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by Randy Bowman
August 16th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - One TV dinner for 5 Years
Replies: 26
Views: 636

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - One TV dinner for 5 Years

Pulled pork unless I can get this option:
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by Randy Bowman
August 15th, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1123

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

As a retailer, few people seek or consider SA wines here in Napa. If you mention the name of well known winemaker being involved you might get some interest. We bought some Cabs, Pinotage and red blends that were great. They languished in the store for years, purchased occasionally by those who were...
by Randy Bowman
August 14th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 54
Views: 1706

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Cliff Lede has some great wines and multiple options for tasting. Group of six needs to get reservations. Five or less can walk in. Christopher Tynan is the winemaker now and the wines are getting big scores. The Backstage tasting is $75 but includes the limited production wines.
by Randy Bowman
August 13th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 54
Views: 1706

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

If they want an easy day, go to the Oxbow Market. Tasting rooms across the street south, across the street west and inside the Market. Food includes Gott's Roadside Grill, Fatted Calf Deli, Kara's cupcake factory, Hog Island Oyster bar and a ton more. Taste and eat on foot in a one block radius. htt...
by Randy Bowman
August 13th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Water quality agency claims vintner’s business improperly cleared Cloverdale land
Replies: 24
Views: 1274

Re: Water quality agency claims vintner’s business improperly cleared Cloverdale land

Over the years, certain violations that weren't so easily visible were common. Easier to beg forgiveness than to get permission. A person could spend years and thousands of dollars to remove a tree only to have a neighbor or the Sierra Club take it to the supreme court. When you are caught, it's obv...
by Randy Bowman
August 8th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 999

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

Contact Booker Winery for usable wax. Booker 2016 My Favorite Neighbor Red Wine. Centered the cork screw and pulled the wax clean.
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by Randy Bowman
August 8th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin--Problems and Solutions
Replies: 11
Views: 814

Re: Coravin--Problems and Solutions

As far as leakage from the insertion point, we had very few with the original needle. Unfortunately, we use the Coravin constantly for glass pours. We started folding needles on tough corks. We started ordering the larger, heavy duty needles from Coravin. Solved the folding needle issue but doubled ...
by Randy Bowman
August 8th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin--Problems and Solutions
Replies: 11
Views: 814

Re: Coravin--Problems and Solutions

I poured off a half glass of a tasty Bourgogne rouge the other night, the bottle with coravin inserted was standing upright, and about 5 minutes later I heard the capsule discharge. So that little pour ended up costing about as much as a decent 1ere. Have others experienced this? Is there a workaro...
by Randy Bowman
August 7th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds
Replies: 10
Views: 518

Re: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds

Thanks Mike but they don't have it either. Wish it was like a fish and I could could go troll for it, pun intended.
by Randy Bowman
August 7th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds
Replies: 10
Views: 518

Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds

Three f'n weeks and nobody has any corned beef rounds. I'm having withdrawal symptoms that Carrie is trying to stave off with homemade Kung Pao Chicken, Tacos, pasta and slow cooked tri-tip with veggies. I want my corned beef round with hot sweet mustard and corned beef on rye sandwiches the next da...
by Randy Bowman
August 7th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)
Replies: 43
Views: 2378

Re: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)

Back in the day, in the 1980s and 1990s, the Napa wine tasting rooms used to be called "hospitality" as a way to introduce customers to their wines. Tasting fees were low and could be applied to a purchase. Some let you keep the glass. Fast forward to the late 1990s. More wineries popping up, more ...
by Randy Bowman
August 5th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)
Replies: 43
Views: 2378

Re: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)

Wasn't going to mention that part Greg but we have taken home and a number of wines we couldn't sell because it became available for less than wholesale at Costco, Wine Access, etc. when the winery or distributor dumped it.
by Randy Bowman
August 5th, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)
Replies: 43
Views: 2378

Re: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)

The winery establishes the "suggested retail price" of their wine and many demand retailers meet that price to carry their wine. Wineries have a ton more overhead than retailers which drives some of their prices as does contracts for grapes that demand minimum prices to have the vineyard name on the...
by Randy Bowman
August 5th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10681
Views: 371905

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2018 Two Old Dogs Rose. Chris Iannetta and Vernon Wells, (Jack Winery), purchased the Two Old Dogs label from Jennifer Lamb. They are now producing the Two Old Dogs Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc and the Rose. The wine is just barely pink. Took a while in the glass and rise in temperature to open up and ...
by Randy Bowman
August 4th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10681
Views: 371905

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2013 Kosta Browne Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir
by Randy Bowman
August 1st, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update on Safe Harbor
Replies: 33
Views: 4066

Re: Update on Safe Harbor

YLee wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 7:24 pm
So this guy stole millions of dollars and gets only 1.5 years in jail? Seems way too little.
Not really. He needs to make a lot of money to pay restitution and he can't earn it in prison. Bernie had a lot assets they could seize for restitution so off to prison.
by Randy Bowman
July 29th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10681
Views: 371905

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

14 Radio Coteau La Neblina Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast: Thought it should ready but nooooo. It took 30 minutes to give up any fruit and at one hour it is still tight, but tasty. Lay them down if you have any. They need more time and you won't be disappointed.
by Randy Bowman
July 27th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2003 Dunn Napa
Replies: 6
Views: 550

Re: 2003 Dunn Napa

The last 2003 Howell Mountain we opened needed more cellar time. I think Kriss is spot on.
by Randy Bowman
July 27th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me what I should be looking for in California besides Cabs
Replies: 65
Views: 2691

Re: Tell me what I should be looking for in California besides Cabs

Jordan there are still a lot of the "east coast" driven European wines available in CA if you need them. You just have to find the retailers that have it. Paso wines are underpriced. A cab from Napa, 12 feet from a Sonoma Cab sells for double the price. Oregon and Washington have great value wines. ...
by Randy Bowman
July 27th, 2019, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked bottle?
Replies: 17
Views: 933

Re: Corked bottle?

Years ago, (1979), I bought a case of Cab from a local winery. Four bottles in the case were corked. When I took them back, they acknowledged they had a problem they working on and replaced the four bottles with five. From what I could see in and out of the winery, it appeared they were power washin...
by Randy Bowman
July 26th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Morlet Coteaux Nobles
Replies: 0
Views: 232

TN: 2012 Morlet Coteaux Nobles

TN: 2012 Morlet Coteaux Nobles: Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. 14.5 ABV. Popped and poured, the cork was nearly black. Light aromatics and the wine is tight as hell. After 15 minutes the nose is dark fruits and spice. Black cherry and kitchen spices are starting to show themselves. At thirty minutes it is...
by Randy Bowman
July 25th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone else buy wine when they're STRESSED OUT?
Replies: 39
Views: 1568

Re: Does anyone else buy wine when they're STRESSED OUT?

Scott, the best suggestion I can offer you is to:
1. Retire
2. Open a wine retail or wine bar business

No stress, you buy wine at wholesale prices and your customers pay for your intake.
by Randy Bowman
July 25th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit
Replies: 52
Views: 1852

Re: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit

We rarely get the opportunity to eat out. If it's Mexican food I'm drinking beer off their menu. If we go to a steak house or Italian restaurant, we usually bring one bottle and buy one or more bottles, depending on the number of people there are. There have been several occasions where I checked th...
by Randy Bowman
July 23rd, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Logistics Question for the experts
Replies: 20
Views: 703

Re: Shipping Logistics Question for the experts

12 pack shipper $10.00 each if you want to haul them or try to ship them yourself. (You'll have to lie about what's in the case if you try to ship it yourself.) Wine Check $75.00 each complete with shipper. Ground shipping to Florida about or at least $66 per case plus the shipper. Add $5.00 per cas...
by Randy Bowman
July 22nd, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Custom wine label or sticker?
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: Custom wine label or sticker?

I have done a number of them and found ink jet labels are fine as long as no liquid, (wine, water, etc) gets on the label. Color laser was better. The easiest and most cost/time effective thing I found was a local trophy shop that got themselves a single bottle etcher. Take them the art work and hav...
by Randy Bowman
July 21st, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chinese Food Wine Pairing Suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 869

Re: Chinese Food Wine Pairing Suggestions

Carrie decided it would be Sean Thackery Pleiades to accompany tonight's dinner.
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by Randy Bowman
July 21st, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 103
Views: 4324

Re: Worst wines you've had?

As a retailer, we are subjected to numerous "outstanding" wines we need to taste that will be a hit with our customers. I can't remember which one was the worst let alone the name and varietal.
by Randy Bowman
July 21st, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chinese Food Wine Pairing Suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 869

Re: Chinese Food Wine Pairing Suggestions

We are regularly having a night with Kung Pao Chicken, Broccoli Beef and fried rice. We've tried a number of wines, most just sat in the glass until dinner was done. Lighter Zin has been the best so far, but there may something better. At issue I suppose is the spice of the Kung Pao versus the swee...
by Randy Bowman
July 21st, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chinese Food Wine Pairing Suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 869

Re: Chinese Food Wine Pairing Suggestions

YLee wrote:
July 21st, 2019, 7:32 pm
Kung pao has spice? Lol.
A little for me, almost too much for Carrie. Unfortunately, I'm addicted to it and the Broccoli Beef compliments it accentuating the flavors of both.
by Randy Bowman
July 21st, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chinese Food Wine Pairing Suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 869

Chinese Food Wine Pairing Suggestions

We are regularly having a night with Kung Pao Chicken, Broccoli Beef and fried rice. We've tried a number of wines, most just sat in the glass until dinner was done. Lighter Zin has been the best so far, but there may something better. At issue I suppose is the spice of the Kung Pao versus the sweet...
by Randy Bowman
July 20th, 2019, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Owen Roe Rosa Mystics Cabernet Franc
Replies: 1
Views: 294

TN: 2017 Owen Roe Rosa Mystics Cabernet Franc

This just arrived and we wanted to get an idea of where it was and where it was going. It is 14.1 abv. .Popped and poured. Initially, it is very light in flavor, tannin and acidity. Might guess it was a light Oregon Pinot. At 15 minutes open, things are changing. Black fruits with kitchen spice appe...
by Randy Bowman
July 20th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kobayashi 2019 release
Replies: 7
Views: 717

Re: Kobayashi 2019?

It would be nice if their website provided information about the wines and Travis.
by Randy Bowman
July 19th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Texas Style Korean BBQ Pork Shoulder
Replies: 15
Views: 818

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: 218

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: 473

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: 53
Views: 2346

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: 13635

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: 688

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: 10681
Views: 371905

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: 2090

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: 2336

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: 2336

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: 1646

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: 1646

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: 3242

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: 549

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: 3242

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: 3242

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: 895

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.

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