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Original post by zufrieden, Mar 21.

Although this site shows signs of being on its last legs as a discussion forum, those of us who have been friends for over a decade should nonetheless stay in touch.  Given that the situation today is one of somewhat (though by no means totally) justified hysteria over another outbreak of Corona Virus (SARS was the first and, at the time, most important), you may wish to check in and let everyone know how you and your other friends and relatives are faring.   My family is so far doing well - although my youngest brother and his wife were exposed recently and are in self-maintained quarantine.

Let us know how you are doing - wherever you are in the world - and, by all means, express your frustrations, concerns and how you are keeping up the supply of grog.

Finally, a reading suggestion:  A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (of Robinson Crusoe fame) published in 1722 and based on recollections of the London Plague of 1665 ( a year prior to the Great Fire which destroyed, inter alia, the original St. Paul's Cathedral).

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Reply by jackwerickson, May 22.

Zuf I did try to send email it doesn’t show it went thru I am open to any suggestions 

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Reply by zufrieden, May 23.

Actually, I got the email.  I sent a reply.  Let me know if you received it.  If not, I will try again.

Z.

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Reply by jackwerickson, May 24.

Got it look forward to suggestions and maybe others have suggestions 

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Reply by chriscage, May 24.

Id love to chat here on the forums about suggestions to re-ignite this site :)

 

Trying out Oak Bay Pinot Noir 2016 Vintage this evening!

 

Talk soon,

Chris

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Reply by dvogler, May 24.

Sorry guys!  I got a bit swamped with work and helping my co-worker who just bought a house and needs a bunch of work (so, work AFTER work!).

Chris, I'm a bit of a weirdo as I don't drink white wine. I will have a glass if offered, but I'm definitely a red guy and prefer bigger than Pinot and Gamay.  I'm trying to appreciate Pinot, but I typically don't purchase it.

I collect most of the big red blends like Poplar Grove Legacy, Painted Rock Red Icon, La Frenz Grand Total, Nota Bene (but not since they sold to Arterra), etc.  I don't drink them often, but periodically with wine friends.  There's plenty of good red bargains these days for weeknights.

 

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Reply by zufrieden, May 24.

I'll give the future of things on this site a good think.  There seems no reason not to fill the silence with our own voices and save the trouble of setting up one for ourselves.  A few people who used to frequent the forum have set up their own blogs.  I will get back on this if that's the route you'd rather go.

Every community is different, as might be expected.  I will be back in a few days with some suggestions.  But do continue to post, Jack and Chris.

Darren, I thought you'd dropped off into the Juan de Fuca Strait or something.  ;-)

 

Z.

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Reply by jackwerickson, May 25.

Glad to see several responses Dvogler I normally enjoy Pinot, but am having trouble deciding what to buy most of mine are Oregon and while I enjoy them they don’t seem as good when I compare them to French burgundies do not have any California Pinots to try, the other problem is the cost. I did open a Roti southern blend 2010 from Washington damn it was good,have 1bottle left, I think i will try more southern Rhône’s. I did go to the store last week to buy some “pop and pours” tired of opening some of good wines with no one to share with or talk about. As we have talked about it does me no good to have them and not drink them especially at my age, it is like having a Trophy Wife at 82 what the hell am I going to do, anyway let’s keep this blog going look forward to Zufs suggestions 

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Reply by jackwerickson, May 25.

Should have said I do have a Trophy Wife after 50+ years putting up with me deserve a medal just wish she would drink wine 

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Reply by jackwerickson, May 25.

Does anyone that reads this take Rosé as a serious wine? I have seen 2 ads advertising Rosé at $100+ one was Château or Domaine Ott the d’escleans makers of Whispering Angel. I like rose and drink it in the summer, but do not think of it as a collectible or a great just refreshing I buy 90% of mine at Costco in the $10-20 range 

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Reply by chriscage, May 26.

Jack- I cant say that I've honestly ever explored Rose as a serious wine.....I think personally I'd just rather enjoy a good white, as the last Rose that I even purchased was probably 10-15 years ago.  This is not to say that I should give it a shot, but I've just never seen a big enough reason to get into that branch of wine.  What do you suggest from Costco in that $10-20 price range?  And good for you on having a lasting marriage!....I was with a lady for 10 years....married for 6 of them.....divorced and found the one I thought was the one and even had a child with her......a couple of years apart and then back together for the last 3 years!  Maybe I'm a heartbreaker hahaha....or just hard to live with lol.  What do you suggest from Oregon?  We don't have a great variety IMO here in Alberta.  One of the reasons I like going into Montana....just to bring back cheap wine from Oregon/Washington that is expensive here!

 

Darren- I traditionally have always enjoyed a nice Pinot Noir but don't drink it often, as I have a good friend that I enjoy wine with regularly.....he is not a Pinot fan.  After we cracked that Oak Bay the other night, I have to say that we were both pleasantly surprised!  He found a Pinot he liked, and I have to say that this was closer to a Cab/Malbec than a Pinot....it was just intense!  I put up a review on it....the currant/raisin was incredible!  What do you like for the bargains?  Me....I am prepared for the response lol, but enjoy Apothic, Carnivor, and the like for everyday weeknight kind of wines.  Ever try Destino out of Argentina for just a cheap, don't have to think about it red for a weeknight wine?  Try it!

 

Zuf (if I may call you that?!)- What are your thoughts for improving the site?  I would be very interested to hear from you and discuss!  I'll keep it light here and ask what are your favorite/suggested BC vinos?  Now that I know I can simply order online without issue, I will probably look at just doing that from wineries that I have not seen before around here, as I cannot be bothered to travel to find them.....trust me I have scoured what is here in the Hat, and while there are some gems to find, the selection is very basic, or common.  I have enjoyed the Wayne Gretzky lineup, but find it too pricey for what I want to typically spend.....the Rye lager is pretty good though (if you are a beer drinker)....he has done well for himself lending his name to a full range of beverage now.  Haven't tried the Whisky yet lol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reply by jackwerickson, May 26.

Chriscage I would say any that are from Provence, I like ones that have Grenache, again I don’t think of them as being a serious wine 

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Reply by EMark, May 26.

Does anyone that reads this take Rosé as a serious wine? 

 

Roses made by serious winemakers are, indeed, serious wines.  I'm sure you can detect the snark factor in my comment, Jack.  I very rarely drink French wine, I am a California bigot;  So, I am not prepared to comment on Tavel or other respected Old World roses--OK, my very first legal wine for my 21st birthday was a bottle of Lancers.    :-)    Also, I understand the difficulty that you have procuring wines from California's smaller wineries, but the rose offerings from Bedrock and Ojai are outstanding.  Just perfect for sipping in the backyard on a summer evening.

Now, if by serious you mean ageworthy, then you and I are, in fact, on the same page.  Roses do not lay around our house very long.  I feel they are light-bodied, refreshing wines meant to be enjoyed sooner rather than later.

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Reply by jackwerickson, May 27.

EMARK I don’t think I meant to demean Rosé just was shocked at least two wineries having Rose at $100+ a bottle. I don’t agree that you are a “California bigot” I prefer to picture you as a sophisticated buyer,you have access to the wineries know the people and enjoy their wines i actually am jealous of you. In Texas we are limited to what the stores have,we can have U S wineries ship to us but cannot buy from Wine stores outside the state,even Total Wine does not ship within the state. Wine spectator last edition listed probably 200+ Brunellos from the 2015 vintage, I am lucky if 10 of the are available in Dallas,if I find a store that will ship the charge is $6-15 a bottle which makes it economically dumb an example just bought 3 bottles from Quilceda Creek and the shipping was$26 like you I have my favorites and will order from the wineries because they are not available in Dallas 

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Reply by EMark, May 27.

Understand, Jack.  My investment limit for rose is WAY BELOW $100.

we can have U S wineries ship to us 

That is interesting.  Give some thought to getting on the Bedrock mailing list.  The have two or three releases every year.  I commented on their roses, but all their wines are excellent and very fairly priced.  There is not obligation to buy.  You are allocated so many bottles each release.  You pick how many of any wine you want, and zero is acceptable.

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Reply by jackwerickson, May 27.

Signed up

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Reply by vin0vin0, May 27.

Jack, trust me, you will not regret signing up for Bedrock.  Mark and I have a lot in common wine-wise and Bedrock is high on both of our lists.  Matter of fact i just finished off a bottle of '18 Bedrock Old Vine zin, a great wine and an even better value at ~$20 per.  Also agree that their Rose is 1st class.  We drink a good bit of Rose but nothing that goes for upwards of $100, I'd put up the Fred Scherrer Dry Rose and/or the Dry Rose of Syrah against any other serious Rose and for around $20 it is a serious pink.  I have one bottle left of the 2016 vintage that I'm planning on keeping for a while just to see how it ages.

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Reply by EMark, May 27.

I cannot believe this.  V V says he just finished off an'18 Bedrock Old Vine Zin.  Look at what I am drinking even as we speak.

 

I might add that V V also pointed me to Scherrer.  They are terrific wines.

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Reply by zufrieden, May 27.

In the USA, you should sign up for Bedrock.  And of course, I do not mind being referred to as "Zuf".  I am glad some of you are coming back.  We have a free forum here, and we may as well use it.

Emark vinovino, and others  like myself contribute to a site established by  another snoother. This is an alternative.  However, we can also try a virtual tasting here in a few weeks to see if there is interest.  

As promised, I will get back to you on this.  I have been a bit slow, but then I am retired and perhaps my sense of time is not what it used to be.

 

Chis, Oak Bay PN should be very decent.  I think this comes from the oldest vineyard in the Okanagan (Beausejour) and was once owned by a Swiss family (went there many, too many years back with my recently minted wife).  Glad you enjoyed it.

 

Z.

 

 

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Reply by vin0vin0, May 27.

Mark, speaking of Scherrer, just opened this '14 Grenache from Fred and it is pretty damn good.  Most of my straight up grenache has been from Spain or Paso Robles.  This offering from Sonoma County is a bit lighter, smoother and spicier than those.  Plus the grapes are from Kick Ranch Vineyard, same place as the Apsara Sauv Blanc that came in the mail just the other day.

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Reply by jackwerickson, May 28.

Just checked with Quilceda Creek about my order I was under the impression that the shipping would be $25 which is what my invoice said all of sudden when checking the price went to $45 which is $15 a bottle which is ridiculous, told them to hold it till this fall when I order my fall allotment will just three bottles less and order enough for a full case

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