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#1 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

On the New Year’s wine resolutions thread, I posted that one of my resolutions this year was to try riesling kabinett from Von Schubert Maximin Grunhaus and other classic Mosel/Ruwer/Saar producers with serious age on it (20+ years). These are nearly impossible to find at retail or auction since everyone who buys them drinks them and most do so before entering this “mystical” phase. A Berserker who I will keep anonymous, though refers to himself as an “old riesling rockhead,” messaged me saying he would gift me a bottle of 1998 Von Schubert Maximin Grunhaus Herrenberg Kabi to try out. Since then we’ve had some spirited discussion on riesling producers, vintages, buying strategies, etc.

Well, the package just came. When I saw on the FedEx tracker that the package was 18.5 lbs I knew something was up.
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I am absolutely floored and thankful for this WBer’s generosity. Not just in the wines, but in his willingness to teach/mentor based on his decades-long experience drinking these wines. In the future I will be sure to pay this forward to other young, budding riesling geeks who may come across WB.
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#2 Post by Robert Dentice »

That is amazing!
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#3 Post by Jeff Rosenberg »

Sharing wine with those who appreciate it is so satisfying. I am sure you will pay it forward someday.

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#4 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m »

That is really cool! Kudos to whoever did this kind deed! [cheers.gif] And, Brian, you are a worthy recipient of this kindness, as you have an infectious enthusiasm for the wines, and readily share your thoughts, advice, and insight with others on this board. WB rocks!
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#5 Post by Mattstolz »

this doesnt surprise me one bit. though it is also incredibly cool and generous.

I've always found that wine people in general, but especially the people on this board, are incredibly generous, willing to share, and friendly. its part of why I was drawn to both wine and wine berserkers.

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#6 Post by Ryan Gilmour »

Wow that's amazing, kudos to the anonymous donor and congrats on the exciting wines! I have also been lucky to have now had many interactions with Berserkers where they have sold me wine at their cost well below market price and a couple of times they have added a bottle or thrown in shipping. Like you say it's not just the generosity of goods or funds, its also the generosity with time and knowledge that really makes this place special! Enjoy and let us know once you pop em!

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#7 Post by AD Northup »

Awesome story! Been the recipient of lots of kindness as well from board members, that’s how you build a community!
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#8 Post by D@ve D y r 0 f f »

That is phenomenal! [cheers.gif]

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#9 Post by CJ Beazley »

I’m going to choose to believe Frank Drew shipped those.
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#10 Post by Jon H »

That's awesome!

Brian, please share your tasting notes from these bottles so we can all learn along with you
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#11 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

Jon H wrote: January 10th, 2021, 10:59 am That's awesome!

Brian, please share your tasting notes from these bottles so we can all learn along with you
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#12 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum »

What a wonderful gift, an embodiment (embottlement??) of all the generosity to be found on this board.
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#13 Post by Rich K0rz€nk0 »

Fantastic story and Thank You for sharing the story. We have some truly wonderful and generous people on this board.

I look forward to reading the notes once you've picked yourself up off the floor [cheers.gif]
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#14 Post by D@vid Bu3ker »

[cheers.gif]
Well done generous Berserker.
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#15 Post by J. Rock »

That's awesome! Very jealous of that '01 Willi Auction Spatlese! Enjoy!
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#16 Post by Rodrigo B »

Amazing. Always great to see people paying it forward and sharing both their wines and wine knowledge with others. After all, I think wine is really is at its best as a shared experience. Enjoy the wines and let us know how they are Brian [cheers.gif]
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Brian S t o t t e r wrote: January 10th, 2021, 10:09 am On the New Year’s wine resolutions thread, I posted that one of my resolutions this year was to try riesling kabinett from Von Schubert Maximin Grunhaus and other classic Mosel/Ruwer/Saar producers with serious age on it (20+ years). These are nearly impossible to find at retail or auction since everyone who buys them drinks them and most do so before entering this “mystical” phase. A Berserker who I will keep anonymous, though refers to himself as an “old riesling rockhead,” messaged me saying he would gift me a bottle of 1998 Von Schubert Maximin Grunhaus Herrenberg Kabi to try out. Since then we’ve had some spirited discussion on riesling producers, vintages, buying strategies, etc.

Well, the package just came. When I saw on the FedEx tracker that the package was 18.5 lbs I knew something was up.

08716EC8-F56A-4223-85C1-15CA37F9CA7D.jpeg

I am absolutely floored and thankful for this WBer’s generosity. Not just in the wines, but in his willingness to teach/mentor based on his decades-long experience drinking these wines. In the future I will be sure to pay this forward to other young, budding riesling geeks who may come across WB.
This board is full of very generous folks. I think the generosity of wine folks is a big part of what I love about this hobby.
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#18 Post by RyanC »

This is the coolest.
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#19 Post by D@vid Bu3ker »

Imagine what it would be like if it was easy for us as individuals to ship wine. That would be so much fun.
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#20 Post by K N Haque »

Awesome! Enjoy, Brian!
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#21 Post by ClarkstonMark »

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: January 10th, 2021, 11:11 am [cheers.gif]
Well done generous Berserker.
I assumed the unknown berserker was you

Agreed, very well done
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#22 Post by R. Frankel »

What a wonderful post and story. Thank you both — giver and recipient.

As many have said, I’ve been stunned and inspired by the generosity of the wine and WB community. The sharing is so wonderful - to show up in a random city and to be taken to dinner with amazing wines, or even welcomed into people’s homes (again with amazing wine). I love participating in that ethos and sharing what I have.

And yet today I see that we can do more, we can always do more. In our own little fortunate world of wine, we can demonstrate the best of what makes us human.
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#23 Post by D@vid Bu3ker »

ClarkstonMark wrote: January 10th, 2021, 1:21 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote: January 10th, 2021, 11:11 am [cheers.gif]
Well done generous Berserker.
I assumed the unknown berserker was you

Agreed, very well done
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#24 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

Hmmm. I’ve never tried a Riesling. Are they any good? Wish I could afford one and knew where to find them.

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#25 Post by Nola Palomar »

This is a beautiful story. Especially when we see so much evil in the world. Hugs and love to the Berserker who sent you the wine. I hope we can collectively do something nice for Frank.
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#26 Post by D@vid Bu3ker »

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: January 10th, 2021, 2:45 pm Hmmm. I’ve never tried a Riesling. Are they any good? Wish I could afford one and knew where to find them.

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#27 Post by Peter Kleban »

Beautiful story, Brian. To me, generosity is the true spirit of wine. And one kind deed inspires another, as we see. Bravo WB!
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#28 Post by Tomás Costa »

Wine folk are the best. I am endlessly grateful to all those who have taken time and effort to enrich my wine experience, and find it equally rewarding to pay it forward.
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#29 Post by PaulMills »

I have experienced the great generality of the berserker and Cellar Tracker community Over the years and have tried to pass it on when I can. This is an example of extreme generosity and kudos to the giver and congrats to the recipient.

BTW, I have really been wanting to get into aged Burgundy, especially DRC. If there is anyone out there with some to spare, I can PM you my address.

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#30 Post by Charlie Carnes »

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: January 10th, 2021, 3:01 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote: January 10th, 2021, 2:45 pm Hmmm. I’ve never tried a Riesling. Are they any good? Wish I could afford one and knew where to find them.

;)


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Looks like I need to make the short trip over and fix poor Robert’s problem. But, methinks he doth cryeth wolfeth a little bith though.
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#31 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

Charlie Carnes wrote: January 10th, 2021, 4:11 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote: January 10th, 2021, 3:01 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote: January 10th, 2021, 2:45 pm Hmmm. I’ve never tried a Riesling. Are they any good? Wish I could afford one and knew where to find them.

;)


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Ha! If only there were people who could help you out... champagne.gif
Looks like I need to make the short trip over and fix poor Robert’s problem. But, methinks he doth cryeth wolfeth a little bith though.
Nah. I’m not really a DR. BÜRKLIN-WOLF fan. Bring over that Keller Gmax stuff.
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#32 Post by D@vid Bu3ker »

I bet I could make you a Burklin-Wolf fan.
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#33 Post by Charlie Carnes »

Ich habe das! But you need to try some Julien Haart and Willi Schaefer which I have tons of.
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#34 Post by Charlie Carnes »

Brian S t o t t e r wrote: January 10th, 2021, 10:09 am On the New Year’s wine resolutions thread, I posted that one of my resolutions this year was to try riesling kabinett from Von Schubert Maximin Grunhaus and other classic Mosel/Ruwer/Saar producers with serious age on it (20+ years). These are nearly impossible to find at retail or auction since everyone who buys them drinks them and most do so before entering this “mystical” phase. A Berserker who I will keep anonymous, though refers to himself as an “old riesling rockhead,” messaged me saying he would gift me a bottle of 1998 Von Schubert Maximin Grunhaus Herrenberg Kabi to try out. Since then we’ve had some spirited discussion on riesling producers, vintages, buying strategies, etc.

Well, the package just came. When I saw on the FedEx tracker that the package was 18.5 lbs I knew something was up.

08716EC8-F56A-4223-85C1-15CA37F9CA7D.jpeg

I am absolutely floored and thankful for this WBer’s generosity. Not just in the wines, but in his willingness to teach/mentor based on his decades-long experience drinking these wines. In the future I will be sure to pay this forward to other young, budding riesling geeks who may come across WB.
BTW Brian, this is so cool!!!! Your friend is awesome!!
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#35 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

Charlie Carnes wrote: January 10th, 2021, 4:35 pm Ich habe das! But you need to try some Julien Haart and Willi Schaefer which I have tons of.
I have plenty of Willi Schaefer. Have had Julian Haart awhile ago and wasn’t really into the wines for reasons I can’t remember.
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#36 Post by Charlie Carnes »

Well we need to fix this. I believe in J Haart’s Pradikats with utmost emphasis!!!
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#37 Post by Howard Cooper »

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: January 10th, 2021, 2:45 pm Hmmm. I’ve never tried a Riesling. Are they any good? Wish I could afford one and knew where to find them.

;)


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#38 Post by Mattstolz »

for anyone reading, my resolution is to try to learn about the Burgundy Grand Cru btw.

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#39 Post by A.Gillette »

Charlie Carnes wrote: January 10th, 2021, 4:54 pm Well we need to fix this. I believe in J Haart’s Pradikats with utmost emphasis!!!
It’s probably better if fewer people like them since they are fairly unobtainable anyway. Kudos to the sender of this 6-pack!
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#40 Post by ChrisJames »

Brian S t o t t e r wrote: January 10th, 2021, 10:09 am On the New Year’s wine resolutions thread, I posted that one of my resolutions this year was to try riesling kabinett from Von Schubert Maximin Grunhaus and other classic Mosel/Ruwer/Saar producers with serious age on it (20+ years). These are nearly impossible to find at retail or auction since everyone who buys them drinks them and most do so before entering this “mystical” phase. A Berserker who I will keep anonymous, though refers to himself as an “old riesling rockhead,” messaged me saying he would gift me a bottle of 1998 Von Schubert Maximin Grunhaus Herrenberg Kabi to try out. Since then we’ve had some spirited discussion on riesling producers, vintages, buying strategies, etc.

Well, the package just came. When I saw on the FedEx tracker that the package was 18.5 lbs I knew something was up.

08716EC8-F56A-4223-85C1-15CA37F9CA7D.jpeg

I am absolutely floored and thankful for this WBer’s generosity. Not just in the wines, but in his willingness to teach/mentor based on his decades-long experience drinking these wines. In the future I will be sure to pay this forward to other young, budding riesling geeks who may come across WB.
I can second this experience. I was having an PM exchange with a Berserker, who I'll keep anonymous, about a particular hard to find Piedmont producer and my interest in trying some of the Barbera and Dolcetto (I have some of the Barolo). Weeks later, a four pack just showed up on my porch.

Another Berserker provided me three bottles of aged Bordeaux for the price of....homemade cookies.

There are some true gems on this site. [cheers.gif]

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#41 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

Mattstolz wrote: January 10th, 2021, 5:04 pm for anyone reading, my resolution is to try to learn about the Burgundy Grand Cru btw.

neener
I know Howard’s wish, maybe not resolution, is to have DRC RC which is the one grand cru he hasn’t had.
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2006 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart

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#42 Post by S teve R edenbaugh »

Enjoy Brian...I'm sure you will pay it forward and put your new knowledge to good use. I learned early on in my "wine career/hobby" that sharing is second nature for most serious "winos". No-one ever spends serious bucks on a wine to suck down alone. At least half of the experience blossoms when we share a bottle with others.

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S teve R edenbaugh wrote: January 10th, 2021, 6:06 pm Enjoy Brian...I'm sure you will pay it forward and put your new knowledge to good use. I learned early on in my "wine career/hobby" that sharing is second nature for most serious "winos". No-one ever spends serious bucks on a wine to suck down alone. At least half of the experience blossoms when we share a bottle with others.
Great story Brian. I'd be inclined to beleive Steve that no one spends serious bucks to suck down a wine alone until I sucked down a 95 Comtes alone Friday night and had an ephiphany

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#44 Post by JDavisRoby »

What is enjoying wine if not among the company of friends, new and old?

I’ve found much less joy in drinking wine over the last ten months because I haven’t been able to taste with friends and make new ones. The Zoom sessions were okay but fell off after a few.

Awesome story and look forward to hearing your thoughts. I’m intrigued by Riesling but never moved past those that are available locally at retail.
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#45 Post by Rich Brown »

ClarkstonMark wrote: January 10th, 2021, 1:21 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote: January 10th, 2021, 11:11 am [cheers.gif]
Well done generous Berserker.
I assumed the unknown berserker was you

Agreed, very well done
Ha! I immediately thought the same thing!

Awesome story Brian - definitley put a smile on my face (and I'm sure yours ;)

Thanks for sharing!

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#46 Post by G. Greenbaum »

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: January 10th, 2021, 2:40 pm
ClarkstonMark wrote: January 10th, 2021, 1:21 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote: January 10th, 2021, 11:11 am [cheers.gif]
Well done generous Berserker.
I assumed the unknown berserker was you

Agreed, very well done
Wish I could.
Although David never sent me any bottles (WTF?) I can say he is responsible for my interest in Riesling and my multicase purchases of '01s (back in the WLDG days of yore). Thank you David!

Wonderful story and I agree with sentiments expressed.
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#47 Post by Ian S »

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: January 10th, 2021, 2:45 pm Hmmm. I’ve never tried a Riesling. Are they any good? Wish I could afford one and knew where to find them.

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I've heard B-21 has a nice selection. [snort.gif]
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#48 Post by Sean S y d n e y »

I hope he won't mind me saying so, but in a thread about Burgundy books I mentioned something about Jasper Morris' Inside Burgundy being unavailable here and Tony Gigante just up and PMd me for my address and sent it to me, shipping paid, and just asked that I pass it on when I'm finished with it (which I will do!). It was totally unnecessary and incredibly kind.
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