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by Paul Luckin
April 16th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sending bottles home from Napa
Replies: 29
Views: 867

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: 5647

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: 1359

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: 606

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: 779

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: 11120

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: 11120

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: 794

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: 794

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: 3669

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: 16007
Views: 377138

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: 1889

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: 861

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: 598

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...
by Paul Luckin
September 14th, 2018, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When a wine isn't listed on the winery's web site
Replies: 9
Views: 598

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...
by Paul Luckin
September 9th, 2018, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Gloria Ferrer ?
Replies: 9
Views: 447

Re: Wineries near Gloria Ferrer ?

Enkidu Wine - 21481 8th St East, Ste 1
Open daily

p.s. - I work there
by Paul Luckin
August 25th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Max Smoke Taint
Replies: 11
Views: 793

Re: Max Smoke Taint

The Australian Wine Research Institute (awri) is doing a ton of research on smoke taint. Most of what we know about ST is due to their work...they've had the wildfire near vineyards problem longer than anyone else. They figured out there's very little difference in the types & amts of smoke particl...
by Paul Luckin
August 14th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 167
Views: 6796

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

by Paul Luckin
July 28th, 2018, 11:24 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30295

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Paul Gordon wrote:
Paul Luckin wrote:Rained ash overnight in Kenwood/Sonoma Valley. Assuming this came over from the Carr Fire.
There are two fires in Mendo - one in Potter Valley and one in Hopland. I suspect that is were the ash came from.
ah, you could be right.
by Paul Luckin
July 28th, 2018, 9:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30295

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Rained ash overnight in Kenwood/Sonoma Valley. Assuming this came over from the Carr Fire.
by Paul Luckin
July 25th, 2018, 11:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Burger Porn
Replies: 95
Views: 4176

Burger Porn

Dom Dom Burger (Japan) now offering the Camembert Burger...limited time only.

two beef patties
slice of yellow cheese
tomato
onion
thick-cut Camembert for the buns
by Paul Luckin
July 12th, 2018, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Recs for a Gateway Red (Zinfandel?)
Replies: 57
Views: 1222

Need Recs for a Gateway Red (Zinfandel?)

A friend was mentioned that his wife generally likes sweet white wine, maybe an occasional Sauvignon Blanc. He's a red drinker. He asked for a wine that could transition a white wine drinker to red. My first thought was Pinot, but versions with RS are disgusting. I was thinking maybe Zinfandel, sin...
by Paul Luckin
June 28th, 2018, 8:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Fremont Diner Closing
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Fremont Diner Closing

Locals I talked to yesterday aren’t impressed by this move.
by Paul Luckin
June 26th, 2018, 4:27 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wife and Teenage Daughter in San Francisco
Replies: 23
Views: 687

Wife and Teenage Daughter in San Francisco

Craig G wrote:
Paul Luckin wrote:Visit Muir Woods (need to make parking reservations in advance if driving)
If I understood the documentary series I saw recently, it seems it’s infested with apes now.
see. this is why we need a "like button" in the new upgrade.
by Paul Luckin
June 26th, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wife and Teenage Daughter in San Francisco
Replies: 23
Views: 687

Wife and Teenage Daughter in San Francisco

Bdklein wrote: Also any suggestions for place that would have a good cheeseburger
not sure how great the product is, but Creator in SF opens tomorrow and for $6 i'd pay to see the spectacle.
by Paul Luckin
June 26th, 2018, 8:30 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wife and Teenage Daughter in San Francisco
Replies: 23
Views: 687

Wife and Teenage Daughter in San Francisco

My wife and 15 year old daughter are going to to SF. Land Friday morning from NYC and have rest of Friday, Sat, and Sun (they are renting a car for Sunday and Monday). Monday my wife has business meeting for a few hours in Palo Alto (daughter plans on staying in hotel-maybe venture locally for food...
by Paul Luckin
June 24th, 2018, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three Twins Ice Cream & D'Yquem
Replies: 9
Views: 840

Three Twins Ice Cream & D'Yquem

I dig Three Twins ice cream, it's my house favorite for a few years now. It's made in Nor Cal, organic, spot on flavors. You can buy it in most good stores and if you fly through SFO, you can grab some from their small store in the Delta terminal. It's a pain if you use United, as you gotta exit an...
by Paul Luckin
June 18th, 2018, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How are things in Sonoma?
Replies: 8
Views: 817

How are things in Sonoma?

I'm talking wine industry-wise as well as generally. I haven't been since late January when i visited a friend. I was heartbroken at the devastation when he drove me around. Have people been coming back to visit? I was thinking about going to visit just to show some support. speaking to Sonoma prop...
by Paul Luckin
May 30th, 2018, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipment Temperature Issue
Replies: 11
Views: 678

Shipment Temperature Issue

I first had to check to make sure it wasn't me :-) As far as I know, many UPS facilities and others have some kind of temperature controlled storage as part of their larger facilities - are you certain the wines were not placed in there? Did the wines appear warm to the touch when you got them? Did...
by Paul Luckin
May 23rd, 2018, 11:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gratuity tax?
Replies: 45
Views: 2352

Gratuity tax?

CA?

Would not surprise me.
by Paul Luckin
May 19th, 2018, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke damage on 17
Replies: 19
Views: 1501

Smoke damage on 17

Kirk.Grant wrote:What AVAs are you most concerned about?
this is the correct question.
by Paul Luckin
May 18th, 2018, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would you do? "Temperature Controlled Shipping"
Replies: 36
Views: 1247

What would you do? "Temperature Controlled Shipping"

Q: did the retailer utilize the UPS Summer Shipping Solution?
by Paul Luckin
May 17th, 2018, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline Etiquette
Replies: 229
Views: 9509

Offline Etiquette

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
MBerto wrote:5. Don't get drunk
If this does happen, puke and rally.
this guy. he gets it.
by Paul Luckin
May 8th, 2018, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mangled Mispronunciations
Replies: 88
Views: 2236

Mangled Mispronunciations

i hear a lot of zin-FAN-dehl
by Paul Luckin
May 8th, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Room Bingo!
Replies: 20
Views: 1131

Tasting Room Bingo!

I'd expect "What's your best wine?" to be on there. That’s the beauty of it. It’s merely a template that you can add to and subtract from to make different cards. Red Zinfandel? I’m ITB (do I get a discount/free tasting? Drunk at 11am Gluten free Loud Children The last place had food Do I get to ke...
by Paul Luckin
May 4th, 2018, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this? More than wine, Scribe bottles the NorCal lifestyle (Now with Family Guy!)
Replies: 51
Views: 1748

Thoughts on this? More than wine, Scribe bottles the NorCal lifestyle

as a Sonoma Valley resident, and someone who has worked in a tasting room since 2009, i can say without a doubt visitors - and not just millennials - are absolutely more interested in "experience" versus "good wine".
by Paul Luckin
April 30th, 2018, 4:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Russian River Brewing
Replies: 4
Views: 372

Russian River Brewing

Traveling to Sonoma next week and have never been to Russian River Brewery. Have some time late Saturday afternoon and was curious if it is typically packed on the weekends. Is there a wait to get in? Can you call in to reserve a spot in line? There shouldn’t be a line except at the bar. They don’t...
by Paul Luckin
April 20th, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4/19 UPS Stores NOT Shipping
Replies: 63
Views: 4003

4/19 UPS Stores NOT Shipping

This is a big change. As some of you might remember from a thread I started a couple of months ago, when I attempted to ship a case of wine from Portland Oregon to the bay area, several of you were helpful enough to point out that you knew of the UPS store in the Portland Oregon area that were lice...
by Paul Luckin
April 19th, 2018, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4/19 UPS Stores NOT Shipping
Replies: 63
Views: 4003

Hmmmm...

That is very strange indeed - but this does not affect UPS shipping wine in general, correct? The UPS stores are franchises IIRC and are not owned by UPS. I wonder if you can drop them off at UPS Centers, not stores? Anyone? Things are going to get messier and messier regarding this me thinks . . ....
by Paul Luckin
April 19th, 2018, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4/19 UPS Stores NOT Shipping
Replies: 63
Views: 4003

4/19 UPS Stores NOT Shipping

follow up for Larry: even if the Stores were owned as a franchise, which i don't think is the case, their in-store policies would be dictated by the company. further, if someone walked into a UPS Center/Hub and wanted to ship wine, they would have to be a licensed shipper. UPS wouldn't take the pack...
by Paul Luckin
April 19th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4/19 UPS Stores NOT Shipping
Replies: 63
Views: 4003

4/19 UPS Stores NOT Shipping

That is very strange indeed - but this does not affect UPS shipping wine in general, correct? The UPS stores are franchises IIRC and are not owned by UPS. I wonder if you can drop them off at UPS Centers, not stores? Anyone? Things are going to get messier and messier regarding this me thinks . . ....
by Paul Luckin
April 19th, 2018, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4/19 UPS Stores NOT Shipping
Replies: 63
Views: 4003

4/19 UPS Stores NOT Shipping

I realize there are a lot of threads regarding shipping but I received an email this morning from someone that went to a UPS store today and apparently a new policy with the signs below posted all over the stores.. The clerk said there will be no more wine shipments at all UPS stores "UPS stores wi...
by Paul Luckin
April 7th, 2018, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Raining cats, dogs and pineapples in Northern California - good or bad?
Replies: 13
Views: 762

Raining cats, dogs and pineapples in Northern California - good or bad?

rained steadily in Kenwood/Glen Ellen from around 5:00 pm Thursday night, to about 4:00 am Saturday. nothing torrential in this area, just good, steady rainfall. not sure exactly how much we picked up, but nowhere near the 4" number being thrown around earlier in the week.
by Paul Luckin
April 3rd, 2018, 12:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Maui — Best Food and Cocktails
Replies: 10
Views: 481

Maui — Best Food and Cocktails

Miso Phat in Kahana (just across a parking lot from Maui Brewing Co.). hole-in-the-wall sushi joint, with maybe the best fish i've ever had. seats maybe 20 people, and doesn't server beer/wine. however, there is a liquor store (literally) next door that has a good selection of beers and decent sake....
by Paul Luckin
March 27th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 425
Views: 84194

Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

Hello, Berserkers. Any thoughts on the itinerary below? We've just got a weekend (May 4-6) so trying to make the most of it via a quality-over-quantity (and minimal-driving-time) approach. Flying in from Chicago midday Friday and staying at the Lodge at Sonoma. I feel pretty good about everything h...
by Paul Luckin
February 27th, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: July 4 travel: Sonoma or Willamette Valley?
Replies: 6
Views: 484

July 4 travel: Sonoma or Willamette Valley?

if you're going to be in Sonoma on the 4th, be sure to check out the parade on the Square. usually starts around 9:00 am - though the locals are out early making sure to get a spot on the grass - and runs until about 12:00. it's truly a "small town" vibe, and you can have an open container in the pa...
by Paul Luckin
January 12th, 2018, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MESSAGE FROM THE MODS: APOLOGIES FOR THE SPAM PM YOU ALL RECEIVED
Replies: 88
Views: 3256

MESSAGE FROM THE MODS: APOLOGIES FOR THE SPAM PM YOU ALL RECEIVED

Clearly this board was breached and has security flaws. I mean, what happens if someone steals my avatar? Or reads that post from 2015 on why I don't floss? My avatar is for sale. Corey offered me $2.99. I'll offer $5. But it will be paid in pennies, on the ground, that must be picked-up individual...
by Paul Luckin
January 12th, 2018, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MESSAGE FROM THE MODS: APOLOGIES FOR THE SPAM PM YOU ALL RECEIVED
Replies: 88
Views: 3256

SPAM by private message

Anyone else receiving SPAM for a new winery by private message? Update ( too late to delete my post): moderators handled it. I think everyone knows they aren't supposed to do it, or every winery in the world could do it. Opening a PM after getting an email alert is really annoying. Opening a couple...
by Paul Luckin
December 14th, 2017, 1:40 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where do I stay in California wine country?
Replies: 6
Views: 675

Where do I stay in California wine country?

After the Unified Conf. in Sacremento I am heading to Napa, St. Helena, Sonoma and Santa Rosa areas to visit as many tasting rooms and drink as much good wine as possible. Any suggestions for nice but affordable accommodations in any of those areas other than the major chains? just had a couple in ...

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