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by Scott G r u n e r
May 3rd, 2021, 1:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eleven Mad goes Vegan
Replies: 56
Views: 2135

Re: Eleven Mad goes Vegan

Years ago at The French Laundry my wife and I both had the nine course tasting menu. My wife is more of a picky eater and because you couldn't substitute (or maybe you could, but there were a ton of courses that she wouldn't eat), she opted for the vegetable (not vegetarian but close) tasting menu ...
by Scott G r u n e r
April 28th, 2021, 3:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Epicurious to stop posting beef recipes, citing climate change
Replies: 33
Views: 1230

Re: Epicurious to stop posting beef recipes, citing climate change

I still show a few beef recipes in my saved recipes- but not sure if there used to be more. The ones I really like I scrape into a piece of software I control anyway- either a onenote based organizer or raw email folder, so hopefully didn't lose anything important in the "purge" If the doc...
by Scott G r u n e r
April 28th, 2021, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 3345
Views: 421354

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

Just got another wine.com "we miss you" $100 off $300 codes. Just so hard to find stuff that I really want where even a potential 33% discount makes for a good deal.
by Scott G r u n e r
April 28th, 2021, 8:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Willow's Inn, Lummi Island- Not a Good Look
Replies: 11
Views: 959

Re: Willow's Inn, Lummi Island- Not a Good Look

100% on the costco chickens not being an issue for me. In general most people I know feel “Costco” is synonymous with good+ quality and they were “organic” costco chickens. The abusive culture is the deal breaker for me going back, despite that Willows is probably the best end to end meal I have eve...
by Scott G r u n e r
April 25th, 2021, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2010 Tondonia Rosado $44.97
Replies: 91
Views: 5720

Re: PSA: 2010 Tondonia Rosado $44.97

Nick Ellis wrote: April 24th, 2021, 5:07 am For someone living in the greater Indianapolis area, there are several bottles available for $45 at Table & Vine in Carmel. They don’t appear to ship out of state.
Crazy- If there is anyone here near Carmel, be a good sport and buy'em up and distribute!
by Scott G r u n e r
April 23rd, 2021, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most Disappointing Wine You Cellared
Replies: 156
Views: 12185

Re: Most Disappointing Wine You Cellared

clos st jean. any of them.
by Scott G r u n e r
April 16th, 2021, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Disposable wine glasses?
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: Disposable wine glasses?

Agree with rentals. Why toss more plastic into the environment
by Scott G r u n e r
April 13th, 2021, 9:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help, I need some new pots
Replies: 37
Views: 3076

Re: Help, I need some new pots

The $20 Tramontina commercial nonstick is best non stick I have had. Otherwise cannot go wrong with all clad and a good cast iron or two.
by Scott G r u n e r
April 12th, 2021, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Double Lucky!
Replies: 69
Views: 6658

Re: Cayuse Double Lucky!

I don’t know why they even included people that aren’t on the NG list currently (like me). I appreciate the free bottle and enjoyed the wine but kind of crappy if you like it since you have a join a wait list for who knows how long and then maybe get allocated 3 bottles of it in some future year. T...
by Scott G r u n e r
April 9th, 2021, 12:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?
Replies: 39
Views: 1997

Re: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?

Yikes. I am shocked it is THAT bad- but not shocked it isn't good. I figured with the resurgence of Irish distilling there must be enough bulk whisky on the market to produce a generic, if uninspired, Ray Walker type effort. But there are now so many labels, that maybe the good stuff is hard to get.
by Scott G r u n e r
April 4th, 2021, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tenting for termites... what to do with my wine?
Replies: 32
Views: 1493

Re: Tenting for termites... what to do with my wine?

We just had our house tented 3 weeks ago, and everything was fine. All my wine was inside a wine fridge and left inside the house. I’ve opened many bottles since, and all its all good. Th termite man said as long as the bottle is left on its side then it’s safe. wait, what? Upright bottles will be ...
by Scott G r u n e r
April 2nd, 2021, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar dust
Replies: 17
Views: 920

Re: Cellar dust

a dusty bottle is a properly aged bottle!
by Scott G r u n e r
March 30th, 2021, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Five From Grosgrain Cellars...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 194

Re: TN: Five From Grosgrain Cellars...(short/boring)

Nice writeup Tom! I enjoy the grosgrain wines as balanced and food friendly wines. Am interested to see how they evolve.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 27th, 2021, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Best Zalto Decanter for Everyday Use?
Replies: 7
Views: 878

Re: Best Zalto Decanter for Everyday Use?

My go to is the carafe-style Riedel Cabernet decanter. +1. I got some at target for $25 per some years back In general I am a function over form when it comes to decanters. Ease of cleaning and durability are all that really matters to me. I would be happy with some old Paul Masson wide mouth bottl...
by Scott G r u n e r
March 19th, 2021, 8:10 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: How Do You Guys Get Your Rare Bourbon?
Replies: 22
Views: 1847

Re: How Do You Guys Get Your Rare Bourbon?

WA state liquor stores were state run until a few years back, which was great as they were purely first come first served and you could reverse engineer the release/distribution dates and score. nowdays most of the allocations go to the big box stores (total wine) and you have to spend enough there ...
by Scott G r u n e r
March 17th, 2021, 9:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Looking for an olive oil recommendation
Replies: 38
Views: 2076

Re: Looking for an olive oil recommendation

I’ve honestly never seen olive oil discussed as to levels of oleocanthal, so not sure how to help. I had to look it up.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 17th, 2021, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: when drunk how to sober up ?
Replies: 71
Views: 4521

Re: when drunk how to sober up ?

Tom R W wrote: March 17th, 2021, 6:39 am
MaryHicks wrote: March 16th, 2021, 9:05 pm Alcohol is a tool we use when we are happy, It makes us stronger so we can be more confident in our decision-making
I want what Mary is drinking!
When I’m drunk, I’m categorically more stupid.
Hold my beer.

Nothing about smart there, just confidence.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 15th, 2021, 2:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buttermilk Question - Pancakes
Replies: 17
Views: 1091

Re: Buttermilk Question - Pancakes

(From memory) Wet 2 eggs 2 cups buttermilk 2 T melted butter 1/4 cup sour cream Dry 2 cups flour 2T sugar 1t baking powder 1/2 t baking soda 1/2 t salt Whisk until batter is integrated, but not fully smooth Mix it up while you are cooking bacon so it has a few minutes to start reacting. Agree with C...
by Scott G r u n e r
March 15th, 2021, 8:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is it actually flounder?
Replies: 12
Views: 1013

Re: Is it actually flounder?

Another reason to avoid prawn balls.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 10th, 2021, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't think I "get" older champagne
Replies: 34
Views: 2037

Re: I don't think I "get" older champagne

Due to its petillance nature, champagne is unique in that it drastically changes in texture as it ages and loses some of its fizz. It throws a lot of people off. Add in the oxidative notes, and it can be a challenging wine for many. Are you a fan of aged/oxidative still whites or do you prefer them...
by Scott G r u n e r
March 10th, 2021, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't think I "get" older champagne
Replies: 34
Views: 2037

Re: I don't think I "get" older champagne

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: March 10th, 2021, 2:57 pm 1995 is “older”? Where’s Ray when you need him.
I am sure he is in the lumberyard somewhere. Yes, 26 years past vintage is older.. for my cellar at least- I did avoid using the word "old" on purpose though.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 10th, 2021, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't think I "get" older champagne
Replies: 34
Views: 2037

Re: I don't think I "get" older champagne

Talk me out of it. Is this decision based on just the one single oxidized bottle? That seems like a large conclusion off of one data point. No- this wasn't super clear in my post, I agree. Honestly my only aged Krug datapoint, but a consistent theme with other older champagnes I have had. Sample si...
by Scott G r u n e r
March 10th, 2021, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't think I "get" older champagne
Replies: 34
Views: 2037

I don't think I "get" older champagne

Recent case in point- 1995 Krug. Been sitting in perfect cellar conditions for last 10 or so years- not sure if I bought on actual release or not. Amber in color, very light bubbles- Nose is bread and nuts, palate has some bread, some definite oxidative notes, and a fairly sharp apple cider note. It...
by Scott G r u n e r
March 7th, 2021, 7:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2640
Views: 227766

Re: Steak Porn

I have to say the steaks shown here are way better looking than the online versions I saw before the offering. They should use those for their website
by Scott G r u n e r
March 7th, 2021, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 96 Leoville Las Cases and 2001 Doisy Vendrines
Replies: 12
Views: 695

Re: 96 Leoville Las Cases and 2001 Doisy Vendrines

What's amazing is how well all the 2001 Sauternes/Barsac's have drunk from release to now. Always fresh, zingy, and layered with flavor. This is the first 2001 I have tasted since release. I have a feeling I am going to have a hard time not tasting through some the other labels I bought... for scie...
by Scott G r u n e r
March 7th, 2021, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 96 Leoville Las Cases and 2001 Doisy Vendrines
Replies: 12
Views: 695

Re: 96 Leoville Las Cases and 2001 Doisy Vendrines

Mark Golodetz wrote: March 6th, 2021, 8:15 pm Not many Las Cases I love. I have admired many but only loved the 1996, 1989 and 1985. The 1996 is my favorite of the three.
I like Las Cases more than you I think, but can see the love for the 1996 - a very complete, excellent wine.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 6th, 2021, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 96 Leoville Las Cases and 2001 Doisy Vendrines
Replies: 12
Views: 695

96 Leoville Las Cases and 2001 Doisy Vendrines

Checked in last night with cast iron rib-eyes and duck fat taters. The 96 LLC has Tons of life left, but open and delicious from the get go. Still plenty of fruit, but evolving well. classic. Drink or hold as this will still get better. mid 90’s if you dig on points. The 2001 Doisy (half bottle) is ...
by Scott G r u n e r
March 5th, 2021, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No More Cork Taint?
Replies: 47
Views: 1457

Re: No More Cork Taint?

Count me as one that cares less about the looks, but until diam is proven to not degrade and break down over x number of years, I would prefer it not be used in long aging wines. I’d rather take the chance of 3% TCA than potential 100% cork failure.

Flame away
by Scott G r u n e r
March 3rd, 2021, 7:32 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Whiskey and “coke” blasphemous or a real drink?
Replies: 17
Views: 988

Re: Whiskey and “coke” blasphemous or a real drink?

There are times and places for whiskey and coke. Jack or Crown are designed for this. Save the better mixing bourbons for more transparent whiskey cocktails.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 1st, 2021, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Double Lucky!
Replies: 69
Views: 6658

Re: Cayuse Double Lucky!

I remember when people did the same thing with the "and an 8 track" SQN Rose.

Not a classy thing to sell these IMO, but it is a free country.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 1st, 2021, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trying new things. Looking for recommendations
Replies: 38
Views: 2036

Re: Trying new things. Looking for recommendations

There should be a list (or an easy point to it) of available and affordable entry level wines from each area that consistently produce good wines representative of their region. This way you can try a good example of each reason and get some feel for what to expect i.e. Barbaresco Produttori del bar...
by Scott G r u n e r
March 1st, 2021, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine collecting!
Replies: 50
Views: 3869

Re: Wine collecting!

Interesting.... 1,000+ bottles plus would be a collection from where I stand. What differentiates the drinker/connoisseur from the collector? Semantics and word preference, mostly. I don’t prefer thinking of myself as a “collector”, but there is no doubt the definition of “collection” applies to my...
by Scott G r u n e r
February 25th, 2021, 1:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone Have Any Info On Martin Zwick?
Replies: 47
Views: 3222

Re: Anyone Have Any Info On Martin Zwick?

Gorgeous! Though I pity your window washers!
by Scott G r u n e r
February 23rd, 2021, 9:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 307
Views: 42570

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: 18809

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: 1941

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: 262
Views: 14271

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: 1941

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: 4534

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: 1332

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: 833

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: 19
Views: 5020

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: 15
Views: 5455

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: 21
Views: 2052

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: 39
Views: 1997

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: 2237

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

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