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by Al Osterheld
February 27th, 2021, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1900
Views: 128310

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Haven't yet tried the 2014, but my experience is that Pierre Paillard does pretty well as far providing adequate richness to balance the low dosage.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 27th, 2021, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Why is buying an Ah-So so gd hard to do?
Replies: 14
Views: 352

Re: Why is buying an Ah-So so gd hard to do?

I don't use them standalone, but you can combine with a waiter's corkscrew to make a poor man's Durand.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 26th, 2021, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Why is buying an Ah-So so gd hard to do?
Replies: 14
Views: 352

Re: Why is buying an Ah-So so gd hard to do?

Buy the one from Monopol. I'm talking about the Ah So pullers on Amazon.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 23rd, 2021, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7085
Views: 645099

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Added it here since it's the master thread.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 23rd, 2021, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7085
Views: 645099

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

"John Fox, who ran the world’s largest wine Ponzi scheme from his Berkeley store, gets out of prison"

https://www.berkeleyside.com/2021/02/22 ... -of-prison

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 21st, 2021, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2021 Under $15.00 Wine Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 3552

Re: 2021 Under $15.00 Wine Thread

Touraine is a good appellation for low cost, delicious SB. There is a communal producer (Oisly Thesee) that some vintages puts out a nice wine at sub $10. Domaine du Vissoux (Chermette) has some nice entry level Beaujolais that may still be under the threshold.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 17th, 2021, 8:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 5012

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Dude, I was referring to the nekkid part.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 17th, 2021, 8:09 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 5012

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Casey is that in part do to how so many wineries dealt with smoke taint issues last year and saw how AV was able to deliver clean fruit in 2020? Dude, I'm thinking it's about my amazing skillz as a grape grower! Seriously people are looking ahead and have a need for product. I will admit that Naked...
by Al Osterheld
February 16th, 2021, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Liquor Barn Memories...
Replies: 24
Views: 1596

Re: Liquor Barn Memories...

I loved shopping at Liquor Barn stores. In the early days, the selection was enormous and I was stunned and overjoyed the first time I walked into one. Man, this looks like it's the size of a Safeway and it's nearly all wine, beer, and liquor (with lots of higher end labels, imported as well as dome...
by Al Osterheld
February 15th, 2021, 10:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2518
Views: 217244

Re: Steak Porn

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: February 15th, 2021, 7:51 am
Tom G l a s g o w wrote: February 15th, 2021, 6:21 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: February 14th, 2021, 8:20 pm

I posted pics. You’d probably like the ribeyes more like the one I posted then
Isn’t the strip on the left?
Yes you’re correct, sorry.
If you click on the photo, the expanded version is rotated and strip is on left (I also did a double-take).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 13th, 2021, 9:54 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 5012

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

It's particularly bad for the Anderson Valley since the wineries rely on local water, rather than sources fed by snow melt in the Sierras.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 12th, 2021, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L
Replies: 71
Views: 4970

Re: K&L

Wes Barton wrote: February 12th, 2021, 3:00 pm
Bdklein wrote: February 12th, 2021, 11:47 am ^^ Anybody have any details , insight , etc ?
There's a long thread.
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=176630

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 12th, 2021, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures
Replies: 61
Views: 3394

Re: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures

There are people who claim they detect a minor change in perceived acidity after tartrates have fallen out. But, I've always considered that partly the power of suggestion and partly an immoderate confidence in their own palate. The effect is generally minor, and smaller than actual cold stabilizati...
by Al Osterheld
February 12th, 2021, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 5437

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

maureen nelson wrote: February 12th, 2021, 5:11 am
Al Osterheld wrote: February 11th, 2021, 7:32 pm Naw, Truchot.

-Al
I’ll bring the Truchot, you bring the DRC.
I imagine you have more Truchot than I have DRC, maybe a Rousseau Chambertin.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 11th, 2021, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 5437

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

Naw, Truchot.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 11th, 2021, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 5437

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

mostly because I was running around the house in a panic wondering how I lost a case and a half of Rhys (“honey did you THROW AWAY the Rhys?!”)...thankfully they didn’t ship it. Seems like a common theme. I thought I lost half a case of 2016 Horseshoe Syrah some time last year, turns out it hasn't ...
by Al Osterheld
February 11th, 2021, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures
Replies: 61
Views: 3394

Re: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures

If the cork seal is fine, the wine is fine. Yes, there may be some tartrate crystals that precipitate. Some wineries, particularly large wineries, cold stabilize wine before bottling by lowering the temperature to cause some of tartrates to precipitate. Same process, if it damages the wine then cold...
by Al Osterheld
February 9th, 2021, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 375
Views: 36266

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Trusted producers can mess up with things like brett and other issues, as well, nothing unique to smoke. With smoke, at least they know what they are looking for and it is their reputation backing their wines.

Buy from people you trust, I'm fine with the risk.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 9th, 2021, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Vincent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill
Replies: 10
Views: 636

Re: TN: 2017 Vincent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill

I've opened all of the single vineyard Pinots, thought Lewman was the most approachable at this point, Temperance Hill the tightest. Haven't tried any of the 2018 block or Heritage bottlings, and put the 2017s away some time ago without opening very many of them (only a Durant of the Pinots). As a (...
by Al Osterheld
February 9th, 2021, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 375
Views: 36266

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

If people are scared of smoke taint in 2020 and bypass the vintage, that’s ok too. It’s just how it will be. Although I believe that I am not the only person with a personal relationship to Whistling Ridge, Temperance Hill, and Durant(and I wish I had Lewman in 2020 as well), so I suspect that if w...
by Al Osterheld
February 9th, 2021, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Vincent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill
Replies: 10
Views: 636

Re: TN: 2017 Vincent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill

Yes, it's definitely built for the long haul but still capable of being quite enjoyable with air. I got a few of Vincent's wines and am opening them to get a sense of the style and the vineyards (haven't tried his wines before). I haven't tried one of Marcus' 2017 Temperance Hill Pinots but did open...
by Al Osterheld
February 9th, 2021, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 375
Views: 36266

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

With some of the farming changes taking hold in our Chardonnay blocks, the numbers and flavors(IMO) for possibly producing a really good Blanc de Blanc have become a reality. With the 2019 vintage we produced our first base wines. Much of the 2020 fruit should be very well suited to base wine or st...
by Al Osterheld
February 9th, 2021, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 375
Views: 36266

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Marcus, is the sparkling wine for commercial release? First bubbly you've made?

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 8th, 2021, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Vincent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill
Replies: 10
Views: 636

Re: TN: 2017 Vincent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill

Haven't had his wines before and he has a pre-release offer out for the 2019s, so I'm trying to check out a few. Yeah, that's the reason.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 8th, 2021, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Vincent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill
Replies: 10
Views: 636

TN: 2017 Vincent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill

2017 Vincent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill This is one of the wines I purchased on Berserker Day and I think deserve a little credit for waiting a few days to open it. Medium to slightly lighter red, fragrant nose of cherry and raspberry, with some savory underbrush and spice, and medium edging to sli...
by Al Osterheld
February 6th, 2021, 1:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: High quality seafood delivery
Replies: 20
Views: 1496

Re: High quality seafood delivery

For those in the SF Bay Area, Four Star Seafood & Provisions is a great source. I have a friend who is probably their best customer (at least, she has been while restaurants were/are closed or limited).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
February 2nd, 2021, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The myth of letting wines breathe
Replies: 879
Views: 48219

Re: The myth of letting wines breathe

john stimson wrote: February 2nd, 2021, 7:05 pm I sure hope we don't have to do this whole thread all over again.
It is groundhog day.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 31st, 2021, 7:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 99
Views: 5190

Re: Keto diet tips

"For you" is definitely key. One of of the reasons that food/diet studies are all over the map is that the outcomes vary a lot across people and appear to be partly related to gut bacteria. FWIW, the two people I know who swear by intermittent fasting are both women, one mid 50s and the ot...
by Al Osterheld
January 30th, 2021, 6:19 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages
Replies: 238
Views: 11284

Re: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

Mine, too. Just hope Megan got some (well-deserved) sleep.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 30th, 2021, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Blanc
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Re: TN: 2016 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Blanc

Of their two Estate white blends, the Cotes de Tablas Blanc always has Viognier as the lead grape (except maybe one year when there were issues with set) and the Esprit de Tablas Blanc is Roussanne dominant.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 30th, 2021, 8:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BEETROOT QUICHE with walnuts and goat cheese
Replies: 13
Views: 597

Re: BEETROOT QUICHE with walnuts and goat cheese

My Russian colleague's borshch recipe was easy to remember: "Just you use everything that you have, only it's necessary two things, beets and potatoes".

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 29th, 2021, 9:15 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages
Replies: 238
Views: 11284

Re: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

Mine hasn't come through yet, but sure it will. Two person operation and a storm of orders. -Al You hit the nail on the head! Megan is running some now, but will probably have to call it a night soon. She’s wiped out. We appreciate the patience! Love the wine and the interactions. Don't want Megan ...
by Al Osterheld
January 29th, 2021, 8:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BEETROOT QUICHE with walnuts and goat cheese
Replies: 13
Views: 597

Re: BEETROOT QUICHE with walnuts and goat cheese

Out of balance? Not a borsch fan, I gather.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 29th, 2021, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 - Offer feedback from the community
Replies: 207
Views: 8355

Re: BerserkerDay 12 - Offer feedback from the community

Not that hard to find an offer, after all we have a search function. Personally, I think it works pretty well. The winery I've purchased from most often doesn't even have a website to submit orders. One of the others I bought this year also doesn't. I was slammed with work the preview day and pretty...
by Al Osterheld
January 29th, 2021, 7:44 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages
Replies: 238
Views: 11284

Re: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

Mine hasn't come through yet, but sure it will. Two person operation and a storm of orders.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 29th, 2021, 9:42 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages
Replies: 238
Views: 11284

Re: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

Everyone should work a harvest to understand the true romance behind the wine industry.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 28th, 2021, 3:45 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 5012

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Some parts of California got quite a lot of rain. Tablas Creek reported 11+ inches at their vineyard. Their soils and underlying rock are such that most of it is absorbed rather than running off and making a mess. Parts of Monterey, SLO, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties also got large amounts of ...
by Al Osterheld
January 27th, 2021, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?
Replies: 91
Views: 4821

Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

Yes, a challenge for Sky to recover and good to support them. Agree that the Scherrer Zins are a different style, but still in a style I also like. I think a lot of the difference is just Mount Veeder vs Alexander Valley, both a great examples from their appellations.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 27th, 2021, 9:08 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: **EXTENDED**: Sandar & Hem Wines - BD12 Offer
Replies: 53
Views: 2223

Re: Sandar & Hem Wines - BD12 Offer

You and I like the same SCM Cab vineyards, I love Mount Eden and Montebello and have had Cabs from Peter Martin Ray (next door to Mount Eden) that I quite like although not the Birichino. The Sandar & Hem Bates Ranch Cab and Mindego Ridge Pinot were a couple of wines I really wanted to try. I'm ...
by Al Osterheld
January 27th, 2021, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?
Replies: 91
Views: 4821

Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

To be honest, if the discussion leads you to think it's your kinda wine, it probably is. And, I'm relieved that Todd has a decent palate . -Al This made me LOL This is one of the most enjoyable Zinfandels I've had in some time, and it saddens me that the winery is no more As the preceding discussio...
by Al Osterheld
January 27th, 2021, 8:36 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: **EXTENDED**: Sandar & Hem Wines - BD12 Offer
Replies: 53
Views: 2223

Re: Sandar & Hem Wines - BD12 Offer

I've already tried the single vineyard Chardonnays, and both are great. Bates Ranch is one of the top SCM Cabernet sites, and Mindego Ridge is a great, up and coming, source for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 27th, 2021, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?
Replies: 91
Views: 4821

Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

To be honest, if the discussion leads you to think it's your kinda wine, it probably is. And, I'm relieved that Todd has a decent palate.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 27th, 2021, 4:30 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Harrington Wines BD12: Love for the Lost ***OFFER EXTENDED!***
Replies: 22
Views: 1409

Re: Harrington Wines BD12: Love for the Lost

brigcampbell wrote: January 27th, 2021, 10:39 am In for the Aromatic Reds. Buy without fear from Harrington and the bonus is you'll learn something along the way, Brian is a wizard.
I've learned a lot from Bryan, but he made me promise not to tell.

A lot of memories in those offers.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 27th, 2021, 4:21 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EXTENDED Vincent BD12 Offer - Oregon Wines
Replies: 55
Views: 2789

Re: Vincent BD12 Offer - Oregon Wines

I've been wanting to try your wines for quite a while, just sent an order of one each of the two Pinot Noir 6-packs.

Thanks,

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 27th, 2021, 10:15 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 5012

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

We had intense rain, but less than expected and the same for the Santa Cruz mountains. That's great news for the SCM burned areas, they received 2.5-3 inches which undoubtedly caused issues, but the prediction was for as many as 10-12". The system moved to the south, mostly over Monterey county...
by Al Osterheld
January 27th, 2021, 9:43 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: **EXTENDED**: Sandar & Hem Wines - BD12 Offer
Replies: 53
Views: 2223

Re: Sandar & Hem Wines - BD12 Offer

I ordered a red and white 4-pack and added a couple of bottles.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 26th, 2021, 7:50 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 5012

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Also worried about Santa Cruz Mountains (and also other areas). They had some pretty big fires and are expecting biblical levels of rain as mentioned above.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 26th, 2021, 5:07 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages
Replies: 238
Views: 11284

Re: Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

If not sold out, I'd love to get a "The Scott Tallman" six pack and a Berserker Day XII Chardonnay 12-pack.

-Al

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