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by Michael Martin
January 16th, 2021, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pet annoyance with all the waiting list wineries.
Replies: 31
Views: 2558

Re: Pet annoyance with all the waiting list wineries.

We forget a lot that not everyone is selling to wine geeks. We like to know all the details and particulars about the actual wine. Lots of people just want to buy something that is exclusive and popular at the same time. Maybe. If you know enough to buy exclusive and popular, which is actually an o...
by Michael Martin
January 16th, 2021, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pet annoyance with all the waiting list wineries.
Replies: 31
Views: 2558

Re: Pet annoyance with all the waiting list wineries.

We forget a lot that not everyone is selling to wine geeks. We like to know all the details and particulars about the actual wine. Lots of people just want to buy something that is exclusive and popular at the same time. Maybe. If you know enough to buy exclusive and popular, which is actually an o...
by Michael Martin
January 16th, 2021, 1:55 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 192
Views: 16387

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

Aaron P o t t s wrote: January 16th, 2021, 1:18 pm So my wife keeps bugging me for more screwtops. Anyone know offhand of good beserkerday wines with screw top? Last time she needed a quick bottle, she opened a ridge montebello. [swoon.gif] Open to any red varietal really. Thanks!
Tercero.
by Michael Martin
January 16th, 2021, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pet annoyance with all the waiting list wineries.
Replies: 31
Views: 2558

Re: Pet annoyance with all the waiting list wineries.

Saxum is the exception. They list complete blend descriptions and recent professional reviews.
by Michael Martin
January 15th, 2021, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: American CdP
Replies: 17
Views: 326

Re: American CdP

Jaffurs’ High Tide Nicora GSM Carlisle Two Acres You may even like some predominantly Grenache options also from Jaffurs, Carlisle, Bedrock, Dirty and Rowdy. Also look for blends from Enz Vineyard. Bedrock and Dirty and Rowdy offer some. The vineyard’s limestone qualities produce wines that are real...
by Michael Martin
January 12th, 2021, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low on daily drinkers...Best QPR wines available online today
Replies: 62
Views: 5640

Re: Low on daily drinkers...Best QPR wines available online today

Grenache based Spanish wines.
Lesser known appellation Southern Rhône’s like Ventoux, Venise or Vacqueyras.
Antinori Toscana
QPR varietal blends from producers like Jaffurs, Bedrock, Carlisle.
by Michael Martin
January 12th, 2021, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS Has Gone Berserko...
Replies: 43
Views: 3171

Re: UPS Has Gone Berserko...

FedEx is batting 100% for me. UPS just the opposite. They initiated returns to wineries without my consent and even UPS doesn’t know why. I asked for a shipment to be held at the terminal for pick up that they then left at my house. They are a mess.
by Michael Martin
January 12th, 2021, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554554

Re: de Negoce offer

rsmithjr wrote: January 12th, 2021, 7:04 am
Michael Martin wrote: January 11th, 2021, 6:39 pm There’s a bunch of Cameron Hughes wines on Winebid.com.
He has nothing to do with CH Wine anymore. I don't think he even does videos hawking the wines anymore. All his efforts are into DN and HG Steak....
Some of these are older lots that he probably had a hand in.
by Michael Martin
January 11th, 2021, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554554

Re: de Negoce offer

There’s a bunch of Cameron Hughes wines on Winebid.com.
by Michael Martin
January 11th, 2021, 5:01 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 192
Views: 16387

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

Excited to be participating for the first time as a Berserker and not a lurker. What’s at the top of everyone’s list of purchases for BD? Princess & Peasant (awesome Carignan) I'm not sure The Princess & The Peasant still exists. The winemakers (Dan and Stephanie Rivin) moved to Bordeaux to...
by Michael Martin
January 11th, 2021, 11:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 54
Views: 3252

Re: Keto diet tips

I did intermittent eating or fasting depending on what you’d like to call it all of last year. I lost some weight, 14 lbs from an already lean body, but the biggest difference was in my annual blood numbers. Many improved. My weight has now plateaued and I skip a couple days a week just based on con...
by Michael Martin
January 11th, 2021, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to pack hand blown glass stems?
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: How to pack hand blown glass stems?

My wife buys lots of art glass online and they roll each item in bubble wrap and then pack more bubble wrap around all of them as a group. Nothing has been broken yet.
by Michael Martin
January 10th, 2021, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 734
Views: 72890

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

N.01 seems to be turning the corner into something interesting. N.2 and N.11 are too. All Napa cabs or cab blends. N.15 the Merlot is all over the board.
by Michael Martin
January 10th, 2021, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TURLEY RECOMMENDATIONS
Replies: 28
Views: 1455

Re: TURLEY RECOMMENDATIONS

I don’t buy Turley anymore mainly due to too much Bedrock and Carlisle in my cellar, but when I did I liked Uberroth and Pesenti on the high end and Juvenile and Old Vine on the QPR end.
by Michael Martin
January 10th, 2021, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Winebid.com wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 7
Views: 676

Re: What Winebid.com wine are you drinking tonight?

That’s the thing about Winebid. You can find ready to drink, aged gems for not a lot of money.
by Michael Martin
January 9th, 2021, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Winebid.com wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 7
Views: 676

What Winebid.com wine are you drinking tonight?

2002 Vigne di Mezzo Aglianico.
$27 all in. Got 2 of them. 19 years old and drinking exceptionally well, but I bet this wine goes 10+ yet. Dark fruits, rich black licorice, tar, earth.
by Michael Martin
January 8th, 2021, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2542

Re: First Date Wines

My future wife and I shared a bottle of Barbera and bruschetta on our first date.

When I bring that moment up with my wife, she no longer remembers the wine, but she at least remembers the place and who she was with. To this day, we rarely order/buy Barbera.
by Michael Martin
January 8th, 2021, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554554

Re: de Negoce offer

Petit Verdot is really a blending wine. We use it in a bunch of our Bordeaux style blends and it works well. On its own, it’s a little monolithic.
by Michael Martin
January 7th, 2021, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Variation
Replies: 25
Views: 1125

Re: Bottle Variation

Some of the de Negoce offerings are consistent, though young, across the bottles we’ve had. Others are wildly inconsistent within an offering. Good bottles to highly acidic bottles to just “off” bottles. Having worked on a bottling line, I can tell you there is variation even within the same tank. T...
by Michael Martin
January 7th, 2021, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3101
Views: 211039

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

I had the ‘18 and ‘19 Pato on back to back nights. I love Pato every since they came out in ‘17. I think it rivals the Bedrock Heritage in complexity and can be consumed early without losing any of the layers. The ‘17 and ‘18 had such an extraordinary blend of licorice, tobacco and red fruits, but l...
by Michael Martin
January 5th, 2021, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Spring 2021
Replies: 37
Views: 3414

Re: Saxum Spring 2021

There are tasting notes and drinking windows on all of these on the website. Looks like G2 is the early drinker and described by JD as “nearly perfect”.
by Michael Martin
January 5th, 2021, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37
Replies: 27
Views: 2061

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37

Hey Michael, Curious to know (if you can share) what percentage of sales is from Wine club members vs retail vs restaurants, etc. Do you have any insight into how much effort and resources the winery is investing in the growth of the wine club? Has membership increased or decreased during the Pande...
by Michael Martin
January 5th, 2021, 10:28 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 192
Views: 16387

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

There’s no game planning for BD day. There’s no sanity. There’s no restraint. There’s certainly is no budget. It’s BERSERKER DAY!
by Michael Martin
January 5th, 2021, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37
Replies: 27
Views: 2061

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37

I work at a small winery and we have about 400 wine club members. I would bet I could find at least 10-20 who would love to act as an ambassador of the winery. We have people ask to volunteer to help bottle even. As to the comment above, I made a ton of money, more than you mention, when I was in b...
by Michael Martin
January 4th, 2021, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37
Replies: 27
Views: 2061

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37

I’ve had winery owners friend me on Facebook. Easy way to keep in touch. I’ve had a corkscrew or bottle stopper added to my club shipments. Guess what I still have. I have even gotten a card at the holidays from wineries I have only purchased a few bottles from. Being small or “busy” isn’t a pass fo...
by Michael Martin
January 4th, 2021, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37
Replies: 27
Views: 2061

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37

I work at a small winery and we have about 400 wine club members. I would bet I could find at least 10-20 who would love to act as an ambassador of the winery. We have people ask to volunteer to help bottle even. As to the comment above, I made a ton of money, more than you mention, when I was in b...
by Michael Martin
January 4th, 2021, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37
Replies: 27
Views: 2061

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37

I work at a small winery and we have about 400 wine club members. I would bet I could find at least 10-20 who would love to act as an ambassador of the winery. We have people ask to volunteer to help bottle even. As to the comment above, I made a ton of money, more than you mention, when I was in bu...
by Michael Martin
January 4th, 2021, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3101
Views: 211039

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Question for the Bedrock faithful: if you wanted to introduce someone to Bedrock Wine Co using a recent vintage (18 or 19) for them to drink soon to give them a good idea of the style of wine, what would you choose? Ive had some good young Evanghelos but I was curious what other suggestions people ...
by Michael Martin
January 4th, 2021, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Discovering wineries while traveling
Replies: 4
Views: 401

Re: Discovering wineries while traveling

My wife and I did a late winter getaway to Santa Barbara about 12 years ago. We decided to check out a few local wineries, but didn’t want to drive out to Los Olivos so we somewhat randomly picked a winery in town that specialized in Rhône style wines, which we knew we liked. The tasting was present...
by Michael Martin
January 4th, 2021, 5:29 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 192
Views: 16387

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

Excited to be participating for the first time as a Berserker and not a lurker. What’s at the top of everyone’s list of purchases for BD? Every year there are a few small producers that stand out with unique offerings. I found West of Temperance’s Aglianico bottlings a few years ago, Virage and her...
by Michael Martin
January 4th, 2021, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?
Replies: 35
Views: 2668

Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

AD Northup wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 4:57 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 3:47 pm Did Sky Vineyard get completely razed with the fires this past year?
Believe it was the 2018 fire
It was the 2017 fire and some of the estate survived. Not sure if or when they will make wine again.
They do have some back vintages on sale on their website.
by Michael Martin
January 2nd, 2021, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2639

Re: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?

Jaffurs Santa Barbara County Syrah
Antinori Toscana
by Michael Martin
January 2nd, 2021, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 198
Views: 7001

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

2 bottles@ about 4pm today. Good ones too.
by Michael Martin
January 2nd, 2021, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd auction for a 1999 SQN on eBay for $30k
Replies: 16
Views: 1740

Re: Odd auction for a 1999 SQN on eBay for $30k

Seller has ZERO feedback. Have fun with this one.
by Michael Martin
January 1st, 2021, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dovecote Estate Wines - anyone try them?
Replies: 5
Views: 308

Re: Dovecote Estate Wines - anyone try them?

I know that the first few vintages were 'made' by a handful of other winemakers before Noah, who purchased the Thompson Vineyard along with his wife, felt comfortable enough to lead the winemaking charge. I have not tried their wines but it certainly would be interesting to compare them to the wine...
by Michael Martin
December 31st, 2020, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dovecote Estate Wines - anyone try them?
Replies: 5
Views: 308

Dovecote Estate Wines - anyone try them?

I heard Craig Jaffurs, one of my favorite winemakers, after he sold his winery started consulting on a project for Dovecote. I could only find two tasting notes, both very positive, but wondered if anyone else has tried these Santa Barbara County wines.
by Michael Martin
December 31st, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 192
Views: 16387

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

There are wines I was introduced to on BD that are now staples in our house so the cost of BD just keeps on giving and giving.
by Michael Martin
December 30th, 2020, 7:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Meanwhile Down at the Thermopolium....
Replies: 15
Views: 507

Re: Meanwhile Down at the Thermopolium....

Some of the recipes I have seen included sea water. Salinity in its original form.
by Michael Martin
December 30th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Meanwhile Down at the Thermopolium....
Replies: 15
Views: 507

Re: Meanwhile Down at the Thermopolium....

I’ve toured Pompeii. The inhabitants were far more advanced than we think. They had Laundromats, wine bars, shopping centers, glass ware, toys and instruments equal to what we have today. If you are anywhere near Naples, see Pompeii and the history museum in Naples where most of the items that were ...
by Michael Martin
December 30th, 2020, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need for wine foil?
Replies: 46
Views: 1909

Re: Need for wine foil?

Wax, while looks nice, is awful to open. Get rid of that too! Wax is easy to open. https://youtu.be/l5Gx9wUmGJ4 That video applies to 50% of wax capsules at best. If the cork is starting to show any sort of age, it will be a mess (even her cork in the video barely survives). And if the wax is not p...
by Michael Martin
December 29th, 2020, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need for wine foil?
Replies: 46
Views: 1909

Re: Need for wine foil?

ChrisL wrote: December 29th, 2020, 9:07 am Wax, while looks nice, is awful to open. Get rid of that too!
Wax is easy to open.

by Michael Martin
December 29th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need for wine foil?
Replies: 46
Views: 1909

Re: Need for wine foil?

Don Brazelton wrote: December 29th, 2020, 11:56 am It could be a plot by foil cutter manufacturers.
If the bottle has a true foil on it, not the plastic ones, you do not need a foil cutter. Simply grab the foil firmly and twist. Off it comes. First trick I learned working in a tasting room.
by Michael Martin
December 23rd, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Windfall wine purchase
Replies: 56
Views: 3666

Re: Windfall wine purchase

So I believe I am getting a windfall payment before the end of the year. I am thinking of buying a single great bottle and would like to keep it to around $600. Any recs would be greatly appreciated. Save your $$ for January 27, 2021. You'll need it. They will be many opportunities for a treat your...
by Michael Martin
December 23rd, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Authenticity of Petrus Bottles
Replies: 54
Views: 4164

Re: Authenticity of Petrus Bottles

I see nothing.
by Michael Martin
December 23rd, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Windfall wine purchase
Replies: 56
Views: 3666

Re: Windfall wine purchase

Take what is given. Give what cannot be taken. Fu*k people who judge.
by Michael Martin
December 16th, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck's Top 100 Wines of the Year
Replies: 44
Views: 3585

Re: Jeb Dunnuck's Top 100 Wines of the Year

I have some of these as well. His palate and mine align better too. Lots of Cali Rhône’s and Southern Rhône’s.
by Michael Martin
December 15th, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554554

Re: de Negoce offer

N.93 sold out.
by Michael Martin
December 15th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554554

Re: de Negoce offer

Eric White wrote: December 15th, 2020, 6:00 pm I caved and bought a case - the thing that pushed me over the edge was that I have a reprieve on shipping until Feb :D
After 4 early cases with mixed results (1,2,11 & 15), I bought N.93 as well. Old Vine Zin, no matter the price point is always interesting wine.
by Michael Martin
December 15th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554554

Re: de Negoce offer

Eric White wrote: December 15th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Michael Martin wrote: December 15th, 2020, 4:31 pm I think Venturi Vineyard is the biggest clue. A few small producers use it.
exactly, the only other wine I could find was Martha Stoumen, and the ABV is way off (12.7)
There are a few “boutique” wineries, a term used in the email, that produce a Zin from Venturi.

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