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by Michael O'Brien
April 12th, 2021, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 16067
Views: 839854

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Three 1982 vintage Bordeaux to celebrate our 40th next year. A Calon Segur, Figeac, & Cos' e'Estournel. All great fill levels and only one nicked capsule. I did just order a mixed case of wines from Corazon del Sol. They are one of our favorite producers in Mendoza. Their Gran Reserva Malbec is ...
by Michael O'Brien
April 9th, 2021, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Breakage Using Pulp Wine Shippers
Replies: 40
Views: 1292

Re: Breakage Using Pulp Wine Shippers

No breakage in pulp yet but I am still receiving far more Styrofoam that I would like. None would be a good amount.
by Michael O'Brien
April 9th, 2021, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Wine store recommendations in the SW
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Re: Wine store recommendations in the SW

New Mexico is one of the easier states to ship to. I would be buying wine from whatever seller you wish and have it shipped. You will find more choice and better prices. If you already have sources you like, continue to use them. If you are looking for more sources, the members of this board will gl...
by Michael O'Brien
April 9th, 2021, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Winelytical?
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Re: Winelytical?

Never heard of them but interested to know if anyone else has. This is info on the website. Not much to go on. When I click on "Contact Us" a map of central London loads along with the address/phone info below.

3523 Brannon Dr,
Virginia Beach,
VA 23456
718 569 8847
by Michael O'Brien
April 9th, 2021, 11:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: GROM - best ice cream in town
Replies: 24
Views: 698

Re: GROM - best ice cream in town

I live in Texas. It is Blue Bell most of the time with an occasional Tillamook thrown into the mix.
by Michael O'Brien
April 9th, 2021, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My new 100 point scale
Replies: 56
Views: 2358

Re: My new 100 point scale

Like Jorge, I no longer think it points. I buy what I like and look for it at below market (WS-Pro) prices. I am no hurry to buy at or above market. I have other wine to drink while I wait.
by Michael O'Brien
April 9th, 2021, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé (France, Champagne)
Replies: 10
Views: 548

Re: TN: NV Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé (France, Champagne)

This is our house Rosé and the NV Bollinger Special Cuvée is our house blend. Both because I can usually find them at what I consider good price points for the quality of the wines.
by Michael O'Brien
April 8th, 2021, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grenache Curious
Replies: 54
Views: 2095

Re: Grenache Curious

I bought Grenache from both Chiron and Orr during BD. So far. So good. I also bought some from Corazon del Sol winery in Mendoza to give them a try. I can find few if any tasting notes on the Corazon del Sol Grenache in CT or anywhere else. I haven't tried them yet.
by Michael O'Brien
April 2nd, 2021, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?
Replies: 171
Views: 7730

Re: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?

Either a 1989 Chateau Margaux or a 1989 Chateau Latour if I am still around. Probably both. I will be turn 83 that year. Drink them while I can still taste them. [cheers.gif]
by Michael O'Brien
April 2nd, 2021, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Costco Wine Fridge Sale
Replies: 25
Views: 2001

Re: Costco Wine Fridge Sale

This would concern me with regards to the Vinotheque http://www.vinotheque.com/ As someone who has purchased expensive items (usually AV equipment) from a company that exits the business; I know first hand the difficult you can have a few years down the road. The availability of parts and support fa...
by Michael O'Brien
March 31st, 2021, 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 2021 Travel
Replies: 37
Views: 881

Re: 2021 Travel

We are both retired. We take short trips (2 weeks) by land but our long trips are cruises. All of our cruises for 2020 and 2021 were cancelled by cruise lines with the exception of one. We are hopeful it will sail but given the state of the planet at his time, no one knows for certain. Our cruise is...
by Michael O'Brien
March 31st, 2021, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Eurocave to Purchase?
Replies: 7
Views: 591

Re: Which Eurocave to Purchase?

I have two of what would now be called the Premiere. Those models didn't exist when I bought mine. They are still doing nicely 15 years later. I do not need multiple temperature zones. I only need reliable wine storage temperatures. Personally, I prefer to spend the extra money required to buy the m...
by Michael O'Brien
March 24th, 2021, 2:14 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Walla Walla wineries to visit ?
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: Walla Walla wineries to visit ?

These are some of my suggestions assuming you want to stay near Walla Walla. A couple of them are just across the border in Oregon. Several require appointments. Gramercy Cellars Corliss Saviah Reynvaan Figgins Elephant Seven Tranche Estate Garrison Creek Cellars Mark Ryan Winery Abeja Doubleback (D...
by Michael O'Brien
March 18th, 2021, 3:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite types of Lox/Smoked Salmon
Replies: 27
Views: 1001

Re: Favorite types of Lox/Smoked Salmon

We too buy most of ours from Costco. Quality has been high. Price reasonable.
by Michael O'Brien
March 8th, 2021, 1:58 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Favorite Travel Organizer App?
Replies: 16
Views: 41705

Re: Favorite Travel Organizer App?

I don't use an app. I build out every trip in Excel with the columns of information that I need and use. No app covers everything I want. Perhaps that is because most of our complex trips are cruises.
by Michael O'Brien
March 8th, 2021, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extremely expensive wines
Replies: 151
Views: 8868

Re: Extremely expensive wines

It becomes absurd when the cost does not equate to a significant increase in the quality of the wine over similar wines of lower cost. No DRC, Petrus, or Screaming Eagle for me. Tomorrow you win $100 million in the lottery. Does your answer change? Absolutely not. A lot of good can be done with $10...
by Michael O'Brien
March 6th, 2021, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extremely expensive wines
Replies: 151
Views: 8868

Re: Extremely expensive wines

It becomes absurd when the cost does not equate to a significant increase in the quality of the wine over similar wines of lower cost. No DRC, Petrus, or Screaming Eagle for me.
by Michael O'Brien
March 6th, 2021, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VDP Rheingau auction - views?
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Re: VDP Rheingau auction - views?

Living in the U.S. I never bid in offshore auctions. Too many complexities and a language gap for me.
by Michael O'Brien
March 6th, 2021, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Thoughts about online wine purchasing?
Replies: 38
Views: 8604

Re: Thoughts about online wine purchasing?

If I didn't buy online, I would have very little to buy. With the exception of BD, most of the wine I buy is aged old world wine. I don't find that on a retailer's shelf.
by Michael O'Brien
March 4th, 2021, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 16067
Views: 839854

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Sorry for the dup. The system hung up on me.
by Michael O'Brien
March 4th, 2021, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 16067
Views: 839854

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Valmur
2009 Château Gruaud Larose
2009 Château La Fleur de Gay
by Michael O'Brien
March 2nd, 2021, 11:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Goldbelly experiences
Replies: 101
Views: 6346

Re: Goldbelly experiences

We have not experienced Goldbelly yet. Our daughter sent us something scheduled to arrive on 12 February. Texas froze. All shipments stopped. Still hasn't arrived. Maybe never will. Well it finally arrived. Nine days late and at its expiration date. Our daughter contacted Goldbelly and they made it...
by Michael O'Brien
February 28th, 2021, 12:53 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Patricia Green Cellars Berserker Day Muscat Ottonel Re-Run
Replies: 51
Views: 2980

Re: Patricia Green Cellars Berserker Day Muscat Ottonel Re-Run

My wife and I received our case. We had no previous experience with a dry Muscat. We have now tried two bottles with every different meals. One was a spicy yellow curry; the other was flounder. The wine was amazing with both for different reasons. With the curry, it refreshed our palates and prepare...
by Michael O'Brien
February 25th, 2021, 9:28 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL
Replies: 164
Views: 7214

Re: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL

Thank you for William and Michael. My bottles arrived last Monday. They do look fine; although, I havent tried one yet <fingers crossed>. On a different note, cool to find someone else from in Plano in Wineberserkers! There are several of us in and around Plano. When we get back to more normal time...
by Michael O'Brien
February 22nd, 2021, 1:44 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL
Replies: 164
Views: 7214

Re: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL

I guess mine is one of those 15 shipments that are delayed. It was originally planned for Monday delivery and been getting pushed out every day since then for "severe weather conditions'. Considering the road conditions and the freezing weather in Plano, Tx for the past week, that makes total ...
by Michael O'Brien
February 22nd, 2021, 11:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Goldbelly experiences
Replies: 101
Views: 6346

Re: Goldbelly experiences

We have not experienced Goldbelly yet. Our daughter sent us something scheduled to arrive on 12 February. Texas froze. All shipments stopped. Still hasn't arrived. Maybe never will.
by Michael O'Brien
February 15th, 2021, 10:30 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL
Replies: 164
Views: 7214

Re: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL

It is 11 degrees here at my home in Plano, TX. I doubt that any delivery trucks are going to be delivering anything until tomorrow or probably Wednesday. The roads are not safe. There is ice underneath the snow. I am expecting Chenin Blanc popsicles.
by Michael O'Brien
February 11th, 2021, 10:16 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL
Replies: 164
Views: 7214

Re: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL

It happens. Mine are scheduled for delivery Monday when the high is forecasted to be 14 degrees and the low 1 degree. That follows Sunday forecast high of 24 and low of 8. Might have Chenin Blanc popsicles.
by Michael O'Brien
February 7th, 2021, 11:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 68
Views: 3450

Re: Fried eggs

I eat fried eggs probably 5 out of 7 days of the week. Sunny side up (mirando al sol) and lightly cooked for me. It isn't breakfast without eggs.
by Michael O'Brien
February 7th, 2021, 11:37 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BERSERKERDAY 12 RESULTS ARE IN - INSANE RECORDS SET, WOW!!
Replies: 80
Views: 4423

Re: BERSERKERDAY 12 RESULTS ARE IN - INSANE RECORDS SET, WOW!!

Is there an update available or have you still not received the information from the half-dozen or more participants that had not reported in time for the original post?
by Michael O'Brien
February 4th, 2021, 12:54 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BERSERKERDAY 12 RESULTS ARE IN - INSANE RECORDS SET, WOW!!
Replies: 80
Views: 4423

Re: BERSERKERDAY 12 RESULTS ARE IN - INSANE RECORDS SET, WOW!!

Correct Adam. I have a friend or two with same, but I just don't travel across the border enough for it to be worth my while. Limits are 2 bottles per 24 hours out of Canada. For a Canadian to have storage in the US make any sense you really need to travel back & forth several times/ year or be...
by Michael O'Brien
February 4th, 2021, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 - Offer feedback from the community
Replies: 207
Views: 8668

Re: BerserkerDay 12 - Offer feedback from the community

As one of the older people on WB, I too appreciate offers that provide an assortment of a producer's wines and verticals. Case lot purchases are not practical when you are in your late 70s. Keep the assortments, verticals, and 3 pack/6 pack offers coming. I am past trying to build a cellar. I am in ...
by Michael O'Brien
February 3rd, 2021, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zins-Scherrer vs Turley
Replies: 34
Views: 1383

Re: Zins-Scherrer vs Turley

[/quote] Michael, We've added you to the 'mailing list' so you'll hear about anything, especially Futures. The Zin is offered in the summer and RRV PN in the fall. Zin futures was our main financing vehicle to get this operation off the ground back in the early '90's and we have continued offering f...
by Michael O'Brien
February 2nd, 2021, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zins-Scherrer vs Turley
Replies: 34
Views: 1383

Re: Zins-Scherrer vs Turley

If you guys are committed to Scherrer zin, the key thing is to start buying futures from them. I think it's $300/case ($25 per bottle) for their zins if you essentially prepay for a case a year earlier on futures, compared to $40 a bottle at their list price for bottles in stock. At $25 a bottle, t...
by Michael O'Brien
February 2nd, 2021, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eurocave Confot Vieilletheque Shelf question
Replies: 3
Views: 146

Re: Eurocave Confot Vieillitheque Shelf question

Wish I could help. I have three of those units at my house but I have never stacked more than three high which is about 36 bottles depending on the bottle size and shape. I don't even like to do that because every time, I need a wine, it is always at the bottom of the shelf.
by Michael O'Brien
February 2nd, 2021, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zins-Scherrer vs Turley
Replies: 34
Views: 1383

Re: Zins-Scherrer vs Turley

My wife is the Zin drinker in our family. She discovered the 2015 vintage and fell in love. I have been able to obtain a case of that vintage in the secondary market and I bought Fred's offer on BD to add the 1016, 2017, and 2018 vintages to our cellar. For us, there is no need to look any further.
by Michael O'Brien
January 30th, 2021, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 2009
Views: 137361

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

House Champagne is Bollinger NV. The vintage Champagnes come out when we have friends over. It has been a long time.
by Michael O'Brien
January 28th, 2021, 12:10 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?
Replies: 223
Views: 9375

Re: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?

Looks like for now I have the record in this thread with 127 bottles (from 17 producers). I've largely eliminated my mailing lists (think only Rivers Marie and Sandlands remainging), and see BD as a good opportunity to try some new folks i wouldn't see otherwise. At a slightly higher price than our...
by Michael O'Brien
January 28th, 2021, 12:04 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: ** Offer Closing Sunday! **. Morgan Ranch Wagyu Berserker Day 12 Deal!
Replies: 256
Views: 10305

Re: Morgan Ranch Wagyu Berserker Day 12 Deal!

Mine is due tomorrow. That's fast. No one is getting any sleep there, are they?
by Michael O'Brien
January 28th, 2021, 11:42 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?
Replies: 223
Views: 9375

Re: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?

I feel like a failure after seeing Mauger's take. I don't even have that much room left in my cellar. As for me:
65 bottles
10 producers 6 of them new to me
And some Morgan Ranch
by Michael O'Brien
January 27th, 2021, 12:15 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Rosé all day! stars & dust - NEW project from Nikki formerly of Liquid Farm!
Replies: 149
Views: 4456

Re: Rosé all day! stars & dust - NEW project from Nikki formerly of Liquid Farm!

Someone beside me, please set up this new producer and the wines in CT. I screw up every time I try to do it. It's best to wait for at least a photo of the labels so that we know how to properly designate it! As long as it is not me, I am fine. All I have to do is remember to enter it once the prod...
by Michael O'Brien
January 27th, 2021, 12:13 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Erica Orr Wines BD12 Offers
Replies: 59
Views: 2868

Re: Erica Orr Wines BD12 Offers

Apparently the Grenache was gone before it ever appeared on the website. My loss.
by Michael O'Brien
January 27th, 2021, 12:08 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Rosé all day! stars & dust - NEW project from Nikki formerly of Liquid Farm!
Replies: 149
Views: 4456

Re: Rosé all day! stars & dust - NEW project from Nikki formerly of Liquid Farm!

Someone beside me, please set up this new producer and the wines in CT. I screw up every time I try to do it.

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