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by T. Altmayer
August 14th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walter Scott Fall Release
Replies: 6
Views: 565

Re: Walter Scott Fall Release

c fu wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Gotta get me some of that gamay
Thanks again for the recommendation last year, I’m in for a bunch this year.
by T. Altmayer
August 13th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 39
Views: 1265

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

Sunday Suppers at Lucques -- So many dinner parties from this book Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking -- Hard to top this for Italian Flour Water Salt Yeast -- favorite bread book Sweet by Ottolenghi -- hard to chose between his books, but this one is really fun Cook's Illustrated Cookbook -- the...
by T. Altmayer
August 5th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25509

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Darren Delmore’s bizarre and racist post should be addressed by the moderators, if not get him banned. Latinos in the Anderson Valley? Is he sure they weren’t Ugandans in disguise? Why should Rhys not be unmarked? I understand that locals without money or vineyards prefer growers who are open to th...
by T. Altmayer
August 4th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25509

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Darren Delmore wrote:
August 4th, 2019, 1:16 am
Rhys was unmarked and had Latino guys in Ford Explorers living there when I was there, within view of the grungy, loc’d out Navarro Store, where we would all be simply dubbed as “wine and cheesers.”
What the hell is this supposed to mean?!?!? I guess they should have hired Caucasians?
by T. Altmayer
July 22nd, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8184

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Very sad.
by T. Altmayer
July 19th, 2019, 10:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 871
Views: 44439

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Just had a nice dinner at Redbird.

Rabbit pasta dish was insane. Duck course was laughably small. Pork course was laughably big. Both tasted good. Fun space.
Redbird is underrated IMO.
by T. Altmayer
July 19th, 2019, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine experiences in Napa
Replies: 22
Views: 1381

Re: Wine experiences in Napa

c fu wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Steve Crawford wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 12:18 pm
american oak and 'fun' don't belong in the same sentence unless it's a spirit, sorry.
Monte bello disagrees with you.
+1
by T. Altmayer
July 17th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 331
Views: 28209

Re: Your Gin?

Steve Gautier wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Sipsmith with grapefruit is great as well.
Grapefruit in the summer; rosemary and peppercorns in the winter for our G&Ts.
by T. Altmayer
July 10th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4 MAGnificent champagnes : 06` Taittinger Comtes, Billecart-Salmon Rose, Agrapart Terriors, 07` Cristal
Replies: 20
Views: 985

Re: 4 MAGnificent champagnes : 06` Taittinger Comtes, Billecart-Salmon Rose, Agrapart Terriors, 07` Cristal

Looks like a great night! Had the Comtes a few weeks ago and it was one of the "good" bottles and it was absolutely fantastic. Had about 7 or 8 of them over the past couple of years and only had one that was subpar. Can't wait to try the 07 Cristal, but only have a couple so I'm going to hold off fo...
by T. Altmayer
July 8th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 9
Views: 615

Re: TN: 2004 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

My favorite producer in CDP, always seems to produce a wonderful wine. Glad to hear this vintage was no different. Haven't had it in a while, but I remember liking 04 quite a bit.
by T. Altmayer
July 8th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto Champagne vs. White
Replies: 21
Views: 1211

Re: Zalto Champagne vs. White

I use the Zalto Universal and love it.
by T. Altmayer
July 7th, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 331
Views: 28209

Re: Your Gin?

Plymouth and Botanist are the classic martinis in my house. Monkey 47 is excellent (if not a bit expensive) and love Silent Pool as well. Little Bird if you can find it in London makes a lovely G&T.
by T. Altmayer
June 18th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: South Bay LA - August Offline (Planning)
Replies: 6
Views: 1234

Re: South Bay LA - August Offline (Planning)

Would love to make it but being in Pasadena makes it a bit tough. But, if you find a date and theme, I'll see what I can do.
by T. Altmayer
June 18th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Margaritas for a Crowd
Replies: 33
Views: 1601

Re: Margaritas for a Crowd

https://www.instacart.com/products/23856-365-100-organic-lime-juice-10-fl-oz?utm_campaign=taurus&utm_content=retailer_product&utm_medium=web&utm_source=instacart_seo This is widely available at Whole Foods by me. Is it ideal? No. But it's a very, very good substitute and saves the trouble of juicin...
by T. Altmayer
June 18th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Margaritas for a Crowd
Replies: 33
Views: 1601

Re: Margaritas for a Crowd

You can squeeze ahead of time and freeze the lime juice. I think it’s about a lime and a half to 2 for us per Margarita. That's my problem, I'm figuring about 70 drinks (quite a few college kids) and that means well over a hundred limes. Just trying to think if concentrate or some other solution is...
by T. Altmayer
June 18th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Margaritas for a Crowd
Replies: 33
Views: 1601

Re: Margaritas for a Crowd

You can squeeze ahead of time and freeze the lime juice. I think it’s about a lime and a half to 2 for us per Margarita. That's my problem, I'm figuring about 70 drinks (quite a few college kids) and that means well over a hundred limes. Just trying to think if concentrate or some other solution is...
by T. Altmayer
June 17th, 2019, 10:11 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Margaritas for a Crowd
Replies: 33
Views: 1601

Margaritas for a Crowd

Having a going away party for my son for about 70. We will be having a variety of drinks, but the main drink will be margaritas. Any recipes for large batch margaritas without having to squeeze a hundred limes? Would rather not resort to a mix, but if someone has a very good brand, that might work t...
by T. Altmayer
June 17th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 224
Views: 14620

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

Chris Freemott wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 8:07 pm
WB folks, if you break one - go to the site, drop a glass in your cart and use REPLACEMENT - this drops the price to $10 (yes, I check you knuckleheads...) for the breakage warranty for WB participants.
Thanks Chris
by T. Altmayer
June 13th, 2019, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 47
Views: 5751

Re: Marcassin

I’ve been treated rudely by more than one winery and they have lost my business (Araujo when they were at their pinnacle comes to mind). Not defending Marcassin in particular as I have no dog in this fight, just seems a bit harsh given the appearance of it being a simple mistake, but we all have our...
by T. Altmayer
June 13th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 47
Views: 5751

Re: Marcassin

It's probably a lot easier for the local folks. But I ordered from them last year to ship to Texas. They had me call and get shipping rates. I wrote a check and mailed it in. Then they said the amount was too much, they voided my check and they transferred the wine to Wine Country shipping. So then...
by T. Altmayer
June 13th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 47
Views: 5751

Re: Marcassin

Is this wine worth the pain of dealing with them? I passed on an allocation last year because of the pain of ordering/payment/shipping. I'm wondering if that was the correct path. I don't get it, what is the "pain of dealing with them"? Other than not knowing when the next offering will come out, I...
by T. Altmayer
June 5th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 570
Views: 30394

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

When doing a temp check on a Brisket, where do you probe, the point or the flat? If you want 195 degrees, big difference between the flat and the rest of the brisket. Last time, I felt like the flat was overdone.
by T. Altmayer
June 4th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 747
Views: 47227

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

For my son's graduation, we opened an 05 Dom Rose. The aromatics on the Dom Rose are one of the reasons I continue to buy and this one was no different. Surprisingly, the wine was fairly open for business, although we did let it sit in the bottle for a while after opening. Gorgeous color and great f...
by T. Altmayer
June 4th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 244
Views: 14193

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

I absolutely love the shape and feel of the 1855. They are so thin, however, and I've already had one break. I no longer put those in the dish drawer and will wash by hand. I think they are great for Bordeaux, Cab, Syrah, California Chardonnay and California Pinot.
by T. Altmayer
June 3rd, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn release
Replies: 20
Views: 3397

Re: Next of Kyn release

I had to give it up this year. Really like the wine, but hard to justify SQN, Third Twin and NOK.
by T. Altmayer
May 29th, 2019, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR
Replies: 56
Views: 4310

Re: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR

QPR Napa cabs are difficult to find, but not impossible. 2015 Picayune Cab for $30 from Envoyer was lovely tonight, a wine that I would buy at $50.
by T. Altmayer
May 29th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Pairing for Peking Duck
Replies: 58
Views: 2620

Re: Best Pairing for Peking Duck

I've supported this lonely position - that there are objective standards of quality which go along with the subjective - in many a thread on this board, and realize it is not a popular one. But I believe in it strongly enough that I will continue to state it, even if I'm alone in its support. you a...
by T. Altmayer
May 8th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3604

Re: What's your house champagne?

Billecart Salmon Rose or Ruinart BdB. My wife doesn’t love sparklers so when we do open one, its a little nice than a “house” wine
by T. Altmayer
May 1st, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Recommendations - St Emilion
Replies: 4
Views: 272

Re: Restaurant Recommendations - St Emilion

A couple of years ago, we had lunch here and it was wonderful: https://www.logisdelacadene.fr/restaurant/
by T. Altmayer
April 29th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 331
Views: 28209

Re: Your Gin?

Just had some great small batch gin in London called Little Bird. Botanicals include grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Made a wonderfully refreshing G&T with Fever Tree Mediterranean and a slice of grapefruit.
by T. Altmayer
April 15th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PIZZA RUSTICA
Replies: 1
Views: 315

Re: PIZZA RUSTICA

Looks pretty authentic, have it every year on the Saturday of Easter. And yes, you will need a bit of a salad or vegetables to with it. :)
by T. Altmayer
April 1st, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Consistently superb: Flannery
Replies: 58
Views: 2825

Re: Consistently superb: Flannery

cjsavino wrote:
April 1st, 2019, 2:42 pm
Flannery Fools day sales, 30% off Ca reserve strips, KC strips, and T bones
Picked up some T-bones, they are my son's favorite and they don't seem to go on sale that often.
by T. Altmayer
March 31st, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?
Replies: 93
Views: 4150

Re: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?

05 Savigny's have been very nice, especially Bize and Pavelot.
by T. Altmayer
March 20th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Advice re Normandy and Brittany
Replies: 68
Views: 4939

Re: Advice re Normandy and Brittany

Thanks Andrew, I forgot about your amazing thread. Now I've got more reading to do on Paris links.
by T. Altmayer
March 20th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Advice re Normandy and Brittany
Replies: 68
Views: 4939

Re: Advice re Normandy and Brittany

Thanks Mark!
by T. Altmayer
March 19th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Advice re Normandy and Brittany
Replies: 68
Views: 4939

Re: Advice re Normandy and Brittany

Anyone have any advice about staying in Normandy. We were going to take the train and stay (maybe Honfleur), but it looks like we would need to rent a car out there just to get around after our tour. Any thoughts.
by T. Altmayer
March 15th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you not buy today?
Replies: 70
Views: 3364

Re: What wine did you not buy today?

Vins Rare had a nice offering of 2008 Champagnes and I had to use two hands to hit the delete button rather than go directly to the site for a purchase.
by T. Altmayer
March 14th, 2019, 9:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 331
Views: 28209

Re: Your Gin?

Current favorites are Plymouth (so classic), Botanist (classic but with a slight twist) and Silent Pool (Botanist, even more so).
by T. Altmayer
March 13th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heeee's Back - Gary V.
Replies: 32
Views: 2366

Re: Heeee's Back - Gary V.

Image

At least he's not wearing his lame hipster hat.
by T. Altmayer
March 6th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 8386

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

Spottswoode used to make a lovely SB, but haven’t had it in a while. Don’t mind a full-bodied SB, but unfotunately I’ve found too many from Napa have a bit of heat to them.
by T. Altmayer
February 25th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Replies: 180
Views: 9139

Re: TN: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

Opened one last night and this was exceptional. Great nose and the palate really blossomed after a half hour or so. This was significantly better than my last bottle over the holidays which seemed closed. I've got a 2000 lined up for my son's high school graduation in a few months. I think the 00 ha...
by T. Altmayer
February 25th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 13300

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I've been on the futures list for about 12 years now and buy only the Monte Bello.
by T. Altmayer
February 15th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anybody buying the latest Blankiet release ?
Replies: 11
Views: 683

Re: Anybody buying the latest Blankiet release ?

Under Graeme, they are making really nice wines. Went to a tasting there somewhat recently. This offering is a bit more than I’m comfortable with (just bought one bottle), but their Prince of Hearts line is also very good.
by T. Altmayer
February 13th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4806

Re: Rhys offer

Frank Murray III wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Fwiw, my perspective on these from tasting the last year.
You’re killing me. I’m trying to show restraint with my budget. Two kids in college are killing me.
by T. Altmayer
February 13th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anybody buy Pride Wines anymore?
Replies: 37
Views: 2030

Re: Does anybody buy Pride Wines anymore?

My brother in law is on their list and I always enjoy when he serves it, especially their whites and the cab franc.
by T. Altmayer
February 13th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still read Wine Spectator?
Replies: 41
Views: 1835

Re: Do you still read Wine Spectator?

I will browse an issue occasionally when I stop into my local library for some coffee. My recollection is that WS doesn't taste wines blindly, at least in Laube's case. According to their website, WS has always tasted their wines blind, including Laube. I get the magazine for free and will peruse i...
by T. Altmayer
February 13th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.
Replies: 23
Views: 2337

Re: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.

I've had many Monte Bello vintages upon release at their tasting room. They have all been enjoyable. These wines will absolutely evolve and develop tertiary characteristics and become more nuanced, but they are still fine wines when they are young.
by T. Altmayer
February 12th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3945

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

Customer service can take many forms and I have to echo Tom that Tablas Creek is one of the best. It’s not “free stuff”, its the attention to detail from tasting notes/vintage advice, their newsletters and, yes, some occasional free stuff. They treat you well and produce a great product for a very ...
by T. Altmayer
February 12th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3945

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

Customer service can take many forms and I have to echo Tom that Tablas Creek is one of the best. It’s not “free stuff”, its the attention to detail from tasting notes/vintage advice, their newsletters and, yes, some occasional free stuff. They treat you well and produce a great product for a very r...
by T. Altmayer
February 12th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4806

Re: Rhys offer

Anton D wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 9:14 am
Robert M yers wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 8:56 am
Added this cycle but prices are now beyond my comfort zone. I understand the premium for diehard fans, but there is a lot of great wine out there for me to go down this path at this point in my journey.
I am in the same boat as both Roberts.
Me too

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