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by Alex N
September 23rd, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allocations Ranked Against Each Other
Replies: 19
Views: 1733

Re: Allocations Ranked Against Each Other

I'm not convinced the Harlan wait list is some sort of formality to make new members feel special, or that they really had to wait, or a not so clever marketing move to move more Maiden.
by Alex N
September 20th, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?
Replies: 31
Views: 1419

Re: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?

I've got nothing against blue cheese and caramelized onions, but with top waygu? American cheese??? That was the joke... I do smash burgers with fess parker ranch wagyu and American cheese for simple burgers with grilled onion, pickles and maybe some kind of 1000 island spread (no lettuce or tomato...
by Alex N
September 20th, 2020, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 9
Views: 702

Re: TN: 2018 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes

Had a 2018 from this label today. I'm admitedly not entirely clued in on reading and spcifying a lot of French labels but it's one of the lower priced of the burgundies from their offerings. It has the structure I so look for in chardonnay and have not found in a domestic one. Just an awesome wine.
by Alex N
September 15th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 162
Views: 10084

Re: Ultramarine Email

Could someone post the full notes/release letter - just want to get a better sense of everything... Thanks! Making still wines is a slow process compared to say, building a chair. Generally there is feedback along the way, and after fermentation the surprises are, hopefully, over. Making sparkling ...
by Alex N
September 14th, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taco Bell Jalapeño Noir
Replies: 38
Views: 2289

Re: Taco Bell Jalapeño Noir

TimF wrote:
September 14th, 2020, 10:07 am
Only in Canada... what a tease.
Maybe it'll be available on eBay like the Mc D's limited edition special sauce

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-NEW-McDon ... SwZaNaA6rI
by Alex N
September 13th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Duck Preparation?
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Duck Preparation?

I bought a whole duck and deboned it. Now it's whole, seasoned (salt on the inside and out and in the fridge drying) and trussed with zero bones. It doesn't need to be trussed, and I would fine roasting it laid out flat. However, there is SO much fat as usual, and I'd rather reserve and save it than...
by Alex N
September 11th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wait list times
Replies: 134
Views: 11632

Re: Wait list times

P Sepsas wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Anyone has any knowledge regarding Andremily?
I signed up 3/2018 and got an offer 5/2020
by Alex N
September 11th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 162
Views: 10084

Re: Ultramarine Email

Someone mentioned UM has never been profitable, but I see it on the secondary market for $200/bottle. I am totally happy it's not that much on the list, but why doesn't this operation raise their prices a little to enjoy the bigger margins they deserve and people will be happy to pay?
by Alex N
September 9th, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2341
Views: 199771

Re: Steak Porn

Rather than sear grill this was sliced and used a blow torch with with the searing attachment
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by Alex N
September 9th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wait list times
Replies: 134
Views: 11632

Re: Wait list times

IMO, one to jump on now and still seems attainable for epic (pricey) Cab and really good, not stratospheric priced syrah is Christopher Tynan.
by Alex N
September 8th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 162
Views: 10084

Re: Ultramarine Email

Really don't get why I'm not on the guaranteed allocation list this year, especially since the allocations seem to be bigger this time around. I've been buying since the first vintage and did get a guaranteed allocation last year [swearing.gif] I tend to see this inconsistency with some lists. I ge...
by Alex N
September 4th, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone else getting error messages going to WB?
Replies: 34
Views: 1540

Re: Anyone else getting error messages going to WB?

Bing is a search engine and not a browser. Chrome (browser) previously allowed you to click that “Advanced” button and then click a link to visit the site and bypass the warning. If you get the error in Chrome, on the error page type "thisisunsafe" (you won't actually see the text being typed) and y...
by Alex N
September 1st, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 162
Views: 10084

Re: Ultramarine Email

Sept 8 allocations opening.
by Alex N
August 31st, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greenhouse Vineyards?
Replies: 2
Views: 133

Re: Greenhouse Vineyards?

Those were in the handful of crops that first came to mind (berries, lettuce...)
by Alex N
August 31st, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greenhouse Vineyards?
Replies: 2
Views: 133

Greenhouse Vineyards?

Is it possible to grow wine grapes in a greenhouse with enough temperature and humidity control to create or recreate ideal "textbook" conditions, or replicate certain vintages? I imagine it would be incredibly costly but can also be done.
by Alex N
August 30th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help - I need some great tomato recipes
Replies: 42
Views: 1016

Re: Help - I need some great tomato recipes

There are some dishes that are only as good as those great tomatoes - BLT "season" and it's right now with those heirlooms Ceviche with various heirlooms, evenly diced and salted, let to sit in a strainer to remove the extra water. If you can get fresh CA white sea bass, even better. Tomato Tart (wi...
by Alex N
August 30th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opus One
Replies: 25
Views: 2249

Re: Opus One

I recently had he 2006. It was on the thin side by big ripe Napa cab standards but super well balanced and exceptionally well made which I appreciate and enjoy a lot more. That said I definitely would not buy that wine/vintage for the price given the alternatives.
by Alex N
August 30th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1653
Views: 88662

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Got some swordfish from a fisherman and made some nice tacos. Cubed the fish, tossed in s&p and microplaned some lemon zest over it. Let it sit while preparing thinly sliced green cabbage, diced heirloom tomatoes and made a tomatillo salsa verde (tomatillos, serranos, garlic, onion, cilantro, roaste...
by Alex N
August 28th, 2020, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 162
Views: 10084

Re: Ultramarine Email

My email history shows "save the date" emails being sent on 8/28 8/29 9/1 since the 2012 vintage. No email yet but I cracked a BdB that was in the fridge and the only bottle of alcohol at home. 3/4 went into a fliptop for tomorrow, and 1 glass to end tonight. [cheers.gif]
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by Alex N
August 28th, 2020, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth Year Wine 1980
Replies: 49
Views: 1378

Re: Birth Year Wine 1980

State your budget for a 750ml bottle or how much total you want to spend and the suggestions will start pouring in.
by Alex N
August 27th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Double decant question
Replies: 20
Views: 1100

Re: Double decant question

These work well and are cheap. Lots of restaurants use these for their by the glass bottles. Putting an old (possibly brittle) cork back into a bottle seems like too much work for me.

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y55n4gl6
by Alex N
August 27th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14497
Views: 714010

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Good to know, thanks. I've never heard of that site. When it arrives I'll probably forget I spent the money anyway.
by Alex N
August 26th, 2020, 9:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Sugar in pork chop (or any other) brine...
Replies: 13
Views: 635

Re: Sugar in pork chop (or any other) brine...

I never use sugar if it's going over flames. If it's smoke only I might use some apple juice, especially with some types of fish, but it's usually salt and aromatics in a wet brine.
by Alex N
August 26th, 2020, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WINE ABBREVIATION
Replies: 17
Views: 844

Re: WINE ABBREVIATION

It would be better if you compiled a list over time and posted them all in a single reply. Some refer to regions, wineries, wine makers, etc. Some common ones: CdP -Châteauneuf-du-Pape DRC - Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Lala, lalala, lalalalalalalalala etc - La Mouline, La Turque and La Landonne by G...
by Alex N
August 26th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?
Replies: 78
Views: 13589

Re: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?

Len Stevens wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 11:38 am
Thrilled to get a 3 pack of Detert...Thomas Pinot and William & Mary are all that's left I hope (except de Negoces).
I ordered '16 Detert last year. It continues to rise towards the top wine in my collection that I look forward to eventually opening.
by Alex N
August 26th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14497
Views: 714010

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2019 Leoville Barton - I'm supposed to be holding off on buying wine but ordered some when it became available this AM - $85/btl at K&L. Sure I've got to wait until 2022 for delivery but I won't be drinking it anytime soon after.
by Alex N
August 24th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal
Replies: 35
Views: 2101

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal

What are the pros/cons to consumers (wine tasting visitors, wine club members, people who purchase from the winery) What are the pros/cons to wineries (with tasting rooms, without tasting rooms) Who is opposed/in favor of this, and why and who benefits most? If there's unfairness for either (consume...
by Alex N
August 23rd, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?
Replies: 78
Views: 13589

Re: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?

Kinsman Eades is on Tuesday. Unfortunately I have to pass on that and others for the next few months.
by Alex N
August 22nd, 2020, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 142
Views: 6999

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

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by Alex N
August 17th, 2020, 11:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yikes!
Replies: 25
Views: 1708

Re: Yikes!

Props for using "steeplechase" in a tasting note.
by Alex N
August 17th, 2020, 10:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone using Weinboxes?
Replies: 190
Views: 15293

Re: Anyone using Weinboxes?

I'm trying to increase capacity of my offsite storage and that would do it, but living in CA, earthquakes, etc and a bunch of $100-500 bottles glass against glass for a decade plus gives me the willies.
by Alex N
August 17th, 2020, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Grigio — is it ever the best choice?
Replies: 57
Views: 1962

Re: Pinot Grigio — is it ever the best choice?

For me pinot grigio is sort of like a good pilsner or vinho verde on a hot day. Mostly nondescript and no fuss with some fried calamari or picnic foods (esp seafood). No point in rating, seeking one out over another, doing tasting notes etc.
by Alex N
August 10th, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow allocation
Replies: 122
Views: 12498

Re: Scarecrow allocation

In case anyone was looking for tasting notes on the 2017 [cheers.gif] . Does this guy post here?

by Alex N
August 10th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: TOMATO TART
Replies: 7
Views: 605

Re: TOMATO TART

Looks great. I like making them like the Provence style with mustard

Puff pastry (baked for about 10 minutes first)
spread entire surface with dijon
add good tomatoes
herbs de Provence
Reggiano
drizzle with olive oil
bake at 400 until done
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until done
by Alex N
August 10th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine tasting at home - how to store unfinished bottles
Replies: 39
Views: 1755

Re: Wine tasting at home - how to store unfinished bottles

I use these and fill them to the neck.

https://www.midwestsupplies.com/collect ... %20Bottles

Amazon sells a bunch of various sizes/colors.
by Alex N
August 7th, 2020, 4:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Harris Poll Best Burger Brand
Replies: 132
Views: 7465

Re: Harris Poll Best Burger Brand

Also agree, they skip the second step to cooking good fries and just blanch them to a bland cardboard textured mess. The "well done" request seems to only inject more grease. In an ideal situation, a McDonalds would be across the street and I'd have one of my garden heirloom tomatoes. The process wo...
by Alex N
August 6th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 40
Views: 2495

Re: Alban Winter Release

Second year on the list and I was only allocated the Reva this time. Glad I got my order in before they sold out. I was hoping to get some Seymour or Lorraine, maybe next time. I bought 12 of the 2014, and have some 12's, 13's and 15's so my Reva stock is doing well. A few '13 pandoras as well. I'v...
by Alex N
August 6th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 40
Views: 2495

Re: Alban Winter Release

Second year on the list and I was only allocated the Reva this time. Glad I got my order in before they sold out. I was hoping to get some Seymour or Lorraine, maybe next time. I bought 12 of the 2014, and have some 12's, 13's and 15's so my Reva stock is doing well. A few '13 pandoras as well. I'v...
by Alex N
August 6th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 40
Views: 2495

Re: Alban Winter Release

I just got mine....my 2nd year on the list. I thought last year, for my first year, was "generous" in the allocation. This year is the same; 3, 6, 3, 6, 12 in the OP's list of releases. 5 years on the list and this year was 3 Grenache and a couple Viognier (The grenache was good, IMO not a $115 bot...
by Alex N
August 5th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opus One
Replies: 25
Views: 2249

Re: Opus One

Love me some Opus. I'm not buying it, but if someone's pouring or gifting it ...
Have had 94, 97, 99, and a handful of early 00s while they were young-ish. I remember blind tasting one of the off years (98 or 00) and it was thin but delicious.
by Alex N
August 5th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Please for Petite Syrah
Replies: 54
Views: 1590

Re: Recommendations Please for Petite Syrah

Already mentioned but I'd also say Tercero, Switchback Ridge, Mending Wall (huge/gigantic wine) and Jaffurs.
by Alex N
August 3rd, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN and hotmail
Replies: 20
Views: 1971

Re: SQN and hotmail

You'll need Netscape Navigator running Windows ME on a Gateway 2000.
by Alex N
August 2nd, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12341
Views: 471324

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Grgich merlot. Forgot how much I like this sort of older school style from Napa. Great food wine.
by Alex N
July 31st, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 239
Views: 30287

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

At least 3 early birds got the worm. Looks like it's already sold out.
by Alex N
July 31st, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 239
Views: 30287

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

I got a 5 pack as a 2nd wave list member. Shipping was around $40 as was tax. Really looking forward to enjoying these for the first time.
by Alex N
July 29th, 2020, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 239
Views: 30287

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

I passed on Reva and RM cab (but got the chard and pinot) this year. Planning on buying the 5 pak if I can on Friday and possibly share the allocation of 1 each syrah and grenache.
by Alex N
July 17th, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you can "afford"?
Replies: 159
Views: 7553

Re: Wines you can "afford"?

I can't say I agree or disagree, but IMO 1 bottle of a one of a kind, really special wine IMO can be way more special than 2, 3, 12 of bottles of the same thing given the scenario, just like having 6, 12, 24 bottles of another great wine can be just as great of an experience over time. Collecting an...
by Alex N
July 14th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Offer
Replies: 143
Views: 12659

Re: 2018 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Offer

every allocation this year has been mix/match to at least 3 in the total order.
by Alex N
June 24th, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 54
Views: 3320

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

I use the Raticator - https://www.raticator.com/ The success rate of this thing is just stupid good and there is no messy clean up (I've placed a motion detecting Blink camera to see the results). The trap is infra-red triggered so it's essentially sleeping most of the time, making it super efficien...
by Alex N
June 21st, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...
Replies: 21
Views: 1762

Re: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...

Damn those look great. Nice job!

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