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by Alan Rath
March 16th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino
Replies: 48
Views: 585

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino

So, the April Fools La Tache got your attention, eh?
by Alan Rath
March 15th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details
Replies: 71
Views: 1138

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details

George Chadwick wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Condescending means to talk down to someone.
Now you're just man-splaining.

Sorry I won't be able to make it to your nooner.
by Alan Rath
March 15th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details
Replies: 71
Views: 1138

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details

Stephen there are non BBQ things. Gene was robbed by a bottle of Friuli at gunpoint as a child. Leave the gun and bring the Friuli* I love that stuff. It will go very well with some of their offerings. It's more of a pulled pork place than a ribs and sauce place. *Godfather reference Don't explain ...
by Alan Rath
March 15th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino
Replies: 48
Views: 585

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino

I’m bringing La Tache

It is April 1, after all
by Alan Rath
March 15th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino
Replies: 48
Views: 585

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino

dteng wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 9:01 pm
e chin wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 9:27 am
Put me down for this Dan.
Yay Ed!!!
Hell hath indeed frozeneth over!
by Alan Rath
March 14th, 2019, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 51
Views: 1887

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

Not a change for us CA residents, we’ve always paid sales tax of course. Not sure I get the objections, taxes are there to support the government you’ve voted for (he says with a sly grin but no political intent). Most importantly, in any auction it’s easy enough to add up all the fees and taxes and...
by Alan Rath
March 13th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino
Replies: 48
Views: 585

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino

This is all getting a little overwhelming for my INTP personality
by Alan Rath
March 12th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Juge
Replies: 4
Views: 659

Re: 2011 Juge

When I had this last year, it was the best syrah I had all year, unbelievably good bottle of wine.
by Alan Rath
March 12th, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino
Replies: 48
Views: 585

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - March/April

Wait, that wasn't April 1st?
by Alan Rath
March 11th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino
Replies: 48
Views: 585

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - March/April

ERPark wrote:
March 11th, 2019, 8:32 pm
April 1st.....are you joking?
Made a reservation for dinner at French Laundry on the 1st, 8 spots open, my treat. You decide if you should show up or not neener
by Alan Rath
March 11th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino
Replies: 48
Views: 585

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - March/April

Let's cook the books. I'm good for every Monday in April. How about we throw out 1st or 8th and see who can make it?
by Alan Rath
March 11th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?
Replies: 65
Views: 3117

Re: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?

Kelly Walker wrote:
March 11th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Alt-Paulee is now where you drink truly amazing wines in a relaxed non-big dick way.
It's cute that you think one is not like the other [wow.gif]
by Alan Rath
March 11th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage
Replies: 29
Views: 1454

Re: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage

Because believing in something just because it's an oft repeated conventional wisdom is kind of the same path the cathloic church -- wait all churches -- have been following since the dawn of time FIFY and guilty as charged. I have zero evidence. I have unsupported surmise, just as my father and hi...
by Alan Rath
March 11th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage
Replies: 29
Views: 1454

Re: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage

I got a bunch of A's in grad school chemistry, and I don't worry about vibration in the least. The only aspect I'd worry about is if were fairly large and constant, if that might somehow cause a mechanical problem with a weak cork. Certainly not a well insulated fridge that is "on" a small fraction...
by Alan Rath
March 11th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage
Replies: 29
Views: 1454

Re: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage

fearing the vibration could strip the wine of its fizz. Without meaning to be critical, is there some evidence or experience you've had that leads you to have this worry? Because believing in something just because it's an oft repeated conventional wisdom is kind of the same path the anti-vax'ers g...
by Alan Rath
March 11th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 118
Views: 6630

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Here's my take. For 2018, Cab Sauv component was simply stunning. That bodes well for the Cab used for the Estate wine. I felt Merlot was too sweet, less savory than past vintages. Also, lacked structure. I hope less is used than usual in the final blend. Petit Verdot was all structure which should...
by Alan Rath
March 10th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee 2019 - Grand Tasting Impressions
Replies: 31
Views: 2450

Re: La Paulee 2019 - Grand Tasting Impressions

If anyone had conversations with producers about the contrast between 16 and 17, especially reds, I'd be very interested in hearing the general comments.
by Alan Rath
March 9th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 118
Views: 6630

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

The lower front area was being used for check in and two wine stations. Couple of the picnic tables on the next level had tarps over them. Didn’t look at the newer area above that. What I can tell you is that it was cold out there, so bundle up if you want to be outside. Wines were great. 16 Monte B...
by Alan Rath
March 9th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 118
Views: 6630

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Lonely up on the Ridge for today's assemblage tasting
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Everyone's inside keeping warm and out of the rain
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by Alan Rath
March 9th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness
Replies: 62
Views: 1754

Re: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness

John Morris wrote:
March 9th, 2019, 7:40 am
[snort.gif]
Damn you, just spit out my coffee! [rofl.gif]
by Alan Rath
March 8th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1836
Views: 146575

Re: Steak Porn

Hey, you guys cook 'em how you like, I'll cook 'em how I like [cheers.gif]
by Alan Rath
March 8th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1836
Views: 146575

Re: Steak Porn

Alan, I’m sure you can braise a cut with this kind of marbling, but it kind of defeats the purpose of braising, IMO, which is to use cheaper, tougher cuts of meat. Also, with prime cuts, I want some of the fat to remain in the meat, not removed after refrigerating. Why pay extra for a well marbled ...
by Alan Rath
March 8th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 148
Views: 4827

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

This thread started with a link to someone making a large production wine from inexpensive fruit sources all over Oregon, and calling it “Willametter” and claiming on the label that it was fruit from the “Willamette region”. There’s no defined region of any type called the Willamette that included ...
by Alan Rath
March 8th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 148
Views: 4827

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

But the take home message is that all these regulations are just another form of trade war, in this case interstate instead of international. Draw the conclusions you will. Your logic, broadly applied, implies that virtually all regulation and licensing requirements are purely protectionist trade t...
by Alan Rath
March 7th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 148
Views: 4827

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

I understand Marcus's perspective, as a producer he wants to "protect" his name and area. But really what he's advocating is not much different than the protectionist wholesalers who want to restrict interstate shipping. It's just that: protectionism. I.e., a restriction of the freedom to do busines...
by Alan Rath
March 7th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1836
Views: 146575

Re: Steak Porn

Every now and then, Costco offers up some luciousness. The marbling on these is too fine and extensive to use them in a braise. Probably do half quick seared Korean style, and the other half just a “normal” salt & pepper flash sear...... Nah, they braise up just fine. A package like that just came ...
by Alan Rath
March 7th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness
Replies: 62
Views: 1754

Re: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness

Bryan Carr wrote:
March 7th, 2019, 11:06 am
What does Ladybug taint smell/taste like? I always thought they were good luck, but I guess not if they get mashed in a destemmer!
I don't necessarily recommend this, but if you want to know, crush a lady bug between your fingers. Just like learning the smell of formic acid from crushing an ant.
by Alan Rath
March 7th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California
Replies: 41
Views: 1841

Re: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California

Soilular (I just made that up) glyphosphate isn't really a problem. It's effectiveness is through entering living, leafy plant tissue. There is a lot of research going on as to the mechanisms of glyphosphate action, and resistance by some plants. For example: http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/166/...
by Alan Rath
March 7th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Le Roc Des Anges Côtes du Roussillon Villages Reliefs
Replies: 1
Views: 68

TN: 2010 Domaine Le Roc Des Anges Côtes du Roussillon Villages Reliefs

2010 Domaine Le Roc Des Anges Côtes du Roussillon Villages Reliefs - France, Languedoc Roussillon, Roussillon, Côtes du Roussillon Villages (3/7/2019) Darkest opaque garnet, has an enticing nose of dark crushed fruit and garrigue underbrush; full bodied, but still light enough on its feet, oozes da...
by Alan Rath
March 7th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Bouchard Tasting
Replies: 9
Views: 687

Re: TN: 2017 Bouchard Tasting

Evidently Bouchard changed their labels in the 2016 vintage And, quite annoyingly, their bottles - or at least some. I haven't figured out the formula yet, but some of their more "special" bottlings are now in larger, heavier bottles; like Jesus and other monopoles, probably their GCs, though I hav...
by Alan Rath
March 6th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?
Replies: 57
Views: 1698

Re: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?

G. Bienstock wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Here is my work around. Ditch the corks! I decant into a red or white screwcap bottle and open the cap at the table right after I am seated. Sure the label does not match the wine, but who cares.
now that is clever.
by Alan Rath
March 6th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Legs form, the real answer...
Replies: 27
Views: 1019

Re: Why Legs form, the real answer...

John, sure, different materials have difference forces of attraction (adhesion) between water and the surface. Plastic is less than glass, so you expect water to bead on plastic more. Here are a couple of instructive and visual links to explain it better than I can: https://www.appstate.edu/~goodman...
by Alan Rath
March 6th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Legs form, the real answer...
Replies: 27
Views: 1019

Re: Why Legs form, the real answer...

It would be interesting to know the effect of the glass. Water beads quite differently on different glasses, and I have to think that would affect wine legs as well. There is probably some aspect of glass cleanliness, or residue, maybe a small difference between leaded and non-leaded crystal? That'...
by Alan Rath
March 6th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 148
Views: 4827

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

But what's wrong in principle with someone in California buying Willamette fruit, making wine in California from it and accurately labeling the source of the fruit with specificity? Siduri has done that for years (not sure if they still do), contracting for fruit from Oregon. I know Adam used to go...
by Alan Rath
March 6th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Legs form, the real answer...
Replies: 27
Views: 1019

Re: Why Legs form, the real answer...

Greg, there's not enough glycerol in any (good) wine to be noticeable in changing the viscosity. And it would *lower* the surface tension anyway, reducing the effect.
by Alan Rath
March 6th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting Tempier's 2016 Reds
Replies: 11
Views: 895

Re: TN: Tasting Tempier's 2016 Reds

Howard, it depends on what you like. I don't like the warmer, riper vintages, so 16 is great for my tastes. Though Bandol is more coastal influenced, and less continental, so doesn't tend to show the extremes of warmer/cooler continental vintages. Pretty much every vintage back to 09 (which was a li...
by Alan Rath
March 6th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Legs form, the real answer...
Replies: 27
Views: 1019

Re: Why Legs form, the real answer...

Back in the old days, I was told "legs" were glycerol, which reflected the alcohol content of the wine. And that was from a winemaker. Which is why you should discount a lot of what winemakers tell you ;) Unless you are very confident they know what they're talking about. David G has it right, the ...
by Alan Rath
March 5th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Legs form, the real answer...
Replies: 27
Views: 1019

Re: Why Legs form, the real answer...

Anton D wrote:
March 5th, 2019, 5:56 pm
What are the "legs" of a red wine clear?
They probably aren't, just that the path length (thickness of the legs on the glass) is so small that you don't notice much if any coloration. Beer's Law.
by Alan Rath
March 5th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee Advice Sought (Grand Tasting)
Replies: 5
Views: 513

Re: La Paulee Advice Sought (Grand Tasting)

Sounds like you have a pretty good plan already. Prioritize, say, the top 5 producers you don't want to miss, and do those first. Looking at the list of producers, there is really only one that I would guess might pour out early: Liger-Belair. I would hit them early (or first). Then Mugneret-Gibourg...
by Alan Rath
March 5th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burglary bait
Replies: 21
Views: 1637

Re: Burglary bait

Yep......my uncle died a several years back just outside of Dallas. Funeral notice was published in the local rag. While everyone was mourning his passing, some total douchebag(s) broke into the house and cleaned it out. Proof positive that the human race is a total cesspool. When my FIL died many ...
by Alan Rath
March 5th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California
Replies: 41
Views: 1841

Re: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California

There is huge acreage that is not a source of fine, boutique wine. Not sure you can separate the vineyards we talk about here from the much larger vineyards.
by Alan Rath
March 5th, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016
Replies: 168
Views: 12304

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

Had lunch recently at Mourad. My first time dining there, though I’d been to Aziza back in the day. Flawless cooking, stellar ingredients, solid service and decor that oozes hipness equals a great spot for dates or larger groups. Ordered a bottle of 2016 Mugneret-Gibourg Vogne Romanee that was fair...
by Alan Rath
March 5th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 23
Views: 729

Re: Tuscany

Here's an old post I wrote a few years ago, some may be out of date:

viewtopic.php?p=1421283#p1421283
by Alan Rath
March 5th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 23
Views: 729

Re: Tuscany

Well if you're thinking of getting a place there don't bother. There's really nothing available.
by Alan Rath
March 3rd, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PASTA al LIMONE
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Re: PASTA al LIMONE

This is a go-to recipe in our house. I usually add some mushrooms or some protein. Morels are wonderful in this prep. Yours looks outstanding!
by Alan Rath
March 3rd, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets
Replies: 15
Views: 632

Re: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets

Just got this one, don't remember if I read about it here on Berserkers, or somewhere else. Haven't seasoned and used it yet, but the quality looks very good.

https://madeincookware.com/products/blu ... 7160243279
by Alan Rath
March 3rd, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JF Mugnier vs Chevillon Styles - newbie question
Replies: 41
Views: 2070

Re: JF Mugnier vs Chevillon Styles - newbie question

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
March 3rd, 2019, 12:34 pm
I would never compare Chevillon Vaucrains to a Vosne. It is signature Nuits to my taste.
+1

Furthermore, I almost always find Chevillon's Vaucrains to be noticeably riper than the other wines. For me, Les Cailles is the sweet spot of their portfolio.
by Alan Rath
March 3rd, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details
Replies: 71
Views: 1138

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint

Last weekend in March works. First weekend in April might not, particularly Saturday.
by Alan Rath
March 2nd, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 148
Views: 4827

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

part of the method for high quality winemaking is gentle handling, and avoiding road trips of a thousand miles with the fruit. No offense to the Indiana wineries, and I have a good friendwho works with Durant fruit in Chicago, but picking, then loading the fruit onto a refrigerated and gassed truck...
by Alan Rath
March 2nd, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?
Replies: 57
Views: 1698

Re: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?

When we last discussed this I expressed concern about driving with an open container. The consensus was that I was paranoid but I remain concerned. I don’t see the benefit outweighing (the admittedly slight) risk. I’ll drink wines that need decanting at home or drop them off in advance. Put it in t...

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