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by Randy Bowman
July 9th, 2020, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It’s good, again. Alcohol has been rehabilitated...
Replies: 8
Views: 605

Re: It’s good, again. Alcohol has been rehabilitated...

The key to limiting oneself to one glass a day is to buy a sufficiently large glass. Moderation, after all, is important. Gotcha covered. We sell a glass that holds 750ml with a little space to swirl the wine. Maybe it's my advanced age but every time I have a glass of wine, I can't remember what I...
by Randy Bowman
July 8th, 2020, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A question for our elder states(men/women)
Replies: 50
Views: 2328

Re: A question for our elder states(men/women)

I’m 64 and am proud to report that I have successfully stopped buying young Bordeaux about a dozen times. I really thought I had it licked after skipping 2017 and 2018 - not even a flicker of desire. Then I caved and bought 2019s. There was no logic to it. Makes more sense to do what Tom and Markus...
by Randy Bowman
July 8th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Asylum 13 Sixty Seven months in the humidor. Heavy pepper on the start fading to the finish, lead by natural tobacco, dusty earth with light cocoa notes through the first half. The second half featured kitchen spice, leather with light chocolate and some floral notes. The burn and draw were very go...
by Randy Bowman
July 7th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Oliva Serie V Robusto In the humidor for three months. The first two times I tried an Oliva V, allergies or something I had for lunch deaddened my senses of smell and taste. Not today. Barnyard on the foot and black tea on the cold draw. Upon lighting there is a blast of white pepper that slowly su...
by Randy Bowman
July 6th, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Things are getting tough in cigar land. We are running short on a number of cigars and none of the distributors have any. Some of the cigars we are getting are dry, (or real old). The last flyer I got from a distributor, they were hyping cigars nobody has ever heard of, with age on them and special ...
by Randy Bowman
July 6th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A question for our elder states(men/women)
Replies: 50
Views: 2328

Re: A question for our elder states(men/women)

We don't buy or cellar wine for consumption by us when they mature. We lost all of our collectibles in the 2014 earthquake. Being in the business we get opportunities to purchase mature wines. Sometimes we drink them, but most times we hold them in the cellar for local winemakers and a few customers...
by Randy Bowman
July 5th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Making bacon at home
Replies: 26
Views: 760

Re: Making bacon at home

While I'm not the foodie with a desire to do all the work, I will say nothing is better than freshly made smoked meats without all the preservatives. I won half a pig one year and took it to a butcher who specializes in fresh smoked meats. Since the pig was free, his charges were more than reasonabl...
by Randy Bowman
July 5th, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Padron 1964 Number 45 Maduro In the humidor for at least 3 years. The first quarter was natural tobacco and a lot of pepper. As the pepper fades, notes of leather, earth and coffee emerge. Sweet cedar and kitchen spice join in by mid cigar. For the final third, the coffee is replaced by dark chocol...
by Randy Bowman
July 3rd, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 54
Views: 3116

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

The field mice and roof rats have all been manageable with traps. Raccoons on the other hand are a frustrating challenge. They've learned to tear out the wire in the exterior house vents as quickly as I could replace them until they found one under the deck I can't get to without tearing up the deck...
by Randy Bowman
July 3rd, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448795

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 Ferren Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
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by Randy Bowman
July 3rd, 2020, 3:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Esteban Carreras Liga Pigtail 6 X 60 Maduro One week in the humidor. Initial burn problems cured with a touch up or two. Once it settled there was coffee, dusty earth, leather and mild black pepper on the finish. By mid cigar there is some sweetness building along with some cinnamon toast. Approach...
by Randy Bowman
July 2nd, 2020, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa winery visiting status update please
Replies: 30
Views: 1810

Re: Napa winery visiting status update please

Napa Covid cases increased exponentially after Memorial Day. Also after Memorial day, there was and still is an influx of tourists from other counties and states, looking for open wineries and restaurants. If the rise in covid cases continues, Napa will be lumped into the closed counties as the hot ...
by Randy Bowman
July 1st, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Archetype Dawn of Destiny Robusto In the humidor for a year. Starts out with earth, tobacco, a hint of coffee and pepper. A mild citrus component appears in the second third along with some black tea notes and almond. Very light sweetness overtakes the citrus through the final third. Medium in stre...
by Randy Bowman
June 30th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Rocky Patel Decade Cameroon Toro Three years in the humidor. Smooth and mellow end to end with an easy draw and even burn. Primary flavors of natural tobacco, earth and hay with notes of leather, dried fruit, coffee and light caramel. There is some mild pepper on the finish that increases slightly ...
by Randy Bowman
June 30th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Yum. Top ten on my list.
by Randy Bowman
June 28th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1810

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

The hobby turned into a business, meaning it's my turn to pick what we are drinking with dinner tonight. Menu this evening, Chinese.
by Randy Bowman
June 27th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Saga Blend No 7 Perfecto Six months in the humidor with aroma of hay. Starts with wood, mostly cedar and/or oak, hay, natural tobacco, a little earth and black pepper on the finish. By mid cigar, the wood has diminished and the cigar has developed some creaminess, with some coffee and spice notes. ...
by Randy Bowman
June 26th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Toro by Drew Estate Revisiting one of my favorites. Coffee, cedar and mild pepper are the core of the profile. Along the way there is intermittent sweetness, earth and cream with notes of kitchen spice, cocoa, walnuts and red pepper. Medium plus. 20200626_133914.jpg
by Randy Bowman
June 25th, 2020, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"
Replies: 35
Views: 1602

Re: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"

I agree with Geoff. What part of the wine business? We know tasting room people, growers, winemakers, winery staff, somms, winery owners, distributors/reps, retailers, importers and bartenders. With the right attitude, desire, drive, direction, knowledge and initial capital a person can be very succ...
by Randy Bowman
June 25th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Bold by Nish Patel Robusto A friend gave me a bag with eight sticks, saying they were too strong for him. The first one wouldn't draw even after using a spike. Grabbed another one. Dark chocolate on the foot easy draw of natural tobacco on the cold draw. A flash of pepper to start. As it fades, dar...
by Randy Bowman
June 24th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

A. J. Fernandez Mayimbe 2013 Edition Toro Almost 7 years in a warehouse. Barnyard on the foot, natural tobacco on the cold draw. Starts out smooth and light with mild earth, tobacco and black pepper. Mild cedar and cocoa notes appear at the start of the second third. The flavors and strength start ...
by Randy Bowman
June 23rd, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Partagas Benji Master Series Special 2012 Release Toro Almost 8 years in the distributors warehouse, arrived today. Starts out smooth and light. Earth, natural tobacco and coffee with cream. The flavors build through the first third and some sweetness develops along with some cedar. Mid cigar, the ...
by Randy Bowman
June 22nd, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Alec Bradley Post Embargo Toro One year plus in the humidor. Earth and hay with wood for the first third. Some sweetness knocks down the heavy wood flavor to a sweet cedar and moves to the forefront along with leather. Coffee notes build with some acidity and/or salt on the finish at mid cigar. Nea...
by Randy Bowman
June 21st, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

A. Fuente Cuban Corona Maduro Four months in the humidor. Cocoa on the foot, coffee on the cold draw. Starts out smooth and creamy with leather, earth and notes of coffee. Some caramel sweetness quickly joins in and the coffee becomes mocha and then dark chocolate. Kitchen spice appears in the seco...
by Randy Bowman
June 19th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Davidoff Millenium Blend Toro In the humidor ten or more years. The band is cream colored instead of white. Bread aroma on the foot, leather on the cold draw. Very light with some hay, leather and natural tobacco notes. Half way in the cigar builds strength and body, adding dark roast coffee, some ...
by Randy Bowman
June 18th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Padron 1926 No. 9 Maduro With the Covid shortage of cigars, we couldn't find any 9 Maduros. One supplier found old four pack, cello'd cigars and they arrived today. The cello is nearly opaque brown. Very light chocolate on the foot and leather on the cold draw. Chili pepper start that settles in to...
by Randy Bowman
June 17th, 2020, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3088

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

If you like Zinfandel, there are a number of interesting, different and excellent producers. There are certain foods I enjoy a Zin with so I have some regularly. Depending on how much bacon fat, blackberry, Cassis and black pepper you prefer there are number wineries/winemakers producing excellent w...
by Randy Bowman
June 17th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Esteban Carreras Covenant Maduro Toro One year in the humidor. Barnyard on the foot. The first half inch was chili pepper. Settled in with earth leather and coffee notes with white pepper on the finish. Cedar and some kitchen spice at the middle of the stick and coffee fades to a tea like flavor. T...
by Randy Bowman
June 16th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Fuente Fuente Opus X Forbidden 2015 Toro In the humidor for over a year. One of four sticks that come in a travel humidor with leather cover. A little hay on the foot and cold draw. Starts out creamy with leather, cedar and mild spices. Easy draw, even burn and firm ash. There is some nuttiness bui...
by Randy Bowman
June 15th, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Saga Solaz Robusto

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by Randy Bowman
June 15th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Oliva Serie O Double Toro Maduro Six months in the humidor. Black tea on the foot and earth on the cold draw. Leather, cedar and earth dominate the initial third with espresso and kitchen spice notes. A little black pepper on the finish half way through the cigar along with occasional sweetness. Ci...
by Randy Bowman
June 14th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Cohiba Black Supremo One year in the humidor. Rich tobacco and some barnyard on the foot, dark chocolate on the cold draw. Begins with leather, cedar, kitchen spice and coffee. By the end of the first third, some sweetness appears and the coffee is now mocha. By mid cigar, there is a little more sw...
by Randy Bowman
June 13th, 2020, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: National Rosé Day - what’s everyone opening?
Replies: 29
Views: 789

Re: National Rosé Day - what’s everyone opening?

2019 Buoncristiani Napa Valley Rosato. A blend of Syrah & Malbec. Per Carrie: "Crisp, dry, tongue tingling deliciousness, raspberries, black cherry and hints of spice. Super food friendly. Yum!"
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by Randy Bowman
June 13th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

I was going to have an Alec Bradley Tempus Toro Natural but a bad burn cut it short.
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Went with a sure thing, Aging Room Quattro Maestro
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by Randy Bowman
June 10th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Brick House Double Connecticut Toro Two months in the humidor. Hay, barnyard on the foot and some fruitiness on the cold draw. Creamy leather, cedar and hay with a light white pepper finish for first third. Notes of toast, coffee, roasted nuts and mild citrus compliment the profile in the second th...
by Randy Bowman
June 9th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Plasencia Cosecha 146 Toro Last of the Plasencia samples my rep dropped off last week. Rich tobacco on the foot and dark berries on the cold draw. A ton of pepper after lighting the cigar. It quickly fades as leather, hay and coffee notes take over. There is a very light sweetness and occasional no...
by Randy Bowman
June 8th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Plasencia Alma Del Fuego Robusto Four days in humi. Hay on the foot and cinnamon on the cold draw. Tunneled. Cut past it and relit, so my notes may be off. Loads of earth, chili pepper and slight citrus. The chili pepper softens exposing kitchen spices and a hint of coffee. Nearing the nub, some sw...
by Randy Bowman
June 8th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Wow. I'll have to find some four kicks if they are that good. I go through three boxes a week selling individual sticks plus a box purchase every two weeks.
by Randy Bowman
June 7th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Plasencia Alma Del Campo Toro Gordo Three days in the humidor. Rich tobacco on the foot. Leather, earth and walnut with black pepper on the finish. I'm choosing walnut for the nutty flavor because there is a tannin like bite on the back of the tongue and throat like I sometimes get eating walnuts. ...
by Randy Bowman
June 7th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Fuente Don Carlos, personal reserve, last year‘s release. Used to love this cigar, but this one was a little lacking in flavor. Phil, I had one not too long ago and it started off lacking flavor until I ashed it. I ashed it every half to three quarter inch and got more flavor each time. I found it ...
by Randy Bowman
June 6th, 2020, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 4
Views: 488

Re: TN: 2013 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Having a 2014 KB Rosella's when I found this thread. Flavors true to the Santa Lucia Highlands, just like those of the Sonoma Coast.
by Randy Bowman
June 6th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Plasencia Alma Fuerte Robusto Arrived two days ago. Lots of wood, kitchen spice, earth and a little white pepper to start. Dark chocolate slowly builds as does some sweetness, moving to the forefront through most of the second third. Cinnamon starts to build and moves to the forefront starting the ...
by Randy Bowman
June 5th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Indian Motorcycle Toro Maduro Dropped off yesterday by a rep. Barnyard on the foot and leather on the cold draw. Smooth and mild, almost medium with rich flavors of leather, tobacco and dark chocolate on a background of earth. Occasional black pepper notes countered by some sweetness. Put this one ...
by Randy Bowman
June 3rd, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Cohiba Siglo IV Fifteen plus years in the humidor. Kitchen spice on the foot. Draw is firm. Surprisingly mild and somewhat salty. Hints of coffee, cocoa and baking spices. Light pepper on the finish. Consistent end to end with an occasional citrus note and a touch of sweetness on the nub. 20200603_...
by Randy Bowman
June 2nd, 2020, 2:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Esteban Carreras 187 Toro Maduro Two years in the humidor. Starts out with coffee, hay and light salt. Dark chocolate and kitchen spice join in along with some caramel like sweetness. The spices start build at the start of the final third, as does some white pepper. Medium strength and body with a ...
by Randy Bowman
June 1st, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Jason Hagen wrote:
June 1st, 2020, 6:23 pm
I prefer the maduro by a good margin.

J
I'm sure I would too but Natural was the only thing the distributor had in stock.
by Randy Bowman
June 1st, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Diesel Unlimited d.5 Natural Robusto Two hours in the humidor at 77% humidity since it took five days to get here. Barnyard on the foot and rich tobacco on the cold draw. The first half inch was rough but as soon as I ashed it settled down. Lots of wood with leather, natural tobacco, kitchen spice,...
by Randy Bowman
May 31st, 2020, 8:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Partagas Serie D No. 4 Gift from a long time customer. Hay on the foot and cold draw. Started out real peppery. The pepper faded to the finish, revealing sweet cedar, roasted nuts and kitchen spices. The draw was a little tight at first. At mid cigar there is a smooth creamy core with caramel highl...
by Randy Bowman
May 31st, 2020, 3:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 767
Views: 28695

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Nat Sherman Metropolitan Host Hyde Natural 6 X 60 Six months in the humidor. Barnyard on the foot, hay on the cold draw and there is some sweetness on my lips like it was dipped in some kind of liquid sweetener. Smooth and mild to almost medium with plenty of flavor. Starts woody with pepper on the...
by Randy Bowman
May 30th, 2020, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID strikes Sonoma winery
Replies: 3
Views: 1005

Re: COVID strikes Sonoma winery

B Thorne wrote:
May 30th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Probably screaming eagle or scarecrow or probably maybe harlan or hundred acre
Only if they move to Sonoma County.

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