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by ATaylor
October 18th, 2019, 11:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1578
Views: 188290

Re: Official Costco Thread

Arv I'm at the RWC one weekly and can tell you that the selection at the Mountain View Costco is WAY better. I have found some good stuff at RWC but nothing like MTV. Go have a look! Also I know one of the independent wine reps for Costco's stores covering MTV down to Santa Cruz (unfortunately not ...
by ATaylor
October 18th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?
Replies: 39
Views: 2008

Re: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?



Chef de caves de Piper Heidsieck
by ATaylor
October 13th, 2019, 11:17 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 84
Views: 2059

Re: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato

Larry Stein wrote:
October 13th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Unless they said we had to make that choice, I don't see a need to. I wasn't there for the offline with the set menu, but folks were less than happy about the cost. My vote is a la carte. I still haven't heard back from Juan via email so I'm going to call.
You need me to get in touch with Krista?
by ATaylor
October 10th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1578
Views: 188290

Re: Official Costco Thread

William Segui wrote:
October 3rd, 2019, 1:58 pm
Filed Under: Things I did not expect to see

2016 Leroy Bourgogne Blanc - $58.99, Santa Rosa

I grabbed the last three, no idea if they have more.
The Mountain View store was out and now have a restock of two cases as of lunchtime.
by ATaylor
October 10th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3841

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

I'd love to be in the solar power business for the next short while in that region after this outage. Best option is to get off the grid and have some ability to store the power from the panels. The wake up call should have come two years ago after the the fire storms when power went down for up to...
by ATaylor
October 1st, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1578
Views: 188290

Re: Official Costco Thread

Some NorCal Costco stores are carrying the 2016 Leroy Bourgogne Blanc @ $58.99
by ATaylor
August 16th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area / Peninsula OL August 20 Yuzu
Replies: 73
Views: 2755

Re: SF Bay Area / Peninsula OL August 20 Yuzu

Can't do this one.........we have a dinner guest flying in Monday.
by ATaylor
August 14th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 72
Views: 4280

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Does Chandon still have a beautiful restaurant for al fresco lunching? It closed several years ago. In the day, Etoile was wonderful. The Duckhorn property is a nice spot with outdoor options. And if you know a club member, the private patio at Domaine Carneros is a great spot, but even the public ...
by ATaylor
August 9th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27403

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Alan cannot resist more baseless, empty digs. What did the regulators do to Steph Curry to make you so angry? Nah it is a never ending grudge against some faceless bureaucrat who said no when his boss wanted yes and it killed his bonus. My apologies for not living up to the standards of the board b...
by ATaylor
August 8th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27403

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Alan cannot resist more baseless, empty digs. What did the regulators do to Steph Curry to make you so angry?
Nah it is a never ending grudge against some faceless bureaucrat who said no when his boss wanted yes and it killed his bonus.
by ATaylor
August 8th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27403

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Hi Folks, I would anticipate that the information will come out in due course and then everyone can decide for themselves- I am not free to divulge it at the present time. But, the two articles that I read that reported on this issue were both quite one-sided and it is my understanding that both au...
by ATaylor
August 8th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27403

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

John, With both respect to you and Kevin, (along with disclosure that I am a modest Rhys customer since 2012/2013 and have the benefit of attending pickups……….) I think that several recent posts have picked up on the point: unless you have definitive information that you can put up to the Board, you...
by ATaylor
August 6th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27403

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Mr. Harvey's team are good businesspeople. Regardless of ethics there is no way they are going to buy a property knowing they are inheriting a regulatory time bomb. It would be like knowingly paying full price for a hazmat property with no concessions from the seller. Without knowing anything outsi...
by ATaylor
August 6th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27403

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Someone is going to have to work very hard to convince me that the egregious behavior is not with Rhys, but with the state water board. Simply wow..........you can cheer lead for Rhys/Kevin all you want, but the report makes it crystal clear that they blatantly violated both State and Federal Clean...
by ATaylor
August 6th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27403

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Alan, can you explain to us why you think regulatory agencies should be in the service of making sure companies are profitable even in cases where those companies start out by breaking said regulations? Shouldn't the companies comply with the very public regulations from the start in order to be pr...
by ATaylor
August 5th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27403

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

To those who want Kevin to come and give deeper explanations, I'm guessing the legal team representing Rhys would be quite against that. That's a given and completely agree....but unfortunately the only way one could get anything that would be the other side of the story if there is one at all. Oth...
by ATaylor
August 5th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27403

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Alan, well that was a long winded reply that deflects from the subject at hand. My reply was geared more to the seeming dismissal of elimination of a seasonal stream not having much of an impact further downstream. You're a scientist as well and water/environmental scientists can explain to you in d...
by ATaylor
August 5th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area / Peninsula OL August 20 Yuzu
Replies: 73
Views: 2755

Re: SF Bay Area / Peninsula OL August

I also had the owner of Sapore offer us the upstairs.
by ATaylor
August 5th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27403

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

This thread has become so darned interesting. Was the company guilty of an infringement? Yes. Did they admit as such? Yes. Why are folks discounting this as 'over-regulation'? What if KJ or Constellation had been accused? My guess is that the results and comments here would be quite different . . ....
by ATaylor
July 24th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 9901

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Condolences to his family. RIP Alan.

Benthyg dros amser byr yw popeth a geir yn y byd hwn
by ATaylor
July 15th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick thoughts on a Chevillon sale - other producers added
Replies: 29
Views: 1459

Re: Quick thoughts on a Chevillon sale - other producers added

^ Crazy good pricing for the Rully. Is that some wholesale deal or they're closing business? Michel Gros is very good, if you have the cash I'd say go ahead because VR 1er Cru @110 will seem like a bargain 5 years from now. And Bourgogne blanc @20?! Buy everything. Alain It's a wine store out here ...
by ATaylor
June 24th, 2019, 1:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3983

Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

Swiss, Italiam and French weather agencies forecasting a brutall heatwave next week.

Wife is heading ro Milan where there will be 100 plus temps by the emd of the week. 20+ years in CH and this is one of the earliest heatwaves seen. Fingers crossed.
by ATaylor
June 19th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 6168

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato

It was a tough night for reds. Overall WOTN was '07 Huet Franc de Pied Sec. Reds: '95 GPL and '01 Pape Clement from magnum. Oh yeah, '06 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is always a winner. Not sure what you guys were drinking ED60C679-E8F4-4F0C-B6F9-09526B005A93.jpeg CB455014-9692-4E54-AA05-CADA7276...
by ATaylor
June 17th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 6168

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato

Larry Stein wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 12:46 pm
The stems are excellent. They'll gladly let you use theirs. Still better if we bring as many of our own, given the break they give us for corkage.
This
by ATaylor
June 17th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 6168

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato

Don't forget the usual routine: stems and cash!
by ATaylor
June 16th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco on the bay Sunday June 30 3:30 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 3300

Re: San Fran offline on the bay Sunday June 30 3:30 pm informal

Larry Stein wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 12:13 pm
It'll be a game day decision. I'll be at the Ridge Parrillada the previous day. We'll see how I feel on Sunday. [drinkers.gif]
Should we call you lush, wimp or both? neener
by ATaylor
June 12th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 6168

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato

Craig G wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 10:33 am
If attendance reaches 40, everyone has to bring a 3L.
They can do a table of 21, so there is still space for you Craig.........now if anyone has a bottle of old Conseillante they want to bring he may change his tune.
by ATaylor
June 11th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 6168

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

George Chadwick wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 9:40 pm
dteng wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 1:09 pm

.......

We’ll square up on Tuesday.
I insist.

I’m in Andrew.
TMI but thanks for the update.
Signed,
Stags
I can't feel anything..............swear.
by ATaylor
June 10th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 6168

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

Andrew and Craig - you guys in? If not, I may bring a friend. Too big for me. I think we need to split into Peninsula and South Bay. Who would be South Bay besides you, me, and Sean when he can make it? I'm not willing to start a South Bay dinner group nor to say goodbye to this one. I am thinking ...
by ATaylor
June 10th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 6168

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

Hi folks,

I need a firm headcount for the restaurant by Wed please.

Also only two people have spoken up for a la carte vs prix fixe (with choices). Other usual caveats apply; bring stems and cash.
by ATaylor
June 7th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Copper River - Incoming
Replies: 224
Views: 13846

Re: Copper River - Incoming

Mountain View and Redwood City already have both King (troll caught) and CR. We grilled a piece to perfection on Wed night. So great to have the CR again as last year was Coho only.
by ATaylor
June 7th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1578
Views: 188290

Re: Official Costco Thread

Alan Rath wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Email today from Costco says Copper River Salmon will be available Saturday, June 8. Wagons ho!
We already grilled a piece Wed night; f'ing awesome. (RWC and MV have both Copper River and Troll Caught King filets for $14.99 and $17.99/lb).
by ATaylor
June 6th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 6168

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

Basically two choices, but want to let Donato know by early next week. No consensus and the default will be #1. 1) Go a la carte from the menu for dinner/dessert and for $10/person we can get stuzzichini and a bunch of pizzas to start. 2) They have a couple of prix fixe options with the most interes...
by ATaylor
June 5th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 6168

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

I have a call into Krista and have asked her to send me a couple of prix fixe options to throw out to the group. The current dinner menu is here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/530a3a4ae4b096bf489f33e7/t/5ca5684300584b0001bba350/1554344004249/Donato_dinner_menu+3.30.19.pdf Another option wou...
by ATaylor
June 5th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 6168

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

My list is currently at 18 and anyone else want in I’ll start a waitlist unless Andrew confirms space. Krista said they can do a max table of 21. Right now we are basically 20, but historically there have been some last minute drops. When you are working with a party of 12 it is not that big of a d...
by ATaylor
June 5th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 6168

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

Larry Stein wrote:
June 5th, 2019, 11:03 am
I think fixed menu is how the cost got above the usual amount last time, but I wasn't there for that one.
It was due to an add on. I think the prix fixe is around $40-45 but will ask about options. I think we are currently close to 20, so I will call her at lunch to see what is possible.
by ATaylor
June 5th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 6168

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

All, Krista at Donato said OK for 17th. Private room off the front door is not available and I am trying to find out what max table size is doable. Possibility of either a la carte or arranging fixed menu. As an aside, I had a drink with a Sicilian friend last night who also tends to be hyper critic...
by ATaylor
June 4th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 6168

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

Larry Stein wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Sandi and I have been to Porterhouse a couple of times. It's been a few years (3-4?) since we've been, but we did like it.

Still no word from Donato. Hopefully, Juan isn't on vacation.
Let me ping the girl I know at Donato; otherwise best bet will be Divino.
by ATaylor
May 30th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1578
Views: 188290

Re: Official Costco Thread

Does Costco ever get chateau margaux or petrus? Want to get a bottle as a gift (not in a big rush) and figure Costco would have a fair price. Mountain View had a bottle of 82 Pétrus for a while that was intially priced at $5K and was pushed down to $4K when it sold. Around the holidays, I have seen...
by ATaylor
May 30th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June 17 - Donato
Replies: 152
Views: 6168

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL June!

Pencil me in. Isn't there any other restaurants you are willing to go to? The ongoing saga............and herding of cats. Larry and I both have contacts with Donato and they have been accommodating. The first dinner we did there was probably one of the best overall offlines ever. IIRC, we have not...
by ATaylor
May 28th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 60
Views: 5588

PSA - Flannery sale

35% off CA NY strips and Midwestern hangers..........good til Friday.
by ATaylor
May 4th, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 4066

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

I pulled this after seieing the thread and have 3 LM in the cellar. Sat in the glass for 15 mins. Nose has not moved much and nothing oxidative. Palate is dried apricot, jellied quince and an acacia honey; acidity is still present. A very pleasant bottle and the Beaufort cheese was a nice match. Goo...
by ATaylor
May 4th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 4066

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

Just popped....color definitely a deep yellow/pale orange. No oxidation on the nose; letting it sit for a while.
by ATaylor
May 3rd, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3428
Views: 186940

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Have a look around Bay Area Costco's; they are blowing out 1.75 liter bottles of 1792 @ $29.97
by ATaylor
May 1st, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS: RobertoConterno @ Nervi
Replies: 20
Views: 1043

Re: WS: RobertoConterno @ Nervi

Gary, before I forget a restaurant suggestion next time you are in the area: Ristorante alla Torre in Romagnano Sesia. We did the same visit at the end of March and came away with more or less the identical observations as Gary (can't remember her name, but looks like you had the same charming Russi...
by ATaylor
April 30th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1578
Views: 188290

Re: Official Costco Thread

Couple more Bay area closeouts;

2017 Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc (NZ) $8.97 (2018 WS #32)
2016 Domaine Louis Tramier Mercurey Blanc $17.97
Naked Grouse Blended Scotch $14.97
1.5 Liter Glenmorangie 10 yr old $39.97
Compass Box "The Peat Monster" $25.97
by ATaylor
April 15th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 4222

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

I was in the Loire valley a few days ago, visiting producers in the savennieres and Anjou area (some world class wines being produced there those days). They’ve lost 100pc of the potential 2019 harvest to frost. And that’s after losing a bunch of the 2017 harvest to frost. That’s incredibly tough f...
by ATaylor
April 11th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1578
Views: 188290

Re: Official Costco Thread

H Guy wrote:
April 10th, 2019, 10:38 am
#143 Mountain View has 2010 Musar for $43. Looks like they had 6 cases.

Was there today; down to less than 2 now.

Foster City had the 2014 Paitin "Serraboella" Barbaresco knocked back to $25.97
by ATaylor
April 11th, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1578
Views: 188290

Re: Official Costco Thread

Kris Patten wrote:
April 7th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Costco has a max markup of 13.9% on BevAlc.

They can't go higher, Total Wine will price lower to stay competitive or use items as a loss leader.
The Mountain View Costco shares a wall with Total Wine. Anything that Total sells, Costco undercuts them even if only by 50 cents.
by ATaylor
April 3rd, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1578
Views: 188290

Re: Official Costco Thread

Bay Area:

2015 Ch Lilian Ladouys $12.97 on clearance
2015 Ch. Maucoil CdP Blanc Tresor $18.97 on clearance
2016 Ch Beaucastel $59.99 Ch (some stores have OWC 6 pks)

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