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by Brian Curtis
March 6th, 2021, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Andrew Will ‘Esploso’ Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: 2014 Andrew Will ‘Esploso’ Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Thanks for the note. I'm sitting on some 2013 Esploso. Maybe I'll let it rest a while longer.
by Brian Curtis
March 6th, 2021, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 19 Crimes Pinot Noir The Punishment (Australia, South Eastern)
Replies: 26
Views: 812

Re: TN: 2018 19 Crimes Pinot Noir The Punishment (Australia, South Eastern)

We've been given a couple bottles of 19 Crimes wines over the years. I've never been brave enough to open one. I gave them to my daughter who's friends were happy with wines of this caliber. This note removes any lingering doubt I should have actually tasted those wines. So thanks for that.
by Brian Curtis
March 4th, 2021, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Full Pull
Replies: 14
Views: 2468

Re: Full Pull

I’ve had that wine and it is really good. That is a killer deal.
by Brian Curtis
March 4th, 2021, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No More Cork Taint?
Replies: 47
Views: 1321

Re: No More Cork Taint?

If Amorim can get TCA free without having agglomerated corks then that is a huge plus. The one knock I have on DIAM is that the processed look is rather cheap when you throw it in a $200 bottle. I understand tradition but when I see a Diam cork I don't see cheap, instead I see a winemaker that care...
by Brian Curtis
March 3rd, 2021, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective
Replies: 108
Views: 4576

Re: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective

My point is that the average wine consumer does not recognize it I can certainly confirm this. The first time I ever knowingly smelled a corked bottle was at a big tasting. While waiting for my taste they opened a new bottle but rejected it because it was corked. I asked to smell it and the smell w...
by Brian Curtis
February 27th, 2021, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Why is buying an Ah-So so gd hard to do?
Replies: 17
Views: 631

Re: Why is buying an Ah-So so gd hard to do?

I just bought one a few months ago. Here's the Amazon link.
by Brian Curtis
February 26th, 2021, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When did you last inventory your cellar/collection, or at least a good part of it.
Replies: 55
Views: 1951

Re: When did you last inventory your cellar/collection, or at least a good part of it.

I have never heard of Vinocell, but what I'm imagining in my head, based on posts here, is pretty damn cool. Am I correct in understanding that one can move bottles around to different bins/slots and **NOT** have to manually update the change in location in the inventory management system? The chan...
by Brian Curtis
February 25th, 2021, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A ridiculously long birthday tasting
Replies: 17
Views: 1485

Re: TN: A ridiculously long birthday tasting

I wonder why they decided to change labeling this as "Grenache" when the wine is a classic GSM blend with almost a quarter of something else than Grenache! This is a question I can answer. From the winery: "Blending the Third Man is always a fantastic experience. In past years, we ha...
by Brian Curtis
February 25th, 2021, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When did you last inventory your cellar/collection, or at least a good part of it.
Replies: 55
Views: 1951

Re: When did you last inventory your cellar/collection, or at least a good part of it.

The missing bottles (35 in total) were almost exclusively wines that had been brought to wine dinners outside my home. Apparently I'm good about recording consumption in CT when I'm home and opening it in my kitchen (when my phone is at hand), but less so when I'm taking it somewhere to be opened. ...
by Brian Curtis
February 25th, 2021, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When did you last inventory your cellar/collection, or at least a good part of it.
Replies: 55
Views: 1951

Re: When did you last inventory your cellar/collection, or at least a good part of it.

100% up2date all the time. I manage everything on my iPhone/iPad through VinoCell, certainly the most complete, useful and beautiful app out there, in my opinion. Every purchase and consumption is registered and it shows where every bottle sits (cellar/location, rack, excation position). This is ex...
by Brian Curtis
February 23rd, 2021, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncommon wine varietals for everyday drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 2153

Re: Uncommon wine varietals for everyday drinking

Harrington Wines have been making lovely wines from unusual varieties for years. Sadly, they are no longer making wine, but they are still selling wines. Check out their great offers here. You'll find Greco di Tufo, Malvasia, Sagrantino, Aglianico, and Muscat Canelli, among others.
by Brian Curtis
February 21st, 2021, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Franny Beck Pinot Noir En noir et blanc - UNCANNY VALLEY!
Replies: 10
Views: 906

Re: TN: 2018 Franny Beck Pinot Noir En noir et blanc - UNCANNY VALLEY!

We opened a bottle of this last night and really enjoyed it. I can absolutely see the Mission comparison. The sneaky complexity that Michael mentioned was there, too. Sneaky is a good word as it really did quietly sneak in as the evening wore on. I'm looking forward to tasting the rest of the bottle...
by Brian Curtis
February 18th, 2021, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Biggio Hamina Cellars Syrah Deux Vert
Replies: 11
Views: 652

Re: TN: 2007 Biggio Hamina Cellars Syrah Deux Vert

This is a wine I know very well. Todd was practically giving these away shortly before my daughter's wedding in 2017. I went in for a few cases to serve at the wedding. It was about 85° that day so they ended up drinking lots of rosé (right through the reserve case that I as really hoping wasn't goi...
by Brian Curtis
February 18th, 2021, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name
Replies: 109
Views: 5678

Re: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name

I would have trouble buying Savage Grace, a name I just came across on the forum today. Makes me picture Fabio all rubbed down with baby oil on the label, for some reason. I would have a problem less from image than the contradictory message it sends. Grace is received, and hardly ever savage. I've...
by Brian Curtis
February 15th, 2021, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 5 Producers Redefining Washington Wine
Replies: 31
Views: 2702

Re: 5 Producers Redefining Washington Wine

Devium has a free shipping special this month on a couple 6-pack samplers so I went ahead and pulled the trigger on one of those as a start to working through giving all these wineries a try.
by Brian Curtis
February 14th, 2021, 4:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 293
Views: 18233

Re: Why sous vide?

That’s kind of what I was thinking of using the cast iron Dutch oven with the splatter screen. That's a creative solution. The problem is that you will be fighting with trapped moisture. A shallow pan where the steaks are not crowded is best. You probably don't need it so hot you are melting your h...
by Brian Curtis
February 14th, 2021, 10:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 293
Views: 18233

Re: Why sous vide?

What's the mess with the cast iron? The splatter of the grease onto the stove and the general lingering smokiness isn’t her favorite. A splatter screen doesn't catch all the grease, but it gets most of it. Then it goes into the dishwasher for cleanup. Caveat, we finish our steaks in a 14" cast...
by Brian Curtis
February 13th, 2021, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 5 Producers Redefining Washington Wine
Replies: 31
Views: 2702

Re: 5 Producers Redefining Washington Wine

Thanks for posting this! WT and Savage Grace are two of my favorite wineries and I'm excited to check the rest of these out. I hopped on the Kobayashi mailing list, too.
by Brian Curtis
February 11th, 2021, 5:54 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Suzor Wines | ''Oregon Pinot Noir at its precision-balanced, Burgundy-inspired best.''
Replies: 80
Views: 3431

Re: Suzor Wines | ''Oregon Pinot Noir at its precision-balanced, Burgundy-inspired best.''

I certainly couldn't wait to try these. Our 6-pack of Pinot arrived yesterday and tonight we opened a bottle of the Suzor 2015 The Tower Pinot Noir which is proving to quite lovely. When it was first opened the flavor profile was dominated by bright red fruits but that soon started to give way to da...
by Brian Curtis
February 10th, 2021, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 252
Views: 20686

Re: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

I was poking around the websites of some of the wineries in this great thread and noticed that Redman Vineyard & Winery was sold to Bergstrom. It doesn't look like their website has been updated in a couple years. Suzor was mentioned up thread but doesn't appear on the master list. I haven't tri...
by Brian Curtis
February 8th, 2021, 9:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 99
Views: 5297

Re: Keto diet tips

We've been eating keto for almost exactly a year now. So far we haven't really found any particular reason to switch back to eating any other way. Of course this diet change largely coincided with the pandemic so staying away from restaurants hasn't been difficult. It is difficult to add anything su...
by Brian Curtis
February 8th, 2021, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 655
Views: 58589

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Looking forward to Cabot's offer this year (though it looks like maybe there's a sneak peak on their website). Always enjoyed their wines, which BD introduced me to. And one of the best labels there is. https://cdn.ct-static.com/labels/7018ba7a-1715-41db-ae2f-685ebb1ab387.jpg [/list] Being somethin...
by Brian Curtis
September 19th, 2017, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone Want To Join Me Tonight For a Virtual Tasting Of Pinot Noir?
Replies: 27
Views: 1275

Anyone Want To Join Me Tonight For a Virtual Tasting Of Pinot Noir?

Balletto BCD Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010: Definitely California Pinot with lots of dark fruit and a hint of minerality on the nose to add interest. Nice fruit in the mouth without being over the top or cloying in any way with a hint of pleasant tannins in the finish. This is nothing spectacular, but it...
by Brian Curtis
August 30th, 2017, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Can A $12.50 Wine Be Aged In French Oak?
Replies: 44
Views: 1924

How Can A $12.50 Wine Be Aged In French Oak?

Here's an article about the line. It says "He's making the new wines in the same style as his own, using open-top fermentors and indigenous yeast to ferment grapes from good vineyards. He has no plans to purchase bulk wine." This agrees with the advertising copy on the winery website: &quo...
by Brian Curtis
August 28th, 2017, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Vs Pot
Replies: 47
Views: 2408

Pinot Vs Pot

If the link in the OP doesn't work for you here's a revised link: Pinot Vs Pot . That whole thing seems absurd. The grape grower isn't even worried about spray because the cannabis grower doesn't even intend to spray. In fact he is very pleased his grape growing neighbor won't either. The grape gro...
by Brian Curtis
August 28th, 2017, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Vs Pot
Replies: 47
Views: 2408

Pinot Vs Pot

If the link in the OP doesn't work for you here's a revised link: Pinot Vs Pot . That whole thing seems absurd. The grape grower isn't even worried about spray because the cannabis grower doesn't even intend to spray. In fact he is very pleased his grape growing neighbor won't either. The grape grow...
by Brian Curtis
August 12th, 2017, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grrrrr.....calling about the corkage policy only to be told.....
Replies: 128
Views: 7783

Grrrrr.....calling about the corkage policy only to be told.....

I had a restaurant quote me $15 for corkage over the phone then charge me $10. So I guess the mistake can go both ways. I didn't complain. Obviously the attitude is the real problem here. I really like it when restaurants post their corkage policy on their website. Even better if they post their win...
by Brian Curtis
August 10th, 2017, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageing potential of wines with a screw cap?
Replies: 167
Views: 8026

Ageing potential of wines with a screw cap?

My nephew was married over the weekend in Portland, Maine. I shipped some boxes of wine for dinner, 08 Zenith PN, 09 XVII Syrah and 12 Caroline. The 08 was under screw caps and the other two with cork. I still wish that I had done them all under cork because they are fleshier and lovelier. The 08 i...
by Brian Curtis
July 17th, 2017, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seattle Food & Wine Recommendations! (Updated with Highlights)
Replies: 82
Views: 5253

Seattle Food & Wine Recommendations!

As for Woodinville, I am still on the fence. If I able to make it out there easily I may still make the treck. I am a big fan of many of the wineries out there. And am particularly interested in trying both of the Savage Grace and WT vintners, which I have hear a lot about but haven't tried. WT and...
by Brian Curtis
July 5th, 2017, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unusual Grape Varieties You Have Tried / Want To Try
Replies: 190
Views: 8386

Unusual Grape Varieties You Have Tried / Want To Try

Barry Paul Price wrote:Bryan and Brian, how old were these bottles, out of curiosity? And is Miller Thurgau a variety that doesn't age well?
An excellent question. My bottle was a 2013 so it had a few years on it. I should also add that this wine is from the Puget Sound AVA which is not a hotbed of great wine.
by Brian Curtis
July 4th, 2017, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unusual Grape Varieties You Have Tried / Want To Try
Replies: 190
Views: 8386

Unusual Grape Varieties You Have Tried / Want To Try

Tried a Muller Thurgau from Bainbridge Island last night, kinda tasted like dry cider and kombucha, NOT my cup of tea at all, I'm not sure we finished the bottle at dinner between the 4 of us. This does sound like a flawed bottle. I've got a bottle of this in my cellar. Bainbridge Island Vintners i...
by Brian Curtis
June 13th, 2017, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graphite and salinity: Experimental results added
Replies: 273
Views: 8631

Graphite and salinity: Let's get a grip here

This thread inspired me to look up exactly what pencils are made of. Being from the Pacific Northwest I automatically think of western red cedar when you mention a cedar smell, and that is nothing like a pencil. And I agree with those that say that the lead has an aroma. So, I learned that brand nam...
by Brian Curtis
June 13th, 2017, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graphite and salinity: Experimental results added
Replies: 273
Views: 8631

Graphite and salinity: Let's get a grip here

I use saline for aroma in my notes all the time. Mostly in whites, but sometimes in reds. I think of it as the smell when I make a brine for poultry by mixing hot water with kosher salt. This is very distinct from a briny sea smell. So I just went and tried it out. Hot water with a sufficient concen...
by Brian Curtis
April 27th, 2017, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA
Replies: 30
Views: 2590

Wines from The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA

Va Piano and WT Vintners also get grapes from Stoney Vine. We had the WT Vintners Stoney Vine Syrah the other night. It is really good. All their wines are worth checking out. Rulo's Syrah punches WAAAAY above its price point as well, I'm surprised more people haven't discovered them yet. This was ...
by Brian Curtis
March 24th, 2017, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unusual Grape Varieties You Have Tried / Want To Try
Replies: 190
Views: 8386

Unusual Grape Varieties You Have Tried / Want To Try

Tried a Muller Thurgau from Bainbridge Island last night, kinda tasted like dry cider and kombucha, NOT my cup of tea at all, I'm not sure we finished the bottle at dinner between the 4 of us. This does sound like a flawed bottle. I've got a bottle of this in my cellar. Bainbridge Island Vintners i...
by Brian Curtis
March 24th, 2017, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Vineyard Sold and Being Replanted with Weed?!?
Replies: 136
Views: 6068

California Vineyard Sold and Being Replanted with Weed?!?

I didn't read every post, but I don't think anyone has brought up the strange provisions of the WA State Cannabis laws. You can't grow it outdoors. This is not true. There are lots of outdoor commercial grows in Washington. In fact, there's one I drive by fairly frequently. What is not allowed in W...
by Brian Curtis
March 23rd, 2017, 1:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is a Slow Cooker Going To Outlast The Crock Pot?
Replies: 20
Views: 1407

Is a Slow Cooker Going To Outlast The Crock Pot?

I thought Crock-Pot was simply a brand of slow-cooker- i.e. Kleenex is a brand of facial tissue. Is that not accurate? Don't tell me something as stupidly easy as slow cooking now requires research! My brain is full! This is correct. Crock-Pot is Rival's brand name and that is why other brands are ...
by Brian Curtis
March 23rd, 2017, 10:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is a Slow Cooker Going To Outlast The Crock Pot?
Replies: 20
Views: 1407

Is a Slow Cooker Going To Outlast The Crock Pot?

I thought Crock-Pot was simply a brand of slow-cooker- i.e. Kleenex is a brand of facial tissue. Is that not accurate? Don't tell me something as stupidly easy as slow cooking now requires research! My brain is full! This is correct. Crock-Pot is Rival's brand name and that is why other brands are ...
by Brian Curtis
March 21st, 2017, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Putting a few thousand older tasting notes on CellarTracker
Replies: 23
Views: 2162

Putting a few thousand older tasting notes on CellarTracker

Now that I have them, I am tempted to get them formatted for a mass upload to CellarTracker, and also hire someone to scan and format over 10 years of selected tasting notes going back to 1995 in order to also put them on CellarTracker. Those notes- of which there are about two thousand- are all ty...
by Brian Curtis
March 11th, 2017, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red pinot gris. Say what?
Replies: 7
Views: 538

Red pinot gris. Say what?

The Long Shadows Julia's Dazzle Rosé is made from Pinot Gris. It is readily available to us locally here in WA and we go through a couple bottles every year.
by Brian Curtis
February 15th, 2017, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article "Aged California Pinot Noir: Proceed at Your Own Risk"
Replies: 50
Views: 3425

Article "Aged California Pinot Noir: Proceed at Your Own Risk"

Before there is too much piling on I think it is worth noting that the very next article on the site is this one: Unprecedented Tasting of Well-Aged California Pinot Noirs: Blake Brown Reports The dinner featured 12 Williams Selyem Pinot Noirs from 1987-1997, and 9 Pinot Noirs from 1954-1973 by Ingl...
by Brian Curtis
February 12th, 2017, 5:34 pm
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: Seattle get-together - 2/11
Replies: 50
Views: 2863

Seattle get-together - 2/11

That looks like a really fun lineup. I wish I could have gone.
by Brian Curtis
February 7th, 2017, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unusual Grape Varieties You Have Tried / Want To Try
Replies: 190
Views: 8386

Unusual Grape Varieties You Have Tried / Want To Try

I am always interested in unusual grapes and I like the idea of making the exploration a regular habit. I was really surprised when I ran a report on wines drunk that counted everything no matter how small the percentage that I was up well over 60 grape varieties. And that didn't count grapes I know...
by Brian Curtis
December 13th, 2016, 11:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Important recall--Cuisinart food processor blades
Replies: 13
Views: 1356

Important recall--Cuisinart food processor blades

Thanks for the heads up. Ours model is far too old to be on the recall list but we purchased a replacement blade that is one of the recalled blades. I had to lie about my model number on the form. This got me thinking about our Cuisinart and as best we could figure we bought it in 1983. We have repl...
by Brian Curtis
October 21st, 2016, 5:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Why does my beer keep foaming when I open it.
Replies: 7
Views: 918

Why does my beer keep foaming when I open it.

I've seen this on occasion, too. Just a month or two ago we had a case of a Deschutes seasonal IPA variant that would foam over right out of the fridge. I used to have this problem home brewing if I put in too much sugar for bottle conditioning so I've always assumed the problem was too much CO2. Th...
by Brian Curtis
October 14th, 2016, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2280
Views: 318328

Official Costco Thread

I've been buying Evening Land 2013 Eola Amity Hills Pinot Noir for $20 at the Silverdale, WA Costco.
by Brian Curtis
October 13th, 2016, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Other than Cellar Tracker
Replies: 33
Views: 4169

Other than Cellar Tracker

It particularly helps me to have a visual representation where I have boxes I can't see into. My cellar is cramped and too full and has lots of improvised storage. For instance I've turned some particularly strong and large shipping boxes into sort of bulk storage. It is a sort of pain to get a bott...
by Brian Curtis
October 7th, 2016, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Other than Cellar Tracker
Replies: 33
Views: 4169

Other than Cellar Tracker

I use VinoCell. I like the graphical representation of my racks and boxes. It does have a desktop interface, but it is web based and not quite feature complete with the iPad/iPhone versions. The developer says a desktop app is in future plans but he has been putting most recent effort into his wine ...
by Brian Curtis
July 27th, 2016, 10:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you store your screw cap wines?
Replies: 19
Views: 897

How do you store your screw cap wines?

Three deep can be handled easily, assuming there is enough clearance above. But when I needed to squeeze more bottles in I cut some boxes down so that there would be a sort of wall on the shelf.

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