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by Chuck Miller
December 5th, 2019, 12:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent tastings (Selosse, Duband, Rayas, ...)
Replies: 13
Views: 799

Re: Recent tastings (Selosse, Duband, Rayas, ...)

So, I opened a 2001 and 2003 Rayas last night as part of my tasting group’s last monthly tasting of the year. They were opened about 5:30, decanted, and served blind about 6:30, a little earlier than I thought they would be poured. Initially, a little colder than I wanted and they hadn’t had enough ...
by Chuck Miller
December 2nd, 2019, 11:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Ceritas Peter Martin Ray Chardonnay
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Re: 2015 Ceritas Peter Martin Ray Chardonnay

Not sure how you can extrapolate one corked bottle into your (invalid) conclusion. Feel free to peruse all the tasting notes on CT of 2015 Ceritas wines and see if you find a pattern. I did, you won’t see a pattern.
by Chuck Miller
December 2nd, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS story: To claim or not to claim?
Replies: 31
Views: 2342

Re: UPS story: To claim or not to claim?

Nola, it is illegal to use USPS to ship alcohol. Other liquids like olive oil are legal AKAIK, but you must declare it as a liquid, have it properly packaged, and probably waive damages if broken.
by Chuck Miller
December 1st, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?
Replies: 97
Views: 5305

Re: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?

I made a really delicious carmelized carrot soup in my IP for Turkey Day. It was the hit of the meal. Simple and easy, only a few ingredients, including a little baking soda, which enhances the mailliard reaction. Basically carrots, butter, baking soda, a touch of salt. Under pressure 20 minutes, pu...
by Chuck Miller
December 1st, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent tastings (Selosse, Duband, Rayas, ...)
Replies: 13
Views: 799

Re: Recent tastings (Selosse, Duband, Rayas, ...)

Re: 2001 Rayas. I am opening my only bottle on Tuesday and will let you know. However, several recent CT TN’s mentioned tertiary, advanced characteristics.
by Chuck Miller
November 30th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 1734

Re: Layout my wine cellar

I would think about double deep racking the entire length of wall 1, and NO racking/storage along wall 3. Your room is fairly narrow, and if you have single deep along both walls, the center will be tight and you’ll be bumping into bottles on one side or the other, with no room to turn around while...
by Chuck Miller
November 30th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 1734

Re: Layout my wine cellar

I would think about double deep racking the entire length of wall 1, and NO racking/storage along wall 3. Your room is fairly narrow, and if you have single deep along both walls, the center will be tight and you’ll be bumping into bottles on one side or the other, with no room to turn around while ...
by Chuck Miller
November 22nd, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Order to Serve these Dessert Wines?
Replies: 24
Views: 802

Re: What Order to Serve these Dessert Wines?

Make sure to have some insulin on hand.
by Chuck Miller
November 20th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020
Replies: 18
Views: 1366

Re: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020

Seems kind of inconsequential (maybe). You plant, but can’t label the wine Barolo. It’s a 3 year ban. Most vines aren’t producing much in the first few years. Unless they mean forever, then maybe. More details needed.
by Chuck Miller
November 19th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Storing OWC Make (Financial) Sense?
Replies: 20
Views: 1328

Re: Does Storing OWC Make (Financial) Sense?

It’s a weird pricing structure, IMO. But they can price how they see fit, and you can either adapt to it or move to a different facility. It sounds as if you are in a managed facility as opposed to self storage.
by Chuck Miller
November 11th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2444

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

Neal, an employee would still have to open it, even if had been previously opened. Nice loophole to a poorly worded statute.
by Chuck Miller
October 31st, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Found bottle of 1969 Dom Perignon
Replies: 9
Views: 1334

Re: Found bottle of 1969 Dom Perignon

It’s hard to tell in pictures, but the color looks kind of dark, and the fill just OK. The storage conditions you describe are less than ideal. Personally, I wouldn’t disagree with what Tom said, but I would never pay $500 for a crap shoot. My advice is to talk to the other parties that have an inte...
by Chuck Miller
October 25th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 161
Views: 9804

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Ron Slye wrote:
October 25th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Ugh. Our deep freezer died a few days ago -- everything has thawed, including a number of Flannery steaks. Not clear how long it has been thawed, so unfortunately it is being thrown out!
I had that happen once as well. Very painful.
by Chuck Miller
October 25th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 161
Views: 9804

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Sounds right Chris. My flannery mismatched arrived defrosted....I know I saw a discussion in a thread here with a similar scenario. Were they supposed to be shipped frozen or fresh? Regardless, I saw a YouTube video of some guy that did a blind taste test comparison of a set of meat ranging from fr...
by Chuck Miller
October 22nd, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canlis for dinner this evening.........
Replies: 26
Views: 1716

Re: Canlis for dinner this evening.........

Andy K wrote:
October 17th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Greg K wrote:
October 17th, 2019, 11:45 am
The 2011 Rupestris is drinking great, and that’s a very nice price for a restaurant.
That is pretty much a great price anywhere right now!

I will report back!


Thanks again.
Apparently Andy suffered amnesia after dining at Canlis and has forgotten to report back!
by Chuck Miller
October 21st, 2019, 11:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne...thought blanc...got rouge.
Replies: 22
Views: 1365

Re: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne...thought blanc...got rouge.

The Ramonet reds are a hidden secret, and that’s a fair price. Enjoy, and then buy some blanc as well.
by Chuck Miller
October 14th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 652
Views: 33573

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I always thought that airport customs didn’t collect duty since it was pennies per liter, and not worth their time. Tariffs are 25% of the value, not per liter, and could be a significant dollar amount. If they are authorized to collect tariffs, I have a feeling they will.
by Chuck Miller
October 8th, 2019, 11:59 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: #
Replies: 3
Views: 416

Re: RAYAS-Fonsalette

It might help to know the vintage and where you are located.
by Chuck Miller
October 6th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wonder if they have any more of that Jayer Cros P
Replies: 9
Views: 914

Re: Wonder if they have any more of that Jayer Cros P

They spelled your name wrong. I’d never buy from them again.

Not too long ago, I had a client send off 6 bottles each of ‘85 Jayer Cros Parantoux, Echezeaux and Richebourg to auction. I guarantee they were authentic, but I also guarantee they didn’t hammer for $250!
by Chuck Miller
October 5th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best brewpubs in Bend?
Replies: 14
Views: 839

Re: Best brewpubs in Bend?

Crux has a charcuterie board that is killer. Also, while not a brew pub, check out a place called Primal Cuts. It’s a butcher shop on one side, and the other side has maybe 30 taps from all over the PNW, including when I was there last, a tab pouring a Heater-Allen beer. But the highlight is a sandw...
by Chuck Miller
October 4th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 112
Views: 8847

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Good sale prices, but I was honestly surprised at the regular non-sale prices they showed. Did people actually pay that much for Bonny Doon or did they inflate it to make the sale look better?
by Chuck Miller
October 4th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: aucwine.com
Replies: 14
Views: 2311

Re: Retailer Check: AUCwine

Never heard of them. After 30+ grammatical errors that I caught without working too hard, I am s k eptical of anything they represent. Claiming 6 locations and 60 employees for an outfit I've never heard of makes me even more s k eptical, but I look foward to being corrected by others with direct e...
by Chuck Miller
September 23rd, 2019, 12:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 43
Views: 2291

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

If Canlis is about anything, it is about service. This is a long-standing family owned restaurant, and their goal is to make everyone’s experience an ideal one. I have only dined there 3-4 times, but every one has been exceptional. If it isn’t special for you, they WANT you to give them feedback and...
by Chuck Miller
September 19th, 2019, 12:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 43
Views: 2291

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

I took a few friends to one of my favorite places, Nell’s at Greenlake. We started with an off the menu special order app of Chimney Smoked Lobster. Always special. We all did the tasting menu, I ordered a Champagne off the list, and brought in a 2000 Fichet Meursault Chevalieres and a 2007 Dujac Co...
by Chuck Miller
September 10th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance in NY
Replies: 9
Views: 634

Re: Wine insurance in NY

Sh@n A wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 6:29 am
I believe you have been searching for offsite for some time now; the offsite will offer insurance as well.
Not universally.
by Chuck Miller
September 10th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6159

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

Not trying to be pedantic, but everything that is warmer than air will be affected by "wind chill". In other words, the wine that's in front of the blower will cool fairly quickly since there's high air flow + lower temperature. So it could be conceivable that the liquid is actually fluctating in t...
by Chuck Miller
September 7th, 2019, 11:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6159

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

i think you would get slightly cooked or stewy before you would get to maderized.
by Chuck Miller
September 7th, 2019, 10:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6159

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

I don’t buy this. Assume the facility is at 55 degrees. To maintain that, a commercial system will typically output air at about 49 degrees, which immediately begins to mix with the ambient 55 degree air. My compressors (redundant) run maybe 10% of the time, the fans run 24/7. So 90% of the time th...
by Chuck Miller
September 7th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6159

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

A long long time ago (long before I started making wine), I had a wine locker in a professional storage unit...except my locker was in the direct air/firing line of one of the air coolers, which caused similar large cooling & warming (relative) cooling cycles, at times (summer) relatively frequent ...
by Chuck Miller
September 6th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6159

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

First, you have a cheap thermostat in that uline. A good (more sensitive) thermostat would turn on and off with less of a temperature swing. That said, your range will not damage the wine. In addition, even fairly large daily temp swings will not damage a wine, UNLESS it is so large to cause the cor...
by Chuck Miller
September 5th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1898

Re: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?

lleichtman wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 10:40 am
2-3 times retail is typical. 10 times retail is outrageous.
Nobody said 10x retail. Markup is calculated from their (presumably wholesale) cost, so a $7 wholesale btl would retail for $10, and be $70 on the list. Still outrageous, however.
by Chuck Miller
September 2nd, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cioppino
Replies: 6
Views: 1195

Re: Cioppino

Chris Blum wrote:
September 1st, 2019, 10:31 pm
I love doing communal dishes like cioppino, mussels and fondue. The concept of food sharing is a beautiful metaphor in my opinion.
So if you guys would finally visit Seattle, we could have a cioppino-off, Iron Chef style.
by Chuck Miller
September 2nd, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 70
Views: 3320

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

Jason T wrote:
September 2nd, 2019, 3:59 pm
Carlton McCrindle wrote:
September 2nd, 2019, 12:17 pm
Are there any Berserkers that are in the off-site storage business?
Chuck Miller, I believe.
Yes, for 25 years.
by Chuck Miller
September 2nd, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Scallop and sole night...searing is hard.
Replies: 7
Views: 1229

Re: Scallop and sole night...searing is hard.

I also get scallops as dry as possible and sear at high heat in clarified butter. This. Clarified butter is key, as well as high heat. To the original poster, you experimented with different seasonings instead of different cooking methods. First, get your technique down, THEN play with flavors.
by Chuck Miller
September 1st, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cioppino
Replies: 6
Views: 1195

Re: Cioppino

That looks great, Don. I love cioppino, and use a recipe that is more of a tomato/wine base with lot of Swiss Chard as well as loads of seafood, but that broth based approach looks and sounds delicious. Need to find a reason and a good size group of friends to make a big pot soon!
by Chuck Miller
September 1st, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Brian Devine Cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 3723

Re: The Brian Devine Cellar

Looks as if he spent many millions of $ on the 2005 vintage and then realized he was nuts/couldn’t drink anywhere near all of it. Do you find this pretty common in big cellars you see? I ask because it is something I have noticed over time. Not necessarily with the newer investor/collector set- I a...
by Chuck Miller
August 30th, 2019, 11:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Brian Devine Cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 3723

Re: The Brian Devine Cellar

Looks as if he spent many millions of $ on the 2005 vintage and then realized he was nuts/couldn’t drink anywhere near all of it.
by Chuck Miller
August 21st, 2019, 10:31 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?
Replies: 12
Views: 1443

Re: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?

Tons of nice places on AirBnB for well under $200 (I’ve been looking). Depends on what you are looking for.
by Chuck Miller
August 18th, 2019, 11:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 170434

Re: Steak Porn

saul_cooperstein wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 7:42 pm
A5 wagyu @158 days
Just my opinion, but I don’t understand aging A5 wagyu. Period. Full stop. You end up trimming some funky shit off, which cost you what? $100+ bucks a pound? It’s already expensive, why make it more so?
by Chuck Miller
August 5th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4546

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

Most bizarre thread since Alan Eden died.
by Chuck Miller
August 3rd, 2019, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Condensation in Eurocave
Replies: 23
Views: 1383

Re: Condensation in Eurocave

A relative humidity of 50% to 70% is recognized as an adequate wine cellar humidity level, with 60% the ideal. Without ideal humidity, wine quality may be affected in a number of ways. When the humidity is higher than 70%, it will likely cause mold and degradation of the labels and glue. Generally,...
by Chuck Miller
July 28th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!
Replies: 101
Views: 5718

Re: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!

From left, Mike Reff, a very attractive young lady who Jorge has apparently convinced to marry him, and Jorge The Dominican. Reff, Jorge and fiance.jpg Jorge clearly convinced her that he is the most interesting man in the world. Stay thirsty, my friends. As my old joke goes, post more pictures of ...
by Chuck Miller
July 21st, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SoDo UrbanWorks wineries?
Replies: 23
Views: 1095

Re: SoDo UrbanWorks wineries?

8 Bells is in the Roosevelt neighborhood and is definitely considered an urban winery, Reasonable prices as well.
by Chuck Miller
July 7th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3458
Views: 188750

Re: The Bourbon Thread

It’s amazing how much bourbon prices can vary state to state, I assume mostly due to liquor taxes. In WA state we have some of the highest liquor taxes around. As an example, Basil Hayden can retail in Wa for well over $50. Costco sells it for about $44. I’m on a driving trip across the N. states, a...
by Chuck Miller
July 6th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can you make popsicles out of wine
Replies: 5
Views: 491

Re: Can you make popsicles out of wine

Sure. In a similar vein, some people freeze in ice cube trays to use for cooking.
by Chuck Miller
June 30th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tiny great French wine list
Replies: 4
Views: 1436

Re: Tiny great French wine list

Sorry, I totally missed the date of the original post! I must be getting old.
by Chuck Miller
June 29th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tiny great French wine list
Replies: 4
Views: 1436

Re: Tiny great French wine list

Dan, was the Cuvee de Iris a 2001, or a 2010 as your note would imply?

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