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by PeterJ
January 15th, 2021, 9:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Do you like any Girl Scout cookies? (Poll Added)
Replies: 33
Views: 893

Re: Do you like any Girl Scout cookies? (Poll Added)

From the tone of these posts I’m pretty sure nobody really gives a cookie..... but there are really two different worlds of Girl Scout cookies.

https://www.wideopeneats.com/girl-scouts-cookies-map/
by PeterJ
January 7th, 2021, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 742
Views: 74702

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

I’ve been reading these tasting notes since the beginning and find them helpful but I do have to ask how often people here drink wines within the first few months after bottling. I know that ‘better’ wines aren’t even released for sale until at least a year and very often longer. Supermarket brands ...
by PeterJ
December 31st, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How often do you know the wine?
Replies: 24
Views: 1105

Re: How often do you know the wine?

I’ve visited California wineries for 40 years and have been in the retail side of the business for the past 15. I’m much more familiar with West Coast US wineries and yet every week I hear/read about new wineries for the first time. The fun part is the tasting!!!
by PeterJ
December 28th, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Has anyone used an air fryer?
Replies: 33
Views: 6641

Re: Has anyone used an air fryer?

TimF wrote: October 21st, 2019, 2:00 pm What is the difference between an air fryer and a convection oven?
We needed a new toaster oven so we got the small Cuisinart oven/air fryer. From the little I’ve used it so far the air fryer setting seems to work pretty much the same way as the oven setting which is convection.
by PeterJ
December 21st, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What are your current favorite cookbooks?
Replies: 21
Views: 1497

Re: What are your current favorite cookbooks?

Vivian Howard’s Deep Run Roots is a really beautiful book on North Carolina cooking. The only thing is that the recipes are rather complicated (for me anyway) and use some ingredients that aren’t that easy to find here in South OC.
by PeterJ
December 13th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not a cork, not a screwtop, but...
Replies: 24
Views: 1427

Re: Not a cork, not a screwtop, but...

Glass closures were a bigger thing maybe 10-12 years ago. No idea why they faded out, though it’s usually a cost issue.
by PeterJ
December 5th, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 581
Views: 37163

Re: Ravenswood library offer

I posted this in another topic but it seems more appropriate here. My daughter worked for Joel about 15 years ago and kept several of the wines she acquired then..... some she bought and others Joel gave her from the library. For Thanksgiving this year she brought us a magnum of 1993 Sonoma Valley O...
by PeterJ
December 4th, 2020, 9:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Balsamic
Replies: 10
Views: 922

Re: Balsamic

FWIW I worked in a wine bar that was also an olive oil and vinegar shop that was part of the California-based We Olive chain. They sell a 16 year-old (I think) balsamic from Modena that is really very good. At around $38 for a 750ml bottle it’s a good value.

https://weolive.com/
by PeterJ
November 30th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping rates 2 Bottles from California to Colorado?
Replies: 12
Views: 729

Re: Shipping rates 2 Bottles from California to Colorado?

Around here a lot of “olive oil” is shipped that way.
by PeterJ
November 25th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 7763

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

Our daughter used to work for Ravenswood and brought a magnum of 1993 Old Hill (Sonoma Valley) Zin. As far as I know it’s been stored correctly and should be a treat. I wasn’t really following the post about Joel Peterson’s library sale. If anyone has had this wine lately I’d really appreciate some ...
by PeterJ
November 19th, 2020, 10:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Apple: Lucy Glo
Replies: 7
Views: 1033

Re: Apple: Lucy Glo

Saw this apple on a blog post from a Trader Joe’s influencer who lives in the LA area. My TJ’s in OC didn’t have them the other day.
by PeterJ
November 19th, 2020, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

So on a slightly different De Negoce topic, how the hell do you plan to keep these wines organized? I haven't yet figured out my longer term storage plans so for now have added overflow racks in my office - one that is 12 bottles per row and the second with 6 per row. Pre-dN I could typically look ...
by PeterJ
November 13th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

According to shipping update, these should be shipping this week. As of now I've received only nonfiction for N.70 , N.23 and one that shows in UPS but didn't get email on. anyone else getting nonfictions on these wines? N.13 N.14 N.15 N.17 N.18 N. 19 N. 21 N. 22 N. 23 N. 25 N. 27 N. 28 N. 29 N. 34...
by PeterJ
November 10th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Experience with Enomatic?
Replies: 5
Views: 270

Re: Experience with Enomatic?

I worked in a shop that used an 8-bottle Enomatic for several years. If you’ve read discussions on many of the gas-based preservation/service products you’ll recall that there are a range of opinions on their efficacy. Strike one is that you have to open the bottle to put it in the unit which introd...
by PeterJ
October 14th, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

Has anyone received #18, the Malbec? I’m in SoCal and Cam’s email suggests they’re past that number. I know we ordered it but haven’t received it. I could email DeNegoce but figured they’re buried in emails right no, so no point if it hasn’t been received. I think you might have missed the part of ...
by PeterJ
October 14th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

Has anyone received #18, the Malbec? I’m in SoCal and Cam’s email suggests they’re past that number. I know we ordered it but haven’t received it. I could email DeNegoce but figured they’re buried in emails right no, so no point if it hasn’t been received.
by PeterJ
October 14th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

Has anyone received #18, the Malbec? I’m in SoCal and Cam’s email suggests they’re past that number. I know we ordered it but haven’t received it.
by PeterJ
October 9th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?
Replies: 101
Views: 3687

Re: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?

I don’t eat “everything” but I’ll eat far more things than most people I know. I have digestive problems with a few things (what passes for ‘curry’ in the US) and have issues with heavily spicy things as I’ve gotten older. Years ago I travelled all over Asia and couldn’t handle some of the fish and ...
by PeterJ
September 29th, 2020, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kalamera/Phiestina wine fridge??
Replies: 6
Views: 395

Re: Kalamera/Phiestina wine fridge??

I purchased a 50 bottle Kalamera single zone about 3-4 years ago and have not had any issues with it at all. Thank you so much. The 50 bottle unit seems to be similar in design to the 80 bottle my son is interested in. A question has come up in his research about bottle size. Have you had any issue...
by PeterJ
September 29th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kalamera/Phiestina wine fridge??
Replies: 6
Views: 395

Re: Kalamera/Phiestina wine fridge??

I purchased a 50 bottle Kalamera single zone about 3-4 years ago and have not had any issues with it at all. Thank you so much. The 50 bottle unit seems to be similar in design to the 80 bottle my son is interested in. A question has come up in his research about bottle size. Have you had any issue...
by PeterJ
September 28th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kalamera/Phiestina wine fridge??
Replies: 6
Views: 395

Re: Phiestina wine fridge??

Note: the Wayfair listing shows the brand as Kalamera but the product manual link there is headed Phiestina. Not unusual for retailers to get proprietary names I guess.
by PeterJ
September 28th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kalamera/Phiestina wine fridge??
Replies: 6
Views: 395

Kalamera/Phiestina wine fridge??

My son is looking for a “reasonably priced” wine fridge with around 75 bottle capacity. He sent me this link asking for an opinion. I’ve looked for these before but the Phiestina brand is new to me. Home Depot also carries it but they didn’t when I bought my 50 bottle Magic Chef unit a few years ago...
by PeterJ
September 28th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

Well it’s going to be almost 100° here in SoCal this week and October is usually one of the hotter months. I’m assuming/hoping Cam will hold CA even longer than a week if he can.
by PeterJ
September 27th, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

I asked my wife about this and she says that women don't like to shop in bulk. She said, "Guys can see an advertisment for 40% off for t-shirts from Lacoste or Polo Ralph Lauren and you can go and buy 10-20 t-shirts in different colors feeling you have made a good deal. But women don't like to...
by PeterJ
September 12th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

Drinking the N.12 Chardonnay today. Gave it to my wife who has a much better pallet than me. She loves it. Said it compares right there with her fave Rombauer Chardonnay. She's HAPPY! Which makes me look like a really smart guy. Thanks for the note. If it’s like Rombauer I’m glad I didn’t buy it. N...
by PeterJ
September 4th, 2020, 11:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking for specific Reidel Pinot glass
Replies: 9
Views: 588

Re: Looking for specific Reidel Pinot glass

I have 2 orphan Riedel PN glasses that are probably from Costco or some such. No idea what you mean by 4 leaf clover shaped stem, though? Are these them - if so you can have them gratis just send me a shipping label. Thanks but those look like the ones we’ve received twice now that were pictured on...
by PeterJ
September 2nd, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Snoop Cali Red
Replies: 27
Views: 1849

Re: Snoop Cali Red

Am I the only Californian offended by the word “Cali”? [snort.gif]
by PeterJ
September 1st, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking for specific Reidel Pinot glass
Replies: 9
Views: 588

Re: Looking for specific Reidel Pinot glass

Thanks. My wife just found them on Amazon. It IS the Wine Series. 4 more on the way! Happy wife.
by PeterJ
September 1st, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking for specific Reidel Pinot glass
Replies: 9
Views: 588

Looking for specific Reidel Pinot glass

I’m not sure where we got them, or what the series name is, but we need to replace some Reidel Pinot Noir glasses that have stems shaped like a four leaf clover. I think they’re an inexpensive line, maybe bought at Costco? Anyway my wife likes the hand feel of the stem so we ‘must’ find them. So far...
by PeterJ
August 28th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

For those asking how CH might be marketing beyond the cult of WB..... this sponsored post just showed up on my Instagram feed.
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by PeterJ
August 14th, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

Nate Simon wrote: August 14th, 2020, 6:16 pm Did not see a weather-hold option?
I thought EVERY offer was automatically a summer hold for the time being.
by PeterJ
August 12th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

Hopefully offerings like that going forward will be pushed out to the “loyal” purchasers first similar to the 3 case hillside cab offer. Hmmmmm. My son and I have bought, I think, 8 cases so far. Where does that put us? If the total number of cases were large enough to offer an initial ‘private’ of...
by PeterJ
August 9th, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: best hot dogs?
Replies: 73
Views: 5320

Re: best hot dogs?

We used to be able to get Nathan’s natural casing hot dogs at supermarkets here in “the OC” but they seem to have disappeared over the past year or so. The natural casing gives it that ‘snap’.
by PeterJ
August 4th, 2020, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Commercials
Replies: 16
Views: 932

Re: Wine Commercials

Constellation seems to spend TV money on Woodbridge and Meiomi these days. I don’t recall anything else.
by PeterJ
July 31st, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

Overall this program is very attractive and even a $19 bottle for $10 or so all in is not a bad deal. But........ I’d venture to say that the hype has been for much higher ‘priced’ wine at a larger ‘discount’. It’s just surprising, assuming we’re right about #25, that the ‘formula’ would change so ...
by PeterJ
July 31st, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

Overall this program is very attractive and even a $19 bottle for $10 or so all in is not a bad deal. But........ I’d venture to say that the hype has been for much higher ‘priced’ wine at a larger ‘discount’. It’s just surprising, assuming we’re right about #25, that the ‘formula’ would change so e...
by PeterJ
July 30th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 450
Views: 121411

Re: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

Curious if anyone has knows of a handful of tasting rooms near Glen Ellen that has good wine, and is doing outdoor tastings (will have daughter and small dog in tow). I'm going through the laborious process of contacting some near where we are staying but figured someone may have been recently and ...
by PeterJ
July 30th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

2018 Pedroncelli Mother Clone is listed on their site as $19. Hughes seems more careful than to get that wrong.
by PeterJ
July 29th, 2020, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????
Replies: 53
Views: 1985

Re: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????

Peter, assuming room temp is 68-72, the statement in the quote is correct for me. I can't think of a red I'd prefer to drink at that temperature. Whether they become sloppy etc, is possibly overkill, but again I generally agree with the statement that no reds benefit from room temp. And always woul...
by PeterJ
July 29th, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????
Replies: 53
Views: 1985

Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????

“Almost no red wines benefit from being room temperature,” he says. “The wine becomes sloppy, alcoholic, and develops sticky aromatics — think overripe fruit — even from cool-climate regions.” That’s a quote from a VinePair article my wife forwarded to me. The quote is attributed to Michael Kennedy ...
by PeterJ
July 9th, 2020, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

Has anyone received shipping notice for OG 8? I thought they were supposedly shipping yesterday? Thanks and happy drinking I ordered both #6 and #8 and recall seeing something that they would both ship this week (or maybe last week?). Yesterday I got a ship notice on #6 but not on #8. #6 arrives to...
by PeterJ
July 8th, 2020, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

Has anyone received shipping notice for OG 8? I thought they were supposedly shipping yesterday? Thanks and happy drinking I ordered both #6 and #8 and recall seeing something that they would both ship this week (or maybe last week?). Yesterday I got a ship notice on #6 but not on #8. #6 arrives to...
by PeterJ
July 6th, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

Re: de Negoce offer

James Mc wrote: July 6th, 2020, 6:28 pm Weird, i have summer hold on my No17 that I ordered yesterday.
So do I. But now that option doesn’t show on the site.
by PeterJ
June 27th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8071
Views: 565611

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...
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: 2060

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: 1569

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: 45
Views: 3457

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: 8071
Views: 565611

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: 1662

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: 2064

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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