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by T. Altmayer
September 15th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William & Mary - September 22nd!
Replies: 150
Views: 9466

Re: William & Mary - September 22nd!

Had the '17 Proprietary this weekend and it was a wonderful wine, but I think this needs time in the bottle to be even more special.
by T. Altmayer
September 11th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 79
Views: 2944

Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

Second on the Massican recommendation, best SB I’ve tasted in a long time. While the winery does not make cab, the owner/winemaker is also the winemaker at Larkmead if that is somehow relevant.
by T. Altmayer
September 11th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 105
Views: 5386

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

I bought a case of '06 at an average price of $110. It is too quick for a 50% price increase so will only buy a couple and only if I can find it around $150.
by T. Altmayer
September 10th, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Attic Salt Wine Company Mondial
Replies: 1
Views: 114

Re: TN: 2018 Attic Salt Wine Company Mondial

Interesting combination of varieties. Seems like they could do a nice job of balancing each other with the acidity from the Vermentino and the more full flavors of the Grenache Blanc. Thanks for the note.
by T. Altmayer
September 10th, 2020, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (update from the caves)
Replies: 35
Views: 4412

Re: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (update from the caves)

It will be interesting to see what the first wave is at Envoyer. I’m guessing $175, but will eventually be available for lower, maybe $150. Difficult because it has been my favorite Champagne in its price range. Now that it is closer to Cristal, my money may go elsewhere.
by T. Altmayer
September 7th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 166
Views: 14821

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

Rich Brown wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 4:09 pm
I've sadly got at least a handful more years of cheering from the sidelines, but will look forward to hearing the comments from those much luckier than I
[cheers.gif]
I am undoubtedly in the same boat.
by T. Altmayer
August 24th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Imported Italian Dried Pasta
Replies: 33
Views: 1668

Re: Favorite Imported Italian Dried Pasta

G. Greenbaum wrote:
August 24th, 2020, 4:13 pm
T. Altmayer wrote:
August 24th, 2020, 2:54 pm
I have recently been using Semolina Artisanal Pasta in Pasadena, but I know that is not what you are asking.
I like their stuff, and not just the pasta.
Miss seeing you and the rest of the crew, hope all is well. Hoping for an EWG event some time in the near future.
by T. Altmayer
August 24th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Imported Italian Dried Pasta
Replies: 33
Views: 1668

Re: Favorite Imported Italian Dried Pasta

Tried many different brands over the years. Artisanal dried pasta makes a difference, for sure, but I get tired of paying too high a price. Maybe the best I've had is Vero Lucano, but pricey. I think Rustichella is solid and readily available in my local market so I use that more often than not. I h...
by T. Altmayer
August 18th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spottswoode/Madrona Ranch
Replies: 15
Views: 1280

Re: Spottswoode/Madrona Ranch

I’ve had Madrona Ranch a few times over the years and was very impressed. That being said, Spottswoode is nobody’s second. It is a graceful wine (albeit more ripe now than 15 years ago) and is one of the more classical cabs being made in Napa. As for “is it worth three times more”, very few wines ar...
by T. Altmayer
August 12th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 3998

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

Blake, I would be interested to know what is your current sweet spot in terms of aging Champagne?
by T. Altmayer
August 9th, 2020, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5364

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

As an aside, I don't look to California for Sauvignon Blanc, and doubt I ever will. If you ever come across it, I would try Massican. A very different SB compared to many of its counterparts. Just because it hasn’t been done well consistently before doesn’t mean that it cannot be and that is what D...
by T. Altmayer
August 7th, 2020, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5364

Re: Well...

I agree that there are some really good California white wines. But I can’t think of a single one that is superior to the best of its European counterparts. Neither can I. Nor I, but I think Tom was trying to stir the pot here. Ultimately irrelevant to the original point, but an interesting side di...
by T. Altmayer
August 7th, 2020, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5364

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

C. Keller wrote:
August 7th, 2020, 7:08 am
I have Aubert on my list to try. Some of them are Montrachet clones and people rave about them.

I have to add Shared Notes to this list. While I don't have much experience with Cali White the Shared Notes left one hell of an impression. I believe its Sauv Blanc.
Shared Notes is excellent!
by T. Altmayer
August 6th, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5364

Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

Going back to the 80s and 90s, California made a few nice chardonnays in Napa, some pretty mediocre Sav Blancs and a few interesting Rieslings and other varietals, but to me there was nothing exciting about white wines from California. Some of my favorites included Stony Hill, Navarro and even the o...
by T. Altmayer
August 5th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66090

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

DTLA is a bad place to be for restaurants right now and for near future. My wife’s firm said they may be out of their DTLA office until next June. Restaurants like Broken Spanish just can’t take the risk that DTLA will be back any time soon.
by T. Altmayer
August 4th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 265
Views: 10257

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

While I will order wine off the menu to support the restaurants, part of the problem is the way restaurants have priced wines (well prior to this pandemic). I think restaurants overreached when they started to go to 3x + retail. It makes for a really difficult decision for someone who does well, but...
by T. Altmayer
August 3rd, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 226
Views: 15365

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

Excellent!
by T. Altmayer
August 3rd, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66090

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Perle, a new French restaurant just opened in Pasadena and I’ve heard good things about the Chef. We badly need a good French restaurant on this side of town. the menu looks so typical pasadena. Really basic french food. Miso Salmon, Coq au vin, steak frites. So did take out on Saturday. Yes, it is...
by T. Altmayer
August 1st, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn 2017 release
Replies: 29
Views: 2175

Re: Dunn 2017 release

T. Altmayer wrote: Just drank a bottle of '98 Champagne with my son for his college graduation. While I have plenty of Bordeaux saved for him, so far he has enjoyed the bottles of Champagne the most. Tom, congratulations to you son and to you! When our son graduated a few years ago, we drank a 1994...
by T. Altmayer
August 1st, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn 2017 release
Replies: 29
Views: 2175

Re: Dunn 2017 release

I’m going to be going in to stash away for my son, probably a few HM and one mag of HM...probably won’t order until next week though I did the same for my ‘17 son. What else have you picked up to hide away until 2038? Just drank a bottle of '98 Champagne with my son for his college graduation. Whil...
by T. Altmayer
July 31st, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 109
Views: 5957

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Feel better soon Buzz, glad to hear you on are the mend. Can’t wait to read your first tasting note back.
by T. Altmayer
July 31st, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 82
Views: 6606

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

My email has been down for two days, so went on the site and no allocation yet. Is the actual release date next week?
by T. Altmayer
July 30th, 2020, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 822

Re: TN: 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (6/6/2020) Not a great bottle of what is normally a great wine. For some reason this one was rather thin, showing little fruit and a lot of oak. None of my other bottles of 2014 Alpine showed like this, ...
by T. Altmayer
July 30th, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1515
Views: 100301

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Our wine dinner group`s starter bubbly for anther stellar evening last night: 2006 BILLECART-SALMON CUVEE NICOLAS FRANCOIS BRUT- the inaugural release of this cuvee was in 1964 to pay tribute to the co-founder (who married Elisabeth Salmon); it is typically made of 60% Grand Cru Pinot Noir and 40% ...
by T. Altmayer
July 30th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 07` Taittinger BdB & Rose; Krug 162 eme, 2 white Burgs,JJ Prum Spat,3 red Burgs,Hewitt Cab, 09` Rieussec
Replies: 5
Views: 432

Re: 07` Taittinger BdB & Rose; Krug 162 eme, 2 white Burgs,JJ Prum Spat,3 red Burgs,Hewitt Cab, 09` Rieussec

Blake Brown wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 5:47 pm
As I’ve stated before, this is essentially a “glass” bowl full of whipped cream and cherries.
Love that description of this wine.
by T. Altmayer
July 29th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????
Replies: 53
Views: 1920

Re: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????

M.Kaplan wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Americans tend to drink white wines too cold and red wines too warm.
I think that is right. Especially in the Summer when the house is warmer, I do not enjoy a 78 degree wine. I keep the wine in the fridge in between glasses to prevent it from becoming too warm.
by T. Altmayer
July 22nd, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne clubs?
Replies: 9
Views: 684

Re: Champagne clubs?

Didn’t know that about Envoyer, interesting. Either way, my guess is that if you want a club, you want greater exposure to good Champagne, not necessarily highly allocated wines. I would still say, sign up and buy a couple each month and you’ll probably be happy and will learn a lot about the region.
by T. Altmayer
July 22nd, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs Epic evening- Ausone, Palmer, Chave, Lafite, Leflaive, Dom Perignon, Muller-Catoir, Grange, Rousseau, Rouget + more
Replies: 15
Views: 1782

Re: TNs Epic evening- Ausone, Palmer, Chave, Lafite, Leflaive, Dom Perignon, Muller-Catoir, Grange, Rousseau, Rouget + m

Wow, just wow. The ‘87 Montelena is my epiphany wine and the ‘96 DP rose is my all time favorite Champagne. Would have loved to have had either or those again, let alone in one sitting with all of those other fabulous wines.
by T. Altmayer
July 22nd, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne clubs?
Replies: 9
Views: 684

Re: Champagne clubs?

Honestly, if you just signed up for Envoyer and randomly bought three to four Champanges from their offers every month you would be good. Or if you wanted a more structured approach, buy one Blanc des Blanc, one Blanc des Noir, one Grower and one House Champange over whatever time period you feel co...
by T. Altmayer
July 19th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?
Replies: 164
Views: 5114

Re: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?

This answer would’ve been markedly different a few weeks ago, before a decent chunk of my wine collection changed to new ownership. So the current verticals of note are: Dom Perignon - 16 of the 17 vintages from 1985 to the present (no longer have the 1992 vintage currently, and not really looking ...
by T. Altmayer
July 18th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?
Replies: 164
Views: 5114

Re: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?

My largest vertical is Ridge Monte Bello at 13 years.
by T. Altmayer
July 18th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 6191

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

Because of the breadth of great wines, it still has to be CDP for me. That being said, I’ve had some wonderful Grenache from California from A Tribute to Grace to Tablas Creek to SQN.
by T. Altmayer
July 17th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1488
Views: 85367

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Looks great, love the rise on the edges and looks perfectly colored.
by T. Altmayer
July 17th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1488
Views: 85367

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Best dough I have EVER made, hands down. (And I have made some good ones). Proprietary blend from unnamed source but as best I can tell it's a duram, soy and rice mixture (bag says Pinsa). 70% hydration. 2 hour rest and then a 6 day cold ferment. Topped with pomodoro, mozzarella and half with LaFri...
by T. Altmayer
July 17th, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 426
Views: 38428

Re: Your Gin?

Picked up a bottle of St George The other day and just cracked it. Very unique, savory and herbal. This is the anti Monkey or Noblet ( which I’m not a fan of ) but I’m thinking for me this swings the pendulum Possibly a bit too far back? Given its savory/pine notes (at least in the St. George’s Ter...
by T. Altmayer
July 17th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1488
Views: 85367

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Does the additional salt affect the rise? I’ve been wary about too much salt somehow impacting the yeast’s ability to do its thing.
by T. Altmayer
July 16th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kutch Falstaff Pinot Noir
Replies: 13
Views: 1529

Re: TN: 2017 Kutch Falstaff Pinot Noir

Had the 2013 Falstaff last week and it was wonderful, one of the best wines I've had this year.
by T. Altmayer
July 12th, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: An Evolution of Pesto
Replies: 17
Views: 1240

Re: An Evolution of Pesto

johngonzales wrote:
July 11th, 2020, 9:41 pm
Factory Kitchen in downtown L.A. makes the best pesto dish I’ve ever had Chef Angelo is Ligurian and makes his with almonds, on mandilli/handkerchief pasta.

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Agreed, it is outstanding
by T. Altmayer
July 11th, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: An Evolution of Pesto
Replies: 17
Views: 1240

Re: An Evolution of Pesto

Sounds great, going to try that type of recipe. Love the idea of mint and bread crumbs instead of pine nuts.
by T. Altmayer
July 7th, 2020, 11:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Massican Chardonnay Hyde Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 349

Re: TN: 2018 Massican Chardonnay Hyde Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Thanks David. I have not had the 19 Hyde yet but very excited to try it. His whites are currently my favorite across the board. The Annia and the Sauvignon Blanc are wonderful. As a side note, his red and white vermouth are also wonderful.
by T. Altmayer
July 7th, 2020, 11:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Massican Chardonnay Hyde Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 349

Re: TN: 2018 Massican Chardonnay Hyde Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Thanks David. I have not had the 19 Hyde yet but very excited to try it. His whites are currently my favorite across the board. The Annia and the Sauvignon Blanc are wonderful. As a side note, his red and white vermouth are also wonderful.
by T. Altmayer
July 7th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 426
Views: 38428

Re: Your Gin?

Just tried Malfy Con Limone gin. Wow, the lemon is overpowering to me and it tastes more like an infused Vodka than a gin. Not my thing at all, even in a gin and tonic.
by T. Altmayer
July 5th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes 2006 has five bottles in a sealed six pack
Replies: 29
Views: 2102

Re: Taittinger Comtes 2006 has five bottles in a sealed six pack

Did you ship from the UK to the US? I once ordered a case of gin from a London purveyor and when it arrived it was missing one. It had clearly been opened and re-taped, presumably to take the missing bottle. Not sure if it had to go through Customs or a third party shipper, but my guess it was one o...
by T. Altmayer
June 29th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 227
Views: 19172

Re: Aged Cali Cab

Last month I bought 7 1997 Beringer Merlot Bancroft Ranch for a total of $150 at Heritage Auction. Opened the first one last weekend and it was beautiful. So well balanced and nuanced. One of my better wine purchases.
by T. Altmayer
June 26th, 2020, 11:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66090

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Perle, a new French restaurant just opened in Pasadena and I’ve heard good things about the Chef. We badly need a good French restaurant on this side of town. the menu looks so typical pasadena. Really basic french food. Miso Salmon, Coq au vin, steak frites. I wonder if they changed it because the...
by T. Altmayer
June 26th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66090

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Perle, a new French restaurant just opened in Pasadena and I’ve heard good things about the Chef. We badly need a good French restaurant on this side of town. I heard that the chef came from Daniel and the GM came from Auburn. Very excited for this and will be dining there tonight. I’ve heard very ...
by T. Altmayer
June 25th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: TN: 2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Haven’t had this wine in quite a few years, but sounds like it is a pretty decent QPR for Napa.
by T. Altmayer
June 25th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66090

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Perle, a new French restaurant just opened in Pasadena and I’ve heard good things about the Chef. We badly need a good French restaurant on this side of town.
by T. Altmayer
June 22nd, 2020, 9:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1488
Views: 85367

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Made a sausage and jalapeño pizza this weekend to go with the traditional Margherita, good stuff. Got the BGE to 600 degrees and seemed to be a happy middle ground. I used 00 flour with 70% hydration with a 24 hour fermentation. May start playing with mixing in a small percentage of bread flour to s...
by T. Altmayer
June 22nd, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 464

Re: TN: 2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Thanks for the note, love their Chards.

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