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by Elliot Steele
September 6th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5797

Re: Another Flannery PSA

As far as I know the California Reserve is Holstein (dairy) cattle and the Midwestern is Angus. Thanks! (Steers don't produce milk, though, just for the record. Ha!) Thanks for the bio lesson! I believe that the Holstein they use are the male cattle that typically get used for veal production. I'll...
by Elliot Steele
September 5th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5797

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Quick report on the 75 day aged and 50 day aged, which we tried a couple of weeks ago. The 75 day was interesting - very exotic in flavor. It definitely had a "blue cheese" smell before it was cooked, which I guess is expected since the same mold does the work of dry aging as what causes veining in...
by Elliot Steele
August 18th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 108
Views: 5277

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

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. Smith Madrone is ...
by Elliot Steele
July 22nd, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5797

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Just went in for a nice sampling. I'm very excited to try that porterhouse!
by Elliot Steele
July 5th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Pasta maker
Replies: 9
Views: 1423

Re: Pasta maker

By pasta maker are you referring to something that rolls the dough or something that mixes the dough for you? The Marcato Atlas 150 is what I use for sheeting the dough and it's great. If you want to make extruded shapes that's a whole different ballgame and you'll need some fairly expensive equipme...
by Elliot Steele
June 29th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5797

Another Flannery PSA

Jorges, ribeyes, skirt steaks and hangars are on sale. Not sure if I missed anything else [cheers.gif]
by Elliot Steele
June 18th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have no wine
Replies: 30
Views: 2408

Re: I have no wine

Sounds like it's time for a "Philip on tour" trip ala Mike Grammar! Come on down we will open plenty of bottles for you [cheers.gif] That being said I hope everything works out for the best. I'll second that. As if we needed another reason to fire up your pizza oven anyways [cheers.gif] Hope it all...
by Elliot Steele
May 26th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 51
Views: 2002

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16

I unfortunately have to cancel. Hope to catch you guys next time around.
by Elliot Steele
May 1st, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses

Thanks for the note. The three bottles of '06 I've had recently have been nothing but generous, open and at peak. I really think this doesn't get the attention it deserves as it is generally rustic and quite mineral, but it has a charming quality about it that speaks to my palate.
by Elliot Steele
April 21st, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 51
Views: 2002

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area

Bruce Rudman wrote:
April 21st, 2019, 4:41 pm
Scott Watkins wrote:
April 21st, 2019, 3:57 pm
Elliot Steele wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 7:28 am


Carpool?
Well this thread has grown! Elliot you must mean Uber pool.
Scott, I think he meant to carpool with YOU!
No, he means Uber pool with him lol. None of us will be able to drive after, and lord knows Andrea doesn't want me sleeping on the dog bed again a la Totoraku [wow.gif]
by Elliot Steele
April 21st, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 51
Views: 2002

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area

I'm in for the 22nd and am just bringing myself. I'll bring red burg most likely. Are we declaring what we are bringing so there is no overlap?
by Elliot Steele
April 20th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?
Replies: 18
Views: 802

Re: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?

This chicken chile verde recipe from Serious Eats is about as tasty as it gets. And you can just pick up pre-made pico de gallo and tacos if you're feeling super lazy.
by Elliot Steele
April 20th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 51
Views: 2002

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area

The 22nd or 23rd works best seeing as the 16th is Father's Day but I do have the 15th open. Love the Cali Pinot vs. Red Burg theme. I'll assume we are we bringing one of each.
by Elliot Steele
April 19th, 2019, 4:21 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 51
Views: 2002

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area

I'm in date depending. Any chance we can expand the theme to include red burg as well?
by Elliot Steele
April 12th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 800
Views: 52390

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
April 7th, 2019, 4:27 pm

'66 Dom Ruinart Baron Philippe de Rothschild labeling - DOA
Too bad about that. I opened up the '64 from 750 last summer and it was an absolute knockout wine. Very little, if any, bubbles left but my god was that a complex and perfectly mature wine. Was that your last bottle?
by Elliot Steele
April 9th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please
Replies: 16
Views: 537

Re: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please

In Vienna there's Vinothek St. Stephan which I picked up a few of Veyder-Malberg's wines from for a song. There selection of local stuff is pretty good as were their prices relative to other places I stopped by. The guys who work there know the inventory well and are worth listening to for advice.
by Elliot Steele
April 3rd, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT Etiquette Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1194

Re: CT Etiquette Question

One note per bottle and subdivide the note into night one, two etc. with a score for each night
by Elliot Steele
March 27th, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 41
Views: 2803

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

Glad to hear you had a good experience, David. Mine is the note before yours on CT and I'm curious to know if you just popped and poured it or not. My experience was entirely different from yours. It was an unforgiving beast of a wine when I drank it but you could absolutely tell it has the bones t...
by Elliot Steele
March 27th, 2019, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 41
Views: 2803

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

Glad to hear you had a good experience, David. Mine is the note before yours on CT and I'm curious to know if you just popped and poured it or not. My experience was entirely different from yours. It was an unforgiving beast of a wine when I drank it but you could absolutely tell it has the bones to...
by Elliot Steele
March 18th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is a "polished" wine
Replies: 52
Views: 1483

Re: What is a "polished" wine

I've always used/understood the term to mean a modern and rounded version of whatever varietal it is rather than a more terroir-driven/slightly rustic version of the same grape. Curious to see how others use this term as well.
by Elliot Steele
March 17th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Re: Thanks....

2018 Proprietà Sperino Lessona Rosa del Rosa - Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Lessona (3/17/2019) {ProWein 2019} Only in bottle for some days, this is already quite special. Medium body, pale garnet with orange and silver rim. Soil, woodland, strawberry, and cherry on the nose. Silky palate wi...
by Elliot Steele
March 17th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 140
Views: 9967

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

1995 Dagueneau Pur Sang (White of the year by a country mile and easily in my top 3 all time) This was my epiphany wine in November 1997. When I tried to find it, the 1996 had already been released, and I couldn’t source it. (No wine-searcher and few wine-store sites back then!) I would bring a ver...
by Elliot Steele
March 17th, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 140
Views: 9967

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

Admittedly, I've been drinking quite well since the beginning of the year but these are definitely the standouts so far in the order they were drank: 1995 Krug from mag 2008 Comte Liger Belair Vosne Romanee 1993 Comte de Vogue Chambolle Musigny 2007 Vatan Sancerre Clos la Néore 1960 Inglenook Cabern...
by Elliot Steele
March 16th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: St. Patty’s Day Pairings - thoughts?
Replies: 9
Views: 511

Re: St. Patty’s Day Pairings - thoughts?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
March 16th, 2019, 7:01 am
Riesling
+1 I'd say make it Alsatian seeing as your food choice in essence resembles choucroute garnie.
by Elliot Steele
March 16th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 L. Aubry Fils Champagne Ivoire et Ebene (France, Champagne)
Replies: 3
Views: 216

Re: TN: 2012 L. Aubry Fils Champagne Ivoire et Ebene (France, Champagne)

Nice note. This was a great pickup from Envoyer and after having this and the 08 Aubry de Humbert I've caught on to how good of a producer they are. Sad I only picked up a couple of these when it was offered but I know to grab a bunch next time 'round!
by Elliot Steele
March 15th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1627
Views: 91510

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I've gotta say that I was wholly unimpressed by the '12 Presidence. Maybe it was because I decided to pop it the day it was delivered but it was just mean, lean and overly acidic with no fruit to speak of. I've got two left and will hold them for several years before retrying. I'm hoping that bottl...
by Elliot Steele
March 15th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1627
Views: 91510

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I've gotta say that I was wholly unimpressed by the '12 Presidence. Maybe it was because I decided to pop it the day it was delivered but it was just mean, lean and overly acidic with no fruit to speak of. I've got two left and will hold them for several years before retrying. I'm hoping that bottle...
by Elliot Steele
March 12th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post wines that tastes like cheese please!
Replies: 26
Views: 1091

Re: Post wines that tastes like cheese please!

The 2015 Domaine des Baumard Savennieres we popped open a couple weeks ago was so stinky/ripe/cheesy I had a hard time getting through it. Others seemed to like it though...This might be your cup of tea
by Elliot Steele
March 11th, 2019, 11:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?
Replies: 68
Views: 4031

Re: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?

At a level of its own: Soldera Just below: Montevertine, Cerbaiona (pre-2010), Salvioni, Poggio di Sotto (pre-2007) There are quite a few Chianti that I also like a lot but these mentioned above are at the very top curious why pre-2010 Cerbaiona only? I had a killer 2011 and 2013 recently. sad that...
by Elliot Steele
March 11th, 2019, 11:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47799

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Went to Kali, enjoyed it but didn't quite have the spark I was hoping for. If it was my neighborhood place, I'd love it, but didn't seem worth driving crosstown for. The beetroot tartare was a wow, the rest was tasty but not worth driving crosstown for. Perhaps if I ordered the Flannery, but steak ...
by Elliot Steele
March 11th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?
Replies: 68
Views: 4031

Re: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?

Just had a bottle of Gaja's 1990 Sugarille this past Thursday. Gave new meaning to how great Sangiovese can be. I can't say I've had a more serious or intellectual bottle of Brunello and as good as the 2001 Valdicava is this is just on another level.
by Elliot Steele
March 6th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio
Replies: 10
Views: 428

Re: TN: 2015 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio

Justin S wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 8:59 am
Big fan of this winery, especially the Lessona bottling. Will be on the lookout for this as it is released into the USA.
+1 Also a big fan here. Thanks for the note, Tim! This just makes me want to do another Alto Piemonte offline....
by Elliot Steele
March 6th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Herring
Replies: 12
Views: 465

Re: Herring

True uncooked kippers might work, but I think anything in a can has been cooked. Correct, has to be pasteurized. Cold smoked is not cooked, it is cured. The difference is substantial. I love herring, need to try this! While you're at it you need to try both pickled herring and schmaltz herring too....
by Elliot Steele
March 5th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Felettig?
Replies: 1
Views: 284

Thoughts on Felettig?

Has anyone had enough experience with these wines to give it the thumbs up or down? Meadow's notes/scores seem good on a fair amount of their wines but there isn't much CT data to back it up. Are they considered an under-the-radar/up-and-coming producer? Are these good selections for the cellar? I h...
by Elliot Steele
March 1st, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Sub-$40 Chardonnay
Replies: 42
Views: 1909

Re: Favorite Sub-$40 Chardonnay

That’s good to know. I like P-V quite a bit for red burgundy, but haven’t really explored the white wines. Two estates that make good ones are Chandon de Briailles and Domaine Dublere. I’ll look for the Dublere wine as well. Chandon de Briailles is one of my top Burgundy producers(I really enjoy an...
by Elliot Steele
March 1st, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 229
Views: 10222

Re: Why sous vide?

I have what may be a silly question about SV. How do you handle a steak dinner where various people want rare, medium rare and medium. (We’ll assume we don’t invite people who eat steak well done [stirthepothal.gif] ). [Multiple baths, and changing the menu are cheating!] One of the most common que...
by Elliot Steele
February 28th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Sub-$40 Chardonnay
Replies: 42
Views: 1909

Re: Favorite Sub-$40 Chardonnay

Henri Prudhon's Saint Aubin En Remilly
by Elliot Steele
February 21st, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opinions on Bouzy rouge still wine
Replies: 18
Views: 809

Re: Opinions on Bouzy rouge still wine

I'll add that I went through a case of Egly-Ouriet Ambonnay Rouge Coteaux Champenois from Ambonnay over the course of 10 years or so and it was spectacular from first bottle to last. Wish I still had some hidden away! Just had the 08 of this last night and it was absolutely on fire. The complexity ...
by Elliot Steele
February 12th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings
Replies: 18
Views: 945

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

In-N-Out fries do indeed suck. All you need to know if you live in LA is that the best fries are at the Bellwether. Period. End of story. I would venture to say they are the best fries I've had anywhere on planet earth.
by Elliot Steele
February 10th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is a VitaMix worth it?
Replies: 39
Views: 2096

Re: Is a VitaMix worth it?

Tried this tonight holy crap it's great and best of all super easy! Just another reason to love the Vitamix. Thanks! Thanks for the invite, old man! I didn't know you were feeling better already. I would've stopped by with a hell of a lineup for you to break your fast with Well then that's my mista...
by Elliot Steele
February 9th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is a VitaMix worth it?
Replies: 39
Views: 2096

Re: Is a VitaMix worth it?

You can't post something like that without a recipe. Do tell! Here you go: https://www.vitamix.com/mx/en_us/recipes/lemon-curd Tried this tonight holy crap it's great and best of all super easy! Just another reason to love the Vitamix. Thanks! Thanks for the invite, old man! I didn't know you were ...
by Elliot Steele
February 9th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers
Replies: 36
Views: 2476

Re: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers

Had a couple bottles from Rovellotti over the last two weeks. Wow is it great juice! 09 and 11 Chioso dei Pomi. 09 is rich, plummy, truffley and really singing right now with many years of upside and development ahead. The 11 is more sleek in structure and feminine with pretty red fruits poking thr...
by Elliot Steele
February 6th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Bryant Family Allocation
Replies: 4
Views: 555

Re: 2016 Bryant Family Allocation

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by Elliot Steele
February 6th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Bryant Family Allocation
Replies: 4
Views: 555

Re: 2016 Bryant Family Allocation

I tasted the '16 cab just last week at dinner with Bettina alongside the 2014 cab and the 2013 Bettina. Very well made wines even if a bit rich for my AFWE palate. They had a fair amount of new oak present and it is apparent that these are not being made for immediate consumption based on their stru...
by Elliot Steele
January 31st, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sushi and Champagne
Replies: 19
Views: 2392

Re: Sushi and Champagne

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 7:13 am
I like grand Marques with some age with sushi.
+1 Also, the 96 and 01 Vilmart CdC are singing right now if you've got them laying around.
by Elliot Steele
January 30th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley 2017 Vintage Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1751

Re: Turley 2017 Vintage Spring Release

Funny there's been no mention of the Ueberroth. I think it is by far the most distinctive zin I've had from any Cali producer aside from Ridge, but the styles are so different I wouldn't really compare them.
by Elliot Steele
January 27th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers
Replies: 36
Views: 2476

Re: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers

Had a couple bottles from Rovellotti over the last two weeks. Wow is it great juice! 09 and 11 Chioso dei Pomi. 09 is rich, plummy, truffley and really singing right now with many years of upside and development ahead. The 11 is more sleek in structure and feminine with pretty red fruits poking thro...
by Elliot Steele
January 23rd, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1468
Views: 174839

Re: Official Costco Thread

Burbank Costco has 02 Piper Heidsieck Cuvee Rare for $95. Still about a case left. Helluva price
by Elliot Steele
January 20th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1999 Vogue - Chambolle - Pre cru
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: 1999 Vogue - Chambolle - Pre cru

Just had the '93 Chambolle village last week and I found it to be getting close to hitting peak with at least 25 years left to go. It was just as you are describing this wine as well with dark fruits, crystalline focus and purity with a velvety texture and seamlessness that left me in awe of its hum...

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