Search found 1403 matches

by Brandon R
July 9th, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?
Replies: 51
Views: 1860

Re: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?

Lays Kettle Cooked are remarkably good for a mass-produced product. We also really like Miss Vickies. Whatever chip Jimmy John's (the sandwich place) uses are really good too.
by Brandon R
July 8th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1947 Chateau Caillou Barsac. An experience!
Replies: 18
Views: 634

Re: 1947 Chateaux Caillou Barsac. An experience!

Very cool, Robert. Thanks for posting and including the photos. Sounds like a great experience and wine.
by Brandon R
July 7th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4111

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

I'm envious of anyone that was allocated an aged God Only Knows Grenache. I had a 2006 at an offline a few years ago and it blew me away. Time does that particular wine well, it would seem. That's also not to mention my envy at anyone who got any of that Bionic Frog!
by Brandon R
July 7th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Banana Bread
Replies: 26
Views: 1170

Re: Best Banana Bread

Ooooh, I like the banana rhubarb bread idea, Todd. Gonna have to give that a try. Our 'barb isn't yet red enough to harvest but, when it is, we'll have boatloads.
by Brandon R
July 6th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?
Replies: 56
Views: 2193

Re: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?

One thing to consider is if you're planning on opening said bottle with your child at or near his 21st birthday. Why? Enjoyment for both of you. When I was 21 (heck, in most of my 20s), I liked wine quite a bit, but really didn't "get" or enjoy Burgundy or Bordeaux very much. I liked the taste of u...
by Brandon R
July 6th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?
Replies: 56
Views: 2193

Re: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?

One thing to consider is if you're planning on opening said bottle with your child at or near his 21st birthday. Why? Enjoyment for both of you. When I was 21 (heck, in most of my 20s), I liked wine quite a bit, but really didn't "get" or enjoy Burgundy or Bordeaux very much. I liked the taste of up...
by Brandon R
July 6th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me rub my butt
Replies: 17
Views: 613

Re: Help me rub my butt

You've got one great looking butt there, Milton. You must work out(side).
by Brandon R
July 6th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Banana Bread
Replies: 26
Views: 1170

Re: Best Banana Bread

Really cool, Brian, and thanks for posting.
by Brandon R
July 6th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1584
Views: 84398

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Last night: grilled shrimp tacos with pico de gallo and avocado crema, on grilled corn tortillas. Paired nicely with a Cooper Barrel Maker Rose.

Image
by Brandon R
July 3rd, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1584
Views: 84398

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Holy cow, Andrew, that all looks fantastic.
by Brandon R
July 3rd, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4111

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

Ron, I've never had a Cayuse The Lovers. What's been your experience?
by Brandon R
July 3rd, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4111

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

Three here:

2010 Armada Syrah
2011 Flying Pig
2014 Lovers
by Brandon R
July 2nd, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???
Replies: 39
Views: 2350

Re: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???

I've been heavily into wine for over 15 years and have never had wine stains in glasses or decanters. I've even left red wine in a glass that dried out for a few days. I always hand wash with a kitchen sponge and dish soap. As long as I rinse well in hot water, they always come out squeaky clean wit...
by Brandon R
July 1st, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary V. Again.
Replies: 74
Views: 7435

Re: Gary V. Again.

Like some above, I really admire what the dude has done and built. He's an entrepreneur in its truest sense. "Hey, I have a cool idea! I'm going to see if I can make it happen."
by Brandon R
June 30th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2206
Views: 190377

Re: Steak Porn

Hahaha, "Flannery Defender!" I love it. And, yes, I too do the same thing. I love my kids but, at seven and ten years old, they can eat "normal" steak when we serve it. Don't get me wrong: it's still nice stuff, but not the Flannery (every time). I gladly share the hangers (their favorite) because o...
by Brandon R
June 29th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Seattle: best place to buy good rum?
Replies: 8
Views: 292

Re: Seattle: best place to buy good rum?

Thanks, Mike.
by Brandon R
June 29th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1584
Views: 84398

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Grilled Flannery Hanger with grilled vegetable "ratatouille" on polenta. Went great with a 2015 Xavier Gerard Cote Rotie.
Image
by Brandon R
June 25th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Abeja Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: TN: 2007 Abeja Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Thanks for the feedback. I'll have to grab a few.
by Brandon R
June 25th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Seattle: best place to buy good rum?
Replies: 8
Views: 292

Re: Seattle: best place to buy good rum?

Thanks, Scott. Bob's Liquors on Lake City Way has a great whiskey selection, but their rum is terrible. I'll check out U Village QFC. Esquin is just a PITA to get to.
by Brandon R
June 24th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Seattle: best place to buy good rum?
Replies: 8
Views: 292

Seattle: best place to buy good rum?

I'd like to learn more about rum. Specifically, the good stuff. I don't want to blend it into a cocktail right off. Rather, I'd like to find something that is great as a neat pour. For those of you in Seattle, where have you seen a decent selection of quality rum? It seems like so many stores with g...
by Brandon R
June 23rd, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Abeja Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: TN: 2007 Abeja Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Nice, Brandon. Even though Molly and John have moved on from Abeja, they've been able to keep the Bacchus fruit source and still put out a great cab under the Devonna label. Good to know, John. I signed up for Devona when they announced it, but haven't tasted any or purchased any. Have you had tast...
by Brandon R
June 23rd, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19135

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I think Mitch was joking, Bryan.
by Brandon R
June 23rd, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1404

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

A better commission may be his incentive. You're awfully cynical toward insurance professionals, Victor. Has it occurred to you that one might (or might not) be recommending a change because it's the best course of action for the insured? My agent is fantastic and, I happen to believe, he represent...
by Brandon R
June 23rd, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1404

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

Victor Hong wrote:
June 23rd, 2020, 6:20 am
A better commission may be his incentive.
You're awfully cynical toward insurance professionals, Victor. Has it occurred to you that one might (or might not) be recommending a change because it's the best course of action for the insured?
by Brandon R
June 22nd, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Abeja Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 6
Views: 363

TN: 2007 Abeja Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

I was really excited to open and drink this wine. I remember reading the review and corresponding monster score from Wine Enthuiast back in the day when it was first released. Back then, Washington wines not named Quilceda Creek generally didn't get particularly high scores, so the 97 points back th...
by Brandon R
June 18th, 2020, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52628

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

Jeff, I admire you being here and responding to all of this ridiculousness. I am often amazed to what people choose to take umbrage.
by Brandon R
June 18th, 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 267
Views: 26892

Re: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED

Please add me to the Seattle list...when we're free of the 'Rona, of course.
by Brandon R
June 18th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve
Replies: 12
Views: 507

Re: TN: 2002 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve

I haven’t had one of their wines in awhile. Need to go find one. Paul, I see your local. I have the 97,2001 and more of the 2002. I’ll save em. When COVID is over, you’ll come over and join some of the other local hooligans and we can put together a nice vertical with some flannery. What is Todd’s ...
by Brandon R
June 17th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19135

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Thomas Keim wrote:
June 17th, 2020, 8:13 am
Boycotting Napa Cellars in Napa because they looked at me the wrong way at a trade show....
[rofl.gif]
by Brandon R
June 16th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you chill Beaujolais Crus before serving?
Replies: 21
Views: 837

Re: Do you chill Beaujolais Crus before serving?

No, but I think I'm going to start!
by Brandon R
June 16th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52628

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

I've tried to hold off on commenting in this thread, but just can't resist. How are so many so insistent on being annoyed by a person's descriptors and prose in a tasting note on a wine? This stuff is decidedly subjective and one person's black forest cake is another person's cocoa-powder-dusted ch...
by Brandon R
June 16th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52628

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

I've tried to hold off on commenting in this thread, but just can't resist. How are so many so insistent on being annoyed by a person's descriptors and prose in a tasting note on a wine? This stuff is decidedly subjective and one person's black forest cake is another person's cocoa-powder-dusted che...
by Brandon R
June 15th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Sangiovese Kiona Vineyard (USA, Washington)
Replies: 10
Views: 387

Re: TN: 2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Sangiovese Kiona Vineyard (USA, Washington)

Nice, Todd. I love visiting Kiona and seeing some of that "old" vineyard out there. It's a cool site, and really holds a lot of Washington's wine history in its vines. The old stuff, I believe, is all Cab Sauv. Do you know about how old these Sangio vines are?
by Brandon R
June 15th, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Sangiovese Kiona Vineyard (USA, Washington)
Replies: 10
Views: 387

Re: TN: 2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Sangiovese Kiona Vineyard (USA, Washington)

Nice. I had this back in April: 2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Sangiovese Kiona Vineyard - USA, Washington (4/6/2020) This was totally delicious. Washington's version of a Chianti Classico. Very clear, light ruby color. The appearance belies its concentration, as bright cherry and raspberry flavors jump...
by Brandon R
June 15th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Little Help Willamette Pinot?!?!
Replies: 23
Views: 1118

Re: A Little Help Willamette Pinot?!?!

I think that going straight to Eyrie would be cool. Sure, there are other fantastic options, but throw down the coin and taste something that really had a lot of age and has been with the winery for the duration. It'll be memorable for sure.
by Brandon R
June 11th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $15 whites
Replies: 42
Views: 1141

Re: Sub $15 whites

I'm always a fan of d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab, which is an Australian blend of Viognier and Marsanne. It's fairly widely available at under $15. Where are you located?
by Brandon R
June 10th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52628

Re: It's critic bingo! (those talkative Barolos!)

Having very recently used my cast iron pan, I can certainly attest that it does have a distinct smell. It's a metallic smell, but with a smoking cooking oil scent intertwined as well. So, when the above-mentioned reviewer uses, "cast iron pan," I can certainly imagine smelling that in a wine.
by Brandon R
June 10th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12036
Views: 449847

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2009 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series - USA, Washington (6/8/2020) We drank our second bottle with grilled beef tenderloin. As good or better than the bottle we drank a year ago. Excellent balance. concentrated fruit, licorice,herbs and earth tones. Drinking at peak. Happy to have a...
by Brandon R
June 8th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Champagne Cristophe Baron (Cayuse)
Replies: 4
Views: 719

Re: 2015 Champagne Cristophe Baron (Cayuse)

Dang, Mike, I wish you were drinking that sooner. I'm torn on this offer after buying one of the 2014s, which I haven't opened.
by Brandon R
June 8th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3679
Views: 205887

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Thanks, Gene / Andrew.
by Brandon R
June 8th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Making meatballs: techniques for "loosening" up the mixture before balling?
Replies: 24
Views: 1036

Re: Making meatballs: techniques for "loosening" up the mixture before balling?

Great ideas, Matt. Alas, I don't own a grinder. I like the Morimoto idea, and my dog would too (flying meat bits, no doubt).
by Brandon R
June 5th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Seattle PSA: Caol Ila 15 Year Unpeated for $68 AFTER TAXES!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: Seattle PSA: Caol Ila 15 Year Unpeated for $68 AFTER TAXES!!!

From the Caol Ila site: Each year, Caol Ila distills a small run of completely unpeated whisky, and in 2014 Caol Ila released a 15 year old unpeated whisky as part of Diageo’s Special Edition Series. The whisky was distilled in 1998 and aged for 15 years in first-fill, ex-bourbon casks before being ...
by Brandon R
June 5th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 34
Views: 1174

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

Okay, great guidance and comments. Seems almost unanimous: go for the natural gas line. Thank you all!
by Brandon R
June 5th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTN: 2000 Mouton Rothschild
Replies: 9
Views: 772

Re: WTN: 2000 Mouton Rothschild

Great post, David, and I agree with you all. Wouldn't it be cool to have an active brain activity monitor going when taking that sniff of a wine like this? I imagine all of the firing synapses you'd see!
by Brandon R
June 5th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Seattle PSA: Caol Ila 15 Year Unpeated for $68 AFTER TAXES!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: Seattle PSA: Caol Ila 15 Year Unpeated for $68 AFTER TAXES!!!

Josh Grossman wrote:
June 4th, 2020, 9:04 am
Isn't peat the entire point of Caol Ila? It would be like gin without juniper?
That was my initial thought, but I decided to go for it based on the deal alone. Will come back with a TN eventually.
by Brandon R
June 5th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3679
Views: 205887

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Haven't see that one, Kris. Bob's Liquors on Lake City Way had some I think, but I was clueless and didn't buy. Does it have a green plastic screw-on lid?
by Brandon R
June 5th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Making meatballs: techniques for "loosening" up the mixture before balling?
Replies: 24
Views: 1036

Re: Making meatballs: techniques for "loosening" up the mixture before balling?

The America’s Test Kitchen episode/recipe from this season is excellent. Saltine crackers. Cooking the meatballs in the sauce and not browning them. Freezes GREAT! Another fan here of just cooking in the sauce. Actually got the idea from some chef you don't hear much about anymore...wore Crocs... h...

Go to advanced search