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by M@tt G.
October 18th, 2019, 11:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 60
Views: 2757

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

48 cases offsite
32 cases onsite wine fridge
20 cases onsite in room temp racks
by M@tt G.
August 14th, 2019, 1:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 73
Views: 4643

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

Out of space but in for 2+2 Mourvèdres. Tasted the D&R Mourvèdres at Hospice du Rhône last year and decided I need to make room for these in my cellar.
by M@tt G.
July 30th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wait is over for Saxum.......
Replies: 17
Views: 1530

Re: The wait is over for Saxum.......

I signed up 4.5 years ago and glad to hear there is some movement on the list. Thank you for the post. I’ll keep enjoying Booker, Torrin, Denner, Caliza, and others in the meantime. It was great to get a taste of Saxum at Hospice du Rhône last year and looking forward to next year, assuming Saxum wi...
by M@tt G.
July 24th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12720

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

I'm tempted to shift to buying from the winter allocation of one and the fall allocation of the other. Is there any consensus on which is the stronger mailer for each? (I concede, of course, that they are all great and I'll be missing out on some great juice either way). The first wrinkle in that p...
by M@tt G.
July 21st, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine experiences in Napa
Replies: 22
Views: 1526

Re: Wine experiences in Napa

Sequoia Grove Cabernet Culinary Challenge. Ask for Dean.
by M@tt G.
July 20th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12720

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

The last release was my first one and I loved Lulu and the Sauvignon Blanc and wish I bought more along with the reds. I'm don't like sweet wine and don't have experience with rieslings. Is this one dry? Should I give it a shot? I've seen positive comments on the board about it. If you liked the Ju...
by M@tt G.
July 18th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 71
Views: 5249

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

Out of space but taking a mixed 6 pack of the 30 offered: CVZ, Papera, Two Acres, Dupratt, Grenache, JBV.
by M@tt G.
June 16th, 2019, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Feedback on Itinerary for Trip to Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles
Replies: 24
Views: 1632

Re: Feedback on Itinerary for Trip to Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles

I agree with the comments on Booker. I would not make a decision on Booker wines based on what they pour in the tasting room. The tasting room wines are at the bottom of the portfolio.
by M@tt G.
May 29th, 2019, 10:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1562
Views: 185967

Re: Official Costco Thread

Lacey, WA has 2015 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir Dundee Hills for $33.99. This location has a very small wine selection compared to others.
by M@tt G.
March 23rd, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite stemless wine glasses?
Replies: 24
Views: 1094

Re: Your favorite stemless wine glasses?

I don’t use stemless wine glasses regularly either but find them useful for hosting wine tastings. The Schott Zwiesel Studio (Google: Costco 210185) are $19.99 and are sometimes discounted to $14.99. This is for a set of 8 so they are less than $2 apiece at that price. They are 16oz. Edit: looks lik...
by M@tt G.
February 7th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 81
Views: 6172

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

Took a mixed 6 pack even though I'm really cutting back on purchases this year... this just isn't the place to cut. Great wines that won't break the bank. Been buying since the 2013 vintage and got allocated a Mission and a Refosco. Thank you Tegan!
by M@tt G.
February 6th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 81
Views: 6172

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

Nate Simon wrote:
February 6th, 2019, 11:40 am
Received the email, but when I click, there's no allocation.
Same here
by M@tt G.
February 6th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 81
Views: 6172

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

In email today: SANDLANDS VINEYARDS 2019 RELEASE We are very excited to share our 2017 vintage wines with you, and we’re happy to report that we expanded the line-up to showcase additional vineyards and areas we love. We can't thank you enough for your support of our project, which allows us to make...
by M@tt G.
February 3rd, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne vs Quivet, only buying one.
Replies: 18
Views: 1289

Re: Kosta Browne vs Quivet, only buying one.

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 7:51 pm
KB pinot is overpriced and mediocre. Almost 100 for appellation Pinot is a joke
+1.

For me not worth the tariff with so many good CA and OR SVD Pinots available in the $50 - $70 range.
by M@tt G.
February 1st, 2019, 1:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley 2017 Vintage Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1765

Re: Turley 2017 Vintage Spring Release

From a previous Turley newsletter: A quick update about the 2017 fires in Napa and Sonoma as well. We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support our entire community received during what was an insanely tumultuous, chaotic, and trying period for all. Our families escaped unscathed, and Turley...
by M@tt G.
January 16th, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Thomas
Replies: 38
Views: 3336

Re: 2016 Thomas

jfont wrote:
December 20th, 2018, 7:52 am
Anyone in the Socal receive their wine yet?
Mine arrived Jan 12.
by M@tt G.
January 9th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1562
Views: 185967

Re: Official Costco Thread

5L 2012 Isosceles $449
San Juan Capistrano

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by M@tt G.
December 17th, 2018, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Annoying Amazon pop up. Add, or Malware?
Replies: 119
Views: 6657

Re: Annoying Amazon pop up. Add, or Malware?

I’m having the same issue, only on iOS and only on mobile Safari and so far only on this site. I’ve done all of the recommended clearing steps and the issue returns. I don’t have the issue on mobile Firefox with tracking protection on so it’s to the point where I only visit on Firefox. I echo the ot...
by M@tt G.
December 5th, 2018, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Winery with Covered Patio?
Replies: 12
Views: 689

Re: Napa Winery with Covered Patio?

Definitely Larkmead
by M@tt G.
November 25th, 2018, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most compact way to store wine under the stairs
Replies: 24
Views: 1437

Re: most compact way to store wine under the stairs

Like you I store my low value / short term bottles under my stairs. Under my stairs is a closet on concrete slab in the middle of the house so the temperature doesn't fluctuate too much. I bought 3 of the racks similar to the ones in the links below and made 2 racks out of them 9 rows high instead o...
by M@tt G.
November 18th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1562
Views: 185967

Re: Official Costco Thread

San Juan Capistrano
2015 Napanook $59.99
by M@tt G.
October 15th, 2018, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Ever "Doctored" a Wine?
Replies: 96
Views: 3436

Re: Has Anyone Ever "Doctored" a Wine?

John Morris wrote:
October 13th, 2018, 9:03 pm

* creme de cassis
I knew someone who would add a splash of this to cheap jug wine... both reds and whites.
by M@tt G.
October 12th, 2018, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home Wine Cellar Architect/Contractor
Replies: 9
Views: 908

Re: Home Wine Cellar Architect/Contractor

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars is located in CA but has some East Coast jobs in their project list including one in Boston. Not sure how that works but might be worth a call.

https://www.winecellarsbycoastal.com/
by M@tt G.
October 12th, 2018, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transitioning to reds - seeking off-dry, fruity
Replies: 14
Views: 739

Re: Transitioning to reds - seeking off-dry, fruity

GregT wrote:
October 11th, 2018, 12:06 am
A place where cali pinots are bergundys?
Reminds me of these

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by M@tt G.
October 8th, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Thomas
Replies: 38
Views: 3336

Re: 2016 Thomas

What do Clarence Thomas and the last three vintages have in common? Only once in the past twenty-five years has Justice Thomas spoken from the bench. During the same period, only once has Oregon enjoyed three warm vintages back-to-back. Logically, there's no connection here. If there is we can only...
by M@tt G.
August 30th, 2018, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm The Absurd
Replies: 79
Views: 7731

Re: Realm The Absurd

I believe they were $375 per 750ml at release for the 2014. K&L has the Wine Advocate shelf talker with RP listing the 2014 at 83% CS, 9% Merlot, 6% CF, 3% PV. Also from the website: The Absurd stems from a simple yet fantastically complex proposition: it’s the very best wine that Realm Cellars prod...
by M@tt G.
August 24th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says
Replies: 70
Views: 3250

Re: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says

"In 2016, eight of the leading 10 countries with lowest death rates attributable to alcohol use among 15- to 49-year-olds were in the Middle East: Kuwait, Iran, Palestine, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, and Syria. The other two were Maldives and Singapore." This. The life expectancies in some ...
by M@tt G.
August 22nd, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Where does your personal rating system bottom out?
Replies: 44
Views: 3467

Re: Where does your personal rating system bottom out?

Been actively buying since the 2012 vintage so about 5 years now, and compared to many here I still consider myself a noob. My “training wheels” scoring system is simple: Excellent - one of the top wines I’ve ever tasted. Very Good - a “wow” wine. Buy again / load up. Good - very drinkable and consi...
by M@tt G.
August 7th, 2018, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad 2018 release 8/7
Replies: 41
Views: 2742

Myriad 2018 release 8/7

Looks like Round Pond and Three Twins are sold out already. That was quick. Doubtful the Steltzners will make it through the day.
by M@tt G.
August 6th, 2018, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall Release 2018
Replies: 140
Views: 10532

Bedrock Fall Release 2018

I too have more Bedrock in my cellar than anything else and am a fan of the Heritages. I am out of cellar space so limiting to a case. The Bedrock Heritage is the flagship wine so in for 3 every year. I like the Judge SB but saving my SB order for the Staves (not in this release) which is my favorit...
by M@tt G.
July 31st, 2018, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release
Replies: 53
Views: 3089

Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release

Dirty & Rowdy had a booth at the opening tasting of Hospice du Rhône in May. While I had tasted some of their wines in the past, I had not tried any of the Mourvèdres. HdR made me realize D&R is all about the Mourvèdre! The wines really stood out at HdR (in a room filled with very stiff competition)...
by M@tt G.
July 30th, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2016 Myriad Cabernet Sauvignon featuring two new vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 3607

TNs: 2016 Myriad Cabernet Sauvignon featuring two new vineyards

Email for Previous Buyers / Tier Two / B-List is out this morning. SAVE THE DATE ~ Aug 7th, 2018 We are pleased to announce that our Myriad Cellars Portfolio Single Vineyard Cabernet Release will open AUGUST 7th at 10am. This release features the following FOUR Cabernets and TWO Semillons. 2016 Myri...
by M@tt G.
July 12th, 2018, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accolades for Torrin
Replies: 3
Views: 550

Accolades for Torrin

Congrats to Scott on all of his hard work.

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Bought 3 X Akasha in 2012, 2013, and 2014 at $68, $70 and $75. Now hope to not get priced out of these.

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by M@tt G.
July 3rd, 2018, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1562
Views: 185967

Official Costco Thread

Costco San Juan Capistrano has 2016 Malene Rose for $17.99. Malene had a booth at Hospice du Rhône this year and got some rave reviews from my wife so into the cart a 3-pack of the blend went.

https://www.malenewines.com/Wines
by M@tt G.
July 3rd, 2018, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1562
Views: 185967

Official Costco Thread

Fontodi is $97.99 at the Costco in San Juan Capistrano. Now I’m curious if there is an markdown coming soon.
by M@tt G.
June 10th, 2018, 11:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another CT cellar summary - lead grape varieties in your cellar
Replies: 59
Views: 1926

Another CT cellar summary - lead grape varieties in your cellar

Cabernet 33%
Pinot Noir 14%
Zinfandel 14%
Bordeaux Blend 11%
Syrah 8%
Chardonnay 4%
Others (nothing over 2%) 16%

Goals:
Reduce Cabernet to 25%
Increase Bordeaux Blend to 15%
Increase Riesling to 5%
Increase Syrah to 10%
by M@tt G.
May 21st, 2018, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Hospice du Rhône Seminars (Long)
Replies: 7
Views: 640

2018 Hospice du Rhône Seminars (Long)

This is great. I attended the opening tasting only (to get more familiar with the event) and was curious what the seminars were like. The opening tasting exceeded my expectations so looking forward to 2020 already. Thanks for spending the time to post this.
by M@tt G.
April 6th, 2018, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once & Future Release - March 20th
Replies: 74
Views: 4488

Once & Future Release - March 20th

In for:

1 x Merlot
1 x PS
1 x Mataro
1 x Teldeschi

I’m completely out of space, so passing on a lot of lists and trying to keep total buying under control this year, but these look like great wines, so placing an absolute bare minimum order.
by M@tt G.
April 3rd, 2018, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A couple of Total Wine Bombs
Replies: 26
Views: 3536

A couple of Total Wine Bombs

You do have to know what you’re buying there...but there are some real gems in all that Pooh. +1 I'm interested in less than 1% of the wine they have on the shelf but the inventory is so large that still ends up being quite a few. Weed through the plonk and you will find a lot of board favorites on...
by M@tt G.
February 28th, 2018, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 John Thomas Offer
Replies: 122
Views: 10593

2015 John Thomas Offer

UPS notification came in today. Should see my bottles tomorrow in SoCal.
by M@tt G.
February 12th, 2018, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Wine Tasting trip - Dec 27, 2017 (Law, Calcareous, Daou, Justin, Lone Madrone)
Replies: 33
Views: 1793

Paso Wine Tasting trip - Dec 27, 2017 (Law, Calcareous, Daou, Justin, Lone Madrone)

This was shortly after the sale and we asked a lot of people in both the tasting room and the winery about what had changed. At that time they said nothing much except the former winemaker had left. It seemed The plan was to keep it the way it had always been but you could sense that there was some...
by M@tt G.
February 1st, 2018, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 John Thomas Offer
Replies: 122
Views: 10593

2015 John Thomas Offer

Still waiting on my order in SoCal also.
by M@tt G.
January 25th, 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Rivers-Marie Winter Release next Tuesday, Jan 16
Replies: 74
Views: 7365

2018 Rivers-Marie Winter Release next Tuesday, Jan 16

J3ff S@g@n wrote:which bottle should be the first to try? upon arrival
Not sure there's a wrong answer but I tend to drink the lower priced ones first (i.e. Sonoma Coast and now Anderson Valley) and then move on to the Single Vineyards, holding off on the Summas a little longer than the others.
by M@tt G.
January 17th, 2018, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mailing lists: guaranteed allocations versus first-come first-served
Replies: 45
Views: 2534

Mailing lists: guaranteed allocations versus first-come first-served

At some point it becomes apparent to the seller that a wine will easily sell out (and quickly), thus the risk of unsold inventory is not a true threat. For example Realm had a FCFS approach initially but when wines started rapidly selling out they made the switch to guaranteed allocations. Those wit...
by M@tt G.
January 17th, 2018, 4:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Maybach
Replies: 40
Views: 4714

2015 Maybach

Brian Hostetler wrote:I signed up back in October but no email today. How many years is this wait list?
For reference I signed up in Feb 2015 and was offered an allocation in Jan 2017.
by M@tt G.
December 10th, 2017, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice for someone just starting out
Replies: 117
Views: 5051

Advice for someone just starting out

where are some recommended places to buy wine in Southern Californa, based mostly on a price perspective? If I'm to reflect back on my 2017 purchases and wanting to improve on my budget, I'd like to get my average cost per bottle down from ~$46. I wouldn’t overlook Total Wine in Laguna Hills. It’s ...
by M@tt G.
December 7th, 2017, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Becklyn Cellars
Replies: 10
Views: 1102

PSA: Becklyn Cellars

Received the email at 9:00am. Logged in at 9:02am. I see 4 SBs offered... everything else sold out.
by M@tt G.
December 6th, 2017, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crazy Prices for '14 Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot on WineBid
Replies: 31
Views: 2116

Crazy Prices for '14 Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot on WineBid

Duckhorn was selling this wine on their website for several days after the WS100 #1 announcement at list price and 10% off for members. Given the lack of popularity of Merlot among the masses I didn't expect this one to go up much, if at all.
by M@tt G.
December 6th, 2017, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Ancillary Cellars Release
Replies: 3
Views: 475

2016 Ancillary Cellars Release

Completely out of space but taking one of each anyway.

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