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by Benny P
September 29th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 67
Views: 6167

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Does anyone know which Costco locations in WLA or San Fernando Valley have the 2008 Dom? I was told a few months back by the Westlake Village location they still had more than a palate of the 2009 and would not get another shipment (he did not know if that meant the 2008 or more 2009) until those w...
by Benny P
September 27th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: InternetWines.com ?
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: InternetWines.com ?

I’ve bought from them several times and have been satisfied as well.
by Benny P
August 23rd, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 514
Views: 34610

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

I went with a 2015 Geyserville tonight. After drinking this, I regret not loading up on these. Fantastic!
by Benny P
August 8th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47802

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

A little off the beaten path but there's Babita restaurant in San Gabriel about 10 or so miles east of Downtown LA if craving elevated Mexican food. It's been awhile so not sure how it is these days, but a change of pace from the various taco shops and more casual restaurants in the area.
by Benny P
July 24th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47802

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Plus they are corkage-friendly. On the music front, we went to Spago last night. Did the DineLA tasting menu of about 8 courses. Very good btw. It didn’t bother me, but the modern re-done version of Spago, at one point harm Led Zeppelin (at a beyond backdrop volume) as one dined. I love Zep, but it...
by Benny P
July 23rd, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2277
Views: 147142

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

In the spirit of today’s Bedrock offering, I decided to go with 2017 Bedrock Coast to Foothills Syrah. I’ve always enjoyed the QPR of this bottling.
by Benny P
May 17th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 208
Views: 14020

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

It looks like they changed the language of the Monte Bello Collectors program on their website probably due to the uproar of the recent events. Their webpage now has the following language: "Monte Bello Collector members receive our estate bottlings from the Monte Bello Vineyard, Estate Cabernet Sau...
by Benny P
May 17th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 208
Views: 14020

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I too am disappointed not to have received the allocations that I received in the past, but moreso that I was not informed until months after being billed to for the estate wines. While those wines are fine, I would not be purchasing them were it not for the Monte Bello allocation. They are only va...
by Benny P
May 16th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 208
Views: 14020

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I also got the e-mail this morning and looks like I missed the cut-off as well. I signed up sometime early 2017, so no 2018 for me.
by Benny P
April 11th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47802

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I went to Auburn this week. Great service. Private room is amazing - feels like you're in a living room. Food visually is impressive, the plating is great. Flavor wise.. i wish it popped and sometimes the flavors kinda conflict. One example There's a hamachi crudo dish with celery and strawberry. T...
by Benny P
April 11th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar
Replies: 36
Views: 1639

Re: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar

I'm low tech. Zip ties and rubber O-rings on individual racking, rubber ties for vintage view (from the company), and I only put cheap stuff in the few X-bins that I have. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. The rubber band looks like a great cost effective idea! The O-rings look to be a great ide...
by Benny P
April 10th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar
Replies: 36
Views: 1639

Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar

Living in California, the thought of an earthquake is often in the back of my mind. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on how to minimize the risk of bottles slipping out of the wooden racks as well as display racks that have the bottles displayed horizontally with the labels out?
by Benny P
April 2nd, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: sold
Replies: 5
Views: 377

Re: FS: 2016 Maybach Materium

PM Sent.
by Benny P
April 1st, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Wally’s sale
Replies: 20
Views: 2615

Re: PSA: Wally’s sale

A bit off topic, but since you bring up Wally's, has anyone been to Wally's Annual California All-Stars Grand Tasting? As someone that's just starting to get serious about wine, I'm wondering if it'll be worth my while and $85. It looks promising, but I'm wary of wine "fests" and such that favor fu...
by Benny P
March 18th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 216
Views: 9695

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

My bone-in Jamon Serrano Gran Reserva just arrived last Friday and it looks gorgeous! Looking forward to getting started on it with some friends this coming weekend. Any thoughts on how long the Jamon lasts and best practices regarding maintenance related to keeping it as long as possible?
by Benny P
March 2nd, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 13497

Re: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

Have had a similar trajectory but had a bit of a later start. 2016: Bought a 36 bottle wine fridge 2017: Bought a 180 bottle wine fridge 2019: Just completed a small cellar build in the house that fits about 400 bottles with some room for OWC on the floors. I can definitely relate to the quick esca...
by Benny P
March 2nd, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 13497

Re: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

Have had a similar trajectory but had a bit of a later start. 2016: Bought a 36 bottle wine fridge 2017: Bought a 180 bottle wine fridge 2019: Just completed a small cellar build in the house that fits about 400 bottles with some room for OWC on the floors. I can definitely relate to the quick escal...
by Benny P
February 7th, 2019, 11:39 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 216
Views: 9695

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

Thank you Nola. I’m certainly in no rush so I’ll defer to you regarding the more optimal shipping conditions. Thanks for the response!
by Benny P
February 7th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 216
Views: 9695

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

I’m in no particular hurry but just curious if there is an estimated shipping timeframe for an order of jamon with the jamon stand. My friends and I are planning a gathering to try the jamon and just wanted to get a general timeframe if there is one. Thanks!
by Benny P
January 27th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 216
Views: 9695

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

Thanks for the wonderful offers. I just placed order for jamon and the jamon stand! First time ordering and my wife and I are very excited to try. I am going to start a new Jamon tomorrow in honor of BD, maybe I will do a video!!! A video would be great to see how to best cut the jamon and then any...
by Benny P
January 27th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 216
Views: 9695

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

Thanks for the wonderful offers. I just placed order for jamon and the jamon stand! First time ordering and my wife and I are very excited to try.
by Benny P
January 23rd, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: BD10 Sponsor Features
Topic: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: Veleta Wine & Gourmets of Spain
Replies: 22
Views: 1779

Re: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: Veleta Wine & Gourmets of Spain

Looking forward to this. I've had my eye on the jamon and jamonero if they are available. Does anyone know how long the jamon keeps for and best practice on how to keep it as was hoping to just pick at it over time when the jamon craving kicks in?
by Benny P
January 17th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47802

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Great to hear so much positive feedback on Somni - really looking forward to dinner there next month. Also, have any of you been to Scratch Bar and Kitchen over in Encino? I've read some positive feedback regarding the food and experience there but also not too much regarding the wine pairings there.
by Benny P
January 16th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 7811

Re: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer

Peter Shurman wrote:
January 16th, 2019, 7:47 am
Lesson learned ... After missing out on the AV PN last year, I ordered as soon as this offer hit my inbox.

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I learned that lesson this year haha. I got sidetracked shortly after the allocation went live and by the time I logged back in to place my order, the AV PN was unavailable.
by Benny P
January 8th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47802

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Thank you Bryan and Justin. Your Somni comments are much appreciated and has me looking forward to this meal even more. The mid-level pairing sounds like a great option for this meal. Recently read that the ban on foie gras has been upheld, I'm curious to see what the restaurants will do to replace ...
by Benny P
January 7th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47802

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Didn't really care for the meal. Pretty presentation but fairly oversalted while being boring in flavor. Thanks for the feedback. That's disappointing to hear as the presentation and pictures do look impressive. Just saw that their corkage is $80 a bottle as well. sorry. please disregard my message...
by Benny P
January 7th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47802

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Anyone been to Somni? I have reservations tonight and curious if anyone has feedback on their various wine pairing options. There's not much info searching online. Just curious if you have any thoughts you don't mind sharing regarding your experience at Somni as my wife and I are looking to go in t...
by Benny P
January 3rd, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47802

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Anyone been to Somni? I have reservations tonight and curious if anyone has feedback on their various wine pairing options. There's not much info searching online. Just curious if you have any thoughts you don't mind sharing regarding your experience at Somni as my wife and I are looking to go in t...
by Benny P
October 5th, 2018, 5:48 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wanted: Tokyo and Kyoto restaurants
Replies: 27
Views: 1756

Re: Wanted: Tokyo and Kyoto restaurants

Was in Tokyo last year and ate at the following: - Tokyo Ramen Street located in the Tokyo Station (a number of various ramen vendors). - Narisawa - reservations needed, one of my favorite tasting menus and restaurant experiences thus far. - Isehiro - a skewer yakitori place recommended by a friend ...
by Benny P
September 29th, 2018, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 161
Views: 14164

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

I caved and am in for 3 as well!
by Benny P
February 9th, 2018, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Glass wine cellar
Replies: 42
Views: 2010

Glass wine cellar

Awesome looking wall! I've recently started to do some research on something similar as well. Thanks for sharing!
by Benny P
January 30th, 2018, 2:03 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: GaryW A+++ Seller
Replies: 0
Views: 162

GaryW A+++ Seller

I had great experience purchasing from Gary. Great communication with quick and efficient transaction.
by Benny P
January 30th, 2018, 2:01 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Jonathan Sirot A+++
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Jonathan Sirot A+++

I also had a great experience buying from Jonathan!
by Benny P
November 8th, 2017, 11:14 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Closed.
Replies: 6
Views: 1666

FS: Large Variety of CAYUSE and NO GIRLS

Gary was a pleasure to transact with. He was quick to reply and an ease to communicate with. I received the wines as agreed upon safely and quickly. Would recommend and transact again with him in the future (my budget permitting). [drinkers.gif]
by Benny P
November 7th, 2017, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Southern California Wine Cellar Contractor?
Replies: 6
Views: 617

Southern California Wine Cellar Contractor?

Thank you all for such helpful replies. This is such a great starting place in researching for this hopefully upcoming project!
by Benny P
November 6th, 2017, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Southern California Wine Cellar Contractor?
Replies: 6
Views: 617

Southern California Wine Cellar Contractor?

I was searching the boards for a similar question/request in the Southern California area. Just curious if you had received any feedback or if you were able to locate a contractor for the project.
by Benny P
October 12th, 2017, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa & Sonoma Fires - Ways to Help
Replies: 18
Views: 1124

Napa Fires - Ways to Help

I've been getting emails from K&L wines regarding various raffles of wine and whisky with proceeds to organizations coordinating relief. It's kind of difficult to find on the website but a search for "raffle" will yield the various raffles going on at the moment. http://www.klwines.com/Products/r?d=...
by Benny P
October 3rd, 2017, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice on Ridge Monte Bello
Replies: 6
Views: 524

Advice on Ridge Monte Bello

Yup! Already purchased and looking forward to drinking it soon with my dad on his 75th birthday in a couple weeks. Thanks all for the thoughts!
by Benny P
October 3rd, 2017, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice on Ridge Monte Bello
Replies: 6
Views: 524

Advice on Ridge Monte Bello

I've loved Ridge's zins and Estate Cabernet Sauvignon bottling but have yet to try the famous Monte Bello. I've read plenty about it in articles and through this message board and have been very interested in trying it. I understand it takes some solid aging to get the most out of each bottle, so I ...
by Benny P
September 25th, 2017, 12:19 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Closed.
Replies: 6
Views: 1666

FS: Large Variety of CAYUSE and NO GIRLS

Just curious if these bottles are still available for purchase. Cayuse has been on my list of wines to try based on the praise it receives on the board - I just haven't been able to hone in on my entry point of which ones to try.
by Benny P
September 18th, 2017, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Gabriel Gold Wine Ex
Replies: 81
Views: 4856

PSA: Gabriel Gold Wine Ex

I just placed an order for a couple of glasses as well. Been really wanting to try them after reading so much about them on this board. Thanks Chris for the great deal!
by Benny P
September 9th, 2017, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA for NorCal - Whole Foods 30% off all wine
Replies: 14
Views: 1310

PSA for NorCal - Whole Foods 30% off all wine

Earlier this year, the Whole Foods in downtown LA had a 40% off all wines if purchase 12+ (mix and match allowed). I was able to get a mixed case of 2013 Quintessa (orig retail $140), 2014 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($55), and 2014 Shafer One Point Five ($85) for 40% the o...
by Benny P
September 7th, 2017, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone attended any wineLA events (recommend for a wine beginner)?
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Has anyone attended any wineLA events (recommend for a wine beginner)?

Thank you all for the further insights and suggestions. Sounds like these events have lots of potentials for someone like me and Ian sounds like a great guy. I will definitely attend one of their events in the near future and will update the board on the class in case anyone is interested. Also, tha...
by Benny P
September 6th, 2017, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone attended any wineLA events (recommend for a wine beginner)?
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Has anyone attended any wineLA events (recommend for a wine beginner)?

Thank you for the replies and great ideas. I live in Downtown LA so I imagine there are some nearby people out this direction. Looking forward to my continuing the wine journey!
by Benny P
September 6th, 2017, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone attended any wineLA events (recommend for a wine beginner)?
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Has anyone attended any wineLA events (recommend for a wine beginner)?

A long-term lurker on the message board. Just want to say how much I appreciate (though my wallet says otherwise) everyone's participation and postings on this board as it has really helped with my entry into the wine world. I have been able to try so many different wines that I would have never kno...

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