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by Chris S p i k e s
November 3rd, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 29
Views: 1801

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

I glanced across some foodie discussions and they were frequently trying to find out which stores carry it. Why wouldn't one just order it online?
by Chris S p i k e s
October 30th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 151
Views: 8345

Re: Another Flannery PSA

scamhi wrote:
October 30th, 2019, 8:04 am

I like this method for the cooking of the pichana
That's the guy I was referencing in regards to testing the freeze/thaw cycles on meat. Here's that video:

by Chris S p i k e s
October 25th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 151
Views: 8345

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Sounds right Chris. My flannery mismatched arrived defrosted....I know I saw a discussion in a thread here with a similar scenario. Were they supposed to be shipped frozen or fresh? Regardless, I saw a YouTube video of some guy that did a blind taste test comparison of a set of meat ranging from fr...
by Chris S p i k e s
October 23rd, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 210
Views: 11255

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

Yes, I think a hand grinder is the only compact option for something small and better than a chopper. I've also been using a Moccamaster, one of the models with a thermal carafe. Amortized over the years I've used it, the extra cost seems pretty minor. Pour over is more time and effort than I want ...
by Chris S p i k e s
October 21st, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 151
Views: 8345

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I was considering putting it on a rotisserie over charcoal.
by Chris S p i k e s
October 21st, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 151
Views: 8345

Re: Another Flannery PSA

http://www.flannerybeef.com/butcher/prime-beef/dry-aged-ca-reserve/california-reserve-dry-aged-picanha.html?utm_source=Flannery+Beef+Newsletter&utm_campaign=2d75c37522-Oct2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_04b8e72df2-2d75c37522-67279673&mc_cid=2d75c37522&mc_eid=c616259704 http://www.flannerybeef.com/...
by Chris S p i k e s
September 30th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?
Replies: 45
Views: 3931

Re: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?

I had the '17 Di Co last night with some friends - some of them wine folks, some not. Big hit. For the rest of them, it was great from the pnp, but to my taste it took about 3 hours to come together. But when it did, my main thought wasn't so much about the taste profile as it was "How the hell is ...
by Chris S p i k e s
July 31st, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 2804

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

Danny Meyers net worth is estimated to be $400mm. Chef Thomas Keller is estimated to be $30mm. I have no idea what happened but my guess is that Will wanted to follow the trend of what is working in the restaurant world today which is higher volume, lower cost and not fine dining. The reason why Da...
by Chris S p i k e s
July 24th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2450

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

They sit on the unsold inventory, continue to portray an image of exclusivity, try to maintain their elevated price point for domestic buyers, and hope and pray that the headwinds abate and they can sell off their backlog at a somewhat decent profit margin? That, or they have a blowout partay with ...
by Chris S p i k e s
July 23rd, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 151
Views: 8345

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Ack! I can’t find the 75 day!!! Maybe sold out with such a limited supply? I was disappointed that we were limited to only 2 steaks each because I would have loaded up just for the novelty. The porterhouses don't appeal to me because we don't like filet. And, I'm not that enthused with the bone in ...
by Chris S p i k e s
July 18th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Inexpensive coffee grinders?
Replies: 103
Views: 5560

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: 35
Views: 2510

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: 71
Views: 5250

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: 87
Views: 6978

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: 1228

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: 87
Views: 6978

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quick Flannery question
Replies: 9
Views: 1902

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: 14167

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 151
Views: 8345

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: 174
Views: 9393

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: 7205
Views: 441342

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: 174
Views: 9393

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: 174
Views: 9393

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: 174
Views: 9393

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Inexpensive coffee grinders?
Replies: 103
Views: 5560

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany
Replies: 40
Views: 2694

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: 1376

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169780

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: PSA: 25% off Flannery CA Reserve Ribeyes, Through Fri., 4/19/19
Replies: 9
Views: 714

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1759

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: 1640
Views: 92997

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: 3570

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: 2601

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: 2601

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: BRUSSELS SPROUTS is the new kale
Replies: 22
Views: 927

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: 7205
Views: 441342

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: 2212

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: David McMillan (Joe Beef) on how excess nearly killed him
Replies: 15
Views: 1179

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: 1229

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: 1723

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: WAGYU ON SALE
Replies: 9
Views: 651

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Elusive Chicken Breast
Replies: 11
Views: 788

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Animal Farm Butter For Sale
Replies: 42
Views: 2791

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Animal Farm Butter For Sale
Replies: 42
Views: 2791

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: 1213

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: 1040

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: 1040

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Jamon Serrano from Costco?
Replies: 39
Views: 8774

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: 8967

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoking Prime Rib
Replies: 9
Views: 718

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 ...

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