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by Randy Bowman
October 12th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 40
Views: 2658

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

It is a shame there is no legitimate legal recourse for what is technically fraud, theft or grand theft. Years ago I got little taste of this type of "crime" in my opinion. An individual had provided capital to a winemaker and merchant to produce and sell about 100K worth of wine but the winemaker w...
by Randy Bowman
October 10th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3688

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

Power being restored in some places here in Napa. A local winemaker was in today. He has generators covering everything at his winery, storage facilities and house. He was in disbelief that a nearby winery that has dozens of custom crush customers doesn't have generators. Those customers can't crush...
by Randy Bowman
October 9th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Defrauded by someone posing as WB member
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: Defrauded by someone posing as WB member

Thieves have no boundaries. This is just a progression in the con industry. Worse, the person may have been as young as 9 years old. It's just a game, but you can win money. It can be addicting, (become a profession). If you spend the time and are successful in 1 or 2 in 10, you can retire at 30.
by Randy Bowman
October 9th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 53
Views: 2732

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

Haven't had the opportunity to try the wines but as far as "celebrity" wines, I have been very pleased with the wines from Red Stitch, (Richie Aurelia/Dave Roberts), Jack, (Chris Iannetta/Vernon Wells) and Double Back by Drew Bledsoe. All have winemakers and vineyards with pedigree. I'd like to try ...
by Randy Bowman
October 9th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 53
Views: 2732

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

Haven't had the opportunity to try the wines but as far as "celebrity" wines, I have been very pleased with the wines from Red Stitch, (Richie Aurelia/Dave Roberts), Jack, (Chris Iannetta/Vernon Wells) and Double Back by Drew Bledsoe. All have winemakers and vineyards with pedigree. I'd like to try ...
by Randy Bowman
October 9th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3688

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

After a day of customers discussing their loss of power and location, it would be impossible to map it out unless you know what power lines were put in place, where they were added on to and where new lines are with new construction. Houses in south Napa, north of Imola and two blocks west of Napa R...
by Randy Bowman
October 7th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB:Cuban Cigars
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Re: WTB:Cuban Cigars

No legitimate retailer in the United States sells Cuban cigars because it is illegal. I'm sure everybody here knows that. There are 3 or 400 sites in the Caribbean and Europe that will sell you Cuban cigars online, delivered to your house/business and some offer options of unmarked boxes, labels rem...
by Randy Bowman
October 7th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2142

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Chris, we have a number of Napa cabs with some age if you want something closer to old world. Don't know if you need it sooner than later, but Carrie will list them for you shortly.
by Randy Bowman
October 5th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3592

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Victor, the new apartments across the street from our store rent 1 bedroom for 2150, 2 bedroom 2350 and 3 bedroom for 2550 a month. A garage is 150 per month and your pets are 100 per month each. The mortgage on my house including impound account 1790. My house appraised for 980K though I owe very l...
by Randy Bowman
October 5th, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3592

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

That is just a small part of the big picture. To obtain permits to build apartments or houses you pretty much have to "dedicate" a percentage of them as "affordable" housing. Once the permits are issued, changes happen. 135 apartments and 43 homes become 55 apartments and the willingness to accept a...
by Randy Bowman
October 4th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 34
Views: 2494

Re: Mountain Lions

He was like a 120 pound house cat that rubbed up against you and loved to be petted. That sounds terrifying, whether it enjoyed being petted or not. Jason, I'll tell you the truth about the encounter. I'm working graveyard patrol as a police officer with 9 months experience. We get a call of a prow...
by Randy Bowman
October 4th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots
Replies: 24
Views: 1828

Re: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots

Penner Ash, Ken Wright, Domaine Serene, Sineann, Ribbon Ridge, Christom, Chehalem, Antica Terra and Beaux Freres have big pinots and some reserved pinots often depending on the weather. These are just the ones we know about as retailers who drink the wines. The locals can direct you directly to thos...
by Randy Bowman
October 2nd, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 1996 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cab
Replies: 18
Views: 877

Re: TN 1996 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cab

Brent S wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 8:28 pm
Just bought one of these for $100 cash from a guy I know who bought it upon release. Fill is immaculate. I’ll drink it Friday and report back
Holding you to it. Was it shook up during the purchase? How are you storing it. Who cares. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
by Randy Bowman
October 2nd, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 34
Views: 2494

Re: Mountain Lions

The only mountain lion I have ever seen was a house pet named Toby. He was like a 120 pound house cat that rubbed up against you and loved to be petted.
by Randy Bowman
September 30th, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 1996 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cab
Replies: 18
Views: 877

Re: TN 1996 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cab

Just had a 10 minute sneezing fit, something I do experience with older Napa cabs. The wine is gorgeous at this point, 45 minutes open with dinner now.
by Randy Bowman
September 30th, 2019, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 1996 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cab
Replies: 18
Views: 877

TN 1996 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cab

Carrie's choice for her birthday wine with our delectable dinner. 13.5 ABV. Popped and poured, tight with bite an thin. Way too young. After 15 minutes, black fruits jump from the glass and coat the tongue for a half a minute finish. Plenty of tannins chasing the finish and the wine seems to bulk up...
by Randy Bowman
September 30th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 96
Views: 6227

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Back on topic: In the last week I have spoken to two growers asking if we knew anybody looking for vineyard sources for next year as their contracts end this year AND the current contractor will not be renewing at current contract prices. Sitting here listening to the second one.
by Randy Bowman
September 25th, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4076

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

There is nobody who makes an old school wine like the Inglenook 1969 through 1976 wines, nor the Krug 1967 through 1976 wines, nor the BV 1968 through 1978 wines and that's just the ones I remember. When fruit forward became the measure of wine, the oldsters changed, sold or died. So I have to look ...
by Randy Bowman
September 24th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting With Christopher Tynan
Replies: 0
Views: 362

Tasting With Christopher Tynan

Chris dropped in today to deliver wine and taste us on the new releases of the Christoper Tynan wines. This is the part of my life that I love and Chris works hard to please people with his wines. Bouncing back and forth between the two wines I was afraid one would take over or interfere with the fr...
by Randy Bowman
September 22nd, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Getting corked out of my mouth
Replies: 38
Views: 1299

Re: Getting corked out of my mouth

Have a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, preferably a New Zealand one with both good acidity and citrus. Should cleanse the palate and you can get back on to the reds or enjoy some cheese to finish it off. S/B works well to cleanse the palate while smoking a cigar.
by Randy Bowman
September 21st, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any impact from early rains?
Replies: 15
Views: 1093

Re: Any impact from early rains?

Barring a hurricane or multiple tornadoes, I'm pretty confident the weather flip flops we are having will not reduce the quantity nor quality of the wine this vintage. Might hit 100 degrees on Tuesday in case anybody is having trouble getting their brix high enough and cool it down for three days if...
by Randy Bowman
September 19th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 57
Views: 5435

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

Unless it becomes classified as a Board Darling, I'm not buying.
by Randy Bowman
September 17th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Blood Sausage
Replies: 31
Views: 1031

Re: Blood Sausage

Never had blood sausage. We were in SF at an Irish pub and as a sausage lover I asked the waitress how it was. She asked if I have ever had blood sausage and I said no. She suggested I go with the Shepard's Pie instead. Loved the Shepard's Pie. Still clueless about blood sausage.
by Randy Bowman
September 17th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: At What Age Did You Start Cooking?
Replies: 25
Views: 759

Re: At What Age Did You Start Cooking?

I started cooking with my mother very young I would guess around 5 or 6. She was an amazing cook. The opposite of Suzanne, my mother was one of the world's worst cooks. My brothers and learned to cook at a young age in self defense. My mom was a horrible cook too. I discovered Swanson TV dinners. A...
by Randy Bowman
September 15th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Araujo eisele vineyard cab
Replies: 24
Views: 1134

Re: Araujo eisele vineyard cab

William, the thread probably should be in Wine Talk where the discussion of wine tastings and experiences are shared. Wine Pimps is primarily for retailer problems, successes, suggestions and help. On the other hand, the wine IS that good if it has been properly stored and no, I, won't sell you any ...
by Randy Bowman
September 13th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Araujo eisele vineyard cab
Replies: 24
Views: 1134

Re: Araujo eisele vineyard cab

Better google everything you can about it, the paltry amount available now and any changes in the future vintages.
by Randy Bowman
September 9th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine dinner/event investment fraud scheme - Omar Khan
Replies: 25
Views: 2526

DA Probing Omar Khan, Wine Consultant For Scamming Wall St. Elite

A wine-loving business consultant accused of bilking Wall Street highfliers out of millions is being probed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, The Post has learned. Prosecutors in the DA’s Major Economic Crimes bureau have met with multiple alleged victims of Omar Khan over allegations tha...
by Randy Bowman
September 7th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Patton Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: TN: 2014 Patton Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir

We drank half of the bottle, screwed on the Stelvin and left it standing up on the table in 68 degree temperature until a half hour ago. It's a different wine tonight. Not too sweet blackberry drives the wine with a lengthy finish that isn't clipped by the acidity for at least 45 seconds.
by Randy Bowman
September 7th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2562

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

Many wineries pay big bucks for a person to handle compliance issues, both licensing and tax related. California has a "use tax" in place. You are supposed to keep receipts of out-of-state purchases and apply your local tax rate, paying it when filing tax returns. That's probably what most states ha...
by Randy Bowman
September 6th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Patton Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir
Replies: 2
Views: 229

TN: 2014 Patton Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir

TN: 2014 Patton Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir: Willamette Valley. 13 percent ABV and under Stelvin closure. Mouth full of slightly sweet cranberry and a streak of acidity on the finish. A juvenile with a typical new wine shorter finish and a desire for air time. The fruit flavors are sharp, clean and d...
by Randy Bowman
September 6th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 5984

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

My Uline 50 bottle wine cooler was purchased in 1992 and holds a near constant temperature of 54 degrees. Bottles coming out of it need about 15 to 20 minutes to warm up to drinking temperature but interestingly we occasionally put a chiller on bottles we bring home to cool them down around 60 degre...
by Randy Bowman
September 5th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1792

Re: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?

We go over this subject every 5 years or so. We have very good friends who paid a fortune to get a "formal" education in restaurant management. They opened an Italian themed restaurant with reasonable food prices and marked up their wine four times wholesale that was a key point in their schooling. ...
by Randy Bowman
September 1st, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 1236

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Chris Blum wrote:
September 1st, 2019, 3:25 pm
I don’t think wood is comfortable either. I use a gel mat when I’m doing a long stretch. Jules got a decorative matching one
+1 We have ceramic tile in the kitchen with gel mats at the prep area, cooktop and the double sink.
by Randy Bowman
August 31st, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Colgin
Replies: 14
Views: 1645

Re: Colgin

Colgin is a stalwart in the Napa cult wine grouping. Almost all of the Napa cult wines have changed some over the years, increasing ABV and depth of fruit. Most will age very gracefully over 20 years. Most need aging or lots of decant time so I am curious what vintage Colgin you had at the restauran...
by Randy Bowman
August 30th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 1236

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Carrie wanted a home commercial kitchen so I added on 12 by 20 feet to accommodate it. The 14 foot center island has a 6 burner with grill Thermador Home Commercial gas cook top at one end. A deep/wide sink with extendable faucet is next to the cooktop and easily handles stock pots. The remaining is...
by Randy Bowman
August 29th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet
Replies: 56
Views: 3667

Re: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet

We've had a couple Fairchild wines at Berserker get togethers. The wines were excellent but too pricey for my wallet. I like Melka's style and work, but there is a limit on price value. And speaking of Todd, the Ghost Horse is more expensive. Todd doesn't have any problem selling it all either. The ...
by Randy Bowman
August 26th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: France seizes Chinese owned vineyards in Bdx
Replies: 6
Views: 1237

Re: France seizes Chinese owned vineyards in Bdx

Shouldn't information about results of the seizure be available or does France move at 33 1/3 speed?

They must. Googled it and no new information after a ton of links to the original seizure.
by Randy Bowman
August 22nd, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?
Replies: 114
Views: 7736

Re: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?

We re-visited the 2003 Rusden Black Guts Shiraz. All you could smell was prunes in the glass, lots of them. Let my glass sit for ten minutes and the prune smell was gone. In its place was a faint crushed berry smell. Took a small sip and it tasted like a SLH Syrah. The rest of bottle drank well, tho...
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: 1333

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: 1465

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: 59
Views: 2877

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: 59
Views: 2877

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: 1451

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: 1715

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: 12
Views: 1151

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: 12
Views: 1151

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: 1073

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: 1073

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: 2669

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: 2669

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.

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