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by Travis @llen
September 22nd, 2020, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Dentice - German Wine's Radical Love Machine
Replies: 26
Views: 1477

Re: Robert Dentice - German Wine's Radical Love Machine

Thanks for sharing, that is rad. I’ve found a lot of my wine buddies connect deeply on music as well. I think both are an appreciation for thoughtfulness and pleasure of the senses so there is overlap. Madlib produced one of the greatest hip hop albums ever made (madvilainy). I think I sold Robert D...
by Travis @llen
September 12th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 67
Views: 3155

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Welcome! Worth checking out both McCarthy & schiering locations. I live close to the Ravenna one so that is my go to, but Queen Anne has different cool stuff. I have found some great bottles at deLaurenti in pike market. Also just got takeout from Eight Row near greenlake - which was spectacular- an...
by Travis @llen
September 1st, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Woodland Hills Wines Annual Sale- Old World day 1
Replies: 54
Views: 3505

Re: Woodland Hills Wines Annual Sale- Old World day 1

Some really nice buys there. But wow, 2018 Thivin for $21.56! Case purchase! 2015 Baudry Clos Guillot, if you do not have this Chinon yet, at $25 is a steal. It was my fave of the 2015 Baudry line-up, the best Guillot that I have had. I went back for a couple Baudry, and found some other great stuf...
by Travis @llen
September 1st, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Woodland Hills Wines Annual Sale- Old World day 1
Replies: 54
Views: 3505

Re: Woodland Hills Wines Annual Sale- Old World day 1

It is a good day when my favorite wines are on sale! Gangloff Serene Noir comes into the market and vanishes quickly every year.
by Travis @llen
August 24th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines
Replies: 44
Views: 4245

Re: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
August 22nd, 2020, 10:50 am
I told my wife I ordered a designer hoodie; much to my surprise, it comes with a free case of wine!!!

Will update when I hear back ;)
[rofl.gif]
by Travis @llen
August 24th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Brut "Les Vignes de Vrigny" 1er Cru
Replies: 32
Views: 1569

Re: TN: NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Brut "Les Vignes de Vrigny" 1er Cru

Another Pinot Meunier related question: I was looking at the 100% Meunier Champagnes I've had (and can remember): Jérôme Prévost Les Béguines, É-O Vignes de Vrigny (just last week), Bérêche Rive-Gauche and also others I know of: Laherte Vignes d'Autrefois, Gosset Meunier, Dehours Terre de Meunier, ...
by Travis @llen
August 14th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone dared open a Cayuse Wallah Wallah Special mag?
Replies: 13
Views: 1956

Re: Has anyone dared open a Cayuse Wallah Wallah Special mag?

I have a mag of Wallah wallah #1 & #2 left from the auction at hospice du Rhône from many years ago. Sounds like I should open that when Jared is around. I opened 2 of the 2014 version a couple months ago for a woozy bottle zoom call for 15 people. Shipped the samples all over the country and they w...
by Travis @llen
July 4th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB a bottle or two of Foillard 3.14
Replies: 4
Views: 421

Re: WTB a bottle or two of Foillard 3.14

I have a couple. Not really interested to sell, but you can have a 150ml woozy of it if you just want to try it. Love Foillard.
by Travis @llen
June 13th, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Keller Silliness
Replies: 147
Views: 6700

Re: Keller Silliness

Just because it Keller used to be undervalued— doesn’t make it overvalued now. As one of the best white wines in the world, it may still be a bargain at current prices.
by Travis @llen
June 13th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Riesling Report - announcing a wicked little hobby project
Replies: 46
Views: 3049

Re: The Riesling Report - announcing a wicked little hobby project

Very cool! I enjoyed meeting you many years ago at hospice du rhone, enjoyed your posts on the old Parker board, and look forward to reading your Riesling reports. I think you should include Austria as well though. Cheers!
by Travis @llen
May 21st, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing 3L & Larger....
Replies: 33
Views: 1990

Re: Storing 3L & Larger....

For my 40th a couple years ago I opened 3l bottles of ‘78 Mondavi Reserve and ‘78 Leoville las Cases that Had been stored on the side for 40yrs. Personally I would rather store on the side and see leaking if there is a problem with the cork, which would make me pop the bottle sooner than later. If y...
by Travis @llen
April 28th, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hospice du Rhone Zoom event 4/25
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: Hospice du Rhone Zoom event 4/25

HDR zoom event was rad! Agree that it is the best wine event I’ve ever been to. HdR is the reason I make wine. Jeff and Steve- look forward to seeing you at the next event if not sooner.
by Travis @llen
April 22nd, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Surprise Bday Party in the Age of COVID - the CFu bottle share method. SQN-Gonon-Macdonald-'89 Pichon Baron etc...
Replies: 13
Views: 1199

Surprise Bday Party in the Age of COVID - the CFu bottle share method. SQN-Gonon-Macdonald-'89 Pichon Baron etc...

Last Friday was my buddies BDAY. Party cancelled. I have seen how Charlie has been sending 150mL bottles around to share online with friends. I picked up some of these, coordinated with his lady-friend to get them in the house secretly. At 7:59 I sent him a Google Meets invite for 8pm - and 3 of us ...
by Travis @llen
March 31st, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 54
Views: 2458

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

In addition to the suggestions above, I would suggest BDX varietals made by Avennia and Force Majeure. For Riesling, poets leap by long shadows is good, and possibly the best white wine I’ve ever tasted out of Washington was a barrel sample of Devium Riesling From Lewis Peak that I think was picked ...
by Travis @llen
March 27th, 2020, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 152
Views: 13401

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

Kris Patten wrote:
March 27th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Krug NV for $110 and 2002 for $185 near me, also 1990 Lynch Bages and 2000 Bonneau Celestins for $195.
Where? Love me some
Bonneau
by Travis @llen
March 27th, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: U.S. Winemakers - What Overseas Wines do you Drink?
Replies: 41
Views: 2709

Re: U.S. Winemakers - What Overseas Wines do you Drink?

Some of my favorite wine producers can be expensive in good vintages, so I may only buy 1 bottle, but then in 'off' vintages they can be a fraction of the price so I'll buy a few - and I am happy to have these wines is in my glass, regardless of vintage. Probably the highest consumption by volume is...
by Travis @llen
March 17th, 2020, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Video offlines...could they become a thing?
Replies: 47
Views: 1218

Re: Video offlines...could they become a thing?

Just did this for the first time last night. Theme was Rhonely Together. All grabbed a bottle of rhone from the cellar which surprisingly wound up including 2 Gangloffs(serene noir Côte Rôtie and Condrieu) and 2 pegau (Laurence and reserve). We had friends from Seattle, Bellevue, newberg Oregon, wal...
by Travis @llen
March 6th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extended barrel age VS early bottling
Replies: 28
Views: 1501

Re: Extended barrel age VS early bottling

Thanks for all of the suggestions! I realize that the wines won’t be the exactly the same, even when juice comes out of the same fermenter and goes into 2 ‘identical’ new or used barrels - the wines are different. I’m just trying to gain a better understanding of the effects of time in barrel. And i...
by Travis @llen
March 5th, 2020, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extended barrel age VS early bottling
Replies: 28
Views: 1501

Re: Extended barrel age VS early bottling

[/quote] Except for the Vieilles Vignes! [/quote] Hi William, the VV is quite special (I tried once from barrel and once from bottle) but also different and old Trollat vines from St Jean de muzols. I’m actually interested in examples of the same wine (Or at least as similar as possible) from the sa...
by Travis @llen
March 5th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extended barrel age VS early bottling
Replies: 28
Views: 1501

Re: Extended barrel age VS early bottling

I'm currently doing this with one of my Grenaches but my standard procedure is to age wines for about 3 years in older Oak. Let me know if you need any more information on any of these. Are doing a longer than 3 yrs, or an early release? I’ve been thinking about my visit to gonon for the past 12 mo...
by Travis @llen
March 5th, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extended barrel age VS early bottling
Replies: 28
Views: 1501

Re: Extended barrel age VS early bottling

Matt A u s t i n wrote:
March 5th, 2020, 6:07 pm
In 2006 Alesia (Rhys) did two versions of their Fairview Ranch Syrah, one with extended barrel aging. I’ve got both and would happy to pop them if you are out my way again sometime.
Awesome! Or we can plan this when you are in Seattle and try them with the others.
by Travis @llen
March 5th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extended barrel age VS early bottling
Replies: 28
Views: 1501

Extended barrel age VS early bottling

I'm starting to track down some wines for a comparative tasting of extended barrel aged wines VS shorter time in barrel. Let me know if you know of any producers who do this and what you think of the differences. Thanks! The ones I know of are SQN regular vs EBA, Epoch Tempranillo vs reserve Tempran...
by Travis @llen
March 1st, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the stigma of cali 2011's-sine qua non excluded
Replies: 28
Views: 2300

Re: the stigma of cali 2011's-sine qua non excluded

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
March 1st, 2020, 7:07 pm
Saxum 11s all great to date.
Agree 100%. I could be mistaken, but I think I remember Justin Smith posting on the old Parker board that his vineyards got less heat units than Burgundy in 2011.
I follow producers over vintages - and frequently find myself loving the ‘lesser’ vintage.
by Travis @llen
February 17th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia visit
Replies: 21
Views: 2040

Re: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia visit

Rioja is incredible. We had a great visit at Valdemar (they have a Washington outpost now, and are doing some cool stuff with unusual varieties - including maturana, graciano and Tempranillo blanc). Artadi was also incredible. We had lunch with Jorge Muga- incredible range and quality. The craziest ...
by Travis @llen
February 14th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia visit
Replies: 21
Views: 2040

Re: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia vist

I visited them last year and it was incredible. Tasted their dry Hungarian white and ‘09 unico. It is a huge property and cooperage and the tour lasted hours. I hosted a Vega Sicilia dinner a couple years ago, and their America’s rep arranged my visit. Would also highly recommend visiting Pingus. I ...
by Travis @llen
January 17th, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Burgundy under DIAM
Replies: 26
Views: 2189

Re: White Burgundy under DIAM

Diam solves more than just the TCA problem. I’ll drink to that podcast #445 explains their process in detail. I switched to Diam last year (origine beeswax version) and so far there has been no issues or variability. One of my customers told me Etienne de Montille is using Diam-30 in his grand crus ...
by Travis @llen
December 5th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 The Third Twin offer is out
Replies: 51
Views: 6098

Re: 2016 The Third Twin offer is out

SQN Mourvedre! No hesitation.
by Travis @llen
November 15th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chimère #5 Offer
Replies: 8
Views: 1142

Re: Chimère #5 Offer

Mourvèdre night. The person who brought Rayas was forgiven.
by Travis @llen
November 15th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chimère #5 Offer
Replies: 8
Views: 1142

Re: Chimère #5 Offer

Thanks for posting!!! This was in my junk mail. I opened my '15 Chimere a couple weeks ago on my birthday and it was incredible!
by Travis @llen
November 13th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 F.X. Pichler Riesling Unendlich (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)
Replies: 12
Views: 766

Re: TN: 2017 F.X. Pichler Riesling Unendlich (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)

The 2015 unendlich is a contender for WOTY for me. I’ve been lucky enough to have it twice this year. These wines will undoubtedly age like bricks - but they are so good young that I would drink rather than hold. F’ing love the Mozart queen of the night label as well - such a departure from the rest...
by Travis @llen
November 10th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 6311

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

The champagne was incredible - the fact that Mark went straight to comparing to Krug and Selosse is telling although because the Christophe Baron is Brut Nature it is a totally different experience (I have not had Selosse enough times to have a handle on their style anyway). It had billowing aromati...
by Travis @llen
November 9th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 6311

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

What better way to celebrate last pick yesterday than with a mag of Christophe Baron. Impromptu bottle share happening tonight @6pm. Pm for address. BYOB No theme. BYO stem. Food is tricky since it is short notice and I have no idea how many people will show, so maybe grab a bite before you arrive -...
by Travis @llen
November 9th, 2019, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 6311

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

[/quote]

Really?? I’m in!
Free your self up on 11/22!
[/quote]

What is happening on 11/22? I had my last pick yesterday so I'm still focused on other things.
What about tonight at my place?
by Travis @llen
November 9th, 2019, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 6311

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

at the Kobayashi release event? for your possibly visiting friend from So Cal? trying to free calendar to get up there!! It would be great if you could make it, but that is a rough weekend for socializing. Pouring for a dinner at the Modernist Cuisine Lab on Friday. Wine release Sat. Flying to Flor...
by Travis @llen
November 7th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 6311

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

Mark Y wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Dilemma since it's 1 per person, in magnum only:

1. drink young, get a feel for style, inform future purchase decisions..
or
2. hold for age, but buying blind.

assuming the
3. find someone else who will open one
option is not readily available. ;)
I’ll open mine. Can’t wait to try.
by Travis @llen
October 21st, 2019, 10:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne...thought blanc...got rouge.
Replies: 22
Views: 1427

Re: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne...thought blanc...got rouge.

I made the same mistake with the ‘15s. It did feel a little like a bait and switch when I opened the box , but I’m looking forward to trying something new -so no harm no foul.
by Travis @llen
October 21st, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 6174

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

Thank you to Peter for hosting and to everyone for bringing excellent vino. What an incredible tasting!!! The Seattle Berserker group rocks! I was socializing too much to get to try everything, but the Verset rocked my world.
by Travis @llen
October 15th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 6174

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

There is a UW football game Saturday, and I’m in Laurelhurst right on the other side of the stadium from Peter. If I can leave the winery early enough, we’ll get there on the early side. Otherwise we’ll have to wait out the traffic and arrive late. I can bring whatever we need. Rhône is my favorite ...
by Travis @llen
October 6th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots
Replies: 24
Views: 2161

Re: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots

I’d second antica terra. And also mention Coleen Clemens (beautiful spot too) - if they call ahead and arrange to taste with the winemaker, he has his own label called Stephen Goff that is a similar but maybe even dialed up on the flavor spectrum. Anyone who visits willamette should go to Walter Sco...
by Travis @llen
October 6th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily
Replies: 8
Views: 1650

Re: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily

Hi Larry, I have no secrets, but there are a few reasons that make me hesitant to share chemistry and analytics on this board. Anything we can measure in wine only paints a small part of the picture, and I have seen how fixated some people can get on certain parameters. Easy example is alcohol. Ther...
by Travis @llen
October 6th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 6174

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

I'm going out to dinner with a couple of out-of-town wine buddies that evening. If we bring tasty N.Rhone selections could I bring 2-3 friends for the first couple of hours? I'll have to verify their schedules, hopefully we can make it if there is space available.
by Travis @llen
October 6th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily
Replies: 8
Views: 1650

Re: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily

I'm glad you enjoyed the Kobayashi Marsanne! It gets a little skin contact during primary fermentation and the French Acacia hardwood barrel gives some wild tropical aromatics. There is no standard for Washington Marsanne, so I have the freedom to experiment. Roy Piper came to my home for dinner whe...
by Travis @llen
September 12th, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 19900

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

Fantastic letter. Love the wines, the place, the people, and the authenticity.
by Travis @llen
July 3rd, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 2099

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

Brian Hostetler wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 10:38 pm
Travis, there was the 2014 Roy Piper from David and the 2017 Roy brought.
Roy brought both the '14 and the '17. David brought the '06 Prephylloxera and '00 Mount Eden.
Amazing how approachable the '17 already is. Both had out of this world texture and killer aromatics. Really beautiful wines.
by Travis @llen
June 30th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 2099

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

How'd it go? Beautiful Evening! Roy Piper made it over and brought his 2014 and 2017 - both were exceptional! People brought home a bunch of the half empties, so I don't have a complete list, but there was an excess: 2014 Chave Blanc 2017 Terre Nere Etna Bianco Santo Spirito 2013 Goodfellow Richard...
by Travis @llen
June 29th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 2099

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

Betz in Woodinville for sure - need an appointment, but that would be the only must imo. And then Travis' as well :D Indeed, Betz is fantastic. I have not tried the wines for a few years though. I didn't hear from Roy, but a few people are coming over for a bottle share tonight, PM/email me for the...
by Travis @llen
June 26th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 2099

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

Only a handful of WA wines hit at what I think Roy might be after. Avennia and Longshadows are In woodinville. Force Majeure, Leonetti, Corliss and Rasa are in walla walla and Quilceda Creek is in snohomish. We can probably pull a group together at my house in Seattle to taste them all if you have a...
by Travis @llen
June 20th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.
Replies: 14
Views: 1277

Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.

So cool! What an awesome vision to have seen to completion...or should I say fruition. champagne.gif

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=g ... aId=215572
by Travis @llen
June 16th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hammell Wine Alliance - new release
Replies: 2
Views: 509

Re: Hammell Wine Alliance - new release

They are called True Believer now - no more HWA. I love these wines. Full flavor and intensity in the vein of SQN and Saxum. They are in my top tier of favorite rhone variety producers coming out of California.

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