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by M. Sai
December 18th, 2018, 11:36 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Pappy Van Winkle 10yr
Replies: 0
Views: 355

FS: Pappy Van Winkle 10yr

Sold!
by M. Sai
August 27th, 2018, 6:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Lotus of Siam or Chada Thai?
Replies: 23
Views: 1363

Re: Lotus of Siam or Chada Thai?

Thread resurrection for an update. I have a 24 hour business trip to LV next month and coworkers who are up for something off-strip. I checked the LoS website, looks like they have a second location now and the first is closed for remodeling...and the 20 wine list they have posted on the website is ...
by M. Sai
June 16th, 2018, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another smoke thread
Replies: 22
Views: 1458

Another smoke thread

If they are cool to the touch, there is no taint. If you pick up the wine and it feels hot, the fire got to it. This is probably the most reliable indicator. A secondary, but probably much less foolproof tactic would be to ask when they fruit was harvested. Before Oct 21 = Good (majority of the reg...
by M. Sai
May 28th, 2018, 9:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite Applications: Saffron
Replies: 17
Views: 911

Favorite Applications: Saffron

Saffron simple syrup for cocktails? I finally got around to doing this - simple syrup infused with saffron threads. Saffron Margarita: 2 limes juiced 2oz silver tequila 1oz Grand Marnier 0.5oz saffron simple syrup Shake in cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes for 15 to 20 seconds. Strain into lowba...
by M. Sai
May 18th, 2018, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Official Vapor Barrier Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1463

The Official Vapor Barrier Thread

Sorry - I’ve been on the road for work and missed this. I’m happy with the temperature regulation of the CB - I’m swinging between 55 and 55.5 according to my WirelessTag system. My only gripe: the window AC’s are designed to kick the fan on every 3 minutes or so when in Eco Mode to get a better the...
by M. Sai
May 8th, 2018, 10:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Bo ssam
Replies: 142
Views: 11330

Bo ssam

I found this recipe which is in-between - you heat the oil and then pour it over onion/ginger mix, which helps infuse the flavors better. I've also included a couple cloves of garlic in one batch using this method - there were no complaints. https://www.bonappetit.com/story/ginger-scallion-sauce-rec...
by M. Sai
May 3rd, 2018, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three CCR from Felsina
Replies: 9
Views: 916

Three CCR from Felsina

Eric, I know the Felsina's Reserva is known to age well and for a long time, similarly to Rancia, Our group of friends had a big Felsina tasting about six months ago - several vintages going back into the 80's. I had the opportunity at the end of the night to have half-full bottles of the 1995 CCR ...
by M. Sai
May 3rd, 2018, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this? More than wine, Scribe bottles the NorCal lifestyle (Now with Family Guy!)
Replies: 51
Views: 1748

Thoughts on this? More than wine, Scribe bottles the NorCal lifestyle

As a local (and another Millennial) I will bite my tongue on the winery....but assert that Scribe does a great job of bottling the 'NorCal lifestyle' that LA/SF tourists imagine as they book their vacation. It's all good, Scribe's patrons are the same bunch who are doing a fantastic job of driving t...
by M. Sai
April 28th, 2018, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 11013

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

Birth year for my first son. The only question is how much.
by M. Sai
April 27th, 2018, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 11013

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

Geez, Haut Batailley releases its 2017 today at what looks like (495 lb) will translate to about $70 per on futures!! hitsfan The wine has been well received from Suckling and the property recently taken over by Cazes, but this is really too early (and the wrong vintage) to jack the price up this d...
by M. Sai
April 5th, 2018, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariffs and wine
Replies: 14
Views: 602

Tariffs and wine

It really depends on how new rules apply to HK. Big $$$ wines were going through HK, while I'm not sure what the higher volume (lower $) guys are doing. If HK remains wide open it won't have much effect on the collectibles market in the US.
by M. Sai
April 5th, 2018, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariffs and wine
Replies: 14
Views: 602

Tariffs and wine

Shipping into HK (in the past), no tariff.
by M. Sai
April 5th, 2018, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice from people who have been there...
Replies: 32
Views: 2307

Advice from people who have been there...

Taking a hint from your signature - if your 'gems' are BDX, take your time and don't make any immediate decisions. Top Chateaux from top vintages will hold (and generally accrue) in value over time.

If we are talking Cali Pinot........sell.
by M. Sai
March 31st, 2018, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1323

The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project

Racks installed! Available wine loaded! (24 more cases waiting at the offsite...) Light system super easy to install and works really well to illuminate the cellar. I will also install a small sweep under the door to make sure there is no air leakage, but the door closes tight - no light is visible ...
by M. Sai
March 30th, 2018, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Most a Rose SHOULD Cost?
Replies: 107
Views: 3005

What's the Most a Rose SHOULD Cost?

We consume a lot of Rose and bought a variety of domestic and European in the past. Then I found this for $15: https://www.nataliemaclean.com/images/winepicks/7a0b9b1a1f2fa3a599939a2b76206b51/218019-domaine-de-triennes-ros-2014-label-1434191837.jpg I still giggle a little bit when I see jolly-ranche...
by M. Sai
March 30th, 2018, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1212
Views: 129626

Official Costco Thread

Treasury isn't blowing it out Southern is before Treasury goes direct in CA and recouping all the profit they can. This appears to be correct - I've seen a few deals on Treasury wines at local Costco's, but during my occasional walk through the wine department at the Grocery Outlet near work, there...
by M. Sai
March 29th, 2018, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Salt & Stone in Kenwood w/'97 Arrowood Reserve Speciale
Replies: 7
Views: 387

Salt & Stone in Kenwood w/'97 Arrowood Reserve Speciale

Thanks for the tip on the list!

...but every time I drive by (2-3 times a week) all I can think of: http://www.hipsterbusiness.name
by M. Sai
March 29th, 2018, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1323

The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project

You could do cans - you would have to pre-install a halo type housing system before and shoot around it. Obviously pre-wired. In keeping with the cheap theme, I'm not skinning the interior walls - no ply or drywall. So I ordered a low voltage LED light kit from Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/gp/produ...
by M. Sai
March 28th, 2018, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1323

The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project

Hey Brian - I'm venting into the garage, which can get north of 100 in the summer. But I'm not worried about it - window AC's are designed to cool through a window on 100 degree day in places that are much more inhospitable than Sonoma. The cooler is oversized for the space and insulating to R30 (ho...
by M. Sai
March 28th, 2018, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1323

The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project

Ed Gonzales wrote:this is awesome mike! can't wait to see it.

cheers!
Last I saw, there was a lot of free space in your garage! [wink.gif]
by M. Sai
March 28th, 2018, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1323

The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project

How much did all the stuff cost pre racking mike? Materials for racking was about $250 - so $1900-ish for the box/door/insulation/cooler/electronics. But keep in mind I have all the tools, fasteners, and odds-n-ends that often drive the cost up laying around from other house projects. Tapping into ...
by M. Sai
March 28th, 2018, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1323

The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project

Love the idea of a few degrees of tilt for shelves - that’s easy given my current install plan.
by M. Sai
March 28th, 2018, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1323

The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project

***grad school done...time to get this finished before it gets warm*** DIY Spray Foam I went with a 601 kit from here - which came with everything, including a protective suit and goggles. Honestly the hardest part was making sure everything was warm enough - ideal temp range is 65-85F...and the hig...
by M. Sai
March 28th, 2018, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1323

The Inexpensive Garage Cellar Project

With the arrival of deliveries last fall, I came to the point that all of us have (or will) in this hobby: I am out of space. I had been storing my modest collection of 350-ish bottles in a combination of two 12-case offsite lockers and then a large 120 bottle cooler at my house. However, once I rea...
by M. Sai
March 27th, 2018, 8:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Champagne goes with everything...but what is its IDEAL food pairing?
Replies: 56
Views: 1603

Champagne goes with everything...but what is its IDEAL food pairing?

Anyone have a simple recipe for truffled popcorn? My method: Melt coconut oil in large pan, add 3 kernals wait until all three pop. Take off heat, add kernals wait for kernals to warm 30-45 sec, put back on heat. In heavy sauce pan, melt butter and then add chives. Saute chives for 30 seconds, add ...
by M. Sai
March 23rd, 2018, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much is DRC retail if you can get it
Replies: 37
Views: 4134

How much is DRC retail if you can get it

ERPark wrote: Curious if "direct list" mean he gets to acquire directly from Wilson Daniels, or does WD sell to their top tier retail accounts who then sell to your friend?
WD direct.
by M. Sai
March 21st, 2018, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much is DRC retail if you can get it
Replies: 37
Views: 4134

How much is DRC retail if you can get it

DRC can be easily sourced on Wine-Searcher - pick your vineyard and vintage and search... True enough, but those prices won't be the actual retail prices to someone who had connections and bought through "official" channels from an original source. I have a friend who is on the Wilson Daniels direc...
by M. Sai
March 20th, 2018, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much is DRC retail if you can get it
Replies: 37
Views: 4134

How much is DRC retail if you can get it

DRC can be easily sourced on Wine-Searcher - pick your vineyard and vintage and search...
by M. Sai
March 14th, 2018, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BILD 800 Wine Room - Anyone know anything about these?
Replies: 42
Views: 3900

BILD 800 Wine Room - Anyone know anything about these?

Thanks - I hate it when little things like grad school get in the way... ;)
by M. Sai
March 13th, 2018, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BILD 800 Wine Room - Anyone know anything about these?
Replies: 42
Views: 3900

BILD 800 Wine Room - Anyone know anything about these?

Cool - watch Amazon Warehouse Deals for a cooler, especially right now when the are out of season. I got mine for a song...may get a second at that price just to have a backup.

This is what I purchased - LG is the preferred vendor for CoolBot:
by M. Sai
March 13th, 2018, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BILD 800 Wine Room - Anyone know anything about these?
Replies: 42
Views: 3900

BILD 800 Wine Room - Anyone know anything about these?

Thanks - I’ll post a thread with details once I get close to finishing, but here is the outside - not pretty, but it’s an ‘all go, no show’ type of project - and it fits perfectly in the spot that was available. Size is 4’x6’x9’h.
by M. Sai
March 13th, 2018, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BILD 800 Wine Room - Anyone know anything about these?
Replies: 42
Views: 3900

BILD 800 Wine Room - Anyone know anything about these?

I'm in the middle of building my own version of this - but custom built with 2x4 framing, ply sheeting, pre-hung exterior steel door and spray foam insulation (R29). I shoot the spray foam this weekend. Cooler will be an 8000 btu window AC controlled by a CoolBot . Notice that the largest available ...
by M. Sai
March 12th, 2018, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Consider Barbera A "Serious" Grape?
Replies: 145
Views: 3847

Do You Consider Barbera A "Serious" Grape?

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by M. Sai
March 8th, 2018, 11:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Bordeaux Buying? What and Why
Replies: 51
Views: 4244

2015 Bordeaux Buying? What and Why

Total Wine has been the best futures option I've found. The 2015 program is over, but they are still offering a large assortment of 2016s. The best part, you only need to pay 50% upfront. I just received my first email from them last week notifying me that some of my 2015s are ready for pickup. htt...
by M. Sai
January 28th, 2018, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Removing A Wax Capsule
Replies: 53
Views: 2534

Removing A Wax Capsule

Damn, thanks for the memories. That was a great tasting...hard to believe it was almost a decade ago.
by M. Sai
January 19th, 2018, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfortunate winery names
Replies: 38
Views: 1734

Unfortunate winery names

Ashes & Diamonds. Sorry, it sounds like something The Onion would come up with.
by M. Sai
December 12th, 2017, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1212
Views: 129626

Official Costco Thread

J a y W i n t % n wrote:
Craig G wrote:
J a y W i n t % n wrote:They have a new 18yo Speyside malt aged in sherry casks for $54. Proof is 46. I got a bottle to try.
If it's really 46 proof, you got ripped off ;)
Whoops, 46ABV so 92 proof.
Follow-up on this - how was it?
by M. Sai
December 12th, 2017, 7:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Kirkland Signature™ Glenlivet Distillery 40-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Replies: 18
Views: 2624

Kirkland Signature™ Glenlivet Distillery 40-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Recently spotted at Costco: Kirkland 18 yr Speyside sherry cask finished single malt - 92 proof! $50-ish.
by M. Sai
December 8th, 2017, 10:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 30% off flannery hanger steaks
Replies: 70
Views: 2906

30% off flannery hanger steaks

Damn. That wagyu club roast is tempting with a small group for Christmas this year.
by M. Sai
December 8th, 2017, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crazy Prices for '14 Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot on WineBid
Replies: 31
Views: 1943

Crazy Prices for '14 Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot on WineBid

Don't worry, the WS #1 effect is only temporary. Prices will start floating back down in 3-4 months. By next year there might be a very slight premium for that vintage...or not.

Has anyone paid a premium recently for the 2005 Columbia Crest Reserve Cab that was #1 in 2009?? [wink.gif]
by M. Sai
November 25th, 2017, 4:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 189
Views: 9408

Coffee maker recommendations?

Richard - if you warm the carafe before making coffee (fill it with hot tap water while you prep the beans), dump the hot water and start making coffee, temp holds pretty well for the first hour. They also a provide a different cap for the carafe that completely seals - versus the one used while bre...
by M. Sai
November 22nd, 2017, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Official Vapor Barrier Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1463

The Official Vapor Barrier Thread

At $170, I may buy two and keep one in the box for emergencies... Perhaps I'm incorrect, but it would seem there is only upside to using an oversized AC.
by M. Sai
November 22nd, 2017, 9:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Smoking a whole turkey
Replies: 38
Views: 1525

Smoking a whole turkey

For Thanksgiving I am smoking my bird this year. I don't understand though why there is such a variance in the smoking time? Temperature. Low-n-slow @ 225F or go for a 'warm smoke' @ 325-350F. I prefer the latter, which usually takes about 3 hours with a 12# bird. I use an offset smoker with almond...
by M. Sai
November 22nd, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mouton Label for 2015 is Spectacular
Replies: 49
Views: 2242

Mouton Label for 2015 is Spectacular

1924 by Jean Carlu

Image

I'd love to have an oversized copy of this for the wall, but I've never been able to find one.
by M. Sai
November 22nd, 2017, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Official Vapor Barrier Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1463

The Official Vapor Barrier Thread

Yup - I ordered the 8000btu LG that CoolBot sells on their site, but through Amazon Warehouse deals for $170: https://www.amazon.com/LG-LW8016ER-Window-Mounted-Conditioner-Control/dp/B01D3FOD0Q My room will only be 4'x5'x10' (I have 12' ceilings in the garage), so 8000btus is about double of what I ...
by M. Sai
November 22nd, 2017, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Official Vapor Barrier Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1463

The Official Vapor Barrier Thread

Not bad pricing, but I've heard bad things about DIY spraying -- problems with mixing and application. Still, I'll give it a deeper read. I hear ya - that is my understanding as well. That system tries to address the issue with the A and B parts being different colors, so the user can visually asse...
by M. Sai
November 21st, 2017, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Official Vapor Barrier Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1463

The Official Vapor Barrier Thread

Brian - depends on the R-value you want. DIY solution here is $750 shipped for 1 inch coverage of 600 sqft - R-7 per inch of thickness. You could probably get away with R-14 in Seattle. In an uninsulated garage in Sonoma, I'm thinking R-21 is better - so $3.75/sqft for me.
by M. Sai
November 21st, 2017, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Official Vapor Barrier Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1463

The Official Vapor Barrier Thread

C'mon Todd. Perhaps someone should get you a tool belt for the holidays... [d_training.gif]
by M. Sai
November 21st, 2017, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Official Vapor Barrier Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1463

The Official Vapor Barrier Thread

Hmmm.... I'm watching videos on this site for DIY spray foam. More money, but less to worry about and more efficient. Plus I can be more creative on dimensions for the space - working with 4x8 sheets is limiting. https://sprayfoamkit.com/videos-a-how-tos/
by M. Sai
November 21st, 2017, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Official Vapor Barrier Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1463

The Official Vapor Barrier Thread

I'm still hoping one day to turn my casita into a walk-in cellar...but it's a finished room (with built in standalone HVAC, so tempting) - how would one re-convert a room? Already has finished walls, insulated, but not standard for wine cellars, just residential homes (what is that standard, anyway...

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