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by Alex N
June 24th, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 54
Views: 2977

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: 19
Views: 789

Re: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...

Damn those look great. Nice job!
by Alex N
June 10th, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
Replies: 51
Views: 1317

Re: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

I never did much pb&j either. Avo, cheese, sprouts, lettuce, tomato was a staple for a long time. The local store has bins of almonds, cashews, peanuts and sort of a "nut of the week" with a grinder to make butter and it's really good. I used to make (my revolting concoction that's not so bad), on s...
by Alex N
June 10th, 2020, 4:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
Replies: 51
Views: 1317

Re: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

Isn't Britain about as known for revolting concoctions? After trying haggis, black pudding, jellied eels, full english breakfast (and watching Marco Pierre White concoct 90% of the time) I'd hold that to be true but love me some good fish and chips. I don't know what defines USA cuisine, but I think...
by Alex N
June 10th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gorgeous leg of lamb- what can I do with it?
Replies: 16
Views: 901

Re: Gorgeous leg of lamb- what can I do with it?

Last one I did - scored & slathered with mustard powder, added salt, pepper, herbs and sous vide for around 18-20hrs then seared on a super hot Weber, while reducing the juices to make a red wine sauce. It was pretty amazing, and awesome to see the magic of sous vid make a big thick piece of meat li...
by Alex N
May 31st, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1575
Views: 84035

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Slow and low Carolina style ribs with vinegar based sauce and Champs [cheers.gif]
by Alex N
May 29th, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily #6
Replies: 63
Views: 6669

Re: Andremily #6

I've got an EABA allocation (2 x 3pk) if anyone wants to share an allocation. I'd be happy with 1-2 bottles for myself. Also a wishlist on the Rose which I'd take a bottle of if someone wants the other two. No up-charge. PM if interested.
by Alex N
May 29th, 2020, 12:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2769

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

I've never had a wine from that region so I wouldn't know what to compare any Trump wines to. Guessing the late harvest/sweet ones might be the more favored. Re: celebrity wines, although I haven't tried them yet, I am looking forward to at least trying some of Pink's "Two Wolves" label.
by Alex N
May 28th, 2020, 11:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Copper River season
Replies: 16
Views: 976

Re: Copper River season

Sockeye doesn't do it for me, even Copper River. Gotta be king. My local market said they aren't carrying it because of the price (they used to in prior years). Agreed. I like smoking Sockeye or especially making Indian candy with it, but the "Copper River" label carries exactly zero clout with me ...
by Alex N
May 28th, 2020, 9:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Copper River season
Replies: 16
Views: 976

Re: Copper River season

Sockeye doesn't do it for me, even Copper River. Gotta be king. My local market said they aren't carrying it because of the price (they used to in prior years). Agreed. I like smoking Sockeye or especially making Indian candy with it, but the "Copper River" label carries exactly zero clout with me ...
by Alex N
May 14th, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Shepherd’s pie
Replies: 19
Views: 944

Re: Shepherd’s pie

I brown ground lamb, add finely grated carrots, onion and garlic. Then worchestershire, tomato paste, red wine, fresh herbs, let it cook down, top with parmesan mash and into the oven. I rarely make it but like the cauliflower angle and will try that, and also the addition of mushrooms. I actually h...
by Alex N
May 4th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FERMENTATION Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 956

Re: FERMENTATION Thread

I've made kombucha for years. It's incredible how much $ you save making your own Lots of kim chi, but a gallon batch goes a long way and it's easy to get burnt out. Mead - probably the most hassle free of things I've made, and fermented in a chardonnay barrel Beer - I sold my brewing kit but it's f...
by Alex N
May 1st, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with tacos al pastor?
Replies: 45
Views: 1586

Re: Pairing with tacos al pastor?

Beer (lager, pilsner, farmhouse ales - can't stand IPAs) or Margaritas. Wine with Mexican food has never crossed my mind. Ditto. I don't even give thought to mex, indian, thai, lots of other foods with wine but it can be a fun topic if you must. If I were forced to pair a wine with spicy mexican fo...
by Alex N
April 29th, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Solminer - Grüner Veltliner Spear Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Los Olivos District)
Replies: 10
Views: 258

Re: TN: 2018 Solminer - Grüner Veltliner Spear Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Los Olivos District)

That's two grenaches I look forward to! I don't understand why the winery itself would put "Los Olivos District" on the bottle of their own wine? Is this a silly labeling rule, or something else? Seems sort of like saying "2001 XYZ Cab, To Kalon Vineyard, Spring Mountain District". I see maps list a...
by Alex N
April 28th, 2020, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Solminer - Grüner Veltliner Spear Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Los Olivos District)
Replies: 10
Views: 258

Re: TN: 2018 Solminer - Grüner Veltliner Spear Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Los Olivos District)

I've tasted wines from that vineyard but as a general rule don't post notes if I don't like the wines, unless it's something like To Kalon Vineyard Company [snort.gif] . I'd chalk it up to growing pains and given the location and people I'm sure they'll work it out. I've got to say it's a world clas...
by Alex N
April 17th, 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Today's Game: UPS vs The Mrs.
Replies: 63
Views: 2947

Re: Today's Game: UPS vs The Mrs.

Josh Grossman wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 12:38 pm
My shipment today would have been hard to hide. Maybe they wouldn’t notice another room made of wine boxes? [truce.gif]
That's about the size of my entire collection!
by Alex N
April 16th, 2020, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2196

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

My taste in wine tends toward the AFWE -- higher acid, not heavily extracted, less oak, blah, blah, blah. I also like robust IPAs. But these days there's a great deal of shaming of people who like hoppy, fruity IPAs. Should I be embarrassed about liking them? Will this undermine my reputation for b...
by Alex N
April 10th, 2020, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version
Replies: 143
Views: 3957

Re: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version

1. Foie gras - it grosses me out 2. Epoisses cheese - ammonia, pungent feet 3. Funky wild beers that enter the spectrum of pungent feet or Epoisses cheese aroma/taste 4. "Truffle" infused oils, honey, cheese etc - especially chefs who heavy hand the truffle oil 5. Obsessing over pairing wine with fo...
by Alex N
April 9th, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 206
Views: 9464

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

I shipped wine to my family on Monday and the UPS store guy asked me to verify that I had packaged the bottles in styrofoam shippers.
by Alex N
April 5th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery Vacuum Seal
Replies: 13
Views: 1167

Re: Flannery Vacuum Seal

That happens with almost all meat I buy pre vacuum sealed. It leaks or loses it's seal and gets watery when I thaw. Now I always remove from the original package and re-vacuum before freezing.
by Alex N
April 4th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top ten events that really spurred your interest in wine
Replies: 36
Views: 1339

Re: Top ten events that really spurred your interest in wine

I had a few winemaker friends, one who managed to land jobs with a few of the cultiest of cult wineries in the late 90s and early 00s so that was a bit of luck. But, almost entirely from working in restaurants while in college, one place in particular that included wine training and education. Lots ...
by Alex N
March 29th, 2020, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 160
Views: 11077

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

1979 Mouton gifted to me some time ago. The original (very senior) owner stored it impeccably since it was purchased at release so this was a treat. The cork was in great condition but split at the base from my own mistake. Weirdest open ever. That 1/4" piece stayed put in the bottle, keeping the se...
by Alex N
March 26th, 2020, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 152
Views: 13206

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

Restaurants in Santa Barbara are selling to-go cocktails. I never would have thought the ABC would allow something like that. Served in plastic cups with a lid that doesn't have a straw hole. You're supposed to put it in the trunk of your car and take it home, but they don't seem to GAF if people dr...
by Alex N
March 17th, 2020, 11:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2201
Views: 189481

Re: Steak Porn

That's magazine perfect. It's so even and uniform it looks like a strip steak or even a tenterloin. How was the cap?
by Alex N
March 17th, 2020, 11:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines to AVOID due to VIRUS
Replies: 11
Views: 1796

Re: Wines to AVOID due to VIRUS

Victor Hong wrote:
March 17th, 2020, 7:51 pm
The sad part is that people will avoid them.
Yup.
by Alex N
March 13th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Oyster knife
Replies: 5
Views: 863

Re: Oyster knife

It looks good, but the video on their website is horrible and that guy is asking to get a knife through his palm with a stubborn oyster. I shucked oysters at a previous job and everyone went palm down over the oyster and used a cloth. https://toadfishoutfitters.com/collections/coastal-kitchen/produc...
by Alex N
March 13th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rochioli Single Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 853

Re: Rochioli Single Vineyard

My first year on the list as well. I'll probably buy a few bottles of chard for dinners with a family member who only drinks chardonnay, heavier on the old vine SB for myself if I get an offer for it. Also in on some pinot for aging when they offer it in August. I have yet to open the Estate SB I re...
by Alex N
March 8th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12011
Views: 448134

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2015 Mending wall Tournahu Vineyard - A little heavy on the oak as I remembered when tasting it but a solid wine, especially on day 2.
2012 Aston Estate - Drinking really well now, but an extra plumminess I don't remember from previous bottles was strange.
by Alex N
March 4th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Scarecrow UNDER cost
Replies: 6
Views: 893

Re: Scarecrow UNDER cost

R. Gleiberm@n wrote:
March 4th, 2020, 11:12 am
Gone! Thanks for playing.
Me too. '
Didn't want to start another thread on the same topic,
hope you didn't mind,
hope the person who ordered the wine enjoys it!
by Alex N
March 4th, 2020, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”
Replies: 106
Views: 10127

Re: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”

Ultramarine - for the price this is to me a no brainer
Christopher Tynan - If I had to choose one napa cab at this price point
Alban - their whites, reva and grenache
by Alex N
March 3rd, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB: Alban Viognier
Replies: 0
Views: 122

WTB: Alban Viognier

I went to place my order today and the Viognier is no longer in my allocation. If anyone wants to part with a bottle or two, or three, let me know. Thanks
by Alex N
February 29th, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Scarecrow UNDER cost
Replies: 6
Views: 893

Re: Scarecrow UNDER cost

I'll pull a reverse Price is Right and offer mine for $1.01 under cost. neener
by Alex N
February 29th, 2020, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the stigma of cali 2011's-sine qua non excluded
Replies: 28
Views: 2231

Re: the stigma of cali 2011's-sine qua non excluded

2011 is one of my favorite recent vintages for Santa Barbara county. The 2011 stigma of Napa wines also made the uber low production/list ones easier to obtain, at least in my experience.
by Alex N
February 29th, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 4078

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

That’s the ticket. Take your glasses and conduct a taste test between your great glasses and the bad glasses your idiot hosts provided. Try to convince everyone what a genius you are and how your hosts are a bunch of dolts. What a great idea! Will you ever be invited anywhere ever again???? Deserve...
by Alex N
February 26th, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Detert Family Release
Replies: 6
Views: 451

Re: 2017 Detert Family Release

I've been getting offers for quite a few vintages and went for 2016 East Block CF. Really looking forward to it when the time comes. Haven't gotten an allocation email for 2017 but would like to get some Oakville cab franc while the EB stays put.
by Alex N
February 25th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One dozen bottles plus a magnum of Champagne at $150 per bottle corkage for a special lunch at La Grenouille.
Replies: 45
Views: 2991

Re: One dozen bottles plus a magnum of Champagne at $150 per bottle corkage for a special lunch at La Grenouille.

Broken down, that's ~$12.50 per glass per person with wine service by a somm and I'm guessing a decanter for some of those wines, and a spit bucket. Plus someone will hand wash those delicate glasses. If the restaurant is busy enough to pack those 12 seats with asses on Friday and sell wine from the...
by Alex N
February 24th, 2020, 8:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16699
Views: 442902

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

1 can of Modern Times "Mega Devils Teeth" - BBA with pistachio and coconut.
Hour+ long sipper at 13.5%abv. Dessert in a glass.
by Alex N
February 24th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Christopher Tynan Release
Replies: 12
Views: 1415

Re: 2016 Christopher Tynan Release

AlexO wrote:
February 23rd, 2020, 7:15 pm
This is one of the releases that I am most excited about every year.
+1. I'd love to go all in but went for 3 cabs and 3 syrah.
Interesting the mags have sold out before the 750s.
by Alex N
February 23rd, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: My five favorite vegetables
Replies: 38
Views: 2069

Re: My five favorite vegetables

1. Wild king salmon belly
2. Wild king salmon collars
3. Wild king salmon poke
4. Dungeness crab
5. Louvar
by Alex N
February 21st, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harlan Estate Vintage Advice
Replies: 36
Views: 4767

Re: Harlan Estate Vintage Advice

That was a great post by Tom. If you're in your early 20s and not yet career bound, the dining industry is a good place to learn and not have to pay for the education. I worked at a super high end place for years before settling in my industry, and guests offered me tastes of stuff I'd never have ac...
by Alex N
February 19th, 2020, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow allocation
Replies: 119
Views: 11180

Re: Scarecrow allocation

I feel kind of bad since my allocation isn't until next Tuesday and I have been on the list for some time and have always bought three bottles as well as the M. Etian. I thought it was interesting in my notice that they said failure to participate would push someone to the end of the waitlist. I th...
by Alex N
February 19th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow allocation
Replies: 119
Views: 11180

Re: Scarecrow allocation

$1050 for a 3 pack/$350 bottle was the 2015 vintage Last year (2016 vintage @ $400/bottle) was $1,200 + $93 tax + $41 CA shipping, totaled $1,334 for 1 delivered 3 pack. Good to hear that.... my importer here in Europe sold it for $475 incl. taxes/shipping (vs the $445 incl. taxes/shipping mailing ...
by Alex N
February 18th, 2020, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow allocation
Replies: 119
Views: 11180

Re: Scarecrow allocation

$1050 for a 3 pack/$350 bottle was the 2015 vintage
Last year (2016 vintage @ $400/bottle) was $1,200 + $93 tax + $41 CA shipping, totaled $1,334 for 1 delivered 3 pack.
by Alex N
February 18th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2017 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 32
Views: 3306

Re: 2017 Scarecrow Allocation

Scott Brunson wrote:
February 15th, 2020, 8:56 am
^
Yes
But purchase of M Etain (supposedly) has no bearing on status on the Scarecrow list.
I've never purchased M Etain and was offered and purchased Scarecrow for 2015 and 2016. I received the 2017 Scarecrow email but will likely pass on my 3 pack.
by Alex N
February 17th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Christopher Tynan Release
Replies: 12
Views: 1415

Re: 2016 Christopher Tynan Release

Great accolades on the syrah. My allocation got quite a bump from last year but I'm going in for 3 of each.
by Alex N
February 13th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Short Ribs
Replies: 31
Views: 1890

Re: Short Ribs

I'd think braising and pressure cooking cause a lot of the good fat/marbling to render into the braising liquid it's cooking in(?) which is why I tend to not buy wagyu for for short ribs or anything that takes long cook times, unless doing something like bbq low and slow.
by Alex N
February 10th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Christopher Tynan Release
Replies: 12
Views: 1415

Re: 2016 Christopher Tynan Release

After opening a 2014 cab and a 2015 syrah, I'm all in on the cab and partial syrah allocation like last year.
by Alex N
February 9th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Trip Recap - Jan 2020
Replies: 19
Views: 2203

Re: Napa Trip Recap - Jan 2020

Good to know, thanks! I'll definitely buy some 2017 PS. It's been a real crowd pleaser even for my craft beer geek friends. I purchased the first two Tournahu releases and tasted the awesome Oakville, but passed on the cabs last visit to load up on the PS, plus I have plenty of their regular cab (2...
by Alex N
February 4th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Trip Recap - Jan 2020
Replies: 19
Views: 2203

Re: Napa Trip Recap - Jan 2020

Sounds like a great trip. I've been buying MW since the first release but passed on the 2017, and have been buying the PS (hoping they release 100% estate cab soon). If Amy is the lady who was there during one of my last visits I agree. She was so entertaining, funny, etc and made for a great exper...

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