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by Rick Joyer
February 22nd, 2021, 1:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: TN: Pliny the Younger
Replies: 12
Views: 757

Re: TN: Pliny the Younger

I hope everyone here takes the following comment in the spirit with which I offer it, which is in pure jest. That disclaimer aside, I have to chuckle at the irony of a bunch of wine-geeks who, by 99% of the World's standards, spend way too much money on wine sitting around commenting about the lunac...
by Rick Joyer
February 11th, 2021, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Macdonald Waitlist
Replies: 53
Views: 7935

Re: Macdonald Waitlist

No idea.....I signed up in June of 2019 and have never heard a word other than the original account creation confirmation email I received.
by Rick Joyer
February 11th, 2021, 12:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: TN: Pliny the Younger
Replies: 12
Views: 757

TN: Pliny the Younger

I was able to land a mixed case from the release at the end of January, which showed up yesterday. They say drink 'em fresh, so I figured why not Pobega one as soon as it chilled a bit more in the fridge? I once stood in line for quite some time for a 4oz pour of the Younger a few years back (along ...
by Rick Joyer
February 8th, 2021, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay
Replies: 3
Views: 164

TN: 2001 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay

Simply put, this was divine. Layers of bracing yellow citrus notes all tamed by the round palate feel from bottle age. A hint of oxidative notes in the background (honey and light butterscotch) tells you that this wine is coming up on two-decades since the grapes were harvested, but the mix of acidi...
by Rick Joyer
December 15th, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stone Knife Sharpener
Replies: 35
Views: 2528

Re: Stone Knife Sharpener

Thread resurrection after sharpening most of my knives on a cold and rainy weekend. I still love my Apex Edge Pro system as it's so easy that even I can use it. Also, the eGullet link I posted above a few years back was a great read again....too bad I re-read it after sharpening the knives....now I'...
by Rick Joyer
December 15th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Aged Eggnog
Replies: 33
Views: 1596

Re: Aged Eggnog

For the uninitiated, how does aging the egg-nog change it's flavor? I have to admit that I have never heard of aging nog before this year's threads on the topic, and I'm wondering what to expect. Also, with all of the dairy in the concoction, I'm surprised this is even a thing (obviously the high vo...
by Rick Joyer
December 14th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 45
Views: 3769

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

Do you grill in different parts of your yard? And if so, why and what determines where to move your setup? For me, it's simple, for most of the year, my weber (propane) is in it's place on the patio that makes the most sense to me. But once outdoor patio season is over and the cold weather (and sno...
by Rick Joyer
December 11th, 2020, 9:53 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Some Rhys Pinot Noir For Sale--Hillsides, Skyline, Swan Terrace and a Bear Mag
Replies: 10
Views: 1278

Re: Some Rhys Pinot Noir For Sale--Hillsides, Skyline, Swan Terrace and a Bear Mag

Hi Frank - I hope you're well. I have nothing to request but felt compelled to come post here that I never ever thought I'd live to see the day when FMIII would type "I want to move some Pinot Noir out of my cellar." Just when I thought 2020 couldn't get any weirder... [tease.gif] Yeah, y...
by Rick Joyer
December 11th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Some Rhys Pinot Noir For Sale--Hillsides, Skyline, Swan Terrace and a Bear Mag
Replies: 10
Views: 1278

Re: Some Rhys Pinot Noir For Sale--Hillsides, Skyline, Swan Terrace and a Bear Mag

Hi Frank - I hope you're well. I have nothing to request but felt compelled to come post here that I never ever thought I'd live to see the day when FMIII would type "I want to move some Pinot Noir out of my cellar." Just when I thought 2020 couldn't get any weirder... [tease.gif]
by Rick Joyer
December 9th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 45
Views: 3769

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

I know that there's different strokes for different folks and all of that, and certainly the mobility aspect for something like an Ooni makes sense to me. However, I see people commonly referring to the benefit of "mobility" with respect to their grills and smokers which begs the question ...
by Rick Joyer
December 4th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Egg Nog Recipes
Replies: 14
Views: 1442

Re: Egg Nog Recipes

Your recipe looks pretty similar to our family's, Will, including the mix of liquors (bourbon, brandy and rum). I've never thought to age the nog, mostly because a fresh batch just never lasts more than a night or two in our household. That said, we do always ensure the nog gets time to "cure&q...
by Rick Joyer
October 23rd, 2020, 9:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2518
Views: 217157

Re: Steak Porn

Andrew - those short ribs look beautiful, and I sure do love those thin cut (flanken style) short ribs. They’re amazing with a good teriyaki/soy based marinade and grilled hot.
by Rick Joyer
October 23rd, 2020, 9:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2518
Views: 217157

Re: Steak Porn

I also have the kick ash baskets....they certainly make clean up of spent charcoal a bit easier. Are they designed specifically for the BGE? I have a Kamado Joe and this looks like a handy device. Hi Dave - they are generically made for all the big name Kamado manufacturers (including of course Kam...
by Rick Joyer
October 15th, 2020, 9:15 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD: {magnum} 2002 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
Replies: 10
Views: 820

Re: bid now: {magnum} 2002 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

Tim Heaton wrote: October 15th, 2020, 6:01 pm Congratulations, Rick. Please PM me, and we'll exchange details. Thanks, everyone.
Sweet! PM sent.
by Rick Joyer
October 6th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2518
Views: 217157

Re: Steak Porn

I also have the kick ash baskets....they certainly make clean up of spent charcoal a bit easier.
by Rick Joyer
September 25th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1862
Views: 103965

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Someone recently gifted us a 6-pack of the Spiceology brand "Beer Can Rub" sampler. I'm a big fan of the Spiceology mixes (their Greek-Freak is the bomb!), so was excited to start sampling them (gratuitous disclaimer time; I have no affiliation with Spiceology other than being a happy cust...
by Rick Joyer
September 22nd, 2020, 8:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2518
Views: 217157

Re: Steak Porn

40 minutes later... 9662404F-9589-4389-B3FE-C91FAE0A1C6B.jpeg Then sliced and put in toasted French rolls with melted provolone and carmelized onions. Ate too fast to take pictures, it was after 7pm on a work night. Nice work, Brian! I love oak smoke...it’s so clean and really lets the meat shine. ...
by Rick Joyer
September 16th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2518
Views: 217157

Re: Steak Porn

Tonight's dinner was "Steak Salad" with a 16oz ribsteak, reverse seared on the BGE with a chunk of pecan wood for smoke. Gratuitous flame action shot in honor of Mr. Kotowski. Searing to finish: https://hp4odq.dm.files.1drv.com/y4mO5U9zxdytwV_7U-yDEFN6Ocl0MAL7mghyp7126KqUuxZEzopvMzD-5XS9Su...
by Rick Joyer
September 12th, 2020, 10:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2518
Views: 217157

Re: Steak Porn

Looks incredible, Uli. How was that Ridge?
by Rick Joyer
September 10th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2518
Views: 217157

Re: Steak Porn

Last night's Lettuce Wrap dinner was delicious. The local market had some decent looking prime NY's on sale after the holiday weekend, so I picked one up and threw it in a ziploc bag with a store-bought pineapple and ginger teriyaki sauce for about 6 hours. Patted it dry and then seared on the BGE a...
by Rick Joyer
September 3rd, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2518
Views: 217157

Re: Steak Porn

The grocery store had some nicely marbled prime rib steaks the other day and peppers are in season, so we made steak, fries and a roasted summer pepper relish. The raw ingredients: https://txlmrw.dm.files.1drv.com/y4mAWI6gn7oAzXMdtuS_Vw0vmwy0x03JL2Zzoxv5S2px-cuKZlNsiLyjwiOfFAkBm7IUHb9Op80WucXu8WnDUf...
by Rick Joyer
August 27th, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent TN's: Dauvissat, Ballot Millot, Hudelot-Noellat and Arcadian
Replies: 0
Views: 339

Recent TN's: Dauvissat, Ballot Millot, Hudelot-Noellat and Arcadian

Figured I’d share some brief impressions on some recent wines. 2007 Vincent Dauvissat La Forest Premier Cru – this was great….open and giving, yet still showing the potential for more upside. Fresh and displaying a backdrop of lemons and all of the to-be-expected saline notes along with exquisite ac...
by Rick Joyer
August 19th, 2020, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 1026

Re: TN: 2009 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard

I figured I'd resurface this older thread as I just finished the last glass of the 2009 Panek tonight, and man did I dig it. I popped the cork last night, drank half of it with dinner and left the second half in the cellar for tonight which really let things unfurl nicely. Jay - I keyed in on the sa...
by Rick Joyer
August 19th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires - Walbridge and Meyers - Sonoma County
Replies: 110
Views: 9404

Re: Fires 13-4/11-5 Sonoma County

Brian - wishing the best for you and all affected. These fires are becoming all too commonplace for us Californians. For those who want to get additional information on the fires, the CalFire incidents webpage ( https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/ ) is a great resource. Taking a look at the incident ...
by Rick Joyer
August 15th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: best hot dogs?
Replies: 73
Views: 5568

Re: best hot dogs?

Truett - yep....I score 2 of the 4 sides and they absolutely do catch whatever sauce you choose to put on. We have some friends who live nearby but with roots in Utah who swear by a hot dog chain in Utah called J. Dawgs and they brought us back a big squirt bottle of their Special Sauce which went q...
by Rick Joyer
August 15th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: best hot dogs?
Replies: 73
Views: 5568

Re: best hot dogs?

I'll leave the discussion of which brand of hot dog is best to the others as I, candidly, just toss whatever we have on-hand on the grill and it seems that what we have on-hand is generally different each time I look. I guess I'll have to start paying closer attention to which brands I like most/le...
by Rick Joyer
August 12th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 9
Views: 821

Re: TN: 2005 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

This wine brings back a fun memory for me, as my first foray with Thomas was the 2005 consumed in 2008. My wife and I got married in 2007 and one of my closest friends gifted "us" a pair of tickets to the Sunday round of the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines as our wedding present. Some Wine Bo...
by Rick Joyer
August 10th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: best hot dogs?
Replies: 73
Views: 5568

Re: best hot dogs?

I'll leave the discussion of which brand of hot dog is best to the others as I, candidly, just toss whatever we have on-hand on the grill and it seems that what we have on-hand is generally different each time I look. I guess I'll have to start paying closer attention to which brands I like most/lea...
by Rick Joyer
August 7th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3271

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

If you have the comprehension of a five-year-old, you shouldn't be drinking alcohol. Sorry, I couldn't help it. [rofl.gif] HA! I was waiting to see who'd take the bait first...as a big believer in the "keep it simple stupid" mindset, and a father of two little kids, I find that if you bre...
by Rick Joyer
August 7th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3271

Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

As I’ve been building out my cellar/wine collection since the 2004/5 vintages were hitting the shelves, I’m finding myself with a cellar that is starting to come into some level of maturity (woohoo). As a result, I’m finding more and more that my wines could benefit from standing them up before I dr...
by Rick Joyer
July 31st, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Arcadian Syrah Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 651

Re: TN: 2008 Arcadian Syrah Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Super insightful, Joe.....thank you for taking the time to share this detail. I've typically found your wines have the ability to age effortlessly, and this 2008 syrah seems on track to follow suit. That said, it's going to be fun to follow these going forward to see where they go.
by Rick Joyer
July 29th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Arcadian Syrah Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 651

Re: TN: 2008 Arcadian Syrah Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Joe - it's great to see you posting and I hope you and yours are doing well, staying safe, healthy and sane these days. As you can see from my note, I thoroughly enjoyed this 2008 Sleepy syrah and I'm finding that your '08s across the board are really striking a chord with me and my palate. Generali...
by Rick Joyer
July 29th, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is charcoal in short supply?
Replies: 36
Views: 2885

Re: Is charcoal in short supply?

Thanks John - I just looked up the Fogo products and ordered a couple of bags to try out (their Quebracho Argentinian lump and the Brazilian Eucalyptus lump). Appreciate the recommendation, as it seems my old standby Royal Oak may be MIA for a while. Looking forward to trying something new and the f...
by Rick Joyer
July 28th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is charcoal in short supply?
Replies: 36
Views: 2885

Re: Is charcoal in short supply?

It's funny you ask, Glenn, as I also use Royal Oak as my standard go-to lump charcoal for grilling due to its nice clean flavor, low cost and availability at my local Home Depot. Last week I had to head over to Home Depot for a few items and figured I'd grab a bag or two of Royal Oak while there and...
by Rick Joyer
July 24th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Arcadian Syrah Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 651

TN: 2008 Arcadian Syrah Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

2008 Arcadian Syrah Sleepy Hollow Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (7/24/2020) Holy schnikes....this may be the best rendition of Sleepy Hollow syrah I've had to date. Sensual and suave on the palate that delivers a mouthful of meat, earth, dark berries, and a soy/um...
by Rick Joyer
June 4th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 45
Views: 3769

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

My $0.02 is that this is a no-brainer for connecting to your natural gas stub. Similar to others above, I've owned both propane and natural gas grills (including the same grill that I eventually converted from propane to natural gas) and have never noticed any perceptible difference in terms of heat...
by Rick Joyer
May 22nd, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FENNEL-CORIANDER PORK BELLY
Replies: 26
Views: 2282

Re: FENNEL-CORIANDER PORK BELLY

Martin - amazing looking, as always. You inspired me to pick up a small ~4.5lb porchetta at the market today, and I'll riff off of your spice rub before putting it onto the rotisserie. Can't wait.
by Rick Joyer
May 21st, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
Replies: 0
Views: 288

TN: 2011 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

This was opened up on Tuesday evening alongside a '96 Dom to celebrate 13 years of marriage with my beautiful bride. I figured there are plenty of notes on the Dom, so spared the TN here, instead sharing our experience with this Suchots. 2011 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots -...
by Rick Joyer
May 18th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin VV
Replies: 12
Views: 776

Re: TN: 2005 Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin VV

Sorry to read this, but probably not surprising. The Bachelet GV VV's are seemingly always surly and with all of the underlying structure and material that 2005's possess, I can easily see needing to wait a decade or so get much enjoyment out of one. That said, I was hoping for a more positive note ...
by Rick Joyer
May 14th, 2020, 11:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Shepherd’s pie
Replies: 19
Views: 1967

Re: Shepherd’s pie

I forgot to mention in my prior comment that here in Sacramento there's a pub in town that makes a pretty good shepherd's pie that I'll commonly recommend to coworkers/friends visiting from out of town. I always let folks know that "when you order the shepherd's pie, they're going to ask you if...
by Rick Joyer
May 14th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)
Replies: 17
Views: 807

Re: TN: 2006 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)

Ramon - I'm not ignoring your question, I just have very limited experience with the Clape wines ('98, '06, '13 per CT and few others at random tastings with friends) so cannot authoritatively comment on any change in style. Did something happen at the domaine to trigger the question, or is it simpl...
by Rick Joyer
May 14th, 2020, 7:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Shepherd’s pie
Replies: 19
Views: 1967

Re: Shepherd’s pie

cjsavino wrote: May 14th, 2020, 7:13 am Is it wrong that I used leftover meatloaf a couple weeks ago to make an improvised Shepard’s pie. Cut up the meat into small crumbles or cubes, added a gravy, veggies, and mashed potato topping.
If that's wrong, then I don't want to be right.
by Rick Joyer
May 13th, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: You're Copain...You Probably Think This Song is About You...
Replies: 25
Views: 1525

Re: TN: You're Copain...You Probably Think This Song is About You...

I have generally found that the Copain reds don't hit extra gears of complexity with more age, unfortunately, including their flagship pinots. They don't fall apart or go way downhill, either, but I can't honestly say I've seen one where I'd say it got better from 3-5 years old to 10-14 years old. ...
by Rick Joyer
May 13th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Shepherd’s pie
Replies: 19
Views: 1967

Re: Shepherd’s pie

I love Shepherd's/Cottage pie and make it a few times a year, generally through the colder months. I'm not much for keeping/following precise recipes but rather cook by feel and using techniques that have worked best for me. That said, my general/baseline "recipe" would look something like...
by Rick Joyer
May 11th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)
Replies: 17
Views: 807

TN: 2006 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)

2006 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas (5/11/2020) Decanted at 3pm and slowly consumed over the evening, with the last glass at about 11pm. This got better, fuller, rounder and more complex the more air it got. By the end, it had a really interesting mix of crushe...
by Rick Joyer
April 7th, 2020, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 310
Views: 11590

Re: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

Thanks Thomas and Will for sharing a bit of time and your perspectives with us tonight...really enjoyed getting to see and hear from the both of you about the history of RM and about the wines. FMIII - thanks for pushing for this and to Todd for the Zoom use and Fu for not muting me right away as so...
by Rick Joyer
April 7th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 310
Views: 11590

Re: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

WhooHoo, look at that cork! Initial sniff of the wine smells pretty great too, can't wait! [cheers.gif] Screen Shot 2020-04-07 at 3.54.54 PM.png Eric - that 2003 S.O.V. is special. I brought a magnum, which had been gifted to me by my then fiancé at our engagement party, to Hawaii back in 2013 and ...
by Rick Joyer
April 2nd, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 1
Views: 150

TN: 2011 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

2011 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (4/2/2020) Damn....this is sexy stuff, especially given the price-point. So much acid on the palate with the hallmark murky red color, tart cranberries, rhubarb and spiced orange peel notes. Finish just lasts a...

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