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by Rick Allen
August 11th, 2022, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alfert and I visit Kane (Rougeard, Beaucastel, Gonon, Juge, etc)
Replies: 66
Views: 2948

Re: Alfert and I visit Kane (Rougeard, Beaucastel, Gonon, Juge, etc)

So it's been several days, and we have no response yet from the third member of your party. What did you do to him?
by Rick Allen
August 4th, 2022, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Valley Riesling or Pinot Blanc
Replies: 29
Views: 1416

Re: Willamette Valley Riesling or Pinot Blanc

A number of wineries are known for their Riesling. Besides the ones already mentioned, there's also Brooks and Trisaetum . Eyrie makes an excellent Pinot Blanc. HiFi is a must-visit in McMinnville. Evan Martin, the owner/winemaker at Martin Woods, owns the place. Evan makes some great wines, and the...
by Rick Allen
August 2nd, 2022, 5:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: SW France Trip
Replies: 22
Views: 1689

Re: SW France Trip

Bump. We're looking at spending about ten days in April between Spanish Basque country and Bordeaux/Dordogne area. We spent a few days a number of years ago visiting Sarlat and Les Eyzies, but would like to delve into the region away from those attractions a bit. Any recommendations on how to divide...
by Rick Allen
July 31st, 2022, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries at 2022 IPNC
Replies: 51
Views: 2742

Re: Wineries at 2022 IPNC

Thanks Sean! The PGC was in a really good place. I was fortunate to try a bunch of fantastic wines. Probably my highlights were the two Sean mentioned, along with a PYCM (Meursault?) that Mike Passo brought, a Leflaive Puligny Montrachet (Folatieres?) that Andy Steinman brought, a 2010 Belle Pente E...
by Rick Allen
July 30th, 2022, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries at 2022 IPNC
Replies: 51
Views: 2742

Re: Wineries at 2022 IPNC

Wish I could! I’ve been advocating IPNC move to the last weekend in May due to the heat this past decade. I actually had been asking for June, but last year we had all time high temps. that week. If you all agree, send a note to the IPNC organizers : ) Is there a scheduling conflict with Linfield? ...
by Rick Allen
July 26th, 2022, 3:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Trip Report: Unusual Itinerary in Napa
Replies: 8
Views: 1009

Re: Trip Report: Unusual Itinerary in Napa

Sean T. wrote: July 26th, 2022, 12:31 pm Thanks everybody! Next tastings are in Chianti during our honeymoon :)
Congratulations Sean! Sounds like the honeymoon trip will be more fun!
by Rick Allen
July 26th, 2022, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Cabernet is a zero these days”: Dan Berger on Napa Cabernet in trouble
Replies: 93
Views: 6977

Re: “Cabernet is a zero these days”: Dan Berger on Napa Cabernet in trouble

I have to admit that I gave up on Napa over a decade ago (though I will admit to having a soft spot for Frogs Leap). For my palate, the wines kept getting further away from the classic cabs from the 80s and 90s that I loved. I find that my dollars go a lot further in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and th...
by Rick Allen
July 23rd, 2022, 7:20 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 17431
Views: 542036

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

@Brian G r a f s t r o m , I just tried this year's Heater Allen/Wayfinder Rauch Hell. I think it's the best yet. Talk to your beer shop about getting it, because California is only getting about 20 cases. When is that arriving in SEA? We're canning it on Monday, so it should show up by Friday at t...
by Rick Allen
July 22nd, 2022, 5:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 17431
Views: 542036

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

@Brian G r a f s t r o m , I just tried this year's Heater Allen/Wayfinder Rauch Hell. I think it's the best yet. Talk to your beer shop about getting it, because California is only getting about 20 cases.
by Rick Allen
July 20th, 2022, 2:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 17431
Views: 542036

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Glenn L e v i n e wrote: July 19th, 2022, 1:06 pm A bomber of Imperial Stout left in a car trunk during summertime is a drain pour after a month correct?
Yes
by Rick Allen
July 20th, 2022, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Martin Woods Hyland Vineyard Riesling
Replies: 12
Views: 563

Re: 2017 Martin Woods Hyland Vineyard Riesling

BTW, it's Evan Martin, not Evan Woods. Evan was assistant winemaker at Belle Pente for a number of years.
by Rick Allen
July 10th, 2022, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries at 2022 IPNC
Replies: 51
Views: 2742

Re: Wineries at 2022 IPNC

I am going to do a Larry. In what way Larry? champagne.gif It's just a hodge podge of CA wineries - wondering what the criteria is for inclusion? Cheers. You can only have 1 Central Coast winery represented per year. ;) Yet the last time they held the event, there were three - Gainey, Laetitia, San...
by Rick Allen
July 10th, 2022, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries at 2022 IPNC
Replies: 51
Views: 2742

Re: Wineries at 2022 IPNC

I know it would not be highest bidder but I assume a small fee to cover expenses and some go to the charity. Pouring wine at these I would assume is not cheap either as there will be a lot of people attending. I would imagine putting this on costs a lot of money and it is not cheap to attend as a c...
by Rick Allen
July 10th, 2022, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries at 2022 IPNC
Replies: 51
Views: 2742

Re: Wineries at 2022 IPNC

Guessing who is willing to pay to be there. If you mean that the highest bidders get in, Nope. There is a requirement that they supply a certain amount of wine and they may be asked to participate in the seminars. From what I understand, wineries apply to participate and a committee decides who is ...
by Rick Allen
July 9th, 2022, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries at 2022 IPNC
Replies: 51
Views: 2742

Re: Wineries at 2022 IPNC

I am going to do a Larry. In what way Larry? champagne.gif It's just a hodge podge of CA wineries - wondering what the criteria is for inclusion? Cheers. Guessing who is willing to pay to be there. If you mean that the highest bidders get in, Nope. There is a requirement that they supply a certain ...
by Rick Allen
July 9th, 2022, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries at 2022 IPNC
Replies: 51
Views: 2742

Re: Wineries at 2022 IPNC

We've been the beer served at IPNC for a number of years. I'll be pouring beer on Friday and Saturday afternoon, as well as at the Salmon Bake Saturday evening and at Passport on Sunday. If anyone is around, stop by and say hi.
by Rick Allen
July 9th, 2022, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Shitty '07 Oregon Pinot Noir
Replies: 561
Views: 53384

Re: Another Shitty '07 Oregon Pinot Noir

We opened a magnum of 2007 Westrey Abbey Ridge a couple of days ago that, for my palate, was just about perfect. Classic Dundee Hills raspberry/strawberry/sweet cherry aromas and flavors. Well constructed and harmonious from start to finish.
by Rick Allen
July 6th, 2022, 4:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 17431
Views: 542036

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Good to see you're back in the saddle, Doc!
by Rick Allen
July 2nd, 2022, 10:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Goodfellow World Tour - Seattle Recap
Replies: 16
Views: 1278

Re: Goodfellow World Tour - Seattle Recap

I talked to Rob Stuart about his Riesling, and his issue was that, given what he had to pay for the fruit, there was no way to make money on the wine. I have several bottles of his 2008 and 2010 in my cellar (my daughter Lisa made the 2010), and pull one out occasionally. They are nice wines, but I ...
by Rick Allen
June 26th, 2022, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Rose…Summer, 2022 Edition
Replies: 70
Views: 4210

Re: Favorite Rose…Summer, 2022 Edition

I really like the Ridge Lytton Estate Rose, though I like the Ode to Lulu just as well.
by Rick Allen
June 20th, 2022, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 1393
Views: 95290

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I opened a 2015 Richard's last night. What a fantastic wine! It was everything I'm looking for in a Chardonnay. Crisp, just a smidge of reduction, flavorful, smooth, the oak is really well integrated, and the finish pulled you in for another sip. The only bad thing was that we had guests for dinner,...
by Rick Allen
June 20th, 2022, 1:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Willamette Valley restaurant recommendations
Replies: 34
Views: 3151

Re: Willamette Valley restaurant recommendations

Pizza Capo was fantastic. The arancini were superb. And the sausage pizza with kalamata olives, roasted fennel and ricotta was one of the greatest pizzas I've ever had. Nick's was decent but nothing I would truly rave about. But it seems it's kind of an institution in town and we're glad we went. K...
by Rick Allen
June 20th, 2022, 7:50 am
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Seattle restaurant update needed.
Replies: 45
Views: 2637

Re: Seattle restaurant update needed.

13 Coins has been around for at least 45 years. Unfortunately, that was the last time I was there...
by Rick Allen
June 16th, 2022, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Goodfellow vs Burgs - Recap
Replies: 87
Views: 5774

Re: Goodfellow vs Burgs - Recap

Pinot Noir Eiswein? Yeah. Wow. Isn't that about 3 and a half weeks or more after last year? I would guess we will pick more than a month behind last year. We were a bit ahead of normal last year, and this year is a throwback to 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012. But set will be lighter than 2011 in most viney...
by Rick Allen
June 15th, 2022, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Single vineyard vs regional , Professional vs enthusiast- Warning- Long and Rambling
Replies: 78
Views: 3671

Re: Single vineyard vs regional , Professional vs enthusiast- Warning- Long and Rambling

The high level of focus on single vineyards by most regions outside of Burgundy and Piedmont are mostly copycat strategies for upselling and charging higher prices, and having additional SKUs to sell. Like the initial poster indicated, very few people consume significant enough quantities of the wi...
by Rick Allen
June 10th, 2022, 3:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 17431
Views: 542036

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

That's a really ugly can.
by Rick Allen
June 6th, 2022, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Expert Wine Opinions Needed (survey - looking for members, guests, and trade)
Replies: 50
Views: 2218

Re: Expert Wine Opinions Needed (survey - looking for members, guests, and trade)

This looks like it would be great for taking beer to Europe and bringing back wine. Looks great!
by Rick Allen
June 2nd, 2022, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tale of Two Westrey Pinots
Replies: 12
Views: 754

Re: Tale of Two Westrey Pinots

Chris Seiber wrote: June 1st, 2022, 5:32 pm In the first two posts we have three different spellings of the winery name. That’s got to be a record.
Fixed. I certainly wouldn't want to offend the spelling gods.
by Rick Allen
June 1st, 2022, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tale of Two Westrey Pinots
Replies: 12
Views: 754

Tale of Two Westrey Pinots

Last night, I pulled up my last bottle of 2012 Westrey Pinot Noir Oracle . It was done - oxidized and over the hill by several years. So, out of curiosity, I went back down to the cellar, and pulled out a 2012 Westrey Pinot Noir Abbey Ridge (I have several more of these, so I had concerns). It was g...
by Rick Allen
May 27th, 2022, 9:33 am
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: Portland (PDX) - June 2, 2022
Replies: 78
Views: 2911

Re: Portland (PDX) - June 2, 2022

I will not be attending. I have too many balls in the air right now at the Brewery. Sorry!
by Rick Allen
May 13th, 2022, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trip to Sonoma (and Napa) this October - Need Value Options
Replies: 52
Views: 3420

Re: Trip to Sonoma (and Napa) this October - Need Value Options

Since you will be at Ridge LS, I always thought the wines at nearby Unti were excellent--you'd probably try some Italian varieties alongside the Zin and Syrah. Pretty sure tastings were $5 when I first went on my honeymoon--web site now says $25 but refunded with any purchase. Can't beat that. I'd ...
by Rick Allen
May 6th, 2022, 7:32 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 17431
Views: 542036

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Thanks Glenn! It feels really good.
by Rick Allen
May 5th, 2022, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A single whirlwind day of wine tasting in the Willamette Valley
Replies: 23
Views: 2312

Re: A single whirlwind day of wine tasting in the Willamette Valley

Charlie, did you get a chance to try the two 2020 Chardonnays? FYI, there were three 2020 Walter Scott Chardonnays: Bois Moi, Cuvèe Anne, and Freedom Hill. They are all delicious, w/ Freedom being one of my absolute favorite wines I've tasted from them. I know. I tasted the Cuvee Anne and Freedom H...
by Rick Allen
May 5th, 2022, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A single whirlwind day of wine tasting in the Willamette Valley
Replies: 23
Views: 2312

Re: A single whirlwind day of wine tasting in the Willamette Valley

Charlie, did you get a chance to try the two 2020 Chardonnays?
by Rick Allen
May 1st, 2022, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne and herbicides - let the spraying begin
Replies: 81
Views: 4230

Re: Champagne and herbicides - let the spraying begin

Mimi Casteel gave a presentation on glyphosate from a viticultural standpoint several years ago. It scared me into avoiding it as much as possible. It's long, but worthwhile if you have the time and want to understand the way glyphosate works, and why that's bad for wine grapes and humans. There is...
by Rick Allen
April 30th, 2022, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne and herbicides - let the spraying begin
Replies: 81
Views: 4230

Re: Champagne and herbicides - let the spraying begin

Mimi Casteel gave a presentation on glyphosate from a viticultural standpoint several years ago. It scared me into avoiding it as much as possible. It's long, but worthwhile if you have the time and want to understand the way glyphosate works, and why that's bad for wine grapes and humans.
by Rick Allen
April 26th, 2022, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 1393
Views: 95290

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I stopped by after all the work was done and tried the wines as well. I agree with Doug's notes. I thought the 2014 and 2013 are both excellent. Marcus also opened a 2010 Pinot Gris Bishop Creek (?) that was absolutely stellar. I'm generally not a Pinot Gris fan (I usually despise PG), but this wine...
by Rick Allen
April 26th, 2022, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NEW TEST FORUM IS POSTED - (test forum closed, test over)
Replies: 218
Views: 9435

Re: NEW TEST FORUM IS POSTED - ready for you to play around...

I was never able to post a picture here, but I found it very easy to do in Discourse.
by Rick Allen
April 24th, 2022, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a subterranean wine cellar/root cellar
Replies: 676
Views: 63005

Re: Building a subterranean wine cellar/root cellar

Looks great Brian! If you’re have a cellar reduction party, let me know. I’ll make the trip (and throw in a few bottles).
by Rick Allen
April 24th, 2022, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ulysse Collin - what happened?
Replies: 151
Views: 12575

Re: Ulysse Collin - what happened?

There are a bunch of wines that end up being restaurant only. There are a couple of reasons why. First, restaurants are very good customers of distributors, so if there is a limited supply, it's not surprising that the restaurants get first crack. Second, selling to restaurants means that more peopl...
by Rick Allen
April 19th, 2022, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 1393
Views: 95290

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Marcus, Have you tasted the 2012 Richard's lately? I remember it being favorably reviewed on the WB forum several years ago in a line up with some white Burgundy. If my memory serves me correctly. Thanks Hi Doug, I haven’t. I think we only have 5-6 bottles of that around still, and a few magnums(if...
by Rick Allen
April 19th, 2022, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Is Coming Apart at the Seams
Replies: 541
Views: 28248

Re: FedEx Is Coming Apart at the Seams

Garagiste sent me four cases of wine yesterday via Fed Ex, and they all showed up this morning! The issues certainly seem to be location dependent.
by Rick Allen
April 16th, 2022, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Goodfellow Relative Quality
Replies: 183
Views: 10134

Re: Goodfellow Relative Quality

A couple thoughts; First, the Cru system isn't built strictly around which grapes get the ripest. It's built around the work done by monks over 400 years of figuring out which vineyards made the best wine. I suspect that there are places that would generally get riper than the grand cru "band&q...
by Rick Allen
April 16th, 2022, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If your host orders an expensive bottle of wine, and it’s clearly corked…
Replies: 68
Views: 3348

Re: If your host orders an expensive bottle of wine, and it’s clearly corked…

Joseph Zamrin wrote: April 16th, 2022, 10:33 am I have successfully used the strategy of ordering a 2nd bottle of the same wine and offering to pay for it if it is the same. Assuming the 2nd one is ok, once people taste it, it solved the problem pretty well.
This has worked for me a couple of times, including once at a Napa winery...
by Rick Allen
April 15th, 2022, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Is Coming Apart at the Seams
Replies: 541
Views: 28248

Re: FedEx Is Coming Apart at the Seams

Reading all this makes me thankful that I either pick up most of my wine, or the winemaker delivers it (thanks @Marcus Goodfellow , @Erica Landon , John Paul, Doug Tunnell, Brian O'Donnell, and so forth)
by Rick Allen
April 15th, 2022, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the fascinating subject of wine evolution once the bottle is uncorked...
Replies: 12
Views: 965

Re: On the fascinating subject of wine evolution once the bottle is uncorked...

I opened a 1996 d'Angerville Volnay Cailleret in 2005, and it was shut down to the point of me suspecting that it was corked - a totally muted nose. I recorked it and put it in the fridge. When I tried it again two nights later, it was fantastic.
by Rick Allen
April 15th, 2022, 9:34 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The King Of Beers!
Replies: 49
Views: 2085

Re: The King Of Beers!

I own a brewery - started so I wouldn't have the drink that crap. We make arguably the best Pilsner in the U.S. (at least Wine Enthusiast thinks so), so I don't stray far from home.
by Rick Allen
April 14th, 2022, 8:30 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2022 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 178
Views: 13645

Re: 2022 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I read on Facebook last night that a Sierra Foothills grower / vintner I've visited in the past lost a lot of their new buds and vine growth to frost damage the other night. Wouldn't be surprised if there are others in various parts of California who've had frost damage this week. And I got an emai...
by Rick Allen
April 12th, 2022, 9:30 am
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Three days in Piedmont in April — couple of questions
Replies: 31
Views: 2735

Re: Three days in Piedmont in April — couple of questions

Thanks for the dinner suggestion. Booked Marc Lanteri…. Looks great. You're likely approaching your trip? I am jealous. I had a random question about a memory - that probably doesn't deserve its own thread so I'll put it here... Wine service in many of the restaurants we went to in Piedmont was don...

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