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by Adam Frisch
May 26th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 45
Views: 1128

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

Great topic! The ones I love: JB Neufeld - very Saul Bass, love it! Jonata, Gaja etc - I'm a sucker for the ones where there's a contrasting band at the top, like in the Dubonnet/Campari camp. Enfield Wine Co - that huge swath of red is really simple and eye catching. Hunter Glenn - I love how they ...
by Adam Frisch
May 24th, 2020, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS really screwed up? What are my options?
Replies: 38
Views: 1671

Re: UPS really screwed up? What are my options?

Yes, it's happened multiple times that "delivery was attempted" when we were home all day. That's not cool.
by Adam Frisch
May 24th, 2020, 9:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1072
Views: 59099

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Vince L. wrote:
May 24th, 2020, 9:02 pm

Isn't that P.F. Chang & Pei Wei? Both are shit imo. It's either you get the real stuff or you go for the Chow Mein / Orange Chicken.
I suppose you're right. Never tried either, actually.
by Adam Frisch
May 24th, 2020, 8:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1072
Views: 59099

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Ongoing frustration: American-Chinese takeaway. Why is it always so shit? Absolutely terrible stuff consistently. My case in point is my wife, who grew up poor and has a taste for Panda Express. That's her idea of pretty good Chinese-American (to which I can only roll my eyes in silence or else get ...
by Adam Frisch
May 24th, 2020, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: wine sales taxes
Replies: 6
Views: 153

Re: wine sales taxes

I have to file sales taxes on most of the DTC out of state sales where I'm licensed. Some monthly (like Texas), others yearly. I have a compliance firm that does this for me.
by Adam Frisch
May 24th, 2020, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS really screwed up? What are my options?
Replies: 38
Views: 1671

Re: UPS really screwed up? What are my options?

First off, great advice on the Walgreens and Fed Ex stores redirect for Fed Ex shipments. There is no extra fees assigned wineries to do it which is a great thing. If you redirect from business to home addresses, there will be additional charges levied, often times eaten by the wineries but stuff w...
by Adam Frisch
May 23rd, 2020, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Presqu'ile Chardonnay (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County)
Replies: 0
Views: 105

TN: 2018 Presqu'ile Chardonnay (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County)

2018 Presqu'ile Chardonnay Santa Barbara County - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County (5/23/2020) Typical nose. A slightly leaner Chard, with green to yellow fruits and some very mild florals throughout. Good acidity and no oak detected. A pleasant drinker, but still hint of that C...
by Adam Frisch
May 23rd, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS really screwed up? What are my options?
Replies: 38
Views: 1671

Re: UPS really screwed up? What are my options?

I wouldn't panic. Although of course not ideal, unless seal is somehow broken, cork has pushed and air has entered, they stay pretty sealed. Just age a little faster which is less critical on whites. I've done some very unscientific test with my own wines. A few returned wines that had been delivere...
by Adam Frisch
May 23rd, 2020, 4:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best CA Pinot Noir
Replies: 23
Views: 1358

Re: Best CA Pinot Noir

Not all Oregon is lean and restrained. Look at Antica Terra for example - some of the biggest style PN I've come across.
by Adam Frisch
May 22nd, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry high acid white recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 967

Re: Dry high acid white recommendations?

Ceritas and Goodfellow Chard's have been in that category, but I would get some of Paetra's Rieslings. Or Stirm. Or Tatomer. They're all bone dry, really nice and have plenty of acid. Riesling also, in my highly personal opinion of course, just a superior grape to Chardonnay.. [stirthepothal.gif] [s...
by Adam Frisch
May 20th, 2020, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ser Winery Syrah Coastview Vineyard:
Replies: 14
Views: 484

Re: TN: 2015 Ser Winery Syrah Coastview Vineyard:

Yeah, Sean's link got me to her wines. Bizarre that I couldn't find it on a general search. Well, well.
by Adam Frisch
May 20th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Sine Qua Non Syrah ♂ (USA, California, Central Coast)
Replies: 12
Views: 783

Re: TN: 2013 Sine Qua Non Syrah ♂ (USA, California, Central Coast)

I've always been under the impression that these higher super-extraction wines are not built for aging, but more immediate consumption. It's the leaner, more austere ones that are built for aging. But it seems to be a split in the wine community about that view, so I'm not sure what is right or wrong.
by Adam Frisch
May 19th, 2020, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ser Winery Syrah Coastview Vineyard:
Replies: 14
Views: 484

Re: TN: 2015 Ser Winery Syrah Coastview Vineyard:

Thanks for the note adam. I need to write more notes on Ser's wines. I haven't popped one of these yet. Coastview is a site that usually has so much structure I don't like to touch it for 5 years. Nicole doesn't make BIG wines, all of them are restrained and elegant. Will be watching for other note...
by Adam Frisch
May 19th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ser Winery Syrah Coastview Vineyard:
Replies: 14
Views: 484

TN: 2015 Ser Winery Syrah Coastview Vineyard:

TN: 2015 Ser Winery Syrah Coastview Vineyard: I'm taking some antihistamine nose spray thingy which messes with my nose, so can't say what it smells like - but it's a clean, crisp smell, no barn or funk. After about 1hr decant: Initially it comes off a little light in the attack, but right after st...
by Adam Frisch
May 19th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three wines by António Maçanita (Fitapreta)
Replies: 16
Views: 404

Re: TN: Three wines by António Maçanita (Fitapreta)

I work in Portugal at lest once a year in my other profession, and always have amazing wines. But for some reason I can never remember or get my head around Portuguese regions/styles/wines. And I leave as clueless as when I arrived. It's embarrassing - I need to start paying attention. Thanks for th...
by Adam Frisch
May 16th, 2020, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Whites -- What Are You Drinking?
Replies: 42
Views: 1790

Re: California Whites -- What Are You Drinking?

Another vote for Ceritas Chard's.

Saint K's Malvasia Bianco was a stunner, I thought.
by Adam Frisch
May 15th, 2020, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Turley Cinsault Bechthold Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 16
Views: 1262

Re: TN: 2018 Turley Cinsault Bechthold Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

I think there's a newer generation slowly changing the perception of Lodi. Tegan and Bedrock certainly at the forefront, but also some of the smaller labels like Broc Cellars, Markus, Lodi Native etc. Lodi is super-interesting area for numerous reasons - first, the Lodi Wine Commission has done an a...
by Adam Frisch
May 14th, 2020, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT
Replies: 19
Views: 1224

Re: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT

John Morris wrote:
May 14th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Adam Frisch wrote:
May 14th, 2020, 1:27 pm
There are 5 states you can not ship to. I know Alabama and Utah are two of them. Delaware might be another. Ans there are one or two more in the south.
Wasn't Florida on that list?
Florida is fine now.
by Adam Frisch
May 14th, 2020, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT
Replies: 19
Views: 1224

Re: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT

There are 5 states you can not ship to. I know Alabama and Utah are two of them. Delaware might be another. And there are one or two more in the south.
by Adam Frisch
May 14th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Ser Winery offers
Replies: 7
Views: 750

Re: Ser Winery offers

Order in!
by Adam Frisch
May 13th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- Great recent US Pinots- Cristom, Littorai, Rhys Alesia, Ceritas, William Selyem
Replies: 7
Views: 1261

Re: TN- Great recent US Pinots- Cristom, Littorai, Rhys Alesia, Ceritas, William Selyem

" 2017 Hellenthal "Old Shop Block" Pinot Noir : This was the first Pinot served and was open and tasty. Ripe black cherry, blackberry, black tea, rose petal and clove the flavors are nuanced and already layered. There is plenty of acid to carry the fruit. The 2017 Hellenthal can be enjoyed young wi...
by Adam Frisch
May 13th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: PLEASE NOTE: Forum will be closed May 15
Replies: 18
Views: 1553

Re: PLEASE NOTE: Forum will be closed May 15

Yep. Without WB this would have been a launch mired in despair and destitution, instead I got rewarded with hope and a glimmer of light! Thank you! [worship.gif]
by Adam Frisch
May 13th, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT
Replies: 19
Views: 1224

Re: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT

Connecticut demands a $5K bond deposit on top of pretty steep yearly costs. I would think for K&L that wouldn't be a huge problem, but I know it is for many smaller producers. That's why I'm not licensed there.
by Adam Frisch
May 12th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Promontory Offering
Replies: 14
Views: 1344

Re: 2015 Promontory Offering

Dave McIsaac wrote:
May 12th, 2020, 3:08 pm
You may want to PM post #10, Adam
Thank you, just sent Rodrigo a PM.
by Adam Frisch
May 12th, 2020, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Promontory Offering
Replies: 14
Views: 1344

Re: 2015 Promontory Offering

I erroneously signed up a few years ago, thinking I might get to purchase some almost-Screagle-juice for about $100/bottle or something. How wrong was I. Offer just the other day for a 3-pack for $1800 (gulp). But if anyone wants it, let me know.
by Adam Frisch
May 11th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Biggio Hamina Claygate Vnd Pinot Noir
Replies: 1
Views: 169

TN: 2015 Biggio Hamina Claygate Vnd Pinot Noir

TN: 2015 Biggio Hamina Claygate Vnd Pinot Noir: Been curious about Todd's wines for awhile and when his killer offer appeared in the forum, it was time to pounce. Color: slightly bricking at the edges. First note is smokiness. Then chalky, mouth coating tannins. Did I say chalky? Finish is long and...
by Adam Frisch
May 10th, 2020, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Goodfellow, Biggio Hamina, Patricia Green, Dusty Nabor (very short)
Replies: 1
Views: 252

TN: Goodfellow, Biggio Hamina, Patricia Green, Dusty Nabor (very short)

2016 Dusty Nabor Cabernet Sauvignon: Full bodied of course, a decent amount of oak. Paso Robles leaning towards Napa. I enjoyed it very much, as I was in the mood for that style, but perhaps not lean. 91pts. 2010 Biggio Hamina Riesling: Petrol galore. A lot of that, lots of secondary and tertiary v...
by Adam Frisch
May 10th, 2020, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Digging up a basement for a wine cellar
Replies: 51
Views: 5054

Re: Digging up a basement for a wine cellar

Anything above 3ft in height counts as living space here on Los Angeles. So very quickly you run into regulatory problems, how much sq.ft you can build on your land, slope analysis, geo etc. It's just cost prohibitive in most cases. My geological survey was $9K alone here in Los Angeles. Add buildin...
by Adam Frisch
May 10th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Sabelli-Frisch Wines quarantine offer - almost 50% OFF!
Replies: 50
Views: 4730

Re: Sabelli-Frisch Wines quarantine offer - almost 50% OFF!

Thank you Greg for your note! I also want to mention that although Todd is closing down the forum on the 15th, I will continue with my deal until I get down to about 10-15 cases of the Flame Tokay rosé (have to keep a few for library and verticals). I have about 30-40 cases left as of now, so those ...
by Adam Frisch
May 10th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Ser Winery offers
Replies: 7
Views: 750

Re: Ser Winery offers

Heard good things about your wines, Nicole! Especially interested in trying your Cab Pfeffer.
by Adam Frisch
May 7th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Handmade Pasta
Replies: 38
Views: 1113

Re: Handmade Pasta

I always love the idea of it more than the result. I really like the al dente textures from dried pasta, and that's hard to get from fresh pasta. But I will admit the best ones I've had add something to the dish that goes beyond that. They can be heaven. I think, which was alluded to in thread, unle...
by Adam Frisch
May 5th, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Biggio Hamina Not So New Whites, Pinks, and an Orange
Replies: 5
Views: 422

Re: Biggio Hamina Not So New Whites, Pinks, and an Orange

Todd, would it be possible to get a mixer of some of your reds with some Riesling?
by Adam Frisch
May 5th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural Wines: Made by Large Wineries??
Replies: 20
Views: 712

Re: Natural Wines: Made by Large Wineries??

I think, to the winery owners view, if there was a set standard for natural wine on a more global scale, then this arbitrary snobbism wouldn't be sustainable. You are either or. In or out. I don't really give a damn either way personally, it would just make things more clear and easier to relate to ...
by Adam Frisch
May 3rd, 2020, 3:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Plenty of Aged Amarone (1999-1959)
Replies: 10
Views: 690

Re: TN: Plenty of Aged Amarone (1999-1959)

It used to be Quintarelli in top, Dal Forno second and Bussola third in 'pedigree' back then. But this was 20 years ago when I was into them, so might have changed. I always liked Igino Accordini's Amarones and think he deserves a mention. His son has now taken over, but I think the wines are still ...
by Adam Frisch
May 2nd, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Plenty of Aged Amarone (1999-1959)
Replies: 10
Views: 690

Re: TN: Plenty of Aged Amarone (1999-1959)

Nice one. And good reminder! I have whole collection dating back to 1971, so I'd either have to drink most of it soon, or arrange some sort of tasting. Had my 1974 Masi last year for a friend who'd passed away (his birth year). It was fully into brick and down the marsala route, but still quite enjo...
by Adam Frisch
May 2nd, 2020, 4:01 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Sabelli-Frisch Wines quarantine offer - almost 50% OFF!
Replies: 50
Views: 4730

Re: Sabelli-Frisch Wines quarantine offer - almost 50% OFF!

For the nerds: Here's an interesting article about the wines in the Lodi Wine blog and the Flame Tokay in special. Also covers the Chandler vineyard and the history of Tokay there. And a bit about the Missions, too. https://www.lodiwine.com/blog/Sabelli-Frisch-helps-revive-near-forgotten-Flame-Tokay...
by Adam Frisch
May 2nd, 2020, 3:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Foradori Teroldego Sgarzon
Replies: 23
Views: 924

Re: TN: 2015 Foradori Teroldego Sgarzon

Not had a ton of Elisabetta's wines, but everyone I've tried has been great. She seems to be very grounded, calm and confident winemaker.
by Adam Frisch
April 30th, 2020, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A couple of OR Pinots from the Cellar
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: A couple of OR Pinots from the Cellar

Oak is a mixed blessing. Here are my random uneducated thoughts. Professionals (like Mel Knox) and a dozen+ winemakers on this BB have forgotten more than I'll ever know about Wine and Oak. The detailed options (oak type, barrel characteristics, toast, etc.) are beyond me. * Oak as a flavoring is a...
by Adam Frisch
April 28th, 2020, 11:19 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Sabelli-Frisch Wines quarantine offer - almost 50% OFF!
Replies: 50
Views: 4730

Re: Sabelli-Frisch Wines quarantine offer - almost 50% OFF!

Hi Nate. I take fruit from there, but actually based SoCal. I drive the fruit down myself on my old truck to the winery.
by Adam Frisch
April 28th, 2020, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ruby Cabernet?
Replies: 19
Views: 932

Re: Ruby Cabernet?

Thanks - yes, and Olmo also did the Rubired crossing, which I think is another widely grown one that goes into mystery blends. That hybrid has Grenache in it, too.

Tom - in many was Zin is still an underdog! [cry.gif]
by Adam Frisch
April 28th, 2020, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ruby Cabernet?
Replies: 19
Views: 932

Ruby Cabernet?

Always interested in underdogs: This has on paper the genetics and the makings of being a good hybrid. Yet, you don't see or hear about it much and if you do, it seems to be mainly as a blend variety. I know Cardella makes a single varietal one and there might be a few others. Anyone tried any good ...
by Adam Frisch
April 28th, 2020, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11788
Views: 440064

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 Failla Platt Vineyard PN: OK, had a slight feeling of being heat damaged, but it could have just been my palate.
by Adam Frisch
April 27th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: My Best Wine....and I Hate It!
Replies: 8
Views: 1036

Re: My Best Wine....and I Hate It!

I always thought bottle shock was more of the recent SO2 additions (that tend to be made just before it bottles), but there's something to the actual upset as well. One of my wines behaved similarly after bottling this year and is only kind of finding its way now. It had been SO2'd months before bot...
by Adam Frisch
April 26th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Sabelli-Frisch Wines quarantine offer - almost 50% OFF!
Replies: 50
Views: 4730

Re: Sabelli-Frisch Wines quarantine offer - almost 50% OFF!

Thank you Jorge! Glad you guys liked it! [cheers.gif]
by Adam Frisch
April 26th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 180
Views: 10409

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Well, the tax rate for the states are one thing, but then depending on which county the buyer lives in there's often an extra tax there. As an example, here's from my tax compliance person in regards to Texas: Texas is a bit more all over with the city, county and special rates so most of our client...
by Adam Frisch
April 26th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with tacos al pastor?
Replies: 45
Views: 1557

Re: Pairing with tacos al pastor?

Well, Mission of course! [wink.gif]

To me it feels like something light and and on the fruitier or more acidic side would be a good match. Gamay? Riesling? Gewurz?
by Adam Frisch
April 24th, 2020, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Various - Goodfellow, Ojai, Domaine Pinson
Replies: 0
Views: 294

TN: Various - Goodfellow, Ojai, Domaine Pinson

OK, gonna pit the Chards against each other: 2017 Domaine Pinson Mont-de-Milieu: Meh. Nice and crisp, I suppose, but not even close to the Louis Michel I had about a week earlier. Just felt acidic and with not that much finesse. A supermarket wine. 86-87pts. 2016 or 2017 Ojai Vineyards Chardonnay: S...
by Adam Frisch
April 24th, 2020, 9:28 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Sabelli-Frisch Wines quarantine offer - almost 50% OFF!
Replies: 50
Views: 4730

Re: Sabelli-Frisch Wines quarantine offer - almost 50% OFF!

Thanks Max - great to hear! 1) Glad you got those notes. I have the worst olfactory sens and palate, so for me I can only smell/taste brambly apples and tapenade or olive brine at the end, but I know from what others have told me there's a lot more there. 2. I'll keep it going for as long as I can a...
by Adam Frisch
April 22nd, 2020, 9:30 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Vegan Wines?
Replies: 10
Views: 370

Re: Vegan Wines?

Normally they refer to vegan wines as wines that have not been fined with isinglass, milk or some other protein to either clarify them, remove tannins or bind to visible particles. Although it is entirely unclear which wines are fined or not and there's no real way to find out if any of the fining a...

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