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by Al Osterheld
January 16th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 3512

Re: Grass fed???

Aldersprings does recyle their packaging -- you send it back at their expense, and they give you a $5 credit on the next shipment. They seem to do a lot of things similar to what Sarah recounts for White Oaks, though I now want to look again to see how thorough their regimen is. They are similar in...
by Al Osterheld
January 15th, 2020, 8:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 3512

Re: Grass fed???

I've been looking at buying from Alderspring Ranch, a family-run 100% pasture-fed (and no antibiotic or hormone) operation in a mountain valley in Idaho. It's always been the shipping that has caused me to hesitate ordering meat online. But, they ship flash-frozen and I now have a nearby package rec...
by Al Osterheld
January 12th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?
Replies: 70
Views: 3450

Re: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?

John Morris wrote:
January 11th, 2020, 6:28 pm
Another great one was the Concannons back in the 80s. They were crappy after a certain point -- utterly commercial, candy stuff. I think they may have had to replant.
We had a lovely 1965 Concannon Petite Sirah at the winery (Harrington) after hand bottling a small non-commercial lot.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 8th, 2020, 9:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 3512

Re: Grass fed???

Here's a photo of my heifer, I think a couple of months before she won her award. May I present Trumode Rosalie. That was her registered name, I called her Wilma. The sire was Royal Numode the Nth. I think he was like the 8th, but he was descended from a line of distinguished Royal Numodes. And, yes...
by Al Osterheld
January 8th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1781

Re: Booze Spectator

Shanken also owns the Whisky Advocate and lots of wine drinkers who buy Spectator probably also buy liquor. As far as effectiveness, fewer eyes means more difficult to be effective, and there are other channels for marketing efforts now (as you know).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 8th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 3512

Re: Grass fed???

Hi, Noel. Sounds like the Manila place didn't source very good meat (50 days dry aging left it tough). As you know, lots of factors affect the meat besides the genetics. I also suspect there is broader genetic variation with Holstein cattle, since they have been selected and bred in different countr...
by Al Osterheld
January 8th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1781

Re: Booze Spectator

The Wine Spectator isn't a trade magazine, it's a consumer lifestyle magazine. Promoting the wine business is not its primary function, and they run ads for revenue, not as part of their editorial content. I think the discussion went in a different direction than you expected because you have a diff...
by Al Osterheld
January 7th, 2020, 9:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 3512

Re: Grass fed???

I think the Holstein line has a lot of off-shoots and they have been a dual use (dairy and meat) breed, although originally purely dairy in the US. FWIW, I grew up on cattle ranches. We originally had almost all Herefords, later had an Angus bull, so soon had mostly crosses. The first award I recall...
by Al Osterheld
January 7th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1781

Re: Booze Spectator

Print magazine advertising is declining in general, because consumer subscription numbers are declining.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 6th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 3512

Re: Grass fed???

Hereford cattle were bred to be beef cattle. I think more recently, some dairy farmers started crossing them with their herds (eg, by getting Hereford bulls) for various genetic reasons. But, if you look at a full-grown pure Hereford, it's clear that it's a beef breed (beef and dairy cattle look dif...
by Al Osterheld
January 3rd, 2020, 8:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 2928

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

Betty C wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 7:32 pm
I will never understand why ketchup on hot dogs is wrong. That’s how I’ve always eaten them.
To be fair, eat them how you like them. It's kind of like sports loyalties, the rhetoric can easily become overheated.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 3rd, 2020, 8:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 2928

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

Why do you hate children under the age of five?

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 3rd, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 2928

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

David K o l i n wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 6:40 pm
I like French fries with mustard and/or mayo.
Anything but ketchup.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 3rd, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: "Traditional buns."
Replies: 12
Views: 1247

Re: "Traditional buns."

Looks like something Paula Deen would make.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
January 1st, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 248
Views: 15145

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

Michael O'Brien wrote:
January 1st, 2020, 9:54 am
We have had a basic black Moccamater KBT741 with thermal carafe. We love it. When it dies, we will replace it with another one.
That's also the model I have, especially like the thermal carafe.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
December 27th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Wine Glass Deal, 4-glasses for $10
Replies: 31
Views: 3403

Re: Riedel Wine Glass Deal, 4-glasses for $10

Bit off topic here, but.... Target used to sell a version that I cannot locate lately. And of course I threw away the box so I don't know the model name to make the search easier. They have a shorter stem so are a bit more stable which I prefer for daily use in a house with dogs present. Anyone use...
by Al Osterheld
December 27th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Wine Glass Deal, 4-glasses for $10
Replies: 31
Views: 3403

Re: Riedel Wine Glass Deal, 4-glasses for $10

The Riedel line I've seen in Target is called Vivant. I think they still sell them.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
December 26th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye
Replies: 27
Views: 2654

Re: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye

Looks incredible!

-Al
by Al Osterheld
December 24th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Are organic vegetables vegan?
Replies: 7
Views: 1138

Re: Are organic vegetables vegan?

To be honest, wasn't clear to me whether the complaint is about manure and animal products, per se, or mainly about cow manure because it comes from herds of domesticated cattle (neither vegan nor green). But, as pointed out, some amount of poop or decomposed animal products are a natural part of pl...
by Al Osterheld
December 16th, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Winery DTC Fulfillment Providers?
Replies: 12
Views: 1565

Re: Winery DTC Fulfillment Providers?

I think there are a couple of issues with fulfillment providers for small wineries. They charge a decent fee and unless you're willing to eat it, it appears to the customer like an excessively large shipping/handling charge and leads to claims that you're treating shipping as a profit center. Second...
by Al Osterheld
December 15th, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1251

Re: The Wand Wine Filter

We don't know for sure that filtration doesn't cause health issues? How about bottling on Tuesday vs Saturday?

I don't think "we don't know that it doesn't" should be promoted as a valid reason for concern in the absence of some potential explanation for why it does.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
December 10th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions
Replies: 61
Views: 4142

Re: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions

They still make the Esprit wines and the Panoplie which also previously had Esprit de Beaucastel in the name. Same wine programs, just new names. As far as the wines, one person's balanced is another's underwhelming. Personally, I'm quite fond of their wines and their tasting room (and tasting room ...
by Al Osterheld
December 4th, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS story: To claim or not to claim?
Replies: 31
Views: 2567

Re: UPS story: To claim or not to claim?

Maybe several layers of extra heavy-duty tinfoil?

-Al
by Al Osterheld
December 4th, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Harrington Sale (Open House this Saturday Dec 7 1-4 PM)
Replies: 18
Views: 2058

Re: PSA: Harrington Sale (Open House this Saturday Dec 7 1-4 PM)

No reason to feel bad. Bryan isn't closing because he has to, just various changes caused him to decide that now was a good time to exit the wine business and return to art (although he also talks about living out of a backpack in various places in Europe until he decides where he wants to land). He...
by Al Osterheld
November 30th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Very good new article on Steve Edmunds
Replies: 9
Views: 841

Re: Very good new article on Steve Edmunds

At some point, the years start to run together.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
November 29th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: best red wine for jus/sauce
Replies: 9
Views: 1194

Re: best red wine for jus/sauce

Pretty much any decent dry, low oak red works well. Keys are no RS, low oak, good acidity, and not too tannic (for red wine). A nice CdR checks those boxes and has a lot of flavor.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
November 20th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fukushima’s Nuclear Signature Found in California Wine
Replies: 14
Views: 1434

Re: Fukushima’s Nuclear Signature Found in California Wine

I wasn’t clear: Do we have to pay more for this?
Every bottle you drank before Fukushima had more radioactivity than the tiny amount Fukushima added. So, if someone tries to charge you more for this, you should refuse and drink a birth year wine instead.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
November 20th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fukushima’s Nuclear Signature Found in California Wine
Replies: 14
Views: 1434

Re: Fukushima’s Nuclear Signature Found in California Wine

The increase was statistically significant even though it was tiny and not a reason for worry. There are other things in wine that are radioactive, they are just not unambiguously a sign of a large fission event. BTW, most of the wines in the curve going back to the '50s and '60s were reds from sout...
by Al Osterheld
November 20th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing
Replies: 79
Views: 2824

Re: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing

I'm happy with no foils. But, if a foil is present, I cut it off. Even humble things have a purpose.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
November 13th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)
Replies: 31
Views: 2600

Re: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)

I've opened at 2006 Merlot that may have been an off bottle (some EA), a 2000 Meritage I thought was quite nice in a somewhat old school style, a 1996 Meritage that was a bit past peak but again quite nice, a 2003 Cabernet Track that was ripe, hot, and a bit of a mess, and a 2001 Merlot that was on ...
by Al Osterheld
November 8th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 923

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

Yes, as far as I can tell, it's a start-up trying to develop a market for items flown in space, not a science experiment.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
November 5th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 923

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

They have a control case of the same Bordeaux to compare. But, it sounds like most of the bottles will be sold along with other items that have flown to generate the money to fund the research. I'm guessing that's "research" rather than research, but I may be biased.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
November 3rd, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 555
Views: 36502

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I had a chance to taste the 2017 Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay because Sean brought one as a mystery wine to the last big Harrington bottling day, yesterday. Agree that it's a lovely wine and great value.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 30th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3971

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

I definitely changed what I buy (and amount) and how long I keep it.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 29th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6848

Re: Winebid revised.....

The state of California, for creating the environment that fuels these fires. But that's all I'll say, because then it will get political.
How inconsiderate of them, there's wine to be shipped. By the way, the Kincade fire started on federal land.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 28th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6848

Re: Winebid revised.....

It's also pretty cool at present. Which is good, because it would need a lot of generators to keep a large warehouse cool if it was hot. At whom are you p.o.'ed?

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 28th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 37
Views: 1629

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

Most Champagne has 4 to 6 atmospheres of dissolved CO2. If pour half then reseal with a stopper, at worst it would reduce to 2 to 3 atmospheres. The simple act of putting it in a cold refrigerator makes a big difference because CO2 is more soluble at colder temperatures.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 27th, 2019, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 37
Views: 1629

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

The seal is great, pumping air into the bottle makes essentially no difference. Pumping CO2 would make a difference, but air is only 0.04% CO2. The dissolved CO2 and the CO2 in the headspace achieve equilibrium independent of the other gases.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 26th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 206
Views: 9368

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Mass market wine isn't shipped in styrofoam or pulp. -Al you dismissed my point, as no one covets mass market wine, yet the mass wine market is propagated by styro I didn't intend to dismiss your point. but I guess I'm still confused. The overwhelming majority of wine is sold in stores rather than ...
by Al Osterheld
October 25th, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 206
Views: 9368

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Mass market wine isn't shipped in styrofoam or pulp.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 24th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1213
Views: 83132

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

A glass of bubbly is great after a day of wine tasting.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 23rd, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 248
Views: 15145

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

Mine has not lost its vacuum seal, that would be annoying.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 23rd, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 248
Views: 15145

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

Christine Huang wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 11:01 am
Yes, but I want perfection, Al!
Why can't I have perfection? [snort.gif]
I never found it, so I became (somewhat) tolerant.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 23rd, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 248
Views: 15145

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

It is odd to not have a spout. But, keeps coffee hot without a hotplate.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 18th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 248
Views: 15145

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

Yes, I think a hand grinder is the only compact option for something small and better than a chopper. I've also been using a Moccamaster, one of the models with a thermal carafe. Amortized over the years I've used it, the extra cost seems pretty minor. Pour over is more time and effort than I want f...
by Al Osterheld
October 18th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 113
Views: 5193

Re: Barolo Sediment

The nasty sediment takes years to precipitate, would not expect it in a 2006 Barolo. Like others, I don't understand the chemistry, just indicated what I've experienced. To be honest, don't even know that recent wines will develop that same sediment or whether it was more prevalent with wine making ...
by Al Osterheld
October 17th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 6089

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

I save "xyzzy" for wines that transport me.
Or, moments when you need to be transported to a better place. But, some folks thought magic should be eliminated.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 17th, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Fox (PC) Update
Replies: 33
Views: 3736

Re: John Fox (PC) Update

He agreed to repay at least $45M as part of his sentencing deal. Personally, I think modest checks from the bankruptcy trustee are more likely.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
October 16th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Fox (PC) Update
Replies: 33
Views: 3736

Re: John Fox (PC) Update

The bankruptcy isn't wrapped up, yet, although it looks like it's getting close. Any checks would come after then know how much money has been collected and how much is left after paying off the entities involved collecting the money and the creditors farther up in the line. I also received the upda...
by Al Osterheld
October 16th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 6089

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

Should be xyzzy. Works better.

-Al

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