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by Chris Seiber
October 26th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When do you return wines to a retailer?
Replies: 26
Views: 1252

Re: When do you return wines to a retailer?

It’s fashionable to bag on mailing lists, but this is one significant advantage to them. If I email someone like Rhys or Carlisle and tell them a bottle was corked, even an older bottle, they’ll credit me or replace it, cheerfully and without a bunch of hoops to jump through.
by Chris Seiber
October 26th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will anyone buy 2016 Monprivato?
Replies: 19
Views: 1410

Re: Will anyone buy 2016 Monprivato?

The buzz has been pretty negative through at least 2015. 2016 people say is back - and the price is up accordingly. I had the 2011 tonite and I think its a lovely bottle of wine. But then I think Giacosa 08s can be a good bottle of wine also. While qualitatively not as good as previous or post-off ...
by Chris Seiber
October 24th, 2020, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Liquid Farm Champagne?!?
Replies: 12
Views: 1046

Re: Liquid Farm Champagne?!?

David K o l i n wrote:
October 23rd, 2020, 3:20 pm
Definitely from Champagne per the label
How many WBers are seeing this thread title and rushing in expecting to call the OP out for calling domestic sparkling wine “Champagne?”

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by Chris Seiber
October 22nd, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines
Replies: 67
Views: 3790

Re: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines

Besides, his headline and his facts contradict each other. There is no new land in Bordeaux. So the land and vineyard output hasn't expanded. But the customer base has. In the past there weren't Russian oligarchs, Chinese princelings, or athletes worth hundreds of millions, or even billions. And th...
by Chris Seiber
October 22nd, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ten thousand bottles of fake Haut Brion, mostly 258ml
Replies: 10
Views: 953

Re: Ten thousand bottles of fake Haut Brion, mostly 258ml

Keep an eye out for misspellings on the label.

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by Chris Seiber
October 21st, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 265
Views: 15505

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Crush just now at $190. Hard pass. So many options at that price. This wine is always, always released at a higher price and then it settles down. There is a sea of it. Maybe not to $105 this year, but $190 is crazy pants. And if it doesn't, there are lots of other fish in the sea, just redirect to...
by Chris Seiber
October 21st, 2020, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Arcadian Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 24
Views: 1426

Re: TN: 2006 Arcadian Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Last bottle I had of the '06 was at our big Arcadian tasting in summer of 2017. We had an excellent bottle that night. Anyone try an '08 recently? I just opened a 2008 last night. The color was almost glowing yellow gold, and I wasn't sure if that was worrisome or not, but the bottle was great. Inc...
by Chris Seiber
October 21st, 2020, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do people track their wine inventory in a Eurocave?
Replies: 34
Views: 1161

Re: How do people track their wine inventory in a Eurocave?

I use Cellartracker. I have numbered columns from left to right, and lettered rows from top to bottle. All the single digit row numbers have a 0 before them. I don't see any point in tracking whether the bottle is first or second in the bin, that's a bunch of effort with no value to it. So if a wine...
by Chris Seiber
October 21st, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB: Midleton Very Rare 2018 and older
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: WTB: Midleton Very Rare 2018 and older

AD Northup wrote:
October 20th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Where are you located? 18, 17 and probably some more other semi recent ones are still widely available at retail depending on your state
So you're saying it's not Very Rare after all?
by Chris Seiber
October 20th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Pair (Great) Wine With McDonald’s
Replies: 9
Views: 969

Re: How to Pair (Great) Wine With McDonald’s

Craig G wrote:
October 20th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Sometime I have to drink MacDonald with McDonald’s.
My fellow Captain Haddock fan for the win.
by Chris Seiber
October 20th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Re: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

To y’all in this thread, when you’re referring to the Brett in this wine, was it barnyard, band-aid, or something else?
by Chris Seiber
October 20th, 2020, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?
Replies: 41
Views: 1880

Re: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?

As others have said, probably depends on how you're serving the burger. Straight with salt and pepper and maybe a little garnish I think you could go with a decent Cab. But if you pack your burgers like I do with tomatoes, avocado, mayo, that would be a waste. I decent, good acidity, peppery Zin as...
by Chris Seiber
October 20th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Quilceda Creek CVR Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1317

Re: 2018 Quilceda Creek CVR Release

As far as I know, it always had a very oaky style. I found the CVR wines pretty well buried under the oak and not much fun, but then if you set them aside for 8+ years or something they actually became quite good. Of course, still in a modern, powerful, dense style, but a good version of that once ...
by Chris Seiber
October 20th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?
Replies: 41
Views: 1880

Re: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?

You guys did better than I thought. I told my girlfriend that no matter how I phrased the question, 80% of the answers would be "champagne." neener It's a consistently amusing thing about WB. Most WBers seem to profess both of the following: (1) I always or mostly drink wine with food, and (2) most...
by Chris Seiber
October 20th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jolie-Laide Fall Release
Replies: 16
Views: 607

Re: Jolie-Laide Fall Release

Brian Tuite wrote:
October 20th, 2020, 10:15 am
Chris Seiber wrote:
October 20th, 2020, 10:05 am
Is it pronounced "laid" or "lady?"
Lead, like the metal.
Wow, that wouldn't have been in my top five guesses. It's always good to ask, I guess.
by Chris Seiber
October 20th, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jolie-Laide Fall Release
Replies: 16
Views: 607

Re: Jolie-Laide Fall Release

Is it pronounced "laid" or "lady?"
by Chris Seiber
October 20th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best
Replies: 57
Views: 1643

Re: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best

And mass produced oaky sweet fruit bomb Cabs.... ? My unscientific observation is that, in your average/typical American non-geek wine drinker population, there is much more of a split over sugar and oak bomb whites than there is over their red counterparts. They might be 50-50 on Rombauer chardonn...
by Chris Seiber
October 20th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best
Replies: 57
Views: 1643

Re: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best

I have to say I am a bit surprised how little faith some here have in "normal people's" ability to appreciate authentic European wines when served with matching food. I mean American people do travel to Europe, right? Do these people then struggle mightily in say Paris/Rome when served a wine from ...
by Chris Seiber
October 19th, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best
Replies: 57
Views: 1643

Re: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best

To everyone suggesting to try to change their mind on the white - believe me, I have on more than one occasion. I am a big Chard fan and have brought several really nice Burgs at various times, none of which were met with much interest. If you were bringing red wines these folks would like and had ...
by Chris Seiber
October 19th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Isole e Olena Cepparello IGT
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: TN: 2000 Isole e Olena Cepparello IGT

I’ve only had Cepparello young (like a 2015 and 2016 in the last year), and it was surprisingly very good, and not really immature, overly primary, tannic, or any of the things you might expect from a long-aging red in its youth. I’d love to taste a mature one — I guess something to put on my list t...
by Chris Seiber
October 19th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best
Replies: 57
Views: 1643

Re: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best

I agree completely with Richard and Howard — they may well like whites if they had the right ones, but this may not be the time to try to demonstrate that to them. Or maybe you bring reds but one good white, and see if they might try a half glass of the white before going to the red, and if they don...
by Chris Seiber
October 19th, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best
Replies: 57
Views: 1643

Re: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best

Thanks so much for the recommendations so far! To answer the questions: 1) We are brining wine and someone else is cooking, so I wouldn't be able to change the dish (nor would I want to, host is a fantastic cook). 2) I am not sure about herbs or white / dark meat. 3) I think I am pretty much the on...
by Chris Seiber
October 19th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best
Replies: 57
Views: 1643

Re: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best

I guess the other option is to make a different dish than lemon chicken. It sounds like you're locked in on that, but if you aren't, just make any of the thousand things that would go pretty well with the wines they like.
by Chris Seiber
October 19th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best
Replies: 57
Views: 1643

Re: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best

How much are you trying to make the pairing a really great pairing, versus how much do you just want to serve a wine that your company likes? If it's the latter, probably just about anything would go well enough. And it's definitely not wrong to choose "serve wine your company actually likes" over "...
by Chris Seiber
October 19th, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Re: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

I still have two bottles of this. Back when the brett issues in the 2009 FF were clearly identified, Rhys said they'd swap them out for you, but would also let you just keep them and see how they turned out, and replace or credit bottles that turned out to be bad. Which was a fantastic policy, very ...
by Chris Seiber
October 19th, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Quilceda Creek CVR Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1317

Re: 2018 Quilceda Creek CVR Release

As far as I know, it always had a very oaky style. I found the CVR wines pretty well buried under the oak and not much fun, but then if you set them aside for 8+ years or something they actually became quite good. Of course, still in a modern, powerful, dense style, but a good version of that once t...
by Chris Seiber
October 18th, 2020, 11:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Rarer than Romanee Conti and certainly more obscure
Replies: 9
Views: 1528

Re: TN: Rarer than Romanee Conti and certainly more obscure

Bastardo was made from crossing two varieties which were not married, FYI.
by Chris Seiber
October 18th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you do with wines you’re not interested in drinking?
Replies: 28
Views: 1627

Re: What do you do with wines you’re not interested in drinking?

Hell ill give you 25 cents on the dollar and pay for shipping if its something I want. I'm sure there are plenty in commerce corner that would go higher than that. It may be worth putting up a list. Ditto! Especially for those Italian wines.... Well of course YOU would like Italian wines. champagne...
by Chris Seiber
October 18th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you do with wines you’re not interested in drinking?
Replies: 28
Views: 1627

Re: What do you do with wines you’re not interested in drinking?

I sometimes box up a case of wines which are decent but I don’t really want, and bring them to my parish for the priests to have. They always seem to appreciate that.
by Chris Seiber
October 18th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 163
Views: 4790

Re: Real winenerd wines

I’m not sure if it’s weird enough in the glass, but Koshu Gris from Japan can be really good. It’s a unique Japanese White grape. I’m opening a bottle tonight in fact. CF9F19BE-FD43-4F99-9564-978275CC9F20.jpeg The wine was really good last night. Subtle, complex, elegant. Really a nice wine, comple...
by Chris Seiber
October 17th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 163
Views: 4790

Re: Real winenerd wines

I’m not sure if it’s weird enough in the glass, but Koshu Gris from Japan can be really good. It’s a unique Japanese White grape. I’m opening a bottle tonight in fact.
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by Chris Seiber
October 17th, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 163
Views: 4790

Re: Real winenerd wines

I love my German rieslings and spätburgunders, have 6 vintages of BAMA, absolutely adore sherry and my cellar has quite a few quirky Italians (Granato from Foradori!). So I think I do pretty well on the wine nerd-o-meter and can at times struggle finding anything more “moderate” when entertaining l...
by Chris Seiber
October 17th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 163
Views: 4790

Re: Real winenerd wines

Do you mean you want to explore more obscure or less-known grapes and regions?

Or do you want wines that are really odd in the glass, like skin contact whites or Scholium Project?
by Chris Seiber
October 16th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 82
Views: 3669

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

Does one calculate the cost of the unpleasant bottles tried into the cost of finding a good tasting "bargain" wine? This is a critical part of it. Even if, among all those unknown bottlings on their shelves, there are a few that are pretty good wines and value, how are you going to find those few w...
by Chris Seiber
October 15th, 2020, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Style of Liger-Belair wines
Replies: 18
Views: 1032

Re: Style of Liger-Belair wines

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by Chris Seiber
October 15th, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about wine storage
Replies: 18
Views: 1518

Re: Question about wine storage

Nothing in the OP would give me the slightest concern. There was an article long since lost to the web about Ch Margaux' (or was it Mouton's) passive cellar which regularly got into the low 60s, and had bottles well back into the 19th century. In your position, I'd fill my cooler to capacity with m...
by Chris Seiber
October 15th, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Re: TN: 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace

Seems like around 7-10 years of age is when many of the Rhys pinots take a significant step forward in quality. We had a huge Rhys tasting at FMIII's house last year and there was a fairly consistent and noticeable difference between the older half of the bottles and the younger half. Speaking in br...
by Chris Seiber
October 15th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 82
Views: 3669

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

I agree with Michael that this thread doesn’t seem overly snobby or like it’s shaming anyone. And of course it’s viewing their wines from a WB perspective, rather than a civilian perspective, because this is WB. I think a wine enthusiast who knows TJ but hasn’t tried the wines could easily wonder if...
by Chris Seiber
October 14th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Tribute to Grace — Tasting
Replies: 8
Views: 775

Re: A Tribute to Grace — Tasting

She is a fantastic person. I have a bunch of 2013s and one 2011 of hers left in my cellar, I need to check on one to see how they're coming. There was an extent to which the fruit seemed a little candied to me when the wines were younger, even despite the light color and all -- I'm hoping that is go...
by Chris Seiber
October 14th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whence upon a time I made a Beef in Barolo (without Nebbiolo!)
Replies: 6
Views: 505

Re: Whence upon a time I made a Beef in Barolo (without Nebbiolo!)

The chef known for his orange crocs (among other transgressions) had a recipe for beef in Barolo and the recipe suggested using California Merlot in place of Barolo. Not sure if Lidia's recipe is the same. I think any hearty, rich full bodied wine would work. The elegance and depth of a Barolo woul...
by Chris Seiber
October 14th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 82
Views: 3669

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

For whatever reason, the Trader Joe's in Costa Mesa on 17th street has a Bordeaux section with usually around 10 or so good bottles. Producers like Lagrange, Lafon Rochet, Sociando Mallet, Cantemerle, Latour Martillac, Rouget, Clos du Marquis, all (in the last year or so) from the 14-16 vintages, mo...
by Chris Seiber
October 14th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Fall offer
Replies: 33
Views: 3076

Re: Rhys Fall offer

I haven't gotten an email from Rhys. Is this a staged thing, where different groups get it at different times, or is everyone getting an offer now? Last thing I got from Rhys was the Hillside offer in August. Have you bought recently? If so, check spam folder. Thanks. I guess I got it, but my iPhon...
by Chris Seiber
October 14th, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Fall offer
Replies: 33
Views: 3076

Re: Rhys Fall offer

I haven't gotten an email from Rhys. Is this a staged thing, where different groups get it at different times, or is everyone getting an offer now?

Last thing I got from Rhys was the Hillside offer in August.
by Chris Seiber
October 14th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Arcadian Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 24
Views: 1426

Re: TN: 2006 Arcadian Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

I'm also corralling all my 2000s Arcadian chardonnays out of offsite, where some of them languished too long in a disorganized mess that I'm finally organizing last week and this week. When I get those home, they'll be my "next up" chardonnays until they're gone -- I'm guessing I'll get a mixed bag,...
by Chris Seiber
October 13th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Arcadian Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 24
Views: 1426

Re: TN: 2006 Arcadian Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

My mid-2000s Arcadian chardonnay mostly all fell off the ox cliff a year or two ago. Very surprising after they had been so fresh up to that point. Others I talked to were experiencing the same thing. I should have opened them sooner — they were so outstanding until a few years ago. I think I was ju...
by Chris Seiber
October 12th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recs for a CA Horizontal Tasting
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: Recs for a CA Horizontal Tasting

I agree with the chorus, the 13s will benefit the most from more age, and the 14s are more open today.
by Chris Seiber
October 12th, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lazy decanting method.
Replies: 25
Views: 1425

Re: Lazy decanting method.

Just pulling the cork will not really move the needle on wines that need to be aerated; you are exposing surface area the size of a nickel. Maybe if you left them that way for days or something, but I don't know how well anyone could guess what would be the right amount that way. As Andy said, if yo...

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