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by Gabe Berk
August 3rd, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley bottles finally slim down
Replies: 30
Views: 1804

Re: Turley bottles finally slim down

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by Gabe Berk
July 31st, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Limerick Lane and shipping in hot temps
Replies: 32
Views: 1892

Re: Limerick Lane and shipping in hot temps

I applaud the winery for trying its best. But what I don't understand is why anyone (buyer or seller) would ship in the summer. If the buyer requires it, then it's their risk. And if the seller essentially requires it, even via cold chain, then shame on them. But why not ship in October? Seems simp...
by Gabe Berk
July 31st, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 92
Views: 4100

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Glad to hear you are healthy and survived! Sounds like in time smell comes back according to the article linked below. Promising...

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/293 ... -diagnosis
by Gabe Berk
July 30th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?
Replies: 57
Views: 4358

Re: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?

Just this morning I've gotten save the dates for Ceritas, Sine Qua Non and Turley. Let thy Fall releases commence!
by Gabe Berk
July 28th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with a little different kind of pizza?
Replies: 19
Views: 842

Re: Pairing with a little different kind of pizza?

The Italian's love their Chianti with pizza.
by Gabe Berk
July 28th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma County Rhône Producers? - Another winery recommendation request thread
Replies: 22
Views: 917

Re: Sonoma County Rhône Producers? - Another winery recommendation request thread

Arnot-Roberts in Healdsburg would be a fun set of wines to try. The Syrah's I had from them are very balanced and elegant.
by Gabe Berk
July 28th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Fall Release - Save the Date
Replies: 50
Views: 3847

Re: Aubert Fall Release - Save the Date

No Hudson Chardonnay it appears :( . Nonetheless, very excited to be able to purchase some wine.
by Gabe Berk
July 25th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Failla Chardonnay Chuy Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Re: TN: 2015 Failla Chardonnay Chuy Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

Love that Chard year in and year out from Failla. Sandlands 2018 Sonoma County Chard came from that vineyard and I believe it no longer exists. :(
by Gabe Berk
July 25th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Real Tribidrag??
Replies: 27
Views: 1288

Re: First Real Tribidrag??

Fascinating study on the DNA of what we here call Zinfandel and end discussion on "clones" in general. Bravo to all involved! On a side note, love that the Heritage Vineyard clones were planted in the heart of Cabernet gold coast of Oakville. [cheers.gif]
by Gabe Berk
July 25th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?
Replies: 57
Views: 4358

Re: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
July 25th, 2020, 8:57 am
MacDonald
The one I'm hoping I get an offering of [beg.gif]
by Gabe Berk
July 23rd, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Elena Walch Pinot Bianco
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: 2018 Elena Walch Pinot Bianco

Aromas have fine intensity, with white fruit, floral and a touch of green herbal notes. The palate is surprisingly rich, but with good, mouth-watering acidity and excellent balance. There is density without weight. The finish is long, the flavors are savory, this is fine and seamless. Rated 90.5, f...
by Gabe Berk
July 21st, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Summer Pre-Release
Replies: 26
Views: 2031

Re: Carlisle Summer Pre-Release

Put in an order for Carlisle [winner.gif]
Put in an order for Bedrock [winner.gif]
Next is Turley release then time to cool off on Zin... [truce.gif]
by Gabe Berk
July 21st, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Geyserville, where to start?
Replies: 27
Views: 1401

Re: Ridge Geyserville, where to start?

2010-2013 is a great start at seeing what a little age will do. If you like aged tertiary flavors, then start further back say 2007 and earlier. Being you can buy more of the 2018, I'd pop and pour one now to see what all the noise is about. Its an incredible wine year in and year out!!! [cheers.gif]
by Gabe Berk
July 20th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .
Replies: 41
Views: 2443

Re: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .

Old World: DRC
New World: Pisoni
by Gabe Berk
July 17th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Is the Deal with Carneros?
Replies: 81
Views: 5341

Re: What Is the Deal with Carneros?

Gabe, I must have tasted your fruit a lot when we did cooper tastings at Mondavi. Jean Francois of Francois Freres has frequently poured Mondavi Reserves for his Burgundian buddies blind and completely messed with their minds. Sometime in the early 80s somebody from Acacia visited Burgundy and gave...
by Gabe Berk
July 16th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Is the Deal with Carneros?
Replies: 81
Views: 5341

Re: What Is the Deal with Carneros?

Grew up in Carneros on my family's Pinot vineyard. Vines are now 48 years old and still producing high quality fruit. Sold fruit to Saintsbury in their early years, Etude and Mondavi for their Reserve. There are still some vineyards that are absolutely world class (Hyde, Hudson, Sangiacomo) which ar...
by Gabe Berk
July 10th, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VHR Library Release
Replies: 14
Views: 1183

Re: VHR Library Release

Sign of the times. Back vintage direct from the winery with free shipping. Brutal times for the wineries with On-Premise completely dead. Hope this helps them out in the long run. Incredible wines...
by Gabe Berk
July 2nd, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary V. Again.
Replies: 74
Views: 7538

Re: Gary V. Again.

Constellation paid some $$$ for the current online DTC sales model Gary V created with that brand. As hinted before, Gary V probably put a lot of sweet equity into the project and gladly took some Millions of $ shortly after to let someone buy out the project. On to the next venture for Gary V. Snif...
by Gabe Berk
July 2nd, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2790
Views: 185221

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

I've had a case or so already...just reloaded again locally...this is two wines in one for me...I chill it down day one...drink it like a BOSS Rose'...then day two back to cellar temp...wonderful more elegant red fruited brambleberry, briary zin spice, sweet florals...10 bucks a pop! [highfive.gif]...
by Gabe Berk
June 30th, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 33
Views: 2190

Re: Ultramarine Email

At least they emailed to say you MAY not get an allocation. Glimmer of hope. Stuff is quite delicious and would love to be included on the allocation this time around. champagne.gif
by Gabe Berk
June 29th, 2020, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Shafer Hillside Select Offer
Replies: 24
Views: 2025

Re: 2016 Shafer Hillside Select Offer

Was at a high school sports booster crab feed/auction in January. One of the items was a magnum of HSS 2015. Winning bid was $150?!!! Kicked myself in the butt for not seeing it earlier. The parents were much more knowledgeable about circle change ups and weak side defense than wine. [wow.gif]
by Gabe Berk
June 29th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa winery visiting status update please
Replies: 30
Views: 1935

Re: Napa winery visiting status update please

Booked a few tours & tasting in Napa for mid July back in January. Some of the people to join are from Texas. Thus far they aren't afraid of flying out and doing the tours & tastings, but I'm not feeling it too much. Hold on tight as things across the board most likely are going to change back to Ma...
by Gabe Berk
June 29th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 45
Views: 1463

Re: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?

Roederererer is very good QPR as others have mentioned.
Slightly higher price point, but good QPR is Domaine Carneros.
I also like Mumm Blanc de Blanc for $15 too when its hot and you want some bubbles in a pinch.
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by Gabe Berk
June 27th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12134
Views: 454038

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2018 Turley Juvenile Zinfandel. QPR, back up the truck type stuff.
by Gabe Berk
June 26th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 4
Views: 341

Re: TN: 2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Have a couple retail salesmen that put out eBlasts for crazy good deals. Got some 2015 for $29 last year. Killer deal and great Napa Valley QPR.
by Gabe Berk
June 26th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?
Replies: 32
Views: 1861

Re: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?

I've been looking for Emrich-Schönleber upon release every year and seem to strike out all the time. I used to sell the their wine for a distributor years back, but have the hardest time finding any new releases. Probably my favorite Riesling producer.
by Gabe Berk
June 25th, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1888

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

Drinking something really tasty from places near and far. [cheers.gif]
by Gabe Berk
June 25th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boar's View offer
Replies: 8
Views: 666

Re: Boar's View offer

Prediction...online retailers for $139 a year from now. No doubt the wines are probably fantastic.
by Gabe Berk
June 24th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions
Replies: 58
Views: 3414

Re: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions

Tour St. Christophe
Pontet Canet
Pichon Comtesse
Clinet 375's
Canon-la-Gaffeliere 375's

Until we meet in Fall 2022... [cheers.gif]
by Gabe Berk
June 23rd, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1443

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

Ironically, during delivery (highest potential for damage) from the winery to you, there is virtually no insurance for heat, freezing, popped corks, theft, non-delivery, lost in transit, etc. from FedEx or UPS "additional insurance". [swearing.gif] Just the same way lenders prefer to lend money to ...
by Gabe Berk
June 23rd, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1443

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

Has anyone dealt with filing a claim and can provide either good or not so good experience? No wine claims, but for residential and commercial claims, CHUBB is exceptional. They have a rating A++ Superior which is the highest rating in the insurance world. There is wonderful coverage for wine once ...
by Gabe Berk
June 23rd, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Am I Pinot'd out?
Replies: 92
Views: 4729

Re: Am I Pinot'd out?

Pinot was my first geek out wine. Drank a lot foreign and domestic. Then my taste ventured off to other varietals. Quality Pinot is always great to go back to.
by Gabe Berk
June 22nd, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father’s Day Wine Selections
Replies: 75
Views: 2217

Re: Father’s Day Wine Selections

2014 Araujo Sauvignon Blanc
2012 Pisoni Pinot Noir
by Gabe Berk
June 19th, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Fall Release - Save the Date
Replies: 50
Views: 3847

Re: Aubert Fall Release - Save the Date

I was on the Waiting List, but was offered a case in the Spring. Bought it. But no "Save the Date" email for me. Emailed them to see what is going on. They let quite a few people order wine this spring who weren't on the mailing list. If sales for wine are soft they will open it up to those of us o...
by Gabe Berk
June 19th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 967
Views: 56485

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

. Bordeaux really isn't that complicated. The hierarchy doesn't change much from year to year. The list of the best 2019s is going to look a lot like the list of the best 2016s, Needless to say, I disagree with most of your post. That is the type of post I expect from folks that do not buy EP, or m...
by Gabe Berk
June 15th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 130
Views: 5547

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

Whenever bringing a bottle of Kongsgaard to people who've never seen the brand, they always are intrigued. Also a big fan of David Goines work over the years...
by Gabe Berk
June 15th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Covid and corkage
Replies: 21
Views: 1380

Re: Covid and corkage

Someone I know took a bottle to a restaurant and the server said they couldn't open it per ownership protocol. She politely asked the server if she could unscrew the bottle herself and pour for her and her husband and pay the normal $20 corkage fee and they said yes?!!! Gary's Vineyard Pinot FWIW......
by Gabe Berk
June 12th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 108
Views: 5671

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

Without a doubt...Kongsgaard, The Judge. Grand Cru of domestic Chardonnay. Always flamboyant, yet incredibly graceful.
by Gabe Berk
June 12th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Zoom Tasting with Chappellet Winery
Replies: 4
Views: 375

Re: TNs: Zoom Tasting with Chappellet Winery

Yeah, the video Chloe showed us of the property, and the reports we got of it from our friends, make it sound like it's worth the trek for the scenery, alone. During the conversation with Chloe, the topic of Cost of Tastings was brought-up and discussed; it was a reminder of why I will never go win...
by Gabe Berk
June 11th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $15 whites
Replies: 42
Views: 1175

Re: Sub $15 whites

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier runs about $12 and is very easy going and enjoyable without being bland. I haven’t bought any yet this year, but I usually buy several bottles each summer and it is a consistently solid wine. +1 Love that Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier in the summer. Can even find...
by Gabe Berk
June 10th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 967
Views: 56485

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

$69 for Leoville Poyferre is intriguing...
by Gabe Berk
June 10th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accendo Cellars 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Re: Accendo Cellars 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Release price? Shipping at under $40?
by Gabe Berk
June 4th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $25 Zinfandel
Replies: 40
Views: 1669

Re: Sub $25 Zinfandel

St. Francis Sonoma Valley Old Vine Zin $18
Bedrock Old Vine Zin $19
Turley Juvenile Zin $20
Carlisle Sonoma County Zin
Segehsio Sonoma County Zin $22
by Gabe Berk
June 4th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Sauvignon Blanc?
Replies: 205
Views: 10749

Re: Favorite Sauvignon Blanc?

Mondavi I Block SB $$$$
Lail Georgia SB $$$$
Realm Fidelio SB $$$
Bevan Dry Stack Vineyard SB $$
Merry Edwards SB $$
by Gabe Berk
June 3rd, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bevan 2018 Bordeaux Release
Replies: 7
Views: 857

Bevan 2018 Bordeaux Release

2018 is going to be a pretty exceptional vintage for Napa Cabernet. Russell Bevan's release opened up today. One of the "better deals" that I've been keeping my eye out for is the Bevan 2018 Ontogeny for $95. Price seems fair considering its declassified vineyard designate at half the cost of its de...
by Gabe Berk
June 1st, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How are reoponed tasting rooms doing?
Replies: 8
Views: 997

Re: How are reoponed tasting rooms doing?

Went to Brewsters Beer Garden in Petaluma on Saturday night. Place was packed to capacity with probably 250+ people with ZERO social distancing at the tables (some tables had 12 people shoulder to shoulder). It felt exhilarating to see our two friends and have dinner being we haven't left our house ...
by Gabe Berk
May 19th, 2020, 11:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 139
Views: 8235

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

Obsidian Ridge
Chappellet Signature Cab
Turnbull
by Gabe Berk
May 16th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Vintages 2017-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 681

Re: Washington State Vintages 2017-2019

Force Majeure. Their wines are of very high quality. Great vineyards and wine making team. Dunnuck rates most of their stuff in the 95-100 range.

https://forcemajeurevineyards.com/wp/
by Gabe Berk
May 11th, 2020, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2790
Views: 185221

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2018 Californian Syrah. QPR times infinity. $18-$20 for a wine that could sell for a $30-$40 bottle price. Should hold up for years too. Hard to say that for bottles in that price range...

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