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by Randy Bowman
January 22nd, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular Through 1/27/29 LAST CALL
Replies: 66
Views: 2535

Re: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular Through 1/27/29 LAST CALL

2014 Gibbs Los Carneros Pinot Noir: 14.8 ABV and seven barrels of the wine were made. Deep garnet in color with heavy legs. Black fruits on the nose. Blackberry is prominent on the first sip with kitchen spice appearing as the acidity kicks in about 15 seconds into the finish and this is after 15 mi...
by Randy Bowman
January 21st, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping wine
Replies: 22
Views: 703

Re: Shipping wine

find a wine storage place in Arizona and ship it to them now? or try FedEx Cold Chain if they will take wine. Yep, you won't be able to ship wine here to AZ in June - way too hot (Shipping window ends in April usually). I think using a wine storage place would be your best bet, and i would highly r...
by Randy Bowman
January 19th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Patricia Green 2017 Willamette Valley 'Reserve' Pinot Noir
Replies: 6
Views: 304

Re: TN: Patricia Green 2017 Willamette Valley 'Reserve' Pinot Noir

Yipes. We have 2016. Haven't gotten the 17 yet.
by Randy Bowman
January 19th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Patricia Green 2017 Willamette Valley 'Reserve' Pinot Noir
Replies: 6
Views: 304

Re: TN: Patricia Green 2017 Willamette Valley 'Reserve' Pinot Noir

Might have to pull a few off the shelf and hide them in the store room. Thanks.
by Randy Bowman
January 19th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Patricia Green 2017 Willamette Valley 'Reserve' Pinot Noir
Replies: 6
Views: 304

Re: TN: Patricia Green 2017 Willamette Valley 'Reserve' Pinot Noir

Baby killer. It's got all that already? Decant and time??
by Randy Bowman
January 18th, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ZinEx Anyone?
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: ZinEx Anyone?

There used to be a trade portion, usually the first two hours of the events where those of us in the business could meet and talk/taste with the various producers which was informative a relation building. We stayed too long at a Pinot Days event and were over run by the early attendees who grabbed ...
by Randy Bowman
January 18th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ZinEx Anyone?
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: ZinEx Anyone?

My first and only time to ZAP a guy bet me $100 I couldn't make it thru the event in a white dress shirt. The raucous group reaching over and thru you was the biggest risk, but I walked out with a crisp Benjamin Franklin, then promptly got dripped on by the Somm at dinner. Hundred dollar karma but ...
by Randy Bowman
January 13th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Australia in March
Replies: 8
Views: 211

Re: Australia in March

That dude in the picture makes them bottomless so I would say the topless beaches are better.
by Randy Bowman
January 13th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?
Replies: 22
Views: 681

Re: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?

Different people are sucked in at different ages, depending on a large variety of elements like location, people, weather and money. My first wife's family was part owner in a winery with other family members. The family was Italian so wine was served with everything, probably even with cereal at br...
by Randy Bowman
January 13th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Australia in March
Replies: 8
Views: 211

Re: Australia in March

Yes surfer's paradise. Here's a member of the group that vacation where they can "watch" the surfers:

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by Randy Bowman
January 11th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dern Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 0
Views: 82

TN: 2014 Dern Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

No, you haven't heard of it and no, it's not for sale. Kris Dern owns the vineyard and his son Kris is the winemaker. Since it's not for sale, there is no required ABV declaration. My guess 14.5 percent. The vineyard is on Soda Canyon Road on the side of Atlas Peak. Popped and poured, the wine is ap...
by Randy Bowman
January 10th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969 Château d'Yquem (France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes)
Replies: 12
Views: 504

Re: TN: 1969 Château d'Yquem (France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes)

Hope you can sip your way to May. Sounds and looks incredible. And, Happy Birthday Year youngster!
by Randy Bowman
January 10th, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?

My brother-in-law has a retail wine store, got fed up trying to gets the wines he wanted by buying futures and got himself an importer's license. Spent the money to tour the wineries of Europe to build a good portfolio of wines he could import. All the majors, (the ones he wanted), wouldn't give him...
by Randy Bowman
January 10th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10054
Views: 320881

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2015 Roar Sierra Mar Pinot Noir. Tight with obvious black fruit on the nose and first few sips. Opened up after 30 plus minutes gaining weight, depth and length of finish. This one can strut its stuff after a 30 minute decant that on first sip you might think Syrah and probably cellar well for 10 or...
by Randy Bowman
January 7th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Foie gras ban in California
Replies: 17
Views: 756

Re: Foie gras ban in California

I have no desire to eat Foie gras, goose, fish or Brussels sprouts but banning it is BS and of course, it's CA leading the way.
by Randy Bowman
January 6th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3415

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

The terminology "cherry picking," is a common term used by retailers, distributors, importers and exporters. We are regularly accused of cherry picking, which in fact, we are. I don't need six cases of unknown, foreign, $8 to $14 wines that don't sell in our type of store, just to get two sixpacks o...
by Randy Bowman
January 5th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL
Replies: 115
Views: 17105

Re: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL

Each state has different laws. If this happened here in CA, the victim should call police to the store to recover stolen property and initiate a criminal investigation. The wine would be seized and placed in evidence until needed, adjudicated by the court or transferred to the prosecuting agency, if...
by Randy Bowman
January 2nd, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When sabering Champagne goes wrong at The French Laundry...
Replies: 41
Views: 4157

Re: When sabering Champagne goes wrong at The French Laundry...

I have to remember NOT to use this video when selling sabers.
by Randy Bowman
January 2nd, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Frozen Wine
Replies: 26
Views: 1166

Re: Frozen Wine

We had a 17 case Traulsen refrigerator rebuilt to maintain 55 degrees. The earthquake must have adjusted the temperature to 30 degrees and I didn't check it for a week while we cleaned up and made repairs at the store. The refrigerator had our collection of Silver Oak, 1976 to 1997, Beringer PR, sam...
by Randy Bowman
January 1st, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orange wines are so dead at retail they are zombies.
Replies: 41
Views: 1639

Re: Orange wines are so dead at retail they are zombies.

How dead? Got our first request from somebody today asking if we have any or where they could get some. The other clue was when she asked if I could tell her why it's better than grape wine.
by Randy Bowman
January 1st, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Japan in June? Too hot/wet?
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Re: Japan in June? Too hot/wet?

It has been too long ago that I was in Japan to really know how it is today, but if everything there changed at the same pace, most of Honshu has a big city feel, where Kyushu and Hokkaido have the quaint locations and traditional experiences. I'll say less geared to tourists as another descriptor. ...
by Randy Bowman
January 1st, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 6017

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

2014 Tynan Judge Family Vineyard, Bennett Valley Syrah
by Randy Bowman
December 29th, 2018, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking Excessible Barolo
Replies: 28
Views: 1226

Re: Seeking Excessible Barolo

I checked every bottle we have in stock. None said were they excessible or accessible, BUT I could touch them so they really are accessible. [wink.gif]
by Randy Bowman
December 28th, 2018, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retail is dead
Replies: 15
Views: 1076

Re: Retail is dead

Retail wine stores need a niche. The inability to sell/ship wine to Americans in other states is one the factors affecting small retail. Mega stores have an impact on small retailers and common sense is killing other retailers. When "megawinestore" and "online major savers" (take your pick) claim to...
by Randy Bowman
December 28th, 2018, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why doesn't Cabernet Sauvignon impress me...ever?
Replies: 45
Views: 1543

Re: Why doesn't Cabernet Sauvignon impress me...ever?

Cabernet used to impress me enough that I bought old half bottles from restaurants to revisit the Cabs of the late 60's and early 70's. Silver Oak started my journey into wine and the revisit of earlier Cabs cemented it. Got a bottle of Leonetti Cab and was totally impressed by its superior weight a...
by Randy Bowman
December 27th, 2018, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine frig suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 237

Re: Wine frig suggestions

Dig a whole under the house or section off the basement. Of course, if you live in the penthouse, you're f'd. Then again, if you're in the penthouse, you can buy out the people living in the basement.
by Randy Bowman
December 26th, 2018, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transporting 18L wine Portugal -> US
Replies: 17
Views: 874

Re: Transporting 18L wine Portugal -> US

The fun part will be getting it off the carousel and to the car. For some reason, my over weight checked items seem to be the most likely to be damaged. US Airways has paid for or replaced a number of my checked items. While expensive, I've had better luck shipping the items.
by Randy Bowman
December 26th, 2018, 7:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 38
Views: 799

Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

George here's a partial: Cabernet: 2000 Katnook Estate Odyssey Coonawarra 2002 Troll Creek Barossa Valley 2003 Rusden Boundaries Barossa Valley 2005 Two Hands Aphrodite Barossa Valley Shiraz: 2000 Dutschke Oscar Semmler Barossa Valley 2001 Oliver's Taranga 2002 Greenock Creek Seven Acre Barossa Vall...
by Randy Bowman
December 22nd, 2018, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 5 Day 2016 Old Sineann Old Vine Zin
Replies: 0
Views: 117

5 Day 2016 Old Sineann Old Vine Zin

Okay, we opened it 5 or 6 days ago and didn't finish it. It sat with a Haley's corker in it. Brought a new bottle home for dinner and need the corker. Poured the old stuff in my glass. Smooth, big black fruit and coffee notes and a long, long finish.
by Randy Bowman
December 22nd, 2018, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Wilson Creek White Cabernet Sauvignon Temecula Valley
Replies: 19
Views: 386

Re: 2017 Wilson Creek White Cabernet Sauvignon Temecula Valley

The regulars who drink this are the same ones that come into the store and ask if we have any "red" Zinfandel.
by Randy Bowman
December 22nd, 2018, 7:14 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 38
Views: 799

Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

If you run short of wines, we still have some older vintages, 1999 to 2005 in the back room. Odds and ends from Two Hands including Aphrodite, Cape d'Estaing, Hazy Blur, Burge Family Draycott, Rusden, Langmeil, Oliver's Taranga, Tatiarra, Greenock Creek and Hundred Acre Ancient Ways. Maybe more that...
by Randy Bowman
December 21st, 2018, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10054
Views: 320881

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Opened 2013 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir. Little nose and little flavor on the first two sips. After about 10 minutes, the wine starts to flesh out, gaining some body, teasing with light red fruits and the acidity kicks in on the short finish. At thirty minutes, red fruits are joined b...
by Randy Bowman
December 20th, 2018, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Imagining a short “universal” restaurant wine list
Replies: 31
Views: 889

Re: Imagining a short “universal” restaurant wine list

I would be hard pressed to come up with a short list. There are people who must have French wine, some Italian wines and some specific Napa wines. Cant be too narrow. Then there are the age groups and their preferences including those who followed Parker to high octane wines. Add one more level, the...
by Randy Bowman
December 17th, 2018, 8:27 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB/WTF: 2009 MacDonald
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Re: WTB/WTF: 2009 MacDonald

Call the winery. They will tell you if it exists in retail stores or brokers. They may also be willing to part with a bottle from the library.
by Randy Bowman
December 17th, 2018, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: When You Come Up First on Google
Replies: 2
Views: 548

When You Come Up First on Google

There is rarely a day that goes by that we don't receive a call from somebody trying to contact a winery. Essentially, they search the wineries name, we carry the wine and our ad words brings us up first. The person looking it up pays no attention to who comes up on their search and makes the call. ...
by Randy Bowman
December 17th, 2018, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Itinerary Help
Replies: 8
Views: 446

Re: Napa Itinerary Help

Warning: Budget extra time to get between wineries, deli, etc. Traffic has really become a problem in Napa Valley with Hwy 29/Main St St. Helena or Silverado Trail closed for hours some weekdays while they try to rebuild both roads.
by Randy Bowman
December 17th, 2018, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet
Replies: 29
Views: 1832

Re: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet

When our shop was in the same shopping center as TJ's, a friend would often show up almost every weekend with two or three partial bottles of wine and ask to dump them and leave the bottles in our recycle. One day I asked him where he was getting the wines. He told me he would go to TJ's once a week...
by Randy Bowman
December 16th, 2018, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Has the Best Wine Shop in Chicago
Replies: 21
Views: 1164

Re: Who Has the Best Wine Shop in Chicago

Vin has a great selection but many Napa wines are older vintages, (at great prices), but no current vintage of some. I sorta makes sense that a fair amount of the wines we were shipping to IL aren't available at Vin, Binny's or Chicago Wine Company. We aren't any cheaper on almost all of the wines w...
by Randy Bowman
December 14th, 2018, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Has the Best Wine Shop in Chicago
Replies: 21
Views: 1164

Re: Who Has the Best Wine Shop in Chicago

Their website is clunky but their prices look reasonable. There are some gaps on the wines but they have a lot of older vintages of the wines they do have. They will be a good start. Thank you!
by Randy Bowman
December 14th, 2018, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Has the Best Wine Shop in Chicago
Replies: 21
Views: 1164

Who Has the Best Wine Shop in Chicago

Calling all Chicago members, looking for a wine store with the best selection and price, AND a wine shop that has hidden gems/impossible to find wines. Here's why. When Illinois locked out retailers from other states, they cut us out of 12 regular customers, 2 of which did corporate wine gifts at Ch...
by Randy Bowman
December 13th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What’s your go-to sauce for Filet Mignon?
Replies: 27
Views: 821

Re: What’s your go-to sauce for Filet Mignon?

I've tried a lot of sauces, but none on the extreme. A-1 and Worcestershire sauce was all I had growing up, but it helped the very well done filet my mom would make. Green peppercorn sauce was the first new sauce I tried and it was fabulous. I had to settle for Bearnaise sauce once and it was stella...
by Randy Bowman
December 11th, 2018, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: December G12 Dinner at Fiola Coral Gables
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: December G12 Dinner at Fiola Coral Gables

Daaammn. Very interesting dinner. What did you drink with the Hamachi Crudo and the Short Ribs?
by Randy Bowman
December 11th, 2018, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downtown Napa Tasting Rooms?
Replies: 14
Views: 586

Re: Downtown Napa Tasting Rooms?

There are several tasting rooms around the Oxbow. Most close at 7, but Uncorked stays open later and often has music on Fri and Sat. Downtown Napa is mostly restaurants, tasting rooms, bars and some retail. Mexican: Don Pericos. Italian: Ristorante Allegria. Full on Steak/Seafood: Cole's Chop House....
by Randy Bowman
December 11th, 2018, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: December G12 Dinner at Fiola Coral Gables
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: December G12 Dinner at Fiola Coral Gables

What were the dinner courses??
by Randy Bowman
December 9th, 2018, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Beringer Vineyards Merlot Bancroft Ranch
Replies: 10
Views: 390

Re: TN: 1990 Beringer Vineyards Merlot Bancroft Ranch

Howell Mountain fruit produces so many great wines. Zin, Cab and Merlot from the AVA definitely have a signature that makes them stand out. The fruits have more concentrated flavor, viscosity and generally, a long, long finish. Black Sears Vineyard and Herb Lamb Vineyard are the first two that come ...
by Randy Bowman
December 5th, 2018, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wedding Wine Thoughts?
Replies: 34
Views: 1071

Re: Wedding Wine Thoughts?

Sounds like you know who's coming and they have an appreciation for wine. Periodically, we have people come in for wedding wines and/or cigars for a cigar bar at a wedding. I usually ask how many guests are connoisseurs of wine and/or cigars. If they don't tell me all the people are experts I sugges...
by Randy Bowman
November 30th, 2018, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015/2016 Tynan Le Sucrier Velours Red Wine
Replies: 4
Views: 208

TN: 2015/2016 Tynan Le Sucrier Velours Red Wine

Lets play. You got some great extra juice and an excess of wine in the barrel from last year. They seem to compliment each other so blend them. 42% Napa fruit and 58% Sonoma fruit. 15.2 ABV. I'm guessing Alexander Valley fruit from Sonoma. Nose of black fruits. A little tight at first but at 15 minu...
by Randy Bowman
November 28th, 2018, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Owen Roe Saint Isadore Vineyard Cabernet, Walla Walla, WA
Replies: 1
Views: 118

TN: 2005 Owen Roe Saint Isadore Vineyard Cabernet, Walla Walla, WA

It wasn't pretty from the get go. Broke the decanter, destroyed the cork and had to shove it in the bottle, then couldn't get the cork out with retriever. Put a Bailey's Corker in the bottle to get the bigger pieces of cork and "recanted" the wine in a pitcher. 14.1 ABV. Approachable with black frui...
by Randy Bowman
November 27th, 2018, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does this sound like 100 points?
Replies: 22
Views: 1580

Re: Does this sound like 100 points?

There are those who want to tell you how bad you/or something is but are afraid they will offend you/it so score it high. Smells like two month old gym socks. Tastes like a sewer smells. I give it a 100 points.
by Randy Bowman
November 27th, 2018, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...
Replies: 66
Views: 1902

Re: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...

Until about seven years ago most Napa wines were a minimum of $25.00 more than a comparable WA wine. Leonetti and then Quilceda Creek were exceptions. Waaaaay back in the day, when we were young and discovered Silver Oak, we narrowed our purchases to similar wines until we had our first Leonetti Cab...

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