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by Edward H. Earles
January 8th, 2018, 1:55 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 41890

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

This is NOT a happy New year gift. This sucks. I kind of expected such silliness. The past couple of weeks has been too warm. If I could pack up a portion of our cold and send it your way, I sure would. It's been like Siberia around here. I expect a lot of the local vinifera vines to die this winte...
by Edward H. Earles
January 8th, 2018, 7:10 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: BerserkerDay IX Master Thread/FAQ - Records set!!! Over $500,000 in wine/wine related goods sold!
Replies: 252
Views: 22557

BerserkerDay IX Master Thread/FAQ (Please Read)

Kevin Stine wrote:
or...host a post BeserkerDay party for fellow Beserkers!
You voiced the thoughts of the crowd. [cheers.gif]

On the other hand, as I've said before, it's a good thing that we don't all live in the same village. Imagine what that would be like.
by Edward H. Earles
January 8th, 2018, 4:52 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 41890

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

This is NOT a happy New year gift. This sucks. I kind of expected such silliness. The past couple of weeks has been too warm. If I could pack up a portion of our cold and send it your way, I sure would. It's been like Siberia around here. I expect a lot of the local vinifera vines to die this winter.
by Edward H. Earles
January 3rd, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to pair weed and wine
Replies: 39
Views: 2673

How to pair weed and wine

Randy Bowman wrote:
"F'd Up and Smokin" for store name.
No....The White Rabbit.

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by Edward H. Earles
December 30th, 2017, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61915

It's critic bingo! Molesworth's singed alder obsession

RichardFlack wrote:but jog back to my citation of running through a barley field in early dawn... that worked for me on that particular wine.
I've actually done that, many times, in Montana (O.K., not running, walking), and I cannot connect the descriptor to a wine.
by Edward H. Earles
December 30th, 2017, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61915

It's critic bingo! Molesworth's singed alder obsession

Another descriptor I see often (especially in Wine Spectator) is hot stone. I wonder how many of these reviewers have actually placed hot stones in their mouths.
by Edward H. Earles
December 30th, 2017, 2:47 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 51931

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

I am looking forward to the 2018 thread. I hope the Pineapple Express turns on, and waters California well, to prime the 2018 growing season.
by Edward H. Earles
December 30th, 2017, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot
Replies: 165
Views: 8869

The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot

I could get really excited to see great examples of those MW candidate wines coming out of Oregon. Given the latitude, soils, and climate, the dearth of Cabernet Franc and Savignin is puzzling. I don't think "marketability" explains it.....lots of folks are willing to venture out. Look at all of th...
by Edward H. Earles
December 30th, 2017, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot
Replies: 165
Views: 8869

The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:Maybe it’s me, but the more I drink US (essentially California and Oregon) Pinot Noir, the less I like it. There are some standouts, but even a large number of “top” wines seem largely indistinguishable, and ultimately boring.
I would agree. I've lost interest entirely in Pinots not from Burgundy.
by Edward H. Earles
December 30th, 2017, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot
Replies: 165
Views: 8869

The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot

I never run into people who say they only drink Pinot Noir. I know a couple who only drink Pinot Noir. And not only do they only drink Pinot Noir, they only drink west-coast Pinot, and 90% of that from a single Sonoma producer....and they keep about 20 cases of that producer's wine on hand, because...
by Edward H. Earles
December 26th, 2017, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And what about crown of lamb?
Replies: 35
Views: 1573

And what about crown of lamb?

I'm doing racks of lamb for Xmas dinner as well. For 12 people. Given how versatile it is, and the varying preferences of the group, I am popping: A mature Bordeaux A mid-aged Northern Rhone A young Chateauneuf du Pape A mid-aged Cali Cab I could make the argument that each of these selections is "...
by Edward H. Earles
December 26th, 2017, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61915

It's critic bingo! Gentian, buddleia and clam broth

Mostly I understand this note, but "currant leaf"? Does John Gilman go around smelling shrubs? My guess would be autocorrect for curry leaf (which has a distinctive aroma) but that's just a guess. But after a certain point it's more about exuberance than precision and I don't object to exuberance i...
by Edward H. Earles
December 22nd, 2017, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to pair weed and wine
Replies: 39
Views: 2673

How to pair weed and wine

Jason T wrote:I've found this is one thing Champagne doesn't go with. Dryness of the wine is just too much for those who tend to get cotton mouth. Off-dry Reisling solves that problem though. Quite nicely.
Or Huet demi-sec?
by Edward H. Earles
December 22nd, 2017, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to pair weed and wine
Replies: 39
Views: 2673

How to pair weed and wine

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:That's my future: medicinal weed & wine bar. Tendress must be named Alice.
Count me in! Arlo Guthrie on the Jukebox, with a side order of Dead.
by Edward H. Earles
December 22nd, 2017, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 LdH Tondonia Gran R
Replies: 9
Views: 695

TN: 1994 LdH Tondonia Gran R

My CT tasting note from 3/31/2017: 3/31/2017 - I like this wine: NR (Edit) This wine was a surprise. The cork was completely stained on its sides and both ends, but as it had a wax capsule, it wasn't corked or oxidized. It was at this point that I realized why some producers encase their bottles wit...
by Edward H. Earles
December 14th, 2017, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8094
Views: 554173

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Holy Cow, I actually managed to get a couple of bottles!
by Edward H. Earles
December 14th, 2017, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8094
Views: 554173

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Frustrating as hell to actually score a bottle. Agreed! Haven't been able to score a single bottle that I tried to get! Some of the expensive stuff lingers, but everything else is gone before I can check out. Oh well, saving money. The trick is to pull the trigger just before the offering appears.....
by Edward H. Earles
December 14th, 2017, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8094
Views: 554173

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Lots of good Burgs coming up now. I'm surprised that this thread isn't in meltdown mode.
by Edward H. Earles
December 9th, 2017, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most Popular Non-Wine Geek Wines
Replies: 28
Views: 1290

Most Popular Non-Wine Geek Wines

Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc
Turley Juvenile Zinfandel
Girard Cabernet Sauvignon
Naoussa Boutari
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Bedrock Zinfandel Old Vine
Gloria Ferrer Brut
LOTS of Riojas
LOTS of Spanish Garnachas (e.g., San Alejandro Garnacha Las Rocas 2014)
by Edward H. Earles
November 20th, 2017, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Too much wine...
Replies: 121
Views: 5981

Too much wine...

Craig G wrote:
Scott Brunson wrote:Visiting offsite this week.
Inquiring about larger locker.
"I'm asking for a friend."
LOL....It's good that we don't all live in the same village, isn't it? [drinkers.gif]
by Edward H. Earles
November 18th, 2017, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Too much wine...
Replies: 121
Views: 5981

Too much wine...

After reading through this thread, I have surmised the following:

No one here has too much wine. A sub-segment of Berserkers has an inadequate number of thirsty guests visiting their homes. If only there was some way of connecting the former with the latter..... rolleyes
by Edward H. Earles
November 7th, 2017, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chenin Blanc for less than $100 --- who do you go to?
Replies: 83
Views: 3152

Chenin Blanc for less than $100 --- who do you go to?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:...Huet?!

How is this even a question?
That was my first thought when I saw the title of this thread. Have you (Brian) not drunk Huet Sec?
by Edward H. Earles
October 31st, 2017, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chave Vertical (83/95/96/97/98/99/00/01/04/06/07/09)
Replies: 17
Views: 1285

TN: Chave Vertical (83/95/96/97/98/99/00/01/04/06/07/09)

About a week ago we (my wife, my cousin and I) drank a 2000 Chave Hermitage alongside a 2012 Reynvaan Unnamed at dinner (grilled steaks). My impression of the Chave was that we opened it about 10 years too early. Even after a 3-hour decant, it was quite acidic; nose was fabulous (a bit bretty upon o...
by Edward H. Earles
October 31st, 2017, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gil Lempert-Schwarz and Dragon 8 Wine Auctions (MERGED)
Replies: 602
Views: 109812

Gil Lempert-Schwarz and Dragon 8 Wine Auctions (MERGED)

Kind of a fluff piece by 60 minutes. More about Bill Koch than counterfeit wines. Funny aside: My wife, who has no interest in wines, when they were interviewing Gil Lampert-Schwartz, “Even I know that guy is lying.” Learned more about the elder Koch brothers than anything else. One of my good frie...
by Edward H. Earles
October 28th, 2017, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cayuse wines contaminated - pulled
Replies: 179
Views: 12213

2015 Cayuse wines contaminated - pulled

My curiosity having been provoked by this thread, I spent the last 20 minutes or so using Google in an attempt to find out the name of the supplier of faulty corks. No one as yet appears to be willing to reveal it. Might this be because the problem is likely to affect many other wineries?
by Edward H. Earles
October 27th, 2017, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cayuse wines contaminated - pulled
Replies: 179
Views: 12213

2015 Cayuse wines contaminated - pulled

So....who's going to spill the beans?
by Edward H. Earles
October 20th, 2017, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

We're doing our part for the area's recovery.....wife just bought a Biale Founding Farmers and a Ridge Lytton Springs..... [cheers.gif]
by Edward H. Earles
October 19th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Telltale Signs of Watering Back?
Replies: 92
Views: 3792

Telltale Signs of Watering Back?

OK, I’m sure actual winemakers (no offense Adam) are insulted by your accusations and feel your statement does not deserve a thoughtful reply. Or quite simply, if it were that easy then everyone would be making 96 point wines. [cheers.gif] If you believe James Halliday, everyone in Australia is doi...
by Edward H. Earles
October 17th, 2017, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mending Wall?
Replies: 25
Views: 2211

Mending Wall?

I guess I'm the odd one out here. My wife and I visited Mending Wall in May, and I actually liked the Cab better than the PS, but both were excellent.
by Edward H. Earles
October 14th, 2017, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Yes, I discovered that accidentally after making the post.

I scrolled over to various Napa spots and apparently the site only shows the burns in Santa Rosa....I couldn't find anything burned in Napa County.
by Edward H. Earles
October 14th, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Listening to the KGO broadcast, it sounds like the firefighters are picking where to hold the line on the fires and prepping the needed equipment etc at those locations. They mentioned the following website which is doing good mapping to locate houses and see impact so far - https://robinkraft.gith...
by Edward H. Earles
October 14th, 2017, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Looks like hotspots are breaking out in the general vicinity of Bond, Harlan, and Futo wineries, judging from the active fire map at Press-Democrat.
by Edward H. Earles
October 14th, 2017, 3:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

As of 6AM EST, I'm looking at the "continuously updated" active fire map linked on the Sonoma Press-Democrat, and it appears that the worst area is in the hills west of Oakville, stretching Southeast from Sugarloaf Ridge State Park; also a few hotspots along Dry Creek. The map shows that the fire no...
by Edward H. Earles
October 13th, 2017, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

E-mail from Keever this afternoon: " As you have probably heard, the Napa Valley and several of our neighboring areas are under attack by numerous fires. Many people have suffered losses of their homes, their businesses, and most sadly, their loved ones. Our hearts go out to them and they are in our...
by Edward H. Earles
October 13th, 2017, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Has anyone heard from the Keever winery today?
by Edward H. Earles
October 12th, 2017, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
If I get through this, I am going to host one hell of a party at my place!
The entire WB community might show up. Like (Calistoga) Woodstock for middle-aged people. [cheers.gif]
by Edward H. Earles
October 11th, 2017, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

Tom Gutting wrote:City of Calistoga now under evacuation order:

Merrill is on the east side of Calistoga, near the woods.
by Edward H. Earles
October 10th, 2017, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the winery on Grare Road in Oakville?
Replies: 0
Views: 216

What is the winery on Grare Road in Oakville?

I'm looking at Google maps, and see what appears to be a large and well-appointed winery on Grare Road in Oakville (turns north off of Money Road). It's about 1000 feet Northwest of Saddleback Cellars, and maybe a half-mile WNW of the Groth Winery. It's not labeled, and I can't find out any informat...
by Edward H. Earles
October 10th, 2017, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

From KCRA, as of 11:30PM PST last night: The Tubbs Fire in Napa County has scorched 27,000 acres and is 0 percent contained. The Nuns Fire in Sonoma County has burned 5,000 acres and is 0 percent contained. At least seven people have died in the fire. The Atlas Fire in Napa County has burned 25,000 ...
by Edward H. Earles
October 9th, 2017, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

Esther Mobley reports that White Rock Vineyards are "completely gone", Shafer spared.
by Edward H. Earles
October 9th, 2017, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

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by Edward H. Earles
October 9th, 2017, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

Down on the list of things to worry about, compared to loss of life/property...but power is out in a lot of wineries (I believe...correct me if I'm wrong here! Would love to know) and many large fermenting tanks are without cooling and getting pretty hot :( One of the headlines I saw about 1/2 hour...
by Edward H. Earles
October 9th, 2017, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

Esther Mobley is reporting that the Stag's Leap Winery has burned.
by Edward H. Earles
October 9th, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

Has anyone heard from Adam Lee?
by Edward H. Earles
October 9th, 2017, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95759

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

Bump for bookmark.
by Edward H. Earles
October 9th, 2017, 9:49 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 51931

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

Has anyone heard from Merrill? Is she OK?
by Edward H. Earles
October 5th, 2017, 1:54 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 51931

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

Paul interesting how low your Brix is given the flavor ripeness. Is this normal for your site? What was pH if I may ask? Kim Rather extreme this year. The last few years brix has been closer to 24 with slightly less maturity. This year it seems like vines shut down brix development/acid reduction i...
by Edward H. Earles
September 29th, 2017, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTSO in legal battle
Replies: 52
Views: 4646

WTSO in legal battle

Arv R wrote: I wonder if WTSO will even tell their customers they have credits, or will it just get applied automatically...or will customers have to special request it and prove they are entitled to the credits with receipts or something.
We should look into this.

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