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by PeterJ
November 19th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer
Replies: 38
Views: 2216

Re: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer

One of my son’s friends is a senior sales exec with Gallo’s wine division. He’s been smiling a lot the past few years. Hopefully Gallo has the sense to walk softly with regard to what gives these purchases the value they’re paying for.
by PeterJ
November 13th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article
Replies: 31
Views: 990

Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article

https://vinepair.com/articles/how-wine-shop-bar-hybrids-work/ This article came to my attention today. Here in South OC there are a number of these hybrid shops but they almost all serve more food than just the “snacks” the article describes. Most have +/- 100 wines at retail and serve what I’d desc...
by PeterJ
November 8th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2446

Re: Shipping companies hates me

J. Rock wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 5:37 pm
My home UPS guy often doesn't even ring my bell (for normal packages), presumably because of my dogs... but I wish he would so I know when the packages arrive.
Interesting. The shipper is paying extra to have an adult signature taken and to not break the law.
by PeterJ
October 22nd, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone using a propane Blackstone griddle?
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Anyone using a propane Blackstone griddle?

My son just got this and we cooked on it for the first time last night. It’s like a gas grill except the top is a flat-top surface, like in a restaurant kitchen. We made a chicken stir fry with shitakes, sugar snap peas, grated carrots, edamame, rice, and scrambled egg. Really quick cooking time. Ca...
by PeterJ
October 16th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?

Thanks to all for the recs. FWIW, our favorites were Hatcher, in Murphys; Runquist, Helwig, and Terre Rouge/Easton in Plymouth; Holly’s Hill in Placerville; overall BEST in our opinion was Skinner in Fairplay. Amador 360 (in Plymouth) is a ‘must stop’ too, as it pours for a bunch of local wineries t...
by PeterJ
September 12th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?
Replies: 21
Views: 1743

Re: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?

I saw this grill on a TV grilling show and thought it was awesome........ until I checked the price.

https://kalamazoogourmet.com/products/k ... ing-grill/
by PeterJ
September 2nd, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: non-Napa wine regions
Replies: 7
Views: 1241

Re: non-Napa wine regions

If you get to Paso don’t miss Tin City.

https://www.tincitypaso.com/about/
by PeterJ
August 29th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB - Popeye's Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 11
Views: 1066

Re: LTB - Popeye's Chicken Sandwich

In some places it’s a “Sammy”! 😬
by PeterJ
August 28th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 129
Views: 6083

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Missed the chicken sandwich by a day or so I guess. Went today and bought spicy chicken tenders and slaw. Took them home and put them on a soft roll with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, pickle relish and some of the slaw. Have to say it was pretty darn good!!!
by PeterJ
August 27th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tarriffs
Replies: 15
Views: 901

Re: Wine Tarriffs

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Victor Hong wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 8:05 am
My understanding is that vintage Bordeaux wines made in China are next on tariff list. That will really hurt.
by PeterJ
August 23rd, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill!???
Replies: 12
Views: 1804

Stony Hill!???

Anyone been to Stony Hill since it was announced that they were acquired by the Halls of Long Meadow? We’ve had some of our most memorable tasting experiences with the McRaes there but I’m wondering what’s changed at this point or might in the near future. Are Peter and Willinda still there and doin...
by PeterJ
August 11th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Re: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!

Got it.
by PeterJ
August 11th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Re: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!

Kris Patten wrote:
August 11th, 2019, 8:03 am
I wouldn't set it on its side, bad idea.
Why? It’s been on its side for 4 days now with no leakage. I suppose it isn’t going to change what’s inside at all, but he wanted to see if the cork was dry enough to leak without opening it.
by PeterJ
August 10th, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 647

1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!

A friend has been gifted a Salamanzar of 1987 Yamhill Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Pinot Noir. The provenance is not clear but he thinks it’s probably been upright most if the last several years. The fill level is down about an inch and a half below the short capsule but, of course, the bottle is...
by PeterJ
August 9th, 2019, 12:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 2889

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

The Coravin seems to be pretty good but I’ve never seen instructions on how long to hold down the lever, so I’m not sure with it either. With the Coravin, if you use it correctly, the volume of argon injected is equivalent to the volume of wine removed. I should probably watch the instructional vid...
by PeterJ
August 8th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 2889

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

When I developed the Argon cylinder product I used used to sell I did a displacement study in which I injected Argon into plastic bags while counting how many ‘seconds’ I’d injected for. I then submerged the bags in a measured water container filled to the brim and took note of how much water was di...
by PeterJ
August 8th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 2889

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

For better or worse to readers, I am mentally engaged/distracted with this thread . . . Can this adjustable "Botto" container idea be modified to work with liquid? botto.gif P.S. Should we give George Forman and his friends a call for some help? I can’t recall the name of it but I’ve seen info on a...
by PeterJ
August 7th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 2889

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

We have tested using Coravin and Repour in our tasting room. I was high on both initially but both have limitations for commercial use. We still sell Repours and I think they are good for home use if you don’t finish a bottle. We now use the Coravin for library wines only, while at home I use my Co...
by PeterJ
August 1st, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?

Weird. I thought I’d posted earlier yesterday but couldn’t find the post when I checked for responses.... so I posted again. 🙄


Thanks Ken, and everyone. We’ve been to Murphys before (driving South from Tahoe) but never as far North as Plymouth. Looking forward to it.
by PeterJ
July 31st, 2019, 11:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery recs in California gold country please
Replies: 2
Views: 276

Winery recs in California gold country please

We’ll be spending about 4 days around Plymouth, CA at the end of September and would really appreciate some recs for great wineries, especially around Plymouth. Hopefully we won’t find the timing problematic. We’re starting out in Groveland (just outside of Yosemite) for a few days, then heading Nor...
by PeterJ
July 31st, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?

We’re spending 4 days or so around Plymouth, CA at the end of September and would appreciate some recs of exceptional wineries in the area. I know it may be problematic at that time, especially with small producers, but we’re going there after a stay near Yosemite and hoping for some memorable finds...
by PeterJ
July 17th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perhaps a wine for office workers?
Replies: 3
Views: 568

Re: Perhaps a wine for office workers?

My daughter-in-law drinks one called Yes Way Rosé. 🙄
by PeterJ
June 25th, 2019, 11:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest field blend wines?
Replies: 55
Views: 2671

Re: Greatest field blend wines?

We’ve been fans of Acorn Winery (Healdsburg) for a long time. Field blends are their specialty.
by PeterJ
June 19th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4146

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

I had a burger and fries at 5 Guys last week. Picked them up from the counter immediately and opened the bag quickly. They were really good. I wouldn’t call them crispy but they were not limp at all. Length is good and quantity excellent. I only have two issues: 1. They need a bun capable of holding...
by PeterJ
June 9th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4146

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Shake Shack is meh. Chick fil A awful. In N out is mediocre- prefer well done with lots of salt and some peppers. I am with Michael. Best are 5 guys. Not always perfect, but twice fried and when fresh and properly salted.... I ate at Five Guys once. The burger was Ok, but the fries were a bag of gr...
by PeterJ
June 7th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4146

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Victor Hong wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Solution: Drive to McDonald's for fries; drive to In-and-Out for burgers.
Unless there’s a 5 Guys nearby for the fries.
by PeterJ
June 6th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4146

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

They also seem to cut the potatoes crosswise, making them the shortest fries around. I always get them ‘well done’ and don’t find them greasy though. People have tried to compare In-n-Out to Shake Shack for some reason. With one close to twice the price of the other, I find In-n-Out a much better va...
by PeterJ
May 30th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 65
Views: 6707

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

Declassified Mondavi Reserve Cab To Kalon, Opus One and Schrader for $200. opus is a separate entity, no? I believe Opus is co-owned by Constellation and the Rothschild family but it essentially run by the Rothschild interests. When my daughter worked for Constellation/Mondavi she said that the Opu...
by PeterJ
May 24th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Starting a collection and going to Napa, which wines can I only get at the vineyard?
Replies: 16
Views: 1649

Re: Starting a collection and going to Napa, which wines can I only get at the vineyard?

Is it naive to suggest asking the tasting room which, if any, wines are not available elsewhere. I’ve done that but not much since the number of wineries began multiplying like rabbits.
by PeterJ
May 24th, 2019, 12:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1682

Re: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?

In the past my asking this question was answered with the response that the yield of SB is much greater than with Cab so per ton cost is 1/2 to 1/3. Add the difference between oak and stainless steel (in most cases) + time to market and it starts to make sense....... assuming all that is true.
by PeterJ
May 17th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 50
Views: 2365

Re: Impossible burgers

Albertsons/Vons sells Beyond burgers and I think Ralph’s does too. My one experience wasn’t that great but I think I needed to season them more.
by PeterJ
May 3rd, 2019, 11:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: From the creators of Chef's Table - Street Food
Replies: 16
Views: 1147

Re: From the creators of Chef's Table - Street Food

Watch Flavorful Origins on Netflix. It’s more about the food. Street food is extremely well done but not the same kind of thing.
by PeterJ
April 30th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here’s a Retailer that doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking
Replies: 34
Views: 3793

Re: Here’s a Retailer that doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking

Did he train at Weimax, in Burlingame, CA? I thought Gerald Weisl held the mad curmudgeon retailer title, but maybe not. 😜
by PeterJ
April 27th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin old bottle
Replies: 20
Views: 1216

Re: Coravin old bottle

Eric Egan wrote:
April 27th, 2019, 3:18 pm
something happens during the coravin process itself
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Any idea what the ‘“something” could be?
by PeterJ
April 25th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 1399

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

I suppose it seems overly simplistic but I’ve found that, over the last 20 years or so, there’s been so much capital available that new or emerging business models multiply like rabbits and their life span is way shorter than in decades past. It’s just over-supply. Witness soft serve ice cream/yogur...
by PeterJ
April 13th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone try Onx Reckoning 2015?
Replies: 5
Views: 253

Re: Anyone try Onx Reckoning 2015?

We sold some Onx reds at the shop I used to work at, as well as several other Paso area gems with tasting rooms at Tin City. I recall the name Reckoning but the current label looks different. What I’ve tasted would have been ‘11s or ‘12s. I’d agree with your assessment in general.
by PeterJ
April 6th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3537

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

The sale will likely create greater barriers to entry for low cost, volume producers as that market continues to consolidate. We will likely see these wines being offered to us at all kinds of events - Chamber of Commerce, Bar Association, College reunions, weddings, Charitable benefits, etc. Frien...
by PeterJ
April 5th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3537

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Ravenswood, and Others

Chris Seiber wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Gallo does now own the Monte Rosso Vineyard.
Several online sources say they do...... at least ‘did’. Curious as to who does and documentation of it.
by PeterJ
March 16th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Rotating clusters on the vine?
Replies: 9
Views: 752

Re: Rotating clusters on the vine?

Found this on their website for this wine: “A month prior to forecasted harvest, every grape cluster is rotated 180 degrees to facilitate an even sun-tan.” It follows this statement: “Most notably, in late July we pull leaves away from the fruit to allow direct sun penetration.” I wonder how unusual...
by PeterJ
March 15th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Rotating clusters on the vine?
Replies: 9
Views: 752

Rotating clusters on the vine?

So I’m looking at a bottle of Stolpman Roussane and the bottle note says the clusters are rotated on the vine. That’s a new thing for me and Google isn’t helping. Does it refer to turning the clusters for more sun or moving the canopy, or what?
by PeterJ
March 3rd, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Common Winery and Vineyard Names with Various Pronunciations & Mispronunciations !!!
Replies: 56
Views: 2627

Re: Common Winery and Vineyard Names with Various Pronunciations & Mispronunciations !!!

Meritage is mispronounced by a majority of people I come across. I think it’s easy and maybe ‘cooler’to Frenchify it to Meri-tahj but their website makes it clear it’s Meri-tidge.
by PeterJ
February 24th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Laundry reservation tips/tricks?
Replies: 9
Views: 1097

Re: French Laundry reservation tips/tricks?

Hopefully you’ll get some insider info on this here. When we went, several years ago, I used re-dial on two phones simultaneously starting at their posted start time and day for when I wanted to go. It took three days and maybe 4 hours total to get our res. You might direct your friend here though: ...
by PeterJ
February 16th, 2019, 12:04 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?
Replies: 20
Views: 1035

Re: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?

Mike Hess Brewing gets thumbs up from my daughter who owns two craft beer bars.

https://yelp.to/qTKq/IiAoo0kIlU
by PeterJ
January 30th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma Tasting Notes Harvest moon and Porter Creek -- Added Photos
Replies: 8
Views: 441

Re: Sonoma Tasting Notes Harvest moon and Porter Creek -- Added Photos

I haven't thought about Harvest Moon in quite a while but I found the winery while driving around the Sonoma Valley area in preparation for opening our wine shop/wine bar back in 2005 (the shop was sold after just a few years in business). The son, Randy Pitts, was very personable and I recall likin...
by PeterJ
January 25th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Picpoul: the joys of simple wine
Replies: 21
Views: 855

Re: Picpoul: the joys of simple wine

Vesper Vineyards, in Escondido
CA, used to make a Picpoul that I enjoyed. I just checked their site and I don’t see one now.
by PeterJ
January 23rd, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business
Replies: 41
Views: 1825

Re: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business

Know of somene waiting on a duplicate 02 approval to open their new tasting room. Paying rent and not being able to open the doors is not a great way to start. Aha. I didn’t realize that an 02 license (even for a second location tasting room) required Federal TTB approval. We may be talking about t...
by PeterJ
January 22nd, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business
Replies: 41
Views: 1825

Re: Government shutdown repercussions in the wine business

A local winery has posted that their new satellite tasting room’s opening has been postponed by the shutdown. I’m guessing it’s an issue of new vintage inventory not being able to get label approval.
by PeterJ
December 26th, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: When You Come Up First on Google
Replies: 2
Views: 927

Re: When You Come Up First on Google

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by PeterJ
December 19th, 2018, 2:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Green Bean Casserole - “The mother of all comfort foods”
Replies: 23
Views: 867

Re: Green Bean Casserole - “The mother of all comfort foods”

Made it this year, totally from scratch. Fresh green beans, mushrooms sautéed with a bit of sherry, roux from scratch for a bechamel. Only thing standard was the French’s onions.
by PeterJ
November 4th, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lodi Wineries and Wines that you Enjoy?
Replies: 9
Views: 421

Re: Lodi Wineries and Wines that you Enjoy?

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