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by Sean Devaney
May 4th, 2021, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California’s great old vine Zinfandel vineyards
Replies: 605
Views: 60840

Re: California’s great old vine Zinfandel vineyards

Many thanks for posting these Clyde.
by Sean Devaney
May 3rd, 2021, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP: DavidBruce/SCM Legend...
Replies: 24
Views: 1440

Re: RIP: DavidBruce/SCM Legend...

It seemed to me that the winery underwent various transitions. Until 1980 they were doing crazy things, like the late harvest chardonnay, then they were kinda normal during the 80s. Then the Loma Prieta earthquake struck a few miles down the road. The cellar was on the cover of the Spectator, barre...
by Sean Devaney
May 2nd, 2021, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Thunder Mountain Cabernet, Beauregard Ranch
Replies: 23
Views: 677

Re: TN: 1997 Thunder Mountain Cabernet, Beauregard Ranch

Killer stuff....where is Cienega Valley and why isn't it littered with Cab Franc vines? Cienega Valley is South of Santa Clara Co. and East of Monterey Co. Very close to the Pacific Ocean/Monterey Bay. For a great thread on the Vineyards and wineries that source grapes from their check out Drew Goi...
by Sean Devaney
May 2nd, 2021, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cabernet Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1021

Re: California Cabernet Question

Sorry I can't really give an informed vote as I have a limited experience with Mayacamas Mtn cabs other than some Monte Rosso's, Pride and a couple of Mayacamas Vineyards cabs compared to hundreds of Santa Cruz Mountains cabs. What I have had the comparison is accurate but again too little experienc...
by Sean Devaney
April 29th, 2021, 12:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 307
Views: 42388

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Seems like Blanton's is the TW participation trophy [scratch.gif] FWIW BevMo had an email blast offering Blanton's about a week or two ago.
by Sean Devaney
April 29th, 2021, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California’s great old vine Zinfandel vineyards
Replies: 605
Views: 60840

Re: California’s great old vine Zinfandel vineyards

FWIW Siduri did make at least one Leon Millot from Oregon grapes some years ago.
by Sean Devaney
April 29th, 2021, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma Visit
Replies: 25
Views: 1149

Re: Sonoma Visit

While I love both Holdredge and Seghesio suggestions Brian is visiting the town of Sonoma not Healdsburg neener
by Sean Devaney
April 28th, 2021, 1:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?
Replies: 39
Views: 1940

Re: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?

Scott G r u n e r wrote: wait, no one is drinking proper12? I have never had it, but somebody must be drinking it, given this. https://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/31346618/conor-mcgregor-sells-majority-whiskey-brand-proper-no-twelve-600m Marketing and funny money. If a celeb is attached, generally ...
by Sean Devaney
April 24th, 2021, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Bottles a "*****" Vineyard" Zinfandel?
Replies: 63
Views: 4471

Re: Who Bottles a "*****" Vineyard" Zinfandel?

Gabe Berk wrote: April 23rd, 2021, 3:23 pm Bacigalupi Vineyard, Russian River:

Williams-Selyem
Passalacqua Winery
St. Francis Winery
T-Vine Winery
Bacigalupi Vineyards & Winery
Wonderment Wines
You can add Matrix Winery to your list https://store.matrixwinery.com/2018-bac ... -p210.aspx
by Sean Devaney
April 18th, 2021, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: old zin question
Replies: 5
Views: 462

Re: old zin question

I was wondering if you would mention Ridge, since their Geyserville is never all Zin . I have run into it with some of the uber-ripe Zins, but not Ridge. *Thread drift alert* The bolded part in not accurate per the percentage on the labels. 1980 was labeled as 100% Zin (from hillside vineyards!), 1...
by Sean Devaney
April 17th, 2021, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: BonnyDoon LeCigareVolant CentralCoast '19...(short/boring)
Replies: 14
Views: 668

Re: TN: BonnyDoon LeCigareVolant CentralCoast '19...(short/boring)

The new Cigare showed up at ArroyoVino at a suspiciously low price: 1. BonnyDoonVnyd LeCigareVolant CentralCoast (56% Grenache/30% Cinsault/13% Syrah/1% PetiteSirah; 13.5%; www.BonnyDoonVineyard.com) KingCity 2019 : Med.color; rather fragrant/bit strawberry/Grenache quite herbal rather vegetal (can...
by Sean Devaney
April 16th, 2021, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Touriga producers in California?
Replies: 22
Views: 859

Re: Touriga producers in California?

Uli K. wrote: April 16th, 2021, 1:55 pm
Sean Devaney wrote: April 16th, 2021, 10:06 am
Sean_S wrote: April 16th, 2021, 9:55 am
Im down for meeting up if you ever want to taste there.

Sean
Hey Sean would definitely like to meet up when things get closer back to normal. [cheers.gif]
Can people who aren’t named Sean attend?
Click to see spoiler:
Mind if we call you Bruce?
Only wine lovers [cheers.gif]
by Sean Devaney
April 16th, 2021, 10:57 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What's Your Favorite Widely Available Bourbon / Rye?
Replies: 32
Views: 1463

Re: What's Your Favorite Widely Available Bourbon / Rye?

FWIW Texas and Florida get huge allocations of Weller's line up. I can't remember the Berserker who post here a few years ago about being able to purchase 750, 1.0 and 1.75's while visiting. About 4-5 years ago my cousin in Austin could always find Weller there.
by Sean Devaney
April 16th, 2021, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Touriga producers in California?
Replies: 22
Views: 859

Re: Touriga producers in California?

Im down for meeting up if you ever want to taste there. Jeff typically makes 3 different touriga's They do a Touriga Nacional Touriga Franca and Touriga (A blend of the two). Their Graciano and Castelão are pretty damn good too..... Sean Hey Sean would definitely like to meet up when things get clo...
by Sean Devaney
April 15th, 2021, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Touriga producers in California?
Replies: 22
Views: 859

Re: Touriga producers in California?

Great suggestion Mark. FWIW you probably know that Quinta Cruz is a label for Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard for their Spanish and Portuguese varieties. Sean: since you are in San Jose it is an easy drive to SCMV tasting room in Santa Cruz or you can order straight from them https://www.santacruzmount...
by Sean Devaney
April 15th, 2021, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Ser Cabernet Pfeffer Wirz Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: TN: 2017 Ser Cabernet Pfeffer Wirz Vineyard

Thanks for the note Adam. I am a big fan of Nicole's wines.
by Sean Devaney
April 12th, 2021, 3:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Store shorted by distributor on allocated whiskey
Replies: 9
Views: 673

Re: Store shorted by distributor on allocated whiskey

I would do as suggested and ask for any other bottle they have that you want. Next ask to be put at the front of the line for the next release. Alternatively you can suggest a solution that would make you happy. If none of these come to be get your money back asap and move on.
by Sean Devaney
April 10th, 2021, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 293
Views: 17856

Re: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

I had the Lime Kiln Zin back in the day but it was one of Ridge's lesser ATP wines. In the early years Calera did make a couple of zins from Lime Kiln AVA grapes. The Doe Mill was a favorite. I think the Monterey Peninsula Winery also made zin from there but not sure.
by Sean Devaney
April 10th, 2021, 10:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2633
Views: 227127

Re: Steak Porn

Andrew Kotowski wrote: April 9th, 2021, 7:15 pm Kids had pizza and the wine told me she wasn’t hungry so... I got a steak. Next thing I know, both older kids bring plates and sit down at the table, and my wife start picking at the rib cap. WTF?!?
Well that's the problem right there: you listened to the wine neener
by Sean Devaney
April 9th, 2021, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Wine store recommendations in the SW
Replies: 2
Views: 732

Re: Wine store recommendations in the SW

I would suggest posting this request in the main wine forum. A pm to Tom Hill may get you some some recs.
by Sean Devaney
April 4th, 2021, 10:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dilly Dog
Replies: 6
Views: 638

Re: Dilly Dog

Even Disney is getting in on the act. https://www.sfgate.com/disneyland/artic ... -Spotlight
by Sean Devaney
March 31st, 2021, 4:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dilly Dog
Replies: 6
Views: 638

Re: Dilly Dog

I all most always steer away from stunt foods but I would try that in a heartbeat.

Confession: Corn Dogs are a guilty pleasure for me.
by Sean Devaney
March 28th, 2021, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?
Replies: 148
Views: 9290

Re: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?

1966 Rocha Vintage Port, bottled by Ridge. From What I know already, and awaiting more info from Ridge, they bought a Port cask of this and bottled the contents themselves so they could have the cask. Will report when I hear back from Ridge. Ridge also bought some Bordeaux (can't remember the Ch.) ...
by Sean Devaney
March 27th, 2021, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rant - shipment notices from anonymous 3rd party shippers with no winery notice
Replies: 33
Views: 1122

Re: Rant - shipment notices from anonymous 3rd party shippers with no winery notice

Steve Gautier wrote: March 27th, 2021, 6:04 am I received my “Kismit” shipping notice email from VinFillment this morning. It lists the 3 Once & Future wines I bought at the bottom of the email.
Me too. Maybe this thread lit a fire under someone [scratch.gif]
by Sean Devaney
March 26th, 2021, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rant - shipment notices from anonymous 3rd party shippers with no winery notice
Replies: 33
Views: 1122

Re: Rant - shipment notices from anonymous 3rd party shippers with no winery notice

I don't order direct from many wineries (rarely retailers) but I almost always receive a tracking number from the winery and the carrier.
by Sean Devaney
March 25th, 2021, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 9084
Views: 1429532

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

I enjoyed the show. It was nice to be able to put faces with the names. I did notice that Don was less hirsute than his avatar would lead one the believe [wow.gif]
by Sean Devaney
March 25th, 2021, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wilson Artisan Wineries/Sonoma question
Replies: 7
Views: 322

Re: Wilson Artisan Wineries/Sonoma question

I have enjoyed Mazzocco and Pezzi King for their Zinfandels. Matrix has been a little more hit or miss-Pinot is their main focus here. In Anderson Valley I would stop by Greenwood Ridge. I haven't had their wines since the Wilson take over but always enjoyed them in the past. Bonus is they are right...
by Sean Devaney
March 17th, 2021, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: when drunk how to sober up ?
Replies: 71
Views: 4501

Re: when drunk how to sober up ?

I must be the only one but, WTF IS THIS THREAD ABOUT?!? Did someone, a first time poster, come on an ask about hangover cures or something? I must have missed it. That, or I'm a moron...which is entirely likely. It looks like the first post was deleted after quite a few replies, but to me it seemed...
by Sean Devaney
March 15th, 2021, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?
Replies: 257
Views: 11317

Re: Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?

This thread coming back to life is great. A winery that I forgot to mention was Congress Springs. Some great Chards, Pinots and estate Zin. Now Savannah Chanell. I've haven't visited there in the last few months but they appear to still be in business. Very popular local winery. I don't see them go...
by Sean Devaney
March 13th, 2021, 8:38 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Last One Folks!
Replies: 8
Views: 953

Re: Last One Folks!

Hey Casey I am sad that you will be leaving farming but happy you are doing it on your terms and going out on top. Your participation on the weather/farming thread has been invaluable to me. [cheers.gif]
by Sean Devaney
March 12th, 2021, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?
Replies: 257
Views: 11317

Re: Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?

I just recalled one I bought a lot of back in the early 90s. I searched for the brand, Cinnabar (Santa Cruz Mountains) and saw they are still around though no longer making 'Fox Hollow Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon. Polished, earthy and must have been cheap! 😯 Cinnabar was probably the first wine I ...
by Sean Devaney
March 12th, 2021, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine aged in mesquite
Replies: 32
Views: 1247

Re: Wine aged in mesquite

My guess is the wine is made with mesquite and hickory wood chips. I can't imagine a mesquite "shrub" being made into a barrel.

Come on someone take one for the team.
by Sean Devaney
March 11th, 2021, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Navarro Pinot and Chardonnay question
Replies: 18
Views: 561

Re: Navarro Pinot and Chardonnay question

Superb values, very good to outstanding wines and some of the best people to deal with. A must stop if you are ever in Anderson Valley.
by Sean Devaney
March 10th, 2021, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?
Replies: 257
Views: 11317

Re: Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?

This thread coming back to life is great. A winery that I forgot to mention was Congress Springs. Some great Chards, Pinots and estate Zin. Now Savannah Chanell.
by Sean Devaney
March 9th, 2021, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extinct French grapes
Replies: 30
Views: 3819

Re: Extinct French grapes

Mourtaou = Cabernet Pfeffer; on my list to try. I'm sure that Tom Hill can recommend some wines. Not Tom Hill but can recommend Ser Winery Cabernet Pferrer (http://www.serwinery.com/) and Kenneth Volk (https://www.volkwines.com/). The Volk website seems out of date and am not sure if the winery is ...
by Sean Devaney
February 27th, 2021, 10:13 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 17093
Views: 504285

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Eugene Bayani wrote: February 26th, 2021, 10:15 pm San Miguel Pale Pilsen!
I have fond memories of the PP being a nice hot weather beer. Haven't seen it for years. Is it brewed in the Philippines or contracted out as the other SM offerings?
by Sean Devaney
February 27th, 2021, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has this ever happened to you…?
Replies: 9
Views: 857

Re: Has this ever happened to you…?

3 or 4 times in the 35+ years of drinking wine. Have also had two corks in the bottle a couple of times, a half cork once (post #7) and multiple times of 2 capsules or none.

Edit to add the half cork was a 1990 Caymus SS drank around 2005. The wine was fine.
by Sean Devaney
February 23rd, 2021, 10:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone Have Any Info On Martin Zwick?
Replies: 47
Views: 3147

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: 47
Views: 3147

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: 183
Views: 12301

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: 183
Views: 12301

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: 4359

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: 1677

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: 1677

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: 1677

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: 4359

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: 972

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: 121
Views: 7498

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: 121
Views: 7498

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: 3548

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...

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