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Post #141  Postby Todd F r e n c h » July 9th 2009, 10:29am

Chris Tuttle wrote:I unsubscribed because of this water offer and the corresponding carbon offset BS.

Did you let them know?
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Post #142  Postby Alan C h a n » July 9th 2009, 10:53am

I heard from very reliable sources that the water is totally spoofulated - reverse osmosis, acidified, all new oak, then Michel Rolland comes in and tells them how much water to add back.

But seriously, I did really want to taste the water after reading it. Not $7 worth, but enough to ask Roberto, how was it?

I've been tempted lately by some of the German riesling offerings. Anyone have those wines or bite on the offers?
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Post #143  Postby Chris Tuttle » July 9th 2009, 10:55am

Todd, I sure did.

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Post #144  Postby Todd F r e n c h » July 9th 2009, 11:06am

Chris Tuttle wrote:Todd, I sure did.

Chris

Too bad you didn't have this to use in the email:

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Post #145  Postby Roberto Rogness » July 9th 2009, 11:13am

"Not $7 worth, but enough to ask Roberto, how was it?"

It tasted like distilled water which is to say nothing. Give me water with rocks in it any day.
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Post #146  Postby Udo Hoerhold » July 9th 2009, 11:18am

Alan Chan wrote:I've been tempted lately by some of the German riesling offerings. Anyone have those wines or bite on the offers?

I bit for 3 of the Fritz Haag's. I've never had anything from that producer before. If I had known a Prum offering was coming out, I might have waited and gone in for that instead.
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Post #147  Postby Keith Levenberg » July 9th 2009, 11:27am

Udo Hoerhold wrote:I bit for 3 of the Fritz Haag's. I've never had anything from that producer before. If I had known a Prum offering was coming out, I might have waited and gone in for that instead.
Fritz Haag is a top-notch producer & I personally go for them over Prum - you don't need to wait 20 years for the Prum stench to resolve.
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Post #148  Postby Cris Whetstone » July 9th 2009, 12:22pm

I took 3 of the F Haag's at ~$20 each. Nice deal. Excellent producer as Keith mentions.

Did anybody go for the chutney on the heals of the water deal? rolleyes
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Post #149  Postby nedhoey » July 9th 2009, 1:24pm

I don't have interest in the water. The reasons don't matter. At the same time, I don't feel an irresistible urge to ridicule
the offer. Is the smug mockery really necessary? There's already too much mean spiritedness out there these days.
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Post #150  Postby John Liotta » July 9th 2009, 1:40pm

nedhoey wrote:I don't have interest in the water. The reasons don't matter. At the same time, I don't feel an irresistible urge to ridicule
the offer. Is the smug mockery really necessary? There's already too much mean spiritedness out there these days.



Smug mockery is page three Ned. Lavish praise are the other two pages. Still two to one positive. And if you count all the pages on the "other" site I doubt seriously the "mean spirits" will blow Garagiste's house down.
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Post #151  Postby Yoni O v a d i a » July 9th 2009, 1:44pm

nedhoey wrote:I don't have interest in the water. The reasons don't matter. At the same time, I don't feel an irresistible urge to ridicule
the offer. Is the smug mockery really necessary? There's already too much mean spiritedness out there these days.


Everyone's having a little fun with Garagiste. I don't see the harm in that.

Everyone always give them so much praise that every once in a while when an offer comes like water, I think it's fine to take them to task for it. It's not that big a deal...
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Post #152  Postby Scott Silton » July 9th 2009, 2:10pm

I also picked up some of the $20 Fritz Haag Spat. The only other offers I took this summer were point-chasing some Albarino and the Galardi Terra di Lavorno, which seems to be $20 cheaper than anywhere else.

Given the shipping costs, I can't justify dabbling in their cheaper offers. I don't like seeing some of their "only X cases for the entire US" offers end up on retail shelves here, like the Pyramid Valley wines (which are excellent and worth seeking out), and I hate their billing, but I don't mind having a few hundred dollars worth of wine backed up because my success rate with the genuinely off the radar offers has been 75%+.

I'm sort of getting sick of yapping about that "other board" but the shuttering of the Garagiste thread was totally bogus. I absolutely believe that had more to do with Rimmerman's sales pitches criticizing the Parker brand than anything else. When I asked Mark to explain further, he basically said that he didn't have to explain himself to a pissant like me, and provided no evidence. So I'm glad to have it back alive over here and hope that it can be used to evaluate a pending offer from time to time, with perhaps a separate thread for Garagiste related TNs.
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Post #153  Postby Jim Brennan » July 9th 2009, 2:28pm

I tried to buy some of the Haag, but I didn't catch the email until several hours later, and it was sold out. [swearing.gif] I wasn't tempted by the Prums... their best wines are the Spatlese and Auslese IMO, and I can get very nice Kabinetts from other producers at much better prices than Prum.
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Post #154  Postby Roberto Rogness » July 9th 2009, 2:44pm

"Is the smug mockery really necessary? "

The smug mockery (of intelligence) is IN the offer. We are just commenting on it...
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Post #155  Postby Max Marinucci » July 9th 2009, 2:59pm

Roberto Rogness wrote:"Is the smug mockery really necessary? "

The smug mockery (of intelligence) is IN the offer. We are just commenting on it...


How can you offer $7 water from Tasmania and not get laughed at?
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Post #156  Postby Roberto Rogness » July 9th 2009, 3:06pm

Max, it was the attempt to dress it up with science AND the use of the Terroir of other waters as a BAD thing about them that offended me. There are waters that cost a LOT more:

This one is $20+ but they are honest and market it as all about the BLING!

http://www.blingh2o.com/store/


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Post #157  Postby Max Marinucci » July 9th 2009, 3:16pm

Roberto Rogness wrote:Max, it was the attempt to dress it up with science AND the use of the Terroir of other waters as a BAD thing about them that offended me. There are waters that cost a LOT more:

This one is $20+ but they are honest and market it as all about the BLING!

http://www.blingh2o.com/store/


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Boberto,

Well, how else could you sell expensive water from Tasmania unless you put some crazy spin on it? Bling water is certainly frightening though. I wonder how many people buy that.
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Post #158  Postby Roberto Rogness » July 9th 2009, 3:38pm

Well, Max, we sold ten cases of a $50+ ROSSO di Montalcino in three days with this simple offer:

San Giuseppe di Stella di Campalto Rosso di Montalcino 2005 $53.99 Bio-Dynamic
Yes, this costs as much as many (lesser!) bottlings of Brunello di Montalcino. Yes it is worth it. The end.

Sometimes a little mystery is better than making up a load of crap (or rehashing the press release)...
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Post #159  Postby nedhoey » July 9th 2009, 10:07pm

John Liotta wrote:
nedhoey wrote:I don't have interest in the water. The reasons don't matter. At the same time, I don't feel an irresistible urge to ridicule
the offer. Is the smug mockery really necessary? There's already too much mean spiritedness out there these days.



Smug mockery is page three Ned. Lavish praise are the other two pages. Still two to one positive. And if you count all the pages on the "other" site I doubt seriously the "mean spirits" will blow Garagiste's house down.


Is that what you took from my post? A concern for Garagistes well being?
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Post #160  Postby Mo K a n g » July 10th 2009, 2:51pm

Just remember that water is not regulated in any way, and that tap water can sometimes be more "pure" than some of the spring water brands out there.

I am a Garagiste lemming, but this e-mail would have been more appropriate on April 1.
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Post #161  Postby Frank Smith » July 10th 2009, 7:05pm

I ignored the water offer, but did go for some of the 2005 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco (WS96) for $40 that was offered today.
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Post #162  Postby Andrew Hall » July 10th 2009, 7:23pm

Back to fanboy zone :

  • 2006 Riberach Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Synthèse - France, Languedoc Roussillon, Roussillon, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes (7/9/2009)
    My last note was more hopeful and generous. Odd swampy and metallic notes which are quite predominant. Ditto on 2nd day. No.
  • 2006 Le Clos d'un Jour Cahors Un Jour sur Terre - France, Southwest France, Cahors (7/8/2009)
    Messy and disjointed for about 30 min. Then settled into dark fruit driven vibe. Not as earthy and brooding as the '05, but hits that vigorous Malbec fruit in a more primal way than all the new world pretenders. Enjoyed it a lot.
  • 2001 Edi Simcic Duet - Slovenia, Primorska, Goriška Brda (6/8/2009)
    Nondescript nose with generic plum fruit and mocha treatment effect. Bright fruit, more red than black. Medium body, medium definition. Slight coffee spicing from oak and curranty fruit finish. Not awful, made by formula, more modern than is my style and wholly boring. A big whatever.
  • 2006 Brooks Pinot Noir Rastaban - USA, Oregon (6/1/2009)
    Solid, uncomplex nose. Definite candied-fruit streak runs through it. Clean, solid and drinkable - which puts it ahead of most - but not special.
  • 2006 Brooks Pinot Noir Janus - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (5/12/2009)
    Nice enough Pinot nodding toward full-blown, but not going there. Enjoyed it.

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Post #163  Postby Mo K a n g » July 10th 2009, 7:24pm

Man, that is a tempting offer but I am trying to save up for Carlisle and Sojourn....
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Post #164  Postby Andrew Gold » July 10th 2009, 8:18pm

Andrew Hall wrote:Back to fanboy zone :

[list][*]2006 Riberach Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Synthèse - France, Languedoc Roussillon, Roussillon, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes (7/9/2009)
My last note was more hopeful and generous. Odd swampy and metallic notes which are quite predominant. Ditto on 2nd day. No.

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I thought this wine was downright terrible, pissed I bought a six pack of it. I'm planning to forget the other bottles basically forever. One of several let-downs from JR and co. I'm only buying wines I've had from here on out.
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Post #166  Postby Ted Erfer » July 11th 2009, 7:46am

Latest issue of WA (Water Advocate) is out. The Tasmanian got rated 100 by their reviewer for this region:

"Very water forward. Much better than the famous (and probably over-hyped) 2005 bottling. I tasted this previously from barrel and it has improved with some age. Kudos to the excellent watermaker here. Some consulting by M. Rolland to bring out the stronger water qualtity of the source."
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Post #167  Postby Jim Brennan » July 15th 2009, 9:02pm

FWIW they just offered the '08 Prum Spatleses - Zeltinger, Wehlener, Graacher, and Badstube at about $3 less/bottle than the next lowest offer on W-S (B-21).

2008 JJ Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese - $31.84
2008 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese - $36.94
2008 JJ Prum Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese - $31.92
2008 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese - $32.86
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Post #168  Postby BLittle » July 15th 2009, 9:09pm

Damn Prum Enabler headbang

Got me for a six pack...
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Post #169  Postby Jim Brennan » July 15th 2009, 9:14pm

Glad I could be of disservice! neener
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Post #170  Postby James Sanders » July 15th 2009, 9:27pm

Andrew Hall wrote:Back to fanboy zone :

  • 2006 Riberach Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Synthèse - France, Languedoc Roussillon, Roussillon, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes (7/9/2009)
    My last note was more hopeful and generous. Odd swampy and metallic notes which are quite predominant. Ditto on 2nd day. No.
  • 2006 Le Clos d'un Jour Cahors Un Jour sur Terre - France, Southwest France, Cahors (7/8/2009)
    Messy and disjointed for about 30 min. Then settled into dark fruit driven vibe. Not as earthy and brooding as the '05, but hits that vigorous Malbec fruit in a more primal way than all the new world pretenders. Enjoyed it a lot.
  • 2001 Edi Simcic Duet - Slovenia, Primorska, Goriška Brda (6/8/2009)
    Nondescript nose with generic plum fruit and mocha treatment effect. Bright fruit, more red than black. Medium body, medium definition. Slight coffee spicing from oak and curranty fruit finish. Not awful, made by formula, more modern than is my style and wholly boring. A big whatever.
  • 2006 Brooks Pinot Noir Rastaban - USA, Oregon (6/1/2009)
    Solid, uncomplex nose. Definite candied-fruit streak runs through it. Clean, solid and drinkable - which puts it ahead of most - but not special.
  • 2006 Brooks Pinot Noir Janus - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (5/12/2009)
    Nice enough Pinot nodding toward full-blown, but not going there. Enjoyed it.

Posted from CellarTracker

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Occasionally, I wonder if we all get the same offers. None of these ring a bell. Though, if Jon uses the words "modern" "ripe" or "2006" anywhere near "Oregon" I quickly delete.
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Post #171  Postby Darin Kendrick » August 13th 2009, 2:35pm

Picked up 6 of the La Blaques one of my favorite QPR purchases last year...anyone else get this or try the 07?
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Post #172  Postby Ryan Caughey » August 13th 2009, 2:46pm

Darin Kendrick wrote:Picked up 6 of the La Blaques one of my favorite QPR purchases last year...anyone else get this or try the 07?


I enjoyed the 07 quite a bit but only with a serious decant. Wasn't inspired enough to pick up the 08, however.
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Post #173  Postby Josh_Pitcl » August 14th 2009, 7:33am

Darin Kendrick wrote:Picked up 6 of the La Blaques one of my favorite QPR purchases last year...anyone else get this or try the 07?


I grabbed 4. If it's half as good as Jon opines, it will be my QPR of 2009.
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Post #174  Postby Chris S p i k e s » August 14th 2009, 9:14am

Josh_Pitcl wrote:
Darin Kendrick wrote:Picked up 6 of the La Blaques one of my favorite QPR purchases last year...anyone else get this or try the 07?


I grabbed 4. If it's half as good as Jon opines, it will be my QPR of 2009.


How would this distinguish it from any other wine he offers?

Seriously, I don't buy anything from them without secondary confirmation, but this does sound like one of their most enjoyed wines.
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Post #175  Postby Josh_Pitcl » August 16th 2009, 8:02am

Chris S p i k e s wrote:How would this distinguish it from any other wine he offers?

Seriously, I don't buy anything from them without secondary confirmation, but this does sound like one of their most enjoyed wines.


Very true, which is why CT comes in handy. Jon's last Champagne offer had me salivating, until I checked CT and Brad Baker panning of the wine. Might have bit otherwise.
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Post #176  Postby Ed Murray » August 16th 2009, 9:05am

I've been enjoying European Vines NV Prosecco of late. Stellar wine for the price, (approximately $10ish) Had I known how good it was I'd have purchased a LOT more. Sometimes Jon finds some real winners. [welldone.gif]
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Post #177  Postby Andrew Hall » August 16th 2009, 4:59pm

Josh_Pitcl wrote:
Chris S p i k e s wrote:How would this distinguish it from any other wine he offers?

Seriously, I don't buy anything from them without secondary confirmation, but this does sound like one of their most enjoyed wines.


Very true, which is why CT comes in handy. Jon's last Champagne offer had me salivating, until I checked CT and Brad Baker panning of the wine. Might have bit otherwise.


Good thing I got that issue mapped in time!

Though he didn't really pan it. He has a nice little piece in the same issue explaining that 83-85 is really a pretty good score for an NV and delivers pleasure.

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Post #178  Postby Josh_Pitcl » August 16th 2009, 5:22pm

Andrew Hall wrote:
Josh_Pitcl wrote:
Chris S p i k e s wrote:How would this distinguish it from any other wine he offers?

Seriously, I don't buy anything from them without secondary confirmation, but this does sound like one of their most enjoyed wines.


Very true, which is why CT comes in handy. Jon's last Champagne offer had me salivating, until I checked CT and Brad Baker panning of the wine. Might have bit otherwise.


Good thing I got that issue mapped in time!

Though he didn't really pan it. He has a nice little piece in the same issue explaining that 83-85 is really a pretty good score for an NV and delivers pleasure.

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For $50 and a supposed value, I expect Brad to like it at least as much as Dhondt NV or Pierre Peters NV.
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Post #179  Postby Matt Shaffer » September 4th 2009, 11:11am

Ton of 06 Fontodi last couple of days. It's leaving a mark on my wallet.
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Post #180  Postby Randy Meyer » September 4th 2009, 9:01pm

Matt Shaffer wrote:Ton of 06 Fontodi last couple of days. It's leaving a mark on my wallet.


Me too. I haven't bought from them in a while but this seemed like a good opportunity given the various formats.
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Post #181  Postby DennisSolin » September 25th 2009, 9:48pm

I had a two day conference in Seattle this week so I drove my truck and figured on hitting Garagiste and hauling all my wine home. They had about four cases boxed for me, I questioned the number, I thought I had at least 8-9 cases ready. But I loaded the four and headed for ducktown.

Got an e-mail while I was heading down the road that they skipped 6 more cases, will be getting them by the little brown truck when it cools down a little.

Their warehouse is loaded to the walls, I imagine they are looking forward to shipping season, I have no idea how they can keep track of everything.
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Post #182  Postby Chris S p i k e s » October 30th 2009, 6:46am

Anyone jump on the latest Kye offer? Sounds interesting to say the least.

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Post #183  Postby Ryan Caughey » October 30th 2009, 6:48am

I picked up a couple of bottles. I've had good luck with Galloni reviewed wines, and it's something relatively esoteric that I haven't had before. Fits right into the mold of what I use Garagiste for.
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Post #184  Postby Todd F r e n c h » October 30th 2009, 7:08am

I skipped the Kye offer but bit on the '08 Burgs, just a couple.

Enjoyed my first bottle of Selbach-Oster recently received from Garagiste last night (TN posted here)
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Post #185  Postby Chris S p i k e s » October 30th 2009, 7:40am

Ryan Caughey wrote:I picked up a couple of bottles. I've had good luck with Galloni reviewed wines, and it's something relatively esoteric that I haven't had before. Fits right into the mold of what I use Garagiste for.


Same here. I went ahead and picked up a couple of cases just to have a unique wine around for the next 15 years or so.

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Post #186  Postby K_F_o_l_e_y » October 30th 2009, 6:26pm

2 of the Kye. Sounds interesting.

First two cases for the season arrived this week. Don't know why I bought some of this stuff!
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Post #187  Postby Todd F r e n c h » October 31st 2009, 7:21am

K.Foley wrote:2 of the Kye. Sounds interesting.

First two cases for the season arrived this week. Don't know why I bought some of this stuff!

LOL! I wondered that, too, since I went back to look at what is still pending (there is a lot). However, it is interesting to note the ones that come in during the evening - they seem to get hits more so than during the day. Hit 'em up while they are drinking!!
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Post #188  Postby Ted Erfer » October 31st 2009, 10:24am

K.Foley wrote:2 of the Kye. Sounds interesting.

First two cases for the season arrived this week. Don't know why I bought some of this stuff!


The fun of Garagiste is ordering stuff in 2008 and it arrives with all its "friends" sometime at the end of 2009. I keep all of the emails so I can go back a read the real reason I ordered what I did. I can get overwhelming when you order a couple of items a week and it arrives all at once (in my case) 14 cases in the spring. I then cut way, way back so this fall I only got 5 cases.
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Post #189  Postby Josh Beck » November 1st 2009, 7:57pm

I'm a fan of Vajra and bit for both the Freisa and the Barolo...
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Post #190  Postby gene keenan » November 6th 2009, 9:42am

Ted Erfer wrote:
K.Foley wrote:2 of the Kye. Sounds interesting.

First two cases for the season arrived this week. Don't know why I bought some of this stuff!


The fun of Garagiste is ordering stuff in 2008 and it arrives with all its "friends" sometime at the end of 2009. I keep all of the emails so I can go back a read the real reason I ordered what I did. I can get overwhelming when you order a couple of items a week and it arrives all at once (in my case) 14 cases in the spring. I then cut way, way back so this fall I only got 5 cases.


I got something like 14+ cases the first year shipment. I cut way back myself.
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