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by Bruce Rudman
April 22nd, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16
Replies: 23
Views: 310

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16

I'm interested. I'll be getting back from a vacation right before then, so I'll need spousal clearance. I doubt she'd make the trip too, and as cute as he is, you probably don't want our toddler running around during a wine tasting! Adam, no toddlers (as cute as he may be as we have an unfenced poo...
by Bruce Rudman
April 22nd, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 375
Views: 30590

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Casey - beautiful;!!!
by Bruce Rudman
April 22nd, 2019, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 375
Views: 30590

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Rich Brown wrote:
April 21st, 2019, 7:29 pm
For some people, that's form and function. Some prioritize bottle count. Others may just want to show off a bit. But the primary objective in all cases should be that your cellar makes YOU happy!
This!
by Bruce Rudman
April 21st, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16
Replies: 23
Views: 310

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area

Scott Watkins wrote:
April 21st, 2019, 3:57 pm
Elliot Steele wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 7:28 am
Scott Watkins wrote:
April 17th, 2019, 5:52 pm
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Carpool?
Well this thread has grown! Elliot you must mean Uber pool.
Scott, I think he meant to carpool with YOU!
by Bruce Rudman
April 21st, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16
Replies: 23
Views: 310

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area

Brian Bohr wrote:
April 21st, 2019, 12:29 pm
We are in San Diego on the 22nd so will have to miss this one. Looking forward to next time.
Sorry to miss you but keep watching in case the date changes....

Bruce
by Bruce Rudman
April 21st, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 375
Views: 30590

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Yup. The garage. Took part of the three car garage to make the cellar space. 6” studs and lots of insulation.
by Bruce Rudman
April 21st, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 375
Views: 30590

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Here is my cellar - a 10x11 room; and it has a lock and a camera!
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by Bruce Rudman
April 21st, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16
Replies: 23
Views: 310

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED

Let's block out June 22. If Lazy Dog won't accommodate us, we will have a pot luck at our house (in Thousand Oaks two miles north of the 101). It will be Red Burgundy v. California Pinot. One bottle per person, so if you are a couple, bring one of each region. I'll supply the protein on the Smoker o...
by Bruce Rudman
April 19th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16
Replies: 23
Views: 310

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area

So in response to some of the above responses, we could do Calif. Pinot v. Red Burgundy (blind) and see how that flushes out. Can people tell me how are June 15 or 22 or 23?
by Bruce Rudman
April 19th, 2019, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2249

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

Since I have so little, it is not an issue discussing specifics - Champagne is less than 2% of my cellar. Per CellarTracker, 19 bottles in 17 wines / Value: $1,997 / Cost: $2,125; either way the average is just about $100. My wife's favorite is Billecart-Salmon Rose, which comes in the $70 range mos...
by Bruce Rudman
April 19th, 2019, 3:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Smoked pork belly ideas, anyone?
Replies: 10
Views: 361

Re: Smoked pork belly ideas, anyone?

If you’re not feeling too adventurous, then you can always make bacon with it. I’m assuming you bought the skinless cut. If you’ve got access to a Business Costco, they’ll have the skin on pork belly usually available. Then you have options to do porchetta (if you also procure a pork loin), or Chin...
by Bruce Rudman
April 17th, 2019, 5:45 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16
Replies: 23
Views: 310

Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16

A few years back I arranged a blind Pinot Tasting at Lazy Dog Cafe. About 18 people joined us in a Russian River v. Santa Rita Hills tasting and it was fun. Then, two years ago they wouldn't do a big group on a Saturday, so I did it at my house (also in Thousand Oaks). So, I am gauging interest for ...
by Bruce Rudman
April 17th, 2019, 5:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Smoked pork belly ideas, anyone?
Replies: 10
Views: 361

Re: Smoked pork belly ideas, anyone?

Coincidentally, I was at Costco Saturday and also was tempted by the pork belly. I was going to use my Traeger and I searched and found a recipe for what they called "burnt ends" with the pork belly. Smoked for 2 1/2 hours, then braised for about two more hours, and then smoked/grilled for a few min...
by Bruce Rudman
April 17th, 2019, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?
Replies: 17
Views: 555

Re: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?

When I built my cellar, which has since been expanded, I put in wood racks which were 3 5/8 openings which fit most bottles. I put in one 36 bottle magnum rack which has been very handy for Champagne and oversized bottles.
by Bruce Rudman
March 1st, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin Pinot Noir 2012 release
Replies: 51
Views: 6457

Re: Marcassin Pinot Noir 2012 release

Has anyone heard anything about the 2013’s? By now they should actually be shipping 2015’s you would think!
by Bruce Rudman
March 1st, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California 2017
Replies: 89
Views: 5422

Re: California 2017

As I am sure many here do, I trust the small producers that I have been loyal to for more than a decade to not bottle swill. My assumption is that none of us buy from a producer who will risk its entire reputation by bottling smoke tainted grapes or even grapes that are potentially tainted. I have b...
by Bruce Rudman
February 23rd, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 4256

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

Starting with the Pinot, I really liked the Riddle vineyard wines - Sojourn and Young Hagen's '15's were good but I liked the Young Hagen '14 just a bit more. The Loring Clos Pepe was my favorite of Brian's wines but Kessler-Hawk was a close section. I liked Rachel's '16 Rasi a bit more than the '17...
by Bruce Rudman
February 10th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last 10 wines you drank. Tells us something about what you like.
Replies: 192
Views: 8963

Re: Last 10 wines you drank. Tells us something about what you like.

Per Cellartracker, wines from the past two weeks: 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard 2013 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing 2013 Patiné Cellars Pinot Noir Soberanes 2014 Sojourn Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard 2014 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 20...
by Bruce Rudman
February 9th, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mailing List Good and Bad Deals
Replies: 27
Views: 2216

Re: Mailing List Good and Bad Deals

I am on more than two dozen lists but in exactly two clubs - Loring and Eric Kent. Loring is because it is close enough to get value from the tastings and other club benefits, and I love Brian. Eric Kent because I really like Kent's wine, but more importantly, before the allocation closes, you can s...
by Bruce Rudman
February 4th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem 2019 Offering
Replies: 20
Views: 1562

Re: Williams Selyem 2019 Offering

THe Westside Neighbors is consistently a great wine.
by Bruce Rudman
February 4th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne vs Quivet, only buying one.
Replies: 18
Views: 1140

Re: Kosta Browne vs Quivet, only buying one.

First, I love Mike’s wines and have been buying since the 2006 vintage. It this really is talking apples and oranges. And KB may have its obvious haters but I think it is well worth the $72 tariff. And with tax and shipping it worked out to $81 per bottle on my case purchased, which is not $100. May...
by Bruce Rudman
January 29th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 7926

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

I really was busy Sunday, but I got: 16 bottles of Sojourn along with the free Cab and 10% 4 bottles of Cellar 33 Pinot (2) 3-pks of Crawford Family Pinot (6 btls total) 6-pk of Loring 375 ML Clos Pepe Pinot 3 btls Riverain Cabernet Tench Vineyard Hi-Times Wines deal (but coupon code did not work): ...
by Bruce Rudman
January 28th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Hi-Time Wine Cellars 10% off sale
Replies: 12
Views: 927

Re: Hi-Time Wine Cellars 10% off sale

They must’ve turn the code off after 8 o’clock because I tried it last night and I couldn’t get the code to work.
by Bruce Rudman
January 27th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Auctions - CLOSED!!!
Topic: AUCTION: Jason Hagen Fundraiser by Biggio Hamina - Can you help a brother out?
Replies: 31
Views: 1416

Re: AUCTION: Jason Hagen Fundraiser by Biggio Hamina - Can you help a brother out?

Jason, sorry to hear of your plight. Left something on gofundme. I pray that the list moves quickly.
by Bruce Rudman
January 26th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 7926

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

Very conservative so far:
6 pk Loring Clos Pepe 375’s
3 Riverain Cabernet
by Bruce Rudman
January 26th, 2019, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $225-$300 Napa Cabs
Replies: 72
Views: 5485

Re: $225-$300 Napa Cabs

Schrader at that price point never disappoints, and Realm wines are mostly under that price but also are superb. But, if you really want a great wine for $300, I'll sell you some of my Myriad Dr. Crane Elysian for $300... IMHO, it is better than many of the $300 wines and you can buy it for $165 if ...
by Bruce Rudman
January 24th, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: BD10 Sponsor Features
Topic: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: Sojourn Cellars
Replies: 11
Views: 1021

Re: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: Sojourn Cellars

Been a loyal buyer since the 2005 vintage. Great stuff!
by Bruce Rudman
January 21st, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Grower Champagnes at Todd's
Replies: 68
Views: 2041

Re: TN: Grower Champagnes at Todd's

Can I please get an invite if you redo this? pretty please!
by Bruce Rudman
December 26th, 2018, 5:53 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 49
Views: 2161

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

However it's fair to stress the 'without unpacking everyday' to which you could add 'without checking in/out every day' and other wasted time if trying to achieve the same by bus/rail/flights. Regards Ian Very good point Ian - not to mention scheduling around check-in times. The river cruises also ...
by Bruce Rudman
December 25th, 2018, 9:33 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 49
Views: 2161

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

Brig, In September we went on our first river cruise - Uniworld from Avignon to Lyon, with three additional nights in Beaune. So good that we booked another from Basel through Germany to Amsterdam this July. Only 158 passengers on board so it is much more like a small luxury hotel than a huge mega s...
by Bruce Rudman
December 22nd, 2018, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Cristal - nectar of the gods
Replies: 39
Views: 2718

Re: 2008 Cristal - nectar of the gods

Thanks Blake!
by Bruce Rudman
December 22nd, 2018, 3:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Cristal - nectar of the gods
Replies: 39
Views: 2718

Re: 2008 Cristal - nectar of the gods

My local Costco last night had a ton of Cristal at $219, but it all seemed to be 2009. They had 2006 and 2008 LGD, and I got one of each. Also had one I've never heard about - Piper Heidsieck 2002 "Rare" for around $135.
by Bruce Rudman
December 15th, 2018, 6:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New Breville Pizzailo electric pizza oven looks kinda amazing
Replies: 11
Views: 821

Re: New Breville Pizzailo electric pizza oven looks kinda amazing

So glad to hear of the longevity of the Uuni/Ooni. Bought the Uuni Pro and have used it twice. It seems to work like a charm so far.
by Bruce Rudman
November 22nd, 2018, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee
Replies: 82
Views: 3513

Re: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee

"The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or Possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited." Can the SC declare an amendment unconstitutional? Because if not, as much as it pains me, I ...
by Bruce Rudman
November 21st, 2018, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee
Replies: 82
Views: 3513

Re: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee

Never bothered to get admitted to the US Supreme Court. But, I agree that regurgitating others' arguments is a waste. Putting this a little simpler for the non-lawyers amongst us, it should be stated that this is the Supreme Court so the issue must be whether the law conflicts with the Commerce Clau...
by Bruce Rudman
November 9th, 2018, 12:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 174
Views: 13780

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

I logged on promptly at 9:00 am. As I entered a quantity on any item it told me zero were available. As I went back to try something else, they all said sold out. This was by 9:03 am. I am pissed that I wasted money to get to Grand Reserve and got nothing....

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by Bruce Rudman
October 27th, 2018, 2:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3309
Views: 164488

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Bought a bottle of the 1920 on your recommendation at Total Wine. $52.99.
by Bruce Rudman
October 20th, 2018, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for wine cellar insurer
Replies: 59
Views: 2035

Re: Suggestions for wine cellar insurer

Over the years I was incorrectly told by State Farm my collection was covered under home contents. I must have asked them to look into the issue 5 separate times. Finally found out the home policy would cover a small amount of wine, around $25K. State Farm will write separate policies for wine up t...
by Bruce Rudman
October 18th, 2018, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for wine cellar insurer
Replies: 59
Views: 2035

Re: Suggestions for wine cellar insurer

Looked up Chubb and AIG. Both seem to be about 1/2% per year. So a $100,000 cellar is $500/yr. Not cheap. I disagree on the value. My AIG policy covers fire, theft, a dropped bottle (or lots of dropped bottles), earthquake, and even cooling unit failure cooking the wine. If you have a $100,000 cell...
by Bruce Rudman
October 15th, 2018, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for wine cellar insurer
Replies: 59
Views: 2035

Re: Suggestions for wine cellar insurer

Looked up Chubb and AIG. Both seem to be about 1/2% per year. So a $100,000 cellar is $500/yr. Not cheap. I disagree on the value. My AIG policy covers fire, theft, a dropped bottle (or lots of dropped bottles), earthquake, and even cooling unit failure cooking the wine. If you have a $100,000 cell...
by Bruce Rudman
August 8th, 2018, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many allocation lists are you on?
Replies: 111
Views: 4776

How many allocation lists are you on?

Too many - but love them all: Myriad Sojourn Rivers Marie Saxum Rhys Schrader Ancillary Riverain (a new list) Kosta Browne Cirq Williams Selyem William & Mary Piper Quivet Carter Realm Rochioli Sea Smoke Patine' Loring (a club) Eric Kent (sort of a club) Harlan (haven't ordered since 2012 vintage t...
by Bruce Rudman
August 7th, 2018, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many allocation lists are you on?
Replies: 111
Views: 4776

How many allocation lists are you on?

Too many - but love them all: Myriad Sojourn Rivers Marie Saxum Rhys Schrader Ancillary Riverain (a new list) Kosta Browne Cirq Williams Selyem William & Mary Piper Quivet Carter Realm Rochioli Sea Smoke Patine' Loring (a club) Eric Kent (sort of a club) Harlan (haven't ordered since 2012 vintage th...
by Bruce Rudman
August 4th, 2018, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anniversary Weekend in Napa...(now with notes: Schramsberg/J. Davies, R-M, Mending Wall, Raymond)
Replies: 69
Views: 3357

Headed to Napa tomorrow for Anniversary weekend...

Happy anniversary Todd and Jen. As for recommendations and opinions, I've found that every restaurant (except perhaps FL) can have a good night or bad night, and good dish or bad dish. Had a great dinner years ago in the bar at Redd. Have had several good meals at Bistro Jeanty (but it has been a wh...
by Bruce Rudman
July 27th, 2018, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit to Burgundy and Champagne
Replies: 35
Views: 2356

Visit to Burgundy and Champagne

Howard, thank you for this posting. Will be in Burgundy in September. Hope to have as nice a time as you apparently did.
by Bruce Rudman
July 24th, 2018, 7:44 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany Bound (looking for recs)
Replies: 12
Views: 892

Tuscany Bound (looking for recs)

Agree completely with Robert. If you go to Castellina, a Michelin Star restaurant, Albergaccio, was sublime. We rented a house in Radda for a week in 2010 and used that as a home base. You must visit Volpaia for lunch - rabbit with black truffles was amazing. Badia a Coltibuono is a great recommenda...
by Bruce Rudman
July 24th, 2018, 6:36 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany Bound (looking for recs)
Replies: 12
Views: 892

Tuscany Bound (looking for recs)

What I liked best was to try the regional dishes in each area - like Pienza was known for Peccorino cheese and Chingiale (wild boar). If you make it to the town of Greve, there is one of the best meat/cheese shops and nearby is Le Cantina - more than 100 Sangiovese wines to taste on the Enomatics, b...
by Bruce Rudman
July 10th, 2018, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin Pinot Noir 2012 release
Replies: 51
Views: 6457

Marcassin Pinot Noir 2012 release

R. Gleiberm@n wrote:2 week check clearing - that is a new record.
Yup, mine was cashed Monday. But, they still have the '13, '14, and '15 wines to distribute still.

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