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by SeanHarding
December 1st, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best way to organize offsite storage?
Replies: 15
Views: 527

Re: Best way to organize offsite storage?

Similar to the others. Plastic crates, each with a number. The crates lock together well enough that I can slide entire stacks around to access the stuff in the back. Cellartracker "bin" corresponds to the crate number. Zero attempt to make any sort of logical organization or grouping, because that ...
by SeanHarding
November 27th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best new dishwasher for stemware
Replies: 51
Views: 2903

Re: Best new dishwasher for stemware

I am not at home so I can’t take pictures, but in our Miele, we mostly do glasses on the bottom rack. It has little “arms” that fold down from the sides and the stems fit between them, with the bowl resting on the “hump” in the bottom. The one exception is when I use the Gabriel Glasses, I like do t...
by SeanHarding
November 24th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best new dishwasher for stemware
Replies: 51
Views: 2903

Re: Best new dishwasher for stemware

Question - if you're hosting lots of people frequently, or you sell wine and folks are coming by to taste, I can understand it, but otherwise why put them in a dishwasher at all? I have broken glasses washing them by hand (not a lot, but more than zero); I have NEVER had one break in the dishwasher...
by SeanHarding
November 24th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best new dishwasher for stemware
Replies: 51
Views: 2903

Re: Best new dishwasher for stemware

I think the only way to completely avoid the residual water is to get one with a heated drying element. But our Miele does a pretty good job because it automatically pops the door open and runs the fan at the end of the cycle. It's the best I've seen of any dishwasher without the heating element, bu...
by SeanHarding
November 18th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 937
Views: 50319

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

What is it about breakfast that causes such horrible lines? I'm both allergic to lines, and I don't like breakfast very much, so it's an easy pass for me. But I've never understood why breakfast in particular is the meal that seems to always result in a line.
by SeanHarding
November 12th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 45
Views: 2651

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

I thought this was a great tasting format. The one thing I learned, though (which should have been obvious, but....) is that I needed to be taking my own notes as I went. I thought I would remember which ones I voted for and what I thought of them (and I made no real attempt to remember the ones tha...
by SeanHarding
October 23rd, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 210
Views: 11547

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

I replaced the thermal carafe on my Bonavita with a glass one. The coffee obviously doesn't stay hot (nearly) as long, but it's a lot easier to pour from and clean, and I go through the coffee quickly, so it's an ok tradeoff for me.
by SeanHarding
October 18th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 210
Views: 11547

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

Anyone have recommendations for a decent quality, but COMPACT, grinder? I'm outfitting a second place which has a small kitchen. At my main house I have a Baratza grinder I like, but it's big. I'd like to find something quite a bit smaller for the new place, but I don't want to go back to the dark a...
by SeanHarding
October 11th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Spring Release
Replies: 80
Views: 6508

Re: Aubert Spring Release

No, there is a release in July too.
by SeanHarding
October 7th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 3100

Re: Best Burger in Each State

When Umami first came out, and when it had maybe only 3 or so restaurants, I think they had some of the best, if not the best, burgers in town. I think their style just doesn't resonate with me. The first time I had an Umami Burger was at the Santa Monica location shortly after it opened, and even ...
by SeanHarding
October 6th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 3100

Re: Best Burger in Each State

I like Shake Shack, but I do feel that as they have grown and expanded, the consistency has dropped significantly. Or maybe I was just luckier in the early days.
by SeanHarding
October 3rd, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 3100

Re: Best Burger in Each State

I don't even want to admit how many times I've gone to Umami, each time thinking that finally it will live up to my expectations (maybe I ordered wrong, maybe they were having an off day, maybe I just wasn't in the right mood...) and ending up disappointed....
by SeanHarding
October 3rd, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)
Replies: 4
Views: 355

Re: TN: 2005 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)

I haven't had any of these for a while, but I've always enjoyed them. Very early on when I was learning about wine, Chaleur Estate Blanc was one of my "wow!" wines that showed me a whole world of white wines existed beyond what I'd been exposed to before (none of which I really liked).
by SeanHarding
October 3rd, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 3100

Re: Best Burger in Each State

Whoa, IHOP? I have never had one of their burgers, but I suppose I should reconsider...
by SeanHarding
October 2nd, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Scarecrow M. Etain
Replies: 37
Views: 3891

Re: 2017 Scarecrow M. Etain

For those considering skipping this year, just a data point: the only vintage of this I have ever purchased was 2014 (2 bottles), and they are still sending me offers. I don't know what the official policy is, but it doesn't seem that you're at much risk of being booted from the list for not buying ...
by SeanHarding
September 17th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18642

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

I didn't get an email saying the release was open, but I was able to login to my account and place an order just now (I will be in meetings the rest of the day, so I wanted to try to get it out of the way).
by SeanHarding
September 15th, 2019, 10:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 60
Views: 2798

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

About 250-300 at home between a Le Cache cabinet and a wine fridge in the kitchen.
by SeanHarding
September 12th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18642

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

NickRut wrote:
September 12th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Who got the letter? Everyone on the list?
I saw it in my USPS Informed Delivery today, so it's probably still making its way to peoples' mailboxes.
by SeanHarding
September 12th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 55
Views: 3872

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

I just signed up for the list and picked up some Chard (hey, thanks for posting this thread Matt, because otherwise I wouldn't have known about the release!).
by SeanHarding
September 9th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18642

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

Every time this thread comes around, I kick myself for not having bought until the 2013 (despite being on the list starting with the 2010 — I was in a period of trying to reduce wine budget when that offering came out, so I passed on it). Anyway, I guess I'm not surprised to hear about the aftermark...
by SeanHarding
September 8th, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 218
Views: 16112

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

Just got back. No luck on Septime, but Juveniles was great in every way — excellent food, and wonderful people. We'll definitely go back there next time we're in Paris (and if it were in OC, we'd be regulars).
by SeanHarding
August 9th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 3055

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

I agree with no clubs (the only club I've ever been a member of was Chateau Ste. Michelle, when I lived nearby and wanted in on the concert presales). But I think this board is a very specific audience. You have to figure out who your core market is. If it's people like us here, then clubs are clear...
by SeanHarding
August 7th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 218
Views: 16112

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

So I guess while they're on August vacation, the Septime online reservations are also unavailable? 😕 Yes. This is often the case with Paris restaurants during their summer holiday. I was assuming the online reservations would be automated, so wouldn't need a human present to make it work. Oh well. ...
by SeanHarding
August 7th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 218
Views: 16112

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

So I guess while they're on August vacation, the Septime online reservations are also unavailable? 😕
by SeanHarding
July 30th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wait is over for Saxum.......
Replies: 17
Views: 1536

Re: The wait is over for Saxum.......

I got that today too. I signed up Jan 17, 2012, according to my email records.
by SeanHarding
July 16th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 87
Views: 7034

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

I only bought one Lore, so it's not my fault!
by SeanHarding
July 10th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 54
Views: 2684

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

You can get in the water at Montage.
by SeanHarding
June 25th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 218
Views: 16112

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Looks like they moved up quite a few spots on the Best 50 list today, so I'm sure that won't help availability 😂 I will keep my fingers crossed, regardless. I have the dates I need to try to make reservations marked on my calendar.
by SeanHarding
June 25th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Shafer HSS offer
Replies: 45
Views: 4589

Re: 2015 Shafer HSS offer

I did get the email. I suppose it's possible I bought last year, but it's not in Cellartracker and I couldn't find the order confirmation.
by SeanHarding
June 25th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Shafer HSS offer
Replies: 45
Views: 4589

Re: 2015 Shafer HSS offer

I was going to say that this is the price increase that pushed me off the list, but looking at my records I apparently didn't order last year either. I do really enjoy the wine, so it's not a trivial decision for me, but it is starting to feel a little above my comfort zone as an annual buy.
by SeanHarding
June 24th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 218
Views: 16112

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Hi Robert. Yes! We're already booked in Septime for late September when we are back. As well as David Toutain. Wait. What is your trick for booking Septime for late September? We’re going in early September, and were told they only accept reservations three weeks out. Is there a loophole I need to ...
by SeanHarding
June 21st, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: ISO: 2014 Detert Cabernet Sauvignon- Done
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: ISO: 2014 Detert Cabernet Sauvignon

I have a single bottle of the 2012 left...
by SeanHarding
June 19th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Management Systems that Map Bottle Locations
Replies: 10
Views: 1037

Re: Cellar Management Systems that Map Bottle Locations

A little bit off-topic, but I've at times considered rigging up a series of LEDs to light up the specific Le Cache slot that the bottle I'm looking for is in. Pick 2 Light-style. I might still do it at some point if I get bored enough to want that kind of project. (Yes, I'm a nerd....)
by SeanHarding
June 7th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 54
Views: 2684

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

I've never been to Las Ventanas, so I have no feedback there, but I have heard great things about it. Please report back!
by SeanHarding
June 5th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Nashville and Surrounding area Eats?????
Replies: 73
Views: 4876

Re: Nashville and Surrounding area Eats?????

It’s funny, I’ve been going to Nashville for 11 years, and lived there for a while, but I’ve never been to Martin’s. In fact, I’m struggling to remember any true BBQ place I’ve been to there? I think we might have done Rippy’s on our very first trip... Am I going to get banned? Red Pony and Josephin...
by SeanHarding
June 5th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5397

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

ericskitei wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 10:14 pm

Everything tastes better from large format!!! [head-bang.gif]
That's why I'm such a fan of Costco pizza!
by SeanHarding
June 4th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 937
Views: 50319

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I REALLY like Taco Maria, but at the same time, I have always thought it somewhat overrated, first by Jonathan Gold, and now by Michelin.
by SeanHarding
June 4th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday TNs: Cristal, Vilmart, Rivers-Marie, Sanford +
Replies: 8
Views: 949

Re: Sunday TNs: Cristal, Vilmart, Rivers-Marie, Sanford +

We opened one of those Cristals this weekend too. It was a great way to make myself feel better about the awful weather!
by SeanHarding
May 31st, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Cellar Organization
Replies: 19
Views: 2205

Re: Wine Cellar Organization

Yes, the dimensions make a big difference. In that other thread you can see a photo of my locker. They fit four across and four high, with maybe 6 inches left over on the side and 8-10 inches on the top, so not complete maximization, but still pretty good. And I need some space on the top to be able...
by SeanHarding
May 30th, 2019, 10:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Cellar Organization
Replies: 19
Views: 2205

Re: Wine Cellar Organization

The Weinboxes continue to work well for me. I don’t keep any other types of boxes in my locker (of course, I’m not enough of a baller to be receiving stuff in OWCs). For my locker size, I’m able to almost max it out with Weinboxes. Within the boxes, I have no organization system. Bottles just go whe...
by SeanHarding
May 30th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 218
Views: 16112

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

I think that's a great time to visit and the city will be back up to speed with everyone back from their ridiculously long summer vacations (usually 3rd or 4th week of July through 3rd or 4th week of Aug). Weather is generally fine, so you're great there. Ah, that's great to hear! A friend told me ...
by SeanHarding
May 30th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 218
Views: 16112

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

We've decided to go to Paris the first week of September (1-8), which I realize isn't ideal, but we came to the conclusion that if we want to go at all within the next 1.5 years, that was close to the only time window (due to a variety of complications too boring to go into here). Beyond what's alre...
by SeanHarding
May 30th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New Breville Pizzaiolo electric pizza oven looks kinda amazing
Replies: 37
Views: 2675

Re: New Breville Pizzaiolo electric pizza oven looks kinda amazing

They use this oven in the Bon Appetit pizza YouTube series. They don't specifically talk about/review the oven, but you can at least see it in action. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... mJQBVhNP0w
by SeanHarding
May 30th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5397

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

I might bite if it had been 2 x 750 instead of a magnum, but just really do not like the one and done aspect, especially at the price point. Same. I don't buy magnums (I have literally never bought a magnum of anything the entire time I've been buying wine), so that right there kills it for me if t...
by SeanHarding
May 28th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 54
Views: 2684

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

As to the Montage, I have had great experiences in Laguna and Deer Valley. And I'm all for the arms race of luxury Cabo hotels these days. Everyone wins--especially with a 2hr flight from Houston. FWIW, I've been to every currently open Montage except Palmetto Bluff (not counting the Pendry line). ...
by SeanHarding
May 28th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 54
Views: 2684

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

We stayed at the Montage last time, and we liked it quite a bit. We are pretty devoted Montage fans, though (their general style fits with our preferences). The beach is nice, but I haven't stayed at Palmilla so I can't make a comparison (I've heard great things about it, though).
by SeanHarding
May 28th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 54
Views: 2684

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

We generally just stay at the resort the whole time (so we pick resorts we're willing to do that at). I personally have not had a meal in town that I think is worth the hassle. A couple of years ago we did have a very nice meal at Toro , but we were staying at Esperanza so it was just a quick golf c...
by SeanHarding
May 25th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Envoyer Website is Up
Replies: 14
Views: 1614

Re: New Envoyer Website is Up

Glen Gold wrote:
May 25th, 2019, 10:22 am
Huh. They no longer recognize my account, or my email. I'm gonna just figure it's a glitch and it'll resolve eventually...
Same. It claims there's no account under my email address.
by SeanHarding
May 19th, 2019, 9:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Has Anyone Tried "The Meater" (Remote Thermometer)
Replies: 14
Views: 1017

Re: Has Anyone Tried "The Meater" (Remote Thermometer)

Any more feedback on these, got an ad in my FB feed https://store.meater.com/ I got one not long ago. I like the concept, but mine is flaky enough that it is currently on its way back for warranty replacement. It kept refusing to connect or disconnecting, even when easily in range (a foot away for ...

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