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by Rick Allen
March 31st, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......
Replies: 101
Views: 3433

Re: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......

I could live with (and afford) just Marie Courtin, but if I needed a second it would be Vilmart.
by Rick Allen
March 15th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #Quaranwine
Replies: 23
Views: 1510

Re: #Quaranwine

We're not drinking more, but we are drinking better. We used to drink current vintage Goodfellow WV and Cameron Dundee Hills Chardonnay during the week and now, for example, we drank 2014 Walter Scott Cuvee Anne, 2013 Cameron Clos Electrique, and a 2014 1er Cru St Aubin over the last three nights.
by Rick Allen
March 13th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7700

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

Just as a point of reference, we closed our Tap Room until April (at least). As far as we know, no one at the Brewery has COVID-19 (there's only six of us), and we'd like to keep it that way.
by Rick Allen
March 6th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 209
Views: 7479

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Maybe you should take Vegas off the itinerary Todd!
by Rick Allen
February 28th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 209
Views: 7479

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

We have a trip to Italy planned for May. I am less worried about the disease than I am about sites being closed and a possible two week quarantine on our return. We have travel insurance, and so far everything is refundable except a couple of train reservations and the flight over. We'll probably ma...
by Rick Allen
February 25th, 2020, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Chardonnay Celebration
Replies: 8
Views: 847

Re: Oregon Chardonnay Celebration

Unfortunately, as Marcus said, I missed the event. I need to talk to Amy about picking a different weekend...
by Rick Allen
January 30th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots
Replies: 56
Views: 3041

Re: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots

I think there are many more similarities between Burgundies and Oregon Pinots than there differences. I've had too many times when wines from the two regions were indistinguishable when tasted blind. I do think that some Burgundies can have a hard edge that I find appealing. I think this is a water...
by Rick Allen
January 30th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots
Replies: 56
Views: 3041

Re: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots

I think there are many more similarities between Burgundies and Oregon Pinots than there differences. I've had too many times when wines from the two regions were indistinguishable when tasted blind. I do think that some Burgundies can have a hard edge that I find appealing. I think this is a water ...
by Rick Allen
January 29th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: World tour: producers that appeal to Burg palate
Replies: 41
Views: 2403

Re: World tour: producers that appeal to Burg palate

My substitute for White Burgundy is Oregon Chardonnay from a select (but growing) group of producers. Right now, Eyrie, Brick House, Walter Scott, Cameron, Goodfellow, Vincent, and a number of others scratch that itch at significantly lower price points than good White Burgundy. As far as other vari...
by Rick Allen
January 28th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 120
Views: 6472

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Temps in our area going to almost touch 70 degrees on Friday. Everyone but guys like me will LOVE it. This will be one of those mid winter 'false springs' that commonly happen. Early plants like plum trees and quince will start to pop. Ill just hope my vineyard won't be paying much attention. Up in...
by Rick Allen
January 28th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few Camerons
Replies: 16
Views: 845

Re: A few Camerons

I've been working through my 2005-2009 Camerons over the last couple of months (still have quite a few left), and I've been surprised at how even the Dundee Hills bottling isn't showing that much age. I've been a firm believer in drinking Oregon Pinot in the 8-10 year range, but I'm having to change...
by Rick Allen
January 11th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16535
Views: 435531

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

You should try the smoked version.
by Rick Allen
January 2nd, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16535
Views: 435531

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Scott, your posts brings up a number of issues that are important for Craft Beer. I'll try to go through those that I find important below: Provenance - I think this is the most important issue. The speed at which beer deteriorates doubles for every 10 degrees C increase in temperature. This means t...
by Rick Allen
January 2nd, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16535
Views: 435531

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

We got an email from someone who had a bad Bobtoberfest. Lisa wrote him back apologizing and suggesting that he check the date on the bottom of the package. It turned out that the Bobtoberfest in question was in a bottle, and we've been canning for the last nine months, meaning the bottle in questio...
by Rick Allen
January 2nd, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Nice (and overdue) Heater Allen shout out
Replies: 3
Views: 616

Re: Nice (and overdue) Heater Allen shout out

Thanks Scott! I think Jeff wrote that because Lisa beat him up about discussing big regional brand lagers that came five years after us in an earlier piece he had written. I contend that the demand for lagers was always there. Most craft breweries didn't make them because they used a lot of tank spa...
by Rick Allen
January 2nd, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2881

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

Buy less than I drink and drink less than I did last year.
by Rick Allen
January 1st, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2185

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

2008 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee Rick, How was it? That was one of my WsOTY in 2019, despite it's youth. Happy New Year, Warren It was great! Clean, high acid (I'm a bit of an acid freak in Champagne), minerally, some yeasty notes, but not overwhelming. It tasted like GC Chablis with bubbles. Even thoug...
by Rick Allen
December 31st, 2019, 11:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2185

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

With Rack of Lamb:

2008 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee
2017 Walter Scott Chardonnay X Novo
2013 Cameron Chardonnay Abbey Ridge
2015 Bedrock Ode to Lucien
2002 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose
by Rick Allen
December 29th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 128
Views: 11319

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

Goodfellow - Chardonnay
Walter Scott - Chardonnay
Cameron - Pinot, Chardonnay
Brick House - Gamay, Chardonnay
Martin Woods - Gamay
Bedrock - Zins, Ode to Lulu
Ridge - Geyserville, Lytton Springs
by Rick Allen
December 23rd, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 6589

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

Willamette Valley (base level) Chardonnays from Goodfellow, Cameron, and Walter Scott. The prices on these have held steady while the prices of the white Bourgognes that I bought in the past keep creeping up a few dollars a year. These three wines are better tasting (to me) and increasingly cheaper....
by Rick Allen
December 12th, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16535
Views: 435531

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

We are "gifted" beer at the Brewery all the time. Usually the really good stuff gets taken home and drunk immediately. The rest tends to accumulate and take up cooler space. Last Sunday the younger folks drank through about 40 bottles of various things that had collected - mostly sours (no one at th...
by Rick Allen
December 9th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses
Replies: 16
Views: 857

Re: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses

Love the 96, though it's not a champagne for everyone...
by Rick Allen
December 5th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1917

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

The Takeout: Nation’s oldest craft brewery saved in the nick of time. https://thetakeout.com/boulder-beer-company-brewery-saved-by-sleeping-giant-di-1840204597 I'm not sure if this is really saved. A contract brewer is taking over the label, and whenever someone else is making the beer, it will be ...
by Rick Allen
December 4th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1917

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

Most of these large breweries were way more interested in getting big than they were in making money. Most acquisitions are done at a multiple of barrelage, and ownership's exit strategy was/is to sell to someone bigger. More barrelage = better price. Brewing (like wine-making) is a difficult busin...
by Rick Allen
December 4th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1917

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

Most of these large breweries were way more interested in getting big than they were in making money. Most acquisitions are done at a multiple of barrelage, and ownership's exit strategy was/is to sell to someone bigger. More barrelage = better price. Brewing (like wine-making) is a difficult busine...
by Rick Allen
November 29th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pre-Christmas in Europe
Replies: 15
Views: 1704

Re: Pre-Christmas in Europe

And from Nürnberg there is also the option to visit the nearby Bamberg, a Unesco World Heritage Site and the home of the Aecht Schlenkerla brewery famous for their smokebeer (rauchbier). Great city to visit. Not just Schlenkerla either. Something like 9 breweries within a 2kms of each other. I part...
by Rick Allen
November 25th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli Pinots
Replies: 35
Views: 2789

Re: Martinelli Pinots

Hmmm, when I think of Pinot, I don't normally think of raisins and chocolate prunes...
by Rick Allen
November 23rd, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1917

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

It's really hard to make exceptional beer on an industrial scale. First, you need to find and train people that are passionate about beer so that you can produce something consistently. Then you need to figure out how to keep the accountants from f*ck up the beer. Then you need to find a nationwide...
by Rick Allen
November 23rd, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The miracle ingredient - Mayo?
Replies: 23
Views: 2316

Re: The miracle ingredient - Mayo?

Mayo was commonly used as the main ingredient in marinade for salmon over 30 years ago.
by Rick Allen
November 21st, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1917

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

It's really hard to make exceptional beer on an industrial scale. First, you need to find and train people that are passionate about beer so that you can produce something consistently. Then you need to figure out how to keep the accountants from f*ck up the beer. Then you need to find a nationwide ...
by Rick Allen
November 21st, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1917

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

My definition of a Craft Brewery is very different than the Brewers Association definition (which keeps changing so that Sam Adams can be a member). I think anyone making over 100,000 barrels is more like ABInBev than they are like a Craft brewery, and anyone over 25,000 barrels is suspect.
by Rick Allen
November 21st, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite town in Provence, and your favorite Bandol not named Tempier
Replies: 47
Views: 3393

Re: Your favorite town in Provence, and your favorite Bandol not named Tempier

i haven't been to Provence in a decade, but we happened to stay in Arles during the Cocarde d'Or. It was magical. Most of the townspeople wore period dress (mostly 1650s-1800s - a lot of Huguenots lived in the area), with parades and a bullfight in their old Roman amphitheater (French bullfights are...
by Rick Allen
November 21st, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .
Replies: 64
Views: 4930

Re: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .

Several years ago a friend's wife used most of a bottle of Haut Brion in her spaghetti sauce. He said it was really good spaghetti sauce!

My wife is welcome to take anything out of the cellar that she wants, though she doesn't like to dig too deep...
by Rick Allen
November 19th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1917

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

Yes, but I would be very surprised if they don't approve it. New Belgium went from selling 955,000 barrels in 2017 to selling 849,000 barrels in 2018. The market share for large regionals has not been doing well for the last couple of years, and is unlikely to change for the better in the next coupl...
by Rick Allen
November 19th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1917

The Brewery Buy-out Thread

The consolidation of the beer industry continues...

New Belgium Sells out to Lion (Kirin)

If anyone didn't see it last week, Craft Brew Alliance is being fully purchased by ABInBev.

An insider with much better information than I have says that the next couple of years are going to ugly.
by Rick Allen
November 19th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Breweries to hit in the Tempe/Phoenix area?
Replies: 4
Views: 975

Re: Breweries to hit in the Tempe/Phoenix area?

According to my sales guy whose parents live down there:
Wrenhouse
Goldwater
Huss Brewing
Beer Research Institute
Twelve West
Arizona Wilderness
by Rick Allen
November 17th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponsot...in general
Replies: 36
Views: 2532

Re: Ponsot...in general

Not that I have a ton of ponsot experience (but the 1988 CSD inhad about 15; years ago was incredibly delicious) but i note that these wines tend to bounce around the US secondary market. As a result I expect poor storage of some could encourage brett bloom. I know nothing about Brett. Is it a prod...
by Rick Allen
November 15th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16535
Views: 435531

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Yes Sir!
by Rick Allen
November 14th, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Vienna - Steiereck or something else? Aend?
Replies: 15
Views: 1610

Re: Vienna - Steiereck or something else? Aend?

FWIW (and thread drift) - the Leopold Museum is an interest stop if you’re an art fan. It’s a shrine to Egon Schiele (the “Pornographer of Vienna”) and his mentor Klimt’s works, including “Life and Death,” which is pretty spectacular. Not for the easily offended, but definitely a cultural highlight...
by Rick Allen
November 14th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2531
Views: 167652

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Opened a 2017 OVZ. Nicely lithe and smooth. While it comes from all over, it tastes like Sonoma (Russian Riverish) to me - certainly not Napa, Lodi, or Contra Costa. Still a few tannins that need to resolve themselves but very good, particularly for the price.
by Rick Allen
November 14th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Wow talk about a high end beer !
Replies: 19
Views: 1962

Re: Wow talk about a high end beer !

That's a pretty good price. His cost would be around $7.50/ounce.
by Rick Allen
November 14th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16535
Views: 435531

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
November 14th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Killing me with that line-up!!!

I went predictable tonight, for the wife’s first trip to Munich.
Augustiner. Hofbrauhaus is OK but Augustiner slays all in Munich.
by Rick Allen
November 13th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 47
Views: 2587

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

Will also throw in a vote for Brick House. He's been making that wine since 1996 so I think he has it figured out. Another wine to look for (probably NW only) is Martin Woods. Evan Martin is the former assistant at Belle Pente and his Gamays (he makes several) are stellar.
by Rick Allen
November 10th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16535
Views: 435531

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Pils and a local dark beer. Czech beer is gluggable.
...and you can pretty much drink it all night and not feel like shit in the morning. Nothing like 4-5% alcohol beers to make the morning feel better.
by Rick Allen
November 10th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Wow talk about a high end beer !
Replies: 19
Views: 1962

Re: Wow talk about a high end beer !

I once told a winemaker friend that I liked to go to the Costco wine section so I could see who was in trouble. He originally disagreed but later said that I was right. If someone is making a true "artisan" product, you won't find it at Costco. When you take the step of selling to Costco, you no lon...
by Rick Allen
November 3rd, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Rheinhessen)
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: TN: 2001 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Rheinhessen)

I bought a bunch of this at the time, but drank it all because it was so delicious.
by Rick Allen
November 1st, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Walter Scott X Novo and 2017 Kelley Fox Red Barn Blocks
Replies: 20
Views: 1278

Re: TN: 2016 Walter Scott X Novo and 2017 Kelley Fox Red Barn Blocks

Kris Patten wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 11:09 am
Anyone cracked a 2017 WS X Novo?
I've probably had it half a dozen times over the last 9 months at various tastings (my case is sleeping). It's superb but painfully young. The Seven Springs is also excellent and almost on a par with it.
by Rick Allen
November 1st, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can you tell me about the Oregon 2019 vintage?
Replies: 16
Views: 1355

Re: Can you tell me about the Oregon 2019 vintage?

Bloom was in early June, which put the sweet spot of 105 days towards the tail end of September. Folks that started early did so against miserable disease pressure. Folks with fine vineyard managers that picked on a reasonable schedule will be rewarded with pretty wines. Reminds me 1996. ...which w...
by Rick Allen
October 26th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16535
Views: 435531

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Rick, any of the Heater Allen/Wayfinder Rauchbier Hell coming to Seattle? If so, when? flirtysmile Also, that’s the beer I had in McMinnville a few weeks ago? That is the beer you had here. There are five kegs in the cold room that are going to Seattle next Friday. BTW, eight of those kegs went to ...
by Rick Allen
October 21st, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best brewpubs in Bend?
Replies: 14
Views: 1721

Re: Best brewpubs in Bend?

That was a number of years ago.

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