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by Brandon R
September 9th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 32
Views: 1031

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

I grew up in the tree fruit business in Central Washington. When it comes to soft fruit (peaches, nectarines), the phenomenon of having a hard piece of fruit that passes right by the "ripe" stage to being rotten (or shriveling, etc.) is a consequence of the grower simply picking too soon. When a fru...
by Brandon R
September 9th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Making a good Vesper
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Making a good Vesper

Hi, All. I had my first Vesper the other day at a local restaurant and loved it. I didn't take the time to inquire as to what booze they used, but I'd like to defer to the experts here. I know it's gin, vodka, and Lillet. What, in your esteemed opininos, would make the best combination? I assume a g...
by Brandon R
September 9th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 32
Views: 1031

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

I have found that the key is to buy them green and allow them to soften up / "ripen" at home. If they're anywhere near ripe in the store, they get beat to hell. The bruises manifest themselves as that black goo in no time, even if other parts still aren't ripe. Plan ahead and buy 'em green!
by Brandon R
September 9th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?
Replies: 24
Views: 603

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

I've had several very good vegetarian chili recipes. I know the original is all about the meat, so think of it as a bean-heavy soup. I really like this version: https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/veggie-chili/ The true kicker that really makes this version is the addition of 1/4 cup of masa. It rea...
by Brandon R
September 6th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting outside vs inside?!
Replies: 30
Views: 1029

Re: Decanting outside vs inside?!

But wouldn't moving air across the mouth of a decanter pull air into the space? Think about holding an empty bottle to your lower lip and blowing, making a sound (we've all done that, right?). Doesn't that create some effect of pulling air into the bottle? Isn't this / couldn't this be the same thin...
by Brandon R
September 6th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting outside vs inside?!
Replies: 30
Views: 1029

Re: Decanting outside vs inside?!

Truly, as others have said, I could certainly see if being a matter of constant air movement outside versus inside. A breeze blowing roughly perpendicular to the opening of the decanter could certainly funnel more air in to circulate in and out of the decanter where still air inside wouldn't nearly ...
by Brandon R
August 28th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet
Replies: 56
Views: 3450

Re: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet

It's hilarious that the first way they describe their own wine is, "....an experience, not a taste. Chocolate, caramel, chewy in the mouth. Fire and char. Like the best cigar in the world, the rarest spice. It’s wild energy, a leopard.” Last time I checked, things like chocolate, caramel, and char a...
by Brandon R
August 27th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 10 Cantenac Brown, 07 Clerico, 16 William and Mary
Replies: 9
Views: 848

Re: TN: 10 Cantenac Brown, 07 Clerico, 16 William and Mary

Michael, you really did yourself a disservice by not following that William & Mary over the course of a week+. neener

Joking aside, nice succinct notes. Gotta love it when you at 1,000!
by Brandon R
August 23rd, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 4746

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

Welcome to the forums, CCoulson! Nice to hear you chime in and you're obviously drinking well. Please keep posting!
by Brandon R
August 19th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Astralis
Replies: 20
Views: 1546

Re: Astralis

Astralis needs tons and tons of air. 24 hours. Not kidding . No one on this board does multi-day preps of their wines. This board is strictly pop-n-pour. If you talk about multi-day oxygenation, they seem to think you're insane. Really? Are you still hurt that some of us disagreed with you? Get ove...
by Brandon R
August 16th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2514

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

When I bought EBs eggs in the past, they just didn’t taste like regular eggs . They just tasted different, and not in a good way, compared to the cheapest eggs in a store as well as organic brown eggs (my preference ). I’m thinking it has to do with the less saturated fat that EB touts? Or the Omeg...
by Brandon R
August 16th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 341
Views: 21083

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Very cool Todd, thanks.
by Brandon R
August 15th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 341
Views: 21083

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I have to say (first time posting on this thread) that a very delicious sounding review just landed for the 2017 Biggio Hamina Rose Pinot Noir Ella Claygate Vineyard! Sounds positively tasty: "Deep bright-hued orange. Potent red berry, blood orange, rose pastille and exotic spice qualities on the d...
by Brandon R
August 15th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ridge MonteBello '85...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 403

Re: TN: Ridge MonteBello '85...(short/boring)

What a great note in that ever-so-distinct TomHill style. The wine sounds great...gotta love when guests show up with wines like that! Thanks for posting.
by Brandon R
August 15th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 341
Views: 21083

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I have to say (first time posting on this thread) that a very delicious sounding review just landed for the 2017 Biggio Hamina Rose Pinot Noir Ella Claygate Vineyard! Sounds positively tasty: "Deep bright-hued orange. Potent red berry, blood orange, rose pastille and exotic spice qualities on the de...
by Brandon R
August 15th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'll see you and raise you $2: Best Oregon pinot producers under $67?
Replies: 5
Views: 549

Re: I'll see you and raise you $2: Best Oregon pinot producers under $67?

Tongue-in-cheek sarcastic threads are dead at retail.
by Brandon R
August 12th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In Seattle Tomorrow - Space Needle / Pike Market
Replies: 20
Views: 1152

Re: In Seattle Tomorrow - Space Needle / Pike Market

I, too, am sorry to hear about your only so-so experience. The closer one gets to the waterfront in downtown Seattle, the more touristy it gets. There are hold-outs (Matt's In the Market, for example), but the better food scene by and large is up on Capitol Hill. Prices are out of control in Seattle...
by Brandon R
August 9th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ceritas Chardonnay Pinnacle Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 388

Re: TN: 2013 Ceritas Chardonnay Pinnacle Vineyard

Wow. Very nice note and score. I see some on wine-searcher...like I needed a reason to buy more wine. Thanks a lot.
by Brandon R
August 9th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Milbrandt Vineyards Chardonnay (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: TN: 2017 Milbrandt Vineyards Chardonnay (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)

Great TN and thanks for following it over several days. Gotta go get me some of this.
by Brandon R
August 7th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2233

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

Haha...that's funny, John. I now realize that I actually forgot the original question! [headbang.gif]
by Brandon R
August 7th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE ban me now, I have purchased Rolland (Ovid)
Replies: 67
Views: 4505

Re: AFWE ban me now, I have purchased Rolland (Ovid)

Craig G wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 9:44 am
Brandon R wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 9:19 am
I love the multiple, "....Ovid isn't my style..." and then following up with a purchase.
In my defense, I was there with Alex MacDonald just before going to his place to taste (before I had an allocation). I didn’t want to look like a cheapskate!
[cheers.gif] Wise move.
by Brandon R
August 7th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2233

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

But, Otto and Greg, "....you'll stumble upon all sorts of knowledge of the wines which you never realized was there for the stumbling upon."
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by Brandon R
August 7th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE ban me now, I have purchased Rolland (Ovid)
Replies: 67
Views: 4505

Re: AFWE ban me now, I have purchased Rolland (Ovid)

I love the multiple, "....Ovid isn't my style..." and then following up with a purchase.
by Brandon R
August 6th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sunriver/Bend OR recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 752

Re: Sunriver/Bend OR recommendations?

We had a family vacation and enjoyed some of the activities at Black Butte Ranch: http://www.blackbutteranch.com/ . Bike riding, horses, trails, pool, other activities. The golf is great, too, but I doubt that's on your family's to-do list. My favorite brewery in Bend is 10 Barrel. I love sours and ...
by Brandon R
August 6th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2233

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

No, as a matter of fact, I don't enjoy wines that show, "....ETOH & big oak & big residual sugar & big fruit esters..." Not decanting a young Cab for five days doesn't mean it's going to show that way. This wine is a great example of that. I think I'll stick with the "knowledge" I've gained from dec...
by Brandon R
August 5th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Golf in/near Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 721

Re: Golf in/near Las Vegas

TPC Summerlin appears to be private. I booked one time at Dragon Ridge (which is also private, but allows some guest times staying at MGM resorts). Primm and Mesquite are too far away it would appear...a quick check currently shows an 1 hr. 10 minutes to Primm. The hotel concierge mentioned Reflecti...
by Brandon R
August 5th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Golf in/near Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 721

Re: Golf in/near Las Vegas

James Cross wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 9:22 am
Right now with 112 degree days I'd guess they would want your business.
Fortunately, we're not going until October. Thanks for all of the recommendations.
by Brandon R
August 5th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2233

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

Five days ahead of time?!? To me (and, I've not purposely done this), that's just crazy talk. The wine would most likely taste oxidized by day five, wouldn't it? I've had the W&M Cab and we did a pop-and-pour and it was best toward the last glass. I've give it the (as Matt indicated above) 4-hour de...
by Brandon R
August 5th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In Seattle Tomorrow - Space Needle / Pike Market
Replies: 20
Views: 1152

Re: In Seattle Tomorrow - Space Needle / Pike Market

Sorry I didn't see this earlier, Joe. Where did you end up eating and how was it?
by Brandon R
August 5th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Golf in/near Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 721

Golf in/near Las Vegas

Hi, All. I'm turning to you all again as my experts. I'm heading to Las Vegas for a quick golf weekend and we'd like to get in two rounds. What are the recommended courses near Las Vegas? I don't know much, but we'd ideally like to keep them to within a 30 minute drive. That's not absolutely critica...
by Brandon R
July 26th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boojee wine
Replies: 16
Views: 728

Re: Boojee wine

Ian Dorin wrote:
July 25th, 2019, 11:00 am
12 selections??
Keep in mind that they're wines that, before our advocates at Boojee wines saved the day, were "were once impossible to find outside of the winery’s own cellars!"
by Brandon R
July 26th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5279

Re: Another Flannery PSA

That there is a beautiful thing to behold, Michael.
by Brandon R
July 24th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2014 Mayacamas Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 8
Views: 657

Re: TN - 2014 Mayacamas Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Nice TNs. I've gone through two bottles of that '14 Merlot and am afraid I didn't take enough time with them. I wasn't a huge fan, and that's very probably because I didn't really take the time to contemplate them much. I found them good, perfectly fine with a nice balance of earthy notes and subdue...
by Brandon R
July 24th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Alan Eden Memorial Poll - What Saxum Magnum should I open at BF 10.2
Replies: 56
Views: 2224

Re: The Alan Eden Memorial Poll - What Saxum Magnum should I open at BF 10.2

You all are taking me way too seriously. I don't know Jay other than his online persona here and, from that, I can clearly see that he's a supremely generous and well-loved man. Rightfully so. Being a great person who is well-loved and with supreme generosity but with a propensity to boast a little ...
by Brandon R
July 24th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Alan Eden Memorial Poll - What Saxum Magnum should I open at BF 10.2
Replies: 56
Views: 2224

Re: The Alan Eden Memorial Poll - What Saxum Magnum should I open at BF 10.2

Here is Jay making an incredibly nice gesture, and he gets pilloried on the board. So let me add my own snide comment, and ask why he didn’t buy a decent bottle of my or six of Palmer instead. At no point did I say that it Mr. Hack is anything other than generous. This is undoubtedly going to be on...
by Brandon R
July 23rd, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8480

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

I also am saddened to hear this. I keenly remember when a guy named, "Welshtar" came ripping onto the old Wine Spectator forums. He sure engendered a quick response there, too! RIP.
by Brandon R
July 23rd, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Alan Eden Memorial Poll - What Saxum Magnum should I open at BF 10.2
Replies: 56
Views: 2224

Re: The Alan Eden Memorial Poll - What Saxum Magnum should I open at BF 10.2

Jay, you do realize that the unintentional result of this post and poll is making you come across as using this opportunity to brag about how many magnums of Saxum you have, right? I mean, you listed one and went so far as to say you won't open it. So then why put it up there? What's that all about?...
by Brandon R
July 23rd, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3365

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Todd Hamina wrote:
July 23rd, 2019, 7:21 am
Wine dinners with morons: blue cheese "fondue" over seared ahi tuna. Disgusting.
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by Brandon R
July 19th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3365

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Winery-specific, I also always thought cleaning the inside of fermentation tanks would be both nasty AND claustrophobic. No thanks!
by Brandon R
July 19th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3365

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Great responses so far...thanks. My parents are fruit growers in the Yakima Valley, so my job growing up was always on the farm. While I know this isn't winemaking, but it's agriculture. The least sexy part of the job was smudging. We'd have to get out of bed in the wee hours in the Spring when fros...
by Brandon R
July 18th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3365

Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

For those of us not in the business of wine production or viticulture, it's often a dream to one day make wine. I've heard more that a handful of wine enthusiasts hope aloud that, someday, they'll have enough money to "retire" from their day jobs and open a boutique winery and make and sell wine. I ...
by Brandon R
July 18th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thief emails?
Replies: 35
Views: 2432

Re: Cellar thief emails?

Jeez, tough crowd here. Glancing at their webpage, there are some interesting wines like Thivin, Moncuit, Forlorn Hope. Nothing I need at the moment, but I wish them the best. Cheers, Warren It's not the wine selection we're poking fun at but rather the millennial marketing verbiage that invites mo...
by Brandon R
July 18th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Milbrandt Washington State Good QPR?
Replies: 19
Views: 1043

Re: Milbrandt Washington State Good QPR?

Nice, John! Glad they're hitting your wheelhouse. I'll have to try the Rose.
by Brandon R
July 18th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SoDo UrbanWorks wineries?
Replies: 23
Views: 1036

Re: SoDo UrbanWorks wineries?

Glad you enjoyed your quick trip, Jeremy. I always appreciate it when a poster asking for recommendations comes back and closes the loop with a recap. So, thanks!
by Brandon R
July 17th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thief emails?
Replies: 35
Views: 2432

Re: Cellar thief emails?

Victor Hong wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 9:19 am
It refers to the device to sample wine from a barrel.
Thanks, Captain Obvious.
neener
by Brandon R
July 15th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 2877

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Shepherd's pie Lamb chops Pork steaks baked with stuffing Surprise pie Fishfingers Lancashire hotpot Spag bol (Friday or Saturday) Rotating roast for Sunday lunch: beef/lamb/chicken Sunday tea toasted ham or tinned salmon sandwiches with crisps, mini-rolls and Battenberg cake. Steak and chips on bi...
by Brandon R
July 11th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Milbrandt Washington State Good QPR?
Replies: 19
Views: 1043

Re: Milbrandt Washington State Good QPR?

I think their whites are better than their reds. So, yes, I think the Milbrandt basic whites (the Pinot Gris and Chardonnay) are good daily drinkers. I don't think the reds are. I've had the Estates Chardonnay which comes from, like Kris pointed out, the best (in my opinion) site for Chardonnay in t...

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