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by Bill Buitenhuys
May 9th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How do you prepare popcorn?
Replies: 29
Views: 866

Re: How do you prepare popcorn?

Airpopper, then add some melted butter and salt.
by Bill Buitenhuys
April 19th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 219
Views: 18782

Re: RUM ... talk to me, people

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
April 18th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Gosh...I wonder what to call that drink... ;)
Delicious? [snort.gif]
by Bill Buitenhuys
April 17th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 219
Views: 18782

Re: RUM ... talk to me, people

I know next to nothing about rum but picked up a Ron Zacapa 23 yesterday on a whim, to give it a whirl. Might open it tonight. Any suggestions re: neat or on ice? Zacapa 23 is fairly highly sugar dosed so an Old Fashioned (just add a dash of bitters, I use our Figgy Pudding bitters with sweeter rum...
by Bill Buitenhuys
April 17th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs
Replies: 16
Views: 455

Re: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs

All kinds of good recs so far. Tarbell's is a fave of ours. We eat mostly in the restaurant side but the Tavern is very good too. Some well priced bottles and btg on the menu (check out "Mark's Selections" page on the wine list). I think the best sauces in town come of out this kitchen. If you want ...
by Bill Buitenhuys
March 12th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?
Replies: 21
Views: 818

Re: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?

The Gin and Juice salami from Smoking Goose is one of our faves. Mole salami from Salumi is pretty wonderful too.
by Bill Buitenhuys
March 4th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Phoenix BYO
Replies: 19
Views: 1795

Re: Phoenix BYO

Another new BYO is Mingle and Graze in downtown Chandler.
It's a cheese / charcuterie / sandwich shop that will have a liquor license but in the meantime they are BYO.

www.mingleandgraze.com
by Bill Buitenhuys
December 20th, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Help with Bitters
Replies: 14
Views: 494

Re: Help with Bitters

Shameless plug for our own AZ Bitters Lab bitters, now featured in drinks at Amor y Amargo, Nitecap, UnderTow, Bitter&Twisted, and Curate (along with 100s of other places).
by Bill Buitenhuys
December 13th, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 174
Views: 14810

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

AZ arrived this past week.
by Bill Buitenhuys
August 3rd, 2018, 1:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rye
Replies: 316
Views: 27270

Rye

Knob Creek 2009 Cask Str rye is pretty darned impressive.
by Bill Buitenhuys
August 3rd, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Amaro / Digestif / Bitter are you drinking?
Replies: 28
Views: 1108

What Amaro / Digestif / Bitter are you drinking?

If you want an extreme in bitterness give Elixir Novasalus a try. I love all things bitter and it took me three tries before I could enjoy this one. After the initial shock, it's really quite extraordinary in depth.

A beautiful concoction is equal parts Fernet Branca, Rammazotti, and Averna.
by Bill Buitenhuys
July 2nd, 2018, 1:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Amer Picon
Replies: 2
Views: 269

Amer Picon

Thanks, man! That does sound reasonable. What do you think of Bigallet China China as a sub? I've not tried them side by side and it's been forever since I had Amer Picon but Bigallet works really well in a Brooklyn. Maybe it's thicker and more orangey than AP. IIRC, the bitterness is similar. It's ...
by Bill Buitenhuys
May 31st, 2018, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another CT cellar summary - lead grape varieties in your cellar
Replies: 59
Views: 1649

Another CT cellar summary - lead grape varieties in your cellar

First one with Gamay at the top.
Followed by Chenin blanc and Riesling.
by Bill Buitenhuys
May 30th, 2018, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: some Juras, LdH's, 08 Chidaine Bouchet, 88 Dunn, 01 Tour Blanche
Replies: 19
Views: 860

TN: some Juras, LdH's, 08 Chidaine Bouchet, 88 Dunn, 01 Tour Blanche

Vince T wrote: Anyone have any idea who their importer(s) are, and when they'll start shipping in volume?
Think Global Wines does the importing
by Bill Buitenhuys
May 30th, 2018, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: some Juras, LdH's, 08 Chidaine Bouchet, 88 Dunn, 01 Tour Blanche
Replies: 19
Views: 860

TN: some Juras, LdH's, 08 Chidaine Bouchet, 88 Dunn, 01 Tour Blanche

Great notes, Vince. You guys truly did commit toddlercide with the Lopez de Heredia Blanco .... I'm not convinced there is such thing as toddlercide with Gravonia. I've had them "young", had them old, recently had the last of my '89s and a '93 and it's usually the same type of experience, namely, v...
by Bill Buitenhuys
May 10th, 2018, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pelaverga, Freisa and Ruche (and other lesser known Piedmont grapes)
Replies: 59
Views: 2588

Pelaverga, Freisa and Ruche

Nadia Verrua of cascina 'tavijn makes most excellent ruche and grignolio.
by Bill Buitenhuys
April 26th, 2018, 1:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Phoenix-Scottsdale
Replies: 59
Views: 3167

Phoenix-Scottsdale

When were you last there? About a year or so ago we went back to Cowboy Caio specifically FOR their great list (they have always shared Kazimierz's cellar) and the manager said they got rid of their wine. Never thought to ask about Kazimierz. Maybe they delinked or something and K still has all the...
by Bill Buitenhuys
April 12th, 2018, 3:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Phoenix-Scottsdale
Replies: 59
Views: 3167

Phoenix-Scottsdale

Thanks for the report back, Jim. Glad it worked out mostly well. AZ Wine was the place to go when I first moved to the valley a decade ago. Long slow declines are painful to witness. Glad you enjoyed Atlas though. Your issues at Kai are more concerning. I happen to enjoy the pre-dinner discussion of...
by Bill Buitenhuys
April 9th, 2018, 1:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Phoenix-Scottsdale
Replies: 59
Views: 3167

Phoenix-Scottsdale

I had a good time drinking when I was at Kazimierz in Scottsdale a few years ago, not sure what others think... Kaz has the biggest and deepest wine list in town and occasionally they actually have the wine you select off the list. [snort.gif] I've had quite a few excellent bottles there but it's u...
by Bill Buitenhuys
April 2nd, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Maui — Best Food and Cocktails
Replies: 10
Views: 514

Maui — Best Food and Cocktails

Excellent beverages at The Mill House in Waikapu, especially if Mari is behind the bar. She does tropical drinks that are splendid.
by Bill Buitenhuys
March 27th, 2018, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 3-26-18
Replies: 24
Views: 1180

Impressions 3-26-18

Opened a '10 Isa the other night to pair with some Moroccan chicken and it was stunning.
by Bill Buitenhuys
March 27th, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The real, classic martini (you know, one that has a decent amount of vermouth)...
Replies: 10
Views: 600

The real, classic martini (you know, one that has a decent amount of vermouth)...

We've also been doing the occasional inverse martini (1:2) when we want a lighter beverage.
by Bill Buitenhuys
March 26th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The real, classic martini (you know, one that has a decent amount of vermouth)...
Replies: 10
Views: 600

The real, classic martini (you know, one that has a decent amount of vermouth)...

For a classic martini at our house, it's usually London dry (Sipsmith, Tanq10, Beefeater) with Dolin dry 2:1, expressed lemon (toss the zest after expressing).
We also drink lots of Hendrick's with Dolin (2:1) with a caperberry garnish.
by Bill Buitenhuys
March 15th, 2018, 8:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Phoenix-Scottsdale
Replies: 59
Views: 3167

Phoenix-Scottsdale

My wife is a cocktail fan so I’m sure we will give that a try. I see you are in the bitters business. My wife used to work in the same building as Scrappy’s Bitters in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Scrappys was in the basement but she said the elevator always smelled great. Ha! Ya, we rent o...
by Bill Buitenhuys
March 13th, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Phoenix-Scottsdale
Replies: 59
Views: 3167

Phoenix-Scottsdale

And the cocktails at Kai are pretty inventive too.
by Bill Buitenhuys
March 13th, 2018, 8:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Phoenix-Scottsdale
Replies: 59
Views: 3167

Phoenix-Scottsdale

Thanks for the great feedback. Have not been to Kai. Just happened to be staying at the hotel and heard it was worth a visit. Seems like the large tasting menu is a quite a ways OTT (and $245), so we will likely go with the shorter one. With 4 of us the wine pairings would cost $420, so curious if ...
by Bill Buitenhuys
March 12th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Boston North End
Replies: 17
Views: 652

Boston North End

+1 for Prezza
+1 for Modern over Mike's
by Bill Buitenhuys
March 12th, 2018, 1:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Phoenix-Scottsdale
Replies: 59
Views: 3167

Phoenix-Scottsdale

City Hall. Should be fun night tomorrow We ended up having scallops and pork shank (guess the chef is Hungarian) at CPH, in addition to the salad. Their food is pretty damn good. Last night had guacamole at Mission and burgers at Rehab - burgers were over cooked and a little disappointing- oh well....
by Bill Buitenhuys
March 12th, 2018, 1:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Phoenix-Scottsdale
Replies: 59
Views: 3167

Phoenix-Scottsdale

Thanks for the thread. I have to be in Phoenix in a few weeks. Having dinner with some friends at Kai (in my hotel) one night. 1. Atlas Bistro - AZ Wine Company. 2. Tarbells - Tarbells Wine Store The feedback above points me to Atlas/AZ Thanks! If you've not been to Kai (or if it's a return visit) ...
by Bill Buitenhuys
December 18th, 2017, 9:34 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Kentucky Owl rye, help please
Replies: 8
Views: 944

Kentucky Owl rye, help please

I liked it enough to buy a 2nd bottle.
by Bill Buitenhuys
December 12th, 2017, 7:49 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rye
Replies: 316
Views: 27270

Rye

This stuff is pretty splendid. Citrus, creamy, lots of rye spice, and a lovely caramel, warmed orange finish.
by Bill Buitenhuys
November 3rd, 2017, 2:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Blanton's & other dated spirits
Replies: 7
Views: 1195

Blanton's & other dated spirits

Lots of spirits have laser codes somewhere on the bottle (usually on the side, near the bottom) that represent when they were bottled. It might be a code like LLYYDDDTT:TT. LL= lot, YY=year, DDD= day of the year, TT:TT is time. Lots of variations on how the info is presented in the code. Google "bou...
by Bill Buitenhuys
October 26th, 2017, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grignolino
Replies: 18
Views: 1117

Doubtful...

I recall Randall Grahm commenting a while back that the Heitz grignolino was rumored to actually be brachetto. Bill, I'm a bit suspect of Randall's statement. All the Heitz Grignolinos and Rose I've had speak strongly of Grignolino. No resemblance to Brachetto that I can see. And the orangey/onion-...
by Bill Buitenhuys
October 25th, 2017, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grignolino
Replies: 18
Views: 1117

Grignolino

I recall Randall Grahm commenting a while back that the Heitz grignolino was rumored to actually be brachetto.
by Bill Buitenhuys
October 20th, 2017, 9:15 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 174
Views: 14810

Total Wine Pappy Offer

They haven't done it this way in the past. Last year for VW, the emails came out and you had to rush to a centralized store immediately (and you got to select 2 from what was available...1 of the ORVW/Lot B group and 1 from PVW. For BTAC, you had to queue up at a centralized store at the butt crack ...
by Bill Buitenhuys
September 28th, 2017, 8:26 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 219
Views: 18782

RUM ... talk to me, people

RumFire is my latest go-to white overproof.
Lots of dunder and Jamaican funk like a slightly less intense Smith & Cross with all the proof of Wray & Nephew. For $22 a bottle, it's a steal.
by Bill Buitenhuys
September 14th, 2017, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone had this wine? a Barolo Chinato
Replies: 51
Views: 1856

Anyone had this wine? a Barolo Chinato

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but does it genuinely aid your digestion, or is that just one of those "oysters make you virile" type old fashioned ideas? The botanical components, particularly the quinine, are super helpful as a digestive aid. My favorite use is as a sweet vermouth substitute in...
by Bill Buitenhuys
September 13th, 2017, 2:59 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Las Vegas
Replies: 46
Views: 9792

Las Vegas

Golden Steer Steakhouse - $30/750ml, can't be on the list. One fee waived for each bottle ordered off the list. Very knowledgeable staff/somm, especially Carl Dillahay.
by Bill Buitenhuys
September 13th, 2017, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 24
Views: 1465

TN: 2015 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Wow, amazing price. A good $10 cheaper than I've ever seen here in AZ Rich, Fry's carries it for $40 (which is high) but with their regular 30% off sale for 6 bottles (mix and match), $28 isn't bad. Bonus is that our "new Fry's" has it stored in the "cellar" area for premium wines so it pretty well...
by Bill Buitenhuys
September 13th, 2017, 8:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Vegas for an almost rookie
Replies: 58
Views: 2169

Vegas for an almost rookie

Also, I second the calls for corkage. I've done this at Golden Steer a number of times with great success. I'm a sucker for the old timey Vegas feel. We did Golden Steer (for the first time) with corkage this past weekend with great success. Love the feel of the place (we sat at the Sinatra Table),...
by Bill Buitenhuys
August 11th, 2017, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Goings On at Kermit Lynch
Replies: 20
Views: 2162

Goings On at Kermit Lynch

There only two wine shops in Phoenix who I know carry their wines and both are fairly far away from me and don't carry a lot of the selection unfortunately. I wish I live in a more mature wine market! (Phx) Jeremy, ODV Wines (a new shop owned by Tracy and Chuck Dempsey) is carrying a few KLWM label...
by Bill Buitenhuys
July 31st, 2017, 7:40 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 307
Views: 25259

Your Gin?

Fun Gins: Opihr - a very aromatic gin with expressive botanicals Xoriguer Mahon - a lovely spanish gin St. George's Botanivore The Botanist 22 - my dad's go to. I enjoy it, but not as much as No. 3 from Berry Bros Old Raj - like the kafir note, a good gin Barr Hill - an interesting gin from Vermont...
by Bill Buitenhuys
July 26th, 2017, 5:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: My favorite classic cocktail - the Martinez
Replies: 7
Views: 507

My favorite classic cocktail - the Martinez

PDT makes a 50/50 OT gin to vermouth Martinez as do most bars that I go to, unless it's a variation. Those tend to be more gin heavy. From Wondrich, sweet vermouth of the time was mostly like Italian and red (and dry white vermouth French) although I haven't seen reference to a specific style. He do...
by Bill Buitenhuys
July 26th, 2017, 12:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: My favorite classic cocktail - the Martinez
Replies: 7
Views: 507

My favorite classic cocktail - the Martinez

Love the Martinez! It could possibly be my favorite cocktail. I tend to go with the classic recipe (2oz sweet vermouth, 1oz old tom gin, barspoon maraschino, aromatic bitters, lemon) and vary the vermouth, gin and bitters. A local bartender recently made me one with 2oz old tom, 3/4oz Montenegro, 1/...
by Bill Buitenhuys
July 3rd, 2017, 8:44 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Phoenix BYO
Replies: 19
Views: 1795

Phoenix BYO

Another new BYO option in Old Town.... New Wave Market (the expansion of the oh so delicious Super Chunk, next to Cowboy Ciao) will be opening on 8 July and will be offering BYO. $8/btl for wine, free for beer. You can also purchase bottles from the Kaz bar / Ciao menu. New Wave will be sandwich foc...
by Bill Buitenhuys
June 26th, 2017, 7:44 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 307
Views: 25259

Your Gin?

I also just tried the Napa distillery Gin which is very interesting. They sell it with some tonic syrup and bitters as well to make G&T's. It makes a very interesting G&T. They have a little retail shop in Oxbow Public Market. Napa Distillery's bitter tasting bar has most likely the largest selecti...
by Bill Buitenhuys
June 23rd, 2017, 11:40 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 307
Views: 25259

Your Gin?

Crater lake gin. Very simple juniper forward from oregon. I also just tried the Napa distillery Gin which is very interesting. They sell it with some tonic syrup and bitters as well to make G&T's. It makes a very interesting G&T. They have a little retail shop in Oxbow Public Market. Napa Distiller...
by Bill Buitenhuys
June 12th, 2017, 8:07 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Shouldn't the Negroni rate its own thread?
Replies: 72
Views: 3856

Shouldn't the Negroni rate its own thread?

Made a Negroni sno-cone this weekend with Sipsmith overproof, Martelletti Vermouth Classico, Campari, and our Orange Sunshine (orange, fennel, saffron) bitters. It was quite refreshing on a hot Phoenix afternoon. I'm not a fan of Carpano in a Negroni. For me, the vanilla completely overwhelms gin bo...
by Bill Buitenhuys
June 6th, 2017, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place to purchase in phoenix/scottsdale area
Replies: 14
Views: 545

Best place to purchase in phoenix/scottsdale area

I've been in PHX for about 10 yrs now. 80-90% of my wine purchases are shipped in (Crush, Chambers St, WHWC, RWC, direct from CA producers) The rest is from AZ Wine Co, a new shop in Tempe Bottle Shop 48, that stocks some D&R and an assortment of other goodies, or from AZ producers. Oh, and when Fry...
by Bill Buitenhuys
June 5th, 2017, 12:38 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Phoenix BYO
Replies: 19
Views: 1795

Phoenix BYO

Chula Seafood is now allowing BYOB (no corkage, no provided stems) Chula is a fresh seafood market with a handful of menu offerings (mostly raw dishes) like poke bowls, spicy tuna bowls, etc. and a daily special. The food is wonderful. One of the chefs (Juan Zamora) is a former chef at Atlas Bistro.
by Bill Buitenhuys
May 15th, 2017, 10:46 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3360
Views: 168851

The Bourbon Thread

Elmer T. Lee has been my favorite Bourbon for just sipping, but it has become very hard to source. Thoughts on other, similar style Bourbons that I might be able to find. I do not intent to mix drinks with it. ETL is the BT #2 "high rye" mashbill so ya, Blanton's should be similar. Also with that m...

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