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by Ron Slye
January 19th, 2020, 10:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 55
Views: 2083

Re: Grass fed???

We had a skirt steak and a NY strip from Aldersprings. The skirt was fantastic. Lovely flavor and texture. Simply done on the grill. All that one could want in a skirt steak. The strip I unfortunately over cooked -- I think I kept it too long in the oven for the reverse sear. I think next time I wil...
by Ron Slye
January 17th, 2020, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer check: Tipsy Knitter, Seattle
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: Retailer check: Tipsy Knitter, Seattle

Same here. I live in Seattle. In fact on Capitol Hill. And I have not heard of them. They have an eclectic selection. The website does not clearly state who the principals are though.
by Ron Slye
January 17th, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 55
Views: 2083

Re: Grass fed???

Sounds delicious Sarah - thanks for the update. How did you cook them?
by Ron Slye
January 16th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 55
Views: 2083

Re: Grass fed???

Someone upthread mentioned Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma. This thread caught my eye because I'm midway through the book, which is one of the more engaging and thought-provoking books I've come across in quite some time. Everyone should read it--particularly those who enjoy food and wine, rega...
by Ron Slye
January 16th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 55
Views: 2083

Re: Grass fed???

Sarah -- thanks for the tip on White Oaks. I look forward to hearing how you like the quality, but I like the philosophy and practices that you outline. Al -- we just got our first shipment from Alderspring. Only tried the NY strip steaks so far, which were quite good. I can't say that they were bet...
by Ron Slye
January 16th, 2020, 6:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone using Kampot peppercorns?
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: Anyone using Kampot peppercorns?

I was given a 5 kg gift of these in Cambodia from a family that grows them and is affiliated with an organization I work with there. I really liked them. Very pungent and complex. But I should say I am by no means an expert on peppercorns. We are now on the last set of that batch. This post is timel...
by Ron Slye
January 7th, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 55
Views: 2083

Re: Grass fed???

Thanks for the informative post Al. I have been reading Franklin Steak again - and one of the points they make is that both grass fed and grain fed can taste terrible. There are many other factors that also come into play on the taste front. As I understand it grain fed tends to emphasize tenderness...
by Ron Slye
January 2nd, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker Barcodes
Replies: 63
Views: 3204

Re: Cellar Tracker Barcodes

Laughing. I figured. You back home? Will I see you Saturday?
by Ron Slye
January 2nd, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker Barcodes
Replies: 63
Views: 3204

Re: Cellar Tracker Barcodes

Thanks Mark and Mark! It is now on my wishlist.
by Ron Slye
January 2nd, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker Barcodes
Replies: 63
Views: 3204

Re: Cellar Tracker Barcodes

As somone who is about to move everything in house, this is a very useful thread -- and Eric's support link is even more helpful. I hope to resist what happened to Sarah and follow through with this. :-) One quick question -- is there a bar code printer that you would recommend (or ones to strongly ...
by Ron Slye
January 1st, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 55
Views: 2083

Re: Grass fed???

I tend to agree with Steve here. I do think age makes a difference. And definitely for us with a small child that is a consideration. Our daughter is only three and does not eat much steak. But we are trying to instill in her an appreciation for good food that is sourced well and is good for us.
by Ron Slye
December 27th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 55
Views: 2083

Re: Grass fed???

There are probably others here who can speak more authoritatively about this. Most of my knowledge has come over time -- and I have been sort of skeptical or agnostic. But reading Franklin Steak I am more intrigued now about trying more grass fed meat (particularly beef). On taste, grass fed is a ri...
by Ron Slye
December 27th, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Belcampo meats
Replies: 5
Views: 524

Belcampo meats

We are looking at various grass fed meat sources. We are big fans of flannery (I know, not always completely grass fed but I don’t want to get into that here.). We came across Belcampo from California. While I know they had a great wrote up in the New Yorker a few years back, they seem to have grown...
by Ron Slye
December 23rd, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 4575

Re: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines

On a more serious note, thank you to Jeff for posting the above. I am glad to hear that yours is a happy story of a voluntary move out of the business. I am looking forward to trying your wines. I just hope I don't like them that much as it will make me even more sad that you are closing. :-) Best o...
by Ron Slye
December 23rd, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 4575

Re: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines

David Glasser wrote:
December 23rd, 2019, 9:17 pm
Jeremy Holmes wrote:
December 23rd, 2019, 2:49 pm
It is sad that Continuity wont be continuing.
It’s one thing to be sad. Let’s not make a quantum leap to diss Continuity.
are they also offering a discount annuity?
by Ron Slye
December 23rd, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 4575

Re: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines

Yes, thanks for the referral. Got a case -- seems like a great deal. Worse case we can use them for gifts or for people who are not too into wine -- but I suspect we may enjoy these.
by Ron Slye
December 23rd, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2333

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

Echoing Mike and Rich, thanks very much for this Sarah. This has been one of the most informative postings here, and I will be referring to it often! We are probably going to open a 1996 and 1997 Barolo in the next week or two. I will report back on how they are -- my plan is to decant late morning ...
by Ron Slye
December 23rd, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice on selecting wines for someone else
Replies: 13
Views: 718

Re: Seeking advice on selecting wines for someone else

One other idea of a different approach. Rather than try to elicit what someone might like who does not know much about wine, you could structure the conversation along the lines of, if you want something big and bold; or light and sweet; etc. I think many people might have a hard time saying what th...
by Ron Slye
December 21st, 2019, 11:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lynx Grills
Replies: 27
Views: 1254

Re: Lynx Grills

I just got a BGE -- have not broken it in yet but will soon. I got it on sale with a number of promotional add ons, including the cookbook. I was amused that the cookbook had an Asian stirfry that I think calls for 3 minutes on the grill, then 1 minute. Really? Tell that is better on the BGE than ju...
by Ron Slye
December 21st, 2019, 11:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 117
Views: 9904

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Opened a bottle of the vin gris tuile—the “brick wine” aged in glass vessels in the California sun. Back of the label warns that it has nutty, curry notes. I Was going for weird when I bought it, but oof. Quite unpleasant. Good luck finishing a bottle. [truce.gif] I sat next to Randall when he pour...
by Ron Slye
December 21st, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3589
Views: 345518

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

No idea about the Vosne Romanee. They generally are good deals in that they are below market. But you run the risk of buying a wine you might not have wanted. I agree about $69 being a lot for not knowing, but it pales in comparison to a recent mystery napa cab for $500 -- which you can read about e...
by Ron Slye
December 21st, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 210941

Re: Official Costco Thread

Here is the Seattle Times take on Costco (i.e. Kirkland) branded wines: https://www.seattletimes.com/life/food- ... ock-up-on/
by Ron Slye
December 21st, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2333

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

I too at first this was about buying rather than drinking! I really like Barolo but am still feeling my way on this issue. I tend to like to follow a wine over time -- as much for education, as well as Sarah's point about not missing out on the perfect drinking window. I too have a good deal of 1996...
by Ron Slye
December 20th, 2019, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Cayuse Impressions???
Replies: 16
Views: 1049

Re: 2017 Cayuse Impressions???

2017 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard 2017 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard 2017 Cayuse Tempranillo Impulsivo En Chamberlin Vineyard What was the release price on these from Cayuse? I know that the Cailloux and En Chamberlin were 80 per bottle. I think, based on prior experience, that the Impulsiv...
by Ron Slye
December 20th, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990s California Cabernet
Replies: 24
Views: 2764

Re: TN: 1990s California Cabernet

1990 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - USA, California, Napa Valley What a treat! This was easily my WOTN. Great nose of coffee, truffles, graphite and noble red fruit. Palate showed beautiful sour cranberries, subtle blue fruit, and rich earthen flavors. Drinking in its prime. (95...
by Ron Slye
December 19th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2268

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

If the Christmas market is up near Sagrada Familia, there is a mix of kitschy and nice gifts -- there is a particular stall that has beautiful metal christmas tree ornaments. I have been buying one each year for my now three year old daughter, as I tend to be in Barcelona in mid December for an annu...
by Ron Slye
December 19th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc Judge Family Vineyard
Replies: 11
Views: 577

Re: TN: 2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc Judge Family Vineyard

oh apologies -- i mistakenly was looking at the regular Sauv Blanc -- not the Judge Family Vineyard. Apologies!
by Ron Slye
December 19th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3589
Views: 345518

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

Any ideas on the Barolo mystery? It does not look like anyone reported back here on the first offer of it.
by Ron Slye
December 19th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc Judge Family Vineyard
Replies: 11
Views: 577

Re: TN: 2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc Judge Family Vineyard

I think it is also available at Wine.com and at K&L.
by Ron Slye
December 19th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar build: Choosing AC
Replies: 31
Views: 1619

Re: Cellar build: Choosing AC

A number of people here have expressed skepticism about WhisperKool -- it is being recommended to me so I just wanted to get a better sense of the pros and cons. Thanks in advance.
by Ron Slye
December 18th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3589
Views: 345518

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

The 2016 Tuscan mystery seems to be back. If it is the same bottle as before, then it is the Paglierese CC for 15.71. If it is that wine, it is on winesearcher from 16.99 and up -- so definitely a competitive price if you like the wine.
by Ron Slye
December 18th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Cayuse Impressions???
Replies: 16
Views: 1049

Re: 2017 Cayuse Impressions???

Oh good John -- let us know how it is. I was really impressed with it at the release party.
by Ron Slye
December 17th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Cayuse Impressions???
Replies: 16
Views: 1049

Re: 2017 Cayuse Impressions???

Well that is a helpful response Scott! Glad to see that my memory of the impulsivo was correct. Though a bit bummed to be reminded that I dropped that allocation!
by Ron Slye
December 17th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred material for racks, other than redwood?
Replies: 21
Views: 702

Re: Preferred material for racks, other than redwood?

Mike Maguire wrote:
December 17th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
December 17th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Smell I would think
Who doesn’t like the smell of cedar, has zero effect on the wine.
It also prevents moth taint.
by Ron Slye
December 17th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Cayuse Impressions???
Replies: 16
Views: 1049

Re: 2017 Cayuse Impressions???

So I was at the release party but cannot find my notes (we just moved house, so things are even more disorganized than usual!). My vague memory is that the Tempranillo was the most impressive of the lot (and they were all, as usual, impressive). The Tempranillo had more complexity and depth. I also ...
by Ron Slye
December 14th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine received not what I was expecting. Seeking advice.
Replies: 14
Views: 1342

Re: Wine received not what I was expecting. Seeking advice.

Is this the wine you ordered? https://www.viscountwines.com/wines/Malvira-Nebbiolo-Piedmont-Roero-Superiore-Trinita-2015-w9094402i4 If so, it seems that you are going to have to eat shipping or use it as a cellar defender. Looks like your mistake to me? That is the wine; however, in hind sight, the...
by Ron Slye
December 3rd, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '99 Red Burgundies comin' round the mountain??
Replies: 27
Views: 2378

Re: '99 Red Burgundies comin' round the mountain??

Its funny that you said that Stuart -- I saw this thread pop up and thought, hmmm, not sure I ever did follow up. My bad. And then I thought -- damn, not sure I took notes! But I do have some. I always wanted to thank everyone again for your advice on these wines. I am constantly amazed at the knowl...
by Ron Slye
December 2nd, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 394
Views: 21877

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Me too! The 1988 Gregory Cab I opened the other day was similarly amazing. A very sincere thank you for making this possible. I have always been hesitant to buy older bottles of wine. But direct from the source like this and at such great prices, hard to go wrong. I just wish I had bought more! [Edi...
by Ron Slye
November 27th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best new dishwasher for stemware
Replies: 51
Views: 3427

Re: Best new dishwasher for stemware

Which model(s) Jim?
by Ron Slye
November 26th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1988 Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon Gregory Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 627

Re: TN: 1988 Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon Gregory Vineyard

David is absolutely right. That is a cheaper version that works perfectly well.
by Ron Slye
November 26th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1988 Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon Gregory Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 627

Re: TN: 1988 Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon Gregory Vineyard

The cork on mine was actually quite dry, not saturated. But the Durand would work well in either case! I will say on Durand that the idea of paying that much money for a corkscrew seemed silly, but I am so glad I did. If you have older wines it saves a lot of time (and damage)! Brandon -- sorry you ...
by Ron Slye
November 26th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1988 Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon Gregory Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 627

TN: 1988 Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon Gregory Vineyard

1988 Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon Gregory Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley (11/25/2019) My first bottle from the Ravenswood library sale, and boy did this not disappoint. Cork broke, and then part fell into the bottle, so I strained into a decanter. At first this seemed a b...
by Ron Slye
November 25th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1993 Ravenswood Merlot Sonoma County (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 12
Views: 807

Re: TN: 1993 Ravenswood Merlot Sonoma County (USA, California, Sonoma County)

B. Buzzini wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 8:03 pm
PSA...use a Durand when opening ANY Calif wine with 15+ years of age on it.
Sounds like a good rule of thumb! (Where on earth did that phrase come from?)
by Ron Slye
November 25th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best new dishwasher for stemware
Replies: 51
Views: 3427

Re: Best new dishwasher for stemware

So Alan -- what dishwasher do you have? It sounds like a winner.
by Ron Slye
November 25th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1993 Ravenswood Merlot Sonoma County (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 12
Views: 807

Re: TN: 1993 Ravenswood Merlot Sonoma County (USA, California, Sonoma County)

I will echo the provenance issue. We just opened a 1988 Gregory Cab Sauv -- like you, the cork fell apart in the bottle (I brought out the Durand after the regular corkscrew failed, so had cork in the wine). So filtered into a decanter. Really surprised at how good this was. I posted a TN on CT -- s...
by Ron Slye
November 24th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Andrew Will Ciel de Cheval
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: 2007 Andrew Will Ciel de Cheval

It must have been the virus that made it hard to see initially. 😀. I love Andrew will. I have much older vintages from the 1990s which I am looking forward to opening over the next few years.
by Ron Slye
November 18th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Back to Barcelona -- new recommendations?
Replies: 29
Views: 3812

Re: Back to Barcelona -- new recommendations?

Jay $$ Winton wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 7:19 am
Final prep for our arrival next week. Any other recs?
Any quick feedback. I am in Barcelona at the moment but mostly have work events. Not sure I will have time to stray. But if you found anything on your recent visit, or are still here, let me know.
by Ron Slye
November 16th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: A great food book
Replies: 2
Views: 856

Re: A great food book

Thanks for the recommendation. It arrived yesterday and it has been a joy to read and to leaf through. Well researched, lots of fun stories, and very nostalgic (though some of the time periods discussed are a bit before mine, cough cough). Thanks again Mark.
by Ron Slye
November 15th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 394
Views: 21877

Re: Ravenswood library offer

I am in Seattle. Something just arrived at my offsite and I assume it is these wines.

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