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by GregP
March 30th, 2020, 11:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Diesel Whiskey Row Robusto I am generally a Diesel fan but this .... hmmm. The cigar did smoke fine and the construction was solid. Flavors start off with nothing exciting. It showed wood and some elements of Bourbon but lacked any elements of sweetness that the new oak brings to Bourbon. One dimen...
by GregP
March 30th, 2020, 11:26 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Greg, In 2016, Oliva Cigar Co. was acquired by J. Cortez Cigars N.V., a Belgian tobacco company that wanted a premium cigar operation in its portfolio. Most of the cigars I post on have been in the store's humidor between 30 minutes and three months. Cigars that are real popular sell faster and I'm...
by GregP
March 30th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Randy, and Jason. Been watching a number of reviews in the past 3 weeks, and some of them do not make sense to me o cigars I know really well. Oliva V, to my palate, is only rivaled by Davidoff Winston Churchill and Yamasa. And yet... My boxes are all from stock of 2-4 years ago and deliver great fl...
by GregP
March 27th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars Chardonnay, Pinot, Cab Franc & Tempranillo!
Replies: 31
Views: 1480

Re: Ladd Cellars Chardonnay, Pinot, Cab Franc & Tempranillo!

Does anyone have Ladd’s phone number. I’ve sent two emails this week with no reply. He said he would try to ship my wine in early March, but nothing yet. PM would be great. Thank you. I know he stores off-site, as most of us, small wineries, do. Our facility has closed as well, per Sonoma County or...
by GregP
March 19th, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma Shelter in Place order
Replies: 17
Views: 1211

Re: Sonoma Shelter in Place order

Hah, people were joking, but it seems wine shipments are more important than scientific investigations. I guess wine shipping is similar to restaurant delivery... Only those wineries whose inventory is on-sight. Many smaller ones, us included, use storage/shipping facilities, and they are all close...
by GregP
March 19th, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NEW TIME: Video Offline #2! Thur Mar 19, 5:30 pm PDT/8:30pm EDT
Replies: 59
Views: 1122

Re: NEW TIME: Video Offline #2! Thur Mar 19, 5:30 pm PDT/8:30pm EDT

In CA now, we made the trip to work on v2019 blends. And have no Burg on hand, as one could imagine. Does Rossi Red Burgundy work? I think I can find one at Railey's, with the requisite red plastic cup for the full experience package.
by GregP
March 11th, 2020, 8:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

A few years ago a cousin asked me what to drink with spicy Asian food and when I told him "Buy German Riesling, or some off dry or even on a sweet side" he looked at me like I am nuts. Then, about a year later, and after I convinced him to buy some Huet (off dry) we went out to eat and he brought a ...
by GregP
March 11th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Herrera Esteli Norteno Toro Barnyard, (near the rear of the horse), aroma on the foot. Cold draw is earthy tobacco. Settles in with earthiness, some black pepper and cedar. The ash is light and loose. The retrohale is barnyard. The black pepper fades and cedar is more prominent and has some sweetne...
by GregP
March 9th, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.
Replies: 72
Views: 4257

Re: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.

Just brainstorming, but what if a handful of friends each brought a large ice chest, and then we put several of those reusable cold packs in each one, so the wines could stay cool but not be in ice bath temperature. It would be slightly harder to see the wines (probably wouldn't want to crowd the i...
by GregP
March 9th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.
Replies: 72
Views: 4257

Re: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.

T., Thanks for the feedback. I should note that Trout Gulch was bottled 48 hours before the event and hence it had a bump of sulfur 96 hours before Falltacular. The wine gets released in the Fall and in turn will settle in with some time in the bottle. With regards to temp, I personally drink, tast...
by GregP
March 9th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.
Replies: 72
Views: 4257

Re: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.

... then they need to warm it up in the glass by palming it, etc. ... Then you are really down to maybe 5-6 tastes per hour, going from ice cold to "room temp" takes a bit of time, every time. Main reason I was only able to taste 5 whites, and gave up, that Pinots table with room temp bottles becko...
by GregP
March 9th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.
Replies: 72
Views: 4257

Re: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.

Frank, cold(er) is always preferred to warm, no issue. Its a lot easier to manage a small(er) lineup, but with the Falltacular lineup size not sure how to manage it, nor what would/could work. I was simply commenting that too cold is not conducive to proper note taking, FOR ME, and seemingly for a f...
by GregP
March 6th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.
Replies: 72
Views: 4257

Re: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.

That's a great point. When I tried it, it was probably too cold and wasn't showing much aromaticly and the acid seemed too prominent. That is certainly a challenge with tastings where over 150 wines are being poured - getting a truly 'accurate' assessment to the wines. And in many cases that day, f...
by GregP
February 29th, 2020, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageability of Cali Pinot
Replies: 81
Views: 3659

Re: Ageability of Cali Pinot

I've opened a number of late '90s/early'00s Dehlingers recently, all drinking fine. Holding some for longer, at least another 4-6 years on a conservative side based on those tastings. And my tasting group had a 2004 KB recently, in the usual blind setup we do (only blind or double blind, no exceptio...
by GregP
February 19th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC
Replies: 105
Views: 5765

Re: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

HELP! I need someone who has Apple/Mac skills to assist me with doing cutting and inserting within my Numbers file. This is the first year I have not had access to Excel and I would prefer to not have to borrow a laptop this week from a Windows user. I need to do this work in the next 24 hours so i...
by GregP
February 11th, 2020, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa and Sonoma Wine Visits, January 2020 – Part 2b (Raft, Freeman)
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: Napa and Sonoma Wine Visits, January 2020 – Part 2b (Raft, Freeman)

Freeman winery is where Williams-Selyem wines were made originally. Later to also host Kosta-Browne before they moved to Deerfield. Great little cave and cellar.
by GregP
February 11th, 2020, 9:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Used to smoke plenty of ERDMs back in the '90s, maybe need to re-visit.
by GregP
February 7th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tricky wine pairing - feijoada!
Replies: 21
Views: 727

Re: Tricky wine pairing - feijoada!

When done right it has a healthy dose of garlic, so not sure. Petite or big Zin, as long as its not too heavy on oak.
by GregP
February 7th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Ortega Cubao Churchill 7 X 50 Purchased January 2020 @ $2.90 - A recommend (great recommend from Greg P.) A real treat, especially at that price. The construction is okay with a crack right across the middle (you can see it in the pic) but it didn't seem to affect the smoke at all. Enjoyable tobacc...
by GregP
February 7th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

I'm new to cigars and want to try something light to begin with to pair with my bourbon. Bourbon will most likely be a E.H. Taylor Small Batch or Eagle Rare. Any recommendations? Try Baccarat, they are perfect noob cigars, also have sweetened caps. And as much as most drink alcohol of some sort I'd...
by GregP
February 3rd, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Iskaranu Russian River Pinot Noir
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: 2017 Iskaranu Russian River Pinot Noir

Just picked up my 3 pack from Greg and couldn’t resist to pop and pour. Here are my notes from Cellar Tracker. [cheers.gif] Pours a little light but don’t be deceived. It’s closer to garnet than cranberry in the glass with a nice shimmer. A full, rich bouquet opens up after a bit of air. The fruit ...
by GregP
January 30th, 2020, 11:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

They are supposed to be very good and that was the first one I had tried. There's a back story to it for name, etc., but I believe Fuente makes them. Newman co., made for them by Fuente. I think Ashton is theirs, too, they added Diamond Crown later. Never bought any of their cigars since the days o...
by GregP
January 30th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6692

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

Sh@n A wrote:
January 28th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Vad? du pratar inte svenska? Synd. Jag tycker dock om dina anteckningar på engelska! tack!
Просто потрясающая записка о вине.
by GregP
January 29th, 2020, 11:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brief Comments: Iskaranu Pinots
Replies: 5
Views: 524

Re: Brief Comments: Iskaranu Pinots

Some of these are in the auction but I don't see a lot of comments. I have no dog in this fight, but would just give a quick overview of some of the wines. They are all Russian River small production. The Putnam vineyard is Sonoma Coast and well structured for aging.....the Russ R Valley is a nice ...
by GregP
January 29th, 2020, 1:01 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Jason Hagen wrote:
January 28th, 2020, 11:59 pm
More help, please. Again IIRC I have never had a Gurkha cigar. Any thoughts? Likes/Dislikes? I generally buy what I know I like but am wondering if I should give these a try.

TIA

Jason
STAY. AWAY.
by GregP
January 27th, 2020, 11:01 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars Chardonnay, Pinot, Cab Franc & Tempranillo!
Replies: 31
Views: 1480

Re: Ladd Cellars...Chardonnay, Pinot, Cab Franc & Tempranillo!

As other have pointed out, very unique and very great Chards! That said, been drinking and tasting Eric's wines, well, since the beginning, and find his reds all well made as well. Both recently released Cab Franc and Tempranillo showed well out of the gate, but as all of Eric's wines they also prov...
by GregP
January 27th, 2020, 10:10 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: *** Offer closed *** iskaranu: Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD11
Replies: 18
Views: 1038

Re: iskaranu: Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD11

I want to get Pat's recipe for mashed cauliflower! Good luck today, Greg! times 2 :-) My recipe is a riff on this recipe I found https://gimmedelicious.com/mashed-cauliflower/ You first bake the cauliflower for a more roasted taste for about 40 minutes at 400 and let it brown. Take out of oven and ...
by GregP
January 27th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: *** Offer closed *** iskaranu: Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD11
Replies: 18
Views: 1038

Re: iskaranu: Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD11

Hi Karl, thank you, and post corrected, had to back track and do shipping refunds due to my misspelled post. Corrected above, will be saving me time responding to emails :-) Its BD11FREE
by GregP
January 26th, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Marina Sunday afternoon Jan. 26
Replies: 40
Views: 1523

Re: SF Marina Sunday afternoon Jan. 26: the most relaxed wine event you will ever attend

Arghhh... Have to miss out, brother in law coming over for dinner.

Have a grand time, y'all! And post notes, please.
by GregP
January 25th, 2020, 9:19 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: iskaranu wines
Replies: 5
Views: 809

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: iskaranu wines

Looking forward to the offer! The sonoma coast one has me intrigued! Appreciate your interest! As I said in the intro, we were blown away by the vineyard and what it offers once in the bottle. We usually "test drive" all the wines, almost every time we pop a cork, and Putnam, especially, keeps abso...
by GregP
January 25th, 2020, 9:06 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: iskaranu wines
Replies: 5
Views: 809

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: iskaranu wines

HDolan wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 6:39 pm
I was just thinking these folks would be fun to have for dinner! Look forward to your offer!
Well, maybe next year we'll figure out an offer of some sort :-)
by GregP
January 25th, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Jason Hagen wrote:
January 25th, 2020, 8:17 pm
And you be happy to hear that I just won 5 Ortega Cubao Toros for $11.50. I am working on some Robustos but they are a few days away.

J
I am sure you'll be happy with them, especially at that incredible price.

We'll be driving down on Friday, Feb 21st. I'll ping you before then.
by GregP
January 25th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Good info. Thanks. And what Diesel did you have? J Just pulled one at random today, happened to be Diesel (Original) Robusto: https://www.cigarsinternational.com/p/diesel-cigars/1466870/ Better than one about a week ago, was good enough to puff on while checking out EPL scores and news. But, as I s...
by GregP
January 25th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Original Camachos were a revelation when they showed up. When Cuba decided to stop use of Corojo and Criollo, and especially Corojo, Camacho was the first one to obtain seeds from them. I was blown away when I tried it back in 2001, it was a new label to me, and to most, and Camacho Corojo was spect...
by GregP
January 25th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Marina Sunday afternoon Jan. 26
Replies: 40
Views: 1523

Re: SF Marina Sunday afternoon Jan. 26: the most relaxed wine event you will ever attend

Rob Lyss wrote:
January 24th, 2020, 10:00 am
C'mon Greg, rally!! Haha would be great to see ya
Depends on what the weather and roads look like tomorrow. May try, though its a long drive from Sac. Have the tux ready and pressed, though, per George.
by GregP
January 23rd, 2020, 11:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Jason Hagen wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 10:12 pm
Is there a particular Curivaris you like?

J
Buena Ventura 560 Gordo.

I only buy Ave Maria Immaculata, in natural wrapper. I think this one is not made at Fernandez's place, some more recent lines, in Maduro, probably are.
by GregP
January 23rd, 2020, 9:40 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: *** Offer closed *** iskaranu: Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD11
Replies: 18
Views: 1038

*** Offer closed *** iskaranu: Single Vineyard Pinot Noir - BD11

> > > Hello Berserkers! We’re happy to present a well priced set of offerings for Berserkers Day 11. In 2017 we produced 4 different Pinot Noirs, 3 from Russian River Valley and one from West Sonoma Coast. Our Newbie Intro and link to some TNs can be seen here: iskaranu Newbie Intro and TNs link All...
by GregP
January 23rd, 2020, 9:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

[dontknow.gif] I have a question about 2 cigars that I have never had. I generally just skip over them for that reason. 5 Vegas And... Ave Maria Any thoughts or opinions? TIA Jason 5 Vegas is really a Cigars International line. Daily sticks, at best. DPG's daughter even made an attempt at adding to...
by GregP
January 22nd, 2020, 10:17 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

I've yet to smoke one Fernandez stick that made me buy by the box. Virtue, when young, are OK, but about that and nothing more. Better to my palate than any Diesel, but still. Have no idea what all the industry hoopla is all about.
by GregP
January 22nd, 2020, 12:11 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Marina Sunday afternoon Jan. 26
Replies: 40
Views: 1523

Re: The usual: SF Marina Sunday afternoon Jan. 26

On my calendar. Will confirm Later Everett you must confirm before the event is over . Strict rules Wait, isn't the usual "Here are my notes from 5 days ago" proper confirmation anymore? Haven't seen Everett for a good while, this shindig sounds tempting, long drive and all. Tasted both of Eric's n...
by GregP
January 21st, 2020, 10:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Hoping that "lighting something up and finishing up a book" are not one and same :-)
by GregP
January 21st, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: iskaranu wines
Replies: 5
Views: 809

NEWBIE INTRO: iskaranu wines

Iskaranu label copy.JPG Hello Berserkers! Rita and I are a husband and wife team bitten hard by the wine bug back in the mid ‘90s. Living in close proximity to Napa, Sonoma and Monterey Counties afforded us great visiting and learning opportunities on our wine world journey...both through frequent ...
by GregP
January 19th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 240
Views: 22455

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

Who's Mike Carlisle?

[wow.gif]
by GregP
January 19th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

One I forgot is Curivari Buenaventura line, another one that's flying under the radar in some respect. Highly recommended.
by GregP
January 19th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21549

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Yes, just got more. Go to cigarbid free fall, see if they still have them on offer, search for Ortega Cubao their search engine is stupid and simply doing Cubao does not find any,. Last boxes I ordered I bought at under $30, they are the best QPR offering,, by far, out there these days. Along with D...

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