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by Al Osterheld
November 13th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)
Replies: 27
Views: 1296

Re: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)

I've opened at 2006 Merlot that may have been an off bottle (some EA), a 2000 Meritage I thought was quite nice in a somewhat old school style, a 1996 Meritage that was a bit past peak but again quite nice, a 2003 Cabernet Track that was ripe, hot, and a bit of a mess, and a 2001 Merlot that was on ...
by Al Osterheld
November 8th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 811

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

Yes, as far as I can tell, it's a start-up trying to develop a market for items flown in space, not a science experiment.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
November 5th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 811

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

They have a control case of the same Bordeaux to compare. But, it sounds like most of the bottles will be sold along with other items that have flown to generate the money to fund the research. I'm guessing that's "research" rather than research, but I may be biased.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
November 3rd, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 379
Views: 23563

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I had a chance to taste the 2017 Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay because Sean brought one as a mystery wine to the last big Harrington bottling day, yesterday. Agree that it's a lovely wine and great value.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 30th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 118
Views: 3117

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

I definitely changed what I buy (and amount) and how long I keep it.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 29th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6172

Re: Winebid revised.....

The state of California, for creating the environment that fuels these fires. But that's all I'll say, because then it will get political.
How inconsiderate of them, there's wine to be shipped. By the way, the Kincade fire started on federal land.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 28th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6172

Re: Winebid revised.....

It's also pretty cool at present. Which is good, because it would need a lot of generators to keep a large warehouse cool if it was hot. At whom are you p.o.'ed?

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 28th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 37
Views: 1467

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

Most Champagne has 4 to 6 atmospheres of dissolved CO2. If pour half then reseal with a stopper, at worst it would reduce to 2 to 3 atmospheres. The simple act of putting it in a cold refrigerator makes a big difference because CO2 is more soluble at colder temperatures.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 27th, 2019, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 37
Views: 1467

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

The seal is great, pumping air into the bottle makes essentially no difference. Pumping CO2 would make a difference, but air is only 0.04% CO2. The dissolved CO2 and the CO2 in the headspace achieve equilibrium independent of the other gases.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 26th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6258

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Mass market wine isn't shipped in styrofoam or pulp. -Al you dismissed my point, as no one covets mass market wine, yet the mass wine market is propagated by styro I didn't intend to dismiss your point. but I guess I'm still confused. The overwhelming majority of wine is sold in stores rather than ...
by Al Osterheld
October 25th, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6258

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Mass market wine isn't shipped in styrofoam or pulp.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 24th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 839
Views: 55023

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

A glass of bubbly is great after a day of wine tasting.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 23rd, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 210
Views: 11260

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

Mine has not lost its vacuum seal, that would be annoying.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 23rd, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 210
Views: 11260

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

Christine Huang wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 11:01 am
Yes, but I want perfection, Al!
Why can't I have perfection? [snort.gif]
I never found it, so I became (somewhat) tolerant.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 23rd, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 210
Views: 11260

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

It is odd to not have a spout. But, keeps coffee hot without a hotplate.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 18th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 210
Views: 11260

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

Yes, I think a hand grinder is the only compact option for something small and better than a chopper. I've also been using a Moccamaster, one of the models with a thermal carafe. Amortized over the years I've used it, the extra cost seems pretty minor. Pour over is more time and effort than I want f...
by Al Osterheld
October 18th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 93
Views: 4036

Re: Barolo Sediment

The nasty sediment takes years to precipitate, would not expect it in a 2006 Barolo. Like others, I don't understand the chemistry, just indicated what I've experienced. To be honest, don't even know that recent wines will develop that same sediment or whether it was more prevalent with wine making ...
by Al Osterheld
October 17th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 5878

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

I save "xyzzy" for wines that transport me.
Or, moments when you need to be transported to a better place. But, some folks thought magic should be eliminated.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 17th, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Fox (PC) Update
Replies: 33
Views: 3640

Re: John Fox (PC) Update

He agreed to repay at least $45M as part of his sentencing deal. Personally, I think modest checks from the bankruptcy trustee are more likely.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 16th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Fox (PC) Update
Replies: 33
Views: 3640

Re: John Fox (PC) Update

The bankruptcy isn't wrapped up, yet, although it looks like it's getting close. Any checks would come after then know how much money has been collected and how much is left after paying off the entities involved collecting the money and the creditors farther up in the line. I also received the upda...
by Al Osterheld
October 16th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 5878

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

Should be xyzzy. Works better.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 15th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 839
Views: 55023

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Yeah, have to take advantage of those generous opportunities when they arise. Ken Zinns and I attended a Chalone appellation tasting hosted at Brosseau about 10 years ago. There was a food table hosted by a restaurant in Carmel that served an entire lobe of foie gras. I think I had my share.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 12th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 37
Views: 1467

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

I have a few different stoppers, a couple like the one Neal posted and another (Rabbit) that you twist the top to expand the part that inserts into the bottle. Like Sarah, I find they all work roughly the same although I prefer the former clamp type. At home, I get four glasses out of a 750ml of Cha...
by Al Osterheld
October 11th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Passopisciaro Etna Passorosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Re: TN: 2014 Passopisciaro Etna Passorosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

I could see labeling them as trending modern in the sense that they are clean and polished compared to some of the funkier producers. They also tend to be big with substantial alcohol but usually carry it well.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 11th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Passopisciaro Etna Passorosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Re: TN: 2014 Passopisciaro Etna Passorosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

I like the Passopisciaro wines. The biancos are good but I think are all Chardonnay which seems like a lost opportunity (Carricante).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 11th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3826

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

I don't know particulars of CA grid, but I don't think that the high voltage transmission lines that run on towers are very vulnerable to winds, they make it through hurricanes, it's the distribution lines that are typically endangered by falling trees etc. I think that's correct and it's also cons...
by Al Osterheld
October 9th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3826

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

Municipalities can set up their own power agencies, but they rarely set up their own distribution lines to bring the power from the source if it's not local. My place of work does have two sources with independent power lines, and the non-PG&E source is much less likely to have issues (less extensiv...
by Al Osterheld
October 8th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting heat damage data point
Replies: 13
Views: 1144

Re: Interesting heat damage data point

Yes, I think some types of heat damage take time to show up.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 5th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 72
Views: 5073

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

It's Sushi Yoshizumi, a very small Edomae style sushiya in San Mateo, I think nine seats and two seatings (although sometimes seats are used for extended menus for the whole evening). When it opened it was a screaming good deal. I think it's still a good deal for the level of food but will be viewed...
by Al Osterheld
October 5th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2297

Re: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015

I believe it effectively offers that option in the last three sentences, although I agree it does not offer it explicitly. But, I'm pretty sure that anyone who contacts them with that request will have it granted.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 5th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2297

Re: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015

Alesia is now declassified Rhys (used to be purchased grapes). They have a partnership with Salvo Foti in Sicily, have planted their own vineyards, and these Aeris Etna Carricante wines were made with purchased fruit from one of the top vineyards in Milo.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 5th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2297

Re: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015

The wine is from the Etna DOC.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 4th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: shipping during the heat snap -- frustrating
Replies: 10
Views: 946

Re: shipping during the heat snap -- frustrating

The styrofoam shipper has negligible thermal mass, only the wine and the glass. It has some insulating ability.

Inside CA, I don't worry about it much unless it's exceptionally hot. Cross country when it's hot, I pay more to have it not go ground.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 3rd, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6098

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

The average velocity of the molecules in wine at room temperature is around 500 meters per second. The vibration has a negligible impact on the average kinetic energy, you'd affect it more with a tiny increase in the temperature. Oh, and if the vibration was increasing the kinetic energy of the wine...
by Al Osterheld
September 30th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard
Replies: 16
Views: 691

Re: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard

Where I live, it's currently 48F and expected high is 67F, I think slightly cooler at Brian's place. Depends on the wine, but I like Roussanne around 65, or so.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 30th, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From sommelier to homeless....
Replies: 10
Views: 2046

Re: From sommelier to homeless....

Markus S wrote:
September 30th, 2019, 5:41 am
Al Osterheld wrote:
September 29th, 2019, 8:57 pm
He's in Oakland.

-Al
Oakland's not bad. Isn't that the Bay Area's Brooklyn?
In some ways. FWIW, part of Oakland was originally a small town called Brooklyn.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 29th, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From sommelier to homeless....
Replies: 10
Views: 2046

Re: From sommelier to homeless....

He's in Oakland.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 29th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Edmunds St. John Syrah Wylie-Fenaughty
Replies: 4
Views: 343

Re: TN: 1999 Edmunds St. John Syrah Wylie-Fenaughty

The 2001 ESJ Wylie Fenaughty Syrahs I opened last April and June were very nice, have two or three more.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 29th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From sommelier to homeless....
Replies: 10
Views: 2046

Re: From sommelier to homeless....

Should be more about drug addiction and homelessness than being a sommelier and homeless. Sad that addiction takes down talented people. Thanks for sharing article, sad story. Yes, it's mostly a story about addiction. The somm part is relevant except for helping to accentuate how far he's fallen. H...
by Al Osterheld
September 26th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 140
Views: 10359

Re: 2008 Salon

Definitely a strange reason unless they had cash flow concerns (seems unlikely).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 23rd, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 281
Views: 16047

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Hey, I think I helped with the 2012 Perfusion Pinot which may have been the first real vintage. Didn't realize they had gone commercial.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 22nd, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without
Replies: 90
Views: 4464

Re: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without

Waiter's corkscrew and Monopol Ah So work pretty well, although may need a bit more practice than a Durand.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 21st, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 5878

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

FWIW, the chardonnay is from a vineyard in the western edge of the Fountaingrove AVA, not far from the boundary with the Chalk Hill AVA. The $75 still seems steep.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 19th, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 33
Views: 1737

Re: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape

Yeah, I also avoid 2003 Rhones (although I bought a few at the time), 2007 is ripe but without the roasted quality I don't like in most 2003s.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 18th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry
Replies: 32
Views: 2871

Re: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry

I’d like to say that it’s been a great experience working with Bryan Harrington all these years. I’ve had the opportunity to work with over 50 grape varieties and to help make wines using a number of techniques - skin-fermented whites, partial-carbonic reds, foot-stomping, fermenting in an amphora ...
by Al Osterheld
September 18th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2312

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

Yes, great story. I had a few bottles of their first few vintages of Maridon Syrah, but think I drank them all.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 18th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 520
Views: 29172

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

we actually picked the Tempranillo, and about half the Grenache yesterday before the rain, Ken. Hoping to see the rest in the next 10-15 days, but feel, since this is only the fourth harvest from Shake Ridge, that I'm now in somewhat uncharted territory, since this seems to be the weirdest vintage ...
by Al Osterheld
September 17th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 62
Views: 3841

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

The people who subscribe to the publication understand that he's not writing all the notes (unless they're illiterate). As far as the people who rely on shelf talkers, I think that's its own reward but I also doubt the majority of them care, they just want some guidance and I doubt they've done any ...
by Al Osterheld
September 17th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 379
Views: 23563

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I'm sure it was a fun visit, I need to make it up to the Willamette Valley area one of these years. I have an order of the 2017s showing up tomorrow, I've been quite happy with the style and the individual wines from the past couple of years.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 16th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)
Replies: 33
Views: 1726

Re: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)

In a large gated community in Danville with mansions and a golf course, called Blackhawk, there are two place to buy wine - a bottle shop and a Safeway. Draeger's. May not be the greatest prices, but better selection than the Safeway and probably the bottle shop (haven't been in years since wasn't ...

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