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by Brandon R
January 25th, 2021, 9:46 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 458
Views: 43198

Re: Your Gin?

Loved the Gin Mare martini. Delicious stuff...thanks for the tip.
by Brandon R
January 22nd, 2021, 11:34 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4114
Views: 235331

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Seattle Peeps, Downtown Spirits has the Belle Meade Reserve available for $69 OTD. Grabbed one to try based on earlier comments.
by Brandon R
January 22nd, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 458
Views: 43198

Re: Your Gin?

Great list, Dave. I'm going to go grab some Gin Mare (I love martinis) and a half bottle of Monkey 47 (spendy stuff), as it's available just a few blocks from my office. What's your gin:vermouth ratio for martinis?
by Brandon R
January 22nd, 2021, 8:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: food photos, post yours here!
Replies: 1159
Views: 60407

Re: food photos, post yours here!

Brandon, We had a playoff party/ I wanted something different. So I used GoldBelly ( 1st time ) ordered Zoli's brisket lasagna as Ron posted. My tenderloin ( this is a midwest thing ), its a pork snitzel basically. My wife doesn't do carbs.. so I was messing with her!! Cheers B Thanks, Paul! [cheer...
by Brandon R
January 21st, 2021, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend a Food/Wine Magazine, please
Replies: 12
Views: 592

Re: Recommend a Food/Wine Magazine, please

I have personally found that magazines are either strong on food and weak on wine, or vice-versa. I've read some of each of those on your list and I'd go Bon Appetit or Wine & Spirits, depending on which you'd like to read more about: food (the former) or wine (the latter).
by Brandon R
January 21st, 2021, 9:46 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4114
Views: 235331

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Had a larger-than-I-should-have pour of Stagg Jr. last night. It's damn good stuff! Hot, so needs a little ice/water...but delicious.
by Brandon R
January 21st, 2021, 9:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: food photos, post yours here!
Replies: 1159
Views: 60407

Re: food photos, post yours here!

She didnt want here tenderlion with bread/ So I put zoli Brisket lasagna on top !! :) My first GoldBelly attempt--not to bad/ expensive but was fun to have!! https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50845619176_eda625e745_m.jpg Okay, please forgive me if I've missed something...but, what? Who is "s...
by Brandon R
January 21st, 2021, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?
Replies: 77
Views: 4181

Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

Damn you all. Bought three of the 2013 from the winery. Dang K&L won't ship to blah blah blah.

Excited to try these.
by Brandon R
January 20th, 2021, 11:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214388

Re: Steak Porn

I laugh every time I scroll through these comments :) Flannery picanha roast turned out nicely. That said, I think I’m going to cut into strips and fold them over into crescents next time... I want the extra surface area for seasoning and crust! Nice, Andrew. I've got one in the freezer and it'll b...
by Brandon R
January 19th, 2021, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Burgundies as winnings from a FF League: what do I have? (Chavy, Parent)
Replies: 9
Views: 890

Re: Two Burgundies as winnings from a FF League: what do I have? (Chavy, Parent)

Awesome. Thanks, Chris and Robert. The entire 8-person league ante'd the following in total, so it's a fun league for sure. 2016 Chateau Clerc Milon Pauillac 2014 Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2 x 2012 Domaine Parent Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots 2015 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion Pessac-Leognan 2013 ...
by Brandon R
January 15th, 2021, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Burgundies as winnings from a FF League: what do I have? (Chavy, Parent)
Replies: 9
Views: 890

Re: Two Burgundies as winnings from a FF League: what do I have? (Chavy, Parent)

I like it, Keith, good thought. I'll probably at least wait until I can drink the Chavy with the other guys in the league, as we're all winos. Do village level white Burgs go dumb/dormant, generally speaking? I don't want to skip that exuberant youth before enjoyable adolescent stage by cracking it ...
by Brandon R
January 14th, 2021, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Burgundies as winnings from a FF League: what do I have? (Chavy, Parent)
Replies: 9
Views: 890

Re: Two Burgundies as winnings from a FF League: what do I have? (Chavy, Parent)

Awesome. Thanks, Chris and Robert. The entire 8-person league ante'd the following in total, so it's a fun league for sure. 2016 Chateau Clerc Milon Pauillac 2014 Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2 x 2012 Domaine Parent Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots 2015 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion Pessac-Leognan 2013 D...
by Brandon R
January 14th, 2021, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Burgundies as winnings from a FF League: what do I have? (Chavy, Parent)
Replies: 9
Views: 890

Two Burgundies as winnings from a FF League: what do I have? (Chavy, Parent)

One of the Fantasy Football leagues in which I participate uses booze as a buy-in. This year it was narrowed down to Bordeaux or Burgundy and at around $100 per bottle. I didn't win but was close and ended up with the following two bottles, neither of which I've had. I'm a relative Burgundy novice, ...
by Brandon R
January 14th, 2021, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 755
Views: 77013

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

I opened both OG N. 64 (Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon) and OG N. 68 (Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon) last weekend. Neither were decanted for long, but both were surprisingly enjoyable. The Calistoga Cab was the tighter of the two and I'll hold off a bit for now. I was surprised at the sweetness of ...
by Brandon R
January 14th, 2021, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L No Longer Shipping to Washington State
Replies: 43
Views: 3062

Re: K&L No Longer Shipping to Washington State

I know this had been said thousands of times, but alcohol shipping laws are some of the most ridiculous regulations ever. So, so silly.
by Brandon R
January 13th, 2021, 5:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Everyday dinnerware recommendation needed
Replies: 47
Views: 2223

Re: Everyday dinnerware recommendation needed

Jay has a point. Victor, as usual, does not. You miss my riddles. neener Hate to say it, Victor, but I don't think any of us are missing your "riddles." They just frequently don't add anything to the conversation. I did, however, appreciate seeing your lovely haircut in that other thread ...
by Brandon R
January 13th, 2021, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L No Longer Shipping to Washington State
Replies: 43
Views: 3062

Re: K&L No Longer Shipping to Washington State

Weird. I wonder why. Seems to me there has long been pretty easy shipping between California and Washington. Must be more economics-based than anything having to do with restrictions or shipping laws I would think.
by Brandon R
January 12th, 2021, 11:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4114
Views: 235331

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Nice. Good to know, Guys. Is the Special Reserve even worth drinking by itself? I didn't do enough research when I was in the store, and now I have buyer's remorse. The SR was $79, the Antique $99, both OTD. Don’t do that...get on my mailing list If you like them Pm me and I’ll send/trade you at Re...
by Brandon R
January 12th, 2021, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: "It's Freisa out there!" (brief/uninteresting)
Replies: 2
Views: 222

Re: TNs: "It's Freisa out there!" (brief/uninteresting)

Wouldn't the (brief/uninteresting) be a shout out to TomHill?
by Brandon R
January 11th, 2021, 3:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4114
Views: 235331

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Thanks, Andrew.
by Brandon R
January 11th, 2021, 2:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4114
Views: 235331

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Nice. Good to know, Guys. Is the Special Reserve even worth drinking by itself? I didn't do enough research when I was in the store, and now I have buyer's remorse. The SR was $79, the Antique $99, both OTD.
by Brandon R
January 11th, 2021, 12:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Everyday dinnerware recommendation needed
Replies: 47
Views: 2223

Re: Everyday dinnerware recommendation needed

J a y H a c k wrote: January 11th, 2021, 9:02 am
Victor Hong wrote: January 10th, 2021, 6:32 am
Chris Freemott wrote: March 12th, 2018, 11:33 am Jay,
What does your wife want?

No chance in hell I choose dishes in my house.
One solution. I will not specify.
Listening to Freakmont on how to deal with a spouse is like listening to the Pope on proper sexual technique!
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by Brandon R
January 11th, 2021, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Port aged in "Pipes?"
Replies: 5
Views: 435

Re: Port aged in "Pipes?"

Thanks, Keith and Rodrigo. Now I know!
by Brandon R
January 11th, 2021, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Port aged in "Pipes?"
Replies: 5
Views: 435

Port aged in "Pipes?"

Over on Vinous, there are two wines posted weekly. One is dubbed, "Vinous Favorites" and usually an inexpensive bottle. The other is, "Cellar Favorite" and is frequently an older, perhaps rare bottle and the author is often Neal Martin. This week, he posted a bit on a 1961 Taylor...
by Brandon R
January 11th, 2021, 10:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4114
Views: 235331

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Grabbed these on Friday. Probably WAY overpaid, but oh well. I haven't had either.

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by Brandon R
January 11th, 2021, 10:40 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4114
Views: 235331

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Andrew Kotowski wrote: January 9th, 2021, 10:34 am Completely destroyed the bourbon budget in one fell swoop :)
Nice. Really love that McKenna 10.
by Brandon R
January 11th, 2021, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm stunned I hadn't heard of Accendo Cellars
Replies: 36
Views: 2837

Re: I'm stunned I hadn't heard of Accendo Cellars

I signed up before the first release out of curiosity after reading about it somewhere (I think in an article on Vinous). I should've known better because, when the offer came, it was an Araujo-priced wine and I passed. Quickly.
by Brandon R
January 8th, 2021, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Dirty and Rowdy Wear a Mask Red (USA, California)
Replies: 10
Views: 1117

Re: TN: 2019 Dirty and Rowdy Wear a Mask Red (USA, California)

Love the carneceria pre-done meat. That nice red is most likely from chilis, but also most likely some annatto seed. Looks delicicous.
by Brandon R
January 7th, 2021, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8188
Views: 578140

Re: de Negoce offer

I haven't bought in a long time and bought a case of this WW Cab. I drink mostly WA reds and, if this is even remotely better than what $10 otherwise buys me for a WA State Cab, I'm all about it. Waterbrook, maybe? Although, no, I don't think they have an estate vineyard. Woodward Canyon does an Est...
by Brandon R
January 7th, 2021, 9:37 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4114
Views: 235331

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Michael, it's purchases like your "lifetime supply" that make it harder for the rest of us to buy some of these bourbons. I understand you owe us or any other consumer absolutely jack diddly and there isn't a rule book about liquor-buying altruism, but why buy so much at once? Kind of irks...
by Brandon R
January 7th, 2021, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Cayuse - Syrah "En Cerise Vineyard" (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley)
Replies: 10
Views: 768

Re: TN: 2007 Cayuse - Syrah "En Cerise Vineyard" (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley)

Nice reference point, Brian, thanks for posting. Current tasting notes on older Cayuse wines are relatively rare. It's easy to assume that, due to the general very low acidity in many of the Cayuse wines, they won't age. I haven't found that to be the case though, and your experience seems to suppor...
by Brandon R
January 5th, 2021, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Enfield Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon Waterhorse Ridge
Replies: 3
Views: 328

Re: TN: 2015 Enfield Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon Waterhorse Ridge

What a beautiful tasting note, David, thank you for posting. Damn near poetry. Sounds like a great wine too.
by Brandon R
January 5th, 2021, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 Leonetti Cabernet
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: 1995 Leonetti Cabernet

Great sounding wine, Blake. One of the handful of Washington wineries that have been making consistently age-able wines. Glad yours showed so well. Thanks Brandon. As I just remarked to George, we had a really good bottle and if the others I have are anywhere as good, we're in for more grand experi...
by Brandon R
January 4th, 2021, 11:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: food photos, post yours here!
Replies: 1159
Views: 60407

Re: food photos, post yours here!

Nice, Jay. What's your technique for getting that great color on your cauliflower?
by Brandon R
January 4th, 2021, 11:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1806
Views: 100111

Re: What did you cook tonight?

That looks killer, Brian.

Flannery burgers in cast iron (too damn rainy to grill):

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by Brandon R
January 4th, 2021, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 Leonetti Cabernet
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: 1995 Leonetti Cabernet

Great sounding wine, Blake. One of the handful of Washington wineries that have been making consistently age-able wines. Glad yours showed so well.
by Brandon R
December 29th, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Au jus from homemade beef stock?
Replies: 13
Views: 798

Re: Au jus from homemade beef stock?

Good procedure for making stock, Victor, certainly. I was asking about a stage when I have already made the stock and wanted to make something more akin to au jus from roast drippings that weren't readily available.
by Brandon R
December 28th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 321
Views: 23056

Re: Grassl Glassware

Great comment and super content for this thread, Victor. rolleyes
by Brandon R
December 28th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Au jus from homemade beef stock?
Replies: 13
Views: 798

Re: Au jus from homemade beef stock?

Ended up reducing the stock on its own for a bit. In another pan, I sautéed some shallot in a little bit of rendered fat from the roast. I then added about 1/2 cup red wine (I think it was a sub-$10 Washington Cab blend that was open), reduced it, and then added the stock. Then, I reduced a bit more...
by Brandon R
December 28th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
Replies: 4
Views: 465

Re: TN: 2007 Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Not too shabby for a basic Columbia Valley bottling, I'd say! Thanks for posting.
by Brandon R
December 24th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Authenticity of Petrus Bottles
Replies: 54
Views: 4168

Re: Authenticity of Petrus Bottles

My guess is that the cellophane is simply in an effort to keep the already disintegrating labels somewhat intact. How well do you know the seller, and are you paying a premium for these?
by Brandon R
December 23rd, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Au jus from homemade beef stock?
Replies: 13
Views: 798

Re: Au jus from homemade beef stock?

Gotcha, Stephen, thanks. Thanks, Jared!
by Brandon R
December 23rd, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Favorite inexpensive Rye?
Replies: 45
Views: 1806

Re: Favorite inexpensive Rye?

Grabbed an Old Forster Rye and will try it with Manhattans on Christmas Eve. Never had it so will report back.
by Brandon R
December 23rd, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Au jus from homemade beef stock?
Replies: 13
Views: 798

Re: Au jus from homemade beef stock?

Thanks, Stephen, that looks like a great recipe. However, that's using the roasting beef as a starter for the jus and we won't have that luxury. Maybe some red wine with a bay leaf, reduce, add stock, and reduce again. Any other ideas?
by Brandon R
December 23rd, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 40
Views: 1407

Re: Fried eggs

Brian Tuite wrote: December 23rd, 2020, 6:32 am
Brandon R wrote: December 22nd, 2020, 2:17 pm I generally think that a fried egg should have no brown. When I see that, I say to myself, "That's poor heat control...too hot."
Someone missed the word “fried” somewhere along the line. No bubbles, no brown = sautéed.
Blah blah blah...whatever, Man. neener champagne.gif
by Brandon R
December 22nd, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Au jus from homemade beef stock?
Replies: 13
Views: 798

Au jus from homemade beef stock?

Hello, Epicurean Experts. We're doing a whole prime rib for Christmas, but we're doing it in the Traeger which would make drippings difficult. Some of us would like to have some jus as an option. I made a great looking batch of beef stock in the pressure cooker. How would you amend homemade stock to...
by Brandon R
December 22nd, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 40
Views: 1407

Re: Fried eggs

I generally think that a fried egg should have no brown. When I see that, I say to myself, "That's poor heat control...too hot."
by Brandon R
December 22nd, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214388

Re: Steak Porn

Thanks for the comment about cast iron and washing, Jason T. Preach, brother! It's CAST IRON...not bone china. Sorry for the thread drift...back to the pornography.
by Brandon R
December 18th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214388

Re: Steak Porn

Wow, Bill, gorgeous.

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