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by Scott G r u n e r
January 19th, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 98' Vieux Telegraphe
Replies: 12
Views: 693

Re: TN: 98' Vieux Telegraphe

In my experience VT is one of the most long lived CdP- no rush to open the 98 even at 22 years.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 19th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 26
Views: 1215

Re: storing wines vertically?

Can we have recursion with the other threads on this? Here is a recent one...

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by Scott G r u n e r
January 18th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?
Replies: 53
Views: 1712

Re: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?

A friend bought me a fourpack of sutter home white zin about 15 years ago as a joke.

No way I ever drink those. Also a 3 liter of forest glen merlot bought at a charity auction.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 15th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 189
Views: 9997

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

A slight hijack- but found this article regarding storing vermouth.
https://www.seriouseats.com/2014/07/bes ... tling.html
by Scott G r u n e r
January 14th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Grosgrain Vineyards - Washington Wines Made With Restraint
Replies: 4
Views: 509

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Grosgrain Vineyards - Washington Wines Made With Restraint

The one Grosgrain (grenache IIRC) that I had was lovely. Completely agree with "fresh, light and elegant styles"
by Scott G r u n e r
January 13th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 189
Views: 9997

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

I still like these. I use them with wine, but they're invaluable with vermouth, which I'm slow to finish. WT That's interesting. I've always thought good vermouth should be available in 187ml sizes or even airplane bottles. Do you use a new repour everytime you drink the vermouth though? Or are you...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 8th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?
Replies: 31
Views: 3812

Re: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?

Yep. Two double cuts, 3 pancakes, 5 slices of bacon. Need a 12 for all those use cases.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 8th, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: January Offerings
Replies: 59
Views: 6056

Re: January Offerings

Ryan Gilmour wrote:
January 5th, 2020, 8:45 pm
Horsepower
that and No Girls
no idea on the dates of the newest cayuse related venture.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 8th, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!
Replies: 29
Views: 2093

Re: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!

If you wet the needle enough, suppose you could just use one of these...

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by Scott G r u n e r
January 6th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Georges Duboeuf (1933 - 2020)
Replies: 16
Views: 1161

Re: RIP Georges Duboeuf (1933 - 2020)

I don't love his wines, but respect what he did. Will have a banana in his honor.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 6th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!
Replies: 29
Views: 2093

Re: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!

In my experience (granted a while ago) Really tight corks are a problem, crumbly corks are a problem and loose corks (or certain synthetic corks) would simply get pushed into the wine.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 5th, 2020, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 5744

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

López de heredia vina cubilla and tondonia are fantastic values imo- consistently good, and offer far more complexity and enjoyment than 90+% of wines at the same price point. Agree with others on Thivin, Coudoulet Beaucastel, and St Cosme CdR. Graillot Crozes has typically fallen in this class for ...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 3rd, 2020, 11:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 117
Views: 4555

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

My clos st jean aging experience has been a dumpster fire of undrinkable wines. 2005, 2006, 2007 is the cohort I experimented with.

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by Scott G r u n e r
December 29th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5089

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

I think it would be interesting to know more about the actual wine making techniques that differentiate modern vs traditional in this discussion... for example during my visits in the early 2000’s I was struck by the difference between some of the operations: Mont Redon, with an industrial seeming f...
by Scott G r u n e r
December 27th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Rasa Vineyards Principia Reserve Syrah, Walla Walla, WA
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: TN: 2008 Rasa Vineyards Principia Reserve Syrah, Walla Walla, WA

Nice note. Rasa, IMO, hit their peak in 2006-2009 ish in general- reasonable pricing, good wines not trying to do too much (or too many)
by Scott G r u n e r
December 27th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5089

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

I think it is possible to say that wines are riper without being more modern in style. It seems that there are more warm, ripe vintages these days in general amd my money is on that trend continuing
by Scott G r u n e r
December 27th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5089

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
December 27th, 2019, 7:47 am


He want 'em real thick and juicy
A reverse osmosis double, mixalots in trouble.
by Scott G r u n e r
December 18th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Cayuse Impressions???
Replies: 16
Views: 1049

Re: 2017 Cayuse Impressions???

Agreed the tempranillo stood out at the winery. Widowmaker as well.
by Scott G r u n e r
December 17th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Cayuse Impressions???
Replies: 16
Views: 1049

Re: 2017 Cayuse Impressions???

There are some notes on the cayuse weekend thread. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=159310&p=2719659&hi ... d#p2719659
by Scott G r u n e r
December 13th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?
Replies: 36
Views: 1334

Re: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?

Mike Maguire wrote:
December 12th, 2019, 9:43 pm
You probably don’t want to hear this, but Bedrock shipped my wine Tues. via Fed-x ground and it arrived today Thur.
No, I didn't want to hear that Mike. :) [smileyvault-ban.gif]
by Scott G r u n e r
December 13th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?
Replies: 36
Views: 1334

Re: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?

3. As Doug points out, however, it may often be to the customer's advantage to take over the interactions since only the customer will know when someone is going to be home or whether an alternative drop off point would work. I hear this, but I ship to my work, so the only issue is weekend vs weekd...
by Scott G r u n e r
December 12th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?
Replies: 36
Views: 1334

Re: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?

I'm in Seattle and have some wine that's been stuck in Troutdale since Sunday as well. From what I've found online, FedEx is extremely backed up right now and our packages are likely just sitting in a trailer that they haven't gotten to yet – other ones are prioritized above ours. The trailers with...
by Scott G r u n e r
December 12th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?
Replies: 36
Views: 1334

Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?

Scenario: 1) Wine retailer ships your wine via fedex ground. 2) Wine estimated to be delivered Tuesday, tracking number provided all that good stuff 3) Looking at the detailed tracking on Thursday you see that the wine is still in transit- is in Troutdale Oregon and has been since Sunday- scanned at...
by Scott G r u n e r
December 11th, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3514
Views: 191555

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Picked up some Willett Pot Still at $53.99 yesterday at QFC (Sammamish). Kills me to see it discounted down to $40 in CA... but at least I’m seeing it now? I bought 2 b here in CA Saturday but I won’t tell you what I paid. They were out of the $83 1.75 liter size. It’s my go to. Saw some of those a...
by Scott G r u n e r
December 10th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 3 nights in Houston-Where to eat?
Replies: 8
Views: 714

Re: 3 nights in Houston-Where to eat?

Had lunch at Xochi. Was solid. Killen’s BBQ is great
by Scott G r u n e r
December 9th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 252
Views: 11779

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

Adam Frisch wrote:
December 9th, 2019, 9:23 am
From reading this thread, I clearly see a trend:

The lowest scoring wines on CT are from the Old World, and specifically France. [stirthepothal.gif] pileon
LOL. Now ask about the highest scoring...
by Scott G r u n e r
December 8th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Looking for tenderloin roast rec
Replies: 13
Views: 888

Re: Looking for tenderloin roast rec

I often do a roast beef tenderloin with 5 onion confit that is excellent. Season loin with salt and pepper, sear it off and set aside Cut into thin slices: 1 red onion, 1 yellow, 2-3 shallots, bunch of scallions (white and green parts, and a few cloves of garlic finely minced. Saute the above in the...
by Scott G r u n e r
December 6th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cooking sins - - Forgive me for I have sinned big time
Replies: 10
Views: 790

Re: Cooking sins - - Forgive me for I have sinned big time

Disagree- Leftover pizza can be Cold, or Oven-warmed. Never Microwaved.

Oddly I have no issues with Jay's hotdog concoction though.
by Scott G r u n e r
December 4th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 64
Views: 4600

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

My costco belota had some mold, i just wiped it off. I tell you I feel like a hack cutting this thing tho. No offense jay You mean like cutting it in chunks? [smileyvault-ban.gif] [swearing.gif] Nooooo!!! Lol!!! I mean it is your food and you can do with it what you want. Mine is super easy to slic...
by Scott G r u n e r
December 4th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 64
Views: 4600

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

My costco belota had some mold, i just wiped it off. I tell you I feel like a hack cutting this thing tho. No offense jay
by Scott G r u n e r
December 2nd, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting your $$$$$ wines
Replies: 53
Views: 3184

Re: Protecting your $$$$$ wines

No. Saran Wrap? Is that like a wine condom?
by Scott G r u n e r
November 29th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: best red wine for jus/sauce
Replies: 9
Views: 606

Re: best red wine for jus/sauce

Agree with low oak. In my experience oak flavors can concentrate and ruin a sauce.

Current favorite cooking red is kirkland CdR for 6.99 per
by Scott G r u n e r
November 28th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol and Oak
Replies: 13
Views: 767

Re: Alcohol and Oak

Interesting stuff. Agree that there are many high ABV wines that don’t develop that bitter streak, but was thinking it could be explained that they used less new oak or lighter toast, etc. Clearly a ton of variables here. I have had some lovely aged washington wines, including some old deille and wo...
by Scott G r u n e r
November 27th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol and Oak
Replies: 13
Views: 767

Re: Alcohol and Oak

Thanks Otto. This was my first hypothesis that if all things were essentially equal, the higher alcohol wine would extract more (and or different) oak flavors.
by Scott G r u n e r
November 26th, 2019, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol and Oak
Replies: 13
Views: 767

Re: Alcohol and Oak

To be clear that some of the recent wines I am referring to are Betz, Woodward Canyon, and yes Quilceda Creek, but there are others.
by Scott G r u n e r
November 26th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol and Oak
Replies: 13
Views: 767

Re: Alcohol and Oak

L e o F r o k i c wrote:
November 26th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Wrong forum, this should be in Wine Talk.
oops.
by Scott G r u n e r
November 26th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol and Oak
Replies: 13
Views: 767

Alcohol and Oak

This may very well be a topic that has already been deadhorse but I was thinking this while drinking a 10 year old washington state merlot/cab blend. It seems to me that many washington cabs and/or bdx blends seem to take on a much more profoundly bitter charred-oak profile as they age and the fruit...
by Scott G r u n e r
November 26th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 61
Views: 2216

Re: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."

There are two kinds of undrinkable. Flawed and pour down sink- not subjectively undrinkable. Or just so much not my style that I can't drink it- undrinkable for ME. i.e. someone poured me a glass of buena vista cab with a ton of RS the other day and it just gave me a headache- I had a couple of sips...
by Scott G r u n e r
November 25th, 2019, 10:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6058

Re: On the Thanksgiving table?

Welcome Joanna! Inlaws coming over who arent wine people. Will do DDO Arthur and Love and Squalor Willamette Pinot
by Scott G r u n e r
November 25th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine importing
Replies: 8
Views: 1936

Re: Wine importing

I think the trick to a good importing business is to sell everything pre arrival at really competitive prices, then go try to find it later to import.
by Scott G r u n e r
November 25th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 189
Views: 16639

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Everyone is talking past each other. Inventory and prices vary by state, often considerably. Yep. This is true. I have only justified using the code on wines that I have been actively looking for and cannot easily find. With the heavy markups I am seeing the code simply levels the playing field or ...
by Scott G r u n e r
November 24th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Styro shippers vs Cardboard
Replies: 15
Views: 1516

Re: Styro shippers vs Cardboard

Compostable or recyclable should be the only choice.
by Scott G r u n e r
November 23rd, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 189
Views: 16639

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Got a code mailed to me today. Wine2kb
by Scott G r u n e r
November 23rd, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 189
Views: 16639

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Where is the wine shipped out of? West coast? (edit to say didn't realize that there was a page two and this was all answered up) They have regional warehouses all over in order to work within shipping regs- wine selection will vary based on where you are shipping to. (previous threads on this with...
by Scott G r u n e r
November 22nd, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: best easy mashed potatoes recipe?
Replies: 32
Views: 1368

Re: best easy mashed potatoes recipe?

For most situations that I make them, turkey day being a perfect example, mashed potatoes are a canvas to highlight a well made gravy, or otherwise saucy dish. J Rock is spot on IMO.

Potatoes can be bought at least a week ahead, keep them cool and most importantly dark
by Scott G r u n e r
November 21st, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Poultry Stuffing specifically TG Turkey.
Replies: 7
Views: 771

Re: Poultry Stuffing specifically TG Turkey.

I make one very similar sarah. Tastes like home and some classics need no update
by Scott G r u n e r
November 21st, 2019, 6:57 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1318

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

all beer factories for tired brands IMO. Would choose them over coors or bud, etc, but never seek them out
by Scott G r u n e r
November 18th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5764

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

Anyone notice our boy Brian Loring cracked the Top 100? And with an AVA wine nonetheless. #98 Loring Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills - Powerful, focused and well-spiced, with flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and dried beef that lengthen out nicely. Pastry notes linger midpalate, leading to a finish of ...
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: 64
Views: 4600

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: 100
Views: 3405

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

In my opinion, yes.

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