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by Patrick Friel
December 3rd, 2020, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine storage room in Denver area: contractor recommendations?
Replies: 53
Views: 2681

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: 53
Views: 2681

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: 53
Views: 2681

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: 53
Views: 2681

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: 53
Views: 2681

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: 53
Views: 2681

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: 53
Views: 2681

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: 53
Views: 2681

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: 53
Views: 2681

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: 53
Views: 2681

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: 53
Views: 2681

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: 890

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: 424

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: 4159

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: 1936

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: 1893

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: 4595

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: 470

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: 470

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: 479

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: 470

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: 679

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: 679

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: 2204

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: 1202

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: 381

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: 305

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: 1792

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: 909

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: 2604

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: 776

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: 2558

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: 2558

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: 2558

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: 595

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: 1566

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: Offline Planner
Topic: SAn JOse, CA-area BYO wine dinner Potsticker King Fri. Feb. 13: Still On
Replies: 60
Views: 3086

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!
by Patrick Friel
February 13th, 2015, 11:34 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SAn JOse, CA-area BYO wine dinner Potsticker King Fri. Feb. 13: Still On
Replies: 60
Views: 3086

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

I need a time too or will assume it is off... unless Alan and Craig want to sit in the parking lot and drink. I recall there being some mature trees near the road. We can sit up against them. I've got some acrylic stems I can bring.[cheers.gif]
by Patrick Friel
February 10th, 2015, 10:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone cooking rabbit?
Replies: 34
Views: 1566

Anyone cooking rabbit?

Just had some of that duck ragu last night with a Fontodi 06 CC... now I have to have some rabbit rillettes tonight. [cheers.gif] Pictures of the ragu? No pictures. It just looks like a ragu with ground meat in it. [basic-smile.gif] I like David's idea of brining rabbit. I guess it could be a chall...
by Patrick Friel
February 10th, 2015, 7:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone cooking rabbit?
Replies: 34
Views: 1566

Anyone cooking rabbit?

Noticed that too. My only reliable source was my CSA but their demand at farmers market is rising so they are harder to come by. Rabbit is great. Once or twice a year, I butcher a rabbit and a couple ducks. The rabbit and rendered duck fat go into a big batch of rillettes and the duck meat makes a b...
by Patrick Friel
February 1st, 2015, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What % of your cellar is Chablis?
Replies: 114
Views: 5055

What % of your cellar is Chablis?

John Liotta wrote:Basically zero. For the most part I have stopped buying white Burgundy all together because of pre-mox.
+1
by Patrick Friel
January 27th, 2015, 6:52 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VI (January 27, 2015)
Topic: Veleta Gourmets ORDER NOW!
Replies: 40
Views: 4595

Veleta Gourmets ORDER NOW!

A bottle of Do Ferreiro Albariño talked me into ordering some sardines.
by Patrick Friel
January 20th, 2015, 8:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Bangkok recs
Replies: 6
Views: 511

Bangkok recs

I can't tell you how many times I've been to Thailand for study, work, or vacation. I've studied the language and was fluent at one point but... haven't been there since 2010. In my experience, hotels and restaurants are very much moving targets so get suggestions based on very recent experience. My...
by Patrick Friel
January 17th, 2015, 5:31 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SAn JOse, CA-area BYO wine dinner Potsticker King Fri. Feb. 13: Still On
Replies: 60
Views: 3086

San Jose, CA-area very informal BYO wine dinner at good inexpensive restaurant

I'd be up for a Friday. I had to pass on the weeknight peninsula offlines when my workday wake-up changed to 4:30AM. pileon Feb works for me except the 27th. Feb 20 is the second night of Chinese New Year which may affect what we can do at Chinese restaurants. In terms of March, the 13th is probably...
by Patrick Friel
January 17th, 2015, 1:44 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Okanagan Valley Advice Needed
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Okanagan Valley Advice Needed

We stayed at this God's Mountain Estate. Our room was a bit rustic but the main building was cool. Amazing views. We also did one of their alfresco dinners which was very good and the company was very nice... they are Canadians, you know. [basic-smile.gif] http://www.godsmountain.com/dinnerspecials....
by Patrick Friel
January 17th, 2015, 1:32 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Okanagan Valley Advice Needed
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Okanagan Valley Advice Needed

I went there a couple years ago for the spouse's Ironman race so it was on oddball time. Beautiful scenery for hiking. The spouse says the lakes are the most clear and beautiful she has encountered so great for water sports. I can offer the advice of avoiding the place around the race (not now techn...
by Patrick Friel
January 15th, 2015, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine tour of California, when is best time
Replies: 33
Views: 979

Wine tour of California, when is best time

Another vote for November. Harvest is over. Traffic is lighter. The light is great. The sky can be an amazing blue and the leaves on the vines are beautiful colors. It's the closed thing we have to a Eastern/Midwestern autumn. I remember enjoying the view at a November wine club pickup party at Nall...

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