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by GregP
June 26th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 283
Views: 15568

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Casey, as other have already stated "lack of interest" in the thread is just imaginary. Many visit the thread and it is one of very few I never miss, daily. So, thank you for the info and education, and thanks to others who contribute as well! Any and all info you guys provide is more than appreciat...
by GregP
June 20th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...
Replies: 19
Views: 841

Re: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...

This is your friend, no need for a dedicated smoker. Add smoke to any food while grilling.

https://www.amazon.com/MAZE-N-OET-0002- ... den&sr=1-2
by GregP
June 20th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19105

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Curious, do you recall the town? -Al One 1913 document says Baresovky. Another reads Beresofky, Ananevskwo-Uesda, Russia. I’m reasonably sure this part of the family came from what is now Ukraine. I have not found these on a map. It’s possible that, given the Jews were chased out of their towns in ...
by GregP
June 19th, 2020, 11:23 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 33
Views: 2557

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Only $22,850 per month for a 750 member mailing list/club?
by GregP
June 19th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 33
Views: 2557

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Ridgley, as you pointed out, I am not here to get into a pissing match. Simply want to point out that there are other, way more affordable options out there for small guys. With built in features that match yours, in the end, First, and, to point out the obvious, I did not imply that YOU charge your...
by GregP
June 18th, 2020, 1:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 33
Views: 2557

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Would you like to make your system available for use? I have not been coding since 77, so some of this seems like it might not be as easy for me as it is for you. Actually, very easy. Its mostly PHP code, I never worked with it before, but I only added a few snippets here and there since I am very ...
by GregP
June 18th, 2020, 12:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 33
Views: 2557

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Thanks. I see what you mean. The ShipCompliant article linked in the article you cite is pretty on point. BTW my email to CDTFA on this subject was met with the promise of a response within 20 days. I came across a link a while ago, and right before they applied the new rule. But it was not that wi...
by GregP
June 17th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 33
Views: 2557

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Greg -- that tidbit about the sales tax threshold is news to me. I did a quick cruise around the CDTFA website and can't find any reference to a sales threshold that would exempt/activate the local tax requirement. Can you point me to a source for that? Quick lookup: https://www.qbwinerysolutions.c...
by GregP
June 15th, 2020, 11:41 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 33
Views: 2557

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Greg -- you are absolutely correct; it is entirely possible to pull together a basic system to do ecommerce, very inexpensively. However, running a DTC business involves far more than taking orders online. As with most things, good tools make a world of difference. Also as with tools, (a) price is ...
by GregP
May 28th, 2020, 11:44 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 33
Views: 2557

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

For the past twenty+ years I've owned DaVero, a small DTC winery in Healdsburg. I'm also a software guy (I created QuickBooks). Living at the intersection of those two worlds led me to create what I believe to be the best solution for managing a small winery. It's called Captina (captina.com); do t...
by GregP
May 19th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4413

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

I have never used the 5s. However, simply holding a 10 and a 30 tells you the difference. The 30 feels like a piece of concrete that you wonder if the corker jaws are going to be able squeeze enough to get it into the bottle. The 10 does not feel like that. We have considered DIAM 30, but at this p...
by GregP
May 19th, 2020, 12:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4413

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

Thanks - was just hoping wineries that use them might know. And the lack of direct comparsion is interesting . . . is one just supposed to 'trust' the marketing? Cheers. RE: is one just supposed to 'trust' the marketing? "I see what you did here..." Larry, you went with screw tops at some point, no...
by GregP
May 13th, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Farce Connecticut, ~3 months in humi. V cut. Just re-loaded last night as I am running low on these, the more I smoke them the more I enjoy them. Great balance, clean long finish, roasted nuts/light fruit flavors, some mint on finish, perfect burn, ~80-90 minutes smoke. Easily a match for anything a...
by GregP
May 10th, 2020, 12:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5224

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

I am sorry to sound like a broken record but pellet burners are like fake fireplaces Given how many people have won the Jack Daniel's BBQ championship with pellet smokers, that's not a very strong argument. competition bbq is too manipulated that smoker is less of a concern The only thing smoker sh...
by GregP
May 10th, 2020, 12:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: my Jewish grandma’s stuffed cabbage
Replies: 16
Views: 1162

Re: my Jewish grandma’s stuffed cabbage

My southern parents called this 'pigs in a blanket', but they didn't use raisins. Not very Jewish I guess. I'd almost forgotten about this. Because Ashkenazi Jews, and especially Eastern European ones only add raisins to sweet dishes, like noodle kugel as one example, or rugelah. I grew up on stuff...
by GregP
May 9th, 2020, 11:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

I don't remember it being that much but something in the $15-20ish range sounds about right. These come in boxes of 13 in $320-350 range depending on size, so if you paid in the $15-20 range consider it a great buy :-) I think Fuente started this originally as a one off release to celebrate 100th A...
by GregP
May 6th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Really thought Alec Bradley construction issues were all taken of, years ago. Seems not. I recall they switched factories 12-14 years ago to fix the issue. First release of these was incredible, and they then ramped up and "killed" the line, IMO. Need to revisit Nubs, smoked them upon release, but t...
by GregP
May 6th, 2020, 12:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FERMENTATION Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 1005

Re: FERMENTATION Thread

Most of the time pickling is fermentation. Some differences, sure, but in general, same. I never use vinegar/brine, in any pickling, so fermentation. Salt, spices, time.
by GregP
May 5th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FERMENTATION Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 1005

Re: FERMENTATION Thread

I've also been pickling mackerel and sardines (herring style), as well as lox and smoked salmon as extension of that (same dry rub for ~3 days, but then smoked), both cold and hot. Heck, the more I think about it, the more I recall of other pickled food I do. And I make lardo, jar fermented for abou...
by GregP
May 3rd, 2020, 10:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FERMENTATION Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 1005

Re: FERMENTATION Thread

Ever been to Russian deli? Shelves of various pickled mushrooms. Great with vodka, Russians/Poles/Belorussians have been doing that for centuries now. Mushrooms, in general, are not really "well known" food in the West when compared to Eastern Europe, plenty of mushroom based recipes there, not just...
by GregP
April 30th, 2020, 12:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 171
Views: 9382

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

GregT wrote:
April 19th, 2020, 4:44 pm
... Baker Lane (all about bacon)...
That would be barrels, not fruit.
by GregP
April 30th, 2020, 12:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producing both Bordeaux and Burgundy styled wines
Replies: 29
Views: 855

Re: Producing both Bordeaux and Burgundy wines

Sorry if this is a silly question, but... is it a little, er, paradoxical, that a winery should produce both Bordeaux type wines (Cab Sauv, Merlot, Meritage...) and Pinot Noir. Aside from conditions suiting the different grapes, it would seem to me that the wines have a different aesthetic. Perhaps...
by GregP
April 29th, 2020, 11:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5224

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

I have a BGE but no time. I grabbed a Cookshack off CL a few years ago and it has been great. 90% of the result for 10% of the effort. Will, just curious, what is the 10% you are "missing" with Cookshack? I was actually quoting someone from another board, so I can't take full credit/blame. I've nev...
by GregP
April 29th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 171
Views: 9382

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

Can't believe nobody has mentioned Lagier Meredith on Mt. Veeder. A bottle of this with 15 years on it is pretty special . I'm wondering if that's where I need to go with the 2014's I have left. A few months ago I had a 2003 which I thought was spectacular but was underwhelmed by the 2014. Have the...
by GregP
April 29th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5224

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

William Segui wrote:
April 28th, 2020, 12:19 pm
I have a BGE but no time. I grabbed a Cookshack off CL a few years ago and it has been great. 90% of the result for 10% of the effort.
Will, just curious, what is the 10% you are "missing" with Cookshack?
by GregP
April 29th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

98F here, a bit on a muggy side, though 15% humidity is till very dry elsewhere, so its all relative :-) Cubao Robusto, 3 months in humidor. Plenty of flavor, some espresso notes, a touch of white pepper, chocolate and roasted nuts, very faint note of black cherry, cedar notes on finish. Very slow s...
by GregP
April 29th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

La Gloria Cubana Wavell Maduro Robusto From a new box that arrived last Thursday. Barnyard aroma on the foot, chocolate on the cold draw. The first half inch, I thought the cigar was too big for me and heavy with pepper. When the cigar settled down and the pepper faded, it exploded with flavors of ...
by GregP
April 27th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5224

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

This is a great thread! I'm really interested in adding a smoker or grill that can smoke to my tool kit, but I know very little about smoking food. I've seen some criticism that some smokers (e.g., electric) don't reach high enough heat for somethings. Can you / does it make sense to combine cookin...
by GregP
April 26th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon PN vs. Santa Barbara PN <<< Kelley Fox, Whitcraft
Replies: 35
Views: 1965

Re: Oregon PN vs. Santa Barbara PN <<< Kelley Fox, Whitcraft

Kirk, I have brought this up to Eric et al in the past and have been told that it would be 'too difficult' to make those changes in the database. That answer has never made sense to me since, well, it is a database . . . Or perhaps it's because I asked [snort.gif] Cheers. Larry, right you are, one ...
by GregP
April 24th, 2020, 10:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5224

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

Robert M yers wrote:
April 24th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Is there anything in between “cheating” and full on old school that can make life easier? Are pellets the middle ground? Is there a wood burner that doesn’t require tweaking every 20 minutes?
COOKSHAK
by GregP
April 19th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

EP Carrillo Core Plus Maduro Club 52 Very dark and for the first 2/3s, simple. Chocolate, coffee and funky earth. Draw was vacant. As the cigar finished there were elements of dried cherries and roses. Kind of like a red Burgundy in a cool vintage. Overall it was okay. = C Jason Carillo was "king" ...
by GregP
April 16th, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Randy, curious about provenance of the Cohiba. Bought enough direct from La Casa del Habanos, Cohibas specifically. So... Wrapper color is not "right" to my eye. Cohibas have a distinct "orangish" hue, not sure how to explain it. Though it could be quality of the picture. A friend of mine designed J...
by GregP
April 13th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5224

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

So keeping with the small inexpensive electric smokers think I’m down to the SmokinTex 1100 and the Smokin-it #1. Look pretty similar in construction, slight nod to Smokin-it on warranty and price. Made in China. Copies of CookShack. I cannot emphasize this any stronger: https://amazingribs.com/smo...
by GregP
April 9th, 2020, 6:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Haven't had a Nub since their release years ago, smoked through all 3 original lines, liked Habano was not too impressed with the other 2. Good cigars, just nothing impressive to buy by the box, and I really do not like large gauge cigars to begin with. If you're into "Oliva" may as well go with Cai...
by GregP
April 9th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5224

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

Go with CookShack, USA made, as opposed to the copy made in China.
by GregP
April 9th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5224

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

I do 3 parts Kosher salt to one part sugar. Have a large tub at the ready as I go through this pretty quickly. Salt/sugar mix applied, plenty of freshly ground black pepper, then generous application of fresh roughly chopped dill, make sure to use stems since they add a lot of flavor. Salt/sugar, pe...
by GregP
April 9th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5224

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

No need for a cold plate (had one and now can't recall what happened to it), actually not really cold smoking. I have a CookShack. Using A-Maz-N smoke box, original one, though they did come up with tubular versions lately, even an adjustable one. Load with pellets, light up, place on the bottom (in...
by GregP
April 6th, 2020, 11:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 304
Views: 9697

Re: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

G. Greenbaum wrote:
April 6th, 2020, 7:10 pm
robkim wrote:
April 6th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Have many Summa and Summa OV's from 2011 to present - plan to open a 2011 Summa Pinot, but could open a 2012 Summa or 2012 Summa OV.
I've got the '07 Summa OV lined up. Let's get the beginnings of a vertical going.
I think I may have one 2005 left.
by GregP
April 6th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5224

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

Depends on what you are really looking for in terms of ease of use, how much meat at same time, etc. I have been using a small CookShack model for almost 15 years now. Up to 20 pounds of meat, plenty enough for us, and the unit is small enough not to be obtrusive. Yes, electric, and yes, been used i...
by GregP
April 5th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

CAO L'annerversaire Camaroon Robusto The cigar has been in the humidor for two plus years. Barnyard aromas on the foot and cherry on cold draw. The cigar gains flavor and body as it burns. Woody at first with some sweetness from the Cameroon wrapper. Cedar, coffee and berries join in the smooth, al...
by GregP
April 5th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1667

Re: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale

Re: rattlesnake stories.....Barbara told me a different one. She and a female friend were out in the vineyard pruning. Her friend had brought her small dog along. As they were working, they heard a commotion a few rows over. A mountain lion had the small dog and carried it off. No more Fido. Down t...
by GregP
April 5th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1667

Re: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale

Yeah, I visited Jim and Barbara in 2001 and was going deep on the wines in the early years. The syrah was actually my favorite, but it created farming problems for them. They may have made some later with purchased fruit. This is one list I regret dropping off, but things seemed very uncertain afte...
by GregP
April 4th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Also all of CAO blends, pick and choose. Try Brazil (wrapper) Gol size.

https://www.cigarbid.com/shop/free-fall ... CAO&v=5000
by GregP
April 4th, 2020, 4:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

CAO Black Gothic Great cigar. Easy to smoke. Mild/medium in flavors. Not in your face but great subtle complexity. Cedar, dried fruit and caramel. The finish is long and compelling (that's what .... Stay healthy and God Speed. = A- Jason Need to give this one a go if I can find them. Sounds wonderf...
by GregP
April 4th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Oliva Serie O Maduro Robusto A bold and rich beauty that does not bring any palate fatigue. A great cigar with cinnamon, clove, chocolate, cream, and light black pepper. = A+ Jason With the exception of Master Blends I like any Oliva. Some more, some less (when compared to brethren), but they are a...
by GregP
April 4th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

CAO Black has been one of the first in CAO lineup, and now, after years and years of newfangled blends and gimmicks Black line always delivers, no matter what. Very consistent and enjoyable. To my palate way better than Flatheads and some other newer ones. When they moved to another factory/manufact...
by GregP
April 2nd, 2020, 11:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Had a friend over for dinner tonight, home made lox, chicken liver pate, slow cooked beef cheeks, lamb shanks with chick peas. Afterwards Oliva V Robusto with Pappy 15 year old. Seriously good cigar, in all respects.Deep, rich flavors, lots of complexity and nuance, roasted nuts, dark cherry notes, ...
by GregP
April 2nd, 2020, 11:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

... Tasted Oliva V Melanio next to Oilva V a good number of times and always prefer the V. TIA. I have only had one V to the best of my recollection but have recently gone through a few V Melanio. After my last one, I have decided to let them rest. It did not intrigue me like the first time I smoke...
by GregP
March 30th, 2020, 11:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 768
Views: 28773

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Diesel Whiskey Row Robusto I am generally a Diesel fan but this .... hmmm. The cigar did smoke fine and the construction was solid. Flavors start off with nothing exciting. It showed wood and some elements of Bourbon but lacked any elements of sweetness that the new oak brings to Bourbon. One dimen...

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