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by John Osburn
November 14th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Big Cheese
Replies: 13
Views: 963

Re: The Big Cheese

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
November 14th, 2019, 9:00 am
A cheese plate the other night of Rush Creek Reserve, Black Betty, Selles-sur-Cher, and Rogue River Blue was pretty special.
I'll bet! cheesehead
by John Osburn
September 9th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Food in Willamette.
Replies: 12
Views: 1346

Re: Food in Willamette.

I'll add -

Lunch incl. sandwiches - Red Hills Market in Dundee

Dinner - Painted Lady in Newberg
by John Osburn
August 16th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3461
Views: 188887

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Damn the Weather sometimes has good whiskey in that you can sip (eg Old Forester Birthday a number of months ago). Last year I spoke with a bartender who interned at Willett and was very informative (don't know whether he's still there or not).
by John Osburn
August 16th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall
Replies: 18
Views: 2000

Re: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall

Visited SS in May for 5 days, did almost exclusively pintxos. We enjoyed the below especially, with San Telmo and La Vina being pretty much outstanding across the board. Bar Nestor - tortilla (get on the list); large grilled steak with tomatoes and peppers Atari/Sirimiri – cocktails; octopus; jamon;...
by John Osburn
August 14th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 5548

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

Vincent Fritzsche has been making Pinots in the WV for over 10 years. His wines are typically elegant with a Burg leaning. Pinots are his specialty but he makes delicious Gamay too. I haven't tried his full lineup. He's been dialing in his style and growing his operation over the past several years...
by John Osburn
August 14th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 5548

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

K John Joseph wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Mattstolz wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 2:25 pm

Your profile picture is St Innocent and you didn't include it in your list??
It's not St. Innocent...it's 2007 St. Innocent Momtazi...arguably the most divisive wine this forum's Oregon fans have ever discussed.

It's not good, by the way.
Got it in one! [cheers.gif]
by John Osburn
August 13th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 5548

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

Mine with multiple under $65 (which excludes several good producers of course), and given it's difficult to select a top 5 since that excludes a lotta good people...can substitute Kelley Fox and Walter Scott in here at any point...

Belle Pente
Goodfellow
J Christopher
Biggio Hamina
Andrew Rich
by John Osburn
August 13th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In Seattle Tomorrow - Space Needle / Pike Market
Replies: 20
Views: 2115

Re: In Seattle Tomorrow - Space Needle / Pike Market

Ron Slye wrote:
August 12th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Poppy, unfortunately is now closed. :-(
Rats! Did not know that. No Poppy, no Shanik. It's a wasteland.
by John Osburn
August 12th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In Seattle Tomorrow - Space Needle / Pike Market
Replies: 20
Views: 2115

Re: In Seattle Tomorrow - Space Needle / Pike Market

In addition to Matt's in the Market and the other good suggestions above - for local bounty/Seattle spots --- The Whale Wins - seafood Poppy - Northwest through an Indian lens Bar del Corso - pizza but creative NW-style Larger places that are solid or really good and fun places/spaces - Sitka & Spru...
by John Osburn
August 7th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette wineries to visit in October???
Replies: 86
Views: 5112

Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

Good advice so far. Will you be looking to eat out while in PDX? Yes, for sure. But, not haute cuisine, I'd think. Fun stuff; local takes/ingredients, hopefully. Since we're staying with a family of young cousins, need a fun place to take all to one night (7 people, plus us). They live in Happy Val...
by John Osburn
August 6th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette wineries to visit in October???
Replies: 86
Views: 5112

Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

Good advice so far. Will you be looking to eat out while in PDX?
by John Osburn
August 6th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sunriver/Bend OR recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 1728

Re: Sunriver/Bend OR recommendations?

Tons to do in that area. Hike-wise there are lots. There's the Lava-Cast Forest, which is an easy and shortish hike through a pretty lava and forest area that also has signed spots where lava flowed around trees and left cast marks. It's a bit of a drive down a gravel road if that's ok. Depending on...
by John Osburn
July 19th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 354
Views: 30613

Re: Your Gin?

That is true. But between Brana and the adjacent amazing ceramic producer http://www.poterie-goicoechea.com/en/ it is well worth the short detour from St Etienne de Baigorry (an extremely cute little town) and St Jean Pied a Port.
by John Osburn
July 18th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 354
Views: 30613

Re: Your Gin?

Picked up a bottle of Brana Citron Vert Gin in Irouleguy recently. Has a distinct lemon profile, and is quite good. Brana makes a gin now? Must be new since we visited last about five years ago. We buy cases and cases of their rose every year, and enjoy some of their eau de vies, but I didn't know ...
by John Osburn
July 16th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 354
Views: 30613

Re: Your Gin?

Picked up a bottle of Brana Citron Vert Gin in Irouleguy recently. Has a distinct lemon profile, and is quite good.
by John Osburn
July 11th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam
Replies: 15
Views: 1906

Re: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam

Spent 6 days in Zanzibar a couple of years ago, a couple of days in Stonetown and the rest at a beach resort on the east side of the island. Stonetown is quite interesting architecturally and culturally. The old slave quarters are a must visit and very moving. The fishing port and main fish market a...
by John Osburn
June 5th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16407
Views: 426262

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
June 5th, 2019, 11:24 am
I continue to destroy the Fort George Crysknife. @Scott and @Mark - pick some up if you see it. Probably my IPA of the year so far, but I haven't had the 3 Way yet :D
It’s good stuff all right! Aroma I get is part grapefruit pith and part fairway grass from a good iron shot.
by John Osburn
June 5th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16407
Views: 426262

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

https://i.imgur.com/HPveGZil.jpg Beachwood Brewing. Green Shift. DIPA. 10% ABV. Hopped with Citra, Nelson, Amarillo, El Dorado, Galaxy and Warrior hops. Back in the day BW would release this in conjunction with the annual February release of Pliny the Younger on tap at their brewhouse in Long Beach...
by John Osburn
April 8th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 114
Views: 8626

Re: San Sebastian

In the Pays Basque, there is a wonderful producer of hams and prepared products called Pierre Oteiza: https://en.pierreoteiza.com/ You can arrange for tours here, which include the farm (lots of really adorable Basque pigs) and the drying/aging facility. That sounds like a perfect day trip! [cheers...
by John Osburn
April 6th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 114
Views: 8626

Re: San Sebastian

Excellent, thanks much. We are also staying in a small town near Pays Basque for 5 days, and a night or two near Irouleguy or one of the St Jeans so nice to hear.
by John Osburn
April 5th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 114
Views: 8626

Re: San Sebastian

Thanks for the updates! We are going there mid-May and are considering options. We may just wind up doing pintxos rather than the starred places.

Any good non-food-oriented day trip tips (apart from Bilboa and La Rioja)?
by John Osburn
April 5th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Weekend
Replies: 85
Views: 5050

Re: Cayuse Weekend

We tasted at The Walls last time and, while some of the wines were good and interesting, know what you're in for. I'd call them modern-style wines, polished, with a pretty good dose of oak treatment. It's an open, modern tasting room and no "stand up" tasting bar. We sat on a couch and were served ...
by John Osburn
March 28th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting
Replies: 24
Views: 1641

Re: 2013 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting

Superb notes on a great lineup! Thanks for sharing.
by John Osburn
March 22nd, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Advice re Normandy and Brittany
Replies: 68
Views: 5022

Re: Advice re Normandy and Brittany

If you find yourself near Le Neubourg on a Wednesday, the farmers' market is amazing.
by John Osburn
March 22nd, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 390
Views: 25285

Re: 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2016 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (3/21/2019) Popega'd straight from the UPS guy and paired with Lamb Kabob and Salad for a quick but memorable lunch. This wine is free of sediment or haze but the appearance would lead you to believe it's g...
by John Osburn
March 20th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Weekend
Replies: 85
Views: 5050

Re: Cayuse Weekend

Leslie, Walla Walla is a really fun place to taste and there are many up and coming wineries to explore. First of all a word of warning... the Cayuse tasting will be elbow to elbow. I've only gone once and the wines and food were wonderful but the crowd was a bit overwhelming. I have not been there...
by John Osburn
March 15th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Weekend
Replies: 85
Views: 5050

Re: Cayuse Weekend

Gramercy Cellars and Rotie Cellars are quite good. Whitehouse Crawford is another good restaurant.
by John Osburn
March 8th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Biggio Hamina notes
Replies: 21
Views: 1933

Re: Biggio Hamina notes

Todd Hamina wrote:
March 8th, 2019, 10:17 am
I have 4 cases of the 2008 XIV Syrah available at $250 including shipping. And then no mas. Finito. Gone. Thanks!
Yo, 1 cs here if you please. If you can hang onto it a bit longer you can skip shipping.

John
by John Osburn
March 4th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16407
Views: 426262

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Nice work, Rick!
by John Osburn
February 6th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 657
Views: 43835

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

I’m reporting in from the 20th Annual Gathering of the Clan, Ardbeggeddon XX, held annually at Dick Cheney’s Secret Underground Bunker located on a secure military base somewhere near Las Vegas. For a taste of the good stuff, check out my Instagram, mkap888 (permission required), or whiskyanorach. ...
by John Osburn
February 4th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon pinot vintage update?
Replies: 69
Views: 4241

Re: Oregon pinot vintage update?

Wait, hold on. The new Wine Enthusiast Vintage Chart tells me the 02s and 01s are not just past peak, but in decline and may be undrinkable. I stand corrected? [scratch.gif] I had a 1988 Amity bottling of Temperance Hill a few weeks ago that was awesome! Maybe I just need to drink more wines in dec...
by John Osburn
January 25th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon pinot vintage update?
Replies: 69
Views: 4241

Re: Oregon pinot vintage update?

Wait, hold on. The new Wine Enthusiast Vintage Chart tells me the 02s and 01s are not just past peak, but in decline and may be undrinkable.

I stand corrected? [scratch.gif]
by John Osburn
January 25th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon pinot vintage update?
Replies: 69
Views: 4241

Re: Oregon pinot vintage update?

Man, go out of town without checking for a few days and a great thread appears! Good stuff from all posters in this one. On the latest question, I generally agree with Rich on those vintage assessments and of course producers and vineyards vary, as they always do. Every time I have opened a 2001 in ...
by John Osburn
January 4th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 105
Views: 4926

Re: Best Scotch Under $100

You can count me among those who dislike heavy oak in wine but have no problem with Islay whisky. Also, I don't consider most Lagavulin or Laphroaig, among others, to be "ultra-peated" at all, certainly not in comparison with the Octomore monsters and that ilk which can smell like crime scenes , an...
by John Osburn
January 4th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 105
Views: 4926

Re: Best Scotch Under $100

You can count me among those who dislike heavy oak in wine but have no problem with Islay whisky. Also, I don't consider most Lagavulin or Laphroaig, among others, to be "ultra-peated" at all, certainly not in comparison with the Octomore monsters and that ilk which can smell like crime scenes , an...
by John Osburn
December 26th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article on Champagne in Portland
Replies: 18
Views: 1243

Re: Article on Champagne in Portland

Great timing! We're headed there this weekend! At home, we open ten bottles of champagne for every still wine. Thanks! Warren Interesting!!! I assume it was not always so!? That trend has evolved at our household over the last 20 years. We initially reserved Champagne and sparkling wine for special...
by John Osburn
December 26th, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 135
Views: 8520

Re: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

Todd Hamina wrote:
December 26th, 2018, 1:13 pm
Martin Woods is a nice reco.
Yes! Former assistant winemaker at Belle Pente, Evan Martin, and his wife Sarah own and operate it.
by John Osburn
November 29th, 2018, 1:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3461
Views: 188887

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Adam Noble wrote:
November 25th, 2018, 7:56 am
The Birthday Bourbon is apparently nowhere to be found in Seattle.
Not in store, eh? Had a glass at Damn the Weather yesterday, pretty tasty.
by John Osburn
November 15th, 2018, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It’s Dungeness crab season. What’s your favorite wine pairing?
Replies: 52
Views: 2098

Re: It’s Dungeness crab season. What’s your favorite wine pairing?

You guys know Dungies come with their own butter right? flirtysmile Why add some from a cow?

Oh, and local Oregon chard with some age, or Pinot Blanc for me.
by John Osburn
November 2nd, 2018, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Belle Pente offer: "Secrets of the Savvy Somms" case
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Re: Belle Pente offer: "Secrets of the Savvy Somms" case

It's a screaming deal (<$30/btl) on really outstanding Pinot all right.
by John Osburn
November 2nd, 2018, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 5557

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

Yeah, Brian and Matt are sort of the antithesis of Tarlov all right...
by John Osburn
October 30th, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 219
Views: 21285

Re: RUM ... talk to me, people

Oops yes, typo on my end.
by John Osburn
October 22nd, 2018, 2:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 219
Views: 21285

Re: RUM ... talk to me, people

Hamilton is a label created by a rum enthusiast self-named the Minister of Rum, if you've heard of him; he works with different distilleries. They tend to be very funky, fogo-heavy rums and this one is no exception.
by John Osburn
October 12th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Recent Walla Walla dining? Dinner spots...
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: Recent Walla Walla dining? Dinner spots...

Ox and Cart was decent but has already closed. Whitehouse-Crawford is still a standard-bearer. I've found Passatempo a bit uneven, either good or meh. There is a taco cart right next to the brewery at the airport district (the one adjacent to the hrewery, not a block or two earlier) that is fantasti...
by John Osburn
August 13th, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Kauai Lodging?
Replies: 9
Views: 851

Re: Kauai Lodging?

Budget-friendly - a couple of years ago a few of us rented vrbo condos on the south side at Kuhio Shores next to Lawai Beach west of Poipu. Reasonably priced and a perfectly suitable staging location; turtles swimming out our window and right next door to the Beach House, a somewhat overpriced and m...
by John Osburn
August 10th, 2018, 12:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Edinburgh Recommendations Please....
Replies: 14
Views: 605

Edinburgh Recommendations Please....

Wishart is excellent.

Scottish fish and dairy products are top-notch. Advise skipping any offered Angus steaks - they sound like a good idea, until you try one.
by John Osburn
August 6th, 2018, 1:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Edinburgh Recommendations Please....
Replies: 14
Views: 605

Edinburgh Recommendations Please....

The Witchery is classic fine-dining in a great space. I don't feel the food is up to the Kitchin or Martin Wishart levels, but it's a very Edinburgh place. Mother India has a location there, it's always good. Jolly Judge is a classic pub (quite old) on the Mile for a pint/dram, as is Kays Bar (very ...
by John Osburn
August 4th, 2018, 1:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Amaro / Digestif / Bitter are you drinking?
Replies: 28
Views: 1440

What Amaro / Digestif / Bitter are you drinking?

Outstanding stuff.
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by John Osburn
July 26th, 2018, 11:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 5093

Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

Greg bringing some AFWE lumber!

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