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by Al Osterheld
October 15th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 800
Views: 52311

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: 21
Views: 643

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: 284

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: 284

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: 3720

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: 3720

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: 1083

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: 4967

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: 2239

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: 2239

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: 2239

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: 924

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: 5994

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: 664

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: 1994

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: 1994

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: 327

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: 1994

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: 10084

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: 15586

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: 4412

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: 34
Views: 2707

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: 1679

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: 2827

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: 2258

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: 491
Views: 26096

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: 3806

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: 362
Views: 22462

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: 1707

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 ...
by Al Osterheld
September 16th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 72
Views: 4967

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

Sheez, he likes Caymus. With sushi, he doesn't care.
About a year ago, I was with three of my wine friends at one of the best sushi places in the SF Bay area (small place, 9 seats at the counter). A couple who were there brought a 2000 Chateau Angelus.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 15th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 77
Views: 3008

Re: Barolo Sediment

FWIW, my experience is certainly not definitive but the old Barolo with problematic sediment that needed special attention were from the 1960s and 1970s, haven't had nearly the same level of issues with Barolo from the 1990s and 2000s. I'm not sure whether it's the age or whether it's from changes ...
by Al Osterheld
September 14th, 2019, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 77
Views: 3008

Re: Barolo Sediment

FWIW, my experience is certainly not definitive but the old Barolo with problematic sediment that needed special attention were from the 1960s and 1970s, haven't had nearly the same level of issues with Barolo from the 1990s and 2000s. I'm not sure whether it's the age or whether it's from changes i...
by Al Osterheld
September 14th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 77
Views: 3008

Re: Barolo Sediment

The settling time depends on the size and density of the particles (this has been studied although not so much specifically for wine). For many wines, the sediment tends to form into fairly large chunks that settle quickly. Very old Nebbiolo (and sometimes Pinot) can have very fine sediment that tak...
by Al Osterheld
September 13th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US retailers offering German auction wines?
Replies: 29
Views: 1193

Re: US retailers offering German auction wines?

I also had good luck with them, although was not a major customer so would not question the experiences of others. The Pier 19 location was kind of a weird place to visit. I drove by once, decided I must have the wrong address. Then I bought some wine for pick-up at their location and they told me t...
by Al Osterheld
September 13th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Bedrock - Syrah Weill a Way Vineyard w/a Kombucha-like blob in bottle.
Replies: 9
Views: 930

Re: 2015 Bedrock - Syrah Weill a Way Vineyard w/a Kombucha-like blob in bottle.

If the wine smells good and tastes good, it's not going to hurt you. Well, maybe if you drank a couple of bottles, it would, but not from the funky looking blob.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 13th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2258

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

Supposedly, she was motivated to plant the vineyard after tasting a Martin Ray Cabernet from a vineyard nearby. Yes, I think she planted own-rooted (not sure if all the vines, though). It's not uncommon for small family vineyards to be sold in certain parts of CA when parents pass, especially when o...
by Al Osterheld
September 13th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2258

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

I first ran into Marty and the Kathryn Kennedy wines at a wine event back in the 1980s, great wines. The original estate vineyard was planted in 1973 at a time when large parts of Silicon Valley were devoted to agriculture. Eventually, the vineyard became a small island in a sea of houses. I think s...
by Al Osterheld
September 9th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 84
Views: 6343

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

I fell asleep while reading this thread, and I now feel a strange compulsion to go out and buy cases of 2014 Lanessan.
Well, it won't set you back very much.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 7th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2562

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

The Minnesota requirement for out of state entities to collect and remit sales tax for goods shipped into Minnesota is quite recent. I believe they passed a law that could only be enforced if the Wayfair case was decided in favor of states, and I think it goes into effect for goods shipped after Oct...
by Al Osterheld
September 7th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 158
Views: 7645

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Not barrels.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 6th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flying with Champagne
Replies: 9
Views: 518

Re: Flying with Champagne

The pressure is four atmospheres or more for most Champagne. The additional pressure difference, even worst case, is still in the range bottles are built to withstand (less than an atmosphere more). But, the cargo hold is likely to be pressurized on most flights.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 4th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 2972

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Until you have a waiting list, why would you kick anyone off? It costs very little to send them offers. Even if you're selling out your wine (which is difficult at first), you're presumably increasing production. So, why get rid of potential buyers? You need buyers. When you're starting out, you don...
by Al Osterheld
September 3rd, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR
Replies: 25
Views: 1008

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR

I haven't had the 2016, but have tried the 2014. It wasn't thin or herbaceous, but rather it was forward and a bit extracted with a little more oak than it needs. Did have some tobacco, but that doesn't change the overall assessment. Okay at the price I paid ($20).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 30th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Last minute ideas: Bandol, Cassis, Provence in general
Replies: 7
Views: 798

Re: Last minute ideas: Bandol, Cassis, Provence in general

I've never visited, but also love Pradeaux.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 30th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 591814

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Someone has to pay the lawyer to sue them. There is also the issue of proving a case, "how could they not know" would not be enough.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 29th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2677

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

If you sell wine for hogs or gold, the various taxing entities still want their cut, BTC is no different. If a licensed seller exchanges wine for BTC, they would be crazy to not pay those taxes. If a non-licensed seller exchanges wine for BTC, they have additional issues, but the taxing entities def...
by Al Osterheld
August 28th, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rapid, Unfortunate Decline of Bobby Orlando’s Palate
Replies: 40
Views: 2245

Re: The Rapid, Unfortunate Decline of Bobby Orlando’s Palate

Alf is drinker, not spelling champ.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 28th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2677

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

I think it's difficult to buy wine with gold. It's a commodity, not a currency, and its value is not based on the ability to buy things with it.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 23rd, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Copain Hein PN Anderson Valley
Replies: 6
Views: 345

Re: TN: 2001 Copain Hein PN Anderson Valley

FWIW, winemaking and style evolved later in his career, especially with Pinot Noir.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 22nd, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 491
Views: 26096

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Kudos on the pre-start safety meeting.

-Al

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