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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: 736

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: 1069

Re: Unwanted messages

I always knew Todd secretly loved me, but ten PMs is just too going too far!!!
by Peter Simpson
January 27th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Offer Closed; Thank You - BOHÈME
Replies: 21
Views: 1532

Re: BOHÈME - Occidental, Sonoma Coast PN & RRV Old Vine Zin - 25-33% Discount + Free Shipping

I pulled a 2014 English Hill PN for dinner last night. Found it to be loaded with complex pinot noir flavors, but in a subtle and understated way. Definitely not a full throttle California Pinot, nor is it Burgundy, more like a perfect union between the two :-) I mentioned that more of this might be...
by Peter Simpson
December 4th, 2018, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 893

Re: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard

Thanks for all the advice. I must admit I had been getting impatient with the amount of space the Oregon '08s were taking up in my cellar. I've consumed about a dozen bottles of different '08s over the last three or four years and none of them came close to being outstanding. I'm beginning to think ...
by Peter Simpson
December 2nd, 2018, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 893

Re: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard

Please forgive me for veering off track, but do you Oregon experts have any thoughts on when the 2008 St Innocent White Rose might be ready to drink? I had that a year ago and it was a very nice wine. Still had plenty of tannin and primary fruit to go another 3-5 years depending on how you like you...
by Peter Simpson
December 1st, 2018, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 893

Re: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard

Please forgive me for veering off track, but do you Oregon experts have any thoughts on when the 2008 St Innocent White Rose might be ready to drink?
by Peter Simpson
October 4th, 2018, 4:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 935
Views: 49646

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

We had dinner at Blacksmith on Saturday night. The food was fantastic but service was slow...2 1/2 hours to get thru three courses. The noise level in the place is deafening!
by Peter Simpson
October 2nd, 2018, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery suggestions for upcoming Santa Barbara & Paso trip
Replies: 27
Views: 1518

Re: Winery suggestions for upcoming Santa Barbara & Paso trip

In Los Olivos two good choices for Pinot are Bien Nacido Estate and Story of Soil.

O your way from Solvang to Los Olivos you might want to make a quick stop at Brander for terrific and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.
by Peter Simpson
September 10th, 2018, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opinions/TN Request on several 2012 Andrew Will Wines
Replies: 8
Views: 397

Re: Opinions/TN Request on several 2012 Andrew Will Wines

Chuck, I bought lots of Andrew Will wines from the '01 vintage thru '07 and still have a bunch in my cellar. They do age well. and are very nice wines. However, IMHO, they just have a very different taste profile from Napa reds. I also have lots of Betz and Delille and find AW to be more similar to ...
by Peter Simpson
September 9th, 2018, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opinions/TN Request on several 2012 Andrew Will Wines
Replies: 8
Views: 397

Re: Opinions/TN Request on several 2012 Andrew Will Wines

Washington cabs and red blends do not taste like Napa cabs and blends, that's why they don't cost as much. Make sure you love Washington reds before going deep!
by Peter Simpson
August 29th, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 292
Views: 16565

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

Todd, maybe this has already been suggested, but on a couple of occasions I thought I came to the end of a thread, only to realize later I had missed the fact it had multiple pages. I now make sure I scroll down below the "Quick Reply" box every time I come to the end of a thread. This is a bit of a...
by Peter Simpson
August 16th, 2018, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for Weekend Party - PnP - Please help
Replies: 25
Views: 880

Re: Wine for Weekend Party - PnP - Please help

If you can find any Walter Hansel Pinot Noir you'll be off to a good start.
by Peter Simpson
July 11th, 2018, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Announces Changes in California Wine Reviewer
Replies: 40
Views: 2385

Wine Spectator Announces Changes in California Wine Reviewer

Laube discovered Kosta-Browne back in 2004 or thereabouts, much to Parker's chagrin. :-) Since then his palate for Pinot Noir has become a mystery to me, his ratings follow no discernible pattern.

Hopefully Kim Marcus will be more reliable, and provide a much needed alternative to Vinous.
by Peter Simpson
May 24th, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gratuity tax?
Replies: 45
Views: 2592

Gratuity tax?

They'll be adding a "resort fee" next, they just haven't thought of it yet. [basic-smile.gif]
by Peter Simpson
May 1st, 2018, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transition From Smoking to Non-Smoking
Replies: 43
Views: 2604

Transition From Smoking to Non-Smoking

Randy and Carrie, you have my sympathy. I quit three years ago and still occasionally feel the urge for a smoke! The first six months were the worst, and I actually reduced my wine consumption a lot during that period. I found my willpower was definitely reduced after a few glasses of wine, and the ...
by Peter Simpson
April 23rd, 2018, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of Pinot Noir
Replies: 15
Views: 1624

Lots of Pinot Noir

Blake, we visited the ABC tasting room about a year ago and asked our server which of their older wines she recommended. She said she'd recently had a birthday and Jim Clendenen had suggested she take a bottle of the '08 Nielson. She did, and it was now her favorite ABC wine! Well, we did buy a bott...
by Peter Simpson
April 22nd, 2018, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One Day For Wine Tasting in Los Olivos --- where do you go?
Replies: 35
Views: 1317

One Day For Wine Tasting in Los Olivos --- where do you go?

The owners of Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills vineyards have opened a tasting room in Los Olivos for their Estate wines. Believe me, it's worth a visit !!!!
by Peter Simpson
April 22nd, 2018, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of Pinot Noir
Replies: 15
Views: 1624

Lots of Pinot Noir

I cleaned ABC out of the '08 Nielson last year. Indeed a tremendous wine, and Blake, I think you might want to dig out the rest of your case!

I guess Byron now own that vineyard. [cry.gif]
by Peter Simpson
April 22nd, 2018, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting Question
Replies: 25
Views: 1432

Wine Tasting Question

Don, a number of tasting room managers have told me that Coravined bottles only last for about a week and, once the bottle is half drunk, deterioration sets in quickly. I can't think of a single reason why your pourer would open a second bottle, unless of course, the first bottle was empty :-)
by Peter Simpson
April 8th, 2018, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Rhys "Skyline" PN - (the concern continues)
Replies: 12
Views: 1187

2012 Rhys "Skyline" PN - (the concern continues)

Paul, it looks like the wine has gone downhill since your first tasting?
by Peter Simpson
April 8th, 2018, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mtns tasting options?
Replies: 37
Views: 1263

Santa Cruz Mtns tasting options?

C Wagner, I hope you have a designated driver from the moment you set foot in the first winery. Those mountain roads require total concentration, not to mention the drive back to Santa Rosa after dinner!!!
by Peter Simpson
April 3rd, 2018, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Rhys "Skyline" PN (and a growing concern)
Replies: 16
Views: 1454

2007 Rhys "Skyline" PN (and a growing concern)

I've actually enjoyed the Bearwallow, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and the recalled Family Farm much more than the Alpine or Horseshoe Pinots. Presumably because they didn't take forever to come around.

Didn't Kevin promise to update the drinking chart over the winter?
by Peter Simpson
March 6th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Curse you, boneless skinless chicken breasts~!! (what's the secret?)
Replies: 55
Views: 1652

Curse you, boneless skinless chicken breasts~!! (what's the secret?)

I know I risk being hung, drawn, and quartered for this suggestion, but two good sized breasts take about 5 minutes in the microwave at 50% power. Add 30 seconds at a time until done to perfection. [wow.gif]

We always find bone-in breasts cook much better than boneless. [cheers.gif]
by Peter Simpson
February 20th, 2018, 2:43 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Loring BDIX - 2 offers - ($49.99 & $79.99) - both 50% OFF
Replies: 31
Views: 2468

Loring BDIX - 2 offers - ($49.99 & $79.99) - both 50% OFF

2015 Clos Pepe, Rosella's, and Garys' arrived today.

Win...Win...Win!!! Thank you Brian and Kimberly. [cheers.gif]
by Peter Simpson
February 4th, 2018, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flying with wine out of Santa Rosa Airport
Replies: 12
Views: 787

Flying with wine out of Santa Rosa Airport

C Wagner wrote:so I can buy with reckless abandon.

C, you seem like a reckless abandon sort of guy! [rofl.gif]
by Peter Simpson
February 2nd, 2018, 9:07 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Cerrada ~ Bohème PN, CH & Zin Offer
Replies: 29
Views: 1733

Extensión ~ Bohème PN, CH & Zin Offer

Thanks Kurt, we'll pop a Taylor Ridge sometime in March, and hold the other two. How about the Zin?
by Peter Simpson
January 31st, 2018, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you trust me as a wine consultant?
Replies: 83
Views: 3109

Would you trust me as a wine consultant?

If you actually read up on the wines, you'd know more about them than 95% of the "wine consultants" I've had recommend wines to me. :-)
by Peter Simpson
January 31st, 2018, 8:42 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Navarro Vineyards Mystery Pack offer, 6 bottles for $68!
Replies: 59
Views: 3632

Navarro Vineyards Mystery Pack offer, 6 bottles for $68!

Adam G wrote:Received today in SoCal, and rather pleased at the distribution! 2014&15 Pinot Noir Deep End, 2014 Unfiltered Pinot Noir l'Ancienne, 2014 Chardonnay 1er Reserve, 2014 Gewurtztraminer Brut, 2013 Mendocino Cab Sauv
I demand a recount!!
by Peter Simpson
January 31st, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Cerrada ~ Bohème PN, CH & Zin Offer
Replies: 29
Views: 1733

Extensión ~ Bohème PN, CH & Zin Offer

Kurt, my shipment was delivered today, thank you!

Would you mind giving us suggested drinking windows for the wines in your offer. I don't want to start opening these only to find I should have waited a year or two.
by Peter Simpson
January 29th, 2018, 7:25 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Cerrada ~ Bohème PN, CH & Zin Offer
Replies: 29
Views: 1733

Extension ~ Bohème PN, CH & Zin Offer

Kurt B e i t l e r wrote:Peter, consumption is the better half of valor!
So is free shipping.
Please enter your desired order on the website- we'll remove all shipping charges, then consummate the transaction.
Many thanks..a good evening to you!
Thanks Kurt, order placed!
by Peter Simpson
January 28th, 2018, 7:55 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Cerrada ~ Bohème PN, CH & Zin Offer
Replies: 29
Views: 1733

Extended ~ Bohème PN, CH & Zin Offer

I have enough wine to last a lifetime, and despite one or two lapses, was holding out on BerserkerDay offers reasonably well. However it seems my willpower has a shelf life, and Kurt's extension may have just sucked me in! Kurt, if I add a bottle of Zin at regular price to the 3-pack Pinot offer, do...
by Peter Simpson
January 28th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Wine Travel Bag - travel with wine worry-free with 25% off. Offer extended until 30th January 2018.
Replies: 26
Views: 1901

Wine Travel Bag - travel with wine worry-free with 25% off

Rhett, IMHO you'd be much better off if you figured out a way for American customers to complete their purchase in US$. I almost abandoned my purchase on checkout when the price jumped up, and then when I realized you were forcing me into a credit card foreign exchange transaction in Australian doll...
by Peter Simpson
January 27th, 2018, 1:16 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Wine Travel Bag - travel with wine worry-free with 25% off. Offer extended until 30th January 2018.
Replies: 26
Views: 1901

Wine Travel Bag - travel with wine worry-free with 25% off

Rhett, your website keeps changing my order to Australian dollars when I try to check out!
by Peter Simpson
January 23rd, 2018, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...and Others Are Clueless....(Part 2)
Replies: 10
Views: 1305

Some Wineries Get It...and Others Are Clueless....(Part 2)

Tom, send them one of your infamous tasting notes, and let's see if you're still on the list next Christmas! champagne.gif
by Peter Simpson
January 11th, 2018, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andersons Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet
Replies: 26
Views: 1583

Andersons Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet

Anderson's CV needs time. The 2005 Reserve is drinking really well right now and a recent 2007 Right Bank was in a very good place. I know the Eloge is supposed to be more forward but I have found it needs as much, if not more, time than the Reserve.
by Peter Simpson
January 11th, 2018, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Pinot Noir Drinking Windows?
Replies: 56
Views: 4167

California Pinot Noir Drinking Windows?

The fact Calera is no longer on the list is not a mistake. Tell me more, please. The thing that initially attracted me to Calera were some mid-80s bottles that I had with 20+ years on them. Calera was one of the last lists that I gave up and I have a substantial number of bottles aging. I guess you...
by Peter Simpson
January 8th, 2018, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guzzle Buddy
Replies: 10
Views: 1295

Guzzle Buddy

Are you sure you don't want one of these? [cheers.gif]

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by Peter Simpson
January 2nd, 2018, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2017 Edition---TABULATIONS COMPLETE
Replies: 161
Views: 11307

WOTYs--2017 Edition---Post Yours and Discovery of the Year

Santorini is indeed a very special place, well done. I keep coming back to the 2013 D&R Santa Barbara Highlands Mourvèdre my wife and I opened this past summer. Just a lovely, elevated experience. I had no clue of the wine's scarcity until Hardy and I spoke about this incredible wine. We had many m...
by Peter Simpson
December 7th, 2017, 7:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 3 days in LA - what to do?
Replies: 25
Views: 1139

3 days in LA - what to do?

+1 on the Huntington Library if you are into Gardens and Art, and in particular British art. Their collection of British masterpieces is as good as or better than anything you'll find in England, including Gainsborough's "Blue Boy" and Thomas Lawrence's "Pinkie".
by Peter Simpson
December 3rd, 2017, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Annoying Amazon pop up. Add, or Malware?
Replies: 119
Views: 6659

Annoying Amazon pop up on this site. Add, or Malware?

Y'all could try subscribing, that would likely fix it for you. :-)
by Peter Simpson
November 25th, 2017, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Trader Joe's Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 77
Views: 5469

What Trader Joe's Wine Are You Drinking?

Paul H Galli wrote:I've given up on Trader Joe's wines selections.
Their wine buyer should be drawn and quartered...

TTT
I walked into a Trader Joe's near LAX and spotted three bottles of Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill.

This was back in 1987 and I can still remember like it was yesterday. [wink.gif]
by Peter Simpson
November 23rd, 2017, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever seen a Montelena Estate cab with a gold capsule?
Replies: 12
Views: 871

Ever seen a Montelena Estate cab with a gold capsule?

If those are lead capsules then the bottles are definitely from 1980. IIRC tin and plastic capsules didn't take over the market until the mid to late '80s.
by Peter Simpson
November 23rd, 2017, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever seen a Montelena Estate cab with a gold capsule?
Replies: 12
Views: 871

Ever seen a Montelena Estate cab with a gold capsule?

Here's another bottle with a gold capsule, but a bit bigger than your bottles: :-)

https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/chateau ... 8WR9uoXiOw
by Peter Simpson
November 21st, 2017, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Official Vapor Barrier Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1696

The Official Vapor Barrier Thread

Mike, one idea might be to use 2x6 studs every four foot or so. That way you could still put your 2" foam on the outside of the 2x4 studs, but between the 2x6s. The 2x6s would then be used as the support posts for your shelves. Foil face to the outside, of course, with a water proof, metallic HVAC t...
by Peter Simpson
November 16th, 2017, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Too much wine...
Replies: 121
Views: 5850

Too much wine...

About a year ago I made the decision that every Saturday evening was a "special occasion". I'm now about 10% of the way thru my stash of special day bottles. It's actually quite liberating and we really look forward to Saturday nights!! It'll only take about another ten years to get thru the rest, a...
by Peter Simpson
November 11th, 2017, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Annual hate UPS post
Replies: 39
Views: 1940

Annual hate UPS post

FedEx just opened offices in many of the Walgreens in town. There's one 1/2 mile from my house, and I used it to divert a shipment last week!

http://about.van.fedex.com/newsroom/wal ... ationwide/
by Peter Simpson
November 8th, 2017, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big Sur Food and Wine Festival Nov. 2-5 2017: The Best Of
Replies: 40
Views: 1396

Big Sur Food and Wine Festival Nov. 2-5 2017: The Best Of

Best Self-Validation Last year and this year I never actually ordered wine from a winery while I was still at the Festival, it's neither expected nor practical. Except this year at the Pinot Walkabout. One wine took my fancy. Never heard of the winery. The winemaker is about fifteen years old. He p...
by Peter Simpson
November 6th, 2017, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is It Better for Wines To Focus on Strength or Complexity?
Replies: 53
Views: 1312

Is It Better for Wines To Focus on Strength or Complexity?

Since when has Santa Lucia Highlands been known for its big wines? Paso...for sure, RRV...maybe, SLH...no way!!! I'm surprised the OP didn't point this out. I would consider Santa Lucia Highlands as an area where I generally find Pinot Noir to be richer and bigger, but this may be due to bias on my...
by Peter Simpson
November 5th, 2017, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cayuse wines contaminated - pulled
Replies: 179
Views: 11714

2015 Cayuse wines contaminated - pulled

Dustin, I assume the process of cutting corks from a sheet of bark might leave a microscopic layer of open cells on the surface of the cork. I can believe paraffin might fill those open cells, and help prevent wine from wicking up the seal between cork and glass. However that's a million miles away ...

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