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by Anton D
August 18th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The end of Cabernet in Napa Valley?
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: The end of Cabernet in Napa Valley?

I don’t know the AVA rules, but watch for Pope Valley and Chiles Valley “Napa” cabs?
by Anton D
August 17th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting notes are a challenge, some wines are worth the effort...
Replies: 5
Views: 498

Re: Tasting notes are a challenge, some wines are worth the effort...

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
August 17th, 2019, 1:53 pm
$70 for 1986 Gloria?

Ouch. It was under $20 on release.
I’ve had them in the cellar, but trying to list availability with these tastings.
by Anton D
August 17th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting notes are a challenge, some wines are worth the effort...
Replies: 5
Views: 498

Re: Tasting notes are a challenge, some wines are worth the effort...

Next up, 1999 Beaux Frères "Belles Soeurs-Yamhill County Cuvée" Pinot Noir. Also inexpensive, listed under 40 bucks at K&L. My wife and I like to blind challenge each other, and she had this lying in wait when I got home from work one evening. These are truly blind tasting: eyes closed. When first p...
by Anton D
August 16th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 56
Views: 1444

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 9:40 am
Rick Allen wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 9:10 am
I can't believe that someone is still touting the benefits of industrial factory eggs, especially someone who cares about what they eat.
Thank you for your generous contribution.
You know, the chicken contributes to your breakfast, but the pig commits!
by Anton D
August 16th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The end of Cabernet in Napa Valley? - SF Chronicle
Replies: 5
Views: 784

Re: The end of Cabernet in Napa Valley? - SF Chronicle

It'll be OK, Carneros is loading up on Bordeaux varietals.
by Anton D
August 16th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB
Replies: 43
Views: 1171

Re: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB

YLee wrote:
August 16th, 2019, 12:39 pm
It's pretty neck and neck. I thought it would have been one-sided.
Price is no impediment.
by Anton D
August 16th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spottswoode Garden Party 8/17
Replies: 1
Views: 299

Re: Spottswoode Garden Party 8/17

We keep promising ourselves we will go, but never have!

Thanks for the nice invitation and you may have motivated us for 2020!

Hope you have a gerat time.
by Anton D
August 16th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB
Replies: 43
Views: 1171

Re: Friday poll: is '08/'09 Cristal or '06 Taittinger BdB

Depends on which stemware you will be using.
by Anton D
August 14th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: All Clad VIP Sale extra discounts
Replies: 27
Views: 1975

Re: All Clad VIP Sale extra discounts

Thanks, Alan!

I went and bought an array of roasting pans!

I gots big plans!
by Anton D
August 14th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 34
Views: 1731

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

Sorry Mike, that’s ridiculous. It’s a marketing gimmick as much as a wine. Luxury wine is a marketing gimmick Robert - including that fancy stuff you get from France! pileon Grape racism! The brilliance of Zinfandel has been there for all to see all along. I appreciate the recognition. I will disse...
by Anton D
August 14th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 54
Views: 1655

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

For a really elegant taste connection, consider Peter Michael and Aubert on the same day. If they might want a group chardonnay day... Hyde Winery (home of Hyde vineyard chard.) Tres Perlas (home of Brown Ranch chard, one row away from Hyde vineyard.) Aubert (they source their Hyde from Hyde Vineyar...
by Anton D
August 13th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 54
Views: 1655

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

+10 to Alpha Omega.

Check out Davis on Silverado Trail. Food pairing and great wine. We’ve done tasting/eating there and it was superlative.


Brasswood does food and wine, as well.
by Anton D
August 11th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2977

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

Serious? That’s gross. Post a link, would lie to read it. You haven’t heard of Orin Swift’s Gin ‘n Juice red wine? [wink.gif] The label says “Laid Back.” Back label: (so dope it has two bar codes) “Rollin down the street, smokin indo, sippin on gin and juice Laid back (with my mind on my money and ...
by Anton D
August 11th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25470

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

And why people are fleeing the state in large numbers. No. False. Not true. In 2018, the population n CA grew by nearly 200,000. But try again. Pretty sure the net increase is due to foreign immigration. The immigration from other states is less than that of immigration to other states. And busines...
by Anton D
August 11th, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25470

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

Those of us in California understand this is an off the charts hyper-regulated, environmentally excessive, business unfriendly state. Truer words were never spoken.... TTT That’s why so many wineries are moving out of state and investment in the industry is so meager. I hear it is about to be swell...
by Anton D
August 11th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2977

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

If it makes you feel better, I drove past The Prisoner winery yesterday and forgot to flip them off or break my empties on their driveway. I guess I’m going soft. As Dre said, “Don’t let me slip, ‘cause if I slip then I’m slippin’.” Which of course, with Prisoner, or Martenelli for that matter, wou...
by Anton D
August 11th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?
Replies: 29
Views: 1523

Re: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?

One time, I accidentally ordered Gold Chain Shipping and Mr. T delivered my wine.

He said, “I pity the foo who can’t wait until fall to get his wine.”
by Anton D
August 11th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on making this Crude Basement space a cellar
Replies: 14
Views: 830

Re: Thoughts on making this Crude Basement space a cellar

Keep it passive, concentrate on how you want it to look!
by Anton D
August 10th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 2728

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

Just hit 1,000 bottles of inventory in CT after buying a few mags from Envoyer today. Not sure if I should head down the mountain or keep climbing. Storage bursting at the seams...time to join the Wine Watchers monthly reduction plan on the other thread? Plan for triple in the future. You will than...
by Anton D
August 9th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2977

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

If it makes you feel better, I drove past The Prisoner winery yesterday and forgot to flip them off or break my empties on their driveway.

I guess I’m going soft.

As Dre said, “Don’t let me slip, ‘cause if I slip then I’m slippin’.”
by Anton D
August 7th, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.
Replies: 32
Views: 2034

Re: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.

I’d think you would want to start with a wine that’s lacking in well...everything. The worst vintage of already thin wine and see what you can do with that. maybe a 13 Bordeaux or Loire or something from South America with greenies? That’s a great idea. I wonder if Rudy worked that way. I am going ...
by Anton D
August 7th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Cat Cabernet 2006 and Black Cat Special Selection 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1429

Re: Black Cat Cabernet 2006 and Black Cat Special Selection 2014

Wow, what a great note.

I like the EMH house style.
by Anton D
August 7th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE ban me now, I have purchased Rolland (Ovid)
Replies: 62
Views: 2823

Re: AFWE ban me now, I have purchased Rolland (Ovid)

The great winery tours are the ones that get you to buy wine you don’t even like. In this case I’m not sure how many people really won’t like it. It’s a very well made wine in a super friendly style. It’s more an issue of where you want to spend your money. Their setting certainly loosens wallets. ...
by Anton D
August 7th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.
Replies: 32
Views: 2034

Re: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.

I am going to rewatch that famous episode of Northern Exposure and see what I can create with these new things, some other household items, and Two Buck Chuck. Cult wines, I'm coming for ya! [cheers.gif] What an entertaining idea! Although if you're looking for a neutral base to start with, Two Buc...
by Anton D
August 7th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 92
Views: 5519

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

ICAP Technical Analysis article predicted a pound of 1.14 if we see a No Deal Brexit. (And 1.0526-1.02 GBP/EUR. Reverse parity.) Will BoJo be the last PM of the 'United Kingdom?' Northern Ireland melding into Ireland and an independent Wales and Scotland would be fun (as in interesting) to see. (I k...
by Anton D
August 7th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4201

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

Maybe it's time we assign "levels" to ourselves. I propose baseball style, Rookie, A, AA, AAA, Major League. People like Francoise, Favre, a few others.... major leaguers . Making boilermakers with unicorn white Burgundy and unicorn Champagne, wines from the French Third Republic, wines that even Ru...
by Anton D
August 7th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa - Party of 12
Replies: 7
Views: 759

Re: Napa - Party of 12

mmoyer wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 11:29 pm
A/O can host 12 with reservations. Have some good folks. Also more than just Cabs. Think Mending Wall can also accommodate.
Mending Wall!

They rock.

I agree with Mondavi, as well. They have some fine wines in their line up.
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.
Replies: 31
Views: 1818

Re: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.

the 88 DRC story is an interesting one. Look at the bottle—Leroy’s name is there. In later years, though she is a part owner, it’s gone—name not on the bottle. She was also a distributor. She facilitated selling the Romanée Conti in Asia and dumping on the US market at low low (amazing) prices the ...
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa - Party of 12
Replies: 7
Views: 759

Re: Napa - Party of 12

Davis makes great wine, they are nice, and can accommodate that size. Sure to be a hit, and they pair with bites of food. http://www.davisfamilyvineyards.com/ Sign up for a SVD cab/ERA tasting experience at Alpha Omega. We have done groups that size at both and loved them. I think Jarvis could go 12...
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25470

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

Craig G wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Anton D wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 3:35 pm
It's hard to keep up these days. Who's the racist on this thread?
You know what they say about spotting the sucker at the poker table...
I always figured I couldn't identify the fish because it was so hard to look out over my wall of chips and I stay so busy raking in pots.
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25470

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

Gary York wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 3:44 pm
If you have to ask.....
Uh, oh.

[gen_fro.gif]
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25470

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

It's hard to keep up these days. Who's the racist on this thread?
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1940
Views: 161418

Re: Steak Porn

I cooked a 'Jorge' last weekend on my Ranch Kettle. Four hour heavy salting and then a hard direct sear for 3 minutes each side over post oak and then indirect on the cool side rotating every few minutes to even out cooking. Took it to 125 (about 40 minutes total) and then rested for 10 minutes und...
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 98
Views: 9222

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

This is a fascinating thread. Perhaps reaching out to their usual buyers with library offers at ridiculous prices as a thank you and reset the price at 300 bucks from here on and see what shakes out. I don't know how they could stay alive without moving inventory. this problem they have is similar ...
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 98
Views: 9222

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

This is a fascinating thread.

Perhaps reaching out to their usual buyers with library offers at ridiculous prices as a thank you and reset the price at 300 bucks from here on and see what shakes out.

I don't know how they could stay alive without moving inventory.
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rochioli small block offering out today
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: Rochioli small block offering out today

Len Stevens wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 11:17 am
Anton D wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 11:01 am
Thank you for the reminder!

Thanks to you, I went and shopped, but never got an email from the winery.

Odd.

When I saw your post, I got palpitations!!!

[cheers.gif]
Glad to help Anton!
If you are ever in Chico, CA, we will pop old ones for you! [cheers.gif]
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rochioli small block offering out today
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: Rochioli small block offering out today

Thank you for the reminder!

Thanks to you, I went and shopped, but never got an email from the winery.

Odd.

When I saw your post, I got palpitations!!!

[cheers.gif]
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 446
Views: 42404

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Erik: We moved to Las Vegas December 2017, and love living here. Although we are not gamblers, we enjoy the phenomenal restaurants, shows, professional sports, golf, etc. We would love to see you if you come to Vegas! E-mail me when you know you are coming. [cheers.gif] Jeff: Our racking and wrough...
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Meo Camuzet Clos Vougeot
Replies: 8
Views: 576

Re: TN: 2014 Meo Camuzet Clos Vougeot

This note was perfect. We have some of those sitting, so I will not rush into anything.
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.
Replies: 32
Views: 2034

Re: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.

This falls into the Flavor and Fragrance area which I was a part of for my entire career. But why stop with Mega Purple. Why not just go to a Juice Concentrate producer and decide where you want to go. Grape to bolster up that Cab, Blackberry or Blueberry to add some complexity, Dark Sweet Cherry t...
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Wow, did you know this sort of thing existed?
Replies: 0
Views: 265

Wow, did you know this sort of thing existed?

https://labelpeelers.com/flavoring/

I wonder where I've likely been served that stuff.

Amazing, to me.
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 87
Views: 2598

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

Wow, found this place while looking for something else.

There may be individual items you could play with and challenge yourself.

https://labelpeelers.com/additives/
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem Allocation Next Week
Replies: 20
Views: 1594

Re: Williams Selyem Allocation Next Week

I usually load up on the WS Rochioli. But, the review WS has on their website for this wine is pretty unflattering. Anyone had the '17? https://www.williamsselyem.com/wine/2017-rochioli-riverblock-vineyard-pinot-noir#content 91 is a Berserker zero. [cheers.gif] It is an odd review to plaster up, fo...
by Anton D
August 6th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4201

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

Welcome to wine on the internet, there will always be jealousy masked as concern for the poor bottles being opened. Welcome to wine on the internet, there will always be social signaling masked as "we all know this is about good friends and sharing good times" right before the exsessibe balla bragg...
by Anton D
August 5th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 33
Views: 1963

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Tom DeBiase wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 3:16 pm
For me some of the purest expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The difference in site expression in regards to flavor, structure, texture e.tc is remarkable.

Tom
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by Anton D
August 5th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 446
Views: 42404

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Colin, that is lovely!

Love the arches.

Did you ever get to visit the wine shop in the basement at the Rio Hotel back when they had the Napa restaurant? Your brick and arches remind me of that lovely shop.
by Anton D
August 5th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4201

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 11:08 am
Post what you wanna post. I love reading some Bacchanalia threads.
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by Anton D
August 5th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 33
Views: 1963

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

I opened a 2011 Heintz last night and it is a delicious Chardonnay with bright lemon-lime fruit with some grapefruit notes showing up on the long finish. The acidity is in perfect balance with the fruit. These are getting pricey, especially with the shipping, but they are in a small company of the ...
by Anton D
August 5th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 33
Views: 1963

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Hank Victor wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 11:27 am
Tom DeBiase shared a nice write up about the 2017 vintage wines in this post.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=161214&p=2781899&hi ... s#p2781899

I'm excited for the chardonnays.
I share your enthusiasm, I love these wines...I love the pinot noirs, as well.

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