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by brianmcbrearty
November 15th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 42
Views: 2694

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

Did grab one of the last three from my local costco. Enjoyed the bemused looks. "$550, eh. That must be a helluva ham."
Will hold off unveiling till Thanksgiving I think. Excited. Grabbed the $99 version too so I can practice on it before hacking up the good one.
by brianmcbrearty
November 2nd, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 42
Views: 2694

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

The expert from whom I wanted the blessing. Thanks Nola.
by brianmcbrearty
November 1st, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 42
Views: 2694

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

I didn't know that was the question. I'd imagine it's gonna be the lesser of the two. I do know the difference between $100 a leg jamon and expensive jamon though. And no idea where this thing falls.
And I also know I'm going to suck at slicing it.
by brianmcbrearty
November 1st, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1985/1986 Opus One
Replies: 6
Views: 664

Re: 1985/1986 Opus One

If a few have leaked, storage wasn't ideal. So that's certainly not good. But Brian, you're not a wine drinker. You might well open one and say "yuck" whether ruined or not. Understand, a 30 year old Opus is gonna be, almost certainly, unrelatable for better or worse to anything you've had. There's ...
by brianmcbrearty
November 1st, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 42
Views: 2694

Costco $550 Belota Iberico

Anybody really know anything about this product?
by brianmcbrearty
October 26th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Beaujolais
Replies: 35
Views: 3372

Re: 2018 Beaujolais

Yeah, I don't know how to square that either.
by brianmcbrearty
August 9th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 73
Views: 4662

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

9:30am. half gone. a real shocker. guess I better get my act together.
by brianmcbrearty
March 2nd, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hardy at Foreign Cinema Mar 7.
Replies: 1
Views: 395

Hardy at Foreign Cinema Mar 7.

If some SF area folks wanna meet at Foreign Cinema, we can make Mr. Wallace pour wine for us all evening. Just a thought. https://www.sfstation.com/winemaker-takeover-with-dirty-and-rowdy-e2377833 DESCRIPTION On Thursday, March 7th, Foreign Cinema will host a Winemaker Takeover, inviting winemaker H...
by brianmcbrearty
February 8th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Electric Kettle
Replies: 23
Views: 1000

Re: Electric Kettle

Fellow Coffee I bought my wife the Corvo EKG for her birthday and she likes it. She does pour-over every morning, usually two cups. Paul that's a really lovely kettle. I might have to buy one of those. I make a pour over or two each day, but more importantly, the kettle is on the counter all the ti...
by brianmcbrearty
July 22nd, 2018, 8:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rome restaurant advice?
Replies: 9
Views: 831

Rome restaurant advice?

Recommended this here several times and everyone seems to have enjoyed it. Plenty of big tables. Ragno d’Oro. Very traditional Roman food. Near the Vatican. Thanks for this. For posterity wanted to come back to this thread to say Ragno d'Oro was indeed terrific. We got to a couple of places on the ...
by brianmcbrearty
July 18th, 2018, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Roederer Estate Brut
Replies: 15
Views: 830

TN: NV Roederer Estate Brut

The ws93 matters a little bit. I'll go try another bottle on the chance that there's been a vintage changeover, but while this used to be my cheap bubble go-to, and it's a bit of a board darling I'd say, in the past year or so I've found it no longer enjoyable.
by brianmcbrearty
June 3rd, 2018, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A CA Syrah vs. a St Joe
Replies: 5
Views: 973

A CA Syrah vs. a St Joe

I drink lots of CA Syrah. Have tried both versions of Faury as I like cool climate Syrah. The VV I had about a year ago was strong violets and olive brine. I could keep blowing money to find a Syrah from France that I like, but I don't see the need with CA overflowing with great Syrah. Between the ...
by brianmcbrearty
June 3rd, 2018, 4:59 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rome restaurant advice?
Replies: 9
Views: 831

Rome restaurant advice?

In Rome for a few days. Have never been. Know nothing. Staying in the Piazza Navona area. And the recco I need most is a dinner where I can seat nine people. (Another family happens to be visiting same day and we hope to rendezvous for dinner that one evening. Someone recommended Roscioli but we cou...
by brianmcbrearty
May 29th, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter
Replies: 38
Views: 1149

London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter

Jay Miller wrote:Also, when are you visiting? We happened to be in London during the Lord Mayor's show 2 years ago and found it surprisingly fun.
Looks like that's in November. We'll be there in June.

But between a west end musical and tea at Sketch, I'd say my kid's bday is gonna be a success. Thanks all.
by brianmcbrearty
May 21st, 2018, 1:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter
Replies: 38
Views: 1149

London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter

A Rubin Stein wrote:I took my teenage daughter to London and the following were her favorites:

Tea at Sketch is a must. My daughter loved it. https://sketch.london/
Booked. Thanks. Gagnaire joint, eh? Sounds lovely.
by brianmcbrearty
May 21st, 2018, 1:16 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter
Replies: 38
Views: 1149

London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter

Ted Erfer wrote:Our kids loved the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower. Google it and try to get tickets. Hard to get them - only 50 people each evening.
Hard to get doesn't appear to tell it.
by brianmcbrearty
May 13th, 2018, 7:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter
Replies: 38
Views: 1149

London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter

Yeah, I'm persuaded that the Eye is not a great idea. Kids have been on plenty of Ferris Wheels and will indeed begin to ask, "how long are we stuck on this thing?"
by brianmcbrearty
May 11th, 2018, 2:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter
Replies: 38
Views: 1149

London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter

Terrific ideas.

Is there any wisdom around fish and chips one might share? Like, a hotdog in NYC, if you aren't at a papaya place, you're rolling the dice. How do you wisely get a check in the "fish and chips" box?
by brianmcbrearty
May 11th, 2018, 11:52 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter
Replies: 38
Views: 1149

London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter

I haven't been to London in 20 years. Daughter will turn 13 on the plane over.

Anybody got advice: suppose the ferris wheel is an obvious option.
Places to eat? Kids will have the late night energy of Americans just landing in PST+9 zone if that's a factor.

Marylebone is homebase btw.
by brianmcbrearty
May 11th, 2018, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sniffing the cork
Replies: 55
Views: 1871

Sniffing the cork

Smell the cork. You too busy doing something else? I've never gotten a false positive, and it's not as though I'm going to reject or accept the bottle without checking what's in the glass. Besides, the most important thing is to be contrary, and since not smelling the cork is what y'all snobs are do...
by brianmcbrearty
February 26th, 2017, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateauneuf 2007 is the 2nd best vintage of the last 20 years accoding to Cellartracker
Replies: 37
Views: 1882

Chateauneuf 2007 is the 2nd best vintage of the last 20 years accoding to Cellartracker

Brian Tuite wrote:Not a fan. OTT stewed quality to the fruit. I don't get it.
Seems to me you get it perfectly well.
by brianmcbrearty
February 9th, 2017, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands February Offer
Replies: 142
Views: 10183

Sandlands February Offer

Didn't get an offer yet. Thanks to all who left stuff on the table. Maybe I'll get a shot in the secondary.
by brianmcbrearty
October 10th, 2016, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah
Replies: 126
Views: 7086

Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah

Savory, eh? I'm familiar with enough of the producers mentioned here to say, "wow are we ever all over the map." Lots of great wines listed, but it's all very emblematic of the difficulties of communicating taste. Congrats to Larry for trying, as usual, to rein things in a bit.
by brianmcbrearty
October 10th, 2016, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 514
Views: 34682

Which RIDGE are you drinking?

JonF wrote:13 Pagani Ranch. Hedonistic and delicious.
Oh man, am I ever taking the other side of this... The 2013 Pagani Ranch is the single most disappointing wine I've had in years.
by brianmcbrearty
September 20th, 2016, 8:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The All Things BBQ Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 8989

The All Things BBQ Thread

Agreed about impracticality, but if you HAAAVE to have one, these guys will oblige: http://www.camelbacksmokers.com/ The guys behind these smokers have brought brisket to another level here in Phoenix ( http://www.littlemissbbq.com/ ). Basically the exact same formula as Franklin - but not sure if ...
by brianmcbrearty
September 20th, 2016, 12:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The All Things BBQ Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 8989

The All Things BBQ Thread

I'm getting through the Franklin book and he talks about either building your own or modifying a store bought smoker, but I'm wondering if nobody out there is building high quality smokers, preferably to Aaron's basic specs? I'll take a stab at this. What Aaron Franklin builds is simply his own var...
by brianmcbrearty
September 16th, 2016, 5:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The All Things BBQ Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 8989

The All Things BBQ Thread

I'm getting through the Franklin book and he talks about either building your own or modifying a store bought smoker, but I'm wondering if nobody out there is building high quality smokers, preferably to Aaron's basic specs?
by brianmcbrearty
August 26th, 2016, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2313
Views: 150390

What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Steve Gautier wrote:
Michael Martin wrote:Trying this bad boy tonight. From early in the no logo cork days.
Thanks. I thought Morgan said to wait 4-5 years in his retrospective tasting last year.
His what?
by brianmcbrearty
July 12th, 2016, 11:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Cookbook You've Recently Purchased
Replies: 16
Views: 1236

Best Cookbook You've Recently Purchased

yeah, the last thing to have as much impact as The Food Lab, was the no-knead revelation "My Bread."
by brianmcbrearty
June 20th, 2016, 6:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Blue Apron ~ anybody using this?
Replies: 32
Views: 2509

Blue Apron ~ anybody using this?

My daughters 10 and 8 are going to use it as a "learn to cook" over the summer. They just wrapped up a week long 2-hrs a day kids class at Sur La Table, that I'd heartily recommend to anyone looking for a summer activity for their kids btw. And they're so enthusiastic coming out of it that they want...
by brianmcbrearty
June 19th, 2016, 8:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: My WFO Build
Replies: 74
Views: 3925

My WFO Build

Your on for 8k. Finish yours up and get crackin on mine. :)
by brianmcbrearty
June 16th, 2016, 3:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: My WFO Build
Replies: 74
Views: 3925

My WFO Build

And now you're gonna tile the thing too?!! Just killing me. I will not be competing with this by a long shot. Holy mole, Man. Way to set the bar.
Tiling means naming the thing, I presume? I propose "KONG."
What the zoning like over there? You could have em lined up the sidewalk and around the corner.
by brianmcbrearty
May 21st, 2016, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Looking for a new everyday Pinot
Replies: 56
Views: 8491

Looking for a new everyday Pinot

I too immediately thought Banshee, but then I saw that you were looking all the way down around 17-20 bucks. Which I'm guessing really means nothing with a "two" out front. Banshee is more of a 22-25. No experience with their second label... didn't know it existed.
by brianmcbrearty
May 21st, 2016, 5:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bacon PRON---Benton's Country Smokehouse
Replies: 18
Views: 1405

Bacon PRON---Benton's Country Smokehouse

Eight pounds just went into my freezer yesterday. Love the ton of smoke. Love the deep porky flavor of the fat in particular. And as for it being "not for the salt averse," I would agree, but I would couple that with "not for those who want their bacon cooked toward crunchy," because they dovetail. ...
by brianmcbrearty
May 10th, 2016, 9:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Any decent chocolate syrup out there?
Replies: 20
Views: 1219

Any decent chocolate syrup out there?

Michael Martin wrote:The Allegro product is made to mix. It is not a prepared drink.
oh. well then I'll certainly check it out. thx!
by brianmcbrearty
May 10th, 2016, 7:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Any decent chocolate syrup out there?
Replies: 20
Views: 1219

Any decent chocolate syrup out there?

I'm raising, let's say, "discriminating" palates. My kid started complaining about the Quik we'd been providing. And he told me this morning, in response to the new Hershey's syrup we picked up over the weekend, that I "wasted a cup of milk." He's not wrong. And I got nothing against making hot cho...
by brianmcbrearty
May 10th, 2016, 7:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Any decent chocolate syrup out there?
Replies: 20
Views: 1219

Any decent chocolate syrup out there?

I'm raising, let's say, "discriminating" palates. My kid started complaining about the Quik we'd been providing. And he told me this morning, in response to the new Hershey's syrup we picked up over the weekend, that I "wasted a cup of milk." He's not wrong. And I got nothing against making hot choc...
by brianmcbrearty
April 29th, 2016, 11:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 3005

Best Burger in Each State

At a glance, not so easily dismissed as I might've anticipated. You have to accept the premise to begin with -- no small leap -- but the handful of states where I might've hoped to see a particular choice, I then did.
by brianmcbrearty
April 27th, 2016, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone Tour: Clusel-Roch, Jamet, Perret, Gonon, Sorrel, Cave de Tain, Clape, Allemand
Replies: 154
Views: 18323

Northern Rhone Tour Day 2: Gonon (New)

Alan Rath wrote:
brianmcbrearty wrote:I find myself too happy for you to be jealous... strangely. Could probably swing back the other way at any moment.
LOL, I'm afraid it will probably swing back shortly...
A week or so I'm gonna be tested? Yeah... bound to show my true colors at some point.
by brianmcbrearty
April 27th, 2016, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone Tour: Clusel-Roch, Jamet, Perret, Gonon, Sorrel, Cave de Tain, Clape, Allemand
Replies: 154
Views: 18323

Northern Rhone Tour Day 2: Gonon (New)

I find myself too happy for you to be jealous... strangely. Could probably swing back the other way at any moment.
by brianmcbrearty
March 21st, 2016, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle variation on large productions, reviews meaningful?
Replies: 8
Views: 653

Bottle variation on large productions, reviews meaningful?

Clos Du Val 2013 Napa Cab got a huge Vinious score, the flag bearer for a vintage that might particularly favor reasonably priced cabs. Later Gallioni remarks, I've heard, that there's significant bottle variation on that wine. And fwiw, I have found the same just among the few I drank. So what happ...
by brianmcbrearty
March 21st, 2016, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG's Clos Du Val score 95 points
Replies: 251
Views: 27178

AG's Clos Du Val score 95 points

Good question I think. Starting a new thread on it.
by brianmcbrearty
March 16th, 2016, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE-why ???
Replies: 76
Views: 3811

AFWE-why ???

Henry Kiichli wrote:
brianmcbrearty wrote:So if NOW you can stand there with your "enjoy each wine for what it is," high minded flag flyin', it is only because you're standing on the shoulders of giants...
? ... or ... well, something like that.
Um..er...
I was just having some nice wines with Sunday dinner... [pile-on.gif]
:)
by brianmcbrearty
March 16th, 2016, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE-why ???
Replies: 76
Views: 3811

AFWE-why ???

Or you can enjoy each wine for what it is. A very novel idea Henry. Categorizing music, wine, food etc seems to be a game Americans play - but I've never understood it. If you like pizza, is that all you are allowed to like? Jazz? Blah blah. The term has outlived its original usefulness, but there ...
by brianmcbrearty
March 13th, 2016, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stood up a 66 leoville las-cases
Replies: 9
Views: 748

Stood up a 66 leoville las-cases

Well then perhaps I've found one. Glad it worked out so well for you, Adam.
by brianmcbrearty
March 13th, 2016, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2313
Views: 150390

What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Pretty sure this was the first 2013 North Coast Syrah we uncorked. I know people think of these as defenders, and I do too, but then I found out what a year could do for them and, well, I need a backlog of defenders now. Fortunately at this point I have that. Haven't tried a 13 yet. Still nursing m...
by brianmcbrearty
March 13th, 2016, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 32
Views: 2647

TN: 2014 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

i cannot fathom pobega-ing one of my lousy four of these. first one will be uncorked in no less than a year. haven't tried a 13 yet.

btw... how did pobega-ing get to be pobega-ing... I hope MP did something more egregious than cradle-robbing a 25 dollar, albeit rare pinot.
by brianmcbrearty
March 11th, 2016, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stood up a 66 leoville las-cases
Replies: 9
Views: 748

Stood up a 66 leoville las-cases

Hope it works out.
That reminds me... I need a '66 something in a couple months.
by brianmcbrearty
March 10th, 2016, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Spring 2016 Release Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 8722

Rivers-Marie Spring 2016 Release Thread

My wine showed up in Northern California today.

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