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by H Wallace Jr
January 21st, 2021, 6:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Growing mushrooms
Replies: 10
Views: 192

Re: Growing mushrooms

I've grown Lion's Mane indoors- super easy.
https://farwestfungi.com/collections/fa ... -mini-farm
by H Wallace Jr
January 20th, 2021, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Mourvedre?
Replies: 64
Views: 4167

Re: The Future of Mourvedre?

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by H Wallace Jr
January 15th, 2021, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Old Vine Evangelho Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: TN: 2019 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Old Vine Evangelho Vineyard

I'd never been fully sold on any Evangelho wine. Until now. 2019 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Old Vine Evangelho Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County (1/14/2021) Easily my favorite Evangelho from any producer. I forgot this was Mourvèdre and kept thinking it a zin. Defini...
by H Wallace Jr
January 9th, 2021, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Oakville Farmhouse (USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville)
Replies: 32
Views: 1587

Re: TN: 2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Oakville Farmhouse (USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville)

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: January 8th, 2021, 4:45 pm
I took one sniff, one sip, and the wine just screamed OAKVILLE!
This.
by H Wallace Jr
January 9th, 2021, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check: CollectibleFineWine
Replies: 7
Views: 565

Re: Retailer Check: CollectibleFineWine

Great people.
by H Wallace Jr
January 9th, 2021, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 97
Views: 5068

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

Just opened my first bottle of the Zin and WOW that is some acid=packed=punch. Some intense floral notes on the nose, not-quite-ripe red plum, some savory herbs in the background. The acidity is bright and deep and lasts for days. So much going on here. I would never guess zin (well, I haven't boug...
by H Wallace Jr
January 7th, 2021, 1:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Burr Grinder Recommendation
Replies: 32
Views: 1102

Re: Burr Grinder Recommendation

Scott G r u n e r wrote: January 7th, 2021, 1:51 pm I have no idea how it manages to spread grinds all over the counter every morning though- it *looks* like a closed system, but yet every morning I wipe off a bunch of grinds off my counters.
+1 on this.
by H Wallace Jr
December 30th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?
Replies: 55
Views: 2180

Re: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?

Will Clements wrote: December 29th, 2020, 4:12 pm Dirty and Rowdy bottles are almost perfect
Thank you. We've always used US made lightweight bottles (except for sparkling). Both the BDX and Burg shape fit nicely in eurocave racks.
by H Wallace Jr
December 23rd, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa old guard vs. new guard
Replies: 33
Views: 3459

Re: Napa old guard vs. new guard

Ed Steinway wrote: December 22nd, 2020, 6:10 am One that I do not believe has been mentioned yet is Frog's Leap, and they are a nice value.
[winner.gif] I can't think of a better value in Napa - Relatively affordable and age beautifully.

+1s on Corison. Togni. Spottswoode.
by H Wallace Jr
December 23rd, 2020, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries
Replies: 134
Views: 7922

Re: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries

Trying to educate / fight customers on why or how much they should pay for shipping doesn't make them happier customers.

Shipping is a major cost. Figure out how much you want to charge for it. Price wines accordingly.
by H Wallace Jr
December 23rd, 2020, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 170
Views: 11814

Re: Ultramarine Email

Is it 100% Heintz though? Matthiasson lists Ultramarine as one of their clients for their Michael Mara vineyard. The label says Heintz vineyard. Oh who cares anyway. It’s not like California has hundreds of years of terroir expression to defend. Given that it’s on the label, I believe it needs to b...
by H Wallace Jr
December 14th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Clothing Optional Wine Co. (USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone)
Replies: 7
Views: 566

Re: TN: 2016 Clothing Optional Wine Co. (USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone)

Thanks for the re-orders, Brad and Brian [worship.gif]

The 2016 white is really something with the mackerel (add extra capers for the win!). We are psyched everyone is trying it!
by H Wallace Jr
December 11th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries
Replies: 134
Views: 7922

Re: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries

Shipping costs are as real as fruit, labor, equipment, etc. In a world where shipping for almost every other consumer good is subsidized or included, wineries can either fight against the trend and lose or figure out how to incorporate subsidized or included ($1) shipping in their business. and no, ...
by H Wallace Jr
December 11th, 2020, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop
Replies: 71
Views: 3627

Re: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop

Thank you everyone for a crazy and wonderful week of drops. The web traffic each AM at 9AM PST was insane. We have the max hosting / bandwidth etc that we can buy and still, we were nearly crashing the site each day. I will not share the # of bottles per drop but each drop was a significant amount (...
by H Wallace Jr
December 10th, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop
Replies: 71
Views: 3627

Re: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop

Thank you everyone.

I've been paranoid of the site crashing every day. Today had the most people on all week and I was convinced it was going down. (hands still shaking here)
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Huge thanks for everyone that got in. Happy to share the last bit of 2019 The Legends!
by H Wallace Jr
December 10th, 2020, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop
Replies: 71
Views: 3627

Re: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop

Opened the 2016 Antle tonight in honor of the magnum release. Man this wine is singing. Vibrant raspberry, blueberry and strawberry. A serious streak of acid and citrus down the middle. This is so good with quite a few years ahead of it. Thank you! I opened one the other night when writing the note...
by H Wallace Jr
December 9th, 2020, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Skinner Stoney Creek Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 384

Re: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Skinner Stoney Creek Vineyard

Yes. The color on White Oak Flats is always been brickish -even going into bottle. It is odd as it is not a high pH wine. I had a 16 White Oak Flats in the house and opened it while making coffee- for science ! It should be mineral, floral, and have a lot of fruit and crunchy / granular tannin. If y...
by H Wallace Jr
December 9th, 2020, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Skinner Stoney Creek Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 384

Re: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Skinner Stoney Creek Vineyard

Brian- Sorry to hear about the wine. The description of the White Oak Flats definitely sounds like an off bottle. I'm happy to make a replacement / exchange. The color on both looks spot on- White Oak Flats was always our last pick and struggled to get color every year while the Stoney Creek site ri...
by H Wallace Jr
December 8th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop
Replies: 71
Views: 3627

Re: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop

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Thanks everyone! That was crazy. We were waiting for the right time to release those and today felt like the day!

Yes- on this one we allowed 2 per as this was the initial release of these mags. Many grabbed singles and a lot of folks were able to get some.
by H Wallace Jr
December 8th, 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop
Replies: 71
Views: 3627

Re: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop

JoeD wrote: December 8th, 2020, 8:03 am Any truth to the rumors that hand signed Magnums of D&R+E will be offered?
Dang! I wish. I'm down to personal stash after the event earlier this year. Look out for D&R+E 2020. We will make sure to bottle a few scuba tanks.
by H Wallace Jr
December 8th, 2020, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Enfield Shake Ridge Tempranillo
Replies: 20
Views: 1119

Re: 2015 Enfield Shake Ridge Tempranillo

I tried the '15 Shake Ridge on Sunday night- It is very very very good. The price doesn't make any sense.

Also, '14 Pretty Horses is awesome right now.
by H Wallace Jr
December 7th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop
Replies: 71
Views: 3627

Re: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop

Thank you everyone. That was the fastest one yet.
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This wine is in such a crazy good place right now and is showing no signs of slowing down. (still hold 1.5Ls if you have them).
by H Wallace Jr
December 6th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop
Replies: 71
Views: 3627

Re: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop

Thanks everyone! THAT was fast. [cheers.gif]

I forgot to turn off shipping charges on the Chard. I have gone in and manually refunded all shipping as of a few min ago. We will apply shipping at the end of the Dec Drop.

See you tomorrow AM!
by H Wallace Jr
December 5th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop
Replies: 71
Views: 3627

Re: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop

THIS IS THE GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE. VALIDATION IS HERE. I WILL BATH IN THIS JUICE AND BE BORN ANEW IN THE SPLENDOR OF ITS MAGNIFICENCE. [worship.gif] Ha! It feels great to win / score! Congrats to you and all that snagged some yesterday and today. There are a lot more fun / special wines popping u...
by H Wallace Jr
December 5th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop
Replies: 71
Views: 3627

Re: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop

Wow. That. Was. Fast. Thank you everyone. That was 2-3min.

I thought our site was going to crash.

Andrew- We made 10 cases of 1.5L.

Thanks again- We will see you tomorrow AM!
by H Wallace Jr
December 4th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop
Replies: 71
Views: 3627

Re: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop

Every drop varies in size and all are small. We went this route as we did not have enough wine this year for our annual odds & ends release and still want to give people a shot at some gems. If you were able to get a 14 Skinner White Oak Flats today, or have some in the cellar- Congrats! I think...
by H Wallace Jr
December 4th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop
Replies: 71
Views: 3627

Re: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop

My apologies to those who had a delayed email. It looks like due to the size of our list, Mailchimp batched up emails this am and sent them out over the course of 10 min (even though they were programmed to go at 9AM PST). For the next drops, I will send the email out at 8:45AM PST (so everyone shou...
by H Wallace Jr
December 4th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop
Replies: 71
Views: 3627

Re: Dirty & Rowdy Library Wines- December Drop

Congrats to all who got a bottle. (There is a 1 bottle per person limit)

I expect every day of the drop to have a similar response - 5-10 min until sold out. There is a max of 1 bottle per person and we will calculate shipping at the end of the run.

Best of luck to everyone going for it.
by H Wallace Jr
December 4th, 2020, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wirecutter on stemware...
Replies: 16
Views: 1149

Re: Wirecutter on stemware...

GGG breakage. We use GGG at the winery for tastings (I even use them in cellar) and they are our main stem at the house. Over 4-5 years - 3 have broken during tastings, 1 in the house, 1 in my flimsy stem case, and zero in the cellar. Though that might seem high purely for household use, the number ...
by H Wallace Jr
December 3rd, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Clothing Optional Wine Co. (USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone)
Replies: 11
Views: 736

Re: TN: 2016 Clothing Optional Wine Co. (USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone)

Thanks, Brian! It was great to see you earlier! The '16 is a super fun and wild white wine. It is 100% Chalone AVA - 50% Antle (now known as Rodnick) Muscat- and 50% Mixed whites (Chenin, Roussanne, Marsane, Vio) from Brosseau. It spent 20 months in neutral barrels, and about 2 1/2 years in bottle. ...
by H Wallace Jr
November 14th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Honeycrisp apples
Replies: 53
Views: 4148

Re: Honeycrisp apples

Bdklein wrote: November 14th, 2020, 8:41 am I recently had some SugarBee (derived from Honeycrisp) and they are great!!
I like the SugarBee as well.

Organic Opal apples have been great this year- crunchy, super sweet, and good acid.

I had a Cosmic Crisp earlier in the year which I loved but I can't find any organic.
by H Wallace Jr
November 13th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clothing Optional release
Replies: 10
Views: 1091

Re: Clothing Optional release

Thanks for all the support! As many of you know, I have a lot of different interests and loves when it comes to wine- these deeply explore my love for the vibrancy and wildness of raw & natural wines. The wines see zero so2 at any time and I push the boundaries for this genre with extended eleva...
by H Wallace Jr
November 10th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 97
Views: 5068

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

New to D&R - Considering a holiday 3 pack for both my father and father-in-law. Is this a good selection to get them (and me) acquainted with D&R? I would likely be around when the bottles are opened. HOLIDAY 3 PACK $111 2019 Familiar Orange 2018 Fred & Dora's Old Vine Petite Sirah 2019...
by H Wallace Jr
November 10th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 97
Views: 5068

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

Glad the masks are starting to arrive!

We included 2 masks (small / medium and lg/xl) for all orders of a case or more. Unless requested, they went to the shipping address used for the wines.

We just got another shipment of them in and we will be putting them up on the website by the weekend.
by H Wallace Jr
November 8th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre at 7 years; still got the funk & audacity!
Replies: 15
Views: 758

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre at 7 years; still got the funk & audacity!

I opened a 2015 Familiar this week and had no problem pulling the cork with a Pulltap. 2015 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre FAMILIAR - USA, California (11/5/2020) Crisp brambly fruit and nice acidity, it is still amply gluggable and went well with a veal chop Parmesan. (90 pts.) Thanks, Mike! We opened a...
by H Wallace Jr
November 7th, 2020, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre at 7 years; still got the funk & audacity!
Replies: 15
Views: 758

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre at 7 years; still got the funk & audacity!

As far as aging goes, I have not experienced any closure related issues and have had higher levels of consistency than we'd expect with traditional cork. Thanks for posting here, Hardy. I was hoping you would. Have you had wines from other producers sealed with the same closure that have aged longe...
by H Wallace Jr
November 6th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre at 7 years; still got the funk & audacity!
Replies: 15
Views: 758

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre at 7 years; still got the funk & audacity!

Warren, Thanks for the notes on the '13 Rosewood. That is a wild wine- definitely more gamey vs. the 12 or 15. The '13 Rosewood was sealed with a 2in traditional cork. We started migrating to Nomacorc in '14 with the Familiar wines and moved the vineyard designates into them in '16. We've been huge ...
by H Wallace Jr
October 6th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The NY Strip Steak is...
Replies: 86
Views: 3437

Re: The NY Strip Steak is...

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by H Wallace Jr
October 6th, 2020, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 D&R Rosewood Petite Sirah
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Re: 2013 D&R Rosewood Petite Sirah

Thanks for the note, Glenn. I have not checked in on this one in about 18months or so. The '13 is more tannic than the '12 (and the '15 more tannic than the '13). Mags of these will be put inside my sarcophagus. ;) So leave my 2015 for a very long time then. [cheers.gif] Ha! I think so. I need to o...
by H Wallace Jr
October 6th, 2020, 4:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 D&R Rosewood Petite Sirah
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Re: 2013 D&R Rosewood Petite Sirah

Thanks for the note, Glenn. I have not checked in on this one in about 18months or so. The '13 is more tannic than the '12 (and the '15 more tannic than the '13). Mags of these will be put inside my sarcophagus. ;)
by H Wallace Jr
October 1st, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pricing bubble? Thoughts?
Replies: 144
Views: 6880

Re: Wine pricing bubble? Thoughts?

H Wallace Jr wrote: October 1st, 2020, 9:52 am
John Telford wrote: September 30th, 2020, 12:57 pm
fires may force sale of libraries for cash flow
edited - personal attack.
The OP and this thread is a personal attack on people that have lost everything, something, or are in great fear of losing everything this vintage.
by H Wallace Jr
October 1st, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pricing bubble? Thoughts?
Replies: 144
Views: 6880

Re: Wine pricing bubble? Thoughts?

John Telford wrote: September 30th, 2020, 12:57 pm
fires may force sale of libraries for cash flow
edited - personal attack.
by H Wallace Jr
September 21st, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 97
Views: 5068

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

Huge thanks to everyone for the incredible response- though the release ends on Friday we are nearly sold out on the reds.

2019 Brosseau Syrah - 3.5 cases
2019 Sonoma Valley Zin - 4 cases
2019 Evangelho Mourvèdre - 8 cases

The sleeper of this release is the Old Vine Chenin. It is electric.
by H Wallace Jr
September 17th, 2020, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 97
Views: 5068

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

Fortunately, I was able to wrestle a few bottles out of those stingy 1st Tier bastards clenched hands. Brian, get in there and fight - it's madhouse in there! Ha- Thank you Mike and everyone for the excitement and orders. Jenn and I will be on email most of the day and we are happy to help. [cheers...
by H Wallace Jr
September 15th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 201
Views: 20564

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

NED VALOIS wrote: September 15th, 2020, 10:03 am Is it legal to ship my 6 liter bottles to Florida ? [swoon.gif] [tease.gif]
Just not inside a taxidermied wild cat
by H Wallace Jr
September 15th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 201
Views: 20564

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

Order in.

Also stocked up on the 1/2 bottles. ;)
by H Wallace Jr
September 14th, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 97
Views: 5068

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

[worship.gif] [worship.gif] Huge thanks to everyone that is in on the pre-release. The grand release goes live on Thursday. Thank you for all the positive notes above. The Fall wines are indeed bright. Early ventures will benefit from lengthy decants- The wines are light and structured. The Zin is i...
by H Wallace Jr
September 12th, 2020, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 97
Views: 5068

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

Hardy, I would love to hear details on the site within Brousseau, viticulture, and winemaking for the Brousseau Syrah! Brosseau is awesome. It is a mix of limestone, granite, and volcanic soils at about 1600FT elevation right by the entrance to Pinnacles National Park. The vineyard is organically f...
by H Wallace Jr
September 12th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 97
Views: 5068

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

There is a small pre-release group that has different timing on the emails.
jnbrown wrote: September 12th, 2020, 12:02 pm I just signed up yesterday, but did not get any emails yet.
Joel- Thank you for signing up. Your first email will be on Monday. Welcome aboard!
by H Wallace Jr
September 11th, 2020, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 97
Views: 5068

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

Keith Levenberg wrote: September 10th, 2020, 5:35 pm Me: Nothing could ever possibly make me want to drink a zinfandel
D&R: "Zin for 70's Space Exploration"
Me: Shut up and take my money
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