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by AlexS
January 20th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Bedrock do library releases?
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Re: Does Bedrock do library releases?

Occasionally?

I know they rereleased the 2009 Cab a few years ago, which I took huge advantage of...pretty sure they also rereleased the 2009 Lachryma Montis, which I also took advantage of (although less than huge).
by AlexS
January 17th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 825

Re: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?

It's interesting to see how sauternes vintages compare to bourdeaux vintages of the same year. Clearly 2009 was good for both, and 2001 was great for sauternes, but not so much for bdx. 15 seemed good for both, so it'd be interesting if 16 was that bad. I heard 17 was pretty good for Sauternes, tho...
by AlexS
January 15th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 90
Views: 9345

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

What Matt says, the SC Pinot is a perennial "greatest value" in CA Pinot and was for many years the only R-M Pinot I bought (joined the list for the Cabs).
by AlexS
January 13th, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 90
Views: 9345

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Selfishly, I wish the allocations rewarded long term buyers. I am 10 + years ordering every cycle and will get the same small non-guaranteed allocation as someone who just made the list this year. I know there is no perfect system, so mostly I'm just bummed when stories like these break. I hate the...
by AlexS
January 13th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 90
Views: 9345

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Congrats to to the R-M crew!!!

Although my palate could be changing, I have to say I'm much more a fan of the R-M Pinots from recent vintages vs. earlier - have been buying more than ever before. Same with the Chards, they've just been awesome over the past 5-6 vintages or so.
by AlexS
January 11th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?
Replies: 109
Views: 6048

Re: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?

Same, almost always rinse and will subtract a little to account for the hydration when I do. And I'll say it again, doing a quick, high heat sauté in a bit of EVO really helps to reduce sticking, especially with basmati - stir rapidly and quickly with a wooden spoon before dumping in the water and b...
by AlexS
January 11th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?
Replies: 109
Views: 6048

Re: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?

I always do the 1:1 ratio, 5 minutes for long grain white rice, 6 minutes for basmati or jasmine.
by AlexS
January 10th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?
Replies: 109
Views: 6048

Re: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?

Dennis, regarding the rice sticking, have you ever tried doing a quick sauté in some EVV before adding water and bringing up to pressure? I've found that doing so really helps curtail any sticking issues.
by AlexS
January 6th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Janasse CdP Vieilles Vignes...
Replies: 11
Views: 420

Re: 2017 Janasse CdP Vieilles Vignes...

I'll defend Alex, because I think he's saying essentially the same thing, though I do think relying just on the "full body" vs "Lighter body" characteristic is a little risky. As Alf says, you can have a lighter body wine that is quite concentrated in flavor. And I've had full bodied wines that wer...
by AlexS
January 6th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly
Replies: 14
Views: 668

Re: TN: 2016 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly

Wow, really?? I can't say I've ever noticed oak in any cuvée from Thivin, or any vintage... That said, I haven't opened a bottle of the 2016 in at least a year, might have to dig one out and check in on it. I will say the 2015 is a bit surly right now, had one a couple weeks ago that took a month of...
by AlexS
January 6th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly
Replies: 14
Views: 668

Re: TN: 2016 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly

2016 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Côte de Brouilly (1/5/2020) As usual, this lives up to what I think of as its benchmark status, with wonderful dark berry fruit, fabulous acidity and balance, just enough background tannic structure, quintessential cru. There is s...
by AlexS
January 6th, 2020, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Janasse CdP Vieilles Vignes...
Replies: 11
Views: 420

Re: 2017 Janasse CdP Vieilles Vignes...

C. Keller wrote:
January 6th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Dumb question but after 2+ years of trying to figure out wine, what is concentration?
It's all relative to body, a more concentrated wine like Meomi Pinot would be considered full-bodied vs. a lighter-body wine like any generic Bourgogne Rouge.
by AlexS
January 6th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Janasse CdP Vieilles Vignes...
Replies: 11
Views: 420

Re: 2017 Janasse CdP Vieilles Vignes...

...is absolutely outstanding, stunning even. Although I wasn't in a position to take formal notes, this one killed me so much I had to post something and I'm still in a mild state of shock at just how much this wine wowed. Because if the 2005 Janasse VV caused me to really start questioning modern ...
by AlexS
January 6th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Janasse CdP Vieilles Vignes...
Replies: 11
Views: 420

2017 Janasse CdP Vieilles Vignes...

...is absolutely outstanding, stunning even. Although I wasn't in a position to take formal notes, this one killed me so much I had to post something and I'm still in a mild state of shock at just how much this wine wowed. Because if the 2005 Janasse VV caused me to really start questioning modern C...
by AlexS
January 5th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1622

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

You guys have to remember that when most people think of pastrami it's of the prepackaged Oscar Meyer cold cut variety, which (as you know) has little do with real pastrami. Same with corned beef.
by AlexS
January 4th, 2020, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru Valmur
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: TN: 2014 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru Valmur

I love Droin too and as I've posted in the past, who cares about premox when they're so delicious on release?
by AlexS
January 4th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?
Replies: 74
Views: 3511

Re: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?

alan weinberg wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 3:32 pm
the world of Muscadet.
So much this, don't recall who first posted on Pépière but that opened me up to Luneau-Papin, Brégeon, etc...
by AlexS
January 4th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?
Replies: 74
Views: 3511

Re: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?

That preeminent Oregon wine guru, Rich Trimpi, introduced me to both Goodfellow and Walter Scott Chardonnays, and that has had a major impact on my white wine buying over the past 2-3 years. [cheers.gif] Same here, Richard introduced me to Goodfellow and I'll forever be thankful! Have to give a hug...
by AlexS
January 4th, 2020, 4:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1224
Views: 69978

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Dang Mike, that looks delicious -- any tips you could share for making a great, Pobega-style Detroit pie??
by AlexS
January 4th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1622

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

C'mon now David, that's just harsh...

I mean, we all know John likes a salad on his steak.
by AlexS
January 3rd, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1622

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

Craig G wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 10:05 am
I’m just here to object in principle to the term “wiener water.”
Tough to think of an alternative...

Doggy dredges?

Frankfurter fluids?
by AlexS
December 31st, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1622

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

I even put ketchup on my Chicago dogs. I'll admit to ketchup on dogs sometimes, nice switch up from mustard and imo it goes very well with brats and Italians too. But ketchup on a Chicago dog??? C'mon now - that's as offensive as putting ketchup on a gyro sandwich or carne asada tacos! I can only c...
by AlexS
December 30th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 394
Views: 21891

Re: Ravenswood library offer

How are you guys pulling these corks? Durand, or standard corkscrew? I'll repeat: And for anyone opening these wines without a Durand or waiter's friend/ah so improv combo, good luck... Yes, I had read that, thanks. Was wanting to know what others' experiences were. I've had quite a few so far and ...
by AlexS
December 30th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horsepower and No Girls
Replies: 10
Views: 1203

Re: Horsepower and No Girls

Anton D wrote:
December 29th, 2019, 3:35 pm
I am only familiar with No Girls and I love them. Don’t hesitate to purchase and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
This.
by AlexS
December 30th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 394
Views: 21891

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Jeremy C wrote:
December 29th, 2019, 5:32 pm
How are you guys pulling these corks? Durand, or standard corkscrew?
I'll repeat:

And for anyone opening these wines without a Durand or waiter's friend/ah so improv combo, good luck...
by AlexS
December 23rd, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 86
Views: 3779

Re: Allemand Bretty?

Was going to move on some Allemand that I found for a decent price...and then a friend (I absolutely trust this person’s palate) mentioned he had always found the wines to be bretty. I’ve never come across that in tasting notes and am curious if others concur. Who cares if Allemand is bretty or not...
by AlexS
December 22nd, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 86
Views: 3779

Re: Allemand Bretty?

Okay.

Like many wines, Allemand has (apparently) been proven to contain brett.

That said, the question of whether or not it's "bretty" (or too "bretty" to drink) is entirely subjective.
by AlexS
December 22nd, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 86
Views: 3779

Re: Allemand Bretty?

Was going to move on some Allemand that I found for a decent price...and then a friend (I absolutely trust this person’s palate) mentioned he had always found the wines to be bretty. I’ve never come across that in tasting notes and am curious if others concur. Who cares if Allemand is bretty or not...
by AlexS
December 22nd, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2048
Views: 173614

Re: Steak Porn

Dang, no comment on the second best award but that's a mighty fine looking steak! Looks perfectly medium-rare or just above, which is exactly how I like my ribeye.
by AlexS
December 21st, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lasagna recipes
Replies: 16
Views: 791

Re: Lasagna recipes

Also worth noting is the quality difference between average and great ricotta can be significant, especially in terms of texture.
by AlexS
December 20th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No Girls Wines...2016 release. Who's buying?
Replies: 5
Views: 657

Re: No Girls Wines...2016 release. Who's buying?

I love these wines, will be buying.
by AlexS
December 18th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NY Style Pizza Recs
Replies: 54
Views: 1739

Re: NY Style Pizza Recs

also, the request is for ny style pizza a lot of the above are not don antonio is very good pizza, like keste, but not ny style Apologies for the thread drift but is there any unranked, commonly agreed upon list of the top 5-10 places for legit NY style pizza in NYC?? I say "unranked" because it's ...
by AlexS
December 18th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! Sachet Wine List - what to choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 560

Re: Help! Sachet Wine List - what to choose?

Yeah, that list seems like it was curated by someone who put quite a bit of thought into the selections - would definitely ask the som for some stylistic comps and recs, especially if your client is into more "mainstream" wines.
by AlexS
December 17th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lasagna recipes
Replies: 16
Views: 791

Re: Lasagna recipes

I know this is slightly blasphemous and a little off topic, but unless it is a variant on basic lasagna (ex: seafood or veg only), we just tend to buy them pre-made. I can buy really good basic lasagna's way cheaper than we could make it and save all that time. This may be the ONLY item of food (ot...
by AlexS
December 17th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lasagna recipes
Replies: 16
Views: 791

Re: Lasagna recipes

Kenji's 'No-holds-barred' Lasagna Bolognese has become my go-to since I started making it a few years ago. Time consuming, but worth it. https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/02/no-holds-barred-lasagna-bolognese-pasta-italian-homemade-ricotta.html Dennis, that recipe looks insane. I think I'm go...
by AlexS
December 16th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lasagna recipes
Replies: 16
Views: 791

Re: Lasagna recipes

Kenji's 'No-holds-barred' Lasagna Bolognese has become my go-to since I started making it a few years ago. Time consuming, but worth it. https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/02/no-holds-barred-lasagna-bolognese-pasta-italian-homemade-ricotta.html Actually just made it Saturday night! This. Made...
by AlexS
December 16th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Cuvée Zaccharie
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: TN: 2017 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Cuvée Zaccharie

Love the note, thx man!!

Btw, I had my first 2015 from a 6-pack this past weekend and you're right, it's big...that said, imo it will be incredible in 5+ years' time. Need to check in on the 2016, which was my Beaujolais of the vintage near release.
by AlexS
December 14th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1158
Views: 61052

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Yeah, I'm with David on this. The initial round of tariffs hugely effected WI dairy industry, an industry already in trouble due to increased production/lowered prices...that said, the tariffs exacerbated the problem to such an extent we lead the nation in 2019 dairy industry bankruptcies. Fyi, thes...
by AlexS
December 14th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1158
Views: 61052

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

David's talking about a national recession, not localized recessions.
by AlexS
December 14th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wife Just Got A Case of Wine Delivered, Am I alllowed to look?
Replies: 56
Views: 2308

Re: Wife Just Got A Case of Wine Delivered, Am I alllowed to look?

Would be sooooooooooo funny if it's actually a case of La Playa.
by AlexS
December 13th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burt Williams RIP with added remarks
Replies: 80
Views: 3220

Re: Burt Williams RIP with added remarks

Awesome
by AlexS
December 13th, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%
Replies: 52
Views: 2853

Re: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%

I was at the market today and saw the 2018 Caymus Napa Cabernet sitting on the shelf, for $80-something. I was mostly surprised to see a pricey 2018 Napa Cab already on retail shelves. I don't even know of that many 2017s in that price category that are released yet. Just quickly looking at a few c...
by AlexS
December 13th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 182
Views: 11400

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Whoohoo! Flannery repost on Instagram for a dinner I’m doing on Saturday! I donated a dinner for six with Flannery beef (rib eye, hanger and picanha) with several sides featuring Benton’s bacon (candied bacon app, Brussels sprouts and bacon, APL’s potatoes carbonara). Will be opening up a couple of...
by AlexS
December 12th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic
Replies: 37
Views: 3589

Re: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic

bump Opened up the 2012 EMH Black Cat tonight, poured glass #1 about 30 minutes ago after letting it breathe in bottle for a good 30-45. What a fantastic Cab, definitely skews more "old school Napa" and it's just so pure and focused...pretty much knew it was going to be a treat soon as I poured it a...
by AlexS
December 12th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Should I pre-salt my Flannery hanger steaks?
Replies: 15
Views: 918

Re: Should I pre-salt my Flannery hanger steaks?

I always do with hangers, they tend to have more residual moisture and pre-salting for at least a few hours really helps with the sear.
by AlexS
December 11th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 182
Views: 11400

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I wish the American Wagyu strip loin roast was available - my favorite roast from Flannery ever, even over his prime rib roast.
by AlexS
December 8th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Holiday dinner: Flannery, garlic noodles, Pichon Baron, Lynch Bages, Roulot, Chave, Prevost, Dom, etc.
Replies: 28
Views: 1688

Re: Holiday dinner: Flannery, garlic noodles, Pichon Baron, Lynch Bages, Roulot, Chave, Prevost, Dom, etc.

Flannery Jorge without a single CA wine?? Sacrilegious.

Otherwise, just dayum...good work y'all!!
by AlexS
December 8th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 394
Views: 21891

Re: Ravenswood library offer

On the subject of crumbling corks, quick tip for anyone using a Durand - gently pinch the ah so prongs together right before extracting the cork so they don't "pop out" when exiting the bottle, which really helps to ensure no extraneous cork crumbles or sediment chunks drop into the wine. And for an...
by AlexS
December 8th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Schrader
Replies: 43
Views: 3137

Re: 2018 Schrader

Is anyone still buying s chrader? According to Cellartracker, s chrader purchases peaked in '12 and '13. There was a decrease of ~25% in '14. The 2017 shows a ~70% decrease in posted bottles vs. 2013. I realize the 2017 number may not be up to date as people receive their allocation. But still. pil...
by AlexS
December 7th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 DRC Echexzeaux.....Decant Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1016

Re: 2007 DRC Echexzeaux.....Decant Questions

I've never had DRC and don't play at this level but if the DRC 2007s are anything like other 2007 burgs, you'd have to think it will probably show well without decanting. I'd probably just pop the cork, maybe give it 30-60 minutes of bottle aeration and drink over 3-4 hours to fully enjoy the evolut...

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