a friend. Winding down,...
by Cris Whetstone
January 27th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Auctions - CLOSED!!!
Topic: AUCTION: Jason Hagen Fundraiser by Biggio Hamina - Can you help a brother out?
Replies: 31
Views: 1271

Re: AUCTION: Jason Hagen Fundraiser by Biggio Hamina - Can you help a brother out?

I've partied with both Laura and Jason on multiple occasions. They're f'n awesome.

Extra cheers for everyone who took the time and expense in support. They're seriously cool and good peoples.
by Cris Whetstone
January 27th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Auctions - CLOSED!!!
Topic: AUCTION: Guest House near the Redwoods @ Terragena Vineyard - 2 Nights for 4 People
Replies: 16
Views: 551

Re: AUCTION: Guest House near the Redwoods @ Terragena Vineyard - 2 Nights for 4 People

Congrats Jonathan!

I might have tried to snipe this from you if less distracted. Enjoy the woods!
by Cris Whetstone
January 27th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: I. Brand & Family Back in the Game for BD10
Replies: 29
Views: 1245

Re: I. Brand & Family Back in the Game for BD10

Full tasting rooms and ill children are very technical.

For those on the fence, wondering what kind of operation Ian runs, I've been in plenty of wineries. His is the only one with a drum kit over the bathroom.
by Cris Whetstone
January 27th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: SOLD OUT: JEAN EDWARDS CELLARS
Replies: 73
Views: 2342

Re: SOLD OUT: JEAN EDWARDS CELLARS

Nice work folks. I don't even remember seeing this one and it's gone. [berserker.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
January 27th, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Flannery Beef!
Replies: 74
Views: 3577

Re: Flannery Beef!

Screw all ya'll and your 'it freezes just fine' talk. Had to drop an order for that horizontal after reading all that. Wallet is feeling it. [swoon.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
January 27th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: I. Brand & Family Back in the Game for BD10
Replies: 29
Views: 1245

Re: I. Brand & Family Back in the Game for BD10

I think Ian is clearly having technical difficulties. We traded emails early in the day and then I never got a reply after I told him to call me to finalize the order. And he hasn't been back here to let anyone know what's going on. He's just a farmer/winemaker after all. All these zing-bang, bleep ...
by Cris Whetstone
January 27th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Halcon BD10 Offers - extended thru Friday 2/1
Replies: 31
Views: 1275

Re: Halcon BD10 Offers

Somebody values the Esquisto, Paul. The CT value was at $1131.00. Now that I've entered mine it has dropped to $856.25. Sorry.

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by Cris Whetstone
January 27th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Hi-Time Wine Cellars 10% off sale
Replies: 12
Views: 861

Re: Hi-Time Wine Cellars 10% off sale

Thanks V! Found a random bottle of 2011 Raffault Les Picasses floating around so I snagged that for less than $26 plus a few other goodies. champagne.gif

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