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by Adam G
November 30th, 2018, 11:32 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WINETASTERS OF TORONTO - HOLIDAY PARTY DEC 12TH
Replies: 5
Views: 80

Re: WINETASTERS OF TORONTO - HOLIDAY PARTY DEC 12TH

Damn...looks amazing! Too bad I'll be back in California by then.
by Adam G
November 30th, 2018, 11:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?
Replies: 24
Views: 774

Re: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?

That's also something I'm exploring, the hurdles there are regulatory. I'm having trouble finding a third party logistics and fulfillment company that can handle direct to consumer sales on behalf of an importer. And the other limitation is that only 13 states allow direct shipping for non-producer...
by Adam G
November 26th, 2018, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4570

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

2016 Sandler Santa Lucia Highland Pinot Noir My first Sandler, from this year's BD! Initially it's all sweet cherry, cranberry and earth. Palate is bright, well balanced, and has a bit darker fruit note than the nose. It's also got a baking spice note of sorts. Finish evolves into stems and otherwis...
by Adam G
November 25th, 2018, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 47
Views: 2019

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

I'll ask the same questions I asked on FB. Is it more "deceptive" to: (1) buy grapes from Willamette Valley, make the wine in Napa from 1005 WV Pinot Noir, and sell it labelled as Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (2) Be located in, say, Napa Valley, make a wine labelled Cabernet Sauvignon, with a Napa V...
by Adam G
November 24th, 2018, 10:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4570

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

2009 Kendric Pinot Noir This bottle was doing far better than a couple of the last ones we've had. This one was still bright but with the faintest hints of oxidation/stewed fruit. Otherwise it was a fruit-driven balanced Pinot. Plenty of earthy character to complement the raspberry and cherry fruit.
by Adam G
November 23rd, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4570

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

This stuff is building quite a following. Sold out quickly in our hood. We always have a few in the garage refrigerator. Best $10 bottle of sparkling wine you will find. I found this to drink significantly better with about an hour of air. I grabbed two cases when it was released a few weeks ago. F...
by Adam G
November 22nd, 2018, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4570

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

NV Trader Joe's Brut Rose, 2018 release. (I'm not sure the Pinot content here, so I leave it to the judges as to whether it counts.) The 2018 is as good as prior releases, maybe even a touch better. This one is more red-fruited, with a distinct strawberry note on the palate and finish. Nose is unins...
by Adam G
November 22nd, 2018, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Success with leaking corks, but sound wine?
Replies: 28
Views: 747

Re: Success with leaking corks, but sound wine?

I wonder if it's the same 2005 Zin I got from K&L recently - Scott Harvey white label. We had one...it was in good shape even though the cork crumbled. And in general, I've found the soundness of the cork to be a pretty poor predictor of the soundness of the wine. I've had very very few flawed bottl...
by Adam G
November 18th, 2018, 10:10 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 67
Views: 1711

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

It looks like we're going to be out of town this year, so maybe 2020 will be the one!
by Adam G
November 18th, 2018, 10:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1255

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

Y ou are exactly right. It's just that in koshering, according to Chabad, Not sure why you keep referring to Chabad. AFAIK, Chabad squawks a lot but they don't speak for all of Orthodox Jewry. I would defer to OU (Orthodox Union) myself; https://oukosher.org Please note that I don't claim to be rig...
by Adam G
November 17th, 2018, 3:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1255

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

Kosher meats by nature cannot be considered kosher if they are wet brined. The whole point of salting them after slaughter is to draw any excess blood out of them which also has the added affect of dry brining. So no, they don't wet brine them. I guess I've misunderstood something all these years. ...
by Adam G
November 16th, 2018, 11:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1255

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

The TJ's Kosher birds are dry-brined and not soaked? Are you sure? That might get me on board to try one. I detest wet-brined birds and birds with added "flavour enhancer" solutions like just about every frozen bird out there. I usually end up with a Jenny-O or one from Sprouts. Kosher meats by nat...
by Adam G
November 16th, 2018, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4570

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

Pinot is my wife's favourite variety! She's happy this will have us open more than usual. Seems like a good way to start is with a 2013 Patricia Green Berserker's Cuvee! Excellent mushroom aromas with cherries and earth. This keeps getting better. I like that it's savoury but with nice bright acidit...
by Adam G
November 15th, 2018, 4:14 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18
Replies: 107
Views: 2659

Re: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-11-18

Hi Adam Would be thrilled to join you. I was thinking that my son had told me the holiday started the 10th but he was referring to the last day. No worries it's all good. I will miss the first night with him, but he is ok with it. Also guaranteed all his presents. Would be thrilled to join you at y...
by Adam G
November 15th, 2018, 4:12 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: LA area: Why always so dead?
Replies: 23
Views: 1035

Re: LA area: Why always so dead?

Robert D. wrote:
October 30th, 2018, 7:48 pm
New to the forum, but I'd be down for something. I'm on the West-ish side of LA.
West LA is a good thing...happy to help organise something!
by Adam G
November 15th, 2018, 4:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Migrant Kitchen: The Jewish Deli
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: The Migrant Kitchen: The Jewish Deli

Yum!
Now where's the best pastrami or Montreal smoked meat in Los Angeles? :D
by Adam G
November 15th, 2018, 4:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1255

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

The TJ's Kosher birds are dry-brined and not soaked? Are you sure? That might get me on board to try one. I detest wet-brined birds and birds with added "flavour enhancer" solutions like just about every frozen bird out there.
I usually end up with a Jenny-O or one from Sprouts.
by Adam G
November 11th, 2018, 2:33 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 30-40% off American-raised Wagyu Ribeye 6-pack
Replies: 2
Views: 616

Re: 30-40% off American-raised Wagyu Ribeye 6-pack

This still going on? I don't see the 6-pack listed for this price...
by Adam G
November 11th, 2018, 2:25 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Anyone interested in an offline on Sun Dec 2nd LA area ?
Replies: 5
Views: 374

Re: Anyone interested in an offline on Sun Dec 2nd LA area ?

I'm possibly available that night - but it's the first night of Channukah so I might be knee-deep in latke making! If you feel like driving to the west side, you could certainly come to us. I don't know who else is close by.
by Adam G
November 11th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18
Replies: 107
Views: 2659

Re: Krug Vertical Tasting: LA area

I was about to say that Dec 1st or 8th could likely work, but the 1st is better as I try not to miss a single Hannukah night and it starts on the 10th..Probably would stay 3 nights. Right now can get round trip non stop which is rare from Htfd for smidgen above $500. Not bad. Have to get ok from gf...
by Adam G
November 11th, 2018, 2:14 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.
Replies: 14
Views: 2078

Re: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.

I'll agree to this extent--most winery websites tend to be relatively uniform and don't vary much in terms of overall design. There's the standard photos of the owner and/or winemaking staff, the winery, and/or the vineyards. There's an "About Us" section where you can read about the history of the...
by Adam G
November 4th, 2018, 4:06 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18
Replies: 107
Views: 2659

Re: Krug Vertical Tasting: LA area

Oh, I'd love to try it! We should be able to swing buying a bottle of the NV (if that's permissible) plus bringing a second non-Krug bottle. Maybe a dessert wine. That is, of course, if the group agrees. I think in the spirit of fairness and consistency I'd like to stick to a bottle of vintage per ...
by Adam G
November 4th, 2018, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries in Murphys?
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Re: Wineries in Murphys?

I've long been a fan of Twisted Oak, although it seems their style may be moving a bit away from my preference. Definitely worth a stop at the winery in Vallecitos if you can - there's nothing like a drive through Rubber Chicken National Forest! We've also enjoyed Brice Station in the past - they ar...
by Adam G
November 2nd, 2018, 8:16 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18
Replies: 107
Views: 2659

Re: Krug Vertical Tasting: LA area

Yikes, that is well above the price point of anything I've ever bought. Literally. I do quite like bubbly, of course, as does my lovely wife. Well, perhaps it's time to try something new? [cheers.gif] Oh, I'd love to try it! We should be able to swing buying a bottle of the NV (if that's permissibl...
by Adam G
October 28th, 2018, 11:03 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Offsite lockers available in West Los Angeles
Replies: 5
Views: 595

Re: Offsite lockers available in West Los Angeles

Hey Bruce...tell me more! For the right pricing I could move from where my overflow is stored now. (So much for that being temporary until I could work my inventory down to fit at home.)
by Adam G
October 27th, 2018, 4:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18
Replies: 107
Views: 2659

Re: Krug Vertical Tasting: LA area

Yikes, that is well above the price point of anything I've ever bought. Literally. I do quite like bubbly, of course, as does my lovely wife.
by Adam G
October 21st, 2018, 6:39 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: LA area: Why always so dead?
Replies: 23
Views: 1035

Re: LA area: Why always so dead?

Always looking for fun evenings to drink delicious wine! I'm on the west side.
by Adam G
August 24th, 2018, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3334
Views: 285165

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Any love for, or knowledge of, the 2017 Ca’ Rozzeria “Langhe Nebbiolo” in the latest offer? I had a bottle of the 2015 Lange Nebbiolo and quite liked it. I don't know if the 2017 was from the same source. Either way, I didn't bite. I need to drink not buy! I'm showing your post to my wife because i...
by Adam G
August 24th, 2018, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tercero library tasting with Larry in OC
Replies: 22
Views: 690

Re: Tercero library tasting with Larry in OC

Hey Larry...I bet either us or Brian & Lisa would happily host one of these in West LA (once she's recovered, of course). But I don't think we'd let you get away with zero Mourvedre :wink:
by Adam G
August 18th, 2018, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3334
Views: 285165

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Mark C wrote:
August 18th, 2018, 10:50 am
Any love for, or knowledge of, the 2017 Ca’ Rozzeria “Langhe Nebbiolo” in the latest offer?
I had a bottle of the 2015 Lange Nebbiolo and quite liked it. I don't know if the 2017 was from the same source. Either way, I didn't bite. I need to drink not buy!
by Adam G
July 22nd, 2018, 2:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Official Deli Thread
Replies: 222
Views: 4107

The Official Deli Thread

I found out today that Langer's, Canter's and Brent's all source their pastrami from LA Provisions (today's LA Times). Why is Langer's then so much better? Yeah, I also saw that - the article did mention that the various delis often dictate the spice blend. I actually thought Langer's made their ow...
by Adam G
July 21st, 2018, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I finally found . . .
Replies: 7
Views: 1020

I finally found . . .

Shockingly enough, I've found many a Pinot Noir did a good job standing up to and pairing with pesto.
by Adam G
June 17th, 2018, 10:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Costco PSA: SRF Brisket $4.99 A Pound
Replies: 11
Views: 1099

Costco PSA: SRF Brisket $4.99 A Pound

West LA had it as well. Along with tritip for $15/lb and NY strip for $25/lb. The latter was father's day dinner. Delicious.
by Adam G
June 17th, 2018, 9:59 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS in Los Angeles and Now Willing to Ship Within CA (Clape, Juge, Michel, Gonon, Borgogno, L'Arlot, Lignier, Pavelot)
Replies: 7
Views: 2581

FS in Los Angeles (Clape, Juge, Michel, Gonon, Borgogno, L'Arlot, Lignier, Pavelot, Lots of Others)

Somebody got all the Baudry!
I'm not supposed to be buying right now, but I'm tempted nonetheless. I'll think on it.
by Adam G
June 17th, 2018, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What will you be opening for Father's Day ?
Replies: 52
Views: 1681

What will you be opening for Father's Day ?

A bottle of 1994 Winesmith Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley.
Had that with SRF NY Strips that my Costco had today as well. Delicious all around. Clark really knows how to make wine.
by Adam G
June 8th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mike on Tour--California 2018--July 7 L.A. Lunch and/or Dinner
Replies: 8
Views: 585

Mike on Tour--California 2018--July 7 L.A. Lunch and/or Dinner

I may be out of town, but if here I'm always happy to meet up with a fellow Torontonian.
by Adam G
June 2nd, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline Etiquette
Replies: 229
Views: 9228

Offline Etiquette

Fair enough Adam. The reality is that there are different types of off-lines and tasting groups. Some are very formal-serious-blind-taste-everything-take-notes-intellectualize-everything tastings. Some are so casual you wouldn't know they weren't just wine heavy cocktail parties/dinners. Etiquette ...
by Adam G
May 31st, 2018, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline Etiquette
Replies: 229
Views: 9228

Offline Etiquette

If I may be direct- why not start a group or initiate a tasting that suits what you are looking for? It feels that you are complaining a bit and waiting for the community to deliver what you want, why not be a driver and not a passenger. --snip-- It isn't about VOLUME of wine- a tasting is about ta...
by Adam G
May 29th, 2018, 11:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline Etiquette
Replies: 229
Views: 9228

Offline Etiquette

Frankly, you just need a sense of the group. If it’s a group where people are mostly bringing $300+ bottles, and you don’t want to or aren’t able to do so, it’s probably just not the right fit for you. If it’s a group that mostly drinks Burgundy and you want to bring and taste Zins, it’s probably j...
by Adam G
May 27th, 2018, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3334
Views: 285165

The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

2013 fonterutoli: http://www.mazzei.it/en/Wines/Castello-di-Fonterutoli/Fonterutoli-Chianti-Classico-DOCG/annata:2013/ Not bad for $17 shipped but I can get Felsina CC for that price so.... Nice sleuthing. That one didn't come up on any of my searches. Where do you get Felsina CC for $17 delivered?
by Adam G
May 27th, 2018, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline Etiquette
Replies: 229
Views: 9228

Offline Etiquette

There are plenty of great wines under $40 and plenty of crappy wines over $40. The "kickin'" wine I brought that Sean referred to above was about half that. Doing the footwork finding amazing inexpensive wines isn't "cheap". Swinging by the supermarket on the way to pick up some random uninterestin...
by Adam G
May 26th, 2018, 10:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline Etiquette
Replies: 229
Views: 9228

Offline Etiquette

It's a rare night for most of us to drink a whole bottle. Irrelevant. These get togethers aren't about how much you can drink. They're about sharing an experience around wine. If you go in looking like you are cheaping out, you look parasitic. It's against the spirit of the thing. It sets a bad fir...
by Adam G
May 26th, 2018, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline Etiquette
Replies: 229
Views: 9228

Offline Etiquette

don't bring a +1 and only bring one bottle. Unless they are ABSOLUTELY not drinking a single drop, bring two bottles. This is one convention for Berserker gatherings I've not quite understood. Why is a bottle per person the expectation? It's a rare night for most of us to drink a whole bottle. I'd ...
by Adam G
May 26th, 2018, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3334
Views: 285165

The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Anybody have an idea of the mystery Chianti Classico? It's actually a lot of information, but I can't seem to find all the scores:
2013 Chianti Classico
JS 92
WA 91
WE and WS 90
Galloni 89
MSRP $28-32

Closest I could find was Poggio Scalette, but the scores were a bit conflicting.
by Adam G
May 2nd, 2018, 10:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kendric on casemates
Replies: 0
Views: 273

PSA: Kendric on casemates

Stew has his 2013 Kendric Pinot up on casemates.com, or as some are calling it, the site formerly known as wine.woot. The new model encourages splitting cases - $200 for a case $65 for a 3-pack, I think it is.
by Adam G
March 30th, 2018, 11:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker reliability as of late
Replies: 40
Views: 2356

CellarTracker reliability as of late

See, I couldn't get CT to load. I figure if there's a broader problem, the WB folks will be on it. Lo and behold this thread is on top. Perfect!
I will just enter my consumption from tonight in the morning instead champagne.gif
by Adam G
March 29th, 2018, 10:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: LA (Super)Market Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1210

LA (Super)Market Thread

Mitsuwa is a great Japanese market. The Venice/Centinella location is pretty good, but I don't have any comparison points. Their mushroom selection is to die for.

Super King is another reasonably good store - lots of eastern European and Mediterranean stuff at good prices.
by Adam G
March 29th, 2018, 10:00 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Santa Monica/LA March 23 or 24
Replies: 14
Views: 855

Santa Monica/LA March 23 or 24

Totally missed this! Next time!
by Adam G
February 13th, 2018, 10:41 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: VELETA Gourmet BDIX - FREE SHIPPING - EXTENDED
Replies: 89
Views: 2877

VELETA Gourmet BDIX - FREE SHIPPING - EXTENDED

Funny - I got an email from Gourmets of Spain today asking me to review my purchases. They haven't shipped yet. (I don't care that they're not here...I'm in no rush. The email was a bit surprising in that context.) Everyone is getting them...it is an automated message asking for feedback. Apparentl...

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