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by J. Rock
January 23rd, 2021, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?
Replies: 20
Views: 559

Re: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?

I think the yeasty and related notes come from aging on the lees, so look for cuvees that haven't been aged on the less that long. Most NVs will have less aging on the lees, so maybe focus on that. Also, if Louis Roederer Brut NV is a 10/10 for you, there's nothing wrong with stocking up on that.
by J. Rock
January 21st, 2021, 8:22 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 269
Views: 22697

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

TinahKing wrote: January 21st, 2021, 4:45 pm I hope it’s a little easier to understand how it all works on the actual day. Y’all are a terrible influence.
Each company posts a thread containing one or more special offers. If you like it you just click the link in the thread and use the discount code they provide and buy.
by J. Rock
January 21st, 2021, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 298
Views: 20839

Re: Grassl Glassware

I just received a couple Liberté from the Grand Reserve offer and they look and feel great (haven't used them yet). I don't think I notice a weight difference between these and the Mineralite I got a year ago. Very elegant and light. I'm looking forward to getting some Crus and 1855s on Berserker Day!
by J. Rock
January 21st, 2021, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2386
Views: 272150

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Wine.com offered to hold until safe to ship on order placed yesterday due to weather in MN. Then today, "Looks like it is safe to ship! We are sending now..." 0-13F tomorrow, -5-12 on likely day of delivery. This should be fun. Last year, Wine.com failed to follow my instructions or other...
by J. Rock
January 20th, 2021, 2:36 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 269
Views: 22697

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

Oh no! The newbies alone have so much stuff I want. I feel like the wine selection is a bit more diversified (or to my liking) this year than last, but maybe it's just me.
by J. Rock
January 20th, 2021, 9:13 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Stereophonic Wine
Replies: 17
Views: 1127

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Stereophonic Wine

Looks great! I LOVE the 2018 John Sebastiano Syrah from Dragonette, so I'm looking forward to experiencing your take on this great fruit.
by J. Rock
January 20th, 2021, 8:57 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Beau Rivage Cellars
Replies: 34
Views: 1941

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Beau Rivage Cellars

This sounds very promising! If your wine is half of as great as the knowledge you share here and on WA, I'll love it!
by J. Rock
January 20th, 2021, 8:51 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO - Slim Sadie's Beef Jerky
Replies: 16
Views: 914

Re: NEWBIE INTRO - Slim Sadie's Beef Jerky

Sometimes, I'm hesitant to try a new winery, but I can't imagine not liking beef jerky! I'm looking forward to your offer!
by J. Rock
January 19th, 2021, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release
Replies: 139
Views: 13397

Re: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release

I picked up: 3 Sonoma Coast, 2 Occidental, 2 Summa OV, and wishlist for 1 Platt. Looking forward to trying the Sonoma Coast soon!
by J. Rock
January 18th, 2021, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Getting Laughed At!
Replies: 9
Views: 1045

Re: Getting Laughed At!

Thanks for the note. I have several of these, but I'm trying to be patient.
by J. Rock
January 18th, 2021, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release
Replies: 139
Views: 13397

Re: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release

We will continue with the three mailer cycle this year. Last year’s varietally specific mailers proved to be a success so you will see the Chardonnays offered the 9th of February. The Pinots and Chardonnays will again ship together once the Chardonnay mailer closes later that month. The Cabernet ma...
by J. Rock
January 17th, 2021, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release
Replies: 139
Views: 13397

Re: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release

I think I'm getting a good idea of what to buy from all of this great input, but just to double check, if I'm usually not a huge fan of bright, red fruited pinots or cranberry and more a fan of darker fruited and earthy/savory Pinots, which are the best cuvees? I'm currently thinking of getting 3 So...
by J. Rock
January 16th, 2021, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release
Replies: 139
Views: 13397

Re: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release

I just caved in and pulled the trigger on 1 of each of the 4 Occidental offerings. My palate is very in line with AG so those scores gave me too much fomo... Shipping is no joke though $54 for 4 bottles to NYC! You purchased 2019 Rivers Marie Pinot today From Rivers Marie? He's saying he purchased ...
by J. Rock
January 16th, 2021, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How should a wine age???
Replies: 20
Views: 1134

Re: How should a wine age???

I'll admit, as someone relatively new to wine appreciation, I don't completely understand what people mean when they say a wine is oxidized like it's a bad thing. I often love when old whites have some nutty/rancio notes as long as they don't otherwise taste like vinegar or are too sour. Is this a d...
by J. Rock
January 15th, 2021, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert 2019 Vintage - Spring Release
Replies: 85
Views: 7178

Re: Aubert 2019 Vintage - Spring Release

I agree -- in the short time I'm been buying from them, their customer services has been completely outstanding -- at least as good as the wine itself.
by J. Rock
January 14th, 2021, 7:47 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 269
Views: 22697

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

Anyone want to chime in with suggestions (based on prior year participating vendors) of classic "big" cabs? After going down a bunch of different roads (zins, natural wine, funky stuff, old world, etc.,), it's what we tend to want to open most often these days. I opened a Salt+Vine cab fr...
by J. Rock
January 14th, 2021, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1744
Views: 118848

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

I'm not drinking it yet, but just won a bottle of 1996 de Venoge Champagne Louis d'Or at auction. There aren't any notes on CT so I was wondering if anyone's had this or is familiar with the wine. Since it was just disgorged in 2016, I'm wondering if I should hold on to it for awhile.
by J. Rock
January 14th, 2021, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 1188
Views: 91470

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

Krug is back (at least for the West Coast)! Great price if you have $100 of $300 and an Amex deal
by J. Rock
January 14th, 2021, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Maybach release
Replies: 59
Views: 4583

Re: 2018 Maybach release

How much is Materium off of the list?
by J. Rock
January 13th, 2021, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Maybach release
Replies: 59
Views: 4583

Re: 2018 Maybach release

not on the list yet!
by J. Rock
January 13th, 2021, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: News from Williams Selyem
Replies: 19
Views: 2276

Re: News from Williams Selyem

Is this saying or suggesting that the Faiveleys may eventually have a majority or complete ownership of WS although they currently only have a minority share?
by J. Rock
January 13th, 2021, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check: Benchmark Wine Group
Replies: 31
Views: 1579

Re: Retailer Check: Benchmark Wine Group

The are probably my favorite retailer (especially for older bottles). Buy with confidence in both their product and customer service. I can't recommend them enough.
by J. Rock
January 12th, 2021, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release
Replies: 139
Views: 13397

Re: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release

The only RM Pinot I've had is the 2008 Occidental Ridge (had it last year) and LOVED it. Which Pinots does everyone prefer? Also, how is the appellation bottling? I've yet to really like a Pinot priced as low as $30, but with TRB making it, I'm very tempted at that price.
by J. Rock
January 12th, 2021, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert 2019 Vintage - Spring Release
Replies: 85
Views: 7178

Re: Aubert 2019 Vintage - Spring Release

I didn't count exactly, but it was somewhere around 24 bottles. All Chard. I am "new" to the list. I was on in the past and let it lapse and rejoined so it may be a bit different than being brand new, but likely not. Can't wait to get some offers for some Pinot. If memory serves, Pinots w...
by J. Rock
January 12th, 2021, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert 2019 Vintage - Spring Release
Replies: 85
Views: 7178

Re: Aubert 2019 Vintage - Spring Release

I don't remember how much I was allocated in total (and didn't buy my whole allocation), but I was allocated 2 Laurens and 2 Sugar Shacks
by J. Rock
January 11th, 2021, 11:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would a repeal of 230 affect Wine Berserkers?
Replies: 33
Views: 2302

Re: Would a repeal of 230 affect Wine Berserkers?

Again, just because you aren’t liable doesn’t mean a suit isn’t costly and disruptive. Whoopee, you won. After how many thousands of dollars and hours? More than with almost all other claims I can think of, it just doesn't really make sense to file a frivolous or even weak defamation suit, especial...
by J. Rock
January 11th, 2021, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would a repeal of 230 affect Wine Berserkers?
Replies: 33
Views: 2302

Re: Would a repeal of 230 affect Wine Berserkers?

You can expand that question and include CT. Will you be sued for a bad wine review? You won't get in legal trouble for a bad wine review, at least not in the USA. How about by a wine store if someone complains about dealings with the store? Or by a wine auction house where posters have said (in so...
by J. Rock
January 11th, 2021, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austin Hope, anyone?
Replies: 32
Views: 2120

Re: Austin Hope, anyone?

If you like it, it's a good wine (for you). Don't question your taste because others have different opinions. If you like Austin Hope Cab and Mourvedre a lot and you want to find other wines you like, I think you'll likely enjoy bigger reds from Paso Robles (e.g., Epoch Estate, L'Aventure Optimus, T...
by J. Rock
January 10th, 2021, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austin Hope, anyone?
Replies: 32
Views: 2120

Re: Austin Hope, anyone?

When I first got into wine (not long ago), I LOVED the Austin Hope GSM. I wonder if I'd still like it as much now that I've had so many more wines. Regardless, they are very popular, so they much be doing something right.
by J. Rock
January 10th, 2021, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Generosity of Berserkers
Replies: 47
Views: 2302

Re: The Generosity of Berserkers

That's awesome! Very jealous of that '01 Willi Auction Spatlese! Enjoy!
by J. Rock
January 10th, 2021, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 1188
Views: 91470

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

Sorry if it's been discussed on one of these 22 pages and I missed it, but does anyone know if the Amex offers that say "$[20] off of $[200] up to 3 times" can be redeemed in one $[600] transaction, or do you actually have to have 3 separate transactions of $[200] or more?
by J. Rock
January 10th, 2021, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would a repeal of 230 affect Wine Berserkers?
Replies: 33
Views: 2302

Re: Would a repeal of 230 affect Wine Berserkers?

cjsavino wrote: January 10th, 2021, 7:52 am You can expand that question and include CT. Will you be sued for a bad wine review?
You won't get in legal trouble for a bad wine review, at least not in the USA.
by J. Rock
January 8th, 2021, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert 2019 Vintage - Spring Release
Replies: 85
Views: 7178

Re: Aubert 2019 Vintage - Spring Release

I'm new to the list this year and will buy but I'm trying to determine how big of an investment I'm willing to make. I've only had two younger vintages and while I enjoyed them, these are pricey wines. For those of you with years of experience with the wines, what would you recommend drinking? I ha...
by J. Rock
January 8th, 2021, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 298
Views: 20839

Re: Grassl Glassware

I LOVE dessert wines, and really like the Mineralite for the non-fortified ones, but I'm not sure which glass to choose (or buy) for fortified wines like PX Sherry, older tawny Port, and vintage Port. Which Grassl glass, if any, would you guys recommend for these wines?
by J. Rock
January 7th, 2021, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations/Advice/Suggestions
Replies: 7
Views: 688

Re: Recommendations/Advice/Suggestions

Congrats! If she/you like domestic reds and Syrah, I highly recommend 2006 Saxum Broken Stones. It's a GSM blend from Paso Robles and was really excellent when I had it last year. Also, I saw you mention Sauternes. If you decide to get a dessert wine, I just had a 2006 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Held...
by J. Rock
January 7th, 2021, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?
Replies: 36
Views: 1702

Re: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?

When I'm on Benchmark, I hunt for the good bottles with cosmetic flaws. In fact, the majority of my purchases from there might be cosmetically flawed bottles. I'm slightly more picky if I'm getting wine from another source that doesn't guarantee the provenance of the wine.
by J. Rock
January 6th, 2021, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BevMo Accused of Bait and Switch
Replies: 73
Views: 6008

Re: BevMo Accused of Bait and Switch

My friend ordered from BevMo the other day because she could get quick delivery through Instacart. She was excited to find bottles that were 7 - 15 years old for good prices, but then incredibly disappointed when the wines she actually received were all from 2018 and 2019. I thought that the Instac...
by J. Rock
January 6th, 2021, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily waitlist
Replies: 17
Views: 2127

Re: Andremily waitlist

1 year from Nov. 2019
by J. Rock
January 6th, 2021, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BevMo Accused of Bait and Switch
Replies: 73
Views: 6008

Re: BevMo Accused of Bait and Switch

My friend ordered from BevMo the other day because she could get quick delivery through Instacart. She was excited to find bottles that were 7 - 15 years old for good prices, but then incredibly disappointed when the wines she actually received were all from 2018 and 2019. I thought that the Instaca...
by J. Rock
January 3rd, 2021, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 617

Re: TN: 2018 Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

I agree with a lot of this. I was really impressed with the amount of polish on this $50 or so bottle.
by J. Rock
January 3rd, 2021, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 15
Views: 832

Re: TN: 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Hopefully this birth year wine is still kicking by the time I'm able to afford it!
by J. Rock
January 2nd, 2021, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling... Point me in the right direction
Replies: 59
Views: 2356

Re: Riesling... Point me in the right direction

I don't think they've been mentioned much so far, but Markus Molitor white caps are usually really good dry Rieslings for a great value (especially the kabinetts and spatelese). My favorite sweet Rieslings are probably ones from Fritz Haag and Schloss Lieser, and they are consistently wonderful with...
by J. Rock
January 2nd, 2021, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 298
Views: 20839

Re: Grassl Glassware

About to buy a new dishwasher. Any recommendations for grassl and zalto glasses? Thanks, We recently got a Miele which has been great for grassl and riedel somm series. Glasses some out perfectly. It has been a delight not to worry about hand washing glassware either after a meal or the next mornin...
by J. Rock
January 1st, 2021, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glass Help?
Replies: 15
Views: 946

Re: Wine Glass Help?

I have the Grassl Mineralite that I use for Rieslings, Sauvignon Blancs, and Champagne, and I love them. Also, I think having top notch glassware really does significantly improve the drinking experience.
by J. Rock
January 1st, 2021, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5
Replies: 40
Views: 1715

Re: TN: 2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5

I love this wine with some age, but haven't had the 2019 yet. I had the 2019 Willi Schaefer GD Auslese and thought it was a bit too young, so I've been sticking to the kabinetts since (although, I think the '19 Schloss Lieser Brauneberger Juffer Kab kind of drinks like a Spatlese). I'll have to open...
by J. Rock
January 1st, 2021, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Classifying farmer fizz
Replies: 100
Views: 4244

Re: Classifying farmer fizz

But where does Vincent Couche fit into all of this? You tell us I haven't had enough other top grower bottlings to say how they all stack up, but I think everyone who likes umami notes in their Champagne should try Vincent Couche Sensation (it's late disgorged)! His entry level Elegance NV is good ...
by J. Rock
December 31st, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storage options for German large format bottles
Replies: 10
Views: 465

Re: Storage options for German large format bottles

For the ones with screw caps, I stand them up against the side of the locker. The others I lay down on 2-deep racking.
by J. Rock
December 31st, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Classifying farmer fizz
Replies: 100
Views: 4244

Re: Classifying farmer fizz

But where does Vincent Couche fit into all of this?

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