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by Al Osterheld
March 24th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal
Replies: 22
Views: 2024

Re: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal

The 2015 Lower East Syrah was quite good, probably a bit more approachable than the regular appellation Syrah.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 23rd, 2020, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal
Replies: 22
Views: 2024

Re: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal

Fantastic producer, love their wines (although I haven't all of these).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 17th, 2020, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3102

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

I don't see your post above, at least not after March 15. The shelter in place was the 16th, so I don't see where the businesses are mentioned. The link to the Alameda County shelter in place order was on the main thread (sorry, I was on an iPhone and actually at work). http://www.acgov.org/documen...
by Al Osterheld
March 17th, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3102

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

The actual orders have details about what types of businesses and activities are exempted, I posted the Alameda County link above but they aren’t difficult to find. There are a lot of businesses that are exempt.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 16th, 2020, 6:28 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7417

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Thanks Micheal, that is a very useful site. I wish they had the US broken down by state. I think the logarithmic graphs are key. I'm shocked by the cases per 1M for Germany and France versus China. (I wonder what Wuhan province is?) And I suspect the Seattle/Washington state rate is higher than Ger...
by Al Osterheld
March 15th, 2020, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine made from natural substances
Replies: 13
Views: 492

Re: Wine made from natural substances

It was an awesome winery. Would hate to see the name co-opted for solyent shit.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 15th, 2020, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7684

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

I'm guessing it will be longer than that before things are back to normal. Just a guess, though.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 15th, 2020, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine made from natural substances
Replies: 13
Views: 492

Re: Wine made from natural substances

Gemello was a rather fine winery back in the day.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 15th, 2020, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7684

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

I've received various emails with wording so similar I think it must have been provided by someone.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 15th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7684

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

See for example the story below, sounds like a strong request but explicitly not an edict. "The governor stopped short of issuing an edict, but said he expects businesses and citizens to follow his directions. “I am confident these guidelines will be well received and will be appropriately enforced....
by Al Osterheld
March 15th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7684

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

The governor wants bars, brewpubs, tasting rooms, and night clubs closed. It was communicated as a request rather than a state government order. Also wants seniors to stay home, hospitals to stop allowing visitors unless end of life case, probably some other requested actions.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 13th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7684

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

According to a recent study, linked above, breathing normally spreads the virus. Sneezing and coughing spreads more in that moment, but breathing apparently spreads plenty.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 13th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Oyster knife
Replies: 5
Views: 370

Re: Oyster knife

Yeah, the video made me shudder.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 13th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7417

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Starting yesterday, Dept of State is advising against traveling abroad (same would apply for others traveling to US). Previously, there advisory only included a handful of countries.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 12th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7684

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

Not surprised HdR was postponed, was surprised by the recent email stating it was still on.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 11th, 2020, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8509
Views: 1246236

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

As I'm imagine most of us recognize, what she could have or should have known, and what would likely lead to a conviction are somewhat different standards.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 11th, 2020, 8:39 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7417

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

They still need airlines to be flying, which may depend on how many passengers they will be carrying.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 11th, 2020, 8:39 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7417

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

They still need airlines to be flying, which may depend on how many passengers they will be carrying.

-A.
by Al Osterheld
March 9th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7417

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Polebridge is a bit far off the grid for most people, literally has its own grid.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 8th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Oyster knife
Replies: 5
Views: 370

Re: Oyster knife

I may have used a similar model. The ergonomics of the handle is very important. I'm not an expert, but after shucking a few dozen at a NYE dinner party a couple years ago, the one I own was not nearly as good as the model the hostess owned.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 8th, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7417

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Yes, I think there are many ways that things could evolve and there will be more clarity in a couple of months. My only scheduled vacation is a rare family reunion in Montana in mid-summer.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 7th, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1097
Views: 75355

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

I had a 2005 Paul Bara Comtesse at dim sum on New Year's Day that I thought was pretty good. Not exactly a note-taking event, though.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 7th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions
Replies: 61
Views: 4011

Re: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions

I think the new facility is complete or mostly complete and at least the tasting room has moved. It appears another winery has the same address, maybe a client or friend of his.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 7th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions
Replies: 61
Views: 4011

Re: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions

Bodegas de Edgar recently moved to a new building at 3550 Combine St in Paso, across 46E from the Hug/BdE location.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 6th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7417

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Yes, the human factor has many aspects and this has been a huge impact on workers and small business owners (and even large businesses).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 1st, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the stigma of cali 2011's-sine qua non excluded
Replies: 28
Views: 2158

Re: the stigma of cali 2011's-sine qua non excluded

The 2011 vintage in California south of San Jose was cool, and picked a little later than usual, but didn't have the issues that plagued later ripening varieties and regions in northern CA. I wouldn't hesitate to buy 2011 wines from the Central Coast, indeed I bought some wines from the area I thoug...
by Al Osterheld
March 1st, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 3901

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

The only time I've given a gift of glasses knowing it was really for my own benefit was to my parents. Yes, parents are a different situation. My parents enjoyed crystal glasses (eg, vintage Cape Cod). I bought them a set of Waterford wine glasses (and other serveware). Sucked as wine glasses, but ...
by Al Osterheld
February 29th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 3901

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

I would bring good wines I think they will like, and not bring any stems. If you think they might see the value of better stems, invite them to your house for a dinner.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 27th, 2020, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Triggered at Total Wine
Replies: 16
Views: 2492

Re: Triggered at Total Wine

Yes, Champagne has been the weakest section of any Total Wine store I've visited.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 26th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2647

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

A claim has been made that people pay BID assessments on hotel rooms and it doesn't bother them. That's not my experience, most people are quite annoyed by add-on fees on hotel rooms, they have just become used to being hit with several add-on fees because they have been a popular source of revenue....
by Al Osterheld
February 25th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from new Livermore Valley Vintners' Collective program being released
Replies: 2
Views: 316

Re: Wines from new Livermore Valley Vintners' Collective program being released

Don't know much and I'm a bit skeptical about projects to create a signature regional blend (although, I have bought and enjoyed a number of Lodi Native Zinfandels). But, the six LVVC wines from the inaugural vintage (2017) were submitted to the 2020 SF Chronicle Wine Competition and received two Br...
by Al Osterheld
February 24th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2647

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

I think this is a fine forum to discuss a surcharge that consumers might be asked to pay. And one person's apathy is another person's choice. Well, until those who know better take that choice away.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 24th, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Chateau Sociando-Mallet
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: TN: 1985 Chateau Sociando-Mallet

I bought it on release at a shop called Vin, Vino, Wine in Palo Alto.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 24th, 2020, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2647

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

It's not really a tax because it would be assessed by for profit entities and the money would go to their vintners association. But, if it appears on the bill like an add-on tax, many will consider it a tax.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 23rd, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Chateau Sociando-Mallet
Replies: 3
Views: 412

TN: 1985 Chateau Sociando-Mallet

A discussion of Sociando Mallet by Robert and others motivated me to open this bottle. 1985 Chateau Sociando-Mallet Really crappy cork with ullage at base of neck, deeper red color, dark cherry and currant with classic cedar and tobacco notes, a little olive comes out as it opens, along with aromas ...
by Al Osterheld
February 23rd, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2647

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

There is a lot of information about the proposed SBC wine BID at the following link: https://www.sbcountywines.com/winebidinfo.html Money would go to the Vintners Association, typically has officers from the industry, some number of employees (apparently two at present in SBC), and has voting proced...
by Al Osterheld
February 23rd, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2647

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

Maybe Stephen is asking how consumers would react if they saw an explicit BID surcharge on their bill. There have been numerous threads about shipping that make it clear that many consumers hate paying for shipping and are happier if the winery charges a bit more per bottle and subsidizes some or al...
by Al Osterheld
February 23rd, 2020, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2647

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

The point of the BID is to move away from voluntary support towards mandatory collections to increase revenue for marketing and avoid any free-rider effects. It would apply to sales in tasting rooms and also items shipped to CA customers (any sales subject to CA sales tax), but not to shipments out ...
by Al Osterheld
February 21st, 2020, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik
Replies: 64
Views: 6195

Re: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik

Whatever the details, seems like a pity for us consumers.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 21st, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: My five favorite vegetables
Replies: 38
Views: 1476

Re: My five favorite vegetables

Josh Grossman wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 8:20 am
Has anyone tried beaver (the animal not the euphemism)?
http://www.cookingissues.com/2010/08/13 ... index.html
I haven't tried it, but beaver meat is extremely fatty (as you might expect).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 21st, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1727
Views: 104117

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Hebrart is a good producer, not sure I've had that specific bottling, though.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 20th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandhi Wines Chardonnay Bentrock
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: TN: 2016 Sandhi Wines Chardonnay Bentrock

The third vineyard is probably Puerta del Mar, a small vineyard further to the west (near Hwy 1) and just outside the SRH appellation. They're all part of the Rancho Salsipuedes property originally purchased by CalPERS and developed by Premier Pacific, later sold as part of unwinding the PP bankrupt...
by Al Osterheld
February 19th, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged wine - what am I missing?
Replies: 105
Views: 5856

Re: Aged wine - what am I missing?

The pursuit of the best can be the enemy of enjoyment of the distinctive and satisfying. -Al Preach! No doubt, Al is BOSS. My entire wine philosophy right there, he’s just more eloquent about it. Your enthusiasm is a form of eloquence! BTW, we also like similar wines. Well, not sure about Ovid (hav...
by Al Osterheld
February 19th, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged wine - what am I missing?
Replies: 105
Views: 5856

Re: Aged wine - what am I missing?

The pursuit of the best can be the enemy of enjoyment of the distinctive and satisfying.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 16th, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph
Replies: 10
Views: 1450

Re: TN: 2012 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph

Yes, the Saint Joseph Les Oliviers blanc is quite good.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 12th, 2020, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 383
Views: 23276

Re: I'm done*

I lack the intel to know whether it's well deserved, but it's certainly worth a hearty congratulations! :-)

Hope it all works out well for you.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 12th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel's rollercoaster popularity ride
Replies: 62
Views: 3160

Re: Zinfandel's rollercoasters popularity ride

Sky is another producer making interesting, more restrained Zinfandels. -Al Wasn’t the vineyard unfortunately lost in 2017? Had a 2013 about a year ago which was wonderful, especially at the roughly $30 price point I think I paid. I haven't heard a current update, but they supposedly lost between 2...
by Al Osterheld
February 10th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel's rollercoaster popularity ride
Replies: 62
Views: 3160

Re: Zinfandel's rollercoasters popularity ride

Sky is another producer making interesting, more restrained Zinfandels.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 3rd, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore - DRINK UP!
Replies: 32
Views: 2086

Re: 2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore - DRINK UP!

No additional favors, just pointing out that experiences on West Coast were also variable (for local customers as well as the winery).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 3rd, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore - DRINK UP!
Replies: 32
Views: 2086

Re: 2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore - DRINK UP!

I think Rhys decided to pull the 2015 vintage based on tasting bottles from their cellar. Also, they would have been shipped from Sicily, although maybe in a reefer.

-Al

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