Checking in here - I have some inventory to drink down before doing much buying, though I am splitting the KR case with @clcaruthers. Anyway, I live near Memorial Park but I have family on the west side and play a lot of golf in Sugarland. Look forward to jumping in on future splits with some of you.
@raccoon81 I’ll be out of town for about two weeks, but WWC shipping was slow on all the other offers. But if you’re willing to hold until I get back and can pick it up on a weekend, then count me in for 4
@raccoon81 Just a heads up - I just got an email which reads in part that the 2013 Harvey vintage Zin is not available so they are going to ship the 2014 vintage instead.
I don’t know if you’re terribly disappointed by this or not but I am going to accept the substitution - 2014 is rated (slightly) higher on Wine Enthusiast and it sells for a bit more per bottle although we will won’t pay the difference. Hope that’s cool with you.
I’m about a mile north from downtown Houston. I’d be interested in doing a trade for the Scott Harvey Zin. I purchased 12 bottles of the SIVAS-SONOMA OLD VINE ZINFANDEL deal from a few weeks back. I would trade 6 for 6 of these plus the $ difference. That deal was $99 for 12 bottles. I also have free shipping.
@clcaruthers@raccoon81 Just making sure you saw today’s offer. I’ve ordered a case for myself, hoping for some good variety. Let me know if you get any and end up with more of one vintage than you want.
@lethcoeb@raccoon81 the case of Ty Caton I received yesterday was warm to the touch. Fedex shows up late In the day at my place so it spends all day on the truck. Not sure what they’re doing for summer shipping yet so I think I’m out until we get some info on that.
@IanMorr@lethcoeb the Kendric was warm when it arrived yesterday too… tasted it tonight and it is good. Now that we know that the wine is guaranteed, we are more willing to risk. The gf has bee. Waiting for this since they teased it a few months ago.
@IanMorr@modfalk VMP is monthly membership that gets free shipping. It was a perk of part of kickstarter. So in general if someone has the K logo next to their name for at least the first year they should get free shipping on orders, save that $8-12. So if IanMorr orders you save $1/bottle.
@clcaruthers@modfalk@ponyo4 I’ll take 3 as well if you need someone to make a split. I have VMP to save on the shipping but I’m over in the UK at the moment and not sure I’ll get back to the forums tonight as I’m about to head off to the 500 year old Cheshire Cheese Inn and drink all the ale.
@mrallen1 We already bought a case ourselves. Great price, 3 casemates glasses. Maybe Merlot/Cab/blend isn’t our favorite, but plenty of parties and other occasion can take them if not what we want, but still get the glasses!
Houston’ers - I know @modfalk and @selfgovern are in the area - is there any list / group of who else is around and typically interested in splits? I’ve got the shipping membership and am buying quite a lot lately.
@modfalk was in that area Sunday picking up a busted vinotemp wine fridge! I’ve been buying a case of just about everything that pops up here so if you miss an offer or are interested in just a bottle or two to try, you can let me know. Could always make a google sheet to keep track of wine in the area (I also keep my cellartracker up to date - same as my username)
I’m in Pearland and have split with several individuals in the HTX group. Buying has slowed the past 6 months due to never ending travel, but I should be returning to a normal schedule for the foreseeable future. I’m more interested in low to mid range QPRs/Autobuys around 15-25/btl. Feel free to reach out if there’s anything that ever comes up.
@modfalk i know there is a price difference, but I picked up a case of the prohibido cab 5 days ago. willing to work out a trade with that? Otherwise, I’d only be interest in a single of each from your case
@ekwartler I think so. We’re spread all over. IIRC modfalk is down towards Sugarland, there’s one person in the heights, I’m in Cypress/Klein but travel all over Houston. If the wine is good it doesn’t really matter to me who I end up splitting with!
@ekwartler it’s the only Houston group that I know of. We are all spread out though and not just Katy. I’m in shadow creek but have still met several people in here several times in various locations throughout town.
@ekwartler When I made this group I always assumed other sections of Houston would start their own threads but it never quite worked out that way. I guess I was wildly optimistic about the number of people in Houston who’d use casemates forums to split wine shipments lol
I know the weather is warming up and people may not want wine shipped in, but if anyone wants to split on the Brunello order today I’d take 3-4 bottles. I know it’s a bit rich for most people’s blood but I love brunello.
@raccoon81 I’ve been to a couple of wineries over towards Austin while looking for a wedding venue and the wines that were actually Texas grown were garbage (but it could have been the winemakers). It seemed like many of the wineries were just buying California juice and relabeling it. Unless I can find texan wine at similar price points and quality to the California grown stuff, I probably will never have any in my cellar.
@deadlyapp There certainly are some that are not very good. I feel they have improved. The price point usually is a bit higher than expected.
There are some that we really do like though. Also, have found better ones near Fredericksburg than the ones closer to Austin in my experience.
@deadlyapp this is the SO. There are a couple doing well with , as raccoon says, grapes that actually grow here. Our favorite Texas producer is Augusta Vin (the reds) and most are Italian. But some interesting wines also can be found at Pontotoc (tasting room on main in Fredericksburg) and honestly William Chris does a good job on most. Perdenales Cellars always has one or two stellar wines in there each year, but the rest is eh.
As far as the other we go to, they are indeed importers, but delicious.
@modfalk Interesting. Have not tried that winery or wine.
One thing different is different grapes grow better here than others. So if you are just a Cab Sauv person then Texas ones are unlikely to compare. A chianti grape is one I think would do better here so I could see how this one came out well.