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by James Cross
March 22nd, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 J.K. Carriere Willamette PN
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: TN: 2001 J.K. Carriere Willamette PN

Funny, I popped the 2013 last night. Didn't care for it; maybe it is just the vintage. I'll try Day 2 tonight. Not a lot of buzz on this winery but it is well thought of in Oregon, at least by the people I've visited with. Maybe some Oregon folks could chime in.
by James Cross
March 14th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you live on wine alone?
Replies: 12
Views: 1049

Re: How long can you live on wine alone?

Just got back from Trader Joe's. All the fresh meat is gone and about half of all frozen food. Still plenty of swill on the shelves, though. I guess folks can live without wine. I've never seen such full shopping carts at TJ's and it was all hands on deck to check people out.
by James Cross
March 12th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 141
Views: 8813

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

This occurred to me this am when getting ready for work. Mine won't be super high end but a nice wine never the less: 2013 Hyde Estate vineyard chardonnay. Hyde has been doing their own wines for a while now after mainly selling fruit to the likes of Kistler and Patz/Hall.
by James Cross
March 6th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?
Replies: 57
Views: 3170

Re: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?

When I was there a month ago, people were recommending the new Flowers tasting room on Westside Rd. It is $55. Supposedly the wines have improved under the new winemaking team. Lynmar was a good experience but I think the wines have slipped a bit and prices are up. Many, many options; food pairings ...
by James Cross
February 24th, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rack of lamb ideas
Replies: 6
Views: 606

Re: Rack of lamb ideas

A simple one from Tablas Creek: Cut the racks into four rib racks; salt and pepper 6-8 garlic cloves; finely chopped 6 sprigs rosemary; finely chopped 1-2 tablespoon olive oil Combine rosemary, olive oil and garlic in a bowl. Season the lamb with salt/pepper, then coat the lamb with the liquid. Let ...
by James Cross
February 21st, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 4
Views: 401

Re: TN: 2015 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino

Talenti is one of my go-to Brunello producers. Had an 06 over the holidays that was in a real sweet spot. Aging these is rewarded.
by James Cross
February 15th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Verite wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1082

Re: Verite wines

Bought them back in the day for around $125, which was reasonable. There is a Jess Jackson part to the pricing story but I can't remember. Just saw the La Muse for $299 here in Vegas. I believe that one got 100 pts from someone.
by James Cross
February 15th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ski trip - Three wino familes
Replies: 13
Views: 1755

Re: TN: Ski trip - Three wino familes

And the Alban was a Reva?....if my eyes are not failing. What vintage and impressions??
by James Cross
February 11th, 2020, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa and Sonoma Wine Visits, January 2020 – Part 2b (Raft, Freeman)
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: Napa and Sonoma Wine Visits, January 2020 – Part 2b (Raft, Freeman)

Ken: Great report as always; I notice you've changed the format a bit with these latest versions. I made the trek to Freeman in December and found it without GPS.....but was worried for a while. Can't remember when I met the Freeman's, but it must have been at one of the West of West Sonoma tastings...
by James Cross
January 30th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peay Offer; Any Bites?
Replies: 11
Views: 924

Peay Offer; Any Bites?

Mine came in today; not sure how many waves they now do. I was at the winery a month ago and tasted most of these. I'd highly recommend the Savoy pinot. Only a few wineries get this fruit. All the pinots were good, but the Savoy stood out. The syrahs are classic cold climate syrahs along the lines o...
by James Cross
January 28th, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brief Comments: Iskaranu Pinots
Replies: 5
Views: 524

Brief Comments: Iskaranu Pinots

Some of these are in the auction but I don't see a lot of comments. I have no dog in this fight, but would just give a quick overview of some of the wines. They are all Russian River small production. The Putnam vineyard is Sonoma Coast and well structured for aging.....the Russ R Valley is a nice i...
by James Cross
January 14th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Older Alban Reds..(long/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 716

Re: TN: Some Older Alban Reds..(long/boring)

I've recently finished off my late 90s Alban reds and won't hold them that long from now on. The Lorraine is about the same as the Reva for a lot more $. I too was sent to the mailing list curb but still manage to find the Reva, Patrina, roussanne, and viognier at retail. Besides I don't have to abs...
by James Cross
January 9th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1291

Re: Chardonnay recommendations

I'm a Martinelli fan; flame away! They are fairly similar to the ones you mention; not for the faint of heart. Give Brian Loring's chards a try; around $42. I also recommend Failla as a more conservative choice in the $50s.
by James Cross
January 7th, 2020, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Whites...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Re: TN: Two Whites...(short/boring)

Tom: Had my last one in May 2019. I was at the winery a few weeks ago and they had some left; $60. Seemed a tad steep, so I let sleeping dogs lie. I hope Ehren doesn't give up on his Rhone program; that's the reason I started buying his wines. He's got three syrahs (all fairly expensive) but with di...
by James Cross
December 31st, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Day Zinfandel
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: TN: 2016 Day Zinfandel

I've had a few of these and am underwhelmed; guess I was expecting "Son of Turley." They are ok for the price point. I was at the winery a couple weeks ago but they were not pouring zins. Failla is now becoming a pretty big winery (17,000 cases) and also have the Oregon operation. I hope they don't ...
by James Cross
December 27th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli & Turley Zins
Replies: 52
Views: 4247

Re: Martinelli & Turley Zins

I was at Martinelli three weeks ago; mainly tasted chards as I regularly buy them, but also some pinots. Could not resists the zins. Back around 2000 I was a buyer of the cheaper Jackass, but kind of lost interest in all the high octane zins from that time period. One of my friends here in Vegas had...
by James Cross
December 13th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Please critique my Bangkok itinerary
Replies: 18
Views: 1346

Re: Please critique my Bangkok itinerary

Do you get your kicks above the waist?? Chinatown is large and authentic and worth a visit for a meal. At the floating market, don't fall out of the boat; nasty stuff in the water.
by James Cross
December 9th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli Pinots
Replies: 35
Views: 2789

Re: Martinelli Pinots

I made it to the winery on Friday in the midst of really bad weather. On the pinots, they were pouring mainly new releases. The 2017 Bella Vigna is sort of an entry level version at $45 (if that qualifies as entry level). I liked it but it was over shadowed by a couple others: 2017 Biondi Home Ranch...
by James Cross
December 4th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli Pinots
Replies: 35
Views: 2789

Re: Martinelli Pinots

Yes, and I'm visiting the winery on Friday. Will report back if anything interesting. I was pretty much all in on Martinelli products around 15 years ago. Now it is mainly chards and zins, although the zins are really expensive. The pinots are just not my style; over the top. One that I like is the ...
by James Cross
November 25th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 12541

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Here is an FYI on the original LOS re-opening. They are adding a 3% surcharge to every check to help finance employee health insurance. You can refuse to pay, but the bill will be presented with the charge. Vegas is big on fees these days: resort fees (what a crock), parking fees at casinos, fees at...
by James Cross
November 22nd, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Superb Napa Carneros Sauvignon Blanc... and you can't buy a bottle
Replies: 8
Views: 1089

Re: Superb Napa Carneros Sauvignon Blanc... and you can't buy a bottle

Yes, I think they are well made and great values. I had the 2014 Roussanne a couple months back and it was very nice; on sale at Whole Foods, no less. I used to buy the chards, pinots, syrahs when they were more readily available here (Vegas). The Truchards are/were (not sure if they are still alive...
by James Cross
November 18th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone live in Las Vegas that can do me a favor?
Replies: 8
Views: 1319

Re: Anyone live in Las Vegas that can do me a favor?

Brad: Gone all weekend and just saw this. Did you find someone? It's now noon on Monday.
by James Cross
November 12th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale
Replies: 21
Views: 1314

Re: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale

Re: rattlesnake stories.....Barbara told me a different one. She and a female friend were out in the vineyard pruning. Her friend had brought her small dog along. As they were working, they heard a commotion a few rows over. A mountain lion had the small dog and carried it off. No more Fido. Down th...
by James Cross
November 8th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale
Replies: 21
Views: 1314

Re: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale

Yeah, I visited Jim and Barbara in 2001 and was going deep on the wines in the early years. The syrah was actually my favorite, but it created farming problems for them. They may have made some later with purchased fruit. This is one list I regret dropping off, but things seemed very uncertain after...
by James Cross
November 1st, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 White Rose Estate Pinot Noir Appellation Series Dundee Hills
Replies: 1
Views: 293

Re: TN: 2015 White Rose Estate Pinot Noir Appellation Series Dundee Hills

I had this at the winery a while back and was underwhelmed; guess I don't "get" the style. They won some sort of somm taste off in Portland a few years back and got lots of good publicity from it. Not sure I'll even stop on my next Oregon trip; too much other good stuff in the neighborhood.
by James Cross
October 23rd, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 72
Views: 4271

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

Another vote for Cowgirl....plus Cougar Gold from Washington State University.
by James Cross
October 18th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2017 Iskaranu Pinot Noirs
Replies: 8
Views: 823

Re: TNs: 2017 Iskaranu Pinot Noirs

Greg did a blind pinot tasting here in Vegas that featured two of his wines. I've looked for my notes, but can't find them. I think they were two of the Russian R versions and I'd agree with Erik's general comments in the tasting notes. They were up against some fairly stiff competition from Oregon ...
by James Cross
October 18th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs
Replies: 38
Views: 3552

Re: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs

I'd add Freeman. Had their wines at West of West and at several restaurants. Would like to do a winery visit to explore them more. Just what I need, another list.
by James Cross
October 9th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3550

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

She's doing a wine dinner here in Vegas this week. $185 without tax/tip. No word on whether Aaron will also be in attendance.
by James Cross
October 7th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old NYT article on Salon
Replies: 2
Views: 489

Re: Old NYT article on Salon

Irving Smith Kogan is quoted in the article. "Smitty" Kogan. He was basically head of the trade association for Champagne in the 1980's; kind of a roving goodwill ambassador. I met him at a tasting in Phoenix in the early 80s.
by James Cross
October 2nd, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: VACATION FROM IT ALL
Replies: 20
Views: 2132

Re: VACATION FROM IT ALL

"Vegas Baby." Undergo an identity transformation.
by James Cross
September 30th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article on Drinking White Wines During Cooler Months
Replies: 7
Views: 717

Re: Article on Drinking White Wines During Cooler Months

Larry: This appears to be a UK publication; lots of stuff on Meghan Markle....as if I cared. The author probably hasn't been to the Central Coast; he should attend Hospice du Rhone and check out the other producers. Tablas is an easy one; beyond them you have to do a little investigating. I had a ni...
by James Cross
September 25th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader Double Diamond release
Replies: 19
Views: 1659

Re: Schrader Double Diamond release

This is today's featured wine on Wine Spectrum for $99; the 2017.
by James Cross
September 20th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2471

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

I remember Todd from the old Wine Spectator Boards when they were popular. He used to do "Serota Scores." I also remember he had a glowing review of the 96 Maridon from the 1998 Hospice du Rhone. The Maridon stole the show at that event even in the company of Alban, Qupe, A Murray. I bought some of ...
by James Cross
September 9th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Alban Vineyards Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 503

Re: TN: 2001 Alban Vineyards Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard

Just finished up my 07 roussannes and they are fine (more than fine). They have developed a nutty/hazelnut character and a very deep gold color.
by James Cross
August 12th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Alban Roussanne Estate '98...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: TN: Alban Roussanne Estate '98...(short/boring)

I'm drinking up my 07s and 08s and they are right in a sweet spot; great golden color; hazelnuts. The 98 is over 20 years old.
by James Cross
August 7th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Golf in/near Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 2398

Re: Golf in/near Las Vegas

I should have included Paiute in my first post; three desert courses with great scenery, around 45 miles out (but an easy drive on the freeway). The Reflection Bay courses were very nice, went bankrupt, and I think one is back in business. They are also a ways out. The West Coast Wine group held a t...
by James Cross
August 5th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 12541

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Yes....and I'd go back frequently if my friends weren't so worried about money. On my next visit, I will splurge on wine.
by James Cross
August 5th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Golf in/near Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 2398

Re: Golf in/near Las Vegas

Probably the simplest solution is TPC Summerlin; 2 courses. I've played it. There is a PGA event there every Fall. In Henderson, Dragon Ridge is pretty big time. Out of town, you could go to Primm (40 miles south; 2 courses that are highly rated) or Mesquite (around 70 miles the other way) which has...
by James Cross
August 5th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 12541

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Bazaar Meats. Cash your IRA before you go. Food is impressive; they haul the meat out on stretchers. They have separate kitchens for meat, fish, and everything else. I got a tour from their somm. He's got around 1,000 separate labels and wants to take it to 1,500. All the wines are pricey but I foun...
by James Cross
August 2nd, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mini WB offline - 08 Larmandier VV Blanc de Blancs, 1982 Figeac, 2001 Jamet, 1990 Leoville-Barton
Replies: 5
Views: 521

Re: Mini WB offline - 08 Larmandier VV Blanc de Blancs, 1982 Figeac, 2001 Jamet, 1990 Leoville-Barton

Dave Dyroff; that's a name from the past. He used to post a lot on West Coast Wine and maybe the old Spectator boards.
by James Cross
August 2nd, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Prince of Pinot Noir is retiring
Replies: 17
Views: 2251

Re: The Prince of Pinot Noir is retiring

Just read the final issue. I've suggested to a friend (certified wine educator and newsletter writer) that he look into continuing the site. It looks like a lot of work, although you'd get to taste some good wines.
by James Cross
July 30th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurants in St Paul or Minneapolis
Replies: 54
Views: 3677

Re: Restaurants in St Paul or Minneapolis

All the Minnesnowta liquor laws vary by city. BYO is allowed in Minneapolis; not sure who qualifies; probably someone without a (tightly controlled) liquor license. I've been to a couple of good BYO places in South Minneapolis along 50th Street, roughly 50th/Vincent (or 48th) and 50th/Bryant. Maybe ...
by James Cross
July 24th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Alban Viognier Central Coast - thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 806

Re: 2017 Alban Viognier Central Coast - thoughts?

I just finished up my 2007 and 2008 Estate Roussannes and they were fine. Deep gold color and they take on a nutty characteristic. The viogniers are likely goners.
by James Cross
July 20th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Summer Release
Replies: 14
Views: 1173

Re: Alban Summer Release

You can find Reva's around at retail for high $80s. The roussanne is worth the freight and will age.
by James Cross
July 20th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Alban Viognier Central Coast - thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 806

Re: 2017 Alban Viognier Central Coast - thoughts?

To me, it is over the top. He does two viogniers and this is the lesser one. I've tasted them side by side and the Estate is a better wine, but also more expensive. In general, viogniers don't handle the oak very well and sometimes have sort of a "cardboard" finish, if that makes any sense. The Esta...
by James Cross
July 10th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 12541

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

I'll chime in again. For non adventurous types, how about meat? Bazaar Meat in SLS (Sahara) was mentioned, but you might exceed your unlimited budget. I'd suggest Echo and Rig in Tivoli Village.....FREE CORKAGE.....use that to pay for Lyft. It's about 10 miles from the Strip. Decent steak house if t...
by James Cross
May 23rd, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Driving beer cross country this weekend. Please help
Replies: 36
Views: 1707

Re: Driving beer cross country this weekend. Please help

High in Vegas yesterday was 67, a record low high temp....and it looks about like this for almost the next week.

And by the way....it was a Firebird!
by James Cross
April 30th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Peay Chard Estate '12...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: TN: Peay Chard Estate '12...(short/boring)

I'm kind of off the whites ( a little to austere for me) but still buy the Scallop Shelf pinot and both syrahs. Their prices are not too out of line compared to some others out on the far coast.
by James Cross
April 30th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vegas Dining....Wine Related
Replies: 12
Views: 1138

Re: Vegas Dining....Wine Related

Echo and Rig. It is off the Strip in Tivoli Village (Rampart Avenue). I've taken in mags but not 3L, so I'm not sure of their policy; probably should call ahead.

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