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by Nolan E
July 2nd, 2017, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 78 Freemark Abbey CS and others
Replies: 1
Views: 201

TN: 78 Freemark Abbey CS and others

If my memory serves me, Cathy Corison interned at Freemark Abbey in 78.
by Nolan E
July 1st, 2017, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSSOTY (wine shop sign of the year)
Replies: 4
Views: 594

WSSOTY (wine shop sign of the year)

Nothing like alienating potential customers!
by Nolan E
July 1st, 2017, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leonetti vs Realm
Replies: 14
Views: 1445

Leonetti vs Realm

Leonetti is much easier to find at retail than Realm.
by Nolan E
June 22nd, 2017, 10:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 11063

Recent New Orleans Eats

Michae1 P0wers wrote: Any thoughts on personal favorites for Po'boys? Oyster bar?
Oyster loaf at Casamento's.
by Nolan E
June 18th, 2017, 10:04 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best Long-Term Parking Options for SFO?
Replies: 12
Views: 688

Best Long-Term Parking Options for SFO?

I don't know your situation, but aren't there buses that run from Santa Rosa/Petaluma to SFO? I always used that service when I was in Napa, much cheaper and less stressful than airport parking.
by Nolan E
June 18th, 2017, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting Suggestion(s) in Lake Oswego Area?
Replies: 13
Views: 237

Wine Tasting Suggestion(s) in Lake Oswego Area?

My Mrs and i are planning on coming down in October to visit some wineries and hang out with our dog. Is it a good idea to stay in Beaverton? We want a hotel with suites with kitchens etc. I am good to drive an hour or so each way. I drive fast too. We want to use our SPG points for hotels. The onl...
by Nolan E
June 18th, 2017, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Father's Day wine are you having?
Replies: 46
Views: 1644

What Father's Day wine are you having?

Is there anything called Disappointing Son? My son practically destroyed our house last Thursday having an impromptu house party while my wife and I were at the beach. Does that qualify? That would clearly be a 100% New American Oak, 30 day extended maceration, oak powdered Napa Cab called Boys Wil...
by Nolan E
June 18th, 2017, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Father's Day wine are you having?
Replies: 46
Views: 1644

What Father's Day wine are you having?

Is there anything called Disappointing Son?
by Nolan E
June 18th, 2017, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting Suggestion(s) in Lake Oswego Area?
Replies: 13
Views: 237

Wine Tasting Suggestion(s) in Lake Oswego Area?

Well we'd start at either 7 or 8, so same timing. I will say catching the lights in Sherwood makes all the difference, maybe I just had all the bad luck. I also never took Bell, which was preferred by my work mates, and is easier to go a lot faster there than on 99 (though we frequently pulled into ...
by Nolan E
June 18th, 2017, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting Suggestion(s) in Lake Oswego Area?
Replies: 13
Views: 237

Wine Tasting Suggestion(s) in Lake Oswego Area?

I'm at 99/Maconald in Tigard and the best I could do to PA was 35 minutes.
by Nolan E
June 18th, 2017, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader sold to Constellation
Replies: 209
Views: 12278

Schrader sold to Constellation

And why the mention of Outpost ??) I don't see a mention of Outpost, but Schrader is made there. Also, I'm thinking TRB is not an "employee" of Schrader (could be totally wrong here) and Constellation would have to hire him at his normal consulting fees unless something else was discussed...
by Nolan E
June 18th, 2017, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader sold to Constellation
Replies: 209
Views: 12278

Schrader sold to Constellation

Bdklein wrote:And why the mention of Outpost ??)
I don't see a mention of Outpost, but Schrader is made there.

Also, I'm thinking TRB is not an "employee" of Schrader (could be totally wrong here) and Constellation would have to hire him at his normal consulting fees unless something else was discussed.
by Nolan E
June 18th, 2017, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low Yields For Napa 2015 Cabernet Question
Replies: 6
Views: 854

Low Yields For Napa 2015 Cabernet Question

Supply and demand. Supply was down, and demand was steady or (most likely) up. This would have caused an increase in price. But it all depends on whether there's an acreage or tonnage contract. In heavy years like 2012, if vineyards had tonnage contracts it's likely that someone ended up with fruit ...
by Nolan E
June 18th, 2017, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting Suggestion(s) in Lake Oswego Area?
Replies: 13
Views: 237

Wine Tasting Suggestion(s) in Lake Oswego Area?

Damn you drive fast, Jim.
by Nolan E
June 11th, 2017, 8:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Alternatives to caffeine (coffee)?
Replies: 16
Views: 999

Alternatives to caffeine (coffee)?

Does it have to be absolutely zero caffeine? There are some amazing teas that our caffeine "free" George most of the caffeine in tea comes out in the first 30 seconds of steeping. Throw that away and resteep in fresh water and most of the caffeine is gone. Why not do the same with a Frenc...
by Nolan E
June 11th, 2017, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graphite and salinity: Experimental results added
Replies: 273
Views: 8085

Graphite and salinity: Let's get a grip here

John Morris wrote:I'll have to visit my local stationery store tomorrow

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by Nolan E
June 11th, 2017, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graphite and salinity: Experimental results added
Replies: 273
Views: 8085

Graphite and salinity: Let's get a grip here

John Morris wrote:
Nolan E wrote:Also, if I started a thread every time someone said something about wine that I disagreed with...
You would be guaranteed to have the archetypical Berserkers thread.
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by Nolan E
June 11th, 2017, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2128
Views: 286244

Official Costco Thread

Sacramento/Exhibition #471 has stacks and stacks of the 2012 Liversan [Haut Medoc] for $9 . Mostly in OWC, suggesting they want people to purchase in that quantity, but can be purchased by the bottle if desired. I passed but that's a low price for a cru bourgoise. This one got pretty high marks in ...
by Nolan E
June 11th, 2017, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graphite and salinity: Experimental results added
Replies: 273
Views: 8085

Graphite and salinity: Let's get a grip here

Also, if I started a thread every time someone said something about wine that I disagreed with...
by Nolan E
June 11th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Garage storage of wines...a way to hide from the spouse?
Replies: 19
Views: 1123

Garage storage of wines...a way to hide from the spouse?

Frank Drew wrote:I don't lock up the house unless I'm going to be away for an extended period.. There are still places in this country where burglaries are very rare (so far!).
This was the case at my house until very recently. Learned the hard way.
by Nolan E
June 11th, 2017, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graphite and salinity: Experimental results added
Replies: 273
Views: 8085

Graphite and salinity: Let's get a grip here

The one time I got a clearly saline note from a red was from a barrel sample of a first fill Taransaud T5 barrel. To this day it's one of the most impactful barrels I've encountered, I almost choked at the intensity of flavor.
by Nolan E
June 8th, 2017, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge and oak creep
Replies: 87
Views: 4132

Ridge and oak creep

I've often wondered about the reasons a winemaker uses new oak. The only reason that makes sense is that they must feel the end product is "better" or appeals to a larger group in some way. Why incur the cost of new oak, if you can use older barrels and save money? I understand the need t...
by Nolan E
June 7th, 2017, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Napa Trip - Itinerary Feedback
Replies: 52
Views: 3326

First Napa Trip - Itinerary Feedback

If you're in the culinary mecca that is Napa Valley, why go there? You could make the same argument about going to Cakebread. Hey, I would rather go to Cook (which I recommended), but sometimes you just need to do the tourist-y stuff. I get it. There's lots of places we don't go in NYC until someon...
by Nolan E
June 6th, 2017, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with steak house wine list
Replies: 58
Views: 2104

Help with steak house wine list

Some decent deals in Merlot

Swanson
Gundlach Bundschu
Silverado

Also

2001 Faustino I
Ernie Els (but going S African would be adventurous if you've not had many from there)

I think the Latour Corton might be the best buy on that list.
by Nolan E
June 6th, 2017, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Napa Trip - Itinerary Feedback
Replies: 52
Views: 3326

First Napa Trip - Itinerary Feedback

Ben Sherwin wrote:Taylor's if you want and that is an experience
What experience? The experience of a shitty burger joint that every town has? I really don't get the appeal of this place. If you're in the culinary mecca that is Napa Valley, why go there?
by Nolan E
June 5th, 2017, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 26
Views: 1402

What is this?

I have experience with the Bevan SB and may be able to explain. Otherwise I can only wildly guess. Would the explanation be anything other than tartrate crystals? Curious to hear. My first reaction would certainly be tartrate crystals but I've never seen them take on this particular 'look'. Cheers....
by Nolan E
June 4th, 2017, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does it bother you when other people pair wine and food 'wrong'?
Replies: 77
Views: 2866

Does it bother you when other people pair wine and food 'wrong'?

Ha! It doesn't even bother me when I pair the wrong wine with my food. I don't sweat that stuff. SWMBO wanted a rose champagne tonight and that's what we had, even though we were having lamb chops on the grill (well, I was; she doesn't eat meat). I think Champagne (especially rose) and meat is a wi...
by Nolan E
June 4th, 2017, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do old Bordeaux's not follow vintage charts
Replies: 43
Views: 1810

Why do old Bordeaux's not follow vintage charts

Why do people use apostrophes incorrectly?

We may never know.
by Nolan E
June 4th, 2017, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 26
Views: 1402

What is this?

I have experience with the Bevan SB and may be able to explain. Otherwise I can only wildly guess.
by Nolan E
June 4th, 2017, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 26
Views: 1402

What is this?

Is this Bevan?
by Nolan E
June 3rd, 2017, 11:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2128
Views: 286244

Official Costco Thread

Barry Paul Price wrote:Question, will Costco transfer bottles between locations?
I believe in most states it is illegal to transfer inventory across county lines, and definitely illegal across state lines.
by Nolan E
June 3rd, 2017, 7:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2427
Views: 206236

Steak Porn

That's the best looking broccoli I've ever seen.
by Nolan E
June 2nd, 2017, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Napa Trip - Itinerary Feedback
Replies: 52
Views: 3326

First Napa Trip - Itinerary Feedback

Still no mention of Ciccio?
by Nolan E
June 1st, 2017, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Heitz Napa Valley Cabernet (where's the beef?)
Replies: 20
Views: 1132

TN: 2012 Heitz Napa Valley Cabernet (where's the beef?)

I'd rarely, if ever, describe a Heitz as 'big'. They're solidly in the old school group but rarely get mentioned among the major players in that scene.
by Nolan E
June 1st, 2017, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Heitz Napa Valley Cabernet (where's the beef?)
Replies: 20
Views: 1132

TN: 2012 Heitz Napa Valley Cabernet (where's the beef?)

John Morris wrote:
Nolan E wrote:I was disappointed with 2012s across the board. The 2011 version of this wine is great.
Cabernets in general in '12 or the Heitz line-up?
I thought I might need to specify, Napa wines.
by Nolan E
June 1st, 2017, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Heitz Napa Valley Cabernet (where's the beef?)
Replies: 20
Views: 1132

TN: 2012 Heitz Napa Valley Cabernet (where's the beef?)

I was disappointed with 2012s across the board. The 2011 version of this wine is great.
by Nolan E
May 31st, 2017, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick TN - 2015 Tablas Creek Terret Noir
Replies: 9
Views: 448

Quick TN - 2015 Tablas Creek Terret Noir

There are now 18 varieties allowed in CdP.
by Nolan E
May 30th, 2017, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12553
Views: 490965

What bottle of wine did you open today?

With some new and old friends last night, the best of the night being (in vintage order) 2003 Nicolas Joly Coulee de Serrant 2010 Nicolas Joly Coulee de Serrant These two were not terribly different, though the 03 seemed to be a bit more 'complete'. Lots of honey, apricot, nutty but not a ton of ox...
by Nolan E
May 29th, 2017, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12553
Views: 490965

What bottle of wine did you open today?

With some new and old friends last night, the best of the night being (in vintage order) 2003 Nicolas Joly Coulee de Serrant 2010 Nicolas Joly Coulee de Serrant 1974 Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 1977 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate ...
by Nolan E
May 28th, 2017, 4:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pappy 25
Replies: 11
Views: 1811

Pappy 25

Kris Patten wrote:Hoping to try this...we got 10 bottles for the State....its a unicorn.
Unicorns don't exist, how is that a successful analogy?
by Nolan E
May 26th, 2017, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Vintage of Oregon Pinot
Replies: 117
Views: 7651

Greatest Vintage of Oregon Pinot

Keep an eye on 2017, it's already looking to be the vintage of the year.
by Nolan E
May 20th, 2017, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Strange orange color. Premox
Replies: 8
Views: 496

Strange orange color. Premox

If you've drank several cases and had a few bad bottles, it sounds more like cork failure than premox.

I'm also not sure what the point of the thread is.
by Nolan E
May 20th, 2017, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Etiquette Question: Vineyard or Winemaker Appointments
Replies: 20
Views: 960

Etiquette Question: Vineyard or Winemaker Appointments

Since the main reason of visiting a winery is deciding whether or not you want to buy, I think if you enjoy the wines you should buy some. However, if you genuinely do not like them I'd say you shouldn't buy.

By asking this question you've already answered it yourself.
by Nolan E
May 17th, 2017, 7:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Napa Hotels
Replies: 24
Views: 1395

Napa Hotels

Auberge du Soleil
Solage
Andaz (downtown Napa, different amenities but a nice spot within walking distance to a lot of good stuff)
Napa River Inn (same idea as Andaz)
Carneros Inn
by Nolan E
May 17th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yeah, I like aligote!
Replies: 41
Views: 2758

Yeah, I like aligote!

Young Inglewood is growing some Aligote in St Helena, I haven't tried it but I'm curious.
by Nolan E
May 14th, 2017, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Champagne Values
Replies: 69
Views: 4666

Best Champagne Values

Moutard got opened pretty consistently at my last job and I liked it quite a bit. I have no idea of production size but it had good fruit, weight and kept my interest more than some growers that I thought I liked (that we sometimes opened at the same time as Moutard).
by Nolan E
May 14th, 2017, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping wine home from Napa?
Replies: 13
Views: 721

Shipping wine home from Napa?

Michael Martin wrote:
Philip N. Jones wrote:When I looked into this, I decided it was better to take a styro shipper home as airline baggage. Worked fine.
Phil Jones
How much did they charge you?
Normal baggage fee. There's no 'wine' upcharge.
by Nolan E
May 14th, 2017, 3:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Willow in Portland OR
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Willow in Portland OR

I'm planning on bringing my wife here for her birthday in November, curious to read experiences.
by Nolan E
May 11th, 2017, 8:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Recs for Memorial Day Weekend in Willamette
Replies: 13
Views: 1176

Recs for Memorial Day Weekend in Willamette

Skip La Rambla and do Pura Vida.

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