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by Randy Bowman
January 19th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Old dependable for the 9er game, Padron 2000 Maduro.
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by Randy Bowman
January 18th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?
Replies: 31
Views: 1625

Re: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?

I think every QC we've opened, we opened 10 to 15 years too soon. At a 100 point tasting, it was totally panned and a quarter bottle was left over. The next day it was still dead. Pulled the cork to pour it out 5 days later and it had aroma. Poured a glass and got to taste the real 100 point wine. I...
by Randy Bowman
January 18th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Partagas Black Clasico with the new label. Gambled on starting early and paid the price. I cut the cigar and the wrapper started to come off from the cut down to the label. Guess I'll leave the label on most of the way. Starts out earthy with a bite, settles within ten minutes and espresso dominates...
by Randy Bowman
January 17th, 2020, 4:26 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Today's pick, a 2016 God of Fire Serie B. Starts out smooth with leather and coffee notes. Burned uneven at first requiring some touch up. The first third was dominated by leather and coffee with hints of black fruit and a finish of pepper. Ash is dense and stayed on through the first third. The cig...
by Randy Bowman
January 16th, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier
Replies: 22
Views: 781

Re: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier

We used 2 by 6 wall construction with R-21 insulation. As I recall they used a 10 mil barrier normally used for basement crawl spaces. The contractor said it was the best thing he'd found for walls in the Napa area and the concrete floor sealed with epoxy, so the cool concrete naturally reduces aver...
by Randy Bowman
January 16th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Deciding on Wine Storage Options at Home
Replies: 21
Views: 981

Re: Need Help Deciding on Wine Storage Options at Home

If you have minimal building skills these people can set you up from design and cooling to racking.

https://vigilantinc.com/wine-racks/index.php
by Randy Bowman
January 15th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MTN: Two Powdered Milks...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 680

Re: MTN: Two Powdered Milks...(short/boring)

The powdered milk will give me nightmares. I developed problems with powdered milk in 1954 in Alaska and compounded it with recombined powdered milk from the commissary in Japan in 1959. The difference was eating cereal with water and eating cereal with water and chalk. It was better with water.
by Randy Bowman
January 15th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

The weather most be keeping the rest of you from enjoying a cigar. Something I hadn't tried yet an Arturo Fuente Rosado Gran Reserva Magnum 52. Starts out with sweet nuttiness and held In check by pepper notes. By one third, the ash is still firmly attached to the cigar. Pepper notes are waning and ...
by Randy Bowman
January 14th, 2020, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir
Replies: 0
Views: 126

TN: 2003 Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir

Found this hidden in a corner of the store room and decided to see how it has aged. Broke the cork, so there is a 1/8 in ch cork circle floating in the bottle. First sip was massive, sweet black fruit. Would have guessed it was a Syrah. After 10 minutes in the glass the wine has settled down. The sw...
by Randy Bowman
January 14th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Two good days in a row with an Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Personal Blend this afternoon. Starts out smooth with notes of caramel and pepper. Burn is even and the ash is dense. About a quarter of the way down there is now some wood, vanilla and occasional nuttiness. At the half way mark, the pepper is ...
by Randy Bowman
January 13th, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipper recommendations to Ky from Cali please
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: Shipper recommendations to Ky from Cali please

Those prices are high unless you are paying two shipping costs, (winery to shipper; shipper to you), monthly storage, overnight with high insurance, KY taxes and paying extra for residential delivery. Shipping ground should be between $75 and $90 a case plus $5 a case to a residence. Hope Tony has a...
by Randy Bowman
January 13th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Not going to waste any of this La Promesa cigar.
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by Randy Bowman
January 13th, 2020, 5:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Greg, we have a self contained smoking lounge in the store and I put tables and chairs on the patio in good weather where people can smoke and have wine.
by Randy Bowman
January 13th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Replies: 20
Views: 990

Re: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast

I've not had a Littorai pinot but your notes tell me I should try one.
by Randy Bowman
January 13th, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Today's smoke, a My Father La Promesa. Starts out with wood and white pepper. They tone down in the first half inch and are joined by notes of leather and hints of cocoa. The burn is slow and even. Catching some sweetness off and on as the flavors reach a beautiful balance. It's classified as pretty...
by Randy Bowman
January 12th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

More football and a Man O War dark aged Maduro. It's scoring like Kansas City in the second and third quarter. Nice smooth smoke with coffee notes accenting the earthy core of cedar, nuts and tobacco.
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by Randy Bowman
January 11th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Australia Old and New
Replies: 6
Views: 655

Re: TN: Australia Old and New

Great notes Bill. We enjoy revisiting some of our older Aussies. We just recently bought some of the newer vintages to measure any changes. I'm trying to figure out how to buy/ship wines being offered to aid the wineries caught in the firestorm.
by Randy Bowman
January 11th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Football and a Padron 1964 Exclusivo Maduro. Smooth and tasty.
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by Randy Bowman
January 10th, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Thought I would try the number one for 2018 according to C. A., the E. P. Carrillo Encore Majestic. It started out harsh and salty, then settled down after 10 minutes. Ash sticking like it is glued. Cedar notes, some white pepper and a hint of citrus a third of the way down and burning a little unev...
by Randy Bowman
January 9th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone ever sold to wine.com?
Replies: 10
Views: 1478

Re: Anyone ever sold to wine.com?

Might also checkout Benchmark. We've done business with them for many years.

https://www.benchmarkwine.com/
by Randy Bowman
January 9th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Just finished a My Father Le Bijou Petite Robusto. Espresso notes, hints of chocolate with some spice to give it more kick.
by Randy Bowman
January 5th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Replies: 11
Views: 723

Re: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Great notes Craig. We've found the 90's Dunn wines we've tried seem young and you've described the flavors I enjoyed but couldn't correctly describe. Thank you. [thumbs-up.gif] [cheers.gif]
by Randy Bowman
January 3rd, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: ???
Replies: 32
Views: 2547

Re: ???

Pure nostalgia.

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by Randy Bowman
January 1st, 2020, 5:08 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 12
Views: 666

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

If there are any brave souls out there I have a young man with marketing and computer skills looking to rework an existing website or create a new site geared for efficiency, ease of use and marketing for small wineries. He is willing to it for free so he can break into wine marketing. He now owns a...
by Randy Bowman
December 31st, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1619

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

SeanHarding wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 9:03 pm
Paul Luckin wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 5:49 pm
And ketchup doesn’t belong on a sando either.
What about a meatloaf sandwich?
Can do on a meatloaf sandwich BUT I found BBQ sauce was better and did away with the bland. Oh yeah, I also use BBQ on my mashed potatoes instead of gravy.
by Randy Bowman
December 31st, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1619

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

No. Nope. Nada. Ain't happening. Mustard on the hot dog and so we are clear on this, it is also mustard on fried bologna. I really miss fried bologna sandwiches.
by Randy Bowman
December 31st, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11158
Views: 410652

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. Excellent.
by Randy Bowman
December 30th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Flor de Las Antillas sun grown robusto. Box pressed. Classified as full bodied, it is so smooth you'd think it is medium strength. Hints of black pepper, cedar and cinnamon. Beautiful cigar. When it gets too short to hold in my fingers I will stuff it in my pipe and smoke it all.
by Randy Bowman
December 29th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: TN: Beef Jerky From C-Star Provisions
Replies: 1
Views: 294

TN: Beef Jerky From C-Star Provisions

C-Star Provisions, part of Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop. We had several C-Star beef jerky samples sent to us by a friend to introduce the product, should we want to retail them at the store. We wound up ordering the American Wagyu Steakhouse Recipe and the American Angus Chimichurri. DO NOT...
by Randy Bowman
December 27th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Hobel The Figure Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 0
Views: 166

TN: 2017 Hobel The Figure Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Hobel The Figure Cabernet Sauvignon: 91 cases produced. Winemaker, TRB. ABV 14.9. Cameron Hobel gave us a taste today. The wine was Coravined for an earlier tasting. Cork pulled for our tasting and poured. The wine is inky purple. Black fruits and spice jump from the glass. The first sip is the...
by Randy Bowman
December 27th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Fuente Anejo extra, extra aged. It's been in the humidor for six years. Coffee and cocoa are intertwined with some earthy notes, a touch of cedar and even a little vanilla. Like smoking an iced Mocha.
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by Randy Bowman
December 26th, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Had a bit of a disappointment yesterday. I tried a Fuente Fuente Opus X "The Lost City." The back story is the Fuentes planted a field of tobacco plants in the off season so Andy Garcia could film his movie "The Lost City" using the plants as a backdrop for some of the important scenes. It was decid...
by Randy Bowman
December 23rd, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11158
Views: 410652

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

We were gifted a 2016 Brewer Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir today so it is wine of the night. 14.5 ABV, popped and poured a little bitey but within ten minutes it settled in and provided beautiful and clean/sharp dark fruits, some acidity, some trailing tannins into spice on the 30 second finis...
by Randy Bowman
December 22nd, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 5713

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

Pinot: Luli, CA; Pike Road, OR Chard: Gibbs (neutral so to speak, not oaky and not too citrusy. S/B: Matua Big Red that's not syrup: Bodegas Vulver Triga Low ABV Red Blend: Gibbs Dusty Red Low ABV Cab: Gibbs St. Helena Big Cab: Chappellet Signature and real big plus inexpensive: Tuck Beckstoffer's 7...
by Randy Bowman
December 20th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

The cheap stuff, Forbidden X travel humidors and cigars, $180.00, haven't got the attention of anybody yet. How many cigars is that? Jason The Forbidden X travel humidors have four cigars, three different sizes with suede cover. I do have a little wiggle room if you can't find them close to you and...
by Randy Bowman
December 19th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Cigars I don't get to have are the 2019 God of Fire Opus X release. Obviously pricey with travel humidors, leather covers and booklets, the BBMF Maduros and Purple Rain boxes were sold before I got them out of the shipping container. The Opus 22 and three Opus 6 are already on hold. The cheap stuff,...
by Randy Bowman
December 18th, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Gibbs Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 1
Views: 209

TN: 2015 Gibbs Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Primarily a grower in the St. Helena area, the family started making some wine of their own. Most are low in ABV, retro if you will and mostly in small lots. The Diamond Mountain Cab is a big boy at 14.7 ABV. Just bottled, they delivered one to us yesterday and said it needs some time. 24 hours is w...
by Randy Bowman
December 17th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred material for racks, other than redwood?
Replies: 21
Views: 702

Re: Preferred material for racks, other than redwood?

Let a dedicated racking company build them. We use Vigilant for custom racking. You can design it or they will offer a design for free, just send your room dimensions. The wine rack my local custom carpenter built looks out of place or should have swill bottles stored on it. There are several good r...
by Randy Bowman
December 16th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Yalumba Coonawarra The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon I
Replies: 3
Views: 310

2012 Yalumba Coonawarra The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon I

Something found behind a bunch of other wine. 14.2 ABV.. Quite interesting. Subdued but ample fruit for an Aussie. Not overly extracted so this would be the enigma in a blind Cab tasting. As the name implies, it has sufficient fruit, acidity and tannin to accompany cigars up to medium body. 20191216...
by Randy Bowman
December 16th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lasagna recipes
Replies: 16
Views: 786

Re: Lasagna recipes

Carrie makes a Lasagna using polenta instead of noodles. The day before she makes it, she cooks corn meal into polenta, adding roasted garlic and Italian herbs. It's then placed into a 13 by 9 inch pan to set over night. The next day she flips the polenta out of the pan and slices it about the width...
by Randy Bowman
December 15th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11158
Views: 410652

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Langmeil Three Gardens SMG. Under Stelvin closure with 14.5 ABV. Coffee notes on top of black fruit and very tasty. What a surprise. This would be an enigma at a blind tasting. The blend of Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache is equal enough you have a hard time determining which one drives the wine. T...
by Randy Bowman
December 15th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11158
Views: 410652

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Domaine Serene Evanstad Reserve Pinot Noir. A youngster with great character and ample acidity. Should age beautifully. Black fruits and subtle kitchen spice are predominant.
by Randy Bowman
December 14th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Larger group visit to Napa / Sonoma
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: Larger group visit to Napa / Sonoma

Might throw in Darioush. Large parking lot, good sized tasting room and broad range of wines and prices. You can also pick up some pistachio nuts and Persian rugs. Call ahead and see what they have to offer.
by Randy Bowman
December 13th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Jason, the cigar's round pressed and rock hard. Slow smoker that is packed with flavor. The companion Maduro version is really good too. Here's a picture of my back stock for two weeks.
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by Randy Bowman
December 13th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

This is the one I had last week.
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by Randy Bowman
December 13th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Planned on enjoying one of my favorites, A J Fernandez Last Call but for the first time since they were released, I had one that stove piped.
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by Randy Bowman
December 12th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?
Replies: 36
Views: 1334

Re: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?

Tis the season. If you want a package by Christmas, use second day this week and overnight next week. Nothing shipped on the week of Christmas will get there by Christmas. Every UPS truck in Napa has two people on it starting last Monday. Some stuff is showing up a day late if it is coming from anot...
by Randy Bowman
December 11th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 311
Views: 13921

Re: Cigars - UnOfficial thread

Almost a month late and with back orders, part of our God of Fire Opus X cigars arrived today. We got one Opus 22 Heaven and Earth, a fair number of the Opus X Story, Forbidden X/travel humidors and one ten count Forbidden Purple Rain Maduro travel humidor, which sold in an hour. The packaging was c...
by Randy Bowman
December 10th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11158
Views: 410652

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir, Russian River 14.1 ABV. Took a while to open up but it has it all. Black fruits, kitchen spice and a touch of cola. Yummy.

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