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by Alan Rath
May 28th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can you ship Amaro when warm/hot?
Replies: 26
Views: 598

Re: Can you ship Amaro when warm/hot?

We ship Amaro refrigerated because we ship everything refrigerated, but I doubt that it makes a difference. This is a more general question I have: are infused liquors not susceptible to heat damage? Like Vermouth, bitters, Amaro? I would think that the compounds being extracted would be damaged by...
by Alan Rath
May 27th, 2020, 10:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Copper River season
Replies: 12
Views: 408

Re: Copper River season

Barry L i p t o n wrote:
May 24th, 2020, 5:08 pm
Sockeye doesn't do it for me, even Copper River. Gotta be king.

My local market said they aren't carrying it because of the price (they used to in prior years).
Horses for courses, I much prefer copper river to king. Both good, of course, but the deeper color and flavor of copper does it for me.
by Alan Rath
May 27th, 2020, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 François Pinon Vouvray Silex Noir, so good
Replies: 2
Views: 118

Re: TN: 2015 François Pinon Vouvray Silex Noir, so good

Thanks, just found some 17
by Alan Rath
May 27th, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars
Replies: 97
Views: 6331

Re: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars

David, not sure where you are, I’m in Fremont, and we’ve had our share of heat. But most of my wine is in a professional storage locker, so I don’t have to worry about it. Sorry your cooling unit is such a pain, at some point might be worth looking into replacing it if it’s ruining your life lol. An...
by Alan Rath
May 27th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars
Replies: 97
Views: 6331

Re: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars

OK, so it seems like it may not be 100% ideal to have a 3F movement in say 8 hours but people think this will make the wines evolve faster correct? TIA again No. My opinion is that it’s not a problem in the least. I have plenty of wine at home that sits in my little wine fridge, or just on the floo...
by Alan Rath
May 26th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1471

Re: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago

Nice notes! Sounds like the 2nd leaker was exactly like the 1st, which I hope this convinces you to leave the 3rd alone :) One of these days I have got to make it down to Pebble Beach again... That’s quite the memory! I think this bottle was even better than that one. Fortunately the third isn’t le...
by Alan Rath
May 26th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars
Replies: 97
Views: 6331

Re: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars

I wish everyone would just relax on the worry about temperature "fluctuations". There is nothing in chemistry that depends greatly on temperature fluctuations (unless, of course, you are near some boundary like freezing or boiling). Also remember that most relationships that depend on temperature u...
by Alan Rath
May 26th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars
Replies: 97
Views: 6331

Re: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars

I wish everyone would just relax on the worry about temperature "fluctuations". There is nothing in chemistry that depends greatly on temperature fluctuations (unless, of course, you are near some boundary like freezing or boiling). Also remember that most relationships that depend on temperature us...
by Alan Rath
May 26th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars
Replies: 97
Views: 6331

Re: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars

So, when it goes back on, even after a 100+ degree day, the max I see is a movement from 58 to 61, again, mostly to just 59 or 60 during lower temp days. Is this 8-hour fluctuation an issue? Meaning the temp rises 3 degrees max over 8 hours and then I bring it back down, then it goes up again a deg...
by Alan Rath
May 26th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1471

Re: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago

Awesome trip, that brings back some memories. Big Sur is possibly my favorite part of the Country And the Post Ranch is the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in. Yes it’s a stretch but honestly Somehow it feels worth it. After we fell in love with the area we actually got married on Pfeiffer beach! Need ...
by Alan Rath
May 26th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1471

Re: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
May 25th, 2020, 10:57 pm
Great report Alan.

Is that your 'cheese and kisses' sitting by herself in the first pic? She looks a bit concerned about he bloke taking her photo!
Lol, that's not a phrase we have up here, but I like it!
by Alan Rath
May 25th, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 45
Views: 1650

Re: 2019 German Riesling

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
May 25th, 2020, 5:23 pm
He was making comparisons with 1976 and 2003.
Wow, then definitely not my style.
by Alan Rath
May 25th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can you ship Amaro when warm/hot?
Replies: 26
Views: 598

Re: Can you ship Amaro when warm/hot?

There were some Amaro I wanted to restock up on that we drink and use in cocktails. I wanted to order and have in the next month. But I wasn’t sure if 90-100 degree temperatures were a worry. Between the sugar and the alcohol, it may have a bit more of a "radiator coolant" resistance to temperature...
by Alan Rath
May 25th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can you ship Amaro when warm/hot?
Replies: 26
Views: 598

Re: Can you ship Amaro when warm/hot?

Between the sugar and the alcohol, it may have a bit more of a "radiator coolant" resistance to temperature, but probably not enough to make a difference in really hot weather.
by Alan Rath
May 25th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 45
Views: 1650

Re: 2019 German Riesling

Hmm, 2015 is nothing like 2001. Just for my education, how so? If Lara is saying it reminds them of 2015, I may hold off buying from them this vintage. Johannes Selbach did talk about 2019 being very ripe. Not really my sort of vintage. That would be consistent with 2015 (in my opinion, though I kn...
by Alan Rath
May 25th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 45
Views: 1650

Re: 2019 German Riesling

C Chen wrote:
May 25th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Fun timing. Spoke with Lara at Schloss Lieser recently. She loved the 2019s and said it reminded her of 2015. Harvested 40% less than 2018.
Hmm, 2015 is nothing like 2001.
by Alan Rath
May 25th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Second Zoom tasting – Chave Hermitage
Replies: 44
Views: 1437

Re: TN: Second Zoom tasting – Chave Hermitage

But I Siphon the wine with a tube so aggregation of the wine initially is limited. Siphon could be a good idea for an older wine with a fair amount of sediment. The one time it was my turn to do this (6 bottles), I just poured carefully, directly from the bottle into each vial, no funnel. If you ar...
by Alan Rath
May 25th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Burgundy Glass
Replies: 74
Views: 3923

Re: Preferred Burgundy Glass

We were fortunate to taste with Roberto last year and he had us 'test' his glass versus Zalto Burgs....interesting experience. Later that week, we found them in Alba for around 35 EUR per stem. I should have bought some...oh well. Here are a few pics: IMG_2641.jpg IMG_2640.jpg Which is the glass on...
by Alan Rath
May 24th, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1471

Re: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago

ERPark wrote:
May 24th, 2020, 6:19 pm
Did the nice lady you’re stalking in your pics call security on you? neener

Great trip!
Social distancing, I was at another table.
by Alan Rath
May 24th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1471

Re: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago

Craig G wrote:
May 24th, 2020, 5:04 pm
alan weinberg wrote:
May 24th, 2020, 4:57 pm
did this all just happen? These places are open? Wife and I were just talking about Carmel. Exciting.
It’s in the fine print. These are from just before Shelter in Place.
It’s a test to see if anyone actually reads tasting notes, or just looks at the pretty pictures [wow.gif]
by Alan Rath
May 24th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1471

Re: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago

Day 3, we moved from Carmel Highlands to Pacific Grove, by way of 17 Mile Drive, and a nice lunch at Pebble Beach Lodge. The "Drive" is of course one of the most scenic on the west coast, and not to be missed, particularly when people are starting to panic shop before a shutdown, and few are out on ...
by Alan Rath
May 24th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1471

TN: Seems like a lifetime ago

It's only been 10 weeks since the Bay Area shut down for Covid, but looking back on our last excursion anywhere, seems like a long time ago. Fortunately, it was a nice little anniversary trip, with several outstanding meals and wines. Our first two nights were at Carmel Highlands Inn, dinner at thei...
by Alan Rath
May 23rd, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event--Mathilde Margaine of Champagne A. Margaine & Brad B, Saturday 5/23 @ 10AM PT / 1PM ET
Replies: 39
Views: 935

Re: Zoom Event--Mathilde Margaine of Champagne A. Margaine & Brad B, Saturday 5/23 @ 10AM PT / 1PM ET

My local shop carries it routinely, I've had quite a bit. The 2012 Special Club is outstanding.
by Alan Rath
May 22nd, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sec Wines in Portland
Replies: 76
Views: 4542

Re: Sec Wines in Portland

I’ve bought from them for years, always excellent and personalized service.
by Alan Rath
May 17th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1878
Views: 239652

Re: Official Costco Thread

2015 Fattoria Galardi "Terra Di Lavoro" for $29.99. We gave it a few hours of air and it was delicious. Ed Not overly structured? I used to buy this years ago. Every one I’ve had was amazingly tasty, complex, and fascinating, but oh so tannic. Patience, grasshopper! The 2004 I had a couple of weeks...
by Alan Rath
May 16th, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bouchard Le Montrachet Anyone?
Replies: 33
Views: 1617

Re: Bouchard Le Montrachet Anyone?

Not nearly as much experience as some here, but if you gave me my choice, I’d take Bouchard’s Chevalier La Cabotte
by Alan Rath
May 16th, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1878
Views: 239652

Re: Official Costco Thread

Ed Steinway wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 9:11 am
2015 Fattoria Galardi "Terra Di Lavoro" for $29.99. We gave it a few hours of air and it was delicious.

Ed
Not overly structured? I used to buy this years ago. Every one I’ve had was amazingly tasty, complex, and fascinating, but oh so tannic.
by Alan Rath
May 15th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs (via Zoom tasting): Rhys, Kutch, Thomas and a couple Brunellos
Replies: 23
Views: 786

Re: TNs (via Zoom tasting): Rhys, Kutch, Thomas and a couple Brunellos

Frank, those 2008 Rhys Pinots are definitely something else. Been doing this with a group here in the Bay, I think we’ve now done 5 weeks. Charlie’s idea is definitely spreading, this time in a good way neener In some ways, I’ve enjoyed doing these zoom tastings even more than actual offlines. There...
by Alan Rath
May 14th, 2020, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: You're Copain...You Probably Think This Song is About You...
Replies: 25
Views: 1348

Re: TN: You're Copain...You Probably Think This Song is About You...

I haven't had the 2010 recently, but I did drink a 2011 Halcon just a few weeks ago: 2011 Copain Syrah Halcon Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands (4/23/2020) Dark, not quite opaque garnet, no real signs of age, nose is subtle, with lightly herbal notes, the palate is where t...
by Alan Rath
May 13th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Livestream Session - Bryan and Katie Flannery! May 23rd, 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern
Replies: 105
Views: 3816

Re: Zoom Livestream Session - Bryan and Katie Flannery! May 23rd, 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern

Any consideration for expanding the pork and lamb offerings?

Do I miss being able to stop into the Marin store and pick up things like stock. They saved me a lot of work at many thanksgivings!
by Alan Rath
May 8th, 2020, 10:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 407
Views: 24221

Re: Another Flannery PSA

dteng wrote:
May 8th, 2020, 7:57 pm
How are y’all cooking the tri tip?
For me, I think tri is typically a little too thick to just grill. I like to reverse sear, I.e., cook indirect at lower temp until it reaches your preferred set point, like 100-110, then take it off, crank up the grill, and sear to finish.
by Alan Rath
May 8th, 2020, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1878
Views: 239652

Re: Official Costco Thread

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
May 8th, 2020, 7:17 pm
2016 Malescot St. Exupery at Torrance for $59. Grabbed 3. Approx. one case left. Over 26 CT notes, scores range from 92 to 97, including some awesome-sounding notes from folks I trust.
Just beware that it is the poster child for new oak.
by Alan Rath
May 8th, 2020, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm worried about John Gilman
Replies: 24
Views: 2531

Re: I'm worried about John Gilman

Or perhaps because he was being unusually cheap in not providing 750s? In fairness, they're kids. Personally, I'm happy John is taking a break from tweeting about politics. [stirthepothal.gif] I will second that. He has an unnatural obsession with Trump. Kind of poster for Trump derangement syndrom...
by Alan Rath
May 5th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Will California Tasting Rooms Reopen?
Replies: 43
Views: 2409

Re: When Will California Tasting Rooms Reopen?

Been over this topic a LOT. We’ve always been by appointment and low density give our relative ability to host people. Here is the issue. The bathroom. We have 1 that was guest dedicated, 1 for employees and 1 that was sort of there on as need basis. You know what public bathrooms are like. Even in...
by Alan Rath
May 5th, 2020, 12:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Northern Rhone?
Replies: 26
Views: 2220

Re: 2019 Northern Rhone?

Josh, My description came from Spectator, I double checked my memory accuracy which was correct. They say more acid than 15 or 18 which I can get behind if generally true. I think it would go without saying that it would be true for 16/17, I tend to be skipping many 17 because I’m reading it as a v...
by Alan Rath
May 4th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 169
Views: 5811

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Any chance the first post in this thread could be updated as additional events are added? I do my best not to miss the announcements as they come up, but would be cool to have a list in one easy place to access. Feel free to slap me around for being lazy ;)
by Alan Rath
May 2nd, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event--Laurent Champs of Vilmart & Brad Baker--Saturday, May 9th @ 10AM PT, 1PM ET
Replies: 81
Views: 2291

Re: Zoom Event--Laurent Champs of Vilmart & Brad Baker--Saturday, May 9th @ 10AM PT, 1PM ET

J a y H a c k wrote:
May 2nd, 2020, 6:43 pm
May I sneak into this one?
Maybe BofA can get you in [wow.gif]

Kidding, just kidding! neener
by Alan Rath
April 29th, 2020, 8:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 407
Views: 24221

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Hey all! Just got our first Flannery order yesterday. Planning to make the 12 oz. NY strips tonight. We don't have a sous vide device or grill, and usually I prepare the steaks with a sear in a cast iron pan first and then put the pan in the oven. Any tips for how I should prepare these? This is a ...
by Alan Rath
April 29th, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?
Replies: 54
Views: 1980

Re: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?

Why does everyone store distilled spirits in a cellar? It’s already had the crap boiled out of it, nothing you do will hurt it ;)
by Alan Rath
April 28th, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Staircase wine cellar
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: Staircase wine cellar

John Morris wrote:
April 28th, 2020, 3:03 pm
There was a thread on this two weeks ago:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=169212&p=2962397

He built in a thermometer but no temperature control.
[scratch.gif]
Oops, I missed that. Mods can merge, or delete this thread if they like.
by Alan Rath
April 28th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?
Replies: 90
Views: 4001

Re: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?

it’s just wine and economics. I always wonder if these people who say they look at the wine at what they paid for it and not the current value would sell their appreciated house or stocks for what they paid for them. This. I am constantly churning my cellar (partly to make room for new purchases, w...
by Alan Rath
April 28th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Donnhoff Historians
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Re: Question for Donnhoff Historians

I believe the Felsenturmchen label was introduced in 2006, just as your list says. I was there in spring of 2007, and tasted all the 2006s, I remember Helmut talking about that change, and the "little tower". The catalog for 2006 wines doesn't mention it (except obliquely under the Auslese), but 200...
by Alan Rath
April 28th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Staircase wine cellar
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Staircase wine cellar

This is pretty cool. Not sure if/how it can be cooled, but still very clever:

https://homehacks.co/staircase-wine-cellar-clever-steps
by Alan Rath
April 27th, 2020, 9:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Clear Ice
Replies: 36
Views: 1341

Re: Clear Ice

If you want clear ice, you need to start with

by Alan Rath
April 27th, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Officer--Thursday, April 30th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 132
Views: 4229

Re: Carlisle Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Officer--Thursday, April 30th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET

I’m throwing out the “your first Carlisle” challenge:

1999 Dry Creek Zin
by Alan Rath
April 27th, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Peay Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: TN: 2004 Peay Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Cool to see this. No 2004 Pinot left in my cellar, but I do have some of each of the 2004 Syrahs (and one or two 2003). BTW, Peay has been doing a zoom tasting every week, check out their web site for more info. I bet those Syrahs would be nice. They age really well in my experience. My last 2003 S...
by Alan Rath
April 26th, 2020, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Peay Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: TN: 2004 Peay Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Cool to see this. No 2004 Pinot left in my cellar, but I do have some of each of the 2004 Syrahs (and one or two 2003). BTW, Peay has been doing a zoom tasting every week, check out their web site for more info.
by Alan Rath
April 26th, 2020, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?
Replies: 54
Views: 1980

Re: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?

Money, guns, and lawyers.

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