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by Elliot Steele
December 10th, 2018, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 37
Views: 746

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

I’ve really enjoyed Smith Madrone’s rieslings the last couple vintages. Very fairly priced to boot too.
by Elliot Steele
December 4th, 2018, 8:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 15
Views: 376

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

You're honestly better off using a bench scraper to scoop up vegetables than using your knife. You'll just end up dulling it faster that way
by Elliot Steele
December 4th, 2018, 7:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 15
Views: 376

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

Check out Epicurean Edge. They have a great selection of Japanese knives. I just picked up a really nice nakiri from them on Cyber Monday which is in the realm of what you're looking for. You can get some great knives from small makers for a little more than half the price of that Shun.
by Elliot Steele
November 19th, 2018, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1980 Kalin cuvée JL & 1980 Chalone pinots
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: 1980 Kalin cuvée JL & 1980 Chalone pinots

If memory serves me correctly I had the JL over the summer and it was in desperate need of air. A ton of VA upfront that was tough to get past but when it finally blew off and opened up it was singing. I'd give it 2-3 hours of air if your bottle shows the same as mine did on the PnP. Love me some Ka...
by Elliot Steele
November 19th, 2018, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somek Winery - Israel
Replies: 5
Views: 212

Re: Somek Winery - Israel

Thanks for the report, Howard. Do you see any progression in quality and/or stylistically overall since you've last been? I too have tried my fair share of kosher Israeli wines and have never been remotely satisfied. Hell I'd even go so far as to say kosher wines made anywhere in the world are a gen...
by Elliot Steele
November 17th, 2018, 4:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1259

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

Y ou are exactly right. It's just that in koshering, according to Chabad, Not sure why you keep referring to Chabad. AFAIK, Chabad squawks a lot but they don't speak for all of Orthodox Jewry. I would defer to OU (Orthodox Union) myself; https://oukosher.org Please note that I don't claim to be rig...
by Elliot Steele
November 17th, 2018, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1096
Views: 54115

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires is such a great price. Had to break my already short lived moratorium for it. If it's anything like '95 with some cellar time I'll be a very happy camper.
by Elliot Steele
November 17th, 2018, 6:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1259

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

The TJ's Kosher birds are dry-brined and not soaked? Are you sure? That might get me on board to try one. I detest wet-brined birds and birds with added "flavour enhancer" solutions like just about every frozen bird out there. I usually end up with a Jenny-O or one from Sprouts. Kosher meats by nat...
by Elliot Steele
November 15th, 2018, 11:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1259

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

The TJ's Kosher birds are dry-brined and not soaked? Are you sure? That might get me on board to try one. I detest wet-brined birds and birds with added "flavour enhancer" solutions like just about every frozen bird out there. I usually end up with a Jenny-O or one from Sprouts. Kosher meats by nat...
by Elliot Steele
November 15th, 2018, 3:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1259

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

Trader Joe's Kosher +1000. Trader Joe's kosher turkeys are the best. And you've got the added plus that they've already been dry brined. I am shocked at this, but trust Elliot's opinion 100%. I stopped buying chicken/meat at TJ years ago because I found the quality to be poor (and freshness sorely ...
by Elliot Steele
November 15th, 2018, 12:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1259

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

+1000. Trader Joe's kosher turkeys are the best. And you've got the added plus that they've already been dry brined. +1001, I buy several to have over the next couple months. Do you need to soak before cooking? No soaking required. I usually hit it with some more salt in fact as the initial dry bri...
by Elliot Steele
November 14th, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Recommendations under $100
Replies: 55
Views: 2993

Re: Champagne Recommendations under $100

Highly enjoyed the Envoyer pick up of Mouzon Leroux L'Atavique. Really lovely stuff for around $40. Also a big fan of Jose Dhondt for both NV and vintage.
by Elliot Steele
November 12th, 2018, 1:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1259

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

G. Bienstock wrote:
November 12th, 2018, 12:50 pm
Trader Joe's Kosher
+1000. Trader Joe's kosher turkeys are the best. And you've got the added plus that they've already been dry brined.
by Elliot Steele
November 9th, 2018, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others
Replies: 46
Views: 1639

Re: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others

Oremus and Szepsy are a couple Tokaj producers I've really enjoyed. I believe Oremus is currently owned by the same folks who own Vega Sicilia. As an aside I find I enjoy Tokaj, and Beerenauslese for that matter, a lot more then Sauternes.
by Elliot Steele
November 8th, 2018, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 83
Views: 2673

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

Forgot to mention one of my favorite QPR bottles from Cali is Halcon Alturas. It's Syrah from the Yorkville Highlands not too far north of Napa Valley. Absolutely killer juice and so affordable. Well worth seeking out.
by Elliot Steele
November 8th, 2018, 11:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 83
Views: 2673

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

ClayS wrote:
November 8th, 2018, 8:16 pm
So, what are some big cabs from California to check out? Below $50...and I don’t have a friend with a helicopter...
I'd check out Smith Madrone. Very well balanced, well made Spring Mountain estate cab that ages well. Their riesling isn't too shabby either and also ages very well.
by Elliot Steele
November 8th, 2018, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 83
Views: 2673

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

Hmm check out white burgundy from the Macon region. Plenty of great wines coming out of that region for $15/btl. Andre Bonhomme being one of those producers. Also look for the reds coming out of Puglia in southern Italy. Negroamaro is pretty cheap and tasty for the money. For my money I like Cantele...
by Elliot Steele
November 8th, 2018, 12:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Efficient garlic/salt shaker ideas for cooking
Replies: 16
Views: 355

Re: Efficient garlic/salt shaker ideas for cooking

The problem you're having is that the steam from whatever you're cooking causes the granulated spices to clump and block the holes. Either just season from up higher or earlier in the process before the steam becomes an issue.
by Elliot Steele
October 16th, 2018, 7:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA
Replies: 28
Views: 1121

D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA

Today only till 9pm. 40% off. Some good deals to be had.
by Elliot Steele
October 5th, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Fruity, non-dry, low-tannin, low-acidic Super Tuscans
Replies: 11
Views: 420

Re: Fruity, non-dry, low-tannin, low-acidic Super Tuscans

Well if you like red Burgundy you will like Gamay which is the grape they grow in Beaujolais. Just for your reference you should know that the Beaujolais region is at the southern-most part of what is still, or at least used to be, considered Burgundy.
by Elliot Steele
October 5th, 2018, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Fruity, non-dry, low-tannin, low-acidic Super Tuscans
Replies: 11
Views: 420

Re: Fruity, non-dry, low-tannin, low-acidic Super Tuscans

Cru Beaujolais seems like a better place to start than Tuscany. See if you can find yourself some Chateau Thivin or Foillard. Trousseau from the Jura region would be another. Ganevat is a good producer to start with. I'd post this in the Wine Talk forum if you want to get more answers Thanks, indee...
by Elliot Steele
October 4th, 2018, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you attached to a bottle of wine ?
Replies: 40
Views: 1500

Re: Are you attached to a bottle of wine ?

All the time unfortunately, although I figure at some point I'm going to try and remove the labels and make a book with all of them. I keep bottles from the 50s and 60s that belonged to my grandfather and bottles from offlines where we pop something special and it may be the only time I will ever ge...
by Elliot Steele
October 4th, 2018, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Fruity, non-dry, low-tannin, low-acidic Super Tuscans
Replies: 11
Views: 420

Re: Fruity, non-dry, low-tannin, low-acidic Super Tuscans

Cru Beaujolais seems like a better place to start than Tuscany. See if you can find yourself some Chateau Thivin or Foillard. Trousseau from the Jura region would be another. Ganevat is a good producer to start with.

I'd post this in the Wine Talk forum if you want to get more answers
by Elliot Steele
October 3rd, 2018, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 920
Views: 99642

Re: Official Costco Thread

Burbank Costco has 2 bottles left of 2015 Haut Brion with the OWC for $529.99/btl. Great price but I'm not baller enough to go dropping coin on that unfortunately
by Elliot Steele
October 3rd, 2018, 7:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1749
Views: 140165

Re: Steak Porn

Two inch thick Prime strip from Costco. https://scontent-mia3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42111755_1859064544211948_339885316460511232_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&oh=3d8988edd276fb9823fd15140c9a0dc5&oe=5C5FF742 God that looks good, Bill. Curious to know how the quality/flavor was as I purchased a Costco prime NY...
by Elliot Steele
September 30th, 2018, 9:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15802
Views: 368945

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I’m back in Taiwan and found a local store with a bunch of Cantillon Gueuze, about $17 for the 750ml. It may be my house wine this week. A20E598F-FFD7-47BE-9B8D-EAE2D54E59FE.jpeg Love the label. If you're ever in Brussels you've got to check out the Mannekin Pis museum with all of the different out...
by Elliot Steele
September 30th, 2018, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Super Mâconnais
Replies: 11
Views: 513

Re: Super Mâconnais

thx Barry , will look to see if the Pouilly and Saint Veran are available locally.. Elliot: will also look for the Vire Clesse ..Am always looking for Macon whites that I haven't tried before .. Keep a look out for the Les Pierres Blanches, Cuvee Speciale, and V.V. bottlings. The first being my per...
by Elliot Steele
September 30th, 2018, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Super Mâconnais
Replies: 11
Views: 513

Re: Super Mâconnais

Thanks for the note. Will try to find that locally to give it a go. I'm a big fan of André Bonhomme's Viré Clessé stuff and think that Macon is so under rated as a whole.
by Elliot Steele
September 29th, 2018, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 920
Views: 99642

Re: Official Costco Thread

Sherman Oaks Costco had 2015 Rauzan Segla at $69.99. Cleaned out the last 7 bottles there. Wonder if they've got it anywhere else?
by Elliot Steele
September 26th, 2018, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers
Replies: 33
Views: 1445

Re: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
September 26th, 2018, 9:30 am
In addition:

Vallana for Gattinara, Spanna, Boca.

For Carema, we like Ferrando, both white and black label.
Sarah, I'm sure you've also had Ferrando's passito, but if you haven't I can highly recommend it as lovely dessert wine.
by Elliot Steele
September 26th, 2018, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers
Replies: 33
Views: 1445

Re: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers

Big fan of Ferrando and Sperino already as well as Cantina dei Produttori. Need to try Vallana and others listed here as well. I see a N. Piedmont offline brewing here.....
by Elliot Steele
September 25th, 2018, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers
Replies: 33
Views: 1445

Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers

I've had a decent size sampling of 50's and 60's Spanna, Gattinara, and Carema from various producers and have found across the board that these wines are long lived, Burgundian, and great values to boot. I've wanted to stock up on some producers who are currently making wines that fit the bill of w...
by Elliot Steele
September 20th, 2018, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JonBonne: Texture in Wine
Replies: 42
Views: 1159

Re: JonBonne: Texture in Wine

Some of these descriptors elude me, I have to say. I'm always seeing "fine-grained tannins", for instance, but I'm not sure quite what that means. I've never seen anybody mention "coarse-grained tannins" (or maybe "crap-grained tannins"?). I like to think of fine grained vs coarse tannins as the di...
by Elliot Steele
September 9th, 2018, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine With "Jewish" Deli For Tonight
Replies: 13
Views: 574

Re: Wine With "Jewish" Deli For Tonight

Hungarian Kekfrankos definitely fits the bill. Think Chinon meets N. Rhone and that basically sums it up.
by Elliot Steele
September 5th, 2018, 11:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Looking for a good, BYOB friendly restaurant in mid-Wilshire area of LA
Replies: 10
Views: 456

Re: Looking for a good, BYOB friendly restaurant in mid-Wilshire area of LA

Not sure if this is straying too far from mid-Wilshire but I'd highly recommend Kali. Chef's tasting menu was fantastic a couple weeks ago.
by Elliot Steele
August 23rd, 2018, 10:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Sous vide fried chicken?
Replies: 43
Views: 1183

Re: Sous vide fried chicken?

Here's ChefSteps recipe: https://www.chefsteps.com/activities/can-t-f-it-up-fried-chicken The one time I tried this it didn’t work out. Of course that was the one time I tried fried chicken, so the problem was likely operator error. Not necessarily operator error. That's the recipe I've used and th...
by Elliot Steele
August 22nd, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Sous vide fried chicken?
Replies: 43
Views: 1183

Re: Sous vide fried chicken?

I've done it and it ain't all it's cracked up to be. Something about the skin never comes out quite right. It has this rubbery quality to it that never really seems to crisp up entirely. I once did it where I took the skin off, then fried the skin separately. Pretty tasty. If I had to do it again t...
by Elliot Steele
August 22nd, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Sous vide fried chicken?
Replies: 43
Views: 1183

Re: Sous vide fried chicken?

I've done it and it ain't all it's cracked up to be. Something about the skin never comes out quite right. It has this rubbery quality to it that never really seems to crisp up entirely.
by Elliot Steele
August 18th, 2018, 4:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: LA Bordier PSA
Replies: 10
Views: 490

Re: LA Bordier PSA

alan weinberg wrote:
August 18th, 2018, 10:10 am
richard ritter wrote:
August 18th, 2018, 5:36 am
Do they Ship?
no.
Not entirely true. There are a few items they will overnight. Bordier being one of those items I believe
by Elliot Steele
August 18th, 2018, 4:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: LA Bordier PSA
Replies: 10
Views: 490

Re: LA Bordier PSA

From Hillary over at Epicurus: Hi folks. Just wanted to clarify our email to the Wine Berserkers; so sorry if it was confusing. Epicurus Gourmet is already "wholesale to the public", but we do offer an extra discount for Berserkers under a special account. This is one reason Elliot posted that you s...
by Elliot Steele
August 13th, 2018, 5:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: LA Bordier PSA
Replies: 10
Views: 490

LA Bordier PSA

Epicurus Gourmet is putting in a special order tomorrow by the end of the day on Bordier so if you have any requests talk to Hillary and don't forget to mention you're a Berserker. They have access to some new flavors too aside from the usual stuff [cheers.gif]
by Elliot Steele
August 5th, 2018, 11:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA for butter-heads: Bordier in NYC
Replies: 16
Views: 1100

PSA for butter-heads: Bordier in NYC

alan weinberg wrote:
M.Kaplan wrote:Epicurus Gourmet http://www.epicurusgourmet.com/
thanks, sent an email.
When you check out make sure to mention to Hillary that you're a Berserker.
by Elliot Steele
August 5th, 2018, 4:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA for butter-heads: Bordier in NYC
Replies: 16
Views: 1100

PSA for butter-heads: Bordier in NYC

M.Kaplan wrote:Epicurus Gourmet http://www.epicurusgourmet.com/
Shhh....All kidding aside though, Alan, if you haven't been it's a must. Get on their mailing list so you can order truffles and caviar in advance too.
by Elliot Steele
June 5th, 2018, 9:32 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Carmel Restaurant Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 333

Carmel Restaurant Recommendations

If you're willing to drive up to Monterey we like Bistro Moulin and have always been comped on corkage there to boot.
by Elliot Steele
June 5th, 2018, 8:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA for butter-heads: Bordier in NYC
Replies: 16
Views: 1100

PSA for butter-heads: Bordier in NYC

Wonder what the prices are there. I picked up two "logs" meant for restaurant use here in LA for $12 each. Each log is about 300 grams if I remember correctly.
by Elliot Steele
May 19th, 2018, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DRC is coming to Corton Charlemagne
Replies: 23
Views: 1734

DRC will make the wine of a parcel of Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne

I suppose that you know already that DRC will do with a part of Bonneau du Martray what it did with the Corton of Prince de Mérode. The successor of Bernard Noblet will take care of the making of the Corton Charlemagne for some 3 hectars among the 11 hectars of the Corton Charlemagne of Bonneau du ...
by Elliot Steele
May 14th, 2018, 9:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1163
Views: 52200

What did you cook tonight?

Fresh asparagus sous vide with garlic and lemon zest to infuse, with miso butter, sous vide egg, lemon zest, dill, parsley. https://i.imgur.com/LUYu29F.jpg Porcini risotto with seared asparagus tips and sous vide egg. Risotto cooked with reconstituted porcini/oyster stock fortified with bay leaf, s...
by Elliot Steele
May 12th, 2018, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1927 Rieussec: Now with TN
Replies: 38
Views: 1588

Thoughts on Pairing: 1927 Rieussec

Foie Gras Dave and Elliot, This seems traditional and the richness pairs really well with younger Sauternes. Does it work well with 50-100 bottles too? I have no idea. I'll defer to Monsieur Audouze on that one. Maybe make several dishes that may or may not pair well with it but will be good food r...
by Elliot Steele
May 12th, 2018, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1927 Rieussec: Now with TN
Replies: 38
Views: 1588

Thoughts on Pairing: 1927 Rieussec

This particular version of foie was the best I had while in Budapest last year, and I had many renditions [wow.gif] I remember this going very well with whatever Tokaji they poured with that course.

Seared foie over baked apples and buttery fondant potatoes

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