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by Brandon R
July 23rd, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 130
Views: 6336

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: 38
Views: 1190

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: 60
Views: 2109

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: 60
Views: 2109

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: 60
Views: 2109

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: 60
Views: 2109

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: 2101

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: 822

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: 775

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: 2101

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: 1876

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: 822

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...
by Brandon R
July 10th, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?
Replies: 46
Views: 1413

Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?

Yeah, yeah, I know this is a very subjective and difficult question, but a TN I saw in CT got me thinking. I'm wondering what people think is the best food wine. In other words, what wine is only so-so most of the time, but absolutely blossoms when paired with food? I know there will always be outli...
by Brandon R
July 10th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ceritas Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Re: TN: 2014 Ceritas Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Vineyard

Holy moly, Tom, that pork chop looks amazing.
by Brandon R
July 9th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 82
Views: 3003

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

My comment about "vegan avocados" was in response to Victor's disappointment in the spelling on the restaurant signboard... av a cado https://ethicsalarms.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/emily-litella-never-mind.jpg Missed that. Sorry! Everybody misses what I say. ....which is often times exactly what ...
by Brandon R
July 8th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 82
Views: 3003

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

avacado = vegan avocado This is in response to recent suggestions that avocados, almonds, and other crops are not vegan due to reliance on mobile bee hives to pollinate. Obviously these things are vegan, but the commercial farming of these crops due require bees to be brought in, which reportedly r...
by Brandon R
July 2nd, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 1876

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Dave McIsaac wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 12:33 pm
SOS - "$hit On a Shingle

Chipped beef, butter, flour, milk and pepper over toast

Sounds gross, but is quite tasty
I'd never had it until I was married and my mother-in-law made it for me. She puts minced hard cooked egg in as well. Very tasty indeed.
by Brandon R
July 2nd, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 82
Views: 3003

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

Boy oh boy! And it's VEGAN too!
by Brandon R
July 1st, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 1876

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Tuna noodle casserole flirtysmile
by Brandon R
June 24th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1331
Views: 65000

Re: What did you cook tonight?

That's a nice looking bit of de-boning and trussing work, Alex. Sounds delicious. With what did you pair it? So many possibilities...
by Brandon R
June 24th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DELETE THREAD
Replies: 32
Views: 2328

Re: DELETE THREAD

DELETE THREAD is dead at retail.
by Brandon R
June 21st, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 54
Views: 4131

Re: The wine you don't want

I would, without a doubt, go the route of an auction house. It's far and away the most convenient and, as stated above, many will send you shippers and pay for the shipping. Sending wine anywhere yourself is a hassle and you risk having the wine seized. You might not get top dollar, but it's certain...
by Brandon R
June 20th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: True Confessions
Replies: 37
Views: 1896

Re: True Confessions

ERPark wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 9:34 am
Brandon R wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 8:39 am
Stagg chili from a can over a boiled hot dog on a cheap bun. Kids like it...and so do I.
You heathens.........where are the cheese and onions on top this? [thumbs-up.gif]
Definitely: finely minced raw onion and shredded cheddar cheese.
by Brandon R
June 20th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Want to buy: 2010 Leonetti Reserve
Replies: 0
Views: 184

Want to buy: 2010 Leonetti Reserve

Hi, Folks. I'm trying to complete a vertical for a tasting and am having a tough time sourcing the 2010 Leonetti Reserve. I'm willing to pay cash or trade (cellar is mostly Washington and California, with some Italy).
by Brandon R
June 20th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: True Confessions
Replies: 37
Views: 1896

Re: True Confessions

Stagg chili from a can over a boiled hot dog on a cheap bun. Kids like it...and so do I.
by Brandon R
June 20th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Horsepower Vineyards
Replies: 19
Views: 1932

Re: Thoughts on Horsepower Vineyards

Thanks for the update, Mark - I appreciate it. You too, Ron, with the perspective. Seeing as how I only have one, I guess I'll take my chances and wait.
by Brandon R
June 19th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Horsepower Vineyards
Replies: 19
Views: 1932

Re: Thoughts on Horsepower Vineyards

Mark - I was doing a little browsing and came up on this . Did you ever pop that '12 Tribe you bought from Winebid? What did you think? I traded some Cayuse for a solo bottle of each '12 Syrah Sur Echalas and '12 Grenache Sur Echalas, so I'd like some perspective (I haven't opened mine yet, and didn...
by Brandon R
June 19th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 56
Views: 3426

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

Update: it's been added to CT. Properly. I tried and got all fouled up with the vineyard and region and, and...
by Brandon R
June 19th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 56
Views: 3426

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

I was allocated one as well and bought it. I don't want to be the one to attempt to properly input this into CellarTracker!
by Brandon R
June 18th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Would you Get?
Replies: 34
Views: 1713

Re: What Wine Would you Get?

1974 Charles Krug Vintage Collection Lot F1 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley would be my pick. Several recent and very positive notes on CT.
by Brandon R
June 18th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?
Replies: 20
Views: 1177

Re: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?

Mouth-watering picture, Randy.
by Brandon R
June 18th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette/McMinnville
Replies: 21
Views: 1723

Re: Willamette/McMinnville

Dinner? Thistle.
by Brandon R
June 17th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?
Replies: 20
Views: 1177

Re: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?

Some nice meals up there. The grilled Flannery ribeye was fantastic and my wife made a killer farro and mushroom "risotto." I also blanched and then grilled (quickly) some broccolini, but I actually think I like it sauteed better with chili flake and garlic. I passed on the 2003 Flying Pig and went ...
by Brandon R
June 14th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?
Replies: 20
Views: 1177

Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?

My wife and kids always ask what I want for my Father's Day dinner. Since I do a lot of the cooking (happily...I love to cook), I asked if I could help with some of it. They agreed, so I decided to go for good ol' Flannery. I'm not sure what quite yet because I've got a few odds and ends in the free...
by Brandon R
June 11th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Clos Saron Pinot Noir Home Vineyard (USA, California, Sierra Foothills)
Replies: 9
Views: 452

Re: TN: 2005 Clos Saron Pinot Noir Home Vineyard (USA, California, Sierra Foothills)

What a fantastic and highly descriptive note, Charlie. I love the, "....dirt road in a dry forest on a spring day..." because it really does evoke a certain smell.
by Brandon R
June 6th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long after vintage are vintage Ports realeased?
Replies: 10
Views: 713

How long after vintage are vintage Ports realeased?

I just read Neal Martin's article over on Vinous in which he wrote about the recently-declared 2017 vintage in Portugal, mainly focusing on a handful of Vintage Ports. I've never been a serious Port buyer, but I sure like the stuff. I'm sitting on a few 1994s and 2000s. However, those were bought wa...
by Brandon R
June 6th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3381
Views: 173343

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Just had my first fingers of Booker's Kathleen's Batch last night. Definitely needed some water or ice because WOOO-WHEEE that was a burner! Great flavor, though.
by Brandon R
June 6th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 400YR Old Wine Goes Up For Auction
Replies: 25
Views: 2387

Re: 400YR Old Wine Goes Up For Auction

Forget sabering a wine to open it! I want to see someone open a wine that, "....will be stored in specially designed water-filled storage tanks..." Now THAT'S the makings of a good party!
by Brandon R
June 6th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting the 2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Evangelho Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 729

Re: Blind tasting the 2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Evangelho Vineyard

Wow, nice work on calling the wine! I'm impressed. I've only done that once...with a Cab from DuBrul Vineyard in Washington. Sounds like a nice wine.
by Brandon R
June 4th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 56
Views: 3426

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

Well, a heck of a nice review just showed up over on Vinous (96 pts. from Galloni). Just posting FWIW...not passing judgement one way or another.
by Brandon R
June 4th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 69
Views: 2863

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

For as many Washington wines as I've drunk, I've still never had a Ch. Rollat. Are they still in business? A quick glance at their site sure doesn't give any indication, but they only have 2008-2010 wines listed for sale.
by Brandon R
June 4th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday TNs: Cristal, Vilmart, Rivers-Marie, Sanford +
Replies: 8
Views: 894

Re: Sunday TNs: Cristal, Vilmart, Rivers-Marie, Sanford +

Nice notes. Perfect...the one Rivers-Marie I didn't buy this go-'round. Sounds like I missed out.
by Brandon R
May 31st, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 56
Views: 3426

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

So, it's not necessarily the price that annoys you but, rather, that he's making a totally different style of wine? In other words, the price point he came it at with Hors Categoire didn't bother you because he's already "good" with Syrah. Right?
by Brandon R
May 31st, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1331
Views: 65000

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Merrill, I'm pretty sure it's just the name of a taco restaurant or truck.
by Brandon R
May 31st, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 56
Views: 3426

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

Care to elaborate, Scott and Bill?
by Brandon R
May 31st, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Col Solare (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Re: TN: 2009 Col Solare (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)

Chateau Ste. Michelle is a nice stop regardless of what you think about Col Solare. It's a beautiful estate and their base wines offer tremendous QPRs. There are some nice wines, too, in the Ethos (Reserve) label. I agree that Col Solare under-delivers for the price...just don't judge CsM based on t...
by Brandon R
May 30th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 67
Views: 4202

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

Drink it! Imagine if the wine was indeed bad and you had to keep running into that same guy who bought it? How awkward would that be? And that's IF he didn't demand his money back in which case you'd be out $900 and with no DRC to drink. D.T.S.! (drink that sh*t!)
by Brandon R
May 30th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 56
Views: 3426

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

That's fair, Doug. That said, if the guy already produces what I consider to be world class wine, I think the fact that he's decided to apply that same skill set to producing a product that he and his family grew up around, that would bode well. I'd be less excited if he chose to make, say, a Burgun...

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