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by Chris Blum
October 21st, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 6
Views: 246

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

I don’t like getting into “best” but I think Vincent consistently over delivers at that price point. Terrific wines and they’ll be appreciated by a wide spectrum of wine drinkers.
by Chris Blum
October 19th, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?
Replies: 37
Views: 1639

Re: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?

I still don’t get the why. The French “mispronounce” the name and you want try to follow suit?
by Chris Blum
October 12th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 93
Views: 3596

Re: Barolo Sediment

I think people are generally in favor of Barolo.
by Chris Blum
October 12th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 1700

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

Another person critical of Avocados...
by Chris Blum
October 8th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2235

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Greg Mitrakas wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Congratulations!! I would suggest a search for a magnum or larger of Ridge Geyserville with a few years or more of age on it. You'll have a lot of money left over for other items in the gift bag and a big bottle is always more festive.
Love this idea
by Chris Blum
October 3rd, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Shitty Lyte Beer (actual name)
Replies: 0
Views: 186

Shitty Lyte Beer (actual name)

I saw this today. Not clutching my pearls, but how did they get get that name approved by the TTB?
by Chris Blum
September 29th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?
Replies: 42
Views: 3132

Re: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?

Maybe it’s apathy but not in the way you might be using the word. For me I never felt anything for the winery beyond a transactional relationship. They knew what the wines were worth and they maximized revenue based on that. Congratulations to them for creating maximum value. But the flip side of th...
by Chris Blum
September 23rd, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?
Replies: 42
Views: 3132

Re: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?

I dropped due to price and their buying requirements.

I popped a 2004 state lane recently and it was quite tasty. There was an elegance but the fruit was still fruit. Sweet spot stylistically.
by Chris Blum
September 10th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 38
Views: 1561

Re: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version

I never travel without my cyanide capsule fake tooth; just in case I end up stuck on the tarmac in a Spirit Airlines jet.
by Chris Blum
September 9th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anybody invested with Cadman Capital in Toronto? Used to be Venulum?
Replies: 25
Views: 1667

Re: Anybody invested with Cadman Capital in Toronto? Used to be Venulum?

Welcome to the board.

I would avoid investing in any type “wine fund” like the plague. The market is illiquid and the carrying costs are silly.
by Chris Blum
September 6th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Cork puller?
Replies: 10
Views: 960

Re: Cork puller?

^^^ yup.
by Chris Blum
September 3rd, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 40
Views: 1472

Re: Newark Airport

I hated Newark when it was a soul-sucking, drab Midway-esque bus depot, and I think I hate it more now that the exhausting new concourse has opened.
by Chris Blum
September 3rd, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 40
Views: 1472

Newark Airport

Newark airport is terrible. It’s the ‘Newark’ of airports.
- Jeffrey Ross


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by Chris Blum
September 2nd, 2019, 9:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Cioppino
Replies: 6
Views: 728

Re: Cioppino

You got it!
by Chris Blum
September 2nd, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Cork puller?
Replies: 10
Views: 960

Re: Cork puller?

Agree. Get a good one and be done.
by Chris Blum
September 1st, 2019, 10:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Cioppino
Replies: 6
Views: 728

Re: Cioppino

I love doing communal dishes like cioppino, mussels and fondue. The concept of food sharing is a beautiful metaphor in my opinion.
by Chris Blum
September 1st, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2973

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

But we live in Siberia. Those guys live in California, where the wine flows like wine and chickens never see snow.
by Chris Blum
September 1st, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2973

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

On a serious note; don’t you guys have easy access to farm fresh eggs? In a market or roadside stand?
by Chris Blum
September 1st, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2973

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

Brian Tuite wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 9:28 pm
who feeds their chickens meat?
We feed our chickens a steady diet of meat and beer. On the plus side, you get extra meat, but butchering can be tricky.
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by Chris Blum
September 1st, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 1302

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

I don’t think wood is comfortable either. I use a gel mat when I’m doing a long stretch. Jules got a decorative matching one
by Chris Blum
September 1st, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 1302

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

That’s more of an aesthetic decision if you ask me. Wood, tile, even a retro look LVT might work depending on what you’re trying to do. (we have wood w a tile insert “rug” to break up the galley
by Chris Blum
September 1st, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 1302

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

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by Chris Blum
August 30th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 1302

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

How often do you cook meals that need 6 burners? Use a removable griddle instead of a flattop that occupies prime real estate. Maybe you miss it, but I’d rather have more flexibility and counter space. That’s what fills up when I’m staging. Double oven w separate cooktop is the way to go. If your ho...
by Chris Blum
August 28th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 42
Views: 2191

Re: Best of Class restaurant dishes

Best foie gras (I’ve ever had)... La Maison du Magret Montreal, QC
by Chris Blum
August 27th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Orlando
Replies: 24
Views: 559

Re: Orlando

Orlando or the resort area/Kissimmee?
by Chris Blum
August 25th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: A world's best list that is actually interesting...
Replies: 8
Views: 1066

Re: A world's best list that is actually interesting...

That was great! Thanks for sharing
by Chris Blum
August 23rd, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.
Replies: 52
Views: 3211

Re: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.

I think it’s very good pizza in a city with a lot of excellent pizza.

And FP’s white clam is pretty amazing. If you’ve had better, you’re a lucky man. I haven’t.
by Chris Blum
August 23rd, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.
Replies: 52
Views: 3211

Re: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.

Pay your taxes. I do, you do, hopefully we all do. No sympathy for the double fisted greed of such businesses. $35 pies and crying broke. Must cost $3-$4 to make that pie. Certainly not reinvesting in the decor. BTW, probably the dirtiest kitchens I have ever seen. Very good pizza, but there is not...
by Chris Blum
July 6th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Pasta maker
Replies: 9
Views: 1451

Re: Pasta maker

Whichever you get will last you for ever. One recommendation I have is to spring for a motor. That allows you to free up a hand and it means you don’t need to clamp it down.
by Chris Blum
July 5th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 79
Views: 6693

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

While occasionally it’s totally legit to “fire” a customer, this ain’t one of those times. Just a bizarre response and an example of how not to handle a problem in the age of the internet.
by Chris Blum
July 5th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 115
Views: 6230

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Heads up on the”Adventurous” blend... the aged trimmings really push the envelop on the funk. It really is for more adventurous palates if you are trying to serve a crowd
by Chris Blum
June 27th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friend of a Friend wants to park his RV at Barefoot Cellars
Replies: 41
Views: 3128

Re: Friend of a Friend wants to park his RV at Barefoot Cellars

He’s been busy doing performance art...

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by Chris Blum
June 26th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Good thing I’m paying corkage.
Replies: 17
Views: 2373

Re: Good thing I’m paying corkage.

The aged beef was really great. Made me realize what I’ve been missing lately. It was a fun night and admittedly, I can be a bit geekier about the wine than their typical guest. You guys know how it is when you are really excited to have a wine show best. It was a small thing in the grand scheme of ...
by Chris Blum
June 26th, 2019, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Magnums vs. 750s for Long Term Investment
Replies: 22
Views: 1711

Re: Magnums vs. 750s for Long Term Investment

Wine as an investment vehicle? ....good luck.
by Chris Blum
June 25th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Good thing I’m paying corkage.
Replies: 17
Views: 2373

Re: Good thing I’m paying corkage.

So the ‘01 was tasty. Our waiter was a bit clueless. I told him I’d been careful to stand it up and then not shake up the sediment. He said “yeah totally” and then grabbed the bottle and dumped it into a water pitcher. I had to stop him from pouring the dregs. So it was a bit chewier than it might h...
by Chris Blum
June 24th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3976

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

Howard Cooper wrote:
June 24th, 2019, 5:53 am
This year, we are going to Europe in October rather than in the summer. It always seems to be “unusually” hot when we go in the summer and Europe seems not to understand air conditioning.
Or maybe it’s just a different philosophy. The goal isn’t bringing it down to 72 and dry when it’s 95 out.
by Chris Blum
June 21st, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Good thing I’m paying corkage.
Replies: 17
Views: 2373

Re: Good thing I’m paying corkage.

Yeah, it’s hard to beat a home cooked meal.
by Chris Blum
June 21st, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Good thing I’m paying corkage.
Replies: 17
Views: 2373

Good thing I’m paying corkage.

I have a 2001 Martha’s Vineyard standing up for dinner tonight to celebrate Dario turning 18. I decide to take a look at the Manny’s Steakhouse wine list in case I need a backup bottle.... https://mannyssteakhouse.com/menus/Wine.pdf And the thing is— their list is better than most. But those 4x reta...
by Chris Blum
June 14th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Would you Get?
Replies: 34
Views: 1825

Re: What Wine Would you Get?

Wow. That’s a fun list
by Chris Blum
June 8th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1629
Views: 91841

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

About the Hebrart mags, I’m kinda conflicted. I love champagne magnums, but.... don’t these wines take a while to enter their window???

Thanks
by Chris Blum
May 27th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park
Replies: 9
Views: 2192

Re: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay are awesome. I’d budget 3 hours. Cap’n Fish whiskey and Puffin tour is popular but fun. In Boothbay Harbor...Shannon’s Unshelled was the best lobster rolls of the entire trip and Ports of Italy was really solid for dinner. The Hoot in Northport is amaz...
by Chris Blum
May 27th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Bolognese Sauce
Replies: 18
Views: 3354

Re: Bolognese Sauce

I've followed the Accademia Italiana della Cucina's official Bolognese recipe (using white wine) on many occasions and it is outstanding. https://www.italymax.com/the-official-bolognese-recipe/ This is closer to mine. I’m not 100% convinced of the milk trick so I don’t always add dairy to the sauté.
by Chris Blum
May 27th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Balkan Help
Replies: 8
Views: 3866

Re: Balkan Help

Man, you are testing my memory. These impressions are like a decade old. In Bled, we had our best meal at Ostarija Peglez'n. I’d avoid the overrated Penzione Mayer. Wanted to try Restavracija 1906. Pizzeria Gallus would be a good spot to feed the teens and yourself. Korcula — I’m sorry I can’t remem...
by Chris Blum
May 25th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Bolognese Sauce
Replies: 18
Views: 3354

Re: Bolognese Sauce

I use more vegetables; at least twice that. I’d advise chopping the carrots as small as possible. Like Ken mentions, bison meat (or elk) is fun to mix in. Deeper flavor, maybe a beefy version of the flavors from your chicken livers) I use red wine, and again... a lot more; maybe 1/2 bottle and less ...
by Chris Blum
May 24th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1629
Views: 91841

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Yeah I kinda assume some of the wines are just not in quantities that a blast makes sense. You’re gonna piss off more customers than you make happy by “including them”.

If there’s a wine I hear about, I ask.
by Chris Blum
May 23rd, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Minors - an unTapped market?
Replies: 1
Views: 2344

Minors - an unTapped market?

Business consultant Nathan Fielder has a genius idea to increase sales...

by Chris Blum
May 22nd, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 22
Views: 836

Re: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

Those actually look pretty great. Since it’s settled so much, I suppose you could just use some tubing to rack off the clear 90% into the fancy “company bottle” and then drink the delicious 10% sediment “Private hooch” Again, I kinda feel like a dick for even suggesting it, cuz it’s not necessary an...
by Chris Blum
May 22nd, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Driving beer cross country this weekend. Please help
Replies: 36
Views: 1670

Re: Driving beer cross country this weekend. Please help

Good luck. Keep an eye out for this guy. He’s got a thing for beer smugglers.

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