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by Scott G r u n e r
November 17th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 38
Views: 2334

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

Mine is Covap. https://www.covap.es/ Covap is a Co-op of local producers so... It has my seal of approval. For an Ibérico Jamon it’s good. It would be interesting to know how long the hogs forage on acorns. I’ve only sliced into the “neck area”, saving the meatier parts for later. It’s not as “nutt...
by Scott G r u n e r
November 16th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 63
Views: 1654

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

In my opinion, yes.
by Scott G r u n e r
November 11th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 38
Views: 2334

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

Been watching some videos on slicing these things- Found this one (while heavily branded by one company) to be fairly informative. If anyone has better (or preferred) resources, I am all ears..
by Scott G r u n e r
November 8th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 38
Views: 2334

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

The Bellota i got was covap. I thought the Noel was the brand of the $100 hams that started hitting the stores a while back. A different grade and based on a previous thread did not have the Nola stamp of approval.

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=155524&hilit=Noel+jamon
by Scott G r u n e r
November 8th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 38
Views: 2334

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

Haven’t assembled yet but at first glance the quality of the stand set up seems pretty high.

To me a good sign as I typically expect flimsy in things like this.
by Scott G r u n e r
November 8th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5320

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

I will open mine over the next few months at an occasion where I can get multiple opinions
by Scott G r u n e r
November 3rd, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4184

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

Kris Patten wrote:
November 3rd, 2019, 1:32 pm
Does it really matter Rhys wasn't mentioned?
Nope. I am sure I could find other wineries not mentioned too.
by Scott G r u n e r
November 2nd, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 38
Views: 2334

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

How long do this last uncut?
by Scott G r u n e r
October 29th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)

I rarely see any of it sold and when I see it it is usually DeBoueff with bananas yeast.
by Scott G r u n e r
October 28th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 201
Views: 20519

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

the customer that has shelled out thousands more than me, is a better example of "motivated". I think that is making a big assumption that they care about bourbon and spent thousands more with the intention of getting a bottle of PVW at the end. Peter V is a good example of someone that made sure h...
by Scott G r u n e r
October 28th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 201
Views: 20519

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

I think this is way more fair than the old system. The best thing about it is that with the old system you got one shot of picking a bottle. If you missed it there wasn’t that much time to go back and try another selection. Way more fair? Hmm. Depends on your POV. This new system makes it easy for ...
by Scott G r u n e r
October 27th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore
Replies: 53
Views: 2844

Re: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 27th, 2019, 4:45 pm
I defy you not to like it.
Send me a bottle and I’ll give it a shot
by Scott G r u n e r
October 27th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore
Replies: 53
Views: 2844

Re: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore

Lots of other factors may be involved eapecially food pairing or other palate impacting factors or fatigue. One data sample is hard to make a conclusion on. Speaking from someone who agrees that zin is one dimensional and grapy. ;)
by Scott G r u n e r
October 26th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking a bit less wine.
Replies: 24
Views: 2761

Re: Drinking a bit less wine.

Thank you for always raising the bar and living the example that everyone should strive to live up to.
by Scott G r u n e r
October 23rd, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 201
Views: 20519

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

For those that signed up with their rankings.. Did you get an email confirm? Site was buggy so would prefer an email confirm..
by Scott G r u n e r
October 23rd, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 201
Views: 20519

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Yep. Looks like a lottery where the more you spent this year, the more chance you have to win.
Beat me Matt. I have around 30K

At least only grand reserve members get to play.
by Scott G r u n e r
October 22nd, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upright or on its side: A Theory
Replies: 56
Views: 2320

Re: Upright or on its side: A Theory

I have heard that champagne should be stored vertically and the carbonation helps keep the cork wet. I do not see there being any difference in the liquid surface when a wine has been sitting for a day, a week, a year. I think wines and bubbly will be fine vertical. The issue is storage convenience...
by Scott G r u n e r
October 21st, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upright or on its side: A Theory
Replies: 56
Views: 2320

Re: Upright or on its side: A Theory

5 and 1. More efficient storage and then mimicry plus other made up shit about wet corks, etc. occam’s razor and all
by Scott G r u n e r
October 16th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Where Does Dessert Go For You?
Replies: 17
Views: 788

Re: Where Does Dessert Go For You?

Given the choice I will always choose cheese over dessert. I am not big on sweet desserts, but there are some more savory desserts I can enjoy. Have a bit of a thing for good olive oil cake for example.
by Scott G r u n e r
October 16th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16370
Views: 424338

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Fremont head full of fresh hops- Hazy IPA made with fresh hops. Crazy good IMO. Pungent, Citrusy, Full flavored. Clearly I like some different stuff than other folks here. :)
by Scott G r u n e r
October 13th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1294

Re: Washington State Trip

. We want to stay at a Nice Hotel preferably with a Vineyard View. Most of the Vineyards are across the border, in Oregon, just outside the town called Milton-Freewater, which is not know for hospitality or fine dining, staying in Walla Walla is what I would recommend. This is a bit of an overstate...
by Scott G r u n e r
October 13th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 68
Views: 5682

Re: Japanese Whiskey

So what you are saying is that Ray Walker is now making Japanese Whisky?
by Scott G r u n e r
October 9th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3150

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

While i hate nascar in general I think it sucks to see people taking pot shots at her record, knowing how hard it must have been to be the first woman to break that glass ceiling
by Scott G r u n e r
October 8th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting heat damage data point
Replies: 13
Views: 1146

Re: Interesting heat damage data point

My (limited) experience with recently heat damaged wine was that they were fine short unless really cooked, but wouldnt age well
by Scott G r u n e r
October 7th, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2287

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Ridge Monte Bello is first among equals in this race I think Agreed. Neal is dead right here. And while I am not a huge fan of American oak, Draper’s committment to making an American product using American oak, has a relatable story here. Ridge Monte Bello is by far the easy choice. En Magnum. The...
by Scott G r u n e r
October 7th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Treasury Wine Sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1749

Re: Treasury Wine Sale

Welcome to the board Hughes. Thank you for passing on the tip.
by Scott G r u n e r
October 7th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 2990

Re: Best Burger in Each State

Whaaat, you don't like Shake Shack? Don't think I've ever heard anyone say that before. Shake Shack is OK. Been to stores in NYC and London. Burgers are decent but over-priced and the fries are not good IMO. I typically get the smokestack or whatever it is called. Will give the new local store a tr...
by Scott G r u n e r
October 6th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is 2000 Bordeaux actually approachable now?
Replies: 45
Views: 1421

Re: Is 2000 Bordeaux actually approachable now?

Hmm. I look for more secondary sardonic notes in aged bordeaux... will wait a few more years to crack my 2000 montrose
by Scott G r u n e r
October 5th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 34
Views: 2541

Re: Mountain Lions

Human hubris to think in terms of having to interventionally manage all forms of nature.
by Scott G r u n e r
October 5th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'Hors Categorie' offer - new Christophe Baron project
Replies: 61
Views: 5655

Re: 'Hors Categorie' offer - new Christophe Baron project

As much as I like Cayuse, I am pretty much over spending $200 plus for a bottle of wine. That includes SQN (dropped off list a while back) and everything else. There is a ton of great interesting wine for less. These just end up being trophies vs something I simply enjoy.

YMMV
by Scott G r u n e r
October 5th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 33
Views: 1743

Re: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape

Forgot I also had a few bottles of 2003 Vieux Telegraphe, was pretty much buying VT every vintage at this point, deep in my period of CdP focus. This was the best of the 5. Very restrained for the vintage and very recognizable as VT. VT to me ages deceptively long and this can likely improve for ano...
by Scott G r u n e r
October 3rd, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 34
Views: 2541

Re: Mountain Lions

I'm not a fan of MTN lions. If you have any domestic animals or house pets they will be in danger. When they have no fear of humans I don't think that's a good thing. We have occasional Cougar attacks in washington. Wouldn’t happen if we weren’t shrinking and dividing up their territory. They were ...
by Scott G r u n e r
October 1st, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6451

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

I won’t purposefully give money to people/companies where I disagree with their value system. Hence I won’t ever cast my shadow on openly discriminatory companies like chick fila or hobby lobby, etc. I might be more conflicted in situations where there is an intellectually interesting opportunity wi...
by Scott G r u n e r
September 30th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of good, not so much great
Replies: 54
Views: 1882

Re: Lots of good, not so much great

We often forget the other part of the equation when we evaluate a wine. The drinker! Our state of mind at the moment of experiencing a wine has a direct effect on our enjoyment of the same. When I enter the cellar the first thing I do is ask myself what is the best wine for me NOW. Sometimes I need...
by Scott G r u n e r
September 28th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bionic Frog: really better than other Cayuse Syrahs?
Replies: 10
Views: 1103

Re: Bionic Frog: really better than other Cayuse Syrahs?

Personally I prefer the Armada. I do think BF tends to be qualitatively better in general, but also less signatured than some of the single vineyards
by Scott G r u n e r
September 25th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 201
Views: 20519

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Have not heard yet- As I recall the whiskey usually hits washington state in Nov/Dec, so should be getting close.
by Scott G r u n e r
September 23rd, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 33
Views: 1743

Re: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape

This bottle was not cooked.
by Scott G r u n e r
September 22nd, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 7
Views: 552

Re: TN: 2009 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Reminds me of all those “dumb phase” argumenta way back when on eBob. I have no personal opinion on that, but 10 years is relatively young for any good beaucastel vintage, I would consider trying back in a few years. Oh. And $90 is steep IMO for beaucastel. I only buy when I can find for 60-70. Henc...
by Scott G r u n e r
September 22nd, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse is Live
Replies: 97
Views: 6202

Re: Cayuse is Live

markjchambers wrote:
September 21st, 2019, 10:39 am
I have 4 mags and I have no idea what to do with them. My oldest is from 2012.
Open them with friends? [drinkers.gif]
by Scott G r u n e r
September 20th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Puzzled by Pale Ales
Replies: 22
Views: 904

Re: Puzzled by Pale Ales

I am seeing a lot of “hazy” pale ales these days for sure. They can be hit or miss just like their big siblings. Personally I avoid the maltier ambered pale ales which seemed to dominate the market for years and go for the cleaner, fresher lighter styles of pale ale- for lack of a better description...
by Scott G r u n e r
September 19th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 33
Views: 1743

Re: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape

commercial post: I import Pegau to most of the U.S. I like the 2003 better than Scott does. IMO, it is still a little primary (from memory from a bottle early this year), but should improve for 5 years. Dan Kravitz Pegau came in second in this batch if it is any consolation... :) I didnt dislike it...
by Scott G r u n e r
September 19th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 33
Views: 1743

Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape

I bought sparingly in 2003 based on concerns for the vintage- but I did buy some- at the time I think part out of FOMO if the Bob was right, and in part wanting to keep verticals or some silly thing like that. Some of the Seattle crowd did a couple of fun tastings at Le Pichet to taste them young, b...
by Scott G r u n e r
September 15th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)
Replies: 33
Views: 1727

Re: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)

Why would you do this to yourself?
by Scott G r u n e r
September 15th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Swedish single malt whiskey created by AI
Replies: 0
Views: 602

Swedish single malt whiskey created by AI

Drinking it makes you smarter.

https://mackmyra.co.uk/products/intelligens

For futurama fans I wonder if this will be like when Bender learned to cook?
by Scott G r u n e r
September 8th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 2030

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

I have seen this some. More common for me is buying underripe peaches or nectarines and seeing them turn directly from rocks to rot
by Scott G r u n e r
September 8th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6105

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

Well if lightstrike is the culprit seems an after market tint/uv screen on the cooler door is an easy fix
by Scott G r u n e r
September 7th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6105

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

The pinenuts thing is going to affect all taste though, not just specific cooler stored wines. Red Herring
by Scott G r u n e r
September 7th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6105

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

A (somewhat) controlled experiment would be to buy two bottles from same source. Store one in the cooler, one on the counter, allow them both to come up to same temp, then taste and compare. I have noticed wines stored in the regular fridge too long can become off, but that takes longer than a month...
by Scott G r u n e r
September 6th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 365
Views: 19103

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

Polaner is recalling to then resell at higher margins

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