What’s New?

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1,755 thoughts on “What’s New?

  1. BargainWhine Post author

    Just an off-topic side note about the Bellucci premium 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil I found today at the Richmond store, 750ml for $5. It does seem to be pretty good buttery, peppery, olive oil, but the bottle closure was quite challenging to open and to use. The black cap twisted off, leaving a plastic spout that did not dispense oil. The non-dispensing white plastic spout would rotate but not unscrew. I used pliers and wire cutters to remove the rest of the black plastic outer coating to get to the white plastic spout mechanism. It consisted of three parts, and was more than this stupid American could figure out how to use. Unless it reveals its secrets when I stare at it longer, I will just use one of those three pieces, which fits into the bottle, and put plastic wrap with a rubber band over it to seal it.

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    1. lim13

      Another reason why stuff ends up at GO? Well you got a couple of good laughs out of me, BW. But I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been laughing if it was me trying to deal with that bottle. Pliers and wire cutters to open a bottle of olive oil…hmmmmmmm. Take a break from your stare down and open up a bottle of Raza Sparkling Torrontes (and re-read my comments below your review)! : ~) Oh, and thanks very much for the warning about the EVOO bottle!

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      1. Darrell

        I read your experience with the Raza Torrontes and got a laugh since I recalled another incident with a sparkling wine enclosure.

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    2. Seedboy

      I have bought a mess of this oil. There are three different ones, including an organic and a Tuscan. It could be the spout confuses people. You pour through the little hole in the white part that the screw cap screws onto. Be patient, maybe pretend it is a stubborn catsup bottle. Once some of the oil comes out it starts to flow better.

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        Hi Seedboy. I could have used that tip. It’s also that the black cap fit so tightly onto the white spout that it was very hard to unscrew and screw back on. I could picture myself frantically fumbling with it with greasy hands when I desperately needed to add a little to a pan. I’m glad to hear you’ve figured out how to make it work. Maybe I’ll get another bottle or two now…

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        1. Seedboy

          All of the oils are really good. The California Olive Ranch oils that are around are good and are current crop, but cost more.

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          1. lim13

            I love that California Olive Ranch EVOO. I bought a number of bottles of it last year when it was on sale for $5.00 a liter at our local Cost Plus World Market for one day only…cheaper than I’ve ever bought it at GO. Still got a few bottles in the cellar where it’s cool.

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            1. Seedboy

              Couple of years ago the NYTimes food section sampled California olive oils and their top oil was California Olive Ranch.

      2. Seedboy

        Anyway, I’ve been buying this oil like mad because it is good and the price is fine. Just unscrew the cap, turn the bottle over (maybe 45 degrees?) and be patient.

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  2. permiesworld

    I picked up two wines today…happened to be by one of the local GO’s.

    Lion’s Lair Dreyer Family 2012 South Africa Shiraz. $3.99
    label says “wines created by Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards”
    info re: the 2011 version:
    http://www.garyswine.com/fine_wine/south_africa/13902.html

    also picked up a Gancia Prosecco (since we are on a Prosecco kick) $6.99. Almost didn’t pick this up because the Kirkland Prosecco (Fruili region) is the same price. But…the link intrigued me so we’re trying it tonight.
    http://www.winescores.ca/viewwinereview?tuuid=TN11230030134a787f449d0f0&puid=525894676ddbd02af7a0aa203bebb45918cf787e_winescor&_usrctl=Gancia%20Prosecco

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    1. lim13

      Found this site too on the Lion’s Lair:
      http://www.vivino.com/wineries/leeuwenkuil/wines/lions-lair-swartland-shiraz-2011
      Reviews run down the right side of the page. Doesn’t sound terribly enticing to me…even at $3.99. But here’s hoping your bottle is more impressive, PW.
      The Gancia sounds a bit more promising. But the problem with NV wines is that you usually don’t know which bottling you’re getting and if one is any better than another. Of the two wines, I’m betting on the Prosecco…and I look forward to hearing about them.

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      1. permiesworld

        Oh wow, yeah, here’s hoping…at least it’s a different vintage. We’ll probably try it soon. I wasn’t going to buy anything but the two wines we can’t seem to keep in the house are Cava and Prosecco. lol I’m hoping this one is nice.

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  3. JoelA

    At Pinole:
    (I think some of these have been reviewed)
    2012 Chateau Rotior Cotes-de-Provence rose $ 5.99
    2010 Barrel 27 High on the Hog Central Coast white $ 4.99
    2010 Lincourt Courtney’s chardonnay (Santa Rita Hills) $ 4.99
    2009 Bushranger (NSW, Australia) Captain Moonlight shiraz $ 4.99
    2010 Bushranger (NSW, Australia) CAptain Starlighyt chardonnay $ 4.99

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    1. Seedboy

      The Lincourt is a stereotypical pineapple/butter chardonnay. This is made by a real winery and was intended to be expensive. It is not my taste

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  4. JoelA

    With Indian food I drink beer. Also, if the plan will call for sharing dishes, I don’t eat pork, shellfish or any kind of catfish (the prevalent fish in Vietnamese restaurants).

    As far as dates are concerned, Passover begins next Friday and I won’t be eating out anywhere till mid-April. Don’t know whether or not I can fit in a dinner in the next week. Otherwise, I have no problem with restaurants in Oakland

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  5. jimvan49

    Mystery wine alert: I found a Piemonte DOC Barbera 2011 imported by Epic Wines. (It was labelled Va.Ca). I couldn’t find any info on the wine either on the epic wines website nor on cellartracker, but it certainly looks interesting for Italian Piedmont barbera fans. Cost – $4. I may try it tomorrow night. Did I miss a note on this somewhere?

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  6. JoelA

    Not much new at Oakland today except for a couple of pinot noirs from Oregon. But I’ve got plenty of good pinot noir right now.

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  7. permiesworld

    Well when I stopped in to the GO, I decided to pick up all three of the Pyrenees wines that they were offering. Why? Well the Cabernet and the Merlot are 2012 harvest. That was nearly a perfect harvest for the entire west coast. So I’m giving them one chance to redeem themselves on the Cab and Merlot. I also picked up the Tempranillo (normally for the Rogue Valley vineyards, I prefer their Tempranillo, Garnacha and sometimes Syrah…rarely the other two…).

    They were all $4.99 a bottle. The list prices are high (but again, except for the Garnacha which really was in a class by itself) I would put them in the $15-20 wine experience (IMO).
    http://www.pyreneesvineyard.com/wines/red-wines

    Pyrenees Tempranillo 2011 ($40)
    Pyrenees Merlot 2012 (SRV $50)
    Pyrenees Cabernet 2012 (SRV $80)

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    1. permiesworld

      Oh and I picked up the 2008 version of the Zonin Primo Amore Sangiovese/Merlot “Dry Red Wine” blend for $3.99. The only thing I could find online was this (SRV $9.99):
      Taste and Colour:
      Attractive and warm ruby red color. Intense bouquet and pleasant vinous nose with outstanding fruity and spicy notes appealing.
      Description:
      Intense and pleasant vinous on the nose with excellent fruit and an appealing spicy vein. Dry on the palate with a sultry, soft and tangy key, which a fine and harmonious balance.
      Pairing:
      A particularly fine accompaniment for grilled meats, spaghetti bolognese and cheese.

      So we’ll see.

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  8. seedboy

    My favorite restaurant corkage wise is Binh Minh Quan in Oakland. Vietnamese. Friends and I bring our own glasses and wine and take care of it ourselves, no corkage. Their food goes great with red and white Burgundy and their California counterparts. We have also done Alsatian whites there.

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      1. permiesworld

        (should have said “that did read like pulp fiction”…totally agree with the author…it’s like the stuff of bad novels.) What a sad resolution…what is it about wine that makes people do such stupid things? Or is it like the author said…the lifestyle?

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        1. jwc

          I suppose the Reserve Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley Dahl mentions on the video clip, will now be named, Dead Man’s Red.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      The article makes it sound like Mr. Dahl was a slick salesman who put too much stock in his own pitch. I think my favorite part was this description of “Lewis Perdue, the publisher of Wine Industry Insight, who is also a mystery writer and a former police-blotter journalist.”

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  9. DavidLikesWine

    New to me at the Palo Alto store:

    2004 Feudo Principi di Butera “Iperion” Sicilia red blend $4.99/$19.99. Decent scores from major reviewers (89 WS, 88 WE), majority Nero D’Avola with remainder cab and merlot. Hopefully my bottle will be better than BargainWhine’s…

    2000 Tenuta Ca’Bolani “Conte Bolani” Cab/Merlot Blend $5.99/$15.99 Comes in a cool wooden case for 6 bottles. Took a swing on a case since there were only 6. Not much info online, WineSearcher shows an average price of $28.

    2006 Poggio Le Coste Barbaresco $14.99/$34.99

    2012 Harding Estate Napa Valley Pinot Noir $7.99/$19.99

    2011 Fog Head Hillside Reserve Pinot Noir $9.99 / $19.99

    Beer/Wine manager said there’s a large shipment of Washington state wines coming in soon before the sale.

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    1. lim13

      WA state needs to keep that “large shipment of Washington state wines” up here in WA, David…because we’ve had nothing of real interest in a month and a half now! I’ve pretty much lost all interest in GO.

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      1. permiesworld

        I just got a call that the Pyrenees wines are showing up around here. I’m going to pick up a Tempranillo but pass on the Cab and Merlot. I’m going to see if there’s anything else of interest…

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    2. seedboy

      All of those wines except the 2000 are at Oakland right now. The 2000 sold out the first day it arrived. I bought a bottle at Petaluma or Santa Rosa.

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      1. DavidLikesWine

        The 2000 Tenuta Ca’Bolani “Conte Bolani” was VERY good. I don’t have time to run to the Palo Alto store today to check and see if there’s any more left, but I’d recommend snagging some if you’re in the area and it’s still available.

        Some fine sediment, but a great nose of red/dark red fruit, earth, and hints of vanilla oak. On the palate everything is in balance (fruit, tannin, acidity). Still has some time left as it’s in quite nice shape for a 15 year old wine. My wife and I enjoyed it very much.

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            1. DavidLikesWine

              As of Sunday night, Palo Alto still had a decent supply. Sorry, didn’t have a chance to swing by this morning.

      2. seedboy

        I would love to find more of the 2000. I really loved the one bottle I got. Rather Bordeaux-like. It has a 2 inch cork. It is in really nice shape, fully mature.

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        1. Darrell

          When I see a 2 inch cork on a bottle, I like to think there is concomitant diligence throughout the wine production. SB, if you hadn’t mentioned it, I would have been awestruck when extracting it from a midlevel Italian bottle.

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        2. Darrell

          I usually check the clarity of aged red wines with a bright LED flashlight for sediment and with this bottle of 2000 Tenuta Ca’Bolani “Conte Bolani” Cab/Merlot Blend I hard difficulty peering into the wine for clarity. I first attributed this to the darker bottle, but on pouring the wine into the glass, I found the wine deeply toned, med. ++ for this wine, more than any other CS/ Merlot bottle I have ever opened including the Blackford CS. Nice red wine with bottle bouquet as one would expect at 14 years old, but couldn’t detect much varietal character as I hoped.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi Joel. I had suggested folks could come over to my place, but my house is such the continual disaster area these days, I have been reluctant to offer again. Others suggested a restaurant or some other venue, but I never heard more about that. Anyone else?

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      1. Darrell

        If I remember correctly, the difficulty of meeting was arranging a date for meeting more so than where to meet. I vote for a restaurant with low corkage.

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          1. weinish

            There’s an Indian restaurant on Grand Avenue in Lake Merritt called House of Curries. They have huge tables, and a lot of space. No corkage.

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            1. Seedboy

              Indian food, do not think of it as very wine friendly. Why not Binh Minh Quan? We’ve opened eight to ten bottles and no corkage and the food is very wine friendly, and well beyond the stereotypical “gewurtztraminer and riesling” suggestions. We usually drink Burgundy and its offspring

            2. Darrell

              SB, I agree about the affinity of wine and Indian food, but what is it about Vietnamese food that lends itself to a variety of wines and how is it different from a dinner of Chinese food? I probably lean towards Spettro or something similar, but much might depend on subsequent bottle corkage.

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