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by Sean Devaney
November 10th, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169957

Re: Steak Porn

Damn LMD you have had quite the steak and wine experience lately [worship.gif]

Thanks for sharing.
by Sean Devaney
November 6th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 528
Views: 30143

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Any one still have fruit out there?
by Sean Devaney
October 27th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?
Replies: 84
Views: 2791

Re: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?

Flawed poll. I'd grab a bottle or two of scotch. Probably Bruichladdich 23 yo. I don't have any real rare wines in my cellar so...
by Sean Devaney
October 23rd, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Russian River valley recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 1086

Re: Russian River valley recommendations

Echo the recs for Porter Creek. Joseph Swan is always a must stop for me and Woodenhead makes some wonderful wines that fly under the radar and are just a couple minutes away. Have a great time.
by Sean Devaney
September 17th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry
Replies: 32
Views: 2876

Re: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry

So sad to hear this news. I've really enjoyed his wines and hopes the seeds/cuttings he has spread will find winemakers as experimental as he is.
by Sean Devaney
September 14th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2322

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

Jonathan, so happy you have discovered one of California's hidden gems. Great age-worthy cabs that are made in a very old school style. To add a little more history to this thread: -The story I have heard is that Katheryn planted the vineyard to prevent an eminent domain action from taking part of h...
by Sean Devaney
September 4th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 33003

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Baby backs for Labor Day, everything closed due to Dorian, wife said best yet. Injected set uncovered in fridge for 24 hours and a dry rub with no sauce. 580A5F30-3049-40A6-AF6F-8AA27DFC3884.jpeg 49AF2AE1-1BC4-4D67-90AC-322359B98B87.jpeg 33A5017E-6CFA-4690-B83C-F9D2B08F5B46.jpeg Those look awesome ...
by Sean Devaney
August 27th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 528
Views: 30143

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Nice. Sounds like a little bit more fruit per acre than expected. All for your sparkling customer(s) I assume?
by Sean Devaney
August 24th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169957

Re: Steak Porn

Two observations.
How did they heat the lava? Gas? Coal? "harvest" it?
Who ever wrote the commentary on the video doesn't know a rib-eye from a porterhouse.
by Sean Devaney
August 20th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 528
Views: 30143

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

So it is on for you Casey? Have a great harvest champagne.gif [cheers.gif]
by Sean Devaney
August 13th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations
Replies: 45
Views: 2889

Re: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations

Not Mentioned yet but hit up Joseph Swan and Woodenhead. In Healdsburg proper hit up Davis Family if and when you visit Holdredge right across the street. In the Dry Creek Valley hit up Frick for some rhones and Preston for nice wines and great bread. Second Porter Creek. Rochioli is a nice stop but...
by Sean Devaney
July 23rd, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Margaritas for a Crowd
Replies: 33
Views: 2827

Re: Margaritas for a Crowd

Casey Hartlip wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 11:29 am
3 parts Blanco tequila
2 parts triple Sec
2 parts store bought Marg mix
3+ parts fresh lime juice.

My go to recipe.
This is my buddy's recipe but he insists on Patron Silver, Cointreau and Jose Cuervo basic margarita mix. Strong but damn tasty.
by Sean Devaney
July 22nd, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 wine
Replies: 37
Views: 1486

Re: 1981 wine

If you can track down a Ridge Monte Bello that might be a real nice bottle. I really enjoyed it about 10 years ago and seemed to have many years of life ahead of it.
by Sean Devaney
July 16th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 3744

Re: What meals did you grow up on

I love this thread! Grew up on casseroles based on the holy trinity of hamburger, pasta and cheese: Yuck-yuck, Special Crud and Grandma's were three staples. Spaghetti and Beef Stroganoff made frequent appearances. Always served with a salad and/or vegetables (fresh or frozen). Steak, Salmon, Trout,...
by Sean Devaney
July 4th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 1118

Re: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?

@Ben: if you want to go further up the coast a bit, the Anderson Valley (over the border into Mendocino) has many producers with really good wines, most in your price range. Try Handley, Navarro, Drew, MacPhail, Lazy Creek, Philips Hill, or Foursight, though there many more. All of these have tasti...
by Sean Devaney
July 2nd, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help needed: Napa/Sonoma trip with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1417

Re: Help needed: Napa/Sonoma trip with a twist

Try reaching out to Rod Berglund at Joseph Swan. Every time I talk with him I learn something new. Not to mention Lynn is awsome as as are the team.
by Sean Devaney
June 26th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest field blend wines?
Replies: 55
Views: 2671

Re: Greatest field blend wines?

Geyserville - full stop But then we can get into the discussion about what exactly is a field blend. Do the grapes have to be picked all at once? Are they required to be co-fermented? Do the proportions in the finished wine have to match the proportions in the vineyard? How many different varieties...
by Sean Devaney
June 22nd, 2019, 11:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Breakfast This Morning: Spanish Tortilla
Replies: 14
Views: 2256

Re: Breakfast This Morning: Spanish Tortilla

So on average 36+ eggs a day [mouth-drop.gif]
by Sean Devaney
June 19th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ruby cabernet
Replies: 11
Views: 1258

Re: ruby cabernet

Along with the Ridge MB Ruby Dickerson Vineyard also had a plot of Ruby in Napa that I believe was made by Joel Peterson.
by Sean Devaney
June 6th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4164

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

They are awful. However they likely have the highest margin on fries in the business since the only people involved with the fries are a potato farmer and some minimum wage skater dude. One thing I give In 'n' Out credit for is they pay their employees above industry standards and even offer benefi...
by Sean Devaney
May 23rd, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis
Replies: 52
Views: 3021

Re: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis

Chris nailed it with his initial comment. I was at the Silicon Valley Wine Auction last Sunday and my favorite Chards were Mount Eden (both) and Neely's (sorry Sean_S.) Didn't get to the Fogarty wines. FWIW the three best SCM chards I've had have been the Mount Eden 85 and the Ridge 96 and 77 Monte ...
by Sean Devaney
May 20th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice short video of historic Saitone vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Nice short video of historic Saitone vineyard

Thanks for posting this Mike. W&S was one of the many highlights at last year HVS tasting.
by Sean Devaney
May 19th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article today about wineries in Berkeley
Replies: 12
Views: 467

Re: Article today about wineries in Berkeley

Another bit of Berkeley wine history - I know I've posted this before but it's pretty cool. A bottle of 1978 Pinot Noir that Travis Fretter made in the 805 Camelia Street building (pictured on the label) from Pinot grapes grown right in the neighborhood. chateau camelia 1978 berkeley pinot noir.jpg...
by Sean Devaney
May 19th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2622

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

I don't tip but I do send an email to the winery when I have an exceptional experience (or a poor one.) I have given a few bottles to tasting room staff over the years.
by Sean Devaney
May 18th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 208
Views: 14176

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Had dinner last night with Eric Baugher, winemaker and COO of Ridge. He was upfront about the cutbacks. He was not happy that they had to do it, but the MB selection was only 30% of the harvest, so much less than normally anticipated. He said it was normally closer to 50%. As I read this it also me...
by Sean Devaney
May 16th, 2019, 11:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 528
Views: 30143

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Casey congrats on finding Gypsy. She looks darling.
by Sean Devaney
May 1st, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two for DinDin...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 252

Hmmm...

I don't remember a Gavilan Cellars FC but I have fond memories of the Carmenet FC's Saviez Vineyard. Carmenet was part of the Chalone group IIRC.
by Sean Devaney
May 1st, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 528
Views: 30143

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Is it my imagination or is this early for clusters to be forming? Maybe a Gruner thing?
by Sean Devaney
April 22nd, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1980 Nevada City Cellars Zinfandel, Amador County. PAGING TOM HILL
Replies: 17
Views: 803

Re: TN: 1980 Nevada City Cellars Zinfandel, Amador County. PAGING TOM HILL

Tom did mention he was going to ask Derrell Corti about Nevada City Cellars. If he doesn't know a connection someone else has to come forward.
by Sean Devaney
April 22nd, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1980 Nevada City Cellars Zinfandel, Amador County. PAGING TOM HILL
Replies: 17
Views: 803

Re: TN: 1980 Nevada City Cellars Zinfandel, Amador County. PAGING TOM HILL

Man, I think Nevada City Cellars and Nevada City Winery are one in the same. We used to race bicycles and that was the first winery I ever visited. (Fake ID.) They had a...gasp!....white zin called Alpenglow that was drier than other white zins at the time and I found it palatable. (Plus, we'd drin...
by Sean Devaney
April 12th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Shocking finds at a Miami Costco today
Replies: 12
Views: 2715

Re: Shocking finds at a Miami Costco today

Just a WAG but I wonder if the distributor of KB in FL had to move x number of cases some wine and the buyer for Costco say "Hey I can help you out if you give me something good for my top stores." I bet it went to only a couple of stores.
by Sean Devaney
April 8th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin
Replies: 50
Views: 2338

Re: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin

Riedel Restaurant series wins on all counts. Cheap, very functional, replaceable. This. A good choice would be the Riedel Restaurant Syrah glass https://www.riedel.com/en-us/shop/riedel-restaurant/syrah-044601230 Buy at least twice as many as you are going to supply the cabin with as breakage is in...
by Sean Devaney
April 8th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2012
Views: 169957

Re: Steak Porn

Damn Michael that looks great!
by Sean Devaney
April 2nd, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1221
Views: 69203

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

But what did you "Pobega" with it [cheers.gif]

Looks awesome.
by Sean Devaney
March 24th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...
Replies: 52
Views: 2163

Re: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...

It would be fun to put a twist on this and serve some of the above recommended wines in black wine glasses for a true blind tasting.
by Sean Devaney
March 18th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses
Replies: 56
Views: 2376

Re: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses

My primary glasses are Riedel restaurant series syrah glasses that I will use the dishwasher for when I have company-no issues. I mostly hand wash my glasses with a dedicated sponge and Dawn. My higher end glasses are always hand washed.
by Sean Devaney
March 16th, 2019, 2:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" zinfandel
Replies: 26
Views: 961

Re: 2005 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" zinfandel

That wine was marked at 14.5% but I can't imagine it was below 15.5%, which it could legally be with the margin of error. It was hard to understand how it could get that raisiny, though, even at 15.5%. Perhaps it was picked very late and watered back to 15.5%. In the FWIW column once a wine crosses...
by Sean Devaney
March 11th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?
Replies: 87
Views: 4536

Re: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?

Thanks for the link Drew, nice article.
by Sean Devaney
March 6th, 2019, 11:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 330
Views: 18821

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Madera 206 acres! There must be some story behind that number.
by Sean Devaney
March 4th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 2210

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

There was a winery in Sonoma -- Carmenet, I think -- that made some really stellar chenins back in the 80s and/or early 90s from very old vines. There was some change in ownership or marketing (Carmenet was owned by Chalone) and that wine disappeared. (Probably planted over to merlot or something o...
by Sean Devaney
March 1st, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flooding in Sonoma County
Replies: 53
Views: 3367

Re: Flooding in Sonoma County

Wow! That looks like they flipped the before and after pics. Do you know who's yard that is?
by Sean Devaney
February 5th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 528
Views: 30143

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Great pic Paul. Do you have to do anything special as far as vineyard prep?
by Sean Devaney
February 4th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2015 DRC Vintage
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Re: 2015 DRC Vintage

Welcome aboard Bryan but this should be posted in the wine talk forum. Take a look around, always happy to have wino's from the North participate here [cheers.gif]
by Sean Devaney
February 4th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1221
Views: 69203

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

[cheers.gif] to your wife. Pass on my respect and you are one lucky man.
by Sean Devaney
February 4th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1221
Views: 69203

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Damn Tom those are some great looking pies!
by Sean Devaney
January 29th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I am a CT delinquent.
Replies: 112
Views: 3929

Re: I am a CT delinquent.

I never found CT quite as early, but still an old geezer. It took me a couple of months work to research and enter my wines from old invoices when I should have been working as I used my work computer. That's how I found CT ten years ago, a few months later Berserkers. I think I have finally come t...
by Sean Devaney
January 26th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Casual hot sauce & mustard recommendation
Replies: 10
Views: 647

Re: Casual hot sauce & mustard recommendation

For a casual mustard (and dirt cheap) Trader Joe's Dijon is hard to beat.

I will try to hunt down Baron-sounds great.
by Sean Devaney
January 22nd, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Recent Arrivals....(long/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 365

Re: TN: Some Recent Arrivals....(long/boring)

Ser: Nicole Walsh is doing a terrific job and is someone to keep an eye on. Wines of wonderful purity.
by Sean Devaney
January 22nd, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I am a CT delinquent.
Replies: 112
Views: 3929

Re: I am a CT delinquent.

Neal.Mollen wrote:
January 21st, 2019, 4:10 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
January 21st, 2019, 4:02 pm
I knew this was a WAY old thread when I saw Melissa McCall's name as the OP!
Yeah! I thought she was back!
My first thought too! Miss that slightly buzzed fluzy.

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