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by Sean Devaney
February 23rd, 2021, 10:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone Have Any Info On Martin Zwick?
Replies: 33
Views: 1681

Re: Anyone Have Any Info On Martin Zwick?

That is just spectacular.
by Sean Devaney
February 20th, 2021, 2:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone Have Any Info On Martin Zwick?
Replies: 33
Views: 1681

Anyone Have Any Info On Martin Zwick?

I've always enjoyed his posts here but he hasn't posted in three weeks. I hope he is ok.
by Sean Devaney
February 18th, 2021, 9:29 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 89
Views: 4836

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Casey is that in part do to how so many wineries dealt with smoke taint issues last year and saw how AV was able to deliver clean fruit in 2020? Dude, I'm thinking it's about my amazing skillz as a grape grower! Seriously people are looking ahead and have a need for product. I will admit that Naked...
by Sean Devaney
February 17th, 2021, 10:11 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 89
Views: 4836

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Casey is that in part do to how so many wineries dealt with smoke taint issues last year and saw how AV was able to deliver clean fruit in 2020?
by Sean Devaney
February 16th, 2021, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?
Replies: 67
Views: 4075

Re: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?

I'm not trying to express an opinion about this being better than or earlier than someone else, but the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard (planted in 1971) always made terrific pinots, or at least did while Richard Sanford was at the helm of Sanford Winery. If my fuzzy memory is correct the first win...
by Sean Devaney
February 16th, 2021, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Liquor Barn Memories...
Replies: 24
Views: 1586

Re: Liquor Barn Memories...

Funny thing - I was driving through Redding, CA, a few weeks back and visible from I-5 is a location of Liquor Barn. The logo even looked right but maybe I don't remember it correctly. I presume it's a totally different thing but funny to see the old name as I passed by. The last time I drove up to...
by Sean Devaney
February 16th, 2021, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Liquor Barn Memories...
Replies: 24
Views: 1586

Re: Liquor Barn Memories...

A brief history of Liquor Barn. The chain was originally started by Safeway around 1980 when the California fair trade law was repealed and allowed grocery stores to sell liquor along with wine and beer and eliminate the floor (minimum price) that alcohol could be sold for (but not under cost). Saf...
by Sean Devaney
February 16th, 2021, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Liquor Barn Memories...
Replies: 24
Views: 1586

Re: Liquor Barn Memories...

A brief history of Liquor Barn. The chain was originally started by Safeway around 1980 when the California fair trade law was repealed and allowed grocery stores to sell liquor along with wine and beer and eliminate the floor (minimum price) that alcohol could be sold for (but not under cost). Safe...
by Sean Devaney
February 14th, 2021, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?
Replies: 67
Views: 4075

Re: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?

I have read many great reviews of the 46 BV but it seems that it was a fantastic wine that Tchelistcheff was never able to repeat. I think Martin Ray may be the correct answer. I believe he planted his vineyard in Saratoga from cuttings that Paul Masson brought over from Burgundy after he was forced...
by Sean Devaney
February 14th, 2021, 8:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone have a source for hogget/yearling lamb in the US?
Replies: 10
Views: 462

Re: Anyone have a source for hogget/yearling lamb in the US?

Re Restaurant Depot. I think I read somewhere, maybe here, that they have opened to the public during the pandemic because of so many restaurants are closed or business is a fraction of what it was. Worth a call at least.
by Sean Devaney
February 11th, 2021, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 118
Views: 6842

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

In the book wasn't the wine a bottle of Petrus?
by Sean Devaney
February 10th, 2021, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 118
Views: 6842

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

I used to regularly read a column in the Wall Street Journal by Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher. Fantastic. Appointment reading. Honest, down to Earth, regular wine info but with a definite slant toward quality. They wrote a column about Sideways when it was in limited release in selected cities. K...
by Sean Devaney
February 5th, 2021, 2:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What happens if I drink my (approx ) 18 year old homemade beer??
Replies: 11
Views: 3024

Re: What happens if I drink my (approx ) 18 year old homemade beer??

A beer can collecting website that I use to visit had tales of a group of members, "Iron Gut's Local ###", that at collecting shows would open and share 50+year old cans and bottles of beer they had come across in their hobby. I never read any stories of anyone suffering anything life thre...
by Sean Devaney
February 5th, 2021, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 18 Lytton or geyserville?
Replies: 13
Views: 958

Re: 18 Lytton or geyserville?

Both?
by Sean Devaney
February 1st, 2021, 9:42 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Corks from bottling day wines
Replies: 1
Views: 305

Re: Corks from bottling day wines

Very cool Ken. I am lucky to have tried most of those wineries.
by Sean Devaney
January 31st, 2021, 10:45 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pliny the Yonger will be Bottled and Shipped in California
Replies: 35
Views: 2141

Re: Pliny the Yonger will be Bottled and Shipped in California

I would have liked to have seen this in 6-packs v. 12's. Would have spread everything around a little further, not sure if it would have matter though, a sell out that fast smells like bots. Hopefully the world is a better less COVID-y place this time next year and I can just go to the brewery and ...
by Sean Devaney
January 28th, 2021, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shakeup at Ridge
Replies: 40
Views: 6652

Re: Shakeup at Ridge

Thanks for the info. Must have been a hell of an offer.
by Sean Devaney
January 25th, 2021, 11:08 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 89
Views: 4836

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Ben I was thinking the same thing particularly about the Santa Cruz Mountains as the forecast is for up to 12 inches. Hope everyone stays safe.
by Sean Devaney
January 24th, 2021, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shakeup at Ridge
Replies: 40
Views: 6652

Re: Shakeup at Ridge

Wow. I think Ridge is in good hands with John and sad to see Eric go.
by Sean Devaney
January 21st, 2021, 5:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Growing mushrooms
Replies: 17
Views: 849

Re: Growing mushrooms

Well back in the day there were ad's for spores in the back of High Times. Oh wait...
by Sean Devaney
January 20th, 2021, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 92
Views: 5352

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

There are plenty of decent daily drinkers at TJ's. Pine Ridge Chenin/Vio, Loosen "Dr. L." Riesling, Dry Creek Vnyds Zin, and Chenin (unfortunately not available currently in N. CA), Ch. St. Michelle Riesling and some "opportunity buys" (Rosenblum Vintners Zin- $2.99). You can che...
by Sean Devaney
January 19th, 2021, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Wine pimps in history!
Replies: 23
Views: 4474

Re: Wine pimps in history!

What a story! Thanks.
by Sean Devaney
January 18th, 2021, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big 4-0!! A Few From 1980 (Dom P, Mouton, Silver Oak)
Replies: 35
Views: 1407

Re: The Big 4-0!! A Few From 1980 (Dom P, Mouton, Silver Oak)

Happy b-day Rich. Happy for you that you had great wines to celebrate youngster. It will be very costly and hard to track down any wines from my birth year.
by Sean Devaney
January 18th, 2021, 1:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 859
Views: 59571

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

The GoT Lagavulin is a steal. Was able to get it for $25 and the usual lament wish I bought more.
by Sean Devaney
January 14th, 2021, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 378
Views: 29940

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

That makes sense Matt. Thanks.
by Sean Devaney
January 14th, 2021, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 378
Views: 29940

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

BTW, my labels went in for approval with the text of "Contra Costa" on them an got rejected by the TTB, as Contra Costa is not an AVA. I have to put the full Contra Costa County on label. I thought it was an AVA for sure, but apparently it is not. To the extent of my knowledge, "Cont...
by Sean Devaney
January 14th, 2021, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Evangelho (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County)
Replies: 23
Views: 1049

Re: Me Too...

Thanks for the tasting note, Adam! I am excited that Ridge has resumed working with Contra Costa fruit. Me too, Drew. Now if we could only convince them to return to making Amador Zins. I've raised bloody hell w/ Draper about doing that. And the Esola fruit is still available to them, but not the E...
by Sean Devaney
January 12th, 2021, 11:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 700
Views: 47878

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Tri tip leftover ideas??? Sandwich is the obvious... dressed or paired how? Any other ideas? By happenstance, last night was eating a tri tip while watching Jeopardy and "tri tip"... or "what is the tri tip" was a correct response I’ve used it for Stroganoff and it was great. My...
by Sean Devaney
January 9th, 2021, 3:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Sour Brown Ale - still ok?
Replies: 9
Views: 560

Re: Old Sour Brown Ale - still ok?

NEVER pour a beer or wine straight down the sink without tasting it (unless you’re Charlie Fu and a baller). Really good sours and barley wines can easily do a decade if stored well. JW Lees used to have vintage releases that were 15+ years old; once you got too far past 10 years the year tended to...
by Sean Devaney
January 5th, 2021, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BevMo Accused of Bait and Switch
Replies: 73
Views: 6078

Re: BevMo Accused of Bait and Switch

No more. BevMo!, the secretly held wine and spirits retailer situated in California, is the subject of a legal claim that guarantees the organization occupied with a sleight of hand estimating system, attracting clients with costs for wine created during explicit years that were not accessible in i...
by Sean Devaney
January 1st, 2021, 8:47 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 42715

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Thanks to all the farmers, winemakers, industry pros and all the great questions posted on this (and years past) threads. This thread has been invaluable to me in my knowledge, understanding and appriciation of what it takes to put that bottle of liquid I love so much on my table. [cheers.gif]
by Sean Devaney
January 1st, 2021, 8:40 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 42715

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Thanks for your story and history Casey. Happy New Year.
by Sean Devaney
December 28th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extinct French grapes
Replies: 23
Views: 3272

Re: Extinct French grapes

Please forgive me if everything below is incorrect: · Abouriou - yes , 474 ha in France i(n 2006) . Perhaps there are other wine grapes that are found only in the New World, having been eliminated from their homelands over the passage of years. * According to this article , the Old World Winery Abo...
by Sean Devaney
December 27th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 275
Views: 16022

Re: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

It is good to hear that Big Basin is getting the fruit. I believe the other winery that was taking the Carignan was River Run Winery. I have one left that I will share with my brother when we can get together in the future. I miss JP. Thanks for chiming in, Sean!!! I initially thought that the last...
by Sean Devaney
December 26th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 563
Views: 42779

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

Great note on what sounds like an excellent bottle (color looks amazing through the glass). Love Ridge PS with age! I have a bottle of 85 (sisters birth-year) and an 80 Devil's Hill (my birth year) that im in no hurry to open, but very much looking forward to. That is a great birth year wine to hav...
by Sean Devaney
December 25th, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The zenith of score inflation?
Replies: 64
Views: 5493

Re: The zenith of score inflation?

As much as I dislike Suckling’s scores, there’s some validity to the approach in terms of aiding the consumer. But only if it’s clear how he’s doing his scoring, which it is not. He should really issue two scores if he’s going to take this approach... the first being an absolute score and the secon...
by Sean Devaney
December 24th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 275
Views: 16022

Re: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

It is good to hear that Big Basin is getting the fruit. I believe the other winery that was taking the Carignan was River Run Winery. I have one left that I will share with my brother when we can get together in the future. I miss JP.
by Sean Devaney
December 22nd, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: DeKalb Cnty BacoNoir Alabama Rouge....(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 502

Re: TN: DeKalb Cnty BacoNoir Alabama Rouge....(short/boring)

Thanks for taking one for the team Tom!

[barf.gif]

P.S. Where is Robert.A.Jr.? Seems this wine might be right up his ally.
by Sean Devaney
December 22nd, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa old guard vs. new guard
Replies: 33
Views: 3584

Re: Napa old guard vs. new guard

For a bit more Santa Cruz, Kathryn Kennedy any one? Great call on Katheryn Kennedy. Other old school producers from the Santa Cruz Mountains would be Mount Eden (mentioned above), Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard (wish they still made a Bates Ranch but the the Luchessi Vineyard is old school) and Woods...
by Sean Devaney
December 7th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 275
Views: 16022

Re: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

Btw, I heard recent hearsay that Ridge will be managing and taking the old Picchetti grapes again. No confirmation, but that would make sense. They made a major land swap with the open space, where never developed land is going to the district and former vineyard land is going to Ridge. Don't know ...
by Sean Devaney
December 7th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Estate
Replies: 14
Views: 706

Re: TN: 1990 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Estate

The 1990 vintage was great for Dehlinger Pinot's. Drank my last one about 10 years ago. Wish I had saved some.
by Sean Devaney
December 6th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 700
Views: 47878

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I’m finding it a bit of a challenge to cook a 2 lb tri tip and get the thick center cooked properly without overcooking the ends.  Grilling it off heat about 6 minutes and then a 2 minute sear.  I will try a slightly longer off heat today. I have not been able to log on in the past couple of months...
by Sean Devaney
November 30th, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Mayacamas cab-Verify what you are buying!
Replies: 11
Views: 1395

Re: 2016 Mayacamas cab-Verify what you are buying!

If the "store" purchased this through a sales rep and not through consignment then it is not possible that it is a "restaurant only wine not intended to be sold". If that was the case the rep wouldn't be able to sale it to the store. In the current state of the wine market with ...
by Sean Devaney
November 29th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 563
Views: 42779

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

I love the drinking window on that label [wow.gif]
by Sean Devaney
November 29th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1576
Views: 94997

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

That looks awesome Paul [cheers.gif]
by Sean Devaney
October 12th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines & Winemakers of the SantaCruzMtns
Replies: 31
Views: 2273

Re: Wines & Winemakers of the SantaCruzMtns

Fran (and her son, who some said is the splitting image of Dave) came to a friend's birthday party a few years ago and gave a long talk. Her favorite vintage still was that '59, which she noted many of their friends they gave bottles to probably made wine coolers out of. Many amusing stories, and p...
by Sean Devaney
October 5th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The NY Strip Steak is...
Replies: 86
Views: 3730

Re: The NY Strip Steak is...

Not overrated but not my first choice. My ranking: -Rib Eye -Rib Steak -Porterhouse (ideally from a butcher who knows to cut the filet side a little thicker). Don't get fooled by many stores selling "Porterhouse's" that are really t-bones. -Tri-tip (for a group) -Hanger (for a group) -Flan...
by Sean Devaney
September 26th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $1 per ton 2020 mt Veeder cab grapes for sale
Replies: 34
Views: 3286

Re: $1 per ton 2020 mt Veeder cab grapes for sale

David, the sf chronicle link I posted was about exactly that (making grappa from tainted grapes). Thanks. No benefits to being lazy. Couldn’t read it because of my adblocker There are disaster relief programs that cover wild fires for uninsured ag. I saw one set of advice where to qualify, making t...
by Sean Devaney
September 23rd, 2020, 11:38 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 42715

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Casey Hartlip wrote: September 23rd, 2020, 6:23 pm Done 510 tons, left 40+ in the field. Recap to follow.
Wow 40+! Was that from one of your big contracts pulling out? Hate to think about all the hard work that you and your crew put in and just to leave so much fruit hanging. SMH
by Sean Devaney
September 15th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chef’s Table BBQ
Replies: 42
Views: 3457

Re: Chef’s Table BBQ

I love the first two episodes. Would I like more info on techniques and "details" ? Yes. But I think this series in guided to wider audience not just us geeks.

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