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by Peter Simpson
August 30th, 2020, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard
Replies: 19
Views: 1124

Re: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard

I've been following the advice to check in once a year on my '08 St Innocent White Rose. Tonight's bottle was the best showing to date, certainly more open and the fruit is showing well. However there is as yet no secondary development at all, if I was tasting blind I would have guessed a pretty goo...
by Peter Simpson
August 27th, 2020, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal
Replies: 35
Views: 2076

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal

Stephen, ALL consumers will pay 1.5% at the tasting room, including wine club members. And the proceeds will be used for much more than marketing - government relations, education, etc. Please don't gloss over the facts to out only a few things to try to 'state your case'... Cheers. This post stati...
by Peter Simpson
August 27th, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal
Replies: 35
Views: 2076

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal

I buy a lot of Santa Barbara wine, but none of it at a tasting room, it's all shipped directly to me. Occasionally I buy it from a wine store. What's the logic for only taxing tasting room sales? To raise the same amount of money, if you taxed all sales the % would be a miniscule fraction of the 1....
by Peter Simpson
August 25th, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal
Replies: 35
Views: 2076

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal

Stephen, ALL consumers will pay 1.5% at the tasting room, including wine club members. And the proceeds will be used for much more than marketing - government relations, education, etc. Please don't gloss over the facts to out only a few things to try to 'state your case'... Cheers. This post stati...
by Peter Simpson
August 25th, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal
Replies: 35
Views: 2076

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal

Stephen, ALL consumers will pay 1.5% at the tasting room, including wine club members. And the proceeds will be used for much more than marketing - government relations, education, etc. Please don't gloss over the facts to out only a few things to try to 'state your case'... Cheers. So are you prop...
by Peter Simpson
August 25th, 2020, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal
Replies: 35
Views: 2076

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal

Stephen, ALL consumers will pay 1.5% at the tasting room, including wine club members. And the proceeds will be used for much more than marketing - government relations, education, etc. Please don't gloss over the facts to out only a few things to try to 'state your case'... Cheers. So are you prop...
by Peter Simpson
August 17th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the world’s highest altitude vineyard and where is it found?
Replies: 17
Views: 1303

Re: What is the world’s highest altitude vineyard and where is it found?

There are a number of vineyards in Tehachapi at elevations around 4,000 feet. Their recent petition, currently under review by BATF, states the elevation of their proposed AVA goes as high as 5,400 feet. I haven't been up there for a number of years, but back then some of the wines held promise cons...
by Peter Simpson
August 16th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperatures in Wine Coolers - Conundrum
Replies: 20
Views: 980

Re: Temperatures in Wine Coolers - Conundrum

I don't know where the cooler is located in your cabinets, nor where exactly the LCD is located, nor where the warm air inlet and the cold air outlet ports are located on the coolers. The manual was no help at all in this regard. :-o However this is important information that you need in order to de...
by Peter Simpson
August 8th, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

If the issue is that a 375 doesn't work well for you then you've got a few other options, all of which I've either used myself or have good friends who use them: -Get a 200 ml or 187 ml bottle(s), which will make it easier to keep the amount left behind that you want. I've got a collection of screw...
by Peter Simpson
July 24th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good People Make Better Wine - Episode 5 Ian Brand
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Good People Make Better Wine - Episode 5 Ian Brand

I really liked the video and the commitment to relatively unknown vineyards, so I thought I'd buy some of the wine to try. It was not easy to do! Ian, no disrespect intended at all but, IMHO, you would be better off long term spending your lock down time putting more info and a purchase system onto...
by Peter Simpson
July 24th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good People Make Better Wine - Episode 5 Ian Brand
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Good People Make Better Wine - Episode 5 Ian Brand

I really liked the video and the commitment to relatively unknown vineyards, so I thought I'd buy some of the wine to try. It was not easy to do! Ian, no disrespect intended at all but, IMHO, you would be better off long term spending your lock down time putting more info and a purchase system onto ...
by Peter Simpson
July 21st, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Agreed, Pinots from West Sonoma Coast and some parts of Oregon can be found in 12.4-13.4% abv - especially the old vines. I felt like bojo cru from Moulin a Vent was closer to the aged Zin that I had, not sure about young zin since I haven’t had that yet. I’ll been on the lookout for you so recomme...
by Peter Simpson
July 21st, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

If the issue is that a 375 doesn't work well for you then you've got a few other options, all of which I've either used myself or have good friends who use them: -Get a 200 ml or 187 ml bottle(s), which will make it easier to keep the amount left behind that you want. I've got a collection of screw...
by Peter Simpson
July 20th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Thanks for starting the thread. These days I have been looking for lower abv as well not necessarily zin. But this thread has been helpful since I tried very old zin not to long ago. It’s good to know that zin and Grenache and seems like Cabernet too it’s hard to find less than 14.5. Maybe try bojo...
by Peter Simpson
July 20th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Simmer the wine in a wide saucepan at 160F for ten minutes, to evaporate some of the alcohol. Let cool it in the refrigerator to 55F, and drink. Not kidding. Thanks for thinking outside the box Victor. However sometimes on a Friday night all my wife and I want to do is grab a pizza, open a nice bot...
by Peter Simpson
July 20th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

You’re asking the winemaker to water back. You could just do it yourself. I'm not sure why you and Victor are giving OP such an attitude. It's a perfectly legitimate question and no reason for being a jerk. Ryan, thanks for having my back but it's OK, I don't sweat the small stuff any more. :-) I'm...
by Peter Simpson
July 19th, 2020, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions, the hunt is just beginning. It can sometimes be a little difficult to find alcohol levels when wineries don't include the number on their websites. However I've found Cellar Tracker tasting notes to be another good source, thanks to those who have include...
by Peter Simpson
July 19th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Totally get what you're saying as I'm getting close to that age also. However my reaction would be to continue to drink the wine I enjoy, and I really do enjoy Carlisle, Bedrock et al, but would just drink less each evening. I would suggest drinking less of the bottle, corking and refrigerating the...
by Peter Simpson
July 17th, 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

M. Dildine wrote:
July 17th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Arnot-Roberts makes a Kirchenmann Zin that I believe is around 13%. Scherrer Zins (especially Shale Terrace) are in the low 14s, I believe.
Thanks Mike, I'm on the A-R list, why didn't I think of that? :-)
by Peter Simpson
July 17th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
July 17th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Dashe does some things that are lower octane.
Thanks David, will check them out.
by Peter Simpson
July 17th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Victor Hong wrote:
July 17th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Red and Green, of Chiles Valley.
Now this is a real suggestion, thank you Victor.
by Peter Simpson
July 17th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Douglas Breen wrote:
July 17th, 2020, 3:55 pm
Nalle winery zinfandel’s from dry creek valley are in the mid 13% range. They’ve been making zins for over 30 years.
Thank you, it must be 20 years since we last drank a Nalle. I will check them out.
by Peter Simpson
July 17th, 2020, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Robert M yers wrote:
July 17th, 2020, 2:16 pm
There’s some good recent discussions here

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=167991&p=2928436&hi ... l#p2928436
Thanks for the link.
by Peter Simpson
July 17th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Victor Hong wrote:
July 17th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Drink what you like, but less so.
Victor, some of us don't have the willpower you do! :-) [cheers.gif]
by Peter Simpson
July 17th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

My wife and I have been drinking and enjoying Carlisle Zins for years. Unfortunately as we get older it seems our tolerance for alcohol is decreasing. It's not necessarily we don't like the wines, it's our bodies just can't process all that alcohol as quickly as before. Neither of us sleep very well...
by Peter Simpson
July 1st, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: For Sale: A bit of Everything - Update June 12
Replies: 17
Views: 5184

Re: For Sale: A bit of Everything - Update June 12

Hi Dennis, do you have any Carlisle? ;) [cheers.gif]

Best, Peter
by Peter Simpson
July 1st, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 65906

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Talking about Pasadena, my wife's sister lives in Sierra Madre, and every time we visit her we have dinner at Altaeats on Allen Drive on the East side of Pasadena. Probably eaten there half a dozen times over the last year or two and never been disappointed. Curbside pickup only currently. https://a...
by Peter Simpson
June 18th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas inaugural rose release
Replies: 32
Views: 1854

Re: Ceritas inaugural rose release

It's funny how from an ITB perspective, there seems to be an insatiable market for rosé. It's always the stuff that seems to sell out first, despite not "carrying much weight" at the experts table. Maybe I should try to make a White Zin and make some real bank? [wink.gif] Well, there's oceans of ro...
by Peter Simpson
June 17th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni video--bud grafting (short but high quality)
Replies: 7
Views: 272

Re: Pisoni video--bud grafting (short but high quality)

Very well done video and a great marketing tool, but I would have liked more specifics. For example; what was the root stock, and how long ago was it planted? Why did they choose that particular root stock? It was mentioned they selected the bud wood from their best vines, but how did they decide th...
by Peter Simpson
May 29th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Peake Ranch - Pinot Noir Peake Ranch Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: TN: 2016 Peake Ranch - Pinot Noir Peake Ranch Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

Eric, you may just have caught someone on a bad day, we have visited their tasting room twice, most recently in February. Both time we had an excellent experience, with our hostess being very well informed, and spending considerable time with us. IIRC the tasting fee was waved if you spent $100 or m...
by Peter Simpson
May 3rd, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Old Vine Old Hill Ranch
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: TN: 2018 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Old Vine Old Hill Ranch

What's up with the wine teardrop in my back label pics? Looks like they like going down in the SAME spot over the &!! The second pic was almost 3yrs ago...to the day! Weird! [wow.gif] https://i909.photobucket.com/albums/ac294/buzzini1/948C5AF0-7615-4888-BE66-419DF7AB45E0_zps0uzw44dg.jpg http://i909...
by Peter Simpson
April 23rd, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...
Replies: 145
Views: 8031

Re: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...

I've yet to have any bottle of 2000 Bordeaux that has come anywhere near the hype. Parker blew this one big time! Please don't tell me they just need more time, at my age I most likely don't have enough of it. [wink.gif] [cheers.gif] Whether you (or I) have time for wines for mature may determine w...
by Peter Simpson
April 22nd, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...
Replies: 145
Views: 8031

Re: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...

I've yet to have any bottle of 2000 Bordeaux that has come anywhere near the hype. Parker blew this one big time!

Please don't tell me they just need more time, at my age I most likely don't have enough of it. [wink.gif] [cheers.gif]
by Peter Simpson
April 11th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1692

Re: Dirty and Rowdy recommendations

Doing the side by side of enz and outer limits right now and... well... it’s frickin amazing! Really shocked at how big the nose is on the outer limits, but the palate is light with perfect acidity. Both are fantastic. Now i gotta figure out how to get more Thanks Ty! Glad you did the side by side!...
by Peter Simpson
April 10th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession
Replies: 79
Views: 5201

Re: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession

At one time Ansley Kroger in Atlanta had the highest wine volume of any supermarket in the USA. During the 2008+ financial crisis I would go in there pretty much every weekend. For higher end wines &39.99 seemed to be the magic number. Anything priced at $40 or above just sat there for weeks on end....
by Peter Simpson
March 20th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And my Wife said “Quick buy more wine!”
Replies: 34
Views: 2163

Re: And my Wife said “Quick buy more wine!”

On Wednesday the UPS guy handed me the shipment and immediately turned back to the truck. I called out "Don't you need my signature?" He replied "We are not asking for them anymore". On Thursday a different UPS guy, wearing gloves, also didn't ask for a signature. Both days the FedEx guys asked for ...
by Peter Simpson
March 15th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 65906

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Chez Melange in Redondo Beach can be very hit or miss, but the bar would be good for solo dining. Unfortunately, Chez Melange is closed as well. The last day, after 37 years, was February 29th. Cheers! Marshall My wife and I actually went in the first month after it opened, IIRC it was located in t...
by Peter Simpson
February 19th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 65906

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Chez Melange in Redondo Beach can be very hit or miss, but the bar would be good for solo dining.
by Peter Simpson
February 14th, 2020, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boheme Wines BD Offer Drinking Window Notes
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Re: Boheme Wines BD Offer Drinking Window Notes

For those who participated in the Boheme Wines BerserkerDay offer. Kurt has kindly added his suggested drinking window notes to that thread. https://wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2909667#p2909667 The good thing about Kurt's wines, they're great on just PnP. You really can't screw it up. ...
by Peter Simpson
February 12th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Thank You! Bohème Pinot Noir, Occidental, Sonoma Coast
Replies: 23
Views: 1777

Re: Thank You! Bohème Pinot Noir, Occidental, Sonoma Coast

Thank you so much Kurt. I know from past purchases your wines continue to improve with a year or two of cellar time. The trick of course is determining when a wine will be at its best without having to waste a bottle or two! Without your notes I would definitely have drunk the 2015 and 2017 Stuller ...
by Peter Simpson
February 11th, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boheme Wines BD Offer Drinking Window Notes
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Boheme Wines BD Offer Drinking Window Notes

For those who participated in the Boheme Wines BerserkerDay offer. Kurt has kindly added his suggested drinking window notes to that thread.

https://wineberserkers.com/forum/viewto ... 7#p2909667
by Peter Simpson
February 5th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Thank You! Bohème Pinot Noir, Occidental, Sonoma Coast
Replies: 23
Views: 1777

Re: Thank You! Bohème Pinot Noir, Occidental, Sonoma Coast

Hi Kurt,

My order is out for delivery today and I'll need to enter a drinking window into my cellar spread sheet. Would it be possible for you to share with us when each of the wines in your offer might be ready to drink and approaching their best. Thank you so much.
by Peter Simpson
January 28th, 2020, 8:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: La Quinta California Restaurants
Replies: 4
Views: 1668

Re: La Quinta California Restaurants

I've found OpenTable to be quite reliable for restaurants in that area, just remember to change the sort order to Highest Rated. We always stay in Palm Springs so can't help you on La Quinta.
by Peter Simpson
January 28th, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine
Replies: 13
Views: 2379

Re: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine

Toma +2
by Peter Simpson
January 28th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 206
Views: 15489

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

Chris, hope you are well. We have managed to break three of our eight Gabriel Gold glasses since last year. I can attest they don't survive when you knock them off the table onto a hardwood floor! :-) Which of the Grassi glasses would be be the most similar in shape and performance? I didn't see an...
by Peter Simpson
January 27th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 206
Views: 15489

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

Chris, hope you are well. We have managed to break three of our eight Gabriel Gold glasses since last year. I can attest they don't survive when you knock them off the table onto a hardwood floor! :-)

Which of the Grassi glasses would be be the most similar in shape and performance?
by Peter Simpson
January 15th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 92
Views: 6618

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

You'll need to check when the tasting rooms are open, most are closed Monday and many open only Thurs thru Sun.
by Peter Simpson
February 15th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A dinner in restaurant Le Beaulieu – town Le Mans with 1945 Léovile Las Cases and 1928 Beychevelle and others
Replies: 10
Views: 770

Re: A dinner in restaurant Le Beaulieu – town Le Mans with 1945 Léovile Las Cases and 1928 Beychevelle and others

Francois, your description of the evening is so vivid and alive, as I read, I almost feel I am there with you.

Thank you for the experience!
by Peter Simpson
February 3rd, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unwanted messages
Replies: 14
Views: 1102

Re: Unwanted messages

I always knew Todd secretly loved me, but ten PMs is just too going too far!!!

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