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by Patrick Friel
July 15th, 2021, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What percentage of the cost of a wine cellar do you get back when you sell your house?
Replies: 91
Views: 3614

Re: What percentage of the cost of a wine cellar do you get back when you sell your house?

Just put in a very utilitarian cellar in the winter; an insulated room with a split cooling unit, shelves for cases, no bottle racks. It is saving me public storage fees and lots of travel time but I assume it is worth nothing in terms of home value. It might make financial sense to take the split c...
by Patrick Friel
June 24th, 2021, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Denver Wine Group
Replies: 22
Views: 1429

Re: Denver Wine Group

In the foothills above Morrison. The BYOB situation makes things tough. Anybody know if there are exceptions like wine served in restaurants' private event rooms? I'm guessing there are not but I don't know.
by Patrick Friel
April 8th, 2021, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

The juice arrived! Xpeditr did a great job with the move.

I'm very happy with the room. I can comfortably move 40lb cases around but no space is wasted.

And now the tedium of recording where all those cases are located...

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by Patrick Friel
February 19th, 2021, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande Valley
Replies: 7
Views: 565

Re: TN: 2017 Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande Valley

I became a fan of the chards a few years ago and joined the club recently just to get them. I don't like the pinots I've had but I'm particular about the flavor profile I like on pinot. The red fruit/cranberry/rhubarb part of the spectrum is my sweet spot and Talley's struck me as darker than that. ...
by Patrick Friel
February 17th, 2021, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

It is done. champagne.gif Party at Patrick's house! Patience, Max! I still have to get the wine here... not looking forward to that task. Looks like I'll probably have to be there in person for pick up. Speaking of parties, hopefully things will open up socially this year. We met a lot of great peo...
by Patrick Friel
February 17th, 2021, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

My best estimate is 347 12-bottle cases set on their ends so the bottles are horizontal. Hard to say exactly until I get the actual boxes in there. They are not all the same size. Whoa, you say 347!!!!! Cases??? Well done! LOL! Yes. One of the benefits of being on site while the work was being done...
by Patrick Friel
February 16th, 2021, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

How many bottles does it hold? My best estimate is 347 12-bottle cases set on their ends so the bottles are horizontal. Hard to say exactly until I get the actual boxes in there. They are not all the same size. Whoa, you say 347!!!!! Cases??? Well done! LOL! Yes. One of the benefits of being on sit...
by Patrick Friel
February 16th, 2021, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

Indeed! They did a great job and I met some great tradesmen (I grew up around a lot of them and worked as a laborer during the summers during high school and college so I can see it). Mike Dunkel of Wine Cellars and Storage of Colorado has a great group working with him. Especially, the carpenter. H...
by Patrick Friel
February 16th, 2021, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

Owen Levine wrote: February 16th, 2021, 5:34 pm How many bottles does it hold?
My best estimate is 347 12-bottle cases set on their ends so the bottles are horizontal. Hard to say exactly until I get the actual boxes in there. They are not all the same size.
by Patrick Friel
January 28th, 2021, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

Patrick, did you ever find a contractor for this? If not, I might be able to point you in the right direction... Joey, It is already underway but thanks for the offer! I decided to do a "proper" storage room with a Wine Guardian system. Wine Cellars and Storage of Colorado is designing an...
by Patrick Friel
December 3rd, 2020, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

Just saw this, best of luck in your new place Patrick! I’ll miss our chats, gonna make sure you didn’t leave anything behind ;) [cheers.gif] Hey Alan! I'll miss our chats as well! My stash is still in place. Hopefully, we'll be able to share a bottle before it leaves The Bank. I've got to go back t...
by Patrick Friel
November 4th, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

Max S. wrote: November 4th, 2020, 6:30 pm Nervi Conterno is lit
Splendid! I've got a case of 2016 I bought based on the vintage and producer. Really like these Alto Piemontese wines. Very "flexible".
by Patrick Friel
November 4th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

Jonathan, Nice list! Lots of my favorites on there but its tough given how a lot of those age at a snail's pace. Vajra's Barolo BdV has always shown well to me at tastings so might do well with some air. I like their selection of Alto Piemonte wines. Le Piane Boca is a great wine. I like Antoniolo f...
by Patrick Friel
November 1st, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

The LdH whites have an oxidized note I associate with sherry. They pair especially well with salty appetizer/tapas items like ham and olives. I like them with deep fried foods, especially with garlicky aioli. I have roast chicken recipes with Spanish flavors that I love with the Tondonia Blanco. The...
by Patrick Friel
October 29th, 2020, 10:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

Mel Hill wrote: October 27th, 2020, 10:02 pm Patrick must be up in the foothills at 7400 ft!
Indeed! We moved here for the mountains.
by Patrick Friel
October 29th, 2020, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

Max and Jonathan, I've got about 20 years on you guys but started this "hobby" in my early 40s. You're ahead of where I was and you are going about it the right way, IMO. Anybody with big $ can buy a 1st growth Bordeaux or Bonnes Mares. You gotta know stuff to drink well below $40. Getting...
by Patrick Friel
October 27th, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

Max, Ah, the doors... and the wood floors installed before allowing the material to acclimate to the humidity. I will try to appreciate the rustic feel they add. :-D I would love to have your list of restaurants, please. Jonathan, Thanks very much for sharing your project. That is exactly the kind o...
by Patrick Friel
October 26th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

Thanks, Max! Funny you say that about construction. I'm finding some odd problems with our newish house that seem pretty basic like the way some of the doors were hung... will keep my eyes open. I agree with you on Applejack. They have kept me supplied with Chianti during the transition. I'll defini...
by Patrick Friel
October 22nd, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

Thanks, Chris. Wine Guardian was a new name for me.
by Patrick Friel
October 22nd, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Re: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

Thanks for the advice, John. Being able to dodge a specialized system sounds attractive. Always struck me that it was asking too much of one piece of equipment to keep temp and humidity in tight ranges. Probably why they seem relatively unreliable.
by Patrick Friel
October 22nd, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 77
Views: 5042

Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?

Greetings Berserkers! Wrapping up relocation to the Denver area. I need to build a wine storage space in the basement of the house. Any recommendations for contractors to handle the job? I want something space-efficient and very utilitarian like a public storage space... no custom shelving or tastin...
by Patrick Friel
July 14th, 2015, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 27 Spanish wine-incl 60`& 91` Unico,94` Pesquera Janus,
Replies: 18
Views: 916

26 Spanish wine-incl 60`& 91` Unico,94` Pesquera Janus,

Looks like a fantastic lunch, Blake. Thanks for the notes.
by Patrick Friel
July 3rd, 2015, 1:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Weekday cookbook suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 428

Weekday cookbook suggestions

Pasta Fresca and Cucina Fresca by La Place and Kleiman fit the description nicely. Many of the pasta sauces in Pasta Fresca can be made in about the time it takes to bring water to boil and cook the pasta.
by Patrick Friel
July 2nd, 2015, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your go-to AFWE-friendly Steak Wine?
Replies: 81
Views: 4534

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

Had steak twice in the last week and drank wines below, all of which were great, btw. My go-to is Friuli Merlot but I'm looking forward to my stash of Rocca di Montegrossi '06 Geremia (Tuscan Bordeaux blend) entering its drinking window. Aged Tuscan Sangio (Felsina '94 CCR) Friuli Merlot (Meroi 06 R...
by Patrick Friel
June 18th, 2015, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk about Albarino
Replies: 26
Views: 2137

Let's talk about Albarino

Do Ferreiro and Benito Santos are both excellent, produce multiple bottlings, and transform nicely with age.

The bottle of Fefiñanes I had was also excellent but that is the limit of my experience with the producer.
by Patrick Friel
June 11th, 2015, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roses that age well
Replies: 51
Views: 1928

Roses that age well

+1 on LdH and trying it before buying in quantity. Another Rioja producer, Izquierdo, does a good one. I bought a case of 2011 and it is still going strong. I haven't drunk it often enough to say that I've noticed it getting better though. Rocca di Montegrossi's rosato is great juice. On my last bot...
by Patrick Friel
May 17th, 2015, 1:07 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VI (January 27, 2015)
Topic: Veleta Gourmets ORDER NOW!
Replies: 40
Views: 5333

Veleta Gourmets ORDER NOW!

Just made a sandwich out of whole wheat pita, a can of Veleta sardines, and a very little bit of this. Very tasty!
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by Patrick Friel
May 17th, 2015, 11:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Who Has Made Head Cheese?
Replies: 8
Views: 471

Who Has Made Head Cheese?

Happy to contribute, Paul. I've processed 4 hogs' heads in the last 2 years. I always wonder why I'm going to the trouble while I'm doing it but am always glad I did when I eat the products. If the head is big enough and butchered right, I get a couple nice pieces of guanciale (the prize, imo), one ...
by Patrick Friel
May 15th, 2015, 10:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Who Has Made Head Cheese?
Replies: 8
Views: 471

Who Has Made Head Cheese?

One more thing for your dog if you have one.

Save the brains, boil them in a little water, and mix it into your dog's food. They love the stuff!
by Patrick Friel
May 15th, 2015, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Azienda Agricola Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico
Replies: 8
Views: 489

TN: 2012 Azienda Agricola Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico

They also make a version in amphora, called Pithos - it cannot be called "Cerasuolo di Vittoria" DOCG, because maturing the wine in amphora is not foreseen in the regulations, so it is declassified to "Vittoria rosso". I found it delicious.... I bet these can age well. I had a 2...
by Patrick Friel
May 15th, 2015, 9:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Who Has Made Head Cheese?
Replies: 8
Views: 471

Who Has Made Head Cheese?

First, I use the name "Soppressata di Toscano" because it sounds better than "head cheese". [snort.gif] Otherwise things to focus on in my experience (aka, my mistakes) are: - Keep the flame low and simmer for longer than you think the head needs it so it is easy to pull apart an...
by Patrick Friel
April 17th, 2015, 10:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pasta PUTTANESCA
Replies: 12
Views: 690

PASTA PUTTANESCA

Weird situation, Frank.

Those anchovies are readily available around here... but my source for all food stuffs Greek closed down a year ago.

I'd go for your circumstances given the choice.
by Patrick Friel
April 16th, 2015, 8:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pasta PUTTANESCA
Replies: 12
Views: 690

PASTA PUTTANESCA

Frank, I use Agostino Recca brand salted anchovies from Sicily. They are smaller than the ones you found and easy to use. I hold them under a little running water and am able to remove the filets from the skeleton pretty easily and use immediately. They come in 1 kg cans. When I open one, I repack t...
by Patrick Friel
April 12th, 2015, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do people in your office think you have a drinking problem?!
Replies: 49
Views: 2227

Do people in your office think you have a drinking problem?!

It's the stained clothes that give me away.

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by Patrick Friel
April 4th, 2015, 4:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Any opinions on cook's illustrated?
Replies: 28
Views: 1214

Any opinions on cook's illustrated?

+1 as a source for better techniques and the knowledge behind them but not recipes.

Applying their sometimes unorthodox techniques to recipes from elsewhere makes those recipes better in my experience and the knowledge has made me a better cook overall.
by Patrick Friel
March 31st, 2015, 7:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Braising
Replies: 5
Views: 382

Braising

That is a great cut. I used a veal breast years ago in a bolito misto, shredded what remained, and made a pasta sauce with it. Maybe the only sauce I would describe as "juicy".

Wish I had a reliable source for it around here. Not always available.
by Patrick Friel
March 26th, 2015, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890
Replies: 3
Views: 320

TN: 1995 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890

Thanks for the note and the reminder, Peter.

I love wines from these traditional Rioja bodegas and forget they pretty much release when they think the wines are ready. I'm so conditioned to buy wines and stash them away I forget I can start opening these beauties immediately.
by Patrick Friel
March 21st, 2015, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
Replies: 21
Views: 1808

TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

Yeah, on my last look, even the '04 CCR was still pretty reticent. I am tempted to take a look at the Fontalloro, though. I opened an '06 Fontalloro a few weeks ago. My only note was "really liked this." I was worried, because all six of my bottles were delivered on release with proud cor...
by Patrick Friel
March 14th, 2015, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904
Replies: 11
Views: 917

TN: 2004 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904

How is the oak? I drank a bottle of '01 recently that was waaaay overoaked for my tastes. For the first hour it was barely apparent. Later it was conspicuous, but not like the (now famous) 01 Vina Ardanza. But those wines will always and forever show a good bit of oak. It's a signature of the bodeg...
by Patrick Friel
March 5th, 2015, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Damn this sinus infection!
Replies: 43
Views: 2825

Damn this sinus infection!

Rose and receded repeatedly for about 2 months before I figured it wasn't a cold, allergies, or air pollution. Neti pot and over-the-counter drugs managed it but it was the second antibiotic my doctor tried that finally killed it. Loved the ream of fine print that came with that one. It used on pati...
by Patrick Friel
February 24th, 2015, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Rioja help - please!
Replies: 19
Views: 796

White Rioja help - please!

+1 on food The first time I had a LdH white, it was a bottle of Gravonia I bought on whim. When I tried some, I thought it was horrible and never would have bought it if I had tasted it first. We also happened to have a plate of shaved jamon serrano on the table. A sip of wine and a shaving of jamon...
by Patrick Friel
February 22nd, 2015, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Chiantis in 2010??
Replies: 36
Views: 2704

Best Chiantis in 2010??

Bob Hughes wrote:When I tried the Castell 'in Villa, it was drinking very tight/young.
I tried the 2010 CC at a big tasting a few months ago. Plenty of opportunity to open up and it was beautiful.
by Patrick Friel
February 22nd, 2015, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Chiantis in 2010??
Replies: 36
Views: 2704

Best Chiantis in 2010??

Nathan Smyth wrote:
Patrick Friel wrote:Try the 2010 Bucerchiale before buying in quantity. I'm a fan of that bottling but was disappointed with the 2010. One of my few disappointments with any 2010 Italian wine.
Bummer.

The 2009 was just stunning.
Definitely. Sorry I passed on it expecting the 2010 to be even better.
by Patrick Friel
February 21st, 2015, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Chiantis in 2010??
Replies: 36
Views: 2704

Best Chiantis in 2010??

Try the 2010 Bucerchiale before buying in quantity. I'm a fan of that bottling but was disappointed with the 2010. One of my few disappointments with any 2010 Italian wine.
by Patrick Friel
February 19th, 2015, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1967 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Replies: 4
Views: 600

TN: 1967 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Wow.

Thanks for the note, Elliot. Assuming PdB did Riservas then under the same rules as they do now, this is quite a showing from a relatively modestly priced wine.
by Patrick Friel
February 18th, 2015, 7:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone cooking rabbit?
Replies: 34
Views: 1690

Anyone cooking rabbit?

Looks like a great recipe, Joe.

I've got Michael Psilakis' "How to Roast a Lamb". Lots of great looking Greek game recipes including rabbit. I need to make more of them.
by Patrick Friel
February 14th, 2015, 2:40 pm
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: SAn JOse, CA-area BYO wine dinner Potsticker King Fri. Feb. 13: Still On
Replies: 60
Views: 3306

SAn JOse, CA-area BYO wine dinner Potsticker King Fri. Feb. 13: Still On

Lots a great wines last night and nice to be back at the Pot Sticker King for the first time in years.

Thanks for organizing it, George!

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