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by Scott G r u n e r
September 18th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3752
Views: 211375

Re: The Bourbon Thread

If you could only pick 1 between the Pappy's 15/20 and BTAC offerings, what would your top 3 choices be? Keeping in mind this would be to drink, not resale. I’ve never had Eagle Rare 17 and desperately want to so that would be my pick. Come to think of it I’ve not tried Wm Larue Weller yet. But for...
by Scott G r u n e r
September 16th, 2020, 5:59 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: WTF happened to my scotch?
Replies: 18
Views: 499

Re: WTF happened to my scotch?

I had recent bottle of Bunna 12 that was very good for I think around $80ish? (Edit- didn't read the disdain for Sherry- there is some Sherry cask to it but not to a gimmicky level by any stretch) I think the regular Caol Ila 12 is a very solid too- But I like peaty, and Caol Ila especially hits my ...
by Scott G r u n e r
September 11th, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 162
Views: 6786

Re: wine.com delivery fail

For those who have been able to reach customer service regarding releasing hold shipments prematurely. How are they offering to make things right, offering replacement bottles? Credit? Will have to check my cards to see if I have been double charged for some of my orders. Thus far the Wine.com sale...
by Scott G r u n e r
September 11th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 162
Views: 6786

Re: wine.com delivery fail

This will cost lots of money, and a few senior IT heads. No, the latter will not be cold-chain shipped to customers...........I hope. You can’t just blame this on IT. They run a business and should have the common sense to halt shipments in high heat, regardless of what any system is telling them. ...
by Scott G r u n e r
September 10th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Willett isn’t really Willett
Replies: 14
Views: 611

Re: Willett isn’t really Willett

I wont buy the pot still willet due to that silly bottle anyway. It’s like the La Gardine of whiskies and just takes up too much space.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 22nd, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Moccamaster 101 - advice for newbie please
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: Moccamaster 101 - advice for newbie please

Can you go back and switch to the thermal caraffe? :)

Otherwise I the only learning curve for me was making sure to use enough coffee- Oh yeah and the drip stop sucks (at least on the model I have- must be 8-10 years old now)
by Scott G r u n e r
August 21st, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Cult Of Champagne
Replies: 53
Views: 2404

Re: The Cult Of Champagne

caviar doesn’t have to be an appetizer anymore than. champagne an appertif. Champagne is the most versatile wine- cocktail? check. Appertif? Check. Main event? Check. Digestif? Check. Dessert? Check. Breakfast drink? Check. Celebration? Check. Mourning? Check. Rainy day wine? Check. Sunny day? Check...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 18th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Is Champagne Rarely Corked?
Replies: 24
Views: 1587

Re: Why Is Champagne Rarely Corked?

To add to that, have people noticed less Port being corked than table wines? I have had corked port. It is unpleasant. A rare occurrence for me considering how rarely I get to drink port. The few bottles of corked champagne I have had have been very dramatically corked- there was no missing it. It ...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 17th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Food Mashups . . .
Replies: 38
Views: 1292

Re: Food Mashups . . .

Not sure if this qualifies, but I use lots of leftover meats in things like quesadillas. today was a smoked brisket quesadilla that killed.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 14th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kamala Harris: A closet Berserker?
Replies: 98
Views: 5631

Re: Kamala Harris: A closet Berserker?

Probably stay there too given the experience many women have here.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 13th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 244
Views: 32149

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Just got an offer for another drawing this year. It's not Pappy or BTAC though...Does anybody have any input on these? I ranked them as below: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon $150 EH Taylor Amaranth $90 Angel's Envy Cask Strength $230 Angel's Envy Celler Collection $300 Haven't been spending much mon...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 13th, 2020, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.
Replies: 51
Views: 3215

Re: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.

I liked the 2018 Jaboulet Cotes du Rhone “Parallel 45” Rouge Magnums that Garagiste was selling for $18.71. I remember paying $11 or $12 for the 750 ml a few years back so I thought it was a good deal. Garagiste used to do the st cosme cdr in mags every year for similar price. Thats the one thing i...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 11th, 2020, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.
Replies: 51
Views: 3215

Re: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.

no. a bit more than 2x is all I will pay
by Scott G r u n e r
August 5th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What to do with the ribs from prime rib?
Replies: 26
Views: 1082

Re: What to do with the ribs from prime rib?

Those were included in the 100 day aging process or were they cut off prior to aging? If they were dry aged for 100 days, they should be exceptionally funky since by definition they were on the leading edge of all the aging process. Not sure that much funk would be good in a stock and it might even...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 4th, 2020, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN and hotmail
Replies: 20
Views: 1968

Re: SQN and hotmail

I use hotmail. It is vintage chic.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 1st, 2020, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: www.wine.com worth $1bln?
Replies: 22
Views: 1887

Re: www.wine.com worth $1bln?

sadly the 283% revenue growth came in a quarter with none of the good coupons. Likely mostly pandemic induced stay-at-home growth which may hurt chances of getting more coupons in the near term.
by Scott G r u n e r
July 26th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Open Table vs. tock Vs. Resy
Replies: 17
Views: 909

Re: Open Table vs. tock Vs. Resy

i use opentable to book, not to choose. Mostly as long as a restaurant has *some* form of online booking, which one wont be a source of friction for me, but once in a while if it is a toss up between two placed, whichever is on opentable will win due to convenience
by Scott G r u n e r
July 18th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever cringe at your old TNs?
Replies: 29
Views: 913

Re: Ever cringe at your old TNs?

I tried to sound like a knowledgable critic and ended up sounding more like a pretentious poseur.
by Scott G r u n e r
July 16th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article: Light-strike taint in wines
Replies: 14
Views: 910

Re: Article: Light-strike taint in wines

Bad news- Wife left the cellar lights on for at least a day or two last week.
Good news- they are LED and not directly pointed at any bottles- all the lighting is indirect.
Good news 2- I have very few clear bottles.

I'd be curious to see results of testing for LED just the same.
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: 577

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: 4308

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: 926

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: 926

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: 4308

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: 1216

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: 105
Views: 4781

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: 105
Views: 4781

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: 20197

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: 1956

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: 26
Views: 1367

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: 345

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: 731

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: 878

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: 3312

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: 912

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: 877

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: 5
Views: 970

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: 2068

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: 1833

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: 2907

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: 1498

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: 1498

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: 5827

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: 1645
Views: 88011

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: 4313
Views: 245609

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: 1490

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: 2649

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: 540

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: 4308

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: 4308

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 ...

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