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by Chuck Miller
October 14th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19469

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: RAYAS-Fonsalette
Replies: 3
Views: 340

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: 867

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: 10
Views: 218

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: 67
Views: 4884

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: 2200

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
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 35
Views: 1658

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
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 35
Views: 1658

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: 581

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: 5999

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: 5999

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: 5999

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: 5999

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: 5999

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: 1793

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
Topic: Cioppino
Replies: 6
Views: 703

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: 3179

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
Topic: Scallop and sole night...searing is hard.
Replies: 7
Views: 708

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
Topic: Cioppino
Replies: 6
Views: 703

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: 3536

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: 3536

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 Forum
Topic: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?
Replies: 12
Views: 847

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
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1977
Views: 167294

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: 4492

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: 1257

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: 5563

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: 1071

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: 3415
Views: 185514

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: 489

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: 1434

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: 1434

Re: Tiny great French wine list

Dan, was the Cuvee de Iris a 2001, or a 2010 as your note would imply?
by Chuck Miller
June 27th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friend of a Friend wants to park his RV at Barefoot Cellars
Replies: 41
Views: 3127

Re: Friend of a Friend wants to park his RV at Barefoot Cellars

Hey, if we’re going to bump the helicopter thread this needs to tag along.
by Chuck Miller
June 26th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 1887

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

Roy, as I am sure you know, ‘wine country’ in WA means Eastern WA, but many of the wineries and tasting rooms are in the Puget Sound region. Since it sounds like you may be driving, you might consider going to the actual wine country on your way to Montana. There are a lot of wineries and vineyards ...
by Chuck Miller
June 22nd, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 79
Views: 6690

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

Not to feed a fed horse, so to speak, but I'd be very interested in where retailers think the responsibility lies for the mis-shipment described in in the initial post. Was it on me to review the shipping info; was it the seller's responsibility? A shared responsibility? I'm not trying to start a d...
by Chuck Miller
June 18th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have no wine
Replies: 30
Views: 2408

Re: I have no wine

My company does a few jobs a year for the restoration companies, where we pack the cellar and store it until the house is ready again. Typically, in the case of water damage, the wine is fine, they just are getting it our of the house for both security reasons, and because of the heating and drying ...
by Chuck Miller
June 11th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??
Replies: 18
Views: 943

Re: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??

So what stops the cork drying out in a 100 year old bottle ? Nothing. But there's no reason to store any bottle of wine on its side, whether Madeira or not. Storing on the side does not prevent the cork from drying out, although that's the myth that's been bandied about for years. It's just that st...
by Chuck Miller
May 29th, 2019, 10:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 67
Views: 4485

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

It’s a simple question. The potential buyer has already heavily discounted the value to compensate for the risk they are taking, so if you sell it, no lost sleep. The question is, will $900 change your life? I’ll assume no. So drink it. Maybe it will blow your mind, but if not, who cares? If $900 wo...
by Chuck Miller
May 20th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 82
Views: 4256

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

Sorry, not only will they, but they already have. Andrew Will and Cadence come to mind. The 1995 Andrew Will Cabernet ‘R’ was of particular note. Bottles I opened in 2011 were dead ringers for great vintages of Ch. Margaux. Famously, Lettie Teague served a 1995 Andrew Will Sorella in a 1982 Mouton b...
by Chuck Miller
May 13th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1665

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

I'm extremely sensitive to cork and have never had an issue cooking with tainted wine. I suppose it's possible it was there and I just didn't notice it. I've never experimented below boiling temperatures. I am not a scientist, only an experienced cook and braising with corked wine has never been an...
by Chuck Miller
May 13th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1665

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

I have made a delicate risotto using a badly corked bottle and it was great. Other dishes as well. Most of the time I just dump the corked bottle down the drain and don’t save it for any real length of time. But cooking is a great way to use a corked grand cru burgundy.
by Chuck Miller
May 9th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lodging in Carmel
Replies: 27
Views: 966

Re: Lodging in Carmel

An old friend of mine ownes Patisserie Boissiere is downtown Carmel. The business has been there like 50 years, he bought it probably 35 years ago (I helped him with a small loan, long since paid back, NFI). It’s a lovely, quaint French pastry and espresso place, open breakfast lunch & dinner (I thi...
by Chuck Miller
May 6th, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Humidity question in wine fridge
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Re: Humidity question in wine fridge

If anything, it appears to me that the humidity is reaching the highest point just before the compressor kicks on, and drops rapidly when it is running. Then gradually rises until it kicks on again. That would be normal. Assuming your sensor is accurate, I wouldn’t worry about your levels unless ove...
by Chuck Miller
May 3rd, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bend, Oregon recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 887

Re: Bend, Oregon recommendations

VRBO’d in Bend this weekend. Primal Cuts is great for a sandwich and beer - tap selection was top notch, with Boneyard, Crux, Barley Browns, Bevel (new) and a couple of others in the line-up. Picked up some prime rib-eyes and smoked kielbasa and am enjoying them with quite a bit of Rick’s beer, whi...
by Chuck Miller
April 19th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?
Replies: 18
Views: 802

Re: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?

Pigs ears. Drum sticks. Fiddle head ferns. Trumpeter swan. That's all I got. Took me a second to catch on. Maybe some Chilean Sea Bass. Maybe some snacks with Bugles. Maybe prepare some organ meats to go with sauternes. champagne.gif I knew there were more out there, and that you would be the perso...
by Chuck Miller
April 19th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?
Replies: 18
Views: 802

Re: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?

Pigs ears. Drum sticks. Fiddle head ferns. Trumpeter swan. That's all I got.
by Chuck Miller
April 13th, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bordeaux 1989 Right Bank wines in NYC
Replies: 9
Views: 1080

Re: TN: Bordeaux 1989 Right Bank wines in NYC

Thanks for the notes. My only request, when tasting 30 year old bottles, would be to hopefully provide a drinking window. Which of these are fully mature, which could go another 5-10 years?
by Chuck Miller
April 13th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Washington State Beer Help
Replies: 23
Views: 680

Re: Washington State Beer Help

Chuck’s Hop Shop is a local institution.
by Chuck Miller
April 10th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 2367

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

I assume that some use the thicker bottles to help reduce temperature variation? I like this angle too- makes sense the extra weight is added thermal mass. Heat capacity of glass is about 20% of water. A bordeaux bottle weighs about 3lbs, the wine inside about 1.6lbs. So if you're adding, e.g., 30%...
by Chuck Miller
April 9th, 2019, 10:56 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Newb Question. Tips on where to sell wine/port online?
Replies: 3
Views: 428

Re: Newb Question. Tips on where to sell wine/port online?

Eileen, once you get your post count up, you could try and sell them on ‘Commece Corner’ here. Alternatively, auction houses like Winebid are the only legal approach for you, but to get the best terms, it will depend on what you have, and the total value of your wines. Most auction houses look for a...

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