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by Scott G r u n e r
October 16th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Where Does Dessert Go For You?
Replies: 10
Views: 252

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: 16306
Views: 422241

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: 31
Views: 980

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: 59
Views: 5285

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: 3008

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: 1094

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: 2194

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: 1718

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
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 2851

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: 1359

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: 2504

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: 5536

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: 1683

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: 2504

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: 6295

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: 1835

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: 1068

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: 177
Views: 18656

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: 1683

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: 531

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: 6071

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: 617

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: 1683

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: 1683

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: 1708

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: 334

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
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 1669

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: 5999

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: 5999

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: 5999

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: 339
Views: 15980

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

Polaner is recalling to then resell at higher margins
by Scott G r u n e r
September 1st, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2938

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

As I understand white eggs became the standard in the market due to there are easier to candle and identify imperfections in the embryo. Brown eggs are more prone to have imperfections (e.g. blood spots) on the embryo which do nothing to the taste/quality of the egg, but consumers found off putting
by Scott G r u n e r
August 31st, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 1276

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Bluestar open burners and separate electric oven stack would be my first choice. Though i would consider induction as well.

No opinion on spice drawer. I have a spice cabinet right next to the range hood and that works great for me
by Scott G r u n e r
August 30th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2680

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

Protection against fraud Any business that accepts credit cards or PayPal knows the problem of payments that are later reversed. Chargeback frauds result in limited market reach and increased prices, which in turn penalizes customers. Bitcoin payments are irreversible and secure, meaning that the c...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 30th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2680

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

How much work is it to implement? Seems a definite edge case for now at least, but if it is fairly quick and easy to implement and maintain... but guessing there are far better ways to spend developer time right now.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 26th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3797

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I will likely go to Popeyes sometime this week for a sandwich. But if you're in Seattle and need a good fried chicken sandwich, try Sodo Chicken located at the corner of 4th Ave S and Michigan in Sodo next to Katsu Burger. I had it today (all the talk of chicken caused a craving), and while the bun...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 25th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3797

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I wish there was a popeyes closer to me, we have a couple instances of that other gay-bashing chicken place that I wont give a penny to.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 17th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1739

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

I loved evineyard.com until the wine.com transition screwed it up. Prices immediately jacked up and they started charging sales tax. :)
by Scott G r u n e r
August 16th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1739

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

As I understood wine.com... they structure things is state to state, each state having a separate inventory (and presumably warehouse facility) enabling them to comply with rules for each state... Who the hell fronted them the money necessary to build/buy/rent warehouses in 50 different states? Tha...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 16th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1739

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

well, my point is that because it is legal to ship here, the "store" can comply with the rules while shipping wine from CA to me. You are correct, but that is outside of their model, hence the resistance. I would guess they have a very firm company policy against making exceptions, regardless of ac...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 16th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1739

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

As I understood wine.com (take that as a significant caveat) the way they structure things is state to state, each state having a separate inventory (and presumably warehouse facility) enabling them to comply with rules for each state. So if you say shipping to CA you will get a very different inven...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 9th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?
Replies: 46
Views: 2116

Re: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?

This is a bit anecdotal, but in several higher end grocery stores, which used to have a reasonable selection of good quality rose options, now seem to have almost all gimmicky or crap domestic rose. “Mr. Pink” and the like, and only one or two of the type of rose that I would buy. Granted this is an...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 9th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2545

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

Older silver oaks I have had are like drinking from. Pickle barrel... no thanks. Of I had to choose lesser of two evils or a form of over oaked, will take vanilla over pickle any day of the week.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 8th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds
Replies: 10
Views: 1116

Re: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds

The ruhlman cure is a winner IMO.

Now I have another reason to dislike Arbys
by Scott G r u n e r
August 6th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.
Replies: 33
Views: 2353

Re: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.

I would say I am jealous of this tasting but that is forbidden.

Nice notes, heckuva tasting!
by Scott G r u n e r
August 6th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the perils of sharing allocations
Replies: 39
Views: 3851

Re: the perils of sharing allocations

Of the lists you mention, Alban is the only one who is a hostage mailer. In a sense you can call SQN eba release a hostage as it is essentially a six bottle bundle, and if you don’t buy you won’t get offered the next year. Cayuse similar but in 3 packs. You might contact HDH or similar retailers th...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 5th, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot
Replies: 165
Views: 8117

Re: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot

Robert Grenley wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 1:47 am




I am late to this thread, but there is no greater red varietal than Pinot Noir, and there is no greater white varietal than Chardonnay, and that is that. Mike down.
What did Mike do to you? Seems uncalled for.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 5th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4492

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

You are allowed to post on ultra expensive wines and tastings permitted you ship me one representative bottle per occurrence. Thank you.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 3rd, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?
Replies: 46
Views: 2116

Re: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?

Oh yeah! Forgot about Lancers
by Scott G r u n e r
August 2nd, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1770

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

I think foil is the way to go. Just one consumers vote. :)

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