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by David J
August 24th, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: looking for cheap wine decanters
Replies: 20
Views: 1030

Re: looking for cheap wine decanters

We have juice carafes we bought at restaurant supply for under 5 bucks
by David J
August 19th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Round-Up
Replies: 98
Views: 7144

Re: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Countdown

I think I have a 13 or 14 oakville farmhouse i can bring. Also I have turley Haynes vineyard which give us some Napa old vines. I’m not sure how many bottles I need to bring....
by David J
August 17th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Round-Up
Replies: 98
Views: 7144

Re: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Countdown

I can bring some old vine zins. I'll have to check my cabs and bedrock selection to see what else qualifies.

If anyone wants, I can bring a BBQ brisket, Ribs or pork butt.

If we want to get funky on the grill, I have some wild game. Nilgai and Venison backstrap.
by David J
August 6th, 2019, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...
Replies: 21
Views: 1238

Re: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...

Talking to someone in the industry, the bourbon barrel stuff sells pretty well to entry level consumers. It isn’t going away
by David J
July 25th, 2019, 6:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Texas BBQ Spring Break
Replies: 17
Views: 1341

Re: Texas BBQ Spring Break

In the museum district you missed the chance to eat at the Pit Room. The brisket is on par with what I’ve had at killens and in Lockhart.
by David J
June 26th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3601

Re: Calistoga wineries

Solbar redid their menu and if has improved a lot. Definitely my go to restaurant in Calistoga. Try the lucky pig and thank me later
by David J
June 9th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Prop 65 Warnings in packages
Replies: 6
Views: 917

Re: Prop 65 Warnings in packages

If you use a fulfillment house they should be able to print it with the shipping label and can turn it on or off based on destination
by David J
June 9th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 118
Views: 14705

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

I will say if his sales are way down and inventory is piling up, this story won’t help his sales. People that like the wine but stayed on the sidelines due to price can lay off now knowing this likely ends with lower prices eventually.
by David J
June 9th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 118
Views: 14705

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

I probably would have fired her too but not over this valuation dispute. Paying someone 400k to renegotiate a loan with the same bank is silly. Also if 300m in assets already backs up the loan why does the bank need the winery financials. Is that part of the collateral too? If they were concerned ab...
by David J
June 7th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Round-Up
Replies: 98
Views: 7144

Re: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Planning Stage

New transplant to Calistoga and I would love to join if I could
by David J
April 13th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 116
Views: 10253

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

Mine came in the foam. The back of the case was slightly damaged. I’m not sure why some shipped in foam and the others shipped in korrvu (that’s the plastic). The korrvu is a far superior product to the foam.
by David J
November 13th, 2017, 2:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cooking Wine
Replies: 19
Views: 987

Cooking Wine

Cooks illustrated tested this out with plonk and high end wine and found there to be no discernible taste difference. I use whatever cheap stuff I have laying around. Another trick is to use the twist off small sutter home wines or black box
by David J
November 10th, 2017, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2017 Edition---TABULATIONS COMPLETE
Replies: 161
Views: 11674

WOTYs--2017 Edition---Post Yours and Discovery of the Year

90 latour mag 96 Harlan from mag after the latour and it held its own and was preferred by many 96 Dom oeno 90 phelps backus Woty - 99 screaming eagle. Comparable to the 90 latour but for me slightly better structure and cleaner flavors. Complex and delicious and singing on the evening we had it. Di...
by David J
October 26th, 2017, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any love for second labels here?
Replies: 58
Views: 2552

Any love for second labels here?

Some people are just being pedantic. A second wine is wine made from the same vineyards but are sold for less. Casa piena is 150 for the flagship and 75 for the second. All from the same vineyard, just different barrels. Pride reserve versus the regular. Etc. this isn't complicated. I don't consider...
by David J
October 23rd, 2017, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any love for second labels here?
Replies: 58
Views: 2552

Any love for second labels here?

I really enjoy our gang wine from casa piena. It's half the flagship price and the 2013 was slamming
by David J
October 22nd, 2017, 11:22 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 614
Views: 51204

The Cocktail Thread

Not sur if you guys have heard of truecubes but they have a ice cube maker that makes 4 large perfectly clear cubes. It actually makes 8 cubes but 4 are cloudy and 4 are clear. For making cocktails the perfectly clear cubes are neat.
by David J
October 22nd, 2017, 11:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cooking an epic meal...just for YOU?
Replies: 40
Views: 1601

Cooking an epic meal...just for YOU?

I'm an avid hunter but my wife doesn't really like to eat game, even though it's delicious. When she goes out of town I have "wild game extravaganza weekend" and really do it up. I usually cook at least 2 big wild game dinners. Duck confit, cassoulet, duck breasts in cherry and red wine reduction, v...
by David J
October 18th, 2017, 12:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Thankgiving planning thread
Replies: 26
Views: 1359

Another Thankgiving planning thread

Broccoli casserole would be an alternative to green bean. Broccoli, onions, cheese and mushrooms. To be honest though, the masses would probably crush an old school green bean casserole.
by David J
October 18th, 2017, 12:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Open technique BBQ competition
Replies: 26
Views: 1199

Open technique BBQ competition

There are bbq competition tricks to make your food stand out. For instance most judges like a little sweetness, stuff like that.
by David J
October 14th, 2017, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: chateau Gloria 2012 st. Julien
Replies: 5
Views: 432

TN: chateau Gloria 2012 st. Julien

From magnum. Medium body, purple. Medium consistency. Nose: red fruited, vegetal. Definitely getting strong vegetal vibe. Some oak, dried herbs. Palate: not as much veg as the nose. Very dry. Acid, tanin. Oak and cedar. Plums and red fruits. Overall enjoyable. Better with food but for the money a ve...
by David J
October 13th, 2017, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Turley Napa cab
Replies: 10
Views: 1181

TN: 2014 Turley Napa cab

Yeah I bought because I like their Zins and for Napa cab it was reasonably priced. I'm not a repeat buyer of this.
by David J
October 10th, 2017, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Turley Napa cab
Replies: 10
Views: 1181

TN: 2014 Turley Napa cab

I didn't get tannin. It was pretty mellow. Sweet maybe now that I think about it and that is where my head was when I said not too much structure.
by David J
October 7th, 2017, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Lucia Highlands Vineyards?
Replies: 4
Views: 434

Santa Lucia Highlands Vineyards?

I recently had a Santa lucia highlands Carlisle Syrah recently that was quite tasty
by David J
October 6th, 2017, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Turley Napa cab
Replies: 10
Views: 1181

TN: 2014 Turley Napa cab

Enjoying this on a Friday. Dark purple, full bodied consistency. Nose - red and blue fruit, some dust, oak, some alcohol, sage and rosemary, maybe a hint of dairy. Taste - blue and red fruit. Strawberry jam, tiny hint of smoke. Oak spices, some herbs. Some acid and tannins but very drinkable now. Go...
by David J
October 5th, 2017, 6:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Anybody make milk punch?
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Anybody make milk punch?

Guy at my hunting camp makes it. Pretty dang good. I can get the recipe but his is pretty easy.
by David J
October 4th, 2017, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Misuse of Critic's Scores & Reviews by Retailers
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Misuse of Critic's Scores & Reviews by Retailers

Lots of them post a review or score for a previous vintage from the vintage they are selling.
by David J
September 26th, 2017, 7:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery Beef
Replies: 129
Views: 10977

Flannery Beef

I cook my hangers rare. For those that like medium rare, I talk them into rare. They are always tender when rare in my experience.
by David J
September 19th, 2017, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MACDONALD Incoming!
Replies: 178
Views: 13462

MACDONALD Incoming!

Guess I'm still wait listed. Damn
by David J
September 19th, 2017, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley is live
Replies: 38
Views: 2774

Turley is live

Full wish granted for pesenti and cedarman. One of 2 heminways wished was granted and I struck out on ueberroth wish list.
by David J
September 14th, 2017, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blankiet....Pure Class
Replies: 21
Views: 1872

Blankiet....Pure Class

I received this email as well. Also received emails from peacock, vineyard 7&8 and revana.
by David J
September 13th, 2017, 4:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help identifying a wine's value
Replies: 13
Views: 850

Need help identifying a wine's value

3.50
by David J
September 12th, 2017, 8:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Food Marketing FAIL!
Replies: 3
Views: 427

Food Marketing FAIL!

I guess it's sausage
by David J
September 12th, 2017, 7:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Range Recommendation
Replies: 40
Views: 2977

Range Recommendation

I have a 60 inch Thermidor with a griddle. I was looking at capital or bluestar but the thermador has sealed burners and similar btu output. 22000 to 15000 btu burners with the ultra low simmer is really useful.

I've been very happy so far. Ovens have been great, convection, etc with self clean.
by David J
September 12th, 2017, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dakota Shy Next Chapter
Replies: 9
Views: 1455

Dakota Shy Next Chapter

Was wondering the same. Where is the vineyard, etc.
by David J
September 9th, 2017, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: D.R. Stephens estate cab 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 359

TN: D.R. Stephens estate cab 2014

It was pretty small so I couldn't cook it long. Very tasty and not wild tasting. Would have been better if I'd used a tiny bit of coffee in the rub. Drinking the same bottle 2 days later. Softer nose but similar. Palate is picking up a little pie spice. Still drinking great. Worth mentioning that as...
by David J
September 7th, 2017, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: D.R. Stephens estate cab 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 359

TN: D.R. Stephens estate cab 2014

Paired with grilled veggies and buffalo hangar steak. Nose - blue fruit with some red as well. Plum, blueberries, some dust, light hint of smoke and cedar. Light floral and herbal notes, sage, rosemary. Can smell the alcohol heat as well. Palate - smooth and most coating. Blueberries, raspberries, o...
by David J
September 5th, 2017, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2883
Views: 192544

What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2016 Nouveau. Went vegetarian tonight after eating BBQ brisket and pulled pork for the last 5 days that I cooked for Harvey volunteers. Grilled eggplant/cauliflower steak and corn. it's going unbelievably well with it. I posted a separate tasting note, but just very light and fun. Like a hybrid rose...
by David J
September 5th, 2017, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bedrock 2016 Nouveau
Replies: 0
Views: 233

TN: Bedrock 2016 Nouveau

Bought 1 of these last year just to try. I'm not a Beaujolai fan but this really isn't that. Wish I'd bought more now because I don't think it was offered this year. Thin, translucent/transparent light red in color. On the nose, it really reminds me of a rose. Cherries/strawberries/pear/apple with h...
by David J
September 5th, 2017, 4:37 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: That sinking feeling ...
Replies: 8
Views: 1241

That sinking feeling ...

Are there big commercial outfits using H2b or h2a visa workers? They are doing it for other crops in Cali so this seems like a no brainier but just curious. I'm in the environmental biz and we use both for our tree planting and nursery work.
by David J
September 4th, 2017, 10:02 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Turkey Control ?
Replies: 24
Views: 2926

Turkey Control ?

Bit of an old thread but I will be in Napa / Sonoma during April and would be happy to help out eliminating some turkeys. Myself and my friends enjoy hunting them. Pm me if you'd like us to run them off for you. We are happy to get liability coverage and we own a lot of property and have a liability...
by David J
August 29th, 2017, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best winery visits for 'mountain fruit' in/near Napa and Sonoma?
Replies: 48
Views: 2620

Best winery visits for 'mountain fruit' in/near Napa and Sonoma?

Peacock probably has the best views in Napa and I like their wines. The cab ages well. Drank an 03 two nights ago and it was singing. Interesting - haven't heard of them, but in the same area as two others - Smith-Madrone and Keenan, so I'll definitely reach out Let me know if you need any assistan...
by David J
August 29th, 2017, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Lokoya Howell Mountain
Replies: 4
Views: 388

TN: 2006 Lokoya Howell Mountain

I generally like red fruited wines but the oak needs to resolve so might as well wait.
by David J
August 29th, 2017, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harlan Offering
Replies: 16
Views: 1897

Harlan Offering

Secondary market is cheaper. Don't love this enough to jump in. I have some old 90's mags that are real good but I will just look to backfill I think
by David J
August 29th, 2017, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best winery visits for 'mountain fruit' in/near Napa and Sonoma?
Replies: 48
Views: 2620

Best winery visits for 'mountain fruit' in/near Napa and Sonoma?

Peacock probably has the best views in Napa and I like their wines. The cab ages well. Drank an 03 two nights ago and it was singing.
by David J
August 28th, 2017, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Lokoya Howell Mountain
Replies: 4
Views: 388

TN: 2006 Lokoya Howell Mountain

opened this from a 3 pack while dodging hurricane floods. Nose - all I could smell was red fruits and a TON of oak. Surprised me considering it's 11 years old. After tasting, still very primary, lots of oak, tannin and acid. raspberry/cherry on the taste. Very red fruit tasting to me and the majorit...
by David J
August 27th, 2017, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12338
Views: 471018

What bottle of wine did you open today?

Hoping to continue dodging flooding

2003 peacock cab
2006 lokoya Howell mountain
2010 geyserville on deck
by David J
August 21st, 2017, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley is live
Replies: 38
Views: 2774

Turley is live

I've really enjoyed cedarman, ueberroth and pesenti in the past so getting those. Hope my wish list is granted
by David J
June 13th, 2017, 4:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 2017 tomato garden thread
Replies: 24
Views: 1762

2017 tomato garden thread

If you like peppers try to get some chile pequins. They grow wild in Texas and are sometimes also called chile petins. Very small peppers but they have unbelievable flavor.
by David J
June 6th, 2017, 3:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does it bother you when other people pair wine and food 'wrong'?
Replies: 77
Views: 2790

Does it bother you when other people pair wine and food 'wrong'?

Does it bother you when other people pair wine and food 'wrong'? I ask because at a recent dinner (not at our house, but a communal vacation house) we had a private chef do an all-seafood menu (in delicate sauces). Several people insisted drinking their big, completely undecanted 2014 syrahs with t...

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