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by J. Rock
October 20th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German AP Numbers
Replies: 8
Views: 473

Re: German AP Numbers

Adam G wrote:
October 19th, 2019, 10:43 pm
it's a generic TBA bottling, of unknown grape varieties, even. But for $15 at Traer Joe's it's worth a taste.
I'm admittedly suspicious of a $15 TBA and I'm dying for note. Please let us know how it is.
by J. Rock
October 18th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 41
Views: 1460

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

Doubt it. Riesling should still be a great value.
by J. Rock
October 17th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 60
Views: 2538

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

Aren't the boxes more space efficient than tubes? I'm still figuring out the best way to store the wine in my locker, but so far I'm liking a sturdy cardboard wine case turned on it's side.
by J. Rock
October 16th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 34
Views: 1279

Re: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Hm, I do like brown sugar and port...
by J. Rock
October 16th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47835

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Is anyone going to the dinner with Rodolphe Péters (Pierre Péters) at Dialogue on Oct. 26? It's not something I'm able to go to, but I'd be curious to know how it is.
by J. Rock
October 14th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 60
Views: 2538

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

I have a 38 bottle wine fridge at home but I think I'd be better off with room for 60 - 100 bottles at home. My wine is safer at my offsite, so I don't want to keep too many bottles at home in a wine fridge anyway.
by J. Rock
October 14th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Taittinger Comtes Thread
Replies: 76
Views: 6298

Re: The Taittinger Comtes Thread

I keep seeing everyone mention '04, '06, and '07, but no one seems to drink any '05. What's so bad with the '05? I've never had Comtes, but looking to try it and trying to decide which to buy.
by J. Rock
October 9th, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: NYC proposed foie gras ban
Replies: 3
Views: 296

Re: NYC proposed foie gras ban

I don't know if there's anything I hate about CA more than the foie gras ban...
by J. Rock
October 7th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 2855

Re: Best Burger in Each State

I don't even want to admit how many times I've gone to Umami, each time thinking that finally it will live up to my expectations (maybe I ordered wrong, maybe they were having an off day, maybe I just wasn't in the right mood...) and ending up disappointed.... When Umami first came out, and when it...
by J. Rock
October 7th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 2855

Re: Best Burger in Each State

I think the burger at Father's Office, while solid, is quite over rated.

I haven't had every burger in CA, but the best I've had, and by a good margin, is the Trois Mec burger at Petit Trois, which is far, far better than the burger at Father's Office.
by J. Rock
October 2nd, 2019, 10:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orin Swift 8 Years Release
Replies: 21
Views: 1016

Re: Orin Swift 8 Years Release

I have to admit that I would have thought you were just trying to be a bit snobby, but after somewhat recently trying 8 Years in the Desert after hearing good things about it, I can certainly see all of your above notes being accurate.
by J. Rock
October 2nd, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 19966

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

So what is the practical increase on the end-cost to consumers? If a bottle is $50 on the shelf now, and holding all other variables equal (exchange rate, markup, etc.), the next vintage is subject to the tariff, what will next year's shelf price be? I think the consumer and suppliers will share th...
by J. Rock
October 1st, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore
Replies: 47
Views: 3170

Re: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore

I don't necessarily have reason to doubt your claims, but do you have a source or sources, or is this just a conclusion you're drawing from your own observations?
by J. Rock
September 28th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lincoln Fine Wines (California) Super Deal on Royal City
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Re: Lincoln Fine Wines (California) Super Deal on Royal City

LFW's is a great shop and sometimes also has great prices. I have seen them raise prices on bottles over the course of a few weeks or month, however, so if you see a deal you really like, it's a good idea to pick up whatever want all at once, if possible.
by J. Rock
September 26th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47835

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

In case anyone was as curious as I was, here's the actual current menu at Pasjoli https://la.eater.com/2019/9/26/20885586/dave-beran-pasjoli-french-restaurant-santa-monica-open-inside I'm drooling just thinking about it. It's certainly not cheap, but I'll be able to go here more than Dialogue. If it...
by J. Rock
September 25th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: South Bay LA - August Offline (Planning)
Replies: 19
Views: 2474

Re: South Bay LA - August Offline (Planning)

Brent S wrote:
September 22nd, 2019, 10:16 pm
Josh-just sent you a message.

South Bay or even Westside gang-we should figure something out!
I'd be in for something on the Westside!
by J. Rock
September 25th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7179
Views: 437700

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Is anyone familiar with Gardet Brut Premier Cru Blanc de Noirs NV? I've never had it, but at $29 for 1er Cru and 4 years on the lees, I figured it was worth picking up 4.
by J. Rock
September 25th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6324

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

I would love to drink Nazi wine. I'd get to try something new and get satisfaction from knowing they would hate the fact that I'm drinking their wine.
by J. Rock
September 24th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions
Replies: 67
Views: 2491

Re: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions

I've had some 2017 Lieser GGs (forget which ones off of the top of my head) and they were great. However, GG's usually don't seem quite worth the price to me, and I'd rather get a trocken or Molitor White Cap if I want something dry. If I want to spend $50 - $80+, I'd rather get some Auslesen. Perha...
by J. Rock
September 24th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47835

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I wonder how Beran is going to split time. When we went to Dialogue he was mega-involved in about every dish coming out of the kitchen. Hard to imagine he wouldn’t be at Dialogue every night. Maybe he’ll conceptualize and have someone else head the kitchen at the new spot. Definitely looking forwar...
by J. Rock
September 24th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Information on wine futures?
Replies: 24
Views: 1137

Re: Information on wine futures?

This sounds like something I'd see back when I did securities litigation (however, I never actually saw wine-based securities). What happens when an investor or potential investor wants to visit the company and kick the tires?
by J. Rock
September 23rd, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oechsle Level and Effect on Riesling
Replies: 1
Views: 192

Oechsle Level and Effect on Riesling

I've been reading up on (and tasting) the 2018 German Rieslings and I've noticed that many of the wines were harvested at a much higher Oechsle level than is required for the given Pradikat level. What effect does this greater must weight have on the finished wine? Do they tend to be sweeter or more...
by J. Rock
September 20th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47835

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Does anyone know where to find the menu for Pasjoli? It's driving me nuts that I can't see what they serve or how much they charge. i saw a bunch of pictures on instagram. I took a wild guess at the URL and found what looks like a draft of the menu for anyone wondering. https://www.pasjoli.com/menu...
by J. Rock
September 19th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grenache Day, Sept 20
Replies: 19
Views: 780

Re: Grenache Day, Sept 20

I also hate all of these random, made-up "____ day"s, but if I was going to celebrate, I would probably open a Torrin Mavin, which is probably my favorite Grenache currently.
by J. Rock
September 19th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47835

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Does anyone know where to find the menu for Pasjoli? It's driving me nuts that I can't see what they serve or how much they charge.
by J. Rock
September 19th, 2019, 1:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 82
Views: 3309

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

I know some people who seem to confuse fruitiness with sweetness or at least perceive fruitiness as sweetness to some degree.
by J. Rock
September 19th, 2019, 1:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 82
Views: 3309

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

Nahe might not be quite as well known or popular as Mosel, but many excellent wines come from Nahe. Schafer-Frohlich is a well regarded Nahe producer, but when I think of Nahe, I think of the excellent wines from Donnhoff. I generally prefer Donnhoff's sweeter wines (and sweeter Rieslings in General...
by J. Rock
September 18th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: North and South American Wines
Replies: 3
Views: 259

Re: TN: North and South American Wines

I've really enjoyed the Almaviva I've had and I think CyT's cheaper wines are usually solid for the price. I still need to try some Don Melchor.
by J. Rock
September 18th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Blood Sausage
Replies: 31
Views: 1082

Re: Blood Sausage

I just had it last night at my new neighbor's (from Argentina) bbq and rather liked it. It had good flavor and almost like a pate-like texture, which surprised me the most.
by J. Rock
September 18th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16316
Views: 422427

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

2 from Modern Times: Blanc on Blanc on Blanc Wave Sweeper Wave Sweeper is 100% Nelson and I've been waiting for what feels like for-ev-er for this to come on tap. And it is DE-LISH!!! Wow, I didn't realize MT brews a 100% Nelson beer. Is Wave Sweeper widely available in LA (e.g., Total Wine, BevMo,...
by J. Rock
September 18th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16316
Views: 422427

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

ERPark wrote:
August 26th, 2019, 9:21 am
Just reupped my Ambassadors of Sour membership for 2020 with The Rare Barrel.
I just joined for the first time and am very excited. Rare Barrel might be my favorite producer of beer, but I have some trouble finding their beer in LA and have never had their AoS releases.
by J. Rock
September 18th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 82
Views: 3309

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

Adam, when do you think your Riesling will be ready? Instead of debating whether or not you have a good strategy, I'd rather just taste the wine!
by J. Rock
September 13th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines for 25+ years of aging
Replies: 39
Views: 1805

Re: Wines for 25+ years of aging

Riesling! Tons of Riesling!
by J. Rock
September 13th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The pursuit of 55F/70% humidity and a working wine fridge - I need more space for wine!
Replies: 10
Views: 1159

Re: The pursuit of 55F/70% humidity and a working wine fridge - I need more space for wine!

In the future, consider that getting offsite storage is not only great for storing your bottles, but it oftentimes can act as a kind of wine social club where members are happy to share wine and organize wonderful tastings. I've already been very fortunate to have been offered tastes of many amazing...
by J. Rock
September 13th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US retailers offering German auction wines?
Replies: 29
Views: 1196

Re: US retailers offering German auction wines?

Do you guys think that the auction wines are noticeably better than the APs sold through retail or that they tend to be worth the premium? I notice that sometimes they get better reviews than non-auction wines, but sometimes they get worse reviews. I've never had any, but am admittedly very curious.
by J. Rock
September 13th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 82
Views: 3309

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

I agree with the last few posts. The RS doesn't necessarily indicate the perceived level of dryness of the wine, because the perceived dryness largely depends on the level of acidity. It's the same reason that a Brut Nature Champagne doesn't always taste as dry as as some Bruts, despite having a low...
by J. Rock
September 12th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 82
Views: 3309

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

Interesting article.

I just had some 2018 Schloss Lieser Goldtröpfchen Spat last weekend and it was really great. Maybe I'll open another bottle this weekend after reading this nice article.
by J. Rock
September 12th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3816

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Don't worry guys, we're back in business!
by J. Rock
September 10th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you eat grapes?
Replies: 49
Views: 1778

Re: Do you eat grapes?

I'll snack on grapes from time to time. I think Bristol Farms offers some really good grapes.
by J. Rock
September 10th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Go get your 1 bottle of 08 Cristal at Bevmo for $175!
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Re: Go get your 1 bottle of 08 Cristal at Bevmo for $175!

Hmmm, I just got a coupon for $10 off of $50... no 30% off.
by J. Rock
September 5th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A few young sweet German Rieslings
Replies: 2
Views: 306

Re: TN: A few young sweet German Rieslings

I like the layout and writing style of your tasting notes very much. P.S These wines & notes seem to deserve a better wine glass if possible. [cheers.gif] Thanks! I have since gotten better glasses (although, sometimes they aren't clean and ready to use). The are just Schott Zwiesel Pure glasses, b...
by J. Rock
September 5th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A few young sweet German Rieslings
Replies: 2
Views: 306

TN: A few young sweet German Rieslings

I haven't shared many of my tasting notes yet, but I wanted to share my thoughts on a few great Rieslings I had over the summer. These were not tasted blind. I'm still new at properly tasting wine, so I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts. [cheers.gif] I'm also attending an importer tasting o...
by J. Rock
September 4th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: South Bay LA - August Offline (Planning)
Replies: 19
Views: 2474

Re: South Bay LA - August Offline (Planning)

I'm following this just in case it moves sliiiightly further north to Venice or Santa Monica.
by J. Rock
September 4th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11909
Views: 570308

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A few of each of the following:

2016 Torrin Akasha
2016 Torrin Tsundere
2016 Torrin James Berry Vineyard
by J. Rock
September 4th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 70
Views: 3185

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

To answer my slightly younger self (and for anyone else who is looking for input): I'm happy keeping bottles that I'll open within a year at home in my wine fridge and bottles that I want to lay down for 1 or more years offsite. My offsite doesn't accept shipments, but I ship my wine to my office. A...
by J. Rock
September 4th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '07 Tablas Creek Esprit, Rouge, brett or Mourvedre?
Replies: 6
Views: 340

Re: '07 Tablas Creek Esprit, Rouge, brett or Mourvedre?

I would love some wine that tasted like Kriek. yummmmm
by J. Rock
September 3rd, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Max Ferd. Richter - Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 28
Views: 829

Re: TN: 2016 Max Ferd. Richter - Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

Since at least a few people on this thread mentioned that Max Ferd. Richter doesn't typically impress them, I want to note that a lot of the 2018s just received some very high marks from Mosel Fine Wines, including 100 pts for Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling TBA. Despite hearing that 2018 wasn't the bes...
by J. Rock
September 2nd, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Max Ferd. Richter - Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 28
Views: 829

Re: TN: 2016 Max Ferd. Richter - Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

Robert Panzer wrote:
September 2nd, 2019, 6:39 am
He says that AP 40 and 27 are the same juice, with the 40 bottled days later.
One other about AP numbers is that they correspond w bottling dates.
Thanks for the clarification. I had not idea that bottling a couple of days later could change the AP number.
by J. Rock
September 1st, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Max Ferd. Richter - Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 28
Views: 829

Re: TN: 2016 Max Ferd. Richter - Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

Unfortunately the bottle is long gone, but 1. I'm pretty good at reading; 2. No way this was a case of "fat fingering" because I hand-write my TNs, then transcribe them, and my TN does accurately reflect what I wrote down; and 3. I distinctly remember doing an AP # double-take because this one was ...

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