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by Peter Simpson
July 1st, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: For Sale: A bit of Everything - Update June 12
Replies: 17
Views: 5013

Re: For Sale: A bit of Everything - Update June 12

Hi Dennis, do you have any Carlisle? ;) [cheers.gif]

Best, Peter
by Peter Simpson
July 1st, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1108
Views: 61403

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Talking about Pasadena, my wife's sister lives in Sierra Madre, and every time we visit her we have dinner at Altaeats on Allen Drive on the East side of Pasadena. Probably eaten there half a dozen times over the last year or two and never been disappointed. Curbside pickup only currently. https://a...
by Peter Simpson
June 18th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas inaugural rose release
Replies: 28
Views: 1331

Re: Ceritas inaugural rose release

It's funny how from an ITB perspective, there seems to be an insatiable market for rosé. It's always the stuff that seems to sell out first, despite not "carrying much weight" at the experts table. Maybe I should try to make a White Zin and make some real bank? [wink.gif] Well, there's oceans of ro...
by Peter Simpson
June 17th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni video--bud grafting (short but high quality)
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Re: Pisoni video--bud grafting (short but high quality)

Very well done video and a great marketing tool, but I would have liked more specifics. For example; what was the root stock, and how long ago was it planted? Why did they choose that particular root stock? It was mentioned they selected the bud wood from their best vines, but how did they decide th...
by Peter Simpson
May 29th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Peake Ranch - Pinot Noir Peake Ranch Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 10
Views: 336

Re: TN: 2016 Peake Ranch - Pinot Noir Peake Ranch Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

Eric, you may just have caught someone on a bad day, we have visited their tasting room twice, most recently in February. Both time we had an excellent experience, with our hostess being very well informed, and spending considerable time with us. IIRC the tasting fee was waved if you spent $100 or m...
by Peter Simpson
May 3rd, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Old Vine Old Hill Ranch
Replies: 8
Views: 572

Re: TN: 2018 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Old Vine Old Hill Ranch

What's up with the wine teardrop in my back label pics? Looks like they like going down in the SAME spot over the &!! The second pic was almost 3yrs ago...to the day! Weird! [wow.gif] https://i909.photobucket.com/albums/ac294/buzzini1/948C5AF0-7615-4888-BE66-419DF7AB45E0_zps0uzw44dg.jpg http://i909...
by Peter Simpson
April 23rd, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...
Replies: 145
Views: 7600

Re: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...

I've yet to have any bottle of 2000 Bordeaux that has come anywhere near the hype. Parker blew this one big time! Please don't tell me they just need more time, at my age I most likely don't have enough of it. [wink.gif] [cheers.gif] Whether you (or I) have time for wines for mature may determine w...
by Peter Simpson
April 22nd, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...
Replies: 145
Views: 7600

Re: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...

I've yet to have any bottle of 2000 Bordeaux that has come anywhere near the hype. Parker blew this one big time!

Please don't tell me they just need more time, at my age I most likely don't have enough of it. [wink.gif] [cheers.gif]
by Peter Simpson
April 11th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1660

Re: Dirty and Rowdy recommendations

Doing the side by side of enz and outer limits right now and... well... it’s frickin amazing! Really shocked at how big the nose is on the outer limits, but the palate is light with perfect acidity. Both are fantastic. Now i gotta figure out how to get more Thanks Ty! Glad you did the side by side!...
by Peter Simpson
April 10th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession
Replies: 79
Views: 5120

Re: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession

At one time Ansley Kroger in Atlanta had the highest wine volume of any supermarket in the USA. During the 2008+ financial crisis I would go in there pretty much every weekend. For higher end wines &39.99 seemed to be the magic number. Anything priced at $40 or above just sat there for weeks on end....
by Peter Simpson
March 20th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And my Wife said “Quick buy more wine!”
Replies: 34
Views: 2132

Re: And my Wife said “Quick buy more wine!”

On Wednesday the UPS guy handed me the shipment and immediately turned back to the truck. I called out "Don't you need my signature?" He replied "We are not asking for them anymore". On Thursday a different UPS guy, wearing gloves, also didn't ask for a signature. Both days the FedEx guys asked for ...
by Peter Simpson
March 15th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1108
Views: 61403

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Chez Melange in Redondo Beach can be very hit or miss, but the bar would be good for solo dining. Unfortunately, Chez Melange is closed as well. The last day, after 37 years, was February 29th. Cheers! Marshall My wife and I actually went in the first month after it opened, IIRC it was located in t...
by Peter Simpson
February 19th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1108
Views: 61403

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Chez Melange in Redondo Beach can be very hit or miss, but the bar would be good for solo dining.
by Peter Simpson
February 14th, 2020, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boheme Wines BD Offer Drinking Window Notes
Replies: 2
Views: 334

Re: Boheme Wines BD Offer Drinking Window Notes

For those who participated in the Boheme Wines BerserkerDay offer. Kurt has kindly added his suggested drinking window notes to that thread. https://wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2909667#p2909667 The good thing about Kurt's wines, they're great on just PnP. You really can't screw it up. ...
by Peter Simpson
February 12th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Thank You! Bohème Pinot Noir, Occidental, Sonoma Coast
Replies: 23
Views: 1681

Re: Thank You! Bohème Pinot Noir, Occidental, Sonoma Coast

Thank you so much Kurt. I know from past purchases your wines continue to improve with a year or two of cellar time. The trick of course is determining when a wine will be at its best without having to waste a bottle or two! Without your notes I would definitely have drunk the 2015 and 2017 Stuller ...
by Peter Simpson
February 11th, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boheme Wines BD Offer Drinking Window Notes
Replies: 2
Views: 334

Boheme Wines BD Offer Drinking Window Notes

For those who participated in the Boheme Wines BerserkerDay offer. Kurt has kindly added his suggested drinking window notes to that thread.

https://wineberserkers.com/forum/viewto ... 7#p2909667
by Peter Simpson
February 5th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Thank You! Bohème Pinot Noir, Occidental, Sonoma Coast
Replies: 23
Views: 1681

Re: Thank You! Bohème Pinot Noir, Occidental, Sonoma Coast

Hi Kurt,

My order is out for delivery today and I'll need to enter a drinking window into my cellar spread sheet. Would it be possible for you to share with us when each of the wines in your offer might be ready to drink and approaching their best. Thank you so much.
by Peter Simpson
January 28th, 2020, 8:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: La Quinta California Restaurants
Replies: 4
Views: 1162

Re: La Quinta California Restaurants

I've found OpenTable to be quite reliable for restaurants in that area, just remember to change the sort order to Highest Rated. We always stay in Palm Springs so can't help you on La Quinta.
by Peter Simpson
January 28th, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine
Replies: 11
Views: 1732

Re: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine

Toma +2
by Peter Simpson
January 28th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 206
Views: 14544

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

Chris, hope you are well. We have managed to break three of our eight Gabriel Gold glasses since last year. I can attest they don't survive when you knock them off the table onto a hardwood floor! :-) Which of the Grassi glasses would be be the most similar in shape and performance? I didn't see an...
by Peter Simpson
January 27th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 206
Views: 14544

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

Chris, hope you are well. We have managed to break three of our eight Gabriel Gold glasses since last year. I can attest they don't survive when you knock them off the table onto a hardwood floor! :-)

Which of the Grassi glasses would be be the most similar in shape and performance?
by Peter Simpson
January 15th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 76
Views: 5416

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

You'll need to check when the tasting rooms are open, most are closed Monday and many open only Thurs thru Sun.
by Peter Simpson
February 15th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A dinner in restaurant Le Beaulieu – town Le Mans with 1945 Léovile Las Cases and 1928 Beychevelle and others
Replies: 10
Views: 759

Re: A dinner in restaurant Le Beaulieu – town Le Mans with 1945 Léovile Las Cases and 1928 Beychevelle and others

Francois, your description of the evening is so vivid and alive, as I read, I almost feel I am there with you.

Thank you for the experience!
by Peter Simpson
February 3rd, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unwanted messages
Replies: 14
Views: 1093

Re: Unwanted messages

I always knew Todd secretly loved me, but ten PMs is just too going too far!!!
by Peter Simpson
January 27th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Offer Closed; Thank You - BOHÈME
Replies: 21
Views: 2027

Re: BOHÈME - Occidental, Sonoma Coast PN & RRV Old Vine Zin - 25-33% Discount + Free Shipping

I pulled a 2014 English Hill PN for dinner last night. Found it to be loaded with complex pinot noir flavors, but in a subtle and understated way. Definitely not a full throttle California Pinot, nor is it Burgundy, more like a perfect union between the two :-) I mentioned that more of this might be...
by Peter Simpson
December 4th, 2018, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard

Thanks for all the advice. I must admit I had been getting impatient with the amount of space the Oregon '08s were taking up in my cellar. I've consumed about a dozen bottles of different '08s over the last three or four years and none of them came close to being outstanding. I'm beginning to think ...
by Peter Simpson
December 2nd, 2018, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard

Please forgive me for veering off track, but do you Oregon experts have any thoughts on when the 2008 St Innocent White Rose might be ready to drink? I had that a year ago and it was a very nice wine. Still had plenty of tannin and primary fruit to go another 3-5 years depending on how you like you...
by Peter Simpson
December 1st, 2018, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard

Please forgive me for veering off track, but do you Oregon experts have any thoughts on when the 2008 St Innocent White Rose might be ready to drink?
by Peter Simpson
October 4th, 2018, 4:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1108
Views: 61403

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

We had dinner at Blacksmith on Saturday night. The food was fantastic but service was slow...2 1/2 hours to get thru three courses. The noise level in the place is deafening!
by Peter Simpson
October 2nd, 2018, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery suggestions for upcoming Santa Barbara & Paso trip
Replies: 27
Views: 1602

Re: Winery suggestions for upcoming Santa Barbara & Paso trip

In Los Olivos two good choices for Pinot are Bien Nacido Estate and Story of Soil.

O your way from Solvang to Los Olivos you might want to make a quick stop at Brander for terrific and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.
by Peter Simpson
September 10th, 2018, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opinions/TN Request on several 2012 Andrew Will Wines
Replies: 8
Views: 431

Re: Opinions/TN Request on several 2012 Andrew Will Wines

Chuck, I bought lots of Andrew Will wines from the '01 vintage thru '07 and still have a bunch in my cellar. They do age well. and are very nice wines. However, IMHO, they just have a very different taste profile from Napa reds. I also have lots of Betz and Delille and find AW to be more similar to ...
by Peter Simpson
September 9th, 2018, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opinions/TN Request on several 2012 Andrew Will Wines
Replies: 8
Views: 431

Re: Opinions/TN Request on several 2012 Andrew Will Wines

Washington cabs and red blends do not taste like Napa cabs and blends, that's why they don't cost as much. Make sure you love Washington reds before going deep!
by Peter Simpson
August 29th, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 308
Views: 23636

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

Todd, maybe this has already been suggested, but on a couple of occasions I thought I came to the end of a thread, only to realize later I had missed the fact it had multiple pages. I now make sure I scroll down below the "Quick Reply" box every time I come to the end of a thread. This is a bit of a...
by Peter Simpson
August 16th, 2018, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for Weekend Party - PnP - Please help
Replies: 25
Views: 914

Re: Wine for Weekend Party - PnP - Please help

If you can find any Walter Hansel Pinot Noir you'll be off to a good start.
by Peter Simpson
July 11th, 2018, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Announces Changes in California Wine Reviewer
Replies: 40
Views: 2430

Wine Spectator Announces Changes in California Wine Reviewer

Laube discovered Kosta-Browne back in 2004 or thereabouts, much to Parker's chagrin. :-) Since then his palate for Pinot Noir has become a mystery to me, his ratings follow no discernible pattern.

Hopefully Kim Marcus will be more reliable, and provide a much needed alternative to Vinous.
by Peter Simpson
May 24th, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gratuity tax?
Replies: 45
Views: 2665

Gratuity tax?

They'll be adding a "resort fee" next, they just haven't thought of it yet. [basic-smile.gif]
by Peter Simpson
May 1st, 2018, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transition From Smoking to Non-Smoking
Replies: 43
Views: 2644

Transition From Smoking to Non-Smoking

Randy and Carrie, you have my sympathy. I quit three years ago and still occasionally feel the urge for a smoke! The first six months were the worst, and I actually reduced my wine consumption a lot during that period. I found my willpower was definitely reduced after a few glasses of wine, and the ...
by Peter Simpson
April 23rd, 2018, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of Pinot Noir
Replies: 15
Views: 1673

Lots of Pinot Noir

Blake, we visited the ABC tasting room about a year ago and asked our server which of their older wines she recommended. She said she'd recently had a birthday and Jim Clendenen had suggested she take a bottle of the '08 Nielson. She did, and it was now her favorite ABC wine! Well, we did buy a bott...
by Peter Simpson
April 22nd, 2018, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One Day For Wine Tasting in Los Olivos --- where do you go?
Replies: 35
Views: 1382

One Day For Wine Tasting in Los Olivos --- where do you go?

The owners of Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills vineyards have opened a tasting room in Los Olivos for their Estate wines. Believe me, it's worth a visit !!!!
by Peter Simpson
April 22nd, 2018, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of Pinot Noir
Replies: 15
Views: 1673

Lots of Pinot Noir

I cleaned ABC out of the '08 Nielson last year. Indeed a tremendous wine, and Blake, I think you might want to dig out the rest of your case!

I guess Byron now own that vineyard. [cry.gif]
by Peter Simpson
April 22nd, 2018, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting Question
Replies: 25
Views: 1453

Wine Tasting Question

Don, a number of tasting room managers have told me that Coravined bottles only last for about a week and, once the bottle is half drunk, deterioration sets in quickly. I can't think of a single reason why your pourer would open a second bottle, unless of course, the first bottle was empty :-)
by Peter Simpson
April 8th, 2018, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Rhys "Skyline" PN - (the concern continues)
Replies: 12
Views: 1191

2012 Rhys "Skyline" PN - (the concern continues)

Paul, it looks like the wine has gone downhill since your first tasting?
by Peter Simpson
April 8th, 2018, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mtns tasting options?
Replies: 37
Views: 1294

Santa Cruz Mtns tasting options?

C Wagner, I hope you have a designated driver from the moment you set foot in the first winery. Those mountain roads require total concentration, not to mention the drive back to Santa Rosa after dinner!!!
by Peter Simpson
April 3rd, 2018, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Rhys "Skyline" PN (and a growing concern)
Replies: 16
Views: 1459

2007 Rhys "Skyline" PN (and a growing concern)

I've actually enjoyed the Bearwallow, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and the recalled Family Farm much more than the Alpine or Horseshoe Pinots. Presumably because they didn't take forever to come around.

Didn't Kevin promise to update the drinking chart over the winter?
by Peter Simpson
March 6th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Curse you, boneless skinless chicken breasts~!! (what's the secret?)
Replies: 55
Views: 1800

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

I know I risk being hung, drawn, and quartered for this suggestion, but two good sized breasts take about 5 minutes in the microwave at 50% power. Add 30 seconds at a time until done to perfection. [wow.gif]

We always find bone-in breasts cook much better than boneless. [cheers.gif]
by Peter Simpson
February 20th, 2018, 2:43 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Loring BDIX - 2 offers - ($49.99 & $79.99) - both 50% OFF
Replies: 31
Views: 2967

Loring BDIX - 2 offers - ($49.99 & $79.99) - both 50% OFF

2015 Clos Pepe, Rosella's, and Garys' arrived today.

Win...Win...Win!!! Thank you Brian and Kimberly. [cheers.gif]
by Peter Simpson
February 4th, 2018, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flying with wine out of Santa Rosa Airport
Replies: 12
Views: 811

Flying with wine out of Santa Rosa Airport

C Wagner wrote:so I can buy with reckless abandon.

C, you seem like a reckless abandon sort of guy! [rofl.gif]
by Peter Simpson
February 2nd, 2018, 9:07 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Cerrada ~ Bohème PN, CH & Zin Offer
Replies: 29
Views: 2148

Extensión ~ Bohème PN, CH & Zin Offer

Thanks Kurt, we'll pop a Taylor Ridge sometime in March, and hold the other two. How about the Zin?
by Peter Simpson
January 31st, 2018, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you trust me as a wine consultant?
Replies: 83
Views: 3184

Would you trust me as a wine consultant?

If you actually read up on the wines, you'd know more about them than 95% of the "wine consultants" I've had recommend wines to me. :-)

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