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by Todd F r e n c h
January 17th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags
Replies: 30
Views: 2514

Re: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags

That's really disappointing to see. I do like the restaurant for special occasions, and I bet when Paul Coker was the somm he wouldn't have let such a charge go through...lame.
by Todd F r e n c h
January 16th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info
Replies: 14
Views: 4253

Re: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info

I'm a relative newbie. Have purchased limited items in the past few years. This year, I would really like to focus on non-wine items. I have plenty. Any insights into non-wine & non-cheese items for a wine geek who is transitioning into a foodie would be welcome. As would any "be on the lookout for...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 16th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier
Replies: 23
Views: 827

Re: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier

so if Tyvek is not a vapor barrier, and plastic doesn't last long enough...what IS the proper vapor barrier?
by Todd F r e n c h
January 14th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info
Replies: 14
Views: 4253

Re: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info

Several new NEWBIE INTROS to enjoy in the Newbie Intros thread, folks! Come meet the wineries that were (literally) brought over here by other Berserkers!
by Todd F r e n c h
January 14th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Chateau Lanessan. This is why we do it.
Replies: 44
Views: 1663

Re: TN: 1999 Chateau Lanessan. This is why we do it.

Julian Marshall wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 9:06 am
The last Charmail I tried was the 09 - very rich and 14° - probably not your cup of char, but there again you like Belle-Vue so what do I know?
Agreed - I think pre-2005 it was of a similar style to others mentioned in this thread, then it went bigger in style
by Todd F r e n c h
January 14th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Chateau Lanessan. This is why we do it.
Replies: 44
Views: 1663

Re: TN: 1999 Chateau Lanessan. This is why we do it.

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 8:03 am
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 7:56 am
Beychevelle is still mostly traditional, but about $80 a bottle, so...

And more. At that price, I prefer a few other producers.
Agreed - I find Beychevelle to be a bit overpriced, frankly
by Todd F r e n c h
January 14th, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Chateau Lanessan. This is why we do it.
Replies: 44
Views: 1663

Re: TN: 1999 Chateau Lanessan. This is why we do it.

This is (as most know from my posts on it) one of my go-to value Bordeaux producers. I'm making my way quickly through a case of 2005 that is really in a great space now, but seeing that it can last even longer, perhaps hide a few for longer term aging!
by Todd F r e n c h
January 12th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Violin Wine--Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon
Replies: 3
Views: 741

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Violin Wine--Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon

Finally got Will's photo up so I could post this Newbie Intro as well!
by Todd F r e n c h
January 10th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7412
Views: 459354

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

JMFrawley wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 11:11 am
Anyone have their bottles shipped from the Madness yet?
Mine show that the labels were prepared 12/27 but not shipped yet
by Todd F r e n c h
January 9th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2959

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
January 9th, 2020, 7:41 pm
Tip #1: Get off this website. Now. You’re in a shark-filled pool of wine enablers.
Seriously. This is no joke.
by Todd F r e n c h
January 9th, 2020, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11163
Views: 410770

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2011 Domaine Jean Tardy et Fils Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Argillas - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru (1/9/2020) Oak is still prominent, but I can tell the wine is starting to gain some weight and silkiness on the palate, as the acid is all on the backside, keeping it ...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 9th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info
Replies: 14
Views: 4253

Re: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info

Newbie Intros forum is posted - more Newbies to come, and as I review their threads, I'll post them in the Newbies forum for all to see, since it's tough to get eyes on new producers/offers on a busy day like BerserkerDay!

viewforum.php?f=82
by Todd F r e n c h
January 7th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)
Replies: 910
Views: 43414

Re: It's critic bingo! Let's start with Vinous.

John Morris wrote:
April 13th, 2017, 10:45 am
Pain grillé! A must!
This meme was my avatar for some time...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 7th, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC Grand Cru Burgs Dec 30th FULL. PLEASE POST WINES
Replies: 82
Views: 3703

Re: NYC Grand Cru Burgs Dec 30th FULL. PLEASE POST WINES

It seems like now that I am under the microscope, and one of my posts edited by god knows who, that we are all under scrutiny, but what do I know, I am just a dumb Connecticut hick who lives in a country town without a traffic light ! So nice to hear from you again Mike ! No, Jonathan, your posts a...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 6th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info
Replies: 14
Views: 4253

Re: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info

We're three weeks away! The participants are starting to set up their listings, and remember that GCC members get to purchase from BerserkerBusiness listings on Preview Day (Jan 26th, Sunday) as well as see ALL the listings to prepare for BerserkerDay the next day!
by Todd F r e n c h
January 6th, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I need help - Ojai vineyards
Replies: 10
Views: 911

Re: I need help - Oaij vineyards

fixing the OP so if anyone else searches for it, the spelling catches :)
by Todd F r e n c h
January 6th, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?
Replies: 74
Views: 3510

Re: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?

Sociando-Malle t - Robert A got me here with sheer persistence: I had ploughed through vintage after vintage since the 82, never enjoying the stuff, but reading his countless (and excellent) notes got me to realize that I had misunderstood the wine, so now I'm hooked. I'm about there as well, as hi...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 5th, 2020, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 228
Views: 13052

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

Rhône Elitists like my buddy Charlie won’t waste any time on such a middling producer, but I think he would enjoy the wines, truly. He used to say the same thing about Gonon, and now likes it since the price is over $100! bullllllllsssssssshhhhhiitttttttttttt Tell us how much you loved it when it w...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 5th, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 24
Views: 1719

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

I also liked this Demostene Ranch bottling quite a bit. Note that it is not a Zinfandel. It's a 50/50 blend of Zin and Carignan. I've found a lot of the bottlings that contain a good dose of Carignan to my liking. I think it really adds that nice lift you want behind the fruit. Another recent bottl...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 5th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 228
Views: 13052

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

Todd I liked your Alain Verset recommendation. The 05, 10 and 13 are solid. Rhône Elitists like my buddy Charlie won’t waste any time on such a middling producer, but I think he would enjoy the wines, truly. He used to say the same thing about Gonon, and now likes it since the price is over $100! F...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 5th, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?
Replies: 74
Views: 3510

Re: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?

Chave (that was a while ago, can't remember who introduced me to it)
Gonon St. Joseph (Kim Caldwell, I recall, was a huge cheerleader of this wine, particularly during Crush's great initial pricing of it)
Allemand (Charlie, but unfortunately so expensive)
Dehlinger (Phil Franks/T-bone)
by Todd F r e n c h
January 5th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2818

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

Related but not directly answering the OP, it often amazes me that I'll choke on spending $100 on great Bourbon, but not on great wine, when one lasts a LONG time and the other is gone in one meal. I'll buy as many bottles of Monte Bello that I'm offered, but I can't spend that much on a single bott...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 5th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 24
Views: 1719

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

I also liked this Demostene Ranch bottling quite a bit. Note that it is not a Zinfandel. It's a 50/50 blend of Zin and Carignan. I've found a lot of the bottlings that contain a good dose of Carignan to my liking. I think it really adds that nice lift you want behind the fruit. Another recent bottl...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 5th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Jonathan Sirot A+++
Replies: 12
Views: 979

Re: Jonathan Sirot A+++

https://youtu.be/vmDDOFXSgAs [cheers.gif] Are you referring to me ? If so I think a 5 year vacation from this board would be quite fine and with all of the snarky folks and personal attacks including being booted off the board for reasons I am forbidden to divulge I will find mush more peace and co...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 5th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 228
Views: 13052

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 5th, 2020, 9:17 am
Todd I liked your Alain Verset recommendation. The 05, 10 and 13 are solid.
Rhône Elitists like my buddy Charlie won’t waste any time on such a middling producer, but I think he would enjoy the wines, truly.
by Todd F r e n c h
January 5th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 24
Views: 1719

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

I've always wondered what the 12/13% Ridge wines from the 70's were like when young. With the 2016 Ridge Demostene, I finally got my wish! 13.0% and 50/50 Zin/Carignane - intensely scented nose with cherry, cranberry and violets. The palate is lively and fresh with plum, cherry, cranberry, strawber...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 5th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 228
Views: 13052

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 5th, 2020, 8:03 am
Mark, where do you reside, may help with some recommendations considering access to some retailers.
Also, do you have a stylistic preference? Coronas is all over the place, depending on producer
by Todd F r e n c h
January 4th, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 24
Views: 1719

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

Great Ridge wine right here - definitely stylistically more AFWE in terms of the sweetness of fruit (and apparently ABV!), as indicated in the original post, but it also features a huge, chewy tannic structure, bright, sweet and tart fruits, good complexity overall, seems like it could age well. To ...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 4th, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 228
Views: 13052

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

Cracked a bottle of '14 Alain Verset Cornas and absolutely loved it - fantastic QPR - will be looking for more That is great to hear. I've bought a few bottles from Envoyer over the years, but have yet to try one. Loved it - stylistically more on the funky side, like the 'trendy' producers such as ...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 4th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 228
Views: 13052

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

Matt vdM wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 8:53 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 8:51 am
I've been a fan of the Alain Verset wines.
Ah, good one -- also currently available between $40-50 depending on the vintage and supplier.
Cracked a bottle of '14 Alain Verset Cornas and absolutely loved it - fantastic QPR - will be looking for more
by Todd F r e n c h
January 3rd, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: ???
Replies: 32
Views: 2569

Re: ???

Al Osterheld wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 2:11 pm
Anyone, anybody, and even everybody are singular pronouns.

-Al
kthxbai
by Todd F r e n c h
January 2nd, 2020, 5:28 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: ???
Replies: 32
Views: 2569

Re: ???

Anybody watches the Pro Bowl?
by Todd F r e n c h
January 2nd, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your wines of the 2010s?
Replies: 46
Views: 2035

Re: What are your wines of the 2010s?

LOVE that you included strict parameters - works well for a type-A personality. That said...I'm sure people won't follow the rules! 1) 2011 Ridge Monte Bello that Joe Duncan brought to my house for the mini BerserkerFest (double-decanted) 2) Can't remember...will have to do some research 3) The OP'...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 2nd, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your wines of the 2010s?
Replies: 46
Views: 2035

Re: What are your wines of the 2010s?

LOVE that you included strict parameters - works well for a type-A personality. That said...I'm sure people won't follow the rules! (EDIT - I previously put my WOTY, which means I didn't follow directions, which means I"m disappointed in myself...so I'm trying to make edits) 1) 1982 Margaux 2) Can't...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 2nd, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: TN: 2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

I have a 'hard stop' on the rest of the bottles in my cellar, after tasting it in December 2018, as it seems completely shut down to me. Maybe I didn't decant long enough, but I'm sad I didn't have as good an experience with mine as you did with yours! :)
by Todd F r e n c h
December 18th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 208
Views: 15814

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

have Dirty and Rowdy or Bedrock ever participated in a BD? Yes to the former, I don't think on the latter We'd love participate to at some point. WBs have always been good to us. My challenge has always been that BD usually falls within a week of the D&R winter release. We are usually sold out of e...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 18th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 208
Views: 15814

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

Mattstolz wrote:
December 18th, 2019, 3:24 am
have Dirty and Rowdy or Bedrock ever participated in a BD?
Yes to the former, I don't think on the latter
by Todd F r e n c h
December 17th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?
Replies: 37
Views: 1781

Re: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?

It's hard to go wrong with Pichon Baron, there is rarely an off vintage. Vintages like 2001, 2004, 2008 etc are all very good. The 2000 is magnificent and just starting to open up for my taste. I tried one of my 2000's and found it to be far too young, and I'm NOT a guy who likes tertiary character...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 16th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Should I pre-salt my Flannery hanger steaks?
Replies: 15
Views: 916

Re: Should I pre-salt my Flannery hanger steaks?

Definitely. They usually aren’t dry aged so get all that moisture Thanks, All. I'll salt them tonight! Charlie - are Flannery's not aged? I didn't look closely, but I assumed they were. The hanger isn’t unless specified They experimented with some dry-aged hangers a couple years ago...didn't turn o...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 16th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 208
Views: 15814

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

Forum is up, will keep updating as we get closer. Assembling the participating wineries/retailers at the moment

viewforum.php?f=79
by Todd F r e n c h
December 16th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info
Replies: 14
Views: 4253

BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info

This will be the principal thread for all discussions related to BerserkerDay 11 #BD11 - a buying extravaganza unrivaled in any other wine community, anywhere. One day (two, if including the Grand Cru Crü Advance Purchase Day) where over $650,000 in wine and wine-related goods are sold to eager wine...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 16th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 208
Views: 15814

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

I HOPE to start working on it a bit this week - it's a crazy busy time for me right now, then I transition into crazy busy time for me with BerserkerDay!!
by Todd F r e n c h
December 14th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 208
Views: 15814

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

Todd Hamina wrote:
December 14th, 2019, 12:29 pm
David Ulbricht
don't see him as a user...have him reach out
by Todd F r e n c h
December 14th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 208
Views: 15814

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

Todd Hamina wrote:
December 14th, 2019, 9:21 am
One of my clients, SchöneTal, is going to participate for the first time too.
What username? Gotta add them to the group
by Todd F r e n c h
December 13th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 208
Views: 15814

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

Date circled on the calendar (and already thinking about what we might offer). Malbec, pretty please! Thanks - that’s a pet project of mine - glad you like it! DM me if you want the current release (2016). We make so little of it - it will not part of BD 11. WHAT? Karen has Malbec now???? If only t...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 13th, 2019, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau
Replies: 30
Views: 1573

Re: 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau

[worship.gif] I was just going to post here that you are a market mover, and saw I am late to report the breaking news. I tried to buy some last PM at winex and had a password problem. I tried to grab them today and all gone. Fu has nothing on your skills. Cheers, Yeah, moving a market of 7 bottles...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 13th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 208
Views: 15814

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

Add Ridge to the list - not sure who from Ridge will do the listing yet so they aren’t on there
by Todd F r e n c h
December 13th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 208
Views: 15814

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

If you want to see the (growing) list of current participants (expect it to be around 80-100 by the time we are ready to go) here's the list:

memberlist.php?sk=c&sd=a&username=&emai ... count=&ip=
by Todd F r e n c h
December 13th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ACTION NEEDED - 100% Tariffs
Replies: 29
Views: 2387

Re: ACTION NEEDED - 100% Tariffs

Guys, do NOT discuss ANYTHING political in here. If you have comments to make, go to Politics where there is a thread about it. This is far too important for our little 'hobby' to have people politicize this thread and get it hidden/moved. Go to Politics if you want to discuss those aspects

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