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by Sean Devaney
June 22nd, 2019, 11:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Breakfast This Morning: Spanish Tortilla
Replies: 13
Views: 346

Re: Breakfast This Morning: Spanish Tortilla

So on average 36+ eggs a day [mouth-drop.gif]
by Sean Devaney
June 19th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ruby cabernet
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: ruby cabernet

Along with the Ridge MB Ruby Dickerson Vineyard also had a plot of Ruby in Napa that I believe was made by Joel Peterson.
by Sean Devaney
June 6th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 1875

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

They are awful. However they likely have the highest margin on fries in the business since the only people involved with the fries are a potato farmer and some minimum wage skater dude. One thing I give In 'n' Out credit for is they pay their employees above industry standards and even offer benefi...
by Sean Devaney
May 23rd, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis
Replies: 52
Views: 2637

Re: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis

Chris nailed it with his initial comment. I was at the Silicon Valley Wine Auction last Sunday and my favorite Chards were Mount Eden (both) and Neely's (sorry Sean_S.) Didn't get to the Fogarty wines. FWIW the three best SCM chards I've had have been the Mount Eden 85 and the Ridge 96 and 77 Monte ...
by Sean Devaney
May 20th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice short video of historic Saitone vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 239

Re: Nice short video of historic Saitone vineyard

Thanks for posting this Mike. W&S was one of the many highlights at last year HVS tasting.
by Sean Devaney
May 19th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article today about wineries in Berkeley
Replies: 12
Views: 379

Re: Article today about wineries in Berkeley

Another bit of Berkeley wine history - I know I've posted this before but it's pretty cool. A bottle of 1978 Pinot Noir that Travis Fretter made in the 805 Camelia Street building (pictured on the label) from Pinot grapes grown right in the neighborhood. chateau camelia 1978 berkeley pinot noir.jpg...
by Sean Devaney
May 19th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2303

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

I don't tip but I do send an email to the winery when I have an exceptional experience (or a poor one.) I have given a few bottles to tasting room staff over the years.
by Sean Devaney
May 18th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11999

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Had dinner last night with Eric Baugher, winemaker and COO of Ridge. He was upfront about the cutbacks. He was not happy that they had to do it, but the MB selection was only 30% of the harvest, so much less than normally anticipated. He said it was normally closer to 50%. As I read this it also me...
by Sean Devaney
May 16th, 2019, 11:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 228
Views: 11327

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Casey congrats on finding Gypsy. She looks darling.
by Sean Devaney
May 1st, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two for DinDin...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Hmmm...

I don't remember a Gavilan Cellars FC but I have fond memories of the Carmenet FC's Saviez Vineyard. Carmenet was part of the Chalone group IIRC.
by Sean Devaney
May 1st, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 228
Views: 11327

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Is it my imagination or is this early for clusters to be forming? Maybe a Gruner thing?
by Sean Devaney
April 22nd, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1980 Nevada City Cellars Zinfandel, Amador County. PAGING TOM HILL
Replies: 17
Views: 708

Re: TN: 1980 Nevada City Cellars Zinfandel, Amador County. PAGING TOM HILL

Tom did mention he was going to ask Derrell Corti about Nevada City Cellars. If he doesn't know a connection someone else has to come forward.
by Sean Devaney
April 22nd, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1980 Nevada City Cellars Zinfandel, Amador County. PAGING TOM HILL
Replies: 17
Views: 708

Re: TN: 1980 Nevada City Cellars Zinfandel, Amador County. PAGING TOM HILL

Man, I think Nevada City Cellars and Nevada City Winery are one in the same. We used to race bicycles and that was the first winery I ever visited. (Fake ID.) They had a...gasp!....white zin called Alpenglow that was drier than other white zins at the time and I found it palatable. (Plus, we'd drin...
by Sean Devaney
April 12th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Shocking finds at a Miami Costco today
Replies: 12
Views: 1881

Re: Shocking finds at a Miami Costco today

Just a WAG but I wonder if the distributor of KB in FL had to move x number of cases some wine and the buyer for Costco say "Hey I can help you out if you give me something good for my top stores." I bet it went to only a couple of stores.
by Sean Devaney
April 8th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin
Replies: 41
Views: 1668

Re: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin

Riedel Restaurant series wins on all counts. Cheap, very functional, replaceable. This. A good choice would be the Riedel Restaurant Syrah glass https://www.riedel.com/en-us/shop/riedel-restaurant/syrah-044601230 Buy at least twice as many as you are going to supply the cabin with as breakage is in...
by Sean Devaney
April 8th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1916
Views: 154391

Re: Steak Porn

Damn Michael that looks great!
by Sean Devaney
April 2nd, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1215
Views: 63449

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

But what did you "Pobega" with it [cheers.gif]

Looks awesome.
by Sean Devaney
March 24th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...
Replies: 52
Views: 1862

Re: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...

It would be fun to put a twist on this and serve some of the above recommended wines in black wine glasses for a true blind tasting.
by Sean Devaney
March 18th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses
Replies: 56
Views: 2008

Re: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses

My primary glasses are Riedel restaurant series syrah glasses that I will use the dishwasher for when I have company-no issues. I mostly hand wash my glasses with a dedicated sponge and Dawn. My higher end glasses are always hand washed.
by Sean Devaney
March 16th, 2019, 2:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" zinfandel
Replies: 26
Views: 777

Re: 2005 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" zinfandel

That wine was marked at 14.5% but I can't imagine it was below 15.5%, which it could legally be with the margin of error. It was hard to understand how it could get that raisiny, though, even at 15.5%. Perhaps it was picked very late and watered back to 15.5%. In the FWIW column once a wine crosses...
by Sean Devaney
March 11th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?
Replies: 87
Views: 3998

Re: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?

Thanks for the link Drew, nice article.
by Sean Devaney
March 6th, 2019, 11:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 330
Views: 16949

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Madera 206 acres! There must be some story behind that number.
by Sean Devaney
March 4th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 1899

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

There was a winery in Sonoma -- Carmenet, I think -- that made some really stellar chenins back in the 80s and/or early 90s from very old vines. There was some change in ownership or marketing (Carmenet was owned by Chalone) and that wine disappeared. (Probably planted over to merlot or something o...
by Sean Devaney
March 1st, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flooding in Sonoma County
Replies: 53
Views: 3057

Re: Flooding in Sonoma County

Wow! That looks like they flipped the before and after pics. Do you know who's yard that is?
by Sean Devaney
February 5th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 228
Views: 11327

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Great pic Paul. Do you have to do anything special as far as vineyard prep?
by Sean Devaney
February 4th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2015 DRC Vintage
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: 2015 DRC Vintage

Welcome aboard Bryan but this should be posted in the wine talk forum. Take a look around, always happy to have wino's from the North participate here [cheers.gif]
by Sean Devaney
February 4th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1215
Views: 63449

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

[cheers.gif] to your wife. Pass on my respect and you are one lucky man.
by Sean Devaney
February 4th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1215
Views: 63449

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Damn Tom those are some great looking pies!
by Sean Devaney
January 29th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I am a CT delinquent.
Replies: 112
Views: 3394

Re: I am a CT delinquent.

I never found CT quite as early, but still an old geezer. It took me a couple of months work to research and enter my wines from old invoices when I should have been working as I used my work computer. That's how I found CT ten years ago, a few months later Berserkers. I think I have finally come t...
by Sean Devaney
January 26th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Casual hot sauce & mustard recommendation
Replies: 10
Views: 569

Re: Casual hot sauce & mustard recommendation

For a casual mustard (and dirt cheap) Trader Joe's Dijon is hard to beat.

I will try to hunt down Baron-sounds great.
by Sean Devaney
January 22nd, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Recent Arrivals....(long/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 293

Re: TN: Some Recent Arrivals....(long/boring)

Ser: Nicole Walsh is doing a terrific job and is someone to keep an eye on. Wines of wonderful purity.
by Sean Devaney
January 22nd, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I am a CT delinquent.
Replies: 112
Views: 3394

Re: I am a CT delinquent.

Neal.Mollen wrote:
January 21st, 2019, 4:10 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
January 21st, 2019, 4:02 pm
I knew this was a WAY old thread when I saw Melissa McCall's name as the OP!
Yeah! I thought she was back!
My first thought too! Miss that slightly buzzed fluzy.
by Sean Devaney
January 20th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron Wine Judging Results
Replies: 35
Views: 1835

Re: SFChron Wine Judging Results

Has anyone heard of most of these winners? I have never tasted any of them. The only thing worse than these winners is that the general public will pay $70 to taste this crap. There are plenty of good wines poured at this event. Your crap comment is letting your inner wine snob show. Blind tasting ...
by Sean Devaney
January 19th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California’s great old vine Zinfandel vineyards
Replies: 507
Views: 45556

Re: California’s great old vine Zinfandel vineyards

Not familiar with that vineyard, and you probably know this, Rodney Strong now owns Davis Bynum so there is that connection.
by Sean Devaney
January 17th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?
Replies: 36
Views: 1064

Re: Interesting sticker - your thought?

There was an old-line Italian winery in Napa (the name eludes me now) that sold a moscato that was not very stable. The sold it refrigerated only and told visitors not to leave it in a hot car. Anyone remember that? Maybe Louis Martini? I worked in a wine shop back when I was going to college and a...
by Sean Devaney
January 14th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Winter Is Coming
Replies: 1
Views: 244

Re: Winter Is Coming

HBO is going all out to capitalize on the last season of GOT. Along with Scotchs Ommegang has released three different GOT beers and rumor has it more in the pipeline.

Would like to try the Oban and Lagavulin editions but not spending the $'s.
by Sean Devaney
January 8th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 330
Views: 16949

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

A winery to add to your list is Holly's Hill up in El Dorado County. They make a couple Mourvedre's and blends.
by Sean Devaney
January 7th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley: The 52 California Wineries to Visit in 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1467

Re: Esther Mobley: The 52 California Wineries to Visit in 2019

G. Bienstock wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Interesting list, no Foothill mentions though.
Yep. A huge hole in the list. It is easy to pick six wineries from Amador and El Dorado alone not to mention Lodi and Calaveras among others.
by Sean Devaney
January 6th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?
Replies: 42
Views: 1261

Re: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?

Didn’t one of the earlier wine boards do this as a group? Can’t remember if it was eRP or wino-depot? Yep, Gary Vaynerchuck. Some of us did more than others. I was intimately involved in the project. Met Gary on his wine cruise and offered to help. IIRC westcoastwine.net also did this one year to m...
by Sean Devaney
January 4th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 228
Views: 11327

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Another couple of questions on that vineyard: do you know who planted it? Who is getting the fruit now?

Damn that is quite a bit of growth on the ground.
by Sean Devaney
January 4th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great wine label blurbs - post your best
Replies: 11
Views: 660

Re: Great wine label blurbs - post your best

In 1937 the village philosopher of Santa Cruz, California, was quite perturbed and apprehensive that the local bottle shop might run out of his favorite meridional wine, which was transported by dirigible from the Rhone. His deepest forebodings were realized when an added cargo of Bordeaux unbalanc...
by Sean Devaney
December 29th, 2018, 10:25 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 31603

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Thanks to all the participants in this thread. It is a must read for me [cheers.gif]
by Sean Devaney
December 22nd, 2018, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting OldVines in Whites??
Replies: 34
Views: 806

Re: Damn....

Chalone used to make an OV FrenchColombard from the CyrilSaviez/NapaVlly vnyd, but that vnyd has been pulled I believe. Probably for Merlot!! [snort.gif] Tom I believe that was under the Carmenet label that was owned by the Chalone Group. A great wine that I enjoyed many bottles of and fun to pour ...
by Sean Devaney
December 22nd, 2018, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wineries Have Dropped Off Your Radar Screen??
Replies: 59
Views: 3772

Re: What Wineries Have Dropped Off Your Radar Screen??

Charles Shaw. Can't believe they stopped producing their Napa Gamay. Don't even start on the recent price increases...
by Sean Devaney
December 20th, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congrats to Ian Brand...
Replies: 19
Views: 1852

Congrats to Ian Brand...

...named SF Chronicle's winemaker of the year. [cheers.gif]

https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/articl ... o-16663173

(Sorry if this behind a pay wall and if it has been posted already).
by Sean Devaney
December 11th, 2018, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You ever get free wine?
Replies: 39
Views: 1667

Re: You ever get free wine?

Worked a day at a winery during harvest and got a free assorted case of wine. I have worked winery festival events and helped bottle wine a few times and received wine as compensation but do not include that as "free" as I was trading labor for wine. BTW I jump at every chance I get to do this as t...
by Sean Devaney
December 11th, 2018, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet
Replies: 41
Views: 3426

Re: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet

Back in early '90s, when Trader Joe's was still a CA only company with not that many stores to fill they were incredible for wine and alcohol finds, they only needed to find small distributor closeouts to still be able to spread them across a limited number of stores and I recall buying good Bords,...
by Sean Devaney
December 11th, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You ever get free wine?
Replies: 39
Views: 1667

Re: You ever get free wine?

Twice. A free bottle of 1988 Caymus SS Cab from the winery for attending what was suppose to be a tasting and vineyard tour but rain had made the vineyard too muddy to do the tour. Consolation prize? The second was a bottle of "Bitch" Australian Grenache from The Wine Club. I had bought a bottle as ...
by Sean Devaney
December 6th, 2018, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CH Lot 669 2014 SRH Chardonnay Sandhi? (Confirmed)
Replies: 31
Views: 2278

Re: CH Lot 669 2014 SRH Chardonnay Sandhi? (Confirmed)

I believe the free shipping thing is someone's cautionary interpretation...and so far not more than that. It's illegal (for a TTB/ABC licensed entity) to give alcohol away for free. The worry is using free in 'free shipping' would invoke that law/regulation. But tasting rooms give free tastes, and ...
by Sean Devaney
December 5th, 2018, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wedding Wine Thoughts?
Replies: 34
Views: 1214

Re: Wedding Wine Thoughts?

Congrats Kirk! Looks like you have 85+ servings of the wines you are planning to pour for the 18 or so drinkers so you should be fine. You might want to have one of your wedding party be designated to open the wines and be sure to get your own tastes of wines you want to try early as you and your br...

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