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by Sean Devaney
July 12th, 2020, 10:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: A Covid getaway to Glen Ellen - any dining recs?
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: A Covid getaway to Glen Ellen - any dining recs?

John you might want to check on Sonoma County in the morning. Received this email at 6:40PM today (Sunday 7/12) from Russian River Brewing Co. We just received the official news that Sonoma County is the latest county in California to be ordered to shut down several business operations again, includ...
by Sean Devaney
July 11th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma cabs from the '80s and '90s...
Replies: 28
Views: 1125

Re: Sonoma cabs from the '80s and '90s...

Ed Steinway wrote:
July 11th, 2020, 10:02 am
Adding Rafanelli, as I completely forgot about them in my original response.

Ed
^This^.

And has been mentioned Arrowood, Jordan and Dry Creek Vineyards. A dark horse is Rodney Strong Alexander Crown vineyard.
by Sean Devaney
June 30th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 289
Views: 15990

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Nice Casey. Are you still raising pigs?
by Sean Devaney
June 26th, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 289
Views: 15990

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Damn Edward. Those look great!

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by Sean Devaney
June 25th, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 289
Views: 15990

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I really do appreciate this thread and check for updates every time I visit WB. I ask questions when I have them but rarely have anything that I can add on the farming side.
by Sean Devaney
June 23rd, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?
Replies: 108
Views: 5851

Re: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?

You know, we probably are all lucky Ridge Monte Bello did not win the Judgment of Paris (I wonder if it would have if a vintage other than 1971 was entered). If it had won, what would have happened to prices? It did win the 30th anniversary tasting. Results USA – Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 1971 US...
by Sean Devaney
June 23rd, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ooni Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 795

Re: Ooni Discussion

Yep have the Ooni Koda, can get it to 870F in about 15mins on the stone. Loving mine. So quick, literally 2mins a pizza to cook you just have to be super careful not to burn the edges, pull it out, turn, wait 15sec, pull it out and turn, wait 15sec... They are struggling to keep up with demand. I'v...
by Sean Devaney
June 16th, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: FedEx/UPS - I have to start my own wine shipping company.
Replies: 16
Views: 771

Re: FedEx/UPS - I have to start my own wine shipping company.

I know it will be a PITA but is it possible to take the package directly to the local distribution center (not FedEx/Kinkos) and have your paperwork showing that you have been authorized legally to ship wine and appeal in person? Seems that a manager there should be able to authorize the shipment bu...
by Sean Devaney
June 9th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
Replies: 51
Views: 1398

Re: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

PBJ is an all American sandwich. Now a PBJ made of Screwball peanut butter whiskey and blackberry moonshine is revolting [barf1.gif]

My dad was fond of peanut butter and jelly and butter sandwiches. He grew up during the depression and apparently a thing.
by Sean Devaney
May 26th, 2020, 7:29 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 742
Views: 50669

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Yes, it is the Costco brand. Surprisingly, they still have it on the shelves in the Seattle area. It's a hearty whisky vs the Willett which I think is more nuanced. Both good in their own way. I'd drink the 22 on colder days and the Willett on warmer days. H Costco makes its 'own' whiskey!?!? Any s...
by Sean Devaney
May 26th, 2020, 7:14 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Mobile Canning For Beer (And Wine)
Replies: 3
Views: 416

Mobile Canning For Beer (And Wine)

A very good article in the SFGate this morning on a mobile canning service serving Northern California: https://www.sfgate.com/beer/slideshow/covid-can-van-brewery-faction-thirstybear-202639.php H/T to Ken Zinns who already has posted this in the Cellar Rats forum. He has first hand experience of th...
by Sean Devaney
May 25th, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 289
Views: 15990

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I guess I am just a wine geek but I find the info on ticks fascinating and another thing I would have never thought about grape growing and wine making without this thread. This why I love this thread and all who participate [cheers.gif]
by Sean Devaney
April 5th, 2020, 10:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 289
Views: 15990

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

48 hour total just passed an inch. That's something anyway. Depending on the type of soil you have that might go down about 4-8 inches. Still not much to get excited about.....but we'll take it. How does the runoff from this storm look? Just curious as I live next to a creek in the South Bay that i...
by Sean Devaney
February 18th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 53
Views: 4883

Re: Mountain Lions

Only time I ever encountered a Mountain Lion was wile driving to our families cabin in the Sierra Nevada at night. We came around a corner and the big cat was crossing the road. It turned to look at our Bronco and just continued to saunter across the highway as if to say "FU I'm the baddest mofo aro...
by Sean Devaney
January 19th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Some Basic (But Good) Filipino Home Dishes.
Replies: 20
Views: 1815

Re: Some Basic (But Good) Filipino Home Dishes.

Damn that looks so delicious. Drool.
by Sean Devaney
December 29th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 3767

Re: Grass fed???

Great recommendation Yaacov, a wonderful book. I enjoy all of Pollan's books especially The Botany of Desire.
by Sean Devaney
December 18th, 2019, 11:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 a shipping odyssey
Replies: 38
Views: 2209

Re: 2019 a shipping odyssey

Just a WAG but I wonder how many people/companies have been taken by surprise because there is one less week this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas?
by Sean Devaney
December 12th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burt Williams RIP with added remarks
Replies: 80
Views: 3347

Re: Burt Williams RIP

Damn! So sorry to hear this. RIP
by Sean Devaney
December 1st, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Very good new article on Steve Edmunds
Replies: 9
Views: 846

Re: Very good new article on Steve Edmunds

Great interview! Thanks for posting Ken.
by Sean Devaney
November 10th, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2206
Views: 190408

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: 557
Views: 36471

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: 3112

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: 1241

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: 2972

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: 2591

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: 34304

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: 557
Views: 36471

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: 2206
Views: 190408

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: 557
Views: 36471

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: 3194

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: 4877

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: 1631

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: 4661

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: 1162

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: 1513

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: 2827

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: 2801

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: 1311

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: 4766

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: 3219

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: 317

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: 529

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: 2778

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: 256
Views: 21227

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: 557
Views: 36471

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: 276

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: 557
Views: 36471

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: 838

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: 838

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...

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