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by Randy Bowman
April 22nd, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release
Replies: 7
Views: 339

Re: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release

As much as we begged, Chris said we had to wait until the mailing list was handled to see if we get any for retail. I swear we were on the mailing list.
by Randy Bowman
April 22nd, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 34038

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Who here is the king of Bourbon? I hate Bourbon so I can't tell if it is good or bad for a Bourbon. If I like it, it'd be bad Bourbon for the connoisseurs. Which one of you professional Bourbon people are going to purchase a bottle and give us an honest opinion?
by Randy Bowman
April 21st, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd recent palate sensation
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: Odd recent palate sensation

When I get hit with allergies and take drugs to counter the symptoms, (DayQuil), wines often seem tart or unripe to me. I'm drinking a tart pinot right now that is one of my favorites. Wished I'd opened one I don't like.
by Randy Bowman
April 20th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 34038

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Hmm....retailers in KY may only accept shipments from distributors in KY. So apparently no one in KY can (legally) buy Saint Cloud KY Bourbon...... In Oregon you can only buy it from state stores. Even restaurants have to get it that way. I had no idea Oregon had state stores. Do they control all a...
by Randy Bowman
April 19th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sending bottles home from Napa
Replies: 36
Views: 1155

Re: Sending bottles home from Napa

Mark, you go buy your own shipper from a retailer, you pay the highest price for it. Shippers use wholesale pricing to be competitive. A case to Ohio is currently, without a residential fee, but with signature required and no insurance is about $50.00. To a business and insured, $70.00 plus, dependi...
by Randy Bowman
April 17th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?
Replies: 18
Views: 600

Re: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?

There are several companies selling wine racking that offer both suggested racking and finished racking options. You enter the room dimensions and their program, sales person will provide suggested layout and pricing. Issues are what percentage of each size bottle you intend to store. Champagne is o...
by Randy Bowman
April 12th, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar
Replies: 36
Views: 1295

Re: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar

CA earthquake insurance is primarily for the house and foundation. It doesn't cover contents of the house. Meanwhile, look at the fine print on you home owners insurance to see if insures anything damaged by an act of nature or military conflict. Example A: A friend has CA earthquake insurance and h...
by Randy Bowman
April 11th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Make Wine.... Then Tell Lies....
Replies: 15
Views: 1743

Re: Make Wine.... Then Tell Lies....

Next up, Robo calls from Top Wines Cheap or Screaming Falcon Vineyards and not just on your home or business phone but also on your cell phone. There may be a day that robocall phone number may be your own phone number. There is no control, no rules and no enforcement so do your due diligence on the...
by Randy Bowman
April 11th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 10
Views: 816

Re: TN: 2008 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

I thought we had agreed not to post positive notes or for that matter any un-coded descriptors so the general public won't discover the wine until we've worn it out?
by Randy Bowman
April 10th, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar
Replies: 36
Views: 1295

Re: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar

Warren, what is your deductible and how much a month?
by Randy Bowman
April 10th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar
Replies: 36
Views: 1295

Re: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar

Jason, the bottles will slide out of any racking IF the motion of the earthquake moves the bottles/rack back and forth versus side to side. We lost most of our Araujo, Abreau, Bond and Gallica stored in cardboard because the bottles slid out of them in the last earthquake. Lost a bunch of Riesling i...
by Randy Bowman
April 9th, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2928

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Our business landlord owns the Barricia vineyard. Haven't heard anything about changes but I know he's looking at buying a dying winery in Sonoma and possibly starting his own label.
by Randy Bowman
April 8th, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Champagne?
Replies: 29
Views: 1235

Re: Decanting Champagne?

I was thinking it was nonsense to decant Champagne but Google is your friend and I am wrong:

https://vinepair.com/articles/should-yo ... champagne/
by Randy Bowman
April 8th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10373
Views: 336023

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2012 North Edna Valley Pinot Noir. Not easy to find and/or not well known, John Alban produces the wine. Blackberries, then blackberries, then sour black cherry as the acidity appears with a final splash of tart blackberries at the end of the 30 second finish after a pop and pour. It is still a youn...
by Randy Bowman
April 7th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin
Replies: 30
Views: 1131

Re: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin

Do not spend big dollars. Check places like Cost Plus, etc. and look for fairly heavy duty wine glasses. Nothing over $6.00 a glass and since it's a rental, just get "Red" wine glasses only, not a spread of sizes. Amazon and what's on sale. Dishwasher safe if nothing more than an extra dollar per gl...
by Randy Bowman
April 6th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10373
Views: 336023

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Approachable upon opening and singing after a 30 minute decant and still needs more time. Blackberries up front and sour black cherry when the acidity sets in around 20 seconds, then fades back to blackberries.
by Randy Bowman
April 5th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 34038

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Still have to have victims who admit they are victims or make a complaint as a victim.
by Randy Bowman
April 2nd, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?
Replies: 25
Views: 1230

Re: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?

John Morris wrote:
April 2nd, 2019, 8:30 pm
Randy Bowman wrote:
April 2nd, 2019, 7:31 pm
NyQuil at 10% ABV is the closest I've had since 2003.
What's the AVA on that?
CVS?
by Randy Bowman
April 2nd, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 34038

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Merrill we will probably keep on keeping on. A leopard never changes spots. Users always use. Liars always lie. Ray's done pretty well on other peoples money. He is a charmer, like most users. Theft is a crime of dishonesty. Not all liars are thieves, but all thieves are liars. If you don't know a p...
by Randy Bowman
April 2nd, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?
Replies: 25
Views: 1230

Re: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?

NyQuil at 10% ABV is the closest I've had since 2003.
by Randy Bowman
April 1st, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much do you drink
Replies: 54
Views: 2367

Re: How much do you drink

Dinner requires wine.
by Randy Bowman
March 31st, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish wine recommendation
Replies: 15
Views: 580

Re: Spanish wine recommendation

We are Clio fanatics but when we couldn't get any, we tried Triga. Not as viscous or sweet as the Clio but every bit as good at a similar price.

https://bodegasvolver.com/nuestros-vinos/triga/?lang=en
by Randy Bowman
March 31st, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 22
Views: 887

Re: TN: 2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

In the old days of KB we cherished the Kanzler Vineyard P/N. Alex Kanzler did his final internship under Shane and is now the winemaker at Kanzler Vineyards, which makes its own wines now. He is doing an outstanding job and if you liked the KB wines, you should seek out and try the Kanzler wines.
by Randy Bowman
March 29th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good news! I was wrong again
Replies: 7
Views: 938

Re: Good news! I was wrong again

We still carry the Andrew Will wines. They don't fly out of the store here in Napa but they've been winning at blind tastings, both newer and older vintages.
by Randy Bowman
March 28th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 2569

Re: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle

James D wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Chr!s G|@rn3r wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 6:04 pm
2016 Chappellet Mountain Cuvée
+1
Another stellar choice.
by Randy Bowman
March 28th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 2569

Re: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle

Gibbs Napa Valley Cabernet, $32 a bottle. The wine is somewhat retro. Low ABV. Not as viscous and sweet as most recent Cabs and will accentuate the meat. Educated Guess, $22 a bottle. Big wine at little cost and readily available. Will appeal to a wide variety of people and take on the meat head to ...
by Randy Bowman
March 27th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 102
Views: 7402

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

Ours arrived yesterday in air suspension boxes. They travel a total of 5 miles from distribution to the store, unless we are the last stop for the FedEx truck, so there would normally be no issues. The air suspension is more than adequate for short travel and weight of a three pack unless they are i...
by Randy Bowman
March 27th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)
Replies: 19
Views: 1685

Re: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)

Have you tried warmed to room temperature? Several times we've encountered closed or weak Chards and rather than put them back in the fridge, we left them on the counter intending to pour them out. The next night I took a sip or two before I was going to pour one of them out and it was an entirely d...
by Randy Bowman
March 26th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More reasons to hate FedEx
Replies: 53
Views: 1959

Re: More reasons to hate FedEx

This will never go away unless there is only one shipping company and if that happens, that company will dictate how, what, where and when anything gets delivered. Several states have sued UPS and FedEx for delivering wine that hasn't been taxed by that state and the states continue to harass UPS an...
by Randy Bowman
March 24th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offered to donate a wine tasting for charity - REJECTED!
Replies: 19
Views: 2000

Re: Offered to donate a wine tasting for charity - REJECTED!

Great job Warren but you will be punished for your generosity. There are a lot people needing/wanting donations for various charities in this day and age. We used to ship cigars to military units in the middle east until some CA politician got a law passed that we can't donate cigars. Booze, firearm...
by Randy Bowman
March 24th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about magnum of 1999 Iniskillin Riesling Ice Wine
Replies: 9
Views: 461

Re: Question about magnum of 1999 Iniskillin Riesling Ice Wine

My brother-in-law came across a 1906 Sauternes magnum in 2005 and we opened it at a party in 2006. The Sauternes was darker than the Iniskillin and we figured it was dead. It tasted like Sherry. Not just any Sherry, a great Sherry. If the Sauternes turns to Sherry after a hundred years, what does an...
by Randy Bowman
March 22nd, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 102
Views: 7402

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

I really don't think the wood is "the" issue. Wineries have been shipping in wood for years with no few issues. Why Now? Shipping has become a major industry and an expanding one too. Speed (efficiency, $) is more important than how the package is treated. We see more damages on shipped products tha...
by Randy Bowman
March 20th, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 102
Views: 7402

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

If wine is shipped in OWC, odds of damage are very high. Many wineries ship their wood box suspended in plastic wrap and foam which minimizes damages. You have to understand that the shipping companies have employees paid by the hour with an expectation of getting the work done as quickly and cheapl...
by Randy Bowman
March 18th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Sineann Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 15
Views: 539

Re: TN: 2002 Sineann Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

Great notes. Sineann does an excellent job on all their wine. We keep half bottles of the Oregon Pinot for that one more glass of Pinot and the Zin gets paired with spicy dinners. [thumbs-up.gif]
by Randy Bowman
March 18th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses
Replies: 56
Views: 1913

Re: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses

I have a Jet Tech commercial dishwasher at the shop and nearly new Kitchen Aid at home. We use Riedel Restaurant Series glasses, plus a couple Vinums at home. All go through the dish washers without any problems AND no spots. The Jet Tech uses commercial grade, hi temp, detergent and commercial grad...
by Randy Bowman
March 16th, 2019, 8:12 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Napa First timer
Replies: 21
Views: 1059

Re: Napa First timer

If you are considering Napa, check out some of the B&B's. Nothing is cheap anymore but there are B&B's that have either great location or ambiance at the same or less cost than the hotel/motels, plus you get breakfast without the noise of a restaurant. Sonoma hotels/motels/B&B are cheaper than Napa....
by Randy Bowman
March 16th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 4319

Re: $3000 bottle

I would not be surprised if there was a new person peddling a $3K bottle. I've seen several wines introduced at ridiculous prices. We regularly have people bring us their first or second bottling of Cabernet, asking for $100.00 wholesale because it is so limited. Nobody knows the wine maker. The lab...
by Randy Bowman
March 15th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 4319

Re: $3000 bottle

If you have any questions, go to the web site: https://www.ghosthorseworld.com/ 2014 Cabernet $500 2014 Fantome $1500 2014 Apparition $2000 2014 Spectre $3500 2014 Premonition $5000 & Membership Into The Challenge Syndicate 2014 Zinfandel $600 2016 Chardonnay $400 Winemaker Dinner In Your Home $9000...
by Randy Bowman
March 8th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Birthday--Brian Loring
Replies: 14
Views: 618

Re: Happy Birthday--Brian Loring

Happy Birthday Brian! Your birthday justifies tonight's wine for dinner:
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by Randy Bowman
March 8th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 34038

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Jason, I've known people 60 years but there were gaps between contacts with a number of them so I didn't know what they were doing during those times unless they told me. My question is: Did you reach out to Ray because of his success as a Burgundy producer and soon to be Bourbon distiller or did Ra...
by Randy Bowman
March 7th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 34038

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Went the "other" Saint Cloud website and saw: Crafted by Ray Walker I had to revisit the web's dictionary for the actual definition of "craft and crafted." noun, plural crafts or for 5, 8, craft. an art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill, especially manual skill: the craft of a mason. ski...
by Randy Bowman
March 6th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 7556

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

I still occasionally drink S/B and it is with a purpose. Years ago when I was trying to learn to like white wines, I had an Australian S/B served by the glass at our local high end steak house. I'd had a late lunch and wasn't hungry. The S/B was fairly acidic with a citrus backbone. I made me hungry...
by Randy Bowman
March 6th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa
Replies: 41
Views: 2563

Re: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa

Not sure about David Arthur, Ilsely or Rarecat. You should do a taste and tour at Chappellet which is on the same plot of land as Bryant. They are family owned and make perhaps the best valued Napa Cabernet there is. Their Pritchard Hill Cabernet has gotten a 100 point score 2 years in a row for th...
by Randy Bowman
March 4th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burglary bait
Replies: 21
Views: 1722

Re: Burglary bait

Up until about 1979, our local newspaper included home addresses in their obituaries. We were taking burglary reports on most of those with no relative listed at the residence address of the deceased, (wife, caregiver, etc.). Threats of lawsuits finally brought it to an end. But it doesn't matter. T...
by Randy Bowman
March 4th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 34038

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Two thumbs up and I'll buy the next time you drop in.
by Randy Bowman
March 1st, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa County Legal Question: Tasting Rooms
Replies: 22
Views: 1312

Re: Napa County Legal Question: Tasting Rooms

I'll play dumb. Every winery in the county of Napa has to be licensed to produce, store and sell wine. Not every winery can have a tasting room at their winery location because of neighbors, roads, location or large donations to certain politicians. The reverse is also true. There are a few wineries...
by Randy Bowman
March 1st, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flooding in Sonoma County
Replies: 53
Views: 2994

Re: Flooding in Sonoma County

Facebook has had a good number of before, during and after pics that show the flooding, the clean up and the spiffy clean results. There has been some outstanding clean up efforts in Guerneville.
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by Randy Bowman
March 1st, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 34038

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Where ever it is coming from, you'd probably find something like this in their brochure: Creating New Brands Consumer taste preferences throughout the world are constantly changing. So, our company maintains the on-staff research/development experts to constantly ensure all products match their inte...
by Randy Bowman
February 28th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 113
Views: 3332

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

Wow Rose has always involved high temperatures for me. I drink it chilled, primarily in the summer months, you know, cool, refreshing and ample fruit flavors. Generally as a quaff but occasionally a warm up and accompaniment to Hors d'oeuvres. I was surprised by some of the French Roses. They could ...
by Randy Bowman
February 28th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flooding in Sonoma County
Replies: 53
Views: 2994

Re: Flooding in Sonoma County

There were a couple posts on FB that a couple tasting rooms in downtown Guerneville plan to be open tomorrow, inviting people back to Sonoma County to support local businesses.

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