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by Brandon R
November 12th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12074
Views: 578782

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2016 Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron x 2 @ $149.99
by Brandon R
November 11th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1182

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

Haha...I absolutely KNEW someone was going to point that out, Anton. I was corrected (here, I think) when I asserted that using, "varietal" when describing a single type of grape was incorrect, as it was only supposed to be used as a noun. As soon as I posted the high five above, it was only a matte...
by Brandon R
November 11th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169765

Re: Steak Porn

Did another Flannery rib cap medallion this weekend. What a great piece of meat.
by Brandon R
November 11th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1182

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

T Welch wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 6:48 pm
I just want to thank the original poster for using variety, instead of varietal, in his subject line. [cheers.gif]
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by Brandon R
November 11th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5258

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

Thanks for taking one for the team, Travis, very generous of you. It's fantastic to have a reference point on a wine none of us have tried. Sounds like good stuff!
by Brandon R
November 8th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5258

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

Dilemma since it's 1 per person, in magnum only: 1. drink young, get a feel for style, inform future purchase decisions.. or 2. hold for age, but buying blind. assuming the 3. find someone else who will open one option is not readily available. ;) I’ll open mine. Can’t wait to try. Really?? I’m in!...
by Brandon R
November 7th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1182

TN fun: what variety is this?

If you were to read the below (professional) tasting note, from what variety would you assume the wine was made? Rich and full of dense, concentrated dark plum, black currant, olive and dried savory herb flavors, featuring pencil shaving and cast iron notes. The pure-tasting finished is filled with ...
by Brandon R
November 7th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5258

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

My maggie showed up today. How should one store a magnum of Champagne? Upright or on its side? I don't have an "angled" option in my offsite.
by Brandon R
November 4th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12074
Views: 578782

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Based on Tran Bronstein's thread about the 2019 Halpern Wine Festival:

3 x 2017 Robert Biale Petite Sirah Royal Punishers
by Brandon R
October 31st, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking a bit less wine.
Replies: 24
Views: 2639

Re: Drinking a bit less wine.

One bottle every two weeks? Really? PARRR-TAY in the Hong Household!
by Brandon R
October 30th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 151
Views: 8317

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Brian, please report back when you do that Picanha. I got a 3.5 pounder too and don't want to screw it up.
by Brandon R
October 28th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12074
Views: 578782

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Some bubbles: 3 x 2008 Piper-Heidsieck Brut for $49.99 each.
by Brandon R
October 28th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 K Vintners Syrah The Deal Sundance Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: TN: 2016 K Vintners Syrah The Deal Sundance Vineyard

Love the follow-up...thanks for posting, John. Sounds great.
by Brandon R
October 25th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can any glass geeks identify this glass?
Replies: 8
Views: 739

Re: Can any glass geeks identify this glass?

Chris Freemott wrote:
October 24th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Riedel Restaurant Oregon Pinot
What the hell do you know about wine glasses, anyway?
neener
by Brandon R
October 24th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best brewpubs in Bend?
Replies: 14
Views: 567

Re: Best brewpubs in Bend?

Yeah, well, I guess I'm just behind the times, then.
by Brandon R
October 22nd, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 68
Views: 4022

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

I'll echo Marcus and wholeheartedly recommend the 2016 Belle Pente Willamette Valley PN. I see it for around $27, before any case discounts. Should appeal to the geeky as well as the non-wine-crazy folks.
by Brandon R
October 21st, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best brewpubs in Bend?
Replies: 14
Views: 567

Re: Best brewpubs in Bend?

Didn't know that 10 Barrel sold.
by Brandon R
October 18th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2014 Rudius Panek Vyd. Cabernet - $49.59
Replies: 1
Views: 410

PSA: 2014 Rudius Panek Vyd. Cabernet - $49.59

It's at The Wine Spies (www.winespies.com). Just got an email offer. Looks to be a good 40-50% less than what I can see out there. Email says offer expires tonight at midnight. I've bought from these guys before. Cheesy as hell, but some steals every once in a while.
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by Brandon R
October 18th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Where Does Dessert Go For You?
Replies: 17
Views: 746

Re: Where Does Dessert Go For You?

In our house, we very rarely do either. We NEVER do both. Doing both a dessert course and a cheese course, in my opinion, would be way too much. That said, if I was to do both for some reason, I would end with cheese I suppose. It would be more satisfying to me to end with a bit of salty/savory and ...
by Brandon R
October 18th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6243

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

I, too, wish that styro would go away. While I can certainly see the rationale for using it for insulating purposes, I still would prefer to pay for for quicker shipping in non-styro packaging or wait until weather permits safe shipping without the need for insulation. What REALLY gets me is when ot...
by Brandon R
October 17th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best brewpubs in Bend?
Replies: 14
Views: 567

Re: Best brewpubs in Bend?

10 Barrel!!!!
by Brandon R
October 17th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canlis for dinner this evening.........
Replies: 26
Views: 1599

Re: Canlis for dinner this evening.........

Have a great time and please report back, either here or on the Seattle Dining thread over in the Epicurean Exploits forum. Canlis was discussed quite a bit. I'd start with a split of Vazart-Coquart Blanc de Blancs Brut NV ($65) and pair it with a tasty appetizer. Then go for the 2013 Corliss Estate...
by Brandon R
October 15th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3542
Views: 335656

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

No iron in the fire here, but I would have a REALLY tough time shelling out $500 for any wine that I didn't know. Wowza...so curious to hear what it ultimately ends up being.
by Brandon R
October 14th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1281

Re: Washington State Trip

I disagree with the Marcus Whitman recommendation if being evaluated for the accommodations alone. The location can't be beat. However, we stayed there last fall and our room was just tired, dingy, and old-fashioned. It's not bad, but it's not what I'd qualify as really nice. As others have mentione...
by Brandon R
October 9th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1281

Re: Washington State Trip

I agree with the above. If I didn't live in the state, I'd want to be in the area where I can see beautiful vineyards, talk to owners and/or winemakers (many of the Woodinville tasting rooms don't have either of those consistently present), and "fee" the wine scene. Woodinville is great, but let's f...
by Brandon R
October 8th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: SPOJA LORDA
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Re: SPOJA LORDA

Looks simple and tasty, Martin, especially for one of these cool, rainy Autumn days we're having. My family isn't a huge goat cheese group, so would Mascarpone be a suitable substitute? I've got a nice batch of homemade chicken broth in the freezer. For a dish like this, I imagine a super high quali...
by Brandon R
October 8th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots
Replies: 24
Views: 1930

Re: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots

I’d second antica terra. And also mention Coleen Clemens (beautiful spot too) - if they call ahead and arrange to taste with the winemaker, he has his own label called Stephen Goff that is a similar but maybe even dialed up on the flavor spectrum. Anyone who visits willamette should go to Walter Sc...
by Brandon R
October 7th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Making a good Vesper
Replies: 7
Views: 936

Re: Making a good Vesper

Did a nice one this weekend: Tito's Vodka (1 part), Plymouth Navy Strength Gin (2 parts), Lillet Blanc (1/2 part). Shaken, served up, with a twist. Delicious.
by Brandon R
October 1st, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date
Replies: 38
Views: 2862

Re: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date

In for three of each!
by Brandon R
October 1st, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party
Replies: 17
Views: 1135

Re: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party

I was also there on Saturday. Had a great time talking to the Chappellet's and am grateful I was able to attend. They poured the 06', 11', 14 and 16' Pritchard Hills out of 750s. They had a 3L of the 06' an 14' they were pouring as they mingled with guests. I really enjoy when I get to have convers...
by Brandon R
October 1st, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party
Replies: 17
Views: 1135

Re: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party

Great post, Gabe. Thanks for putting it out there. That sounds like a perfect release party indeed.
by Brandon R
September 27th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Box-wine and Camping
Replies: 51
Views: 1969

Re: Box-wine and Camping

With all that said, I sure wish there were better options too.
by Brandon R
September 27th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Box-wine and Camping
Replies: 51
Views: 1969

Re: Box-wine and Camping

I regularly take 3L or even 5L box wines on backpacking trips. Remove the bladder from the box and it can fit in the top flap part of your pack. It goes against every aspect of how you are meant to load a backpack, and the hike in really sucks with the extra weight, but it's pretty nice to have win...
by Brandon R
September 26th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?
Replies: 42
Views: 3178

Re: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?

Losing Denis Malbec was most certainly a significant event for Kapcsandy...no doubt about it. I'm not sure though, Hardy, what bearing that would have on our collective decisions to purchase...or not. Perhaps some incentive to not buy due to knowing how talented Malbec was and the [relative] unknown...
by Brandon R
September 25th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Making a good Vesper
Replies: 7
Views: 936

Re: Making a good Vesper

Thanks, All. On tap for this weekend!
by Brandon R
September 25th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?
Replies: 42
Views: 3178

Re: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?

I will give Kapcsandy credit, however, in that they don't require minimum purchases or three-packs for each wine.
by Brandon R
September 25th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: need help finding the right Syrah/shiraz
Replies: 29
Views: 1197

Re: need help finding the right Syrah/shiraz

Fred Bower wrote:
September 24th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Why no love for Gigondas? I'm a St. Damien fan. <$40 for the designated bottlings. Maybe on the fruitier side but so delicious. The rose is fantastic too.

Cheers,
fred
Primarily because the OP wants something similar to Darioush Syrah. Most (all?) Gigondas aren't a good comparison.
by Brandon R
September 25th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?
Replies: 42
Views: 3178

Re: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?

Brent S wrote:
September 25th, 2019, 8:13 am
What exactly are the new release prices?
Estate cuvée? $130
Grand vin? $400
Roberta’s? $325
by Brandon R
September 25th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date
Replies: 38
Views: 2862

Re: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date

NickRut wrote:
September 24th, 2019, 5:53 pm
I’ll be trying Friday. Can’t wait.
Nice! Please report back.
by Brandon R
September 24th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: need help finding the right Syrah/shiraz
Replies: 29
Views: 1197

Re: need help finding the right Syrah/shiraz

Hard +1 on the Alban Patrina for what the OP desires. It is showing a lot of wood at the moment though I would recommend Tensley Colson Canyon (recently saw the 16 at Total wine for $40) Can't go wrong with Mike's syrahs in the Myriad or Quivet portfolio. I drink a few bottles of K vintners each ye...
by Brandon R
September 24th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date
Replies: 38
Views: 2862

Re: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date

I'm curious as well. Any barrel notes or pre-release tastes anyone has had would be helpful. No pro reviews that I can yet see.
by Brandon R
September 24th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?
Replies: 42
Views: 3178

Re: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?

"Back in the day..." is one thing, but paying $325 and $400 per bottle for the top wines is another. I mean, they're charging $130 per bottle for declassified juice. It ain't Screagle Second Flight, but that's going to price out a lot of people, even those who once made those "glowing" reviews.
by Brandon R
September 24th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 42
Views: 2046

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

I live 10 minutes from there, Darren, and haven't even heard of 8 Row. I'll check it out! Thanks for the nicely detailed recap.
by Brandon R
September 24th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: need help finding the right Syrah/shiraz
Replies: 29
Views: 1197

Re: need help finding the right Syrah/shiraz

Nice call on the Kiona, Josh. They're making such good wines right now in their lower-end price space. I would echo the recommendation for some of K Vintners' non-Rocks Syrahs. If sticking to California, I think you'd love what Alban 'Patrina' Syrah gives for under $50. Edit: I just searched W-S for...
by Brandon R
September 23rd, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?
Replies: 42
Views: 3178

Re: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?

I was / am a one-time buyer when I was offered a deal on a 3-pack containing 2 x 2013 Estate Cuvee and 1 x 2013 Roberta's Reserve. I haven't opened one, but the pricing is what keeps me from buying again. I must say that, to me, it's a head-turner when you read wine critics praising the Roberta's Re...
by Brandon R
September 23rd, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Fall Horror Story: Carbonation in.....Zinfandel?!!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1311

Re: A Fall Horror Story: Carbonation in.....Zinfandel?!!!!

Give it a rest, Victor. Your anti-Cali-wine quips in multiple threads are getting tiresome.


I, too, had some carbonation in a Thomas PN. The wine was fine, so I don't believe there's a correlation (necessarily) between the carbonation and it being a bad wine.
by Brandon R
September 9th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 1970

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: 7
Views: 936

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 1970

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!

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