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by Alex N
October 18th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 110
Views: 3611

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

I keep a few 2packs in the styro. When I moved storage, a 2 pack of Pandora fell from over 6 feet up straight onto the concrete floor and came out unscathed. It would have been a goner in plain cardboard.
by Alex N
October 16th, 2019, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 42
Views: 1459

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

Such a wide array of Indian foods (spicy, refreshing, savory, spicy, etc). If it's full spectrum I'd completely agree with Sarah. If you can be more specific about the dishes being served, the recco's will get more refined for pairing and you'll be able to more easily narrow it down. It's sort of li...
by Alex N
October 16th, 2019, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How bad is a wine if Suckling only gives it 92 points?
Replies: 22
Views: 1896

Re: How bad is a wine if Suckling only gives it 92 points?

Maybe his entire olfactory system was blown out during the tasting from all the tobacco smoke he chugged at a prior cigar festival?
by Alex N
October 14th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 60
Views: 2582

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

After my wine fridge crapped out, I keep 0-3 at home and 100-120 in my offsite storage which can grow to just over 150. As much as I'd like hundreds or thousands of bottles, I really prefer keeping a modest collection as it forces restraint on my buying habits. Plus, I'd rather not have to constantl...
by Alex N
October 13th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best bacon recommendations needed...
Replies: 79
Views: 5750

Re: Best bacon recommendations needed...

Did similar to the recommendation to cure and smoke. Got a pork belly from the farmer's market and dry brined it for about 1/2 day and then smoked on low heat with apple wood chunks and refrigerated. It's nice to have a slab and be able to do thin or steaky slices. It crisps up like crazy in the cas...
by Alex N
October 8th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10850
Views: 393671

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Mending Wall Petite Sirah. I love this wine and vintage. Each bottle should also come with a pack of crest teeth whitening strips. It'll make your entire mouth, tongue and teeth completely black. I tasted that vintage at the Mending Wall winery, and regret not loading up on it at the time (I w...
by Alex N
October 7th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2235

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Birth year Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon/Mondavi Reserve It don’t get more American than that my man... That was the first one that came to mind. then Opus then Martha's If someone gave me a French wine to celebrate me getting French citizenship, I think a 1st growth B...
by Alex N
October 6th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10850
Views: 393671

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Mending Wall Petite Sirah. I love this wine and vintage. Each bottle should also come with a pack of crest teeth whitening strips. It'll make your entire mouth, tongue and teeth completely black.
by Alex N
October 6th, 2019, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release
Replies: 35
Views: 2713

Re: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release

2014 is my WOTY so far. Thanks for sacrificing one! Can't wait to sample the syrah as well.
by Alex N
October 6th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release
Replies: 35
Views: 2713

Re: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release

Very nice! Looking forward to your notes.
by Alex N
October 6th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release
Replies: 35
Views: 2713

Re: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release

After this weekend I should have figured. Was in Napa and everyone seems to be up to their eyeballs in harvest. Picking up at Cliff Lede wouldn't have worked out with my schedule, and wouldn't want to distract them anyway with their work. I'm just happy it's not sitting at a hot shipping location fo...
by Alex N
October 1st, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release
Replies: 35
Views: 2713

Re: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release

Anyone get an update on shipping for this release? Nothing in my inbox yet and I'm outta here late week.
by Alex N
October 1st, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Save the Day
Replies: 61
Views: 4426

Re: Ultramarine Save the Day

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
September 30th, 2019, 2:51 pm
I fell off the list, Michael has a bad email address for me and I can't log in.
Did you try contacting them? Seems like an easy fix. I went overboard the past 2 months with purchases but this is one list that's a keeper for sure.
by Alex N
September 29th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine fridge move
Replies: 11
Views: 616

Re: Wine fridge move

I remember moving all of my wine from one offsite storage to another about 10 minutes away. I did it in a single trip and had a thought that made my palms sweat... "all of this wine I'm transporting is worth way more money than the car I'm driving".
by Alex N
September 24th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014: The Mascot
Replies: 9
Views: 907

Re: 2014: The Mascot

I had the 12 as well and it was awesome, though I'm keeping the other two for a long time.
Haven't cracked any of the '13s yet.
I told myself I would pull the plug when they hit $100 per, so I'm pulling the plug on this allocation.
by Alex N
September 23rd, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Dinner in Oakland
Replies: 18
Views: 724

Re: Dinner in Oakland

Oh, my bad, sorry. But if you get to Berkeley...
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by Alex N
September 23rd, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Dinner in Oakland
Replies: 18
Views: 724

Re: Dinner in Oakland

I love Great China for one of the best Peking duck I've ever had, and possibly the most interesting Chinese dishes I've ever had - Double Skin. It's got sea cucumber, noodles seafood and pork, and a bunch of vegetables and the waiter finishes the prep at the table. It's sort of like a lot of stuff t...
by Alex N
September 18th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: sold
Replies: 3
Views: 546

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by Alex N
September 17th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Araujo eisele vineyard cab
Replies: 24
Views: 1222

Re: Araujo eisele vineyard cab

There's a bottle of 2005 for $275 at one of my local markets. I remember the 1997 and 2001 and scores aside, preferred the 97. I also used to get the late 90s and early 00s for $140/bottle at a local restaurant. I don't think they knew what it was worth but I'm pretty sure I cleaned them out over ti...
by Alex N
September 16th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mold on my Off-Site OWC
Replies: 7
Views: 740

Re: Mold on my Off-Site OWC

Maybe a thought for preventative maintenance aside from replacing the cardboard boxes (I do the same at my off site storage) - Use moisture absorbing packs in your locker, the kind you would use in a boat to prevent mold and mildew. Toss a few in your locker and replace every few months.
by Alex N
September 13th, 2019, 11:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines for 25+ years of aging
Replies: 39
Views: 1809

Re: Wines for 25+ years of aging

Just my $.02, I wouldn't go heavy on any particular style. She may find what she likes in her 30's-40's and a collection with plenty of variation would give her the flexibility to keep what she wants and trade what she doesn't. A bottle of this, a few bottles of that, etc.
by Alex N
September 13th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18007

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

I got a 12oz package of ToKalon cabernet sauvignon sundried raisins.
by Alex N
September 12th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Detert East Block-Save the Date
Replies: 17
Views: 1514

Re: 2016 Detert East Block-Save the Date

100 cases produced. If anyone wants 2 bottles at winery release cost, I just want 1 for my cellar. PM to arrange. [cheers.gif] Edit : 3 pack secured - 1 btl for me, one potentially reserved and it looks like I'll have 1 bottle available (at winery cost). Would prefer to keep it in Central/SO CA. PM ...
by Alex N
September 11th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 1700

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

Reed are the most easily identified of all avocados; sized and shaped like a grapefruit. The trees are columnar and spindly and can be very tall, like a sickly pine. In my opinion they are the best tasting variety by a mile. I have only ever seen them in SoCal. If you are going to order avos by mai...
by Alex N
September 11th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 1700

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

Maybe you can order them online and give it a try, but you'll pay a premium for packaging and shipping. Carpinteria, CA avocados are amazing. This avo in today's lunch was bought last Tuesday and has been in the fridge the entire time. It was probably only a few days from starting to cave in, so goo...
by Alex N
September 10th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18007

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

I can see two reasons why you'd sell these. Either you decide you don't like them or they are too pricey to drink. In either case why shouldn't you stop or be stopped from buying? Catching flippers is probably a losing battle but I’m 100% behind the owners if they are dropping them. Any idea how (i...
by Alex N
September 10th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 1700

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

I have found that the key is to buy them green and allow them to soften up / "ripen" at home. If they're anywhere near ripe in the store, they get beat to hell. The bruises manifest themselves as that black goo in no time, even if other parts still aren't ripe. Plan ahead and buy 'em green! Same he...
by Alex N
September 10th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?
Replies: 24
Views: 943

Re: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?

I like the idea of Indian. There are so many good, easy dishes to make. Plus if you suck at making pizzas, naan is super easy and can be more forgiving with different cooking surfaces.
by Alex N
September 8th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18007

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

Can anyone get me on the list? [snort.gif] I'm happy with Tynan, Scarecrow (which I'll likely drop from a vintage or two from now, or share allocation with no upcharge), and a small stash left of Harlan for my Napa cabs. I think I'm around 2015 or so on the MACDONALD list and as happy as I'd be to ...
by Alex N
September 8th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 1700

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

Where do you live? I get mine from orchards in Santa Barbara County and Ojai and they are amazing. I keep green rocks in the fridge until I need more, then take them out to ripen. I'll do the opposite if I have too many ripe ones. The fridge slows everything down.
by Alex N
September 6th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Amuse Bouche ideas
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Amuse Bouche ideas

An oyster on the 1/2 shell with 1-2 slivers of nice firm uni and a dollop of caviar on top. No need for sauces, scallions, creme fraiche or anything else, just a small fork, and rest the shell in some pink or other colored rock salt on a small plate. It tastes like the ocean has invaded your mouth i...
by Alex N
September 3rd, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Save the Day
Replies: 61
Views: 4426

Re: Ultramarine Save the Day

If anyone in Southern California can't get an allocation and wants a magnum let me know and I'll try to grab one. I had a potential forum member and they were able to get a 3 pack. Just send a message. No up-charge, and I would prefer meeting somewhere in the LA area around the holidays after delive...
by Alex N
August 30th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3828

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

So some guy got hustled on Craigslist for $25 for some phony under the table Popeye's sammy's behind one of the restaurants and now he's suiting Popeye's. [cheers.gif]
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/te ... s-n1048321
by Alex N
August 30th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1981
Views: 167523

Re: Steak Porn

Fess Parker wagyu NY strip, salted a few hours before and 1 good size chunk of fruit wood on the coals gave it a light sweet smoky flavor. On the Weber @ 250 indirect heat until it was 125 and then seared off. Really loving quality strips and ribeyes with only salt. No herbs, pepper, no butter and g...
by Alex N
August 30th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 42
Views: 2191

Re: Best of Class restaurant dishes

how can the fusilli at marea be the best when there's nothing to compare it to? i agree it's amazing and have had it 75% of the times i've been, but i've never seen it any where else This explains the original dish/inspiration at a place in Italy and how it evolved when they brought it to the state...
by Alex N
August 29th, 2019, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1910

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

Reds:
cab
grenache
syrah
petit sirah (mending wall & switchback)

whites:
sauv blanc
chardonnay if it's champs
viogner
*never have had a quality riesling but will put here for a future vote
by Alex N
August 28th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 42
Views: 2191

Re: Best of Class restaurant dishes

I had to google "Jardiniere" for the spelling and didn't know they closed. Bummer.
Short rib - formerly Jardiniere in SF.
by Alex N
August 26th, 2019, 11:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harlan Estate - 2016 The Maiden
Replies: 29
Views: 2369

Re: Harlan Estate - 2016 The Maiden

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by Alex N
August 26th, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harlan Estate - 2016 The Maiden
Replies: 29
Views: 2369

Re: Harlan Estate - 2016 The Maiden

I checked and can do a single, double, or 3 pack of Estate, and 3 or 6 of Maiden. I'll probably just stick with Mascot until they tip the $100/bottle mark, and then drop off the list. Who knows, it could be their next offering. I opened a 2010 Maiden recently and it was really nice, and I remember w...
by Alex N
August 26th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3828

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I don't have a Popeye's near me, but echo B. Tuite about the calories. Unless I'm training 3x per week minimum i'm not going there. But, like Chik Fil A I'd buy one and take a bite to see what the hype is about, and then throw the rest away. Chick Fil A didn't deliver, I don't understand the hype. I...
by Alex N
August 18th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 77
Views: 4953

Re: Napa Cab under $100

I've have and have tasted every Mending Wall cab since 2012 and they've been nice right out of the gate, except the '13 which understandably needed some time. Loved the '15 most of all. All under $100
by Alex N
August 16th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - One TV dinner for 5 Years
Replies: 26
Views: 1406

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - One TV dinner for 5 Years

I’m pulling an Epstein That' doesn't meet the rules (can't off yourself) but it's an interesting answer. The deserted island experience would be similar (or worse?) to a solitary prison since you'd be stuck there for 5 years with nobody around and nothing but the same meals every day. I'm not sure ...
by Alex N
August 16th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - One TV dinner for 5 Years
Replies: 26
Views: 1406

Stranded on a deserted island - One TV dinner for 5 Years

You will be stranded on a deserted (neither tropical nor arctic, just comfortable) island for 5 years with zero chance of rescue until the 5 years are over. But you can chose one single frozen meal option from the frozen dinner brand, Swanson "Hungry-Man". This will be your only food available for t...
by Alex N
August 15th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2973

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

Sure, I might not be able to taste the difference between those test samples, but... healthy chickens equal healthy eggs. Unhealthy chickens eating other chicken's shit and who knows what, I don't want to eat those. Same with the pasture raised whole fresh chickens vs the disgusting factory farmed o...
by Alex N
August 15th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2973

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

I can't believe that someone is still touting the benefits of industrial factory eggs, especially someone who cares about what they eat. Word. I get mine from the farmer's market and there's no comparison to any factory eggs. Lily's Eggs in Fillmore is the farm and they are 100% free range. They're...
by Alex N
August 13th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 24
Views: 1391

Re: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil

In my best Bubba Blue voice, "Strawberry basil jam, raspberry basil jam, tomato basil jam, plain old basil jam, basil aoli, basil butter, basil vinegar" etc.
by Alex N
August 12th, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10850
Views: 393671

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Decanted this about 2 hours ago. tynan2014.png Would love your thoughts on it. I opened a 13 Fait Main Las Piedras. Should be good! I'm really not experienced at traditional wine notes but it was simply an amazing bottle of wine. It was so well balanced, big and concentrated, but restrained from an...
by Alex N
August 10th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10850
Views: 393671

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Decanted this about 2 hours ago.
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by Alex N
August 9th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 2198

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

Anyone who says "TFL" is lying. I've got it - it looks wonderful on the shelf, but it's in no way functional. Youtube actually has some videos of people who recreate dishes from that book. Not really something I'd want to try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQWEaXtOPtM https://www.youtube.com/watch...

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