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by larry schaffer
January 24th, 2021, 4:09 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?
Replies: 14
Views: 421

Re: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?

And Merrill's logic is why many choose to bottle down here using SB County vs. Los Olivos District, for example. Or why many wineries choose to use Paso Robles instead of most of the 13 sub AVA's up there. Marketing and perception.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
January 24th, 2021, 3:58 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 287
Views: 24205

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

Just remember that method of shipment can be variable for many wineries - for instance, I ship GSO on the west coast and usually ship Fed Ex ground elsewhere - but am flexible to meet most folks' needs. If you are concerned and it's not clear - ask. ALL wineries should be able to interact with you ...
by larry schaffer
January 24th, 2021, 3:41 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 287
Views: 24205

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

Just remember that method of shipment can be variable for many wineries - for instance, I ship GSO on the west coast and usually ship Fed Ex ground elsewhere - but am flexible to meet most folks' needs. If you are concerned and it's not clear - ask. ALL wineries should be able to interact with you ...
by larry schaffer
January 24th, 2021, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: retail behavior
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: retail behavior

They handled it properly. A lot of people are having inventory management issues for some reason. Also, smaller shops are more likely to have these kinds of issues I feel like. It's how they respond to them that matters. Agreed. Sh$t happens. Thank them for letting you know and let them know you're...
by larry schaffer
January 24th, 2021, 2:28 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 287
Views: 24205

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

Just remember that method of shipment can be variable for many wineries - for instance, I ship GSO on the west coast and usually ship Fed Ex ground elsewhere - but am flexible to meet most folks' needs. If you are concerned and it's not clear - ask. ALL wineries should be able to interact with you o...
by larry schaffer
January 24th, 2021, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8148
Views: 573051

Re: de Negoce offer

lol @ when people thought this was a potential ponzi scheme There is 0% chance in my mind that Cam set this up as a scheme. It is naive to think any wine business can't become insolvent quickly....a pandemic only enhances that risk. Good reason for the old saying "how do you make $1 million in...
by larry schaffer
January 24th, 2021, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trio of Chablis
Replies: 3
Views: 382

Re: TN: Trio of Chablis

Thank you for the notes - truly appreciated. Hope the 2017s are still available . . .
by larry schaffer
January 23rd, 2021, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1770
Views: 125757

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Opened a 2008 Rossi Ranch Zinfandel as I am making lasagna for a late dinner. The aromatics are exploding from the glass on a pnp - wild boysenberry, quite high toned, cedar and underripe plum hanging out in the background; a touch of graphite and pain grille as well; bright and energetic in the mou...
by larry schaffer
January 23rd, 2021, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8148
Views: 573051

Re: de Negoce offer

Thank you Larry for the clarification. I hope you don't take it personally that your contributions to this discussion as somebody ITB can be construed as being motivated by something other than good intentions. For better or for worse, that ITB label carries a certain weight to it and people do put...
by larry schaffer
January 23rd, 2021, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8148
Views: 573051

Re: de Negoce offer

That’s not accurate because Crutchfield didn’t say he experienced bad customer service from DeNegoce. Regardless, what’s the point? If you don’t want to buy the wine, for whatever reason, don’t buy it. Everyone here is well aware of the logistics and customer service issues at DeNegoce. Some keep b...
by larry schaffer
January 23rd, 2021, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8148
Views: 573051

Re: de Negoce offer

That’s not accurate because Crutchfield didn’t say he experienced bad customer service from DeNegoce. Regardless, what’s the point? If you don’t want to buy the wine, for whatever reason, don’t buy it. Everyone here is well aware of the logistics and customer service issues at DeNegoce. Some keep b...
by larry schaffer
January 23rd, 2021, 1:46 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?
Replies: 14
Views: 421

Re: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?

Not sure why this is so surprising. More than 1/2 the fruit grown in Santa Barbara County, for instance, gets shipped outside the County for production in any given year - and 2020 might have seen an even bigger increase since our fruit was not affected by smoke taint for the most part. Might some o...
by larry schaffer
January 22nd, 2021, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8148
Views: 573051

Re: de Negoce offer

Chris, It's great that you got everything that you have ordered and in a timely manner - or timely enough to satisfy you. There are others on this thread who have not and feel differently than you do. And yes, as Rodrigo pointed out, perhaps Cam did produce enough to satisfy all orders but 'circumst...
by larry schaffer
January 22nd, 2021, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Proof that coravin does not corrupt
Replies: 31
Views: 1512

Re: Proof that coravin does not corrupt

Having used a newer model and the model 11, I have yet to have a bottle taste as fresh as day one with only 2-3 days of being back in the cellar. Put differently, every coravined bottle is more advanced after the second day. That is not the end result I am looking for. If you want a wine to remain ...
by larry schaffer
January 22nd, 2021, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8148
Views: 573051

Re: de Negoce offer

this recurring theme of having oversold wine is a bit troubling, particularly in light of how we've seen available case quantities fluctuate while some offers are up. I'm not drawing any conclusions, but it does make you go hmmmmm. I mean, you have a determinate amount of wine available, how do you...
by larry schaffer
January 22nd, 2021, 3:25 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO - Brittan Vineyards
Replies: 11
Views: 901

Re: NEWBIE INTRO - Brittan Vineyards

Still waiting for Robert to release a Petite from there - please say hi from me if you don't mind.

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
January 22nd, 2021, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Paso Trip-Need a little help
Replies: 49
Views: 3692

Re: First Paso Trip-Need a little help

Adam,

Thanks for the update.

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 22nd, 2021, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Proof that coravin does not corrupt
Replies: 31
Views: 1512

Re: Proof that coravin does not corrupt

What do most of you feel is the general amount of time Corvain is good for? To stretch a bottle out over a week? Month? Longer? Paul, Kind of like asking the question - how long can you still continue to drink a bottle of wine once you've opened it? There are countless potential answers and it's ha...
by larry schaffer
January 21st, 2021, 9:54 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 287
Views: 24205

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

108? Holy crap. Any idea how many offers you've had each year? Would be interested to see . . .

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
January 20th, 2021, 2:15 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Beau Rivage Cellars
Replies: 36
Views: 2272

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Beau Rivage Cellars

Love seeing this here, my friend. Good luck!!!!
by larry schaffer
January 20th, 2021, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8148
Views: 573051

Re: de Negoce offer

It's always a good day when a syrah is offered - but 70% new oak? Hmmmmmm. Cheers Yes, I agree, a bit much for Syrah. At least those I tend to like. This one is probably built to drink like a Napa Cab. Syrah takes well to neutral oak when harvested at moderate to low ripeness levels. There is so mu...
by larry schaffer
January 20th, 2021, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8148
Views: 573051

Re: de Negoce offer

It's always a good day when a syrah is offered - but 70% new oak? Hmmmmmm.

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 20th, 2021, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it too early to bring up BerserkerDay 2021?
Replies: 58
Views: 5253

Re: Is it too early to bring up BerserkerDay 2021?

This is hopefully going to be fun for one and all!

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
January 20th, 2021, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Mourvedre?
Replies: 64
Views: 4230

Re: The Future of Mourvedre?

H Wallace Jr wrote: January 20th, 2021, 10:38 am [popcorn.gif]
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Cheers!
by larry schaffer
January 20th, 2021, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Paso Trip-Need a little help
Replies: 49
Views: 3692

Re: First Paso Trip-Need a little help

I just realized I never followed up with the rest of our Paso trip. Our thoughts for anyone who might come across this post for an upcoming trip. Denner-this was one of our top overall spots. I thought the Comus area was absolutely beautiful. Our wine host was great, this was by far one of our top ...
by larry schaffer
January 20th, 2021, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8148
Views: 573051

Re: de Negoce offer

Troy, Great points - I just brought it up because some of the most 'sought after' wines on this board have alcohol levels oftentimes over 15% alcohol - and yet this is rarely brought up when folks are clamoring to purchase these wines. The number itself may certainly be a deterrent to some, but just...
by larry schaffer
January 20th, 2021, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Mourvedre?
Replies: 64
Views: 4230

Re: The Future of Mourvedre?

It's also interesting when one looks for a 'benchmark' for any variety as we've seen in posts after posts. When it comes to Mourvedre, one might look at folks like Cline or Steve Edmunds, who have been working with the variety far longer than many of us have been making wine at all. Or perhaps Randa...
by larry schaffer
January 19th, 2021, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: American CdP
Replies: 19
Views: 566

Re: American CdP

I'll throw my own wines into the mix here - love Rhones and produce about a dozen different wines each year. I'd say my wines are more in line with Tablas than others - more 'old world' in style with all older oak, lots of stem inclusion, extended barrel aging. I make 100% Grenaches, Syrahs, Mourved...
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2021, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider
Replies: 25
Views: 1520

Re: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider

Here's another one:

It's always worth it to purchase a $100 wine for only $18 - and I can always justify why . . . [snort.gif] [wow.gif] [popcorn.gif]
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2021, 6:20 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 1821

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

We are expecting a decent amount of rain by this weekend - it's been about 90 over the past few days so we are in for a major change. To answer the question about pruning above, the largest vineyards have certainly begun pruning due to how long it will take to complete the process. I have seen some ...
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2021, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Venison Wellington food pairing...
Replies: 21
Views: 704

Re: Venison Wellington food pairing...

Mourvedre . . .
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2021, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine rules you should break
Replies: 42
Views: 2445

Re: Wine rules you should break

And therein lies the 'challenge' of TCA - we all have different thresholds for picking it up. So you can sit at a table with 'knowledgeable' wine drinkers and one can say it's corked and another finds it 'wonderful' - and they are both kind of correct, eh?

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2021, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big 4-0!! A Few From 1980 (Dom P, Mouton, Silver Oak)
Replies: 35
Views: 1282

Re: The Big 4-0!! A Few From 1980 (Dom P, Mouton, Silver Oak)

Love seeing that Silver Oak performing as well as it did. It continues to be a label derided by many but they continue to pump out quality wines year in and year out - and our very own Nate Weis is a great steward of the brand at present . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2021, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine rules you should break
Replies: 42
Views: 2445

Re: Wine rules you should break

Michael S. Monie wrote: January 18th, 2021, 3:51 pm "It's only a little corked."
And yet I've seen plenty of 90+ scores on CT and here from 'sought after' wines that were corked . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2021, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine rules you should break
Replies: 42
Views: 2445

Re: Wine rules you should break

For those of you who find the article 'silly' or 'simple', I can tell you first hand by dealing with as many different wine consumers that I do that many of these 'conventional wisdoms' truly are the way most wine consumers feel. And if you want to come up with a similar list specifically for WB, p...
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2021, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: BrocCllrs CabPfeffer '19...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: TN: BrocCllrs CabPfeffer '19...(short/boring)

Tom, What would you say are the tell tale varietal characters you've found in the variety that set it apart? Curious to hear - and to hear how many you have had and whether they were 'similar' in nature or not. Also, ever have any from the Wirz Vineyard? I went to school with one of the family membe...
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2021, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider
Replies: 25
Views: 1520

Re: Uhhhhh...

Someone recently posted an article from a few years ago where the author pondered 'wine rules' that were okay to break - and it made me wonder if the members of this Board were to write a similar article, what they might include in it that are a bit more 'geeky' but still may be considered 'convent...
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2021, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider
Replies: 25
Views: 1520

Re: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider

Manipulation of wine is to be abhorred as an overly modern way to make the wine something it is not, obliterating terroir, typicity, vintage interest. My favored producers’ wine making activities are not manipulation but entirely normal/required steps in the wine making process. Rich, I hear you - ...
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider
Replies: 25
Views: 1520

WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider

Someone recently posted an article from a few years ago where the author pondered 'wine rules' that were okay to break - and it made me wonder if the members of this Board were to write a similar article, what they might include in it that are a bit more 'geeky' but still may be considered 'conventi...
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2021, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine rules you should break
Replies: 42
Views: 2445

Re: Wine rules you should break

For those of you who find the article 'silly' or 'simple', I can tell you first hand by dealing with as many different wine consumers that I do that many of these 'conventional wisdoms' truly are the way most wine consumers feel. And if you want to come up with a similar list specifically for WB, pe...
by larry schaffer
January 17th, 2021, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam in Burgundy?
Replies: 15
Views: 783

Re: Diam in Burgundy?

Here's the thing, though - wines certainly do develop under screw caps, and will do so differently depending upon the liners used. It's the same concept why one might use a Diam5 ve Diam30, etc . . .

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
January 17th, 2021, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam in Burgundy?
Replies: 15
Views: 783

Re: Diam in Burgundy?

Andrew K. wrote: January 17th, 2021, 3:38 pm I would imagine it connotates even development over time rather than asymptotic.
And so that is to imply that wines under screcap age asymptomatically?

Please explain...
by larry schaffer
January 17th, 2021, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam in Burgundy?
Replies: 15
Views: 783

Re: Diam in Burgundy?

Drouhin as of 2018 are still not using Diam. Am amazed at the conversion rate of those adopting it though. Even some producers that have been longtime screwcap users/advocates are starting to bottle some of their wines in diam for more linear cellar development, which I like. Agree a list would be ...
by larry schaffer
January 17th, 2021, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shop Zoom Tastings (Some impressive wineries) Gaja, Clerico, Catena, Loosen
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: Wine Shop Zoom Tastings (Some impressive wineries)

Looks awesome! Is there a minimum wine purchase to be able to take part?
by larry schaffer
January 16th, 2021, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV
Replies: 20
Views: 1432

Re: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV

OwenB wrote: January 16th, 2021, 12:17 pm Dunn is also a great choice. I believe they typically come in around 13.9%.
After reverse osmosis, of course . . . [snort.gif]
by larry schaffer
January 16th, 2021, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How should a wine age???
Replies: 20
Views: 1145

Re: How should a wine age???

Interesting question - and such a fascinating concept to me that is truly 'in the eye of the beholder'. As others have noted, many do not like the characteristics of 'aged wine' and therefore knock them for having those characteristics. Many would see you note stating 'sightly oxidized' and take tha...
by larry schaffer
January 16th, 2021, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8148
Views: 573051

Re: de Negoce offer

15.8% can be fine if the wine is balanced, but the vast majority of such wines are anything but. We can say "it's just a number" all we want, but the fact is that it's a meaningful number. Your comment also got me wondering how many Berserkers eschew high ABV wines while also advocating t...
by larry schaffer
January 15th, 2021, 6:34 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12
Replies: 76
Views: 4242

Re: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12

Wow.. so sorry to cause such a stir.... I'm a Longtime Lurker, use some other forums and I am a friend of a friend of the company. When told about the card and realized I could get 5xs points on my Myriad allocation and knowing had others coming up... i signed up and gave my feedback to Matthew. He...
by larry schaffer
January 15th, 2021, 3:59 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: UPDATE: tercero wines Live Zoom - Tuesday, January 26th 5:30pm PST
Replies: 8
Views: 190

Re: tercero wines Live Zoom - Thursday, January 28th

Rodrigo B wrote: January 15th, 2021, 1:53 pm Interested. What time would this be at Larry?
Please note that this is Tuesday, the 26th at 5:30 - NOT the 28th.

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
January 15th, 2021, 3:41 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12
Replies: 76
Views: 4242

Re: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12

Was really happy to find the card offer for the GrandReserve Mastercard!! Have tons of Miles just sitting there, not sure when I might be using them in the near future, so why not get one the pays me handsomely for my 'Liquid Hobby"!! Just got my card...and already racked up allocations of a f...

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