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by Brandon R
June 14th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?
Replies: 16
Views: 348

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: 280

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: 567

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: 3354
Views: 167993

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: 1927

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: 614

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: 29
Views: 1917

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: 2411

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: 795

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: 29
Views: 1917

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: 1307
Views: 61196

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: 29
Views: 1917

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: 459

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: 57
Views: 3027

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: 29
Views: 1917

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...
by Brandon R
May 30th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Locker at Restaurant
Replies: 25
Views: 1492

Re: Wine Locker at Restaurant

Ha, fair point Zach. "Sticking to the math" should rarely enter our collective conversations about wine.
by Brandon R
May 30th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 29
Views: 1917

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

I'm intrigued enough to attempt to get on the list and buy one. Like mentioned above, he has strong ties to Champagne and, if nothing else, knows how they do it over there and presumably what good Champagne should be.
by Brandon R
May 30th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Locker at Restaurant
Replies: 25
Views: 1492

Re: Wine Locker at Restaurant

Interesting. I must admit, whenever I saw wine lockers inside restaurants, I assumed they were for wines that the renters brought in from home and were going to pay corkage on. I didn't realize they were for wines bought through the restaurant. My knee-jerk reaction upon reading the OP was, "No way ...
by Brandon R
May 29th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 54
Views: 2683

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

Could me my mistake, but I thought the CA Reserve beef was grain fed and the Midwestern was grass. I could check, but I'm too lazy right now. Regardless, I almost always by the CA Reserve stuff.
by Brandon R
May 28th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 54
Views: 2683

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

From their site, they have both grass fed and grain fed. This is, to me, the best beef out there, especially when considering what some other places charge. I particularly appreciate that it's dry aged and the cuts are customizable. The customer services is top-notch. Buy with confidence.
by Brandon R
May 28th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2284

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

We went to two wineries this weekend in the Yakima Valley. At one, we were the only ones there and the winemaker, a very nice young man, was pouring. There was no charge for the tasting, but we each bought a few bottles (which is customary for me when there's no tasting fee). Then, upon swiping my c...
by Brandon R
May 28th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $9.99 Back-Up-The-Truck Merlot
Replies: 5
Views: 1308

Re: $9.99 Back-Up-The-Truck Merlot

Nice find, Nathan! Thanks for posting.
by Brandon R
May 24th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Bolognese Sauce
Replies: 18
Views: 1767

Re: Bolognese Sauce

A thought regarding the browning of the meat comment in the OP. I watched Mario Batali cook his version. He added the meat and continued to cook it and cook it until ALL of the liquid was gone and that crackling and browning thing started happening and the results looked fantastic. I tried it and, w...
by Brandon R
May 23rd, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 112
Views: 6318

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

How about both, Fred? Those look amazing.
by Brandon R
May 21st, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 2822

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

All I mean is that I can't foresee a situation in which a winery would actually go from producing a dozen different cuvees and charging $60 per bottle to three different appellation wines at four times the production and charging less.
by Brandon R
May 21st, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 2822

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

Just for fun I would like the OP to tell Ted Lemon at Littorai that he has too many single vineyard wines, then fly to France and say the same thing to Aubert de Villaine. ;) Hey, Man, I simply posed a question. I do like what some others have said in that it depends. If all of the various cuvees a...
by Brandon R
May 21st, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 2822

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

After reading so far, I should've used the term "cuvees" instead of "bottlings." Darn it. Part of the reason I posted this question is that it can be frustrating as a consumer to have to guess what cuvees to buy because, unless you have an unlimited wine budget, buying one (or more) of each isn't po...
by Brandon R
May 21st, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 2822

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

A few of these numbers are crazy, though! For example, it appears that Williams Selyem release twenty distinct Pinot Noirs in 2017. Twenty! Rivers-Marie has eight. Aubert looks like it's releasing eight Chardonnays. Maritnelli has seven Pinots. Slackers! [cheers.gif] Adam Lee Awesome! [cheers.gif]
by Brandon R
May 20th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 2822

Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

I have been browsing the recently published Exploring The Best New Releases from Sonoma and Beyond article on Vinous by Antonio Galloni. I was amazed by how many wineries are cranking out a crazy number of different bottlings each vintage, many of them from single vineyards. I'm noticing this is far...
by Brandon R
May 20th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 69
Views: 2411

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

EVER? Sure. I think some already compete with classified growth Bordeaux. In other words, with the same cost, I'd opt for a Bdx blend from the Yakima Valley in some instances over a Bordeaux. However, I think the best in Bordeaux currently outshine the best from the Yakima Valley. That said, I expec...
by Brandon R
May 20th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 50
Views: 2830

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

John Kight wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 8:50 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 8:35 am
Thivin
Foillard
These two immediately popped into my mind when I read the title of this thread.
Thivin for me as well. The 2017 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly is already so good and shows great early complexity.
by Brandon R
May 16th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin
Replies: 32
Views: 2388

Re: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin

[mic drop]
by Brandon R
May 15th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 112
Views: 6318

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

I have always been confused over this question/thread idea - If you purchased a case of 1900 Margaux in perfect condition, and had one bottle per year, would that be your #1 Wine of the Year for the next ten years? Shouldn't this category be 'the finest wines' released in 2019? That would be in inh...
by Brandon R
May 14th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 731
Views: 32918

Re: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")

If someone can tell me what "built on texture, power and resonance" or "vertical in feel" mean, I'll ... tell them they're full of BS. Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin 2016 "The 2016 Barbaresco Bric Balin is a prototypical Moccagatta wine built on texture, power and resonance . Black cherry and plu...
by Brandon R
May 14th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Washington State Beer Help
Replies: 23
Views: 410

Re: Washington State Beer Help

Great recap, Mark. Thanks for circling back and updating the thread.
by Brandon R
May 13th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1173

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

i don't understand a big cheese plate before the meal. However we sometimes start with a caprese salad or a burrata and broccolini- (recipe from Suzanne Goin at Sunday Suppers at Lucques) Just looked that recipe up...holy hell that sounds tasty. I'm going to do it this weekend! it is really great. ...
by Brandon R
May 10th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1173

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

scamhi wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 5:44 am
i don't understand a big cheese plate before the meal. However we sometimes start with a caprese salad or a burrata and broccolini- (recipe from Suzanne Goin at Sunday Suppers at Lucques)
Just looked that recipe up...holy hell that sounds tasty. I'm going to do it this weekend!
by Brandon R
May 10th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1173

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

Jay Miller wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 7:54 am
Alan Eden wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Alex N wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 11:45 am
It's nice to be American (or Indian or Australian, etc) and not have to worry about following silly French and British etiquette. neener
You mean culture ?
lol, I certainly hope the pun was intended. [cheers.gif]
Ha! I see what you did there...
by Brandon R
May 10th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Togni Vertical: 1983 to 1996
Replies: 24
Views: 920

Re: Togni Vertical: 1983 to 1996

@Mark Fister - was this an "important" or "unimportant" tasting? Apologies in advance for being slow, but not sure that I understand the question. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=160576 https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=160628 https://www.wineberserke...
by Brandon R
May 10th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2278

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Less expensive wines may show better on release, higher end bottlings are often intended for longer aging. -Al Moreso than any other variety (save maybe pet), the idea that extended aging will allow a new world pinot to evolve to a point of beauty is false. Some rough edges may diminish, a wine tha...
by Brandon R
May 9th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 4314

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

Fun exercise to think about for sure. Wouldn't the California First Growths be those along the lines of Beaulieu, Mayacamas, Chateau Montelena, Matanzas Creek, Mondavi, Inglenook, Charles Krug, Louis M. Martini, etc.?

[edit] Nevermind: I just reread the last line before your lists.
by Brandon R
May 7th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Asimov: is it time to go to the can?
Replies: 15
Views: 1093

Re: Asimov: is it time to go to the can?

I'm a huge proponent of canned wine for near-term daily drinkers. Taking cans to the beach, to a pool shindig, etc. is so much more convenient. I'm liking the trend of the quality bar going ever so slowly upward with wine in cans. One could also extend this discussion in terms of comparing the argua...
by Brandon R
April 30th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1307
Views: 61196

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Until this weekend, I hadn't ever attempted smoking anything. I've got a small house and a relatively small yard, so I really only have room for one outdoor cooking device: my Weber kettle charcoal grill. Simple and functional. However, I was jonesing for some ribs and thought, "What the hay...let'...
by Brandon R
April 29th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1307
Views: 61196

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Until this weekend, I hadn't ever attempted smoking anything. I've got a small house and a relatively small yard, so I really only have room for one outdoor cooking device: my Weber kettle charcoal grill. Simple and functional. However, I was jonesing for some ribs and thought, "What the hay...let's...
by Brandon R
April 29th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1307
Views: 61196

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Some excellent looking (and sounding!) stuff above.
by Brandon R
April 29th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1911
Views: 153369

Re: Steak Porn

The pull at 125 and then sear worked great. When flying solo, these ribcap medallions are absolutely perfect. Paired with a 2012 No Girls Tempranillo - a nice match.
by Brandon R
April 27th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1911
Views: 153369

Re: Steak Porn

Thanks for the pointers. Tonight is the night...is 12:13 p.m. too early for dinner?
by Brandon R
April 26th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1911
Views: 153369

Re: Steak Porn

I'm doing a couple Flannery rib cap medallions this weekend and I plan to to reverse-sear. At what oven temp would you start it, and at what internal temperature would you remove it to then sear? Keep in mind, this is a trussed cross section of the cap, so very fatty...but oh so delicious. Your advi...
by Brandon R
April 26th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1307
Views: 61196

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Sometimes a good rose, some simple cheese and charcuterie, and a good baguette is as fine a meal as one can ask for. Nicely done, Nola.

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