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by Nolan E
February 28th, 2017, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lovely Tercero sursprise
Replies: 24
Views: 1011

A lovely Tercero sursprise

100% whole cluster cab franc sounds fantastic. I haven't found a good cali 100% c.f. other than paradigm. looking forward to this one larry. where in Los Angeles will it be available? Not to steal Larry's thunder but Broc made a killer whole cluster Santa Barbara Cab Franc (assumed to be oak aged) ...
by Nolan E
February 28th, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lovely Tercero sursprise
Replies: 24
Views: 1011

A lovely Tercero sursprise

larry schaffer wrote:Thanks for the nice note, my friend. I still have about a dozen cases and I'm really curious to see where this one goes.

My 2016 aberration will be something completely different - 100% whole cluster cab franc, 100% stainless steel aged....
When might this be released?
by Nolan E
February 28th, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cheddar Chatter: The Cheese Thread
Replies: 10
Views: 1010

Cheddar Chatter: The Cheese Thread

P. Willenberg wrote:I enjoyed the Willamette Valley Cheese Co French Brie this weekend. 50% runny from their organically farmed Jersey Cows. On the "clean" side but beautiful depth and texture.
What do you think of their quality overall?
by Nolan E
February 26th, 2017, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California making headway on the Rose front?
Replies: 82
Views: 3120

Is California making headway on the Rose front?

Larry...

Cage match. To the death.
by Nolan E
February 26th, 2017, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California making headway on the Rose front?
Replies: 82
Views: 3120

Is California making headway on the Rose front?

Larry, I've definitely had saignee style rose that's good, but I do think people who pick grapes specifically to make rose do end up more successful at making a good/interesting/exciting/etc wine.
by Nolan E
February 26th, 2017, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California making headway on the Rose front?
Replies: 82
Views: 3120

Is California making headway on the Rose front?

I don't understand why Roses are so consistently approached as a cheap wine? A lot of the California ones are a byproduct of saigneeing (then watering back) overripe grapes. Rather than sell the juice as bulk might as well ferment it and have some easy income in the spring. That's why I avoid many ...
by Nolan E
February 26th, 2017, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California making headway on the Rose front?
Replies: 82
Views: 3120

Is California making headway on the Rose front?

I don't understand why Roses are so consistently approached as a cheap wine? A lot of the California ones are a byproduct of saigneeing (then watering back) overripe grapes. Rather than sell the juice as bulk might as well ferment it and have some easy income in the spring. That's why I avoid many ...
by Nolan E
February 24th, 2017, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!
Replies: 218
Views: 16606

Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!

If you REALLY want to know the winery, I'm pretty sure it's come up in another thread with an unrelated discussion.

Brian, since it was the winemaker's stash did it happen to be a first off/last off bottle?
by Nolan E
February 24th, 2017, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's up with Reynvaan?
Replies: 14
Views: 1307

What's up with Reynvaan?

The distributor could have been closing them out, the winery has little/no say about pricing in that instance.
by Nolan E
February 23rd, 2017, 9:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cheddar Chatter: The Cheese Thread
Replies: 10
Views: 1010

Cheddar Chatter: The Cheese Thread

Harbison is well represented here and price varies widely but Whole Foods seems to have the lowest price on cheese across the board.

I saw the cider washed rind from Jasper Hill the other day but it was quite pricey for a very small wheel.
by Nolan E
February 23rd, 2017, 5:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cheddar Chatter: The Cheese Thread
Replies: 10
Views: 1010

Cheddar Chatter: The Cheese Thread

It seems like we were taking over the Rush Creek Reserve thread for just general cheese chat, thought I'd make a new one. I'm sure there's an older one we could revive but it's not on the first few pages. Eating a portion of Murray's St Mark's (http://www.murrayscheese.com/st-marks). This isn't my f...
by Nolan E
February 23rd, 2017, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Microwaving your wine to kill brett
Replies: 44
Views: 2169

Microwaving your wine to kill brett

Brett is yeast, not bacteria.

Not sure if that changes the spirit of the experiment.
by Nolan E
February 22nd, 2017, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I can't stop binge-watching this wine series...
Replies: 16
Views: 2790

I can't stop binge-watching this wine series...

Binging them now, as well.

I'd love to be on a panel like this.
by Nolan E
February 22nd, 2017, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Vineyard Sold and Being Replanted with Weed?!?
Replies: 136
Views: 5875

California Vineyard Sold and Being Replanted with Weed?!?

Beckstoffer Toke Along?
by Nolan E
February 22nd, 2017, 3:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Brisket in Austin?
Replies: 30
Views: 2002

Best Brisket in Austin?

Mad jelly.
by Nolan E
February 19th, 2017, 8:25 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: latest wine in the cargo hold?
Replies: 24
Views: 1615

latest wine in the cargo hold?

I believe Delta requires a styrofoam shipper, no pulp/cardboard/etc separators. I've heard this from customers who were very specific about the shipper they needed. Otherwise, I've had great luck using shippers as well as putting wine in my normal suitcase (I've done 8 bottles stuffed in clothing in...
by Nolan E
February 19th, 2017, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN:12 Guigal rouge [Cotes du Rhone]
Replies: 11
Views: 824

TN:12 Guigal rouge [Cotes du Rhone]

If I remember correctly they chose not to produce a 2008 because none of their contracted grapes (they owned no southern Rhone vineyards at the time) were up to snuff, although they paid the growers as if they had picked. Says a lot about their own perception of their quality and the respect they ha...
by Nolan E
February 18th, 2017, 9:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Portland for large groups
Replies: 11
Views: 1034

Portland for large groups

We went to Olympia Provisions SE last night and they pushed together some tables for a group of ~12. Lively atmosphere and uncomplicated menu ($20 corkage) might make it a stress-free event.
by Nolan E
February 18th, 2017, 12:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!
Replies: 218
Views: 16606

Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!

I just tried to subtly mention to Mondavi that the 87 Reserve I had was corked. I didn't ask for a replacement or anything and the customer service rep asked where I purchased the bottle. The only response I got was: "Our online store does not sell older vintages of wines. Sometimes the winery has ...
by Nolan E
February 15th, 2017, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine color -- interesting to you?
Replies: 34
Views: 1006

Wine color -- interesting to you?

In red wines it can be a reflection of acidity. Red wines tend to be more acidic than purple/magenta wines.

Not sure about green tinges in white wine though.
by Nolan E
February 15th, 2017, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ridge '14 East Bench Zin - Why bother to add water?
Replies: 21
Views: 1171

TN: Ridge '14 East Bench Zin - Why bother to add water?

Maybe one or a few tanks needed major corrections but many needed none, resulting what appears to be a minimal add but could have been a rather large add to a small lot.

I have no idea what size fermenters Ridge is using or if the East Bench is picked in a single day or in sweeps.
by Nolan E
February 13th, 2017, 3:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Portland for large groups
Replies: 11
Views: 1034

Portland for large groups

Fire on the Mountain
by Nolan E
February 12th, 2017, 8:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2427
Views: 205965

Steak Porn

I miss HEB, it seemed like almost monthly Prime ribeyes or strips would be $7.99/lb.
by Nolan E
February 12th, 2017, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online auction etiquette - a personal gripe
Replies: 66
Views: 3775

Online auction etiquette - a personal gripe

Worst. Thread. Ever.

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by Nolan E
February 11th, 2017, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you suggest I bring to dinner?
Replies: 36
Views: 1909

What do you suggest I bring to dinner?

Chocolate babka.
by Nolan E
February 9th, 2017, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 CdP is disgusting
Replies: 364
Views: 21592

2007 CdP is disgusting

Don't raise straw men. And I still don't understand what this obsession with Cambie is. He's a consultant not a winemaker. I'm going to assume for the sake of simplicity there are an infinite number of 2007 red CdP producers. Moreover, I'm going to assume that 50% of the wines are "good". If we pic...
by Nolan E
February 8th, 2017, 9:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 863
Views: 33723

Cigars - UnOfficial thread

I am a newbie so i have been buying in sets of 3. This new hobby and get pricey. From Crimson Tide: Capt. Ramsey: How do you like that cigar? Hunter: It's good, sir. Capt. Ramsey: It's your first? Hunter: [coughing] Yeah. Capt. Ramsey: Well, don't like it too much. They're more expensive than drugs...
by Nolan E
February 8th, 2017, 9:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2427
Views: 205965

Steak Porn

Would you trade a jar of it for a bottle of wine?
by Nolan E
February 8th, 2017, 8:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2427
Views: 205965

Steak Porn

Bill, do you smoke the salt yourself or is it commercially available?
by Nolan E
February 7th, 2017, 5:45 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 51678

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

Willamette still getting lots of precipitation. Cold enough for some snow in the highest elevations but lots of rain everywhere. The driveway to the winery goes over some lowlands and it flooded us out yesterday and we will probably be kept out till the weekend. Between the day after Thanksgiving an...
by Nolan E
February 7th, 2017, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines You Love That Others Just Don't Get
Replies: 107
Views: 4317

Wines You Love That Others Just Don't Get

I generally lean to the AFWE side but love Priorat.

Always floors me when people write off the region as a whole. There are of course wines I don't like but I find most of them balanced for their size.
by Nolan E
February 7th, 2017, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant Wine List Help
Replies: 55
Views: 1978

Restaurant Wine List Help

Ed Kurtzman wrote:What crazy mark ups on a lot of the list. Offer them $500 for the 1990 Jean Gros Clos des Reas.
Have you successfully bargained on a wine list before?
by Nolan E
February 5th, 2017, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unusual Grape Varieties You Have Tried / Want To Try
Replies: 190
Views: 7923

Unusual Grape Varieties You Have Tried / Want To Try

I have bottles of Petit Verdot from Hendry and Ridge to add to the conversation.
by Nolan E
February 5th, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Year Old Brisket
Replies: 8
Views: 910

The Year Old Brisket

An interesting question is why pork aged for two years+ is considered one of the great delicacies in the culinary world - Jamon de bellota. In other words, why does pork age well and apparently not beef? Both are protein and fat. Technique? There is dry cured beef, such as Bresaola. Dry being the k...
by Nolan E
February 2nd, 2017, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please enlighten me about all of the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino offers I am seeing.
Replies: 20
Views: 1329

Please enlighten me about all of the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino offers I am seeing.

John Morris wrote:FYI, Suckling has declared 2012 a "rockstar" vintage in Brunello. I'm still waiting for clarification on how that ranks against the "legendary" 2010.
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by Nolan E
February 1st, 2017, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand????
Replies: 11
Views: 1007

The Wand????

Maybe Flint could use some.
by Nolan E
February 1st, 2017, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question
Replies: 62
Views: 3104

Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question

Given that the cost of wrapping in tissue is already covered, the marginal cost of adding a $.25 sticker should be next to nothing but the cost of the sticker (perhaps ordered by the thousands it would be less than $.25). Particularly given that the wines that tend to have tissue wrap are over $100...
by Nolan E
February 1st, 2017, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Fridge Performance Question
Replies: 29
Views: 984

Wine Fridge Performance Question

Robert Alfert, Jr. wrote:That pic is photo-shopped. And scary. Very scary.

It may have helped me with my wine fridge problem. I am hereby bequeathing my Chinon collection to Neal, my Bordeaux to Alan Eden and everything else to AA.
But will the Chateaux sell Alan library wines if he can't make it to the on-site events?
by Nolan E
February 1st, 2017, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet's Mount Veeder Estate Named...
Replies: 23
Views: 1813

Pontet Canet's Mount Veeder Estate Named...

I believe Robert Craig's Mount Veeder is mostly (if not all) this vineyard. Or their vineyard is close...I forget.

Also, there's quite a bit of it in Vineyard 29's Cru. (Disclaimer: I am a former Vineyard 29 employee)

In case that piques anyone's interest.
by Nolan E
February 1st, 2017, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question
Replies: 62
Views: 3104

Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question

As a former auction house employee, I HATE tissue. I can't tell you how many times I've seen labels destroyed because the tissue either bleeds or gets stuck to the label. Just say no to tissue. I think we should develop strict standards as to type of paper, thickness of paper, color of paper, moist...
by Nolan E
February 1st, 2017, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question
Replies: 62
Views: 3104

Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question

Anton D wrote:Also, I only allow tissue that rolls off the roll 'over the top,' never tissue that comes off from 'under the bottom' of a roll.

An oenophile has to have standards.
We live in a CIVILIZATION people!
by Nolan E
February 1st, 2017, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question
Replies: 62
Views: 3104

Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question

I don't mind tissue but implore wineries to add a sticker with name and vintage. Really tough to deal with without a sticker and very time consuming to do it by hand when they arrive - much easier for wineries to put stickers on when they are wrapping them. However, very few actually do it. Would y...
by Nolan E
January 31st, 2017, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question
Replies: 62
Views: 3104

Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question

I don't mind tissue but implore wineries to add a sticker with name and vintage. Really tough to deal with without a sticker and very time consuming to do it by hand when they arrive - much easier for wineries to put stickers on when they are wrapping them. However, very few actually do it. Would y...
by Nolan E
January 31st, 2017, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question
Replies: 62
Views: 3104

Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question

One upside to tissue is that you can tell whether or not a bottle has leaked. A producer once told me that is why all of their wines are wrapped in tissue. As for the barcode issue- you can always adhere a barcode to the outside of the tissue paper. If the (usually brittle) tissue gets tattered and...
by Nolan E
January 31st, 2017, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question
Replies: 62
Views: 3104

Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question

In a retail shop there's the issue of having to sell that one bottle you have to unwrap so people can see it, but then everyone wants wrapped bottles. I understand completely, as a collector, because I leave them on since labels tend to get chewed up in many wine fridges. When I worked retail my ra...
by Nolan E
January 30th, 2017, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you waited too long to drink
Replies: 71
Views: 3608

Wines you waited too long to drink

BrianMarshall wrote:I had a few Oregon pintos that I sat on for five or six years that didn't hold up. I threw them into a blind tasting and it did not go well.
Next time try the Pinots!
by Nolan E
January 30th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pungo a sake
Replies: 6
Views: 641

Pungo a sake

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:Many high-end sakes, particularly in 500ml format, have hard-topped cork stoppers like a whisky bottle, but I've never seen one with a pure cork before.

Just finish the bottle. A sake buzz is the best.
Ah yes I've had a couple of those.
by Nolan E
January 30th, 2017, 2:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pungo a sake
Replies: 6
Views: 641

Pungo a sake

I've never seena sake without a screw top.
by Nolan E
January 30th, 2017, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you waited too long to drink
Replies: 71
Views: 3608

Wines you waited too long to drink

2006 Bergstrom wines...I was in the club so I think I got 2 or 3 cases that vintage. The last one I had was 2+ years ago and it smelled like coconut tanning oil. I'm sure he's making wine folks like...it's just not my preference at this point. Bergstrom from Oregon?? Either you're extremely sensiti...
by Nolan E
January 29th, 2017, 11:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Find/Question
Replies: 8
Views: 967

Burgundy Find/Question

Nice.

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