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by PeterJ
April 13th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone try Onx Reckoning 2015?
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Anyone try Onx Reckoning 2015?

We sold some Onx reds at the shop I used to work at, as well as several other Paso area gems with tasting rooms at Tin City. I recall the name Reckoning but the current label looks different. What I’ve tasted would have been ‘11s or ‘12s. I’d agree with your assessment in general.
by PeterJ
April 6th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2902

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

The sale will likely create greater barriers to entry for low cost, volume producers as that market continues to consolidate. We will likely see these wines being offered to us at all kinds of events - Chamber of Commerce, Bar Association, College reunions, weddings, Charitable benefits, etc. Frien...
by PeterJ
April 5th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2902

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Ravenswood, and Others

Chris Seiber wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Gallo does now own the Monte Rosso Vineyard.
Several online sources say they do...... at least ‘did’. Curious as to who does and documentation of it.
by PeterJ
March 16th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Rotating clusters on the vine?
Replies: 7
Views: 224

Re: Rotating clusters on the vine?

Found this on their website for this wine: “A month prior to forecasted harvest, every grape cluster is rotated 180 degrees to facilitate an even sun-tan.” It follows this statement: “Most notably, in late July we pull leaves away from the fruit to allow direct sun penetration.” I wonder how unusual...
by PeterJ
March 15th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Rotating clusters on the vine?
Replies: 7
Views: 224

Rotating clusters on the vine?

So I’m looking at a bottle of Stolpman Roussane and the bottle note says the clusters are rotated on the vine. That’s a new thing for me and Google isn’t helping. Does it refer to turning the clusters for more sun or moving the canopy, or what?
by PeterJ
March 3rd, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Common Winery and Vineyard Names with Various Pronunciations & Mispronunciations !!!
Replies: 56
Views: 2168

Re: Common Winery and Vineyard Names with Various Pronunciations & Mispronunciations !!!

Meritage is mispronounced by a majority of people I come across. I think it’s easy and maybe ‘cooler’to Frenchify it to Meri-tahj but their website makes it clear it’s Meri-tidge.
by PeterJ
February 24th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: French Laundry reservation tips/tricks?
Replies: 9
Views: 876

Re: French Laundry reservation tips/tricks?

Hopefully you’ll get some insider info on this here. When we went, several years ago, I used re-dial on two phones simultaneously starting at their posted start time and day for when I wanted to go. It took three days and maybe 4 hours total to get our res. You might direct your friend here though: ...
by PeterJ
February 16th, 2019, 12:04 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?
Replies: 18
Views: 526

Re: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?

Mike Hess Brewing gets thumbs up from my daughter who owns two craft beer bars.

https://yelp.to/qTKq/IiAoo0kIlU
by PeterJ
January 30th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma Tasting Notes Harvest moon and Porter Creek -- Added Photos
Replies: 8
Views: 339

Re: Sonoma Tasting Notes Harvest moon and Porter Creek -- Added Photos

I haven't thought about Harvest Moon in quite a while but I found the winery while driving around the Sonoma Valley area in preparation for opening our wine shop/wine bar back in 2005 (the shop was sold after just a few years in business). The son, Randy Pitts, was very personable and I recall likin...
by PeterJ
January 25th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Picpoul: the joys of simple wine
Replies: 21
Views: 745

Re: Picpoul: the joys of simple wine

Vesper Vineyards, in Escondido
CA, used to make a Picpoul that I enjoyed. I just checked their site and I don’t see one now.
by PeterJ
January 23rd, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business
Replies: 41
Views: 1593

Re: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business

Know of somene waiting on a duplicate 02 approval to open their new tasting room. Paying rent and not being able to open the doors is not a great way to start. Aha. I didn’t realize that an 02 license (even for a second location tasting room) required Federal TTB approval. We may be talking about t...
by PeterJ
January 22nd, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business
Replies: 41
Views: 1593

Re: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business

A local winery has posted that their new satellite tasting room’s opening has been postponed by the shutdown. I’m guessing it’s an issue of new vintage inventory not being able to get label approval.
by PeterJ
December 26th, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: When You Come Up First on Google
Replies: 2
Views: 701

Re: When You Come Up First on Google

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by PeterJ
December 19th, 2018, 2:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Green Bean Casserole - “The mother of all comfort foods”
Replies: 23
Views: 708

Re: Green Bean Casserole - “The mother of all comfort foods”

Made it this year, totally from scratch. Fresh green beans, mushrooms sautéed with a bit of sherry, roux from scratch for a bechamel. Only thing standard was the French’s onions.
by PeterJ
November 4th, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lodi Wineries and Wines that you Enjoy?
Replies: 9
Views: 344

Re: Lodi Wineries and Wines that you Enjoy?

Klinker Brick
by PeterJ
September 25th, 2018, 9:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stir Fry sauce recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Stir Fry sauce recommendations

I use a combination of sweet chili sauce, Hoisin, and some Char Siu Bao sauce, along with some Shaoxing rice wine. It may be a little sweet for some, and it’s mostly a ‘use what you’ve got’ concoction...... but we like the result.
by PeterJ
August 14th, 2018, 11:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 273
Views: 9346

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

Might be size of the font setting on your iphone - I have mine set at default, the small size most people can't see. Regardless, I'm researching it If it’s if any help I set the font to the smallest size possible for that screen capture. I’m unable to find any setting called ‘default’ and Google ha...
by PeterJ
August 14th, 2018, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 273
Views: 9346

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

Don’t really want to pick at nits here but this is what I see with iPhone 8 held sideways and font as small as it will go.
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by PeterJ
August 14th, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Duke’s Mayonnaise??
Replies: 17
Views: 737

Re: Duke’s Mayonnaise??

Trying Trader Joe’s Organic this week but,without ever having tried Duke’s, I still need to check it out eventually.
by PeterJ
August 13th, 2018, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 273
Views: 9346

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

On iPhone it says right below every thread title who made the last post, and when, including time. Yes. But I’m pretty sure I used to see that on the main board index too...... BEFORE entering a board. Not sure it did, but instant fix is turning the phone sideways - you can see them then! It did, b...
by PeterJ
August 13th, 2018, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 273
Views: 9346

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

Thanks for all the hard work and the new goodies I’ve yet to find. Just one question: I used to check the main board list to see the date and time of the last post on each board before entering it (to avoid going on that board and finding the last post(s) to be something I’ve already read). I’m not...
by PeterJ
August 13th, 2018, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 273
Views: 9346

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

Thanks for all the hard work and the new goodies I’ve yet to find. Just one question: I used to check the main board list to see the date and time of the last post on each board before entering it (to avoid going on that board and finding the last post(s) to be something I’ve already read). I’m not ...
by PeterJ
August 7th, 2018, 10:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Duke’s Mayonnaise??
Replies: 17
Views: 737

Duke’s Mayonnaise??

I’m guessing from the above that the Duke’s site is correct and SoCal has no retailers. But Safeway is part of the same company that owns Albertsons, Vons, and Pavillions here, so a little sleuthing may be worth it.
by PeterJ
August 6th, 2018, 8:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Duke’s Mayonnaise??
Replies: 17
Views: 737

Duke’s Mayonnaise??

So I keep hearing that Duke’s brand mayo is a special taste worth searching out, but it’s mostly sold in the South. Anyone see it in the OC, or do I need to go with Amazon? Their site doesn’t show any distribution here but I’ve found other things that shouldn’t be here so........
by PeterJ
July 26th, 2018, 7:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: RIP Jonathan Gold
Replies: 30
Views: 1528

RIP Jonathan Gold

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Hope this helps. Couldn’t do a link but Google found it.
by PeterJ
July 22nd, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Official Deli Thread
Replies: 222
Views: 4418

The Official Deli Thread

Just in case anyone is interested..... most of the LA Jewish delis apparently buy their pickles from A-1 Eastern Pickle (off Mission Rd. Near County USC Med Center). I recently bought their 5 gallon bucket, which is a whole hell of a lot of pickles.... for $25. It was the real deal. Apparently, thou...
by PeterJ
July 20th, 2018, 11:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1875
Views: 149629

Steak Porn

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Reverse sear on choice ribeye. Yum!!!!
by PeterJ
July 12th, 2018, 12:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 208
Views: 6288

Why sous vide?

Finally received my Anova, and reviewed this thread. Working on soft-boiled eggs, but not the Anova recipe, this one - https://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/sous-vide-soft-poached-eggs - as it is sort of like Cooks' Illustrated, in performing tests to find the perfect recipe, etc. After setting eve...
by PeterJ
July 4th, 2018, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Say "GOODBYE' to coravin capsules
Replies: 37
Views: 6915

Say "GOODBYE' to coravin capsules

I have been trying to figure out a way to increase the psi on the regulator to speed it up the flow and found out that a slightly stiffer hose allows me increase my psi to 150-175 without any hose whip if hose comes loose or cut. Same flow speed as coravin No draw back now. John just replaced the r...
by PeterJ
June 27th, 2018, 3:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA: Rib Eye Hunter
Replies: 3
Views: 608

PSA: Rib Eye Hunter

We got a coupon in an Albertson’s mailer today with Choice bone-in ribeyes, in multi-packs, at $4.77/lb.
by PeterJ
June 26th, 2018, 9:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 208
Views: 6288

Why sous vide?

Many thanks for all the continuing contributions here. I really like the idea of pre-cooking meats to finish up at a later time. I’m assuming the low heat cooking lessens the continued cooking you get at higher temps. Now I’m trying to get my Anova unit to connect with the internet so I can control ...
by PeterJ
June 21st, 2018, 10:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 208
Views: 6288

Why sous vide?

Im apparently misunderstanding your intent..... i’ve read about the use of sous vide for certain tough cuts of meat and it’s not hard to understand the science behind it. I just don’t get why you’d be so quick to suggest that someone new to the method can’t or wouldn’t want to learn about it. “Over...
by PeterJ
June 21st, 2018, 8:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 208
Views: 6288

Why sous vide?

If you can't see the advantage of rendering collagen and not fat in a sous vide bag then a lot of this is over your head. Excuse me?? Sorry not trying to be flippant Peter. Pointing out that an understanding of certain food science aspects is why it can be such a useful tool but if you are unaware ...
by PeterJ
June 20th, 2018, 10:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 208
Views: 6288

Why sous vide?

Kenny H wrote: If you can't see the advantage of rendering collagen and not fat in a sous vide bag then a lot of this is over your head.
Excuse me??
by PeterJ
June 20th, 2018, 11:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 208
Views: 6288

Why sous vide?

I was given an Anova Sous Vide cooker for Father’s Day. I’d asked for it partly because of references to sous vide here, but now I’m wondering if was a good idea. Essentially it seems to mean that a ribeye (for example) that used to take maybe 40 minutes using reverse sear will now take two hours pl...
by PeterJ
June 15th, 2018, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Looking for a new everyday Pinot
Replies: 56
Views: 7577

Looking for a new everyday Pinot

Pali's entry level wine makes it down to about $18 in NJ, and sounds like it fits the bill. Also probably get lambasted for this, and I'm guessing you were looking for something more "artisinal," but La Crema is from CA, in this price range, and very consistent. Weeeiiird ... these are the same two...
by PeterJ
June 9th, 2018, 8:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: BREWPUB/WINE BAR SERVICE QUESTIONS -
Replies: 23
Views: 975

BREWPUB/WINE BAR SERVICE QUESTIONS -

Very difficult for anyone in most parts of the US to address these questions as the audience may be very different. For what it’s worth, most small craft breweries here in Southern California are order at the counter. People don’t expect table service much for food. In some I’ve been to you get an o...
by PeterJ
June 2nd, 2018, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen the Coravin TV ad?
Replies: 7
Views: 409

Anyone seen the Coravin TV ad?

This is a new ad. They ran a ton of ads during the holiday season last year (at least in SoCal) but i don’t recall those making that claim.
by PeterJ
June 1st, 2018, 5:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: 3 Bottles of Scotch - Your Recs at $60-$250
Replies: 25
Views: 1461

3 Bottles of Scotch - Your Recs at $60-$250

Casting a vote for Macallan Fine Oak 15 year. Or... Macallan Double Cask 12 yr. Both good at the lower end of the window. .
by PeterJ
May 29th, 2018, 8:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why Haven't The Food Police Critiqued Starbucks?
Replies: 57
Views: 1335

Why Haven't The Food Police Critiqued Starbucks?

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Since the cardiologist took me off most caffeine my Starbucks go-to is a Grande Low-fat Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino with no whipped cream. Pretty tasty....... considering.
by PeterJ
May 29th, 2018, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Family Friendly Tasting
Replies: 3
Views: 248

Family Friendly Tasting

You’d think this was simple, but it’s not always. As far as I know California wineries operate under a “Winegrowers” license (02) which specifically permits all ages on the premises. This is different from non-Winery tasting rooms, where most operate under an “on-sale Beer & Wine license which prohi...
by PeterJ
May 22nd, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Looking for a new everyday Pinot
Replies: 56
Views: 7577

Looking for a new everyday Pinot

Gypsy Dancer is, indeed, a very nice Pinot. We sold a lot of it in our shop ten years ago. But I’ve never seen it in the $20 area. Of course “every day” means different things to different people. WTSO has featured the 2014 Christine`s Cuvee for $19.99 twice in the last couple of months. I buy dire...
by PeterJ
May 20th, 2018, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Looking for a new everyday Pinot
Replies: 56
Views: 7577

Looking for a new everyday Pinot

Gypsy Dancer is, indeed, a very nice Pinot. We sold a lot of it in our shop ten years ago. But I’ve never seen it in the $20 area. Of course “every day” means different things to different people.
by PeterJ
May 19th, 2018, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Say "GOODBYE' to coravin capsules
Replies: 37
Views: 6915

Say "GOODBYE' to coravin capsules

John.......How’s the flexibility of the stiffer hose (ease of movement) compared with the one you’ve been using...... and would length affect the pressure delivered to the Coravin?
by PeterJ
May 19th, 2018, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Say "GOODBYE' to coravin capsules
Replies: 37
Views: 6915

Say "GOODBYE' to coravin capsules

How’s the flexibility of the stiffer hose compared with the one you’ve been using...... and would length affect the pressure delivered to the Coravin?
by PeterJ
May 12th, 2018, 10:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite way to cook steak poll
Replies: 28
Views: 820

Favorite way to cook steak poll

Todd F r e n c h wrote:Thanks to reccs here, I tried reverse sear, and I doubt I'll ever go back.
THIS!!
by PeterJ
May 10th, 2018, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mangled Mispronunciations
Replies: 88
Views: 2237

Mangled Mispronunciations

Probably one of the most common I hear is “Meritahj” for Meritage. I kinda think it sounds more authentic that way, but their website specific tells us it is “Meritidge” to rhyme with heritage. Ha! I've never heard it spoken the official way. But then who even uses the Meritage term these days, any...
by PeterJ
May 10th, 2018, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mangled Mispronunciations
Replies: 88
Views: 2237

Mangled Mispronunciations

Probably one of the most common I hear is “Meritahj” for Meritage. I kinda think it sounds more authentic that way, but their website specifically tells us it is “Meritidge” to rhyme with heritage.
by PeterJ
May 6th, 2018, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 142
Views: 6171

Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

Sorry if it’s covered earlier but I’m wondering how long (how many bottles/uses) each if these is said to last. If it’s a viable alternative to Coravin, there’s a cost comparison to be made. Note: I’m now involved with a Coravin hooked up to a tank of Argon (per a poster here) and we’re working thro...
by PeterJ
April 23rd, 2018, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries in Anderson valley
Replies: 22
Views: 1051

Wineries in Anderson valley

+1 for Handley.

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