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by GregP
October 30th, 2019, 11:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2017 Iskaranu Pinot Noirs
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Re: TNs: 2017 Iskaranu Pinot Noirs

Thanks for the TNs and feedback, always appreciated! Just got to the thread, spent the past few days watching the Kinkade fire rapidly approaching our warehouse and trying to get timely reports, still keeping fingers crossed. As Eric, with a C, noted just above, all the RRVs come from same vineyard,...
by GregP
October 30th, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy harvest dates back to the 14th century
Replies: 11
Views: 866

Re: Burgundy harvest dates back to the 14th century

Shame they also did not point out that French wines were considered very inferior in those days and prior to latter day riper picks. Until about 17th century and really into 18th century when riper picks became the norm. Historically, French wines had hard time selling/competing against even wines o...
by GregP
October 24th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 138
Views: 10344

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

MBerto wrote:
October 24th, 2019, 1:34 pm
That's all?
There is only so much 2 people can eat in one sitting.
by GregP
October 14th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.
Replies: 21
Views: 3537

Re: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.

Very interesting, Greg. As I pointed out already, took me 2 weeks, from start to finish, to learn the code and refactor it to our requirements. Add in less than $200 for plugins (shipping, coupons, etc, just wanted more flexibility than built-in). And roughly $10 per month for hosting. Shopping car...
by GregP
September 30th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Whites w/ Marilyn&Rob...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 270

Re: TN: Two Whites w/ Marilyn&Rob...(short/boring)

Tom, in regard to "tannins age", what does it mean? Once bottled.
by GregP
September 25th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 522
Views: 29499

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

timmy roos wrote:
September 25th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Our merlot likely will end up not being picked this year
Why? Weather seems to be pretty great from tomorrow on.
by GregP
September 25th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 98
Views: 6982

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Wow, I had to go back a few pages to find this. I talked to an industry heavyweight yesterday. He said there is 5,000 tons of Mendocino Chardonnay unsold, there is 5,000 tons of Napa cabernet unsold AND 10,000 tons of Paso cabernet unsold. If we ever needed a smaller-than-normal crop this would hav...
by GregP
September 19th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32993

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Costco Business Centers will almost always have skin on pork belly available right next to the skinless version. No bone-in option, though. Not arguing, but none of the Costco stores in Vegas, including one Business Center, carry pork belly with skin on. Not sure why, but that's the reality I face....
by GregP
September 17th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Blood Sausage
Replies: 31
Views: 1408

Re: Blood Sausage

Maybe I've never had a good example but the ones I've had never did anything for me. I'll still try it if it gets put in front of me but I never have more than a bite or two. Should be plenty of Russian markets in NJ. Main difference between Russian and other versions is Russian one has buckwheat i...
by GregP
September 16th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dinner @ BluePlate w/ BayArea Friends..(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 934

Re: TN: Dinner @ BluePlate w/ BayArea Friends..(short/boring)

Thanks for the notes! That said, I am not sure how to read "oxidized/sherry" notes on Eric's Chard, they seem to be very odd to me. Will ask him to bring a bottle to a tasting on the 24th.
by GregP
September 15th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32993

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

You're way better off smoking the belly with skin on. Can take it off afterwards, if need be and at any time. I smoke with skin on, and then use it as bacon, but mostly while roasting Brussels sprouts, or making pasta, soups, etc. Or simply sliced, as finger food, some good cheese, olives, wine and ...
by GregP
September 11th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32993

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

dteng wrote:
September 11th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Has anyone here smoked pork belly?
All the time.
by GregP
September 9th, 2019, 11:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 98
Views: 6982

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Serious question: Does anyone still make a truly dry wine anywhere in California? And here I was asking myself just who the hell drinks all that White Zin. Seems time for you to step up. Seriously, though, you should really learn about CA wine. And they don't have to be expensive, a sea of dry wine...
by GregP
September 6th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2600

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

Most likely, the winery had a visit from the California Board of Equalization and got a bill for uncollected sales tax on out of state sales. They are now trying to collect on what they should have been collecting all along in order to cover their tax bill. CA winery is not required to charge/colle...
by GregP
September 4th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 4375

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
September 4th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Wait, what? You are bringing all that stuff??? Remember I have a bunch of Flannery to grill! However, Rob Winn is coming, and he can eat the meat like it's going out of style!~
Well, you haven't seen us at past OC tastings, we travel well stocked, Rob knows :-)
by GregP
September 4th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 4375

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME

Forecast is creeping up a bit - now a high of 81, was 77 or so. Aim late if the weather stays hot, and we'll do an even-later start to keep it cool. Let me know if you plan to bring something, so I know what to fill in. Will be shopping Friday! Will bring light jackets, then, will be downright bree...
by GregP
September 4th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 4375

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME

Forecast is creeping up a bit - now a high of 81, was 77 or so. Aim late if the weather stays hot, and we'll do an even-later start to keep it cool. Let me know if you plan to bring something, so I know what to fill in. Will be shopping Friday! Just please no Speedos. [snort.gif] Borat will approve!
by GregP
September 4th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 4375

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME

Mike Stoneking wrote:
September 4th, 2019, 7:01 am
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
September 3rd, 2019, 7:34 pm
Mike Stoneking wrote:
September 3rd, 2019, 4:51 pm
Gotta pull out of this one. Business trip to Utah. Have fun.
Stupid work! Over a weekend???
Early Sunday flight and a full week of training/qualifications.
Should be an easy drive up on almost empty road (by LA standards) early Sunday morning from San Clemente, no? Sleep is overrated.
by GregP
September 3rd, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32993

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

FYI, I would love to learn how to smoke on my POS gas grill (until I can upgrade) as I stopped at this restaurant in Alabama when there last month and had smoked chicken with white sauce and it was AMAZING! Here's the recipe for the white sauce, which is crazy easy but so delicious: (I giggled at '...
by GregP
September 3rd, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect
Replies: 29
Views: 3050

Re: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect

We had the same thing happen in Chicago, Las Vegas and NY. Bastards, never got paid. Which Las Vegas distributor? It was Parc Ave. Filed for Bankruptcy then recently I got a notice the bankruptcy was dismissed. Still no payment. Never even knew they existed. Sorry to hear. There are, literally, 3 o...
by GregP
September 3rd, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect
Replies: 29
Views: 3050

Re: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect

Nola Palomar wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 7:56 am
We had the same thing happen in Chicago, Las Vegas and NY. Bastards, never got paid.
Which Las Vegas distributor?
by GregP
August 26th, 2019, 11:29 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 4375

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

Cris Whetstone wrote:
August 26th, 2019, 8:23 pm
My name still isn't on the list...
Odd, isn't it? I am guessing you poured Todd some 2BC at some point [stirthepothal.gif]

Don't sweat it, I don't know the address, either. Just how big can San Clemente be, right? :-)
by GregP
August 23rd, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 522
Views: 29499

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Evan Pontoriero wrote:
August 23rd, 2019, 7:42 am
!!!!!!! Heart attack time. What brix?

Ben M a n d l e r wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 7:42 pm
Yesterday we kicked off harvest at Williams Selyem with the first of our Pinot from the MacGregor vineyard. I hope everyone here has a great vintage!
I was afraid to post same question. 19 Brix, at best? Why?
by GregP
August 23rd, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 2843

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

Eric, And that's the challenge, right? Without having 'side by side' comparisons, and lots of them, we have to make 'assumptions' based on what we believe we notice - but there's no way to see a true cause/effect relationship. I remember a thread awhile back where folks were comparing two Carlisles...
by GregP
August 16th, 2019, 10:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Chateau to visit in Pomerol recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 1704

Re: Chateau to visit in Pomerol recommendations

Thanks for response! Already scheduled Clinet and Vieux Chateau Certan, and then over to Guiraud.
by GregP
August 1st, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3151

Re: All Natural Wine

Actually, there's little consumer protection for any wine flaw - there's no law or regulation that I'm aware of that would require a producer or seller to take back a corked, heat-damaged, refermenting, VA-ridden, or otherwise flawed bottle. If a significant number of corks fail and a producer is s...
by GregP
July 30th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3151

Re: All Natural Wine

You're being a little unfair. I have neither proposed or argued that I claim to make wine like they did 6000 years ago. That was someone else. I make wine just like everyone else, using modern equipment and methods. I was just talking marketing strategies when you do unfiltered or natural ferments ...
by GregP
July 29th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3151

Re: All Natural Wine

From horse's mouth: https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2013/01/08/organic-101-organic-wine RE: "... Finally, sulfites may be added to wines that carry the “made with organic grapes” label— up to 100 parts per million ..." Used to be 40ppm for organic, IIRC, but last I checked was 13-14 years ago? That ...
by GregP
July 29th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3151

Re: All Natural Wine

And also, ever checked how many wines these days actually exceed 40ppm? This has been covered ad nauseam for years now, most of the market is below 40ppm for a very, very long time (IIRC, "organic" wine rule is at or below 40ppm , so have no idea what the 50ppm for "natural" means in reality when i...
by GregP
July 29th, 2019, 1:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3151

Re: All Natural Wine

... Limiting SO2 doesn't mean a wine will be flawed either - going from 400ppm to the 50ppm (which is the agreed standard natural wine cutoff at Raw Wine)... OK, you got me intrigued now. Do tell just who does 400ppm? Names, please. At least one. And also, ever checked how many wines these days act...
by GregP
July 27th, 2019, 11:49 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 522
Views: 29499

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Casey Hartlip wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 3:06 pm
GregP wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Casey, I hope you meant irriGate :-)
Thanks Greg. Jesus, people are actually READING this thread? Nice to know!
Casey, enjoying your posts for a long while, and I am sure I am not the only one.
by GregP
July 26th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 522
Views: 29499

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Casey, I hope you meant irriGate :-)
by GregP
July 26th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petite Sirah is pretty boring
Replies: 94
Views: 4681

Re: Petite Sirah is pretty boring

It's the common grape, Duriff in France. Sure, they age a long time, but IMO, they do not evolve much. I also do not like the sometimes, chalky mouthfeel. Leonard, agree and also disagree. Pets, when grown in right conditions, can be great. And this, to me, means the Calistoga to St. Helena axis, w...
by GregP
July 13th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1944

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

Alan, during bottling day lunch break on Thursday and the usual brown bag guess game someone brought what turned out to be a 2012 La Sirena Syrah, pretty much a Saxum, on the nose, and palate. Just a reference point. Tasting wise, I was disappointed with a few of them. Will make sure to tell everyon...
by GregP
July 13th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1944

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

Alan Rath wrote: Ed, highly recommended. You should have dropped in to try some wines! I didn't want to crash the venue! The tasting was at a golf/social club a few blocks from where we live, and I saw Alan in the parking lot and met Paul. I was on my way to a yoga class so I was a little under-dre...
by GregP
July 7th, 2019, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scholium Project: TNG
Replies: 16
Views: 1433

Re: Scholium Project: TNG

Mel Knox wrote:
July 7th, 2019, 7:43 pm
What does he mean by Southern California fruit??
Malibu?? Cucamonga?? Temecula??
Tejachapi, seen some Petite Sirah and Viognier advertised there.
by GregP
June 29th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco on the bay Sunday June 30 3:30 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 3295

Re: San Francisco on the bay Sunday June 30 3:30 pm

Airag Dornogovi Province, Mongolia - bottled last week, still fresh.
by GregP
June 29th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Chateau to visit in Pomerol recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 1704

Chateau to visit in Pomerol recommendations

2 days in early September, any recommendations on who to visit, 2-3 chateau. Appreciate any and all insight and help.
by GregP
June 21st, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 4375

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

Have well aged (by now) Burg, comes with a set of large plastic cups, red, of course:
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99 Points rating, year in and year out, Hobo Paradise magazine
by GregP
June 20th, 2019, 11:49 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 4375

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Yeah, but can they 'hang' with Berserkers, wine-wise? Folks be showin' up with 18 airplane bottles of Barefoot Cellars...
Oh, crap, now I need to find something else to bring...
by GregP
June 19th, 2019, 12:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 3513

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

Mel Knox wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Wes,

What did they do with all the barrels my friends at Taransaud sold them??
Splinter wood for marshmellows roast, 4th of July.
by GregP
June 18th, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 38
Views: 1795

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

Not Pisoni Pisoni, but had a small tasting over the weekend, blind, and inserted a 1998 Siduri Pisoni in the line up. Showed well, had some of it tonight, night 4 and simply recorked and on kitchen counter since, seems to me in perfect balance right now.
by GregP
June 17th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Ojai Dessert Wines....(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Re: TN: Three Ojai Dessert Wines....(short/boring)

Tom, Back in 2001 Greg LaFollette froze some late picked Gewurtz, IIRC Londer Vineyard, since no one at the winery knew what else to do with it. Great flavors, but just too much sugar at that point. We simply bagged the fruit (large garbage plastic bags) and drove it to a commercial storage place in...
by GregP
June 12th, 2019, 12:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2724

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Dan, you are beyond pity. You, of all people, have been openly lying to TTB, IRS and consumers. For decades. Just read through the thread again. Responses start with "No, no way", then quickly switch to "well, yes, most are RS driven", to then quickly leading to a best of excuse of "but they are onl...
by GregP
June 11th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2724

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

What does fermentation vessel have to do with only resulting in dry wines? Unreal. For the record, Krasnodar region produced a good chunk of Soviet era wine, with Moldova filling out the other half for the most part, and Georgian wines being much smaller chunk, still, simply due to same reasons they...
by GregP
June 11th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2724

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Steve, I was born in USSR and lived there, unlike you VISITING with a tour guide. You know, the difference beteen being a tourist and actually residing some place, no matter where on the map it is. And as for your claim that you really have tasted dry wines there, well, what do YOU think they should...
by GregP
June 10th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2724

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

So, having a discussion with someone over the state of Russian wine industry. In response to, hmmm, some "sommelier" posting a lengthy diatribe hyping up the quality of Russian wine, and in particular, his statement that Russian producers are producing "serious" competition to Western wines, whereup...

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