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by Alan Rath
March 31st, 2020, 10:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mandoline recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 383

Re: Mandoline recommendations?

That on looks pretty similar to one I’ve been using for 15 years. Easy to use, you really don’t need to worry about any guard, just use the little hand thingy when you get down to a couple inches. Works great for potatoes, onions, zucchini, etc.
by Alan Rath
March 29th, 2020, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar
Replies: 14
Views: 536

Re: Notes from Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar

Fantastic! Since when did Sean Connery become a berserker?
by Alan Rath
March 28th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA K&L Wines Website is down
Replies: 18
Views: 1972

Re: PSA K&L Wines Website is down

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Alan Rath wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 10:32 am
Forget all that biblical stuff, this is real sign that the end is nigh.
No way.

That’s Waffle House. Locusts come after the closings.
K&L has *never* closed, not even after the big earthquake of ‘89

I made that up
by Alan Rath
March 28th, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA K&L Wines Website is down
Replies: 18
Views: 1972

Re: PSA K&L Wines Website is down

Forget all that biblical stuff, this is real sign that the end is nigh.
by Alan Rath
March 25th, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....
Replies: 114
Views: 5032

Re: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....

Mike Wenzel wrote:
March 25th, 2020, 9:36 am
Our drivers are signing for us as long as we come to the door.
Here too.
by Alan Rath
March 25th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Alte Reben (Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal)
Replies: 6
Views: 255

Re: TN: 2007 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Alte Reben (Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal)

No surprise! Their Riesling Gaisberg is just the same. I don't know how much people age their Austrian dry whites but I feel pretty confident that a lot of it is drunk way too young. Thanks for the notes, great to get the comparison. I age mine, up to 20 years, though I think the sweet spot is 10-1...
by Alan Rath
March 24th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Alte Reben (Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal)
Replies: 6
Views: 255

Re: TN: 2007 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Alte Reben (Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal)

No surprise! Their Riesling Gaisberg is just the same. I don't know how much people age their Austrian dry whites but I feel pretty confident that a lot of it is drunk way too young. Thanks for the notes, great to get the comparison. I age mine, up to 20 years, though I think the sweet spot is 10-1...
by Alan Rath
March 23rd, 2020, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12972
Views: 631755

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Yao C wrote:
March 20th, 2020, 5:03 pm
3x 2018 Gonon on prearrival

On reflection, wow that's a pretty optimistic thing to do
You’re young. Me, I’m not buying for the foreseeable future [wow.gif]
by Alan Rath
March 23rd, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)
Replies: 23
Views: 1169

Re: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)

Ryan, that’s a wonderful note! Even if a little surprising for this wine and vintage, but you certainly made me wish I had some to drink [cheers.gif]
by Alan Rath
March 23rd, 2020, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Alte Reben (Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal)
Replies: 6
Views: 255

TN: 2007 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Alte Reben (Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal)

An interesting tale of one wine over a decade. My note from 11 years ago: 2007 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Alte Reben - Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal (10/10/2009) Piercing, hammering, mineral acidity is what this young wine is all about right now. There is a decent dose of green apple-tinged fr...
by Alan Rath
March 23rd, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Montrose
Replies: 31
Views: 1215

Re: TN: 2016 Montrose

God I love Montrose, and that 20 years is so true to form for them in great years, which is why my old ass is not buying. And bummed! I did buy 2014 but did not 2010. The 2005 was my last Montrose from a big structured vintage. I bought a mag of the 2008 for reasons that escape me now. I mean, it w...
by Alan Rath
March 22nd, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Trimbach Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre (France, Alsace)
Replies: 0
Views: 113

TN: 2012 Trimbach Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre (France, Alsace)

2012 Trimbach Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre - France, Alsace (3/21/2020) Everything I’ve read about this vintage says it was warmer, which is definitely reflected in this wine. The nose is lighter than most vintages I’ve had in the past, not showing the trademark explosive gewu...
by Alan Rath
March 21st, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Social Meet/Tasting - Part 3 - March 20 @5pm PDT/8pm EDT (Theme - Champagne and US Rhone)
Replies: 50
Views: 1519

Re: Berserkers Video Social Meet/Tasting - Part 3 - March 20 @5pm PDT/8pm EDT (Theme - Champagne and US Rhone)

One suggestion Alan Rath had, which I really like, is to figure out how to notate where each of us is, as it's difficult to hear when people state it, and even MORE difficult to remember it! Might change our profile names to name and city/state, i.e. Todd French - San Clemente CA It was also a sugg...
by Alan Rath
March 20th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some off the beaten track wines in March
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: TN: Some off the beaten track wines in March

Those aren't too far off the beaten path, but then, aren't you one of the Burgundy guys here? I had a nice Pataille about 10 years ago; very nice upfront weeknight Burgundy. And the cuvee Zacharie? Isn't it around $50? I'd be disappointed too. OK, not too far, but I needed a title :) The Zaccharie ...
by Alan Rath
March 20th, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some off the beaten track wines in March
Replies: 2
Views: 171

TN: Some off the beaten track wines in March

2013 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Cuvée Zaccharie - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Côte de Brouilly (3/19/2020) Noticeable barnyard brett on the nose, some leathery notes, there’s decent darker berry fruit on the palate, though a bit reserved, good balance, with some bitterness, probably from the...
by Alan Rath
March 19th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NEW TIME: Video Offline #2! Thur Mar 19, 5:30 pm PDT/8:30pm EDT
Replies: 59
Views: 1125

Re: NEW TIME: Video Offline #2! Thur Mar 19, 5:30 pm PDT/8:30pm EDT

Somehow I thought this was at 7pdt, hope to catch one soon
by Alan Rath
March 19th, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Video Offline, tonight, 7pm PDT - JOIN US!
Replies: 54
Views: 1364

Re: Video Offline, tonight, 7pm PDT - JOIN US!

Already done, just making conversation ;) and looking for a good picture of Brad Pitt to face the camera at
by Alan Rath
March 19th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Video Offline, tonight, 7pm PDT - JOIN US!
Replies: 54
Views: 1364

Re: Video Offline, tonight, 7pm PDT - JOIN US!

Zoom virgin here, do I need to download an app?
by Alan Rath
March 16th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

Craig G wrote:
March 16th, 2020, 11:22 am
Were you able to get any Pebble Beach monogrammed toilet paper?
I prefer the Spanish Bay stuff.
by Alan Rath
March 16th, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

Guys, in all seriousness, it’s time to put our normal lives on hold. Everyone should be staying home as much as possible, outside the most pressing of needs. It’s tempting to think we need to support businesses, but in the long run we - and they - will be better off by reducing the total number of ...
by Alan Rath
March 15th, 2020, 10:34 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

Guys, in all seriousness, it’s time to put our normal lives on hold. Everyone should be staying home as much as possible, outside the most pressing of needs. It’s tempting to think we need to support businesses, but in the long run we - and they - will be better off by reducing the total number of c...
by Alan Rath
March 15th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Mt Whitney advice and training - stair stepper advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 485

Re: Mt Whitney advice and training - stair stepper advicer ?

We were planning on doing it in a day, but that seems like a Very long day. I didn’t know camps were available, so I’ll look into that as it seems like it might make it more enjoyable overall not to push so hard. As far as experience, I’ve hiked backcountry all over The west in my mid to late 20’s....
by Alan Rath
March 15th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Mt Whitney advice and training - stair stepper advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 485

Re: Mt Whitney advice and training - stair stepper advicer ?

Are you planning to do it in one day, or 2 (or more)? Strong, in shape hikers can do it in a day, though that’s quite a hike (22 miles, plus the elevation changes). I did it 40 years ago as a 20+ year old, as a two day hike, camping overnight on both the way up and down (should be easy enough to hik...
by Alan Rath
March 15th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

Should we have the first video conference offline? I guess that would actually be an online ;) might be fun to watch everyone eat. And no spitting, you’d already be home!
by Alan Rath
March 13th, 2020, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Living alone with a wine cellar: a small anecdote
Replies: 14
Views: 2148

Re: Living alone with a wine cellar: a small anecdote

And now you’ve all experienced what it’s like to sit next to George at an offline.
by Alan Rath
March 11th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

Daniel Kim wrote:
March 10th, 2020, 8:38 pm
I'm guessing Alan brought the Nikolaihof
Actually, the Austrian dude brought the Austrian wine [cheers.gif]

I brought the Feray
by Alan Rath
March 10th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

George Chadwick wrote:
March 10th, 2020, 7:19 pm
Just bought a bottle of the Steiner Hund today knowing nothing about it.
This one was mildly corked, but you could tell how good it is even despite that.
by Alan Rath
March 10th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

Lawrence, here’s a picture of all the bottles, pretty eclectic mix! Amazingly, there was only one burg.
DAEC321E-0650-44C3-9419-3CC6B6C949A9.jpeg
by Alan Rath
March 10th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 186
Views: 18678

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Fremont Costco finally has 2008 (sold through 2009). $149.
by Alan Rath
March 9th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Rhys/Aeris release - Stunning Customer Appreciation
Replies: 58
Views: 2657

Re: New Rhys/Aeris release - Stunning Customer Appreciation

This is just one unfortunate feature of today's communication world. You invite some friends to dinner or throw a small party, and other friends of yours see pictures on someone's social media and wonder why they weren't invited. Wait, so I'm the only one drinking samples of the Rhys 2020 vintage w...
by Alan Rath
March 9th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

dteng wrote:
March 9th, 2020, 8:48 am
Btw are you bringing the chimney?
Yes
by Alan Rath
March 9th, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

Larry Stein wrote:
March 9th, 2020, 7:51 am
Well f*ck, I came down with a cold on Saturday and still have it. Sorry for the late notice, but I'm going to have to bail on tonight's event. Or I can dine alone at one of the 6 foot tables outside.
Well, that sucks. It was nice knowing you Larry!
by Alan Rath
March 9th, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

Umm honestly, I was gonna bring something over $50. This is an area that gets tricky - I think really the main thing is bring something fun that you want to try and to share. I get price guidelines, but any guideline or theme we’ve ever had has been pretty loose. I will violate my suggestion as wel...
by Alan Rath
March 8th, 2020, 9:55 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

I’d like a table in the corner, at least 6 feet from anyone else.
by Alan Rath
March 6th, 2020, 10:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 38
Views: 2091

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

Don’t want to start a new thread, so dropping this here. Was perusing AA for mileage tickets and see they have “web economy special” fares for almost every flight, really low miles (sfo-jfk for 7k miles, for example). Has this been going for a while, or something new with the corona virus downturn?
by Alan Rath
March 6th, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

Scott B wrote:
March 6th, 2020, 5:14 pm
I liked Alan's $50 (or $30) and under idea.
What made you change your mind?
by Alan Rath
March 6th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Santa Fe restaurants
Replies: 12
Views: 618

Re: Santa Fe restaurants

Alan--no, the only place I have been for lunch was the Shed. That was pretty good. Was looking for something else. I'll google that. We loved the cocktains at El Farrol jeff--jalapeno marg ..yum Thanks Pasqual's is a long time stalwart, eclectic, fun, good food. If it hasn't changed, I think they o...
by Alan Rath
March 6th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?
Replies: 57
Views: 3180

Re: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?

Need some help WBer’s, what in your eyes is the absolute “best” tasting experience in Napa/ Sonoma? Looking for a realistic option (no helicopters flying to Screagle), that you don’t have to be best friends with the winemakers brother (Ex. Macdonald), but cost isn’t really an issue (this question s...
by Alan Rath
March 6th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

George Chadwick wrote:
March 6th, 2020, 12:17 pm
I'm bringing a case of mixed wines I can't unload at auction and don't want to drink.
Well, between Dan's corked bottles, and your dropped bottles, we should have just enough neener
by Alan Rath
March 6th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

I was gonna bring a couple bottles blind. As you guys know, I’m always up for a theme. But our history has been, “theme or whatever”... so all good. I always seem to enjoy having a wider variety, rather than just a dozen of one kind of wine. So I vote for no grape or region theme, but will bring so...
by Alan Rath
March 5th, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's with all the thread dredging?
Replies: 27
Views: 1356

Re: What's with all the thread dredging?

Markus S wrote:
March 5th, 2020, 3:52 pm
And every year is a new vintage glass shape, so technically we're not talking about the Same wine glasses! strawman
FIFY [cheers.gif]
by Alan Rath
March 5th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 24 Postponed
Replies: 162
Views: 3712

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL March 9 and 24

Any theme suggestions for Sole? I have a traditional 98 Cote Rotie that I've been wanting to open... My suggestion is to get back to our earlier themes: nice wines you want to share and explore. Since Sole is our "bargain" venue, maybe it would be interesting to say wines under $50 (or even $30). W...
by Alan Rath
March 4th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Santa Fe restaurants
Replies: 12
Views: 618

Re: Santa Fe restaurants

Paul, have you been to Pasquals?
by Alan Rath
March 3rd, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw the three tier system: 2006 Clos de Goisses $120 UK $180 USA
Replies: 22
Views: 1556

Re: Screw the three tier system: 2006 Clos de Goisses $120 UK $180 USA

We're entirely in agreement with the legally mandated 3-tier states. But California is not one, and my guess is that the retail market would be in severe disarray without importers and wholesalers (or at very least importers who also double as wholesalers). Most small retailers could not afford the ...
by Alan Rath
March 3rd, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw the three tier system: 2006 Clos de Goisses $120 UK $180 USA
Replies: 22
Views: 1556

Re: Screw the three tier system: 2006 Clos de Goisses $120 UK $180 USA

We are paying 50% here to keep the system going thanks to entrenched interests and huge amounts of lobbying. Consumers have been consistently screwed for decades and I can’t begin to calculate the money that i have paid out to the greedy sods who pay off the politicians to fatten their bank account...
by Alan Rath
March 1st, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore - DRINK UP!
Replies: 32
Views: 2087

Re: 2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore - DRINK UP!

Drinking the remains of a bottle 2 days after opening for lunch. Drinks the same today as it did on opening: crisp and fresh, almost lean stone fruit, plenty of citrus acidity, some lime rind, a very young wine. I’m not disputing other’s experience, I just haven’t had a bottle like that yet.
by Alan Rath
March 1st, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Charcoal Grill - Weber?
Replies: 58
Views: 1572

Re: Charcoal Grill - Weber?

The good thing is if you decide you don't use it much, it can double as a walker...
by Alan Rath
February 28th, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris with kids?
Replies: 9
Views: 434

Re: Paris with kids?

No restaurant recs, but this was the most fun thing we did with our two kids (13 and 16 at the time, not sure how a 6 your old would do):

https://www.fattiretours.com/paris/tour ... -Bike-Tour

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