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by Cris Whetstone
January 19th, 2020, 11:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 208
Views: 15835

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

Goodness, I don't expect participation in Politics or heated debates on wine topics even but engagement with customers is a great thing. Just being a presence - thanks folks for tasting notes on your wines, contribute to the weather posts or comment on a wine you enjoyed recently that wasn't yours ...
by Cris Whetstone
January 19th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 26
Views: 1216

Re: storing wines vertically?

I assume now that horizontal storage was at first a practical convention. All ideas about how it affected the enclosure came after that. You can store a lot more bottles in a confined space of an old cellar by laying them on their side and stacking them after all than you could standing them up. It'...
by Cris Whetstone
January 18th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You're really trying to force us to pay up, aren't you Todd?
Replies: 36
Views: 2809

Re: You're really trying to force us to pay up, aren't you Todd?

broken record: the entire ad tech industry is cancer and you should be using dead simple blocking extensions, etc. there are tons. i happen to feel that ublock origins is among the best. nothing prevents you from sending todd money to offset the cost of running this site. these above 2 ideas can ex...
by Cris Whetstone
January 18th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?
Replies: 40
Views: 1769

Re: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?

It would be an oxymoron to have lots of epiphanies. The bigger lesson is to find the things that make you happy most often. Enjoy the epiphanies for the everyday pleasures they pushed you to find.
by Cris Whetstone
January 18th, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 208
Views: 15835

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

In all honesty, there's a lot of strong personalities here with a lot of opinions and it can get heated quick, which I learned fast as a newer member. A lot of knowledge as well, sometimes more than you have. As a business person, trying to be the face of your brand, I can totally see how you have ...
by Cris Whetstone
January 12th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1501

Re: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

I almost forgot this add on. A very cool wine. Much better than my previous experiences with still Champagnes. I don't remember the Courtin that well as I was getting texts from work and thinking I needed to go. 2014 Coessens Coteaux Champenois Vendange Entière - France, Champagne, Coteaux Champenoi...
by Cris Whetstone
January 12th, 2020, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1501

Re: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

Thanks a bunch to Frank for putting this together and hosting. Also thanks to old and new friends that came and brought wines. This was a terrific focused tasting. As someone who hasn't been tracking Rhys that closely over the last few years the changes in build of the wines was surprising for me. I...
by Cris Whetstone
January 7th, 2020, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Big Red Wines for Kids' Kloset program of (914) Cares JAN 3-10
Replies: 47
Views: 1537

Re: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Big Red Wines for Kids' Kloset program of (914) Cares JAN 3-10

Originally I had chosen this bottle when this tasting was announced. Now I see it was questionable and is now allowed in. Which is good because I don't have much to fit the bill these days. Actually, Rivers Marie Pinots are ALL I have that would qualify. Cheers Jay. 2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occi...
by Cris Whetstone
January 7th, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2752

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

I understand what the OP is saying. Seiber also sums up a lot of the points I would make. And I think the more than a few defensive responses here would indicate Robert touched on something. Sure if a wine is completely cooked or TCA ridden it will go down the drain. But we know that's not what he's...
by Cris Whetstone
January 7th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass
Replies: 36
Views: 1719

Re: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass

She's a smart lady but a brandy snifter is a bit much. Any tulip-shaped glass should be just fine, since the same principles apply to all wine. Also, I think she's a little bit wrong on her physiology. In any event, since we don't drink much sparkling wine, we just use a regular wine glass. In her ...
by Cris Whetstone
January 5th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 24
Views: 1719

Re: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!

I also liked this Demostene Ranch bottling quite a bit. Note that it is not a Zinfandel. It's a 50/50 blend of Zin and Carignan. I've found a lot of the bottlings that contain a good dose of Carignan to my liking. I think it really adds that nice lift you want behind the fruit. Another recent bottl...
by Cris Whetstone
January 5th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 86
Views: 3778

Re: Allemand Bretty?

Rhône wouldn’t be Rhône without a little Brett thrown in...just sayin. Yeah...seriously... I've found Allemand Chaillots to have more brett than Reynard...which is generally fairly clean.... I'm not sure what people are arguing about to be honest...Allemand wine factually has some brett in it. Some...
by Cris Whetstone
January 5th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 24
Views: 1719

Re: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!

I also liked this Demostene Ranch bottling quite a bit. Note that it is not a Zinfandel. It's a 50/50 blend of Zin and Carignan. I've found a lot of the bottlings that contain a good dose of Carignan to my liking. I think it really adds that nice lift you want behind the fruit. Another recent bottle...
by Cris Whetstone
January 2nd, 2020, 10:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3
Replies: 57
Views: 1679

Re: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3

Nerd alert. 2014 Michel Gahier Chardonnay Arbois Les Crêts - France, Jura, Arbois (1/1/2020) Nose of marcona almonds, fresh cut lemon and white vinegar. Fresh with some weight. More nutty flavors with dry sherry. Tart lemon. Bright acids. Some more white vinegar. Strong fruit density means this migh...
by Cris Whetstone
December 31st, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3
Replies: 57
Views: 1679

Re: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3

NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart - France, Champagne (12/27/2019) Much like my last go with this wine. This time I got a more cohesive look. The more complex solera notes seemed more integrated with the freshness of the young wine. I wouldn't call it harmonious but it mostly wo...
by Cris Whetstone
December 25th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3
Replies: 57
Views: 1679

Re: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3

I missed the Loire TN's for charity but I'll be sure to get in for this one. Going for a more traditional red tonight but I'll pop a vin de Jura later this week for your most excellent theme. Maybe a champer in Frank's mould.
by Cris Whetstone
December 7th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 208
Views: 15835

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

I should have bought more of that Wilde Farm last year. Those are turning out to be a helluva bargain.

Please show some mercy and move this to Sunday. January is hell work month around here.
by Cris Whetstone
November 26th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21107

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

It's apparent that people will never stop obsessing about RMP even when something is clearly not about him. Michelin isn't buying RMP. Does he even write for the publication anymore? They are buying a wine reviewing platform that is marketable as such along with it's writers content. It's pretty si...
by Cris Whetstone
November 26th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 61
Views: 2216

Re: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."

I think the term is mostly used as a way of signaling the taster only allows wines that meet certain pedigrees on their palate. After all, unless a wine is poison, tastes of actual vomit or has become a solid, it's drinkable. I doubt in the vast majority of cases when the term is used it is an actua...
by Cris Whetstone
November 24th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21107

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

It's apparent that people will never stop obsessing about RMP even when something is clearly not about him. Michelin isn't buying RMP. Does he even write for the publication anymore? They are buying a wine reviewing platform that is marketable as such along with it's writers content. It's pretty sim...
by Cris Whetstone
November 22nd, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21107

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

During the press conference, we will also be unveiling a list of our reviewers’ top ten wine discoveries of the year, highlighting our continued efforts not just to cover famous names and benchmarks, but to tirelessly seek out the new next-big-things and under-the-radar bargains. I don't get the Mi...
by Cris Whetstone
November 20th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Storing OWC Make (Financial) Sense?
Replies: 20
Views: 1383

Re: Does Storing OWC Make (Financial) Sense?

I don't if this has been said explicitly but you are paying a premium for your managed storage facility. So I'm not sure your question is important without considering that you have other options for storage out there. Others are correct about the wood only being important for high end auction wines...
by Cris Whetstone
November 16th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 58
Views: 1986

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

Perhaps people are confusing brett with funk because that's what they want to see. That cuts both ways so I wouldn't just dismiss people that talk about a favorite producer in a way you do not favor as not knowing how to taste. But I would also point out that I don't think of brett free as "clean". ...
by Cris Whetstone
November 14th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 58
Views: 1986

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

I'm with Doug. I would never call Baudry "clean" in terms of brett. It's the only producer I've repeatedly gotten brett from in recent releases. I like their wines when the brett level is low or non-existent but I've reached the point where they are a 'taste before buy' label. I've heard Joguet has ...
by Cris Whetstone
November 13th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 58
Views: 1986

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

Thanks for the update. I listed my drinking window starting in 2019 but I doubt I'll even glance at one of these for another give years. A well aged example of this bottling remains one of the greatest wines I've ever had.
by Cris Whetstone
November 13th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 45
Views: 2800

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

Cris, It’s interesting to me that baked/stewy shows up in so many of your 2013 Pinot notes. Worrisome. Well as Frank is the final word I guess you don't have to worry. [wink.gif] I notice that note in Pinot a lot from riper climates. It might be just how I express the fruit. It might be something I...
by Cris Whetstone
November 12th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 45
Views: 2800

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

Here are my impressions. Not really doing full CT treatment minus a few exceptions. A fun tasting. A big range here. Some showed much bigger than I expected but few were as large as what we think of as bigger CA Pinot. A lot of the wines were in funky places. I remember talking to Viet about how he ...
by Cris Whetstone
October 22nd, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2971

Re: Aglianico

Want to recommend a good traditional one I could find in the US? Near me, Hi Time has these: STEFANIA BARBOT 2015 ION AGLIANICO IRPINA $26.95 MASTROBERARDINO "RADICI" 2011 TAURASI RISERVA $59.98 TERREDORA DIPAOLO 2012 TAURASI $29.98 GALARDI 2016 TERRA DI LAVORO ROCCAMONFINA $64.95 And Wine Exchange...
by Cris Whetstone
October 13th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Clemente on Saturday November 9th UPDATED POST 1
Replies: 56
Views: 4279

Re: San Clemente on Saturday November 9th UPDATED POST 1

I have developed a conflict for that night. Sorry to miss you.
by Cris Whetstone
September 19th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??
Replies: 25
Views: 1635

Re: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??

Hank Victor wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Markus S wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Does it have the typical simple RIDGE label?
Looks like it.

https://www.ridgewine.com/wines/2018-grenache-blanc/
Wholesale Only Release
Interesting. I wonder what the story is.
by Cris Whetstone
September 19th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 62
Views: 4047

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

While I'm sure many would equate the quality of RMP's notes with that of a McDonald's hamburger, it's either cognitive dissonance or forced intellectual dishonesty to equate opinions on products and actual products.
by Cris Whetstone
September 17th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 62
Views: 4047

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

As Alan alludes to many of the comparisons given in this thread don't work at all. Ford or Disney created products. The companies they founded continue to create products. The Wine Advocate was a place where Robert Parker reviewed wines. You can argue his opinion was his product but that's kind of t...
by Cris Whetstone
September 17th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 60
Views: 2888

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

I have learned (the hard way) that the key to keeping a lean inventory at home is to ensure that your offsite cellar is organized by drinking date. Stuff to be aged goes in the back, stuff to be consumed goes in the front. That way you don't have to rummage through dozens of heavy boxes in order to...
by Cris Whetstone
September 15th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 60
Views: 2888

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

I have a small wine fridge at home now. I keep 30-45 bottles in there. The rest is offsite. It's not difficult to go to my offsite every month or so to get more for home if needed/wanted.
by Cris Whetstone
September 10th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Go get your 1 bottle of 08 Cristal at Bevmo for $175!
Replies: 7
Views: 905

Re: Go get your 1 bottle of 08 Cristal at Bevmo for $175!

I don't think the same coupons go out to all members. I think they parcel them out regionally.

The only coupons I seem to get for Total Wine any more are for their 'winery direct' wines.
by Cris Whetstone
September 10th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 135
Views: 6039

Re: As of 9/9: Please re-confirm: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys

Can't swing the midweek thing right now. Sorry to miss everyone. Enjoy!
by Cris Whetstone
September 7th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1666
Views: 97254

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

EHeffner wrote:
September 7th, 2019, 11:59 am
Previously offered May 22. FWIW, I didn’t receive a recent email for it
That's what I thought. I already have some in my cellar though since I know they do more than one Special Club I thought maybe it was possibly something else.

I also did not receive this offer.
by Cris Whetstone
September 7th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 5254

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME

Cris - thanks (the tree out back must be producing like crazy, huh? jealous...) Naw. The neighbors cut that down. I just bring it because I know how to make it decent and it's great in the summer. I can do spring rolls if people would rather and Jay doesn't want to bother. I live near more than one...
by Cris Whetstone
September 7th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1666
Views: 97254

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Nice offer on the Gimmonet Special Club Did not see this and I’m a big fan of these wines. Mind sharing what it was? $65 a bottle for the 2012 Special Club Millesime. Email directed to buy on the website, but only 4 left after I purchased. Might still be there? This has been offered previously, yeah?
by Cris Whetstone
September 7th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb
Replies: 47
Views: 2705

Re: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb

I guess the issue I really have with the article is that it is feeding people some talking points without a lot of context. I would say that if someone is truly interested in learning more about wine, the first thing to do would be to read some articles or books about basic winemaking techniques an...
by Cris Whetstone
September 7th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb
Replies: 47
Views: 2705

Re: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb

I've been pretty shocked by the reactions to this article and the further doubling down. The way this is posted is more beyond usefulness than the source article is. It's clearly an article to give people who don't know jack about wine something more interesting and more importantly, on point to ask...
by Cris Whetstone
September 7th, 2019, 12:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 163
Views: 9332

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

I always wonder. Is the 'down the drain' thing like some sort of virtue signal bragging or merely consumerist tantrums in public?
by Cris Whetstone
September 6th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 5254

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME

Cris - thanks (the tree out back must be producing like crazy, huh? jealous...) Naw. The neighbors cut that down. I just bring it because I know how to make it decent and it's great in the summer. I can do spring rolls if people would rather and Jay doesn't want to bother. I live near more than one...
by Cris Whetstone
September 1st, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 163
Views: 9332

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

I also think there's a board skew here in general. I hear speak of $35+ Chards etc as a norm etc. I don't know about your wives, but me coming home with an "everyday" Chard from the supermarket for $35, just isn't gonna go over that well. For her that's a high end wine that needs to be saved and no...
by Cris Whetstone
August 30th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge
Replies: 52
Views: 1925

Re: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge

Neal.Mollen wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 4:39 pm
2007 CdP. En magnum
But only for the sushi bar.
by Cris Whetstone
August 28th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet
Replies: 56
Views: 3881

Re: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet

Somebody really loves themselves.
by Cris Whetstone
August 28th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Vintners in Savoy?
Replies: 22
Views: 986

Re: Favorite Vintners in Savoy?

I'm a big fan of wines from Apremont. Similar to Muscadet in terms of build and value but still out from the hipster eye. They are made from the Jacquère variety.

Three producers I've had very good wines from:

Marc Portaz
Jean Masson
R&B Bernard

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