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$2.99 Rosenblum zin--how and why?

Ernie: is it a vintage or a non-vintage wine?

2 days ago
pinotho in Wine

Offer to purchase Screaming Eagle

how much are you offering?

Feb 06, 2015
pinotho in Wine

Berkeley: Current favorites for flavors and ambience?

+ one for Riva Cucina. Food is good, not great but good. Almost alwways a good bottle of Barbera or Dolcetto on the list. Conversation, when seated outside, is very good, and it is good inside.

Need Finishing Touches for 2nd Trip to Napa !

+ 1 for Bistro Jeanty.

Romantic/Special Occasion Dinner Healdsburg-Santa Rosa

Barndiva in Healdsburg can be romantic....I'm sure they will give you a good table if they know about the special occasion.

Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

LOL.....

Ideal wine with marinated raw fish

plus one

Oct 07, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, Healdsburg

Have had the Sunday fried chicken at Zin, and I completely agree with you.

Plane crashes into Sonoma County vineyard

LOL

Sep 26, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Another restaurant wine pricing rant!

yet you failed to run the numbers on water and soda.

Sep 02, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Another restaurant wine pricing rant!

Josephnl, perhaps you would like to read this previous post abount wine pricing. If I recall correctly, at the end of the day, even the restaurant defenders admitted that they price wine so high because they know they can get away with it.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/410666 .

Sep 02, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Another restaurant wine pricing rant!

not be a smartass, but you bank dollars, not percentages. You have to sell a lot of soda/water/liqour to equal the dollar profit earned on one premium bottle of wine.

Sep 02, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Another restaurant wine pricing rant!

never did respond to your original post, so, for what it's worth, I believe your rant is entirely justified.

Sep 02, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Another restaurant wine pricing rant!

Ok, now I get it. I can understand why a restaurant owner would rather make the profit on a coke, or a martini, or a bottle of water, rather than say $40 on a bottle of wine. Plus, you don't have your waitstaff wasting time pulling those pesky corks.

Sep 02, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Another restaurant wine pricing rant!

"The accepted minimum formula to mark up alcohol and food is 4x". Where does that come from?

Sep 02, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Napa: Critique my Day

thank you, Rachel.

Napa: Critique my Day

Rachel, hi, can you provide a contact for the $25/hr. driver ? THANKS, glad your trip worked out so well. Be sure and come back soon.

Zuni Cafe, 2014 [San Francisco]

very happy to read your positive report. Thanks for the post.

White Pinot Noir

I thought Siduri was for owned vineyards, and Novy was for purchased grapes....not a 100% certain.

Jul 21, 2014
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One Dinner in SF - Where and Why?

will be curious about your opinion when you next eat there.

One Dinner in SF - Where and Why?

Robert, have you eaten at Zuni lately?

Napa Valley ranking in the world?

I recall similar stories from students in Austin back in the late sixties; they were buying Latour and Lafitte for 6 dollars a bottle. I was buying the cheapest beer in the store. I remember we once got a great deal on a case of beer, and when we got it home, we realized it was in cardboard cans instead of metal cans. However, that didn't seem to alter the taste.

Jul 09, 2014
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Napa Valley ranking in the world?

another bad is the inability to correctly spell "article" .

Jul 09, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Napa Valley ranking in the world?

yes, the Bordelaise have never minimalized their accomplishments. I shouldn't even have mentioned money, as I was enjoying this thread. My bad.

Jul 09, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Napa Valley ranking in the world?

he doesn't minimize his accomplishments when it comes time to sell the wine.....I believe the artical says a bottle goes for $750.

Jul 09, 2014
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Napa Valley ranking in the world?

Certainly agree with what you have written, Jason, and thanks for posting it. Europe has quite a head start on Northern California when it comes to agriculture; but, N. California has better weather. So, as we catch up on the viticulture, watch out. I was impressed when, at the end of the artical, Harlan indicated he wanted to produce a red wine flavor that was new to the world. Hope he or his children are successful.

Jul 02, 2014
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Napa Valley ranking in the world?

LOL

Jul 02, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Between Sacto and Ashland

on my way to see Mt. Shasta for the first time. Looking for places to eat or to buy groceries. It looks like the towns would be Red Bluff , Redding , Mt.Shasta , Weed, Yreka, and Ashland. However, I would be interested in anything between where I 505 intersects I 5 north of Sacramento and the border. Thanks for your help chowhounds.

Jun 05, 2014
pinotho in California

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

again, missing the point.

Jun 05, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top

I'll assume you are referring to Jasper Russo. I don't want to hurt your feelings, I don't want to be rude to you, but I believe you are missing the point by trying to counter everything but the main argument: which is that your tasting was flawed, and there was no legitimate reason for it to be flawed. Allow me to add one more thought, achalk, which is that there are a lot of hard working people trying to create a wine industry in Texas, and I think many of them would concede that this is not the type of tasting that is in their long term interest. Truly best wishes to all of you who are engaged with growing wine in Texas.