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by Scott G r u n e r
July 17th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 1788

Re: What meals did you grow up on

How many of your parents had a bowl of bacon grease or other grease that sat on the stove for easy access? Was there a huge can of Crisco in the pantry? I still keep the bacon grease. Though I filter it eith a coffee filter. Use it for bruss sprouts, roast potatoes, fried eggs.... i keep in coffee ...
by Scott G r u n e r
July 17th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 1788

Re: What meals did you grow up on

I keep a lot of traditionals in the mix that I ate and learned to cook as a kid.

Classic (to me) Beef Stew
Betty Crocker Pork Fried Rice
My mom’s lasagna
American “Italian” Spaghetti- made with ground beef and mccormick spaghetti with mushrooms seasoning packet.
Meatloaf
by Scott G r u n e r
July 14th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 105
Views: 5100

Re: Downstream Wines

After reading this and the faethm thread I think I am finally cured of FOMO as I felt nothing. I suppose Cambie’s name involved helped somewhat too. Add Rolland for the trifecta.
by Scott G r u n e r
July 9th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2321

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

I’m 90% convinced that a fair number of “winery direct” wines are essentially private label wines that have no business existing- think two buck chuck. Stick with known producers.
by Scott G r u n e r
July 9th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: James Molesworth on Natural wine
Replies: 31
Views: 2262

Re: James Molesworth on Natural wine

Was at a restaurant recently that focuses on “natural” wines and discussing why and what they look for and why. Boiled down to balance, interesting complexity, freshness, pairing well with food, etc. My comment was that they were really looking for good wine, not necessarily natural wine.
by Scott G r u n e r
July 7th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 324
Views: 26739

Re: Your Gin?

Just got some genever from amsterdam. Curious how it is in drinks
by Scott G r u n e r
June 27th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy
Replies: 20
Views: 1519

Re: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy

I don’t believe I’ve had a white wine I consider “refreshing” on a hot day. When I drink white wine, it’s because the food I’m eating calls for it. I reach for rosé when the weather calls for it. That said, my rosé palate is pretty specific (Bandol, preferably Domaine Tempier). If the rosé on offer...
by Scott G r u n e r
June 24th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 54
Views: 4103

Re: The wine you don't want

Welcome Russ. Love to hear what regions/wines float your personal boat.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 24th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 229
Views: 9000

Re: Why sous vide?

Sous Vide is most useful to me in up leveling tougher cuts (e.g. getting a choice grade tri-tip prime tender) or cuts that tend to dry out easy (e.g pork chops)

Personally I prefer traditional cooking methods with high quality cuts and chicken.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 22nd, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 54
Views: 4103

Re: The wine you don't want

I sold my unwanted SQN at HDH. They will arrange/assemble bull shipments from various regions to simplify the shipping process.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 19th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 50
Views: 1366

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

Fremont Head Full of Dynomite- though not the current release
Fremont Sky Kraken is decent for a regular release
Currently have a Pfriem on tap which is OK
Everything I have had from Fieldwork in Berkeley is great.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 19th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 2504

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

I had a burger and fries at 5 Guys last week. Picked them up from the counter immediately and opened the bag quickly. They were really good. I wouldn’t call them crispy but they were not limp at all. Length is good and quantity excellent. I only have two issues: 1. They need a bun capable of holdin...
by Scott G r u n e r
June 19th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 56
Views: 3387

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

Pretty sure it will all be 1 per for this year.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 19th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Broken cork on champagne bottle
Replies: 16
Views: 742

Re: Broken cork on champagne bottle

Why no corkscrew? Seems The most obvious thing to try, just keep your face away, maybe cover your hand with a towel. It’s not like this is an M-80, it isn’t going to blow your hand off, so what am I missing?
by Scott G r u n e r
June 17th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy
Replies: 40
Views: 3904

Re: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy

Scott, That's still recent stuff. He was way over the line long before those reports. Agree- the thread is recent (assuming 2014 is considered recent) but it references stuff going back to the early 2000's. Plus a data point that goes beyond Berserkers and eBob- I am sure there are are other boards...
by Scott G r u n e r
June 11th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Case of the Clape
Replies: 29
Views: 1905

Re: TN: Case of the Clape

I am 93 points on the clape joke and the 93 points schtick
by Scott G r u n e r
June 10th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices
Replies: 30
Views: 2668

Re: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices

The average price of wines I bought today is $10
by Scott G r u n e r
June 9th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 2504

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Shake Shack is meh. Chick fil A awful. In N out is mediocre- prefer well done with lots of salt and some peppers. I am with Michael. Best are 5 guys. Not always perfect, but twice fried and when fresh and properly salted.... I ate at Five Guys once. The burger was Ok, but the fries were a bag of gr...
by Scott G r u n e r
June 9th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 2504

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Shake Shack is meh. Chick fil A awful. In N out is mediocre- prefer well done with lots of salt and some peppers.

I am with Michael.
Best are 5 guys. Not always perfect, but twice fried and when fresh and properly salted....
by Scott G r u n e r
June 8th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee Filters
Replies: 10
Views: 909

Re: Coffee Filters

JDavisRoby wrote:
June 8th, 2019, 8:44 am
Didn’t even think about stopping at Trader Joe’s. Bet the price is solid on those.
Probably 1/3 of the price of the name brand
by Scott G r u n e r
June 7th, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee Filters
Replies: 10
Views: 909

Re: Coffee Filters

Trader Joes unbleached
by Scott G r u n e r
June 5th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 50
Views: 2479

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

I haven't found myself digging most of the flavored mustards- though haven't tried the chablis/truffle one mentioned. Have had a bunch of different herb, garlic, tarragon, etc, mustards and most don't do much for me. I use grey poupon for cooking a lot. For fancy mustards I use Maille- the self impo...
by Scott G r u n e r
June 5th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 56
Views: 3387

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

by Scott G r u n e r
June 1st, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leonetti Cellar - Purchase from list or secondary market
Replies: 8
Views: 805

Re: Leonetti Cellar - Purchase from list or secondary market

List is comparably priced to secondary in my experience. Dont feel you have to take the full allocation when first offered- usually a huge amount (2-3 cases). You can usually wait for the secondary offering and get what you want in the quantities you want.
by Scott G r u n e r
May 30th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 56
Views: 3387

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

I would be very very interested to try, but have to admit the pricing is pretty aggressive and makes me feel like I would be buying for FOMO more than anything else. I have no doubts it will be good and interesting. Christophe does not half ass anything and it will surely push some boundaries. Just ...
by Scott G r u n e r
May 30th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Locker at Restaurant
Replies: 25
Views: 1631

Re: Wine Locker at Restaurant

Interesting. I must admit, whenever I saw wine lockers inside restaurants, I assumed they were for wines that the renters brought in from home and were going to pay corkage on. I didn't realize they were for wines bought through the restaurant. The restaurants I know here with WineLockers are exact...
by Scott G r u n e r
May 29th, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 67
Views: 4170

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

Kris Patten wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 9:31 pm
B. Buzzini wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Coravin
Someone already did...hence fill and offer at auction. [pwn.gif]

To pile on, I'd trust Ray's opinion, he drinks at this level and age of wine.
My thought exactly. That is a super low fill.
by Scott G r u n e r
May 29th, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I won't go into specifics but...
Replies: 44
Views: 4006

Re: I won't go into specifics but...

There was a time 15-20 years ago that inexpensive oregon pinot gris was my go to white- King Estate on the cheap low end, Eyrie and others higher up. We liked that it wasn't oaky like many chardonnay, less aggressive grapefruit and grassy as many of the sauv blancs. Now anytime I try it, it just see...
by Scott G r u n e r
May 26th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3118

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

I've noticed that you get better tasting fruits and vegetables when shopping in the organic aisle. Let's face it. Tomatoes, strawberries and many other fruits were starting to taste like cardboard. I cannot say why organic produce tastes better... Organic is quite possibly a red herring here. For t...
by Scott G r u n e r
May 24th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is your favorite arrondissement in Paris and why?
Replies: 6
Views: 1128

Re: What is your favorite arrondissement in Paris and why?

Personally I like to stay in the Marais. Close to the action but a bit quieter and more residential feeling. But for one night could easily see myself in St Germain or closer to whatever you plan to do.
by Scott G r u n e r
May 19th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 40
Views: 1644

Re: Impossible burgers

Jim Brennan wrote:
May 19th, 2019, 8:02 am


GMOs are a bullshit Boogeyman however, with most of the objections being little different than anti-vax.
very much this.
by Scott G r u n e r
May 19th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 40
Views: 1644

Re: Impossible burgers

My personal view (and actually shared by several vegetarians I know) is that trying to mimic meat with non meat ingredients is missing the point of being vegetarian. Fake meat is Like going to a brothel for a kiss. If I eat vegetarian I dont want fake meat, I want good tasting and presumably healthy...
by Scott G r u n e r
May 18th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which syrahs are retirement worthy?
Replies: 43
Views: 2551

Re: which syrahs are retirement worthy?

First, Robert… You're saying that Cayuse will let me keep buying BF and Cailloux (my original get) and not take GOK? That would be great. I just assumed that GOK was the price I had to pay. It's not bad wine, just not that interesting compared to their syrahs. I am not Robert, but yes. I know from ...
by Scott G r u n e r
May 16th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7602

Re: Robert Parker retires

Most influential wine critic, possibly in history. A truly remarkable career- wish him nothing but 100+ pointers in retirement.
by Scott G r u n e r
May 15th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give up salt or give up wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 1687

Re: Give up salt or give up wine?

It's a bit of a muddy definition that you can not watch DVD's but you can go to a movie theatre or watch them on airplanes. Brett Favre.

Let's go back to a real hypothetical like consuming zero sodium chloride in any shape or form.
by Scott G r u n e r
May 15th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give up salt or give up wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 1687

Re: Give up salt or give up wine?

Give up wine. There are many other beverage options that I could live with. Without salt, the world is bland and uninteresting place. Wine with cardboard tasting food sounds like a the devil's take on corked irony.
by Scott G r u n e r
May 15th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1484

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

The relative quality of the wine makes zero difference if you're stewing something for ages. Just pay a few dollars more for the best quality beef chuck/ round and make sure you season & sear each piece well. That's infinitely more important than the wine used. Agree 100%. So even if you can salvag...
by Scott G r u n e r
May 13th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1484

Re: Coq au vin

I had good results with the Alton Brown version. https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alt ... pe-1952021
by Scott G r u n e r
May 6th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd recent palate sensation
Replies: 13
Views: 956

Re: Odd recent palate sensation

Root phase
by Scott G r u n e r
May 6th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?
Replies: 25
Views: 1246

Re: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?

Cast Iron all they way, IMO. Take longer to heat, but worth it. I have had two gas grills over the past 20+ years. Both Weber and will always buy Weber for gas grill. They built well, built to last, and they stand behind their products and design them to be, for the most part, maintainable. One of m...
by Scott G r u n e r
May 5th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Rose
Replies: 40
Views: 1674

Re: 2018 Rose

This years Gramercy cellars rose is very good. The best they have made. I haven’t yet tasted my usuals (Triennes, amentzoi rubentis, etc).
by Scott G r u n e r
May 3rd, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Technical data for wine. Tell the whole story.
Replies: 25
Views: 885

Re: Technical data for wine. Tell the whole story.

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 4:51 am
Whenever I look at the tech data on winery websites, the ABV is always there.

And then there's the residual sugar myth...unless you're talking about some $75 version of Apothic.
If it is a myth, prove it with the data. Pretty sure the data is readily available and just needs to be typed/printed
by Scott G r u n e r
May 2nd, 2019, 11:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1858

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

The hilarious thing about all this is I am not sure anyone is actually disagreeing that much. JK is speaking purely from his own perspective as a taster/drinker (which is absolutely correct), whereas Wes and myself are leaving room that others may perceive TCA differently and not notice or mind a mi...
by Scott G r u n e r
May 1st, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Vivino toeing the legality line with marketing?
Replies: 28
Views: 1446

Re: Is Vivino toeing the legality line with marketing?

Should read some of the old garagiste offers if this seems to cross a line for you. :)
by Scott G r u n e r
April 30th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1858

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Another classic Berserker exchange.
I don’t go full berserker very often, but when I do I prefer dos equis.
by Scott G r u n e r
April 30th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1858

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

I disagree that your TV hypothetical is more apt. In your example no one can consume the TV content even should they want or choose to. The TV Volume analogy is far more apt, IMO. Low volumes some can hear, some with less sensitive hearing cannot. Is the TV on? Yes. Can the TV content be consumed? Y...
by Scott G r u n e r
April 30th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1858

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

If you don't know you have cancer until it's stage 4, do you actually have cancer? Sounds like a dumb philosophical POV when applied to reality. Trying to live in absolutes is so freaking silly. And using cancer as an analogy to the extent of which a wine is corked is [rofl.gif] [head-bang.gif] Oh ...
by Scott G r u n e r
April 30th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1858

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

If you don't know you have cancer until it's stage 4, do you actually have cancer? Sounds like a dumb philosophical POV when applied to reality. Trying to live in absolutes is so freaking silly. And using cancer as an analogy to the extent of which a wine is corked is [rofl.gif] [head-bang.gif]

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