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by John Ammons
August 19th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires - Walbridge and Meyers - Sonoma County
Replies: 110
Views: 9119

Re: Fires Walbridge (13-4)/11-5 Sonoma County

Just took the dog for a walk here in Southern Marin. Cars are covered with a smattering of ash (that's where the ash is most obvious) and air quality is terrible. 2020 ain't done with us yet.
by John Ammons
August 17th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Heatwave......
Replies: 120
Views: 7365

Re: Napa Heatwave......

Southern Marin Country has seen remarkable weather since the end of last week. On Friday, the outside gauge in my car registered 100 as I was heading to Muir Woods (and boy do those Redwoods temper such conditions). Yesterday morning, after the well chronicled 3AM light show, we took a lightning hit...
by John Ammons
August 11th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys price jump?
Replies: 23
Views: 2143

Re: Rhys price jump?

I opened a 2012 Horseshoe pinot last weekend that was so much better than anything I've tried from '06 through '11 (though I was pretty fond of some '06s) that I felt like I'd spent thousands of dollars over a half decade while the the Rhys team was harnessing the potential of their sites. This 2012...
by John Ammons
August 11th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys price jump?
Replies: 23
Views: 2143

Re: Rhys price jump?

The one vintage of Rhys Hillsides I bought, 2013, was also $150. So actually no price jump in 4 years.
by John Ammons
August 8th, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Justin Bonner - 2 thumbs up!
Replies: 0
Views: 128

Justin Bonner - 2 thumbs up!

I just did a smooth, quick, and easy transaction with Justin. He merits the highest recommendation as a seller.
by John Ammons
July 29th, 2020, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PYCM Never Fails Me
Replies: 34
Views: 1814

Re: PYCM Never Fails Me

I recently brought a few 2014s home from the locker to check in on, St Aubins 1ers and lower level Chassagne, and they've mostly showed the telltale PYCM reductive sulfur like character that often quickly blows off but in these cases had issues doing so. I'd say to stay away form 2014 PYCM right now...
by John Ammons
July 26th, 2020, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sudden, severe ankle pain
Replies: 25
Views: 2142

Re: Sudden, severe ankle pain

Allopurinol can be your friend! not acutely with a gouty attack, but that or Uloric for prevention. I knock on wood that in over 12 years of daily allopurinol (don't think I've missed a day in that time span!), and paying close attention to always staying well hydrated), I've been attack free. It's...
by John Ammons
July 26th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sudden, severe ankle pain
Replies: 25
Views: 2142

Re: Sudden, severe ankle pain

Allopurinol can be your friend!
by John Ammons
July 19th, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you can "afford"?
Replies: 159
Views: 7531

Re: Wines you can "afford"?

Not exactly unlimited; you’ll use that up pretty quick at that rate. I already did lol. That's why I got the 27 case offsite locker. Now I have enough storage for at least another few months at this rate... Well then there's the truly unlimited storage in the UK also... So much storage, I must fill...
by John Ammons
July 17th, 2020, 9:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: A Covid getaway to Glen Ellen - any dining recs?
Replies: 4
Views: 753

Re: A Covid getaway to Glen Ellen - any dining recs?

Up in Kenwood, there's Salt & Stone which has outdoor seating Thanks, Paul. Salt & Stone's menu look fabulous - something for everybody. And the patio photo by the water looks great too. It's only 4 miles from Glen Ellen, and I made a res their for our first night. Second night will be Girl & The F...
by John Ammons
July 16th, 2020, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 122
Views: 24260

Re: Marcassin

Benchmark sent an email today selling the 2013 Pinot Noir for $200. I noticed on Wine Searcher there are several shops selling the 2013 Pinot for $195-$200. This appears low to me compared to what I remember for recent vintages. Its also interesting that the 2013 Pinot, to my knowledge, hasn't been...
by John Ammons
July 15th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any thoughts on the upcoming Cirq offering?
Replies: 21
Views: 1600

Re: Any thoughts on the upcoming Cirq offering?

That has to be a record price for a California pinot that isn't sourced from a single vineyard site. Right?
by John Ammons
July 13th, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: A Covid getaway to Glen Ellen - any dining recs?
Replies: 4
Views: 753

Re: A Covid getaway to Glen Ellen - any dining recs?

Sean - I noted that Sonoma was the latest Bay Area county on the watch list for dialing up restrictions. This won't affect us, as wine tastings and indoor dining were never on the agenda. (As an aside, while I'm certainly more "Covid lax" than many, I would not entertain the thought of indoor dining...
by John Ammons
July 12th, 2020, 10:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: A Covid getaway to Glen Ellen - any dining recs?
Replies: 4
Views: 753

A Covid getaway to Glen Ellen - any dining recs?

My wife and I are going with a couple to celebrate the husband's 70th birthday. It was supposed to be a big weekend in Santa Barbara but spiking Covid numbers got in the way of that. Glen Ellen seemed like a great option. A sleepy little rural town, relatively close by San Francisco, in a county wit...
by John Ammons
July 10th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert
Replies: 22
Views: 2088

Re: Aubert

Damn! Something Anton & I agree on !!! [wow.gif] In that case, give the Peter Michael and Hyde Winery chards a try, amigo! Oh, and Tres Perlas Brown Ranch chard...so good. Had them, only one that comes close to Aubert Lauren is the Peter Michael Point Rouge and it is pricey ! [drinkers.gif] Yeah, t...
by John Ammons
July 3rd, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 41
Views: 5061

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

Regardless of what one thinks about KB and its changes over the recent past, $120 for a prestige Napa Cab would be a bargain. Those wines start at $200. Funny, I remember Barbara Winiarski telling me--this was around 1974-- that Joe Heitz was her hero because he showed you could sell Napa Cab for m...
by John Ammons
July 2nd, 2020, 11:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1207
Views: 56644

Re: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)

How does one tell if a wine is confident in its cassis and blackberries, or if it's riddled with angst and self-doubt? Is the nose jumping/prancing/dancing out of the glass? Confident! Is it exploding or roaring? Angry! Is it reserved or slithering? Angst and self-doubt! Is it unclean? Lack of self...
by John Ammons
July 2nd, 2020, 11:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1320396

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

ERPark wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 2:53 pm
Larry Stein wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 12:15 pm
I was told I probably paid $24 for '80 Cros Parantoux and that my cost for Echezeaux would've been ~$35. But still...
Ya coulda been rich, but ya p!$$€d it all away instead!

[drinkers.gif]
As a general rule, Deadheads and money, unless inherited, are mutually exclusive. neener
by John Ammons
July 1st, 2020, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 PYCM BBM
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: TN: 2008 PYCM BBM

I have, and have had, the '09. It's very good but not Alan's '08 note good. That said, it's been a couple years.
by John Ammons
June 16th, 2020, 11:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas inaugural rose release
Replies: 32
Views: 1854

Re: Ceritas inaugural rose release

What's the cost?
by John Ammons
June 12th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 111
Views: 6406

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

Steve Crawford wrote:
June 12th, 2020, 8:56 am
the judge.
Very solid choice, but I'd take Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard. Have not tried the highest end Peter Michael though (Point Rouge).
by John Ammons
May 31st, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summa Vineyard: "nothing like it- Thomas Rivers Brown
Replies: 18
Views: 1470

Re: Summa Vineyard: "nothing like it- Thomas Rivers Brown

I was crushed (pun intended) when Ted Lemon lost access to this fruit. And coincidently I opened a 2007 Littorai Summa last week. It was absolutely stunning. Sadly I've never had any Burt Williams wines from Summa. Those are some rare birds indeed.
by John Ammons
May 30th, 2020, 11:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ceritas Chardonnay Zephyr Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 6
Views: 609

Re: TN: 2018 Ceritas Chardonnay Zephyr Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

That's a new vineyard source for Ceritas. Nice. Young Ceritas chardonnay can be painfully intense, but it can also be strikingly good.
by John Ammons
May 28th, 2020, 10:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2909

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Maybe a better bet for a "celebrity winery" is Seaver. I was a big fan of Tom Terrific back in the day.

https://seavervineyards.com/
by John Ammons
May 25th, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 PYCM Chassagne Montrachet 1er Les Chenevottes
Replies: 6
Views: 484

Re: TN: 2011 PYCM Chassagne Montrachet 1er Les Chenevottes

I had the 2012 version of this last night. Also astounding stuff. While still plenty young, it seemed like a great drinking window. The only sacrifice in drinking now would be the empty bottle you're left with.
by John Ammons
May 24th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1833

Re: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago

Wonderful report, Alan. Ah, normalcy. Something to obviously not take for granted!
by John Ammons
May 17th, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Littorai Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir
Replies: 8
Views: 398

Re: TN: 2011 Littorai Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir

Littorai no longer purchases Platt fruit.

2011s Littorai are in a great spot now. To that point, Ted had a few 2011s open at the last pick up event.
by John Ammons
May 13th, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1320396

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

[popcorn.gif] indeed.

The saga of the 1955 Leroy Chambertin gets juicier by the post. What's the over/under that Mr. Levy shows up again on this thread?
by John Ammons
May 11th, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 6372

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

Presuming the picture that ran with the article is current, he is quite the healthy looking 80 year old.
by John Ammons
May 6th, 2020, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine to pair with morels
Replies: 46
Views: 1899

Re: What wine to pair with morels

Josh Grossman wrote:
May 6th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Anyone that does more than adding a pinch of flour (too much ruins them) and pan searing them in butter is doing morels an injustice.
This, but if available I'd also add a smattering of still crisp parboiled english peas 30 seconds before removing from the heat.
by John Ammons
April 29th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman's new issue - essay on serving wine
Replies: 103
Views: 5045

Re: Gilman's new issue - essay on serving wine

Agree with the camp that favors "pour small sniff/taste first, then strategize."
by John Ammons
April 16th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2265

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

Nelson Sauvin and Riwaka from New Zealand, along with Galaxy from Australia are a few favorites.
by John Ammons
April 16th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2265

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

Any of you hopheads grooving on Southern Hemisphere hops? My current favorite brewery (CellerMaker in San Francisco) makes an occasional NE style IPA called Double Mt Nelson (100% Nelson hops) that, while pushing 8%, doesn't come across as overly heavy and has diesel on the nose to burn :-D. Rieslin...
by John Ammons
April 15th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2265

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

I just went out and bought some Doghead 60 Minute IPA and tried a bottle. Tell me where this fits on the various spectrums. I find it balanced (6% alcohol, some bitterness) but is a little bland. I’d like some fruitiness (there’s none) and maybe a bit more malt. Discuss. I consider Dogfish Head 60 ...
by John Ammons
April 15th, 2020, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2265

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

[scratch.gif] First of all, yeah, that's a head scratcher alright. Guess I love me some basic, 'cause I adore my white Burgs and hazy IPAs. Second, Charlie makes a great point in the need for distinction between west coast and New England IPAs. Very different animals. Almost a misnomer to put the i...
by John Ammons
April 15th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2265

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

NE IPAs are sort of basic, like white Burgundy. I'll drink them but won't work very hard to get them. Good for the beach. [scratch.gif] First of all, yeah, that's a head scratcher alright. Guess I love me some basic, 'cause I adore my white Burgs and hazy IPAs. Second, Charlie makes a great point i...
by John Ammons
April 14th, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2265

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

all I drink are New England style IPAs and DIPAS. Likewise. And you have pretty good tastes in music too. [cheers.gif] My favorite beverages are Burgundy and NE IPAs. Sweet spot is 7% alcohol, or at least a narrow range around that number, for whatever reason. Must get the body where I want it. Whi...
by John Ammons
March 25th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michael Broadbent RIP
Replies: 32
Views: 2345

Re: Michael Broadbent RIP

Anybody recall way back when on eBob when Mark Squires called Mr. Broadbent "a dinosaur"? I don't remember any more specifics, other than that the conversation got pretty heated.
by John Ammons
March 24th, 2020, 7:50 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: COMMERCE CORNER NON-PAYERS/NON-SENDERS STICKY!!
Replies: 104
Views: 25199

Re: COMMERCE CORNER NON-PAYERS/NON-SENDERS STICKY!!

Philip - that PM is mind boggling. Yikes. And it's particularly disturbing in the context of numerous others also being stiffed. When someone says they will pay you, then doesn't pay, it is almost always a cashflow issue. Jonathan should just own up to that and say he needs more time to get his cas...
by John Ammons
March 24th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: COMMERCE CORNER NON-PAYERS/NON-SENDERS STICKY!!
Replies: 104
Views: 25199

Re: COMMERCE CORNER NON-PAYERS/NON-SENDERS STICKY!!

Philip - that PM is mind boggling. Yikes. And it's particularly disturbing in the context of numerous others also being stiffed.
by John Ammons
March 22nd, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California now allows cocktail and spirit home delivery from your favorite restaurant or distillery
Replies: 14
Views: 1372

Re: California now allows cocktail and spirit home delivery from your favorite restaurant or distillery

Got take out from restaurant bar nearby. They filled my Russian Rover growler with Fieldwork hazy IPA and wondered if I'd like an old fashioned to go while I was at it. There's one thing this ain't, and that's prohibition.
by John Ammons
March 11th, 2020, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love a good Banc
Replies: 6
Views: 667

Re: Love a good Banc

The whole range of 2015 PYCM St. Aubins are in a great place now. At least the 3 I've had over the past few months; En Remilly, Champlots, and Les Combs.
by John Ammons
March 8th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs
Replies: 50
Views: 4654

Re: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs

Since you're listing Littorai's Mendocino wines also, you should include Roman, Wendling and One Acre (One Acre is very close to Savoy). The others are more western (Deep End) Anderson Valley.
by John Ammons
March 4th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs
Replies: 50
Views: 4654

Re: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs

As a fan of Western Sonoma wines, you may find this of interest: https://backcountrywines.com/wine-tasting/discover-the-west-sonoma-coast-the-true-coast Also a second shout out for Littorai, both for the sonoma coast and western Mendocino pinots. They aren't cheap, but if you're willing to age them ...
by John Ammons
March 1st, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro
Replies: 168
Views: 11062

Re: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro

It is really annoying to read some of the above posters . They did not experience premox so it must no exist . Although about as far away in the wine world from white Burgundy as possible, this reminds me of Robert Parker and the 1997 Harlan. He had not experienced a bottle riddled with VA, so no b...
by John Ammons
February 29th, 2020, 10:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageability of Cali Pinot
Replies: 97
Views: 5481

Re: Ageability of Cali Pinot

Re Dehlinger: The 2007s notwithstanding as I wasn't a fan, I'd expect the 2008s and 09s to be drinking very well now. These pinots can go 10+ years easily.
by John Ammons
February 11th, 2020, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine cellar progress
Replies: 100
Views: 5005

Re: Wine cellar flooring

I’ve got an outdoor table and chairs made from the railroad ties used originally for the Great Indian railroad England constructed across India. When they modernized, the ties were repurposed. Our dresser and bedside tables are the same deal. I love them. That cellar floor looks fantastic! Please k...
by John Ammons
January 21st, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lasagna recipes
Replies: 18
Views: 2117

Re: Lasagna recipes

Kenji's 'No-holds-barred' Lasagna Bolognese has become my go-to since I started making it a few years ago. Time consuming, but worth it. https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/02/no-holds-barred-lasagna-bolognese-pasta-italian-homemade-ricotta.html Dennis, that recipe looks insane. I think I'm go...
by John Ammons
January 10th, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Screaming Eagle
Replies: 61
Views: 8276

Re: 2017 Screaming Eagle

Why you gotta trash Gil Lempert-Schwarz like that? neener
by John Ammons
January 4th, 2020, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 1
Views: 461

Re: Marcassin

There's a thread somewhere here on the lack of recent allocation letters. The 2013 chardonnay was to be offered Fall '18. Then Spring '19. Then Fall '19. Maybe Spring 2020?

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