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by Alex N
February 26th, 2021, 3:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Macdonald Waitlist
Replies: 60
Views: 8873

Re: Macdonald Waitlist

some November 2020 pics
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by Alex N
February 25th, 2021, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Macdonald Waitlist
Replies: 60
Views: 8873

Re: Macdonald Waitlist

Wood case 3pack of 2016 East Block CF was around $45 shipping in CA
by Alex N
February 25th, 2021, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Macdonald Waitlist
Replies: 60
Views: 8873

Re: Macdonald Waitlist

Huge fan of Detert here, both the CS and CF. I agree with Galloni that the CF is a fantastic wine, but it’s very much terroir driven, and I think you’d be hard pressed to identify it as CF in a blind tasting. I went in on the 2016 East Block, didn't get the 2017 regular offering, and today received...
by Alex N
February 25th, 2021, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempting wine purchases you’ve passed on—give others a shot
Replies: 95
Views: 7792

Re: Tempting wine purchases you’ve passed on—give others a shot

It won't let you add more than qty 11 @ 101.99/btl. Must have been an error? Otherwise it would be a steal for sure. "Some of the quantities requested exceed the amount in our inventory. Please contact us if you need to purchase more than the indicated amount." Oh man I hope they honor my...
by Alex N
February 25th, 2021, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...
Replies: 49
Views: 2041

Re: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...

Chard, meaning, rainbow or swiss chard.

His notes are in this format:
Wine
Score
Pairing
by Alex N
February 24th, 2021, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempting wine purchases you’ve passed on—give others a shot
Replies: 95
Views: 7792

Re: Tempting wine purchases you’ve passed on—give others a shot

It won't let you add more than qty 11 @ 101.99/btl. Must have been an error? Otherwise it would be a steal for sure.

"Some of the quantities requested exceed the amount in our inventory. Please contact us if you need to purchase more than the indicated amount."
by Alex N
February 22nd, 2021, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc
Replies: 20
Views: 779

Re: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc

Love the stained bottle every time. It's one of the funnest wines out there for sure. Looking forward to the roses as always and especially what sounds like could be a very interesting pinot.
by Alex N
February 20th, 2021, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy
Replies: 91
Views: 5387

Re: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy

I decanted a 2018 Rochioli Sweetwater this afternoon and it's delicious. The fruit, acid, oak, tannins are super well balanced. More fruit than mineral driven but also not big and ripe/juicy like a lot of CA pinots. There's definitely an elegance to the wine that I enjoy and plant to keep buying fro...
by Alex N
February 18th, 2021, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy
Replies: 91
Views: 5387

Re: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy

But I also want a range of lighter-bodied reds, perhaps more red-fruited than dark, that provide some acidic zing, and offer the prospect of an ethereal quality that I won't otherwise find. When I start receiving e-mail offers for recent-vintage Bourgogne Rouge from a second-tier producer at $43, I...
by Alex N
February 17th, 2021, 1:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: High quality seafood delivery
Replies: 20
Views: 1488

Re: High quality seafood delivery

Sea Stephanie Fish, especially if "OC" in your profile is Orange County. It's all locally caught, some of it alive, and always fresh. They have delivery and pickup in OC schedules on their website.
by Alex N
February 16th, 2021, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Penfolds California Collection
Replies: 52
Views: 3341

Re: Penfolds California Collection

I don't know what to make of this:

A sister Cab, Bin 149 ($149), is named for the 14.9 percent of South Australian blah blah blah
by Alex N
February 15th, 2021, 11:28 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: TN: Pliny the Younger
Replies: 12
Views: 764

Re: TN: Pliny the Younger

Seeing this resell for $150 a bottle is laughable. Glad to see you didn’t get robbed at secondary. The buzzkill of the first sip of a $150 IPA must be earth shattering for those who paid anywhere near that price. First time I had it during a release for under $10 for a pint I ordered Blind Pig and ...
by Alex N
February 15th, 2021, 9:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2518
Views: 217197

Re: Steak Porn

Awesome looking Parker Ranch wagyu outside skirt steak. Gonna grill over lump coals and serve with chimichurri.
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by Alex N
February 13th, 2021, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Macdonald Waitlist
Replies: 60
Views: 8873

Re: Macdonald Waitlist

Looks like I signed up in 2016. Like ordering custom surfboards or a few guitars, I leave the shaper or luthier (winemaker) alone and just wait for that eventual phone call or email rather than lumping myself in with the numerous emails they must receive. Though it sounds like these guys are a class...
by Alex N
February 11th, 2021, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Macdonald Waitlist
Replies: 60
Views: 8873

Re: Macdonald Waitlist

If you got on the list 2021, my guess is maybe your kids or grandkids might get an allocation.
by Alex N
February 10th, 2021, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 5388

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

My allocation doesn't show the ungrafted as wishlist item but was allocated 1 bottle. I went for some horseshoe chard and pinot but didn't buy the ungrafted. I too wish my budget would allow me to max my allocation.
by Alex N
February 10th, 2021, 4:26 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16985
Views: 486035

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Alvarado St Black Label TIPA. Probably the best TIPA I've ever had (smokes PTY for my tastes).
by Alex N
February 10th, 2021, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Re: TN: 2017 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

+1, thanks. I went in for 2 horseshoe chard/pinot. I think that was my limit. Slowly adding some whites to my collection besides the ones with bubbles.
by Alex N
February 9th, 2021, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Spring 2021 Offer (Prices are UP)
Replies: 39
Views: 2472

Re: Alban Spring 2021 Offer (Prices are UP)

I got my usual Viognier (always great) and Patrina offer after buying on the list since 2015, just like I only get Reva offers so maybe I asked the wrong question in an email early on and got put into Viogner/Patrina/Reva limbo list, if the list manager actually does that kind of thing(?). I got a f...
by Alex N
February 2nd, 2021, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screaming eagle
Replies: 45
Views: 6896

Re: Screaming eagle

Lots of buying, selling and not much drinking SE. No thanks.
by Alex N
January 28th, 2021, 1:45 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?
Replies: 223
Views: 8303

Re: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?

I had two 130 day dry aged steaks in my cart and *poof*, they were gone/sold out before I made it to the checkout.
Bought 6 bottles of wine
by Alex N
January 24th, 2021, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: retail behavior
Replies: 20
Views: 1611

Re: retail behavior

Yep, the nail on the head is probably in store POS and the ecom website software running completely different systems. So it's usually cost prohibitive to sync them with automation, and if you can actually find a software company that can do it, it ain't gonna be cheap.
by Alex N
January 23rd, 2021, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermouth?
Replies: 77
Views: 2553

Re: Vermouth?

Some seem to be trying to make martinis with red, sweet vermouth. [scratch.gif] Wtf. I guess you could drink it but, it's not a Martini. Sure it is, regardless of what one bartending book or school says vs the next. Some of the old martini recipes call for dry vermouth with the addition of bitters ...
by Alex N
January 23rd, 2021, 7:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Would Bananas Foster work with any other fruit?
Replies: 32
Views: 1033

Re: Would Bananas Foster work with any other fruit?

Sweet potato idea. They aren't acidic like a lot of other fruit substitutes and banana texture of that recipe is a difficult thing to match. Sweet potatoes with the banana's foster ingredients could be pretty dang close and sounds really good.
by Alex N
January 23rd, 2021, 8:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Would Bananas Foster work with any other fruit?
Replies: 32
Views: 1033

Re: Would Bananas Foster work with any other fruit?

https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=3175510#p3175510 I don't understand. It anchor links to a bunch of posts in this thread that don't appear to mention anything that I did(?) It links post #6 [wink.gif] Ahh, the true vomit fruit! I have never had it. Maybe?... https://www.buyexoti...
by Alex N
January 23rd, 2021, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Scarecrow Release
Replies: 113
Views: 12762

Re: 2018 Scarecrow Release

So I finally receive the invitation after years of waiting. Do I buy without ever tasting scarecrow? The question for me was do I continue to buy after buying a few vintages and still never opening one. I plan to open a 2015 this year. If $430 is the price, at 1oz a sip it' $17/sip. I'd happily pay...
by Alex N
January 22nd, 2021, 7:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Would Bananas Foster work with any other fruit?
Replies: 32
Views: 1033

Re: Would Bananas Foster work with any other fruit?

+1 on avo Cherimoya and persimmon would be my entry (leaning heavily on the cherimoya). Maybe papaya, but they often have that vomit smell to them. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=3175510#p3175510 I don't understand. It anchor links to a bunch of posts in this thread that don't...
by Alex N
January 22nd, 2021, 3:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Would Bananas Foster work with any other fruit?
Replies: 32
Views: 1033

Re: Would Bananas Foster work with any other fruit?

+1 on avo

Cherimoya and persimmon would be my entry (leaning heavily on the cherimoya).
Maybe papaya, but they often have that vomit smell to them.
by Alex N
January 22nd, 2021, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Scarecrow Release
Replies: 113
Views: 12762

Re: 2018 Scarecrow Release

I'm passing on my allocation as well. It's the kind of wine I'd open about once every 5 years anyway, and I have a few vintages.
by Alex N
January 18th, 2021, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider
Replies: 25
Views: 1587

Re: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider

"Don't cook with wine you wouldn't drink." I only buy wine I would drink but not because of how the food will taste. If something calls for like, 1/2 bottle I'll buy a $8-15 bottle that I'm familiar with. The end result being, I wouldn't buy a shitty bottle of wine for cooking because most...
by Alex N
January 16th, 2021, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE: Auction purchase - wine beyond damaged
Replies: 65
Views: 4417

Re: UPDATE: Auction purchase - wine beyond damaged

I had a bad mid 00's of the same wine and they replaced the bottle when I contacted via email. In good faith I purchased one but they didn't require it. Found the email. Someone named Amy - super helpful...
by Alex N
January 14th, 2021, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard
Replies: 23
Views: 1879

Re: TN: 2018 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard

I opened a '17 Silver Eagle with a few friends last week and it was pretty stellar. Didn't see any need to hold. Looking at reviews, definitely more inline with JD and RP and complete opposite of Vinous.
by Alex N
January 13th, 2021, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impensata - Kinsman winemaker Abreu vineyard manager
Replies: 30
Views: 2715

Re: Impensata - Kinsman winemaker Abreu vineyard manager

Do you have any info on the Engelhard vineyard? I looked it up and this site says "formerly known as Engelhard Vineyard" The Ciminelli Vineyard (formerly known as the Engelhard Vineyard) sits between 475 and 575 feet at the base of Diamond Mountain in the Calistoga AVA. https://www.hobelwi...
by Alex N
January 10th, 2021, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austin Hope, anyone?
Replies: 32
Views: 2223

Re: Austin Hope, anyone?

I've witnessed it the unamimous (except for me [snort.gif] ) WOTN on a few occassions with some incredible wines in the mix
by Alex N
January 9th, 2021, 7:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ricotta/mushroom pasta pairing?
Replies: 10
Views: 745

Re: Ricotta/mushroom pasta pairing?

I like the flat rose idea but add bubbles - blanc de noir or rose.
by Alex N
January 7th, 2021, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert and Kistler Dropping on the Same Day
Replies: 12
Views: 1157

Re: Aubert and Kistler Dropping on the Same Day

Got the email as well. Does Kistler still require a 12 bottle purchase? I love their wines but don't drink enough chardonnay to buy or want 12 bottles.
by Alex N
January 6th, 2021, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing Krug Bottles?
Replies: 36
Views: 2853

Re: Storing Krug Bottles?

I wish I had Krug storage problems. But yeah, square boxes ftw.
by Alex N
December 30th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Any Homemade Kraut Lovers??
Replies: 11
Views: 820

Re: Any Homemade Kraut Lovers??

Coincidentally I came home with a HUGE green cabbage yesterday. It was the last the farmer's market vendor had so I decided to ferment most of it for kraut. I use the silicone mason jar replacement lids. This year was heavy on fermenting: kimchi, kraut, pickles, kombucha, water kefir, etc. I did som...
by Alex N
December 29th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?
Replies: 55
Views: 2269

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

alan weinberg wrote: December 29th, 2020, 12:45 pm how about these square wine bottles: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.foodre ... ccess/amp/
If the labels peel off they'd be good for that homemade olive oil project I never started or even thought about [snort.gif] .
by Alex N
December 29th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?
Replies: 55
Views: 2269

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

Fun if you're buying and pouring soon, sucky if you're storing or shipping them. Long, burgundy, sparkling and some fat bottles don't fit in wine storage boxes unless you put a few upside-down (and long ones flat out don't fit). The only one I wonder about is sparkling and what can be done to the sh...
by Alex N
December 27th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Beef Wellington, make ahead
Replies: 3
Views: 839

Re: Beef Wellington, make ahead

We did just what Freek said and it turned out awesome with individual filets instead of whole tenderloin. Egg washed them after pulling from the fridge
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by Alex N
December 26th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Christmas wine?
Replies: 95
Views: 4222

Re: Your Christmas wine?

Gotta be the Justin Smith/Philip Cambie Downstream wine, yeah? I'm sure (hope) others will have better experiences with it and I'm not one to post public negative reviews, especially about a botique wine endeavor. It's well made, but my impressions were pretty much in line with what I (didn't want ...
by Alex N
December 26th, 2020, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Christmas wine?
Replies: 95
Views: 4222

Re: Your Christmas wine?

Billecart nv BR - star of the show Merry Edwards SB - wowed everyone An expensive newer zin based blend - tasted predominantly like a nice zin, big and jammy with a little spice, uber extracted. One comment was they weren't impressed "at all" and another was "this is prettty good"...
by Alex N
December 23rd, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 68
Views: 2963

Re: Fried eggs

+1 on the crispy edges. I'll sometimes break the white to get more of it.
If I want no crispy edges, I pour a little water in the pan, cover it and don't flip. No crispy edges and the top steams over.
by Alex N
December 20th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Suggestions for good red wine vinegar
Replies: 12
Views: 1128

Re: Suggestions for good red wine vinegar

I like FINI barrel aged red wine vinegar.
by Alex N
December 19th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15679
Views: 810928

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Scored 1 bottle of 2017 Downstream for $175 and a Billecart Salmon Brut Rose for $60.
by Alex N
December 13th, 2020, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12767
Views: 519167

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2015 Drinkward - fantastic as usual
2013 Tercero Watch Hill Grenache - was at a wine store on a day road trip out of town and found this little gem.
by Alex N
December 13th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1868
Views: 104175

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Pic of the dish mentioned above after 1/2hr in the oven crisped up on the top and bubbling over. This is some seriously good winter comfort food.
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by Alex N
December 12th, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1868
Views: 104175

Re: What did you cook tonight?

I seared and braised a rabbit with white wine, thyme, rosemary, garlic and stock, and made a pot pie style base with leeks, carrots, italian olives and the separated rabbit meat. Then put the mixture into pot pie ramekins, covered with soft polenta (with parm, herbs etc) instead of mashed potatoes a...

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