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by C. Bowman
March 13th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 8016

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

There are many locals trying to help promote businesses. Hopefully everyone that is suffering from lack of biz can survive. I'm sad to hear about the amount of businesses that have cancellations and have had to lay off employees.
by C. Bowman
February 24th, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 6064

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

Rob Lynch wrote:
February 24th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Yeah, but was the wine any good?
Back in those days you could name all the wineries on 1 hand. What do you think ;)
by C. Bowman
February 22nd, 2020, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 6064

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

When you're young and naive there's times you do things innocently. One of my first jobs many moons ago was waiting tables. I opened the wine and proceeded to pour a taste for the person that ordered the wine. Through my lack of experience I clumsily dripped it down the side of the bottle. In a spli...
by C. Bowman
January 26th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: A THING OF BEAUTY-***EXTENDING FREE SHIPPING*** Great Stuff for your Face (and Body! and Beard!)
Replies: 18
Views: 1011

Re: A THING OF BEAUTY- Great Stuff for your Face (and Body! and Beard!)

I was one of Linda's early guinea pigs and I can vouch for her products. They are truly amazing and make your skin feel like a bazillion bucks.
by C. Bowman
January 12th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NY Style Pizza Recs
Replies: 55
Views: 4355

Re: NY Style Pizza Recs

Do any of these places ship? We've been on a mission to find some good NY style pizza w/o the travel and Napa is lacking on choices. We like my homemade but it's not the same.
Must be the water ;)
by C. Bowman
December 18th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 a shipping odyssey
Replies: 38
Views: 2293

Re: 2019 a shipping odyssey

This is one of the first holiday seasons in a long time we haven't experienced a bunch of delays or any problems with UPS, they have been on it.
by C. Bowman
December 3rd, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Report of our class trip to Napa/Sonoma
Replies: 8
Views: 977

Re: Report of our class trip to Napa/Sonoma

Great post Pat. Thanks for stopping by, it was a pleasure to meet you. [cheers.gif]
by C. Bowman
October 28th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Styro shippers vs Cardboard
Replies: 22
Views: 4489

Re: Styro shippers vs Cardboard

In 17+ years of shipping we've only have temp issues or broken bottles with laydown pulp, never with stryo and it's better insulation. The styro is a little higher cost but it's worth it not having to replace bottles. There are places that will recycle styro
by C. Bowman
August 8th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds
Replies: 10
Views: 2181

Re: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds

I have a brisket in the freezer. I'll get the ingredients and give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion
by C. Bowman
July 21st, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chinese Food Wine Pairing Suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 1080

Re: Chinese Food Wine Pairing Suggestions

From the cook: Experiment alert.... I'm grabbing a bone dry rose of grenache, an off dry Riesling and a light sangio blend.
We'll let you know if dinner's done before we're hammered or all the wines end up blended into a sangria-ish cauldron [stirthepothal.gif] There maybe pics/video = stay tuned
by C. Bowman
July 1st, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 320
Views: 23133

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

It seems like closing was only a matter of time, it follows the path of RP's exit and not a big surprise with all the changes and new reviewers that there's little familiarity with for collectors (IMO) but I do appreciate the people that I met and have continued friendships with mostly because of th...
by C. Bowman
May 31st, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab
Replies: 56
Views: 3545

Re: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab

Lots of great suggestions. If you want to stay close to classic then I agree with the Spottswoode, Chappellet Pritchard Hill or even Seavey but all of them with some age if you can find them. If he's a baseball fan and seems like a good gift idea for Father's Day, look for Red Stitch Cabernet, it's ...
by C. Bowman
May 6th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release
Replies: 37
Views: 3450

Re: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release

NickRut wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 4:20 pm
6 syrahs is enough... right??
No! Christopher's Syrah is delicious
by C. Bowman
April 10th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Sold thx - SQN Next of Kyn
Replies: 1
Views: 393

Sold thx - SQN Next of Kyn

Both are gone thanks to all that responded.



1 - No1 - 2007 Next of Kyn set OWC
1- No2 - 2008 Next of Kyn set OWC
by C. Bowman
December 9th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle chillers
Replies: 41
Views: 1802

Re: Bottle chillers

Revisiting this with a more specific scenario. Looking for something that will keep whites cool at the dinner table while drinking through the bottle. Don't want an ice/water bucket - over chills the wine IMO. Thinking of a marble sleeve which might keep the bottle cool, say a bit below cellar temp...
by C. Bowman
October 10th, 2018, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chappellet Mountain Cuvee '15 - surprisingly disappointing...
Replies: 17
Views: 1359

Re: Chappellet Mountain Cuvee '15 - surprisingly disappointing...

Not sure if there are fans of this wine here, but it's far from what I expected in a 'Mountain' Cuvee...it's jammy, sweet, soft, and I'm not finding any 'mountain' qualities to it whatsoever - that bright, popping blue fruit I love in mountain reds. I've got 2 more bottles, maybe several years of a...
by C. Bowman
September 17th, 2018, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Label question for those ITB: finding a label maker.
Replies: 1
Views: 721

Re: Label question for those ITB: finding a label maker.

Anton, I knew of a place but couldn't find their name so I did some searching and found a couple places that might work for your friend. My google search was "personalized custom embossed foil wine labels" This place >> www.bottleyourbrand.com/custom+wine+labels+gold+foil looked relatively easy to c...
by C. Bowman
September 14th, 2018, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Drop Stop custom orders?
Replies: 3
Views: 802

Re: Drop Stop custom orders?

Colin, I've emailed my rep and will let you know when I hear back from him.
by C. Bowman
September 13th, 2018, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Drop Stop custom orders?
Replies: 3
Views: 802

Re: Drop Stop custom orders?

Colin, If you don't have DropStops contact info in the USA it's below, I believe it is in Minnesota. I have not tried to order from them direct, we used to get them from True Brands but now they carry Flume pour discs, they are more affordable but I'm not sure if they do special orders on them. I ca...
by C. Bowman
September 12th, 2018, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8069
Views: 547096

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

JFertitta wrote:
September 11th, 2018, 8:29 pm
do you think there's a chance they cancel orders?
I don't know but I doubt it.

larry schaffer wrote:
September 11th, 2018, 9:50 pm

Most likely they're New Jersey distributor, correct? Isn't that where the company is located?
No it was not an east coast distributor and the company is in Napa Valley.
by C. Bowman
September 11th, 2018, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8069
Views: 547096

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Wow, '14 Keever Cab on now - $99 which isn't a killer price, but that's some damn good wine, and I'm surprised to see it up there. Wouldn't think Keever has much trouble with selling product. Yeah great! [soap.gif] FYI: the Winery did NOT do this. Apparently whomever the agreement was with, it wasn...
by C. Bowman
August 28th, 2018, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Napa thread -- visiting this Saturday
Replies: 18
Views: 1163

Re: Another Napa thread -- visiting this Saturday

Not to throw a wet blanket on the Napa visiting/tasting party but remember to take into account it will be Labor Day Weekend. Appointments, reservations and getting around could be a test of patience.

Justin, Send me a PM if you need some help and we'll do our best. [cheers.gif]
by C. Bowman
July 27th, 2018, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Company Fine Wine in Napa
Replies: 2
Views: 1375

Company Fine Wine in Napa

I have not had experience or heard of them prior to your post. Interesting group of characters involved in the project and after reading a bit, are they basically personal shoppers/tasting appointment schedulers/ event planners/wine appraisers? They really don't have anything specific listed on thei...
by C. Bowman
July 6th, 2018, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Driver Service for Napa
Replies: 13
Views: 1215

Driver Service for Napa

Hey Ryan,

Dates? Hours? I'm checking on some we know
by C. Bowman
June 14th, 2018, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Looking for a new everyday Pinot
Replies: 56
Views: 9753

Looking for a new everyday Pinot

Pali's entry level wine makes it down to about $18 in NJ, and sounds like it fits the bill. Also probably get lambasted for this, and I'm guessing you were looking for something more "artisinal," but La Crema is from CA, in this price range, and very consistent. Weeeiiird ... these are the same two...
by C. Bowman
May 3rd, 2018, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transition From Smoking to Non-Smoking
Replies: 43
Views: 2676

Transition From Smoking to Non-Smoking

Rivers Marie Pinot tastes as good or better than I ever remember. Yum!

Dan, BYOB (Bring Your Own Burgundy) [stirthepothal.gif]

It's been an exciting adventure to revisit wines we've loved and some we still do and others are "WTF were we thinking?" the adventure continues [cheers.gif]
by C. Bowman
April 19th, 2018, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4/19 UPS Stores NOT Shipping
Replies: 63
Views: 4980

4/19 UPS Stores NOT Shipping

I realize there are a lot of threads regarding shipping but I received an email this morning from someone that went to a UPS store today and apparently a new policy with the signs below posted all over the stores.. The clerk said there will be no more wine shipments at all UPS stores "UPS stores wil...
by C. Bowman
April 9th, 2018, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Anyone know who's distributing Penfolds now?
Replies: 8
Views: 1616

Anyone know who's distributing Penfolds now?

I was informed today that Treasure Wine Estates will now be distributed by Classic Wines.
by C. Bowman
April 8th, 2018, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Anyone know who's distributing Penfolds now?
Replies: 8
Views: 1616

Anyone know who's distributing Penfolds now?

Thanks Peter. I called TWE the other day and they said there's a shake up going on and would have someone let me know but a week later I've heard nothing. I would think that if they were going to be self distributing in CA according to that article from January that they would have more info by now.
by C. Bowman
April 7th, 2018, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Anyone know who's distributing Penfolds now?
Replies: 8
Views: 1616

Anyone know who's distributing Penfolds now?

I don't know if it's only Penfolds or all of Treasury Wine Estates portfolio that is no longer with Southern but as of last week at least Penfold's is no longer with Southern, does anyone in CA know who is distributing it now?

TIA
by C. Bowman
March 30th, 2018, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2103
Views: 223712

Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

Holy Crap on a cracker!! That guy is beyond delusional. [wow.gif]



p.s.. Ray, don't call me.
by C. Bowman
March 9th, 2018, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2103
Views: 223712

Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

Todd F r e n c h wrote:And he DOES read this thread, folks - feel free to say hi.
I guarantee he does. When I posted awhile ago he called me within 5 minutes to dispute my post. He has very short term memory unless it benefits him.


p.s. Ray don't call or contact me
by C. Bowman
March 5th, 2018, 8:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Curse you, boneless skinless chicken breasts~!! (what's the secret?)
Replies: 55
Views: 1897

Curse you, boneless skinless chicken breasts~!! (what's the secret?)

No offense Todd, but Carrie and I are going to have left over Chicken Piccata tonight. We've been enjoying it every Sunday/Monday for about a month. Never saw her stick a thermometer in any of the chicken breasts. She breads them and cooks them in some olive oil and sweet butter, checking if they a...
by C. Bowman
March 4th, 2018, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2103
Views: 223712

Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

Scott Brunson wrote:
Nate Simon wrote:Not sure if that’s totally accurate...I know a lawyer who took Viagra, and he got taller.
Standing or lying down?
Either way it's obviously a Lyft ;)
by C. Bowman
February 27th, 2018, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2103
Views: 223712

Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

William Segui wrote:Randy - check your email
He is. All 25 of them. [rofl.gif]
by C. Bowman
December 18th, 2017, 8:26 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: I need a 3-Pack OWC shipper - please help
Replies: 8
Views: 553

I need a 3-Pack OWC shipper - please help

Joel, I have a 3 pack Scarecrow box I can UPS to you tomorrow unless you want to come up and grab it. Do you need a specific vintage?
by C. Bowman
November 30th, 2017, 7:12 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB 2004 or 2007 Stags Leap Cask
Replies: 1
Views: 335

LTB 2004 or 2007 Stags Leap Cask

Bump.. Anyone?
by C. Bowman
October 30th, 2017, 3:10 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB 2004 or 2007 Stags Leap Cask
Replies: 1
Views: 335

LTB 2004 or 2007 Stags Leap Cask

If anyone has a few bottles of well stored 2004 or 2007 Stags Leap Cask they'd part with please PM me.

Thanks in advance
by C. Bowman
October 21st, 2017, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95284

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Alan, let me know how the hills around Cavdale road look just outside Glen Ellen. We'll be there in a couple weeks. I think you are going to have to embrace the “fire tourists” as part of deal. As uncomfortable as it is, you can’t really expect people to drive up from the city or South Bay or anywh...
by C. Bowman
October 18th, 2017, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 78 Chave Hermitage vs. 74 Heitz Martha
Replies: 13
Views: 1154

78 Chave Hermitage vs. 74 Heitz Martha

A little late to the dinner party but the '74 Martha's is one of the best Cabs I've ever had. Thanks to my little brother bringing it for my b.day :)
by C. Bowman
October 18th, 2017, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95284

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

I was also thinking that rugs and furniture would need to be cleaned. I wasn’t sure how hard to was to get the smoke smell out of the house in general. Imagine, if you will, a warehouse full of padded fabric bags, and cardboard wine shipped boxes...that’s the Wine Check warehouse. Smoke-soaked thro...
by C. Bowman
October 12th, 2017, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95284

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Michael Finney did a fairly extensive listing of Napa & Sonoma wineries that are damaged, destroyed and unknown

http://abc7news.com/michael-finney-exam ... 2517566%2F
by C. Bowman
October 10th, 2017, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 95284

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

Sarah Stierch‏Verified account @Sarah_Stierch Follow More Staff confirm that @CliffLedeWine's famed Poetry Vineyard and Poetry Inn have been destroyed. #napafire I don't know if this has been posted yet but Cliff Lede responded to someone on their FB page Cliff Lede via FB: we are relieved to repor...
by C. Bowman
September 24th, 2017, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I may have to throw in the towel on Coravin.
Replies: 38
Views: 5976

I may have to throw in the towel on Coravin.

We had had the same thing happen with our 1.0 . I thought it was something I was doing but found out otherwise. I contacted Coravin and they informed me I wasn't the first to have issues and they upgraded the cup and would replace mine with a new one and send a couple free replacement cartridges for...
by C. Bowman
September 12th, 2017, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Itinerary 2.0
Replies: 46
Views: 3387

Napa Itinerary 1.0

Randy Bowman wrote:Day Three plan B would work out well if you picked up deli lunches on your way to pride and enjoy you lunch at Pride, on the way to or at Smith-Madrone.
You forgot to mention stopping by to say hi to us ;)
by C. Bowman
August 14th, 2017, 7:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Napa Wineries With Best Views
Replies: 31
Views: 2129

Napa Wineries With Best Views

Jack Winery up on Atlas Peak has great views. Relatively new small production winery and owned by Vernon Wells & Chris Iannetta . Grant Long is their winemaker. Cab, Bordeaux Blend & SB.
by C. Bowman
August 7th, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The American Greed Report, Wine expert Maureen Downey explains how Fox was able to run a long con
Replies: 104
Views: 9868

The American Greed Report, Wine expert Maureen Downey explains how Fox was able to run a long con

Going to have to watch the rerun at 10 PM Pacific because it got busy and missed a lot. Carrie has been shredding old orders and came across 5 orders by John Fox/Premier Cru, mostly older Bordeaux wines we had. Back then, we weren't suspicious. We've had to hunt a bottle or two to fill an order whe...
by C. Bowman
August 2nd, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New shipping laws
Replies: 20
Views: 1849

New shipping laws

Ryan, These restrictions in the UPS/FedEx agreement have nothing to do with winery shipping, they have different licensing and compliance than retailers do and wineries are able to ship to many more states if they want to apply for permits and comply with what is required from them. The new retailer...
by C. Bowman
July 4th, 2017, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bad Wine or Bad Taste Buds
Replies: 15
Views: 982

Bad Wine or Bad Taste Buds

Randy, I say go with "A" That means more for me :) There is nothing wrong with this wine tonight, it's delicious.

Domestic dispute or lousy palate = all solved flirtysmile
by C. Bowman
July 3rd, 2017, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bad Wine or Bad Taste Buds
Replies: 15
Views: 982

Bad Wine or Bad Taste Buds

Ahem! cough cough! I'm not invisible here Paul neener (thanks for the lovely comment) I don't think it's up to what we are used to from this wine but it's not totally awful or I was just fcking with lover of mac n cheese ( palate extraordinaire, Randy) ;) [stirthepothal.gif]

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