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by Paul Luckin
June 11th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This puts Spinal Tap to shame
Replies: 20
Views: 1805

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.
::likebutton::
by Paul Luckin
June 6th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This puts Spinal Tap to shame
Replies: 20
Views: 1805

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: 39
Views: 1491

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: 39
Views: 1491

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: 39
Views: 1491

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: 690

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: 720

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: 1455

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: 442

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: 442

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: 2303

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: 2303

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: 2303

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: 2303

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: 819

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: 1202

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: 5983

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: 1529

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: 711

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: 822

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: 11530

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: 11530

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: 840

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: 840

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: 3772

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: 16166
Views: 382335

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: 1921

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: 885

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: 619

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: 619

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: 451

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: 810

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: 6917

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: 31604

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: 31604

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: 4388

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: 1245

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: 457

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: 697

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: 697

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: 697

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: 843

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: 818

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: 680

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: 2370

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: 1514

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: 1260

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: 9572

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: 2274

Mangled Mispronunciations

i hear a lot of zin-FAN-dehl

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