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by Sean Devaney
October 12th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines & Winemakers of the SantaCruzMtns
Replies: 31
Views: 2203

Re: Wines & Winemakers of the SantaCruzMtns

Fran (and her son, who some said is the splitting image of Dave) came to a friend's birthday party a few years ago and gave a long talk. Her favorite vintage still was that '59, which she noted many of their friends they gave bottles to probably made wine coolers out of. Many amusing stories, and p...
by Sean Devaney
October 5th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The NY Strip Steak is...
Replies: 86
Views: 2717

Re: The NY Strip Steak is...

Not overrated but not my first choice. My ranking: -Rib Eye -Rib Steak -Porterhouse (ideally from a butcher who knows to cut the filet side a little thicker). Don't get fooled by many stores selling "Porterhouse's" that are really t-bones. -Tri-tip (for a group) -Hanger (for a group) -Flank -NY Stri...
by Sean Devaney
September 26th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $1 per ton 2020 mt Veeder cab grapes for sale
Replies: 34
Views: 3220

Re: $1 per ton 2020 mt Veeder cab grapes for sale

David, the sf chronicle link I posted was about exactly that (making grappa from tainted grapes). Thanks. No benefits to being lazy. Couldn’t read it because of my adblocker There are disaster relief programs that cover wild fires for uninsured ag. I saw one set of advice where to qualify, making t...
by Sean Devaney
September 23rd, 2020, 11:38 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 569
Views: 36735

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Casey Hartlip wrote:
September 23rd, 2020, 6:23 pm
Done 510 tons, left 40+ in the field. Recap to follow.
Wow 40+! Was that from one of your big contracts pulling out? Hate to think about all the hard work that you and your crew put in and just to leave so much fruit hanging. SMH
by Sean Devaney
September 15th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chef’s Table BBQ
Replies: 42
Views: 2627

Re: Chef’s Table BBQ

I love the first two episodes. Would I like more info on techniques and "details" ? Yes. But I think this series in guided to wider audience not just us geeks.
by Sean Devaney
September 14th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Remedies for Smoke Taint?
Replies: 30
Views: 1836

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

I forecast more bourbon barrel aged wines from the 2020 vintage.
by Sean Devaney
September 11th, 2020, 9:49 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Remedies for Smoke Taint?
Replies: 30
Views: 1836

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Joe B wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 7:38 pm
By more from the previous vintage?
If you are making wine I don't think any grapes from the previous vintage are available neener
by Sean Devaney
September 1st, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay
Replies: 7
Views: 455

Re: TN: 2015 Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay

duplicate.
by Sean Devaney
September 1st, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay
Replies: 7
Views: 455

Re: TN: 2015 Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay

Don't be afraid to let it age for at least another five years. These Chards have some of the longest ageing curves of any CA Chards.
by Sean Devaney
August 24th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8399

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

Story from SF Chronicle by Ester Mobley https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/article/Top-Santa-Cruz-Mountains-winery-survives-fire-15508863.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headlines&utm_campaign=sfc_morningfix&sid=5a203ce3bcb59c13778b45b5 Sorry if it's behind a paywall but the win...
by Sean Devaney
August 23rd, 2020, 9:03 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 569
Views: 36735

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

My heart goes out to all the folks picking the fruit and the farmers that will lead to nectar we will enjoy in the future. Be safe.
by Sean Devaney
August 17th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 569
Views: 36735

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Good luck Casey. Hoping for a safe and un-eventful harvest.
by Sean Devaney
August 2nd, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 450
Views: 118636

Re: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

Went to Sonoma July 18th to celebrate a friends birthday. We here going with birthday girl's 6 yo son so when making reservations we had to drop a couple of favorites as they didn't allow children. Only visited four wineries but the highlights were Joseph Swan, Dutton Ranch and Davis Family. Joseph ...
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: 4
Views: 1185

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: 1451

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: 569
Views: 36735

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: 569
Views: 36735

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: 569
Views: 36735

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: 129
Views: 7645

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: 58
Views: 4500

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: 18
Views: 2424

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: 2552

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: 768
Views: 54213

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: 6
Views: 1432

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: 569
Views: 36735

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: 569
Views: 36735

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: 4951

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: 2076

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: 4075

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: 2318

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: 3415

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: 869

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: 2427
Views: 205801

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: 38790

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: 3180

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: 1297

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: 2997

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: 2700

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: 613
Views: 36385

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: 38790

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: 2427
Views: 205801

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: 38790

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: 3305

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: 5899

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: 1698

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: 4772

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: 1190

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: 1551

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: 2890

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...

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