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by Peter Simpson
October 11th, 2015, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1984 Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Mountain
Replies: 12
Views: 362

TN: 1984 Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Mountain

M A T T H A R T L E Y wrote:I would set bottle upright 48 hours before drinking if possible.

Realize that all seems like a lot of work but I think it will help the wine shine. Serve around 62 degrees :)
Good advice, also applies to all older bottles of Togni.
by Peter Simpson
October 9th, 2015, 2:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Things I learned growing heirloom tomatoes this summer
Replies: 111
Views: 6544

Things I learned growing heirloom tomatoes this summer

mgriffith wrote:3. Old ladies' hosiery makes excellent material for tying vines to stakes. It is soft, stretches, free if you gather the cast-offs, and easy to work with.
My wife is in her 50s, is that old enough?
by Peter Simpson
October 5th, 2015, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent stuff
Replies: 7
Views: 779

Recent stuff

Jim Cowan wrote:2014 Dirty and Rowdy, Mourvèdre Especial - f*cking great, desert island wine
Not quite your usual eloquence Jim, but spot on nevertheless. [cheers.gif]
by Peter Simpson
October 4th, 2015, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Vérité La Joie--Can Someone 'Splain What Up?
Replies: 9
Views: 822

2010 Vérité La Joie--Can Someone 'Splain What Up?

How about saying "Brought to you by the same people that own Kendall Jackson and Murphy Goode"?

Your bidders will surely recognise those names. [wow.gif]
by Peter Simpson
September 20th, 2015, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Reservee
Replies: 41
Views: 2150

2001 Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Reservee

Don, I have a 2004 with your name on it, next time you are out this way. [cheers.gif]
by Peter Simpson
September 13th, 2015, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Frigging So Cal Heat
Replies: 34
Views: 1434

Frigging So Cal Heat

Bakersfield weather forecast has us dropping into the low '80s on Wednesday. Don't think we've been down that low since May. What a relief !!! In our community, if we waited for it to cool down to take a drink we'd all die of thirst. FWIW in June we had two new Trane 18 Seer variable speed HVAC unit...
by Peter Simpson
September 12th, 2015, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Frigging So Cal Heat
Replies: 34
Views: 1434

Frigging So Cal Heat

I really feel sorry for you guys!
by Peter Simpson
September 1st, 2015, 5:39 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Chemical Engineering Undergrad
Replies: 11
Views: 2996

Chemical Engineering Undergrad

I bet the huge wineries like Gallo hire Chemical Engineers, and if they don't you could explain to them why they should.

Of course you might have to live some place like Modesto, but I bet you would learn a lot that would be helpful in the future.
by Peter Simpson
August 27th, 2015, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Buying Spree Continues - Next Up: Talbott
Replies: 6
Views: 645

Gallo Buying Spree Continues - Next Up: Talbott

We visited the Talbott SLH tasting room earlier this year and I mentioned how much we liked the Arcadian Sleepy Hollow wines. The lady running the tasting room told me they had decided to stop selling grapes to other wineries because they could use them all in their own wines. [cry.gif]
by Peter Simpson
August 17th, 2015, 4:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurants in or around Cupertino
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Restaurants in or around Cupertino

My wife and I lived in Cupertino in the early 90's and dined regularly at the Plumed Horse. One evening sticks in my memory...we had a great bottle of aged Mayacamas Cab off the list with a fabulous meal, and then ordered two glasses of Taylor vintage port to finish off the evening. The young waiter...
by Peter Simpson
August 11th, 2015, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru) (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 5
Views: 486

TN: 2000 Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru) (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

Thank God, finally a 2000 I can open. champagne.gif


Tom, muchas gracias for the note. [basic-smile.gif]
by Peter Simpson
August 7th, 2015, 11:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The far reaching implications of Bello's Bankruptcy...
Replies: 27
Views: 3154

The far reaching implications of Bello's Bankruptcy...

[Payments made for goods cash in advance are not recoverable. Nor are COD payments for goods. In my painful experience this is not true. We required a risky customer to go COD and still got sued for all payments made in the six months before the filing. At least all the players in the Bello Bankrup...
by Peter Simpson
August 5th, 2015, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article,Erosion in Vosne....
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Article,Erosion in Vosne....

If you have an interest in soils, and particularly the soils of Burgundy and how they were formed, then Dean has written an outstanding series of articles. These are the first three in the series: https://diaryofawinebuyer.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/preface-to-my-upcoming-article-understanding-the-ter...
by Peter Simpson
August 4th, 2015, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it weird that I only want to drink my good wines with others?
Replies: 39
Views: 1704

Is it weird that I only want to drink my good wines with others?

Ian, I thought I had solved this problem when I stopped buying inexpensive wine. However I still have great difficulty opening "wow" wines when it's just the wife and I. To make things worse she feels exactly the same way. The net result is that in order to drink the good stuff I am forced to social...
by Peter Simpson
July 29th, 2015, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A night at Pearl & Ash
Replies: 11
Views: 900

TN: A night at Pearl & Ash

We've gone thru more than a case of the 2013 ABC SBC Chard in recent months. There is some bottle variation with the worst bottles being merely good, and the best bottles being really, really, really good. [cheers.gif]
by Peter Simpson
July 27th, 2015, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time for another Special Guest!!
Replies: 68
Views: 2955

Time for another Special Guest!!

How about Carg?

I bet he could keep things going for at least a week [wink.gif] but you'd likely have to wait until after harvest.
by Peter Simpson
July 20th, 2015, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Digging up a basement for a wine cellar
Replies: 37
Views: 3334

Digging up a basement for a wine cellar

If you are still thinking of moving forward with this then go talk to an engineer at your City Building Dept first. The meeting will likely save you a lot of time, trouble, and money. [wink.gif]
by Peter Simpson
July 3rd, 2015, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your go-to AFWE-friendly Steak Wine?
Replies: 81
Views: 4014

What's your go-to AFWE-friendly Steak Wine?

Great feedback. Love the specific recommendations. Last night's leftovers were paired with a 2004 Ridge Lytton Springs Zin blend. The Draper perfume had folded in to the darker fruit. Comparable richness and depth to the Malbec with a bit less cut. No issue with the 14.5% abv. Not an AFWE wine on i...
by Peter Simpson
May 31st, 2015, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Drought: The End of the CA Wine Industry?
Replies: 65
Views: 3286

The Drought: The End of the CA Wine Industry?

If water was $0.10/gallon there would be no shortage!
by Peter Simpson
May 31st, 2015, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 07 Napa Cabs settling down?
Replies: 48
Views: 3974

07 Napa Cabs settling down?

Many 01s are only now at peak, I suspect the '07s may take as long.
by Peter Simpson
May 28th, 2015, 4:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I paid over $6000 through Commerce Corner, seller has disappeared
Replies: 346
Views: 34669

I paid over $6000 through Commerce Corner, seller has disappeared

If the seller was a long time collector fallen on hard times, and these Truchot wines are so rare and desirable to Burgundy collectors, then I bet there's an even chance he still has them stashed away somewhere.

Keep digging Maureen and George!!!
by Peter Simpson
May 26th, 2015, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I paid over $6000 through Commerce Corner, seller has disappeared
Replies: 346
Views: 34669

I paid over $6000 through Commerce Corner, seller has disappeared

It turns out that around the time Maureen was vouching for him and I was writing my $6650 check and keeping Maureen informed via email, great guy Rob had stopped paying his rent months before, was getting evicted, and his girlfriend stole checks from their next door neighbors who considered them cl...
by Peter Simpson
May 26th, 2015, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I paid over $6000 through Commerce Corner, seller has disappeared
Replies: 346
Views: 34669

I paid over $6000 through Commerce Corner, seller has disappeared

Why would Maureen be on the hook for anything at any point? She got nothing out of the deal. George, Maureen vouched for the seller, that's why you sent him the check. I know it's hindsight but it would have been better if you'd kept her involved in the transaction. I bet she would have told you to...
by Peter Simpson
May 26th, 2015, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I paid over $6000 through Commerce Corner, seller has disappeared
Replies: 346
Views: 34669

I paid over $6000 through Commerce Corner, seller has disappeared

It's all very unfortunate for George, but I don't understand why he would send a $6,600 check to a stranger and not insist on the wines being shipped right away. I wish George would explain how this happened. At first reading it did seem to me that Maureen was on the hook, at least morally if not le...
by Peter Simpson
May 8th, 2015, 12:54 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Chemical Engineering Undergrad
Replies: 11
Views: 2996

Chemical Engineering Undergrad

Tony Z wrote:But yes, I definitely agree winemaking is a hell of a lot more interesting than learning about diffusion or heat transfer...
A fundamental understanding of heat transfer, mass transfer, and fluid flow will prove useful in many fields including, I suspect, winemaking. [cheers.gif]
by Peter Simpson
March 14th, 2015, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please don't ship wine to arrive on a Friday
Replies: 37
Views: 2185

Please don't ship wine to arrive on a Friday

You ship on Monday, via UPS Ground it will get there the next Monday. It will sit in the warehouse at UPS for probably 1 day, but most are temperature controlled so you're probably fine. Are you sure? I have a niece who works for UPS and she assures me that, at least in California, none of the UPS ...
by Peter Simpson
February 27th, 2015, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passionfish time…..wine list...
Replies: 44
Views: 2687

Passionfish time…..wine list...

Buzz, we ate there last weekend, and after some debate our waiter talked me into the 2013 Massican Gemina Chardonnay ($50). I've never heard of this winery but it was a wonderful bottle of Chardonnay. We also drank a half bottle of Pierre Peters NV Cuvee Reserve Champagne that was fabulous and a bot...
by Peter Simpson
February 18th, 2015, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you follow an '82 Bordeaux with???
Replies: 17
Views: 861

What do you follow an '82 Bordeaux with???

'94 Togni
by Peter Simpson
February 11th, 2015, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Old Vine Rosewood Vineyards
Replies: 5
Views: 586

TN: 2013 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Old Vine Rosewood Vineyards

Brian, 2012 per your photo or 2013 per your note?
by Peter Simpson
February 3rd, 2015, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thermostat question
Replies: 16
Views: 1173

Cellar thermostat question

If your cooling unit runs continuously for eight hours, I find it very surprising that air temp only falls by 7°F. Maybe you could try putting your air thermometer close to the cooling unit and see if the air temp variance increases.
by Peter Simpson
February 3rd, 2015, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thermostat question
Replies: 16
Views: 1173

Cellar thermostat question

Phil, it's likely your cooling unit needs to know if the thermostat is measuring liquid or air temperature as the response times will be very different. If you have access to the owner's manual you might want to check on how to do this. I agree that measuring air temp is best. If something goes wron...
by Peter Simpson
February 1st, 2015, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Sunday fodder: Your highest rated or most memorable bottle of domestic Pinot Noir EVER
Replies: 150
Views: 6122

Some Sunday fodder: Your highest rated or most memorable bottle of domestic Pinot Noir EVER

'04, '05, and '06 Roar Garys' all made by Adam Lee.

The wonderful '04 was the wine that opened my eyes to California Pinot, Adam is responsible for a huge dent in my wallet. :-)
by Peter Simpson
January 27th, 2015, 7:23 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VI (January 27, 2015)
Topic: AUCTION: Liquid Farm - Private Tasting for 10 in Santa Ynez
Replies: 11
Views: 1471

AUCTION: Liquid Farm - Private Tasting for 10 in Santa Ynez

$425

If I win I can certainly round up a party of six but eight or ten might be a stretch. If anyone would like to join my party for an additional Wineberserkers donation of $70 per person up to a maximum of four seats, have at it.
by Peter Simpson
January 20th, 2015, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I decanted my wine. It was corked. How do I clean my decanter?
Replies: 54
Views: 1976

I decanted my wine. It was corked. How do I clean my decanter?

Doug Schulman wrote:Most bleach isn't chlorine-based anymore, which would be the problem.
Really? Try telling that to Clorox. [basic-smile.gif]
by Peter Simpson
December 29th, 2014, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best/Safest online/Memphis/Arkansas option for aged wines - winebid isn't an option
Replies: 8
Views: 418

Best/Safest online/Memphis/Arkansas option for aged wines - winebid isn't an option

Billy, your new cellar will look empty but please resist the urge to fill it asap. There is nothing worse than waking up one day to realize there are thousands of dollars worth of bottles in your cellar that are past their prime or are wines that you don't particularly care to drink anymore. Sourcin...
by Peter Simpson
December 27th, 2014, 10:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building new cellar -- how to store 375ml bottles?
Replies: 32
Views: 1344

Building new cellar -- how to store 375ml bottles?

Billy, your print doesn't show a vapor barrier. The closed cell foam will act as a vapor barrier but you'll need to tape the joints on the exterior side with a waterproof tape (metalized HVAC tape works well). Also if your walls have studs they could be a path for moisture and condensation.
by Peter Simpson
December 27th, 2014, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building new cellar -- how to store 375ml bottles?
Replies: 32
Views: 1344

Building new cellar -- how to store 375ml bottles?

You need to think about the length of your bottles vs the depth of the racks, and how far you want the necks sticking out of the front of the racks. Obviously if you push your bottles in so far they touch the wall then they will conduct the heat in from the wall. I put my racks 3" off the wall and i...
by Peter Simpson
December 27th, 2014, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building new cellar -- how to store 375ml bottles?
Replies: 32
Views: 1344

Building new cellar -- how to store 375ml bottles?

If the back of the racks touch the walls of your cellar they will block air flow up and down the walls. Thus any heat entering the cellar thru the walls will have to pass horizontally thru the racks and bottles before it can escape into the air circulating in front of the racks. Just something to th...
by Peter Simpson
December 26th, 2014, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building new cellar -- how to store 375ml bottles?
Replies: 32
Views: 1344

Building new cellar -- how to store 375ml bottles?

I never considered small bottles, like 375mm ports and desert wines. So, I didn't plan for any half/split dedicated racking. I do have a couple diamond bins, and 8 case/rectangular bins. Does anyone make adapters that can sit crossways across the bottle opening to let small bottles rest on? What do...
by Peter Simpson
December 17th, 2014, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting Vineyard Development At Sea Smoke Vineyards (Photos)
Replies: 24
Views: 1663

Interesting Vineyard Development At Sea Smoke Vineyards (Photos)

The white material may be diatomaceous earth. IIRC there is a large mine in the Lompoc area.
by Peter Simpson
December 8th, 2014, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideal Weather For Growing Nebbiolo?
Replies: 13
Views: 518

Ideal Weather For Growing Nebbiolo?

Instead the warmth comes from a very small diurnal (difference between daily high and nightly low). Piemonte's warm nights are critical to properly ripening Nebbiolo. Warm mights help to decrease Nebbiolo's high acidity and keep sugar levels moderate. Kevin Ta for this insight - I wasn't aware of t...
by Peter Simpson
November 30th, 2014, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mutton dressed as Lamb...?
Replies: 10
Views: 549

Mutton dressed as Lamb...?

If I may translate for our American friends; lorry driver=truck driver. [basic-smile.gif]
by Peter Simpson
November 30th, 2014, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader - Does a CT note (or notes) affect after market pricing?
Replies: 17
Views: 920

Schrader - Does a CT note (or notes) affect after market pricing?

A retailer once told me the small amount of wine that Schrader moves thru distribution is sold to the wholesaler at mailing list price. Thus $175 wholesale becomes $350 retail.
by Peter Simpson
November 26th, 2014, 2:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Transport (Moving your cellar across the country)
Replies: 20
Views: 1189

Wine Transport (Moving your cellar across the country)

These guys might be worth a call http://www.viptransport.com/

They are part of the Mayflower group and have refrigerated moving vans, so your wine and furniture travel together in the same van. I used them for a move from Atlanta to California in 100°F heat and all went well.
by Peter Simpson
November 13th, 2014, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Release!
Replies: 202
Views: 11213

Dirty & Rowdy Release!

Very commendable. So why not egg crate style wine shippers instead of styro? Have you been talking to my wife? ;) Packaging was our breakfast conversation yesterday- We use styro (for now) for insulation. We normally ship in April / Oct when temps are variable. We are looking into compostable, but ...
by Peter Simpson
November 5th, 2014, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Release!
Replies: 202
Views: 11213

Dirty & Rowdy Release!

Any guidance on how long I should let the 2013 Familiar sit in the bottle before I pop one to let the Squatch out? Suggested drinking window too? Thanks! I'll defer to Hardy but we drank one just the other day, pop and pour. The nose was awesome, and with five of us at the table the bottle was empt...

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