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by Paul Luckin
October 17th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fait-Main absurdly high shipping rates
Replies: 26
Views: 1662

Re: Fait-Main absurdly high shipping rates

ALL of the above prices quoted are too high honestly. paying more than $10 a btl to ship is just really obnoxious. Such is the cost of shipping wine. Get licensed and find out for yourself. i never mentioned 'cost' of shipping wine. i know what the cost is, it doesn't require licensure . call me a ...
by Paul Luckin
September 29th, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 529
Views: 57694

Re: #GlassFire

Anyone know of a fire line map. The one I’ve seen hasn’t moved in 24 hours. A friend live right next to spring lake and the state park in Santa Rosa and the line has been just on the other side of the park. calfire has an update from 2:30pm today. click on the incident and it'll move to the fire th...
by Paul Luckin
September 15th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4664

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

I agree with her that in general it is best for businesses to mind their own business, which would be lost on those who never successfully ran a business. Sorry, but you certainly don't speak for all who have run a successful business. I have and continue to run multiple successful businesses, and ...
by Paul Luckin
September 13th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4664

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

2584] - safety: literally, this winery has decided the safety of their team and guests - who may go visit other wineries in a given area - is not a priority and they can be spreading infections due to this carelessness. why should Larry, or anyone else, need to host guests who may have been exposed...
by Paul Luckin
September 8th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires - Walbridge and Meyers - Sonoma County
Replies: 110
Views: 9195

Re: Fires - Walbridge and Meyers - Sonoma County

Very unfortunate. Down hear, the heat wave broke. So, the temperature is quite pleasant. Unfortunately the air is full of ash from the Bobcat fire in the San Gabriels. And, yes, Santa Ana winds are forecast in the next few days. Luckily they called in air support immediately and they killed it last...
by Paul Luckin
September 2nd, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Tom Seaver
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Re: RIP Tom Seaver

My dad went to HS with Tom.

RIP Mr. Seaver
by Paul Luckin
August 20th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hennessey Fire, Napa
Replies: 62
Views: 7773

Re: Hennessey Fire, Napa

new fire reported at 1494 Walnut Lane in Napa.

2-3 acres at this time.
by Paul Luckin
August 19th, 2020, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hennessey Fire, Napa
Replies: 62
Views: 7773

Re: Hennessey Fire, Napa

“ The largest of the Napa County fires was the Hennessey, which exploded to 100,000 acres Wednesday as it merged with three other blazes — the Gamble, Green and Markley fires — burning in the rugged eastern hills of the county.“ And Travis AFB being evacuated. All non-essential mission personnel and...
by Paul Luckin
August 18th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires - Walbridge and Meyers - Sonoma County
Replies: 110
Views: 9195

Re: Fire 13-4 Sonoma County

Dammit. Sorry to see this Brian. Please provide updates as you’re able.
by Paul Luckin
August 18th, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3442

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

I feel like the "like" (and maybe "dislike") feature would be more useful with respect to individual posts, rather than threads. I think the number of replies already indicates how popular a thread is and the subject typically gives me an idea if it's something I'd be interested in. I do, however, ...
by Paul Luckin
August 17th, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Heatwave......
Replies: 120
Views: 7395

Re: Napa Heatwave......

PHuff wrote:
August 17th, 2020, 5:57 pm
Any updates on the Hennessy Fire?.........
2400 acres at around 5:00pm pst. 0% contain.
by Paul Luckin
August 15th, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Heatwave......
Replies: 120
Views: 7395

Re: Napa Heatwave......

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 11 AM PDT SUNDAY for the entire Bay Area due to lightning that could cause new fire starts... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN San Francisco has issued a Red Flag Warning...WHICH IS IN EFFECT from 11 PM this evening to 11 AM PDT Sunday. The Fir...
by Paul Luckin
August 14th, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Heatwave......
Replies: 120
Views: 7395

Re: Napa Heatwave......

by Paul Luckin
August 14th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Heatwave......
Replies: 120
Views: 7395

Re: Napa Heatwave......

“ PG&E on Friday (Aug. 14) was directed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to turn off power to about 200,000 to 250,000 customers at a time in rotating power outages given the strain on the power grid during the statewide heatwave. Other power utilities in the state are being dir...
by Paul Luckin
August 2nd, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4664

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

In my opinion, my INEXPERIENCED opinion, it is not hurting you. Let them hurt themselves. More is to be gained by having positive experiences with your fellow wineries. MY OPINION, which you asked for. if a winery has an owner and employees who purposely don't wear masks, it hurts everyone else in ...
by Paul Luckin
August 2nd, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4664

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

I believe that relationships within the community (winemaking) are important. Whether some one is wearing a mask or not at another winery, I would not consider my business. winemaking, production, vineyard crews, hospitality, sales, marketing, transportation, etc: it's all intertwined. we need to b...
by Paul Luckin
August 2nd, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4664

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

This is a situation where the owner of a winery and all of his employees refuse to wear masks in front of customers - and this is not an 'occasional' thing. They never wear them. This is not ignorance - they know the current regulations . . . In my opinion, my INEXPERIENCED opinion, it is not hurti...
by Paul Luckin
July 28th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma County Rhône Producers? - Another winery recommendation request thread
Replies: 22
Views: 1044

Re: EasyPeasy...

No brainer here, Chris. In the village of Sonoma, MacLaren has a tasting room and makes outstanding cold-climate Syrahs. And as a bonus, a short walk away is Girl and the Fig restaurant of SondraBernstein with a wine list loaded with Rhones, some actually from that RhoneVlly place in France where t...
by Paul Luckin
July 27th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 450
Views: 116757

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

In the Healdsburg Plaza, we hit up Selby Tasting Room, and Spicy Vines. Loved the Sauv Blanc, Pinot and Bobcat Zinfandel at Selby. I usually get bottles ordered of that Zin all the time. There was a real good Spanish restaurant we went to called Bravas bar de Tapas. Somehow I found a Maa n Paa wine...
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: 4
Views: 891

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: 2011

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: 2011

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: 1873

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: 20405

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: 20405

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: 20405

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: 664

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: 664

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: 664

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: 664

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: 664

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: 983

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: 983

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: 1012

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: 178
Views: 10850

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: 4086

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: 1406

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: 405

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: 1785

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: 1785

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: 1785

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.
::likebutton::
by Paul Luckin
February 2nd, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here
Replies: 44
Views: 1785

Re: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here

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

And Cold Beer.
::likebutton::

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: 450
Views: 116757

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: 1977

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: 1896

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: 1869

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: 2216

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: 3920

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.

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