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by T. Altmayer
January 24th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 77
Views: 3034

Re: Grassl Glassware

I love the 1855, its my go to glass for red. For Champagne, I still really like the Zalto Universal, but do not have any of the other Grassl's to compare.
by T. Altmayer
January 24th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Rhys Horseshoe Chardonnay
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: TN: 2012 Rhys Horseshoe Chardonnay

Had this tonight and this is just a great wine. Sharp acidity, voluptuous fruit and -- with all of that -- well balanced. This was my last bottle. It could certainly get better and maybe even reach brilliance, but I don't regret opening it now.
by T. Altmayer
January 14th, 2020, 9:52 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: La Quinta California Restaurants
Replies: 1
Views: 158

La Quinta California Restaurants

Going to La Quinta in a few weekends and looking for a good restaurant that is BYOB friendly. Certainly can drive a little bit, but not really looking to go too far (i.e. Palm Springs). Preferable not a steak house.
by T. Altmayer
December 11th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 14802

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

Sparkling: 2005 Dom Perignon Rose; 2006 Taittinger Comtes
While: 2009 Rhys Horseshoe Chardonnay
Red: 2011 SQN Patine
by T. Altmayer
December 7th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: I have become the Wine Nazi!
Replies: 10
Views: 1774

Re: I have become the Wine Nazi!

I think all of these people are just trying to politely start a conversation rather than just say "pour me the pinot." Seems pretty harmless to me.
by T. Altmayer
December 6th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 The Third Twin offer is out
Replies: 44
Views: 3764

Re: 2016 The Third Twin offer is out

I got offered two box sets as well. Definitely in for one, but struggling to spend $2500.
by T. Altmayer
November 17th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 143
Views: 8061

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I thought it was bigger and juicier than Chick Fil A, but the regular sandwich was relatively bland. Prefer CFA on that one.

The spicy was pretty good with nice kick. Candidly, however, I would rather have their normal fried chicken.
by T. Altmayer
November 13th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile
Replies: 18
Views: 955

Re: 2008 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile

Love this wine in most years! 2008 was particularly good.
by T. Altmayer
October 30th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 973
Views: 52103

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Any good recommendations for Manhattan Beach? Especially with decent corkage? Tom: I don't know if I am too late with this idea but "Slay's" in Manhattan Beach is relatively new and quite good. Cheers! Marshall Thanks Marshall, that is actually where we ended up. Nice atmosphere and good food.
by T. Altmayer
October 24th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 973
Views: 52103

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Any good recommendations for Manhattan Beach? Especially with decent corkage?
by T. Altmayer
October 23rd, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5780

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

KyleC wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 8:31 pm
Au Bon Climat has some great values at the $20 price point
Good call
by T. Altmayer
October 23rd, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5780

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

I had a similar experience with Belle Glos Clark & Telegraph at a large dinner attended by mostly casual wine drinkers. I had stupidly bought some for half price on closeout,and thought it might be a crowd pleaser. Nope! Everyone drank the Willamette Valley PN and left the Belle Glos in the bottle....
by T. Altmayer
October 22nd, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5780

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Thanks everyone
by T. Altmayer
October 21st, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5780

Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Going to my brother-in-law's house for Thanksgiving. About 20 people and he wants me to bring a case of US Pinot. I had other ideas (Gamay, Trouseau, Grenache, etc.), but since he is the host, I will bring him what he wants. A few thoughts were Melville Estate (K&L has it for $30) or Hitching Post H...
by T. Altmayer
October 16th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1674
Views: 97831

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Just bit on the Veuve Fourny Grand Reserve Brut. Really nice, very affordable Champagne and a great bottle to bring to friends houses over the holidays.
by T. Altmayer
September 16th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Araujo eisele vineyard cab
Replies: 24
Views: 2406

Re: Araujo eisele vineyard cab

I have no information on recent vintages, but early 2000s vintages are some of my favorite wines from Napa. To me, they are some of the most balanced wines made during that time period. Their customer service was awful and I ended up giving up on the mailing list after the 2005 vintage, especially ...
by T. Altmayer
September 16th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Araujo eisele vineyard cab
Replies: 24
Views: 2406

Re: Araujo eisele vineyard cab

I have no information on recent vintages, but early 2000s vintages are some of my favorite wines from Napa. To me, they are some of the most balanced wines made during that time period. Their customer service was awful and I ended up giving up on the mailing list after the 2005 vintage, especially w...
by T. Altmayer
September 12th, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?
Replies: 42
Views: 2325

Re: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?

Agreed, love the wine and also love that fact that it is affordable.
by T. Altmayer
September 10th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 377
Views: 31516

Re: Your Gin?

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
September 7th, 2019, 8:30 am
Wondering if something is going on with Plymouth gin? It’s marked as closeout at $20 everywhere I go now... usually $35.
Wish i could find it at that price.
by T. Altmayer
September 4th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ferren release tomorrow
Replies: 8
Views: 765

Re: Ferren release tomorrow

Never had one, how does this compare to other pinots. More on the AFWE side or the dark fruited side? Any comparable producers?
by T. Altmayer
August 29th, 2019, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2924

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

That may be true for the members of this Board Al, but as I understand it that is a prime benefit of bitcoin for sellers of merchandise. Is there really any other reason for merchants to prefer bitcoin?
by T. Altmayer
August 29th, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2924

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

Isn’t selling wine using bitcoin simply a means to avoid paying VAT or sales/income tax?
by T. Altmayer
August 29th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 2073

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

Red:
Pinot
Cabernet
Gamay
Trousseau

White:
Chardonnay
Gewurtz
Riesling
Sauv Blanc
by T. Altmayer
August 27th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers
Replies: 46
Views: 2152

Re: Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers

Beaucastel and Vieux Donjon are my two favorites in CDP and I think are more restrained.
by T. Altmayer
August 22nd, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 77
Views: 5565

Re: Napa Cab under $100

I'd lean toward Myriad/Quivet/Switchback/Dakota Shy/Scarlett for the bigger style.

For more restrained, I would go for Corison, Forman, Blankiet Prince of Hearts, William and Mary, and Frogs Leap.
by T. Altmayer
August 14th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walter Scott Fall Release
Replies: 11
Views: 1710

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 3267

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: 355
Views: 27924

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: 355
Views: 27924

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: 138
Views: 10096

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Very sad.
by T. Altmayer
July 19th, 2019, 10:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 973
Views: 52103

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: 1544

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: 377
Views: 31516

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: 1131

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: 678

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: 1356

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: 377
Views: 31516

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: 20
Views: 3755

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: 3553

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: 3553

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: 3553

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: 3553

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: 257
Views: 21334

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: 77
Views: 12297

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: 77
Views: 12297

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: 77
Views: 12297

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 33495

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: 968
Views: 64949

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: 247
Views: 19324

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: 3485

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.

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