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by PeterJ
June 27th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 452
Views: 27815

Re: de Negoce offer

Nest four are Cab, Malbec, Pinot, Cab, Cab. And then I guess a pause cause nothing else listed. https://www.ttbonline.gov/colasonline/publicPageAdvancedCola.do?action=page&pgfcn=prevset I'm assuming you've determined specific details to identify deNegoce in that search form. Your link is to the bla...
by PeterJ
June 25th, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"
Replies: 35
Views: 1586

Re: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"

As far as ‘better’ retail is concerned, here in South OC I can think of one retailer that’s been around for 30 years+and another (very small) that’s had two owners in maybe 25 years. Otherwise there are a handful approaching 5 years per owner. Given some time I could list 30-40 that never made it pa...
by PeterJ
June 19th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recco needed on remote probe thermometer
Replies: 10
Views: 331

Re: Recco needed on remote probe thermometer

Gil Bauer wrote:
June 19th, 2020, 5:26 pm
www.thermoworks.com
I bought a Martha Stewart probe I haven’t used yet but Thermoworks is probably the gold standard for this kind of thing. I have their Instant read with IR and it’s really high quality. I’m re-selling myself on a Joule Sous Vide so that may have been the right move.
by PeterJ
June 9th, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 34
Views: 1103

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

Here's a simple gadget I've used for years that many people don't seem to know about. It saves you from running out of propane in the middle of a long cook. Less than $15 at most big box hardware stores.
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by PeterJ
June 5th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 452
Views: 27815

Re: de Negoce offer

Just got an email asking for $29 additional on #8. Odd that it wasn’t included in the initial transaction but stuff happens.
by PeterJ
May 30th, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Covid Antidote -- Mail Order Food From Different Cities
Replies: 10
Views: 576

Re: Covid Antidote -- Mail Order Food From Different Cities

Got sour pickles and sour tomatoes from The Pickle Guys in Lower Manhattan. I make my own dills and these are not dill..... but very good anyway. The tomatoes are exactly like you’d get at any good Jewish deli in the LA area, but I haven’t left South OC since February, so this was well worth the cost.
by PeterJ
May 14th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: my Jewish grandma’s stuffed cabbage
Replies: 16
Views: 1105

Re: my Jewish grandma’s stuffed cabbage

For those who called stuffed cabbage ‘pigs in a blanket’..... what did they call these? Or are they an American thing? FWIW my mother-in-law called stuffed cabbage “Prakkas”(sp?).
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by PeterJ
March 26th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers
Replies: 50
Views: 4068

Re: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers

Businesses are having to get really creative. I used to work at a wine shop whose owners have owned a women’s clothing boutique for 40 years. Obviously their spring merchandise has come in and they have to be closed. This morning I got an email (I was never on their mailing list and haven’t spoken t...
by PeterJ
March 15th, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3165

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

I work in a wine bar and I’m a senior so I guess I’m on vacation for now..... either way, although nothing I’ve seen says this is an order. Another wine bar, near us, (much larger and with a real kitchen) has announced that they’re closing and asking for help in finding their staff temporary work. S...
by PeterJ
March 13th, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7870

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

Does anyone know for sure if the 6’ social distancing ‘requirement’ actually a requirement or just a guideline? Local health authorities haven’t followed through or every restaurant and bar here in OC would probably have had to close.
by PeterJ
March 12th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7870

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

The wine bar I work for does frequent events with groups that are in the South OC area for business gatherings at the four major high end hotels. We’ve had four of our next six events cancel because the hosting event has been cancelled....... and the company that organizes them says it’s getting mor...
by PeterJ
February 11th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recs for a spontaneous Central Coast trip
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Recs for a spontaneous Central Coast trip

If you get to Paso Robles....... Tin City is a complex with some really good wineries and tasting rooms.

https://www.tincitypasorobles.com/
by PeterJ
February 1st, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin and premox
Replies: 22
Views: 1483

Re: Coravin and premox

For what it’s worth...... we use a Coravin on as many as 50 moderately priced ($30-$50) current vintage wines at a time where I work. We date every bottle when it’s first pierced. Deterioration varies greatly from wine to wine. Some may change dramatically in as little as 3-5 days; others seem reaso...
by PeterJ
January 8th, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!
Replies: 29
Views: 2232

Re: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!

I thought it would be useful for my wife since her arthritis sometimes makes a waiter’s friend difficult. If there’s one that works well I’d like to see a specific name or link. I bought an re-chargeable electric corkscrew when I couldn't use my right arm after shattering my humerus. Worked well. T...
by PeterJ
January 6th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!
Replies: 29
Views: 2232

Re: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!

There seem to be a number of similar pumps for sale. I bought one a few months ago and tried it on four different bottles. It didn’t work at all on three (maybe 20 pumps) and on the fourth the cork exploded out of the bottle. Returned it. I thought it would be useful for my wife since her arthritis ...
by PeterJ
December 8th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 143
Views: 10090

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I tried the classic the other day and found it good but not impressive. When they ran out a few months ago I bought some chicken breasts there and made my own with a brioche bun. Much better than theirs. May try the spicy version soon....... or just do my own again with sriracha.
by PeterJ
December 2nd, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Harrington Sale (Open House this Saturday Dec 7 1-4 PM)
Replies: 18
Views: 2069

Re: PSA: Harrington Sale (Open House this Sunday 1-4 PM)

Copied this from another board in case it hasn’t been posted elsewhere on WB: FINAL HARRINGTON WINES OPEN HOUSE and Sale, Saturday December 7th, 1 - 4pm This is it. Our last Open House and your last shot at unreal prices on all of our wines. The full case (12 bottles) price has been reduced to $180 ...
by PeterJ
November 19th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer
Replies: 48
Views: 3961

Re: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer

One of my son’s friends is a senior sales exec with Gallo’s wine division. He’s been smiling a lot the past few years. Hopefully Gallo has the sense to walk softly with regard to what gives these purchases the value they’re paying for.
by PeterJ
November 13th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article
Replies: 31
Views: 1134

Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article

https://vinepair.com/articles/how-wine-shop-bar-hybrids-work/ This article came to my attention today. Here in South OC there are a number of these hybrid shops but they almost all serve more food than just the “snacks” the article describes. Most have +/- 100 wines at retail and serve what I’d desc...
by PeterJ
November 8th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2844

Re: Shipping companies hates me

J. Rock wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 5:37 pm
My home UPS guy often doesn't even ring my bell (for normal packages), presumably because of my dogs... but I wish he would so I know when the packages arrive.
Interesting. The shipper is paying extra to have an adult signature taken and to not break the law.
by PeterJ
October 22nd, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone using a propane Blackstone griddle?
Replies: 1
Views: 1421

Anyone using a propane Blackstone griddle?

My son just got this and we cooked on it for the first time last night. It’s like a gas grill except the top is a flat-top surface, like in a restaurant kitchen. We made a chicken stir fry with shitakes, sugar snap peas, grated carrots, edamame, rice, and scrambled egg. Really quick cooking time. Ca...
by PeterJ
October 16th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?
Replies: 12
Views: 867

Re: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?

Thanks to all for the recs. FWIW, our favorites were Hatcher, in Murphys; Runquist, Helwig, and Terre Rouge/Easton in Plymouth; Holly’s Hill in Placerville; overall BEST in our opinion was Skinner in Fairplay. Amador 360 (in Plymouth) is a ‘must stop’ too, as it pours for a bunch of local wineries t...
by PeterJ
September 12th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?
Replies: 21
Views: 2885

Re: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?

I saw this grill on a TV grilling show and thought it was awesome........ until I checked the price.

https://kalamazoogourmet.com/products/k ... ing-grill/
by PeterJ
September 2nd, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: non-Napa wine regions
Replies: 7
Views: 2696

Re: non-Napa wine regions

If you get to Paso don’t miss Tin City.

https://www.tincitypaso.com/about/
by PeterJ
August 29th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB - Popeye's Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 11
Views: 1113

Re: LTB - Popeye's Chicken Sandwich

In some places it’s a “Sammy”! 😬
by PeterJ
August 28th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 143
Views: 10090

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Missed the chicken sandwich by a day or so I guess. Went today and bought spicy chicken tenders and slaw. Took them home and put them on a soft roll with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, pickle relish and some of the slaw. Have to say it was pretty darn good!!!
by PeterJ
August 27th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tarriffs
Replies: 15
Views: 939

Re: Wine Tarriffs

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Victor Hong wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 8:05 am
My understanding is that vintage Bordeaux wines made in China are next on tariff list. That will really hurt.
by PeterJ
August 23rd, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill!???
Replies: 12
Views: 1896

Stony Hill!???

Anyone been to Stony Hill since it was announced that they were acquired by the Halls of Long Meadow? We’ve had some of our most memorable tasting experiences with the McRaes there but I’m wondering what’s changed at this point or might in the near future. Are Peter and Willinda still there and doin...
by PeterJ
August 11th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!

Got it.
by PeterJ
August 11th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!

Kris Patten wrote:
August 11th, 2019, 8:03 am
I wouldn't set it on its side, bad idea.
Why? It’s been on its side for 4 days now with no leakage. I suppose it isn’t going to change what’s inside at all, but he wanted to see if the cork was dry enough to leak without opening it.
by PeterJ
August 10th, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 667

1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!

A friend has been gifted a Salamanzar of 1987 Yamhill Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Pinot Noir. The provenance is not clear but he thinks it’s probably been upright most if the last several years. The fill level is down about an inch and a half below the short capsule but, of course, the bottle is...
by PeterJ
August 9th, 2019, 12:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 3574

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

The Coravin seems to be pretty good but I’ve never seen instructions on how long to hold down the lever, so I’m not sure with it either. With the Coravin, if you use it correctly, the volume of argon injected is equivalent to the volume of wine removed. I should probably watch the instructional vid...
by PeterJ
August 8th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 3574

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

When I developed the Argon cylinder product I used used to sell I did a displacement study in which I injected Argon into plastic bags while counting how many ‘seconds’ I’d injected for. I then submerged the bags in a measured water container filled to the brim and took note of how much water was di...
by PeterJ
August 8th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 3574

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

For better or worse to readers, I am mentally engaged/distracted with this thread . . . Can this adjustable "Botto" container idea be modified to work with liquid? botto.gif P.S. Should we give George Forman and his friends a call for some help? I can’t recall the name of it but I’ve seen info on a...
by PeterJ
August 7th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 3574

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

We have tested using Coravin and Repour in our tasting room. I was high on both initially but both have limitations for commercial use. We still sell Repours and I think they are good for home use if you don’t finish a bottle. We now use the Coravin for library wines only, while at home I use my Co...
by PeterJ
August 1st, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?
Replies: 12
Views: 867

Re: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?

Weird. I thought I’d posted earlier yesterday but couldn’t find the post when I checked for responses.... so I posted again. 🙄


Thanks Ken, and everyone. We’ve been to Murphys before (driving South from Tahoe) but never as far North as Plymouth. Looking forward to it.
by PeterJ
July 31st, 2019, 11:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery recs in California gold country please
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Winery recs in California gold country please

We’ll be spending about 4 days around Plymouth, CA at the end of September and would really appreciate some recs for great wineries, especially around Plymouth. Hopefully we won’t find the timing problematic. We’re starting out in Groveland (just outside of Yosemite) for a few days, then heading Nor...
by PeterJ
July 31st, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?
Replies: 12
Views: 867

Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?

We’re spending 4 days or so around Plymouth, CA at the end of September and would appreciate some recs of exceptional wineries in the area. I know it may be problematic at that time, especially with small producers, but we’re going there after a stay near Yosemite and hoping for some memorable finds...
by PeterJ
July 17th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perhaps a wine for office workers?
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: Perhaps a wine for office workers?

My daughter-in-law drinks one called Yes Way Rosé. 🙄
by PeterJ
June 25th, 2019, 11:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest field blend wines?
Replies: 55
Views: 2823

Re: Greatest field blend wines?

We’ve been fans of Acorn Winery (Healdsburg) for a long time. Field blends are their specialty.
by PeterJ
June 19th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4763

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

I had a burger and fries at 5 Guys last week. Picked them up from the counter immediately and opened the bag quickly. They were really good. I wouldn’t call them crispy but they were not limp at all. Length is good and quantity excellent. I only have two issues: 1. They need a bun capable of holding...
by PeterJ
June 9th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4763

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Shake Shack is meh. Chick fil A awful. In N out is mediocre- prefer well done with lots of salt and some peppers. I am with Michael. Best are 5 guys. Not always perfect, but twice fried and when fresh and properly salted.... I ate at Five Guys once. The burger was Ok, but the fries were a bag of gr...
by PeterJ
June 7th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4763

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Victor Hong wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Solution: Drive to McDonald's for fries; drive to In-and-Out for burgers.
Unless there’s a 5 Guys nearby for the fries.
by PeterJ
June 6th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4763

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

They also seem to cut the potatoes crosswise, making them the shortest fries around. I always get them ‘well done’ and don’t find them greasy though. People have tried to compare In-n-Out to Shake Shack for some reason. With one close to twice the price of the other, I find In-n-Out a much better va...
by PeterJ
May 30th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 68
Views: 8301

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

Declassified Mondavi Reserve Cab To Kalon, Opus One and Schrader for $200. opus is a separate entity, no? I believe Opus is co-owned by Constellation and the Rothschild family but it essentially run by the Rothschild interests. When my daughter worked for Constellation/Mondavi she said that the Opu...
by PeterJ
May 24th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Starting a collection and going to Napa, which wines can I only get at the vineyard?
Replies: 16
Views: 2314

Re: Starting a collection and going to Napa, which wines can I only get at the vineyard?

Is it naive to suggest asking the tasting room which, if any, wines are not available elsewhere. I’ve done that but not much since the number of wineries began multiplying like rabbits.
by PeterJ
May 24th, 2019, 12:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1755

Re: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?

In the past my asking this question was answered with the response that the yield of SB is much greater than with Cab so per ton cost is 1/2 to 1/3. Add the difference between oak and stainless steel (in most cases) + time to market and it starts to make sense....... assuming all that is true.
by PeterJ
May 17th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 50
Views: 2660

Re: Impossible burgers

Albertsons/Vons sells Beyond burgers and I think Ralph’s does too. My one experience wasn’t that great but I think I needed to season them more.
by PeterJ
May 3rd, 2019, 11:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: From the creators of Chef's Table - Street Food
Replies: 16
Views: 1249

Re: From the creators of Chef's Table - Street Food

Watch Flavorful Origins on Netflix. It’s more about the food. Street food is extremely well done but not the same kind of thing.
by PeterJ
April 30th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here’s a Retailer that doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking
Replies: 34
Views: 3889

Re: Here’s a Retailer that doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking

Did he train at Weimax, in Burlingame, CA? I thought Gerald Weisl held the mad curmudgeon retailer title, but maybe not. 😜

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