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by Eric Michels
September 22nd, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

Medlock Ames - 2017 was 14.6% and had a 90 from Wine Advocate. $54. Web page states that their philosophy is to leave most of the their land in its natural state.
by Eric Michels
September 16th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

Kanzler is effectively the next vineyard south of Martinelli and Merry Edwards (Meredith). Dutton is slightly north. Kanzler, Martinelli, and Merry Edwards are an awfully tight circle with only a handful of direct neighbors. Dutton Ranch opens up the circle a bit.
by Eric Michels
September 16th, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

The only wine from Hallberg Ranch that would seem to fit the price point is the Wesley's Reserve. It would seem odd to bulk what they describe as the best parcels from a 110 acres site.
by Eric Michels
September 15th, 2020, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

While David Bruce feels right as a likely source, I can't get past the price differential. I can't find a retail offering north of $46 and the highest priced wine listed for direct sale (under "Crown Jewels") is offered at $55. Of those prior offerings in which we've had higher confidence in our gue...
by Eric Michels
September 15th, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ooni Discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 2809

Re: Ooni Discussion

We have the original (back when it was still spelled Uuni) pellet fired version so I'm not sure how closely our experience tracks with the current ovens. In our oven I don't rest at all between pizzas - it's basically as quickly as I can get one to the table and back with another. I've found the ide...
by Eric Michels
September 15th, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

I bought on the off-chance that it is Merry Edwards (though hard for me to believe that it is). What David Bruce bottlings match the price point (ignoring that we can't find scores that line up)? MacRostie isn't "north of $60" and I can't find any price/clone/location matches for Lynmar. Also, Merr...
by Eric Michels
September 15th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

I bought on the off-chance that it is Merry Edwards (though hard for me to believe that it is). What David Bruce bottlings match the price point (ignoring that we can't find scores that line up)? MacRostie isn't "north of $60" and I can't find any price/clone/location matches for Lynmar. Also, Merry...
by Eric Michels
September 15th, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ooni Discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 2809

Re: Ooni Discussion

Does it matter if I use a wood or a metal peel? I have found that a wood (better yet - composite) peel is best for placing the pizza and a metal one best for removing it. I've found a metal peel much too sticky with the raw dough (too much flour required) and the wood is harder to get under the fin...
by Eric Michels
September 11th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

At $15 per bottle shipped I bought this to drink while I let the others mellow out a bit.
by Eric Michels
September 11th, 2020, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

Anyone else get the feeling that just the Oakville fruit is from the estate Cam is alluding to and the the St. Helena comes from somewhere else? “this delicious 2018 Cabernet is 69% Oakville Cabernet from the producers estate vineyard and 31% St. Helena Cabernet” “69% Oakville (estate fruit) , 31% ...
by Eric Michels
September 10th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone using Weinboxes?
Replies: 190
Views: 15233

Re: Anyone using Weinboxes?

Does domaine charge crazy shipping to anyone else? I’m getting something like $100 to ship 24 crates (don’t they lie flat for shipping?) On a recent order of 100 Weinboxes the shipping cost to Los Angeles was $395 (same as your cost per box). Looking at the boxes when they arrived, I suspect that w...
by Eric Michels
September 9th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

Didn't see how widely discounted older bottles of RC were on winesearcher, wow. But the more recently released stuff isn't too discounted. Howell Mountain is $110 on RC.com and $80 is internet low. Doesn't make me regret my purchases but it is indeed surprising. What are the discounts that you are ...
by Eric Michels
September 4th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 603
Views: 50985

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Tran, could you post your shaker next time you post a cocktail? Or anyone, I am looking for a better shaker - any recommendations? https://www.cocktailkingdom.com/all-barware/shakers/set-of-two-leopold-weighted-shaking-tins A large and small shaker will make a set. Metal is best for shaking or stir...
by Eric Michels
September 4th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Itinerary Check - Santa Ynez Valley
Replies: 5
Views: 341

Re: Itinerary Check - Santa Ynez Valley

You might also check the weather forecast before deciding to head out for a hike. I just did and I’m already sweating.
by Eric Michels
September 4th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Itinerary Check - Santa Ynez Valley
Replies: 5
Views: 341

Re: Itinerary Check - Santa Ynez Valley

Kevin, First off, congratulations on your anniversary. What time is your reservation at Stolpman? My wife and I will be there at 11:45 tomorrow - it looks like you have an afternoon appointment but if we are overlapping, it would be fun to say hello. I'm not sure what their Covid-era situation is bu...
by Eric Michels
August 28th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ICEOLOGY 101 - THE HUNT FOR CLEAR COCKTAIL ICE
Replies: 18
Views: 774

Re: ICEOLOGY 101 - THE HUNT FOR CLEAR COCKTAIL ICE

I'm also intrigued by the icemadeclear device as it appears that it would be much easier to extract the cubes than with the insulated molds I have now. Wondering why I can't find any other real-world reviews though.
by Eric Michels
August 24th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White paper bottle tags
Replies: 5
Views: 294

Re: White paper bottle tags

Multiple places seem to have reusable plastic hang tags with the bigger hole. Search 100 Reusable Wine Tags by Epicureanist on Home Depot's site.
by Eric Michels
August 18th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

Too late for any stragglers. Sold out. I think I might have picked up the last case.
by Eric Michels
August 15th, 2020, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

I've sent an e-mail to Steve Pride at Pride Mountain Vineyards that we also want his Cab Franc offered. I love that Cab Franc. It is interestingly labeled as 76% Napa + 24% Sonoma, as it straddles both counties up on the ridge. I can’t think of a better way to convince them NOT to offer it, as the ...
by Eric Michels
August 5th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

Cornerstone doesn't seem to fit the price point.
by Eric Michels
July 23rd, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storage
Replies: 13
Views: 636

Re: Storage

Matt, I had two wine fridges in five different apartments including two in Manhattan (one of which was a fifth-story walk up) so it can definitely be done. In two of those cases, one of the cabinets was a double-wide 280 bottle Le Cache (I had to swap this one out when I moved to the walk up). Findi...
by Eric Michels
July 17th, 2020, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

The interesting thing about the guessing game is that you can convince yourself it is whatever you want it to be. I was holding strong on this offer until the couple of posts above that guessed Robert Craig. I am a fan so the possibility pushed me over the edge. It will be an interesting fall.
by Eric Michels
July 17th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?
Replies: 149
Views: 9564

Re: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?

I actually think that this would make a very interesting business school case study. We have a relatively highly regulated market with a middle-man (importer/distributor) mandated by law. For whatever reason, market dynamics in one market (the US) have resulted in pricing that far outstrips those in...
by Eric Michels
July 13th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eurocave vs La Cache vs ???
Replies: 66
Views: 3985

Re: Eurocave vs La Cache vs ???

Question for all Eurocave or La Cache owners - given these units are 3,000+ lbs, anyone put them on regular hardwood floors (ie. dining, living, family rooms); if so, any issues with the units damaging the floors? Thanks. Several years ago I had a LeCache 2400 on 1920's vintage framing and hardwood...
by Eric Michels
July 10th, 2020, 3:27 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Charity Wine Raffle
Replies: 44
Views: 1967

Re: Charity Wine Raffle

One entry for Package #1
by Eric Michels
July 10th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

Actually, my Big Basin guess doesn't fit the production level. Fun to try to guess anyway.
by Eric Michels
July 10th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

Big Basin Alfaro Family Vineyard for the Pinot?
by Eric Michels
July 8th, 2020, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1947 Chateau Caillou Barsac. An experience!
Replies: 18
Views: 732

Re: 1947 Chateau Caillou Barsac. An experience!

Great post. I enjoyed reading it and it inspires me to create more of these experiences myself.
by Eric Michels
June 25th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Spare Shippers in LA Area?
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Re: Spare Shippers in LA Area?

Jeff,

I've got a bunch of 12's (and perhaps a couple of smaller ones) in South Pasadena if those are of any use to you.

Eric
by Eric Michels
June 22nd, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

#13 - Trotter Oak Canyon Ranch?
by Eric Michels
June 16th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Done
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: Split Bulk WeinBox Order - Los Angeles

PM Sent
by Eric Michels
May 29th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We are thinking about getting some plastic wine glasses for outside "happy hours"
Replies: 30
Views: 1579

Re: We are thinking about getting some plastic wine glasses for outside "happy hours"

Last year we picked up a pair at HomeGoods that looks very similar to these: shorturl.at/bcdvC They are unmarked so can't be certain of the source. Clear acrylic with a fairly thin crisp rim and no visible mold lines (a real pet peeve of mine). We only use them for travel picnics as I have broken to...
by Eric Michels
May 29th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Peake Ranch - Pinot Noir Peake Ranch Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 10
Views: 374

Re: TN: 2016 Peake Ranch - Pinot Noir Peake Ranch Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

I don't recall the amount of the tasting fee but it was the highest we encountered on our trip. Minimum purchase to waive one tasting fee was $150.
by Eric Michels
May 29th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Peake Ranch - Pinot Noir Peake Ranch Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 10
Views: 374

Re: TN: 2016 Peake Ranch - Pinot Noir Peake Ranch Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

Great wines. Hospitable staff. and a beautiful property. Really excited to see what the future holds for Peake Ranch. [cheers.gif] Also stopped in for a visit recently. It was my first time tasting the wines. Agree that they are nice wines overall and would add that they have a beautiful tasting ro...
by Eric Michels
May 29th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4515
Views: 258683

Re: de Negoce offer

I'm going to hedge my bet with two guesses:

Luna Vineyards Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
Brewer-Clifton 2017 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)
by Eric Michels
May 26th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Has anyone used an air fryer?
Replies: 26
Views: 3399

Re: Has anyone used an air fryer?

My sister-in-law raves about her air fryer so my wife picked one up cheap. We have been thoroughly unimpressed. The only thing that it seems to do well is to heat frozen food, which we almost never eat. If your household eats a lot of frozen food your experience might be better. We found that the on...
by Eric Michels
April 17th, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66087

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

No love for Kris Yenbamroong/Night + Market? I am a big fan of his cooking. After a visit a year or so ago we were completely puzzled by the great reputation that this place has developed, though we've admittedly only been the one time (because we couldn't imagine wanting to go back). Not only is i...
by Eric Michels
April 17th, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Carbon Steel pans
Replies: 11
Views: 1763

Re: Carbon Steel pans

In my experience, it is generally hard to go wrong with carbon steel - more a personal preference thing for handle design and finishing touches. I've recently purchased several Brandani branded carbon steel skillets from Homegoods that are my current go-to. They were dirt cheap, have a nice thicknes...
by Eric Michels
September 17th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 38
Views: 4073

Re: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version

Corkscrew I've lost a couple via TSA when I wasn't checking bags. Just ordered a luggage scale. I’ve travelled a dozen times a year for the last 10 years, mostly domestically, and lost exactly one in carry-on. That coming home from Anguilla. This is the cheap plastic variety without a blade. Cost a...
by Eric Michels
June 20th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Norlan whiskey glass
Replies: 10
Views: 4310

Re: Norlan whiskey glass

Steve, I'll also be interested to hear peoples' experience with these. I saw these recently in the gift shop at Wild Turkey and was tempted as they are some unique and pretty nice looking glasses. Wild Turkey, by the way, was not a great place to taste but a super interesting visit because Jimmy Rus...
by Eric Michels
June 20th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: All Clad VIP Sale extra discounts
Replies: 30
Views: 5601

Re: All Clad VIP Sale extra discounts

I've read a lot of bad reviews about the handles on the HA1 and B1 sets being awkward to hold and getting pretty hot while cooking. Any thoughts there, based on your experience with them? Jason, Let me first say that I don't have any direct experience with any of the hard anodized lines but have a ...
by Eric Michels
June 19th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: All Clad VIP Sale extra discounts
Replies: 30
Views: 5601

Re: All Clad VIP Sale extra discounts

I've also purchased several times. The 'factory seconds' have always been flawless and I've had no problems with orders.
by Eric Michels
April 22nd, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: is anyone open for tour & tasting on Saturday in Champagne?
Replies: 11
Views: 1040

Re: is anyone open for tour & tasting on Saturday in Champagne?

I would recommend skipping Taittinger - not a good tour and you would be better off spending the same time and money with a nice glass of Champagne on a patio in the center of the city. However, Ruinart is open on Saturday and is a worthwhile experience - better wines poured for the tasting, a beaut...
by Eric Michels
March 26th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Winekeeper 8-bottle Two Zone Preservation/Pouring System
Replies: 0
Views: 285

Winekeeper 8-bottle Two Zone Preservation/Pouring System

Available is a lightly used Winekeeper Napa series 8-bottle, two-zone perservation/pouring system (see link for more info http://www.winekeeper.com/wk-napa-8-bottles-red-white-mahogany.html?sc=96&category=159478). The unit was very lightly used in a home environment. Unfortunately, there is no good ...
by Eric Michels
January 17th, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 603
Views: 50985

Re: The Cocktail Thread

We are woefully low on martini glasses. Currently, there’s only2 in the house. They are elegantly tall Calvin Klein Alto Champagne Coupes given to me by a friend. I love them, but I can’t find any more. What are your recommendations for martinis and cocktail coupes? Christine, I was unable to find ...

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