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by Tyler Berry
March 4th, 2019, 10:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Mezcal advice?
Replies: 47
Views: 3508

Re: Mezcal advice?

I've only had the Leyenda Oaxaca, but I would love to get in to their other offerings. I'm strongly considering a Mezcal-heavy trip to Mexico during the next couple of years.
by Tyler Berry
December 13th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100k Wine and Spirits Package
Replies: 23
Views: 1280

Re: 100k Wine and Spirits Package

That's $150k after bar markup, though. It can probably be had for less than $15k.
by Tyler Berry
May 3rd, 2017, 12:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Debut tasting of Martha Stoumen wines in Oakland
Replies: 8
Views: 966

Debut tasting of Martha Stoumen wines in Oakland

I just got the release email (didn't even know I was on the list), and picked up a six-pack. I purchased a few bottles of her Ama Nero d'Avola last year after listening to her I'll Drink to That episode, and I enjoyed them, so I'm expecting good things.
by Tyler Berry
May 2nd, 2017, 11:54 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Vine Selection Help in SoCal
Replies: 13
Views: 1262

Vine Selection Help in SoCal

I'm a bit more inland, and in Ventura County, but I'm also on Diablo clay. I've been considering putting Nero d'Avola in my backyard for a year or so due to my climate's high similarity to Sicily, and I've poured wine in Italian restaurants for many years. I wasn't able to source vines from a nurser...
by Tyler Berry
March 20th, 2017, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somms, Do You 'Read' Your Customers? (Wash. Post Article)
Replies: 27
Views: 1943

Somms, Do You 'Read' Your Customers? (Wash. Post Article)

Of course. Being able to assess price point, adventurousness, and preferences, and being able to tailor these to the guest's experience is, essentially, the job. Reading one's guests is the cornerstone of effective service, wine-oriented or not. However, to do so well, you must ask pertinent questio...
by Tyler Berry
March 18th, 2017, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old World in the New.
Replies: 51
Views: 3013

Old World in the New.

Gruet et Fils has had great success in New Mexico making value sparklers, as well as some pretty darn decent vintage champenoise. It's subjective but I'm not sure that this applies going forward (or has applied for the last couple of years), since I believe they source most of their juice from Cali...
by Tyler Berry
March 10th, 2017, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Barbera d'Alba Cab blend?
Replies: 7
Views: 1955

Barbera d'Alba Cab blend?

Some Piedmontese/Lombardian red blends incorporate Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera with other grapes, but I can't think of/find one that is exclusively Cabernet Sauvignon/Barbera: Bongiovanni Langhe Rosso Faletto : 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Barbera, 10% Nebbiolo L. Einaudi Langhe Rosso : Nebbiolo, ...
by Tyler Berry
February 11th, 2017, 4:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unusual Grape Varieties You Have Tried / Want To Try
Replies: 187
Views: 6428

Unusual Grape Varieties You Have Tried / Want To Try

I've really wanted to try Schioppettino since reading about it in Bastianich's Vino Italiano , but I haven't come across any. Schioppettino is the nera , or "black," version of ribolla gialla, and is best described as ornery. Its name means "gunshot," apparently because wines made from it crackle an...
by Tyler Berry
February 11th, 2017, 2:39 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley - a long history of quality and value
Replies: 106
Views: 7176

Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley - a long history of quality and value

I think my Cousin Ed may have grown some of the grapes in the bottle of Zinfandel you sent (the Cab as well?). I've been very impressed by the QPR with the Navarro wines; I think I'll be forced to order more soon.
by Tyler Berry
February 10th, 2017, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some great 07 CdPs...just kidding...Handful of old Nebbiolo Notes
Replies: 14
Views: 893

Some great 07 CdPs...just kidding...Handful of old Nebbiolo Notes

Great writeup!

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but <gn> usually represents /ɲ/ in Italian, the same sound that is represented by <ñ> in Spanish, so I would read Prugnane as /pru.ɲa.ne/, or something like: prru-nyah-nay.
by Tyler Berry
February 7th, 2017, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant Wine List Help
Replies: 55
Views: 1926

Restaurant Wine List Help

+1 for the '95 Chave.

And $450 for the '12 Sassicaia is absurd (not that it should be getting drank now, mind, but jeeze).
by Tyler Berry
January 21st, 2017, 3:59 am
Forum: NEWBIE INTROS
Topic: West of Temperance
Replies: 10
Views: 1034

West of Temperance

I had the pleasure of tasting some of your wines at the Garagiste Festival in Solvang last year. I'm looking forward to seeing what will be on offer!
by Tyler Berry
December 29th, 2016, 3:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When family buys you wine for Christmas
Replies: 50
Views: 3711

When family buys you wine for Christmas

Got a couple of freebie bottles from reps: 2009 Terredora Taurasi, something already on the list, but I'm looking forward to enjoying it with some short ribs, and the other was a Peachy Canyon Malbec which I popped open for the staff.
by Tyler Berry
November 23rd, 2016, 7:02 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 40782

The Cocktail Thread

Yup, I've got the Anova ready to go!
by Tyler Berry
November 23rd, 2016, 4:43 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 465
Views: 40782

The Cocktail Thread

I'm working on re-imagining my restaurant's signature cocktail. As it's currently printed, I think it's a bit of a mess: it incorporates unemulsifed olive oil, which separates from the polar stuff (water, alcohol) after about five minutes, and it's a grapefruit-based sour - I already have a few sour...
by Tyler Berry
November 21st, 2016, 3:12 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Book of Mormon- LA area
Replies: 1
Views: 788

Book of Mormon- LA area

I missed this the last time it was in town. I'm definitely interested in seeing it.
by Tyler Berry
April 27th, 2016, 12:15 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles
Replies: 72
Views: 4830

Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles

Registered here to say thank you to Mike Stoneking for inviting my dad and I, and for Bill Gibbs for coordinating the tastings on Sunday. Very sorry that we were not able to stick around for dinner, but we are very grateful to have met everyone!

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