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by Alex N
January 23rd, 2020, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12551
Views: 605567

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1 bottle of Merry Edwards Cuvee Meredith sparkler.
by Alex N
January 22nd, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 59
Views: 5894

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

assuming they didn't like scores he gave. Its provided in the context of the article about how wine critics earn their keep during tough vintages and when there are times that top estates just don't perform. He did provide Realm scores in this latest article but I believe they were self sourced bot...
by Alex N
January 22nd, 2020, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 59
Views: 5894

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

assuming they didn't like scores he gave. Its provided in the context of the article about how wine critics earn their keep during tough vintages and when there are times that top estates just don't perform. He did provide Realm scores in this latest article but I believe they were self sourced bot...
by Alex N
January 21st, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 136
Views: 15460

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

3 SC, 1 Summa, 1 wishlist.
by Alex N
January 21st, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Léoville Barton, 1996 Bel Air-Marquis d’Aligre
Replies: 9
Views: 506

Re: TN: 1996 Léoville Barton, 1996 Bel Air-Marquis d’Aligre

Thanks for the note. I think a takeaway for me is the Leoville might be a good entry wine to Bordeaux for people (like me about 10 years ago) who are used to and like some of the oak/vanilla Napa cabs and blends. I loved the first Leoville I had (I think it was a 2006).
by Alex N
January 20th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kinsman Inaugural Release
Replies: 73
Views: 6630

Re: Kinsman Inaugural Release

I believe both are made at Wheeler Farms. I tasted some nice wines there a few months ago.
by Alex N
January 16th, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: January Offerings
Replies: 59
Views: 6134

Re: January Offerings

Is “single vineyard blend” an oxymoron? yes I'm just copy/pasting from the email [snort.gif] I suppose it makes it sound fancy, or maybe emphasizing there's no purchased fruit from other sources in the blends 14% from vineyard X, 56% from vineyard Y and the remainder from vineyard Z. First offer is...
by Alex N
January 15th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 136
Views: 15460

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Bdklein wrote:
January 15th, 2020, 1:55 pm

I have bought several times over the years -Pinot and Cab- and the offer emails have never made it to my Inbox . The order confirmations do.
Have you had TRB cabs in similar price ranges and any comparisons? I've got a bunch of Mending Wall, but haven't had his Rivers Marie label cabs.
by Alex N
January 15th, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 136
Views: 15460

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

I have some Silver Eagle left. The 1 bottle allocation seems fair to those who want to actually drink it instead of flipping. I'll be in for a mixed pack. The only other pinot in my collection are a few vintages of Aston Estate. $30 for the Sonoma Coast PN is a great deal.
by Alex N
January 14th, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: January Offerings
Replies: 59
Views: 6134

Re: January Offerings

Just got on the Rochioli single vineyard list and see they have a Jan 20 offering for single vineyard blends.
by Alex N
January 14th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 75
Views: 4752

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Any recommendations for maybe an hour long hike/walk in the area before dinner? [/quote] There's a negative (-1.0) low tide on Tuesday 1/21 at 2pm. There are some awesome and often completely empty beaches with more rocky features, bluffs and cliffs than Santa Barbara proper in Gaviota, and you cou...
by Alex N
January 12th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine
Replies: 6
Views: 472

Re: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine

Goat Tree is in the same complex as your hotel, and serve some great breakfast dishes and coffee drinks. Just up the way, D'Angelos bakery also has a great breakfast (eggs rose nom nom nom) If Bouchon doesn't work, there's no restaurant I could recommend more highly than Toma for service and food. M...
by Alex N
January 7th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass
Replies: 36
Views: 1723

Re: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass

Best champagne celebrations for me have been the ones drank straight from the bottle. She could probably make some coin consulting Riedel or another stemware maker. I typically use ones like this but wouldn't be able tell flavor or aroma differences on any variations: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.co...
by Alex N
January 6th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Tercero Roussanne (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: TN: 2013 Tercero Roussanne (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)

Weird. I edited my post and must have done something wrong. I’ll try to recreate it... I mentioned that I found Tercero wines in L.A. and they were really well spoken of at Vendome and another boutique shop. I had bottles of the 2014 and 2015. The back of the 2015 bottle said Camp 4 and Zaca Mesa Vi...
by Alex N
December 29th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 100
Views: 6407

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

Scarecrow Tynan Alban Ultramarine Kinsman Drinkward Not for cellaring - Aged BDX from the local wine store and misc from local wineries. Maybe fork out for a case of Merry Edwards SB. Are we sure Scarecrow is releasing their 2017? Right. Forgot about that and I'm not sure. More looking forward to t...
by Alex N
December 28th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 100
Views: 6407

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

Scarecrow
Tynan
Alban
Ultramarine
Kinsman
Drinkward
Not for cellaring - Aged BDX from the local wine store and misc from local wineries.
Maybe fork out for a case of Merry Edwards SB.
by Alex N
December 27th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Belcampo meats
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: Belcampo meats

Belcampo had a local shop that was short lived, probably due to the prices in a commercial space with crazy high rent. The meat was fantastic and they had lots of unique cuts. Locally I get my 100% grass fed beef and lamb from San Julian Beef https://www.theranchtable.com/ and Fess Parker Ranch whic...
by Alex N
December 26th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lobster source?
Replies: 29
Views: 1172

Re: Lobster source?

Costco has lobsters? I usually get mine at a grocery in Chinatown - best prices I’ve found From one nice Jewish boy to another - the prices are the best because the Chinese markets get the crappy leftovers that no one else will take. Hold the lobster vertical with the head up and if the tail does n...
by Alex N
December 26th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye
Replies: 27
Views: 1752

Re: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye

That's a great price for wasabi compared to what I've paid in the past. It's always been $100-120/lb at a wholesale market in downtown L.A.
by Alex N
December 24th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you serve at parties?
Replies: 46
Views: 2027

Re: What do you serve at parties?

I'll open good stuff for the wine lovers and people who express interest and savor it. Fruity, oaky and familiar reds and whites for the wine likers. 4 years ago at our annual xmas dinner I brought a case of pricey wine and the lush of the party said "Oooh, a cab, I love cab!", and polished off 3/4 ...
by Alex N
December 20th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Tercero Roussanne (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: TN: 2013 Tercero Roussanne (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)

Did you save any for day 2? I have found both of these bottlings to benefit from a quite bit of air, often showing best on day 2 or 3 . . . Cheers. Next time, and I usually prefer to do 1/2 one night and 1/2 the next. I did open the bottle and take a whiff the next day and that one unique note stoo...
by Alex N
December 17th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily waitlist
Replies: 9
Views: 1177

Re: Andremily waitlist

March 2018 and no soup for me.
by Alex N
December 17th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Tercero Roussanne (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: TN: 2013 Tercero Roussanne (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)

I recently had the 2014 and the predominant aroma (even from a distance) hit me as something so familiar it was uncanny. It finally struck me that it was completely and totally reminiscent of a batch of honey mead I made and aged in an oak barrel. Maybe it had something to do with smelling the mead ...
by Alex N
December 13th, 2019, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11170
Views: 411683

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Paul Lato syrah. Sometimes it seems like a bottle is opened on the perfect day at the perfect temp and everything else and you have zero control over any of those things. This one tonight was a dinger.
by Alex N
December 13th, 2019, 11:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2053
Views: 174124

Re: Steak Porn

Fess Parker Ranch wagyu inside skirt. dry brined, reverse seared about 30m with smoke at ~250 then seared. On the fence between outside vs inside but this was thicker and maybe more tender after it was sliced. Super flavorful but almost too rich. Next one I'll do a chimichurri to lighten things up a...
by Alex N
December 12th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting
Replies: 38
Views: 2681

Re: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting

Skimming through the article it seems like he enjoys wine enough, but doesn't consider the huge group of people who take it more seriously as a hobby, go so far to have it as a lifestyle, or god forbid, that some people have lots of fun tasting wine and making and sharing their notes and scores.
by Alex N
December 9th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best way to organize offsite storage?
Replies: 46
Views: 1834

Re: Best way to organize offsite storage?

Mostly U-line 6 bottle cases with the wine/vintage sharpied on the outside. They're so much easier to slide out than the 12 btl cases. Then there are 2 columns of wooden 3-4 packs on the other side of the locker. I re-organized it recently so it looks different than this pic, and just ordered more b...
by Alex N
December 9th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Schrader
Replies: 43
Views: 3138

Re: 2018 Schrader

I passed on the 2015 vintage and haven't received an offering since. I'm totally sad and offended [snort.gif]
by Alex N
December 7th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 43
Views: 1891

Re: Scrambled eggs

Sometimes I think Gordon makes some of that stuff up. He definitely contradicts himself, a lot. Keller, Julia, and Pepin's egg recipes say to beat the eggs with salt.
by Alex N
December 6th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?
Replies: 54
Views: 2828

Re: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?

I think Drinkward Pechon falls a bit in between. Definitely not a fruit or oak bomb and I'd put it arguably in the top 5 list of my personal favorite cabs under $100.
by Alex N
December 5th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 43
Views: 1891

Re: Scrambled eggs

I heat the cast iron over medium with ghee or olive oil or coconut oil, crack two eggs in a bowl, add some soy sauce and give it a couple of stirs. After a few min, turn the heat off and add the eggs. The pan is hot enough to cook them until done (I don't refrigerate my eggs so they're room temp). P...
by Alex N
December 4th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting your $$$$$ wines
Replies: 53
Views: 3187

Re: Protecting your $$$$$ wines

It's not as easy as that. By buying pristine labels only you increase the probability that the bottle is good because only wine freaks which bought and stored wine with the intention to sell it one day, are protecting the labels (and store the wines properly). So the wine label gives you another hi...
by Alex N
December 2nd, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting your $$$$$ wines
Replies: 53
Views: 3187

Re: Protecting your $$$$$ wines

I keep a handful of pricey bottles in the styro shippers. It paid off when 2 bottles of Pandora fell about 6 feet onto the concrete floor at my offsite storage and survived. Most of the others are in thick corrugated cardboard boxes that are taped shut and labeled.
by Alex N
November 25th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Christmas Roasts (non-beef)
Replies: 17
Views: 1116

Re: Christmas Roasts (non-beef)

I called (maybe 5 times and left a VM) and emailed Fess Parker Ranch over two days last week and NEVER got a response. I was pretty pissed. I drove right by the winery where I could've picked it up, but I didn't receive any customer service to answer my questions. I'm sorry to hear that. I buy from...
by Alex N
November 21st, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11170
Views: 411683

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Opened a 2013 Aston Estate Pinot last night with dinner. It's drinking well and opened up nicely, big and concentrated. I've had this a number of times and I finally "get" the "cola" note with these wines. The other 1/2 bottle will be drank tonight or tomorrow. I've been preferring leaner pinots but...
by Alex N
November 21st, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Poultry Stuffing specifically TG Turkey.
Replies: 7
Views: 798

Re: Poultry Stuffing specifically TG Turkey.

I'm a sucker for good cornbread stuffing (holds moisture well) and my grandma's spiced pork stuffing (I haven't made it but it's minced pork and has cloves).
by Alex N
November 20th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12551
Views: 605567

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3 pak of Kinsman Eades arrived today. I like their minimal packaging and it'll easily slide into towards the bottom of my storage.
by Alex N
November 19th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing
Replies: 75
Views: 2394

Re: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing

I finished a JUG Carlo Rossi burgundy this past weekend. I bought it weeks ago thinking it would provide some nostalgia from my childhood when my grandparents gave me a taste of wine on holiday dinners. It didn't. It wasn't undrinkable but not the dry wine I remember, and seems to have more residual...
by Alex N
November 17th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11170
Views: 411683

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2015 Mending Wall cab is drinking very nicely right now.
2015 Beckmen Syrah Block 6 - outstanding
2016 Beckmen PMV Grenache (mostly grenache, small% syrah) - Good, but didn't wow me like it usually does.
2017 Austin Hope Cab - confirmed I don't like this wine, even at over 1/2 retail.
by Alex N
November 15th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5767

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

Hank Victor wrote:
November 15th, 2019, 11:50 am
Wine.com is selling it for $169.99 with a 3 bottle limit per customer lol.
K&L added the 2019 #1 note below the reviews and bumped it up to $179

The beauty of Google Cached pages:

November 9:
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November 15, after WS #1 announcement:
leoville-11-15.png
by Alex N
November 15th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5767

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

I like the choice they made for #1, though I'm not going to pay $179 the online store is asking for it. Some of the past few years were odd to me, especially Lewis, Duckhorn and $200 Peter Michael cab.
by Alex N
November 10th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2607

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

I managed and worked in restaurants for years and always let that one slide with the restaurant's corkage fee policy applied. It would be very rare and unusual for the ABC to see and overhear and enforce that. I'd probably arrive with the bottle in a bag and work it out with the server at the table,...
by Alex N
November 8th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11170
Views: 411683

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Folded Hills 2016 August Red. A somewhat newish winery (at least the facility) with an interesting vineyard history that goes back several decades (I believe Italian varietals which were replanted(?)). About 2/3 syrah and 1/3 grenache. Angela Osborne from Tribute To Grace is the winemaker and it's s...
by Alex N
November 6th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2053
Views: 174124

Re: Steak Porn

I made outside skirt this weekend and for the first time in a long time didn't do steak on the Weber. Wet soy brine, let it dry, then seared it in cast iron, and finished under the broiler. The flavor of that cut is amazing and it's becoming one of my favorite cuts along with hanger steal. Thin cuts...
by Alex N
November 5th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '16 MacD ship date
Replies: 65
Views: 4558

Re: '16 MacD ship date

My MacDonald arrived today and I am a little disappointed they did not ship in the cardboard boxes they used previously. Now I have to find room in the racks for them rather than just stacking the boxes on top of the other boxes. They did use really heavy duty looking styrofoam inserts though. Not ...
by Alex N
November 5th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No more space, do you keep buying?
Replies: 53
Views: 2394

Re: No more space, do you keep buying?

Most of my wine is long term as well and it's nearly full. I think about other things that have more space or need a gap filled: custom surfboard or two, 4wt fly rod, guitar amp...
by Alex N
October 28th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 14 Paso Robles Cabs
Replies: 18
Views: 1202

Re: Blind tasting of 14 Paso Robles Cabs

I need to revisit Austin Hope. I've had it a bunch and thought it was so oaked and full of vanilla and spun sugar, kind of flat, and continue to turn it down at $18/bottle which is a steal so I really want to like that wine. My friends love it. I absolutely loved the mixed case of Falcone wines I ha...
by Alex N
October 26th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release
Replies: 37
Views: 3143

Re: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release

I cracked a '15 Syrah and it was completely awesome, pop and pour and also developed nicely with a few hours decant. Silky tannins, a little floral, rich but not "huge" by any means. Rhone-like, just like I thought the '14 cab was atypical of Napa. Super classy wine and I really love his style of wi...

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