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by Randy Bowman
July 19th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Texas Style Korean BBQ Pork Shoulder
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Re: Texas Style Korean BBQ Pork Shoulder

Where did you find the Gochujang. AND what is it?
by Randy Bowman
July 18th, 2019, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Bodegas Volver Triga Alicante
Replies: 0
Views: 54

TN: 2015 Bodegas Volver Triga Alicante

16 percent ABV. This is a big wine, but not sweet and saturated like so many with that high of ABV. Lovely dark fruits and kitchen spice. The finish seems short without the sweet saturation but the fruit and spice linger for 30 or more seconds when you pay attention. Carrie put on a pasta sauce this...
by Randy Bowman
July 16th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jack Winery Purchases Herb Lamb Two Old Dogs.
Replies: 1
Views: 386

Jack Winery Purchases Herb Lamb Two Old Dogs.

Vernon Wells and Chris Iannetta who own Jack Winery got to know Jennifer Lamb and convinced Jennifer to sell them the Two Old Dogs label with the promise to continue the tradition and quality of the wine. The deal is a win win for all parties. Jennifer can reduce her workload and build a rock solid ...
by Randy Bowman
July 15th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 48
Views: 1814

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

Cheese pizza, Amarone
Pepperoni pizza, Bodegas Carchello
The works, pepperoni, bacon bits, bell pepper, onion and garlic, El Nido Clio
by Randy Bowman
July 15th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 12939

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

If there could be a comparison, I followed the Parker palate. I drank all the Shiraz and smoked the best cigars. I lost my palate for old world wine and found myself in need of extreme wines. The end result, I don't/can't travel much and drink fruit forward Pinot, lots of it, followed by bigger wine...
by Randy Bowman
July 15th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you break today?
Replies: 14
Views: 567

Re: What bottle of wine did you break today?

What timing for this thread. Chris Iannetta, (Jack Wine, Colorado Rockies), came across some 2004 Elderton Command Shiraz and bought two bottles, one for himself and one for Carrie. He shipped the bottle to us overnight and it showed up a week later. Meanwhile, Chris drank his bottle and was disappo...
by Randy Bowman
July 14th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10570
Views: 351903

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

We opened a 2017 Educated Guess Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, made by Macario Montoya. Carrie took the first sip and the hair stood up on her arms. I took a sip and shook from the tartness. Sour cherry hit us hard, followed by the acidity. Major pucker power happening. After 15 minutes in the glass, blac...
by Randy Bowman
July 9th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinots with some age, a surprise and a shocker
Replies: 20
Views: 1969

Re: Pinots with some age, a surprise and a shocker

Rats. Sold all the 2000 Carriere. Great notes.
by Randy Bowman
July 8th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 1828

Re: What meals did you grow up on

How many of your parents had a bowl of bacon grease or other grease that sat on the stove for easy access? Was there a huge can of Crisco in the pantry?
by Randy Bowman
July 8th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 1828

Re: What meals did you grow up on

SOS - "$hit On a Shingle Chipped beef, butter, flour, milk and pepper over toast Sounds gross, but is quite tasty My father flew bombers in WWII. My mother had standing orders: NO chipped beet on toast NO Wonder Bread NO White Chicken meat Funny, my dad flew B-25's out of Burma in WWII. I had to su...
by Randy Bowman
July 7th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone up for 200% new oak
Replies: 27
Views: 1530

Re: Anyone up for 200% new oak

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 7th, 2019, 7:11 pm
How much wood would a wood chuck chuck, if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
Need to know the weight and age of the wood chuck and what type of wood he has to chuck.
by Randy Bowman
July 7th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone up for 200% new oak
Replies: 27
Views: 1530

Re: Anyone up for 200% new oak

Todd had the engine souped up in his Hummer. Quite impressive when it hustles.
by Randy Bowman
July 7th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered
Replies: 38
Views: 3058

Re: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered

Shortly after we opened our store, D & D contacted us to see if we could provide them cigars cheaper than their current supplier. We were cheaper and provided their cigars for a short time until a new store manager was hired. Their cigar prices were high, like everything else in the store, but back ...
by Randy Bowman
July 6th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: 2015 Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 0
Views: 170

2015 Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon

100 percent Cab from th Herb Lamb vineyard. 14.4 ABV. Popped and poured through a Haley's Corker providing aeration. Blackberries and kitchen spice on the nose. First few sips are tight revealing black fruits on the tannic finish. After fifteen minutes, the wine is opening up with black currants dom...
by Randy Bowman
July 5th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered
Replies: 38
Views: 3058

Re: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered

Dean & Deluca has/had stores in airports outside the USA. Expansion was looking good and successful but now it is a question of corporate greed without true knowledge of the business and its operation. We've seen the demise or devaluation of businesses including wineries that are purchased by invest...
by Randy Bowman
July 5th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered
Replies: 38
Views: 3058

Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered

The sign taped on the glass door at St. Helena’s Dean & DeLuca on Friday was both right and wrong. It said the St. Helena luxury gourmet food and wine store was closed Thursday and Friday for the July 4th holiday. On Friday, however, an operator at the Wichita, Kansas headquarters of Dean & DeLuca, ...
by Randy Bowman
July 3rd, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Recirculating range hoods... worth anything?
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: Recirculating range hoods... worth anything?

Question: Is your kitchen large enough to put an island in? Granted we did it on a remodel but putting a gas cook top in the island allowed us to install a Vent-A-Hood with straight through, (vertical) exhaust system. Also gave us another sink next to cook top that was easy to plumb under the house.
by Randy Bowman
July 1st, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Japan Experts Help Please
Replies: 13
Views: 622

Re: Japan Experts Help Please

Good luck Jud. I haven't been to Japan in 57 years. While I have a large number of customers from Japan, I only have one friend/customer who visits Japan every summer and he won't be in for cigars until Friday or Saturday AND he doesn't drink wine and isn't on the board. He just got back from Japan ...
by Randy Bowman
July 1st, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 1828

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Kraft Mac & cheese (I know, big surprise) Fried Bologna Sandwiches Western Meal in One Meat loaf TV Dinners My mother was not professional in the kitchen. These are the only things I continue to eat and I do remember TV dinner Tuesday when I could choose something I liked. Sorry, but I have no idea...
by Randy Bowman
June 30th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 1828

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Kraft Mac & cheese (I know, big surprise)
Fried Bologna Sandwiches
Western Meal in One
Meat loaf
TV Dinners

My mother was not professional in the kitchen. These are the only things I continue to eat and I do remember TV dinner Tuesday when I could choose something I liked.
by Randy Bowman
June 28th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2411

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

I have a soft spot for Penfold's Grange and if somebody else is paying for it I might get a bottle with some age.
by Randy Bowman
June 28th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine And A-Fib?
Replies: 17
Views: 1222

Re: Wine And A-Fib?

Have a friend, (64 yrs old), who has had two catheter ablations. The first one didn't solve it and so far it appears the second one was successful. I know he doesn't stay hydrated, drinks a fair amount, mostly Seagrams Seven and wine with some dinners or after our weekly golf outing. He has cut out ...
by Randy Bowman
June 26th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2050

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

If you were the guy who purchased on release and then saw the winery allowing someone to lowball the price a month later you: 1 - Wouldn’t like how you got used 2 - Would want the same price and demand a refund 3 - Would never buy from that winery again because of the “principle” of the thing. 4 - ...
by Randy Bowman
June 20th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 79
Views: 6319

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

Just a little insight from a retailer: UPS and FedEx have been pressured by the various states to stop all shipping not following that state's laws. Hence many retailers are turning to third party shippers who aren't hamstrung by some of the states' laws. Our third party shipper has been served ceas...
by Randy Bowman
June 18th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 134
Views: 7644

Re: Top US Syrahs

Chris Tynan
Lilian
K Vintners (take your pick for favorite)
Keever (probably one of the best ever and they no longer make it)
Tensly Colson Canyon
by Randy Bowman
June 17th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?
Replies: 20
Views: 1131

Re: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?

Yep, Broccoli Beef, Kung Pao Chicken and Fried Rice. Absolutely excellent.
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by Randy Bowman
June 16th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy
Replies: 40
Views: 3906

Re: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy

I'm trying remember how far back it was this individual started posting stuff that had me looking for the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction to both request a welfare check and warn that agency of potential hazardous situations involving John. He needed help but I couldn't determine his potentia...
by Randy Bowman
June 16th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3688

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

After some discussion with my wife about what we had for dinner last night and what we drank with it, I again suggest a camera system and a check of your recycle bin. It dawned on us that if you are our age, you may find out you are the unknowing culprit.
by Randy Bowman
June 16th, 2019, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1616

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

2016 Goldeneye P/N for starters.
by Randy Bowman
June 15th, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3688

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

No camera, no "real evidence." Don't bother law enforcement. Decide if you want to let the person go or pursue civil and/or criminal action. If you decide to pursue, install cameras, itemize and document your inventory.
by Randy Bowman
June 15th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 400YR Old Wine Goes Up For Auction
Replies: 25
Views: 2382

Re: 400YR Old Wine Goes Up For Auction

Kurniawan is supposed to be in custody until January 9, 2021 but may have set it up before incarceration. Need to revisit what was seized on the search warrants to see if there were any counterfeit amphorae, early glass like enclosures or modern recreations of those vessels.
by Randy Bowman
June 14th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WA vs NAPA wine
Replies: 12
Views: 1297

Re: WA vs NAPA wine

Andrew Will, Leonetti, Woodward Canyon and fair number of others that not only hold their own, they challenge and/or crush the competition. And by the way, those WA wines are cheaper.
by Randy Bowman
June 14th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?
Replies: 20
Views: 1131

Re: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?

According to the dinner schedule, Kung Pao Chicken, Broccoli Beef and fried rice. Dessert is Ben and Jerry's Coffee Buzz Buzz. Sineann old vine Zin will be served.
by Randy Bowman
June 13th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: True Confessions
Replies: 37
Views: 1850

Re: True Confessions

Hard boiled eggs aged in pickled beet juice for a couple weeks. The red color clear through the egg white and partially coloring the yolk. Don't remember how I fell into this.
by Randy Bowman
June 12th, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another stupid poll about wine drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 2440

Re: Another stupid poll about wine drinking

Shortly after we opened our store, we had a guy call and ask if we could fulfill Christmas orders for his company. He wanted mostly Oregon Pinot Noir, followed by California Pinot Noir, some Chardonnay and a few cabs. The size of the order convinced us to make it happen. 60 six packs, 20 two packs a...
by Randy Bowman
June 7th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heading to Australia
Replies: 41
Views: 2111

Re: Heading to Australia

Ouch. That's like CA's 65% tobacco tax.
by Randy Bowman
June 7th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heading to Australia
Replies: 41
Views: 2111

Re: Heading to Australia

Are NZ alcoholic beverage taxes as high as Australia's? We've been invited down several times by winery owners that visit us. They have warned us of the Australian taxes on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, suggesting we bring our own smokes and as many bottles of Grange as we can to flip th...
by Randy Bowman
June 6th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 76
Views: 7193

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

The Bryants are getting pretty old. They built the winery using the same game plan as they had to build their original fortune. They even over paid employees. The popularity of the wines dipped five or more years ago. Now, they are fair game for those same employees, whether it is their actual actio...
by Randy Bowman
June 2nd, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 10791

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

2019 Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan. Toro in size it is a barber pole with Claro, (Candela), and Maduro wrapper. Oddest combination. Kinda like a blend of Chardonnay and Cabernet in layers. It is actually a fun smoke if your attention is to the flavors of the cigar. It is a chameleon, cha...
by Randy Bowman
May 31st, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab
Replies: 47
Views: 1879

Re: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab

Ghost Horse Shadow. Older vintage if you can find it. $125 to $150.
by Randy Bowman
May 30th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Simplified Chinese Cuisine
Replies: 1
Views: 837

Simplified Chinese Cuisine

I've always liked Kung Pao Chicken, but most restaurants use junk meat and sometimes the veggies are mushy. On the other hand, I don't eat Broccoli Beef because it has Broccoli, but Carrie says some restaurants use lesser cuts of beef and overcook the Broccoli. Carrie found Panda Express sauces on l...
by Randy Bowman
May 29th, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 67
Views: 4189

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

Drink it or spend two months in court with the victim you sell it to.
by Randy Bowman
May 29th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allocations from retailers
Replies: 19
Views: 1933

Re: Allocations from retailers

I think location, business size/model and target clientele is the key to allocations. We are small and lazy so we don't go to extremes and "allocation" is term we don't use. We may have a limit on certain cigars you can purchase but don't limit the sale of wine. Some wine may be "spoken for" when it...
by Randy Bowman
May 27th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Silver Oak Alexander Valley
Replies: 3
Views: 593

Re: 1982 Silver Oak Alexander Valley

The wines were made much differently in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Not surprised the wine was good. We had a magnum of 83 a while back and 83 wasn't a stellar year. It too had some bricking. Nose was correct, fruit slightly subdued but obvious Silver Oak. The wine started to fade some as we neared the...
by Randy Bowman
May 26th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine country vacation suggestions.
Replies: 35
Views: 1974

Re: Wine country vacation suggestions.

Australia and New Zealand. Right in their spring.
by Randy Bowman
May 26th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 10791

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Here's a funny note for you Greg. My Corojos and rare Corojos move at a snails pace and Criollo even slower. It is really crazy how certain cigars are popular at our store and if there was a store across the street, they would sell out of my non movers and be unable to sell what I go through a box o...
by Randy Bowman
May 26th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine searcher
Replies: 30
Views: 2455

Re: Wine searcher

Just did a search. Nothing about creating an account.
by Randy Bowman
May 26th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 10791

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Greg, have you tried any of the Sun Grown Maduros now on the market?

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