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by JDavisRoby
September 24th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: need help finding the right Syrah/shiraz
Replies: 29
Views: 1163

Re: need help finding the right Syrah/shiraz

Zaca Mesa has been on closeout locally the last few weeks. Found the estate Syrah for sub $15. I believe it is normally in the low $20’s. It is fantastic and would recommend.
by JDavisRoby
September 24th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1814

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Todd Hamina wrote:
September 23rd, 2019, 9:19 pm
Well, I can show you what a winery that has picked nothing looks like...
...as long as it’s nothing this year and prior year’s grapes are ready to drink!
by JDavisRoby
September 24th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1814

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

I see you on our calendar for Thursday morning. We will be at it hard that day but I will come up and say hi. Sorry, hard to make promises beyond that. Literally the largest (potential) harvest day ever at PGC with a combination of white and Pinot adding up to over 30 tons. Jim, that would be great...
by JDavisRoby
September 23rd, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Green String Farming approach
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Re: Green String Farming approach

Makes me think of String Cheese Incident.
by JDavisRoby
September 23rd, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1814

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Marcus Goodfellow wrote:
September 23rd, 2019, 8:16 pm
Rick Allen wrote:
September 22nd, 2019, 10:14 pm
Stop by for a beer. I'm three blocks from Goodfellow.
I’ll walk him over myself.
Now I feel like a VIP. champagne.gif
by JDavisRoby
September 23rd, 2019, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1814

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Thanks Rick! That’s a great idea.
by JDavisRoby
September 22nd, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1814

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Headed out this week. Going to see Biggio-Hamina followed by Goodfellow. Haven’t made a third appointment for that afternoon. Unless someone has a great suggestion I’m going to keep it to two visits. We will see Patricia Green the next day before heading to Bend for golf.
by JDavisRoby
September 16th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Bravissimo glassware and balloon decanters at Best Buy right now
Replies: 20
Views: 1706

Re: Riedel Bravissimo glassware and balloon decanters at Best Buy right now

Is this a Best Buy exclusive? When did Best Buy start selling wine glasses?
by JDavisRoby
September 15th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1980 Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: TN: 1980 Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon

I have a few 750’s of this wine. Planning to open in the next year. Hope they’ve aged as well as this magnum.
by JDavisRoby
September 9th, 2019, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Postponed releases - RAYAS, OGIER, MUGNIER etc.
Replies: 55
Views: 3279

Re: Postponed releases - RAYAS, OGIER, MUGNIER etc.

I believe Mt Eden does this but not this extreme. 4-5 years?
by JDavisRoby
September 8th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?
Replies: 21
Views: 1385

Re: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?

I got rid of the gas grill when I got the Traeger. Gets to temp just about as fast. It doesn’t sear, but it still grills nicely for my taste when I need a quick grilled meal.
by JDavisRoby
September 8th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32684

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

I prefer butcher paper over foil. I also prefer to make sure the meat does not rest directly on the paper. I do this by putting the meat on a v-rack and then wrap the paper around the rack. I’ve used a rib rack so they are stacked vertical rather than laying on the grill grates for the 3 & 1, but n...
by JDavisRoby
September 7th, 2019, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting outside vs inside?!
Replies: 30
Views: 1133

Re: Decanting outside vs inside?!

Michael Lewis wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 5:57 am
Maybe a local critter added a little something to your wine outside.
I have a wooden ball that sits perfectly in the mouth of one of my decanters for those times we want the decanter on the screen porch. Had a bug end up in wine more than once.
by JDavisRoby
September 7th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 350
Views: 29665

Re: Your Gin?

Uncle Val's Botanical Gin I don't like this gin. I learned after the fact that this is a compound gin. London Dry gins are distilled with botanicals, and cannot have any flavoring or additional botanicals added after the distillation process. The result is an infusion of flavors, and typically a li...
by JDavisRoby
September 4th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: BBQ Tour
Replies: 24
Views: 937

Re: BBQ Tour

If you get north of the Red River I would highly recommend driving 90 miles past OKC for Burnco BBQ. Best ribs I’ve ever had. Everything is made over open flame on Hasty Bakes. The founders were employees of Hasty Bake that went out on their own to start the restaurant. Curious where you’d go in OKC...
by JDavisRoby
September 4th, 2019, 7:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32684

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Thanks Mike. Will give this a try soon.
by JDavisRoby
September 4th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 70
Views: 3185

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

There's a guy witha walk in at my storage facility in Pasadena that's just filled with Steakhouse Napa Cabs I currently have wine at two facilities and have definitely been shocked at seeing what people pay to keep in there... I own a non-wine self storage business that has some parking for RV's, t...
by JDavisRoby
September 4th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Le P'tit Paysan 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 797

Re: TN: Le P'tit Paysan 2016

Agreed on this wine. Good stuff.

The La Marea Albariño Ian makes is great as well.
by JDavisRoby
September 4th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Favorite Travel Organizer App?
Replies: 9
Views: 1189

Re: Favorite Travel Organizer App?

I’ve used TripIt in the past although it will add stuff I don’t want sometimes. Or, attempts to add events (concerts, dinner reservations) going on in my own city. For my last two trips I’ve just used my iCloud calendar. It has started to recognize plane tickets and other reservations. It’s easily s...
by JDavisRoby
September 4th, 2019, 6:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32684

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Mitch, do you add a liquid when the ribs are foiled?
by JDavisRoby
September 4th, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cold calls from wineries?
Replies: 22
Views: 2103

Re: Cold calls from wineries?

New iOS software gives the option to silence calls that aren’t in your contacts or you haven’t had a recent phone/message contact with. The missed call notification still shows and a voicemail will appear if left but otherwise it silenced the robo calls. As someone who rarely answers my phone if I d...
by JDavisRoby
September 4th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32684

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

How did I just now find this thread? For dry rub, I use a mix from my hometown butcher. But since everyone can't get to small town TX, I recommend Bolner's Fiesta rib rub or Rudy's rib rub. Use the 3-2-1 method. I have a 24x36 pitts and spitts offset firebox smoker and probably smoke meat 10-12x a ...
by JDavisRoby
September 3rd, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32684

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Could use a good recipe/method for great dry rub ribs. Wife and kids like sauced ribs which I feel good about my technique. But, I like dry rub ribs and would like to start experimenting with a few things. I typically buy racks of baby backs from Sam’s.
by JDavisRoby
September 2nd, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 1302

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

We did slate in our now five year old kitchen. It can be tough on the feet if you’re cooking for a long time but it has been extremely durable and easy to clean.
by JDavisRoby
September 1st, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 158
Views: 7689

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Ian Brand wrote:
September 1st, 2019, 4:47 pm
ABC for sure. Mount Eden Edna Valley, too. There’s a few there already...
Mount Eden Edna Valley is one of my favorite chards regardless of price point.
by JDavisRoby
August 31st, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 1302

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Looking at oven stacks. Definitely interested in a combi-oven and thinking about a double wall oven with plumbed water line and a chamber vac and warming drawer if it fits below. All the Miele stuff is 24”. Which means half sheet pan is the max. Don’t have wall space for 36” bit can do 30’s and won...
by JDavisRoby
August 31st, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Voting Process for Wine BID
Replies: 11
Views: 825

Re: Voting Process for Wine BID

Larry, wouldn’t the difference between the BID and the trade association mentioned above be the BID isn’t voluntary? If whatever business meets the requirements set forth in the formation of the BID all are required to pay, correct?
by JDavisRoby
August 31st, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine growlers ?
Replies: 9
Views: 445

Re: Wine growlers ?

We use a Yeti for this purpose. Perfect for taking rose to the beach or pool.
by JDavisRoby
August 31st, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 158
Views: 7689

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Josh Grossman wrote:
August 29th, 2019, 9:46 pm
I'm digressing, but I just opened a 2014 Argot Simpatico Ranch Bennett Valley Cali Chardonnay that was premoxed!!! To a T of what I've experienced from across the pond. WTF Chardonnay?
I have two of these in my offsite. Might have to them shipped in this fall.
by JDavisRoby
August 31st, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Voting Process for Wine BID
Replies: 11
Views: 825

Re: Voting Process for Wine BID

The BID’s I know of use a combination of land square footage and improved square footage to determine voting power and amount of payment.
by JDavisRoby
August 25th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phil Mickelson likes wine
Replies: 37
Views: 2888

Re: Phil Mickelson likes wine

I thought he had a Prince Albert. No, he’s trimmed up. Serious. Dude is on a mission, no more Dad Bod and Man Boobs on the Philmeister! His sister posted this earlier in the week. Dude must’ve had a tape worm transplant to trim up that quick. https://twitter.com/tinamickelson/status/116397958439344...
by JDavisRoby
August 25th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An unknown winery: JCB Wines.
Replies: 36
Views: 2175

Re: An unknown winery: JCB Wines.

I have some friends that ended up at a party at his CA home a few years ago. The stories were what you’d expect. Complete with scantily clad women swinging from the ceilings.
by JDavisRoby
August 23rd, 2019, 10:18 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?
Replies: 12
Views: 893

Re: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?

I don’t have any first hand experience with the lodging at Tetherow. However, I have played the course and enjoyed the hospitality of the golf staff and F&B staff. The course is super fun. It’s a wild design from David McLay Kidd. I have a couple friends that are members if you want more detail.
by JDavisRoby
August 23rd, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?
Replies: 12
Views: 893

Re: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?

I highly recommend Pronghorn but that is likely out of your stated price range. I stayed at the McMenamins there last fall. It was quirky and sufficient for a place to my lay my head in comfort. The spa was a fantastic place to relax at the end of a long travel day. The restaurant had a nice breakfa...
by JDavisRoby
August 18th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Re: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase

If you have an option to fly Alaska Airlines, they do not charge for a case of wine check in. Alaska Air doesn’t fly far enough East to be a choice for us that I’ve found. But, I did look at using them for a leg of a trip to cut out driving from Bend to PDX. I was sceptical about Alaska reaching to...
by JDavisRoby
August 18th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Re: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase

Wine Check user. Will be taking it to Oregon again in a few weeks. I’m a cheap flyer and Southwest has never had an issue with it. If you have an option to fly Alaska Airlines, they do not charge for a case of wine check in. Alaska Air doesn’t fly far enough East to be a choice for us that I’ve fou...
by JDavisRoby
August 18th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Re: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase

Wine Check user. Will be taking it to Oregon again in a few weeks. I’m a cheap flyer and Southwest has never had an issue with it.
by JDavisRoby
August 14th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1814

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Unfortunately the Pastry Ranch has a two night minimum stay.

PM’s and emails on their way to set up appointments. Thanks!
by JDavisRoby
August 12th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1814

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Any opinions on renting a car versus using Uber or a private car service?
by JDavisRoby
August 10th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 2986

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Adam, You didn’t mention Oklahoma which has allowed DTC for about ten months. It’s a $300 permit fee plus registration for use and excise tax which has fees and a $1,000 bond. The ABLE Commission releases a report monthly of the wineries and e-retailers (which I didn’t think could get permits) that ...
by JDavisRoby
August 9th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2561

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

I’m surprised no one has suggested the best way to practice save and sipping.

https://winecondoms.com/
by JDavisRoby
August 7th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 71
Views: 5215

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

I received both of my James Berry and Rosella’s Syrah requests. I don’t see that I got any discount for that putting me at a full case.
by JDavisRoby
August 7th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cold calls from wineries?
Replies: 22
Views: 2103

Re: Cold calls from wineries?

Paul Hobbs has done this with me on their last two offerings. Didn’t really bother me.
by JDavisRoby
August 6th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1814

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Todd, are you saying the yurt should be out? https://t.vrbo.io/YfEBvIK3UY
by JDavisRoby
August 6th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sunriver/Bend OR recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 1124

Re: Sunriver/Bend OR recommendations?

I will be in Bend in September (after my 24 hours spent in the Portland area posted in the Wine Talk forum) for the third time. We always stay at Pronghorn and don’t venture off property too much but have seen a few places. Really enjoyed Brown Owl for dinner. Good food and great beer selection. Sec...
by JDavisRoby
August 6th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1814

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

I've stayed at the Hotel Oregon many times. Avoid it on weekends, especially holiday weekends. Otherwise, you will enjoy the stay unless you need lots of space and total silence. For families I recommend Third Street Flats. If you need luxury, Atticus Hotel fills the bill (in more ways than one). L...
by JDavisRoby
August 6th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1814

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Thanks Marcus. I will reach out to schedule an appointment once I have details finalized. Thanks!
by JDavisRoby
August 5th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1814

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Peter, I looked at Atticus after reading other threads. It looks very nice but for a quick one night trip it’s hard for me to get excited about paying $400/night.

It’ll just be two of us so a large flat would be overkill.
by JDavisRoby
August 5th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)
Replies: 43
Views: 2687

Re: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)

What about Williams Selyem? Isn’t their wine priced the same to all? So, if a retailer wants a profit they have to mark it up over the winery?
by JDavisRoby
August 5th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1814

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Thank you for the feedback. Leaning heavily towards spending the night in McMinnville. Once I get it all ironed out will reach out for a few appointments. I saw a few negative comments on the Hotel Oregon. Stayed at their property in Bend last year. It was not luxurious by any stretch but adequately...

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