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by Scott G r u n e r
February 23rd, 2021, 9:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 279
Views: 38789

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

shut out
by Scott G r u n e r
February 14th, 2021, 8:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 293
Views: 18124

Re: Why sous vide?

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: February 14th, 2021, 7:10 pm
I’m not fond of the texture that sous vide conveys to high quality meats.
This. I like sous vide to make tougher cuts tender. Chicken is hit or miss for me too, have had sous vide chicken breast that is just weird texturally.
by Scott G r u n e r
February 1st, 2021, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Taylor's care if I get a bad bottle?
Replies: 28
Views: 1923

Re: Does Taylor's care if I get a bad bottle?

Based on the sherry comment, I think we can rule out Taylor-Fladgate.
by Scott G r u n e r
February 1st, 2021, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 261
Views: 13527

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

There is no excuse for styro anymore. A winery/retailer that ships in styro to me will not receive another order from me.

As for meat...
Dartagnan ships in compostable insulation with reusable ice packs. (As does Astrea caviar for that matter) There is no reason to use styro for meat either.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 30th, 2021, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Taylor's care if I get a bad bottle?
Replies: 28
Views: 1923

Re: Does Taylor's care if I get a bad bottle?

Not worth the effort to call Taylor, but would return if bought from local retailer.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 30th, 2021, 8:58 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Road to Hana
Replies: 34
Views: 3842

Re: Road to Hana

Do not leave ANYTHING in your parked car along that route unless you want it stolen. Look for a place to rent for an evening and spend the night in Hana. Makes for a more pleasant trip. When in Hana proper go to Red Sands Beach, hidden access at the end of Uakea Rd (from Highway take Haouli Rd to U...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 29th, 2021, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SortaTN: Three Compromised SQN Reds...(short/boring)
Replies: 18
Views: 1305

Re: SortaTN: Three Compromised SQN Reds...(short/boring)

interesting. my non-chemist, non-expert, holiday inn express thought is that SQN is. higher alcohol wine, alcohol is known to deteriorate cork elasticity, and the added pressure of upside down...

I do wonder if there was ever heat exposure to boot...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 27th, 2021, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sinegal 2018 Cabernet Estate & 2016 Reserve
Replies: 12
Views: 817

Re: Sinegal 2018 Cabernet Estate & 2016 Reserve

been a bunch of signed bottles sitting in our local costco for $65.

Rich guy jumping in to ultra premium (initial vintages were $100 plus IIRC) wine business vanity projects dont interest me even if they are technically solid wines.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 26th, 2021, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: red wine allergy?
Replies: 18
Views: 4544

Re: red wine allergy?

I have a friend who takes allegra before any wine consumption. Seems to work.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 25th, 2021, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: code 38 waiters corkscrew
Replies: 14
Views: 4634

Re: code 38 waiters corkscrew

This is my favorite: https://www.wineappreciation.com/corkscrews/super-pro-waiters-corkscrew-classic-stainless-steel-brushed-1 No affiliation, just a fan. It was Larry Stone who put me onto them. Have yet to try the code 38 because $300 just seems like a silly price to pay for a corkscrew. FIFY I h...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 25th, 2021, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pasxa: New wine project from Bryant (former) / Force Majeure Winemaker
Replies: 11
Views: 1211

Re: Pasxa: New wine project from Bryant (former) / Force Majeure Winemaker

Have to admit a slight pet peeve for winery names I have no idea how to pronounce.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 25th, 2021, 8:04 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?
Replies: 12
Views: 663

Re: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?

wait, no one is drinking proper12?
by Scott G r u n e r
January 19th, 2021, 9:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How do you like your eggs?
Replies: 53
Views: 1756

Re: How do you like your eggs?

Sriracha on perfectly hard boiled eggs is the best!!

I like eggs so many ways.

sous vide jelly yolks under caviar
benedict
soft boiled runny yolk
over easy
spanish tortilla
tex mex scramble
green apple and white cheddar omelettes

list goes on
by Scott G r u n e r
January 16th, 2021, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How should a wine age???
Replies: 20
Views: 1217

Re: How should a wine age???

Age in terms of “years old” and Age as in “Evolving” are not always the same thing

Some wines evolve with age. Some just last (maybe with some mellowing, etc).

A 20 year old tasting like a 5 year old implies to me that the wine has lasted well, but isn’t going to (or hasn’t yet) evolved at all.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 16th, 2021, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L No Longer Shipping to Washington State
Replies: 43
Views: 3154

Re: K&L No Longer Shipping to Washington State

I know this had been said thousands of times, but alcohol shipping laws are some of the most ridiculous regulations ever. So, so silly. Yes, and this is part of the reason I try to avoid wine.com. They work to prop up the existing system as it benefits them via the investment they have made in dist...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 15th, 2021, 8:11 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Looking for Beaux Freres, Antica Terra, Kosta Browne... or other High Quality Pinot
Replies: 12
Views: 868

Re: Looking for Beaux Freres, Antica Terra, Kosta Browne... or other High Quality Pinot

My (massively unsolicited) advice would be to buy in small quantities to taste the styles before buying in quantity to cellar. There is a massive spectrum in style of new world pinot, even in the three you call out by name. High quality or highly rated does not mean you will like them.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 13th, 2021, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L No Longer Shipping to Washington State
Replies: 43
Views: 3154

Re: K&L No Longer Shipping to Washington State

Bummer. I think K&L may have been the first online wine store I bought from. I ordered some BDX 2000 futures from them. That was a long time ago.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 8th, 2021, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Older Champagne Best Enjoyed In A Flute?
Replies: 18
Views: 1414

Re: Is Older Champagne Best Enjoyed In A Flute?

Champagne is not one of my first, second , or even third grabs. Just other interests. That said, its more than the taste for me, its the pageantry and the etiquette. I need a flute here. My favorites are a pair of thick, gaudy, gold-brimmed, Italian, leaded-crystals I bought at 25 years old in an a...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 8th, 2021, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Older Champagne Best Enjoyed In A Flute?
Replies: 18
Views: 1414

Re: Is Older Champagne Best Enjoyed In A Flute?

seems the reason to use a bigger bowl is about enhancing the nose vs additional aeration? where too much air can certainly oxidize an old and fragile wine (in MY experience, I am certainly no francois) I can’t see wanting to nose an old champagne less...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 8th, 2021, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 213
Views: 9169

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

What is PGC? Patricia Green Cellars - https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=176403 Thanks! I like to consider myself pretty well versed in the names of wineries popular on this board, even when I don't buy from them, but I couldn't get there. I do feel that the constant use o...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 8th, 2021, 7:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Burr Grinder Recommendation
Replies: 39
Views: 1848

Re: Burr Grinder Recommendation

Interesting. will give that a test. There is some static to the sides of the grind receptacle for sure... but I take that out, across the room and over to the sink to empty for that reason. The grinds show up on the counter all around the grinder regardless...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 7th, 2021, 1:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Burr Grinder Recommendation
Replies: 39
Views: 1848

Re: Burr Grinder Recommendation

I bought the Baratza Encore a while back and am mostly happy. Would be nice to have a "timed" setting as opposed to a binary on/off switch- (so I could more easily grind the exact same amount each day), but otherwise I am pretty happy with it. I have no idea how it manages to spread grinds...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 7th, 2021, 1:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Everyday dinnerware recommendation needed
Replies: 47
Views: 2698

Re: Everyday dinnerware recommendation needed

Happy with the Villeroy Bosch that we bought last year in good part due to Chris's post.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 6th, 2021, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive
Replies: 15
Views: 1387

Re: TN: 2019 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive

Love Clos de la Roilette, though Louis Dressner's portfolio virtually vanished from WA State in 2020 (apparently they switched distributors) so now I can only get this via mail order from elsewhere. Sounds like I may be looking to backfill prior vintages though... l got mine at sec wines shipped to...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 6th, 2021, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BevMo Accused of Bait and Switch
Replies: 73
Views: 6078

Re: BevMo Accused of Bait and Switch

Thanks Chris. Agree they use the recent history of ratings, but have never perceived it as an attempt to be deceptive or misleading in any way. I have seen several where they include the current vintage and the rating was a clear drop compared to the previous two years, or quite commonly an NR for t...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 5th, 2021, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption in 2020
Replies: 46
Views: 2135

Re: Consumption in 2020

I don't keep good records but anecdotally consumption was up last year. Consumption of spirits was up as a greater percentage though.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 5th, 2021, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône
Replies: 13
Views: 1097

Re: TN: 2015 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône

I buy at least 6 every year, never is a bad wine and worst case is I make shortribs with it. I like the uniqueness of a syrah dominant CDR (as i understand is always 100% syrah). Plus the price can’t be beat.

The 2015 is the standout of the last few years in my book.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 5th, 2021, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BevMo Accused of Bait and Switch
Replies: 73
Views: 6078

Re: BevMo Accused of Bait and Switch

Tons of places do this, including Costco. Costco labels give the ratings of the past three vintages. Making it fairly clear to check the vintage and if they dont have a rating for that vintage it says NR They are pretty clean in my book. BevMo is pretty awful in general around here so I don’t even ...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 3rd, 2021, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 6162

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

The only reason I can see having diversity in the wine cellar for the sake of diversity is so that guests can drink something that may not align with your tastes. Do you eat the same food every day? :) Super late to this discussion, but I think this is a great comparison. I was in a relationship wi...
by Scott G r u n e r
December 31st, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How often do you know the wine?
Replies: 24
Views: 1445

Re: How often do you know the wine?

Ha. Just wait until the acronyms... PYCM et al
by Scott G r u n e r
December 30th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christophe Baron Champagne
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: Christophe Baron Champagne

Chris, your note is good. “clean and linear” was my thought as well. A solid, well made, enjoyable champagne, but not necessarily remarkable or super memorable at this point. I not experienced with champagne aging enough to suggest aging potential, but this was certainly balanced enough to have a sh...
by Scott G r u n e r
December 29th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: how do you pick the bottle you are opening?
Replies: 23
Views: 915

Re: how do you pick the bottle you are opening?

What am I eating? Who is having wine with me (if anyone)? How much attention am I able to give the wine?
by Scott G r u n e r
December 22nd, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Freshly tinned Astrea Caviar in stock -
Replies: 9
Views: 1069

Re: Freshly tinned Astrea Caviar in stock - 25% off all orders with code CLAYFU - order asap for holiday delivery

Hi Charlie- Is the banner on pre-order still accurate? Or is it shippable now? (I ordered and just need to know when to expect ETA)


Edit- Never mind- shipped!
by Scott G r u n e r
December 22nd, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Goodbye, my friend... RIP
Replies: 24
Views: 3168

Re: Goodbye, my friend... RIP

Amazing tribute. Thank you for sharing. I am so sorry for your loss.
by Scott G r u n e r
December 18th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dishwasher rinse aid
Replies: 35
Views: 1652

Re: Dishwasher rinse aid

I use it because my dishwasher gets cranky if I don’t, threatens to add time to the cycle, etc. Glasses come out fine but I dont think I actually need it with our water.
by Scott G r u n e r
December 17th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine goes best with beets?
Replies: 33
Views: 1296

Re: What wine goes best with beets?

It depends on how much dill you put on? Dill and red wine just don't work super well for me.
by Scott G r u n e r
December 17th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pepper Grinder?
Replies: 15
Views: 1155

Re: Pepper Grinder?

my favorite grinders were wood ones I bought from Ikea 20 years ago. Simple, efficient, and Still going strong. agree on peugeot- bought a set for my mom and they are nothing like her old set.
by Scott G r u n e r
December 16th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck's Top 100 Wines of the Year
Replies: 44
Views: 3728

Re: Jeb Dunnuck's Top 100 Wines of the Year

Michael Martin wrote: December 16th, 2020, 10:14 am I have some of these as well. His palate and mine align better too. Lots of Cali Rhône’s and Southern Rhône’s.
Is it palate alignment or a fact of what he covers?

maybe nitpicky, but while I like his areas of coverage, his palate is more tolerant of over the top wines than mine for sure.
by Scott G r u n e r
December 10th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 100 Thread
Replies: 141
Views: 16138

Re: Wine Spectator Top 100 Thread

Cinq Cepages!
BV Tapestry!
by Scott G r u n e r
December 10th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Unexpectedly thrust into wine!
Replies: 16
Views: 1631

Re: Unexpectedly thrust into wine!

Are you asking me if my reply is spam? I thought i was asking a legitimate question... I feel intimidated by this forum because even the into/ wine 101 , people know so much and I'm trying to decide how to approach/ learning about wine. Some of these posts are discouraging when literally a beginner...
by Scott G r u n e r
December 7th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2709
Views: 323315

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Just got a $100 off $300 at wine.com. Will share once I make sure I can use it first. :) Crapshoot as it requires finding wines that are not already 33% overpriced to market. I find wine.com "sales" to be more about availability than price... the sale price just makes it priced reasonable...
by Scott G r u n e r
December 7th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2709
Views: 323315

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Just got a $100 off $300 at wine.com. Will share once I make sure I can use it first. :) Crapshoot as it requires finding wines that are not already 33% overpriced to market. I find wine.com "sales" to be more about availability than price... the sale price just makes it priced reasonable ...
by Scott G r u n e r
December 6th, 2020, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wazzat Mean...."Been Thanked"??
Replies: 18
Views: 1278

Re: Wazzat Mean...."Been Thanked"??

alan weinberg wrote: December 6th, 2020, 4:07 pm geez, kind of Facebooky. . .
thanking is more nextdoory to me
hate them both.

I’d prefer a “+1” connotation to “like” or “thank”
by Scott G r u n e r
December 6th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2001
Replies: 28
Views: 1500

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2001

Check the post dates
by Scott G r u n e r
December 3rd, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Entry Level Rioja
Replies: 31
Views: 1849

Re: Best Value Entry Level Rioja

The Muga Reserva for $20 would get my vote today, but I actually cut my teeth on the Marques de Cacera and the LAN. Though I tended to mostly troll the Reserva level as in most years the difference was worth the small price increase.
by Scott G r u n e r
December 1st, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Northern Rhone?
Replies: 30
Views: 3099

Re: 2019 Northern Rhone?

I love sneaker-guy personally but he definitely took some notes from Rimmerman on sales: Sneaker-guy being...? He whose name cannot be mentioned unless the mods want 8000000 PMs from him to remove any text generated by him. I still have no idea who this is, but admit to be someone ignorant and blis...
by Scott G r u n e r
November 25th, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WE Top 100
Replies: 15
Views: 1918

Re: WE Top 100

I dunno. While I admit getting some enjoyment or validation in seeing wines I own or favor on these lists, more interesting is to get ideas of new things to try. Only issue of course is that by the time these are published, many have already sold through or are on the the next vintage. Of the lists ...
by Scott G r u n e r
November 23rd, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice for Wine Cellar
Replies: 3
Views: 696

Re: Advice for Wine Cellar

As the “grotto” is in the middle of the house you will need to install a split system cooler as otherwise it will cool the “grotto” but vent heat into the rest of the house. The good news is that by being in the middle of the house the worst temps will be room temp, assuming you use AC that will mit...

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