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by Bdklein
September 11th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 56
Views: 4258

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Informative post, Roy, but is it really so important to those of us here? None of use are buying (or would buy) $5.49 ToKalon Central Coast Pinot. I don't buy anything with a "ToKalon" name, and frankly, at this point I would hope that smart growers and marketers would actually steer clear of that ...
by Bdklein
September 11th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 167
Views: 12197

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

I have an acquaintance who had been on the MacDonald list for the last few years. I learned today that he didn’t receive the save the date email. I also know from experience that only those who are receiving an allocation receive that email. Given that he had been somewhat less that covert in the r...
by Bdklein
September 11th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 167
Views: 12197

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

I have an acquaintance who had been on the MacDonald list for the last few years. I learned today that he didn’t receive the save the date email. I also know from experience that only those who are receiving an allocation receive that email. Given that he had been somewhat less that covert in the r...
by Bdklein
September 9th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 38
Views: 1105

Re: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version

Rob Lynch wrote:
September 8th, 2019, 1:08 am
Corkscrew
Pocketknife with a corkscrew . Also has knives , screwdriver, scissor , tweezer , toothpick and other little tools. So practical/useful.
by Bdklein
September 8th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 167
Views: 12197

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

Brady Daniels wrote:
September 8th, 2019, 10:42 am
I signed up for the list in March 2015. Anyone else sign up near that point? Am I close to getting an allocation yet?

Don’t expect wine anytime soon. Screaming Eagle II.
by Bdklein
September 2nd, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Alligator
Replies: 8
Views: 408

Re: Alligator

There is a restaurant in Nairobi that serves grilled crocodile - very seriously great. Sort of like the best lobster meat you have ever had x 10. Is that anything like your experience with alligator? Haven’t ever had alligator that is as sweet as lobster. My experience is it has the texture of chic...
by Bdklein
September 2nd, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Scallop and sole night...searing is hard.
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: Scallop and sole night...searing is hard.

I love lemon pepper sprinkled on scallops .
by Bdklein
September 2nd, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Alligator
Replies: 8
Views: 408

Alligator

I just grilled some (previously frozen ) alligator filets. I love alligator. Just used some oil and salt and pepper to start on all. Then put some jerk sauce on half of it. Yum .
by Bdklein
August 27th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction Question
Replies: 26
Views: 927

Re: Cellar Construction Question

How’s the humidity ?
by Bdklein
August 23rd, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??
Replies: 71
Views: 2186

Re: Yoikes...

TomHill wrote:
August 23rd, 2019, 8:58 am
Just noticed that I've just passed 9000 posts. Anybody can recommend a good
WB 12-step program?? [snort.gif]
Tom
I would tell you but it’s short/boring .
by Bdklein
August 22nd, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off mailing lists to buying retail?
Replies: 30
Views: 2704

Re: Off mailing lists to buying retail?

I read posts like this and understand the idea of it. However, my reality in the Midwest is 99% of the lists that I am on are not availabe in any store in our state. I used to buy a lot of those through K&L, but they can no longer ship to us (thank you to our state for saving our distributors-thats...
by Bdklein
August 18th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 64
Views: 3396

Re: Napa Cab under $100

Chris Atkins wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Go get the 2011 Dunn Howell Mountain. It appears to be available on the K&L website for $99. That is a steal for a wine of this caliber.

Doesn’t need to age ?
Doesn’t need to decant ?

Just aksing -thought it would need both .
Maybe not because a 2011?
by Bdklein
August 16th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2514

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

When I bought EBs eggs in the past, they just didn’t taste like regular eggs . They just tasted different, and not in a good way, compared to the cheapest eggs in a store as well as organic brown eggs (my preference ). I’m thinking it has to do with the less saturated fat that EB touts? Or the Omeg...
by Bdklein
August 15th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2514

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

When I bought EBs eggs in the past, they just didn’t taste like regular eggs . They just tasted different, and not in a good way, compared to the cheapest eggs in a store as well as organic brown eggs (my preference ). I’m thinking it has to do with the less saturated fat that EB touts? Or the Omega...
by Bdklein
August 13th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Pouring In Nantucket? (Needs a MA Distributor?)
Replies: 7
Views: 1317

Re: Pouring In Nantucket? (Needs a MA Distributor?)

We are trying to pour in Nantucket ,
It ain’t easy I’m about to say f*ck it .
If I do find a source ,
You can drink like a horse .
But you must spit out the wine in a bucket.
by Bdklein
August 10th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2514

Eggland’s Best Eggs

are gross. And not natural .
by Bdklein
August 6th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Kosta Browne "Estate Offering"
Replies: 21
Views: 2819

Re: Thoughts on Kosta Browne "Estate Offering"

Chenoweth , who is the grower , is also in the mix . For a lot less money .
by Bdklein
August 5th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4432

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

Howard Cooper wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 7:11 am
Dan Hammer wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 6:44 am
I enjoy reading the posts of the gentleman from France and The Philippines. It's fun to read about high end wines and lavish meals.

Howard, I think you're off base here.
I think you should reread my OP and what I am objecting to.
I did and I still don’t understand.
by Bdklein
August 3rd, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1354
Views: 69643

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Big and little (actually 4 littles)
by Bdklein
July 23rd, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Growing Season (France/Italy)
Replies: 7
Views: 705

Re: 2019 Growing Season (France/Italy)

And 100 degrees in Burgundy ? Can’t be good I assume.
by Bdklein
July 22nd, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Growing Season (France/Italy)
Replies: 7
Views: 705

Re: 2019 Growing Season (France/Italy)

What I find interesting about Burgundy/Bordeaux vs Sonoma/Napa is that France will get some rain during the growing season and CA does not .
by Bdklein
July 21st, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.
Replies: 37
Views: 3577

Re: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.

Because you don’t like how you look in the reflection of the pictures of the bottles?
by Bdklein
July 16th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Print version of WA: Dead
Replies: 13
Views: 1349

Re: Print version of WA: Dead

Maybe being reborn ??
by Bdklein
July 16th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This is an expensive day of mailers
Replies: 11
Views: 1202

Re: This is an expensive day of mailers

Bud Carey wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 10:24 am
Cirq is just around the corner.
You’re buying?
by Bdklein
July 15th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 34
Views: 1836

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Btw it’s Italy . Fresh produce and cheese so much better than here in the US. Plus seafood good too. Didn’t have a bad meal in Positano nor Capri for a week. I don’t get the complaints .
by Bdklein
July 15th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 34
Views: 1836

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Awesome report. Roscioli is indeed the real deal -- one of my favorite spots on Earth. Does anyone have any advice of *good* Positano spots? I'll be there for a few days next month and am looking to find something good. I've added Le Tre Sorelle to the list. We liked Il Ritrovo. Location makes it a...
by Bdklein
July 15th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 396
Views: 21555

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Time to look at crop levels and thinning programs. Also looking at what I hope is the final mildew prevention spray. Still have some unsold fruit that might get custom crushed, we'll see. Casey, thanks for your posts . Are these “normal” situations this time of year . Any anomalies for 2019?
by Bdklein
July 11th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 2876

Re: What meals did you grow up on

My mother was a good cook, but was sick a lot .
The one meal that sticks in head, was fried flounder , with a side of large egg noodles mixed with creamed spinach . Yum
by Bdklein
July 10th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 80
Views: 5642

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

I am sure I am the outlier here, but the cabs just don’t capture my attention. I sold off all the ones I bought. Just not my style. Can you elaborate? Just curious . Thanks I like black cherry, tobacco, leathery cabs with complexity that are approachable in the near term. The RM’s to me seem more d...
by Bdklein
July 10th, 2019, 5:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Americans dropping like flies...
Replies: 9
Views: 2261

Re: Americans dropping like flies...

Howard Cooper wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 5:16 am
Sometimes people should not make posts about motives without facts.
But that’s no fun.
by Bdklein
July 9th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 80
Views: 5642

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

Michael Martin wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 6:14 pm
I am sure I am the outlier here, but the cabs just don’t capture my attention. I sold off all the ones I bought. Just not my style.
Can you elaborate? Just curious . Thanks
by Bdklein
July 9th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2645

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

David Glasser wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 11:43 am
Bdklein wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 9:05 am
We didn’t need any wine
I Googled this but remain at a loss. Can you explain?
Funny
by Bdklein
July 9th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 80
Views: 5642

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

Can someone post the newsletter ? The RM emails never make it to my Inbox and the info is not yet on the website .
by Bdklein
July 9th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2645

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

We didn’t need any wine so we never ended up going to the store.
by Bdklein
July 8th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 59
Views: 3751

Re: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.

I had Koops mustard for the first time yesterday. It was really good.
by Bdklein
July 8th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 34
Views: 1836

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Il Ritrovo wasn’t good? Wow.
No good seafood in Positano? Wow.

Thanks for sharing your trip details .
by Bdklein
July 4th, 2019, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 1089

Re: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?

Seems like a good local retail store might be a good option. I don’t know any , however.
by Bdklein
July 3rd, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Aruba: Suggestions for Restaurants etc.
Replies: 39
Views: 2317

Re: Aruba: Suggestions for Restaurants etc.

Giannis for the spaghetti Parmesan.
Tierra del Sol. At the golf course by the lighthouse .
CAsa tua for the seafood pizza (and other pizza)
Don’t know anything about BYO.

Been to Aruba a few times but have never taken a tour . Have snorkleled but only on my own .

Enjoy .
by Bdklein
June 30th, 2019, 1:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5279

Re: Another Flannery PSA

How do you cook hangers or skirt without them still being fairly chewy or is that just the way they are I don’t find good skirt steak chewy . I do find good hangar steak a bit chewy . IMO you need to marinate skirt steak for at least 12 hours. I use the following 4 items and it tastes great: 1. Pet...
by Bdklein
June 28th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2645

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

Btw I’m in NY and would use the coupon there .
by Bdklein
June 28th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2645

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

I thought TW direct are private brands (maybe wrong term) of which I have never heard ?? Am I mistaken/wrong ??
by Bdklein
June 28th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2645

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

Thanks all. We don’t drink/buy a lot of high end stuff but will check it out.
by Bdklein
June 28th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2645

Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

So we got our first Total Wine coupon .
Any winery or spirit direct recommendations?
by Bdklein
June 28th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2309

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Or just wait until Berserkers Day. Sort of the same thing
by Bdklein
June 27th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2309

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Matt Allen wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 6:21 am
I would drop any winery that did a Dutch Auction
I would drop any wine that resembled a Dutch Oven.
by Bdklein
June 26th, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bevan current offering
Replies: 8
Views: 967

Re: Bevan current offering

Mark, read this please. from Roy Piper , a Napa winemaker .

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=158930&hilit=Houyi& ... 0#p2688904
by Bdklein
June 26th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bevan current offering
Replies: 8
Views: 967

Re: Bevan current offering

Well, 17 ain’t 16 or 18.
by Bdklein
June 26th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Hamburg Recommendations?
Replies: 8
Views: 511

Re: Hamburg Recommendations?

willkim wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 10:42 am
Bdklein wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 8:56 am
willkim wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 8:10 am


Thank you!
I was asked how many days/nights? And where are you staying ?
Land Sunday night depart Friday morning during second week of June.
Any trip info to share ?
by Bdklein
June 24th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3226

Re: Calistoga wineries

Schramsberg

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