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by Brandon R
January 24th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 98
Views: 3849

Re: Grassl Glassware

Thanks, Michael. Storage is more of a problem than budget. Of the regular stems...which? I'm thinking Liberte or 1855. Brandon -- I would go with the Cru. I found the 1855 great for Bdx blends (and Barolo too sometimes), but the Cru is great for Pinot, Rhone blends, and others. I tend to use Riedel...
by Brandon R
January 24th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 98
Views: 3849

Re: Grassl Glassware

Thanks, All. For Champagne, I've got two GGG that I enjoy enough. Not ideal, but not bad.
by Brandon R
January 24th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 98
Views: 3849

Re: Grassl Glassware

Thanks, Michael. Storage is more of a problem than budget. Of the regular stems...which? I'm thinking Liberte or 1855.
by Brandon R
January 24th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 98
Views: 3849

Re: Grassl Glassware

If one had limited storage space and budget, what would be the group's recommendation for the best overall glass? I drink mostly domestic wines (WA Cabs/Bdx varieites and Rhones, OR Pinots, some Cali Cab), but a decent amount of Italians as well. Some Rhone. Very little Loire. If I had to stick with...
by Brandon R
January 24th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flour for Baking - Need Recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 338

Re: Flour for Baking - Need Recommendations

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 7:44 pm
Brandon R wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 3:12 pm
King Arthur bread flower is close at 12.6%. https://shop.kingarthurflour.com/items/ ... flour-5-lb
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by Brandon R
January 23rd, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2260

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

Thanks for the reply, Nick. First off, I'm playing devil's advocate a bit. I'm quite the contrary to what you point out: I accept a very wide variety of wines and frequently don't notice flaws that others do. I'm not very sensitive in that respect. I agree that noting the tiniest flaw and, as a resu...
by Brandon R
January 23rd, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2260

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

Imagine, though, the following scenario. Two Chardonnays are tasted side-by-side. One is a, let's say, well-respected Oregon Chardonnay made in a "traditional" style: SO2, filtration, etc. (in other words, processes and additives that would negate its classification as a "natural" wine). The other i...
by Brandon R
January 23rd, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7030

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

Truthfully, how difficult would it be to sit beside a winery owner or winemaker and still objectively evaluate his/her wine? Worst case scenario I would guess would be that they no longer invite them back. Seems to me that back-and-forth discussion could aid in the evaluation. "With this wine, I was...
by Brandon R
January 23rd, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7030

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

Alan Rath wrote:
January 22nd, 2020, 6:13 pm
If I were Todd, I'd delete that last few posts, and ban Mr. Restine. Exactly the kind of BS we don't need here. I don't expect Galloni to spend a lot of time here, but I'd like him to feel like he's welcome when he does.
I totally agree, Alan, and it appears it's been done.
by Brandon R
January 21st, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2053
Views: 174209

Re: Steak Porn

Nice, Suzanne. That looks like what, to me, is a perfectly cooked steak.
by Brandon R
January 21st, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2260

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

It was alluded to somewhere above (great discussion, BTW), but I'll ask it here. I wonder what the answer would be if you asked a decidedly-natural winemaker who, let's say, just a "natural" Chardonnay, "Do you hope that your natural wine tastes like top white Burgundy?" If his/her answer is, "Yes,"...
by Brandon R
January 17th, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2260

Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

Let me first state that I haven't had enough natural wine to firmly state whether or not I'm in or out. I've had some pretty funky ones that, quite frankly, I didn't like. I've never had a natural red that I liked, but whites have been closer. To me, so many of what I've tried had an oxidative sense...
by Brandon R
January 16th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 136
Views: 16028

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

I noticed that there doesn't appear to be and Anderson Valley PN this year. Too bad, as I liked the 2017.
by Brandon R
January 16th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 136
Views: 16028

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Galloni must need to whip up some subscribers and drum up some readership, eh?? How about another vintage of a thousand lifetimes like the 2010 Barolo vintage... or some triple digit Rivers Marie scores. Galloni is such a sell out. I can’t believe anyone takes this guy seriously. Get back in your c...
by Brandon R
January 14th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit w Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 13
Views: 2271

Re: Visit w Di Costanzo Wines

In his very recent article 2017 & 2018 Napa Valley In Depth Part 1 , Antonio Galloni writes briefly under a photo of Di Costanzo barrel samples, "Massimo Di Costanzo's 2017s and 2018s are off the charts." Oddly, though, I don't see any of the wines reviewed in the article's related tasting notes. Pe...
by Brandon R
January 13th, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB Cayuse
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Re: WTB Cayuse

PM Sent.
by Brandon R
January 9th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 2407

Re: Grass fed???

That's pretty darn cool, Al. Thanks for posting.
by Brandon R
January 9th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1213

Re: Chardonnay recommendations

Several wines here that I don't think mirror the style that the OP mentions (Kongsgaard, Aubert, Kister). Many very good recommendations in a vacuum, but to me, the examples in the OP are Chardonnays that don't go very far down the nervy, citrusy, acid-driven road, but also don't necessarily wade to...
by Brandon R
January 9th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2786

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

I wish Mark B would post on this thread! viewtopic.php?f=1&t=107484
by Brandon R
January 6th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Advice about Popeyes fried chicken sandwich?
Replies: 24
Views: 990

Re: Advice about Popeyes fried chicken sandwich?

Based on your earlier comment here and the grass fed discussion, I wouldn't think you'd be caught dead within five miles of a Popeye's!
by Brandon R
January 6th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Advice about Popeyes fried chicken sandwich?
Replies: 24
Views: 990

Re: Advice about Popeyes fried chicken sandwich?

Steve Manzi wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 12:54 pm
Meaning, do some of you actually enjoy eating at these fast food places?
No, Steve, we don't enjoy eating at these fast food places. We do it because we hate it and are masochists. [wink.gif]
by Brandon R
January 6th, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 2407

Re: Grass fed???

Russell Faulkner wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 12:41 pm
Kind of splitting hairs to discuss the ‘health benefits’ of eating beef!
My thoughts exactly.
by Brandon R
January 3rd, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 83
Views: 6611

Re: Japanese Whiskey

Does it drink closer to a bourbon or a scotch? More like a gin, I expect :-) Coffey Grain is more like American Whisky than Scotch. Actually I think it's more like Irish Whiskey, but a bit sweeter on the finish. I recently acquired a Nikka Coffee Grain and had a nip a few days back. I was very happ...
by Brandon R
January 3rd, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: I have a choice of 5 different whiskies from a list of 8...
Replies: 8
Views: 685

Re: I have a choice of 5 different whiskies from a list of 8...

Thanks, All. The league doesn't grant the winner his first five choices right off. First place chooses three, then second chooses one, third chooses one, and then back to first place for his final two. Here's what I did: First three: Singleton 18, Arran 14, Nikka Coffey Grain Last two: Lagavulin 16,...
by Brandon R
January 3rd, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 143
Views: 8071

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I had my first Popeye's chicken sandwich as well on Jan. 1 (in the Yakima, WA location, of all places...shocker, zero line). Anyway, I was quite impressed. It was delicious. The red beans and rice was super tasty, too. My wife, who really doesn't like fast food, commented that the bite I gave her wa...
by Brandon R
January 2nd, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 2407

Re: Grass fed???

My preference for grain-fed steak in no way indicates I'm not educating my children about healthy eating and quality food. Additionally, "grass fed" has absolutely nothing to do with fewer "hormones and antibiotics."
by Brandon R
December 31st, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 2407

Re: Grass fed???

Who the hell is eating beef for the health benefits?!? I don't eat steak often, but when I do, I'm certainly not thinking, "Hey, this grass fed ribeye will be so much healthier for me." I want what, to me, tastes better.
by Brandon R
December 31st, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suckling doesn't have anything on this guy
Replies: 9
Views: 1556

Re: Suckling doesn't have anything on this guy

John Glas wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 4:16 pm
[quoteNow imagine how we look to "normal" people.]
Great point. The average wine drinker goes to the local grocery store or mini-mart to them and gets their weekly fix of $10 wines.
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FIFY
by Brandon R
December 30th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 2407

Re: Grass fed???

From my uneducated viewpoint, I tend to stray from grass-fed beef because I just can't seem to find any that has enough marbling / fat. If I am eating beef, I want as much marbling as I can get in any particular cut. Grass-fed, to me, almost always has noticeably less tasty fat that corn/grain-finis...
by Brandon R
December 30th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2053
Views: 174209

Re: Steak Porn

Beautiful cook on those roasts, Brian. Well done (or...not)!

Crazy good looking stuff, Christine. How was it?
by Brandon R
December 30th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Qupe Mags at KL
Replies: 11
Views: 1314

Re: PSA: Qupe Mags at KL

Nice. Just ordered two Syrah maggies. Thanks for doing the public this service, Dan! Two magnums of good, slightly aged Syrah shipped for $80 out the door ain't bad!
by Brandon R
December 30th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suckling doesn't have anything on this guy
Replies: 9
Views: 1556

Re: Suckling doesn't have anything on this guy

If someone at like this in front of me, I might slap him.
by Brandon R
December 23rd, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: I have a choice of 5 different whiskies from a list of 8...
Replies: 8
Views: 685

I have a choice of 5 different whiskies from a list of 8...

Hi, All. I participate in a fantasy football league and the buy-in has always been booze or wine. We set a dollar floor and leave it open after that. This year's theme was whisky with a $75 purchase price floor. It's an eight team league, so the winner gets five bottles, second place gets two, and t...
by Brandon R
December 23rd, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bedrock Syrah Calif '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 16
Views: 1408

Re: TN: Bedrock Syrah Calif '18...(short/boring)

Well, whether or not people believe it does anything to the aromatics, all I know is that the Viognier was so apparent on the nose of that '16 Delmas. None of us even needed to look at the label to confirm that it was in there. It could have been blended in...I don't know definitively if it was co-f...
by Brandon R
December 19th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No Girls Wines...2016 release. Who's buying?
Replies: 5
Views: 664

Re: No Girls Wines...2016 release. Who's buying?

The best value in the Cayuse portfolio by a wide margin. The 3-packs for many of the Cayuse single vineyard Syrahs are $270 per 3-pack, so I'm not sure if I agree with the, "....wide margin..." part, but I get what you're saying. That's certainly true when it comes to comparing them to Horsepower o...
by Brandon R
December 19th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No Girls Wines...2016 release. Who's buying?
Replies: 5
Views: 664

No Girls Wines...2016 release. Who's buying?

I actually came close to not buying anything in the 2015 release but was weak and bought three each of the Grenache and Syrah. The email just came around again for the 2016 release. If going by weather and vintage characteristics alone, I'm pretty excited about the 2016s in general. The team at No G...
by Brandon R
December 19th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Gibbs Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 1
Views: 210

Re: TN: 2015 Gibbs Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

What's the price point they're seeking?
by Brandon R
December 17th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Should I pre-salt my Flannery hanger steaks?
Replies: 15
Views: 980

Re: Should I pre-salt my Flannery hanger steaks?

Thanks, Todd. I can see that. These already have such strong beefy flavor already.
by Brandon R
December 17th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bedrock Syrah Calif '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 16
Views: 1408

Re: Hmmm...

Sounds tasty. Is this a widely-released wine, or more of a smaller production wine that is thrown in as a less costly bonus to list members? I saw a "Coast to Foothills" that was relatively inexpensive, but I doubt this is the same wine. I started a discussion on CT about Washington Syrah that were...
by Brandon R
December 17th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Cayuse Impressions???
Replies: 16
Views: 1052

Re: 2017 Cayuse Impressions???

Perhaps someone who tasted at the release party will chime in. I wasn't able to attend, so mine are in the offsite for a while.
by Brandon R
December 17th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bedrock Syrah Calif '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 16
Views: 1408

Re: TN: Bedrock Syrah Calif '18...(short/boring)

Sounds tasty. Is this a widely-released wine, or more of a smaller production wine that is thrown in as a less costly bonus to list members? I saw a "Coast to Foothills" that was relatively inexpensive, but I doubt this is the same wine. I started a discussion on CT about Washington Syrah that were ...
by Brandon R
December 16th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2053
Views: 174209

Re: Steak Porn

I haven't gone past the 28-day threshold yet, but think I'm going to have to.
by Brandon R
December 16th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2053
Views: 174209

Re: Steak Porn

Nice, Andrew. How funky was the 60-day? Did you enjoy it?
by Brandon R
December 16th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Should I pre-salt my Flannery hanger steaks?
Replies: 15
Views: 980

Re: Should I pre-salt my Flannery hanger steaks?

Nice work Brandon. What'd ya drink with 'em? We did a fun side-by-side of two 2011s from Washington: 2011 DeLille D2 and 2011 Saviah Cab WWV. The Saviah was better with the food due to its lighter body, but the DeLille was a more overall enjoyable wine with its exuberant fruit. Frankly, I was surpr...
by Brandon R
December 14th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2053
Views: 174209

Re: Steak Porn

(duplicate post from my question about pre-salting, but to keep the porn where it should be...)
Flannery Hangers (grilled, lump charcoal, slated and on rack in fridge for 12 hours)
by Brandon R
December 14th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Should I pre-salt my Flannery hanger steaks?
Replies: 15
Views: 980

Re: Should I pre-salt my Flannery hanger steaks?

Good call, Andrew: that's exactly what I was concerned about and prompted to post this question up in the OP. They turned out great...grilled in the rain because, in my opinion, the hangers almost demand grilling. I've had some fine past-seared (cast iron) Flannery steaks that rival the grill, but t...
by Brandon R
December 14th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Cadence Ciel du Cheval Vineyard (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain)
Replies: 5
Views: 283

Re: TN: 2016 Cadence Ciel du Cheval Vineyard (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain)

Nice TN...sounds tasty. I'm sure you're aware of the last few years in our Washington State, from a growing season perspective. When you write, "....but there was a buoyancy that I haven’t felt in past vintages that really impresses..." my guess would be that, in part, it's due to 2016 being a coole...

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