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by Ron Slye
October 29th, 2020, 9:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses
Replies: 43
Views: 1816

Re: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses

Here’s a new one for me. There were three peppers jalapeño and ?. I got the Habanero cause I like it hot, but yes it’s hot! I can’t believe how light and crunchy these things are though, really great stuff and I’m going back to buy the other to try. 76F286E1-6966-492D-B79A-CDDDFF3E12DA.jpeg This is...
by Ron Slye
October 28th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3918
Views: 402186

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

Garagiste is no longer in SoDo. They moved a few years ago to Renton. Not too far off of the highway, but not SoDo!
by Ron Slye
October 27th, 2020, 9:35 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: source | material 003 - JJ Prum Graach, and the Himmelreich
Replies: 28
Views: 891

Re: source | material 003 - JJ Prum Graach, and the Himmelreich

I figured it out. Thanks for all you are doing re German wines Robert!
by Ron Slye
October 27th, 2020, 2:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CHESTNUT CHICKEN (for Halloween!)
Replies: 11
Views: 261

Re: CHESTNUT CHICKEN (for Halloween!)

I knew the trick about cutting a cross in them. I did not know about soaking them in red wine. Does that add flavor? Or make them easier to open? The latter is always the challenge for me. I reached a stage in life where I am more likely to spend a bit more for already roasted and peeled chestnuts! ...
by Ron Slye
October 26th, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: source | material 003 - JJ Prum Graach, and the Himmelreich
Replies: 28
Views: 891

Re: source | material 003 - JJ Prum Graach, and the Himmelreich

Ugh -- I realized I dropped the ball on my last purchase. I got the invoice and never paid. Apologies! I will be better next time!
by Ron Slye
October 26th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #winebitch / Misogyny in Wine and the Fallout
Replies: 49
Views: 4654

Re: #winebitch / Misogyny in Wine and the Fallout

The above links work to get you access to the posts about the issue -- including the archived link. I think it is probably pretty easy to then find the rest.
by Ron Slye
October 14th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clerc Milon ? ...
Replies: 28
Views: 1671

Re: Clerc Milon ? ...

Any thoughts on 1989 Clerc? I have two left. I unfortunately haven’t tried the 1990–it seems I need to....but I think the 1989 is one of my favorite $100ish and below Bordeaux wines of all time. I pick it up whenever I get the chance. I wouldn’t hesitate to open one, though I wouldn’t feel like I h...
by Ron Slye
October 13th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beta release coming...
Replies: 39
Views: 3065

Re: Beta release coming...

For those who did not receive the email, here it is. Sounds pretty devastating. Beta Wines Fall 2020:2014 Release October 13th, 2020 Hi, 2020 has been a challenge for every living thing on this big greenish blue marble, its weight not escaping any corner. While looking to forget the current world st...
by Ron Slye
October 9th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What do you use to make a proper TWIST for cocktails?
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: What do you use to make a proper TWIST for cocktails?

I was a bartender for a million years and this is how I just to make mine. Fun fact- how did I learn this technique? I saw Woody (Woody Harrelson) the bartender doing it in an episode of Cheers! https://youtu.be/OmjILRLOkbk Before I learn this, we used to just peel the peel off of a lemon slice, bu...
by Ron Slye
October 7th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?
Replies: 100
Views: 2211

Re: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?

In for another "I am like that but X." The only X I can think of is roadside fried spiders in Cambodia. I wanted to try them -- but when the platter piled high with spiders was brought to me, I had to say no. They were much larger than I had though! To put this in perspective, I have eaten worms (in...
by Ron Slye
October 5th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?
Replies: 68
Views: 2897

Re: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?

I was not familiar with VinoCell. It does look quite useful, though the fact that it cannot be used on a desktop is a drawback. I would like the feature of visualizing my cellar -- maybe CT will add that feature at some point -- hint, hint. :-)
by Ron Slye
October 4th, 2020, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?
Replies: 68
Views: 2897

Re: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?

But cloud based storage is so much more robust than your home system. I am making some assumptions here but... I bet cellar tracker's database is housed in a secure data center with offsite, continuous back-up so that even if their data is compromised there is another copy located in a geographical...
by Ron Slye
October 4th, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clerc Milon ? ...
Replies: 28
Views: 1671

Re: Clerc Milon ? ...

Any thoughts on 1989 Clerc? I have two left.
by Ron Slye
September 30th, 2020, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Virage Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 333

Re: TN: 2007 Virage Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Oh no. She lost her home. So sad to hear that. I love her wines.
by Ron Slye
September 24th, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will smoke ever become part of a region's terroir?
Replies: 24
Views: 728

Re: Will smoke ever become part of a region's terroir?

I agree with Tim. One could talk about phylloxera and frost as part of terroir as well. The question then is whether it creates a pleasant wine or not. If it does, then we will probably talk about it as part of the terroir. My guess is it won't, and therefore we won't. Perhaps but, for argument's s...
by Ron Slye
September 24th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will smoke ever become part of a region's terroir?
Replies: 24
Views: 728

Re: Will smoke ever become part of a region's terroir?

I agree with Tim. One could talk about phylloxera and frost as part of terroir as well. The question then is whether it creates a pleasant wine or not. If it does, then we will probably talk about it as part of the terroir. My guess is it won't, and therefore we won't.
by Ron Slye
September 16th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with new cellar: entry, organization, app, etc.
Replies: 16
Views: 621

Re: Help with new cellar: entry, organization, app, etc.

If the bulk of your wine is in CT, do not start from scratch. Every slot in the new cellar is simply a 1 bottle bin, labeled however you want (A1, B3, etc.). To verify and update your inventory, simply bulk transfer every CT entry to a fictitious bin called ‘old’ or whatever you want. Then, as you ...
by Ron Slye
September 12th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: a surprisingly nice 1997 Tuscan
Replies: 2
Views: 423

Re: a surprisingly nice little 1997 Tuscan

The Seattle wine group did a 1997 Tuscan tasting maybe two years ago? Perhaps three? Like you I bought a bunch based on the hype. We had mostly BdM by a few CCR and maybe one or two others. The overall impression was very positive. Out of maybe 15 one or two were not that great. The rest ranged from...
by Ron Slye
September 10th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses
Replies: 43
Views: 1816

Re: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses

ybarselah wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 10:05 am
MSG is natural. carry on.
[rofl.gif] So are arsenic, poison ivy, asbestos, and deadly mushrooms......
by Ron Slye
September 10th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses
Replies: 43
Views: 1816

Re: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses

I like the Don Chilio brand (despite the silly name). The jalapeno is our favorite but if you want more punch there is the Serrano. I have not tried the Habanero. Here is a link to the jalapeno: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C7B1T4H/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I have used...
by Ron Slye
September 4th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 67
Views: 3194

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Even though this thread took quite the detour I'm relieved to see the destination is still in sight. Very much appreciate all the recommendations! I have a lot of reading, researching, and drinking to do! Chris, thank you for the PDX recs as well, will definitely be hitting up Oregon. Bar Ferdinand...
by Ron Slye
September 2nd, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3918
Views: 402186

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

I am resisting the Beaujolais offers. I do not need more wine. But if I did, I would bite on many of these. I have started to realize that high quality Beaujolais punches way above its price point. So I am assuming these do that even more!
by Ron Slye
September 2nd, 2020, 1:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pet Peeves - Epicurian Division
Replies: 39
Views: 1717

Re: Pet Peeves - Epicurian Division

[/quote] Check out Thomas Keller's recipe for French onion soup: FOR THE SOUP: Melt the butter and oil in a large heavy stockpot over medium heat. Add the onions and 1 tablespoon salt, reduce the heat to low. Cook, stirring every 15 minutes and regulating the heat to keep the mixture bubbling gently...
by Ron Slye
September 2nd, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pet Peeves - Epicurian Division
Replies: 39
Views: 1717

Re: Pet Peeves - Epicurian Division

there are a handful of items where the fresh farm version is so much better and different that it's essentially a completely different ingredient. garlic is at the top of that list. the garlic you get at a supermarket is so bland, dry, and lacking in flavor and aroma that you'd need 20x to make any...
by Ron Slye
August 31st, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 67
Views: 3194

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Agreed with Brandon re: Esquin – lots to look at but prices aren't the best. Also, if it's a good vibe that you're after, can't beat the patio at Bottlehouse in Madrona on a nice evening. Yes -- bottle shop is great. And Cadence as also mentioned above is great. I have been a recent convert to Pike...
by Ron Slye
August 30th, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 67
Views: 3194

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Thanks Ron! I'm a bit all over the board with my taste in wine, but tend to gravitate towards Rhone varietals, but within that realm enjoy everything from Saxum and CdP to cote rotie and croze. Also very much enjoy high minerality whites like sancerre and Chablis. Well there are definitely good and...
by Ron Slye
August 30th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 67
Views: 3194

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Lots of good suggestions here. Here are a few others, or repeats of some based on my sense of your taste. I.e. if you like Rocks Syrah (Cayuse, No Girls), then you might try Rotie. They have a pretty modern tasting room in SODO - very nice people. Their Northern Rhone is now made with Rocks fruit. M...
by Ron Slye
August 29th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phone Apps for Wine?
Replies: 9
Views: 486

Re: Phone Apps for Wine?

I only use Cellartracker. Great for cellar management; looking up a wine while at a restaurant (remember those?); or in a store. CT links to winesearcher, so I use that whether than have the app itself -- but depending on what you want the app for you should look at winesearcher as well. I dont find...
by Ron Slye
August 26th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse is Live
Replies: 180
Views: 11044

Re: Cayuse is Live

I am allocated three mags! Trying to decide if I want all three.
by Ron Slye
August 25th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1984 Democratic National Convention wine
Replies: 6
Views: 918

Re: 1984 Democratic National Convention wine

The convention that year was in San Francisco. I was there and I remember trips to Napa. I worked for the DNC for the convention so had access to many events and swag. I don’t remember the branded wine though. Nice historical bottle. I hope it held up well......
by Ron Slye
August 25th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Burgundy Glass
Replies: 115
Views: 9131

Re: Preferred Burgundy Glass

I like the Riedel sommelier burgundy for most ages pinots, and for Nebbiolo. The riedel Syrah is great for Syrah. I have used the latter for southern Rhône too, but could see them and Grenache working well in the riedel burgundy. But now I am concerned about lead in the riedels I have. So may try th...
by Ron Slye
August 22nd, 2020, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines
Replies: 44
Views: 4289

Re: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines

Mark Y wrote:
August 22nd, 2020, 12:22 pm
Andrew Kotowski wrote:
August 22nd, 2020, 10:50 am
I told my wife I ordered a designer hoodie; much to my surprise, it comes with a free case of wine!!!

Will update when I hear back ;)
[rofl.gif] [rofl.gif]
I love this. Note to self.
by Ron Slye
August 22nd, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines
Replies: 44
Views: 4289

Re: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines

Yep, just got my confirmation as well!
by Ron Slye
August 22nd, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3918
Views: 402186

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

Anyone jump on the C2 Malbec? Price and ratings looked very good so I took a shot on 2 bottles I picked up two, though I think if one is interested/curious enough to pick up 2, then 3 minimum is more in order. Pop one right away, and make the call. If it's good then you have two to lay down, provid...
by Ron Slye
August 22nd, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines
Replies: 44
Views: 4289

Re: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines

Sounds good. Thanks for the update Ryan.
by Ron Slye
August 22nd, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines
Replies: 44
Views: 4289

Re: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines

Jeff_D wrote:
August 22nd, 2020, 5:27 am
These wines do sound exciting. Has anyone heard back regarding their order request?

Thanks,
I have not. I was wondering if I should ping them. But if no one else has heard I am fine waiting.
by Ron Slye
August 18th, 2020, 10:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Food Mashups . . .
Replies: 38
Views: 1627

Re: Food Mashups . . .

I think this is irrefutable. Take any leftover, pan fry it, then add an egg (either directly, or a fried egg to place on top). If still not quite right, add hot sauce.
by Ron Slye
August 7th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3138

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

Been using a wire mesh filter to catch larger pieces of sediment on pours of older reds. When I get to the bottom 1/3-1/4 of the bottle I am using the unbleached coffee filters. This worked well for an 84' Spottswoode I had two weeks ago. Jeff, I use a very simple, double ultra-fine filter setup fo...
by Ron Slye
August 5th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building a wine cellar question
Replies: 14
Views: 1033

Re: Building a wine cellar question

So I just did a home wine cellar and included a cooling unit. I have a fair number of old age-worthy wines, and have invested enough in the bottles that I did not want to take a risk. I do think my natural fluctuations would have been greater than yours (though still not terrible). Having said that,...
by Ron Slye
August 2nd, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah
Replies: 147
Views: 9211

Re: Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah

OP said Cayuse was too funky. I find Reynvaan to be similar, but both are better with some age and much better when decanted for at least a day. That gets rid of the funk and leaves you with a savory wine. My experience with Cayuse is similar. This may vary with vintage and specific wine, but my im...
by Ron Slye
July 30th, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 100
Views: 5874

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

Matts in the Market is excellent -- at least pre COVID. So if you want to go out and can get in, it is just down the street from where you are staying. On some of the takeout, make sure you don't need an oven. Much of what we have had has required heating up in advance. Lark is doing a pop up takeou...
by Ron Slye
July 30th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Nespresso to Espresso
Replies: 21
Views: 2309

Re: Nespresso to Espresso

I literally just moved to the Breville Barista from Nespresso a few weeks ago. It was a hard move just to look at the cost ($700). I finally broke down and ordered it. The quality of the espresso is not comparable. Of course it's more hassle and more cleanup. It just depends on what matters to you....
by Ron Slye
July 10th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)
Replies: 17
Views: 598

Re: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)

Yeah, sorry--I was conflating years. I'm not sure christophe was burying canes as far back as 96. I think he did make wine in 96, but it may have been his first year. I'd have to do a little more research on that. I had 97's for quite a while but they are now gone--I think they just said "Syrah". I...
by Ron Slye
July 10th, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)
Replies: 17
Views: 598

Re: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)

I have one 94 left as well! Been holding it.........
by Ron Slye
July 10th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)
Replies: 17
Views: 598

Re: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)

I wondered about Christophe in 96. On CT there is a listing for a 96 Camaspelo. But that is a mistake I think. The earliest they list is a 1997 Camaspelo. I have back to 2000 -- have never seen a Cayuse vintage with a number that does not start with a 2!
by Ron Slye
July 9th, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)
Replies: 17
Views: 598

Re: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)

Oh very interesting. The only 96 WA I have left are a couple of bottles of QC. Curious then to check in on them!
by Ron Slye
July 9th, 2020, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)
Replies: 17
Views: 598

Re: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)

I have a few older Leonetti (single bottles) and wonder if I have waited too long. Maybe not.

Curious about the Napa fruit -- I did not realize they did that. Any idea of how often, or when/if they stopped?
by Ron Slye
July 7th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4359

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

My memory of what he told me back in 2000 or so was that he named the wine BF because he crushed the grapes with his feet -- thus the Bionic Frog imagery -- bouncing up and down on the grapes. Not inconsistent with the Australia story.....

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