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by Ed Steinway
February 10th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best 2010 Cab $100-$150
Replies: 31
Views: 1446

Re: best 2010 Cab $100-$150

Another vote for the Forman and Dunn Howell Mountain.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
February 10th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How to make Zuni Cafe’s Roast Chicken With Bread Salad -- SF Chronicle Article
Replies: 2
Views: 226

How to make Zuni Cafe’s Roast Chicken With Bread Salad -- SF Chronicle Article

I saw this in the SF Chronicle this morning and also saw it online. I know this is a popular dish with many on the Board. Cheers!

Ed

https://www.sfgate.com/recipes/article/ ... c04fbfffcc
by Ed Steinway
February 8th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mailing List Good and Bad Deals
Replies: 27
Views: 2074

Re: Mailing List Good and Bad Deals

We have been buying from Ridge, Rafanelli, Carlisle and Turley for at least 15 years, if not more. Ridge is for the Monte Bello futures primarily, and to receive an occasional discount on other wine, while the others are to be able to secure allocations that are difficult to find at retail. An added...
by Ed Steinway
February 3rd, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15901
Views: 372310

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

For those of you in the East Bay, the Danville Draeger's is now carrying Pliny and the rest of the RRBC beer portfolio. Picked up a Pliny and a Blind Pig last night and had the Pliny while watching the Warriors-Lakers game.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 26th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.
Replies: 53
Views: 2568

Re: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.

I do not have a lot of experience with Chateau Palmer, but a bottle of the 1990 a few years ago was one of the best bottles of Bordeaux I have had. It was truly exceptional.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 26th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 552

Re: TN: 2014 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Frank, we bought a six-pack of the 2016's. We tried our first one a few weeks ago, and these also stay true to form. Lots of dark chocolate and red fruits on the profile. We are going to probably have one a year going forward. Cheers!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 25th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good news! Every single bordeaux in 2016 is perfect!
Replies: 69
Views: 4262

Re: Good news! Every single bordeaux in 2016 is perfect!

Mark Golodetz wrote: I also think his website is a wonderful resource, and does not get the appreciation it deserves. I agree 100% with this. Jeff's website has an abundance of information about Bordeaux and it is a nice resource, especially considering that there is currently no charge to access i...
by Ed Steinway
January 13th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Medium aged Bordeaux: Pick 2
Replies: 14
Views: 747

Re: Medium aged Bordeaux: Pick 2

We had the 2001 Gruard Larose last year and it was excellent and not quite at its peak. I would not hesitate to open it. Enjoy your wife's birthday!
by Ed Steinway
January 13th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Inexpensive Bordeaux
Replies: 53
Views: 3148

Re: Inexpensive Bordeaux

+1 on the 2014 de Landaris. We bought two cases for less than $15 per bottle. Coufran is a good value for around $20, and if you go up to $25, the 2015 Lilian Ladouys is excellent.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 13th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1085
Views: 114949

Re: Official Costco Thread

I went to the Danville Costco this weekend and they had a few magnums of 2010 Valdicava for $219.97.
by Ed Steinway
January 7th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bargain Champagne
Replies: 64
Views: 2807

Re: Best Bargain Champagne

Nick F wrote:
Which are your go to domestic, Shramsberg?
My domestic pick is Roederer Brut for around $20. It is always a crowd-pleaser.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 4th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 or 1994 Forman Cabernet - which to open now?
Replies: 10
Views: 312

Re: 1993 or 1994 Forman Cabernet - which to open now?

I have not had either in the last 2-3 years, but always thought the 1994 would have a longer drinking window than the 1993. Both were excellent every time we had them. Enjoy!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 4th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Too late baby now, it's too late
Replies: 30
Views: 1943

Re: Too late baby now, it's too late

Neal.Mollen wrote:
Too late baby now, it's too late
I agree the 2014 GPL is going to be a great wine one of these days, based on what we tasted at the UGC 2 years ago. BTW, nice Carole King reference. champagne.gif

Ed
by Ed Steinway
January 1st, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Producer
Replies: 104
Views: 4451

Re: Favorite Producer

Red: Ridge
White: Mount Eden
by Ed Steinway
January 1st, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 6281

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

1996 Dom Perignon to celebrate my wife's birthday.
by Ed Steinway
December 23rd, 2018, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?
Replies: 39
Views: 1394

Re: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?

Rory K wrote: Given how few of my family now drink, my list is for the whole holiday week, Dagueneau Silex 2014 Big Table Farm Chardonnay 2016 Melville Sandy's Pinot Noir 2015 Arcadian Pisoni Pinot Noir 2005 A. Rafanelli Cabernet 2012 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet 2006 Diznoko 5 Puttonyos Tokaji 2008 We...
by Ed Steinway
December 22nd, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Montelena, 1999 Eloge and some other impressions
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: 1997 Montelena, 1999 Eloge and some other impressions

Pat Martin wrote:
97 Monty better than the awesome 91?
For my palate, the '91 is a little better than the '97. I put the '87, '94 and '97 just under the '91 from the bottles that I have had. But I would not turn down a taste of any of them!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
December 22nd, 2018, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Montelena, 1999 Eloge and some other impressions
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: 1997 Montelena, 1999 Eloge and some other impressions

Thanks for the notes, Jim. The '97 Montelena is one of my favorite California Cabs. I have never had a bottle that was less than outstanding.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
December 20th, 2018, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1085
Views: 114949

Re: Official Costco Thread

In the Danville store the 2016 Sette Ponti Oreno is in stock for $55.89. There were about a dozen of them on Sunday when I was there. There were also magnums of 2012 Smith Haut Lafitte for $130.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
December 18th, 2018, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux Tasting Tour in NYC
Replies: 26
Views: 991

Re: Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux Tasting Tour in NYC

I have only gone to the San Francisco tastings, and I would highly recommend. The biggest risk of arriving late is missing out on some wine. We have been to several in San Francisco and have enjoyed them all.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
December 15th, 2018, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your personal Top10 Bordeaux Left bank
Replies: 57
Views: 1921

Re: Your personal Top10 Bordeaux Left bank

Based on what we have in the cellar, and excluding the Firsts:

Pichon Lalande
Pichon Baron
Domaine de Chavalier
Pontet Canet
Haut Bailly
GPL
Cos
Leoville Barton
Lynch Bages
Ducru

We have been fortunate to have bought most of these several years ago.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
December 11th, 2018, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downtown Napa Tasting Rooms?
Replies: 14
Views: 605

Re: Downtown Napa Tasting Rooms?

A couple of others that have not been mentioned are the Vintner's Collective on Main St. and Clinton, and Oxbow Wine Merchant on 1st Street has wines and beers to taste. Not sure of the hours of each.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
December 11th, 2018, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lunch with many fine Bordeaux incl. Lafite, Haut Brion, Montrose, Pichon Lalande/ Baron et al
Replies: 12
Views: 884

Re: Lunch with many fine Bordeaux incl. Lafite, Haut Brion, Montrose, Pichon Lalande/ Baron et al

David Glasser wrote:
Wonderful report Blake. I have a few of these wines and really enjoy your perspective.
+1. I always enjoy your notes, pictures and enthusiasm, Blake. Thanks for posting!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
December 11th, 2018, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monte Bello or Prichard Hill
Replies: 9
Views: 813

Re: Monte Bello or Prichard Hill

Ridge is currently pouring the 2015 at their tasting room up at Lytton Springs. We were in the area this weekend and tried it again. Definitely a 'wow' wine and one that I am confident that will be drinking well in 20+ years.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
December 1st, 2018, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with many fine wines especially some top Super Tuscans such as Redigaffi,Ornelaia,Solaia,Flaccianello,Cavalli ++
Replies: 13
Views: 636

Re: Dinner with many fine wines especially some top Super Tuscans such as Redigaffi,Ornelaia,Solaia,Flaccianello,Cavalli

H Bongiovi wrote:
dark and spicy with an Old World charm, kind of like a Sicilian grandmother; a real treat
Love that. That is exactly the way our son and daughter would describe my mother's pasta! Great notes and love reading your notes, Henry.

Cheers,
Ed
by Ed Steinway
November 18th, 2018, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2018 Musings
Replies: 36
Views: 2240

Re: Some 2018 Musings

A few thoughts..... 1. Champagne. Moving more in that direction. My wife likes having splits in the house, in case someone wants to have a glass before red wine. We do not have too many 750's of champagne but are moving to increase that percentage. 2. Cellar space. +/- 600 bottles and holding. No pl...
by Ed Steinway
November 16th, 2018, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Carlisle The Derivative
Replies: 6
Views: 502

Re: TN: 2016 Carlisle The Derivative

Thanks for the note. I am looking forward to trying the 2016 vintage. We have a few remaining of each vintage going back to 2013, and I agree with Peter that they do get better with a few years of age.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
November 16th, 2018, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Bordeaux to open?
Replies: 35
Views: 1101

Re: Which Bordeaux to open?

If you are choosing one Pichon, I would say the '89 over the '86. I had them both earlier this year, and the '89 was the clear winner to me and the others in the group. Given those choices, I would choose this with another '89 for comparison. Have fun and enjoy the dinner!

Ed
by Ed Steinway
October 25th, 2018, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Biggest Bottle
Replies: 51
Views: 1573

Re: Your Biggest Bottle

I went to a friend's birthday party last summer in St. George, Utah. He has been good friends with Dick Steltzner for many years, and had a 15-litre bottle of their 1997 Cabernet opened for the party. The cork took half an hour to take out, and another friend built a wooden cradle to help with the p...
by Ed Steinway
October 25th, 2018, 4:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux Tasting --- K&L Wines, SF 10/06/18
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: Bordeaux Tasting --- K&L Wines, SF 10/06/18

Mark Y wrote: Was this a ticketed event? Or open to all customers?? If ticketed how much was the entrance fee? Mark, this was a ticketed event, and limited to 50 in each of the stores. I believe that the tickets were $75. They host a 'grand' tasting late in the year, usually one for Bordeaux, one f...
by Ed Steinway
October 24th, 2018, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux Tasting --- K&L Wines, SF 10/06/18
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Bordeaux Tasting --- K&L Wines, SF 10/06/18

Here are some short notes from a tasting that K&L hosted in San Francisco earlier this month. All of the wines were decanted for 2-3 hours, and every wine showed well. My favorites were the 2015 d'Yquem, the 2005 Cos, and then the trio of 2015's. The 2015 d'Yquem is a special wine. We also tasted a ...
by Ed Steinway
October 22nd, 2018, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General thread on putting together 2014 birth year wines.
Replies: 26
Views: 708

Re: General thread on putting together 2014 birth year wines.

A few that I would recommend from Bordeaux would be Grand Puy Lacoste, Domaine de Chevalier, Beau Sejour Becot and Coutet. I tried all of them at the UGC tasting early last year and enjoyed them.

Ed
by Ed Steinway
October 12th, 2018, 6:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Is there no Vodka thread or did I miss ir?
Replies: 23
Views: 968

Re: Is there no Vodka thread or did I miss ir?

We enjoy Tito's. A good vodka and an even better price! However, I would not turn down Grey Goose, Belvedere, Chopin or Ketel One if it was offered.

Thanks,
Ed
by Ed Steinway
October 1st, 2018, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Montelena vs. 2000 Pavillion Rouge du Chateau Margaux
Replies: 5
Views: 421

Re: 1997 Montelena vs. 2000 Pavillion Rouge du Chateau Margaux

Nice note, Steven. We went long on both the '94 and '97 Montelena Estate, as they are birth-year wines in our family. We opened a '97 several weeks ago and it was stunning, with years of life ahead. One of the best of the decade from Montelena, in my opinion.

Thanks,
Ed
by Ed Steinway
September 25th, 2018, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: At what age should your parents have given you birth wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 1152

Re: Poll: At what age should your parents have given you birth wine?

C. Mc Cart wrote: Drink the birth year wines WITH your children, don't just give it to them. I bought a bunch of 2000 & 2002 wines for the kids, assuming I would give them a cellar starter someday (1st home, wedding, 1st career job, etc), but I'm pretty sure the idea of pulling bottles for dinners ...
by Ed Steinway
September 18th, 2018, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value $100-$150 US wines
Replies: 66
Views: 3096

Re: Best Value $100-$150 US wines

There are a lot of reds that have been mentioned that I cellar. Ridge MB, Forman, Dunn, Beringer, Montelena, to name a few. I know you did not specifically mention red or white wine, Alan, but you can buy 2 bottles of Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay within that price range. IMO, they are among the lead...
by Ed Steinway
September 8th, 2018, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Requesting collective wisdom: Togni, Monte Bello, Montelena
Replies: 33
Views: 1678

Re: Requesting collective wisdom: Togni, Monte Bello, Montelena

Howard Cooper wrote: Togni - 1991 and 1994 Ridge - 1984, 1991, 1996, 1999 Montelena - 1978, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1996 I agree that these are great choices. I would also say the majority of these are going to be north of your $200 price maximum. If you can find them for under $200, assuming good storag...
by Ed Steinway
September 4th, 2018, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WA's scores for Central Coast wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1459

Re: WA's scores for Central Coast wines

Neal.Mollen wrote: Setting aside the geography issues, did someone do a Monte Bello retrospective? If so, who wrote it? Yes, William wrote a retrospective that was mainly Monte Bello, and also had some Monte Bello Chardonnay as well as Jimsomare Zinfandel. The oldest red Monte Bello was from 1964. ...
by Ed Steinway
August 28th, 2018, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10195
Views: 451442

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2016 Sestadisopra Toscana. For $16 this is an excellent value.

Thanks,
Ed
by Ed Steinway
August 14th, 2018, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Benchmark wines
Replies: 40
Views: 2608

Re: QPR Benchmark wines

There are a lot of good choices so far. For California Sparkling wine, I would nominate the Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut for around $20.

Thanks,
Ed
by Ed Steinway
August 6th, 2018, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tale of Two Montelenas
Replies: 11
Views: 857

Tale of Two Montelenas

We also bought a lot of 1997 Montelena, since it is a birth year wine for our daughter. No bottle variation. All have been excellent. I have had bottle variation with the 2001 and with the 1985, especially half bottles of the 2001.

Thanks,
Ed
by Ed Steinway
August 5th, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Bottles a "*****" Vineyard" Zinfandel?
Replies: 30
Views: 1685

Who Bottles a "*****" Vineyard" Zinfandel?

There have been a few from the Hayne Vineyard, to add to the others mentioned.

Thanks,
Ed
by Ed Steinway
August 3rd, 2018, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Forman Chardonnay
Replies: 5
Views: 425

2016 Forman Chardonnay

Michael, you are preaching to the choir regarding Forman wines. I have not had the 2016, but I have enjoyed a number of his previous vintages of Chardonnay. Glad you enjoyed it, and I will definitely try this vintage.

Thanks,
Ed
by Ed Steinway
August 3rd, 2018, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 122
Views: 5338

The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

Either a 2005 Mount Eden Estate or a 2004 Ridge Monte Bello. Both were outstanding.

Thanks,
Ed
by Ed Steinway
July 31st, 2018, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Second Best Bordeaux Sweet Wine
Replies: 54
Views: 1628

Second Best Bordeaux Sweet Wine

I agree that it is vintage specific. I usually prefer the Climens, but also enjoy Rieussec. The Coutet is usually where I find the most value relative to quality.

Thanks,
Ed
by Ed Steinway
July 24th, 2018, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend some widely available Right Bank Bordeaux’s
Replies: 23
Views: 886

Recommend some widely available Right Bank Bordeaux’s

We really enjoy Beau Sejour Becot. The 2014 and 2015 are both very good. These will be at the top of your price range. At the lower end of the price range, I would recommend Haut Brisson and Tour St.-Christophe, if you are looking for a modern style.

Thanks,
Ed
by Ed Steinway
July 21st, 2018, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Blind Wines In The OC...Kutch, Huet, Forman, Vilmart, Alliet and more
Replies: 12
Views: 1119

TN: Blind Wines In The OC...Kutch, Huet, Forman, Vilmart, Alliet and more

Love those Old Forman Cab's. We had a bottle of the 1987 Cab a few months ago and it was still going strong, with a very similar profile to your bottle of the 1986, Frank. Cheers!

Thanks,
Ed
by Ed Steinway
July 18th, 2018, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The .375 thread
Replies: 102
Views: 3492

The .375 thread

Scott E wrote:
K&L still has 375's of Roederer Estate for $12 or half the price of a 750.
+1 for this one. This is a perfect size for the summer. We also buy half bottles of the Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc for $19 and the Brut Rose' for $22.

Thanks,
Ed
by Ed Steinway
July 17th, 2018, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Summer 2018 release
Replies: 112
Views: 6586

Carlisle Summer 2018 release

If the '16 Carlisle Vineyard is as good as the '15 is, then we will be happy campers here. We opened a bottle of the '15 over the Holidays last December for my wife's sisters and Brother-in-laws, and it was gone within an hour. I am also a big fan of The Derivative, especially during summer. Thanks,...

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