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by jdietz
August 16th, 2018, 11:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Laguna, CA
Replies: 6
Views: 359

Re: Laguna, CA

Broadway is outstanding. Modern American.

Arguably, best French restaurant in OC is Marche Modern. 15 mins north on PCH.
by jdietz
August 16th, 2018, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Musar 1999 Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Replies: 38
Views: 1183

Re: TN: Chateau Musar 1999 Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

This vintage has been excellent from release to today.
by jdietz
June 30th, 2018, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1500
Views: 75023

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Frank Murray III wrote:
jdietz wrote:
C Chen wrote:Any thoughts on the 2008 Huré Frères Terre Natale?
Love your watch.

Drink this with FMIII. He loves to share.
Dietz? Dietz? He lives! flirtysmile

Miss drinking with you, man.
Maybe this coming week. Time will tell.
by jdietz
June 30th, 2018, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1500
Views: 75023

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

C Chen wrote:Any thoughts on the 2008 Huré Frères Terre Natale?
Love your watch.

Drink this with FMIII. He loves to share.
by jdietz
June 30th, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Most a Rose SHOULD Cost?
Replies: 107
Views: 3041

What's the Most a Rose SHOULD Cost?

I like to stay in the $30-50 range, any cheaper and it's normally not great and any more expensive you really can't tell the difference in quality. You really have to get out more. French Rose's under $30 are "normally not great"? I'll bet the retailers love seeing you walk in the door. Hahaha! We'...
by jdietz
June 30th, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MASSIVE site overhaul (finished!!!) THANK YOU!!!
Replies: 190
Views: 8307

MASSIVE site overhaul coming soon... (please read)

Congrats, big guy, on all your work and success with WB!
by jdietz
June 4th, 2018, 10:22 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London
Replies: 24
Views: 586

Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London

Why not the Tube? If you each have only one suitcase, you can get pretty much anywhere. And, then, if need be, a cab. We've done it with kids.
by jdietz
February 26th, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1345
Views: 145860

Official Costco Thread

The Kirkland Pinot Grigio from Friuli is excellent. (Apologies if this has been noted. I didn't scroll through all the notes.)
by jdietz
February 26th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mary Has Left the Building....at Ridge.
Replies: 3
Views: 1021

Mary Has Left the Building....at Ridge.

I agree. She always provided terrific service. She was my one personal connection to Ridge.
by jdietz
November 27th, 2016, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3431
Views: 302552

The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

GregT wrote:I know he's busy and all, but this is the one offer that has me most interested. Came last night:
Mystery Weekend #5 – Chablis (Bergundy) 750ml (Tuscany) - $29.96
Can't hardly wait to get some!
I love a good Bergundy! Especially from Tuscany!!

Maybe it's a hint.
by jdietz
October 19th, 2016, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Champagne for house bubbly - Any rec's?
Replies: 46
Views: 2241

Need Champagne for house bubbly - Any rec's?

Duval-Leroy

Pierre Moncuit
by jdietz
September 29th, 2016, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular / Laura's House / WB peeps included
Replies: 13
Views: 986

Falltacular / Laura's House / WB peeps included

Nicely done!!!
by jdietz
September 18th, 2016, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay
Replies: 7
Views: 472

TN: 2000 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay

I don't have a drop of that vintage. Did we have this when Joe was at the house???
by jdietz
August 29th, 2016, 6:09 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 135
Views: 8722

Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

Piazza San Marco is not crowded before 8 am. No need to go at 4:30, though that is impressive!! The flow of tourists hits hard 9 ish, as the cruise ship passengers descend. Then things lighten up after 5 or so, but the morning is magical. The open market with its beautiful fruits and veggies is a fu...
by jdietz
August 28th, 2016, 9:57 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 135
Views: 8722

Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

Stay in an an apartment. We were on a canal behind the Fenice Theater, a 5 min walk to San Marcos. We walked everywhere from there, often aimlessly, finding hidden squares and cafes. Use Airbnb or something like that. Having a kitchen and a bedroom, as well as living space, is so much nicer. I'll PM...
by jdietz
June 29th, 2016, 11:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Paso Robles: Niner Estates Restaurant
Replies: 0
Views: 212

Paso Robles: Niner Estates Restaurant

We had an amazing lunch here. The sopes blew us away. But everything we tried was terrific. They even have a kid's menu. Chef Maegan Loring absolutely knows how to combine flavors. When she had a restaurant in SLO, we had the best mole ever, and my wife is Mexican and picky. Highly recommended. http...
by jdietz
June 29th, 2016, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose Wines: To Saignee or Not Saignee..That is the ??
Replies: 27
Views: 1251

Rose Wines: To Saignee or Not Saignee..That is the ??

Larry, just so I understand, you have mourvedre that is picked ONLY to make your rosé, so it's not saignee. And you have different mourvedre grapes for the red morved?
by jdietz
June 21st, 2016, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Léoville Barton
Replies: 2
Views: 389

2007 Léoville Barton

Underappreciated chateau. Maybe the decision to not inflate prices has contributed, but God love them for creating terrific wines year-in, year-out at sensible prices.
by jdietz
June 13th, 2016, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awesome customer service - Chateau Montelena
Replies: 1
Views: 535

Awesome customer service - Chateau Montelena

The way it should be. Done with style.
by jdietz
May 10th, 2016, 11:49 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant near Montmartre Sacré-Cœur???
Replies: 11
Views: 719

Restaurant near Montmartre Sacré-Cœur???

We enjoyed http://restaurantmiroir.com a couple of times. Decent wine list. Reasonable.
by jdietz
April 22nd, 2016, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: LeCuvier Chard PasoRobles '12...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 137

TN: LeCuvier Chard PasoRobles '12...(short/boring)

Munch makes wines like few others. Not all are homeruns.
by jdietz
April 7th, 2016, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great article on Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat
Replies: 52
Views: 1875

Great article on Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat

Mel Knox wrote:You can all meet at the Jimtown store.
Who knew???
by jdietz
April 7th, 2016, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great article on Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat
Replies: 52
Views: 1875

Great article on Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat

Mel Knox wrote:I make Uvaggio w jim.moore..once I made wine w Jim clendenen,jim Adel man and Jim Moore...very confusing for the wife...
I'm Jim
by jdietz
April 1st, 2016, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great article on Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat
Replies: 52
Views: 1875

Great article on Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat

I'm not sure I appreciate being called a knucklehead.
by jdietz
March 30th, 2016, 8:52 am
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Jay Carrol A+++++
Replies: 5
Views: 729

Jay Carrol A+++++

Ah. The bottles you displayed elsewhere.

Jay's a good guy to drink with too.
by jdietz
March 25th, 2016, 9:13 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence / Tuscany
Replies: 40
Views: 2391

Florence / Tuscany

David Kaufman wrote: James, just curious - how many nights did you spend in Florence vs. the villages of Tuscany?
David, I think it was 4 + 4.

Looks like we'll be back in Tuscany mid-June. We didn't get to Volterra last time, so that will likely be on our list this time.
by jdietz
March 25th, 2016, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBerserker Clem Nieto in Manila, Part I: Bar Pintxos.
Replies: 19
Views: 785

WineBerserker Clem Nieto in Manila, Part I: Bar Pintxos.

Good to see my buddy Clem enjoying himself for a change!

And he was eyeing ese chuleton to be able to grab the biggest piece! He does not fear meat!
by jdietz
March 21st, 2016, 11:15 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence / Tuscany
Replies: 40
Views: 2391

Florence / Tuscany

We stayed in an apartment one block from the Doumo in Florence. Excellent location. We walked everywhere. Good advice on the train station in Florence about not letting anyone help you. We took the train to and from Venice. Very easy and comfortable. On a corner across from the central market is Tra...
by jdietz
March 20th, 2016, 11:24 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Loring Wine Company : 2 different Library 3pks over 40% off
Replies: 50
Views: 4698

Loring Wine Company : 2 different Library 3pks over 40% off

I was very pleased! Thanks, Brian and Kimberly.
by jdietz
March 12th, 2016, 12:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker being interviewed on Grape Radio - Questions Needed!
Replies: 309
Views: 23852

Ray Walker being interviewed on Grape Radio - Questions Needed!

c fu wrote:Wonder how it went
Today, Charlie, today.
by jdietz
March 11th, 2016, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker being interviewed on Grape Radio - Questions Needed!
Replies: 309
Views: 23852

Ray Walker being interviewed on Grape Radio - Questions Needed!

If Ray is monitoring this thread, he'll be well prepared, I'm sure.
by jdietz
March 10th, 2016, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Winemaking book by a Berserker - anybody read it?
Replies: 48
Views: 3276

New Winemaking book by a Berserker - anybody read it?

Just finished this last night and agree with Eric- amusing and fun read. So Darren, what did you end up doing after the book concluded? Intern in Melbourne, back to Hirsch, stay in Oregon? He works at Tablas Creek in Paso Robles. Ya, I see he's in Paso now- however the book concluded with 3 possibl...
by jdietz
March 10th, 2016, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Winemaking book by a Berserker - anybody read it?
Replies: 48
Views: 3276

New Winemaking book by a Berserker - anybody read it?

Rama Roberts wrote:Just finished this last night and agree with Eric- amusing and fun read.

So Darren, what did you end up doing after the book concluded? Intern in Melbourne, back to Hirsch, stay in Oregon?
He works at Tablas Creek in Paso Robles.
by jdietz
March 10th, 2016, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker being interviewed on Grape Radio - Questions Needed!
Replies: 309
Views: 23852

Ray Walker being interviewed on Grape Radio - Questions Needed!

Jay Selman wrote:Ray has agreed to do an interview this Saturday on GrapeRadio. No topics are off limits. Feel free to post yor serious questions and we will take the best of them and ask Ray your question. Cutoff is Friday.
Assuming he's not a no-show.
by jdietz
February 25th, 2016, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Winemaking book by a Berserker - anybody read it?
Replies: 48
Views: 3276

New Winemaking book by a Berserker - anybody read it?

I wanna know why he doesn't share his own wine??!
by jdietz
February 22nd, 2016, 11:05 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2016, Our 10th Anniversary, 2/20/2016--FINAL DETAILS in Post #205
Replies: 229
Views: 10460

Falltacular 2016, Our 10th Anniversary, 2/20/2016--FINAL DETAILS in Post #205

I agree with Larry. Tori's story was the most moving of any we've heard over the years. She really gave all of us who have been lucky enough not to be involved in a situation like hers a chilling and, ultimately, uplifting glimpse into her life. What great work Laura's House and all the people assoc...
by jdietz
February 18th, 2016, 2:36 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2016, Our 10th Anniversary, 2/20/2016--FINAL DETAILS in Post #205
Replies: 229
Views: 10460

MAIL YOUR CHECKS!! (see Post 43). Falltacular 2016, Our 10th Anniversary--2/20/2016

Do we have an approximate cost for the after party so we can bring the appropriate cash? Happy new year, everyone. We are 7 weeks out from the big weekend. Some requests/updates: After-party-- If you plan to stay for it, we'll be doing Mexican so we can serve everyone completely. If you plan to sta...
by jdietz
February 17th, 2016, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Winemaking book by a Berserker - anybody read it?
Replies: 48
Views: 3276

New Winemaking book by a Berserker - anybody read it?

Frank Murray III wrote:What a great accomplishment to be published, Darren. Well done.

Rumor is that there will be 2 copies in Saturday's silent auction inside the garage. One to bid on its own and the other alongside the mag of 2003 Tablas Creek.
Can you take a phone bid right now!!!!
by jdietz
February 17th, 2016, 9:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mandolin recommendation?
Replies: 34
Views: 990

Mandolin recommendation?

Thinking of this but not sure how it would be with a stand as far as functionality. I liked the old one because I could be fairly mobile with it...but I didn't like that it snapped. I have a fancy pants metal one like this. I rarely use it, unless I have a really big "job" to do, which isn't often,...
by jdietz
February 17th, 2016, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Winemaking book by a Berserker - anybody read it?
Replies: 48
Views: 3276

New Winemaking book by a Berserker - anybody read it?

I've been informed of a brand new book written by a Berserker, Darren Delmore: 'Slave to the Vine: Confessions of a Vagabond Cellarhand' - anybody read it?? Hope it comes out on Kindle, as I rarely read paper anymore... http://www.amazon.com/Slave-Vine-Confessions-Vagabond-Cellarhand/dp/0692550631/...
by jdietz
February 16th, 2016, 10:25 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Absinthe
Replies: 10
Views: 686

Absinthe

Todd F r e n c h wrote:St George has been my go-to for Sazeracs for a while now
One of my favorites. Has a little higher RS than others.
by jdietz
February 3rd, 2016, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What constitutes a 'big' cellar? (quantity of bottles)
Replies: 67
Views: 2330

What constitutes a 'big' cellar? (quantity of bottles)

The recent thread on the discovery of a wooden box full of wine in the back of a member's cellar includes the word 'small' when he refers to his cellar, which is around 1000 bottles. I'm just less than half of that, and my wife seems to think that my cellar is gigantic, and that there's no way I co...
by jdietz
February 2nd, 2016, 12:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Valentine's day restaurant in mid-south OC
Replies: 7
Views: 289

Valentine's day restaurant in mid-south OC

The Ranch in Anaheim; the Cannery in Newport.
by jdietz
January 28th, 2016, 2:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Bread in the OC
Replies: 15
Views: 685

Bread in the OC

Blackmarket is also now in downtown Santa Ana.
by jdietz
January 28th, 2016, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Bread in the OC
Replies: 15
Views: 685

Bread in the OC

alan weinberg wrote:best bread I have found--but in N Orange County--is the baguette at Surfas in the OC Mix.
Why is it so hard to find a good baguette in OC? I'll pick one up here this afternoon.

I like the ones from C'est La Vie in Laguna, but Surfas is closer.

Thanks.
by jdietz
January 27th, 2016, 10:59 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Loring Wine Company : 2 different Library 3pks over 40% off
Replies: 50
Views: 4698

Loring Wine Company : 2 different Library 3pks over 40% off

Dammit! This offer is too good to pass up.
by jdietz
January 14th, 2016, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CLONYC 49 - Brian Loring and Rachel Silkowski comes east.
Replies: 24
Views: 1699

CLONYC 49 - Brian Loring and Rachel Silkowski comes east.

Nice notes. Great to see the Rasi be appreciated. Apparently, Brian not only can make terrific wines but is a pretty damned good mentor to boot!
by jdietz
January 11th, 2016, 6:26 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2016, Our 10th Anniversary, 2/20/2016--FINAL DETAILS in Post #205
Replies: 229
Views: 10460

Falltacular 2016, Our 10th Anniversary, 2/20/2016--MAIL YOUR CHECKS!! (see Post 43).

Falltacular is like the Rose Parade.

It does not rain that day.

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