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by Chuck Miller
December 23rd, 2020, 10:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Herb stripping tool
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: Herb stripping tool

by Chuck Miller
December 23rd, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Windfall wine purchase
Replies: 56
Views: 3664

Re: Windfall wine purchase

I am so glad you said what I was thinking. I can’t believe that when someone asks for a wine recommendation on a wine blog they are first belittled for the amount suggested (note, the OP did not share the windfall amount, only the desire to buy a celebratory bottle in the $600 range), then told the...
by Chuck Miller
December 23rd, 2020, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Windfall wine purchase
Replies: 56
Views: 3664

Re: Windfall wine purchase

I am so glad you said what I was thinking. I can’t believe that when someone asks for a wine recommendation on a wine blog they are first belittled for the amount suggested (note, the OP did not share the windfall amount, only the desire to buy a celebratory bottle in the $600 range), then told the...
by Chuck Miller
December 23rd, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Windfall wine purchase
Replies: 56
Views: 3664

Re: Windfall wine purchase

Personally, if I were to receive a windfall check for any amount, rather than splurge on some luxury product, I would donate it to a food bank or other charity. I don’t need it, but there are millions of people that do. This money is intended to help those in need, and while some of it will certainl...
by Chuck Miller
December 18th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2498
Views: 213448

Re: Steak Porn

Well, the grade is assigned at the carcass level, not the individual cut, but I think it would be hard for that cut to have come from a choice graded carcass. That’s why it's fun to pick thru the packages at Costco. You can sometimes find some choice steaks with better marbling than the same steaks ...
by Chuck Miller
December 16th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Help with cooling and storage
Replies: 8
Views: 3062

Re: Help with cooling and storage

Lisa, sounds as if you have a very nice selection of quality wines that can still age, and enough to last me about 3 months and you probably 3-5 years. Your temperature is fine. Not sure what is meant by ‘in clumps’, but my guess is the wine threw some sediment, which is normal for red wines with so...
by Chuck Miller
December 16th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery Demi?
Replies: 6
Views: 797

Re: Flannery Demi?

I think they stopped offering this kind of gourmet stuff when they stopped having a retail store front quite a few years ago.
by Chuck Miller
December 11th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 664
Views: 44063

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Chris Blum wrote: December 11th, 2020, 1:06 pm Is anyone else getting weird “invalid form key” errors on the page?
Yes, continually.
by Chuck Miller
December 10th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Help with cooling and storage
Replies: 8
Views: 3062

Re: Help with cooling and storage

Long term at 65 will not ruin your wine. It may age slightly faster, but even an experienced taster is unlikely to notice any difference, unless tasting a pristinely stored bottle side by side. Of course, this advice assumes the wine is good to start with. Out of curiosity, how many bottles did you ...
by Chuck Miller
December 9th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pierre Usseglio Mon Aieul fake 2016's ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1215

Re: Pierre Usseglio Mon Aieul fake 2016's ?

Is the cork branded with a vintage?
by Chuck Miller
December 9th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Help with cooling and storage
Replies: 8
Views: 3062

Re: Help with cooling and storage

First, don’t get too hung up on this. All types of wine should be stored in cool, dark conditions (red, white, sparkling). As long as your temperature doesn’t exceed 70 degrees, you are fine for medium term storage. Longer term, strive for under 60, with 55 considered ideal. If you prefer your white...
by Chuck Miller
December 6th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 664
Views: 44063

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I’m finding it a bit of a challenge to cook a 2 lb tri tip and get the thick center cooked properly without overcooking the ends. Grilling it off heat about 6 minutes and then a 2 minute sear. I will try a slightly longer off heat today. I have not been able to log on in the past couple of months. ...
by Chuck Miller
November 30th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better to store wine warm or cold...
Replies: 10
Views: 522

Re: Better to store wine warm or cold...

Are you going to be drinking those 32 bottles during that 3 month stay? If not, why ship them, then store them sub-optimally, then move them again? Let them catch up to you when you settle in to a new place for a longer period of time.
by Chuck Miller
November 29th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping rates 2 Bottles from California to Colorado?
Replies: 12
Views: 728

Re: Shipping rates 2 Bottles from California to Colorado?

Alcohol is prohibited by the USPS.
by Chuck Miller
November 25th, 2020, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most impractical wine in the cellar?
Replies: 77
Views: 3663

Re: Most impractical wine in the cellar?

It used to be a 6L of 1989 Haut Brion, but I solved that problem when I opened it for a 60th birthday bash about 7 years ago, along with a 6L 1989 Lynch Bages, 6L 1990 Montrose, 6L 1999 Mouton and a 3L of 1983 Yquem. Other guests took the opportunity to clear their cellars of mags of Champagne and ...
by Chuck Miller
November 25th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most impractical wine in the cellar?
Replies: 77
Views: 3663

Re: Most impractical wine in the cellar?

It used to be a 6L of 1989 Haut Brion, but I solved that problem when I opened it for a 60th birthday bash about 7 years ago, along with a 6L 1989 Lynch Bages, 6L 1990 Montrose, 6L 1999 Mouton and a 3L of 1983 Yquem. Other guests took the opportunity to clear their cellars of mags of Champagne and w...
by Chuck Miller
November 18th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 664
Views: 44063

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Joe Chanley wrote: November 18th, 2020, 5:33 am thanksgiving sale on burger blends, pork roast and tenderloin roasts...
and sausages!
by Chuck Miller
November 14th, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: shipping routes from Los Angeles
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: shipping routes from Los Angeles

DaveP wrote: November 14th, 2020, 3:59 pm This is a generalization, but for the most part FedEx typically ships ground in trucks, while UPS transports via train.
Definitely a generalization, as I see an awful lot of UPS trucks on the road when I’m traveling across the country.
by Chuck Miller
November 9th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?
Replies: 107
Views: 8720

Re: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?

Love Mangalitsa, so I checked this out. Looks good, but beware high shipping costs, especially on small orders.
by Chuck Miller
November 5th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?
Replies: 107
Views: 8720

Re: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?

24DDC600-D8CE-4071-9682-180D9DFB96FD.jpeg If you’re on the west coast, try https://tailsandtrotters.com/ Good call. Their pork is fantastic, and luckily available at the butcher shop a half mile from my house. Tails and Trotters is fantastic. I’ve had their massive pork chops 7-8 times, available l...
by Chuck Miller
November 4th, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Another Offsite Cellar Temperature Question
Replies: 1
Views: 831

Re: Another Offsite Cellar Temperature Question

Just a guess on my part, but it sounds as if ‘A’ is a passive facility, and ‘B’ exhibits the normal 2 degree swing that an actively cooled cellar would show due to thermostats turning cooling on and off. A 2 degree swing in air temperature is stable, and the actual wine temperature will vary far les...
by Chuck Miller
October 30th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine seepage in transit- 1972 stag's leap- overnight priority ship
Replies: 34
Views: 1538

Re: Wine seepage in transit- 1972 stag's leap- overnight priority ship

If you keep them until 2022 as you plan, I would store upright and would also tightly cover the top of the bottle with something like stretch wrap and a rubber band to minimize air exchange due to a potential poor seal.
by Chuck Miller
October 29th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to defrost ice build up on Artevino III dual zone wine fridge
Replies: 26
Views: 983

Re: How to defrost ice build up on Artevino III dual zone wine fridge

I agree with Troy, the only thing that needs to be that cold (for some people) is Champagne. I would set it at 50, and if you like to consume even colder, throw the bottle in your refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes. But really, that’s simply too cold.
by Chuck Miller
October 27th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to defrost ice build up on Artevino III dual zone wine fridge
Replies: 26
Views: 983

Re: How to defrost ice build up on Artevino III dual zone wine fridge

An air leak doesn’t lead to ice buildup in a unit that is set to 55 degrees or so. It would lead to condensation. Freezing usually indicates a low level of refrigerant, meaning a leak in the cooling system itself, which is supposed to be a closed (sealed) system. Regardless, the ice buildup interfer...
by Chuck Miller
October 21st, 2020, 11:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)
Replies: 48
Views: 2272

Re: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)

Sh@n A wrote: October 21st, 2020, 8:49 pm
Chuck Miller wrote: October 21st, 2020, 8:38 pm Chave Hermitage
Any particular vintage/price? Thanks
Chave is known for making great wine even in off vintages. Some (many?) vintages are going to be out of your price range. But they can easily use 10-20 years of age.
by Chuck Miller
October 18th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which compressor to buy for Wine Cellar - Converted Bathroom
Replies: 24
Views: 1323

Re: Which compressor to buy for Wine Cellar - Converted Bathroom

Since it is in a bathroom, you obviously have access to water and drainage. You might want to look into a water cooled cellar. Fairly rare, but would be neat.
by Chuck Miller
October 18th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?
Replies: 67
Views: 3517

Re: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?

While the idea of having 18’ ceilings and a library style ladder sounds ‘cool’ (no pun intended), I would rethink it. If you are going that high to boost capacity, meaning you will actually load the upper areas and use them, as I get older the idea of climbing a ladder with a bottle in hand doesn’t ...
by Chuck Miller
October 16th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cooked with no signs of seepage?
Replies: 23
Views: 1145

Re: cooked with no signs of seepage?

Yes, a wine can be cooked with extended poor storage without pushing the cork. However, a wine doesn’t cook in a single extra day in transit unless the temps were extremely high, which would push the cork. One day at 80 degrees or so isn’t going to do it. Your wine will be fine.
by Chuck Miller
October 15th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Pégau - Cuvée Réservée (Fance, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: TN: 2005 Pégau - Cuvée Réservée (Fance, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

Thanks for the note. I've had my eye on a 3L of this for a few months now and keep going back and forth on whether or not to get it. My fear is that with the vintage it might not be ready to drink until I'm 6' deep, and I'm only 35. Hey, you’ve got to have something to serve at your funeral or wake...
by Chuck Miller
October 13th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Father's Collection (Newbie)
Replies: 5
Views: 1345

Re: Father's Collection (Newbie)

Lucas, I looked at the various auction lots in your link and can only advise extreme caution. Most if not all of these wines are probably over the hill, even with perfect storage. They are from run of the mill producers that were never intended to be aged this long, and my guess storage is less than...
by Chuck Miller
October 9th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aack! Shipment notices have started
Replies: 56
Views: 2970

Re: Aack! Shipment notices have started

Ummm... An appropriate amount of bubbly for the holiday season Jules was not impressed, but now that we’ve been popping corks almost every night.... she’s coming around. She still wants the basement back to normal, but I bought some time at least. champagne.gif Now that the kid is away at college, ...
by Chuck Miller
September 23rd, 2020, 10:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 67
Views: 3344

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

You might get more responses if you create a new thread rather than asking in a thread about Seattle, but I have some feedback for Lake Chelan. I spent 3-4 days there a couple years back, didn’t do anything fancy (not that Chelan is too fancy to start with). I liked a pizza place called Local Myth. ...
by Chuck Miller
September 23rd, 2020, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting notes on Northern California’s 2020 vintage in 2022
Replies: 20
Views: 1051

Re: Tasting notes on Northern California’s 2020 vintage in 2022

Let me clean and disinfect my crystal ball. Or maybe I’ll just wait until the wines are bottled and released, since there will be tasting notes by then.
by Chuck Miller
September 20th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question on Eurocave Placement
Replies: 18
Views: 806

Re: Question on Eurocave Placement

Odor is not an issue. Maybe if you were dry aging beef in a spare fridge, but wine is sealed.
by Chuck Miller
September 16th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with new cellar: entry, organization, app, etc.
Replies: 16
Views: 663

Re: Help with new cellar: entry, organization, app, etc.

If the bulk of your wine is in CT, do not start from scratch. Every slot in the new cellar is simply a 1 bottle bin, labeled however you want (A1, B3, etc.). To verify and update your inventory, simply bulk transfer every CT entry to a fictitious bin called ‘old’ or whatever you want. Then, as you t...
by Chuck Miller
September 12th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 131
Views: 10426

Re: Fires-Oregon

Is New Sammy’s Cowboy Bistro still standing in Talent? Fondly recalling impeccably cellared Egly Ouriet Coteaux Champenois Ambonnay Rouge 1996, Chave Hermitage Rouge 1989, & Le Gallais Wiltinger braune Kupp Auslese 1988 for a grand total of less than $500 on last visit. At least part of the cel...
by Chuck Miller
September 11th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 131
Views: 10426

Re: Fires-Oregon

The fires in OR and CA are horrible, and my best to everyone. WA state is also burning, but not getting quite as much focus, possibly due to it not affecting vineyards and wineries so much. But homes and lives are being lost, sadly. While CA has had a little over 2% of its total acreage burned this ...
by Chuck Miller
September 6th, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Inside the World of Black Market Bourbon
Replies: 4
Views: 1717

Re: Inside the World of Black Market Bourbon

Thought this was a great article looking into the secondary market on bourbon, especially as it pertains to how people source stuff. https://www.whiskyadvocate.com/black-market-bourbon-feature/ Have been tempted to flip back-up bottles a couple of times (Blanton's, OWA especially), but am too worri...
by Chuck Miller
September 3rd, 2020, 8:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chef’s Table BBQ
Replies: 42
Views: 3158

Re: Chef’s Table BBQ

I’m only 10 minutes in to Tootsie’s episode and loving it. Never been to Snow’s, it seemed like such a weird thing to go early on a Saturday morning. Now, I realize I HAVE to go, and soon. She can’t have too many years left to keep going at her current rate.
by Chuck Miller
September 3rd, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 67
Views: 3344

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

That’s not an apology, it’s a re-justification of your original rant. An apology would have stopped after your first paragraph.
by Chuck Miller
September 3rd, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine storage at a generic self-storage facility?
Replies: 19
Views: 1028

Re: Wine storage at a generic self-storage facility?

When a generic storage facility says climate controlled, they simply mean the facility is heated in the winter and/or air conditioned in the summer. Heated means kept above freezing, and in the summer, I guarantee the A/C isn’t set at 68 degrees, let alone 55. This is opposed to the metal sheds on a...
by Chuck Miller
September 2nd, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 67
Views: 3344

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Nell’s is great. Besides the wonderful food and wine, it is quiet so you can actually have a conversation.
by Chuck Miller
August 31st, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Egon Muller Break-In, Theft
Replies: 4
Views: 1217

Re: Egon Muller Break-In, Theft

That sucks. I can’t imagine them bottling TBA mags, nor what they would cost.
by Chuck Miller
August 26th, 2020, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WARNING – ZACHY’S WINE AUCTIONS IS NOW OFFERING WINES FROM FRAUDSTER ERIC GREENBERG
Replies: 99
Views: 16978

Re: WARNING – ZACHY’S WINE AUCTIONS IS NOW OFFERING WINES FROM FRAUDSTER ERIC GREENBERG

In the future, just start a new thread if you are off topic on existing threads.
by Chuck Miller
August 5th, 2020, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 74
Views: 3039

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

Babette's Feast. More of a food movie, but wine with the dinner is an integral part of it.
by Chuck Miller
August 4th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Mt. Rushmore
Replies: 22
Views: 2126

Re: Mt. Rushmore

I agree, Terry. Expect a huge increase in positive cases from the 3rd week of August thru the first week of September, and hope it doesn’t spread to other nearby areas. If I had photoshop skills, I’d come up with a picture of Mt. Rushmore wearing masks.
by Chuck Miller
August 3rd, 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Mt. Rushmore
Replies: 22
Views: 2126

Re: Mt. Rushmore

Also, if your trip takes you thru Buffalo, WY, there is a very nice Hampton Inn that is a huge cut above other hotels in the area, and for that matter, Hampton Inns in other areas. Nice large pool area and hot tub, and a large outdoor patio with tables to sit and look out at a beautiful manicured la...
by Chuck Miller
August 3rd, 2020, 9:23 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Mt. Rushmore
Replies: 22
Views: 2126

Re: Mt. Rushmo

In Gillette, WY is The Prime Rib Restaurant and Wine Cellar. It’s been a few years since I’ve been there, mostly because the 2-4 times a year I drive thru there the timing is such that I am not stopping for the night and having dinner. Gillette is a few hours West of the Rapid City/Black Hills area....
by Chuck Miller
July 31st, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 100
Views: 6020

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

Apparently the main street thru Pike Place Market is being closed to traffic and restaurants are going to be able to do outside dining there. I hear Matt’s in the Market will do so, but don’t know about timing. They have a Facebook picture posted that implies they are doing it now, but call to check...

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