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by Chris S p i k e s
July 18th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Inexpensive coffee grinders?
Replies: 101
Views: 4886

Re: Inexpensive coffee grinders?

Check this site linked below for what i would term the best for serious coffee people who want drip. I have the Bonavita and have used the Techivorm as well. Both seem to perform pretty similarly, maybe a slight edge to the Bonavita for home roaster like myself who often has very freshly roasted be...
by Chris S p i k e s
July 18th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thief emails?
Replies: 30
Views: 1772

Re: Cellar thief emails?

Lousy name for a business. Is the owner named Fox by any chance? No, I have not gotten an email from them That was my thought as well. Awful name on the surface for many reasons. If you're a seller of your wines, would you want to sell to them with their name almost bragging that they ripped you of...
by Chris S p i k e s
July 17th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 58
Views: 3317

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

Carlisle is one of my favorite producers, but I am NOT happy that the bottles got bigger/higher in the 2016 vintage. They don't fit in a lot of my OWC's now. Mike, if you're listening, there's no need to be wasteful and use bigger bottles. Wow, I got this answer almost immediately. I take back the ...
by Chris S p i k e s
July 16th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 79
Views: 4609

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

Wow...Lore was gone by 1:30...you snooze, you lose evidently. Similar. Part of me is happy that they kept my budget intact and they have such demand. Great folks! Part of me is annoyed with myself for not paying attention that the allocations weren't guaranteed. Glad others will get a shot at them ...
by Chris S p i k e s
July 16th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This is an expensive day of mailers
Replies: 11
Views: 1042

Re: This is an expensive day of mailers

Probably a lot of people topping $20K on their cards this morning.
by Chris S p i k e s
July 9th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 79
Views: 4609

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

Glad to hear that no post-fire fruit is included. It might be great, but it takes a risk off the table for all of us that aren't able to taste them prior to purchase. Maybe we should start a thread for people to post what vineyards had fruit still hanging during the fires? I wouldn't outright avoid ...
by Chris S p i k e s
July 2nd, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Quick Flannery question
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Re: Quick Flannery question

The steaks are shipped fresh. Some other items (ex. skirt) are shipped frozen.

FWIW, I ship mine 2nd Day Air in warm months (I try to avoid the 100+ days of late June through early Sept.) and they have always ended up still nicely chilled by the time I open the box. Never an issue.
by Chris S p i k e s
July 1st, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 12951

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Mark Golodetz wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 9:00 am
Sheer Stupidity; what an asset and then it was allowed to fizzle and die.
While I don't think he disagreed with any of the actions, I wonder how much of running that board was acting on Parker's direction as his henchman? And, how much money did they miss on due to ego and lack of vision?
by Chris S p i k e s
June 29th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 32
Views: 1665

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I've been buying from him for more than 10 years now and I don't believe I've ever ordered the skirt. I think this is a sign.
by Chris S p i k e s
June 28th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 170
Views: 8669

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

The issue for me here in Texas is not whether more big box chains can enter the market. It's about internet access to retailers outside of Texas. The current distributors in Texas simply don't carry many of the wines I want to buy, and if they do, the stores charge exorbitant markups to get them (y...
by Chris S p i k e s
June 27th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7046
Views: 404969

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Nobody biting on the "Summer Mystery Case" ($140)? Nope. I like to know what Im purchasing. Id rather get 1-3 nice bottles of wine than roll the dice. Also, traditionally the "savings" off the original prices amounts to just a few $/btl. So, that's bad economics if there's just 1 bottle in there th...
by Chris S p i k e s
June 26th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 170
Views: 8669

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I just hope the next moves come quickly. Waiting 14 years at a time for progress is going to render the outcome superfluous to me considering my life expectancy of wine enjoyment, not to mention life expectancy itself.
by Chris S p i k e s
June 26th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 170
Views: 8669

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Thanks Victor. Even I could get that. I wanted an interpretation and opinions about where this leads going forward. How is the wine business going to react? How are shippers likely to react? Are state AG's just going to lay down on this?
by Chris S p i k e s
June 26th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 170
Views: 8669

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I'd love to hear some of you smart attorneys interpret and opine on the implications of this decision and where things go from here.
by Chris S p i k e s
May 23rd, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Inexpensive coffee grinders?
Replies: 101
Views: 4886

Re: Inexpensive coffee grinders?

Agree with John on all accounts. I didn't realize how much of an improvement my Encore had been for my coffee making until I went on vacation and packed a chopper blade grinder thinking that would be at least good enough and better than grinding ahead. I couldn't believe how poor the coffee came out...
by Chris S p i k e s
May 11th, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany
Replies: 33
Views: 1551

Re: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany

Will Alan yell at me if I sharpen my Japanese knives with this set-up? It looks too easy... Im a purist Japanese knives need to stone sharpened end of story, anything else is lazy . Hmmm, that statement could apply to any number of modern conveniences, such as dishwashers, washing machines, compute...
by Chris S p i k e s
May 4th, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 1079

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

I suppose it seems overly simplistic but I’ve found that, over the last 20 years or so, there’s been so much capital available that new or emerging business models multiply like rabbits and their life span is way shorter than in decades past. It’s just over-supply. Witness soft serve ice cream/yogu...
by Chris S p i k e s
April 26th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1931
Views: 158202

Re: Steak Porn

bc its ribcap, I'd pull at a higher temp than normal. so 125 then sear and eat at 135/140. Agree with this direction, and I normally eat my beef rare. As for his question about oven temp, I don't think it matters too much as long as it's low and you pull at your desired temps. I usually do 225 on a...
by Chris S p i k e s
April 17th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA: 25% off Flannery CA Reserve Ribeyes, Through Fri., 4/19/19
Replies: 9
Views: 679

Re: PSA: 25% off Flannery CA Reserve Ribeyes, Through Fri., 4/19/19

Did you get notified by email? I'm just curious because I normally get all the emails, but didn't notice this one if so.
by Chris S p i k e s
April 9th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1609

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

Overrated? Yes, IMO.

Good? Yes.

I feel the same about lobster.

Give me blue, Dungeness, king, or even high quality shrimp over stone claws.
by Chris S p i k e s
April 2nd, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1535
Views: 80152

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

ky1em!ttskus wrote:
April 2nd, 2019, 2:19 pm
In for Dethune rose.
$5/bottle (12.5%) increase since last year it appears.
by Chris S p i k e s
March 27th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Juan Mercado stepping away from Realm - new Paso Grenache Venture
Replies: 22
Views: 2849

Re: Juan Mercado stepping away from Realm - new Paso Grenache Venture

Heard from some people in the know while up in Napa in DEC that this was expected. Also heard this most likely isn't the last bit of news to be coming out of Realm... #PopcornReady There's almost always more to the story when these changes occur. While they, as a private business, don't owe anyone ...
by Chris S p i k e s
March 22nd, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Latour rereleases the 2008
Replies: 33
Views: 2519

Re: Chateau Latour rereleases the 2008

What does rerelease mean in practical terms? They held back a bunch of wine and are trying to sell it now? Correct. The major chateaux have always held back significant stocks for their libraries, but Latour has gone a step further with it to where they are now operating much like Dom Perignon with...
by Chris S p i k e s
March 21st, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Latour rereleases the 2008
Replies: 33
Views: 2519

Re: Chateau Latour rereleases the 2008

What does rerelease mean in practical terms? They held back a bunch of wine and are trying to sell it now?
by Chris S p i k e s
March 5th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: BRUSSELS SPROUTS is the new kale
Replies: 22
Views: 863

Re: BRUSSELS SPROUTS is the new kale

Thank god! Brussels Sprouts are at least palatable. Kale tastes like a green brillo pad. I will be so glad when this latest hipster craze of pretending that the the worst tasting of all our vegetables are still edible has passed. +1 I'm convinced kale is a giant long running Candid Camera episode. ...
by Chris S p i k e s
February 24th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7046
Views: 404969

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

mattcitrang wrote:
February 24th, 2019, 10:34 am
Anybody tried this offer up now

Cuttings Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016?
They lost me with the comparisons to The Prisoner.
by Chris S p i k e s
February 23rd, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Merry Edwards sold
Replies: 24
Views: 2118

Re: Merry Edwards sold

Good luck to her and I hope she did very well in the transaction! Despite her being a well known winemaker, I don't think she has been as widely recognized as she deserves. I doubt she cares much, though.
by Chris S p i k e s
February 23rd, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: David McMillan (Joe Beef) on how excess nearly killed him
Replies: 15
Views: 1111

Re: David McMillan (Joe Beef) on how excess nearly killed him

I loved watching them when they did shows. I wanted to join those meals. The grass is always greener, right? I ate at Joe Beef with my family a couple of years ago. One of the best meals of my life. When I get to the point where foie gras is “meh”, cut me off... For most of us, it would be a specia...
by Chris S p i k e s
February 18th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Beaucastel blanc - last 2 bottles were dead, should I do something different with bottle 3
Replies: 22
Views: 1155

Re: 2001 Beaucastel blanc - last 2 bottles were dead, should I do something different with bottle 3

which beaucastel blanc should be expected to age better? the blanc or the roussanne? Not even a question, the VV. Can't say I am surprised the CDP Blancs are oxidized or showing a predominant oxidized character. What's different about these wines (from the same vintage) from a science perspective t...
by Chris S p i k e s
February 18th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is wine shipped off commerce corner at buyer’s risk?
Replies: 19
Views: 1662

Re: Why is wine shipped off commerce corner at buyer’s risk?

I imagine it has more to do with the shipping regulations and the risk of it getting intercepted and confiscated/destroyed due to policies by the shipping companies. Not to mention any potential legalities if shipping across state lines. The buyer can decide if the price is reasonable enough to take...
by Chris S p i k e s
February 13th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: WAGYU ON SALE
Replies: 9
Views: 626

Re: WAGYU ON SALE

I bought their Wagyu Strip roast a while back. They were ok for $30/lb. in that they delivered a decent prime experience and the marbling was consistent. I buy a lot of Flannery and other Wagyu sources and it wasn't up to their level for a lot of reasons. Verdict: Glad I gave it a shot and while I d...
by Chris S p i k e s
February 1st, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Elusive Chicken Breast
Replies: 11
Views: 739

Re: The Elusive Chicken Breast

Another vote for SV, then hot surface - grill or pan. I SV with ghee and my seasonings. Just did a full breast yesterday for fajitas and it turned out great. Well, at least as great a chicken breast can turn out. It's really just a fairly flavorless protein in need of seasoning whether that be by se...
by Chris S p i k e s
December 24th, 2018, 1:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Animal Farm Butter For Sale
Replies: 42
Views: 2664

Re: Animal Farm Butter For Sale

Anyone tried Les Pres Sales from Belgium? We find it to be excellent for salted butter. I thought it was recommended here, but I can't find it searching. Not sure what made us try it initially now. We also liked the Nordic Creamery butter, but we can get the Les Pres Sales locally for about the sam...
by Chris S p i k e s
December 22nd, 2018, 10:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Animal Farm Butter For Sale
Replies: 42
Views: 2664

Re: Animal Farm Butter For Sale

Anyone tried Les Pres Sales from Belgium? We find it to be excellent for salted butter. I thought it was recommended here, but I can't find it searching. Not sure what made us try it initially now. We also liked the Nordic Creamery butter, but we can get the Les Pres Sales locally for about the same...
by Chris S p i k e s
December 7th, 2018, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 26
Views: 1131

Re: TN: 2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Jeremy, it was hard for me to read into whether you liked it as well. Though as always your note was wonderfully concise and compelling such that you had me hooked until I got to the bit about “low acid” and “chocolatey edge”. Sounds interesting though! Sorry, I don´t think a TN is "wonderful ..." ...
by Chris S p i k e s
November 9th, 2018, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Wine to Friends and Family?
Replies: 15
Views: 932

Re: Shipping Wine to Friends and Family?

It is still illegal to ship wine w/o proper licensing. It is still legal to ship olive oil, however, and well insulated and packaged boxes that do not conform to the appearance of standard shippers can be very safe for that purpose. I'm curious about the technicality, but is it illegal to ship to y...
by Chris S p i k e s
November 9th, 2018, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Wine to Friends and Family?
Replies: 15
Views: 932

Shipping Wine to Friends and Family?

Haven't checked in on this subject in a few years, so I wanted to see what recent experiences are with shipping wine to a travel destination vis the common carriers? I've never had an issue in the past with shipping a case or so out to a vacation destination or family, but it's been a while and I wa...
by Chris S p i k e s
November 6th, 2018, 12:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Jamon Serrano from Costco?
Replies: 39
Views: 5306

Re: Jamon Serrano from Costco?

Just like olive oil imported from Italy-------but made in Lebanon, Spain, Greece, Israel, etc. No wonder that Italy somehow sells more olive oil than it grows. [stirthepothal.gif] pileon strawman Except it's well known that they get the majority of their "Italian EVOO" from Spain... The owner the s...
by Chris S p i k e s
November 1st, 2018, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue
Replies: 164
Views: 8251

Re: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue

Wait a minute, 34 wines in one issue rated 100?? At what point does the scale go to 101+? Interesting thought and it would be a bold move to move the scale to say 105pts in recognition that winemaking has gotten much better. You hate to move down the 90-95pt wines which relative to wines 10yrs ago ...
by Chris S p i k e s
October 24th, 2018, 5:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Smoking Prime Rib
Replies: 9
Views: 678

Re: Smoking Prime Rib

Like John, I have done it on my BGE but I didn't like the smoke flavor associated with it. I prefer mine without smoke. But, I now cook all my prime ribs on the BGE indirect around 250 until the internal temperature measures around 115. Then, I pull it off along with the indirect set up and let the ...
by Chris S p i k e s
October 24th, 2018, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eurocave -- stuck shelves?
Replies: 18
Views: 660

Re: Eurocave -- stuck shelves?

I've found the shelves near the middle bar frequently get stuck under on the bar...but never thought I could adjust them. Thank you for sharing... This is the problem that is most vexing to me. I ended up taking out the bar and that solved the issue at hand. But, I do worry about the overall struct...
by Chris S p i k e s
October 16th, 2018, 2:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA
Replies: 28
Views: 1336

Re: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA

Anyone ever try their Wagyu strips? I'm a bit skeptical that they won't be as marbled as many on here would appreciate in order to appeal to to the masses more and avoid the "it's too fatty" complaint. I'm concerned that they'll want to target the crowd that wants the label of Wagyu, but not the ext...
by Chris S p i k e s
September 19th, 2018, 11:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Poll: Pourover Coffee
Replies: 15
Views: 773

Re: Poll: Pourover Coffee

You can make pourover as strong/concentrated as you like. Mine is not watery. I use 48g of ground coffee to make 320ml liquid. Wow, that calculates out very strong. However, I'm using my drip calculations (15:1 water:coffee) and pourover may be different. Last time I made pourover (years ago), I wa...
by Chris S p i k e s
August 26th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations
Replies: 52
Views: 2548

Re: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations

Ours is 2600 CFM or thereabouts, due to the wok burner, with separate intake and outtake. I'm not sure the diameter of the duct. It's not nearly as loud as you'd think because the motor is on the roof (kitchen is on the 2nd floor) Holy cow! What brand? I don't think he'll need anything close to tha...
by Chris S p i k e s
August 26th, 2018, 9:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations
Replies: 52
Views: 2548

Re: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations

Any ideas about a vent hood? Can you place the motor near the exhaust so as to minimize the noise?
by Chris S p i k e s
August 25th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations
Replies: 52
Views: 2548

Re: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations

Richard, I wouldn’t be so sure about your budget assumptions. His budget will allow him to do whatever is important to him but I know he doesn’t want to blow money unnecessarily if there are items that perform well at a lower cost and still have a nice appearance. Think of it as being smart with a n...
by Chris S p i k e s
August 25th, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations
Replies: 52
Views: 2548

Re: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations

I just checked his preliminary floor plans and FWIW he has 40" allocated for his stovetop. The ovens are side by side. And, his main refrigerator and freezer are separated, so individual units. I'll also take any negative comments about brands. It seems like I've read some "all show and no go" comme...
by Chris S p i k e s
August 25th, 2018, 6:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations
Replies: 52
Views: 2548

Kitchen Appliance Recommendations

My BIL is building a house and has asked me for some advice. He's not a gourmand, but does a fair amount of cooking - especially in large groups. I want to give him recommendations that are very good performers, rock solid reliability, and ideally easy clean up where it's applicable. Money isn't a h...
by Chris S p i k e s
August 25th, 2018, 6:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Sous vide fried chicken?
Replies: 43
Views: 1713

Re: Sous vide fried chicken?

Here's ChefSteps recipe: https://www.chefsteps.com/activities/can-t-f-it-up-fried-chicken The one time I tried this it didn’t work out. Of course that was the one time I tried fried chicken, so the problem was likely operator error. Not necessarily operator error. That's the recipe I've used and th...
by Chris S p i k e s
August 19th, 2018, 2:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)
Replies: 23
Views: 2296

Re: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)

Some of these exotic (crazy) wine pairings strike me as somms and/or chefs trying to be uber cool/hip/experimental. I've stopped ordering them because they are rarely very good and often a detriment to the meal. The cynic in me wonders if it isn't a cost/profit issue. Serve a bunch of wines no one c...

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