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by PeterH
September 9th, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?
Replies: 24
Views: 597

Re: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?

Any decent Thai curry w/tofu, also love a good Indian veggie Korma (or most any Indian-style veggie curry). And speaking of Asian, a really great Chinese place near me makes a Sichuan-style salt & pepper dish dry fried w/tofu that's sooooo addictively yummy. So many good pasta dishes it's hard to k...
by PeterH
September 9th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?
Replies: 24
Views: 597

Re: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?

Mushroom risotto makes a fantastic pairing for Sangiovese or Nebbiolo wines. Don't skimp on the butter and olive oil. Serve green beans, cooked al dente, on the side.
by PeterH
September 9th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

I don't have anything else scheduled for that day, so I'm tentatively saying OK.
by PeterH
September 6th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting outside vs inside?!
Replies: 30
Views: 1021

Re: Decanting outside vs inside?!

Imagination is a powerful influence.
by PeterH
September 6th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Patton Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: TN: 2014 Patton Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir

We had that wine on the deck of our cabin last week. Seemed right down the middle WV to me. No cola, for instance. Not complex, and I think you are right that it won't change much medium term. I think I paid about $20 for the wine. I didn't expect either more or less than what it delivered; good jui...
by PeterH
September 6th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - October?

I'm always up for a tasting, and I'm willing to host.
by PeterH
September 5th, 2019, 10:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb
Replies: 47
Views: 2479

Re: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb

I see nothing wrong with the questions in the right context. The questions should come from genuine interest, though, and should be coupled with the ability to understand the answer. If you can't already taste the difference between saignee and direct press, or whole cluster and de-stemmed, it is be...
by PeterH
September 5th, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3507
Views: 326389

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

If it is anything other than Huet, Jon has bested his record for clever deception. I don't think he is trying to fool anyone this time.
by PeterH
September 1st, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 940

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Choice of Floor? Rest of house is narrow oak hardwood stained dark. That's what we have, and my wife wanted to coninue oak into the kitchen like our neighbors did in a recent remodel. I persuaded her to go with strand bamboo, which is based on bamboo, but really a composition flooring. It is harder...
by PeterH
August 30th, 2019, 9:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 940

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Needs differ. I find no use at all for warming drawers. I'm +1000 on providing maximum ventilation. Impossible to overdo, but consider noise when exploring options.

One thing I wish we had is a water spigot directly next to he stove top, and if space is available, a sink basin.
by PeterH
August 26th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 4736

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

Vincent Fritzsche wrote:
August 25th, 2019, 11:58 pm
Agreed James and Marcus, would be nice to dig into 05 for example or 02. But will require some procurement that some of us might be able to do for the group.
I could bring either, and other older vintages too. I bet the group collectively has quite a few 15 yr. and older WV Pinots.
by PeterH
August 24th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3507
Views: 326389

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

As Sean said, Felsina is often a mystery wine. I purchased some of the 2016 Felsina CC last November on mystery, though the price was $13.82. Rancia and Fontalloro also usually make appearances at a good price each year. My guess with the chianti offering is that its not Felsina given the price dif...
by PeterH
August 24th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3507
Views: 326389

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Any ideas of what you guys think this may be? 2013 Washington State Mystery Single Vineyard Red 750ml (Washington State) - $13.96 Turns out to be Fall Line Red Willow. OK producer. I didn't see any cellartracker notes for the vintage. I usually grab one of these various mystery wines, and they end ...
by PeterH
August 24th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3507
Views: 326389

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Any guesses for this latest Sonoma Pinot Noir two-vintage mystery? What I can tell you: • This is the exact same wine, cork, label and contents as what trades around the nethersphere as I type this. • It’s a Sonoma Pinot Noir with a long history (from a famous winery). • The only way they would agr...
by PeterH
August 23rd, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy question: brett vs earth
Replies: 22
Views: 1021

Re: Burgundy question: brett vs earth

Geosmin, sometimes described as "beet root". Here is a recent article: http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/wine-science/we-like-the-smell-of-geosmin-in-the-air-but-not-in-our-wine I think geosmin and beet root are two entirely different things. Beet root seems to be quite typical of cooler climate P...
by PeterH
August 22nd, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy question: brett vs earth
Replies: 22
Views: 1021

Re: Burgundy question: brett vs earth

Geosmin, sometimes described as "beet root".

Here is a recent article:
http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/wine ... n-our-wine
by PeterH
August 20th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon 2019 growing season update?
Replies: 30
Views: 1749

Re: Oregon 2019 growing season update?

We've been noticing the high humidity in Seattle, and maple trees all over town are covered with powdery mildew. That brings up an interesting note about the effect of climate change in the PNW. Back 30-40 years ago I used to think of the future weather of the PNW as becoming more like Napa/Sonoma. ...
by PeterH
August 19th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 26
Views: 1820

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

Assuming the restaurant will permit it, why not ask your friend to decant at home one or more of these, take a sip and bring to the restaurant the one(s) he enjoyed? That's a great idea, especially as sediment and proper decanting is going to be an issue if you don't get the wine to the restaurant ...
by PeterH
August 19th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 26
Views: 1820

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

A well stored 1979 Batailley or the 1981 GdL both could be interesting, and very different in style. The 2000 Mas de Dumas is easily the best choice for great drinking, as the others are going to be appreciating what the wines once were, rather than present condition. I don't know anything about the...
by PeterH
August 17th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - One TV dinner for 5 Years
Replies: 26
Views: 995

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - One TV dinner for 5 Years

The only vegetable side I can stomach is the green beans, so my choices are limited. Calories per serving don't matter, since I can eat more or less.
I'll go with the mesquite chicken. Now, do I get to chose the island?
by PeterH
August 16th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3507
Views: 326389

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Odds of guessing the winery, <5%. Odds of distinct cola on the nose >95%.
by PeterH
August 15th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 4855

Re: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?

What would be great is for a number of WV winemakers who participate in Berserker Day to put together a BD sampler case. I bet it would sell out quickly.
by PeterH
August 15th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 4855

Re: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?

I'll toss out another name that doesn't make my top five, but I prefer to many of the wineries listed so far.

Westry does a great job every year, is less expensive than most comparable wine, and usually makes a better Abby Ridge than Cameron. I also buy their Justice and Oracle regularly.
by PeterH
August 15th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 4855

Re: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?

This is a really helpful thread. Has anyone tried SchoneTal and Prive? Note: I tend to buy/drink Cameron, Goodfellow, Walter Scott, Evesham Wood and Kelley Fox. (Never tried Thomas but hope to change that going forward and may have to put that in the other thread) I visited Prive and bought some wi...
by PeterH
August 15th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 4855

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

I'm curious which Franny Beck wines you liked. The blue label WV tends to be more immediately accessible, and we drink a lot of it, but the SV's are starting to really show their finesse and class - especially (to me) the La Chenaie, with Johan very close behind. I'm still waiting for Armstrong to ...
by PeterH
August 14th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1306

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

Whats the reason behind not starting wines from S. Africa with Pinotage? Start there, and you might not get any farther. More than half the Pinotage I've tasted was undrinkable, and the rest I would never buy. Usually in discussions on Pinotage, someone will point out good ones they have tried. In ...
by PeterH
August 12th, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1482

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Does a Pinot Gris made as a red wine count? Vincent Fritzsche has one, which I have not tasted. No, whole different category - that would be more of an orange wine. I've worked on a couple of skin-fermented Pinot Gris wines in the past. Really looking at wines with at least one red and one white va...
by PeterH
August 12th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1482

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Does a Pinot Gris made as a red wine count? Vincent Fritzsche has one, which I have not tasted.
by PeterH
August 12th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is Torrefaction?
Replies: 48
Views: 1870

Re: What is Torrefaction?

I think people use the term as a positive or a negative. I generally think of it as a negative. Most likely, if I am picking it up in a wine I have purchased, it'd probably nearer a true flaw. I remember the first time I encountered the term as describing a wine. I was amazed that the writer consid...
by PeterH
August 10th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1482

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Dominio IV makes a Viognier with Syrah added called the Inverse, because it reverses the proportions of Cote Rotie inspired Syrahs with Viognier. It is interesting, much weightier than a white wine, and not at all resembling a rose. It's most suitable for when you want red fruit flavors, but you wan...
by PeterH
August 8th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3507
Views: 326389

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

M Mager posted-
"The "Tuscan Surprise" mystery wine offer from Oct 2018 = 2013 Castello di Gabbiano CC Gran Selezione "Bellezza". Seems like a pretty good buy at $20/per."
by PeterH
August 7th, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sunriver/Bend OR recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 734

Re: Sunriver/Bend OR recommendations?

The lava fields are well worth the visit, and once you are that far south, you should continue down to Crater Lake. That is a destination that should be on everyone's "got to see at least once" list. Rafting the Deschutes is a great family excursion. Plenty of mountain biking opportunities. My favor...
by PeterH
August 5th, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 25
Views: 1066

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

I've stayed at the Hotel Oregon many times. Avoid it on weekends, especially holiday weekends. Otherwise, you will enjoy the stay unless you
need lots of space and total silence.

For families I recommend Third Street Flats. If you need luxury, Atticus Hotel fills the bill (in more ways than one).
by PeterH
July 30th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes
Replies: 37
Views: 1790

Re: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes

Interesting notes, especially as I don’t think I’ve drank any 2012s since release. Think I’ll continue to sit on mine, not that I have much. Went deep in 2013. Curious that PGC was not included, esp considering the high praise Jim had for the vintage upon release. One comment I heard from a few att...
by PeterH
July 30th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: High Tanin Acidity Wine
Replies: 21
Views: 826

Re: High Tanin Acidity Wine

Lagrein, Mencia, Tempranillo.
by PeterH
July 25th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2638

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

I'd travel to Oregon for that tasting, or host in Seattle.
by PeterH
July 25th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boojee wine
Replies: 16
Views: 726

Re: Boojee wine

I hate their fonts too.
by PeterH
July 24th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2388

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

Toys (especially motorized adult toys) and clothing would be logical categories to attack, but the former would piss off Trump supporters, and the latter would cause a significant bump in inflation.
by PeterH
July 24th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2388

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

Return China’s favor by making made in China products dead in the US. See which country blinks first! You are undoubtedly sitting in front of, or holding, a Chinese made electronic device. That is by far the largest category of imports from China, followed by other electrical equipment. Shall we st...
by PeterH
July 17th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thief emails?
Replies: 35
Views: 2428

Re: Cellar thief emails?

I started receiving Cellar Thief e-mails last week. After a few, I directed them to the spam folder. I didn't realize they were associated with Invino. I purchased from Invino a couple of times, but they have not had anything interesting lately. Their e-mails are already directed to a folder that is...
by PeterH
July 16th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do I remove this cork ?
Replies: 12
Views: 927

Re: How do I remove this cork ?

I'd grip the cork with my palm downward, thumb under one side of the cork, the rest of my hand on the other side of the neck. Crank hard lifting thumb up and fingers down. Pop!
by PeterH
July 15th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 53
Views: 2695

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

For Neapolitan style pizza my favorite pairing is Fiano do Avellino.
As far as pairing all three of your pizza selections, white or rose will work with the garlic. I think it takes a robust red to stand up to garlic, so not Chianti or Pinot Noir.
by PeterH
July 13th, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SoDo UrbanWorks wineries?
Replies: 23
Views: 1035

Re: SoDo UrbanWorks wineries?

If you make it to Charles Smith there are quite a few good restaurants in the Georgetown neighborhood a few blocks away. I have been to Via Tribunali and Fonda La Catrina. Not high end dining but both were very good. There are many other restaurants in the neighborhood that are highly rated as well...
by PeterH
July 8th, 2019, 9:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3399
Views: 183605

Re: The Bourbon Thread

It’s amazing how much bourbon prices can vary state to state, I assume mostly due to liquor taxes. In WA state we have some of the highest liquor taxes around. As an example, Basil Hayden can retail in Wa for well over $50. Costco sells it for about $44. I’m on a driving trip across the N. states, ...
by PeterH
June 28th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2850

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

Madeira.
That is the prominent hole in my cellar.
by PeterH
June 26th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 1863

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

I think it would be necessary to make an appointment with Mike Januik to make the visit worthwhile. He really knows his stuff.

Avennia definitly should be on the visit list. I don't know about Long Shadows, since all the wines are made/directed by
consulting wine makers.
by PeterH
June 25th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 1863

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

Dave McIsaac wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 4:45 pm
DeLille!!

Cadence
Cadence is in the South Park district in Seattle. I suggest Januik instead for a winery near DeLille, somewhat in the same style as Cadence.
by PeterH
June 24th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you know about Genodics?
Replies: 14
Views: 996

Re: What do you know about Genodics?

Someone will say that whether or not it works, the fact that a vineyard manager cares so much about his vines that he's playing music to them will result in better grapes and finer wine. That's gold, Jerry, gold! It was probably the Talbot vineyard manager's kid's science project. To be serious, co...
by PeterH
June 18th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 154
Views: 10534

Re: Top US Syrahs

Alan R is on my wave length, but I will add Arcadian.
by PeterH
June 18th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have no wine
Replies: 30
Views: 2397

Re: I have no wine

My condolences. If you were 180 miles nearer, I'd open a bottle for you.
There is, we all know, always more wine.

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