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by Paul Luckin
August 23rd, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??
Replies: 71
Views: 2194

Re: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??

see Blanc, Fume
by Paul Luckin
August 22nd, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: non-Napa wine regions
Replies: 7
Views: 546

Re: non-Napa wine regions

Nevermind
by Paul Luckin
August 20th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite mid-price lodging Napa/Sonoma
Replies: 17
Views: 1292

Re: Favorite mid-price spots Napa/Sonoma

Tastings? Lodging? Food?
by Paul Luckin
August 14th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: National Ice Cream Day
Replies: 3
Views: 690

Re: National Ice Cream Day

cjsavino wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Yes they are real


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That’s the devil’s work.
by Paul Luckin
August 9th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 2914

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

do you have a brick & mortar location? I do not. without a brick & mortar location, it seems like a mailing list makes more sense than a wine club. depending on what e-commerce platform you're on, you should be able to grant access (via login and password) to buyers on your list to "hidden" pages t...
by Paul Luckin
August 9th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 2914

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Thank you Larry. Let me ask everyone this then, as an idea. You could have two webshops. One is the one every unwashed can see when they visit the site. Great. Done. Will have that, of course. The other is a hidden one, with earlier releases, and/or perhaps slightly lower prices, that only people t...
by Paul Luckin
August 9th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 2914

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

I might have used the wording wine club in a way I didn't intend. I meant wince club as part of the winery and a membership to get wine allocations that you sign up for, not as part of some external club that carries multiple wines from multiple producers. Maybe someone can clarify exactly what the...
by Paul Luckin
July 25th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who's going to wear the black hat?
Replies: 121
Views: 4515

Re: Who's going to wear the black hat?

I hate you with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns. You also said that's how much you loved him, though. At least your relationship is extremely passionate. It's a roller coaster. I hate roller coasters. Pass me the black hat. I'm in. https://media.giphy.com/media/l2YWtcqT05La9HpXq/giphy.gif
by Paul Luckin
July 23rd, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Logistics Question for the experts
Replies: 20
Views: 793

Re: Shipping Logistics Question for the experts

Four or five cases? Seems like you might opt to pack them in shipping boxes (or WineCheck if you’re so inclined) and check them on the plane. Yeah, you’ll have to hump the boxes through the terminal on either end of your trip to FL, but you probably won’t be out of pocket too much $$$ and you’ll hav...
by Paul Luckin
July 23rd, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine-Centric Title for our Fearless Leader?
Replies: 45
Views: 1554

Re: New Wine-Centric Title for our Fearless Leader?

Jim Stewart wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 5:13 pm
a bit off wine-centric, but still in the drink world: "The Straw"
This is correct
by Paul Luckin
July 22nd, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8491

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

AlexS wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 4:39 pm
Paul Luckin wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 4:37 pm
RIP Alan.

Will drink something special in his honor tonight. To echo others: life is short, drink well.
I'm drinking Alan's fave for him, a Napa Cab.
::likebutton::
by Paul Luckin
July 22nd, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8491

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

RIP Alan.

Will drink something special in his honor tonight. To echo others: life is short, drink well.
by Paul Luckin
July 21st, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: National Ice Cream Day
Replies: 3
Views: 690

Re: National Ice Cream Day

I had hot dogs for lunch (mustard only) and they were delicious.
by Paul Luckin
July 19th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 5971

Re: Worst wines you've had?

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by Paul Luckin
July 18th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3370

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Question.. the OP asked wineMAKERs... Couldn't cleaning be oursourced to minimum wage workers? or is there some highly skilled cleaning that requires a wine MAKER to do? Of the four wineMAKERS I’ve had the privilege to work with and for, each and every one of them does the “dirty work” and doesn’t ...
by Paul Luckin
July 4th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 1090

Re: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?

Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. ^^ This ^^ You can load up on wines here from all over Sonoma County and beyond. I do it all the time. Just be aware that you will blow your budget by walking the aisles here. Corner of Airway and Industrial in the same building as UPS. +1 Can’t walk out of this spot with...
by Paul Luckin
July 4th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 1090

Re: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?

Double post
by Paul Luckin
June 26th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma recommendations for a group offsite
Replies: 10
Views: 496

Re: Sonoma recommendations for a group offsite

“Sonoma” is a pretty big place. Are you looking in and around the Town Of, up-valley (e.g Sugarloaf or Annandale), or out in West County? Good point! I believe the current proposed hiking trail is within Trione-Annabel State Park so up-valley Cool. Assuming it’s not a Sat/Sun, I’d look at VJB . The...
by Paul Luckin
June 26th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma recommendations for a group offsite
Replies: 10
Views: 496

Re: Sonoma recommendations for a group offsite

“Sonoma” is a pretty big place. Are you looking in and around the Town Of, up-valley (e.g Sugarloaf or Annandale), or out in West County?
by Paul Luckin
June 11th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This puts Spinal Tap to shame
Replies: 20
Views: 2033

Re: This puts Spinal Tap to shame

Nate Simon wrote:
June 8th, 2019, 4:57 pm
The bigger the oakin’
The sweeter the scorin’.
That’s what I said.
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by Paul Luckin
June 6th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This puts Spinal Tap to shame
Replies: 20
Views: 2033

Re: This puts Spinal Tap to shame

The answer is none. None more black.
by Paul Luckin
June 4th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 59
Views: 3786

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

Anton D wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 3:02 pm
I admit to being spoiled, our local brewery, Sierra Nevada makes great mustards.
Truth.
by Paul Luckin
June 4th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 59
Views: 3786

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

Mike Cohen wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Paul Luckin wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Been on a Beaver Sweet & Hot kick recently.
I like Oscar's More Than Mustard. I wonder if they are similar as the Oscar's has that sweet and hot thing going.
Haven’t seen that brand on the West Coast. Looks similar.
by Paul Luckin
June 4th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 59
Views: 3786

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

Been on a Beaver Sweet & Hot kick recently.
by Paul Luckin
June 2nd, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese
Replies: 8
Views: 767

Re: TN: 1999 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

1999 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (6/2/2019) From the first sip it is apparent that this wine is fully ready to drink, as the apple and lemon cream of youth has been joined by smoky, salty and pine tones. The texture is bordering on creamy, but sta...
by Paul Luckin
May 29th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scout and Cellar?
Replies: 15
Views: 913

Re: Scout and Cellar?

I got a Scout & Cellar branded glass as a tee prize in a scramble last year. Works perfectly.
by Paul Luckin
May 24th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1666

Re: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?

FYI, here are 2017 average prices per ton for different varieties in Napa: Cabernet Sauvignon $7,509 Pinot Noir $2,798 Merlot $3,387 Zinfandel $3,623 Syrah $3,738 Chardonnay $2,809 Sauvignon Blanc $2,279 And that's before the cost of barrels and aging. Interesting that Zin is higher than Pinot yet ...
by Paul Luckin
May 17th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: I suppose I'm a Philistine
Replies: 8
Views: 646

Re: I suppose I'm a Philistine

Corey N. wrote:
May 17th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Riesling, which is a white grape. It ranges from bone dry to extremely sweet. The best examples are from Germany. Delicious, especially with some age.
^^^this^^^
by Paul Luckin
May 17th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: I suppose I'm a Philistine
Replies: 8
Views: 646

Re: I suppose I'm a Philistine

Maybe a high-octane Zinfandel from the Central Coast?
by Paul Luckin
May 16th, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2599

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

brodie thomson wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Only in the United States is this even a question.
Agreed.
by Paul Luckin
May 16th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2599

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

I always assumed the staff at tasting rooms earned some type of commission - unless of course they were the owner? Depends on the winery and their structure. Many hourly employees receive a commission based on club signups. Management might get a % of net sales or commissions based on sales goal ac...
by Paul Luckin
May 16th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2599

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

Paul, are there tip amounts that are so low you consider them insulting? Separately, I would not tip in this scenario unless I felt I was getting special treatment above and beyond the experience I paid for, and even then my appreciation would more likely be expressed by and through purchases. But,...
by Paul Luckin
May 16th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2599

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

On to my 100th thread re: my first Napa trip newhere We have 4 tastings planned for next week, all with tasting fees, with fees ranging from $45 to $85 a person. I assume it is proper etiquette to give a tip to our host/guide if we are pleased with the experience? If so, what is customary? $5 a per...
by Paul Luckin
April 26th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Theme ideas for tasting that I will host?
Replies: 26
Views: 1026

Re: Theme ideas for tasting that I will host?

"Stick and Stones"

all wines brought could have a "stick" or "stone" on the label art (be as loose/tight as you like with that), or something "stick" or "stone" related in terms of winery name, AVA, or vineyard designate (e.g. something from Rockpile).
by Paul Luckin
April 16th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sending bottles home from Napa
Replies: 36
Views: 1415

Re: Sending bottles home from Napa

Go to the local UPS store. Buy one shipper. Fill with 12 bottles of wine. Take back as checked baggage. The main issue with that is lugging around a 13 bottle shopper on a road trip true, but consider: 1. you get your wine when you walk off the plane, eliminating the need to wait for a shipment, we...
by Paul Luckin
April 12th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Private Appointment Tasting Etiquette
Replies: 132
Views: 6477

Re: Private Appointment Tasting Etiquette

Anyone have insight on etiquette for larger groups? We have 5 couples scheduled at a few places in Napa in the coming weeks. I am already an member at two of the places we are visiting. Since I put together the itinerary, should I feel obligated to purchase extra if some of the other couples do not...
by Paul Luckin
March 21st, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Foreign Language CT Notes
Replies: 57
Views: 1861

Re: Foreign Language CT Notes

Battle of Hastings was 1066.
by Paul Luckin
March 15th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....
Replies: 21
Views: 914

Re: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....

Corey N. wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 11:58 am
Matthew Brown wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 11:07 am
This is purely the mewling hoards following Instagram hype.
That Shenandoah Valley education is really paying off.
::likebutton::
by Paul Luckin
February 13th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings
Replies: 18
Views: 935

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

Arby's curly fries are legit.

don't get the love for 5-Guys though....unless it's based on sheer volume per order.
by Paul Luckin
January 31st, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 13240

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Wineries should look in the mirror to understand why millennials are not buying wine. Prices are too high. Tasting fees at many wineries are too high. I would hate to be starting to buy wines now. I might have never gotten started drinking wine. there are plenty of wineries/tasting rooms which offe...
by Paul Luckin
January 31st, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 13240

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Wineries should look in the mirror to understand why millennials are not buying wine. Prices are too high. Tasting fees at many wineries are too high. I would hate to be starting to buy wines now. I might have never gotten started drinking wine. there are plenty of wineries/tasting rooms which offe...
by Paul Luckin
January 15th, 2019, 11:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Electric Kettle
Replies: 23
Views: 985

Re: Electric Kettle

Fellow Coffee I bought my wife the Corvo EKG for her birthday and she likes it. She does pour-over every morning, usually two cups. Paul that's a really lovely kettle. I might have to buy one of those. I make a pour over or two each day, but more importantly, the kettle is on the counter all the ti...
by Paul Luckin
January 15th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Electric Kettle
Replies: 23
Views: 985

Re: Electric Kettle

Fellow Coffee

I bought my wife the Corvo EKG for her birthday and she likes it. She does pour-over every morning, usually two cups.
by Paul Luckin
December 21st, 2018, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wineries Have Dropped Off Your Radar Screen??
Replies: 59
Views: 4129

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

Peter Wellington retired a few years ago and sold to a conglomerate. I think it started with a V. For me, Liquid Farm was a winery I was super excited about and have completely forgotten about. And I lost interest in Siduri, another winery I really liked, after Adam sold. Lots of others, I'm sure. ...
by Paul Luckin
December 20th, 2018, 10:50 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16267
Views: 417277

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

1,400 breweries are now brewing Resilience IPA.

head out to your local spot, have a pint or two, and help some people who really need it.
by Paul Luckin
December 9th, 2018, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)
Replies: 50
Views: 2150

Re: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)

From the ITB side, specifically in tasting rooms, I see more 2-4 bottle purchases from guests. Wine Club members are typically 4-6 bottles.....especially when the “club discount” is factored in.
by Paul Luckin
November 9th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Wine to Friends and Family?
Replies: 15
Views: 1015

Re: Shipping Wine to Friends and Family?

Per a visit to the local UPS store in Santa Rosa in July: common carriers will only ship wine with a valid shipper license.
by Paul Luckin
September 14th, 2018, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When a wine isn't listed on the winery's web site
Replies: 9
Views: 693

Re: When a wine isn't listed on the winery's web site

I was enjoying a recent-release wine (2017 vintage) from a California producer, and wanted more information on the wine, as the label didn't say much. To my surprise, the wine wasn't even listed on their site, though many others were listed. I've encountered this before, and it's made me think abou...

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