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by Todd F r e n c h
September 18th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore
Replies: 49
Views: 2686

Re: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore

alan weinberg wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 6:36 pm
buy a Pungo.
Interested to hear why Pungo is better - I'm about to bite on one of these systems
by Todd F r e n c h
September 17th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3356

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

Cookies will be amended (the cache clearing does work for most, however) and links will be opened in a new tab in the update, which I anticipate will be either October or November, and will update everyone accordingly, as we will have downtime. Also, we'll have a test forum where the new software wi...
by Todd F r e n c h
September 15th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 123
Views: 4055

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

Bill, enough with harassing Merrill. Everybody sees it, it's not clever, nor is it funny. Please stop.
by Todd F r e n c h
September 14th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 377
Views: 19814

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Julian, Based partially on your note (curiosity got the best of me) I opened a bottle of the '17 Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot and was so pleased. Contrary to your experience, or perhaps because I was expecting much less, I was blown away by the brightness and vibrance of the fruit. Blackberry and c...
by Todd F r e n c h
September 3rd, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone else getting error messages going to WB?
Replies: 34
Views: 1519

Re: Anyone else getting error messages going to WB?

My luddite question, how were you able to login to WB and post when you got that message? Every attempt for me ended with that security message. I selected to proceed with reckless abandon on two Apple devices. I’m sure if I had been logged out the warning would pop back up. That would be hilarious...
by Todd F r e n c h
September 2nd, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone else getting error messages going to WB?
Replies: 34
Views: 1519

Re: Anyone else getting error messages going to WB?

Might not be until tonight that we get the certificate installed...
by Todd F r e n c h
September 2nd, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone else getting error messages going to WB?
Replies: 34
Views: 1519

Re: Anyone else getting error messages going to WB?

Sorry about that - we moved to a new server/instance and forgot to migrate the SSL so working on it now.

Trust me that if I forgot to move the SSL with the server move I have no ability to 'steal your information' lol

Might be a bit...sorry!!
by Todd F r e n c h
September 2nd, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Wine Rewards Program - Seeking Feedback
Replies: 22
Views: 910

Re: Wine Rewards Program - Seeking Feedback

Might be really cool (for both parties involved) to get something highly allocated, even a newbie like Macdonald. They get the exposure, you get a unicorn
by Todd F r e n c h
August 31st, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3356

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

here's a great feature request: make all embedded links open in a new tab like most other sites. it actually used to be hard coded here but changed at some point. Like. random follow up, if admins can add the following anchor tag to every link within the software, they will open in a new tab. not o...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 27th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8048
Views: 539017

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

J. Rock wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 8:54 pm
Max S. wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 2:22 pm
When is the power hour normally?
1 PM (PT)
Apparently this Power Hour is going to be insane
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by Todd F r e n c h
August 26th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sojourn Cellars
Replies: 52
Views: 4140

Re: Sojourn Cellars

I notice that there is not much discussion here about Sojourn Cellars. I've been picking up more and more from them, including the last two Berserker Days. I'm really loving their Pinot Noirs and Zoomed in to their virtual tasting this week for their '18 Gaps Crown and Sangiacomo PNs. These were ve...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 25th, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22136

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

With the settling of smoke in the valleys starting yesterday, has the theory on potential smoke damage changed?
by Todd F r e n c h
August 21st, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) - any recent experiences?
Replies: 11
Views: 670

Re: 1993 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) - any recent experiences?

Ok, tonight was the night to open it, just out of curiosity, as it's obviously not a great bottle or anything famous or important. The cork was TOAST. Dust dry on the top half, completely stuck to the bottle the bottom half. Double corkscrews didn't help, and this is also the first wine I've had whe...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 21st, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3356

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

Lots of people write notes on CT and they have reaction features. I think writing a note on CT is vastly different in purpose than publishing a TN here. I write TN on CT for my own record keeping / future reference, as it is easily searchable and ties directly to the wine listings. Writing/publishi...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 21st, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) - any recent experiences?
Replies: 11
Views: 670

Re: 1993 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) - any recent experiences?

MikeL238 wrote:
August 21st, 2020, 10:02 am
Opened it yet Todd?
Tonight, can't wait much longer, given what I've read about it. Capsule looks great, cork maybe SLIGHTLY indented. We'll see!
by Todd F r e n c h
August 21st, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3356

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

I really like where the discussion is headed in the last 10 or so posts, in particular - very intelligent points. I'm looking them over carefully, multiple times, so thank you
by Todd F r e n c h
August 20th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) - any recent experiences?
Replies: 11
Views: 670

1993 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) - any recent experiences?

My wife had ‘game night’ with her small crew last night - always a La Crema fest, including last night. Someone brought over a ’93 Heitz (Napa, not Heitz) last night - random. No decent recent notes on CT, and the drinking window makes me think it's long since shot, so I'll open it soon. Wondering i...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 20th, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3356

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

I am a big fan of the like function. I run a private board that uses phpBB and we have the like feature and it is great. However, I have the dislike and thread rating feature turned off. That way the popularity contest is lessened a bit. Also, I read the board a ton but don’t always much to add. I ...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 19th, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3356

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

At this stage, we're at no new features, as there's a stronger dislike, by far, not to have social share (which I completely don't understand) and even-up with yes/no on the likes Todd, wouldn't the sharing be at the discretion of the person that starts the thread, or are you saying that someone th...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 19th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3356

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

At this stage, we're at no new features, as there's a stronger dislike, by far, not to have social share (which I completely don't understand) and even-up with yes/no on the likes I voted no on both, and virtually nothing about my experience on this site will change if you implement either. I worke...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 19th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3356

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

At this stage, we're at no new features, as there's a stronger dislike, by far, not to have social share (which I completely don't understand) and even-up with yes/no on the likes
by Todd F r e n c h
August 18th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3356

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

How about fixing the remember me function? It’s incredibly tedious having to logon repeatedly. That's a browser issue, not a forum issue. It involves the cookies that the forum sets, and how your browser remembers them. if you have a bunch of cookies saved on your browser for the same website, they...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 18th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3356

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

David Wright wrote:
August 18th, 2020, 2:40 pm
So the social share feature would link/copy threads from here to facebook, etc.? Not good for folks who purposely avoid (shun) those platforms.
Correct. I would hope that those who shun those platforms won't vote against it, as they won't use it either way
by Todd F r e n c h
August 18th, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3356

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

How about fixing the remember me function? It’s incredibly tedious having to logon repeatedly. That's a browser issue, not a forum issue. It involves the cookies that the forum sets, and how your browser remembers them. if you have a bunch of cookies saved on your browser for the same website, they...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 18th, 2020, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3356

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

I'm quite surprised with the number of 'nos' on social share - why wouldn't people want to share WB discussions in their social networks, expand the reach and discussion?
by Todd F r e n c h
August 18th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3356

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

My concern with 'like/dislike' is that it becomes a beauty contest, of sorts. Every single topic/thread is rated, thus some that might be otherwise excellent get avoided, and others are spammed with likes for no good reason.
by Todd F r e n c h
August 18th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3356

Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

I wanted to run by two potential new functions as I book the upgrading of the forum software yet again. These are extensions, not built-in to the software, but over the years both have been requested, so I wanted to get a poll going to see what you all think, and a discussion as well. First is the '...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 18th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous worth it - or should I look elsewhere?
Replies: 91
Views: 7076

Re: Vinous worth it - or should I look elsewhere?

I wish this board had a like feature. Posts like Galloni’s are valuable and helpful. A way to articulate that (And search for it) would be helpful. I've looked into a like button - definitely possible, not sure how to really get a search option other than the built-in search function that is atop e...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 15th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?
Replies: 66
Views: 3466

Re: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?

Adam Frisch wrote:
July 17th, 2020, 4:45 am
Sweet Maui Onion from Hawaiian. It's like crack.
Omg, yes times yes
by Todd F r e n c h
August 10th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting Lagrange
Replies: 15
Views: 784

Re: Visiting Lagrange

I used to enjoy Lagrange some years ago, but for some reason stopped buying it. Thanks to this post, I need to jump back in
by Todd F r e n c h
August 6th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: New Releases from Ridge Vineyards
Replies: 20
Views: 2071

Re: TN: New Releases from Ridge Vineyards

Jeff_M. wrote:
August 6th, 2020, 8:27 am
Really truly wish I had jumped on their futures program earlier into my wine buying. These are such great values to hold.
Yeah, happy I did (2013 my first vintage). Funny, though, everyone thinks they are a huge value as futures, but also complains every year when the price goes up [soap.gif]
by Todd F r e n c h
August 6th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: New Releases from Ridge Vineyards
Replies: 20
Views: 2071

Re: TN: New Releases from Ridge Vineyards

These phrases on Monte Bello truly define what it is, so accurately: The classic iron fist in a velvet glove. Black currants, blueberries, truffles and tobacco on the palate. The finish is long and seamless with ever so silky tannins. Thrilling wine that threads the needle between old and new world....
by Todd F r e n c h
August 5th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?
Replies: 50
Views: 1984

Re: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?

Tried chard with beef stew (cooked long and slow) based on someone’s recommendation, can’t remember who , and was pleasantly surprised it really worked. Chard also seems to go with other umami rich dishes like sauteed mushrooms. Sounds wierd I know. For great white Burg, however, it’s got to be a g...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 5th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Storage company Intercoastal Wine Co. hikes rates by 1000%!
Replies: 1
Views: 586

Wine Storage company Intercoastal Wine Co. hikes rates by 1000%!

Law360 (August 3, 2020, 6:49 PM EDT) -- A winery told a California federal court Friday that the new company managing its storage facility has jacked its rates by more than 1,000% on $7 million worth of wine, violating the state of emergency declared to prevent price-gouging during the COVID-19 pan...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 5th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Four recent -- 00 Sociando-Mallet, 14 Fevre Lys, 16 Gilles Cornas, 16 Bertheau C-M
Replies: 12
Views: 701

Re: Four recent -- 00 Sociando-Mallet, 14 Fevre Lys, 16 Gilles Cornas, 16 Bertheau C-M

Thanks, Marcus, for the Sociando note, in particular - I'm shocked, frankly, that it seems to be on the down slope so early in its (expected) life! Losing the freshness and lushness is definitely a disappointment if not expected, and not an older wine. I've been enjoying most of my 2000's lately (ha...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 4th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 475
Views: 29066

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Nabbed a case as well - missed the last one, and even though I have a buying freeze (yeah, like THOSE ever work!) I had to go for this, as it's not something I can likely get later. Not sure if I should thank you or curse you. I missed out on the previous offer so I am glad I got in on this one. The...
by Todd F r e n c h
August 3rd, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 475
Views: 29066

Re: Ravenswood library offer

I'm guessing the offer won't need a week - it will be sold out in a day
by Todd F r e n c h
August 3rd, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ridge Zin Jimsomare '14....(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Re: TN: Ridge Zin Jimsomare '14....(short/boring)

Thanks, Tom - I've been interested in their Jimsomare for some time, but haven't pushed the button as of yet...will be doing so soon, during my next Ridge order. Cris Whetstone has also sung its praises
by Todd F r e n c h
August 3rd, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots

Jared Wagner wrote:
August 3rd, 2020, 10:53 am
I certainly love reading your notes on Chablis.
Agreed. Jeremy is helping me in my 'year of Chardonnay' in a huge way [cheers.gif]
by Todd F r e n c h
August 3rd, 2020, 7:54 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 1988 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet 3L OWC
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: 1988 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet 3L OWC

(By the way, I'm allowing this with fewer than the required 25 posts, as Carollee is the widow of WB legend Dick Krueger, and often they posted 'together', and his account is well known among the crowd that has been here for some time)
by Todd F r e n c h
July 31st, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 526
Views: 33259

Re: Another Flannery PSA

New York strips are 30% plus an extra 10% off with coupon code through the 7th. Perfect timing, I only have one 24oz strip left. To celebrate Bryan's new grandson!!! (those who were on the Flannery Zoom sesh knew Katie was (quite) pregnant at the time) Congratulations to the Flannery clan! champagn...
by Todd F r e n c h
July 31st, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Brander Cabernet Sauvignon Los Olivos Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 297

Re: TN: 2017 Brander Cabernet Sauvignon Los Olivos Vineyard

I have a sweet spot for Brander - one of the wineries that really got me into wine, many years ago. Purchased several cases back at the time, haven't had it since, however
by Todd F r e n c h
July 30th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Another trip to the Douro
Replies: 13
Views: 540

Re: TNs: Another trip to the Douro

Thank you, Tomas - wonderful notes, allowing us to live vicariously through your travels. I've long wanted to visit Portugal...
by Todd F r e n c h
July 28th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Wine Influencer” Charlie Fu featured on a podcast!!
Replies: 42
Views: 3219

Re: “Wine Influencer” Charlie Fu featured on a podcast!!

I listened in to some of this podcast. The most interesting "takeaway" for me was that Charlie's first exposure to wine was to very good wine, let's call it 'fine wine'. I think this had a big impact in both attracting him to exploring wine, but also in forming his perspective of what wine can and ...
by Todd F r e n c h
July 27th, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Wine Influencer” Charlie Fu featured on a podcast!!
Replies: 42
Views: 3219

“Wine Influencer” Charlie Fu featured on a podcast!!

Fantastic interview with our esteemed colleague Charlie Fu, as a ‘wine influencer’ on XChateau podcast!!! Fantastic interview, worth your time

https://overcast.fm/+bcFPrbHiE
by Todd F r e n c h
July 27th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone night--95,98,01 Chave, Allemand, Jamet
Replies: 9
Views: 592

Re: Northern Rhone night--95,98,01 Chave, Allemand, Jamet

Jealous, to be sure - beautiful night of wines!! I miss my '01 Chave - was wonderful each of the times I had it, really didn't seem to have any dead time through it's relatively young life. I can relate to the 'energy' that you spoke of with that wine, to be sure. Have no more '98 Chave either, whic...
by Todd F r e n c h
July 27th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 91
Views: 7586

Re: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage

I'm loving this thread, primarily because I've not heard any negativity about 2018 until just now, and quite a few seem to have a somewhat negative opinion on it. 2020 sounds like it will be much more ideal, and likely not subject to dispute on quality and results.
by Todd F r e n c h
July 23rd, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WILLIAM KELLEY!
Replies: 231
Views: 10182

Re: WILLIAM KELLEY!

Jorge Henriquez wrote:
July 23rd, 2020, 11:59 am
Wait, Neal is Latino?
[rofl.gif]

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