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by Scott G r u n e r
July 10th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)
Replies: 17
Views: 482

Re: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)

96 was the only year they used out of state fruit--hence the "American" on the label instead of WW Valley or Columbia valley. It was because the vines were heavily frozen the winter before except for the rare vintner who buried canes (I think Christophe might have been the only one doing this at th...
by Scott G r u n e r
July 8th, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4112

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

GOK was the second wine I was offered after getting the Cailloux for several years. It's never done a whole lot for me, but I kept buying while waiting for the Frog. I have it back to 2012. Maybe I've been popping them too soon. I kind of felt the same way and dropped it years ago in favor of (More...
by Scott G r u n e r
July 5th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Reading "Drink This"
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: Reading "Drink This"

Craig G wrote:
July 5th, 2020, 9:55 am
There are some good French Cotes du Rhones that are Syrah based or at least partly Syrah. A couple that come to mind are Guigal Cotes du Rhône (about $15) and Chave Mon Coeur (about $20).
St Cosme CdR is mostly/all Syrah I think
by Scott G r u n e r
July 5th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Reading "Drink This"
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: Reading "Drink This"

A Washington State Syrah. $10-$15 2016 Tenet "The Pundit" Columbia Valley Syrah. $17.95 “Washington State Syrah is good because the growing region is cold, like France, but sunny, like Australia.” Fascinating. This is the description given? I would never have characterized Eastern Washington climat...
by Scott G r u n e r
July 5th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4112

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
July 5th, 2020, 4:51 am
What the hell is Bionic Frog?
It’s a shiraz named after a critter. You guys have those too right? [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif]
by Scott G r u n e r
July 3rd, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me rub my butt
Replies: 17
Views: 616

Help me rub my butt

I have typically dry rubbed the butt a day or so ahead of the smoke- (garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano) however having recently made the best brisket of my life with the franklin method of just salt and pepper... am now wondering if I should do similar with t...
by Scott G r u n e r
July 1st, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 83
Views: 2738

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

2005 St Innocent Anden was pretty solid tonight. Not sure best of pandemic, but really pretty.
by Scott G r u n e r
July 1st, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 83
Views: 2738

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

Believe it or not, a 2005 Quilceda Creek. I have found many of the older bottlings to go into a less than optimal oak/char dominant phase once the fruit fades a bit- still not sure if/when they will come out of that. On the other hand, the 2005 we had was very pretty. Still a good bit of fruit, but ...
by Scott G r u n e r
July 1st, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19144

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I know this has been said, but not supporting business or people that have discriminatory viewpoints or policies, or actively denigrate the environment is not political- it is simply doing what is right. I should actually go further that in many cases not supporting them is not enough- you should ac...
by Scott G r u n e r
June 27th, 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1834

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

I like wine, especially aged wine.

or

A wine cellar is a sophisticated alcoholic’s way of protecting their supply of alcohol

take your pick, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar
by Scott G r u n e r
June 27th, 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boxes that smell corked
Replies: 21
Views: 770

Re: Boxes that smell corked

I drive by paper/pulp plants every trip to walla walla, and used to smell them in everett and tacoma. If I had to compare to a wine flaw it would be reduced/reducted or brett, not corked.

Corked carrots bug the heck out of me though.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 27th, 2020, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone have a rec for a digital cellar thermometer/hygrometer
Replies: 8
Views: 294

Re: Does anyone have a rec for a digital cellar thermometer/hygrometer

I use wireless tags. Super easy, mobile app to monitor with alarms. http://wirelesstag.net/

There are also a few threads on this if you do a search.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 25th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Seattle: best place to buy good rum?
Replies: 8
Views: 295

Re: Seattle: best place to buy good rum?

I don't know about Rum, but the places I think of are Esquin and the U Village QFC (May be really old data). Otherwise Total Wine has a lot- but I have seen only seen stuff like Zacapa at Met Market (plateau location specifically) Take all of this with a huge grain of "I haven't really looked extens...
by Scott G r u n e r
June 22nd, 2020, 8:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recco needed on remote probe thermometer
Replies: 10
Views: 385

Re: Recco needed on remote probe thermometer

Cook's Illustrated reviews these in their current issue. They like Thermoworks. yep. was just coming to mention this. no personal opinion though I have a wired Dot and a regular thermapen so have bias towards thermoworks. top rated remote probe was the “smoke 2-channel alarm” TX-1300 then Nutrichef...
by Scott G r u n e r
June 22nd, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 54
Views: 3147

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

Agree poison is not ideal, as they will usually die inside a wall (or similar). I just removed our old hot tub plus decking and found no less than 5 mummified rats under, most likely poisoned by the previous owners. Also I believe in good old fashioned snap traps. Rodents are not endangered and it i...
by Scott G r u n e r
June 14th, 2020, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you chill Beaujolais Crus before serving?
Replies: 21
Views: 837

Re: Do you chill Beaujolais Crus before serving?

I like cellar temp or even cooler. Fond memories of chilled pichets of bojo on trips to france.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 13th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Describe each first growth Bordeaux in one word.
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Re: Describe each first growth Bordeaux in one word.

Scott Spears wrote:
June 13th, 2020, 8:48 am
Expensive. I know it was low hanging fruit, but I could not resist.
Ha. beat me. Though I was going to go with overpriced.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 12th, 2020, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Champagne Cristophe Baron (Cayuse)
Replies: 4
Views: 720

Re: 2015 Champagne Cristophe Baron (Cayuse)

I bought this year, but will try my 14 before buying next year. This is priced above a good many excellent champagnes, so will need to be impressive, not just good.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 10th, 2020, 9:53 am
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: 1392

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

A good PBJ is awesome- The issue is there are too many folks that experience bad PBJ- Cheap peanut butter, confected jelly, inferior bread- or one that has been all mushed together in a sandwich bag... I know it is bad with Hydrogenates, but Jif is the right mix of peanut flavor and creaminess for m...
by Scott G r u n e r
June 4th, 2020, 9:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 34
Views: 1177

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

John S wrote:
June 4th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Never use those "swap out rack" as those tanks are the worst of the lot.
I would love to hear elaboration on this. I have done both ways and noticed zero diff, but I may just not have paid attention
by Scott G r u n e r
May 28th, 2020, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2780

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Are you interested in wines or money laundering operations?

If wines, you might try some of the quarterback wines- Passing Time, Doubleback. Much more about wine if you are into that.
by Scott G r u n e r
May 25th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Copper River season
Replies: 16
Views: 1043

Re: Copper River season

season is off to a rough start due to low numbers. they closed the fisheries last week and will try to re open this week. https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.alaskajournal.com%2F2020-05-20%2Fcopper-river-closes-week-after-poor-sockeye-showing&data=02%7C01%7C%7C6cbfa...
by Scott G r u n e r
May 24th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Copper River season
Replies: 16
Views: 1043

Re: Copper River season

I got one at costco last friday. $35 for a whole 3 lb sockeye. delicious piece of fish. been looking but haven’t been able to find any at my costco since
by Scott G r u n e r
May 23rd, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sec Wines in Portland
Replies: 85
Views: 5619

Re: Sec Wines in Portland

another fan of sec wines here. a couple cases per year for years, nothing but great, fast, and personal service
by Scott G r u n e r
May 17th, 2020, 7:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1584
Views: 84403

Re: What did you cook tonight?

first copper river salmon (sockeye) of the year. so fresh, so good. very simple prep of salt, pepper, olive oil on the grill.
by Scott G r u n e r
May 16th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 643
Views: 39261

Re: de Negoce offer

wait. this whole concept is garagiste mystery wines but min purchase is a case? Thats a hard no for me.
by Scott G r u n e r
May 14th, 2020, 9:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Shepherd’s pie
Replies: 19
Views: 1000

Re: Shepherd’s pie

My daughter loves shepherds (cottage) pie (both) my son hates so we don't do it often. Usually plan ahead and make extra mash potatoes for a previous meal in the week. Works just as well as fresh.
by Scott G r u n e r
May 9th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm worried about John Gilman
Replies: 24
Views: 2581

Re: I'm worried about John Gilman

Or perhaps because he was being unusually cheap in not providing 750s? In fairness, they're kids. Personally, I'm happy John is taking a break from tweeting about politics. [stirthepothal.gif] I will second that. He has an unnatural obsession with Trump. Kind of poster for Trump derangement syndrom...
by Scott G r u n e r
May 9th, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coq au vin
Replies: 11
Views: 470

Re: Coq au vin

Would prefer dark meat but I have to use some white in this house. Sigh. Also use classic Julia Child as base. Been a while since made it though
by Scott G r u n e r
May 9th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4112

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

Bummer. I cut back a few years ago with no detriment, but I guess only they know their algorithn
by Scott G r u n e r
May 9th, 2020, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4112

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

Their prices are significantly lower than current retail but higher than release prices. I think it's a fair offering and appreciate the opportunity to buy some properly aged bottles directly from the producer. Fair to charge a bit more than release. How much more are they charging? I haven't gone ...
by Scott G r u n e r
May 9th, 2020, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4112

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

The last one was a raffle. You were told what would be offered and the cost and the then you signed up for x bottles and took what you drew. I got three bottles which were not wines I would have chosen, but they were good. I've been on the list for a few years and I didn't get this offer. I don't h...
by Scott G r u n e r
May 8th, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4112

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

I don’t get the response? They randomly pick a bottle that you can purchase... but you still have a choice to buy/not buy and then waitlist. OK. Sounds reasonable. I thought it was more like a raffle. You pay upfront and then get what you get. The last one was basically raffle IIRC. Looking through...
by Scott G r u n e r
May 7th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Roasted Potatoes
Replies: 32
Views: 1593

Re: Roasted Potatoes

Tried the kenji method last night, definitely good. Going to experiment with size of cut spud though as would have liked a more even ratio of crispy and fluffy. The bigger pieces were a bit heavier on the fluffy side for me
by Scott G r u n e r
May 1st, 2020, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Wine in Square Btls??
Replies: 14
Views: 622

Re: Aging Wine in Square Btls??

you just need one shelf at the bottom and then you just stack to your hearts content! So every time I want to find a wine will be like and Easter egg hunt.[cheers.gif] removing a bottle from the middle will be like candy crush. everything else just drops right into its place Can you play Jenga with...
by Scott G r u n e r
April 30th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Wine in Square Btls??
Replies: 14
Views: 622

Re: Aging Wine in Square Btls??

why would it age differently in a flat bottle? long as the headspace is the same with the same area right at the neck and its still cork. unless you're keeping it somewhere with sunlight, in which case its got more area for sun to strike wine directly. my concern is what you do with the bottle on t...
by Scott G r u n e r
April 29th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?
Replies: 90
Views: 4173

Re: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?

Ha. This thread made me go and look up verset pricing. I had no freaking idea how that had exploded. I think I have one bottle of the 1998 left which I think I paid $50 for. champagne.gif
by Scott G r u n e r
April 29th, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?
Replies: 90
Views: 4173

Re: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?

Do you take an artwork off your wall and sell it because it has appreciated 5-10 times in value since you bought it, even though you still like it? Having art on the wall is consuming it. Perhaps a better analogy would be having many times the amount of art as you have wall space. You change up wha...
by Scott G r u n e r
April 27th, 2020, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperature Gauge For Cellar
Replies: 8
Views: 523

Re: Temperature Gauge For Cellar

Yep. Wireless tag has been great for me. Have expanded to add some additional sensors around the house- i.e. a moisture sensor under the dishwasher, etc. Set up is simple, and app is easy to use, alerting, etc.
by Scott G r u n e r
April 27th, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?
Replies: 54
Views: 2036

Re: What else do you keep in your wine cellar?

Ageable Beer, backstock liquor, olive oil, potatoes, and christmas and birthday gifts
by Scott G r u n e r
April 21st, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dry aged steak umai bag
Replies: 25
Views: 1208

Re: Dry aged steak umai bag

BTW- I am not advocating or dissing this in anyway, but here is an old blog about this
http://blog.golbsalt.com/2012/09/07/uma ... dry-aging/
by Scott G r u n e r
April 21st, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dry aged steak umai bag
Replies: 25
Views: 1208

Re: Dry aged steak umai bag

I used one a few years ago. As I recall the bag helped with odors. The results were not the same as true dry aged IMO.
by Scott G r u n e r
April 19th, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Clear Ice
Replies: 38
Views: 1938

Re: Clear Ice

As I understand you have to freeze at a much slower rate to prevent the big crystals from forming- I think I read that putting the cube tray into an insulated container and then into the freezer might work. I don't have enough freezer space to try any equipment I already have.
by Scott G r u n e r
April 16th, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5249

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

Congrats Todd! Share pics of your first smoke
by Scott G r u n e r
April 15th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2205

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

If we were to indulgent in stereotypes, the stereotypical "Parkerized" beer would be the beer I drank tonight: a coffee, chocolate, vanilla stout, with 11.5% alcohol (excellent, by the way). The thick texture the fake flavors, the high alcohol, the great taste... it practically begs to be abused by...
by Scott G r u n e r
April 11th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: I love Lindeman's Lambics -- should I be ashamed?
Replies: 21
Views: 1133

Re: I love Lindeman's Lambics -- should I be ashamed?

I have always liked the framboise. No shame there.
by Scott G r u n e r
April 11th, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1972
Views: 252040

Re: Official Costco Thread

Micro deal alert- 2017 coudoulet de beaucastel was $18 at kirkland costco- I mostly cleaned what was there but there might be some at other local stores.

Had the kirkland barolo this week and it drank like a $9 spaghetti wine.
by Scott G r u n e r
April 11th, 2020, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Executive order temporary revision of the Pobega Rule.
Replies: 13
Views: 758

Re: Executive order temporary revision of the Pobega Rule.

Isn’t there an FAQ or Glossary somewhere to help newcomers with some of the oldtimers lexicon?

Pobega
Adouze
AFWE
Going full Klapp

Or is it part of the initiation to have to figure it out?
by Scott G r u n e r
April 9th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5249

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

No need for a cold plate (had one and now can't recall what happened to it), actually not really cold smoking. I have a CookShack. Using A-Maz-N smoke box, original one, though they did come up with tubular versions lately, even an adjustable one. Load with pellets, light up, place on the bottom (i...
by Scott G r u n e r
April 9th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 206
Views: 9491

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

I won't order a second time from anyone that sends in styro- and I tell them that. Of course I can't think of anyone that has shipped styro to me in the last year...

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