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by Randy Bowman
June 18th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 25
Views: 624

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: 534

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: 3300

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: 3067

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: 1099

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: 3067

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: 2036

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: 1044

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: 534

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: 33
Views: 1013

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: 1885

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: 27
Views: 1287

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: 27
Views: 1287

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: 64
Views: 5572

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: 9991

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: 1653

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: 410

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: 57
Views: 3041

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: 1823

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: 572

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: 1669

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: 9991

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: 2258

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: 9991

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Greg, have you tried any of the Sun Grown Maduros now on the market?
by Randy Bowman
May 24th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Starting a collection and going to Napa, which wines can I only get at the vineyard?
Replies: 13
Views: 651

Re: Starting a collection and going to Napa, which wines can I only get at the vineyard?

There are a small number of wineries that make and keep wines available only at the winery. Most or all are family owned wineries, not those now corporate owned and run. Some make ports, dessert whites or small lot oddballs, while others make a one of a kind or one time only wine. If you like Zinfan...
by Randy Bowman
May 20th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2293

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

Define HOST. If you are hiring somebody to drive you around to the tastings and they have arranged the tastings, you tip. If you are hiring somebody to drive you around to the tastings and you arranged the tastings, you tip. If your host is a friend, buy him lunch, dinner and offer him $100. He will...
by Randy Bowman
May 20th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 69
Views: 2570

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

I believe soil and weather will always be the final difference between the three, with wine making regimens bringing out the best of each. The Long Shadows project is a good example of wine makers controlling/manipulating a given source of grapes. AVA's include Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Red Mo...
by Randy Bowman
May 18th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 9991

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

The Alec Bradley Black Market 2019 Filthy Hooligan is an enigma. First purchase reasonably priced but when the vintage was running out, the prices soared like a board darling Cab. The cigar is a barber pole with claro and maduro wrappers. It is like smoking four cigars at once as the flavors change ...
by Randy Bowman
May 17th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 9991

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Another issue of late: Dunhiil was bought up by a company wanting their cigarette line. Production of their pipe tobaccos stopped and the regular Dunhill aficionados are scrambling to find replacements for Early Morning Pipe and Night Cap. A couple different companies are trying to match the blends ...
by Randy Bowman
May 14th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update on Safe Harbor
Replies: 25
Views: 2850

Re: Update on Safe Harbor

A Maryland man who owned a storage and transportation business for upscale wines admitted Tuesday to stealing customers’ wines, and selling them to retailers and brokers in Napa and elsewhere, court documents show. William Lamont Holder, 54, pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge for stealing...
by Randy Bowman
May 11th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th
Replies: 58
Views: 2146

Re: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th

2015 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Pinot Noir: 14.5 ABV. Blackberry and kitchen spice with a medium length finish that shows some of the RRV Cola notes. No change after 30 minutes open, the acidity remains solid and is ready to challenge food. Bet it will be the same 5 years from now.
by Randy Bowman
May 11th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Simple Meal Pleasures
Replies: 11
Views: 435

Re: Simple Meal Pleasures

We haven't eaten breakfast at home for years. This morning, Carrie made toast with Jiff Peanut Butter. I had forgotten how much I liked toast with peanut butter. Brought back memories of when I was a kid and the house peanut butter was Skippy and I would dunk it in my over easy egg's yolk.
by Randy Bowman
May 10th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 9991

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

So how much would a 6000 Churchill be in CA ? $8.05 in my local store which is not a cheap shop Alan, with our 64% tobacco tax, stores in CA would sell the 6000 for between $14.50 and $20.00, depending on their location and mark up. We are located outside of the "downtown" area and have rent about ...
by Randy Bowman
May 9th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 9991

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Alan, the main stream Padrons, 2000, 3000, 4,000 and 5,000 fly out so nothing with age. The Aniversarios a little slower so some of the 1926 and 1964 cigars have some age, but with CA Tobacco tax, (about 64%), they are expensive. Hence, why they don't move so quickly.
by Randy Bowman
May 9th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about flying with a wine that has been sampled with a Coravin
Replies: 26
Views: 1000

Re: Question about flying with a wine that has been sampled with a Coravin

Suggestion: How about using the Coravin on half the bottles, then evaluate the results when you get there and let the rest of us know how it worked in your controlled test?
by Randy Bowman
May 9th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 9991

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

E. P. Carrillo is also making a mark with his blends. My Father is creating a stir too. My daily smoke used to be Padron until I had a Last Call Geniales. The old standby cigars are trying to introduce new, competitive cigars but the sales of their mainstream cigars are dwindling and therefore, thei...
by Randy Bowman
May 9th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 9991

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

My customers seem to think the A J Fernandez Last Call cigars are the cat's meow. Here's my two week back up:
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by Randy Bowman
May 7th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 9991

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

There are so many new cigars out there it is amazing. A. J. Fernandez is putting out unique cigars that parallel some of the new wine makers and their perception of blending wines beyond the norm. Alec Bradley's Black Market Filthy Hooligan is a great example of stretching the envelope and creating ...
by Randy Bowman
May 6th, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Issues w/ Wine Larder NYC merchant not fulfilling wine orders
Replies: 27
Views: 1855

Re: Issues w/ Wine Larder NYC merchant not fulfilling wine orders

My first question would be was the credit card charged. We've had the same thing occur several times. Somebody says they ordered from us and we never had any order. Not sure how it happens but we've been through the drill a number of times. Fortunately for us, the credit card is not automatically ch...
by Randy Bowman
May 6th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How do you prepare popcorn?
Replies: 29
Views: 856

Re: How do you prepare popcorn?

I was a wanna be connoisseur of popcorn back in the day. Various oils. Various add on's like cheese, chocolate, caramel and candy coatings. Now, this:
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by Randy Bowman
April 27th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1307
Views: 61222

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Kung Pao Chicken, Broccoli Beef and fried rice.
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by Randy Bowman
April 24th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Napa Thread....
Replies: 22
Views: 1956

Re: Another Napa Thread....

I suggest you visit and buy from Cliff Lede. Christopher Tynan is the winemaker and he's building exceptional wines. His own Tynan wines are exceptional too, if you can get them.

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by Randy Bowman
April 22nd, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release
Replies: 23
Views: 1776

Re: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release

As much as we begged, Chris said we had to wait until the mailing list was handled to see if we get any for retail. I swear we were on the mailing list.
by Randy Bowman
April 21st, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd recent palate sensation
Replies: 13
Views: 802

Re: Odd recent palate sensation

When I get hit with allergies and take drugs to counter the symptoms, (DayQuil), wines often seem tart or unripe to me. I'm drinking a tart pinot right now that is one of my favorites. Wished I'd opened one I don't like.
by Randy Bowman
April 19th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sending bottles home from Napa
Replies: 36
Views: 1196

Re: Sending bottles home from Napa

Mark, you go buy your own shipper from a retailer, you pay the highest price for it. Shippers use wholesale pricing to be competitive. A case to Ohio is currently, without a residential fee, but with signature required and no insurance is about $50.00. To a business and insured, $70.00 plus, dependi...
by Randy Bowman
April 17th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?
Replies: 25
Views: 997

Re: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?

There are several companies selling wine racking that offer both suggested racking and finished racking options. You enter the room dimensions and their program, sales person will provide suggested layout and pricing. Issues are what percentage of each size bottle you intend to store. Champagne is o...
by Randy Bowman
April 12th, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar
Replies: 36
Views: 1347

Re: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar

CA earthquake insurance is primarily for the house and foundation. It doesn't cover contents of the house. Meanwhile, look at the fine print on you home owners insurance to see if insures anything damaged by an act of nature or military conflict. Example A: A friend has CA earthquake insurance and h...
by Randy Bowman
April 11th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Make Wine.... Then Tell Lies....
Replies: 15
Views: 1767

Re: Make Wine.... Then Tell Lies....

Next up, Robo calls from Top Wines Cheap or Screaming Falcon Vineyards and not just on your home or business phone but also on your cell phone. There may be a day that robocall phone number may be your own phone number. There is no control, no rules and no enforcement so do your due diligence on the...
by Randy Bowman
April 11th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 10
Views: 836

Re: TN: 2008 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

I thought we had agreed not to post positive notes or for that matter any un-coded descriptors so the general public won't discover the wine until we've worn it out?

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