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by Paul Luckin
July 13th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: A Covid getaway to Glen Ellen - any dining recs?
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: A Covid getaway to Glen Ellen - any dining recs?

Sean - I noted that Sonoma was the latest Bay Area county on the watch list for dialing up restrictions. This won't affect us, as wine tastings and indoor dining were never on the agenda. (As an aside, while I'm certainly more "Covid lax" than many, I would not entertain the thought of indoor dinin...
by Paul Luckin
July 1st, 2020, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa winery visiting status update please
Replies: 30
Views: 1852

Re: Napa winery visiting status update please

Looks like the following 19 counties are being forced to close restaurants and tasting rooms: Contra Costa Fresno Glenn Imperial Kern Kings Los Angeles Merced Orange Riverside Sacramento San Bernardino San Joaquin Santa Barbara Santa Clara Solano Stanislaus Tulare Ventura Restaurants = indoors only
by Paul Luckin
June 29th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa winery visiting status update please
Replies: 30
Views: 1852

Re: Napa winery visiting status update please

from the CDPH as of June 28: Proposal for Selective Sector Closing of Bars in Counties on the County Monitoring List from the link above: The scope of this action is defined as follows: - Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs, should close until those establishments are allowed to resume operation per...
by Paul Luckin
June 26th, 2020, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"
Replies: 35
Views: 1634

Re: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"

I agree with Geoff. What part of the wine business? We know tasting room people, growers, winemakers, winery staff, somms, winery owners, distributors/reps, retailers, importers and bartenders. With the right attitude, desire, drive, direction, knowledge and initial capital a person can be very suc...
by Paul Luckin
June 16th, 2020, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19176

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Anton D wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 8:15 pm
Paul Luckin wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Anton D wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 5:26 pm


I did not know, or did not remember knowing, and received the answer in a PM.
my apologies for assuming.
I still love you, man. [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif]
thanks, right back at'cha!
by Paul Luckin
June 16th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19176

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Anton D wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Paul Luckin wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Anton D wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 3:54 pm


Uh, oh.

Details?
come on Anton, you know exactly who it is.

and when he's named this thread will get moved.
I did not know, or did not remember knowing, and received the answer in a PM.
my apologies for assuming.
by Paul Luckin
June 16th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19176

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Anton D wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 3:54 pm
H Guy wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 1:40 pm
Alpha Omega due to a certain minority investor.
Uh, oh.

Details?
come on Anton, you know exactly who it is.

and when he's named this thread will get moved.
by Paul Luckin
June 10th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 643

Re: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .

larry schaffer wrote:
June 6th, 2020, 3:24 pm
I'm pretty sure that it will be rescinded beginning this Friday . . .

Cheers
looks like you are correct. good news!
by Paul Luckin
June 6th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 643

Re: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .

Sonoma County Health Dept issued an update last night that starting today, June 6, wineries, breweries, and restaurants were now good to open for indoor dining. wineries may serve alcohol but only in the same transaction as providing a "bonafide meal" (meal definition still vague). We had a place u...
by Paul Luckin
June 6th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 643

Re: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .

I'm pretty sure that it will be rescinded beginning this Friday . . . Cheers two questions regarding the bold above: 1. Is this for SB County only, or statewide? 2. Have you seen any documentation (from the Gov's Office, ABC, DPH, etc.) on a June 12 date for the meal requirement being rescinded? I'...
by Paul Luckin
June 6th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 643

Re: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .

Sonoma County Health Dept issued an update last night that starting today, June 6, wineries, breweries, and restaurants were now good to open for indoor dining. wineries may serve alcohol but only in the same transaction as providing a "bonafide meal" (meal definition still vague). That is what we'...
by Paul Luckin
June 6th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 643

Re: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .

Sonoma County Health Dept issued an update last night that starting today, June 6, wineries, breweries, and restaurants were now good to open for indoor dining. wineries may serve alcohol but only in the same transaction as providing a "bonafide meal" (meal definition still vague).
by Paul Luckin
June 5th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous Learn - Interactive Napa Tastings with Antonio Galloni
Replies: 10
Views: 918

Re: Vinous Learn - Interactive Napa Tastings with Antonio Galloni

[drift] There’s a Legends Master Class virtual tasting this evening at 5:00 pm featuring the Moon Mountain District AVA. Link with more info [/drift] I really liked this discussion. The winemakers all had a lot of praise for Phil Coturri's farming prowess. I've been listening to "The Winemaker's" p...
by Paul Luckin
June 4th, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous Learn - Interactive Napa Tastings with Antonio Galloni
Replies: 10
Views: 918

Re: Vinous Learn - Interactive Napa Tastings with Antonio Galloni

[drift]

There’s a Legends Master Class virtual tasting this evening at 5:00 pm featuring the Moon Mountain District AVA.

Link with more info

[/drift]
by Paul Luckin
May 29th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How are reoponed tasting rooms doing?
Replies: 8
Views: 992

Re: How are reoponed tasting rooms doing?

i've got an iFriend with a small winery in Newberg, OR. he's been open for two weeks since they gave him the green light, and says the response has been good to great. people are being respectful and accepting of the new protocols. lots and lots of cleaning and sanitizing to be done before, in betwe...
by Paul Luckin
April 19th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 171
Views: 9398

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

MacLaren in Sonoma Valley. Steve makes some nice cool-climate Syrahs.
by Paul Luckin
April 6th, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version
Replies: 143
Views: 3964

Re: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version

1. Gin (i'm a really affable character, but Gin makes me want to get into a fistfight for no good reason) 2. Coffee (don't like the flavors, and seems it's more about "the ritual") 3. Hot Tea (see Coffee) 4. Grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed or otherwise) 5. Absinthe (not a fan of black licorice) 6. ...
by Paul Luckin
March 5th, 2020, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's with all the thread dredging?
Replies: 27
Views: 1382

Re: What's with all the thread dredging?

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
March 5th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Thread dredging is a good thing - rather than start a dozen threads with the same subject matter, bringing back old ones and comparing prior comments/notes with current makes more sense
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by Paul Luckin
February 10th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Looking For a Long-Term Home Rental
Replies: 1
Views: 397

Looking For a Long-Term Home Rental

Greetings All - My wife and I (and awesome French Bulldog) are in the market for a long term home rental, preferably in or along the Highway 12 corridor in Sonoma Valley between Rincon Valley and Sonoma proper. Happy to get into more detail via PM if you, or someone you know, has something available...
by Paul Luckin
February 2nd, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here
Replies: 44
Views: 1744

Re: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here

Brian Tuite wrote:
February 2nd, 2020, 2:40 pm
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Love that Henhouse
by Paul Luckin
February 2nd, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here
Replies: 44
Views: 1744

Re: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here

ChrisU wrote:
February 2nd, 2020, 11:24 am
Probably some Sierra Nevada Celebration ales and see where that takes me (usually to whisky)

Oh and: bang bang niner gang
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by Paul Luckin
February 2nd, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here
Replies: 44
Views: 1744

Re: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here

C Chen wrote:
February 2nd, 2020, 10:46 am
No wine for friends today. Going with Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA and a splash of bourbon.

I got 49ers.
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by Paul Luckin
February 2nd, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here
Replies: 44
Views: 1744

Re: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here

Dennis Atick wrote:
February 2nd, 2020, 6:17 am
49ers

And Cold Beer.
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Pliny The Elder and SF for me.
by Paul Luckin
January 30th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 443
Views: 111798

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

Anyone familiar with the barrel tasting weekend. Trying to figure out what wineries are not doing the barrel tasting thing. here's a list of participating wineries. some are 1st Weekend Only, and others will be doing Fri/Sat/Sun. with six weeks to go, there may be some additions before the programs...
by Paul Luckin
January 29th, 2020, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker names his successor
Replies: 7
Views: 1963

Re: Robert Parker names his successor

Kid has a palate that’s obviously shot. He used to be helpful when I first got into the grenadine game, but now he likes overly sweet monstrosities. Plus, how can you put any faith in a review that’s not double blind? Kid is a sellout. The Longhorn Shirley Temple is 2.5 on a good day. That’s why I ...
by Paul Luckin
January 28th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Sues Cork Company Over 'Contamination' of Their 2015s
Replies: 28
Views: 1849

Re: Cayuse Sues Cork Company Over 'Contamination' of Their 2015s

larry schaffer wrote:
January 28th, 2020, 11:09 am
No that we will ever know, but it would be interesting to see if Cayuse ended up filtering the wine and selling it off to the bulk market . . .
isn't the current bulk market [over]saturated?
by Paul Luckin
January 24th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: That’s a lot of wine!
Replies: 11
Views: 1857

Re: That’s a lot of wine!

Rough math:

97,000 ga = 367,184 liters/9 = 40,798 cases lost.

No idea what COG is for juice alone, but retail/wholesale losses have to be multiple millions (not counting cleanup costs, fines by State/County, etc.)

Bad deal all the way around.
by Paul Luckin
January 18th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: to dump or not to dump?!
Replies: 5
Views: 1522

Re: to dump or not to dump?!

it's fine. not gonna hurt ya.
by Paul Luckin
January 1st, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 3842

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

CA Rhône’s are WAY underrated, both red & white.

Tremendous value across the board.
by Paul Luckin
January 1st, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 3201

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

Randy Bowman wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 9:14 pm
SeanHarding wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 9:03 pm
Paul Luckin wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 5:49 pm
And ketchup doesn’t belong on a sando either.
What about a meatloaf sandwich?
Can do on a meatloaf sandwich BUT I found BBQ sauce was better and did away with the bland. Oh yeah, I also use BBQ on my mashed potatoes instead of gravy.

^^this man knows things^^

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by Paul Luckin
December 31st, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 3201

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

please let us know when you start putting ketchup on a bologna sandwich. yes, yes, I can hear the cries: “I would never eat a bologna sandwich!” but isn’t that really just a hot dog packaged differently? Is a hot dog a sandwich? It’s a different discussion, but: yes. And ketchup doesn’t belong on a...
by Paul Luckin
December 31st, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 3201

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

please let us know when you start putting ketchup on a bologna sandwich.
Click to see spoiler:

yes, yes, I can hear the cries: “I would never eat a bologna sandwich!”

but isn’t that really just a hot dog packaged differently?
by Paul Luckin
December 16th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Winery DTC Fulfillment Providers?
Replies: 12
Views: 1904

Re: Winery DTC Fulfillment Providers?

Maybe try Bodega shipping in Sonoma?
by Paul Luckin
December 10th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Trading Places theme Dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 1623

Re: Trading Places theme Dinner

Will this be held at the Haile Selassie Pavilion? Big fun there.
by Paul Luckin
October 30th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19913

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Headed very much in a direction towards normalcy. It was actually a beautiful day in Alexander Valley today. I never thought I would get quite this much experience in making wine under these conditions, but I could write a book on it now. Since last Wednesday night, we've been taking opportunities ...
by Paul Luckin
October 30th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19913

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Simi Valley PD has encrypted their scanner transmissions this AM. Impossible to monitor evacuations in the wake of the #EasyFire.
by Paul Luckin
October 29th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19913

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Alan Rath wrote:
October 29th, 2019, 11:26 am
This is crazy. Friends who lost their house in the Tubbs fire two years ago look like they will be burned again, a little north of Safari West. I'm scratching my head how, with winds mostly from the north and east, the fire has managed to grow eastward so far .
Monday’s winds were onshore.
by Paul Luckin
October 27th, 2019, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19913

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Rough night hunkered down in the family room at my Step-Daughters house with all three dogs freaking out (first time any of them have ever slept anywhere but home.) ironically the house abuts the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and my view is a firefighter tent city. Winds have been blowing hard since ab...
by Paul Luckin
October 27th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19913

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Rough night hunkered down in the family room at my Step-Daughters house with all three dogs freaking out (first time any of them have ever slept anywhere but home.) ironically the house abuts the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and my view is a firefighter tent city. Winds have been blowing hard since ab...
by Paul Luckin
October 27th, 2019, 4:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19913

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Paul Luckin wrote:
October 27th, 2019, 4:14 am
Mandatory evacuation orders for NE Santa Rosa (Fountaingrove, Rincon Valley, Oakmont). Be safe everyone.
Per update from SRSD - NE Santa Rosa is NOT under a mandatory evacuation order. 4:25 am pst.
by Paul Luckin
October 27th, 2019, 4:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19913

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Mandatory evacuation orders for NE Santa Rosa (Fountaingrove, Rincon Valley, Oakmont). Be safe everyone.
by Paul Luckin
October 27th, 2019, 3:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19913

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Kincade Fire has jumped Hwy 128 and is heading toward Healdsburg and Windsor.
by Paul Luckin
October 27th, 2019, 1:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19913

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

by Paul Luckin
October 26th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19913

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

GST944 done, heading back to McClellan, but nothing else on its way in. So it will be an hour or more by the time it re-loads and returns. Why isn't there another tanker lined up to replace it in the air on scene immediately? Everyone pissed off at PG&E, but no one is yelling at the governor to get...
by Paul Luckin
October 26th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19913

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Mandatory evacuation orders for city of Healdsburg and town of Windsor. Just got the evacuation order, seems a bit early for the order rather than a warning but I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry. Not sure where 30,000+ people are going but we’re going :). Tom Presser I watched noted that th...
by Paul Luckin
October 26th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19913

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Mandatory evacuation orders for city of Healdsburg and town of Windsor.
by Paul Luckin
October 25th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19913

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

by Paul Luckin
October 25th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19913

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

New video from the Kincade Fire



Hoping for a quick recovery for those rescued and the missing civilian is found.

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