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by Al Osterheld
April 22nd, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1875
Views: 149622

Re: Steak Porn

Really? Would you really? You’d want to get up in the middle of the night and pull the calf, cold and muddy, getting the shit kicked out of you in the process. Make sure nothing got him, feed him, vaccinate him, drench him, doctor him when he learned the hard way what a barbed wire fence is, cut hi...
by Al Osterheld
April 21st, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 125
Views: 5040

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

The 2003 vintage was pretty awful in the Southern Rhone, too, although RP didn't flog it like the north.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 20th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Burg, Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot and a terrific Albarino surprise
Replies: 11
Views: 835

Re: Red Burg, Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot and a terrific Albarino surprise

The Cinnabar vineyards were sold to Mount Eden in 2007 (gorgeous location, btw). I think the Chardonnay was used one year in the Saratoga Cuvee, but not the Pinot Noir. The Saratoga Cuvee Pinot was typically from Mount Eden fruit combined with grapes from Woodside (Lone Madrone some years) and Santa...
by Al Osterheld
April 19th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lunch with Condrieu, 1975 reds and a couple of ancient Cognacs
Replies: 6
Views: 443

Re: Lunch with Condrieu, 1975 reds and a couple of ancient Cognacs

Vernay recommends aging some of their Condrieu bottlings, especially the Coteaux du Vernon.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 15th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 664

Re: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?

PeterH wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 10:42 am
Matsutake deserves mention, one of the best.
Yes, also buy these but don’t see them often in my usual shops.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 14th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 664

Re: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?

David K o l i n wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Porcini/cepes. I use shiitake, maitake, oysters, king oysters, chanterelle, lobster and morel mushrooms regularly
Those are all good and ones I regularly use, except for oysters. Also, black trumpets (aka black chanterelles), and sometimes abalone.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 11th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1446

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

FedEx Ground and Home are separate operations, warehouses, and drivers from original FedEx. -Al Regardless, I've been able to have both FedEx Ground and FedEx Home wine shipments delivered to my local Walgreen's. Sure. I was answering question whether they have same drivers as regular FedEx. -Al
by Al Osterheld
April 11th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1446

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

FedEx Ground and Home are separate operations, warehouses, and drivers from original FedEx.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 8th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stainless cookware options other than All-Clad
Replies: 77
Views: 2454

Re: Stainless cookware options other than All-Clad

When cooking for one, I often use a skillet that size.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 7th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with liver
Replies: 48
Views: 1254

Re: Pairing with liver

alan weinberg wrote:
April 7th, 2019, 2:41 pm
beef liver is a tougher match than chicken liver. Chicken liver w onions in a red wine reduction can be wonderful w aged red Burgundy.
Agree that chicken liver isn't that tough compared to beef liver. Not sure how many people eat the latter, however.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 7th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This seems a little excessive, no? (UPDATED - it's not)
Replies: 41
Views: 2746

Re: This seems a little excessive, no?

Nate Simon wrote:
April 7th, 2019, 12:31 pm
If I bought a wine that came with this message, it would be the last time I bought from them.
Dunno, some folks bury cow horns, or rack according to the phase of the moon. I'm pretty tolerant of the foibles of growers and winemakers.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
April 7th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TCA Has No Smell..
Replies: 30
Views: 1549

Re: TCA Has No Smell..

Seems this is just click-bait, and a poor translation of a scientific article by a writer who did not understand what they were reading and forged ahead anyway. The scientific article cited partway through is https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3791788/ and while it is also well above my s...
by Al Osterheld
April 6th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TCA Has No Smell..
Replies: 30
Views: 1549

Re: TCA Has No Smell..

Seems this is just click-bait, and a poor translation of a scientific article by a writer who did not understand what they were reading and forged ahead anyway. The scientific article cited partway through is https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3791788/ and while it is also well above my s...
by Al Osterheld
April 5th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as cancer agent
Replies: 32
Views: 2062

Re: Wine as cancer agent

I regularly depose people in academic endeavors (social scientists mostly) and I can say that (a) the rigor with which peer review is treated varies dramatically among publications (some take it seriously, others are a joke); (b) readers who actually get past the abstract often gloss over even the ...
by Al Osterheld
April 2nd, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as a Veblen Good?
Replies: 74
Views: 1796

Re: Wine as a Veblen Good?

The argument for First Growth Bordeaux as Veblen goods really dates to the period when Chinese buyers first entered the market in a big way. The people with enough wealth to play had to have "the best" and the rising prices validated their choice as "the best" and drove demand and prices higher. Var...
by Al Osterheld
April 1st, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as a Veblen Good?
Replies: 74
Views: 1796

Re: Wine as a Veblen Good?

FWIW, I’m not sure Cristal is still a good example of a Veblen good. It was primarily rappers driving that status, and they dropped the brand when they felt the love was not reciprocated. As far as Neal’s point, Cristal is not a Veblen good to him, whether or not it is still a Veblen good in the bro...
by Al Osterheld
March 30th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Edmunds St. John Los Robles Viejos Rozet Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 246

Re: TN: 2000 Edmunds St. John Los Robles Viejos Rozet Vineyard

I agree, I like both but the 2001 was my clear favorite of the two. I might have one bottle left.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 30th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Edmunds St. John Los Robles Viejos Rozet Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 246

Re: TN: 2000 Edmunds St. John Los Robles Viejos Rozet Vineyard

Dennis Atick wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 10:35 am
John Morris wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 10:10 am
What's the mix of grapes -- grenache and what?
GSM and a touch of Counoise.
Supposedly GSMC 21/30/45/04.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 29th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7600

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

You might try covering the glass with something opaque and reflective. Even if you don't want to use it that way, it will give you and idea whether it's having an effect.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 29th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without
Replies: 88
Views: 3385

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

Do you spend time at the beach, or just drink 20+ year old wine in a place near the beach? -Al "To" not "on." On our beach vacation. In the beach house. Makes sense. I initially had visions of you lounging on the beach in Bermuda shorts and a floppy hat, drinking old Bordeaux and Champagne. -Al
by Al Osterheld
March 29th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without
Replies: 88
Views: 3385

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

Do you spend time at the beach, or just drink 20+ year old wine in a place near the beach?

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 28th, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)
Replies: 19
Views: 1685

Re: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)

The Yuen was from James Berry and Brosseau fruit, I think he made it in 2008 and 2009.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 22nd, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 277
Views: 15009

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

It's your birthday, dude? Happy Birthday, Marcus!

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 21st, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 673

Re: Wine chemistry question?

There is evidence they are perceived as equally sour at the same molar concentration, but I don’t believe it has been conclusively demonstrated. The different overall taste is probably related to other things, either because most substances trigger various receptors or because of other impurities. A...
by Al Osterheld
March 21st, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 673

Re: Wine chemistry question?

And tartaric acid dropping out of solution also means a drop in acidity (after all, there's now less acid in the solution). However, this drop is normally quite minute and seldom particularly perceptible, so there's no worry that the wine would feel noticeably lower in acidity if wine crystals form...
by Al Osterheld
March 13th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2261

Re: WSJ wine article

Not for basketball celebrations, but it's still an important part of life.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 13th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2261

Re: WSJ wine article

Shannon Perdue wrote:
March 13th, 2019, 7:07 am
Al - Agree! I wouldn't turn these down should Lebron want to share. :)
Needs some Champagne in the mix, though.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 12th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2261

Re: WSJ wine article

Some wines featured on Lebron's twitter feed: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet Les Ruchottes 1990 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2009 Chateau Pontet Canet 2007 Opus One 2003 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque 2015 Screaming Eagle The Flight 2013 Colgin Cariad Red 2012 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne It's ...
by Al Osterheld
March 9th, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas VS Arnot-Roberts
Replies: 24
Views: 1607

Re: Ceritas VS Arnot-Roberts

I don't like wax seals, but the Ceritas wax is about as easy to remove as a foil. Some of the wineries say that you should just push the corkscrew through the way and it will all be fine. That's true for a few years when the wax is pliable and the cork is young, not so much with older wines. I find ...
by Al Osterheld
March 9th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 148
Views: 5185

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

I'm not sure the better wineries with the name of an AVA get much advantage. The consumers who buy higher end wines generally know the difference, and the name makes their winery/wines harder to locate on an internet search rather than easier (confusion make work against them as much as for them). I...
by Al Osterheld
March 9th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1875
Views: 149622

Re: Steak Porn

Yes, pepper burns as you mentioned.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 9th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 124
Views: 7379

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Where's the picnic?

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 9th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2261

Re: WSJ wine article

From what I can tell, Parker would approve of Lebron's taste in wine.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 9th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016
Replies: 168
Views: 12980

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

I liked Soleil Ho's initial reviews, although she's not going to be a traditional restaurant reviewer.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 7th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much would you pay for ultimate wine ?
Replies: 29
Views: 1638

Re: How much would you pay for ultimate wine ?

The ultimate wine, the wine to end all wines, to be the pinnacle of my wine drinking life and make every other wines seem inadequate in comparison?

I wouldn't pay anything for it.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 7th, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting Tempier's 2016 Reds
Replies: 11
Views: 952

Re: TN: Tasting Tempier's 2016 Reds

I had a bottle of the 2013 Pradeaux about a year ago and thought it was very good, gorgeous aromatics and surprisingly elegant for young Bandol although the tannins are certainly there.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 6th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting Tempier's 2016 Reds
Replies: 11
Views: 952

Re: TN: Tasting Tempier's 2016 Reds

I also love Pradeaux. Rosenthal claims for them that 2014 was a bit difficult vintage (rain during harvest) and will yield a less tannic wine, 2015 was very good, and 2016 was great.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 3rd, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 148
Views: 5185

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

FWIW, have only seen one dead lizard. Traumatized me, though.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
March 3rd, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 148
Views: 5185

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

As far as MOG, if you don't use machine-harvested grapes, it's hard to end up with rats or gophers. But, ants, yellow jackets, leaves, mold, bird shit, dead lizards are all in play. Should also remove the raisins and seriously underripe grapes, but otherwise I think diversity is good. It's helpful t...
by Al Osterheld
March 3rd, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 124
Views: 7379

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Yeah,crapola. Also Hope they don’t chase down existing futures buying to re-up on the estate. I don't think they will, you signed up when the rules were different. Neal and I dropped off the Futures list a year apart, but both after they had changed the rules for new people who joined. I was always...
by Al Osterheld
March 2nd, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Arnot-Roberts Spring Release
Replies: 25
Views: 1023

Re: Arnot-Roberts Spring Release

Great shipping rates often means the winery is subsidizing them. For the same total "out the door" price, consumers are happier if less of it is for shipping.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 25th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can old wine ever make you sick
Replies: 28
Views: 1409

Re: Can old wine ever make you sick

So, do sherries carry a cancer warning in California? All alcoholic beverages sold in California or shipped to California consumers fall under the Prop 65 warning regulations. I think this requires a sign at point of sale or service, and also a warning included with shipments. The final implementat...
by Al Osterheld
February 24th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can old wine ever make you sick
Replies: 28
Views: 1409

Re: Can old wine ever make you sick

Human pathogens don't grow in wine. BTW, Champagne and Burgundy are more hostile to them than ultra-high Ph GSMs. Just saying. As far as chemical changes as a wine goes bad, a lot of the byproducts are benign stuff (vinegar, ethyl acetate) but if you have a weak stomach and an active imagination the...
by Al Osterheld
February 17th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Beaucastel blanc - last 2 bottles were dead, should I do something different with bottle 3
Replies: 22
Views: 1101

Re: 2001 Beaucastel blanc - last 2 bottles were dead, should I do something different with bottle 3

I opened one a couple years ago that was in a great spot, although it certainly had some oxidative character. As others have noted, it's part of the nature of the beast with aged white Rhones.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 16th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3501

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

As far as comments that Tablas Creek might be sending gifts to Tom because he's an influencer, I think they send the gifts to members of their rather large wine club (I think now more than one wine club, haven't kept up). I received the gift, along with annual gifts since I joined their wine club so...
by Al Osterheld
February 16th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 58
Views: 4222

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

Maybe the thief likes Valtellina, but more likely just saw a "free" bottle of wine and now wonders why they didn't grab the other bottle instead.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 15th, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bob Lindquist Leaves Qupe - And 'Starts' Own Brand . . .
Replies: 19
Views: 1385

Re: Bob Lindquisst Leaves Qupe - And 'Starts' Own Brand . . .

I love the wines Bob makes (and Louisa and Ethan, too) . Hope it turns out well for them. The sale to Terroir looked like a good move, until the founder had his problems. But, the heart and soul and art of Qupe was all Bob, no matter the name on the label.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 13th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is out of state retailer charging me their states sales tax?
Replies: 20
Views: 1035

Re: Why is out of state retailer charging me their states sales tax?

No, that was the law, but the Supreme Court ruling changed that, as I understand it. It no longer matters if the retailer has a presence in the state to which it is shipping. The retailer's home state can collect the tax on shipments going out of state if it chooses (and what state won't?). Yes, th...
by Al Osterheld
February 13th, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still read Wine Spectator?
Replies: 41
Views: 1588

Re: Do you still read Wine Spectator?

Years ago when it was on newsprint and the internet was just an idea, it was useful to keep up with winery news (things like wineries closing, being bought, merging, expanding, etc.). Then it went to the glossy coffee table format and became less interesting.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 12th, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Filoli Estate Vnyd??
Replies: 14
Views: 397

Re: Filoli Estate Vnyd??

Mel Knox wrote:
February 11th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Thanks, Al. I was passing along old news.
It's an interesting story and a surprising connection. The Tolmachs were at Filoli almost from its beginning as a public site and worked there for 35 years.

-Al

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