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by Steve Anderson
August 21st, 2020, 10:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines
Replies: 44
Views: 4212

Re: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines

Somehow haven't opened my 2017 Marsanne yet, but poured the 2018 Viognier (blind via Woozy bottles) for one of our wine group Zoom sessions a couple of months back and it was very well received. In for 3 Viognier, 2 Marsanne, 3 Sans Soufre Syrah (Score!) and a Cab Franc. Excited to try the Syrah SS ...
by Steve Anderson
June 20th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 20298

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Appears to me that WB has jumped the shark. Time To move on. 🍷
by Steve Anderson
June 14th, 2020, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: National Rosé Day - what’s everyone opening?
Replies: 29
Views: 840

Re: National Rosé Day - what’s everyone opening?

2018 Tercero Mourvedre Rose here. Enjoyed the 2018 Tercero Rose a week ago. I assisted with bottling on that one (my first time), so may be slightly biased, but I have always enjoyed Larry's Roses. 2018 Tercero Rose (2).JPG Yesterday, opened the 2012 Vesper McCormick Ranch (San Diego County) Rose o...
by Steve Anderson
May 29th, 2020, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner Qvevre (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wagram)
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: TN: 2013 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner Qvevre (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wagram)

Loved the 2011 Ott Qvevre shared by a friend about 18 months ago. Beautiful wine and a visit to the region is still a bucket list item. Thank you Todd for sharing the note on the 2013 and thanks T for sharing the 2011!
by Steve Anderson
May 27th, 2020, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 142
Views: 7005

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

Mattstolz wrote:
May 26th, 2020, 3:42 pm
oh, also a pretty big fan of the Hiyu labels

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Yes - here are a few more from recent arrivals. For a moment I thought they might be "Too pretty to drink", but I will get over that soon.



Cheers,

Steve
by Steve Anderson
May 20th, 2020, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ser Winery Syrah Coastview Vineyard:
Replies: 15
Views: 720

Re: TN: 2015 Ser Winery Syrah Coastview Vineyard:

Thanks for the note adam. I need to write more notes on Ser's wines. I haven't popped one of these yet. Coastview is a site that usually has so much structure I don't like to touch it for 5 years. Nicole doesn't make BIG wines, all of them are restrained and elegant. Will be watching for other note...
by Steve Anderson
May 10th, 2020, 9:54 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Ser Winery offers
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Re: Ser Winery offers

I have a bottle of the 2016 Wirz Sparkling Riesling that I haven't opened yet, but I truly enjoyed a bottle of the 2018 Orange Muscat purchased at retail last year and thought it was a bargain at $18. Didn't take notes, but we also enjoyed the 2016 Cabernet Pfeffer and 2017 Wirz Riesling at the 7% S...
by Steve Anderson
May 6th, 2020, 9:53 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Paetra Buy one, get one free
Replies: 57
Views: 5987

Re: Paetra Buy one, get one free

Opened the 2nd of 2 2018 Rose of Pinot Noir from Berserker Day 2019 on a warm San Diego evening last night. My wife said "Wow, this is so good - do we have any more?" Told her no, but that I knew where I could get the 2019 at a great price. Green light given, order in! Isn't it nice when your SO twi...
by Steve Anderson
May 4th, 2020, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Meroi Vigna Dominin Merlot - any opinions?
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Meroi Vigna Dominin Merlot - any opinions?

Thanks - should have mine in hand in the next 2-3 weeks. Cheers!
by Steve Anderson
May 3rd, 2020, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Meroi Vigna Dominin Merlot - any opinions?
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Meroi Vigna Dominin Merlot - any opinions?

Paul - thanks for the update. Haven't picked mine up yet, but glad to hear they are worth the $13! [wink.gif]

Cheers, [cheers.gif]

Steve
by Steve Anderson
April 27th, 2020, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hospice du Rhone Zoom event 4/25
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: Hospice du Rhone Zoom event 4/25

Jeff - enjoyed hanging out with you at HdR 2018 and we were so looking forward to the 2020 event. Agree that the on line event was interesting and fun overall, and with the exception of one participant's audio issues, greatly exceeded my expectations. No substitute for the real thing, but easily the...
by Steve Anderson
April 26th, 2020, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hiyu
Replies: 50
Views: 2773

Re: Hiyu

I didn't know wine could literally smell like farts until Hiyu. Their Smockshop cider is pretty good though. You haven't had much French wine I take it? Farts/brett galore. 10 bottles in, and tasted most of the current lineup back in September, and have yet to smell farts in Hiyu/Smockshop wines. A...
by Steve Anderson
April 24th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hiyu
Replies: 50
Views: 2773

Re: Hiyu

One of my recent favorites is the 2016 Hiyu Halo Spring Ephemeral. The description speaks to what Nate is trying to achieve in many of the wines: " This is the palest of the red wines made from the own-rooted Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris planted on the central hill at Hiyu. Four barrels were made from...
by Steve Anderson
April 24th, 2020, 12:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hiyu
Replies: 50
Views: 2773

Re: Hiyu

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by Steve Anderson
April 24th, 2020, 12:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hiyu
Replies: 50
Views: 2773

Re: Hiyu

I wanna open up a discussion about Hiyu, including Smockshop and Hiyu as well. Ive had one bottling of Hiyu (the Aura released this winter), several bottles of Smockshop (some pinot, a Grenache blend, maybe one or two others). IMO these wines are fantastic. They should a very cool sense of place, e...
by Steve Anderson
April 22nd, 2020, 10:23 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: 1187

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

Travis - what an awesome surprise for the b-day boy I'm sure. Some of the SD crew will be doing a share on Friday, no doubt inspired by the Fu'ster's IG posts as well. Still kicking myself for not visiting Priorat when we were in Barcelona last year, but have picked up a few bottles of Nit de Nin Ca...
by Steve Anderson
April 18th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?
Replies: 116
Views: 3605

Re: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?

Wax is the most misunderstood seal. Stick your corkscrew though the top and pull. If you chip or cut it, you don’t know what you’re doing. I open(ed) bottles for a living and even a 1% chance of the wax chipping off and falling into the wine is too often for my liking. Plus, you can't flip the cork...
by Steve Anderson
April 2nd, 2020, 10:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 310
Views: 10846

Re: Rivers-Marie virtual Zoom tasting event next week w/ Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

Will try to get home from work in time, but either day would work for me.
by Steve Anderson
April 2nd, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Meroi Vigna Dominin Merlot - any opinions?
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Meroi Vigna Dominin Merlot - any opinions?

I grabbed a 6-pk tonight as well. I’ve only had a Meroi Chard, but that impressed me enough to take a flyer on the Dominin Merlot at a pretty risk free price. I see that IWR gave the wine a glowing 95pt review in 2016 and put the drinking window out to 2034. I don’t see much else on it.
by Steve Anderson
March 8th, 2020, 8:31 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Sabelli-Frisch Wines BD11 offer *EXTENDED FOR CORONA!*
Replies: 70
Views: 5737

Re: Sabelli-Frisch Wines BD11 offer *CLOSED*

Ha! No offense to Mike, but I am not a Pobega kind of guy. They’ll get a proper rest. [cheers.gif]
by Steve Anderson
March 7th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Sabelli-Frisch Wines BD11 offer *EXTENDED FOR CORONA!*
Replies: 70
Views: 5737

Re: Sabelli-Frisch Wines BD11 offer *CLOSED*

BD Sampler Pack Arrived. Looking forward to giving one a try after a suitable resting period!
by Steve Anderson
March 5th, 2020, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's with all the thread dredging?
Replies: 27
Views: 1404

Re: What's with all the thread dredging?

I do admit that I occasionally roll my eyes after hitting Post 10 in a thread before realizing the posts are from 2015...that said, I am all for thread dredging to see the original perspectives on the thread, followed by the new. Nice for dredged tasting notes as well, to see how a wine may have cha...
by Steve Anderson
January 7th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: January Offerings
Replies: 59
Views: 6570

Re: January Offerings

Robert R wrote:
January 7th, 2020, 11:14 am
Sami-Odi!
+1 !
by Steve Anderson
December 25th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3
Replies: 57
Views: 1916

Re: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3

2015 Christian Tschida Himmel Auf Erden Red (Austria/Burgenland). A little hoobastank on the nose initially, which seems to go along with the NSFW art work on the label. Nose cleans up to some spicy fruit in time. A bit tart as expected, but light-medium bodied expression of cherry and strawberry fr...
by Steve Anderson
December 4th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 The Third Twin offer is out
Replies: 51
Views: 6071

Re: 2016 The Third Twin offer is out

Strange how little information in email and on website. I'll wait for letter to arrive beFore pulling the trigger Im curious if anyone got the email that didn't get last year? I.e. Has production increased? I just received an offer for the first time: 5 bottles (1 box) of 2016 The Third Twin NUESTR...
by Steve Anderson
November 19th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily #6
Replies: 65
Views: 7616

Re: Andremily #6

I just got the email - but for some reason the allocations didn't show up for me as of yet on the website. Funny - when I checked the email on my phone earlier I showed an allocation for 2016/2017 Rosé, but no Syrah or Mourvedre. Thought that was pretty odd. When I logged in on my PC just now, I ha...
by Steve Anderson
November 19th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer
Replies: 48
Views: 3995

Re: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer

Interesting to see that Wayfarer was not included in the sale. Perhaps not a big enough brand yet for Gallo, or perhaps Jayson was selling his legacy portion of the business and leaving Wayfarer for Cleo to continue building her own.

Cheers,

Steve
by Steve Anderson
November 14th, 2019, 11:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA - Zalto's at Barneys
Replies: 24
Views: 4426

Re: PSA - Zalto's at Barneys

Now an additional 10% off (technically 19% off original price).
by Steve Anderson
October 7th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14519
Views: 715828

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Brian Glas wrote:
October 4th, 2019, 7:34 pm
The Bonny Doon sale.
^This
Plus
6x 2013 Beta Montecillo and Vare
1x 1966 and 1970 Gruaud Larose Mags (via Mark Golodetz/Heritage Auction)
2 x 2017 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph Blanc Les Oliviers (via Envoyer)
plus a nice handful of N.Rhones from the Fass Pre-ship sale.

Cheers!

Steve
by Steve Anderson
October 7th, 2019, 10:17 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 41
Views: 4164

Re: Newark Airport

Ian H wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Bad take by Ross. Newark is actually pretty good as far as airports go. Certainly better than LGA and I'd argue better than most of JFK.
Umm..it is a bit of an old joke. The earliest reference I see is 2007, so perhaps some improvement since then.

Cheers!
by Steve Anderson
October 5th, 2019, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 118
Views: 10512

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

I don't need any more wine, have no room for any more wine, but...ended up with a mixed case of X-block and Bonbonne.
by Steve Anderson
October 5th, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily
Replies: 8
Views: 1637

Re: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily

Jeff, Appreciate the preview as I have both the Kobayashi Viognier and Andremily, but have yet to open either. Had a tasting pour of the Kobayashi at the release party in December and recall the great acidity and minerality, but will be nice to sit with a bottle over a few hours to take it all in. W...
by Steve Anderson
October 5th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Agharta black label 2009 notes
Replies: 14
Views: 1047

Re: Agharta black label 2009 notes

(Edit - just saw that Roger beat me to it, but yes, that was the original release email. Mine includes the short intro sentence.) From the release email in 2015: Greetings Enlightened One, It is with immense satisfaction that I offer this singular bottling of the 2009 Agharta Black Label. After spen...
by Steve Anderson
September 28th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lincoln Fine Wines (California) Super Deal on Royal City
Replies: 5
Views: 531

Re: Lincoln Fine Wines (California) Super Deal on Royal City

Not sure what the deal is with K but I just got a local offer for their newest releases and was shocked how low the prices were compared to what I have paid in prior years. This is a crazy deal. Must not be moving. Have seen several K Vintners cuvees in a few of our local SoCal Costcos over the pas...
by Steve Anderson
September 27th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse is Live
Replies: 178
Views: 10550

Re: Cayuse is Live

Dave - good point for those allocated multiple wines. In my case I was not granted an additional wish listed 3-pack over the three years, so had to keep buying the initial Cailloux allocation to stay active and be able to wishlist other wines each release. I grew tired of that so gave up my spot on ...
by Steve Anderson
September 26th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newfound Wines Fall Release
Replies: 2
Views: 427

Re: Newfound Wines Fall Release

Absolutely loved the '17 Semillon! Interesting that the '16 is being released a year late (or is it two years?), but will likely trust Matt's judgement and take a flyer. Haven't had the Grenache, and not a fan of the grape in general, so still on the fence on that. When I logged in, I saw that the 2...
by Steve Anderson
September 26th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse is Live
Replies: 178
Views: 10550

Re: Cayuse is Live

JP - Could be at least three years, maybe longer. I waited 6 years on the list only to be offered a wine I wasn't particularly interested in (Cailloux). A very good wine, but also the highest production and most available on the secondary market. I was hoping for Impulsivo, En Cerise, En Chamberlin,...
by Steve Anderson
September 17th, 2019, 11:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2650

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

Tom, thanks for the update. What an interesting story!
by Steve Anderson
September 17th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14519
Views: 715828

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Nice batch of late summer cellar defenders from the close out bin at Krisp San Diego (@ $5.99 each) 2014 La Clarine Petit Manseng 2014 Scholium VLV Reserve Verhelho 2014 Tatomer Gruner Veltliner Paragon 2014 Birichino Malvasia Krisp SD.jpg Also: 2014 Radikon Oslavje (500 ml) 2018 Denavolo Catavela 2...
by Steve Anderson
September 14th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2650

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

Just saw that Sean beat me to the link!
by Steve Anderson
September 14th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2650

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

I have had the 1995 several times in the past two years and it has been beautiful. I know this link has been posted in one of the history threads, but there is an interview with Kathryn and Marty from 1994 that covers the origin and history of the winery up until that time. It is from Wines and Wine...
by Steve Anderson
September 7th, 2019, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of chardonnays vs. white Burgs
Replies: 26
Views: 3052

Re: Blind tasting of chardonnays vs. white Burgs

Just realized this was a two year old thread that was resurrected, but wanted to chime in that the two bottles of 2011 Forman Chardonnay that I have had in the past year have been outstanding! Similar experience to what Blake described in 2017.

Cheers!

Steve
by Steve Anderson
September 3rd, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name
Replies: 104
Views: 7951

Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name

Received the Heritage Auction Catalog for the September Fine and Rare Auction - did a double take when I saw the Cellar attribution at the bottom of the cover. Heritage Auction Catalog - Sep 2019.jpg https://wine.ha.com/c/auction-home.zx?saleNo=5437&ic=Items-OpenAuctions-Open-BrowseAuctionInfo-07171...
by Steve Anderson
August 22nd, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14519
Views: 715828

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Flickenger's 3-day Progressive Sale: Day 1: 0 Day 2: (Went after a few low stock items that I figured wouldn't make it to Day 3) 1 x 2016 Domaine du Tunnel St Peray Roussanne $28.84 (put all 3 remaining in my cart, but lost 2 during checkout process) 2 x 2016 Envinate Taganan $22.69 3 x 2016 Paetra ...
by Steve Anderson
August 21st, 2019, 12:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Balthazar from Juge vines.
Replies: 31
Views: 2280

Re: 2015 Balthazar from Juge vines.

I've been tracking these on Sommpicks for about 6 weeks, but hadn't pulled the trigger until tonight. Bought three, now only one left on the site. Edit: this morning the site is showing "24+ in stock" again, so looks like they reloaded. Had a great tasting with Franck in Cornas in May. Didn't know a...
by Steve Anderson
August 5th, 2019, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?
Replies: 33
Views: 2387

Re: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?

My favorites from Lodi have been:
Bedrock Kirschenmann Zinfandel (although it looks like that may have ended in 2014)
Sandlands and Scholium Project Kirschenmann Chenin Blancs
Ferdinand Albarino
Scholium 1MN Bechtold Vineyard Cinsault
Bedrock Schmiedt Road Zinfandel

Cheers!

Steve
by Steve Anderson
July 30th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 257
Views: 24277

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

I have only broken one glass so far, also 1855, and it was the bowl while polishing the glass. Have also done the same with one GGG. I'm definitely not very handy or deft with my fingers so I do try to be extra careful, but the 1855 does seem to me especially delicate. ^ This Broke one 1855 bowl in...
by Steve Anderson
July 30th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle weight
Replies: 40
Views: 1605

Re: Bottle weight

I'd be happy if all wine bottles were the size of those used by Dirty and Rowdy. Easy to handle and they fit in any wine fridge slot. Although I've not declined to purchase any particular wine based on bottle size, I love the bottles that fit in the standard racks in my Vinotemp. Those that don't fi...
by Steve Anderson
July 25th, 2019, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here’s a Retailer that doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking
Replies: 34
Views: 3927

Re: Here’s a Retailer that doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking

And really the reason I posted because I’ve never even heard of this wine. Has anybody had it or know the story? - Yo check out this Bordeaux offer I got the other day. It's for regular size bottles. Not 16 liters or anything like that. This region is so screwed up. $360k for a case of the 2015!! B...
by Steve Anderson
July 24th, 2019, 11:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Teroldego from West of Temperance
Replies: 8
Views: 430

Re: 2014 Teroldego from West of Temperance

Most important thing I learned at the LDM imports tasting last year is that the stress is on the second syllable. It's tear-AHL-deh-go. teh-rohl-deh-goh Tasted with Brian at the winery a few weeks ago and his pronunciation was similar to John's, with the emphasis on the second syllable. Haven't con...

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