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by Cris Whetstone
December 2nd, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!
Replies: 68
Views: 4352

Re: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!

MaxSchwartzapfel wrote:
December 2nd, 2020, 7:06 pm
Has everyone's experience with WineBid been positive?

Asking for a friend...
Well that's not leading or vague... rolleyes
by Cris Whetstone
December 2nd, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?
Replies: 38
Views: 938

Re: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?

I should add that for me I am nearly always drinking that opened bottled the next day. I might employ something more careful like the half bottle or gassing wine if I was going to try to drink the bottle more than a day later. But personally, I just do not see wanting to do that. Seems like more of ...
by Cris Whetstone
December 2nd, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are auction prices on Wine Searcher listed without VIG?
Replies: 32
Views: 570

Re: Why are auction prices on Wine Searcher listed without VIG?

I don't think this is a Wine Searcher problem. You could also ask why they do not include tax and shipping. They scrape list prices. It's not really their issue when it comes to total costs. It's on the auction houses to post this but I don't think any of them really want to for obvious reasons. It...
by Cris Whetstone
December 2nd, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are auction prices on Wine Searcher listed without VIG?
Replies: 32
Views: 570

Re: Why are auction prices on Wine Searcher listed without VIG?

I don't think this is a Wine Searcher problem. You could also ask why they do not include tax and shipping. They scrape list prices. It's not really their issue when it comes to total costs. It's on the auction houses to post this but I don't think any of them really want to for obvious reasons. It ...
by Cris Whetstone
December 1st, 2020, 10:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Glass For Loire Cab Franc?
Replies: 14
Views: 493

Re: Best Glass For Loire Cab Franc?

Whatever your standard Bordeaux style red wine glass is is the answer. The specific brands are mostly about what your last great experience was with a new glass. Don't think you need any certain brand to enjoy any certain wine. Stressing about having the right vessel is mostly a distraction.
by Cris Whetstone
December 1st, 2020, 10:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?
Replies: 38
Views: 938

Re: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?

For nearly any wines of decent quality that are youngish I don't use anything but the cork. I stand them up in the wine or regular fridge. No issues. For old wines that are well into maturity I've been using Repours lately. Most wines are not going anywhere overnight. I would think you only need to ...
by Cris Whetstone
November 29th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Immense Pleasure Or Profundity?
Replies: 18
Views: 968

Re: Immense Pleasure Or Profundity?

What's the step just below profound? Immensely stimulating? Yeah, I'll take that plus the immense pleasure.
by Cris Whetstone
November 29th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 1999 Dom Perignon Heat Damage Challenge - The Results
Replies: 35
Views: 1937

Re: The 1999 Dom Perignon Heat Damage Challenge

As to the topic at hand, ask yourself if every bottle of wine made, everywhere in the world, before, say, 1950, was heat damaged when consumed. That doesn't really follow unless every wine everywhere pre-1950 was stored in a warmish climate for 20 plus years prior to consumption. He's talking about...
by Cris Whetstone
November 29th, 2020, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 1999 Dom Perignon Heat Damage Challenge - The Results
Replies: 35
Views: 1937

Re: The 1999 Dom Perignon Heat Damage Challenge

Interesting. The bottle isn't going to be prisitine and will likely show more development than normal, but it still might be okay. If the temperature graph you showed can be correlated over to the storage closet then things probably aren't too bad. It looks like you have enough mass in the closet t...
by Cris Whetstone
November 26th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira newbie, looking for advice
Replies: 27
Views: 1149

Re: Madeira newbie, looking for advice

The thing is low end Madeira isn't all that great. At least if you are looking for typical wines that people enjoy. The lower end wines are almost a whole 'nother thing. The Rare Wine Co bottlings give you a nice window into better Madeira without breaking the bank. Madeira isn't really like other r...
by Cris Whetstone
November 26th, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desperate for legit ideas on what to do with Stella Rosa semi-sweet wine
Replies: 20
Views: 624

Re: Desperate for legit ideas on what to do with Stella Rosa semi-sweet wine

I have two bottles leftover last year from a work gifting thing. No clue what to do with them either. Don't really get mulled wine and there won't be any holiday functions to drop them off at. But also no guilt on who gave them to me. It was accidental.
by Cris Whetstone
November 25th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most impractical wine in the cellar?
Replies: 75
Views: 3058

Re: Most impractical wine in the cellar?

I knew someone that had a 9L of Château d'Yquem. I always wondered when something like that gets opened, if ever.
by Cris Whetstone
November 24th, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 201
Views: 6104

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

Now I've done a red and a white. 2012 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Blanc de Noirs - France, Champagne (11/23/2020) Salmon tinged golden color. Nose of white bread, candied berries and lemon. A touch mineral. Lovely and subtle. Bright, sweet fruits on the palate. A mélange of apples, berries and stone...
by Cris Whetstone
November 24th, 2020, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 437
Views: 23189

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Thanks all for the comments everyone really helpful. Now, I know why the wine buyer keep mentioning that I should try it before I cellar it. Maybe the carignane wasn’t pyrazine, it did have a overwhelming twist at the end that was bitter. (2018 Vinca minor Mendocino). Thanks for the tip on one to t...
by Cris Whetstone
November 24th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 437
Views: 23189

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

If my Cab Franc isn't at least a touch herbaceous then I'm usually less than thrilled. It just comes off like a wanna-be Cab S. It's the reason I've almost never been impressed by Cab Franc from California. It's never distinctive.
by Cris Whetstone
November 23rd, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 201
Views: 6104

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

AD6CD693-AD2A-460A-AD75-FF5FE0C68512.jpeg2004 Rhys Family Farms Pinot Don’t remember getting this so it is likely from my first purchase. On opening, it is a bit funky on the nose, with a bit barnyard. Initial taste is not great, with that something that says over the hill. Some bricking in the gla...
by Cris Whetstone
November 22nd, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 201
Views: 6104

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

2015 Halcon Vineyards Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (11/22/2020) Very translucent showing very low extraction. Reticent nose showing light strawberry, cheery candy and pine forest. Light bodied palate. Strawberry, blackberry, and black tea flavors. Well ...
by Cris Whetstone
November 20th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheapest Loire Cab Franc you could enjoy?
Replies: 30
Views: 1400

Re: Cheapest Loire Can Franc you could enjoy?

The Guion domain is good. I think this one is better within a buck or two:

Château du Hureau Saumur-Champigny Tuffe
by Cris Whetstone
November 19th, 2020, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 201
Views: 6104

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

J a y H a c k wrote:
November 19th, 2020, 7:41 pm
Does a Blanc de Noir count? I have some medical issues that require reduction of wine consumption, and I am not wasting it on Pee-No, but I am willing to open some pinot-based bubbly.
Two posts above.... neener
brigcampbell wrote:
November 19th, 2020, 6:23 pm
Don't forget PN bubbles count too.
by Cris Whetstone
November 19th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oh my. The Self-Aerating Wine Glass
Replies: 9
Views: 553

Re: Oh my. The Self-Aerating Wine Glass

Yes. Obviously that long stream of wine pouring out of the bottle, into the vessel is doing no "aerating" at all. It's not until it pours out of the little holes interior to the glass that the aerating is done.

Common sense is never an option with wine gadgets.
by Cris Whetstone
November 18th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!
Replies: 68
Views: 4352

Re: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!

Thanks a lot, Russ. I've been hoping to cut back. [berserker.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
November 17th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ah So — Ah Sucks!
Replies: 47
Views: 2678

Re: Ah So — Ah Sucks!

I could never convince myself to pull the trigger on the expense of a Durand. So I just asked for it for Christmas from a family member since I'm not one to ask for things and they didn't know what to give me. It's been great. Now I'm less concerned about older corks. Juggling a regular wine opener...
by Cris Whetstone
November 17th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ah So — Ah Sucks!
Replies: 47
Views: 2678

Re: Ah So — Ah Sucks!

I could never convince myself to pull the trigger on the expense of a Durand. So I just asked for it for Christmas from a family member since I'm not one to ask for things and they didn't know what to give me. It's been great. Now I'm less concerned about older corks. Juggling a regular wine opener ...
by Cris Whetstone
November 17th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Confession. Not allowing time to open.
Replies: 45
Views: 2640

Re: My Confession. Not allowing time to open.

I also fall in the camp of not giving wine enough time to breath, but am learning to open bottles sooner. I’ve also never been one to save a bottle overnight because I’ve had a misconception that the wine starts to go bad by the 2nd/3rd night. Question for those of you who enjoy your wine over mult...
by Cris Whetstone
November 9th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 38
Views: 3555

Re: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus

Yeah. "Criminal" seems bizarrely first world myopia but I do have to wonder if Taittinger and Produttori are in cahoots.
by Cris Whetstone
November 9th, 2020, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Does It Mean When A Wine Gains Weight And Loses Complexity With Air
Replies: 7
Views: 603

Re: What Does It Mean When A Wine Gains Weight And Loses Complexity With Air

As an extremely broad generality from someone experienced in wine but with limited knowledge of top end Burgundy, your wine is young. You got whiffs of it's primary self and then it drifted back into a sullen state. It's in what we like to call an 'awkward' phase. It's at a tweener stage in terms of...
by Cris Whetstone
November 9th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Broadbent Madeira Verdelho 10 Year Old (Portugal, Madeira)
Replies: 9
Views: 291

Re: TN: NV Broadbent Madeira Verdelho 10 Year Old (Portugal, Madeira)

I've had similar disappointments tasting most low end Madeira. None of them seem to deliver an experience I want to repeat.

The Rare Wine Co Historic series are about as low end as I've found for Madeira that I enjoy. It's a solid lineup but you are talking $40-60.
by Cris Whetstone
November 9th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Sommeliers - See you Non-Civils in civil court!
Replies: 89
Views: 8261

Re: Court of Sommeliers - See you Non-Civils in civil court!

Seriously folks. An older guy, not exactly Cary Grant, with the ability to confer professional favors to a cadre of attractive young women and we’re surprised by the behavior. Please. It's not surprise at the actions. It's surprise at how protected these guys can be. The lack of action by the orgs....
by Cris Whetstone
November 9th, 2020, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chablis Ageing Question
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: Chablis Ageing Question

The premox thing also makes it very producer dependent. I haven't seen any issue with Louis Michel so I'm aging mine. I think Fevre had some issues with premox for instance so I would do some research before laying those down. Brocard has had issues and I wouldn't age those more than 5 years.
by Cris Whetstone
November 8th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Confession. Not allowing time to open.
Replies: 45
Views: 2640

Re: My Confession. Not allowing time to open.

Since I split wines over two nights I never decant unless there is some real problem with excessive sediment. Bottles that will be drank the same evening see more aggressive choices in terms of decanting.
by Cris Whetstone
November 5th, 2020, 10:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: solid sparkling wine (well) under $20
Replies: 26
Views: 1021

Re: solid sparkling wine (well) under $20

For under $20 I always thought this was decent. It's not going to make you forget Champagne but it's gets the job done for not a lot of dollars.

NV Varichon & Clerc Blanc de Blancs Brut
by Cris Whetstone
November 4th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK
Replies: 26
Views: 769

Re: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK

It's settled then. I has been a long time since I opened three bottles on the same night...in the name of science. [drinkers.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
November 4th, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK
Replies: 26
Views: 769

Re: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK

My bottom line concern is opening three bottles and having to pour part of them out because they do not hold up in the fridge for as long as it would take me to drink them. With sweet sherries that's not an issue I've found. A week or two of sipping from the fridge is fine. The dry sherries I would ...
by Cris Whetstone
November 4th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK
Replies: 26
Views: 769

Re: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
November 3rd, 2020, 7:49 pm
Do you have reason to believe 2 will be sweet?
I guess I assumed by saying they would be ok in the fridge for extended periods that they are sweet.
by Cris Whetstone
November 4th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...
Replies: 64
Views: 2491

Re: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...

Whether to drink or hold is very subjective I've found. I should be able to glean something from your note about how open the wine seemed to you anyway. I find those sorts of clues much more useful than a pronouncement of 'drink' or 'hold'. It's those clues I often find useful if I'm trying to figur...
by Cris Whetstone
November 3rd, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 10963

Re: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)

Drinking the bottom 75% of a bottle of the 2018 Ridge Evangelho I opened late last night. The oak that was prominent last night has faded away. Ignoring the greater coverage. Going to stick to movies and video games until maybe before bed. Hoping to pop something more celebratory tomorrow.
by Cris Whetstone
November 3rd, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK
Replies: 26
Views: 769

Re: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK

What is the general opinion on how long these hold in the fridge. I assume the Oloroso is fine for at least a couple weeks. What about the other two bottles? Oloroso and Palo Cortado should be fine for a long time --- longer than they're likely to last once open. Honestly, the En Rama should be fin...
by Cris Whetstone
November 2nd, 2020, 11:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one country...
Replies: 103
Views: 3406

Re: If only one country...

Kris Patten wrote:
November 2nd, 2020, 9:19 pm
Chris Seiber wrote:
November 2nd, 2020, 9:16 pm
Cris Whetstone wrote:
November 2nd, 2020, 6:59 pm
Probably in this order:
Beer
Austria
Portugal
Is Homer Simpson the president of that first country?
No, Peter Griffin in a landslide.
Agreed. Elected officials are mostly only faint copies of actual leaders. [wink.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
November 2nd, 2020, 10:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST
Replies: 70
Views: 2840

Re: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST

Should we PM our questions with our invite requests?
by Cris Whetstone
November 2nd, 2020, 10:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK
Replies: 26
Views: 769

Re: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK

What is the general opinion on how long these hold in the fridge. I assume the Oloroso is fine for at least a couple weeks. What about the other two bottles?
by Cris Whetstone
November 2nd, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 10963

Re: Wine for election night?

Someone on MSNBC said only a 50/50 chance we’ll know the winner on Election night - ugh Nate Silver says 60%. As I said in another thread, GA, NC and FL are going to be early calls (unless the spread is microscopic). If Biden wins one of those, it will be a very long night for Trump. He needs all t...
by Cris Whetstone
November 2nd, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved
Replies: 211
Views: 9298

Re: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved

To be fair to OP - if he just said COOKED v CORKED we wouldn't really have this long thread of people teasing him, cause that cork is definitely a cooked wine. It might not have been as long but the focus of the thread as a threat to action for K&L would have been the same. He could have been more ...
by Cris Whetstone
November 2nd, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST
Replies: 70
Views: 2840

Re: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST

Oh, so we have to ask for the PM? Asking....
by Cris Whetstone
November 2nd, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one country...
Replies: 103
Views: 3406

Re: If only one country...

Probably in this order:
Beer
Austria
Portugal
by Cris Whetstone
November 2nd, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved
Replies: 211
Views: 9298

Re: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved

To be fair to OP - if he just said COOKED v CORKED we wouldn't really have this long thread of people teasing him, cause that cork is definitely a cooked wine. It might not have been as long but the focus of the thread as a threat to action for K&L would have been the same. He could have been more ...
by Cris Whetstone
November 2nd, 2020, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved
Replies: 211
Views: 9298

Re: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved

Gray G wrote:
November 2nd, 2020, 6:05 pm

so they tasted the wine, and it was fine, so you came on here and now have a refund, wow, extortion via WB [oops.gif]
That's often the point of social media business shaming. Make over the top accusations until you get some free stuff.
by Cris Whetstone
November 2nd, 2020, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 10963

Re: Wine for election night?

Yes.

I'll probably watch Borat so I'll be distracted at least for a while.
by Cris Whetstone
November 2nd, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mis-labelled. How many potential bidders will squint and notice?
Replies: 21
Views: 1566

Re: Mis-labelled. How many potential bidders will squint and notice?

Reading wine labels is tricky even for people with experience. Given what WineBid sells I'm not surprised they miss little stuff like this occasionally given the volume. I've benefitted from these sorts of mistakes at least twice. I've had another where the vintage in the photo didn't match the desc...
by Cris Whetstone
November 2nd, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved
Replies: 211
Views: 9298

Re: Don't waste your money on K&L wine at Redwood City

TBH, I was not try to trash a retailer, I was sharing my real story here. I knew the retailer has very good reviews, but it doesn't mean they couldn't be wrong on my case. For future reference, if your subject line includes "Don't waste your money on XXXX(retailer)" people are going to take that as...

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