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by Brandon R
September 22nd, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anova's countertop combi steam oven is out
Replies: 30
Views: 1165

Re: Anova's countertop combi steam oven is out

What's your commi$$ion rate on these things, Kevin? neener
by Brandon R
September 21st, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2325
Views: 198628

Re: Steak Porn

I think the joke was in that Mark typed, "Recipe lease." The reply was, "Pretty sure he'll sell it to you." Not lease it. Ha! I laughed!
by Brandon R
September 21st, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1645
Views: 88079

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Delicious-looking, Brian! [cheers.gif]
by Brandon R
September 16th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 152
Views: 7796

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

Chardonnay is a very versatile grape. Some of the very best examples of it can be grown from Chablis all the wwy south to the Macon. As Oregon is well regarded as one of the very best regions in the world to grow pinot noir, there's absolutely no doubt that great Chardonnay can be grown there. Prea...
by Brandon R
September 16th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14449
Views: 709241

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
September 15th, 2020, 10:47 am
MacDonald!
Aren't you supposed to CAPITALIZE that? neener
by Brandon R
September 14th, 2020, 11:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1645
Views: 88079

Re: What did you cook tonight?

While not "last night" per se, but I spent most of the day yesterday canning. It's so smoky out that being outside really wasn't a great idea, so I decided to make a mess in the kitchen. Elberta peach jam: https://i.imgur.com/Tmpknkvl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ZtMLgQjl.jpg Canned a bunch of tomatoes, ...
by Brandon R
September 11th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fait-Main Save the Date
Replies: 18
Views: 1726

Re: Fait-Main Save the Date

Darn 3-pack minimum. I know why they do it and I understand, but it still frustrates me.
by Brandon R
September 9th, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have a temp alarm for your cellar-what are you using?
Replies: 28
Views: 1583

Re: If you have a temp alarm for your cellar-what are you using?

Huh...when I read the thread title, I assume Paul was asking at what temperature do you set your alarms. Now that I re-read, I think it was morning brain.
by Brandon R
September 9th, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 152
Views: 7796

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

Great thread. A couple of my recent OR Chards consumed with some age: 2013 Array Cellars Dijon Clone Otis Harlan Vineyard (a ridiculous deal from Full Pull) - alive and great a week or so ago. 2016 Morgen Long Chardonnay Loubejac - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (4/24/2020) Clean, mineral-driven no...
by Brandon R
September 8th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 152
Views: 7796

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

Great thread. A couple of my recent OR Chards consumed with some age: 2013 Array Cellars Dijon Clone Otis Harlan Vineyard (a ridiculous deal from Full Pull) - alive and great a week or so ago. 2016 Morgen Long Chardonnay Loubejac - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (4/24/2020) Clean, mineral-driven nos...
by Brandon R
September 3rd, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 63
Views: 2681

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Thanks for posting, Chris. I agree that the greater Seattle area has change a whole lot in the last ten years. No doubt about it. I've only been here since 1997. There are times, without a doubt, that my wife and I ask ourselves why we live here what with the crowds, cost, and all. So, in some ways,...
by Brandon R
September 2nd, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 63
Views: 2681

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

I'll throw another nice little, still unheralded, spot out there: Nell's Restaurant in the Greenlake neighborhood of N Seattle. Good food, quiet, and a nice wine list. I recommend it. Also, University Wines just outside the U District near Laurelhurst is a great spot to go for Burgundy and Champagne...
by Brandon R
September 2nd, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Rata
Replies: 44
Views: 3782

Re: La Rata

Not directly answering your question, but I opened a 2013 La Rata over the weekend. It's certainly unique and one can imagine, with it being a blend of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. It was very good. I'd contrast it with Cayuse wines in that is has a concentration and elegance more akin to the No...
by Brandon R
September 2nd, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1981 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: TN: 1981 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori

I never thought a regular ol' Chianti Classico Riserva would last this long, let alone thrive. Makes me rethink when I've been drinking mine! Very cool TN.
by Brandon R
September 1st, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 63
Views: 2681

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Chris may be an old crank, but he ends with very good advice: But to answer your question, as a Seattle area denizen, I recommend you order all of your wine from Vinopolis, Sec, and Avalon in Portland, and make a couple of visits to the Willamette Valley each year to visit world class wineries. No ...
by Brandon R
August 31st, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 63
Views: 2681

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Chris may be an old crank, but he ends with very good advice: But to answer your question, as a Seattle area denizen, I recommend you order all of your wine from Vinopolis, Sec, and Avalon in Portland, and make a couple of visits to the Willamette Valley each year to visit world class wineries. No ...
by Brandon R
August 31st, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Lanzarote/CanaryIslands
Replies: 5
Views: 398

Re: NYTimes: Lanzarote/CanaryIslands

Thanks for posting, Tom. Really cool pictures. It's amazing that the vines can survive there, let alone produce significant fruit.
by Brandon R
August 31st, 2020, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A funny sign at the Oxbow Public Market
Replies: 7
Views: 956

Re: A pedantic sign from the Oxbow Public Market

Pedantic? I think it's pretty funny!
by Brandon R
August 31st, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 63
Views: 2681

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Nice welcome to the OP, Chris. [wow.gif] Esquin Wine Merchants has a pretty significant selection (south downtown) and knowledgeable folks, but their prices aren't great. Worth a visit nonetheless. One of the true gems of the region is Cafe Juanita (near Kirkland)...truly exceptional food, and it's ...
by Brandon R
August 28th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Interesting mushroom tip
Replies: 16
Views: 989

Re: Interesting mushroom tip

Sorry, Tim, but hard-cooked scrambled eggs are satan's food...wait...thread drift. Sorry! [tease.gif]
by Brandon R
August 28th, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3756
Views: 211738

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Nice score, JC!
by Brandon R
August 27th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple Question?
Replies: 31
Views: 953

Re: Mega Purple Question?

I also would guess that oak treatment has very little to do with hangovers and, once again, (in the old Barolo example at least), the low alcohol is to what the lack of hangovers were attributed. If I drank a lot of vodka (which has zero oak), I'm going to get a hangover. If you drank the same amou...
by Brandon R
August 27th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple Question?
Replies: 31
Views: 953

Re: Mega Purple Question?

I would venture to say that the mega purple isn't the reason for the hangovers directly. Rather, the use of mega purple most likely is highly correllated with high alcohol and higher-than-normal residual sugar levels. The alcohol would be the likely culprit...and hangovers are a result of dehydratio...
by Brandon R
August 27th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple Question?
Replies: 31
Views: 953

Re: Mega Purple Question?

I'd guess that might be volatile acidity, not mega purple. To me, when I suspect I'm tasting it, it's the Welch's grape juice flavor. I very well could be wrong, though.
by Brandon R
August 27th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Sugar in pork chop (or any other) brine...
Replies: 13
Views: 603

Re: Sugar in pork chop (or any other) brine...

Yeah, Jeff, I did a reverse sear on cast iron. I brought them up to about 130 before searing. I suspect some of the liquid leached back out in the process of the sear (I dried them after they came out of the oven, pre-sear), and it would have clearly contained sugar from my brine. No more sugar for ...
by Brandon R
August 26th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3756
Views: 211738

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Thanks. No problem! As a data point, it was Whiskey Advocate’s “whiskey of the year,” which is why I made the comment :) Realized you might be missing that context point. Given secondary market in this stuff, I expect the price will go up materially. Nope, didn't know that. Good to know, I suppose....
by Brandon R
August 26th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3756
Views: 211738

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Has anyone tried the Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 9 year? I also picked up one of those, but haven't opened it yet.
by Brandon R
August 26th, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3756
Views: 211738

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Thanks.
by Brandon R
August 26th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3756
Views: 211738

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
July 3rd, 2020, 3:07 pm
For the Seattle crew - get ‘em while they’re here at $44.99. Pine Lake QFC.
Grabbed one of these based on this. Never had it. How do you drink it? (and, no need for "with your mouth" or "in a glass," you jokers!).
by Brandon R
August 25th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Cellar Sell Off - Portland, OR (CA, OR, WA, IT, FR)
Replies: 16
Views: 3028

Re: Cellar Sell Off - Portland, OR (CA, OR, WA, IT, FR)

Bought a mixed case from OP and met him in-person. He was responsive and accommodating, and the bottles look great.
by Brandon R
August 25th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14449
Views: 709241

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Mixed case of Bedrock Heritage from over on CC. 2 2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Dolinsek Ranch 1 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Nervo Ranch 2 2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Nervo Ranch 2 2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch 1 2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ran...
by Brandon R
August 25th, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Sugar in pork chop (or any other) brine...
Replies: 13
Views: 603

Sugar in pork chop (or any other) brine...

Hello, Food Lovers. I, like many of you, love pork chops. I love them grilled, braised, oven roasted, reverse-seared, etc. With chops, I almost always brine them. Nearly every brine I've seen and used for pork has a certain amount of sugar in the brine, along with the usual salt and aromatics. I bri...
by Brandon R
August 21st, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Food Mashups . . .
Replies: 38
Views: 1301

Re: Food Mashups . . .

Victor Hong wrote:
August 21st, 2020, 9:17 am
Sounds early for Christmas and a movie. Well, maybe, not this year.....
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by Brandon R
August 20th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?
Replies: 66
Views: 3477

Re: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?

Chris Freemott wrote:
August 19th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Alright. The jackass who suggested Deep River Maui Onion; yeah, you are dead to me.

Those are potato chip crack. Forced an extra 2 miles on myself during my daily walk to justify that binge.

7 servings per bag my ass.
Hilarious!
by Brandon R
August 18th, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hennessey Fire, Napa
Replies: 62
Views: 7693

Re: Hennessey Fire, Napa

Those are scary if not spectacular pics, Randy. My thoughts are with everyone in the area.
by Brandon R
August 18th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Food Mashups . . .
Replies: 38
Views: 1301

Re: Food Mashups . . .

Ha...funny. Like several above, we're frequent "burrito" and fritatta mashers that always include leftovers. Very versatile and nearly always quite tasty. I also have been known to do a version of fried rice that includes leftovers...most often protein or vegetables.
by Brandon R
August 17th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yikes!
Replies: 25
Views: 1695

Re: Yikes!

Sometimes I think these are TNs entered while intoxicated.
by Brandon R
August 13th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Closed
Replies: 4
Views: 1357

Re: FS: 25% OFF - Mixed WA Wines (Gramercy, K, L'Ecole, DeLille, Cadence, Long Shadows...)

Nice, I sent this to a non-WB friend here in Seattle. Will let you know.
by Brandon R
August 12th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2103
Views: 221930

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

"....that is just so rhone." WTH are you talking about, Victor?? What the heck does "WTH" mean? English is not my first language. As a favor, may you please translate this new story? Thank you. https://wacotrib.com/waco_today_magazine/grape-expectations-is-the-label-you-re-reading-the-label-you-re-...
by Brandon R
August 12th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2103
Views: 221930

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

"....that is just so rhone." WTH are you talking about, Victor??
by Brandon R
August 11th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Noir AVAs... mostly Sonoma Coast/Santa Barbara/Willamette Valley
Replies: 7
Views: 893

Re: Pinot Noir AVAs... mostly Sonoma Coast/Santa Barbara/Willamette Valley

Welcome to WB, Connor. I know you probably know this, but there are many smaller regions inside the Willamette Valley AVA (Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton, Dundee Hills, Eola Amity Hills, Chehalem Mountains, etc.). It might be interesting to buckle down a bit with what OR wines you like best and see w...
by Brandon R
August 10th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 13
Views: 947

Re: Coffee

NED VALOIS wrote:
August 5th, 2020, 11:27 am
Peets
This. We do a monthly shipment automatically from Peets. We get three pounds (the same roast, but it changes each month) and the roast date is less than a week from when we get it. It's excellent quality, very convenient, and fresh. I think it's about $35/mo. shipped.
by Brandon R
July 29th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stories of unexpected food finds in unlikely places...
Replies: 1
Views: 512

Stories of unexpected food finds in unlikely places...

The bite I just took made me feel compelled to post this completely trivial, but kind of fun, story and ask about similar stories from you all. This past weekend, the family and I were headed back to Seattle after spending an amazing few days at a vacation rental in the San Juan Islands. The ferry t...
by Brandon R
July 29th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natty Wine: A Millennial Con?
Replies: 113
Views: 4336

Re: Natty Wine: A Millennial Con?

For me, the really flagrant mistake is the claim that "Natural wines are those made from organic grapes, untreated with pesticides." Now that might seem logical, but there are plenty of "natural" producers who farm using chemicals. YES! While certainly not limited to natural wines (I've heard of th...
by Brandon R
July 22nd, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2628

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Lee Braem wrote:
July 20th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Lamborn. Label of the 16 says 15.3% but it doesn’t taste like it.
Gotta have a little fun with you, Lee, on this one. Not too sure your suggestion fits with, "....lower alcohol Zinfandel..." neener
by Brandon R
July 22nd, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vine Porn
Replies: 313
Views: 24366

Re: Vine Porn

While not a storied or widely-known vineyard, this is the estate vineyard right in front (South) of Two Mountain Winery's tasting room outside Zillah, WA in the lower Yakima Valley.

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by Brandon R
July 21st, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bread porn -- post yours
Replies: 209
Views: 17898

Re: Bread porn -- post yours

Wow. Spectacular, Christine!
by Brandon R
July 21st, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Knives or wine glasses
Replies: 34
Views: 1697

Re: Knives or wine glasses

Definitely glasses. I can typically hack away at whatever I have cooked, even if it's not ideal, with what's on hand. However, drinking the great wines I sometimes bring out of a crappy glass would make me vacation-cranky*.

*Cranky, but only as much as one can be on vacation.
by Brandon R
July 20th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 1999 Musar. (Cringe - worthy?)
Replies: 16
Views: 952

Re: TN 1999 Musar. (Cringe)

The "Cringe" in the thread title threw me off. Sounds like a great wine, though.
by Brandon R
July 17th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2628

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Super helpful, Victor.

I've really started to like Bucklin and their Zins and blends. I just tried to go their site and it's not working, but I'd be surprised if they were high-proof. I also think the ancient vines are really cool. I dig their Grenache as well.

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