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Robert.A.Jr. wrote: April 28th, 2021, 5:22 pm Gila-

Dropping the Screagle and this Owl corkscrew in the mail tomorrow, please PM me your address.
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It amuses me.

Thanks to Roberto, I now have two Screaming Eagle corks in my house! The first was from Berserker's own David just a few years ago.
Roberto's (NOW MINE) is shown here.
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For those of you who'd like to read more about this iconic winery... www.screamingeagle.com
The Screaming Eagle Winery and Vineyards is a California wine estate producing limited amounts of varietal wine. Due to the excellent quality, small quantities produced and high prices commanded, their wines are considered the ultimate "cult" wines by most authorities. The place is located in Oakville, north of the town of Napa in the Napa Valley. The "subcriptions" to these wines are sold out for years, and the secondary market prices are sky-high. I am absolutely thrilled to own these two corkalicious beauties.
Now, as to the corkscrew, I know there is a variety of brands, styles and vintages of these critters. I have some online buddies who have knowledge about barware. I'm going to run this by them, since I always love to learn more about stuff. I'll report back.
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Thanks, Roberto, thanks!!

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Who's this Roberto cat? Please tell us he isn't pulling his Cuban schtick on ya....... [snort.gif]
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Dave McIsaac wrote: May 3rd, 2021, 3:56 pm Who's this Roberto cat? Please tell us he isn't pulling his Cuban schtick on ya....... [snort.gif]
Hey hey, adding that “O” at the end of my name is very critical to establishing my Cuban credentials! It’s the Cubanization of my very being! Don’t let Jorge kid you otherwise. He’s more white than I am! I’m the real deal.
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Okay, here's the scoop. Two scoops, actually.
1 - I have a very persistent habit of nicknaming people.
2 - I am half Mexican, and tend to Mexicanize things... names, foods, greetings...
So now we have Roberto and... how about El Dave-o?
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Adolfo H wrote: April 29th, 2021, 8:27 am I'll add to your flock! We'll get one of these dropped in the mail for you.
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Well, thank you, Adolfo. The two corks that I just received are beauties.
Friends, the story behind these corks (and the wines) is a really great one!!!. https://www.monroywines.com/ It involves a fairytale romance, a globe-trotting wine journey, and an exciting new development in small-batch history (Adolfo was heralded by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as one of the Latinx experts changing the face of American wine. You have GOT to explore this site if you love clever story-telling full of humor, energy, and good times. I just want to know more about the artistry (and perhaps ornithology) behind the logo. David suggests a Rresplendent Quetzel. Isn't it stunning??

Well, thank you, Adolfo. The two corks that I just receied are beauties.
Friends, the story behind these corks (and the wines) is a really great one!!!. https://www.monroywines.com/ It involves a fairytale romance, a globe-trotting wine journey, and an exciting new development in small-batch history (Adolfo was heralded by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as one of the Latinx experts changing the face of American wine). You have GOT to explore this site if you love clever story-telling full of humor, energy, and good times. I just want to know more about the artistry (and perhaps ornithology) behind the logo. David suggests a Rresplendent Quetzel. Isn't it stunning?? Many thanks, Adolfo.
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Paul Jaouen wrote: April 27th, 2021, 6:18 am Gila, need any of these?
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WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, what a windfall!!!!!!!!!!!!! Paul, your generosity is so very much appreciated.
My four new lovelies...
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The Quail Ridge cork has a beautiful logo of a sweet pair of quail. I love it. I didn't have an example, so I enjoyed learning about the brand. The husband is a Hollywood director and she is a self-starting, self-made chardonnay expert in Napa Valley! It's a great success story and a delightful romance, too. https://www.goldmedalwineclub.com/winer ... valley-ava

Marziano Abbona is a very well-respected new winery in Italy. Nope, I didn't have this cork either. https://www.abbona.com/en/ Their site says "Built beginning in 2004 and inaugurated in 2006, the winery of Marziano Abbona is an ode to the hills of Dogliani. Located in the village of San Luigi in the center of a natural amphitheater of hills, at its back is a large, man-made pond, behind which the Alpine mountains are outlined along the horizon on clear days." Each variety has a different bird species. Wouldn't I love to have the all?? Yes, I would. This winery is on my hot hit list. Oh, dear Berserkers, won't you drink all these? I am too poor!

I already have one Paloma, but this one is a little different, and I'm glad to have both. https://www.palomavineyard.com/ From their St. Helen's (CA) site: "My parents, Barbara and Jim, always had an interest in wine, both in its making and its consumption, and in food and gardening. In 1980, they were living in Midland, Texas, and began thinking about a retirement home. They decided to start looking for a small property in the Napa Valley where they could build a home and plant a small vineyard. This dream was realized in 1983 when a friend of theirs, Dan Duckhorn, called and told them about the property now known as Paloma Vineyard. When you operate and vineyard and winery, you never retire!"

This last cork is a special thrill for me. https://www.valckenberg.com/en/ Talk about history... merchants and importers since 1786? Yes, please! Various sites combine to describe Weingut P.J. Valckenberg and its more than 500-year-old vineyards, located in the heart of the Nibelung Town of Worms on the banks of the Rhine. Founded in 1786, the house of P.J. Valckenberg has more than two centuries of experience in bottling and exporting fine German wines. In the late Middle Ages, Worms was a crossroads of the great trade routes and a site of important ecclesiastical and imperial decisions. It was also a popular layover for Christian/Catholic pilgrims heading south. They prayed before the statue of the Madonna and refreshed themselves in the monastery with the wine the canons produced from the Liebfrauen vineyard. As such, the wine's fame was virtually predestined to spread far beyond the borders of Worms. What a noble addition this cork is to my humble collection. Very cool.

Paul, thank you again, thank you!

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Very sweet of you Gila, thank you!

My background is Guatemalan; hence the quetzal.
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Gila Gatewood wrote: April 24th, 2021, 11:18 am
Philip G wrote: April 23rd, 2021, 7:16 am What a fun hobby, my wife will love this, she likes birds on things too.

Haven't seen a recent list but do you have Domaine du Colombier?
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I like their label too. And their wine!
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Looks like you're onto St Cosme, I know their Coté Rôtie has a bird on the label which is partly why I picked up a bottle for my wife:
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I can send you the Colombier corks if you don't have them. Is the Orange Village, OH address still good?
Oh, I would absolutely love those corks. I do collect multiples of particularly nice ones, and often there's a subtle difference in design or logo from year to year. I (and my two fellow collectors) notice these things!!!!!!!!
Yep, Orange address it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just put your Colombier corks in the mail today and included a couple of "extras" (not quite bird corks).

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Adolfo H wrote: May 7th, 2021, 8:12 am Very sweet of you Gila, thank you!

My background is Guatemalan; hence the quetzal.
It's all too divine... cheers to you, and my compliments to your lovely (and lucky) wife, too. It's been a delight to connect with you and learn about your wine.

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Philip G wrote: May 7th, 2021, 10:27 am
Gila Gatewood wrote: April 24th, 2021, 11:18 am
Philip G wrote: April 23rd, 2021, 7:16 am What a fun hobby, my wife will love this, she likes birds on things too.
Haven't seen a recent list but do you have Domaine du Colombier?
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I like their label too. And their wine!
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Looks like you're onto St Cosme, I know their Coté Rôtie has a bird on the label which is partly why I picked up a bottle for my wife:
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I can send you the Colombier corks if you don't have them. Is the Orange Village, OH address still good?
Oh, I would absolutely love those corks. I do collect multiples of particularly nice ones, and often there's a subtle difference in design or logo from year to year. I (and my two fellow collectors) notice these things!!!!!!!!
Yep, Orange address it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just put your Colombier corks in the mail today and included a couple of "extras" (not quite bird corks).

Cheers!
I am really looking forward to getting the Colombiers, AND the surprises.
I do have in my collection some not-quite bird corks... my favorite is a Sorentberg wine... their logo is a fossil common to local hillsides... "spinocertia', which has "wings".
Anyway, thanks. I'll be on the lookout.

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Ay carumba, Chris, ay caraumba. What a haul.
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May I chat you up about each brand? I love sharing thoughts about my acquisitions.
Here are brands that I already have, so these will be "multiples", which I save, in case... well, just in case.
Left to right...
Tefft - LOVE that cork from Yakima Valley in Washington. http://tefftcellars.com/our-story/ That heron is one of the most beautiully-drawn birds ever. The logo really captures the neck hook of the bird's posture. They make a variety of wines, and have a beautiful tasting room and guest house that would make a fabulous vacation. Definitely on my fantasy list.
Kestrel - also in the Yakima area. They say they have kestrel birdhouses (and kestrels) all over their property and vineyards! Great backstory... they've been around since the mid-90s. https://kestrelwines.com/
Ravenswood from California - absolutely delightful website https://www.ravenswoodwinery.com/ From the site - "On a fall day in 1976, as ravens taunted from tree branches above, Joel Peterson worked doggedly to bring in four tons of grapes before a looming thunderstorm hit. The fruit he crushed that night was used for one of two single-vineyard Sonoma County Zins – the first wines to bear Ravenswood’s signature ring of ravens".
Severino - Yakima Valley http://www.severinocellars.com/about-us.html Their logo is a very elegant, stylized (Native American?) bird... a raven? I'm curious. From the website - "The Severino logo, "Love Birds in the Sun", signifies how our winery came to be. The birds represent the unity of our two families through marriage and the sun represents the Yakima Valley. Our dream of opening a winery began in 2004. After getting the rest of the family equally motivated, we took the plunge."
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And here are the corks that are new to me.

Corvus - https://corvuswine.com/ From Yountville, California. MANNN, I wish their corks bore the same raven as their labels! It's a beautiful silhouette with vibrant action of a bird landing.
Odonata - https://www.odonatawines.com/our-story Well, Chris, mi amigo, it turns out that Odonata is (according to mi amigo Google) the insect family of dragonflies. I have a dear girlfriend who collects dragonfly stuff such as jewelry brooches and figurines. With your permission, I'll let her have this cork. I'm sure she'll be delighted with it.
Angel Vine - https://angelvine.net/ What a well-done website - very explanatory and engaging, with some enjoyable spiritual elements about the owner's wine-making journey... hence the angel reference. Hey, angels have wings, which they got from birds, and the cork is so beautiful... I'm keeping this one!!!! My sister-in-law collects angels, but... MINE, MINE, MINE.
Columbia Winery https://www.columbiawinery.com/ From their site: "As Washington’s original premium winery, Columbia Winery is entrusted to continue our 50-year-old legacy of discovering and celebrating exceptional Washington wine." The bird on this beautiful cork is a tiny, terrific rooster on a weather vane. It would be easy to miss, but once you spot it (good eyes, Chris) you'll love it. Tastings, classes, and large events are offered. There's a really intriguing backstory about the people involved in this business over the years; Gallo now owns it. Anywayyyyyyyyyy, that little rooster is one of my favorites, with his puffed-out chest and tossed-back head... he really looks as if he's mid-crow. Love him. I didn't (yet?) find a reference to him on the site, but I didn't finish reading.
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Thank you, Chris. I spent a great evening with my new flock additions. Absolutely great. I'm a bit physically disabled, so I don't travel much, and reading about the stories of my corks is a fun way to tour the country and the world.
It must be funny for wine afficionados to hear ramblings of somebody who's focused on corks... bird corks, no less. I'm an artist, specializing in pet portraits, especially pet birds, and I am always drawn to birds anywhere, anytime. Anywayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...
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Philip! I received your 'Care Package'!
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What a thrill. First off, there's the Columbia Crest cork (one of the "not quite bird corks" you hinted at). It's a Pegasus sorta logo, very stylish, definitely WINGED. https://www.columbiacrest.com/ Their site's story... "Nestled alongside the Columbia River in eastern Washington, Columbia Crest winery opened its doors in the heart of the acclaimed Horse Heaven Hills in 1983. Year after year, the winery maintains its commitment to quality, heritage and innovation in grape growing and winemaking to craft exceptional wines." Anyway, this cork has helped me solve a challege: what to do with such 'almosts'. I have now created a special category in my collection, to include the earlier (above) Angel Vine, Sorentberg, Odonata... the category is "ALMOST BIRDS". Love it! More on this later.
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Annnnnnnnnnnd, the two beautiful, beautiful Domaine du Colombier corks. 2018, both. Loire Valley, France. https://www.bbr.com/products-2009111065 ... -colombier https://winechateau.com/products/domain ... 0302008005 This is a truly top drawer destination, world class, baybeee. By the way, 'colombier' is French for dovecote, or dove-housing roof structure. Their site says "The Domaine du Colombier has been a family property since 1887, handed down over several generations. In 1957 Guy Mothe started to specialize in Chablis. Today his three sons Jean-Louis, Thierry and Vincent work the 55 hectares of vines. These vines are planted exclusively to Chardonnay, most of the vineyards are dedicated to the production of AC Chablis, though there are significant holdings in Premier Cru Fourchaume and Grand Cru Bourgros. This is a first-class source of pure, unoaked, mineral-laden AC Chablis." The simple, soaring silhouette of a dove is fitting and dignified, I think. I'm so happy to have a couple of examples of this
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Saint Cosme is up next. http://www.saintcosme.com/vin_en.php http://www.saintcosme.com/index_en.php One of their quotes... "In the heart of the appellation Gigondas, the Château de Saint Cosme is an exceptional estate, with its Gallo-Roman fermentation vats perfectly preserved. This fantastic historical site gives a good idea how our ancesters the gallo-romans were living. For those of you who read a little French, here is a lovely ode to Saint Cosme. http://www.saintcosme.com/pdf/poeme_baussan.pdf The property has been in our family since 1490 and we have been vignerons for 14 generations." Another little thing I picked up: "Cosme" is a man's name, literally, it means 'well-balaned' or 'orderly'. Perfect, oui? There is a stylized winged-thing on the cork beneath a (family?) crest. What a joy to have this regal name represented in my flock. This history and culture is worth a lot of research and reading. The romance of long, long-ago wine-making is really at your fingertips as you read these stories. I haven't even begun to take it all in. I think this qualifies as an "ALMOST"! I do wish that the beautiful bird on the label appeared on the cork. AND (for the thousandth-plus time) WHYYY did I not decide to collect bird-related wine LABELS? Oh, for the ease of purchasing a wine that you KNOW will provide the object of your collection obsession.
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How about a family portrait of ALMOSTS? No longer are they in cork limbo, no longer are they in a rogue's gallery: they have their own pedestal.
Sorentberg, Odonato (YES, CHRIS, I DECIDED TO KEEP IT, NOW THAT I HAVE A CATEGORY! DON'T TELL MY DRAGONFLY-COVETING GIRLFRIEND!), Angel Vine, Columbia Crest, Saint Cosme.
I'll pull this photo shoot together today or tomorrow... or soon.

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Gila Gatewood wrote: May 12th, 2021, 12:17 pm Philip! I received your 'Care Package'!
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What a thrill. First off, there's the Columbia Crest cork (one of the "not quite bird corks" you hinted at). It's a Pegasus sorta logo, very stylish, definitely WINGED. https://www.columbiacrest.com/ Their site's story... "Nestled alongside the Columbia River in eastern Washington, Columbia Crest winery opened its doors in the heart of the acclaimed Horse Heaven Hills in 1983. Year after year, the winery maintains its commitment to quality, heritage and innovation in grape growing and winemaking to craft exceptional wines." Anyway, this cork has helped me solve a challege: what to do with such 'almosts'. I have now created a special category in my collection, to include the earlier (above) Angel Vine, Sorentberg, Odonata... the category is "ALMOST BIRDS". Love it! More on this later.
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Annnnnnnnnnnd, the two beautiful, beautiful Domaine du Colombier corks. 2018, both. Loire Valley, France. https://www.bbr.com/products-2009111065 ... -colombier https://winechateau.com/products/domain ... 0302008005 This is a truly top drawer destination, world class, baybeee. By the way, 'colombier' is French for dovecote, or dove-housing roof structure. Their site says "The Domaine du Colombier has been a family property since 1887, handed down over several generations. In 1957 Guy Mothe started to specialize in Chablis. Today his three sons Jean-Louis, Thierry and Vincent work the 55 hectares of vines. These vines are planted exclusively to Chardonnay, most of the vineyards are dedicated to the production of AC Chablis, though there are significant holdings in Premier Cru Fourchaume and Grand Cru Bourgros. This is a first-class source of pure, unoaked, mineral-laden AC Chablis." The simple, soaring silhouette of a dove is fitting and dignified, I think. I'm so happy to have a couple of examples of this
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Saint Cosme is up next. http://www.saintcosme.com/vin_en.php http://www.saintcosme.com/index_en.php One of their quotes... "In the heart of the appellation Gigondas, the Château de Saint Cosme is an exceptional estate, with its Gallo-Roman fermentation vats perfectly preserved. This fantastic historical site gives a good idea how our ancesters the gallo-romans were living. For those of you who read a little French, here is a lovely ode to Saint Cosme. http://www.saintcosme.com/pdf/poeme_baussan.pdf The property has been in our family since 1490 and we have been vignerons for 14 generations." Another little thing I picked up: "Cosme" is a man's name, literally, it means 'well-balaned' or 'orderly'. Perfect, oui? There is a stylized winged-thing on the cork beneath a (family?) crest. What a joy to have this regal name represented in my flock. This history and culture is worth a lot of research and reading. The romance of long, long-ago wine-making is really at your fingertips as you read these stories. I haven't even begun to take it all in. I think this qualifies as an "ALMOST"! I do wish that the beautiful bird on the label appeared on the cork. AND (for the thousandth-plus time) WHYYY did I not decide to collect bird-related wine LABELS? Oh, for the ease of purchasing a wine that you KNOW will provide the object of your collection obsession.
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How about a family portrait of ALMOSTS? No longer are they in cork limbo, no longer are they in a rogue's gallery: they have their own pedestal.
Sorentberg, Odonato (YES, CHRIS, I DECIDED TO KEEP IT, NOW THAT I HAVE A CATEGORY! DON'T TELL MY DRAGONFLY-COVETING GIRLFRIEND!), Angel Vine, Columbia Crest, Saint Cosme.
I'll pull this photo shoot together today or tomorrow... or soon.
Glad you liked them! The Colombier: one is from the Hermitage Blanc and the other is from the Hermitage Syrah. Both very good!

The Columbia Crest is from Horse Heaven Hills, hence the horse with wings, sometimes called H3. It's not bad for a big production place like CC.
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Thanks, Phil, so noted. I will add that Colombier info. And... the little horse is really less of a Pegasus and more of a... heavenly pony with wings.
Terrific, and cheers, again.

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Suzor et al... thank you, merci, gracias, yo.
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I received a batch of Suzor corks today! French heritage right here in L'Amerique (Oregon). Let me start with their site - https://www.suzorwines.com/
Brian Tuite, and others, thanks for the original heads-ups.
Just a taste from their site... “Suzor’s “The Tower” is Oregon Pinot Noir at its precision-balanced, Burgundy-inspired best.— Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier". So they're the real deal, not just a pretty cork. Many more reviews where that came from.
Their site is so rich with education, family heritage, and happy energy...
There's Grandmere Suzor, pictured with a lovely little male Pied Cockatiel (if I'm correct). I'm told that this was the inspiration for the cork's jauntily-crested little bird. I love it. I just love it. Do we know that little guy's name?
The cast of characters on hand includes... Greg, Melissa, Hugo... man, wife, and angel-toddler.
The business is really stepping up to pandemic challenges, by the way, with virtual tastings! The digital experience comes with wine, tasting notes, and a zoom link for a private tasting with the posse.
I'm reading press stories since 2019 telling tales of particular wines and events. Wonderful and enchanting and engaging world of family wine-making... I'm sure locals treasure the intimacy and family culture. If I lived nearby, they'd see a lot of me.
I feel a really magical connection, even never having tasted their wares. I intend to remedy that... I'll be shopping online soon.
Meanwhile, the SEVEN corks they sent... pristine, tiny changes in specifics on each... a great little batch of examples. I'll bundle them up for posterity!
Thank you again, Suzors.

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Gila Gatewood wrote: May 12th, 2021, 12:17 pm
Annnnnnnnnnnd, the two beautiful, beautiful Domaine du Colombier corks. 2018, both. Loire Valley, France. https://www.bbr.com/products-2009111065 ... -colombier https://winechateau.com/products/domain ... 0302008005 This is a truly top drawer destination, world class, baybeee. By the way, 'colombier' is French for dovecote, or dove-housing roof structure. Their site says "The Domaine du Colombier has been a family property since 1887, handed down over several generations. In 1957 Guy Mothe started to specialize in Chablis. Today his three sons Jean-Louis, Thierry and Vincent work the 55 hectares of vines. These vines are planted exclusively to Chardonnay, most of the vineyards are dedicated to the production of AC Chablis, though there are significant holdings in Premier Cru Fourchaume and Grand Cru Bourgros. This is a first-class source of pure, unoaked, mineral-laden AC Chablis." The simple, soaring silhouette of a dove is fitting and dignified, I think. I'm so happy to have a couple of examples of this
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Some clarification is needed here. Apparently, there is a Domaine du Colombier in the Loire valley and there is a Domaine du Colombier in Chablis, so it's easy to see how one could get confused.

The corks you have, though, are from a third Domaine du Colombier, which is in the northern Rhône valley. Your two links above, to the BBR and Wine Chateau websites, refer to the same Colombier as your corks. The text you pasted after that refers to the unaffiliated Chablis producer.

Here's some text pasted from your BBR link about "your" Domaine du Colombier:

The Viale family planted their first vines at the foot of the Hermitage hill in 1929; now the representative of the third generation, the tall and charming Florent, owns over 13 hectares of vines liberally scattered on some of the best sites over the communes of Mercurol and Tain, including 1.5 hectares of vineyards in the renowned Beaumes vineyard on the famous Hermitage hill. Before 1992 the entire production was sold to local negociants (Guigal in particular) and so only recently have the Viales been estate bottling and marketing their own wines.

The average age vines in the holding in Beaumes is over 50 years and this is reflected in the wine which is renowned for their purity and harmony. The Syrah is fermented in a cement, stainless steel and wood, and then matured over eight months in cement and 600 ltr demi-muids.

Florent is keen on emphasising the primacy of ripe fruit above all else, but his wines are not without structure and ageing potential. Colombier’s Crozes Hermitage is now consistently one of the finest in the Appellation with the wines from 2001 (excepting the tricky 2002 and 2003) getting better and better, in particular this, the charming and relatively approachable 2006.

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Oh, Dave, thank you so much. I am gratified by your kind education! I will study it all and perhaps even hope for examples of the other 'dove roosts'. I can't tell you how amazed I am, that a wine-lover of your experience has taken the time to set me straight. I am obviously a fluky collector of corks, but I do respect the culture and sophistication of true wine connoisseurs. You have really amazed me with your kindness in treating me to your thoughts on the finer points of these wines. This is a wonderful site... bringing together so many people with so many interests relating to wine.
Again, thank you very much!
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And now... to the one and only (two and only; there's a short backstory which he may wish to share with you!) Blankenship, aka Rodrigo B.

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The first two corks are German Christoffel-Berres lovelies, from 1989-90. I couldn't find a website (yet) but plenty of reviewers and commentators have lots of great things to say about their Rieslings, extolling their wine from Grand Cru soils of “Ürziger Würzgarten” for lo these several decades. Some references - https://www.bing.com/search?q=christoff ... b5&pc=U531

The next three corks are identified for me by the good Sir Blankenship as follows, accompanied by my meanderings.
2011 Dr. Nagler Rudesheimer Berg Roseneck Riesling BA GK
https://www.weingut-dr-naegler.de/ The auto-translation gave out on me after the first few paragraphs, but that didn't bother the STUNNING photography of the fairytale-looking scenery and winery. Their narrative (if not history) goes back for centuries. The staff and models are right out of central casting for German wine-makers and partiers, I swear. BEAUTIFUL!

2013 Adega de Borba Reserva
https://www.adegaborba.pt/en/wines/adega-de-borba/ Established in 1955 in Portugal... all kinds of wines. AND... the sexiest, most minimalist, most dramatic labels. All of you mid-century modern fans, you need to have a few of these bottles in your split-level suburban ranch-house (I QUALIFY THERE). Happily for me, there's that Portuguese eagle on the cork, swagg-y crest-on-chest and all.

2018 Haden Fig WV Pinot Noir
https://hadenfig.com/ His wife's a veterinarian; he's a former Washington-D.C-cruiser; they're in Oregon making wine. And their logo includes the cutest little owl ever perched on a wine cork, among the six or so examples I already have, from various makers. I will guess that the owl is a Northern Saw-Whet Owl, and I betcha I'm right. They are a very enlightened business, dedicated to sustainability, wildlife habitat preservation, and all that good stuff. And good wine. https://www.bing.com/search?q=haden%20f ... EDA2933BD7
TWO MORE IMPORTANT ADDRESSES
https:IlovethisowlilovethisowlovethisOWL!
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https:thankyoublankenship

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#171 Post by Rodrigo B »

Glad the corks made it to you safely Gila!

A bit of background on Christoffel Berres. In 1997, Otto Christoffel, the owner, retired, but had not heirs to pass the property onto. The library of wines and vineyards were taken over by his neighbours at Weingut Karl Erbes. A few of the wines I’ve consumed from Christoffel Berres have come from Urziger Wurzgarten, so one of those two corks might have come from it. The corks are from one of these wines:
1990 Christoffel-Berres Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett
1990 Christoffel-Berres Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese
1989 Christoffel-Berres Erdener Prälat Riesling Spätlese ***

On Haden Fig, yes you are 100% correct that it is a Northern Saw-Whet Owl. The owl is a natural predator for some of the small rodents around some of the vineyards Erin uses so he chose to use it as a symbol of his commitment to sustainable winemaking.
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