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by Michae1 P0wers
July 12th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red wine in cola: no longer a joke or stereotype
Replies: 18
Views: 1186

Re: Red wine in cola: no longer a joke or stereotype

Never was a joke. Best use for Pinot Noir. This is funny though: “The tannins in the wine balance out the too-sweet Coca-Cola. It just makes a refreshing and incredibly accessible cocktail.” Spoken like a true somm! And you gotta trust anyone who can't even spell the name of the grape: 6 oz. red wi...
by Michae1 P0wers
July 11th, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis
Replies: 38
Views: 1970

Re: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis

You make some "interesting" points Nathan . . . Still, though, I'm curious: In many states, you would have just thrown about $60 at the problem. I didn't see it as a "problem"; I bought the two Chablis at different times; Each was about $25; I decided to open both at the same time to compare; I dra...
by Michae1 P0wers
July 7th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 82
Views: 2998

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

avacado = vegan avocado This is in response to recent suggestions that avocados, almonds, and other crops are not vegan due to reliance on mobile bee hives to pollinate. Obviously these things are vegan, but the commercial farming of these crops due require bees to be brought in, which reportedly r...
by Michae1 P0wers
June 28th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy
Replies: 20
Views: 1537

Re: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy

I don’t believe I’ve had a white wine I consider “refreshing” on a hot day. When I drink white wine, it’s because the food I’m eating calls for it. I reach for rosé when the weather calls for it. That said, my rosé palate is pretty specific (Bandol, preferably Domaine Tempier). If the rosé on offer...
by Michae1 P0wers
June 24th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Beaujolais from this list?
Replies: 21
Views: 914

Re: What Beaujolais from this list?

I love Thivin but would go with Metras on pricing and because it’s much less available here. I’m not that into the 2015 vintage but seems like I’ve read good things about Metras’ 2015s here.
by Michae1 P0wers
June 14th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: True Confessions
Replies: 37
Views: 1888

Re: True Confessions

White American "cheese" melts well. In St. Louis we have a similar product called proven that works a bit better even than that. Ideal for any type of "melt" sandwich and neutral enough that kids don't balk the way they do at my preferred choices. Provel is disgusting. The fact that you put it on p...
by Michae1 P0wers
June 14th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets
Replies: 33
Views: 1900

Re: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets

My 100+ year old Griswold cracked this year, which was my fault as I took it out of a cold cabinet and put it on too high of heat. So I researched replacements thoroughly. I considered Finex, Field, Smithey, Stargazer, and a few others. Ultimately I settled on Stargazer. The reviews were great and a...
by Michae1 P0wers
June 14th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: True Confessions
Replies: 37
Views: 1888

Re: True Confessions

Two that I grew up with and still find appealing on occasion:

Macaroni and cheese with tuna
Movie theater popcorn with m&m's
by Michae1 P0wers
June 14th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: True Confessions
Replies: 37
Views: 1888

Re: True Confessions

American cheese (but at least not the individually plastic wrapped stuff). One of the best for grilled cheese. Though I might argue whether it really counts as cheese. White American "cheese" melts well. In St. Louis we have a similar product called proven that works a bit better even than that. Id...
by Michae1 P0wers
June 13th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine deal I have seen in LONG time
Replies: 13
Views: 1604

Re: Best wine deal I have seen in LONG time

David K o l i n wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Nuts. I’ll take a 60 pack
Totally!
by Michae1 P0wers
June 8th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 2571

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Best mass produced fries (and perhaps arguably the best burger) is Shake Shack. I don’t like Shake Shack fries, or any crinkle cut fry for that matter. For chains I’d probably take Five Guys fries, I guess. We have some local burger places with amazing fries and those tend to be what I frequent. Ha...
by Michae1 P0wers
June 5th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value in Burgundy: 2000 Maison Leroy Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 13
Views: 1242

Re: Value in Burgundy: 2000 Maison Leroy Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

I enjoyed several '99s purchased in about 2012 for under $30. There was some variability but good bottles were really excellent. Last vintage I remember buying was '09 at around $35. Not as interested at $60+ for current releases though.
by Michae1 P0wers
June 4th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 68
Views: 5510

Re: 2017 Beaujolais

lleichtman wrote:
I tasted VA in a Thivin 2018 recently. Was the Moulin a Vent. It was also way too young.
I had no idea Thivin made a M-a-V. Is that new?
by Michae1 P0wers
June 4th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 56
Views: 2674

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

For Dijon, Fallot is good, Maille is widely available and decent enough, and Roland is actually very good and inexpensive.
by Michae1 P0wers
May 28th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7046
Views: 405743

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

They had better be pounders because I sprang for a case. I was tempted to get a case at that price but have been burned before with total unknowns so I settled for six. They are definitely pounders. 11% abv, spritz about half of a normal sparkling wine, lemon lime, nice acid. Think wine cooler or S...
by Michae1 P0wers
May 24th, 2019, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7046
Views: 405743

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Brian Tuite wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 9:18 pm
Michae1 P0wers wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 5:05 pm
Brian Tuite wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 12:07 pm
Poolside Pounder $11
I had to.

I don’t even have a pool.
I grabbed six of these.
They had better be pounders because I sprang for a case.
I was tempted to get a case at that price but have been burned before with total unknowns so I settled for six.
by Michae1 P0wers
May 23rd, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7046
Views: 405743

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Brian Tuite wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 12:07 pm
Poolside Pounder $11
I had to.

I don’t even have a pool.
I grabbed six of these.
by Michae1 P0wers
May 22nd, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 50
Views: 3075

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

Maybe a bit out of left field, but Occhipinti SP68 and Frappato are very complex and well within range.

Also Gros Noire, Trevaillon (maybe under $50), and many mentioned above. Oh, and Cameron.
by Michae1 P0wers
May 22nd, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Morgon. How are other '09s drinking?
Replies: 7
Views: 435

Re: TN: 2009 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Morgon. How are other '09s drinking?

The ‘09 Bruns were amazing early, then shut down hard. I have some Morgon and Fleurie left. Everything I’ve seen here and on CT tells me that they’re starting to drink well so I might have to check in.
by Michae1 P0wers
May 3rd, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 3835

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

Frank Murray III wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 3:58 pm
Chidaine has not been bad for me, Ashish. I have mostly 2005-2010 now left and aside from a few, the balance have showed good energy and balance.
I feel like something happened there after 2010. 2014s for me were disastrous. Massive oxidation issues.
by Michae1 P0wers
May 3rd, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Rose
Replies: 40
Views: 1693

Re: 2018 Rose

I'm thinking 2018 may be a light year for my rose buying due to the heat of the vintage. For the past two or three years I've bought a lot of both Gobelsburg Cistercien and Clos Cibonne Tentations. The 2017 Cistercien is drinking incredibly well right now so I bought a bunch more of that at a great ...
by Michae1 P0wers
April 18th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michelin restaurants and fabulous wines: Inside the secret team dinners that have built the Spurs' dynasty
Replies: 29
Views: 2307

Re: Michelin restaurants and fabulous wines: Inside the secret team dinners that have built the Spurs' dynasty

Alan Eden wrote:
April 18th, 2019, 8:47 am
Dont see anything about Tottenham, the original Spurs ?
Best known for bottling it though.
by Michae1 P0wers
April 17th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 4641

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

I don't think the premise is totally valid but it does seem that there are a lot of people on this board who simply started out liking wine, perhaps US wine, maybe not, and then they learned that there were wines they were supposed to like and others they were not supposed to like. So like many con...
by Michae1 P0wers
April 16th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3436

Re: What's your house champagne?

Josh Grossman wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 4:10 pm
NV Ployez-Jacquemart Champagne Extra Quality Brut
This and/or Le Mesnil BdB Grand Cru.
by Michae1 P0wers
April 12th, 2019, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1377
Views: 155625

Re: Official Costco Thread

#143 Mountain View has 2010 Musar for $43. Looks like they had 6 cases. Was there today; down to less than 2 now. Foster City had the 2014 Paitin "Serraboella" Barbaresco knocked back to $25.97 That’s a very good price on both the Musar and Paitin. Don’t see Paitin discussed much but I really enjoy...
by Michae1 P0wers
April 8th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin
Replies: 41
Views: 1821

Re: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin

If you’re not set on needing to have glass, the GoVino are nice and unbreakable. However, they can get scratched with abrasive cleaners/sponges, and will deform in the dishwasher. Pretty free from sculptures created from these in the dishwasher. I think the newer ones don’t deform in the dishwasher...
by Michae1 P0wers
April 4th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?
Replies: 20
Views: 818

Re: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?

Lost Abbey has a tasting room in Cardiff which is next town south of Encinitas. I like Burgeon in Carlsbad. Pizza Port has a location in Solana Beach and Bressi Ranch (Carlsbad) which is less than 5 min from Burgeon. There’s also Draft Republic and Barrel Republic in Carlsbad that have decent appet...
by Michae1 P0wers
April 3rd, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?
Replies: 20
Views: 818

Re: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?

I'll be in Encinitas for a few days later this month. Looks like Modern Times has a pub there so I assume I'll frequent that a bit. Anything else up north that should be on my radar, or will I have to venture south and/or east for other offerings? I have a friend in La Jolla so will probably venture...
by Michae1 P0wers
March 27th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis
Replies: 38
Views: 1970

Re: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis

I've had 1ere (montee de tonnere, vaillons, etc) from Louis Michel and Billaud-Simon but not their village chablis, nor any the others you mentioned. I would assume based on the very good examples I've tried that village chablis would be top notch, too. I appreciate the difference in opinion re: Co...
by Michae1 P0wers
March 27th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis
Replies: 38
Views: 1970

Re: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis

Domaine Costal Chablis Les Truffieres imported by Kermit Lynch would be another to put in this group. I think that bottle and WF Champs Royeaux (a different bottle than the appellation wine above). Are the tops for village level Chablis I'm not a particular fan of either of those wines. It seems to...
by Michae1 P0wers
March 26th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?
Replies: 50
Views: 1628

Re: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?

Is that what Cornelissen uses? Hard to extrapolate, but his wines I've had under this closure, if the same thing, have been holding up very well.
by Michae1 P0wers
March 26th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 105
Views: 4138

Re: Best Scotch Under $100

Edward H. Earles wrote:
March 21st, 2019, 11:06 am
Highland Park is $42-ish at our local Total Wine. Really smooth....disappears quickly. Hard to beat in its price range.
I like Aberlour 12 in that price range. Have noticed some variation, but the better bottles are excellent, assuming one likes a bit of sherry finish.
by Michae1 P0wers
March 26th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis
Replies: 38
Views: 1970

Re: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis

Michael, I wanted to reconsider my rush to judgement on the Laroche '15, in light of both your comments and also today's "Jusse" turnaround. I am sipping another glass from the same bottle right now, and thinking "unappealing" is more appropriate than "almost tasteless". There is a taste, but it is...
by Michae1 P0wers
March 26th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....
Replies: 21
Views: 812

Re: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....

Not so much disgusting. Some breweries have done pretty decent beers in this vein ( though calling them IPAs is stupid marketing since IPA drinkers will find them too sweet, and those that WOULD lime them are likely to avoid them because it says IPA on the can. But I digress...) I can even get behi...
by Michae1 P0wers
March 25th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 453
Views: 45056

Re: Official WTSO thread

Just picked up a case of the 2014 Boedecker "Stewart" Pinot Noir for $18.99. I'm not sure if it's an outstanding deal, but it seemed pretty good. I opened a 2012 Boedecker "Stewart" last week. It is a better than average WV Pinot, a little to heavy on the oak to let the fruit shine. I prefer the "A...
by Michae1 P0wers
March 25th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 219
Views: 19651

Re: RUM ... talk to me, people

I've gotten more into rum the past year or so, drinking mainly Plantation 3 star for a cheap mixer, and 5 star for a step up. I've also tried a few Foursquare but find that while good they're not worth the price to me. This weekend I had some drinks with Smith and Cross and Hamilton Pot Still, both ...
by Michae1 P0wers
March 25th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis
Replies: 38
Views: 1970

Re: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis

I think vintage may have trumped producer in your taste off, thanks for the note, will keep an eye out at Costco. I agree that '17 is a much better vintage, but wouldn't particularly expect '15s to be "almost tasteless." Most of the '15s Chablis I have had has been too ripe, lacking energy, acidity...
by Michae1 P0wers
March 19th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Replies: 39
Views: 1553

Re: TN: 2014 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

Isn't this the vintage I didn't like? ... {off to check CT} ... Iirc, the '07 didn't blow my hair back, either. Now, the '10, on the other hand ... yowza! I haven’t had this, but 2014 should be good but very, very young still. 2012 Loire was poor and 2013 not exactly great, if I recall correctly, b...
by Michae1 P0wers
March 11th, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5521

Re: Best $20 Rioja

The Beronia is a wonderful buy! Not too many people talk about it, but they do a good job. Michael this is the one I'm talking about - it can be OK and they make a lot of it and they do a crianza, reserva, and gran reserva in this line: cune reser.jpg But this is the one you want, unless you're goi...
by Michae1 P0wers
March 10th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5521

Re: Best $20 Rioja

You need to watch what those are. They started another label a few years ago and they're dumping the cheaper stuff into it. It's not necessarily bad wine, but it's confusing. There's a label with a script Cune on it - that's the low end, even though they do a Gran Reserva. Those shouldn't be too ex...
by Michae1 P0wers
March 7th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best place to buy a Le Creuset Dutch Oven?
Replies: 19
Views: 899

Re: Best place to buy a Le Creuset Dutch Oven?

Homegoods / TJ Maxx / Marshalls has them at good prices sometimes. They are probably seconds or have some flaw, but I've been using one for fifteen years with no problem. As mentioned, Williams Sonoma and Sur la Table also have good sales at times.
by Michae1 P0wers
March 7th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Elusive Chicken Breast
Replies: 11
Views: 739

Re: The Elusive Chicken Breast

For boneless breasts, I marinade in harissa with a touch of honey, the grill, slice and serve on flatbread with pickled carrots and onions, mayo, and a drizzle of spicy honey. Fairly healthy weeknight wrap.
by Michae1 P0wers
March 2nd, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheap Bordeaux: 2016 Puygueraud
Replies: 15
Views: 1061

Re: Cheap Bordeaux: 2016 Puygueraud

I haven't had it in a few vintages, but Puygueraud used to be on my list of reliable, inexpensive chateaux. The 2008 was quite good IIRC. I will keep an eye out for the '16. I haven't bought many '16s yet, just some Lanessan and Senejac I think.
by Michae1 P0wers
February 25th, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5521

Re: Best $20 Rioja

The 2011 & 2012 Riscal have been showing up at our local Costco, marked down to $11.something. At that price, we've picked up a few. Based on what we've opened, it's maybe a little dark and extracted, but I haven't found it extraordinarily modern, and it's been fine at the price as an inexpensive e...
by Michae1 P0wers
February 25th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 129
Views: 5052

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

jcoley3 wrote:
February 25th, 2019, 4:14 pm
If we’re not counting bubbly, I would say the Clos Cibonne Cuvée Speciale is pretty exciting.
I typically prefer rose as a refreshing drink for warm weather, but for a serious version, this is really good. Gros Nore Bandol is another really good one at a somewhat lower price than Tempier.
by Michae1 P0wers
February 24th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 4472

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

The last thing Burgundy wants is to be associated with Beaujolais. I don't think that's the case any longer; otherwise why would so many Burg producers make wines in Beaujolais? When Beaujolais' reputation was poor I'm sure that was the case, but with opportunity to expand in the Cote limited, and ...
by Michae1 P0wers
February 18th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay Suggestions
Replies: 59
Views: 2061

Re: Chardonnay Suggestions

Man, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to be rude. But every time these discussions come up on this board, I feel like people haven't actually tried to buy any wine in about a quarter of a century. And on a recent thread, I wasn't joking when I said that you have to be a millionaire now to drink Premier Cru...
by Michae1 P0wers
February 18th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Beer - Results
Replies: 103
Views: 6546

Re: Old Beer - Results

Thinking there should be an archive for beers that are treated with all the care of wine. The beer that made me post: 2013 prairie bomb After having the new release tonight of Sunday Morning Stout (awesome too) and being inspired of sorts to compare beers similar (KBS/similar) I popped open a 2013 ...
by Michae1 P0wers
February 18th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Beer - Results
Replies: 103
Views: 6546

Re: Old Beer - Results

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Alesmith's Speedway Coffee Stout ages admirably. same with Ballast point's Victory At Sea.
Not to criticize taste, which I understand it subjective, but I think Victory at Sea is absolutely disgusting. But then I think Ballast is terrible all around.
by Michae1 P0wers
February 16th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay Suggestions
Replies: 59
Views: 2061

Re: Chardonnay Suggestions

Sorry, missed the 20 to 30 part. Rivers Marie does a sonoma coast for $30 on release, Rhys has another label Alesia. Man, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to be rude. But every time these discussions come up on this board, I feel like people haven't actually tried to buy any wine in about a quarter of a ce...

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