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  • VlgJeff says:

    12/27/2019 2:06:00 PM - Thanks for "fanning" me. Looks like we have several producers in common -- do you still follow Herman Story & Daou?

  • capnfutsal says:

    11/23/2019 1:48:00 PM - Thanks for the "fan" nod, fingers!

  • BitDrErik says:

    11/9/2019 12:27:00 AM - Thanks for adding me as a fan!

  • despore says:

    3/23/2019 12:01:00 PM - Greetings from Austria (from a former Californian - if there is such a thing). Look forward reading your notes.

  • grapenomad says:

    3/18/2019 7:10:00 PM - Hey fingers, glad we share the same opinion on the Veuve 2008, cheers mate!

  • PNIELSEN says:

    3/8/2019 5:53:00 AM - Hey, thanks for the "fanship"! Give my regards to California (I'm from the San Fernando Valley).

  • rakasome says:

    1/20/2019 9:27:00 AM - I enjoy reading your notes. Many give me a chuckle. You have a fun insight. Always look forward to reading your commentary. -Ray in Missoula, MT- (An ex-Anaheim citizen)

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    1/5/2019 2:36:00 PM - Greetings from France (from a fellow Californian!) :) Looking forward to reading your notes

  • daveyk39 says:

    12/12/2018 4:16:00 PM - Thanks for connecting, fellow herding dog-lover!

  • Texas Jerky says:

    12/7/2018 2:31:00 PM - Thanks for connecting! I look forward to reading your abundant notes! Hope I can keep up!

  • Mark1npt says:

    9/22/2018 8:23:00 PM - Lol...I love it! We have one wine in common and it's a BDX! You from Santa Ana and me from Florida....will be in Napa next weekend.....meeting with many friends! Cheers! Mark

  • Homer Holland says:

    8/13/2018 6:33:00 AM - Accepted as friend ! But fingers what ? Sticky fingers ?! I like sweet wines and liqueurs and crèmes very much too ! But not sweet beers. Homer.

  • nwebstar says:

    8/10/2018 2:19:00 AM - Hey from Sydney Australia. Really nice of you to click into my wine world

  • bestdamncab says:

    4/17/2018 10:13:00 PM - Thank you for enjoying and reading my Tasting Notes. You have varied tasting notes which make for terrific reading.

  • FransS says:

    2/6/2018 2:41:00 PM - Dear fingers, I'm very honored to have you as a fan! Greetings, FransS

  • Pinoteer says:

    7/7/2017 12:20:00 PM - Fingers, it looks like we both get a good number of wines from Garagiste. Thanks for the encouragement re: tasting notes.

  • Tim Heaton says:

    9/16/2016 8:35:00 PM - Barbaresco!

  • joraesque says:

    4/14/2016 1:43:00 PM - Wow, that was a steal. According to my records I got the same bottle from Garagiste on 12/22/14 for $22.75.

  • joraesque says:

    4/14/2016 1:25:00 PM - Hi, I'm curious, where did you find the 2011 Evening Land Seven Springs for $17?!

  • oenophilemoose says:

    4/3/2016 8:06:00 AM - Hey Fingers...Thanks for the note. The profile photo reflects the effects of how many bottles of Ripple I broke in the late 1960's when living in SoCal. Also appreciate your insightful and informative tasting notes.

  • fm1488 says:

    1/11/2016 3:50:00 PM - Hi Fingers. Just saw the note you posted asking to explain my 5 part scoring. New to using message boards in CT so I posted a response on mine but here it is on yours. Thanks for the note as I really appreciate the interaction from fellow enthusiast! FYI, I have a bit of a thing about the standard scoring systems so I use my own which I can translate to the equivilant as follows. Basically I use a 50 point system and add 50 at the end which brings it in line with CT, Wine Spectator and Parker. I did kind of a spreadsheet that showed these systems out side by side and it shows what a farce a 100 point system is. CT Doesn't start scoring until a value of 70 which is below average. You have to get to 80 to be good and there is no "satisfactory". Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast start at 75 and 80 respectively. So the net is the first 50 points or more is just ignored by these systems. What I also don't like is the propensity for folks to score something in the high 80s or low 90s and write mediocre comments. By any of the scoring mechanisms, 90 begins Excellent or Outstanding rating so how can someone score it a 90 and then write mediocre comments? My goal is to be simple and more objective. I score 1-10 on 5 attributes. These attributes are: Appearance (Color and clarity) Bouquet Style/Character Balance Finish 8-10 is Excellent 6-7 is Good 4-5 is Satisfactory 1-3 is avoid This is really easy and the range here on 10 points makes it easy to assess. Take color or appearance. First step is to just ask myself is it bad, ok, good or excellent. That is pretty easy. Then if it's good, I just pick 6 o 7 depending on which side it is closer to. How much is missing to be really excellent? I simply score each attribute on it's own merit and add them up. 8/8/7/6/7 = 36 for instance. Adding 50 makes it a 100 pt scale which works because the other scoring systems basically ignore the first 50 points anyway. Think of it like this 5 x 6 = 30 + 50 = 80. Ergo, 30 on my scale (5 6s which is good) just makes a good wine total which is equal to 80 and ties in with the other systems pretty nicely. 5 x 8 = 40 + 50 = 90. So a 40 on my scale (5 8s for outstanding) makes a excellent and thats 90 which ties in on the 100 pt systems. I find it commical that some methods score "Excellent", "Outstanding" and "Extrordinary" all in 10 points and so subjectively. Wine Enthusiast has "Excellent, Superb, Clasic". I start excellent at 90 and guess what. 91 is more excellent then a 90 and so on. Really not worried about the descriptor. The other thing my approach does is isolate that attributes so you can't just favor a wine that you want to score well. If forces you to break it down. You can't have a wine that is truly classic or outstanding if the sum of it's parts doesn't warrant it. You may love the character or style of the wine and give it a 10 for that attribute but if the color is off or bouquet is weak or the finish is weak then it is not a great total wine. You need to isolate those issues and not let anything sway the total score. By isolating the five main experiences we all taste for, it keeps me honest. Total score is an objective add up of the five pieces.

  • bestdamncab says:

    7/21/2015 4:49:00 PM - Fingers-I will check out your tasting notes! thanks for viewing mine.

  • Tim Heaton says:

    11/11/2014 10:26:00 PM - If I could 'fan' you twice, I would. Keep up the good work, brudda!

  • Pikkle says:

    4/18/2014 12:16:00 PM - Ditto! Shoot me an email to danhkim at gmail dot com if you're sick of bottled BO!

  • kenhoeve says:

    4/18/2014 9:29:00 AM - I can take those awful Beaus off your hands. Shoot me what you're thinking to kenhoeve , (same handle) over at yahoo.

  • kmurrfurr says:

    4/3/2014 12:03:00 PM - Hey Fingers - I actually work for Capture and Fleuron Wines, so thanks for your great reviews over the years! Let me know if you're interested in possibly securing some back vintage 08 Fleuron Cab as it's no longer on the market, but we still have some on hand and I'd be happy to chat with you about it with you if interested? Shoot me an email and thanks again! Cheers, Kyle (

  • Motz says:

    10/12/2013 8:46:00 AM - Hello fingers. The wine bug also bit me in 2004...and what an adventure it's been ever since!!! I've thought about wine certifictions, and more deeply pondered the idea of a graduate degree in oenology. I certainly enjoyed your certified wino remark. Cheers!

  • Coffeecup says:

    7/15/2013 10:34:00 AM - Thanks Fingers I recently checked your tasting notes and have enjoyed reading them.

  • Barry Notes says:

    5/15/2013 1:42:00 PM - In my book , a 94 rating is very high and something to pay attention to. Any time a score is that good, a full description of why should follow . Of course we all know scoring is subjective. In fact, saw a 97 on a $10 bottle last week. Member was a newbie with 7 wines in cellar. I won't comment further as everyone has to start somewhere and if thats an almost perfect wine to them, who am I to argue .